Raymond Robert “Bob” Atchley, passed away July 15, 2021 at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. He was the second of five sons born to Curtis Bentley Atchley, Sr. and Alma Wells Atchley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Senator Ben Atchley and Ed Atchley of Knoxville, Jack Atchley of Florida and sister-in-law Sue Atchley of Knoxville. He is survived by his wife and best friend of more than 47 years, Joyce Hodge Atchley; sons, Robert Louis “Rocky” Atchley (Lisa), Robert “Barry” Atchley, Brian Thomas Atchley, Bradley “Brad” James Atchley; daughter, Bambi Linn Slocum (fiancé Terry Sise) all of Knoxville, TN; brother, Blaine Atchley (Carol) of Jefferson City, TN; grandchildren, Josh Slocum, Addie Atchley Wyckoff (Alex), Chattin Atchley and Nancianne Atchley; several nieces and nephews; and special pup, Barney. 

Bob served in the US Navy as an Aviation Electronic Technician on active duty for two and a half years. He attended the University of Tennessee and was employed by the Bell System and ATT in Knoxville, TN beginning his career as a lineman. He retired in 1988 as a Supervisor after more than 35 years of service and began his second career as Mr. Mom to three young sons. He was an active member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Bob fully enjoyed life and loved to spend time with his family and friends. He spent has last several years travelling, touring and cruising. He was also a UT fan and loved classic country music.

Bob was in excellent health until June 21 when he entered UT Hospital for shortness of breath (not due to Covid) and spent 24 days, where he received excellent care by the physicians, nursing and hospital staff. There were too many people providing wonderful care to list individually, but Jason Stinnett RN was a favorite who always went the extra mile with a “can-do” approach. Friends may call at their convenience Monday 11am-1pm. Graveside service will be held 2pm Monday at Pleasant Forest Cemetery on Concord Road in Farragut with military honors conferred by the US Navy. A service to celebrate Bob’s life will be 6pm Monday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Ebenezer UMC.



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