Harrell Lewis' Legacy of Love

Harrell Lewis during the Korean War.

Born in 1932 to Jesse Lewis and Anna Smith Lewis, Harrell was a man who loved the Lord above all else. He was a proud lifetime citizen of Maynardville where he was well known and loved. He married wife, Ima Ruth Cooke, on November 24, 1951 to begin their nearly sixty-three years together before her death in 2014.

Harrell was a 1950 graduate of Horace Maynard High School. Although they were the same age, Ima had graduated in 1949 from Hubbs Grove School which is why they really didn’t know each other. They met when Harrell saw Ima washing windows at her father, Lee Cooke’s, home. The rest is history.

Ima was the ideal picture of a preacher’s wife. She joyed in spreading love. She was well-known for the thousands of stack cakes and sourdough breads that she baked over the years. While Harrell pastored at Leatherwood Baptist and Head of Barren, she was the pianist for the churches.

The couple had three children with their first, daughter Patricia Jarvis, being born in 1953. Son Gaines, who was killed in a car accident on Thanksgiving in 1979, was the second child, born in 1959. Their third child, Timothy, died as a youngster at ten years old from tick fever. Both Ima and Harrell had much love to share with their children, grandchildren, and great grands.

Harrell often joked about all the “Girls, Girls, Girls” in his life. He had two granddaughters, Patricia’s daughter Lori Clay and Gaines’ daughter Misty Seal. Lori has two daughters and Misty has three. He loved all his girls so dearly.

Harrell joined the service in 1952, before the birth of their first child. He was stationed in Virginia, soon being shipped on a boat to Germany where he served the majority of his time. He completed Basic Training while overseas during the Korean War. While serving, he worked in grave registration using his experience working with his father in law at Cooke Mortuary.

Harrell liked to tell that he went over on a ship and came back on a ship. He said he asked the Lord if He would let him get back home, he would go to church and be a good Christian man. So, when he got back he kept his word. He began attending Hubbs Grove Baptist Church where Preacher Tindell was pastoring at the time. He continued to attend regularly, leading to him being saved as a grown man. From this time on, his life was clearly focused on the Lord.

After returning from the service, he was also helping run a little grocery store where the funeral home is currently. In the area there was the mortuary, a workshop in which they lived above, and then the store. Later came a sawmill and building supply.

Harrell is very well known in the community for his carpentry skills and over sixty years of ownership of Lewis Building Supply. The building supply stemmed off after he had been building houses. The business boomed until it burned in 1983. A period of time passed before Harrell rebuilt and reopened the business. He never really wanted to retire so he put a note on the door that said, “Call me if you need anything,” in later years.

After Ima’s death in 2014, the winter was a terrible season. There was a long-lasting ice storm and Harrell became determined to go to Knoxville and get lumber every day during the storm. It was so severe that his truck wouldn’t even go back in the driveway, but Harrell having to have things his way, made up his mind that he would make those trips.

In late fall of 2018, he went into Maple Court Assisted Living Memory Care in Powell. There he was loved by all. He also loved all the people there and having that social interaction.

In younger years, he played banjo and fiddle with some of the local musicians. He was a carpenter by trade. He became somewhat of a collector over the years. He loved clocks and making presence at rummage sales. At one time, Ima ran a ceramic shop out of the basement. He would help her with painting and pouring occasionally. Of all his hobbies, going to church was his priority.

Although Harrell was saved, ordained at, and belonged to Hubbs Grove Church, he had been attending Fellowship Christian for some time. There, his nephew, Johnny Smith, is pastor.

He was rather proud to be the nephew of singer Carl Smith. He had friends everywhere he went. There were some special friends at Farm Bureau and New South Credit Union in his last years. He loved to have a good time and share his sense of humor.

Harrell was a very good moral man. His last conversation was with his daughter. She was with him and said, “Daddy you seem sad today.” He shook his head yes; he didn’t talk much anymore. She said, “Why are you sad?” He looked over at a picture of himself and Ima from years past. She asked him if he was wanting to go to Heaven with her. He agreed once more. She said, “It’s okay Daddy. Then why are you still sad?” He said as they both shed tears, “You.” With tears weltering in her eyes, she let him know that is was okay for him to go. That God would take care of her like she had always been taught by her daddy. “I’m sad and I miss him so bad, but I’m happy of the memories, good and bad, that I had with them and I’m thankful for the way I was raised,” shared Patricia.

