Donnie M. Chowning

Born in Springfield, TN on August 1, 1947

Departed on January 10, 2020 and resided in Greenbrier, TN

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Donnie M. Chowning, age 72 of Greenbrier, passed away on January 10, 2020 at North Knoxville Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

He was born on August 1, 1947 to the late Robert Cleo and Velma Powell Chowning at Jesse Holman Jones Hospital. After graduating from East Robertson High School in 1965, Donnie served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Donnie was described as an honest, loyal and determined man. He was hardworking and loved his family. He worked for over 40 years as a truck driver and retired from USF Holland.

In addition to his parents, Donnie was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Powell Chowning.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Kay (Donald) Spencer of Knoxville; grandchildren Jake Drewrey, Mary Kathryn Spencer and Shelly Spencer; and great-grandson, Zae Drewrey; siblings, Betty Elmore, Linda (Wilbur) Beal, Jimmy Chowning, Jerry (Helen) Chowning and Bill (Juanita) Chowning; his best friend for many years, James Beard and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Life Celebration will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday in the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-8pm then again on Wednesday from 9:00 am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400 McLean, VA 22102.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437 www.SpringfieldFH.com.

9 Comments to Donnie M. Chowning

  1. Stacey Chowning
    January 12, 2020 9:45 pm

    Uncle Donnie was such a special man. I was blessed enough to spend lots of weekends with Donna and him as we were growing up. My heart goes out to Donna and all his siblings and family. He will definitely be missed. ❤️

  2. Bettye DeGeare
    January 12, 2020 11:33 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
    Bettye DeGeare.

  3. Jennifer Evans
    January 13, 2020 8:15 am

    So sorry for your loss. We are all thinking about the family. xoxo

  4. Carolyn L. Wells
    January 13, 2020 10:57 am

    Chowning Family Members,
    I want to extend to each one of you my heartfelt condolences in the loss of your loved one. I know your hearts are filled with sadness; however, please know many empathize with you and are thinking of you during this difficult time.
    With sympathy,

  5. patricia nash
    January 13, 2020 11:37 am

    Mr Chowning was a great role model who raised a daughter with integrity, strong work ethic and loving support. We will be thinking about all of the family during their time of sorrow. He is now at peace.

  6. Marie Burrell
    January 13, 2020 4:45 pm

    Donna,
    You are so beyond blessed to have had such a wonderfully devoted and loving father. He loved you and his grandchildren dearly. I loved his quiet sense of humor and the fact that he always remembered to send me those peppers every year! Godspeed Donnie Chowning.

  7. Juanita Chowning
    January 14, 2020 7:04 am

    I’m just a sister-in-law but Donnie I’m sure going to miss you! Your daughter did a wonderful job taking care of you but I know you wanted to come home and “wanted a little place in Springfield “you are home now to a better place than Springfield! So Rest In Peace! Will remember you always.

  8. George & Sherry Perry
    January 15, 2020 8:17 am

    May God bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. We offer our heartfelt condolences as you navigate these next days. May you find sweetness in the memories you hold in your heart.

  9. linda gilmore
    January 16, 2020 10:36 am

    God speed donnie. Our prayers are with you donna. Thought the world of your dad

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