Obituaries

HUBERT DUNCAN III

Hubert Duncan III, 55, Clinton, who was born May 21, 1964, and passed away Monday, May 11, 2020, at Tennova North Medical Center in Powell. He loved his girls. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, boating, riding his motorcycle and especially Norris Lake. He was a lifelong employee of the Knoxville News Sentinel, in which he retired from in 2019. Hubert was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Duncan Jr. Hubert is survived by: Mother, Lorene Duncan of Clinton; daughters, Jessica Duncan (Josh Bailey) of Maynardville, and Ashlyn Duncan of Powell; sisters, Jeanne Duncan of Maryville, and Lora Nickell and husband Mark of Smyrna; uncle, Paul Bice of Clinton; a special friend Kathy Hampton; the mother of his precious daughters, Brenda Duncan; two grandchildren, Duncan Bailey and Aiden Duncan; and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced later by Jones Mortuary. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.

THOMAS FRANKLIN SIMS

Thomas Franklin Sims, 80, went to be with Jesus May 10, 2020, surrounded by his family at home in Norris. His wife of 55 years, Linda, was by his side as were his daughters, Lisa Sims of Chattanooga, and LeAnn (Carey) Gregory of Boone, N.C. He fought a courageous battle with Parkinson’s for many years and remained strong and determined throughout. Tom was born in 1939 in Greensboro, Ala., to Chester and Ruby Sims, the fourth of five children. He was a proud graduate and lifelong fan of Auburn University. He worked as a legal administrator for Hodges, Doughty and Carson in Knoxville, until his retirement in 2007. An avid cyclist, Tom spent many summers touring the US and completed a cross country cycling tour in 2003. Tom was a faithful member of Main Street Baptist Church where he served in various capacities for many years. During football season, he enjoyed spending time with his Friday night Anderson County High School Football Club. He was particularly proud of his three grandchildren: Lydia, Logan and Ella Gregory of Boone, N.C. A private graveside service was held at Norris Memorial Gardens Thursday, May 14, 2020. A Celebration of Life Service will be held July 11, 2020, Tom’s birthday, at Main Street Baptist Church in Lake City. The family would like to thank his caregivers, Ashley Bruner and Kristi Tucker. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in his honor at samaritanspurse.org or the Summer Feeding Program at Main Street Baptist Church, PO Box 405, Lake City, TN 37769. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

JOHN LAMAR HUNT 'TENNESSEE'

John Lamar Hunt “Tennessee” crossed over to his forever home and into the loving arms of his Father God May 9, 2020, at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, N.C., after a brief illness. Mr. Hunt was born in Atlanta, Ga., In 1968 and lived most of his life in Anderson County. He graduated from Clinton Sr. High School in 1987. He completed an associates degree in music at Pellissippi State and received EPA Certification in HVAC at Tennessee Tech in Knoxville. An accomplished blues musician, Mr. Hunt made his home in Burnsville, N.C. from 2015 until his passing. Mr. Hunt was preceded in death by: Father, Johnny L. Hunt of Oak Ridge; grandfather and grandmother, Bootie and Wynette Hunt, also of Oak Ridge; and nephew, Michael Seth Brendel of York, Penn. John Hunt is survived by: Beloved mother, Jean W. Hunt of Burnsville; special friends, L.A. Walker of Green Mountain and Ella Jo Willis of Burnsville; his aunt and uncle, Jay and Sue Brendel of York, Penn.; uncle, J.B. Hunt of Oak Ridge; and his “little sister” Dallas Rabig of Montgomery, Ala.; as well as numerous cousins, and many friends in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, and North Carolina. Mr. Hunt was a friend to everyone and never met a stranger. He used his music to heal the suffering and heartache of others. He was a free-spirited lover of life, a traveler far and wide. Wherever he went, he made friends of strangers always ready with a smile, a kind word, a funny story, or a soulful song for all. Due to the Covid-19 shutdown making a formal memorial service impossible, the family will receive friends from 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, keeping in mind a limit of 10 people present at any given time. Please leave comments and remembrances for John Hunt on the Weatherford Mortuary obituary website at https://www.weatherfordmortuary.com.

