GERALD ESCO CARDEN
Gerald Esco Carden, 92, Lake City, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Gerald was born Jan. 29, 1931, in Coal Creek to James and Edna Viles Carden. He served in the Korean War and was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. After his time in the military, Gerald worked at the Y12 National Security Complex. Gerald was of the Baptist faith and a long-time member of Clear Branch Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and at one time, Choir Director. Gerald loved hunting and fishing when he was able to.
He was preceded in death by: Parents, James and Edna Viles Carden; wife, Jean Duff Carden; brothers, Claude, Roy, Elmo, Carl, Ralph, and Lawrence Carden; and sisters, Alene Bradley, Grace Rogers, Carrie Myers, and Lassie Massengill.
Gerald is survived by: Daughters, Linda Owen and Gordon, Pat Carden, Melissa Wilson and Gregg; brother, Glenn Carden; grandchildren, Michael Owen and Lisa, Mark Owen, Adam Wilson and Amy, Jared Wilson and Meeghan, Cobie Wilson and Abby; great-grandchildren, Marcus Owen, Andrew, Aden, Julianna, Madeleine, Bowen, Eleanor, Josiah, and Reese Wilson, Mallory and Ashlee Hood, Josh Colvin; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Clear Branch Baptist Church in his loving memory.
Visitation was from 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2023, at Clear Branch Baptist Church in Lake City.
Funeral service was at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2023, at Clear Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Norton officiating.
A graveside service was held at the Leach Cemetery following the funeral service on Sunday, May 14, 2023, with military honors presented by the Campbell County Honor Guard.
WANDA S. EIDSON
Wanda S. Eidson, 75, Heiskell, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2023 at North Knoxville Medical Center.
She was born July 30, 1947, in Heiskell to Fred and Rosa Bunch Easterday. Wanda was the founder and owner of B and B Garbage in Maryville for 25 years. She loved shopping, gardening, dancing, and playing jokes on her family and friends, she was a jokester. Wanda was a family person and prioritized her family above anything else in her life.
As a sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend, she will be remembered for her loving, generous, and kind heart.
In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by: Husband, Bob Eidson; and brother, Lynn Easterday.
She is survived by: Sister, Christine Brown; nieces and nephews, Sherry Brown, Thomas Alan Brown wife Sonya, Shirley Walters and husband Danny. and Ricky Easterday wife Tracy; great-nieces and nephews, Nathan Brown and wife Bethany, Makayla Davidson, Luke Davidson, Rosie McNeal, Shane Walters and wife Brittany, and Casey Walters and wife Katherine; great-great-nieces and nephews, Kaisley, Kellyn, and Kardyn Brown.
The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, with the funeral service to follow.
Family and friends will meet at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2023, and go in funeral procession to Wolf Valley Baptist Church Cemetery for a noon interment.
Vernice Chandler, 87, Heiskell, went to be with the Lord May 10, 2023, at her residence surrounded by family.
She was born Jan. 4, 1936, in South Charleston, W. Va., to Earl Haynes and Lillian Irene Thaxton Haynes. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by: Parents; husband, Howard “Hub” Chandler of 56 years; son, Damon Chandler; sisters, Arbutus “Bootie” Allen, Ida Gessel, Ethel Mae Bell; and brother, Rodger Haynes.
She is survived by: Siblings, Mitchell (Vicky) Thaxton of Mims, Fla. Dreama Stair of Clinton, Will (Pattie) Chandler of Mims, Fla., Chris (Sheila) Chandler of Heiskell, Ron (Linda) Chandler of Heiskell, Earl (Stacy) Chandler of Heiskell, Bronson Chandler of Heiskell. and brothers Gerald and Darrell Haynes both of Sissonville, W. Va.
She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Stacy Chandler for the loving care of our mother for the last few years.
A private graveside service was held at the Chandler family cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are being held by Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.
BETTY JANE (LANE) FOWLER
Betty Jane (Lane) Fowler passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2023, age 88.
Born May 6, 1935, to Janes C. Lane Sr. and Martha Alice Lovell Lane. The family moved from Bybee, Cocke County, to South Clinton in 1939. Betty, a Christian, was presently a member of South Clinton Baptist Church where she attended as a child and spent her youth. She was also a previous member of Zion Baptist Church for many years. She graduated from Clinton High School (Class of ‘53), Knoxville Business College, and X-Ray Technology School. She married Charles Edward Fowler Jr., also of South Clinton, May 28, 1953. After raising their three children she returned to work at the 1982 World’s Fair and then as an x-ray technician until her retirement in 1995. She and her husband, Charles, traveled extensively during their retirement years. She enjoyed camping, hiking, her beloved flower gardens and playing the dulcimer with the group ‘The Grace Noters’.
