Obituaries

GLADYS GENEVA BUMGARDNER TAYLOR

Gladys Geneva Bumgardner Taylor, 89, passed away Nov. 29, 2020, at her home. Gladys was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Anderson County to the late James Henry Lee Bumgardner and Maxine Bunch Bumgardner. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Briceville First Baptist Church earlier in her life. Gladys enjoyed word search puzzles, working in her flower bed, and bird watching. She enjoyed visiting Dollywood and watching University of Tennessee sports. In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by: Husband, James E. (J.E.) Taylor; son, Richard Bumgardner; daughter, Jearldine "Candy" Taylor; brothers, Bill and Wade Bumgardner; sisters, Lucille Shoffner, Annie Smith, Trula Smith, and Hazel Raper; grandson, Bryan Bumgardner; twin granddaughters, Melissa Jean and Stephanie Lynn Jones; and great-granddaughter, Stephanie Ann Melissa Jones. Survivors include: Children, Debbie and Fred VanNorstran, Sandy and Ronnie Spitzer, Johnny and Valdra Taylor, Eddie and Debbie Taylor, Mitzi and Mike Evans; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Phil Casaday; grandchildren, Jason Jones, Ronnie and Megan Spitzer, Ashley Spitzer and fiancé Chris Longmars, Madison Taylor, Shelly Bumgardner and family; great-grandchild, Jay Jay Jones Visitation is from 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at Hatmaker Funeral Home. Funeral service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Phillips and son, Eddie Taylor, officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City to go in procession to Sam Foust Cemetery in Lake City for a 2 p.m. graveside service.

WILLIAM 'BILL' ELLIS BURT

William “Bill” Ellis Burt, Clinton, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Mr. Burt was born in Lonaconing, Md., to Alexander A. Burt and Margaret Byers Burt on June 22, 1935. Bill was a member of the last graduating class of Central High School, Lonaconing, Md., in 1953. He served six years in the Army. In 1998 he retired from the WV Pulp & Paper Company in Luke, Md., after 44-½ years. After retiring, he and his wife, Charlene, decided to move from Rawlings, Md., to Tennessee to be near their son and his family. Soon after moving he joined the Shriners at Kerbela in Knoxville. He was a dedicated Shriner always working many hours to raise money to keep the 22 Childrens Hospitals open and caring for the many patients. He loved helping at Kerbela and was on the Aides staff for more than 17 years. Bill has been a member of Georges Creek Valley Masonic Lodge #161 AF&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Cumberland, Md., and the Shriners in Maryland and Tennessee for more than 50 years. Bill was preceded in death by: Parents, Alexander Burt and Margaret Burt; brother, James Burt of Lonaconing, Md.; son, William E Burt II. He is survived by: Wife of 63 years, Charlene Burt; daughter-in-law, aka daughter, Tammy Burt; grandkids, William E. Burt III and Alexis Burt; sister-in-law, Ann Burt The family will receive friends in the chapel of Jones Mortuary from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m. Online condolences for the family may be expressed at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com. Jones Mortuary is in charge of all arrangements.

DELMER LEE BUMGARDNER

Delmer Lee Bumgardner passed away Thanksgiving Day at the age of 82 in the National Health Care Center of Murfreesboro. Hester, his loving and devoted wife of 27 years, was at his side. Delmer was born in Clinton to Willie and Maggie Bumgardner. He graduated from Norris High School in 1958. In his younger years he was an accomplished stock car racer, driving car number 24, which he named “Tennessee Hillbilly.” He was a skilled brick and stone mason until retiring in his 70’s. He was an avid sportsman and loved hunting and fishing. He is survived by: Children, Randy, Lynn and Angela; four grandchildren, Adam, Ashley, Amanda and Samantha; and four great-grandchildren, Tavyn, Gabriel, Mason and Meka; sister, Louise; and brother-in-law, Doug Gray; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by: Stepson, Tim James and his wife Angie and their children and grandchildren; and his best friend, and cousin, Charles Smith; and numerous cousins and friends. His ashes will be interred at Grandview Memorial Garden in Clinton, next to his parents and his sister, Wanda, at noon Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. www.holleygamble.com

