A Marion County business leader has died, as a result of a freak accident. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said 33-year-old Spencer Wayne was lifting weights alone when he dropped a barbell on his neck. The accident happened inside his Jasper home.

Spencer Wayne was a hometown boy. He was born and raised in Marion County. Wayne and his wife were raising their two children in Jasper. He was co-owner of the Western Sizzlin' restaurant in Jasper, and was well-known at the local gym. His hobbies included fitness, music, and the Tennessee Vols.

“Everybody who knew him loved him. He saw the good in everybody,” said family friend Jackie Kirk.  “He was all about giving back to people and the community," Kirk added. "He was just a wonderful person.”

In 2015, he served as president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce. Friends say his favorite role was as father to two young children.

“He loved his kids. I mean, the first time I saw him with his daughter, I've never seen him smile so big,” Kirk said. 

Business associates said Wayne devoted much of his adult life trying to better Marion County. During his time with the Chamber, Wayne was widely known for his role in establishing business grants, according to Judy Blevins, administrative assistant with the Chamber.

Blevins said he leaves a lasting legacy for making Marion County a better place to work and live. She said, "He proved that a young person can see a vision and work toward accomplishing that vision."

The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST at the Jasper Chapel of Rogers Funeral Home. A Masonic service will be held at the funeral home at 7:00 pm CST on Wednesday.

Additional visitation will be held at First Baptist Church in South Pittsburg on Thursday from 10:00 am CST until the time of service at 2:00 pm. Rev. Brad Bridgman will officiate. Interment will follow at Cumberland View Cemetery in Kimball, Tennessee.

Those desiring to make contributions in Spencer’s memory are asked to do so through the Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or by visiting shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc/donate.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.rogersfuneralhome.com.