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William David Mars

W. David Mars passed away on July 26, 2016 at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. David was predeceased by his parents, William Franklin Mars and Lucile Burnette Mars, both of Clinton. He is survived by his two sisters, Carolyn Mills Emond and husband Chris Emond of Ball Ground, GA and Edith Mars Boy and husband Jeff Boy of Marietta, GA; nephews, Jacob Mills, Alex Boy and Kevin Boy; niece, Kelli Mills Finney and great nephew, Aiden Finney, in addition to many loving cousins and friends.

David was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 15, 1947. He was a 1965 graduate of Clinton High School and later obtained a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University.

David earned many distinguished honors throughout his life. He was an Eagle Scout, a National Merit Scholar, and a nationally ranked Scrabble champion. David was a mechanical specialist in the 1st Air Cav Division of the U.S. Army where he earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal and a Bronze Star while serving his country in Vietnam.

David enjoyed riding motorcycles, boating on Norris Lake and working on cars, computers and his house. He had an aptitude for electronics and could fix most anything with a motor or a circuit board. David truly felt dogs were “man’s best friend” and he rescued and loved several good dogs over the years.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13th at 3:00 PM at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton to celebrate David’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given in David’s honor to the TN Valley Humane Society in Knoxville (P.O. Box 51723, Knoxville, TN 37950 or online at www.HumaneSocietyTennessee.com), or to the American Cancer Society.

Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of arrangements.


About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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