Zachary Wayne Dye, 35, of Rockford, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Jan 10. Zachary was a loving Husband, Father, and Son. He graduated from Heritage High School, in 2004, served in the Marine Corp, and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. His favorite past time was spending time with his children, and spending time in the mountains. He is survived by his wife of 15 years Amanda Dye, sons Colton, Carson, and Mason, daughter Grace; father Kenny Dye, sisters Whitney Dye, and Elyshia Cooper, and brother Bradley Cooper; grandmother Shirley Reagan, Aunts Lesa Hembree and Kim Wald, Uncle Charlie Dixon; cousins Jason Hembree, Kassidy Moore, and Connor Moore; and several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends. Zachary’s wishes were to be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date
Connie Eileen Ellis Brown of Sevierville, TN passed away January 7, 2022 at the LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville at the age of 62. She was born January 11, 1959 to Wilson “Bill” and Julia Bragdon Ellis in Presque Isle, ME. She was a 1977 graduate of Presque Isle High School and received a certificate from the Office Assistant program of Northern Maine Technical College in 1997.
Connie proudly served 17 years as an Air Force spouse, and worked at Dollywood in Sevierville for 17 years until her early retirement in 2016 due to Breast Cancer, of which she was a proud survivor. She loved traveling with her husband Tim, as well as crocheting, baking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Connie was a long time member of the United Pentecostal Church, serving with dedication and love in a number of capacities. She began her journey at the First UPC of Presque Isle, ME, and was a 22 year member of the Pentecostals of Sevierville where she served as a Sunday School teacher and leader of the ladies department.
Remaining to cherish Connie’s memory is her high school sweetheart and loving husband of 44 years Tim Brown; and their children Tina and Jeremy Spiers, Chelle and John Harwood, Dan Brown, and Kyle and Danielle Brown; grandchildren Alicia and Elijah Cavin, Lexi. Alyssa, Jamison, Jack, Bentley, and Phoenix; siblings Wesley Ellis and Patricia Ryan, Luther and Mary Ellis, Ricky Ellis and Darlene Nelson, and sister-in-law Pam Ellis; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was proceeded by her parents Bill and Julia and her siblings Easter Smith, Wilson Ellis Jr., and Stephen Ellis.
Mary “Jean” Norton Goble, born September 14, 1938 and raised in Blount County, Tennessee passed away on January 4, 2022 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia. She was a homemaker for many years until she was widowed. She loved Jesus as her best friend, her children and grandchildren, and trips to the beach. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her sons Richard and spouse Kay Goble, Douglas and spouse Ramona Goble, daughter Mechelle Stevens. Brothers: Tom and his wife Linda Norton and Jerry and his wife Brenda Norton. Special niece; Lori and husband Will Woolum and special nephew; Jimmy Jones. Also 6 Grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband: R C Goble, Parents: Roy Norton and Frances Norton, sister: Johnnie Jones, daughter, Tonya Goble, grandson, Aaron Goble.
Special thank you to Avalon Hospice nurses: Lisa, Cindy and Monica for their loving care. The past year they became family and they helped us with all that was needed, especially in the last days of her life.
To honor her wishes, we will be planning a Celebration Of Life for this amazing woman, in the late Spring/early Summer. She loved family gatherings, so we will have an outdoor event to honor her the way she loved.
Kenneth Ray Hayes, Jr. 62, died suddenly from cardiac arrest on Dec 31, 2021. He is survived by his devoted partner, Deborah R. Ellis of Knoxville. Kenny was a thoughtful and caring man who loved to fish, travel, play poker, and drink Mountain Dew. Kenny was a veteran of the Army National Guard and served during Desert Storm. He also leaves behind his daughter Mandy King Folk, and his son, John Hayes. He is survived by his sister, Linda Allred, and his brothers, Donnie, Mike, and Steve. He is preceded in death by his sister, Diane, brother, Rick, and his sons, Billy and Justin. He also has several nieces and nephews left behind.
