OBITUARY: David Russell Poynor


Mr. David Russell Poynor, age 89, husband of Judy Choate Poynor, of Theta, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2023, surrounded by his family members at his home.

David was born on January 7, 1934 in Williamson County to the late Dewey Poynor and the late Mattie Sudberry Poynor.

He was a longtime resident of the Theta Community. He attended Theta Church of Christ. For many years, he served as a deacon at Beech Grove Church of Christ, being a faithful and hardworking member.

David was 1953 graduate of Spring Hill High School and then went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1957 – 1959. He began his mechanical career with L.D. Warf in Franklin, Tennessee and later worked for Bill Miller.

David served at Walker Chevrolet as a certified mechanic for 33 years; he was specialized in transmission and engine repairs. He was well known and sought after for his vast knowledge and years of experience for all of their automobile needs. David’s hands were never idle. Farming, raising cattle, and tinkering in his shop with the radio blasting to the oldies, were some of his favorite things to do.

David was also an avid collector of antique bottles and was proud to show his collection to anyone interested. He also was an avid reader later in life and loved watching his Westerns on TV. Bird watching was something David also enjoyed as well as taking care of them. He really enjoyed a good joke and pulling a prank on someone.

In addition to his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 62 years, Judy, he is survived by his children, Joanna (Roger) Chandler, Shannon (Lisa) Poynor, Cheryl Bowers, Regina Poynor and Kelvin Poynor, grandchildren, Keifer Bowers, Shane Bowers, Katelyn Poynor and David Poynor, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, on Monday, June 19, 2023 at Heritage Funeral Home with Charles Hardison and Ricky Clay officiating. A visitation will also be held beginning at 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Monday, June 19, 2023, at the funeral home. A private burial will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Theta. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Keifer Bowers, Shane Bowers, Roger Chandler, Lee Norman, Monte Norman, Bryan George, Greg Choate, and Jason Campbell. Honorary pallbearers are Cordell Choate, Weldon Adams, J.B. West, Enoch George, Bobby Norman, Donald Hassell, Frank Curry, John Hayes, Mark Rector, Don Wyatt, David Fleckenstein, Roger Fleckenstein, Todd Locke, Robbie Jarratt, Wayne Cornwell, Donald Hickman, Jason West, Dean Campbell, Billy Walker, Kenneth Duncan, David Pence, Ronnie Skelley, Calvin Cheek, Donnie Burns, Renis Baker, Dr. Steve Simmons, Dr. Gaylon Harris, Keith Bowers, Jim Selbe, Eddie Hickman, Members of Beech Grove and Theta Church of Christ and employees of Walker Chevrolet.

A special thanks to the wonderful care given to David by Compassus Care.


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