Erwin Brock, 92, Clinton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
He was born in Clinton March 25, 1930, to Joe and Cleva Keith Brock. Erwin served as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War. He attended Clinton High School and was a guard on the football team. He married the love of his life, Mary Rayfield, Oct. 3, 1952, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary last October.
In addition to his parents, Erwin was preceded in death by: Brothers, Willard Brock and J.B. Brock; sisters, Juanita Farmer and Wilma Simpson.
Survived by: Loving wife of 70 years, Mary Rayfield Brock; son, Steve Brock (Janice); daughter, Janice Brock; grandchildren, Alex Frye (Jessie), Lucas Frye (Morgan), Nate Brock (Grace); grandchildren, Hayden, Sawyer, Silas, Walker, and Wiley Jo.
The family will receive friends at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. with Brother Larry Webster and Brother Mitchell Webster officiating.
Family and friends will meet at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, and go in funeral procession to Woodhaven Memorial Garden for an 11 a.m. interment.
WILMA MARIE McBROOM
Wilma Marie McBroom, 90, Oak Ridge, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
She was born Feb. 28, 1932, to Troy and Ruth Rice of Malden, Mo.
She was preceded in death by: Parents; husband of 65 years, Darrell T. McBroom; brothers, J.C., Leroy, Dawsey, Frankie, Donnie, and James “Bud” Rice; and son, Dennis McBroom.
She is survived by: Brother, Bobby Rice of Auburn, Wash.; sons, T. Dale McBroom of Oak Ridge, David and Cathy (Olsen) McBroom of Bonney Lake, Wash., Danny and Connie (Thompson) McBroom of Wasilla, Alaska, Dwayne McBroom of Swainsboro, Ga., Darren and Robin (Oody) McBroom of Harriman; daughter-in-law, Terri (Nilles) McBroom (Dennis) of Amelia Court House, Va.; 19 grandchildren; and 65 great-grandchildren.
Wilma was a wonderful, devoted, and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who gave her all to her family. She was a homemaker, foster mother, and worked as a caregiver after she had raised her family. She was a godly, Christian woman of the Apostolic faith. She loved sharing her faith, discussing scriptures, and encouraging others. She was well-known for her prayers. She prayed for anyone leaving her home after a visit, at the end of a phone call, or for any reason at all.
Her family loved to listen to stories of her life including those of her childhood being the only girl in a family with seven brothers. They also gleaned wisdom from her experiences in raising six sons, taking care of many grandchildren, and foster children. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed laughing and making others laugh.
Her home was a frequent gathering place for family and friends, was full of laughter, and a full house made her happy. She enjoyed cooking for anyone that happened to be there. One of the things she did on a regular basis was to make popcorn on the stove for all to enjoy. Wilma will be dearly missed and always remembered.
Receiving of friends will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Jones Mortuary, Clinton.
The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, Oak Ridge.
Jones Mortuary LLC in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.
CAROLYN DIANE LEGG
Carolyn Diane Legg, Clinton, passed away at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Jan. 11, 2023.
She was a member of First Baptist Concord Church in Farragut.
Carolyn was preceded in death by: Parents, Herman and Jonnie Rhyne; brothers, Ralph Rhyne, James Rhyne, Elmer Rhyne, Daniel Rhyne, and Glenn "Beaver" Rhyne; sister, Nancy Rhyne Lane.
She is survived by: Husband, Roy Douglas Legg; sons, Jason Legg and fiancée Tami Bailey, and Reid Legg and wife Kim Legg; grandson, Hayden Legg; granddaughters, Kelsey Trieu and husband, Adrien Trieu, and Journey Legg, and Kelsey Legg; sister, Dorothy Dempsey; and brother, Jack Rhyne and wife Marie Rhyne.
Carolyn enjoyed time with family, being outdoors and traveling. She volunteered for numerous years at KICKO, helping many children.
A service for Carolyn was held earlier at First Baptist Concord, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Carolyn's memory to KICKO (Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach) P. O. Box 14487, Knoxville, TN 37914.
Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com.
HUBERT ALLEN SHERWOOD
Hubert Allen Sherwood, 80, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
He was born in Oak Ridge on Feb. 9, 1942, to Lonnie and Elizabeth Gilmore Sherwood. Allen was a member of Second Baptist Church of Clinton. He retired from Rexnord and enjoyed farming.
In addition to his parents, Allen is preceded in death by a brother, Danny Sherwood.
