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Hershell Omer Harmon

Hershell Omer Harmon, 84, of Lake City, Tennessee, passed away May 12, 2024 at his home in Dutch Valley surrounded by his loving family.

Omer was born June 22, 1939 in the Whitaker Hollow area of the Island Ford community in Lake City, Tennessee, to Dave Harmon and Ethel Cole Harmon.

Omer was retired after a long and successful career as a brick salesman for Franklin Brick in Knoxville, Tennessee.

He believed in hard work, and he passed that belief on to his children, in whom he took deep pride.

Omer loved hunting, working in the garden, and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Omer was a God-fearing man who loved to read his Bible.

He was a member of Island Ford Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and Sunday School superintendent.

Omer was preceded in death by his parents, Dave Harmon and Ethel Cole Harmon; his sister, Margie Helen Nelson; his brothers, Carl Clifford Harmon, Charles David “Red” Harmon, and Archie Lee Harmon.

Omer is survived by his wife, Marilyn Disney Harmon; daughters, Karen McKinney and Donna Wallace; sons-in-law Edward McKinney and Mark Wallace; grandson, Eric McKinney; brother, Ronnie William Harmon (Pat Harmon); sisters, Joan Elizabeth Martin and Lynda Sue Harmon; sister-in-law Izella Sparks Harmon; his special grand fur babies, Pepper and Baily; and a host of other family members and friends.

The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16,  2024, at the Hatmaker Funeral Home, Rocky Top, Tennessee.

The funeral was held following visitation at 7 p.m. on May 16, 2024, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home chapel.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. May 17, 2024 at the Island Ford Cemetery in Rocky Top, Tennessee.

Marjorie J. Bonham

Marjorie J. Bonham, 90, of Clinton passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Virginia, Minnesota, to Joseph and Hilda Haavisto. 

Throughout her life, she loved reading, sewing, and, most of all, spending time with her family. Marjorie was strong in her faith and attended Clinton First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell A. Bonham; sister, Jill Loveday; brothers, Clifford Haavisto, Carver Haavisto , Sheldon Haavisto, and Calvin Haavisto.

She is survived by her children, William Bonham and wife Sylvia of Clinton, Susan Bajusz and husband Thomas of Prescott Valley, AZ, and Gordon Bonham and wife Amy of Indianapolis, IN; eight grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. Her funeral will follow in the chapel, and the Rev. Ben Neal will officiate.  Her graveside service will be 11 a.m., Monday at Grandview Memorial Garden.  Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.  holleygamble.com

James Frances Sanderson

James Frances Sanderson, 78, was a dedicated and beloved husband, father, papaw, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many.

Jim was carried into the loving arms of Jesus on May 9, 2024. His love for the lord was evident in everything he did and with everyone he talked to.

He enjoyed painting, working in his garage, completing projects, working on old cars, collecting Derby glasses, antique shopping with his wife, ice cream dates with his favorite people, and quality time getting to sit around and talk with those he loved. But most of all, his greatest love after Christ was his family. He loved being a papaw and making countless memories with each of his grandkids. Jim was a jack of all trades. He had extensive life experience in a multitude of hats he wore. There was no question we asked him that he often didn’t have the answer to, and if he didn’t, you knew he was going to try to help you problem solve and figure it out.

Jim served the Clinton, Tennessee, community in many capacities, but his most-beloved title was being the assistant superintendent at Clinton City Schools for 28 of his 39 years in education. He was committed to knowing each employee and fostering relationships that would last a lifetime. He was a leader who put students first, led by example, and never asked anyone to do something he wasn’t willing to do himself. He knew the schools inside and out, and over his tenure, he was able to have a profound impact on students and teachers alike. He may have retired in 2009, but he never stopped serving the schools or his community.

In 2020, he received a proclamation from the city of Clinton for his dedicated service as an educator and community leader. Most recently, he received the honor of being a Kentucky Colonel. This is the highest title of honor bestowed by the governor of Kentucky recognizing individuals for their service and accomplishments on behalf of others.

Joining his family and friends who have gone before him, Jim was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Raymond and Nellie Sanderson. Brother, Walt H Sanderson; sister-in-law, Ann Sanderson; brother, J. Paul Sanderson; and his father and mother-in-law, Ward and Audrey Gillispie.

Jim leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 56 years Dolores Sanderson; his daughter, Shirlann Sanderson; his son, Jon Sanderson (Misty); his endearing grandchildren, Shayla Wilson (Andrew), Jon Christopher Ray-Nel Sanderson (Hailey), Christian Sanderson, and Jianna Sanderson; his little loves in great-grandchildren, Adalee Sanderson & Baylor Wilson; and his brother, Bill Sanderson (JoAnn). He also leaves behind many aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and life-long friends whom he loved like family.

