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Sharon Renee Anderson Grubb, 54, of Athens passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020. She was a graduate of McMinn County High School and was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army after faithfully serving her country during Desert Storm. She was preceded in death by her father,…

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Markel Shan Lawson, 57, of Timmonsville, S.C. passed away in his home on Friday, May 22, 2020. Mark was born in Dalton, Ga., the son of Frank Harriel Lawson and the late Roma Seals. Mark taught in public schools and coached youth sports in the Pee Dee (S.C.) for many years. He loved his stud…

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Jay M. Ricker, 76, of Decatur passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Hazel Pittman Ricker; sisters, Mary Jane Hunter and Jessie May Steele; and brothers, Homer Lee Ricker and Lester Rick…

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Gary Lee Dawson, 70, of Philadelphia passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Sweetwater Hospital. He was born on July 17, 1949, and was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Alma Dawson Jr.; and brother, Gene Dawson. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Dawson; sons, Michael Dawson o…

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Frankie “Sue” Green Hayes, 74, of Niota passed away May 22, 2020, at Parkwest Medical Center. A native of and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late James and Hazel Linticum Green and was preceded in death by brother, Jimmy Green; and sister, Mary Cass. Sue was …

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Lottie Nora King, 92, of Decatur passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2020. She was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mattie Moses Colbaugh and was preceded in death by her sisters, Agnes Colbaugh and Annie Hendricks; and her brothers, Johnny Colbaugh, the Rev. Clifford Colbaugh, Hobert Colbaug…

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Clarence Edwin “Eyes” Moore, 63, of Athens passed on Thursday, May 21, 2020. He was a member of Lane Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church and attended McMinn County High School. He had a warm smile and was a very kind-hearted person. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Moore and Anna Belle …

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Bailey Nicole Smith, 17, of Soddy Daisy passed away on May 19, 2020, at Erlanger in Chattanooga. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Kathy Travis; great-grandfather, Raymond McElroy; great-grandmothers, Helen McElroy and Diane Grubb; and uncle, Adam Travis. Survivors include her pa…

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Bill Standridge, 71, of Cleveland departed this life on May 21, 2020. He was born in West Tennessee and spent a majority of his life in McMinn County. He was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Bill served his country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Mar…

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Randy D. Aikman, 59, of Athens passed away on Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was born in Decatur on Sept. 11, 1960, a son of the late Lawrence Aikman and Beatrice Cranfield Aikman. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Nav…

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Max Douglas Harper, 76, of Athens passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at his residence. He was a native of Georgia and was the son of the late Howard T. and Eula Lee Green Harper. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Flynn Harper; a sister, Jewell Dean Harper; and a brother, Terry…

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Kimberly Cox Curtis Hutsell, 60, of Athens passed away Tuesday morning, May 19, 2020, at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville. A native of Crossville and a longtime resident of McMinn County, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Leroy “C.L.” Hutsell; paternal grandparents, Bobby and El…

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Michael Lee Knox, 71, of Cleveland, and formerly of McDonald, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at his residence. He was a native of McMinn County, a son of the late William L. “Bill” and Lee Pardue Knox, and was preceded in death by brother, James Donald “Don” Knox. He retired as a senio…

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Glenn Edward Pierce, 68, of Niota passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Sweetwater Hospital. A native of Plymouth, N.C., he was raised in Athens, was a former resident of Sevierville, and was a current resident of Niota for the past 15 years. He was a son of the late Garland E. “Jack” and Gw…

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Jessy Thompson, 31, of Athens passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., and a resident of McMinn County most of her life, she was preceded in death by her Papaw, James Thompson. She is survived by her parents, Constance Thompson of Athens, and Raymond Webb of Ricevi…

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Diane James Colbaugh, 68, of Decatur passed away on April 17, 2020, at her home with her loving husband and best friend, Rosco, by her side. She was a member of Cottonport Baptist Church and a lifetime member of AmVets Post 90. She was preceded in death by parents, Alvin and Virginia James; …

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Randal Eric Keaton, 57, of Athens died Friday, May 15, 2020, at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a native of McMinn County and was a son of the late Lillie Phillips Martin Keaton. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Terry Ann Martin Ridgdill; and two brothers, Rodney and Jim…

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William George Clark, “W.G.,” 77, of Athens passed Friday, May 15, 2020, at a local health care facility. He worked many years as a machinist, but was widely known as owner and operator of Liberty Pawn Shop & Trading Post. He had great spirit for people and enjoyed being with his family.…

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Jacquelyn "Jackie" Stephenson Yarber Price, 85, of Monterey, and formerly of Athens, died Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Standing Stone Rehab Center. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Pete Mullins officiating. Due to the…

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Billie Ruth Bowers Poteet Shadden, 83, of Englewood passed away on Saturday, May, 16, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at McMinn Memory Gardens. There will be no formal visitation. Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.

