Stella Kennedy, 95, Lake City, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
She was born on Dec. 15, 1923, to the late Walter and Laura Byrge Bunch in New River. Her parents moved to Detroit during World War II and she worked at the Ford plant making bomber wings. She was part of the “Rosy Riveter Girls” and worked as a buckler, who is the person who brads the rivets on the other side. After the war she came home to New River, got married, and started a family. She was the precious mother to seven children and had the patience of Job. She loved cooking three meals a day and was the best cook ever. If you left her house hungry it was your own fault. She also loved to crochet. She had lots of tough times but she never worried. She had great strength, especially in the last few years with her fading eyesight, hearing, and only 30-percent of her heart. She will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: Husband, Loranzy Kennedy; sons, Boyd Kennedy, Kenneth Kennedy, and Coye Kennedy; granddaughter, Laura Cook; and siblings, Effie Ward, Esther Byrge, Norman Bunch, Cledyth Bunch, and Reafus Bunch.
She is survived by: Children, Charlie Kennedy, Rickey Kennedy and wife Karen, Reba Cook and husband Paul, Lynn Kennedy and friend Berta Phillips; grandchildren, Robert Cook, Meagan Kennedy, and Katelynn Kennedy; siblings, Carlos Bunch and wife Peggy, Margaret Leach and husband Don, Freida Bunch; and sister-in-law, Omer Carroll Bunch; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends.
Special thanks to Dr. Mark Johnson, Nurse Destiny, and staff.
The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2019, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top, with the funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Joshua Hawkins officiating.
Family and friends will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Byrge Cemetery in New River for interment.
MARGARET LOUISE SINGLETON HEMBREE
Margaret Louise Singleton Hembree, 90, Oliver Springs, formerly of Dickson, passed into eternal glory to be with the Lord June 26, 2019.
She was born on May 29, 1929, to the late James Allen and Mattie Spicer Singleton. She was born again on Palm Sunday of 1953.
Margaret was preceded in death by: Husband of 47 years, Leonard Leon Hembree; brother, Billy Singleton; and sister, Katherine O’Kain.
She is survived by: Daughters, Janet (Mike) Gibbons of Powell, Joyce (Mike) Weaver of Oliver Springs, brother, James (Dorothy) Singleton of Nashville; sister-in-law, Jackie Hembree of Michigan; six grandchildren, Megan (Justin) McGee of Johnson City, Rachel (Joshua) Reeves of Knoxville, David (Holly) Vespie of Oak Ridge, Paul (Angela) Vespie of Lawrenceburg, Jonathan (Caitlin) Vespie of Nashville, and Adam (Autumn) Vespie of Centerville; 10 great-grandchildren, Perez, Manassah and Maylee McGee, Rease Jones and Reagan Vespie, Asa and Cora Vespie, Laura Grace and Harper Vespie, Ruby Vespie; and several nieces and nephews.
She was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. She found joy in seeking to be a blessing to others, reading and studying her Bible, attending church services and listening to Christian radio. Her favorite station was BBN 95.3 FM. A favorite Bible verse was, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:6.
She retired from the Metropolitan Board of Education in Nashville in 1992 where she was a secretary for more than 35 years. She served in various schools beginning in the 1950’s, in later years she worked in the District III Office and for WDCN School TV network as secretary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Print Shop or to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Missions.
Thank you to the caring staff and friends she made a Windsor Gardens Assisted Living in Powell where she enjoyed living for the past few years and to Pastor and Mrs. Garvan Walls for their visits and prayers.
The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Garvan Walls officiating.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. (CST) Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Sherwood Cemetery in Sylvia with Bro. Joe Vick of Old Paths Baptist Church, Bon Aqua officiating.
To leave a note for Margaret’s family or to share a memory, please sign the online guest book at jacksonfuneralservices.com.
Claude Rittenberry, 101, Clinton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 26,2019.
Born and raised in Shelbyville, where Claude and his twin brother Clyde were football all-stars. Claude was a Deacon of South Clinton Baptist Church and loved gardening.
Preceded in death by: Wife of 74 years, Doris Rittenberry; son, Claude "C.H." Rittenberry; parents, William and Hattie Rittenberry; five brothers; and one sister.
Claude is survived by: Sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Sue Rittenberry, Mark and Nola Rittenberry, and David Rittenberry; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019, with a funeral to follow at 8 p.m.
Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens for a graveside service with full military honors provided by the Campbell County Honor Guard.
CHARLES LEROY YORK
Charles Leroy York, 88, Clinton, passed away at his home the morning of Monday, June 24, 2019, surrounded by his family.
He was a member of Farmers Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and two dogs, mowing his yard, and traveling.
Charles was preceded in death by: Mother, Lossie York; father, Jackie York; father and mother-in-law, Herman and Louise Herrell; daughter, Dianna Lynn; infant son, Baby York.
He leaves behind: Loving wife of 63 years, Wilma York; children, Sheila Boliver and husband Robert, Sharon Anderson; grandchildren, Steve Gaw, Michelle Barton, Jennifer Anderson, Brianna Kenebrew, Katrina Boliver, Charles Boliver, and Angel Boliver; great-grandchildren, Andrea Benzie, Kyndall St. Hill, and Bralin Boliver; cousins, Sue Taylor and Buzz Strickland; a host of friends and extended family.
