Miscellaneous Tennessee Obituaries
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Southern Standard March 11, 1949
Hillis, James Robert
James Robert Hillis, 67, died at his home in the 11th district, Tuesday,
March 1, after a lingering illness.  Funeral services were held at the
Smyrna Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with John W.
High officiating. Burial was in the Smyrna cemetery. Mr. Hillis was a
native of Warren county, the son of Marion Hillis and Hallie Yager Hillis.
He was born November 3, 1881. Surviving are two sons, Marion Hillis of
McMinnville, and William Hillis, Trousdale; one daughter, Mrs. Ernest
Mitchell, Oak Grove,one sister, Mrs. Haley Martin and one brother, Rome
Hillis, Van Buren county. Arrangements were by High Funeral Home.

Smartt, Cpl. Kenneth
Southern Standard March 25, 1949
Soldier's Rites Held at Shiloh
Military funeral rites for Cpl. Kenneth Smartt, who was killed in France in
August 1944, were held here yesterday afternoon, after his body was
returned from overseas under the War Department re-burial program. The
funeral rites were held at the Shiloh Methodist church at 2 o'clock with
John W. High officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh cemetery.  The military
services were under the direction of the Legion-VFW burial squad.
Cpl. Smartt, son of H. J. and Hallie Green Smartt, enlisted in the service
on October 16, 1941 and trained at Camp Croft, S.C. and Ft. Custer, Mich.
He was later stationed at Indiantown Gap, Pa., and sailed from New York
City for Iceland in Decemeber 1941. The deceased serviceman is survived by
his parents; one brother, Cpl. Paul Smartt, now stationed at Fort Hamilton,
N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Roberts and Miss Alice Smartt.  High's were
in charge of burial arrangements.

Blanks, Mrs. Bethiah Bell
Southern Standard March 25, 1949
Rites Tuesday For Mrs. Blanks, 61
Mrs. Bethiah Bell Blanks, wife of Robert Blanks, first district farmer,
died at her home in West Riverside Monday morning at 5 o'clock. She was 67
years of age, and had been ill for shortly over a week.  Funeral services
were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Liberty Cumberland
Presbyterian church. Rev. W. H. Craven of Whitwell, officiated with burial
in Mt. View cemetery.  Mrs. Banks was a Warren county native, born July 18,
1887.  She was a daughter of W. A. Bell and Nannie Gibbs Bell.  Besides her
husband, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs.  Nannie Lee Thaxton and Mrs.
R. D. Pendleton; and four brothers, Frank, Fred, John and Joe Bell all of

Wheeler, J. E.
Southern Standard April 1, 1949
J.E. Wheeler Succumbs In Shreveport, La.
James E. Wheeler, 82-year-old Warren county native, died at his home in
Shreveport, La., Saturday, March 12, following an illness of several
months. Funeral services and burial were in Shreveport. A son of A. D. and
Mary Northcutt Wheeler, the deceased left Warren county when a young man,
going first to Texas and later moving to Shreveport where he made his home.
He was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are three sons,
Clarence, Edward and Tom Wheeler and one daughter, Mrs. Fannie Hendricks,
all of Shreveport, and three sisters, Mrs. James Sparks of Chicago, Ill.,
Mrs. Clarence Hunter of Aurora, Ill, and Mrs. Fannie Martin of Alatamont.

Southern Standard April 15, 1949
Drake Rites Held In Oklahoma City
The funeral services and burial of Tom G. Drake, prominent Oklahoma City,
Okla. Attorney who died last Wednesday morning after an illness of several
months, were held Friday in Oklahoma City. He was 57. Mr. Drake, a native
of Van Buren county, resided at 1408 Drexel in Oklahoma City. He was a
member of the Church of Christ, Knights of Pythias, the Fraternal order of
Eagles, the American Legion, a Mason and a veteran of World War I. Active
in civic life and Political affairs, the deceased was one of the Democratic
presidential electors from Oklahoma in 1924 and 1948 and was chosen as
chairman of electors. He was a member of the state and county bar
associations also.  Mr. Drake went to Oklahoma in 1916 after graduating
from Cumberland University, Lebanon.  He was married to Miss Clata Ray
Bouldin on August 10, 1922 and was at first an attorney for the Maryland
Casualty Company. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. Anna Bell Moffitt; a son, Tom R. Drake, both of Oklahoma City two
sisters, Mrs. I. S. Barnes, Whitwell, and Mrs. S.W. Holland, Oklahoma City,
and a brother, W. B. Drake of Campaign.

