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January 14, 2008 obituaries

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By The Staff

Orianna L. Bible

Orianna L. Bible, 74, of Rockwood, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at her home.

She was a member of Rockwood Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by parents; and several sisters and brothers.

Survivors include her husband, George C. Bible of Rockwood; daughters, Connie Humphries of Rockwood and Carolyn Day of Chicago; sons, Chris Bible Jr. of Clarksville, Curtis Bible and Mike Bible, both of Rockwood, and John Bible of Ringgold, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Hodge of Clarksville and Dorothy Higdon of Higdon, Ala.; and brothers, Ernest Lawson of Birmingham, Ala., and Amos Lawson, Clifford Lawson and David Lawson, all of Trenton, Ga.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in Evans Mortuary chapel, Rockwood, with Bro. Hilary Broome and Bro. Brad Tate officiating. Graveside service and burial were at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Rockwood.

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

Ted T. Brown

Ted T. Brown, 78, of Kingston, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville.

He was a well-known brick mason.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Oran Brown; parents, Lawrence E. and Nema L. Tabor Brown; and brother, Keith Brown.

Survivors include sister, Sybil Brown of Crossville; brother and sister-in-law, DeLoy and Nancy Brown of Crossville; sister-in-law, Edna Brown of Crossville; nephews and nieces-in-law, Les and Peggy Brown, Rodney and Karen Brown and Andy and Becky Brown; niece and nephew-in-law, Kristie and Marshall Pugh of Brentwood; three great-nephews; four great-nieces; one great-great-nephew; and two great-great-nieces.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Kyker Funeral Home chapel, Kingston, with the Rev. Todd McDonald and the Rev. Mark McCoig officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 10 a.m. CST Monday, Jan. 14, at Green Acres Memory Gardens, Crossville.

Castle Lee Bunch

Castle Lee Bunch, 70, of Coalfield, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

Born May 12, 1937, in the Clinchmore community of New River, he was a lifelong resident of Coalfield. He was a member of Clinton Church of God of Prophecy and an active member of Save Our Cumberland Mountains.

A disabled U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict, he worked as an auto mechanic and carpenter most of his life.He had many hobbies, including walking the trails of New River, deer and turkey hunting and watching the Atlanta Braves. He also loved to whistle a tune and hunt for ginseng. He established and coached a church softball league, which was the first team to ever play at Brushy Mountain Prison.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ramsey Bunch and Lectie Daugherty Bunch; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter “Butch” and Laura Bunch; stepgrandson, Terry Ralph Noe; brothers, Lorenzo Bunch, Lindsay Thomas “Buddy” Bunch, Leon Bunch, Fisher Bunch, Tilman Bunch, Dillard Bunch, Ramsey Bunch Jr. and Sidney Lee Bunch; and sisters, Mary Nichols, Anna Mae Carroll, Elsie Liles and Velma Paxton.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Bunch of Coalfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa Bunch and Ralph Noe of Oliver Springs and Eleca B. and Clayton Hamilton of Clinton; sons and daughters-in-law, Brian K. and Jennifer Bunch of Harriman, Tracy L. and Janet Bunch of Knoxville and Chris A. and Sonya Bunch of Coalfield; grandchildren, Tammy Shultz, Kristie Lowe, LeeAnna Noe, Brandon Bunch, Adam Bunch, Caleb Pope, Jacob Pope, Christopher Bunch, Christopher Luttrell, Sheena Price, Brady Bunch and Chrissah Bunch; great-grandchildren, Allie Shultz, Tim Shultz, Joe Shultz and McKinley Lowe; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Lee and Sue Bunch of Sunbright and Victor D. Bunch and friend, Jennifer, of Oliver Springs; brother-in-law, Virgil Liles of Oliver Springs; several nieces, nephews and special friends at Methodist Medical Cen-ter.

Funeral service was at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Sharp Funeral Home chapel, Oliver Springs, with the Rev. Russell Massengale and Johnny Rexroat officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Phillips Cemetery, Devonia.

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

Carolyn Sue Sanders Cofer

Carolyn Sue Sanders Cofer, 60, of Rockwood, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

Born July 8, 1947, in Harriman, she was a member of Rockwood Church of God.

She was preceded in death by mother, Reba Maxine McCormick Sanders; and father, Paul D. Sanders.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Ray Cofer of Rockwood; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynette and John Medlin of Elwood, Ill., and Cindy and Richard Moak of Rockwood; son and daughter-in-law, Charlie “Red” and Angie Cofer of Rockwood; grandchildren, Kristin Lardi, John Medlin, Rodney Wilson, Ashley Wilson, Leeray Cofer, Chase Cofer, Tyler Cofer and Rebecca Cofer; great-grandchildren, Lexi Lardi and Abby Lardi; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Mary Sanders and Jim and Hariett Sanders, all of Mississippi; and sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Bo Blackwell of Mississippi.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Evans Mortuary chapel, Rockwood, with the Rev. Robert Shubert officiating. Graveside service and burial were at Smyrna Cemetery, Dayton.

Contributions may be made to Evans Mortuary toward funeral expenses.

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

Ada Mae Hardy Harris

Ada Mae Hardy Harris, 90, of the South River community of Beaufort, N.C., died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Spring City.

