June 30, 2011

Twila Lucille Hawkins Martin, 74, Lake City, passed away on June 30, 2011.

She was born Nov. 3, 1936, to the late Millard and Pauline Bolton Hatmaker.

She was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church. She loved her family very much and also loved to cook.

She was preceded in death by: Husband, “Pretty Boy Hawkins”; son, Howard Edward Hawkins; brothers, Lonnie Hatmaker, and Tony Hatmaker; sisters, Barbara Jean Lowe, and Linda Hatmaker.

Survivors: Daughters, Belinda and husband Dan Stouffer, Lisa Hawkins, Melanie and husband Steve Stewart, Veronica and husband Alvin Patterson, Tanya Hawkins; grandchildren, Sabian Ragsdale, Tabitha and husband Robert Seiber, Justin Stewart, Curtis and Jessica Patterson, Valencia Patterson; great-grandchildren, Ashley Ragsdale, MaKayla Seiber, Brady Seiber, Chase Patterson, Xander Stewart; brothers, Sam Hatmaker and Wife Debbie, Harold Hatmaker; sister, Brenda Hunley and husband “Goober”; several nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request, private services will be held.

You can also view Twila’s guest book at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com

Hatmaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


July 6, 2011

Betty Haney Nelson, 64, a resident of the Batley Community in Anderson County, went home to be with the Lord, July 6, 2011, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

She was born Aug. 15, 1946, in Clinton.

She was a lifelong resident of Anderson County.

She loved life, family and her church and she was a faithful member of the Batley Baptist Church.

Before her retirement she was employed as a secretary for the Methodist Medical Group at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

She was preceded in death by: Husband, Sam Nelson; father, Emmett Haney; brothers, Alfred, Billy and Glen Haney; brother-in-law, Roger Brown; and sister-in-law, Vera Haney.

She is survived by: Daughters, Karen Messamore of Oliver Springs and Rebekah Ward and husband Jacob of Oliver Springs; grandchildren, Michael Messamore, Mikaela Messamore and Canaan Ward; mother, Louise Tuttle Haney of Clinton; brother, Ray Haney of Cleveland, Ohio; sister, June Brown of Harriman

She is also survived by a host of special friends, many of whom she talked with daily.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at Sharp Funeral Home.

The funeral followed at 8 p.m.in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Luke Kidwell officiating.

Burial and graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Batley Cemetery.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book is available at www.sharpfh.com


July 6, 2011

Ruth Martin, 77, Clinton, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church. Throughout her life she loved to cook and entertain her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by: Daughter, Lorrie Martin; parents, Walter and Maude Ellis; brother, Jesse Ellis; sister, Bobbie Ellis.

She is survived by: Loving husband of 62 years, Claude Martin of Clinton; sons, Don Martin and wife Lee of Clinton, Rick Martin and wife Karen of Clinton, Randy Martin and wife Linda of Clinton, John Martin and wife Melissa of Clinton; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby Williams of Oliver Springs; brother, John Ellis and wife Marlene of El Monte, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with funeral services following in the chapel with the Rev. Donnie Disney officiating.

Her burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Grandview Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to American Cancer Society in Support of Relay for Life for Anderson County, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville, Tenn., 37909 or Amedisys Hospice, 1420 Dutch Valley Rd.,Knoxville, TN 37918.

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


July 2, 2011

Arva Lee Luallen, 84, Clinton, passed away July 2, 2011.

He was born May 5, 1927, in Lake City to the late Ernest and Levi Ensley Luallen.

He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Clinton. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and sitting on his front porch.

He was preceded in death by: Parents; son, Leslie Byrd; daughter, Janice Luallen; grandson, Brian Byrd.

Survivors: Wife, Marian Ogreeta Luallen; son, Richard Lee Luallen and wife Helen; daughter, Dale Carmichael and husband Wally; sister, Leslie Luallen; grandchildren, Misty Cardwell Bittle, Marian Luallen McNeal, Wendy Luallen Gray, Amy Carmichael Smith and Amanda Carmichael Taylor; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Austin, Taylor, McKenzie, Hunter, Ashley, Brady, Konnor Colton, and timothy; several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. Funeral service followed with Bro. Mike Thompson officiating. Graveside was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the benevolence fund at Second Baptist Church of Clinton.

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


(Aug. 24, 1925 – July 6, 2011)

Ora Willene Tidwell Kelly, 85, Oliver Springs, passed away Wednesday morning, July 6, 2011, at her son Edwin Kelly’s home.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, and she cherished the many good times spent with them all. She always graciously welcomed guests to her home and offered them nourishment for the body and the soul by providing a place at her table and in her heart. She had a great sense of humor, and always put others first.