Southern Standard April 15, 1949
Tom G. Drake, Brother Of Local Man, Dies
Tom G. Drake, 57, former Tennessean and a brother of W.B. Drake of
Campaign, died at the Polyclinic Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on
April. He had been in ill health for several months. Burial was in
Oklahoma. Active in civic and political affairs. Drake was a graduate of
the Cumberland Law School, Lebanon. He went to Oklahoma shortly after his
graduation and had been engaged in the practice of law there since that
time. The deceased was a member of the Church of Christ and several civic
and veteran organizations.  Survivors, other than the brother in Campaign,
are his wife, the former Miss Clata Ray Bouldin; a daughter, Mrs. Anna Bell
Moffitt, and a son, Tom R. Drake, all of Oklahoma City, and two sisters,
Mrs. S.W. Holland of Oklahoma and Mrs. I. S. Barnes Whitwell.

Obits from Morgan County News, 2/15/2001

BOWLING, HAZEL, 64, Wartburg, passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001. She
was of the baptist faith.  She was preceded in death by her parents,
Walter and Sadie Sampsel; and sons Donnie and Jerry Bowling.  She is
survived by daugthters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Anthony Robinson of
Wartburg, Connie and Ronald Finks of Gainsville, Ga., and Debra and Carl
Smith of Wartburg; son and daughter-in-law Glen and Connie Bowling of
Sunbright: 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brother and
sister-in-law Henry and Bertha Sampsel of Oliver Springs; and a host of
other relatives and friends. Burial in Adcock Cemetery, Coalfield,
[Morgan County News]

PRESSLEY, BILLY RAY, 59, Lancing, born March 25, 1941, formerly of
Lancaster, S. C., passed away Sunday Feb. 4, 2001 in his home in
Lancing.  He was preceded in death by Mary Francis Stevens; parents
William J. Pressley and Maggie Steele Pressley and his brother Richard
Pressley.  He is survived by his wife Janice Marie Johnson Pressley;
children Billly Gene Pressley of Homestead, Fla., Cathy Pressley Hegler
of Lancaster; Tanya Marie Taylor of Princeton, Fla., Anthony Brian
Pressley of Lancing and Cynthia Jessica Pressley of Lancing; six
grandchildren, Sondra Kay Pressley, Sabrina Brittany Presslely, Dustin
Ray Hegler, Joseph Ray Hegler, Raylee Angel Hegler and Justin Lee
Taylor; two brothers, J. W. Pressley of North Carolina and Al Smith
Pressley of Lancaster; seven sisters, Nannie Lee Parker of Waxhaw, N.
C., Minnie Howard of Jacksonville, Fla., Helen and James Edwards of
Pageland, S. C., Louise Neal, Rebecca Mackey, Laura and Frank Funderburk
and Shirley and Red Stevens, all of Lancaster.  Burial was in the Hawn
Cemetery, Lancing.  [Morgan County News]

CLINE, EDWARD, 80, LaFollette, formerly of Morgan County, passed away
Feb. 8, 2001.  He was of the Baptist faith.  He was preceded in death by
his parents William and Rose Bayless Cline; brother, James Cline;
sister, Dovie Cline; and step-son Michael Wayne Longmire.  He is
survived by his wife Alice Faye Chatman Cline of LaFollette;
step-children, Terry Longmire of Kansas, Kathy Cumming of Florida and
Jeff and James Longmire of LaFollette: and eight step-children.  Burial
in Liberty Church Cemetery.  [Morgan County News]

GRIFFIN, ROBERT L., 76, Lake Worth, Fla., passed away Jan. 21, 2001.  He
was born in Sunbright.  He was preceded in death by his parents John and
Martha Griffin. Mr. Griffin was a devoted husband, father and
grandfather.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Griffin of Lake
Worth, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law Tilford and Robin Griffin of Lake
Worth, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and David Garcia of Euless,
Texas; grandson Brett Robert Williams of Euless, Texas; sister Thelma
Smollon of Lake Worth, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.  Interment
in Sunbright Cemetery. [Morgan County News]

McFALL, ISOLINE, 92, Kentucky, widow of Earl Thomas McFall, with whom
she was married for 70 years, died in her residence on Saturday, Feb. 3,
2001.  She was a retired seamstress from Irvine Air Chute Co.  Born in
Lancing, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Granville and Josie
Webb Howard and a member of Porter Memorial Baptist Church.  In addition
to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter,
Ruby McFall Schmidt; two sons, Bobby Eugene McFall and Donald Richard
McFall; sisters Effie Human, Rena Hickman and Helen McCoy; and brothers
Marley, Odum, Guy, Agbert, Herbert and J. C. Howard.  She is survived by
a daughters, Norma Jean Wiley of Lexington, Ky., one sister, Evelyn
Mayes of Crossville; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren;
sisters-in-law Wanda Eisenbise of Kingsport, Dixie Howard of Oliver
Springs and Lovell Howard of Lancing; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Lexington Cemetery.  [Morgan County News]