JEANETTE PRATER YORK
Jeanette Prater York passed June 28, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Mossy Springs of Union County to Troy Sweat and Edith Prater, Sept. 18, 1923. She was the first born and last surviving of nine siblings.
Preceding her in death were: Parents; husband, the Rev. Walter York; sisters, Cecil Woodson, Geneva Bostic, Fontella Hatmaker, Jessie Shepherd; and brothers, Winford, Jack, Walter, and Paul Shepherd.
She lived in Mossy Springs attending Privitte Flats School and Mossy Springs Baptist Church until the age of 12, when her entire world was upturned by the construction of TVA’s Norris Dam project. Reared by her grandparents, Helen Craig and William H. Turner, from birth she moved from that humble log home to Henderson Road in Anderson County. Here she enrolled in Claxton School in 1935 and Spring Hill Baptist Church. Ending her formal education at age 16 for “lack of funds” she enrolled in a vocational school earning her electricians certification. From there she set out to work as an apprentice in Mobile, Ala., boarding damaged battleships in the Gulf Coast just prior to and during World War II. On her return home she was employed by the Clinton Engineering Works where she soon met her husband, Walter York, for the second time, the first was on the playground at Claxton School where she kicked his playing marbles out of the ring and into the dust. Married July 17, 1944, in Cocke County, they purchased 12-plus acres of the John and Sarah Cox Farm on Bull Run Creek and within hollering distance from her grandparents. There were seven children; William Walter, James Edward, Barbara Jean, Ida LaVerne, Leo, Jerry Lee and Larry Allen. “Five boys and two girls,” as they would so proudly announce when asked. Her children survive her with daughter-in-law, Daisy, and sons-in-law, Tony Ball and James White. Grandchildren were her loving pride, four of which she had a hand in rearing. While Walter never had the opportunity to meet his grandchildren, having passed in 1966, they were Tony Ball, Stacy Ball Burris (Eddie), J. J. White (Sherri), David White, Billy York, Johnny York, Walter York (Jenifer), Cody York Chambers (Ronnie), J. R. York, and David York. Great-grandchildren are Lindsey White, Jared White, Kalab White, Justin Burris, Kevin Burris, Casey Ball Law, Karleigh York, Lexie York, Jaylynn York, Kinley Jeanette York, Madylin Law, Mollie Chambers, and Grayson Law.
This family matriarch, willful, strong, and independent will be sorely missed by these grieving descendants and a chorus of step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
She kept us united. Keeping retirement at bay until age 72 she worked tirelessly in her flowers and on her lawn. She was always the eager babysitter for her many grandchildren.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
The family received friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Riverview Baptist Church on Old Blacksferry Lane. Her funeral service immediately followed with the Revs. Tim Hooper and David Watson officiating. Music was provided by Jimmy Duncan.
Her interment was at 2 p.m. Sunday Sunday, July 2, 2017, at Farmers Grove Baptist Church Cemetery on Blockhouse Valley.
Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.
DAVID AUSTIN TOLER SR.
Dave Toler went home to be with the Lord June 23, 2017, after he won his battle with cancer at 75 years of age.
The son of Sidney Martin Toler and Irene Elizabeth Whitten Toler, grandson of Pete and Lydia Toler, and first grandson of Bill and Maude Whitten, he was born in Cyclone, W. Va., Dec. 16, 1941. He was married to his true love, Ruby Jewel Duncan Toler, for 50 years.
Through their beautiful life and marriage, they had a son David Austin Toler Jr. and wife Neca; daughters, Peggy Toler Hooper and husband Aaron, April Wallace and husband Markalle; granddaughters, Sydney and Addisyn Toler, his two redheads.
Dave was a member and inactive deacon of Island Ford Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army. He was an over the road truck driver for Revco and Merita Bread, and a long haul driver for Roadway. Dave was a retired teamster union member of Local # 337, #519, and #100. Easy money was the CB handle he used as he rolled down the road logging close to three-million miles over his career. Dave and Ruby moved to Lake City in 1972 from Cleveland, Ohio, when they bought their 52 acre dream farm. Throughout the years they worked hard to create their own slice of heaven on earth. The Toler home has always been filled with love, joy, and laughter. Dave has logged even more smiles than miles.