She was born August 24, 1925, in Branch, Ark. (near Fort Smith) to the late William Thomas Tidwell (d.1973) and Addie Luora Koontz Tidwell (d.1969).

During World War II, she met and fell in love with U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Churchville Kelly Jr. (d.1972) who was then stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark. On March 3, 1944, they were married in Fort Smith, and later moved to Oliver Springs (Kellytown), his hometown. For many years they owned and operated Kelly’s Community Market on Highway 61.

She enjoyed singing, playing the piano, dancing, designing clothes and sewing, flowers, birds, traveling, and bowling. During retirement, she spent a number of years in Jacksonville, Fla., where she served as an officer of two ballroom dance associations. She enjoyed singing in the Oliver Springs First Baptist Church Choir and the Parkwood Baptist Church Choir (Jacksonville). Above all, she enjoyed her family and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by: Sister, Beulah Thelma Tidwell (Fort Smith, Ark.); and brothers, Clifton Alvoy Tidwell (Bell, Calif.) and Leonard Forrest Tidwell (Fort Smith, Ark.).

Surviving are: Daughter, Peggy Annalou Kelly Wilson an sons, Daniel Thomas Kelly (wife Brenda Gail Frazier), Edwin Ray Kelly (wife Mary Jo “Jodie” Tichenor), and Robert Patrick Kelly (wife Debra Lynn Seiber); grandchildren, Robert Anthony Younger (wife Kelly Ann Ploth), Amy Elizabeth Wilson Watkins (husband Kenneth Cecil Watkins); Bonnie Lou Kelly Hilger (husband Shilo James Hilger), Daniel Frazier Kelly (wife Sarah Elizabeth Blair); Edwin Ray Kelly II (wife Shawna Lee Chadwick), Rebecca Willene Kelly Parker (husband Charles Scott Parker); Christina Vashawn Jackson Parker, Patrick Logan Kelly, Brittney Raelyn Kelly; great-grandchildren, Tynan Raine Younger, Chloe Elizabeth Watkins, Kayce Noah Watkins; Laurel Ann Hilger, Spencer James Hilger, Violet Gale Hilger; Daniel Timothy Kelly; Reese Naomi Kelly; Charles Andrew Parker, Audrey Belén Parker, Jacob McQuillen Parker; and Michael Brody Parker.

The Kelly family wishes to thank the many wonderful people who have given tremendous support and loving care to Willene during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Oliver Springs First Baptist Church, 206 Roane Street, Oliver Springs, Tenn., 37840.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Oliver Springs First Baptist Church; the funeral service will then commence at 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Charles Parker officiating. Graveside service and burial will be held the following day (July 10, 2011) at 2 p.m. at Oliver Springs Cemetery with Dr. Charles Parker officiating.

Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Personal messages of support may be left for the family at www.sharpfh.com.


July 6, 2011

Shirley Mae Collette, 69, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center.

She was a member of Galilee Baptist Church and avid lover of the outdoors. She loved her hummingbirds.

“Buried on Earth to Bloom in Heaven.”

Preceded in death by: Parents, John H. and Alice Roach Currier; daughter, Marlyn; grandson, Garret; sister, Ruth Fowler.

She is survived by: Devoted husband, James E Collette; children, Warren and Crystal Collette of Knoxville, Amanda Hurst of Knoxville, Dale Waller of Michigan, Darrell and Beth Waller, Jimmy and Lynn Burrnett of North Carolina, Tammy Boshears, Joy Grady, Connie and Armando Rodriquez of Texas, Cindy Gainey of South Carolina; 10 grandchildren and one special grandchild, Jamee (Mae) Collette; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Currier of Texas; half-brother, Charles Currier of Clinton.

Special thank you to all her caregivers at NHC.

Contact family for arrangements.

To share your thoughts and memories, go to woodhavenfh.com.

Woodhaven Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens.


July 2, 2011

Opal Jewel Rutherford Collins, 85, Knoxville, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Briceville to the late Harrison and Mary Richards Rutherford.

She was a member of the Briceville Church of God. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts, canning, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to parents, she was preceded in death by: Son, Ronald Collins; brother, Otis Rutherford.

