Vaughn Funeral Home Obituaries

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May 2015 Obituaries

Gena Smith
Spring City

Gena Robin Smith, 57 passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at her residence.

Born in Meigs County on July 31, 1957, Gena was the daughter of the late Thomas Ross and Lula Lowry Cook Sr.   She had previously worked for Pinkerton Security and was of the Baptist faith.

Gena was preceded in death by her son Christopher Reagan, brother Carson Cook and sisters Eula Nichols and Nola McHone.

She is survived by her three sons Michael (Crystal) Reagan, George (Beverly ) Reagan and Brandon (Bethany) Smith and daughter-in-law Kristi (Reagan) Caraway all of Spring City, brothers T. R. (Betty) Cook Jr of Vienna, Virginia, Edmon Sweis and Ezra Sweis of California, sisters Mary Rose Moore of Rising Fawn, Georgia, Joyce Sweis of Wheatland, California, Quincetta (Wilford) Bookout of Maryville, Tennessee, Jewell (George) Frazier of Dayton and Alice Sweis of California, one sister-in-law Martha Cook of Houston, Texas, best friend Delynn Delk, grandchildren Madison, Caleb, Gavin and Logan Reagan, Mason Clawson and Braylin Smith.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Shane Johnston officiating.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.


Mary Ann Harrison
Spring City

Mary Ann Harrison , 87 died Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Spring City Care Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late John A. and Ruth Gibson Smith.     She was a homemaker and a member of the Morgan Springs Baptist Church in Dayton. 

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband Ira R. Harrison, sister Beulah Barker and brother Robert Smith.

Survivors include her daughter Linda (Edward) Thornton of Ringgold, Georgia, sons Ray (Stella) Harrison of Spring City and Gary (Kathy) Harrison of Grandview, sister Dorothy Thompson of Soddy Daisy, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


Irene Henley
Spring City

Irene W. Henley, 96 died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Irene was the daughter of the late Crit and Elizabeth Wasson Womack.   She retired from Southern Silk Mill after 30 years of service.  Irene was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband Edward B. Henley, her daughter Gay Pickett, three brother and three sisters.

Survivors include her daughter Betty H. (Jennings) Smith of Spring City, brother Darwin (Mary) Womack of Atlanta, Georgia, sister Katie (Curtis) Jolley of Boston, Massachusetts, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Irene’s grandson, David Landreth, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Spring City United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 158, Spring City, TN  37381


Howard King
Spring City






Howard W. King, 85, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at his residence.

Born in Texas, Howard moved to Spring City in 1963.  He was the son of the late Samuel Lee and Mary Alice Fuller King and was a veteran of the United States Army.  Howard was a carpenter and retired from TVA after 27 years of service.  Before his retirement, Howard helped refurbish the Ocoee Power Station Flume on the Ocoee River.  He was a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Spring City. 

Howard was preceded in death by his son James Gregory “Greg” King Sr., grandson Joshua Harwood King and eight brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Stella McCabe King of Spring City, sons Gilbert King of Dayton, Scott King of Shanghai, China and Jonathan (Amanda) King of Spring City, daughter Janet K. Barnett of Hixson, sister Mary Lee (Cecil) Lathern of Waco, Texas, 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Wolf Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 pm 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, Tennessee  37381

Christy Phipps
Grandview

Christy C. Phipps, 42, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

A lifetime resident of Grandview, Christy was a graduate of Rhea County High School and a member of the Alloway Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Ben and Helen Clark and paternal grandparents Stanley and Artie Reed.

Survivors include her parents Jesse and Shirley Clark Reed of Grandview, children Chris (Danielle) Armstrong of Evensville, Jessica (Cory) Gilliam and McKenzie Phipps both of Grandview and grandchildren Peyton and Landon Gilliam both of Grandview.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Phipps, Rev. Mark Ward and Rev. Chris Redman officiating.  Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery in Spring City.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.




George McMahan
Spring City

George Ervin McMahan, 67, died Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the home of his son, Geoff McMahan.

A longtime resident of Spring City, George was the son of Homer and Jessie Parton McMahan.  He was a Vietnam veteran and served his country in the U. S. Army.  George was a pipefitter and retired from Brown and Root Construction after 25 years of service.  He was of the Baptist faith.

George was preceded in death by his wife Cherry Jones McMahan and his mother Jessie Parton McMahan.

Survivors include his father Homer McMahan of Rocky Top (Lake City), Tennessee, sons Geoff (Donna) McMahan of Knoxville and Lee (Amanda) McMahan of Spring City, brother Gerald McMahan of Hammond, Louisiana, Mike McMahan of Knoxville and Robert McMahan of Spring City,  sisters Glenda Scarbrough of Sorrento, Louisiana and Sharon Melancon of Crosby, Texas and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Umphrey officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Winnie Cemetery in Spring City.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. 



Charles Dagnan
Spring City

Charles C. Dagnan, 59, died Saturday, May 9, 2015.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Charles was a graduate of Spring City High School.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and honorably discharged as an E5.  Charles had worked at Suburban Manufacturing for 23 years.  He was previously the chief steward of the Local 555 Sheetmetal Workers for several years.  Charles worshiped at the Spring City Foursquare Church.

He was preceded in death by his son Charles Christopher “Chris” Dagnan, mother Vernice Daniels and maternal grandmother Annie Underwood Hill. 

Survivors include his wife Lois J. Dagnan of Spring City, son C. J. Dagnan of Evensville, daughter Jessica Brewster of Midland, Texas, stepchildren Jennifer Swafford and Jesse Hill both of Spring City, Demi Ware of Knoxville and Ridge Boofer of Evensville, brother David (Kathy) Daniels of Spring City, sisters Hilda (Jerry) Swafford of Spring City and Theresa (Jeff) Townsend of Springfield, Missouri, several grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Spring City Foursquare Church with Rev. David Daniels officiating.  The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Vaughn Funeral Home, P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381 to be applied toward funeral expenses.



Kenneth Baldwin
Grandview

Kenneth E. Baldwin, 72, died Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Skyridge Medical Center in Cleveland, Tennessee.

A lifetime resident of Grandview, Kenneth was the son of the late Frank K. and Gladys White Baldwin.  He was a longtime employee of Robinson Manufacturing Company.  Kenneth was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Lisa Ann Lewis.

