Obituaries

LESLIE RAY DUNCAN JR.

Leslie Ray Duncan Sr., 90, Blowing Springs Community in Clinton, went to be with the Lord, his mother and his son June 27, 2022. Ray was a loving father and friend to all the community. He was a member of Blowing Springs Baptist Church. He loved the Lord, his family, his music and everyone he came in contact with. He was a member of the Masons Lodge in Lake City/Rocky Top, was choir director and deacon for Deep Springs Baptist Church, Blowing Springs Baptist Church, and Oak Grove Baptist Church, taught singing school, and was Boy Scout Leader for troop #131 in Clinton. Ray retired from Clinton Utilities Board as a lineman/meter reader. He was also was a member of the Duncan Singers who consisted of his dad, brother, and sisters and the Jubilares Quartet. He was a veteran and corporal of the United States Army where he served our country in the Korean War, and also played the bugle. Ray was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Anderson County to Byrd W. Duncan, Sr. and Melinda Stocks Duncan. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by: Son, Leslie Ray Duncan Jr.; sisters, Thelma Adkisson and Beulah Comer; brother, Byrd W. Duncan Jr; half-brother, Mark Duncan. He is survived by: Wife, Ola B. Duncan; son, Timothy Merrell Duncan; daughters-in-law, Katherine S. Whaley and Charlene Berry Duncan; grandchildren, Abra Aleph Duncan; sister, Beulah Comer; half-brothers, Wendall Duncan and Langley Duncan. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. His funeral service will follow in the chapel with the Rev. David White and the Rev. Jimmy Davidson officiating. His graveside will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2022, at Oak Grove Cemetery. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

CRAIG JAMON DIXON

Craig Jamon Dixon, 59, Clinton, peacefully went to be with the Lord Saturday, June 25, 2022, surrounded by family. He was born April 3, 1963, in Los Angeles, Cali., to James (Jim) Dixon and Marion Holt. Craig worked for Anderson County Schools as a special education teacher and devoted his career to inspiring kids through sports. He enjoyed working with the youth, playing music, and traveling with his family. He leaves to cherish his memories: Loving and devoted wife, M. Annette Dixon; three children, daughters, S. Camill Bostick (Darius) of Charlotte, N.C., Tyra Lee (Geoffrey) of Oak Ridge, and son, Jordan Dixon of Charleston, S.C. Craig was the youngest of four brothers: Les Holt (Diana), Tony Dixon, Aaron Holt, and Dorin Bickers (Denise), all of California. He was affectionately known as Pawpaw by his 10 grandchildren, Montario, Cameron, CaMayah, Cairon, Azariah, Cayden, Jaida, Elliana, Dakota, and Kourtlyn; and a great-grandson, Emmett. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Clinton. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, 621 S. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton, with services immediately following. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Clinton. In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate to the Craig Dixon Memorial Scholarship Fund, 425 Dragon Dr Clinton TN 37716 with Coach Dixon in the memo.

RONNIE LEE MITCHELL

Ronnie Lee Mitchell, 80, passed away at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Friday, June 24, 2022. Ronnie worked for the Anderson County Highway Department for 25 years, and he was a hard-working man who enjoyed sharing stories with others about his work with the ACHD. In his free time, Ronnie liked to talk to people, he liked to walk around to collect buckeyes, and he enjoyed playing jokes on his coworkers. Ronnie was the type of man who never met a stranger, and he befriended everyone he met. He was so loved by many and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by: Parents; wife, Betty J. Mitchell; and sister, Gail Mitchell. Ronnie is survived by: Son, Raymond Mitchell of Oak Ridge; brothers, Vestel Mitchell (Pat) of Clinton, Jerry Mitchell (Patsy) of Clinton; sisters, Joyce Dagley of Clinton, and Phyllis Mitchell of Clinton. Ronnie also leaves behind special friends Mark and Tessie Weaver, and Ashley Appleyard. Friends and family will gather in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022, for visitation. Ronnie’s funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Following his service, friends and family will meet at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton around 2 p.m. for his interment. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton is in charge of arrangements.

