Category Archives: Obituary

Edward Poe Bostic

Edward Poe Bostic, age 87, of LaFollette, born September 22, 1931. Went home to dwell in the house of the Lord forever on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Goodness and mercy followed him all the days of his life. He was blessed and highly favored. He was a member of the Body of Christ and Fincastle United Methodist Church. He served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School for over forty (40) years. He truly loved the Lord and knew that the Lord loved him. He loved his family and friends, helping people, going to church, studying and reading his Bible, walking, woodworking and gardening.

He was a 65-year member of the Campbell County Masonic Lodge #778. After forty years, he retired from Y-12 Martin Marietta Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Also, he was an Architectural Draftsman. Some of his projects included the design of the Campbell County Veterans Memorial Wall, the Old Whiteway Plaza Shopping Center, Coolidge First Baptist Church, and multiple other churches and buildings across East Tennessee and was owner and operator of Big Creek Gap Country Hams.

He joined the Marine Corps at the age of sixteen and is a Veteran of the Korean War, where he actively fought and survived the amphibious landing at Inchon, Seoul, and Wonsan Invasions. He was also a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir known as the
“Frozen Chosin.” He was proud to serve his country and proud to be a Marine. He was a member of the Campbell County Honor Guard, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Appalachian Chapter 105, and was the Commander of the Campbell County Young Marines.

He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Anna Faye (Smith) Bostic; parents, Howard Roscoe Bostic and Naomi (Miller) Bostic; father and mother–in-law, Luther Smith and Biddie Ann (Roach) Smith; brothers, Ralph, Earl, and Paul Bostic, and Baby sister, Ruth.

Survivors include daughters Kim and Mitzi Bostic of LaFollette, sisters Helen Slater of Athens, Ohio and Martha Dossett of Knoxville.
Special friends, Roy Ellis and wife Sandra of Knoxville, John Polly and wife Gayle of Jacksboro, Joe Masterson of Jacksboro, Faye Comer of LaFollette, Tim and Ginger Kitts of LaFollette and the Campbell County Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 23, 2019 from 2 PM to 8 PM at the LaFollette United Methodist Church with funeral to follow with Reverend James Dunn, Reverend Steve Evans, and Reverend Bobby Bennett officiating

Family and friends will meet 10:15 AM Saturday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and proceed to Powell Valley Cemetery for 11 AM Graveside service and Interment with full military honors by the Campbell County Honor Guard.

Condolences may be given online at http://www.cross-smithfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Ellen Mae Kennedy

Ellen Mae Kennedy, age 84, of LaFollette passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019. She was a member of Little Cove Creek Baptist Church in Caryville. Preceded in death by husband, James D. Kennedy; son, Danny Kennedy; parents, Bill & Mary Lowe Davis; several brothers and sisters

Survivors

Daughter: Carol & husband Terry Derry

Son: Rick & Sandra Kennedy

7 Grandchildren 14 Great-grandchildren

Sister: Geraldine Sparks, Sidney Ohio

Special thanks to Holston & NHC Nursing Home for their exceptional care

Family will receive friends 5 PM to 7 PM Friday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home with Funeral to follow at 7 PM in the Chapel

Brother Clyde Davis officiating

Family and friends will meet 12:30 PM Saturday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and proceed to Bowman Cemetery in Clairfield for Interment

Condolences may be given online at http://www.cross-smithfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Edward Poe Bostic

Edward Poe Bostic, age 87, of LaFollette, born September 22, 1931. went home to dwell in the house of the Lord forever on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Goodness and mercy followed him all the days of his life. He was blessed and highly favored. He was a member of the Body of Christ and Fincastle United Methodist Church. He served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School for over forty (40) years. He truly loved the Lord and knew that the Lord loved him. He loved his family and friends, helping people, going to church, studying and reading his Bible, walking, woodworking and gardening.

He was a 60-year member of the Campbell County Masonic Lodge #778. After forty years, he retired from Y-12 Martin Marietta Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Also, he was an Architectural Draftsman. Some of his projects included the design of the Campbell County Veterans Memorial Wall, the Old Whiteway Plaza Shopping Center, Coolidge First Baptist Church, and multiple other churches and buildings across East Tennessee.

