Fred W. McMahan

Jan. 20, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

Fred W. McMahan, age 79 of Gatlinburg, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013, at LeConte Medical Center.

The true music man of the Smokies. He loved life, people, politics and especially his bluegrass music. He loved the joy his mountain music gave to the visitors of Gatlinburg. For 51 years he was the backbone of the Smoky Mountain Travelers band. He never met a stranger. He served his city of Gatlinburg from 1991 - 1999 both as mayor and vice mayor. He also was the proud owner of Fred's NAPA auto parts store in Gatlinburg for 31 years. He never turned anyone away who needed his help. He loved his family and friends and was never at loss for words. He truly had had the gift of gab. He gave so much back to his community. He was a true entertainer and entertained to the very end of his life.

A very special thanks to the staff of Sevier County Health Care and the staff of Le Conte Medical Center. They all made his final days special. A very special thanks to Starr Trotter at LeConte Medical Center who went way beyond her call of duty.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Trentham McMahan.

Survivors: son, Larry N. McMahan and wife Kay; daughter, Melodie L. McMahan; grandchildren, Hannah and Sarah McMahan; sister, Irene Conti.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Friends of the Smokies," P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660.

Funeral service 7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, with Rev. Jack Hitch and Rev. Kim McCroskey officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Wednesday in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers will be the Sevier County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.