Miscellaneous Cocke County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Nellie Strange Hance 
Died: 11/23/1999
Nellie Strange Hance, 85, of Newport, died Monday morning after a lengthy illness. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clabe Hance; and parents, Wade and Hattie Strange. 
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Glenn (Bud) and Jeanette Hance of Newport; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Raymond Hall of Newport and Carolyn (Pal) and Ken Odell of Newport; brother, Edd (Popeye) Strange of Newport; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Byron Chambers and Rev. John Brown officiating, with interment following in the Rankin Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening. 
Manes Funeral Home, 363 East Main Street, Newport, is in charge of arrangements. 

Francis Albert Kinney 
Died: 11/23/1999
Mr. Francis Albert Kinney, age 84, of Cosby and formerly of Port Huron, Michigan, passed away Friday, November 19, at his daughter’s residence. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Bert Kinney and mother, Mildred F. Kinney; and brother, Joseph E. Kinney. 
He was a veteran of WWII and a member of Smith’s Creek Masonic Lodge. 
He is survived by his wife, Elda, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Karl Lewanski, of Cosby; sisters, Ruth Heaslip, of Marysville, Michigan and Mary Tippie, of Port Huron, Michigan; brother and sister-in-law, Donald (Elanor) Kinney, of Port Huron, Michigan; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Eric and Tobey Lewanski, of Dandridge; grandson and Fiance, Matthew Lewanski and Wendy Walker, of Talbott; grandson, Brett Lewanski, of Cosby; great-grandson, Dakota Lewanski, of Dandridge; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mae (Ray) Middleton, of Clyde, Michigan and Luciel (John) Middleton, of Vale, Michigan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald (Eve) Weston, of Kimball, Michigan. 
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m., Sunday, November 21, prior to the service at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home. 
The funeral will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Costner-Maloy Funeral Chapel with Rev. Rick Carr officiating. Interment will be in Shiloh Memorial Cemetery. 
Costner-Maloy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

J. L. Valentine 
Died: 12/01/1999
J.L. Valentine, age 65, of Newport, passed away Sunday morning, November 28, at Baptist Hospital of Knoxville. 
Mr. Valentine was employed as the grounds maintenance foreman at Union Cemetery for approximately 35 years. “J.L. had dug many a grave for a lot of loved ones and now we are laying him to rest.” 
Mr. Valentine was of the Baptist faith. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilberry and Ollie Valentine and son, John Eugene Valentine. 
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Valentine, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, J.L. Valentine Jr. and Amanda, of Newport and Will Lee Valentine and Anna, of Newport; daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy Patterson and Burl, of New Market and Cathy Whitt and Joday, of Rutledge; daughter, Margie Valentine, of Newport; sisters, Joann Valentine Stuart, of Newport, Edna Valentine, of Cosby, Vearl Valentine, of Gatlinburg, Geraldine Valentine, of Cosby, and Eleanor Valentine Jenkins, of Cosby; brothers, Kyle Valentine, of Cosby and Newell Valentine, of Newport; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends, Tuesday, November 30, from 6 until 9 p.m. at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home. 
The funeral will be Wednesday, December 1, at 3 p.m. at Costner-Maloy Funeral Chapel with Rev. James Suggs and Rev. L.A. Hayes officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery. 
Honorary pallbearers are the board members of Union Cemetery. 
Costner-Maloy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James E. Williams 
Died: 12/06/1999
James E. Williams, 60, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, died suddenly Wednesday at his home of an apparent heart attack. 
He was born in Newport. 
He had been a resident of North Ridgeville, Ohio, since 1981, moving from Cleveland, Ohio. 
He was a tour bus driver for Lakefront Lines, Cleveland, Ohio, for 11 years until retiring in 1997. 
He was a graduate of Cocke County High School in Cocke County. 
He loved to garden and enjoyed golfing, fishing and camping at Holiday Camp Lands in Andover, Ohio. 
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Tracy Williams; his parents, Fred and Jane Williams; one sister, Evelyn Collins; and two brothers, Jack and Larry Williams. 
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Karen (nee Brooks); three daughters, Lori Sizemore of Sevierville, Janice Browning of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and Jodi Williams of Columbia Station, Ohio; one son, Tom Fowler of North Ridgeville, Ohio; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Chuck Williams of Springfield, Ohio, and Jerry Williams of Newport. 
The family will receive friends on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio. 
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday in the funeral home. Reverend Kevin Crow, pastor of Harvest Ridge Assembly of God, will officiate. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Ohio. 
Memorials contributions may be made to North Ridgeville Community Care, 6287 Lear Nagle Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039. 
David Bogner Family Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, Ohio, is in charge. 

