RUSSELL, CLYDE, age 48, of Rutledge, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 1999. He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by parents, Greenberry and Beulah Russell; brother, Allen Russell and sister, Clemetine Ogan. Survivors: wife, Kaye Russell; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Steve Dalton; grandson Dusty Dalton; sisters, Evelyn Bishop, Ethel Helton; brothers, Earl and Raymond Russell. Funeral services 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Mooresburg Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home with Rev. Truman Coffey and Rev. Clifford Dalton officiating. Interment in Bean Station Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Mooresburg Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Stubblefield Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
SHIPLEY, JESSE H., 73, of 3521 Crestwood Dr., Kingsport, TN., died Sunday, (Jan. 17, 1999) at Holston Valley Medical Center. Born in Whitesburg, TN., he began his employment at Tennessee Eastman Company in 1945 in the Machinist Apprenticeship Program. He was in the Naval Service for four years during the Korean Conflict and included participation in the construction of the Early Radar Warning System on top of the world at Thule, Greenland while in the Amphibious Forces and aboard the Flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. He was re-employed at Tennessee Eastman Company in 1958 after graduating from the University of Tennessee. His tenure at T.E.C. included Expanded Capital Facilities for Filter Tow of Kingsport and Workington, England. He retired in 1987 with 39 years service and maintained residency in Kingsport. Mr. Shipley was an avid sportsman; a member of several fraternal organizations and was a charter member and elder at Preston Hills Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, G.H. and Opha Shipley; two sisters, Agnes Pendergrass and Ruth Shipley; three brothers, George H. Shipley, Reece Shipley, and Reuben Shipley. Surviving are his daughters and sons-in-law, Lucinda Carol Bortz and Guy Bortz, Church Hill, TN., Christina Diane Carver and Wayne Carver, Louisville, KY;. son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William R. and Tannis Shipley, Hendersonville, TN.; three grandchildren, Preston Shipley, Nathan Shipley, and Guy Bortz Jr.,; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are from 6-8 Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) at Preston Hills Presbyterian Church. Services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Dr. Ted W. Hagen II officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to The Erwin Russ Scholarship Fund in care of Preston Hills Presbyterian Church, 4701 Orebank Rd., Kingsport, TN. 37664. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
SPIRES, HARDING (PACK), age 77, of Rt. 3, Rutledge, passed away January 18, 1999 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He made his home with Mell and Alta Reagan, also of Rt. 3, Rutledge. He is survived by the Mell Reagan family and a host of other friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marvin Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Central Point Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home in Rutledge, TN..
WILLIAMS, RUTH L., age 97, passed away Sunday, January 17, 1999, at Life Care Nursing Center. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 21. 1999, 2:00 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home, West Point, MS. Interment will be in the Cedar Bluff Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home, West Point, MS. Memorial donations may be sent to Kingswood School, Grainger County, TN., or Christ United Methodist Church, West Point, MS. Westside Chapel Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.
GRUBER, MARC ERIC, age 26, of Morristown, serving with the U.S. Navy in San Diego, CA., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 in CA. He was the son of Carl and Patricia Gruber of Morristown. Funeral arrangements to be announced later by Westside Chapel Funeral Home
LOVE, MRS. CLARICE HORNER, age 85, of Jefferson City, passed away at 10:40 p.m. Saturday evening, January 9, 1999, at the Jefferson County Nursing Home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jefferson City and a member of the Fielden Circle. Mrs. Love was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer Love and daughter, Joan Love. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Nancy Love of Jefferson City; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Marion Chiles of Knoxville; granddaughter, Jean Love of Jefferson City; grandson, Kendall Chiles of Knoxville; brothers, Johnny Horner of Indiana and Raymond Horner of Talbott. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, January 12, 1999 in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens with Reverend Stan Elliott officiating. Friends may call at their convenience after 12:00 noon Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 411 West Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760 Phone (423) 475-3892.
MCCAMMON, WM. MIKE, age 79, of Southfork Way, Dandridge, TN., passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999 at U.T. Medical Center, Knoxville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge
EDMONDS, WARREN C., age 73, of Owens Lane, Dandridge, TN., passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, Fla. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge.
