As Dena Oakes walked her children through a field of bright orange pumpkins in 1999, she realized that she may be able to put her own twist on a pumpkin patch.
Three generations of Oakes have made a living in the Corryton community, while operating two agribusiness endeavors . One being Oakes Pumpkin Patch and farm, one of the largest agritourism spots in our area. This destination is filled with a corn maze, pick your own pumpkin patch, an animal exhibit and much more.
Driving to Maynardville
Most people in my family asked, “Maynardville where? Why in the world are you going there?”, which of course required a long answer. Here is the shortest version I can manage. Actually, it isn’t very short.
Not long ago, looking at research material online, my attention turned to records from the Library of Congress and the National Archives that were made during the Great Depression. Many of them were stunning photos taken by celebrated photographers like Dorthea Lange, Carl Mydans, Ben Shan and Arthur Rothstein. There were hundreds of these pictures, taken from all over the United States, Puerto Rico and some Pacific Islands.
It soon occurred to me that an unusually high percentage of these pictures were taken in Tennessee. There were dozens from a farm homestead project called “Skyline Farms” in southern Tennessee, north of Scottsboro, AL, and even more from two locations near Crossville, TN; the town and a large settlement known as “Cumberland Homesteads”, which the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits in one of the photos. This one was obviously a crown jewel among the RA’s projects. And there’s Murfreesboro, Camden, Huntingdon, not counting a copper mine strike in the community of Ducktown. And finally there’s Maynardville, which also happens to be the County Seat. The pictures were taken in Maynardville in October 1935; they stood out from those taken in other locations because of their unusual clarity, and for the appearance of the subjects, which generally reflected a sense of independence, good health, pleasant disposition and community identity. I keep wondering who these people are, whose close-up photos revealed so much so long ago.
The Resettlement Administration, I learned, had been formed in 1935 to help displaced farmers, and built seven giant projects in states from South Carolina to New Mexico. One of the largest of these settlements was Cumberland Homesteads, in Tennessee. They included tens of thousands of acres of land, some of which was tilled, and new homes from families. A settlement farmer was typically given 20 to 50 acres, a house, equipment and money to get started. The program also involved small grants and loans.
Thus what we have is a collection of stunning photographs, detailed records of the participants of the ambitious Resettlement Administration (located in the National Archives in College Park, MD and the National Agricultural Library nearby), tons of publicly available research material, including Census, academic studies, print media, primary source historical records and government other agency records. In addition to all that, the small town of Maynardville happens to be gifted with generations of descendants who are keenly aware of the mark their parents and grandparents have made, the places, the landmarks, and have maintained a robust and revelatory narrative of local history, which is most notably reflected in the Historic Union County online newsletter. An afternoon spent with a lady who taught school in Maynardville for 47 years, Wanda Cox, left me realizing that I had known nothing whatsoever about that county, its history, or its people. Any work professing to assess the impact of a major federal initiative 80 years ago would therefore have to be validated with personal accounts and perspectives of families who actually experienced it.
The original basis of my research questions had always been, to what extent did the Resettlement Administration actually help rural Americans? It would naturally follow that one would have to define “help” and attempt to find a realistic set of measures to use.
One study I especially like compares seven large Resettlement projects being developed during that time; it was written in 1938, and even made reference to future studies as the program unfolded. I have not found those other studies yet. Here the authors, C.P. Loomis and D.M. Davidson, Jr., talked about the concept of measuring the quality of life for rural Americans, and it is an ideal I will maintain. They write,
“It has long been recognized that the problem of changing a family's level of living cannot be considered exclusively from the standpoint of the individual family. The level of living for any family as a production and consumption or social-participating unit is definitely a function of the relationship of that family to other individuals and other families in the community. Consequently, it has frequently been maintained that the community should be the smallest unit to be considered in any effort to alter living conditions”.
In addition to looking at a family’s membership of a community, they also emphasize one key tenant in the RA’s goal, home/farm ownership:
“When possible a farmer or part time farmer should work on a farm he could call his own. Ownership, it was maintained, made for stability because it gave the owner status in the community and contributed toward a more abundant life. To these and other ends resettlement were initiated by the Subsistence Homestead and by the Resettlement and Emergency Relief Administration. To be completed and carried on by the Works Progress and the Farm Security Administration.”
