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Eloise Grace Rutherford Irwin

Eloise Grace Rutherford Irwin, age 97, left her earthly home in Heiskell and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. She was a long-time member of Sinking Springs United Methodist Church. She was born April 5, 1926 in Andersonville, Tennessee to the late Hugh and Talitha Rutherford. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Kyle Irwin; son-in-law, John Brummett; ten brothers and other family members. She is survived by her children, Janet Brummett, Billy Irwin and wife Sandy, and Linda Barton and husband Bob; grandchildren, Marty Brummett and wife Dawn, Toby Brummett and fiancé Misty, Michelle Garner and husband Anthony, Brad Irwin, Gail Sickau and husband Rich, Brent Irwin and wife Andrea, Lori Schlotfeldt and husband Seth, Kyle Barton and wife Julie, and Cory Barton and wife Nicole; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister-in-law, Ann Rutherford; brother-in-law, Troy Lawson; many nieces and nephews; special friend that was like a son, Randy Moore and his family. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. Her service will follow in the chapel with Rev. Allen Giles officiating. Her graveside will be at 11 a.m., Friday at Sinking Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Brandon Berg officiating. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sinking Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Brian Hill, or your favorite charity. We are grieving with hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

Clyde Cook, Jr.

Clyde Cook Jr., 80, of Andersonville TN went home to be with Jesus on Feb. 22, 2024. Clyde was born Sep. 20, 1943, in Tazwell, TN to Clyde and Ely Cook. He attended schools in Clinton and Powell Tennessee. He then served overseas in the army until being honorably discharged in 1964. He returned to Powell, TN where he met and married Betty Jeffers in 1965. She sang Chuck Berry’s “I Found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill" for years as that was the Cook family address. Clyde began a career working for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He later retired as an analytic chemist and pursued many other interests. Never one to sit still, Clyde pursued such hobbies as ostrich farming, house flipping, fishing, gardening, and orchard planting. He was an avid reader, spending numerous hours studying and seeking to understand God’s word. He studied gunsmithing, opened his own business and became known as “the Gun Doctor”. He never stopped dreaming big dreams and believing in his ability to achieve greatness. Clyde was the proud father of five daughters and grandfather to ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded to heaven by his beloved daughter Deborah Cook. He is survived by his wife Betty Cook, daughters Tammy Turnbill (Rick), Elena Dotson (Dennis), Sherry Mohr (Jeff), Esther Brady (Bryan); grandchildren Isaac Mohr (Meagan), Hannah Kincaid (Brandon), Jacob Turnbill, Caleb Mohr (Caitlin), Elijah Mohr (Rachel), Victoria Mohr (Seth), Joshua Turnbill, Jeremiah Turnbill, Nehemiah Brady, and Reesa Brady; great-grandchildren Theo Kincaid, Darcy Kincaid, Harrison Mohr, Max Mohr, Elise Baker; and sisters Jean Pope and Carolyn Wolfenbarger. Services will be held at Holly Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, Tennessee. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m., followed by the service at 7 p.m.. Graveside service will be at Norris Memorial Garden with full military honors Tuesday at 11 a.m. Holley Gamble Funeral home is honored to serve Clyde’s family. www.holleygamble.com

James Dwight VanHuss

James Dwight VanHuss, 51 of Clinton, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, following a period of declining health. Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on Sept. 21, 1972, he was the son of the late Edith VanHuss. He is survived by his brother Mark VanHuss and his wife Melissa of Clinton, Tennessee, and a nephew, Cody VanHuss, also of Clinton. Jones Mortuary of Clinton is serving the family of James Dwight VanHuss.

June Sharp Gibson

June Sharp Gibson, 77, passed away peacefully on the morning of Feb. 12, 2024, in her hometown of Lake City, Tennessee, after bravely battling an extended illness. She was born on Sep. 27, 1946, to J.N. Sharp Jr and Louise Sharp. A proud alumna of the University of Tennessee, June was an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority. She had an unwavering passion for UT Volunteer football, holding season tickets and attending as many bowl games as possible over the years. Following her college years, June embarked on a distinguished 40-plus-year career with the state of Tennessee, serving diligently until her retirement from the Office of Employment Security in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She was a member of the Democratic Party, advocating for causes she believed in. She found solace and community at First Baptist Church of Lake City, where she was a lifetime member. Preceded in death by her parents and her beloved daughter, Tara Gibson, June is survived by her twin sister, Jane Sharp Noe, and husband Richard; sister Joan Sharp Hill; brother Jim Sharp and wife Marlene; sister Connie Sharp Elliott; and grandson, Hayden Hatfield, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members. The family received friends at the Leach Family Funeral Home and Cremation on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 from 10-11 a.m., with the funeral following at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Christopher Enix officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to First Baptist Church of Lake City, reflecting June’s compassionate spirit and commitment to helping others.