Kenny worked as a plumber for many years. He had a natural gift for fixing things and had a great interest in history. He grew up in Blaine and enjoyed helping his papaw with the family farming. He loved being outdoors and hiking when he was able. He and Debbie took a lot of road trips and liked exploring the United States. He especially enjoyed heading north to visit Debbie’s family.
Kenny will be remembered as a very sensitive man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. He wished to be cremated, and had no desire for a memorial service.
Billie Joyce Sharpe, 71, went to be with the Lord on December 27, 2021 while surrounded by the ones she loved.
She was born on October 21st, 1950 in Straw Plains, TN to Bill and Eursa France. Billie grew up in a larger family than most, she had three sisters and two brothers. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Michael David Sharpe; parents, Bill and Eursa France; brother, Gene France.
Survivors include sons; Billy Jack Jones and Brian Keith Jones; grandchildren, Jordan, Justis, Jayda, and Chrystian Jones; great grandson, Blaine Jones; brother, Ronnie France; sisters, Wilma Bunch, Della Maples, and Kay Byrd.
Billie will remain in the hearts of those that she loved and will be missed dearly.
The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
Robert Stephen Tait: December 13, 1951 – December 15, 2021. Robert passed after a valiant and fierce fight with Covid 19 pneumonia.
Robert was born in Chamblee, Atlanta. He was adopted by Emmitte P. Tait and Dorthy Stitzer Tait.
He embarked on his career with the US Navy and served 24 years earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was deployed to many countries and areas including Japan, Iceland, Sicily, the Philippines, etc.
After leaving the Navy, Robert obtained his bachelor’s in business administration and after 9/11 he became employed by Homeland Security and spent his final years working as a program analyst, retiring in 2019 and settling in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife Barbara. They were married 9 years at the time of his death.
Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara Davis Phipps and his daughters, Hilary Tait Terry (wife of Ray Terry) and his two grandchildren, Ivy Rayne Terry, and Samuel Bryant Terry, and by his daughter, Carrie Chandler (wife of Chris Chandler.) He is also survived by his sister, Christie Nicholas, and also by many in-laws and friends too numerous to name.
Please remember Robert when you marvel at the beauties of our natural world, enjoy a great book, or show kindness to any animal or person in need.
Burial will be private.
Linda Jean (Coe) Park, 71, of Dandridge, Tennessee died suddenly on December 15, 2021. She now resides in the Heavenly Kingdom with kindred souls. Born in Athens, Ohio on January 13, 1950, Linda was the daughter of Robert W. Coe and Florine C. Coe and sister to John A. Coe, all who precededher in death. Linda is survived by her husband, Gary Park, and their two children, Christopher M. Park of Nashville, and Rachel Park Hurt (Adlai) of Knoxville, whom she loved unconditionally. She was also blessed with two wonderful grandchildren, Olivia and Atticus Hurt, who will miss all the love, toys, cookies, and adventures that their Grandma gave. She is also survived by close family members, Diane Coe, Bob Briggs (Jackie), and Bette Lauer (Dave).
Linda grew up in Kent, Ohio, attending Kent State University. She subsequently transferred to The Ohio State University, studying pharmacy. After her marriage to Gary on December 16, 1972, they lived in Columbus, Ohio, and then Roanoke, Virginia before finding their forever homes in Tennessee.
Linda’s life was one of faith, service, laughter, and love. She never met a stranger and was willing to help all who asked or needed it. She worked hard every day of her life and never found it hard to work.
Linda was an active member of Seahorns Chapel, UMC. She was blessed with a wonderful Church family. Her faith was unwavering, and the fellowship of her Church family brought her great joy and love.
Linda believed that volunteering and service to others were fundamental to a life well lived. She was a Girl Scout leader, a soccer, softball, and basketball coach, and president of the PTO and West Wilson Basketball Association. She volunteered for numerous other community organizations and was active in the charitable organizations of the churches she attended over her life, most recently her service to the Dandridge Ministerial Association. Even in death, Linda gave what she could, through organ donation.
Linda loved to laugh. Her joy and kindness were infectious and will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. She loved big and was loved. Although her death was sudden, very unexpected, and just before the Christmas holiday she loved so much, if she were here, she would want her friends, co-workers, and family to press on, spreading joy, enjoying the memories, making new memories, and helping others.
