Mr. Robert “Bob” Bradford Layne passed away in his home in Jasper on April 18, 2022.

He is survived by his wife, Erma; his son, Marshall; his mother-in-law, Geneva Brookman; his sister, Jan and husband, Jerry Payne; and his nieces, Lora and Deanna. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bradford Layne and Lora Lee Hargis Layne. Bob was a loving father and husband who simply wanted to be laid to rest, and as per his request, a graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at Plainview Cemetery in Tracy City, Tennessee.

An avid collector of knives, baseball cards, and coins, the great joys of his life were University of Tennessee football and Atlanta Braves baseball. He was a season ticket holder at UT for years, and he always kept his schedule open for games on Saturday afternoons. He also loved outdoor activities and was an avid fisherman. He played football for the Grundy County Yellow Jackets his freshman through senior years, including 1965, the year they went to Civitan Bowl.

Bob’s first job was delivering the Grit newspaper when he was a young boy, and he went to work at Combustion Engineering when he graduated from high school. He later went to work as an agent for Commonwealth Insurance Agency in the early 1980s (Later Monumental Life) and he won the Southeast Regional Vice President’s Award, the Gold Circle Award for sales, the Silver Circle Award and the Bronze Circle Award. He attended numerous Leadership Conferences and was top agent for the East Brainerd office several times. In the mid-90s, he opened his own agency in Gruetli-Laager next door to the discount store his father, Brad, ran until his passing in 2000.

Robert was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Chattanooga, Olive Branch Lodge F&AM # 297 and Order of the Eastern Star Jasper Chapter # 124.

He loved his family and friends, and he will be greatly missed.

Arrangements by Layne Funeral Home, 32871 TN-108, Palmer, TN 37365 (931) 779-7777.

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