Deborah Abbott

Deborah Louise Abbott (Debby), 68, of Sevierville, TN passed away on February 1, 2023. Debby was loved by many and will be missed dearly.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, William Edward Williams and Minnie Bernice Knight Williams; sister, Janet Jones; and son, Anthony Williams.  

She is survived by her son, Jeremy Braden and his wife Elizabeth Braden; brothers, Donnie and wife Kathy, Bobby and wife Kathy, Jeffrey, Joel and wife Sherri; sister, Cathy and husband Bill; grandchildren, Katelyn Braden, Cameron Braden, Joshua Scarlett, and Gabriel Thomas; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and other family members.  

A celebration of her life will be at Walridge Baptist Church, 3020 Walridge Road, Knoxville, TN  37921 on February 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Curtis Craves and  Pastor Toby Webber.  

Frank Allen Burns

Frank Allen Burns, 75, of Townsend, TN passed away on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023.  Frank is well loved by his family and friends and will be missed. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Margie Burns, sister Linda and her husband Leo Davis, sister Betty Sue Webb,  brother  Mayford and his wife Trula Burns and brother-in-law Clifford (Pete) Tipton.

 He is survived by his son Johnny Burns and daughter Carrie Burns, sister Lois Tipton, brothers Jack (Connie) Burns, Joe (Kathy) Burns and a host of nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.

Michael Pettit Pierce

Michael Pettit Pierce passed away Monday, January 30th, 2023. He was born November 30th, 1954 in Mayfield, Kentucky.

Known around the Maryville and Alcoa area as the owner of Pierce Dental Lab, Mike dedicated his life to making dentures and dental prosthetics as a Certified Dental Technician. Though often working twelve hour days, Mike’s true happiness existed at his home in Louisville, Tennessee with his wife and large family of pets. Mike’s inability to turn a blind eye to a dog in need kept the house full of loose fur and unavoidable companionship. While at home, he was never more than three feet away from a friend.

Mike was a lover of music, particularly the folk, garage, and surf rock of the 1960s. His lab work was often soundtracked by the likes of Buffalo Springfield, The Beatles, and The Ventures—usually at unreasonably high volumes.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, George Pierce Jr., and is survived by his loving wife of forty-eight years, Janet Smith Pierce; mother, Mattie Pettit Pierce of Maryville; sister, Bonnie Pierce; children: Emily Miller and husband Dusty, Drew Pierce and wife Katrina; granddaughters: Ava, Lillian, Mattie, Saylor, and Margot; nephew, Ernie LeQuire; dogs: Hudge, George, Flower, Rudy, Cody, and all-around hell-raiser, Dolly; and cat, Mr. Purrlin.

Per Mike’s wishes, he will be cremated with no public service. However, if he were laid to rest with a headstone, it would read: “Here lies a man who loved his dogs.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to any animal shelter, rescue, or animal advocacy group.

Rosie Mae Clowers

Rosie Mae Clowers, 95, from Concord, passed away at her house in Blount Country on January 29, 2023.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Clowers; parents, John and Mary Delaney; and children, Johnny Clowers, Mary Long and Jewel Whitaker.

Rosie is survived by children, Rose Marley and Teresa Huff; grandchildren, Cassie and Eric Garcia, Jesse and Melanie Marley, Scotty Armstrong, Ashely Bryant and many more; great grandchildren, Hunter, Sofia, Brooklyn, Patsy Paisley, Little Jim, and many more. Rosie is a great great great grandmother.

Whoever met Rosie would know that she is just a loving, caring lady. Rosie loved to play the guitar, plant a garden and play cards! Rosie will be dearly missed by many people! Love you always and forever!!

Robert Anthony Haun Miller

Robert “Robby” Anthony Haun Miller age 37 of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away January 23, 2023, at his home while surrounded by his family. Robby was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Knoxville. He had worked at Chicken City since 2015 and loved his job and coworkers. Additionally, he was happiest when tending to his plants, working in the garden, and helping others. Robby had a caring and gentle soul and was always there for anyone who needed help or just a kind word.

Robby was preceded in death by his great grandparents George and Josephine Hembree; grandparents Ray and Lucille Haun and Jack Miller. He is survived by his parents Teresa and Clay Haun, Bruce Miller, and special step-mother Dara Price (Charles); his brothers Chris Haun, Joey Haun, Houston Miller (Laura), and Harrison Miller; his grandparents J.R. and Ruth Fox and Bobby Miller; and many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, his loving dog Spotty, and Eric the cat. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the family and friends who were by Robby’s side during his final days: his Uncle Bob, Uncle Bill, Aunt Angie, Aunt Sandy, Aunt Becky, Aunt Kelly, Amanda, Madison, Christian, Layla, Tootsie, Ross, James, Sue, Jenni, Barry, Brad, Justin, Bucky, and numerous others.

