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May 2, 1947 ~ January 6, 2020 (age 72)

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William Stephen Partain

Age 72

Of Calhoun, GA.

Passed away Monday, January 6, 2020

At Remond Regional Medical Center in Rome, GA.


A native of Athens and longtime resident of Calhoun, GA., he was a son of the late C. L. Partain and Ann Lou Perkinson Gamble and John Gamble. William  was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Petty Partain; one son, Travis Sullivan; two brothers, Ronald Partain and Gerald Partain.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was an over the road truck driver, known as “Tennessee Rebel”

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law,

   Melissa and Barry Holden of Canton, GA.

Two sons and one daughter-in-law,

   John Stephen and Ruthy Partain of San Antonio, TX.

   James William Partain of Calhoun, GA.

Nine grandchildren: Alissa Hitt, Bradley Partain, Sydney Baker, Casey Baker, Zach Warner, Lucas Holden, William Mason Holden, Christian Partain and Tyler Ferguson.


Great granddaughter, Artemis Hitt

Brother and sister-in-law,

  Mike and Dorothy Partain of Chattanooga

Sister and brother-in-law,

   Linda and Monty Elfgen of Chattanooga


Graveside services with military honors will be 11:00 am Thursday, January 9, 2020, in McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Jimmy Lewis officiating.


The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.


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January 8, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

January 9, 2020

11:00 AM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1739 County Road 561
Athens, TN 37303

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