Johnny Edward Hatton, 59, Clinton passed away at home Sunday, May 15, 2022, surrounded by family and loved ones. Mr. Hatton was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and his favorite title “PaPa.” His lifelong passion was serving his community as a fireman and rescue technician. He served on the Marlow Volunteer Fire Department, Anderson County Mountain Rescue, and the Clinton Fire Department. In 2015, he retired from the City of Clinton as a fireman after 31 years of service. In addition to his passion of serving his community, Mr. Hatton also enjoyed farming with his companion, Bandit, by his side. Mr. Hatton was preceded in death by: Grandparents, the Rev. Pete Melzoni and wife Elizabeth, Clyde and Jeanette Hatton; father, David Hatton Sr.; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Darlene McKamey; loving wife, Alma Hatton; brothers-in-law, Terry Long, and Billy and Brian McKamey. Mr. Hatton is survived by: Daughter, Amanda Sutton and husband Christopher; son, Pvt. Caden Hatton; mother, Brenda Hatton; brother, David Hatton and wife Yolanda; sister, Elizabeth Long; brother-in-law, Terry McKamey and wife Michelle; sister-in-law, Jan McKamey; grandson, Tyler Sutton; family friend, Jeannie Greggory; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Holley Gamble Funeral Home from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, with funeral services officiated by the Rev. Donnie Moore following. The Rev. Gary Smith will officiate the graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Anderson Memorial Gardens. The family will meet at Holley Gamble Funeral Home at 10 a.m. for processional. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Marlow Volunteer Fire Department in the memory of Johnny Hatton. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.


Tressie L Johnson, 84, Clinton, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022, at NHC Healthcare in Oak Ridge. Tressie was the last surviving child of Sherman and Charity Brantley Loy and was born in Clinton Aug. 27, 1937. Tressie was longtime member and custodian at Farmer’s Grove Baptist Church. She retired from Levi Straus after working there for many years. Tressie enjoyed working in her yard, cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by: Parents; brothers, Edward, John, and Cleveland Loy; sisters, Willie Mae Rayfield, Flossie Loy, and Flora Register. She is survived by: Children, Lisa Johnson (Cindy) and Ken Johnson; grandchildren, Reece Johnson, Krystal Johnson, Kenny Johnson; great-grandchildren, Mattison, Bradley, Jackson, and Evelyn The family will receive friends at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. with the Pastor Bobby Metcalf officiating. Tressie interment will be held at the Farmer’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022.


Dorothy Mae Sisson Hall, 88, Oliver Springs, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, May 14, 2022, in her home with her family by her side. She was born on May 31, 1933. in Windrock to Alma Justice, who preceded her in death. A popular student, Dorothy excelled in her studies and enjoyed playing basketball. While she was in high school, she coached girls basketball at the elementary school. She graduated in 1950 from Oliver Springs High School. She went on to attend the University of Tennessee and went to work for the federal government at the K-25 plant in Oak Ridge. Dorothy, a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Oliver Springs, met her future husband, Luther Stanley Hall, in the summer of 1941 during vacation Bible school at the church; she was nine years old and he was 11 years old. Years later, Luke joined the United States Air Force. He returned home to Oliver Springs on a 30-day leave in the fall of 1952 and proposed to Dorothy. They married on Oct. 31, 1952, at First Baptist Church. The couple moved to Presque Isle, Maine, where they lived on the airbase until Luke had completed his military service. They returned to Oliver Springs in 1954. Dorothy and Luke welcomed a son, Luther Stanley Hall Jr., July 26, 1955. Dorothy was a substitute teacher at both the Oliver Springs High School and the elementary school. She was proud to have started the first kindergarten program at the elementary school. She taught countless local children and often recalled those experiences throughout her life. In addition to teaching, She deeply loved her family and caring for them and their home. In addition to her mother, Dorothy was preceded in death by: Son, Stanley; sister, Lynette Seeber; and a brother, Ben Irwin. Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory: Husband of 69 years, Luke Hall of Oliver Springs; granddaughter, Leean Tupper of Clinton; niece, Janice Daugherty of Oliver Springs; nephews, Kelly Hall and wife Mary of Oliver Springs, Kent Hall and wife Gale of Sevierville; sisters, Marilyn Seeber of Kentucky and Mabel Irwin of Elizabethton; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Dorothy’s family will receive friends at the old Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Springs St. in Oliver Springs from noon – 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Kenny Rains officiating. Interment will follow in Anderson Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church, Steeple Repair Fund, PO Box 601, Oliver Springs, TN 37840. To leave a note for Dorothy’s family or to share a memory, please go to the online guestbook at


Doris Vanaman, most recently of Knoxville, and previously of Clinton, entered larger life Thursday, May 12, 2022. She had a long full life of 90 years and touched so many lives with her sweet caring personality. Faith, family and friends were central to Doris’s life. A long-time member of New Salem Baptist Church in Clinton, she had recently moved her membership to Oliver Springs Baptist Church. Doris enjoyed birdwatching, gardening, and beachcombing for shells in Florida. Family and friends remember Doris as a devoted Christian, loving wife, mother, and grandmother and friend, whose encouragement, support, guidance, determination, and unconditional love in good times and challenging times will continue to inspire them and provide an exceptional example of how to live one’s life. Doris was born Sept. 30, 1931 in Claremore, Okla., to James Louis and Maggie Leona Moore. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by: Grandfather, John Henry Horner from Ava, Mo.; 10 siblings; and many cousins, aunts and uncles. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Hudson who died in 1997. She later married Don Vanaman who died in 2017. She was also preceded in death by her son, Paul Hudson, who passed away in 2014, and Paul’s wife, Regina, in 2021 and her son Nathan’s wife Nancy in 2012. Cherishing her memory are: Son, Nathan Hudson of Oak Ridge; grandsons, Matthew Hudson of Oak Ridge and Will Hudson of Knoxville; granddaughters, Kristy Hudson Branson and husband Travis, Katie Hudson; and great-granddaughters, McKinley and Macey Branson, all of Atlanta. The family will have a graveside service at 3 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022, at Sunset Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Raines officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Oliver Springs First Baptist Church, 206 Roane Street, Oliver Springs, TN 37840. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.


