Name: Edison McConnell
Birth Date: May 08, 1936
Death Date: Mar 14, 2008
Birthplace: Allock, Kentucky
Resided In: Batley Community of Anderson County
Funeral Home: Sharp Funeral Home
Visitation Date: Mar 17, 2008
Visitation Time: 6-8:00 P.M.
Visitation Location: Sharp Funeral Home
Service Date: Mar 17, 2008
Service Time: 8:00 P.M.
Service Location: Sharp Funeral Home
Cemetery Date: Mar 18, 2008
Cemetery Time: Following Visitation In Pennington Gap, Virginia
Cemetery Location: Lee Memorial Gardens
Edison McConnell, age 71, a resident of the Batley Community in Anderson County, died Friday, March 14, 2008 following a extended illness.

Mr. McConnell was born May 8, 1936 in Allock, Kentucky. He lived in Pennington Gap, Virginia throughout his childhood and into early adulthood before joining the U.S. Army. Following his army discharge he re-enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and following his second discharge he moved to Tennessee.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Additionally, he served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Due to his distinguished service and outstanding aerial accomplishments he reflected great credit upon himself and the Air Force. He received the Vietnam Air Medal for courage and airmanship due to successful combat support missions while under extremely hazardous conditions.

He was a retired master machinist who was employed for 31 years at the Y-12 and K-25 plants.

Edison was preceded in death by his parents; Thomas McConnell and Rindy West McConnell, by three brothers; Doyle, L.C., and Deck McConnell, and by two sisters; Oma Carter and Thelma Watson.

He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Shirley Moore McConnell of the Batley Communtiy, by two daughters; Tracie McNeely and husband Tim of Nashville, and Denise Jenkins and Husband Greg of Oak Ridge, by a granddaughter; Madeline McNeely of Nashville, by a brother; Burley McConnell of Centerville, Ohio and by two sisters; Georgia Hammonds of Pennington Gap, Virginia and Norma Smith and husband Dewey of Whitesburg, Tennessee. Additionally he is survived by nieces, nephews, extended family member and special friends.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 17, 2008 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 pm at Sharp Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at 8:00 pm in the funeral home chapel with pastor Luke Kidwell and Rev. Archie Nelson officiating.

The family will also receive friends on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 between the hours of 2:00 and 3:00 pm at Province Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, Virginia. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Gardens in Pennington Gap, Virginia. Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online register book is available for Mr. McConnell at

Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved Mr. Edison McConnell, even though I did not know Mr. McConell, but I know how sad is when someone you love dies, at such times we need to go to God's word for comfort. The Bible makes the promise: Your dead ones will live..they will rise up Isaiah 26:19, if a man die shall he live again? asked the man Job long ago Job 14:14. Perhaps you, too, have wondered about this. How would you feel if you knew that a reunion with your love ones was posssible right here on earth under the best of conditions? The faithful man Job was speaking about waiting in the grave until the time came for God to remember him. He said to Jehovah God "You will call, and I myself shall answer you, for the work of your hands you will have a yearning, and also Jesus Christ promised at John 5:28,29 that those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus Christ voice and come out. When the enemy death strikes your grief can be great, the is why we wanted to share our hope of the resurrection from the Bible for our dead love ones. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Apr 18, 2008
Ana Flores (Knoxville, TN USA)
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Mar 19, 2008
Personalized Private Care, Inc (Kingston, Tennessee USA)
Shirley and family; Richard and I along with our family would like to say how sorry we are to hear of Edison's passing. This is a sad time for all. We have fond memories of Edison which we'll cherish always. All our love to you and your family. Richard and Betty Jett Mar 19, 2008
Richard and Betty Jett (Fairfield, California U.S.A.)
Denise, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve & Stephanie Shults Mar 18, 2008
Steve Shults (Oak Ridge, TN )
Denise, We are sorry for your lost our prayers are with you and your family. Stacey and Howard Mar 18, 2008
Howard Tuggle (Andersonville, TN )
Denise, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Mar 18, 2008
Edmond Thayer (Knoxville, )
Denise,Edna and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. It's hard losing a parent. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Thinking of you,Shelby and Edna Mar 16, 2008
Shelby Kelley (Clinton, Tn. )
Shirley and family we are so sorry for your loss If you need anything please don't hesitate to call We love you all and we are so thankful that we got to know Edison! We will meet again where death is not welcome.. Chuck and Brenda Neel, Shirley Kidwell, Diana and Murphy Haney and Jordan, Venese and Anna Carroll Kidwell Mar 15, 2008
Venese (Oliver Springs, TN USA)
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