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DECATUR -- Gary H Mize, 73, passed away October 3, 2018 at home in Crossville, TN.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents William Herman Mize and Gladys Eagleton Mize and one grandson.

Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lila Mize, four daughters and one son: Gina Smith of Pineville, NC; Susan Lockhart of Crossville, TN; Becky (Joe) Luka of Decatur, IL; Lanette (Greg) Lucado of Lynchburg, VA and Gary (Amanda) Mize of Crossville, TN. He leaves three brothers: Stanley (Judy) Mize of Sevierville, TN; Richard (Linda) Mize of Dunnellon, FL and Michael Mize of Stewardson, IL; two sisters: Carolyn (Glenn) Ruff and Cheryl (Dennis) Woods, both of Shelbyville, IL; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Gary served in the US Navy and worked 30 years as a welder at Caterpillar. He was a former elder of Mound Road Christian Church in Decatur; a member of the UAW Local 751 in Decatur; and elder of First Christian Church in Crossville, TN.

Gary loved his family and had a passion for his home and music. He enjoyed playing his guitar and working outside, but God was first in his life.

Donations can be made to First Christian Church of Crossville, TN or Hospice of Cumberland County.

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