Terry R. Avery, 66, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the family residence. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
He was loved by everyone he met and was an avid caretaker for others.
He was a veteran of the United States Marines and received multiple service awards including two purple hearts, serving in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, 40/8, DAV, and the Marine Corp League. Terry supported all of his fellow veterans. He was an active member of the Bradley County Honor Guard which provides full military honors at funerals when requested as a gift to the veterans’ family.
Mr. Avery was the son of the late Rufus Avery and Mabel Ann Ellington Avery and was also preceded in death by his brother, Eric Avery.
He is survived by his wife, Gudny Jonsdottir Avery of Cleveland; one daughter, Carrie Ann Avery Rayburn of Cleveland; two step-sons, Samuel “Sammy” Allman of Murfreesboro, TN and Simon Jonthor Allman of Cleveland; two granddaughters, Lacey and Brenna Avery and grandson, Avery Rayburn, all of Cleveland; two great-grandchildren, Braydon Miller and Kaiden Boone both of Cleveland; two step-grandchildren, Malachi and Kaiden Allman both of Riceville, TN; one sister, Janet Ensley and husband, Pat of Cleveland; one brother, Phillip Avery and wife, Evelyn of Charleston, SC; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Reverend Gary Sears officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Chaplain Bill Norwood officiating. There will be military honors and a white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends on Monday, September 7, 2015 at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bradley County Veterans Honor Guard Funeral Detail c/o American Legion Post 81, James Asbury Drive NW, Cleveland TN 37312
Monday, September 7, 2015 at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.
12 noon on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home