Donald Joseph Mays

Don Mays - B&WDonald Joseph Mays, 77, of Crossville, TN, long time former resident of Howell, MI, peacefully passed over to his eternal reward on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Don was born on July 10, 1937 in Detroit, MI, the third child of Walter and Angela (Kennedy) Mays.   Don graduated from Detroit Catholic Central in 1955 and joined the United States Air Corps, serving from 1957 until 1961.   After 35 years, Don retired from Detroit Edison in 1997.  From 1969 until 1980, Don worked for the Livingston County (MI) Sheriff’s department and was an active member of the B.P.O.E. (Elks) in Howell (MI) from 1979 until 1986.  He was also actively involved in a number of community education and sports programs, including coaching Howell High School’s very first high school hockey team.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his elder siblings, John A. Mays, and Dr. Eileen M. Mays Green, and his younger twin sibling, Donna Jean Mays.  He was also preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Margaret A. (Kuhlman) Mays.  Survivors include his four children with Margaret:  Mark Mays of Fort Worth, TX and his sons Jeffrey and Steven; Jean (Paul) Kluisza of Williamston, MI and their daughters, Allexis and Bailley; Nancy (Chuck) Davis of Powell, OH and his children Kyle, Kirsten and Kelsey; and MaryKay (Jim) Walker of Fowlerville, MI and their daughter, Kenzie.  He is also survived by his spouse, Jane (Moorman) Mays and her four sons: John (Nancy) Moorman, Matt (Gina) Moorman, Mark (Dawn) Moorman, and Joe (Pam) Moorman and each of their families.  Family and friends will greatly miss “Dad”, “Grandpa Don”, “Uncle Don” and “Coach Mays.”

Don’s children and Jane would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center in Monterey, TN.

Funeral services will be held in Michigan at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks National Foundation, supporting both youth and veterans’ programs, at www.Elks.org/enf

Ruben Eugene Whitaker

Whitaker Ruben

Ruben Eugene Whitaker, age 87, was born on July 10, 1927 in White Co. TN to John and Minnie Mae Whitaker and passed away on November 22, 2014 in Crossville, TN. He enjoyed gardening and hiking but going to church and singing was his passion.

He is survived by his wife- Lois Randolph Whitaker; sons- Perry (Yvonne) Whitaker, John (Tisha) Whitaker, and David (Marilyn) Whitaker; daughters- Kathy (David) Beaty and Barbara Gunter; grandchildren- Monica, David, Nathaniel, and Mary, Cody, Dylan, and Shayli Whitaker, Melissa Sherrill, and Fred Gunter; eight great grandchild; and one sister-Nyla Lockwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents- John Whitaker and Minnie Mae Bennet Whitaker, and two brothers- J.D. and Jim Whitaker.

The family will receive friends Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 2 to 5 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held on Monday the 24th at 10:00 AM with Pastor Joe England officiating and burial will follow at Smith’s Chapel Cemetery.

Louise Germaine Hart

Louise Germaine Hart, 56, of Crossville, TN passed away on November 21, 2014, at Cumberland Medical Center. Louise was born on August 17, 1958 in New York to Carl and Gladys Bocker. She enjoyed hanging out with family and friends.

Louise is survived by: Mother: Gladys; sons: Steven Figueroa (Beth), Nicholas Brescia (Destiny); daughter: Amanda Hart; grandchildren: Gabriel and Zoey; brother: Christopher Bocker. She was preceded in death by father Carl Bocker; husband: Greg Hart; brother: David Bocker.

JOHN PEERY SLOAN, JR.

Appalachain Fiddler

John Peery Sloan, Jr., 86, died on November 19, 2014, at the Life Care Center of Crossville. John was born on Christmas Eve, 1927, in Jamestown, TN to John Peery Sloan, M.D., and Alice Louise Johnson.  John and his wife, Valeda Winningham Sloan, were high school sweet hearts at York Agricultural Institute High School in Jamestown and married in 1945.  John served in the Army Air Force from 1945 to 1947.  He attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (Tennessee Tech) and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1950.

After graduating college, John and his wife moved to Houston, TX, where he began his career with Magcobar, a division of Dresser Industries.  John was a laboratory chemist and developed oil well drilling fluids.  During his 36 years with Dresser Industries, he became the Quality Control Engineer Manager for International Operations, developed two patents for oil well drilling fluids, and was an active member in the American Society for Quality and the Toastmasters.

