Charles Michael “BigDog” Lay, 65, completed his earthly journey Dec. 5, 2020, after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. He was born Nov. 5, 1955, to his parents, Charles David and Ocia Helen (Duncan) Lay, who have now greeted him in heaven. Except for a few early years in Louisville, Ky., Mike grew up in Scott County. Starting as a young teen, he spent many happy days on the Oneida Golf Course mowing, sneaking up on friends with golf carts, and golfing. He graduated from Oneida High School then attended Roane State Community College before graduating from Stetson University in Deland, Fla. Mike joined the basketball team in his senior year of high school and continued to play through college. Anyone who met him was blessed with a collection of stories about his treasured teammates and their antics on the court. After college, Mike returned to Scott County where he raised his own family with his college sweetheart, Barbara Billings Lay. He continued to golf as often as possible. He taught high school math and coached basketball for a couple of years before discovering his niche in computer sciences. It was during this career as an educator that he became well known as “BigDog.” He retired as the Technology Coordinator for Scott County Schools in 2009 after sharing his trademark stories and sayings with generations of Scott Countians. His encore career was as an education consultant for technology companies in Tennessee. BigDog travelled all over the state sharing his knowledge of and excitement for technology with nearly every school system in Tennessee. Mike had an uncanny talent for remembering and recalling the IP addresses within school systems across the state, which exit number along the Tennessee interstates had the best coffee and cleanest restrooms, or the name and specialty of restaurants along the way. Mike has lived in Clinton since April, 2011, when he married Patricia (Bennett) Lay. In addition to his wife, he is survived by: Beloved children, Catherine (Sheila) Lay-Shirk, David (Britney) Lay, and Meagan Lay; step-children, Jill (Evan Rudd) Ferrie, and Scott (Tailor) Ferrie; grandchildren, Joe, Jenna, and Killian; loving brother, J.D. (Karen) Lay; nephew, Dustin (Bridget) Lay; niece, Crystal (Joe) Hill; great-niece, Julia; and great-nephews, Lucas, William, Waylan, and Wyatt. As BigDog continues to ‘Tee it High and Let it Fly’ in his new heavenly home, we will gather to celebrate Mike’s earthly life Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at Jones Mortuary (375 N Main Street, Clinton). The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 pm. with a celebratory service beginning at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Anderson County Relay for Life—American Cancer Society. Online condolences for the family may be expressed at Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.


Roy Patterson, 84 passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Roy retired from the U.S. Postal service after serving in the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by: Wife, Barbara Patterson; father and mother, General and Dovie Patterson; sister, Vivian Perkins. He is survived by: Daughters, Sheri, Traci, and Lori; sisters, Evelyn, Gelina (Dean), and Venia; brother, Troy; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Friends and family can come to Holley Gamble Funeral Home at their convenience between the hours of noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, to view and sign the register book. Roy’s graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at Anderson Memorial Garden. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.


Thomas Neal Duncan (Tom), 64, Clinton, died peacefully Dec. 2, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. His long struggle with cancer and associated treatment side effects has come to an end. Tom was born in Clinton Feb. 7, 1956. He was a 1974 graduate from Clinton High School and Jacksboro Vocational School, and a lifetime member of Edgemoor Baptist Church. He was a retired machinist from Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex and member of Machinist Local 480. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, William Paul Duncan and Corine Lenora Dodd Duncan. He is survived by: Children, Chase Duncan (Tanya), Autumn Lawson, Corey Arms, and Taylor Duncan. Tom also is survived by: Siblings, Michael P. Duncan, Sylvia D. Davis, Steven W. Duncan (DiAnna), and Elaine Frame (Mike). He has several nieces, nephews, cousins and Tom was blessed with twin granddaughters, Ainsley and Kinsley Duncan. A graveside service was held at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, with Pastor Rick Miller officiating.


Dewey Paul Roop, 89, left his life here to join his wife in Heaven Dec. 1, 2020. He was born in Knoxville in 1932 to the late Dewey H. and Ruth Amburn Roop. He grew up in the Third Creek area and was a member of Third Creek Baptist Church. Dewey started a career with White Stores in Knoxville when he was in high school at Central High. Dewey took a leave from work to join the United States Marine Corps and served on the front lines in Korea with sub-zero temperatures. He resumed his career with White Stores as manager for three different stores and later with Food City. After returning home from the War, he married the love of his life, Eva Campbell. They later were blessed with a daughter, Pamela, whom they both adored. In addition to his parents and wife, Eva Campbell Roop, Dewey was preceded in death by; Daughter, Pamela Roop; brother, William Roop; and sister, Betty Roop Hundley. He is survived by: Brothers, David Roop and Kenneth (Faye) Roop; sister-in-law, Helen Roop; along with several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his niece, Connie Roop Roehl, for his overall care over the last few years. Also special thanks to the staff of Hospice of the University of Tennessee and Water Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. He loved each of you. Due to the COVID pandemic there will only be a military graveside service and message by Dr. Michael Thompson of Second Baptist where Dewey was a member. Interment will be held at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4,, 2020. Please stay at a safe distance for the safety of all. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to St. Jude Children Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, which is a place he proudly supported.


