William Howard Christian, Sr., age 78, passed away after a long illness on January 20, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born and raised in Middlesboro, KY. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1954 and served eight years. Afterward, he served 17 years with the Tennessee Air Guard, retiring as a Sr. Master Sergeant. Bill was employed by Knoxville Utilities Board and retired with 28 years of service. He also was General Manager of Riverlake Apartments for 24 years. Collecting model trains, building model ships and drawing were some of the hobbies he enjoyed in earlier years. Bill was preceded in death by his parents William Henry and Robbie Grace Christian; his brother, Robert F. Christian; and his beloved son, Matthew Keith Christian, USMC. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Cook Christian; his son, William Howard Christian, Jr. (Sherry) of Greenback, TN; stepson, Brian Shults of Greenback, TN; stepdaughter Karen Drake (Jeff); step grandchildren, Justin Drake, Jessica Shaeffer (Anthony) of Alcoa. A Celebration of Life is planned for February 20th at 1pm at the American Legion Post 12 at 224 Waters Road, off Highway 321, Maryville, TN 37803. Please bring photos or memories to hare with Bill’s family and friends. A graveside service will be held after the Celebration of Life at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the American Legion. Arrangements by Cremation By Grandview of Maryville.
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