LORETTA ADKINS LEE

Loretta Adkins Lee, 98, was born in Fonde, Ky., in 1924 to coal miner Dock Adkins and Minnie Goad Adkins (deceased). Siblings, deceased, were Bobby, Glyness, Lacy, and Lorene. She was the wife of Howard Jonathan Lee Sr. (Pinky), deceased, who was from Colmar, Ky. Loretta leaves behind: Two children, Donna Lee Strohl (Fred), and Howard Jonathan Lee Jr.; 10 grandchildren, Adria Landmesser (Jimmy), Whitney Hammer (Will), Haylee Strohl (Tate Frodsham), Cameron Strohl, Allyson Hooper (Steve), Cody Lee (Aimee), Gentry Lee, Cheyenne Jensen (Brandon), Cherokee Thomas (Ben), Tucker Lee; ten great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sisters, Barbara Woodard (Denny) and Avalene Ross. Second to her family she most enjoyed gardening of both flowers and organic vegetables and together with her husband provided her family and friends with enough food to last a year by canning, freezing, and drying. Other activities she assisted with on the farm were tending chickens, cattle, and at one time, hogs. This is how she grew up especially during the Great Depression. In addition, she loved sewing, embroidery, oil painting, cooking, reading, and lots of other things as she believed to never waste a minute. She was most proud of the marble front porch she built by herself and said she was sad to have to leave behind. Before her children arrived, she worked in a variety of secretarial positions in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee in which she excelled beyond expectations. Being a coal miner’s daughter in depressed areas, she strived to rise above her circumstances and did so with her multitude of talents and good example. A small graveside service will be held at Grandview Memorial Garden in Clinton at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

WILLIAM CONDY JARNIGAN

William Condy Jarnigan, 83, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday morning, June 22, 2022. Condy was a lifelong resident of Clinton. He was an inspiration to anyone he met and could light up the room with his smile. You could expect to laugh if you were in his presence. He loved the outdoors and his family. Condy was preceded in death by: Daughter, Henrietta Jarnigan; parents, William Clint and Lucy Cook Jarnigan; sisters, Nancy Jarnigan, Myrtle (Wilburn) Bunch, and Bonnie Jones; brothers, Private Clifton Lee Jarnigan, Clarence (Betty) Jarnigan, Tom Jarnigan, and J.W. Jarnigan. He is survived by: Spouse, Joyce Jarnigan; children, Gary Jarnigan, Dianne Rymer, and Daryl (Cynthia) Jarnigan; grandchildren, Chad (Taylor) Jarnigan, Condreana (Landon) Mann, and Noah Jarnigan; great-grandson, Colt William Mann; brother, Gene (Juanita) Jarnigan; and sisters-in-law, Wilma Jarnigan, Loretta Cox, and Lois Bray; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to thank Dr. Daniel Ibach and his team at Tennessee Cancer Specialist for taking care of Dad and us on this journey. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. www.holleygamble.com

NAHIDA 'LINDA' JONES

Nahida “Linda” Jones, 64, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Knoxville Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Linda was actively involved in church, and she enjoyed going to YMCA, the flea market, and talking with her brother. What Linda wanted most out of life is to see her children happy. She will be deeply missed by her family. She was preceded in death by: Parents, Hanna and Victoria Kaoud; and her husband, Charles Jones. Linda is survived by: Son, John Jones of Halls; daughter, Victoria Jones of Halls; sisters, Sue Mubarak (Charlie) of Halls, Suoad Lussi of Chicago, Ill. Linda is also survived by a host of grandchildren and other relatives. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton is in charge of arrangements.

MARY LEE HOOKS

Mary Lee Hooks, 79, passed away in the early hours of June 20, 2022, at Beech Tree Manor in Jellico. A resident of Lake City, Mary Lee was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time with her various pets throughout the years. She spent many years working retail jobs including Watsons and JCPenney. She loved decorating, knitting, shopping, and music. She had an appreciation for all things beautiful, and especially loved butterflies. She was a member of Briceville First Baptist Church. She preceded in death by: Loving parents, Lawrence and Opal (Williams) Perry; and loving husband of more than 50 years, Bobbie Hooks. She is survived by: Cousins, Bobby McCoy, Lorie Wlson, Shawn McCoy, Reagan Wilson, Jack Wilson, Ella McCoy; special friends and neighbors, Donnie and Audrey Duncan, and Joyce McCoy. The family will receive friends at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home from 11 a.m. - noon Wednesday, June 22, 2022, with the funeral service to follow at noon with the Rev. Tim Russell officiating. Her burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. www.holleygamble.com

MARTHA ANN MASSEY

Martha Ann Massey, 65, Knoxville, passed away suddenly Sunday, June 19, 2022. “A wife, a mother, and mamaw too, a legacy of love we have from you.” She was preceded in death by: Father, James Wilson; mother, Betty Wilson; siblings, James Wilson, Robert Wilson, and Susie McNabb. Survived by: Husband, Herman “Danny” Massey; sons “Rick” Huggins, Quentin Huggins, “Paul” Massey; and daughter, Amber Wagers. Martha was a woman with the biggest heart who’s love knew no boundaries. She proved that families don’t have to match and that they are not defined by looks or last names. She was a gospel loving Christian woman who loved soap operas, candy, and cats. However, no-one mistook her sweetness for weakness. A very tall woman who always wore short hair because bold was beautiful on her. No matter what time of day, we could always depend on her to answer the phone, even though most of us took those phone calls for granted. Even on the hard days she loved her family even harder. The Family plans to hold a celebration of life in her hometown of Chattanooga, July 9, 2022. May she Rest In Peace.