Martha Inez Guastini, 95, Lake City, passed away Dec. 1, 2020, at her residence. Martha was born July 17, 1925, in Briceville to the late Charley Carter and Raney Wilson Carter. In addition to his parents, Martha was preceded in death by: Husband, William Prim; and sons, Glenn Prim, and Gus. Survivors: Son, Roger Prim and wife Linda of Lake City; grandchildren, Kerry Mara, Lisa Wiseman, Trent, Travis, and Tonya Phillips; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Sammy, Sara and Matt Mara, Justin Wiseman. Per Martha's request, she will be cremated.


Virginia "Gail" Goans Martin, 70, Caryville, won her 12-year battle with dementia and was reunited with loved ones in Heaven Nov. 30, 2020. She passed away very peacefully in Maynardville with her family. Gail was born Oct. 17, 1950, in Stainsville to the late Elmer Lee and Dorothy Phillips Goans. She was a member of Indian Bluff Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for 40 years. She loved the Lord with everything in her being. Gail loved cooking, enjoyed the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, and being with her family, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Gail was preceded in death by: Husband, Michael Martin; Brothers, Columbus Goans and Johnny Goans; sisters, Pearl Goans, Margie Seiber, and Thelma Burns; brother-in-law, Jerry Burns; sister-in-law, Debbie Goans. Gail is survived by: Sons, Michael Todd Martin (Breanna Adkins) and Christopher Martin (wife Sara Martin); grandchildren, Caleb Shepard, Joshua Duncan, Lily Braden, Sparrow Martin, Zoe Wright, Brooklyn and Zander Martin; brothers, Paul Goans, (wife Linda), Steve Goans, (wife Pam), the Rev. Joe Goans, and Terry Goans; sister, Loretta Vineyard (husband Jerry); brother-in-law, Bill Seiber; sister-in-law, Mary Helen Goans; several other nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. The family would like to extend special thanks to Linda Chrzanowski, who became an adopted sister and the staff of Amedisys Hospice, especially Ashley, Heather, Nancy, Nikki, Miranda, and Kristin for their help in the amazing care of Gail. Memorial book will be available to sign at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City from 2 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake City with the Rev. Jimmy Ault officiating. Anyone wishing to attend the graveside service will meet at Oak Grove Cemetery at 11 a.m. Masks and social distancing are requested by the family to help reduce the spread of sickness.


James Jackson Loudermilk III, 56, passed away Nov. 30, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was born Oct. 10, 1964, in McDowell County, N.C., to the late Jim and Alice Loudermilk. Jack loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker, hunter and angler. His most beloved hiking location was the Linville Gorge in North Carolina. Jack also enjoyed playing his guitars and singing along with friends and family to many different types of music including his favorite artist who we also lost this year, Mr. John Prine. He is survived by: Son, Joseph Loudermilk and wife Krystallin; three grandchildren, Bruce, Mina and Ashton Loudermilk; brother, Steve Loudermilk; and sister, Elizabeth Rose; and life partner Miss Lee McGetrick. A memorial and celebration of life will be held in Hickory, N.C., at a later date.


Joseph Luke Forgety III was born Oct. 1, 1956, to Audrey Allen Forgety and the late Joseph Luke Forgety Jr., in Rogersville. He was a beloved educator in the Anderson County School System and was recently retired after 40 years of service. He was a faithful member of the Callahan Road Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher of young adults. Additionally, he was a Minister of Music at Fisher Creek, Norwood Baptist, and Bethel Baptist, where he also served as an ordained deacon. One of Joe’s many hobbies included playing golf with his friends and sons. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, doing activities with his three precious granddaughters, and preparing for his fourth granddaughter. Other than his Mother, Joseph Luke Forgety III is also survived by: Wife, Pamela Simmons Forgety; two sons, Joseph Lee (Abby) Forgety, and Jared (Rachel) Forgety; one daughter, Loren Forgety; three granddaughters, Emma, Audrey, and Lena; one sister, Rhonda (Denny) Evans; and one sister-in-law, Toni Simmons. In addition, he is also survived by five nieces, Shannon Evans, and Alex, Tori, Janae, and Ranay Simmons. Funeral services for Mr. Joseph Luke Forgety III, will be conducted at Second Baptist Church, in Clinton, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, with the Reverends J.C. Newman and Bo Pebley officiating. Graveside services will be held at Grandview Memorial Gardens at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. The procession will be escorted to the cemetery by the Anderson County School Resource Officers. The family will receive friends for visitation between the hours of 2 p.m. until the funeral hour on Saturday afternoon at the church. Social distancing guidelines and masks are strongly encouraged. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions to the Anderson County Education Foundation, which will provide scholarships to at-risk youth, through the Bridge Academy. Checks may be made payable to: Education Foundation For Joe Forgety Scholarship 212 North Hicks Street Clinton, Tennessee 37716 The family would like to extend their most sincere appreciation to the medical staff at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for all their love and care for Joe and the family. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.