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VIOLA H. CHADWICK

Viola H. Chadwick, age 85 of Rocky Top, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Norris Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Sept. 10, 1932 to the late Milas H. and Georgie Violet Hawkins in Anderson County. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church. Viola enjoyed quilting, but her greatest enjoyment came from her kids and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, John S. Chadwick, Jr.; brothers, Clyde Hawkins, Bob Hawkins, Shirley Hawkins, and Kenneth Joe Hawkins; sisters, Eugene H. Flynn, and Ruby E. Hawkins.

She is survived by: son, John S. Chadwick of Rocky Top; daughter, Georgia L. Chadwick of Rocky Top; brother, Charles E. Hawkins; sister, Reba L. Leaders; grandchild, Kristan Parson and husband Dana; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Lily, and Kole; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Special thanks to the staff of Norris Health and Rehabilitation for their compassionate care.

The family received friends at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. and the funeral service followed at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne Phillips and Rev. David Sexton officiating. Graveside services were on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Norris Memorial Gardens.

SHELBY GENE BROWN

Shelby Gene Brown, 81, of Briceville, took his heavenly flight on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Shelby was born on September 29, 1936 to the late Wilburn and Elsie Ward Brown.  He loved to travel all over the world where he made plenty of friends and never met a stranger. He also loved NASCAR and western movies.  He always helped anyone who needed it. He will be missed dearly.

In addition to his parents, Shelby was preceded in death by: Brothers, Henry and Tommy Brown; sister, Callie Violet; daughter, Wanda Lucero; grand daughters, Michelle Chavez and Valerie Brown; grandson, Kyle Garrison and form wives, Audrey Stevens and Nellie Bunch.

Survivors: Sons, Jody Frost and Carri of Hamer, S.C., Andrew Brown and companion Sharon Mann of Dry Ridge, Ky.; daughters, Jeannie Montano of Veguita, N.M., Betty Winterberg and Rocky of Clinton, Debbie O’Malley and Mike of Knoxville, Margie Johnson and companion George Stooksbury of Briceville, Ashley Brown of Dry Ridge, Ky.; brother, Willie Brown and Glenda of LaFollette; sister, Bertha Hawkins and Tommy of Briceville; grandchildren, Ryan Stooksbury, Judy and Kimberly Johnson, Jody Lee, Austin, and Anna Grace Frost, Sarah, Bernadette, and Antonio Montano, Tiffany Whitaker, Salathiel O’Malley, Gabe and Evie Brown, Aiden Fannin and Asia, John, and Gwen Mann and special caregiver Bertha Smith and special friends at Aurora Utilities in Aurora, Ind.

Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday March 31, 2018 at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. Funeral service followed at 3 p.m. in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hubert Marlow and Tom Byrge officiating. Interment followed the funeral service at Graves Gap Cemetery. “We’ll meet again when we step off on that beautiful shore.”

WILFRED ‘BILL’ COX

Wilfred “Bill” Cox, 85, Crossville, passed away peacefully March 26, 2018, at Park West Hospital in Knoxville after a long battle with lung disease.

He was preceded in death by: Wife, Geraldine Cox; parents, Vernon Henry and Marie Ruston Cox of Evansville, Ind.; brother, Charles Cox, also of Evansville.

Survivors include: Daughter, Lois Marie Cox of Erie, Colo.; brother, Gerald Gene Cox and wife Nancy of Evansville, Ind.; nephew and Godson, Dan Robitaille of Atlanta, Ga.

Survivors also include a nephew and two nieces, Derek Vernon Cox of Jeffersonville, Ind., Karen Cox and Susan Cox Dryman, both of Evansville, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Sister Irene Arsenault of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Ruth Arsenault of Boston, Mass., and his devoted companion Bobbie Sellers of Clinton.

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he began his career as a meteorologist. After leaving the military, Bill continued as a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service until he retired in 1988.

The last year of his life Bill resided at Meadow View Assisted Living, Clinton. Bobbie Sellers of Clinton saw to his needs during the last 15 months of his life. Bobbie expresses her gratitude to the staff of Meadow View for their kindness and gentle care of Bill while he was a resident there.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cemetery; 1800 St. George Road, Evansville, Ind. A private celebration of life service will be in Clinton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army Church at The Salvation National Army National Headquarters, 615 Slaters Lane, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA., 22313.

Secure, online contributions may be made at https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp.

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

www.holleygamble.com

WILLIAM ‘BILLY’ COOK

William “Billy” Cook, 63, went to be with the Lord at his home March, 30, 2018.

