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Obituaries from the DPA

dated March 2004

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March 01, 2004

Nellie Lucile Elkins
Died: 02-26-2004

Nellie Lucile Elkins, 99, of Etowah, died late Thursday evening, Feb. 26, 2004, at Etowah Health Care Center.

A daughter of the late William H. and Kitty Maxwell Peck, she was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County. She was the oldest member of North Etowah Baptist Church, and was the oldest living graduate of McMinn County High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. Elkins; one son, Joe E. Elkins; and one son-in-law, Bob Ratledge.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Elbert W. and Charlsie Elkins of Athens, and Ross and Glenna Elkins of Etowah; two daughters and one son-in-law, Dean and John Ray McKeehan of Athens, and Rhodora Ratledge of Athens; one daughter-in-law, Linnell Elkins of Chattanooga; 11 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 8 p.m. Sunday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Dr. Gerald Atkins and the Rev. Allen Bates officiating. Family and friends assembled at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home and proceeded to McMinn Memory Gardens for the 11 a.m. burial.

Pallbearers were Michael Elkins, Jeff Ratledge, George Ratledge, Shawn McKeehan, Josh Stevens and Mitchell Elkins.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Etowah Baptist Church Connector Building Fund.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah was in charge of arrangements. If you were unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Shirley Mae Shelton McCumber
Died: 02-26-2004

Shirley Mae Shelton McCumber, 52, of Ten Mile, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at her residence.

She was of the Baptist faith, and was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Viola L. Roberts Shelton.

Survivors include three sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Kathy McCumber of Ft. White, Fla., Jonathan McCumber of Gainesville, Fla., and Kevin McCumber of Ten Mile; one daughter, Lena McCumber of Ten Mile; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Angie Shelton of Ten Mile, and Rick and Rosemary Shelton of High Springs, Fla.; and eight grandchildren, Kenneth, Alex, Kyle, John, Jessica, Jordon, Dillan and Kaley.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Bowers Funeral Home.

Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements

Helen Cutshall Bridges
Died: 02-27-2004

Helen Cutshall Bridges, 96, of Cleveland, and formerly of Etowah, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at a Cleveland hospital.

A native of La Follette, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Uri Mowell Cutshall. Her lifelong love was being a caretaker of children and she worked for a number of years as a house parent at the Bachman Home for Children. She was a member of North Etowah Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her stepmother, Beulah Peterson Cutshall; her husband, George Bridges; one brother, Floyd Cutshall; and one son-in-law, William H. Gann.

Survivors include one daughter, Georgia Bridges Gann of Cleveland; her dearly beloved and precious granddaughter, Donna Marlene "Marnie" Gann de Shaw of Decatur, Ga.; and one great-grandson, Connor Aslean de Shaw of Davenport, Fla.

Graveside services were 3 p.m. Sunday at Pine Grove Cemetery in Greenback with the Rev. Art Pflug officiating.

There was no formal visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bachman Academy, 414 Brymen Creek Road SW, McDonald, TN 37353, or to the bus fund at Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 2910 Peerless Road, Cleveland, TN 37311.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah was in charge of arrangements. If you were unable to attend this service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Luther Scott Plank
Died: 02-27-2004

Luther Scott Plank, 69, of Etowah, died unexpectedly on Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2004, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

He had lived in this area all of his life and was a son of the late Luther Marion and Irene Bacon Plank. He was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean War. He was a driver for Professional Transportation Service while working for CSX. He was an avid sports fan and had been a coach in the church softball league at Hopewell, where they were state finalists. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Townsend Plank; one brother, John Henry Plank; and one sister, Judy Carol Plank.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Womac Plank of Etowah; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Jerry Witt of Benton, and Joy and David Haynes of Soddy-Daisy; two sons, Ronald Plank of Cleveland, and Ricky Plank of Vermont; five grandchildren, Edwin, Courtney, Katelyn and Sarina Mae Plank and Walker Haynes; one stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Karen and Doug Burrell of Athens; one step-grandson, Will Burrell; one sister, Ellen McTaggart of Decatur, Ala.; one aunt, Ruth Rogers of Richmond, Va.; one uncle, Jimmy Bacon of Knoxville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Monday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Harmon and the Rev. Bill Walker officiating, and concluding with the Celebration of Life video. Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Eastanallee Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Edwin Plank, Keith McTaggart, Gary Barham, Johnny Barham, Cecil Womac, Doug Burrell and Chip Plank. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Double Springs Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Double Springs Baptist Church Building Fund.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Bobbie Dean Dills
Died: 02-28-2004

Bobbie Dean Dills, 66, of Etowah, died Saturday morning, Feb. 28, 2004, at her residence.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late George Washington and Bell Starkey Moore. She was a member of Cambria Baptist Church and was preceded in death by one son, Terry R. Dills; one brother, Ronnie Moore; one sister, Edna Casey; and two brothers-in-law, J.R. Perkins and Robert Casey.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Dills of Etowah; one daughter-in-law, Kristi Dills of Englewood; two grandchildren, Beau Dills and Braden Dills; one sister, Phyllis Perkins of Etowah; two sisters-in-law, Judy Moore of Etowah, and Linda Wright and husband, Jerry, of Athens; one brother-in-law, Ricky Dills of Dayton, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Rowland officiating and concluding with the Celebration of Life video. Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in McMinn Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Betty Jean Barnes
Died: 02-29-2004

Betty Jean Barnes, 58, of Hixson, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.

God came and took an angel home and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a longtime resident of Chattanooga and was a member of LifeGate Baptist Church. She had worked with the Girl Scouts and was formerly employed with the Hamilton County School System.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon R. Barnes; four daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Joey Barnes-Ashley and Tammy and Terry Hendrickson, all of Hixson, Robin and Dan Clark of New Bern, N.C., and Stacy and Bill Belcher of Athens; one sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Ronnie Dockery of East Ridge; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home with the Rev. James Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens South.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com

Heritage Funeral Home of Chattanooga is in charge of arrangements

Archie Earl Linton
Died: 02-20-2004

Archie Earl Linton, 93, of Vernon Center, N.Y., died peacefully at his home on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, attended by his loving wife, Edna.

Born June 20, 1910, in Palmyra, Wis., he was a son of the late Forrest and Olive Mephen Linton. The family moved to central New York and most of his life was spent in the Pitcher, N.Y. area.

He was a graduate of Morrisville College of Agriculture, Class of 1929 during the Great Depression. He traveled to Saranac Lake, N.Y., where he was able to find work on dairy and poultry farms. He also worked on the road crew that built the Veteran’s Memorial Highway to the top of Whiteface Mountain, in the High Peaks region near Lake Placid, N.Y.

While in the Saranac area, he met a 12-year-old girl named Edna Ruth Fletcher and, after seven years of friendship and courtship, they were married Aug. 15, 1938, at the home of the bride. They raised a family of nine children and enjoyed more than 65 years together on the small family farm purchased in Vernon Center, N.Y., in 1952.

He was respected as a devoted and caring Christian man, who gave unconditional love and support to his children and their families. A faithful member of Vernon Baptist Church, he served on the board of trustees and on many other committees. He oversaw many building projects at the church, including the present parsonage and a Sunday school building. Of his 80 descendants, he was preceded in death by only one great-grandson, who died in infancy.

Survivors include eight sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Peggy Linton of Mistissini, Quebec, Canada, David and Sue Linton of Beijing, China, Bruce and Karen Linton of Vernon Center, N.Y., Gerald and Durelle Linton of Athens, John and Nelda Linton of Bristol, Va., Douglas and Bobbi Linton of Kernersville, N.C., Stephen and Rita Linton of Lynchburg, Va., and Brian and Angela Linton of Vinton, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Bruce Gallup of Mountaintop, Pa.; one sister, Edith Griffin of Syracuse, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Jean Linton of Oneida, N.Y.; 31 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at Vernon Baptist Church with lay minister Douglas Wilbur officiating. Burial will be this spring in Vernon Village Cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 22, at Malecki Funeral Home in Vernon, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vernon Baptist Church Building Fund.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is assisting the family with local arrangements.

3-2-2004

Thelma Elizabeth Moses
Died: 02-29-2004

Thelma Elizabeth Moses, 93, of Englewood, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Etowah Health Care Center.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Alta Caldwell McKinney. She was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by six brothers, Charlie McKinney, Lloyd McKinney, Floyd McKinney, Roy McKinney, Clyde McKinney and James McKinney; and three sisters, Toye McKinney, Flora Dolan and Suda McKinney.

Survivors include one sister-in-law, Berta McKinney of Etowah; devoted nieces and nephews, Ed and Mary McKinney, Don and Pearl McKinney, Jack McKinney, Wanda Jean McKinney, Margaret and Andrew Lovingood, Tommie Faye and T.W. Brown, Virginia and Ray Webb, Bobby and Inez Dolan, Viola Underdown, Suda K. McKinney and Sara McKinney Young; and special friends, Josie Burger, Delores Nichols and Kathy Richeson.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Dr. Jack Scallions officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery in Englewood and will conclude with the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

Pallbearers will be Chris Richeson, Ed Cochran, Steve Long, Kenneth Gay, Scott Cass and Steve Newman. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Craig Riley and Will Cass.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Mary Josephine Carson


Died: 02-29-2004

Mary Josephine Carson, affectionately called "Mer-Mer," 91, of Madisonville, died, Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Sweetwater Nursing Center.

Born May 2, 1912, to the late John O. and Fannie Morris Francis in Blairsville, Ga., the family later moved to Madisonville, where she met and married the late Charles H. Carson. She was a devoted member of Rice’s Chapel AME Zion Church, where she served in many capacities. She was a member of the Pride of Madisonville Eastern Star No. 31 and a member of the Monroe County Senior Citizens, which she dearly loved. She was housekeeper for the late Dr. R.C. and Eliza Kimbrough for many years and was preceded in death by one son, Barnum W. Carson; two sisters, Louise Martin and Frankie Upton; two brothers, John H. and Taft Francis; one twin brother, Issac Francis; and one grandson.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ollie and Clarence Sudderth of Knoxville, and Carol and James Smith and Betty Carson, all of Madisonville; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Shirley Carson of Madisonville; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Viola Simmons of Madisonville; two sisters-in-law, Lois Francis of Madisonville, and Mary L. Anderson of Detroit, Mich.; a host of nieces, nephews and other family; and devoted friends, Rebecca Witt of Madisonville, and Bob, Victoria, Lydia and Lisa Kimbrough of New York, Kansas and California.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Biereley-Hale Funeral Home with the Rev. Angela Billingsley, the Rev. Jimmy West and the Rev. Kuama Kenyatta officiating. Burial will follow in Park City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Biereley-Hale Funeral Home of Madisonville is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Lou Williams
Died: 02-29-2004

Anna Lou Williams, 89, of Lenoir City, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at her home.

A loving mother and grandmother, she was a charter member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edgar "Ed" Williams; her parents, Frank and Ruby Calhoun Pickel; and one son-in-law, Cecil Brookshear.

Survivors include five sons and six daughters-in-law, Boyd and Sue Williams, Ralph and Alice Williams, Frank and Carolea Williams and Sue Brookshear, all of Lenoir City, Clyde and Betty Williams of Coker Creek, and Carl and Lisa Williams of Athens; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Charles Campbell of Lenoir City, and Irma and John Gibson of Loudon; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Chasteen officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Pine Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Hawkins Chapel of Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements

Winnell Hardie Timms
Died: 02-29-2004

Winnell Hardie Timms, 66, of Decatur, and formerly of Covington, Ga., died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

She was of the Baptist Faith and was preceded in death by her parents, John and Jewell Hardie; and her husband, William Eugene Timms.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Jan and "Boog" Powell of Decatur, and Karen Myers-Thompson of Ellijay, Ga.; one brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Agnes Hardie of Ocala, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Rusty and Clint Newman, Calvin Wade and Jewell Myers.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Longwood Memorial Gardens in Covington, Ga.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Georgia.

Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of local arrangements.

3-3-2004

Carolyn Sue Malone Norris
Died: 03-01-2004

Carolyn Sue Malone Norris, 66, of Decatur, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 1, 2004, at Erlanger Health System.

She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and was a member of the Pilot Club. She was an avid artist and taught Sunday school at Athens First Baptist Church and East Brainerd Children’s Sunday School. She had a bachelor’s degree in theology and was a member of the Senior Ladies Class of Shiloh Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lillian Rogers Malone.

Survivors include her husband, Jess L. Norris of Decatur; one son and daughter-in-law, Scotty and Weigee Mason of Meigs County; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Dewey Webb of Knoxville, and Debra and Tracy Starr of Athens.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Taylor Colbaugh and the Rev. Eric Geren officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Shiloh Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bowers Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church library.

Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Nellie Blanche Lawson
Died: 03-01-2004

Nellie Blanche Lawson, 80, of Madisonville, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at Sweetwater Hospital.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville, where she taught Sunday school and training union. She was a member and past Worthy Matron of Madisonville O.E.S. No. 426 and also a past Grand Representative of Massachusetts. The widow of William Hubert Lawson, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Missy Jolley; and her parents, Coot and Annie Davis Moser.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Pete Hambaugh of Madisonville; and one grandson and wife, Vince R. and Dana Hambaugh of Ocean Springs, Miss.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens with John Acuff and the Rev. Curtis Woods officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home.

Biereley-Hale Funeral Home of Madisonville is in charge of arrangements.

Melvin H. Arnett
Died: 03-01-2004

Melvin H. Arnett, 78, died Monday, March 1, 2004.

Born May 26, 1925, in Athens, he was a son of the late James Halbert and Louisa Hahn Arnett. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1948 and received a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. From 1948 to 1951, he served as a field man for the Carnation Milk Company in Tupelo, Miss. In 1951, he began working for the University of Tennessee as assistant agent, later serving as an agent, and then district supervisor, retiring in 1989. From May 1990 until December 1997, he worked for Wilson Bank & Trust. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon Emeritus, and was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Farmers Club in Nashville. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife of more than 54 years, Elsie Hall Arnett; two daughters and one son-in-law, Melinda Arnett of Nashville, and Marsha and Mike Johnston of Cookeville; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Patty Arnett of Nashville; two grandchildren, Christopher Arnett of Nashville, and Matthew Johnston of Cookeville; and one sister, Ruby Bohannon of Etowah.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Lebanon with Dr. Ray Cleek, Dr. Kenyn Cureton and the Rev. Don McElroy officiating. Burial will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Bobby Johnson, Joe Patton, Randall Clemons, Kenneth Hughes, Randy Hall and David Penuel. Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Denny and Claude Harris.

The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. The family received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements

Jefferson Stanley Young
Died: 03-02-2004

Jefferson Stanley Young, 65, of Harriman, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at his home.

He was a member of Millstone Church of Christ and the Oak Leaf Lodge No. 49 Knights of Pythias. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Lillie Young; two brothers, Ulys and Junior Young; and five sisters, Juanita Neal, Ruth Golliher, Georgia Treadway, Martha Hembree and Fredda Young.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Young of Harriman; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Joanne Young of Niota; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Katie Wright of Harriman, Tammy Cook of Oakdale, Lisa and Doug McConkey of Athens, and Connie and Tommy Edmonds of Harriman; seven grandsons, Steven and Cody Wright of Harriman, Travis and Billy Cook of Oakdale, Dougie and Brett McConkey of Athens, and Josh Edmonds of Harriman; special friend, Doris Mynatt of Knoxville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Morgan and Eve Young and Virgil and Deloise Young, all of Rockwood; one sister and brother-in-law, Helen Argo and Mark Murreaney of Harriman; his favorite uncle, J.B. Young and wife, Martha, of Rockwood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Evans Mortuary with Brother Bob Holder officiating. Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Millstone Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Evans Mortuary of Rockwood is in charge of arrangements

Dusty Shannon Holliday
Died: 02-27-2004

Dusty Shannon Holliday, 24, of Huntland, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.

A native of Lincoln County, he worked as a craftsman for the Pallet Company. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Morrow and Bill Holliday.

Survivors include his parents, Ricky and Charlotte Morrow Holliday of Huntland; one brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Karen Holliday Jr., of Decatur; one niece, Tori Lewis Holliday of Decatur; his maternal grandmother, Alene Morrow of Huntland; his paternal grandmother, Ernestine Holliday of Winchester; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Huntland Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. The family received friends after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made by contacting Tom Morrow at Citizen’s Community Bank.

Huntland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Troy Edwin King
Died: 02-27-2004

Troy Edwin King, 59, of Schaumburg, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

A native of Etowah, he was a son of the late Glenn King. He was a member of Old Salem Baptist Church and a member of the Steel Worker’s Local Union in Schaumburg, Ill. He was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Mae King; and both sets of grandparents.

Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Mike and Waynette King of Fairborn, Ohio, and Travis King of Tellico Plains; his mother, Alma Mae King of Etowah; one brother, Perry King of Charleston; and five grandchildren, Eric King, Trinisia King, Scott King, Caleb King and Tyler King.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Thursday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Homer Belcher officiating and concluding with the Celebration of Life video. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday in Cambria Cemetery, concluding with the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

3-4-2004

Virginia Monroe Carroll
Died: 03-03-2004

Virginia Monroe Carroll, 83, a resident of Morning Pointe of Athens, died Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of California, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Bisha Jones Monroe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Carroll, on Jan. 18, 1981; two sisters, Edith and Pauline Monroe; and two brothers, Clyde and Clifford Monroe. She was a member of North Athens Baptist Church and she and her late husband owned and operated the Cherokee Huddle Restaurant in Athens for many years.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Alan Roderick of Athens; one son and daughter-in-law, Dwayne and Nancy Carroll of Athens; one granddaughter, Haley Carroll of Athens; four grandsons, Sam Carroll, Todd Carroll, Stan Roderick and Lance Roderick; four great-grandchildren, Skylar, Sammy, Gabe and Chandler Carroll; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Deanie and Dave Rosenbalm of Bristol, and Glenna McKeehan of Niota; two brothers and four sisters-in-law, Bruce and Barbara Monroe and Charles and Fannie Monroe, all of Niota, Louise Monroe of Kentucky, and Alma Webb of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Kerr officiating. Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Sam Carroll, Todd Carroll, Lance Roderick, Rick Monroe, Scott Monroe and Chris Monroe.

The body will be in state at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Thursday, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Virginia Monroe Carroll.

Imogene Moses Thomas
Died: 03-03-2004

Imogene Moses Thomas, 61, of Etowah, died Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 2004, at a Knoxville hospital.

She was a native of McMinn County and had lived here most of her life.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

You may visit and sign her guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com

A complete obituary, including survivors, will be in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements

Lennie Bivens Rudder
Died: 03-03-2004

Lennie Bivens Rudder, 90, of Etowah, died Wednesday morning, March 3, 2004, at Etowah Health Care Center.

A native of Etowah, she had lived here most of her life. A daughter of the late John J. and Flora Ann Fox Bivens, she was a member of Goodsprings Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Rudder; one daughter, Billie June Greer; and 13 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include one daughter, JoAnn Rudder of Etowah; two grandchildren and spouses, Pamela and Michael Sweets, and Jane and Frank Gilbert; six great-grandchildren, Billie Rhea, Aaron and Zachary Gilbert and Matthew, Michelle and Carrie Sweets; two sisters, Josie Loveday and Ethelene Burris, both of Etowah; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Ernest and JoAnn Bivens of Delano, Jean Bivens of Louisville, Ky., and Edith Pace of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Friday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Connell officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Goodsprings Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers and concluding with the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Harriet Melissa Cooper Powell
Died: 03-03-2004

Harriet Melissa Cooper Powell, 77, of Etowah, and formerly of Monroe County, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, March 3, 2004, at her home.

The widow of Lloyd Powell, she was of the Baptist faith and was a daughter of the late John and Dora Cooper.

Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Harlon LeQuire of Greenback, Nancy and Bud Gilles of Athens, Phyllis Thomas and Dora and James Yoder, all of Etowah, and Freda and Benny Evans of Englewood; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Etta Turner of Mohawk; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Biereley-Hale Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Creasman and the Rev. Bobby Kirkland officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Little Toqua Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Biereley-Hale Funeral Home of Madisonville is in charge of arrangements.

3-5-2004

James Michael Baker
Died: 03-04-2004

James Michael Baker, 45, of Riceville, died Thursday, March 4, 2004.

He was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a self-employed mechanic, specializing in four-wheel drive vehicles. He was a member of Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, and was a 1976 graduate of McMinn County High School.

Survivors include his wife, Lavonda Robinson Baker of Athens; two sons, Drew Baker and Cameron Baker, both of Athens; his parents, Vance Sr., and Jimmye Crockett Baker of Riceville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Rob and Michelle Baker, Roy and Christy Baker and Vance Jr., and Patty Baker, all of Athens; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sandra and Danny Deal of Riceville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ogle Wattenbarger officiating. The burial will be private.

The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, c/o Doris Cate, 181 County Road 703, Athens, TN 37303.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of James Michael Baker.

Bobbie Gibson Belk
Died: 03-04-2004

Bobbie Gibson Belk, 71, of Etowah, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at Woods Memorial Hospital.

A daughter of the late Pearlie and Jennie Yarber Gibson, she was a lifelong resident of McMinn County. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and was a Sunday school teacher for 10 years. She was a former member of the Woods Hospital Auxiliary and was preceded in death by one sister, Elsie West.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Ed Belk of Etowah; one sister, Pauline "Ann" Gibson of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Clifford Gibson of Maryville; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Green Hill Cemetery with Dr. Jimmy McCarter officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

June Martin
Died: 03-04-2004

June Martin, of Humboldt, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at her home.

Born in Shawnee Town, Ill., she was a resident of Humboldt for 46 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Humboldt and was a former Sunday school teacher. She was active in WMU and was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ida Frields; three brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Dave Martin; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Martin and Doug Byrum of Athens, and Brenda Martin and Larry Westbrooks of Humboldt; five grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Annette Mahery Duckworth, Mike Mahery and wife, Janine, Dianne Mahery Palmore, Rowdy Byrum and Christy Harrison Cloud and husband, Chuck; six great-grandchildren, Julie Palmore, Drew Palmore, Lindsey Mahery, Abby Duckworth, Logan Marie Cloud and Colby Grace Cloud; and one sister, Mary Harper of Woodriver, Ill.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg McFadden officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Doug Byrum, Larry Westbrooks, Chuck Cloud, Mike Mahery, Rowdy Byrum and Drew Palmore.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Shelton-Hunt Funeral Home and after 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Shelton-Hunt Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Hugh L. "Doc" Lamb
Died: 03-04-2004

Dr. Hugh L. "Doc" Lamb, 84, of Riceville, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of Fairfield County, Ohio, and a resident of McMinn County since 1945, he was a son of the late Asher and Irma Bell Lamb.

A member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, he served on the administrative board for many years. He was a well-known veterinarian throughout McMinn and Meigs Counties and surrounding areas. He had served as past president of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and was a 54-year member of the Athens Rotary Club, was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award and had served in various offices.

He and his wife, Dixie, were very supportive of the 4-H programs of McMinn County, volunteering time to travel with 4-H students to various competitions. He was a pioneer in the McMinn County livestock program and a longtime member of the McMinn County Junior Dairy Advisory Committee. He was instrumental in the building of McMinn County Show Barn and the development of the Dairy Show facilities at the Athens Regional Park.

He served as McMinn County Executive from 1982 to 1986, commissioner of the Fifth District of McMinn County from 1986 to 1990 and was past president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Athens City School Board for 18 years and was instrumental in the building of the McMinn County Senior Citizens Center.

He was a 50-year member of the Meridian Sun Lodge No. 50 F & AM as well as a member of Athens Area York Rite Bodies, Chilhowee Shrine Club, Alhambra Shrine Temple in Chattanooga and Athenian Chapter No. 159 O.E.S.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dixie Gant Lamb of Riceville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Georgia Lamb of Ten Mile, Jim and Bettye Lamb of Bartlett, and Bill and Kathy Lamb of Rogersville, Ala.; one sister, Helen Ruth McCray of Asheville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Lynde Lamb Mickey, Ehrick A. Lamb, Kathryn D. Lamb, Jordan A. Lamb and J. Patrick Lamb; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Friday at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael R. Hubble officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at McMinn Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be members of the Athens Rotary Club and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Chilhowee Shrine Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, c/o Alhambra Shrine Temple, 1000 Alhambra Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421; McMinn Area Cancer Relief Fund, Attn: Lisa Stewart, president, P.O. Box 352, Athens, TN 37371-0352; or to the McMinn Regional Humane Society, P.O. Box 7, Athens, TN 37371-0007.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

Imogene Moses Thomas
Died: 03-03-2004

Imogene Moses Thomas, 61, of Etowah, died Wednesday afternoon, March 3, 2004, at a Knoxville hospital.

She was a native of McMinn County and lived here most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Fletcher and Pearl Moore Cowart, and was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary Cowart; her grandparents, Bill and Lockie Moore; and one brother, Bobby Cowart.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Jimmy Walker of Cleveland; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Dana Moses of Cleveland; her former husband, Roy Moses; two sisters; three brothers; four grandchildren, Taylor Jack, Jason Mashburn, Jessica Moses and April Cornelius; one special niece, Jessica Croft; many other nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jerry Moses.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Joshua Cornelius officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery and will conclude with a white dove release provided by the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Cowart, Wayne Cowart, Wayne Goffey, Scott Allen, Scott Walker and Jimmy Walker.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

If you are unable to attend the services, view and sign her guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements

Margaret Lane
Died: 03-03-2004

Margaret Lane, 90, a lifelong resident of the Piney community in McMinn County, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 3, 2004.

