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Tony Vandyke

August 26, 1937 — February 13, 2022

Tony VanDyke, age 84 of Paris, TN, died Sunday, February 13, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, TN.

He retired after 21 years of service to the United States as a 101st Airborne Ranger, where he reached the rank of 1st SGT.  After his military service, he went on teach for 20 years at the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and served as the principal of Carroll Academy in Huntingdon, TN.  Tony also enjoyed being a freelance article writer for the Paris Post-Intelligencer – Wolf's Den.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Murray, KY, where he served as an Elder.  He was an honorary member of the Unforgotten Motorcycle Club and enjoyed singing.

Tony was born August 26, 1937, in Puryear, TN, to the late Alvin VanDyke and the late Lavelle Gamlin VanDyke.

He was married November 27, 2004, to Charlotte Anderson VanDyke, who survives, of Paris.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by one son, Jimmy Keith (Cindy) VanDyke of Paris; one daughter, Ann Medlock VanDyke of Paris; 10 grandchildren, Coltin VanDyke, Andrew VanDyke, Mary Van Dyke, Gavin Mitchell, Jazmine Flores-Anderson, Amara Fey Anderson, Jarel Anderson, Nathaniel Russell, Sage Bower, and Teal Bower; and one great grandchild, Mercedes Curtis.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two daughters Toni Leah VanDyke, and Susan Marie VanDyke.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN 38242.  The body is to be cremated with a celebration of life to be held and announced at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Unforgotten Motorcycles Club, c/o Apex Bank, PO Box 99, Big Sandy, TN 38221.

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