He was born in Lynch, Ky., on March 15, 1955. He was a member of Northstar Church in Knoxville. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad on Oct. 2, 2017, after 42 years. He loved to travel, play golf and spend time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by: Father, William Cook; and mother, Betty Joe Cook.

He is survived by: Wife, Vicky Lambdin Cook of Clinton; daughter, Kelli Jo Cook of Crossville; son, William Clint Cook and wife Heather of Knoxville; sister, Nancy Gipson and husband Mike of Clinton; lots of nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral services following in the chapel with Donald Adkins officiating.

His graveside will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Piney Grove Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Mission of Hope or the Crossville Mission Bible Training Center.

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

www.holleygamble.com

SHELBY GENE (FLOP) BROWN

Shelby Gene (Flop) Brown, 81, Clinton, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at his residence.

Shelby was born in Briceville to the late Wilburn and Elsie Ward Brown on Sept. 29, 1936.

Shelby was a United States Army Veteran. He attended Graves Gap Baptist Church in Briceville and Loveland Baptist Church in Knoxville. Shelby owned Consolidated Tank and Tower, where he employed many family and friends through the years. He loved to travel all over the world, loved NASCAR, and western movies.

In addition to his parents, Shelby was preceded in death by: Brothers, Henry and Tommy Brown; sister, Callie Violet; daughter, Wanda Lucero; granddaughters, Valerie Brown and Michelle Chavez; and grandson, Kyle Garrison.

Survivors: Sons, Jody Frost and Carri of Hammer, S.C., Andrew Brown and companion Sharon Mann of Dry Ridge, Ky.; daughters, Jeannie Montano of Veguita, N.M., Betty Winterberg and Rocky of Clinton, Debbie O’Malley and Michael of Knoxville, Margie Johnson and companion George Stooksbury of Briceville, Ashley Brown of Dry Ridge, Ky. ; brother, Willie Brown and Glenda of LaFollette; sister, Bertha Hawkins and Tommy of Briceville; special caregiver, Bertha Smith; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many other dear family members and friends.

Visitation was held from 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City.

Funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hubert Marlow officiating.

Interment followed the funeral service at Graves Gap Cemetery.

“I luv y’all. See you in Heaven”- Shelby G. (Flop)

RUBY LORENE HENSLEY BROWN

During the early evening hours of Wednesday, March 28, 2018, our mother, Ruby Lorene Hensley Brown, transitioned from this life into her eternal destination in Heaven surrounded by loving family members.

When Jesus called, our Mother departed her earthly existence easily, quickly, and peacefully, and for those who were present, it was beautiful to witness because we believe “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” [2 Corinthians 5:8]. The matriarch of our very large family, our Mom, was known by many names throughout her lifetime including wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. The title that is of most significance is that she was a child of God, having accepted Jesus as her Savior at an early age. Her Christian faith was of utmost importance to her.

Our Mom was born on April 16, 1928, in the Windrock Mining Community of Oliver Springs, to Eva Lowe Hensley and Ernest Hensley. She was the 5th of 10 children. She was raised in a Christian home and her father was a Baptist minister. Mom loved the beauty and mountains of East Tennessee, and was a lifelong resident of Anderson County. In her early teen years, Mom met the true and only “love of her life,” Clifton Clyde Brown.They married young and started a family at an early age. Being from a large family, it was only natural that she would also want a large family of her own. It was not always easy — but Mom and Dad did whatever it took to take care of us and provide for us.There was never a shortage of love. Our little home was the comfortable, fun, and loving home where everyone felt welcome at all times. In every family, there is always that “one place” where the extended relatives gather. In our family, this was the home that Mom and Dad provided. There were always extra kids around to play pick-up ball or go swimming in the pond.

Mom worked for many years as a teacher’s aide for the Anderson County School System. Most of her career was spent at the former Daniel Arthur Rehabilitation Center in Oak Ridge working with special needs

children. After the school was closed, she was transferred to Clinton Sr. High School. Additionally, Mom drove a little yellow bus, transporting kids safely to and from school for many years. Parents always knew their youngsters were in good hands with Ms. Ruby, and because of her motherly nurturing manner, her students were very attached to her. Mom had a fun nature, loved to laugh and have a good time, and could be quite the practical joker. When the school would have special events and programs, she would be decked out in full costume that she planned and crafted and was often designated as “first place.”

