Obituaries

PAUL ASH

Paul Ash, 86, Caryville, went to be with the Lord at 2:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 14, 2017, after a brief illness. Paul owned Cherokee Heating and Electric Company for many years servicing LaFollette, Caryville, and the Rocky Top area. He was well known for his honesty and fairness in dealing with his clients. Even after retiring from the business 10 years ago he was still willing to give a helping hand to those needing a job done. He and the love of his life Phyllis were married in 2003. They were not only husband and wife; they were best friends that spent the next 14 years finding joy and contentment with one another. He was a member of Vasper Baptist Church. Paul was loved and will be missed by both family and friends. He is survived by: Wife, Phyllis, his Baby and he was her Sweetheart; two sons, Larry (Connie), Darrell (Kimberly); and his stepson Coy Crutchfield (Laurie); along with four grandchildren, Faren, Stevie, Jessie and Carly; a step granddaughter, Amy; and a combination of seven great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. Graveside service was at 11 a.m. the following morning at New Vasper Cemetery.

WILMA DELLAPHINE BAILEY

Wilma Dellaphine Bailey, Clinton, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. Preceded in death by: Husband, William F. Bailey Sr.; son, Leroy Smith; parents, Roscoe and Maude Smith; brothers, Chester and Eugene Smith; sisters, Ruth Currier and Rose Cox. Survived by: Daughters, Darlene Bailey of Heiskell, Teresa Early of Clinton, Sandy Phillips of Clinton; sons, David Bailey of Clinton, William F. Bailey Jr. and wife Geraldine of Maynardville; brothers, Audrey Smith of Clinton, Charlie Smith of Kernersville, N.C., Roger Smith of Clinton, Roy Smith of Scottsboro, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Bobby Phillips, Crystal Wilson, Chris Jeffers, Kim Jeffers, Shaunda Andrews, Tiffany Austin and Savannah Graham; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Gary and Brenda Thornton and family for their love, support, and friendship given to Wilma and her family over the years. The family received friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. A funeral service followed at 2 p.m. Services concluded with a graveside service at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Holley Gamble Funeral Home, P.O. Box 327, Clinton, TN 37717. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is honored to serve the family of Wilma D. Bailey. www.holleygamble.com

DANIEL (DAN) HIBBARD BUSHEY

Daniel (Dan) Hibbard Bushey, 88, Kingston, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Parkwest Medical Center. He was born Feb. 3, 1929, in Stacyville, Maine. He was a member of Park West Church in Knoxville and attended Harriman Church of God. Danny loved the Lord and he proved it in his daily walk as he witnessed to everyone he came in contact with. He was a United States Army veteran who served his country proudly in Korea, receiving several citations and medals including the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars. Before going into the military, he had worked as a farmer. He enjoyed working outdoors on his tractor, cutting trees, doing carpentry work and helping his neighbors. Preceded in death by: Parents, Joseph and Anne Socia Bushey; sisters, Hilda Sanborn, Rena Bernard and Nina Rickle; brothers, Leonard and Raymond Bushey. Survivors: Loving wife of 62 years, Odella Ayotte Bushey of Kingston; children, Joe Bushey of Kingston, Daniel Bushey of Colorado Springs, Colo., Michael Bushey and wife Donna of Portland, Lisa Rutkowski and husband Stephen of Kingston; grandchildren, Raymond, Daniel, Dakota, Ellie, Michael, Eric Paul Bushey, Babette Dewey, Katelynn, Karlie and Hailey Rose Rutkowski; great-grandchildren, Shiloh, Michael Bushey, Tatiana and Nicholas Dewey, Kamrin, Julia and Eric Bushey; sister-in-law, Theresa Cappella and husband Ralph of Plymouth, Conn.; step-grandchildren, Krystle, Kevin and Amy Burgio; special nephew, Robert Sanborn and wife Donna of Scarborough, Maine; a host of extended family members and friends. The family received friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Harriman Church of God with funeral service following at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary with Pastor Jeff Blackburn, Pastor Ottis Ball and Pastor Melvin Colón officiating. The family will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Fraker Funeral Home to go in procession to Kingston Memorial Gardens for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Register book can be signed at www.Frakerfuneralhome.net. Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston in charge of the arrangements.

