The Roarks: From Kentucky to the world

By James and Ellen Perry
As an acorn sprouts and grows into a sapling, then matures into a large oak tree, so did the growth of Paul Roark’s family.
This story begins in the coal mining town of Coxton, Kentucky, which is in Harlan County. Paul was born into a family that had mined coal for generations, as did most boys and men in the region. Paul’s father, after seeing an accident where a miner was killed, decided to move his family north where jobs were more plentiful and safer.
The South had not industrialized at this time because northern politicians and industrialist still did not trust the southern folks. So the good jobs were in the north. There was a migration of good workers with family, God and country values heading north. The northern companies gobbled up the men and boys from the South that at the time had loyalties to their employers and brand loyalties to their products.
The same type of migration had happened a decade earlier during the thirties. The terrible dust bowl days caused small farmers and ranchers to lose their properties and migrate to what they thought was the land of plenty that was California. They didn’t find a paradise but most found terrible living conditions, worked for very low pay and the work was grueling.
These two migrations from the mid-south and lower midwestern states spread the love of their religions, music and traditions. The northern migration brought forth entertainers like Cowboy Copas and Roy Rogers from Ohio.
It started the Chicago’s Saturday afternoon WLS Barn Dance, which brought stars like Red Foley, Jennie Lou Carson, George Gobel and Patsy Montana who recorded the first million seller for a woman in 1935.
The California migration of the thirties brought entertainers like Buck Owens, who later started the Bakersfield sound that gave us entertainers such as Merle Haggard, Bonnie Owens, Dwight Yoakum, Jean Shepard, Ferlin Husky and many others.
The Roark family moved to Dayton, Ohio, that was a supply hub for the Detroit, Michigan, automobile companies. The Roarks, like most southern migrant families, looked like the Beverly Hillbillies.
Paul Roark was twelve years old and was heartbroken over leaving his dog, named Rover behind in Kentucky. Paul’s heartbreak was soon repaired by his lifelong heartthrob who he first laid eyes on at the school bus stop on his first day of school in Dayton, Ohio. Her name was Jetta and she was nine years old at the time. Paul told his new friend he was going to marry that pretty girl. They started dating later and married in 1958 when Paul was 18 and Jetta was 15 years old.
Paul started work for General Motors in Dayton, Ohio, and being from Harlan County, Kentucky, he had gospel music in his soul. Paul was searching for a place on earth to settle and start a gospel ministry, so in 1977 he moved his young family which now included his two sons, Travis who was 10 years old and Shane who was six years old, to Alaska. They lived in Alaska for three months.
The next move was to Houston, Texas, which didn’t work well for his plans. In 1979 Paul moved his family and gospel ministry to Townsend, Tennessee, which is a very beautiful area on the western side of the Smoky Mountains. This location was very nice but still wasn’t what Paul Roark wanted.
The last move came in 1980 to a property the Roarks bought in a hollow across from the old Bill Graves Store in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee. This was the place Paul had dreamed about. There was a beautiful old house at the head of the hollow and also a barn, which was later turned into a gospel music barn. The two boys, Travis and Shane, after graduating from school, went into the gospel music business full time.
When the Roarks moved to their property in Sharps Chapel, they had to live in their tour bus while improving the old Graves house. The house had no electricity, no indoor plumbing and had wood stoves for cooking and heating. For convenience there was a two-holer outhouse nearby. They soon changed all of this and today the house has been transformed into offices and the largest recording studio in the South, and they record gospel groups from all over the US and Canada.
Soon after graduating high school while still touring with the Roarks, Travis and Shane opened music stores in Tazewell, Tennessee, and Middlesboro, Kentucky. The Roarks were still having their Gospel Music Barn on Friday nights and attracting large audiences.
Paul started a ministry in a church he pastored in Middlesboro, Kentucky, and later bought and pastored another church in Middlesboro where they started Church House Studio for recording in the church annex. At this time Travis and Shane closed their music stores in Tazewell and Middlesboro because the family gospel touring had greatly increased and the new venture in the Church House Studio was growing rapidly.
In the year 2000 the Roark family started gospel music cruises through Sonshine Promotions to Alaska, the Bahamas and Mexico. This has been a very successful venture and their cruises sell out almost every time. The entire Roark family, including grandchildren, work in the family businesses.
In 2010 the recording studio was moved to the Graves house on the Roark’s property in Sharps Chapel. It is now known as Chapel Valley Studios and records albums for gospel singers and gospel groups from all over the United States and Canada. To show how the Roarks treat employees, all of the original sessions musicians still work for them. Their musicians are Burton Akers, Johnny Presnell - drums, Tony Dingo - steel, David Castle - lead guitar, Greg English - rhythm guitar, Travis Roark – bass and engineer, Shane Roark – piano, organ and producer. Quite a lineup of talent.
The Roarks now sponsor through Sonshine Promotions a week long “Christmas in the Smokies Gospel Extravaganza” in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, November 30 through December 5 each Christmas season. To contact Sonshine Promotions for either a cruise or to attend “Christmas in the Smokies” call 865-278-3681.
At present, Chapel Valley Studios has 19 gospel groups in the top 80s on the gospel music charts. One group has a number one hit on the gospel music charts. Shane Roark has been recognized as the top producer of gospel music for the last five years.
The Chapel Valley Studios and Sonshine Promotions presently employs 10 family members and 10 other employees in music production and gospel cruise positions.
Paul Roark’s idea in his young years has grown into a major force in the gospel music world. Paul is gone now but his wife Jetta, their sons Travis and his wife Cheryl with daughters Kaycee and Courtney, Shane and his wife, Jaquline, daughters Madison and McKinna and son Branson are continuing to work as a family and building on Paul Roark’s dream of long ago.
Rest in peace Paul. You have left it in good hands.

