08-06-2003

Lena Faynette Chastain Campbell
Died: 08-02-2003 Lena Faynette Chastain Campbell (Aug. 2, 2003) Lena Faynette Chastain Campbell of Madisonville, born Sept. 29, 1917, in Copperhill, passed away at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at home with family present. She graduated from Polk County High School and attended East Tennessee State University, receiving a teaching certificate. She taught for two years in the Polk County School System and four years in the Monroe County School System. She was very active at First Baptist Church, Madisonville, since 1955. Some memorable things we will all miss was Lenaís slight little smile she would give you, that would brighten your day, her great listening ability and keeping a confidence, and her nature of helping when and where needed. Survivors include: husband of 62 years-Clay M. Campbell; Daughters and son-in-law-Rebecca and Steve Reggel of Birmingham; and Ellen Campbell of Knoxville; Sons and daughters-in-law-Deryl and Jane Campbell of Rogersville; Richard and Diane Campbell and Doug and Aneta Campbell, all of Madisonville; and Charles and Vida Campbell of South Pittsburg; Fifteen grandchildren; Sixteen great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews; Special caregiver-Kim Earle. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Tuesday, at First Baptist Church, Madisonville with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Charles Campbell officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Madisonville Child Care Center, 139 College St., Madisonville, TN 37354. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Glenn Alvin Burchfield
Died: 08-01-2003 Glenn Alvin Burchfield (Aug. 1, 2003) Glenn Alvin Burchfield of Madisonville, passed away at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He was of the Baptist faith. He was 74. Preceded in death by: parents, Aaron, Sr. (Shelley) and Nellie Burchfield; brothers, Aaron, Jr. (Frog) and Roy Burchfield. Survivors include: wife-Sue Tallent Burchfield; Daughter and son-in-law-Glinda and Jackie Jaynes of Memphis; Son and daughter-in-law-Glenn Jr. (Buster) and Denise Burchfield of Johnson City; Granddaughters-Jennifer Lynne Jaynes of Knoxville; and Jessica Dawn Jaynes of Memphis; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Herbert and Hazel Burchfield and Sonny and Linda Burchfield of Madisonville; Donald Gene and Mildred Burchfield of Maryville; Pete and Mary Burchfield of Tuscumbia, Ala.; and Richard and Kathy Burchfield of Sevierville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Burchfield officiating. Interment was in Hopewell Springs Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Gold Star Post #5156. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
08-16-2003

Beulah Mae Estes Smith
Died: 08-13-2003 Beulah Mae Estes Smith (Aug. 13, 2003) Beulah Mae Estes Smith of Maryville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, at her home. She was a member of Broadway Baptist Church. Preceded in death by: parents, Jesse and Alma Skinner Estes; brother, Brunner Estes; two infant brothers; and step-grandchild, Sabra. Survivors include: husband of 57 years-Fred E. Smith; Sons and daughters-in-law-Larry and Linda Smith of Kingsport; Brian and Janet Smith of Maryville; and Dennis and Patty Smith of Kennasaw, Ga.; Daughter and son-in-law-Gail and John Hughes of Maryville; Grandchildren-Nicole, Kristin, Marie, Michael Daniel, Brady, Lykin, Mark Hughes and Kim Agee; Stepdaughter-Jaiden; Step-granddaughter-Keeana; Sisters-Hula Easter of Paint Rock; Nell Myers of New Carlisle, Ohio; Bonnie Estes of Loudon; Cleva Brown of Kingsport; and Vivian Reed of Rutledge; Sister-in-law-Jessie Estes of Lewisburg, Ohio; A host of nieces and nephews; Dear special friends-Patty Long of Maryville; and Jeanie Jones of Knoxville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, in McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Young and Dr. Robert Brown officiating. Eulogy will be read by Vivian Reed with a poem read by Marie Smith. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.
Gilbert G.L. Lester Geren
Died: 08-12-2003 Rev. Gilbert Lester Geren (Aug. 12, 2003) Rev. Gilbert Lester (G.L.) Geren of Cleveland, passed away at 8:25 a.m., Aug. 12. He served as a traveling evangelist in the Southeast for many years in the 1940s and 1950s. He and his brother, Randall Geren, started and helped establish new churches in many remote communities throughout the south. He served as pastor at Sweetwater Church of God in the early Ď50s and returned in 1977 to serve as pastor there until present. His life was dedicated to serving God and teaching others about the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ. He was the oldest acting pastor in the Church of God in Tennessee. He was 87. Preceded in death by: infant daughter, Phyllis; sisters, Dorothy Gill and Mildred Neeley; brothers, James "Cobb" Geren; parents, James and Dovie Crye Geren. Survivors include: loving and devoted wife of 63 years-Minnie Sue Maney Geren of Cleveland; Son and daughter-in-law-Gilbert Lee and Lisa Geren of Tellico Plains; Daughters and sons-in-law-Jo and Roy Edwards of Lascassas; Sue Diehl of Montreat, N.C.; Hope Geren and Diana Brumlow of Knoxville; Evelyn and Rev. Mike Farr of Manchester; Anita and Rev. Guinn Green of Madisonville; Elizabeth and Rev. Tom Rhyne of Front Royal, Va.; Brother and sister-in-law- Randall and Melba Geren of Smithville; Grandchildren and spouses-Joy Edwards of Lascassas; Bethany Farr of Murfreesboro; Paula Farr of Cleveland; Minisu and Kris Willard and David Green of Townsend; Anna Rhyne of Front Royal, Va.; Kristi and Anthony Tucker of Cleveland and Melissa and Jeff Bishop of Charleston; Great-grandchildren-Rose Sneed of Townsend; Hunter and Taylor Bishop of Charleston; and Briley Tucker of Cleveland Many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to South African AIDS Orphans Project, St. Luke Community Clinic of Front Royal, Va.; Southwest Indian Ministries or Save the Children. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Fike Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 4 p.m., Thursday, at North Cleveland Church of God. Dr. Dennis McGuire, Rev. Paul Queen and Rev. Marshall Roberson will officiate. Burial will follow in Lebanon Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements by Fike Funeral Home, Ocoee Street, Cleveland.
Mildred Ann Johnson Latham
Died: 08-12-2003 Mildred Ann Johnson Latham (Aug. 12, 2003) Mildred Ann Johnson Latham (Aug. 12, 2003) Mildred Ann Johnson Latham of Sweetwater, departed this life on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Sweetwater Hospital, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Bazeltown Baptist Church in Harriman. She was 78. Preceded in death by: husband, Henry Robert Latham; parents; five sisters; and three brothers. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Warren H. and Cynthia Latham of Houston, Texas; Bennie E. and Linda Latham of Ellenwood, Ga.; and Larry E. Latham of Carlisle, Ind.; Daughters and son-in-law-Elizabeth Ann and Joel Copeland of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Cynthia Darlene Latham of Forest Park, Ga.; and Debbie Elaine Shadid of Fort Worth, Texas; Eleven grandchildren; Five great-grandchildren; Brother-Franklin Johnson of Solon, Ohio; Sisters-Gleneva Ewing of Indianapolis; and Estimae Davis of Cleveland, Ohio; Several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18, with the funeral service to follow in Kykerís Chapel with the Rev. Alvin Douglas officiating. Burial to follow in the North Point Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Kathy D. Hitchcock
Died: 08-08-2003 Kathy D. Hitchcock (Aug. 8, 2003) Kathy D. Hitchcock of Tellico Plains, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and was a Navy ombudsman during Desert Storm. She was 51. Survivors include: husband-Tim Hitchcock of Tellico Plains; Daughter-Lisa Marie Warriner of Fort Myers, Fla.; Son-Donald Olin of Fort Myers; Six grandchildren. Funeral services were 8:30 p.m., Sunday, in Myers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.J. Wall officiating. Interment was 10 a.m., Monday, at Shady Grove Cemetery. Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Velta Neoma McInturff
Died: 08-08-2003 Velta Neoma McInturff (Aug. 8, 2003) Velta Neoma McInturff of Sweetwater, passed away at 5:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 8, at her home. She was a member of Notchey Creek Baptist Church. She was 91. Preceded in death by: husband, George Kay McInturff; parents, George and Mattie Atkins; sisters, Nana Mae McConkey, Mary Lou Raper and Mabel Raper; brothers, Floyd, Carl, Obe, Tom and Grover Atkins; son-in-law, Arlin Sloan. Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law-Betty Jean Sloan and Emma Sue and G.W. Thomas, all of Sweetwater; Sons and daughters-in-law-G.C. and Sue McInturff of Cohutta, Ga.; and Gordon and Janie McInturff of Leigh Acres, Fla.; Thirteen grandchildren; Fifteen great-grandchildren; Sister-Suella Moses of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Jeff West officiating. Interment will be in Chestua Methodist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
John Newton McLemore
Died: 08-06-2003 John Newton McLemore (Aug. 6, 2003) John Newton McLemore of McKenzie, formerly of Madisonville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, at McKenzie Health Care. He was a member and deacon of Hopewell Springs Baptist Church. He was a former heavy equipment operator for Monroe County Highway Dept. He was 89. Preceded in death by: wife, Prudia Williams McLemore; grandson, Justin McLemore; parents, Marcus L. and Rachel White McLemore; two sisters; and six brothers. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Bonnie and Adron Joyner of McKenzie; Sons and daughters-in-law-Linden and Pauline McLemore and J.R. and Lorene McLemore, all of Madisonville; Ten grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; Sister-Reba McLemore of Athens; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Joe Torbett and Garry Duncan officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Sunday, in Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
William David Sweitzer
Died: 08-06-2003 William David Sweitzer (Aug. 6, 2003) William David Sweitzer, infant son of William Louis Jr. and Dana Michelle Berrong Sweitzer of Silver Point, was born and passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Preceded in death by: grandmother, Claudia Zarisky Sweitzer. Survivors include: grandparents-David and Nina Berrong of Lenoir City; and William Louis Sweitzer Sr. of Mooresville, N.C. Great-grandparents-Thomas and Lillian Zarisky of Boardman, Ohio; and King and Jean Berrong of Sweetwater. Funeral services were 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8, in the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Rogers officiating. Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, Cookeville, in charge of arrangements.
Fannie R. Collins
Died: 08-05-2003 Fannie R. Collins (Aug. 5, 2003) Fannie R. Collins of Rockford, Ill., passed away at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Rockford Healthcare Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1912 in Sweetwater, and married C. Carl Collins in Sweetwater, December, 1948. He died in Athens Oct. 21, 1981. She returned to Rockford in 1993. She worked at the former J.L. Clark Co. for 25 years in the production department. She was 90. Preceded in death by: husband; and parents, William Stephens and Polly Sutton Stephens; sons, Carl Collins Jr. and Billy and Robert Thomas; brother, Hayden; and sisters, Marie and Blanche. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-John and Pam Thomas of Mountain View, Mo.; Charles and Shirley Collins of Glendale Heights, Ill.; Michael and Colleen Collins of Rockford; Twenty grandchildren; Many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; Sisters-Annie Neloms of Sweetwater; and Louise Welch of Knoxville; Several nieces and nephews; Daughter-in-law-Wilma Thomas of Rockford. Funeral services were 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, at Community Bible Church, Rockford, with the pastor, Tim Ramsden officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at West View Cemetery in Sweetwater. Memorials may be made to the charities of the donorís choice. Arrangements by Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels, Rockford.
Lloyd Wayman Williams
Died: 08-04-2003 Lloyd Wayman Williams (Aug. 4, 2003) Lloyd Wayman Williams of Englewood, passed away at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4, at his home. He was retired from the Tennessee Highway Department. He was 64. Preceded in death by: parents, Barney and Denna Williams. Survivors include: sisters and brothers-in-law-Edna and Jim Blair of Tellico Plains; Willa Mae and Paul J. Long of Friendsville; Faye and Gene Winters and Shelby and Harold Sneed of Maryville; and Wanda and Ed Cardin of Etowah; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Clyde and Donna Williams of Andarko, Okla.; Kinley and Sue Williams of Vian, Okla.; and Randall and Darlene Williams of Englewood; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 3 p.m., Wednesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. William R. Childress officiating. Interment was in Ebenezer Cemetery (Ball Play). Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Emma Sue Bishop
Died: 08-04-2003 Emma Sue Bishop (Aug. 4, 2003) Emma Sue Bishop of Tellico Plains, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville. She was an active member in several organizations, including the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 5156, Callie Cobb Study Club, Tellico Plains Eastern Star #324 and Coker Creek Ruritan Club. She attended First United Methodist Church of Tellico and a volunteer at Hospice Dialysis Clinic. She was 82. Preceded in death by: daughter, Edna Lee Newman. Survivors include: husband-J.O. Bishop of Tellico Plains; Granddaughter-Jamie Newman of New York City; Sister-Dorthy White of Lenoir City; Brother-Gene Kincaid of Farragut; and Several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at Myers Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., in Myers Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Sarah Hallstrand officiating. Memorials may be made to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, First United Methodist Church of Tellico Plains, Coker Creek Ruritan Club or Callie Cobb Study Club. Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

08-21-2003

Frank Anthony Mangiaracina
Died: 08-20-2003 Frank Anthony Mangiaracina (Aug. 20, 2003) Frank Anthony Mangiaracina of Madisonville, formerly of Kansas City, passed away at 10:11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was 49. Preceded in death by: mother, Helen Kern Mangiaracina. Survivors include: wife-Susan Black Mangiaracina; Children-Joe Mike Mangiaracina, Jenna Marie Mangiaracina, Anna Marie Mangiaracina and Nick Anthony Mangiaracina, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; Megan McShane, Angelina Mangiaracina and Anthony Mangiaracina, all of Madisonville; Grandson-Tyler; Father-Joe Mangiaracina of Harriman. Memorial service will be 1 p.m., Sunday, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Father Tom Vos officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building fund at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, P.O. Box 880, Madisonville, TN 37354. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Judy Raburn
Died: 08-19-2003 Judy Raburn (Aug. 19, 2003) Judy Raburn of Madisonville, passed away at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, at her home. She was of the Pentecostal faith and attended Madisonville Church of God. She was employed with National Seating for 14 years. She was 51. Preceded in death by: parents, Charlie and Shirley Laney Harris; brothers, Joe, Eugene and Ray Harris. Survivors include: husband-Ross Raburn; Son-Stephen Raburn, both of Madisonville; Sisters-Millie Martin of Dalton, Ga.; and Sue Martin of Madisonville; Brothers-Lloyd Harris and Howard Harris of Dalton; Larry Harris of Cohutta, Ga.; and David Harris of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews; Devoted and loving friends-Jane Harvey of Lenoir City; Reba Carmley, Barbara Stallans, Missy Jenkins and Dawsie Clowers, all of Madisonville. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Mike Harris and Jerry Feathers officiating. Interment will be 10 a.m., Friday, in Sunset Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Bea Etta Bradley
Died: 08-18-2003 Bea Etta Bradley (Aug. 18, 2003) Bea Etta "Billie" Bradley of Tellico Plains, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, at Sweetwater Hospital. She attended River of Life Ministry. She was 78. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Jerry and Glenise Bradley, Wayne and Barbara Bradley and Walter "Worm" and Darleen Bradley, all of Tellico Plains; Two sisters; and one brother, all of Springfield, Mo.; Thirteen grandchildren; Twenty-six great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews; and Special friend-Barbara Watson of Missouri. Funeral services were 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, in Myers Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mickey Payne officiating. Interment will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Hunt Cemetery. Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
Mattie Glenda Murr West
Died: 08-17-2003 Mattie Glenda Murr West (Aug. 17, 2003) Mattie Glenda Murr West of Madisonville, passed away at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church. She was 71. Preceded in death by: parents, Arch and Ruth Murr; grandson, Jody Moser; and son-in-law, Clayton Shearer. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Susie and Ronnie Moser, Tammy and Darrell Henry and Missy and Bobby Bowers; Sons and daughters-in-law-Jeff and Susie West and Cecil and Debbie West, all of Madisonville; Grandchildren and spouses-Chuck and Becky Shearer of Madisonville; Patrick and Melissa West and Timothy West of Sweetwater; David and Melissa Rodgers, Matthew Weese, Kevin Henry and Megan Henry, Kelsey Bowers and Colby Bowers, all of Madisonville; Lynn Moser of Loudon; and Chris Swanger of Bowdon, Ga.; Great-grandchildren-Clay, Catie and Casey Shearer, all of Madisonville; and Kaylin and Destiny West, of Sweetwater; Sisters-Graydon West of Athens; and Phyllis Watson of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews; Special friends-Alice Russell, Claudia Atkins and the Womenís Sunday School class at Rocky Springs Baptist Church; and Lisa Duncan of Madisonville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Chad Kirkpatrick and Don Rockholt officiating. Interment in McClellan Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Aline Tolbird
Died: 08-16-2003 Aline Tolbird (Aug. 16, 2003) Aline Tolbird of Vonore, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was 78. Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law-Joyce and Clarence Zito of Tellico Plains; and Linda Harrison of Sweetwater; Sons and daughter-in-law-Larry and Marie McCormick of Pegram; and Fred McCormick of Tellico Plains; Sister-Lillian Dies of Hermitage; Eighteen grandchildren; Twenty-five great-grandchildren; Several great-great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Myers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Prock officiating. Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
Nora Jean Roberts
Died: 08-16-2003 Nora Jean Roberts (Aug. 16, 2003) Nora Jean "Lucy" Roberts of Edge Water, Fla., passed away Aug. 16, at Hospice of Valusia/Flagler in Port Orange, Fla. She was retired from BellSouth after 30 years of service and from Marriott Hotel after eight years of service. She was 76. Preceded in death by: parents, Horace and Alice Roberts; sisters, Bertha Lee Johnson, Blanche Pennington, Helen Duford; brothers, Luke, Wilson, Harry J. and Tom Roberts. Survivors include: sister and brother-in-law-Betty Ann and James Head of Maryville; Special niece-Betty Norton of Friendsville; Uncle-William A. Youngblood of Powhatan, Va.; Several nieces, nephews and cousins; Special friend and caregiver-Kay Thompson of Edge Water; Numerous other good friends. It was Lucyís wish she be cremated and her ashes be sprinkled in her beloved Smoky Mountains in the fall, when the leaves peak. No other services will be held. Memorials may be made, if desired, to Hospice of Valusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.
Bonnie Jean Sullivan Campbell
Died: 08-14-2003 Bonnie Jean Sullivan Campbell (Aug. 14, 2003) Bonnie Jean Sullivan Campbell of Niota, died Thursday, Aug. 14, at her residence. She was a native of Schenectady, N.Y. and resident of McMinn County most of her life. She was an LPN for more than 40 years and was a former employee for 20 years at Sweetwater Nursing Home. She was a member of Burlís Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was 61. Preceded in death by: parents, Byron and Helen Clark Sullivan. Survivors include: husband-Colin Campbell; Son and daughter-in-law-Byron "Tiger" and Cynthia Campbell of Niota; Daughters and son-in-law-Tina Campbell of Las Vegas; and Paula and Jeff Baker of Athens; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Robert and Diane Sullivan and Gary and Jan Sullivan, all of Ontario, N.Y.; Sister and brother-in-law-Trudy and Jerry Fisher of Madrid, N.Y.; Son-in-law-Safwat Abdel-Rahman of Las Vegas; Grandchildren-Sara, Joshua, Joseph, Steven, Sean, Cheyenne, Tristin and Emily; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Aug. 16, at 8 p.m., in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Revs. Ronald Pierce and Jody Moser officiating. Interment was Sunday, in Niota Cemetery. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.

