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Obituaries

  • Richard Jack Eddy

    Richard Jack Eddy, 58, of Harriman, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, in a home fire.

    Born April 14, 1951, in Cleveland, Ohio, he had lived in Tennessee since 1973. A member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, he began the church’s filming ministry with borrowed equipment. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who worked for TVA as a plumber and steamfitter at Watts Bar before becoming disabled.

    He was preceded in death by parents, Jack Edgar Eddy and Gloria Gabriella Sokolowski Eddy; and sister, Jean Eddy.

  • Mary Elizabeth Taylor Morgan

    Mary Elizabeth Taylor Morgan, 66, of Oliver Springs, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at her home.

    Born March 26, 1943, in Oliver Springs, she was a lifelong resident of the area. A homemaker, she was a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church, Oliver Springs. Her hobbies included quilting and sewing.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Morgan; son, Brian K. Morgan; parents, Gomaze and Laura Tuck Taylor; brothers, Gomaze Taylor Jr. and Billy Joe Taylor; and sisters, Anna Marie Taylor and Shirley Taylor.

  • Ruby Doris Renfro

    Ruby Doris Renfro, 69, of Ten Mile, died Saturday, July 18, 2009.

    She was of the Baptist faith.

    She was preceded in death by parents, Wilfred and Anna Duncan; sisters, Wilma Louise Duncan and Mary Kate Wadley; brother, William Milo Duncan; and her husband, John Ed Renfro.

  • James R. Vanover

    James R. Vanover, 67, of Harriman, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his home.

    He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed racing, working on antique cars, his work and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by parents, John and Nettie Vanover; sisters, Maxine Briggs, Oma Yard and Christine Jenkins; brothers, Lloyd Vanover, Paul Vanover and Jerry Vanover.

  • Cordia Mae Webster Vaught

    Cordia Mae Webster Vaught, 66, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at her home.

    A native of Morgan County, she was a 1961 graduate of South Harriman High School who attended Knoxville Business College. An active member of Soddy-Daisy First Baptist Church for several years, she volunteered with several organizations. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was a true example of a kind, Christian woman.

    She was preceded in death by mother, Inez Palmer Webster; father, Orville Webster; and brother, John Carlton Webster.

  • Juanita V. Williams

    Juanita V. Williams, 81, of Harriman, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at her home.

    Born Oct. 4, 1927, in Midtown, she was the daughter of Walter Franklin and Bonnie Vada Jones Voiles, both of  whom preceded her in death.

    In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers, Lee Roy Voiles, Raymond Voiles and Mitchell Voiles; and sisters, Edna Brown Jeffers, Beulah Ray, Sybil Frisbee and Dixie Maude Gentry.

  • Odis Raymond Woody

    Odis Raymond Woody, 82, of Kingston, died Sunday, July 19, 2009.

    A member of Blairland Baptist Church, Loudon, he was a lifelong home builder in the Roane County area.

    He was preceded in death by daughter, Vanessa Woody; his first wife, Iva Woody Townson; parents, Charles and Eddie Woody; brothers, James Woody, Charles A. Woody and Fred Woody; and daughter-in-law, Gennie Woody.

  • Randall ‘Teddy’ Townsend

    Randall “Teddy” Townsend died Monday, July 20, 2009, following a battle with cancer.

    A 1974 graduate of Midway High School, he attended and played football at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

    He was preceded in death by father, Theodore Townsend.

  • Ola ‘Punkin’ Rowley

    Ola “Punkin” Rowley, 68, of Spring City, died Wednesday, July 8, 2009, in Baptist West Hospital, Knoxville.

    Born April 21, 1941, in Rockwood, she was the daughter of Arnold Franklin and Ella Katherine Whittier Gibson, both of whom preceded her in death. She was of the Baptist faith.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Ruby Sexton Gaylardo; and brother, Jack J. Gibson.

  • Patrick Hustel Byrd Jr.

    Patrick Hustel Byrd Jr., 36, of Mountain City, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 4, 2009, at his home.

    Born Oct. 25, 1972, he was a native of Oak Ridge and the son of Patrick Hustel Byrd Sr. and Judith Ann Hester Phillips. He loved to swim, camp, spend time with his friends and work. He attended Solway Baptist Church, Oak Ridge.