Miscellaneous Monroe County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Melvin E. (Ed) Johnson
Died: 02/25/2000
Melvin E. (Ed) Johnson (Feb. 23, 2000) Melvin E. (Ed) Johnson of Maryville, died at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a member of South Haven Church of God and an employee of Stinnettís Auto Body Shop. He was 56. Preceded in death by: parent, Charles and Ruby Johnson; sisters, Mary Ann Shell and Nancy Houser; brother, Bill Johnson. Survivors include: wife, Elizabeth Chaney Johnson; Sons-Bobby Johnson and Rusty Gaston of Maryville; Daughters-Tracy Johnson and Stephanie Johnson of Maryville; Foster daughter-Pam Garner of Maryville; Grandchildren-Christian and Madison Gaston; Sister and brother-in-law-Alice and Robert England of Maynardville; Six sisters-in-law and eight brothers-in-law; Several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends, loved by all. Funeral services were noon, Saturday, Feb. 26, at Morganton Acres Church of God with the Rev. Raymond Hodge, pastor; Glenn Key Jr. and Brother Charles Ozburne officiating. Interment followed in church cemetery. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements.

Homer Marion Wilson 
Died: 02/23/2000
Homer Marion Wilson (Feb. 23, 2000) Homer Marion Wilson of Tellico Plains, passed away at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was a member of New Providence Baptist Church. He was a retired grader operator with the Monroe County Highway Department. He was 86. Preceded in death by: daughter-Norma Faye Turpin; parents, Francis Marion and Ida Cardin Wilson; sisters, Pearl Hamilton and Helen Wilson. Survivors include: wife, Lillian Haun Wilson; Daughters and sons-in-law-Carol Jean and Larry Moses of Madisonville; Linda Sue and Jerry Ellis and Vivian Diane and B.J. Wall of Tellico Plains; Sons and daughters-in-law-James Harold and Dianne Wilson of Tellico Plains; and Charles Marion and Winnie Wilson of Scherville, Ind.; Grandchildren-Mike Turpin of Los Angeles; Teresa Barnes of Jonesboro, Ga.; Cindy Moses of Middlesboro, Ky.; Chris and Courtney Wall and Doug Ellis of Tellico Plains; Great-grandchildren-Tiffany and Brittney Barnes of Jonesboro, Ga.; and Tyler Ellis of Tellico Plains Funeral services were at 8 p.m., Thursday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. James D. Harris officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m. (today) Friday, in New Providence Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements. 

Judy Helen West
Died: 02/23/2000
Judy Helen West (Feb. 23, 2000) Judy Helen West of Tellico Plains, passed away at 1:07 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at East Tennessee Health Care. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was 53. Preceded in death by: sister and brother-in-law-Barbara and Joseph Scott; nephew, Mike Scott; stepfather, Howard Stewart. Survivors include: husband, Raymond West; Daughters and son-in-law-Nancy andAllen Jump of Madisonville; Tammy West of Coker Creek; Son and daughter-in-law-Tim and Michelle West of Urbana, Ohio; 7 grandchildren; Mother-Gladys Stewart; Grandmother-Ruby Shaw; Brothers and sisters-in-law-Johnny and Gloria Stewart and David Hudson of Coker Creek; Lynn and Tracy Stewart of Auburn, Ga.; Several nieces and nephews; Special friends-L.B. and Sherry Hamby and Sherrie and Tommy Burris and boys. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday at Coker Creek Baptist Church. Interment will be in church cemetery. The body will lie in-state 30 minutes prior to the service. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

Harold Cagle
Died: 02/22/2000
Harold Cagle (Feb. 22, 2000) Harold Cagle, 67, of 142 Cagle Road, died at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at Sweetwater Hospital. Cagle was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include: wife, Beryl Shaw Cagle; Son- Reverend Dennis Cagle; Grandchildren- Tara, Ashley and Brittain Cagle, all of Knoxville; Sisters- Mary Sue Hamilton, of Cleveland; Valaree Headrick, of Tellico Plains; Twin brother- Farold Cagle, of Cleveland; Several nieces and nephews. Special friends- Johnny and Betty Mason, of Tellico Plains; Funeral service is set for 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Biereley Chapel. Kenny Isbill and Reverend Gennis Best will be officiating. Interment is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Piney Grove Cemetary. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bierley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.