A daughter of the late Dave and Mary Jane Raglin, she was employed for many years working for the Powell family and the Godsey family of Sweetwater. She was a member of Mt. Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she served on the mother-board and was recognized as the oldest member in the Hiawassee Presbytery. She was a member of the Mt. Cumblerland Presbyterian Church kitchen committee and a member of the Golden Link Order of the Eastern Star No. 278 in Sweetwater. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward C. Lane Sr.; one son and daughter-in-law, Edward C. and Margaret R. Lane Jr.: four sisters, Molly Raglin, Susie Moore, Inez Hurst and Hattie Raglin; and four brothers, Moses, Hugh, Teddy and John Raglin.

Survivors include a devoted grandson, James Lane, and his wife, Roxie, of Sweetwater; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Rubina Inman of Elyria, Ohio; four grandchildren, Karen Neil of Greeneville, Mary Inman, Mark Inman and his wife, Carla, and Kevin Inman and his wife, Regina, all of Elyria, Ohio; 10 great-grandchildren; four nieces, Hattie Arnwine and Eva Winton and her husband, Thomas, all of Athens, Viola Smith of Piney, and Estella Smith and her husband, Rufus, of Lanetown; two nephews, James Moore and his wife, Alma, of Athens, and Ben Moore of Knoxville; one sister-in-law, Daphene Raglin of Elyria, Ohio; special cousin, Patty Williams of Pennsylvania; other cousins in the Pennsylvania area; her many dear friends in and around the Piney community; and her dear church family that she loved very much.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Cumberland Presbyterian Church of America "Piney" with the Rev. Harris Toney and Pastor Rev. Eric Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Sweetwater Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. The body will be in state for one hour prior to the family hour.

The body will be in state after noon Saturday at M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home.

M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

3-8-2004

John Edward "Ed" Morrow
Died: 03-05-2004

John Edward "Ed" Morrow, 79, of Athens, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Cleveland Community Hospital.

A native of the Sanford community near Riceville, and a lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a son of the late John Oscar and Lula Tuck Morrow, and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. He was a carpenter and helped with the construction of Bowater Southern in 1955. He worked for Park Wilson for 28 years and was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Loretta Underwood Morrow; one daughter-in-law, Kimberly Susan Morrow; two brothers, Robert and J.M. Morrow; and one sister, Luella Burnette.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Margie and Bo Johnson of Cleveland, and Cathy Daughtery; two sons and one daughter-in-law, John David Morrow and Randy and Brenda Morrow, all of Athens; nine grandchildren, Jeremy Henderson, Joe Johnson, Monica Johnson, Misty Morrow, Joey Morrow, Zack Morrow, Josh Sledge, Tiffany Walker and Brad Jordan; one great-grandson, Joseph Dale Johnson Jr.; one sister, Mildred Robbins of Clinton; and special friends, Junior Pettit and Polly Whitaker, both of Athens.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jamie Work officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Bobby, Darrell and Jeff Morrow, Brad Hockman, Jerry Palmer and Lee Paul.

The family received friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Tennessee Chapter, 735 Broad St., Suite 300, Chattanooga, TN 37402, or to the Candies Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 294 Old Eureka Road NW, Charleston, TN 37310.

Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

John T. "Jay" Russell
Died: 03-05-2004

John T. "Jay" Russell, 81, of Athens, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of Rockwood and a resident of McMinn County for most of his life, he was a son of the late Martin and Ola Jane Cook Russell. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church, a former employee of John Pratt Construction Company and a former custodian at McMinn County High School. He was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Kristan Kayle Layman Smith; one brother, Sanford Russell; and three sisters, Blanche Zelee Russell, Almeda Russell Dalton and Johnnie Jean Russell.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Martha "Maxine" Stephens Russell of Athens, to whom he was married on June 29, 1957; one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Donna Russell of Athens; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Carey Wilcox and Patricia and James King, all of Athens, and Jane and Skip Lequire of Friendsville; one brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Pauline Russell of Cleveland; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Lois and Moses Buchanan of Riceville, and Rebecca Odum of Sevierville; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Avery and Daisy Stephens, Synthia Brock, Shelia Ratledge and Deirdra Russell.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Pearman and the Rev. Frank Kincannon officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Carey Wilcox Jr., Jerry Stevens, David Stevens, Johnny Brock, Chris Tombler and Aaron Webb. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Stephens, Jeff Ratledge, Levi Stephens and James King.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

Denver L. Farmer
Died: 03-05-2004

Denver L. Farmer, 63, of Athens, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of Ft. Payne, Ala., he was a son of the late J.L. Farmer. He was associated with Mills Products, as an operator.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Biggam Farmer of Athens; four daughters, Shablee Presley, Shandel King, Ilene Farmer and Michelle Farmer; his mother, Vina Mellins Farmer of Ft. Payne, Ala.; one sister, Rosie Johnston of Texas; and two brothers, Verlin Farmer of Rainsville, Ala., and Junior Farmer of Fyffe, Ala.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home.

The body will be in state after 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Denver L. Farmer.

Delbert E. Moshier
Died: 03-06-2004

Delbert E. Moshier, 71, of Decatur, and formerly of Pontiac, Mich., died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was preceded in death by his parents, Hoyt and Ethel Taylor Moshier.

Survivors include his wife, Luella Moshier of Decatur; two sons and one daughter-in-law, David and Lora Moshier of Michigan, and Del Moshier of Florida; four daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Richard Kroninger, Linda and Joseph Gilter and Leanne and Scott Hawes, all of Michigan, and Lisa and Gilbert Hernandez of California; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Ann Moshier of Florida, Wayne and Nancy Moshier of Arizona, John and Harriet Moshier of Michigan, and Lynn and Gail Moshier of Montana; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Wanda Christopher, JoAnne and Bill Benedict, and Janet Garrett, all of Michigan; and 12 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Bowers Funeral Home.

Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Lester Gene "Tiny" Thompson
Died: 03-06-2004

Lester Gene "Tiny" Thompson, 61, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at the family residence.

He was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served for more than 10 years. He was a member of the VFW No. 4848, the American Legion Post No. 81 and the Hiwassee Lodge No. 188 F&AM. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and was a member of the Alhambra Shrine and Scottish Rite. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service in Cleveland for 27 years and was a son of the late Lester and Cassie Mae Daniel Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Goforth Thompson of Decatur; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard and Donna Thompson of Cleveland, and Michael Thompson of Ringgold, Ga.; four stepchildren, Kenny Cordell of Decatur, Kim Cordell of Cleveland, Lisa Cordell of Decatur, and Greg Cordell of Cleveland; five grandchildren, Tanner Thompson, Brandon Thompson and Jake Thompson, all of Cleveland, and P.J. Thompson and Corey Thompson, both of Ringgold, Ga.; two step-grandchildren, Nickolas Cordell and Nathan Cordell, both of Decatur; two sisters and one brother-in-law: Dee "Punky" Williams and Gladys and Walt Frier, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two nieces, Robin Luddec and Donna Frier.

Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Leroy Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors at 2 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 8 p.m.

View and sign the Thompson family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements

Lester Ray "Buck" Howard
Died: 03-06-2004

Lester Ray "Buck" Howard, 58, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at his residence.

A native and lifelong resident of Meigs County, he was a son of the late George and Nancy Irene Goforth Howard, and was a member of Short Creek Baptist Church. He was employed at Elkins Cricket Farm for more than 22 years.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara McKenzie Howard of Decatur; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jesse and Dana Howard of Athens, and Doug Howard of Decatur; five grandchildren, Cary, Coy, Josh, Alissa and Brandon Howard; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Jim Holbert of West Virginia, and Jean and Mike Tipton of Etowah; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Jo Howard of Decatur, and Robert and Pam Howard of Spring City; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Short Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Walker and the Rev. David Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Short Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rex and Lee Womac, Mike and Adam Chiles, Mike Lawson and Bo Denton. Honorary pallbearers will be David Womac and David Skidmore.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Josephine Jones Wyatt
Died: 03-07-2004

Helen Josephine Jones Wyatt, 75, of Riceville, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Parkwest Hospital.

A native of North Carolina and a longtime resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late James and Velma Thompson Jones. She was a faithful member of the Hilltop Baptist Church of Riceville, where she taught Sunday school, was a choir member and a trio singer. She was a volunteer worker at the McMinn County Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include her husband of 58 glorious years, James Wyatt Jr., of Riceville; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Karen Wyatt of Kodak; two granddaughters, Michelle Jinnette and husband, Richard, of Kodak, and Melissa Gravett and husband, Adam, of Dayton; one grandson, Matthew Wyatt of Strawberry Plains; three great-grandsons, James and Jerrod Jinnette of Kodak, and Zachary Gravett of Dayton; one great-granddaughter, Tapanga Harris of Dayton; one sister, Wanda Shell of Etowah; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Jo McPhail and Cecil Farris and Mae Lipps, all of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hilltop Baptist Church with Brother Fred Russell officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Hilltop Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

3-9-2004

Helen Deolonan Kimsey
Died: 03-08-2004

Helen Deolonan Kimsey, 95, of Athens, died Monday, March 8, 2004, at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home in Etowah.

A native of Turtletown and a former resident of Englewood for many years, she is a daughter of the late James Jefferson and Mary Hall Kimsey and her stepmother, Mary Berrong Kimsey. She was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Kimsey; one sister, Blanche Walker; one half-brother, J.B. Kimsey; and one half-sister, Muriel Kimsey. She was a member of West End Baptist Church and a member of the First Baptist Church of Englewood for many years. She was associated with the Sportswear Mill in Englewood for many years, until her retirement.

Survivors include two half-sisters, Mrs. Hoyt (Berniece) Shamblin of Etowah, and Mrs. Robert (Grace) Reynolds of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Green Hill Cemetery in Etowah with the Rev. Shaun King officiating.

Pallbearers were Tom Reynolds, Javan Reynolds, Josh Reynolds, Mike Reynolds, Stephen Sliger and Hoyt Shamblin.

The body was in state at Jerry Smith Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Tuesday, where the family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens served the family of Helen Deolonan Kimsey.

Nellie Ann Frizzell Finley
Died: 03-07-2004

Nellie Ann Frizzell Finley, 85, of Niota, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of Dunlap and a resident of McMinn County for most of her life, she was a daughter of the late Harvey and Sarah Elizabeth Ewton Frizzell. She was a member of East Niota Baptist Church and was a former employee of Van Raalte Hosiery Mill. She owned and operated Finley’s Beauty Shop in Niota and was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jefferson Finley, on Sept. 22, 1994; two sisters, Mary Ellen Frizzell and Verna Boston; and four brothers, Chester, Hershel, Ellis and Ralph Frizzell.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Elwood Barnes of Athens, and Patricia and Lony Miller of Houston, Texas; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert Lee and Mary Finley of Cleveland, and Darrell Finley of Niota; one brother, Wiley Frizzell of Signal Mountain; nine grandchildren, Vonica, Theresa, Rick, Robbie, Darlene, Ralph, Loraine, David and Lisa; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Kelley and the Rev. Bill Sikes officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be David Finley, Rick Miller, Robby Finley, Ralph Finley, Troy Pascal, Tim Owens, Tony Hall and Jacky Woody.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

3-10-2004

Helen Deolonan Kimsey
Died: 03-08-2004

Helen Deolonan Kimsey, 95, of Athens, died Monday, March 8, 2004, at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home in Etowah.

A native of Turtletown and a former resident of Englewood for many years, she is a daughter of the late James Jefferson and Mary Hall Kimsey and her stepmother, Mary Berrong Kimsey. She was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Kimsey; one sister, Blanche Walker; one half-brother, J.B. Kimsey; and one half-sister, Muriel Kimsey. She was a member of West End Baptist Church and a member of the First Baptist Church of Englewood for many years. She was associated with the Sportswear Mill in Englewood for many years, until her retirement.

Survivors include two half-sisters, Mrs. Hoyt (Berniece) Shamblin of Etowah, and Mrs. Robert (Grace) Reynolds of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Green Hill Cemetery in Etowah with the Rev. Shaun King officiating.

Pallbearers were Tom Reynolds, Javan Reynolds, Josh Reynolds, Mike Reynolds, Stephen Sliger and Hoyt Shamblin.

The body was in state at Jerry Smith Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Tuesday, where the family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens served the family of Helen Deolonan Kimsey.

Robert Edward Campbell
Died: 03-08-2004

Robert Edward Campbell, 70, of Athens, and formerly of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Tucker, Ga., died Monday, March 8, 2004, at his residence.

A son of the late Charles and Tressie Rickerson Campbell, he was a native of Atlanta, Ga. He was a member of Bethesda Road Methodist Church and was associated with Campbell Decorating of Atlanta, Ga., for more than 40 years. He was an avid golfer, tennis player, loved camping and was a big Georgia Bulldogs fan. He coached little league football, basketball and baseball teams and was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Campbell.

