WHITWELL — Buck Layne Jr., 85, died on Monday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Valley View Assisted Living, surrounded by his family. The son of the late Buck and Lucille Floyd Layne, Buck was also preceded in death by his brothers, Carl, McKinley and Ralph Layne; and sister, Cathleen Rollins. Buck leaves his wife of 66 years, Beulah "Myrtle" Rankin Layne; children, Kathy (Eddie) Miller, Gary (Sharon) Layne, and Mark (Cathy) Layne; grandchildren, Carrie Layne, Derek (Becky) Miller, Summer (Randy) Gholston, Robby Layne, and Blake Layne; great-grandchildren, Emma Rollins, Fiona Gholston, and Zoe Miller; brothers, JC, Wayne, and Doug Layne; sisters, Betty Henry, Genevieve Beasley, and Janice Henry, and special care givers Doris Nunley and Kay Kilgore to cherish his memory. Buck began a career in coal mining at an early age. He owned and operated Buck Layne Leasing Coal Company for 38 years. Buck loved hunting, farming, real estate deals, auctions, and family gatherings at his cabin. Buck was a lifelong Republican and enjoyed talking politics at the local restaurants. Of all Buck's accomplishments, he would not hesitate to tell you his greatest blessing was his children and grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Hospice of Chattanooga and the employees of Valley View Assisted Living. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. CST with Brothers Cecil Baxter, Michael Shrum, and Dr. David Rice officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. CST. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to St. Jude Medical Center. Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com Funeral arrangements entrusted to Reed Funeral Home, 11675 Hwy 28, Whitwell, TN.