Vaughn Funeral Home Obituaries

This page was last updated: 22 October, 2014





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October 2014 Obituaries
Minerva Bell Graham
Spring City







Minerva Bell Graham, 86, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Minerva Bell was the daughter of the late Irvin G. and Gertie Price Fugate.   She and her husband, Albert Graham Sr. were the owners of Graham’s Grocery.  Before her retirement, Minerva Bell was employed with Walmart.  She was a member of the Lakeview Baptist Church in Spring City.  Minerva Bell loved to sew, crochet and garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert B. Graham Sr., daughter Linda Grindle, brother Alvin Fugate and sister Betty Harris.

Survivors include her son Burt (Karla) Graham Jr., Spring City, daughters June Johnson, Knoxville, Cathy (Mack) Phillips, Lenoir City and Peggy Tidmore, Carrollton, Georgia, brother Boyd (Mary) Hurst, Dayton, sister Barbara (Lynn) Cross, Ringgold, Georgia, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Doan officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

Jackie Motes
Spring City

Jackie R. Motes, 60, of Murfreesboro and formerly of Spring City, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.

Born in Bridgeport, Alabama, Jackie was the son of the late Elmer “Dock” and Alice Marie Phillips Motes.  He attended Spring City High School.  Jackie moved to Murfreesboro in 1985.  He worked for David Price Metals.  Jackie attended World Out Reach Church in Murfreesboro. 

He was preceded in death by his sisters Jean Motes and Connie Reynolds and brother Johnny Motes.

Survivors include his wife Sherry Thedford Motes of Murfreesboro, god daughter Megan Oliver of Williamsport, TN, sister Alice Faye (Steve) Christmas of Taylorsville, NC, brothers Buddy Motes of Ooltewah, TN, Mack (Wilma) Motes of Eagleville, TN, Fred Motes of Woodbury, TN and Tom (Janice) Motes of Spring City.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Earl Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

Joe Clark
Grandview

Joe Wilson Clark, 72, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at his home.

Born in Spring City, Joe was the son of the late Edgar and Celia Holloway Clark James.  Joe retired from Ridge Tool Emerson Company in Elyria, Ohio after 27 years of service.  Joe was a member of Dogwood Baptist Church in Grandview.  He and Pat moved to Rhea County in 1995.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years Pat Roberts Clark of Grandview, sons Shane (Elaine) Clark of Elyria, OH, Shannon (Cindy) Clark of Amherst, OH, brothers Boyd Clark of Hixson, TN., Harley Clark of Crossville, TN, Larry Clark of Ooltewah, TN, Kenny Clark of Spring City, sisters Linda Chase of NC, Wanda Porter of Chattanooga, TN, Joyce Loveday and Joan Swafford of Grandview, grandchild Andrew Clark of Elyria, OH, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Graysonofficiating.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cold Nose Coalition, in care of J. Allison at 111 Williams St.; Spring City, TN. 37381.   



Marie Hill
Spring City

Marie L. Hill, 96, died Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Life Care Center of Rhea County.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Marie was the last surviving child of thirteen to the late James E. and Jenny Lou Hale Fugate.   She retired from Suburban Manufacturing after 21 years of service.  Marie was of the Baptist Faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Porter Hill, daughters Maxine and Cindy Lee Hill, grandson Don Hill and several brothers and sisters. 

Survivors include her son John (Dovie) Hill of Dayton, daughter Mary Annette (Ola) Long of Spring City, grandchildren Mary Lou (Frank)  Emel, Lois Marie (Steve) Moffett and Keith Allen Guthrie all of Spring City and John (Lisa) Clayton Guthrie of Dayton, 12 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Hurd officiating.  Interment with will be in the Porter-Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

Raymond McKinnon
Spring City

Raymond J. McKinnon, 71, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Oakland, California, Raymond was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman James McKinnon.  He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam conflict.  Raymond was a retired Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Division of the U. S. Government.  He and his family moved from Atlanta to the Spring City community in 1996.  Raymond attended St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Dayton.  He was a member of the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Homeland Security Team.  Raymond was a member of the American Legion, V. F. W., F.O.P. and A.F.F.N.A..

Survivors include his wife Susan A. McKinnon of Spring City, sons Raymond McKinnon of Washington, D. C., Patrick McKinnon and Sean McKinnon both of Spring City, and Casey McKinnon of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

A private memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Disabled American Veterans.

Garland Porter

Garland Robert Porter of Evensville, Tennessee was called to his heavenly home on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the age of 91.

He was the son of the late Robert Chapman Porter and Mabel Jane Walker Porter, who resided in the Carp-Wolf Creek area.  Garland served our country during World War II for over 3 years in the U. S. Navy, earning several medals and being on the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier when the first atomic bombs were used.

After his military duty ended, he returned to Rhea County and completed his high school education, graduating from Spring City High School.  Garland was then employed by TVA and later married Alice Lorene Moffett in December 1948.  His work relocated his family from Watts Bar to Rogersville, Tennessee, Kingston, Tennessee, Clinton, Tennessee and Athens, Alabama, later returning to Watts Bar until his retirement.

Garland was a faithful member of Wolf Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, faithful choir member, VBS worker, and Sunday School and Training Union teacher and assistant.  He was an avid farmer, hunter and gardener.  Garland was also a fan of the Tennessee Vols and the Atlanta Braves.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Rebecca Jane Porter, sisters Pearl Johnson and Mary King and brothers Bill Porter and Raymond Porter.

Garland is survived by his wife of 66 years Alice “Lorene” Porter, daughter Susan (Tim) Jones, brother Clay (Katherine) Porter, grandchildren Alisha (Tim) Rigney, Robert (Leanne) Jones and great grandchildren Gavin, Natalie and Victoria Rigney.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Wolf Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment with military honors will be Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Porter Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the church.

Any cards and letters should be sent to Abby Mae’s Hill Assisted Living Facility at 419 Pin Hook Road, Spring City, TN  37381.


Frank Loden
Spring City

James Frank Loden, 79, died Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Spring City Care Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Frank was the son of the late Floyd and Ruth Letner Loden.  He was a crane operator and retired from Roane Electric after 30 years of service.  Frank was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Grandview. 

He was preceded in death by his ex-wives Mabel Loden and Angeline Baker.

Survivors include his sons Jimmy (Della) Loden and Steve (Starlena) Loden both of Spring City, daughters Connie (Danny) Clark and Darlene (Billy) Thompson both of Spring City and Debbie (Josh) Thompson of Dayton, sisters Margie Robbins and Shirley McFalls both of Spring City, Betty Lynch of Murfreesboro and Willie Mae Wiggins of Kentucky, 21 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with the Rev. Lawrence Waller officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

September 2014 Obituaries

Billie Reed Clark
Spring City

Billie L. Reed Clark, 45, died Friday, September 26, 2014.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Billie was a homemaker and of the Protestant faith.

She was preceded in death by her mother Helen Roberts Garrison, sister Kathy Fugate and aunt Dorothy Hill.

Survivors include her husband Sam Clark of Spring City, daughters Gertie (Joe) Thompson and Sara (Eric Garrison) Reed both of Spring City, stepchildren Sammy Clark, Willie Clark and Jennifer Clark Freeman all of Spring City and Veronica (Chris) Harris of Dayton, sisters Michelle Newman of Spring City and Freda Litwin of Chattanooga, four grandchildren, eight granddogs and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm
in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Sherrill officiating.  Interment will follow in the Thurman Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


Dorothy Kuehn
Spring City

Dorothy K. Kuehn, 79, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Golden Years Retirement Resort.

Born in Sitka, Alaska, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Frank and Olga McNulty Kuehn.  She retired from Alaska Pulp Company after 30 years of service.  Dorothy moved from Alaska to the Spring City community in 1992.  She was of the Lutheran faith.

Survivors include her brother Lyle (Lotus June) Kuehn of Spring City, sister Karen Johnson of Palmdale, California, her niece Dotsy Woodall and several other nieces and nephews.

There will be visitation or services.


Steve Gilbert
Spring City

Steve Gilbert, 53, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at his home.

Born in Chattanooga, Steve moved from Georgia to the Rhea County community 13 years ago.  He was a machine operator and formerly worked at I.A.C. Corporation.  Steve was a lifetime member of C.M.T. ABATE of the Tennessee Motorcycle Organization and Harley Owners’ Group.  He was of the Baptist faith. 

Survivors include his mother and stepfather Helen and John Martin of Spring City, special friend Becky Starnes of Hixson, brothers James Gilbert of Spring City and Timothy Hall of Evensville, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many motorcycle friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Hurd officiating.  Private interment will be in the Varner Cemetery in Soddy Daisy.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.


Alice Motes
Spring City

Alice Marie Motes, 98, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Catawba Regional Hospital Hospice in Hickory, North Carolina.

Born in Pikeville, Tennessee, Alice was the daughter of the late Minett and Beulah Janow Phillips.  She was a homemaker and of the Protestant faith. 

Alice was preceded in death by her husband Elmer “Dock” Motes, daughters Beulah Jean Motes and Connie Reynolds, son Johnny Motes, sisters Lavada McKenzie, Carrie McMillan and Maggie Neal and brothers Buster Phillips and Bud Phillips.

Survivors include her daughter Alice Faye (Steve) Christmas of Summerville, NC, sons Buddy Motes of Ooltewah, TN, Mack (Wilma) Motes of Eagleville, TN, Fred Motes of Woodbury, TN, Jack (Sherry) Motes of Murfreesboro, TN and Tom (Janice) Motes of Spring City, TN brothers Albert Phillips of Red Bank, TN and Cork Phillips of Norris, TN, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Jeremy Jones officiating.  Interment will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery in Evensville, TN.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.





Doris Pilgrim
Grandview






 
Doris B. Pilgrim, 95, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Madison County, Florida, she was the last surviving child of the late Van E. and Dollie Dickson Blanton.  She retired from Burdin’s Department Stores after 27 years of service.  In 1980, Doris and her husband, Troy, moved from Miami, Florida to the Grandview community.  She was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post #471 in Miami and the Grandview Twirlers.  Doris was a member of Grandview Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Troy L. Pilgrim Sr. and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her sons Troy (Helen) Pilgrim Jr. of Miami, Florida and Patrick (Penny) Pilgrim of Knoxville, grandchildren Duane (Nona) Pilgrim, Ryan (Roxanne) Pilgrim and Tanya (Jason) Loseke, eight great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Grandview Baptist Church with Rev. Herman Fox officiating.  The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes prior to the funeral service.  Interment will follow in the Reed Cemetery at Alloway.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to the Grandview Baptist Church, 5205 Wassom Memorial Highway, Grandview, TN  37337.


Emogene Hunt
Spring City

Mary Emogene Hunt, 82, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Oklahoma, Emogene was the daughter of the late James and Bessie Sevier.   She moved from California to the Spring City community three years ago.  Emogene was of the Protestant faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband L. B. Hunt.

Survivors include her daughter Julie (Don) Cross of Athens, sons Dan (Sharon) Hunt and Brad Hunt both of Ukiah, California, eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted by Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah, California.  Burial will be in the Ukiah Cemetery.

Dylan Sutton
Spring City










.Justin Dylan Sutton, 11, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Dylan was born on June 11, 2003. He was a student at Rhea Central Elementary School and attended Texas Grove Baptist Church.  Dylan loved working with his iPad, listening to music, playing outside and his favorite character was “Sponge Bob Squarepants”. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather James Sutton.

Survivors include his parents Justin and Kim Mincy Sutton, sister Georgia Sutton, brother Owen Sutton, maternal grandparents Faye Hicks and Johnny Mincy all of Spring City, paternal grandmother Karen Duffy and  paternal great grandmother Virginia Porter both of Decatur, Arkansas and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Norman Huskey and Rev. Jake Fisher officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



Eli Kyle Jordan

Eli Kyle Jordan, infant, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tennessee.

He is survived by his mother Cynthia “Niki” Loden of Spring City, father Ryan Jordan of Dayton, maternal grandparents Jason and Karen Evans of Spring City and Bobby and Jackie Loden of Grandview, paternal grandmothers Rhonda Douglas of Birchwood and Hazel Estep of Dayton, maternal great grandmother Charlotte Roberts of Spring City, maternal great grandparents Hubert and Saundra Wallace of Dayton and David and Cecil Evans of Spring City and maternal great- great grandmother Eileen Craighead of Spring City.

A graveside service will be held today at 5:00 pm at the Roberts Cemetery in Ten Mile, Tennessee.  There will be no visitation.

Arthur Knox
Grandview

Charles Arthur “CAK” Knox was born Sept.12, 1939 on Graysville Mtn, to James and Beatrice May Knox.

Arthur was honored with a 75th birthday party on the evening of 9/12/14. He thoroughly enjoyed the time with his family and friends, some of whom he hadn't seen in quite some time. Laughing, talking and being entertained by his 'music making' friends. No one but God knew that he would quietly slip away the following morning; Sept.13, 2014. He will be so missed.

Arthur was a former Mayor of Graysville, where he lived for many years. He was also an active member of the Ruritan Club there. He was a previous member of Dayton's Masonic Lodge. He later moved to Evensville before retiring to Grandview Mtn.

Arthur began working at an early age. He enjoyed sharing stories of his first job, working on a barge, traveling up and down the TN River. He later worked at Card's Hatchery, and as a driver for Sealtest. He later spent 20 years as a boilermaker, retiring in 1994 for health reasons.

Arthur was a life-long musician, learning to play guitar alongside his mother on the fiddle. Many cherished memories were made as he perfectly played song after song with sisters; Betty, Audrey, Loretta and Sherron singing along with him. He always had his guitar close by, ready to 'make some music'. Arthur was of the Church of God faith. He loved camping, hunting and horses. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and close friends, and playing guitar at every opportunity.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, his son; James A. (Jimmy) Knox, sisters; Betty K. Reel, Audrey K. Harwood and Sherron Sims.

Left with cherished memories is his daughter; Robin K.(Rex) Swift, grandchildren; Jamie K.(Eddie)Davis, Jessie, Jenny, Jordan, Tristan, Estan Knox, and Drew Bowman. Great grandchildren Zander Kutil, Nila Knox and Knox Davis, sisters Loretta K. Tucker and Brenda Knox, brothers Bill Knox, Tony(Diane)Knox, Ricky Knox and Mike(Deloris)Knox, brothers-in-law; Grady Reel, Johnny Harwood and Ray Tucker. Also his former wife; Ova K. Crowe, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends

Funeral services will be Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald Jr. officiating Burial will be in the Brayton Mt. Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home.


Buddy Howell
Spring City
Steven “Buddy” Howell 23 died Friday September 5, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center. Born in Madison, Tennessee, Buddy was a graduate of Rhea County High School, a truck driver and of the Baptist faith.

His mother Melissa Darlene Howell and his sister Sandra “Sandi” Howell preceded him in death.

Survivors include his father Steve Howell of Madison, TN, maternal grandmother Sandra Sterry of Spring City, paternal grandmother Jean Howell of Madison, sister Brittany Howell of Clarksville, TN, Melissa (Nathan) Collins of Spring City, Amanda Jones and Brandy Gardner both of Murfreesboro and brother Johnathon Gardner of Murfreesboro, special aunt and uncle Teressa and Darrell Gardner of Murfreesboro, girlfriend Marcy Pritchett of Spring City and several other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Spring City Memorial Gardens with Rev. Bill Treadway officiating. There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Vaughn Funeral Home for funeral expenses.


Hiroko Mathis
Evensville

Hiroko Toshimi Mathis died Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at her home in Evensville.

A native of Japan and a United States citizen, Hiroko was the daughter of the late Takashi and Tai Komatsu Toshimi.     She was a military wife and traveled everywhere along with her husband, Don.  Hiroko had lived in the Rhea County community since 1973.  She retired from Robinson Manufacturing after 30 years of service.  Hiroko was an avid sports fan supporting both the Rhea County Golden Eagles and the Tennessee Volunteers.  She was of the Protestant faith.

Hiroko was preceded in death by her brothers Kanichi, Takayuki, Mitsugu and Sumihiko and her sister Hisako.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Don Mathis of Evensville

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald and Dr. Bill Boyd officiating.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rhea County Veterans’ Coordinating Committee, P. O. Box 1041, Spring City, TN  37381



Daniel Parkyn
Dayton

Daniel L. Parkyn, 75, died Monday, September 1, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

Born in Mundelein, Illinois, Daniel was the son of the late William and Charlotte Lightfield Parkyn.   He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and retired from Florida Power and Electric after 35 years of service.  Daniel moved from Florida to the Dayton community six years ago.  He was of the Protestant faith.

Daniel was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Survivors include his sons Daniel (Paula) Parkyn of Dayton and David Parkyn of Arcadia, Florida, sister Diane Parkyn of Texas, brothers Charles Parkyn of Peach City, Georgia, Jackie Parkyn of Murfreesboro and Bill Parkyn of Wisconsin.

There will be no visitation or services.



August 2014 Obituaries

Telissa Stines
Spring City

Telissa A. Stines, 45, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Born in Dayton, Tennessee and was a lifetime residence if Spring City. Telissa had been employed at Spring City Care Center.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband Richard Stines of Spring City, father, Robert and Pamela Morris of Chickamauga, GA., mother, Diane Powers of Spring City, sons Tommy and Richard Stines both of Spring City, brothers Robert Morris and Michael Morris both of Chattanooga, Nathan Morris of PA., David Morris of Ringgold GA., Jonathan Morris of Chickamauga, GA. sisters Debbie Ramirez of Spring City, Robin Morton, Melissa Quinton, Heather Simpson all of Ft. Oglethorpe, GA., Andrea Mercer of Rocky Face, GA.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Monday, September 1, 2014 in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Lymphoma Leukemia Society at LLS.org.

Betty J. Rogers
Grandview

Betty J. Rogers, 67, of Hapeville, Georgia and formerly of Grandview, died Friday, August 22, 2014 at Halcyon House Hospice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Born in Cumberland County, Tennessee, Betty was the daughter of the late Edgar and Susie Alma Reed.   She had resided in Georgia for over 40 years.  Betty was a retired secretary and of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded by her brothers Eugene and Tom Reed and sisters Emma Garrison and Martha Jane Reed.

