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Donald “Don” Preston Banks, 78, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Life Care Center in Athens. A native and longtime resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Joseph Adam and Dalphene Armstrong Banks. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean Kirk Banks; a …

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Sherman Othel Casteel of Madisonville passed away at his home on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Born Sept. 26, 1926 in Englewood to the late Joseph Larkin and Rossie Lee Gay Casteel. He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Margaret Bernice Long Casteel; four brot…

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Sheila Payne, 62, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at her home. Sister Sheila, as she is known by countless people she attended church with, fought an unwavering battle with stage 4 cancer for over four years until our Heavenly Father chose to bring her to Him and her heavenly reward. She was a w…

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Tommy Ray Torbett, 74, passed Jan. 13, 2020. He was preceded in death by parents, Elard and Ruth Torbett. He left behind his wife of 33 years, Shirley Diane Torbett; children, Sherry Dilbeck (Buddy Sweat), Rena (Darrell) Watson, Danny Torbett, and Christy (Chris) Callahan; grandchildren, Bri…

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James “Jimmy” R. Williams entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at a health care facility in Cleveland. He fought a courageous battle with multiple health issues. He was born on Oct. 6, 1943 to the late Roger (Helen) Williams in Etowah. He was preceded in death also by his grand…

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Carolyn Sue Womac, 66, of Ten Mile, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at the U.T. Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ethel Proffitt; daughter, Renita Peak; brother, Ernest Proffitt; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Farrington. Survivors includ…

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Dorothy Gee, 92, of Riceville, passed away on Wednesday night, Jan. 15, 2020, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Companion Funeral Home of Athens.

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Sheila Payne, 62, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at her home. The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel. Graveside Services and interment will be conducted on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Payne Fa…

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Anna Belle Rothwell, 92, of Calhoun, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Born in Decatur to the late George and Sarah Eldridge Denton, Anna and her late husband of 49 years, Charles “Snook” Rothwell, moved to California in 1961. She worked for 22 years as a psychiatric technician for the St…

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David Allen Surprise Sr., 71, of Sweetwater, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2020, with his family members by his side. He lived in Connecticut for most of his life before relocating to Tennessee in 2013. He was a United States Marine during the Vietnam era. He was self-employed for many ye…

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Martha Virginia LaFaye Mitchell Dill, born July 23, 1927 in Haleyville, Ala., passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, after living 92 wonderful years. She lived in Athens from 1973 to 2013 having lived the last years of her life with her daughter, Lynn, in Birmingham, Ala. She was preceded in dea…

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George Bernie Hayes, 67, of Niota, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at U.T. Medical Center of Knoxville. Bernie was born in Freeburn, Ky., and was a longtime resident of Sprigg, W.Va., before moving to McMinn County over 21 years ago. He was a son of the late Arnold and Ida McCoy Hayes. Hi…

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Kamy Rayburn Gamble, 59, of Etowah, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nadine Clendenen Rayburn. She is survived by her husband, Tim Gamble; son, Joseph Gamble; father, Charles Rayburn; brother, Greg Rayburn (Cathy); niece, Ali Rayburn; and numerous…

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Anna Belle Rothwell, 92, of Calhoun, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Her funeral service will be held in the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Burial will follow in Decatur Cemetery.

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James William “Jim” Bledsoe, 54, of Sweetwater, died Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020, at Sweetwater Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Ziegler Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hammonds Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, from 5 …

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Anna Mae Stone Studdard, 97, of Etowah, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Ethel “Davis” Stone; husband, Herman Studdard; son, John, and infant son, James; grandson, Greg Studdard; sister, Ruth Loftis; and brothers, M.L., Ruben, Parnick, H…

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Melisa “Gail” Head Higdon, 59, of Athens, died Tuesday night, Jan. 7, 2020, at Starr Regional Medical Center. Gail was born in LaFollette, was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a daughter of the late Merita Faye Mowell Head. She was a member of Cumberland View Baptist Church of Ja…

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Rodney Ray Blow, 65, of Etowah, passed away Jan. 9, 2020, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was born in Montana, spent a majority of his life in North Carolina and lived in McMinn County for the past 10 years. He was of the Baptist faith. He served his country in the United States …

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William Neal “Bill” Harper, 57, of Newport News, Va., and formerly of Etowah, went to be with his Lord and Savior early Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2020. He passed away in his sleep at Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News, Va., with Bobby and Brenda by his side. He was preceded in death …

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Charles J. “Buddy” Liner, 89, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Buddy was a native of Athens, and was the son of the late Creed A. Liner and Iva J. Dodson. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 63 years, Dixie Coe Liner; and brothers, James C. Liner and Edward F. Do…

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Bettie Lane Barnhill Bragg of Long Island Village, Port Isabel, Texas, died on Jan. 7, 2020. She was born on July 17, 1929 in Bristol, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Gabriel and Minnie Lee (Holland) Barnhill of Bristol, Va.; brothers, Robert Jr. of Knoxville, and Jack H…

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Michael James Standridge Jr., 42, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at St. Thomas West in Nashville. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Marie Eva Roberts Standridge and was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Junior and Willie …

