Forced Relocations Presented More of an Ordeal than an Opportunity for Norris Reservoir Families

Norris Dam

Along the banks of the Clinch and Powell rivers, the passage of the TVA act brought a level of distress and disruption to the citizenry unseen since the American Civil War.

In the years following the war, the role of the federal government had been mostly limited to the election cycle, military conscription for the First World War, and the delivery of mail that for some families included pensions for Union Veterans. Suddenly families who had lived together and buried their dead in the same tight-knit communities for generations were being told that they must move in advance of a rising flood to be contained behind a giant dam below the forks of the river.

The year was 1934 and the nation was in the midst of the Great Depression. Farmers who owned their own land, as most did in the area to be flooded by the impoundment of Norris Reservoir, enjoyed a level of stability and security than urbanized industrial workers did not.

Many families had lived on and worked the same land for generations. Homes that had housed multiple generations of the same family such as the Harrison Heatherly house at what is now known as Heatherly's Point were common.

With an unemployment rate of over 21%, 1934 was not at all a good time for men and sometimes women who had worked the land all their lives with limited transferable skills to enter the labor market. Industry wasn't hiring. Neither were retail outlets.

Rather than herds of livestock that have become commonplace following the Second World War, reservoir area farmers raised mostly crops to sell and consume.

Livestock might consist of work stock, such as mules or horses, a milk cow, pigs, a flock of chickens, and perhaps a handful of geese or guinea fowl. Almost a part of the family were dogs that stood guard over the home place and sometimes helped in the hunting of wild game. Also, almost a part of the family, cats who protected food supplies from rodents, were a necessity.

Complicating matters farmers had to make the move between the time crops were taken in in the fall and spring planting.

Orchards, which take years to mature, could not be relocated. Multiple trips were required to move household items and farm implements because what few trucks were owned by local farmers usually had small beds.

Even if the initial compensation offered by TVA had represented fair market value for the land, the value of property would have skyrocketed because the demand for suitable farmland would suddenly increase dramatically with so many families desperately looking to relocate.

Never had there been such a demand for so much farmland at one time in East Tennessee. Sometimes the farmland that families were able to secure under extreme duress did not include a dwelling house or even outbuildings. Dwelling houses and outbuildings had to be disassembled and then resembled as best they could. In the meantime, furniture, household goods, farm implements, and the winter's food supply whether dried or canned in glass jars could not be left out in the open. Blaine and Ethel Albright moved into a one room temporary home on Christmas Day in 1935. Their daughter Nell compiled and published the book Walnut Grove and Memories in hopes of refuting misconceptions that continue to be parroted about the reservoir area people.

Flooding was not a problem for Campbell County farmers along the Clinch and Powell Rivers. If anything, occasional flooding enriched the soil of the fertile bottom lands. TVA put some of East Tennessee's best farmland under water. Neither were most people desperately poor. My mother was born at what is now Spangler Point on July 26, 1925 in a better house than most area residents live in today.

Medical care was readily available near the forks of the river, where two physicians, Dr. Silas Walker and Dr. James Willoughby, made their homes. Both were apothecary doctors who filled their own prescriptions. Dr. Willoughby delivered both of my parents. Obviously, Walker and Willoughby were well able to provide for the medical care of the community as Dr. Walker doubled as a substitute teacher at the Walnut Grove School. One of his daughters, Lucille Walker Easterly wrote for The LaFollette Press for years and continued to publish the paper after the death of her husband editor/publisher Guy Easterly. Mrs. Easterly's childhood home at Walnut Grove, a Victorian mansion with a second-floor balcony, would have held its own in any of LaFollette's better neighborhoods.

In 1934, electricity was not in as short supply here in East Tennessee as some might often assume. A coal fired steam plant on Sixth and Washington avenues in Knoxville produced enough electrical power to light a city, run a street-rail system, and operate several large textile mills. Obviously, the shortage was not one of electricity but lines and poles upon which to deliver it to rural areas. Even in the city of Knoxville, many people living in the poorest sections of town along the banks of the Tennessee River and First Creek did not have electricity.