AUSTIN THOMAS EZELL

Austin Thomas Ezell, 28, Clinton, passed away at his residence Thursday, May 7, 2020. The love of Austin’s life were his two children, Braxton and Emma Ezell. Austin was born Oct. 27, 1991, in Knoxville, and was a graduate of Clinton High School. He was preceded in death by: Grandparents, Lonnie and Violet Ezell; great-grandparents, Harlan and Annis Ridenour He is survived by: Children, Braxton and Emma Ezell of Clinton; mother, Sarena Ezell of Clinton; father, Thomas Ezell of Oak Ridge; brothers, Corey and Tyson Ezell of Clinton; sister, Sierra Ezell of Clinton; grandmother, Darlene Ridenour of Clinton. Friends and family can call at their convenience from noon–5 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

BETTY JO WILSON

Betty Jo Wilson, 89, Clinton, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Diversicare of Oak Ridge. She was the last surviving child of five for Leroy and Dixie Johnson. Betty Jo was well known for her catering business, Betty’s Catering, and most of all her famous “Betty Cake” to many in the community. Betty Jo was also a longtime employee of Proffitt’s and a loyal member of Black Oak Baptist Church in Clinton. She is survived by: Children, Barry Wilson of Clinton, Richard Wilson of Texas, Anna (Jim) Ridings of Clinton and Donna (Jeff) Gross of Clinton; grandchildren, Kelley (David) Adkins, Adam Ridings, Shai Simpson, Jonathon (Tara) Wilson, Michelle Wilson, Brooke (T.J.) Brennan, Ashley (Cody) Key and Sara Lackey; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Quenton Johnson, Lexi and Madison Wilson, Faith York, and Maidlyn and Marley Key, Avigail and Hayden Lakey; and special niece, Bobbie Holcomb. There will be no services at this time and Betty’s ashes will be interred at Black Oak Baptist Church of Clinton at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Black Oak Baptist Church Lottie Moon Offering. www.holleygamble.com

THERRELL FREDRICKS

Therrell Fredricks, 70, Clinton, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was born March 8, 1950, in Whitley City, Ky., the son of Dallas and Lois Fredricks, who preceded him in death. Mr. Fredricks was a 1969 graduate of Norris High School. He was employed with H&H Body Shop in Clinton, in the Detail and Quality Control Department, where he worked for many years. He was an avid NASCAR fan and a fan of University of Tennessee football, preferring to listen to the radio broadcast of UT games rather than watch the television coverage. In addition to his parents, Mr. Fredricks was preceded in death by: Infant sister; and granddaughter, Jaimie Fredricks. He is survived by: Wife, Laquata Sanders Fredricks; daughter, Wenonah Fredricks; sons he raised as his own, Mark Fredricks (Akiko), Jason Sanders, and Cody Fredricks. Mr. Fredricks is also survived by: Sister, Charlotte Phillips and her husband David; four brothers, Wendell Fredricks and his wife Wanda, Wayne Fredricks and his wife Linda, Jeff Fredricks, and Dallas Fredricks Jr. His grandchildren are Brittney, Heather, Amber, Jeremy, Joshua, Cole, and Camden, who he thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with them, especially with Camden. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Raelynn, Jackson, Mia and Landon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Barry Hutchins and Darla Bayless, co-owners of H&H Body Shop, were considered special friends, as was Lynn Phillips, a friend since childhood. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Sinking Springs Methodist Church Cemetery in Clinton. A viewing time will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2002, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Rocky Top. Hatmaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DAVID JORDAN DUNCAN

David Jordan Duncan, 66, Powell, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at his home. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed traveling with his wife going on cruises and beach vacations. During his career he was in sales in the trucking industry and retired in January, 2020. David was a big sports fan. David was preceded in death by his father, Jordan Thomas Duncan, and mother, Emilee Parks Duncan. He is survived by: Wife, Kimberly Ann Duncan; sons, Jesse Duncan and Jordan Duncan; daughters, Melanie Berry (Daniel), Kimberly Stringfield, and Kalie Stidham (Josh); brother, Thomas Duncan (Carol); sister, Jacquita Wilson; nine grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends David’s family and friends may call at their convenience from 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the chapel of Jones Mortuary in Clinton. David’s graveside service and interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2020, at Grandview Memorial Garden in Clinton with Gary Smith officiating. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

BONNIE MARIE YOUNG

Bonnie Marie Young, 84, Clinton, died Friday, May 1, 2020, at her home. Being of the Baptist faith she was a matriarch to her family and deeply loved by all those fortunate to have known her. She was preceded in death by: Parents, John Seals and Maude Young; husband, Lloyd Young; son, Steve Young; and numerous siblings. Survivors include: Brother, Jack Young and wife Norma Jean of Jellico; sister, June Bowery and husband Bob of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughters, Jan Douglas and husband LaVern, and Kathy Young of Clinton; granddaughters, Amy Kirkham and husband Jeremy, Amanda Young, Ashley Douglas; great-grandchildren, Alex Wood, Cheyenne Cooper, Christian Young, Jack Kirkham, and Zachary Kirkham; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends called at their convenience from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. Her graveside service followed at 1 p.m. at Grandview Memorial Garden. www.holleygamble.com