Wayne Solomon

  • Born: April 22, 1929
  • Died: March 28, 2013
  • Location: Wartburg, Tennessee

Schubert Funeral Home Inc

1318 Knoxville Highway
P.O. Box 326
Wartburg, TN 37887

Tel. (423) 346-6677

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gordon Wayne Solomon, age 83 of Wartburg passed away Thursday afternoon, after a brief illness. He was owner of Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg and Sunbright, Tennessee and was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to the State Board of Funeral Directors. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Roane State Foundation. He was a member of The Wartburg Church of Christ and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents: William Gordon and Grady Lee Solomon.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 58 years: Margaret Schubert Solomon
Sister: Jo Ann Solomon
Sister In- Law and Brother In- Law: Kathryn Schubert Cook and husband Marion Cook
Nieces: Melanie Goff (Curtis) and Allison Lowrey (Scott)
Great niece and nephews: Lauren Goff Bonner, Jordan Wayne Goff, Taylor Lowrey and Matt Lowrey
Several Cousins, other family members and numerous friends

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 31, 2013 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral Services will follow with Bro. Don Long, Bro. Pat McGee and Doug Tooley officiating. Graveside services will be Monday, April 1, 2013 at 11:00AM in the Wartburg City Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wartburg Church of Christ or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Heaven is so much brighter with your smile Mr. Solomon. You've always been a really sweet and wonderful friend to my mom. God bless your family.

Posted by Pamela Dunkley - Clinton, TN - friend   April 12, 2013

So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was always so helpful and caring with the loss of my dad Lloyd Underwood yrs ago and my Mom's (Marie)passing in 2010 and the many family members over the yrs. He was a true gentleman. My dad had known the Schubert brothers yrs ago. Wayne will be missed by the many familes in Morgan Co that used his services. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Judy Underwood Reamer - spring Hill, FL   April 10, 2013

On behalf of the
Tompkins family , we express our deepest sympathy to Wayne's family & staff! They have served our family with so much kindness, love & grace for many years including services for our parents Loy & Ruby Tompkins and other family members. Our hearts are sadden for this great loss! May God confort each one!

Posted by Judy Tompkins Planck - Lenior City, TN - Friend   April 09, 2013

To The Family:
May God be close to you as you go
through the days ahead.
God will never leave you.He will be ther to
comfort you.Wayne was qa friend to all who knew him.
Praying for Margaret and family.
In His Love.

Edna and Carl Young

Posted by Carl and Edna Young - Abingdon, VA - friend   April 04, 2013

Sorry to hear about Mr. Solomon

Posted by Tom Williams - Oneida, TN   April 04, 2013


I only knew Wayne for a short time, but he was such a wonderful person, I felt as if I had known him forever. That's just the way he was-very easy going and humble person. He was proud of his community and wanted everyone to know that. It was a pleasure to have been in his life for a short time. He will be sadly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May God Bless!

Posted by Brenda Crisp - Maryville, TN - Business relationship   April 03, 2013

Mrs. Solomon, I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Solomon was a fine, caring gentleman. He was always helpful to everyone. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Rhonda Bray Harbison

Posted by Rhonda Bray Harbison - Oak Ridge, TN - friend   April 02, 2013


Dear Margaret and family,
Our family was deeply saddened by the news of Wayne's passing. He has always been a dear family friend and his caring and compassionate presence will be sorely missed. The last time Joan saw Wayne was last November when she was visiting her mother, Lorraine Heidel, in Wartburg and was going in the local post office. He was standing inside the entrance with that characteristic welcoming smile visiting with a couple local residents. Wayne took time to say hello, shake Joan's hand, and ask how her mother was feeling. Our family will never forget the helpful, compassionate and comforting manner with which he guided us through the funeral arrangements for (husband and father) Edwin Heidel in February , 2011. Even after the funeral, he occasionally stopped by to pay his respects to Lorraine, offering a listening ear, understanding, and comforting words. Truly, Wayne was a man of God, reflecting on words from Ephesians 4: 32 (NIV), "Be kind and compassionate to one another, ... just as Christ..." May his dear wife Margaret, and his family take comfort in knowing Wayne is now experiencing the joy of Christ's presence. May each of you find encouragement and hope in God's promises and comfort in His presence.

Thinking of you in your loss and offering our deepest sympathy,
Lorraine Heidel, David & Sue Heidel, Joan & Neil Weber, Wanda Lane, Nina & Ron Wade

Posted by Joan Heidel Weber - Friend   April 01, 2013


Thanks Wayne.

