Marcus Keyes

Marcus Keyes, age 84, died peacefully on November 28, 2023 with his wife, Glenda, by his side.
Marcus was born on February 25, 1939, in Bantry Bay, Ireland. He was the fourth of five children born to Raphael P. Keyes and Brigid (O’Sullivan) Keyes. Marcus is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glenda Struss-Keyes; sister-in-law Patsy Keyes; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Struss) Toms; nephew; Ralph (Eileen) Keyes; grandniece, Rachel (Sam); grandnephew, Michael (Andrea).
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Falkna (died in infancy), Michael, Raphael, and Caít.

Marcus Keyes was ordained a priest in the Missionary Society of St. Columban in 1963. After a short period of time in England, he was missioned in the Philippines until 1989, excluding five years in which he served as a counselor in the international headquarters of the Columban Fathers. While assigned in the Philippines, Marcus met Glenda who was serving as a Columban sister. The final four years of their time in the Philippines was a period of intense militarization and suffering.
After a period of discernment Marcus and Glenda were married in 1991. During his year of discernment, Marcus was invited by Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell to serve in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee. Marcus established within the Diocese the Office of Justice-Peace-Integrity of Creation (JPIC). When he married Glenda, he invited her to serve as co-director of JPIC. From 2001 until 2010 Marcus headed the Glenmary Commission on Justice and Peace for the Glenmary Home Missioners.
Marcus often explained that Earth is the context of our faith and our work for peace and justice. In his dying days, he found the strength to utter as well as to write the words, “I am an internationalist.” He gestured with his arms in an all-encompassing circle to signify that his identity was attached to the totality of Life. He was loved for his genuine warmth, charm, and gift of storytelling. He was respected for his skill at using thoughtful questions to guide and assist individuals and groups facing important matters and decisions. He was a devoted family member who made it a point to keep strong connections with all his first, second, and even third cousins. He was a loyal and trusted friend to many around the world.

Marcus and Glenda have resided at Narrow Ridge for nearly twenty years. Marcus and Glenda have been members of Saint Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church since its store-front days.

A visitation with family and friends will be held on Friday, December 1st at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Saint Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church at 3445 Maynardville Hwy, Maynardville, TN 37807. A funeral mass will be held at the same location on Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 a.m. A burial service will be held immediately after mass at the Narrow Ridge Natural Burial Preserve, 1936 Liberty Hill Road, Washburn, TN with a gathering of friends and family immediately following at Narrow Ridge's Strawbale Lodge, 375 New Harvest Rd, Washburn, TN 37888. Carpooling to the Natural Burial Preserve and Strawbale Lodge is strongly encouraged. Friday and Saturday services at Saint Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church will be livestreamed on the church’s facebook page:
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marcus’s honor to the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center at
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.


Mildred Lou Ryder, Andersonville, Tn

Ryder, Mildred Lou, age 88 of Andersonville, went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2024 at Tennova North. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She also loved to hand sew quilts. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oda & Gertie Ridenour Pike and her loving husband, Kenneth and 9 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sons, Robin (Rhonda) Ryder, Kelvin (Debbie) Ryder and Rusty (Kelly) Ryder and her daughter Della (Scott) Heath. 9 Grand Children, 6 Great Grand Children and 2 Great Great Grand Children.

Gregory "Moon" Clifton Hunter

Gregory “Moon” Hunter – age 40 of Luttrell, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at his home. Moon was a great friend and loved his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, chickens, fast cars, hunting ginseng, and just taking relaxing drives. He was loved by many and will forever be in our hearts. Preceded in death by his daughter, Kourtney Hunter; sister, Mesha Young; father, Rickey Hunter.

Janice Faye Beason

Janice (Lay) Beason-age 60 of Sharps Chapel passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, February 24, 2024 at her home. She was a loyal, faithful member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Janice is preceded in death by her father, Sandy Lay.

Donald James D.J. Corum

Donald James “D.J.” Corum-age 45 of Luttrell went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 22, 2024 at his home. D. J. loved his family and was very proud of his kids. Preceded in death by son, Dayton Corum; father-in-law: Bo Inklebarger; grandparents, Gene and Inez Hensley; grandmother, Naomi Corum.
Survivors: loving wife of 20 years, Comfort Corum; daughters, Aleigha Corum, Abby Corum; parents, Perry and Karen Corum; sister, Shonda Corum; brothers, Joshua Corum; Rev. Daniel Corum and wife, Lisa. Many nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Nicholas Trammell

Nicholas Tyler Trammell – age 25 of Powell, passed away February 18, 2024 in St. Paul. Minnesota. While Nick faced many difficult challenges, he never stopped being an audacious dreamer. His imagination and giddy laugh are the qualities most will recall.

James Herbert Bays

James Herbert Bays-86 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Monday morning, February 19, 2024, at his home. He was of the Church of God faith. He enjoyed his long-time career as an over the road truck driver and had been to Canada, Mexico and every state except for Alaska. Preceded in death by his parents, Hayden and Lindy Bays; wives, Linda Darlene Bays and Bonnie Bays; children, Kathy Bays, Herbie Bays, Jerry Childress, David Childress, Angie Pollard; grandchildren, Misty Childress, Alex Childress, Kelley Childress, Josh Hunley; sisters, Maggie, Anne, Reba; brother, Esco Bays.

