LAYNE, Dillard Harold Jr., age 81 of Pelham, Tennessee passed from this life Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2020, at Unity Medical Center in Manchester. Harold was born on April 16, 1938, in the Mountain View community near Pelham, a son of the late Dillard H. Layne Sr. and Anna Corene Cox Layne. He was preceded in death by his brothers, James Ronald “Ronnie” Layne and Charles Doyle Layne. Mr. Layne was a member of the Chapman’s Chapel Church of the Nazarene and had served in the Tennessee National Guard from 1957–1958 and then joined the U.S. Air Force where he served from 1958–1979, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Good Conduct Medal. After his military retirement, he worked for American General Life Insurance Company and was manager at Clifftops. Harold was a man who had strong beliefs, a love for God, his family and his country. He enjoyed recalling memories with friends and family, viewing the mountains and the farm lands of Pelham valley, traveling, working outdoors and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Koger Layne; children, Troy Kevin (Patti) Layne, Russell Kirk (Janet) Layne and Travis Kyle (Lindsey) Layne; sisters, Joyce (Donnie) Gipson and Brenda (Steve) Mitchell; grandchildren, Heather, Joshua, Chad, Olivia, Amelia, Canyon and Reece; great-grandchildren, Locke, Willow, Asher, Rivers and Aaron and “one on the way”; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Dillard Harold Layne Jr. to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or online at: The family received friends on Sunday, March 22, 2020, from 3-6 p.m. at Cumberland Funeral Home in Tracy City. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the Cumberland Funeral Home chapel with Rev. John Burge and Rev. Justin Hill officiating. Burial was in the Warren Cemetery with military honors bestowed. Serving as pallbearers were: Troy Layne, Russell Layne, Travis Layne, David Layne, Jeff Sparks and Jamie Hicks. Serving as honorary pallbearers were John Jacobs and Jimmy Goodman. Please share condolences and memories with the Layne family at: Cumberland Funeral Home, 207 Mabee Ave., Monteagle, Tennessee 37356. 931-924-2381.

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