Survivors include her sons Randy (Jenni) Rogers of Douglasville, Georgia and Mark Rogers of Leesburg, Florida, brother Richard Reed of Florida, sister Leah Dodson of Grandview and grandson Blake Rogers.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Armour officiating.  Interment will follow in the Reed Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

Fred Cochran Sr.
Dayton

Fred L. Cochran Sr., 77, died Friday, August 22, 2014 at Hospice of Chattanooga – Standifer Place in Chattanooga.

A lifetime resident of the Cottonport community in Dayton, Fred was the son of the late Charles W. and Agnes Roddy Cochran.   He was a graduate of Rhea Central High School.  Fred retired from DuPont after 25 years of service.  After his retirement, he farmed in the Cottonport area.  Fred was a member of the Spivey United Methodist Church in Dayton.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nell Edwards Cochran, brothers Charles, Jim, Albert, Gene, Felix and Johnny Cochran and sisters Martha Cochran and Sue Pickett and adopted grandson Joshua Cochran.

Survivors include his daughter Pansie Dillard of Hixson, son Freddy Lee (Diane) Cochran Jr. of Dayton, adopted daughters Rachel Winstead of Spring City and Chasidy (Steve) King of Evensville, brother Donnie Cochran of Dayton, sister Geraldine (Thomas) Walker of Dayton, 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and special friend Georgia Locke of Evensville.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Ewing officiating.  Interment in the Rhea Memory Gardens.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Spivey United Methodist Church, 3680 Blythe Ferry Road, Dayton, TN  37321


Ted Phillips
Chattanooga








Theodore “Ted” F. Phillips, 91, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Abby Mae’s Hill Assisted Living in Spring City.

Born in Patterson, New Jersey, Ted was the son of the late Abe and Anne Viness Phillips.  He was a graduate of Chattanooga High School, Class of 1942.  Ted was a veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard, served his country during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945.    In 1953, he established, owned and operated the well-known Ted’s Service Station in Chattanooga.  He was a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Alhambra Shrine Temple in Chattanooga and was a lifetime member of both.  Ted was of the Jewish faith. 

He was preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Alice Blanton Phillips.

Ted is survived by his daughter Melody (Curtis) Reser of Chattanooga and granddaughter Raleigh Palis of Houston, Texas.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Rev. Billy Dean officiating. There will be no visitation.

“Special thanks to all the wonderful caregivers at Abby Mae’s Hill.  Thank you for all the kindness you showed Dad.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Fund in care of the Alhambra Shrine Temple, 1000 Alhambra Drive, Chattanooga, TN  37421-3701.


Stella Stone
Crossville

Stella Mae Stone, 83, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center.

Born in Rhea County, Tennessee, Stella was the daughter of the late John Oscar and Sarah Dunn Thomas.   She was a retired seamstress.  Stella was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Virgil, Heiskell, Frank and J. B. Thomas and sisters Vergie Hawkins and Beulah Young.

Survivors include her husband Oliver Stone of Gainesboro, Tennessee, daughters Judy (Richard) Tippy and Betty (Jackie) Ladd both of Crossville, sons Jerry (Connie) Stone of Rockwood and Jimmy (Tressia) Stone of Spring City, sister Ruth Hamby of Westel, Tennessee, 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm/EST in the Smith-Wilkey Cemetery in Spring City with Rev. Mike Kerley officiating.  The family will receive friends Wednesday at the funeral home from 11:00 am/EST until the time of the service.


July 2014 Obituaries

Luther Muriel Jennings
Spring City









Luther Muriel Jennings, age 86, of Spring City, TN, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Ft. Sanders Select Specialty Hospital in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ora and Myrtle Jennings; two sisters, Eileen (Sims) and Maureen Jennings; two brothers, Jack and Frank Jennings; and two great-grandsons, Alex and Preston Marcus.
Muriel is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty Jennings of Spring City, TN; daughters Cathy Alewine, of Bowling Green, KY, Nila “Cheryl” Jennings of Spring City, TN, and Cindy (Randy) Keahey of Spring City, TN; grandsons Jason Carver of Cookeville, TN, Beau Alewine of Bowling Green, KY, and Bradley Keahey of Spring City, TN; granddaughters Elizabeth Alewine of Bowling Green, KY, and Kristy Marcus of Spring City, TN;  great-grandchildren, Kristian and Tyler Alewine of Bowling Green, KY, and Kadie, Taylee and Bryce Marcus of Spring City, TN; as well as good friends Bob LoCurto and Bob and Cora Woodward.
Muriel and Betty were married on August 6, 1949, and moved to Spring City in 1951. Muriel worked at Union Carbide Corporation as a Chemical Operator from 1952 – 1993. After his retirement he enjoyed cruising and traveling, and visited over 17 countries with his friend, Bob LoCurto. He also enjoyed raising Charolais cattle, gardening, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He really enjoyed coming up with ideas and ways to help his grandchildren be successful in life. Muriel was especially proud of his idea for his grandson, Jason, who owns JBeez Watercraft in Silver Point, to rent canoes on the Caney Fork River and that “Canoe the Caney” became the largest canoe livery in Middle Tennessee.
Muriel was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and had accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of 16 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Fairview, Virginia. He loved life and steadfastly believed in the goodness of God and His willingness to hear and answer prayers.
Visitation will be on Saturday, July 19, at Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A celebration of his life and homegoing will take place on Sunday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. at Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Mark McCollough and Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating, with burial following at Glen Alice Cemetery.


Bobby Reece Sr.
Spring City

Bobby G. Reece Sr., 73, died Wednesday, July 16 2014, at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Smith County, Tennessee, Bobby was the son of the late Thomas Taylor and Mabel Craighead Reece.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.  Bobby and his wife, Kathleen, moved to the Spring City community from Everett, Washington in 1988.   He was of the Jehovah Witness faith.

Bobby was preceded in death by his brother Steve Reece and sister Jana Brandstrom.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Cook Reece of Spring City, children Gwen (Estabon) Laureta, Everett, Washington, Gladys (Ryan) Pico, Snohomish, Washington, Bobby Reece Jr., Glen Reece and Darren (Gwendolyn) Reece all of Spring City, brothers Barry Reece of Rockwood and Tommy Reece of Flat River, Missouri, sisters Jean Cantrell of Paragould, Arkansas, Kathy Frances of Flat River, Missouri and Pat Reece of Washington, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. John McKee and Brother Gene Geuss officiating.  Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Beverly Garrison
Spring City

Beverly J. Garrison, 62, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Beverly was the daughter of the late Clarence Elmer and Ruby Dorline Alley Jones.  She was a graduate of Spring City High School, Class of 1970.  Beverly retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after 25 years of service.  She was a member of the Pennine Baptist Church in Spring City.

Survivors include her husband Robert “Bob” Kozul of Spring City, daughter Deana (Chris) Scoggins of Soddy, stepson and stepdaughter Robert Kozul and Maresa (Ben) Hoffmaster both of Fairmont, West Virginia, sisters Janice (Tom) Motes of Spring City and Kim (Sam) Profitt of Crossville and brother Randy (Patty) Jones of Cleveland.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Jeremy Jones officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-1942.



Mabel Janow
Spring City

Mabel D. “Mammy” Godsey Janow 71 died Friday July 11, 2014 at Erlanger Medical Center.
A lifelong resident of this area, Mabel was the daughter of the late Rev. Allen and Ethel Robinson Godsey. She was a member of Eagle Furnace Baptist Church and attended Victory Baptist Church in Spring City. Mabel retired in 2009 from Spring City Care and Rehab Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Bobbie McCoy.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years George Janow of Spring City, sons Ronnie (LaDonna) Janow of Dayton, Donnie (Amanda) Janow of Spring City, Linda (Charles) Fisher of Evensville and Tracy (B.J.) Boles of Grandview, sisters Frances Weaver and Joyce Borne both of Spring City, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Sherrill and Rev. Kyle Hinch officiating. Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 PM at Vaughn Funeral Home.Mabel Janow
Spring City
Mabel D. “Mammy” Godsey Janow 71 died Friday July 11, 2014 at Erlanger Medical Center.
A lifelong resident of this area, Mabel was the daughter of the late Rev. Allen and Ethel Robinson Godsey. She was a member of Eagle Furnace Baptist Church and attended Victory Baptist Church in Spring City. Mabel retired in 2009 from Spring City Care and Rehab Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Bobbie McCoy.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years George Janow of Spring City, sons Ronnie (LaDonna) Janow of Dayton, Donnie (Amanda) Janow of Spring City, Linda (Charles) Fisher of Evensville and Tracy (B.J.) Boles of Grandview, sisters Frances Weaver and Joyce Borne both of Spring City, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Sherrill and Rev. Kyle Hinch officiating. Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 PM at Vaughn Funeral Home.

Doug Godsey
Spring City

Jimmy Doug “Poo Poo” Godsey Jr., 43 died Monday, July 7, 2014 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Poo Poo was the son of the late Jimmy Douglas and Bertha Holloway Godsey Sr..  He was a mechanic and worked for SSM Enterprises for several years.  Poo Poo was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife Melinda Garren Godsey of Spring City, children Brian Darr, Stephanie Godsey and Jimmy Garrison all of Spring City, sisters Louise (Eric) Couch and Polly (Wendell) Massengill both of Dayton and Mendy Martin of Spring City and granddaughter Bella Joy Godsey of Spring City. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Sherrill officiating.   There will be no visitation.


Nettie Hayes
Grandview

Nettie Mae Hayes, 90, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center.

A lifetime resident of the Rhea County community, Nettie was the daughter of the late William Henry and Bertha Smith Roberts.   She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Nettie was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Hayes, son Jesse Boyd Hayes, brother James Roberts and sister Nancy Marie Roberts Thompson.

Survivors include her grandsons Duwayne Hayes of Grandview and Jerry (Karen) Hayes of Spring City, five great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Grandview.  There will be no visitation.

Morene Brewer
Spring City

Morene W. Brewer 76 died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Rhea Medical Center. Born in Breathitt, KY, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Media Bach Walters. Morene was a graduate of Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio and a member of the Spring City Church of God. She retired from Moore Paper Boxes in Ohio after 30 years.
Morene was preceded in death by her husband Winfred Brewer, sisters Alma Cope, Alta Deem. Mary Jane Amburgey, Irene Walters, Virginia Seivine, brothers Albert, Asberry and Chester Walters and her grandson Gary Brewer.
Survivors include her sons Brian (Dee Dee) Brewer of Levonia, Michigan, Wesley (Windy) Brewer of Huber Heights, OH, Kevin (Linda) Brewer and Chris Brewer both of Spring City, sister Noka McDonald of Spring City, eight grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Brian Brewer officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home two hours prior to services. Burial will follow in the Spring City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Morene can be given to the Spring City Church of God.


Jim Smith
Spring City






James W. “Jim” Smith 62 died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at his residence in Dayton, TN. A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Jim was the son of the late Virgil and Melba Knox Smith. He was a graduate of Spring City High School and retired from TVA – Watts Bar as a Nuclear Operator after 27 years.  Jim was a member of the Spring City First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Cathy Underwood Smith.
Survivors include his wife Teresa Landreth Smith of Dayton, children Brooks (Nancy) Smith of Murfreesboro, TN and Brittany Daoust of Spring City, sister Deborah (Steve) Wright of Rogersville, TN and four grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2:00PM at the Spring City First Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Price officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12pm until time of services at the church.
Memorials can be made to the Spring City First Baptist Church, PO Box 127, Spring City, TN  37381.


June 2014 Obituaries

Robert B. Coulter, Jr.


Robert B. “R. B.” Coulter Jr., 72 of The Villages Florida, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014.

Born in Spring City, Tennessee, R. B. was the son of Robert Blaine Coulter Sr. and Reba King Coulter Hendren.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and a Disabled Vietnam Veteran.  R. B. was a civil engineer and retired from the Marta Subway.  He was a VA volunteer, a sheriff’s volunteer, emergency consultant and an amateur radio supporter.  R. B. supported the arts and theater and was a singer and trombone player.  His hobbies were building and repairing organs.  

R. B. was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather Elmer Hendren.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Brenda and Odie Braden of LaFollette, Tennessee, stepsister Jean Hays of Knoxville, nieces and their families; Teresa and Ben Walker, Pamela and Richard McCrary and son Jesse, Sharon and Brent Shumaker and daughters Britton and Julia, all of Knoxville and special aunt Gladys Kimbrough.  He will be missed by many cousins and friends.

A ceremony in honor of R. B. was held in The Villages, Florida.  A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM/EST at the Spring City Cemetery with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Jesse McCrary will play the bagpipes.

Dorothy Laughton
Spring City

Dorothy E. “Dottie” Laughton, 73 died Thursday, June 19, 2014 at her home.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Dottie was the daughter of the late Charles F. and Lillian Ouimette.   She retired from General Electric after 28 years of service.  Dottie moved to the Spring City community from Summersworth, New Hampshire 16 years ago.  She was a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church and the Summersworth Lions Club.

Dottie was preceded in death by her first husband Franklin Lowell and second husband Hartford C. “Sonny” Laughton Jr.

Survivors include her sons Franklin Charles (Teresa Harris) Lowell of Illinois, Edward (Robin Blevins) Lowell of Spring City and David (Karen) Laughton, Rochester, New Hampshire, daughter Sandra Smith of Dayton, brothers Henry Joseph Ouimette and Leon Charles Ouimette both of Texas, sisters Louise A. Huntley of Hohenwald, Tennessee and Marie Bennett of Spring City, special nieces Barbara (Glenn) Murcure of Birchwood and Bonnie (Ricky) Boyd of Spring City, 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wolf Creek Baptist Church, 5225 Wolf Creek Road, Spring City, TN  37381.

Mamie Brown
Spring City

Mamie Elizabeth Brown, 85, died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center.

A longtime resident of Spring City, Mamie was the daughter of the late Gaither and Ruth Fry Riggs Sr..   She was of the Baptist faith.

Mamie was preceded in death by her husband William Edward Brown, sisters Hazel and Hattie Riggs and Lillie Mae Cox and brothers Edgar, Johnny, Roy and James Riggs.

Survivors include her sons James Brown of Jamestown, Tennessee, Lee Brown of Minersville, Pennsylvania and Marvin Gore of Benton, Kentucky, daughters Susie Buckner of Evensville and Judy Riggs, brother Gaither Riggs Jr. of Grandview, sisters Mandy Dinkens and Marie Lemons both of Crossville, six grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm at the Ewing Cemetery in Spring City with Rev. James Dunn officiating.

Martha Blevins
Kingston

Mrs. Martha Jean Starring Blevins, 87, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Renaissance Terrace in Rockwood, Tennessee.  For almost three years she has been a resident of Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston, Tennessee.

She assisted her husband, Dr. B. B. Blevins, with his oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for 24 years.  When her husband retired from his practice in 1985, the Blevins moved to Kingston for their remaining years.  After moving to Kingston, Mrs. Blevins was an active volunteer with the Roane County Archives, and the Southwest Point and Avery Trace Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  As part of her work with the DAR, she proved her direct line of descent from the Revolutionary War soldier, John Hinds, who settled Hinds Valley along White’s Creek prior to the formation of Roane County in 1801.  Mrs. Blevins was also a Founding Director of the Grandview Heritage Foundation. 

While a resident of Oak Ridge from 1961 until 1989, she was a member of the Glenwood Baptist Church, and attended services at several other churches after moving to Kingston.  Prior to living in Oak Ridge, Mrs. Blevins supported her husband in his military career, living in Newport News, VA (Ft. Eustis); Ozark, AL (Ft. Rucker); Chapman, KS (Ft. Riley); and Seaside, CA (Fort Ord).

Mrs. Blevins was a 1944 graduate of Spring City High School in Spring City, Tennessee and a 1946 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee.  Born in Grandview, Tennessee on August 19, 1926, she was the daughter of Ralph Stebbins Starring and Ruth Hinds Starring.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her two brothers, Charles Starring and Arthur Starring.

She is survived by her son, Byron B. (B. B.) Blevins and his wife Andrea of Sacramento, CA; her daughter Martha (Martie) B. Gray and her husband Richard of Roswell, GA, four grandchildren, Mallory Gray of Nashville, TN, Madison Gray of Roswell, GA, Andrew and Benjamin Blevins of Sacramento, CA; her sister-in-law, Jimmie Starring of Rockwood, TN; her sister-in-law, Blanche Starring of Hixson, TN; and many nieces and nephews. 

Mrs. Blevins inspired and helped many throughout her life with her caring and giving nature.  She always found the sunshine on a rainy day.  Her most precious possession as she departed this life were her grandchildren.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staffs at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston, TN and the Fresenius Medical Care located in Harriman, TN, for the excellent care they provided Mrs. Blevins over the past few years.

A brief graveside service will be held at Stebbins Cemetery in Grandview, Tennessee, at noon on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Memorials can be made to the Grandview Heritage Foundation, c/o First Bank of Tennessee, P. O. Box 99, Spring City, TN  37381.



June Pitman
Spring City

Ira June Pitman, 86, of Spring City, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Born in Cookeville, Tennessee, June was the daughter of the late Ira James and Maggie Williams Williamson.  She was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church and the Felicia Sunday School Class.  June was an avid reader and loved sports.

She was preceded in death by her husband Aaron Mitchell “A. M.” Pitman.

June is survived by her daughter Terry (Dennis) Depp of Maplewood, Minnesota, sisters Dahlia Sparkman of Sparta, Tennessee and Wilma Diemer of Cookeville, Tennessee, grandchildren Aaron (Megan) Mooneyhan of Coalfield, Tennessee, Ashlee Mooneyhan of Atlanta, Georgia and Garrett Depp of North Liberty, Iowa and great grandchildren Gracie and Marlie Mooneyhan of Coalfield, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675


May 2014 Obituaries

Sis Woody
Spring City

Florence Evelina “Sis” Woody, 85, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Sis was the daughter of the late James and Mary Elizabeth Smith Tilley.   She was a homemaker and a member of the Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Spring City.  Sis loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren.  She loved flowers, especially roses.

Sis was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Sallie, Albert, Marion, James, Alonzo, John, Claude and Katherine.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Glenn Woody of Spring City, children Ernest (Pam) Woody, Arnold (Sheri) Woody, Evelina (Dennis) Roddy and Wilma (Mike) Owensby all of Dayton, sister Linda Lemons of Spring City, 12 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Kirkland officiating.  Interment will follow in the Add Smith Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Dr. Charles Patel, Dr. Daniel Black and Allison Thompson of Hospice of Chattanooga.

