Evelyn Carter, Powell, passed away Dec. 9, 2020, at Maple Court Senior Living Facility. She was born Aug. 22, 1927, in Lake City to G.J. and Ella Anderson. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker for her entire 93 years. She cherished time with her family and friends. She was especially devoted to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Tekoa Baptist Church in Knoxville. She was preceded in death by: Husband, Warne Lee Carter; sons, Clyde Carter and Billy Ray Carter; and grandson, Billy Lee Carter. She is survived by: Daughter, Fay and husband Alan Frederick; brother, Estelle and wife Roberta Anderson. She is also survived by: Loving and devoted grandson Billy Carter and wife Mary. Billy was there almost daily taking care of her until her passing. He cared deeply for her and was much devoted to her health and well-being. She is also survived by other loving grandchildren including Clif and wife Tina Carter, Ray Carter, Brian and wife Jackie Frederick and Brad and wife Kera Frederick; great-grandchildren, Billy Carter Jr., Amber and husband Alan Vanhuss, Kimberley and husband Cody Hill, Jackson Carter, Tristan Frederick, Luke Frederick, and Miss McKinley Faith Frederick; and several great-great grandchildren. Due to the COVID pandemic a private service was held Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Lovely Cemetery in Caryville. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top was in charge of the services.


Barry Lee Wilson passed away Monday Dec. 7, 2020. He was born April 18, 1952, to his parents, Roy Lee and Betty Jo Wilson, who preceded him in death. Barry grew up in Clinton, loved playing basketball for the high school team, and in the neighborhood with friends. Barry served in the U.S. Army and attended trade school for construction. A skilled tradesman, Barry traveled all over the United States working construction through the years and even had the pleasure of owning his own business, Wilson And Associates Drywall. Barry loved to go deer hunting, playing with his dogs, drinking margaritas and visiting his many friends. In his later years, he passed the time at Diversicare of Oak Ridge wooing nurses, playing bingo, tending the garden, visiting with his daughter, Brooke, and helping any way he could. Barry is survived by: Daughter, Brooke Lee Brennan and so- in-law T..J Brennan; life-long friend, Sharon Wilson; life-long mentor and friend, Kenneth Cornett (big dad); daughter, Michelle Crutcher and daughter-in-law Nikki Crutcher; granddaughter, Faith York; sisters, Donna Gross and Anna Ridings; brother, Richard Wilson; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the many at Diversicare who treated him with kindness and watched over him while we couldn’t. Thank you to his hospice nurse, Juliana, who provided much comfort to Barry and his family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Barry was so loved and will be missed greatly by many.


Joann (Patrick) Braden “Granny Jo,” 84, a longtime resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Dec. 7, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge with her daughter by her side. She has now gained her angel wings in her heavenly home with her husband and loved ones waiting to greet her. Joann was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Petros. She accepted Jesus into her heart at a young age and was a faithful member of Cove Road Church for more than 30 years. She was known to be the best peanut butter cake and cornbread maker there was. She was known as “Granny Jo” to everyone she saw, whether at a ballgame, watching her great-grandbabies, or in the car rider line picking them up from school. She would welcome you in her home no matter who you were; she never met a stranger. If you came by her house to see her and asked if she wanted to go, she would hop in the car; she was always up for a road trip, no matter who it was with. Granny Jo was also well known as a walker, going up and down the road checking on her neighbors daily and going to Family Dollar to check on the ladies who were working. She took pride in her yard, mowing it in the summer so it would look pretty. At Christmas time, she loved to hang her Christmas lights and put out decorations for others to drive by and enjoy. Granny Jo was preceded in death by: Husband, Eldon Braden; son, Dennis Braden; brother, Jackie Patrick; father and mother, Lawrence and Dessie Patrick; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She is survived by: Daughters, Rhonda Bass and husband Jeff of Oliver Springs, Katrine Coppenger and husband David of Oliver Springs, Erin Maack and husband Rick of California; grandchildren, Kevin Alexander of Oliver Springs, Kaylee Moore and husband Jeff of Harriman, Kayla McCoy and husband John of Oliver Springs; Trevor Coppenger and wife Charlie of Murfreesboro, Brittney Tuttle and husband Jeremy of Sweetwater, Charlene Ford of Oliver Springs; great-grandchildren, Kiley and Nixon Alexander, Addyson and Aleigha Moore, Lukas McCoy, Mahayla Tuttle, Raydon Carroll, Wyatt, Doc, and Miss Bell Maack, Hunter and Lucas Ford; sisters, Helen Daugherty of Oliver Springs, Betty Stanley and husband Frank of Indiana; brothers, Tom Patrick and wife Jeanette of Wartburg, Robert Patrick of Wartburg, Gary Patrick and wife Mona of Petros, Slim Patrick and wife Marie of Trenton. Visitation will be from 5–8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at Premier Sharp Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 8 p.m. with Pastor Thomas Vananda and Pastor Gary Massengill officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at Anderson Memorial Gardens. Premier Sharp Funeral Home is honored to serve the Braden family. A message of condolence may be left for the family at


Casey Louise Webber Phillips, 39, Rocky Top, passed away at her residence Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. She was born Nov. 29, 1981, in Knoxville to the late Michael and Janet Webber. For many years Casey worked in the Special Education Department with Anderson County Schools. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by: Grandparents, Wanda Pitts, Robert Pitts, Nelde Webber, and Clarance Webber. She is survived by: Sons, Conner Webber and Bransen Camp; daughter, Ashlynn Camp; brothers, Keith Pitts and wife Marcia and Jason Webber and wife Loren; special aunt, Barbara Smith; aunt, Charlotte Ledford; special cousins, Dustin Camp and Brittany Cravens; several cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the nurses at Covenant Hospice for the loving care given to Casey during her time of need. The family will have a Celebration of Life service held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.


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.