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Earl LeRoy Braden, 89, Clinton, passed away peacefully Aug. 27, 2017, at the University of Tennnessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

Earl was a World War II veteran in the United States Navy and retired from Exxon Merchants Marines, where he got to travel the world on oil rigs.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, John and Laura Braden; sister, Edna May Queener; niece, Ann Queener Melton; and his oldest son, John Michael Braden.

He is survived by: Sons, Jeff Braden, Randy Braden and wife Danialle; daughter-in-law, Lisa Braden Heaton; three grandchildren, Michael Braden, Emilee and Kobe Braden; nephews, Eddie Queener and wife LyNeil, Jimmy Queener and wife Freddie, David Queener and wife Glenda; step brother, Glenn May and wife Jerry; special friend that helped take care of him, Tammy Christie; many other nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral services to follow in the chapel.

His graveside will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Sunset Cemetery with full military honors at graveside.

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


William E. “Bill” Brown, 87, Clinton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Aug. 26, 2017, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bill was born July 16, 1930, in Devonia to William Fred and Edna Owens Brown. Bill grew up in New River. During his childhood he often helped in the local country store, and accompanied the local doctor making house calls. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1950 where he lettered in football. While in high school Bill briefly worked in Moore’s Creek Coal Camp. In August, 1950, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador and Greenland where he worked in communications as a teletype operator. Bill was honorably discharged from the Air Force in September, 1953.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for three years of honorable and faithful service.

Upon returning home, Bill began working for Union Carbide Corporation in April, 1954, later to become Martin Marietta Energy Systems. While employed there he worked at both K-25 and Y-12. Bill retired as an H-V-E Inspector from Martin Marietta Energy Systems in September, 1992. After retiring Bill enjoyed working out at The Lifter’s Club in Oak Ridge and maintaining his home and lawn. He also enjoyed baseball, especially the Cincinnati Reds’s Pete Rose and the Chicago Cubs. He also loved watching the television series “Gunsmoke” and any westerns starring John Wayne.

Bill loved the Lord and was a member of Edgemoor Baptist Church. He accepted Christ April 24, 1994, and was baptized May 1, 1994. He participated in mission trips with the church and taught Sunday school class. Bill enjoyed reading his Bible every morning and never missed watching Dr. Charles Stanley on television.

Bill was preceded in death by: Parents, Fred and Edna Brown; sister, Marion Leach; daughter, Gina Collins; son, David Cox; and granddaughter, Amy Cox.

He is survived by: Beloved wife of 39 years, Geraldine “Gerri” Pebley Brown; sister, Patsy (Wallace) Coker of Oliver Springs; daughter-in-law, Kathy Cox; granddaughter, Katie Cox-Warren (Clay) of Oak Ridge; son-in-law, Randy Collins; and granddaughter, Sandy Collins of Lawrenceville, Ga.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Morning Pointe Assisted Living-Clinton for the wonderful care they provided to Bill during the past year and a half. They also would like to thank Caris Home Care for the care they recently provided to Bill.

The family received friends from noon – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. The funeral followed with Levi Dodd officiating. Graveside service was held afterwards at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.-East TN Office at 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, or online at

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


Mary Harvey, 82, Clinton, passed away Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at North Knoxville Medical Center.

She was born July 12, 1935, in Clinton to the late Sam and Vida Wilson Patterson. She attended Pleasant View Baptist Church when she was able. Mary enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by: Son, Samuel Joe Dotson; brother, Eugene Patterson; aunt, Cassie Patterson.

Survived by:
Children, Gary Dotson and Velma, Brian Dotson Sr., Alicia Dotson; brother, Samuel Patterson; eight grandchildren; one
great-grandchild; very special friend, Carolyn Cox; daughter-in-law, Cindy Dotson; cousins, Willa and Charlie.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home from. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to serve Mary’s family.


On Jan. 26, 1941, Fredrick L. Lamb was born to Clarence F. and Myrtle N. Lamb in Dutch Valley, Lake City.

He was known to most as Joe, which is what his father called him. He is one of seven siblings, having five brothers and one sister. When he was 13-years old, Joe and his family moved to Perkinsville, Ind. Growing up he learned to work on cars, trucks, and heavy equipment. He also learned how to build houses, electrical work, auto body, woodworking, and many other valuable trades. His first job at the age of 13 was mowing lawns. He moved on to building houses and working in a truck garage cleaning the exterior of semi-trucks. He attended Lapel High School and graduated in 1960. Joe served in the Army National Guard from 1963 to 1969, specializing in communications and chemicals. Joe was an expert marksman and loved to shoot the M14 and the Bazooka. In November of 1963, he married Autie Stephenson and became a father to three daughters. Alice was born in 1965, Anita in 1967 — who passed in 2012 — and Anne in 1971. In 1965 Joe began working for Delco Remy, a division of General Motors, in Anderson, Ind., and remained with the company until his retirement in 1996. He was credited with extra time for working many years in the Plant 5 Foundry, making his years of service 33. In 1985, Joe married his true love and best friend, Elsie, and gained another daughter, Leonora, who was born in 1971. He now has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Joe and Elsie had been married for 31 years and were very happy and still very much in love. They enjoyed spending time together and with family and friends. Joe was a man of very strong faith and walked closely with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He had been a faithful member of Clinch River Baptist Church in Lake City since 1996. In his family, he had instilled the values of hard work, honesty, integrity, compassion, determination, always keeping your word, and dealing fairly with others, as well as the value of a good education and trusting in the Lord.

After retirement Joe and Elsie moved back to Lake City (Rocky Top). He enjoyed doing projects in his woodshop and still loved building things and working on machinery and heavy equipment of all sorts. Joe served the Medford Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years. To all who know him, Joe was a wonderful man who could be depended upon and trusted. He was always willing to lend a helping hand do what it took to get the job done. He had never met a stranger, and always had time to visit and let you know that you were important to him.

Joe went home to be with his Lord and Savior Aug. 19, 2017.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by: Daughter, Anita Lamb; two brothers; and his sister.

Survivors include: Wife, Elsie Steffey Lamb of Lake City; daughters, Alice and Joe Buffington, Anne and James Noffsiwger, Leonora Dawson; grandchildren, Brady and Toni Coen, Brant and Candice Coen, Autumn and David Wittkamper, Caleb and Brittany Hall, Alayni Lamb, Tyler Tapp, Amber Wiliam and Easton Dawson; four great-grandchildren; brothers, William, Buck, Jerry, and Gary Lamb; dearest friend, Mike Cable; and a great number of other relatives and friends.

A private Celebration of Life Service and Last Call will be held at his home.


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 .

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., 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 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.