His celebration of life will be from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2024, at First Baptist Church, 225 N. Main St., Clinton.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the James Sanderson Memorial Fund. The family will be awarding a grant to Clinton City Schools each year to continue his legacy. Donations can be dropped off at any Knoxville Teachers Federal Credit Union location.

His family will continue to live by his favorite verse, Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him and he will make your paths straight. Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

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

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Linda M. Liles

Linda M. Liles, 81, of Clinton, Tennessee, passed peacefully in the early morning of May 7, 2024.  Linda was born April 24, 1943, in Camden, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents, Buford (Billy) and Estelle Medlin of Camden.

Linda is survived by her husband, Charles H. (Tony) Liles; her children, Greg (Marilyn) White, Gary (Malinda) White, Kelly Raye (Joseph Allen, Jr.) Williams, Michelle (David) Carnes, and Courtney (David) Franklin;  her grandchildren, Chelsae (Sage Parsons) White & Austin White (Greg’s children), Seth (Lauren) and Slade (Bailie) White (Gary’s Children), Brahn and Brianna Williams (Kelly Raye’s children); Hannah and Bryce Carnes (Michelle’s children), Olivia and Ava Franklin (Courtney’s Children); her great-grandchildren, Elliston and Shepard White (Slade’s children), Roman White (Seth’s child), Cash Carnes (Bryce’s child); various nieces, nephews, cousins and many cherished friends.

Linda attended Bruceton-Hollow Rock High School and dedicated most of her professional career to bookkeeping. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, chocolate in any form, water skiing, boating, riding motorcycles, cooking, playing cards, and dancing. For several years, she was an active member of the Cimarron Dance Club in Nashville, Tennessee.

Linda and Tony were members of Clinton Church of God and First Baptist Church in Clinton, Tennessee.

Linda was a fantastic baker who generously shared her delicious cakes. She could be counted on to play cards every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but come three o’clock, the game could only go on with her McDonald’s coffee break. 

Linda was a loving and gentle soul who possessed a measure of unfailing strength, stamina, and perseverance. She was beloved as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, the family will receive family and friends from 1:30-2 p.m. at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, 621 S. Charles G. Seivers Blvd, Clinton, Tennessee. A celebration of life ceremony will follow for Linda at 2 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2024, at Benton Memory Gardens, 2780 Highway 69A, Camden.

In lieu of flowers, please send a charitable contribution to the Clinton Community Pantry at Clinton Church of God, P.O. Box 21, Clinton, TN 37717.

Earl Dean Harshbarger

Earl Dean Harshbarger, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Methodist Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with lung disease.

Born in Stollings, near Logan, West Virginia, April 9, 1940, he was preceded in death by parents Arthur (Don) and Eva (Kirby) Harshbarger; brothers Everette, Arthur (Bud); and sisters Helen Marguerite, Marjory, and Jean.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Nellie (Sizemore) Harshbarger; daughter, Cyndie Foster and husband Jeff of Norris; son ,James of Crossville, and son Jeffrey and wife Jenny of Norris; grandchildren, Nicholas and Eddie Dean; and Nephews and nieces, too numerous to list.

After graduating with honors from Logan High School in 1958, Dean received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1963 and a master’s degree in environmental and water resources engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1968.

He worked for three years at Babcock and Wilcox Research Center in Alliance, Ohio, and spent the next 33 years working for TVA at the Engineering Lab in Norris. His duties included testing hydraulic models of TVA dams and locks, air-pollution control systems, and turbine-discharge aeration systems. He authored and presented numerous technical papers. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Managers Society, National Society of Hydraulic Engineers, and Alpha ETA honorary Engineering Society.

Dean really enjoyed serving others. He was a life member of Lions Club International. He served as club president and secretary, district governor, and state council chairman. He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award (the highest Lions International award) and the state Lions Lindsey/Jennings Award, and was elected to the Tennessee Lions Hall of Fame. He served terms as the chair of East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank and Volunteer Industries, and as a worker and board director of Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County.

Dean was also active in the Norris United Methodist Church, where over the years he served in numerous capacities including: Sunday School teacher, youth director, and chair of the Administrative Council. He also sang in the choir and was a member of the Back Row Boys singing group who sang at various venues around the area.

When his children were young, Dean served as elementary school PTA president; coached Little League basketball, baseball and softball; and served as a Boy Scout leader, and Girl Scout “Dodad.”

