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Subject: [TNCLAIBO-L] Claiborne County Progress obits
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 15:44:51 -0600
HERMAN H. ATKINS
Herman H. Atkins, age 53, of New Tazewell was born March 4, 1949 and passed
away March 16, 2002 at the University of Tennessee Hospital.
He was a member MCM Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents:
Roy and Leola Atkins; brothers: Harry and L.B. Atkins.
Survivors include his brothers and sisters-in-law: Dewey and Ellen Atkins of
Painesville, Oh. , Don Atkins of New Tazewell, Dan and Susie Mae Atkins of
New Tazewell; sisters: Marie J. Atkins Nunn of Monroe, Mi., Lorraine Atkins
Widner Hartwick of Bellevue, Oh.. Mary Lou Atkins of Marion. Va.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. March 20 at Coffey Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Marvin Simmons officiating. Songs by the Liberty
Quartet. Burial in the Drummonds Cemetery .
Pallbearers: poug Edwards. Mike Widner, Sonny and Earl Robertson, Dwight and
Coffey Funeral Home in charge.
LILLIAN "NANNY" BROWN
Lillian "Nanny" Brown, age 93, of Harrogate, passed away March 18, 2002.
She was a member of Riverview Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Omalee Brown; 2 sons: Robert and David; parents: Alexander and
Sarah Miller; brothers: Hubert, Clyde, Costo, Leon and Harley Miller;
sister, Vida Miller,
Survivors include her children: James "Buddy" Brown, Carl Brown. Claudine
Agee, Wilma Agee and Juanita Gibson; 17 grandchildren: 15 great
grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at the Coffey Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Cosby, Rev. John Baker and Rev. Shane Sandefur
officiating. Songs by the Liberty Quartet. Burial in WoodlawnCemetery in
Pallbearers: Jeffery; Brian and David Brown, Mark Gibson. Robby, Jason and
Jacob Agee. Honorary pallbearers: Clyde Sandefur , Bill Baker, Hubert
Carmony and Howard McMurray.
Coffey Funeral- Home in charge.
OLA MAE OWSLEY CARROLL
Ola Mae Owsley Carroll, age 97, of Knoxville, was born February 3,1905 and
passed away March 18, 2002 at Parkwest Medical Center .
She was a resident of the Karns community in Knoxville. She was a graduate
of Lincoln Memorial University and taught elementary school in Claiborne
County during the 1930's. She was preceded in death by husband, Herman Fuson
(Red) Carroll; daughter , Phyllis Ann (Carroll) Hansen.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: David S. and Bonnie Carroll
of Kams; grandchildren: Laura L.Young of Kams, Shannon Farris and husband,
Garry of Nashville, Cheryl Lassiter and husband, Bill of Knoxville, Donna
Miller and Jean Hughey of Oak Ridge, John Carroll of Knoxville, Jim Young
and wife, Sheila of Knoxville; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Russell C.
(Buck) Owsley; son-in-law, Samuel M. Hansen.
Graveside service was held after visitation at the Burch Cemetery in New
Tazewell With Rev. Eddie Overholt officiating.
Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.
William Cox, age 92, of Atlanta, Ga. and formerly of Middlesboro, Ky. was
born April 25, 1910 and passed away on March 21,2002.
He worked from cincinnati, Oh. for Silver Fleet Truck Line and moved to
Knoxville, where he worked at Harrison Construction Co. He worked for Alcoa
in Suriname and Jamaica from which he retired.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Katherine Cox of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Boyd
Cox of Smyrna, Ga. ; daughter , Rebecca Dawson of Atlanta, Ga.;
grandchildren: Christopher and Katherine Russell Cox, Katrina Noelle and
Jack Gardin, Frederick Dawson; great grandchildren: Christine Caroline Cox
and Matthew Cox; sisters and husbands: Pat anct Wayland Carr of Harrogate,
Mary and Bill Deavors of LaFollette; brothers and wives: Bob and Jean Cox of
LaFollette, Dan and Jane Cox of Harrogate, Jim and Virginia Cox of
Maryville, Richard Cox of Harrogate, Harvey Cox of New Tazewell.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. March 25 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Steve Parker officiating, Burial in Irish Cemetery,
Pallbearers: Boyd and Christopher Cox, Jack Gardin, Frederick Dawson, David
Young and Wayland Carr.
Coffey Funeral Home in charge,
MAUCIE CLEO HOPPER FORTNER
Maucie Cleo Hopper Fortner. age 92. of Harrogate. was born in Claiborne
County and passed away March 25. 2002 at Tri State Manor Health Care.