08-31-2003

Helen Irene Coppenger Hooper
Died: 08-28-2003 Helen Irene Coppenger Hooper (Aug. 28, 2003) Helen Irene Coppenger Hooper of Vonore, went home to be with Jesus at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, at her home. She was a member of New Providence Baptist Church, Tellico Plains. She was 78. Preceded in death by: parents, Roy and Annie Saunders Coppenger; brother, Herman Coppenger. Survivors include: husband of 57 years-Hedrick Hooper; Daughter and son-in-law-Donna and Tony McGill of Greenback; Sons and daughters-in-law-Floyd and Glenda Hooper of Maryville; Doug and Vivian Hooper of Madisonville; and Dennis Hooper of Vonore; Grandchildren-Ginger Hooper Stamey and Jodi Hooper Saffles, both of Madisonville; Brad White and Chelsi andKati Hooper of Maryville; Great-grandchildren-Karlee and Mary Stamey and Adam Saffles, all of Madisonville; Brother-R.V. Coppenger of Maryville; and Ray Coppenger of Douglasville, Ga.; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. J.A. Schaffer and Rev. James D. Harris officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Sunday in New Providence Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Nathel Lee Harris
Died: 08-27-2003 Nathel Lee Harris (Aug. 27, 2003) Nathel Lee Harris of Madisonville, passed away at 12:45 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Sweetwater Hospital. She attended Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was 83. Preceded in death by: parents, Luther H. and Florence Haun Harris; sister, Geneva Isbill; and niece, Barbara Roberts. Survivors include: sisters-Lorene Lankford and Maxine Cole, both of Madisonville; Nieces-Brenda McDaniel, Lisa Neeley and Jan Allen; Great-nieces-Kristi Martin, Shannon Brown, Amanda Allen and Miranda Neeley; Great-nephew-Dakota Neeley, all of Madisonville. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Revs. Frank Hicks and Ted Clower officiating. Interment will be in Notchey Creek Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Sarah Lee Miller Harris Bivens
Died: 08-26-2003 Sarah Lee Miller Harris Bivens (Aug. 26, 2003) Sarah Lee Miller Harris Bivens of Vonore, passed away at 1:40 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was 70. Preceded in death by: husband, Wilford Harris; former husband, Beechered Bivens; son, Steve Harris; two granddaughters; parents, Ernest and Lou Anna Miller; several sisters and brothers. Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law-Judy Carmley and Sue and Thomas Staley, all of Madisonville; and Janice Harris of Vonore; Son-Mike Harris of Vonore; Seven grandchildren; Seven great-grandchildren; Sisters-Dovie Walker and Evelyn Ervin of Tellico Plains; Marie Self of Madisonville; and Betty Miller of Vonore; Brothers-Arnold Miller of Vonore; and Lester Miller of Tellico Plains. Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Wednesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Arthur A. Moser officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Thursday, in Citico Cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville
Ruby Marie Butler
Died: 08-26-2003 Ruby Marie Butler (Aug. 22, 2003) Ruby Marie Butler of Madisonville, passed away at 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22, at Sweetwater Hospital. She attended Big Creek Baptist Church. She was 76. Preceded in death by: husband, Howard Butler; daughters, Glenna Butler and Linda Butler; son, Ernest Allen Butler. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Rosa and Buddy Blankenship of Tellico Plains; Una and James Crump and Annie Robert Hunt, all of Madisonville; and Lila and Gene Bridges of Loudon; Son-Hobert Butler of Madisonville; Nine grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; Sisters-Bertha Kirkland of Knoxville; and Julie McMahan of Pigeon Forge; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, in Citico Baptist Church with the Revs. Jim Millsaps and Michael McLemore officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Georgia G. Cable Shuler
Died: 08-25-2003 Georgia G. Cable Shuler (Aug. 25, 2003) Georgia G. Cable Shuler of Vonore, passed away at 9:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of Big Toqua Church. She was 73. Preceded in death by: parents, Rev. Henry and Louisa Cable; three sisters; three brothers; two great-grandchildren. Survivors include: husband of 49 years-William E. (Bill) Shuler; Daughter and son-in-law-Debbie and Rocky Green of Sweetwater; Sons and daughter-in-law-Floyd Shuler of Vonore; and Ben and Judy Shuler of Greenback; Nine grandchildren; Two great-grandchildren; Sisters-Violet Chambers of Seymour; Emma Hataway of Ashford, Ala.; and Bertha Brown of Vonore; Brothers-Floyd Cable of Vonore; and Ted Cable of Cookeville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Randell Vanhoose officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Friday, in Citico Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Sue Maxwell Plemons
Died: 08-24-2003 Sue Maxwell Plemons (Aug. 24, 2003) Sue Maxwell Plemons of Madisonville, passed away at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at Fort Sanders Park West Medical Center. She was a dedicated and happy mother and grandmother. She was a member of Chestua Baptist Church. She was 61. Preceded in death by: parents, Rankin and Buna Maxwell; son, Lee Plemons; sisters, Alma (Tootsie) Hunt and Maude Moses; brothers, Wilford Maxwell, Earl (Gube) Maxwell and Charles (Rudd) Maxwell. Survivors include: sons-Gary R. Plemons of Madisonville; Granddaughter-Cassidy Danielle Plemons of Maryville Sister-Bonnie Gentry of Madisonville; Brothers-Sam Maxwell of Englewood; and James E. (Peanut) Maxwell of Knoxville; Several nieces and nephews. Graveside and interment was 11 a.m., Wednesday, in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. The Revs. B.J. Wall and Ronnie Maxwell officiating. Memorials may be made to Chestua Baptist Church. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Don R. Lance
Died: 08-22-2003 Don R. Lance (Aug. 22, 2003)
Patricia Ann Jenkins
Died: 08-22-2003 Patricia Ann Jenkins (Aug. 22, 2003) Patricia Ann Jenkins of Madisonville, passed away at 12:45 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22, at Bradley Memorial Hospital. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 57. Preceded in death by: father, Daniel Jenkins. Survivors include: daughter-Stacie Lockhart; Son-Bryan Hughes; Mother-Mary Jenkins, all of Madisonville; Sisters-Johnnie Bell Vickers of Knoxville; Betty M. Green and Linda J. Debuty, both of Madisonville; Brothers-Vergil Jenkins of Knoxville; and William F. Jenkins of Cleveland; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Watson officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Sunday, in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Glenn C. Cook
Died: 08-22-2003 Glenn C. Cook (Aug. 22, 2003) Glenn C. Cook of Madisonville, passed away at 5:15 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22, at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Community Baptist Church; a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army; and owner and operator of Glenn Cook Motors, Madisonville, for many years. He was 76. Preceded in death by: parents, Charlie and Katie Cook; sons, Dennis Cook and Douglas Lynn Cook. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Barbara and Allan Watson, Pat and Joe Taylor, Joyce Cook, Cathy and Scott Boring and Tabatha Cook, all of Madisonville; Seven grandchildren; Seven great-grandchildren; Sister-Marie Martin of Rockwood; Brother-Boyd Cook of Madisonville; Special niece-Mildred Smith of Rockwood. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Sunday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Carl Croft officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Monday, in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery with the Rev. Doug Easter officiating. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Good Shepherd Center or to Gideonís International. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Margaret P. Tilson Ogle
Died: 08-21-2003 Margaret P. Tilson Ogle (Aug. 21, 2003) Margaret P. Tilson Ogle of Madisonville, passed away at 12:39 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She attended Hiwassee Church of God. She was 69. Preceded in death by: father, Robert Tilson; grandson, Greg Studdard; and brothers, Blaine Lee and T.J. Tilson. Survivors include: husband-Avery Ogle; Daughters and sons-in-law-Ann and Mike Freels of Greeneville; Emily Parsons and Janet and Chris Barger, all of Madisonville; Son and daughter-in-law-James and Angela Ogle of Madisonville; Eight grandchildren; Seven great-grandchildren; Mother-Ethel O. Tilson of Englewood; Six sisters; Two brothers; Several nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were 2:30 p.m., Saturday, at Hiwassee Church of God with the Rev. Guinn Green and Rev. Brad Watson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.

Don R. Lance
Died: 08-22-2003 Don R. Lance (Aug. 22, 2003)

Don R. Lance of Knoxville, formerly of Tellico Plains, passed away Friday, Aug. 22. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force. He was 59. Preceded in death by: stepfather, Ervin Blankenship. Survivors include: son, Craig Lance of Madisonville; Daughter-Donna Barton of Riceville; Grandchildren-Samantha Barton and Carly Lance; Loving mother-Lucille Blankenship; Sisters-Marilyn Curtis and Susan Ellis, all of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 25, at the Tennessee State Veteranís Cemetery. Don will be forever remembered in our hearts

09-14-2003

Shirley Maxine Bradley
Died: 08-30-2003 Shirley Maxine Bradley (Aug. 30, 2003) Shirley Maxine Bradley of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, at Sweetwater Hospital, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Sweetwater VFW Post #5156. She was 67. Preceded in death by: husband, James E. "Jim" Bradley; parents, Preston and Mary Tinnell; sisters, Mary and Flossie Tinnell; and brothers, Jessie, J.B. and Hobert Tinnell. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Gail and Ralph "Buddy" Carle of Sweetwater; Son-Rick Moree of Sweetwater; Grandchildren-Joseph Shinliver, Ronald Shinliver, Ronald Nichols and Monica Moree; Great-grandchildren-Sydney Rose Shinliver, Julie Moree, Chastity, Austin and Devin; Sisters-Georgia Mae Gabrel and Onita Stephens of Sweetwater; and Lucille Waddell of Virginia; Brothers-Doyle Tinnell of Sweetwater; and William Tinnell of Georgia; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, in Kykerís Chapel with the Revs. D.L. Gabrel and Blanche Settles officiating. Burial to follow in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Arrangements by Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater
Edith Phillips
Died: 09-11-2003 Edith Phillips (Sept. 11, 2003) Edith Phillips, age 83, of Sweetwater, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Wood Presbyterian Home after a lengthy illness. She was a member of North Sweetwater Baptist Church. She was 83. Preceded in death by: her son, Wayne Phillips. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Judy Yarber, of Sweetwater; Jane and Bill Hillard, of Philadelphia; Charlotte Chapman, of Madisonville; and Shelia and Clarence Smith of Niota; Son and daughter-in-law-Nathan and Billie Phillips, of Madisonville; Ten grandchildren; Eleven great-grandchildren; Brother- Pierce Edmonds; Sister- Jewell Rockholt, both of Sweetwater; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, at Kyker Funeral Home, with the Rev. R.L. Davis officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, at the West View Cemetery for a 2 p.m. interment. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Glenn William Dennis
Died: 09-10-2003 Glenn William Dennis (Sept. 10, 2003) Glenn William Dennis of Mount Verd Community, Athens, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 10, after a brief illness. A native of Spring City and longtime resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Floyd and Mae Lee Dennis and was a member of Clearwater Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and owned and operated Glennís Plumbing and Electric for more than 45 years. He served in Army during the Korean Conflict. He was 70. Preceded in death by: parents; and three brothers, Conley, Milford Eugene and Donald Dennis. Survivors include: wife-Mary Jane Ratledge Dennis of Athens; Daughters and son-in-law-Julie Dennis of Murfreesboro; and Kathy and Doug Raper of Athens; Son and daughter-in-law-Scott and Sharon Dennis of Athens; Grandchildren-Lindsey Dennis, Jessica Barker, Tabitha Raper, James Barker, Kevin and Casey Hudson. Sisters and brothers-in-law-Thelma Smith and Elizabeth and Hugh Robinson, all of Sweetwater; and Maxine and Buddy Barnett of Georgia; Sisters-in-law-Irene Dennis and Nell Dennis, both of Athens; Father-in-law and mother-in-law-D.B. and Dovie Ratledge of Decatur; Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law-Carolyn Roberson of Alabama; Tresha and J.W. Landers of Decatur; and Ray and Charles Ratledge; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be 8;30 p.m., Friday, in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Leon Devine officiating. Burial will be 10 a.m., Saturday, at Clearwater Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jeff Smith, Steve Cornett, Kenny Barnett, Tracy Dennis, James Dennis and Ray Ratledge. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin and Casey Hudson, James Barker, Doug Robinson and Charles Ratledge. The family will receive friends from 5-8:30 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements
Richard Anthony Arnold
Died: 09-08-2003 Richard Anthony Arnold (Sept. 8, 2003) Richard Anthony Arnold of Athens, died Monday, Sept. 8, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. A native of McMinn County, he was a veteran of the Army and a member of First United Presbyterian Church. He was 43. Preceded in death by: mother, Patricia Ann Arnold; infant daughter, Myisha Goldston; and two infant brothers. Survivors include: father and stepmother-Richard and Lola Arnold of Sweetwater; Daughter-Hillary Khi-Shell Arnold of Memphis; Sister and brother-in-law-Rose and Thomas Henry of Athens; Stepbrother-Tyson Brewster of Sweetwater; Stepsisters-Leslie McDermott of Athens; and Rhonda Mullins of Pennsylvania; Niece-Tomikia Arnold; Nephew-Devonte Henry; Devoted good friend-Elise Goldston of Cleveland; Several aunts, uncles and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Gloria Mercer officiating. Graveside service will follow at Hammonds Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m., Saturday. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Garland Earl Watson
Died: 09-07-2003 Garland Earl Watson (Sept. 7, 2003) Garland Earl Watson of Madisonville, went home to be with the Lord at 5:45 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was employed by Monroe County Highway Dept. and former owner and operator of Watsonís Garage. He was 57. Preceded in death by: grandson, Andrew Dalton; father, John R.C. Watson; and infant brother, Denny Watson. Survivors include: wife-Wilma Duckett Watson; Daughter and son-in-law-Susan and Jerry Dalton; Son and daughter-in-law-Jerry and Tina Watson; Beloved grandchildren-Matt and Erin Dalton and Blake and Kelsey Watson; Mother-Nina Ruth Watson; Sister and brother-in-law-Connie and Dewey Lankford; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Carroll and Lena Watson and Benny and Barbara Watson, all of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Notchey Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Gale Miller and Ronnie Watson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Grace Ellen Hicks Paul
Died: 09-06-2003 Grace Ellen Hicks Paul (Sept. 6, 2003) Grace Ellen Hicks Paul, a loving mother and grandmother of Madisonville, went home to be with the Lord at 3:20 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Etowah Health Care. She was a member of South Madisonville Baptist Church. She was 92. Preceded in death by: spouses, William Charles Hicks and Charlie C. Paul; daughter, Lillian Bernice Hicks; sons, Clingman Gene Hicks, Joey Lee Hicks, Donnie M. Hicks; great-grandmother, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Boyd. Survivors include: grandchildren-Dennis, Timothy, Terrance and Dale Hicks and Patsy Hamilton, all of Madisonville; Charles Hicks and Cindy Byrd of Rocky Mount, Va.; Donna OíDell of Ridgeway, Va.; Mary Caruso of Englewood; Janet Williams, Diana Sanzone, Brenda Abernathy and Carolyn Phillips, all of Tupelo, Miss.; Becky Bowers of Athens; Donny Hicks of Riceville; and Allen Hicks of Elizabethton. Twelve great-grandchildren; Sister-Lora White of Vonore; Brothers-Rev. Von Millsaps of Madisonville; and Coy Millsaps of Sevierville; Several nieces and nephews; Stepsons-Larry Paul of Cleveland; and Juan Paul of Etowah. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Rick Harris and Greg Watson officiating. Interment was 10 a.m., Tuesday, at Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Mary Josephine Jacobs Whitman
Died: 09-04-2003 Mary Josephine Jacobs Whitman (Sept. 4, 2003) Mary Josephine Jacobs Whitman of Sweetwater, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Sweetwater Hospital, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Sweetwater on April 1, 1924, to Henry H. and Josie Bright Jacobs. She completed nurseís training in Memphis, where she met her future husband, Wallace W. Whitman. They were married at Sweetwater First Baptist Church March 12, 1946. They resided in Smithville, N.Y. from 1952 to 1984, where she was an active member of the Smithville Baptist Church, where she held many positions in the church. After returning to Sweetwater, she served as pianist for the Senior Adult Choir at First Baptist. She also served many years as election registrar. She was 79. Preceded in death by: parents; sister, Madge Rudd, formerly of Bowling Green, Ky.; and infant brother, Henry H. Jacobs Jr. Survivors include: husband-Wallace W. Whitman; Children-Irene B. Mollenhour of Watertown, N.Y.; Andrea Shell and Wallace W. Whitman Jr., both of Sweetwater; and Roxanne C. Flynn of Carthage, N.Y.; Ten grandchildren; Twelve great-grandchildren; Sisters-Virginia Jo Davis of Ten Mile; and Juanita Ridenour of Sweetwater. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, at Kyker Chapel with the Rev. Anderson McCulley officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Sunday, in the West View Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Albert (Bennie) Benjamin Creel
Died: 09-04-2003 Albert Benjamin Creel (Sept. 4, 2003) Albert Benjamin (Bennie) Creel of Madisonville, went home to be with his Lord at 6:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1941 in Hattisburg, Miss. He was a member of Madisonville First Baptist Church and director of missions for the Sweetwater Baptist Association for 32 years. He was 61. Prececed in death by: father, Alfred C. Creel; and brother, S. Carlton Creel. Survivors include: wife-Donna Watson Creel; Son and daughter-in-law-Joseph B. and Angela Creel of Knoxville; Daughter-Gina Creel Hicks of Petal, Miss.; Grandchildren-Adrienne Elizabeth Coley of Petal; Alex Benjamin Creel of Knoxville; and Kelli Jo Hicks of Petal; Mother-Edith T. Creel; Sister and brother-in-law-Patricia and Donnie Brumbaugh; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Clifton C. Creel, William C. Creel, A.C. (Junior) Creel, Ronnie and Linda Creel and Emmett and Phyllis Creel, all of Petal; and Tom and Linda Creel of Rapid River, Mich.; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Friday, at First Baptist Church, Madisonville with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. Interment will be Sunday in Forrest Memorial Gardens in Petal, Miss. Memorials may be made to Monroe County Gideons, P.O. Box 821, Sweetwater, TN 37874. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., at the church. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Martha Jane Bowers
Died: 09-01-2003 Martha Jane Bowers (Sept. 1, 2003) Martha Jane Bowers of Madisonville, passed away at 10:10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 1 at Sweetwater Hospital. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 90. Preceded in death by: husband, Moultrie R. Bowers; and daughter, Leona Gunn. Survivors include: daughters-Jewel Ritchey, Helen Moser, Betty Powell and Patsy Collins; Sons-Ross Bowers Jr., Eugene Bowers and Troy Bowers, all of Madisonville; Seventeen grandchildren; Twenty-six great-grandchildren; Seven great-great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Tuesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Lester Gunn and James Patton officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, in Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
09-21-2003

Lochie Jane Wilkins
Died: 09-18-2003 Lochie Jane Wilkins (Sept. 18, 2003) Lochie Jane Wilkins, of Athens, formerly of Sweetwater passed away on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Murrayís Baptist Church of Sweetwater where she was very active in the church choir. She was 91. Preceded in death by: husband, William Lawrence Wilkins, daughter, Mary Lou Wilkins; daughter-in-law, Opal Wilkins; three sisters; and four brothers. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Floyd L. and Doris Wilkins of Sweetwater;Elmer Mack and Barbara Wilkins, of Riceville; and Ralph Wilkins Jr., of Athens; Daughters and sons-in-law-Fannie Rae and Carl Boruff, of Riceville; Rosa Mae and William Buckelew, of Riceville; Grandchildren-Darrell Buckelew, Karen Crowder, Betty J. Sharp, Connie Wilkins, Donnie Wilkins, Cody Wilkins, Julie Johnson, Patsy Sharp, Dennis Boruff, Gary Boruff and Sheila Stansberry; Fourteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; Brother-Athel Raper, of Athens; Special friend-Helen Shaw, of Athens; Several Nieces and Nephews. Pallbearers will be Darrell Buckelew, Gary W. Boruff, Donnie D. Wilkins, Michael C. Sharp, Russell A. Sharp and Michael Cody Wilkins. Funeral services were Friday, at 8 p.m., in the Memory Chapel with Rev. Bobby Lawson and Rev. Joe Caldwell officiating. Interment was 1 p.m., Saturday in the Christianburg Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Murrayís Baptist Church. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Becky Jones
Died: 09-17-2003 Becky Jones (Sept. 17, 2003) Becky Jones of Tellico Plains, passed away at 4:05 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Woods Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Towee Falls Baptist Church. She was 57. Preceded in death by: sister, Charlotte Farner. Survivors include: husband-Richard Jones; Daughters and sons-in-law-Tammy and Tim Yearwood of Tellico Plains; Loretta and Ron Satterfield of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; Treva and Denny Gourley of Tellico Plains; Grandchildren and spouses-Stephen and Tamra Yearwood, Rachael and Cody Dalton, John Yearwood, Heather Satterfield, Emily Satterfield, Garrett Satterfield, Crystal Gourley, Dustin Gourley; Great-grandchildren-Chloe and Zack Yearwood; Sisters-Shirley Donegan of Covington, Ky.; Billie Nell Kesley of Buford, Ga.; Frances Strickland of Tellico Plains; Brothers-John Dockery of Gainesville, Ga.; Junior Dockery of Cumming, Ga.; Rocky Dockery and Tim Dockery of Dahlonega, Ga.; and Lester Hamilton of Madisonville; Special aunt-Nellie Debity of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Saturday, in Towee Falls Baptist Church with the Rev. Russell Jones officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Shriners Childrenís Hospital, Attn: Development Dept., 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements
Elizabeth Vann
Died: 09-16-2003 Elizabeth Vann (Sept. 16, 2003) Elizabeth Vann, born May 19, 1930, of Etowah, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by: husband, Sam O. Vann; sons, David Vann and Sam O. Vann Jr.; daughter, Nina Vann; grandchildren, Jannette Vann and Niecie Vann; parents, Joe and Kate Ark. Survivors include: biological children and spouses-Eston and Connie Vann of Niota; Annie and David Cranfill of Etowah; Will Vann of Nashville; Lois and Rick Barber of Sweetwater; Danny and Joyce Vann of Englewood; Eddie Vann of Athens; Freddie Vann and Nichole Davis of Etowah; Martha and Walter Wizneski of Kansas; Virgle and Tammy Vann of Decatur; Lisa and Steven Evans and Robert Vann of Etowah; Joe and Brenda Vann of Sweetwater; Daughter-in-law-Mary Vann of Madisonville; Stepson-Roy and Lois Vann, Woody Vann, Leonard and Carole Vann and Sammy Vann, all of Indiana; Stepdaughters-Thelma Lou Vann and Catherine Vann of Indiana; Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday at Community Baptist Church, on New Hwy. 68, with the Rev. Ken Thornton officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Carlus R. Owen
Died: 09-16-2003 Carlus R. Owen (Sept. 16, 2003) Carlus R. Owen of Madisonville, passed away at 10:20 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, at East Tennessee Health Care. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville; a retired school teacher for Monroe County Schools; a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp and Tennessee National Guard; Boy Scout Leader for Madisonville Troop 100 for 28 years; a member of Madisonville Lions Club; past director of Monroe County Civil Defense; and past commander and adjutant of American Legion Post #65 in Madisonville. He was 83. Preceded in death by: wife, Carolene Mason Owen; parents, Euin L. and Essie Owen; brothers, William Wallace and Robert Lee Owen; sister-in-law, Frances Owen; and brother-in-law, George E. Coward. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Charles and Dottie Owen of Madisonville; Brother-Dewey L. Owen of Henry; Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law-Virginia Owen of Paris; Max and Willene Mason of Niota; Hugh and Marilyn Maughan of Athens; and Loretta Coward of Fort Worth, Texas; Several nieces and nephews; Special family friends-Inez Lovin and Jane and David Hooper, all of Madisonville. Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Saturday, in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens, with military honors provided by Sweetwater VFW Post #5156. Memorials may be made to the Carolene M. and Carlus R. Owen Memorial Endowment Fund, c/o UT Agricultural Extension Service, 2621 Morgan Circle, 205 Morgan Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996-4510. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Ellen Watson Tate
Died: 09-15-2003 Gladys Ellen Watson Tate (Sept. 15, 2003) Gladys Ellen Watson Tate of Tellico Plains, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, at Sweetwater Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 27, 1917 to Riley and Elsie Gibson, in the Bethlehem Community. She was 85. Preceded in death by: son, Wayne Edward Tate of Tellico Plains; parents; sister, Beatrice; brothers, Paul (Buddy), Clinton, Edgar, Jay and Eugene; brothers-in-law, Harold Edwards, Ross Gibson, Don Robbins and Floyd Gardner. Survivors include: husband of 69 years-William Earl Tate; Daughter and son-in-law-Jim and Jeanette Tate McCracken of Tellico Plains; Daughter-in-law-Loretta Beaty Tate Shaw of Etowah; Grandchildren-Yvonne Tate Bryant and spouse, Bobby of Saltillo, Miss.; Michael Tate and wife, Sonya and Wesley E. Tate and wife, Kristi of Tellico Plains; Great-grandchildren-Jeffery, Phillip and Tiffany Bryant of Saltillo; and W. Ean Tate of Tellico Plains; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Nella Robbins of Williamsburg, Ind.; Viola and Chuck Stakely and Hilda Edwards of Madisonville; and Edna Gibson of Gainesville, Ga.; Sisters-in-law-Hazel (Cupe) Watson of Tellico Plains; Katherine Watson of Englewood; and Flossie Tate Gardner of Maryville; Many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the New Providence Baptist Church building fund or the Tellico Chapter - Order of the Eastern Star. Donations may be mailed to Kim Pittman c/o Citizens National Bank, 607 Hwy. 165, Tellico Plains, TN 37385. Please designate the organization to which you wish to donate. Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Myers Funeral Home, with the funeral to follow with Brother Rick Atkins and Brother Michael Tate officiating. Pallbearers to be deacons and ministers from New Providence Baptist Church. Interment will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m., at New Providence Cemetery. Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
Helen Irene Long
Died: 09-15-2003 Helen Irene Long (Sept. 15, 2003) Helen Irene Long of Madisonville, passed away at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 15, at the home of her sister. She was a member of Oakland Methodist Church. She was 80. Preceded in death by: parents, Roscoe and Della Long; nephew, Marc Long. Survivors include: sister-Joyce Millsaps of Madisonville; Brothers and sister-in-law-Jay Long of Madisonville; and Frank and Wanda Long of Vonore; Nephew-Mike Long of Alabama; Great-nephews-Cody, Kevin, Elric and Cory Long. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Tuesday, in Bierley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. David Miller and Frank Hicks officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, in Oakland Methodist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Dustin L. Fraher
Died: 09-15-2003 Dustin L. Fraher (Sept. 15, 2003) Dustin L. Fraher of 118 Tellico Camp Road, Madisonville, passed away at 3:10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 15, at UT Medical Center, following an auto accident three weeks ago. He was born March 2, 1985 in Goshen, Ind. and moved to Madisonville with his family when he was eight years old. He was a 2003 graduate of Sequoyah High School and was employed by Madisonville Wal-Mart SuperCenter. He planned to enroll in Cleveland State Community College next spring, to study law enforcement. He was 18. Survivors include: parents, Jon R. and Terri L. Grove Fraher; Sisters-Jodie L. Fraher and Katie J. Fraher, all of Madisonville; Grandmother-Sue Ann Fraher-Schwaller of Oak Lawn, Ill.; Great-grandmothers-Elizabeth Bergan of Cabery, Ill.; and Helen Fraher of Kankakee, Ill.; Aunt-Dr. Jacqueline Phillips of Myanmar (South East Asia); Uncles-Jeffery Fraher of Germany; Robert Fraher of Latvia; and Roger Delarche of Geneva, Ill.; and Very dear friend-Crystal Syrett of Madisonville. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Wednesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Jackson officiating. Interment will be Saturday, in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cabery, Ill. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Wade, Billy and Chris Wade and Kelly McLoughlin. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Will O. Williams
Died: 09-12-2003 Will O. Williams (Sept. 12, 2003) Will O. Williams of Sweetwater, passed away at 1:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #292; Moshlen Temple and Scottish Rite, both of Knoxville. He was a member of East Sweetwater Freewill Baptist Church. He was 78. Preceded in death by: son, Billy Williams. Survivors include: wife-Hildred Bernice Best Williams; Daughter-Jo Ann Lake of Traverse City, Mich.; Sons-Darrell Williams of South Gate, Mich.; and Donnie Williams of Sweetwater; Seven grandchildren; Two step-grandsons; Six great-grandchildren; Sisters-Faye Tella Campbell of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Barbara Della Lowe of Tellico Plains; Brothers-Austin Darnes of Tellico Plains; Garlin Darnes of Lincoln Park, Mich.; and Wayne Darnes of Wood Haven, Mich.; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Dennis Daugherty, Robert D. Moore and Mike Best officiating. Interment was in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Sweetwater VFW Gold Star Post #5156. Masonic services were 8 p.m., Sunday. Memorials may be made to Monroe County Gideons, P.O. Box 821, Sweetwater, TN 37874. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
James Austin McKeehan
Died: 09-12-2003 James Austin McKeehan (Sept. 12, 2003) James Austin McKeehan of Sweetwater, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, at Sweetwater Nursing Center, after a lengthy illness. He was a veteran of World War II. He was 82. Preceded in death by: wife, Sallie B. Harris; parents, John H. and Alice B. McKeehan; brother, Ellis "Buck" and Woodroe "Junior" McKeehan; and sisters, Sally Burnett and Willie Potter. Survivors include: daughter-Pat Dawson McKeehan of Biloxi, Miss.; Stepchildren-Brenda Compton of Lafayette, La.; and Jimmy Bledsoe of Morgan City, La.; Brother and sister-in-law-Ernest and Rhonda McKeehan of Sweetwater; Sisters and brother-in-law-Ann Williams and Ethel and Duane Huro of Madisonville; Ruby Gable and Johnnie Maddox, both of Athens; Special long-time friend-Pauline Conners of Sweetwater; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in the Sweetwater Memory Chapel with the Rev. Roger Arwood officiating. Interment followed in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery. Military honors were provided by Sweetwater VFW Post #5156. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
David II Richard Cathcart
Died: 09-12-2003 David Richard Cathcart II (Sept. 12, 2003) David Richard (D.C.) Cathcart II of Alcoa, died Friday, Sept. 12, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He worked at Eagle Automotive Group. He was 29. Preceded in death by: grandparents, Gena and Fred Cathcart; grandmother, Emma Williams. Survivors include: parents-David and Kaye Cathcart of Maryville; Sister-Marcee Cathcart of Knoxville; Niece-Miah Taylor; Girlfriend-Beth Stevens and children, Kelsey and Josh; Special brothers-Michael Long and Glenn Davis. Funeral services will be at 8 p.m., Wednesday, in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary, with the Rev. Eric Gibby officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at Toqua Cemetery in Vonore. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.

