Gerald Arthur Liechty, 100, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. He was a native of Belvidere, Tennessee and lived in Manchester before moving to Soddy-Daisy over 26 years ago. He was a member of First United Church of Christ in Belvidere. Gerald worked for the NC&StL Railroad until the early 1950s and received a Certificate of Achievement from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board for recognition of his 100th birthday. He was an Honorary Member of the Nashville Steam Preservation Society. He later worked as an electrician at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma where he retired in 1983. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2113 in Tullahoma since 1953. He was an avid NASCAR fan, attending many races. Gerald loved to read and work crossword and other puzzles, and he completed the puzzles in the newspaper every day to keep his mind sharp. He loved hummingbirds and songbirds and kept his feeders supplied with food year round. He was devoted to family and was the glue that held everyone together. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Christian Waldo and Leota DeEtte Liechty; brothers, Orla Delbert Liechty, Christian Waldo Liechty, Jr., infant twin brothers, Thurman and Thurrell Liechty; wives, Mary Elizabeth Eichenberger Liechty and Virginia Marie Wood Liechty and son and daughter-in-law, James Robert and Rebecca Marie Frassrand Liechty.
Survivors are his daughters, Diane Carol Liechty Gilpin (Bill), Melissa Catherine Liechty Kasweck (Kenneth) and Beverly Anne Wood Elliott (Don “Duck”); grandchildren, John Robert Liechty (Candy), Marie Simone Liechty, Terry Lee McFarland, Jr., Elizabeth Rose Kasweck, Matthew Donald Elliott (Jamie); great grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth Liechty Jackson (Eric), Sidney Ann McFarland, Amber Lee McFarland and Greyson Thomas Elliott and extended family.
Graveside services will be on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. CST with Rev. Jan Whiteman officiating at the First United Church of Christ Cemetery located at 4099 Owl Hollow Road, Belvidere, TN 37306. There will not be a visitation due to COVID-19.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or the Nashville Steam Preservation Society.
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Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.
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