She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by
her parents: Arthur and Josephine Bostic Hopper; husband. Benjamin Fortner;
brothers: Otto. Leo and Ulyse Hopper; sisters: Eunice. Juanita. Rachel.
Waletta and Pawnee.
Survivors Include her sons: Ferndee Fortner of Speedwell and Paris M.
Fortner and wife. Dollie; grandchildren: Colleen Drager and Darrell Fortner
all of Erie. Mi.. Kimerly Well of Jacksonville. Fl. .Garvin and Kelvin
Fortner both of Speedwell; great grandchildren: Zachary .Erin, Alexis.
Caleb. Benjamin. Robert and Blake.
Visitation 2-8 p.m. Wednesday. March 27 at Reece Funeral Home and Valley
Chapel. Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday. March 27 at Reece Valley
Chapel with Rev. Larry Collins officiating. Music by the Glory Road Boys.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Carr Cemetery .
Reece Funeral Home and Valley Chapel in charge.
869-8811. 869-3651 or 626- 4249.
JOHN "DINKY" HARVEY CLEMONS
John WBinky" Harvey Clemons. age 42, of Harrogate, born December 7, 1959 in
Middlesboro. Ky. , passed away March 22, 2002 in Claiborne County .
He was a son of John Clemons and the late Corrine McCoy Clemons and was of
the Pentecostal Faith. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was
involved in childrens sports and special activities. In addition to his
mother he is preceded in death by mother in law, Betty Leach.
Survivors include his Wife, Tammy Leach Clemons: sons: Jonathan Benu Cle-
mons and Zeth Clemons all of Harrogate; special uncle,
Kenneth Clarkk of Cumberland Gap; father-in- law, Floyd Leach:
sister-in-law, Karen Clark: brother-in- law, Allen Leach and wife, Reesi;
special nieces: Brooklynn and Whitney Clark, Haylee Leach.
Funeral services were held 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Reece Valley Chapel
with Rev, Gary Miracle officiating. Music by Barry Smith. Graveside services
will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hooper Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jeff Cheek, Allen Leach, Sam Shoffner , David Estes, Bob Hester
, David Clark and James Lee. Honorary pallbearers: Ron Brock, Bill Johns,
Mike Hansard, Paul Durham and Gerald Wilder.
Reece Funeral Home and Valley Chapel in charge. 869-3651 or 626-4249.
DIANNA BROGAN FARMER
Dianna Brogan Farmer , age 55, of New Tazewell, was born October 26, 1946
and passed away March 13, 2002 at her home.
She was a member of Grissom's Island Baptist Church. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Stanley Arthur Farmer; parents: Warren and Gladys
Brogan; brothers: Douglas and George Michael Brogan.
Survivors. include her daughters: Faira Jackson of Knoxville, Angela Perdomo
of Orlando, Fl.; son, Craig Farmer of Thorn Hill; daughter. Amber Farmer of
Middlesboro, Ky.; grandchildren: Stefan and Lauren Jackson of Knoxville,
Harley and Cody Evans, Melita and Carmen Farmer, Jake and Dianna
Marie Perdomo, sisters; Dina Parker and Belinda Atkins; brother Warren G.
Funeral Services were held 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24th at Grissom's Island
Baptist Church with Rev. Freddy Parker officiating. Burial in the Brogan
Coffey Funeral Home in charge.
EUGENE ELMER FLETCHER
Eugene Elmer Fletcher , was born January 5, 1930 and passed away March 21,
2002 at his home.
