Obituaries

ESTHER LEE ‘LOWE’ PARKS

Esther Lee “Lowe” Parks, 83, of the Laurel Grove Community, passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving daughter, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at her residence. She was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Anderson County to the late Mikey Lowe and Evalena Smith. Esther was a member of Laurel Grove Missionary Baptist Church for 55 years, where she loved her Sunday school class. Esther enjoyed quilting, crocheting, canning pickles and green beans for her grandchildren. Before her illness, she took great pride in her Sunday dinner for her family. In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by: Husband, Ivan “Mike” Parks; son, Ivan Parks Jr.; brothers, Leon, Alvin, and Luther Lough; sisters, Helen Brown and Gladys Hensley; niece, Lillian Brown; and nephews, Mikey Lough and Brian Strickland. Survivors include: Daughter, Rita Parks Durham and James of Laurel Grove; daughter-in-law, Lorry Parks of Oliver Springs; brothers, Albert Lough and Lilly Faye of Oliver Springs, Lloyd Lough of Frost Bottom; grandchildren, Carrie Giles and Robbie of Clinton, Michael Parks and Amanda of Andersonville, Chris Harness and Crystal of Halls, James “BJ” Durham and Ashley of Heiskell, Daniel Parks and Tonya of Knoxville, Desiree Black and Darren of Halls; the loves of her life; great-grandchildren, Matthew Harness, Gracie and Ethan Giles, Noah, Abram, Ezekiel Parks, Jameson and Jonathan Durham, Aubrey and Dalton Black; very best friend, Lillian Hooks; several other family members and friends. The family would like to thank Charlie, Darlene, and Jillian with Amedysis Hospice for their loving care. Visitation was from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Laurel Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Briceville with the Rev. David White and Brother Audrey Goins officiating. Interment followed the funeral service at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Briceville. You can also visit Esther’s Guestbook at: www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, was in charge of arrangements.

FRANCIS C. ‘WOODY’ UNDERWOOD

Francis C. “Woody” Underwood, 81, Jacksboro, passed away Feb. 28, 2017, at his residence. He was born Aug. 10, 1935, to the late George Lee and Lissie Elizabeth Thompson Underwood in Anderson County. Woody was an entrepreneur who had his hand in many endeavors. He was a man of boundless energy and optimism. Woody was an experienced timberman, and owned and operated sawmills for many years. He was owner and operator of Woody’s Market in Jacksboro also for a number of years. He was a member of the Church of Christ. No one ever outworked Woody. He was a man of great physical strength, and considered a firm handshake between friends to be a great virtue. He was a man of his word. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: Twin brother, Franklin D. Underwood; sisters, Jerrilene DeLozier and husband George, Alline Dinkins and husband Ralph, and Suzie Cooper and husband Sam; and step-daughter, Janice Pinner. Survived by: Wife of 44 years, JoAnn Underwood; daughters, Debora Sue Underwood, Junelle Lewis and husband Bobby; step-children, Richard K. Broyles and wife Dixie, Leisa Biggs, Eddie Worley, Denise Worley; brothers, H. Eugene Underwood and wife Patsy, Max Underwood and wife Reba; sister, Junie Gilliam and husband Larry; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Family and friends met at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home at 1p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, for a memorial service with nephew Robbie Underwood officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Children in Crisis at New Pathways for Children at P.O. Box 10, Melber, KY 42069 or Amedisys Hospice Care. www.holleygamble.com