Vera Jo Higdon Henegar, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Jan. 22, 2019. She was preceded in death by: Husband of 66 years, William Howard Henegar Sr., who passed away Dec 17, 2018; and her parents, Carl and Iona Higdon of LaFollette. She is survived by: Children, Marilyn Giles (Smitty), Deborah Smith (Scott), and William Henegar Jr (Sheri); grandchildren, Kelly Reed, Charlie Giles, Terry Smith, Jodie Desmond (Ryan), and Jordan Henegar; and great-grandchildren, Mason Reed, Tucker and Carly Desmond; brothers, Jack Higdon (Liz), Jerry Higdon (Becky), Ron Higdon (Peggye), Sam Higdon (Pam), and Bill Cox (Syondra); and many more extended family members. Vera taught school for 37 years, from second grade to high school, teaching in Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana, and the Oslo American School in Oslo, Norway, as she traveled with her husband in the Army. She was very active in her church, Memorial United Methodist, where she led Sunday school, and managed the Memorial Scholarship Fund. She was also an avid bridge player. Her passion was her involvement in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honorary teachers’ organization where she was president several times of her local chapter, Tennessee State President from 2001-2003, and chairman of several international committees. The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their loving care during her final days. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Vera Jo Henegar Scholarship Fund – Pi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Donations can be mailed to K. B. Benedict, PO Box 355, Knoxville, TN 37901 The family will receive friends at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton from 4 – 6 p.m.Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, with the funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Donna Hester officiating. Vera’s interment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lafollette at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.


Harold Dean Bray, 64, Clinton, passed away Jan. 21, 2019, at his residence. Harold was born May 14, 1954, in Devonia to the late Willis and Elsie Phillips Bray. Harold was a coal miner. He was a member of Grave Hill Baptist Church. He lived on the lake and loved fishing in his back yard. He also loved Tennessee football, playing pool, and spending time with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by: Brother, Paul Bray; and sisters, Pauline McMahan Wicks, Shirley Faye Bray, Peggy Sue Wolanin, and Freida Foust. Survivors: Daughter, Stacia Leffew and Brent of Oliver Springs; brother, Herbert Bray and Jewell of Clinton; sister, Annette Lane and Ray of Clinton; grandchildren, Lindsay and Dylan Shackelford of Knoxville, Nathan and Baylee Leffew of Oliver Springs, Noah Leffew of Oliver Springs, Nevaeh Leffew of Oliver Springs; great-grandchildren, Kylan Shackelford and Kora Shackelford; brother-in-law, Lee Wicks; sister-in-law, Lynn Bray; special cousins, Julian and Vicky Daughtery; and a host of nieces, and nephews, and many other family members and friends. Visitation was from 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Hatmaker Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Phillips officiating.


Marilyn Ann Leinart, 67, Greeneville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at East Tennessee Group Home. Marilyn was born June 16,1951, in Knoxville to the late Q.V. Leinart and Marilyn Ruth Harmon. She was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church. She lived a good life, loved people and going places. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors: Brother, Quentin Leinart of Lake City; aunt, Faye Burris and Ben of Lake City. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Hatmaker Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Norton officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Campbell Memorial Garden in Lafollette for interment.


Daniel Eugene Poore “Papaw”, age 73, of Briceville, TN gained his heavenly wings on January 20th, 2019. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He enjoyed fishing, dirt car racing and loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by all those who loved him. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Reba Poore; parents, John and Dorthea Poore; siblings, Johnny Roger “JR” Poore, Benny Poore, Muriel Poore, Geneva Shaun, Mary Cox, Faye Phillips, Louise Cox and special friend, Howard Dagley. Danny is survived by his three loving children, daughter, Angelia Gordon (Bill) of Powell, TN ; daughter, Penny Harness of Briceville, TN; son, Daniel Eugene Poore Jr (Kristina) of Briceville, TN; grandchildren, Casey Harness, Phillip “Skipper” Harness, Joshua and Shala Fairchild, Hannah and Tyler Wilkerson, Jamie Poore, Shelby Poore and Jessi Gordon; great grandchildren, McKenzie Cable, Isabelle and Avery Fairchild, Hartlee Wilkerson, Justin Dunaway; special friends, Tommie Purcell and Charlie Kennedy; many special nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 5-7PM with the funeral service to follow with Rev. Jimmy Seiber officiating. Interment will be held at Brown’s Flat Cemetery Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12 noon.


