James Hunter Reasonover, age 89, passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 in Lebanon, TN after a brief illness. Jim was born August 26, 1921 in Lebanon. He attended Lebanon High School, Castle Heights Military and MTSU, where he excelled both academically and on the football field. He was a veteran of World War II, fighting throughout France and central Europe from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the 698th Engineering Petroleum Division and received many medals and honors for his service. After returning home, Jim married his longtime sweetheart, Jean Evelyn Fambrough. The newlywed couple moved to Knoxville where he received his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee. He began his teaching and coaching career at East High School in Knoxville. Memories of those happy and rewarding Knoxville days remained with him all his life. Jim and his family moved to Hialeah, FL in 1959. He continued to teach at the high school level and coach football, his first love. He became involved with AAU Swimming in the 1960Ã¯¿½s and it soon encompassed the whole family. Jim coached, Jean helped out at swim meets, and his children, Dell and Art, competed.
He retired from the school system in 1978 and he and Jean moved to Ocala, FL to be near to their daughter and her family. In Ocala, Jim made many friends and touched many lives through his love of woodworking and furniture construction. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years: Jean Evelyn Reasonover; his sister: Evelyn Mason; and his parents: Virginia and Howard Reasonover. He is survived by his daughter: Virginia Dell Karp and her husband, Hal Karp, of Lebanon; his son: Howard Art Reasonover of Montreal, Canada: three grandchildren, Aaron Michael Karp and his wife Kelly Ann, Chad Hunter Karp, and Mackenzie Marie Karp; and one great grandchild, Lily Ann Evelyn Karp; one brother: Dan Reasonover; and many nieces and nephews. He was greatly loved and will be forever missed and remembered. Memorial services for Mr. Reasonover will be held on Jan. 3, 2011, at 1:00 pm at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2101 Lebanon Road, Lebanon, TN. Jim and Jean will be laid to rest at Nashville National Cemetery on Jan. 4, 2011.