Bobby Ray “Butch” Buckner-age 59 of Knoxville, formerly of Maynardville passed away suddenly Thursday morning, January 26, 2023 at his home. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and was a former employee of Hodge Manufacturing. Preceded in death by wife, Judy Buckner; parents, Billy “Tode” and Betty Jo (Bailey) Buckner; son, Douglas Buckner; brother, Ricky Buckner.
Olen L. Booker
Olen L. Booker of Tater Valley, Luttrell passed away January 3, 2023 (his dad’s birthday). He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Lucille Booker; a son, Mitchell Booker and a daughter-in-law, Donna Booker. His parents were Herbert and Edith Booker, his siblings were Helen (Franklin) Branson and Kenneth (Barbara) Booker, all of whom predeceased him. Olen was born and for all practical purposes, died on his beloved family farm, just as he wanted.
He is survived by his wife, Trish or Yaya, as he called her, a daughter, Becky (Chuck) Huskey; a son, Marty Booker; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.
Olen was saved as a young boy and recounted many special memories of those “good ole preachers”, as he called them. Verlin Booker, Jess Qualls, Royal Walton, Loy Shelton and Ernest Greene to just name a few that influenced him. The later of which married Olen and Lucille.
His working career spanned 32 years with Alltel and Powell Telephone Companies. He had many lasting, lifelong friendships from his work family.
Alltel paid the bills, but farming was where his heart was. He was still farming and taking care of his cattle at his time of passing. So many stories of his farming with the Branson family, Gail Booker and Charlie Nease. He often recalled their days of working in hay and corn silage. He loves every minute of it.
He had an abundance of friends along the way. Doyle Inklebarger, Steve Acuff, Newt and Paul Nicely. J. B. Kitts and Fuzzy John just to name over a few. Losing Paul took a great toll on Olen.
He fondly remembered all his older neighbors and had forged a friendship with all his new ones. That’s just who he was.
He used to visit Booker’s #2 daily, but didn’t go as often since his pal, Alco Cox passed. He had many a friend from the Booker gang and at Williams Tractor.
He loved to visit the boys at Ridgeline where he was the recipient of their “Lifetime Warranty” program. He loved Eddie Noe as much as he loved mowing that hillside and did mow it in the summer of 2022.
If he needed help, he could always count on the Williams boys to be there. He was especially close to Tyler. They were 2 peas in a pod to say the very lest.
He really found his happy place with Trish and all their adventures. He really was a changed man, but he had to have a hateful day every now in then because he was a Booker, after all.
His final minutes were spent with his extended family, Deanna Kling, Jennifer Buckner, Callie Buckner, his grandson, Josh Booker and his loving wife, Trish.
Per his request, his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be posted on Trish’s Facebook page after it is finalized.
Friends and family may visit at his home or at Tater Valley Grocery at their convenience.
Coba Faye (Cox) Dyke (age 89), journeyed to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 26, 2023. She was born to Joe and Bertha Cox on September 30, 1933 in Sharps Chapel, TN. She was a woman of great faith and belonged to the Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Coba was raised in her hometown where she later married her lifelong love, Dwane, on August 3, 1949.
Dale Edward Collett-age 75 of Sharps Chapel went to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning January 24,2023. He was a Christian and loved the Lord. He was an avid bible studier. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing with his family. He loved gospel music and wrote many songs. Dale was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Earl and Rebecca (Riggs)Collett; brother, Clifford Jeffery Collett.
Lena Mae Howard-age 74 of Luttrell passed away Monday, January 23,2023 at North Knoxville Medical Center in Powell. She was a member of the Tazewell Church of Christ.
Preceded in death by her parents, John D. and Ethel Ledford.
Survivors: husband of 60 years Bill Howard; brother, Joe Ledford; sister, Elizabeth Crabtree along with a host of nieces and nephews.
Terry Lee Middleton-age 62 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, January 22,2023 at U. T. Medical Center. Terry was selfless, reliable, compassionate and willing to do anything to help others. He was a jack of all trades,and could fix anything with an engine. He was a family man and worked hard to make sure his family was taken care of. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He loved spending his days playing with his grandchildren, spending time with family, working on cars and target practicing with the grandsons.
Barbara Jean “Chic” Booker-age 85 of Washburn passed away Friday morning, January 20, 2023 at Ridgeveiw Terrace in Rutledge. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Chic was preceded in death by husband, Darrell Booker; daughter, Cathy Reynolds; parents, Hugh and Martha Greene; brothers, Jim Greene, Rick Greene, sisters, Shirley Perry, Peggy Dalton and Beverly Clapp. Nephew, Tim Greene; sister-in-law, Otella Booker.
Edith Brantley – born May 20, 1931, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023. She was a lifelong member of Oaks Chapel American Christian Church.
She is preceded in death by husband, Leon Brantley; daughter-in-law, Libby Brantley; and thirteen siblings. Edith is survived by sons, Steve (Mary Ann) Brantley, Keith Brantley, Wade (Kim) Brantley and Dwight (Debbie) Brantley; eight grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. The family would like to thank hospice nurses, Marci, Donna and Michelle and all the Caring Covenant Hospice Staff for the loving care of their mother.
Martha Jane Powers-age 77 of Knoxville passed away Sunday morning, January 15, 2023 at U. T. Medical Center. She was a member of Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle on Magnolia Avenue. She was employed as a cashier with Walmart at Walker Springs Road, Knoxville for over 10 years and had previously worked at Chick-fil-A on the U. T. Campus. She was preceded in death by parents, Sterley and Josie (Jordon) Davis; sisters, Lucy Ann Davis, Helen Davis, Evelyn Graves, Estelle Shillings; brothers, Joe Davis and Ralph Davis.