He professed faith in Christ ip 1959 and belonged to Chestnut Grove Baptist
Church. He was a farmer, carpenter and formerly employed by Vamco of
Pennington Gap, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents: Elbert and Lula
Fletcher Young; step dad, Elliot Yeary; stepsister , Norma Brooks Cupp; step
brother, John Yeary and
Elmer Yeary. Survivors include his wife, Juanita Jean Sumpter Fletcher of
Tazewell; daughters and sons-in-law: Carolyn and Charles Skaggs of Shawanee,
Diania and Lloyd Mayes of Arthur; sons and daughters-in-law: Bobby Eugene
and Lorene Fletcher of Shawanee, Mitchell and Sue Fletcher of Tazewell;
grandchildren: Tim Skaggs and Debbie, Debbie and Scotty Mayes, Tracy and
Michael Fletcher; great grandchildren: Amber Mayes, Samantha Mayes, Logan
Fletcher; sisters: Irene Yeary of Ohio, Christole and Walter Yeary of Ewing,
Va., Opal and Coy Giliam of Knoxville, Loretta McGee of Toledo, Oh.,
Mageline and Bob King of Michigan, Janavie and Earl Wertzof Ohio;
stepbrothers: Earnest and Becky Yeary of Ohio, Herbert Yeary of Ohio; step
sisters: Edith and Carl Greer of Shawanee, Enda Gilpin of Shawanee, Ruby and
Austin Brooks of Va. ; very special friend, Sherman Hatfield; very special
brother and sister-in-law: Arch and Lee Sumpter.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday. March 24 at Coffey Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Robert Yeary. Rev. Danny Wilder and Rev. David Wilder
officiating. Songs by Mt. Zion Quartet. Jennifer and Kay Yeary. Burial in
Fairview Cemetery .
Pallbearers: Tim Skaggs. Scottie Mayes. Michael Fletcher. Jerry, John, Tyler
and Jim Yeary .Honorary pallbearers: nephews and Pat Skaggs.
Coffey Funeral Home in charge.
Andrew Bussell, age 79, husband of Dexter Bush Bussell of Harrogate passed
away March 25, 2002 at Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete. For more information please call Reece Funeral
Home 869-8811, 869-3651, or 626-4249.
BLANCHE (JESSEE) COLE
Blanche (Jessee) Cole, age 76, of Knoxville and for- merly of Claibome
County passed away March 25,
2002. Arrangements are incom- plete at this time. Please call ClaIborne
~uneral Home for obItuary service at 423-626~4999 or the of- fice at
ClaIborne Funeral Home In charge.
ARVA BERNICE CAMPBELL
Arva Bernice Campbell, age 72, of Tazewell, was born May 24, 1929 and passed
away March 18. 2002 at her home.
She was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death
by her husband. Eugene Campbell; parents: Dallas and Eva Hurst Herrell.
Survivors include her son, Tim Campbell; daughter and son-in.law: Pam and
Bill Payne all of Tazewell; grandsons: Michael Campbell of New Tazewell.
Brandon and Jeremy Payne of Tazewell.
Funeral services were held I p.m. Thursday. March 21 at the Coffey Fu- neral
Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny Williams offi- ciating. Songs by David and
Juanita Honeycutt. Burial in Cave Springs Cemetery .
Pallbearers: Ronnie Peck, Jonathan Miracle, Jeff Mashburn. Dale Smith,
Richard Peck and Charlie Long.
Coffey Funeral Hone in charge.
ADAM PRESTON BEELER Adam Preston Beeler. age 26. passed away March 18. 2002
at Vanderbilt Medical Center . He graduated from Battle Ground Academy in
Franklin and received his bachelor degree from Rhodes College in Memphis. He
worked in administration for the Neighborhood School in Memphis. He recently
moved back to Franklin to be with family. He was a :member of Second
Presbyterian Church in Memphis and attended Strong Tower Bible Church in
Franklin. He was preceded in death by father. Danny R. Beeler . Survivors
include his mother. Elaine Beaty Beeler of Franklin, brother, Aaron Beeler
of Franklin, grandmother. Mrs. Wilma S. Beaty of Harrogate; aunt. Elizabeth
Beaty Cobb of Atlanta, Ga.: uncles: Howard Beeler of Tazewell, Jerry Beeler
of Tazewell. Funeral services were held 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Bill MeCutchen officiating.
Graveside services were held 3 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Harrogate Cemetery
in Harrogate. Pallbearers: family and friends. Williamson Memorial Funeral
Home, Franklin in charge.
Clarence Brooks, age 69, of Tazewell, was born April 29, 1932 and passed
away March 21, 2002 at Claiborne County Hospital.
