Since around 1981, Big Ridge State Park has been bringing the hills of Union and Anderson County fiddlers and banjo pickers for many ears to hear.
As you might have guessed, it is time for the annual Big Ridge Bluegrass Festival. Every year, usually on the third Friday of August families gather in the “Cradle of Country Music” to hear just a piece of the great talent that our community has been blessed with.
Wood Dale III
This is the third of a series of articles on the history of Wood Dale School in Union County, Tennessee.
In the first article I shared information about Wood Dale School from 1900 through the depression years to 1940 as related in Our Union County Heritage: A Historical and Biographical Album of Union County—People, Places, Events by Kathleen George Graves and Winnie Palmer McDonald (© 1978 Josten’s); Ms. Bonnie Heiskell Peter’s book Union County Schoolday Memories: A Pictorial History of Union County Elementary Schools From the mid-1800’s to the 1960s; and from available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education.
In the second article I shared information about Wood Dale School during the World War II years (1940 through 1945) as related in available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education.
This article commences with the school year beginning August 6, 1945 through March 29, 1946. Ms. Ina Hendrix and Mr. Joe Davis were the teachers listed on the register covers for that term, though Mr. Davis’ register copy of the Rural Elementary School Standardization Report signed by him on September 28, 1945 lists him teaching grades 4-8 and Faustine Nicley teaching grades 1-3. Ms. Ina Hendrix’s register succinctly states as her Record of the Year’s Work: “Continuation of work Ms. Nicely had started.” Mr. Davis served as school principal while teaching 25 students, 10 boys and 15 girls, in grades 4-8.
Mr. Davis listed two encyclopedias/dictionaries, 125 books in the county circulating library, and 40 books in the two classroom libraries for a grand total of 167 volumes for student use. He also reported as improvements that year the purchase of new supplies, repair of toilets and improvement of school grounds by seeding grass.
Five students were awarded eighth grade certificates: James Herbert Hopson, Purley Hugh Clay, Ethel June Bailey, Edna Inez Thomas, and Gracie Lenor Nicely. Four students were not promoted during 1945-46—three of these students had failed twice, one student three times for reasons including auditory, low vitality, poor nutrition, over-age, out-of-school interests and activities, lack of interest, irregular attendance, and tardiness. It was noted that each retained student, his family and his group were prepared for the retention so that no feeling of shame or punishment was felt. Mr. Davis estimated that he expected 20% of Wood Dale’s students to go on to high school.
Mr. Davis summarized the Record of the Year’s Work as follows:
For the year 1945-46 we started school with 49 enrolled, finished with 47 enrolled.
We completed all the textbooks furnished by the state.
We had several public programs during the school, one was for the National War Fund. Out of a total enrollment of 52, 34 made passing grades.
1945-46 appears to be the only term that Ms. Ina Hendrix taught at Wood Dale. Ms. Hendrix resided at Route 3, Maynardville. She was a high school graduate, but she recorded no post-secondary education on her Teacher’s Record included in her register. She was a “grade teacher”, having taught prior to the 1945-46 term for two and three-fourth years at 3 locations. Ms. Ina was born March 14, 1909, a married white female with five dependents. She was paid $95.50 per month to teach grades 1-4 (or 1-3, depending on which report from the registers is referenced) for an eight month term.
Ms. Ina recorded her total enrollment as 26, 16 boys and 11 girls. Of that number, she retained 12 (46.15%), 8 boys and four girls, for principal causes including indifference, poor attendance, spoiled, laziness, and non-attendance. Other contributing factors included speech defects, over-age, out-of-school interests and activities (Ms. Ina noted that boys and girls in grades 1-4 spent their leisure time “with little supervision”), inefficient work and study habits, lack of interest, lack of study, irregular attendance, and late entrance in fall. Ms. Hendrix noted that she provided little remedial instruction, though she reported utilizing different levels of material, enrichment and variety in extra practice for slow learners, as well as utilization of special aptitudes. Her prediction was markedly lower than Mr. Davis’—she expected only about 8% of her elementary students would go on to high school.
