Betty Jo Willox Mitchell

Betty Willox Mitchell, age 77, of Oak Ridge, formerly of Myrtle Beach, SC and Knoxville, TN, passed away peacefully Friday, November 18, 2022 surrounded by family.

She was a 1963 graduate of Young High School and retired from Century 21 Broadhurst of Myrtle Beach. She was a devoted Christian follower of One Life Church in Powell, TN. Betty enjoyed sewing, painting, spending time at the beach and lake, and was a former Director of The Tennessee Cinderella Scholarship Program.

Betty was proceeded in death by her loving husband of 55 years Thomas (TV) Van Mitchell, Sr. and her parents Marshall and Hazel Willox.

She is survived by Children Robyn(Ronnie) Asher, Van(Donna) Mitchell and Penny(Brian) Qualls; special grandchildren Alex and Izzy Belcher, Josh and Zach Mitchell, Becca Cupp, Justin and Landon and Hannah Qualls; sisters Joyce Carver; Nephew Lee Carver.

The family would like to thank everyone who loved Betty and showed their love and support to us during this time. A special thanks to UT Medical Center, the medical staff, and the trauma/ICU staff for their care, guidance, and support. A celebration of life will be held on Monday November 28, 2022, at 5 to 7 pm at One Life Church, 3503 W. Emory Road, Powell, TN 37849.

Barbara Ann Voellinger Peters

Barbara Ann Voellinger Peters, 75, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2022 surround by loved ones after battling a brief illness. She graduated from Harvey High School in 1965, and went on to drive for Ashtabuola County Schools as a bus driver for many years. Barbara loved to spend her free time singing karaoke and bowling with her local league.

She was preceded in death by her parents Herbert (Delores) Voellinger.

Barbara is survived husband Joel Peters, son Michael (Mary) Gorman, grandsons Michael (Emilee) Gorman, David (Kourtney) Gorman, granddaughters Hannah Gorman, Rachael Gorman, Miracle Anderson-Gorman, great-grandchild Caroline Gorman, sisters Jenni Malcomb and Molly Baker.

The family will have a private celebration of life at a later date.

Ella Adcock

Ella Adcock, 89, of LaFollette, TN passed away peacefully on November 10, 2022. Born in Hazard, KY on August 5, 1933. She was a member of Cedar Hill Baptist Church. She loved to sing gospel hymns, work with her hands, crafting and cooking, especially Sunday meals for her family, for funerals, anytime a meal was needed, she would provide. If she was not cooking, she was busy crocheting, tole painting, and basket weaving just to name a few of the many crafts she enjoyed. Above everything, she loved spending time with her grandson.

Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Raymond Adcock; parents, Adam and Sarah Brewer; sisters: Sophia Barrett, Gladys Browning, Stella Davidson, Rhoda Hall, Hazel Sumner, and brothers David Brewer, Darwin Brewer and Glen Brewer.

Survivors include her daughter and son in-law, Rayma and Mark Daugherty of Jacksboro; grandson, Grant Daugherty of Jacksboro, brother-sister  in-laws, Bill Adcock and Bob (Ruby) Adcock both of LaFollette; sister in-laws, Jean Brewer and Nevada Brewer both of Hazard, KY; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 636 Demory Rd., LaFollette, TN on Tuesday November, 15. Receiving of friends, 6-6:30, service following at 6:30 with Dr. Bryan Burge officiating.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to special hospice nurse, Jamie Partin and the rest of the Avalon Hospice care team along with the special staff at Cumberland Village Healthcare.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cedar Hill Baptist Church deacons benevolence fund, 636 Demory Rd., LaFollette, TN 37766.

