BRITON PIERCE LEINART JR.
Briton Pierce Leinart Jr., 86, passed away Aug. 26, 2017, at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston after he fought a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born March 18, 1931, in Knoxville and was raised in the Dutch Valley community of Clinton. Briton was a proud and loyal patriot and United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. He held a masters degree in electrical engineering and worked for many years with Hughes Aircraft and Lockheed Martin. He was an avid reader of many subjects but especially enjoyed history, science, and computers. Brit enjoyed hiking in the Kingston and Oak Ridge areas with his beloved dogs, Kafka, Trixie and Princess.
Preceded in death by: Father, Briton Pierce Leinart Sr.; and mother, Nell Margaret Leinart.
Survivors: Sister, Evelyn Crow of Oak Ridge; cousins, Ronnie Leinart and wife Yoshi of Dutch Valley, Charlie Leinart and wife Eve of Dutch Valley; special friends, Ricky and Sharon Lloyd of Kingston.
Family and friends met at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in the Rotunda at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 2200 Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, with Pastor Ronnie Nickell officiating.
Full military honors were conducted by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard and interment followed the service in the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
Online register book can be signed at www.frakerfuneralhome.net .
Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston was in charge of all the arrangements.
Donald Lowe, former resident of Clinton, passed away peacefully Aug. 12, 2017, while on vacation in Wisconsin.
He was the son of Reba and Harvey Lowe and brother of Vera Lowe Johnson, who preceded him in death.
He was a resident of Estes Park, Col.
He is survived by: Wife, Susan; seven children; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
ROBERT GLENN TALBOTT SR.
Robert Glenn Talbott Sr., 79, Andersonville, went to be with his Heavenly Father Aug. 28, 2017.
He was a long-time resident of Andersonville and owner of Southeast Window Mfg. Co. He was a loving husband, son, dad, papaw, and was loved by all who had the privilege to know him.
He was preceded in death by: Daughter, Janet Talbott Robinson; son, Jeffrey Lee Talbott; mother and father, Dorothy and Powell; sisters, Jean and Carol.
He is survived by: Wife of 63 years, Ocie Posey Talbott; daughter, Sandy Smith; son, Bob Talbott Jr.; daughters, Susan Talbott Riggs and husband Curtis, Dorothy Talbott Mack, and Melissa Jane Hembree.
He had 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, many well loved neices, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Special mention to Wanda Newell, Glenda DePew, Kim Manning, Dallis Brock and Vicky Cochran.
Funeral arrangements by Gentry-Griffey Funeral Home in Fountain City.
Services will announced at a later date.
BOBBIE SOWDER BAIRD
Bobbie Sowder Baird of Clinton took the hand of her Lord and Savior on Aug. 17, 2017, at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Clinton.
Bobbie left with her husband’s spirit exactly seven years after his death on Aug. 17, 2010.
She was born to John C. and Christine Sowder on Dec. 22, 1928 in Wooldridge (Campbell County). She was one of five siblings. She graduated from Jellico High School where she played basketball. She married the love of her life, Millard Baird, on May 23, 1948. She was baptized and was a dedicated member and Sunday School teacher at the First Christian Church of Jellico until the family moved to Clinton in November 1970.
In Clinton, the family joined the Second Baptist Church where she was a faithful and active member for over 40 years. She was also a member of the Lioness Club along with Millard who was a member of the Lions Club. While her children were in school, she was active in several parent-teacher organizations.
Bobbie is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Millard, and her parents along with her siblings: Zita Sowder Abrams, Christine Sowder Sproles, Donnie Sowder, and Buddy Ed Sowder.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert M. Baird and Patricia W. Baird; her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Baird Williams and John D. Williams; her grandson, Robert Patrick Walker Baird, who lives in Nashville; and her granddaughter, Andrea Jean Williams, who lives in Clinton. Bobbie was proud of her two grandchildren. She is also survived by several neices and nephews along with special friend Nel Shrader. Her dear friend and Patty Baird’s mother, Ethel Gladys Walker, passed on July 31, 2017.
The family received friends at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 from 2-3:30 p.m. and a brief Celebration of Life Service followed. Interment immediately followed at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Clinton.
The family extends its gratitude to the dedicated team members of Covenant Hospice, Morning Pointe of Clinton, and the University of Tennessee Medical Center Hospice. The family very much appreciates the support and love given to Bobbie over the past few years of her illness by the Jan Cox Sunday School Class of the Second Baptist Church. Memorials may be sent to the Second Baptist Church, 777 Public Safety Drive, Clinton, 37716. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of the arrangements.
JUANITA IRWIN CROSBY
Juanita Irwin Crosby went to be with her Heavenly Father on Aug. 20, 2017 and is resting peacefully after struggling with acute dementia over the last eight years.
Her family showered her daily with loving care, many prayers and much love.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel C. Crosby; granddaughter, Lisa Duncan Hunley; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Crosby; sons-in-law, Walter C. George and Robert Tavenner and grandson-in-law, Timothy Hunley.
The scripture befitting Juanita is II Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the LORD, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day-and not me only but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Juanita was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Andersonville and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 369. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with honors. Born Oct. 17, 1919, she was the only child of James Polk and Elizabeth Heatherly Irwin.
She was a direct descendant of Frances “Pioneer Frank” Irwin who was a resident of the State of Tennessee before 1800 and was also a direct descendant of Robert Irwin who settled in Tennessee prior to state-hood, June 1, 1796. Juanita was very active in the Daughters of the American and First Families of Tennessee and contributed to a number of books on genealogy as she was an avid dedicated historian, researching ancestries and family tree.
