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Roy Joseph Cerone

• Nov 21, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Roy Joseph Cerone, born September 25, 1953 in Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Joe grew up in Sneedville, was a resident of many cities across the state during his time with Farmers Home Administration and spent the majority of his adult life living in the Kingsport area.

Joe was a successful businessman for many years in the Tri Cities area, Eastern Virginia and Knox County having founded and operated Quality Care Ambulance Service.  Joe was very instrumental in working with state government in Nashville in establishing TennCare regulations regarding transportation of patients.

He was a staunch Republican. He was probably best known in the Kingsport area as a highly successful Political Consultant for many high-profile Campaigns ranging from the U.S. Congress to City and County races.  He was most proud to have been an advisor and campaign consultant to former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson.  Joe pioneered many of the campaign strategies employed in local campaigns today. His behind the scenes work and technical expertise resulted in numerous victories for his candidates. Even though Joe designed and ran very aggressive grass root campaigns he was well liked and respected in the political community.

One of Joe’s favorite things to do was take underprivileged children shopping for Christmas when he was a Jaycee.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother Mary Nelle Cerone Trent, father Joe Cerone, step-father Lawrence Trent, maternal grandparents William and Edith Drinnon Bragg, and paternal grandparents Anthony and Patricia Cerone.  

Joe is survived by his son Tyler of Kingsport, sisters Kay (Pat) Brooks of Sneedville and Edy Cerone of Knoxville, niece Kelsey Copeland of Knoxville, nephews Samuel Copeland and Tommy Wayne (Lesli) Wallen of Knoxville, David Wallen and Micah (Melissa) Wallen of Sneedville. Joe is also survived by many cousins and life-long friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Joe beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Sneedville First Baptist Church, 1359 Main Street, Sneedville, TN.

The family would like to thank everyone for their text messages, cards, and calls and especially his special friends Hoyt and Richard for their support on the day of Joe’s passing and assisting with the writing of Joe’s obituary.

Please make a contribution to your favorite charity in Joe’s honor. The family requests no flowers.