D.H. Sam Latta
Died: 02/22/2000
D.H. (Sam) Latta (Feb. 22, 2000) D.H. (Sam) Latta of Tellico Plains, passed away at 6:52 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, at UT Medical Center. He was a veteran of the U.S Air Force and was retired as a Financial Analyst from Temple-Inland Container Corporation, in Indianapolis. He was 66. Survivors include: wife, Rose Latta; Sons and daughters-in-law-Steve and Peggy Latta of Carmel, Ind.; Scott and Jane Latta of Plainfield, Ind.; and Stuart and Annette Latta of Pleasanton, Calif.; Daughter-Susan Latta of Boca Raton, Fla.; Special grandchildren-Brandy, Dustin and Dillon Honeycutt, all of Tellico Plains Seven other grandchildren; Stepdaughter-Michelle Howard of Vonore; Brothers-Elwood Latta of Sparta, Ill.; and Darrell Latta of Mound, Minn.; Sister-Bert Lange of Sparta, Ill.; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are 2 p.m., Saturday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Richard Parker and Shane Bryson officiating. Interment will be in Druid Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Friday). Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Ola Moore White
Died: 02/20/2000
Ola Moore White (Feb. 20, 2000) Ola Moore White of Tellico Plains, passed away at 4:20 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20, at UT Medical Center. She was 73. Preceded in death by: husband, Howard Neil Moore; grandson, Brandon Yates. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law-Kay and Pete Yates of Tellico Plains; Son and daughter-in-law-Jerry Moore and Mary Beth Ross of Delaware; Grandson-Cody Yates; Step-grandsons-Jamey and Josh Yates; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Eddie McDaniel and Beecher Miller officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m., today (Wednesday), in New Providence Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

Andrew Howard Land 
Died: 02/20/2000
Andrew Howard Land (Feb. 20, 2000) Andrew Howard Land, infant son of Allen and Carrie Newman Land of Englewood, was born and died on Feb. 20, at UT Hospital in Knoxville. Survivors include: parents, Allen and Carrie Newman of Englewood; Brother-David Allen Land of Englewood; Grandparents-Randell Land of Englewood; and Pamela Land of Madisonville; Gordon Newman of Englewood and Bonnita Newman of Etowah; Great-grandparents-Samuel and Reba Land of Englewood; Laquata Head of Madisonville; Howard and Zelma Newman and Bertha Harris, all of Englewood; Several aunts and uncles. A private graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Mars Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Linda Bird Wright. Bordwine Funeral Home, Etowah, in charge of arrangements. 

Rebecca Collins Lynn 
Died: 02/18/2000
Rebecca (Katherine) Collins Lynn (Feb. 18, 2000) Rebecca (Katherine) Collins Lynn of Sweetwater, died Friday, Feb. 18, at UT Hospital. She was 71. Preceded in death by: parents, William and Jessie Rue Collins; brothers, Hubert and David Collins; sisters, May Galyon, Lucille Brown and Inez Roberts. Survivors include: husband, Harry Eugene Lynn; Children and spouses-Amanda and Lillard Mitchell of Chattanooga; Brenda and Preston Scott, Betty and J.D. Guider, Gwen and Larry Allen, all of Loudon; Eddie and Ruby Roberts of Niota; Deborah and Greg Birge, Randy and Nina Lynn and Greg and Shirley Lynn, all of Sweetwater; 12 grandchildren; Six great-grandchildren; Brothers-Duell Collins of Alabama; Cas Collins of Cleveland; Sister-Ethel McNew of Loudon; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Monday in Loudon Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. S.A. McElhaney and Michael Price officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Loudon Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

