June Irene Belles Taylor
June Irene Belles Taylor, of Dayton, died Tuesday, May 11, 1999, at Laurelbrook Nursing Home in Dayton. She was 78.
Born June 18, 1920, in Pittson, Pa., to Heber William and Grace Delaphine Root Belles, Mrs. Taylor lived in Dayton since 1991. She previously lived in Beaumont, Pa. She graduated from Beaumont High School and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Taylor was a member of Beaumont Seventh-day Adventist Church where she was church treasurer, clerk, pianist, organist, pathfinder leader and Sabbath school teacher. She was a member of Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church in Dayton since 1991.
Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her brothers, Bernard, Bill, Heber and Vernice Belles.
Survivors include her husband, Harold “Doc” Taylor of Dayton; brother, Harold R. Belles of Manassas, Va.; sisters, Gail Cleo Wood of Newark, Ohio, Wanda Ethel Everetts of Dallas, Pa., Grayce Barber of Memphis, and Ruth Naomi Sizemore of Beaumont, Pa.
Graveside services were conducted Friday, May 14, at Laurelbrook Cemetery in Dayton with Pastor Woodson Walker officiating. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Marcus H. Lewis
Marcus H. Lewis, of Dayton, died Friday, May 14, 1999, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, due to injuries he received in an automobile accident in Cumberland County. He was 68.
Born in Crossville, Mr. Lewis moved to Dayton in 1971 from Markelville, Ind. He was the son of the late Myrtle Campbell Lewis Tabor and Charlie L. Lewis.
Mr. Lewis was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Graysville and served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Tennessee Trailer Co. where he was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Lewis of Chatsworth, Ga.; daughters, Debra L. Gibson and Tara Lewis, both of Chatsworth, Ga.; sons, Mark A. and Charlie R. Lewis, both of Evensville; sisters, Betty Winkles of Evensville, Edna Symons of St. Charles Mich., and Doris Becker of Saginaw, Mich.; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 17, in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Ruehling officiating. Burial was in Tabor Cemetery in Crossville. Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City was in charge of the arrangements.
Lois Omega Davis
Lois Omega Davis, of Dayton, died Thursday, May 20, 1999, in a Chattanooga hospital. She was 66.
Mrs. Davis attended Graysville Seventh-day Adventist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, John Davis; daughter, Kathy Ervin and sister, Ruth Long.
Survivors include her sister, Hazel Davis of Graysville; brothers, Fred Garren of Epaforth, Ga., and Warden Garren of Copper Hill, Tenn.; special friend, Bill Cole of Dayton; and grandchildren, Billy and Heather Ervin; both of Graysville.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Sunday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Graysville. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of the arrangements.
Roscoe Harold Riley
Roscoe Harold Riley, of Dayton, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, at his home. He was 68.
Born April 15, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., to Vernon and Zelda Lee Riley, Mr. Riley lived in Dayton since 1984. Prior to 1984 he lived in Battle Creek, Mich.
He was a small motor repairman and loved fishing. He served in the U.S. Army and was of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Wilson Riley of Dayton; sons, Phillip Leonard of Dayton, James Leonard of Sweetwater, Wayne Leonard of Battle Creek, Mich., and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 21, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Fugate officiating. Burial was in Dayton City Cemetery. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas E. Douglas
Thomas E. Douglas, of Spring City, died Friday, May 14, 1999, at University of Tennessee Research Hospital in Knoxville. He was 83.
Formerly of Rockwood, Mr. Douglas was a member and deacon emeritus of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Rockwood.
He was also a member of Rockwood Masonic Lodge # 403 F & A M. He served as past patron in Rockwood Eastern Star, and he was a 32nd degree mason and a shriner.
Mr. Douglas was the youngest member of the Boy Scout troop of First Christian Church, when on March 29, 1929, the scout master, along with a number of scouts, drowned at Whites Creek at the Rhea and Roane County line. He was rescued by his brother, Willie Evans, who was later awarded a medal of honor for bravery. Evans is the last living member of that Boy Scout troop.
