Norma Dean Crowley, 80, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the Waters of Clinton. She was born Jan. 25, 1938, to the late Sam and Vinnie Lloyd McGill in Campbell County. Norma was a member of Beech Park Baptist Church and loved attending when she was able. She was a dedicated mother and loved spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by: Husband, Chester Crowley; and daughter, Kathy Crowley. Survived by: Sons, Cecil Crowley and wife Debbie of Clinton, Chester Crowley and Victoria Delgado of Knoxville; daughter, Teresa Crowley of Florida; grandchildren, Ben Crowley, Daniel Noor and Sharina Noor; great-grandchildren, Ethan Crowley and Maddox Noor; several nieces and nephews. Norma’s graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Grandview Memorial Gardens.


John Wayne Courtney, 74, Kingston, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. A graduate of the class of 1963 from Norris High School, John proudly enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1963 to 1972 where he earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He continued as a member of the American Legion. John’s occupation for the last 34 years has been as a truck driver. John was preceded in death by: Parents, John H. and Lois Marie (Moore) Courtney; sisters, Celinda Courtney and Gail Stallings. John has been married to his high school sweetheart, Janis Halk Courtney since 1966: Together they have Thomas Courtney of Harriman, Becky King of Harriman, Randall L. Courtney and wife Rene of Genoa, Ill.; bonus children, Anissa Gardner of Georgia, Nancy Parker of Louisiana, Darrell Long of Oklahoma, Lynn Wilcox of Colorado; siblings, Larry Courtney and wife Christine; Pam Testa, Randall K. Courtney and Becky E. Forbus; grandchildren, Tali, Caleb, Ashley, Aaron-John, Emma, Christa; great-grandchildren, Aubrielle and Alister; six bonus grandchildren and seven bonus great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other friends and family. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Clinton Chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet following the visitation at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on Governor John Sevier Hwy. in Strawberry Plains at 2 p.m.


Walter Russel Hensley Jr., 75, Kingston, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends. He was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Akron, Ohio, and moved to East Tennessee in 1957. He was a United States Navy veteran who loved his country. Walter retired as a plant manager for a printing corporation after working 30 years in the Atlanta area and 15 years in Chattanooga. He was a member of Kingston United Methodist Church and also a member and Ranger at Lakeside Golf Course where he made a “hole in one” in September of 2015. Besides being an avid golfer, Walter enjoyed fishing, boating and music. He and his wife, Brenda, had their own band for more than 15 years. Preceded in death by: Sons, Walter Hensley III and Gregory Wayne Hensley; parents, Walter Russel Hensley Sr. and Marie Wilkinson Hensley. Survivors: Loving wife of 56 years, Brenda Joyce Lowe Hensley of Kingston; sister, Sally Ann Thomas and husband Bob of Acworth, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Patricia Mills of Hixson, Janice Carriger of Spring City; special cousins, Tom, Steve, and Phil Hensley, all of Kingston; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of dear friends. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Fraker Funeral Home with Celebration of Life following at noon in the chapel with the Rev. Sue Lynn Johnson presiding. Continuation of Celebration will be held from 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Lakeside Golf Course in the Club House, 736 Paint Rock Ferry Road in Kingston, with military honors conducted by the Roane County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 – Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Online register book can be signed at Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements.


Myrtice Blanton McMahan, 82, Clinton, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at The Waters of Clinton in Clinton. She was a loving wife and mother. Myrtice retired from the Anderson County School system. She was a member of Island Ford Baptist Church in Lake City. Myrtice loved her church and flowers. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at The Waters of Clinton for the wonderful care and support for over 31 months. Myrtice was preceded in death by: Parents, Delos Blanton Sr and Mamie Norman Blanton; and son, Greggory Keith McMahan. She is survived by: Husband of 57 years, Ted McMahan of Clinton; son, Kevin McMahan and wife Angie of Clinton; brothers, Curtis Blanton and wife Janice of Sylva, N.C., Emerson “Pete” Blanton and wife Margaret of Sylva, N.C., and Delos Blanton Jr and wife Nancy of Lockhart, S.C.; step-grandson, Michael Bavousett; two step-great-granddaughters, Micha and Linvi; and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer’s at Myrtice’s family will receive her friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in the chapel of Jones with her funeral service following at 1 p.m. with Delos Blanton Jr. and Brian Thomas officiating. Her interment will follow her funeral service at Norris Memorial Gardens in Norris. Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at


