Frederick Charles Symons
Frederick Charles Symons
  • June 28, 1940 - August 7, 2017
  • Knoxville, Tennessee

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On August 7, 2017 Frederick Charles Symons lost his battle with dementia and passed into the arms of our Lord.

Fred, born in Darby, Pa moved at age three to Florida, settling in the Daytona Beach Area where he spent his childhood. At 19 years old Fred was accepted into the apprenticeship program of IBEW Local Union 756 where he was an active member of 43 years.

A great lover of all God's creatures, Fred often found himself awash in cats, dogs, birds, turtles and even a snake or two. He enjoyed taking care of them and the squirrels enjoyed the peanuts.

He loved to fish, play pool and spend time with his family. He was a loyal member of FOE Aerie 4257 and loved spending time with his friends sharing tall tales.

Most of all Fred was a devoted husband and loving father, adoring " Opa" who loved making funny faces with his grandchildren who squealed with laughter.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Karen Lowry Bechtel Symons, his son Lawrence Brian Bechtel, daughter-in-law Candy Stevens Bechtel, grandchildren Shelby Elise Bechtel and Jensen Elliot Bechtel. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Marsha Lowry Church (Dan), Ex sister-in-law JoAnn McReynolds Lowry, niece Julia Lowry Taylor (Sam), nephews William Dean Lowry (Allison), and Byron Taylor Church, great nieces Allison Samantha Taylor and Abbey Taylor Charles.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ethel W. Symons and David W. Symons, half sister Gladys and half Brother David, mother-in-law Evelyn Z. Lowry, father-in-law William Lavada Lowry, Jr. and brother-in-law William Howard Lowry.

Fred's straight talk, his wonderful sense of humor, his love of animals and his great love for his family and friends will be missed by all who know him.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to an animal shelter of your choice or to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

Graveside services will held at 1pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery. Family and friends will be assembling at 12:30pm at the Chapel. The family will be hosting a reception following the graveside from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Berry Highland Memorial Chapel. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at