Survivors: Husband of 66 years, Robert Lee Collins of Knoxville; grandchildren, Richard Collins of Moody, Texas, Melissa Mirick and husband Bryan of Eddy, Texas; great-grandchildren, Robert Lane Collins, John Ronald and Zane Mirick; daughter-in-law, Janet Collins of Moody, Texas; special cousin and caregiver, Brenda Rainwater of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and other family.

Visitation was from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City.

Funeral service was at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jeryl Barnette officiating.

Family and friends met at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 201, at Thorn Grove Cemetery in Knoxville.

You may also view Opal’s guestbook at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com

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


July 5, 2011

Herman Arnold Goodman, 74, New River, passed away surrounded by his family Tuesday July 5, 2011, at his home.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He served in the United States Army and later worked as a coal miner for more than 30 years, working for several different companies during his career.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Finley and Oshia Goodman; brothers, Fred, Everett, Willie, Early, Kenneth, Johnnie, Delmus and Elmer Goodman; sisters, Cynthia Jeffers and Claudia McDonald; brother-in-laws, Claude Jeffers and Cledith Bunch.

He is survived by: Loving wife of 48 years, Lou Ann Hensley Goodman; daughters, Gwendlyn and husband Everett Carroll, Chevonne and husband Michael Carroll; grandsons, Kevin and wife Jessica Hensley, all of New River, Michael Carroll and fiancée Christina Koski of Oliver Springs; granddaughters, Samantha Kennedy and Ashley Carroll; great-grandson, Kevin Hensley, all of New River; sisters, Nicey Bunch of Clinton, Fredia and husband Willie Carroll of New River; brother-in-law, Kenneth McDonald of Clinton; sisters-in-law, Ellen Goodman of Clinton and Kay Winniham of Oklahoma; special sisters-in-law, Billie Jo and Bernice Goodman of New River; several nieces, nephews and a very special friend; William Seiber of New River.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday July 7, 2011, at Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg.

The family will receive friends after noon Friday, July 8, 2011, at his home in New River.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday July 9, 2011, at Free Communion Baptist Church with the Rev. Luke Ward and the Rev. John Seiber officiating.

Interment will follow in the Phillips Cemetery with Military Honors.


July 5, 2011

Kathleen Taylor, formerly of Clinton, passed away peacefully July 5, 2011.

She was born Jan. 9, 1927.

For many years she was the cafeteria manager of Clinton Junior High School and a member of South Clinton Baptist Church. After retirement, she enjoyed piecing beautiful quilts and attending senior dances in Clinton and Oak Ridge. For the last 2 years of her life she resided at Summitt View of Farragut.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Summit View for the excellent care and love they showed to her.

She was preceded in death by: Husband, William H. Taylor; parents; and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by: Daughters, Susan Hankins and husband Roy of Knoxville, Kimberly Taylor of Philadelphia, Penn.

She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to her as “Aunt Mac.”

The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.

Family and friends will go in procession to Woodhaven Memorial Garden for an 11:30 a.m. graveside service.

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


June 24, 2011

Karen Michelle Tudor, Knoxville, went home top be with the Lord Friday, June 24, 2011.

She was born Feb. 11, 1961, to the union of the late Buretta Miller and the late Donald Eugene Miller in Marion, Ind.

She was a devoted member of Faith Promise Church in Knoxville.

In her spare time she enjoyed reading, gardening, building projects, volleyball, hiking and spending time with her children: Derrick, Davis, and Jessica.

Preceded in death by: Father; sisters, Tammy Jessup and Cathy Downs.

She leaves to cherish her memory: Son, Derrick Coleman and daughter-in-law Ashley Coleman and expected grandson, Derrick Jedidiah Coleman of Phoenix City, Ala.; son, David Parton; daughter, Jessica Tudor, both of Knoxville; mother Buretta Chaney and step-father Gene Chaney of Norris; sister, Sonja Scott and brother-in-law Randall Scott of oak Ridge; niece, Ashley Downs; nephews, David Jessup and Corey Jessup.


July 4, 2011

On July 4, 2011, Jimmy Lee Silcox of Clinton went to be with his Lord and his mom and dad.

He was disabled from Pathway Bellows in Oak Ridge.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Virgil and Rhoda Silcox; brother, Bedford Silcox; sister, Rose Mary Silcox; and brother-in-law, Danny Smith.

