Obituaries

DORIS VANAMAN

Doris Vanaman, most recently of Knoxville, and previously of Clinton, entered larger life Thursday, May 12, 2022. She had a long full life of 90 years and touched so many lives with her sweet caring personality. Faith, family and friends were central to Doris’s life. A long-time member of New Salem Baptist Church in Clinton, she had recently moved her membership to Oliver Springs Baptist Church. Doris enjoyed birdwatching, gardening, and beachcombing for shells in Florida. Family and friends remember Doris as a devoted Christian, loving wife, mother, and grandmother and friend, whose encouragement, support, guidance, determination, and unconditional love in good times and challenging times will continue to inspire them and provide an exceptional example of how to live one’s life. Doris was born Sept. 30, 1931 in Claremore, Okla., to James Louis and Maggie Leona Moore. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by: Grandfather, John Henry Horner from Ava, Mo.; 10 siblings; and many cousins, aunts and uncles. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Hudson who died in 1997. She later married Don Vanaman who died in 2017. She was also preceded in death by her son, Paul Hudson, who passed away in 2014, and Paul’s wife, Regina, in 2021 and her son Nathan’s wife Nancy in 2012. Cherishing her memory are: Son, Nathan Hudson of Oak Ridge; grandsons, Matthew Hudson of Oak Ridge and Will Hudson of Knoxville; granddaughters, Kristy Hudson Branson and husband Travis, Katie Hudson; and great-granddaughters, McKinley and Macey Branson, all of Atlanta. The family will have a graveside service at 3 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022, at Sunset Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Raines officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Oliver Springs First Baptist Church, 206 Roane Street, Oliver Springs, TN 37840. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

CHARLES EDWARD WALTON

Charles Edward Walton, 79, also known as “John Boy,” was called home to our Lord on May 8, 2022, after a long battle with Vascular Dementia. Charles was born July 13, 1942, in Knoxville. He was a graduate of Clinton High School and served his country in the Tennessee National Guard. Charles eventually wed Evelyn Geraldine Walker, May 6, 1966, and they went on to have two daughters, Kimberly, and April. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Alpha Lodge 376 in Clinton, and worked for more than 40 years at TVA Bull Run Steam Plant as a boilermaker foreman. His interests included restoring antique cars, home renovations, enjoying time with his grandchildren, and traveling to the Smoky Mountains. He was predeceased by his father, Charlie Burl Walton, and his mother, Stella Mae Gregg. Survived by: Two daughters Kimberly Everett (Steve) and April Schemmel (Roman); four grandchildren, Michael, Abigail, Elijah, and Jacob; ex-wife, Evelyn Geraldine Walton; and younger brother, Jerry Walton (Trula) of Heiskell. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Honorary pallbearers: Michael Schemmel, Steve Everett, Elijah Everett, Joe Hinson, Sean Cash (Big Sean), and Leo Elliott. Family will be receiving friends at Mynatt Funeral Home from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14, 2022. Funeral will be held at noon with interment following at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent to Kim Everett 5406 Bandera Park Court, Houston, TX 77059, and April Schemmel 518 Standwick Way, Louisville, KY 40245.

