Jacob Jake Franklin Butcher

Jake Butcher

Jacob “Jake” Franklin Butcher passed away on July 19, 2017 at the age of 81 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Jake was born May 8, 1936 to Cecil H. Butcher, Sr. and Kate Walters Butcher in the rural town of Maynardville, Tennessee. Jake attended Maynardville High School and later the University of Tennessee and Hiwassee College.  After college, he joined the United States Marine Corps serving primarily in Korea, Japan and Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.  Jake always held the Marine Corps close to his heart.  He married Broadway actress and Oak Ridge native Sonya Wilde in 1962 and together they had four children, Maria (Randy) Loyd, Scarlett (Tim) Current, Brad (Leigh Ann) Butcher and Jason (Ashley) Butcher.  Jake and Sonya also have 8 grandchildren, Kendall Loyd White, Austin Loyd, McCall Current, Joshua Current, Colby Butcher, Katelyn Butcher, Jace Butcher and Olivia Butcher, and 2 great grandchildren, Abigail and Judah White.  During his long life, he treasured his family and they all adored him.

In 1961, he and his brother, C.H. Butcher, Jr., founded Butcher Insurance Company and then in 1963 Jake founded Butcher Oil Company.  In 1965, he moved Butcher Oil Company from Maynardville to Clinton, TN and changed the name to Bull Run Oil Company where it became one of the largest Amoco Jobbers in Tennessee serving area’s from Sevierville to Carthage, TN.  With the help of his father, Jake and C.H. purchased First National Bank of Lake City in 1968.  In 1970, the bank was opened in Oak Ridge and Clinton and the name changed to City & County (C&C) Bank.  In 1975, Jake purchased controlling interest in Hamilton National Bank of Knoxville and changed the name to United American Bank.  With the help of several Knoxville business leaders including Pat Wood, United American Plaza was constructed and became Knoxville’s tallest building.  In 1978, Jake’s United American Bank moved in to its new headquarters at United American Plaza and went on to become east Tennessee’s largest bank, accounting for many of the business loans in Knoxville.  Jake, with his love for the people of Tennessee, ran for governor in 1974 and was the Democratic Nominee for Governor in 1978.  Other political involvement included being a member of the Democratic National, Finance & Inaugural Committees (1976-1980).  In 1975, Jake was asked by retired Air Force Colonel Stewart Evans, King Cole and then Mayor Kyle Testerman to be the Chairman of the International Energy Exposition (World’s Fair) in Knoxville.  The 1982 World’s Fair and its resounding success was one of Jake’s most cherished accomplishments and memories.

Jake was also involved in several civic & charitable organizations including Chairman of the Tennessee Chapter of The American Cancer Society; Board of Directors for the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the East Tennessee Heart Association; Board Member of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church; Member of First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge and later a member of First United Methodist Church in Canton, GA.

In more recent years, he continued his career in sales.  He was a true patriot for his country and his beloved Tennessee and was a loyal friend to many. He was unconditionally supportive of his family and loved nothing more than to spend time with his children and grandchildren. His charisma and home town charm never faded and was a champion of optimism, positivity and generosity. 

He is preceded in death by his father and mother Cecil H. Butcher, Sr. and Kate Walters Butcher and his beloved brother, C.H. Butcher, Jr. Jake is survived by his wife Sonya Wilde Butcher of Canton, GA, sons, daughters and grandchildren.


Grandsons: Austin Loyd, Colby Butcher, Josh Current, Jace Butcher

Sons-in-Law: Randy Loyd, Tim Current

Family friend: Allen “Red Dog” Hicks

Nephew: Cecil H (Butch) Butcher III

Honorary Pallbearers:

Karl Schledwitz, Taft Butcher, Gene Cook, Rodney Holbrook, John Holden, Raymond Lacy, Bob McKamey, Jimmy Naifeh, Kevin Riggs, Ronald Scott, L.E. Butch Smith, Kevin Tucker, Fred Simmons, Rob Woodson, Frank Barker, Fred Hurst, Bill Ramsey, Johnny Majors, Chris Pracht, Brad Walker

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 29th at 2pm at The First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN with Rev. John Collett officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  Graveside Service will be on Sunday, July 30th at 12pm at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, 1501 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.  In lieu of flowers:  Donations accepted in Jake’s name to the Marine’s Toys for Tots Program or The Mission of Hope helping the families of rural Appalachia.  Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.  Holleygamble.com


Holley-Gamble Funeral Home
P.O. Box 327
Clinton, TN 37717


Leonard Weaver

Leonard Weaver-age 62 of Luttrell, born October 15, 1958 passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. Member of Ailordale Baptist Church and attended New Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Silas and Nelma Jean (Chesney) Weaver.
Survived by wife of 40 years, Tessia Weaver; brothers, Everett (June) Weaver, Charlie Weaver, Harold (Angela) Weaver, Dayrrell (Kathy) Weaver, Daniel (Shirley) Weaver, Rusty (Cindy) Weaver; sisters, Eva Nelson, Charlotte (Bobby) Isgette, Barbara (Terry) Thomas. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dollie Cooper Muncey

