Emma Sue Williams, 85, Oliver Springs, passed away Nov. 30, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center of Knoxville. Emma Sue was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Anderson County to Charles Braden and Margaret Daugherty. She was a member of Indian Bluff Baptist Church and enjoyed thrift store shopping, flowers, making candy, and watching deer. In addition to her parents, Emma Sue was preceded in death by: Son, Hank Patterson; grandson, Matthew Hank Wilson; father of her children, Henion Patterson; sisters, Blanche Smith, Lula Mae Cox, Inez Braden, Charlotte Braden; and brothers, Cleve, Lester, and Charles Ed Braden. Survivors: Daughters, Sheila Patterson Ford and husband Bill of Oliver Springs, Penny Patterson Crace and husband Mark of Oliver Springs; grandchildren, Keith Wilson and wife Amber, Ryan Carter and wife Mindy, Brock Carter; stepgranddaughter, Shannon Weatherford and husband Zach; stepgrandson, Brian Crace; great-grandchildren, Jackson Wilson and Lexee Wilson, Kyla Carter, Preston Carter, and Chloe Carter, MaKenna Weatherford, Ellie Weatherford, Barrett Weatherford and Carter Weatherford; sisters, Shelby Jean Duncan of Clinton, Nancy Morgan and husband Junior of Oliver Springs; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Hatmaker Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in the Hatmaker Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Ault and the Rev. Nicky Braden officiating. Family and friends will meet at Hatmaker Funeral Home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, to go in procession to Indian Bluff Baptist Church Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service. You may also view Emma Sue's guestbook online at


Sam Houston Burgess Jr. joined his beloved wife in their forever home in Heaven Nov. 30, 2022. Sam, 88, was born in Harriman to Sam Houston and Dovie Mae Isham Burgess, Sept. 22, 1934. He spent his youth in Oakdale before joining the Navy to see the world and stay out of trouble At the age of 29, he met and married his life partner, Mary Ellen Goodson. Together, they served our family, community and country while stationed in Jacksonville Fla., Norfolk, Va., and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Sam sailed the oceans on numerous Navy vessels and visited many countries. His favorite country for food was Italy, even though he cut his noodles, to sightsee he loved Spain, his favorite tattoo parlor was in Coney Island, N.Y., and there was no better place to live than his beloved Tennessee. Upon his military retirement, he and Mary bought a home in Harriman. He worked at K-25 for several years and then moved into security at Y-12 until his retirement in 1995. He and Mary enjoyed traveling together to see their favorite country music artists at various small venues. If you knew Sam, you know he was matter of fact, spoke his mind, and never worried about anything. He loved his family and took providing for them in all ways, seriously. He was a master gardener, grew vegetables to share and was blessed with an abundance, regardless of scaling back year after year. There will never be a tomato better than “a Sam Burgess tomato”. If he made breakfast for you, you were special to him, his family will miss his biscuits and gravy. They will also miss the stories about growing up in Oakdale, the Norris Creamery days, his Navy adventures, and especially the words of wisdom. He loved the Lord and considered himself blessed to serve many years at First Christian Church of Harriman. Sam battled health issues with fierce determination. His vision issues were long standing, and he was a grateful recipient of a cornea transplant in Dec of 2021. Sam was preceded in death by: Parents, Sam and Dovie Burgess; brothers, Lester, Reuben Paul (RP) and Lonnie Burgess; sisters, Essie Mae Burgess and Jessie Winters; his dear wife, Mary Ellen Burgess; three stepdaughters, Barbara Goad, Kathy Blair and Pam Smith; grandson, Christopher Burns; and two great-grandchildren, Brittany Luttrell and Joshua Andrews. His legacy includes: Son, Paul Burgess (Saundra) of Harriman; and daughter Cindy Ross (Kevin) of Clinton; much-loved grandchildren, P.J. Burgess (Sara) of Elizabeth City, N.C., Corey Burgess of Harriman, Jonathan Ross (Bridgette Floyd) of Abingdon, Va., and Benjamin Ross (Sarah Thomas) of Nashville; great-grandchildren, Avery and Harper Burgess of Elizabeth City, N.C. There are two surviving stepdaughters, Donna Burns of Boonville, Ind., and Janet Andrews of Pearland, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren scattered throughout Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas and Texas. There are numerous local, beloved nieces and nephews, along with special life-long Oakdale school friends that he enjoyed meeting for breakfast. Fair Winds and Following Seas. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, 324 Morgan Avenue, Harriman, TN 37748. Receiving of friends will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, with funeral service to follow at Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman. T he family will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, for burial in Riggs Chapel Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home of Harriman serving the Burgess Family.


