James Edwin "Knobby" Gwynn

Oct. 21, 1936-Aug. 29, 2021


James Edwin Gwynn, affectionately known as "Knobby," 84, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2021, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Gwynn was born Oct. 21, 1936, to Martha James Officer Gwynn and Roy Gwynn.

He graduated from Austin High School, in Knoxville. He joined the United States Air Force in 1954 and retired in 1974. Mr. Gwynn attended and received degrees from Florida Key Community College, University of West Florida, and Tennessee Technological University.

He was also a member of American Legion Post 99, in Sparta. Mr. Gwynn loved finding facts of the past. He spent a lot of time researching and documenting the histories of many families, towns, and cemeteries. He was a good man and always willing to help with a good cause.

Mr. Gwynn will be missed by Sparta/White County. He was admired and respected by a great number of friends, acquaintances, and family. He kept and maintained a certain quiet, subtle, loyal, and independent charm about himself. To have known “Knobby” is a cherished memory.

Survivors include his son, James Edwin Gwynn Jr., of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Jean Carolyn Fleming-Myron, of Cleveland, Ohio; two grandchildren, Keyotta Gwynn, of Sparta, Joseph Gwynn (Ashley), of Murfreesboro; two great-grandchildren, Chandrah Waters, Davion Baird, both of Sparta; special friend, Tom Prime; loving neighbor, Pam Lewis; and many more friends too numerous to name.

“Knobby” will be truly missed in the hearts of Lynn and Mike Cummings, of Viola.

Hunter Funeral Home has been entrusted with Mr. Gwynn’s cremation.

A memorial service will be planned when COVID-19 cases are more manageable and it is safe for family and friends to gather together.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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