Standards of Living of the Residents of Seven Rural Resettlement Communities by C.P. Loomis and D.M. Davidson, Jr.
Thus studies like this one make it easier to find an empirical, measurable basis to compare the outcomes of people who participated in this program with people who didn’t. Combined with primary source narratives that are still remembered and known, I think that the end result will have a greater degree of clarity and relevance than any dry report of financial numbers.
Looking at the size and scope of the project farms, each of which included hundreds of families, it becomes vital that a methodology be developed that makes sense, both in terms of gathering available data and using it to present a truthful narrative.
Getting the sense of being buried alive in tons of information ranging from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Resettlement Administration, the Farm Security Administration, and a few individuals who created something called country music, there was nothing else to do but to actually go there. From my perspective, the location of Maynardville, Tennessee was close to the geographic center of major developments such as Crossville, Cumberland Homesteads, Skyline Farms, and Penderlea Farms anyway. From where I live in Winston-Salem it’s only about four and a half hours, assuming the car is running well, or two and a half hours, if I test the outer mechanical limits of the Camaro and get really lucky.
So it turns out that when I got out of my car I parked on 120 Court Street, I was standing a few feet from the storied Thunder Road. A whole constellation of stories of bootleggers, cops, fast cars, liars, rogues and saints was awaiting, But how much can any one person assimilate? I am no Borg.
It also turned out that, even though I didn’t know it at first, I had some powerful allies. First there was Chantay Collins, Director of the Maynardville Public Library. As soon as she found out what I was doing, she made a phone call and then said to me, “Get in the car. There’s someone you need to meet.” A few minutes later we were in the home of everybody’s 7th grade teacher, Wanda Cox. After teaching 47 years, she had turned her attention to local history. As we met, Ms. Cox arranged three chairs close together, and said, “So you want to know about Union County...” and off she went, through stories, families, leaders, pictures. Wanda Cox didn’t even look or sound old--she is timeless; it was like listening to a history class exactly as it had been presented decades ago.
Wanda laughed out loud when I greeted Ronnie Mincey as “Doctor” (because he is); And I’m pretty sure she remembers every single student she had. Like Chantay, Ronnie had dropped everything he was doing to show me everything I wanted to see and answer every question I had to ask. The problem was I didn’t know every question that needed to be asked, and I didn't know where to look, and unfortunately I just didn’t have the time to see everything that needed to be seen. Not by a long shot.
So driving 274 miles to a town in Tennessee I had never been to turned out to be a good idea; my instincts served me well. The time spent there was helpful beyond my ability to express, but it is clear to me that future visits there and to other locations in Tennessee will have to follow.
New project name: New Deal for Rural America--1935-1940
As Dena Oakes walked her children through a field of bright orange pumpkins in 1999, she realized that she may be able to put her own twist on a pumpkin patch.
Whether it be your first experience in the 4th grade as Mr. Bill Morgan walked into your classroom or your last experience as you traveled to National 4-H Congress, 4-H has impacted many in our community.
Last week millions of members, supports, and alumni across the nation celebrated National 4-H week while those in Tennessee had something a little extra to celebrate.
Nominations are now open for Union County Business & Professional Association Man & Woman of 2021. Anyone in Union County may make a nomination. Nominees shall be residents of Union County or gainfully employed in Union County or a current member of UCBPA. Nominees may perform service as a result of their job or as volunteers and demonstrate good citizenship for others to emulate.
Horace Maynard FFA was established in 1928. Over the years many families have been involved in the organization and have molded their lives around agriculture in some shape or form because of the incredible impact from the experience. Currently the UCHS agriculture program holds around 130 active members, including current students and at least four who are currently in college and working to achieve their American Degree, the highest accomplishment within the organization.
Heritage Festival happens every year the first Saturday of October. Great music, great food, learning about heritage skills, and the pride of supporting our local community are just a few of the reasons that this festival is such a treasure here in Union County. However, there is a lot happening leading up to festival weekend. UT Extension Union County holds a haybale decorating contest, pie baking contest, and judging of festival exhibits each year the week before the festival.
For me, it was a once in a life time experience and I wasn’t going to miss it.
