Category Archives: Obituary

Rev. Owen Hatmaker

Rev. Owen Hatmaker, age 93, of LaFollette passed away Friday, November 11, 2011. A member of LaFollette First Baptist Church. Former owner/operator of LaFollette Monument Company. Pastored at Cedar Hill, Calvary, Newcomb, East Jacksboro, Demory, Grantsboro and Hayne Flat in Speedwell.

Preceded in death by wives, Dorothy Hatmaker and Hazel Mae Yoakum Hatmaker; son, Homer Lewis Hatmaker; parents, Foster & Anna Mae Cooper Hatmaker, brothers & sisters, Clayton H., Esta Prater, Paris Hatmaker, Earmie Dagley.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Lloyd Russell

Mr. Lloyd Russell age 92 of Speedwell passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011 at LaFollette Medical Center. He was a member of Braden Chapel Baptist Church, and a Veteran of World War II. Preceded in death by Wife, Audra Mae “Bobbie” Russell, Parents, Preston and Melvina Shoffner Russell, Four Sisters and Six Brothers.

Survivors: Daughter, Gayle Hutson and husband Charles, of LaFollette; Son, David Russell of Speedwell; Three Grandchildren, Micaela Hutson, Adam Hutson, and Lindsey Hutson, all of LaFollette. Special Friend, Kathy Welch of Speedwell. Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services Saturday 8 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Elder J.C. Monday and Rev. Roger Leach officiating. Family and friends will meet Sunday 2 P.M. at Leach Cemetery in Speedwell for graveside services and interment with Military Honors conducted by the Campbell County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Saturday before services at Walters Funeral Home. Online condolences for Mr. Russell may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Lloyd Russell.

Dr. Lee Jess Seargeant, Jr

Dr. Lee Jess Seargeant, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 3, 2011, surrounded by his family. He is survived by two children, Carolyn Miller (Ben) and Lee Seargeant (Brenda). He is the proud grandfather of Benjamin Miller IV (Amy), Rebecca Bullis, and Cherub Davenport (Scott) and the great grandfather to Adalyn Elizabeth Miller. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

“Doc”, as many referred to him, was born on December 27, 1915, in LaFollette, TN. to Lee and Nell Seargeant. He was married to Ella June Evans Seargeant on November 1, 1947. She preceded him in death on June 13, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, George and Charles Seargeant and his sister, Virginia Seargeant Payne.

He graduated from LaFollette High School in 1934 and went on to Maryville College where he sang with the college orchestra. He then attended the University of Tennessee from 1935-36 and went on to graduate from UT College of Medicine in 1941. He completed an internship at the John Gaston Hospital in Memphis. After his internship, he served during World War II from 1942-1946. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corp of the US Army Air Force as a military physician in the Pacific Theater where he attained the rank of Major. He was discharged in 1946 and opened an office in Caryville, TN. He eventually opened an office in downtown LaFollette and in 1955 built the office that still stands on Central Avenue. He was instrumental in the building of the LaFollette Community Hospital (now the LaFollette Medical Center) in 1963. In 1965, he chaired the building committee for the First United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners, a member of the American Medical Association and the Campbell County Medical Society. He served as medical director of the nursing home for 25 years and chief of staff at the hospital for many years. He also served on the hospital’s board of trustees and in other community organizations, such as the LaFollette Historical Society. He has been Grand Marshall of the Campbell County Christmas Parade twice, honored as 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Campbell County Rotary Club, honored by the LaFollette Medical Center on the occasion of his 75th birthday and had a park named after him on the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Beach Street. He practiced medicine in LaFollette for 64 years until he retired in 2005 at the age of 89. He was known around town for delivering many babies and treating people of all ages. He touched the lives of all those who met him and will be sadly missed by family, patients, and friends. He showed compassion and love to so many and when asked what his one wish would be, he stated that he wanted to leave this world in better shape than he found it. It appears he did just that.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the LaFollette Courts Assisted Living facility for the constant care, compassion, and love they displayed to Doc during his final years.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 pm on Sunday, November 6th and the memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 4pm. A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 7 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the LaFollette United Methodist Church or The Free Medical Clinic, 6209 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN, 37920.

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home, LaFollette

Paralee Nelson

Paralee Nelson, age 64, of LaFollette passed away Monday, October 31, 2011. A member of Mt. Pisqih Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Arvil & Aretta Allen Byrge; sisters, Margaret Phillips, Louise; brothers, Elmer Byrge and Gene Byrge


Husband: Arnold Nelson

Services are incomplete, but will be announced by Cross-Smith Funeral Home at a later time

Donald Edward Heatherly Sr

Mr. Donald Edward Heatherly Sr., age 74, born on January 30, 1937, in LaFollette, TN, of Barbourville, KY, passed away Friday, October 28, 2011 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY. On April 25, 1976, he united in marriage with Carol Larson in Dearborn, MI. Mr. Heatherly and his wife moved to Barbourville from Wyoming in 2001. He was the former owner and operator of North Fork Farm Sausage Co. and a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He enjoyed cooking, working with stained glass and woodworking. He was a son of the late Luther and Virgie Lindsey Heatherly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Luther H. Heatherly.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Heatherly of Barbourville, KY; eight children, Annette Ward of Taylor, MI, Lauren Hasselbach and husband, Ron, of Garden City, MI, Donald E. Heatherly Jr. of Warren, MI, David Heatherly, Catherine Murphy and Michael Heatherly all of Taylor, MI, Michael Pond and wife, Sandy, of Canton, MI and Frederick Pond of Gillette, WY; eight grandchildren; among other loved ones and dear friends.

His funeral service will be conducted at the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Barbourville, KY, Tuesday, November 1 at 11 A.M. with Rev. Ken Merida officiating. Family and friends will meet Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home in LaFollette, TN and proceed to Bakers Forge Cemetery in LaFollette, TN for a 4 P.M. graveside service and interment. Friends may call at the Knox Funeral Home in Barbourville, KY Monday between 6 and 9 P.M. with a Masonic service at 8 P.M. and Tuesday at the church prior to the funeral hour. Casket bearers will be family and friends. Expressions of sympathy may go to the Hope Lodge, 1500 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502 in loving memory of Mr. Heatherly.

Arrangements are under the direction of the KNOX FUNERAL HOME, Barbourville, KY. This obituary notice courtesy of Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette.