Quentin “Buster” Conatser passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on July 11,
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years; Joyce Conatser, by less than
Buster was born on February 9th 1925 to Benjamin “Ross” Conatser and Abbigale “Gilla”
Tipton Conatser in Conatser Hollow near Helena Tennessee.
As a member of the Greatest Generation, he served his country in World War II in the Pacific
Theater- earning the Purple Heart Medal for being wounded in action. Buster received his Bachelor’s Degree at Tennessee Technological Institute in Cookeville, and married Joyce Helen Conatser on November 25th,1948 after a whirlwind courtship. They remained devoted to each other and were inseparable for the rest of their lives. Buster’s lifelong passion was coaching basketball- including several years as head coach of both the varsity and junior varsity boys and girls Clarkrange Buffaloes- most notably during a legendary and (and still discussed) game against York Institute. He also coached elementary basketball, AAU, and served as assistant coach for the varsity girls team for York Institute well into his 90s, in addition to mentoring countless young people.
While in retirement (staying at his winter home in Mount Dora, Florida) Buster worked as
athletic director for a private high school, and then embarked on a second career with Coca-
Cola- which spanned almost two decades.
Buster loved to travel, and visited every state in the contiguous United States by car. He loved
taking fishing trips to Canada- enjoying the journey with his family even more than his time
He also loved nothing more than taking long, leisurely drives with his family to see familiar local
sights and landmarks.
Buster was beloved by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in whom he
labored to instill his dearly held values of love of God, honesty, hard work, and patriotism.
A private burial at Roanoke Church Cemetery was attended by his family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Conatser “Pay it Forward” Scholarship Fund,
co-sponsored by the Fentress Hope Foundation. Donations can be made out to: Conatser Pay it
Forward Scholarship c/o Fentress Hope Foundation 1211 Old Hwy 127 Jamestown, TN 38556
or via PayPal at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mundy Funeral Home in Jamestown was in charge of arrangements for Mr. Quentin "Buster" Conatser
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