Obituaries

CHRIS J. CASERTA

Chris J. Caserta, 95, Oak Ridge, formerly of Marion, Ohio, passed away Saturday, March2, 2019, at The Waters of Clinton in Clinton. Chris was born to the late Bartolo and Antonia (Maniaci) Caserta on Dec. 10, 1923, in Marion, Ohio. A World War II Veteran, Chris served in the Navy on Seaplane Tender APV 30, USS San Pablo in the Pacific Theater. He was a painter by trade working for himself. He loved to attend sulky races, play Scrabble, play pool, and enjoy breakfasts at Patty Weller’s restaurant, both in Downtown Marion. Of Italian Sicilian decent, he enjoyed making wine with sons-in-law, Steve and Dave, and making Italian sausage with his brother, Jim. Chris and his wife, Dorothy, former members of Hicks and Chicks Square Dance Club, enjoyed square dancing for quite some time before moving to Tennessee. Chris is survived by: Children, Christine (Dave) Bond of Knoxville, Doris (Steve) Schwartz of Marion, Ohio, Chris J. Caserta of Clinton, and Doreen (Jay) Mooney of Belton, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding Chris in death was: Wife, Dorothy Lucille (Rentschler) Caserta, March 26, 2002; parents; brothers, Charles, Tony, Bert and James; sisters, Jean Puglisi, Josephine Elliott, Rosemary Stidham, and Eleanor Sabbach. Private family graveside services will be held in Tennessee handled by Jones Mortuary in Clinton. Special thanks to University of Tennessee Medical Center Hospice, The Waters of Clinton and Jones Mortuary. Condolences can be sent to www.jonesmortuaryllc.com Memorials are preferred to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org

JEFFREY NORRIS HODGE

Jeffrey Norris Hodge, 43, Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at his residence. He was born Jan. 6, 1976, to James and Carol Sue Hodge in Cleveland, Ohio. His hobbies included collecting and shooting guns and working on cars. He also enjoyed watching the Cleveland Browns play football. Jeff loved to make people laugh and lived life to the fullest. He will be dearly missed. He is preceded in death by: Father, James Hodge; grandparents, Leonard and Lou Jackson, and Dorothy and Phil Finley; and cousin, Brian Hooks. He is survived by: Sons, J.J. Hodge, and Jackson Hodge; mother, Carol Hodge; fiancé, Shena; sister, Pam Wilson and husband Steve; nephew, Tyler Wilson and wife Andrea; niece, Molly Wilson; beloved pets, Penny and Nelson; and a host of other beloved family and friends. The family received friends from 5 – 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top with a funeral service following at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, P.O. Box 88, Rocky Top, TN, 37769. www.holleygamble.com

MARIAN (MISTY) MELISSA YEAGER

Marian (Misty) Melissa Yeager, 69, passed away Feb. 27, 2019, at home. She was a long-time resident of Norris, and formerly of Waverly, Ohio. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., to the late Ernest N. Williams and Elizabeth (Best) Williams, on Jan. 6, 1950. She was preceded in death by: Brother, Norman Williams of Waverly, Ohio. Misty is survived by: Husband, Bruce Yeager; son, Jesse and wife Amanda Yeager and their sons Nolan Painter and Levi Yeager; daughter, Meredith Yeager and son-in-law Derek Ballantine; twin sister, Mildred (Millie) Williams; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was a loving mother and inspiration to both family and friends. She brought us music, patience and love. Her story continues through our lives. Misty was a member of the Norris Religious Fellowship (church secretary for a number of years), but also regularly participated in worship with the Norris United Methodist church. She was an exceptional vocal and keyboard musician who delighted in sharing her knowledge and abilities with other musicians, songwriters and students. She sang and acted in musical productions and plays; wrote, published and arranged music for others; initiated and directed both adult and children’s community choirs and choruses that included the Norris Women’s Vocal Group and a regional Women’s Vocal Orchestra that performed classical music with the women singing the parts of orchestral instruments. She performed regionally with Americana, Christian and Pop/Jazz groups. A life-long learner, she was a busy woman. In addition she earned a bachelors degree in music from the Ohio State University and a masters degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She had worked at both the TVA technical libraries in both Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Knoxville, was the technical information specialist for the National Uranium Resource Evaluation Project in Oak Ridge, at different times was the Director of the Clinton and Norris Public Libraries, moving the Norris library to its’ current location on The Commons, and instituting the first on-line digital services at the library through grants from the Gates Library Foundation. She retired as Media Relations Director for the Museum of Appalachia and then volunteered for years preparing signage and displays for the museum. The family will receive friends at the Norris Religious Fellowship at noon Saturday March 9, with a memorial service beginning at 1 p.m. A private family burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Norris Memorial Gardens in Norris. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Special thanks to the caring staff of Thompson Oncology and UT Hospice. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

