Phyllis Jean Hurst

Phyllis Jean Hurst, age 77 of Tazewell, Tennessee, was born on January 28, 1943, and was called to her Heavenly Home on July 24, 2020, surrounded by her son, David, family and friends.
She had been in poor health for quite some time, but she always had a smile on her face and joy in her heart every Sunday, as she listened to Rev. Jerry Epperson and his family on WNTT. What a blessing she received from those services! Her faith in God started at an early age, as she continued to talk with Him, to walk with Him and to have faith in Him, always. Dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ led her to become a member of Clinch Valley American Christian Church. She was so thankful for her gift of Salvation!
At age 16, she married Kenneth Edward Hurst, and they had three beautiful children, David Edward, Gary, and Denise Jean. Her husband passed in 1986, and she poured her love, guidance and care into being a single parent. Throughout the years, she worked as a cook at the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office; as a cook/server at Skyview Restaurant; as a sleeve setter for Signal Knitting Mills; and as a trainer to set sleeves at Claiborne Textile Mill, until she retired. Her love, dedication, and care were never ending for the wellbeing of her family. She worked many tiring hours to take care of them.
Family and friends were held dear in her heart. She was very quiet spoken, but her smiles and hugs spoke volume to all who knew her. Whenever her grandson, Avery, visited with her, she could wipe away his tears with her hugs, kisses, and gentle words. These qualities not only nourished her grandson, but also nourished her children into the fine adults they grew into because of their mother’s love given to them beyond measure!
As the years went by, her heart was deeply hurt by the loss of her son, Gary, and her daughter, Denise. Throughout this difficult time, she depended on her son, David, who had tried his best to fill his father’s shoes by taking care of her, his sister, and brother. She was so proud of the man he had become and was equally proud of the achievements that all three of her children had accomplished.
When her illness got progressively worse, she was surrounded with loving support, thoughts, prayers, and caring hearts from many people who loved her. In addition to all the healing comfort provided by God, she was so blessed to have David, who cared for her every need. She was blessed with family and friends who helped so very much during her much-needed care. Among those who gave her their loving words of encouragement, many hugs, and special caregiving were Michael Swanner and Russell Gibbons who became her loving family; Smokey Mountain Home Health and Hospice, owner, Tammy Francis, and her entire loving and caring nursing staff who gave her personable, as well as professional care; Chaplain Lee who shared the Word of God with her; Anita McAnally who attended to her personal needs and gave her special attention with heartfelt love.
God has been with her during her earthly path, and He is now with her on her spiritual path. There will be a happy reunion as she enters the gates of Heaven and gives hugs to her husband, Kenneth Edward Hurst; her beautiful daughter, Denise Caudill Hurst; son, Gary Hurst; parents, Theodore and Mary Powell; sisters, Corrina Mullins, Bonnie Reece, Louise Atkins, and Helen Epperson; brothers, Edgar and Earl Powell. Her loved ones left with an abundance of love and beautiful memories include her son, David Edward Hurst; grandson, Avery Benson Caudill; son-in-law, Michael Caudill; sisters, Linda Atkins and Judy Epperson; sisters-in-law, Berneda Hipsher and Faye Powell, all of Tazewell, Tennessee. Many other family and friends will hold her dear in their hearts.
Services celebrating her life will be held on 3 P.M. Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel, Maynardville with Rev. Jerry Epperson and Rev. Tommy Russell officiating. The Epperson Family (Jerry, Carolyn and Mark) and Karen Mutter will be the singers. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Immediately following the service, there will be a graveside service at Fairview Cemetery in Tazewell, Tennessee, where doves will be released in remembrance of her.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Atkins, Jerry Atkins, Caden Atkins, Logan Atkins, Rocky Manning, and Russell Gibbons. Special honorary pallbearer is Avery Benson Caudill.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.


