Category Archives: Obituary

Rev. Emerson Doyle Sweat

Rev. Emerson Doyle Sweat, age 84, of LaFollette went home to be with his heavenly father Thursday, October 6, 2011 at UT Medical Center Knoxville. Member of Fordtown Baptist Church, but had recently attended Forks Grove Baptist Church. He preached God’s word for 31 years and was a true servant of the Lord. He pastored at Murrayville Baptist Church and Fordtown Baptist Church, He loved preaching and singing and had a broadcast, Back to the Bible for 39 years, still going on WLAF. He was a retired carpenter and electrician. Preceded in death by son, Melvin Sweat; parents, Charlie & Naomi Campbell Sweat.


Wife: Lorene Miller Sweat

Brother: Charles & wife Lola Sweat, LaFollette

Sisters: Genella Sweat
Juanita & Robert Burden, all of Jacksboro

A great host of other relatives and friends

Funeral Services 2 PM Sunday at Forks Grove Baptist Church

Rev. Ronnie Poston and Rev. Tim Dupuy officiating

Interment Goins-Sweat Cemetery

Family will receive friends 5 PM to 8 PM Saturday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Ruth Lillian Sweat

Ruth Lillian Sweat, age 88, of Clinton passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. Member of The Church Of Jesus of Latter Day Saints. Preceded in death by husband, William Howard Sweat; parents, Charlie & Mary Riggs Wright; brother, Hugh Wright.


Daughters: Brenda Bain, Acworth, Ga.
Regina Hudson, Knoxville
Bill Sweat, Clinton
Mark Sweat, Oneida

7 Grandchildren 4 Great-grandchildren

Funeral Services 1 PM Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Clinch River Ward 111 Executive Park Drive in Clinton, TN

Bro. Gene Carnes of the Bishopric presiding

Interment Bakers Forge Cemetery in LaFollette

Family will receive friends 5 PM to 8 PM Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 111 Executive Park Dr. in Clinton

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home, LaFollette

Mary Belle White Goins

Mary Belle White Goins, age 85, of LaFollette passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Member of Coolidge First Baptist Church, but had attended Calvary Baptist Church for many years. She had a special talent for painting and a great love for music and children. Retired as Plant Manager’s Secretary from Imperial Reading after 47 years. Preceded in death by husband, Henry Clayton Goins; parents, Horace M. & Laura Craig White; sister, Marcelle White Tackett


Son: Byron Clayton Goins

Nieces & Nephews: Marta Cisson, Horace Mitchell Tackett, Vicki Tackett Cutts,

Alan Tackett, Sheila Tackett, Kimberly Hatmaker

Special Great Niece: Suzanne Rogers

A host of great nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Services 2 PM Saturday Calvary Baptist Church

Rev. Danny Wilson and Rev. W.H. Longmire officiating

Interment Fincastle Cemetery

The family will receive friends 12 noon – 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Betty L. Lindsay

Mrs. Betty L. Lindsay age 82 of LaFollette passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Tennova LaFollette Health and Rehab Center. She was a member of Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Franklin A. Lindsay, mother, Mary Irwin, father, Charles Heatherly, sister and brother-in-law, Azilea and Shirley Cordell, and brother-in-law, Paul Webb.

Survivors: Daughters, Rebecca Pitner and husband Harold, of Seymour, TN, Daughter, Linda Carson and husband Steve, of LaFollette; Grandchildren, Amy Murrell and husband Eric, of Apison, TN, Anna Robinette and husband John, of Seymour, TN, Kevin Wright, and wife Anya, of LaFollette, and Kasey McGhee and husband Jonathan, of Woodbury, TN; Great Grandchildren, Jessica and Nathan Murrell, Jake and Claire Robinette, Ben McGhee, and Brody Wright; Sisters, Lois Carroll and husband Fred, of LaFollette, and Levona Webb of Rockford, TN; Sister-in-law, Irene Lindsay of LaFollette. Several, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services Thursday 5 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Corey Carroll and Rev. Mark Partin officiating. Interment to follow at Bakers Forge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. Thursday before services at Walters Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Indiana Avenue Baptist Church, 604 S. Indiana Ave., LaFollette, TN 37766. Online condolences may be made for Mrs. Lindsay at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Betty L. Lindsay.

Silas Grant

Silas Grant, age 86, of LaFollette passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. He was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a Prisoner of War in WWII. He worked for the Shelby Warehouse, drove the Rolling Store, and retired from Rust Engineering in Oak Ridge in 1980. He was a founding member of Whitman Hollow Bible Church where he served as an Elder. He enjoyed being with his family, traveling as long as he could be home at night, going to the cattle market, and had a passion for farming. Mr. Grant’s family was his life.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother Silas Mitt and Josie Grant, brothers Fletcher, Doyle, Lloyd, and E.L. Grant, sisters Begie Hatmaker, Mary Thompson, and Aileen Hill, and daughter-in-law Carla Sue Grant.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Lenore Grant of LaFollette, sons George S. Grant of LaFollette and Jerome F. Grant and wife Veronica of Knoxville, daughters Vickie L. Huddleston and husband Eugene of Jacksboro and Sherry D. McCreary and husband John of Cumberland Gap, sisters Vivian Carroll of Dayton, OH and Betty Shetterly and husband Bill of Dayton, OH, grandchildren Mark and wife Judy, Jacob and Jason Huddleston, Joshua Grant, Heather Grant Watson and husband Jacob, Jonica and Jess-Anne McCreary, 3 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2011 in the Martin Wilson Chapel with Pastor Alan Ragan officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011 with the American Legion Honor Guard Post 154 in charge of the graveside service in the Bakers Forge Cemetery. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Robert Morton, Vance Lawson, Joshua Grant, Jacob Huddleston, Jason Huddleston, Ben Copley, Greg Miller, and honorary pallbearer Mark Grant.

Martin Wilson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Grant’s guest book can be viewed at