Paris (Pat) Muncey-age 86 of Maynardville went to be with his Heavenly Father Sunday morning, January 15, 2023 at his home in the presence of his loving family. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church where his was saved as a young boy. Pat was a coon hunter and he loved farming. His greatest joy was he time he spent with his great-grandchildren.
Carol Sue Hutchinson-age 76 of Cracker Neck Road, Washburn went to be with the Lord Thursday morning, January 12, 2023 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. She loved the Lord and enjoyed her time at church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Hutchinson; parents, John and Pauline (Jones) Pabast. A special friend also preceded her in death, Stelmo Branson.
She is survived by several friends, Debbie Fultz, Jerry and Candy Halford.
Janet Marlene Godfrey-age 54 of Maynardville passed away Thursday morning, January 12, 2023 at her home. She was a graduate of Horace Maynard High School, Class of 1986 and also attended the Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville and South College. Preceded in death by mother, Jewell Cole Edwards; two brothers, John Martin Edwards and James Michael “Little Ed” Edwards; grandparents, William and Jessie Edwards, Woodrow and Hettie Cole, nephew, Adam Edwards.
Marcia Jeanne Beeler-age 60 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Saturday, January 7, 2023 at her home. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph Joel and Gladys Shebar; granddaughter, Paige.
Survivors: husband of 20 years, Bruce “Junior” Beeler; son, David Joseph Edwards and wife, Lisa; daughters, Corey Jeanne Boone and husband, David; Tammy Robin Spicer and husband, Billy. Seven grandchildren, Kayla, Emily, Abagail, Casey, Nathaniel and Peyton. Sisters, Karen and Cindy Beth; brothers, Kevin and Edward. Several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.
Micheal Eugene Garrett – age 47 of Corryton, better know as “Mikey G.”, went to be with the Lord, Friday, January 6, 2023 at Ft. Sanders Medical Center. He may be gone, but this is not the last goodbye. Death only released him of his pain. There will come a day that we will meet again. We all have different journeys and different paths along the way. All meant to learn new things, but never meant to stay. This part of the journey we all take, but we must take alone. All on this journey we must take before we finally go home. Micheal now walks hand in hand with the Lord.
Oma Helen Buller – age 84 of Maynardville passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
She is preceded in death by parents, John and Elsey Damewood; son Randy Damewood; and ten brothers and sisters. Oma is survived by husband, Bill Buller; children, Melissa (Michael) Oppenhein; several grand and great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Jessie C. Miller-age 97 of Knoxville passed away peacefully Sunday evening, January 8, 2023 at her home. She was a retired secretary employed by Browning Belting, Knoxville. Jessie also loved to travel. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Miller; parents, Estel and Lonette (Waddington) Campbell; brothers, Darrell Campbell and Glen Campbell.
She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eddie Joseph Kitts “Moose”-age 63 of Maynardville, January 20, 1959- January 1, 2023 peacefully passed away at U. T. Medical Center after being ill for some time. He was of the Baptist faith and believed in the Lord. He is preceded in death by parents, Estel and Juanita Kitts; sister, Janice Wyrick; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Hensley.
William Frank “Bill” Kroner-age 84 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord Monday, January 2, 2023 at his home. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during the Korean War and was a former member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. Bill was a retired over-the-road truck driver. Preceded in death by parents, William Sam and Margaret C. (Keating) Kroner.
Survivors: three children along with one brother, Wayne Kroner. Special friends and neighbors, Rickie Blair and Ann Rudd of Maynardville.
Rev. Michael (Mike) Miller-age 62 of Luttrell went home to meet his Savior on Sunday morning, January 1, 2023 at his home. He was a member of New Fellowship Full Gospel Church and a loving husband, father and friend. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Hazel (Damewood) Miller of Luttrell and his sisters, Kathy Parker and Penny Letner of Luttrell.
Jonathan “Cliff” Phifer-age 32 of Washburn passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 at North Knoxville Medical Center. He was born August 1, 1990 and was a member of Glory Bound Baptist Church. He loved life and always had a smile on his face. He was a great Dad and loved his wife and children with all his heart. Preceded in death by grandparents, Dortha Harrell and Allen Harrell.
James Michael “Little Ed” Edwards-age 55 of Maynardville passed away Saturday morning, December 31, 2022 at his home. He was a great father and a friend to all. Preceded in death by son, James Adam Edwards; mother, Jewell (Cole) Edwards; brother, John Martin Edwards; grandparents, Woodrow and Hettie Cole.
George Paris Sharp-age 74 of Sharps Chapel (Union County) went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith and a retired employee of Powell Valley Electric Co-op. George was preceded in death by wife of 39 years, Mary Ruth (Harvey) Sharp; son, George Wayne Sharp. Parents, John and Rose (Shoffner) Sharp; brothers, Dave Sharp, Lee Bob Sharp; sisters, Polly Sheckles, Lela Mae Weaver, Linda Harrell, Faye Hicks and Sue Bailey. Father and mother-in-law, Robert and Mossie Harvey.
Anna Louise (Vaught) Oaks – age 55 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly December 29, 2022 at home.
She is preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Christine Vaught; and brother, Joe Vaught. Anna is survived by husband, Ronald Oaks; children, Tabatha Johnson, Corey Oaks and Tyler Oaks; grandchildren, Tanner Hayes, Ethan Hayes and Payton Johnson; brothers, Jerry Vaught, and Tim Vaught; sisters, Brenda Johnson, Darlene Huffman and Sandra Vaught; and many nieces and nephews.