One of the things Harrell preached more than anything was love. His love gleaned. Above everything else, he loved the Lord and witnessed so that others would do the same. It is hoped that Harrell’s undying love for the Lord, his family, and his work is what he is remembered by and not the last years of his dementia. He led many people to the Lord to be saved. He had many friends. His main goal that he loved to share was “be prepared to meet the Lord, be saved.”

Harrell Lewis with wife Ima Ruth Cooke Lewis

Harrell Lewis and wife Ima Ruth Cooke Lewis

Photo of a Quilt of Thalor that was presented to Harrell Lewis as an honor for his service during the Korean War.



Newest Dollar General Opens in Plainview

Picture of ribbon cutting at Doller General

The City of Plainview hosted a ribbon cutting to mark the Grand Opening of the Dollar General Store at 1900 Tazewell Pike. Mayor Gary Chandler welcomed the crowd and thanked all who made this day possible. Mayor Chandler stated that Plainview is a growing community of caring individuals and that the city will continue to strive to “meet the needs of our citizens”.

Summer at the Farmers Market

Emmagayle and Jennagrace Malone of Union Farm

Summer is in full swing at the Union County Farmers Market. The market is located in Wilson Park and open on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. Our new Saturday hours allow our farmers to harvest early on Saturday morning bringing you the freshest possible produce. We hope the later hours will also encourage you to take advantage of the food trucks that are joining us! Enjoy a snack, breakfast or lunch.

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Picture of Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Twenty-Five

I had the privilege of seeing several of my elementary school classmates during the past month. One of them, my friend Kevin White, reminded me of a circumstance that happened in third grade.

Sparkling Grape Juice

“Sure, I’m in,” I agreed.

It was late November and I was on a girls’ trips with three of my girlfriends: Lynda, Pamela and Tracy. We toured Biltmore House since it was decorated for Christmas. I thought it was beautiful.

That I would do again.

A Crack of Lightning

A few days ago I had just risen from my chair to go to the great room for a cup of coffee. I really stood up and took notice, stopping dead in my tracks. There came a sudden crack of lightning with a deafening roar of thunder. All at the same time. That was not only close, it had to be right on top of us. My immediate worry was if there was any damage.

Reminiscing the First Moon Landing

Picture of Moon walk on apollo 11

Being old has its disadvantages, but something I’m glad it allowed me to witness (at age 15) was the first moon landing and walk that occurred 50 years ago this month. It was one of those moments you remember exactly. In my case it was at my boyhood home in Middlesboro, Kentucky at 10:30 on a Sunday night. Me and my dad (mom was out of town) sat there watching a small black and white television totally mesmerized as these two guys walking around on another world. I remember lots of goosebumps and feeling so happy (I was a bona fide science geek by then).


Red Grape Pie

I have always liked red table grapes, but have previously looked in vain for a way to cook them. A few years ago our church group took a trip up to Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. While there, we had lunch at their tearoom. Grape Salad was on the menu. It was delicious and new to all of us. We asked for the recipe. The one they gave us didn't turn out at all like the tasty salad we had there. Don't you hate that? When someone gives you a recipe and its not quite like their dish.

20th Annual Daylily Bloom Festival

Spectators enjoying a sunny June morning at Oakes Daylilies for the 20th Annual Daylily Bloom Festival

Enthusiasts from around the world traveled to spectate the picturesque landscapes of unique blooms at the Twentieth Annual Oakes Daylily Bloom Festival on Friday and Saturday June 28 and 29. The weather was usual for East Tennessee’s late June days, very hot and muggy, but the temperatures did not slow down the masses of guests attending.

Paint Party on Main Street

Platinum Athletics kicks off the Paint Party for Union County Youth

On June 29, Main Street exploded with color. Union County Platinum Athletics hosted a Paint Party to youths and families of the community. The children, as well as the children at heart, excessively enjoyed a paint slip-n-slide, shaving cream twister, canvas painting with squirt bottles, water balloon fight, and an over the top paint war. The paint war is exactly that, a war, everyone throws powder paint at everyone who came for a fun mess of a time, creating a beautiful, colorful rainbow mess.