He was of the Baptist faith. He worked at Purdue University in Lafayette,
In. and farmed the rest of his life. He was preceded in death by his
parents: Lillard and Florence Massengill Brooks; sister, Dorothy Daniels;
grandson, Christopher Walters.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Mae Vestal Brooks of Tazewell; daughters
and , sons-in-Law: Janet and Al Hurst of Oxford, In., Betty and Les Babcock
of Tazewell, Linda and Danny Huddleston of Delphi, In., .Joann and Junior
Carter of : Tazewell; sons and daughters-in-Iaws: Larry and Lisa Brooks of
Flora, In., James and Shirley Brooks of Tazewell, Bobby and Kathy
Brooks, Ricky and Eyvonne Brooks all of Delphi, In.; , grandchildren: Eric
and Latricia Babcock, Betty J. and , Shannon Knott, Misty and Angel
Fernandez, Melvin Walters, James Brooks. Jr. , Jessica Brooks, Larry and
Suzanne Brooks, Rebecca Burge, Buck, Tonya, Bobbie, Cody, Brodie, Jeremiah
and Felicia Brooks, Melody, .Brandi, Rick and Kyle Huddleston; 16 great
grandchildren; sister and brother-in- law: Ruth and Kenneth Dykes of Sharps
Chapel; brother and sister-in-Iaw: Murphy and Sandy Brooks of Tazewell.
Funeral services were , held 11 a.m. Sunday. March 24 at Coffey Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Jerry Peck officiating. Songs by Liberty Quartet, Burial in
Pallbearers; James Brooks Jr., Buck Brooks, Shannon Knott, Daryl Graves,
Jeremy Richardson and Wayne Long.
Coffey Funeral Home in charge.
PAUL W. GILBERT
Paul W. Gilbert, age 65, of Rose Hill, Va. , was born January 26, 1937 and
passed away March 24, 2002 at the Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington
Gap, Va. He was a member of Wolfenbarger Chapel Baptist Church. He was
preceded In death by his parents: Herbert and Fannie Lemons Gilbert;
brother, Jess Gilbert; sisters: Celia Long and Mae Taylor. Survivors include
his wife, Carolyn Hopkins Gilbert; son, Paul Gilbert Jr. both of Rose Hill,
Va. ; brother , Marshall Gilbert; sisters: Betty Wolfe both of Tazewell,
Ruby Hounshell of Rose Hill, Va. ; sister and brother-in-law: Lois and Jess
Lawson of Rutledge. Funeral services were held 11 a,m. Wednesday, March 27
at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dee Owens and Rev. Bud Eldrige
officiating. Songs by Sons of Grace. Burial in Vanhuss Grove Cemetery in
Rose HilI. Va. Pallbarers: Jeff Lane, Teddy Ramsey, Kenny McMurry, Allen
Fortner, Brian Hornsby. Fred Lane. David and Bill Gilbert. Coffey Funeral
Home in charge.
DOLLIE DALTON HOLT
Dollie Dalton Holt, age 93, of Tazewell, passed away March 17, 2002.
She was a member of Cedar Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Jep Holt; sons: Raymond and Herman Holt; sisters: Mollie,
Birdie, Mary , Cory, Alice and Tiny; brothers: Ker, Johnson, Bloof, John,
Shaffer and Dave Dalton.
Survivors include Eula Hodges Holt, Lester and Imogene Holt, Judy Leiner ,
Amber and Haley Holt all of Tazewell: 5 grandchildren: 8 great
grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren: special nieces: Birdie Coffey,
Joann Hipshire, Doris Laughner and Irene Buckner; sister- in-Iaws: Gladys
Jefferson and Grace Browning.
Graveside services were held 3 p.m. in Clemons Cemetery in Grainger County
with Rev. Curtis Reed officiating:. Songs by Brenda Bolden. Coffey Funeral
Home in charge.
JOHN JOSEPH (JOE) LEWIS
John Joseph (Joe) Lewis, age 71, of Tazewell, was born May 10. 1930 In
Tazewell and passed away March 25, 2002 at St. Mary's Medical Center .
He professed faith January 5,1942 and was baptized January 11, 1942 by
Jessie Seals at Liberty in the mouth of the spring. He was a member and
ordained as a Deacon October 5, 1997 at New Salem Baptist Church. He worked
five years at a Steel Mill in Kokomo, In. and has been a farmer the rest of
his life. He was in the dairy business for thirty years. He was preceded in
death by his parents: James Henry and Alice R. (Edds) Lewis.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jewel (White) Lewis of Tazewell;
sons and daughters-in-law: Rev. John Kent and Helen Lewis of Tazewell, Tim
and Vickie Lewis of Rogersville; daughters and sons-in-law: Kim and Ken
Chitturn of Tulla- homa, Diann and Dwight Eisenhauer of Robstown, Tx.;
grandchildren: Ben and Nikki Lewis of Tazewell, Heather and Jason Chittum of
Tullahoma; step grandchildren; Cathy and Mike Montgomery of Houston, Tx. ,
Tom Eisenhauer of Washington, DC., Lynn and Nathan Scearce of Rogersville,
brother and sister-in- law: Jack and Gloria Lewis; sister and
brother-in-law: Edith and Joe D. Chadwell all of Tullahoma.