Dave is preceded in death by: Parents, Sidney Martin Toler and Irene Elizabeth Toler Marcum; brother, Walter Calvin Toler; his second mother Aunt Louise.
Survived by: Wife, Ruby; children, David, Peggy, and April; grandchildren, Sydney and Addisyn; brother, Bernard Toler (Betty); and sister, Carolyn Lee (Bill); also many special nephews, nieces, and extended family and friends.
Visitation was from 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City.
Funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel in Lake City with the Rev. Randy Norton officiating.
Interment followed the funeral service at the Island Ford Cemetery in Lake City.
NANCY ROSE (LONGMIRE) SWORD
Nancy was born Jan. 1, 1924, to Charles and Rose Longmire in Andersonville. She passed away peacefully June 19, 2017, at Meadowview Assisted Living in Norris.
After graduating from Austin Peay University she began her teaching career in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with the Broward County School System. After teaching 40 years, Mrs. Sword retired to her favorite place, East Tennessee. She was a member of Andersonville United Methodist Church.
Preceded in death by: Husband, Kenneth Sword of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; brothers, Mayo Longmire and David Longmire; sisters, Elizabeth Lambdin, Ruth Longmire, Mary Osier and Bobbie Collier; and nieces, Sara Longmire and Nancy Lynn Longmire.
She is survived by: Sister, Rebecca Williams of Clinton; and brothers, Hubert Longmire and wife Mary Helen, and Hobert Longmire and wife Mary Ann, all of Andersonville; nieces, Melissa Snead, Rosemary Archer and Catherine Longmire; nephews, Charles Williams, Robert Longmire, Charles Longmire, Mark Longmire and David Longmire; great-nieces, Laura Snead, Jodi McCoy, Mary Kate Longmire, Molly Longmire and Abbey Williams; great-nephews, Richard Snead, Paul Longmire and Matthew Longmire.
The family received friends from noon – 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Andersonville United Methodist Church in Andersonville, with a funeral service and burial following with the Rev. Ralph Horack officiating.
Robert Longmire, Richard L. Snead, Richard S. Snead, Charles Williams, Charles Longmire and Mark Longmire served as pallbearers.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Pam Forgety and her staff at Meadowview Assisted Living for their exceptional care and kindness given to Nancy.
Nancy loved flowers, but if you choose in lieu of flowers she would appreciate a donation to the scholarship fund at Andersonville United Methodist Church or to the Holston Home for Children, P.O. Box 188, Greenville, TN 37744
Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nancy Sword.
Oral Potter, 81, Rocky Top, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.
He was born Jan. 18, 1936, to the late Henry and Martha Howard Potter in Jackson, Ky. He was a successful businessman who owned several service stations during his lifetime. He enjoyed farming and tending his cattle. He loved his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was a giving man who loved life and loved people. He was of the Baptist faith and will be dearly missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: Brothers, Granville Potter, Cecil Potter, Patrick Potter, J.B. Potter, and Freeman Potter.
He is survived by: Son, Larry Potter and wife Jeane; daughter, Sid Brewer and husband Duan; brothers, Lou Potter, Dexter Potter and wife Irene; sister, Alice Mooney and husband Tom; grandchildren, Jessica Bealer and husband Frank, Jason Braden and wife Maria; great-grandchildren, Micah, Isaac, Layla, James, Megan, Bryce, Cailey, and Maddie; loving step-daughter, Kim Glandon and children Dillon Glandon and Haley Glandon; and a host of other family and friends.
The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top.
His funeral service was at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, with Dr. Mike Thompson officiating. Interment followed his funeral at the Indian Bluff Baptist Church Cemetery.
KEITH EDWARD McMILLAN
Keith Edward McMillan, 55, formerly of Ten Mile, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017, in California, where he was working as a Journeyman Electrician.