Those preceding her death are her: Parents, ‘Jim’ and ‘Alice’ Lane; grandson, Mark Wolfenbarger; in-laws, Charles Edward Fowler Sr. and wife Kathleen Rhyne Fowler, Claude Steadman and Irene Fowler Steadman, Paul and Ruth Currior Fowler, Bruce Gordon Fowler.
Survivors are: Husband, Charles Edward Fowler Jr., spouse of 70 years as of May 28, 2023; children, Janie Fowler Wolfenbarger (Marvin), Douglas Fowler (Cathryn Bay-Fowler), and Andrea Fowler O’Neal (Keith); grandchildren, Aaron Wolfenbarger, Nathan Wolfenbarger (Kristen), Lauren Bay Meyer, Hannah Bay Musick, Caitlin Bay Puhl, Brendan O’Neal, Teryn O’Neal, and Zaira O’Neal; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Eve Wolfenbarger, Paul and Asher Wolfenbarger, Jackson, Benjamin and Elliot Meyer, and Max and Bodi Musick; brother, James Clyde Lane Jr. (Edith) and nieces, Cindy, Kyna, and Nicole ‘Nikki’; sister, Marylee Lane Price (Ray) and children David, Danielle, and Candice Jay “Jai J.”; dearest friend and sister-in-law, Helen Hooks Fowler (Bruce) and children Holly, Heather, and Nathan; nephew and nieces, Dennis Fowler, Debbie (Fowler) Crocker, Shirley Steadman Elder, and Margaret Steadman Tackett.
There will be a graveside service at Grandview Memorial Garden at 11 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2023, with the Rev. Roger Pugh officiating.
Betty requested no flowers but please make a donation to the South Clinton Baptist Church Women on Missions, 1000 Clinch Avenue Clinton, TN 37716.
CHRISTOPHER STEVEN HOLT
Christopher Steven Holt tragically lost his life May 6, 2023.
Born Dec. 23, 1995, in Knoxville, Christopher (Chris) was the youngest child of Lynn and Christy Holt of Claxton.
Chris attended Claxton Elementary School and Clinton Middle School and graduated from Clinton High School in 2014.
Chris had been an electrician since 2016 and had worked with several companies over the years. Being an electrician came naturally for him and he was often complimented for his impressive skills. At the time of his death, Chris was working with Sun Electric.
He enjoyed being outdoors with a special interest in off-roading and swimming. He loved restoring cars and trucks, building and installing car audio systems and enjoyed doing this with his friends and family. He was committed to his family and supporting them through good and bad times. He put his family first in his life and holidays were always very important to Chris. He made it a priority to spend time with his family.
Chris was preceded in death by: Older brother, Justin Holt; maternal grandparents, Ruth Byrge (Gram) and Charles Byrge; and paternal grandparents, Patsy Mabe Holt and Monroe Holt.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by: Sister and brother-in-law, Jessica and Andrew Lounsberry; nieces and nephews, Weston, Owen, Marigold, Bella, Zoewi and Kaylee; sister-in-law, Ciara Holt; great-aunts, Betty Paskell Lee and Shirley Mabe Farmer; aunts, Melanie Coker, Robin Holt, Tammy Emch, Pam Davis, and Debbie Puckett; cousins, Troy, Jacob, Katelyn, Mason, Crystal, Austin, Nicole; and many, many friends and extended family members.
The family will receive friends at Holley Gamble Funeral Home, 621 S Charles G. Seivers Boulevard in Clinton, Tennessee from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2023, with funeral to immediately follow and officiated by Adam Barnhart.
PATRICIA EYVONNE STURDIVANT
Patricia Eyvonne Sturdivant, 78, Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at her home following a period of declining health.
The daughter of the late Theodore and Mildred Colbertson Sturdivant, she was born in Marshville, N.C., Jan. 6, 1945, and was a retired Certified Nursing Assistant, and a devoted member of the First Apostolic Church of Knoxville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: Husband, James Henry Rorie; sister, Carolyn Smith; brothers, Steve and Doug Sturdivant.
Patricia is survived by: Sons, Martianez Rorie and wife Robbee of Nashville, and Shelly Rorie of Memphis; daughter Philippia Hardin and husband Alvin of Powell; brother, Timothy Sturdivant of North Carolina; sister, Waverly Bush and husband Searcey of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, Kathryn Kataria and husband Karan, Malakhi Rorie; great-grandchild, Kiaan Kataria; and other relatives and friends.
The Sturdivant family will visit with friends from 5 p.m. until time of the Ccelebration of life service at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2023, at the First Apostolic Church in Knoxville, with Pastor Mark McCool and Bishop Billy McCool officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Lynch-Bethel Cemetery.
