Category Archives: Obituary

Joan Annette Goslin

Joan Annette Goslin, better known as “Joni,” was born in LaFollette, Tennessee, on March 27, 1939, to Martha Ella Miller Goslin and Robert Martin Goslin, Sr. Joni had two sisters, Ruth and Sharon, and one brother, Robert, Jr. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and attended schools in both Ohio and Tennessee. She was not initially able to finish high school, but went to work early to help support the family. She worked as a customer service representative at a large department store in Columbus, where she won an award for her friendliness. Later in life, she completed a GED and attended Lincoln Memorial University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art. Joni was very talented and excelled both as an artist and a singer. She especially loved drawing portraits of people, particularly children. She also drew pictures of animals and of local landmarks, including the LaFollette House. She had a beautiful voice and often sang in churches and in nursing homes. She was unusually friendly and compassionate, and had a large, committed group of friends. Most of all, she loved Jesus, her friends, her family, and life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in LaFollette for decades. Joni died on September 24, 2011, at Claiborne County Hospital, of multiorgan failure. She is survived by her sisters, several nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins. She will be greatly missed by her friends, family, and all those who were privileged to know her.

Martin Wilson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ms Goslin’s guest book can be viewed at

Ruby Childs Branam

Ruby Childs Branam age 77 of Cookeville formerly of Cookeville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. She was a member of New Beginning Assembly of God.
Preceded in death by parents Lee & Goldie Weaver Childs, brothers: Eugene (Red), Henry & J.C. Childs and sister Maxine Childs.

Survivors: Daughter: Tammy Branam, Cookeville

Sisters-in-law: Lucille Heatherly & husband John Heatherly

Lucille Childs & Phyllis Branam

Several Nieces & Nephews

Funeral Service 2 p.m. Tuesday Cross-Smith Chapel Rev. Al Miller officiating

Interment Woodlawn Cemetery Visitation 12 -2 p.m. Tuesday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home. Arrangements by Cross-S

William F. (Billy Bob) Ross

Mr William F. (Billy Bob) Ross age 54 of LaFollette passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011 at his home. He was a member of LaFollette Church of Christ.

Survivors: Special Friend, Marion Blair of LaFollette, and his church family at LaFollette Church of Christ.

Funeral Services Tuesday 7 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Wesson officiating. Friends will meet Wednesday at 9:30 A.M at Walters Funeral Home and proceed to Longmire Cemetery for graveside services and interment. Visitation: Tuesday from 6 to 7 P.M. before services at Walters Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to LaFollette Church of Christ in his memory. Online condolences for Mr. Ross may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family and friends of Mr. William F. (Billy Bob) Ross.

Foster M. White

Foster M. White age 101, of LaFollette, passed away Friday, September 23, 2011 at his home. He was the oldest living member of Davis Chapel Community Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife Asilee Dossett White, daughter Doris & infant daughter, Parents Alf & Louisa Berry White, Sister Ora Bell Miller, Brothers Clarence “Pete” & Walter White.

Survivors: Foster Son Eddie Angel & wife Katheryn , Foster Daughter: Eva Angel Dotson, Foster Grandson Rev. Johnny Angel Special Niece: Sondra Dossett Farmer

Several other nieces & nephews

Funeral service 8 p.m. Sunday Cross-Smith Chapel

Rev. Johhny Angel officiating

Interment 10 a.m. Monday in Sunrise Cemetery

The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson, age 84, of Jacksboro passed away Wednesday, Spetember 21, 2011
at Mercy Residential Hospice in Halls. Member of Central Baptist Church in Caryville and 50 year member of Caryville Masonic Lodge No. 665 F&AM . Retired from Martin Marietta in Oak Ridge after 35 years of service. A veteran of WWII, US Army Air Corps, Korean War, and US Navy.
Preceded in death by parents, Leo & Ottie Jones Peterson; twin sister, Pauline Wilson; sisters, Helen Stanley & Reba Tompkins; brother, Billy Peterson.


Wife: Wilma Raines Peterson
Daughter: Gaye Peterson
Son: Randy Peterson & wife Tina

Emily Carroll & Brent Carroll
Corey Carroll & wife Autumn
Randi Michelle Melton & husband Ronnie and his sons, Hunter & Garrett
Cheyne Peterson & wife Penny
Zach Peterson
Michael Hall & wife Cindy
Matt Hall & wife Megan
Mark Hall & Amanda Kline

Great-grandchildren: Kyran, Canaan, and Karli
Zane & Kobe

Sister: Judean (Little Doll) Ashworth

Many Nieces & Nephews

Funeral Services 8 p.m. Friday Cross-Smith Chapel

Interment: 11 a.m. Saturday in Jacksboro Cemetery with Military Honors
By Campbell County Honor Guard

Family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home