Gladys Myrtle Denton 
Died: 12/07/1999
Gladys Myrtle (Norris) Denton, 94, died Sunday afternoon, December 5, at her home on Yellow Springs Road after several years of declining health. 
Born December 17, 1904, she was a daughter and the last surviving child of James Bennett and Effie (Lillard) Norris. Her siblings were Hugh, Arden, and Bernard Norris and Mary Zula (Norris) Shults. The Norris home stood on the Bogard Road. 
As a youngster, she received her education at the old Wilson and Bogard Schools. It was during this time that she acquired the nickname “Priss” and in later years, she was known to her family lovingly as “Mom Priss.” 
In 1924, she married Jefferson Caywood Denton, who preceded her in death in 1950. Although theirs was a May-December match, they enjoyed many years together and lavished their love and attention on their many nieces and nephews. 
After the Dentons had no children of their own, they adopted a niece. Following Mr. Denton’s death, a nephew, the late Dave Shults, came to live with Mrs. Denton and her daughter. 
As long as Mrs. Denton’s health permitted, she continued to oversee the operations of the Denton farm, a fertile tract of land whose ownership by the Dentons dates to the earliest days of this county. 
She was known throughout the community as a gracious hostess and a superb cook. Through the years, hundreds of people graced her dinner table. Included in these guests was the late Gov. Frank Clement, who was running for his first term as Tennessee’s governor at the time. 
Mrs. Denton especially enjoyed raising and sharing many beautiful flowers. She was also an expert quilter who designed her own patterns. Many of her creations were displayed at the Newport-Cocke County Museum in the early 1980s. It brought great sorrow to her when many of these quilts were lost to a fire which consumed the old Denton home in January, 1990. 
A faithful member of Jenkins Chapel United Methodist Church, she supported it with her attendance and generosity for many years. When frail health prevented her from attending services, she enjoyed the visits of those who came to her home. 
Mrs. Denton is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Howard and Evelyn Hawk of the home; and nieces, Mrs. Jack (Miriam) Keener, Cosby; Mrs. Dean (Mary) Henry, Chattanooga; Mrs. Kermit (Eula) Cooper and Mrs. Alvin (Maggie) Suttles, Kingsport, and Mrs. Ernest (Beulah) Wilds, Knoxville. 
Surviving nephews include Duke and Don Shults, Cosby; James Shults, Abilene, Texas; Jack Duane Norris, Parrottsville; and Warren Denton, Newport. 
Many great-nieces and great-nephews and their families also survive. During the last few years, Mrs. Denton received the tender love and care from the staff of House Call Home Health Care and from Juanita Bradley, a special friend. Other special friends include the families of Lawrence and Glennie Stinnett, Bob and Polly Murrell, Warren and Marilyn Bryant, Eugene and Brenda Arrowood, Kaye Jinks, and Janet Davis. 
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Manes Funeral Home. Funeral services, under the direction of Mrs. Denton’s great-nephew, Steve Shults, will follow. He will be assisted by Rev. Howard Hawk. 
Music for the service will be provided by Mrs. Denton’s great-niece, Kay (Keener) O’Neil. 
Interment will follow on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Jenkins Chapel Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eugene Arrowood, Warren Bryant, Tim Keller, Joe Lindsey, Duay O’Neil, and Bill Titus. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Muriel Marie Hill 
Died: 12/07/1999
Muriel Marie Hill, 75, of Newport, died Sunday, December 5, at the Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Arnold Lamb; sons, Marty Hill and Roger Beck; and also three sisters. 
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Emeitt Santiago of Newport; grandchildren and their spouses, Regina and Scott Freeman of Newport, and Michelle and Kenneth Duncan of Newport, and grandson, Randall Crum of Savannah, Georgia; great-grandson, Lucas Duncan of Newport; and special friends, Helen Reed and Melissa Grooms. 
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Williamson and Rev. Randall Freeman officiating, with burial in Antioch Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Manes Funeral Home. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

John David Rathbone 
Died: 12/07/1999
John David “Hobbs” Rathbone, age 36, of Newport, died suddenly Friday at his home. 
He was preceded in death by his father, C.L. Hall; mother Hiawatha Rathbone; and brother, Jerry Dwayne Rathbone. 
He is survived by his brothers, James and Donald Rathbone, of Newport and Roger Rathbone, of Morristown; sisters, Donna Rathbone and Jane Hicks, of Newport; special friend, Patricia Webb, of Newport; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Chapel with interment in the Union Cemetery. 
Family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

