Category Archives: Obituary

Tom Thompson Jr

Tom Thompson Jr. age 81 of Jacksboro passed away September 11, 2011 at the Methodist Medical Center. Tom enjoyed fishing, gardening and raising tomatoes and his family was his life.

Preceded in death by Parents: Thomas Bush and Elizabeth Dowell Thompson Sr. Granddaughter: Kristen Huckaby. Sister: Mildred Hatfield. Brother: Tyler and Jim Thompson.

Survived by Sons: Tommy Ray and wife Sharon Thompson of LaFollette and Gary Wayne Thompson both of Jacksboro. Daughters: Linda Kay and husband Ray Leamon of Knoxville. Sharon Ann McDonald of Benton City, Washington and Kimberly Gail Thompson of Lafollette. Sisters: Lucille Bean of Lafollette and Ruby Sharp of Smyrna, GA. 8 Grandchildren and 2 Great Granddaughters. Several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 8 PM Tuesday September 13th, 2011 in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Passmore officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM before the funeral service. Interment will be on Wednesday September 14th, 2011 at 10 AM in Campbell Memorial Gardens.

Martin Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of these funeral arrangements.

Mr. Thompson’s guestbook can be viewed at

Naomi Widener

Mrs. Naomi Widener age 85 of LaFollette passed away Friday, September 16, 2011, at St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County. She was retired from Imperial Reading Corporation after 33 years of service and former member and past president of LaFollette Rescue Squad Crewettes. She enjoyed going to the lake and houseboat with her husband, enjoyed traveling and had visited 48 states, loved bingo, and spending time with her family. Preceded in death by husband, Gaylor “Chalk” Widener, son, Ronnie Widener, daughters, Peggy Jo Widener and Libby Goins, parents, Julius and Nannie Canady Baldwin, and sister, Christine Widener.

Survivors: Daughter, Christine Paul and husband, Carl of LaFollette; sons, Jack Widener and wife, Marie of Duff and Bill Widener and wife, Patsy of Jacksboro; 9 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; sister, Carrie Lee Bryant of Jellico. Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services Sunday 8 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hobert McCreary officiating. Graveside services and interment Monday 11 A.M. at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 P.M. before funeral services at Walters Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P. O. Box 10088, Knoxville, TN 37939-9910. Online condolences for Mrs. Widener may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Naomi Widener.

Emma L. Ward Epperson

Emma L. Ward Epperson, 84, of Powell, Tennessee, formally of LaFollette, passed away Friday evening at Golden Living Center (Windwood) in Clinton, Tennessee. Emma is a member of the High Street Baptist Church of LaFollette, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Laurel Lodge Number 22. She enjoyed crocheting and crafts and she loved reading the Bible and singing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev James F. Epperson; parents, Ferdin and Creasey Ward; Brothers, Ben, Ed, and David; Sisters, Mary, Louisa, Bertie, Martha, Pearl, Elizabeth, and Bell. Emma is survived by her sons and daughters in law, Dr Frank (Jamie) Epperson of Knoxville, Tennessee and Mark (Carolyn) Epperson of Spring Hill, Florida; granddaughter, Carmen Epperson of Arizona, several nieces and nephews, and a host of wonderful friends. The family will receive friends from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Martin Wilson Chapel, LaFollette, Tennessee, with the funeral service to follow. Board Chairman, Tom Metcalf of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Halls, Tennessee will officiate. There will be a brief burial service Monday morning at 10 a.m. at Grantsboro Pond Cemetery with Dr. Frank Epperson officiating. Sincerest thanks to the wonderful Staff of Candleridge Plaza, Golden Living Center (Windwood), and Martin Wilson Funeral Home for their amazing ministry to Emma, and to the Epperson family.

Martin Wilson Funeral Home in LaFollette is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Epperson’s guestbook can be viewed at

Georgia Bruce

Mrs. , age 82, of LaFollette passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011. She was a member of Stinking Creek Baptist Church and cared deeply for her church family. She took joy in sewing, quilting, gardening, and cooking for her family. She was preceded in death by husband, Willie (Blue) Bruce; grandson, Christopher Garrett Johnson, son-in-law, Ralph Reynolds, parents, Lewis and Ada Stephens, two sisters, Anna Mae Dee and Myrleen Johnson, two brothers, Kenneth and Ernest Stephens.

Survivors: Children, Reva Trusty and husband, Roger of East Point, KY, Jackie Reynolds of Pioneer, TN, Geraldean Ayers and husband, Jerome of Cincinnati, OH, Sharon Johnson and husband, Bobby of Jacksboro, TN, and Ronnie Bruce and wife, Judy of Canton, GA; 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sister, Paulette Metzger and husband, Josef of Morton Grove, IL. Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services Monday, September 19, 2011, 8 P.M. at Walters Chapel with Rev. Donald Shown and Rev. Delmus Bruce officiating. Family and friends will meet Tuesday, September 19, 2011, 11 A.M. at Melvin Cemetery for graveside services and interment. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Monday before services at Walters Funeral Home. Online condolences for Mrs. Bruce may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Georgia Bruce.

Hubert B. Jackson, Jr

Mr. Hubert B. Jackson, Jr. age 76 of Franklin, TN (formerly of LaFollette, TN) died peacefully on Saturday, September 17, 2011. He was a Retired Certified Financial Examiner having served in many capacities and duty stations with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. He also served as Vice President-Examinations with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. He was a military veteran having served three years in the U.S. Army Finance Corp. He attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Finance. He was a member of the University’s Benefactor’s Society, and a member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his son, Hubert B. Jackson, III and parents, Hubert B. Jackson and Beatrice Russell Jackson of LaFollette, Tennessee.

He is survived by wife, Wanda Davis Jackson of Franklin, Tennessee; grandson, Hubert B. Jackson, IV of Milan, Indiana; granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Jackson of Indianapolis, Indiana.

There will be a short gathering of family and friends at Walters Funeral Home in LaFollette, Tennessee on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. Graveside services to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church at 2419 Bethlehem Loop, Franklin, TN 37069, U.T. College of Business, or Alive Hospice at 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203. Online condolences for Mr. Jackson may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Hubert B. Jackson, Jr.