Visitation Information:

July 14th, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Dr. David Edward Wetzel, 83

Dr. David Edward Wetzel, 83, of Tallahassee, FL passed away Friday, July 10, 2020.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Dr. Tom Smiley will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 14th from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.


Born on March 29, 1937, he grew up in Elizabethton, TN; David is preceded in death by parents, Edward Carl and Emma Louise Kinch Wetzel. He went to Elizabethton High School where he was a student athlete playing football, baseball and basketball. He was all-state in baseball and football. He was drafted by the New York Yankees. Dr. Wetzel graduated Carson Newman College where he played baseball.


He received his Doctorate Degree from East Tennessee State University. Dr. Wetzel began his more than 50 year career in education at Carson Newman College. During his career, he was a teacher, principal, graduate assistant in Dept. of Reading, Reading Supervisor, Superintendent for Elizabethton City Schools and Associate professor at Lincoln Memorial University.


David was a deacon and active member at First Baptist Church in Elizabethton, TN and then a member of Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Bradfordville, FL.


 He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved hunting in South Dakota with friends and family. His tradition of South Dakota hunting is still carried on by his nephews.


In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by his grandson, Cameron Wetzel.


David is survived by his wife, Shirley Frost Wetzel; son, Kevin Wetzel (Renee) of Gainesville; daughter, Kristin Wetzel Hendrix (Skip) of Tallahassee, FL; four grandchildren, Whitney Avery (Patrick), Madalyn Wetzel, Lyndee Hendrix, Londyn Hendrix; one great grandchild, Saylor Kate Avery; sisters, Trish Hart, Lynda Peters; one brother, Andrew Wetzel (Cheryl); special nephew, Andy Wetzel; brother in law and sister in law, Jack and Janice Frost and several nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers those who wish may make contributions to First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, 212 E F St, Elizabethton, TN 37643; Bradfordville First Baptist Church, 6494 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312, First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501; Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30501.


A celebration of life service will be held in Elizabethton, TN at a later date.


Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


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Evelyn white 2020-07-10 17:07:45
Kevin I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my prayers
Cynthia D Greenwood 2020-07-10 19:50:12
Kevin, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Lois Wetzel 2020-07-11 09:56:45
My deepest sympathy.....May all loving memories help ease the loss of David and bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Donna Beem 2020-07-11 12:46:48
Dear Kevin and Family, I wanted to send my deepest sympathy to you and pray Gods comfort unto you.🙏
Dennis & Mildred Carpenter 2020-07-11 21:15:39
Sending our sympathy and prayers for the family at this time.
Jack Sanders 2020-07-11 22:10:51
Kevin, sorry to hear of you father's passing. May God comfort and carry you in the days ahead.
Charlotte Godfrey 2020-07-11 23:44:06
So sorry for the passing of your Father.You and your family are in my prayers.You are very special to me and I love you very much.Keep looking up
Carl Torbush, Jr 2020-07-12 10:39:03
One of the finest men I’ve ever known. He gave me my first job as a teacher and coach at Carter HS in Knoxville.He was a great, great man, friend, and leader. He always had your back. Tremendous memories! He will Be truly missed. Jer 29:11-13
George Martin 2020-07-12 17:00:48
I remember Dave as an excellent story teller. He would visit with me in my office at Corryton Elementary and after his relating a few "stories" my day vastly improved. Always a delight to be in his company! Sorry to hear the passing of this good friend.
John and Joan Payne 2020-07-12 17:40:04
Shirley, I am so sorry for your family and your loss, but everyone who ever met "Dr. Dave" has a little piece of their heart missing today. Love and prayers to all.
Barbara Allen 2020-07-12 18:26:37
Kevin & Trish. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for God to be your peace and comfort during this difficult time
Angela & Eddie 2020-07-12 21:01:14
Our sympathies to all of your family. So glad we got to know David upon his & Shirley’s move to Tallahassee. He sure loved his family!! Prayers for peace & comfort. Love, The Hendry Family
Kenneth Frost 2020-07-12 21:33:01
Kevin, so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle David. He was a fine man and he made a terrific difference in many peoples lives. Michele and I are praying for you and the rest of the family.
Minnie Miller, Retired Director of Johnson County Schools 2020-07-12 21:53:46
Such great memories of an outstanding educator and a wonderful friend—he brought cheerfulness to everyone who knew him and made such a positive impact on education in East Tennessee. I learned a lot from him.
Bobbie Massengill 2020-07-12 21:55:21
Shirley and family, So many wonderful memories of when we all were young. I remember sitting on the church steps one night at Calvary. You and David had a spat over something. There was a bunch of us there. Some were suggesting a different girl friend for him. He was getting a little angry. Told them to shut up. If he couldn’t have his Shirley he didn’t want anyone. Rough days ahead but just take it “One Day at a Time “. I love you ❤️ Bobbie Massengill
Hunter Clark 2020-07-12 22:34:29
Thinking about all of you and sending love and prayers!
Pennie Bates Cable 2020-07-13 08:01:37
My heart goes out to the family.I'm so sorry for your loss, Hugs and prayers.
Gregg & Teresa Morgan 2020-07-13 08:18:47
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of this great man! We have many fond memories of “Mr. Wetzel” from his time at Carter High School. Sending much love your way, Gregg & Teresa Morgan (CHS class of 1979)
Laura Walker Chambers 2020-07-13 08:35:54
We are so sorry for your loss. Our parents had many fun times together. We just lost our father so we understand the difficulty of losing loved ones during COVID. Please give Shirley our love. Laura, Mark, Joel, Don and Martha Walker
Penny and Jerry Cole 2020-07-13 09:28:03
With a heavy heart, we say goodby to our friend, teaching companion, and high school classmate. David was truly, one of a kind. He was loved and admired by all of his students. We loved teaching together at Lincoln Memorial University, and often ‘filled in’ for one another to accommodate personal schedules. Part of me will always be with David and I was so pleased to be one of his teaching associates. Farewell my friend until we meet again.
Vicki Phillips 2020-07-13 09:40:12
Shirley, I am so sorry about David. I know you will be lost without him. He was definitely a Special person in so many ways. I know you will find comfort from your Faith and your wonderful family. I am keeping you in my prayers.
Darla Ramsey 2020-07-13 09:56:01
Kevin, I’m so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. He was a good man and educator and many as I, have fond memories of him. May God bless and comfort your family.
Suzanne Gentry 2020-07-13 10:23:14
Shirley, Kevin, Kristin, grandchildren, Lynda, Trish, Andrew and family, I was so sorry to read about David- gosh we had some good times in Elizabethton way back when.. Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers.. with deepest sympathy and love, Suzanne and John, Woodstock, GA..
Virginia Newman 2020-07-13 11:01:05
Shirley, I send heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May God bless and keep you.
Dwight Kinsey 2020-07-13 11:10:38
Sorry to hear of your lost, I know he was fine person. Having a son like you.
Dr Mary Carroll 2020-07-13 11:29:11
David was truly a force of nature. His energy and enthusiasm brightened many a boring staff meeting.Always wanted to sit close enough to hear his comments! He was a great principal and educator who cared about his staff and students. He will be missed.
Kathy Riley 2020-07-13 20:49:36
Shirley, Sending our love to you during this oh so sad time ~ we share so many wonderful memories from the past and I treasure them all. May God bless and comfort you ~ you and David were so special together and the joy in your heart now is that you will see him again! Our love to you, Wayne and Kathy
Annette Wilcher 2020-07-13 20:56:27
Shirley we are saddened to hear of David’s passing. Our condolences to you and family. It was lovely to read of all his accomplishments and hobbies.
Donna Thayer Fox Jamison 2020-07-13 21:14:13
Kevin, I am heartbroken by the passing of your dad. He was an amazing man, principal, and boss. Much of him will live on in you, as you always reminded me so much of him. You, your mom, Kristen, and family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. May God wrap his loving arms around you, covering you with His peace and comfort.
Charles J Stahl 2020-07-13 21:46:47
My condolences to the entire Wetzel family. When David Wetzel served as Elizabethton Superintendent of Schools, I worked with him as Elizabethton's city manager. David was a dedicated, passionate professional with an engaging personality. God Bless David and his family
Dan & Tammy Kelly 2020-07-14 10:04:02
Dear sweet Shirley and family ~ so sorry for your loss. David was such a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers with you during this time.
Andrea Gates 2020-07-14 11:03:33
Dear Shirley and family, Dell and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. We are sending lots of love ❤
Sharon Roberts 2020-07-14 11:35:57
Heartfelt condolences to Shirley, Kevin, and Kristen. “Mr. Wetzel” was my principal in high school and then I had the privilege of crossing paths after I became an educator. I loved having Kristen as a student. So many great memories of this man and family. Prayers for your comfort and strength. - Sharon Roberts CHS, Class of ‘77
Jay Wormsley 2020-07-14 12:21:11
I valued the time that I worked for him at Gibbs High. I learned so many strategies from him that I was able to apply when I became an administrator. He was truly one of the good guys.
Imogene Nichols 2020-07-14 12:53:54
Shirley - So sorry about your husband. My prayers are with you and your wonderful family.
Steve Kugley 2020-07-14 17:29:02
David Wetzel gave me my first job at Carter high school and I learned so much from him as an educator but more important than that was learning about character. He was a friend and mentor. I still have a shotgun that I bought from him a lot of years ago. Just a great man.
Cathy Highsmith-Robinson 2020-07-14 20:43:23
Kevin & family, thoughts & prayers for all of you during this difficult time
Ginny McGee 2020-07-16 21:31:05
Dr. Wetzel was the first boss to call me by my last name, "McGee, are you busy?" and he was the only person I ever called "Boss". Good memories of working. He loved students, teachers, and education. A great friend. Cherish your memories. Love and prayers from TN coming your way, Shirley, Kristin, and Kevin and families.
JIM HARDIN 2020-07-23 09:46:01
I CANNOT EXPRESS MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS HUGH LOSS. David and I grew up together in ElizaBETHTON, PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TOGETHER AND PLAYED AGAINST Each other in college , he at Carson Newman and I at Lincoln Memorial University. He is in heaven with his many friends including Jay Nidiffer and Ray Vaughn. God bless you Shirley and family and hold you up in the difficult days ahead.
Kevin Marcus 2020-08-23 19:03:36
Dr. Wetzel was one of my education inspiration. I took nearly all of my grad classes under him to learn from his wisdom and life experience. He was a wonderful man and I feel blessed to have had him in my life as a professor. His words and wisdom still guide me today when work with fellow educators.
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