Dr. Gari Lee Lynn of Pulaski passed away Tuesday morning, September 8, 2020, at his home in Giles County. He was born on February 7, 1948 in South Bend, Indiana and was 72 years old.
Gari received his Bachelor’s Degree in Government and History from Indiana University in 1969 and his Doctorate in Adult Supervision from Tennessee State University in 1992. He taught 41 years in the Lawrence County School System. He made many good friends and associates and wanted to thank everyone who worked with him to help the students succeed.
Gari was a member of the Second Street Church of Christ, former President of the Lawrenceburg Lions Club, former President of the Lawrence County Retired Teachers and a member of the Lawrence County Historical Society. Along with Juanita Henson and John Sledge they started the Knowledge Bowl in Lawrenceburg in which is still an important part of the Lawrence County School System after 36 years. He was an avid ballroom dancer displaying his skills in many competitions including Vienna, Austria in February of 2020.He was also an avid sports fan where he followed the Cubs, Titans, UT Vols, and the Preds. But above all his favorite teams were any team that his grandkids played on. Those were his favorite athletes. Words from Gari, “I want to give many thanks to friends and family of Giles and Lawrence County that have made my life so enjoyable and richly rewarding”.
Visitation will be 11:00am to 1:00pm Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home.
The funeral service will follow at 1:00pm in the chapel of Bennett-May & Pierce with Bro. Jeff Jenkins officiating.
The burial will follow in the Lynnwood Cemetery.
Memorial donations are suggested to any of the following; Lawrence County Knowledge Bowl, Lawrence County Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, Lawrence County Lions Club Scholarship Fund, or the Lawrence County Historical Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wayne Donald Lynn, Sr. and Betti Ulbricht Phillips along with his loving wife Brenda Ervin Lynn.
He is survived by:
Son, Robert Holt “Rob” (Sherry) McNeese of Pulaski.
Daughter, Erin McNeese (Brian) McGinnis of Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Brother, Wayne Donald (Kate) Lynn, Jr. of Vienna, Virginia. Brother, Rick (Deowatha) Lynn of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Sister, Debbie Jo (Paul) Evans of Vienna, Virginia. Sister, Jodi (Jermaine) Phillips of Vienna, Virginia.
Seven grandchildren, Lindsey Adams, Mary Avery McNeese, Camden McNeese, Charlee Kate Nichols, Addison Nichols, Aubrey McGinnis, and Connor McGinnis.
Two great-grandchildren, Jayden Adams and Lila Adams.
Several nieces and nephews also survive.