10-1-2003

Audley T. Payne
Died: 09-30-2003 Audley T. Payne (Sept. 30, 2003) Audley T. Payne of Tellico Plains, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Colonial Hills Nursing Center. He was a member of Druid Hill Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was employed by the U.S. Forestry Service. He was 80. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Beverly and Larry McNeilley and Ann and Marvin Sutton; Sons-John Payne, all of Alcoa; and David Payne of Florida; Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Sisters-Eunice Toomey of Tellico Plains; Mildred Best of Maryville; and Dorothy Hall of Tellico Plains; Brother-Fred Payne Jr. of Maryville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Steve Hall officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Saturday, in Druid Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m., Friday, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Maxine Bradley
Died: 09-30-2003 Shirley Maxine Bradley (Aug. 30, 2003) Shirley Maxine Bradley of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, at Sweetwater Hospital, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Sweetwater VFW Post #5156. She was 67. Preceded in death by: husband, James E. "Jim" Bradley; parents, Preston and Mary Tinnell; sisters, Mary and Flossie Tinnell; and brothers, Jessie, J.B. and Hobert Tinnell. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Gail and Ralph "Buddy" Carle of Sweetwater; Son-Rick Moree of Sweetwater; Grandchildren-Joseph Shinliver, Ronald Shinliver, Ronald Nichols and Monica Moree; Great-grandchildren-Sydney Rose Shinliver, Julie Moree, Chastity, Austin and Devin; Sisters-Georgia Mae Gabrel and Onita Stephens of Sweetwater; and Lucille Waddell of Virginia; Brothers-Doyle Tinnell of Sweetwater; and William Tinnell of Georgia; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, in Kykerís Chapel with the Revs. D.L. Gabrel and Blanche Settles officiating. Burial to follow in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Arrangements by Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater
J.R. McCauley
Died: 09-29-2003 J.R. McCauley (Sept. 29, 2003) J.R. McCauley of Sweetwater, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, at UT Medical Center. He was a member of Greenback Masonic Lodge #691. He was 79. Preceded in death by: wife, Beulah McCauley; sons, Don McCauley and Joe McCauley. Survivors include: daughter-Brenda Megill of North Carolina; Son-Archie McCauley of Sweetwater; Four grandsons, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren; Sister-Betty Miller of Greenback. The body is at Sweetwater Memory Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday. Funeral services will follow in the chapel. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, in Sweetwater Memorial Park. Sweetwater Memory Chapel, in charge of arrangements.
Linda Gale Cardin Swabe
Died: 09-27-2003 Linda Gale Cardin Swabe (Sept. 27, 2003) Linda Gale Cardin Swabe of Madisonville, passed away at 10:50 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Tevis Springs Baptist Church, where she served as the church pianist for 35 years. She also served as the church treasurer, WMU director, Sunday School teacher and director of the Vacation Bible School for many years. She was formerly employed with Alcoa Aluminum Company of America. She was 60. Survivors include: husband of 39 years-John L. Swabe; Sons and daughters-in-law-Tim and Yvonne Swabe and Jim and Tracy Swabe; Grandchildren-Abigail, Carly, Kelly and Savanna Swabe; Parents-Hubert and Eva Cardin; Sisters-Karen Mason and Marilyn Moses; Several nieces and nephews; Sisters-in-law-Mary Kate Green, all of Madisonville; Glenda West of Maryville. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, at Tevis Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joe Torbett and Rev. Dennis Atkins officiating. Interment was in Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Sheila Diana Bivens
Died: 09-27-2003 Sheila Diana Bivens (Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003) Sheila Diana Bivens of Tellico Plains, passed away at 12:48 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at UT Medical Center. She attended River of Life Ministries in Tellico Plains. She was 34. Preceded in death by: grandparents, Paul and Delma Cox and Ernest and Cora Bivens. Survivors include: parents-James B. (Jim) and Diana Cox Bivens; Sister and brother-in-law-Gaila and Berry Thomas, all of Tellico Plains; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Darron and Tiffany Bivens of Madisonville; and Rodney and Kim Bivens of Sweetwater; Nieces and nephews-Daniel, Ashley, Keith, Andy, Jake, Dustin and Carley; Several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were 1 p.m., Monday, at Ball Play Tabernacle Church of God with the Rev. Walter Harold Bivens and Rev. Mickey Payne officiating. Entombment to be at a later date in the church cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Newton Browder Jones
Died: 09-26-2003 Newton Browder Jones (Sept. 26, 2003) Newton Browder Jones of Little Silver, N.J., died Sept. 26, at Meridian Nursing Home, Red Bank, N.J., after a brief illness. Born Feb. 24, 1919 in Sweetwater, he had been in declining health for the past year. He was the son of the late Oliver King Jones and Byrd Browder Jones. An honor graduate of Tennessee Military Institute, Sweetwater, he served as Cadet Colonel. He graduated from Southwestern College in Memphis and from Lowell Textile Institute in Lowell, Mass. For two and a half years he served during World War II, in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. He retired as a captain. Jones served for many years as a sales agent for Sweetwater Hosiery Mills, associated with his brothers, the late King Jones and Jackson Jones and for Crescent Hosiery Mills in Niota. Preceded in death by: wife, the former Margaret Waller of Lenoir City. Survivors include: brothers-John M. Jones of Greeneville; and Jackson T. Jones of Sweetwater; As well as devoted nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, at First Presbyterian Church, Sweetwater, where he was a member, with the Rev. Spencer Parks officiating. The family will receive friends after the service. Memorials are requested for Bachman Academy, 414 Brymer Creek Road, McDonald TN 37353.
Nora Carson Sands
Died: 09-24-2003 Nora Carson Sands (Sept. 24, 2003) Nora Carson Sands of University City, Texas, formerly of Madisonville, passed away at 10:54 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the home of her daughter, Louise Owens-Papaceno. She was a much-loved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and great-aunt to her family. She was the guiding force behind the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS). A former opera singer and co-founder of AIMS, she was the inspiration to thousands of young musicians who attended the AIMS program in Graz, Austria every summer for the past 34 years. Of all the musicians she encouraged, none was more cherished than her great-nephew, John F. Sands Jr., whom she joyfully guided through the beginnings of his burgeoning career as a conductor and composer. May the good Lord bless and keep her. She was 75. Preceded in death by: parents, Ben F. and Martha Ann Carson Sands; her dear son-in-law, Paul T. OíConnor. Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law-Louise Owens-Papaceno and Charles Papaceno, University City; and Jacqueline Sands OíConnor of Houston; Son-Richard R. Owens of Knoxville; Grandchildren-Benjamin and Christopher OíConnor of Houston; and Augustus Papaceno of Dallas, Texas; Brother-C.S. Sands of Madisonville; Twin brother and sister-in-law-Ben Frank and Mary Lou Sands of Vienna, Va.; Dozens of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, at First United Methodist Church of Madisonville, with the Rev. Mike Jackson officiating. Interment will be in Christianburg Cemetery. Body will lie in-state 30 minutes before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nora Sands Memorial Fund benefiting AIMS, c/o AIMS 6621 Snider Plaza, Dallas TX 75205. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Asilee Davis Kirby
Died: 09-22-2003 Asilee Davis Kirby (Sept. 22, 2003) Asilee Davis Kirby of Athens, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, at Athens Regional Medical Center. A native of Mt. Vernon, and long-time resident of McMinn County in the Cedar Springs Community, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Susie Crowder Davis and was of the Baptist faith. She retired from Athens Furniture Company, after 20 years of service. She was 73. Preceded in death by: husband, Ezra John Kirby; parents; sisters, Bertie Shelton and Bertha Davis; and brothers, Charlie, Willard and Robert Davis. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Rachel and Alan Fair of Lenoir City; Virginia and Joe McNutt of Athens; and Joyce Maynor of Cleveland; Sons and daughter-in-law-Fred and Diana Kirby of Westerville, Ohio; E.J. Kirby of Niota; Jackie, Wayne and Albert Kirby, all of Athens; Twelve grandchildren; Nineteen great-grandchildren; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Lena Mae Thompson of Niota; Edith and Pete Newberry of Sweetwater; and Martha Sue and Robert Anderson of Niota; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Austin and Lena Pearl Davis of Niota; Fred Jr. and Gail Davis of Ten Mile; and Corie Davis of Cleveland. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Wednesday, in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Van Elkins officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m., Thursday, in Community Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home, prior to the funeral. Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.
Arnold E. Johnson
Died: 09-21-2003 Arnold E. Johnson (Sept. 21, 2003) Arnold E. Johnson of Vonore, formerly of Tellico Plains, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, at his home. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II and retired from the Monroe County School System. He was 81. Survivors include: wife-Betty Johnson; Daughter and son-in-law-Robin and David Moser of Madisonville; Sons and daughters-in-law-Larry and Angie Millsaps and Mike and Teresa Millsaps of Vonore; Grandchildren-Brandi, Jeffery and Megan Millsaps and Hayley and Taylor Moser; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral and and interment was private. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville in charge of arrangements.
Alvie Lee Gable
Died: 09-20-2003 Alvie Lee Gable (Sept. 20, 2003) Alvie Lee "Al" Gable, of Philadelphia, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, at Sweetwater Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a life long member of the Sweetwater V.F.W. Post 5156. He was 79. Preceded in death by: wife, Gladys Marie Gable; son, Freddie Packett; parents, George and Bertie Gable; two brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Jerry and Barbara Gable of Decatur; Rodney and Pam Packett of Athens; Daughters and son-in-law-Karen Coffey of Knoxville; Toni and Johnny Smith of Sweetwater; Brothers-D.L. Gabrel of Sweetwater; Lynn Gable of Niota; Gillie Gable of Moxee, Wash.; Sisters-Nellie Stockton and Reba Willett, both of Sweetwater; and Helen Carroll of Athens; Ten grandchildren; Eleven great-grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Kykerís Chapel with Rev. Jerre Guthrie officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Tuesday in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park with full military honors provided by the Sweetwater V.F.W. Gold Star Post 5156 . Arrangements by Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater.
Robert Jae Wright
Died: 09-18-2003 Robert Jae Wright (Sept. 18, 2003) Robert Jae Wright of Sweetwater, formerly of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the family home, after a brief illness. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Spring Hill. He was 71. Preceded in death by: parents, Robert and Margaret Wright; sisters, Stella Reising and Margaret Manison; brothers, Peter and Donald Wright; and daughter, Cathy Wright. Survivors include: daughters-Beth Davis and Robin Wright, both of Baldwin, N.Y.; Son-Robert J. Wright III of Guincey, Ill.; Brothers and sister-in-law-Raymond Wright of Levittown, N.Y.; Eugene Wright of Spring Hill; Richard and Tina Wright of Sweetwater; and Gerard Wright of Merrick, N.Y.; Sisters-Gloria Reising of Moon Lake, Fla.; Judy Damrau of Hampstead, N.Y.; and Marie Seaman of Merrick, N.Y. Thirteen grandchildren; Nine great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 10 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Madisonville with Father Tom Vos officiating. Interment followed in West View Cemetery, Sweetwater. Arrangements by Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater.
Lochie Jane Wilkins
Died: 09-18-2003 Lochie Jane Wilkins (Sept. 18, 2003) Lochie Jane Wilkins, of Athens, formerly of Sweetwater passed away on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Murrayís Baptist Church of Sweetwater where she was very active in the church choir. She was 91. Preceded in death by: husband, William Lawrence Wilkins, daughter, Mary Lou Wilkins; daughter-in-law, Opal Wilkins; three sisters; and four brothers. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Floyd L. and Doris Wilkins of Sweetwater;Elmer Mack and Barbara Wilkins, of Riceville; and Ralph Wilkins Jr., of Athens; Daughters and sons-in-law-Fannie Rae and Carl Boruff, of Riceville; Rosa Mae and William Buckelew, of Riceville; Grandchildren-Darrell Buckelew, Karen Crowder, Betty J. Sharp, Connie Wilkins, Donnie Wilkins, Cody Wilkins, Julie Johnson, Patsy Sharp, Dennis Boruff, Gary Boruff and Sheila Stansberry; Fourteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; Brother-Athel Raper, of Athens; Special friend-Helen Shaw, of Athens; Several Nieces and Nephews. Pallbearers will be Darrell Buckelew, Gary W. Boruff, Donnie D. Wilkins, Michael C. Sharp, Russell A. Sharp and Michael Cody Wilkins. Funeral services were Friday, at 8 p.m., in the Memory Chapel with Rev. Bobby Lawson and Rev. Joe Caldwell officiating. Interment was 1 p.m., Saturday in the Christianburg Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Murrayís Baptist Church. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
10-09-2003

D. C. Martin
Died: 10-07-2003 D.C. Martin (Oct. 7, 2003) D.C. Martin of Madisonville, passed away early Tuesday, Oct. 7, at his home. He was a native of Englewood and a resident of Monroe County most of his life. He worked at Athens Stove Works for 29 years and was a member of Englewood Church of God. He was 77. Preceded in death by: parents, Tom and Alice Moses Martin; brothers, Lester Martin, Willard Martin, Pete Martin and Charlie Martin; sister, Katie Carter; and mother-in-law, Lulla Mae Thomas. Survivors include: wife of 61 years-Frances Thomas Martin of Madisonville; Sons-Elmer Lee Martin and Wayne Martin, both of Englewood; Ralph Martin and Tommy Martin of Madisonville; and David Martin of Etowah; Daughters and sons-in-law-Alice and Charles Harrill of Madisonville; Joyce and David Huckabey of Athens; Jane Slack of Englewood; and Shirley Ivens of Vonore; Brother-Ivins Martin of Englewood; Sister-Emer Miller of Tellico Plains; Eleven grandchildren; Six great-grandchildren; Many special friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home. Pastor Scott Cardin and Pastor Anthony Wynn will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Thursday. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday, and proceed to Mars Hill Cemetery for an 11 a.m. committal service. Pallbearers will be Keith Martin, Jason Huckabey, Kevin Huckabey, Lucas Martin, Dusty Martin and Ty Ivens. Bordwine Funeral Home, Etowah, in charge of arrangements.
Bertie Thompson
Died: 10-07-2003 Bertie Thompson (Oct. 7, 2003) Bertie Thompson of Vonore, passed away at 5:50 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Asbury Acres Health Center. She was a member of Vonore Baptist Church. She was 87. Preceded in death by: husband, Harper Ivan Thompson. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Beatrice and Stan Meador of Greenback; Billie Jean and Homer Dunn of Lithia Springs, Ga.; and Loretta Ryan of Maryville; Six grandchildren; Nine great-grandchildren; Brother-Floyd Mills of Vonore; Several nieces and nephews. Graveside service and interment will be 11 a.m., Thursday, at Vonore Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. Cassey King officiating. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Catherine Ratledge Lowry
Died: 10-06-2003 Catherine Ratledge Lowry (Oct. 6, 2003) Catherine Ratledge Lowry, of Niota, passed away on Monday, Oct. 6, at Sweetwater Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was a former employee of Niota Textile and a homemaker. She was a member of East Niota Baptist Church. She was 82. Preceded in death by: husband, Charlie Lowry; parents: James and Mary Ratledge Sr., sisters: Mae McCosh, Lucile Duckett and Ruth Ratledge, brother: William "Catfish," and James Ratledge. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Robert and Connie Lowry of Niota; Grandchildren-Robbie Lowry and Joey and wife Dusty Lowry, all of Niota; Sisters-Elizabeth Moore and Hazel Patterson, both of Niota; Ida Smith of Sweetwater; and Peggy Marie Dennis of Athen; Brothers: D.B. Ratledge of Decatur; and Ralph Ratledge of Niota; Several Nieces and Nephews. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Alexander and Rev. Delbert Umphrey officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Edward Martin Sloan
Died: 10-06-2003 Edward Martin Sloan (Oct. 6, 2003) Edward Martin Sloan of Madisonville, went home to be with the Jesus at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, with his wife Virginia at his bedside. He was of the Baptist faith. He was 39. Survivors include: his wife; Parents-Gerald and Mary Sloan of Madisonville; Brother-Johnny Sloan of Cookeville; Grandparents-Ruby and Royce Sloan of Madisonville; Several aunts, uncles and cousins. Edwardís wishes were for his body to be donated to UT Health Sciences Center of Memphis. No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be made in Sloanís name, to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Paul A. Patterson
Died: 10-05-2003 Paul A. Patterson (Oct. 5, 2003) Paul A. Patterson of Vonore, passed away at 7:20 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at Maryville Health Care. He was a member of Vonore Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher for 60 years and as a deacon for 63 years. He retired after 30 years from the U.S. Postal Service, as a rural mail carrier in the Vonore area. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was 84. Preceded in death by: son, William Warren Patterson; parents, Jake and Grace Patterson; three sisters; five brothers. Survivors include: wife of 63 years-Willie Mae (Bill) Patterson; Daughter and son-in-law-Sara Ann and Larry Daugherty Sr. of Clinton; Grandson and wife-Larry Jr. and Brenda Daugherty of Clinton; Three great-granddaughters; One great-grandson; Three nieces; Two nephews; And a host of friends. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Darrell Collins and Robert D. Moore officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Tuesday, in Vonore Baptist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
David Grant Belcher
Died: 10-04-2003 David "Grant" Belcher (Oct. 4, 2003) David "Grant" Belcher of Tellico Plains, passed away at 11:35 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at his home. He was a member of Miracle Church of God. He was 62. Preceded in death by: father, Virgil Belcher; and sister, Louise Belcher. Survivors include: wife-Fern Dockery Belcher; Mother-Vesta Geneva Belcher; Sister and brother-in-law-Vonda and Billy Cathey; Brothers and sisters-Larry and Glenda Belcher; Gary and Paulette Belcher and Melton and Elizabeth Belcher, all of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Tuesday, at Miracle Church of God with the Revs. Frank Kincannon and Walter Harold Bivens officiating. Interment was in Eleazar Cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Harmon K. Gaston
Died: 10-02-2003 Harmon K. Gaston (Oct. 2, 2003) Harmon K. Gaston of Sweetwater, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at Parkwest Hospital. He was a retired employee of F.M.C. Corp. of Michigan. The son of the late John J. and Georgie Skeens Gaston, he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. He made his home with special friends, Cody and Stephanie Phillips of Sweetwater. He was 78. Funeral services were 7:30 p.m., Saturday, in Loudon Funeral Home, Chapel. Friends met at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at Christianburg Cemetery, for graveside services. Loudon Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements
Travis Anderson
Died: 10-02-2003 Travis Anderson (Oct. 2, 2003) Travis Anderson, of Niota, passed away, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003 at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was a 1999 graduate of McMinn County High School and was employed by Victory Ford in Lenoir City. He was a member of East Niota Baptist Church. He was 22. Preceded in death by: grandfather: Kenneth Lee; great-grandmothers, Johnnie Anderson, Susie Garrison, Nanny Lee, Viola Monroe. Survivors include: parents- Nick and Sharon Lee Anderson; Grandparents-Houston and Charlene Anderson, all of Niota; Grandmother-Faye Lee, of Sweetwater; Aunts and Uncles-Tim and Vicki Lee, of Harrison; Steve and Wanda Lee, of Sweetwater; Rick and Alisha Wiggins, of Loudon; Scott and Tina Anderson and Tammie Anderson, all of Niota; Several cousins, great-aunts and uncles; Special friend-Casey Corbitt, of Athens. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Kykerís Chapel with Rev. Larry Orr and Rev. Bob Hamilton officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Niota Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements
Gladys "June" P. Stephens
Died: 10-01-2003 Gladys P. Stephens (Oct. 1, 2003) Gladys P. "June" Stephens of Sweetwater, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Wood Presbyterian Home, after a lengthy illness. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 89. Preceded in death by: husband, James W. "Dash" Stephens; daughter, Lois "Susie" Ledford; parents, Marion E. and Frances Elizabeth Thomas; two sisters; and three brothers. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Frances and Bill Burnette and Wanda and Steve Lee, all of Sweetwater; Pearl Knox of Philadelphia; Jewell and Gilbert Frye of Niota; Mary J. and Donnie Dixon of Madisonville; and Jean and Freddie Barwick of Ten Mile; Sons and daughter-in-law-Wayne and Carolyn Stephens of Athens; Jack, Eddie and Sam Stephens, all of Sweetwater; Grandchild she raised: Melanie Stephens Maldonado; Twenty grandchildren; Twenty-seven great-grandchildren; One great-great-grandchild; Several nieces and nephews; Brother-in-law-Fred Stephens; Sisters-in-law-Neil Tuck and Helen Thomas of Sweetwater. The body is at Sweetwater Memory Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday. Funeral services will follow in the chapel with the Revs. Jimmy Jackson and Helen Shaw officiating. Graveside service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, in Sweetwater Memorial Park. Sweetwater Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements.