A Church service in Linda’s honor will be held at the Seahorns Chapel, UMC on January 8, 2022 at 1:30 p.m., Pastor John Thompson presiding. Food and fellowship immediately following the service. Linda spent her life helping others. If you would like to help and make a donation in Linda’s honor, please consider a donation to Holston Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greenville, Tennessee 37743.
Joe Don Swafford
March 07, 1934 – December 02, 2021
Joe Don Swafford, age 87 of Rockford, TN went to be with his Heavenly Father Thursday, December 2, 2021, at his home. He was a member of Riverview Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford. Retired from Rockford Manufacturing Company in 1999. Joe also earned his Barber License from Knoxville Barber College in October 1968. Joe enjoyed playing golf, fishing,going on walks and hikes with his friends, Country Music, his coffee and Bruton snuff. In his last years he enjoyed sitting on his deck with the warmth of the sun.
Preceded in death by; parents, Royal Hobert and Ollie Mae Swafford; brothers, Rollie Leon, Samuel, Jake, William Lee, sister Juanita (Cat) Turpin.
Survived by: Sons Ronald (Karen), Joe Allen (Jane), Michael Don, daughter Angela Cates (David). Grandchildren: KassiWebb (David), Matt Swafford (Jeannie), Kayla Swafford, Brian Cates, Brooke Cates, Beau Swafford and Chloe Swafford; 2 Great Grandchildren Luci (Kassi) and Charlie Jane (Matt).Several nieces and nephews. Special Thanks to Tiffany Martin Joe’s caregiver and friend.
Celebration of Life service to be held at Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, 3709 Sam’s Street, Rockford. Receiving of Friends from 5:00pm-6:30pm and Memorial at 6:30pm, Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Reverend Charles Roy Murrell will officiate. Flowers, and condolences may be offered at Riverview Baptist Church.
Melissa L. (Mahan) Hensley, 51 years old, of Knoxville, TN., passed away on November 26, 2021, following a brief illness. Melissa passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her children and family.
Melissa was born on June 20, 1970 to Steven and Delores Mahan in Bremerton, Washington. Melissa attended Karns High school where her lifelong relationships began with Missi Pickens Hibbert, Shannon Ritter Ware, Stephanie Mantooth Sims, and Dawn Flatford Carden who have remained loyal, loving best friends throughout these years. After Melissa graduated Karns High School in 1988, she went on to Tennessee Technical Community College where she obtained her Dental Assistant license. Melissa worked at several dentist offices, namely University General Dentistry where she was employed approximately 20 years. She met many great friends during her time in dentistry and treasured those relationships and the memories made. Most often Melissa worked with Dr. Andrew Young and valued him not only as her doctor, but even more so, as a good friend. More recently,
Melissa had begun caregiving for ailing individuals which she thoroughly enjoyed, it was in her nature to do so.
In 1989, Melissa met Michael Hensley in Maynardville, TN. through their parents who were all friends. They married and had Weston in 1990, she was so happy to be a mom and did great at it.
Weston was an always smiling, handsome blonde hair boy and was an only child until Colby arrived 11 years later in 2001, making his entrance with that red hair and perfect, big smile. She treasured her boys. She was a fun, loving, active mother who was as adventurous as they were. From taking them to skating rinks, ballparks, the lake, the beach, paintball fields, Melissa was a dedicated mother who made her children’s happiness a priority. Being 11 years apart, each one got to spend a lot of time with their mom individually, she always went out of her way to make them happy while having a good time. She loved her children with all her heart and was so proud of both. Melissa loved all children and was always the fun aunt. She played a big role in her nephews Javon and Xavier’s lives, taking them on many trips, adventures, and quick Pigeon Forge trips at the Resort. She loved her many nieces and nephews, friends’ kids, cousins, and she made sure they all knew it with her frequent hugs, smiles, laughter, visits, and support. They all sure loved their Melissa.
