Dave Post, Cades Cove Preservation supporter, dies suddenly

David W. Post, 63, of Maryville, passed away suddenly at his home the evening of Saturday, Dec. 19.

Dave was of the Baptist faith and grew up attending Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Maryville. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret E. Clark Post, and father William M. Post.

He is survived by his daughter, Claudia Post Depew, and her husband, Mark Depew; grandchildren Cade and Cori Depew; lifetime soulmate Paula Post; brother John Clark Post and numerous special friends and family members.

Dave was very dedicated to and cherished his family, friends and associates. He was a man of few words but had abundant love and kindness for everyone. Dave was retired from Martin Marietta in Oak Ridge. His last working years were as a division head in Development.

He was enjoying his retirement and spent his time with his beloved grandchildren and working on historical documentation for various groups and associations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse. Dave was also a founding member and past president of the Cades Cove Preservation Association. He and numerous CCPA friends supervised The Thompson Brown House Cades Cove displays.

Dave had a deep love for Cades Cove from which his forefathers descended. He left behind his love preserved in many years of research documents and pictures of his family history. On a regular basis, as a volunteer, he cleaned and maintained churches in Cades Cove, educated the public about Cades Cove through the Cades Cove museum, and participated in the Old Timers Day in the Cove and Townsend.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, at McCammon-Ammons-Click Chapel with Rev. Raymond Burnett officiating, with interment in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cades Cove Preservation Association, P.O. Box 213, Alcoa, Tennessee 37701 or your favorite charity.

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