Category Archives: Obituary

Mary Ruth Heatherly

Mary Ruth Heatherly, age 85 of Jacksboro, departed this life to be with the Lord and her husband Lee of 47 years on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother that enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mary Ruth also enjoyed cooking, sewing, and quilting. She also loved attending Eastside Wesleyan Church, where she was a lifetime member.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Lee Heatherly; parents, Frank and Ruby (Moppin) Wilson; brother, Bobby Wilson and Charles Wilson; sister, Martha McCarty.

Mary Ruth is survived by sons; Lee Heatherly Jr. and wife, Linda of Jacksboro, Dennis Wayne Heatherly and wife, Karen of Jacksboro, William Samuel Heatherly and wife, Stella of LaFollette, and Ricky Dale Heatherly and wife, Rhonda of Jacksboro; daughter, Peggy Lay and husband, Donald of Jacksboro; brothers, Joe Wilson of LaFollette, Frankie Wilson and wife, Joyce of Jacksboro, Donald Wilson and wife, Mary of Lafollette; sisters, Clara Raynor, Brenda Wilson, and Linda Jacobs all of LaFollette; She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.

Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19, the family will hold a private graveside service at Bakers Forge Cemetery with Rev. Roger Stanley officiating.

The family has entrusted the care of Mary Ruth Heatherly to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”

Mary Ruth’s guestbook may be viewed at

Reva Baird

Reva Baird, age 91, of LaFollette passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020. She was a member of Ivy Dell Church of God and worked for 28 years in various factories. She was a devoted wife, mother and Christian. Preceded in death by husband, James Baird; parents, Robert and Nina Rutherford; sons, Harold and Leroy Baird and sisters, Opal Heatherly and Effnora Carter.


Daughter: Patsy and Bobby Powers

Sons: Charles and Karen Baird
Jerry Baird
Steve and Gail Baird

8 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Brothers: Leo Rutherford, MacClellan Rutherford and Phillip Rutherford

Sisters: Sue Davis and Floetta Curtis

Special friends: Phyllis Bailey and Ruby Norman

Several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends

Graveside services and interment will be held 11 AM Thursday at Woodlawn Cemetery with Bro. Phil Rutherford officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s, Children’s Hospital, or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Etta Elizabeth Hensley

Mrs. Etta Elizabeth Hensley, age 87 of the Stinking Creek Community, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020. Along with her Husband, they served as ministers of the Gospel for many years. She was preceded in death by Son, Joel Richard Hensley, Grandson, Jason Richard Hensley, and her Parents.

Survivors: Husband, Bishop Richard Leo Hensley; Grandson, Stephen Joel Hensley; Brother, Milton Redd; several other relatives and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, 11:00 A.M. at Melvin Cemetery with Bishop Delmus Bruce officiating. Online condolences for Mrs. Hensley may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Etta Elizabeth Hensley.

Robert B. Cossaboom

Mr. Robert B. Cossaboom, age 69 of LaFollette passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020. He was a retired U.S. Military Veteran with 39 years of service. Preceded in death by Parents, Ralph and Amy Shephard Cossaboom.

Survivors: Wife, Debra Cossaboom; 3 Children; 1 Brother. Several other relatives and friends.

It was Mr. Cossaboom’s wishes to be cremated, and due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are sorry to say we will not be having a service. Online condolences for Mr. Cossaboom may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Robert Cossaboom.

Johnny (Rat) Goins

Johnny (Rat) Goins, age 67 of LaFollette, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020. He was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Hobert Conley and Alice Etta Brooks; brother, Bobby Goins and sister, Wanda White.


Brothers: Jimmy and Kate Goins

Tim and Irene Goins

Sister: JoAnn and Jimmy Reese

Several Nieces and Nephews

Family and friends may call at their convenience 11 AM to 2 PM Monday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Graveside services and interment will be held at Victory Cemetery

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home