Lou Ann Jackson, 86, Knoxville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at her residence. She was born Feb. 4, 1932, to the late Everett and Tennessee Adkins Spurlock in Spurlocksville, W.Va. She was a member of Briceville First Baptist Church where she loved attending while she was able. She was a gentle little woman who enjoyed working in her flowers, doing crafts, and working puzzles. She loved her dog, Missy. She will be dearly missed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: Husband, Leonard Jackson; grandson, Brian Hooks; son-in-law, James Hodge; and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by: Children, Linda Pennington and husband Tom, Carol Hodge, Bonnie Hooks and husband Roger, Leonard “Buddy” Jackson Jr. and wife Charlene, Bobby Jackson and wife Joan, Donna Swartzfager and husband Leonard; grandchildren, Kim Davis and husband Mike, Pam Wilson and husband Steve, Rogie Hooks and wife Beth, James Stewart, Jeffrey Hodge, Bobby Jackson Jr. and wife Anna, Richard “Buddy” Jackson and wife Kara, Nicole Wagner and husband Lenny, Crystal Holmes and husband Todd, Jeremy Norris, Joshua Norris, Missi Becker Swartzfager, Jenelle Swartzfager, Christine Russo, Patricia Russo; great-grandchildren, Deanna, Christopher, Tyler, Amanda, Molly, Emilee, Tiffany, Dana, Megan, Kyle, Brandon, Reiley, Colbey, Hailey, Madison, Kalli, Camden, Cayson, Dominic, Derek, Evan, Owen, JJ, Jackson, Ryan, Cody, Victoria, Christopher, Joel, and Emily; great-great-grandchildren, C.J., Penelope, and Brinlee; several nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. Special thanks to Amedisys Hospice, Briceville First Baptist Church, and City Hills Church for their kindness and compassion during this time. The family will receive friends at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, with the Rev. Tim Russell, Pastor Danny Lawson, and the Rev. George Asbury officiating. Her interment will follow at Campbell Memorial Gardens.


Joy Hayes, Norris, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at her residence at Meadow View Senior Living. She was born in Atlanta in 1929. When she lived in Atlanta, she was a member of Rock Spring Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Maryville College, received her Masters from Vanderbilt University (Peabody College for Teachers) and her Specialist of Education from Georgie State University. Miss Hayes taught for 42 years in many places: Richmond, Va.; Nashville; Griffin, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga.; Tehran, Iran; and Gwinnett County, Ga. She coauthored a series of books on using higher thinking skills for children grades one through six. After her retirement she moved to Norris. She is survived by: Sister, Linda Crouch; nieces, Tracy Crouch-Hubbs and her husband Kenny Hubbs , Kelly Giedt and her husband Jeff Giedt; and nephew, Josh Crouch and his wife Amanda Crouch; plus great-nephews and nieces, Zachary Denmark, Mika Poe and her husband Nick Poe, Marli Giedt and Perry Giedt. Receiving of friends will be at The Norris Religious Fellowship at noon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, prior to the service at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to your favorite charity. Some of Joy’s favorites are St. Jude’s, Heifer, Unicef, and Alzheimer Research. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all services.


Michael Allen Kimble Jr, 24, Briceville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Clinton. He was a very likable person, kind-hearted respectful and always willing to help others. Michael enjoyed fishing, camping, swimming and playing basketball. He loved spending time with his son, his friends, and were loyal to them. Michael was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Dewey Allen Kimble and Kenneth Lunsford. He is survived by: Father, Michael Kimble Sr. and Mary Hensley of Knoxville; mother, Doris Tate of Tellico Plains; Mamaw, Hazel Kimble of Clinton, and Mamaw , Essie Elrod of Madisonville; son, Cameron; sister, Ashley Matlock; uncle and aunt, Terry and Pam Hammac of Clinton; and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Michael’s family will receive his friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in the chapel of Jones Mortuary with his funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. Michael’s interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Powell. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at


Helen Hammons, 78, Clinton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at The Waters of Clinton. Helen was born April 11, 1940, in Claiborne County to the late Riley and Birdie Hopson. Helen was a member of Hillvale Baptist Church and throughout her life she enjoyed quilting and traveling, but the love of her life was her family, especially her grandchildren. She retired from Modine as a machine operator after 36 years of service and later worked at Walmart in Clinton. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by: Husband, Charles Hammons; and brother, Leon Hopson. She is survived by: Daughter, Lisa Garner and husband Bobby of Andersonville; son, Charles “Smokey” Hammons, Jr. and wife Chris of Clinton; brothers, Jack Hopson of Virginia, Cecil Hopson and wife Linda of Arizona; grandchildren, Michael Roberts, Wendy Babb, Nikki Walker, Whitney Boring, William Cornett, Brandi Bugg, and Kane Garner; great-grandchildren, Zach Roberts, Riley and Jake Babb, Braxton Walker, Lola Boring, Asia Livingston, Seth Reynolds, Jaylynn Sage, Makenna Watson, and Kyleigh Bugg; special friend, Donna Tallent; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. Her funeral service will follow in the chapel with the Rev. Allen Giles officiating. Her graveside will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Woodhaven Memorial Garden. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.