Miscellaneous Monroe County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Ronald R. Miller
Died: 10/03/1999
Ronald R. Miller (Oct. 3, 1999) Ronald R. Miller of Sweetwater was taken in the arms of angels to meet his Heavenly Father, Oct 3, after a lenghty battle with cancer. He was 57. Preceded in death by: Robert M. and Fannie Miller; brothers, Kenneth, A.C. (Tarzan) and Bryan (Tom) Miller. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Ronda and Nathaniel Greene; Sons and daughter-in-law-Ronald "Reese" Jr. and Sharon L. Miller and Robert Miller, all of Sweetwater; Devoted ex-wife-Frances E. Miller of Sweetwater; Grandchildren-Justin and Tia Greene and Wesley Miller; Sister-Freida Queene of Sweetwater; Brothers-Robert L. (Jack) Miller of Johnson City; and Bill Miller of Florida; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday), in Kykerís Chapel with the Revs. Tim Gray and Mason Strickland officiating. Burial will follow in the Reed Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.

Roy Lester Bivens
Died: 10/03/1999
Roy Lester Bivens (Oct. 3, 1999) Roy Lester Bivens (Tac) of 159 Williams Road, Tellico Plains, passed away at 1:35 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at the home of his daughter, Anna Axley. He was a member of Ball Play Gospel Tabernacle. He was 86. Preceded in death by: wife, Edna Christine Bivens; son, Leonard Blake Bivens; brother, Troy Bivens. Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law-Linda and J.W. Ivens, Mary Davis, Ruby Woods, Anna Axley, Doris Hawkins, Sue Ortiz, all of Tellico Plains; Sons and daughters-in-law-Oscar H. and Janice Bivens, Roy J. and Frances Bivens and David and Betty Bivens, all of Tellico Plains; James A. and Linda Sue Bivens of Vonore; Ricky and Terry Bivens of Walland; 24 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m. Monday with the Revs. J.C. Bivens and Gale Miller officiating. Interment was 11 a.m., Tuesday in Oak Grove Friends Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann Miller Borden
Died: 10/02/1999
Patricia Ann Miller Borden (Oct. 2, 1999) Patricia Ann Miller Borden of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, at Park West Hospital. She was 58. Preceded in death by: husband, Horace G. Borden; parents, Lawrence Miller and Nina Ridge; sister, Marsha Miller Jenkins. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Deede and Doyle Tipton of Vonore; Sherri and Jeff Belcher of Loudon; and Robbie and Mike Williamson of Walland; Grandchildren-Hannah Ruth Tipton, Andy Belcher and Beth and Jennifer Williamson; One niece and one nephew; and special cousins, Jimmy and Bebe Miller of Columbus, Ga. Funeral services were Monday in the Click-Hawkins Chapel, Lenoir City with the Rev. Jon Henson officiating. Graveside services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sweetwater Memory Gardens. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge of arrangements.

Annie Estella Dye Kilpatrick
Died: 10/01/1999
Annie Estella Dye Kilpatrick (Oct. 1, 1999) Annie Estella Dye Kilpatrick of Athens, passed away at Athens Regional Medical Center, Oct. 1. A native of Tellico Plains, she had lived in McMinn County for more than 50 years. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She was 79. Preceded in death by: husband, Thomas Benton Kilpatrick; daughter, Diane Kilpatrick; and parents, Jenis E. and Nancy F. Ferguson. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Harold and Jane Kilpatrick of Niota; Daughter and son-in-law-Cheri and Randy Harrison of Niota; Three grandsons-Greg Kilpatrick and Heath Harrison of Athens; and Adam and wife, Stephanie Kilpatrick, of Cleveland; One granddaughter-Lori Harrison of Athens; One great-granddaughter-Alonna Kilpatrick of Cleveland; One brother-Granville Dye of Crossville; One sister-Edith Murphy of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday at Fairview Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Scallions officiating. Burial was in New Providence Cemetery in Tellico Plains. Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.