Born Nov. 7, 1917, in South River, N.C., she graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1940 and was a retired registered nurse with American Tobacco Co. She is noted as the family matriarch and is much loved by all her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by parents, George and Laura Hardy; her husband, Floyd Harris; brother, Harvey Hardy; and sister, Mary Eunice Willis.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Sandy Dunavant and John Evans of Spring City; grandchildren, Hardy Dunavant and Kandy Tanner of Franklinton N.C., and John Dunavant of Nut Bush, Va.; great-grandsons, Zachary Dunavant and Benjamin Dunavant, both of Nut Bush; brother, Harry Hardy of South River; sisters, Thelma Pittman of South River and Christine Dodge of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 14, in Edwards Chapel Baptist Church, South River. Funeral service will follow, with the Rev. Ernest Jones officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at Hardy Cemetery, South River. Evans Mortuary, Rockwood, and Munden Funeral Home, Morehead City, N.C., are in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to South River Merrimon Rescue Squad, 1329 S. River Road, Beaufort, NC 28516.

Gladys Gass Layton

Gladys Gass Layton, 96, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Rockwood Care and Rehabilitation Center.

A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, she was the daughter of Patrick Henry and Bessie Stewart Gass, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a member of Ridgdale Baptist Church and, for a number of years, was a member of Second Baptist Church and Central Baptist Church, Woodmore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Layton; daughter, Betty Joe Coker; grandson, Yancey L. Coker; brothers, Charles Gass, Edgar Gass and Cedrick Gass; and sisters, Agnes Alexander and Sadie Watkins.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Jean Layton of Rockwood; son-in-law, Y.L. Coker of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Jim and Lisa Layton of Tullahoma, Joe Coker of Birmingham, Ala., Lisa and Jan Pemberton of Cleveland and Angela and Robin Wampler of Rockwood; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Cecil Gass of Mount Juliet; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, with Bill Owens, nephew Minister J.C. Watkins and grandson Joe Coker officiating. Entombment was at Lakewood Memory Gardens, East, Chattanooga. Pallbearers were Jim Bethune, Bob Tanski, Matt Layton, Travis Layton, Cody Wampler and Jared Pemberton.

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

Dean Chamblus Morton

Dean Chamblus Morton, 91, of Harriman, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at his home.

A member of Lee Village Baptist Church, Harriman, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II who was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Harriman.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Morton of Harriman; daughter and son-in-law, Sandi Morton and Randy Westmoreland of Rockwood; son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Mona Morton of Harriman; grandchildren and spouses, Kim and Eric Morton, Alan Morton, Patrick Morton and Chloe Morton, all of Harriman, Shannon and Sylvia Morton of Wartburg and Britt Westmoreland of Kingston; great-grandchildren, Elijah Morton and Elizabeth Morton.

Kyker Funeral Home, Harriman, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Potter Nelson

Betty Jean Potter Nelson, 77, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by parents, Herbert Carson and Margaret Philips Potter; and grandson, Ben.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Rachael Nelson of Kingston and Douglas and Carol Nelson of Sweetwater; grand-daughters and grandson-in-law, Angie and Donny Mayfield of Athens and Jennifer Nelson of Knoxville; great-grandson, Braden Mayfield; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Alfred McGinnis Sr.; three nephews and one niece of Duncan, S.C.

Graveside service and burial were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Knoxville. Highland Memorial Funeral Home, Knoxville, was in charge of arrangements.

Compton Cleophas ‘Sarge’ Owens Jr.

Compton Cleophas “Sarge” Owens Jr., 72, of Knoxville, formerly of Morgan County, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

Owner of Karns TV, he was a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander with 20 years of service.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Gail Owens; sons, Compton Owens III of Alabama and Scott Owens of Texas; daughters, Lynn Love of Alabama, Beth Scarbrough of Soddy Daisy, Jill Goodpasture and Hope Owens, both of Knoxville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Sylvia Heath of Knoxville, Audrey Moebius and Verlene Spivey, both of New York; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Geyer officiating. Full military hon-ors will be conferred by the U.S. Navy. A private graveside service will be at White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Oakdale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.

Selma Tompkins Parton

Selma Tompkins Parton, 70, of Harriman, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at her home.

She retired from Food City in 1993 and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Spring City.

She was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and

Delphia Massengale Tompkins; and brother, Paul Tompkins.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Andrew J. Parton; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Crystal Parton of Harriman; grandchildren, Kelsey and Brandon Parton, both of Harriman; brothers, Chester Tompkins of Elgin and Clyde Tompkins of Wartburg; sisters, Mary Ruth Nichols of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Elizabeth Jones of the Black Creek community in Scott County; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends and loved ones.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Davis Funeral Home, Harriman, with Pastor Tim Giddens officiating. Graveside service and burial were at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at Piney Grove Cemetery, Midtown.

Ruby Mae Wilson

Ruby Mae Wilson, 83, of the Stevens community in Morgan County, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Cen-ter.

Born June 23, 1924, in LaFollette, she spent most of her life in Morgan County. She was a member of Stevens Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Henry Gibson Brady and Ollie Mae Landrum Brady; brothers, Roy Brady, Charlie Brady, Bill Brady and Robert Brady; and sister, Bonnie Walton.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Eugene Wilson of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Avery Wilson of Oak Ridge and Billy and Pearl Wilson of Oliver Springs; brothers, David Wilson, Michael Wilson and Mark Wilson, all of Dalton, Ga.; and sister, Geneva Carroll of LaFollette.

Funeral service was at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Union Valley Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, with the Rev. Wayne Morgan officiating. Graveside service and burial were at Union Valley Ceme-tery, Oliver Springs. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, was in charge of arrangements.

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