The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral services to will follow in the chapel with the Rev. Joe Copeland and the Rev. Bobby Metcalf officiating.
His graveside will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Farmers Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the Pat Summit Foundation, 520 W. Summitt Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.
Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.
MARK WAYNE TACKETT
Mark Wayne Tackett, 58, Lake City, passed away June 23, 2019, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mark was born Feb. 9, 1961, in Anderson County. He was a member of the Longfield Baptist Church in Lake City. Mark loved guns, spending time with his grandkids. He was known for always being happy and family oriented. He was a loving father and grandfather. Mark enjoyed being a Deputy for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Tackett.
Survivors: Mother, Carolyn Tackett of Lake City; daughter, Samantha Nicole Brown and Jason of Norris; brother, David Tackett of Lake City; sister, Annette Woods of Clinton; grandchildren, Yazmin Woods and Jayden Brown; nephews, Tyler and Josh; fiance, Julie Culver.
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Hatmaker Funeral Home.
You may also view Mark’s guestbook online at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com
Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, is in charge of arrangements.
STACEY L. KOLOPUS
Stacey L. Kolopus, 53, Clinton, passed away at her home Saturday, June 22, 2019.
She was recently retired from the Oak Ridge Police Department where she worked as a 911 dispatcher and had previously worked as a dispatcher for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. In retirement, she enjoyed gardening, cooking and her pets.
She was preceded in death by: Daughter, Rusty; mother, Glenda; and grandson, Jude.
She is survived by: Husband of 27 years, James Kolopus; son, Andrew; stepdaughter, Kelly; brother, Judd Sweitzer and sister-in-law, Carly Lincoln; sisters, Shelby Goettel and Sydney Sweitzer; and uncle, Bill Gary; and aunt, Mary Sullivan.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton Chapel.
A graveside service will be held Friday, June 28, 2019, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
CHARLES LEE GOINS
Charles Lee Goins, 75, Stockbridge, Ga., passed away peacefully June 22, 2019, at his residence.
Charles was born on Jan. 11, 1944, at Cobb Hollow in Lake City to the late Walter “Red” Goins and Verlie Hatmaker. He was of Baptist faith and a member of Salem Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Ga. Prior to moving to Georgia to be nearer to his sons, Charles and his wife resided in the Anderson County area and he was a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Rocky Top. Charles was a 1961 graduate of Lake City High School and attended Hiawasee Jrunior College before working for 24 years with Eastern Airlines and 16 years in the life insurance business. He loved kids as evidenced by his involvement with the church children's programs, as well as driving the church van for Main Street Church and substitute teaching in Anderson County Schools in his retirement. He also loved golf, traveling and the Tennessee Volunteers.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Ann Garrett, and his step-father, J.C. Copeland.
Survivors: Wife, Judith Jett Goins (55 Years) of Stockbridge, Ga.; sons, Steve Goins (Suzanne) of Buford, Ga., Mark Goins (Rebecca) of Stockbridge, Ga.; grandchildren, Casey Goins, Joshua Goins, Alexandra “Allie” Goins; sister, Jan Copeland Webb (Don) Clinton; brothers, Walter Goins Jr. of Stockbridge, Ga., Nick Goins (Jennifer) of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Copeland (Kathy) of Jacksboro.
Visitation will be from 3 – 5 p.m. Saturday June 29, 2019, at Main Street Baptist Church, Rocky Top.
Funeral service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Main Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Phillips officiating.
Interment will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday June 29, 2019, at Norris Memorial Gardens in Andersonville.
In Lieu of Flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Main Street Baptist Church Childrens/TeamKID program.give
HELEN ANN McGHEE
Helen Ann McGhee, 86, Clinton, passed away June 17, 2019.
Born Friday, March 24, 1933, to Manuel and Mary Tavis in Emeryville, Cali.
She enjoyed raising all five of her kids, playing games and the outdoors where she held fairs in the backyard during the summers in Evansville, Ind. While living in Evansville in the summers they would load up their Volkswagen Bus with as many of the neighborhood kids and go to the drive-in where they charged by the vehicle and not per person. The cost was $1 per vehicle.
She was a resident of Knoxville for about 43 years before moving in with her daughter Rene for the past six years in Clinton.
She was preceded in death by: Husband of 42 years, Gilbert “Mac” McGhee; son, Manuel; parents; sisters, Lois Rose, Mary Snow, and Gloria Childress; and brother, Robert Tavis.
Helen is survived by: Ray McGhee (Suzie) of Merritt Island, Fla.; Ron McGhee (Jennifer) of Brownsburg, Ind.; Rene Holbrook (Pat) of Clinton; Mary Donahue (David) of Knoxville. She has eight grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of Amedisys Hospice for all of their help and encouragement through this difficult time.
The family received friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Funeral service followed at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Allen Giles officiating.
Following the service the burial took place in Circle Cemetery in Briceville.