|Ronald R. Miller
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
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
Patricia Ann Miller Borden
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
Annie Estella Dye Kilpatrick
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
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 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
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
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 (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
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
Odis L. Massey
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
Allen N. McLemore
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.