Category Archives: Obituary

Elton Hollis Byrd

Elton Hollis Byrd, age 63 of Clinton passed away suddenly 9:58 PM Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Methodist Medical Center after fighting courageously and bravely, a lengthy illness.

He is preceded in death by parents, Hollis and Geraldine Byrd, mother and father-in-law, Ray and Betty Myers, his sister-in-law, Linda Jean Myers Oliver, and 1 grandson Thomas Emmett-Anthony Miller.

He is survived by wife of 36 years, Melissa Kae (Myers) Byrd of Clinton, son, Dustin Matthew Byrd & daughter in love, Molly Haven Ferguson of Clinton, daughter, Stephanie Amber Asbury Miller of Knoxville, 3 grandchildren, William Edward Phillips, Jr., affectionately known as E.J., Kinsley Haven Byrd, and Mariah Grace Miller, affectionately known as Gracie, also 6 step grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law, Susan Rae Myers Goodman of Clinton and Diana Lee Myers Boston of LaFollette, 1 brother-in-law, Ray Curtis & wife, Robin of LaFollette, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a host of friends.

Elton loved his family, enjoyed old cars, riding motorcycles, but was very passionate about his ministry, Man 2 Man. He also loved his huge church family and ministry associates. He had recently, along with his wife, joined the National Chaplains Coalition and became a chaplain. He loved his Christian brothers and their families, Billy & Dana Arnett, Tim & Missy Jenkins, Roy and Sue Ellis, Llewellyn & Linda Sperry, Danny & Nina Roy, Chris & Jacqulaine Judd, Curtis & Alice Akers, Ronnie & Jeannie Hepperly, Raymond & Linda Goodman, Gerald & Glenda Willard, Roy & Doug Smith, Jesse Acosta, special friends, Travis & Tammy McKamey, I could go on and on, but if I’ve left anyone out, I truly apologize.

Elton had one special friend that he grew up with, loved and counted as a brother, Raymond Lee Davis.

Visitation will be 11 AM – 1 PM Thursday, February 20, 2020 in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home followed by funeral service at 1 PM with Rev. Billy Arnett, Rev. Tim Jenkins, Rev. Danny Roy, Rev. Curtis Akers, and Rev. Ronnie Hepperly officiating.

Following funeral service, friends and family will go in procession to Campbell Memorial Gardens for interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to help the family of Elton Byrd with his funeral arrangements at Martin Wilson Funeral Home.

Elton’s guestbook may be viewed at

The family has entrusted the care of Elton Hollis Byrd to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most.”

Helen Lee Nonnsen

Helen Lee Nonnsen, age 95, of Caryville passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. She was of the Methodist Faith. Preceded in death by husband: Calvin George Nonnsen, Daughter: Carolyn Carlson.


Son: George Nonnsen

Brother: Carl Edwin Rucker

Nieces: Terry, Carol, Susie and Leda

Family will receive friends 12 Noon to 1 PM Friday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and proceed to Bakers Forge Cemetery for a 1:30 Graveside Service and Interment.

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Shirley Anne Stanberry

Shirley Anne Stanberry, age 84 of Powell, Tennessee, formerly of LaFollette passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

She was born on April 22, 1935 to Helen and Harvey Sharp. She had one brother, Jerry Sharp. All proceeded her in death.

She attended the University of Tennessee of Knoxville and Westminster Choir College where she majored in choral and general music. She held a bachelor and master’s degree in music.

She shared her love of music by teaching elementary music in Fairfax County and Knox County. She also sang in the Church Street United Methodist Choir.

She is survived by her cousins Nancy Shelton, Amy Brown and a host of second cousins and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held 7 PM Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Church Street Methodist Church in Knoxville.

Graveside services will be held 4 PM Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Woodlawn Cemetery in LaFollette, TN.

Memorial donations can be made to Church Street United Methodist Church.

900 Henley St, Knoxville, Tn 37902.

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Dennis Freeman

Mr. Dennis Freeman age 63 of LaFollette passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2020. He attended Old Pathway Gospel Church. Dennis was a U.S. Army Veteran, and enjoyed fishing. Preceded in death by Parents, John and Louise Lawson Freeman, Brother, Wayne Freeman.

Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Helen Adkins Freeman; Brother, Arlis Freeman and wife, Melissa; Sister, Sandy Owens and husband, Kenneth; Sons, Michael Adkins and wife, Kayla, and David Adkins and Brooke; Daughter, Leanna Mongar; Six Grandchildren. Several other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services Friday 2 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Leach officiating. Interment to follow at Peabody Cemetery with Full Military Honors conducted by the Campbell County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 P.M. Friday before funeral services. Online condolences for Mr. Freeman may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Dennis Freeman.

Clarence J. Berry

Clarence J. Berry, age 83, of LaFollette passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020. He was a member of LaFollette Church of God, a U.S. Army Veteran and retired from CSX Railroad after many years. Preceded in death by parents, Vatus and Bertha Turner Berry; sisters, Blanch, Jessie, Marie; son-in-law, Sam Henegar and grandson, Benji.


Wife: Joyce York Berry

Daughter: Karen Berry Henegar

Son: Brian Berry

Grandson: Wesley Duncan and wife Karen
Jeremey Henegar

Great Grandchildren: Wesley, Cheyanne and Hunter Duncan
Destinee Ward

Sister: Shirley Parolari and husband Buddy
Joyce Leach and husband Bill

Several nieces and nephews

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cross-Smith Funeral Home.

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home