Survivors include his wife, Starr Campbell of Athens; three sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Donna Campbell of Richwood, Ohio, Matt and Kim Campbell of Las Vegas, Nev., and Todd and Jennifer Buxton of Lawrenceville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Brittney Campbell, Lexus Campbell, Tucker Campbell and Lilly Buxton; the mother of Steve and Matt, Virginia Lee Mason; one sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Bill Graham of Alpharetta, Ga.; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Norman and Polly Campbell of Marietta, Ga., and Peggy Campbell of Atlanta, Ga.; five sisters-in-law and four spouses, Faye and Eddie Morrison of Athens, Agatha and Howard Ray of Ft. Myers, Fla., Glenda and Warren Hall of Athens, Wanda and H.L. Patterson of Athens, and Betty Wright of Kingston; and two brothers-in-law and spouses, George and Joyce Starr of Cleveland, and Ray and Betty Jean Starr of Newport.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at Bethesda Road Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., with the Rev. John Barnes officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Adventa Hospice of Athens, 744 Tell St., Suite A, Athens, TN 37303, or to Bethesda Road Methodist Church, 444 Bethesda-Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Hugh O. Fox

Died: 03-08-2004

Hugh O. Fox, 82, of Athens, died Monday, March 8, 2004, at his residence.

A son of the late George N. and Mary Fox, he was a native of Sevierville and a resident of McMinn County since 1946. He was retired from BellSouth and was a 50-year member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Home Service Sunday School class. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers and Woodmen of the World. He was instrumental in forming the McMinn County Emergency and Rescue Squad and served on the board of directors of the McMinn County Senior Citizens, where he assisted in the building program of the new building. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in Normandy, the Rhineland, North France, Central Europe and Ardennes. He was preceded in death by his wives, Wanda Schultz Fox and Lea Isbill Fox; one brother, Glenn H. Fox; and one nephew, James Nelson McMahan.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Suber Hicks Fox of Athens; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Cecil Parkinson of Cleveland; two stepdaughters, Terri Isbill of Athens, and Janet Suber of Chattanooga; one stepson, Jim Suber of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren and one spouse, Tracy and Pam Parkinson and Dana Parkinson; two step-grandchildren and one spouse, Eric Suber and Neil and Lindsey Suber; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary George Paine and Edith and Jimmy Lee McMahan, all of Sevierville; two sisters-in-law, Mary Dell Schultz of Athens, and Rhonda Johnson of Greeneville; six nieces and one spouse, Sarah Beth and Jim Medlin, Glenda Vee Rainey, Iverna Thomas, Ruth Minor, Lucy Faye Hill and Wilma Mason; three nephews, Billy Joe Schultz, Larry Schultz and Eddie Schultz; and two great-nephews, Aaron and James Medlin.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Hubble and the Rev. Stuart Havey officiating. Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday in McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Oran Creasman officiating.

Active pallbearers will be Charlie Myers, John Ramage, Richard Leamon, Bob Watts, Bob Ward, Hugh Maugham and Eddie Schultz. Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Liner and members of the McMinn County Rescue Squad and Home Service Sunday School class.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, 600 W. Madison Ave., Athens, TN 37303.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

Clifford Lee Craig
Died: 03-07-2004

Clifford Lee Craig, 52, of Athens, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at his residence.

A native of Bluefield, W.Va., he was raised in the Methodist faith. He was a former employee of the McMinn County Courthouse and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Annie Ware Craig.

Survivors include a devoted aunt, Claudine Ware Morris; one daughter, Katherine Williams of Concord, N.C.; his wife, Mattie Kimpson-Craig of Athens; three grandchildren, Lauren, Latosha and Roger Williams, all of Concord N.C.; four stepchildren, Melinda, Sabrina, Robert and Trey Kimpson, all of Athens; many cousins and spouses, CharlesAnna Morris, Lillie Devoer and Lillian and Billy Gaines, all of Athens, Dolina and Nathaniel Roberts of Anderson, S.C., Christine and John Mitchell of Nashville, Rev. Wayne Morris of Etowah, James Morris of Gaeer, S.C., Lawrence Morris of Arizona, and John Morris and Damon Morris, both of Athens; and many friends.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Leuty McDermott and the Rev. Wayne Morris officiating. Burial will follow in New Zion Cemetery in Etowah.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and after noon Thursday at the funeral home.

M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

3-11-2004

Robert Edward Campbell
Died: 03-08-2004

Robert Edward Campbell, 70, of Athens, and formerly of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Tucker, Ga., died Monday, March 8, 2004, at his residence.

A son of the late Charles and Tressie Rickerson Campbell, he was a native of Atlanta, Ga. He was a member of Bethesda Road Methodist Church and was associated with Campbell Decorating of Atlanta, Ga., for more than 40 years. He was an avid golfer, tennis player, loved camping and was a big Georgia Bulldogs fan. He coached little league football, basketball and baseball teams and was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Campbell.

Survivors include his wife, Kaye Starr Campbell of Athens; three sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Donna Campbell of Richwood, Ohio, Matt and Kim Campbell of Las Vegas, Nev., and Todd and Jennifer Buxton of Lawrenceville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Brittney Campbell, Lexus Campbell, Tucker Campbell and Lilly Buxton; the mother of Steve and Matt, Virginia Lee Mason; one sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Bill Graham of Alpharetta, Ga.; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Norman and Polly Campbell of Marietta, Ga., and Peggy Campbell of Atlanta, Ga.; five sisters-in-law and four spouses, Faye and Eddie Morris of Athens, Agatha and Howard Ray of Ft. Myers, Fla., Glenda and Warren Hall of Athens, Wanda and H.L. Patterson of Athens, and Betty Wright of Kingston; and two brothers-in-law and spouses, George and Joyce Starr of Cleveland, and Ray and Betty Jean Starr of Newport.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at Bethesda Road Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., with the Rev. John Barnes officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Adventa Hospice of Athens, 744 Tell St., Suite A, Athens, TN 37303, or to Bethesda Road Methodist Church, 444 Bethesda-Church Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

Ona Jane Woody Wilson
Died: 03-10-2004

Ona Jane Woody Wilson, 102, of Maryville, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at Asbury Acres.

She was a charter member of Victory Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Harvey Wilson; one son, John William Wilson; her parents, the Rev. John Allen and Mattie Woody; one brother, Elmer Woody; one sister, Minnie Purkey; and two sons-in-law, Pearlie B. Anderson and William H. McElhaney.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Lloyd Keith and Betty Wilson of Athens; three daughters, Martha Baskin of Maryville, Pearl Anderson of Texas, and Ruby McElhaney of Chattanooga; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, Francis Harmon and husband, James, of Maryville.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Friday in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Dr. Howard Olive officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Grandview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Smith Mortuary of Maryville is in charge of arrangements.

3-12-2004

Leonard Paul Howard
Died: 03-10-2004

Leonard Paul Howard, 71, a lifelong resident of McMinn County, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his parents, George and Orabelle Swafford Howard; and five brothers, James, Charles, Walter, Grady and Warner Howard.

Survivors include three sisters, Iva Vaughn of Cleveland, Ruby Pruitt of Chattanooga, and Anna Belle Weir of Athens; several nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Art and Evelyn Walker of Athens.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Frank Hicks officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bowers Funeral Home.

Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.

Nona Edith Ervin Smith
Died: 03-10-2004

Nona Edith Ervin Smith, 89, of Athens, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at an Etowah health facility.

She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined the Methodist church under the leadership of the Rev. C.H. Houston in Kingston. She was very active in the Methodist church and loved her church work. She was known for reaching out to others in the community and was dedicated to any and all activities that were in the church. She worked for the Gertrude Keith family for more than 50 years in Athens and was preceded in death by her husband, John Wiley Smith; her parents, John and Julie Sharp Ervin; one brother, Newman Ervin; and one sister, Jesse Thomas.

Survivors include a devoted niece and nephew, Patricia A. Fowler and husband, Curtis D., of Kansas City, Mo., and Edward H. Smith of Keller, Texas; one sister, Sudie Mae Mangum of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister, Myrtle Pope of New York, N.Y.; four sisters-in-law, Phoebe Smith of Detroit, Mich., Dorothy Coleman of Youngstown, Ohio, and Pearly Smith and Eula Lee Neil, both of Athens; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Ruel Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.

The body will be in state after 9 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends for 30 minutes before the service.

M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Don Holcomb
Died: 03-10-2004

Don Holcomb, 55, of Etowah, died Wednesday morning, March 10, 2004, at his residence.

A native of Monroe County and a resident of McMinn County for most of his life, he was a son of the late Fines Holcomb. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his mother, Ida Mae Holcomb of Etowah; four sisters, Holly Loop of Englewood, and Molly Wilson, Faye Bearfield and Pat Wilson, all of Etowah; and several nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services were 11 a.m. Friday at McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Mark Hensley officiating.

There was no visitation.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah was in charge of arrangements. Call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Kenneth Lee Kyle
Died: 03-11-2004

Kenneth Lee Kyle, 81, of Englewood, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Life Care Center of Athens.

A native of Monroe County and a resident of McMinn County for most of his life, he was a son of the late Brunner and Pearl Webb Kyle. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was retired from Thomas and Betts. He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda P. Kyle; two sisters, Blan Brackett and Gladys Brackett; and two brothers, King Kyle and B.C. Kyle.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Bill Brown of Englewood; two grandchildren, Jimmy Richesin and wife, Diana, and Jessica Brown; and two great-grandchildren, Alecks Lee Richesin and Jamie Richesin.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunrise Cemetery in Englewood with the Rev. Linda Bird Wright officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bordwine Funeral Home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

3-15-2004

Mary Catherine Gwin Aucoin
Died: 03-14-2004

Mary Catherine Gwin Aucoin, 87, of Athens, and a former resident of Baton Rouge, La., died Sunday afternoon, March 14, 2004, at Wellington Place of Athens.

A native of Koscivsko, Miss., she was a daughter of the late Robert Van and Carrie Ballard Gwin, and was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Oscar Aucoin; one son, Joseph Michael Aucoin; and one brother, Robert Gwin. She was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church and had been a member of Istrouma Methodist Church before merging with Evangeline Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, La. She was a renowned quilter and had received many awards.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dr. William G. Morris of Athens; one son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Shawna Aucoin of Chattanooga; one granddaughter, Gwynne Liner; two grandsons, Joseph Aucoin and Dr. Eric Van Morris; three sisters, Evelyn G. Martin and Lucille Gwin, both of Baton Rouge, La., and Elise Friley of Athens, and formerly of Baton Rouge, La.; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Gwin of Baton Rouge, La.; a special niece, Catherine Gaur of Monsey, N.Y.; and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Rabenhoust Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, La. Burial will follow in Green Oaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, La.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with Father Michael Cummin, the Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald and the Rev. Mike Hubble officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Mary Catherine Gwin Aucoin.

Bill "Poddy" Cabe
Died: 03-11-2004

Bill "Poddy" Cabe, 84, of Killeen, Texas, died Thursday, March 11, 2004.

Born Feb. 6, 1920, in Macon County, N.C., he was also raised and educated there. He married Iva Jean Henegar, a native of Rossville, Ga., on Oct. 18, 1945, and had been a resident of Killeen, Texas, since 1977. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a maintenance supervisor for Jada Mobile Homes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Sarah Cabe.

Survivors include his wife, Iva Jean Cabe of Killeen, Texas; one son, William Garrison Cabe of Tennessee; two daughters, Brenda Pilkey and Sheila Berger, both of Killeen, Texas; one brother, Frank Zimmerman of Fallen, Nev.; one sister, Daisy Fennell of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home with the Rev. Al Jordan officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Nolanville, Texas.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Ford DeWitt
Died: 03-14-2004

Margaret Ford DeWitt, 93, of Niota, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Albert Cane and Eliza Marney Ford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Lawrence DeWitt on Nov. 10, 1947; one son-in-law, Harlan Ballew; one grandson, Jeffrey Aaron DeWitt; and one great-grandson, Justin Allen Ballew. She was a member of Niota United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday school for 35 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She had been associated with Ridge Textile Mill and Crescent Hosiery Mill for many years until her retirement.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Sally and Dwain Ealy of Athens, and Nancy Ballew of Niota; two sons and daughters-in-law, Benny and Carline DeWitt of Rossville, Ga., and Ralph and Linda DeWitt of Athens; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. C.D. Hagaman and the Rev. Ogle Wattenbarger officiating. Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Niota Cemetery with grandsons and great-grandsons serving as pallbearers.

The body will be in state at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity of the giver’s choice.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Margaret Ford DeWitt.

Julia "Judy" Ann McCowan Wells
Died: 03-12-2004

Julia "Judy" Ann McCowan Wells, 59, of Sweetwater, went home to be with the Lord on Friday morning, March 12, 2004, at Sweetwater Hospital.

