August 5, 2012

Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm


Denis Jay Bowers, formerly of Bean Station, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 in Nashville. Arrangements have been made for cremation.

Arrangements by Music City Mortuary in Nashville.


Donald Lynn Chapman, Sr., age 50, of Sevierville, passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at LeConte Medical Center.

He was a member of Stokely’s Chapel Baptist Church in Newport.

He was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas Jay Chapman; mother, Martha Dawson; and sister, Penny Faye McCracken.

He is survived by his wife, Diana (Tina) Chapman of Sevierville; son and daughter-in-law, Donald Lynn Chapman Jr. and Crystal Chapman of Sevierville; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Nick Williams; grandchildren, Noah Preston Chapman, Abigayle Chapman, Sarah Chapman, Victoria Chapman, Makenzie Chapman and Ashland Williams; parents Hubert and Dean Chapman of Newport; brother, Johnny Chapman of South Carolina; half brother, Hubert Chapman, Jr. of Newport; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Shorty Naillon of Newport, special friends, Howard Brown and Brian Lang of Sevierville; along with several other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at Stokely’s Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Wyatt and the Rev. Ed Parton officiating.

Burial will follow in Stokely’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at Manes Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Manes Funeral Home in Newport.


Claude “Buck” Denton, age 80, of White Pine, Passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville.

Arrangements will be later by Westside Chapel Funeral Home. 


Donald Sheridan Gerhart Sr., age 92, of Maryville passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown. He was a member of Broadway Baptist Church since 1948.

Donald was a Veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army and also served in the Korean War.

Survivors include Wife of 67 years, Doris Gerhart; daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Calvin Lacey of Talbott; son and daughter-in-law, Donald Jr. and Pamela Gerhart of Columbia, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kimberly Dawn Smith, Brian Joseph Lacey, and Amanda Brooke Roe; great-grandson, Dax Sheridan Lacey; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Lloyd Culler.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at Broadway Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Broadway Baptist Church Building Fund.

Family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at Broadway Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville.


George Marcus Jones, age 92, of Gatlinburg, passed away at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at Fort Sanders Nursing Home in Sevierville. He was a member of Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church, where he served as Elder, Sunday school teacher, Delegate to Presbytery, and Treasurer since moving to Gatlinburg in 1981 upon his retirement.

In 1946 he married the former Mildred Rayburn of Morristown and together they raised three children and built a successful general contracting business in Morristown. Marcus was Owner/President of G. Marcus Jones, General Contractor, Inc. for his entire career. He erected buildings in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1969 and enjoyed piloting his own plane for many years thereafter. He was also an avid computer buff, writing many of his own programs.

While living in Morristown, Marcus was a member of 1st Presbyterian Church serving as Deacon, Elder and Sunday school teacher. He served as President of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce and was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Morristown Rotary Club.

Marcus was an Engineering Major at the University of Florida prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he became a Captain, serving during World War II in the China – Burma – India Theater. After the war, he completed his degree at the University of Miami.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Sidney Upson Jones; parents, Mark Barber Jones and Nellie James Jones; a nephew, Timothy Rayburn Duby; a niece, Leslie Grey Harper.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, “Millie”; their three children, Sandra J. Smith (Mrs. Andy Smith) of Morristown, Lee J. Jones (Mary Will) of Dandridge, Mark B. Jones II (Dana) of Georgetown, Ky.; sister, Lucie Grey Halifax of Venice, Florida; 5 grandchildren, Abbe Smith McCracken (Mrs. Ryan McCracken) of Charlotte, N.C., Parker James Smith (Kelci) of Morristown, Casey Rayburn Smith (Kellie) of Morristown, Christopher Alex Jones of Georgetown, Ky., Nicholas Maxwell (Nicole) of Georgetown, Ky.; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Family graveside service will be held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2012, 2:30 p.m. at Jarnagin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to a charity of your choice or to Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church, 1st Presbyterian Church Morristown, or Friends of the Smokies.

Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.


Our beloved Mother and Grand-Mother, Brenda Faye Lakins, 63, of Rutledge, entered into eternal rest on August 3. Brenda passed away at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She was a life-long resident of Grainger County.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, J.C. Lakins; her parents, Otto and Martha Phillips; her brother and sister, Larry “Buster” Phillips and Marie Helton; and daughter-in-law, Nicole Lakins.

Many times after being diagnosed with cancer, Mom would say that whether God chose to call her home early or leave her on Earth with her family, it didn’t really matter to her. She firmly believed because of her faith in God and her hope of Heaven she would be a winner either way. Brenda was a member of Noah’s Chapel American Christian Church. She was retired from Levi Strauss and Co. in Knoxville. More recently she was employed by the Grainger County School System as a substitute teacher and a school bus driver.