Duane Ezell
Spring City

William Duane Ezell, 55, died Thursday, May 22, 2014 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Duane was the son of the late William Hubert “Bulldog” and Viola Miller Ezell.   He was a graduate of Rhea County High School.  Duane worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority for more than 25 years.  He was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church.  Duane enjoyed golfing and farming.

He was preceded in death by his brother Albert Ezell.

Survivors include his wife Judy Cash Ezell of Spring City, daughter Amanda Ezell of Spring City, sisters Dorline (Jim) Russo of Millboro, Virginia, Lee Meyerhoff of Chattanooga, Diana (Jim) Benoit of Lehigh Acres, Florida and Denise Ezell of Evensville, Tennessee.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  A private interment will be held in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday at the Family Life Center following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381 or your favorite charity.

Jim Edwards
Evensville

James A. “Jim” Edwards, 67, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center.

A longtime resident of Rhea County, he was the son of the late Major Thomas and Vada Perry Edwards.  Jim owned and operated the Rhea County Pawn Shop for many years.  He owned High Tech Pawn, which was software specifically designed for pawn shops.  Jim also operated the Spring City Boat Dock and Phase II Video.  He currently served on the Rhea County Planning Commission and was previously a member of the Spring City Planning Commission.  He loved to fish, loved Harley’s and loved to travel, especially to the ocean.  Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many.  He was of the Church of God faith.

Survivors include his wife Juanita Tucker Edwards of Evensville, children Allen Edwards of Hiram, Georgia, Christi (Joe) Hurst of Temple, Georgia and Shea Edwards Bradshaw of Dayton, sister Willie Mae (Van) White of Dayton, brothers Jack (Brenda) Edwards of Hixson, Dennis (Jewell) Edwards and Albert (Vickie) Edwards both of Spring City, grandchildren Daniel and Abbey Edwards, Jacob, Rebekah and Zoe Hurst and Tucker and Presley Bradshaw and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Wallace and Rev. Ken Bolton officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

Jim’s philosophy was “Pay It Forward”.  The family’s request is that in lieu of flowers, friends may donate to their favorite charity.



Boyd Janow
Evensville

Boyd C. Janow 70 died Saturday May 11, 2014 at Life Care of Rhea County.
Born in Rhea County, Boyd was the son of the late John and Ina Bell Russell Janow. He retired from Dixie Yarn in Lupton City after 47 years. Boyd was a member of the High Point Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Shirley Pritchett Janow, sons Darrell (Samantha) Janow, James Janow and David (Sharen) Janow all of Evensville, sister Joan Godsey and Elizabeth (Ernest) Miller, brothers Ed (Joan) Janow, George (Maybelle) Janow and Curtis Janow all of Spring City, 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Mitchell and Rev. Wallace Powell officiating. Burial in the Pritchett Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

Liz Baldassaro
Spring City

Liz Baldassaro 55, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at her home.

Born in Winter Park, FL, Liz was the daughter of the late Frank and Derothea Runner Romino.   She was the owner of Blooming Crazy Florist in Spring City.  Liz was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Dayton and currently served as the Treasurer of the “Friends of the Park” in Spring City.

Survivors include her husband August Baldassaro, mother Honey Ann Romino, children Chris (Maranda) Baldassaro and Dodie (Teresa) Baldassaro, grandchildren Savannah, Jackson and Tug Baldassaro  all of Spring City, sister Tina (Dan) Dunlap, Lenior City,  her godchild Paige Dunlap and lastly her dogs Lady and Jock!

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Father Sam Strum officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the “Friends of the Park” P.O. Box 463, Spring City, TN  37381.

Dewey Sheppard
Spring City

Dewey Sheppard, 87, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Roane Medical Center in Harriman, Tennessee.

A longtime resident of Spring City, Dewey was the son of the late James and Carrie Carter Sheppard.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and a self-employed farmer.  Dewey was a member of the Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F. &A.M. and the Teamsters Union.  He was of the Baptist faith.  

Dewey was preceded in death by his wife Clara Ella Tipton Sheppard and his four sisters.

Survivors include his sons Larry (Dianne) Sheppard of Buford, Georgia, Jimmy Sheppard of Merritt Island, Florida, and Kent (Gail Sheppard of Spring City, daughter Pat (Bill) Kilpatrick of Gainesville, Georgia, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A Masonic graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the service.

Stanley Thurman
Spring City

Stanley S. Thurman 46 died Saturday May 3, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Stanley was a lifelong resident of Spring City. He had been employed by United Parcel Service for the last 26 years. Stanley also worked at his family’s business part time; T & M Lawnmower. He was a graduate of Rhea County High School and a member of the First Baptist Church of Spring City. Stanley loved to fish, garden and collect menus.
Survivors include his wife Sharon Torbett Thurman of Spring City, parents Robert and Lilah Thomas Thurman of Spring City, children Cole (Sarah) Thurman of Dayton, Kenzie Thurman of Chattanooga, Kelsie Howell and Kaitlyn Thurman both of Spring City, grandchildren Camryn Reed of Spring City, Andie and Tenley Thurman both of Dayton, aunt and uncle Betty Jo and “Chick” Purser of Spring City, father and mother-in-law Jim and Faye Torbett of Madisonville and sister-in-law Stacey (Tony) Breeden of Englewood.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Claude Pendergrass officiating. Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Vaughn Funeral Home.

Glenn Eldridge
Spring City

Glenn A. Eldridge, 65, died Friday, May 2, 2014 at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Born in Chattanooga, he was the son of the late Ike and Sarah Godbehere Eldridge Sr..  After 22 years of service, Glenn retired from the U. S. Army, having served two tours of duty in Vietnam.   He and his family moved from Ft. McClellan, Alabama to the Spring City community in 1988.   Glenn worked as a juvenile probation officer for Rhea County for over 17 years before his retirement.  He was a member of the Pennine Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher and was also a member of Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F.&A.M..  Glenn was a loving father, husband and friend.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Ike Eldridge Jr. and Larry Eldridge.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Myrtle S. Eldridge of Spring City, children Wayne (Donna) Eldridge of Dayton, Glen Eldridge of Arizona, Dakota Eldridge of Chattanooga, Elizabeth (Keith) McCampbell and Karma Eldridge both of Spring City, brothers Jackie, James and Gary Eldridge all of Florida and Ernie Eldridge of Georgia, sisters Wanda Gerlach, Mary Willis, Doris Redman and Joyce Huerta all of Florida, 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Bowen and Rev. Mike Gaither officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow in the Wolf Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.Glenn Eldridge
Spring City

Glenn A. Eldridge, 65, died Friday, May 2, 2014 at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Born in Chattanooga, he was the son of the late Ike and Sarah Godbehere Eldridge Sr..  After 22 years of service, Glenn retired from the U. S. Army, having served two tours of duty in Vietnam.   He and his family moved from Ft. McClellan, Alabama to the Spring City community in 1988.   Glenn worked as a juvenile probation officer for Rhea County for over 17 years before his retirement.  He was a member of the Pennine Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher and was also a member of Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F.&A.M..  Glenn was a loving father, husband and friend.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Ike Eldridge Jr. and Larry Eldridge.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Myrtle S. Eldridge of Spring City, children Wayne (Donna) Eldridge of Dayton, Glen Eldridge of Arizona, Dakota Eldridge of Chattanooga, Elizabeth (Keith) McCampbell and Karma Eldridge both of Spring City, brothers Jackie, James and Gary Eldridge all of Florida and Ernie Eldridge of Georgia, sisters Wanda Gerlach, Mary Willis, Doris Redman and Joyce Huerta all of Florida, 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Bowen and Rev. Mike Gaither officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow in the Wolf Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
April 2014 Obituaries

Hazel Lemons
Grandview

Hazel M. Lemons, 74, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at her home.

A lifetime resident this area, Hazel was the daughter of the late Elbert and Ruby Miller Monroe.   She was of the Baptist faith.

Hazel was preceded in death by her first husband Buster Adams, second husband Fred Monday and third husband Barnett Cornell “Barney” Lemons Jr., son Gary Wayne Adams, daughter Cathy Ford, grandchildren Shannon and Alvin Ford, sister Ruth Wilson and brother Bud Monroe.

Survivors include her daughters Sherrie Mitchell of Grandview, Tina Adams Ford of Crossville, sisters Louise Bolen of Cloverdale, Ohio, Sue Dyer and Billie Brown both of Crossville and Judy Driver of Spring City, brother Oscar Monroe of Kendallville, Indiana, grandchildren Machelle Houston, Terry Parsons and April Ford, seven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Grant officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mt. Sulphur Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank Caris Healthcare of Athens, Tennessee for their care of Hazel during her illness.

Doris Cameron
Spring City

Doris Ann Barton Cameron, 88, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Doris was a lifelong resident of Spring City, graduating from the Spring City High School in 1945.  She was also a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church for her entire life.  Doris taught the nursery Sunday school class for over 40 years, touching the lives of all babies who attended the church during that time.  She worked at the Western Auto Store for many years and knew everyone who came into the store.  An avid fan of UT football and the Lady Vols basketball, Doris would travel to all the home games and many of the games on the road.  With her traveling companions, Gretchen Smith, Juanita “Sam” Lyons, Virginia True, Nola Watson, Edna Ruth Lyons and Tennga Conner, they toured the continental United States and parts of Canada.  Walking became Doris’s favorite hobby.  She would wear out several pairs of walking shoes each year by making her daily jaunt of 4 to 6 miles often with her friends Shirley Barnett, Christine Oney and Lorene Fourman.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents Elbert and Barbara Sheehan Barton; husband Joe Cameron; son Miles Cameron; brothers James, Bill, Harold and John Barton; sisters Pearl Woodfin, Helen Douglas and Gretchen Smith.

She is survived by her daughters Jill (John) Tomlinson of Knoxville and Sandra “Sandy” (Tony) Chattin of Spring City, granddaughter Katie Chattin of Spring City, several nieces, nephews and special friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  The family will receive friends at the Family Life Center following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381.



Gerri Cash
Spring City

Sylvia G. “Gerri” Cash, 87, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Rockwood, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Verdo and Mary Lucy Trammel Laughlin.  Gerri was a graduate of Rockwood High School.  She married Wilson Cash on June 10, 1949 and they moved to the Spring City community.  Gerri was a payroll supervisor and retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after many years of service.  She was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church, a former Sunday school teacher and was involved in many church activities.  Gerri was also a member of the TVA Retirees’ Association, the American Legion Auxiliary and the former Spring City Business and Professional Women’s Club. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Woodrow Wilson Cash, brothers Thomas Laughlin, Eugene Laughlin and Charles Laughlin.

Survivors include her daughters Judy (Duane) Ezell of Spring City and Janet (Curtis) Manuel of Rockwood and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery, Spring City, Tennessee.  The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381 or a charity of your choice.



Chuck Swafford
Spring City

Larry Dean “Chuck” Swafford, 65, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Chuck was the son of the late Lonas and Nancy Smith Swafford.   He was retired from the textile manufacturing industry.  Chuck was a member of the Bonham Baptist Church in Spring City.

Survivors include his sister Linda Swafford of Spring City, nephew Kevin (Tabitha) Letner of Dayton and great nephews Kane Watson and Caleb and Gavin Reagan.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Rocky Churchwell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Add Smith Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.


March 2014 Obituaries

Jerry Carter
Spring City

Jerome “Jerry” Neal Carter, 71, died Friday, March 28, 2014 at his residence.

Born in Campbell, Virginia, he was the son of the late William Stafford and Myrtle May Bell Carter.  Jerry was a veteran of the U. S. Army.  He and his wife, Pat, moved from Edgewater, Maryland to the Spring City community in 1997.  Jerry owned and operated Afford-A-Door in Spring City and was of the Methodist faith.  He was a NASCAR fan, loved planting a garden and always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his granddaughter Kristi Napier and brother Jerry Thomas Carter.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carol Patricia “Pat” Spicknall Carter of Spring City, sister Diane Carter Doss of Lynch State, Virginia, daughter Toni (Ronald) Napier of Edgewater, Maryland, granddaughter Jennipher (Brian) Coyle of Edgewater, great grandchild Cameron Coyle of Edgewater, sister Debra Mae Williams of Reedsville, North Carolina and brother James Carter of Spring City.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  Military honors will be conducted in the chapel following the funeral service.  The family will receive friends Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caris Hospice, 421 Old Riceville Road, Athens, TN  37303.

Vivian McClendon
Spring City

Vivian Lee Calloway McClendon, 64 died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Vivian was the daughter of the late Leon McGee and Lucy A. Pickle Calloway.  She was a graduate of Spring City High School and Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee.  Vivian retired in 2004 from the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant after 27 years of service.   She was a member of the Reed Chapel United Methodist Church in Spring City and also a member of the TVA Retirees Association.

Vivian is survived by her husband Lawrence “Larry” McClendon of Spring City, children Phaedra Brewster of Sweetwater, Tennessee, Terry (Erica) McClendon and Travis (Misty) McClendon both of Spring City, sister Patricia Horton of Spring City, brothers-in-law James (Noreen) McClendon and Theodore McClendon, and grandchildren Darius Ridley, Jazmine, Tyra, Quincey and Bryson McClendon.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  Interment will follow at the Petersburg Cemetery in Spring City.  The family will receive friends at the Family Life Center at the Spring City United Methodist Church after the interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Reed Chapel United Methodist Church, P O. Box 425, Spring City, TN 37381

February 2014 Obituaries

Shirley Holloway
Spring City

Shirley J. Holloway, 76, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Spring City Care Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, she was preceded in death by her parents James and Mamie Garner O’Dear.   Shirley was a homemaker and attended the Spring City Foursquare Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Clifford Holloway, sister Maxine Scott and brothers Gary Pat O’Dear and James O’Dear.

Survivors include her sons Randy (Diane) Holloway, Danny Holloway and Clifford Holloway Jr. all of Spring City, daughters Connie Webb of Grandview and Janice Sue Sutton of Spring City, brother Homer O’Dear of Grandview and sisters Barbara King of Sewanee, Tennessee, Mary “Betty” King of Decherd, Tennessee and Faye Murphy of Grandview, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Rocky Churchwell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


Olaf Tammark
Spring City

Olaf Tammark, 92, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Tartu, Estonia and formerly of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Olaf and his wife, Maggie, moved to the Spring City community in 1985.  Olaf was an architectural engineer and retired from Darrell West Architectural after 27 years of service.  He was a member of the Estica Fraternity and the Estonian American National Counsel.  Olaf was of the Lutheran faith and attended the Spring City United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents Heinrich and Sinaide Holtfreter Tammark and brother Arvo Tammark.

Olaf is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret “Maggie” Tammark of Spring City, son Mati Enn Tammark of Knoxville and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  The family will receive friends Sunday at 5:00 pm at the Spring City United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tammark Scholarship Fund, in care of Southeast Bank, P. O. Box 1074, Spring City, TN  37381.


Sara Smith
Spring City

Sara Trevena Smith, 76, died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge after a lengthy battle with kidney disease.

Born in Ocoee, Tennessee and formerly of Oak Ridge, Sara moved to the Spring City community in 1981.  She retired from the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge as a personnel security specialist after 50 years of service.  Sara was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Lena Alice Greene McCall, husband Johnny B. Rowlett and son Mark Stephen Williams.

Sara is survived by her daughter Sharon “Sherrie” (Scott) Hutson of Spring City, stepson Jonathan Rowlett of Nashville, brother Bob McCall of Blue Ridge, Virginia, former husband and father of her children, R. G. Williams Jr. of Oak Ridge, grandson Mark Templeton of Spring City, granddaughters Stephanie (Steve) Shults of Oak Ridge, Stacey Williams of Knoxville and Rachel and Allie Hutson both of Spring City and great grandchildren Spencer, Sydney and Keeton.

As Sara requested, her remains were cremated and there will be no services.

Memorials may be made to East TN Kidney Foundation, P. O. Box 22072, Knoxville, TN  37933 or a charity of your choice.

Johnnie Hughes
Evensville, TN

Johnnie Hughes 77 died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Spring City Care Center.  Born in Wesbourne, TN, she was the daughter of the late John Robert and Mary Ruth Stinnett Cofer. Johnnie was a retired hairdresser. She owned and operated Johnnie’s Beauty Shop for 35 years. Johnnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Hughes and her sisters Jewell Fisher and Irma Dalphene and Mary Frances Cofer and a brother Charles Cofer.
Survivors include her sons Willie (Karen) Hughes of Dayton and Dewight Hughes of Evensville, daughter Ida (Rex) Fugate and Theresa (George) Fisher both of Evensville and Pam Morgan of Texas, brother Glen Cofer of Alabama, sisters Iva Lee Shadden of Rockwood, Betty Cofer of Texas and Sue Allred of Alabama, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating. Interment will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 6 to 8 PM.

Chris Quinn
Spring City

Christopher B. “Chris” Quinn, 18, died Saturday, February 8, 2014.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Chris attended Rhea County High School and was an auto mechanic.  He was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include his father and mother Steven and Becky Quinn Knight of Spring City, grandmother Bonnie Keeton of Decatur and brother Kody Knight of Spring City.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Russell officiating.  Interment will follow at the James Community Cemetery in Spring City.   The family will receive friends Friday two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vaughn Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Sherri Edwards
Spring City

Cheryl J. “Sherri” Edwards, 57, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

A native of Decatur, Tennessee, Sherri was a graduate of Meigs County High School and ETSU.  She was a high school teacher for 28 years and worked primarily for the Rhea County Department of Education.  Sherri took an active part in the lives of her family and students.  She coached cheerleading for many years.  Sherri was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her father Edgar “Shorty” Jewell.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Lynn Edwards, Spring City, mother Elaine (Walt) Hensley, Decatur, daughters Kari (Craig) Byrd, Oxford, Mississippi and Brittany Edwards, Charlotte, North Carolina, brother Eddie Jewell, Decatur, sister Devra Bostic, Decatur and several beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Rhea County High School Auditorium with Rev. Jerry Levengood officiating.  The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Eddie Dillard
Evensville

Eddie Dean Dillard, 53, died Friday, January 31, 2014 in Warren, Michigan.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, Eddie was the son of the late Albert and Edna Hale Dillard.   He was a graduate of Rhea County High School.  Eddie was a truck driver for 35 years and currently worked for M. H. Logistics.  He was a member of the Living God Church.