He is survived by: Wife of 34 years, Debbie Silcox; children, Jimmy Allan Silcox and wife Leslie of Caryville, Travis Nolan Silcox and wife Amanda, Heather Louise Scudder & husband Jonathan. His grandkids, Chanler and Chelsie Silcox, Emily Silcox, Trevor Scudder and Bryce Ross; sisters, Lelia Hall and husband Ronnie, Brenda Bunch and husband Cecil, and Louise Smith; brothers, Earl Herron and wife Sue, Virgil Jr. and wife Judy, Wallace and wife Tuesday; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Nolanand& Mary Lou Parrott. several nieces and nephews and great friends, too many to mention.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home with funeral service following at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Rick Miller officiating.

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


June 27, 2011

After a year-long struggle Atom Leegun Sharrow went to rest June 27, 2011.

He will be sadly and deeply missed by everyone. We will miss his “lil” razzle-dazzle smile that lit up any room.

Special thanks to Vanderbilt, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Knoxville for all the love and care shown to him.

He is survived by: Parents, Tabatha Sharrow and Dale Keller of Oak Ridge; grandparents, Randy and Nerrisa Noll of Cebu, Phillipine Islands, Sandra Sharrow of Michigan; special aunt and uncle, Julie and Rob Noll; cousin, Alyssa of Farragut; special aunt and cousin, Patricia and Amanda Buchkowski-Cooper of Knoxville; many aunts, uncles and cousins in Tennessee and Michigan.

He may be gone, but never forgotten. Always in out thoughts and prayers.


July 5, 2011

Pamela Rainey, 48, Caryville, passed away Tuesday July 5, 2011, in Crystal River, Fla.

She was born in Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1962, to Kenneth and Carolyn Hayes Parson.

She enjoyed working in her garden and spending time with her family especially her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by: Mother, Carolyn Hayes Parson; and sister, Karan Parson.

Survived by: ?Husband, Wesley Rainey of Caryville; son, Adam Gamble and Fiancé Tyra Watson of Clinton; step-son, Robert Rainey and wife Amanda of Caryville; step-daughter, Ann Rainey of Kingston; brothers, Jeff Knight and wife Krissy?Allen Parson; sister, Lesa Parson; special friend, Sherry Rainey; special niece, Brandy Goodman; grandchildren, Chevy Watson, Payton Rainey and Jaden Foster; several nieces and nephews.

The Family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake Citywith the funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Archie Seibers officiating.

Family and friends will meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10,2011, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City and go in funeral procession to the Circle Cemetery for a 1 p.m. interment.

You may also view Pam’s guestbook online at www.holleygamblefh.com. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City in charge of all arrangements.


July 1, 2011

James Thomas Robinson (J. T.) entered this world April 16, 1979.

He left this earth July 1, 2011, surrounded by a host of family and friends.

He entered heaven surrounded by a cloud of witnesses that included his Lord Jesus Christ, daughter Ava Lynn, grandparents Bill and Mabel Robinson, Bruce Webster, Jack and Beatrice Thomas, Memaw Madalyne Johnson.

He was a wonderful husband to Jennifer, an amazing father to Ayla Mae and James Thomas II, Robinson; beloved son of Jerry and Jackie (Regina) Robinson. Survivors include father and mother in law Roger and Cindy Carter, brother in law Jason Carter and wife Sunshine, nieces Haven, Hannah, Halle and Harper-Lee Carter, Grandmother Jean Webster. Aunts and uncles Jimmie Gail Jackson, Dwight Thomas, Wayne and Pam Colbenson, Randy and Tina Thomas, Dianne and Robert May, Les and Janet Webster. Many special cousins, brothers and sisters in Christ who have shared in his adventures and misadventures including fizzled fireworks, a missing finger tip, building a boat for the many float trips down the Clinch River.

He leaves us with many happy memories during his short 32 years of life. He had the opportunity to share the gospel including a trip to Africa ministering to widows and orphans, to inmates at Brushy Mountain Prison, to Knoxville’s homeless community, to his home church at Big Valley Open Door, Andersonville. He witnessed of God’s grace and mercy by his personal testimony to many local congregations and to anyone he would engage in conversation wherever he went.

His message today is: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing. II Timothy 4:7, 8.

Family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home Clinton.

A celebration was held in the chapel of the funeral home at 8 p.m. with Pastor Roger Carter officiating.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Marlow.

Memorials may be made to the Big Valley Open Door Church; 641 Black Oak Road; Clinton 37716 for “Missions to Africa.”

