ROGERSVILLE — Derek Lee Silvers, 36, beloved son and brother, passed away unexpectedly Monday.

Derek’s family and friends will remember his big, beautiful smile, his huge, giving heart and his amazing mechanical ability.

Derek had an adventurous spirit and a gentle soul. He loved all things outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Derek enjoyed working with his hands. He was gifted with the ability to visualize and fabricate items of any material.

Derek considered it a blessing to help others.

Derek was born March 24, 1983. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age 11.

Derek was a 2001 graduate of Cherokee High School. He earned a machining certificate from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

Derek was employed as a journeyman maintenance mechanic/machinist at the TVA John Sevier Combined Cycle plant in Rogersville.

Derek was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Harold E. and Doris Silvers; his maternal grandfather: Robert D Justis; an uncle: Gregg Silvers; and his beloved labs: Nugget and Diesel.

Derek is survived by his loving parents: Jeff and Gloria Silvers; beloved “little” brother: Cody Silvers; his grandmother and special “Pap”: Joyce and Clifford Lamb; uncles: Kevin Silvers, Larry and John Justis; an aunt: Karen Silvers; cousins: Tracie Howlett, Travis, Ava and Eli Silvers, and Maggie, Sarah, Emily and Bentley Justis; a special friend: Jessica Welsh; his best friends for life: Joel Shipley; and “Uncle Nate”: Nathan Grant.

Family will receive friends Friday from 3-7:30 p.m. at Christian-Sells Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. in Christian-Sells Chapel with the Rev. Rip Noble and the Rev. Scott Farmer officiating.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at McCullough-Tieke Cemetery in Bulls Gap. Family and friends are asked to meet at cemetery at 10:45 a.m.

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