Audrey Mae Cawood Van Pelt, 91, Clinton, devoted wife, mother, and beloved aunt died, peacefully Friday, April 29, 2022, at NHC in Farragut. The youngest of four daughters of Joe Wheeler Cawood and Dora Ellen Shell, Audrey was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Evarts, Ky. She graduated from Evarts High School, Evarts, Ky., and attended the University of Kentucky for two years before marrying her high school sweetheart, William (Bill) Ray Van Pelt, beginning a love story that lasted more than 71 years. They moved to the Clinton area in 1958. She devoted the rest of her life to being a homemaker, loving wife, and mother. She was a faithful member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton for more than 63 years. She was part of the Mary Marthas Women’s Circle, enjoyed playing bridge, and enjoyed shopping – especially yard sales. Audrey was preceded in death by: Parents; and sisters, Evelyn “Ebb” Sallie Cawood (J.D.) Housley, Jean Jacqulion “Jackie” Cawood (Wilbur) Adams, and Pauline “Polly” Mayree Cawood (Dennis) Ball. She is survived by: Husband Bill; son, William Brett (Lexie) Van Pelt and granddaughter, Haley Elise Van Pelt of Knoxville; daughter Amy Cawood Van Pelt (Gina Ruffner) and family of Columbus, Ohio; and nieces and nephews, Kim Karen Housley (Bill) Pate and Elijah David Pate of Ft. Pierce, Fla. The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton. The family will receive friends from noon - 1:30 p.m. before the service. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, Oak Ridge, following the funeral service.


Ralph “Sam” Hinch, 79, passed away at his home in Clinton Thursday, April 28, 2022. Sam played basketball while attending Jacksboro High School and was awarded a scholarship to King College in Bristol, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. While attending King College, Sam was the captain of the basketball team. Throughout his adult years, he stayed in contact with his former teammates. He loved the University of Tennessee Vols and Pat Summit. Sam dedicated his time to his career in distribution sales, and in his free time he enjoyed woodworking, cooking, and living the simple life on his farm in Clanton, Ala. He was very well-known for his chocolate pecan pie. A favorite book of Sam’s, which is one that he passed along to all of his friends was, “Flight Path,” by Dr. Frank Barker. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends whom he leaves behind. Sam was preceded in death by: Parents, William and Della Mae Hinch; wife, Mary Meadows; brother, Earl Hinch. He is survived by: Mother of his children, Linda V. Barwick; daughters, Susan Keenan (John), Stephanie Walsh (David), Dr. Emily Anne Nava; brothers, John Hinch (Louise), Jack Hinch; grandchildren, Blaise and Ada Keenan, Jane and Gib Walsh. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022, and Sam’s celebration of life will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Brian Riggs officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider donating to the American Diabetes Association. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton is in charge of arrangements.


Courtney DeShay Thomas, 42, Powell, departed this life April 28, 2022, at Wellstar Community Hospice Hospital, Austell, Ga. He was a member of Haven Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends. Preceded in death by: Father, Howard Louis Robinson; grandmothers, Pauline Robinson and Robbie Reynolds; grandfathers, Eugene Weaver, Thomas Rowe, and John Reynolds; grandchildren, Jaceon Spears, Decision Kennedy, Nephew, Marquise Thomas, Uncle, Kimmie Rowe; cousins, Brittany Frazier, Darian Brabson, and Heaven Johnson. He leaves to cherish his memories: Devoted mother, Wanda Thomas; wife, Michelle Thomas; siblings whom he loved dearly, LaToshia Thomas, Howard Thomas, and Jasmine Robinson; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and stepchildren; Godson, Tevon Brown; special friends, Tony Brown, Scottie Gallaher, and Ricky Willis. The family will receive friends from noon – 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home, 621 S. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Bea Thomas officiating. Family and friends will follow in procession to Woodhaven Memorial Gardens where Courtney will be laid to rest. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is honored to serve the family of Courtney DeShay Thomas.


Carl Edward Wright, Clinton, passed away April 25, 2022, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. He was born in Clinton June 17, 1956. Carl was preceded in death by: Mother, Edna Stubbs (Wright); and foster mother, Mary Louise Wright. He is survived by: Wife, Jan Wright; son, Travis Wright; mother of his son, Annette Altes; stepdaughter, Misty Hall; foster father, Boyd Wright “Pap;” sister, Brenda Huckaby; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family. Carl enjoyed fishing with “Pap” and rose gardening among other hobbies. Everyone who knew Carl enjoyed his great sense of humor and generous personality. Carl worked for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 39 years and was very active in the ATLC Union which he loved. Services will be held at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton Saturday, May 7, 2022. Visitation from noon – 2 p.m. with funeral service to follow, and interment at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.