C. Thomas (Tom) Hendrix

C. Thomas (Tom) Hendrix, May 10, 1935 – January 1, 2019.

There were three sure-shot ways to tell if Tom Hendrix liked you: he teased you, he played his harmonica for you, or he engaged you in a lively discussion on sports (ahem, Go Vols!, Go Sox!, Go Braves!, but especially, Go Vols!), taxes, food, or candy crush. And if you were truly lucky, it was all of the above!

Tom was born in Johnson City, Tennessee and grew up in Kingsport where he graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1953 and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Go Vols!) in 1957.

During his career at ALCOA, he worked in Management Information Service (MIS), where he managed programmers and help desk personnel for office computer systems. He retired after 28 years in 1992. In the 1970s, he was selected to co-facilitate racial sensitivity training for ALCOA employees nationwide and was a lifelong outspoken proponent of diversity and equality.

He was a born leader and often filled leadership roles in our community. He was President of the Board of Directors of Overlook Mental Health Center from 1982 to 1985. In more recent years, he spent every tax season tirelessly at work with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, a service that offers free income tax preparation for seniors and people with modest incomes. As District 3 Director, he led the program at the Blount County Library, the Sevier County Senior Center and the Cora Veal Senior Center. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Tax-Aide Fellow award for distinguished service as a volunteer. He also received the Jan Cooper Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years of outstanding service to this program.

He was a founding member of Rare Aire, the most aptly named harmonica group there’s ever been. This group of (mostly) senior pulmonary patients was banded together at Blount Memorial Medical Fitness in 2014, when assistant Medical Fitness director Kathy Tallent suggested that harmonicas could be used for respiratory therapy and Senior Services coordinator Edward Harper enthusiastically agreed to help lead and teach the group. The group evolved, learned to play a little, and became Rare Aire, a loud and happy group of harmonica blowers who bring a smile to everyone’s face. The group even recently performed at the Tennessee Theater. Tom was so proud of the group and loved showing off his harmonica skills.

Tom struggled daily with COPD and he considered each breath a precious gift. Through it all, he never lost his dry wit and that twinkle in his eye when he was teasing a loved one.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother and father, Thelma Mae Cunningham Hendrix and Samuel Ernest “Chick” Hendrix, sister Janice Hendrix Austin, and son Richard Ernest “Rick” Hendrix. He is survived by so many loved ones, including his wife Valerie, daughters Rebecca and Susan and their mates; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; adoring nieces and many, many friends.

A Celebration of his Life is planned for Friday, January 11th from 3 to 6 p.m. in the banquet room of Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria at 128 W. Broadway in Maryville, TN.

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Cindy Widener McNutt

Cindy Widener McNutt, age 68, passed away on December 29, 2018 at the home of her son and surrounded by love. After graduating from Fulton High School, she perused her desire to become a Psychiatric Registered Nurse and graduated from Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing as President of her graduating class.  Cindy had a passion for cooking and baking and loved to share her dishes with everyone. 

Cindy is preceded in death by her parents, Gilford and Carolyn Widener.  She is survived by son, JP McNutt and wife, Amanda; granddaughter Kendall McNutt; brothers, Steve Widener and wife, Janice, Kenny Widener and wife, Terry, Chip Widener and wife, Hilda; cousin and sister at heart, Sheila Rumoro; along with several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00PM on January 5, 2019 at The Church at Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918 with a Celebration of Life to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation.  Contributions can be made onlinewww.etkidney.org/donate or via mail ETKF, P.O.Box 22072, Knoxville, TN 37933.

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Scotty Chaffin

Scotty Mitchell Chaffin, 59 of Jonesborough, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family.  He was born in Wise, Virginia; son of the late Beecher and Leona Estella Kiser Chaffin.

Scott was employed by GTL Construction, in Johnson City, Tennessee for sixteen years as a project manager but was forced to give up the career he loved due to his health.  He was a graduate of Ervinton High School.  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Regina Kay Chaffin Clay and Dura Jean Chaffin Maust; and five brothers, Stanley Chaffin, Luther Trenton Chaffin, Henry Clinton Chaffin, James Clayton Chaffin and Harold Denton Chaffin. 

Scott is survived by two daughters, Heather Word and husband, Junior and granddaughter Rylee; Sarah Shilling and Family; five brothers; Randal Chaffin and wife Vivian, Doyte Chaffin and wife Cathy, Billy Chaffin and wife Tanya, Danny Chaffin and wife Cathy, Benton Chaffin, and one sister, Charlotte “Sissy” Chaffin; and several nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to his special friends for all of their help over the past year.  George and Amanda Leonard; Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson; Jerry Story and Tommy Greene.

He was a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend that will be missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of life service will be conducted on January 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm with a visitation from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, Virginia with the Rev. Lanny Powers officiating.  An Interment will follow at the Chaffin family cemetery, Hazel Mountain, VA

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gray Fossil Museum: 1212 Suncrest Dr. Gray, TN 37615.

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Michael Pinion

Michael W. Pinion, 41, of Corryton, started his journey on December 14, 2018. He was born on July 27, 1977. He leaves his parents; Eddie and Cheryl Wyrick; grandparents, Charlie and Andrea Cameron of Rutledge; brother, Eddie (Spanky) Wyrick Jr. of Knoxville; Son and grandson Mitchell and Hatley Pinion of Texas. He also leaves behind his beloved nieces, Leila Wyrick and Laksmi, Lalina (Lina) and Lalita (Cissy) Thompson; special friends, Mike and Denise Kravitz of Kentucky, Chad and Christy Fritz of Luttrell, Jim and Mary Brown with whom he had a very close spiritual and loving relationship. Hendersonville, Grace and Truth Ministries. A memorial service will be announces at a later date.

