Chuck Asbury, age 67, passed on Monday, February 14, at his home due to complications from Covid.
Born in Union County, Tennessee, his sense of adventure and love of new experiences led him to enlist in the United States Navy. In his youth, he travelled the Mediterranean as a member of the crew of the USS Nimitz and returned home to Tennessee with gifts and recipes (some involving wine, terribly exotic by our family standards at the time!) that he loved sharing with his family and friends. Although he returned home to East Tennessee to be among the family he cherished, he always had a deep appreciation of travel and culture, new places and new ideas.
Chuck embraced life with an exuberance and enthusiasm for the things that interested him, and he often swept everyone else along for the ride. He had a gift for living fully in the moment, and if there was disco music on, he was dancing and singing along and booming with laughter-never mind where you might happen to be. To say family gatherings are going to be a whole lot duller would be an understatement.
An accomplished cook, Chuck mastered Chinese cuisine and variations of all things red velvet. He took a lot of joy in preparing meals and entertaining friends, hosting elaborate murder mystery parties and what may have been the crowning jewel in his repertoire, the famous Blizzard of ’93 house party that is still talked about to this day. He shared many wonderful hours with special neighbors Kathy and Greg Evans and his network of friends.
Chuck is proceeded in death by his parents, Larma and Viola Asbury; brother, Robert (Bobby) Asbury; sister, Betty Asbury Drain; nephew, Benjamin Drain; and beloved dogs, Lily, Little Bit, Euro, Aaron, and Zachary.
He is survived by sisters, Marie (Ronald) Rolen and Rose (Roger) Meredith; nieces, Tina Rolen (Bill Pittman) and Jennifer Drain; nephew, Ron Rolen (Ginger); and great-nieces, Reece Rolen and Shada Drain.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 26 from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at Second United Methodist Church, 1524 Western Ave., Knoxville, with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Young-Williams Animal Center, www.young-williams.org.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.mynattfh.com