The family will have a small celebration of Robby’s life on Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Fellowship Baptist Church, 5401 Jessie Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37920. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in honor of Robby be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Sibyl Adams

Sibyl Adams, 78, passed away on January 14, 2023. Sibyl touched many hearts, especially those of her dear friend, Kim Ferguson.

Judith Bliss Mallard

Judith “Judi” Bliss Mallard (age 73) of Maynardville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Friday, January 6, 2023, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.  Judi was born April 18, 1949, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Donald Read Bliss and Virginia Hodges Bliss.

Judi attended Holston High School in Knoxville and graduated from Seneca High School in Louisville, Kentucky.  She worked at Tennessee Valley Authority as an engineer’s aide.  Later in life she became a licensed hairdresser. 

Judi was a Unitarian Universalist by faith.  She was a strong advocate for change that would provide equal justice for all, especially for those in need, “the underdogs” or those oppressed by societal inequalities. She enjoyed attending and following Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Vols sporting events.  Judi was an avid music lover as it had a soulful impact on her, and she enjoyed many live performances in her lifetime. She loved cooking and entertaining friends and family and working on home improvements.  Judi was deeply loved by those who knew her best, knowing her to be forthright, loyal, and exceptionally caring.

Judi was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Donald Read Bliss, Jr. She is survived by her devoted husband, Steve Turner Mallard; son, Eric Sinclair Bliss (Stacie); grandchildren, Hollis Granros Leitch, Ozwell Turner Bliss, and Raiya Margaret Bliss; sisters Priscilla Bliss Bullock (David), Elizabeth Sinclair Bliss, Deborah Bliss Turner, and Joanne Bliss Landers; brothers John “Jock” Barker Bliss and Loren Fuller Bliss; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38148-0142, or online at, or by phone at (800) 822-6344.

An online Celebration of Life for Judi is scheduled for February 5, 2023 at 2:00pm EST. Please contact the family for instructions for access to the service.

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Robert Dean Mitchell

Robert “Corky” Dean Mitchell, age 69 of Knoxville, TN, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 29, 2022.

Corky spent 20 years driving tractor trailers, as a delivery driver for both PepsiCo and Miller Brewing Company. He then decided to change his path to a career in metal fabrication and anodizing, where he worked at Fab Metal and then finally at All Star Marine and Aerospace until he retired. An avid motorcyclist, nothing gave him joy like riding his bike and he rode every chance he could. He had a great number of loyal and loving friends, many of them life long, that were all more like family and meant the world to him. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him, but he left them with decades of memories and great stories to tell.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Jolene Dunn.

 Survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Heather (Jarett) White; grandson, James Webb; great granddaughter, Brynlee Webb, along with Aunts, Uncles, in-laws, and cousins.

 The family wishes to express gratitude for all of the thoughts, prayers, and support they continue to receive. Corky requested no service, and the family will honor his wishes.

Richard Dennis Marter

Richard Dennis Marter, 64, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday December 24, 2022.

Rick was proud to have served in the United States Army.

Preceded in death by parents, Jack and Lounez Marter; brother, James Manley.

Survived by wife, Darlene Wilhite; children, Richard “Luke” Marter (Rhonda), John “Casey” Marter, Tommy Wilhite, Thomas Wilhite; grandson, Brandon Marter; granddaughters, Bayleigh and Alyssa Martin; sisters, Deborah Parker-Pratt (Raymond), Patricia Lou Sutherland (Dennis); brother, John Murray (Judy); sister in-law, Rebecca Dance; and mother of his children, Lisa Marter (John).  

Services will be held January 27, 2023 12:30pm at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Chapel 2200 E. Governor John Sevier Hwy. 

David Herschel Williams

David “Herschel” Williams, 71, of Rogersville TN, passed away on December 22, 2022. Herschel was born on August 15, 1951 to Lonzo and Mary Francis Williams. Number 6 of 8 children, he was raised in a music loving home learning to play the guitar and banjo at a young age. Herschel was a talented musician, but his true passion was playing the banjo. He traveled the United States playing with his brothers, friends, The Larkin Brothers as well as others. After graduating from Rogersville High School in 1969, Herschel joined the Air force where he became an instrument technician leading to his career as an electrician and member of the IBEW.

Herschel is preceded in death by his parents, Lonzo and Mary Francis Williams; brothers, Lonnie, Charlie, Larry, Kim, Dwight; sister, Linda; and granddaughter, Katie Grace Crosby.

Herschel is survived by his daughter, Misty Dawn (Lynn) Crosby;  grandson, Grant Crosby; sister, Mary Ellen(Bill) Ramsbey; sister in laws: Nancy Williams, Brigitte Williams, and Phyllis Williams; as well as nieces and nephew. Special thanks to Amedisys Hospice, Deane Hill Place Memory Care Knoxville, and Signature Living of Rogersville for your dedicated care.

 A private ceremony will be held at a later date.