Obituaries

DENNIS 'DOUG' McGHEE

Dennis “Doug” McGhee, 79, Clinton, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was born Sept. 20, 1942, in Clinton to Ulyess and Bessie McMahan McGhee. Dennis was an honorary member of the Clinton Car Club and loved his 1968 red Mustang. He loved the Saturday Night Poker Club, shooting pool and just loved hanging with all his buddies. Dennis also enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife that visited his house daily. In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by: wife, Lois Faye McGhee; and in-Laws, Coy and Ruth Wright. Survived by: Children, Douglas David McGhee and wife Kimberly, Angelia Martin and Greg Floyd; grandchildren, Randi Nicole Hope husband Kristopher, Annatasha Tawnee Cooper and husband Cody; great-grandchildren, Jackson David McGhee, Gabriella Cooper, Scarlett Cooper and Emmaline Hope; a host of very special friends. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Jimmy Ault officiating. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, and go in funeral procession to Grandview Memorial Garden for a 3 p.m. interment. In lieu of flowers the family ask that you donate to American Cancer Society, https://donate3.cancer.org or P.O. Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741 in Dennis’s Honor. www.holleygamble.com

CHARLOTTE ANN VOWELL

Charlotte Ann Vowell, 84, Lake City, went home to be with the Lord July 27, 2022. She was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church. Founder and co-owner of Golden Girls Restaurant with her sister, Jeanne Carden. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with family and seeing all her customers/friends at work. She had many close family and friends and loved getting together for events, reunions, etc. She had a contagious smile and was loved by many. She was preceded in death by: Parents, James Harve Golden and Grace Lee Pike Golden, Alma Jean Golden; brother, Jimmy Golden; sister, Kathy Dugger; sister-in-law, Anna Golden; Ronald N. Vowell; and special person in her life, Paul Wallace. She is survived by: Son, Timothy D. Vowell; daughter, Kathy Hill and husband Bobby; brothers, Joe Golden and wife Barbara, Terry Golden and wife Jean; sisters, Carden and husband J.C. Carden, Becky James and husband Darris James; sister-in-law, Cheryl Golden; grandchildren, Tylor Hill and wife Adrianne, Kaley Wilson and husband Tory, Makayla Vowell, and Kevin Vowell; great-grandchildren, Jaxon Hill, Blake Wilson, Javen Hill, Jordan Wilson. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Clear Branch Baptist Church in Lake City. Funeral is at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Clear Branch Baptist Church in Lake City with the Rev. Randy Norton officiating. Interment will immediately follow funeral service at Leach Cemetery

TROY PHILLIPS

Troy Phillips, 67, Clinton, went home to be with the Lord at his home surrounded by his loving family July 27, 2022. Troy was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, and spending time with his family. He and his brother, Denny, were the owners of Loudon County Sportsman in Lenior City for 30 years. He was preceded in death by: Mother and stepfather, Joann (Phillips) and Johnny Taylor; brothers, J.D. and Randal Phillips; sister, Darlus Phillips; nieces Amanda Reeves and Shelby Sharp; nephew, Justin Keen; brother-in-law, David Moorehead. He is survived by: Brother, Denny (Gina) Phillips of Clinton; sisters, Barbara Kunst of Rogersville, Pat (Gary) Sharp of Clinton, Connie (Bobby) Fain of Clinton, and Linda (Glen) Keen of Heiskell; nieces, Kathy Haun, Brandi Harness, and Brittney Armstrong; nephews, Jason Sharp, Jeremy Keen, and Michael Moorehead; special great-niece, Brianna Haun; special great-nephews, Tyler Sharp, Jacob Haun, and Adam Sharp; stepson, Jeff Fischer TThe family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. His funeral service will follow in the chapel with Jason Sharp officiating. Friends and family will meet at Holley Gamble Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022, and proceed to Grandview Memorial Garden for an 11 a.m. graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Troy Phillips. Pallbearers will be Jacob Haun, David Haun, Tyler Sharp, Adam Sharp, Jeremy Keen, and Eric Champion. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