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William George Clark, “WG,” 77, of Athens passed Friday, May 15, 2020, in a local health care facility. The body will lie in state and a private service will follow on Wednesday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home. Interment will be in Chattanooga Nati…

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Junior R. Allman, 78, of Athens passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at McMinn Memory Gardens. There will be no formal visitation. Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Winona “ Winnie” (Hutsell) Axley passed peacefully on May 14, 2020, at the age of 94 at Life Care Center of Athens. She was loved by her family and friends and will be missed dearly. Winnie was born on Feb. 8, 1926, to the late Clyde and Sarah Hutsell and was preceded in death by her hu…

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Jerry Cox, 71, of Etowah departed this life on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at his home. Born on Jan. 31, 1949, to the late Jack and Ruth Cox, he was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and was of the Christian faith. Jerry was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country …

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Gladys Elaine Green, 87, of Knoxville, and formerly of Athens passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Island Home Park Health & Rehab. She was a member of Genesis Baptist Church of Athens. Survivors include husband, Roy Edward Green; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Anja Green of Knoxvil…

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Betty Jean Kibble Hicks, 89, of Gas City, Ind., and formerly of Riceville, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Colonial Oaks Health & Rehab in Marion, Ind. Jean was a native of Decatur and a longtime resident of McMinn County, before moving to Indiana. She was a d…

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Randal E. Keaton, 57, of Athens, died Friday, May 15, 2020, at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens.

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Mr. Bobby Womac passed away on May 9, 2020 in Augusta, Ga. He was a native of McMinn County, and had lived in Georgia most of his life and on Lake Sinclair since 1983. Mr. Womac was a retired machinist from the Empire Manufacturing Company in Atlanta. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force a…

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Wendell Lee Beck, 73, a native of McMinn County and a resident of Monroe County, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at U.T. Medical Center following a farming accident. Wendell owned and operated Beck’s Florist for 40 years, was an avid farmer, a beekeeper, and loved talking to people. He ne…

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Michael Odoran Crockett, 86, of Englewood passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, surrounded by his family. He retired from Lockheed Martin after 32 years of service. He enjoyed farming, gardening, and raising cattle. After his retirement, he took up flea marketing. He loved life, the outdoo…

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Sherrie Sue Parks Jenkins, 73, of Athens passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at her residence. She was born in Lampasas, Texas, and was a resident of McMinn County for most of her life. A daughter of the late E.B. and Beulah “Boots” Parks, she was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Grant Jenki…

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Carolyn K. Norton, 61, of Sweetwater passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at her home. She was born on Nov. 1, 1958. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Shirley Warfield; daughter, Michelle Lee Blaylock; and three siblings, Linda, Barbara and Kenneth Warfield. Carolyn is sur…

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Bill Watson, 71, of Englewood passed away at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at his home. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville. He was the former Madisonville Chief of Police during the ‘70s. Survivors include wife, Cherry Williams Watson; daughter and special frien…

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Richard E. Newman, 86, of Niota passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, at his home. He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, and a member of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #292. He retired from Seiler Brothers in Sweetwater and was a well-known farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, W…

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Rickey “Rick” Wayne Bryan, 62, of Etowah passed away Monday, May 11, 2020, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. A native of Chattanooga and a resident of McMinn County for 24 years, he was the son of the late Wendell and Betty Poe Bryan. He was a former restaurant manager. Survivors include hi…

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Hubert Reece Watson, 66, of Englewood passed away at his home on Sunday, May 10, 2020. He was the son of the late Hubert and Willie Blankenship Watson. Reece was also preceded in death by his sister, Cynthia “Cindy” Curry; an infant sister, Jeraldine Watson; stepdaughter, Aaron Shipley; and …

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James Darin Lance, 51 of Louisville, known as Darin to all, passed away in an accident on May 5, 2020. Darin was born Nov. 17, 1968, in Smithville. Since birth, Darin was loved by many and began his mark on the world. Darin was known as an astonishing entrepreneur; starting in real estate, t…

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Mr. Womac passed away on May 9, 2020 in Augusta, Ga. He was a native of McMinn County and had lived in Georgia most of his life and on Lake Sinclair since 1983. Mr. Womac was a retired machinist from the Empire Manufacturing Company in Atlanta. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a me…

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Zelma Lea Arnold, 91, of Athens passed away in St. Simons Island, Ga., where she relocated six years ago to be near her daughter. She was born in McMinn County on April 11, 1929, to the late A.T. “Tommy” and Essie Campbell Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Maynard Arno…

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Lorraine Day Cockrum, 72, born in West Virginia, raised in North Carolina, and settling in Sweetwater, lost her gallant battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The former co-owner and operator of the Sweetwater, Madisonville and Athens Sonic Drive-Ins (1983-2010) was survived by her hu…

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Sarah Inis Crabtree, 88, of Decatur passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020, at her residence. She loved spending time with her family and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Marshall Crabtree; parents, Harlen and Nola Cagle Curtis; brothers, Marshall Lee C…

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Carl Harris, 72, of Etowah passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Born in Tellico Plains, Mr. Harris was a longtime resident of Etowah. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Birtha Harris; sister and brother-…

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Glenn Thomas Moore, 76, of Calhoun passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Athens. He was born on May 2, 1944 in Calhoun to the late Edgar and Mary Belle Alloway Moore. He worked at Cleveland Utilities in the water division for many years and he was a member of Hiwassee Baptist Church of Calho…

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Dorothy M. Peel, 86, of Tellico Plains passed away at 10:54 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Starr Regional Medical Center in Etowah. She was a member of Coker Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Evelyn Peel, and Cleston and Jan Peel, all of Etowah…

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Ruth Alice Ward Walsh, 95, of Athens passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at her residence. A native of Sugar Grove, N.C., and a resident of Athens most of her life, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Council and Millie Trivette Ward. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens, wh…