Survived by: Loving wife of 52 years, Mary Sherwood; children, Sharon Buck (Billy), Karen Nelson (Terry Kennedy), and Matthew Sherwood (Candace); grandchildren, Samantha Nelson (Matthew Thacker), Leaha Nelson (Aaron Talley), Madelynn Sherwood and Connor Sherwood; great-grandchildren, Acen Talley, Ryden Talley and Eden Berry; siblings, Irma Wright, Shirley Murray, Mack Sherwood (Margaret), Judy Thacker and Irene White
The family held a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Grandview Memorial Garden with Dr. Michael Thompson and the Rev. Gary Swaggerty officiating.
THOMAS SCOTT KEITH
Thomas Scott Keith was born Feb. 18, 1959, to Carl and Virginia Keith.
Scott grew up in Clinton. Those that knew Scott knew his true passions were flying, the University of Tennessee athletics, and his family. He was a proud Volunteer who earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. His proudest career accomplishment was his role as Chief Pilot for Team Health. His years there allowed him to do what he loved with those he loved. He made many friends and developed lifelong relationships that he always cherished. During his time there he also met the love of his life; Melissa Keith.
He leaves behind: Loving wife, Melissa Keith; son, Adam Barringer; brother, Jim Keith; and sister, Susan Keith; aunts and uncles and numerous nieces and nephews.
He also leaves behind his lifelong best friend, Steve Forbes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Virginia.
Scott was a proud cancer survivor of more than 25 years. He lit up the room and was always ready to tell you a story. And they were always told with enthusiasm and gusto. In the end, he didn't lose his fight to cancer and he told Melissa, “I hope I don't die of something boring.”
Well my dear, my you didn't. You shocked us all in the end just as you would like. Your final flight departed at 9:04 a.m., Jan. 10, 2023.
A celebration of life is to be announced in the very near future.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the GoFundMe page, https://gofund.me/2112085 or via Venmo; @Melissa-Keith-52.
Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.
MONSIGNOR WILLIAM HASSETT GAHAGAN
Monsignor William H. Gahagan, a much beloved priest who faithfully served God’s people in Middle and East Tennessee for 52 years, died Jan. 10, 2023. He was 85-years old.
Born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1937, he graduated from Lewiston High School in 1955 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Having served overseas in France, he providentially received orders to Tennessee to Joelton Air Force Station, north of Nashville. Tennessee may have seemed as foreign as France to this Maine native, but it was God’s way of introducing him to his new home state where He had big plans for him.
When God calls, he knew there was only one way to respond — “Be it done to me according to your Word” (Luke 1: 38). And that’s exactly what Monsignor Bill did throughout his priestly life. His abandonment to God’s Will would take him on a journey of college and seminary formation that would eventually lead him to the altar in 1970 where his, “yes,” to God was consecrated in his ordination as a priest of the Diocese of Nashville, which at the time represented the entire state of Tennessee. Given his parish assignments within East Tennessee, he continued to serve under the newly established Diocese of Knoxville, which was decreed by St. John Paul II in 1988.
Early recognized for his great commitment to serving the poor and needy in East Tennessee, he was appointed in 1989 to be the “Vicar of Charities” for the Diocese of Knoxville. Having previously established “Catholic Social Services” and “Columbus Home” in Knoxville, he helped create the umbrella program for what would later become “Catholic Charities of East Tennessee.” Given his many labors of love for the poor and needy, he is considered the “father” of Catholic charity work in East Tennessee.
Because his parish assignments spanned the geographic area of East Tennessee over his many decades of priestly ministry, his reputation for pastoral ministry and help to the wider communities in which he lived was widely known. It was said of him that if you were troubled in spirit or in need of any help, his door was the first you should knock upon. And he was always there for his brother priests who he loved so much. His joyful demeaner coupled with his self-deprecating style of humor earned the title of the “Rodney Dangerfield of priests,” which always put people at ease who came to him with their worries and crosses.
With a special gift as a caring “spiritual director,” he served as a chaplain to the students and faculty of Knoxville Catholic High School, and to the Catholic Center of East Tennessee State University. He also served in a part-time capacity at the Jesuit House of Prayer in Hot Springs, N.C., as a spiritual director. Monsignor Bill also had a special love and desire to minister to the sick and suffering, serving as a chaplain in the area hospitals of his many assignments, particularly at St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville, as well as in Johnson City and Nashville. In 2017, the honorific title of “Monsignor” was bestowed upon him as a “Chaplain to His Holiness” as a member of the Papal Household in recognition of his steadfast and loving service to the Church and her faithful, and to the poor and suffering.