Russell Eugene Rhea, 62, Clinton, passed away unexpectedly at his home Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2022. Russell was a member of Blowing Springs Baptist Church in Clinton. He was a family man who enjoyed being outdoors. In his free time, Russell loved to watch University of Tennessee sports, listen to music, hike, and go kayaking. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Hugh Rex Rhea. Russell leaves behind: Mother, Wanda Rhea of Clinton; mother of his children, Kathy Rhea of Clinton; son, Cody Rhea and wife Kasi of Oliver Springs; daughter, Chelsea Rhea and Matt Steffey of Clinton; brothers, Jeff Rhea and wife Karen of Maryville, Mike Rhea of Clinton; grandchildren, Barrett and Baylor Rhea. Russell also leaves behind: Special friend, Shirley Manning; family friend, Jessica Duncan of Maynardville; along with his friends and coworkers at Keurig/Dr. Pepper; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. The Rhea Family will receive friends in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. Russell’s funeral service will begin at 8 p.m. with Pastors Jimmy Davidson and David White speaking. Family and friends will meet at Blowing Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Clinton at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, for his graveside service. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton is honored to serve the family of Russell Rhea.


Barbara Bailey, 78, Norris, passed away peacefully at her home Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. She was born April 15, 1944, in Andersonville to Mike and Ruby Fraker Elkins. Barbara was a member of Lone Mountain Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by: Sisters, Audrey Pike, Betty Bell, and Lorene Humphrey; brothers, Lester Elkins, Lowell Elkins, Jim Elkins, Melvin Elkins. She is survived by: Husband, Dewey Bailey; daughter, Kristi Keisling (Roy); grandson, Matthew Keisling (Kelsie); granddaughter, Abby Keisling; siblings, Jewel Shropshire, Jean Howard, Gail Clark, Steve Elkins, Joe Elkins; several nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. Special thanks to University of Tennessee Hospice and nurse Delana for all your love and care. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home, with the funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Freddie Bean and the Rev. Mark Dison officiating. Family and friends will meet at Hutchison Cemetery at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, for Barbara’s graveside service.


Douglas Charles Ridenour, 79, Andersonville, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at his residence. He was born July 28, 1943, to Charlie and Lorene Melton Ridenour. Douglas was a welder working for Sheet Metal Local 5 where he was known as “Doughboy.” He also enjoyed farming the old timer’s way and doing meat processing. Douglas was a simple and loving man and will be missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Maude and Elijah Melton. Survived by: Loving wife of 56 years, Betty Sue Ridenour; son, Scott Ridenour and wife Angela; grandson, Waylon Matthew Ridenour; special thanks to cousins, Kelli Owens and Becky Goins; a host of other family and friends. The family will receive friends at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, with the funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Allen Giles officiating. There will be a private burial for the family.


David Beganie, 74, Clinton, passed away at his residence Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. David was born Nov. 27, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Leonard and Hazel Beganie. For many years David was the Manufacturer Supervisor at Modine in Clinton until the company closed. David was very conscious about his health and loved to exercise. The love of his life was his wife, Peggy, but the pride of his life was his grandchildren. David was very involved in his grandchildren’s lives and enjoyed watching them play sports. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Beganie. He is survived by: Loving wife of 39 years, Peggy Beganie; children, Linda Rice and husband Greg of Kent, Ohio, Charlotte Turner and husband Richard of Ravenna, Ohio, Rick Bunch and wife Krissy of Ravenna, Ohio, and Teresa Cox and husband Danny of Clinton; grandchildren, Cody Cox and wife Maddy, Wyatt Cox and Jackson Cox; great-grandchildren, Deacon and Addison Cox. The family will receive friends from noon – 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral services to follow in the chapel. His graveside will immediately follow at Grandview Memorial Garden. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.


Patsy “Pat” Phillips Weaver, 74, Clinton, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Patsy was a member of Carroll Hollow Baptist Church and was saved many years ago. Patsy was born nine weeks early and weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces. She was born at home and the doctor said she would probably only live a few days. She was fed with a medicine dropper for many months and was truly a miracle. With God’s help, Patsy survived and we are all better off for it. Anyone who knew her, talked about how sweet she was. She had a heart of gold and will forever be missed by friends and family. What a blessing it was that we got to keep her for almost 75 years! Patsy was preceded in death by: Parents, Ether and Pauline Phillips; brother, Ether “E.B.” Phillips Jr.; sister, Mary Thomas; great-niece, Megan Ford Marie. Patsy is survived by: Husband, Michael Eugene Weaver; sisters, Evelyn Davidson and husband Ed, Betty Haggard and husband Danny, Martha Powers and husband Wayne, and Doris Conatser; many nieces and nephews, who she thought of as her own children; a host of great-nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in the chapel of Mott-McKamey Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Tim Jenkins and Donnie Chambers officiating. The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens.


Judy Caudill passed away Monday, Nov. 2t, 2022, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center after her battle with cancer. Judy was one of eight children and was predeceased by: Mother, Elva; brother, Billy; and sisters, Teenie and Linda. She is survived by: Daughter, Nicki; beloved grandchildren, Ben and Erin; brothers, Tom, Ronnie, and Harold; and sister, Ruth; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Judy was fiercely independent, hardworking, and loved by all who knew her. She lived an interesting, exciting and full life. The family will receive friends from 5 - 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Holly Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital would be greatly appreciated.