Posted by David and Tonya Shannon - Friend   April 01, 2013

Wayne thanks so much for introducing me too the game of tennis. It most likley saved my life @ a bad in mine, Sleep well.

Posted by David and Tammy Grace - St. Pete., FL - friend   April 01, 2013


Wayne was a true southern gentleman. He was loved and admired by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and employees.

Posted by Sandra McDaniel - Friends   April 01, 2013


I just weant to express my condolences to the family and to the fine people in Morgan County. Wayne was one of the kindest men I have ever known. He was so kind to his community and to everyone who ever he spoke with. He will be truly missed by his entire community.

Posted by David Stevens - friend   April 01, 2013

Words cannot describe what Wayne Solomon has meant to me and my family. He was always there when we needed him as he was for so many others. Our county has lost a dear and wonderful friend. Wayne was a humble man who carried himself with dignity and grace. Love and prayers to all of his family and his family there at Schuberts Funeral Home.

Posted by Denise England - Sunbright, TN - Friend   April 01, 2013

Just want to give my condolences to Mr. Wayne's family and funeral home staff. He will be missed

Posted by Michael Harding - Maryville, TN - friend   April 01, 2013


Wayne was such a special person, I will miss our talks.

RIP our dear friend..

Posted by .Keith and Debbie Bullen - friend   April 01, 2013

Dear Margaret and family: Wayne was an icon in Morgan County and a beloved member of our Chamber of Commerce. He will be greatly missed, not only for his humanitarian deeds, but for the welfare of the families who were served by his Funeral Home. I was truly blessed when he personally saw to details when Lanny passed away two years ago; and he will be remembered for his support of the many activities of the Chamber. God Bless each of you. Gigi

Posted by Gigi Schooler - Sunbright, TN - Friend   April 01, 2013


Posted by Jewell Copas - Crossville, TN - Friend for many years   April 01, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers for the family. We appreciate the kindness this man shown to our families down through the years. He will forever and always be remembered for his love and kindness he showed others.

Posted by Richard and Hazel Carroll    April 01, 2013

Wayne was to me what a true Christian should be like. He didn't make a show of his religion he lived it daily. He is an inspiration for us all. I will never forget his compassion and the respect he showed to each family that passed his way over the years. He will be greatly missed.

Barbara Langley

Posted by Barbara Langley - Lancing, TN   April 01, 2013

Kind, generous & respectful, are only a few of the words to describe Wayne. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Roger & Jane Galloway - Sunbright, TN   March 31, 2013


Wayne will truly be missed! Such a kind, gentle, special man. He has been so supportive to our family over the years during the loss of many of our loved ones. We sincerely will miss his kindness and friendship.

Teresa Davis Nichols (daughter of the late Grady and Enith Davis)

Posted by Teresa Davis Nichols - Friend   March 31, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. I remember Wayne from the time I was a small child and coming to Schubert's. I will always remember him being a very kind and considerate man. When my mother passed away in 2000, I asked my dad if Wayne would be there to help us plan the funeral. Of course, he was. I will miss him very much. However, as a fellow believer, I know that he is in heaven with our Heavenly Father and those that have gone before us. I will pray for the family in the days and weeks to come.

Connie Ooten-Hopkins

Posted by Connie Ooten-Hopkins - Knoxville, TN - friend   March 31, 2013



My Mammaw Ruby told me many years ago that Mr. Wayne was a good man. It wasn't until years later that I realized it. Wayne was so very professional and compassionate to the people that passed through his door. He was always quick with a handshake or squeeze of the arm. Morgan County has lost an icon. My sincere condolences to the family and his friends.

Posted by David Humphreys - Harriman, TN - Aquaintence   March 31, 2013


Our deepest sympathy to Margaret and famly and "the boys" at Schuberts. Wayne will surely be missed for a long time to come -
a great guy!

Posted by Felix and Frances Ooten - Friends   March 31, 2013

My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult loss. Although I had only meet Mr. Solomon he treat me like an old friend.

David Saylor and Family

Posted by David Saylor - Knoxville, TN   March 31, 2013

On behalf of all of my family I want express our deepest sympathy to Wayne and his family and to his extended family that I know includes all of the staff at Schubert Funeral Hone that looked up to him as a Father figure. I know your hearts are bleeding as I have suffered great loss in my life with the passing of my son Brad Byrd II a few years ago and most recently with the passing of my Dad, James H. Byrd.