Four of my step-siblings were in Ms. Ina’s classes. Billy Howard was a first grader. He was born on September 17, 1936, and was recorded as having both whooping cough and measles in 1938. He received satisfactory marks in all subjects save writing and reading during the first term and was accordingly promoted to second grade. J. C. didn’t fare as well. He was born March 2, 1938, and was reported as having German measles in 1946. Though his grades were similar to his brother’s, particularly in character traits,
J. C. was retained in first grade due to “indifference”. The same held true for “Madlene” or Madeline, also retained in first grade for the principal cause of being “spoiled”. (Mr. Davis listed the cause in his register as irregular attendance.) The only of my father’s children to be promoted was Ruby Nell, born August 14, 1934, who, having attended Wood Dale for five years, was promoted from third to fifth grade. Ruby Nell was also the only of my father’s children that year to receive excellent marks.
Miss Barbara Bailey replaced Ms. Ina for school year 1946-47. The school term ended on March 21, 1947, and there is a note paper clipped to the register addressed to “Miss Turner” (undoubtedly Lucy Jean Turner, Superintendent of the Union County Public Schools) dated April 28, 1947:
I am very sorry that I haven’t sent my register in sooner, but I have been sick and wasn’t able to work on it.
So I hope it’s right this time.
Miss Bailey taught 33 students in grades 1-4, 19 boys and 14 girls. Nine of these students, 7 boys and 2 girls, were not promoted. Once again, my same three siblings were retained, all three for the principal cause “laziness”. No students were transported. The length of the school term was 160 days, 157 actually taught (excluding holidays). For her Record of Year’s Work, Miss Bailey stated:
I did what was required by the Board of Education.
We did not raise any money in our school for any thang (sic) this year.
Not a great deal changed for Mr. Davis. He reported a “created interest in reading library books” and organization of a 4-H club. He also cited “some new equipment and supplies added to the school”. Improvements were made to the instructional program that year: “By conferences, reading of books and periodicals on teaching, improved public relations”. He taught 17 students, 5 boys and 12 girls, in grades 5-8. Of the total school population of 50 students, the total average daily attendance was 41.8, a rate of 83.6% (not too shabby for a rural country school in post-war Appalachia).
Miss Barbara Bailey was replaced by Mrs. Lucille Bailey for the 1947-48 term. [This was the year that the records indicate that the length of the school year increased from eight months (160 days) to nine months (180 days).] She was a high school graduate who listed no post-secondary education on her Teacher’s Record. She resided in the same community where the school was located, Liberty Hill, Tennessee. Born on December 7, 1924, she was a married white female with one dependent. She had taught at one prior location for one year before coming to Wood Dale. Her Daily Program of Work was:
1. Unlock and raise windows, dust the desks
2. Read a selection from the Bible
4. 1st and 2nd readers
5. 3rd and 4th grade arithmetic’s (sic)
7. 1st – 4th readers
8. 3rd and 4th grade health
9. 1st – 4th grade writing
11. 1st and 2nd readers
12. 3rd and 4th grade English
13. 3rd grade geography
14. 4th grade geography
15. 1st – 4th grade speller’s (sic)
16. Read a story
17. Lock windows
No other information is provided in Mrs. Bailey’s register except for student records, and it was notarized on December 16, 1947, by Charles H. Lynch, Jr., later to become the principal of Maynardville Elementary School.
For the Record of Year’s Work, Mr. Davis reported:
For the school year 1947-48 we improved the school grounds by setting out shrubs and shade trees added pictures to the interior of the school building, making it more homelike./Several new desks were added during the school year also many other small items of equipment as well as some instructional supplies and teaching aids and daily program was rearranged and made more practical
The school population that year was comprised of 20 boys and 25 girls. The average daily attendance was reported as 25.5, or 56.6%, a 27% drop from the previous school year! Of the total enrollment of 45, 25 were retained (55.5%, over half of the total school population), 16 boys and nine girls. Every student enrolled at Wood Dale with the last name Mincey (Billy Howard, J. C., Madeline and Helen) was retained that year due to poor attendance. The term was bright for two girls who received eighth grade certificates: Betty Joan Nicely and Helen Euewona(?) Nicely.