Survivors include his daughters Frankie Robertson of McMinnville, Tennessee and Sharolyn (Chuck) Anderson of Morrison, Tennessee, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Randall Dye officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



George McMahan
Spring City

George Ervin McMahan, 67, died Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the home of his son, Geoff McMahan.

A longtime resident of Spring City, George was the son of Homer and Jessie Parton McMahan.  He was a Vietnam veteran and served his country in the U. S. Army.  George was a pipefitter and retired from Brown and Root Construction after 25 years of service.  He was of the Baptist faith.

George was preceded in death by his wife Cherry Jones McMahan and his mother Jessie Parton McMahan.

Survivors include his father Homer McMahan of Rocky Top (Lake City), Tennessee, sons Geoff (Donna) McMahan of Knoxville and Lee (Amanda) McMahan of Spring City, brother Gerald McMahan of Hammond, Louisiana, Mike McMahan of Knoxville and Robert McMahan of Spring City,  sisters Glenda Scarbrough of Sorrento, Louisiana and Sharon Melancon of Crosby, Texas and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Umphrey officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Winnie Cemetery in Spring City.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



April 2015 Obituaries



Jinnie Parnell
Chattanooga

Jinnie Hazel “ Granny” Parnell , 97, our beloved mother, sister, grandmother and friend earned her angel wings on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, to join other loved ones in heaven and to be with our Father Jesus Christ.

Born in Limrock, Alabama, Granny was a Christian of the Baptist faith.  Her favorite role in life was to be a mother, grandmother and friend to everyone she met.  Her passion was planting flowers and vegetable gardens every year to share with family and friends.  Granny was always described as being full of life and love.  She had her own personality and could charm anyone.  Granny loved her family and friends deeply.  Those who knew her know she was one of a kind.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Brenda McCartt Nickell and husband William “Bill” Parnell.

Survivors include her sons Kenneth (Brenda) Smith, Terry (Judy) Smith, stepdaughter Sandy (Kenny) Griggs, grandchildren Stephanie (Rodney) Ashburn, Ryan Ashburn, Tracy Smith, Michael (Gina) Smith, Regina Stookeberry, and Keith Partee, ten great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter Jemma Ellie Hall-Ashburn.

Her family is deeply thankful for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time and we ask that you join us to celebrate the life and spirit of our beloved “Granny” as we all knew her as.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home located at 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson, Tennessee. 


Becky Madaris
Spring City

Rebecca “Becky” W. Madaris, 65, died Sunday, April 26, 2015 at her residence.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Becky was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Mildred Gilbreath Willingham.  She was a graduate of Spring City High School and Tennessee Tech University.  Becky was a teacher and retired from the Rhea County Department of Education after 37 years of service.  She was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church.

Becky is survived by her husband Gerald Madaris of Spring City, children Lene’ Madaris and Starr (Mark) Daugherty both of Spring City, sister Judy W. Phillips of Spring City and grandchildren Ashton Hoffman, Bella Hoffman, Katlynn Daugherty and Andrew Daugherty.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with B. J. McCoy officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rhea County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381.

Stephanie Rocker
Spring City

Stephanie Rocker, 72, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at her home.

A longtime resident, Stephanie was a retired realtor and was associated with Jim Baldwin Realty in Spring City for several years.  She attended New Beginning Church in Spring City and was a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Spring City.

Stephanie was preceded in death by her father Stephen Michalski and uncle John Zielinski.

She is survived by her husband Richard “Dick” Rocker of Spring City, mother Sophie Roessle of Toledo, Ohio, children Pamela Sue (Jeffrey) Rearden of Chattanooga, Jeffery (Julie) Rocker of Alton, Illinois and Kimberly June (Michael) Wilkey of Spring City, sister Jeanette Morell of Toledo, Ohio, brother Tom Michalski of Toledo, Ohio, grandchildren Shanna Williams, Hope Scott, Loren Coulter, Cameron Wilkey and Grant Rocker and great grandchildren Bryson Williams, Gage Coulter and Livvy Jo Scott.  (Be still and know that I am God.)

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:00 am at the New Beginning Church in the Spring City Plaza with Pastor Ed Langham and Pastor Michael Thomas officiating.  A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the New Beginning Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 67, Spring City, TN  37381




Pop Hickey
Spring City

Silor L. “Pop” Hickey, 81, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Pop was the son of the late George and Nancy Pendergrass Hickey.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and also served in the Army National Guard.  Pop retired from the TVA – Watts Bar Plant in Spring City.    He was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Spring City.

Pop was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ray Hickey.

Survivors include his longtime companion Louise McDonald of Spring City, children Deborah Brown of Spring City, Diane (Jeff) Coleman of Harriman, Mary Ann Smith of Spring City and Lester (Lisa) Hickey Jr. of Spring City, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Jackson officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Petersburg Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.



Charles White
Spring City


Charles Robert White, 77, went to the Lord at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
 
Born in Harriman, Tennessee, Charles retired from the U. S. Air Force and the Mohave County, Arizona Sign Shop.  He was a Vietnam veteran who loved his country.  Charles moved to Spring City, Tennessee in 2009 to return to his roots.  He loved to work on his antique car and truck and do repair projects on his house.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother Dora Thompson White Miller, stepfather William Arthur Miller, daughter Debra Denise White Lacey Schwab, sister Pearline White Reynolds, and brothers James Floyd White and Earnest Edward White.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Billie Jean Thomas White of Spring City, son Marcus (Julie Printz) White of Phoenix, Arizona, grandchildren Brandy Lacey (Rod) Whitley and Marie Lacey Goodman all of North Carolina, Jason and Joelyn Printz, Krystina, Shawna, Rebecca and Ericka White all of Phoenix, Arizona and great grandchildren Jamie and Jessie Whitley, Veronica and Alex Goodman and Deshon Evans all of North Carolina and Zachery and Trinity Printz, Joseph and Savannah Paz and Erin Bennet all of Phoenix, Arizona, sister Bobbie Faye (Bob) Posey of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, and brother-in-law Wayne Thomas of Dalton, Georgia and many nieces and nephews.

Charles’ cremains will be interred with military honors in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at a later date.



Bob Clack
Spring City

James Robert “Bob” Clack, 74, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

Born in the Spring City community of Rhea County, Tennessee, he was the son of the late William Baxter and Cleo Sue West Clack.  Bob was a graduate of Spring City High School.  He was a contractor in the construction industry and the owner of Bee Cee Enterprises.  He lived in Anderson, Indiana for 22 years and moved back to the Rhea County community in 1982.  Bob was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Spring City.

