Donald James Cheek

Donald James Cheek age 34 of LaFollette passed away in his home Saturday, Jan 9.

A loving and devoted son, husband and brother, he was preceded in death by his grand-parents, his uncles, Lee Bills and Ronnie Cheek, his cousins Ray Cheek and Susan Bills.

He is survived by wife, Erika McFall Cheek; mother, Polly Bills of Lafollette; father, Kenneth Cheek of Jellico; brothers, Ben Cheek and wife Ashley of Jacksboro, Timothy Cheek and wife Tiffany of Jellico, Daniel Cheek and wife Cristy of LaFollette and Preston Brock of LaFollette; sisters, Maria Cowan of Benton, KY and Chrissy Young and Husband Adam of Jellico; 15 nieces and nephews: Melinda, Devin, Melody, Dillon, Dalton, Derick, Gabriel, Vincent, Desmond, and Dawson Cheek; Connor, Axel, and Alivia Cowan ; and Raina and Harmony Young.

Donny was loved by everyone who knew him. He touched many lives and consoled many hearts. He was the best kind of person, full of love, kindness and understanding. He will be truly missed and loved forever.

Joseph Stanley Carter

Joseph Stanley Carter, age 58, of Knoxville passed unexpectedly at home. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Mary Carter; son, Dewayne; and sister, Janice. Survived by son, Josh; sister and brother-in-law, Jeannie and Rick Williams; brother and sister-in-law, James and Desiree Carter; devoted cousin Sabrina Javins; and several other family members. Due to the global pandemic, there will be no gathering for services.

Trina Owens Bell

Trina Owens Bell, 66, went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2021 at her son’s home in Knoxville, TN.

She was a previous owner of J&M Parts Delivery in Norton, VA and she was an active Lady Shrine of the Jericho Temple in Kingsport, TN.

Trina was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Bell; father, James “Red” Owens; brothers, Ernie, Sam and David Owens.

Survivors include her mother, Effie Owens; son, James (Kim) Stratton; daughter, Mary Sibiski; 3 precious grandchildren, Jordan, Hannah, and Justin; dear friend, Carla Kincer; and several granddogs.

There will be no service at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Greenville Shriner Hospital in Greenville, SC in her memory.

Mary Jane Minch

Mary Jane Minch, 91, passed away on New Year’s Day from this life to enter her eternal home in heaven.

 Mrs. Minch was a resident at Meadow View Senior Living in Clinton, TN. Mary Jane was born 3/25/1929 in Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Minch was employed as a bookkeeper for a law firm in Xenia, Oh. Mary Jane was an active member in the Fraternal Order of Eagles and past State President of Ohio. Mrs. Minch relocated to Tennessee in 2013.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; and son, Stephen.

Mary Jane is survived by sons, Timothy (Robin) Minch and Richard Minch; grandchildren: Nathan (Christie) Minch, sons Sawyer and Wyatt, Nicholas Minch, Angela (David) Ireton, daughters Lily and Grace, Jennifer (David) Klopfer, son Benjamin; Arianne (Travis) Groski.

In keeping with the family’s wishes, cremation is planned. No services will take place at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. The family extends their appreciation to the entire staff at Meadow-View Senior Living and UT Hospice.

Danny Ray Parham

Danny Ray Parham, 74, of Knoxville, TN passed away peacefully at UT Medical Center on December 23, 2020 with his family by his side. 

Dan is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Ruby Parham; brothers Fane Parham and Dale Parham. 

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Beverly Parham; daughter Jennifer and husband Andy Macdonald of Nashville, Tn; daughter Jessica and husband Chris Downs of Knoxville; grandchildren Luke and Lily Macdonald, Dani and Dean Downs. 

The family will have a private celebration of life at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dan’s memory to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or The American Heart Association.

Lowell H. Farmer

Lowell H. Farmer, 79, finished his earthly journey and headed to his Heavenly Home on December 2, 2020.  He was proceeded in death by his parents,  Chester and Lillian (Clarkson) Farmer. 
Survivors include his wife of 61 years,  Dorothy Farmer; daughter, Melinda (Bobby) Bryant; son, Curtis (Robin) Farmer.  5 grandchildren, Megan McCloud (Dewayne Shiverdecker), Ashley Hensley, Brandon and Zachary Farmer, Micayla Bounds.  5 Great- Grandchildren, Blakely Shiverdecker,  Jailyn and Braxton Hensley, Caleb and Abrianna Farmer, and many more extended family. 
No services are scheduled at this time.  There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alice Bell Baptist Church. 

