Obituaries

JANICE PATTERSON SEIVERS COOPER

Janice Patterson Seivers Cooper, born Jan. 24, 1930, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, at The Waters of Clinton in Clinton. Her favorite pastime was reading a good book, tending to her rose bushes and baking delicious desserts. Janice was always a faithful member of her church, both with attendance and doing good deeds for others. Janice was preceded in death by: Parents, Parker and Ella Patterson; husband, James L Cooper; brothers, Lawrence and Ralph Patterson; sisters, Brenda McKamey and Otella Cliff; and grandsons, Chadwick and Tyler Seivers. Janice is survived by: Sons, David Ray Seivers, Jeffrey Seivers and wife Rose; daughter, Bernice Cox and husband Gary; sister, Virginia Sue Mayes; grandchildren, Kristi and Amanda Seivers, David Cox and David Ott; great-grandchildren, Lelah and Paul Ott. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at The Waters of Clinton for the care they had given to Janice, also special thanks to Sharon Price for her time and love she always shown to Janice and her help to the family. Flowers are welcome but also donations can be made to the Knoxville Rescue Mission. Friends may call at their convenience between 3 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the chapel of Jones Mortuary in Clinton. Janice’s interment will be private on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

EDWARD LADELL SHARP

Edward Ladell Sharp, 96, Clinton, passed away peacefully at his home on March 28, 2020. He was a member of Blowing Springs Baptist Church. He was born Jan. 9, 1924 in Highsplint, Ky., to Dester and Mossie Cox Sharp. The family later moved to Tennessee. In the early years of the Oak Ridge Manhattan Project, Edward worked for sub-contractors Stone & Webster and Roane Anderson. He was among the many firemen who helped rescue soldiers from the 1944 Jellico Troop train derailment. He retired in 1988 from Vinylex Corporation in Knoxville. Edward was an avid fisherman and was a long-time member of Anderson County Bass Club where he made many special friends. He enjoyed tournament fishing but also just simple quiet days spent fishing on area lakes. He liked spending time with his family, watching old western movies, and gardening. In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by: Wife, Wanda Jean Hill Sharp; sisters, Mary Sue Jenkins and Reba Monday; and brother, Joe Sharp. He is survived by: Son, Ron Sharp and companion Karen King of Sevierville; daughters, Janet Symons (Buddy) of Heiskell, Sharon Lowe (Eddie) of Knoxville, and Judy Henderson (Brant) of Clinton; brother, Jim Sharp of Centerville, Ohio; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; special nephews, Don Henderson and Donnie Knight. He also leaves behind his dear close friend and long-time fishing partner, Dave Fulton. The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate care givers of Amedisys Hospice. Friends may call at their convenience from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens with the Reverend Jimmy Davidson officiating. www.holleygamble.com