Sandra Brandon

My dear mother Sandra Jean Brandon sadly passed away on October 27, 2022, at the age of 61. She was a wonderful mother/grandmother who was always there when we needed her. She also had many friends and was a well-loved member of the community in Vonore, TN. She is survived by her Daughter, Tiffany Seymore of Vonore, TN. Grandchildren: David (Sebrina) Huston II and son David Huston III of Oroville, CA, Gabriel McConley of Oroville, CA, Haven Wahl Gray, Abiah Seymore, Aubriana Seymore, Andrew Seymore, Alora Seymore all of Vonore, TN; Sisters: Robin (Andrew) Cutt of Cleveland, TN and Kathleen Dallmann of Gridley, CA; Brother, Gregory Brandon of San Luis Obispo, CA; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her Parents, Charles and Shirley Brandon; Brother, Mark Brandon; And Sisters, Winifred Wiebort and Deborah Ballard. A celebration of life will be held in the near future dates/times TBD.

Violet Mitchell

Violet Lee Mitchell, 87, of Maryville, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 28, 2022.

At her request, no service will be held.

Violet was born on March 1, 1935, to Fred and Daisy Wetmore in Maryville.  She attended Maryville High School.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Audley, her son Dennis, in-laws Fred and Ada Mitchell, and sister Juanita (Dee) Lewis.

Violet is survived by her sons Jim (Evelyn) and Ray (Joyce) of Maryville; grandchildren Diane, Jamie, Jennifer, Amanda, Liana, Katherine, Cassandra, Abigail, and Alexander; great-grandchildren Amber, Tristen, Violet, Taylor, Riker, Garrett, Madelyn, Mitchell, Mya, Lierin, Kellen, Rory, Kiernan, James, Charlie, Savannah, Moses, Emma, Miles, Isaac, and Ava; great-great grandchild Barrett; and her sister, Marlene (Richard) Yarn of Florida.

She was proud of the fact that as a young person, she had a bicycle paper route delivering the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times.  Later in life, after moving to the farm with her husband and sons, she continued to work industriously to take care of her family ― canning, preserving, and cooking great meals.  She enjoyed family gatherings especially during the holidays.  She truly enjoyed the beauty found outdoors.

As Violet had a passion for reading, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Friends of the Blount County Library.

The family expresses gratitude to granddaughter Diane (Stephen) Lucas and family for relocating to the farm to help take care of Violet in the twilight of her life.  Also, a special thanks to the Amedisys Hospice team for their assistance and compassion at the conclusion of Violet’s life.

Lois Vandagriff

Lois Smith Vandagriff, 87, of Oak Ridge, TN, passed away on October 28, 2022 with family at her side.

She was born on June 7, 1935 in Madisonville, TN, the daughter of Marvin and Hester Smith. Lois retired as a teacher from the Oak Ridge School System where she was an active member of the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She also served as a teacher with the Department of Defense Schools in Berlin and West Germany, and taught in Sarasota, FL and Denver, CO early in her career. She was a proud Carson-Newman University alumna.

Lois’ passions included quilting and travel. She was a member of the Ritzy Thimble Quilt Guild and won several awards at the Tennessee Valley Fair and various national quilt shows. She traveled six continents and took over 20 cruises, where she loved serving as a cruise lecturer along with her husband. Her only travel regret was that she never convinced NASA to take her to the moon. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jerre. She is survived by her daughter, Jill Vandagriff, of Oak Ridge, TN; son, Kerry Vandagriff, of Knoxville, TN; sister, Cindy Moser (Jim); two grandsons, Glenn Vandagriff and Logan Vandagriff, and nephew Andrew Moser. 

The family asks that any memorials be made in her name to “The Carson-Newman Fund” at

