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Mrs. Evelyn Grace Sewell Black, 92, of Athens, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lawrence Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home in Chapel Hill. Interment wil…

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Cecil Mitchell Coleman, 94, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at the Hospice Care Center in Chattanooga. He proudly served his country as a Shipfitter 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Monterey during World War II. A self taught musician, he played numerous instruments…

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Lake Monroe Lillard, 77, of Etowah, passed away Aug. 12, 2019, at Starr Regional Medical Center in Etowah. He was a graduate of Polk County High School and lettered in football. While at POCOHI, he was honored by all of his peers with many class distinctions and awards. He was very well like…

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Christine Elizabeth Akens Moser, 45, of Sweetwater, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens after a brief illness. She was of the Baptist faith. Christi was a longtime employee of National Seating/CVG of Vonore. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter…

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Geneva Marie Tallent, 90, of Etowah, passed away at home on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and a daughter of the late Herbert “Hub” Houston and Marie Lacey Stephens. She was a member of Brookhill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband,…

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Johnny Oscar “J.O.” Charles, 85, of Niota, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Clifford and Burnella “Sis” Daugherty. Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Frances “Frankie” Palmer C…

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Peggy Fuson Hoyal, 87, of Nashville, died on Aug. 9, 2019, after a brief illness. She is survived by daughter, Anne Ridley of Nashville; son, Andrew Hoyal (Linda Walton) of Seattle, Wash.; grandsons, Michael Hoyal and Todd Ridley (Katie Burnett); and a great-granddaughter. Mrs. Hoyal was pre…

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Ron Hughes, 67, of Dayton, departed this life on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. A native of Delano, he lived in Dayton for the last 15 years and was an active member of Smyrna Baptist Church. Ron retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol after 33 years of service…

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John Eddie Kennedy, 63, of Decatur, passed away Aug. 10, 2019. He was born in Athens on Feb 25, 1956 to the late Clarence and Betsy Kennedy. He was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator his whole life. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Bonnie Ricker, Martha Patterson and Becky …

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Jerry Gene “Bruno” Patterson Sr., 79, of Crossville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A native of McMinn County and a resident of Crossville, he was the son of the late W.H. “Bill” and Lena Sylvester Patterson. He served in the U.S Air…

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Graham M. Roberts, 76, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at NHC Health Care of Athens. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Pisgah Baptist Church in Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents, Graham Roberts Jr. and S. Lucille Fugate. Survivors include one son, Michael…

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Herbert Hoover Rockholt, 90, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Laughlin Hospital in Greeneville. He was a lifelong resident of Meigs County and was a son of the late William Hardin and Ada Kimbrough Rockholt. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen Reed Rockholt; and…

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Edna M. Thomas Johnson Sewell, 94, of Athens, passed away on Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2019, at an Etowah healthcare facility. She was born in Loudon on June 3, 1925, a daughter of the late William Thomas and Dora Ward Thomas. Edna was retired from Thomas & Betts and was the former owne…

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Wanda Elizabeth (Woods) Sherrod, 88, of Decatur, and formerly of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church and she loved to read the Bible and sing hymns. She also enjoyed taking walks and was an animal lover. She was preceded in…

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Charles Wallace Stepp, 77, of Niota, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. Charles was of the Pentecostal faith. He was born on Feb. 20, 1942, a son of the late John and Kate Stepp. He was a native of Harlan, Ky., where he …

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Marvin S. Taylor, 75, of Etowah, passed away at home on Aug. 9, 2019 after his fifth year battle with cancer. He served in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school from Lanier Senior High School for Boys in Macon, Ga. He began his career with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph in Ma…

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Lake Monroe Lillard, 77, of Etowah, passed away on Aug. 12, 2019, at Starr Regional Medical Center in Etowah. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.

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Herbert Hoover Rockholt, 90, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Laughlin Hospital in Greeneville. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Decatur United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Decatur Cemetery. The family will receive friends…

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Dorothy Ann Cole, 81, a resident of McMinn County, passed away on Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2019, at River Grove Health & Rehab in Loudon surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 19, 1938 in Knox County, a daughter of the late Smith P. Cole and Eula Hartman Cole. She moved to McMi…

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Juanita Kinser, 92, a lifelong resident of Englewood, passed away on Friday evening, Aug. 9, 2019, at her home. She was born in Monroe County on June 7, 1927, a daughter of the late Arthur and Flora White. Juanita attended First Church of God in Englewood, where she enjoyed cooking fresh veg…

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Edna M. Sewell, 94, of Athens, passed away on Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2019, at Starr Regional Health & Rehab in Etowah. A memorial service is being planned for Thursday night, Aug. 15, in the Athens Chapel of Companion Funeral Home. A complete obituary and finalized arrangements will …

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Ronald Hughes, 67, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11,2019, at a Chattanooga hospital. Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Serenity Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Complete arrangements will be announced by Se…

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Martha Caroline Cook Damron, known to everyone simply as “Sis,” passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 6, at Windsor House in Canton, Ga. She was a part of the Tunnel Hill, Ga. community for most of her life. She was a graduate of McMinn County High School in Athens, the University of Tennessee, …

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Alice Milton Wolfenden, 81, of Athens, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, 2019, at Life Care Center of Athens. Alice was a lifelong resident of McMinn County, and was a daughter of the late Hoyt B. and Bertha Bradford Milton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert “Bob” Wolfend…

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Wolfenden, Alice Milton, 81, of Athens, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, 2019, at Life Care Center of Athens. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens.

