Obituaries

DONALD 'DON' WAYNE CALHOUN

Donald “Don” Wayne Calhoun, 78, Clinton passed away April 29, 2021. Don was born in Kingsport July 5, 1943, to Echol Ellis and Emma Bell Lane Calhoun. After graduating from Blountville High School he attended Lincoln Memorial University, where he graduated with a degree in history. It was there that he met the love of his life, Margaret Ann Hammer. They married and shared 56 cherished years together. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he began his career with Travelers Insurance in Knoxville prior to joining his wife’s family business, Hammer’s Department Store. He retired after 30-plus years with the business. An active member of the community, he coached youth baseball and basketball for many years. Some may remember Don from his days announcing high school basketball, baseball and football on WYSH radio for many years with Charlie Phillips. He was also a Western movie enthusiast, and for many years he played “Deadwood Don” on the PBS show, “Riders of the Silver Screen.” He enjoyed spending time with his family and was a loving and devoted grandfather. Don was preceded in death by: Wife, Margaret Ann Calhoun; father and mother, Echol Ellis and Emma Bell Lane Calhoun; brother, Edgar Calhoun; sister, Edith Hayter; brother-in-law, Don Latture; and brother-in-law, Jeff Hammer. He is survived by: Son and daughter-in-law, Kelly and Tanya Calhoun; grandsons, Harrison and Matthew Calhoun; brother, Glen Calhoun and his wife Kay; sister, Betty Latture; brother-in-law, Roy Hayter; sister-in-law, Billie Calhoun; sister-in-law, Billie Sue Hammer; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Alvin and Diane Taylor. The family held a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2021, at Grandview Memorial Garden in Clinton with Pastor Mike Thompson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Baptist Church, 777 Public Safety Lane, Clinton, TN, 37716. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements.

LILLIAN 'JEAN' HAYNES

Lillian “Jean” Haynes, 84, Powell, passed away at her home April 29, 2021. Jean worked in the Quality Control Division of Amendt Milling Company. She was a member of Covenant Life Church. She enjoyed being involved in church groups and activities including the Kitchen Team and the Ladies Auxiliary. Jean was a great cook. Jean loved her family and spending time with them. She was preceded in death by: Father, Sam Carson Mabe, and mother, Minnie Pope Mabe. She was also preceded in death by: Brother, Charles Mabe; sisters, Betty Lindsay, Florence Treece, and Mary Lanham. Jean is survived by: Husband, Jerry C. Haynes of Powell; son, Robert (Bob) Haynes (Linda) of Chattanooga; daughter, Cyndi McAfee (Tony) of Andersonville; sister, Brenda Ratliff of Indiana; grandchildren, Jody Yother (Josh), McKenzie Sneij (Eli), Mariah Sweat (Wesley); great-grandchildren, Alexis Yother, Madison Yother, Peyton Yother, Mila Sneij, Selah Mac Sneij. The family would like to send a special thank you to Bill and Helen Robbins, Faith and Danny McCullah, Angella Even, Jennifer Hansen, Donna Boling, and Tripp and Dana Thornton. The family received her friends from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Covenant Life Church, 151 Sycamore Place, Clinton. The celebration of Jean’s life immediately followed with Pastor Tony McAfee officiating. Her Interment began at 5:30 p.m., May 2, 2021, at Norris Memorial Gardens, following the celebration of life. Jones Mortuary was in charge of all of arrangements.

ANNA LOU COOK

Anna Lou Cook, 84, Lake City, passed away peacefully to be home with the Lord April 28, 2021, at her residence. She was born Sept. 16, 1936, to the late Courtland Tindell and Della Phillips. She attended Light House Church of God. Anna quit work to take care of children. She loved children and taking care of people, most of all making people smile. There was a twinkle in her eyes that would light up a room. She loved nature, beautiful colors, and was a peace maker. She loved her family, friends, Church, and most of all God. Anna was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She'll be forever missed and never forgotten. We love you... mom, granny, family, and friends. Anna was preceded in death by: Parents; husband, Paul A. Cook; son, Charles K. Cook; granddaughter, Laurel Cook; and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by: Son, Paul Cook Jr. and Reba, Knoxville; daughter, Andrea Schyma and Rodney Schyma of Lake City; sisters, Susie Sexton of Lake City, Willma Bertram of Sunbright; grandchildren, Amanda McCoy, Alisha McCoy, Laurel Cook, Ashley Rains, Robert Cook; great-grandchildren, Joshua Golden, Hailey McCoy, Courtland Golden, Leland Daugherty, and Kavin Bolton; a host of other family and friends. Visitation was held from 6 – 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel in Lake City. Funeral service was at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gordon Bertram officiating. Tuesday May 4, 2021 Family and friends met 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Hatmaker Funeral Home to go in procession for a noon burial at the Foust Cemetery in Lake City.

NAOMI BROOKS RIGGS

Naomi Brooks Riggs, 88, went home to be with the Lord April 28, 2021. Naomi was born April 10, 1933, in Heiskell to Robbie and Eula Fraker Brooks. In addition to her parents, Naomi was preceded in death by: Husband, Thomas “T.J.” Riggs; son, Mark Riggs; sister, Helen Brooks; brother, Melvin “Gene” Brooks. She is survived by: Daughter, Linda (Carlos) Crawford; son, Tommy (Connie) Riggs; grandchildren, Bobby (Morgan) Crawford, Amanda (Bob) Stokes, T.J. Riggs and Travis Riggs; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Emma Bolton, Caroline and Lauren Crawford, John and Maggie Stokes. Special thanks to Covenant Hospice for their excellent love and care especially Mariann and Rebecca. Family and friends called at their convenience between noon – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Naomi’s family and friends met at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2021, and went in funeral procession to New Loyston Memorial Garden for a 3 p.m. interment with the Rev. Jerry Walton Officiating. www.holleygamble.com