Many, many years ago, we were visiting were relatives in Ormond Beach Fla. Being the geek that I am, I had checked the NASA website for Space Shuttle launches. Yes, they were still launching them at that time. Anyway, it so happened there was a scheduled launch during our visit.
I had never seen an episode of Leave It to Beaver until just a few years ago. One thing in the show that I found interesting was Wally’s use of the phrase, “Aw, you’re giving me the business” whenever someone said something that to him was unbelievable.
Now let’s turn our thoughts to the movie version of A Christmas Carol that featured George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. At one point, Scrooge tells the ghost of his seven-year deceased partner Jacob Marley that he was always a good man of business. “Business! Mankind was my business,” the ghost replied.
Fall coloration of trees in our area is always looked forward to. The presence of a large number of trees having brilliant fall foliage is more unusual than you think, as the only other places in the world with a similar abundance of foliage colorations are northern China, Korea, and Japan. A common question this time of year is: will the colors be good or not? The answer is meteorological.
As the 2021 theme says, tourists from area counties as well as several states plan to “Take a Country Road” for the Union County Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 2.
Just follow Thunder Road (Hwy 33) and Wilson Lane to all of the festivities in Wilson Park. Visitors can board the free shuttle (the big yellow bus) sponsored by Monroe Bus Lines, State Farm Insurance, and City of Plainview to view the Quilt Show, talk to the authors, and eat some country cookin' at the Union County Museum.
When the Union County Heritage Festival (UCHF) committee announced the theme for the 2021 Heritage Festival to be "Take A Country Road," my mind immediately went to what a one might have seen as he or she traveled down a country road in Union County some fifty-plus years ago. For sure, one would have seen a tobacco patch, or 'bakker patch' as it might have been called back then.
Maynardville, TN, October 2021— Union County residents want children in need around the world to receive a gift this Christmas season and to experience the love and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
“Anyone can be a part of making an eternal impact on the lives of children this holiday season simply by packing a shoebox gift filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items like a toothbrush and a “WOW” item like a stuffed animal or soccer ball,” says Amie Winstead, Area Coordinator.
When a five-year-old boy trotted through the patch of bright orange pumpkins, his future in agriculture was just beginning.
Jacob Heiskell, son of Jason Heiskell and a junior at Union County High School, can be found at his dad and grandfather James' service station, Heiskell’s, at the corner of Hwy. 33 and Heiskell Road in the heart of Maynardville, selling his pumpkins directly across from where they were planted.
What started out as Jacob helping his father grow pumpkins at the young age of five has now led to a young entrepreneur taking on the family tradition.
Mary Johnson addressed the Union County Commission at its September 27 meeting regarding the construction of a pharmaceutical chicken farm by Alpes Sanfer, Inc., in Sharps Chapel.
The company would place eight barns with 9,000 chickens in each barn on one of the oldest farms in Sharps Chapel, according to Johnson. Sanfer will be developing pathogen-free eggs to be used in making vaccines. The facility will employ approximately 30 people at an hourly rate of $13 to $17 but have made no promise to hire Union County residents, according to Johnson.
Big bags — hobos, totes, messengers, the names change over years — are always in style. They’re functional, too, because they can hold a lot of, well, stuff. But that’s precisely where the risk can come in. Slung over one shoulder, they can eventually cause neck and shoulder pain similar to the kind of problem chiropractors see in kids who carry ill-fitting heavy backpacks. Women — and men — carrying such bags are contorting their posture to counterbalance a heavy bag that is pulling on one side. This can wreak havoc with muscles and with the spine.
There is nothing that can compete with the smell of fresh baked biscuits!
Biscuit baking is a tradition in this region and there are many who will share fond memories of baking biscuits with their family. However, there are many who have never baked biscuits and would like to learn! Every year, 4-H combines education and the nostalgic reminder of baking biscuits with family by setting up a booth at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Groups of students come in shifts to learn how to make biscuits and pass them out to patrons visiting the fair. It is a hit!
In August, four Union County 4-H members participated in Tennessee 4-H Congress: Rheagan Collins, Kaleb Hanna, Jacie Hawkins, Jeremiah Tindell and Jonathan Tindell. They served as a delegates and competitors at the 2021 Tennessee 4-H Congress in Nashville.
