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Feb. 13, 2008 obituaries

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By The Staff

Jesse Samuel ‘Sambo’ Howard Sr.

Jesse Samuel “Sambo” Howard Sr., 84, of Harriman, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at his home.

A member of Harriman First Christian Church, he was a K-25 Site retiree with 38 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Howard; parents, Henry and Lena Howard; son, Charles Howard; sisters, Frances Rogers, Bonnie Williams and Luvenia Buchannon; and brother, James “Jimbo” Howard.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Howard of Harriman; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Wayne Moore of Rockwood; son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Nancy Howard of Hermitage; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Minnie Abels of Daysville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in Evans Mortuary chapel, Rockwood, with Bro. Spencer Garner and Nathan Williams officiating. Graveside service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Rockwood.

An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.net.

Pearl Riddle Kelley

Pearl Riddle Kelley, 95, of Rockwood, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in Marshall C. Voss Health Care Facility, Harriman.

She was a member of Emory Gap Baptist Church, Harriman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Kelley; parents, George and Sarah Riddle; sisters, Georgia, Maude, Mell and Ruby; and brothers, Joe, James, Sherman and John.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Bob Ownby of Cleveland and Sue and Gene Sutton of Rockwood; son and daughter-in-law, Stan Jr. and Carolyn Kelley of Pensacola, Fla.; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service and burial were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Roane Memorial Gardens, Rockwood, with the Rev. John Pair officiating.

An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.net.

Flonnie M. Lassiter

Flonnie M. Lassiter, 81, of Harriman, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Roane Medical Center, Harriman.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by son, Alva D. Barefield; and daughter, Wilma Ann Overbee.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Russell Ray Barefield and Timothy Barefield, both of Harriman, John and Annie Barefield of Angier, N.C., Bill and Janet Littleton of Kenley, N.C., and Teddy Lassiter of Raleigh, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Josephine and Thomas Collins of Harriman; grandchildren, Rebecca Lynn Staton of Harriman, Ronald and Donald Barefield, Wanda Kay Robbins, Tracey Shadan, Wayne and Terry Littleton, April and Jason Barefield and John R. Barefield Jr.; sister, Ida Mae Overman of Oklahoma; special friends, Margie Underwood and Pat Davis; and several nieces, nephews, family, friends and loved ones.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in Davis Funeral Home, Harriman, with the Rev. Tommy Hensley officiating. Graveside service and burial were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Childs Memorial Cemetery, Harriman.

Mark Mulreany

Mark Mulreany, 51, of Harriman, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Roane Medical Center, Harriman.

He enjoyed fishing and talking to others about the Lord.

Survivors include brothers, Patrick Mulreany of Pennsylvania and Eddie Mulreany of Louisiana; sister, Mary Mulreany of Louisiana; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; special friend, Helen Argo; his dog, Baby; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and loved ones.

Graveside service and burial were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Mill Stone Cemetery, Daysville. Davis Funeral Home, Harriman, was in charge of arrangements.

Leonard Raymond Powell Sr.

Leonard Raymond Powell Sr., 88, of Oliver Springs, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

Born Sept. 23, 1919, in Roane County, he was a lifelong county resident and a businessman who owned and operated Powell Cleaners in Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge. He was a member of Poplar Creek Baptist Church. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was injured on a battlefield in Germany. He received various citations, including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

He was preceded in death by mother, Delia Powell; sisters, Lillie Mae Powell Glimp and Polly Phillips; and brothers, Earl Powell and Lewis Powell.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Powell; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Jo and Roy DeForest of Oak Ridge; son and daughter-in-law, Leonard R. Jr. and Judy Powell of Knoxville; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Janice and Jimmy Henley of Oliver Springs; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, one stepgranddaughter; one stepgreat-grandson; and a host of extended family members.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in Sharp Funeral Home chapel, Oliver Springs, with Pastor Luke Kidwell officiating. Graveside service and burial were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Batley Cemetery, Oliver Springs.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.

Joe Dan Radford

Joe Dan Radford, 33, of Rockwood, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008.

A Roane Transport dispatcher, he loved fishing and to laugh and have a good time. He especially loved children, the elderly and life.

He was preceded in death by father, Joe Dan Radford Sr.; and sister, Sheila.

Survivors include mother, Patsy M. Miles; brother, Greg Radford; sister and brother-in-law, Sherri and Mark Smith; special friend, Stephanie Thorton and family; nephew, Chris Smith; nieces, Vanessa Radford, Valerie Radford, Carilee Smith and Sarah Smith; aunt and uncle, Sue and Loyd Hamby; great-aunt, Ruth Paul; and numerous friends.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Berry Funeral Home, Knoxville, with the Rev. Bill Adams officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Highland South Memorial Gardens, Knoxville.

