GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Greene County is mourning the loss of a longtime former mayor who served for 20 years.
Alan Broyles died Wednesday night in a farming accident.
According to a Greene County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were called to Warrensburg Road regarding the accident. The caller told deputies that Broyles had left “earlier in the day on his tractor to Bush hog his property.”
According to the report, there were worries after Broyles didn’t show up to a church function he was to attend.
Deputies stated that his family returned home and found Broyle’s vehicle but not the tractor. A neighbor then took a UTV to search for Broyles.
The report shows that Broyles was found about a half mile from the road in a field.
“It appeared that the victim had been Bush hogging his field when the tractor flipped, throwing the victim off. Victim had been attempting to Bush hog an extremely steep hill side.”
According to the sheriff’s department, the Greene County EMS and rescue squad responded to the scene.
He was county executive and mayor from 1990-2002, then from 2006-2014.
Broyles’ wife shared her memories of him with News Channel 11 on Thursday.
Married 45 years – Peggy met her husband Alan in a bowling alley.
“The best husband in the world. He really was,” Peggy said.
He was a teacher and coach with the Greene County Schools for 20 years.
“He was loving. He was understanding. He was a man of his word,” Peggy said.
Another love – taking care of their 200 acre property in Greene County.
On Wednesday – he didn’t return home from working on his tractor.
In their home – photos of Alan during his career, photos with Peggy and figurines of his favorite animal – the elephant.
Peggy said her husband died doing what he loved at the age of 70.
“About 2 weeks ago I said Alan you’re killing yourself…he said I’m doing what I love to do,” Peggy said.
He will be buried next to his parents at the church where he and Peggy worshiped every Sunday.
“He did a lot of great things in our church. He will be missed,” Peggy said.
The Greeneville/Greene County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security posted a note on their Twitter page Thursday morning that reads, “Our hearts are heavy this morning with news of the passing of former county mayor, Alan Broyles. Please pray for his family during this difficult time. “
Officials with the Town of Greeneville also tweeted Thursday morning saying, “Former Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles was a dear friend to our Town. One of our many good memories is when he and Mayor W.T. Daniels cut the ribbon at Sports Complex on Hal Henard Road. Alan will be greatly missed by our community. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
“It was obvious to me he was devoted to God, devoted to this community and to this country. He will be missed,” Greene County District Attorney Dan Armstrong said.
Current Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison said flags at county offices will be flown at half-staff until Broyles’ funeral.
“He was a friend to everybody, Alan was the type of guy that would take the shirt right off his back and give it to you, a very good close friend of mine,” Morrison said.
Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison sent the following statement to News Channel 11:
“It is with tremendous sadness and shock that former longtime County Mayor Alan Broyles died when the tractor he was operating turned over.Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison
Alan was a teacher and coach for Greene County Schools for many years. He was elected to the County Commission in 1982 and was reelected in 1986. In 1990 he won the election for Office of County Executive (this position later became County Mayor). He was reelected as County Executive in 1994 and in 1998. He lost his bid for reelection in 2002 to Roger Jones. In 2006, he ran again and won for the position now known as County Mayor. He held this position until 2014 when he decided not to run again. He was also Chairman of the Greene County Republican Party.
Our hearts break for his family, and we offer his wife Peggy and family our most sincere thoughts and prayers. Alan was a friend to everyone he met, a veteran, a true and honorable public servant, a stalwart conservative, a faithful man to his community, church, and family. Our County will feel his absence for many years to come. “