July 27, 2014

Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm


Robert L. Davenport Jr., 58, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his residence. He attended Shepherd’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He had been employed with Holston Electric Cooperative for 29 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Davenport.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Davenport of the home; daughters, Andrea Mowell and husband, Brandon, Misty Elkins and husband, Eddie, all of Rogersville; four grandchildren, Conner, Emma, Katie and Leah Mowell; father, R.L. Davenport; three sisters, Barbara Davenport, Doris Gordon (Don), Shelia Webb (Tommy); brother, Anthony Davenport (Sandy); and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Christian-Sells Funeral Home. Funeral service followed at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Allen Payne and the Rev. Rex Cole officiating.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at McKinney Cemetery.

Arrangements by Christian-Sells Funeral Home.


Michael Wayne Hileman, 43, of Bulls Gap, passed away early Saturday morning, July 26, 2014.

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


Funeral services for Hamblen County native Donald Wayne Kirk, 77, of Knoxville, who died July 23 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville following major heart surgery, will be Monday, July 28, at Smithwood Baptist Church in Fountain City. Visitation with the family will begin at 6 p.m. The funeral, to be officiated by the church’s senior pastor, Dr. Mark Gaskins, and former pastor Dr. David Crutchley, will follow at 8 p.m. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 200 E. Gov. John Sevier Highway 168, in Knoxville.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Louise Parvin Kirk, and their beloved pet, Andy; a brother, Jerry Kirk, and wife, Jane; their son, Chris, his wife, Anna, and their daughters, Sloan and Caroline, all of Brentwood.

As an active member and deacon of Smithwood Baptist Church, Wayne was deeply involved in congregational care activities and several community service and outreach projects, including Fountain City Ministry. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Born April 4, 1937, in Morristown to the late Wright and Lochiel Brooks Kirk, Wayne grew up in Whitesburg, graduating in 1955 from Whitesburg High School. Later that year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent five years as a hospital corpsman with the Navy in California and the Marine Corps on Okinawa.

A veteran truck driver, he was employed first by Mason-Dixon Lines, Inc., and retired from Yellow Freight Lines in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Wayne’s memory be made to Smithwood Baptist Church, 4914 Jacksboro Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918 or Fountain City Ministry Center, P.O. Box 5311, Knoxville, TN 37928.

Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary in Knoxville.


Agnes “Beverly” Welch Miller, passed away early morning of July 26, 2014 from a lingering illness.

She was born Sept. 10, 1922 in Lyon Mountain, New York. She was preceded in death by husband, Joseph A. Miller; P.E.; and parents, Eugene and Eva (Jette) Welch.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. Richard (Patsy) of Jefferson City, Robert of Charlotte, North Carolina, John (Kitty) of Chattanooga, Dr. Alex of Talbott; grandchildren, Lauren (Scott) Fuson of San Pedro, Belize, Shanna (Todd) Waroway of Sevierville, Ashley (Jerod) Zimmerman of Charlotte, Thomas (Danelle) of Charlotte, William of Fort Bragg, California, Whitney of Morristown; great-grandchildren, Miller Fuson, Joss Waroway and Claire Miller.

Beverly graduated Plattsburg State Teachers College in 1943, she spent the war years with her husband, Joseph, in the four corners area of Colorado as a teacher/principal. They moved to Jefferson City in 1950, she was active in cub scouting as a den mother and garden club. Loved dearly by family, she will be greatly missed.

Special thanks to wonderful care givers from Home Instead and Smoky Mountain Hospice.

Funeral mass will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Patrick Resen and Father Dan Whitman officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Farrar Funeral Home, Jefferson City.

Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City.


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

Arrangements by Fielden Funeral Home.


Betty Jo Winstead Stone, 79, of Tazewell, born April 17, 1935, passed away on July 23, 2014 at her home. She was a member of Springdale Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher and choir director for more than 30 years. She worked for the CBM Ministries. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Jessie Mae Earl Winstead; husband, Gary Jo Stone; and father and mother-in-law, James “buster” and Bennie Mae (Brooks) Stone.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Karen (Scott) Payne of Tazewell and Sharon (David) Springstead of Bishop, Georgia; grandchildren, Morgan Stone and Sydney Payne, Erin, Brenna, Maura, Shannon Springstead; brother, Kenneth (Peggy) Winstead of Morristown; nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Springdale Baptist Church, c/o Linda Coffey, 183 Y-Rd. Tazewell, TN 37879 or Smoky Mountain Hospice, 412 N. Broad Street, New Tazewell, TN 37825.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Coffey Funeral Home in New Tazewell. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Hatfield and the Rev. Parker Epperson officiating. Singer will be Barbara Hatfield. Burial to follow in the Irish Memorial Gradens.

Pallbearers will be Leonard Bundren, Casey Anders, Clint Hatfield, Mark Ferguson, Charles Roberts, and Mitchell Rowland. Honorary pallbearers will be James Snodgrass, Marcus Knight, Dan Coffey, Lawrence Ferguson, Gary Widner, Stan Coffey and Bill McDaniel.

Arrangements made by Coffey Funeral Home.


Mary Talley, 79, passed away Saturday morning at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

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


Susan J. Vandermark, 68, of Mohawk, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Stetzer Funeral Home, Morristown.


Rodger Doyle Wallen, 70, of Newton, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 after a brief illness contributed to leukemia, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, New York.

Born July 4, 1944 in Sneedville, Rodger was the son of the late Ruey P. Wallen and Maxine Coleman Lynch.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Bible Wallen.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Rodger was owner and operator of Wallen Flying Service and Flint River Express. He was a member of the Camilla Masonic Lodge No. 128, where he was a former Master Mason and a Shriner. He was a world traveler, having visited all seven continents during his lifetime.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Edwards and husband, Robby, of Baconton and Samantha Mote and husband, Michael, of Camilla; one son, Steve Lawson of Mooresville; one sister, Wanda Couch of Talbott; one brother, Harold Wallen of White Pine; nine grandchildren; and his friend, Bunti Hume, of Newton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Camilla Masonic Lodge No.128, Camilla, GA 31730.

Arrangements by Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home.

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