Mr. Loryn Yates Atwell, age 80, of Lafayette, passed away on Monday evening, September 10, 2012 at Macon County General Hospital. Funeral Services for Mr. Loryn Yates Atwell will be conducted Friday at 1 pm from Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Ricky Wilson and Elder Don Curtis officiating. Interment will follow in the Haysville Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Alexander Funeral Home on Wednesday at 5 pm-10 pm, Thursday 9 am-10 pm, and Friday from the church at 10 am until 1 pm service time.
Loryn is survived by:
Daughters: Wynona Clayborne and husband Eddy of Haysville Community in Macon County, Melinda Downing and husband Jeff of Fountain Run, KY, and Audrey Howser and husband Terry of Haysville Community in Macon County.
Grandchildren: Wes Clayborne and wife Whitney of Haysville Community, Jenna Downing Yokley and husband Jeremy of Fountain Run, KY, Orry Clayborne of Haysville Community, Will Downing and wife Bethany of Fountain Run, KY, and Clara Howser and Jerryn Howser of Haysville Community.
Great grandchildren: Gavin and Greenley Clayborne, Hallie and Hannah Yokley.
Special Friend, Jonell Deering.
Atwell was The Chief of the Lafayette Fire Department for 25 years, as well as a beloved local figure and longtime city Councilman. He helped to found the local fire department, was a former President of the TN Fire Chief Association, served on the boards of several local organizations, and touched many lives.
“It’s a sad day,” said current Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs. “He was a good man. He did a lot for the fire service in Tennessee. He served our department for 25 years, from September of 74 to August of 99. He was chief the whole way. He hired me; I was just an 18 year old kid, didn’t know nothing about firefighting. He just took a chance. He was good to me.
“I’m here because of Mr. Atwell. He formed my whole career.”