Everett Miller

Everett Miller-age 86 of Monroe, Michigan made his final journey home peacefully the morning of Friday, May 26, 2023 with the window open, the sun shining, and birds singing. He was born in Sharps Chapel Tennessee in a one room, dirt floor home. In his mid-teens he relocated to Monroe, Michigan where he graduated from Monroe High School and then went on to complete a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1961, and then his master’s degree from Eastern University in 1972. Having a family to support, he began teaching straight out of college for Airport Community Schools. While teaching high school he jumped at the opportunity to coach cross county, and as a cross country athlete in college, it was a perfect fit. He coached for many years and led several of his athletes to State Championships and was recently awarded the honor of induction to the Hall of Fame for his coaching achievements at Airport High School.

Throughout his life he had many other achievements, some of which are he was instrumental with implementing a union for the teachers of Airport High School, was Treasurer for many years at the Teachers Credit Union, and was an Ombudsman for Senior nursing homes in Tennessee.

He will be sadly missed by three daughters, Tanya (Miller) Vanderpool, Shawn (Miller) Greathouse and Kelly (Miller) Damzyn, all of Monroe, Michigan and two sons, Everett S. Miller of Monroe and Kevin S. Miller of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Shane Blessing, Jessie Vanderpool, Kasie Miller, Kyle Miller, Cori Miller, Ben Miller, Steven Fallon, and Andy Gonzales. He was welcomed home to Heaven by his two grandsons who passed before him, Donald Fallon and Tommy Gonzales. He was also blessed with nine great grandchildren, Drake and Tyler Vanderpool, Evan Blessing, Thomas Fallon, Cameron, Gage, Evelyn and Lucy Gonzales, James and Jasper Gonzales, Abigale (Pepper) Miller.

After teaching for 33 years, he enjoyed his retirement in a home that he built on Cherokee Lake in Tennessee, and after many years in Tennessee, he returned to Michigan to spend his convalescence with family.

Everyone is invited to a visitation on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Rupp Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Everett will be transported back to his hometown, where a viewing will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Cooke- Campbell Mortuary located at 220 Highway 61 East, Maynardville, TN, 37807, from 11:00 to 1:00 pm, where a funeral service will conclude viewing at 1:00 pm Saturday, Rev. Tim Sharp officiating. Burial will follow at Brogan Family Cemetery in Sharps Chapel, TN. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.


Justin Taylor Brown

Justin T. Brown-age 34 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, September 23, 2023, at UT Hospital after a lingering illness of pulmonary hypertension. Justin had a big heart and loved animals, especially Blue. Preceded in death by his mother, Tammy Brown; grandparents, Charles and Sheila King, Billy Brown.

He is survived by his father, Michael (Shannon) Brown; brother, Corey (Carol) Brown; grandmother, Donna Brown; best friend, Randy and Jennifer Lambert and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins along with all of his fraternity brothers and sisters at LMU.

Jeffrey Jackson Bailey

Jeffrey Jackson Bailey-age 40 of Maynardville passed away Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Fort Sander’s Regional Medical Center. He was a graduate of Union County High School, Class of 2001. Preceded in death by wife, Tabitha (Dunbar) Bailey; grandparents, Lee and Margaret Bailey; Willard Selvey, uncle, Billy Joe Bailey.

Sonny Hensley

Sonny Hensley-age 65 of Corryton passed away Sunday, September 17, 2023, at U.T. Medical Center. He was a member of Heavenly View Missionary Baptist Church, Knoxville where he was a faithful member. Preceded in death by his parents, Verline and Ruth Hensley; son, Douglas Hensley; great grandson, Tyler Nuchols; brothers, Wayne Hensley, Kenneth Hensley; nephews, Chad Sayne, Jimmy Beason; niece, Brenda Sharp.

David William Douthit

David William Douthit-age 24 of Luttrell passed away suddenly Thursday, September 14, 2023, at his home. He was a follower of Jesus and went home to be with Him. Preceded in death by grandfather, William Craigo; uncle, Stan Douthit.

Paul "Tony" Anthony Harrell

Paul Anthony “Tony” Harrell-age 67 of Corryton passed away peacefully at his home while surrounded by his family, Friday, September 15, 2023. He was a member of Little Flat Creek Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of the City of Knoxville. Preceded in death by his father, Samuel Carson Harrell, Sr.; mother, Barbara Sue (Lee) Harrell; brother, Samuel Carson Harrell, Jr.