Barbara Jean Ingle replaced Miss Barbara Bailey for school term 1948-49. She had taught 2 previous years at one location. She listed her permanent address as “Blain” Tenn. Route 2, her present address as Liberty Hill, Tennessee. She was a high school graduate and was issued a teaching permit in November 1948. She received 3 extension or correspondence credits which comprised her total college experience from the University of Tennessee, also in November 1948. Mrs. Ingle was born August 15, 1928, married with no dependents. She was contracted to teach grades 1-3 for a 9 month term at a salary of $113.10 per month.
Mrs. Ingle’s Instructional Plans and Objectives for School Year were:
I plan to have Chapel every Monday morning from 8:30 untill (sic) 9:o clock and once a month I plan to have a program for the children.
and the last day of school I plan to have a picnic.
Note the absence of any mention of actual instructional goals or teaching objectives and the emphasis on development of moral character and celebrating the last day of school as a special occasion. Mr. Davis emphasized instruction in his objectives, stating:
. . . we plan to give instructions in all subjects required. we plan to give Individual instructions where needed as much a[s] we have time for all students who need it.
Mrs. Ingle noted in her Summary of Achievements during the School Year that in addition to Chapel and a picnic that she had one pie supper in March.
Mr. Davis had a total enrollment in his fourth through eighth grade classes of 21, 8 boys and three girls. The average daily attendance for his boys was 61.25% and 83.85% for the girls, a total rate of 75.24% for grades 4-8.
Following is the Record of the Year’s Work reported by teaching principal Mr. Joe Davis.
For the school year of 1948-49 we began school with an enrollment of forty six and finished with the total enrollment of fifty eight.
Our membership at the end of school was fifty eight.
Of these fifty five(?) students, forty one passed to higher grades.
Nine were dropped from the roll and five failed to pass on account of poor attendance.
The three students in the eighth grade [Howard Hopson, Joyce Braden, Mary R. Davis] were passed and are planning on entering high school next year.
Of his retained students, two were male and three female; all were “held back” for the principal reason of absence/irregular attendance. One of these students was my sibling Ruby Nell Mincey who was present only twenty days.
Mrs. Ingle noted that there were three boys and three girls added and three boys and two girls dropped from the roll. Her total membership at the end of the [last?] month was twenty nine, “and they were all promoted to the next grade”.
In this article I have shared information about Wood Dale School during the post-World War II years (1945 through 1949) as related in available school registers on file at the Union County Board of Education. I will continue this discussion into the decade of the 1950s in the next article in this series.
Next week I will share an article regarding what would constitute “heaven on earth” for me. Until then, I leave you with yet another thought from my world of email:
Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job
because she couldn't control her pupils?
Since around 1981, Big Ridge State Park has been bringing the hills of Union and Anderson County fiddlers and banjo pickers for many ears to hear.
The way a turtle is put together is pretty much the reverse of ours. I mean look at it: we have soft body parts protecting a hard-inner skeleton. Turtles have a hard-outer skeleton protecting inner soft body parts. The most common turtle you'll run into around here (and one you probably aggravated when you were a kid) is the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina).
Union County, a beautiful picture painted by rural Tennessee, but also one tainted by litter. What may start on a roadside is likely to end up in a children’s park, a waterfront area or affecting our wildlife populations.
Norris Lake, at a quick glance it it one of the cleanest lakes in the state due to its high water quality, but after a longer look in the coves you may find trash and debris left by previous visitors.
“It takes an entire community to make a difference…” a powerful statement posted by the Keep Union County Beautiful program.
Cattle producers interested in learning more about directly marketing beef to consumers are invited to join speakers from UT Extension, the Tennessee Beef Industry Council and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for a day-long workshop. Sessions will cover topics including regulations for marketing live animals for custom-exempt processing and meat, finishing cattle effectively, how to pencil out your potential for profit, what producers need to know about meat quality, how much meat to expect, tips for working with processors, marketing resources and assistance available.
