Harry Harlan Hilke, 76, of Spring City, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. He attended Texas Grove Baptist Church in Evensville. Harry moved to Tennessee from St Paul, Minn., in 1962 and graduated Red Bank High School and then joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam after being stationed at Sewart Air Force Base and Yocota Air Force Base in Japan. Harry met Sharon in December of 1963 and they had been married for 53 years. He worked for TVA for 26 years at Allen Steam Plant in Memphis, Sequoyah in Hixson and Watts Bar in Spring City. After his first retirement, he worked at the Audrey Pack Memorial Library in Spring City for four years.
Harry was a talented artist and accomplished musician. He played several instruments, but his favorite was the banjo. He was also a supporter of Tennessee Valley Theater and performed in several productions. He enjoyed reading, music, engineering challenges, automobiles and all things Elvis. Harry loved his children and grandchildren dearly; showing his generosity and support to all in many ways.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merton and Geneva Hilke; brother, Merv Hilke; sisters, Sandra Pearson and Cynthia Cagle; and stepdaughter, Glenna Turner. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Alge Hilke; children, Eva (Jimmy) Hampton, Richard (Luana) Hilke, Bert Linebarger, Charlie Linebarger, Barbara Sue Hanson; grandchildren, Taylor, Justin, Charlie II, Cody, Bradley, Christopher, Spencer, Nicolette, Landon and Wyatt; and several great-grandchildren.
Thoughts and well-wishes will be read and cherished by the family and can be left at the Vaughn’s Funeral Home website www.vaughn-funeral-home.com/
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Grove Baptist Church, 1127 Tom Garrison Road, Evensville, TN 37332; or to Audrey Pack Memorial Foundation 169 West Rhea Avenue, Spring City, TN 37381.
There will be a private memorial service for the family at a later date.
Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City is in charge of the arrangements.