Obituaries

CALVIN COOLIDGE COOPER

Calvin Coolidge Cooper, 93, Fort Lauderdale, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in the comfort of his home. He is survived by: Spouse, Edith Cooper; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Jane Cooper; daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Mark Peters; son and daughter-in-law, the late Rusell Cooper and Myrna Cooper; grandchildren, Michelle and Paul Bennear, Bethany and Benny Chiara, Amanda and Greg McLoud, Amy and Joshua Kolbenschlag, Danielle Cooper, Jessica Cooper; great-grandchildren, Sierra, Riley, Caroline, Angel, Justice, Elijah, Connor and Caleb. The family will receive friends at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton from noon – 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020. Interment will be at Zion Cemetery immediately following.

ROGER WAYNE FROST

Roger Wayne Frost, 59, Andersonville, left his earthly body to be home with the Lord Saturday, May 16, 2020. Roger was a kind and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. We love him dearly and miss him deeply. His memory will live in our hearts forever as we have comfort in knowing that he is at peace in heaven after his long and courageous battle with leukemia. Roger graduated from Heritage High School and was proud to have served in the United States Army. He received his associate degree from the Tennessee Institute of Electronics, and then accepted a job in Charlotte, N.C. It did not take long for Roger to realize he missed his family, and he quickly returned to East Tennessee where he began his career with the U.S. Postal Service. Roger was blessed with lasting friendships and memories from his 18 years at the Powell Post Office. Roger had a love for bicycles at an early age, and as he grew up he graduated to minibikes and motorcycles. He also enjoyed hiking, boating, skiing, and four-wheeling. He was blessed to have devoted friends who made these activities even more enjoyable for him. Family was very important to Roger, and we thank God for giving him to us and allowing us to know his love. Left behind to cherish his memories are: Wife and best friend, Christa; much loved daughter Carlin; parents, Jack and Nell Frost; sister, Kristi Connatser and husband Lee; mother and father-in-law, Sam and Carol Lambert; brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Kami Lambert; and very special niece and nephew, Nicolas and Kylie Lambert. Roger was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence and Beulah Rowland and Herbert and Mamie Frost. We want to thank our devoted friends, church family at Norris First Baptist, and also New Hope Baptist Church in Maryville for the prayers, texts, cards, and kindness during his illness. Roger was humbled to know that he was being lifted to the Lord in prayer by so many people. We also want to thank the doctors, nurses and all of the medical support staff who cared for Roger. Many of you became special friends, and we hope you know how much your kindness means to our family. A memorial service was held at Mynatt Funeral Home in Halls Thursday, May 21, 2020, led by Pastor David Seiber and longtime friend Pastor Michael Parker. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed at mynattfh.com.

MELVA DEAN McKAMEY

Melva Dean McKamey, 72, Clinton passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Norris Health and Rehab. For many years Melva was the deli manager at Git-N-Go markets in Clinton. Melva was known to be fun-loving, dedicated, compassionate, hardworking, and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife. Throughout her life she loved teaching Sunday school at Jarnigan Chapel Baptist Church and going to the beach with all her family. Above all else, she loved nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: Parents, Ernest and Elsie Phillips; sister, Ravena Powell; grandson, William McKamey; infant brother, Ralph Phillips. She is survived by: Loving husband of 57 years, James McKamey of Clinton; children, Debbie Nuchols and husband Tommy of Powell, Lori French and husband Rod of Soddy Daisy, and Randy McKamey and wife Kara of Powell; grandchildren, Savannah Phillips and husband Tony, Eli Stout and wife Kenzie, Nigel Nuchols, Samuel McKamey, Emma Stout, Reagan McKamey, Liv McKamey, and Serenity McKamey; great-grandchildren, Brayden Phillips, Mila Phillips, Everett Stout, and Dakota Stout; brother, J.B. Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. Funeral service will be private for family only. Her graveside will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2020, at Jarnigan Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

CLARENCE ROSCOE KETNER JR.

Clarence Roscoe Ketner Jr., 8, Clinton, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was born June 26, 1938, in Morristown, the son of Clarence Roscoe Ketner Sr., and Verna Ruth Haun Ketner. He retired from Bechtel Corporation where he was in the Electronic Maintenance Division. He loved the outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of camping, fishing and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: Wife, Doris Goins Ketner in 2005; and his sisters, Jean Breazeale, Jerri Adams, Mary Sue Smith, and Tonia Lee Ketner. He is survived by: Son, Wesley Brian Ketner and his wife Keici and their two daughters, Zoey Ketner and Wdel Ketner of Thailand. He is also survived by: Sister, Betty Bryant Taylor of Clinton, and several special nieces and nephews who he was very fond of and many dear and special friends. The family had a private celebration of his life. Memorials in his memory can be made to Edgemoor Baptist Church, 330 Old Emory Road, Clinton, TN 37716. Weatherford Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements. An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.

HUGO K. HUGHES

Hugo K. Hughes, 84, Clinton, passed away peacefully at home May 11, 2020. Hugo wa preceded in death by: Parents, John and Effie Hughes; sisters, Louise Gray, Johnny Ruth Blankenship, and Anne Jenkins; brothers, Bill and Dawson Hughes. He is survived by: Brothers, Charles and Jimmy Hughes; wife of 66 years Patricia; sons, Hugo Jr. (Joan) and James Allan (Pam); grandchildren, Jimmy and Luke Hughes; Katy Cross (Zach), and Joe Hughes; three great-grandchildren, Solomon Hughes, Heidi Jo Cross and Holly Cross. Hugo was a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Knoxville. He retired from Martin Marietta. After retirement he enjoyed his farming days in Clinton. Later in life he and his wife moved to the city of Clinton. He enjoyed taking care of his yard and garden. He was an avid member of Cardiac Therapy group in Oak Ridge and had many friends there. He will be missed by family and friends A memorial service will be held for Hugo at Broadway Baptist in Knoxville at a later date. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

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.