Herbert Clinton Fields

Herbert Clinton Fields-age 64 of Dalton, Georgia went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 17, 2024 at home while under the care of his daughter. He is preceded in death by wife, Rita Joyce (Redwine) Fields; parents, Eli Fields and Katie Juanita (Goforth) Fields; son, Scott Flowers; sisters, Tiny Ruth Pullen and husband, Mike; Virginia Allen Hughes and husband, B.J. Herbert loved hunting and fishing. He will be laid to rest with his loving wife by his side.

Loetta Galyon

Loetta Marie Galyon – age 58 of Maynardville, passed away peacefully February 15, 2024. Loetta is of the Pentecostal faith.

She is preceded in death by parents, James and Ruth Ellis; nephew, Anthony Goins and father-in-law, Robert Galyon. Loetta is survived by husband, Jeff Galyon; children, Leighann (Curtis) Cash, son, Nick Galyon; grandchildren, BriAnn, Amorett and Aminah; sister, Linda Fox; and many extended family members too numerous to mention.

Hoke Mynatt, Jr.

Hoke Lee “Porky” Mynatt, Jr. – age 78 of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2024 surrounded by his family. He was born October 18, 1945 to Attorney Hoke Lee Mynatt, Sr. and Grace Delana Barnett Mynatt. Hoke graduated from Houston Independent School district. In 1972 he graduated from Davidson Police Academy and went to work for the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Hoke left the department in 1985. Upon moving to Houston, TX that same year he eventually went to work for Wackenhut Security Company where he worked in several positions including as a U. S.

Ruby Pointer

Ruby Jean Luttrell Pointer – age 75 of Knoxville, born January 18, 1949, left this world peacefully at her home surrounded by family on February 12, 2024. She was a Cosmetologist and loved styling hair for her customers from her home beauty shop for many years. Ruby was passionate about gardening and was a wonderful cook. She was a loving mom, nana, sister and friend.

Nancy Elizabeth Weaver

Nancy Elizabeth Weaver – age 50 of Corryton, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 9, 2024 at U.T. Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the owner/operator of Dano’s 8675, LLC, and was also the operator of Anderson Farms Catering, Corryton. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Nancy was a person who cared for others and was known to put others before herself.
Preceded in death by her father, William Houston Weaver; her life long partner, Danny Lewis Blaylock; brother-in-law, Timmy Bailey.

Teresa Jo Newman

Teresa Jo Newman-61 of Knoxville went to be with the Lord unexpectedly February 6, 2024. Teresa loved to cook and listen to classic country music. Preceded in death by her parents, Shirley Jean Franklin and William Edward Newman; son, Thomas Derek Huck.

She is survived by her daughter, Crystal Helton and husband, Matthew; brother, William Edward Newman and wife Ladonna; grandchildren, Brionna Huck, Zoey Huck, Thomas Huck and many other loving family members and friends.

Priscilla Jane Cox

Priscilla Jane Cox – age 49 of Maynardville, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare.
Preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Anna Lee (Smith) Bolden; sisters, Patricia Ann Bolden, Betty Jo Marie Goins.
Survived by her sons, Jacob Cooke and wife Cheyenne Marlow of Maynardville, Austin Cox; granddaughter, Myla Rayne Cooke; brother, James Smith and wife, Joyce of Tazewell, sisters, Mary Ann Kincaid, Sue Fullington; special nieces, Misty Collins, Christy Payne; several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Johnnie Lee Beeler Jr.

Johnnie Lee Beeler Jr. — age 48 of Luttrell, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024 at his home. He was of the Baptist Faith. Johnnie (Biggon) was a loving man who would do anything for anyone. He had a big heart. He loved his family, old cars and old music.
He was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Lee Beeler sr.; mother, Dollie Sue Beeler (Muncey).
Survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lora and Theodore (Kenny) Graves; son, Corey Beeler; niece, Kali Graves; nephew, Derek Graves; many aunts and uncles; special friend, Paul Richard.

Wilma Lou Tolliver

Wilma Lou Tolliver-88 of Sharps Chapel went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2024. Wilma was a retired schoolteacher of 44 years in the Union County School System. Preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Hettie Cole; sister, Jewell Edwards; niece, Marlene Godfrey; nephews, Marty Edwards, Mike Edwards.

She is survived by, Norm Tolliver; daughter, Jeannie Dyer and husband Dwight; grandchildren, Dylan Berry and wife Ashley, Dalton Berry; great grandchildren, Amelia and Cullen, Maylen Berry.

Joshua Randal Fletcher

Joshua Randal Fletcher-42 of Luttrell went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, January 28, 2024. He was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church in Claiborne County. Preceded in death by his son, Christopher Tray Fletcher; grandparents, William and Frieda Fletcher, Charles and Evelina Mize, Farnum “Coot” Bolin; uncles, William “Jake” Fletcher, Jr., Floyd Fletcher, James Fletcher; aunt, Kathern Collins.

David Samuel Beets

David Samuel Beets – age 39 of Augusta, Georgia, formerly of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 21, 2024. He is a member of Broken Outreach Ministries, Augusta Georgia.
Preceded in death by his father, Troy Michael Beets; grandmother, Beulah Joyce Vanbebber; grandfather, Charles Parker Evins.