Bill Greene – age 91 of Corryton, Tennessee went Home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 5, 2022, passing peacefully at his home. We struggle to capture in a few words the echo of such a life. Bill was born October 24, 1930 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of Samuel Greene and Dora Strevel Greene. Raised by his maternal aunt, Myrtle Strevel and grandfather Pete Strevel, in Luttrell, Tennessee, Bill overcame tremendous adversity in his life. He became a much loved and respected husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, servant in his church, business professional, community leader, and mentor to many. Deprived of the opportunity to complete grammar school, he completed his GED while in his sixties – as well as numerous business and professional certifications along the way. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947, and served in the U. S. Navy Construction Battalion (better known as the Navy Seabees) as a pipe fitter and boilermaker. During the early years of the Korean War, he saw service across the Arctic and the South Pacific, while gaining some measure of celebrity as the leader of various country music bands on the bases where he was stationed. Returning to Luttrell after his honorable discharge in 1951, he met, wooed, and married Melba Kitts – the love of his life – in 1953. During the next several years he worked as a day laborer, furniture builder, plumber, and a route salesman for French Broad Dairy. Bill eventually secured his insurance license and joined the Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company (now AIG) in 1963. He retired from Home Beneficial in 2000, having served during his 37 years there as route agent, staff manager, and having refused numerous promotions that would have uprooted his family from East Tennessee. During this entire 37-year period, he also served the Luttrell, Blaine, and Corryton communities in numerous capacities. As a leader in the Luttrell Ruritan Club, Bill played an instrumental role in the conception and completion of numerous infrastructure and civic projects. He coached Little League Baseball and served as a Boy Scout Leader. His most notable contribution was his four decades of service in the Luttrell-Blaine-Corryton (LBC) Utility District. From the birth of LBC, Bill played a series of essential and varied roles in the creation, construction, and operation of the utility that today provides municipal water for some 3800 homes in Union, Grainger, and Knox Counties. As one of three Commissioners, he signed revenue bonds to secure early funding of LBC. Bill negotiated hundreds of easements for water lines. He wrote successful funding grants. He went house-to-house to signup customers. He issued and oversaw construction contracts for the utility’s water lines, and its pumping, water treatment and storage facilities. During this period, he arose countless times in the middle of the night to answer callers who inevitably would say, “Bill, we’re out of water!” – the result being another sleepless night as he chased water line leaks. He did all of this as an uncompensated and ad hoc General Manager who also worked a full-time job at Home Beneficial to provide for his family. His sons learned the meaning of integrity, and the importance of self-sacrifice, perseverance, and community service from the example set by their dad. Finally, assuming the paid position of General Manager of LBC in the mid-1980’s Bill oversaw the operation of the district until his retirement, becoming the district’s first state-certified operator. Bill was ordained as a Deacon at Cedar Ford Baptist Church in Luttrell in 1987. He served for several years in that capacity. In recent years, Bill enjoyed whittling, gardening, flea marketing, and watching Family Feud on TV. He especially enjoyed the company of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who adored him and learned much about life, whit, and wisdom from simply being in his presence. A quiet man, he loved deeply and was deeply loved. Predeceased by his parents, his Aunt Myrtle, sisters Bernice Lance and Darlene (Dot) Lay Robertson, grandson Josh Greene, nephew Donald Camp, and several aunts and uncles. Survived by his wife of 69 years, Melba; sons Sherrell (Rebecca) Greene, Ted Greene, and Wynn (Traci) Greene; grandchildren Rachel Greene, Jake (Chelsea) Greene, Adam Greene, Taylor Greene (Ricky) Howell, Tucker Greene, and Braylon Greene; great-grandchildren Blakely and Hudson Greene, and Cason and Cale Howell; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and in-laws. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Monday, September 12 at Cedar Ford Baptist Church in Luttrell, Tennessee. Funeral, officiated by Rev. Jeff Leach will immediately follow. Family and friends will meet at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary in Maynardville at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 13 for procession to Sharp Cemetery (located on Corryton-Luttrell Road). The graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM and officiated by Pastor Eddie Muncey and the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Jake Greene, Adam Greene, Tucker Greene, Ricky Howell, Brian Owen, Kevin Davis, Mark DeVault, Brian Keaton. Honorary Pallbearers: Ronnie Beeler, LeRoy Strevel, Jeff Collins, Keith DeVault, Rocky Golden, Elmer Muncey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cedar Ford Baptist Church, 3203 TN-61, Luttrell, TN 37779; or to Sharp Cemetery, P. O. Box 223, Luttrell, TN, 37779. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary in Maynardville.
