Category Archives: Obituary

Peggy Sue Whitt

Peggy Sue Whitt, age 77, of LaFollette, formerly of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Preceded in death by husband: Bobby Whitt, daughter: Sheila Whitt, parents: Roy and Mae Layne and several brothers and sisters.


Sons: Tony Lee Whitt and Michael Whitt

3 grandchildren

4 great-grandchildren

Sister: Patty Whitt

Mrs. Whitt will be taken to Belton-Stroup Funeral Home in Fairborn, Ohio, for Funeral Services and Interment on Wednesday, July 15.

Online condolence may be given at

Local Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Diana Lee (Myers) Boston

Diana Lee (Myers) Boston, age 56 of LaFollette passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to her eternal home.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Betty Jean (Smith) Myers; maternal grandparents, Theodore and Alberta Smith; paternal grandparents, Millard, Cora, and Nell Myers; sister, Linda Jean Myers Oliver; great niece, Savannah Noel Oliver; great nephew, Thomas Emmett-Anthony Miller.

She is survived by son, Hal Reece Boston, Jr. of LaFollette; granddaughter, Mayla Marie Tomblin of LaFollette; brother, Ray Curtis Myers & wife Robin and family of LaFollette; 2 sisters, Susan Rae Myers Goodman & family of Clinton, Melissa Kae Myers Byrd & family of Clinton; a host of nephews, nieces, and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 11 AM – 12:30 PM Friday, July 17, 2020 in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home followed followed by words of inspiration from Matt Sandifur at 12:30 pm. Following the funeral service, friends and family will go in procession to Campbell Memorial Gardens.

Diana’s guestbook may be viewed at

The family has entrusted the care of Diana Lee Boston to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”

James R. “Jim” Potter,

Preacher James R. “Jim” Potter, age 82, departed this life on Friday, July 10, 2020, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born August 3, 1937, he was the son of the late Joseph Ray Potter and Cordia Rector Potter. Jim was a member of White Rock Baptist Church.

Jim was in the United States Army from January 14, 1955, until October 27, 1957. He was stationed at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. From there went on to Fort Brag in North Carolina. He finished up his military service at Green Common England Air Force Base and Army Barracks. Jim graduated Huntsville High School in 1960. After his graduation, Jim pursued the business opportunities of his choice: building contractor, concrete plant, coal mining, and then to underground deep mining. He finished his career at Caryville Limestone to which his retirement started. After retirement he has become well known for building and putting crosses in many states across the nation in his “Cross Ministry”. He also served as election commissioner for approximately 30 years. Jim says his greatest accomplishment in life was when he came to know his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1990, Jim became an ordained minister. He has done his ministry work for the Lord and has been blessed to go to Israel and all over the states to preach the Lord’s Word and meet many to share the Word of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:21- “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.

In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by sisters, Cleta Rayburn and husband Joe, Ruie Smith and husband Darius; brothers, Sam Potter and wife Cleta, Opal Lay and wife Doris, and James Donald Lay.

He is survived by his wife, Colvina Potter; mother of his children, Margaret Potter; children, James R. Potter, Jr. and wife Doris, Dennis J. Potter and wife Kelly, Michael R. Potter and Leecia A. Potter; 12 grandchildren 8 great grandchildren twin brother, George William Potter; special niece, Paula Bridges; many other cousins, family, and friends.

Friends may visit with the family from 3:00 P.M. until the time of funeral service at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at the White Rock Baptist Church with Bro. Jim West, Bro. Carlie Duncan, and Bro. Steve Hodges officiating. Music will be provided by Junior Potter, Zachary Sexton, Dallas West, Charles Goad, Nancy Murley, and the White Rock Baptist Church Choir. Burial will follow at the Potter Cemetery in Huntsville.

Pallbearers will be Junior Potter, Denny Potter, Mike Potter, Dewayne Potter, Joe Potter, and Brandon Potter.

Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville has been entrusted with the arrangements for the family of Preacher James R. “Jim” Potter.

Courtesy of Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Paul L. Comer

Paul L. Comer, Age 83, of Jacksboro passed away Friday July 10, 2020. He was a member of Long Hollow Baptist Church and a retired carpenter. He is preceded in death by parents: George and Dovie White Comer, brother: George B. Comer, sisters: Ruth Riggs, Nell Jordan, Lavon Petree and Jewel Chapman.


Wife: Linda Sue Giles Comer
Daughter: Penni Seal and husband Kennon Seal
Son: Rick Comer and Joan Comer
Grandson: Jeremy David Stewart
Brother: Jim Comer
Sister: Betty Heatherly
Special Friend and neighbor: Judy Minton
Special Friend: Nephateria Bean
Several nieces’ nephews and a host of friends

Family will receive friends 5 to 7 PM Monday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home with Funeral to follow at 7 PM with Rev. Johnny Vanover officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:15 AM Tuesday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and proceed to Sunrise Cemetery for a 11 AM interment

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Victor Haynes

Mr. Victor Haynes age 58 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2020. He was employed with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Victor was a 1980 Graduate of Campbell County High School, and attended the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech University. He was a proud youth sports coach and enjoyed watching football and basketball. Preceded in death by Grandfather and Grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Rose Ella Haynes, Aunt, Carolyn Haynes, Uncles, Henry Haynes, Jr., Larry Haynes, Luther Haynes, and Stanley Haynes.

Survivors: Parents, Annie and Walter Sutton; Daughter, Jordan Haynes; Sons, Victor Haynes, Jr. and Zavion Haynes; Brother, Walters Sutton, III and Wife, Jannice; Sister, Renee Sutton; Aunt, Ella Jackson and William Stokes; Uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Manny and Barbara Haynes; Relatives, Yvonne Haynes, Quentin Brathwaite, Vanessa Haynes, Gaea Haynes, Leah Henry, Lauren Haynes, Sonia Haynes, Tiffany Haynes, Nickie Haynes, Cahseen Haynes, Carolyn Sutton, and many more relatives and friends.

Funeral Services Monday, July 13, 2020, 2:00 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis King officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. Monday before funeral services. Online condolences for Mr. Haynes may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Victor Haynes.