I will never ever forget my awesome first-grade teacher. Nor will I forget something odd she used to do. When she needed to take out one of her contact lenses, she would place one of her hands in a cupped position in front of her eye. With the other hand, she would smack the back of her head. Then her contact lens would pop out of her eye and into her waiting palm. Seriously.
Before I married, I thought myself an expert on the subject. It did not matter that I was not a trained marriage counselor, I shared advice with anyone who would listen. I charged them what it cost me—absolutely nothing.
Now that I’m married, I realize how little I knew about marriage. I know less now than the day I said “I do”. I am thankful that all that marital advice I’ve given for years was free. It was worth what it cost.
Trees have been appreciated since the beginning of history, and are reflected in the earliest writings recorded. The Old Testament Bible mentions trees from one end to the other, using them both metaphorically and literally to teach wisdom that would be remembered. What follows is a small sampling of quotes from the Bible using modern text.
On August 5, 1989, my absolute favorite eatery in the world came into existence. A quick Google search will tell you that the 33 Diner, 3024 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, Tennessee, is rated 4.5 of 5 on Tripadvisor and is ranked number two of 14 restaurants in Maynardville.
One review states: “Great food. Love down home casual approach. Nice portions, home cooked goodness. You will leave happy.”
I totally agree with this review. 33 Diner is definitely a happy place for me. If you leave the 33 Diner still hungry, it will be your own fault.
As Emily Cooke walked into her storefront for the first time she was overjoyed as she had been waiting for this day for over a year. She was excited to fill the Buttercup Bakery with the sweet smells of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and pies.
“Opening day was very surreal and like a dream come true,” said Cooke. “The anticipation for the first couple of customers to walk through the door was so great! I could barely sleep more than an hour the night before the grand opening.”
August, an exciting time for all. Back-to-school shopping is well underway and school buses are not the only yellow thing on the community’s mind as the annual Youth and Corn Festival is right around the corner.
On August 6 from 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock, families can swing by the farmer’s market for a special treat. Everything from, farmer’s market vendors, a cooking demonstration, fair entries and history of corn exhibits there is a little bit for everyone.
As friends, family, and neighbors joined together to enjoy a summer harvest, the new farmer’s market pavilion was truly a place “Where Our Community Meets.”
The previously held Summer Harvest Dinner was the first farm-to-table dinner hosted by the Union County Farmer’s Market, but certainly not the last.
Internationally known and award-winning Bluegrass group Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers are heading to Union County. The group will perform for the Union County Opry August 20 at Patriot Auditorium in Union County High School.
Named Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 2019, Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers have consistently delivered chart-topping radio hits and energetic performances for nearly 15 years.
Mayor Gary Chandler administered the oath of office and seated two aldermen at the Plainview Board of Aldermen meeting in July. Josh Collins and Richard Phillips were re-elected to four-year terms. Collins is the owner of Collins Insurance and Phillips is retired and serves as the vice mayor of Plainview.
During the business session, the board approved the purchase of a new 90 hp John Deere Tractor with four wheel drive, an air conditioned cab, and a five-foot side mowing deck. The new tractor will make mowing the roadsides much easier according to Phillips.
The Leadership Union County Class of 2022 enjoyed Industry Day on July 21. The day began with coffee and a quick breakfast at the Union County Museum. From the museum, facilitators Robbie and Gail Corum chauffeured the group to Clayton Homes in Maynardville. Bill Monroe and other Clayton employees summarized the history of manufactured home building and then provided a tour of the completely climate-controlled manufacturing facility.
Chiropractic colleges accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) offer Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree programs. (CCE is the agency certified by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit chiropractic colleges in the United States.) Admission to a chiropractic college requires a minimum of 90 semester hour credits of undergraduate study, mostly in the sciences.
UT Extension Union County will be offering a series of gardening workshops in August and September on Wednesday mornings in Maynardville.
