James Waller

James Vallen Waller Jr.

Saturday, May 9th, 1942 - Saturday, October 31st, 2020
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James Vallen Waller, Jr. “J.V.” – born on May 9, 1942 in Chesney, Tennessee to James Vallen and Frances Skeen Waller. J. V. passed away on Saturday October 31, 2020 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was saved at an early age and was a lifelong member of Warwick’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. J. V. served in the United States Army stationed in Korea. He was also involved in many different organizations from being General Chairman of Carmen at Norfolk Southern Corporation to serving on many boards in Union County. He was Democratic Party Chairman for many years, a charter member of the Union County Heritage Festival and the Union County Historical Society. J. V. was one of a kind. A true Union brother to all of us. He loved the Democrats and the Labor movement. His word was his bond and was respected by all. “The Lord threw away the mold when J. V. was born.” (Words from his dear friend Bob Wojtowicz.) He was a huge fan of Hank Williams, Sr. and wishes to be remembered as a dedicated DEMOCRAT.

J. V. Waller is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Monroe Waller and two feline family members, Buffy and Calli; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Sanders, Libby (Keith) Brantley and Sherry (Kenney) Hall. He had numerous nieces and nephews that thought that Uncle J. V. was the greatest. He is also survived by many political friends and “adopted” family members.

Due to Covid-19, a celebration of life will be held at a latter date. Friends may call at their convenience on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Trinity Funeral Home Chapel. The burial will be private. In accordance with J. V.’s wishes, memorial donations may be made to Frances Waller Scholarship Fund, c/o Stacy Warwick, 140 Raley Rd., Maynardville, TN 37807 or to the Union County Humane Society. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of J. V. Waller. 865-992-5002
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    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 | 9:00am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 9:00am - 6:00pm
    Trinity Funeral Home, LLC
    228 Main St.
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Posted at 09:07pm
Linda, we wish you strength and peace during this hard time. There are not any words that can mend your heart, but know that JV was a great friend and will be truly missed.

God Bless,
Jeff and Marlene Collins


Posted at 12:48pm
Linda, I am sorry to learn of your loss of J.V. He was a great man who was admired by many and provided an amazing amount of service to his fellow Union Countians and many others. He will be missed by many but his memory will linger on in the minds of so many of us.

My condolences,


Sonya George

Posted at 12:43pm
Linda, Thoughts and prayers are with you. We know he was your rock. JV was a true and loyal friend. He was one of a kind and wore his heart on his sleeve. He loved you and the Lord, country and his UNION COUNTY. He was proud of his heritage and rightly so. Good bye dear friend.
Robert and Ginger Wojtowitz

Stephen A Hamilton

Posted at 06:35am
J V was the same Man I knew from the first time I was older enough to remember our family's go back a long way in the Chesney community, I have many memories of Our times growing up in Luttrell was an adventure in itself as a fellow labor party member we never got everything we hoped for but he never gave up trying, union County has been blessed by his work and commitment to justice I have been blessed by his commitment to the Democratic party.

Melissa Biggs

Posted at 08:34pm
My family always loved JV throughout our time at Warwick’s Chapel. He was a great man. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Much love to all,
Melissa Hill-Biggs and sons Justin, Cam, and Hayden

Linda M Waller Posted at 04:19pm

Thank you, Melissa! I really appreciate your sweet words of comfort and your compliments of my # 1 Friend. He was truly ONE OF A KIND! Linda M Waller

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