NELLIE SUE LAWSON

Nellie Sue Lawson, 76, Rocky Top, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at her home. She was born Feb. 11, 1945, to Bufford and Margaret Golden Leinart in Briceville. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to take care of people. She will be dearly missed. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by: Husband, Howard Lawson; and son, Stephen Lawson. She is survived by: Children, Kathy Disney, Linda Gilley (Donald), Timothy Lawson (Darlene); siblings, Charles Leinart, Avery Leinart, Nora Leinart, James Leinart (Joyce), Phillip Leinart (Kathy), Dennis Leinart (Mary), Vickie Burris (Albert), and Lynn Leinart; grandchildren, Crystal Daugherty (Travis), Paul Burris, Felicia Rutherford, Marcus Gray (Courtney), Timothy Lawson (Rachel), Miranda Rutherford, Dalton Hatmaker, Emily Perkins, and Alley Hatmaker; great-grandchildren, Emily Burris, Tanner Daugherty, Madison Daugherty, Chevy Burris, Hailey Burris, Leah Lawson, Bryson Smith, Chloe Smith, Anna Lou Disney; and an already loved great-great-grandchild on the way, Everleigh Grace Daugherty. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at Methodist Community Church in Briceville with the Rev. Steve Seivers officiating. www.holleygamble.com

MOSS BEETS

Rev. Moss Beets, 80, Clinton, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021. He was born in Anderson County to Moss L. Beets and Nina Beets on July 18, 1940. Moss was a member of Farmers Grove Baptist Church. He pastored several churches in Ohio and East Tennessee. He was preceded in death by: Parents; and wife of nearly 60 years, Lucille Beets. He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. He leaves behind: Sons, Larry Beets and wife Rosetta, and Jerry Beets and wife Linda; daughter, Brenda Brown and husband Brian; two grandchildren, Karlee and Eli Beets; as well as two siblings. The family received friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. His graveside followed at Grandview Memorial Garden with the Rev. Jimmy Ault officiating. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

JAMES RONNIE FRITTS

James Ronnie Fritts, 73, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at his home in Heiskell, with his loving wife by his side. He was born at home on Brushy Valley Road to Carl Fritts Sr. and Ophia Miller Fritts. He graduated from Norris High School in 1965. He loved farming, singing, and never met a stranger he didn’t talk to. Many neighbors have heard him singing loudly from his tractor on warm summer days. He was a life-long member, deacon, song leader, and Sunday school teacher at Deep Springs Baptist Church. His faith was important to him. He was preceded in death by: Mother and father, Carl and Ophia Fritts; brothers, Kenneth Fritts and Doug Fritts; brother-in-law, Charles Gray; and nephew, Eric Fritts. He is survived by: Wife of 51 years, Lana Jones Fritts; son, Kevin Fritts (wife Audrey); daughters, Lisa Widener (husband Bryan) and Tasha Powell Tankersley (husband Don); grandchildren, Alex, Layla, Hope, Grace, Faith, Bryson, Nick (wife Brooklyn), Josh (Hayleigh), Chris Powell, and Hunter Tankersley; great-grandchildren, Braylon and Barron; brother, Carl Fritts Jr.; sisters-in-law, Dinah Gray, Vanessa Jones, Donna Fritts, Opal Fritts, and Andrea Fritts; along with several other nieces, nephews, and a multitude of brothers and sisters in Christ. The family received friends from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Deep Springs Baptist Church in Heiskell, with the funeral service to follow. Brian Thomas and Dale Parker officiated. Jones Mortuary was in charge of all arrangements.

CHARLES WESLEY 'CHUCK' HILL

Captain Charles Wesley “Chuck” Hill received his wings to the eternal flight line April 27, 2021. He passed away at home, with God as his companion. Born April 8, 1936, to Floyd Temple Hill and Margaret Louise McCoy Hill, he was a lifelong resident of Clinton. He was a standout athlete in basketball and football at Clinton High School from which he graduated in 1955. He enlisted in the United states Air Force thereafter and served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Joyce Hill. He is survived by family and special friends. Chuck lived a vital and long life in pursuit of his many passions. As an athlete, he received his Tour Card to the Professional Golf Association, and played his first tournament with Jack Nicholas. He loved regaling his friends with stories from the tour and the many famous golfers he knew. He played golf with friends well into his 80’s. Possessing a lilting tenor voice, he sang professionally in many of Las Vegas’s casinos and nightclubs. He knew and sang along side of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton and others. He had numerous tales of his exploits with the stars, notably Elvis Presley, which he happily related to anyone who would ask about those years of his life. Growing up in Tennessee, he gained a love of the mountains and water. He was an avid fan of University of Tennessee sports and a more passionate devotee of sailing. Throughout his adult years he always had a sailboat and the gold anchor which hung on a chain around his neck testified to his love of the water. He once sailed around the world with his first mate Joyce, in a 27-foot sloop. His last sailing adventure was in the Caribbean islands in the summer 2018. By far his greatest passion was flying. He was a pilot during the Korean Conflict and flew professionally as a Captain commercially and corporately. He served as chief pilot and general manager of numerous flight companies. He served his country and the airline industry till his retirement as an FAA Safety Inspector. He was at home in the cockpit well into his 80’s. Released from the surly bonds of earth he now flies on the wings of angels in the eternal blue yonder. A graveside service will be conducted at Sunset Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday May 14, 2021. Friends and family should meet for the funeral procession at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, 621 S. Charles Seivers Blvd., Clinton, at 10:30 am. www.holleygamble.com