Obituaries

SAMUEL 'EDDY' QUEENER

Samuel “Eddy” Queener, 81, Clinton passed away at his residence on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Samuel was a member of Second Baptist Church and a member of the Chapter B Motorcycle Club. He retired from K-25 Fire Department as a Commander and in his earlier years was a dispatcher and volunteer for the Clinton Fire Department and also a dispatcher for the Clinton Police Department. Throughout his life he loved going to yard sales, fishing, and riding motorcycles. He was preceded in death by: Parents, Robert Earl and Edna Mae Queener; sister, Laura “Ann” Queener Melton. He is survived by: Loving wife of 62 years, Mary “Lynell” Roberts Queener of Clinton; daughters, Vickie Queener Wilson of Clinton and Janie Edwards and husband John of Oak Ridge; brothers, Jimmy Queener and wife Freddie of Clinton and David Queener and wife Glenda of Clinton; sister-in-law, Sandra and husband the Rev. James Jones Jr. of Harriman; granddaughter, Katie Simmons of Norris; loving loyal companion, his dog Mattie. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. His funeral service will immediately follow his visitation with Dr. Michael Thompson and the Rev. James Jones Jr. officiating. Samuel’s graveside will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Woodhaven Memorial Garden. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

TOMMY TAYLOR

Tommy Taylor, 75, Clinton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Tommy was a member of Edgemoor Baptist Church where he stayed very active helping with the Building and Grounds Committee and the Awana’s. Tommy retired from Anderson County School System in the maintenance department. Throughout his life he enjoyed playing musical instruments, fishing, and bee keeping. For many years Tommy helped work the Anderson County Fair. He was born Oct.r 1, 1945, in Anderson County to Joe Taylor and Pearl Owenby Miller. He is survived by: Loving wife, Betty Taylor of Clinton; daughter, Marcell Fay Taylor Bean of Oliver Springs; sons, Anthony Taylor of Clinton, and Toby Taylor and wife Candice of Caryville; sisters, Janice Morell of Rockwood, Patsy Calway and husband Robert of Oak Ridge, and Connie Wreyford Cheeck of North Carolina; brothers, Carl Taylor of Oak Ridge, Ronnie Taylor and wife Donna of Heiskell, Leon Taylor of Clinton, and Timothy Rogers of Cordova; step children, Sherry Bryant of Clinton, Gayle Brown and husband Tracy of Clinton, Denise Sissom and husband David of Clinton, Stephanie Brock and husband Joe of Clinton, and Laura Garrett and Ryan of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The family will have a graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Farmers Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Rick Miller. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

CLYDE BULLOCK JR.

Clyde Bullock Jr., Rocky Top, passed away the morning of Jan. 22, 2021. He was a Korean War veteran (Army) and served in West Germany. He had several jobs while he lived in Ohio and was finally a machinist in Oak Ridge. Besides his family, he enjoyed traveling and watching westerns He was preceded in death by: Parents, Clyde Bullock and Belvia Relford Bullock; wife, Joie Loretta Helton Bullock; and son, Clyde Eugene “Pete” Bullock. He’s survived by: Daughter, Pamela Irene Seay (Robert); daughter-in-law, MaryAnn Bullock; former daughter-in-law, Georgia Shroyer (Randy); grandchildren, Nathan Clyde Bullock (Lorri), Danielle Bullock, Travis Bullock, and Robyn Seay; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Clyde Bullock, Andrew Bullock, Logan Bullock, Ciara Hatmaker, Preston Sieber, Jacob Sieber, Lance Bullock; and great-great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Clyde Bullock and Phoenix Bullock. The family is planning a Celebration of Life for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. www.holleygamble.com

JAMES BUFORD TAYLOR

James Buford Taylor, 78, Marietta, Ga., passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, after a three-month battle with COVID-19. Survivors include: Wife of 23 years, Joyce Kuhn-Taylor; son, Andy Taylor (Denise); daughter, Sandy Annis (Tim); sister, Deidrie Ritts (Jim); eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Buford and Ruth Wise Taylor. Photography was a lifelong passion. A native of Clinton, he owned and operated both Photo Boutique and LaFollette Art Studio, photographing many schools, sports teams, weddings and buildings in the Anderson County area. He contributed photos to newspapers and advertising and photographed for the Y-12 facility. His interest in the history of the people and places of his home area prompted him to contribute many of his photos to websites dedicated to Clinton history. Like his mother, he also enjoyed watercolor painting, and playing the banjo. In his spare time he was a most proficient ballroom dancer and occasionally wrote some poetry. He could build anything he could envision, even a sailboat once! During the Christmas holiday, his natural white beard made him the perfect Santa. On Christmas cruises he took his Santa suit and truly enjoyed making both children and adults happy. He probably enjoyed these experiences more than the cruisers. Three-plus years ago, Jim and Joyce became sponsors for the Monday Ballroom Practice at the West Cobb Senior Center. They took over for the couple who started this club almost 25 years ago so that retired seniors could dance and socialize. For many years he operated a home repair and remodeling company known as Taylor Home Care Services. His work history also included being a surveyor for Georgia Kraft. Because of their love of dancing, Jim and Joyce started a company 20 years ago known as Dance Shoes of Atlanta, selling ballroom dance shoes. They traveled extensively throughout the states attending big band weekends and ballroom dance competitions. Above all, he enjoyed a good joke and making others laugh. A Funeral Service was held at noon Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, Historic Marietta Chapel. The family received friends at 11:30 a.m. prior to interment at 2 p.m. at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Tucker, Ga.

