Tony Proffitt, 71, was long-serving county commissioner

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Former County Commissioner Tony Proffitt died Wednesday, just days after completing his last term. He was 71.

Proffitt served on county commission from 1994 until this year. He didn't seek re-election, so his final meeting as a commissioner would have been Monday. During his final term, he served on the water, emergency services, planning and agricultural extension committees.

He had been suffering from worsening health for some time, and had missed the last few commission meetings.

"His wisdom and his dedication are going to be missed on county commission," County Mayor Larry Waters said. "He worked hard for the people of Sevier County for a lot of years."

Proffitt was familiar to many Sevier County residents from his role with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, where he was a wildlife officer for 36 years. He taught the hunter safety course for Sevier County school students for many years.

He also served as the school resource officer at Caton's Chapel for seven years.

"He was great example for our students because he always emphasized the importance of character and patriotism," Principal Bill Hatcher said.

With his love of hunting and the outdoors, he was the ideal person to teach the hunter safety class, Hatcher said.

"He stressed it wasn't about shooting a gun, it was about responsibility and all those things." Hatcher said.

Proffitt's family will receive friends from 2 until 4:45 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, with a funeral service at 5 p.m.

Interment will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Fox Cemetery.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com