She was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Niota, where she worked on the kitchen committee, and was an employee of Athens Products for 25 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Timothy Robert McCowan; one son, Robert Eric Wells; three brothers, Houston, Timothy and Hubert McCowan; and one sister, Frances Latham.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Robert Lee Wells of Sweetwater; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carlus and Carl Thompson and Connie and Willie Coleman, all of Sweetwater, and Valerie and Jonathan Mack of Charleston; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rodney Lee Wells and Timothy and Elizabeth Ann Wells, all of Sweetwater; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight sisters and six brothers-in-law, Eula Mae and Chester Smith, Helen Ruth and Clarence Rucker, Edna Penny and William Simpson and Clara and Jimmy Simpson, all of Athens, Anna Shields and Hazel McCowan, both of Niota, and Earnest Dean and Melvin Oggs and Pauline and Jackie Mayotte, all of Sweetwater; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert and Mattie McCowan of Athens, and James and Chester McCowan, both of Niota; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Lewis of Detroit, Mich., and Julia McCowan of Sweetwater; a special aunt, Irene McCowan of Sweetwater; a devoted friend, Reba Jo Smith of Sweetwater; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Niota with the Rev. Ovit Pursely officiating. Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery in Niota.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church and after 1 p.m. Tuesday at M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home.

M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Linda McAllister "Granny" White
Died: 03-14-2004

Linda McAllister "Granny" White, 61, of Etowah, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her residence, after fighting a long, hard battle with cancer for 10 years.

A native of McMinn County, she had lived here for most of her life. A daughter of the late Carl and Alva McAllister, she was a member of Etowah Church of Christ and was preceded in death by four brothers, Kenneth, Bill, Gary and Dane McAllister; one sister, Martha McAllister Carroll; and one son-in-law, David Witt.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Joan and Joe Ballew and Janet McDermott, all of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Brittany Witt and Matthew Ballew; the father of Joan and Janet and the grandfather of Brittany and Matthew, Leo White; one sister and brother-in-law, Sarah "Tip" and John McHan of Fort Worth, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Judy McAllister of Decatur; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Green Hill Cemetery with lay speaker Dennis Bordwine officiating and followed by the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bordwine Funeral Home followed by the Celebration of Life video at 8 p.m.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

3-16-2004

John H. Ray
Died: 03-14-2004

John H. Ray, 79, of Niota, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at his home.

A son of the late Milo H. and Eunice Turner Ray, he was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy as a torpedoman, and was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria, Ill. He was of the Baptist Faith, a member of VFW Post No. 5146 and Amvets Post No. 90 and was preceded in death by one son, Jefferson Perry Ray.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Stephanie Ray; one grandson, Jesse Ray; one step-granddaughter, Suzanna of Coon Rapids, Minn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Sue and Loyd Norwood; one niece, Susan Norwood of Niota; and several cousins.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Bob Kelly officiating.

The body is at Kyker Funeral Home. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Hospital, 3400 Lebanon St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129, or the Cancer Society, for address call toll-free 1-800-227-2345.

Kyker Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements.

3-18-2004

Jequetia Conner Hill
Died: 03-16-2004

Jequetia Conner Hill, 69, of Knoxville, and formerly of Athens, died Tuesday morning, March 16, 2004, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville.

A native of Athens, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Beatrice Bohannon Conner. She had co-owned and operated Hills Furniture Company in Ecorse, Mich., for 42 years and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jack L. Hill of Knoxville; one daughter, Lydia Hill of Knoxville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jeffery M. Hill of Dearborn, Mich., and Stephen "Larry" and Patti Hill of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda Clayton and Lawrence "Larry" Bitz of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Oran Creasman officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Clayton, Grey Clayton, Christopher Clayton, John Perez, Frank Flemming, Merle Clayton and Larry Boes.

The body will be in state at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Thursday, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Jequetia Conner Hill.

Bob A. Torbett

Died: 03-15-2004

Bob A. "Big T’ Torbett, 71, of Cleveland, died Monday, March 15, 2004, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was a member of West Cleveland Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. He was a long distance truck driver for Mohawk, OTR, and was a son of the late Carl Small and Minnie Mae Styles Torbett.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Carolyn Sue Torbett of Cleveland; six children and four spouses, Chris Michael and Annette Torbett, Venus Elaine Peels, Russell Warren and Terry Torbett, Alice Lori and Gary Swafford, Mark Nicholus Torbett and Bobby Dewayne and Becky Torbett, all of Cleveland; nine grandchildren, Shawn David Torbett, Felicity Hope Swafford, Joshua Daniel Peels, Brittany Naomi Peels, Russell Bradley Torbett, Nicholas Allen Torbett, Justin Randall Torbett, Joshua Nathaniel Torbett and Khristopher Daniel Torbett; and one great-grandchild, Mia Peels.

Graveside services with military honors will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Pastor Arris Cavander officiating. The release of a flock of white doves will conclude the graveside service.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Brown, Jerry Reddick, Jeff Walker, Don Dotson, Bill Torbett and Larry Kerns.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.

Send a condolence message and view the Torbett guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements

John H. Ray
Died: 03-14-2004

John H. Ray, 79, of Niota, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at his home.

A son of the late Milo H. and Eunice Turner Ray, he was a proud World War II U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard the U.S.S. Parker II. He enjoyed a 37-year career with Caterpillar Tractor Company and retirement in his beloved family home. He was an active member of VFW Post No. 5146 and Amvets Post No. 90, and was preceded in death by one son, Jeff Ray. A lifelong and avid reader, nature lover and gardener, he was always loving, supportive, loyal and patient, with an unerring willingness to put others before himself. The honor of having shared in his life will forever be held in the hearts of family and friends.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Stephanie Ray; one grandson, Jesse Ray; one step-granddaughter, Suzanna of Coon Rapids, Minn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Sue and Lloyd Norwood; one niece, Susan Norwood of Niota; and several cousins.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Bob Kelly officiating.

The body is at Kyker Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at VFW Post No. 5146 in Athens after the graveside service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Hospital, 3400 Lebanon St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129, or the Cancer Society, for address call toll-free 1-800-227-2345.

Kyker Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements.

Suda Duckworth Jerles
Died: 03-14-2004

Suda Duckworth Jerles, 84, of Southgate, Mich., died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her residence.

A native of Decatur and a former resident of McMinn County, she had been a resident of Michigan since 1955. A daughter of the late Tom and Nancy Keaton Duckworth, she was a member of Gillad Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Jerles, on Feb. 19, 1988; and one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Cierpik.

Survivors include two sons, David Jerles and Charles Raymond Jerles, both of Southgate, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Oran Creasman officiating. Burial will follow in Calhoun Cemetery with grandchildren serving as active pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

Inez Johnson Brewer
Died: 03-13-2004

Inez Johnson Brewer, 77, a native of Etowah, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Citizens BMC in Talladega, Ala.

A daughter of the late Lake and Artie Johnson, she had lived in Soddy-Daisy and had been a resident of Talladega, Ala., for the past two years. She was retired from the DuPont Company, and was preceded in death by her three husbands, Laverne Adams, George Reavley and Ed Brewer; three brothers, Hoyt, Cecil and Vernie Johnson; and one sister, Pauline Gilkey.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra A. Isbill and Sharon Hilton, both of Pell City, Ala.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Monday at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Chattanooga.

Talladega Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

3-18-2004

Sara Proctor Bird
Died: 03-16-2004

Sara Proctor Bird, 88, of Athens, and formerly of Rock Hill, S.C., died Tuesday night, March 16, 2004, at Wellington Place of Athens.

A native of Salisbury, N.C., she was a daughter of the late James William and Ethel Hicks Proctor, and was preceded in death by her husband, Speight L. Bird Sr., on April 11, 1983; and one daughter, Sara Donnell Bird, on Sept. 14, 2001. She was a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill, S.C., and was a graduate of Winthrop College. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan and was a librarian, serving on the staff of Winthrop College for many years until her retirement.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Speight Jr., and Mary Lib Bird of Athens; one granddaughter and spouse, Kathy and Jon Poole of Raleigh, N.C.; one grandson and spouse, Speight L. III and Alanna Bird of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one sister, Glenn Hannon of Fort Mill, S.C.; and one brother, Robert E. Proctor of Satellite Beach, Fla.

Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Laurelwood Cemetery in Rock Hill, S.C. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, S.C., with Dr. William Pender officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jerry Smith Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29730, or to a church or charity of the giver’s choice.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Sara Proctor Bird.

Youell J. Dalton
Died: 03-16-2004

Youell J. Dalton, 71, of Delano, died Tuesday evening, March 16, 2004, at Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah.

A son of the late Jack and Susie West Dalton, he was a native of Monroe County and had resided in Polk County for most of his life. He was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church and was preceded in death by seven brothers; and five sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Carroll Dalton of Delano; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Cathy Dalton of Reliance, and Malcolm and Lisa Dalton of Benton; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lynn and James Davis of Delano, and Patti Wilson of Ocoee; seven grandchildren, Bobby and Dawn Wilson, Chris Dalton, Daniel Dalton, Terry Dalton, Dylan Davis and Nikki Davis; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Turner of Madisonville; and several nieces and nephews.

A Masonic service will be 8 p.m. Thursday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with funeral services immediately following. The Rev. Edward Earl and the Rev. Richard Chastain will officiate. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home on Friday and proceed to Green Hill Cemetery for the 11 a.m. burial.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Dalton, Terry Dalton, Chris Dalton, Bobby Wilson, Tony Carroll and Jonathan Carroll.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Jannie Hughes McBroom
Died: 03-17-2004

Jannie Hughes McBroom, 103, of Titusville, Fla., and a former longtime resident of the Wildwood community near Englewood, died Wednesday morning, March 17, 2004, at Vista Manor in Titusville, Fla.

A native of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late John and Etta Mae Moreland Hughes and was preceded in death by her husband, Bob McBroom; one daughter, Margaret Tupper; one son, Otis A. Batey; two sisters; and nine brothers. She was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church and was retired from Juvenile Home in Marietta, Ga., where she was a caretaker of infants.

Survivors include six grandchildren, Wanda Oakerson of Titusville, Fla., Lora Ann Byrnes of Columbus, N.J., Larry Sloan of Edison, N.J., Ramona Cheeseman of Dayton, Sandra Stapelton of Cosa Mesa, Calif., and Jodi Miller of San Bernadino, Calif.; 14 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four great-great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Vest and the Rev. Arliss Slack officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Boyd Davis, Troy and Paul Slack, Eddie Barnett, Don Hawkins and Travis Barnett.

The body will be in state after 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Jannie Hughes McBroom.

3-19-2004

Jannie Hughes McBroom
Died: 03-17-2004

Jannie Hughes McBroom, 103, of Titusville, Fla., and a former longtime resident of the Wildwood community near Englewood, died Wednesday morning, March 17, 2004, at Vista Manor in Titusville, Fla.

A native of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late John and Etta Mae Moreland Hughes and was preceded in death by her husband, Bob McBroom; one daughter, Margaret Tupper; one son, Otis A. Batey; two sisters; and nine brothers. She was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church and was retired from Juvenile Home in Marietta, Ga., where she was a caretaker of infants.

Survivors include six grandchildren, Wanda Oakerson of Titusville, Fla., Lora Ann Byrnes of Columbus, N.J., Larry Sloan of Edison, N.J., Ramona Cheeseman of Dayton, Sandra Stapelton of Cosa Mesa, Calif., and Jodi Miller of San Bernadino, Calif.; 14 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four great-great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Vest and the Rev. Arliss Slack officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Boyd Davis, Troy and Paul Slack, Eddie Barnett, Don Hawkins and Travis Barnett.

The body will be in state after 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Jannie Hughes McBroom.

John H. Ray
Died: 03-14-2004

John H. Ray, 79, of Niota, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at his home.

A son of the late Milo H. and Eunice Turner Ray, he was a proud World War II U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard the U.S.S. Parker II. He enjoyed a 37-year career with Caterpillar Tractor Company and retirement in his beloved family home. He was an active member of VFW Post No. 5146 and Amvets Post No. 90, and was preceded in death by one son, Jeff Ray. A lifelong and avid reader, nature lover and gardener, he was always loving, supportive, loyal and patient, with an unerring willingness to put others before himself. The honor of having shared in his life will forever be held in the hearts of family and friends.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Stephanie Ray; one grandson, Jesse Ray; one granddaughter, Suzanna of Coon Rapids, Minn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Sue and Lloyd Norwood; one niece, Susan Norwood of Niota; and several cousins.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Thursday at McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Bob Kelly officiating.

The family received friends at VFW Post No. 5146 in Athens after the graveside service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Hospital, 3400 Lebanon St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129, or the Cancer Society, for address call toll-free 1-800-227-2345.

