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KENNETH R. ABELS SR.
Kenneth R. Abels Sr., Oliver Springs, passed away at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, March 21, 2011, at 90 years of age.

He was born Sept. 3, 1920, in Hixon, moving to Rockwood at an early age where he spent his childhood.

A dedicated World War II veteran, he joined the US Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served on four transport ships; SS Rosemont, USAT Monterey, SS James Moore and the SS John Morton. While serving his country he received several medals, ribbons, commendations, and citations including a Purple Heart and a World War II Victory Medal. He was a charter member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #26.

He met and married Kathleen Daniels and resided in Fork Mountain, Tenn., for 23 years before settling in Oliver Springs. He worked in coal mining for many years, then Brushy Mountain State Prison and later retired from J.C. Penney Company in 1984.

He was a handyman who could do anything. He was also an avid gardener who enjoyed both vegetable and flower gardening.

He was preceded in death by: Spouse, Kathleen Daniels Abels; parents, Robert F. and Nancy Abels; brothers, Howard W. Abels, Marvin Abels, Carl J. Abel, and Allen (Boots) Abels; and sister, Ada Boles Newman.

He is survived by: Daughter and son-in-law, Linda Kay and Danny Chase of Andersonville; son, Kenneth R. Abels Jr. of Oliver Springs; grandchildren, Kevin Scott Chase of Orlando, Fla., Kristen Kay and James Andrew Manuel of Newnan, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Lucas Cole Manuel of Newnan, Ga.; sisters, Lee Thompson of Rockwood and Bobbie Harvey of Valdosta, Ga.; special niece, Phillis White of Oliver Springs; along with a large extended family and many friends.

The family received friends from 1 – 3 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Sharp Funeral Home.

The funeral followed with Pastor Wayne Phillips officiating.

Burial and graveside services followed the funeral at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 26, 530 Kingston Avenue, Oliver Springs, Tenn., 37840.

Sharp Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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


JAMES M. ‘WOODPECKER’ FARMER JR.
James M. “Woodpecker” Farmer Jr., a lifelong resident of Clinton passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011.

He was born in Maryville Nov. 2, 1953.

He was a member of Second Baptist Church.

Survivors: Parents, Jim and Alice Farmer of Clinton; brother, Randy Farmer of Powell; sister, Kathy Farmer of Maryland; niece, Lindsey Kennedy and husband Nikolas of Powell; nephew, Devin Farmer of Powell.

The family received friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with a celebration of his life service following at 7 p.m.

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


TOM B. BARGER
Tom B. Barger, 72, Harriman, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

He was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Wartburg.

His family moved to Roane County and following his high school graduation from Harriman High School, class of 1956, he entered into the United States Marine Corps. While enlisted he served his country in the Marine Corps Flag Corp and Honor Guard at both the Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.

Following his military discharge he enrolled at Carson Newman College and received his degree.

He later entered into pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and following his graduation he was employed as a pharmacist in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, moving back to Tennessee in 1992 and retiring from CVS Pharmacy.

He was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church. He was a caring, considerate and compassionate man who would help anyone he found in need.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Charlie and Daisy Hembree Barger; son, Galen Barger; brothers, Sam and C.R. Barger; sister-in-law, Mary Barger, who affectionately called him “Brother”; and by a special friend, Betty Hendrickson.

He is survived by: Niece, Teina Ingram and husband Eddie; nephews, Rickey Barger and wife Joyce, Mickey Barger and wife Pat, David Barger, and Terry Barger, all of Harriman; 27 great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by several cousins, extended family members and special friends, including his caregiver, Patsy Clawson.

The family received friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at Sharp Funeral Home.

The funeral followed at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Steve McDonald officiating.

Burial and graveside services with full military honors followed at Roane Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Pine Ridge Baptist Church, Prime Timers, 151 Edwards Road, Harriman, Tenn., 37748.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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


CAROLYN SMITH HANDLEY
Services for Carolyn Smith Handley, 71, Chester, Ga., were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, in the Chapel of Townsend Brothers Funeral Home.

Burial followed in Northview Cemetery. The Rev. Bernard Henry and The Rev. Tom Vann officiated.