This will be the 74th anniversary of this event. Since its beginning in 1948, 4-H Congress has given some 32,400 4-H-ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government.
Would you like to purchase farm fresh products all year? You can!
You won’t have to miss any of that farm fresh beef and pork, dairy products, eggs, honey, soaps, balms and other products from your favorite vendors. You’ll also be able to order some of those late peppers, potatoes, winter squashes, greens as they are harvested, and, be the first to purchase fresh spring produce!
Kaleb Hanna of Union County was one of 83 4-H members recently recognized with the Vol State award at the University of Tennessee at Martin during State 4-H Roundup.
The Vol State award is the highest level of recognition a Tennessee 4-H member may achieve. The award is presented to high school juniors and seniors in recognition of excellence in all phases of 4-H work, as well as service and leadership rendered in their communities.
Every August, on a bright and sunny summer morning, students from across East Tennessee load up their grills and meet at the Appalachian Gray Fair in Gray, Tennessee, between Kingsport and Johnson City.
John 21:12 KJV:
 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.
It’s the third meeting Jesus is hosting for some of his disciples after his Resurrection. Like any good host, Jesus wants everyone to be relaxed before they really get into the serious business at hand for them. So he starts his meeting with a fish fry as it were. Fish sandwiches to be exact or at least their version of a fish sandwich, which was simply bread and fish—a highly appropriate meal for a meeting with a bunch of fishermen, cooked by someone that once said, “man does not live by bread alone.” (Matthew 4:4)
The state of Tennessee is the greatest place on earth. I have not lived anywhere else so I might be a little partial but most that live here, or visit will agree it’s a pretty great place.
Tennessee has a list of things that are symbolic to the state. One of the most recognizable symbols is our state flag. The flag has the iconic three stars that represents the three parts of the state that have their own qualities due to geographical and cultural differences. Those differences come together to make a state like no other.
I started school eighty-six years ago. I was four years old. We lived in a tenant house on the farm owner’s land. Dad earned forty dollars a month milking cows and working in the fields. The Great Depression was well under way. Farm work was the only job Dad could find. He had worked previously as a lineman, setting poles and stringing telephone wire. Most country people didn’t have phones until them.
With autumn comes the nostalgia of the apple harvest, a fruit whose history goes back a long way. Legend and art have made the Tree of Knowledge that led to the downfall of Adam and Eve an apple, but the Bible only refers to a fruit. What follows is more apple knowledge of this famous fruit than you probably care to know.
Apples were first brought to America from England in 1629 by Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop. The first apples probably came from the trees Winthrop planted in Boston, from which “ten fair pippins” (apples) were picked in 1639.
Country Connections by James and Ellen Perry
It’s early autumn now, nights getting cooler, days getting shorter with cool mornings and warm afternoons. Some trees are showing color and goldenrods are bright yellow with flowers.
Goldenrods are the last honey flow for the bees before winter sets in. The reptiles are searching for underground places to overwinter in. Black bears and groundhogs are hunting food to build fat reserves for their upcoming hibernation.
After helping my mother put up our humble, four-foot artificial Christmas for a few years, the responsibility was turned over to me. I’m not sure Mother was ever really fond of putting up a Christmas tree. I had an unspoken rule that the tree was to be put up two weeks before Christmas and taken down the day after.
The annual application period for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program is October 1-7, 2021. New application materials are available online and at the UT Extension office.
Please note Hay Storage and Hay Equipment rotate each program year. Hay Equipment will be offered in 2021-2022. Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed mid-December.
Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2021, and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline.
Tennessee SNAP Recipients Encouraged to Assess Food Needs and Spending
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For the first time in several decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is revising a guideline called the Thrifty Food Plan, which helps determine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits nationwide.
After the experience of a nine-month pregnancy and delivery, few of life’s pleasures measure up to taking the new baby out to meet the world. That could be in the form of a walk, run or hike. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has some thoughts for you to keep in mind on how to best enjoy that experience and avoid injury.
I was on my way to work the other day. I was tuned in to the BBN radio station and heard a preacher tell a joke. A preacher was in the pulpit preaching his sermon. He noticed all through the sermon that a lady kept staring directly at him.
When the service ended, the lady marched up to the preacher and said, “There are frayed strings on your bow tie and they have been driving me crazy all through your sermon. Your attire is offensive to me!”