Cookie Allen

“Cookie”, as she was lovingly known by her family and friends, was born without her sight but could see more clearly than most. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and beacon of hope for so many that knew her. To know Cookie, was to know a level of inspiration and hope many dream of encountering but rarely do. Her strength and faith are what fueled her benevolent and conscientious heart to persevere throughout the entirety of her life until she drew her last breath at home, on October 19, 2022, surrounded by her family as the leaves began to fall outside her window. Born in Blair, West Virginia, she was the eighth child of ten children. Due to her fathers work in the coal mines, she moved around a lot in her younger years. Her father, Andy Wiley, granted beloved Cookie with the birth name Ruth Eloise Wiley. She was later on rewarded the sweetest nickname to remember the times she’d ask her father for her favorite treat. It was a name you could never forget, and a person you will always remember, Cookie. An avid sports lover, especially for WVU, she was often listening to a broadcast, listening to her husband announce a game they were watching, or cheering on her children and grandchildren alike in their athletic endeavors. She was the best cheerleader and never missed a game. After graduating high school, she went to business school and later on got a job working at Big Creek high school. Cookie had wisdom beyond her years. All her life, she was a brilliant imaginative thinker. Her story telling abilities were one of her strong attributes. Best known for her takes on Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, and Hansel and Gretel, her children and grandchildren found her soothing tales ease them into sleep. At the age of 26 she married the love of her life, Roy Jack Allen (John). Married for almost 52 years, they shared infinite smiles, laughs, cries, memories, and a special song together. “We’ve only just begun” by The Carpenters was the song they played for their first dance at their wedding and became a well known saying for all those who got to witness their love. Their pairing made them inseparable. John was Cookie’s eyes while she was his everything. They took care of each other in more ways than one. In her later years, she loved walking and holding hands with her husband. Spring was one of her favorite seasons to spend with him because Cookie loved the way the world bloomed and came to life. Together, they had four children: Gabriella, Amber, Noel, and Johnathan, and 13 grandchildren. After living in Cucumber, WV most of her life, she moved to Knoxville, TN with her husband to be closer to her family. Still, she always loved the house that she raised her children in. She knew every inch of it and created many unforgettable memories with loved ones within its walls. Holidays at the Allen house were always extravagant. Halloween meant spooky haunted bathrooms with ghosts in the closet and googly eyes in the sink. Thanksgiving was a time Cookie cherished as she loved having her family together. This time also gave her the opportunity to show off her unmatched cooking skills. Her famous turkeys, pumpkin rolls, and of course cookies, would have anyone who had the privilege of tasting them begging for more. Christmas time was one of her absolute favorite holidays to celebrate because it was all about celebrating family and the birth of Christ. Her unique snowy Christmas village that she put up every year always caught the attention of wandering eyes and brought joyful smiles. Known for her famous cooking, she shared her talents with loved ones. The skill it must take for one to master a recipe without measuring anything was one that came naturally to her. She knew her recipes inside and out. If you’d ask her to help you create a dish she would happily guide you step by step through the process making sure to include small details that a regular cookbook couldn’t provide. She enjoyed making french toast with her grandchildren and cooking dinner for her family with her husband. An animal whisperer and generous in nature, she put her God given talents and love back into the world in any way she could. Cookie and her caring heart won over the trust of every animal she encountered. A special instance was with an abused dog, abandoned and scared, she would always leave food out for this sweet pup that she called Ginger. Through her consistent generosity, she soon became the only person he would allow to pet him. Her appreciation for the outdoors also led her to become a keen gardener. She grew vegetables of all sorts with the help of her husband and family that she would use in many of her staple recipes. Her most admirable trait was her strong faith. Cookie was a follower of Christ. Her faith grew undoubtedly after giving God all the praise and glory through everything she endured. There are not many people tough enough to accomplish the challenges and hardships that Cookie championed. Through her struggles with her health, she underwent a fourteen hour long liver transplant operation. From there, she managed to come out of the hospital with high hopes for her future. She later on developed cancer due to the anti rejection medicine to keep her liver. She rebounded from every curveball thrown her way with a great spirit and her head held high. Along the way, she also battled diabetes on a daily basis. Even through all of the struggles she faced, she never believed in giving up and gave all the glory to God for having a bigger plan for her than the one she had for herself. She was one tough cookie. She was celebrated for her love of God. She rarely missed a Sunday service. She’d even occasionally wear something that didn’t match to church because Papa John (as he was affectionately known by his grandchildren) didn’t recognize the irregularities of her outfit since he always thought she looked beautiful. The church she attended most of her life was Calvary Baptist in War, WV because of the connections she grew to have with the beloved community. They weren’t just friends, they were a family. She’d always pray for the people she loved, and even for the people she didn’t know. She had a gift for reaching out to people that needed it and talking to people that needed comfort. Her faith ran wide and deep. Cookie was born without her vision, however she never let that stop her from living the most fulfilling life. She was never quick to judge and had a memory like no other. She’d tell stories of how she couldn’t wait to join her mother, Beulah Wiley, in Heaven so that she may one day finally be granted the gift to see everyone and everything she’s ever loved. To sum up this miraculous woman into one word would be nearly impossible for her essence was boundless. But, she was by far an inspiration. She inspired people’s hearts to be more considerate, thoughtful, and courteous. Cookie was unlike any other. She will always be remembered for the love she shared and the strong heart she had. “I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see”. A gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of Cookie Allen will be November 5, 2022 at 11am at the Calvary Baptist Church in War, WV. Everyone is welcome! We kindly ask for no flowers, but if you would like to send an old fashioned card, memories, stories, expressions of faith, or to make a donation to be used to install a bench in her memory, please send to: John Allen at 410 Timberhead Lane, Louisville, TN 37777.

