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Earl T. Morgan, 90, Oak Ridge, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Earl was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and a veteran of the United States Army. He retired from Arvin Industries after 44 years of service. He was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Greensburg, Ind., to the late James E. and Anna Barbara Morgan.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by: Son-in-law, Randy Benefield; and several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by: Loving wife, Jane Morgan; children, Susan Hammons and husband Mike, Gary Morgan and wife Elaine, Betsy Morgan, Kim Benefield, Patrick Morgan and wife René, Jason Morgan and wife Libby; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The family held a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2018, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. His graveside service immediately followed at Grandview Memorial Garden with full military honors at graveside.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church food pantry.

Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.


Teresa Earley, 66, Clinton, left to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Teresa was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Teresa was proud of her grandkids and loved her dogs Lexi and Cierra.

She was preceded in death by: Parents, William and Wilma Bailey; and husband, Hubert Earley.

Teresa is survived by: Son, Bobby Phillips Jr. of Clinton; daughters, Tiffany Lynn Austin and husband John of Powell, Kimberly Jeffers of Clinton, and Bridgette Wood and husband Derrick of New Market; brothers, Davey Bailey of Clinton, and William Bailey Jr. and wife Geraldine of Maynardville; sisters, Sandy Bailey and Darlene Bailey both of Clinton; grandchildren, Samantha Ballard, Eric Jones, Logan Tidwell, Justin Tidwell, Destiny Simonds, Darius Simonds, D’Markie Simonds, Kaden Miller, Jordan Earley Austin, and Brianna Austin; great-grandchildren, Axel Jones, Charles Ballard, and Rylie Kay Diane Pride.

Teresa’s family received her friends from 2 – 3 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Jones Mortuary in Clinton. Her funeral service immediately followed at 3 p.m. with Bro. Derrick Woods officiating. Teresa’s interment was private.

Jones Mortuary in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at


Wilson Henry Hitchcock, 84, Clinton, passed away May 7, 1018, at Maple Court Senior Living, Powell, with his loving family and friends at his bedside.

He was born June 1, 1933, in Fort Hunter, N.Y., the son of the late Floyd and Anna Lohmeyer Hitchcock. Wilson attended elementary school in Fort Hunter and graduated from Fultonville High School, Fultonville, N.Y., in 1951.

After high school he was employed by several area farmers and businesses. He joined the U. S. Air Force on Feb. 10, 1953, and received his honorable discharge on Feb. 9, 1957.  While he was in the service, Hitchcock received the Good Conduct award, crew member’s badge, and National Defense ribbon.

On June 23, 1956, he married Betty Lou Minch at Fort Hunter Methodist Church, Fort Hunter, N.Y.; they recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

Wilson attended Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport, Penn., and received his Certifications in Electric and Acetylene Welding, and Welding Technician. While there, his class constructed one of the present Little League baseball stadiums.

Before moving to Clinton in 1976 Hitchcock was employed at Consolidated Diesel Electric Company in Schenectady, N.Y. Mr. Hitchcock retired from Martin Marietta Energy Systems in 1994 as a Welding Technologist in the Materials and Equipment Evalutation Department at the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant.

“Hitch,” as he was called by many friends, loved participating in sports and continued bowling and golfing until his illness. He coached many minor (youth) league teams, and along with his son, Paul, was very instrumental in endorsing soccer to Clinton. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping with his family and friends. Later in life he and Betty worked at various places, ie:, Disney World, Yellowstone National Park, Maggie Valley (N.C.), several golf courses, and campgrounds while RVing.  In addition to camping and traveling they enjoyed entertaining at retirement centers and visiting their families and friends.

Throughout their married life Betty and Wilson hosted many children. Among them were Dina from Guatemala and Cecilla from El Salvador (Open Door Exchange Program); Bodil from Sweden (American Field Service Exchange). Under the Fresh Air Fund program (New York) Charles from New York City visited them for 10 consecutive summers. Their love for children and people from other places enabled them to share their home and families.

Wilson was a true Christian husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, man, and friend. In various churches he was an excellent children’s story teller sometimes using his puppet “Charles the Church Mouse.” He was very musically inclined and often sang and played his harmonica in church.  He was a member of Kern Memorial Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, where he sang in the choir.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by: Siblings, Josephine Huggins, Howard Hitchcock, Marian Hitchcock, Floyd Hitchcock Jr., and Betty Ann Bramer; infant son, David Bruce Hitchcock; father and mother-in-law, Warnick and Lillian Minch; and step mother-in-law, Wavel Minch.

Survivors include: Daughter, Debra (Mark) Moats of Wingate, N.C.; son, Paul (Rebecca) Hitchcock of Morehead, Ky.; granddaughters, Pamela (Ryan) Stamper of Charlotte, N.C., and Sarah Hitchcock of Morehead, Ky.; sisters-in-law, Mildred Hitchcock of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Florence Minch of Tribes Hill, N.Y.; brothers-in-law, Robert (Dorothy) Minch of Fort Mill, S.C., and Kenneth Noeltner of Amsterdam, N.Y.; four step-grandchildren; seven step great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday May 11, 2018, at Kern Memorial United Methodist Church, 451 E Tennessee Ave, Oak Ridge. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 – 4 p.m.

