February 20, 2014

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:28 am



Dewey L. Bales, 90, of Morristown, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 with his family by his side.

Mr. Bales retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol with 25 years of service with the rank of Lieutenant. He also retired from the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department with 26 years of service as a bailiff in criminal court. He was a veteran of WWII and survived the torpedo attack of The Leopoldville. He was a member of the VFW Post 5266, Morristown Masonic Lodge 231 and the Kerbela Shrine. In his later years, he enjoyed farming and raising cattle along with his dogs, Bullet and Smokey.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Kate Pratt Bales; brothers, Albert, Lawton, L.M., Jack; sisters, Elva Hux, Marybelle Hodge, Irene Noe.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Bales; children, Stephen (Karen) Bales, Janice (Phillip) Wampler, Mike (Hazel) Bales; grandchildren, Derek Bales, Sarah (Phillip) Rowan, John (Gretchen) Wampler, Michelle Bales; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Emma, Ava, Johnny; sisters, Faye (Wallace) Mills, June Gilliam; sister-in-law, Willie (Lawton) Bales; several nieces and nephews.

A masonic service followed by the funeral services will be at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 at Grace Baptist Church in Morristown with the Rev. James Williams and Retired Judge James E. Beckner officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. until time of service at the church. Family and friends will meet at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Stetzer Funeral Home to process to Hamblen Memory Gardens for and 11 a.m. graveside service conducted by the Morristown Police Department and Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Stetzer Funeral Home, Morristown.


Billy Cox, 78, of Morristown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

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


Dolores Mae Fountain Davis, 84, of Morristown, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. Dolores was born and raised in Lone Tree, Iowa. She was a life-long farmer on the Fountain farm there. In 1983, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she was involved in Singles in Agriculture, and Asbury United Methodist Church where she was a member.

She loved gardening, going square dancing and working in her yard. In 2008, she moved to Morristown to be closer to her family and eventually moved to Regency Retirement Village in Morristown where she was known as the “Butterfly Lady,” as she loved butterflies.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alonzo Fountain; mother, Hazel Fountain; sister, Della Lovtinsky; and infant sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynn (Donny) Crooke of Morristown; sons, Sam Davis of Knoxville, Lon Davis of New Market and Dennis Davis of Lemoore, Calif.; granddaughter, Amanda (Steven) Fike of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska; brother, Lilburne “Flick” (Maxine) Fountain of New Market; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to extend thanks to Regency Retirement Village for all their care and support they have given Dolores and her family. Also, thanks to Dr. Gupta and the doctors and nurses at Johnson City Medical Center for the care given to her.

A celebration of her life will be held at Westside Chapel Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Iowa City Memorial Gardens in Iowa at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and Panther Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund. 

Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.


William “Bill” F. Davis, 68, of Jefferson City, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Physicians Regional Medical Center. Bill was born on Nov. 5, 1945.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Dolly Davis and his brother, Clarence Jr.

He is survived by a loving wife of 43 years, Gwendolyn (Cuberson) Davis; children, Jeffrey (Karen) Davis of Morristown, Stephanie (Kevin) Blue and William Davis Jr. of Knoxville, Roberta Davis of Chattanooga, Lisa Neal, Tyrone Davis and Eric (Judy) Davis of Jefferson City; 31 foster children; his sister, Ivory Lane and brother, James Davis, both of New Market; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a host of relatives and friends, and devoted friend, Michael Hunt.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at Dockery Funeral Home, followed by the service at 2 p.m. The Rev. Rosie Cuberson will be officiating.

Arrangements by Dockery Funeral Home in Morristown.




Dennis Randy Gregg, 70, of Newport, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at his home. He was an active member of Northport Baptist Church. He worked with R.A. Program and was the sound technician for several years.