Annual Tomato Tasting

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00

Vote for your favorite tomato and shop at the farmers market! There are children's activities as well. Backyard growers are welcome to bring their tomatoes for the contest, provided they have enough. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilson Park.

Youth and Corn Festival

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:00

Enjoy a day of family-friendly fun! Children can compete in fun contests like "corniest joke," "fastest corn eater," and "fastest corn shucking." There will be door prizes and live music. Local vendors may sell corn products at no cost to them. In addition to corn-related shopping, local produce and craft vendors will be at the farmers market. There will be games, history exhibits, and fun demonstrations for everyone. We'll see you there!

UCBPA Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 12:00

UCBPA meets the second Tuesday of each month for approximately one hour. Membership is $25 annually. The meeting begins at noon at Hardee's in Maynardville. Anyone interested in making Union County a better place to live, work, worship, or play may attend.


Robert L. "Speedy" Dyer

Robert L. (Speedy) Dyer-age 65 of Corryton went to be with the Lord Monday, July 1, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Corryton Church and was a retired employee of Tomcat USA. Preceded in death by his wife, Sally; father, Robert (Bob) Dyer; mother and step-father, Jean and Bill Danley.

Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Jr.

Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Jr.-age 46 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at his home following a brief battle with cancer. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Luttrell. Preceded in death by father, Jerry Lynn Hubbs, Sr.; mother, Joyce Bailey Cline; grandparents, Frank and Mary Bailey; granddaughter, Riley Hubbs.

Reverend Luther Cox

Reverend Luther Vineyard Cox – age 93 of Maynardville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was a lifelong member and former pastor of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Luther was retired from Dempster Brothers and was a United States Army Veteran serving in World II.

Lowell Edward George Sr.

Lowell Edward George, Sr., age 81 of Knoxville went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:05 am with his family surrounding him. He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church, Fountain City and lifelong resident of Knoxville. He was greatly loved by his family and all who knew him and was a father figure to many. Lowell is preceded in death by mother and father Eva and Tom Newberry.

Samuel Earl Hampton

Samuel “Sam” E. Hampton, age 70, formerly of Beckley, WV, passed away peacefully at home in Knoxville, TN on Thursday, July 4, 2019. He loved football and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns. He was also a lover of animals.
Survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharron Hampton and daughter Jennifer and her husband John Morris.
A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel with Minister Brad Hood officiating.

Clarence Henegar

Clarence Henegar, age 85, lifelong resident of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2019. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church for 50 years, and served as a deacon for 40 years. He was a graduate of Central High School, and went on to graduate from Cooper Institute. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling, and was an avid golfer. He was very well known in the dancing community. As a young man he enjoyed square dancing, and in later years, ballroom and country dancing.

Donald L. Fowler

Donald L. Fowler, age 80, of Knoxville passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He enjoyed spending time with his family and eating out. He is preceded in death by wife of 26 years Carol Fowler, parents; Hugh & Hester Fowler, brothers; Albert, Billy, Glenn and James, and by dog Peanut. He is survived by son Keith Fowler, brother Wilbur Fowler of Springfield, Tennessee and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Grove Heights Baptist Church (818 Frank Street Knoxville, TN). A service will follow at 4:00pm with Rev.

Lois Lee

Lois Ann Lee – age 67 of Maynardville, went to be with the Lord on July 2, 2019.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Lee; parents, Clarence and Dorothy Effler; sister, Linda Sexton; brothers, Bobby and Charlie Effler. Lois is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Kenneth) Lawler; son, Bobby (Tammy) Tharp; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Emma (Bill) Collins, Karen (Randy) Chamberlain and Gerri (Mark) Ford; brother, Sandy (Peggy) Effler; and a host of loving nieces and nephews and other family members.

Mickie D. Faulkner

Mickie D. Faulkner-age 43 of Corryton passed away Tuesday morning, July 2, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. She was a member of True Life Ministries Church. She was a loving and selfless person who loved to make others smile and be happy. She was preceded in death by father, George Lee Poindexter; mother, Anna B. Collins; sister, Lisa Poindexter.

Gene Autrey Ford

Gene Autrey Ford – age 75 of Luttrell, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019. He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church, Karns. Gene was a military veteran and a retired electrician, IBEW Local 760.

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