Thomas L. Dagley

Thomas L. Dagley, 95, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. Tom was born Jan. 3, 1929, to Everett and Pearl Dagley in Clinton, Tennessee. Tom worked for several years as a local barber, and retired from the Clinton City School System. His favorite pastime was taking long walks with his furry companion, Fletch. He was preceded in death by his brother, Elmer Dagley; brothers and sisters-in-law, DL and Louise Dagley, Carvel and Willa Dean Dagley; sister, Mary Lynn (Patsy) Wilson; nephew, James Dagley; and niece, Diane Long. He leaves behind nephews and nieces, Robert (Charlotte) Dagley, Earl (Margaret) Dagley, Carolyn (David) McClure, David (Teresa) Wilson, Gail (Kenny) Cook, Lisa (Denny) Kirkland; and several great nieces and nephews. Tom also leaves behind his bonus family, Dan and Jackie Freels, and their daughters, Heather and Haley. Family and friends gathered at Black Oak Baptist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at 11 a.m. where Tom was laid to rest. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Thomas L. Dagley.

Gwenda “Gwen” Daun Bumgardner

Gwenda “Gwen” Daun Bumgardner went to be with the Lord, surrounded by family, on Feb. 15, 2024, after bravely battling a chronic illness. Gwen, born to H. Dale and Dorthea Sheets in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Oct. 17, 1946, earned a bachelor of arts degree while being a working mom. She was known for her kindness as she dedicated her career as a social worker, specializing in Lewy body dementia care. Married to Gary Bumgardner for 20 years until his passing, she was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt, who treasured her faith, family, and adventures in travel. Gwen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gary Bumgardner; parents, H. Dale and Dorthea Sheets; sister, Bette Bates; aunt and uncle, Wanda and Woody Yokum. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Charlie Bates; sons, Mark (Jenny) Books, and Jon (Vicky) Books; stepdaughters, Suzanne (Brandon) Carson, and Christin Bumgardner; grandchildren Colt and Carreau Carson, Erik, and Ellie Books; as well as nieces and nephews, Debra Davis, Chip Bates, Dale (Missy) Bates, and Doug Bates (Gene Vuyovich); great-nieces and nephews, Adam (Amy) Davis, Ashley (Heath) Chambers, Sarah (Travis) Swann, Amber Bates, Madison (Reece) Watkins, and Nick Bates; great-great-nieces and nephews, Asher and Adleigh Davis, Sawyer, Sullivan, Thea, and Drew Chambers, Oliver and Sophia Swann, and Elsie Watkins; cousin, Sherri (Harry) Elliott. Gwen’s legacy of compassion and her warm smile will be cherished by all whose lives she touched. Special thanks to Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice of Newport; Rebecca Hurt; and Cynthia and John Brady for their love and care. Services will be held at Pleasant View Baptist Church, 292 Pleasant View Loop, Clinton, TN 37716, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, followed by the burial of her ashes. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to ALPS adult day services in Morristown, TN, as they care for participants who are memory impaired and those with special needs. Arrangements by Stetzer-Bales Funeral Home, Morristown, TN.

W.D. Sanders

W.D. Sanders, 80, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at his home in Clinton, Tennessee. Christianity is the foundation on which W.D. built his life.  W.D. was born in Carthage, Tennessee, to Thomas and Lovie Sanders in 1943.  The youngest of four children, W.D. graduated from Clinton High School in 1961 before going on to the University of Tennessee, where he achieved a bachelor’s degree in science and education.  In 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Norman, and together they embarked on a lifetime of beautiful memories that will be cherished by all those who love him. W.D. worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Novartis until his retirement in 2001.  After retirement, W.D. and Phyllis moved to Baneberry golf course.  W.D. loved to play golf, and he played every chance he got. In 2021, W.D. and Phyllis moved back home to Clinton to be closer to their family and friends.  W.D. and Phyllis attended Second Baptist Church. W.D. is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis; daughters, Melanie Sanders Cook, Treva Sanders Webster (Rick) as W.D. would say best son in law ever; grandsons, Jackson and Silas Webster; sisters, Peggy Jackson, Sue Hunt; and brother, Thomas Sanders. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, from 5-7 p.m. at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, Tennessee, with a funeral to follow at 7 p.m.  Dr. Michael Thompson will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Tunnels to Towers (t2t.org/donate/ or St. Jude Children’s Hospital (stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html) The staff at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of W.D Sanders.

Judy Altum Emert

Judy Altum Emert, 80, entered Glory on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 at her home surrounded by her daughters and beloved husband of 62 years. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, James Owen Altum (Jack) and Eunice Hux Altum (Patsy), and granddaughter Taylor Bernice Clark. Judy is survived by her husband, Clyde E. “Eddie” Emert; children, Tammy Clark (Dwayne), Donna Colwell, Ginger Fisher (John), Bryan Emert (Lisa); grandchildren, Channing Miller (Gabriel), Macy Fisher (Cole), Ellise Fisher, Adam Clark (Timeka and Zachary Clark, Cody Emert; and several great-grandchildren. Judy is at peace now, surrounded by angels and her Savior Jesus Christ. We are sure she is trying to find a way to help the residents of heaven. She is free from all her earthly worries and stressors. Services are private and will not be announced. Jones Mortuary of Clinton, Tennessee, is serving the family of Judy Altum Emert.