CURTIS CLINE JONES

Curtis Cline Jones, 79, Heiskell, passed into his heavenly home Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. A native of Union County, he was the son of the late Ulys and Dorothy West Jones. He enjoyed the Heiskell Community Center, where he was a board member and enjoyed serving breakfast to the veterans. He was a member of Bishopville Baptist Church, where he was very involved in the Wednesday night youth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: Wife, Christine Jones; brothers Carl and Bob Jones; and sister Carol Brown. Curtis is survived by: Wife, Bobbie Kennedy-Jones; children, Missy (James Turner), Laura (Bob) Brown, Kim (Jeff) Herrell, Tim Kennedy, Darrell Kennedy, Barry (Cara) Kennedy, Chris (Renee) Kennedy, Sandra Causby, Sheron Causby, Larry Causby, Scott Causby, Shelia Causby; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and longtime friend, Kenny Newman. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. The family asks that everyone please wear a mask. The family wishes to thank Covenant Health Hospice and Home Health Care and his personal caregiver Jennifer Mahaffey. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bishopville Baptist WMU. Woodhaven Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens are honored to serve the family of Curtis Jones.

DUDLEY A. MINGA

Dudley A. Minga, 82, Heiskell, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, peacefully at his home. He was a member of Deep Springs Baptist Church. Dudley served in the `U.S. Army during the Berlin crisis. He was awarded the good conduct medal and was an expert in marksmanship. Dudley retired from Y-12 as a machinist after 32 years. Dudley was preceded in death by: Parents, Sherman and Martha Minga; daughter, Cindy Minga Cannaster; and sister, Dixie Thames. He is survived by: Wife of 63 years, Ann Minga; two daughters, Gina Minga of Oakdale, and Kelly Alley and husband Roger of Lake City; grandson, Joshua Alley; granddaughter, Ashley Alley; great-grandson, Carson Alley; sister, Dorothy Carden; brother, Don Minga; and many other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Dudley’s graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Clinton, with full military honors at his gravesite and with Roger Carter officiating. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

LESTER FRANKLIN FOX

Lester Franklin Fox, 91, passed away Nov. 25, 2020 at his home in Clinton. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Clinton. Survived by: Wife of 70 years, Iris Frankie (Mickey) Fox; sons, Bruce D. Fox (Mary Jane), Terry W. Fox (Tara), and Jeffrey Todd Fox (Melissa Gail); grandchildren, Ryan Elizabeth Hollingsworth (Jamie), Mary Welch Fox Stasik (Ryan), Francis Lauren Fox Pettit (Andrew), Justin David Fox, Jacob Todd Fox (Taylor), Sherry Fox, and Bailey Christian Fox. Born on Aug. 2, 1929, Lester was the youngest of nine children and began working at age 14 driving a wrecker during World War II. After the war, he drove a coal truck and helped with Fox Bus Company transporting workers to the plants in Oak Ridge. He eventually got a job at K-25 in the early 1950s. From there, he went to work selling cars for his brother, Eugene Fox. In 1966, his brother was awarded the Toyota franchise for East Tennessee. Following his brother’s death in 1968, Lester became the Toyota dealer, and in October, 1976, he obtained the Oldsmobile franchise. Ultimately, the Lester Fox family had 12 automobile franchises in Anderson County. Lester loved selling cars and served his industry in numerous roles during his long and successful career, including President of the Southern Olds Family, Vice President of the Tennessee Automotive Association (from which he received the Andrew Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award), and as a member of the General Motors National Dealers Council. He also served his community as a member of the President’s Council of the Civitan International Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, and the Board of Directors of Clinton Utility Board. In 2012, he was inducted into the Anderson County Hall of Fame. He was a proud member of the Shiner’s Kerbela Temple and the Royal Order of Jesters. His joy in selling cars was deep and unmistakable. He had a remarkable memory and could recall a car he had sold to a customer more than half a century ago, including the year, make, model, and usually the color. He always enjoyed seeing the excitement on the faces of his customers when the deal was done, whether it was a first-time car buyer or a senior citizen who’d bought many cars in the past. To Lester, they were equally important because customers became part of his “family.” Anyone who spent time around Lester quickly learned he was a consummate storyteller who could amuse any audience, large or small, with tales from his life. They usually focused on the people and places of Anderson County and East Tennessee and could bring both a smile to your face and a warm feeling to your heart. The family would like to offer special thanks to his caregiver, Rosa Palacios. Due to the current COVID 19 constraints, a formal service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.holleygamble.com