Eighty years after the turbines first began to turn at Norris Dam coal continues to keep the lights on throughout East Tennessee. Though lacking electrical power, communities such as Mossy Springs and Walnut Grove depopulated by TVA had telephone service before “the move”.

Some of those affected by the move attempted to capture their feelings in verse. In a lament Leonard White, a Union County School boy wrote:

From this valley we soon will be leaving
How we'll miss our friends and home!
For they say that water will cover
The place we love to roam.

There's the ages old fathers and mothers
who have spent many years here in toil.
They have reared up happy children
on the products of Clinch River soil.

But their happy days here soon will be over.
They must seek to find higher ground.
But with this wide world before us
Where can such a happy home be found?

Striking a similar note Walnut Grove resident Nellie Irwin wrote:

To others this place is not sacred
not the dearest in all the land.
But to us its the only place on earth
Where folks do care and understand.

When the last curtain has passed away;
When each picture is removed from the wall;
When each ragged old relic is loaded and gone;
That's when--”Twill be so sad to look on it all.

There has been a decree in all of this;
But when we leave home ties with regret;
TVA must allow us our memories;
For 't'will be impossible for us to forget.

That memory will give us our home back,
It will give us our childhood day;
It will give us our friends and neighbors;
as they were before TVA.

I have found that the connection that reservoir area families continue feel to the land continues to be both astounding and baffling to the outside world. It isn't that we hope to return there and live, but that future use will honor the sacrifice of those who survived the move. Some did not. Mossy Springs resident John Berry hung himself in his corn-crib after selling the farm that he had promised his father that he would tend. Numerous parties including my grandfather's sister Minnie Stephens Underwood were sued by TVA under the federal government's power of eminent domain. The movie Wild River was inspired in part by my grandparent's neighbor Mattie Randolph's resistance to TVA.

The countryside didn't suddenly become electrified as the turbines began to turn at Norris Dam. In many cases, it took years to run wires to rural homes. More than a decade and a World War had passed before one of the boys came home from extended military duty in China and wired the Stephens home-place. In the 1960s, water continued to be heated in a large teakettle and a hand-pump brought water into the kitchen from a cistern in the yard. A dipper bucket set by the sink. My grandmother insisted that I drink from the dipper. Suddenly, years later it makes sense. Having raised a large family, she knew that there was no need to wash a glass each time someone took a drink.

In regard to the dead, TVA did provide grave relocations for those buried in cemeteries that would be flooded or difficult to reach because existing roads would be flooded when the lake was filled. Unlike the National Park Service and Tennessee State Parks, TVA has not provided continuing maintenance to cemeteries in depopulated communities.

I am a second-generation child of “the move” as Norris Reservoir area families described the end of the pre-TVA era. Many children of the move, who share memories of the forced relocation of reservoir area families, are still living and should be considered to be reliable sources as more than simply witnesses to history. They lived it.




Summer Fun in Union County

For many growing up in the Union County Community, summers were spent on the water. I know for my family personally; my parents and brother tell stories of summers on the houseboat, and I remember always taking a trip to what I would call the “hole tree island” to camp.

Women need expanded musculoskeletal care during pregnancy, study finds

Despite the high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy, few women in underserved populations receive treatment for their low back pain. Moreover, researchers found that pain in a previous pregnancy may predict a high risk for musculoskeletal complaints in future pregnancies. 85 percent of women who experienced pain in a previous pregnancy reported pain during their current pregnancy.

Tube of Terror

I don’t know if it was my pride that made me do it or my stubbornness.
Years ago, we visited Dollywood Splash Country with my cousin Lynda and her family. While our children and husbands were playing on the water attractions, we walked around the park. I noticed one that had three water tubes running down the hill into a large pool. Two were enclosed and twisted while and one was open and straight
“Hey, that looks like fun.” I pointed. “Do you want to try it?”
She smiled and answered, “No, but you can.”

Read Before You Leap

I was checking Facebook the other day and came across this “hook”:

Meet the Waltons: The Bizarre Family Behind Walmart

There followed two comments:

“Hated Grandma on that show. She was so grouchy.
And why didn’t John Boy just come out of the closet?
Like we all didn’t know!”