Janet Lynn Walls Rice

Janet Lynn Walls Rice, 53, of Harriman, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at her home.

Raised in South Harriman, she was an active member of South Harriman Baptist Church. She graduated from Harriman High School in 1972 and served on the reunion committee, on which she always planned a good party for her classmates. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a loving daughter and sister, and a friend to many.

She was preceded in death by mother, Betty June Hall Walls; grandparents, Clifton and Maude Walls, John and Reba Hall and Ruth Grigsby.

Survivors include her husband, Curtis Paul Rice of Harriman; daughter, Amanda Rachelle “Mandy” Upchurch of Harriman, son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Aaron “Jody” and Ashley Rice of Harriman; parents, Rex and Eloise Walls of Harriman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Jayne Rice of Harriman; brothers and sister-in-law, Ross and Kim Walls and Brian Walls, all of Harriman; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Tony Duff of Harriman; and three grandchildren, Tory Upchurch, Alex Upchurch and Gavin Rice.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Kyker Funeral Home chapel, Harriman, with the Rev. Randy Maxwell and the Rev. David Harmon officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Willard Park Cemetery, Harriman.

Leland ‘Dock’ Waldo

Leland “Dock” Waldo, 77, of Rockwood, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, in Rockwood Care and Rehabilitation Center.

He attended the Glen Alice Christian Church and was employed with Jeff Cobb Trucking.

He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Eunice Waldo; brother, J.E. Waldo; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Nona Niles; and brother-in-law, Bill Niles.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Waldo; sister, Opal Thompson of Rockwood; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James R. and Cindy Niles of Rockwood; sister-in-law, Geraldine Waldo of LaFollette; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Evans Mortuary chapel, Rockwood, with Bud Strader officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Glen Alice Cemetery, Rockwood.

An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.net.

Gladys W. Walker

Gladys W. Walker, 85, of Kingston, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, in Shannondale Health Care Center, Knoxville, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A member of Kingston United Methodist Church, she enjoyed bowling, fishing and spending time with her grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband George W. Walker; and brothers, Harold Gilstrap and David T. Gilstrap.

Survivors include daughter, Donna Lisa Antone of Knoxville; grandsons and granddaughter-in-law, Jeffery P. and Beth Antone and Chad W. Antone, all of Knoxville; and great-grandson, Jacob P. Antone of Knoxville.

Funeral service was at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Kyker Funeral Home chapel, Kingston, with Pastor Angela Arnwine officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Edgemon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 10088, Knoxville, TN 37939-9910.

Stephen L. Witt

Stephen L. Witt, 59, of Harriman, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at his home.

Born Oct. 20, 1948, in Bradenton, Fla., he was an optician with Dr. Bizer’s Vision World, Knoxville. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a graduate of University of South Florida and Roane State Community College.

He was preceded in death by father, Edward W. Witt.

Survivors include mother, Percy Myers of Albany, Ore.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Andreene Witt of Harriman and Scott and Laurie Witt of Albany; nephew, Andrew Witt of Huffman, Texas; nieces, Amy Huskins of Harriman and Julie Witt of Knoxville; and great-niece, Karalyn Huskins of Harriman.

Cremation arrangements have been made by Evans Mortuary, Rockwood.

An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.net.

Wilda Hawn Armes, 65, Wartburg

Wilda Hawn Armes, 65 of Wartburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 in the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Armes; son, Tony Ray Armes; parents, Coy Hawn and Lucy Fairchild Hawn; and brother, Edward Jr.

Mrs. Armes is survived by her son, Sammy Armes and wife Gussie of Petros; four grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Russell and Loretta Maness both of Jackson.

The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Armes officiating. Interment followed in Covington Church Cemetery, Wartburg.

Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg was in charge of arrangements.

Clyde Johnson, Jr., 55, Robbins

Clyde Johnson Jr., 55 of Robbins, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at Scott County Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Sr. and Nellie Johnson; and sister, Brenda Gail Webb.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his brother, James Calvin Johnson; nephew; Steven Blake Webb; nieces, Kendra Rochelle Lay, Crystal Renee Bertrum, Amanda Marie Blaker; great-nieces, Allison Bertrum, Latesha Phillips, Tiffany Mullins, Tabitha Webb and Sydney Blaker; great-nephews, J.J. Human, Christopher Webb, Dakota Webb and Nathaniel Blaker.