Mae Moody

Mae Moody — age 83, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly on October 17, 2022. She was born in Knoxville, TN to Augusta Gunter and William Hubert Gunter. She graduated from Fulton High School. She loved children and worked as a training specialist at Safety City. She dedicated her time to serving her community. She is a graduate of the FBI, District Attorney, KCSO, and Fire Department Citizen Academys. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Charles Jack Moody, daughters Susan Harrill (daughters Jessica and Cyndi) & Terry McGill (sons Cody and Jacob), son Chuck (wife Anna and son Chuck) Moody, six great-grandchildren, and sister Carol Longmire. The family will have a memorial service from 11:00 — 1:00 PM Saturday, October 29, at Northwest Church of God, 5320 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Knoxville, Tennessee 37912. In lieu of flowers, the family is setting up a memory box. Please bring a photo, a note, or a favorite memory and drop it in the box.

Hillard Hardy II

Hillard S. Hardy II (BO) 68 passed away Oct 6. Bo was born May 27, 1954, at Bar Harbor hospital. Bo was predeceased by his parents Hillard Sr and Lucille. Bo is survived by his two brothers, Les and Frank, and his four children, William, Christine, Cayenne, and Kyle.

Bo’s thoughts were always of his children. Even in his final moments he was worried for them. No words can be written to ever express his love for his children or their love for him.

My father was always my guiding light. No matter what laid in my path my father was always there to help me past it. One memory of many, before my sophomore year in college, I was not sure I would go back. Two days before the cut off, I called my father and told him I wanted to go back to school. The problem was I was 2 states away. My father after working a 12-hour shift, driver 13 hours to pick me up and then another 13 to drop me off at college. Never once did he stop to rest or express any frustration in the situation. He was a gift to so many.

Bo will be put to rest next to his parents in Lincolnville ME.

Richard Wayne Owens

Richard Wayne Owens 76, of Maryville, TN was born in Cawood Kentucky to George Oscar Owens and Marjorie Pauline (Lundy) Owens.
He graduated Loyall High School in Harlan County in 1964. After High School Richard moved to Indiana where he worked for Jenn Air Corporation for 23 years and Best Lock for 11 years before retiring to Tennessee.
Richard loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren, going to air shows and was a fan of Tennessee football. He took flight lessons in his younger years, enjoyed coin collecting and he was a model train enthusiast.
He was preceded in death by his father George Owens in 1999.
He is survived by his children Angela Lawson, Lori Klingler (Lee) and Marc Owens. Grandsons Matthew Lawson (Denise), Cody Lawson (Emma), Jacob Klingler (Katie), Jonathan Klingler, Josiah Klingler, and Luke Owens. Great-grandchildren Silas Lawson, Harlan Lawson, Preston Lawson, Russell Hudson, Ella Hudson and Jaxon Klingler. He is also survived by his mother Marjorie Pauline Owens and his siblings Carolyn Sue Griffith, Philip Anthony Owens (Lori) John Gregory Owens (Cathy) and Joyce Elaine Clark (Mike) as well as several nieces and nephews.

Richard was a kind man that will be missed by all who knew him.  The family will hold a private service with a celebration of life at a later date.