Eddie was preceded in death by three sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Fronie Sutton Dillard of Evensville, children Melissa Gonzalez of Decatur, Tennessee, Galend Lamb of Spring City and Ashley Fulton of Athens, Tennessee, brothers Gary Dillard, Roscoe Dillard and Wally Dillard all of Dayton and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will follow at the Smith-Wilkey Cemetery in Spring City.   The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



Chester Alley
Dayton

Chester Roy Alley, 78, a life-long resident of Rhea County, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

He was a loving and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.  Mr. Alley was retired from TVA after 33 years of service.

Mr. Alley is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Viola Alley; sisters Ada Fry and Aileen Porter; first wife Barbara Thomas Alley; and daughter Maria (Hodges) Harrison.

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Barbara Blevins Hodges Alley; children Gary and Carol Alley, Mike and Kim Alley, and Terry and Debbie (Alley) Eastwood; Ronald Hodges, Michael and Angela (Hodges) Amour, and Bill Harrison; sisters Helen Duckworth and Lucille Davidson; brothers Eugene Alley, Walter Alley and Charles Alley, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with the Dr. Danny Ruehling officiating.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.  A private family interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA  30047 or http://www.lbda.org/go/donate.

January 2014 Obituaries

Harold Knox Sr.
Spring City

Harold R. Knox Sr., 91, died Monday, January 27, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Robertston County, Tennessee, Harold was the son of the late Odell and Mae Denney Knox.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Corp and served his country during World War II.  Harold worked for the Corp of Engineers as a lock operator and retired after 36 years,  last working at the Watts Bar Lock.  After retirement, he worked on the visitation staff of Vaughn Funeral Home.  Harold was a member of the First Baptist Church of Spring City for over 40 years where he served as deacon, trustee and on many committees.   

He was preceded in death by his sister Helen Smith and brother Ray Knox.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Nancy Nicholson Knox of Spring City, daughter Donna (Lonnie) Craft of Soddy Daisy, son Randy (Donna) Knox of Spring City, brother Howard “Billy” Knox of Knoxville, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A celebration of Harold’s life will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Spring City with Rev. Brian Price officiating.  Military honors will also be presented.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 364 West Jackson Avenue, Spring City, TN  37381 or a charity of your choice.


Zona Roberta Edwards
Grandview







Zona Roberta Rhear Edwards 58 died Saturday January 25, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Zona was a graduate of Spring City High School. She was currently at sales associate at Walmart in Crossville, TN; where she had worked for the last ten years.  She was a member of the Mercy Baptist Church in Grandview.
Zona was preceded in death by her father James R. Rhear and a sister Sandra Rhear Baldwin.
Survivors include her mother Bonnetta Holloway Rhear of Grandview, her sister Tenna Ray of Dayton, TN, nieces Christy McCoy, Amber Ray and Tammie Cranmore, nephews Robert and Raymond Baldwin Jr. and several great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday January 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Douglas Grant Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Sulphur Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Vaughn Funeral Home, Monday from 1 to 3:00 PM.

James Talley
Spring City

James Merrill Talley, 85, formerly of Indianapolis, Indiana, died Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Spring City Care and Rehab Center.

Born in Dublin, Indiana, he was the son of the late Ewart M. and Alberta Essington Talley Sr..  James graduated from Noblesville High School in Noblesville, Indiana in 1940.  He began his career at General Motors Delco Remy division in Anderson, Indiana.   James graduated from the General Motors Apprentice School in 1950 and became a metal model maker.    He joined the U. S. Navy in 1952 and served for four years.  Upon discharge from the service, James returned to Delco Remy and worked there until his retirement in 1993.  James and his wife, Elizabeth, chose Watts Bar Lake in Spring City, Tennessee to build their new home.  He was of the Methodist faith.   James was mason and member of Noblesville Masonic Lodge #57 in Noblesville, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his brother Ewart M. Talley Jr.

Survivors include his wife 63 years, Elizabeth Pike Talley of Spring City, daughters Ann (Rodney Steagall) Gates of Dayton, Tennessee and Patricia (Jay) Powell of Rosemount, Minnesota, sons David Talley of Cleveland, Tennessee and Benjamin (Debra) Talley of Jacksonville, Florida, nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren two nephews and one niece.

A celebration of the life of James, a kind, loving and humorous man, will be held Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Rocky Churchwell officiating. The family will receive friends Friday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Audrey Pack Memorial Library Foundation, P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381



Bill Crowder
Spring City

William F. “Bill” Crowder, 82, originally of Marietta, Georgia, died Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Born in Marietta, he was the son of the late William N. and Annie Mae Dunn Crowder.  Bill was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.  He spent his career as an Industrial Hygiene Engineer in the Safety Division of Lockheed Aeronautics Division in Marietta.  After retirement, Bill and his late wife, Sylvia, moved to Riverwood in Watts Bar Estates in Spring City, Tennessee, where they enjoyed many beautiful days together.  After the loss of his wife, Bill later married Patricia “Patty” Tallent Crowder.  Together with their families, Bill and Patty were blessed with happy days of fishing, family time, traveling and the love they shared.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Sylvia Poe Crowder.

Bill leaves survivors, his wife Patty and three children; Susan Peeples, Kennesaw, Georgia, Steve (Melanie) Crowder, Marietta, Georgia and John (Darcy) Crowder, Cartersville, Georgia and Patty’s children; Al (Janet) Tallent and son Andrew and Barbara (Jonny) Tallent.  Bill’s grandchildren are Josh Peeples, Wil (Brittani) Crowder and Brenna (Tim) Michaels. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  A graveside service with military honors will follow at the Spring City Cemetery.  After the graveside service, the family will receive friends at the Family Life Center.

Memorials may be made to the Spring City UMC Community Ministries or Bereavement Fund at P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381.




Barbara Jones
Dayton

Barbara A. Jones, 74, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Erlanger Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, Barbara was the daughter of the late Willard and Tennie Harris Nixon.    She was a homemaker and a member of the Kelly Grove Baptist Church in Dayton.

Barbara was preceded in death by her first husband Howard Jones, second husband Henry A. Jones and brother Jim Nixon.

Survivors include her children Deb (Billy) Edington of Spring City, Bobby Jones of Knoxville and Donna Jones of Dayton, stepchildren Sue (David) Bell of Ringgold, Georgia, Brenda Price of Soddy, and Tresha (Andrew) Glowacki of Texas, sisters Mary Ann Tilley and Phyllis McClure both of Kingston, brothers Bill Nixon of Arizona,  Pat Nixon of California, Donnie Nixon of Spring City and Gary Nixon of Dayton, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made a charity of your choice.


Alma Holloway
Spring City

Alma Ann Holloway, 71, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Erlanger Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Alma was the daughter of the late Arthur and Annie Keylon Cagle and was a graduate of Spring City High School.    She was a beautician for over 50 years and owned and operated Fashionette Beauty Shop and currently worked at Mane Attractions.  Alma also owned and operated Fashion Florist for many years.  She currently worked part time at Vaughn Funeral Home on the visitation staff.  Alma was a member of the Spring City Foursquare Church. 
She was an avid sports fan and loved UT football and the Lady Vols. 

Alma was preceded in death by her sisters Elsie Morgan and Hazel Grigsby and brother Carter Newman.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Ronnie Holloway of Spring City, children Barry (Felicia) Goodman,  Susan (Gary) Garwood, Bryan (Glenda) Goodman, Jamie (Amy) Holloway all of of Spring City and Lisa (Randy) Weaver of Crossville, sisters Edith (Earl) Jolley and Charlene Gibbs both of Spring City, 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Spring City Foursquare Church with Rev. David Daniels, Rev. Danny Carter and Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City Foursquare Church, 440 Piccadilly Avenue, Spring City, TN  37381





Virginia True
Spring City

Virginia D. True, 82, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

A longtime resident of Spring City, Virginia was the daughter of the late Rev. James and Lucinda Phillips Davis.    She was a graduate of Spring City High School.  Virginia attended the Spring City United Methodist Church for many years and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Spring City.  An avid U. T. fan, she was a season ticket holder with both football and the Lady Vols.  Along with her traveling companions, Juanita Lyons, Gretchen Smith and Doris Cameron, Virginia visited every state in the union except for Alaska and Hawaii.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Miller True, brothers James P. Davis, Charles Davis and Floyd W. Davis and sisters Louise Davis Caves and Betty Davis Merriman.

Survivors include her daughters Diane (Chris) Riggs, Jerrie (Billy Ray) Patton, Cindy (Greg) Hill and Andrea True all of Spring City, grandchildren Steven Cox, Tiffany Ciero, Bethany Bernhardt and Peyton Hill and one great grandchild Dominic Ciero.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wyrick, Rev. Tommy Cochran and Rev. Jonathan Jouben officiating.  The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeview Baptist Church, 3450 New Lake Road, Spring City, TN  37381 or to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381





Tammy Wood
Spring City

Tammy A. Wood, 49, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at her residence.

Born in Dunkirk, New York, Tammy was the daughter of Clarence and Patricia Baker Wood.  She was a graduate of the University of New York Fredonia.  Tammy was a writer of children’s books and a lover of animals.  She moved from New York to the Spring City community 14 years ago.  Tammy was active in the Audrey Pack Memorial Library in Spring City and the Wolf Creek Fire Department.  She attended Wolf Creek Baptist Church and the Spring City United Methodist Church.

Tammy was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Wood.

Survivors include her mother Pat Wood and stepfather Marshall Patterson of Spring City and brother Ronald Wood of Knoxville.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Audrey Pack Memorial Library Foundation, P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381.

December 2013 Obituaries

Mark Manning
Spring City

Mark D. Manning, 49, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Sussex, England, Mark was the son of Samuel Frank and Claudine Hawkins Manning.  He was a graduate of Rhea County High School, the Class of 1983.  Mark moved to the Spring City community from San Antonio, Texas in 1971.  He was employed by Bechtel Corporation as a pipefitter.    Mark was a member of the Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F.&A.M and of the Protestant faith.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Frank Manning.

Survivors include his mother Claudine Hawkins Manning of Spring City, brothers David Manning of Boise, Idaho and Tim (Wilma) Manning of Rockwood, Tennessee, nephews Sam and Max Manning and nieces Madison and Jordan Manning.

Masonic services will be held Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cold Nose Coalition, c/o Jill Allison, 111 Williams Street, Spring City, TN  37381


Tim Guthrie
Spring City

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Tim Guthrie, 75, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at his winter home in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Tim was the son of the late Timothy and Catherine Cannon Guthrie.  He was a 1956 high school graduate of the Tennessee Military Institute.  He attended the General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, in Flint, Michigan, where he was a member of Phi Tau Alpha Fraternity, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tim began his career with General Motors as a co-op student with Frigidaire and had a lengthy and distinguished career with Frigidaire, Delco Air, and Delphi Thermal divisions of General Motors in Dayton, Ohio and Lockport, New York.  He retired in 1995 after nearly 40 years of dedicated service.  Following his retirement, Tim relocated with his wife to Spring City, Tennessee in 1997, spending several months each year in Ft. Myers, Florida.

In his retirement years, Tim focused on community service as a member of Kiwanis International in both Spring City and Ft. Myers.  He was also committed to his volunteer work with the Audrey Pack Memorial Library.  Tim was an enthusiastic member of the Spring City United Methodist Church where he enjoyed great love and support from his church family.  He attended Faith United Methodist Church when in Ft. Myers where he actively participated in Sunday School and Bible Study.

Tim was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Sylvia Stanley Guthrie.

Survivors include children Tim Guthrie of Ft. Myers, Florida, Kathy Guthrie of Ft. Myers, Florida, Julie Guthrie (Paul DePascale), grandsons Joey DePascale and Jack DePascale all of Columbus, Ohio, brother Charlie Guthrie of Indianapolis, Indiana, sisters Suzy Guthrie of Knoxville, Tennessee and Julia Guthrie of Coker Creek, Tennessee and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday two hours prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Audrey Pack Memorial Library Foundation, P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381 or to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381.

Ernestine M. Simpson
Spring City

Ernestine M. Simpson, 86, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

A lifelong resident of Spring City, Ernestine’s grandparents were founding settlers of Rhea Springs and Spring City.  She was the daughter of the late Milford and Alba Childes Simpson and a graduate of Spring City High School.  Ernestine worked for TVA as a secretary for 33 years before retiring.  She had been a member of the TVA Retirees’ Association and Spring City Business and Professional Women’s Club.  Ernestine was also very active in the Democratic Party.  She has been a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church since the 1930’s.

Ernestine was preceded in death by brother-in-law Lester McClure and nephew Larry McClure.

Survivors include her twin sister Maxine McClure and nieces Carole (Boyd) Wright and Sharon Brown, all of Spring City and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Wyick officiating.  There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381




November 2013 Obituaries


Doris Hanna
Dayton
Doris Faye Hanna 61 of Dayton died Friday, November 29, 2013 at her residence. Born in Blue Diamond, KY she was the daughter of the late Troy and Lillie Walker Stidham. Doris retired after 18 years as an Administrative Assistant at Ft. Monmouth Hospital in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. She and her husband moved to Rhea County in 2009. Doris loved all dogs especially English Cocker Spaniels. She was of the Baptist faith.
Doris was preceded in death by her brothers Lawrence, Eugene, Harold and Troy Stidham Jr.
Survivors include her husband Thomas G. “Tom” Hanna of Dayton, children Mark (Michelle) Hanna of Spring City, Nancy (William) Nolan of Brick, New Jersey and Michael (Kimberly) Hanna of Provo, Utah, sisters Mollie Stidham Henry of Bardstown, KY, ten grandchildren, one unborn great granddaughter and her dogs Annie, Chester and Sara.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6PM at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home two hours prior to services.
Memorial contributions; in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Cold Nose Coalition % Jill Allison, 111 Williams Street, Spring City, TN  37381



Ethel Johnson
Spring City

Cora Ethel Johnson, 84, died Monday, November 25, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ethel was the daughter of the late Charles and Isabelle Baker Gregston.  She worked for Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati for 15 years before retiring and moving to the.  Spring City community in 1993.  Ethel was a member of the Spring City Foursquare Church and was a volunteer at Our Daily Bread for many years.

Survivors include her daughters Angie (Bob) Burkhardt and Susan (Bob) Piolatto both of Spring City, brother Raymond Gregston of Newtonsville, Ohio, sister Marlene Bryant of Milford, Ohio and Delores Kelch of Mt. Orab, Ohio, granddaughter Amy Hoosier of Cincinnati, Ohio and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Brother David Daniels officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City Foursquare Church, 440 Piccadilly Avenue, Spring City, TN  37381


Pete Johnson
Spring City

Darrell Lynn “Pete” Johnson, 61, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, while doing one of his favorite things, his morning walk with his dogs.  Pete was a special man whom everyone couldn’t help but love.  He was a devoted husband, father and friend.   Pete had a special way about him in that he never met a stranger.  All you had to do was ask and he was there without hesitation.  He was a man of many talents with a generous heart who always put his family before himself.

Born in Knoxville, Pete was the son of the late Paul and Wanda Wininger Johnson Jr..  He retired from TVA in 2008, after 30 years of service, most of which was in labor relations and continued to serve TVA as a BVI volunteer.  Pete genuinely enjoyed working at the visitor’s centers at Raccoon Mountain and Norris Dam and conducting tours for engineering students at various TVA dams.  He was an avid UT fan and loved playing golf with his closest friends, as well as hiking and fishing.  Pete was a member of Spring City United Methodist Church and Ducks Unlimited. 

He was also preceded in death by his brother Paul H. Johnson III and his beloved grandmother Lola Mae Johnson.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife and soul mate, Debbie L. Johnson, his daughters, Taylor S. Johnson and Jessica N. Sanderson and future son-in-law, Luke Cochran, son and daughter-in-law, Andrew M. and Sandy K. Sanderson.  Pete is also survived by sister and brother-in-law, Robin and Rodney McMillin, mother-in-law, Peggy Lester, sister-in-law and brother-in-laws, Belene and Richard Howell and David Robinson and numerous nieces and nephews.  Also left to cherish Pete’s memory are aunt and uncle, Betty and Jim Johnson who held a special place in his heart.  He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Woody and Misty and cats, Sam and his lap-warmer, Mattie.  Pete was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Rodney Burnette officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Because of Pete’s love for animals, the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Rhea County Animal Shelter, Attention:  Pam Hixson, 444 2nd Avenue, Dayton, TN  37321


Beatrice Riggs
Grandview

Beatrice M. Riggs, 78, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

Born in Cumberland County, Beatrice was the daughter of the late David Jonathan and Sarah Ann Smith Dinkins.  She was a homemaker and moved back to the Grandview community from Florida in 1979.  Beatrice was a member of the Mt Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her son Tony Lee Riggs and brother Clifford Calvesta Dinkins.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Gaither Riggs of Grandview, daughters Vickie Rose Goodwyn, Louisville, Kentucky and Cindy Lou Watkins of Grandview, son Eugene Allen Riggs of Avon Park, Florida, brother Jerome Dinkins of Piketon, Ohio, sister Wanda Daniels of Spring City, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Chip Meadows officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

Carlene Goldberg
Spring City

Tabitha Carlene Goldberg, 57, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at her home.

Born in Rockwood, Carlene was the daughter of Carl Y. and Alta Riggs Potter.  She retired from Stanford Manufacturing and moved to the Spring City community from middle Tennessee four years ago.  Carlene attended Spring City Foursquare Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Y. Potter.

Survivors include her mother Alta Riggs Potter of Spring City, son Gary Goldberg of Houston, Texas, sister Sheryle (Bence) Csomor of Spring City, nieces Jessica and Kristie Woods and great nieces Lydia and Sophia.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Pastor David Daniels officiating.  Interment will follow in the Thurman Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Darrell E. Boles Sr.
Spring City

Darrell E. Boles Sr., 67, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Darrell was the son of the late James Clyde and Gladys Mae Garrison Boles.   He was a graduate of Spring City High School.  Darrel was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict.  He retired from Kayser-Roth after 32 years.  Darrell played softball and loved to hunt.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife Debbie Jackson Boles of Spring City, sons Eddie (Tammy) Boles of Spring City and Lee (Samantha) Boles of Sale Creek, daughter Denise (Richard Wood) Boles of Spring City, brothers Charles (Linda) Boles of Kingston, Tennessee and Larry (Mary Jo) Boles of Evensville, sister Janice (Dale) Kennedy of Englewood, Tennessee, grandchildren Will, Tyler and Matt Boles and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Everett Powers officiating.  Interment will be Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Spring City Cemetery.   The family will receive friends Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.