The family received friends Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Schubert Funeral Home, Sunbright. Graveside service followed at Union Hill Cemetery with Bro. Lon Chenowith officiating.

Schubert Funeral Home, Sunbright was in charge of arrangements.

Leon Clarence Hannahan

Leon Clarence Hannahan passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was born June 26, 1928 in the Chestnut Ridge Community.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Genevieve Atkinson Hannahan; parents, Wilburn and Elthel Lee Hannahan; brothers, Lewis and Lindle Hannahan.

He was a graduate of Clarkrange High School in Clarkrange and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. He started his career at Flat Rock Elementary in the Chestnut Ridge Community and was principal, teacher and basketball coach at Chestnut Ridge Elementary. Mr. Hannahan finished his 40 year teaching career at Sunbright Elementary. He was a member of the Clarkrange Masonic Lodge in Clarkrange. He was a member of the Chestnut Ridge Community Chapel and attended Adams Hills Church as well. He dedicated his life to helping and serving the people of the Chestnut Ridge Community.

Surviving Mr. Hannahan are his sons, Larry and wife Gail Hannahan of Murfreesboro and Terry Hannahan of Clarkrange; daughter, Sondra and husband Rusty Carter of Murfreesboro, five grandchildren, Andrea and Heather Hannahan of Franklin, Megan and Alex Carter of Murfreesboro, and Sloan Hannahan of Murfreesboro.

Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartbug. Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Ridge Community Chapel with Rev. Bill Durham officiating. Interment followed at Flat Rock Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Leon and Genevieve Hannahan Foundation, Progressive Bank, 705 Main St., P.O. Box 927, Wartburg, TN 37887 Attn: Becky Turner.

Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg was in charge of arrangements.

Douglas Henry Rowland, 50

Douglas Henry Rowland, 50, of the Joyner community, formerly of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 in Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was a loving husband, father, son, friend and a member of the First Baptist Church Wartburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Hamilton Rowland Jr.

Mr. Rowland is survived by his wife, Sherry Rowland; children, Ashley, Brittany Rowland and Devin Struchen; mother, Marilyn Woodard Thornburg; and very special step-father, Ronald T. Thornburg; and brother, John Hamilton Rowland III.

The family received friends Sunday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2008 at the First Baptist Church in Wartburg from 3 until 4 p.m. Funeral services followed with Pastor George Hollander officiating.

Mr. Rolland was taken back to Virginia for burial.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mission of Hope/First Baptist Church, Wartburg, TN. in Doug's memory.

Schubert Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clyde Spell, 67, Lancing

Clyde Spell, 67, of Lancing, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 at the Cumberland County Medical Center of Crossville. He was a member of Frankfort Community Church and remains a faithful servant of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a craftsman, an accomplished chainsaw carver and a talented builder having built the log cabin in which he lived.

He was a graduate of Florida State University earning a BA and Ohio State University earning a Masters degree.

Mr. Spell was a retired Major with the United States Air Force having served with decorated service from 1961 to 1984. Among other awards he received the Meritorious Service Medal, and was a key contributor to the F15 and F16 jet programs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Clyde Spell and mother, Emma Lee Davis; brother, Charles Outlaw Jr. and step-father, Charles Outlaw Sr.

He was full of life and a very loving and outgoing person who always wore a smile.His grandchildren always enjoyed "Papa's" storytelling and playtime.

He is loved beyond measure and is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Judy Spell; sons, Steve and wife Lisa of Florida and Mike and wife Trish of Arkansas; grandchildren, Jeff, Matthew, Tate, Kara, Keaton and Lauren Kate; brothers, Carl Spell and John Outlaw; sisters, Peggy Longwell, Ruby Brooker and Marie Belcher; numerous nieces and nephews and many others that were and are like family.

The family received friends Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Frankfort Community Church. Funeral service followed at 7 p.m. with Pastor Darwin Nance and Rev. John Outlaw officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Frankfort Community Church.

Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Tony Lee Thornton, 38

Tony Lee Thornton, 38, of Deer Lodge, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Addie Thornton of Deer Lodge; children, Dustin, Craig and Christy Patton of Deer Lodge, Callie Thornton of Texas, Kayla Patton of Deer Lodge; granddaughter, Emilie Marie Thornton of Texas; mother, Fay H. Hargis of Lancing; step-father, Wayne Carroll Jr.; brother, Louis Thornton of Lancing; sister, Eunice Miller of Orangeburg, S.C.; grandmother, Bertie Hamby of Lancing; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg is in charge of arrangements.