July 25, 2014


James Ralph Day, 88, of Morristown passed away Wednesday, July 23 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare Systems. 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 Rev. Rocky Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Airy Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at Dover Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.


Jeffrey Neal Reed, 54, entered into eternal peace July 24 with family at this side after a short illness. Neal was born Feb. 27, 1960 in Hancock County where he resided his entire life. Neal enjoyed farming from an early age and spent many hours tending cattle and helping manage the family farm. He enjoyed the simple things of life and always had a kind word and smile for everyone he met. He was fun loving and enjoyed watching cartoons and spending time with his nieces who adored him. He professed faith at an early age and was a member of Ida’s Chapel Baptist Church in Sneedville. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Reed; sister, Kathy Turnmire and grandparents, Charlie “Bud” Robert & Mary Roberts and HC Carr & Hattie Reed.

He is survived by his mother, Ruby Reed; brother and sister-in-law, Carl & Patricia Reed; brother-in-law; Danny Turnmire; nieces, Brooke (Dwayne) Cornett & Lauren (Chris) Lawson, both of Morristown; and Macy Reed of Sneedville; great nieces, Kinsley & Katy Jo Lawson and Hattie Reed Cornett; and great nephew, Brady Cornett of Morristown.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 25 at the McNeil Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Kester Bunch and Rev. Buster Jarvis will be officiating. Special music will be provided by Macy Reed. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the Burke-Reed Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Richard Reed, Gary Dossett, Chris Lawson, Danny Turnmire, Dwayne Cornett, Larry Seal, Junior Hurley, Mac Hatfield & Brady Cornett. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be June Clonce, Cliff Taylor, David Gagnon and Kellis Sword.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 25 at the McNeil Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be made at www.mcneilfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville.


Debra I. Singleton, 55, of Morristown, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 23 at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare Systems. She was a member of Calvue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by father Harry Archer, grandparents Henry Ollie Howerton, Henry and Minnie Mae Archer.

Survivors include husband Mike Singleton, daughter January Singleton, mother Ruby Howerton Archer, brother Kenneth (Lisa) Archer, grandchild Alyssa Singleton, nephew Lucas (Ashley) Archer, niece Casey Archer, and great-nephews Eli and Abram Archer; special aunt, Q.V. Gillette.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25 in the East chapel of Allen Funeral Home prior to the funeral service at 8 p.m. with Reverend Barry Warren officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26 in Creech’s Chapel Cemetery in Whitesburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Allen Funeral Home to assist with funeral costs.

Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home.


Katie Lou Smith, 83, of Talbott, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Smith Jr.; children, Jimmy Smith and June McKenny; grandson Tommy Cate; and daughter-in-law, Terry Smith.

She was survived by children: Donny Smith, Wanda Smith, Sarah (Jeff) Wolfe, Mariah J. Cate; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby (Truman) Courtney and Rose Kerns; special friend, Kyle Leonard; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service starts 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Fielden Chapel with Rev. Mike Henegar and Rev. Stephen Belcher officiating. Internment is 2 p.m. Sunday in Jefferson Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the service at Fielden Funeral Home in New Market.

Arrangements by Fielden Funeral Home.




Raymond Clifton Ward, 88, of Hendersonville died Tuesday, July 22 at the Carolina Village Medical Center after a period of declining health. He was born Dec. 11, 1925 to the late William Henry Ward and Nellie Carr Byers Ward both decedents of Henderson County and Buncombe County respectfully. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Edwards Ward on Aug. 12, 2005; one grandson, Raymond Spenser Wilson on Oct. 21, 1995; four sisters, Caroline Ward, Faye W. McClure Templeton, Daisy Bell W. McCarty, Mildred W. Smith Hill, as well as one brother, Kenneth B. Ward.

Clifton graduated from Candler High School as the Class Valedictorian in 1943. He not only excelled academically, but was a well rounded athlete as well. He was also the recipient of the schools Good Citizen Award that recognized his perfect attendance throughout his education.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army to fight for his country serving in the 100th Infantry Division. He was shot just outside Strasbourg, France at the tender age of 19 while out on a scouting mission. He returned to Fort Benning, Georgia to recuperate and was awarded two of the highest honors for his bravery, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After his discharge from the service in June of 1946, he resumed his education at the University of New Mexico. He then transferred on the G.I. Bill to Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering on June 12, 1950 again with honors.

He returned home to the mountains of Western North Carolina and began a career with America Enka Company as a technical assistant in the research department. It was not long after he began working at the plant that he met and married the love of his life, Frances Edwards. They were married on Feb. 22, 1952 in the Trinity Episcopal Church of Asheville. The young “All American” Ward family moved to Morristown when “Clifton was transferred to the Enka Plant in Lowland as the Production Manager of the Nylon-Polyester Filament Plant. He moved back to the Enka Plant in 1983 until his retirement with the company, then known as BSAF, after 37 years of dedicated service retiring as the Manager of the Nylon Plant.

He was a dedicated husband, father and gave endless hours of service to his fellow man. He was a former active member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown where he also served on their Vestry. He was also a former member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher and as well as a member of All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River, serving as a member of both Vestries. He was very active in the United Way campaign in Morristown. and served as their Campaign Chairman as well as their President of their Board of Directors. He also served as a Commissioner of the Morristown. Housing Authority. After retirement, you could always find Clifton enjoying the outdoors, either gardening or playing a round of golf or trout fishing.. He loved to travel with Frances and cherished the numerous family outings over the years. Throughout his entire life he remained humble and caring to all.

His survivors include his wife Revonda Cable Ward, two sons, William Daniel Ward of White Pine, Robert Matthew Ward and his wife Rachel of Baneberry, and his daughter, Catherine Rebecca Ward Wilson of Knoxville; grandchildren, William Clifton Ward of Baneberry, Alexander Cortner Wilson of Knoxville, Matthew Cooper Wilson of Knoxville, and his beloved only granddaughter, Rebecca Danielle Ward, of Baneberry.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Thos. Shepherds Church Street Chapel with Father David Garrett officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher. The family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the committal service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org; or to the National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1691, Merrifield, VA 22116, www.nwf.org.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.

Arrangements by Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors.


Brian Keith Williams Jr, 15, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, July 22 at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25 at Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am