Helen Wright
Spring City

Helen Wright, 86, died Monday, November 11, 2013, at the Bledsoe County Nursing Home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Helen was the daughter of late the Elbert and Callie Holloway Smith.   She was a homemaker and loved to crochet and play the piano and guitar.   Helen was a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Spring City and also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #100. 

She was preceded in death by her sisters Thelma Smith and Nancy Swafford and brothers Sam Smith and Raymond Smith.

Survivors include her sons Jim Wright and Terry (Debra) Wright both of Pikeville, brother Norman (Joanne) Smith of Dayton, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Add Smith Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.


Mackie Brown
Spring City

Arthur M. “Mackie” Brown Jr., 74, died Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Gainesboro, Tennessee while hunting with his grandson, Brad Collins.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Mackie was the son of the late Arthur “Brownie” and Hugh Lee Lyle Brown Sr..  He was a graduate of Spring City High School, Class of 1957 and served as President of the Alumni Association.  Mackie retired after 27 years with the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge and was also a substitute driver for Rhea County schools.  He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Spring City, attended the Fellowship Class and drove the church bus.  Mackie was an avid sportsman who loved hunting and fishing and was known as the “Duck Hunter”.

He was preceded in death by his brother Rev. Denzel “Denny” Brown.

Survivors include his wife JoAn Collins Brown of Spring City, daughters Gina (Jeff) McDaniel and Amy Brown Kilbane both of Spring City and Stephanie (Wayne) Smith of Anderson, South Carolina, stepdaughters Becky Roberts of Port Neches, Texas and Vicky (David) Rodda of Dayton, stepson Scott Roberts of Nederland, Texas, brother Ronald Brown of Spring City, 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Spring City with Rev. Brian Price officiating.  The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rhea County Rescue Squad, 260 McGoffin Avenue, Spring City, TN  37381

Miles G McCuistion Sr.
Hixson

Miles G McCuistion Sr., 82, formerly of Spring City, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at his home.

Born in Rock Island, Tennessee, Miles was the son of the late John F. McCuistion and Anna Rhea Dedrick McCuistion Cox.  He was a graduate of Spring City High School, Class of 1950 and a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Miles was an engineer and retired from TVA.  He loved to fly and was a licensed pilot for many years.  Miles also had a lifelong love of music and played the guitar.  He was a member of Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F. & A.M. and the First Baptist Church in Spring City.

He was preceded in death by his son John Franklin McCuistion II, grandson Graham Mitchell and sister Dorothy Long.

Miles is survived by his wife Barbara Ann Barton McCuistion of Hixson, son Miles G McCuistion Jr.(Wanda Pike) of Soddy Daisy, daughters Becky Mitchell of Manchester, New Hampshire, Beth (Ken) Kipp of Wellfleet, Massachusetts and Mary Ann (Darren) Kipp of Plainville, Massachusetts, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  Interment with masonic graveside services will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the AIM Center, P. O. Box 11582, Chattanooga, TN  37401 or online at www.aimcenterinc.org or Hearth Hospice, 100 Mitchell Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA  30742.



McLendon P. Rigsby
Spring City

McLendon “Mack” Rigsby, 80, died Saturday, November 2, 2013 at his home.

Born in Valdosta, GA, Mack was the son of the late McLendon and Lena Parham Rigsby.  He served his country during the Korean Conflict serving in the U. S. Air Force and the U. S. Navy.  Mack was an iron worker and retired from Buccaneers Steel in Tampa, FL after 25 years of service. He and his wife, Janice “Jay”, moved from Florida to the Spring City community in 1995.  He was a former volunteer with the Spring City Fire Department and served as chief for several years.  Mack was instrumental in helping secure various funds for the fire department.  He was of the Protestant faith.

Mack was also preceded in death by sisters Jewel Bruner and Josephine Taylor.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years Janice “Jay” St. Jernquist Rigsby, son Steve (Barbara) Rigsby, daughter Kimberly (Lloyd) Anderson all of Spring City, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.


October 2013 Obituaries

Alcibee Tharp
Spring City

Alcibee B. Tharp, 91, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at her home.

Born in Choudrant, Louisiana, she was the daughter of the late Cledith and Alma Collie Butler.  Alcibee was a nurse’s aid before her retirement and she moved from North Little Rock, Arkansas to the Spring City community in 2005.  She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Association, the Sunshiner’s in Arkansas and the Red Hat Club of Spring City.  Alcibee was a member of the North Hills Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband James P. Tharp, step-son Ronald Tharp and brother Clyde Butler.

Survivors include her daughters Tijuana (Gary) Gilmore of Spring City and Barbara (Tommy) Hutto of Damascus, Arkansas, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home.  Interment will be Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Beulah Cemetery in Choudrant, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381





Lonas Daniels Sr.
Spring City

Lonas Daniels Sr., 65, died Saturday, October 12, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, Lonas was the son of Albert and Bernie Cleo Fisher Daniels.   He was of the Baptist faith.

Lonas was preceded in death by his mother Bernie Cleo Daniels and his son Lonas William Daniels Jr..

Survivors include his wife Sharon Daniels of Spring City, father Albert Daniels of Spring City, children Melissa Daniels and Kenneth Daniels both of Spring City and Lou Xiloj of Dayton, brothers Leroy Daniels, Joe Daniels and James Daniels all of Spring City and David Daniels of Evensville, sisters Mary Dockery, Wanda Sue Couch and Kathy McDaniel all of Spring City, Sarah Daniels of Crossville and Donna Belle Inman of Decatur, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Mt. Sulphur Cemetery with Rev.  Robert Hurd officiating.  There will be no visitation.



Katherine Walker
Spring City

Katherine Clack Walker 77 died Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center. Born in Rhea Co., Katherine was the daughter of the late William Baxter and Cleo Sue West Clack. Katherine graduated from Spring City High School and was a member of the O.E. S. Chapter #110 in Indiana where she had served as Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Spring City.
Katherine loved the Lord, her family, little children and little dogs; especially, her two little dogs Pipsi and Muppett.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years Billy Ray Walker of Spring City, son Kelvin (Cheryl) Walker of Ballwin, MO, daughter Susan (Brian) Moller of Hixson, TN, sister Margaret (George) Lennen and brother Robert “Bob” Clack both of Spring City, grandchildren Christopher, Daniel and Melissa Walker, Brittany Day and Baxter Hickman, one great grandson James Ray Hickman and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald and Rev. Rusty Revis officiating. Burial will follow in the Glen Alice Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.
We would like to thank all of the girls who cared for her in the Lantern Memory Care Unit at Morning Pointe in Hixson and Spring City Care Center. “She loved all of you!”
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Inc., PO Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37204.




Jean Hill
Spring City

Verna Jean Hill, 65, died Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Athens, Jean was the daughter of James L. and Hazel Wilson Womac.   She moved from Meigs County to the Spring City community 33 years ago.  Jean was retired master seamstress.   She enjoyed making quilts and pocketbooks and working in the yard.  She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Spring City.

Jean was preceded in death by her father James L. Womac.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Richard Hill of Spring City, mother Hazel W. Womac of Riceville, children Tim Queen and Tammi (Robert) Trowbridge both of Riceville and Greg (Kris) Hill and Curtis (Jessica) Hill both of Spring City, brothers Jimmy Womac and Phillip Womac both of Riceville, sisters Norma Mahaffey of Kingston, Ella Mae Womac of Riceville and Martha Lewis of Oak Ridge, ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald and Rev. Charles Armour officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home.



Jay C. Hassler
Spring City

Jay C. Hassler, 72, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

A lifetime resident of this area, Jay was the son of the late Paul and Susan Reed Hassler.   He retired from Norfolk Southern Railway after 27 years of service.  Jay was a member of the Spring City Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Laford Hassler and James D. “Jess” Hassler.

Survivors include his wife Peggy S. Hassler of Spring City, daughters Marsha Bean of Crossville, Angie Mergen of Ooltewah and Kristie Hassler of Spring City, son John Paul Hassler of Crossville, sister Nonavee Darlene Boling of Seattle, Washington, brothers Doyle Clayton Hassler of Dayton, Ohio, Lynn Condon Hassler of Herbertsburg, Tennessee, Paul Hassler Jr. of Spring City and Avery Thomas Hassler of Crossville, several grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev.  Ronnie Phipps officiating.  Interment will be Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:00 am in the Reed Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home.



Wanda Sue Watson
Dayton

Wanda Sue Watson, 68, died Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

A lifetime resident of Dayton, Wanda was the daughter of the late William and Pearl Mickel Suttles.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Dayton.

Wanda was preceded in death by her brother James Suttles, sisters Hazel Simpson, Shirley Hale, Frances Colvin and Virginia Suttles and son-in-law Ray Brady.

Survivors include her husband Tony Watson of Dayton, sons Mike Watson of Graysville, Pete (Angel) Watson of Dayton and Dale (Etta) Watson of Spring City, daughter Jaime Brady of Dayton, brothers Jennings Suttles and Harold Suttles both of Dayton, ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald and Rev. Eddie Suttles officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Monday, October 7, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Tennessee Chapter, 735 Broad Street, Suite 300, Chattanooga, TN  37402


Vickie Powell
Spring City

Vickie Powell 52 died Friday, October 4, 2013 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Vickie was a graduate of Rhea County High School and was of the Pentecostal Faith.
Survivors include her parents Blaine and Rozella Jolley Godsey and daughter Misty Tew both of Spring City, brother David (Angie) Godsey and sister Karen (Jeff) Reed both of Grandview and grandchildren Brennan and Ethan Manley of Spring City.
Funeral services are Monday at 2 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Johnson Stand Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 200 Central Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403

September 2013 Obituaries

Emma Ray Harvey
Spring City

Emma Ray Harvey, infant daughter of Robbie and Kim Eblen Harvey, died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville.

Emma was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Gary Eblen,

She is also survived by maternal grandmother Debbie Eblen of Spring City, paternal grandparents Rhonda and Mike Henson of Soddy Daisy, paternal grandfather Robert Harvey of Soddy Daisy, maternal great grandparents Ernest and Elizabeth Miller of Spring City, paternal great grandparents Cecil and Judy Morgan of Soddy Daisy and Paul and Vivian Forgey of Spring City, aunts and uncles Haven and Morgan Harvey of Soddy Daisy and Pansy and Matt Sattler of Grandview, several great aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm at the Friendship Cemetery in Spring City with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.




Roger Hooks
Spring City

Roger Algia Hooks, 63, died Monday, September 23, 2013 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Born in Plant City, Florida, he was the son of the late Royce A. and Ruth Yates Hooks.  Before his retirement, Roger was employed by Walmart as a courtesy clerk.  He and his wife, Frances, moved to the Spring City community in 2012.  Roger was a member of Bonham Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Frances “Frankie” Hooks of Spring City, children Roger (Sara) Hooks Jr. and Angela (Bruce) Holloway both of Spring City and Benjamin (Melissa) Hooks of Dade City, Florida, brothers Tony L. Hooks and Walter (Joanie) Hooks both of Dade City, Florida, adopted sisters Donna and Rosie Hooks both of Florida, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Elmo is on the way!

There will be no visitation or services.




Mattie McCampbell Martinez
Spring City

Mattie McCampbell Martinez, 63, died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, Mattie was the daughter of the late Hubert and Josie Russell McCampbell.  She was a homemaker.

Mattie was preceded in death by her sisters Nancy Harris and Janie McCampbell and brother James McCampbell.

Survivors include her son Larry E. Woody Jr. of Pikeville, daughter Pam Woody Romero of Spring City, brother Robert McCampbell of Spring City, sisters Joyce Sherrill and Reba Janow both of Spring City, Bobbie Miller of Dayton and Ida Belle Lonas of Decatur and grandchildren Kristin, “Little” Larry III, Trinity, Roy Jr. and Madison.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm EST at Friendship Cemetery in Spring City.




Margaret Edwards
Spring City

Margaret Ann Fugate Edwards, 78, died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at NHC of Chattanooga.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, Margaret was the daughter of the late Theodore Fugate and Eva Jo Collins Fugate.  She retired from the textile industry and was an avid bingo player.  Margaret was of the Church of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Clayton Edwards, son Gary Edwards and half brother Butch Fugate.

Survivors include her son Lynn (Cheryl) Edwards of Spring City, daughter Pansy Edwards Burke of Spring City, brother Bill (Betty) Fugate of Spring City, sisters Louise Monday of LaGrange, Ohio, Dorothy Reed of Grandview, Vicki Brogdon of Apison, Tennessee and Janie Lankford and Juanita Wilson both of Spring City, half sisters Judy Ward and Deb Hampton both of Spring City, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Monday, September 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Lois Mimbs officiating. The family will receive friends Monday, September 9, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.




Bill Porter
Spring City

James Fielding “Bill” Porter Sr., 86, went to be with his Lord Jesus on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Born in Dayton, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Ralph and Gladys Brown Porter.  Bill was a graduate of Rhea Central High School, attended Tennessee Technological University and graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Law.  He was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association of Trial Lawyers.  Bill was a practicing attorney for 30 years.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and retired as a Major in the Army Reserves JAG Corp.  He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Rhea Medical Center, where he served as chairman of the board for a period of time.  Bill was a former member of Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga, former member of First Baptist Church in Dayton and was a current member of Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Spring City.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marie Porter of Spring City, children Jim (Sharon) Porter, Cheryl Porter (John) Wheeler, Patricia Porter (Alan) Filyaw and Mark (Cindy) Porter all of Spring City and ten grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Wolf Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment will follow at Porter-Ward Cemetery.  Visitation is Thursday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the church.



August 2013 Obituaries


Elizabeth M. Chapek
Grandview

Elizabeth M. Chapek 89, died Friday August 30 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Mary Kucker Siemer.  Elizabeth was a telephone operator and worked for AT&T many years before her retirement.  She also served as a Girl Scout Leader.  Elizabeth enjoyed ceramics, cross stitching and knitting as well as flower arranging; for which she won ribbons at the Rhea County Fair.  Elizabeth loved to dance! She was a member of St. Raphaels Episcopal Church in Crossville, TN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Charles Chapek and her brothers Henry and Robert Siemer.

Survivors include her daughters Elizabeth (Dale) Hannah of Pikeville and Lorie (Jim) Maerki of Grandview and grandsons Elliott and Wyatt Maerki both of Grandview.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 PM at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Rev. Rocky Churchwell officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at Vaughn Funeral Home.

Because Elizabeth was a lifelong animal lover; in lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Cold Nose Coalition, c/o Jill Allison, 111 Williams Street, Spring City, TN  37381.



Clifford Holloway
Spring City

Raymond Clifford Holloway, 83, died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, he was preceded in death by his mother Orpha Holloway Monday, his stepfather Bill Monday and his brother Harvey Monday.   Clifford was a retired laborer and was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include his wife Shirley O’Dear Holloway of Spring City, his sons Randy (Diane) Holloway, Danny Holloway and Clifford Holloway Jr. all of Spring City, daughter Connie Webb of Grandview and Janice Sue Sutton of Spring City, sister Hazel Whitacre of Elyria, Ohio, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will be in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the funeral home to go toward the funeral expenses of Mr. Holloway.




Ruby Lewis
Spring City

Ruby Mae Lewis, 86, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at her home.

Born in Butler, Tennessee, Ruby was the daughter of the late William Paul and Julie Edith Barry Trivett.  She moved from Erin, Tennessee to the Spring City community in 1972.  Ruby was a homemaker and a long time volunteer at Our Daily Bread in Spring City.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Spring City.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Albert Dallas Lewis.

Survivors include her son Clarence Paul (Jane) Lewis, of Knoxville, daughters Judy (James) Byrd of Spring City and Deborah (Corwin) Witt of Powell, Tennessee, sister June (Roy) Wagner of Butler, Tennessee, grandchildren Dennis Byrd and Mindy (Michael) Smith, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service may be announced at a later date.




Roger Couch

Roger Allen Couch, age 40, of the Wolf Creek community in Spring City, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, he was the son of the late Carl Earl and Geraldine Robbins Couch.  Roger worked in the dairy farming industry for several years.   He was a member of the Bogle’s Chapel Baptist Church.  Roger loved working in his yard.

Survivors include his loving wife of 13 years, Wanda Sue Couch of the Wolf Creek community in Spring City, stepchildren Barbara Baker of Rockwood and Bobby Reed of Decatur, brothers Randy (Ronda) Couch of Decatur and George (Christina) Couch of Harriman, sister Sharon (Lonas) Daniels of Spring City, grandchildren James Baker and Christina Baker both of Rockwood and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Bethsadia Baptist Church Cemetery in Decatur, Tennessee with Rev. Aaron Revis officiating.



Fred Cunningham
Spring City

Fred W. Cunningham Sr 92 died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Born in Rhea County, Fred was the son of the late Boog and Bertha Boles Cunningham. He was a retired steamfitter with Local #43 working for TVA – Watts Bar. Fred served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was member of St. Clair Baptist Church and a 50 year member of Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F. & A.M.

Fred was preceded in death by his first wife Gertie McDaniel Cunningham and his second wife Pauline Carroll Cunningham, step daughter Pat Frazier, brothers Lloyd, Morgan, and Frank Cunningham, sisters Mabel Burns, Laura Houston, Eulah Agee, Frances True, Lois McCuiston, Reva Houston and Lucille Cunningham.

Survivors include his sons Stanley (Carolyn) Cunningham of Rockwood, Everett (Mildred) Powers and Wilson (Margaret) Cunningham both of Spring City, daughters Jean (George) Waldo and Sue Smith both of Spring City and Myra Byrd of Cleveland, TN, brothers George Cunningham of Spring City and Joe (Winnie Sue) Cunningham of Rockwood, sisters Gladys Ledford of Rockwood and Betty Cole of Greenville, South Carolina, 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and several and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Jake Fisher officiating. Burial will be in the Spring City Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.