ARCHER CLIFTON 'CLIFF' STEPHENS

Archer Clifton “Cliff” Stephens, 98, passed away peacefully at his home in Norris March 27, 2020. Cliff was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, coach, and friend. He was born on the Cumberland Plateau, March 20, 1922, in Clifty to parents Grover and Addie (Winningham) Stephens. The family soon moved to Cravenstown, where they lived until the coal mines in that area closed in 1932. Cliff always considered himself a “Depression-era Democrat,“ as it was the creation of Tennessee Valley Authority and the building of Norris Dam, which provided his father a job and led to the family moving to Norris in March of 1934. He graduated from Norris High School, playing on the very first NHS basketball team as a senior, coached by Ben Martin. Immediately following his graduation in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served until the end of World War II. Upon his return to Norris, Cliff entered the University of Tennessee, where he was a walk-on football player. He continued playing football and basketball at Milligan College before returning to graduate from UT. He was a Physical Education teacher and basketball coach at Norris High School from 1948-1952. He kept in touch with many of his former students and players, always interested in their lives and accomplishments. In 1952 he moved his family to Clearwater, Fla., where he opened Stephens Shell Service Station on the corner of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Skyview Avenue. He became a district sales representative for Shell Oil Company and later founded Clearwater Fuel Oil Company. Upon his retirement in 1989, he and Gene moved “home” to Norris to be near their family. Patriotism and public service were the hallmarks of Cliff’s life. He was always grateful for the opportunities he had been given and worked to make life better for others. He was the first elected Norris representative to the Anderson County Court. During his time on the County Court, negotiations were begun with TVA and Anderson County resulting in the eventual creation of Anderson County Park, as well as the building of a new gym for Norris High School. He taught many Norris area children to swim at a floating crib he built below the Tea Room on Norris Lake. While living in Clearwater, Cliff served on Sheriff Don Genung’s Civil Service Board, was elected to the Clearwater City Commission, served on the Pinellas County Commission, and was a lifetime member of Sertoma Club International. He was appointed by Governor Reuben Askew to serve on the board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District which manages Florida’s water resources. He coached PAL football and was a supporter of The Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch. In honor of his public service to Clearwater, a city park bears his name. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Clearwater where he served as a high school Sunday school teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and Chairman of the Executive Board. Upon moving back to Norris, Cliff served on the Norris Water Commission, the Friends of the Library Board, and taught tennis as part of the Summer Enrichment Program. Cliff and friends worked to replace the original gazebo on Observation Point and created the Norris High School Alumni Scholarship Fund. He especially enjoyed volunteering at the Museum of Appalachia. He was a member of the Norris Religious Fellowship, serving on various committees. Cliff cherished his many friends and always tried to be a friend in return. He was a true “Volunteer,” an encourager, and a mentor. His greatest joy was in his family and the wonderful memories of times together. His great-grandchildren were a source of love and light in his last years, Cliff was preceded in death by: Beloved wife of 65 years, Gene Lambdin Stephens; infant great-grandson and namesake, Mason Archer Weaver; parents, Grover and Addie Stephens; brothers and sister, Kenneth, Quincey, and Lorene Stephens. He is survived by his devoted family: Daughter, Amanda (Ron) Weaver; granddaughter, Whitney (Alex) North; grandson, Ben (Brittanie) Weaver; great-grandchildren, Ike and Brynn North, and Mollie and Manning Weaver; brother-in-law, Bill Lambdin of Clearwater; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Hope Leab and her family. The family extends love and gratitude to his compassionate caregivers Alysia, Dixie, Kathy, Theresa and Chandra, as well as the office staff of Visiting Angels and to all of the staff of Covenant Hospice especially his nurses, Angie and Christie. In honor of Cliff’s life please enjoy a walk in our beautiful surroundings, find an opportunity to contribute to your community or help a neighbor. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to MAWS Cause 124 Deer Trail Lane, Lake City, TN 37769 or the Norris High School Alumni Scholarship Fund 3204 Hinds Creek Road Heiskell, TN 37754 Friends may call at their convenience at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Norris Memorial Gardens, conducted by Jim Hayes and Reverend David Seiber. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

SHIRLEY ANN WHITIS

Shirley Ann Whitis, 79, Clinton, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at her home. She loved all of her family. Shirley enjoyed listening to the 1960’s and 1970’s music, and being outdoors. Shirley was preceded in death by: Parents, James and Dora Rector; and sisters, Glenda Corey, Betty Wilder, Hazel Fulton and Marie Rector. Shirley is survived by: Husband of 59 years, Cortell Whitis of Clinton; son, James Whitis and girlfriend Lee Ann of Clinton; sisters, Thelma Davison of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joyce Leathers of Middlesboro; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends. A memorial service for Shirley will be scheduled at a later date. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

BARBARA JUNE SEIBER

Barbara June Seiber, 80, Clinton, formerly of Lake City, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at home on Laurel Road. She was born June 1, 1939, to the late Elmer Otto and Artie Snow Seiber in Briceville. She was a securities auditor for the Department of Energy for 50 years having worked at plants in Portsmouth, Ohio, and Oak Ridge. She was a highly intelligent person who also had great compassion, especially for children. She also cared for both of her parents until their passing. She was a member of Clinch River Baptist Church where she was involved with mission work. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by: Special caregivers, Shawvon Milen and family, and Tammy Sharp and husband Derek; uncle, Kenneth Seiber; and childhood friend, Rose Etta Cox. Due to CDC recommendations, all services will be private. Burial will be at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