September is noted for having heavy dews that bejewel cobwebs and soak your feet when walking through grass. The reason is that nights are getting longer, which allows the grass and other objects more time to drop below the dew point temperature and moisture in the air condenses on the cooled surface. Dew forms on vegetation more readily than other surfaces such as pavement because leaves and grass typically are thin and suspended in the air, causing them to cool more readily to reach dew point temperature.
Holding true to the belief of freedom in reading, learning, imagining, discovering and creating, the Maynardville Public Library has three events on the fall calendar that students do not need to miss.
Providing an opportunity for independent education for our community since 1959, the Maynardville Public Library is continuing that through library card month which is currently taking place.
Workers who lift for a living need to take longer or more frequent breaks than they now do to avoid back injury, according to a new study at Ohio State University. The study also suggests that people who are new on the job need to take breaks even more often than experienced workers, and that the risk of injury is higher at the end of a work shift.
I didn’t grow out of my fascination with trains. To this day, I still get excited when I see one and I also love to hear its lonesome whistle. But the one who actually witnessed the raw power of a train was my mom.
Back in the early eighties, she worked at a business in Powell that sat across the road from the railroad tracks. One day, she stepped out of the building and heard the loud revving of an engine. She looked toward where the train tracks crossed Emory Road and saw a delivery that was truck stuck on them. Yes, stuck.
The Autumn Equinox is one of two times of the year when the Sun is exactly above the Equator and day and night are equal in length. That’s as far into the science of what’s going on that I’ll go. It’s the astronomical beginning of fall, which is my favorite season of the year. After a long hot and humid summer, the crisp cool mornings, balmy temperatures, and visual clarity of lower humidity are very welcome.
As the young child walked through the rows of chickens her eyes lite up as she lifted her head to see a lighted Ferris wheel spinning in circles waiting for her to catch a ride.
This moment is one many of us have experienced walking through the fair as a young child and even still we feel a small glimmer of child like happiness when we see the line of carnival rides, games, and those delicious, candied apples.
“Wow, it sure is nice to come to one of these [cruise-ins] with a good crowd,” commented a participant who relaxed under a shade tree at the 2021 Thunder in the Park. Gary England manned England's Sound Machine as “Elvis” opened with the National Anthem. The crowd had some 200 vehicles to inspect, admire, and photograph while the sounds of “Achy, Breaky Heart” and other traditional favorites played in the background. One enterprising young man was selling his truck and revved the engine to a roar in keeping with the thunder theme and the pleasure of the crowd.
District Attorney General Jared Effler and staff, in partnership with the Children’s Centers of the 8th Judicial District, will be hosting the 6th Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clays Tournament at Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville, Tennessee on Friday, September 24th. Funds raised from this tournament will ensure that our Children’s Centers continue their worthy mission of serving abused and neglected children. This successful fundraiser has grown every year and is now the largest event held at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club.
Leonard Weaver-age 62 of Luttrell, born October 15, 1958 passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. Member of Ailordale Baptist Church and attended New Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Silas and Nelma Jean (Chesney) Weaver.
Survived by wife of 40 years, Tessia Weaver; brothers, Everett (June) Weaver, Charlie Weaver, Harold (Angela) Weaver, Dayrrell (Kathy) Weaver, Daniel (Shirley) Weaver, Rusty (Cindy) Weaver; sisters, Eva Nelson, Charlotte (Bobby) Isgette, Barbara (Terry) Thomas. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dollie Kay Cooper-age 45 of Knoxville was taken from us Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Dollie Kay was born February 18, 1976 to Sherlene Childress Cooper and Gary Cooper. She was one of 10 children. Preceded in death by father, Gary Leroy Cooper; paternal grandparents, Guy and Dollie Cooper; maternal grandparents, James and Martha Childress; sister, Judy Ann Cooper-Mebine, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Reverend Douglas Dewayne Kitts – age 50 of Sharps Chapel, born November 2, 1970, went home to be with Jesus Thursday, October 7, 2021. He was saved April 4, 1980 as a 10 year old little boy at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Dewayne was married to his best friend, Crystal for 30 years and they enjoyed driving on the open road. Dewayne was the best daddy, father-in-law and an even better papaw. He was his family’s Superman and will be greatly missed.