Wayne and his entire staff were so gracious during my families times of grief and Wayne took extra care of my Dad as they were high school buddies that remained good friends throughout their lives.

Wayne and Margaret along with Billy Harper attended my Dad's 80th Birthday party and we were all joking that they would all live to be a hundred as they seemed so healthy. I truly treasure this memory.

When my Dad passed away in the wee hours of the morning in October, Wayne accompanied his staff to our home and assisted in carrying my dad to the funeral home and eventually onto his final resting place in Clear Creek Cemetery. I told Wayne how much of an honor it was to us that he took so much personal care of our dad, especially with the Eulogy that Wayne delivered at his funeral. I remember Wayne saying: "no, Brad the honor was all mine." I'll treasure these memories forever.

God Speed to an amazing man, Wayne Solomon.

Posted by Brad Byrd - Wartburg, TN - Friend   March 31, 2013

I heard that Bro. Solomon passed away and wanted his family to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Wayne was always nice to me.

Pastor Garvan Walls - Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church

Posted by Garvan Walls - Oliver Springs,, TN - Friend   March 31, 2013

Sallie, Jim and I extend our prayers and love to all Wayne's family. Wayne was a great person and he will be missed in our community. God Bless.

Posted by becky Jansch - wartburg, TN - friends of family   March 31, 2013

Wayne had a way about him, a genuine heart-felt compassion that few people have. He and Margaret and "the boys" helped me through the hardest times of my life. Losing my grandparents, my Daddy - Duane Scott - and my Mother in Law - Alice McCartt. Wayne was a person you could always count on in the hardest of times. He always knew just what to say... and when a simple hug would say it all. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all. My love and prayers to his family... and to "the boys".

Posted by Kaye Scott McCartt - Lancing, TN - Friend   March 31, 2013

We will miss you Wayne

Posted by Brenda & Lowell Potter - Wartburg, TN - Friend   March 31, 2013


Our hearts are heavy for the loss of this wonderful, caring man. To Mrs. Margaret and the rest of his family, our prayer is for Gods peace and comfort at this time. Our county has lost a very important part of it with the passing of Wayne. Love and God Bless.

Posted by Jeff & Michelle Dyer - friend   March 31, 2013

The Richard Ooten family extends sympathy to Wayne Solomon's family. We have lost a great friend.

Posted by James Ooten - Soddy Daisy, TN - Richard Ooten's son   March 31, 2013

I can only imagine what a world it would be if we all had the heart & soul of a man like
Wayne Solomon. He was the most kind, considerate & generous man I have ever known & will be sorely missed in this county. Susie Kries

Posted by SUSIE KRIES - Deer Lodge, TN - FRIEND   March 31, 2013

I have known Wayne Solomon all my life. He was the definition of a true gentleman. He was a life long friend of my Dad & will be missed. Wayne & Margaret will always have a special place in our hearts.

Posted by Karen Freels Fritts - Muscle Shoals, AL - friend   March 30, 2013

Our heartfelt sympathies during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynda Dodge Schrimpsher and family
Dwight Dodge and family

Posted by Lynda Dodge Schrimpsher - Midlothian, VA - friend   March 30, 2013

Wayne was one of the finest men I have ever had the honor to be acquainted with. He was so dear to the people of Morgan County and he will be sadly missed. Wayne had high intergrity and was very honest. I am honored to have had him as a dear friend for many years.

Posted by Dennis Smith - Oakdale, TN - Friend   March 30, 2013

Wayne's family and friends at Schubert Funeral Home: It is so sad to lose Wayne
but I know he is celebrating in Heaven with God and his loved ones gone on before. I was the first woman to work at Schubert Funeral Home and Wayne and "his boys" welcomed me with kindness and friendship. Wayne always referred to his staff as "the boys" - nevermind that some of them were fathers and even grandfathers! He had a special love for all of them. To define the quality of the Funeral Home, here is a little story from years ago: Sometimes the "boys" would grumble at having to wash the hearses so often and Wayne's response was, "People may not notice if the hearse is clean, but they will always notice if it is dirty". I believe Wayne and the staff embrace this quality service in every aspect. Wayne's life was a life well-spent!

With love and many prayers...

