Johnny R. Lennex, 75, Loudon, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at Parkwest Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends. Mr. Lennex was drafted and served his country in Germany with the U.S. Army.
Following service, he came back home to serve his community with the Loudon Police Department beginning in 1962.
He was promoted to chief in 1969. Chief Lennex had the longest tenure as police chief with 22 years of service retiring in October 1991.
The men who worked under Chief Lennex say that he was a fair, no-nonsense man who expected the best out of everyone who worked for him.
In his retirement he was very active. He loved to travel, golf, hunt and fish with his friends. He was a member of TN Lodge #204 F&AM, Ivo Sanders American Legion Post 120 and a charter member of the Ft. Loudoun Lodge F.O.P. Mr. Lennex was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lorene (Simpson) Lennex; wife, Sara E. Lennex; son, Robyn Lennex; brother, Troy Lennex and niece, Beth A. Tribble.
He is survived by his son, J. Patrick Lennex, Loudon; daughter and son-in-law, Meredith and Mark Tinnel; grandson, Jake Tinnel, all of Lenoir City; brothers and sisters in-law, Bill and Ernestine Lennex, Hubert and Sara Lennex, all of Loudon; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Kate and Robert Robinson, Maryville; sister-in-law, Nell Lennex, Loudon; several nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Special thanks to friend, Chris Sands, who gave his time and love during John's brief illness with cancer.
Services honoring and remembering the life of Johnny Lennex were held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at McGill-Karnes Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Trentham officiating with Masonic Services to follow provided by TN Lodge #204 F&AM. Interment was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Loudon County Memorial Gardens with full military honors conferred by the Loudon County Veterans Honor Guard.
The family received friends 4-7 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at McGill-Karnes Funeral Home, Loudon. www.mcgillkarnes.com