October 30, 1956 – October 6, 2021
Johnny was a hard-working man who loved his Lord, his Family and his Friends.
He will be greatly missed and he will be forever loved.
“The only scars in Heaver won’t belong to you
Nothing there is broken and you’ve been made brand new
We can smile even as our tears are flowing down
Because we know the only scars in Heaven
Are on the hands that hold you now”
James Adam Edwards, age 34, of Sharps Chapel, TN, born July 5, 1987, left this earthly life on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Adam loved living life, his friends and family. He was always cheering someone up. He was a proud employee of Glen E. Mitchell & Co. for several years. Preceded in death by grandfather, James Claudie Sharp and uncle, Marty Edwards.
Jerry Don Givens age 73 of Knoxville, originally from Taylor, MI, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. He was of the Pentecostal Faith. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ruben and Hilda Horner Givens; granddaughter Angelina Givens and infant grandson Jayden Givens; brother William and sister Carol.
Infant Ryver Rayne Hopkins-born and died Sunday afternoon, October 3, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center.
Survivors: mother, Madison Hopkins of Maynardville; brother, Ethan Dykes; grandmother, Shannon Hopkins; great-grandmother, Tamra Buckner; aunt, Lauren Holmes; uncle, Landyn Centala; cousin, Dakota Wallace.
Graveside service and interment 2 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 p.m. Friday. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Monica Lynn Lawson-age 46 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at her home. She attended Circle Assembly of God Church in Mascot. Preceded in death by her parents, Ricky and Brenda Lawson.
Survivors: husband, Ernesto Antonio Martinez; children, Joshua Eugene Simmons, Jocelyn Victoria Lawson and Jillian Marie Lawson. Brother, Thomas Coldwell.
Graveside service and interment 9:30 A.M. Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell with Rev. John Lawson officiating.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Jesse N. Elkins – age 96 of Andersonville, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2021. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. Jesse retired from JFG Coffee Company with 41 years of service. He was also a member of J. C. Baker Masonic Lodge #720 for over 60 years.
Betty Sue Organ-age 63 of New Tazewell, born July 22, 1958 left this earthly life Saturday, October 2, 2021 due to complications of Covid 19. She was married 43 years to the love of her life, Jerry Organ. She was momma to four children, Jason Bell, Shasta Cottrell, Jennifer (Tommy) Cockrum, Casey (Michael) Anthony. From these unions, Sue was Nana to 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them unconditionally. Sue loved her Lord and Saviour and loved everyone as Jesus loves us.
Charlie L. Haynes (Chuck) - Age 84
Charlies’ earthly life ended at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, with his family by his side. Leaving behind his faithful wife of 63 years, Imogene Haynes; his loving children Rhonda (Steve) Widner, Keith (Karen) Haynes; grandchildren: Mandy (Craig) Foster, Anna (Nick) Maples, Daniel (Liz) Haynes, Nicholas Haynes (deceased); great grandchildren: Owen & Tayler Blake, Skyler Foster, Carson & Luke Maples, Bella & Levi Haynes.
Jerry Lynn Burchell-age 58 of Corryton passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He attended Redemption Harvest Church and was a retired employee of Knox County Parks and Recreation. Preceded in death by father, Coy Allen Burchell; mother, Betty Ruth Grubb Burchell; brother, Jackie Leonard Burchell; sisters, Judy Ann Burchell and Barbara Jean Burchell; sister-in-law, Loretta Burchell.
Kelley Leann Dyer Mink, age 24 of Powder Springs, TN, passed away suddenly Thursday, September 30, 2021 at home. She was a former member of Lake Shore Missionary Baptist Church and present member of the Fellowship Christian Church. She was the owner operator of Sweet Southern Roots Boutique and online auction company. Kelley was the most loving, caring, and kindhearted person that anyone could meet. She loved the Lord and truly cherished her friends and online auction family. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed.
James Michael Elkins, of Washburn, TN, died unexpectedly on September 28, 2021 in a car accident. The family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. He was born on August 23, 1968 in Landstuhl, Germany on U.S soil, graduated from Grissom High School in Huntsville, AL, served in the Alabama Army National Guard, and lived mostly in Tennessee towards the end of his life.