“I remember the first Walmart open
in Rogers, Arkansas on July 2, 1969.”

Chicken potato casserole

When i was working full time and needed a dish for supper, I went to my pantry and selected a 12 ounce can of chicken breast. If you have that on hand, supper is easier and quicker to prepare. Or, you can slice a raw chicken bread in half and cook it in salted water, then chop it.

Fast and SlowTrees

It is often assumed that small trees are young and large ones old. But I've seen large trees that were only 50 years old, and others the size of fence posts over 100. Individual trees grow at different rates based on their genetics and growing conditions.


Shooting Hunger boosts FFA backpack program

Representatives of Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Coop, and Farm Credit Mid-America award a donation to Union County FFA

Lakin Booker, Vice President of Horace Maynard FFA Chapter at UCHS, holds the check for $2700 from Shooting Hunger. Awarding the donation are Kristen Walker of Tennessee Farm Bureau, Manager Cody Brown and Eddie Thompson from Union County Farm Bureau, Lakin Booker, Joy Nease of UCFB, David Bunch of Union County Farmers Coop, and Ben Bradley from Farm Credit Mid-America/Rural 1st.

The Horace Maynard Future Farmers of America Chapter Backpack for Kids Program got a big financial boost on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from Shooting Hunger. As the Back Packs for Kids Program Administrator. Lakin Booker received the $2700 check On hand for the presentation was Kristen Walker of the Tennessee Farm Bureau. Manager Cody Brown and Board President Eddie Thompso, and Joy Nease represented the Union County Farm Bureau. David Bunch from the Union County Farmers Coop and Ben Bradley of Farm Credit Mid-America/Rural 1st also helped award the donation.

The Turn of a Phrase

The old cliché says that a picture is worth a thousand words. Actually, an email from a friend revealed to me that thanks to current inflation, a picture is now worth only two hundred words, and as the price of everything else rises, the word value of a picture drops daily. Soon, words will be worth pictures!

Political Ads and Civic Duty

Like everyone else, I have been getting a great many political cards and letters of late. Most of these go into my recycle bin, but I got one today that intrigued me for all the wrong reasons. Let me call this candidate Jane Smith. (And I am not for or against her views; just bear with me here.)

Close Encounters

I had a very scary close encounter years ago with an E.T. at our first house. No, I didn’t come across any Extra Terrestrials such as Mr. Spock, Yoda or ALF. I came across a creature that some would label as “Extra Terrifying!”

Trees and Lightning

Everyone is aware of the safety tip of not standing under a tree during a thunderstorm, based on the likelihood that the tallest objects are most likely to be struck by lightning. But there’s more to being struck than just being tall.


Pavilion opens at farmers market

Flashback Band performing at the opening of the Farmers market Pavilion

Flashback Band opens the pavilion at the Union County Farmers Market in Heritage Park

As of May 28, the Pavilion at Heritage Park, better known as the Farmers Market, is completely ready for use. From the lights in the rafters to the natural concrete floor, the place exudes practicality with a festive twist.
The stage, back dropped with a gigantic American flag, was framed by the cedar siding on the back wall. Commissioner Danny Cooke from the Union County Opry welcomed hundreds to the pavilion to eat Buddy’s Bar-B-Q and enjoy music by Flashback and Authentic Unlimited.

Tale trail winds through stories in Luttrell

The new Storybook Trail features boards to read along the way. The stories will change throughout the year.

There is a new place to take a walk in Luttrell, but it isn’t your typical trail.
The Luttrell Storybook Trail made its debut last week and is generating a ton of excitement. The usual walking path helps build the muscles and the heart. This trek can do that as well, but it can also expand a child’s brain. The trail is located behind Luttrell Elementary School/Luttrell Library and can take readers on a magical walking journey using books.

Vacation Bible School coming soon to a church near you

For many children, Vacation Bible School is a summer staple. The Bible stories and learning activities, crafts and songs allow youth to better understand biblical truths as well as continue some type of schedule outside of the school year.
While some families may have a busy summer schedule, there are numerous churches within the community that are opening their doors for all ages to come and learn about a variety of different topics surrounding biblical history and truths.