Following his wishes, Wilson’s body was donated to The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, for medical research. At the request of Wilson’s family, memorial gifts may be made to the Kern Church or charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at Maple Court; neighbors, friends and members of Kern Church for their care, support, concern and prayers.


Glenn David Prim, 70, Lake City, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018, at his residence.

Glenn was born May 8, 1947, in LaFollette. He was of the Baptist faith and loved being outdoors.

Glenn was preceded in death by: Father, William Monroe Prim; and wife, Brenda Kirby Prim.

Survived by: Mother, Martha Prim Guastini of Lake City; daughter, Kerry Mara of Dayton, Ohio; brother, Roger Prim and wife Linda of Lake City; grandchildren, Andrew, Sammy, Sara, and Matt.

Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak Ridge with the Rev. Wayne Phillips officiating. Interment will follow the graveside service.

You may also view Glenn’s guestbook online at

Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Magdalene Pride, 81, Oliver Springs, passed away May 4, 2018, at her residence.

Betty was born June 21, 1936, on Windrock Mountain to the late Thomas Edmonds and Sarah Patterson Edmonds. Betty was a member of Tupper Town Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. She loved flowers, tending to her flowerbeds, and cooking.

Betty was preceded in death by: Parents; husband, William Amos Pride Sr., sons, Danny Glenn, and Timothy Wayne Pride; and grandsons, Steve Edward Keathley, and Scotty Lee Pride.

Survivors: Faithful companion, Jim Gibbs of Oliver Springs; sons, Michael Pride and Diane of Knoxville, John Pride and Trish of Knoxville; daughters, Rebecca Byrge and Carley of Lake City, Terri Pride Adkins of Oliver Springs, Sarah Pride of Clinton; raised as children, Zola and Jerry Edmonds; 14 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and other family and friends.

Visitation was held from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. Her funeral service was held at 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Moore and the Rev. Wayne Morgan officiating.

Family and friends met at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Hatmaker Funeral Home to go in procession to the Indian Creek Cemetery in Oliver Springs for an 11 a.m. graveside service.

You may also view Betty’s guestbook online at

Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, was in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth “Ann” Parton Pressley, 67, went home to be with the Lord May 4, 2018.

Ann was born June 12, 1950, to the late Clyde Parton and Doris Moore.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by: Several grandparents; brother, Robert Parton; son, William I. Ledford. 

She is survived by: Husband, Dean Pressley of Clinton; daughters, Kim and husband Dewey Brummett of Clinton, Virginia Shipley of Halls, Martha and husband Robert Wagner of Lenoir City, Rebecca Ledford of Loudon; special grandsons, Dewey Brummett Jr. and Christopher Brummett; two special-great-granddaughters, Maggie Lynn Brummett, and Kairi Skye Sorteberg-Brummett; eight other grandchildren; several other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from noon – 1 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral services following with the Elder Darris W. Waters officiating.

Her graveside immediately followed at Grandview Memorial Garden.

Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements.


Darrell S. Smith, 61, Clinton, passed away May 4, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Darrell loved his family and had a special love for his grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, riding his Harley, sports, and vacations at Hilton Head.

Darrell was preceded in death by: Parents, Charley and Sally Smith; brothers, David and Danny.

He is survived by: Wife of 34 years, Janice Foley Smith; daughters, Andrea Grant (Brent), Deanna Sliger (Kirk); grandsons, Kole and Kaysen Sliger; granddaughters, Emma and Adah Grant; sister, Sandra Freeman; brothers, Mickey, Johnny (Teresa), Terry (Mary), Tim (Carolyn); sisters-in-law, Debbie Dickerson (Herm), Linda Smith, and

Louise Smith; mother-in-law, Mary Miller (Herb); numerous nieces and nephews; longtime friends, Tim and Rachel Parrott; four-legged companions, Dixie and Scooter.

The family would like to thank the University of Tennessee Hospice nurses, Shannon and Trenton, for their support and compassion, and Averie at Clinch River Home Health Care for her loving care.

Abiding by Darrell’s wishes, there will be no services.


Clyde Ray Bell, better known as “Ray,” 71, Andersonville, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ray loved working in the garden and fishing. He loved the Lord, preached most of his life, and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Andersonville.

Ray was preceded in death by: Parents, Luther and Lizzie Bell; brother, Hubert Bell; sisters, Georgia Pyle and Barbara Jean Wallace.

Ray is survived by: Wife, Joyce Bell of Andersonville; sons, Phillip Bell and Janet of Oak Ridge, and Jackie Bell and Tammy of Heiskell; brothers, Elmer Bell and Becky of Heiskell, and Millard Bell and Darlene of Andersonville; sister, Verdie Demarcus of Knoxville; grandchildren, Nicholas Bell, Zachary Bell, Alexa Bell, Sara Bell, Preston Bell, and Ava Bell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ray’s family received his friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2018, in the chapel of Jones Mortuary in Clinton with his funeral service following in the chapel of Jones Mortuary at 8 p.m. with Brother Ed Seibers and the Rev. Tyler Warwick officiating.

Ray’s interment was at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church cemetery in Andersonville.

Jones Mortuary in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at