Nov. 9, 1926 — Aug. 17, 2010

Millard Baird, Clinton, took the hand of his Lord and Savior Aug. 17, 2010, at Windwood Healthcare Center after an extended illness.

He was born to Walter and Ella Blankenship Baird Nov. 9, 1926, in Capuchin (Scott County), Tenn.

He was the fourth of five siblings. He attended elementary school in Scott County and graduated from Jellico High School in Campbell County. After service in the United States Navy, he returned to Jellico to marry Bobbie Jean Sowder, May 23, 1948. He worked in his father’s business and for Imperial Cantrell prior to joining the Jellico Electric System in the mid-1950’s where he worked as the business manager until 1970. He and his two brothers operated the Baird Lumber Company in Jellico from the mid-1960s until the early 1970s. In November, 1970, he joined the Clinton Utilities Board, where he worked in various capacities including assistant general manager and secretary for the board of directors until his retirement in January, 1992. He was a deacon at the First Christian Church of Jellico until moving to Clinton. Millard also served as a member of the board of directors of the Union Bank of Jellico for 40 years, and was a past member of the Jellico Masonic Lodge.

In Clinton, Millard joined the Second Baptist Church with his family where he was a president of his Sunday School Class and faithful member for almost 40 years. He served on several committees at the church over the years. He was a member of the Clinton Lions Club where he worked for the betterment of his community in various volunteer positions including secretary and president of the club. He was also a past member of the board of directors of Community Action of Anderson County and a lifelong Republican.

Millard is preceded in death by: Parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John C. Sowder and Christine Williams Sowder; brothers-in-law, Willard Sexton and Virgil Bridges; brothers, J.C. Baird and Sterling Baird, all of Jellico.

He is survived by: Wife of 62 years, Bobbie; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Millard Baird and Patricia Walker Baird of Clinton; grandson, Robert Patrick Walker Baird, a senior at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., near Boston; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann Baird Williams and John David Williams of Clinton; granddaughter, Andrea Jean Williams, a junior at Clinton High School; sisters, Grace Baird Sexton of Farragut and Lola Baird Bridges of Alcoa; sister-in-law, Jessie Creekmore Baird of Jellico; and several nieces and nephews.

He was very proud of his family heritage and had studied the genealogy of his relatives to their roots in Scotland.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Second Baptist Church in Clinton for Millard Baird with the Reverend Mike Thompson presiding.

The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. with the service commencing at noon.

Family and friends will meet at the Grandview Memorial Garden in Clinton immediately following the funeral for graveside services.

The family extends its highest gratitude to the dedicated people that work at the Windwood Healthcare Center in Clinton and to the many friends that have called, sent cards, letters, and prayers during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Second Baptist Church, 777 Public Safety Drive, Clinton, Tenn., 37716.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Richard "C.R." Barger, 82, Harriman, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Knoxville.

He was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Roane County, where he continued to live throughout his life.

He was a well-known businessman, who along with his late wife Mary, founded the C.R. Barger and Son Construction Company.

He served the citizens of Roane County as a member of the Roane County Board of Education for 12 years.

He was a founding member of the Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a church deacon. Additionally he was a member of the Dyllis Masonic Lodge #460 F.&A.M., Scottish Rite, and Shriner's. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

In addition to his wife Mary Frances Rose Barger, he was preceded in death by: Parents, Charlie E. and Daisy Nell Hembree Barger; and brother, Samuel Robert Barger.

He is survived by: Daughter, Marteina Ann Ingram and husband Edward; sons, Ricky Barger and wife Joyce, Mickey Barger and wife Pat, Dave Barger, and Terry Dewayne Barger, all of Harriman; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a brother, Tom B. Barger of Harriman; several nieces and nephews; and a host of special friends and additional family members.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Roper officiating.

Burial and graveside services followed at Roane Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to Ben Atchley State Veteran's Home, Activity Department or the Alzheimer's Association.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

An online guest book is available for Mr. Barger at www.sharpfh.com

Imogene Amanda Brown, 85, Oliver Springs, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Briarcliff Health Care Center of Oak Ridge.

She was born on July 29, 1925, in Bankston, Ala.

She was employed for approximately 30 years at Midway Hairdressers of Oliver Springs as a hair stylist. She was a faithful member of Highland View Church of Christ in Oak Ridge.