Topics will include planning, soils, mulch, water efficiency, fertilizers, pests, reducing waste, pollinators, reducing pollutants and wildlife. The curriculum will come from the Tennessee Yard Smart program.
Fair season is upon us so make sure your 4-H members are getting their entries registered and submitted!
The Union County Farmers Market Annual Youth and Corn Festival will be returning to the Farmers Market Pavilion Saturday, August 6.
UT Extension is sponsoring the fair entries this year and they are open to all youth in grades K-12. It’s time to show off our youths’ accomplishments!
Did your child garden this year? Raise laying hens? Do they do needlework? Perhaps they like to cook? There are fair entries that cover all these areas.
The 18th Union County Heritage Festival encourages all area quilters to enter the Union County Heritage Festival Quilt Show on October 1 at the Union County Museum and is sponsored by the Union County Historical Society.
Intricately crafted ribbons are given in a variety of categories. A special recognition is awarded for the Best Heritage Quilt, the quilt that best exemplifies the festival theme or the general heritage of Union County. The 2022 theme is “Follow your Heart” and is a tribute to Carl Smith and the many love songs he recorded.
By James and Ellen Perry
While sitting on my porch this late July afternoon I’ve noticed that the daylight hours have shortened by 23 minutes since late June.
The days getting shorter means we are slowly moving toward fall and then winter. Although the daylight hours are changing, our hottest and driest month is usually August.
Being a natural-born card-carrying smart aleck, I simply love one-liners, especially catchphrases. Catchphrases are the basis for most advertising and the purpose is to quickly grab our attention.
The best one-liners stick in people’s minds and when heard we will associate the phrase with a particular product, brand or even an idea. The end goal of branding is to create consumer loyalty to a particular product or concept.
Most people envision that when Europeans first came to America there was a vast, unbroken expanse of trees stretching from the coast to the western plains. This is our vision of a wilderness, forests untouched and unchanging. Research however indicates that the history of our forests has been one of constant change
Some believe that internet access is a necessity of life. Especially since the pandemic, the internet was used for kids’ education and many people worked from home by using the internet.
Some day when our kids are grown up, they will not believe or understand how we could have possibly lived without the internet.
Just less than a hundred years ago people lived without electricity. Just like the internet, some people felt like they didn’t need electricity and would live without.
Do you ever consider things about yourself? For instance, I have always considered myself to be creative and funny. I like to think I am correct about the both of them. But there was one thing that I had wrong about myself. I thought I had strong upper arms. I was wrong.
Not too long after Tim and I were married, we bought a ceiling fan for our bedroom. I agreed to help him install it.
No big deal, right?
August 4 is Election Day in Union County. Polls will be open from 9:00AM to 8:00PM. Anyone in line by 8:00PM will get to vote. This election has candidates in the Democrat and Republican Primary for the US Congress, Governor, Tennessee House of Representatives, and State Executive Committee Men and Women of the Democrat or Republican Party. The General Election Ballot will cover candidates in the 8th Judicial District, County Offices and local District Offices. The last part of the ballot is a vote on retaining judges for the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Appelate Court.
The Union County Farmers Market pavilion at the new Heritage Park is a busy place on Saturday mornings. The market is in full swing as the farmers are bringing in loads of produce. Once again, UT Extension is offering the Farmers’ Market Fresh program at our market. The primary objective of Farmers’ Market Fresh is to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption. The program is designed to encourage everyone to make healthy meal choices and provides simple, easy to follow healthy recipes each week.
In the United States, chiropractic is often considered a complementary health approach. According to a recent survey about 8 percent of adults (more than 18 million) and nearly 3 percent of children (more than 2 million) had received chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in the past 12 months. Additionally, an analysis of NHLS cost data found that adults in the United States spent approximately $11.9 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary health practitioners — $3.9 billion of which was spent on visits to practitioners for chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation.
