Avery Quillen Eiseman, age 80, passed away on August 21, 2018, in his beloved hometown of Morristown, where he was a lifelong resident. Quillen was born on January 13, 1938 in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Quillen had many loves in his life which made him a very special person. His first love was his Saviour, Jesus Christ, to whom he was introduced at First Baptist Church where he attended from the time he was in the Cradle Roll until his demise. He served many years as an active deacon, sang in the choir, and was a very involved member of the Wallen- Purkey Sunday School class.
His second love was family, beginning with his adored wife, Peggy, who passed away in 2005. He was predeceased by his parents: Byron M. Eiseman and Mary Quillen Eiseman, and a very favorite uncle, York A. Quillen, Jr. He is survived by his brother, Byron M. Eiseman, Jr. (Carol) of Little Rock, Arkansas, nieces, Mary Melissa Eiseman Bane (Warren) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Robyn Eiseman Harris (Jason) of Alpharetta, Georgia and nephew, Christopher Cole Eiseman (Leilani) of Marina, California. The latter three always knew him as "Uncle Cookie". He also is survived by six grandnieces and grandnephews, Marissa Bane Kronk (Alex), Olivia Grace Bane, Caleb Warren Bane, Sarah Kathryn Harris, Benjamin James Harris and Jaden Joseph Eiseman. Other family includes cousins York A. Quillen, III fo Knoxville and Clark Quillen of Morristown. One of the family's fondest memories was the trips to the beaches with Quillen and Peggy, including Myrtle Beach, Destin, Panama City, and Hilton Head.
His next love was sports, and he enjoyed them all. First on his list was tennis. He was an excellent player, himself, winning dozens of trophies and medals. He was honored to be a member of a senior team that won the Tennessee State Championship. He then was invited to play on a team that represented Tennessee in the Southern Seniors Tournament. More than his success as a player he enjoyed being the "King of Tennis" in Morristown, where he ran the Lakeway Tennis Association for many years encouraging the sport and the excellence of the local players of all ages. He loved Morristown High School (East and West) and University of Tennessee football. He was a perennial season ticket holder for all three and probably set a record for the number of games attended at Burke-Toney Stadium. As a true basketball enthusiast, he had season tickets to the University of Tennessee basketball games, both men's and women's. He also attended ten of the men's Final Fours.
Being in the men's clothing business was a love as well as a dream come true. He opened The Squire Shop in 1975 and catered to those men who wanted to be classified as "the best in dress". One of his most successful promotions was when he dressed up as "Supersuit" and challenged customers to come check him out.
Civic involvement was very important to Quillen and he loved and worked hard to help Morristown become a better place in which to live, work, and worship. He loved people, knew many, and was known by many. He served as an alderman on the Morristown City Council, was the Hamblen County Commissioner, and president of the board of trustees of Morristown-Hamblen Hospital of which he was a member for eighteen years. He was a member of the Morristown Civil Service Board and the Morristown Solid Waste Board.
Other lifetime activities that were loves included Cub Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Order of the Demolay, Rotary and Republican politics, which included being chairman of the Hamblen County Republican Party.
He was also an accomplished musician playing first chair trumpet for the Morristown High School marching band and twice qualifying for the Tennessee All State Band. He enjoyed singing. In addition to being in the church choir, he sang in a quartet that went to nursing homes.
Quillen loved to cook and was known for his homemade fudge, scones, steaks and barbeque. One of his many acts of generosity was to make and deliver his special fudge to widows and shut-ins of the church.
During the Berlin Crisis of 1961, Quillen was activated as a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard and spent a year on active duty before the Crisis ended.
Quillen graduated from Morristown High School and from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Administration.
During the period of his last illness, his care was overseen with tender loving care by his special friend, Ruth Mann, and her daughters, Deanna Wallace and Becky Clark, who devoted many hours to his well-being. The family is indeed grateful to the three of them for the love and compassion they showed to Quillen. He was also blessed to have compassionate and dedicated physicians, nurses, and sitters.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Missions Fund of First Baptist Church, 504 West Main Street, Morristown, TN 37814.
Visitation with his family will be on Friday, August 24, 2018 at First Baptist Church from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, followed by a Celebration of Quillen's life. Interment will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Bethesda Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Wallen-Purkey Sunday School Class.
AUG 24. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Morristown
504 W. Main Street
AUG 24. 7:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Morristown
504 W. Main Street
AUG 25. 11:00 AM
Morristown, TN, 37814