His many assignments during 52 years include serving at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and Christ the King in Nashville, as a teacher and chaplain at Knoxville Catholic High School, director of then-Knoxville Catholic Charities, as well as serving as pastor or associate pastor of St. Therese in Clinton and St. Joseph in Norris, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in LaFollette, vocations director for the Knoxville Deanery (when a part of the Diocese of Nashville), St. Dominic Church in Kingsport, St. Mary Church in Johnson City, and St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Cleveland.
Though a priest never truly “retires” from the priesthood, Monsignor Bill was eager to continue to serve in any capacity called upon, and he continued to do so even as his health declined. And all who had the blessing to know him knew he had an incredible gift of fortitude, for he was very determined to do his utmost to be the priest God called him to be, and to do whatever he could for others. Truly, he was the face, the arms and the heart of Jesus to all who came to him.
Monsignor Bill was preceded in death by: Parents, John and Winifred Kerns Gahagan; brothers, Sonny and Jim Gahagan; and sister, Mary Fournier.
He is survived by: Nephew, Michael Fournier Sr.; niece, Linda Doyon; great-nephews, Michael Fournier Jr. and Michael Derosier; and great-niece, Cathy Derosier.
The visitation for Monsignor Gahagan will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at St. Joseph Church in Norris.
A second visitation will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. The funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Bishop Richard Stika celebrating and will be live-streamed on the cathedral's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/@shcathedral.
Hatmaker Funeral Home located in Lake City, is in charge of arrangements.
ANNA LOU MASSENGILL
Anna Lou Massengill, 84, Rocky Top, passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2023, at her home.
She was born March 5, 1938, in Jellico to Thorn and Bessie Singleton Housley. She worked for more than 40 years at Oak Ridge Sporting Goods. Anna Lou was known to collect dolls and had more than 800 in her home. She enjoyed going to yard sales and thrift stores and also liked to camp with her husband when they were younger. She loved her family dearly and was a beloved member of Willowbrook Baptist Church. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: Husband, Bob Massengill; son, Paul Ray Massengill; grandson, James Ray Hunley; and brother, Boby Joe Housley.
She is survived by: Children, Deborah Napier and husband Mike, Melissa Hunley and husband James; brother, John Robert Housley; grandchildren, Chasity Wilkerson (Larry), DeAnna Lane (Ben), Brittany Carden (Jeremy), KayLee Hunley, Bobby Hunley, John Napier, and Andrew Napier (Brittany); great-grandchildren, Jordan, Brooklyn, J.J., and Lizzie; several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
The family received friends at the Leach Family Funeral Home and Cremation from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, with the funeral service following at 7 p.m. with Pastor Roger Leach and the Rev. Jason Lowe officiating.
Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Oak Grove Cemetery.
PATRICIA 'TRISH' CARPENTER
Patricia ‘Trish’ Carpenter, 54, Clinton, left this world unexpectedly, Jan. 9, 2023.
She was born to Dianne Walden, and Walter ‘Buddy’ Walden, Oct. 18, 1968.
Trish was known to make the best sweet tea and was a great cook. She loved reading and working puzzles with her ‘Mommy Dear.’ Trish loved camping and caving with her husband and children. She was a very supportive, giving person and never saw the fault in others. Trish was looking forward to the birth of her great-grandson.
Trish wass preceded in death by: Father, Walter (Buddy) Walden; father-in-law, David Carpenter; three children she never got to hold in this world; and grandparents.
She is survived by: Husband, Otis (Buggsy) Carpenter of Clinton; daughter, Jessica Carpenter and her children Johnny, Hailey, Casey and Cody; son, Billy Carpenter and his children Davey and Noah all of Solway; mother, Dianne Walden of Clinton; mother-in-law, Vickie Carpenter; sisters, Melissa Davis (Michael) of Clinton, Sheila Langford (Robert) of Clinton, Cheryl King of Clinton, and Amy Walden Duncan (Slick Rick) of Solway; brothes-in-law, James Darren Messamore (Tina), and Larry Carpenter; sisters-in-law, Nancy ‘Sissy’ Messamore and Margie Carpenter; and lots of nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Mott-McKamey Funeral Home and Cremations.
Graveside services will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Staff Sergeant Cornelius Carter Cemetery in Clinton.