Wendell Wilkie Thomas 
Died: 12/07/1999
Wendell Wilkie Thomas, 59, of Dandridge, died Saturday, December 4. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Belle Thomas; mother, Juanita Allen; brothers, McNarie, Lonnie and Louis Thomas; and sister, Patsy Woods. 
He is survived by his daughters, Iva Marcella Thomas of College Park, Georgia, and Rachel Shauntella Thomas of Dandridge; and several nieces and nephews. 
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Simpson officiating, with burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral service at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

Len O Turner 
Died: 12/07/1999
Len O. Turner, born October 2, 1920, of Knoxville, passed away at his home on December 7, 1999, after a lengthy illness. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.C. Turner and Sarah Stokely Turner; and brothers, Herbert and Herman Turner. 
He was a graduate of Cocke County High School. 
He was active in local politics and served on the Cocke County Board of Education for 12 years. 
He was an avid hunter. 
He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the South Pacific. 
He is survived by his wife, Louie Smith Turner; daughters, Sarah Tucker and Mary Lou Gregory, all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Renee and Russell Tucker, Chris Gregory, Lori Baker, and SaraBeth and Kristi Adkins; sisters, Annie Laurie Stewart of Waynesville, North Carolina, Minnie Sue Hixon of Newport, Cora Lou Turner of Johnson City, and Francis Self of Jacksonville, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. 
He will be sadly missed by family and friends. 
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim McKenzie and Rev. Robert Ashley officiating, with burial at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Turner Family Cemetery in Del Rio. 
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Manes Funeral Home. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Selma Legg 
Died: 12/09/1999
Selma Legg, 81, of Talbott, died Thursday, December 9, at Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown. 
She was preceded in death by her son, Carol Legg; and parents, Isaac and Alice Holt. 
She is survived by her husband, Bertho Legg of Talbott; daughters, Trula Clevenger of White Pine, Onnie Buckner of Middle Brook Heights, Ohio, and Loretta Buckner of Brook Park, Ohio; sons, Harold Legg of Cleveland, Ohio, and Charles Legg of Shreve, Ohio; sisters, Stella Gibson and Eutella Yarbrough of Parrottsville, and Nobel Dyke of Bybee; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hill Baptist Church with Rev. John Collins and Rev. Bobby Samples officiating, with burial in Liberty Hill Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Manes Funeral Home. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

Vicie Hensley Ledford 
Died: 12/14/1999
Mrs. Vicie Hensley Ledford, 310 Crosswhite Lane, Erwin, died Sunday, December 12, at her residence. 
Mrs. Ledford was a Greene County native and had lived most of her life in Erwin. 
She was a daughter of the late Elbert H. and Lucinda Norton Hensley. 
Mrs. Ledford was a homemaker. 
She attended Hampton Free Will Baptist Church. 
Other than her parents, Mrs. Ledford was preceded in death by two brothers, Carmon Hensley and Austin Hensley; and three sisters, Donna Fellars, Lillian Norton, and Lola Jennings. 
Survivors include her husband, Hermon Ledford, Erwin; two sons, Larry Ledford, Johnson City, and Timothy Ledford, Gray; two daughters, Pamela Padgett and Rebecca Casey, both of Erwin; one brother, Remon Hensley, Newport; three sisters, Velma Tarlton, Mosheim, Ruth Blevins, Chuckey, and Betty Gorrell, Newport; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Gene Osborne, Reverend J.W. Mann and Reverend Burl Ledford officiated. Music was provided by The Greene Family, The Cook Family and The Hampton Trio. 
Graveside service and interment was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Mountain Home National Cemetery in Mountain Home. Pallbearers were Kyle Holloway, Steve Rainbolt, David Higgins, Richard Carver, Dale Stevens, Bobby Rainbolt, Raymond Ward, and J.D. Calhoun. Dr. L.D. Mullins served as an honorary pallbearer. 
The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and other times at the residence. 
Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, was in charge of the arrangements. 

