The Tennessee Housing Association would like to recognize members of our industry who paved the way for future successes.  Beginning in 2017, this page will begin collecting photos and notes, in an effort to build a historical registry of our friends.  If you know a past member who has left us, please forward a photo and comments to Office@tnmha.org

William Earl "Bill" Tuller

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 William Earl "Bill" Tuller , of Knoxville, TN

 October 15, 1940 - February 8, 2020  

 

  •  On Saturday, February 8, 2020, William Earl (Bill) Tuller, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 79 in Knoxville, Tennessee after a short battle with cancer. Bill was born on October 15, 1940, in Mansfield, Ohio to Clarence and Virginia Tuller. Following his graduation from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, Bill spent his career in finance working for General Electric Credit Corporation, Bank of America and finally 21st Mortgage in Knoxville at the time of his retirement. 


  •  For the past 25 years, Bill was devoted to his wife Dean O’Donniley Tuller, and together they filled each day with laughter and adventure.  Bill was a bolt of lightning to those who knew him. Never one to stand still for long, he was committed to both God and his family in a way that made everyone he touched feel special.  In addition to his family, Bill loved Tennessee football, the game of golf and time with his friends.  With his friend of more than 50 years, Hal Deatherage, Bill spent countless days in marginal weather chasing a little white ball, all while needling each other endlessly.  Always humble, Bill was a skilled golfer and his passion for the game was infinite.  He traveled the world with his family and friends teeing it up and tallying a total of three holes-in-one during his time on the links. 


Jim Oliver

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James "Jim" Easton Oliver, Hoenwald, TN

October 22, 1952 - September 19, 2019 

 

  • Jim Oliver, age 66 of Hohenwald, TN, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Jim was married to Evon (Onweller) Oliver with whom he shared 9 children, 27 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 


  • A business owner by trade, Jim was born in Caro, Michigan, but later moved to Hohenwald in 1995. Jim brought his business, Mobile Home Safety Products, with him... and after moving to Hohenwald changed the business name to Oliver Technologies. The company continues to operate, supplying products and services to the manufactured housing industry and more. 


  • Jim lived his life trying to help others. He was an avid hunter and loved riding motorcycles. More than anything else, Jim loved his family and his friends. 


Lori Sechrest

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  Lori Lee Sechrest, Dickson, TN – 

December 14, 1965 – June 25, 2018


  • Lori Lee (Woodyard) Sechrest, 52, of Dickson, TN, passed away Monday evening, June 25, 2018, after a well fought battle against Metastatic Colon Cancer.  Lori did not let cancer become the descriptor of her life on Earth, but just a small piece of her incredible life story of love and the pursuit of dreams.  Lori always relied on her faith in God and His leadership, guidance and grace, because she always recognized that without Him there was nothing.


  • Lori was elected to the THA Board of Directors in 2008.  Lori served as an installer/Transporter Director, and also served as the Middle Tennessee Director.  During the ten years Lori served this industry on the state level, she Chaired several Committees including the Annual Convention, Education, Transportation and Zoning.  She was a member of the Legislative Committee and reviewed and commented on any piece of state legislation which affected codes, transportation or zoning.


  • Her ever ready smile and infectious laugh will certainly be missed! 

Bayne Yarbrough

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Bayne Yarbrough, Memphis, TN

11/27/1939 – 03/29/2018

   

  • Bayne was born November 27, 1939 in McRae, GA, to Ashley Yarbrough and Johnnie Mae Clements Yarbrough. Bayne married Patricia Miller on December 31, 1978, and together they shared 39 years of a wonderful marriage.   
     
  • Bayne was a graduate of the University of Georgia and loved his Bulldogs.  He served in the U.S. Air Force Guard after graduation.  Bayne’s career was in management in the finance industry, starting with GECC, and then several banks as Regional Manager and Vice President.  

 

  • Bayne served the manufactured housing industry in various capacities over the years, including President of the Board for three State Associations (AR, TN and MS) during his career. 

Sam Swann

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Sam Swann, Dandridge, TN

1963 – March 12, 2018


  • Sam Swann, age 55 of Dandridge, passed away from complications of injuries sustained in an accident. He was a member of New Vision Ministries in White Pine, owner of Swann’s Mobile Homes and Southern Impact Pulling Sled.  Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Cindy Swann, children, Travis Swann, Sammie Swann, Lexi Swann and Lesley Swann, special girls; Hannah and Hailey Collins, grandchildren, Brycton Swann and Xzayden-Zek Swann, sister, Lois Fain and brother AB Swann Jr, also several nieces, nephews, other family members and all of the pulling community. 

Bill Macke

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‘Bill’ Macke of Macke Perkins Insurance, Nashville, TN

June 9, 1954 – June 14, 2017


  • William Barber Macke started his insurance agency in 1983, and has been insuring manufactured housing retailers, communities, installers, transporters, and other industry related companies, in multiple states.  In the past, Bill served on the Association and Foundation Board of Directors.  In earlier years, Bill worked with THA’s legislative committees, in advancing education to our state legislators.  Outspoken and gregarious, Bill was dedicated to this industry.

Charlie Taylor

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Charlie Taylor of Charlie Taylor Housing, Gallatin, TN

July 10, 1959 – February 18, 2017


  • Charlie Taylor started his manufactured home retailer business in 1987.  Through the years, Charlie served on the Board of Directors for both the Tennessee (Manufactured) Housing Association and the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Foundation.


  • Charlie served as chapter president for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association, for many years, while proudly serving his many customers in the Sumner County region, and beyond.

Vance 'Blinky' Evans, Jr.

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Vance 'Blinky' Evans Jr., age 72, Haleyville, AL

May 21, 1944 – February 18, 2017


  • Blinky was a 1966 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he played football for the legendary coach Vince Dooley.  He moved to Haleyville, AL in the early 70’s with his wife Becky, where he got his start in the manufactured housing industry.  He was hired as a salesperson for Tidwell Industries and fell in love with the business. Blinkie never met a stranger and enjoyed telling a good story better than anyone.  


  • After leaving Tidwell in the early 80’s he worked for Eagle Housing, Sunbelt Homes, Buccaneer Homes and Southern Homes over his 40-year career.  He retired in 2011 and enjoyed the outdoors, working in his garden and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a member of First Baptist Church Haleyville, AL.