Darrin “Buster” Thompson

Darrin “Buster” Thompson went home to his Heavenly Father at the age of 52 on Sunday, February 28. Buster was born on January 16, 1969 in Nashville, Tennessee. Only Heaven will reveal how many people Buster touched. He never met a stranger, and was loved by many. He loved his family, K5 Blazers, his dog Dewie, fishing, hiking, and camping. Darrin was a talented artist and passionate advocate for equality. 
He is preceded in death by his grandmother Ruby Robbins, grandfather Dossie Robbins, mother Marjorie Robbins-Thompson, father Robert C Thompson, his brother Bobby Thompson, and sister-in-law Tracy Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Thompson, his siblings Ronnie, Mike, Ricky, Randy, and Sissy, his children Brittany, Jamie, Nick, Sara, and Brody, his grandchildren Hayden, Kolsyn, and Rileigh, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends who he considered family. 
No memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones when a service is scheduled.

Shirley Linn Ogle

Shirley Linn Ogle lost her battle with COVID-19 last week. She is preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Ogle and her parents Dr. Jay G. Linn Jr. and Beulah D. Linn. She is survived by her four sons Brent E. Ogle, David C. Ogle, Troy E. Ogle, M. Scott Ogle and his wife Treva, and granddaughter Emma J. Ogle. 

William “Bill” Pruitt

William “Bill” Pruitt, 80, of Knoxville, TN passed away on February 27, 2021.

Bill was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy “Dot” Pruitt; parents, James Oliver and Claudia Mae Pruitt.

Survivors include his son, Lonny (Deneen) Pruitt; daughter, April (Michael) Stratton; grandchildren, Joseph Papageorgeon, Bradley Pruitt (Rebecca),  Autumn Papageorgeon (Merri-Ashley);  and sister, Gerry Wilson.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Bill’s memory.

Dillard F. Harrod

Dillard F. Harrod, age 78, of Seymour, TN passed away peacefully at home on February 22, 2021. Dillard was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and friend to many. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and trophy-winning trap shooter. Preceded in death by wife of 56 years, Helen Brazzell Harrod; parents, Lloyd and Maude Harrod; and brothers, Ed and Arnold Harrod. He is survived by sister, Glenora Revis; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Angie Harrod, Nathan and Hope Harrod; daughter and son-in-law, Jami Harrod-James and David James; grandchildren, Melissa (John) Halter, Jordan (Amanda) Harrod, Cody James and Lauren James; great-grandchildren, Eli, Cole and Ben Harrod, Hattie and baby-on-the-way Halter; faithful four-legged companion, Reba Jo, granddog, Roxy and great-granddog, Cammie. There will be no funeral service at this time, but a Celebration of Life Ceremony for both Dillard and Helen will be held in the Spring. The family wants to extend special thanks to Dillard’s caregivers Debbie Johnson, Paula Keith and Penny Wallace. Arrangements by Dogwood Cremation. 

Mildred Eileen Newman

In Loving Memory of
Mildred Eileen Newman

Mildred Eileen Newman, 78, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully
surrounded by her loved ones, Saturday, February 13th, 2021.
Eileen was born in Hayden, Colorado in 1942 and graduated from Littleton High School
in 1960. During high school, Eileen was a talented photographer and contributed greatly
to her senior yearbook and other school events.

Being a great conversationalist and thoughtful listener, Eileen spent many years working
on the phone, in several different industries. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a 911
call processor from where she retired at 65. After a year of retirement, with the desire to
stay active and social, she sought out employment at GC Services in Knoxville where she
retired a second time at the age of 76.
After retirement, Eileen enjoyed spending time with her family, watching movies,
listening to music, playing games, and chatting on social media. She also spent time with
her bird “Cowboy” and her dogs “Dizzy” and “Cheebs”.
Eileen was a resilient woman, who despite hardships and many challenges throughout
her life, was funny, kind-hearted, and had a smile that would warm your heart. She was
loved and cherished by many, and though she will be dearly missed, she will live on in
the memories of those whose lives she touched.
Eileen is survived by her four treasured daughters, Vicki Patterson, Casey Giles, Shannon
Kerwin, Jackie Newman (Mikey), and a dear Son, Scott Neubill. She also leaves behind
her beloved grandchildren Bill Patterson (Sarah), David Patterson, Dan Patterson,
Stephanie Kish (Chris), Jessica Coleman (Gary), Grant Boss, Kiefer Boss, Leanna Peavy
(David), Michelle Neubill (Jeremiah), Matthew Neubill (Zoe) and many wonderful
There will be no funeral services at this time, but a Celebration of Life Ceremony is in the
planning stages for Spring. In lieu of flowers, bring potato salad and join us in the Spring
to share some wonderful memories of this sweet and beautiful soul.

