Crossville businessman, Bill Matherly, passed away October 7, 2020 at the age of 78.
He moved with his family to Crossville in 1975 and opened a Burger Queen restaurant franchise on April 17, 1975. Bill initiated the “Report Card Reward” program in Cumberland County, providing free food for good grades. Burger Queen changed its name to Druther’s in 1980. He served three years, 1977-1980, on the board of directors of Druther’s International. Druther’s merged with American Dairy Queen in 1990, and Bill became a Dairy Queen franchisee. In 1999, he and Joan sold that store located in Woodmere Mall. From 1995-2004, Bill, along with Joe Lee Smith, co-owned and operated the Plateau Travel Plaza now known as the Eco Travel Plaza.
Bill coached his sons in little league baseball and Boys’ Club football for several years. He served multiple terms on the board of directors as a member and as president of the local Boys’ Club. He helped form an athletics booster club at Martin Junior High School and served as president of the booster club for a number of years. He helped start the Century Club at Cumberland County High School supporting athletics. Bill was a long-term advocate for children, education and athletics in Cumberland County. He received an award from the Tennessee State Board of Education in the ’80s for his generosity to the school system.
Bill also served as a director of the Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce for two terms. He was elected to the board of directors of Cumberland County Bank, now One Bank of Tennessee, in 1980, and continued to serve in that capacity for 40 years. He and the late Grady Taylor began developing property along Hwy. 127 North in 1977 and assisted in the growth of Crossville through real estate development.
Bill enjoyed playing golf, visiting with friends at Mitchell Drugstore, working in his yard, and traveling to see his grandchildren. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Crossville.
He is survived by his wife: Joan Matherly; son and daughter-in-law: Dale and Traci Matherly of Topeka, Kansas; son and daughter-in-law: Kevin and Polly Matherly of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law: Robert and Andra Matherly of Louisville, Kentucky; daughter and son-in-law: Kelly and Jamie Smith of Crossville; daughter and son-in-law: Lori and Robert Dixon of Knoxville; grandchildren: Haley Matherly of Topeka, Lindsey Holmes (Will Holmes) of Louisville, Kolton Matherly of Knoxville, John Matherly of Taylorsville, Kentucky, Madison Matherly of Knoxville, William Matherly of Topeka, Chloe Smith of Crossville, and Phoebe Smith of Crossville; step-granddaughter: Alanna Tyler of Louisville, Kentucky; step-granddaughter: Ashley Coffey and her two sons, Logan and Connor of Louisville, Kentucky; step-grandson: Darren Coffey of Louisville, Kentucky; siblings: Barbara McIntyre of Louisville, Kentucky, Janet Rowland of Louisville, Kentucky, Roxanne Matherly of Magnolia, Kentucky, Patsy Nall of Louisville, Kentucky, Theresa Carroll of Taylorsville, Kentucky, Albert Ray Matherly of Taylorsville, Peggy Whitehouse of Mt. Washington, Kentucky, Tammy Goodrow of Anderson, Alabama, and Tony Matherly of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; as well as a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father: Leo Matherly; stepmother: Marie Matherly; mother: Irene Whitehouse; stepfather: Coleman Whitehouse; brother: Bobby L. Matherly; and brother: Daryl Matherly.
Cremation is being handled by Hood Funeral Home. The family will be accepting your respects via a drive-thru tribute at Crossville First United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 1 until 5 p.m. central. The family requests memorial contributions to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, https://secondharvestetn.org, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville, TN 37801, and First United Methodist Church, 100 Braun Street, Crossville, TN 38555.