Obituaries

MATTHEW RYAN HARDING

Matthew Ryan Harding, 35, passed away unexpectantly Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was born Nov. 22, 1986, in Jellico to Elmer and Karen Harding. Matthew, “Matt,” resided in Clinton, enjoyed cooking, spending time with his wife, and his special little girl, “Annabell,” his dog. Matt had a big heart and smile that could light up a room, whimsical personality that could make you laugh out loud easily. He never met a stranger and loved everyone. He was preceded in death by: Father, Elmer “J.R.” Harding; and grandparents, Elmer Lee Harding, John Bolton, and Paralee Nelson. Matthew is survived by: Loving wife, Kendra Harding of Clinton; mother, Karen Harding of Clinton; grandmother, Mildred Harding-Bolton of LaFollette; grandfather, Arnold Nelson of LaFollette; brothers, Eric and wife Dana Harding and children of Clinton and Josh Harding and children of Nevada; sister, Ashley and husband Adrian Chase and children of Nevada; parents-in-law, Richard and Janet Weaver of Andersonville; brother-in-law, Lee and Sheila Weaver and daughter of Clinton and Travis Weaver and children of Georgia; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives. Matt will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him, and he will be forever missed by his loving wife, Kendra. The family will receive friends from 10- 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Martin Wilson Funeral Home with a celebration of life to follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Roscoe Lindsay officiating. Matthew’s guestbook may be viewed at www.martinwilsonfuneralhome.com The family has entrusted the care of Matthew Ryan Harding to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where Families Matter Most.”

SAMUEL LESLIE 'LES' FOSTER

Samuel Leslie “Les” Foster, 47, Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Clinton, passed away Aug. 23, 2022, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was a graduate of Clinton High School and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He had a successful career in logistics and supply chain management. In his free time he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his partner, friends and pets. He was a hardworking, generous and thoughtful person. His charismatic, playful, and friendly demeanor could light up a room. He was loved by so many and he will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by: Mother, Diana Foster; and sister, April Foster. He is survived by: Partner, Sam Stavros; father, Don Foster; sister, Leann Bunch; brother-in-law, Toby Bunch; niece and nephew, Ashley and Matt Bunch; along with many other relatives and friends. The family received friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with a celebration of life service following in the chapel. The family held a private graveside at Woodhaven Memorial Garden. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

GAIL POWELL

Gail Powell, 65, Clinton, passed away at her residence Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. She was born June 10, 1957, in Burtonwood, England, on the Air Force base to Vryon and Sophie Christner. Gail’s father, Vyron, was a veteran of the United States Air Force and she spent most of her childhood life at various Air Force bases around the world. In her later years she moved to Pennsylvania where she married and had two children. Gail was an LPN in Knoxville at various nursing homes and loved helping take care of the elderly. Throughout her life she was an avid reader, loved cooking for her family, and spending time with her great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: Son, Robert Shute; brothers, Charles and Brian Christener; sister, Sophie Kay; brother-in-law, David Kay; sister-in-law, Vicki Christener. She is survived by: Loving daughter, Natasha Core and husband Eric of Andersonville; grandchildren, Kristina Blair and husband Adam, Robert Shafer, and Emily Shafer; great-granddaughter, Lilly Ann Daniel and Alaina Daniel; brother, Andrew Christener; niece, Tracy Ray and husband Scott; nephew, Lil Dave Kay. The family will have a private celebration of life service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Holley Gamble Funeral Home, P.O. Box 327, Clinton, TN 37717. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. holleygamble.com

MARGARET ELIZABETH FOSTER STALLARD

Margaret Elizabeth Foster Stallard, 87, Clinton, passed away Aug. 21, 2022, at The Lantern Memory Care Facility at Morning Point in Clinton. She was born in Norris April 12, 1935. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clinton. Margaret was preceded in death by: Husband, Robert D. Stallard; parents, Ruby and Hugh Foster; brother, Hugh D. Foster Jr.; and grandson, Christopher D. Stallard. She is survived by: Son, Mark D. Stallard and wife Lisa; granddaughter, Emily Wallace and husband Chris; great-grandchildren, Maebree Davis and Maddox Wallace; and sister-in-law, Jane Foster; along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Margaret's son, Mark, would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at The Lantern Memory Care Facility in Clinton and Avalon Hospice for their loving care and kindness to his mother during this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Clinton in Margaret's memory: P.O. Box 268, Clinton, TN 37716. Visitation is from 5:30 – 7 p.m. PM, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Clinton. Funeral service is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Clinton with Dr. Danny Chisholm officiating. Family and friends will meet at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, to go in procession to Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake City for a noon graveside service. You may also view Margaret's guestbook online at http://www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, is in charge of arrangements.