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The Hanging of the Green Tradition

By Steve Roark
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The Annual Union County Christmas Parade is Back

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ETRLA experiences agriculture day in Union County

In front of a hay barn one man is telling others about the farm.

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Spirits in prison

1 Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.
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The wish book provided

Country Connections by James and Ellen Perry
Sitting on the porch this mid-October afternoon the leaves turning to their glorious fall colors, the afternoon sun throwing dark shadows from the hickories, oaks, black gums and dogwoods in my yard brings back memories of this time of the year in the early 1950s.

Possum roast

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Her mother had fixed a roast with veggies. I have always loved roasts, so I was ready to dig in until her dad sat down at the table. The first thing he said was, “That’s a possum I caught.” Yep, he was pointing to the roast.

Big Ridge Campground host David Wilkerson

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Everyone that works at Big Ridge deserves a great big shout out for their hard work the last couple of years. We truly have a great team working together.

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Deer language

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By: Steve Roark
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Jesus Lantern

For Molly, she had looking forward to going to Papaw’s garden
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What a Difference One Letter Can Make

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Spiderweb

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Booker Earns State Certification

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins recognize Administrators of Elections from Clay, Union and Washington counties for recently passing the state Certification Exam for Administrators of Elections.

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Obituary

Lucille Hurst

Lucille Hurst – of Luttrell. After 93 years of loving God, family and friends, God decided to bring Mrs. Lucille Hurst home. She had given all the love a person could give and her work on earth is done. She showed her love through her passion for cooking, sewing and volunteering at her church. She was a member of Cedar Ford Baptist Church for 80 years. One of her greatest joys in life was loving on her babies. She would often say, “Let them alone! They aren’t hurting anything.” And in return, each of her babies loved her so! Lucille’s prize was far above rubies.

Barbara Ann Oliver

Barbara Ann Oliver-age 74 of Washburn gained her Angel wings on December 2, 2021 when she passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Central View American Christian Church, Washburn. She leaves behind her devoted and loyal husband of 50 years, David Oliver; Sons and Daughters-in-law Casey and Tami Oliver of Washburn; Jason and Brandy Oliver of Sevierville. Brother, Jackie (Brenda) Johnson of Washburn as well as several nieces, nephews, and in laws.

Katherine Munsey Weaver

Katherine Weaver (Kathy Munsey)-age 67 of Luttrell, also known as Mamaw and Mom by many, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. She was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by infant daughter, Jennifer Ann Weaver; parents, Clarence and Lola Munsey; sisters, Dorothy Bailey, Peggy Savage; brother, Albert Munsey, Sr.; special aunt, Pearlie Larmer, also several nieces and nephews.

Freddie E. Ellis

Freddie Edward Ellis-age 81 of Washburn, born October 26, 1940 in Bristol, Virginia to Verlin and Thelma Ellis passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Freddie was an active, healthy man until he obtained his second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination on September 28, 2021. Shortly afterward, his health started declining rapidly. By mid-November, he was a shell of the man he had been. He was admitted to the hospital November 19 and the infectious disease physician confirmed from testing, that an enzyme in the COVID vaccine had attacked his kidneys and liver.