John retired from Dresser Industries in 1986 and began a successful quality assurance consulting and laboratory testing company in Houston.  He also taught technical writing at Houston Community College.  In 2000, John and Valeda moved back to Tennessee on Lake Tansi.  John worked for H&R Block in Crossville for 10 years and became a senior tax advisor.  He retired at the age of 84.

John was an accomplished blue grass fiddler whose passion was pursuing the art of old-time Appalachian fiddling.  He played in numerous bands including a western dance band and several blue grass bands in both Houston and Crossville.  He taught bluegrass fiddle lessons at Houston Community College and the Crossville Senior Center.  He enjoyed playing at bluegrass festivals and local jam sessions in Crossville.

John was a devoted husband and father and is survived by his wife Valeda, his four children (Myra, John, Mary, and Amy), six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

In honor of his love of bluegrass music, the family welcomes friends to a bluegrass celebration of his life at the Thunderbird Center at Lake Tansi on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 3 – 5pm.

Marie Louise Stampfl

Marie Louise Stampfl, 66, of Pleasant Hill, TN passed away on November 14, 2014. Marie was born on December 8, 1947 in Miami, FL to Angelo and Antoinette Repole. Before retiring she worked as a teacher.
She was a crafty lady, she loved volunteering and doing for others, loved to travel as well! Raised a great family, took care of her parents. She loved music, played bells and enjoyed singing in the choir. Most of all enjoyed people, had some precious lifelong friends and family. Also newer Uplands and Pleasant Hill friends who gave her life added joy! She will truly be missed.
Marie is survived by children Marie Kay Stampfl, Rachel Stampfl, and Walter Brian Stampfl, sister Louise Langley, grandchildren Alyssa, Brandon, and Chloe Young. Family no longer with us, her husband Sieghart “Ziggy” Stampfl, parents Angelo and Antionette Repole

Josephine Freels

“Josephine ‘Jo’ Freels, 78, formerly of Crossville, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014.

She was born in Cumberland County, Tennessee to Reevie and Sidney Blaylock on July 17, 1936.  In 1956 she married Homer J Freels and they went on to live in several states and countries as part of his service in the Navy. No matter where she lived, people gravitated toward Jo’s upbeat nature and love of life.
When she wasn’t busy making new friends, Jo enjoyed playing card, word games, and Bingo.  She never missed a Vols game if she could help it, and quilted avidly until a year before her death. She made amazing fried chicken and remained bewildered to her dying day why everyone liked it so much.
Jo leaves behind two children: Janet Floyd and husband Phillip, Darryl Freels and wife Tanja of Cookeville, along with three grandchildren: Casey Floyd of Knoxville; Tara Freels of Busan, South Korea; and Megan Freels of Atlanta, GA.. She is survived by her sisters, Ruth Moore of Pikeville, Jackie DeBord of Dunlap, and Dora Swafford of Pikeville.  She was preceeded in death by her husband, Homer Freels,  parents, Sidney and Reevie Blaylock, a sister, Velma DeBord, and a daughter  Sharon Denise Freels.
In addition, she leaves behind many friends at Cedar Hills Retirement Village of Cookville, where she had lived for the past year.  Her family wish to thank the staff  who made her life so enjoyable during her stay.”

Richard John Werderitch

Richard John Werderitch was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 16, 1928

to John and Elizabeth Werderitch.Richard graduated from Southwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan and was a member of the Honor Society. He finished 2 years at Lawrence Technical University.

He entered Military Service in 1951, serving until February 1953, during the
Korean War conflict. He was stationed at Fort Bragg as a Photo Interpreter with the 304 Military Unit and attended Army Ground School at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Richard started his banking career in 1954 after departing the service.
He was a Senior Purchasing Agent at Manufacturers/Comerica Bank in Detroit
and retired after more than 34 years of work.

He married his love of his life, Ruth Landau, in September 1957 and started a family.

He is a father to Paul Werderitch (Dona) of Indianapolis, Indiana and
Nancy Werderitch Mincovsky (Jonathan) of Detroit, Michigan.
He is a proud grandfather to Daniel Werderitch and Ethan Mincovsky.Richard was a proud member of the Boy Scouts of American for 20 years,
the Junior Achievement for 10 years and the Optimist Club of Michigan.
He volunteered at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Detroit and was a greeter at Fairfield Glade

United Methodist Church, served as President of the Korean War Veteran Association in Fairfield Glade for 2 years and was a life member.When Ruth retired, they moved down to Fairfield Glade in
May of 2002 to enjoy golf and being able to travel as they wished.
They shared their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2007 with family and friends
here at Fairfield Glade.