James W. Hedrick
Died: 10/01/1999
James W. Hedrick (Oct. 1, 1999) James (Jimmy) W. Hedrick of 220 Pedigo Road, Madisonville, passed away at 1:55 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, after a brief illness, at Baptist Hospital. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and was employed by Monroe County as the Veteran Affairs Officer. He was 59. Preceded in death by: parents, Denver Jay and Bernice Hedrick; brothers, Bud, Bill, Gary and Jack Hedrick. Survivors include: wife, Mary Ann Hedrick; Daughters and sons-in-law-Julie and Wayne Stamey of Douglasville, Ga.; Joy and Mark Futtrell of Madisonville; Grace Marie (Cricket) of Paul Hrabosky of Nashville; Daughter and fiance-Melody Hedrick and Eddie Gonzalez of Vonore; Sons and daughters-in-law-Jim (Bo) Hedrick of Pigeon Forge; Scott and Vicky Hedrick of Hampton, Va.; Denver Jay Hedrick of Madisonville; Grandchildren-Cassandra Hedrick of Hampton, Va.; Michael Stamey of Douglasville, Ga.; Kent Futtrell of Madisonville; J.R. Hedrick of Madisonville; Sisters and brother-in-law-Jane and Chris Eisen of Tipp City, Ohio; Helen Lasek of Baltimore, Md.; Rosie Williamson of Syracuse, N.Y.; Brothers and sisters-in-law-John and Jeannie Hedrick of Troy, Ohio; Dick and Jo Ann Hedrick of Fort Loramie, Ohio; Several nieces and nephews; Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, in Biereley-Hale Chapel with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. Interment was in Big Toqua Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Martin
Died: 09/30/1999
Margaret Martin a resident of East Tenn. Health Care, Madisonville, passed away Thursday, September 30, 1999 at Sweetwater Hospital. 
She was 97. 
Preceded in death by: daughter-Rachael Smelser and son- Joseph Klontz. 
Survivors include: Daughters and sons-in-law- Ruth Lyons, Mary and Clyde Van Pelt, all of Van Meter, Iowa, Karen and Chester Port of Lakewood,Calif; 
Sons and daughters-in-law- Vince and Arlene Gimondo of Vonore, Raymond Gimondo of Athens, Illinios, Micheal Gimondo of Norwalk, Calif.; 
Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services to be conducted by Allen-English Estrada Funeral Service, Bell Gardens, Calif. 
Interment will be Park Lawn Memorial Park, Bell Gardens, Calif. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.

William C. Raper
Died: 09/27/1999
William C. Raper (Sept. 27, 1999) William C. Raper, resident of Etowah Health Care, formerly of Englewood, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, at Woods Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Chestua Methodist Church. He was 97. Preceded in death by: wives, Maude Joines Raper and Martha Nelson Raper; daughters, Francis Smith and Joyce Bradley. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law-Gordon and Aliene Raper of Madisonville; Stepdaughters-Katherine Leamon and Otella Stewart, both of Chattanooga; Four grandchildren; Three step-grandchildren; Sisters-Virgie Morgan of Etowah; Ruth Lacewell of Madisonville; Several nieces and nephews. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday), in Chestua Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Coppinger officiating. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Shannon M. Clayton
Died: 09/25/1999
Shannon M. Clayton (Sept. 25, 1999) Shannon M. Clayton of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. He was an avid softball player. Survivors include: mother and stepfather, Faye and Lloyd Gokey of Sweetwater; Father-Eugene Clayton of Heber Springs, Ark.; Brother-Marshell Johnson of Sweetwater; Sister-Darline Williams of Hartford, Mich.; Four half-brothers; One stepbrother; Two stepsisters; Grandmother-Reba Rogers of Sweetwater; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Tuesday in Kykerís Chapel with the Rev. Casey King officiating. Burial followed in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.