JASON L. HOBBS

Jason L. Hobbs (1983-2022), died at the age of 39 doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle. He leaves a devastated family and many devastated friends. We are all very, very sadden by his death. Many broken hearts will miss his kindness, wit, intellect, curiosity, sweetness, thoughtfulness to others, and most of all his laughter and great smile. His large family thanks all of his friends for the love shown toward Jason during his 39 years. Yellow was Jason's favorite color since he was two-years old. He loved anything yellow, from a tee shirt to a soccer ball. So, when you see yellow, please remember Jason. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Norris Food Pantry. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

RUTH GERALDINE ELLIOTT

Ruth Geraldine Elliott, 91, born Feb. 11, 1931, to Clinton and Elizabeth Smith in Knoxville. She was a faithful member of Piney Grove Baptist Church of Heiskell. She loved Jesus, her church and her family. She was preceded in death by: Parents Clinton and Elizabeth Smith; brother, Bill Smith; sisters Gertie King, Margaret Kerr, and Catherine Childress. Ruth is survived by: Son, Greg Elliott (Wanda); grandson, Kevin Elliott (Deanna); granddaughter, Shauna Bowling (Kevin); great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Isaac, Kara and Austin Bowling, Karter and Jack Elliott; brother, Max Smith (Kathy); sister, Edna Stephens. The family will receive friends at Holley Gamble Funeral Home from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, with funeral service at 7 p.m. Interment will be at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens at noon Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Officiating the services are the Rev. Kevin Bowling, the Rev. Billy Moore and the Rev. Luke Kidwell. Pallbearers are Kevin Elliott, Karter Elliott, Jack Elliott, Kevin Bowling, Issac Bowling and Austin Bowling. www.holleygamble.com

ROBERT LEE PHILLIPS

Robert Lee Phillips, 61, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in Rocky Top. Robert was a member at Norris First Baptist Church and he dedicated most of his time into doing God’s work. He volunteered at a local senior center, and he helped feed the homeless. In his spare time, Robert loved to go four wheeling, fishing, bowling, and watching football. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was preceded in death by: Parents, Buster and Mary Phillips; son, Christopher Lee Phillips; sister, Linda Phillips; brother, Gary Phillips; grandparents, Carlos and Thelma Stittums; nephew, David Jarnigan and David Phillips Jr.; sister-in-law, B.J. Phillips; and best friend, Raymond Long. Robert is survived by: Sons, Joshua Alan Phillips of Heiskell, and Robert Phillips Jr. of Heiskell; brothers, Buster Phillips and Cherie of Clinton, Charlie Phillips and Pam of Harriman, David Phillips of Georgia; sisters, Mary Ann Goins and Mike of Lake City, Vickie, Karen Isabell and Tom of Caryville, Becky, and Debbie; granddaughter, Annabelle Sophia Phillips; nephews, J.J. Dotson, Thomas Phillips, Tony Lane, Josh Stittums, Preston, and Joey Isabell. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. Robert’s funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. with the Rev. David Seiber officiating. Interment will be held at Oak Ridge Memorial Park at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. If you would like to join the family in procession, please arrive at Jones Mortuary by 10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton is in charge of arrangements.

WANDA JEAN KIEHL

Wanda Jean Kiehl, 74, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Wanda was a member of Hillvale Baptist Church. She loved her family and grandchildren dearly. Wanda will be remembered as a loving, Christian woman who was always there for her friends and family, and she was very fond of her fur babies. She was preceded in death by: Parents, Frank and Mary Nell Maloy; husband, Thomas Kiehl; brother, Gary Maloy. Wanda is survived by: Sons, Michael Kiehl (Melissa) of Knoxville, and Frank Kiehl of Andersonville; daughter, Kellie Szczepanski (Thomas) of Riverview, Mich.; sister-in-law, Brenda Maloy; grandchildren, Jacob Szczepanski, Megan Kiehl, Selah Kiehl, Macy Kiehl, and Jonah Kiehl. Wanda is also survived by her lifelong friend, Bonnie Scott. A graveside service was held for Wanda at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 at Hillvale Baptist Church Cemetery. Jones Mortuary, LLC. in Clinton was in charge of arrangements.