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Dorothy Jean Brown, 91, of Calhoun, passed away on Jan. 5, 2020. She was born on Jan. 16, 1928 to the late Leonard and Mable Richardson. She was born and lived in Lufkin, Texas. Here, she was a member of Eastanallee Baptist Church. She was a talented artist and a terrific cook. She also was …

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Peggy Lucille Miller, 74, of Etowah, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Miller; parents, Arther and Frances Hayes; and infant baby brother, Robert Hayes. Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Mattie Hayes; nephew and wife, Chuck a…

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Hugh Anderson Murphy, 70, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Bill and Marie Todd Murphy and was preceded in death by a brother, Wilburn Murphy. Hugh was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having…

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Allen W. “Bud” Sneed Jr., 93, of Delano, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Largent Sneed; parents, Allen Webster Sneed Sr. and Estelle Eaves Sneed; sisters, Mildred Sneed Sanders, Ernestine Sneed Walker, and Juanita Sneed Dotson; brother, Marion Sn…

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Priscilla Yearout Wolfe, 64, of Lenoir City, and formerly of Athens, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. She was a member of Westview Baptist Church in Athens. Priscilla was preceded in death by her husband, James G. “Jimmy” Wolfe; parents, William and Geneva Hill Yearout; and sister, Mary S…

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Jimmy Green, 63, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur.

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Delores Gail Inzer Baker, 66, of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at her residence. A native of Athens and a longtime resident of Bradley County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Duard and Julia Bell Layman Inzer and was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph “Joey”…

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Joyce Ann Cagle, 66, born on Sept. 7, 1953, passed away suddenly on Dec. 31, 2019, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Born at Epperson Hospital in Athens, she was preceded in death by her father, Lee Roy Cagle; and brother, David Bruce Cagle. Survivors include her mo…

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Tracy Nicole Gray Snyder departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, leaving behind her husband of 18 years, Darrell Phillip Snyder; children, Darrell Glenn, Calloway Clay, Christian Ruth Ann, Charlie Jane, and Lilly Grace; parents, Charlie and Ruth Ann Maloney Gray; mother-in-law, Peggy Ja…

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Lee Roy Atkins, 86, of Athens, departed this life on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Life Care Center of Athens. Born on May 10, 1933 in Monroe County to the late Robert and Edith Watson Atkins, he lived in McMinn County for the past 47 years and was associated with Jehovah’s Witness. He was a w…

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Violet Rowlett Burrell, 89, of Etowah, departed this life on Friday evening, Dec. 27, 2019, at her home. Born in Claibourne County on May 10, 1930 to the late Willie and Nancy Rowlett, she spent the majority of her life in McMinn County and was a longtime member of Zion Hill Baptist Church. …

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Nelle “Shirley” Montooth Curnutt, 83, of Ten Mile, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at her residence. A native of Sweetwater and a longtime resident of Meigs County, she was the daughter of the late Bronce Elder and Bessie Mae Barnett Montooth and was preceded in death by two brothers, Gen…

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Janet Simpson Kenan Fisher (June 11, 1933) died Dec. 21, 2019, at age 86 at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain. The daughter of Thomas Holmes Kenan and Mary Colyar Johnson Kenan, she is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edward McMurray Fisher; her children, Edward McMurray Fisher Jr (Tere…

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Robert Murray “Bob” Lucas Jr., 81, of Athens, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, with his wife of 52 years, Marsha, at his side, thus ending a life rich in love, deep and abiding faith, and service to his Lord. Born on March 3, 1938 in Swissvale, Pa., he was a son of the …

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Maxine Lankford McNabb, 76, of Athens, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late Mack and Corde Ellen Bunch Lankford and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles McNabb. S…

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Roy Franklin Mullins, 75, a lifelong resident of this area, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at a Sweetwater nursing home. He was born on Dec. 3, 1944 in Meigs County. Roy worked for many years doing local home improvements. In addition, for his love for his work, Roy enjoyed camping an…

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Nelle “Shirley” Montooth Curnutt, 83, of Ten Mile, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at her residence. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at th…

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Violet Burrell, 94, of Etowah, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah.

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James Chappell of Decatur passed away on Dec. 25, 2019 at his home. He was a loving husband, father, and Papaw! He fought a long hard battle with cancer. He lost that battle on Christmas Day! He was preceded in death by both parents, Robert and Dorothy Chappell; and two brothers, Tommy and R…

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Franky Lee Eaton, 86, a lifelong resident of McMinn County, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at his home. He was born in Riceville on Feb. 6, 1933, a son of the late Robert and Ula Mae Eaton. Franky was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church. He enjoyed trading cars, but most of all,…

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Scotty Eugene Knox, 52, a lifelong resident of Athens, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 24, 2019, at a Chattanooga hospital. He was born in Athens on July 29, 1967. Scotty loved music, camping, spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by …

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Linda Branum McGill passed away at her home on December 17, 2019. She is survived by her children, Meredith Lynn McGill-Cole (Stenson) of Knoxville, TN and Christopher Alexander McGill (Ashley) of Bremen, GA, her two beloved grandchildren, Price Alexander McGill and Elizabeth Jane (Ellie) Mc…