10-19-2003

James Osben Watson

Died: 10-14-2003 James Osben Watson (Oct. 14 2003) James Osben Watson of Madisonville passed away at 3 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 14 at Sweetwater Hospital. He was a member of Hopewell Springs Baptist Church and was retired from Carolyn Chenille Corp. He was 87. Preceded in death by: parents Harvey and Mary Watson; son James Ralph Watson; sisters Louie Evelyn Bailey Ersa Yearwood and Esta and Lois Watson; and brother Kenneth Watson. Survivors include: wife of 62 years-Arminda Ruth Steele Watson; Grandson and wife-James Travis and Keely Watson of Chattanooga; Great-grandchildren-Brittany Brooke and Brandon Watson all of Chattanooga; Sisters-Ocie Stakley of Chattanooga; Etheleen Murr of Concord; Mary Etta Holland of Pikeville; Wanda Watson of Trion Ga.; Brothers-Edwin Watson of Chattanooga; and R.C. Watson of Georgia; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m. Thursday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Chris Farmer officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Friday in Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Madisonville in charge of arrangements.

David Lee Langley

Died: 10-10-2003 David Lee Langley (Oct. 10 2003) David Lee Langley of Powell died peacefully Friday Oct. 10. He was born June 15 1924 to Thomas Hampton Langley and Mabel Emma Browder Langley of Sweetwater. He was the oldest of five sons. At age 18 he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. He was a World War II veteran having served as a Sea Bee in the Aleutian Islands. He retired after 40 years of service as an electrician for TVA. In the 1950s he worked on wiring the dams that TVA was building. After that he worked in electricial maintenance and was often called to work restoring power around the Knoxville area during thunderstorms and snowstorms. He loved to bowl and was an avid bowler at Starlite Lanes. He was a member of Bellís Campground United Methodist Church. He was 79. Preceded in death by: parents; and brother Tony. Survivors include: loving wife of 51 years-Jewell; Daughters and son-in-law-Sharon and Smokey Oats of Charlotte N.C.; and Donna Zukowski of Loudon; Son and daughter-in-law-Tony and Mitzi Langley of Decatur Ala.; Grandchildren-Jessica and Leah Oats Kyri Zukowski and Whitney Craig and Gabrielle Langley; Brothers and sister-in-law-Lloyd and Mildred Langley of Sweetwater; Kenneth and Charlsie of Athens; and Clyde and Lois Langley of Lookout Mtn.; Other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Bellís Campground Methodist Church with the Revs. John Tiller and Dan Griffey officiating. Family and friends met Tuesday Oct. 14 at Bellís Campground Cemetery for graveside services. Full military honors were conducted by VFW Post #5156. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.

Rev. Arthur Floyd Ridge

Died: 10-10-2003 Rev. Arthur Floyd Ridge (Oct. 10 2003) Rev. Arthur Floyd Ridge of Maryville went home to be with the Lord Oct. 10. He was a member of Birchfield Baptist Church and was former pastor of Birchfield Keebles Chapel Baptist and Alleghany Baptist. He was a veteran of World War II and retired from Blount County Highway Department. He enjoyed playing horseshoes with family and friends and giving his testimony to others of what God had done for him. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at age 13 and become an ordained minister in 1960. He still preached every opportunity he was given until God called him home. He was 86. Preceded in death by: parents Bill and Lola Ridge; brother Luther Ridge; first wife Bernice Ridge; and two infant children. Survivors include: loving wife-Zetta Williams Ridge; Sons and daughters-in-law-Brent and Geneva Ridge of Etowah; Harold and Patricia Ridge and Owen and Vickie Ridge all of Maryville; Daughters and son-in-law-Joyce Ridge and Jean and James Kagley all of Maryville; Grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; Special friend-Brian Wilson; A host of special friends and relatives. Funeral services were 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 12 in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Revs. Tyson Matoy and Leon Amburn officiating. Family and friends met at 10 a.m. Monday at Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery for the interment. Memorial donations may be made to: Rev. Arthur Ridge Funeral Fund 1402 Tuckaleechee Pike Maryville TN 37803. Smith Mortuary Maryville in charge of arrangements.

Ima Sue Collett

Died: 10-09-2003 Ima Sue Collett (Oct. 9 2003) Ima Sue Collett of Sweetwater passed away suddenly at 4:10 a.m. Thursday Oct. 9 at Sweetwater Hospital. She was employed at Johnson Controls Athens for the past 11 years. She was of the Pentecostal faith. She was 38. Survivors include: husband of 22 years-Donnie Collett; Daughters and son-in-law-Rachel E. Collett and Ronald Thomas and Renee Collett; Granddaughter-Karlea F. Thomas; Parents-Ben and Julie Hughes; Brother and sister-in-law-Ray and Lisa Hughes; Sisters-in-law-Vonita Taylor Louise Ladd and Carolyn Yokley; Brothers-in-law-Bobby Collett Gary Taylor and Gene Yokley all of Sweetwater; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Troy Tallent officiating. Interment was in East Sweetwater Freewill Baptist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Madisonville in charge of arrangements

James E. Grady

Died: 10-08-2003 James E. Grady (Oct. 8 2003) James E. Grady of Athens passed away Wednesday Oct. 8 at Parkwest Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County he was a son of the late Millard and Cynthia Lunsford Grady and was of the Baptist faith. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was 80. Preceded in death by: son Robert Junior Grady; sister Willie Martin; brothers Walter George and Mack Winder. Survivors include: wife of 61 years-Gladys Hooper Grady of Athens; Daughters and sons-in-law-Margaret and Chuck Henry of Athens; Betty and Chester Moses of Etowah; and Darlene and Larry McDaniel of Niota; Sons and daughters-in-law-J.L. and Sue Grady and Ronnie and Brenda Grady all of Athens; Ten grandchildren; Five great-grandchildre; Sister-Edna Grady of Athens; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Jerry Stephens officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday in McMinn Memory Gardens with full military honors. Ziegler Funeral Home Athens in charge of arrangements.

D. C. Martin

Died: 10-07-2003 D.C. Martin (Oct. 7 2003) D.C. Martin of Madisonville passed away early Tuesday Oct. 7 at his home. He was a native of Englewood and a resident of Monroe County most of his life. He worked at Athens Stove Works for 29 years and was a member of Englewood Church of God. He was 77. Preceded in death by: parents Tom and Alice Moses Martin; brothers Lester Martin Willard Martin Pete Martin and Charlie Martin; sister Katie Carter; and mother-in-law Lulla Mae Thomas. Survivors include: wife of 61 years-Frances Thomas Martin of Madisonville; Sons-Elmer Lee Martin and Wayne Martin both of Englewood; Ralph Martin and Tommy Martin of Madisonville; and David Martin of Etowah; Daughters and sons-in-law-Alice and Charles Harrill of Madisonville; Joyce and David Huckabey of Athens; Jane Slack of Englewood; and Shirley Ivens of Vonore; Brother-Ivins Martin of Englewood; Sister-Emer Miller of Tellico Plains; Eleven grandchildren; Six great-grandchildren; Many special friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Thursday Oct. 9 in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home. Pastor Scott Cardin and Pastor Anthony Wynn will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday and proceed to Mars Hill Cemetery for an 11 a.m. committal service. Pallbearers will be Keith Martin Jason Huckabey Kevin Huckabey Lucas Martin Dusty Martin and Ty Ivens. Bordwine Funeral Home Etowah in charge of arrangements.

Bertie Thompson

Died: 10-07-2003 Bertie Thompson (Oct. 7 2003) Bertie Thompson of Vonore passed away at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 7 at Asbury Acres Health Center. She was a member of Vonore Baptist Church. She was 87. Preceded in death by: husband Harper Ivan Thompson. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Beatrice and Stan Meador of Greenback; Billie Jean and Homer Dunn of Lithia Springs Ga.; and Loretta Ryan of Maryville; Six grandchildren; Nine great-grandchildren; Brother-Floyd Mills of Vonore; Several nieces and nephews. Graveside service and interment will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Vonore Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. Cassey King officiating. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Madisonville.

Edna Smith

Died: 10-07-2003 Edna Smith (Oct. 7 2003) Edna Smith of Tellico Plains passed away at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 7 at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Miracle Church of God. She was 75. Preceded in death by: husband Jessie Smith; daughter Rosie Stakely; son Jimmy Smith; parents John Frank and Cleo Bates Wilbanks; five sisters; and three brothers. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Barbara and Wayne Davis Gladys Martin and Rita and Eddie McDaniel all of Tellico Plains; Linda and Marvin Tallent of Madisonville; Sons and daughters-in-law-Harold and Patricia Smith of Madisonville; and Frank and Charlotte Smith John and Shannon Smith and Jerry and Norma Smith all of Tellico Plains; Twenty-three grandchildren; Eight great-grandchildren; Brothers-Donnie Wilbanks Hubert Wilbanks and Jay Wilbanks all of Alabama; and Homer Wilbanks of Chattanooga; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m. Thursday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Frank Hicks and Eddie McDaniel officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. Friday in Eleazar Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Tellico Plains in charge of arrangements.

Minnie Ruth Gibson Reed

Died: 10-07-2003 Minnie Ruth Gibson Reed (Oct. 7 2003) Minnie Ruth Gibson Reed of Niota passed away Tuesday Oct. 7 at the family home. She was a member of the Union McMinn Baptist Church. Preceded in death by: husband John William Reed; daughter Debra Elizabeth Korb; son Joe Allen Reed; three brothers one sister. She was 82. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law- Johnny R. and Becky Reed Charles L. Reed Jimmy Reed Don W. and Jane Reed David and Rebecca Reed Ralph W. and Theresa Reed Jackie E. and Rachel Reed all of Niota; Daughter-Dorthea M. Reed of Chattanooga; Grandchildren-Cindy Miller Julie Pinaí Kim Gernert Kristi Cupp Adam Reed Joseph Reed Andy Reed Jason Reed Ashley Reed Matthew Pettit Dustin Reed Amanda Reed Allison Pettit Brittany Reed Johnathan Reed Heather Gibson Chris Gibson Katie Reed. Six great-grandchildren; Sister-Hurietta Hously of Chesapeake Bay Va.; Several Nieces and Nephews; Special friends-Steve and Jamie Hanley of Niota. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday at 1 p.m. at Union McMinn Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Alexander and Rev. Clinton Riddle officiating. Burial to follow in the Niota Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Ivalee Duncan

Died: 10-06-2003 Margaret Ivalee Duncan (Oct. 6 2003) Margaret Ivalee Duncan of Sweetwater formerly of Lenoir City passed away Monday Oct. 6 in Sweetwater. She was of the Baptist faith and was a former employee of Smith Chair Factory in Loudon. She was 58. Preceded in death by: husbands Johnny Duncan and Otis Duncan; son Frankie Duncan; mother Josie Coker; father Joe Rolen; and sister Mary Ball. Survivors include: children-John Edward Duncan and companion Jeannie Hardee; Carolyn Rose Duncan and fiancťe Joseph B. McKee of Sweetwater; Grandchildren-Lori Beth Summers Cody James Hardee and Jodie Anna Hardee; Sisters-Lou Ella Phillips and husband Walter; Violet Purdy and companion Lee Phillips all of Lenoir City; Rose Summitt and husband Mike of Hardin Valley; Alice Bane and husband Bill of Sweetwater; Brother-Edward Rolen and wife Letha of Lenoir City; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Thursday in the Click Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Post and Deacon Dave McKinney officiating. Burial followed in the Marietta Cemetery. Click Funeral Home Lenoir City in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Ratledge Lowry

Died: 10-06-2003 Catherine Ratledge Lowry (Oct. 6 2003) Catherine Ratledge Lowry of Niota passed away on Monday Oct. 6 at Sweetwater Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was a former employee of Niota Textile and a homemaker. She was a member of East Niota Baptist Church. She was 82. Preceded in death by: husband Charlie Lowry; parents: James and Mary Ratledge Sr. sisters: Mae McCosh Lucile Duckett and Ruth Ratledge brother: William "Catfish " and James Ratledge. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Robert and Connie Lowry of Niota; Grandchildren-Robbie Lowry and Joey and wife Dusty Lowry all of Niota; Sisters-Elizabeth Moore and Hazel Patterson both of Niota; Ida Smith of Sweetwater; and Peggy Marie Dennis of Athen; Brothers: D.B. Ratledge of Decatur; and Ralph Ratledge of Niota; Several Nieces and Nephews. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home Sweetwater where the family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Alexander and Rev. Delbert Umphrey officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Kyker Funeral Home Sweetwater in charge of arrangements.

Edward Martin Sloan

Died: 10-06-2003 Edward Martin Sloan (Oct. 6 2003) Edward Martin Sloan of Madisonville went home to be with the Jesus at 5:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 6 with his wife Virginia at his bedside. He was of the Baptist faith. He was 39. Survivors include: his wife; Parents-Gerald and Mary Sloan of Madisonville; Brother-Johnny Sloan of Cookeville; Grandparents-Ruby and Royce Sloan of Madisonville; Several aunts uncles and cousins. Edwardís wishes were for his body to be donated to UT Health Sciences Center of Memphis. No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be made in Sloanís name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Madisonville.

Paul A. Patterson

Died: 10-05-2003 Paul A. Patterson (Oct. 5 2003) Paul A. Patterson of Vonore passed away at 7:20 a.m. Sunday Oct. 5 at Maryville Health Care. He was a member of Vonore Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher for 60 years and as a deacon for 63 years. He retired after 30 years from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier in the Vonore area. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. He was 84. Preceded in death by: son William Warren Patterson; parents Jake and Grace Patterson; three sisters; five brothers. Survivors include: wife of 63 years-Willie Mae (Bill) Patterson; Daughter and son-in-law-Sara Ann and Larry Daugherty Sr. of Clinton; Grandson and wife-Larry Jr. and Brenda Daugherty of Clinton; Three great-granddaughters; One great-grandson; Three nieces; Two nephews; And a host of friends. Funeral services were 8 p.m. Monday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Darrell Collins and Robert D. Moore officiating. Interment was 11 a.m. Tuesday in Vonore Baptist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Madisonville in charge of arrangements.

10-23-2003

Lettie Eddington
Died: 10-20-2003 Lettie Eddington (Oct. 20, 2003) Lettie Eddington of Etowah, formerly of Tellico Plains, passed away at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at her home. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 99. Preceded in death by: husband, George Eddington; and stepson, Willis Eddington. Survivors include: daughter-Avalene Eddington; Son and daughter-in-law-Frank and Betty Eddington, all of Etowah; Grandchildren-Jeff Eddington of Riceville; and Steve and Daniel Eddington, both of Etowah; and Jeff Eddington, all of Washington; Thirteen great-grandchildren; Four great-great-grandchildren; Sister-Hazel Wear of Athens; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Wednesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Ditmore officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Thursday, in Unicoi Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., before the funeral. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Homer Gene Taylor
Died: 10-19-2003 Homer Gene Taylor (Oct. 19, 2003) Homer Gene Taylor of Sylva, N.C., formerly of Madisonville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, at his home, after a period of declining health. He had lived in Jackson, N.C., since 1976 and was owner and operator of Independent Used Cars & Salvage. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was 66 Preceded in death by: parents, Grady R. and Callie Mae Davis Taylor; and brother, Clarence E. Taylor. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Peggy Sue Buchanan, Lisa Michelle and Thomas Crawford, Teena Marie Woodard and Kelly Jean and Darren Robinson, all of Sylva; Grandchildren-Heather and Ryan Buchanan, April and B.J. Crawford, Shawn and Keith Woodard, Kolt Harris and Tyler and Alyssa Robinson; Childrenís mother-Cynthia Louise McLemore Taylor of Dillsboro, N.C.; Sister-Emma Lee Walker of Tellico Plains; Companion-Nina T. Lewis of Sylva. Graveside service and interment will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, in Coppinger Cemetery in Tellico Plains, with military honors provided by Sweetwater VFW Post #5156. Memorials may be made to Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 925, Sylva, NC 28779. Arrangements by Melton-Riddle Funeral Home in Sylva. Local arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisoville.
Oscar L. Burnett
Died: 10-18-2003 Oscar L. Burnett (Oct. 18, 2003) Oscar L. Burnett of Tellico Plains, passed away at 8:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at his home. He was a member of Druid Hill Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was 85. Preceded in death by: wife, Imogene OíDell Burnett; parents, Will and Maggie Beavers Burnett; and brothers, Fate and Luther Burnett. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Brenda and Rex Kelley and Beatrice and Mark Kelley, all of Tellico Plains; and Barbara and Larry Morgan of Englewood; Son and daughter-in-law-Bruce and Sue Burnett of Tellico Plains; Seven grandchildren; Five great-grandchildren; Sister-Frances Breeden of Maryville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. B.J. Wall officiating. Interment was 11 a.m. Tuesday, in Druid Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Druid Hill Baptist Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 51, Tellico Plains, TN 37385. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Eula Jane Duckett
Died: 10-17-2003 Eula Jane Duckett (Oct. 17, 2003) Eula Jane Duckett of Maryville, formerly of Madisonville, passed away at 4:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at Asbury Acres. She was 95. Preceded in death by: parents, William Sherman and Matilda Burke Duckett. Survivors include: nieces-Lillian Lambert of Alcoa; Evelyn Charlton of Maryville; Nephews-Ray Morgan and Arnold Duckett of Maryville; Albert Duckett of Alcoa; and Lee Duckett of Manchester; Several great-nieces and great-nephews. Graveside service and interment was 2:30 p.m., Monday, at Hiwassee College Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Lambert officiating. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Willis Sr. Lee Winkler
Died: 10-17-2003 Willis Lee Winkler Sr. (Oct. 17, 2003) Willis Lee Winkler Sr. of Madisonville, passed away at 10:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at his home. He was of the Church of God faith. He was 59. Preceded in death by: son, Donald Lee Winkler; father, Marvin Winkler; stepdaughter, Loretta Tallent; sister, Josephine Winkler; brothers, Perley and Andrew Winkler; father-in-law, Charlie Mason; sister-in-law-Wanda Baker. Survivors include: wife-Margie Mason Winkler; Daughters and sons-in-law-Lisa and Leman Hicks of Englewood; Jeannie and Gary Russell, Charlotte and Adam Presley and Marlena and Burton Keller, all of Madisonville; and Trisha Winkler of Niota; Sons-Johnathan Winkler of Madisonville; and Willis Lee Winkler Jr. of Sweetwater; Three granddaughters; Four grandsons; Mother-Ruby Winkler of Mt. Vernon; Sisters-Mary Sue White of Athens; Janie Worley of Madisonville; Rosie Blevins of Greenback; Fannie Taylor of Tellico Plains; Mildred Mason of Cleveland; Brothers-Ray, William, Gene and David Winkler, all of Tellico Plains; Several nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Mother-in-law-Iva Lee Mason of Vonore. Funeral was 2:30 p.m., Sunday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Warren Denton officiating. Interment was in New Prospect Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Dan B. Brannon
Died: 10-17-2003 Dan B. Brannon (Oct. 17, 2003) Dan B. Brannon of Tellico Plains, passed away at 5:35 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was of the Baptist faith. He was 72. Preceded in death by: parents, George and Nellie Brannon; and brother, Sam Brannon. Survivors include: wife-Rosa Brannon; Daughters and sons-in-law-Angelia and Tom Durrance of Fort Stewart, Ga.; Sandy and Arvid Dalton of Madisonville; and Karen Graves and Donald Sanders of Clarksville, Ga.; Son and daughter-in-law-Roger and Jerrie Brannon of Lenoir City; Grandchildren-Eric Dalton of Madisonville; Kristi Miller of Birmingham; Melanie Faddis and Mistie Massingale of Lenoir City; Great-grandchildren-Dustin Sanders, Zachery and Darius Goley and Brannon Faddis; Sisters-Irene Dockery, Christine Frerichs, Patricia Gay, Hilda Evans and Emma Walker; Brothers-Stanley, Edward, Bernard and Guy Brannon; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 1 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Gale Miller officiating. Interment was in Ironsburg Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
10-26-2003