He was preceded in death by his brother William Thomas Clack and sisters Alta Sue Clack, Katherine C. Walker and Margaret Clack Benson.

Survivors include his sons Curtis (Nina Kay) Clack and Bobbie Clack both of Spring City, daughters Stephanie Clack and Tonya (Allen) Varner both of Spring City and Emily Nicole Buckner of Anderson, Indiana, grandson Brian Van Horn and ten other grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment will follow in the Glen Alice Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



Pete Reed
Grandview

Lemuel B. “Pete” Reed, 82, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

Born in Grandview, he was the son of the late Carl B. and Dovie Reed Reed.  Pete was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving his country during World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He retired from Harshaw Chemical Company after 30 years of service.  Pete moved from Elyria, Ohio to the Grandview community in 1989.  He was a member of the Reed’s Chapel Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. Reed, brothers Amos, Venus and Otis Reed.

Survivors include his sons Bryon Lee (Debbie) Reed and Douglas Warren Reed both of Elyria, Ohio and William Carl (Christy) Reed of Grandview, brother Harold (Judy) Reed of Alabama and several  grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Taylor officiating.  Interment will military honors will follow in the Reed Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



Kimberly Hall
Spring City

Kimberly Laura Hall, 43, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Erlanger Bledsoe Campus in Pikeville.

Born in Dalton, Georgia, Kimberly moved to the Spring City community 15 years ago.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Kimberly was preceded in death by her mother Beverly Thompson.

She is survived by her father Billy Hall Sr. of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, children Kaleb Silvers, Kevin Silvers, Kendall Hall and Kelsey Hall all of Spring City, brothers Billy Hall Jr. of Apison, Tennessee and Brian Swanson of Dayton, sisters Rhonda Reno of Tellico Plains, Tennessee and Cheryl Hall of Spring City and beloved pet.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Daniels officiating.  Interment will follow in the Smith-Wilkey Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.



Charles Janow
Dayton

Charles A. Janow, 50, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, he was the son of Clyde Janow and Frances Godsey Janow Weaver.   Charles worked for many years in the construction industry.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Charles was preceded in death by his father Clyde Janow, sister Margaret Janow Reed, paternal grandparents Ruth and Houston Janow and maternal grandparents Rev. Allen and Ethel Godsey.

He is survived by his wife Theresa Janow of Dayton, mother Frances Weaver of Spring City, daughters Krystal (Charlie) Nelson of Evensville and Tristina Janow of Crossville, brother Robert Janow of Spring City and grandchildren Paxton Sollomen, River Hickman and Billy Nelson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.




Harold Byrd
Evensville

Harold R. Byrd 79 died Friday April 17, 2015 at Memorial North Park Hospital in Chattanooga.
Born in Rhea County, he was the son of the late Ted and Emma McFalls Byrd. Harold was a graduate of Spring City High School and served in the U. S. Air Force. He was an aircraft mechanic and worked for Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA for 24 years. Following his retirement, he moved back to Rhea County in 2007. He was a member of the Greno Masonic Lodge in Fairhope, AL, a patron member of the N. R. A. and attended Bogel’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Harold was preceded in death by his brother Edward “Doc” Byrd and his sister Wanda Byrd Reynolds.
Survivors include his son Ted (Nancy) Byrd of Evensville, TN, daughters Bonnie (Randy) Jones of Ft. Worth, TX and Emily Jo (Andy) Forrester of Cleveland, TN, and his brother Paul (JoAnna) Byrd of Dayton, TN.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Aaron Revis officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Spring City Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends Monday at the funeral home from 6 to 8 PM.

Chester Lemons
Spring City

Chester F. Lemons, 85, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Rhea County, he was the son of the late Foley J. and Margaret Lucinda McMillian Lemons and was a 7th generation Tennessean, whose great grandfather fought in the Civil War.  Chester had the unique experience of serving his country during three different times of war.  He served with the U. S. Marine Corp during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.   Chester received numerous medals and awards. He was commissioned as a Warrant Officer and served as a Master Gunnery Sergeant for 30 years.   In 1973, he retired from military service.  Chester was a member of the Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F & AM and was a 32nd degree mason.   He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, the Alhambra Shrine and the Fleet Reserve Association.  Chester was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Foley Lemons and Richard Lemons.

Survivors include his daughters Karen Dickerson of Debary, Florida, Holly Lynn (Jeff) Grimmett of Clearwater, Florida and Kimberly (Blas) Casteneda of Orange City, Florida, 7 grandchildren 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with the Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

Marie Huggins
Spring City

Marie G. Huggins, 93, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton.

Born in Wooten, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Cora Vanover Gayhart.    Marie was a teacher and retired from the City of Chattanooga School System after 35 years of service.  She moved to the Spring City community from Hixson 12 years ago.  Marie was a former member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Red Bank and was currently a member of the First Baptist Church of Spring City.

She was preceded in death by her husband Troy B. Huggins, sisters Ercel Maggard and Ruth Gayhart and brother Edward Gayhart.

Survivors include her daughters Lynda (Dan) Moore of Spring City and Patty Huggins of Atlanta, Georgia, brother James Gayhart of Kentucky, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Hixson with Rev. Brian Price officiating.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home.



William Hinds
Spring City

William A. Hinds Jr. 87 died Friday April 10, 2015 at his residence. Born in Dayton, Tennessee, he was the son of the late William A. and Margaret Horton Hinds Sr.
William was a graduate of Spring City High School, Tennessee Wesleyan Jr, College; where he played basketball for two years Tennessee Tech; where he was the champion of the Ohio Valley Conference in Tennis Doubles and Ole Miss Graduate School. He served four years in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict serving in Korea and in the United States. William attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. He worked for seven years for Esso Standard Oil Company in North Carolina. William started his teaching career at Spring City High School and then became a teacher, coach and principal for the Hamilton County Board of Education. He retired in 1986 as the principal of Sale Creek High School and previously served as Principal of the Occupational Training School and Soddy-Daisy High School. William was a director for the Grandview Heritage Foundation, served as a Trustee for Daisy United Methodist Church for several years and was a member of the American Legion Post #203 in Spring City.
William was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Lee Hinds and Martha Ann Walker.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years Jean Houston Hinds, children Sandra Hinds, David (Diane) Hinds, Rodney Hinds, Leslie (Jim) Metcalfe and John Hinds, grandchildren Jerod Hinds, Nick Metcalfe and John Hinds, nephews Robert Lynn Smith, Steve Walker and Gary Walker.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Spring City Cemetery with military honors. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Grandview Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 60953. Sacramento, CA 95860-0953.

