January 2, 2014

Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 11:13 am


Helen Leo Jackson, 94, of Thorn Hill, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the chapel of Stetzer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in Thorn Hill.

Arrangements by Stetzer Funeral Home, Morristown.


Charles Edward Jarnagin, 71, of Morristown, departed his earthly life on Monday, Dec. 30 to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born Feb. 23, 1942, the son of Alonza and Pauline Lamons, and adopted son of Jap and Beulah Jarnagin of Three Springs.

Charlie was employed with Henrite Corp/Plumley Company for some 30 plus years before the company moved to West Tennessee in the 1980’s. He then became employed with BESTurnings of Morristown, where he continued employment for more than 20 years up until the day of his death.

Charlie was an avid lover of fishing, football and NASCAR racing. He spent many evenings tournament fishing, watching a good race or cheering on his favorite Tennessee Vols. Even after his children reached adulthood, he loved attending local high school football games and assisting Boys & Girls Club events. A kind and fun-loving man, he touched many lives through his helpful and giving personality. His heart-warming smile, cheerful laugh and selfless way of life are truly going to be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by both his natural and adopted parents; wife, Carol Ann Jarnagin; brothers, Bill Lamons and Kenneth (Hoppy) Lamons; sister, Louise Seals; and best friend and fishing partner, Johnny Hayes.

He is survived by children, Richard Jarnagin, Karen Brooks, Brian Jarnagin and Suzanne Elkins; brother, Gene Lamons; sisters, Betty Richardson and Sue Crocker; step-children, Billy Knight, Ricky and Tommy Waltermyer; grandson, Brandon Jarnagin, who resided with him; as well as seven additional grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeff Brooks and the Rev. Jody Brooks will officiate. Interment will follow in Hamblen Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Morristown in his honor.

Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home.


Ruth M. Justice, 96, of Whitesburg, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Life Care Center in Morristown.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Allen Funeral Home.


Elizabeth Rader, 96, of Morristown, died Jan. 1, 2014 at Lakeway Regional Hospital. Born in Chilhowee, Va., she lived most of her life in Hamblen County. She was a long time member of Russellville United Methodist Church, where she and her late husband had many special Christian friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lockie Hamilton; husband, Carl Rader; brothers, Kenneth, Gus and Pat Hamilton; and sister, Anne Ballard.

She is survived by her daughter, Libby Hatcher of Unicoi; granddaughter and husband, Teresa and David Hensley; and great-grandsons, Cory and Jeremy Hensley, all of Newport; nephews, Mike Hamilton, Charles Hamilton and John Rader; nieces, Donna Morris, Barbara Bare and Patricia Quarles; and great-nephews, Jason Hamilton, Patrick Hamilton and Preston Morris.

The family will receive friends at Allen Funeral Home in Morristown, Saturday, Jan. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Betty Shirley officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Catherine Nenney Cemetery in Whitesburg.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Russellville United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home.




Henry Frank Strickler, 90, died early Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home after a period of declining health.

He was born Aug. 28, 1923 in Hunter, Ark., the only son and youngest child of Henry Frank and Gipsie (Fox) Strickler. When he was a young child, the family returned to his mother’s native Cocke County where he grew to maturity and spent the rest of his life.

He attended Newport Grammar and Cocke County High Schools and was a member of the CCHS Class of 1942.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army 752nd Engineer Parts Supply Company. He was at Normandy Beach, the Battle of the Bulge and other areas of Northern France and Central Europe during this time.

Upon his discharge from the military in 1945, he returned to Newport and soon began a long career as a Newport businessman. At different times, he was co-owner of 3-Way Shell and Cocke County Tire with his nephew, Charles Sweeten, Changing Times and with Dan Burnett, the English Mountain Dragway.

Following his retirement from business, he devoted his energies to raising Black Angus and Limousin cattle and German Shepherd dogs.

A member of the local American Legion and VFW, he remained vitally interested in the care and maintenance of the Cocke County Memorial Building.

For more than 80 years, he was a member of Second Baptist (now Lincoln Avenue) Baptist Church. At the time of his death, he was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Frankie Strickler and three sisters, Madge Strickler Sweeten, Emma Sue Strickler Ball and Mildred Strickler Hall.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bernice Allen Strickler of Newport; children, Meschelyn (Ronnie) Barrett of Newport, Melanie Strickler of Asheville, N.C. and Marlan Strickler of Newport; four grandchildren, Traci Barrett of Dandridge, Ron (Alexis) Barrett of Newport and Victoria Barrett, all of Newport and Hayden Strickler of Asheville, N.C.; three great-granddaughters, Alex Barrett of Santa Monica, Calif. and Kyndall and Cooper Barrett, both of Newport; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Jean Allen and sister-in-law, Dorothy Allen, all of Newport; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral services following at 1 p.m. The Rev. Alvin Watts and the Rev. Harold Ball will officiate. Interment in Union Cemetery will follow the services.

Memorial gifts may be made to Stokely Memorial Library, 383 East Broadway, Newport, TN, 37821 or to Memorial Baptist Church, in care of Newport Presbyterian Church, 399 Hedrick Drive, Newport, TN 37821.

Arrangements by Manes Funeral Home.


Rhonda Thomas, 61, of Bean Station, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at Westside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Shannon Kinsler officiating. Interment will follow at First Independent Freewill Baptist Church in Bean Station. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.

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