Terral “Bubba” Layton, 71, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. While he will be sorely missed by his family and friends, his family is eternally grateful for wonderful moments spent together over the Christmas holiday and are thankful his days were filled with love and joy.
Bubba was loved by so many and often described as the kindest man anyone ever knew. He was a loving husband to Julie for 37 years and father to Aaron (Amanda) Layton and step-father to Bevin (Patrick) Gresham. He was the most amazing Papaw to Grant, Hayden, and Audrey Gresham and centered his life around them after moving to Knoxville. He was always on the sidelines of sporting events and the one who would drop anything to run a forgotten lunch up to school or pick up someone who was sick. He shared his love of camping and woodwork with them and taught them so much. He adored his grandchildren as they adored him.
Bubba dedicated much of his life to his first true love, Boy Scouts. A Scouter for over 55 years, a proud Eagle Scout, he loved the idea of “God and Country” and instilling these values in young men. He worked in education of boys and leaders alike. He loved his days in the Order of the Arrow, his time on the Wood Badge Staff, and the various camping weekends and other Boy Scout activities. The day he was awarded the Silver Beaver was, perhaps, one of the happiest days of his life. He was always ready to serve in any capacity.
After retirement he renewed his interest in woodwork and enjoyed gifting his efforts to friends and relatives. He loved building things for and with his grandchildren, especially. He enjoyed fishing and threaded many a worm on the hooks of his young people. There were many happy days in the woods on family campouts, his favorite activity. He and Julie were enjoying retirement and exploring the areas of East Tennessee.
There will be a Celebration of Life gathering on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in the community building at New Harvest Park, located at 4775 New Harvest Lane (off Washington Pike), Knoxville, TN. The family will greet friends from 10:00-11:00 AM, with a short period of prayer and sharing of memories to follow. We would love for you to join us.