Emma Sue Butler Hooper
Died: 10-23-2003 Emma Sue Butler Hooper (Oct. 23, 2003) Emma Sue Butler Hooper of Tellico Plains, died Thursday, Oct. 23, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church and a retired textile worker. She was 74. Preceded in death by: parents, Bartley and Bessie Butler; brother, Arnold Butler; and sister, Neil Townsend. Survivors include: husband of 50 years-James Harley Hooper of Tellico Plains; Sons and daughter-in-law-James Gary "Butch" Hooper of Cleveland; and Rick and Jennifer Hooper of Newport; Sisters-Kitty Gourley and Sibyl Wakefield, both of Tellico Plains; Brother and sister-in-law-Esten and Myra Butler of Tellico Plains; Grandchildren-T.J. Hooper, Michael Farmer, Didi Farmer, Andy Hooper and Sean Hooper; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 24, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Tellico Plains, with the Rev. Doug Alexander officiating. Burial was Saturday, Oct. 25, in New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Ann Kyker Lingerfelt
Died: 10-23-2003 Ann Kyker Lingerfelt (Oct. 23, 2003) Ann Kyker Lingerfelt of Sweetwater, passed away on Friday, October 24, 2003, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, after a brief illness. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sweetwater. She was 79. Preceded in death by: her husbands- W.G. "Bill" Kyker II and John Lingerfelt; brother, Thomas D. Floyd; and sister-Esther Alexander. Surviors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Gary and Donna Kyker, Ron Kyker, Don Kyker and Larry and Rhonda Kyker, all of Sweetwater; Five grandchildren; Five great-grandchildren; Brother-Ira "Pete" Floyd of Knoxville; Several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral service were 8 p.m., Saturday in Kykerís Chapel with the Rev. Olen Hafley officiating. Interment will be 1 p.m., Sunday in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Blevins Gass
Died: 10-23-2003 Ruth Blevins Gass (Oct. 23, 2003) Ruth Blevins Gass, a resident of Cleveland, died Thursday, Oct. 23, in a Sweetwater Health facility. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cleveland since 1946, and a member of the Open Bible Sunday School class. She taught the 11-year-old Sunday School class during her membership at the church. Early on, she taught school in Meigs County, Knoxville City and Polk and Bradley County. She was also employed by Miller/Hess Department stores for 37 years. She was 97. Preceded in death by: husband, Dennis W. Gass; parents, Hoyle and Mary Lou Neil Blevins; sisters, Lucy Allen of Decatur; Betty Hill of Winter Park, Fla.; and Rebecca Richardson of Chattanooga; brothers, James Blevins of Knoxville; and Neil Blevins of Roanoke, Va. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Joyce Gass Hickey Edmondson and Bill Edmondson of Sweetwater; Grandchildren- Stan Hickey, Valerie Allmon and Keith and wife, Teresa Hickey, all of Sweetwater; Great-grandchildren-Adam and Corey Ruth Hickey and Drew and Avery Leinart; Sisters and brother-in-law-Sarah B. Ford of Chattanooga; and Margaret B. and Charles Pearson of Nashville; Brother and sister-in-law-Robert and Agnes Blevins of Irving, Texas; Sisters-in-law-Dorothy Blevins of Roanoke, Va.; and Iva Blevins of Irving; Brother-in-law-Floyd Hill of Winterpark, Fla.; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Griffith officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were T. Roy Jones, Marvin Cook, Ray Haulk, Robert Easterly, Don Ervin and Albert Schrader. Fike Funeral Home, Cleveland, in charge of arrangements.
C. W. Watts
Died: 10-22-2003 C.W. Watts (Oct. 22, 2003) C.W. Watts of Niota, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Fort Sanders Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Cincinnati. He was 56. Preceded in death by: parents, Bob and Nellie Willis Watts; brother, Lee Watts; stepbrother, Charlie West; and brother-in-law, David Self. Survivors include: wife-Judy Grindstaff Watts of Niota; Daughters and son-in-law-Carol and Jeff Howell and Crystal Millsaps, all of Niota; Sons-Travis Watts of Knoxville; and Richard Brazzell of Niota; Grandchildren-Cory and Trevor Howell and Kayley Brazzell; Stepmother-Martha Watts of Athens; Brother and sister-in-law-Will D. and Judy Watts of Niota; Sisters and brother-in-law-Sally Self and Bernice and James Ghorley, all of Decatur; Stepbrothers and spouses-Bill and Alice West of Englewood; C.W. and Thelma West of Athens; and Carry and Nancy West of Cleveland; Sister-in-law-Betty Watts of Cincinnati; Step-sister-in-law-Faye West of Athens; Several nieces and nephews; Special friends-Cliff Walden, Eddie Mull, Mike Montooth and too many others to mention. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be noon Saturday, in the chapel of Zeigler Funeral Home with the Rev. Bryan Coffee and Rev. Howard White officiating. Burial will be in Watts Cemetery in Loudon. Pallbearers will be Wesley West, Eddie Mull, Allen Walden, Eddie Walden, Melvin Farner and Thomas White. Honorary pallbearers will be Cliff Walden and Mike Montooth. Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.
Dody Collins
Died: 10-21-2003 Dody Collins (Oct. 21, 2003) Dody Collins of Tellico Plains, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, at his home. He was 58. Preceded in death by: parents, Will and Beulah Lance Collins; brothers, Jack and Cletis Collins. Survivors include: sister, Alice Thompson; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Charles and Jean Collins, all of Tellico Plains; Bill Collins of Athens; Bud and Pat Collins of Madisonville; J.L. and Elaine Collins of Jellico; Rex and Jo Collins of Conyers, Ga.; and Whitie and Wanda Collins of Houston, Texas; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. B.J. Wall officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Friday, in Tellico Plains City Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
11-1-2003

Jack Bookout
Died: 10-30-2003 Jack Bookout (Oct. 30, 2003) Jack Bookout of Madisonville, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He was a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from General Motors. He was 54. Preceded in death by: daughter, Amy Bookout; parents, Dalford and Nanny Sue Bookout; and brother, Winston Bookout. Survivors include: sisters and brothers-in-law-Betty Hickman and Nancy Birchfield, both of Madisonville; Charlotte and John Harris of Nashville; Anna Ruth and Ronnie French of Tellico Plains; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Clifford and Frances Bookout of Stockbridge, Ga.; Wilford and Quincetta Bookout, Jimmy and Sue Bookout, Dwight and Mildred Bookout and Eddie Bookout, all of Maryville; Junior and Tina Bookout of Anderson, Ind.; Billy and Betty Bookout of Georgia; and Donnie and Carol Bookout of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 7 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. David Watson officiating. Interment will be 1 p.m., Sunday, in New Bethel Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Joe Allen Moore
Died: 10-29-2003 Joe Allen Moore (Oct. 29, 2003) Joe Allen Moore of Madisonville, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Cartersville Medical Center in Cartersville, Ga. He was a bus driver for TMG in Sweetwater and Cooley Bus Service in Madisonville. He was a long-time auto body repairman in Monroe County and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was 67. Preceded in death by: grandparents who raised him, John and Charolette Moore; sisters, Gertie Gentry, Virgie Smalling, Evelyn Thomas; and brother, Roy Moore. Survivors include: wife-Darlene Moore; Daughters and sons-in-law-Lori and Chuck Wilkens of Sweetwater; and Sheila and Steven Blalock of Crossville; Sons and daughters-in-law-Jim and Faithe Moore of Akron, Ohio; John and Marlene Moore of Madisonville; and Shane and Susan Moore of Carslie, Ill.; Grandchildren-Amy, Heather, Melissa, Monica and Trevor Moore, and Joseph, Stephanie, Jamie and Jessica Blalock; Four great-grandchildren; Birth mother-Ada Moore; Brother-Frank Moore of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Friday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with Dr. Joe Brown officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Saturday, in Sunset Cemetery, with the Rev. Mickey Payne officiating. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Richard Sr. Franklin Crofts
Died: 10-28-2003 Richard Franklin Crofts Sr. (Oct. 28, 2003) Richard Franklin Crofts Sr. of Madisonville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, at his home. He was 71. Preceded in death by: parents, Arlie and Bessie Crofts. Survivors include: wife-Cheryl Crofts; Daughters and sons-in-law-Kathy and Dave Kline and Deborah and Steve Jenrow, all of Michigan; Son and daughter-in-law-Richard Jr. and Jenny Crofts of Cleveland, Ohio; Stepson and wife-Andy and Tracy Pearson of Knoxville; Ten grandchildren; Six great-grandchildren; Sisters-Lorene Davis, Helen Hamby and Johnnie Duncan of Madisonville; and Christine Duncan of Englewood; Brothers-Tom Crofts of Maryville; and Doyle Crofts of Englewood; Several nieces and nephews. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Harold Franklin Gunter
Died: 10-28-2003 Harold Franklin Gunter (Oct. 28, 2003) Harold Franklin Gunter of Sweetwater, passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, at his home. He was the owner of Haroldís Cleaning and Handyman Service for 25 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sweetwater. He was 55. Preceded in death by: son, Dedrick Allen (Rick ) Gunter; parents, Joe and Mae Gunter; and brother, Billy Joe Gunter. Survivors include: wife of 24 years-Dixie Lou Kile Gunter; Daughters-Angel Gail Gunter of Sweetwater; and Dana M. Gunter of Johnson City; Sons-Jeffrey Dale Gunter and Christopher Allen Gunter of Sweetwater; Grandchildren-Nichole Renee Gunter and Tyler Logan Gunter Stringer of Sweetwater; Sister-Betty Ann Stooksbury of Concord; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Biereley-Hale. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Rita Hennessee McAmis
Died: 10-27-2003 Rita Hennessee McAmis (Oct. 27, 2003) Rita Hennessee McAmis of Niota, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a member of Rockview Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Davidson Textron. She was 45. Preceded in death by: grandparents, Ed and Ollie Walker Cranfield and Floyd and Minnie Swafford Hennessee. Survivors include: Brent McAmis of Niota; Parents-Grover and Edna Cranfield Hennessee of Niota; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Dean and Larry McCosh of Niota; and Ann and Larry Goins of Athens; Brother and sister-in-law-James and Kathy Hennessee of Niota; Very special nieces and nephews-Chris McCosh, Stacie and spouse, Dave Akens, Eric and spouse, Maycie Goins, Kevin Goins, Paige, Lacey and Kaitlynn Hennessee; Great-nephews-Hayden and Hunter Akens. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Wednesday, in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Chad Hester and Rev. Mitch Isbill officiating. Burial was 11 a.m., Thursday, in Valley Road Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eric Goins, Kevin Goins, Dave Akens, Charlie Barnes, Chris Farris and Tim Harris. Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.
Andrew Gillon Bradley
Died: 10-26-2003 Andrew Gillon Bradley (Oct. 26, 2003) Andrew Gillon (A.G.) Bradley, of Maryville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m. with his wife and children at his bedside. He was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. Before that, he taught adult Sunday School classes for 32 years at Victory Baptist Church, Faith Baptist Church, and Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He was retired from ALCOA and a member of the 25-Year Service Club. During World War II, he worked at the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant. He loved music and played with a local country band that played in a mountain cave in Ball Play, Monroe County. His love for music continued into retirement when he played the guitar and mandolin with other ALCOA retirees at the local union hall. He was also an avid rabbit hunter; running his beagles was a favorite past time with his friends. He was 83. Preceded in death by: his son, David Bradley; parents, Ben and Polly Ann Young Bradley; brothers, Luke and Bob; sisters, Elda Bradley, Phoebe Gillespie, Louie Upton, Saley Smith, Marie Tipton and Willie Mae Bright. Survivors include: his wife of 62 years-Ellen Marie Britton Bradley; Sons and daughters-in-law-Jack and Brenda Bradley of Shalimar, Fla.; and Don and Theresa Bradley of Niceville, Fla.; Grandchildren and spouses- Michelle Bradley and Craig Newbold of Roswell, Ga.; and Emily Marie Bradley of the University of Florida; Great-grandchildren, Hannah Newbold, Haley Newbold and Haven Newbold; Sister- Lola Sloan Evans of Monroe County; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 7 p.m. Tuesday, in McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. C. M. Titlow, Rev. Ronnie Buchanan and Rev. Danny Jenkins officiating. Emily Marie Bradley, granddaughter, played the flute. Interment service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Clark's Grove Cemetery. McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.
Fred Moss
Died: 10-25-2003 Fred Moss (Oct. 25, 2003) Fred Moss of Madisonville, passed away at 6:18 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at UT Medical Center. He was 61. Preceded in death by: infant son. Survivors include: wife of 17 years-Ella Yearwood Moss; Son-Joey Lee Moss; Stepdaughter-Geneva Ann Sledge; Grandchildren-Betty Ann Sledge and Jonathan Sledge, all of Madisonville. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Troy Tallent and J.C. Roberts and Willis Patterson officiating. Interment was in Druid Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
William Earl Tate
Died: 10-25-2003 William Earl Tate (Oct. 25, 2003) William Earl Tate of Tellico Plains, passed away at 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at Sweetwater Nursing Center. He was born April 6, 1913 in Monroe County. He was a member of New Providence Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a member of Unaka Masonic Lodge #651, Tellico Order of the Eastern Star Lodge #324 and a 32nd Degree Mason Scottish Rite of Knoxville. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum Company, after 33 years. He was a lifelong farmer and avid UT football and Braves Baseball fan. He was 90. Preceded in death by: wife of 69 years-Gladys Ellen Watson Tate; parents, Grover and Mollie Tate; son, Wayne Edward Tate; sister-in-law, Beatrice Watson; brothers-in-law, Paul (Buddy), Clinton, Edgar, Jay and Eugene Watson, Harold Edwards, Ross Gibson, Don Robbins and Floyd Gardner. He was 90. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Jeanette and Jim McCracken of Tellico Plains; Daughter-in-law-Loretta Beaty Tate Shaw of Etowah; Grandchildren-Yvonne Tate Bryant and husband, Bobby of Saltillo, Miss.; Michael Tate and wife, Sonya and Wesley E. Tate and wife, Kristi, all of Tellico Plains; Great-grandchildren-Jeffery, Phillip and Tiffany Bryant, all of Saltillo; and W. Ean Tate of Tellico Plains; Sister-Flossie Gardner of Maryville; Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law-Nella Robbins of Williamsburg, Ind.; Viola and Chuck Stakely and Hilda Edwards, all of Madisonville; Edna Gibson of Gainesville, Ga.; Hazel (Cupe) Watson of Tellico Plains; and Katherine Watson of Englewood; Many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 6 p.m., Sunday, at New Providence Baptist Church, with the Revs. Gerald Lynn, Michael Tate, Fred Tate, Shane Bryson and Brother Rick Atkins, officiating. Interment was 10 a.m., Monday, in New Providence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the New Providence Cemetery building or cemetery trust funds or the Unaka Masonic Lodge. Mail donations to Kim Pittman, c/o Citizens National Bank, 607 Hwy. 165, Tellico Plains, TN 37385. Please designate your choice to receive donation. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
Robert Eugene Atkins
Died: 10-24-2003 Robert Eugene Atkins (Oct. 24, 2003) Robert "Bobby" Eugene Atkins of Tellico Plains, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was employed by Whiteís Marble Works. He was 40. Survivors include: daughter-Amanda Dawn Atkins of Cleveland; Parents-Joe and Betty Atkins of Alcoa; Sisters-Susan Hendrix of Tellico Plains; Sally Flynn of Jefferson City; Sylvia Cook of Cleveland; Betty Jean Presnell of Knoxville; and Jayne Rosenbalm of Alabama; Brothers-Wayne Mouser of Seymour and Allen Mouser of Halls; Several nieces and nephews; Special friends-Brenda Brannon of Tellico Plains; and Katrina Atkins of Knoxville. Graveside and interment was 3:30 p.m., Sunday, in New Providence Cemetery, with the Rev. Shane Bryson officiating. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
11-5-2003

Clyde "Pet" R. Richesin
Died: 11-04-2003 Clyde R. Richesin Sr. (Nov. 4, 2003) Clyde R. "Pet" Richesin Sr. of Sweetwater, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Sweetwater Nursing Center, after a lingering illness. He was 95. Preceded in death by: wife of 69 years, Blanche Richesin; sons, Kenneth Robert, Clyde Robert Jr. and Norman Eugene Richesin. Survivors include: daughter-Betty Mitchell of Sweetwater; One granddaughter; Seven grandsons; Several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Wednesday, in Kykerís Chapel with the Revs. Charles Cassady and Bobby Lawson officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Thursday, in Murrayís Chapel Church Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Charles "Rocky" Rockholt
Died: 11-04-2003 Charles Rockholt (Nov. 4, 2003) Charles "Rocky" Rockholt of Sweetwater, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, at approximately 8 a.m. He was a faithful member and deacon of North Sweetwater Baptist Church. He was a member of the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #292 and a 32nd Degree Mason. He worked at Langdale Company for 40 years and retired in 1989. He was 81. Preceded in death by: sisters, Bessie Pettitt and Gladys Kile of Decatur. Survivors include: wife of 57 years-Jewell Edmonds Rockholt; Son and daughter-in-law-Rev. Don and Sandra Avens Rockholt, all of Sweetwater; Daughter and son-in-law-Pat Rockholt and Don Becker of Knoxville; Grandsons and wives-Ben and Hannah Moore of Knoxville; Sam Rockholt of Sweetwater; Airman Daniel Colleen Johnson Rockholt; and Great-granddaughter-Makayla Rockholt, all of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota; Sisters-Mandy Brown and Mary Ruth Thompson; Special friends-C.A. Clark; Several nieces and nephews and friends of Decatur. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Thursday, in Kykerís Chapel with the Revs. James Jackson and R.L. Davis officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Friday, in Sweetwater Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.
Flossie Tallent
Died: 11-03-2003 Flossie Tallent (Nov. 3, 2003) Flossie Tallent of Madisonville, a beloved wife and mother, passed away suddenly, Monday, Nov. 3, at UT Medical Center. She was a member of Community Baptist Church. She was 70. Preceded in death by: parents, Joe and Ethel Harrill; brothers, Richard, Leon, Gordon, Willard, Isaac and Lester Harrill; father-in-law, Bartie Tallent; and mother-in-law, Audrey Tallent. Survivors include: husband of 51 years-Dale Tallent; Daughters and sons-in-law-Barbara and Ron Watson of Madisonville; and Sandra and Mike Jones of Decatur; Sons and daughters-in-law-Randy and Sherry Tallent of Athens; Roger and Tammie Tallent and Russell and Sharon Tallent, all of Tellico Plains; and Rex Tallent of Sweetwater; Grandchildren-Chad Watson, Rachel Conti, Brent Jones, Shannon McLemore, Chastity Crabtree, Jessica, Susan, Blaina and Brooke Tallent, Rusty, Brandi and Dillion Tallent, Mandy Millsaps and Christa Davis; Seven great-grandchildren; Sisters and brother-in-law-Genetta Williams of Madisonville; and Vernie and Joe Rodgers of Las Vegas; Brothers and sisters-in-law-E.J. and Nellie Harrill and Remus and Evelyn Harrill, all of Madisonville; and Etheleen Harrill of Athens; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Verlin Self and Carl Croft officiating. Interment will be 10 a.m., Friday, in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens Family and friends will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Peggy A. Rogers
Died: 11-02-2003 Peggy A. Rogers (Nov. 2, 2003) Peggy A. Rogers of Madisonville, passed away at 3:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. She was 63. Preceded in death by: father, Henry Duge; sister, Patsy Sloan; and brother, James Russell Cagle. Survivors include: husband-Wayne Rogers; Son and daughter-in-law-Dwayne Allen Dodd and fiancťe Carol Tuft of Maryville; Stepdaughters and spouses-Christy and Travis Long and Missy and Greg Chandler, all of Sweetwater; Five grandchildren; Mother-Flossie Mae Cagle of Madisonville; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Doris Watson of Ellenwood, Ga.; and Freida and Charles Anthony and Bettye and Mac Cyphers of Madisonville; Brother and sister-in-law-Duge Jr. and Betty Cagle of Vonore; Special great-niece-Savannah Swanson of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews; Beloved dog-Brandy. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Carl Croft officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Tuesday, in Lakeside Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Roxie M. Wilson
Died: 11-02-2003 Roxie M. Wilson (Nov. 2, 2003) Roxie M. Wilson of Etowah, passed away early Sunday, Nov. 2, at Etowah Health Care Center in Etowah. She was a native of Monroe County and a resident of McMinn County for 61 years. She was the former co-owner with her late husband, Hughie Wilson of Wilson Lumber Company. She was a member of North Etowah Baptist Church. She was 86. Preceded in death by: Murrey and Fannie Tallent Wilson; husband, Hughie Wilson; son, Lenton Wilson; grandson, Ricky Wilson; brother, Horace Wilson; and sisters, Elizabeth Kessler and Betty Merrell. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Judy and Jim Anderson of Etowah; Son and daughter-in-law-Charles and Nadine Wilson of Etowah; Grandchildren-Beth Truelove, Jennifer (J.J.) Murrey, Eric Wilson, Jeff Anderson, Janet Brown, James Anderson, Greg Wilson and Ann Stinnett; Eighteen great-grandchldren; Sisters-Ruby Gallahar of Cleveland; Thelma Arthur of Kingston; Lillian Aiken of Etowah; Brothers-Jack Wilson of Cleveland; and Jim Wilson of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Dr. Gerald Atkins and Rev. Allen Bates officiating. Committal service was 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Green Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Anderson, Eric Wilson, James Anderson, Greg Wilson, David Brown, David Truelove, Stan Murrey and Greg Stinnett. Bordwine Funeral Home, Etowah, in charge of arrangements.
Beulah Boshers
Died: 10-31-2003 Beulah Boshers (Oct. 31, 2003) Beulah Boshers of Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community, Saint Marys, Ohio, died Oct. 31, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She gained notoriety in the 1950s as a promoter of professional wrestling on WDTN Channel 2 in Dayton, where she resided. She is formerly of Sweetwater. She was born April 29, 1916 in Athens, the daughter of Jake and Charity (Tennal) Franks. She was a member of Reed Springs Baptist Church, Sweetwater and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Rebekah Lodge. She retired from Canteen Corporation in Dayton, after 38 years of service as a manager. She earned the nickname "Bounciní Beulah Boshers" when she was a rabid fan of professional wrestling. She later became a staple on the show, providing encouragement and excitement to the matches. She was active for many years as a wrestling promoter, befriending big name wrestlers and lodging them in her home. She was well known across the wrestling industry as a great fan and promoter of the sport, which evolved into what is now known as the WWF. She married Ernest Boshers Sept. 24, 1938. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 1984. She was 87. Preceded in death by: husband; parents; and brothers, Clarence, Jesse and Archie Franks. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-William and Gloria Boshers of Cincinnati; Daughter and son-in-law-Wilma and Stephen Erickson of Dayton; Grandchildren and spouses-Terry and Tracie Boshers of Englewood, Ohio; Todd and Lana Boshers of Vandalia, Ohio; Sean Boshers of Dallas, Texas; Jennifer and Troy Bennett of Cleveland, Ohio; and Stephanie and Jim Brown of Florence, S.C. Great-grandchildren-Brittany, Cameron and Leah; Step-great-grandson-Gregory; Sisters-Ethel Manard of Xenia, Ohio; and Frances McClelland of Tellico Plains. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park Chapel. Memorials may be sent to Reed Springs Baptist Church. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Saint Marys, Ohio.
11-8-2003