Did the title make you think of the old “Columbo” TV show? I have always loved that show. Even now I watch it if it’s on. My husband Tim sighs and asks, “How many times have you seen that episode? You know how it ends.” While he’s right, I still have to watch it. But I am not going to talk about “Columbo.” I am going to talk about what happened in our living room year ago.
A group of non-partisan residents of Union County reached out to the 6 candidates running for the 5th District Commission seats and the 2 candidates running for Union County Mayor. We asked them for responses to 5 questions. We have provided the questions and unedited responses below. There is also a website www.voteuc.com where the responses, background information provided by the candidates, as well as other information related to the August 4 election is provided.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a quilt? What makes a hand made quilt different than other options that can be purchased? Well, every summer 4-H students get the opportunity to discover and explore the craft of quilting at 4-H Quilt Camp. Like all 4-H events, education is at the center of the fun students have. Students are sent fabric samples prior to the camp, to assist them in making their own fabric selections for their quilts. This year, students completed a double slice layer cake quilt for themselves and worked on a quilt of valor service project.
Researchers have studied spinal manipulation for a number of conditions ranging from back, neck, and shoulder pain to asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and headaches. Much of the research has focused on low-back pain, and has shown that spinal manipulation appears to benefit some people with this condition.
You know, when you travel across the country, sometimes you must choose to spend the night somewhere just because it’s time to stop and sleep. Hence, our time in Bakersfield CA.
If you end up here, try Maggie’s Diner for breakfast. Exceptional food, service, and atmosphere. We chose a table outside and even though the heat was still raging, it was cooler than Phoenix. And remember, it’s still a dry heat. To be fair, it was also 7 a.m.
Do those word sound familiar? If you’ve ever participated in Field Day, then chances are you’ve heard them. I remember the anticipation of standing in line for a race. Each one of us was waiting to hear a teacher say those three magic words. When they did, I leapt off of the starting line and ran across the field as fast as my legs would go. I wanted that blue ribbon for first place. Usually, I ended up with the silver one for third place.
The church of which I am currently a member put out a magnet a few years ago with the church’s logo and this catchphrase: Loveland—Where Everybody is Somebody.
I thought this a comforting sentiment. Church should be the one place that everyone feels like someone, no “big ‘I’s or little ‘you’s’”. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
By Steve Roark
Volunteer for Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
I don’t know of anybody that doesn’t have a fear response when they stumble across a snake in the woods or the tool shed. The usual reaction is to jump back and express a four-letter metaphor. I do it myself, even though I know that snakes are mostly harmless, and the poisonous ones rarely strike a human unless really provoked. But all that knowledge goes out the window when I first see a snake, and I’m instantly in a “get out of here” mode.
One of the most common and well-known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (sometimes referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile — or restricted in their movement — as a result of a tissue injury.
Having been bundled up by the Covid-19 pandemic and suffering from “cabin fever,” we decided it was time for another travel adventure.
After landing in Vancouver, Canada, we walked to the 44-story Harbor House Tower with its panoramic observation tower on its top floor. Next, we visited the nearby Chinatown which is the second largest Chinatown in North America. I stopped for a moment to photograph the welcoming Chinatown gate.
But first, let’s get out of Yucca Valley. We are heading to Bakersfield only because there is a distinct lack of lodging on the way to Yosemite. Along the route today we will also go through Needles and Barstow. Name that tune!
The first time I remember becoming aware of church dinners was when I was a young child. Maynardville Baptist (now the First Baptist Church of Maynardville) was going to have a homecoming. I didn’t understand at the time that homecoming was a special service to welcome former members and pastors to renew “auld acquaintance.
Biodiversity is a big deal in ecology science 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 native plant or animal species means something’s wrong, and rightfully raises some concerns.
What many would call a “hometown” politician is looking to serve Union County once more as mayor.
Mike Williams, previous Union County Mayor and past Tennessee State Representative and Senator for 12 years, has decided to run for county office once more.
Williams, a Union County native, started out as a schoolteacher where he taught government. He would often welcome elected officials into his classroom to speak to the students on local government, but one thing he noticed was that they only ever came knocking every four years.
