Category Archives: Obituary

Michael David Bice

Mr. Michael David Bice age 59 of LaFollette passed away suddenly Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his home. He was born November 11, 1959 in Spartanburg, SC. Mike was Owner and Operator of J & M Greenhouses for 33 years. He was Veteran of the U.S. Army, and for a time worked with Norfolk Southern Railroad. Mike was preceded in death by Mother, Patsy Ruth Bice, Brother, John Matthew Bice

He is survived by Wife, Jackie Wilkins Bice; Son, Gunnery Sergeant William T. Bice, USMC and Wife, Koyla Bice; 5 Grandchildren; Father, John Elgin Bice; Sisters, Lisa Ludwig and Connie Heck; Several Nieces, Nephews, and a host of friends and family to mourn his passing.

No Services are planned at this time. Online condolences for Mr. Bice may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Michael David Bice.

Freddy Wayne Skeen

Freddy Wayne Skeen was born on Jan 3, 1950 in LaFollette Tn. He was the only child born from the union of the late Carlos Skeen and the late Tommy Faye Hendrickson Skeen. He attended LaFollette High School and married the love of his life Deloris Bunch on September 23, 1967. From this union would come the birth of three children.

Fred was a hard worker and supported his family employed at TMC Transportation as a Customer Representative for thirty-five years. The family moved several times throughout his career, including Monroe, before finally settling in his hometown of LaFollette. Fred was a Member of Monroe Full Gospel Church in Monroe and as a faithful servant and volunteered for several ministries over the years.

Fred was a real friend to all who were blessed to know him. He had a great sense of humor, truly loved his wife and was compassionate about his family, especially his grandchildren. Fred always found ways to keep busy, tinkering in his shed or fixing things in their home.

In his quiet time, Fred could be found playing his keyboard, watching his favorite NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, watching Cops or Dr. Pol or spending time in the Word with is Lord and Savior.

Freddy Wayne Skeen, age 69 of LaFollette, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 under the care of UT Hospice at his home surrounded by his loving family. To cherish his memory, he leaves his wife of fifty-one years, Deloris; three children: Tammy (Michael)Evans of Canton Georgia, Freddy A. (Misty) Skeen of Monroe and Scott (Tasha) Skeen of Clermont Florida; nine grandchildren: Meghan, Morgan, Madison, Joshua, Aaron, Destinee, Samantha, Ayden and Brennan; and two cousins who were like brothers: Gary and H.L. Johnson

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 6:00pm on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Merkle Funeral Service, 14567 South Dixie Highway, (734)241-7070. A Celebration of His Life will take place on Monday, August 19, 2019 with Pastor Harold Raines officiating and Pastor Gary Pickrell co-officiating. Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial in LaSalle for burial.

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Local arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home.

John Raymond Smith

John Raymond Smith, age 96 of Jacksboro passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019. He loved spending time with his loving wife, Pearl and his dog, Charlie. He also loved reading, studying the Bible, and listening to gospel music. John belonged to the Church of God.

He is preceded in death by 2 sons, Jessie James Smith and John Raymond Smith.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Pearl Smith, special daughter, Judy Wilson & husband Bill Shannon Wilson, daughters Patricia Smith, Lisa Smith, and Sylvia Carroll & husband Bill, special son Leonard Smith, sons Larry Smith & wife Elaine, and Raymond Smith, granddaughter Trisha Bryant & husband Danny, grandsons Skylar Smith and Bill Carroll, Jr., special grandson Shannon Sims & wife Cindy, special great grandson Tyler Sims, special granddaughter Cristina “Sissy” Kennedy, great grandsons Carson Smith, Tyson Odell, and great granddaughter Paige Smith.

A special thanks to Oddetta Malicoat for helping with his care.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 5-7 PM followed by funeral service at 7 PM in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Tex Ramsey officiating. Friends and family will meet 11 AM Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Smith Family Cemetery in Jacksboro for interment.

The family has entrusted the care of John Smith to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”

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Sherry Renee Reed

Sherry Renee Reed, age 58, of Dutch Valley Road, Clinton, Tn, passed away at 2:25 pm on August 15, 2019.

She is survived by her loved ones; her husband Donald E. Reed of Knoxville, her children Terry D. Herrell of Clinton, Misty D. Herrell of Clinton, Kristina G. Herrell of Clinton and Samantha A. Burton of Scottsburg, IN, her mother Shirley J. Phillips of Clinton, her sister Melissa C. Kemp and husband Robert Kemp of Clinton, brothers Sam S. Phillips and wife Victoria L. Phillips of Clinton, Charles J. Phillips of Oak Ridge, her grandchildren; Dustin N. Shadrick and wife Julie Shadrick of LaFollette, Michael A. Lloyd of Clinton, Mason A. Herrell of Clinton, Destinee C. Lowe of Clinton, Zoe F. Lowe of Clinton, Maleia H. Payne of Clinton, Chloe A. Herrell of Clinton, Alexis M. Hackworth of Clinton, Bentley A. Herrell of Clinton, Amy R. Brown of Clinton and Skyler Wade of Scottsburg, IN, great grandbabies Avery and Emery Shadrick of Lafollette and Cameron Herrell.

Visitation for Sherry will be 11:00- 12:00 pm on Monday August 19, 2019, at First Dutch Valley Baptist Church, funeral service at 12:00 with Rev. Jeff Parrott and Gene Roach officiating. Interment will follow in First Dutch Valley Baptist Church cemetery.

The family has entrusted the care of Sherry Reed to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where Families Matter Most”

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Billy Frank Maiden

Mr. Billy Frank Maiden age 81 of LaFollette passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019. He attended Cedar Hill Baptist Church, was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, and was an avid golfer, even having his first hole-in-one at age 72. Billy loved fishing and the Atlanta Braves, but most importantly, he instilled a great love of family to his Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren. Preceded in death by Parents, Ernest and Freida Barker Maiden.

Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Georgia Thomas Maiden; Children, Teresa Marlow and Husband, George; David Maiden and Wife, Tonya; and Sandy Gaylor and Husband, George; Grandchildren, Daniel Marlow and Wife, Erin, Anthony Maiden and Wife, Lindsey, Cody Gaylor and Wife, Ashton, Clay Gaylor, and Shelby Maiden; Great-Grandchildren, Bella, Noah, Berrett, Channing, Teagan, and Cayson; Brother, Theodore “Ted” Maiden and Wife, Judy; Two Nephews, and many extended family members.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 3:00 P.M. at Campbell Memorial Gardens with Rev. Ronnie Arnold officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Campbell County Honor Guard. Online condolences for Mr. Maiden may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Billy Frank Maiden.