Richard’s sense of humor, his wit for stories and his love of family will be
greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers. A donation to the local Korean War Veterans association Plateau group #297. I think that is their chapter number, the American Red Cross or the American heart association in my dads name would greatly be appreciated.

Herbert Hoover Hankins

Herbert Hoover Hankins, 86, of Crossville, TN passed away on November 16, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 with Bro. Scott Johnson officiating.

Herbert was born on February 24, 1928 in Pikeville, TN to John H. and Willie Phebe Crawford Hankins. He served in the United States Army and worked as a farmer. Herbert enjoyed hunting and woodworking.

Herbert is survived by son: Michael Hankins (Sue); daughters: Charlotte Smith (Karl), and Kathy Moore; grandchildren: Roy Thomas Adams (Sherri), Steve Lewis (Connie), Chuck Lewis (Debbie); five great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; numerous Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents: John H. and Willie Phebe Hankins; wife: Dollie Hankins; four brothers and five sisters.

Amos Carson Duncan, Jr.

Amos Carson Duncan, Jr., 87 years old, passed away Friday morning, November 7, 2014, surrounded by family, at Cookeville Medical Center.  Amos was born March 1, 1927 in Forest City, NC to May Belle (Goddin) and Dr. Amos C. Duncan, Sr.  He served in the Navy during WWII and worked for International Harvester Corporation most of his career. After retirement, he started a financial consulting company, helping small businesses with growth and development. Amos was an elder at Raleigh Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN and an active leader with the Boy Scouts for more than 15 years. In 1998, he moved from Memphis to Fairfield Glade, TN where he became a founding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.  He also served as President of the community chess club.  Amos was happiest when cooking and entertaining with family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.  He was also preceded by his first wife, Virginia Smith Duncan, and his second wife, Polly Smith Duncan.  Amos is survived by his older brother, Max C. Duncan of Savannah, GA, three daughters, Debbie (James) Cochran of Memphis, TN, Pam (James) Fields of Chattanooga, TN, Sherry (David) Moss of Signal Mountain, TN and son, Douglas (Tena) Duncan of Memphis, TN.  Additionally, Amos is survived by his four step-children, Sarah (Mark) Pfaffenroth of Fairfield Glade, TN, Marquis Smith of Lafayette, LA, Suzanne (Douglas) Reynolds of Tomball, TX and Nancy (Keith) Faust of Bartlett, TN, along with 14 grandchildren. A service celebrating Amos’ life will be held in Fairfield Glade on January 3, 2015, with details to be announced later. He will be buried with his family in Forest City, NC.  In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to either Westminster Presbyterian Church, 114 Stonehenge Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558 or Signal Mountain Christian School Capital Campaign, 808 Key Hulse, Signal Mountain, TN 37377.

Maggie Dell Wilson

Maggie Dell Wilson, 90, of Charlotte, NC formerly of the Crossville area. She passed away on November 9, 2014 at her home. Family will receive friends on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 12:00 with Pastor Ralph Reagan Officiating. Burial will follow in Graveyard Ridge Cemetery in Spencer, TN.  In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, P O Box 1414 Crossville, TN 38557. Pallbearers will be David Heffernan, Patrick Heffernan, Darryl Hensley, Daniel Cassel, Scott Benge, and Bob Baldwin.

Maggie was born on February 14, 1924 in Clifty, TN to Burt and Lottie Van Winkle Lewis. Maggie owned and operated her beauty salon for 50 years in the Crossville area. She was an expert at all art needle crafts, and avid gardener. She was loved by all that knew her and she will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held in Clover SC at a later date to be announced.

Maggie is survived by daughters: Deloris Baldwin and husband Robert of Clover, SC; Eileen Cassel of Denver, CO; and Charlotte Benge and husband Scott of Clinton, TN; sons: Norman Davis and wife Ricky of Crossville, TN, and Alfred Wilson of Crossville, TN; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great –great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by parents: Burt and Lottie [Van Winkle] Lewis, four sisters, two brothers, and two husbands.