Juanita is survived by daughter, Elizabeth George Tavenner of Clinton; son, Samuel Irwin Crosby and Tammy Atkins of Knoxville; daughter, Judy Crosby Duncan and husband Jerry of Kingston; grandchildren, Tim George and wife Sonya of Andersonville; Sam George of Clinton and Jim George of Louisville, Ky.; Marty Duncan and wife Vickie of Knoxville; Neil Crosby and wife Elizabeth of Rockford; Kevin Crosby and wife Sonya of Clinton; Dawn Crosby George and husband Steven of Knoxville; great grandchildren, Justin Hill, Jacob Duncan and wife Callie; Jordan Duncan Soderholm and husband Steve; Kendall Crosby Weichold, Taylor Crosby, Abby and Reagan Crosby; Emily and Will Crosby; Riley and Zach George; Christopher, JoLeeAnn, Bobby and Jayna George; great-great grandchildren, Jacob and Thomas and Elijah and Garrett.
Juanita’s graveside service will be held at the Andersonville Cemetery on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. In Lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Andersonville 3949 Andersonville Hwy Andersonville, TN 37705.
Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to serve the Crosby family.
GEORGE TAYLOR RIGGS
George Taylor Riggs, age 94 of Clinton went to be with his Savior on Aug. 21, 2017. George was born in Coal Creek on July 9, 1923 to George Thomas and Sarah Sharp Riggs. He was a long time member of South Clinton Baptist Church. George was an avid sports fan and a well-known walleye fisherman. He was interested in local politics and the administration of government issues in Clinton.
He is preceded in death by parents as well as a son, Gary Keith Riggs.
Left to cherish his memory are wife Bobbie Martin Riggs, daughter Susan Weaver and husband Gary, daughter Debi Fox and husband Tommy, son Robert Riggs and special friend Elaine Shipe, daughter Cindy Lollar and husband Philip, and daughter-in-law Jean Riggs; grandchildren, Dennis Sharp and wife Waynette, Jeremy Pyatt and wife Melissa, Meagan Hipshire and husband Travis, Lance Pettiford, and Tessa Lollar, and great grandchildren Tanner and Kami Sharp and Mason, Evan, and Isaac Pyatt.
The family offers a special thanks to his many caregivers, companions, and nurses.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 11 am, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Woodhaven Memorial Garden in Claxton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to South Clinton Baptist Church food pantry for monetary donations, 1000 Clinch Ave., Clinton, TN 37716. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is honored to serve the Riggs family.
ELIZABETH FOX BOLTON
Elizabeth Fox Bolton, 94, Manassas Va., formerly of Clinton, passed away Aug. 8, 2017, at Novant Health UVA Haymarket Medical Center in Haymarket, Va.
She was born to Thomas Wilson Fox and Elizabeth Strong Fox in Jeff, Kentucky. The Fox family moved from Kentucky to Tennessee in 1931 where they lived on the family farm on Edgemoor Road where the Centennial Golf Course is currently located. The family moved from the farm to Clinton in support of the war effort. She graduated from Clinton High School where she was voted “Most Popular Girl”. She was an avid bowler and won numerous bowling titles and championships. She was a two-time Virginia State Doubles Champion and participated in over 45 WIBC Tournaments held throughout the United States. Elizabeth was a member of the Manassas Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: Husbands, 2nd Lt. Sherrill R. Williams, Walter R. Brummett, and Earl A. Bolton; son, Walter R. “Bobby” Brummett Jr.; sisters, Dorothy Margrave, Hazel Brown, Bessie Smith and Bertha Jenkins; her brothers William and Henry Fox.
She is survived by: Daughter Cheryl Williams Hall of Jonesboro, Ga.; son, Johnny Bolton and wife Nancy of Nokesville, Va.; sister, Minnie Manley of Selma Ala.; brother, Fred Fox and wife Onah of Clinton; grandchildren, Edward Hall and wife Chevelle of Newnan, Ga., Robin Shockley of Los Angeles, Calif., Elizabeth Sahley and husband Chad of Los Angeles, Calif., Alicia Wagner and husband Joe of Winter Haven, Fla., Michelle Hudson and husband Jesse of Manassas, Va., Jonathan Bolton and wife Nicole of Catlett, Va., Jacob and Catie Bolton of Manassas, Va.; ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Woodhaven Funeral Home, 160 Edgemoor Road, Powell. The Graveside Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank Elizabeth’s caregiver, Jean Pitt, for her excellent and loving care. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to The Pat Summitt Foundation, 520 W. Summitt Hills Drive, S.W., #1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.
To share your thoughts and condolences please go to www.woodhavenfh.com.
Woodhaven Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens are honored to serve the Bolton family.
DOROTHY BREEDEN LETT
Dorothy Breeden Lett, age 75, of Knoxville, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Aug. 10, 2017. Dorothy was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. She was retired from Hoskins Drug Store.
Dorothy is preceded in death by parents U.L. and Frances Breeden; brothers, William “Bill” Breeden (Evelyn), Tommy Breeden and Richard Breeden; sisters, Gerry Clark (James H.), Zelma Hill and Betty Ann Breeden; brother-in-law Robert E. Clark.
Dorothy is survived by husband Ralph Lett; daughter Lisa VanDeGriff; step-daughter Lisa Weaver (Martin); grandsons Preston Weaver and Payton VanDeGriff; sister Louise Clark; and several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel. Family and friends met at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at Bethany Church Cemetery for a 2 p,m, Graveside Service, with Charles Gilbert Watson officiating. Condolences for the Lett family can be expressed at www.mynattfh.com.