Kyker Funeral Home of Sweetwater was in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Alloway
Died: 03-17-2004

Gertrude Alloway, 87, a lifelong resident of Etowah, died Wednesday evening, March 17, 2004, at Woods Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church, where she served on the usher board and sang in the choir. At one time, she worked in Oak Ridge and also delivered meals to the needy in the community by working for Progress For People. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Alloway; four sisters, Rochesta Haslerig, Louvenia Stabler, Pauline Brennon and Macy Corbert; and one brother, Frank Williams.

Survivors include one son, Glen Alloway of Etowah; four grandchildren and one spouse, Edward and Tina Alloway of Etowah, and Melissa, Donnell and Kisha Alloway, all of Athens; three great-grandchildren, Aston, Aylish and Belore Alloway, all of Athens; one sister-in-law, Catherine Williams of Etowah; two very special nieces, Betty Jarrett and Virginia Jackson, both of Etowah; a dear cousin, Helen Smith of Etowah; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church with the Rev. Joe Moore officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends after noon Saturday at M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home and for 30 minutes before the service at the church on Sunday.

M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Allen R. Goodrich
Died: 03-15-2004

Allen R. Goodrich, 53, of Birmingham, Ala., and formerly of Athens, died Monday, March 15, 2004.

Survivors include one sister, Iona Morgan of Odenville, Ala.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Sullins Cemetery in Athens.

Kilgroe Funeral Home of Leeds, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.

3-22-2004

Shirley Dean Bryan
Died: 03-21-2004

Shirley Dean Bryan, 66, of Reliance, died Sunday morning, March 21, 2004, at her residence.

A native and resident of Polk County for most of her life, she was a daughter of the late James Oscar and Mary Lou Bean Goforth. She was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by one son, Billy Dean Bryan; one daughter, Helen Marlene Bryan; one sister, Anna Faye Darnell; and one brother, Garland Goforth.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer B. Bryan of Reliance; one daughter and son-in-law, Wynona and Gary McGhee of Knoxville; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Carolyn Bryan of Benton; three grandchildren, Greg Stansberry, Ashleigh McGhee and Lynn Arrowood; two great-grandchildren, Blake and Chase Arrowood; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Muriel and Ulyus Taylor of Reliance, and Virginia and Odean Rose of Georgetown; one brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Mildred Goforth of Reliance; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Pete Morgan and the Rev. Jerry Herron officiating, and will conclude with the Celebration of Life video. Burial will follow at Campground Cemetery in Polk County and will be followed by the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Dana Burgner, Terry Rose, Greg Stansberry, Steve Dill, Gary McGhee and Dennis King. Honorary pallbearers will be Carroll Ross, Roger Taylor and Odean Rose.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Pearl Lewis Raines
Died: 03-21-2004

Pearl Lewis Raines, 85, of Benton, died early Sunday morning, March 21, 2004, at a Chattanooga hospital.

She was a lifelong resident of Polk County and a member of Old Ocoee Baptist Church. She spent her entire life raising and caring for her family, by whom she will be missed very much. A daughter of the late Jim and Lydia Smith Lewis, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.P. Raines; two sons, Paul Glenn Raines and Freddy Wallace Raines; one granddaughter, Shirlene Bodwell; and two brothers, Austin Lewis and Norton Lewis.

Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law; Mary Frances and Ralph Harris of Cleveland, Jane and Paul Green of Benton, Teresa and Sim Kibble of Ooltewah, and Jacqueline and Larry Gaston of Athens; six sons and five daughters-in-law, Don Raines of Ocoee, Charles and Carol Raines, Johnny and Patsy Raines, Clayton and Pam Raines and Roy and Regina Raines, all of Benton, and Ronnie and Margie Raines of Snellville, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many other extended family members.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, concluding with a white dove release provided by the funeral home.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

If you are unable to attend the services, view and sign the family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com

Higgins Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements

Edith Gentry Baker
Died: 03-20-2004

Edith Gentry Baker, 91, of Etowah, died early Saturday morning, March 20, 2004, at Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late Luther and Ethel Davis Melton. She was a member of Etowah Church of Christ, and was preceded in death by her first husband, John B. Gentry; and two sisters, Pauline Melton and Irene Cline.

Survivors include her husband, James T. Baker of Etowah; one daughter and son-in-law, Erma and Spencer Casteel of Etowah; two grandchildren, Charles Casteel and Laine Casteel and wife, Margaret; two great-grandchildren, Rachael and Chandler Casteel; two brothers, Edgar Melton of Etowah, and Kelmer Melton of Lenoir City; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Monday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Minister Clif Fox officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and proceed to Conasauga Cemetery for the burial, concluding with the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Grace Lee Tutterow Baxter
Died: 03-19-2004

Grace Lee Tutterow Baxter, 89, of Athens, died Friday, March 19, 2004, at Etowah Health Care Center.

A native of McMinn County and a former resident of Marion, N.C., she was a daughter of the late John Henry and Dora Catherine Farris Tutterow. She was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Baxter; and three brothers, Ray, Curtis and Ralph Tutterow.

Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Edgar H. and Inez Tutterow of Athens; one sister, Mae Rowland of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Vest officiating. Burial followed in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Bill Martin, Troy Slack, Boyd Davis, Robbie Davis, Ray Simmons and Don Hawkins.

The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens was in charge of arrangements

Jequetia Conner Hill
Died: 03-16-2004

Jequetia Conner Hill, 69, of Knoxville, and formerly of Athens, died Tuesday morning, March 16, 2004, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville.

A native of Athens, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Beatrice Bohannon Conner, and was also preceded in death by one sister, Kathrine Conner Hafley. She had co-owned and operated Hills Furniture Company in Ecorse, Mich., for 42 years and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jack L. Hill of Knoxville; one daughter, Lydia Hill of Knoxville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jeffery M. Hill of Dearborn, Mich., and Stephen "Larry" and Patti Hill of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda Clayton and Lawrence "Larry" Bitz of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Oran Creasman officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The body was in state at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Thursday, where the family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens served the family of Jequetia Conner Hill.

3-23-2004

John Joseph Gurgas
Died: 03-22-2004

John Joseph Gurgas, 90, of Etowah, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at an Etowah nursing facility.

A native of Steubenville, Ohio, he spent much of his life as a dry cleaner in Ormond Beach, Fla., before moving to Etowah five years ago. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ruth B. Gurgas. He is the last surviving member of his family and was preceded in death by several brothers and one sister.

Survivors include two children and spouses, Barbara and Richard Younglove of Etowah, and John J. Gurgas Jr., who is currently serving in Kuwait in the Civil Service, and Judy Gurgas of Killeen, Texas; three grandchildren, Joan Gregory of Athens, David Younglove of Etowah, and Karin Rosenberry of Killeen, Texas; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no formal visitation or services.

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements

Carrie Lee Presley
Died: 03-22-2004

Carrie Lee Presley, 67, of Etowah, died Monday morning, March 22, 2004, at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home in Etowah.

A native of McMinn County and a resident of Etowah for most of her life, she was a daughter of the late William Melvin and Odetta Stone Curtis. She was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, and was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Sue Curtis.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Presley of Etowah; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Helen and Dewayne Longwith of Decatur; one son, Thomas Presley of Etowah; one grandson, Brett Longwith of Decatur; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Eva and Jack Blevins of Etowah, and Mary and the late Johnny Newman of Etowah; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Sally Curtis of Etowah, James and Wanda Curtis of Riceville, Charles and Reba Curtis of Etowah, Scott and Patrina Curtis of Philadelphia, Harold and Irene Curtis of Etowah, and Jerry and Ellen Curtis of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in the north chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with family members speaking.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Annie Etheleen Stephens Harrill
Died: 03-22-2004

Annie Etheleen Stephens Harrill, 82, of Athens, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of Monroe County and a resident of McMinn County for 46 years, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Ella Watson Stephens. She was a member of East Athens Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by her husband, G. Richard Harrill Sr., on Dec. 25, 1989; and one brother, Erskin Stephens.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Andrew "A.G." Smith of Athens; three sons and daughters-in-law, Eugene and Ann Harrill of Knoxville, Richard and Sharon Harrill Jr., of Athens, and Don and Jean Harrill of Athens; one sister, Genola Hensley of Madisonville; 10 grandchildren, Tim Smith, Chad Smith, Keith Harrill, Michele Clunie, Tammye Wright, Christy Martin, Paula Crossland, Belinda Hooks, Anna Bryant and Leon Ford; 22 great-grandchildren; three special caregivers, Gerwanda Smith, Gertrude Kilpatrick and Opal Slack; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Pete Mullins and the Rev. Arliss Slack officiating. Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Tim Smith, Chad Smith, Keith Harrill, Randy Clunie, Mike Crossland, Tony Martin and Mike Wright. Honorary pallbearers will be Weston Smith, Travis Smith, Justin Hooper, Thomas Clunie, Floyd Eaton, Neal Smith and Henry Smith.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

Norva O'Dell
Died: 03-19-2004

Norva O’Dell, 88, of Athens, and formerly of Murphy, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 19, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of Cherokee County, N.C., where she lived most of her life, she moved to Athens eight years ago. A daughter of the late G.W. and Minnie Bryson Barnes, she and her late husband, Virgil O’Dell, who died on June 13, 1996, were owners of O’Dells Restaurant, which served the community for many years. She was an active member of Murphy First Baptist Church and participated in community service. She was preceded in death by one son, James Doyle O’Dell.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Maxine O’Dell and Dr. John Gernert of Athens, and Betty O’Dell of Knoxville; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Betty Jean McClure O’Dell of Knoxville; two sisters, June Griffin of Gastonia, N.C., and Faye Crisp of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; one brother, Joe Barnes of Rockledge, Fla.; six grandchildren and spouses, Rachel and Major Johnathan Gass of Enterprise, Ala., Lisa Paige and Anthony Allen of Maryville, Caroline and Michael Joseph Maier of Sarasota, Fla., Dr. John O’Dell and Kimberley Reed Gernert of Athens, Elizabeth O’Dell Gernert, J.D., of Washington, D.C., and Debra Kay and William Dale Harman of Pigeon Forge; and seven great-grandchildren, Andrea, Ryan and Rachel Gass, Bryan Davis, Luke Anthony Maier, John Reed Gernert and Sarah Kay Harman.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with Dr. Woodrow Busch officiating. Burial followed in the Hanging Dog Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dale Harman, Dr. John O’Dell Gernert, Michael Maier, Major Johnathan Gass, Anthony Allen and James Collins.

The family received friends from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Murphy First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 7, Murphy, N.C. 28906.

An online guest register in available at Obituaries at www.iviefuneralhome.com

Ivie Funeral Home of Murphy, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.

3-24-2004

Laura Mae Armstrong
Died: 03-22-2004

Laura Mae Armstrong, 83, of Englewood, died Monday afternoon, March 22, 2004, at Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late James Allen and Ethel Lola Sutton Rucker. She was a member of the Liberty Hill Church of Christ, and was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Clyde and Sue Rucker, Robert Rucker, Emmitt Rucker and Floyd and Daisy Rucker.

Survivors include her husband, Hubert Armstrong of Englewood; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda and Stanley Cooper of Niota, Darlene and Mike Bryant of Russelleville, Ark., Janice Casteel of Englewood, and Carolyn Armstrong of Niota; one son, James Armstrong of Knoxville; seven grandchildren and five spouses, Devon and Alan Richeson, Verna Cooper, Chris and Syvonia Armstrong, Kim and Travis Rucker, Jason and Amber Webb, Michael Casteel, and Lisa and Brant Paul; five great-grandchildren; Brady Richeson, Ashley Richeson, Seth Armstrong, Lee Armstrong and Barrett Paul; three sisters-in-law, Wilma Dills, Myrtle Casteel and Ester Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Minister Pat Wilson and Minister Alan Richeson officiating and concluding with the Celebration of Life video. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Thursday and proceed to Conasauga Cemetery for the 2 p.m. burial, to be followed by the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

John Joseph Gurgas
Died: 03-22-2004

John Joseph Gurgas, 90, of Etowah, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at an Etowah nursing facility.

A native of Steubenville, Ohio, he spent much of his life as a dry cleaner in Ormond Beach, Fla., before moving to Etowah five years ago. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ruth B. Gurgas. He is the last surviving member of his family and was preceded in death by several brothers and one sister.

Survivors include two children and spouses, Barbara and Richard Younglove of Etowah, and John J. Gurgas Jr., who is currently serving in Kuwait in the Civil Service, and Judy Gurgas of Killeen, Texas; three grandchildren, Joan Gregory of Athens, David Younglove of Etowah, and Karin Rosenberry of Killeen, Texas; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no formal visitation or services.

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements

3-25-2004

David Floyd Stewart
Died: 03-24-2004

David Floyd Stewart, 61, of Decatur, died early Wednesday morning, March 24, 2004, at Sweetwater Hospital.