Rev. Ernest John Reagan
Died: 11-06-2003 Rev. Ernest John Reagan (Nov. 6, 2003) Rev. Ernest John Reagan of Madisonville, passed away at 10:05 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Vonore Full Gospel Church. He was 85. Preceded in death by: second wife, Hattie Freeman Bowers Reagan; sons, Conley Reagan, Clarence and W.A. Bowers; parents, Ephriam John and Annie Mae Stinnett Reagan. Survivors include: wife-Josephine Reagan; Daughters and sons-in-law-Betty and Rufus Rose of Madisonville; Beatrice and C.O. Watkins of Dalton, Ga.; Brenda and Harold Rose of Rocky Face, Ga.; Angleen Stinnett of Madisonville; and Lela Sledge of Cleveland; Sons and daughters-in-law-Arthur and Sandra Reagan of Sweetwater; Rev. Melvin and Millie Reagan of Madisonville; and George Bowers of Cleveland; Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; Brothers and sister-in-law-Edgar and Mildred Reagan of Maryville; and Isham Reagan of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Troy Tallent and Steve Woods officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Sunday, in Oak Grove Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Edward James Hurley
Died: 11-06-2003 Edward James Hurley (Nov. 6, 2003) Edward James Hurley of Madisonville, passed away at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was 51. Survivors include: daughter-Sherri Brakebill; Son-Edward James Hurley Jr.; Grandchildren-Bobby Brakebill and Dakota Brakebill, all of Athens; Parents-Edward and Ruth Wade Hurley; Sisters-Cathy Rodgers and Karen Moneymaker; Brothers-William Hurley and Mike Hurley, all of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
11-14-2003

Marion Lewis Monroe
Died: 11-12-2003 Marion Lewis Monroe (Nov. 12, 2003) Marion Lewis Monroe of Athens, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, at his residence in Athens. He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a member of Clearwater Baptist Church for more than 60 years. He was 89. Preceded in death by: wife, Ola Mae Henderson Monroe, on March 8, 1998; parents, William Edgar and Artie Woods Monroe; son-in-law, Howard Arnold; grandson, Daryl Monroe; great-granddaughter, Chassity Ratledge; great-grandson, Alex Lillard; and brothers, Troy and Claude Monroe. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Harold and Emma Monroe of Athens; Daughters and son-in-law-Janetta Arnold of Athens; and Joyce and Dallas Cranfield of Niota; Grandchildren-Rodney Cranfield, Theresa Cranfield Ratledge, Harold Monroe Jr., Karen Monroe Lillard and Crystal Clayton; Ten great-grandchildren; Five great-great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Friday, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Bryant, Rev. Wade McDonald and Rev. Chad Hester. Interment will be 11 a.m., Saturday, in Clearwater Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Laycock-Hobbs, Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.
Dean Dawson
Died: 11-11-2003 Dean Dawson (Nov. 11, 2003) Dean Dawson, of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at U.T. Medical Center, Knoxville. He was the owner and operator of Deanís Body Shop in Sweetwater and was a member of Union McMinn Baptist Church. Preceded in death by: his father, Arrants Dawson; and sister, Linda Alexander. He was 45. Survivors include: wife of 24 years- Sherry V. Dawson of Sweetwater; Daughters and son-in-law: Crystal and Nathan Freeman of Athens; and Kara Dawson of Sweetwater; Grandsons-Ethan Wade and Hunter Ryan Freeman of Athens; Mother- Edna Dawson; Brothers-Alvin Dawson and Bill Dawson; Sisters-Betty Cardin, all of Sweetwater; and Karen Willis of Athens; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Thursday, in Kykerís Chapel with Rev. Bill Roberts officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Friday in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of the arrangement.
Samuel Riley Land
Died: 11-10-2003 Samuel Riley Land (Nov. 10, 2003) Samuel Riley Land of Englewood, passed away late Monday, Nov. 10 at Woods Memorial Hospital. He was a native and lifelong resident of Monroe County and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was a member of Landís Chapel Non-denominational Church and a member of the American Legion. He was 89. Preceded in death by: parents, David and Ann Elizabeth Harris Land; son, William David Land; sisters, Vira Mitchell and Dora Land; son-in-law, Ron Simmons; and one great-grandchild, Andrew Land. Survivors include: wife of 59 years-Reba Torbett Land of Englewood; Daughters and sons-in-law-Elizabeth Simmons of Pikeville; Dianne and Steve Kinser, Pam and Romie Reid and Sarah and Lynn Hembree, all of Englewood; Sons and daughters-in-law-Samuel Jr. and Helen Land, Gene Land, Randall Land and Teddy Land, all of Englewood; Curtis Land and Hoyt and Jo Land of Madisonville; and Elmer Land of Athens; Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Sister-Ann Lawson of Athens. Funeral services will be 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home, Etowah. The Rev. Joe Harris and Rev. Frank Kincannon will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:30-8:30 p.m., prior to the service. Family and friends will assemble at Bordwine at 10 a.m., Thursday and proceed to Landís Chapel Cemetery for the 11 a.m. committal. Pallbearers will include: Trampus Land, Curtis Land, Terry Young, Chad Land, Tyge Land, Allen Land, Keith Hembree and Brandon Land. Arrangements by Bordwine Funeral Home, Etowah.
Fate Cline
Died: 11-10-2003 Fate Cline (Nov. 10, 2003) Fate Cline of Vonore, passed away at 7:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at his home. He was a member, deacon and song leader of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and attended his Sunday School class faithfully for more than 25 years. He was 92. Preceded in death by: daughter, Lorine Cline; parents, A.D. and Mary McCalvery Cline; sisters, Ezzie Millsaps, Allie Nichols and Clemer Nicholson. Survivors include: wife of 64 years-Lucy Millsaps Cline; Devoted nephew-Jim King of Sweetwater; Brother-Rev. Conward Cline of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with the Revs. Buford Albright, Barney Tipton and Lon Wayne Stamey officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided by Sweetwater VFW Post 5156. The body will lie in state 30 minutes before the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Lucille White
Died: 11-09-2003 Lucille White (Nov. 9, 2003) Lucille White of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, at the family residence. She spent most of her life in Bradley County and was a member of Southview Baptist Church. She was 84. Preceded in death by: husband, Jessie Willard White; daughter, Sue White Miller; son, J.W. White; parents, Rosa Nicholson Morrow and Rev. William Morrow; sisters, Pearl Stewart and Lorena Pristas; and brothers, Willard Morrow and Luther Morrow. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Billie and J.C. Goins and Shirley and Jackie Brewer, all of Cleveland; Sons and daughters-in-law-Harold and Phyllis White of Powder Springs, Ga.; Clyde and Sue White and Donnie and Kathy White and David White, all of Cleveland; Fourteen grandchildren; Twenty-two great-grandchildren; Sisters-Helen Yoder, Dean Peals, both of Cleveland; and Kitty Nichols of Indiana; Brothers-Sam Morrow of Alabama; Guinn Morrow of Oak Ridge; and Richard Morrow of Indiana; and Special friends-Mildred Sutton, Jeanette McDonald and Dean Pendergrass; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Tuesday, at Wildwood Avenue Chapel with the Rev. Beecher White and Rev. Jeff Bentley officiating. Interment followed in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with the grandson serving as pallbearers. Jim Rush Funeral Home, Wildwood Avenue Chapel, in charge of arrangements.
Jean Brady Cardin
Died: 11-08-2003 Jean Brady Cardin (Nov. 8, 2003) Jean Brady Cardin of McDonald, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, in a Chattanooga hospital. She was a member of the Phillipi Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday School teacher and was also the church organist. She was employed with Park Ridge Medical Center as a lab manager. Most of all, Jean was a devoted wife and a loving mother. She was 47. Survivors include: husband-Don Cardin of McDonald; Daughter-Amanda Cardin of McDonald; Son-Aaron Cardin of McDonald; Parents-James Uyless and Josephine Trotter Brady of Riceville; Brother and sister-in-law-Johnny and Cathy Brady of Riceville; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Ann and Don Wilson of Riceville; and Sue and John Simpson of Charleston; Mother-in-law and father-in-law-Evaleen and Dayton Cardin of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles, also survive. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Phillipi Baptist Church with the Rev. Sammy Hooker officiating. Interment followed in the Spring Creek Methodist Cemetery in Riceville with Shane Williams, Mitchell Simpson, Steven Brady, Scott Brady, Tyler Wilson and Shane Tilley as pallbearers. The family requests in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation c/o Henderson, Hutcherson and McCullough PLLC 1000 Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Grissom Funeral Home, Cleveland, in charge of arrangements.
Virginia May Cole
Died: 11-08-2003 Virginia May Cole (Nov. 8, 2003) Virginia May Cole of Madisonville, formerly of Illinois, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 8, at East Tennessee Health Care Center. She was 68. Preceded in death by: husband, Amos F. Cole. Survivors include: daughter-Rosemary Esposito of Rochester, N.Y.; Halfbrother-"Little" Ernie Anderson of Chicago; Stepchildren-Norma Cole of Tellico Plains; Lisa Cole and Brenda Miles of Aurora, Ill.; and Ronald (Ronnie) Cole of Bathalto, Ill. Graveside and interment will be 11 a.m., Saturday, in Eleazar Cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville,
James F. Henderson
Died: 11-07-2003 James F. Henderson (Nov. 7, 2003) James F. Henderson of Maryville, passed away Friday, Nov. 7, at the family home. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Greenback; and was retired from Greenback Industries. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was 81. Preceded in death by: parents, Walter and Minnie Henderson; son, James D. "Butch" Henderson; and several sisters. Survivors include: wife-Helen R. Cannon Henderson; Son and daughter-in-law-Robert "Cob" and Irene Henderson of Madisonville; Daughter-in-law-Kay Henderson of Fort Myers, Fla.; Grandchildren-Dustin Henderson and Lashella Henderson of Madisonville; Robin Henderson and Dana Jamerson, both of Fort Myers; Clint and wife Lasha Henderson, of West Palm, Fla.; Step-grandchildren-Cindy and Al Nunney of Etowah; and Maggie Reid of Cleveland; Five great-grandchildren; Three step-great-grandchildren; Brother and sister-in-law-Troy and Wanda Henderson of Maryville; Sister and brother-in-law-Sue and Ray Pilkington; Sisters-Martha Bishop and Mildred Turner; A host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Miller Funeral Home, Magnolia Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Webb, Rev. Alvin Patton, Rev. Dave McCammon and Rev. Frank Hicks officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Tuesday, at Four Mile Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Smyrna Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Pat Lemons, 5387 N. Trigonia Road, Greenback, TN 37742. Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.
Ellen L. Settles
Died: 11-07-2003 Ellen L. Settles (Nov. 7, 2003) Ellen L. Settles of Madisonville, passed away at 6:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at her home. She was employed by TRW Koyo and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, for the past several years. She was 39. Survivors include: daughter-Erika Turpin of Madisonville; Mother-Carmen Settles of Madisonville; Father-Julian Paul Settles of Sonoma, Calif.; Sisters-Nancy Settles of Sonoma; and Valentina Cruz of Oakland, Calif.; Brothers-Julian Settles of Madisonville; and Jonathan Settles of Tampa, Fla.; Great-grandmother-Laura McMerree of Madisonville; Aunts and uncles-Wanda and Bill Lynn of Mt. Vernon; Linda and Tom Swatzell of Knoxville; David and Easter Settles of Lodi, Calif.; and Kenny Settles of Michigan. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Sunday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. John Kiser, Luke Walton and Eddie Yearwood officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Monday, in Sunset Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Sarah Josephine Garren
Died: 11-07-2003 Sarah Josephine Garren (Nov. 7, 2003) Sarah Josephine (Jo) Garren of Tellico Plains, passed away at 6:25 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at East Tennessee Health Care. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 69. Preceded in death by: husband, Carl L. Garren. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Gail and Stan Harris of Tellico Plains; Grandsons-Jacob and Andrew Harris of Tellico Plains; Brother and sister-in-law-Charles and Lois Stuart of Savannah, Ga.; Several nieces and nephews; Mother-in-law-Reba Garren of Tellico Plains; Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law-Margaret Tate of Tellico Plains; Ulene and Amos Harris, Sue and Denton Bookout and Larry and Wendy Garren, all of Madisonville; Bobby and Linda Garren of Tellico Plains; Ray and Barbara Garren of Loudon. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Walter Harold Bivens officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Sunday, in Piney Grove Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Pat W. Arwood
Died: 11-07-2003 Pat W. Arwood (Nov. 7, 2003) Pat W. Arwood of Louisville, died Friday, Nov. 7. A compassionate man whose love for everyone inspired him to witness for the Lord, he will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He was a member of Calvary Temple Worship Center and was owner of General Steel Fabricators Inc., in Louisville, for 25 years. He was 66. Preceded in death by: father, James Arwood; daughter, Karen Marie Arwood; brother, Larry Arwood; and nephew, Patrick Seymour. Survivors include: wife-Joan Arwood; Son-Alan Arwood and fiancť, Stacey Lentz of Louisville; Daughters and sons-in-law-Patricia and Mitchell Lee and Lisa and Wade Ferguson, all of Friendsville; Grandchildren-Charles Gibson, Christie Gibson, Ashley Arwood, Tyler Ferguson and Serena Lee; Mother-Iva Lee Arwood of Sweetwater; Brother and sister-in-law-Jimmy and Linda Arwood of Sweetwater; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Janet and Wayne Harp of Kingston; Yvonne and James Jenkins; Carolyn and James Seymour and Cathy Burdett, all of Sweetwater; Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many close friends. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Smith Mortuary with Pastor Tim Bradshaw and Pastor Ralph Lee officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Louisville Cemetery. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.

11-11-2003

James Roderick Bledsoe
Died: 12-06-2003 James Roderick Bledsoe (Dec. 6, 2003) James Roderick (Shorty) Bledsoe, of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, at East Tennessee Health Care in Madisonville after a lengthy illness. He was a retired lineman from TVA and was a member of the IBEW Local #175 in Chattanooga. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army who fought in five major campaigns and received the Bronze Star. He was a former member of the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge. He was 78. Preceded in death by: his parents, Roderick Z. Bledsoe and Bertle Bledsoe Ingle; stepfather, Virgle Ingle; and grandson, Jamie Atkins. Survivors include:wife of 57 years-Huttie Colquitt Bledsoe of Sweetwater; Daughters and sons-in-law: Vivian and Gerald Atkins of Etowah; Jean and Dana Tilley and Janice and Jerry Ingram, all of Niota; Son and daughter-in-law-James (Pappy) and Rhonda Bledsoe of Sweetwater; Grandchildren and spouses- Christy and Derek McCosh, Eric and Cindy Atkins, John and Rita Packett, Laura Helms and fiancť Jason Brown, Matthew Tilley and fiance Jenny Vinson, Joy and Kevin Thompson, Jeremy and Gale Ingram, Emily Bledsoe and Lacie Bledsoe; Five great-grandchildren-Austin Coleman, Ivy, Sophie, and Levi McCosh, and Isaac Atkins. Brothers and spouses-W.O. and Evelyn Bledsoe of Maryville; Clyde and Ellen Bledsoe of Vero Beach, Fla.; Freddie and Barbara Bledsoe of Lenoir City; and Leonard and Betty Bledsoe of Kokomo, Ind.; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Kykerís Chapel with the Revs. Bill Dawson, Larry Orr and R.L. Davis officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Tuesday in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park, with military honors provided by the Sweetwater Gold Star Post 5156. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Kyker Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
Blane Reed Kilby
Died: 12-06-2003 Blane Reed Kilby (Dec. 6, 2003) Blane Reed Kilby of Tellico Plains, passed away at 9:05 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at his home. He was a well-known community contractor. He was of the Baptist faith. He was 51. Preceded in death by: brothers, Bruce and Steve Kilby. Survivors include: wife of five years-Sandy Kilby; Daughter-Geneva (Tootie) Kilby of Madisonville; Son-Jeffrey Kilby of Tellico Plains; Stepdaughter and spouse-Corrine and David Freeman of Cleveland; Stepsons-Daryl Gibson of Chattanooga; and Michael Peels of Tellico Plains; Grandchildren-Trey Kilby of Madisonville; and Lily Freeman of Cleveland; Parents-Wilburn and Hester Kilby of Tellico Plains; Sisters-Pamela Rookard of Etowah; Joan Whitehead of Englewood; and Dee Dee Shephard of Arkansas; Special nephew-Eric Kilby of Tellico Plains; Several other nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Buster Lindner and Jerry Ervin officiating. Interment was in Rural Vale Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth Calhoun
Died: 12-05-2003 Mary Elizabeth Calhoun (Dec. 5, 2003) Mary Elizabeth Calhoun of Madisonville, passed away at 5:25 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville, where she was an active member of the W.M.U. She was 82. Preceded in death by: parents, Lawrence and Annie Hicks; one grandson; and sister, Gena Mae Hooper. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Tommy Calhoun and Creed and Glenda Calhoun, all of Madisonville; and Carl and Ann Calhoun of Sweetwater; Seven grandchildren; Ten great-grandchildren; Brothers-Bill Hicks of Madisonville; and Charles Hicks of Seymour; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Sunday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Monday, in West View Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Burl E. Bivens
Died: 12-05-2003 Burl E. Bivens (Dec. 5, 2003) Burl E. Bivens of Tellico Plains, passed away at 1:40 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at his home. He was a member of Ball Play Tabernacle Church and was retired from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. He was 67. Preceded in death by: parents, Earnest M. and Cora Ann Williams Bivens; and sister, Jewel Dean Presley Survivors include: wife-Ollie Jenkins Bivens; Son and daughter-in-law-Rev. Mike and Deborah Bivens; Grandsons-Christopher and Jeremy Bivens, all of Tellico Plains; Sisters-Alene Campbell of Loudon; and Marita Hollingshead of Tellico Plains; Brothers-Reese, Rev. J.C., Rev. Walter Harold, Eldon, James and W.F. Bivens, all of Tellico Plains; Charles and Avery Bivens of Knoxville; Aaron Bivens of Jefferson City; Rev. Jarvis Bivens of Vonore; Earl Bivens of Madisonville; and Bruce Bivens of Loudon; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Sunday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Mike Bivens, Jarvis Bivens and Walter Harold Bivens officiating. Interment was in Ball Play Tabernacle Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Goldie Faye Watson Morgan
Died: 12-05-2003 Goldie Faye Watson Morgan (Dec. 5, 2003) Goldie Faye Watson Morgan of Madisonville, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, at UT Medical Center. She was 66. Survivors include: husband-Paul L. Morgan; Daughter-Rita Akins; Sons-Anthony Lynn West and Curtis Millsaps; Grandchildren-Keith Akins, Eric Millsaps and Cameron West; Great-grandson-Tyler Akins, all of Madisonville; Sisters-Bulah Mae Sneed of Chattanooga; Marilla (Sis) Rogers, Edna Watson and Bobbie Watson, all of Madisonville; Brothers-Troy Watson of Columbus, Ga.; R.P., J.C. and David Watson, all of Madisonville; Floyd Watson of Englewood; and Albert Watson of Chattanooga; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Watson officiating. Interment was 1 p.m., Tuesday, in Chestua Methodist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
David Michael St. Clair
Died: 12-05-2003 David Michael St. Clair (Dec. 5, 2003) David Michael St. Clair of Reliance, passed away suddenly at 6:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5. He was 40. Survivors include: wife of 11 years-Karen Martin St. Clair; Daughter-Kayla St. Clair of Benton; Son-Kody St. Clair of Reliance; Parents-Virginia and John Dunn of Toledo, Ohio; Father-Stanley St. Clair of Monroe, Mich.; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Joe and Penny St. Clair of Dayton, Ohio; Mark and Bridgette St. Clair of Port Clinton, Ohio; Paul and Nicole St. Clair of Sandusky, Ohio; and Christopher and Tara Dunn of Port Clinton; Several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Vernon and John M. Dunn officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the surviving family. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
Reba Curtis Hunt
Died: 12-04-2003 Reba Hunt Curtis (Dec. 4, 2003) Reba Hunt Curtis, a resident of East Tennessee Healthcare, formerly of Vonore, passed away at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 87. Preceded in death by: former husband, Garrett Curtis; son, Tony Curtis; and parents, William and Bessie Hunt. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Barbara and Ronald McCammon of Vonore; Sons and daughter-in-law-Robert G. Curtis and James R. and Lucy Curtis, all of Madisonville; Grandchildren-Bobbie Dmitrovich of Munster, Ind.; Sharon Hinton of Floydada, Texas; Dawn Curtis and James R. Curtis Jr. of Madisonville; and Kelly Wheeler of Vonore; Four great-grandchildren; Special friend-Mary Watson of Madisonville. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Self officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Sunday, in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Grady L. Welch
Died: 12-03-2003 Grady L. Welch (Dec. 3, 2003) Grady L. Welch of Rockford, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church and was a Navy veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was 72. Preceded in death by: parents, William S. and Maude Campbell Welch; sisters-Velma and Hazel; and brothers-Greg and Lloyd; Survivors-wife of 51 years-Ruth Dailey Welch; Daughter and son-in-law-Sandra and Carlis Hitson of Rockford; Daughter-Diane Welch of Rockford; Sons and daughters-in-law-Randy and Susan Welch of Rockford; and Jeff and Edith Welch of Maryville; Grandchildren-Angela Hitson and husband, David Adkins; Anthony Hitson, Shanna Stover and husband, Rick; Tasha Dunaway and husband, Michael; Scott Welch and Josh Welch; Great-granddaughter-Abra Coning; Sisters-Nona Welch, Garnet Rose and Ruby Patton, all of Maryville; Christine Hall of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews; Special friends-Helen Crisp and Jimmy Jones of Maryville; and Dub Hitson of Rockford; and numerous other friends. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at Miller Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Vittatoe and Rev. Billy Moore officiating. Family and friends met at 11 a.m., Saturday, for the interment at Clarkís Grove Cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.
Beulah (Sis) Harris Hamilton
Died: 12-02-2003 Beulah Harris Hamilton (Dec. 2, 2003) Beulah (Sis) Harris Hamilton of Tellico Plains, passed away at 3:12 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was of the Church of God faith. She was 68. Preceded in death by: father, Hoyt Harris; and sister, Betty Harris. Survivors include: husband-Kope Hamilton; Mother-Laura Beavers Harris of Tellico Plains; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Shirley and J.B. Kirkland and Annis and Ronald Kirkland, all of Tellico Plains; and Margaret and Gary Bohannon of Athens; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Howard and Louise Harris, Luther and Bertha Harris and Benny and Vickey Harris, all of Tellico Plains; and Norman and Carolyn Harris of Cleveland; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 7:30 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Paul Fritts officiating. Interment will be 1 p.m., Friday, in Tellico Plains City Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Burkett L. Holcomb
Died: 12-02-2003 Rev. Burkett L. Holcomb (Dec. 2, 2003) Rev. Burkett L. Holcomb of Maryville, formerly of Monroe County, passed away at 6:50 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at his home, after a lengthy illness with cancer. He was a member of Old Piney Grove Baptist Church and pastured several Baptist churches in Monroe County. He was also a member of Unaka Masonic Lodge #651 in Tellico Plains. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum Co. after 28 years, and was a member of the 25-year Club. He was 76. Preceded in death by: parents, Dora and Della Holcomb; sister, Ada Hooper; and brothers, Clarence, Chance, Grant and Brin Holcomb. Survivors include: wife of 51 years-Bobbie Williams Holcomb; Daughters and son-in-law-Vonda and Darrell Bain of Athens; and Sandra Holcomb of Maryville; Son and best friend-Roger Holcomb; Grandchildren-Cassandra and Christopher Buchanan of Maryville; and Crystal Bain of Athens; Special nephew-Blake Hooper of Tellico Plains; Several other nieces and nephews; Special friends-Junior Adams, Bruce Bivens and Roy Wilson, all of Maryville. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Buster Lindner and Billy Bain officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Friday, in Eleazar Cemetery. Masonic service was 7:45 p.m., Thursday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements

11-28-2003

Ruth L. Taylor

Died: 11-25-2003 Ruth L. Taylor (Nov. 25, 2003) Ruth L. Taylor of Madisonville, went to be with her Lord at 5:50 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, at UT Medical Center. She was a member of South Madisonville Baptist Church, serving in various capacities during her lifetime. She was a retired school teacher with the Monroe County School System, after 38 years. She was 80. Preceded in death by: parents, Randell L. and Gertie White Taylor; sister, Janie Leming Russell; an infant sister, Susie; and an infant brother. Survivors include: sisters, Blanche Kilby, Bessie Leming, Dawsie Clowers and Betty Miller, all of Madisonville; Lorene Axley of Sweetwater; Brothers-John R. Taylor of Madisonville; and M.F. Taylor of Milford, Ohio; Several nieces and nephews and an extended church family. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Friday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Dwayne Leming and Bill Dixon officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Saturday, in Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Rev. Rick Harris will officiate. Memorials may be made to South Madisonville Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Margaret L.Duckett Chessher

Died: 11-25-2003 Margaret L. Duckett Chessher (Nov. 25, 2003) Margaret L. Duckett Chessher, of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 25.. She was 76. Preceded in death by her husband: Willard L. Chessher; parents, Dall and Lillie Beavers Duckett; and brother, Robert Moore. Survivors include: sisters-Dorothy True and Beatrice Pitcock, all of Madisonville; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Raymond and Wanda Duckett, Ronnie and Christine Duckett, all of Sweetwater Nieces-Diane Bohannon, Terry Berggren, Tammy Smith, Gail Sexton, Penny Hall, Sandra Morgan; Nephews-Richard and Jeffrey True, Danny and Dale Duckett, Bobby, Larry and Raymond Moore; Aunts-Maggie Goodman and Frances Goines; Several Cousins. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m., in Kykerís Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Pettitt officiating. Interment to follow in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth L. Taylor

Died: 11-25-2003 Ruth L. Taylor (Nov. 25, 2003) Ruth L. Taylor of Madisonville, went to be with her Lord at 5:50 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, at UT Medical Center. She was a member of South Madisonville Baptist Church, serving in various capacities during her lifetime. She was a retired school teacher with the Monroe County School System, after 38 years. She was 80. Preceded in death by: parents, Randell L. and Gertie White Taylor; sister, Janie Leming Russell; an infant sister, Susie; and an infant brother. Survivors include: sisters, Blanche Kilby, Bessie Leming, Dawsie Clowers and Betty Miller, all of Madisonville; Lorene Axley of Sweetwater; Brothers-John R. Taylor of Madisonville; and M.F. Taylor of Milford, Ohio; Several nieces and nephews and an extended church family. Funeral services will be 8 p.m., Friday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Dwayne Leming and Bill Dixon officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m., Saturday, in Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Rev. Rick Harris will officiate. Memorials may be made to South Madisonville Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Josie Mae Hodge Hunt

Died: 11-25-2003 Josie Mae Hodge Hunt (Nov. 25, 2003) Josie Mae Hodge Hunt of Maryville, formerly of Greenback, passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 25, at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Vonore. She was 97. Preceded in death by: husband, James E. Hunt; son, Cornelius Hunt; daughter and son-in-law, Elma Ruth and Loyd Ward; parents, Anderson and Addie Hodge; and sisters, Alice Hunt, Bertha Tyler and Nettie Martin. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Gilis and Beulah Hunt of Maryville; Daughter-in-law-Marie Hunt of Maryville; Son and daughter-in-law-Ricky and Kathy Burchfield of Sevierville; Grandchildren-Curtis Hunt and wife, Debbie, Larry Hunt, Karen Runyon and husband, Jimmy, Jimmy Hunt and wife, Dion, Kathy Hunt, David Hunt and wife, Beth; Fourteen great-grandchildren; Six great-great-grandchildren; Special friends-Mrs. Everett Lowe and Nona Belle Williams; Several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to all the workers and nurses at Colonial Hills Nursing Home for their special love and care these past few years. Funeral services were 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Miller Funeral Home, with the Rev Tommy Self officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m., Friday, at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Vonore for the interment. Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.

Marty A. Miller

Died: 11-24-2003 Marty A. Miller (Nov. 24, 2003) Marty A. Miller of Athens, passed away at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24, at Life Care Center in Athens. He was of the Baptist faith and was a well-known carpenter in Monroe County. He was 43. Preceded in death by: sister, Robin Kile Price; brother, Kelly Frank Kile; and grandparents, John M. and Anna Lynn Miller. Survivors include: mother-Phyllis Miller Kile of Knoxville; Sisters and brother-in-law-Tammy and Eddie Mull and Tina and Scott Anderson, all of Niota; Brothers and sister-in-law-David and Teresa Kile of Sweetwater; Mark Kile and Travis Kile, both of Niota; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Tuesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Caloway Nichols and Jamie Johnson officiating. Interment will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, in Westview Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Lee Price

Died: 11-24-2003 Dorothy Lee Price (Nov. 24, 2003) Dorothy Lee Price of Sweetwater, born May 23, 1920, died at her residence during the evening of Nov. 24. Dorothy was a missionary employed by the National Division of the Board of Missions of the United Methodist Church. She served for four years in Maryland, Arizona and Texas, before retiring in 1973 and returning home to Sweetwater. Upon her return, she continued her Christian service to her church and community. She provided these services in many ways including outreach, leadership, services for First United Methodist Church and for Girl Scouting in the Tanasi Council. Dorothy has received many awards and honors for her selfless services to many. The Tanasi Council of Girl Scouts has created the Dorothy Price Diversity Award and a scholarship has been established in her name at Hiwassee College, to name a few. She was also awarded her pin for 60 years of service to Girl Scouts. Preceded in death by: parents, Fred and Sammie Bellamy Price; and brother, Norman L. Price. Survivors include: sister, Velma Dunsmore of Powell; Sister-in-law-Margaret Price; Niece-Connie Price of Signal Mountain; Nephews-Jack L. Price of Signal Mountain; and Michael L. Lillard of Douglasville, Ga. Family and friends will gather at Westview Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, for an 11 a.m. committal service, followed by a Celebration of Life service at Sweetwater First United Methodist Church, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Carl Oaks officiating. The family will receive friends at the church, following the service. In lieu of flowers, persons who wish to make donations to honor Dorothy, are encouraged to support her scholarship fund at Hiwassee College, her church or the Tanasi Council of the Girl Scouts. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Lee Roderick

Died: 11-24-2003 Jerry Lee Roderick (Nov. 24, 2003) Jerry Lee Roderick of Athens, died Monday, Nov. 24, at his residence in Athens. A native and resident of McMinn County all of his life, he was a mechanic and worked for By-Pass Motors in Athens. He was of the Baptist faith. He was 55. Preceded in death by: father, William Roderick and; sister, Bernice Sneed. Survivors include: wife of 31 years-Jill Roderick of Athens; Daughters and son-in-law-Penny and Harold Stafford of Athens; and Pamela Melton of Etowah; Mother-Thelma Cook Roderick of Athens; Brother and sister-in-law-Daryle Carolyn Roderick of Athens; Sister-Dean Cline of Athens; Special aunt and uncle-Buck and Diane Roderick of Hodgkins, Ill.; Four grandchildren; Special grandson-Tyler Roderick; One great-grandchild; Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Pearman, Rev. Gary King, Rev. Harold Stafford Sr. Pallbearers will be John Webb, Johnny Curtis, Jackie Baker, Ron Bullard, Bill Loftis and Charlie Brown. Entombment will be at McMinn Memory Gardens following the service. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to McMinn Area Cancer Relief Fund at: Attn: Lisa Stewart, P.O. Box 352, Athens, TN 37371-0352 or Bradley Hospice, 174 24th St. NW, Cleveland, TN 37311. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.

Mary Snow Margrave

Died: 11-22-2003 Mary Snow Margrave (Nov. 22, 2003) Mary Snow Margrave of Ten Mile, formerly of Madisonville, passed away at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Ray and Ada Henderson. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Ten Mile. She was 79. Preceded in death by: brother, Clarence Henderson. Survivors include: husband-Frank Lee Margrave; Daughters and son-in-law-Janice Schaefler of Washington; and Georgene and Paul Bond of Columbus, Ohio; Sons and daughter-in-law-Jerry and Mary Ann Cagle of Ten Mile; and George Schaefler of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Eleven grandchildren; Several great-grandchildren; Sisters-Bertie Howell of Sweetwater; Reba Mitchell of Chattanooga; Carrie Lee Kile of Sweetwater; and Jean Merrell of Ten Mile; Several nieces and nephews; Stepchildren-Stephen Margrave of Sisters, Ore.; Lee Margrave of New Plymouth, Idaho; and Beth Stanley of Modesto, Calif. Graveside service and interment was 3 p.m., Tuesday, in Madisonville City Cemetery, with the Rev. Greg McCosh officiating. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Dellie Elizabeth Harris

Died: 11-22-2003 Dellie Elizabeth Harris (Nov. 22, 2003) Dellie Elizabeth Harris of Madisonville, passed away at 1:57 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, at Parkwest Hospital. She was born Dec. 20, 1917 to the late Winston Lynn and Ida Mae Whiteside. She was of the Baptist faith and was a lifetime member of the D.A.V. She was 85. Preceded in death by: husband, Jake Harris; granddaughter, Sharon Roberts; brothers, Onley and Harrison Lynn; and son-in-law, Beecher Pete Roberts. Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law-Wilma Jean Roberts of Barberton, Ohio; Betty and Roy Hicks and Maxine Harris of Loudon; Linda Gail and Mike Smith of Athens; and Judy and Joe Blackwell of Springfield; Sons and daughters-in-law-Clarence and Lola Harris and Steven C. and Brenda Harris of Madisonville; and Stanley and Gail Harris of Tellico Plains; Granddaughters-Barbara Roberts of Barberton; Mary Beth Smith of Athens; Laura Howell of Alabama; Katie, Mary and Rachael Howell of Loudon; and Tessa Blackwell Cherry of Springfield; Grandsons-Jerry, Gary and Larry Roberts of Barberton; Chris and Brett Harris of Madisonville; Jake and Andrew Harris of Tellico Plains; and Scott Blackwell of Springfield; Eight great-grandchildren; Sister-Bertha Chapman of Madisonville; Brother-Virgil Lynn of Louisville. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Harold Bivens and Frank Chapman officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Tuesday, in Hardshell Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

Loreta Lamb Hudson

Died: 11-22-2003 Loreta Lamb Hudson (Nov. 22, 2003) Loreta Lamb Hudson, of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22. She was a member of Sweetwater First United Methodist Church and a retired teacher with the Sweetwater City School System. She was 89. Preceded in death by-her husband, Clyde C. Hudson. Survivors include-son and daughter-in-law-Jim and Nancy Hudson of Madisonville; Granddaughters and spouse-Sandy Rusinek of Knoxville; Amy and Shane Clark, of Cleveland; Great-grandchildren-Jordan Rusinek, Weslee Clark and Macey Clark. Funeral services were 7 p.m., Sunday, in Kykerís Chapel with the Rev. Carl Oakes officiating. Interment was 11 a.m. CST, Monday in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dunlap.The family requests that gifts be made to the Sweetwater First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 501 Church St. Sweetwater, TN 37874. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of the arrangements.

William Sr. Allen Martin

Died: 11-21-2003 William Allen Martin Sr. (Nov. 21, 2003) William Allen Martin Sr., a lifelong resident of Benton, having recently moved to Linsdale, Tenn., passed away Friday evening, Nov. 21, at Bradley Memorial Hospital. He was 64. Preceded in death by: granddaughter, Jennifer Lee Guthrie; and mother, LouElla Prock Martin. Survivors include: wife of 39 1/2 years-Vesta Lee Martin; Daughter and son-in-law-Sharon M. Guthrie and Robert T. Sholtz Jr. of Cleveland; Sons and daughters-in-law-William Allen Jr. (Junior) and wife, Ann Martin of Tellico Plains; and Norman and Alina Martin of Cleveland; Granddaughters-Jessica, Amanda and Megan Martin; Grandson-Kevin Guthrie and wife, Jessica; Great-grandson-Ryan Guthrie; Also known as Papaw Allen to-Adrianne, Alex and Coby Martin and Shelby Shultz; Father-Joe Martin; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Nancy and Bud Lee, Loulla Mae and Bud Rymer and Wanda Martin; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Harlan and Brenda Martin and Marlin and Betty Martin; and Basil and Helen Martin of Tellico Plains; Mother-in-law-Bessie Carney Lee of Benton; Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law-Leonard and Mary Lee of Benton; Jim and Millie Wright of Ripley, Miss.; Willie and Marchie Cain of Englewood; and John Henson of Benton; Beloved aunt-Maudie Martin of Springtown; Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of loving friends including special friends-Adam Goforth and Rebecca Darnell, both of Linsdale. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Monday, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, with the Revs. Buster Lindner, Bobby Rymer and Vernon Webb officiating. Interment was in Norwood Hill House of Prayer Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

Delia Welch Millsaps

Died: 11-21-2003 Delia Welch Millsaps (Nov. 21, 2003) Delia Welch Millsaps, a resident of Fairpark Health Care Center, formerly of Vonore, passed away at 2:47 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the Center. She was a member of Howards Chapel Baptist Church. She was 90. Preceded in death by: daughter, Carolyn Ann Millsaps; parents, Tom and Elvira Welch; grandson, David Millsaps; seven sisters; and three brothers. Survivors include: daughter-Sue Flake; Son and daughter-in-law-Marvin (Bud) and Mary Millsaps; Grandchildren-Ricky and Janet Flake, all of Vonore; Jennifer Terry of Tellico Plains; and Alice Tyler of Madisonville; Nine great-grandchildren; Two great-great-grandchildren; Funeral services were 8 p.m., Sunday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel, with the Revs. Alvin Patton and Ralph Patton officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Monday, in Citico Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Edith Self Young

Died: 11-20-2003 Edith Self Young (Nov. 20, 2003) Edith Self Young, a lifelong resident of Monroe County, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 20, 2003, at her residence. She was a member of Tevis Springs Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday School teacher and a member of the WMU. She was 88. Preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Young, son John Roy Self, and stepson James Ray Young. Survivors include daughters - Cordelia Young Wilson of Powell, Shirley Young Thomas of Madisonville, Mary Faye Young Bragg of Maryville; Sons and daughters-in-law - Ralph and Denise Young of Speedwell, Carra (Slick) and Jdy Young of Madisonville, Carl and Terry Young of Maryville, Floyd Young of Madisonville, Pera Lee Young of Knoxville; Stepson - Charles Young of Shelton, Wash.; Seventeen grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and Nephew - Wilburn Self of Texas. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Tallent Chapel with funeral services following at 8 p.m. Rev. Joe Torbett and Rev. Dennis Atkins will officiate. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Oak Grove Friends Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Blount County Hospice. Tallent Funeral Home , Madisonville is in charge of arrangements.

Maura A. Dotson

Died: 11-19-2003 Maura A. Dotson (Nov. 19, 2003) Maura A. Dotson of Sweetwater, lost her battle with cancer after nine months on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Brown Intermediate School. She was 11. Preceded in death by her grandfather, Red Bivens. Surviors include - mother and stepfather Laura and Adam Hall, father and stepmother: Michael and April Bivens; Stepbrothers - Justin Hall, Shawn Roberts; Half-sister - Baily Bivens; Grandparents - Linda and John Moser, Randy and Connie Dotson, Sue Hall, Tracy Goodman, Dennis Hall, Patty King, Susie and Chuck Wayman; Aunts and Uncles - Mandy and Nikki Moser, Steve and Angie Dotson, Nick Hensley, Jaimey Macon, Brandon Reed, Brian Hall, Buffy Hall, Stephen Bivens, Nikki Bivens. Cousins include: Breyonna Moser, Za Macon, Tay Bivens; Godparents - Nathan Bowers, Mike Wright, Jeff Powell; and Godbrother - Chris Powell. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kyker Funeral Home in Sweetwater. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Kykerís Chapel with Rev. Jerre Guthrie officiating. Interment will follow in the Cedar Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of the arrangements.

Brooke LeeAnn Geagley

Died: 11-19-2003 Brooke LeeAnn Geagley (Nov. 19, 2003) Brooke LeeAnn Geagley, infant daughter of Michael David and Sarah Elizabeth (Beth) Payne Geagley of Madisonville, passed away at 4:35 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, at UT Medical Center. She was born on Nov. 1. Survivors include: parents; Grandparents-Julie and David Pearson of Madisonville; Jimmy and Judy Ball of Sweetwater; Ed and Peggy Geagley of Lenoir City; and Steve and Vickie Payne of Sevierville; Great-grandmothers-Mable Geagley of Loudon; Carol Ferguson of New Market; and Cora Pearson of Madisonville; Several other relatives and friends. Funeral was 7:30 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Murrell Geagley officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Friday, in New Bethel Cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville

Gordon Edward Harrill

Died: 11-18-2003 Gordon Edward Harrill (Nov. 18, 20030 Gordon Edward Harrill, "Fast Eddie" of Madisonville, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 18, at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a self-employed car dealer. He was of the Baptist faith. He was 55. Preceded in death by: parents, Gordon and Thelda Cross Harrill. Survivors include: wife-Judy Harrill; Daughters-April Garrett and Inchantra Robertson; Sons and daughter-in-law-Kevin and Felecia Harrill, Brent Harrill, Jeremi Smith, Dustin Reed and Andy Bowers; Grandchildren-Lindsey Harrill, Racquella Garrett, Zachary Robertson, Brayden and Kyran Harrill and Logan Birchfield, all of Madisonville; Sister-Joy Bowers of Dalton, Ga.; Brother and sister-in-law-Tommy Joe and Mary Harrill of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel. Interment will be in Chestua Methodist Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

James M. Sutton

Died: 11-17-2003 James M. Sutton (Nov. 17, 2003) James M. Sutton, of Sweetwater, passed away on Monday, Nov. 17. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was 85. Survivors include: wife of 61 years-Iva Lou Neloms Sutton; Sister and brother-in-law-Faye and Jerry Boruff, all of Sweetwater; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday at 2 p.m., in Kykerís Chapel with Rev. Verlin Self and Rev. Charles Cassady officiating. Interment followed in the Sweetwater Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Reba B. Garren

Died: 11-17-2003 Reba B. Garren (Nov. 17, 2003) Reba B. Garren of Tellico Plains, passed away at 8:42 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home. She was a member of Oak Grove Friends Church. She was 92. Preceded in death by: husband, Leslie Garren; son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Joe Garren; son-in-law, Gene Tate; parents, Feddie and Sarah Bivens Best. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Margaret Tate of Tellico Plains; Ulene and Amos Harris of Madisonville; and Sue and Denton Bookout of Englewood; Sons and daughters-in-law-Bobby and Linda Garren of Tellico Plains; Ray and Barbara Garren of Loudon; and Larry and Wendy Garren of Etowah; Grandchildren and spouses-Gail and Stan Harris of Tellico Plains; Cherie and Pat Schroeder of Maryville; Keith and Audrey Garren of Madisonville; Jason and Brenda Garren of Tellico Plains; Eddie Garren of Jonesboro, Ga.; Shannon, Jeremy, and Ginger Garren, all of Vonore; Step-grandchildren-Alisha Bookout of Englewood; Keith Bookout and Randy Russell of Madisonville; Ashley and Jared Proffit of Etowah; Ryan Kimmel of Utah; Vicki Melvin and Stacey Pugh of Nashville; and Joel Lanfair of Sarasota, Fla.; Thirteen great-grandchildren; Special sister-in-law-Katherine Garren; Special cousin-Minnie Simpson; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Gale Miller and B.J. Wall officiating. Interment will be in Notchey Creek Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

Rosa Lea Nance Kyker

Died: 11-15-2003 Rosa Lea Nance Kyker (Nov. 15, 2003) Rosa Lea Nance Kyker, of Philadelphia, passed away at her residence on Saturday, Nov. 15. She was 87. Preceded in death by: her parents, Lon Terrell and Dona Mae Grubb Nance; two brothers, Ralph and L.T. Nance. Survivors include: husband of 61 years-William Franklin Kyker, of Philadelphia; Daughters and sons-in-laws-Sandra and Bob Russell of Maysville, Ky.; Nancy and Curtis Watson of Madisonville; Son and daughter-in-law-W.F. and Paula Kyker of Calhoun; Five grandchildren; Two great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Kykerís Chapel with Rev. Anderson McCulley officiating. Interment was 10 a.m., Tuesday in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater in charge of the arrangements.