The 17th Annual Union County HERITAGE FESTIVAL SAT., October 1st, 2022 10:00am - 4:00pm In Historic Downtown Maynardville The Cradle of Country Music
Festival locations are WILSON PARK, UNION COUNTY MUSEUM, and HISTORIC SNODDERLY HOUSE. Like us on facebook Union County Heritage Festival Visit https://UnionCountyHeritageFestival.com for more information.
Music Headliner on the Gazebo Stage: Stoney Point Bluegrass Band
Ann Elizabeth Poston “Mimi” – age 79 of Knoxville, shed her earthly body and awoke with the Heavenly Father with her body restored on August 12, 2022. Her family will miss her sweet disposition, kind spirit and endearing love each and every day.
She is preceded in death by parents, William and Helen Tharp. Left to cherish sweet Ann is her beloved husband, David J. Poston, Jr.; children, Lyda (Karl) Bell and Brian (Sarah) Poston; grandchildren, Mason Bell, Morgan, Reagan and Hunter Poston; special sister-in-law, Diane Harvey; and friend, Jennifer Hickson.
Pauline Jewell Tate-age 65 of New Tazewell passed away Saturday morning, August 13, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Little Creek Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, James Cecil and Dewie (Smallwood) Mustard; sister, Flora Elizabeth Mustard; brother, Johnny Ray Mustard.
Survivors: sons, Darrell Tate and Jason Tate; three grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia McIntosh of Harrogate; Della Shoffner of Sharps Chapel; brother, Terry Glenn Mustard of Harrogate. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.
Jeana Faye Johnson-age 50 of Corryton went with our Lord Friday, August 12, 2022 at her home. Preceded in death by father, Kenneth E. Hankins; grandparents, Claude and Velma Hankins; Bill and Nellie Williams.
Survivors: husband, Douglas Johnson, III; daughter and son-in-law, Chelsea and Josh Clevenger; mother, Janice Hankins; sister, Sonya Blair; niece, Miranda Allen; nephew, Tyler Blair along with several aunts and uncles.
Robert “Bob” Lee Lawson, age 72 of Maiden passed away Monday, August 8, 2022 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.
Born July 26, 1950 in Union County, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Clyde Vernon Lawson and Charlotte Parker Lawson. Bob retired from Fed-Ex after 21 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a volunteer at Carolina Caring for many years. In addition to his parents, a brother, Bill Lawson and 2 sisters, Boots Hayes and Mick Damewood preceded him in death.
Left to cherish his memory:
Wife: Leanora Lawson of the home
Elmer W. Getz-age 90 of Knoxville passed away Monday morning, August 8, 2022 at Oakwood Senior Living.
Graveside service and interment 2 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2022 at Narrow Ridge Cemetery, Washburn, TN.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
John Richard Maples-age 54 of Maynardville, formerly of Knoxville passed away suddenly Thursday evening, August 4, 2022 at his home. He was preceded in death by father, David Kent Maples; brother, David Maples.
Survivors: wife of 28 years, Yelonda Maples; son, Kevin Maples; step-son, C. Daniel Presnell; daughter, Tiffany Elizabeth Maples; mother and step-father, Lynn and Tom Cobble; sisters, Cheryl Roper, Anita Watts. Ten grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Roger Allan Collins of Washburn, passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 29, 2022, at the age of 66, surrounded by his family.
He was a long-time employee of Union Parts and Equipment of Maynardville, TN. Gray and Sons of Rutledge, TN and Self employed as a tractor mechanic for 20+ years. He attended church at Clinch Valley American Christian Church.
Charles William “Chuck” Stevens-age 54 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at The Waters of Clinton. He was born March 1, 1968 the son of the late Charles and Brenda (Anderson) Geams. He was a graduate of Gibbs High School, Class of 1987. Upon graduation, Chuck enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in the Persian Gulf. Also preceded in death by son, Josh Faust who died July 21, 2018; great-grandparents who raised Chuck, Oscar and Ethel Nicely; grandparents, James and Flossie (Nicely) Anderson.
