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SAMUEL PAUL ‘HOBBIT’ OTT

Samuel Paul “Hobbit” Ott, age 59, has finally found peace on this earth. He was a very proud graduate of Porter High School, class of 1976, member of the football and baseball team, attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and was a fanatical follower of the Chicago Cubs. Paul was preceded in death by: Father, Sam Ott; and infant daughter, Tiffany Hope Ott. He is survived by: Mother, Pat McMahan of Powell; best friend and son, David Ott and his wife Emily of Norris; granddaughter, whom he dearly loved, Adaira Ott of Clinton; brothers, James Ott and his wife Louvada, of Rockford, and Lester Ott of Knoxville; sister, Amy McMahan of Lenoir City; nieces, Kayla Ott and Alyssa McMahan; nephews, Matthew Ott, Elijah Fox, and Aarron Jennings; first wife, whom he never forgot and still cared for, Rose Ferguson Seivers of Clinton; and his one true friend, Julie Sharp of Atlanta, Ga. Please remember Paul’s infectious laugh, his humor, and true love for life and those around him. As Paul always said, “Let the good times roll!” Receiving of friends and family will be held at Karns Community Center, 6616 Beaver Ridge Road, from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017. In lieu of flowers, just go have a good time somewhere. Condolences may be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

BONNIE ELIZABETH WILSON

Bonnie Elizabeth Wilson, 86, Caryville, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Lafollette Medical Center. Bonnie was born on June 29, 1930, in Vasper to the late George Alexander and Lillie Mae Rains Caughorn. She was of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by: Husband, Ned Wilson; daughters, Ramona Jean Wilson and Marguette Joann Wilson Ward; brothers, Claude Caughorn and Glen Edward Caughorn; and sisters, Betty Monholland and Mary Sanders. Survivors: Son, Curtis Wilson and wife Shirley of Vasper; son in-law, Tommy Ward of Lake City; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ricky, and Sean; and many great-grandchildren, other family members and special friends. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017, at New Vasper Cemetery in Caryville.

JOHN ARLIS STEPHENS

John Arlis Stephens, 53, Clinton, went home to be with the Lord Friday afternoon June 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by: Parents, Arlis Marion and Helen Nadine Heatherly Stephens. He is survived by: Brother, Joseph Stephens; special cousins, Sue Ellen Nidiffer, Emily Russell, Kathy Jeffers Smith; aunts, Maxine Stephens Jeffers, Sue Heatherly Miller, Bobbie Heatherly Kirkpatrick; uncle, Evan Heatherly (and wife Oma); as well as a host of extended family. Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Holly Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. The family will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday June 22. 2017, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton to form a procession to Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery, near LaFollette, for a 6 p.m. interment service. John was born at Oak Ridge Hospital Aug. 7, 1963. He attended Cedar Hill Elementary school Glenwood Elementary School, Shinliver Elementary School, and Clinton Junior High School. He graduated from Clinton Senior High School in 1979. He was a member of the Youth Conservation Corps, stationed at Norris Dam State Park the summer of 1979. Later he worked as a security guard. John enjoyed visiting Dollywood and keeping up with his old classmates on Facebook. Special thanks to Jamey and Sherrie Oran, who helped care for John, and all who prayed and ministered to him in his illness.

EDWIN ‘BOB’ GARRETT JR.

Edwin “Bob” Garrett Jr., 70, Clinton, passed away June 18, 2017. He was the owner of Precision Machine Tool & Die of Oak Ridge. He was preceded in death by: Parents, Edwin and Leila Garrett; and sister, Kay Garrett. He is survived by: Wife, Marlene Smith Garrett of Clinton; daughters, Tammy Pace and husband Rev. Chuck Pace of South Carolina, Tonya Bruce and husband Robert of Heiskell, Deborah Jennings and husband Sam of Florida; brother, Ken Garrett of South Carolina; sister, Carol Garrett of South Carolina; grandchildren, Hannah Southerland and husband Ben of South Carolina, Matt Stooksbury and wife Jessica of Knoxville, Joseph Faddoul of Knoxville, Garrett Pace of South Carolina. Emily Gibson and husband Tyler of Maryville, Erin Bruce of Tazewell; four great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017, in the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home Clinton Chapel with services to follow at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Chuck Pace and Pastor Roger Couch officiating. Interment will be Friday, June 23, 2017, at Graceland Cemetery in Greenville, S.C. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Edwin “Bob” Garrett. www.holleygamble.com