Lions Club awards three scholarships

Three students holding certificates

Pictured are Riley Cole, Gavin Graves and Joy Turner, recipients of the Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship awarded annually by the Union County Lions Club in memory of Union County elementary music teacher Mark Martin.

The Union County Lions Club awarded Riley Cole, Gavin Graves and Joy Turner $300 each from the Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Union County elementary music teacher Mark Martin, who passed away on May 16, 2015. Mark taught general music at Big Ridge, Sharps Chapel and Luttrell Elementary schools and assisted with band at the middle and high school.

LVFD celebrates 40 years and honors Wayne Toppins

celebration for LVFD

Wayne Toppins (center) proudly displays his plaque for 40 years of service along with members of the Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department at the 40th year celebration.

Some 40 years ago, a small group of caring citizens started the Luttrell Volunteer Fire Department. On May 9, board members, firefighters and friends gathered at the Luttrell Firehall to celebrate LVFD and honor its longest serving member, Wayne Toppins.

UC 6th graders learn financial literacy with UT Extension

Students learn the costs of living.

As school was wrapping up this year, the Union County Extension office offered a unique program, called On My Own to teach financial literacy to youth in our county.
On My Own is a hands-on, real-life simulation that gives young people ages 13 to 18 the opportunity to experience adulthood in a fun and exciting way. During the simulation, participants assume they are 26 years old, are the primary or sole support of the household, and are encouraged to make healthy and wise lifestyle choices similar to those adults face on a daily basis.

Children at the Farmers Market

We love having families at the Union County Farmers Market so bring your children and/or grandchildren on Saturdays! We always have something fun for all ages. Check out the activities at the UT Extension booth as well as those offered by some of the vendors.

Buttercup Bakehouse offers breakfast and sweet treats

new business

Buttercup Bakery opened its doors on June 3 to offer a variety of sweet treats.

Patrons lined up to purchase sweet treats at the grand opening of the Buttercup Bakehouse at 3933 Maynardville Highway on June 3. Emily Cooke, formerly of Sweet Treats by Emily is the proprietor. The bakery offers a variety of breakfast items, drinks and desserts. Baked goods include breakfast jam bars, cinnamon rolls, banana bread and cupcakes galore.

Psychological treatment shown to yield strong, lasting pain relief, alter brain networks

Rethinking what causes pain and how great a threat it is can provide chronic pain patients with lasting relief and alter brain networks associated with pain processing, according to new University of Colorado Boulder led research.

The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found that two-thirds of chronic back pain patients who underwent a four-week psychological treatment called Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) were pain-free or nearly pain-free post-treatment. And most maintained relief for one year.

Ben Woods named UC 4-H National Dairy Month Chairman

Ben Woods

Nashville, TN– Ben Woods has been named the 2022 National Dairy Month Chairman for Union County.
Woods was honored May 26 at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove. The event included recognition from Brian Flowers, president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee, and Jeff Aiken, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The official kickoff celebration recognized Tennessee 4-H member’s efforts to promote National Dairy Month in Tennessee.

Plainview purchases a new utility truck

Plainview utility truck

Vice Mayor Rchard Phillips stands beside Plainview's 2022 Ford 250 utility truck. The truck will be used to oversee roadside mowing and routine building maintenance.

The City of Plainview introduced its new utility truck at the May meeting of the Plainview Board of Aldermen. The new three-quarter ton truck is a 2022 Ford 250 with 4-wheel drive and the latest in electronic and safety enhancements. According to Vice Mayor Richard Phillips, the new one replaces a truck that is 22 years old and will be a welcome addition to the maintenance vehicles. The old truck was declared surplus and will be sold.