Jones Mortuary, LLC of Clinton is serving the family of Patricia Eyvonne Sturdivant.
JAMES FRANKLIN STEPHENS
James Franklin Stephens, 79, Clinton, gained his angel wings May 2, 2023, with his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Debbie, holding his hands.
He was born June 7, 1943, in Lake City to Clifton and Beatrice Stephens. Anyone who knew Jim knew he had a big personality and loved to eat, read his Bible, fish, talk politics, and be with his family. He was a loving husband, father and the best papaw anyone could wish for. His grandchildren, Blake and Sarah Hudak, were his entire world.
Jim retired from the K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant after 30 years back in 2001. He was a wonderful carpenter and spent his retirement using his skills on mission trips, helping others and travelling with his wife Barbara. Jim grew up in a large family as one of seven. He was quite the basketball player and still holds the record at Lake City High school for most points ever scored and most rebounds in a game. Jim graduated Lake City High School and went on to play basketball at Cumberland University in Kentucky. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Clinton, Alpha Chapter 376 and a past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Andersonville, Dutch Valley 369. Jim was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church in Lake City.
Jim was preceded in death by: First wife, Hazel Lay Stephens; parents, Clifton and Beatrice Stephens; brothers, Charles Stephens and Lester Stephens; and step-sons, Darryl Disney, Ronnie Disney and John Disney.
Jim is survived by: Loving wife, Barbara Stephens; daughter, Debbie Hudak and husband Chris of Clinton; daughters-in-law, Amy Blevins of Colorado, Sharon Dameron of Powell, and Christy Disney of Lake City.
He leaves behind his precious grandchildren: Blake Hudak of Cookeville, Sarah Hudak of Clinton, Rachel Bittinger and husband Brad of Clinton, Jamie Ford and husband Ben of Grandview, Kendra Disney of Powell, Samantha, Mary and Sarah Disney of New York; great-grandchildren, Blane Bittinger and Nora Campos.
He is also survived by: Brother, Kenneth Stephens and wife Kay of Florida; sisters, Thelma Berryhill of Clinton, Dorothy Arnold of Maryville, and Carolyn Strizak of Clinton; special niece, Linda Bass of Kokomo, Ind.; special nephew Terry Meeler, of Clinton.
Also left behind to mourn his passing is his wonderful nurse and adopted daughter, Abigail Murphy of Andersonville, who took such wonderful care of him and Barbara for many years; and his best friends, Everette and Gail Byrge of Lake City.
The family would like to say a special thank you to his wonderful family doctor and friend, Dr. Robert Alley for all of his care over the years. Special thank you to Dr. Kelly, Dr. Newman and Dr. Maroun and the staff at Parkwest Hospital for all of their care and support.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Visitation was from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Hatmaker Funeral home Chapel in Lake City.
Funeral service was at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Sharp and the Rev, Paul Smith officiating.
Graveside service immediately followed the funeral service at Oak Grove Cemetery.
You may also view Jim's guestbook online at our website at www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com
Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, in charge of arrangements.
KENNETH OWEN SEIBER
On May 1, 2023, Kenneth Owen Seiber left this earth and began celebrating with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was 99.
Kenneth was a veteran of World War II where he served as a Tec-4 in the infantry. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received the carbine rifle sharpshooter badge, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal.
Kenneth worked for Union Carbide Corporation as a pipe fitter at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and the Oak Ridge National Lab for 33 years. He retired from the Oak Ridge National Lab in 1985.
Kenneth will be forever remembered by his friends and family as an exceptional man, husband, and father. Kenneth was a dedicated and loving husband to his wife Wanda of 72 years, who preceded him in death in 2020.
Kenneth is survived by: Son Larry; daughters, Karen Holstine, Tammy Sharp (Derek), and Vicki Seiber; nine grandchildren, Jordan Fraley, Cody Holstine, Connor Osborne, Cheyenne Barber, Thomas Sharp (Kerstin), Rebecca Harmon (Alec), Sara Humphrey (Jeremey), Bre Scott (Brad), Blake Bingham; and nine great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was a member of Clinch River Baptist Church in Lake City.
Kenneth loved his family and enjoyed anything that involved kids, grandkids, or great-grandkids. Kenneth enjoyed hunting, fishing, and flying RC model airplanes. He was a very patient and kind man who helped any neighborhood kid that needed their bicycle worked on. Kenneth was an exceptional man that was loved by everyone. The home health nurses fell in love with him after just one visit.
He will be greatly missed.
Graveside service and burial will be in Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton at 1 p.m. May 3, 2023.
Leach Family Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of all arrangements.