ROBERT DONALD ‘BOB’ PAQUETTE

Robert Donald “Bob” Paquette, 90, Norris, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Bob was a member of Norris Public Safety since the late 1970’s, was a trained firefighter for the Norris Fire Department, a dispatcher for the Norris Police and Fire departments, a 32nd Degree Mason at the Andersonville Lodge, a member of the Elks Club in Oak Ridge, a member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Clinton Church of Christ. He was a happy member of the community of Norris and the larger community of Anderson County, always ready to serve, and always delighted to give of his time. He could be seen every Fourth of July for decades, flipping burgers and roasting hot dogs for the Norris Fire Department. Bob Paquette was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and the Korean Conflict, having flown 32 bombing missions over Korea, where he also received the Purple Heart, and numerous commendations for service and bravery under fire. He was a hero not only to his family, but a humble and self-effacing hero to his country as well. Everyone who knew him, knew him as a kind-hearted man, as a man unhesitatingly ready to serve his neighbors and his nation. He was always happy to lend a hand - and more than one family member came to Bob Paquette in their final days, when they could no longer care for themselves. His life, his impact on the City of Norris, is indelible. Those who knew him will always remember him with a smile. Bob Paquette was preceded in death by: Loving and devoted wife, Ella Ruth Paquette; parents, Lawrence and Helen Walker; siblings, Dorothy “Dot” Paquette, Walter Paquette, Emil Paquette, Patricia Stoll, and John “Jack” Paquette. He is survived by: Daughter, Jackie Patton and her husband Jason; son, Robert Eric Paquette and wife Huyen; three wonderful and adoring grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremiah, and Joseph Patton; very special friend, Carolyn Cornett; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins scattered across numerous States and at least three countries. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at Clinton Church of Christ in Clinton. His funeral service will follow with Mike Smith officiating. His graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Norris Memorial Garden with full military honors. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Bob Paquette’s favorite charity, the Jones Mission Fund c/o Clinton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 298, Clinton, TN 37717. The Jones Mission fund builds homes and schools for orphans and underprivileged children in under-served and rural areas of India, as well as providing healthy and nourishing meals. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

LAWRENCE ELBERT McINTOSH

Lawrence Elbert McIntosh, 94, Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Lawrence was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Navy. For many years Lawrence was a car salesman in Anderson County and was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan. He was preceded in death by: First wife, Clara McIntosh; siblings, James H. McIntosh, Raymond McIntosh, Lois Kilburn, Bertha Lewis, Candus Spencer, and Mary McIntosh. He was survived by: Wife, Joyce McIntosh; daughter, Karen McIntosh; son, Michael McIntosh and wife Felicia; grandchildren, Brandon McIntosh and wife Shayle, Adam McIntosh, Kristin McIntosh; three great-grandchildren; sister, Ena Faye McIntosh; special friend, Kathleen Marable; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019. His funeral service will follow in the chapel with the Rev. Kent Williams officiating. Lawrence’s graveside will follow at Woodhaven Memorial Garden. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

WALTER ANTHONY FERGUSON

Walter Anthony Ferguson, 46, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. He was born in Knoxville to James E. and Toni Ferguson on Oct. 25, 1972. He grew up in Clinton and was raised in the Catholic faith at St. Therese Catholic Church. He graduated from Clinton High School, attended Pellissippi State where he received an associates degree in environmental engineering and continued on to receive a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He is survived by: Parents, Toni and Jim Ferguson of Andersonville, loving and caring sisters, Laura Gentry and husband Mike of Gladwin, Mich., Melanie Toler and husband Roger of Powell, as well as their children, twins Eva and Nelson and Anna Rose. He was the proud father of Nicholas, Caleb and Roman Ferguson; and granddaughter, Alyssa Ferguson. Prior to his terminal illness, he gave loving care to the patients at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center as a certified nurse’s assistant and continued his education in other areas of health care and was working on his certification in wound care when he became seriously ill. He loved to cook, write poetry and worked as a “cut man” at mixed martial arts events, both amateur and professional. The funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2019, at St. Therese Catholic Church with Fr. Richard Armstrong celebrating along with concelebrants Monsignor Bill Gahagan and Deacons Dan Hosford and Patrick Murphy-Racey, followed by visitation with the family and a Celebration of Life reception in the parish hall. (Day light savings time starts that day) The inurnment will be following the reception at St. Joseph’s Columbarium. Deacon Dan Hosford will accompany the family for the blessing and Rite of Commital. A special thank you to his work family of PNRC, who were very dear to him; the caring staff of Cumberland Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lafollette; and Amedisys Hospice Care, especially his special nurse, Justin. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to either: PNRC Recreation Therapy Department (1901 Clinch Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 Attn: Patricia Neal Rehab), or St Mary’s Legacy Clinic (805 S. Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919; 865-212-5570)

LOIS ‘FAYE’ McGHEE

Lois “Faye” McGhee, 72, Clinton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She was born in Campbell County to the late Coy and Ruth Burress Wright on April 28, 1946. Faye retired from Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge after 25-plus years and was a patient advocate and was known by many as, “Momma Faye.” She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be dearly missed. Survived by: Husband of 54 years, Dennis McGhee; children, David McGhee and wife Kym, Angelia Martin; siblings, Harlan Wright, Betty Ann Jeffers, Christine Wright Simmons; grandchildren, Randi McGhee Hope and husband Kris, Annatasha Cooper and husband Cody; great-grandchildren, Jackson McGhee, Gabriella Cooper, Scarlett Cooper and Emmaline Hope The family received friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home with funeral service following with the Rev. Jimmy Ault officiating. Faye’s interment was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at Grandview Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Hospitality House of Oak Ridge at PO Box 2529 Oak Ridge, TN 37831. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

DELORES GOLDEN

Delores Golden, 99, Clinton, passed away at her residence Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Delores was a member of Clinton First Baptist Church since 1937. Throughout her life she enjoyed cooking, sewing, and crafts. She was preceded in death by: Husband, Leon Golden; daughter, Judy Hylton; grandson, Gary Hylton; sisters, Betty and Margaret; brother, Edgar. She is survived by: Son-in-law, James Hylton; grandsons, Mike and Jeff Hylton; granddaughters-in-law, Amy Hylton and Christa Hylton; great-grandchildren, Noah Hylton, Patty Hylton, and George Hylton The family will have a private graveside service at Woodhaven Memorial Garden. Her memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Clinton First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Clinton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 268, Clinton, TN 37717. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.colm