She was a member of Dexter United Methodist Church and lifelong resident of Laurens County. She was a member of the AT&T Pioneers, Advocate for Alzheimer’s and the Friends Cancer Support Group. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and a delegate for the United Methodist Church South Georgia Conference. She was the daughter of the late George Smith and Vida Davis Smith.

She was preceded in death by: Husband, M.L. “Sonny” Handley; brother, Troy Smith; and sister, Hazel Forrest.

She passed away Monday, March 21, 2011.

She is survived by: Son, Allen (Denise Spangler) Handley of Clinton; daughter, Cindy Handley (Keith) Collins of Dexter, Ga.; grandson, Shane Handley of Clinton; four granddaughters, Brooke Handley of Clinton, Caitlin Collins, Lindsay Collins and Faith Collins all of Dexter, Ga.; sisters, Mazie McLendon and Mary Edwards both of Dublin, Ga.; sister-in-law, Daisy Toler of Dublin; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be: Don Hobbs Jr., Clay Meeks, Garrett Evans, Jack Edwards, Alan Watson, Brad Wright, Mike Seekins and Dock Baker.

Honorary pallbearers will be the AT&T Pioneers and Partners.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Townsend Brothers Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Advocates for Alzheimer’s, The Lighthouse, 611 Bellevue Ave., Dublin, Ga., 31021, or the Friends Cancer Support Group at P.O. Box 1 Dexter, Ga., 31019.

Please visit www.townsendfuneralhome.com to sign the online register.


WENDELL ANDREW (W.A.) LESS
Wendell Andrew (W.A) Less, 80, Clinton passed away March 20, 2011, at Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Clinton after a long illness.

He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Clinton. He retired from Martin Marietta Y-12, where he was a mechanical engineer. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed all sports. He served on the design team during the construction of the Clinton Recreation Center. He was a veteran during the Korean conflict serving in the Air Force.

He is preceded in death by: Parents, Ernest and Helen Less of Canfield, Ohio.

Survivors include: Wife of 55 years, Margaret Queener Less of Clinton; son, Dale and daughter-in-law, Karen of Valdese, N.C.; daughter, Karen and son-in-law Gene of Dallas, Texas; grandsons, Cameron and Kendall of Dallas, Texas; brother, Loren and wife Jerry of Canfield, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Clinton First Baptist Church.

Services followed at 8 p.m. at the church.

His family and friends gathered at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, and the interment with military honors by the Campbell County Honor Guard, took place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Norris Memorial Gardens.

Pastors Stan Elliott and Terry Baker of First Baptist Clinton officiated.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

The family would also like to acknowledge Morning Pointe Assisted Living for the love and gratitude given to him during his stay.

www.holleygamblefh.com.


LEON MARTIN
Leon Martin, 84, Oak Ridge, died peacefully, surrounded by family March 20, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge due to complications from pneumonia. He was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Blowing Springs, Tenn., to Ernest Clyde and Della Mae Martin.

He was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church, an avid coffee drinker and a fan of watching sports, particularly the University of Tennessee’s basketball and football teams.

He retired from the City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department in 1992 after more than 30 years of service.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Ernest Clyde and Della Mae Martin; sisters, Irene Martin and Mildred Kite; and brothers, Ulyess and Roy.

He is survived by: Loving wife of 62 years, Dorothy; son, Randy and wife Jenny of Knoxville; grandsons, Christopher and Lee of Knoxville; sisters, Thelma Nolen of Oak Ridge and Ernest Lou Riggs of Knoxville; brothers, Cecil and wife Willie Martin of Clinton, R.L. and wife Betty Martin of Elkhorn, Wisc.; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge for providing Leon with excellent care in his final days.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Weatherford Mortuary.

The funeral followed at 8 p.m. with Dr. Steve McDonald officiating.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake City.

The family asks that any memorials be made to the Building Fund of Calvary Baptist Church, The American Bible Society or the American Heart Association.

An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


BEULAH R. STAMEY
Mrs. Beulah R. Stamey, 83, Clinton, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

She was a member of Second Baptist Church of Clinton.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Roy and Nanny Williams Sr.; brother, Claude Williams.