John Oliver Sharp

Born July 6th, 1950 in Luttrell, Tennessee

John is preceded in death by Edna Monroe Sharp (mother), Walter Sharp (father), Lillian Ruth Sharp (sister), Judy Sharp Walker (sister), Ricky Sharp (brother), and Jordan Christian Morris (grandson). John is survived by one son Chris Sharp (Tiffany), two daughters Nikki Sharp, and Lindsay Sharp Goode (Andrew). Also survived by six grandchildren Hannah Sharp, Weston Sharp, Hayes Sharp, Andrew Goode, Owen Goode, and Corbin Goode. Also survived by two sisters, Mary Sharp Hill and Peggy Sharp Bates and many nieces and nephews.

Lonnie Scottie Hutchison

Lonnie Scottie Hutchison-age 51 of Andersonville went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, November 28, 2021 at his home. He was saved at an early age in a Tent Revival. He was preceded in death by parents, Cliff and Trula (Witt) Hutchison.

Survivors: sister, Charlene (Darrell) Pelfrey; brothers, Ricky and Donna, Chester, Freddy and Allen Hutchison, all of the Big Ridge area. Lonnie loved all his nieces and nephews. Special friends, Bo and Buddy Ray along with a host of other family and friends.

Glen Edwin Hughett

Glen Edwin Hughett-age 77 of Rockford passed away Friday morning, November 26, 2021 at his home. He was a member of South Knoxville Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of ALCOA with 35 years of service. He was also a U. S. Army Veteran. Preceded in death by parents, Elmer and Margaret Hughett; brother, Donnie Hughett; nephew, Chris Rouse.
Survivors: wife of 55 years, Helen (Bays) Hughett of Rockford; sister, Helen Rouse and husband, Robert of Alcoa; brothers, Ronnie Hughett, Steve Hughett and Jack Hughett, Several nieces and nephews.

Paul, Patsy

Patsy Ann Paul- Age 77, of Luttrell, TN went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 24, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Patsy was of the Baptist faith.
Proceeded in death by parents, David and Betty Cooper. Survived by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth Paul; uncle, Leroy Godfrey; special niece, Sabrina Carver and family; sisters in law, Janet, Jean, Glenna and Pat; special caretakers, Diana and Angie; and a host of family and friends.

Carl David "Peanut" Frye

Carl David (Peanut) Frye-age 70 of Washburn passed away Monday, November 22, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital North. He was a member of Central View American Christian Church. Preceded in death by parents, Carl Jack and Nancy Juanita Frye; great-grandchild, Remington Cox; brother-in-law, Clarence Oliver.

Survivors: wife of 45 years, Diane Frye; daughter Melissa Mahan and husband, Clyde; two grandchildren, Cassandra Cox and husband, Justin; Whitney Mahan; two great-grandchildren, Grace Cox and Oaklee Cox. brother, Randy Frye; sister, Brenda Oliver, all of Washburn.

Lonnie Ray Collins

Lonnie Ray “ToeJoe” Collins age 67 of Washburn passed away Monday, November 22, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. He was a member of Blaine’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver for C & W Trailers. He is proceeded in death by parents, Herbert and Zola Collins; son, William “Leon” Collins; several brothers and sisters.

Hazel M. Ramsey

Hazel Marie Ramsey-83 of Blaine passed away Sunday afternoon, November 21, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. She was a member of Indian Ridge Baptist Church. She was the owner/operator of the E-Z Mart in Blaine for over 20 years. She was a graduate of Rutledge High School. Preceded in death by parents, Jack and Edith Jennings; husband, Dean Ramsey; son, Jock Ramsey; sister, Ethel Evans.

Survivors: daughter, Julie Ramsey of Blaine; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Jennifer Marie Weaver

Jennifer Marie Weaver-age 51 of Knoxville passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Parkwest Medical Center after a brief illness. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee and was employed by the Tennessee Department of Children Services for the past 16 years. She had an infectious laugh and a love for children. She will truly be missed by everyone and always be remembered as a selfless and giving person.

Donald Johnson

Donald Johnson – age 68 of Washburn, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, November 18, 2021. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by those he loved. Donnie was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church and was a lover of life. With never anything but a smile, his positivity was infectious. He had a love for travel and fishing. He believed life should never be too serious and he forever told jokes. Donnie cherished every moment spent with his family and he will be missed dearly.