High on Grass

A few days ago my wonderful niece in Cincinnati sent me the following text message at 6:29 p.m.: “Sitting on the back porch, enjoying the cool of the evening, the birds and squirrels, the fish and frogs, the breeze bringing in the scent of the freshly moon grass. How’s your day going?”
“Moon grass, huh?” thought I. “Is that like bluegrass, crabgrass, fescue? Is there ‘Martian’ grass on Mars? Did she have two cases of ‘Blue Moon’ iced down for the Super Bowl?” At 6:32 p.m. I received another message: “Mown grass . . . not moon.”

Coffee Dot Fudge Candy

Wait until your friends try this candy. It is a smooth coffee-flavored fudge with chocolate bits and pecans. This is the old timey way to make fudge. You could vary it by using butterscotch bits.


I felt so sorry for my mom. Not only because strange things seem to happen to the both of us, but because she was in pain.
Back in the early ’80’s, we had a wood stove in the basement. I have previously talked about how my mom was the only one who tended to it. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to help. I asked her several times to show me how, but each time, she answered, “No!”
Why? Because I was a typical teenage girl. She knew my mind would be on boys, school drama and homework. Then I asked if I could at least help by carrying in some wood. Again, she answered, “No!”

Hot Rods: A family tradition

Country Connections By James and Ellen Perry
It’s early morning and I’m sitting on my front porch pondering the emigration from Union County, Tennessee, that had been going on since the end of WWII in 1945.
Most immigrated to the northern states for a supposed better life provided by higher paying jobs in factories which had been suppressed in the South since the Civil War.

Ye Which are Spiritual

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” This statement is part of Paul’s closing instructions from his letter to the Churches in the region then known as Galatia.


Tick tips

By Steve Roark
Volunteer, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Ticks season is officially here, though to be honest I was pulling them off me in January. With ticks come the concern of getting some serious illnesses they can carry. So be on guard to protect yourself and your family.


4-H Students “Walk Across TN”

This spring UT Extension challenged our elementary school 4-H clubs to “Walk Across TN.” Each class received a state map, logbook, and pedometers to track their progress. By wearing pedometers to track steps during the day, students got to see how active they are compared to their peers. They encouraged each other to participate in healthy movement throughout the day in a shared goal of making it across the state. By logging steps taken, students learned about record keeping and used important math skills.

Good stretches for the back

Different stretches have different functions. Some focus on a particular muscle or muscle group or limb and improve movement. Others, sometimes referred to as ‘active’ stretches, are intended to increase strength. These three exercises are designed to do both with your back:

The bridge: Lie on your back with your knees pointing up and your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your buttocks and stomach muscles and slowly raise your hips. Hold for a count of ten, and lower your hips. Do 10 repetitions at least once, up to 3 times per day.

On Fire!!

Not many people know this but, I absolutely love to watch fire burning in the fireplace or at a bon fire. In fact, I have told Tim I would like to have a fire pit in the back yard. Considering what happened to me as a child, it is surprising that I enjoy watching fires.

High Five

A former teacher of mine recently gave me several books. One of them was titled The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I believe this is the second time I have read the book, but if so the first was so long ago that I remembered none of the plot.

Slow cooker meat balls

This recipe is so easy. There is no time wasted preparing meatballs. Start this recipe early in the day before your company comes. You have enough to do. By the way, if you have grape jelly and canned apple juice, you can turn to around and use 1 cup grape jelly and 1 cup apple juice. Who says we can't be adaptable.

Union County Success: From UCHS to UT Commemorative Speaker

As Cadie Chapell approached the front of the room, she was unsure of how her speech would go. Little did she know it would be her first of many.
Chapell, at the time a small, petite, 4th grader talked to her class about a family ski trip never imagining that those small steps would one day lead to her speaking in front of her graduating class and guests at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Nourish Kids Kick-off

Join us this Saturday, May 28, as the Union County Farmers Market kicks off our Nourish Kids program. This will be the third season that the market has partnered with Nourish Knoxville to present this program. Through a grant, Nourish Knoxville has been able to assist markets like ours throughout East Tennessee, providing materials and Produce Bucks making this program possible.

Historic Walking Tours

Interested in historic homes? Historic downtown Maynardville? East Tennessee history? Have you ever done a double-take and wondered what is that old building, what stories can it tell? If so, join us for a walk through history.

