Sam D. Melton, 74, Tullahoma, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma.

He was born in Woodbury, Tenn., to the late Ed and Bobbie West Melton Sr.

He was retired from A.R.O. where he was a boiler-maker and welder, he also worked for Schmeide, attended Grundy Street Church of Christ and was an United States Army Veteran.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by: Son-in-law, Kenneth Owen.

Visitation with the Melton Family was from 5 – 8 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2011, at Kilgore Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Melton, Bro. Jack Hice and the Rev. Jim Roland officating.

Burial followed in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by: Wife, Wilma Melton of Tullahoma; sons, Mike Melton and his wife Kim of Tullahoma, Sam Melton and his wife Amy of Tullahoma; daughter, Terrie Zalesak and her husband John of Vincennes, Ind.; brothers, Ed Melton of Kileen, Texas, Jack Melton of Oliver Springs; sister, Bessie Jo Turpin of Oliver Springs, grandchildren, Owen Zalesak, Brody, Lily and Blake Melton, Ty Glick Hawkersmith and Tate Glick Hawkersmith

Kilgore Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Alma Jean Hooks, 81, Claxton, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father, surrounded by family.

Awaiting her arrival was her husband of 58 years, Bill Hooks.

She was a faithful member of Edgemoor Baptist Church and the Thirty Niners Sunday School Class. She was the daughter of the late Ulysess and Mary Webber.

Also preceded by brothers, Lawrence and Curtis Webber; and sister, Viola Weaver.

She is survived by: Sister, Joyce Webber; and sister in-law, Marvella Webber.

She was a loving and caring mother to her surviving daughter, Kathy (Steve) Edsell of Smyrna; and son and special daughter in-law, Billy and Kay Hooks.

She was Mamaw to grandkids, Tim (Cheryl), Brad (Mary) and Todd (Elizabeth) Hooks, Chris and Barry Edsell, Missy (Don) Thigpen; great-grandmother of Elliot, Isaac, Ava, Rylan, Taygen, and Talan Hooks, Kelsey Dailey, Emily Thigpen and Drake Briscoe.

She also leaves behind special niece, Tinsey and husband, Glen Meridieth and many other nieces and nephews; very special friends, Luther and Katy Maples.

The family extends special thanks to Dr. Rivers, Dr. Waller and the staff in ICU and IMC at Fort Sanders for their loving care of Jean during this difficult time.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.

A Celebration of Life Service began at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Rick Miller officiating.

Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton for interment at 11 a.m.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Dorothy Jean Ezell, 54, passed away Tuesday morning, May 17, 2011, at Morristwon Hamblen Healthcare System.

She was the daughter of the late J.L. and Margie E. Ezell.

Family: Daughters, Mechell and Cristal; brohers, Johnny, Carl and Oliver Ezell; sisters, Sally, Pauline, Mary Kathy and Marie.

Arrangements by Dockery Funeral Home in Morristown.

Maralyn Duncan, 80, Heiskell, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

She professed her faith in Christ at an early age and was a long time member of Deep Springs Baptist Church. She loved to sing, work puzzles, and read. She also loved to travel and had been to 48 states. She sang with the Duncan Trio.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Charley and Ivon Foster Duncan; sisters, Helen, Grace, Nellie Duncan and Lucille D. Jennings; brothers, Foster, Lester, William and Clyde; brother in-law, Roy Jennings; sister in-law, Leona Smith Duncan; nephews, Wayne and Michael Jennings.

Survivors: Daughter, Carolyn Hill and husband Wesley; sister, Cleo Duncan; granddaughter, Shawna Harness and husband Darren; grandson, Shane Hill and wife Kala; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Justin Harness, Memphis Hill; niece, Kathern D. Arban and husband Wayne; great-grandniece, Michelle and Rene’ Arban; great-great-grandniece, Ashley; great-great-grandnephew, Brandon; a host of family and friends

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.

Funeral service began at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Brian Thomas, the Rev. Darren Harness and the Rev. Allen Giles officiating.

Graveside service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Sartin Cemetery in Clinton.

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

Dorothy Brummett Ball, age 89 of Clinton went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, May 22, 2011.

She was home with her loved ones. She left these words: “I’LL MEET YOU BY THE RIVER.”

She worked for years at Magnet Mills in Clinton before becoming a hairdresser. The things that brought her joy and happiness where spending time with her loved ones and working in her beauty shop at home. Through the years she has had many good times and laughs with her dear customers. She was and always will be known as a very giving and caring person. Dorothy was proud to be a Christian and wanted everyone to know her Lord. She was a member of Black Oak Baptist Church in Clinton.

She was preceded in death by: Parents; husbands, Carl Brummett and Hubert Ball; brother, Arnold Gibbs and sister, Ruby Rainey.

Survivors: Son, Vestel Brummett and wife Linda of Clinton; stepson, Eddie Ball of Clinton; granddaughter, Krista Greene of Knoxville; step-grandson, Terry Clowers of Oak Ridge; great-granddaughter:, Brittany Greene of Knoxville; great-grandsons, Jamie and Jimmie Roberts of Clinton; special grandbabies, Isaiah, Madelynn and Tucker Mack of Clinton; daughters-in-law, Alice Brummett and Wanda Roberts of Clinton; son-in-law, James (Pete) Greene of Clinton; nieces, Wilma Lakers and husband Larry of Oliver Springs, Patsy McMillan, Judy Cash; nephew, Virgil Rainey; a host of many customers, friends and loved ones.

The family sends special thanks to Dr. Carlson and team at University of Tennessee Hospital, and to our friends for their thoughts and prayers during her illness.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home with funeral following 8:00PM with the Rev. Mack Smith officiating.

Burial was at 11 a.m. May 25, 2011, at Black Oak Church Cemetery in Clinton.

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

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