ROBERT CLAY (BOB) JONES

Robert Clay (Bob) Jones, 82, born June 9, 1937, in Union County, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, with his family at his side. Bob loved his family dearly. He was a long-time member, deacon, and Superintendent of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Powell. Retired from TVK Automotive Warehouse after 44 years. He loved his church, family, fishing, coon hunting, and motorcycles. He was preceded in death by: Precious granddaughter, Elizabeth Kaye Hughes; parents, Ulys and Dorothy Jones; in-laws, Scott and Cleo Minton; brother, Carl Jones; brothers-in-law, Joe Emert and Walter Brown; sister-in-law, Christine Jones. He is survived by: Wife of 62 years, Martha Jones; daughters, Diane (Joey) Tipton, Kathy (Johnny) Wilder; granddaughter, Ashley (Seth) Pierson; grandson, Neal (Shannon) Wilder; step-grandsons, Andrew Tipton and Patrick (Megan) Tipton; great- granddaughters, Bailey and Amelia Wilder, and soon to be June 20, Ava Elizabeth Pierson; brother, Cline (Bobbie) Jones; sister, Carol Brown; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Emert and Peggy Jones; and lots of family and friends. His pallbearers include: Johnny Wilder, Joey Tipton, Neal Wilder, Seth Pierson, Andrew Tipton, and Doug Jones. Friends may call at their convenience at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton from noon – 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Graveside service will be private at Bells Campground Cemetery. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

LULA ANN CARDEN CATE PULLIAM MARTIN

Lula Ann Carden Cate Pulliam Martin, 79, Knoxville, died peacefully at home March 21, 2020. She was born July 3, 1940, in Lake City. She is preceded in death by: Parents, Clyde and Gertrude Carden of Lake City; and sister, Dorothy Henderson of Sautee, Ga. Survivors include: Husband, Jim Martin of Knoxville; three children, Darryl Cate of Novato, Calif., Bruce Cate of Nashville, and Pam Tucker (Greg) of Birmingham, Ala.; two grandsons, who were the love of her life, Andrew Tucker (Hannah) of Birmingham, Ala., and Alex Tucker of Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Louise Egner of Clinton, and Betty Taylor of Knoxville; and two children, who loved her very much, Angel Jimenez and Stephanie Ortega of Novato, Calif. Lula never met a stranger and loved being around people. She worked in several customer service related positions, most recently as a bank teller at the TVA Credit Union prior to her retirement. However, her most cherished role was being Nana. She was a longtime member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Halls and is currently a member at Smithwood Baptist Church in Fountain City. As a girl, she performed gospel music with her sisters, and performed with the Everly Brothers and Archie Campbell, with whom she had a lifetime friendship. Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City will be open for limited viewing from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday March 23, 2020. A private graveside service will be held at Norris Memorial Gardens Cemetery and a memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, alztennessee.org or alz.org.

RONNIE WAYNE PRESSLEY

Ronnie Wayne Pressley, 78, Clinton, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at his home. He was born Oct. 8, 1941, to the late Dewey and Mary Bane Bradshaw Pressley in Loudon County. He retired from Y-12 as a carpenter after 25 years of service. He was well known for his craftsmanship in custom cabinetry. He also enjoyed entertaining guests with his shrimp boils. Ronnie was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was of the Baptist faith. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and adored his great-granddaughter, Pressley Claire. He will be dearly missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: Brothers, Tony Pressley, Ed Pressley; sisters, Alice Wood, and Brenda Russell. He is survived by: Daughters, Rhonda Hurst, Darla Fritts and husband Rusty; grandchildren, Danny Hurst, Madison Floyd and husband Jacob, Courtney Ford and husband Parker, Savannah Martin and husband Levi; great-granddaughter, Pressley Claire Floyd; sister, Faye Williams; brother, Gary Pressley and wife Carolyn; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. Friends called at their convenience at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020. Graveside service will be private at Farmers Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com