Category Archives: Obituary

Joseph (Joey) Ray Jones

Joseph (Joey) Ray Jones, age 53, of Caryville passed away Monday, December 05, 2011.
Member of Ivy Grove Baptist Church. Preceded in death by mother, Wilma Orick Jones.


Daughter: Sara Lindsay Jones Baker, Corbin Ky.

Son: Garrett Jones, LaFollette

Grandson: Nolan Baker

Father: Raymond Jones, Caryville

Sister: Fran Ramsey, Blueridge, Ga.

Niece & Nephew: Cassie Bell & Jason Ramsey

Services 8 PM Wednesday Cross-Smith Chapel

Rev. Jerry Ramsey & Rev. Jimmy Rutherford officiating

Interment 11 AM Thursday Campbell Memorial Gardens

Family will receive friends 6 – 8PM Wednesday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Myrtle V. Woodson

Myrtle V. Woodson, age 86, of LaFollette passed away Thursday, December 2, 2011. Preceded in death by husband, Edward Woodson; daughter, Janice Bansberg; brother, Willard Henegar.


Sons: Greg Woodson, Jacksboro
Dana Woodson, MI

4 Grandchildren 3 Great-grandchildren

Brother: R.E. Salyers, Pa.

Sisters: Doris Whitt, Ga.
Anna Ybarra, MI
Okla Gragg, Lenior City

Services 7 PM Saturday Cross-Smith Chapel

Family and friends will meet 9 AM Sunday at Fincastle Cemetery for Graveside and Interment

Michael Gragg and Shane Woodson officiating

Family will receive friends 5 – 7 PM Saturday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

John Lewis Childress

Mr. John Lewis Childress of Hillsboro, Oregon died Monday, November 28th in Seattle, Washington after a long battle with congestive heart failure. His two living children, John A. Childress of Renton, WA and Kelly E. Childress of Oakland, CA were with him in the last days and hours of his life, and at his side as he passed. His other son, Michael L. Childress of Laguna Beach, CA preceded him in death in 1993. He also has three granddaughters, Taylor, Haley and Michaela Childress, and his loving daughter-in-law Shelley, all of Renton, WA.

John was the son of Herbert A. Childress and Myrtle Williams Childress, both of LaFollette until their deaths in 1934 and 1990. He had three siblings, Mildred C. Reynolds, Mable Rouse and Herbert A. Childress from LaFollette. Mable and Herbert preceded him in death last year.

John was born in a small house in LaFollette, Tennessee on March 29th, 1924. He attended school here and was active in the community as a young man, graduating from LaFollette High School in 1942. He immediately enlisted in the Navy and went to Pensacola, Florida for pilot training. John became a dive bomber pilot and was eventually deployed to the South Pacific aboard the carrier USS Randolph. He participated in many bombing raids on Japanese targets in the Pacific, including direct bombing of Tokyo in 1945. He earned many medals for bravery and valor, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired in 1967 as a Commander.

After WWII John returned to civilian life and worked as a trophy salesman for Dodge Trophies in California. He met Mary Dahlgren in 1952 in Seattle. They married in 1954 and settled in Portland, Oregon. John opened Trophies Unlimited, a trophy and awards store, in Portland in November of 1960. He operated the business for over 50 years until his declining health forced its closure in July of 2011.

John and Mary were divorced in 1972, but continued to work together to raise their three children. John was a proud father and spent significant time and effort to maintain his relationship with his children over the years. He was also a pilot and flew his own plane to many locations in the U.S., frequently arranging to take his then grown children along. He was also active in annual Navy squadron reunions after retiring from flying in the Naval Reserve in 1984.

John was a proud son of LaFollette and returned here annually through most of his adult life to be reacquainted with friends and spend time with his beloved mother, sisters, brother and their many children and grandchildren. He made a happy and productive life on the West coast, but was never happier than when he was with his Tennessee family. John’s children have returned with him to LaFollette for his funeral services and burial. Funeral services Saturday, December 3, 2011, 11:00 A.M. at Walters Chapel with graveside services and interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors conducted by Campbell County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 A.M. before services at Walters Funeral Home. Online condolences for Mr. Childress may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. John Lewis Childress.


Ruth Ann (Yancey) Roysdon

Ruth Ann (Yancey) Roysdon, age 64, of Oneida departed this life on Friday, November 25, 2011 LaFollette Medical Center. Born on June 19, 1947 in Scott County to Wilbert and Clona Yancey. Preceded in death by parents and her husband Floyd (Sunshine) Roysdon.

Survived by children:

Floyd Gregory Roysdon & wife Dana, Resaca, Ga.
Laurel Bowling, Robbins, Ga.
Vicky McCauley & husband Jason, LaFollette

Grandchildren: Kasey, Joshua and David Roysdon, Resaca, Ga.
Callie, Shane and Chloe Bowling, Robbins,Ga.
Rachel McCauley, LaFollette

Sister: Murlienne Hatfield

Brother: James Yancey, both of Oneida

Many other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to the staff of Cumberland Village for the care they provided – we will miss her, but the angels were waiting for her arrival home.

Services 2 PM Monday West-Murley Funeral Home Chapel

Bro. Bobby Hill officiating

Interment Sexton Memorial Cemetery in the Stringer section

Visitation 12 Noon til 2 PM at West-Murley Funeral Home

West-Murley Funeral Home is serving the family of Ruth Roysdon

Courtesy of Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Connie (Rose Corneila) Mondoni Pelizzari

Connie (Rose Corneila) Mondoni Pelizzari age 84 of LaFollette, passed away Nov 24, 2011. She was born Feb. 19, 1927 in Pioneer, TN. Preceded in death by parents, Sonto Mondoni Sr., and Cynthia Avance Mondoni; husband, Gaetano William “Tiny” Pelizzari, and son, William Edward (Bill) Pelizzari; brothers, Sonto Mondoni Jr. and Premo Mondoni; sister, Mary Mondoni. Survived by daughter, Teresa Ann Pelizzari of Knoxville, TN, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Connie was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, LaFollette. She retired in 1989 from the City of LaFollette after 23 years as librarian of the public library. She was past matron of Cumberland Mountain Chapter # 137 Order of Eastern Star, a member of LaFollette Book Club, Friends of LaFollette Library, and Campbell County Historical Society.

Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church

Father Joe Campbell officiating Interment following in Woodlawn Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, Connie has requested any donations to be made to OLPH Catholic Church or your favorite charity in her memory.

The family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday with the Rosary Service at 7 p.m. at

Cross-Smith Funeral Home Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home