Betty Edsell

Betty Edsell, 77, of Knoxville passed away at her home on November 4, 2020. She was a loving wife, amazing mother to her children, a wonderful Nana, and was known by all for her good cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Nannie Bates; and son, Jeff Edsell.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Ronald Edsell; daughter, Kristi Edsell and granddaughter Krickett Jones; daughter, Lisa and husband Jim French and grandsons, Jeremy Cooper and Cody French.

The family will have a private Celebration of Life.

Wayne E. Howey Sr.

Wayne E Howey Sr., 73, of Knoxville passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.

He worked at Kroger for over 50 years. Wayne was the hardest working man and was loved by all who knew him.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alice Howey; sisters, Beverly and Donna; brothers, Keith, Lloyd, Larry, Dale; grandchildren, Chanda and Little Ricky.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Brenda Howey; daughters, Lisa Kay and Bobby Miller, Theresa Lynn and Bobby Everett, Tracey Jane and Mikey Bailey, Lori Lynn  Sherrod, Brandi Marie and Nathan Gilliam; sons, Terry Wayne and Rhonda Howey, Kerry Eugene and Bev Howey, Kevin Gene and Missie Howey, Wayne Eugene Jr and Khristina Howey; brother, Bobby and Brenda Howey of Muncey, Indiana; 16 grandchildren, Ashley, Rusty, Justin, Brooke, Kelsey, Kara, Greg, Casey, Jade, Peyton, Savannah, Brianna, Emily, Connor, Zane, and Liam; 12 great grandchildren, Bryson, Baylee, Nia, Dawson, Colton, Addisyn, Harrison, Aubreigh, Elijah, Graycen, Eston, Olivia Grace; sister in-law, Sheri and John Turner and their son Jake.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Amedisys Hospice Team, especially Christy Craft, Angie Jones, and Clay Mulford, they truly appreciate all the love and support they have been given.

The family will have a private celebration of life at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Wayne’s memory to St. Jude Hospital.

Todd Ronald Lay

Todd Ronald Lay, 59, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on 11/5/2020 at Parkwest Medical Center.

Todd was of the Baptist faith, a retiree from the City of Knoxville after 33 years of service, a Bearden High School Class of 1980 graduate, an avid University of Tennessee Athletics and NASCAR fan, and enjoyed fishing and golfing.

Todd is preceded in death by his parents, Ronald Lay and Virginia (Ginny) Smith Lay; sister, Kimberly R Grubb; nephew, Mikel G Grubb; niece, Kimberli Erin Cress.

Todd is survived by his daughter, Heather Housley and son-in-law Nathaniel; sisters, Gina Lay (Gary Cress) and DeAnna Lay; nephew, Nicholas Todd Grubb (Elisha); great niece, Dorothy Kimberly Grubb; along with several lifelong friends from the Rocky Hill and Bearden communities.

A Big Orange Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Todd’s family is requesting that donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Alliance ( or Pat Summitt Foundation (

Daane Lee Troyer

Daane Lee Troyer, 69, of Corryton, TN passed away peacefully at home on November 3, 2020. He was born to Eugene R. and June D. Troyer in Chicago, Illinois on August 9th, 1951. The family moved to Antioch, Illinois in his early childhood, and he graduated from Antioch Community High School in 1969. Daane joined the U.S. Navy in 1972 and was in the first class of the Flying Limited Duty Officers (LDO) of the Navy in 1981. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1993. After that he worked at the Kauai Coffee Company in Kauai, HI for 6 years as a coffee bean tester. He then moved back to Antioch, IL and became the IT Manager for Onsrud Cutter LP, Libertyville, IL. He was currently retired and living in Corryton, TN with his wife of 20 years, Jody, and their dog Duke.
Daane is survived by his wife Jody Troyer; son Eugene (Lorraine) Troyer; daughter Brandy (Dayton) Kealoha; Stepson Josh (Kristina) Kirkpatrick; and stepdaughter Meaghan Kirkpatrick. He has a total of 9 grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild. Daane was preceded in death by his former wife, Loretta J. Troyer, his parents, his sister, Laura A Troyer, and his brother, Timothy J. Troyer.
Daane loved country music and western movies, his favorite actor was John Wayne. Jody and he would regularly attend county music festivals across the Mid-West and loved to go country dancing anytime they could. Daane had a heart of gold and would do anything he could to help people around him. He was a person of ‘little words’, but when he did speak, his ‘little words’ were like heaven.
Those who wish to remember Daane in a special way may make gifts to his memory to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, PO Box 96172, Washington, DC 20090.