He was an active member and past Master of the Masonic Lodge No. 234 F & AM. He was a member of the Knoxville Scottish Rites Bodies, where he received the honored 33rd Degree. He enjoyed being a Shrine clown with the Kerbela Shrine Temple making children and people laugh.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sidney Gregg; mother and stepfather, Marie and Jack Holt; sister, Lagretta Ann Gregg.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Gregg of Newport; sons, Barry Gregg of Parrottsville and Shannon (Heather) of Memphis; daughters, Misty (Phil) Carriger of Jonesboro, Alissia (Don) Taylor of Asheville and Melissa (James) Murphy of Sevierville; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Madison, Sean, Aaron, Sydney, Graham, Dylan and Nathan; great-grandchild, Brayden; sisters, Judy Smith (Tom Perski) of Newport and Diana Foder of Rockford; countless nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 in the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harold Ball and the Rev. Kris Brady officiating. Masonic rites will be held at 7:45 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:45 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Union Cemetery.

Arrangements by Manes Funeral Home.


Vivian M. Kidwell, 79, of Rutledge, passed away Feb. 18, 2014 at The Heritage Center of Morristown. She was a member of New Blackwell Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; parents, Edgar and Lucy Moneymaker; and brothers, James and Albert Moneymaker.

Survivors include her son, Kevin (Missy) Kidwell and granddaughter, Amber, all of Rutledge; brothers, Ira, Bruce and Ronnie Moneymaker; sister, Dorothy Coward, all of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff of The Heritage Center for their loving care during her illness.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the chapel of Smith-Reagan Funeral Home in Rutledge with the Rev. Paul Owens, the Rev. Johnny Mills and the Rev. David Collins officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Grainger Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to The Gideons International.

Arrangements by Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge.


Crystal Livesay, 45, of Bybee, passed away Feb. 13, 2014 at her home. She enjoyed watching University of Tennessee sports.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Garland.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Livesay; father, Carl Lawson; daughters, Chastity Byford and husband, Paul, Kristin Dale and significant other, Tommy Vick, Holli Dale; stepson, Clay Livesay; grandchildren, Conner Dale and Thomas Trey Livesay; brothers, Clint Lawson, Raymond Lawson, Wayne Lawson and Ken Lawson; numerous other relatives.

A celebration of life service will be Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at Brown funeral Home Chapel with a gathering of family and to follow until noon.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.


Ina “Ruth” Rice, 85, of Rogersville, passed away Feb. 18, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Laura Davis; husband, A.Y. Rice; daughter, Carolyn Rice; and sister, Willie Mae Cupp, all of Rogersville; sister, Christine Buttry of North Carolina; brother, George Davis of Morristown; son-in-law, Johnny Brooks of Knoxville; and grandson, Rodney Rice of Rogersville.

She is survived by siblings, Earl Davis of Virginia; Jimmy Davis, James Davis and Beatrice Calfee of Morristown; John Davis, Marie Stanton, Doug Davis, Daryl Davis and Wanda Davis of Rogersville, Anna Davis of St. Clair, and Mary Williams of Greeneville; son, Randall Rice of Rogersville; daughter, Elouise Rice Brooks of Knoxville, and Tiffany Rice of Rogersville; grandsons, Michael Burford (Jennifer) and James Brooks (Suzie) of Knoxville, Eric Rice (Christen) of Florida, Brad Rice (Tara) of Russellville; granddaughter, Angie Buchanan (Rusty) of Lenoir City; four great-grandchildren, Stormy, Tyler, Ellie and Cruze; and dear family member, Judy Ball.

Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She left a huge impression on everyone she met and was widely known for her generosity and her “famous” chicken and dumplings. She had a heart for children and throughout the years opened her home to friends and family that were in need.

She attended the Little Country Church in Rogersville when she was able and enjoyed the services and fellowship with her church family. Recently, her great-grandchildren were the light of her days, and she always looked forward to spending time with them.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville. Funeral services will follow with the Rev. Waylon Richards and the Rev. Kenneth Richards officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Christian-Sells Funeral Home, Rogersville.


Carlos J. Rivera, 48, of Morristown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Lakeway Regional Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel.


Flossie Christine Stafford, 73, of Morristown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at The Heritage Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel.


Bessie Thomson, 92, of Morristown, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at Jefferson City Health and Rehab.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Stetzer Funeral Home, Morristown.

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