Dollie Kay Cooper-age 45 of Knoxville was taken from us Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Dollie Kay was born February 18, 1976 to Sherlene Childress Cooper and Gary Cooper. She was one of 10 children. Preceded in death by father, Gary Leroy Cooper; paternal grandparents, Guy and Dollie Cooper; maternal grandparents, James and Martha Childress; sister, Judy Ann Cooper-Mebine, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Reverend Douglas Dewayne Kitts

Reverend Douglas Dewayne Kitts – age 50 of Sharps Chapel, born November 2, 1970, went home to be with Jesus Thursday, October 7, 2021. He was saved April 4, 1980 as a 10 year old little boy at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Dewayne was married to his best friend, Crystal for 30 years and they enjoyed driving on the open road. Dewayne was the best daddy, father-in-law and an even better papaw. He was his family’s Superman and will be greatly missed.

Johnny Munsey

October 30, 1956 – October 6, 2021
Johnny was a hard-working man who loved his Lord, his Family and his Friends.
He will be greatly missed and he will be forever loved.

“The only scars in Heaver won’t belong to you
Nothing there is broken and you’ve been made brand new
We can smile even as our tears are flowing down
Because we know the only scars in Heaven
Are on the hands that hold you now”

Adam Edwards

James Adam Edwards, age 34, of Sharps Chapel, TN, born July 5, 1987, left this earthly life on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Adam loved living life, his friends and family. He was always cheering someone up. He was a proud employee of Glen E. Mitchell & Co. for several years. Preceded in death by grandfather, James Claudie Sharp and uncle, Marty Edwards.

Jerry Don Givens

Jerry Don Givens age 73 of Knoxville, originally from Taylor, MI, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. He was of the Pentecostal Faith. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ruben and Hilda Horner Givens; granddaughter Angelina Givens and infant grandson Jayden Givens; brother William and sister Carol.

Infant Ryver Rayne Hopkins

Infant Ryver Rayne Hopkins-born and died Sunday afternoon, October 3, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center.

Survivors: mother, Madison Hopkins of Maynardville; brother, Ethan Dykes; grandmother, Shannon Hopkins; great-grandmother, Tamra Buckner; aunt, Lauren Holmes; uncle, Landyn Centala; cousin, Dakota Wallace.

Graveside service and interment 2 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 p.m. Friday. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Monica Lawson

Monica Lynn Lawson-age 46 of Luttrell passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at her home. She attended Circle Assembly of God Church in Mascot. Preceded in death by her parents, Ricky and Brenda Lawson.

Survivors: husband, Ernesto Antonio Martinez; children, Joshua Eugene Simmons, Jocelyn Victoria Lawson and Jillian Marie Lawson. Brother, Thomas Coldwell.

Graveside service and interment 9:30 A.M. Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Community Cemetery, Luttrell with Rev. John Lawson officiating.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Jesse N. Elkins

Jesse N. Elkins – age 96 of Andersonville, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2021. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. Jesse retired from JFG Coffee Company with 41 years of service. He was also a member of J. C. Baker Masonic Lodge #720 for over 60 years.

Betty Sue organ

Betty Sue Organ-age 63 of New Tazewell, born July 22, 1958 left this earthly life Saturday, October 2, 2021 due to complications of Covid 19. She was married 43 years to the love of her life, Jerry Organ. She was momma to four children, Jason Bell, Shasta Cottrell, Jennifer (Tommy) Cockrum, Casey (Michael) Anthony. From these unions, Sue was Nana to 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them unconditionally. Sue loved her Lord and Saviour and loved everyone as Jesus loves us.

Haynes, Charles

Charlie L. Haynes (Chuck) - Age 84

Charlies’ earthly life ended at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, with his family by his side. Leaving behind his faithful wife of 63 years, Imogene Haynes; his loving children Rhonda (Steve) Widner, Keith (Karen) Haynes; grandchildren: Mandy (Craig) Foster, Anna (Nick) Maples, Daniel (Liz) Haynes, Nicholas Haynes (deceased); great grandchildren: Owen & Tayler Blake, Skyler Foster, Carson & Luke Maples, Bella & Levi Haynes.

Jerry Lynn Burchell

Jerry Lynn Burchell-age 58 of Corryton passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He attended Redemption Harvest Church and was a retired employee of Knox County Parks and Recreation. Preceded in death by father, Coy Allen Burchell; mother, Betty Ruth Grubb Burchell; brother, Jackie Leonard Burchell; sisters, Judy Ann Burchell and Barbara Jean Burchell; sister-in-law, Loretta Burchell.

Mink, Kelley Leann Dyer

Kelley Leann Dyer Mink, age 24 of Powder Springs, TN, passed away suddenly Thursday, September 30, 2021 at home. She was a former member of Lake Shore Missionary Baptist Church and present member of the Fellowship Christian Church. She was the owner operator of Sweet Southern Roots Boutique and online auction company. Kelley was the most loving, caring, and kindhearted person that anyone could meet. She loved the Lord and truly cherished her friends and online auction family. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed.

