Obituary

James A. "Jim" Clay, Jr.

James Anderson “Jim” Clay, Jr.-age 63 of Washburn went home to be with his Heavenly Father Friday morning, December 6, 2019 while surrounded by his family at his home. He was a long-time member of Mt. Eager Baptist Church. Jim was a former employee of Plasti-Line Inc. and was a retired Barber. Everyone who knew him loved him. Preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ruth Clay; sisters, Lois Dalton and Rhonda Clay; brother, Rev. Johnny Clay.

Barbara Beeler McGinnis

Barbara Beeler McGinnis-age 84 of Washburn went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 5, 2019 at her home. Preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law, J. R. (Grace) Beeler; Don (Wanda) Beeler; Bill (Lillian) Beeler, all of Washburn; Hazel Lester of Tazewell.

She is survived by her children, Rick (Alice) McGinnis of Knoxville; Rita (Jim) Teffteller of Rutledge; Debbie (Gary) Wood and Jeff McGinnis, all of Washburn. She had eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Wayne Clifton Smith

Wayne Clifton Smith-age 86 of Heiskell passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at his home with is family by his side. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. He was a member of J. C. Baker Lodge #720 F. & A.M.

He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Shirley Smith; children, Charlotte Diane, Wayne, Tim, Rick and wife, Dolly; Darrell and Beverly. He was also blessed with 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

E. J. Ray

E. J. Ray-age 73 of Maynardville went home peacefully Monday evening, December 2, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Andy and Maggie Ray; sisters, Dorthy, Gladys and Mary Patricia Ray; brother, Jr Ray.

Cynthia Dawn Hensley

Cynthia Dawn (Cooper) Hensley-age 53 of Luttrell, born January 18, 1966 passed away Monday morning, December 2, 2019 at her home. Cynthia was a member of Jim Town Baptist Church and an employee of the Horace Maynard Middle School. Preceded in death by father, Rev. E. R. Cooper; mother, Opal Raley Cooper; brothers, Mark and Tony Cooper.

David Ray Richards, Jr.

David Ray Richards, Jr. age 43 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 on Thanksgiving Day. David worked at Legend Fitness in Knoxville. He was born and raised on the south side of Knoxville and blessed to have touched so many lives with his charm and outgoing personality.

John Bolt Tatum, Jr.

John B. Tatum, Jr.-age 70 of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, formerly of Piqua, Ohio passed away suddenly Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his home. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Piqua, Ohio; U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Viet Nam War; retired employee of Dinner Bell Meat Processing and also worked at Simpson Industries and Clopay Building Products. John loved living on Norris Lake where he enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. John, along with his wife fostered several children for 13 years.

Lt. Kenneth Thomas Bowman

Lt. Kenneth Thomas Bowman – K. T.’s family are sad and heartbroken to announce his passing November 27, 2019 peacefully at his home after a lengthy illness. Much appreciation to all his doctors, nurses, DCI Dialysis Clinic on Martin Mill Pike and Amedisys Home Health. He was born January 18, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of the late Ralph and Francis Bowman. U. S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War and served 1956 – 1966 obtaining many awards to include the Bronze Star Medal. K. T.

Pearl (Graves) Kitts

Pearl (Graves) Kitts, “Granny Pearl” – 93 of Maynardville, passed away November 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. She was one of the oldest members of Alder Springs Baptist Church. Pearl retired from Knox County Health Department.

Gerald Gillette

Gerald Gillette-age 87 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019 at his home and is now rejoicing in his new Heavenly home. Gerald loved the Lord and was one of His faithful servants. He made sure that everyone he talked to knew about Jesus. He loved and served his country and was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War and served again in the Army National Guard. He spent most of his life in foundry work and retired as a foundry coordinator with J. R. Hoe and Sons, Middlesboro, Kentucky.

Shirley Bunch

Shirley Bunch, age 70, went home to be with the Lord November 26, 2019 after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was a devoted wife, mother, and mamaw who was loved by everyone who met her. She lived life to the fullest and her favorite thing was spoiling her grandchildren.
Preceded in death by parents; sons Ricky and Greg Bunch; sister Helen Parker; brothers GW, Troy, and Carl Richardson.

Roy E. Smith, Jr.

Roy Elery Smith, Jr.-age 81 of Luttrell passed away peacefully Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his home. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Smith; parents, Elery and Edith (Monroe) Smith; sister, Alice Jean Chesney.

Survived by children, Mike Smith, Amy Smith, Buddy Lynn Smith, Sheila Gideon and Tony Smith. Eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild.