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Tommy Edwin Platt

February 29, 1932 — June 27, 2023

Knoxville, Tennessee

Tommy Edwin Platt passed away on June 27, 2023 in his hometown of Maryville Tennessee. Tommy was born February 29, 1932 in East Bank, West Virginia to Tommie and Edith Platt. When Tommy was in seventh grade, his family moved to Fayetteville, West Virginia where he would meet Betty Martin, his future wife. After high school, Tommy and Betty were married and began a life of adventure moving around the country as Tommy served in both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Tommy and Betty eventually found their little slice of paradise in Maryville, Tennessee with their two daughters, Kathy and Robin, here he worked as an air traffic controller. After retirement, Tommy took to the skies as a charter pilot. Bitten by the travel bug, Tommy and Betty roamed the globe to enjoy the beauties of Europe, an African safari, camping the wilds of Alaska with their girls, and Tommy’s favorite, the stunning landscape of the American wild west.

Tommy’s favorite place, however, was home with his family and dogs. Known as Pop to many, he taught his kids and grandkids many life skills including how to drive, woodworking, and even how to wax a motorhome. When he wasn’t working around his farm, Tommy could be found with a good western on TV and his canine companions by his side.

Tommy was incredibly proud of all his family, including becoming a first time great-grandfather in May 2022. He loved nothing more than sitting with his family telling stories of “this ol’ boy” he once knew, sharing his love of planes, and hearing what everyone had going on in their lives. Pop will be greatly missed by all of us.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Betty Platt, parents Tommie and Edith Platt, and sister, Jean Ann Raesly.

Tommy is survived by his daughters Kathy and Joe Thomas; Robin and Jay Jenness, grandchildren Will and Miranda Thomas; Laine Thomas; Aaron and Lindsay Jenness, great granddaughter June Thomas, sister Rosemary Platt and sister-in-law, Gaye Evans. In honor of Tommy’s current canine companion, Mickey, and in lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to Blount County Animal Center, 233 Currie Ave, Maryville, TN 37804.

There will be a visitation Monday, July 3rd 10:00-12:00 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 503 Pleasant Hill Rd, Maryville, TN 37803. A private graveside service and burial will be held at a later date.

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Monday, July 3, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church

503 Pleasant Hill Rd, Maryville, TN 37803

There will be a visitation Monday, July 3rd 10:00-12:00 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 503 Pleasant Hill Rd, Maryville, TN 37803. A private graveside service and burial will be held at a later date.

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