Diana Sliger Keaton

Diana Sliger Keaton, 67, went home to be with Jesus on September 29, 2021 after a battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was a graduate of Powell High School and retired from Covenant Health Systems. She is survived by daughter, Kelli Evans and husband Phil. Grandchildren Thomas, Cameron, and Jeremiah who she loved very much. Brother, John Sliger and wife Diane. Sister, Missy Petree and husband Rick. Longtime best friend, Ashley Webb and husband Russell. Preceded in death by parents Mona and John Sliger. A memorial service will be held on 11/6 from 5-7pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church 4211 Pleasant Ridge Rd. Knoxville. Rev. Carl S. (Chico) Leese will be officiating.

James Graham Hatcher

James Graham Hatcher, age 36, from Knoxville, TN, passed this life on September 26, 2021 at Integrity House. James was born on January 20, 1985 in Knoxville.  

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Heather Hatcher, sons, Jayden Hatcher, of Knoxville, Jahkai Hatcher, of Powell, and daughter, Journey Hatcher, of Oak Ridge. His parents, Philip and Angela Hatcher, of Memphis, TN area, his sister, and four half brothers.   

He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Sammy Graham and Tonya White.

A scattering of his ashes will be done at a later date.  

Kathy Cobb Sturgill

Kathy Cobb Sturgill born February 15, 1955, “slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God” on September 12, 2021. She was 66 years old.

Kathy was raised in Frakes, Kentucky, surrounded by her large extended Cobb, Partin, Maiden and Henderson family. She attended Henderson Settlement High School and later graduated from Lincoln Memorial University as a Registered Nurse in 1978. She worked for 35 years as an RN in all areas with a focus on medical-surgical and critical care.  Her ministry of nursing primarily took place at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville.

Kathy had a heart filled with compassion for the elderly and for those struggling with addiction. In her semi-retirement years, she was a nursing home administrator and later helped manage Pump Spring Baptist’s “Heart of Hope” residential ministry for women with addiction issues or transitioning from prison.

Kathy was a devoted mother and grandmother, daughter, sister, daughter in law, cousin, and friend. She loved her children Arlie Napier and Matthew and Mark Sturgill – but ADORED her grandchildren:  Haylee, Cameron (CJ), Kaylee, Hunter, John Daniel, and Zachary.  Her greatest accomplishment was seeing to it that her grandchildren knew the Lord as she did – as Savior, Comforter, Protector and Refuge.  

Kathy is survived by her children Matthew (Brittney) Sturgill and Mark Sturgill, parents Arlie and Margie Cobb, brother Darrell (Annette) Cobb, sister Leah Shannon (Larry) Snodgrass, grandchildren John Daniel and Zachary Napier and Haylee, Cameron (CJ), Kaylee and Hunter Sturgill, special nieces Alexandra and Alisha Snodgrass, special uncle Homer Cobb, special cousin Karen Miracle Torez, dear friends Mary Ann Frost, Carolyn Gray, Charlene Mullins and Judy Gregory and a host of other beloved family and friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her oldest son Arlie Napier, brother Douglas Cobb, former husband Jerry Sturgill and beloved mother-in-law, Louise Sturgill.

A celebration of life service will take place Friday September 17, 2021, at Pump Springs Baptist Church, 225 Pump Springs Road, Harrogate TN 37752. Family will receive visitors from 5-6:45 PM and the celebration of life service will start at 7 PM. Interment and graveside service will take place at 11 AM at the Cobb Family Cemetery in Frakes, Kentucky, on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

“What brings a person value, significance, and hope is not what he does, but with Whom he does it. The call to live in continual communion with God means that every person’s life, no matter how mundane, is elevated to sacred heights.” Skye Jethani

Betty Gail Callis Gibson

Betty Gail Callis Gibson, 63, passed away September 3rd, 2021.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Virginia Callis and father, William Edward Callis; son, Timothy William Brandt; daughter, Kristina Nicole Brandt Warren.

She is survived by sister, Sandra Lee Callis Turek; brother, David Wayne Callis (Sheila); daughter, Melissa Ann Brandt Phillips; son, Anthony Wayne Brandt (Liza); nephews, Austin Turek and Matthew Turek; grandchildren, Chase McClain, Zachary Smith, Haley Brandt, Adrianna Warren, Kingston Warren, Candice Harmon, Paisley Bryant, River Brandt and Montana Brandt.

