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John Nelson Tunstall
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Obituary for John Nelson Tunstall

John Nelson Tunstall, age 77, of Knoxville and formerly of Oak Ridge, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1940 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of George Ellis Tunstall Sr., and Lena Mae Ferrell Tunstall. Nelson came to Oak Ridge in 1964 from Raleigh and began working at Union Carbide Nuclear Corporation. He retired from SAIC where he was a computer scientist.
He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, where he had served as deacon and was active in many of the church activities. Nelson’s interests included Toastmasters, Ball Room dancing, hiking, music and community services. Nelson is survived by wife, Jo Ann Duckett Tunstall, with whom he would have celebrated 18 years of marriage on October 14th; son, Brian Tunstall and wife Robin of Powell and their children Bethany and Madison; daughter, Rachel Berry and husband Jonathan of Woodbury, MN and their children Kenan, Nora and Ingrid; step-daughters, Shannon Lain and daughter Sheridan and Allison Hobbs and daughter Rayne, all of Toone, TN; brothers, George Ellis Tunstall Jr., and wife Jeanie of Mechanicsville, VA and David Tunstall of Greene County, TN. Nelson and Jo Ann were also the legal guardians of grandsons, Joseph Lain and John Hobbs, whom he considered to be his children. Also surviving are many close friends, colleagues and church family. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 5 – 7pm at First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. The funeral will follow at 7pm with Rev. Rory Naeve officiating. Friends and family will gather on Tuesday at 9am at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for a graveside service. The family asks that any memorials be made to First Baptist Church Youth Ministries, 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830; St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Diabetes Association. Weatherford Mortuary is handling the arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

14

May

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge

1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Funeral

Monday

14

May

7:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge

1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Graveside Service

Tuesday

15

May

9:00 AM
Oak Ridge Memorial Park

1501 Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Meet at the cemetery in the Garden of Love.


Memorial Contribution

First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge

1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

American Diabetes Association

900 East Hill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

PO Box 1000 Dept. 142
Memphis, TN 38101-9908
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