She was preceded in death by: Parents, Porter B. and Maude K. Hendon; husband, James Walter Brown; sister, Juainta Easley; brother, Jack Hendon; and by a half-brother, Lacey Norris

She is survived by: Two sons, Johnnie R. Brown and wife Gail of Stockbridge, Ga., and Richard A. Brown of Oliver Springs; grandchildren, Scott Brown of Jonesborough, Ga., David Brown of Lake City, Ga., Sonya Johnson of Knoxville, Richard Brown Jr. and Eric Brown, both of Oliver Springs; and two great- grandchildren.

She is also survived by: Sisters, Lurlene Roper of Oak Ridge and Pat Hudson of Bartow, Fla.; and by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Burial and graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Anderson Memorial Gardens with Pastor Curtis McClane officiating.

The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made in memory of Mrs. Brown to East Tennessee School of Preaching, 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, Knoxville, Tenn., 37931.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available for Mrs. Brown at www.sharpfh.com

Lamar Ray Coker, age 58, Knoxville and formerly of Coalfield, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at his home.

He was born Oct. 5, 1951, in Oliver Springs, and was the first set of triplets to be born in this area.

He lived in the Coal Hill community until 1959. He moved to Columbus, Ga., and joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18, moving back to this area in 1996.

He was a member of the United States Marine Corps and received an honorable medical discharge in 1984 after fourteen years of service. He received several medals, ribbons, citations, and commendations.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, John and Cecil Gann Coker; sisters, Ann Carroll and Betty Coker; and brothers, Daniel and Donnie Coker.

He is survived by: Daughter, Christy Rae Duarte of Knoxville; grandson, Aiden Ray Duarte of Knoxville; brothers, David Coker, Joe Coker, and Harvey Bagwell Jr., all of Columbus, Ga.; and sisters, Ethel Weaver of Phoenix City, Ala., Brenda Collins and Linda Coker, both of Columbus, Ga., and Susie Coker of Atlanta, Ga.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Sharp Funeral Home.

The funeral will follow in the funeral home chapel at 8 p.m. with Chaplain Phil Gross officiating.

Burial and graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville with full military honors.

Sharp Funeral Home of Oliver Springs is in charge of arrangements.

An online guest book is available for Mr. Coker at www.sharpfh.com

Cordell “Eddie” Edwards, “my wonderful husband and my best friend,” 85, Lake City, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

He was born April 21, 1925, to the late James and Grace Grubb Edwards in the Dyllis Community in Harriman, where he grew up on a farm.

He was a beloved brother of a large family, where he learned at a young age the value of a strong work ethic.

He was a member of Clinch River Baptist Church. He was also an honorary member of the Dyllis Baptist Church, where he enjoyed working so much with Bob Branson and the Pastor cleaning up the property and building a parking lot.

He truly treasured church and his church family.

He attended Wheat High School and was a member of the last graduating class of the school in 1943.

He was a self-made businessman. He and his wife moved to Lake City in the early 1950’s and owned and operated Edwards Shell Station, Edwards Trucking Company for more than 20 years and HRS Hydraulic and Machine Shop, now Unlimited Fluid Power operated by Tim Isbel, whom he considered an adopted son.

They designed and built machines for various companies and have machines all over the world.

He was always proud of his age, enjoyed the outdoors, optimistic, loved children, loved family get-togethers and enjoyed life to the fullest.

He was an avid sports fan. He and his wife attended University of Tennessee football games faithfully and in 1998 attended the “National Championship” game.

He also enjoyed the Lady Vols, men’s basketball and the Indianapolis Colts.

He and his wife loved to travel and spent the winter months in Florida.

He always worked hard his whole life. He was truly dedicated to all that he did and was a very gentle, kind, caring and giving person who deeply loved life.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, James and Grace Edwards; brothers, Winfred Edwards and Giles Edwards.

Survivors include: Beloved wife of 60 years, Wilma Ray Edwards; brother, Browder Edwards and wife Janice (deceased) of Harriman; sisters, Mary Lambert and husband Willard of Huntsville, Ala., Nina Bennett and husband Swanson of McMinnville, and Lois Smith and husband Luell of Springfield, Tenn.; sisters-in-law, Glenda Edwards of Waco, Texas, Polly Parks of Oak Ridge, and Kathleen Carter of Knoxville.

He and his wife had no children but he was a father figure to many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were involved in his life.

Very special nieces, Kim Santas and Kristin McPherson, whom he considered as a granddaughter and spent lots of time with the family.

