Obituaries

SUSAN ANN ROACH HEDDEN

Susan Ann Roach Hedden, 70, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at her home after a courageous, 18-month battle with lung cancer. Susan was born July 31, 1950, in New York City, N.Y., to Richard T. Roach and Marion Hertz Roach. Susan graduated from Clinton High School in the class of 1968 where she was a member of the National Honor Society and a varsity cheerleader. She attended the University of Tennessee and later graduated from Knoxville Business College. She worked many years in banking with Hamilton National Bank and then United American Bank in the corporate banking division. She was involved with the planning of many events that were sponsored by United American Bank in preparation for the 1982 World’s Fair. Susan was a proud member of The Wednesday Club of Clinton for several years. She looked forward to attending the monthly meetings during the year. The many new friendships she formed during her time with the club were very dear to her. Susan enjoyed and worked tirelessly on many Clinton High School Class of ‘68 reunions over the years. She loved getting together with all her friends and classmates in the reunion planning committee to work out the details of another successful class reunion for all her classmates. A special thanks to all the members of the planning committee. She loved you all. One of Susan’s favorite hobbies was gardening. Each year she could hardly wait for warmer weather to arrive so she could get started planting. Her ability to choose and arrange all the different flowers and plants was amazing and the beauty of her plantings were enjoyed every day. The Christmas season was always very special to Susan. She loved decorating her home and the Christmas tree. She would prepare the most beautifully wrapped presents and would always buy extra presents just in case someone unexpectedly would visit. She didn’t want anyone to be left out. Susan was preceded in death by: Mother, Marion Roach; father, Richard Roach; grandparents, Herbert and Margaret Hertz; uncle, Thomas Hertz; and cousin, Tommy Hertz. Susan is survived by: Husband of 46 years, Don Hedden; aunts, Margie Shepard, of Dunedin, Fla., Carol Hertz of Clearwater, Fla.; cousins, Christine Kubic and Eric Hahn of Palm Harbor, Fla.; brother-in-law, Henry Hedden III (Lily) of Marysville, Wash.; sister-in-law, Martha Payne (Mark) of Clinton; niece, Heather McPherron (Nate) of Cheyenne, Wy.; nephews, James Hedden of Seattle, Wash., and Richard Hedden of Macon, Ga. A very special thank you to Bonnie Shoemaker for checking in with Susan often and keeping her spirits high. Their phone conversations brought comfort to Susan. A special thanks to Dr. David Aljadir and Dr.Vaughn Dill, and their dedicated staff, at the University of Tennessee Cancer Center for their valiant efforts treating Susan’s cancer. A special thanks to the University of Tennessee Hospice for their assistance and comfort that was provided during the final days. For the safety of all who attend, the family requests that all visitors please wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose. The family received friends from noon – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. Her graveside was at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at Grandview Memorial Garden with the Rev. Don Thomas and the Rev. Scott Wilks officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Susan’s memory to any of the following charities or to the charity of your choice. The American Cancer Society Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street, Washington, DC 20006 Knox Area Rescue Ministries, 418 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917 The Salvation Army Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

VON EDWIN WILSON

Von Edwin Wilson, 88, Clinton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at his residence. He was born June 20, 1932, in Clinton to the late Jasper and Dottie Seeber Wilson. Von was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Deep Spring Baptist Church and Andersonville Valley Masonic Lodge # 383. Von was a devoted husband, wonderful father and grandfather. He spent his life, 50-plus years, touring the world, all over the U.S. and Canada, he had four million miles safety awards. Von drove for Trailways for 26 years, was the co-owner of Knoxville Tours, owner of Wilson Tours, and then went on the drive for Rocky Top Tours. In addition to his parents, Von was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Wilson. Survived by: Sons, Eddie Wilson and wife Phyllis, Robbie Wilson and June Bollinger, Mike Wilson and wife Tonya; grandchildren, Jeffery Wilson, Mark Wilson, Stephanie Boyd, Chad Wilson, Haley Marcum, Blake Wilson and Heather Jeffries; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; special friend, J.B. Brewer and wife Diane. Special thanks to PCM for all their love and care. Family and friends may call at their convenience from noon – 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Graveside will be held at Grandview Memorial Garden at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, with the Rev. Jerry Copeland officiating.