EULA JEAN SCHUBERT RUTHERFORD

Eula Jean Schubert Rutherford, 100, Clinton, passed away at her home June 9, 2017. Mrs. Rutherford was born in Petros, Sept. 12, 1916. She was a member of one of the first families to settle in Morgan County, the daughter of the late Hugo and Della Schubert. She had been a long time resident of Clinton after her family moved here in the early 1930s. She met her future husband of 65 years, Charles Rutherford, while he was working in the soda fountain at the Corner Drugstore. They soon married after he returned from service during World War II. She had been looking forward to the time they would be reunited in their Heavenly Home. She often told her family, “I am ready to go home, to my Heavenly Home.” She was a woman of strong faith, and was a devoted wife and mother throughout her life. Mrs. Rutherford was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Clinton. She was preceded in death by: Husband, Charles Harrell Rutherford; parents, Hugo and Della Schubert; brother, Palmer Schubert; sister, Thelma Crumley; daughter-in-law, Nellie Rutherford; great-grandchild: Elizabeth. She is survived by: Sons, Mike and Bonita Rutherford, Steve Rutherford; daughter, Karen and Sonny Rogers; grandchildren, Renee, Christi, Nathan, Nicole, Vic, and Matt; great-grandchildren, Travis, Logan, Lakin, Ellie, Emma, Ruby Jean, and Hazel The family wishes to thank All About You Home Care, LLC for their services and caring of our Mother the past few years in a very respectful and loving way, particularly Geneva and Carolyn. They were like family to ‘Ms. Jean”. We also want to thank the nurses and staff at UT Hospice for their care and support. The family received friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. The funeral service followed with the Rev. Mike Segers and Ben Neal (Hospice Chaplain) officiating. Family and friends met at the funeral home at 2: 30 p.m. at Tuesday, June13, 2017, and proceeded to Sunset Cemetery in Clinton for a 3 p.m. interment. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Eula Jean Rutherford. www.holleygamblefh.com

PHYLLIS HARNESS TERRY

Phyllis Harness Terry, 85, Clinton, went to her heavenly home June 12, 2017. Born June 7, 1932, in Detroit, Mich., she was mostly raised in Buffalo Creek, Tenn. She was a 1951 graduate of Huntsville High School and a charter member of White Rock Baptist Church in Huntsville. Phyllis married Carnelon V. Terry Jr. in 1951. She worked at Union Carbide as a clerk and junior lab analyst until he was drafted into the U. S. Army. They were stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas, then Fort Polk, La. After fulfilling his military duties, they moved to Clinton to raise their new and growing family. Mrs. Terry retired from the State of Tennessee after 23 years of service to the Department of Human Services. She attended Midway Baptist Church since 1983. She was preceded in death by: Adoring husband of 64 years, Carnelon; precious twin daughters born in 1955; parents, Wendell Harness and Selah Chambers Harness; brothers, Burldon and Byron Harness; and sister, Jeannene Harness Reynoso. She is survived by: Daughters and sons-in-law: Teresa Pate of Clinton; Carol and George Asbury of Jacksboro; Elaine and Phillip Mills of Portsmouth, Va.; Annette Eaves of Clinton; Darlene and Roy Stout of Clinton; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. The family will receive friends at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, with funeral services to follow at 7 p.m. Pastor Toby Geren and Bro. George Asbury officiating. Mrs. Terry’s internment will be at Botts Annadell Cemetery, Capitol Hill, Scott County on Friday, June 16, 2017. The processional will gather at 9:30 a.m. at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider a donation in their mother’s honor for Alzheimer’s Music Therapy for Elderly (Aliveinside.org). Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

BETTY JEAN OWENS PARRISH

Betty Jean Owens Parrish, 85, Crossville, passed away June 7, 2017, at her residence. Betty was born July 16, 1931, in Coal Creek to the late Marion and Cordelia Daughtery Owens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: Husband, Ralph Rutherford Sr.; sons, Ralph Rutherford Jr., Roger Rutherford; sisters, Fay Freeman, Lois Duff, and Noble Patty; and brothers, Cleo, Duck, and Marion Jr. Owens. Survivors: Husband, Frank Parrish of Crossville; son, Bryon Rutherford of Crossville; daughters, Patty and Tom Schrader of San Antonio, Fla., Vickie and Jack Millner of Toledo, Ohio; sister, Opal Lamb of Lake City; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; devoted caregiver, Pamela Patterson; several nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Visitation was from 11 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. Funeral service was at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Byrge officiating. Interment followed funeral service at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake City.

MICHAEL LYNN MITCHELL

Michael Lynn Mitchell, 56, Clinton, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, gained his wings Monday May 29, 2017. Mike was an avid fisherman and prankster who loved spending time with his family and friends. Mike was preceded in death by: Parents, Evelyn Jane Collins and Eddie Mitchell; grandparents, who raised him, Oscar and Lillian Massengill Walker; son, Michael Lynn Mitchell II; brother, Richard Lee “Richie” Sodd III, all of Toledo, Ohio; also a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins whom he loved very much. He leaves behind: One daughter, Melissa and husband Adam Oglesby; grandchildren, Breannia, Mason, and Anastasia Oglesby; brother, Ronnie Duane Mitchell; nephew, Ryan and Leah Gribbin Mitchell, and son Austin; ex-wife and close friend, Janice S. Miller; and special friend, Dan Domer, all of Toledo, Ohio. Mike also leaves behind special friend Patricia (Pat) McGhee of Clinton and a host of family and friends both in Tennessee and Ohio. A memorial service was held June 5, 2017, at Clinton Towers for his friends (where he resided) by Ronnie Mitchell and Keith Goins. A second memorial service will be held in July when all his family can be together at Temple of Christ Church in Rocky Top, by his cousin David Massengill Sr.