Roger Kevin Smith






Roger Kevin Smith, 47, of Sevierville, TN, passed into eternal peace on Friday, November 14, 2014 after a short but difficult battle with liver disease.  Roger was the loving father of three wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter, and countless “adopted” children – friends of his children, who were always welcomed in his home and knew and loved him as “Papa Rog”.

Roger was known to many in Knoxville, TN as “The BBQ Man” for his award-winning Smokehouse BBQ restaurants.  He was a gifted salesman who could sell ice cubes to an Eskimo.  Most recently, he worked as a Sales Representative for Westgate Resort, sharing his own special stories of family times and his love of the Great Smoky Mountains to seal his deals.  Roger loved football and volunteered as a coach for his sons’ teams for many years.  He also loved fishing, music, spending time at the lake, and living in the mountains.

Roger was predeceased by his father, Sherman Smith.  He is survived by his sons, Zachary Smith of Sevierville, TN; Nicholas Smith of Knoxville, TN; and, Jacob Smith of Knoxville, TN; daughter Amanda (Marshall) Reeves of Ganado, TX; mother of his sons, Amy Smith of Knoxville, TN; his mother, Norma Rivera of Houston, TX; sister, Loretta Barnett; three brothers – Gary, David, and Rodney; two grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many special friends.

In accordance with Roger’s wishes, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground Group Pavilion on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  In honor of the way Roger lived his life, all family and friends are welcome.

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Susan Louise Carter

CARTER, SUSAN LOUISE MUSSELMAN – 59, traded her broken, earthly body for a pain-free heavenly one on November 6, 2014. Susan was the beloved daughter of George (deceased) and Polly Musselman; the treasured older sister of Cindy and Pete Musselman; the faithful wife and companion of Kevin Carter; the loving and devoted mother of Daniel and Cliff Carter; the delighted grandmother of Daniel and Ashley’s lovely daughters: Audrey, Cadence and Sydney. Susan patiently battled rheumatoid arthritis for her entire adult life-becoming a bionic woman over time. While she was forced into early medical retirement, she continued to serve the Lord as a foster parent to a number of needy children over the years and as the preschool choir teacher for her church as well. Susan demonstrated more joy, patience, faith and inner strength than anyone I’ve ever had the privileged to know. While she will be missed by those of us she leaves behind, we will celebrate the good works that God enabled her to do here on earth, the way that she touched each of our lives and the knowledge that she will be able to lift her beautiful voice in the heavenly choir for all time to glorify God. Family will receive friends November 20, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Powell.

Karyn Lynn Wolkotte

WOLKOTTE, KARYN – went to be with her Savior on September 15, 2014. She is survived by her three sons, Christopher, Eric, Mark; and two daughters in-law, Rhonda Wolkotte and Becky Wolkotte; seven grandchildren: Abby, Christopher Jr., Charlotte, Lilly, Mark Jr., Jonathan, Collin and Christalynn; one brother, Timothy Saylor. She is preceded in death by her husband Chris; son C.J.; brother Dearyl; mother Lakie and father Albert. Special thanks to the Edwards and Saylor families.

Joyce Ann Purkey

Joyce Ann Purkey, age 60, Friendsville, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 20, 2014. She was a member of Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene. Preceded in death by parents, Virgil and Mattie Purkey. Survived by brother, Harold Purkey and wife Lynda; sister, Karen Brendle; goddaughter, Miranda (Cameron) Rudd; nephews, Nick (Amanda) Purkey, Mike (Bridgett) Purkey and Matthew Brendle. Family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, with memorial service to follow. Rev. Charles Murrell officiating.