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David Rodney Wampler, age 73 of Morristown, passed away at his home after an 8 month battle with acute leukemia.
Rodney was a football standout at Morristown High School, was elected to the All Hurricane Silver Anniversary Team and inducted into the Morristown High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He continued his football career at Carson Newman, becoming the leading rusher there for many years, a two time All American Running Back, member of the Carson Newman Football Team of the Century and inducted to the Carson Newman Hall of Fame in 2010. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree at Carson Newman, then earned his Master’s Degree in Education at ETSU. Before attending Carson Newman, he joined the US Army, becoming a Vietnam Veteran.
Rodney worked as a teacher and football, baseball, softball and track coach during his 27 year career at Dobyns-Bennett High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents: James W. and Chloe Shoun Wampler; brothers and sisters-in-law: JW (Norma) Wampler, Jerry (Judy) Wampler and Dana Carroll Wampler.
He is survived by his wife: Claudette Wampler; children: David Rodney Wampler II, (Leeann); Kevin Todd Wampler, (Christy); and Nicole Lewelling Wilson (Russ). Grandchildren: Alex, Chloe, Caroline, Laura, Beck, Trea’, Annie, Tylee and Meghan. Sister: Pat (Walt) Vandergrift and sisters-in-law: Becky Wampler and Doris (Mike) Valentine. Brother-in-law: Rod Lewelling (Jo). Dear friend: Patsy Clevenger.
His family will receive friends, Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Glenwood Baptist Church, 2601 East Center Street, Kingsport; a time of reflection will follow with Pastor Tiger Brooks officiating. Then on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Mayes Mortuary, 444 W Main St., Morristown, from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM with a funeral service to follow with Larry Wallace providing the Eulogy.
Family and friends will gather at 10:00 AM, Monday, June 3, 2019 at Hamblen Memory Gardens for Military graveside and interment services with Father Mark Holland presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute, Medical Building F, 1926 Alcoa Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920; Carson Newman University Football Department, 904 East Mount Castle Street, Jefferson City, TN 37760 or the Dobyns-Bennett High School Alumni Association, One Indian Court, P.O. Box 3337, Kingsport, TN 37664.