Melissa was a lover of all things outdoors. Her beautiful tan skin color gave that away. She loved animals, lake days, camping, the mountains, races, hanging out with her cousins and friends, Tennessee sports, cooking and sharing, and beach trips. Most recently going with her sister Laura to Myrtle Beach, SC in August where they took a quick flight to go where they felt closest to their parents on their mom’s birthday. Melissa took many beach trips with family and friends, creating everlasting memories. Melissa loved summer, the sun and water, and was always looking to spend a day at the pool. Any given nice day out, it would be typical to get an invitation to the pool, any
pool. Melissa loved her music; she was going to sing whether she knew the words or not. Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and Journey were among some of her favorite and she saw them several times in concerts. Melissa also loved and found comfort in church hymnals, a favorite being “It is well with my Soul”.
Melissa adored her first grandson River (6 months old), and although their time together was cut short, she loved him with all her heart and cherished the time they spent together. She will always be
with him in his heart. River has his own personal beautiful Angel walking beside him now. She also loved spending time with her great nephews and nieces, Zayden, Sage, Zendaya, and Steven Jayce. Zayden would call her “Missa”, like Javon did. They could get away with anything with Missa, she sometimes even encouraged a little mischievous behavior for a good laugh.
Melissa loved her friends, friends who were family, and family so much. She loved talking on the phone with them, probably helping them through a rough time in their own life. She was always good for that. She was blessed with genuine love, adoration from all who knew her.
Melissa and Laura lost both parents in the last few years making their bond even stronger. They talked every day and Melissa always knew the best way to deal with her sister, calm her down when needed
and was always supportive and caring. Melissa was always optimistic and feared nothing. Laura would say “but would YOU do it?” Melissa would say, “well yeah”. They needed each other, and they always had each other. There was nothing that could break that bond. Laura loved her big sister and will miss her terribly while cherishing their shared memories. A sister is a forever friend.
Melissa was proceeded in death by parents Steve and Delores “Toot” Mahan, grandparents Cecil and Margery Hughes and Doug and Imogene Mahan, Uncle Gary Mahan, and Uncle Buddy Rogers. Cannot forget her old fur friends Sassy and Keystone. They and many, many others have welcomed Melissa home with wide open arms. She is at peace and home with them all. No more feeling bad.
Melissa is survived by and now an Angel watching over her son Weston (Amber) Hensley, Colby (Sydney) Hensley, grandson River, sister Laura Mahan, nephews Xavier (Jazzmin) Harper and Javon (Ashley) Harper, former husband Mike Hensley, former in laws Janice and Ed Hensley, Aunts Brenda Jacques, Sharon Rogers, Connie Mahan, Sharon Weiman, and Uncle John Mahan as well as many other special cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Services for Melissa will be held Saturday, December 4,2021, at 1pm at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church 7225 Old Clinton Pike, Knoxville TN 37921. Following the service, there will be a receiving of friends in the fellowship hall at the church.
Gerald Stillwell, 54, went home to be with the Lord on November 27, 2021. His passing was sudden and devastating to his family. Gerald was a friend to everyone, he never meet a stranger and always made everyone feel welcome. Gerald and his wife, Missy, were inseparable and best friends in life and built a loving family out of that friendship. Gerald took great pride in his family and loved each of his children and grandchildren. He loved to talk about how he was blessed to have 11 grandchildren to love on.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents: Web and Joyce Stillwell; sister: Alisa Stillwell; and brother: Oscar Stillwell.
He is survived by his wife: Missy Stillwell; Children: Mistie Stillwell, Dustin(Emily) Stillwell, Amanda(Will)
Stewart, Sherry(Tim) Jones; 11 grandchildren: Mason, Kylie, Bella, Carter, Alan, Carson, Caleb, Shania,
Arianna, Kaelyn, and Timmy; siblings: Herbert, Tie, Jewel, Floyd, and Avery; along with many in-laws,
nieces and nephews.
Gerald’s celebration of life will be held on Saturday December 4th at 2 p.m in Freedom to Worship Church, 2013 Old Knoxville Pike, Maryville, TN 37804.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside
still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your
staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my
head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I
shall dell in the house of the Lord forever.