Donnie Mark Dies, age 59 passed away on Friday morning, June 28, 2019 at his home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Mr. Dies was an avid sportsman and fisherman which grew into a lucrative career as owner/operator of Sportsman’s Taxidermy. At the tender age of 13 years, he began training through the Northwestern School of Taxidermy and on-the-job training through his uncle Clarence Dies.
Mr. Dies was from a very large family on both his mother's side as well as his father’s, which might explain his love of life and his easy going nature who never met a stranger. He enjoyed spinning tall tales (though most were true; truth is definitely stranger than fiction) and always had a smile on his face with love in his heart.
His maternal grandparents were the late Steve and Nellye Hearn and his paternal grandparents were the late Hermon and Eumphrey Dies. Donnie married the love of his life, the late Elizabeth “Beth” Glenn Dies who is survived by her children Patricia, Natasha and Michael Williams.
Mr. Dies parents were the late Leila Hearn Dies and the late Pharmacist Ethel “Cotton” Dies, and is survived by Mrs. Ethel (Jewell Thompson) Dies. Donnie is survived by three sisters, Lisa Evans Steele, Lynn (Vernon) Underwood, and Kay (Mark) Johnson; and two nieces Angela, CPA (Chef Kevin) Korman, and Dr. Danielle (Dr. William) See; two nephews, Jeremy (Laura) Johnson and Daniel (Jesse Owens) Johnson, great nieces, great nephews, uncles Tommy (Nelda) Hearn, Dr. Phillips (Donna)Hearn, Frankie Dies, Jerry (Barbara)Dies, Clarence (Laura)Dies, and one aunt, Tommie Rae (Ray Allen) Tomlinson as well as numerous cousins.
Visitation with the family will begin at 10 am Saturday, July 6 at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, with Memorial service at 11am. Interment and graveside services will be private. Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.