FOSTER, LAWRENCE GASON, age 92, died Saturday, January 9, 1999 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, E. Gason and Jenny Creekmore Foster; sisters Mrs. James (Eunice) Babcock and infant sister Jenny Foster; and brothers E. Bruce Clark and John Foster. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Katherine James Foster of Morristown; son James Gason Foster and wife Suzanne of Woodstock, GA.; grandsons James Gason Foster Jr., and Robert Lawrence Foster of Greeneville, TN. Other survivors include his sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Foster attended Knoxville city schools, the Columbia Military Academy and the University of Tennessee. He met his wife-to-be Katherine James of Morristown while attending the university where both were active in numerous student affairs. They were married August 8, 1929. After leaving the university, Foster became an engineer with the Tennessee Highway Department before joining Osborne Equipment Co. of Knoxville. After serving in World War II, he returned to Osborne Equipment Co, from which he retired in 1971 as vice president and East TN sales representative. Upon leaving the university, Foster was commissioned Second Lt. in the ROTC and continued his military training by training in the Army Reserves. As a Captain in the Army Reserves, he was called into active duty February 1941 to train a cadre of men. When war was declared on December 7, 1941, he was made commanding officer of the 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion of the 3rd Armored “Spearhead” Division. He led the 23rd through five major European campaigns from Omaha Beach well into Germany. For his vigor and leadership, Lt. Col. Foster was awarded the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf clusters, and the Croix de Guerre by the French Government. His unit devised a double blade cutter attached to a Sherman tank to make it possible to go through the formidable hedgerow embankments where men and equipment had been lost because they were easy targets silhouetted against the background of ocean and sky. The primary missions of his battalion were to build pontoon bridges, repair existing bridges, lift land mines, destroy pillboxes and clear roadblocks. The Germans said that the Allied Forces could never go through France and Belgium and across the Seigfried Line into Germany. However, Foster’s unit led the charge by bridging the Seine River, the Marne River and a number of other rivers and streams, often under the vicious mortar, artillery and small arms fire, so that the 3rd Armored could spearhead the charge that established the Allied front. Upon reaching the Seigfried Line, called “impregnable” by Hitler, Foster’s unit blasted through the infamous “Dragon’s Teeth” and used a road scraper blade on a tank to move dirt in and around the teeth so the division could go both through and over. The “impregnable” line was crossed in four places on the first day After crossing into Germany, Foster’s unit constructed and repaired several other bridges to keep the 3rd Armored at the front until the war ended. After the war, Mr. Foster returned to Morristown to make his home with his wife and son. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Morristown for over 50 years, where he served as chairman of the Official Board, chairman of the Pastoral Relations Committee and usher. He was a member of the Billy Bushong American Legion Post, Friends of the Library, and the Senior Citizens Center. He was also an active member of the Reserve Officers Association for 37 years and the Retired Officers Association for 33 years. Funeral services will be held at the chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home Tuesday, January 12 at 2:30 with the Reverend Doug Smith and the Reverend Richie Hayes, ministers of First United Methodist Church officiating. A private interment will be in Jarnagin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorials may make them to the First United Methodist Church, 101 E. First North Street; the Morristown-Hamblen Library, 417 W. Main; or to the Senior Citizens Center, 841 Lincoln Avenue in Morristown Friends may call at their convenience at Stubblefield Funeral Home, 5421 E. Andrew Johnson Highway, Morristown. Stubbelfield Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
GIBSON, MOSSIE, age 54, of Bean Station, TN., born July 9, 1944, passed away on Jan. 9, 1999 at Fort Sanders Hospital. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church; worked at Tennessee Furniture in Bean Station, TN., She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Rosie Ratliff Greene; sister, Opal Cinnamon. Survived by: husband, Ronnie Gibson of Bean Station, TN.; son, Paul Allen Carroll; grandson, Casey Carroll, both of Nashville, TN.; brothers, George Greene of New Tazewell, TN., John Greene of Bean Station, TN.; sisters, Goldie Cunningham of New Tazewell, TN., Lillie Mabe of Tazewell, TN., Vernie Greene, Easter Greene, Helen Collins, all of New Tazewell, TN., Betty Cody of Tazewell, TN.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Retha Gibson of Tazewell, TN., Johnny and Becky Gibson of South Carolina; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Ronnie Beason of New Tazewell, TN.; mother-in-law, Nancy Gibson of Tazewell, TN.; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grover Cinnamon and Rev. Jakie Cunningham officiating. The Liberty Quartet will sing. Interment in Cedar Flat Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Coffey Funeral Home in Tazewell, TN. Pallbearers are Ricky Carroll, Gary Pendleton, Steve Majors, Raymond Lawson, Claude Greene, Jeff Cody, Greg Greene, Charlie Mabe, James Cinnamon, Gary Greene. Coffey Funeral Home is in charge.
SHOEMAKER, HENRY, age 71, of Newport, died Sunday, at the Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemual D. and Maggie Helton Shoemaker; bothers, Eugene and Gerald Shoemaker. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eula Mae Shoemaker of Newport; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Buddy Hopson of Morristown; granddaughter, Julia Rhea Hopson of Morristown; brother and sister-in-law, Carroll D. and Pat Shoemaker of Sevierville; sister and brother-in-law, Emma Kate and Henry Messer of Dandridge; also several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harold Mills and the Rev. Eddie Maupin officiating. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery. Family will receive friends Monday evening from 7 til 9 p.m. at the funeral Home. Manes in charge.
BACON, MABEL LUCILLE RICKMAN, age 89, of Morristown, passed away January 20, 1999 at Lakeway Regional Hospital. She was a member of First Christian Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Bacon and parents, Marion Young and Lucy Rickman. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Norman E. and Beulah Bacon of Morristown, Ralph K. and Charlotte Bacon of Morristown; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; special friends at First Christian Church. Services will be 8 p.m. Friday at Mayes Mortuary with Rev. Greg Grant officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Hamblen Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Mayes Mortuary in charge of arrangements.