Rev. Robert (Bob) Hatley, age 78, of Madisonville, passed away 0130. Monday, April 27, 2020 at U.T. Medical Center.
Bob was a graduate of Madisonville High School. He retired from M & M Mars Company and was a member of Notchey Creek Baptist Church, Tellico Masonic Lodge # 80, Vonore O.E.S. Chapter 383, and Monroe County DAV #93. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnan War. He was one of the original 23 members of Legacy Peer Support Group, Secretary of Vet to Vet Tennessee and the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Court Coordinator and Mentor of the Monroe County Veterans Court. He loved helping the veteran’s community.
Bob’s selflessness, generosity, and dedication to others had an impact on Monroe County, Vet to Vet Tennessee, and anyone who knew him. We have been blessed in life to be in the presence of a strong male role model. Although he continued to struggle with the memories of his service in Vietnam, he never once lost focus on his comrades. God blessed us knowing you brother. Welcome Home! We will never forget you.
A drive-in graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday at Notchey Creek Cemetery. Rev. Mitch Ingram, Rev. David Koopman will officiate. Due to the current health crisis, attendees will be asked to remain in their cars. A private Masonic service and rendering of military honors will be held for the family. Military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post 5156, D.A.V. Chapter 93 and American Legion Post 106. The online guestbook may be signed at www.biereleyhale.com. The public viewing will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, Tennessee.