Larue Eckenstine, 96, a resident of the Milltown Community, went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
He was fondly known as "Papa Lou" and will be sorely missed by family and friends.
A celebration of his life was held Monday, Feb. 3, at Heritage Funeral Home.
Heritage Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Born in Jersey Shore, Pa. on May 20, 1917, he was the son of the late Asa and Rosa Mae Babcock Eckenstine.
Mr. Eckenstine was the former president and CEO of Sugar Valley Telephone Company in Loganton, Pa. and retired to Tennessee in the early 1980s. Papa Lou" was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. He enjoyed gardening, beagles, and visits with friends and family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Fern (Roy) Jacobs of Erie, Pa., and the mother of his children, Dorothy "Dot" Willits Eckenstine of Jersey Shore, Pa., as well as seven sisters and one younger brother.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter, Wendy (Lucky) Greer of the Milltown Community; granddaughters, Valerie Smith of Lewisburg, Shana (Marc) Reed of Turbotville, Pa., and Nancy Jacobs of Wisconsin; and great-grandchildren, Elijah Smith and Kason Davis of Lewisburg and Katherine and Christopher Reed who were an absolute joy to him. He is also survived by a second daughter, Bonnie Newman of El Paso, Texas.
Pallbearers were Lucky Greer, Andy Greer, Valerie Smith, and Roy Jacobs. Longtime friends Joe Lewis Gentry and Frank Prewitt served as honorary pallbearers.
Final services to celebrate his life will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date this year.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grace Prison Ministries, P.O. Box 171052, Nashville, TN 37204, www.graceprisons.org.
You may share condolences with the family at the Heritage Funeral Home website: www.TnFunerals.com.