He joined the Marine Corps at the age of sixteen and is a Veteran of the Korean War, where he actively fought and survived the amphibious landing at Inchon, Seoul, and Wonsan Invasions. He was also a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir known as the
“Frozen Chosin.” He was proud to serve his country and proud to be a Marine. He was a member of the Campbell County Honor Guard, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Appalachian Chapter 105, and was the Commander of the Campbell County Young Marines.

He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Anna Faye (Smith) Bostic; parents, Howard Roscoe Bostic and Naomi (Miller) Bostic; father and mother–in-law, Luther Smith and Biddie Ann (Roach) Smith; brothers, Ralph, Earl, and Paul Bostic, and Baby sister, Ruth

Survivors include daughters Kim and Mitzi Bostic of LaFollette, sisters Helen Slater of Athens, Ohio and Martha Dossett of Knoxville
Special friends, Roy Ellis and wife Sandra of Knoxville, John Polly and wife Gayle of Jacksboro, Joe Masterson of Jacksboro, Faye Comer of LaFollette, Tim and Ginger Kitts of LaFollette and the Campbell County Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 23, 2019 from 2 PM to 8 PM at the LaFollette United Methodist Church with funeral to follow with Reverend James Dunn, Reverend Steve Evans, and Reverend Bobby Bennett officiating

Family and friends will meet 10:15 AM Saturday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and proceed to Powell Valley Cemetery for 11 AM Graveside service and Interment will full military honors by the Campbell County Honor Guard.

Condolences may be given online at http://www.cross-smithfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Michael David Bice

Mr. Michael David Bice age 59 of LaFollette passed away suddenly Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his home. He was born November 11, 1959 in Spartanburg, SC. Mike was Owner and Operator of J & M Greenhouses for 33 years. He was Veteran of the U.S. Army, and for a time worked with Norfolk Southern Railroad. Mike was preceded in death by Mother, Patsy Ruth Bice, Brother, John Matthew Bice

He is survived by Wife, Jackie Wilkins Bice; Son, Gunnery Sergeant William T. Bice, USMC and Wife, Koyla Bice; 5 Grandchildren; Father, John Elgin Bice; Sisters, Lisa Ludwig and Connie Heck; Several Nieces, Nephews, and a host of friends and family to mourn his passing.

No Services are planned at this time. Online condolences for Mr. Bice may be made at www.waltersufneralhome.net. Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Michael David Bice.

Freddy Wayne Skeen

Freddy Wayne Skeen was born on Jan 3, 1950 in LaFollette Tn. He was the only child born from the union of the late Carlos Skeen and the late Tommy Faye Hendrickson Skeen. He attended LaFollette High School and married the love of his life Deloris Bunch on September 23, 1967. From this union would come the birth of three children.

Fred was a hard worker and supported his family employed at TMC Transportation as a Customer Representative for thirty-five years. The family moved several times throughout his career, including Monroe, before finally settling in his hometown of LaFollette. Fred was a Member of Monroe Full Gospel Church in Monroe and as a faithful servant and volunteered for several ministries over the years.

Fred was a real friend to all who were blessed to know him. He had a great sense of humor, truly loved his wife and was compassionate about his family, especially his grandchildren. Fred always found ways to keep busy, tinkering in his shed or fixing things in their home.

In his quiet time, Fred could be found playing his keyboard, watching his favorite NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, watching Cops or Dr. Pol or spending time in the Word with is Lord and Savior.

Freddy Wayne Skeen, age 69 of LaFollette, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 under the care of UT Hospice at his home surrounded by his loving family. To cherish his memory, he leaves his wife of fifty-one years, Deloris; three children: Tammy (Michael)Evans of Canton Georgia, Freddy A. (Misty) Skeen of Monroe and Scott (Tasha) Skeen of Clermont Florida; nine grandchildren: Meghan, Morgan, Madison, Joshua, Aaron, Destinee, Samantha, Ayden and Brennan; and two cousins who were like brothers: Gary and H.L. Johnson

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 6:00pm on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Merkle Funeral Service, 14567 South Dixie Highway, (734)241-7070. A Celebration of His Life will take place on Monday, August 19, 2019 with Pastor Harold Raines officiating and Pastor Gary Pickrell co-officiating. Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial in LaSalle for burial.

Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort, share a photo, or make a donation by visiting www.merklefs.com.

Local arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home.