William “Leon” Collins-age 49 of Blaine went to be with his Heavenly Father Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.
Survivors: Mother of his daughter, Kelli; daughter, Leah Collins; Leon was her number one fan in softball and she was the love of his life. Parents, Lonnie and Shirley Collins, brother, Wayne (Loretta) Williams, niece, Brianna (Michael) Hickman; great-niece, McKinley Hickman.
Jesse (Jay) Hubert Capps-age 81 of Powder Springs passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. He was preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Estie Capps; sister, Maggie and brothers, Eugene, Frank, Kermit and Duane.
Survivors: wife of 59 years, Linda Jean Capps; two sons, Brian Capps and Bradley (Avery) Capps; grandchildren, T. J., Virginia, Rebecca, Jesse, Caty, Marcus, Callie, Chole, Cassie and Ava; Eight great-grandchildren. Brothers, Ira and Ronnie Capps.
Janice Marie (Hensley) Pimental-age 61 of Maynardville passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. She was of the Christian faith. Former employee of L.B.C. Utility. Preceded in death by parents, James Kelly and Georgia (Brown) Hensley; brother, Kenneth Hensley; husband, Reo Strevel.
Judith Ann Martin-age 78 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Thursday, September 23, 2021 at her home with her family at her side. She was a retired CAN with Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Preceded in death by her parents, Paris and Mary Lee West; three brothers, Gary, Bobby Ray and William West; one sister, Selma Wylie.
Jackie Lynn Atkins-age 40 of Luttrell, born November 19, 1980 passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center. His family ws his whole world. He loved to go camping and fishing. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Jack A. Atkins, Sr and J. B. Wyrick; father, Jack A. Atkins, Jr.
Nellie Ruth Edmondson (Coffey), age 85 of Maynardville, TN. Born Feb 6, 1936 in Tazewell, TN passed away at her home in Maynardville under the care of UT Hospice, Sept 24, 2021. She was a member of Chittum Chapel Baptist Church in Tazewell. She was preceded in death by her husband: Ray E. Edmondson of Maynardville, whom she loved and cared for so well, for better and for worse, even through a debilitating stroke. Parents Rev.John H Coffey and Mrs.
Eva Jeanette (Oaks) Bull-age 74 of Maynardville went to be with our Lord and Saviour Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at her home. She was a member of Home Faith Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Reverend Fate and Etta (Russell) Oaks; husband of 43 ½ years, Reverend Clarence Bull; father and mother-in-law, Silas and Murlie Bull; infant granddaughter, Christa Lachae Braden; infant great-grandson, Brayden William Frye, step-son, Wayne Bull; brother, L. G. Oaks.
Timothy DeWayne “Tim” Hensley-age 49 of Corryton passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at his home. Tim was born November 6, 1971. He was a member of Luttrell Missionary Baptist Church. He was the owner/operator of Ameri Tree Care. Preceded in death by father, A. J. Hensley; brother, Tony Hensley.
Gary Wade Beeler-age 62 of Corryton passed away Sunday, Sept 19, 2021. He was a born-again Christian who is now resting in peace, pain and worry free. He had a kind smile and a loving heart. Ready to drop whatever he was doing to help anyone in need. There was nothing that he could not do from pulling wrenches, drawing, working on computers, to building things like houses and sheds. He had a thirst for knowledge and was always learning new things. He was an amazing person with a humble spirit who will be dearly missed. He was a U. S. Army Veteran.
Curtis Scott Braden-age 53 of Luttrell passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, father, Donald Braden; mother, Naomi Grimes.
Survivors: daughters, Tabitha Braden, Crystal Hillard, Carrie Bailey; sons, Ronnie French and Johnny Rogers. Sisters and brothers, Robin (Gary) Flynn of Clinton; Daris Braden of Luttrell, Misty Little of Knoxville, Monty (Missy) Walker of Maynardville, Franklin D. Grimes, II of Strawberry Plains. Several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
James Herbert Nicolai-age 78 of oak Ridge passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at Wyndridge Healthcare Center, Crossville. He was a U. S. Army Veteran serving 1967 -1969.
Interment 2 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, Narrow Ridge Natural Burial Preserve, Washburn. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.