Winfred Trula “Pike” Edwards-age 85 of Andersonville passed away Thursday morning, July 28, 2022 at Willow Ridge Center. She was a member of Byram’s Fork Baptist Church and attended Raccoon Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Gary Joel Edwards, Sr.; parents, Oda and Gertie Grace (Ridenour) Pike; brothers, Bradford Pike, Hillard Pike, Lillard Pike, Hushell Pike, Kenneth Pike; sisters, Dolfie Poore and Eva Pike.
Billy R. Hodge, 78 of Maynardville, left this earth on July 24th, 2022 surrounded by his loved ones. Billy was the son of the late Bill and Martha Hodge and the 3rd born to them of 9 children. He was born in Maynardville on September 21, 1943 and would remain in Maynardville his entire life. He married his loving wife Claudia (Davis) Hodge in 1962. Billy was the perfect image of the American Dream, showing how hard work and determination do pay off. He opened Hodge Manufacturing in 1976, and ran this family owned and operated business for 30 years.
Carolyn F. Bailey – age 74 of Luttrell, passed away July 24, 2022 at her home. She attended Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Carolyn was a 1965 graduate of Horace Maynard High School. She will be remembered for her witty, outgoing personality. Carolyn worked alongside her husband and son at Bailey Heating and Air for 48 years and her own business Cakes by Carolyn for 30 years. She retired from Union County Highway Department in 2013. She enjoyed travelling and entertaining family and friends at her home.
David Lee Brown-age 58 of Luttrell passed away Sunday morning, July 24, 2022 at his home. He was a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church. David was a retired brick mason. Preceded in death by his wife, Sonja Denise (Ridenour) Brown; parents, Charles Edward Brown, Jr. and Inez (Tharp) Brown.
Survivors: sisters, Donna Ridenour and husband, Ronnie Ridenour; Deborah Thorpe and husband, Scott; brother, Duane Brown and wife, Tara, all of Luttrell; five nieces and nephews.
In memory of Eddie Lynn (Mad Dog) Henderson-age 77, of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He will be missed by all his family and friends. Preceded in death by mother, Dorothy and his father, Winfred Henderson.
Survivors: son, Anthony (Tony) Henderson; grandson, Anthony Lynn Henderson and wife, Whitney; great-grandsons, Sawyer, Waylon, Silas and Mason Henderson.
The body will be cremated and no services are planned. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Dail Caughorn-age 70 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, July 21, 2022 at his home. He was of the Baptist faith. Dail was the last surviving child of a family of 12 children born to James and Marie (Roberts) Caughorn. Preceded in death by parents; six sisters, Thelma Covington, Wanda Wompler, Bonnie Heiskell, Gail Abbott, Judy Gattis, Laura Jane Long; five brothers, Leonard Caughorn, Troy Caughorn, Roy Caughorn, Bruce Caughorn and Herman Lucas Caughorn.
Wanda Lynn Ervin - age 71 of Maynardville, passed away July 21, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional in Knoxville. She was a member of Nave Hill Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by parents, Hoover and Mary Nicley Kiser. Wanda is survived by son, Herbert “Huck” (Sherrie) Ervin; granddaughter, Chelsea Ervin; brothers, Bill (Micky) Nicley and Ken (Connie) Nicley; sisters, Sue (Fred) Yadon, Mick Kitts and Debbie (Doug) Atkins; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert Garry Baldwin-age 71 of Maynardville passed away Thursday morning, July 21, 2022 at his home. He was a retired building inspector for Broward County, Florida.
Survivors: sons, Bobby Baldwin and Tiffany Deguio; Eric Baldwin; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Brother, Carl Baldwin; sisters, Judy Thomas, Alice Coburn and Libby. Several nieces and nephews.
The body will be cremated. A gathering of family and friends will be announced later.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Thelma Bryant Beeler-age 84 of Corryton passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 12, 1937 in Luttrell. She was a retired employee of Levi Strauss. She was a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved cooking and baking for people. She truly loved her family and the Lord.