July 23, 2014

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:36 am


Mildred Kirk Crosby, 84, passed away at St. Catherine’s Village on July 21, 2014. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Pkwy. in Ridgeland.

She was married to R.C. Crosby for 52 years. She grew up in Morristown and went to work at “the Phone Company” as an operator. R.C. was working there and after dating at several UT football games, they were married. In 1962, they moved to Jackson, where she held several positions and forged lifelong friendships at South Central Bell.

A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she was always up for some fun. She would rally her friends to get involved in whatever she wanted to get into. Loving and caring came so natural for her that she never let anyone know they were anything but the most important person in the world. You could always tell Middie was around by her infectious laughter. She and R.C. loved to dance and had great times at Brookwood Country Club.

She will be greatly missed by so many and as she would say, “I’m hanging up now.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, R. C.

She is survived by her brother, Jim Kirk (Biddie) of Ocala, Florida; sons, Rod Crosby (Susan) and Tommy Crosby (Nancy) and their children, Christy Clayton (John Andrew Clayton), Alex Crosby (Lenzie); and many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Dr. Larry Hartman; cousin, Jamie Hartman for such great care when she had a brain tumor in ‘09. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Catherine’s and Kelly with Gentiva Hospice for their unwavering love and devotion to our mother.

In lieu of flowers, consider memorials to the Wesley Foundation, 425 Jackson Ave. W., Oxford, MS 39655, an outreach of the United Methodist Church for the University of Mississippi or a charity of your choice.

Graveside interment services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25 at Jarnigan Cemetery with Dr. Charles W. Starks officiating.

Arrangements by Stetzer Funeral Home, Morristown.


James Ralph Day, 88, of Morristown passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare Systems.

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


Margie Dotson, 68, of Morristown passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Life Care Center of Morristown.

Survivors include her daughter, Melinda Reynolds; sons, Robert and Ricky Newman; eight grandchildren; two special grandchildren, Paige Reynolds and D.J. Wilder III; five great-grandchildren; brother, Ray Smith; sisters, Ruby Winstead and Mildred Myers.

Graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, July 24 at Dover Church Cemetery.

Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.


Jorma M. Eskola, 68, of Treadway, went home to be with his Savior on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Ft. Sanders Hospital in Knoxville with his wife and son, Benjamin, at his side.

Jorma was born in Finland and immigrated to the United States in 1958. He attended and was confirmed at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He joined the army and served in Vietnam from 1970-1971. On his return from Vietnam he married his wife of 43 years, Lynda Mary Humphrey. He established Eskola Roofing in 1972, which continues today under the management of his two sons, Jon and Benjamin.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda Mary Eskola; sons, Jon (Kimberly) Eskola, Benjamin (Tammy) Eskola, Jacob Eskola; daughters, Elizabeth (William) Burdick, Sarah Eskola; sisters, Ellen Cunha, Maiju Balas, Vuokko Theisen, Linda Forte, Marja Warakois; grandchildren, Caleb, Levi, Emilea, Asher, Galen, Evan, Judah, Anna, Kaija, Alexandria, Christian, Blake and Drew Eskola; Merry, William, Jonathan, Benjamin, Joshua, Hannah, Alice and Noah Burdick.

Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church, Morristown from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25followed by a memorial celebration of Jorma’s life. A private family burial on the home farm will be on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridgway Ministries, Inc., 7522 Campbell Rd., Suite 113-172, Dallas, TX 75248.

Arrangements by Stetzer Funeral Home, Morristown.


Brian Keith Williams Jr., 15, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville after battling Cystic Fibrosis. He loved basketball, his Xbox and was a Florida Gator fan.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Larry Mitchell Sr. and Albert Williams Sr.

He is survived by his parents, Brian Sr. and Sabrina Williams of Jefferson City; sisters, Amber and Sarah Williams; grandmothers, Alice Williams and Mary Mitchell; nephew, Corbin Divine; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at Westside Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Pate officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25 at Jefferson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.

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