Roxie Fugate
Spring City

Roxie Opal Fugate, 97, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Spring City Care Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, she was the daughter of the late Elder R. and Maggie Alice Brown Bell.    Roxie retired from Southern Silk Mills after 40 years of service.  She was also an accomplished seamstress and sewed for people all over the Rhea County community.  Roxie was the oldest member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Spring City.

She was preceded in death by her husband William T. Fugate, brothers Glenn, Fletcher, Clyde and Tom Bell, sisters Helen Easter, Lucille Overton, Lois Lowe and Rose Ingram and great grandson Josh Wilson.

Survivors include her daughters Elza (Bill) Price and Lois Janow both of Spring City, Mary Lou Shelton of Cleveland, Tennessee and Wilma Jean (Ray) Paul of Decatur, Tennessee, brothers George Bell of New Hampshire and Ross Bell of Spring City, grandchildren Rick Price, Donnie Janow, Tim Shelton, Debbie Wilson, Teresa Fuller and Connie Smith, 12 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Wolf Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Forgey and Rev. Steve Hensley officiating.  The body will lie in state one hour before the service.   Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. 

Foley Lemons
Spring City


Foley Edward Lemons, 89, died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at The Bridge at Rockwood.

Born in Spring City, he was the son of the late Foley J. and Margaret Lucinda McMillian Lemons.  Foley was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving his country during World War II where he participated in the invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach.  His career with the Chicago Police Force was quite diverse.  He was a Patrol Officer, and a robbery and homicide Detective.  He served in several undercover capacities throughout his career and was a Police Sniper with the Department’s elite task Force #6.  He defended the City during Chicago’s infamous South Side Racial Riots and in the Lincoln Park Riots of the 1968  Democratic National Convention.  He later retired from the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

While he was supporting his family as a Police Officer, he also drove a truck part time for various companies.  Foley also owned and operated a tractor trailer rig.  In 1972, he retired from the Chicago Police Department and returned to Tennessee with his family.  There he was hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority to drive a truck during the construction of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.  It was not long before he received several promotions to Foreman, General Foreman and eventually Construction Superintendent at the Belafonte Nuclear Plant in Scottsboro, Alabama.   Foley was of the Christian faith and was a Free & Accepted Mason.  He was also a member of the Teamsters’ Union and the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janet Bruce Lemons, son Jeffrey Lemons, daughter Nancy Miller and brother Richard Lemons.

Foley is survived by his daughters Lorna “Lorie” (Roger) Dake of Spring City and Frances (Ron) Walker of Lugoff, South Carolina, son Ward (Lisa) Lemons of Las Vegas, Nevada, brother Chester Lemons of Spring City, nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  The family will receive friends Friday one hour before the service at the funeral home.


Gary Bennett
Spring City

Gary L. Bennett, 76, died Friday, April 3, 2015 at Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Lenox, Iowa, Gary was the son of the late Harlan Robert and Kathryn Clark Bennett.    He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and retired from Lear Corporation.  Gary and his wife, Carol, moved to the Spring City community from Alabama in 1986.  He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the American Legion Post #203.

Gary is survived by his wife Vinita “Carol” Bennett of Spring City, daughters Lisa Ann Hutchins of Springdale, Arkansas, Laura Jo Kane of Bourbonnais, Illinois and Linda Diane Smith of Farmington, Arkansas, sons Gregory (Brenda) Bennett of Platte City, Missouri, Glen (Cindy) Bennett of Springdale, Arkansas and Robert Scott (Sharon) Buth of Farmington, Arkansas, brother Philip Bennett of Chattanooga, sister Denise Bennett of Colorado Springs Colorado, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Arthritis Foundation.

Maggie Miller
Spring City

Maggie Ruth Miller, 86, died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Rhea Medical Center.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, she was the daughter of the Jonas Albert and Evangeline Daniels Holloway.    Maggie retired from SSM Industries after many years of service.  She was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Spring City.  Maggie attended the Senior Lighthouse Center and loved her cats.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl Howard Miller, son Barnett Lemons Jr., daughter-in-law Hazel Lemons, granddaughter Melinda McCloud, stepdaughter Kathy Couch and sisters Dorothy Nelson, Mellie McNeal, Marie Janow, Berta Brock, Betty Troglin and Diana McCampbell and son-in-law David Woodard.

Survivors include her son James (Sherrie) Lemons of Spring City, daughters Nellie (Robert) Harper of North Ridgeville, Ohio and Donna Woodard of Spring City, stepchildren Mike (Karen) Miller of Soddy, Tennessee and Jerry (Glenda) Miller and Connie (Shorty) Simmons both of Spring City, brother Jonas Holloway Jr. of Grandview, sisters Bonnie Rhea of Dayton, Alma (Ray) Evans of Grandview, Joann (Ed) Janow of Spring City and Janet Grant of Atlanta, Georgia, 25 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Grant officiating.   Interment will be Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Mt. Sulphur Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Manuel Burnett
Spring City

Manuel L. Burnett 88 died Saturday April 4, 2015 at his residence. Born in Milo, Tennessee, Manuel was the son of the late Wilker and Elsie Wright Burnett Sr. He was retired from TVA where he was a welder. Manuel was a member of the Bogel’s Chapel Baptist Church. He served his country during World War II serving in the U. S. Army.
Manuel was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Perry Burnett, son Richard Burnett, brothers Wilker Burnett Jr, James Burnett and sisters Imogene Reed, Eula Mae Orick and Delores Cadle.
Survivors include daughters Edna (Jim) Miller of Spring City and Doraleen (Eddy) Burger of Chattanooga, brother Glen Burnett and sisters Emma Lee Price and Wilma Simonds all of Spring City, nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Funeral services are Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 2:00PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Aaron Revis officiating. Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8PM at the funeral home.

March 2015 Obituaries
Eva Blankenship
Spring City

Eva Reighn Blankenship, 4 ½ months, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at T. C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.

