Category Archives: Obituary

Jacqueline “Jackie” “TaTa” Ellison

Jacqueline “Jackie” “TaTa” Ellison, age 44 of LaFollette passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County. She was of the Catholic Faith.

Survivors: Husband, Scott Ellison of LaFollette; Daughter, Krystal Camacho of LaFollette; Grandson, Tyson Camacho of LaFollette; Parents, Humberto Perez and Reina Morales, Canovanas, Puerto Rico; Two Sisters, Caroline Delgado of Canovanas, Puerto Rico, and Judy Perez of Bayaman, Puerto Rico; Brother, Humberto Perez, Jr. of Canovanas, Puerto Rico; Parents-in-law, David and Anita Ellison, of LaFollette; Nieces, Macy Ellison of LaFollette, Leilaniz Perez, and Karla Delgado, of Puerto Rico; Nephews, Luis Perez, Johnathan Delgado, Pascual Delgado, Jr., John Perez, Yahett Perez, Yanceo Perez, and Benoni Perez all of Puerto Rico; Brother-in-law, Pascual Pacheco and Hector Santos both of Puerto Rico and Darren Ellison of LaFollette.

Funeral services Friday 8 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel. Committal services Monday, March 28, 2011, 9:30 A.M., at TN State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday before services. Online condolences for Mrs. Ellison may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Jacqueline “Jackie” “TaTa” Ellison.

John Quentin Sowder

John Quentin Sowder, age 90, of Nashville, formerly of LaFollette passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. He was born in White Oak, TN and moved to the Sowder Farm in 1927. He graduated from LaFollette High School and attended Lincoln Memorial University until his Father’s death in 1939. He taught school for many years at Valley View School. He worked on the family farm located on Old Highway 63 for a number of years. He had several jobs in banking, including the Peoples National Bank, First Federal Savings and Loan, and City and County Bank. He served as the Campbell County Judge from 1958-1966. Quentin taught Sunday School at Fincastle Methodist Church and he served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church. Quentin was also a Mason. His avid love of sports included fishing, hunting, softball, and golf. In 1993, he moved to Nashville to be near his grandchildren. Quentin was a soft-spoken, kind, caring and compassionate man.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice Shoun Sowder
daughter, Linda Sowder Hollingsworth; grandson, Jim Hollingsworth and his wife Jennifer; granddaughter, Jennifer Barham and husband Chip; grandson, Ben Hollingsworth and wife Kelly; Tammy Hollingsworth Rabum and husband James

great-grandchildren, Ethan and Taylor Hollingsworth; great-grandchildren, Austin Moncivaez, Liam, Sadie, Emma, and Lily Hollingsworth; great-grandchildren, Maddie, Benjamin, Baylor and Cole Hollingsworth; great-grandchildren, Alex, Alyssa, Anna and Zachary Rabum;

Sister, Edith Sowder Smith and husband Paul; niece, Angie Francis; nephews, Quinn and Patrick Smith; sister-in-law, Arizona Sowder Powell and husband Kenneth; nephew, Bill Sowder and wife Page and their son Will

Loving caretaker and special friend Tammy Byas.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, March 26th at 2 PM at the Fincastle United Methodist Church. Reverend David Maude will be in charge of the service.

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home, LaFollette

Christopher Lynn Wright

Christopher Lynn Wright, age 36, of LaFollette passed away Friday, March 25, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center – St. Mary’s. Church of God faith. Preceded in death by father, Sherman Lynn Wright.


Daughter: Shayla Wright, Caryville

Step daughter: Jasmine Wright, Caryville

Mother: Darlene Wright, LaFollette

Grandmother: Oma Walden, LaFollette

Brother: Cody Malicoat, LaFollette

Several Aunts, Uncles, Cousins & Host of friends

Services 8 PM Sunday Fincastle Church of God

Rev. Mike Smith & Rev. J.R. Kitts officiating

Interment 11 AM Monday at Powell Valley Cemetery

Family will receive friends 6 – 8 PM Sunday at Fincastle Church of God

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Joyce A. Powers

Mrs. Joyce A. Powers, age 44 of Pioneer, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at her home. She was preceded in death parents, Harold and Earlene Archer Bell and sister, Charie Chrismon.

Survivors: Husband, James Powers; son, Derek Powers both of Pioneer; sisters, Rene’ Freeman and husband, Dennis; brothers, Danny Bell, Randy Bell and David Bell all of LaFollette; father-in-law, Gene Powers of Pioneer. Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services Monday, March 21, 2011, at 1 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wade Walls officiating. Interment to follow at Broyles Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Monday before funeral services at Walters Funeral Home. Online condolences for Mrs. Powers may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Joyce A. Powers.

Bernis Howell Varner

Bernis Howell Varner, age 74, of Jacksboro went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, Thursday, March 10, 2011. He was a member of Cedar Hill Baptist Church and was previously a member of Oakley Baptist Church, Asheville, NC. He is a 1955 graduate of Lee Edward’s High School and spent many years employed by Coke-a-Cola, Pepsi Cola, Sealtest Dairies, and Kraft General Foods, Breyers Frozen Products Division in Asheville, NC & Greenville, SC. He was affectionately known as “Popsicle.” His life was a living testimony to his never ending faith in Jesus Christ, his love for his family and friends, and his wonderful sense of humor and laughter. Preceded in death by parents, Lorenzo Dow & Clara Mae Varner; brothers, Bill, James, & L.D. Varner; sisters, Ruth & Alice; son, Brian Kevin Varner.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Wells Varner, Jacksboro

Son: Bernis Keith Varner, Newberry, SC

And his children: Michelle Griffin & husband Todd & sons, Scott and Eli, Inman, SC
Norman Varner, TX
Rebecca Warren & husband Alan, Asheville, NC & children,
William, Abigail & Gus.

Daughter: Kathy Varner Jennings & husband Richard, Henniker, NH

And their children: Shannon James & husband Tracy & daughters, Shyne, Lilly &
Izabella, Augusta, GA
Yvette Lunsford & husband Jeremiah, Candler, NC
Krystal Jennings, Henniker, NH

Services 8 PM Saturday Cedar Hill Baptist Church

Rev. Ronnie Arnold officiating

Interment 2 PM Sunday Powell Valley Cemetery

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial can be made to Cedar Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 636 Demory Rd, LaFollette, TN 37766

Family will receive friends 6 – 8 PM Saturday at Cedar Hill Baptist Church

A Memorial Service will be held at Oakley Baptist Church in Asheville, NC at 3 PM Sunday, March 20th.

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home