Claude Curtis Stokely 
Died: 12/14/1999
Claude Curtis Stokely, 79, of Del Rio, passed away Sunday at the Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee in Knoxville. 
He was a member of the Jones Chapel Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Dora Guy Stokely; two sisters; and nine brothers. 
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bonnie Woody Stokely of Del Rio; his son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Carolyn Stokely of Spartanburg, South Carolina; his daughter, Dora Kate Stokely of Del Rio; daughters and sons-in-law, Nellie and Wayne Haney and Wanda Faye and Edward Strange of Del Rio; his sisters, Hester Woody and Eula Mae Wilburn of Del Rio; his brothers, Pete Stokely of Del Rio, Jack Stokely of Morristown, and Paul Stokely of Dandridge; his grandchildren, Cathy Stokely, Freida Butler, Cynthia Jackson, Debra Stokely, Angel Strange, and Rodney, Anthony and Curtis Haney; his great-grandchildren, Rochell Haney, James Lee Owen, and Marrisa and Clark Butler; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Murr and Rev. David Cochron officiating. Interment will be in Jonestown Cemetery. 
The family received friends Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. 
Brown Funeral Home was in charge. 

Bill Clinton Cogdill 
Died: 12/22/1999
Bill Clinton Cogdill, 83, of Newport, departed this life Tuesday evening, December 21. 
Mr. Cogdill was a member of the West End Baptist Church. 
He was a well-known gospel singer and scholar of music. 
He served as register of deeds from 1970 to 1974. He served with distinction in WWII 9th Armor Division 3rd Army under General Patton. He was awarded four Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and three Battle Ribbons during his tour of duty. He also served in the local National Guard. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Lance Corporal Charles Roberts Chapter #102. 
To many people who knew him, he was just “Pop.” 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Hall Cogdill; son, Ronny Cogdill; and grandchild, Carsa G. Cogdill. 
He is survived by son, Billy J. Cogdill of Newport; grandchildren, Jana Raines and Russell and Jason Cogdill; and three great-grandchildren, all of Newport; sisters, Nell, Dee Wasia, Tossie and Ostia, all of Iowa; and special friend, Ethel Huff, of Parrottsville. 
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Manes Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ransom Hall officiating. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery with the Lance Corporal Charles Roberts Chapter #102 D.A.V. in charge. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Pallbearers will be Dean Cogdill, Ronald Lindsey, Mike Barnes, Ron Howell, Gene Livesay, and Jim O’Lear. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

Ira P. Green 
Died: 12/22/1999
Ira P. Green, 62, of Dandridge, passed away December 20 at her residence. She was a homemaker. 
She attended Mullins Chapel Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnie Green; and parents, John Walter and Jennie Shults Gunter. 
Survivors: daughters, Pam Green of the home and Sarah G. Ramsey of Dandridge; four sisters; one brother; granddaughter, Jasmine Simmons; grandsons, Jake Kennedy and Kevin Ramsey, all of Dandridge; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home. 
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, December 23, at Costner-Maloy Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gary Ball officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. 
Costner-Maloy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Margaret Imogene Ramsey 
Died: 12/22/1999
Margaret Imogene Ramsey, 72, of Newport, died at her home on Saturday, December 18. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver Lincoln and Eva Mae Clark Sr.; and her grandson, Michael Rector. 
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Shultz of Newport; brother, O.L. Clark Jr. of Newport; granddaughter, Julia Vansant of Newport; and great-grandchildren, Wesley Rector, Brett Rector and Keegan Vansant, all of Newport. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Cline Franklin officiating, with burial in Union Cemetery. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

Edith Iona Blazer 
Died: 12/29/1999
Edith Iona Blazer, 90, of Parrottsville, passed away Tuesday night at the Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. 
She was a member of Salem Lutheran Memorial Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Estel Blazer; her mother and father, Athan and Ida Smith; and brothers, Seldon and Emory Smith. 
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Bradus and Helen Blazer of Newport, L.V. and Mabel Blazer of Parrottsville, Ray and Margaret Blazer of Parrottsville, Harold and Peggy Blazer of Cosby, Norman Blazer, Randy and Diane Blazer, and Ronnie and Linda Blazer, all of Parrottsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Neda and Castor Ottinger of Parrottsville, Reba Dean and Herbert Rhodes of Burlington, North Carolina, Brenda and Jerry Ellis of Newport, and Patsy Blazer of Parrottsville; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Wanda Mae and William Ottinger of Newport; sister-in-law, Flora Smith of Newport; and several nieces and nephews. 
Services will be at 12 noon Friday at Brown Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Claude Villemaire and Rev. Arthur Willis officiating. Interment will be at Salem Lutheran Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Brown Funeral Home. 
Brown Funeral Home is in charge.