She was preceded in death by her brother Miakiaha Tippett.

Eva is survived by her mother Ashley Morgan and father Nick Blankenship both of Spring City,  maternal grandparents Pam Lyke and Glenn Rodgers and Jerry (Paula) Lyke all of Spring City, paternal grandparents Diane (Roy) Whitener of Birchwood and Michael (Kandi) Blankenship of Riceville, brother Ely Morgan and sister Mia Morgan both of Spring City, aunt Heather Blankenship and uncle Lee “Shorty” Blankenship, special mamaw Dean Henderson of Oakdale, Tennessee,  special cousin Sissy Hill of Oakdale, Tennessee, paternal great grandparents Richard and Jane Blankenship of Cleveland, Tennessee, Claudette and C. L. Fisher of Ten Mile, Tennessee and Roy and Edith Scroggins of Decatur, Tennessee and several other great aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald and Rev. Jimmy Gravley officiating.  Interment will follow in the Glen Alice Cemetery in Rockwood, Tennessee.  The family will receive friends Wednesday one hour before the service at the church.

Raymond Wrathell
Spring City

Raymond Wrathell, 76, died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Spring City Care Center.

Born in Midland, Michigan, he was the son of the late Richard and Marion Styles Wrathell.    Raymond was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corp.  He was a boiler maker and worked as a pipefitter in ship yards all over the United States.  Raymond attended Shiloh Baptist Church in Spring City.

He was preceded in death by his son Raymond Wrathell, sibilings R. J., Bettie and Susan.

Raymond is survived by his wife Bettie Brown Wrathell of Spring City, children Vicky Gillespie of Spring City, Linda Davis of Tampa, Florida, Rick Wrathell of Nebraska, Tina Yarborough of Spring City, step children Bill Kratzer of Florida and Karen Muscott of Spring City, 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

A private family service will be held at a later date.



George Bostic
Spring City

George Elmore Bostic, 80, died Friday March 20, 2015 at the Rhea Medical Center.

Born in Union County, Tennessee, George was lifelong resident of Spring City. He was the son of the late Leck and Frela Walker Bostic. George was graduate of Spring City High School and served his country in the U. S. Army. He was a member of Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F. & A.M., Alhambra Shrine Temple, O. E. S. Chapter #203 and the Dayton Golf and Country Club. George was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Connie Lynn Thurman, brothers Henry, Olan, Rolan, Claude, Junior, Lloyd and Clarence Bostic and his sister Georgia Thompson.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years Wanda Manning Bostic of Spring City, sons George Michael (Rose) Bostic of Cookeville and Sam (Cathy) Bostic of Spring City, sister Ruth (Gary) Higdon of Hixson, brother Wayne Bostic of Ormond Beach, Florida, grandchildren G. W. Walker, Michael Bostic, Shannon (Wayne) Shearman Daniels, Rev. Adam (Jenny) Bostic, Josh (Robyn) Bostic, Nicole Thurman, Melissa Malloy and Jessica (Cody) Davis and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Monday at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with his grandson Rev. Adam Bostic officiating.  Interment will be in Spring City Cemetery with full military honors followed by a white dove release.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Vaughn Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Spring City Church of Christ, 145 Cash Street, Spring City, TN 37381


Judy Webb
Spring City

Judy L. Webb, 62, died Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the home of her sister, Debbie Cooper.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Judy was the daughter of the late Virgil D. and Lena Bollon Webb Sr..  She attended the Rhea of Sunshine in Dayton.  Judy loved to shop and attend church.  Judy especially loved her dogs and loved her magazines. 

She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley Sutton and brothers Virgil Dewitt Webb, Gary Webb Sr. and Jim Webb.

Survivors include her sisters Debbie (Clyde) Cooper of Spring City, Brenda Watkins of Columbus, Ohio and Carole Fricke of Newton, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.

Services and burial will be private.



Dorothy Cunningham
Grandview

Dorothy J. Cunningham, 78, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Cumberland House in Crossville, Tennessee.

A lifetime resident of Grandview, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Julie Loden Brady.    Dorothy retired from Robinson Manufacturing Co..  She was a member of the Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church in Grandview.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her daughter Gertie Mae Cunningham, brothers Homer, Eugene, Raymond, Edgar “Mutt” and Roy Brady and sisters Dora Rhear and Molly Ramsey.

Survivors include her husband Richard Cunningham of Grandview, daughters Brenda (Clell) Reed, Nancy (Chuck) Reed and Peggy (Butch) Tharpe all of Grandview, brother Richard Brady of Grandview, sister Cecil (David) Evans of Spring City, grandchildren Charlton Cole Reed and Cody Reed.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. John Pair officiating.   Interment will follow in the Stebbins Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



Nellie Green
Spring City

Nellie Perry Green, 84, of North Chesterfield, Virginia and formerly of Spring City died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Thomas Johns Cancer Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Born in Spring City, she was the daughter of the late Jack Davis and Estalena Wilkey Perry.    Nellie retired from the Gassaway Middle School in West Virginia.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Nellie was preceded in death by her husband Harold Boggs, brothers Ernest, Claude, Jack and Lloyd Frank Perry and sisters Lissie Barnett, Pauline Burnett, Ruby Treadway and Vada Edwards.

Survivors include her daughter Debbie (John) Lanham of North Chesterfield, Virginia, son Lynn Dodson of Dayton, brother George (Eldeena) Perry and sister Eula Mae (Ralph) Reed both of Spring City, one grandchild and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 am 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 Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.




Bob Hendricks
Spring City

Robert “Bob” D. Hendricks, 59, died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his home.

A lifelong resident of Spring City, he was the son of William and Wanda Faucette Hendricks.    Bob had been employed at Spring City Elementary School and Dayton City School.    He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother Wanda Hendricks and brother Gary Hendricks.

Survivors include his wife Marsha Cagle Hendricks of Dunlap, father William Hendricks of Indiana, children Andrea (Ronnie) Shubert of Dunlap, Laura (John) Cunningham of Ten Mile, Tennessee and Austin (Marlena) Cagle of Dunlap, sister Brenda Wattenbarger and brother Bruce Hendricks both of Indiana and grandchildren Michael, Danielle, Hunter, Taebia, Erika and Bryson Cagle, Brandon Beebe and Baylee Cunningham.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Gail Harris officiating.   Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.