Golie R. Graham 
Died: 02/18/2000
Golie R. Graham (Feb. 18, 2000) Golie R. Graham of Tellico Plains, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, at National Health Care, Athens. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Madisonville; Tellico Masonic Lodge; and was a 32nd degree mason and Scottish rite. He was retired from TVA, where he was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was 91. Preceded in death by: wife, Effie Lou Graham; brothers, Robert, Hobert Willard, J.D. and Luke Graham; sisters, Dixie and Cynthia; half brothers, John, Jim, Walter and Will Graham; grandson, Mike Moore. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law-Juanita and Jim Moore of Tellico Plains; Stella and Eddie Gourley of Tellico Plains; and Freida and David Carringer of Riceville; Son and daughter-in-law-C.R. and Linda Graham of Cleveland; Sister-Mary Cook of Chattanooga; Eight grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. Masonic Services were held at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, followed by funeral services at Myers Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Ronnie Best officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Sunday at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens with military honors by Sweetwater VFW Post #5156. 

Howard E. Roberts
Died: 02/18/2000
Howard E. Roberts (Feb. 18, 2000) Howard E. Roberts of Englewood, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a native of Monroe County, before moving to McMinn County. He was a member of Nonaburg House of Prayer and was employed with Monroe County Highway Dept. He was 63. Preceded in death by: parents, Lewis and Nellie Morgan Roberts; brother, Wilburn Roberts; and half-brother, Claude Peeler. Survivors include: wife, Nadine Torbett Roberts of Englewood; Daughters and sons-in-law-Karen and Gary Rucker of Englewood; and Cynthia and Ronnie Davis of Madisonville; Sons and daughters-in-law-Mike and Brenda Roberts; and Mitch and Lisa Roberts, all of Englewood; Grandchildren-Lacy Rucker, Mikayla Roberts and Bailey Roberts; Sister-Ida Mae Holcomb of Etowah; Half sisters-Bertha Roberts of Mableton, Ga.; Katherine Evans of Tellico Plains; Margie Evans of Englewood; Brother-Ivan Roberts of Englewood; Half brothers-L.C. Roberts of Englewood; J.B. Roberts of Englewood; Jim Peeler of Decker; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Monday, in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Revs. Floyd Burger and Daryl Veal. Burial was in Landís Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doug Giles, Mickey McInturff, Anthony Saffles, Hoyt Land, Jamie Franks and Frankie Harris. Bordwine Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tammy Lynn Townsend
Died: 02/17/2000
Tammy Lynn Townsend (Feb. 17, 2000) Tammy Lynn Townsend of Sweetwater, passed away suddenly Thursday, Feb. 17, at UT Medical Center. She was 39. Survivors include: husband, Dale Townsend; Daughters-Michelle Tedford and Sabrina Townsend, both of Sweetwater; Mother and stepfather-Norma and Leonard Nelson of Maryville; Father and stepmother-Bill and Deb Davis of Dallas, Texas; Sisters and brothers-in-law-Deborah and Steve James of Ohio; and Christine and Kerry Armistead of Texas; Several nieces; Aunt-Cassie Lacy of Maryville; Uncle-Carl McDaniel of Maryville; Stepdaughter and spouse-Tonya and James Shanks of Rockford, Ill.; Stepson-Chad Townsend of Sweetwater; Three step-grandsons. Funeral services were 1 p.m., Monday in Biereley-Hale Chapel, with the Rev. Joe Haase officiating. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Gus (Jack) Jenkins
Died: 02/17/2000
Gus (Jack) Jenkins (Feb. 17, 2000) Gus (Jack) Jenkins of Chattanooga, died Thursday, Feb. 17, in a local nursing home. He was a native of Tellico Plains and had lived in the Chattanooga area most of his life. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired from Dixie Yarns after 37 years of service. He was a member of John Henry Pierce Masonic Lodge. He was 81. Survivors include: daughters-Joyce Beaver and JoAnn Morris; Son-Jackie Jenkins, all of Chattanooga; Sister-Oma Roberts of Tellico Plains; Six grandchildren; Three great-grandchildren; Graveside services were held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, at Center Presbyterian Church in Tellico Plains. Chattanooga Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Graham
Died: 02/16/2000
Bernice Graham (Feb. 16, 2000) Bernice Graham of Niota, passed away at 3:40 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, at UT Medical Center. She was a member of Old Sweetwater Baptist Church. She was 50. Survivors include: husband, Dennis (Wooley) Graham Parents-Milton and Fannie Evans Brummitt of Philadelphia; Sister-Edna Brummitt of Athens; Brother and sister-in-law-James and Juda Brummitt of Philadelphia; Nieces-Julie and Kara Graham; Nephews-Josh and John Brummitt; Great-niece-Sierra Brummitt; Special pet-Mickey. Funeral services were 6 p.m., Saturday in Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Revs. Lewis Webb, Ted Pegram and Paul Brakebill officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. today (Sunday) in Hopewell Springs Cemetery. Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge of arrangements.