AUDRE MAE CAWOOD VAN PELT

Audrey Mae Cawood Van Pelt, 91, Clinton, devoted wife, mother, and beloved aunt died, peacefully Friday, April 29, 2022, at NHC in Farragut. The youngest of four daughters of Joe Wheeler Cawood and Dora Ellen Shell, Audrey was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Evarts, Ky. She graduated from Evarts High School, Evarts, Ky., and attended the University of Kentucky for two years before marrying her high school sweetheart, William (Bill) Ray Van Pelt, beginning a love story that lasted more than 71 years. They moved to the Clinton area in 1958. She devoted the rest of her life to being a homemaker, loving wife, and mother. She was a faithful member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton for more than 63 years. She was part of the Mary Marthas Women’s Circle, enjoyed playing bridge, and enjoyed shopping – especially yard sales. Audrey was preceded in death by: Parents; and sisters, Evelyn “Ebb” Sallie Cawood (J.D.) Housley, Jean Jacqulion “Jackie” Cawood (Wilbur) Adams, and Pauline “Polly” Mayree Cawood (Dennis) Ball. She is survived by: Husband Bill; son, William Brett (Lexie) Van Pelt and granddaughter, Haley Elise Van Pelt of Knoxville; daughter Amy Cawood Van Pelt (Gina Ruffner) and family of Columbus, Ohio; and nieces and nephews, Kim Karen Housley (Bill) Pate and Elijah David Pate of Ft. Pierce, Fla. The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton. The family will receive friends from noon - 1:30 p.m. before the service. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, Oak Ridge, following the funeral service. www.holleygamble.com

EALPH 'SAM' HINCH

Ralph “Sam” Hinch, 79, passed away at his home in Clinton Thursday, April 28, 2022. Sam played basketball while attending Jacksboro High School and was awarded a scholarship to King College in Bristol, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. While attending King College, Sam was the captain of the basketball team. Throughout his adult years, he stayed in contact with his former teammates. He loved the University of Tennessee Vols and Pat Summit. Sam dedicated his time to his career in distribution sales, and in his free time he enjoyed woodworking, cooking, and living the simple life on his farm in Clanton, Ala. He was very well-known for his chocolate pecan pie. A favorite book of Sam’s, which is one that he passed along to all of his friends was, “Flight Path,” by Dr. Frank Barker. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends whom he leaves behind. Sam was preceded in death by: Parents, William and Della Mae Hinch; wife, Mary Meadows; brother, Earl Hinch. He is survived by: Mother of his children, Linda V. Barwick; daughters, Susan Keenan (John), Stephanie Walsh (David), Dr. Emily Anne Nava; brothers, John Hinch (Louise), Jack Hinch; grandchildren, Blaise and Ada Keenan, Jane and Gib Walsh. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022, and Sam’s celebration of life will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Brian Riggs officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider donating to the American Diabetes Association. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton is in charge of arrangements.

COURTNEY DeSHAY THOMAS

Courtney DeShay Thomas, 42, Powell, departed this life April 28, 2022, at Wellstar Community Hospice Hospital, Austell, Ga. He was a member of Haven Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends. Preceded in death by: Father, Howard Louis Robinson; grandmothers, Pauline Robinson and Robbie Reynolds; grandfathers, Eugene Weaver, Thomas Rowe, and John Reynolds; grandchildren, Jaceon Spears, Decision Kennedy, Nephew, Marquise Thomas, Uncle, Kimmie Rowe; cousins, Brittany Frazier, Darian Brabson, and Heaven Johnson. He leaves to cherish his memories: Devoted mother, Wanda Thomas; wife, Michelle Thomas; siblings whom he loved dearly, LaToshia Thomas, Howard Thomas, and Jasmine Robinson; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and stepchildren; Godson, Tevon Brown; special friends, Tony Brown, Scottie Gallaher, and Ricky Willis. The family will receive friends from noon – 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home, 621 S. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Bea Thomas officiating. Family and friends will follow in procession to Woodhaven Memorial Gardens where Courtney will be laid to rest. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is honored to serve the family of Courtney DeShay Thomas. holleygamble.com

CARL EDWARD WRIGHT

Carl Edward Wright, Clinton, passed away April 25, 2022, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. He was born in Clinton June 17, 1956. Carl was preceded in death by: Mother, Edna Stubbs (Wright); and foster mother, Mary Louise Wright. He is survived by: Wife, Jan Wright; son, Travis Wright; mother of his son, Annette Altes; stepdaughter, Misty Hall; foster father, Boyd Wright “Pap;” sister, Brenda Huckaby; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family. Carl enjoyed fishing with “Pap” and rose gardening among other hobbies. Everyone who knew Carl enjoyed his great sense of humor and generous personality. Carl worked for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 39 years and was very active in the ATLC Union which he loved. Services will be held at Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton Saturday, May 7, 2022. Visitation from noon – 2 p.m. with funeral service to follow, and interment at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