Gene Gilliam
Grandview

Herbert A. “Gene” Gilliam 84 died Saturday at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Gene was the son of the late Homer and Patsy Bane Gilliam. Gene was a retired truck driver and operated the Grandview Convenience Center until his recent illness. He attended the Grandview Christian Fellowship Church.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Anita Thomas and brothers Jack, George and Buddy Gilliam.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years Thelma Teffer Gilliam, sons Alfred (Brenda) Gilliam, Jerry (Debbie) Gilliam, Tommy (Connie) Gilliam, and Jimmy (Karen) Gilliam all of Grandview, brother Robert (Viola) Gilliam of Crab Orchard, sisters Kathleen (Robert) Lands of Dayton, TN, Christine (Carl) Arms of Midtown, TN, Carolyn (Gordon) Keene of Satsuma, FL, Patricia (Jim) Bledsoe of Rockwood and Faye Cooper of Grandview, brother-in-law Bill (Debbie) Teffer of Grandview, eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dwight Zimmerman, Rev. Stephen Zimmerman and Rev. Claude Pendergrass officiating. Interment will follow in the Johnson Stand Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 12 noon until 8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Grandview Christian Fellowship Bldg. Fund, 108 Doc Loy Road, Grandview, TN 37337.




Robert Cecil
Spring City

Robert B. Cecil, 91, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at his home.

Born in Harlan, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Beaty and Florence Goodman Cecil.  Robert was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during World War II.  He retried from General Motors after 31 years of service.  In 1965, Robert moved from Ohio to the Spring City community.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #203 and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.  Robert was a member of the Texas Grove Baptist Church in Evensville.

He was preceded in death by his sister Seva Huff and brothers Raymond Cecil and Evans Cecil.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Helen S. Cecil of Spring City, sons Bobby (Nancy) Cecil of Spring City, Dean (Carol) Cecil of Hampton, Georgia, Lennie (Patsy) Cecil of Spring City and Dennis (Robin) Cecil of Spring City, half brother Pete Cecil of Cleveland, Tennessee, nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Texas Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Norman Huskey officiating.  The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.  Interment with full military honors will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday, August 5, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



Rosena Elliott
Spring City

Rosena Katherine Thomas Elliott, 80, died Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Dayton, Tennessee, Rosena was the daughter of the late Gilford and Julia McNeal Thomas.  She graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Kentucky and the Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute.  Rosena received her Master’s Degree from Ball State University in Indiana.  She taught school in Rhea County, Tennessee and also in Indiana for a total of 37 years and was the head of the English Department at Marion High School in Marion, Indiana.

Rosena moved from Indiana to the Rhea County community in 2007.  She was a member of the Vine Grove Methodist Church in Dayton, Tennessee and God’s Grace Ministry in Marion, Indiana.  Rosena was a faithful Christian all her life and helped many people in need, including sponsoring young people to attend the Kentucky Mountain schools.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Elliott, brothers Harold Thomas, Gilford Blair Thomas and Ralph Edsel “Eddie” Thomas.

Survivors include her sisters Alice Faye (Earl) Keahey of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, Ellen J. (Bob) Baker of California and Lilah Marie (Robert) Thurman of Spring City, Tennessee, longtime friend Pat Miller of Gas City, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Claude Pendergrass and Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  Graveside services will be conducted by Needham Storey Wampner Funeral Home at the Jefferson Cemetery in Upland, Indiana on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:00 am.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.


July 2013 Obituaries

Ina Ford
Spring City

Ina Elrod Ford, 95, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Ina was the daughter of the late Herbert E. and Alice Gilliam Elrod.   She was a graduate of Spring City High School.  Retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 41 years of service, Ina was a member and past president of the Spring City Chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and a member of the Watts Bar Chapter of Federally Employed Women’s Club.

Ina was preceded in death by her son James G. Ford Jr., brother J. A. Elrod, sisters Vera, Helen and Pauline Elrod, Bernice Ezell and Irene Trew.

Survivors include her son Dr. Robert “Corky” Ford of Seymour,  grandsons David Ford and Jason Ford both of Knoxville, brother Herbert Elrod of Boise, Idaho and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial are private.  A Celebration of Life for Ina Ford will be held Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the Spring City United Methodist Church, 245 Church Street, Spring City, Tennessee.  This will be an informal gathering with refreshments served.  Friends and family of Ina are invited to come and share stories or memories of their relationship with her. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cold Nose Coalition, c/o Jill Allison, 111 Williams Street, Spring City, TN  37381 or the American Cancer Society.



Aileen Porter
Spring City

Aileen A. “Nana” Porter, 85, died Sunday, July 28, 2013 at her daughter’s home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Aileen was the daughter of the late Walter and Viola Hall Alley.  She was a graduate of Spring City High School.  Aileen was a retired dental assistant and worked for Dr. B. E. LeNoir in Spring City for over 30 years.   She was a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church and served as the Sunday School Secretary for 50 years and also taught GA’s for many years. 

Aileen was preceded in death by her husband Wallace W. Porter and sister Ada A. Frye.

Survivors include her daughter Jane (Harold) Fisher, Spring City, sisters Helen Duckworth of Decatur and Lucille Davison of Calhoun, Georgia, brothers Gene Alley of Jackson, Tennessee, Chester (Barbara) Alley of Dayton and Walter (Jo) Alley and Charles (Betty Jane) Alley both of Hixson, grandchildren Bethany (Brian) Horton of Spring City, Brittany (Curtis) Dean of Dayton and Aaron (Terri) Fisher of West Lafayette, Indiana and great grandchildren Chandler and Chase Horton, Keyli Hickey, Jack Simmons and Lauren and Matthew Fisher.  

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Wolf Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes prior to the service.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wolf Creek Baptist Church, 5225 Wolf Creek Road, Spring City, TN  37381




Ruby Wilson
Spring City

Ruby Irene Wilson, 82, died Monday, July 22, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Ruby was the daughter of the late Richard and Mattie Scroggins Smith.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Bogle’s Chapel Baptist Church. 

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Roger L. “Buddy Boy” Wilson, son Roger Dean Wilson and brother Walter Lee Smith

Survivors include her daughter Ester (Lawrence) Waller Jr., of Spring City, sons Ronnie (Phyllis) Wilson of Crossville and Donnie Wilson of Spring City, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Joe Vitatoe officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.


Mabel Loden
Spring City

Mary Mabelene “Mabel” Loden, 74, died Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Mabel was the daughter of the late Stanley and Lydia Evone Daniels Wolfe.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Grandview. 

Mabel was preceded in death by her brothers Bill and Carl Wolfe and sister Tina Bell Letner.

Survivors include her daughters Debbie (Josh) Thompson of Dayton, Connie (Danny) Clark of Spring City and Darlene (Billy) Thompson of Spring City, son Steve Loden of Spring City, stepchildren Jimmy Loden of Spring City and Patty McKinnon of Dayton, brothers Ricky Wolfe of Grandview, Bobby Wolfe of Rockwood, and Joe Goss of Lebanon, Ohio, 19 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Mt. Sulphur Cemetery with Rev. Lawrence Waller officiating.  There will be no visitation.


Tennga Conner
Dayton

Tennga Smith Conner, 99, passed away quietly on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in the Knoxville home of her niece, where she had lived for the last 7 ½ years.

Born in Rabun Gap, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Dock and Maude Billingsley Smith.  Tennga was a graduate of Spring City High School and received her teaching certificate from Milligan College in 1936.  She taught for many years at Shady Grove School in Rhea County.  Tennga served as Clerk and Master of Rhea County from 1952 until her retirement in 1981 and held various offices in the State Court Clerks’ Association.  She had many interests including history and education and contributed extensive genealogical research to many sources.  For several years, she served as an officer of the Dayton, Tennessee Public Library Board, the Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Dayton Garden Club.  Tennga was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dayton.

She was preceded in death by her husband James F. Conner, sisters Fairy Smith, Louise Smith Watson, Pauline Smith and brother Dockie DuPont Smith.

Survivors include by her sisters Patricia S. Rugg of Maryville and Nancy S. Gerrald of Knightdale, North Carolina, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and extended family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will follow in the Buttram Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Dayton, Tennessee or the Clyde Roddy Library in Dayton, Tennessee.




Jerry Grogan
Spring City

Jerry Wayne Grogan, 74, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at his home.

Born in Talladega, Alabama, Jerry was the son of the late Amon and Nellie Wade Grogan.  He was a graduate of Winaboro High School and a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.  In 1961, Jerry moved to the Spring City community.  He was a retired textile engineer and worked for many years for Robinson Manufacturing.  After he retired, he worked part-time at Vaughn Funeral Home.  Jerry was an avid golfer and played at many of the surrounding golf courses.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Spring City, where he served as a deacon and a trustee.  Most of all, Jerry was a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. 

He was preceded in death by his son Alvin Ray Grogan, grandson Thomas Landon Williams, brothers Douglas and Billy Grogan and sister Betty Fiche.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Merry E. Grogan of Spring City, sons Allan Grogan of Spring City, Wayne (Lydia) Grogan of Columbia, South Carolina, Jamie (Barbara) Williams of Spring City, Tommy (Amy) Williams of Spring City and Jason (Shannon) Williams of Ringgold, Georgia, daughter Melissa (Bill) Ansel of Athens, Tennessee, sisters Ruth Houston and Peggy Hunter both of Talladega, Alabama, 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Spring City with Rev. Steve Pearson, Rev. Brian Price and Rev. Barry Purser officiating.  Interment with full military honors will be Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm and 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Food Pantry, P. O. Box 127, Spring City, TN  37381



Ina Ford
Spring City

Ina M. Ford, 95, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Ina was the daughter of the late Herbert Estell and Alice Gilliam Elrod.   She was a graduate of Spring City High School.  Ina was a retired postal clerk and worked for the United States Postal Service for 41 years.  She was of the Protestant faith.

Ina was preceded in death by her husband Gordon Ford, sisters Bernice Ezell and Irene “Jean” Trew and brother J. A. Elrod.

Survivors include her son Dr. Robert “Corky” Ford of Spring City and grandsons David W. Ford and Jason R. Ford both of Knoxville.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cold Nose Coalition, c/o Jill Allison, 111 Williams Street, Spring City, TN  37381 or the American Cancer Society.



Linda M. Reed
Grandview

Linda M. Reed, 68, of Stockbridge, Georgia and formerly of Grandview, died Monday, July 8, 2013 at Vitas Healthcare in Stockbridge.

Born in Grandview, Tennessee, Linda was the daughter of the late Marvin and Emma Lou Reed Garrison.  She moved from the Grandview community to Georgia in 1968.   Linda worked for many years for the J. C. Penney Company.   She was of the Baptist faith. 

Linda was preceded in death by her daughter Gayla M. Lee and her sister Barbara Thurman.

Survivors include her daughter Karen (Bret) Poe of Ellenwood, Georgia, son Jeff (Karen) Reed of Grandview, brother Milton (Gail) Garrison of Grandview, sister Margaret (Wilson) Cunningham of Spring City, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Freddy Cunningham officiating.  Interment will follow in the Reed Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.


Willie Houston
Spring City

William E. “Willie” Houston Jr., 71, of Ypsilanti, Michigan and formerly of Spring City, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.

Beloved brother, father, uncle and friend to many.  William Edward Houston Jr. was born on October 15, 1941 at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood, Tennessee.  He was the firstborn son of the late William E. Houston Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Headspeth Houston.  His formal education finished at Carver High School in Dayton, Tennessee in 1960.

Shortly after graduation, he joined the United States Armed Forces in 1961, where he served six years and spent time in Europe.  Upon his return to the United States, he decided to reside in Detroit, Michigan.  Detroit offered many job opportunities of which he took advantage.  He worked in steel industry for over 20 years.

William married Narvena Stokes Houston and had two sons, Tracy and Mark.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends; entertaining, cooking and fishing were his favorite hobbies.  Much to his dismay, he was preceded in death by his wife and firstborn son, Tracy.

During the latter part of his life, he resided at Cross Street Village in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory a son Mark (Lisa) Houston, Dayton, five grandchildren, brothers James (Ruth) Houston, Knoxville, Robert (Mary) Houston, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and Theodore “Mascot” Houston, Detroit, Michigan and a host of nieces, nephews and myriad of friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Luther Hollingsworth officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Petersburg Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.


Arthur Lee West
Spring City

Arthur Lee West, 77, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Spring City Care and Rehab Center.

Arthur was a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He was the son of Annie Bailey Hill and stepson of James Hill who preceded him in death.

Arthur was married to Barbara Wasson West for 54 years and too that union two children were born. Russell West and Arthur West Jr. deceased. He was of the A.M.E. Zion faith. Arthur was a past Carver High Alumnus. He was retired warehouseman with Tennessee Valley Authority – Watts Bar.

Arthur leaves to mourn his wife Barbara W. West. and son Russell (Angela) West of Spring City, sister Geneva Hill Bates of Chattanooga, grandchildren Jordon Cowen and Justin England of Spring City and niece Antionette (Bill) McElvain of Chattanooga and a host of devoted cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday July 3, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Spring City at 1:00 PM with Rev.  Burchon Walker officiating. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice of Athens, 614 Congress Parkway, Athens, TN 37303, First Baptist Church of Spring City, P.O. Box 127, Spring City, TN 37381 and Spring City Baptist Church, 23428 Rhea County Hwy, Spring City, TN  37381.

the funeral home two hours prior to services.



June 2013 Obituaries

George Smith
Crossville

George Washington Smith, 92, died Monday, June 24, 2013 at his home.

Born in Polk County, Tennessee, George was the son of the late James and Leola Hunt Smith.  He was an electrical worker and retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after 35 years of service.   George moved to the Crossville community from Bradley County, Tennessee in 1970.  He was a member of the I. B. E. W. Local #846 in Chattanooga and was of the Baptist faith.

George was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Hall Smith and his son Fred Smith.

Survivors include his daughter Wanda Faye (Donald) McCoy of Cleveland, TN, brothers Lee J. Smith of Charleston, TN and Bill Smith of Georgia, sister Pat Spratt of Ft. Myers, FL, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


Albert Ezell
Evensville

Albert Covil Ezell, 67, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at his home.

Born in Spring City, Albert was the son of the late William Hubert “Bulldog” and Viola Miller Ezell.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and a retired truck driver.  Albert moved to the Evensville community from Elyria, Ohio eight years ago.  He was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include his daughter Michele Ezell of Grafton, Ohio, son Robert Ezell of Brunswick, Ohio, brother Duane (Judy) Ezell of Spring City, sisters Dorline (Jim) Russo of Millboro, VA, Lee Meyerhoff of Chattanooga, Diana (Jim) Benoit of Lehigh Acres, FL and Denise Ezell of Evensville and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Spring City Memorial Gardens with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  There will be no visitation.


Arlandres Horton
Spring City

Arlandres Horton, 77, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

A native of Milan (Gibson County), Tennessee, he was the son of the late Arthur Horton and Effie Thomas Horton.  He was the youngest of a family of eleven.  Arlandres is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia C. Horton of Spring City, TN, brother, Rev. L. C. (O’Bell) Horton, sister Earline Sowell, devoted nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

His education, awards and activities include:  Gibson County Public School, serving in the U. S. Army, Knoxville College, B. S. Biology and Chemistry; Tennessee Tech University, M. S. Guidance and Counseling; Ed.S Educational Administration and Counseling.  Career:  Teacher, St. Jr. College, Lexington, MS; Teacher, Carver High School Dayton, TN; Principal, Dayton City School; Teacher, Riverside Jr. High; East Side Jr.; Guidance Counselor, East Side; Assistance Personnel Officer, Chattanooga Public Schools; Principal, East Side Elementary, Chattanooga Middle, Brainerd Jr./Middle; Howard Elementary.  Member Reed Chapel UMC, Spring City, TN; Sunday School Supt./Adult Teacher Committee Member for District Supt./Holston Conference; Board of Ordained Ministers/Holston Conference Staff Parish Relations Committee Member; Certified Lay Speaker of the UMC; Former Member Rhea County Community Chorus; Member of Spring City UMC Choir.  Member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; 32nd Degree Mason; Member of American Legion Post No. 203 Spring City, TN; Retired Teachers Association of Chattanooga and Rhea Counties; Former Chaplain of Chattanooga Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association; Retired 38 years, 5 months service.  Chairman of the Board of Directors of Audrey Pack Memorial Library; Former Board Member of Tennessee Valley Theatre.  Awards include E. Harper Johnson Human Relations Award; Outstanding Leadership-President of CEA; Outstanding Service as Chaplain of Chattanooga Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association; Loyal Dedicated Service-Eastdale Elem. School; Spring City Jaycees-Man of the Year; Friend of Education; Tennessee Public Service Commission Award; Dedicated TEA Board Service Award.

A memorial service including military honors will be held at Spring City United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:00 am with Rev. Dale Wyrick presiding. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to:  Audrey Pack Memorial Library Foundation, c/o Donna Vaughn, P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381 and Tennessee Valley Theatre, c/o Harry Landreth, P. O. Box 81, Spring City, TN  37381.


Bob Osborne
Ten Mile

Robert O. “Bob” Osborne, 80, died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, he was the son of the late William Odell and Sarah Mae True Osborne.  Bob was a graduate of Spring City High School and served in the U. S. Marine Corp.  He was a self employed contractor and a member of Local #917 Operating Engineers.  Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman and was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his sister Doris Elaine Hargett.

Survivors include his son Mike (Cathy) Swafford of Spring City, brothers Thomas (Lavonne) Osborne and Arthur (Linda) Osborne both of Spring City, sister Janie (Jim) Poole of Hixson, grandchildren Brook (Michael) Truelove and Michael Swafford Jr. and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm in the Spring City Cemetery with Rev. Roger Britton officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity or church.

Betty Hill
Kingston

Betty Jo Hill, 78, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

Born in Devonia, Tennessee, Betty was the daughter of the late James Ruben and Bess Lee Baird Cook.  She was a graduate of Rockwood High School and was a member of the Honor Society.  Betty and her husband, Jessie Lindsay, moved from Elyria, Ohio to the Kingston community 14 years ago.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God in Elyria.  Betty was also an active member for many years in TOPS in Elyria, Ohio and Oak Ridge and Kingston, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Jessie Lindsay Hill of Kingston, son Ron (Cynthia) Hill of Oberlin, Ohio, daughters Donna (Henry) Dutton of Wellington, Ohio, Linda (Charles) Grimmett of Amherst, Ohio and Rhonda (Kevin) Higgins of Ball Ground, Georgia, brother Buddy Cook of Plant City, Florida, sister Dinia Burnett of Rockwood, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Dr. Melvin Yeich officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday, June 24, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Mary Boyce
Spring City

Mary E. Boyce, 88, died Sunday, June 16, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Rhea County.