William S. Smith

Died: 11-14-2003 William S. Smith (Nov. 14, 2003) William S. Smith of Strawberry Plains, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, at his home. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Strawberry Plains. He is a retired Air Force veteran and also a retired Postal Service employee. He was 62 Preceded in death by: father, Willie Smith. Survivors include: wife-Mary E. Smith of Strawberry Plains; Daughter-Katina Roy of Cleveland; Sons and wives-Ronald and Michelle Smith of Georgia; Randall and Mary Smith of Sweetwater; Eight grandchildren; Mother-Florence Smith of Sweetwater; Sister and husband-Nancy and Ross Hicks of Clarksville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, at First Baptist Church of Strawberry Plains, with the Rev. Mike Boatfield and Rev. Bill Sikes officiating. Interment followed at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with military honors by Volunteer State Hall of Honor Guard. Arrangements by Fielden Funeral Home, New Market

12-03-2003

Frances Irene Bruce Flammer
Died: 12-01-2003 Frances Irene Bruce Flammer (Dec. 1, 2003) Frances Irene Bruce Flammer of Morristown, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, at a nursing home in Morristown. She was 86. Preceded in death by: husband, Richard Flammer; parents, Willis and Rosa Bruce; and sister, Bonnie Lingerfelt. Survivors include: sister- Flossie Cansler of Cleveland; Brothers-Willis, Robert and Julius Bruce. The body was taken to Akron, Ohio, where she was a resident for many years. Services will be Thursday, Dec. 4 with burial on Friday.
Lillian Youse Messenger
Died: 11-29-2003 Lillian Youse Messenger (Nov. 29, 2003) Lillian Youse Messenger, a native Baxter Springs, Kan., died Nov. 29, at her home in Santa Monica, Calif, after a brief illness. She was born in Baxter Springs on March 11, 1907, to Minnie Frances and Oliver Morton Youse. Although she lived more than 50 years in Santa Monica, she remained a member of the First United Methodist Church, and Chapter BT PEO Sisterhood of Baxter Springs. She was a graduate of Baxter Springs High School, and received her associates of arts degree from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., and her bachelor of arts from University of Kansas, Lawrence. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She frequently visited the Jones family and friends in Sweetwater. Preceded in death by: beloved brothers, Clare, Lloyd and Arthur Youse; niece, Marilyn Robinson; and her devoted Clifton M. Jones. Survivors include: nieces-Madolyn Babcock (Mrs. Edmund P.) of Minneapolis; and Gretchen Rein of Lenexa, Kan.; Many great-nieces and nephews including: Susan Kinman (Mrs. Mark), Carl Junction; Barbara Robinson, Joplin, Mo., and Wesley Robinson, Baxter Springs. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1310 East Avenue, Baxter Springs at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, with a reception following at the family home of Madolyn Y. Babcock 532 East 12th St.
Boyd Howard Burris
Died: 11-28-2003 Boyd Howard Burris (Nov. 28, 2003) Boyd Howard Burris of Tellico Plains, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, at Blount Memorial Transitional Care Center. He was a member of Center Presbyterian Church and was a well-known Monroe County farmer. He was employed by Burris Pulpwood for 39 years. He was the son of the late James D. and Ella Burris. He was 92. Preceded in death by: wife, Merle McSpadden Burris; sisters, Mamie Fox, Arminda Burris and Louie Blair; brothers, Lloyd and William O. Burris Sr.; niece, Bobbie Heidel; and nephew, J.D. Burris. Survivors include: nieces-Ellen Jane Wear of Rockford; Jean McQueen of Maryville; Ruth Ellen Lee of Lavonia, Ga.; Jena Hancock of Knoxville; Judy Lee of Madisonville; and Sue Warren of Tellico Plains; Nephews-James Blair of Tellico Plains; W.O. Burris Jr. of Alcoa; and Tom Burris of Madisonville; Several great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Monday, at Center Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. William R. Childress officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Center Presbyterian Church building fund. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
Juanita Ethel Taylor Dalton
Died: 11-27-2003 Juanita Ethel Taylor Dalton (Nov. 27, 2003) Juanita Ethel Taylor Dalton of Coker Creek Community in Tellico Plains, went to be with the Lord Thursday morning, Nov. 27, at Woods Memorial Hospital. She attended Altoona Baptist Church. She loved to cook and spend time with her family. She was 76. Preceded in death by: daughter, Phyllis Dalton; son, Gary Dalton; parents, Hylard and Clara Taylor; and brother, Lonas Taylor. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law-Eddie and Pat Dalton of Brunswick, Maine; Douglas D. and Gail Dalton and Alan and Tina Dalton, all of Coker Creek; and David and Mary Dalton of Kingsport; Eleven grandchildren; Three great-grandchildren; Sister-Lola Taylor of Tellico Plains; Brother and sister-in-law-Charles and Jean Taylor of Kingston; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, in Altoona Baptist Church with the Revs. Gale Miller, Donnie Houston and Mike Tate officiating. Interment will be in Epperson Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Martha Jane Lynn Peels
Died: 11-27-2003 Martha Jane Lynn Peels (Nov. 27, 2003) Martha Jane Lynn Peels of Coker Creek Community, Tellico Plains, passed away at 8:53 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 27, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Towee Falls Baptist Church. She was 56. Preceded in death by: parents, Ed and Mildred Lynn; and brother, Bill Lynn. Survivors include: husband-John Peels; Daughter-Johnanna Peels; Sons and daughter-in-law-Michael Peels and Jonathan Peels, both of Tellico Plains; and Mitch and Wendi Peels of Athens; Grandsons-Matthew and Joshua Peels of Tellico Plains; Sisters-Ruth Nix and Mae Akins of Tellico Plains; and Sally Harris of Madisonville; Brother-James Lynn of Tellico Plains Special niece-Faye Shaw of Knoxville; Special nephews-Gary Lynn of Knoxville; and Richard Lynn of Cleveland, Ohio; Several other nieces and nephews; Great-nephew-Christopher Shaw. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Russell Jones and Rev. Bob Morgan officiating. Interment will be in Towee Falls Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Sunday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Martha Alice Rasar
Died: 11-26-2003 Martha Alice Rasar (Nov. 26, 2003) Martha Alice Rasar of Madisonville, formerly of Lenoir City and Steger, Ill., passed away at 5:15 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, at UT Medical Center. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in South Chicago Heights, Ill. She was 68. Survivors include: husband-Bill Rasar; Daughters and son-in-law-Debbie and Greg Lay of Park Forest, Ill.; and PFC Cindy Rasar of Madisonville; Son and daughter-in-law-Jack and Sandy Rasar of Chicago Heights; Grandchildren-Melissa and Michael Rowe and Katherine L. Rasar. Graveside service and interment was 10 a.m., Saturday, in Loudon County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 900 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Ernest Jr. E. Isbell
Died: 11-26-2003 Ernest E. Isbell Jr. (Nov. 26, 2003) Ernest E. Isbell Jr. of Nashville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Grace Church of the Nazarene in Nashville. He was a kind and giving person with a great sense of humor. He will leave behind many family members, friends and coworkers who will miss him deeply. He was 43. Preceded in death by: father, Ernest E. Isbell Sr. Survivors include: mother-Margaret Isbell of Sweetwater; Brother and sister-in-law-Frank M. and Tracy Isbell of Mt. Juliet; Niece and nephews-Lauren, Jordan and Landon Isbell, all of Mt. Juliet. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Kykerís Chapel with the Rev. Dennie Moore of Fairview Tabernacle Baptist Church and Pastor Ball of Grace Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Sunday, in Sweetwater Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.

12-14-2003

Bill L. Freeman
Died: 12-11-2003 Bill L. Freeman (Dec. 11, 2003) Bill L. (Little Bill) Freeman of Madisonville, passed away at 5 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at Loudon Health Care Center. He was 71. Preceded in death by: parents, Burt and Mary Stephens Freeman; brother, Leonard Freeman. Survivors include: guardians-Donnie and Carol Bookout of Madisonville; Special friends-Rev. David Watson of Lenoir City; Vaughn McDaniel, Joyce and Dino Medina, J.T. and Bobby Croft, all of Madisonville; and the church family at New Bethel Church of God. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Saturday, at New Bethel Church of God with the Rev. David Watson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements
Myrtle H. Roberts
Died: 12-09-2003 Myrtle H. Roberts (Dec. 9, 2003) Myrtle H. Roberts of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sweetwater. She was 90. Preceded in death by: husband, Paul Roberts; daughter, Barbara Shell; granddaughter, Amy Shell; grandson, Adam Shell and parents, William and Nannie Holland. Survivors include: son-Joseph Eugene Roberts; Grandson- Scott Shell; Brother-Riley Holland of Chattanooga. Graveside service and interment was 12:30 p.m.,in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Carl Oaks officiating. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of the arrangements.

12-18-2003

Bobby Ray Carter
Died: 12-16-2003 Bobby Ray Carter (Dec. 16, 2003) Bobby Ray Carter of Madisonville, passed away at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was 51. Preceded in death by: parents, John D. and Laura Lu Stemmey Carter; sister, Vina Lu Carter; brothers, Larry Dean Carter and Don Carter. Survivors include: daughter-Janet Rose Creamer of Ooltewah; Grandchildren-Angel, Allan and Robert Raper and Joshua Creamer; Sisters-Minnie Pearl Jenkins and Jearlean Harris; Brothers- Jim Carter and Elmer Carter, all of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, at Hopewell Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Ronnie Maxwell, Von Millsaps and Troy Tallent officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Dewey Wesley Lankford
Died: 12-16-2003 Dewey Wesley Lankford (Dec. 16, 2003) Dewey Wesley Lankford of Madisonville, passed away at 2:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was a member of Boyd Memorial Church of God in Athens and retired from Athens Stove Works. He was 89. Preceded in death: wife of 62 years, Rosa Mae Lankford; mother, Mary Lankford McKee; daughters, Mary Maxine Bookout and Lena Mae Costner; and granddaughter, Kathy Costner; great-grandsons, Tracy Griffin and Chadwick Bookout; brothers, Rankin and John McKee. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Janette and Vaughn McDaniel of Englewood; Hazel and Floyd Shaffer of Madisonville; and Barbara and the Rev. Jackie Wakefield of Tellico Plains; Sons and daughters-in-law-Billy and Gerri Lankford of Taylor, Mich.; Dewey E. and Connie Lankford and the Rev. Ollie T. and Wanda Lankford, all of Madisonville; Thirty-one grandchildren; Thirty-four great-grandchildren; Fourteen great-great-grandchildren; Sisters-Hazel Blizzard of Texas; Mildred Cole of Florida; and Relia Cantrell of Knoxville; Brothers-George and Jim McKee of Georgia; and Harmon McKee of Arizona; A host of nieces and nephews and his family of caregivers of Sweetwater Nursing Center. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Hoyt Watson and Burl Harris officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Cammie Sr. Kyle Hutchison
Died: 12-15-2003 Cammie Kyle Hutchison Sr. (Dec. 15, 2003) Cammie Kyle Hutchison Sr. of Tellico Plains, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was 81. Preceded in death by: wife, Irene Hutchison; sons, Kyle and Douglas Hutchison. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Bratch and Tracie Hutchison of Tellico Plains; Grandchildren-Samantha, Brandy, Travis, Bart, Chris and Doug Hutchison and April Fairbanks; Four great-grandchildren; Stepdaughters and spouses-Joyce and Charles Gourley and Ann and Carson West, all of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, at Epperson Presbyterian Cemetery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
Austin Sr. R. Williams
Died: 12-14-2003 Austin R. Williams Sr. (Dec. 14, 2003) Austin R. Williams Sr. of Tellico Plains, passed away at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was a member of Rafter Friends Church. He was 91. Survivors include: wife-Mildred Marie Taylor Williams; Daughter and son-in-law-Faye and John Quilty, Dalton, Ga.; Sons and daughters-in-law-Gary and Terrie Williams of Tellico Plains; and Austin Jr. and Lorene Williams of Madisonville; Grandchildren and spouses-Chris and Jessica Williams and Kevin Williams of Tellico Plains; Amy Williams of Knoxville; Kathy and Mark Kruger of Watkinsville, Ga.; Audie and Sherry Holloway of Knoxville; and Terry and Rhonda Holloway of Atlanta; Great-grandchildren-Zachery Williams, Alex Dearing, Madison Dearing, Samantha Kruger, Audra Holloway and Riley Holloway; Sister-Verl Huskey of Knoxville; Brother-Lester Williams of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Gerald Lynn and Kenneth Watson officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Tuesday, in Unicoi Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.
Debbie Ann Gentry Shirk
Died: 12-14-2003 Debbie Ann Gentry Shirk (Dec. 14, 2003) Debbie Ann Gentry Shirk of Maryville, formerly of Monroe County, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, at her home. She was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church. She was 46. Preceded in death by: daughter, Inga Allison Shirk; parents, Harvey and Gertie Gentry. Survivors include: sisters and brothers-in-law-Lorene and Elbert Russell of Sweetwater; Linda and Jimmy Yates of Greenback; Sue and Willie Williams of Vonore; and Jena Myers of Madisonville; Brother and sister-in-law-Jody and Tracy Gentry of Madisonville; Half-sisters and half-brothers-Louise Fannin of Nashville; Melvin Cook of Madisonville; and Shirley Dailey and Charles Cook, both of Maryville; Very best friends-Tricia Mills of Maryville; and Linda Harris of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Tuesday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Russ Cooper and Steve Tuck officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Ruth Yarnell Watson
Died: 12-12-2003 Margaret Ruth Yarnell Watson (Dec. 12, 2003) Margaret Ruth Yarnell Watson of Vonore, passed away at 9:10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 12, at UT Medical Center. She was a member of Ebenezer Ball Play Baptist Church. She was 80. Preceded in death by: husband, Dewey McKinley Watson Sr.; parents, Oliver and Elizabeth Yarnell; granddaughter, Loretta Ruth Millsaps; sister, Emogene; brothers, James, George Jr. and Ervin. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Blanche and Gene McCarroll and Alice Sandefur, all of Knoxville; Ruth and Richard Millsaps of Vonore; and Lisa and Darrell Bivens of Tellico Plains; Sons and daughters-in-law-Earl and Jean Watson and Dewey Jr. and Jewell Watson, all of Knoxville; David and Trish Watson of Riceville; and Dexter and Wilma Watson of Vonore; Twenty grandchildren; Twenty-seven great-grandchildren; One great-great-grandson; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Lillian Morris of Indiana; Lucy and Jim Setzer and Jane and Freels Scates, all of Knoxville; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Charlie and Mary Ruth Yarnell and Bobby and Linda Yarnell, all of Knoxville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Allen Watson officiating. Interment was in Big Toqua Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

12-28-2003

Beulah McKee Lynn
Died: 12-26-2003 Beulah McKee Lynn (Dec. 26, 2003) Beulah McKee Lynn of Loudon, died Friday, Dec. 26, at Loudon Health Care Center. She was 94. Preceded in death by: husband, Fonzo (Babe) Lynn; parents, Bob and Josie Malone McKee; brothers, Denver, Jim, Ray and Bill; and infant daughter, Louise. Survivors include: children and spouses-June and Kenneth Brown of Vonore; Alma Lou and Andy Smallen of Loudon; Larry and Joyce Lynn of Sweetwater; Six grandchildren; Fourteen great-grandchildren; Five great-great-grandchildren; Brother and sisters-in-law-Joe and Bernice McKee of Maryville; Sister-Minnie Long of Cleveland; Sisters-in-law-Ada McKee of Vonore; Willie Lou McKee of Madisonville; Ruby McKee of Cleveland; and Opal McKee of Lenoir City; Nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Madisonville. The Rev. Jeff Silvey will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Loudon Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Louise Wilson
Died: 12-25-2003 Virginia Louise Wilson (Dec. 25, 2003) Virginia Louise (Jena) Wilson of Madisonville, passed away at 6:15 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 25, at her home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville, where she had served in the nursery for many years. She was 72. Preceded in death by: parents, Thomas and Dorothy Lee Wilson; and brothers, Oswen, Paul, Joe and Harry Wilson. Survivors include: husband of 41 years-Jimmy E. Wilson; Sons and daughters-in-law-R. Brian Tallent, Steven and Jan Tallent and Scott Wilson, all of Madisonville; and Mark and Barbara Wilson of Knoxville; Grandchildren-Julie, Jill, Joe and Gini Tallent, all of Madisonville; and Allan and Carol Ann Wilson of Knoxville; Sisters-Margaret Hunt of Tallahassee, Fla.; Pat Kowalski and Mary OíDell of Dearborn, Mich.; and Betty Cheeks of Tellico Plains; Brother-Robert Wilson of Maryville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 3 p.m., Saturday, at First Baptist Church of Madisonville, with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. Interment was in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Boys & Girls Club or the First Baptist Church Nursery. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Daisy Marie Bivens Cottrell
Died: 12-24-2003 Daisy Marie Bivens Cottrell (Dec. 24, 2003) Daisy Marie Bivens Cottrell of Madisonville, passed away at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 69. Preceded in death by: sister, Della Cline; brothers, Phillip and William Bivens. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Jeanette and Fred Lane of Maryville; Son and daughter-in-law-Roger and Bertha Bivens of Tellico Plains; Four grandchildren; Four great-grandchildren; Sisters-Dorothy Watkins of Asheville, N.C.; Tina Cline of Vonore; Betty Orr of Seymour; and Fannie Young of Ball Play; Brothers-Allen Bivens of Knoxville; and Bill John Bivens of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Friday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel, with the Rev. Walter Harold Bivens officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Saturday, in Antioch Baptist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Clara J. Mustin
Died: 12-23-2003 Clara J. Mustin (Dec. 23, 2003) Clara J. Mustin of Sweetwater, formerly of Blount County, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the family home. She was 64. Preceded in death by: husband, Gene Mustin; parents, Joe T. and Nancy Tipton Correll; brothers, Kenneth, Clarence and Lester Correll; and sister, Dora Bell. Survivors include: children-Toni Atchley of Madisonville; Anne Palmer of Sweetwater; Marty Mustin of South Carolina; John Mustin of Ohio; and Kyle Mustin of Loudon; Eleven grandchildren; Two great-grandchildren; Sister-Glenda Correll of Sweetwater; Brother-Butch Correll of Sweetwater; Several nieces and nephews and many special friends. At the request of the deceased, the body was cremated and the family will hold a private graveside service at Calderwood Cemetery in Tallassee, at a later date. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Maryville.
Harold E. Beckman
Died: 12-22-2003 Harold E. Beckman (Dec. 22, 2003) Harold E. Beckman (Jim) passed away Monday, Dec. 22, at Wood Village in Sweetwater. He was born Feb. 16, 1917 in Deerfield, Ill., the son of the late George L. and Lucy Beckman. He was a proud veteran of World War II and was decorated for his service in the Guadalcanal and Northern Solomon Campaigns. He and other family members owned and operated Holstein Dairy Farms in Illinois and Wisconsin before moving to Vonore in 1961. There they owned and operated a Holstein Dairy Farm known as Beckman Brothers Farm. Jim was dedicated to the dairy industry and to the dairy youth of the State of Tennessee. For many years he worked not only on the Monroe County 4-H Dairy Show Circuit, but for the State Junior Dairy Herds as well. In 1973, he was honored by the Tennessee Junior Holstein Program for his "Outstanding Contribution" to their program. He was 86. Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Robert and Richard Beckman; nephews, D.G. and Big Jim; and several aunts and uncles. Survivors include: nephew-Terry Beckman; Wife-Linda of Prospect Heights, Ill.; Nieces-Margie Grennan and husband, Asa of West Plains, Mo.; Barbara Beckman, widow of nephew, Jim Beckman of Evansville, Ind.; Special family friend-Becky Chester of Sweetwater; Numerous grand and great-grand-nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be 2:30 p.m., Friday, at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Joe Caldwell officiating with military honors provided by Sweetwater VFW Post 5156. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monroe County 4-H Clubs. Family will receive friends from 1:30-2:15 p.m., Friday, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.
Oda Kirby Mullins
Died: 12-18-2003 Oda Kirby Mullins (Dec. 18, 2003) Oda Kirby Mullins, a resident of Sweetwater Nursing Center, formerly of Madisonville, passed away at 8:20 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at the center. She was a member of Little Tellico Baptist Church and a former 40-year member of Big Creek Baptist Church. She was 89. Preceded in death by: husband, Horace Lee Mullins; son, Arlin Mullins; mother and stepfather, Ida Lee and Charlie Patterson; brother, Charles Patterson Jr.; stepsisters, Tava Mason, Nicie Giles, Maude Mason and Eva and Blanche Brannon; stepbrothers, Roy, Ralph and Okley Patterson. Survivors include: grandson-Ricky Mullins; Great-grandson-Daniel Mullins; Daughter-in-law-Geneva Mullins, all of Sweetwater; Sister-Alice Ervin of Madisonville; Brother-Amos Patterson of Loudon; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Saturday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Gale Miller officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m., Sunday, in Big Creek Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.