Ernest Lowery
Crab Orchard, Tennessee

Ernest H. Lowery, 86, died Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

A lifetime resident of Cumberland County, Ernest was the son of the late Clay and Lela Perry Lowery.    He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict.  For many years, Ernest worked in the construction industry as a stonemason.  He was a member of the Daysville Church of Christ in Rockwood, Tennessee and the V. F. W. Post in Crab Orchard.

Ernest was preceded in death by his brothers Lester Eugene Lowery and Danny Lowery and sisters Dorothy Young and Margie Sarnello.

Survivors include his daughter Patricia Lowery of Florida, sons Donald Lowery of Rockwood and Jack (Sheila) Lowery of LaFayette, Georgia, sister Mary Jane Turner of Dunlap, friends Diane and Allen Hale of Crab Orchard, Tennessee and several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm/EST in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Lovell officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Dogwood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm/EST at the funeral home.



Ethel Fugate
Spring City

Ethel M. Fugate, 85, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Rhea Medical Center in Dayton.

A lifetime resident of Spring City, Ethel was the daughter of the late Earnest J. and Mary Stuffel Reed.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Swafford M. Fugate Sr., sisters Grace Strader and Ruth Boles, brothers Max Reed and Charlie Reed and grandson Justin McCullough.

Survivors include her son Junior (Mavis) Fugate, daughters Norma (Ronnie) McCullough and Patty (Mackie) Knox all of Spring City, sister Ann Lawson of Spring City, five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Sherrill and Rev. Bud Strader officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.


Mac Conley
Spring City

Clinton M. “Mac” Conley, 62, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Rhea Medical Center in Dayton.

A longtime resident of Spring City, Mac was the son of Grover C. and Euphema “Penny” McCabe Conley.  He worked for Suburban Manufacturing and was a member of Sheet Metal Union Local #555 (SMART #555).  Mac attended St. Clair Union Church in Spring City.  He loved to play cards and fish.

Mac was preceded in death by his father Grover C. Conley and brother Don Conley.

Survivors include his mother Euphema “Penny” McCabe Conley of Spring City, daughters Alicia “Ali” Darwactor and April Conley Hobby both of Knoxville, son Andy Conley of Knoxville, fiancé Jattrice “Jay” Hughes of Spring City and four grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


February 2015 Obituaries
Jamey Lynn Dunn
Graysville

Jamey Lynn Dunn, 44, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, Jamey was a graduate of Rhea County High School and had formerly worked for Kordsa Corporation.  He was a member of the Free to Worship Revival Center in Soddy Daisy.  Jamey loved woodworking, camping, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. 

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Louis Reed.

Survivors include his wife Leeanne McWilliams Dunn of Hixson, parents Daniel and Rita Reed Dunn of Evensville, grandmother Ethel Miller Reed of Grandview, sisters Lori Dunn of Evensville and Dana Decker of Hixson, nephews Timothy Hamby of Evensville and Joe Couch of Dayton, niece Nina Gore of Dayton, mother-in-law Thelma “Ted” McWilliams and sister-in-law Cyndie Bearden both of Hixson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa D. officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vaughn Funeral Home,
P. O. Box 129, Spring City, TN  37381, to help with expenses.




Jeanne DeCroce
Spring City







Jeanne Brooks DeCroce, 78, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at her residence.

Born in Syracuse, New York, she was the daughter of the late Murice and Bernice Clark Thomas.  Jeanne and her husband, Richard, moved to the Spring City community from New York in 2007.  She was a member of the Spring City United Methodist Church.

Jeanne was a singer and musician and went by the stage name “Jeanne Brooks”.  Some of the more noteworthy musicians she had the pleasure to share the stage with were Johnny Cash at the “Grand Old Opry” and Ernest Tubb on his radio show in Nashville, Tennessee.  Jeanne always enjoyed entertaining and brought lots of joy to people’s lives.  She was asked to tour with the “Benny Goodman Swing Band”, but declined in order to raise her family.  Jeanne was an excellent Bass player and could sit in with any good musicians and jam.   She also had a beautiful contralto voice and loved to sing old standards.  Jeanne took great pleasure in choosing her performance wardrobe, even to go so far as having her hair done in ringlets for a “Gone With The Wind” wedding theme that the bride chose.  Her home was always filled with music and fellow musician friends rehearsing for their next gig.  Jeanne will be sadly missed by her family and all of her friends. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter Lise DeCroce, granddaughter Skye Christina Dailor and sister Bernice Polizzi.

Survivors include her husband Richard DeCroce of Spring City, daughters Michelle Lawrence of Rochester, New York and Lucille Feldman of Eatonton, Georgia, brother Bruce Thomas of Rochester, New York and Gregory Thomas of Melbourne, Florida, sister Cathline Thomas of Rochester, New York, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Collins officiating.  The family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

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




Willa Patrick
Grandview

Willa A. Patrick, 58, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

Born in Rubidoux, California, Willa was the daughter of John and Virginia Lybarger.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Grandview.

Willa was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Mary.

Survivors include her husband Steve Patrick of Grandview, daughter Jessica Wilson of Paw Paw, Michigan, son Jason Wilson of Paw Paw, Michigan, sister Karen Ingels of California, brothers Ross Lybarger of California, Fred Lybarger of New Mexico and Paul Lybarger of Nevada and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. David Brock officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mt Zion Cemetery in Grandview.  The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.




Martha Snider
Spring City




Martha Seward Snider, 92, died Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Roane Medical Center in Harriman, Tennessee.

Born in Jeffersonville Indiana, Martha was the daughter of the late Eugene and Jessie McCarty Seward.  She was a retired LPN and worked for the State of Ohio for more than 30 years.  Martha moved to the Spring City community from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She attended the Spring City United Methodist Church and was active in the Audrey Pack Memorial Library in Spring City, Tennessee.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel A. Snider and her son Jonathan Snider.

Survivors include her son Samuel P. Snider of Charleston, South Carolina, daughters Leslie Wills of Jefferson, Indiana and Jane Hunter of Cincinnati, Ohio, seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Robert Harned and Rev. Dwight Zimmerman officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Library Foundation of Spring City, P. O. Box 311, Spring City, TN  37381.