ANTHONY (TONY) GEORGE CROSS

Anthony (Tony) George Cross, 64, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Murray, Ky. Tony was born in Knoxville and attended Karns High School then received a basketball scholarship playing for Belmont University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, later receiving his master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Tennessee. He began his basketball coaching career at Norma Elementary School coaching both the boys’ and girls’ teams. He then became the girls’ head basketball coach at Lake City High School where in his fourth season the team earned the No. 1 ranking in Class AA and Cross was honored as the East Tennessee Coach of the Year. Cross served one year as the girls’ head basketball coach at the newly opened Anderson County High School before moving to the University of Tennessee in 1983 serving as a graduate assistant for Pat Summitt. In 1984, Coach Cross became the head women’s basketball coach at Belmont University leading the program for 26 years. During his tenure, Belmont made numerous tournament appearances, won several district titles and regular season championships, and one Atlantic Sun tournament title giving the program its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. In 1994 Cross was inducted into the Belmont University Athletic Hall of Fame. He still remains the winningest coach in program history and ranks in the Top 50 all-time in career victories in NCAA women’s basketball. In 2010, Cross became the assistant women’s basketball coach at Murray State University where he finished his career in 2016. Everyone who knew Coach Cross, knew that coaching basketball meant much more to him than just wins and losses or receiving awards and recognition. It meant teaching fundamentals and work ethic, building character and teamwork and passing along the wisdom and knowledge that helped his players be successful long after their playing days were over. He often referred to his players as “his girls” because they meant so much more to him than just athletes who would come and go. He loved nothing more than keeping in touch with them, following their careers and hearing about their families. Tony and his wife, Lois, both considered themselves blessed to have had the opportunity to share their lives with so many strong, outstanding women as well as becoming close friends with many coaches. He attended Memorial Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling with his wife Lois and watching all sporting events. Having no children, Tony enjoyed being “Uncle T” to his nephews, Lee and Drew, taking them special places and just spending time with them. And of course, all who knew Tony knew he had a fantastic sense of humor. His quick wit and unique perspective have provided many laughs through the years and will continue to do so in the days ahead. Tony was preceded in death by: Parents, Cleois and Chlora Cross; and mother-in-law, Wanda Wilder. He is survived by: Wife, Lois; aunts, Sarah Gaylor and Trula Huddleston; uncle, Estel Woodward (Valerie); father-in-law, Virgil Wilder; sisters-in-law, Lesa Williams (Tim) and Rita Wilder; nephews, Lee (Rachel) and Drew (Michelle) Irons, and Travis (Amy) Williams; nieces, Lindsey Wilder and Kala (Beau) Young, and much loved pet, Gracie. Visitation will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at J.H. Churchill Funeral Home in Murray, Ky., with a memorial service following at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with the Rev. Martin Severns officiating. The family of Mr. Anthony Cross would prefer expressions of sympathy be made to the Anna Mae Owen Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, Ky., 42071; or Memorial Baptist Church, 906 Main Street, Murray, Ky., 42071; or the Humane Society of Calloway County, Po Box 764, Murray, Ky., 42071; or your local Animal Humane Society. Online condolences can be left at, www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com

SHIRLEY JEAN FOUST

Shirley Jean Foust, 70, LaFollette, formerly of Lake City, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at LaFollette Medical Center. Jean was born July 13, 1946, to the late Robert and Dorothy Mounce Murray in the Beech Grove Community. She was a member of the Beech Grove Baptist Church. She loved her dogs, birds, going to flea markets, yard sales, and being outdoors. Jean was funny and loved to entertain. She always kept everyone laughing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: Husband, John Foust; sisters, infant sister Mildred Murray, Mary “Sally” Slover. Survivors: Children, Dewayne Collins and Brenda of Caryville, Kathy Jo and Walt Watts of West Blocton, Ala., BJ and Charles Stager of Alcoa, Ray and Amy Collins of Caryville; brother, Johnny Mac Murray of Lake City; sisters, Alma McCreary of Jacksboro, Cricket Foster and Jim of Lake City, Karen O’Dell of Jackson, Ga.; grandchildren, Tiffany Marie Brown and James of Douglasville, Ga., Chelsey Stevenson of West Blocton, Ala., Kevin Stevenson of Clarksville, Misty Seiber and children Shyann and Ivy of Caryville; two great-grandchildren, and one on the way; special friend, Muriel Collins of Lake City; along with many other family members and friends. Visitation was from 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. Funeral service was at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lynn Mowery officiating. Friends and family met at Beech Grove Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, for Jean’s interment. You can also view Charles’s guestbook at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, was in charge of arrangements.