Emily Duncan and husband Robert Duncan

Posted by Emily Duncan - Petros, TN - Friend/Former Employee   March 30, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers for the family of a much loved and respected gentleman. We appreciate the kindness this man shown to our families down through the years.
Bill and Chris Brackett

Posted by Bill and Chris Brackett - Pine Orchard community, TN   March 30, 2013


My Dear Solmon Family,
The friendship Wayne and I held for each other can not be expressed. My very deepest sympaehy goes out to the Family--We have all lost a very dear Friend

Houston Shannon

Posted by Houston Shannon - Very Close Friend   March 30, 2013


Wayne's family: Each man's life touches so many other's lives as Wayne's life did - when he is not around, there is an awflul hole left behind.
Bobbie Evans Duncan and husband, Eugene.

Posted by Bobbie Duncan - Life-long friend   March 30, 2013

your memory will live on in the many funerals you have director.my prayers are with your family and friend during this sad time.

Posted by George Nunley - chattanooga, TN - friend   March 30, 2013


We are saddened to learn of Mr. Solomon's death and offer our sincere sympathy. He was a fine man and dedicated funeral director. He and our father, Frank Sowell, enjoyed each other's company for many years at conventions and other activities. They shared mutual respect and love for funeral service. This is the highest tribute we can offer. Bunny Sowell and Tony Sowell

Posted by The Sowell Family - friend   March 30, 2013


Mr. Solomon, you are very treasured member of our community and extended family. I don't know to what extent you realized it, but more so than a mortician or "undertaker," you have been a minister. Our family has suffered a great deal of loss, and the majority have been under your care as they have parted this world. My grandparents, my father, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Most recently, my cousin, Bud Gouge, and my dear aunt, Rena "Carol" Daugherty. These have been within the last two months. You were present for both funerals and offered a kind smile and a word of encouragement. You and I joked that you have been around since the beginning of time. You told me you would be there (at the funeral home) until the day you died. It was your passion and your CALLING. You and your family have made the process of sending our loved ones to their final resting place as easy as you could. You are a wonderful, wonderful Christian man who loved people and desired to ease the burden of death in the best way you knew how. There is no doubt that when you closed your eyes on this earth, you opened them in glory. You will be missed and never forgotten. May God bless you and keep your family in the hollow of His hand.

Posted by Christy Tarner - cousin   March 30, 2013

I have known Mr. Solomon for years. He was a kind and caring man. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Lydia Swint - Greenfield, IN - Friend   March 30, 2013

My life was made richer for having known Mr. Solomon...he will be greatly missed and can certainly never be replaced...prayers to you...

Posted by Jae Brown - Wartburg - Friend/pharmacist   March 30, 2013

Wayne and Margaret was so helpful with the deaths of my parents, Guy and Cordia Morgan, and when my mother had her 90th birthday party at Liberty Baptist Church in 1906, my brothers Richard and Wayne(Cotton) Morgan's funerals in 1976 and 2005. God Bless you Margaret.

Posted by Rosa Lee Morgan Rickers - Bowie, MD - Friend   March 30, 2013


Our heart is out for the family. He was always smiling when we seen him.

Posted by Jimmie & Barbara Hawn - Friend   March 30, 2013


Margaret and Family

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Wayne. He was such a kind man always with an air of calmness and peace around him. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." He as well as Margaret and the rest of the staff at Schuberts has shown love and compassion and extended comfort to my family as well as so many Morgan County (and surrounding counties) families in the past. Wayne will be greatly missed. Keeping you in my heart and prayers and may God surround you with His abundant comfort and strength. Thinking of you in Christ's love.

Posted by Collette Owens Dishman    March 30, 2013

Wayne was truly a good friend and a community leader in Morgan County. He always supported activities at Frozen Head State Park and Eternal Heart. We loved him and were blessed to call him our friend. He will be missed. We send our love and prayers to Margaret and the family.
Duane and Sandy Wyrick

Posted by Duane and Sandy Wyrick - Knoxville, TN - Friends   March 30, 2013


Our County weeps today. We have lost a true friend. What a testimony his life has been. A true friend and Gentleman. My thoughts and Prayers are with his family and us all.

Posted by Teresa Brown - Friend   March 30, 2013

To Margaret, Joan, Billy, Jim, David, Randy, all who loved Wayne...

Wayne was a very special man, who loved the Lord, his family, friends and loved helping others. HE was a Man who lived his Christanity, 24/7.. He may have been hurting on the inside, but he always greeted everyone with a smile..always the same..