Blanche Thompson
Died: 09/23/1999
Blanche Thompson (Sept. 23, 1999) Blanche Thompson of 122 Avecor Dr., Vonore, passed away at 3 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, at Fort Sanders Loudon Hospital. She was a member of Vonore Baptist Church and was retired from Alcoa Aluminum Co., after 32 years. She was 89. Preceded in death by: husband, Harold B. Thompson; son, Iven Thompson. Survivors include: daughter-Virginia Rose Kimsey; Son-J.B. Thompson, both of Vonore; Nine granddaughters; One grandson; 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Beecher Miller officiating. Interment was 11 a.m. Saturday in Oakland Methodist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Gordon T. Greenwell
Died: 09/23/1999
Rev. Gordon T. Greenwell (Sept. 23, 1999) The Rev. Gordon T. Greenwell of South Knoxville, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Sept. 23. He began his ministry in 1931 at the age of 17 at Robertson Creek Church. The following year, he graduated from Bulls Gap High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Carson-Newman College and later graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Greenwellís first pastorate was at Phillipi (Sunrise Church near Greeneville), and went on to serve the following churches: Mountain Valley Baptist, Whitesburg; Rocky Point Baptist, Russellville; Big Springs Baptist, Elizabethton; First Baptist, Pembroke, Ky.; First Baptist, Cowan; First Baptist, Sweetwater; First Baptist of Fountain City; First Baptist Sevierville; Sevier Heights Baptist, Knoxville, where he retired in 1979. During his retirement, he served as interim pastor at the following churches: Arlington Baptist, Fellowship Baptist, Island Home Baptist, City View Baptist, Meridian Baptist, Beech Springs Baptist and South Knoxville Baptist. Rev. Greenwell was honored to be named Pastor Emeritus at the following churches: Sevier Heights Baptist, Arlington Baptist and Fellowship Baptist. In addition, he volunteered as chaplain at Baptist Hospital. He was 85. Preceded in death by: three sisters and two brothers. Survivors include: wife of 66 years, Geneva Phillips; Daughter and son-in-law Iris and Walter Lingerfelt of Salvador, Brazil; Grandchildren-Marisa of Goshen, Ind.; Lisa of Knoxville; Debra and Erik of Salvador; Great-grandchildren-Rebekah, Sarah, Colin, Ben, Betsy, Jess, Bruno and Kleber. Funeral services will be at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, at Meridian Baptist Church with Revs. Dana Fachman and Paul Adams officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-7:30 p.m., prior to the service at Meridian Baptist Church. Family and friends will meet Friday at Island Home Baptist Church Cemetery for a 10 a.m. interment service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Meridian Baptist Church Missionary Home Fund, 6513 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville, Tenn. 37920. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway.

Odis L. Massey
Died: 09/19/1999
Odis L. Massey (Sept. 19, 1999) Odis L. Massey of Sweetwater, passed away at his home Sept. 19, following a battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 17, 1932 in Pioneer, Tenn. He was a member of the Old Country Church of Sweetwater and was retired from General Motors Willow Run Plant in 1988, after 31 years of service. He also served three years in the Army. He was 67. Preceded in death by: the late George and Ollie Bell Massey. Survivors include: wife, Agnaline Massey; Children-Odis Reed (Carrie) Massey of Ypilanti, Mich.; William Hayse (Lori) Massey of Sweetwater; Cleetis Dale Massey of Florida: Phyllis (Sam) Moran of Ypsilanti; and Lyle Gregory Massey of Adrian, Mich.; Ten grandchildren; Three great-grandchildren; Sisters-Edna (Roy) McKeen of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and Syrenis (J.D.) Chambers of Robbins, Tenn.; Several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends; The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday at West-Murley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Massey Cemetery. West-Murley Funeral Home, Oneida, in charge of arrangements.