LARRY ENGELMAN

Larry Engelman, 50, Powell, went to be with the angels on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Larry was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was a senior HVAC technician at Covenant Health. Larry was full of life, had a huge heart, always had a smile on his face, and never met a stranger. His latest endeavor was blacksmithing, where he built his own homemade forge and blacksmithing tools. This is where he showed his love and creativity through the items he made for so many people. He also enjoyed water-polo, cooking barbecue for friends and family, healthy discussions with his best friends, but most of all, watching The Ohio State football games. Larry is survived by: Wife, the love of his life, Melissa Engelman; fur baby, Bindy; parents, Chuck and Sandy Engelman; brother, Jerry Engelman; sister-in-law Paige; nephew, Michael; nieces Megan and Molly; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Larry’s wish was to be cremated, which is being handled by Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. We are holding off on services at this time but will plan a celebration of Larry for friends and family the summer of 2021 in Tennessee and another in Ohio. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation at covenanthealthgiving.org.

PHYLLIS DIANE (OVERTON) COPELAND

Phyllis Diane (Overton) Copeland, 73, departed this earthly life Dec, 21, 2020, at her home in Knoxville after a brave fight with cancer. Phyllis was born the second child to Joe and Rubye Overton of Clinton, May 27,1947. She grew up in Clinton and attended Glen Alpine School and Norris High School before attending St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She went to work as a trauma nurse in the ER at Chattanooga Memorial. She moved back to Oak Ridge and worked as a surgical nurse at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge and later as administrator at Tennessee Valley Eye Center in Knoxville. Phyllis worked at the Anderson County Health Department, where she retired in 2015. Phyllis enjoyed meeting with both long time and new friends and family. She adored her husband and three grandchildren. She spent much of her free time devoted to and caring for her family. She is survived and dearly missed by: Husband of 33 years, Paul Jackson Copeland; daughter, Shannon Elise Wilson and husband Patrick; siblings, Larry E. Overton Sr., David W. Overton, and Janice Overton Branson; stepchildren, Renee’ Pemberton and Robert Copeland; grandsons, Dylan Pemberton and Max Wilson; and granddaughter, Ada Mae Wilson; nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate the life of Phyllis will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Hospital [stjude.org] or the Shriners Hospital [lovetotherescue.org] in her honor as both were dear to her heart.

ARCHER V. CORDER

Pastor Archer V. Corder, 81, Clinton, departed this life Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Born Sept. 13, 1939, he was the son of the late Robert Doyle and Opal Vertie Corder; brothers, Douglas C. Corder, James Leon Corder, Gene Allen Corder; sister, Margaret Ann LaRocco; and nephew, Barry Doyle Corder. Pastor Corder was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and pastor. His commitment to family and Christ was evident to anyone who knew him. “Archie” gave his heart to Christ in 1973, eventually becoming a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. Retiring from K-25 to begin pastoring full time, he founded Christian Outreach Center and Christian Outreach Academy two years later. He devoted more than 47 years to Christ, 24 as senior pastor. He also served as chaplain for the Anderson County Sherriff’s office for several years. Retiring in 2004, he enjoyed camping and additional time with his family and dogs. He could often be seen supporting his great-grandchildren at ballgames while continuing to share Christ with anyone who would listen. Prayer by means of intercession was his passion that continued throughout his life. His memories will be cherished by: Wife, Wanda Faye Corder; daughters, Kimberly Richards and Vanessa Lynn Dycus; sister-in-law, June Corder; granddaughter, Brittnie Leah Lucas; grandsons, Randall Vance Young, Brandon Chaye Stitt, and Cody Allen Garner; two great-granddaughters; five great-grandsons; and a host of nieces and nephews and he was a replacement grandfather for many. The familyreceived family and friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, with funeral immediately following at 7 p.m. at Clinton Church of God in Clinton. The processional for the burial began at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton and burial followed at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Clinton at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Curtis Akers and Randall Young officiated, Brandon Stitt sermon gave the sermon. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements.

