July 24, 2014

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:32 am


Geneva Beck, 94, of Saint Clair, died July 22, 2014 in Knoxville. Mrs. Beck was born and raised in Athens where she met her late husband, Earl Beck. In the early 50s, she relocated to Hawkins County to begin her farming career. She retired from Magnavox. She was an avid gardener and crafter, making clothing, quilts, afghans, crocheting and sock monkeys.

She is also preceded in death by her children, W. Lynn Beck, Marjory Manes and Earl (June) Beck; mother and stepfather, Kathleen and Frank Lonas; brother, AJ Frye; great-grandson, Chuck Manes.

Left to carry on her memory is son, Dudley (Kathy) Beck of Knoxville; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Lillie Belle.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 26 from 1 until 3 p.m. at Colboch-Price Funeral Home with service to follow. Interment will follow in Courtney Cemetery.

Arrangements by Colboch-Price Funeral Home.


Mildred Kirk Crosby, 84, passed away in Madison, Mississippi on July 21, 2014. She was formerly of Morristown.

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

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 System. He was a member of Dover Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He drove a school bus for 25 years. He was an active farmer and loved his family, friends and horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Rettie Day; sisters, Willie Day, Pauline Price and Alva Williams; brothers, Howard, Leonard and Bert.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Juanita Day; daughter, Rita (Ralph) Laster; granddaughter, Michelle (Jim Ed) Stephens; great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Stephens; cousin who was like his brother, Kyle Thompson; nieces, Patsy (Phil) Wright and Jean Anne (Guy) Smith.

Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 25 at Dover Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Johnny Shipley and the Rev. Rocky Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Airy Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 24 at Dover Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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.

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

Arrangements by Stetzer Funeral Home, Morristown.




Willis Nathaniel (W.N.) McNabb Jr., 83, passed away suddenly and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, after which he worked for AT&T and retired after 37 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church Lenoir City and the John Henry McNabb Sunday school class, a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Avery Masonic Lodge No. 593 F&AM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis N. Sr. and Carrie McNabb; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Bobby Parker; sister, Linda Wilson; brother, Curtis McNabb; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elbert and Mossy Bryant; and brothers-in-law, John Shepard, Robert Quillen and Harold Yingst.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mildred Bryant McNabb; sons, Gary McNabb of Talbott, Mike McNabb and wife, Donnette, of Morristown; daughter, Gail McNabb Vann and husband, Terry, of Lenoir City; grandsons, Matthew McNabb and Shelby McNabb of Morristown; sister, Jeri West and husband, Roy, of Lithia Springs, Georgia; brother, Doug McNabb and wife, Jan, of Lenoir City; sisters-in-law, Ruth McNabb, Elsie Shepard, June Quillen of Lenoir City, Norma Jean Yingst of Liberty, Indiana, Carolyn Heaton and husband, Jerry of Greenback, Suan Floyd and husband, Ray, of Knoxville, and Judy Bryant of Knoxville; brothers-in-law, Charles Bryant and wife, Maggie, of Greenback, and Bill Bryant and wife, Sue, of Palmer; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and very special friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral services will immediately follow with Dr. Dick DeMerchant officiating. Masonic services will be conducted by Avery Masonic Lodge. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 26 and proceed to Loudon County Memorial Garden for graveside services and interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Lenoir City Building Fund.

Arrangements by Click Funeral Home.




Edward Walter Olson, 84, passed away on July 17, 2014 at Ft. Sanders Hospital in Knoxville. He was born to the late Enar and Jeannette (Truelson) Olson, April 1, 1930 in Flushing, New York.

Ed grew up in Great Neck, New York where he attended Great Neck Senior High School. For many years, he served as a volunteer fireman in Great Neck and competed at the annual Fireman’s Muster where they won the state championship. He was also a member of the Elks, Eagles and Moose Clubs. He learned to be a master upholsterer and made this his life’s work for more than 60 years. An entrepreneur who never officially retired, he was an avid artist, painter, wood worker and craftsman who gave freely to others and was an inspirational leader in his community.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Wheeler) Olson of Sneedville; three sons, Michael Olson of Brattleboro, Vermont, Steven Olson of Brattleboro, Vermont, Peter Olson of Hinsdale, New Hampshire; three daughters, Kris Derosia of Brattleboro, Vermont, Wendy Monmaney of Weirs Beach, New Hampshire and Jan Olson of Mompiche, Ecuador; sisters, Ruth Hoey of Great Neck, New York, Fran Bogden of Pocassett, Massachusetts and Linda Schenck of Pocassett, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Joyce (Franceschi) Olson who passed away in 2002.

Ed was a kind, spirited, country man, who loved his family and friends. His passion for the Wild West was kept alive as he amazed us all with his fast-draw crack shot talent, whether he was using guns or just bow and arrows. Seldom was he seen without sporting a cowboy hat and boots. Eddie’s love of all animals was evident through his passion as a farmer, a Malamute breeder and the local Overhome Animal Rescue volunteer. He truly loved living in Tennessee and knowing the people. He never met a stranger and will be missed and remain in our hearts forever.

Please join us at his celebration of life potluck at the McNeil Funeral Home at 124 Church Street, Sneedville on July 27 from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Edward’s memory may be sent to Overhome Animal Rescue, PO Box 556, Sneedville, TN 37869.

Arrangements by McNeil Funeral Home, Sneedville.


Jeffery Neil Reed, 54, of Sneedville, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville.


Brian Keith Williams Jr., 15, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

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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