Born in Tampa, Florida, Mary was the daughter of the late Emmett and Edith Boardman Hensley.  Mary and her family moved from Melbourne, Florida to the Spring City community in 1971.  She and her husband, Waldo owned and operated the Toestring Cottages and Campground in Spring City for many years.  Mary was a member of the Dayton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband Waldo L. Boyce and brothers Robert and Stuart Hensley.

Survivors include her daughters Sandy Boyce and Patty Reed both of Spring City, son Tom Boyce of Atlanta, Georgia  and grandchildren Cara Reed and Brent Reed.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  There will be no visitation.


Ardoth Martin
Spring City

Ardoth Anne Martin, 65, died Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Ardoth was the daughter of the late Fred J. and Ardoth Irene “Jean” Elrod Trew.   She was a graduate of Spring City High School and retired from the Lazy Boy Corporation.   Ardoth was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include her husband Jim Martin of Spring City, son Michael (Rhonda) Martin of Evensville, daughter Kimberly (Jason) Smith of Dayton, sister Judith (Ronnie) Barger of Spring City, grandchildren Miranda Smith and Madison Martin, nephews Barry and Keith Walker and nieces Krissy Tallent, Veronica Greene, Aimee Gilreath and Amanda Porter.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 17, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Spring City United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.  There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Bubby McDaniel
Spring City

Floyd Arvil “Bubby” McDaniel, 54, died Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Renaissance Terrace in Harriman.

Born in Dayton, Bubby was the son of the late Raymond Wilson and Pauline Mildred Jones McDaniel.  He was a graduate of Ringgold High School.   Bubby moved to the Spring City community from Sale Creek in 2006.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Bubby was preceded in death by his brother James L. McDaniel Sr.

Survivors include his brothers Fred McDaniel and Thomas McDaniel both of Spring City, sisters Edna Lewis and Lisa Clark both of Sale Creek, Sue Daniels of Spring City and Marie Belk of Soddy Daisy and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm at the Hilltop Baptist Church with Rev. Clint Greene  officiating.  There will be no visitation. 


May 2013 Obituaries

George Gage
Knoxville

George W. Gage, 54, died Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his home.

Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, George was the son of Wallace Wesley Gage and Virginia Ann Andrews Gage Link.   He was a carpenter and worked for several years in the construction industry.   George moved to the Knoxville area from Florida. 

Survivors include his son Wayne Wesley Gage from Bradford, Pennsylvania, daughter Tiffany Bruno also of Bradford, father Wallace Wesley Gage of Spring City, mother Virginia Ann Link of Springfield, Missouri, sisters Valerie (Vince) Gage Burzese of Spring City and Yvonne (Roger) McKee of Kansas City, Missouri and grandchildren Connor and Bailey Gage and Jocelyn Ita.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  There will be no visitation. 

Bubbles Monday
Spring City

Beverly “Bubbles” Monday, 57, died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at her home.

Born in Elyria, Ohio, she was the daughter of George Jackson “Jack” and Vida Holloway Monday.  Bubbles graduated from the Murray Ridge School in Elyria and after graduation she worked in their workshop.  She moved to the Spring City community from LaGrange, Ohio in 1989.  Bubbles was a special needs person.   She loved to sing, dance, swim and spend time with her family.  If you ever needed a prayer, Bubbles was there to send it.  She was a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Spring City.

Bubbles was preceded in death by her father George Jackson “Jack” Monday and brother Robert “Bob” Monday,

Survivors include her mother Vida Holloway Monday of Spring City, sisters Jacqulyne Monday Bias of Spring City and Jessie “Shelly” (Jerry) Gurley of Dayton, brothers Anthony “Tony” (Nancy) Monday of LaGrange, Ohio and Jason (Hope) Monday of Trenton, Georgia, 13 nieces and nephews and 18 great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Wolf Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Forgey and Rev. Robert Hurd officiating.  The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 12:30pm in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Robert “Toby” Tauton, Chase Tauton, Jesse Bias, Andrew Monday, Jeremiah Gurley, Keith Peavyhouse, Rusty Fisher and Jeremy Monday.

Ralph Fine
Spring City

Ralph E. Fine, 66, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, he was the son of the late Dan and Maggie Carney Fine.  Ralph worked as a self-employed maintenance technician before his retirement.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette Nokes Fine, sisters Helen McClain, Loraine Crellar and Nancy Jo Whitted and brothers Roy and Carroll Fine.

Survivors include his son Kevin (Stephanie) Fine of  Whiteland, Indiana, daughters Barbara Ann Fine of Ooltewah, Tami (Gary) Bass of Cleveland and Erica (Josh) Mullins of Mississippi, brothers Ray Fine of Spring City and Dennis Fine of Dayton, sisters Doris Reel and Pam Burns both of Dayton, Anice Perry of Crossville, Ruth Reed of Grandview, Henrietta Campbell of Chattanooga and Mildred Darr of Florida, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

There will be no services

Frances Mincy
Spring City

Frances Marie Mincy, 49, died Sunday, May 19, 2013 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, she was the daughter of the late Robert Junior and Emma Sherrill Mincy.  Frances was an employee of the Rhea County Department of Education and worked at Spring City Elementary School.  She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Spring City.

Frances was preceded in death by her brothers Robert and Donald Mincy.

Survivors include her uncle Linville “Hoss” Sherrill of Spring City, aunts Emmalee Rector of Dayton, Thelma Sherrill of Evensville, Ida Sherrill of Chattanooga and Cleo Carney of Augusta, Georgia and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Joe Vitatoe officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Beatrice Smith
Dayton

Beatrice Smith, 87, died Monday, May 13, 2013 at her home.

Born in Princetown, Kentucky, Beatrice was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Williamson Vogelsberg.  She was member of Neburg Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky and a member of Victory Chapter #447 O.E.S in Louisville.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband Mitchell K. Smith, son Samuel Ray Sadler Jr. and brother Charles Vogelsburg.

Survivors include her daughter Linda (J. D.) Bayles of Spring City, grandchildren Bryan (Kim) Bayles and Becky (Sean) Burton, great grandchildren Bryson Bayles, Zachary Gibson and Cameron and Connor Burton.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Arch L. Heady Funeral Home in Louisville, Kentucky with Rev. Brian Price officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hebron Cemetery in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.  The family will receive friends Thursday, May 16. 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City and Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Arch L. Heady Funeral Home in Louisville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Spring City Bus Fund, 364 W. Jackson Avenue, Spring City, TN  37381.


Sudie Miller Lowe
Spring City

Sudie Miller Lowe, 94, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Rhea County, Sudie was the daughter of the late Henry C. and Melody Hill Smith Sr.  After the death of her first husband, Chester Miller, Sudie married Estel Lowe.   They made their home in Denver, Colorado. After Estel’s death, Sudie moved back to the Spring City community.  She was a member of the Arvada United Methodist Church in Arvada, Colorado and was active in her church prior to moving back to Spring City.

Sudie was preceded in death by her first husband Chester Miller, second husband Estel Lowe and grandson Stacey Miller.

Survivors include her son Morris Ray (Mary Jane) Miller of Spring City, daughter Leta (Jerry) Allen of Franklin, Tennessee, stepchildren Vickie (Roland) Weaver of Tucson, Arizona, Krista (Dewey) Jackson of Arvada, Colorado and Denny Lowe of Ash Grove, Missouri, brother H. C. (Peggy) Smith Jr. of Spring City and sisters Margaret Holloway of Oak Ridge, Henrietta Suttles of Hixson and Elsie Gibson and June Kyle both of Evensville, grandchildren Michael Miller, Hopie and Aubrey Jackson, Jacob Lowe, Christopher and Brett Weaver, great grandchildren Olivia, Conner, and Tobin Weaver, Megan and Mason Miller, great-great grandchild Gracie and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18 2013 at 12:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Norman Huskey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.


Douglas Nave
Spring City

Douglas A. Nave, 65, died Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Rockwood, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Arbie and Eva Drake Nave.  Douglas was a graduate of Spring City High School and a retired veteran of the U. S. Air Force.  He served three tours of duty during the Vietnam Conflict and retired in 1986 after 24 years of service.  Douglas was of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include his ex-wife Glenda Nave of Spring City, sons Kelly Nave and Travis Nave both of Kissimmee, Florida, stepdaughters Cheryl Waddell of Tillamook, Oregon, Angela Day of Ellijay, Georgia, and Melissa Green of Indianapolis, Indiana, brother James Nave of Spring City, sister Barbara Hickey of Rhea County, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services.

Roscoe Morris
Grandview

Roscoe E. Morris, 93, died Thursday, May 9, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Grandview, Roscoe was the son of the late James “Jim” and Daisy Mae Garrison Morris.  He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Reed’s Chapel Church of God in Grandview.

He was preceded in death by his wife Annie Willard Morris, sisters Margie Hood, Arkie Galloway and Vadie Garrison, brother Leonard Morris and grandson Billy Doyle Godsey.

Survivors include his daughters Jewel (Billy) Godsey and Barbara (Chester) Reed both of Grandview, sons Gene (Debbie) Morris of Crossville and Marty (Betty) Morris of Crab Orchard, Tennessee, nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Albert Tidwell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Reed Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

Adah Pelfrey
Spring City

Adah N. Pelfrey, 90, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Adah was the daughter of the late Lonzo and Addie Thurman Neal.  She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Spring City.

Adah was preceded in death by her husband Glen Pelfrey, daughter Wanda Ovelene Pelfrey, brothers Bert and George Neal and sisters Amy Webb and Meda Lemons.

Survivors include her daughter Millie (Tim) Rutledge of Spring City, grandsons Eddie Robinson of Spring City and David Robinson of Roane County, Tennessee and great granddaughter Champaigne Robinson of McMinn Co., Tennessee.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Hogan officiating.  Interment will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. 


Bill Ball
Dayton

William E. “Bill” Ball, 76, died Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center of East Brainerd.

A lifetime resident of Dayton, Bill was the son of the late Walter and Hazel Crisp Ball.  He was a 20 year retired veteran of the U. S. Army and served overseas including Vietnam.  Bill retired from the transportation industry.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Yoshiko “Peggy” Ball and sister Elizabeth Ball.

Survivors include his sisters Betty Colvin and Dorothy Meeks both of Dayton and Doris (Elbert) Chitwood of Nashville and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will full military honors will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


Winfred Martin
Hixson

Winfred Martin, 78, died Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Rockwood, Tennessee, Winfred was the son of the late Jerry and Hattie Thompson Martin.  He retired from Ross Mehan Foundry after many years of service.  Winfred lived in the Hixson community from 1972 to 2013 and he then moved to Spring City.  He was a musician and played the guitar for various gospel and bluegrass groups.  Winfred was a member of the Sale Creek Community Church.

Winfred was preceded in death by his first wife Myrtice Martin, second wife Sarah Martin, sisters Geraldine Evans and Betty Pendleton, stepson Daniel Paul Combs and stepdaughter Sharon Combs Roach.

Survivors include his daughter Stacy (Alex) M. Ferda of Oceanside, California, sisters Lois Spurlin of Grandview and Imogene Pogue of Kingston, Tennessee, brother Wayne Martin of Grandview, grandchildren Maria Ferda and Carl Ferda and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Goins officiating.  Interment will follow in the Harris Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.


Wilbur Tufts Sr.

Wilbur W. Tufts Sr., 86, of Spring City and formerly of Miamisburg, Ohio, died Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Franklin, Ohio, he was the son of the late Cyrus Ivan and Edna Marie Zinch Tufts.  Wilbur retired from General Motors in 1984 after 20 years of service.  He moved to the Spring City community from Miamisburg in 2005.  Wilbur was a member of the American Legion Post #165 in Miamisburg and of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Krull Tufts, daughter Ronnee Marie Shields and brother Ivan Eugene Tufts.

Survivors include his sons Wilbur “Bud” W. (Estelle) Tufts Jr. of Crossville and David Tufts of Middletown, Ohio, daughter Sharon Gilbert of Hillsboro, Ohio, sister Mildred McMichael of Miamisburg, Ohio, eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery. There will be no visitation.


Lester McClure
Spring City

Lester C. McClure, 85, died Thurday, May 2, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Frances Barger McClure.  Lester was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.  He was a member of the Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F&AM and also a member of the Bogel’s Chapel Church.

Lester was preceded in death by his son Larry D. McClure, sister Carrie Porter Davis and brothers Jerry, Maynard and Ray McClure.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Maxine Simpson McClure of Spring City, daughters Carole (Boyd) Wright and Sharon McClure Brown both of Spring City, daughter-in-law Brenda McClure of Scottsboro, Alabama, sister-in-law Ernestine Simpson of Spring City, sisters Helen Matthews, Doris Morrison, Naomi Goins and Rose Lee Arnold all of Dayton and Vickie Napier of Knoxville, grandchildren Brent (Darlene) Wright, Michael Wright, Leslie Sweeden, David Brown Jr. and Jason (Margaret) McClure, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and special friends Jim, Eddie Ruth and Pat Galloway.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Eldridge.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Caris Hospice, 421 Old Riceville Road, Suite 3, Athens, Tennessee  37303.

Miranda Haggart
Spring City

Miranda L. Haggart, 35, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at her residence.

Born in Henderson, Nevada, she was the daughter of Robert Lee Miner and Catherine Bowers Miner Louya.  Miranda was a homemaker.  She moved to the Spring City community from Virginia in 2000.

She was preceded in death by her brother John Paul Vittum.

Survivors include her husband Dommaneke Haggart of Spring City, father Robert Lee Miner of Alabama, mother Catherine Louya of Virginia, father-in-law and mother-in-law Randy and Terri Haggart of Spring City, children Justin Neaves, Zachery Haggart and Destaney Haggart all of Spring City and brothers Robert Vittum of Utah and Michael Vittum of New York.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Watson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Friday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vaughn Funeral Home to defray funeral expenses.


Debra Thompson
Spring City

Debra L. Thompson, 49, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Erlanger Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Debra was a homemaker and attended the Spring City Foursquare Church.

Survivors include her husband Jimmy Ray Thompson of Spring City, parents Frank and Jane Reed Godsey of Spring City, son Nick (Sandy) McCampbell of Hixson, stepchildren Michael Thompson of Maryville, Tennessee, Adam Bostic of Peru and Josh Bostic of Tennessee, sisters Pam (David) Corvin of Dayton and Connie Thompson of Spring City and grandchildren Aidan, Abigail and Owen McCampbell, Katherine and Mia Thompson and John, Gracie and Serabelle Bostic.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Newell and Rev. Phillip Warren officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the funeral home to defray funeral expenses.

April 2013 Obituaries

Conley McCulley
Spring City

Patrick Conley McCulley, 85, died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

A lifetime residence of Spring City, Conley was the son of the late John H. and Mamie Phillips McCulley.  He was a graduate of Spring City High School, Class of 1945 and a veteran of the U. S. Army.   Conley retired from TVA after 40 years of service and worked many years as a part-time employee of Vaughn Funeral Home.  He was on the Spring City Commission for several years and served as vice mayor.  Conley was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his birth mother Verna Brown McCulley and brothers Bill and Eugene McCulley.

Survivors include his nephews David McCulley of John’s Creek, Georgia and John (Dianne) McCulley of Ellenwood, Georgia, nieces Mary McCulley of Stone Mountain, Georgia and Jeanne Rosemont of Orlando, Florida and sister-in-law Peggy McCulley of Atlanta, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Spring City Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381



Hazel H. Price
Spring City

Hazel H. Price, 93, formerly of Anderson, Indiana, passed away at her home on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Born on December 8, 1919, in Ovid, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late I. Thamer and Mabel Hoel.  Hazel graduated from Markleville High School and was part of the Markleville Alumni Association.  She retired in 1977 from Guide Lamp after 31 years.  After retirement, Hazel and her husband, Carl, split their time between Anderson and Spring City.  In 1999, she made her home with her two daughters until they passed away in 2002.  Hazel then moved to Spring City permanently in 2003.  She was a former member of 18th St. & Arrow Avenue Wesleyan Church, a member of the Lone Oak Wesleyan Church and U.A.W.-C.I.O. Local #663.  Hazel also attended the Yellow Creek Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Carl H. Price, infant daughter Mary Elizabeth Price, daughters Linda Bradfield and Rebecca McBroom and sisters Lucy Ellen Hoel, Ruth Moore and Mary Lindzy and brother Roland Clifford Hoel.

Survivors include her son Paul Edward (Vicki) Price of Spring City, son-in-law Don Bradfield of Wellington, Alabama, grandchildren Delise Rae Price Memler, Paul Timothy Bradfield, Joel Alan McBroom, Sonja Jean Price Frost, Brian Anthony Bradfield, Damon Trent Price and Joshua Aaron McBroom, 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families.

A celebration of life will be held April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Lone Oak Wesleyan Church in Anderson.  Burial will be at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be April 26, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home in Anderson and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. 

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Spring City with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  A luncheon for friends and family will be held at 12:00 noon prior to the memorial service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the mission funds at Yellow Creek Baptist Church or Gideons International at www.gideons.org.


Donald Ray Hill
Chattanooga

Donald Ray Hill 75 of Chattanooga and formerly of Spring City died Friday April 12, 2013 at Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge.

Born in Spring City, Don attended Spring City High School. He served his country in the U. S. Army for ten years in the military police. Don retired from Jolley Trucking in Spring City. In his retirement, he loved gardening and taking care of his wife Jackie. He delighted in keeping track of the activities of his nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews who brought him much joy.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Laura and Eugene Fischesser and infant son David Hill.

Survivors include his wife (the love of his life) Jackie Wassom Hill of Chattanooga, daughters Leslie and Lori Hill of Wisconsin, step children Robin Brown and Donnie Wassom of Chattanooga, sisters Mary Sue Garrison and Janet (Jimmy) Simpson both of Spring City, brother Terry Fischesser of Spring City, nieces Tina (Mike) Ladd, Kelly Malone and Amy (Brian) Hager, nephews Jim (Penny) Ewing, great nieces and nephews Lauren, Grant and Carson Ladd and Grace Malone, grand daughter Mary Catherine and step grandchildren Jessica and Jonathan. Don also had a host of cousins and relatives.