Survivors: Husband, Eugene Stamey of Clinton; son, E.T. Stamey Jr. of Clinton; brothers, J.H. Williams of Sevierville, Roy Williams Jr. of Sevierville, Clifford Williams of Wichita Falls, Texas; sisters, Viola Everly and husband Hal of Pensacola, Fla., Dorothy Whaley and husband Wallace of Gatlinburg, Grace Rymer and husband Tom of Jacksonville, N.C; grandchildren, Tim and Beth Stamey of Memphis; great-grandchildren, Rhett Stamey and fiancé, Alicia Brown and Taylor Stamey; great-great-grandson, Logan Stamey.

Friends called between the hours of 6- 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Smoky Mountain Memorial Gardens in Pigeon Forge, the Rev. Mike Thompson officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Second Baptist Church, 777 Public Safety Lane, Clinton, Tenn., 37716.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.hollygamblefh.co


DOUG OWENS
Doug Owens, 63, Clinton, formerly of Speedwell, passed away unexpectedly on the first day of spring, March 20, 2011.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed all kinds of music, taught himself to play guitar and mandolin and was a great story-teller.

His wonderful stories and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Jake and Grace Owens; sister, Martha Williams and husband Jemsey; brother, Jake Owens Jr. and wife Joan; brother-in-law, Audie Tinnel.

Survivors: Wife, Cathy Owens; sister, Sondra Tinnel; brothers, James, Mack, Alburn and wife Glenda Owens, all of Speedwell, Ken Owens and wife Sandy of LaFollette; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Ausmus Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Reece Funeral Home.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Reece Funeral Home: 423 869 3651 or www.reecefh.com.


JANET MARIE TURPIN
Janet Marie Turpin, 55, Harriman, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011, at her home.

She was born Dec. 24, 1955 in Knoxville, however she has lived in Roane county most of her life.

Before her disability she was employed at Riddle Drug for more than 20 years as a pharmacy tech.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by: Parents, Fred and Elizabeth Burnette; sister, Geneva Buck.

She is survived by: Husband, David Samuel Turpin of Harriman; daughters, Vanessa Gulley and husband Anthony of Knoxville, Linda Wright and husband Kenny of Harriman; sons, Eric Maples of Harriman and Sammy Maples and wife Christina of Knoxville; and by seven grandchildren.

She is also survived by: Brother, Fred Burnette and wife Joan of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Jeanne Cox and companion Tony Keathley of Harriman and Juanita Jones and husband David of Oliver Springs; special friends, Charles and Betty Lou Justice and Ernie Riddle; and a host of extended family members and other friends.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Sharp Funeral Home.

The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Sharp Funeral Home with Pastor Garvan Walls officiating.

The burial followed at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Sharp Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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


ALLEN JOE WARD
Allen Joe Ward, 40, Lake City, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2011, at his home.

He was born Feb. 23, 1971, in Campbell County.

He enjoyed ginsenging and watching football. He was of the Baptist Faith.

He was preceded in death by: Father, Glenn Ray Ward.

Survivors: Mother, Edith Ward of Lafollette; daughter, Kaylee Hope Ward of Maryville; brothers, Glenn Ward of Jellico, Billy Ward of Caryville, Chuck Ward of Caryville; sisters, Charlotte Smith of Union Co., Roxie McKamey of Lake City; special aunt, Reba Farmer; special uncle, James Beach.

Graveside service was at noon, Monday March 21, 2011, at Cumberland View Cemetery in Jacksboro.

Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, was in charge of arrangements.

You can also view Allen’s guestbook at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com


SAMUEL FED WHITE
Samuel Fed White, 62, Oak Ridge, passed away Friday, March 18, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

He was born May 7, 1948, in Perry County, Ky.

He moved with his family to Tennessee in 1954 at the age of six.

Before his retirement in 2007, he at the Y-12 Federal Plant in Oak Ridge as a supervisor of roads and grounds.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Fed and Lillian White of Oliver Springs.

He is survived by: Wife of 41 years, Marilyn White of Oak Ridge; son, Walter James White and wife Delores Marie of Oak Ridge; daughter, Angela Nicole White of Silver Springs, Md.;, and granddaughter, Ava Marie White of Oak Ridge.

He is also survived by a host of special friends.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Sharp Funeral Home.

The funeral followed at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Burial and graveside services with full military honors were held at noon Monday, March 21, 2011, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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



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