WILLIAM H. ATTERSON

William H. Atterson, 90, was born in Clarkrange. He departed peacefully Nov. 25, 2020. At the age of 17 Mr. Attison enlisted in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper, 11th Airborne, was stationed in occupied Japan. His career included employment at Magnet Mills, Clinton, and also Miami Children’s Center, Maumee, Ohio, retiring in 1986 and moving to Tennessee. Mr. Atterson had been a resident of Florida since 1999. He was preceded in death by: Parents, Walter and Florence Atterson; brother James. Mr. Atterson will be most sadley missed by: Loving wife of 52 years, Luann; sons, William H. and Lucretia, Christopher; grandchildren, John Atterson and wife Elaine, Michael Atterson, Brittany Tipton and husband Josh, Oakley Atterson and wife Bokeuim, Sare Roberts and husband Josh, Emily Moore and husband Alex There will be a family memorial to honor their loved one at a later date. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home in Spring Hill, Fla., is honored to serve the family of William Atterson. Please leave memories or condolence at brewerfuneral.com.

KENNETH ERVON REAVES

Kenneth Ervon Reaves, 70, Knoxville, went home to be with the Jesus Nov. 24, 2020. He was born May 26, 1950, in Knoxville, at Ft. Sanders Hospital to the late Sam and Thelma Reaves. He graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton and attended LMU in Harrogate. He retired from Y-12 in Oak Ridge on July 30, 2003. He loved his family, his dogs, Thor and Loki, and the University of Tennessee Volunteers. His biggest joy was caring for his church, especially the grounds and the cemetery. Members would ask sometimes why he would mow the pastor’s yard when it was not his responsibility….he’d say, “I do it so he has more time to be in God’s word to study.” God gave him a ministry of caring for elderly members of his community who had no one else to care for their landscaping. He mowed for people from 40 to 99 who loved his work but most of all they loved his visits. He did so many things for so many others, he was a quiet man, and touched each person he came in contact with in a unique and special way. However, someone very special to him sent a message to the family that summed him up so sweetly: “He loved you very much if he knew you and I could not be more thankful for his love and humor in my life and just for all of who he is. It was a blessing to grow up around him and I will miss him dearly.” As we all will. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law, A.C. DeCosta and Claude Clapp. He is survived by: Loving wife, Elizabeth Jane Cook Reaves; daughters, Penny Wright and husband Chris of Clinton, and April Mynatt and husband Chris of Clinton; sons, Randy Reaves of Clinton, Ronny Reaves of Clinton, Chris Kelso and wife Megan of Maryville, and Jimmy Kelso and wife Rebekah of Maryville; grandchildren, Rebecca Wright of Columbia, Connor Wright of Clinton, Amanda Mynatt of Powell, Chelsey Mynatt of Knoxville, Cody Mynatt of Powell, Casey Mynatt of Powell, Sam Reaves of Clinton, Michael Shane Streeter and Jessica Kuenstler-Streeter of Winnie, Texas, Ronald McCaffrey of Union City, Kevin McCaffrey of Union City, Jacob Kelso of Maryville, Chayse Medainel of Maryville, and Elizabeth Decker of Holland, OH; great grandchildren, Keleigh McCaffrey, Cadence McCaffrey, Makenzie McCaffrey, Branden McCaffrey, Allison McCaffrey, Summer Angel Millsap, Christian Millsap, Zaidon Robbins, Anabelle Mynatt, Jedediah Mynatt-O’Neal, Ava McCaffrey, Cameron McCaffrey, Kendra McCaffrey, Logan McCaffrey, and Michael Wesley Streeter; sisters, Sharon Clapp of Clinton, Nancy DeCosta of Knoxville, Karen Tilley and husband Carlos of Andersonville; sister-in-law, Shannon Wallace and husband the Rev. Donny Wallace of Andersonville; brother-in-law, David Marcum and wife Whitney of Oak Ridge; seven nieces; eight nephews; five great-nieces; seven great-nephews; four great-great-nephews; and two great-great-nieces. The family will receive friends from 1 – 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home with funeral services to follow in the chapel with the Rev. Larry Pugh officiating. His graveside will follow at Black Oak Baptist Church Cemetery. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com