Obituary

williams, edith

Edith Emma Williams, Age 88, of Luttrell born December 5, 1928 to Bessie and Andy Williams, entered heaven Friday, September 15, 2017. She was welcomed by Jesus, her sisters, Amanda Shoffner, Cleo Williams, Lillie Bell Dyer and Mary Lou Mallicoat; brothers, Homer Dyer, Earnest Dyer and Jesse Williams; two nephews and two nieces. What a glorious homecoming! Emma was saved at an early age at Warwick Chapel Baptist church and was a member of Luttrell Missionary Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Standard Knitting after 45 years of service.

Chesher, Linda

Linda Smith Chesher, Age 64 of Maynardville was born on January 7, 1953 and passed away after a brief illness at U.T. hospital on September 13, 2017. Linda was a member of Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed life and especially time with her grandchildren.

Sherman Widner

Sherman Widner, age 84 of Knoxville, woke up in heaven September 14, 2017. He was a member of Union Baptist Church where he took care of the HVAC system for 20 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and an active member of IBEW 760. Sherman loved being outdoors. He was a loving husband, father, and papaw. Preceded in death by parents Bruce and Clara Widner; brother, Earl Widner; son-in-law Sammy Williams.

Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson, age 56, of Knoxville passed away September 13, 2017. Janet was deeply devoted to those she loved. She had a kind and contagious grin that easily spread to those around her. She was a hard worker and compassionate to those in need. Her heart, even while damaged from a horrible sickness, held within it beautiful memories of past times with loved ones. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Johnson; her parents, Robert and Louise Johnson; and her brother, Robert Johnson Jr. She will be greatly missed by her sons, Jerry Johnson Jr.

Allen Smith

Allen Ray “Al” Smith- Age 40 of Maynardville went home to be with his Heavenly Father on September 12, 2017. He was a member of The Church of God of Maynardville. Allen was the owner and operator of Al’s Wholesale Tire Company. He was an avid UT football fan.

Katherine Bennett

Katherine A. Bennett, 80, passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017. She attended Unity Baptist Church on Chapman Highway. She was preceded in death by her husbands William R. Hicks and Ronald Bennett. Katherine is survived by her children Sheila Hicks, Keith Hicks, Gail Daughtery, Ricky Hicks, Doug Hicks, David Hicks, and Jeff Hicks; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Family and Friends will meet at East Veteran’s Cemetery for a interment service Friday, September 15th at 9:30 a.m.

Paul Edwin Byerley

Paul Edwin Byerley, 86, passed away in Maynardville on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Paul grew up on a retail dairy farm, run by his parents and grandparents, on Little Valley Road in Blaine, Grainger County. He was a member of Mouth of Richland Baptist Church. After graduating from Rutledge High School, he earned a B.S. and M.S. in agricultural education from UT, then came to Union County where he worked 44 years as teacher, FFA adviser and administrator at Horace Maynard High School.

Karen Sue (Strader) Scarbrough

Karen Sue (Strader) Scarbrough-age 61 of Knoxville went to be with the Lord, Friday morning, September 8, 2017 at U. T. Medical Center. Preceded in death by father, Vernon Stubblefield; mother, Marcia Stubblefield.
Survivors: children, Charles Strader, David McMillan, Johnny Strader and wife, Brandi, Tiffany O’dell. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brothers and sister, Vernon Stubblefield, Sharon McClain, Andy Stubblefield, Stuart and Patricia Stubblefield. Several nieces and nephews.