JAMES T. (J.T.) McCORMICK

James T. McCormick (J.T.) 83, Clinton, went home to be with the Lord April 8, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was born Oct. 14,1938, in Logan County, Ky., to James T. McCormick Sr. and Rosa B. Hightower McCormick. J.T. was preceded in death by: His parents; brother, Kenneth H. McCormick; and sister, Brenda Toury He was a lifelong member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Clinton and enjoyed taking part in church activities. He is survived by: Qife of 56 years Patricia M. McCormick; children, Chris McCormick (Cindi) of Heiskell, Mike McCormick (Kim) of Heiskell, Sandy Doyle (Charlie) of Canton, Ga., Leslee Wilkinson (Jason) of Knoxville; grandchildren, Joshua (Chasty) McCormick, Kayla Holcomb, Molly McCormick, Kelsey Gardner (Ethan), Grayson McCormick, Jake and Zoe Ann Wilkinson; great-grandchildren, Brentley, Kennedy and Gabriel; special sister-in-law, Doris Cobb McCormick; brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Donna Sanders. J.T. graduated from Clinton High School class of 1957, he attended Tennessee Tech and Emory & Henry. He served in the United States Marine Corp (Semper Fi), he retired from Y-12 plant after 31 years. He loved to fish, watch University of Tennessee football and golf, (thank you, dear friend Phil Holbrook), he enjoyed family gatherings and his grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Chuck and Brenda Smith for all their help and care. Special thanks to the staff of Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Anderson Memorial Gardens with pastor Wayne Hedrick officiating. Full military service provided by the Campbell County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers the family are asking donations to be made to: St. Mark United Methodist Church 252 North Main Street, Clinton, TN 37716 Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements www.holleygamble.com

STEVEN EAYNE PYATT

Steven Wayne Pyatt, 65, Norris, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2022, following complications from heart surgery. He was surrounded by his wife and children. Steve was born July 14, 1956, to John and Margaret Pyatt in Knoxville. He was raised in Clinton, where he spent his life giving back to the community. Steve was a 1974 graduate of Clinton High School. During the summers of his high school and college years, Steve was a lifeguard at the Clinton City pool, along with his brothers, Larry and David Pyatt. Steve was an outstanding high school basketball player and earned a position on the 1974 junior varsity team at the University of Tennessee. Following UT, Steve worked for the Anderson County Juvenile Court, Regions Bank and in 1985 founded Steve Pyatt Insurance. He was a member of the Anderson County Industrial Board, treasurer for the Clinton City Fireman’s Association, a volunteer fireman for 45 years, as well as a board member of the Anderson County Emergency Communication District. Steve’s true passion in life was refereeing basketball which began at age 12 and continued through March of 2022. Steve rose to the top calling Division I teams which included numerous trips to the NCAA tournaments. God and church were foremost in the way he lived life and he never wavered in his faith. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Clinton. Steve was married to Lindy Lyon Pyatt for 24 blessed years. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Steve is survived by: Wife, Lindy; mother, Margaret S. Willard (Jay Lewis); son, Jonathan D. Pyatt (Manda); step-daughter, Casey Wise (Aaron); step-son, Jason Lewis (Wendi); grandchildren, Victoria and Tyler Pyatt, Eva and Abe Wise, Jayce and Clay Lewis; and brothers, Larry Pyatt (Nancy) and David Pyatt (Sherry). He was preceded in death by: Father, John Pyatt; daughter, Katie M. Pyatt Davis; and grandparents, James and Cleo Farmer Silvey; James and Clara Miller Pyatt. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. His celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Clinton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Chisholm officiating. Steve’s graveside will immediately follow at Grandview Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 268, Clinton, TN 37717.