MARY RUTH JONES

Mary Ruth Jones, 79, Clinton, passed away at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville Dec. 21, 2020. She was a generous, strong-willed person with a great sense of humor. She was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family very much. Mary was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by: Parents, Billy and Rosalee Hill; husband, Fred Jones; and son, Timothy Clayton Jones. She is survived by: Sons, Clifford Carlell Jones and Cory Shane Jones; daughter, Rose Marvell Phillips (Larry); and numerous other extended family members and friends. Arrangements will be announced at a later date. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be expressed at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

PATSY STAIR LOMELI

Patsy Stair Lomeli, 85, Clinton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at her home. She was born Feb. 6, 1935, in Anderson County to the late John and Bertha Sharp Fraker. Patsy spent her entire working career in the Anderson County Courthouse, working in the offices of the County Clerk, Register of Deeds, County Mayor and Trustee. She was Deputy Trustee for 17 years and in 1974 was elected as Trustee. She served for eight consecutive terms from 1974 to 2006. In her first year as Trustee, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the State Trustee Association; she was the first woman elected as President of the County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT). She also served on the Board of Directors of County Officials Associations of Tennessee (COAT); was name and voted Outstanding Trustee and Trustee of the Year several times; and elected President of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elected Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT). She served on the Board of Directors of Big Brother/Big Sisters and American Red Cross. She was a member and officer of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Civitan Club, Rotary Club, Anderson County-Oak Ridge Republican Party, and a Golden Member of Zion Baptist Church. Patsy was inducted into the Anderson County Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition to her parents, Patsy was preceded in death by: Husband, Alfred Lomeli; her children’s father, Denver Stair; brothers, Kyle Fraker and wife IvaDean, Kenneth Fraker and wife Hazel; special cousin, Marie Turner. Patsy is survived by: Children, John Stair and wife Sandy, Gwenda Ford and husband Kenny; step-children, Gisele Davis and husband Bruce, Sister Celine Lomeli, Chuck Lomeli, Rhonda Hammons and husband Bob, Jeffery Lomeli, and Lawrence Lomeli and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Jonathan D. Pyatt and wife Manda, Katie Davis and husband Donny, Holly Stair Webb and husband Jeremy, and John Stair Jr. and wife Laurel, Randy Ford, Brian Ford and wife Anne; great-grandchildren, Tori and Tyler Pyatt, Riley and Hadley Webb, Cody and Dylan Davis, Zavie, Zayden, Zander Ford, Ellie and Glen Murrell; special cousin, J.T. Sharp; special friend, Betty Brooks; loving caregiver, Emilee Runkles; and a host of other family and friends. Family and friends may call at convenience from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Clinton. The funeral service will start at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Glen Gamble officiating. Family and friends will travel to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery for Patsy’s burial following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 2170 Clinton Hwy, Powell, TN 37849 or Pat Summitt Foundation 520 W. Summitt Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902. www.holleygamble.com

MARVELL WEBBER

On Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, Marvell Webber, loving mother of five children passed away at age 91. Marvell was born Oct. 3, 1929, in Lafollette to the late Edward and Maude Richard Wheeler. She retired from the Fort Sanders Medical Center with 23 years of service. Marvell was a member of the First Wesleyan Church in Clinton, where she loved to sing. She married Curtis Delbert Webber; they raised two sons and three daughters. Marvell loved being outside and working in her flowers. In addition to her parents, Marvell was preceded in death by: Husband, Curtis Webber; sister, Virginia Wright; brother, J.D. Wheeler; sons-in-law, Duane Rhyne and Terry Bass; and grandson, Chad Rhyne. She is survived by: Five children, Gary Webber and wife Rebecca, Perry Webber and wife Annette, Carole Rhyne, Lisa Osterhout and husband Steve and Angie Bass; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Family and friends may call at their convenience from noon – 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2020. Marvell’s graveside will be held at Woodhaven Memorial Garden with the Rev. Sam Condon and the Rev. David Speas officiating. www.holleygamble.com