Benny Joe Cawood
July 31,1945 – February 1, 2015






Benny Joe Cawood, formerly of Spring City, Tennessee passed away peacefully after bravely battling cancer, February 1, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born on July 31st, 1945, Benny grew up in Spring City, TN, graduating from Spring City High School in 1963. He was a member of St. Clair Union Church-UMC. He attended college at Texas A&M University as a proud member of the Corps. After college he joined Dresser Industries and eventually moved to England where he met the love of his life. On December 3, 1977 he married his beautiful wife Christine "Chrissy" Hargreaves in Dundee, Scotland and soon became the proud father of two children, Benjamin and Danielle. In 1982 the family moved to Indonesia and he spent the next seventeen wonderful years in Southeast Asia working in many of the different areas of the oil and gas industry while raising his family. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1999 and finished his career with Halliburton in 2011 in San Antonio. He was a brave, smart, hardworking man, a loyal friend and the true definition of a family man. He loved his friends with the same powerful love he gave his family. He was an avid reader, student of history, and a great car enthusiast. The roads in heaven better get ready because the “Fox is on the loose”.

He is survived by his wife Christine Cawood; children; Benjamin James Cawood and Danielle Jade Cawood of McKinney, Texas; his mother Eileen Florence Cawood; brothers, Otis Ladd Cawood and Charles Franklin Cawood; of Spring City, TN; sisters, Karen (LeBron) Conley of Cleveland, TN; Donna Cawood (Lewis VanHooser) of Spring City, TN; nieces, Michelle Houston, Charli (Nicky) Gunter and Allison Conley; nephews,  Jesse Cawood and Brandon Conley; greats, Kayli Gunter, Ryan and Kade Houston,  and other loving family and friends.

Benny was preceded in death by his father, Harold Ladd Cawood.

A memorial service will be held Monday, February 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. The family encourages friends and family to share memories of Benny on the memorial page at turrentinejacksonmorrow.com

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 14, 2015 at St. Clair Union Church-UMC in Spring City, TN. The family will be receiving friends for visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Clair UMC, 307 Rocky Springs Road, Spring City, TN 37381.
Published Courtesy of Vaughn Funeral Home

George LeBlanc
Spring City

George Jay LeBlanc, 77, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tennessee.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, George was the son of the late Howard and Grace Umlauf LeBlanc.    He served in the U. S. Army and retired from General Motors after 30 years of service.  George moved to the Spring City community from Michigan in 2002.  He was of the Catholic faith and a member of the American Legion.

George is survived by his daughter Ranae Bain of Wyandotte, Michigan, son Mark LeBlanc of Auburn Hills, Michigan and stepson Chris Masi of Warren, Michigan, brother David LeBlanc of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan and seven grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services.




Jean Hadsall
Spring City

Jean Edwin Hadsall, 88, died Friday, February 6, 2015 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Jean was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hadsall.    He was a retired electrician and was member of the I.B.E.W. Local in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  Jean and his wife, Margaret, moved to the Spring City community from Indiana four years ago.  Jean was of the Church of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his sister Violet Priestley.

Jean is survived by his wife Margaret Allison Hadsall of Spring City, sons David (Bonita) Hadsall of Woodburn, Indiana and Honere (Carmen) France of Victoria, British Columbia, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.



Bill Cone
Dayton

William Parker “Bill” Cone, 82, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at his residence.

Born in Estill Springs, Tennessee, Bill was the son of the late Cecil Jackson and Reba May Lewis Cone.  He served in the U. S. Marine Corp.  and was a retired carpenter.  Bill moved to the Rhea County community in 2002.  He loved to hunt, fish and had a special empathy for homeless people.  Bill was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife Francs Cone, sons Parker Eugene Cone and Cecil Cone and brother Lee Klaver.

Bill is survived by his daughters Elaine C. Chapman of Interlachen, Florida and Reva Joyce Hynson of Cordova, Maryland and sister Sarah Katherine “Kay” (Clinton) Grant of Rossville, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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



January 2015 Obituaries

Leona Pritchett
Spring City

Leona S. Pritchett 74 died Saturday January 24, 2015 at her residence. Born in Tracy City, Tennessee, Leona was the daughter of the late Louis C. “Nick” and Mary Shelton Sanders She retired as a supervisor from La-Z-Boy in 1994 and was of the Protestant faith.
Leona was preceded in death by her first husband Bill Meeks and her sister Lou Ellen Nixon.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years J.D. Pritchett of Spring City, daughters Teddie Jane Clark of Crossville, Kellie Brown of Spring City, son Billy Meeks of Spring City, step children Steve, Janet, Becky and Ann Pritchett, sisters Lena (Carroll) Swafford of Evensville, Lucy (Ken) Thurman and Loretta (Tommy) Hale both of Spring City, brothers John (Doris) Sanders of Mt. Eagle, Tennessee, Jan Sanders and Tom (Louise) Sanders both of Spring City and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with her daughter Rev. Teddie Jane Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 PM at Vaughn Funeral Home.



Stanley Jenkins
Evensville


Stanley E. Jenkins, 79, died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Erlanger Medical Center. 

Born in Harriman, Tennessee, Stanley was the son of the late Ben H. and Hazel Oran Jenkins.   He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served his country during the Korean Conflict.   Stanley retired from TVA after 26 years of service.  He was a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church and served as a deacon.  Stanley was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Wright Jenkins of Evensville, sons Greg (Beth) Jenkins of Cabot, Arkansas and Brad Jenkins of Spring City, sister Brenda (David) Wilson of Knoxville, brothers Tom (Cindy) Jenkins of Morristown, Tennessee, Edward (Betty) Jenkins of Dunedin, Florida and Buddy (Paulette) Jenkins of Knoxville,  grandchildren Ben, Kari, April, Jenna, Charles and Claire, great grandchildren Kenzie and Zacharyand several special nieces and nephews and special in-laws.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Spring City with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the church.

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



Leslie Pruitt
Spring City

Leslie K. Pruitt, 51, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Roane Medical Center in Harriman, Tennessee.

Born in Xenia, Ohio, Leslie moved to the Spring City community eight years ago.  She was the manager of the Rocky Top Market in Spring City.  Leslie was a member of the Yacht Club and did volunteer work for Safe Haven and Cedine Bible College.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Leslie was preceded in death by her father Robert D. Cordell.

