Gary Scott Mingus, age 64 of Friendsville, Tennessee, passed away on January 18, 2023. He was born on June 19, 1958 to the late Geraldine (White) and Robert Mingus of Cloverport, Kentucky. Gary apprenticed at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock in Virginia where he became a Journeyman Machinist. Gary spent decades as a highly regarded machinist expert in the aluminum industry.
Gary is survived by his wife of 15 years, Sherrie Reep Mingus; children, Janelle (Shayne Gallaher) Mingus, Charlene Mingus, Waylon (Melanie) Mink, and Elizabeth (David) Trexler; grandchildren, Finn and Nora Gallaher, Jacob and Cameron Mink, and CJ Trexler; siblings, Jimmy Mingus, and Lisa Mingus Tullis; and niece, Eva Rhea. He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, John W. Tullis.
Gary loved nature including bass fishing, bird watching, star gazing, hiking, and Native American artifacts. He was a muscle car enthusiast who relished in modifying, driving, and showing his Dodge Challenger. Gary also greatly enjoyed traveling, music, dancing, and KY and TN sports. He was a world traveler having visited Costa Rica, Brazil, India, Mexico, Barbados, and Canada.
To honor Gary’s memory, the family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 1:00 until 5:00 PM at the Smith life Event Center at 1410 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville, TN 37803 with a celebration of life message at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who are able to instead make a donation to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation at tnwf.org/donate or the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation at kentuckywildlife.com/support.
Online condolences can be made at www.SmithfuneralandCremation.