Category Archives: Obituary

Jessie Loy Ayers

Mrs. Jessie Loy Ayers age 78 of Duff passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Cumberland Village Care and Rehabilitation Center in LaFollette. She was a member of Habersham Baptist Church, and was employed at Imperial Reading Corp. for many years before working with the Campbell County School System as a teacher’s aide. Preceded in death by husband, Jack C. Ayers, parents, Wiley and Maggie Branam Loy, sister, Katherine Loy Richardson, and brother, Rufus Loy.

Survivors: Sisters, Wilma Richie of Chattanooga and Mae Gregory of Lenoir City; brothers, Harry Loy and wife, Mary Lee of Cincinnati, OH and Bill Loy of LaFollette. Special niece, Kathy Heatherly of Jacksboro. Several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services Saturday 2 P.M. at Walters Chapel with Rev. James (Jim Bo) Bolton officiating. Interment to follow at Powell Valley Cemetery and Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at Walters Funeral Home. Online condolences for Mrs. Jessie Loy Ayers may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Jessie Loy Ayers.

Sonny Leo Hale

Sonny Leo Hale passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church of Jacksboro, TN. He was also a member of Solar Masonic Lodge 730 in Dayton, OH.

He is preceded in death by his parents Clint Hale & Alice (Phillips) Hale, siblings Lerie, Avery, Pauline, & Arzo, and other aunts & uncles.

He is survived by his wife Carol (Kline) Hale of Caryville, sons Michael S. Hale & wife Norma of Middletown, OH, Brent Levan & wife Deanna of Urbana, OH, daughter Christine Shaver & husband Michael of New Lebanon, OH, grandsons Sean Hale, Justin LeVan, and Chad Levan, granddaughters Shana Hale and Alison Shaver, great-grandchildren Aiden & Emma Jo O’Conner, sisters Pearl Hargrove and Aline Kirkland, brothers James Hale & wife Betty and Billy Hale & wife Katy, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Baptist Church with Rev Mack Smith officiating. Interment will be on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the Harness Cemetery. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Martin Wilson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Woods’ guest book can be viewed

James Douglas “Doug” Housley

James Douglas “Doug” Housley, age 85, of Oak Ridge, formerly of LaFollette went peacefully to be with the Lord, February 14, 2012 with his loving wife, of 41 years and his daughter Suzie by his side. A proud US Army veteran and a retired Campbell County Highway truck driver. His interests included collecting coins, fishing, and gardening. Preceded in death by parents, Sherman and Mary Shelby Housley; brother, Charles Housley.


Wife: SuzAnne Housley

Children: Suzie of OakRidge
Becky, Jean, and Linda of Indiana

Brothers: Haskell Housley, Knoxville
Roma Housley, Dandridge

Sisters: Grace Synder, Juanita Peters, and Betty McCoige, all of Knoxville
Kathy Stoffell, Georgia

Services 7 PM Thursday Cross-Smith Chapel

Rev. Ronnie Arnold officiating

Interment 1 PM Friday Bakers Forge Cemetery with Military honors given by Campbell County Honor Guard

Family will received friends 5 to 7 PM Thursday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Hazel Mae Welch

Hazel Mae Welch, age 88, of LaFollette, passed away Monday, February 13, 2012. Preceded in death by husband, Victory L. Welch; parents, William Elvis & Lilly Mae Roddy Hinds; son, Larry Welch; daughter, Carolyn Robbins; grandson, Todd Welch


Sons: William (Red) Welch & wife Linda, Seymour, Tn
Victor Welch & wife Alla, Lawrenceburg, Ky
Gary D. Welch, Ky.

Sister: Joyce Riggs, Jacksboro

Graveside Services & Interment 11 AM Wednesday Powell Valley Cemetery

Rev. Jack Goins officiating

Family will receive friends 5 to 7 PM Tuesday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home, LaFollette

Rosie Bell Wilder Ford McCarty

Rosie Bell Wilder Ford McCarty, age 82, of LaFollette passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and will be missed and loved by all. Preceded in death by husband, Clyde Edward McCarty, Sr.; daughter, Deborah Gentry Minton; parents, Herbert & Fannie Moore Ford; brother, Gilbert Moore.


Children: Karen Lee Brock & husband Ronald
Starla Michelle McCarty Orick & husband Craig
Clyde Edward McCarty & wife Cathy
Michael Edward McCarty & wife Natasha
Clyde Edward McCarty III & fiancé Rachel Sheperd

Grandchildren: James Jeffery Monday & wife Allison
Jennifer Mink & husband David
Becky Maiden
Brian Gentry
Trey Clemons

14 great grandchildren 3 step great grandchildren

Services 8 PM Thursday Cross-Smith Chapel

Rev. David Carroll and Rev. Doyle Huckaby officiating

Interment 2 PM Friday Sunrise Cemetery

Family will receive friends 6 to 8 PM Thursday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home