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Delma Vance "Pete" Eckel obituary
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Thomas Austin Ogle
September 21, 1929 - April 06, 2004
Birthplace: Gatlinburg, TN
Resided In: Gatlinburg Tennessee USA
Visitation: April 10, 2004
Service: April 10, 2004
Cemetery: White Oak Flats Cemetery
Thomas A. Ogle, age 74 of Gatlinburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Ogle was a lifelong native of Gatlinburg where he was a former Mayor. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Ogle was preceded in death by his mother and father Hattie Ogle McGiffin and Charlie A. Ogle, brother Earl Ogle, and sister Elizabeth Ogle Whaley.
He is survived by:
Loving wife: Jean Cooper Ogle
Daughter: Dianna A. Ogle
Grandchildren: Austin, Isaac, Noah, Johnny, Millie and Adam
Sister: Antoinette Ogle
Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Andy and Hal Roe, Dawn and Tom Kirker, Beth Ogle
Funeral service 7 PM Saturday at First Baptist Church, Gatlinburg with Rev. Larry Burcham and Rev. Jim Tubbs officiating.
Family and friends will meet 9 AM Monday in White Oak Flats Cemetery for interment. Pallbearers will be grandson Isaac Ogle, and nephews Tom Dunn, David Kirker, Kelly Kirker, Scott Kirker, Mark McCown, Charles Earl Ogle, David Ogle, Jim Ogle, Tommy Roe and Harry Valentine. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Bird, Phillip Fulmer, Bud Foster, Dick Goldstein, James Haynes, Jack Henry, Tom Kirker, Lonas Overholt and Hal Roe.
The family will receive friends 4:00 PM -6:30 PM Saturday at First Baptist Church, Gatlinburg.. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of the Smokies, P.O. Box 5650, Sevierville, TN, 37864-5650 or Boys and Girls Clubs of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg Branch, P.O. Box 5743, Sevierville, TN, 37864. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 10 Apr 2004.
Gatlinburg has lost a legend.
Tom Ogle, considered by many to be a legend, died in Florida Tuesday.
The "Man on the Mountain," as Tom Ogle's aunt called him, died Tuesday while in Florida.
Ogle, 74, who was a lifetime resident of Gatlinburg, was known by many as a wonderful storyteller, an entrepreneur, a surrogate father and an all-around good guy.
"Everyone called him 'Old Dad' when he was younger because he was the person everyone went to if they needed anything," said Ogle's daughter, Dianna.
Ogle was the son of Charlie and Hattie McGiffin Ogle. His mother, Hattie, opened the first craft shop in Gatlinburg when the Parkway was no more than a dirt road.
Relatives of Ogle gathered at Atchley's Funeral Home in Sevierville Thursday and spent time reminiscing about what made Ogle a legend.
"There was not anyone Tom did not like and, I don't think, anyone who did not like him," said Dianna Ogle, about her father. "He handled everything with laughter and humor and that is something everyone knew about him."
Ogle, aside from being a fixture in Gatlinburg, was the owner of a good deal of land in the city and leased much of it to businesses.
He was also the mayor at one time, on the city commission, very involved with Friends of the Smokies, the Boys and Girls Club and the Elks Lodge.
"It is really the end of an era," said Jean Ogle, Tom's wife. "He knew all of the older people in the area and retained a lot of the history that was told to him."
"When we lost Tom, we lost a library," said Andy Roe, Tom's sister-in-law. "He was a wonderful storyteller. He could keep you on the edge of your seat and really get you involved in whatever he was saying. His stories have reached many people, far and wide."
Another one of Ogle's joys was children.
"My daddy always gave me unconditional love and could really never say 'No' to me or any other child," said Dianna Ogle. "He was a father and grandfather to many kids in the area. He really had a special spot in his heart for them."
Vicky Fulmer, a friend of the Ogle family and one of Tom's surrogate children, said she remembers when she would bring her children to Gatlinburg to visit and they would always run directly to the river.
"I didn't find out until a few years ago that they would always run straight to the river when we got here because Tom would keep a freezer full of ice cream down there," she said. "Only the kids in the area knew about it."
"Everyone knew if you couldn't get something from your mom, you could always get it from Uncle Tom," said Dianna Ogle.
One of Ogle's life-long friends was Bruce Montgomery, Sevier County Sheriff.
"He was a real interesting person. There wasn't anyone else like him," said Montgomery. "He enjoyed life and was always well-liked. I'm just glad to say he was my friend and I am sad that he has passed away. He will be missed."