Funeral services will be Monday April 15, 2013 in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home at 2 PM. Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends Monday at the funeral home one hour before services.


Lt. Col. Jack A. Wolfe
Spring City

Lt. Col. Jack A. Wolfe, retired Air Force, 82, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Clearwater, Florida.

Born in Athens, Ohio, he was the son of the late Alton D. Wolfe and Wanda P. Wolfe.  He was a graduate of Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia.  Lt. Col. Wolfe had a 23 year career in the U. S. Air Force as a pilot, flying various aircraft such as rescue planes in Alaska; KC-135 tanker refueling aircraft and others; as well as serving in Vietnam.  He earned many awards and medals such as the Distinguished Flying Cross, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Bronze Star with multiple clusters, and many others.  Lt. Col. Wolfe worked for 10 years as the production manager at the Norton Plant in Soddy-Daisy.

He was a loving father and family man.  An avid and excellent golfer, he also  enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and watching sports.  He was an engaging storyteller and had many interesting stories to tell.  Lt. Col. Wolfe lived a full life, had many friends, and will go on to be with Jesus.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Spring City. 

Lt. Col. Wolfe was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Wolfe, son Steven B. Wolfe. 

He is survived by his companion of 14 years, Betty Tucker of Palm Harbor, Florida, two daughters Sherry Wolfe Clevenger of Oak Ridge and Cindy Tucker of Orlando, Florida,  brother Gary S. Wolfe. Granddaughters Carolyn Elizabeth Clevenger of Wilmore, Kentucky and Meagan B. Wolfe of Columbia, South Carolina, and nephews David S. Wolfe of Evans, Georgia and Lt. Col. Kevin Wolfe of Warner Robins, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Langham Jr. and Rev. Linda Springer officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery with full military honors.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation.


John J. Murphy Jr.
Grandview

John J. Murphy Jr., 70, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Wharton Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee.

Born in Whiteley City, Kentucky, he was the son of the late John Alexander and Eliza Jane Watson Murphy.  John worked in the construction industry for many years.  He moved from Indiana to the Rhea County community in 1998.  John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Spring City.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Richard “Dick” Murphy and Gene Murphy.

Survivors include his wife Janis Hyde Murphy of Grandview, daughter Angie (Ray) Freeman of Pleasant Hill, sons Johnny Ray (Gina) Murphy of Maryville and Mike Murphy of Grandview, brother Don (Martha) Murphy of Pelham, Alabama and grandchildren Matthew, Jordan and Tiffany Murphy and Alicia and Caleb Freeman.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Herman Fox officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mt. Sulphur Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.


Elmer Copley
Spring City

Elmer S. Copley, 89, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the Spring City Care Center in Spring City, Tennessee.

Born in Girard, Illinois, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Copley.   Elmer was a veteran of the U. S. Army.   He served his country during World War II and was in the first group of soldiers that landed at Normandy Beach.  Elmer was awarded the Purple Heart.   After his retirement from the manufacturing industry, Elmer moved from Lowell, Indiana to the Spring City community 24 years ago.  He attended the Spring City United Methodist Church.

Elmer was preceded in death by his wife Jane Copley.  

Survivors include friends Bob and Ellen Scott of Spring City.

There will be no visitation or services.



March 2013 Obituaries

Arthur Hines
Spring City

Arthur R. Hines, 67, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Texas, Arthur was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hines.  Arthur was an aerospace engineer and retired from Boeing.

He was preceded in death by his brother Riley Hines.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 20 2013 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Cockerham officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.


Ruth Boles
Spring City

Mary Ruth Boles, 85, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Ft. Loudoun Medical Center in Lenior City.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Ruth was the daughter of the late Ernest Jackson and Mary Stuffel Reed.  She was homemaker and a charter member of the Rhea County Rescue Squad Crewettes.  Ruth was a member of the St. Clair Baptist Church in Spring City.

She was preceded in death by her husband Allen W. “Ted” Boles, sisters Grace Strader and Helen Reed (infant) and brothers Max and Dallas Reed.

Survivors include her son Steve (Shawn) Boles of Lenior City, brother Charlie Reed of Rockwood, sisters Ethel Fugate and Ann Lawson both of Spring City and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Bud Strader officiating.  Interment will be Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00 am in the Friendship Cemetery in Spring City.  The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rhea County Rescue Squad, 260 McGoffin Avenue, Spring City, TN  37381.

Al Gamble
Spring City

Hugh Allison “Al” Gamble, 56, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, he was the son of the late Burton Martel and Marjorie Dean Arnold Gamble.  Al was a graduate of Rhea County High School, Class of 1975.  

Survivors include his sister Barbara (Jay) Manley of Spring City, brother Glen (Delane) Gamble of Harrison, his companion “Cocker Spaniel – Toby” and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a private burial at Buttram Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the Almost Home Foundation, 334 Bryan Drive, Dayton, TN  37321 or the Rhea County Rescue Squad, 260 McGoffin Avenue, Spring City, TN  37381.


Mark Brogdon
Spring City

Mark U. Brogdon, 53, died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Chattanooga, Mark was the son of the late James and Sarah McClure Brogdon.  He was an electrician and worked several years for the I.B.E.W. #175 in Chattanooga.   Mark was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spring City.

He was preceded in death by his sister Elaine Jewett.

Survivors include his wife Angela E. Brogdon of Spring City, children Heather (David) Smith of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Briar England and Andrea Brogdon both of Spring City, sisters Paula (Jim) Shaw of Jackson, Mississippi and Rebecca (George) Freeman of Cleveland, Tennessee, grandchildren Dylan and Devyn Smith both of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Langham officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vaughn Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

February 2013 Obituaries

Paul Long
Hixson

John Paul Long Sr., 81, a devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather, uncle and great grandfather peacefully departed this life on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Knoxville, Tennessee following a short illness.

Born in Knoxville, he was the son of the late Bert Franklin and Pauline “Polly” Hurst Long.  Paul was a graduate of Spring City High School.  He was a proud U. S. Navy veteran and served his country during the Korean Conflict.  Paul was awarded the China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He retired from Bowater’s woodland management division.  Paul enjoyed the outdoors, growing wonderful green peppers, woodworking and the company of his cats.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Ann McCuistion Long.

Survivors include his brother Ernest M. Long of Nacogdoches, Texas, sons John Paul Long Jr. of Knoxville and Franklin Mark Long and wife Colleen of York, South Carolina, grandchildren Jeremy Long and Melissa Long McDaniel and husband Jeff and great grandchild Mason “Turk” McDaniel.  He will be sadly missed by close family members Sharon Dailey, Carol Dowd, Billy Long, Robert Swafford and Barbara and Miles McCuistion along with his housecats Fence Walker and Tomas Coon.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Everett Powers officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.


Henry Hill
Spring City

Henry B. Hill, 85, died Monday, February 18, 2013 at Memorial North Park Hospital in Hixson.

Born on September 14, 1927 in the Carp Community of Rhea County, he was the son of the late William A. and Martha Ellen Miller Hill.  Henry was a farmer for many years in Rhea County.  He was of the Baptist Faith.

Henry was preceded in death by his only son Thomas Darrell Hill and a great granddaughter Taylor Leigh Anne Thurman.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers Scott and Porter Hill, sisters Hazel Smith Bartock, Dessie Smith, Una Mae Sutton Reed and Daisy Lee Fugate and two infant siblings.

Henry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edna Reed Hill of Spring City, a niece, Emma Smith Pritchett, who loved and cared for him like a sister, daughters Martha Hill Thurman (Ron) Toney of Dayton, Rhonda J. (Randall Gibbs) Evans of Spring City and Sherry L. (Darrell) Trewhitt of Soddy, grandchildren James “Muriel” Thurman, Dana Thurman (David) Woodard, Gregory Scott (Tammy) Thurman, Jeffrey Todd (April) Thurman and Daryl B. Douglas, five great-grandchildren Hayley and Garrett Thurman, Justin Thurman and Abigail and Maggie Woodard and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Claude Pendergrass officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee in memory of Taylor Thurman.


Irene Ezell
Spring City

Irene Frances Ezell, 85, died Monday, February 18, 2013 at her home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Ethel Mae Wright Scott.  Irene was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Dennis Baer.

Survivors include her husband Jack Ezell of Spring City, son Chester Ezell of Spring City, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Emory Heights Cemetery in Harriman.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home.


James McCampbell
Spring City

James Victor McCampbell, 75, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, James was the son of the late Hilbert Bruce and Josie Russell McCampbell.  He retired from Bowater after 37 years of service.  James attended the New Hope Baptist Church in Spring City.

He was preceded in death by his son Johnny McCampbell, brother Leon McCampbell and sisters Nancy Harris and Janie McCampbell.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bertha Kate McClendon McCampbell of Spring City, sons Leslie (Susan) McCampbell and Keith (Elizabeth) McCampbell both of Spring City, brother Robert McCampbell of Spring City, sisters Joyce Sherrill, Bobbie Jordan, Reba Janow and Mattie Martinez all of Spring City and Ida Belle Lonas of Georgia, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Kirkland and Rev. Norman Huskey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ad Smith Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Tommy Dean Snyder
Athens

Tommy Dean Snyder, age 58 of Athens passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 8, 2013.

A native of Rockwood and Spring City, Tommy had had lived in Athens for 13 years.  He was a 1972 graduate of Spring City High School and worked for the Colonial Bread Company.  Tommy was an avid golfer and a major UT Vols fan!  He was of the Pentecostal faith and was a member of the Spring City Four Square Church and attended the Woodward Church of God in Athens. 

Tommy was preceded in death by his father Tommy Snyder, grandparents Ralph and Ora Snyder and Nelson Howard and Leona E. NaPier and a very special aunt Bertie Alexander.

Survivors include his wife Tina Chambers Snyder of Athens, his mother Barbara N. Snyder of Rockwood, two daughters and sons-in-law Angie and Kevin Jolley of Evensville and April and Tracy Cameron of Dayton, brother Keith N. Snyder and nephew Derrick Snyder both of Rockwood, stepdaughter and her husband Nikki and Chris Settles and stepson Nathan Carroll all of Athens and mother-in-law Helen C. Chambers of Athens.   He is also survived by nine grandchildren whom he loved so very much, Katie and Landry Jolley, Haley and McKenna Cameron, Gavin and Lilly Claire Settles, and Mattie, Tucker and Major Carroll, his beloved dogs Lucy and Hank and a very best friend Steve Colloms of Athens. 

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Pastor Clifford Waters and Pastor Terry Burns officiating.  Interment will be Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.


Jimmy Richardson
Chattanooga

Jimmy Dean Richardson, 77, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Soddy Daisy Health Care Center.

Born in Chattanooga, Jimmy was the son of the late Bob and Lucille Vaughn Richardson.  He was a graduate of City High School and was a veteran of the United States Army.  Jimmy was a retired salesman. 

Survivors include his cousins Mark Brown and Zane Brown both of Chattanooga and Bobby Scarbrough of Dayton.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm at the Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.


Miles Cameron
Spring City

Miles Cameron, 58 died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Miles was the son of Joe and Doris Barton Cameron.  He was a 1972 graduate of Spring City High and worked as a carpenter for many years.  Miles was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father Joe Cameron, grandparents Miles and Mary Lovelace Cameron and Elbert and Barbara Sheehan Barton. 

Miles is survived by his mother Doris Cameron of Spring City, sisters Jill Carroll of Knoxville and Sandy (Tony) Chattin of Spring City and niece Katie Chattin of Spring City.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at Vaughn Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church or the Gideons International.


Dewey Clawson Jr.
Spring City

Dewey E. Clawson Jr., 68, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at his home.

A lifetime residence of Spring City, Dewey was the son of the late Dewey E. and Mary Jane Ford Clawson Sr.  He was a graduate of Spring City High School.   Dewey retired from La-Z-Boy Manufacturing after 30 years of service.  He assisted with Boy Scout Troop #187 and also enjoyed woodworking and fishing.  Dewey was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his sister Izora Clawson and brothers Jimmy, Robert and Charles Clawson

Survivors include his daughter Crystal (Randy) Janow of Spring City and son Keith Clawson of Spring City, brothers Ralph and Ulysess Clawson both of Spring City, sisters Hassie C. Stamey of Rockwood, Tennessee and Rhoda C. Collins of Elyria, Ohio and grandchildren Brent and Kristin Janow.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Long Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

January 2013 Obituaries

Ronald Flinn
Spring City

Ronald Evatt Flinn, 68, died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Soddy Daisy Health Care Center in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.

Born in Chattanooga, he was the son of the late William Spencer and Doris Evatt Flinn.   Ronald was a graduate of The McCallie School and The University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  He worked in the banking industry for several years. 

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, W. R. “Dick” and Sally Flinn of Greenville, South Carolina.

There will be no visitation or services.


Betty Reed
Grandview

Betty J.  Reed, 77, died Friday, January 18, 2013 at her residence.

Born in Elyria, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Walter Warren and Virginia Bush Roosevelt.  Betty was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Reed’s Chapel Church of God.

Betty was preceded in death by her brother Theodore Roosevelt and sister Janet Kruss.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Lemuel B. “Pete”  Reed of Grandview, sons Bryon (Debbie) Reed and Douglas (Brenda) Reed both of Elyria, Ohio and William (Christy) Reed of Grandview, brother Robert Roosevelt of Elyria, Ohio, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Taylor officiating.  Interment will follow in the Reed Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.


Elizabeth “Libby” Hodges Gross
Spring City

Elizabeth “Libby” Hodges Gross (nee Futrell) died peacefully in Minneapolis, Minnesota at age 52 on January 4, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Born August 28, 1960 in Chattanooga, to Tommie Jo “T.J.” and Warren Randolph “Randy” Hodges, Libby was a graduate of Germantown High School and attended The University of Mississippi and University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Delta Gamma sorority.  Her career in technical customer support for several companies included Morgan Stanley, Land’s End and EDS/Saturn.  She was an outstanding writer, watercolor artist, an active participant in her local church, and loved hang gliding.

Libby is survived by her daughter, Claire Weldon Futrell (father: David Futrell) of Indianapolis, Indiana, her parents of Spring City, her brother Warren R. Hodges Jr. and his wife Susan Sweeney Hodges of Lexington, Kentucky, and her sister Dorothy “Dottie” B. Hodges and her husband Harold “Hal” L. Turner of Signal Mountain, as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at First Presbyterian Church, 268 West Jackson Avenue, Spring City, TN at 1:30 pm on Sunday, January 27, 2013.  A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary followed by interment at Spring City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Libby’s honor can be made to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 455, Spring City, TN  37381 or to CADAS, Council for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, 207 Spears Avenue, Chattanooga, TN  37405.


Pat Vernor
Spring City

Orville P. “Pat” Vernor, 78, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at his residence.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Pat was the son of the late Benjamin and Anna Welsh Vernor.   He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and served his enlistment in Germany.  Pat was a machinist and retired from Murray Manufacturing after 35 years of service.  He and his wife, Edna, moved to the Spring City community 30 years ago.  Pat was a member of the American Legion Post #203 and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Ben Vernor Jr. and James Vernor, sisters, Louise, Mae and Eva, brothers-in-law Austin, Oscar and Glen Roberts, sister-in-law Viola, mother-in-law Mamie Carter and father-in-law Joe Carter.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Edna Roberts Vernor of Spring City, daughter Marsha (Jerry) Dorfman of Spring City, dog friends “Tippie” and “Dusty” and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Jeromy Branhan officiating.  Interment with military honors will be held Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Ten Mile Cemetery in Ten Mile, Tennessee.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.  Pall bearers will be John Roberts, Greg Roberts, Jason Roberts, Jonathan Roberts, Allen Roberts, Jimmy Roberts, Adam Roberts and Tony Roberts.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dwight Mathis and Jerry Morgan.


Mina Fugate
Spring City

Jessie Elmina “Mina” Fugate, 95, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Mina was the daughter of the late Gilbert Garfield and Molly McGann McCabe.   Mina was a homemaker and a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Spring City.

She was preceded in death by her first husband James Harrison Knight, second husband Irwin G. Fugate, son Charlie Boyd Knight, sister Margaret McClendon and brothers Truman McCabe and Gilbert T. “Biggin” McCabe.

Survivors include her daughters Mary Etta Massey and Lilly Mae O’Dear both of Midland, Texas, sisters Ann Walker, Eileen Craighead and Stella King all of Spring City, brothers Byron McCabe of Cleveland and Perry “Tip” McCabe of California, 12 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Wolf Creek Cemetery with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Wolf Creek Baptist Church, 5225 Wolf Creek Road, Spring City, TN  37381


Cooper Cargile
Spring City

Cooper Gene Cargile, infant son of Andrew and Jessica Cargile died Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Funeral services will held Friday, January 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  Visitation is Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.


Maggie Martinez
Spring City

Magdalena G. “Maggie” Martinez, 55, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, she was the daughter of Vincente and Carmen Guerrero Martinez.   Maggie worked as the hostess at the Watts Bar Resort Restaurant for many years.   She was a member of the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Dayton. 

Maggie was preceded in death by her brother Vicky Martinez.

Survivors include her parents Vicente and Carmen Guerrero Martinez of Spring City, daughters/nieces Gabrelle and Madeline Gamba both of Spring City, brothers Pedro (Anita) Martinez of Decatur and Vince Martinez of Spring City, sisters Carmen (Stan Simmons) Powell of Knoxville, Teresa (Miguel) Martinez-Cruz of Atlanta, Lulu Rose of Athens, Georgia and Mary Martinez of Spring City and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Dayton with Father Sam Sturm officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home with a rosary being conducted at 7:00 pm.


Imogene Thompson
Spring City

Mary Imogene Thompson, 87 died Friday January 4, 2012 at the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. Born in Spring City, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Clemmie Ann Godbehere McDaniel. Imogene was a homemaker and of the protestant faith.

She was a preceded in death by her husband Bruce Thompson, daughter Marilyn Thompson Gray, sisters Gertie and Leona Cunningham, Verna Jackson and Nola Payne, brothers Condon, Tillman and John Allen McDaniel.

Survivors include her son Lowell (Kathy) Thompson Sr. of Spring City, grandchildren Lowell Jr and Jeff Thompson, Kathy Lynn Powell and David Gray.

Funeral services will be Tuesday January 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Britton officiating. Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at