Betty was born on June 14th, 1958 in Petersburg, Virginia. She moved to Tennessee in 1992 with her family and lived there since. She graduated from Petersburg High School and studied at John Tyler Community College. She was employed at Action Antique Barn in Sevierville, Tennessee. Betty was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her greatest joy in life was her family and friends. She was loved and cherished by all her family and friends. Betty was an amazing woman that touched any life she came in contact with. She was a kind and caring person that will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of life will be held in her honor, both in-person and virtual.

Jackie Lynn Rogers

Jackie Lynn Rogers, 65, of Maryville, Tennessee went to be with the lord unexpectedly on August 24, 2021 at his home in Louisville, Tennessee. 
Jackie liked to fish and ride Motorcycles every chance he got. He enjoyed spending time in the mountains and being outdoors. 
He is preceded in death by Ellen Rogers, Pete Rogers, Ricky Rogers and Barbara King.
Survivors include his two sons; Jacky Rogers and Shawn Rogers; wife, Vicki Hicks; brother, Frank Rogers; sisters, Vicki Michael and Nancy Goodman; grandchildren: Chelsea Rogers, Treyson Rogers and Noah Rogers;  along with many nieces, nephews and friends. 
The family will be spreading Jackie’s ashes at a private location followed by a celebration of life in Maryville, Tennessee. 

Kenny Roberts

Kenny Roberts, 67, of Knoxville passed away on August 24, 2021.

Kenny was a Veteran of the United States Army and had a passion for Harley Motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Roberts; step dad, Homer Gray; brothers, Billy and Larry Roberts.

Survivors include his mother, Drema Gray; daughter, Heather (Matt) Chase; grandkids, Landon and Abby Chase; brother, Danny (Kelley) Roberts; and girlfriend, Sherri.

The family will be spreading Kenny’s ashes in West Virginia to honor his wishes.

Robert Scott Mynatt

Robert Scott Mynatt, 65, a US Marine Vet, passed away August 16, 2021.

Preceded in death by his mother, Janette; grandparents, Martha and Harold Bishop and Tell and Hassie Mynatt.

Robert is survived by wife, Debra Mynatt; father, Robert L Mynatt; brother, Roger (Kristine) Mynatt; three children, Tell Mynatt, Michael Kane, Kaycee Davis; and five grandchildren.

Glenda Hale Turner

Glenda Hale Turner, age 79, of Maryville, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and teacher. Receiving both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from UTK, Glenda taught in Blount County for over 25 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Callie Hale. Survived by two sons of whom she was very proud, Tom Turner and Bill Turner; daughter-in-law, Christy Martin; grand-daughters Alesia Turner, Maddie Martin, and Lauren Turner; nephew Mike Davis. A service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2021 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Maryville with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please donate to Family Promise of Blount County www.blountfamilypromise.org

William Charles Brooks

William Charles Brooks, age 79, of Powell, TN, passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center after a long illness.  He is preceded in death by his parents, R.B. Brooks, Jr. and Madge Gorman Brooks, great-granddaughter, Madelyn Grace Whitley and brother-in-law, Garnett A. Dill.  Survived by his wife of 55 years, Beverly Dill Brooks, daughters Stacey Berry (Lonnie) and Terri Smith; granddaughters, Bailey Bayless, Erin Whitley (Mark) and Madison Berry (Katie); great-grandchildren, Rylee McCloud, Jaxson Bayless, Luke Bayless, Briella Whitley and Grayson Whitley; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Carolyn Brooks, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy and Ron Schield and sister-in-law, Tina Dill; special nephew Robbie Brooks and wife Kelly, best friend Lynn Shular and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was employed with Dempster Brothers, Pathway Bellows and the University of Tennessee where he retired in 2007.  He was a member of Powell Masonic Lodge #582 as a 32nd Degree Mason.  He was also a member of Sterchi Hills Baptist Church.  His favorite hobbies were woodworking and fishing whether he caught a fish or not.

In lieu of funeral services, the family asks all who wish to participate, make a donation to the American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org or The Kidney Foundation at kidney.org/donation in his honor.

Iva Jean Watt

Iva Jean Watt, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away on July 30, 2021 at the age of 80. She was born in South Dakota and grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Iva was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness and an active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Knoxville. 

Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Geneva Gorsuch, and her brother Robert.

Iva is survived by her three children: Tina Hertzel (her boyfriend, Todd), Edward Watt (his wife, Michele), and Tammy Barragan (her husband, Ignacio); her grandchildren: Kelly Mitchell, Riley Watt, Diego Barragan, Joshua Watt, and Noelle Barragan; her sister-in-law, Loraine Gorsuch; her long-time family friend, Kimberly Owens; and loving relatives and friends.