Bernard Lee Melton
03-10-2003
Bernard Lee Melton (March 10, 2003) Bernard Lee Melton of Madisonville, passed away Monday, March 10, at Sweetwater Hospital, after a lengthy illness. He was of the Baptist faith and served as a deacon and song leader for many years. He was 78. Preceded in death by: parents, Charlie and Susie McKinney Melton; brothers, Arlin, Arthel, Hoyt and Tom Melton; great-grandson, Michael Eric Finley. Survivors include: wife-Lula Brady Melton of Madisonville; Son and daughter-in-law-Jerry and Gwen Melton of Buckhead, Ga.; Daughters and sons-in-law-Charlotte and Ronnie Hadorn of Sweetwater; Patsy and Billy Sloan of Madisonville; Grandchildren-Christy Elkins, Jeff Hadorn, Jennifer Walker, Mitchell Sloan, Jimmy Melton, Jessie Finley, Courtney Sloan, Amy Scott and D.J. Scott; Twelve great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews. Graveside and interment will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the Niota Cemetery, with the Rev. Clinton Riddle officiating. Military honors will be provided by Sweetwater VFW Post #5156. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.

Diora Melton Powers
12-07-2002
Diora Melton Powers (Dec. 7, 2002) Diora Melton Powers, a resident of Sweetwater Nursing Center, formerly of Tellico Plains, passed away at 12:25 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Tellico Plains, since 1937, where she was involved in WMU, kept the nursery for Sunday School and worked in Vacation Bible School for 20 years. She was a member of Cherokee Study Club, Callie Cobb Home Demonstration Club, where she served as treasurer, Coltharp Demonstration Club, and Cora Veal Senior Citizens Center, where she served as secretary and treasurer for the American Association of Retired Persons. She was a merchant in Tellico Plains for 44; five of those years for her uncle, Sam Watson and 39 years alongside her husband of 46 years, Clarence Powers. She served as recorder for Tellico Plains for 13 years. She was 96. Preceded in death by: husband, Clarence Powers; parents, Charley and Callie Melton; sisters, Leona Melton and Imogene Jacobs; and brothers, Clarence and Horace Melton. Survivors include: sister and brother-in-law-Helen and Jay Anderson of Chattanooga; Several nieces and nephews; Devoted friends-Glenda and Dwayne Mason and Scott, Chris and Casey West, all of Tellico Plains; and Barry and Svitlana Self of Madisonville. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Monday, at First Baptist Church of Tellico Plains with the Revs. Randy Irons and Richard Parker officiating. Interment was 2 p.m., Tuesday, in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Gale Miller officiating. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, in charge of arrangements.

Tola Wattenbarger Melton
07-21-2002
Tola Wattenbarger Melton (July 21, 2002) Tola Wattenbarger Melton of Niota, died Sunday, July 21, in Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County. She owned and operated the Tol Mar Trailer Park and Tolaís Drive Inn for 44 years. She was of the Baptist faith. She was 88. Preceded in death by: parents, Walter A. and Mary Lou Knox Burn; sister, Sephie Burn Sellers on May 17, 2002. Survivors include: daughters-Martha J. Peterson of Lookout Mtn.; and Mary J. Wattenbarger of Athens; Sister-Lydia Sexton of Martin, S.C.; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 8 p.m., Tuesday, in Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Ogle Wattenbarger and Ben Roberson officiating. Interment will be 10 a.m., Wednesday in Niota Cemtery. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, in charge of arrangements.

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