Tree Planting Problems

Improper planting depth is one of the most common challenges impacting the growth and health of urban trees. Trees planted incorrectly are not only subjected to the physical stresses of improper placement, they’re also more susceptible to insect pests and fungal pathogens. These issues, combined with the already stressful urban environment, may lead to the untimely decline of trees that would otherwise prosper if planted correctly.

UTIA Appoints Gary Bates Head of Department of Plant Sciences

Interim Director Gets Nod to Continue Role Permanently

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has appointed Gary Bates, professor and interim head of the Department of Plant Sciences, as the department’s permanent leader.

Bates has served in the interim position since 2020.

The Famous Flying Trampoline

What came into your mind when you read the title? Did you think I was referring to some kind of circus performer like a trapeze artist? I can see why. They do some amazing stunts while flying through the air. Actually, I am talking about a trampoline that took a famous flight.

What a Sight!

Occasionally in life the stars align themselves, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I can see the alignment, sometimes I cannot.
I remember several years meteor showers were predicted. I got out of bed around 2:00 a.m., the reported best time to see them at my location, to witness this wonder of nature. For whatever reason, I did not see the expected phenomenon.

Peanut butter and jelly bars

As i have said before, bar cookies are the easiest and quickest cookie to make. Who doesn't like peanut butter and jelly? These bar cookies are great

3 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup grape jelly

Local Biodiversity

Biodiversity remains a big deal in ecology circles these days. The dictionary defines it simply as the variety of living things in a particular area or region. Opinions on the importance of biodiversity vary, but to me the loss of any plant or animal species means something’s wrong, and rightfully raises some concerns.


Union County Success Stories: From UCHS to LSU

Union County, a small part of Tennessee and an even smaller part of the United States. With a population of approximately 20,000 in 2019, we often wonder what is produced by the endeavors of our families, teachers, and leaders.
One story that I would like to begin to tell over the next few months, is the story of successes that have come from our small part of the world.

Walk the Market Returns

UT Extension Union County and the Union County Farmers Market are at it once again; partnering to create healthier, more active lifestyles. When you join us at the market each Saturday, just sign-in and pick-up your pedometer for the day, then walk the market and surrounding areas. When finished, exchange the pedometer for the market bucks you have earned! Thank Reliant Family Health for sponsoring this program and providing the market bucks and incentives.


One of my favorite songs as a child was, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” I don’t know many times I have peered into the night sky and thought of that song. At times, I even sang it. So to me, the word “Twinkling,” meant something shiny and sparkly. That changed for me a few years ago in a dramatic way.


Once upon a time a weary Ronnie Mincey prepared himself for bed. His lovely bride had retired some time earlier. He turned on the television to assist his delve into the realms of rest. As he crawled under the covers beside his oblivious wife and wrapped himself “just so” in the sheets, he heard something fall to the floor.


Primitive Quartet

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 18:00

Primitive Quartet, Journey Home, County Line, Saturday, July 23, 2022, 6 pm, Union County High School, 135 Main Street, Maynardville, TN. $10.
This concert is rescheduled from March 23, 2022 which was cancelled due to snow. All tickets purchased for the March date will be honored for July 23, 2022. Sponsored by Union County Lions Club. Additional information--865-278-6430,


Troy J. (Todd) Muncey

Troy (Todd) Muncey-age 87 of Maynardville passed away Thursday evening, June 23, 2022 at the Willow Ridge Center. He was a retired auto/body repairman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Muncey; parents, Barton and Amie (Polly) Muncey; sons, Jeffery Muncey and Gary (Bones) Muncey; brothers, Leroy Sexton and Ed Muncey; great-grandson, Dalton Lewis.