A son of the late Floyd and Elmer Wiggins Stewart, he was a native of Andrews, N.C., and had lived in Decatur for the past three years. He was a member of New Providence Baptist Church in Tellico Plains and was preceded in death by one brother, Willard Hall; and one son, Timothy Lynn Stewart.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Roddy Stewart of Decatur; two sons and one daughter-in-law, David and Tammy Stewart Jr., of Cartersville, Ga., and Danny Stewart of Catskill, N.Y.; two stepsons, Greg Roddy of Etowah, and Scott Roddy of Athens; two brothers, Wesley Stewart of Andrews, N.C., and Noah Stewart of Robbinsville, N.C.; two half-brothers, George Hall of Cleveland, Ga., and Leon Hall of Andrews, N.C.; one sister, Martha Curtis of McCaysville, Ga.; one half-sister, Jane Hall of Manchester, N.H.; three grandchildren, Samantha Stewart, Cody Stewart and David Cole Stewart; three step-grandchildren, Kelly Roddy, Nicole Roddy and Nathan Roddy; his best friend and sister-in-law, Nina Croft; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Friday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick Atkins and the Rev. Daniel Stewart officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Goodsprings Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Providence Baptist Church Building Fund, or through the Gideon Living Memorial Bibles Plan.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation of service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Roy A. Brown
Died: 03-24-2004

Roy A. Brown, 87, of Athens, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at NHC of Athens.

A son of the late James and Florence Pless Brown, he was a native of Roane County and a resident of McMinn County for most of his life. He was a farmer and a member and longtime deacon of East Athens Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Oval Anderson Brown, on Nov. 24, 1998; one infant son; and one granddaughter, Jamie Brown.

Survivors include three daughters, Sue Hamilton and Phyllis Minge, both of Englewood, and Tonya Hackler of Etowah; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Georgia Brown and Jim and Janice Brown, all of Niota; two brothers and four sisters-in-law, Norman and Violet Brown of New Market, Glenn Brown of Loudon, Nola Torbett and husband, Ulyss, of Lakeland, Fla., and Lena Anderson of Athens; eight grandchildren, Debbie Millsaps, Kim Harvey, Jacob East, Quentin Brown, Shon Knox, Shannon Dishner, Alex Minge and Kellyn East; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Friday at East Athens Baptist Church with the Rev. Pete Mullins officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Shon Knox, Jake East, Quentin Brown, Alex Minge, Andrew Millsaps, Donnie Dishner and Paul Harvey. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Bill Barnett Sunday school class of East Athens Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to East Athens Baptist Church, P.O. Box 446, Athens, TN 37371-0446.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

Seretha Kelley Bayne

Died: 03-24-2004

Seretha Kelley Bayne, 91, of McDonald, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 24, 2004.

She was a founder and member of Pine Hill Church of God, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. A daughter of the late Charlie and Leo Kelley, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene Kelley, Mark Kelley, C.L. Kelley and James Kelley; one grandson, Danny Bayne; and her former husband, Allard F. Bayne.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Allard and Mary Bayne Jr., of McDonald, Ted and Linda Bayne of Ringgold, Ga., and Fred Bayne and Wanda Frazier of Cleveland; three daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia and Luke Williams of Chattanooga, and Peggy Smith and Sharron Baldwin, both of Tellico Plains; two sisters, Lotta Dean of Rossville, Ga., and Beulah "Boots" Kelley of McDonald; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. David Beaty, the Rev. Roy Martin, the Rev. Max Morris and Seretha Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in McDonald, concluding with the release of a flock of white doves.

Pallbearers include grandsons, Byron Smith, David Smith, Glenn Williams, Randall Williams, Jeffery Williams, Greg Bayne, Mark Sweitzer and Allard Bayne III.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.

Send a message of condolence and view the Bayne family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements

Azalee Roberts
Died: 03-23-2004

Azalee Roberts, 79, of Englewood, died Tuesday afternoon, March 23, 2004, at her residence.

A daughter of the late Wilmer and Eva Pruitt Marcantel, she was a native of DeQuincey, La., and a resident of McMinn County for six years.

She was of the Church of God faith.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Martin of Englewood; one honorary daughter, Brenda Simonds of Etowah; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Lee Roy Williams of Englewood, and Kenneth and Sue Williams of Bellflower, Calif.; two brothers, J.B. Marcantel of Sulfer, La., and Wesley Marcantel of DeQuincey, La.; one sister, Retha Corley of DeQuincey, La.; seven grandchildren, Brad and Charlene Martin, Matthew and Georgia Martin and Ashley, Manda and Tracey Williams; and very dear friends whom she worked with in California, Maxine Graham, Pearl Wise, Bess Clements and Helen Dornbough.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Mars Hill Cemetery with Pastor Scott Cardin officiating and concluding with the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

There will be no visitation.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

3-26-2004

Roy A. Brown
Died: 03-24-2004

Roy A. Brown, 87, of Athens, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at NHC of Athens.

A son of the late James and Florence Pless Brown, he was a native of Roane County and a resident of McMinn County for most of his life. He was a farmer and a member and longtime deacon of East Athens Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Oval Anderson Brown, on Nov. 24, 1998; one infant son; and one granddaughter, Jamie Brown.

Survivors include three daughters, Sue Hamilton and Phyllis Minge, both of Englewood, and Tonya Hackler of Etowah; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Georgia Brown and Jim and Janice Brown, all of Niota; two brothers and four sisters-in-law, Norman and Violet Brown of New Market, Glenn Brown of Loudon, Nola Torbett and husband, Ulyss, of Lakeland, Fla., and Lena Anderson of Athens; eight grandchildren, Debbie Millsaps, Kim Harvey, Jacob East, Quentin Brown, Shon Knox, Shannon Dishner, Alex Minge and Kellyn East; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Friday at East Athens Baptist Church with the Rev. Pete Mullins officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Shon Knox, Jake East, Quentin Brown, Alex Minge, Andrew Millsaps, Billy Millsaps, Donnie Dishner and Paul Harvey. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Bill Barnett Sunday school class of East Athens Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to East Athens Baptist Church, P.O. Box 446, Athens, TN 37371-0446.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements

3-29-2004

Madelyn Joyce McGhee Horner
Died: 03-27-2004

Madelyn Joyce McGhee Horner, 79, of Athens, and formerly of Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Life Care Center of Athens.

A daughter of the late Calvin Charles and Margaret "Maggie" Lee McGhee, she was a descendant of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and was born in the Dayton hotel her father had owned. Miss Madelyn was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Athens and had been a longtime member of the Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga.

Survivors include two daughters, Karla Horner of Wartburg, and Kathy Miller of Athens; one brother and sister-in-law, Delmas and Margaret "Becky" McGhee of Chattanooga; and one grandson, Justin David Miller of Athens.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Monday at Fairview Baptist Church with Dr. Jack Scallions officiating. Graveside services will be noon (CST) Tuesday at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund, 261 County Road 439, Athens, TN 37303.

"Heaven is getting sweeter all the time."

Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Helen O. Myers Johnson
Died: 03-27-2004

Helen O. Myers Johnson, 80, of Etowah, and formerly of Knoxville, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice.

She was of the Baptist Faith, and was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob C. Johnson; her parents, Uary and Beulah Myers; one brother, Earl Myers; one sister, Juanita Mochitta; and two sons-in-law, Derk Schutter and Jim Cox.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Gwendolyn and Jack Elliott of Etowah, and Tammy Schutter-Cox of Gallatin; four grandchildren and two spouses, Dr. Jacqueline Elliott Carey and husband, Kevin, of Lexington, Ky., Dr. Mitzi Elliott of Laurel Fork, Va., Kristopher Schutter and wife, Carrie, and Elizabeth Schutter, all of Gallatin; three great-grandchildren, Patrick and Adam Carey of Lexington, Ky., and Madison Schutter of Gallatin; two sisters, Alma Gallie and Barbara Brown, both of Knoxville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lynnhurst Cemetery with Buster Watson and the Rev. Claude Ferguson officiating.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Carey, Kris Schutter, Dennis Chapman, Randy Sharp, Danny Smith and Buster Watson.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Residential Hospice, 7447 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938.

Berry Funeral Home, Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel, of Knoxville is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Brown Vaughan Wilson

Died: 03-26-2004

Ruth Brown Vaughan Wilson, 83, of Athens, died Friday afternoon, March 26, 2004, at Parkwood Nursing Home in Chattanooga.

A native of Jackson County, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Flora Fuqua Brown. She and her first husband, the late Claude D. Vaughan, owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Athens for many years. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Vaughan Anderson, on Jan. 13, 1999; and her second husband, Jessie B. Wilson, on July 3, 2003. She was a member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two granddaughters and their husbands, Debbie and Jerry Frank of Ooltewah, and Cindy and Johnny Baker of Harrison; one son-in-law, Don Anderson of Athens; two great-granddaughters, Michelle Frank and Morgan Frank; one sister, Ann Dalton of Atlanta, Ga.; and one brother, Pruett Brown of Chattanooga.

A memorial service will be 5 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Wright officiating. Burial will be private for the family in Richmond Cemetery in Gainesboro.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Ruth Brown Vaughan Wilson.

David Timothy "Tim" Odum
Died: 03-27-2004

David Timothy "Tim" Odum, 39, of Athens, died Saturday afternoon, March 27, 2004, at a Chattanooga hospital.

He was a native of Portsmouth, Va., and spent most of his life in McMinn County. He attended Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle in Riceville and was a son of the late James Edward and Grace Lee Elizabeth Ruth Upchurch Odum Jr. He was preceded in death by one brother, James Edward Odum III.

Survivors include eight sisters, four brothers and their spouses, Bernice and Gary Kuykendall, Brenda Odum, Kenneth and Laura Odum, Iva and Tim Smith, Rachel Odum, Thomas Odum, Mitchel Odum and Pamela Whittaker, all of Athens, Phillip and Melinda Odum of Benton, Michelle and Jose Fraire of Dalton, Ga., Tina and Joel Cruz of Cleveland, and Crystal and Noe Gonzalez of Dalton, Ga.; one adopted sister, Lisa Pimberton, and her daughter, Veronica Pimberton; Tim loved his nieces and nephews very much and is survived by 17 of them, Wayne Kuykendall, Staycie Heath, Chris Heath, Marie Martha Heath, Kendall Heath, Chad Odum, Andrew Smith, Brooke Whittaker, Amber Whittaker, Mikaela Garcia, Cameron Garcia, Nickolus Cruz, Blake Cruz, Thalia Cruz, Grace Odum, Jason Johnson and Mikel Lunsford.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Minister Jerry Stephens officiating. Family and friends will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and proceed to Sullins Cemetery in Athens for the 11 a.m. graveside service that will conclude with a white dove release ceremony provided by the funeral home.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

If you are unable to attend the services, view and sign the family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements

Willie Alma Lyle
Died: 03-26-2004

Willie Alma Lyle, 63, of Kingston, and formerly of Athens, died early Friday morning, March 26, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native of McMinn County, she had resided in both McMinn and Roane County. A daughter of the late Rev. Parker and Martha Morrow, she was a member of Swan Pond Baptist Church in Harriman, and was preceded in death by three brothers, Frances, George and Dean Morrow; four half-brothers, Grady, Lester and Carl Parker Jr., and Estelle Morrow; and two half-sisters, Veinie Crittenden and Leona Nicholas.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Wayne Lyle; one brother, Robert Morrow of Cleveland; one half-brother, James N. Morrow; six sisters and five brothers-in-law, Sue and Larry Holder of Ooltewah, Juanita and Sterling Womac of Calhoun, Shirley and Cass Hickman of Decatur, Faye and Isaac Hicks of Cleveland, Ann and Robert Sheppard of Hachita, N.M., and Mildred Swafford of Huntsville, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Johnnie Morrow of Harrison; eight nieces; and six nephews.

Funeral services were 8 p.m. Saturday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. J.J. Christman officiating. Family and friends assembled at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and proceeded to Calhoun Cemetery for the 3 p.m. burial, which concluded with the White Dove Liberation Ceremony.

Pallbearers were Timothy Womac, Johnny Coleman, Justin Coleman, Curtis Wayne Clark, Jeff Walker and Alan Vincent.

The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah was in charge of arrangements. If you were unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

J.C. Hughes
Died: 03-25-2004

J.C. Hughes, 58, of Maryville, and formerly of Rockwood, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ten Mile, and was a laborer with BNFL K-25 and a member of Labor Union Local No. 818. He loved to watch his son, airplane pilot Capt. Ted Hughes, fly planes. He was preceded in death by his father, Claude Hughes; one sister, Dorothy Hughes; one nephew, Jo Jo Hughes; and one brother-in-law, Lester Shadden.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Hughes of Maryville; one son, Ted Hughes of Maryville; his mother, Mildred Hughes of Ten Mile; one sister and brother-in-law, Jo Ann and Phillip Miller of Spring City; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Nathan and Jane Hughes of Decatur, Larry and Karen Hughes of Ten Mile, and Wayne and Pam Hughes of Ten Mile; his mother-in-law, Marie Threlkeld of Knoxville; three sisters-in-law, Jo Ann Miller of Knoxville, Helen Shadden of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brenda Peppers of Winder, Ga.; one brother-in-law, Bud Threlkeld of Pensacola, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 5 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ten Mile with the Rev. Bob Ivey officiating. Graveside services followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Evans Mortuary.

