Category Archives: Obituary

Jerry Lee Perkins, Sr.

Jerry Lee Perkins, Sr. age 62, of LaFollette, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 30, 2011. He was a member of Long Hollow Baptist Church and owner of Perkins Pawn Shop. Proceeded in death by Parents Andy & Hazel King Perkins, Brothers Arvil & Virgil Perkins, Sisters Janece Perkins & Norma Daugherty.

Survivors: Wife: Linda Perkins

Daughter & Husband: Angie & Steven Gibson

Son & Wife: Jerry Lee Perkins, Jr. & Melissa

Grandchildren: Rebekah & Landon Gibson, Catlin Perkins

Sisters: June Hill, Wilma Copeland, Dorothy Haynes & Ann Teague

Brothers: Larry & J.C. Perkins

Several Nieces & Nephews and a host of many friends

Funeral Service 8 p.m. Monday Long Hollow Baptist Church

Rev. David Burchfield officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday Woodlawn Cemetery

The family will receive friends 5 until 8 p.m. Monday at Long Hollow Baptist Church

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Mary Katherine Claiborne

Mary Katherine Claiborne was born on May 9, 1932 to Samuel and Marjorie Allen. She was a graduate of LaFollette Colored High. She was a faithful member of The 7th Day Adventist Church of LaFollette. In 1952 she married Henry Oby Claiborne. They were married for 57 years until the time of his passing. In 1963 she entered the nursing school program to become a LPN.

She is preceded in death by her husband Henry Claiborne, parents Samuel and Marjorie Allen, sons Darryl and Tony Claiborne, brother Tommy Jerome Allen, sister Audrey Serles, and grandmother Maggie McClellan.

She leaves to cherish her memory and love her sons Bryan and David Claiborne of Jacksboro, daughter Marilyn Claiborne of Knoxville, TN, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren sister Virginia Goins of Nashville, TN, brother Ronald Allen and wife Nancy of Knoxville, TN, a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Funeral service will be 12 noon on Sunday July 31, 2011 in Martin Wilson Chapel with Rev. Kevin Doe officiating. Interment will follow in Campbell Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 10 until 12 before funeral service.

Award of Assurance: Humble yourself under the Mighty Hands of God, that He may exalt (glorify) you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5 v.6-7

Martin Wilson Funeral Home in LaFollette in charge of arrangement

Mrs. Claiborne’s guestbook can be viewed at

Edna Ruth Wilson

Edna Ruth Wilson age 74 of Jacksboro passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. She was born on June 11, 1937. She enjoyed gardening, working in her flower garden, chasing her grandchildren, singing, and watching birds. She loved her family and her dogs very much.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Walter Gunter and Johnny Mae Harriman and husband Wilborne “Cotton” Wilson.

She is survived by her sons J.R. Wilson and wife Debbie Nelson of LaFollette and Howard Wilson and wife Gaye of Jacksboro, daughters Pam Wilson and Buster Wilburn of Jacksboro and Jenny Madison and husband Dewey of Caryville, brother Robert Gunter and wife Kristie of Ohio, sister Dorothy Haddix of Ohio, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 8:00 p.m. on Friday July 29, 2011 in the Martin Wilson chapel with Rev. Kenny Allen officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday July 30, 2011 at Powell Valley Cemetery.

Martin Wilson Funeral Home in charge of these arrangements.

Edna Wilson’s guestbook can be viewed at

Emmitte Wilson

Emmitte Wilson age 75 of Jacksboro passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. He was born on November 15, 1935. He was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and working as long as he was able.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother Luther and Mayme Wilson.

He is survived by his wife Anna Wilson, sons Paul, Michael, and David Wilson all from Massachusetts, daughter Jennifer Ann Hicks and husband Chad from Jacksboro, TN, brothers Jack Wilson and wife Deloris of Grantsboro, TN and Bobby Joe Wilson and wife Barbara of Demory, TN, sister Hazel Roberts of Grantsboro, TN, and granddaughter Hollie Delaine Wilson.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday July 28, 2011 in the Martin Wilson chapel with Rev. Vernon Heatherly officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Martin Wilson Funeral Home in charge of these arrangements.

Mr. Wilson’s guestbook can be viewed at

Bill Dial

Bill Dial age 80 of LaFollette passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County. He was a retired postal carrier, veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a member of American Legion and National Rural Letter Carriers Union. Preceded in death by parents, William Harrison Dial and Maggie Turner Dial.

Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Dial of LaFollette; Daughters, Donna Heaton of Knoxville, Deneal Branch of Knoxville, Teresa Dial Martin of LaFollette, Kelly Kitts of LaFollette, and Tommie Ogg of LaFollette; Sons, Daryl Dial of Knoxville and Billy Dial of Escondido, CA; 15 Grandchildren, 24 Great-grandchildren; Sisters, Margaret Dial and Martha Witt, both of LaFollette. Several other relatives and friends. The family would like to express sincere appreciation to St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County for their exceptional care and love shown to Bill and his family during his illness.

Funeral services Friday 1 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lynn Ray officiating. Interment to follow at Bakers Forge Cemetery with Military Honors being conducted by the Campbell County Honor Guard. Friends may call at their convenience from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. before services on Friday. Online condolences may be made for Mr. Dial at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Bill Dial.