LORA MAE HONEY

Lora Mae Honey, 83, Kingston, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at her home. She was born May 15, 1933, in Oneida and had been a resident of Roane County since 1957. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Kingston. Lora loved working in her flowers and was an avid bird watcher. She also enjoyed doing ceramics, cross stitching and calling her friend to say the Lords Prayer with, before turning in for the night. Preceded in death by: Husband, Curtis Honey; infant son, James Howard Woodward; granddaughter, Casey Gaylor. Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Sharon Woodward of Kingston; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Bob Cherry of Rockwood; grandchildren, Leah Woodward of Kingston, Tracie Curtright and husband Walter of Knoxville; a host of extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Fraker Funeral Home with funeral service following the visitation at 2 p.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Bill Young officiating. Interment will follow the service at Kingston Memorial Gardens. Online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net. Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of these arrangements.

CHARLES EDWARD HUCKABY SR.

Charles Edward Huckaby Sr., 82, Clinton, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at his residence. He was born March 19, 1935, in Anderson County to the late Everette and Grace Miles Huckaby. Charles proudly served his country in the US Navy during the years of 1956 - 1960. Charles attended Edgemoor Baptist Church. He loved to tinker and play with equipment, and spend time with family and friends. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by: Wife, Ann Marie Ownby Huckaby; and brother, Jessie Huckaby. Survivors: Son, Charles Huckaby Jr. and wife Brenda of Caryville; daughter, Charlotte Ann Owens and husband Robby of Clinton; brother, Wayne Huckaby and wife Carol of Oak Ridge; sister, Lucille Huckaby of Clinton; grandchildren, Adrian Scott Owens and fiancé Heather Freels, Benjamin Tyler Owens and wife Britney, Courtney Graham and husband Benji, Russell Robbins; pets, Buddy and Archie; several nieces, nephews, and family members and friends. Visitation was from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. The funeral service followed visitation at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, in the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Byrge officiating. Family and friends met at noon Friday, April 14, 2017, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton for the graveside service with Military Honors presented by the Campbell County Honor Guard. You can also view Charles’s guestbook at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, was in charge of arrangements.

JOHN EDWARD SMITHERS

John Edward Smithers, 86, LaFollette, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and brother-in-law. He was a member of FBC of Jacksboro, UMW Local 1569, and the Masonic Lodge. Known to family and friends as “John Ed” and “Papa,” he enjoyed a 26-year retirement from coal mining. His retirement allowed the opportunities to be an extra in the film October Sky and work on the restoration of the World War II fighter plane, Glacier Girl. A self- taught mechanic, John was known for his skills on Volkswagen autos and building dune buggies. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, music, western movies, and spending time with his grandchildren. Preceded in death by: Cherished wife of 63 years, Lillian Armes Smithers; Parents, John J. and Hazel Smithers; sisters, Shirley Smithers and Colleen Byrd. John is survived by: Sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Marie Smithers and Jeff and Lois Ann Smithers; grandchildren, Amy Smithers (Aaron Powell fiance’), Emily Raulston (Andrew), Molly Starbird (Steven), Jake Smithers, and Abbey Smithers; great-grandchildren, Tori Blankenship, Liam Starbird, and Jack Raulston; sisters, Francois Roberts and Lois Underwood. John also leaves behind close relationships with his sisters-in-law, Lydia Hatmaker, Loretta Woods, Dr. Deana Parks, and brothers-in-law, Virgil Armes and Freddy Armes. Our family is very appreciative of Alexander Guest House staff, Lila Curry, Gail Disney, and Pam Romiq for their devotion, friendships, and loving care. The family received friends from noon -1:45 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Interment followed at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in LaFollette. You may also view John Ed's guestbook online at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, is in charge of arrangements.