Mrs. Brenda was passionate about making a difference in the lives of the children with whom she worked daily. She touched many young lives in the brief time she worked in the school system.

Precious memories will forever live in the hearts of Brenda’s family, including her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie Orrick Phipps (Buddy) of Church Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Steve (Michelle) Lakins of Rutledge; her two grandsons, who she loved more than life itself, Josh Orrick of Maynardville and Trevor Lakins of Rutledge; three step-grandchildren, Richie Gray and Aletha Gray, both of Rutledge, and Rebecca (Jonathan) Byrd of Kingsport; two step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth Umberger of Morristown; one brother, Cecil Phillips of Morristown; half-brother George Phillips of North Carolina; special friends, David and Joan Stalsworth and family of Rutledge and Kathy Isley of Rutledge, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heart-felt thanks and appreciation to the oncology nursing staff, especially Angie and Ahmi, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. The love and compassion you showed our mother and our family will forever be remembered.

Brenda’s family will receive friends at Smith-Reagan Funeral Home in Rutledge on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Noah’s Chapel American Christian Church at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 with the Revs. Dwight Bull and Buddy Hipsher officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery with the Rev. Tommy Frye presiding over the graveside service.

Arrangements by Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge.


James Earl Moses, age 87, of Morristown, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karlene Moses; parents, Earl and Mary Howard Moses; sisters, Laura Past and Jean Sprinkle; brother, L.J. Moses.

He is survived by his sisters, Jacquelyn Clements, Jane Chambers and husband, Clayton, Frances Templin and husband, Junior; brothers, Herbert Moses and wife, Keiko and Kenneth Moses; stepchildren, Cynthia Smith and husband, Don, Steven Coulter and wife, Linda and Tony Coulter and wife, Karen; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Family and friends will gather at 1 p.m. in Hamblen Memory Gardens at the Mausoleum for a 2 p.m. Military Graveside Service with V.F.W. Post #5266 and the Rev. Fred Killman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to local chapter of ALPS, 600 N. Daisy St. Morristown, TN 37814.

Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home in Morristown.


Joe D. Orrick, of Morristown, passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. He was a member of Catherine Nenney Baptist Church, as well as a former employee of Norris Industry and Shelby Williams.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Vanessa Orrick; father, Herbert Orrick; grandparents, Herbert and Lois Orrick and Bill and Lizzie Nenney; brothers, Ricky and Dennis Orrick; and aunt, Kitty Pearl Quinton.

He is survived by his daughter, Courtney Orrick; mother, Mary Louise Orrick; brother, Johnny Orrick; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Catherine Nenney Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with the Revs. Richard Long and John Pinkston Officiating. Interment will be 11a.m. Monday Aug. 6, 2012 in the Church Cemetery.

Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home in Morristown.


Mable (Jean) Smith, age 85, of New Market passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by husband, Eugene Smith; daughters, Charlene Scarlett and Faye Hickle; brothers, Bud Talley and Roger Talley.

She was retired from Magnavox after 42 years of service.

Survivors include her daughters, Brenda Watson and husband, Don of Jefferson City and Teresa Smith-Giles and husband, Wesley of Simpsonville, S.C.; grandchildren, Mike Hickle, Rebecca Hubbard and husband, Nathan, Tommy Scarlett and wife, Carol Ann and Chris Hickle and wife, Miranda; seven great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild and one great-great-greatchild; sisters, Elizabeth Cockrum and Margaret Devotie; brother, Fain Talley.

Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City with Dr. Richard Emmertt and the Rev. Larry Dye officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at Jefferson memorial Gardens for an 11 a.m. graveside interment service.

Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City.


Louis “Carter” Wright, age 59, of New Market went to be with her Lord on Aug. 2, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She served the Lord for many years as pianist and Sunday School teacher and was an inspiration and example to many, both in the church and to the community. Throughout her life and even during her sickness, she never once failed to praise and thank God for all her blessings.

She was preceded in death by parents, Irvin and Mary Ruth Underwood Carter. Survived by husband, Steve Wright; daughters, Chanttel Wright and Krystal (Joe) Foister; grandchildren, Tyler Foister and Makena Foister; brother, Leslie (Charlotte) Carter, and William “Bill” (Cecelia) Carter; sister, Debbie (William “Bill”) Colboch; several other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2012 at Farrar Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Young officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. prior to the service. Interment service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552

Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City.

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