He and Margaret has been so blessed over the years and they shared those blessing with others..

God richly blessed us by allowing us to have Wayne and Margaret in our lives..

We had a good conversation with him the night before his surgery, never dreamed this would be our last..simply cannot believe he has passed.. this world will never be the same without Wayne..

WE thank God for giving us the assurance of seeing him again one day.. until then, he is sadly missed and will never be forgotten....

Posted by Harold and Nola Ritter - Knoxville, TN - Friend   March 30, 2013

Not only was Wayne a great bossman but a wonderful friend and full of wisdom and a very kind man.

Posted by Royal Howard - Gordonsville, TN - Former employee   March 30, 2013

Deepest sympathy

Geneva Edmond

Posted by Geneva Stewart Edmond - Oak Ridge, TN - longtime friend   March 30, 2013

Mr Solomon was a wonderful and comforting friend of our family. We have the greatest respect for him and his family. May God bless and comfort you.

Posted by Sarah & Donald Brown (Blaine & Alma Justice's daughter) - Oliver Springs, TN - Friend   March 30, 2013

To wife and sister, our prayers are with you,may God Bless.

Posted by Willard&Carolyn Gunter - Sunbright, TN - Good Friends   March 30, 2013

Wayne was a family friend. No doubt, he was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. He was a special friend of my dad, and he will be missed. Years ago, I can remember him coming by our house for dessert and coffee. He was fond of Shoney's hot fudge cake back in the day!

Posted by Kathy Stooksbury - Aiken, SC - Friend   March 29, 2013


A friend of our family for generations; what a wonderful man, who will be greatly missed by so very many.

Posted by Jayne Murphy - friend   March 29, 2013

Wayne was without doubt one of the finest, kindest, warmest men I've ever known and hands down the best funeral director I have ever worked with in 30 years of ministry. He will be missed, sorely, and his family and friends are in our prayers.

Posted by Jim West - Petros, TN - friend   March 29, 2013

deepest condoloences to waynes family he was a great leader and a great man in this community and he done alot for wartburg he will be greatly missed

Posted by larry hawn - wartburg, TN - friend   March 29, 2013

Mr. Solomon was considered a great man of Morgan County and will be missed greatly....He always had a smile on his face and never failed to speak to those he came in contact with...Our prayers is for your familly during this difficult time...

Posted by Randy and Christine Chapman - Oakdale, TN - friend   March 29, 2013

To the Solomon Family: I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was such a great friend and colleague to me and my father. He and Margaret were always together at funeral director's meetings and I always wanted to sit with them. He was such a southern gentleman and she a kind and gracious lady. The funeral profession will certainly miss him!

Posted by Donna Vaughn - Vaughn Funeral Home - Spring City, TN - Friend   March 29, 2013

Dear Solomon Family,
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Wayne. Our hearts go out to all the family, especially Margaret. They both will always have a special place in our hearts. They were always so kind to me as a young fellow at the NSM meetings we attended together and it was such a joy to be with them, especially on the golf course. Wayne was a true gentleman and I count it an honor to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Jim Rogers and family

Posted by Jim Rogers and family at Rogers Funeral Home - South Pittsburg, TN - Friend   March 29, 2013

You have my heartfelt sympathy. He was a great friend and loving person. I will miss his smile and loving personna. He will be remembered for his love for people and his community.

Posted by Corene McConnell - Harriman, TN - friend   March 29, 2013


Men like Wayne Solomon are very few and far between. No one will ever know the impact he has had on the lives of others especially in our county. Generations to come will reap the benefits of his kind heart and humble way. From a Daddy's girl, "Other than my Dad, my opinion is there is no finer man to have ever breathed than Wayne Solomon." My heart is broken for your employees and family. You will be sadly missed. Our comfort comes knowing you are walking on streets of gold, free of pain. You suffered criticism for some of the good things you did but God knew your heart and knows the hearts of those who unjustly said things. I am certain you are being rewarded for your overwhleming kindness for others as we speak. Rest in peace, you earned it many times over. Love you Wayne my dear friend.

Posted by Becky Ruppe - friend   March 29, 2013

So sorry for your loss. I know this is a very difficult time. Wayne was always a comfort to everyone he came in contact with. He will be very missed. RIP.

Posted by Lena Shepherd and family    March 29, 2013

It was always a pleasure to be around Mr. Solomon at any time. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Dale and Peggy Snow - Oakdale, TN   March 29, 2013