Mr. Douglas was also honored on The Heartland Series in Knoxville and his story was told in Guideposts magazine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Mae Rayder Douglas; wife of over 60 years, Robbie Douglas; and brothers, John, Sam, Morris and George Douglas.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Earl Walker of Spring City, Faye Roberts and George Coots of Rockwood, and Katheryn and Charles Mack O’Dell of Rockwood; son and daughter-in-law, Rolland and Bonnie Douglas of Englewood, Colo.; sister, Mae Katheryn Myers of Alcoa, Tenn.; brothers, Frank and Walter Charles Douglas, both of Kingston, Tenn., and Willie Evans of Alcoa,; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Masonic memorial services were conducted Sunday, May 16, in the chapel of Evans Mortuary by Rockwood Masonic Lodge. Funeral services followed with Rev. Ron Buck officiating. Graveside services and interment were conducted Monday, May 17, at Roane Memorial Gardens. Evans Mortuary in Rockwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Irene Pelfrey Kilby
Irene Pelfrey Kilby, of Crossville, died Sunday, April 25, 1999. She was 85.
Born September 9, 1913, in Rhea County, to the late W.P. and Eliza Phillips Pelfrey, Mrs. Kilby was a homemaker by trade and a member of Meadow Creek Baptist Church in Crossville.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Milda and Jim Crowley of Knoxville, Susie and Tom Murphy and Martha and Alfred Dishman, all of Crossville, and Mary and Les Horan of Atlanta, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Chester and Midge Kilby, Robert and Alene Kilby and Clay and Della Kilby, all of Crossville, and Lester and Pearl Kilby of Grandview; brothers, Sherman and Jack Pelfrey, both of Crossville; 43 grandchildren, 77 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 28, in the chapel of Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville, with Rev. Leonard Durham officiating. Special music was by Meadow Creek Singers. Pallbearers were Jim and Ronnie Edwards, Larry, Walker and John Kilby and Buck Amonett. Burial was in Haley’s Grove Cemetery in Crossville. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of local arrangements.
Roscoe R. Harris
Roscoe R. Harris, of Avon Park, Fla., died Saturday, May 8, 1999, at Royal Care Nursing Home in Avon Park, Fla. He was 78.
Born in Spring City, Mr. Harris was the son of the late Calvin and Nettie Newby Harris. He movcd to Avon Park in 1965, was a carpenter by trade and of the Church of God faith. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the VFW in Sebring, Fla.
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Newby Harris; brother, Earl Harris; sisters, Lucille Houston and Annie Thurman.
Survivors include his daughters, Sarah Wiggins and Mary Singletary, both of Avon Park, Fla.; sisters, Jean Thurman and Alta Baker, both of Spring City, Thelma Russell of South Pittsburg, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 11, in the chapel of Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Avon Park, Fla., with Rev. Tom Schankweiler officiating. Burial was in Bougainvillea Cemetery in Avon Park, Fla. Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City was in charge of local arrangements.
Louise H. Scruggs
Louise H. Scruggs, of Graysville, died Tuesday, May 18, 1999, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. She was 78.
Born August 15, 1920, in Ringgold, Ga., Mrs. Scruggs lived in Rossville, Ga., for 23 years. She lived in Bridgewater and Flemington, N.J., for 35 years and in Graysville for the past 20 years.
She retired as a swagger from Etillcon, Inc., in Bridgewater, N.J., after 30 years. Mrs. Scruggs was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. She was a charter member at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Dayton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna Lingerfelt Holland Mills and Ernest Holland; husband, William Scruggs Sr.; sister, Betty Jean Severins; and brother, Chester Holland.
Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Horton of Bridgewater, N.J.; son, William Scruggs, Jr. of Easton, Pa.; sisters, Pauline Cowden of Stony Point, N.Y., and Anna Alexander-Doelle of Marshfield, Wis.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 21, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. Carson Fraser, Rev. Jim Bernard and Elisa Harre officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery in Graysville. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Stella Ellison Hall
Stella Ellison Hall, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, May 27, 1999, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga due to injuries from an auto accident. She was 81.
Ms. Hall was born in Rhea County and lived there for many years. She had resided in Chattanooga since 1992.
The daughter of the late Alvin Gill and Ada Spangler Gill McPherson, Ms. Hall was a graduate of Rhea Central High School. She worked as a founder and owner of the Cotton Shop in Dayton for 18 years with her late husband, Cecil V. Hall, who died Oct. 15, 1990. She attended First Baptist Church of Dayton and was very active with Senior Neighbors in Chattanooga.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cecelia Hall, and two brothers, Sam and Fred Harmon.
Survivors include her son, Timothy Cecil Hall of Chattanooga; one god-daughter, Janie Conner of Dayton; two sisters, Ola Mae Parks of Lake City, Tenn., and George Klitz of Indiana; and one brother, Johnny McPherson of Kentucky.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 30 in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. V. Milton Knox officiating. Interment followed in Rhea Memory Gardens of Dayton. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.