Byron Stocks

Byron Thomas Stocks died from cancer at home Dec.10, 2018 with the love of his life, Denise at his side. 

A spiritual man he followed the Buddhist teachings, had accepted Christ at a young age and recently reaffirmed that commitment.

Byron lived life to its fullest, a true man’s man who had been to every state and a few other countries. He especially enjoyed the desert southwest and experiencing Native American culture.

He epitomized the quote “NEVER live a life of quiet desperation”.

Unforgettable, interesting, entertaining, an avid reader with a wide range of knowledge and experiences.

Those fortunate enough to be his friend had a loyal and trustworthy confidant. He had your back. A true foxhole friend.

Fiercely patriotic, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Not one to mince words he often held captive audiences wherever he went imploring Americans to WAKE UP and take back our country. Politically conservative, he often gifted people with copies of Ayn Rands works, especially “Atlas Shrugged”, the American Constitution and to warn of the evils of liberalism, Rules for Radicals.

Helping others when and however possible with no strings attached, generous to a fault, Byron had the ability to really SEE a person

An adventurous daredevil who never backed down from a worthy confrontation, He was an inspiration.

An avid fisherman, he won trophies and prizes in many Bass tournaments. He especially enjoyed taking part in the annual Julia Marie fishing day for disabled children in Louisiana. 

Byron’s eclectic work career ranged from  land surveyor, Reno, Nev bar manager, sales, tour guide, chemistry company owner, leather carver, jewelry designer and creator, with oil rigs logistics coordinator being his longest and favorite occupation.

Tough but tender hearted, he danced to the beat of a different drummer. 

He is survived by his wife and soulmate Denise aka “Twinkles”. Daughter Dove aka “Sundance”, his faithful dog Cricket, dear friend Mary and many people who loved him.

Byron carried in his wallet 2 items, his wedding picture and a frayed copy of a long quote by Theodore Roosevelt that ends with: His place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

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Gary Lynn Raby

Gary Lynn Raby, 73, of Powell, TN passed away on Sunday, December 9th, 2018.

Gary was a graduate of Powell High School class of 64’.  He was well liked by his high school friends, and being an amazing trumpet player he was chosen as “most talented” in the class. Gary married his high school sweetheart and they became inseparable throughout his entire life. He loved riding his Harley motorcycle and they enjoyed riding together.  He was a US Army Veteran.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff Davis and Lola Myrtle Raby; father and mother in-law, Arthur and Lucille Beeler; brother, Bobby Raby; sisters, Juanita Raby and Mildred Rice; brother in-law, Wayne Beeler.

Survivors include his loving wife, Patsy Beeler Raby; sisters, Patty Elder, Hilda Jones and Betty McBee; brother in-laws, Dave (Shirley) Beeler and Larry (Betty) Beeler; and sister in-laws, Boneda Beeler and Delores Raby.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life on Saturday December 15th from 3-5 pm at 1st Baptist Powell Youth Worship Center (Old Sanctuary).

Frances Evalene Lamb

Frances Evalene Lamb, age 69, was called Home on November 19th, 2018. Frances retired after 25 years of loyal service to Terminix Pest Control. She was a loving Mother and Wife who gave freely from a genuinely amazing soul.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Lilly Beeler; brothers Ronnie and Ricky Beeler; Husband Ronnie Lamb, and daughter, Ashley.

She is survived by sister, Linda Levy; brothers Wayne (Connie) and Roger (Shirley) Beeler; Sons Jason (Tuesday) and Justin, and granddaughter Emery Lamb, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family.

The family will gather in the fellowship hall of Olivet Baptist on November 26th from 5-8PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Judes.

Flora “Janelle” Kelley-Carver

Flora “Janelle” Kelley-Carver, 68, of Meads Quarry Community went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, October 19,2018 at the home of her children.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charlie and Flora Bell Johnson, and John and Ellen Kelley Sr.; parents, John and Lela Kelley Jr.

She is survived by her bestfriend and lifelong soulmate Ernest “Buster” Carver Jr.; children, Kelly and Thomas Walters, Ernest “Buster” and Kathy Carver III; sister, whom she raised as her own, Melissa “Renae” and Tim Goodson; grandchildren, Jesse, Dalton, and Brandon Walters, Lela Carver, Kristian and Dylan Tapp, John and Cassie Goodson, and Emily Brown; and great-grandson, Leland Brown.

Janelle’s celebration of life will take place Monday, October 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Island Home Baptist Church located at 2323 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920 with Reverend Jimmy Hensley and Chris Yarbrough officiating.

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Roger L Noe

Roger L. Noe, 60, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on October 17, 2018. He was born on November 2, 1957 and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and the 844th ENBN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marie Noe; twin brother, Rodney and sister, Teresa Lytle.

Survivors include brother, Craig (Linda) Noe; sister, Janet (Dan) Myers; numerous nieces and nephews; and fur babies, Sockatees and Ninja.

There will be a graveside service at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (2200 E Governor John Sevier Hwy) on Monday November 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm with the Steps House Chaplain officiating.

Elizabeth Mahoney

Elizabeth Mahoney passed away on October 15, 2018 at Island Home Park with her son and Ex-husband at her side. She was 75 years old and was in poor heath for the past few years. She leaves behind two sons Ty Mahoney, Chris Mahoney and her ex-Husband Steve Mahoney along with her sister Darrelyn Turnner. Also leaving behind all of her family and friends who came to visit her while she was in the hospital. She will be dearly missed and she was a great mother to her kids and loved by her friends and family.