He was born July 20, 1961, in Noblesville, Ind., and moved to Roane County during his younger days. He attended Roane County schools and graduated from Lenoir City High School. Keith was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Chattanooga Local Union No. 175, and has worked as a Journeyman Electrician for more than 20 years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him but a blessing to know he is not in any pain.
Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.
Survivors: Wife, Patricia (Trish) Jones McMillan of Decatur; daughter, Anna McMillan; three grandchildren; mother, Billie Jean Helton of Lenoir City; father, Ronnie McMillan of Loudon; brother, Jess McMillan of Lenoir City; sister, Pamela Gangwer and husband Jim of Stow, Ohio; parents-in-law, Ray and Joan Jones of Oliver Springs; brother-in-law, Bobby Jones and wife Sharon of Oak Ridge; sisters-in-law, Cora Webb and husband Jimmy of Clinton, Pam Harber and husband Gary of Oliver Springs, Sandy Ellis and husband Phil of Clinton; special friend, Daniel (Biscuit) Bordan of Etowah; a host of extended family including aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
A Celebration of Life was held from 1 – 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Fraker Funeral Home in Kingston.
Online register book can be signed at www.frakerfuneralhome.net.
Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements.
ROBERT FRANCIS McINTYRE
Robert Francis McIntyre, 80, Clinton, better known as “Bob,” passed away surrounded by his family June 22, 2017.
He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Care Catholic Church in LaFollette. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force where he reached the rank of Master Sergeant and also served in Vietnam. Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of several groups including the Patriot Heart Riders and S.O.A.R. Sportsman Gun Club.
He was preceded in death by: Mother and father, Mr. Glenn Thomas McIntyre Sr. and Mrs. Dorothy Agnes Clark McIntyre; sister, Judith Ann Jenkins; and her husband, Buddy.
Bob is survived by: Loving wife, Ruth Anne McIntyre of Clinton; daughter, Tina Peterson and her husband Randy of Clinton; brothers, Glen Thomas McIntyre Jr. and his wife Jean of Heiskell; sister, Jackie Sue Flippen and her husband Pete of Kingston; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and relatives.
He will be greatly missed by “his special girl” Moxie.
Bob’s services will be held Thursday, June 29, 2017, with a receiving of friends from 6 – 8 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Mortuary with a celebration of life immediately following at 8 p.m. with Father Julius Abuh officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, in East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation in Bob’s honor.
JAMES EDWARD JEFFERS
James Edward Jeffers, 53, Clinton, passed away June 22, 2017, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, with family and friends by his side.
James was born Dec. 1, 1963, in Lake City. He was of the Baptist faith.
Preceeded in death by: Parents, James Claude and Ellen Phillips Jeffers; and sister, Joann Clark, all of Clinton.
He is survived by: Loving fiancé’, Freda Lowe Damewood of Clinton; brothers, Danny Jeffers of Russellville, Jimmy and Jackie Jeffers of Blaine; sisters, Pat Pryse of Clinton, Mary and Roger Reynolds of Clinton, and baby sister, Linda Jeffers of Clinton; also, special nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, along with a host of special friends and special cousins in Scott County.
The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Clinton. A celebration of life will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Donnie Disney officiating.
James was loved by many, especially by his nieces and nephews in reflection of his love for his family and friends that he loved best.
Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to have served the family of James Edward Jeffers.
ALLEN DEWAYNE GOINS
Allen Dewayne Goins passed away June 15, 2017, in Indianapolis, Ind.
He was born Nov. 4, 1958, in Anderson County, but had made his home in Anderson, Ind., for the last several years.
Allen was preceded in death by: Parents, Worley and Naomi Goins; son, Allen Goins, Jr.; brother, Paul David Goins; and a sister, Ruth Siefert.
He is survived by: Son, Kevin Allen Vowell; grandchildren, Christian and Josiah Goins; brothers, Albert (Debra) Goins, Jake Goins, Mark (Janice) Goins, and Keith Goins; sisters, Brenda (J.L.) Knight and Karen (Junior) Leach; along with numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
A private celebration of life will be held on July 8, 2017.