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


July 2, 2011

Francis L. Moore, 92, Clinton, passed away July 2, 2011, at NHC of Oak Ridge.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Claxton. Francis had more thanr 13 years of experience in law enforcement and was a former Sheriff of Anderson County and Chief of Police in Clinton. He was a World War II Veteran, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and South Clinton Lions Club. He served on the board of the Anderson County Board of Education for 8-1/2 years, American Legion for 19 years and Farm Bureau for 16 years. He was the founder of Anderson County Bee Keepers Association and was a long time member of the Tennessee Bee Keepers Association. He also taught Adult Agriculture Education to veterans of World War II.

He was preceded in death by: Wife, Thelma Armstrong Moore; parents, James and Laura Moore; brothers, Fred, Ellis and Raymond Moore; sister, Vada Lang; and two infant sisters.

Survivors include: Children, Richard (Gladys) Moore and Barbara (Gary) Brakebill; brother, Lawrence (Edith) Moore; sister, Elsie England; grandchildren, Gary L. Brakebill, Lori (Mark) Nickelson and Richard Moore Jr.; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Allyson Nickelson, Cody, Emily, and Holly Moore; several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

The family received friends from noon – 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Larry Hewitt officiating.

Interment followed at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.

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


June 30, 2011

Jimmy Phillips, 70, Briceville, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Summit View Health Care Center in Lake City.

He was born Sept. 28, 1940, to the late Jessie and Ada Carroll Phillips in Anderson County.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters.

Survived by: Daughters, Tammie Hooks and husband Kenneth of Maynardville, Debbie Phillips of Lake City; sons, James Phillips of Lake City, Ben Phillips of Lake City; brother, Jerry Phillips of Briceville; sisters, Bobbie Jordan and husband the Rev. Donald of Lake City, Jeanette Neal of Lake City; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Family and friends met at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at the Circle Cemetery in Briceville for graveside service.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City was in charge of all arrangements.


July 2, 2011

Lillard Williams, better known as “Till,” 78, Lake City, passed away

Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

He was a loving father grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved to fish

and coon hunt.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, Charlie and Lizzie Williams; wife, Lucille Williams; grandson, Mark Williams; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors: Sons, Sam Williams and special friend, Angelia of Lake City, Earl and Denise Williams of Jacksboro, Mark Williams of Lake City; daughter, Fay Wells of Jacksboro; sister, Helen Surber of Clinton; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

His family received his friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, with his funeral service following at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Mortuary with the Rev. Kenneth Bean officiating.

His interment was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Sartan Cemetery in Clinton.

Jones Mortuary in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements.

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


June 30, 2011

Markland Webb Baker was born June 7, 1942, in Maryville, moving to Oak Ridge with his family in 1945.

After a long illness, he passed away peacefully in his farm home in Claxton on June 30, 2011, surrounded by his daughters, grandchildren and other family members.

He was a veteran, honorably serving in the United States Navy and was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963. In addition to his service aboard the USS Neptune and the USS Orion, he received special training in the field of dry cleaning. He enjoyed this craft very much and partnered with another local businessman to open a Martinizing franchise in Oak Ridge. He eventually bought out his partner and continued in the business for 47 years.

His love for animals led him to the development of Cedar Lake Farm in Anderson County, where he lived for 36 years and was an active member of the Claxton community. Over the course of this time, he raised many types of livestock including horses, goats, cattle and dogs. His farm was a labor of love and with a stocked pond, he developed a passion for fishing which he proudly shared with all his grandchildren, family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by: Mother, Juanita Gerber; step-father, Fred Gerber, (both of Oak Ridge); and father, Gleason Baker of Huntington Park, Calif.

He is survived by: Long-time companion, Teresa Toomey; daughters, Kim Bonifacius (Johnny) of Knoxville and Melanie Baker Niblick (Jay) of Royersford, Penn.; grandchildren, Drew McElroy, Isaac and Grace Hawks (Knoxville), Zach, Baker, and Joe Niblick (Royersford, Penn.).

In addition, he is survived by: Brother, Mike Baker (Karen), Belinda Aurin (Ralph) and Herb Bowden, all of Oak Ridge. Additionally, he is survived by a huge extended family.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, with a casual Celebration of Life service following. Both will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Faith Lutheran Church, 1300 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Markland Baker Memorial and sent to Suntrust Bank, 1188 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 37830.


June 30, 2011

Jeannetta Ward, previously a resident of Anderson County and a member of Bethel Baptist Church, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Jonesboro, Ark.

A retired teacher, she was the mother of Harry R. Ward and grandmother of Brian, Stephen, and Eric Ward, all previously of Anderson County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry K. Ward, and her son, James Lee Ward.

There will be a graveside service in Collingswood, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Nampa, Idaho.

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