Betty Valentine McMahan 
Died: 01/02/2000
Betty Valentine McMahan, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Sunday, January 2. 
Beloved wife of the late Paul McMahan. 
Dear mother of Linda Roesky, Phil and Donnie McMahan and Eddy Hill; and grandmother of seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Other survivors include brothers, Jim and Harold Valentine; sisters-in-law, Pauline (Peen) Rice and Bonnie Webb; and brother-in-law, Sheridan McMahan. 
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Manes Funeral Chapel, with burial in Union Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Manes Funeral Home. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

Rosebell Rose Blair 
Died: 01/03/2000
Rosebelle (Rose) B. Blair, 82, of Newport, died Monday, January 3, at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. 
She was a veteran of WWII, having served in the United States Marine Corp. 
She is survived by her husband, Frank Blair, of Newport; brother, George Burnham of Massachusetts; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roscoe and Ruth Burnham and Harold and Ethel Burnham, all of Massachusetts, and Frank and Steve Burnham of Nevada; and several nieces and nephews. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 1 p.m. Thursday at Union Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Manes Funeral Home. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge. 

Michael Rainbow De Angelis 
Died: 01/03/2000
Michael (Rainbow) Robert De Angelis, 64, of Newport, passed away Sunday morning at his residence. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Rhoda De Angelis. 
He is survived by his sons, Padric J. McCaig of San Francisco, California, and William D. McCaig of New York City, New York; and a very special friend, Wendy S. McCaig of Newport. 
A memorial service will be held at a later date. 
Brown Funeral Home is in charge.

Sandfort Lynn Southerland 
Died: 01/03/2000
Sanford Lynn Southerland, 94, of Del Rio, died Saturday, January 1, at U.T. Medical Center. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Zula Franklin Southerland; brother, John Southerland; sisters, Lily Southerland Cogburn, Effie Southerland Huff and Frances Southerland Freshour. 
He is survived by his brother, Horace Southerland of Parrottsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue Ella and Jess Hux of Kings Mt., N.C., Hazel and Macon Shelton of Parrottsville, and Ida and Lloyd Cashen of Parrottsville; sister, Juanita Southerland Hux of Parrottsville; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends and caregivers, Jeff, Judy, Emma, Sandra and Oree Cagle, all of Del Rio; and special company every day, Anna Elizabeth Cagle (age 3). 
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Manes Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Cagle and Rev. Ransom Hall officiating. Burial was in Faubian Cemetery. 
Manes Funeral Home was in charge. 

Floyd Anderson Branam 
Died: 01/04/2000
Floyd Anderson Branam, 73, of Newport, passed away Monday at his home. 
Floyd founded Branam Electric Company and operated it for almost 30 years. He ran some type of business since before he was a teenager. By the eighth grade, he had a paper route with 245 customers. He used his savings from the route to purchase the “Friendly Cafe” which later became “Branam’s.” 
Floyd was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944, where he served as an electrician on the YMS 74 Mine Sweeper in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific until 1946. He returned to the restaurant business and spent several years playing for Z Buda’s “All-Stars.” 
Floyd was noted for his athletic ability in baseball, basketball, and football. 
He later worked for American Enka before starting Branam Electric Company. His first contract job was the Newport Utilities Building. He later worked throughout East Tennessee and was honored by an article in Electrical South featuring Alcoa Junior High School. 
Throughout the years, Floyd was active in many businesses. He was a member of the founding board of the Cocke County Banner newspaper, which later consolidated with The Newport Plain Talk. He was one of the developers of Green Acres, English Hills and Dogwood Acres subdivisions. 
During his retirement years, he enjoyed farming, traveling, and restoration and renovation of homes. 
He was a member of First Baptist Church but attended Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in recent years. 
Floyd is survived by his wife, Mary Carlisle Branam; daughters, Jamie Branam Kridler, Julie Branam Tritt (Knoxville), and Sandra Branam Knight (Madison, Indiana); sons-in-law, Thomas Kridler, James Tritt and Marshal Knight; grandchildren, Brittani Audra Kridler, Houston Scott Kridler, Clark Eaton Kridler, Sabrina Morrow Kridler, and Sarah Rebecca Tritt; sisters, Lois Sprouse and Claudia Gray (Thorton, Colorado); and brother, Gene Branam. 
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the East Tennessee State University Foundation, Floyd A. Branam Memorial Endowment, in care of the ETSU Advancement Office, Box 70721, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614. The endowment will provide scholarships for rural students from East Tennessee studying electrical engineering. 
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 5, at Manes Funeral Home with Rev. Marshal A. Knight officiating. 
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 5, at Manes Funeral Home, prior to the funeral service. 
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Union Cemetery. 
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.


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