LELA DIGGS DELMONTE

Lela Diggs Delmonte was born Sept. 15, 1926, on a farm in the Bethel Community of Anderson County. She lived there until she was 16 when the farm was appropriated by the government for use in the Manhattan Project. She had many fond memories of her childhood there with her family. She passed away on July 26, 2022, at her home in Clinton with her son by her side. She was preceded in death by: Husband, Joseph Delmonte Jr.; son, Michael D. Delmonte; parents, Odus and Myrtle Keith Diggs; sister, Naomi Diggs Luttrell; brothers, Dewey K. Diggs and Frank L. Diggs. She is survived by: Son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Jenifer Delmonte; grandchildren, Amber Robinson (Anthony), Ryan Delmonte (Nichole), Dustin and Jessica Delmonte, Samantha Mitchell, Amy Delmonte, and Christopher Smiley (Melinda); nine great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was a long-time member of the Clinton First Baptist Church. She enjoyed the activities of the XYZ program as long as her health permitted. She was an excellent bowler and she and her husband bowled in several area leagues. They were also very involved with the local AARP chapter. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed University of Tennessee sports. Visitation will be held at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton at 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. with a graveside service to follow at Sunset Cemetery. The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their compassionate care of Lela Delmonte during her last days. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

MARY ELLEN GOODSON BURGESS

Mary Ellen Goodson Burgess is celebrating a joyous reunion with loved ones. Mary, 90, surrounded by people who loved her went peacefully to her forever home in Heaven, Monday, July 25, 2022. Born in Danville, Ind., to Ellsworth Comet and Vivia Mae Goodson. She spent much of her youth with family in Tennessee before returning to Indiana as a teenager. She later moved to Florida where she met and married her partner in life, Sam Burgess. Mary was a devoted military wife who took caring for her family and community seriously while stationed in Jacksonville Fla., Norfolk, Va., and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Upon retirement and returning to her beloved Tennessee, she maintained many of those NAVY relationships with other service families all over the states. Her family will miss the excitement she had for opening presents at Christmas and hearing her say “Ain’t love grand?” after watching a good romantic movie. She loved working puzzles, reading books, traveling, and finding a good bargain. Mary was a proud member of First Christian Church and secretary for the woman’s group, SonShine Sisters. She loved Jesus and appreciated lots of small things in life many tend to overlook. She gave simple advice when asked, always based on truth and facts. Mary was preceded in death by: Parents, Ellsworth and Vivia Goodson; brother, Billy Goodson; daughters, Barbara Goad, Kathy Blair and Pam Smith; grandson, Christopher Burns; great-grandchildren, Brittany Luttrell and Joshua Andrews. She is survived by her husband, Sam H. Burgess. Her legacy includes: Son, Paul Burgess (Saundra) of Harriman; daughters, Donna Burns of Boonville, Ind., Janet Andrews of Pearland, Texas, and Cindy Ross (Kevin) of Clinton; grandchildren, Kenny and Bradley Goad of Evansville, Ind., Dexter Goad of Greensboro, N.C., Mary Bartley of Evansville, Ind., and Amy Joffray, Boonville, Ind., Heather Blair and Megan Scott (Bryan) of Johnson City, Travis Smith of Oneida, and John David Smith of Knoxville, Kendyll Herrera (Sam) of Alvin, Texas, G.W. Andrews and Cecelia Andrews of Pearland, Texas, P.J. Burgess (Sara) of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Corey Burgess of Harriman, Jonathan Ross of Abingdon, Va., and Benjamin Ross of Nashville. There are 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren scattered throughout Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, and Texas. There are numerous beloved nieces and nephews along with special friends and cousins, Mary Crabtree of Harriman, Hazel Sanders of Castle Rock, Wash.;, and lifelong friend, Mary Louise Thurnall of Danville, Ind.. The family is especially appreciative of Tammy Pack from Harriman, her caregiver. She loved writing letters and sending cards, especially to her many blessings on their birthday. There are many who will miss receiving her cards and notes each year on their special day. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, 324 Morgan Avenue, Harriman, TN 37748. The family will receive friends from noon – 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Kyker Funeral Home of Harriman. Funeral to follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Phil Merrill to officiate. Interment at Riggs Chapel Cemetery. Kyker Funeral Home of Harriman is serving the Burgess Family.

