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Harold Headley Offutt, Jr.

Harold Headley Offutt, Jr. passed away on May 27, 2022 at his home in
Tullahoma, following a short illness.  He was 92. He was born in
Earlington, KY on March 22, 1930 to the late Harold Headley Offutt, Sr. and
the late Ruby Lee Beard Offutt.

Raised in Earlington until he was 14, Harold spent many days with his
grandfather, Sam Offutt in his drugstore.  He moved to Mt. Pleasant, TN in
1944, with his family when his father got a job as a train engineer with
the L&N Railroad.  Harold would become the QB of the Hay Long High School
football team in Mt. Pleasant where he would begin dating his future wife
after asking her to ride home with him on the pep bus after an away game.

Harold and Mary Bond Burnett married on March 15, 1952 while he was home on
leave from the Army. Following their marriage, Harold was stationed at
Tripler Hospital in Honolulu, HI where he served as a medic during the
Korean War. Mary Bond would join him in Hawaii and they spent their first
year of marriage there. After his time in the Army, Harold attended
pharmacy school, following in his grandfather’s footsteps. He graduated
from The University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in 1955, where he was a
member of the Phi Delta Chi fraternity. Harold and Mary Bond moved to
Tullahoma in 1959 where they planted roots and began their family. He and
his wife were members of the Bel-Aire Church of Christ, which would later
relocate and become the Cedar Lane Church of Christ.  Harold joined Medical
Building and Taylor’s Pharmacies, becoming a partial owner. Harold served
the Tullahoma community for over 30 years before retiring to play golf full
time.

An avid golfer, he won the Senior Championship tournament at Lakewood Golf
and Country Club on two occasions and made a hole in one on their course
once. In addition to golf, he ran two or three miles several times a week,
he could be seen running on the THS track many years before it became a
popular pastime. A strong supporter of The University of Tennessee sports,
he and his wife spent many Fall Saturdays in Neyland Stadium with their
children. Watching Tennessee football and basketball games became a family
tradition. Mr. Offutt had a joy for life and loved to play pranks on his
family and friends.

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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of
62 years, Mary Bond Burnett Offutt and his sister, Martha Jean “Dollye”
Offutt Haskew. Mr. Offutt is survived by his four children, Daryl Offutt of
Fayetteville, Mary Lee Stewart of Estill Springs, Kevin (Denise) Offutt of
Franklin and Lynda (Sean) Sanders of Murfreesboro; three grandchildren,
Alex Adams, Holly Stewart (Thomas Clark) and Connor Offutt; one
great-grandchild, Adaleyah Adams and a great-grandchild on the way, Riley
Clark; and many beloved nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend
their gratitude to the staff of Brookdale Assisted Living and Compassus
Hospice of Tullahoma for their care of Harold over the last several weeks.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 31 with visitation from 12:00 PM to 2:00
PM and the services to begin at 2:00 PM, with interment to follow at Rose
Hill Memorial Gardens.  Memorials can be made to the Cedar Lane Church of
Christ (1200 Cedar Lane Tullahoma, TN 37388) or Special Olympics.

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