After moving to Norris in 1966, Dean became active in Norris Little Theater and played roles in several productions, including “The White Sheep of the Family,” “Love Rides the Rails,” “The Patriots,” and “Inherit the Wind.”

Dean loved Norris. He served on the Norris Water Commission for 48 years and was chairman for 47 years. He assisted at the Norris Area Food Pantry and was involved in various city projects and activities, mainly through the Norris Lions Club.

Dean was honored by his selection to the Anderson County Hall of Fame in 2009 as a community volunteer.

Dean loved to travel, especially on road trips. He and Nellie visited all 50 U.S. states and made several trips into Canada. They went twice on fly-in fishing trips to Northern Saskatchewan with their good friends Vivian and Wayne Morris.

In recent years, Dean especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Nicholas, and Eddie. They played golf, biked, looked for morels, vacationed, and spent one or two weeks each summer at Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

Dean will be sorely missed.

Visitation was Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 9-11 a.m. at Norris United Methodist Church at 16 Ridgeway Road. The funeral began at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Brandon Berg officiating. Interment followed at Norris Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dean’s honor to: Norris Lions Club 75th Anniversary, Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County, or the Norris Area Food Bank.

Roy L. Courtney

Roy L. Courtney, 90, of Clinton, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2024, at home surrounded by family. 

He was a member of St. Mark Methodist Church. 

Roy was born in Clinton to Samuel and Gatha Courtney, and was preceded in death by his brother, John Courtney. 

He is survived by wife, Frankie Courtney; daughter, Vickie Courtney; brothers, James, David, and Boyd Courtney; sisters, Sarah Sharp, Katherine Lawhorn,  Barbara Deppensmith;  sister-in-law, Donna Bullock; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Roy served in the Navy during the Korean War on the USS Antietam and received the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the United Nations Service Medal. 

After his military service, Roy went to work for Chapman Drug Company, where he retired as a buyer.  He enjoyed gardening, fishing, sports, and tinkering in his workshop. 

Roy was a loving husband and the best dad a daughter could ever have. 

He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

The family would like to thank U.T. Hospice and his caregivers for their caring service. 

A graveside service was held at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 1 p.m.   

Holley Gamble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Steven Douglas Coggins

Steven Douglas Coggins, 61, of Rockwood, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024.

Steven enjoyed Halloween, his favorite holiday, with his friends at the Michael Dunn Center.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents, William “Larry” and Myra “Betsy” Coggins.

Steven is survived by, brother, Andy (Deborah) Coggins; sister, Missie (Kirk) Pierce; nephew and nieces, A.J., Ashley, and Samantha.

The family will be holding a memorial service at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Michael Dunn Center.

Condolences can be left at weatherfordmortuary.com.

Debora “Deb” Lynn Smith (McCartney)

Debora “Deb” Lynn Smith (McCartney), 54, passed away May 4, 2024, in Clinton, Tennessee.

She was born Nov. 13, 1969, in Sacramento, California. Debora is survived by her husband,  Louis F. Smith; her son, Nick Smith; her daughter, Jessalyn Smith; her brother Steve McCartney; her sister, Amy Livingston; and her father, Mike McCartney. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jennifer Lynn  McCartney.

Deb attended Franklin Elementary School and Del Oro High School in Loomis, California, and earned an A.A. degree from Sierra College in 1996.

She attended Landmark Missionary Baptist Church for many years. This is where in 1978  she came to know her Lord and Savior whom she served throughout her life. This is why many described her as always smiling and being a bright ray of light to all she met. She would reach out with compassion and kindness to all she came in contact with, shining the Light of Christ.

She was a creative artist and breeder of Welsh Corgis, and was about to begin breeding Bohemian shepherds at the time of her passing.  She was employed as a designer  at Triton Stone Group in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was able to use her creative abilities in stone design. She had worked there since early 2021.

Debbie always loved Tennessee, and moved there in late 2020. She especially appreciated the small town culture of Clinton and the people she met there. There has been a tremendous outpouring of love and encouragement to the family from local residents in the community and from her co-workers.

Holly-Gamble Funeral Home of Clinton is assisting with the funeral arrangements for Debora Lynn Smith, and she will be laid to rest in New Castle, California, on June 8, 2024.

In lieu of flowers, any donations can be sent to Granite Bay Missionary Baptist Church, 7150 Wildwood Place, Granite Bay, California 95746. Please write on any checks “Donation for the Smith Family.“ The family appreciates all the love and care shown by the great community of Clinton, Tennessee.