She is survived by her mother Linda Lieb Cordell of Athens, children Amanda Harris of Soddy Daisy and Heather Boeding of Saltillo, Mississippi, brother Robert Cordell of Southbridge, Massachusetts and Michael Cordell of Athens and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Michael Cordell officiating.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Safe Haven, P. O. Box 307, Dayton, TN  37321

Janice Rigsby
Spring City

Janice “Jay” Rigsby, 79, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at the The Courtyard at Deer Ridge in Dayton, Tennessee.

Born in Portland, Maine, Jay was the daughter of the late William W. and Alice Meserve St. Jernquist.   She was the wife of the former chief of the Spring City Fire Department, the late McLendon “Mack” Rigsby.  Jay and Mack worked together securing various funds for the Spring City Fire Department including a new truck.  She was of the Catholic faith.

Jay was preceded in death by husband, Mack Rigsby and brothers Bernie Mann and Bill Mann.

Survivors include her children Steve (Barbara) Rigsby of Spring City and Kimberly (Lloyd) Anderson of Lakeland, Florida, brother Phil Mann of Seattle, Washington, sister Ruth Robinson of Lincoln, Nebraska, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


Sandra Wilson
Dayton

Sandra Vaughn Wilson, 61, died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

A lifetime resident of Rhea County, Sandra was the daughter of the late Alfred R. “Tink” and Mildred Roberts Vaughn.   She was a graduate of Spring City High School, Class of 1971 and attended McKenzie Business College.  Sandra retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2014.  She was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Spring City and Laborers Local Union 846.

Survivors include her children Kevin Vaughn of Nashville, Scott Wilson of Spring City and Missy Wilson Purser of Dayton, sister, Donna K. Vaughn of Spring City, grandchildren Morgan, Macy and Bristol Wilson and Heather Heard all of Dayton and great grandchildren Brandlyn and Carly.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny R. Eldridge officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 pm 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




Donna Johnston
Spring City

Donna F. Johnston, 85, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Abby Mae’s Hill Assisted Living in Spring City.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Donna was the daughter of the late Pearl J. and Dorothy Vance Beckett.  She moved to the Spring City community from Florida.  Donna was of the Presbyterian faith.

She was preceded in death by her brother Glen Beckett.

Donna is survived by her sons John (Tonya) Johnston of Spring City, James Johnston of Castleberry, Florida, daughter Teri Kinyon, four grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.

Billy Cawood
Spring City
Billy M. Cawood 84 of Spring City died Monday January 12, 2015 at the home of his sister Roxie “Tootsie” Gibson in Nashville, Tennessee after a long illness.
Born in Spring City, Bill was the son of the late James Mack and Ethel Thedford Cawood. He served his country; serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Bill worked for General Motors in Ohio for over 30 years before retiring and moving back to his hometown of Spring City. He loved hunting and fishing and was one of those individuals who could “fix” or build anything. Bill enjoyed using his talents to help others. This kind and gentle man was a friend and neighbor to all and is loved by everyone who knew him.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lucille Cawood (Wally) Maybery and brother James Cawood.
Survivors include his wife Betty Bateson Cawood, sisters Margaret Cawood Scholz of Spring City, Roxie Cawood (Jim) Gibson Sr. of Nashville, nieces Sharon Dines & Susan (Rich) Everitt, nephews Harry (Donna) Landreth, Rev. Jim (Robin) Gibson Jr, Doug and David Landreth and a great nephew Aidan Gibson.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. James Gibson Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in the Spring City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:30 am to 11:00 am Friday morning at the funeral home.The family wishes to express deep gratitude to Alive Hospice of Nashville for the tender care given to Bill as he moved from this life to his Heavenly home. They request that any memorials be made to Alive Hospice of Nashville, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN  37203 or to the Oak Hill School, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220.


Rose Kemmer Anderson
 
Rose Kemmer Anderson, 99, died peacefully Saturday morning, January 3, 2015.

Born on December 23, 1915, in Graysville, Tennessee, to Nola Moon and Robert W. Kemmer, she graduated from City High School and the University of Chattanooga.

In 1936 she moved to New York City where she worked for H. I. Williams, a commercial photographer.  There she met the love of her life, Leslie Gordon Anderson, who died in 1964.  A member of 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, she collected books for missionaries through Readers Service at Stony Point, New York.

In 1965 she received a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University and served as head librarian at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina and Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Her sister, Virginia Ratliff, died in 2011.  She is survived by a son, Kemmer (Martha) Anderson of Chattanooga, a sister, Bobbie Jo Kemmer of California; and two nieces, Jane Ratliff Meenach of Lexington, KY and Laura Ratliff Castrucci of West Harrison, IN.

The family wishes to thank Jennifer Jones, Angela Ashley, and Theresa Brown for their faithful service, as well as Hospice of Chattanooga.

Memorials may be made to the Chattanooga Public Library for the Robert & Nola Moon Kemmer Memorial Fund.

A family graveside service will be held at the Spring City Cemetery.





Ola Long
Spring City

Ola H. Long 73 died Saturday January 3, 2015 at his residence. Born in Rhea County, he was the son of the late John and Vini Hale Long. Ola was a farmer and of the Baptist faith.
Ola was preceded in death by his wife Sarah Elizabeth Long.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years Mary Hill Long of Spring City, daughters Mary Lou (Frank) Emel of Spring City, Shelia (Rodney) Underwood of Rossville, GA, Connie Dunn of Crandall, GA, Lois (Steve) Moffett and Regina Kay (Fatty) Simmons of Spring City, sons  Keith (Carol Ballard) Guthrie of Spring City, brother Tommy Long of Spring City, sisters Chris Ann Bloodsworth and Sharon Daily both of Spring City, sixteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services are Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Hurd officiating. Burial will follow in the Porter-Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

Johnny Phillips
Spring City

Johnny W. Phillips Sr. 59 died Thursday January 1, 2015 at his residence. A native of Spring City, Johnny was the son of the late Walter and Thelma Winona Thurman Phillips Sr. Johnny attended Spring City High School and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was of the protestant faith.
Johnny was preceded in death by his wife Rose Mary Phillips and his brothers Robert and Stevie Phillips.
Survivors include his son Johnny Phillips Jr. of Spring City, daughter Roseann Akina of Dayton, stepson Michael Godbehere of Dayton, brothers Tommy, Walter and Jimmy Phillips, sister Linda Etherton all of Spring City and ten grandchildren.
Funeral services are Monday January 5, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Grace officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Spring City Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour before services at Vaughn Funeral Home.
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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.