FRANKLIN – Pete Armes, 93, born on Feb. 15, 1926, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.
Pete Armes and his late wife Imogene lived in Franklin from 1956 to 1974. They transferred from Harriman, Tennessee in April of 1956 with Burlington Factories, and remained in Franklin for 18 years. In addition to working in the textile industry, Pete and Imogene owned and operated The Tom Thumb Restaurant in Franklin.
Pete and Imogene lived in Michigan in 1974 for a short period of time, then moved back to Tennessee where he spent his years enjoying life on the lake with his family.
For the last six years, Pete (Papaw Pete), has spent his summers with his daughter, Brenda Hughes, at the Riverbend RV Park and Campground. He enjoyed welcoming guests and making new friends while returning home to Tennessee in the winter. Pete was looking forward to spending this winter in Florida for the first time.
Pete was a strong, gentle, caring man who loved his family and would always greet you with a warm smile and send you off with a memorable story. Even in his 90s, he was still an independent man who never asked for much but would always offer a helping hand. Family reunions always put a smile on Pete’s face. He would spend hours talking about growing up in the hills of Tennessee, living off the land and sharing stories that most people now will only read about.
Pete was married to Nancy Imogene Armes, who passed away in 2017, for 72 years. They raised four children, Paul Armes, Brenda Hughes, Ronnie Armes and their youngest son Bobby Armes, who passed away in 2007.
A life so beautiful deserves a special celebration. We hope you will join us from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, at Riverbend Park & Campground. If bad weather occurs, the celebration will be moved across the street to the Cullasaja Fire Department