Daniel Edward Vantuyl

Daniel Edward Vantuyl-age 50 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday evening, June 22, 2022 at his home. He was born February 13, 1972 in Livonia, Michigan and was a retired over the road truck driver. Preceded in death by parents, Stephen Glenn and Deborah Diane (Daniels) Vantuyl.
Survivors: wife of seven years, Megan Marie Vantuyl; six children, Shane Vantuyl, Christian Vantuyl, Troy Vantuyl, Austin Locklear, Madison Wade and Katie Graves. Brother, Dean Vantuyl; sister, Melinda Atkins. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Bridget Machele Edwards

Bridget Machele Edwards-age 33 of Sharps Chapel passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at her home. She was preceded in death by husband, Adam Edwards; father, Dewayne Pressley; mother, Kelly Day Weaver; beloved brother, Sean Rogers; cousin, Chris Heath; grandmother, Wanda Day; grandfather, Hiram Day, Jr.; great-grandparents, Opal Bowling; Marie and Jerry Childers.

Enna Faye (Sherritze Sexton) Howe

Enna Faye (Sherritze - Sexton) Howe, age 75, of Douglasville, Georgia, formally of Maynardville, Tennessee gained her heavenly wings Tuesday, June 20, 2022. Faye was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and Past Worthy Matron of the Blazing Star Chapter of the Eastern Star. Coming from a singing family, she used her talent to bless so many people throughout her life. From her years as an Avon District Mgr. in Tennessee and Georgia.

Luddie Blevins

Luddie Blevins-age 77 of Maynardville was born March 26, 1945 in Harlan, Kentucky passed away suddenly Friday morning, June 17, 2022 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Baxter and Betty (Napier) Blevins. Also preceded in death by brother, Woodrow, William, Green, George and Carter Blevins; sisters, Nancy Burkhart, Georgia Blevins, Rellab Blevins; nephew, Jason Blevins; niece, Carla Blevins.

Christopher Jody Davidson

Christopher Jody Davidson – age 50 passed away peacefully at his home in Washburn on Monday, June 13, 2022. He accepted Christ at an early age at Johnson’s Chapel Church. Jody never met a stranger, and he left an impression on all who met him. He loved reading, traveling, fishing, camping, river life, and the beach.

Fred C. Clayton

Fred C. Clayton-age 80 of Luttrell passed away peacefully Monday morning, June 13, 2022 at his home with his loving wife and daughter at his side. He was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company. He was born in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey the son of the late Clifford and Rose Marie Clayton.

William Ailor

Bill W. Ailor 77 of Maynardville passed away Friday evening June 10th, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Member of Mascot Baptist Church of Mascot.
Proceded in death by mother and father Gruder and Arlena (Oxendine) Ailor, former wife and lifelong friend Shirley Ailor, Brother, Bert Caldwell.
Survived by daughters, Sherrie (Huck) Ervin, Brittany Needham, Whitney (Kenton) George. Grandchildren, Chelsea Ervin, Kinsley, Callie, and Maverick (JJ)

Wanda Lay Williams

Wanda Lay Williams-age 83 of Maynardville went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday morning, June 12, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She spent most of her life singing about The Lord and was a proud member of Alder Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Bruce Williams; son, Tommy Williams; grandson, Alex Williams; parents, Floyd and Sarah Lay; brothers, Raymer, Harold and H. C. Lay; sister, Edith Beason.

Leisha (Holloway) Skipper

Leisha Collette (Holloway) Skipper – age 59 of Sharps Chapel, born December 21, 1962, the daughter of the late Fred and Rose Holloway, passed away Thursday morning, June 9, 2022. She loved riding motorcycles and bird watching. Her son, Timothy was her entire heart and soul. Leisha’s witty and straight forward attitude and loving heart will be sadly missed by all.

Carol Rayhill

Carol Anne Rayhill-age 83 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 8, 2022. She was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Gertrude Briggs; great-grandson, Logan Hunter Simmons.

Survived by brother, James Briggs and wife, Carol; loving sons, James Lineham, Sr. and wife, Susie; Thomas Lineham and wife, Loraine. Grandchildren, James Lineham, Jr. and wife, Sandy; Jessica Lineham. Great-grandchildren, James, Audrey, Landon, Elysha. Great-great-grandchild, Lakin Lineham.