Living in the country, Mom and Dad always planted and harvested a big garden every summer. Mom was an expert canner of fresh garden vegetables that were put away to last us through cold winters. Growing up, there were some special dishes that she made that were always crowd pleasers and family favorites, including her homemade biscuits, chicken n’ dumplins, and homemade banana pudding. Mom was a longtime member of Frost Bottom Missionary Baptist Church in Oliver Springs until its closure a few years ago, and she often attended and recently became a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. She always loved gospel hymns and loved singing duets in church with our Dad as he accompanied on the guitar. Mom was an excellent seamstress and often made our clothes growing up. She also could look at anything that had been crocheted and duplicate it just from sight. There was nothing more special in our home than the holidays — especially Christmas. Mom loved nothing more than to have a house full of kids around the dinner table. Clark Griswold from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” had nothing on our Mother as she lit up the entire neighborhood with Christmas lights and plastic decor (and significantly increased the electricity bill). Mom had a big collection of hats — and she wore them very well! Seeing her “dressed to the nines” with her matching hat would have made British Royalty do a double take. She loved fashion (especially bling and the color red), getting manicures, watching Hallmark movies, and cheering on her Tennessee Vols. Mom was looking forward to turning 90 years old in two weeks, and we had been planning a big celebration for her birthday; however, we know that there is no party that we could have given her that could compare to the celebration she is joining in Heaven.

Besides her parents and our Dad, relatives that Mom has rejoined in Heaven include: Sons, Terry Lee Brown and Wayne Brown; grandsons, Jason Griffith and Anthony Brown; brothers, Oscar and Cordell Hensley; and sisters, Ethel Braden, Jean Carter, Louise Seiber, and Mary Collette.

Family left to cherish her memory include: Sons, Jim Brown (Connie) of Soddy Daisy, Doug Brown (Rhonda) of Clinton, Larry Brown (Lisa) of Oliver Springs, and Steve Brown (Lisa) of Clinton; daughters, Alma Lively (Bill) and Wilma Griffith (Bobby Kilgore); brothers, Wilburn and Bill Hensley of Oliver Springs; and sister, Jeanette Lively of Clinton.

The family also includes 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and very special friend, Doris Howell, of Jackson.

Our family is also appreciative to the special care given by nephew, Randy Hensley, and granddaughter, Ashley Taylor, who served as her personal caregiver; to Amedisys Hospice caregivers Cindy Gallaher and Angela Dew; and to Hospice care provided by Brandi Tackett.

Our family invited all of our friends, along with Mom’s friends and extended family, to join us to reminisce on a life well lived by celebrating Mom’s life at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver Springs from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018, with the funeral service following at 8 p.m.

The graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Clinton, with Mom’s final earthly resting place being beside our Dad.

SARA ELIZABETH ‘CHERRY’ ARNOLD

Sara Elizabeth “Cherry” Arnold, 90, born Feb. 29, 1928, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

She was a member of the Beaver Creek Cumblerland Presbyterian Church and a member of the Sarah Prater Circle and Lamplighters class.

Sara was preceded in death by: Husband, William Nathan Arnold Jr.; and her parents, James Blair Prater and Sarah Arizona Blackburn.

She is survived by: Son, Gary Lynn Arnold of Duluth, Ga.; and brother, James J. Prater and Bea Baxter Prater.

The family would also like thank Alice Brooks, caretaker, for her love and support. Sara was a loving mother, “Special Grandmother,” and friend to many in the community.

The family received friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018, followed by a Memorial service at 7 p.m. at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Thomas Sweet and the Rev. Fran Vickers officiating.

Family and friends will gather at Woodhaven Cemetery at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018, for the internment service.

Funeral arrangements will be made by Holly Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7325 Old Clinton Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee.

JOHN HOBERT MARTIN

John Hobert Martin, better known as “Hobert,” 87, Clinton, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

Hobert served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran, and served in Italy and 12 other countries. Hobert was a faithful Christian man and was a Sunday school teacher at Emanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio, for many years, and was a member of Second Baptist Church in Clinton. He worked at Champion Spark Plug Company in Toledo, Ohio, for 32 years. After retirement Hobert and his wife came to Clinton to spend valuable time with his family, and he loved gardening.

Hobert was preceded in death by: Parents, Al and Idellia Martin; brothers, Roscoe Martin, Clifford Martin, and Lawrence Martin; sisters, Flossie Hunley, and Lorene Abner.

Hobert is survived by: Wife of 58 years, Pauline Martin of Clinton; daughters, Tammy Carpenter and husband Terry of Jackson, Mich., and Tonya Wilson and husband Mike of Knoxville; the loving grandchildren of Hobert’s, Blake Wilson and wife Bethany of Knoxville, and Heather Wilson and fiancé Cody Jeffries both of Knoxville; one great-granddaughter, Norah Wilson; brother, Kenneth Martin and wife Cindi of Lake City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Hobert’s family and friends gathered for a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.

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