Category Archives: Obituary

Valerie Lynn Grant

Valerie Lynn Grant, age 64 of Ocklawaha, Florida passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 at LaFollette Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Ocklawaha Baptist Church. Valerie served her country in the United States Air Force and retired as a Staff Sergeant. She is preceded in death by father Ronald Shoemaker and infant daughter Yumiko Lee Anne Grant. She is survived by husband of 37 years Randy Grant, son Christopher Grant, and mother Betty (Parrish) Shoemaker, all of Ocklawaha, Florida. Brothers Ronald Shoemaker & wife Lisa of Florida, Wesley Shoemaker of Ocklawaha, Florida, sister Cheryl Thompson & husband Karl of Seminole, Florida, several nieces, nephews, & a host other relatives and friends. Memorial service for Valerie will be 12 PM Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Bakers Forge Cemetery with military honors by Campbell County Honor Guard. The family has entrusted the care of Valerie Lynn Grant to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most” Valerie’s guestbook may be viewed at

Matthew L. Hatmaker

Matthew L. Hatmaker, 54 of LaFollette, passed away Sunday, July 28th at home after a long health battle. Preceded in death by grandparents Harley (Red) & Zadie (Hicks) Hatmaker, and Estel & Nanny (King) Kennedy; Father in-law, Bill McNeil; Grandparent in-laws, Homer & Mildred Norman.

Survived by:

Wife: Cynthia McNeil Hatmaker

Parents Eugene and Clara Mae (Kennedy) Hatmaker
Brother: Bobby and Liz Hatmaker of Jacksboro
Sister: Sonya and John Parrott of Jellico

Nephews: Andrew & Christy Parrott, Brian and Amanda Hatmaker, Michael Butturini of Jacksboro
Nieces: Jessica & Randy McGhee of Kentucky, Alisa Parrott, Jennifer Hatmaker, and Erin Gibson

Several special Aunts & Uncles
Special cousin Darrell Edwards

Special friends Dennis Money, Rob & Pansey Meade and Jamie & Courtney Meade, Chris & Mary Thompson

Godchildren: Sarah & Andrew Simmons of Baltimore, MD. Danielle Sheets of Duff.
Pastor Scott Bullman

Many, many special friends and loved ones

A Time of Celebration & Sharing will be held 5 PM to 7 PM Friday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Michael Lynn Moore

Michael Lynn Moore, age 59, of LaFollette passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Claude Jr., & Erva Phillips Moore; brothers, Curtis Moore, Robert Dean McCulley; first wife, Sondra Moore; wife, Sheila Moore


Daughter: Sheena Moore, Knoxville, TN
Step daughter: Sonya Loveday, LaFollette, TN
Faithful dog: Mikey

Brother: Roger Moore, Murray, Kentucky
Sisters: Sharon Moore, LaFollette, TN
Rebecca McCulley and Lora McCulley, both of Cocoa, FL

No Services are Planned

Condolences may be given online at
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Janice Sweat

Janice Sweat, age 71, of Jacksboro passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019. She was a member of Cumberland View Baptist Church. Janice was a former teacher and principal at Jacksboro Elementary School for many years. She loved bluegrass music, her miniature donkeys, and her family and friends; especially her great nephew, Cody, who was the light of her life. Preceded in death by husband, Norman Sweat; parents, Kletis & Mary Mowell; sister & brother-in-law, Margaret & Edgar Daugherty


Niece: Judy Freeman & husband Mike
Great Nephew: Cody Freeman

Special cousins: Gail & Mike Higdon
John Higdon
Teresa Head and Paul Head
Special relative: Cleo Moneymaker
Special friends: Janet Lindsay, Jane Westbrook, Kenny & Marcia McKamey and
Wanda Faye Phillips
Many other friends and relatives

The family would like to thank special friend and caregiver, Cherry Williamson
We are so thankful for the staff of Select Specialty Hospital for providing an amazing level of care for her the last two months.

Family will receive friends 5 PM to 7 PM Tuesday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home with Funeral to follow at 7 PM
Rev. Bobby Ray Wilson officiating
Family and friends will meet 10:15 AM Wednesday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and proceed to Powell Valley Cemetery for 11 AM Interment
Condolences may be given online at
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Carl Edward Benge

Carl Edward Benge, age 83, born September 17, 1935 of Speedwell passed away Friday, July 26, 2019. He was of the Protestant faith, a US Army Vietnam war veteran and retired after 20 years of service.


Wife: Alice Benge
Daughter: Sheila Holder & son-in-law, Larry Holder
Brother: Cleve Benge
Many nieces and nephews

A Celebration of Life will be announced and held at a later date in Harlan, Kentucky
Condolences may be given online at
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home