Funeral services were held 8 p.m. Wednesday. March 27 at Claiborne Funeral
Home with Rev. John Lewis, Rev. Steve Barnard and Rev. Woodrow Bailey
officiating. Music by the Liberty Quartet. Graveside services will be held
11 a.m: Thursday. March 28 at Irish Memorial Gardens in Tazewell.
Pallbearers: Mike McDaniel, Mike Coffey. Lance and Brandon Barnard, Ben
Lewis, Bob and Charles Edds. Honorary Pallbearers: Bob and Mike Fugate. and
the Deacons of New Salem Baptist Church.
CIaiborne Funeral Home in charge.
JAMES W. STURGILL
James Wilford (Fats) Sturgill. age 78, passed away March 14. 2002 at his
home in New Tazewell.
He was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy .He was a former
resident of Appalachia. Va. and had made his home in New Tazewell for the
past 17 years. He retired from West Moreland Coal Company and was a member
of the UMWA Local 1405. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in
death by his former wife. Dora Sturgill; sons: Billy Joe, Charles and James
Sturgill: daughter. Shirley Sturgill; 2 brothers; Mack and Henry Sturgill;
sister. Winnie Sheperd; 1 grandchild; 2 great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife. Betty Sturgill of New Tazewell; 2 sons and
daughters- in-law: Arthur and Anita Sturgill of Norton, Va. .Robert and
Tavia Sturgill; daughter, Ruby Foust all of
Appalachia, Va.; daughters and sons-in-law: Georgia and Jerry Hinn of
Alexandria. Va., Dorothy and Delbert Gollaway of Roda. Va., Mary and Chuck
Jessee; step daughter and husband: Lisa and Jeff Bates; step sons and wives:
Marty and Frances Head all of Appalachia, Va.. Louis and April Head of
Jasper Al.; 26 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 daughters-in-law:
Glenda Sturgill of Wise. Va. .Lorraine Sturgill of Montpelier. Oh.; 3
brothers: Paul Sturgill of Dayton. Oh., Ray Sturgill of Indiana, Hubert
Wayne Sturgill of of North Webster, In.; 4 sisters: Nellie Fryman, Virginia
Roger both of Indianapolis, In Alice Hughes of North Webster, In.. Marie
Scott of Kentucky.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday. March 18, in the Hagy and
Fawbush Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Nick Brewer officiating. Burial in the
Laurel Grove Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by
Norton VFW Post 4301 and Wise DAV Chapter 56.
Hagy and Fawbush Funer al Home, Norton, Va., in charge.
VERDA MAE WALLACE
Verda Mae Wallace, age 81, of Clinton, was born May 6, 1920, in Middlesboro,
Ky. and passed away March 16, 2002 at Lake City Health Care Center.
She was a member of Second Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents: William M. Helton and Rhoda
Stackleford Helton; first husband, Robert Eldridge; second husband, Carl
Wallace; son, James Theodore Eldridge; brothers: George, Floyd, James and
Survivors include her daughters: Debra Eldridge and husband, Earl Sherwood
of Clinton, Nel Eldridge and husband, Ron Shrader of Clinton; grandchildren:
Pamela Ann Sherwood and husband Stacy Gray of Clinton, Todd Shrader of
Nashville, Tippi Shrader and husband, Charles Lamson of Knoxville, Tina
Eldridge and husband, Jim Haman of New York, April Eldridge and husband,
Russell Beall of Greenville; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Charles
Helton and wife Betty of Middlesboro, Ky. ; sisters: Della K. Rockford, Oh.,
Rosie McCrew of Hazel Park, Mi. , Dorothy and husband, Leroy Pierson of
Clinton, Kathy Helton of Middlesboro, Ky.
Funeral services were held 8 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Holley-Gamble Funeral
Home with the Rev. George William and Rev. Gary Swaggerty officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimers Association, 220 Sutherland Ave.
Portland Building, Suite H- 102, Knoxville, TN. 37919.
Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in charge.
Obituary courtesy of Reece Funeral Home and Valley Chapel. 869-8811, ~69-
3651, or 626-4249.
LILLIE T. "PETE" IDOL
Lillie T. MPeteM Idol, age 77, passed away March 16, 2002, at the University
of Tennessee Medical Center.