They enjoyed traveling together and always went to Bible school.

Also very special, whom he considered as an adopted daughter, Linda Barnes; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends; special friends, the Lester and Mickey Fox family, the Tim and Tina Isbel family, the Bob and Ann Swisher family, George McGrew, Bob Martin, Doug Hawn, Bear Stephenson, Steve and Kathy Fowler and Earl and Polly Jordan, Sara Knight, and Pat and Sid Albright.

Special thanks to his brother, Browder, for all the sincere help.

We will truly miss his smile, his joyful ways of making people happy and his spontaneous sense of humor. He is in heaven now at peace in the arms of the angels.

Visitation was from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Clinch River Baptist Church, 407 Cane Creek Road Lake City.

A celebration of his life was held at 8 p.m. following the visitation with Pastor Keith Tillman, the Rev. Tom Byrge, and Pastor Larry Webster officiating.

Friends and family will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Hatmaker Funeral Home to go in procession to the Anderson Memorial Gardens for an 11 a.m. internment.

Pallbearers will be: Craig Edwards, Steve Bennett, Conor Smith, Attorney Tom Carter, Scott Adkisson, and Gary Lambert.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Tim Isbel, Bob Swisher, Lester Fox, George McGrew, Bob Martin, Doug Hawn, and Rev. Tom Byrge.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Jude Tribute Program P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, Tenn., 38148-0142

You may also view Eddie’s guest book www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com

Hatmaker Funeral Home of Lake City is in charge of arrangements.

Florence McFarland Cox, 88, Clinton, died Aug. 11, 2010, at Golden Ages Living Center in Clinton.

She was a life-long resident of Anderson County.

She was preceded in death by: Husband, Everett Cox; parents, John Marshal and Sephie Edmonds McFarland; brothers, Herbert and Boyd McFarland; sisters, Madge Howard, Ruth Graham, and Alma McGill.

She is survived by: Son, Paul Cox and wife Sherry; granddaughters, Susan Golden and Dawn Cox; great-grandchildren, Ryan Golden, Jordan Cox, Samantha and William Golden, all of Poway, Calif.; sisters, Reva Walker of Clinton, Reba Owens and husband Charles of Hermitage, Tenn.; brothers, Elmer McFarland of Oklahoma City, Cecil McFarland and wife Ann of Hermitage, Ralph McFarland and wife Sue of Clinton; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She worked at Magnet Mills until it closed and later worked at the Big Dipper Restaurant along side her friend, Aileen Ogle, for many years.

She was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church of Clinton as long as her health permitted her attendance.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Golden Ages Living Center for their loving care of Mrs. Cox during her residence there.

At Mrs. Cox’s request, there was a graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton with her pastor Dr. Mike Thompson presiding.

Her body was at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton prior to the graveside service.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. www.holleygamblefh.com.

Harold Giles, 89, Heiskell, died Monday Aug. 9, 2010, at Willow Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Maynardville.

He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton.

He was a World War II Navy Veteran, and a retired mail carrier in the Oak Ridge area.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff for taking great care of their Dad while at Willow Ridge Care and Rehab Center.

He leaves behind several family members and friends to mourn his passing.

Family and friends called at their convenience from 11 a.m, - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton for his graveside service with the Rev. Daugherty officiating.

Jones Mortuary, Clinton, was in charge of all arrangements.

An online guest book is available at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

Scharlie Thomas Jones, 81, Clinton, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

He was born on May 12, 1929, in Frankfort, Ky.

He also lived in Detroit, Mich., for 32 years, then moved to Oliver Springs in 1978.

He was employed by Capitol Pipe as a pipefitter before moving to Tennessee. His hobbies included woodworking and working on small engines.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Luther and Annie Mide Jones; sons, Larry Thomas Jones and Ronnie Dean Jones; brother, Elmo Jones; sisters, Wanda Hart and Irene Edmonds; mother-in-law, Violet Campbell

She is survived by: Wife, Carol Campbell Jones of Clinton; daughters, Margaret Long and husband Jack of Clinton, Linda Rager and husband T.J. of Maryville, and Robin Culver and husband Jerry of Oak Ridge; step-children, Frank Szczygiel and wife Patricia of Kingston, Michael Szczygiel of Clinton, Mark Szczygiel and wife Melinda of Clinton, Annette Rushlow and husband Dennis of Powell, and Mary Lee and husband Steve of Clinton.