Lavenna “Lou” Beach

Lavenna (Lou) Beach, age 90, died Wednesday morning, February 17, 2021 in the Meadows residence, a caring and loving community at the Courtyards Senior Living in Knoxville.  She was born in Stone, Kentucky, September 1, 1930 to Arthur and Belva (Centers) Duncan.  She is the oldest of seven children.  She was married to George (‘Ady’) Vowell in Lake City, Tennessee in 1947 and was married for 44 years.  They lived half of that time on the coastline of southern California.  After George’s death she was remarried to Charles A. Beach, for 19 years.  After his passing in 2011 she continued with her hobbies and crafting.  She loved her family and loved to plant flowers.  She played piano in her younger years and was very active in several churches in California while residing there for many years.  Lou has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Clinton, Tennessee in the mid 80’s to early 90’s.  Lou loved her elder residents in her care through those years.  She is preceded in death by her brothers, Harry Duncan and Austin Duncan also by her sister Patty Duncan and grandchildren, Aaron Vowell and Michaela Buckner.  She is survived by her brother Jim Duncan (wife Donna), her sisters Gloria Norfalise and Myra Crawford all in Anderson County and sister-in-law Dorothy Duncan in Lee’s Summitt, Mo.  She also leaves two sons, Ron Vowell (wife Gigmar) and Randy Vowell (wife Mary) along with two daughters, Rhonda Beffre (husband Gene) and Robin Hoffman.  Lou had 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.  She will be missed by all who loved her.  She will be laid to rest in Leach Cemetery, Lake City next to her husband, George. The family will have a graveside service at a later date.  

Velma Lea Parrett

Velma Lea Parrett, 70, of Powell, TN passed away on February 12, 2021, peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Velma is the daughter of Tilman and Mary Jane Muncy and was born on April 12, 1950 in New Tazewell, TN.

Velma is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Thomas Parrett, Sr. Her children Vicky (Jason) Sanders, Thomas (Tiffany) Parrett Jr., and daughter-in-law Sue Parrett. Velma was blessed with several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and loved by all her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. 

Velma is preceded in death by her parents and son, Rick Parrett.

In lue of flowers please make all donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org in her name.

Robert Allen Rush

Robert Allen Rush passed away peacefully at home on 2/9/2021 in Knoxville, TN at the age of 54.

Allen is preceded in death by parents Kenneth Rush and Shirley Watson Rush. He is survived by siblings Tammy Williams (Bryan), Franklyn Rush (Teresa), Jonathon Rush (Jeanette), and step-sister Danielle Beal; nieces and nephews Elizabeth Lutes (Steven), John Gilliam Jr (Jade), Rohn Gilliam (Melissa), Lisa Collins (Jacob), Troy Rush, Cayla Rush, Kimberly Setzer (Tucker), TJ Graves, Amanda Graves, Jessica Hodge (Staven), Jacob Montgomery (Briannah), and several great-nieces and nephews.

Services are being held at a later date.

Paul “Tony” Holmes

Paul “Tony” Holmes passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from injuries sustained in a serious fall. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bonnie Holmes; daughter, Alison Mendes;granddaughter, Aria Mendes; brother, Doug Holmes; uncle, Carl Cooper; aunt, Imogene Shea; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Avy Day. His final days were spent in his home by the Tennessee River with his wife, daughter, sister-in-law, and beloved dog by his side.

Born in Nashville, TN, on March 30, 1939 to Dennis and Fransena Holmes, Tony attended Forrest High School in Chapel Hill, TN, where he enjoyed playing football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he joined the United States Army, serving his country honorably for three years before continuing his education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and in 1973 with a master’s degree in College Teaching in Political Science.

His graduate thesis, entitled “The American Party in Tennessee, 1968-1971,” examined the role of third parties in American politics, a topic that he continued to explore in a personal capacity well into his later years. He had a deep appreciation for political discourse and was an avid collector of campaign memorabilia, building an extensive collection of posters, buttons, and signed photographs from individuals across the political spectrum.

Tony worked for the U.S. Public Health Department from 1965 to 1967, investigating and tracing contacts for various diseases.After his graduate work, he joined the Tennessee Valley Authority, working for the agency in various capacities until he retired in 1993.

In retirement he spent much of his time researching and writingon topics of personal interest. He also volunteered with the East Tennessee Historical Society where he assisted with several projects, including the “First Families of Tennessee” program. His enthusiasm for history and genealogy led to a detailed compilation of information on both the Cooper and Holmes family lineage, much to the delight of interested family members.

Tony was known as a gifted storyteller who could enchantanyone with the power of his words. Over the years he authored– among other miscellaneous works – a series of articles in historical journals on early Tennessee River ferries.

An exceedingly gentle and kind man, Tony could befriend anyone he met. As a self-made man who worked hard for what he had, he continuously sought to “pay it forward” and lend a helping hand to those in need. In his humble opinion, humor was the perfect antidote for any ailment, and he was always ready to offer a smile and joke as needed. He was also a cherished companion of children and animals alike, who naturally gravitated to his calm yet playful disposition.

With a twinkle in his eye, Tony could effortlessly captivate those around him with his imagination and undeniable charm. Heleaves behind many family and friends who have been touched and inspired over the years by his generosity, compassion, empathy, intelligence, and quick wit. He was a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, and he will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, a celebration of Tony’s life will be held at a future date for all those who remember him fondly.Please consider a contribution in Tony’s memory to one of two causes that were close to his heart in life: the East Tennessee Historical Society (www.easttnhistory.org/tribute-gift) or the Forrest High School Scholarship Fund (donations can be made out to “FHS Scholarship Fund,” c/o Matt Moorehead, P.O. Box 546, Chapel Hill, TN 37034).

Tracey Hope Walter-Hensley

Tracey Hope Walter-Hensley, age 56, passed away on February 3, 2021. She was born September 18, 1964 in Mobile, AL. She is survived by her step-father & mother Bill(Deloris) McAmis; father Glenn Walter; brothers BJ Deciere, Beau Brown, Brandon Walter, Daniel Walter; sister Mandy Walter; daughter Brittnee(Jeremy) Johnson, Teresa Hensley; grandkids, Travis & Madelyn Watson, and Camden Roach. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.