Evans Mortuary of Rockwood was in charge of arrangements

Jessie Juanita Hester Roy
Died: 03-26-2004

Jessie Juanita Hester Roy, 56, of Madisonville, and formerly of Decatur, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

She was a native of Madisonville and was a daughter of the late Taylor Hester.

Survivors include her mother, Viola Runion Hester of Madisonville; one sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Reed Standridge of Decatur; two brothers and one sister-in-law, James and Carolyn Hester and George Hester, all of Madisonville; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Minister Frank Wright and the Rev. Roger Underwood officiating. Burial followed in McMinn Memory Gardens with Clarence Bishop, Adam Bishop, Ray Burkett, J.C. Burkett, Danny Standridge and Dennis Standridge serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens was in charge of arrangements.

Rosezella Cornett Burns
Died: 03-26-2004

Rosezella Cornett Burns, 89, of Niota, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A daughter of the late William and Lena Green Cornett, she was a native of Fannin County, Ga., and a resident of McMinn County for most of her life. She was a member of Union-McMinn Baptist Church and McMinn County Senior Citizens, and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Alvin Burns, on Jan. 15, 1971; one son, Willie Eugene "Gene" Burns, on Feb. 7, 2000; five brothers; and five sisters.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Clyde "Spider" and Margie Burns of Niota; two daughters and one son-in-law, Geraldine and Jimmy Myers of Sevierville, and Joanne Costner of Athens; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 8 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Alexander officiating. Burial was 10 a.m. Monday in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Mike Burns, Jeff Costner, Tony Burns, Jim Robinson, Damion Coleman III, Jason Costner and Harold Martin.

The family received friends from from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to McMinn County Senior Citizens, 205 McMinn Ave., Athens, TN 37303.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens was in charge of arrangements.

3-30-2004

Ernest C. Bivens
Died: 03-29-2004

Ernest C. Bivens, 74, of Delano, died Monday evening, March 29, 2004, at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Cleveland.

A native of Etowah and a resident of Louisville, Ky., for 32 years, he was a son of the late John Jackson and Flora Ann Fox Bivens. He was a member of Goodsprings Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired machinist and was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Brackett Bivens of Delano; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Lee Martin of Delano, and Lisa and Terry Thompson of Benton; one son and daughter-in-law, Ernest and Debbie Bivens of Louisville, Ky.; six grandchildren, Daniel and Bobbie, Josh and Katie, Christina and Michele; one great-grandchild, Loren; two sisters, Ethelene Burris and Josie Loveday, both of Etowah; and one sister-in-law, Jean Bivens of Louisville, Ky.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Thursday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Connell and the Rev. Paul McKeehan officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday in Goodsprings Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements. If you are unable to attend this visitation or service, call the office at 263-7033 for further information, or sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com

Rosezella Cornett Burns
Died: 03-26-2004

Rosezella Cornett Burns, 89, of Niota, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A daughter of the late William and Lena Green Cornett, she was a native of Fannin County, Ga., and a resident of McMinn County for most of her life. She was a member of Union-McMinn Baptist Church and McMinn County Senior Citizens, and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Alvin Burns, on Jan. 15, 1971; one son, Willie Eugene "Gene" Burns, on Feb. 7, 2000; five brothers; and five sisters.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Clyde "Spider" and Margie Burns of Niota; two daughters and one son-in-law, Geraldine and Jimmy Myers of Sevierville, and Joanne Costner of Athens; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 8 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Alexander officiating. Burial was 10 a.m. Monday in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Mike Burns, Jeff Costner, Tony Burns, Jim Robinson, Damion Coleman III, Jason Costner and Harold Martin.

The family received friends from from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to McMinn County Senior Citizens, 205 McMinn Ave., Athens, TN 37303.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens was in charge of arrangements.

Claude E. Hicks Jr.
Died: 03-28-2004

Claude E. Hicks Jr., 61, of Maryville, died Sunday, March 28, 2004.

He was the owner of Hicks and Law Insurance Company of Maryville and was a member of Friendsville First Baptist Church, where he was active with the audio and video ministry and served on several committees. He was originally from Niota, before moving to Maryville, and graduated from McMinn County High School and attended Tennessee Wesleyan College. He was a member of the FOP and active with the Maryville High School football team. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude E. Sr., and Violet Gilliam Hicks, formerly of Niota.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara J. Hicks of Maryville; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Kelly Jones of Maryville; one daughter, Denise Moore of Maryville; one grandson, Robby Moore of Maryville; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Compton of Friendsville; one brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Karen Hicks of Cleveland; two nieces and spouses, Stacey and Ronnie Wilson of Charleston, and Terri and Rick Heintzelman of Hazel Green, Ala.; three nephews and two spouses, Scott and Melody Hicks of East Ridge, Andrew and Samantha Hicks of Cleveland, and Kevin Compton of Huntsville, Ala.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home with Dr. Mark Grubb and the Rev. Andrew Hicks officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Grandview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home of Maryville is in charge of arrangements.

Grace McMahan Shepherd
Died: 03-28-2004

Grace McMahan Shepherd, 91, a lifelong resident of McMinn County, died Sunday morning, March 28, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

She was the oldest recognized member of Freedman Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was also mother of the church. She worked for more than 17 years as a cook at Foree Hospital, and was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Mary King McMahan; her husband, Glenn Shepherd; one son, Robert Lee Capers Sr.; five brothers, Walter, Reuben, Lester, Sam and George McMahan; and three sisters, Ester Elder, Josephine and Sgt. Sarah McMahan.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Brenda and Gene Wood and Mary Lynn Scruggs-Smith, all of Athens; one sister, Cora Scruggs of Athens; five grandchildren and four spouses, the Rev. Timothy and Rose Capers of Tunnel Hill, Ga., Sonya and Sherman Suttles of Ringgold, Ga., Robert and CarrieBell Capers Jr., of Calhoun, Ga., Audrey and Antoine Simmons of Dalton, Ga., and Dalphaela "Dafney" Scruggs of Athens; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Freedman Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Athens with their pastor, the Rev. Charles Hunter, and the Rev. Timothy Capers officiating. Burial will follow in Hammonds Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The body may be viewed from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home.

M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

David Timothy "Tim" Odum
Died: 03-27-2004

David Timothy "Tim" Odum, 39, of Athens, died Saturday afternoon, March 27, 2004, at a Chattanooga hospital.

He was a native of Portsmouth, Va., and spent most of his life in McMinn County. He attended Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle in Riceville and was a son of the late James Edward and Grace Lee Elizabeth Ruth Upchurch Odum Jr. He was preceded in death by one brother, James Edward Odum III.

Survivors include eight sisters, four brothers and their spouses, Bernice and Gary Kuykendall, Brenda Odum, Kenneth and Laura Odum, Iva and Tim Smith, Rachel Odum, Thomas Odum, Mitchel Odum and Pamela Whittaker, all of Athens, Phillip and Melinda Odum of Benton, Michelle and Jose Fraire of Dalton, Ga., Tina and Joel Cruz of Cleveland, and Crystal and Noe Gonzalez of Dalton, Ga.; one adopted sister, Lisa Pimberton, and her daughter, Veronica Pimberton; Tim loved his nieces and nephews very much and is survived by 17 of them, Wayne Kuykendall, Staycie Heath, Chris Heath, Marie Martha Heath, Kendall Heath, Chad Odum, Andrew Smith, Brooke Whittaker, Amber Whittaker, Mikaela Garcia, Cameron Garcia, Nickolus Cruz, Blake Cruz, Thalia Cruz, Grace Odum, Jason Johnson and Mikel Lunsford.

Funeral services were 8 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Minister Jerry Stephens officiating. Family and friends gathered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and proceeded to Sullins Cemetery in Athens for the 11 a.m. graveside service that concluded with a white dove release ceremony provided by the funeral home.

The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

If you were unable to attend the services, view and sign the family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home of Etowah was in charge of arrangements.

Zou Steel Thompson Nelms
Died: 03-27-2004

Zou Steel Thompson Nelms, 79, of Etowah, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Woods Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of Marshall Hill Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Nelms, on Sept. 16, 2000; her parents, Charley and Clara Odom Thompson; and two brothers, Charles F. Thompson and Harry Thompson.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Philip Newberry of Etowah; two granddaughters and their spouses, Donna and Gaylord Butch of Jacksonville, Fla., and Dianne and Steve Fain of Etowah; one stepdaughter, Carol White; two stepsons, Michael Nelms and Bill Nelms Jr., both of Chattanooga; and two step-grandsons, Nicholus White and Josh Nelms.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Pond Hill Cemetery with the Rev. R.B. Bryan and the Rev. Mark Hensley officiating.

The body will be in state at Jerry Smith Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Wednesday, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens is serving the family of Zou Steel Thompson Nelms.

3-31-2004

Berzilla R. Carroll Coleman
Died: 03-30-2004

Berzilla R. Carroll Coleman, 60, of Athens, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late Archie W. Carroll, and was a member of Mt. Verd Baptist Church. She was an assembler at Collins & Aikman for 25 years and was preceded in death by one sister, Nina Marney.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Coleman of Athens; her mother, Dorothy Carroll of Athens; one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Art Cassata of Palm Coast, Fla.; two sons, Jeffery Coleman and Dewayne Coleman, both of Athens; two grandchildren, Heaven Leigh and Dominick Luke Cassata; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Nancy Carroll of Athens, and Patricia and Dillard Sneed of Etowah; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Earl and Linda Carroll of Athens, Ralph and Brenda Carroll of Lenoir City, Winslow Carroll of Athens, Jerry and Linda Carroll of Dalton, Ga., and Carl and Shelia Carroll of Athens; and numerous, much loved nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Donnie Dalton and the Rev. Jimmy Price officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be David Coleman, Rodney Swafford, Art Cassata, J.T. Carroll, David Melson and Ray Pilkey.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Daryl Thomas Hutson
Died: 03-28-2004

Daryl Thomas Hutson, 55, of Savannah, Ga., died Sunday, March 28, 2004, from cancer.

A native of Athens, he made his profession of faith and was baptized in 1957. He was a pleasant, friendly and intelligent child, much adored by his family and friends. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 116 in Athens.

In his youth, as in adulthood, he was curious and intelligent. For a period, he achieved local notoriety when, while a student in the eighth grade, he and a friend manufactured a rocket which led to an invitation to demonstrate the rocket and discuss the principles of rocketry to a science class at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He attended Georgia Tech, Tennessee Wesleyan College and the University of Tennessee, from which he graduated in 1971 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

After working in Pascagoula, Miss., he accepted a position with Union Camp at its large production complex in Savannah, Ga., in 1973. He very much enjoyed his work at Union Camp and especially delighted in the friendships that were formed there. His co-workers appreciated that he was always a calming, leveling influence during a crisis. He never lost his temper, raised his voice in anger or lost his head. These qualities, combined with his ability to properly analyze complex problems, led to his being a key component in the success of the Savannah mill. He held various management positions during his 32-year career at Union Camp/International Paper. At the time of his retirement, he held the position of manager of reliability.

He and his beloved wife led an active social life from their home at Causton Bluff, and he had many close friends who loved and respected him. He was an avid cook and had a particular interest in the roasting and preparation of coffee and the making of desserts. He was a kind, considerate, intelligent and thoughtful man who shall be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Katherine Sowell Hutson of Savannah, Ga.; two sons whom he adored, William and Thomas Hutson, both of Savannah, Ga.; his parents, Bill and Doris Hutson of Athens; two brothers, David and Douglas Hutson of Athens; and one sister, Kim Lewis of the Claxton community.

A Mass of Christian Burial was 2 p.m. Tuesday at the cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home. Arrangements in Savannah, Ga., were made by Herbert C. Baker Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Dr. Michael Womack officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Savannah, Inc., 1352 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah, GA 31406.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of local arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Irwin
Died: 03-29-2004

Mary Elizabeth Irwin, 74, of Crossville, died Monday, March 29, 2004.

Born Nov. 26, 1929, to the late Claude Ellis and John Etta Burklin Martin in Goodlettsville, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, John Lovell of Athens, and Gary Irwin of Forrest Park, Ga.; one daughter, Vicki Watkins of Nashville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Wallace Keyes of Crossville.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Woody Cemetery with Todd McDonald of Lawrence Chapel Church of God of Prophecy officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.

Crossville Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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