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Frank J. Lankford, 74, of Englewood, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens.

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Jerry Delane Morgan, 75, of Englewood, departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at his residence. Born on Feb. 27, 1944 to the late Loyl and Thelma Burger, he had been a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and was of the Christian faith. Retired from Maytag (now Whirlpool), he…

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Mildred Heath Rogers, 99, formerly of Englewood, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at her residence in Athens. A lifelong resident of McMinn County, Mildred was the daughter of the late Eber Pierce and Dorothy Turner Heath. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jess Wilson Rogers;…

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Rev. Benny Joe Goodman, 71, of Sweetwater, went home to be with the Lord on July 31, 2019. Benny was a loving father, a doting grandfather, and a devoted husband. He was a Baptist minister for 43 years pastoring four churches in the McMinn, Meigs and Monroe area. He was a member of Triumphan…

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William Edward Hammons, 73, a lifelong resident of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at his home. He was born in Athens on July 26, 1946, a son of the late Hoyle and Dora Hammons. William was retired from the local Shoney’s restaurant after many years of service. In addition to …

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Carolyne Raye Reynolds, 68, of Hempstead, Texas, passed away on May 20, 2019. She was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church of Hempstead, Texas, and their craft group. She was also a member of the Riverwood Luncheon Group. She was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Gertrude Reyno…

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Della Rae Barnette Solsbee of Athens, and formerly of Niota, 97, entered her heavenly home on Aug. 1, 2019. She leaves behind to cherish her memories two daughters and one son-in-law, Evelyn Robinson and Wanda (Ronnie) Lingerfelt, all of Athens; four grandchildren, Jennifer Raper, Kim Dorman…

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Henry Bryan Keeton passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, after a brief illness. Family visitation is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main St., Sapulpa, Okla. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Wesleyan Bi…

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James Ray Grayson, 75, of Calhoun, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the family residence. He was the son of the late Ike and Addaline Grayson and was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Grayson; his son, Punk Grayson; and his brother, Frank Grayson. Mr. Grayson was a longtime mech…

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Peggy Imogene Humphreys, 82, a lifelong resident of McMinn County, passed away on Monday morning, July 22, 2019, at Starr Regional Health & Rehabilitation in Etowah. She was born here in Athens on July 5, 1937, a daughter of the late James Richard Walker and Ruth Franks Walker. She worke…

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Blanche Hutsell Landers, 91, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Athens, she was the daughter of the late William Clyde and Sarah Hackler Hutsell. She was a Proverbs 31 type of women and was always showing what it meant to have…

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Karen “Dianne” Malone, 61, of Athens passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at a Chattanooga facility following a lengthy illness. She was a lifelong resident of Athens, a Christian, and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Wilma Hale Wa…

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Sandy J. Mason, 66, of Athens, won her battle with cancer and entered into the presence of Jesus on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, a daughter of the late Azel H. and Lucille Hampton Torbett, and was preceded in death by sis…

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Brianna Sky Webb, 12, of Etowah passed away unexpectedly on July 19, 2019. Though her time here on Earth was short, the hearts she touched were many — far beyond her years. Brianna was preceded in death by three very special people to her: Stephen “TinMan” Lenoir, Cousin Kylie “Ky Ky” Overto…

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Mildred L. Roberts Richey of Englewood passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah.

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Fredie S. Cooter, 71, of Niota, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, July 22, 2019. He was of the Pentecostal faith and was retired from the McMinn County Highway Department. He was best known for singing with the Oakwood Brothers Bluegrass Gospel group. He was preceded in death by his pare…

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Sandy J. Mason, 66, of Athens, won her battle with cancer and entered into the presence of Jesus on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, a daughter of the late Azel H. and Lucille Hampton Torbett, and was preceded in death by sis…

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Thomas “Tommy” Edward White, 59, of Tellico Plains, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at his residence. A native of Athens and a longtime resident of Tellico Plains, he was the son of the late Bill S. White and was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Q. White. He had managed the Broken Arr…

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Roger Keith Adams, 61, of Ten Mile, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019, at his residence. A native of Pikeville, Ky., and a resident of Ten Mile and Niota for the past 30 years, he was the son of the late Mack Stiles and Sarah Marie Fields Adams. He retired from Schott-Gemtron in Sweetwater a…

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Max Franklin Barnett passed in peace on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the age of 74. Born on May 5, 1945, in Spring City to the late Rosa L. Barnett. Max was president/owner of Barnett Water Systems in Athens, Ga., specializing in wastewater irrigation. He served as president of the Georgia Irri…

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Lois Ann Carr, 78, of Decatur, went home to be with the Lord on July 15, 2019. She was of the Baptist faith and was born in Illinois on Feb. 2, 1941. Survivors include sons, Darrly (Genia) Reitzel of Rock Falls, Ill., and Aaron Carr of Kansas; daughters, Donna Rae Smith of Colorado Springs, …

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Catherine Odell Chancey, 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 18, 2019, at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center with her family beside her. Odell was born on Feb. 23, 1924, to the late Gordon and Florence Queen. Odell was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Grady W. …

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Julia Vance Neel Frew, 85, of Cartersville, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Mrs. Frew was born on Aug. 5, 1933, the daughter of the late Fred D. Neel and Vance Nelson Neel. Mrs. Frew was a native of Cartersville and graduated from Cartersville High School in 1951, and then attend…