Category Archives: Obituary

Colleen Ann Thomas

Colleen Ann Thomas, age 53, of LaFollette passed away on Monday April 5th, 2021. She was employed by Accenture. Preceded in death by Father Ronald Conklin.


Husband: James Thomas

Children: Cara Scozzaro, Michael Scozzaro Jr. (Tricia), Mackenzie Kraft, Jacob Kraft

Grandchildren: Logan Scozzaro, Aybria Davis, Leland Bristol

Mother: Carol Conklin

Brother: Matt Brozena

A memorial service will be held at a later date

Condolences may be given online at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Thomas Cecil Leach

Thomas Cecil Leach was born September 9, 1933 in Habersham, Tennessee and died on April 2, 2021. He was the son of William E. and Nannie Huddleston Leach.

Cecil, as he was known to everyone in the years before he went into the Army, grew up in the Stinking Creek community of Campbell County, Tennessee. He spent two years in the Army during the Korean era, stationed in Japan. He was always very proud to have served his country and was rarely seen without his “Korea Era Veteran” baseball cap over the last 15 years.

When he returned home from Japan in 1956, his younger sister Jean told him that he simply had to meet her best friend, Norma Cupp. Within 2 months, he and Norma were married and set off on a journey that lasted through four states, four children, 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, multiple jobs, more than three million miles driven as a truck driver, and 55 years, until Norma’s death from Alzheimer’s in 2012. On May 31, 2015 he married Gayle McKittrick Guy and moved to Newberry, South Carolina.

Our dad was strong, energetic, outgoing, headstrong, and outspoken all his life. He was our first baseball coach, our biggest critic and biggest fan, the person who taught us to drive with a keen appreciation of both the 18-wheelers and the motorcycles on the road, the person who tormented us when we brought home those first significant others as we began dating, and the best Papaw that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren could ever have wished for. He took care of our mom when her Alzheimer’s began to advance, vowing that he would keep her home. It was only the last 5 months of her life and at the insistence of his three children that they both lived in the Langston House in Clinton, so that he could be with her and have the help he needed to care for her. Dad was always great friends with Mom’s 8 siblings and their spouses and much loved by his 26 nieces and nephews and their children, and then Gayle’s sons and extended family accepted him with open arms to give him yet another loving family.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents William and Nannie Leach; his infant siblings James, RL, and Aldia; his sister Betty Jean and her husband Delmas Baird; his sister Mary Louise and her husband Floyd Campbell; his infant son Daniel; and his beloved wife Norma Cupp Leach. He was also preceded in death by stepson Jamey Guy, mother-in-law Gladys Brock McKittrick, step-niece Sydney Owens Shealy, and his very special aunt-in-love Peggy Haynie.

He is survived by his wife Gayle McKittrick Guy Leach of Newberry, SC; his daughter Donna and husband Phil Beard, granddaughter Kim Beard Wilson and husband Tom, and great-grandchildren Nathan and Claire Wilson, all of Clayton, NC; son Thomas C. Leach, Jr. and wife Charlene, grandson Todd Leach and wife Riley, and great-grandson Brayden Hall, all of Cleveland, TN; and son Neil Leach and wife Brandi and grandson Micah of Greenwood, SC. He is survived by his sisters’ sons, Danny Baird of LaFollette, TN and Tom Campbell and wife Helen of Jacksboro, TN; by 22 nieces and nephews from his Cupp in-laws; and by cousins and friends too numerous to count. He is also survived by stepson David and wife Stacy of Kinards, SC; stepson Don and wife Marian of Silverstreet, SC; step grandchildren Brendon Guy (Rachel), Brittany Pitts (Justin), Riley Guy, Reid Guy; and step great-grandchildren Danielle Guy, Madison Pitts, and Clayton Pitts.

Our dad surrendered his life to Jesus Christ in the summer of 1979 and has lived for his Savior ever since. We weren’t ready to part with him yet but we will eventually take comfort from the knowledge that we will be with him again.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Harley Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Smyrna Presbyterian Church building fund, 32 Smyrna Road, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the Stanfield Church of God building fund, 153 Old Stinking Creek Road, LaFollette, TN 37766.

This obituary is courtesy of Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where Families Matter Most’

Flossie Walden

Flossie Walden, age 95 of the Stinking Creek Community, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Stanfield Church of God (New Property) from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will follow at 7:00 PM with Rev. Delmus Bruce officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Martin Wilson Funeral Home to go in funeral procession to the Ayers Cemetery for a 10:00 AM interment.

A full obituary of Flossie Walden will be available on Monday, April 5, 2021.

The family has entrusted the care of Flossie Walden to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where Families Matter Most”

Bonny Fay Chitwood Heatherly

Bonny Fay Chitwood Heatherly, age 86, of LaFollette passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021. She was a member of Eastside Wesleyan Church and a LaFollette Rescue Squad Crewette. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by husband: Charles Heatherly, parents: Ausby and Della Chitwood, brother: Robert (Bob) Chitwood, sister: Geneva Hensley.


Children: Chuck and (Kathy) Heatherly, Cheryl and (Keith) Ellison, Cathy and (Donnie) Poston, Curtis and (Lisa) Heatherly, Calvin and (Angie) Heatherly

Grandchildren: Brandi Carson, Corey Poston, Trinati Heatherly, Tiffany Russell, Tamra Myers and Matthew Heatherly

Great-Grandchildren: Caden, Cara, Nova Grace Poston, Abbi Russell and Hunter Myers

Family will receive friends 12- 2 PM Monday at Cross-Smith Funeral Home with Funeral Service to follow at 2 PM in Cross-Smith Chapel with Rev. Caden Poston and Rev. Ronnie Poston Officiating Interment to follow at Bakers Forge Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Steve Carson, Corey Poston, Caden Poston, Allen Russell, Brian Jordan, Luke Myers and Matthew Heatherly

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Peggy Lee Green

Peggy Lee Green, age 60 of LaFollette, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. She was born on April 6, 1960. Peggy enjoyed four wheeling, fishing, hiking, camping, ginseng hunting, going on cruises, and spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her father Roy Green Sr. and her brothers Danny Ray Green and Henry Wilhoit Jr.

She is survived by fiancé Saul Bryant; her loving mother Dorothy Faye; son Roy Green III, whom she raised; brothers Roy Lee Green Jr, Ricky Green Sr., Tex Ramsey, Henry Ramsey, and Willy Wilhoit; sister Dianna Ramsey; special nephews Dakota, Danny, Ricky Green Jr, Travis Green; special nieces Merry Green, Loretta Boshears, and Amy Green; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 11:00-1:00 PM on Tue., April 6, 2021 in the Chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 1:00 PM with Rev. Ray Graham officiating. Interment will follow funeral service at Bakers Forge Cemetery.

The family has entrusted the care of Peggy Lee Green to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”.

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