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James Hunter Reasonover, 89

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LEBANON -- Memorial services will be held 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2101 Lebanon Road, for Mr. Reasonover, 89, of Lebanon.
Born August 26, 1921 in Wilson County, Mr. Reasonover died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 in Lebanon, after a brief illness.
He attended Lebanon High School, Castle Heights Military and MTSU, where he excelled both academically and on the football field.
He was a veteran of World War II, fighting throughout France and central Europe from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the 698th Engineering Petroleum Division and received many medals and honors for his service.
After returning home, Jim married his longtime sweetheart, Jean Evelyn Fambrough. The newlywed couple moved to Knoxville where he received his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee.
He began his teaching and coaching career at East High School in Knoxville. Memories of those happy and rewarding Knoxville days remained with him all his life.
Mr. reasonover and his family moved to Hialeah, FL in 1959. He continued to teach at the high school level and coach football, his first love.
He became involved with AAU Swimming in the 1960's and it soon encompassed the whole family.
Jim coached, Jean helped out at swim meets, and his children, Dell and Art, competed.
He retired from the school system in 1978 and he and Jean moved to Ocala, FL to be near to their daughter and her family.
In Ocala, Jim made many friends and touched many lives through his love of woodworking and furniture construction.
Mr. Reasonover was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Jean Evelyn Reasonover; his sister Evelyn Mason; and his parents Virginia and Howard Reasonover.
He is survived by his daughter Virginia Dell (Hal) Karp of Lebanon; his son Howard Art Reasonover of Montreal, Canada: grandchildren Aaron Michael (Kelly Ann) Karp, Chad Hunter Karp and Mackenzie Marie Karp; along with great grandchild Lily Ann Evelyn Karp; brother Dan Reasonover; and many nieces and nephews.
He was greatly loved and will be forever missed and remembered.
Jim and Jean will be laid to rest at Nashville National Cemetery on Jan. 4, 2011.
You may sign his on-line registry at
The Cremation Society of Tennessee was in charge of arrangements.
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