He is also survived: 11 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and special grandson, Blake Edwards; sister, Sheila Patterson of Harriman; and also by extended family members and friends.

Burial and graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at New Fairview Cemetery with full military honors.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An online guest book is available for Mr. Jones at www.sharpfh.com.

Eva Tallant Runge, 88, Clinton, died Aug. 6, 2010.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Karns, and attended Riverview Baptist Church in Claxton. She was an avid craft person and flower arranger. She was a member of Burchfield Garden Club since 1957, a member of Lauretti Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi since 1957. She retired from ORNL after 15 years of service and worked for J.C. Penney for many years.

She was preceded in death by: Husband, Lyle H. Runge; parents, Luther and Jesse Tallant; brothers, Robert and Emory Tallant; sisters, Louise Burgess, Knoxville, Ella Barrentine, Jasper, Ala.; and son-in-law, Neal Nolan, Clinton.

She is survived by: Son, Emory Runge; daughter, Luanne Taylor and husband, John; grandchildren, Tim and Daniela Runge, Gigi and Marilyn Novelo; great-grandchildren, Oswin Springer and Hannah Belcher; sister, Florence Lockheart of Jasper, Ala.; brother-in-law, Jerry Barrentine of Jasper, Ala.; a host of nieces and nephews; and pet, Beau.

A special thanks to her caregiver, Sherry Daniels and the staff of Cumberland Village Nursing Home of Lafollette for their compassion and care.

The family received friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at Riverview Baptist Church.

A memorial service followed at 6 p.m. with the Rev. David Hicks officiating.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. www.holleygamblefh.com.

Willard A. Surber Jr., born Oct. 15, 1945, died suddenly at his home in Kodak Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, from complications of emphysema.

He grew up in Clinton, and in his younger adult years enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, and accounting. He enjoyed watching University of Tennessee Vols football, as well as the men’s and ladies’ basketball teams.

He also enjoyed old western and war movies. He continued to enjoy a good, cold beer till the day of his death. He was very out-spoken and opinionated, and others were never left in doubt of what he thought about a situation.

Although he could be a man of few tender words, he deeply loved and was proud of his family. He was a dedicated, loyal employee to Heekin Brothers/Ball Corporation for almost 40 years. He loved his job there, and was in a management position at the time of his retirement in January, 2008.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by: Father, Willard A. Surber Sr.; and his father in-law and mother in-law, T.R. and Christine Oakes.

He is survived by: Mother, Helen Surber of Clinton; wife of 44 years, Nancy Oakes Surber of Kodak; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Ammar Razzak of Sevierville; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Matthew Peebles of Lexington, Tenn.

He is also survived by: Four beloved grandchildren, Kaleb and Jordan Razzak, and Mattie and Ansley Peebles; brothers and sisters in-law, cousins, aunts, and uncles, as well as many friends in Clinton, Virginia, and Florida.

He will always be deeply loved and deeply missed, but will never leave our hearts.

Receiving of friends was held from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.

A chapel service followed.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Sartin Cemetery.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamblefh.com

Herbert E. Smith Jr., “Herb,” 69, Lake Station, Ind., died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at his home.

He had been a Lake Station resident since 1967 and was a retired millwright from U.S. Steel with 36 years experience and a member of U.S.W.A. Local #1066.

He was also a retired member of the Lake Station Volunteer Fire Department, during which he proudly served his community for 20 years.

He was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed watching his “pride and joy,” granddaughters, Caitlin and Allison, play softball.

He is survived by: Wife, Becky; son, Randy Smith and fiancée Wanda Rykovich of Hobart, Ind.; granddaughters, Caitlin and Allison Smith; mother, Rosetta Smith of Knoxville; brother, Larry Smith; sisters, Ina (Billy) Bullock, Frances (Richard) Stogsdill, Carolyn (Bobby) Walker, all of Tennessee, Myrna (Roscoe) Tennyson of Michigan, and Kathy (Don) Jones of Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: Father, Herbert Sr.; sisters, Wilma Engle, Eva Vann, Geraldine Brewer and Brenda Smith; brother, Kenny Smith.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at Reese Funeral Home, Brady Chapel, 3781 Central Avenue, Lake Station, Ind., with the Rev. John Hurt officiating.

Cremation followed the service.

Visitation was held from 2 – 8 p.m. (with a firefight service at 7 p.m.) Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at Reese Funeral Home, Brady Chapel.


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