William Taylor Landrum, passed away on Jan. 24, 2020, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville from heart surgery complications.

Bill was a graduate of McMinn County High School and Chattanooga State Technical College, and attended the University of Tennessee.

Bill served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Yuma Arizona. He was employed by Bowater Southern Corp. and retired from Tennessee State Government in Nashville after 30 years of service. He was the past master of the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #292 and a member of the Eastern Star. He had served 12 years on the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, E.T. and Virginia Slagle Landrum; sister, Barbara Landrum Gentry; niece, Donn Gentry Hoover; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Mable Richesin; and sister-in-law, Francine Boyd Richesin.

He is survived by: his wife of 61 years, June Richesin Landrum;

Brother and sister-in-law, Robert D. and Corkey Landrum;

Other family members, Blake and Trampus, all of Hickory, North Carolina, Lisa Landrum Farris, of Benton, Tim and Arlissa Gentry, of Riceville, Dr. Nathan Gentry and Asley Gentry, of Columbia, South Carolina, Doug and Janice Gentry and Hannah, of Athens, Edward and Ellen Gentry, Mac and Lucie, of Chattanooga, Anthony and Dana Gentry, of Greenville, South Carolina, Jacob, Jarrod, and Jordan, Thomas Gentry, of Chattanooga, Kathy Vaughn, Claire and Blake, of Helena, Alabama, Samantha Hoover Dove, of Riceville, Amber Hoover Woessner, of San Diego, California, Albert and Linda Gentry, of Riceville, Carol Harrison, Brent and Nancy Harrison, Taylor and Janna, of Maryville, Lisa Harrison Prentice, Harrison and Harper, of McKinney, Texas, Carl Richesin, Jr., Carl Richesin III and Joyce, all of Sweetwater, Tyler and Lindsey Richesin, of Sweetwater, Trevor and Michaela Richesin, of Imperial Beach, California, Richard and Linnea Dirkson, Pam, Charles, and John of Atlanta, Georgia.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. A Masonic service was held at 2 p.m. and a Celebration of Life service followed in Kyker’s Chapel with Dr. Leonard Markham officiating. Interment was in the Murray’s Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Sweetwater or the Murray’s Chapel Baptist Church.

Kyker Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com