Glenn Stump, age 92, of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, passed away on September 23, 2022. Glenn was a loving husband and father as well as an amazing “Papaw” to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a long-time entrepreneur in the Phelps, Kentucky area. Glenn along with his late wife, Pauline, were a staple at the Phelps intersection for many years. Glenn enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a man of true grit, and had touched many families throughout his life.Glenn was born on May 26, 1930, to the late Frank Stump, Sr. and Sara Ann (Dotson) Stump.
Thelma Louise Oaks-age 79 of Knoxville, born July 13, 1943 in Union County, Tennessee went to be with the Lord 2:31 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. Louise is a member of Grace Full Gospel Baptist Church, Corryton and was a retired postal worker of 30 years. Preceded in death by parents, Willis and Sylvia Burnette and eight siblings.
Sheila J. (Brown) Chesney-age 55 of Washburn went to be with the Lord, Friday morning, September 23, 2022 at her home. She was a member of Pennington Chapel Baptist Church and a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1985. She was the owner/operator of Sheila’s Hair Fashions. Preceded in death by parents, Glen and Donna (Bailey) Brown.
Kami Darlene Flatford-age 42 of Maynardville peacefully left this earth for her Heavenly home Saturday, September 17, 2022. Kami had a big heart and would help anyone. She loved the Lord and is now in His presence along with her grandparents, Gye Beeler, Louise Price, Clarence and Wilma Flatford; aunt, Patricia Darlene Flatford and uncle, Darrell Beeler.
Troy Leon Yadon-age 76 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and a U. S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War. He was also a proud member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. Preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Smith Yadon; parents, Roy and Belva (Savage) Yadon; brother, Glen Yadon; sisters, Louise Bailey and Inez Ellen Poore; brother-in-law, Jerry Cole.
Bobby Randel White
1/30/1933 - 9/15/2022
Bobby Randel White (89) left this earth to be with the Lord on September 15, 2022. During his lifetime he proudly served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. He was a member of Hines Creek Baptist Church for many years, as well as Emory Valley Baptist Church. He was a member of the Union County American Legion. He made his living and was well known in the construction community for his drywall finishing skills.
Alvin Eugene Kitts-age 77 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at his home. He was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. He was employed for 37 years at Lay’s Packing Company and retired as an over-the-road truck driver. Anyone who knew him loved him. He was also known as Al or Slim to his friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Blondie Kitts; wife, Dottie Kitts; wife, Bessie Kitts.
Clifford R. Woods, Jr.-age 86 of Speedwell, born February 14,1936 known as Jr. to his siblings and Woody to his friends, passed away on the evening of September 11,2022 from injuries incurred in a tragic automobile accident. Clifford was retired from the US Navy as a hospital corpsman, Chief Petty Officer. His favorite past time was surfing the internet for great deals of which he found many because everything was a great deal to him, he loved buying in bulk! He was always ready with a joke and a story to tell; he loved his family and talking politics to anyone who would listen.
Dr. Elizabeth "Cyd" Hamilton (1967-2022). We are heartbroken to announce the death of our dear friend Dr. Elizabeth “Cyd” Hamilton, a marvel, who passed away on September 6th, 2022 at the age of 55. Born June 27th, 1967 in Illinois State, into this thing called Life where she fell madly in love with nature and every last one of its fantastic creatures. Trees and people and spiders and dogs and algaes and fungi. Orphaned as a teenager by the untimely death of her mother, she was driven and determined to put herself through school and a higher education in the sciences.
Anthony Dewayne Hensley-age 29 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022. He was saved at an early age and was a member of New Start Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his father, Tony Hensley and papaw, A. J. Hensley.
Survivors: Daughter, Kaylee Hensley of Tazewell; Brothers, Tyler Kanott and Andy Kanott of Georgia; Mother, Karen Kanott; Dad, John Kanott, both of Maynardville; Nanny, Kathy Dyer; Papaw, James Dyer, both of Maynardville; Mamaw, Kathy Kitts of Luttrell; Papaw, Ray Lawson of Maynardville along with many other loving family members.
Glenda Bates Bradley age 69 of Powder Springs went home to be with Jesus Friday morning September 9, 2022.
A memorial service will be held on Monday September 19, 2022 at Bethel Baptist Church, 8035 Clapp’s Chapel Road, Corryton, TN 37721. The family will be receiving from 6pm to 7pm followed with a 7pm service.
Preceded in death by parents, Glen and Frances Attkisson; husband, Robert (Bob) Bradley.
Rita Keck – age 61 of Maynardville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 9, 2022 at her home. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. Rita was a lifelong member of Hinds Creek Baptist Church where she was the piano player and singer with The Beason Family for many years. One of her favorite songs was I Have A Better Place To Go. She would sing it with all that was within her because she truly believed what she was singing about.
Carolyn “Susie” Shoffner Wright-age 59 of Sharps Chapel passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at home while surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Carrs Branch Baptist Church. She was a beloved mother and grandmother who never met a stranger. Preceded in death by parents, Luke and Imogene Shoffner; sister, Debbie Edmondson.
J. B. (Jake) Stooksbury-age 90 of Sharps Chapel passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022 at The Waters of Clinton. He was a retired employee of the TVA Bull Run Steam Plant and was a U. S. Navy Veteran with four years of service. Preceded in death by parents, Platt and Willie Stooksbury; two brothers, Loren and Cuble Stooksbury; four sisters, Dorothy Stooksbury; Joann Rouse; Emma Jean Stooksbury, Corrine George.
Kenneth Allen Hickle-age 83 of Luttrell, born July 24, 2939 passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was a member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and a retired employee of Plasti-Line in Powell. Preceded in death by parents, Luia and Ilah (Booker) Hickle.
Survivors: loving wife of 35 years, Betty; son, Timothy Allen Hickle; step-children, Eddie Harvey, Shelia Carter, Jeri Bouchard, Cindy Camper; sister, Ruth Stiner; brother, Joe (Sue) Hickle. Several nieces and nephews.
Steven David Johnson-age 75 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Friday, September 2, 2022 at his home. He was a member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church. He served as a deacon for several years. He was a retired employee of CSX Transportation. He was preceded in death by parents, Rev. Clarence and Jean Johnson; son, Wayne Johnson; daughter, Sharon Washam; grandson, B. T. Johnson; sister, Betty Carmon; brother, Stanley Johnson.
Daryl Wayne Valentine-age 75 of Knoxville (Halls Community) went to be with his Lord Wednesday morning, August 31, 2022 at the Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans Home. Daryl was a minister of the Christian faith. He loved to play his guitar and sing with his wife, Linda. Daryl was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired employee of Y12 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Kathleen (Howard) Valentine.
Jerry Wayne Wallace – age 56 of Luttrell, passed away August 27, 2022 at his home.
He is preceded in death by parents, Gerald and Ruth Wallace; sister, Teresa Elaine; and brother, Gerald Lynn. He leaves behind his wife, Cynthia; children, Adam Noland, Eric Wallace and Ann and Katrina Wallace; sisters, Judy Overholt, Katrina Wallace Sharp, Linda Runyon; and brothers, Olen and Roy Wallace.