Vicky Lynn Westbrook

Vicky Lynn Westbrook-age 63 of Tazewell passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023 at her home. She was born in Tacoma, Washington and resided in Michigan for most of her life and recently moved to Claiborne County, to be with her son and daughter-in-law. She attended Midway Baptist Church, New Tazewell. She spent most of her life working as a C.N.A. and caring for other people. Preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Leona Vogelsong; daughter, Candy Koob; nephew, Jason Vogelsong; grandson, Bretten Allen; brother, Roger Vogelsong; sister, Susan Martinez.

Barbara Witt

Barbara Jane (Blackburn) Witt – age 81 of Andersonville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family September 13, 2023. She was of the Baptist faith.

Rickey Wayne Hunter

Rickey Wayne Hunter-age 67 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at his home. He was a former employee at Huttig Sash & Door. Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Minnie Paul Hunter; stepdaughter, Mesha Young; brother, Larry Hunter.

Larry Kenneth Pursiful

Larry Kenneth Pursiful-age 82 of Knox County, TN passed away Friday, September 8, 2023 at Claiborne Medical Center. He was born March 23, 1941 in Harlan, Kentucky. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by parents, Oscar and Georgie Violet (Peace) Pursiful; son, Kenny Ray Pursiful; brothers, Roger, Jimmy and Sonny Pursiful; sisters, Wanda Leforce, Donna Pursiful.

Rhonda Hayes

Rhonda Lynn Hayes – 53 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at her home. Although she struggled with addiction for most of her life, Rhonda had the biggest heart and loved to laugh. She professed faith in Jesus Christ at an early age, and the family is taking comfort in knowing she will not be fighting this battle anymore.

Dyllen Fagg

Dyllen Ray Fagg – age 27, passed away suddenly and will be forever missed by so many, especially his family. He was the funniest, most loving man you could ever meet. His quick wit and kind heart made him loved by everyone. Dyllen was a very loyal, compassionate, thoughtful and loving father, son, grandson, brother, fiancé, uncle, nephew and cousin.

Willis Douglas Warwick

Willis Douglas (Dud) Warwick-age 87 of Andersonville went to be with the Lord Thursday evening, August 31, 2023 at his home while surrounded by his family. He was a life long resident of the Big Ridge (Blue Mud) community. He worked as a plumber for over 40 years. He loved farming and spending time with his family, especially his grandson and great-grandchildren. He loved his church and church family at Hines Creek Baptist Church where he had been a member for many years and had a perfect attendance in Sunday School for 35 consecutive years.

Drake Logan Washam

Drake Logan Washam – age 30 of Luttrell, passed away suddenly August 29, 2023. He loved to fish and enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

He is preceded in death by brother, Colby Washam. Drake is survived by parents, Gary and Janice Washam; grandparents, Norman and Rose Wallace; brothers, Jordan (Paige) Washam; Frankie (Crystal) Wallace, Lucas Wallace and Markus Wallace; and nephew, Alexander Washam.

Linda Darlene Bays

Linda Darlene Bays-age 77 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Willow Ridge Center, Maynardville. She was of the Church of God faith. She was born October 13, 1945 in Lilbourn, Missouri and a graduate of Lilbourn High School, class of 1964. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by parents, Virgil and Beulah Earnheart; sisters, Rebecca Sisk, Virgie Bailey; brother, Will Earnheart; step-children, Angela Pollard, Dave Childress, Jerry Childress.

Ella McCurry

Ella Claire McCurry – age 20 months, passed away suddenly August 29, 2023. She always was happy and could make anyone smile no matter what, with a personality that could light up a whole room. Ella loved music and loved to dance. She loved to run and play with her big sisters. Ella was perfect in every way.

She is survived by parents, Robert “Bob” and Rebecca McCurry; sisters, Shiloh, Olivia, and Loretta; Grandparents, Reverend Robert McCurry, Sr. and Sandra; and Martin and Barbara Green; uncle and aunt, Dustin and Melissa Welch; and cousins, Eli, Lucas, Seth and Levi Welch.

Francis A. "Frankie" Vallone, II

Francis A. Vallone, II (Frankie)-age 49 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2023. Frankie was saved a few months ago and was of the Christian faith, his words were “I’m me, I’m real and I’ve turned my life around 380 degrees, I work and am now getting the things I gave up back.” He was a graduate of West High School, Class 1992. Frankie worked in the music industry for major musical artists and was an avid Ford Mustang lover. Preceded in death by grandparents, Luigi and Ruth Vallone; mother, Wilma Vallone; sister, Wendy Vallone