James Michael Elkins

James Michael Elkins, of Washburn, TN, died unexpectedly on September 28, 2021 in a car accident. The family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. He was born on August 23, 1968 in Landstuhl, Germany on U.S soil, graduated from Grissom High School in Huntsville, AL, served in the Alabama Army National Guard, and lived mostly in Tennessee towards the end of his life.

William Leon Collins

William “Leon” Collins-age 49 of Blaine went to be with his Heavenly Father Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Survivors: Mother of his daughter, Kelli; daughter, Leah Collins; Leon was her number one fan in softball and she was the love of his life. Parents, Lonnie and Shirley Collins, brother, Wayne (Loretta) Williams, niece, Brianna (Michael) Hickman; great-niece, McKinley Hickman.

Jesse (Jay) Capps

Jesse (Jay) Hubert Capps-age 81 of Powder Springs passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. He was preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Estie Capps; sister, Maggie and brothers, Eugene, Frank, Kermit and Duane.

Survivors: wife of 59 years, Linda Jean Capps; two sons, Brian Capps and Bradley (Avery) Capps; grandchildren, T. J., Virginia, Rebecca, Jesse, Caty, Marcus, Callie, Chole, Cassie and Ava; Eight great-grandchildren. Brothers, Ira and Ronnie Capps.

Janice Marie Pimental

Janice Marie (Hensley) Pimental-age 61 of Maynardville passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at U. T. Medical Center. She was of the Christian faith. Former employee of L.B.C. Utility. Preceded in death by parents, James Kelly and Georgia (Brown) Hensley; brother, Kenneth Hensley; husband, Reo Strevel.

Judith Ann Martin

Judith Ann Martin-age 78 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Thursday, September 23, 2021 at her home with her family at her side. She was a retired CAN with Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Preceded in death by her parents, Paris and Mary Lee West; three brothers, Gary, Bobby Ray and William West; one sister, Selma Wylie.

Jackie Lynn Atkins

Jackie Lynn Atkins-age 40 of Luttrell, born November 19, 1980 passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center. His family ws his whole world. He loved to go camping and fishing. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Jack A. Atkins, Sr and J. B. Wyrick; father, Jack A. Atkins, Jr.

Nellie Edmondson

Nellie Ruth Edmondson (Coffey), age 85 of Maynardville, TN. Born Feb 6, 1936 in Tazewell, TN passed away at her home in Maynardville under the care of UT Hospice, Sept 24, 2021. She was a member of Chittum Chapel Baptist Church in Tazewell. She was preceded in death by her husband: Ray E. Edmondson of Maynardville, whom she loved and cared for so well, for better and for worse, even through a debilitating stroke. Parents Rev.John H Coffey and Mrs.

Eva J. Bull

Eva Jeanette (Oaks) Bull-age 74 of Maynardville went to be with our Lord and Saviour Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at her home. She was a member of Home Faith Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Reverend Fate and Etta (Russell) Oaks; husband of 43 ½ years, Reverend Clarence Bull; father and mother-in-law, Silas and Murlie Bull; infant granddaughter, Christa Lachae Braden; infant great-grandson, Brayden William Frye, step-son, Wayne Bull; brother, L. G. Oaks.

Timothy D. Hensley

Timothy DeWayne “Tim” Hensley-age 49 of Corryton passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at his home. Tim was born November 6, 1971. He was a member of Luttrell Missionary Baptist Church. He was the owner/operator of Ameri Tree Care. Preceded in death by father, A. J. Hensley; brother, Tony Hensley.

Gary Wade Beeler

Gary Wade Beeler-age 62 of Corryton passed away Sunday, Sept 19, 2021. He was a born-again Christian who is now resting in peace, pain and worry free. He had a kind smile and a loving heart. Ready to drop whatever he was doing to help anyone in need. There was nothing that he could not do from pulling wrenches, drawing, working on computers, to building things like houses and sheds. He had a thirst for knowledge and was always learning new things. He was an amazing person with a humble spirit who will be dearly missed. He was a U. S. Army Veteran.

Curtis Scott Braden

Curtis Scott Braden-age 53 of Luttrell passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, father, Donald Braden; mother, Naomi Grimes.
Survivors: daughters, Tabitha Braden, Crystal Hillard, Carrie Bailey; sons, Ronnie French and Johnny Rogers. Sisters and brothers, Robin (Gary) Flynn of Clinton; Daris Braden of Luttrell, Misty Little of Knoxville, Monty (Missy) Walker of Maynardville, Franklin D. Grimes, II of Strawberry Plains. Several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

James Herbert Nicolai

James Herbert Nicolai-age 78 of oak Ridge passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at Wyndridge Healthcare Center, Crossville. He was a U. S. Army Veteran serving 1967 -1969.
Interment 2 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, Narrow Ridge Natural Burial Preserve, Washburn. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.