Services will be private. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Becky Buckner

Rebecca Ann (Becky) Buckner-age 54 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Sunday, June 5, 2022 as the result of an automobile accident. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Becky was a special person and you knew it without seeing her. She was present by the sound of her infectious laugh. She loved her girls and her dog – Littlebit. She was always outside, loved bonfires, flowers food and being with friends and family. She shared her testimony with us often and without a doubt, know she is home with the Lord. Preceded in death by mother, Jessie Damewood; father, J. D.

Mossie Masingo

Mossie Maria Masingo – 59 of Sharps Chapel, passed away Friday, June 3, 2022 at her home. She enjoyed yard work, flowers, fishing, bingo and spending time with her special grandchildren.

Shawn Lynn Bull

Shawn Lynn Bull-age 43 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of Milan Baptist Church and a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1997. He loved the Lord, his family and friends; coaching football and logging. Preceded in death by grandparents, Silas and Murlie Bull; Rev. Fate and Etta Oaks; parents, Rev. Clarence and Eva Bull; grandson, Brayden William Frye; brother, Wayne Bull.

Edna Nicley Davis

Edna Elizabeth (Nicley) Davis-age 76 of Luttrell, born July 31, 1945 passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022.She was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Don Davis; daughters, Janice Cooke, Bobbie Harrell; son, Donnie Davis; parents, Taylor and Della (Yadon) Nicley; brother, L. D. Nicley; sister, Diane Williams.

John W. Lay

John Wesley “John Boy” Lay-age 39 of Sharps Chapel passed away suddenly Saturday, May 28, 2022 at his home. He was an employee of S.R.K. in New Tazewell. Preceded in death by parents, William (Preach) and Ruby Ellen (Tharp) Lay.

Survivors: fiancée, Kristy Dykes; three children, Austin William Lay, age 13; Shawna Alexis Lay, age 8 and Sydney Ann Lay, Age 7; brother, Mitchell Lynn Lay and fiancée, Maryann Lowe, long-time friend, Ronnie Dykes. all of Sharps Chapel. Several aunts, uncles and cousins along with a host of friends.

Jamie Lynn Ramsey

Jamie Lynn Ramsey-age 47 of Blaine passed away Monday, May 30, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of Indian Ridge Baptist Church and a graduate of Rutledge High School, Class of 1997. Jamie was a very special person who was loved by all. Preceded in death by brother, Travis Scotty Ramsey; grandparents, Vate and Evelyn Ramsey; Harold and Vada Patterson along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Earl Munsey

Earl Munsey-age 59 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, Alene Munsey Saturday, May 28, 2022. He was preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Rosalee Munsey; brother, Johnny Buckner; grandson, Seth Munsey.

Lee C. "Buddy" Brantley

Lee Carroll “Buddy” Brantley-age 75 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was born to Cliff and Mary (Shropshire) Brantley in August of 1946 in Morristown, TN. Buddy was a 1964 graduate of Horace Maynard High School, and retired from Southern Railway in 2006 after 38 years of employment.

Micheal Randy "Randy" Harrell

Michael Randall “Randy” Harrell-age 63 of Washburn passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Claiborne Medical Center. Randy was a member of Dutch Valley Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Everett and Mossie Harrell; sisters, Sue England, Jennie Suffridge, Diane Williams, Betty Davis and Kay Nicley; son, John Coffman.

Moniek Danielle Perry

Moniek Danielle Perry-age 35 of Knoxville passed away suddenly Friday morning, May 27, 2022 at her home. Preceded in death by son, Austin Perry; grandparents, J. C. and Maggie Rouse; Wanda Perry.

Survivors: husband, Amelio Martinez; two sons, Jose Daniel Garcia and Miguel Luis Perry; father, Danny Perry; mother, Sheila (Rouse) Perry; brother, Christopher Perry; sister, Rheannon Childress. Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Samantha LeeAnn Gulley

Samantha LeeAnn Gulley-age 31 of Tazewell, born April 23, 1991 passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022. She was saved October 3, 1999 at Highland Baptist Church in Sharps Chapel. Preceded in death by her grandmothers, Bonnie Shoffner Massengill and Martha Mills; step-grandfather, Larry Mills; grandfather, John V. Gulley.

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