Mary Martha Collins Chance

Mary Martha Chance-age 62 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Wooddale Freewill Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Zola Collins; step-father, Jim Steele; brothers, Donald, Delmar, James and Ronnie Collins; sisters, Della Waldrop, Doris Ford; Dorothy Collins, Dora Williams and Ann Wilson.

Mary E. "Bill" Rouse

Mary Elizabeth (Bill) Rouse-age 83 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday, August 3, 2020 at Willow Ridge Center. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Mary was a long time member of the Union County Home Demonstration Club, a member of the former Blazing Star Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a cook at Sharps Chapel Elementary School for several years where she treated all the children as her own and also worked at the Union County Senior Citizens Center.

Roger Kenneth Witt

Roger Kenneth Witt, age 73 of Knoxville passed away on July 31, 2020. A graduate of Fulton High School and a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Charles H. McKinney Lodge #433, The American Legion Post 0172 (Clinton) and Amvets Post 2 (Oak Ridge). Member of Lincoln Park Baptist Church. Retired from CNS Y12 with 40 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents Roger K. Witt Sr. and Virginia Rose Witt.

Sammy Joe Bounds

Sammy Joe Bounds, 70, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, August 1, 2020. Sam was a proud Marine Corp veteran, Vietnam veteran and retired with 23 years devotion to the Corp. Sam also retired from the Knox County District Attorney’s office. He is preceded in death by his father Eugene Bounds, mother Laura Bounds, and brother Bobby Bounds.

Stevie Cassell

Stevie Martin Cassell - age 56 of Knoxville, passed away on August 1, 2020 at UT Medical Center surrounded by his wife and children after a long battle with Vascular Dementia. Steve was born on Dec. 29, 1963 to Fred and Rose (Williams) Cassell. Sadly, Steve lost his mother before his first birthday. God blessed him with another loving mother when his father married Betty. She raised Steve as her own and he loved her dearly. Steve was known for his awesome sense of humor and quick wit, if you spent any time with him you went away happy.

Anthony Hutchison

Anthony Todd Hutchison – age 36 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly July 30, 2020. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, Todd Hutchison; grandparents, Billy Lee Hutchison and Arthur and Wilma Amos; and aunt, Terri Amos. Anthony is survived by his mother, Kathy (Tim) Shoffner, grandmother, Agnes Hutchison; brothers, Bradley (Kristen) Hutchison and Victor (Kayla) Hutchison; nieces and nephews, Leslee, Graycee, Annzlee, Leeland; and special nephew, Levi.

Lester Carl Coram

Lester Carl Coram-age 93, two months shy of 94 of Knoxville passed away Friday afternoon, July 31, 2020 at his home. He was a member of Emory Valley Baptist Church and a retired employee of Roden Electric with 45 years of service. Born September 27, 1926 the son of the late Houk and Dora Chesney Coram; also preceded in death by brothers, Edgar, Sanders and Arte Coram; sisters, Virginia Cate and Alice McCoy. First wife, Darlene Bailey Coram.

Martha Lois Deyarmond

Martha Lois Deyarmond, 89, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on July 29, 2020 from a long illness.

Mom was a beloved mother, grandmother of eight, and great grandmother of thirteen. She is survived by her children: Allen Toole (Sue), Debbie Karnes (Donny), Jimmy Toole (Terry), and Sandra Huff (Jay).

Mom was preceded in death by her spouse Dallas Deyarmond, daughter Cindy Toole and great granddaughter Ambriel Karnes.

A private family ceremony will be held.

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Mary Ann Tharpe

Mary Ann (Needham) Tharpe died peacefully at her home in Fountain City, a suburb of Knoxville, Tenn., on July 30, 2020. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease eight years ago, but did not suffer. She was able to remain in her home of 60+ years during that time thanks to the loving care of her niece, Robin Delph, Miranda Corum and her daughter LaKaya, and Teresa Kay Collins, who became her full time caregiver and companion four years ago. Teresa and her family adopted Mary Ann as one of their own and included her in their many gatherings.