DOROTHY MAE MACK

Dorothy Mae Mack, 76, Clinton, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, July 25, 2022. Dorothy was born in Clinton to Clyde and Madie Mack. Dorothy loved her family and everyone she met. She always had a smile on her face and loved to cheer up others. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” We have no doubt, Dorothy saw Him when she took her last breath on earth. Dorothy was preceded in death by: Parents, Clyde and Madie Mack; and brother, Clifton Regie Mack. Dorothy is survived by: Brother, Harold D. Mack Sr. and wife Lela of Clinton; nephews, Harold Mack Jr. (Beverly), Eric Mack Sr. (Pam), Clifton Mack (Zara), and Mike Williams; nieces, Regina Long (Donald), Stacey Allen, Gwen Green (Bill), Laci Mack, Shannon Millsaps (Nathan), Nicki Hopper, Daniella Purcell (Brandon), Rebecca, Holly, Grace and Lily Mack, and Shyane Meyers (Gauge). Dorothy is also survived by a host of great-nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friend. The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff at The Waters of Clinton for loving and caring for Dorothy. Dorothy’s family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022, in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary with her celebration of life beginning at 7 p.m. with Pastor Matthew Thompson and Pastor Clayton Duncan officiating. Her interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Bakers Forge Cemetery in LaFollette. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.

JUDITH HAY TYREE

Judith Kay Tyree, 75, passed away peacefully Friday, July 22, 2022, surrounded by her family at her home in Andersonville. She was preceded in death by: Great-grandson, Robert James Neal III in 2018; and grandsons, Joel Aaron Tyree in 2020, and Jonathan Seth Tyree in 2021. She was born Judith Kay Snyder, daughter of Carl Lester Snyder and Dorothy Jean Blakesly Snyder Oct. 14, 1946, in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was formerly employed by Levi Strauss Co. in Powell and was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Andersonville. She is survived by: Husband of 57 years, Garry Harlas Tyree, whom she married at her childhood home in Portsmouth Jan. 2, 1965; son, Garry Harlas Tyree Jr. and wife Tina of Carthage; daughter, Anita Lorraine Ramsey and husband Kirk of Powell; brothers, Steven Ray Snyder and wife Margie of Troy, Ohio, and Edward Lee (Joe) Snyder and wife Naomi of Brewster, Ky.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Memorial services will be conducted by Victory Baptist Church Associate Pastor Matthew Harlass Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Woodhaven Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 160 Edgemoor Road, Powell. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a chapel service at 12:30 p.m. The graveside service will start approximately at 2 p.m. in the Garden of Everlasting Life at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. To leave your condolences please visit our website at www.woodhavenfh.com The staff of Woodhaven Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens is honored to serve the Judith Kay Blakesly Tyree family.

WILLIAM EARL DICKERSON SR.

William Earl Dickerson Sr. passed away July 21, 2022, at the age of 93 at Beth Sholom Terrace in Virginia Beach, Va. William (Bill) was born in Miami, Fla., to Henry and Zelda Dickerson. Bill spent his career as an auto mechanic retiring from Metro Miami Dade County. He also retired from the US Navy Reserves after 21 years of service. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Melrose, and his daughter, Bonnie Brunello. Bill is survived by: Brother Frank of Leesburg, Fla.; son, William Jr. of Winterville, N.C.; grandson, Mark Brunello; and his stepchildren, Gail Warner (Bill Johnson) of Suffolk, Va., and Gary Warner (Aven) of Mobile, Ala. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, 1501 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (Parkinson.org). The family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at the Beth Sholom Terrace as well as Changing Tides Home Care, Home Sweet Home Care and Suncrest Hospice.