Allen N. McLemore
Died: 09/18/1999
Allen N. McLemore, a resident of Loudon Health Care, formerly of Blount County, passed away at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at Loudon Health Care. He was born Jan. 1, 1906 in Monroe County. He was retired from John J. Craig Marble Company. He was 93. Survivors include: daughters-Sue Oliver of Maryville; Wilma Cameron of Loudon; Sandra Pierce of Jacksonville, Fla.; Sons-Rev. Bennie McLemore of Loudon; Wendell McLemore and Dr. Thomas McLemore of Maryville; and Oliver McLemore of Madisonville; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; Sister-Lizzie Thompson of Loudon; Brothers-William and Arthur McLemore of Madisonville; and Early McLemore of Florida; Several nieces and nephews; Funeral services were Monday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with Revs. Jack Palmer and Floyd Oliver officiating. Interment was Tuesday in the McLemore (Soak) Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Timothy Harold White
Died: 09/18/1999
Timothy Harold White (Sept. 18, 1999) Timothy Harold White of Etowah, passed away Sept. 18, at Woods Memorial Hospital. He was of the Christian faith. He was a carpenter and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was 45. Preceded in death by: father, Thomas White; paternal grandparents, Lee Bryan and Nina Tate White; and maternal grandparents, Miller Lee and Bertha Massingale Pemberton. Survivors include: daughter, Heather Hicks of Athens; Sons-Marcus Jiles of Etowah; and Daniel of Englewood; Mother-Martha Nell White of Etowah Brothers-Charles Thomas White of Etowah; Anthony Lee White of Limestone; Grandchildren-Clarissa Biven of Athens; Cody and Casey Johnson of Sweetwater; and Kayley Hicks of Athens; Three nieces and one nephew. Funeral services were Monday in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Pastor Van Sliger and Rev. Jimmy McCarter officiating. Burial was Tuesday at McMinn Memory Garden. Bordwine Funeral Home, Etowah, in charge of arrangements.

Clint Arthur Hawkins
Died: 09/16/1999
Clint Arthur Hawkins of 109 Ellis St., Vonore, passed away at 4:47 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Vonore Baptist Church and a long-time friend and employee of the Ben Clark Farm. He was a retired farmer. He was 96. Preceded in death by: daughter, Jeraline White; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Alma Summitt, Ada Hawkins, Bessie Anderson; brothers, Lloyd and Beeck Hawkins. Survivors include: wife, Ona Mae Summitt Hawkins; Daughters and sons-in-law-Francis and James R. Lane, Betty and Junior Cagle and Roscoe White, all of Vonore; Sons and daughters-in-law-J.R. Hawkins of Vonore; Earl and Edith Hawkins of Maryville; and Jimmy and Linda Hawkins of Madisonville; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; Sister-Margaret Russell of Maryville; Brothers-Floyd and Fout Hawkins of Loudon; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Sunday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Chad Schaffer, Ronnie Lane, Robert D. Moore and Tommy Self officiating. Interment was Monday in Vonore Baptist Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Bill W. Johnson
Died: 09/16/1999
Bill W. Johnson of Coalfield, passed away Thursday, Sept. 16, at his home. He was born June 17, 1914 in Roane County and has lived in this area all his life. He attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Oliver Springs; was a veteran of the Army during World War II; and was retired from Brushy Mountain Prison, as a guard in 1978. He was 85. Preceded in death by: parents, Charlie Brummett and Nora Johnson; brothers, Oscar Johnson, Clarence Johnson, Nathan Johnson and Thomas Brummett. Survivors include: wife of 53 years, Gertrude Hood Johnson of Coalfield; Son and daughter-in-law-David and Pam Johnson of Tellico Plains; Daughter and son-in-law-Linda and Jack Strickland of Coalfield; Grandchildren-David Johnson and wife Raezeane of Kingston; Bill B. Johnson and wife Cynthia of Tellico Plains; Michael Strickland and wife Christie of Rockwood; and Paul Strickland of Coalfield; Step-grandchildren-Russ Parks of Tellico Plains; Great-grandchildren-Brook and Mathew Johnson of Madisonville; Zackary Strickland of Rockwood; Brothers-Frank Brummett and wife Thelma of Alabama; Winfred Brummett and wife, Betty of Michigan; Chris Brummet and wife, Maryann of Ohio; Sisters-Jean Herron of Michigan; Billie Jo Ward of Knoxville; Brothers-in-law-Clyde Hood and wife, Sandy; and Junior Hood and wife, Joyce; Sisters-in-law-Helen Massengale and husband Rube; Juanita Ricker and Rose Brummett of Knoxville; Special niece-Judy Smallen and husband Bo of Loudon; Several other nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 17, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roy Massengale officiating. Burial and graveside services were Saturday, Sept. 18, in Estes Cemetery in Coalfield. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, in charge of arrangements.