JUDY HIGDON COWELL

Judy Higdon Cowell (August 22, 1940 - January 16, 2021) Judy loved and lived life to the fullest. She never met a stranger. She was energetic, always giving generously of herself to everyone who knew and loved her. A member of the Norris High School Class of 1958, Judy was well-known as a gourmet cook, active in Knoxville real estate apartment management, and enjoyed world travel. Quick with a laugh and smile, with a twinkle in her eye, she was very likely among the world's greatest story tellers and certainly among the most avid of Tennessee Volunteer fans. Judy would have liked for everyone to know "I had the best time in the whole wide world!" She is preceeded in death by: Father and mother, Lyle Higdon and Mertie Johnson Higdon. Survived by: Sons, William Simpson (wife Mari) and Samuel Simpson; sisters, Manya Higdon Pirkle (husband John) and Carol Sue Higdon Human (husband Ben); brother, Phillip Higdon (wife Peggy); and grandchildren, Melissa Simpson Reott (husband Aaron) and Matthew Simpson (wife Rachel). The family would like to thank the staff of Westmoreland Health and Rehabilitation Center for the devoted care they provided during her residence with them. Family and friends may call at convenience from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Judy’s graveside will be held at Norris Memorial Garden at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. www.holleygamble.com

BETTY NICHOLS STAIR (BETTY JOYCE)

Betty Nichols Stair (Betty Joyce) passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge She was a lifelong Christian. She was preceded in death by: Husband, Edward (Ed) Stair Sr.; parents, Otto and Katherine Nichols; and brother, Vaughn Nichols. Betty is survived by: Sons, Edward (Eddie) Stair, Jr. and Michael (Mike) Stair and their families. Betty worked for a number of years at DOE and Boeing in Oak Ridge where she retired. Betty felt she had the most wonderful friends in the world and cherished each one. She was a 1949 graduate of Clinton High School and loved to remind everyone she was the first CHS majorette. The immediate family will gather privately per her wishes. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or charity of choice. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

DOYLE FLATFORD

Doyle Flatford, 74, Clinton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at his daughter’s residence. Doyle was born Nov. 13, 1946, in Union County. He retired from the City of Clinton in the maintenance department. He was preceded in death by: Wife, Ruby Flatford; father, Clyde Flatford; sisters, Mildred Mitchell, Deana Crowley. He is survived by: Daughter, Sandra Calhoun and husband Brian of Clinton; grandchildren, Zebulon and Lydia Calhoun; mother, Leona Edwards Flatford; brother, Roger Flatford and Theresa; sisters, Joyce Hutchinson and husband Jack, Susie House and husband Jerry, Gail Flatford, and Shelia Flatford; several nieces and nephews. The family will have a graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Grandview Memorial Garden. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

WILLIAM 'HOYET' HILL

William “Hoyet” Hill, 85, Clinton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Methodist Medical Cente of Oak Ridger. He was born Sept. 22, 1935, in Anderson County to the late Willie Tate and Ollie Higdon Hill. Hoyet was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during the Korean War. Hoyet and his wife, Wanda, were avid Lady Vol fans. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by: Son, William “Bill” Hill Jr.; brothers, Calvin and Maurice Hill. He is survived by: Loving wife, Wanda Hill of Clinton; son, Robert Hill and wife Kellye of Athens, Ga.; grandchildren, Brittany Hill of Lawrenceville, Ga., Micheil Hill and Molly of Bethlehem, Ga., Stephen Brock and wife Jessica of Cumming, Ga., Evan Hill of Atlanta, Ga., Spencer Johnson and husband Dustin of Mount Vernon, Wash., Lexye Hill of Gainesville, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Shayla Jarrell, Tabitha Hill, Cameron Hill, and Hunter Johnson; brother, Claude Hill and wife Diane of Clinton; several nieces and nephews. The family will have a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Blowing Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. David White officiating. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com