She was a faithful member of the Alice Bell Baptist Church, where she was a
member of the Mary Martha Sunday School Class. She was a long time employee
of the Millers and Hess Department Stores. She was most recently employed by
Proffitt"s Department Store in Knoxville Center. She worked for over 30
years as a sales consultant in china, fine gifts, and was a bridal
consultant for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver
E. Idol of Knoxville; mother and father: Mr. and Mrs. James A. Tadlock of
Forest, Mi.; .mother and father-in- law: Mrs. and Mr. W.B. Idol of Washburn;
three brothers: Harwell Tadlock of Biloxi, Ms. , Herbert Tadlock of Dry
Prong, La. and Mr . Jay Tadlock of Forest, Mi.; brothers-in-law: Wayne S.
.Davis of Jackson, Mi., William Laseter of Morton, Mi.
Survivors include her sons: James W. Idol, his wife, Lois D. Idol;
granddaughter, Leslie DeAnn Idol, and Walter D. Idol, his fiancee', Patty
Nee and her daughter, Heather Barrett; brother, Nova D. "Bill" Tadlock of
Jackson, Mi.; sisters: Ms. O'Neal Davis of Jackson, Mi and Ms. Molly Laseter
of Morton, Mi. ; sisters-in-law, Ms. Loda Morton of Halls, Ms. Edith Idol of
Washburn; nieces: Ms. Ruby Jewel Yates of Jackson, Mi. , Ms. Maureen Watt
of Jackson, Mi., Ms. Lea Ferguson of Atlanta, Ga., Ms. Dorothy Knutie of
Knoxville and Ms. Patricia Sandusky of Knoxville, nephew, Reginald Davis of
A Celebration of Mrs. Idol's life followed visitation on Tuesday, March 19
at Alice Bell Baptist Church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in Mrs. Idols name to the
Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 512 Chilhowee Drive, Knoxville, Tn. 37914:
or to the Church Liberty Fund at Alice Bell Baptist Church, 3306 Alice Bell
Road, Knoxville, Tn. 37917.
Stevens Mortuary , Oglewood Ave. at Broadway, is in charge.
Obituary courtesy of Reece Funeral Home and Valley Chapel. 869-8811, 869-
3651, or 626-4249.
JEWELL REECE Jewell Reece, age 82, of Morristown and formerly of Claiborne
County, was born November 28, 1919 and passed away March 20, 2002 at the
home of her daughter .
She was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by
her parents: Henry and Ettie Reece Coffey; husband, Curtis Reece; daughter,
Helen Jean Reece; grandson, Allen Johns; brothers: Kawood, Clayton and
Morgan Coffey; sister , Alice Hopson and Pauline Coffman.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law: Treva and Lema Clemmons,
Rita and Paul Seals both of Tazewell, Freda and Wayne Partin of Morristown,
Carolyn and Ed Johns of Tazewell; sons and daughters- in-laws: Henley and
Helen Reece of Bean Station, Skip and Janice Reece of Thorn Hill, Jimmy and
Donna Reece of Tazewell; 14 grandchildren: 14 great grandchildren: 3 step
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Coffey Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Clifton Wilmoth and Howard Beeler officiating. Songs by the
Beech Grove Quartet. Burial In Reece Cemetery.
Pallbearers: John, Ritchie and Michael Painter, Dean Clemmons, Tony Seals
and Adam Reece.
Coffey Funeral Home in charge.
JAMES (BUSTER) WALKER
James (Buster) Walker age 75 of Canton Township. Mi. and formerly of
Claibome County. was born June 19.1928 and passed away February 20. 2002.
He married his Wife. Lenore. in 1948. He worked for Ford Motor Co. and was a
deacon for Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by
his parents: James Asia and Mamie (Sweet) Walker .
Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Saturday. February 23 at Frenchtown
Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, Mi. with Rev. Von Loop, pastor of the
church officiating. Burial in Hillside Cemetery in Belleville.
Survivor include his wife. Lenore Walker; two sons: Gary (JoAnn) of Canton
and Ron (Jill) of St.Louis. Mo.; two daughters: Sherry (Yale) Willoughby of
Fort Meyers. FI., and Robin of Kalamazoo, MI.; two brothers: Clarence of
Monroe, Mi. and Mack of Maynardville; two sistets: Reba Daniels of New
Tazewell and Hazel Kaiser of Maynardville; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-
In lieu of flowers. memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.
McCabe Funeral Home. of Canton. Mi.. in charge.