Martha "Darlene" Caldwell Miller, 55, Andersonville, went to be with her Lord Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, after a courageous battle against cancer. She was born Dec. 20, 1963. Darlene dearly loved her Lord, husband, family, church, friends and children (including the many that called her "Aunt Dar" and those who called her Mrs. Miller). Darlene had a true servant's heart and lived her life as a beautiful example of Christ's love. She truly cared for all those she crossed paths with. Darlene ministered to others through her service at church and by her passion for teaching. For more than 20 years Darlene taught, mentored and loved students of the Anderson County and Clinton City Schools. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Caldwell. She is survived by: Husband, the Rev. Ricky Miller of Andersonville; sons, Christopher Walter Miller (wife Ashley) of Knoxville, and Caleb Wade Miller (wife Shea) of Clinton; and love of her life, granddaughter, Paisley Elle Miller. She is also survived by: Mother, Bernice Caldwell Hatmaker; and her brothers, Rodney Stooksbury (wife Virginia) of Andersonville, and the Rev. Mark Caldwell (wife Kim) of Loudon County; and a host of extended family. Visitation will be from 4 – 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at Edgemoor Baptist Church, 330 Old Emory Road Clinton. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, with graveside services to follow at Norris Memorial Gardens, 2856 Norris Freeway Norris. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made in her honor to Edgemoor Baptist Church or to the Darlene Miller Literacy Fund at Clinton City Schools, 212 North Hicks Street Clinton, Tennessee 37716. Online condolences may be made at


Elsie Faye Cotton Hannah, 79, Oak Ridge, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at Greenfield Senior Living of Oak Ridge. She was born Oct. 4, 1939, in Gulfport, Miss., the daughter of Albert D. and Shirley Elsie Barnhill Cotton. Mrs. Hannah was a member of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church and a Stephen minister with the church. She had a certificate in financial planning and won top awards for selling Tupperware. She was also active with the Friendship Gardeners. She is survived by: Son, Brian Hannah and wife Christy of Oak Ridge; daughter, Lisa Wells and husband Lon of Lomita, Calif.; Five grandchildren, Holley Hannah, Jacqueline Pentland and husband Zach, Joshua Young and wife Christina, Kelsey Hochlander and husband Josh, and LeaAnn Jackson; four great-grandchildren, Logan, Brendan, Riley and Zoey. Mrs. Hannah was looking forward to the birth of her 5th great-grandchild, Jackson, later this month. She is also survived by: Brother, Dr. Albert Cotton and wife Annette of College Grove; and by brother-in-law, Jimmy Hannah and wife Kay of Clinton. The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Weatherford Mortuary. The funeral will follow at 6 p.m. with Dr. Don Morris officiating. An online guestbook can be signed at


Martha Jane White, 86, Myrtle Beach, S.C., passed away Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, at her residence. Martha was born May 20, 1932, to the late Bruce Worthington and Effie Russell. She was of the Baptist faith and loved cooking, baking, gardening, and tending to her vegetables and flowers. Martha was preceded in death by: Husbands, Raymond Leonard Cox II, Robert White; sons, Raymond Leonard Cox III, Jerry Cox, and Christopher Cox. Survivors: Sons, Sam Cox of Clinton, John Cox and Vicky of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Pam Youakim of Caryville; numerous grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Visitation is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel in Lake City. Funeral service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City with the Rev. Mike Foust officiating. Friends and Family will meet at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, for interment.


Mary Ruth Jennings, 80, Caryville, went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She was saved at an early age and was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse and worked at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge for many years. She is preceded in death by: Husband, Everett Jennings; parents, Clyde and Alline Rains; son-in-law, Mike Leach; and brother, Jim Rains. Survivors include: Son, Tim Jennings and wife Cheerful of Knoxville; daughter, Tammie Leach of Jacksboro; son, Terry Jennings and wife Ashley of Christ; brother, Jackie Rains of Caryville; granddaughters, Ashley Lawson and husband Jeremy, Courtney Leach and fiancé Michael Killon, Mary Beth McGown and husband Shawn; grandsons, Elijah Jennings, Rhett and Will Jennings; great-grandchildren, Alivia and Mia Lawson, Reid and Benson McGown, Bentley and Ezrah Killon; and a host of other family and friends. The family received friends from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top with the funeral service following at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Clifford Fraker, the Rev. Cody Dykes, and the Rev. Lonnie Weldon officiating. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Ridgeview Baptist Church Cemetery.