ELMER ‘E.J.’ DEMPSEY JR., 71, Oneonta, died Feb. 7, 2020, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. He loved to fish and was a lifetime member of Bassmasters. He enjoyed horses, farming, and his tractor and was an avid Alabama fan. Predeceasing him were parents Elmer Sr. and Gladys Dempsey; wife Linda Dempsey; brothers Billy Bob Dempsey, Melvin Dempsey, Demont Dempsey, and Tommy Dempsey; and sisters Vivian Epps, Sara Betty Peoples, and Ruby Butts.
Surviving are sons Keith (Whitney) Dempsey, Terry Washburn, Danny (Jamie) Washburn, Chris (Rhonda) Washburn; daughter Sandy Bailey; brother Ray Dempsey; sisters Jean Dempsey, Christine Dempsey, Faye Phillips; grandchildren Peyton Dempsey, Bailey Dempsey, Ryan Bailey, Riley Bailey, Raven Bailey, Emalee Graves, Jacob Graves, Tyler Washburn, Jacob Washburn, Alex Washburn, Katie Marie Washburn, Justin Washburn, Brody Washburn, Caleb Washburn.
Funeral service was held Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed at Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Blount County/ Cleveland Funeral Home directed.