Sallie Jane Ruth

Sallie Jane Ruth-age 92 of Luttrell, born March 10, 1929 passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Cedar Ford Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, J. P. Ruth; parents, Mae and Herbert Wolfenbarger; sister, Juanita (Ray) Kitts, brothers, Charles, Floyd and Raymond Wolfenbarger; special friend, Melba Lawson.

Cregory E. Thatcher

Cregory Eugene Thatcher-age 35 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 17, 2021 at his home. He was a graduate of Union County High School, Class of 2001. Preceded in death by mother, Penny Letner; grandparents, Glen and Hazel Miller; aunt, Kathy Miller; uncle, Randy Damewood.

Jewell Cole Edwards

Jewell M. (Cole) Edwards-age 81 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday, November 15, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. Jewell was a 1957 graduate of Horace Maynard High School and was the Valedictorian of her class. She worked with her father for many years running the Woodrow Cole Store in Sharps Chapel and was a retired employee of DeBusk Industries, Maynardville. Jewell was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all. Preceded in death by parents, Woodrow and Hettie (Cox) Cole; son, John Martin Edwards; grandson, James Adam Edwards.

Paul L. Lampkins, Sr.

Paul Lester Lampkin, Sr., age 61 of Maynardville completed his race of life on Saturday, November 13, 2021. He was a hardworking man that loved his children, his grandchildren, his friends, and everything to do with his S-10’s. He will forever be remembered by his children: Paul Jr.

Charlette (Hunter) Rollins

Charlette (Hunter) Rollins-age 63 of Luttrell, born August 1, 1958 passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital of Fort Sanders. Preceded in death by husband, Bill Rollins; parents, William (Ott) and Ida Mae Hunter; brother, Clarence Hunter; grandsons, Daron Coffey and Charlie Atkins.

Norma Lou Middleton

Norma Lou Middleton – 76 of Maynardville, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. She was a member of Alder Springs Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Josh Tharp

Josh Shoffner-age 39 of New Tazewell, formerly of Sharps Chapel, born November 3, 1982 passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at his home. Josh was saved at a young age at home and was a member of Chinquapin Baptist Church. Preceded in death by brother, Jerry Carpenter; sister, Lisa Russell; grandparents, John and Gracie Shoffner, Clarence and Tennie Mabe.

Survivors: wife, Casey Earls; children, Damien, Alex and Christopher Young, Ellie Dula; parents, Bobby and Judy Kay Shoffner; brother, Bobby Joe Shoffner, Jr. a host of other relatives and friends.

Fred Austin Thomas

Fred Austin Thomas – age 55 of Maynardville, passed away after a short illness November 9, 2021 at North Knox Medical Center. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church. He was a staunch Republican who loved the outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren. If you ever needed a laugh, he was always there with a joke and could brighten anyone’s day with his sense of humor. He will truly be missed by everyone and always be remembered as the loving, giving man he was.

Fern Tharp

Elsie Fern (Needham) Tharp-age 89 of Luttrell gained her Heavenly Wings Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at her home. Fern was Godly woman and now she has her reward. She was a member of Mt. Eager Baptist Church. Fern is preceded in death by her husband, Harley Lloyd Tharp; daughter, Kimberly Tharp; parents, Basil and Mossie (Boles) Needham; brothers, Boyd, Gene, Billy and Duane Needham; sisters, Stellmo McCormick, Jackie, Rita and Betty Needham.

Doris Moore

Doris Jean Moore – age 75 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully November 6, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Heiskell. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Andy Clayton Holloway

Andy Clayton Holloway-age 61 of Sharps Chapel passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021. He was an Honorably Discharged U. S. Army Veteran. He was Owner/Operator of his own Tree Trimming Service in Kokomo, Indiana. Preceded in death by wife, Marsha Perry Holloway; father, Clifford Holloway; brother, Kennith Holloway.

Survivors: son, Travis Clayton Holloway; mother, Loretta Perry Holloway; brother, Chuck Holloway and wife, Lisa; sisters, Debbie White and Connie Smith; his beloved Bull Terrier dog, Lucy. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Helen Ruth (Holt) Lane

HELEN RUTH (HOLT) LANE of Andersonville, TN (Formerly of Powell, TN) born March 9th 1937 in Knox County, TN peacefully gained her Angel Wings, Thursday November 4th 2021, age 84, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, surrounded by her loving family, at the home of her daughter. She was of the Christian Faith having professed Christ her Savior at 12 years old. Her favorite verse was John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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