Bessie M. Laney
Died: 11/06/1999
Bessie M. Laney of Madisonville, passed away at 9:19 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
She was 89.
Preceded in death by: husband, James Edward Laney; son, Edward J. Laney. Survivors include: daughter-Evelyn Hooper of Madisonville; Son-James W. Laney of Madisonville; Three grandchildren; Four great-grandchildren; Sister-Lura Laney of Cleveland; Brothers-Hansel Ogle of Sevierville; Ray Oglethorpe of Richmond, Va.; Several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., today (Wednesday), at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Revs. Frank Hicks and James Patton officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

John Stephens
Died: 11/08/1999
John Stephens of Manhattan, Kan., died Nov. 6, at his residence. He was born June 21, 1947 in Sweetwater. He graduated high school in Columbia, S.C. and joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He later served for many years in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Stephens later attended Manhattan Area Vocational Technology School and graduated in heating, air conditioning and ventilation in 1972. He worked in the HVAC Shop #75 at Fort Riley and was union steward for Union #2324. He was a life member of Ogden American Legion and an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.
He married Nancy Hunter in Ogden April 19, 1971. They later divorced. Preceded in death by: mother, Mary Ruth Smith Stephens. Survivors include: sons-Tim Stephens of Ogden; Rick Stephens of Manhattan; and father, Fred Stephens of Sweetwater.
Cremation is planned with the family to receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today (Wednesday), at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the Ogden American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ogden American Legion. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kan. 66502. Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Mae Hampton
Died: 11/05/1999
Geneva Mae Hampton of Madisonville, passed away at 8 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5, at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home. She was 67. 
Preceded in death by: daughter, Brenda Hampton; son, David Hampton; father, the Rev. Oley Simpson. Survivors include: husband-Kenneth Hampton; Daughters and sons-in-law-Virginia and Carlos Dunn and Barbara and Charles McGuire of Madisonville; Sons and daughter-in-law-Ronnie Hampton and Wayne and Stephanie Hampton of Rome, Ga.; and Bill Hampton of Madisonville; Six grandchildren; One great-grandson; Mother-Bertha Simpson of Tellico Plains; Sisters and brother-in-law-Helen and Don Cochran and Dorothy Young of Tellico Plains; Faye Miller of Madisonville; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Ted and Bonnie Simpson, Tommy Simpson and Herbert and Cindy Simpson, all of Tellico Plains; Several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were 2 p.m., Sunday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. Larry Hamilton officiating. Interment was in Friendship Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

David E. Sheppard
Died: 11/08/1999
David E. Sheppard of Sweetwater, passed away at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, after a lengthy illness. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a well-known farmer in Monroe County. He was 75. Preceded in death by: wife, Annie Lois Sheppard; son, Johnny C. Sheppard. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Sandra and Jim Lindsey and Trina Sheppard of Sweetwater; Eight grandchildren; Seven great-grandchildren; Brothers and sister-in-law-Fred and Dean Sheppard Jr. of Loudon; Paul and Wayne Sheppard of Sweetwater; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Tuesday in Kykerís Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Johnson officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m., today (Wednesday), in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Smoky Mountain Branch, 212 S. Peters Road STE 105, Knoxville, Tenn. 37923-5217. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.

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