Walter G. Seymour

Walter G. Seymour passed away peacefully at home after several months of declining health on August 31, at age 91. Born in Union County and having lost both parents by age 13 he moved to North Knoxville to live with his older sister. At age 17 he left these Tennessee Hills for the first time taking a train ride to San Diego to join the USN. After training he was on the christening crew of the USS Kyne. In 1944, he sailed to the South Pacific to serve in our war effort as a naval reserve. He also served in Greencove Springs Florida during the Korean Conflict. In 1947, he married the love of his life Betty and began his family, having children in three different decades. After marriage, he joined Ridgeview Baptist Church and was a faithful member until the end. He dearly loved his church and his Christian brothers and sisters, having many lifelong friendships. He served as a deacon and loved singing in the choir as well as lending a hand to any remodeling projects that were happening. In 1954, he began his 36-year career as a machinist at Union Carbide-Y12. Having 2 children then and 2 yet to arrive he was always thankful to have a job sufficient enough to provide for his family. He loved family/friend gatherings that consisted of fish fry’s and ice cream socials. Traveling was a highlight as he went through all the states and up the Alaskan Highway twice. He loved to talk about his trips to Hawaii and his trip to Germany to visit his nephew. He loved following the UT Vols and went to many games in the 1950’s and holding season ticket during the Majors and Fulmer years. Fortunate enough to have all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Knoxville he cherished watching them grow up and see their many achievements in life. He was a proud member of the IAM and the Powell Masonic Lodge. The family would like to extend a huge thank you to UT Hospice especially nurse DeWayne for their gentle care and also Geneva, Renee, and Carolyn from “It’s All About You Home Care” who so graciously cared for Dad the past 2 weeks. They were a blessing to us all. The world has lost one of the greatest men of his generation, but heaven has gained a beautiful soul and we can all rejoice knowing that his priority was always God, family, and country. Preceded in death by wife of 66 years Betty Taylor Seymour; 2 sisters; 3 brothers; 1 great-grandson. Survived by children Janice Hines (Gary), Gerald Seymour (Margie), Tammy Seymour, Jill Jones (Bob); 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister Dana Moore (Buck); plenty of nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Friday September 1, 2017 at Ridgeview Baptist Church with service to follow, Rev. Maston Jackson officiating Family and friends will meet 10:45a.m. Saturday September 2, 2017 at New Gray Cemetery for 11:00a.m. interment. Please leave online condolences at


Brenda Ann Hall

Brenda Ann Hall-age 59 of Maynardville passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 20. 2018 at North Knoxville Medical Center after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. She worked and served faithfully as an LPN at Willow Ridge Center for the past 8 years and was beloved by both her patients and co-workers alike. Brenda was preceded in death by father, Gerald W. Hall; nephew, Stefan Hall.

Harold D. Dotson

Harold D. Dotson-age 83 of Maynardville passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Willow Ridge Center. He was a member of New Fellowship Church. Harold retired from the U. S. Navy with 20 years of service and was a Vietnam Veteran. Preceded in death by parents, Frank E. and Ada Francis Dotson; son, Frank E. Dotson, II; all of Harold’s brothers and sisters preceded him in death; James Dotson, Herman Dotson, George Dotson, Bobby Lee Dotson, Fae L. Simpson, Gayenell Stanley and Ines Bevins.

George Taylor Brooks

George Taylor Brooks, age 90, of Thorngrove, passed away on June 20, 2018 at Oakwood Senior Living in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Bridges Brooks, parents Joe “Frosty” and Hattie Hickman Brooks, sister Ida Huffaker, and brother John Elmer “Toad” Brooks. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Cathy Jo and Jim Norris of Thorngrove. Special friends include Bob Petty, Donnie Crawford, Glyn Underwood and his little buddy Grayson Huffaker. He leaves to cherish his memory a large extended family of sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Rev. Earl Ray Johnson

Reverend Earl Johnson – age 82 of Union County, went to his Heavenly home on June 19, 2018. He was a member of Ailor Dale Baptist Church and former pastor of several churches. Earl was a dedicated man of God with the strongest faith. He was always caring and giving to everyone, always putting others needs before his own. He will be sadly missed by all that were lucky enough to know him.

Edna Mae (Beeler) Shoffner

Edna Mae (Beeler) Shoffner, Age 97 of Sharps Chapel was born on November 23, 1920 and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 18, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
Edna is preceded in death by her loving Husband Charlie Shoffner. Daughter: Wanda Brown, Son: Tom Shoffner and Grand-Daughter Gabrielle Shoffner. Parents: Mack and Lennie Beeler. Brothers: Tommy, Otis, and Clarence Beeler. Sisters: Mert, Lelia, and Georgia.

Teresa Ann Greer

Teresa Ann Greer, age 44, of Maryville, TN passed away peacefully on June 16, 2018. Preceded in death by mother Judith Ann Greer. Survived by children, Courtney Ann Thomas and fiancé Brandon Yeaman, Justin Joe Bradburn, and Madison Ann Bradburn; father Bobby Joe and wife Deborah; grandchildren John Mason and Eli Blane.

James Paul Myers, Jr.

James Paul Myers, Jr. age 70 of Knoxville, passed away June 15, 2018. James was a Vietnam veteran. He was of the Baptist faith and pastored many churches in his life. Preceded in death by wife Janet Myers; parents James P. Myers, Sr. and Juanita Myers; sister Helen Wrinkle. Survived by sons Jay Lloyd Myers and Stephen Myers; very special brother David Myers; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Wednesday June 20, 2018 at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel with service to follow, Rev. Clyde Lakin and Eddie Myers officiating.

Anna Mae Shelby Davis

Anna Mae Shelby Davis-age 78 of New Tazewell passed away Friday morning, June 15, 2018 at U. T. Medical Center following a long illness. She was a member of Raccoon Valley Baptist Church. Preceded in death by daughter, Kathy Ann Davis; parents, Jim and Louella Shelby; brothers, Willis Shelby, Troy Milton Shelby; sisters, Grace Shoffner and Viola Shelby.

Gary Lynn Anderson, Sr.

Gary Lynn Anderson, Sr.-age 72 of Luttrell passed away Thursday morning, June 14, 2018 at U. T. Medical Center. He was preceded in death by parents, Rev. Frank J. and Mildred (Hundley) Anderson; brothers, Robert (Bob) Anderson, Paul Anderson; sister, Cheryl Tyson; grandson, James Thompson; great-grandson, Skyler McClure.

Betty Jane Patterson

Betty Jane Patterson-age 91 of Maynardville passed away Sunday morning, June 10, 2018 at Beverly Park Place, Knoxville. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sevierville. She also enjoyed square dancing and was a member of Good Times Square Dance Club. Preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Patterson, Sr. in 1998; three sisters, Dorothy, Jean and Alla.