Betty Ralstin

Betty RalstinBetty Ralstin, 79, of Crossville, TN passed away on March 25, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center. Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Lantana Baptist Church from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 with Pastor Scott Johnson officiating. Burial will be on Monday, March 30 at 10:00 AM at Crossville City Cemetery.

Betty was born on December 29, 1935 in Stanford, KY to Eugel and Elizabeth Campbell Anderson. Before retiring she worked as a book keeper and secretary.

Betty is survived by: husband Paul Ralstin of Crossville, TN; son: Joe Wasson of Cookeville, TN; two grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; brothers: Eugel Anderson of Crossville, TN, and Fredrick Mull of Lewisburg, TN. She was preceded in death by parents: Eugel and Elizabeth Anderson; sister: Gene Lindille.

Margaret Olson

margaret olson 003Margaret Ford Olson died March 20 2015 at the Wharton Home in the Uplands Village community in Pleasant Hill, Tn.  She was 84. A long-time resident of Oak Ridge, she was an avid traveler and devoted proponent of environmental causes such as those sponsored by the Sierra Club.

Mrs. Olson was born Margaret Ford in Houston, Tx. She was the daughter of Lester Randolph Ford Sr. and wife Marguerite, who preceded her in death. Margaret was a great-great granddaughter of Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas, and supported various historical projects related to her heritage.

Her mother was an accomplished landscape painter and her father was a renowned mathematician and author of classic textbooks.  In 1937 she moved with her family to Chicago, where her father taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

She grew up with her parents and older brother in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and met her future husband, Jerry S. Olson, while they were students at the University of Chicago. They married in 1950, then moved to New Haven and Branford, Ct., where Mr. Olson was a forester at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Mrs. Olson worked briefly as a librarian before giving birth to two daughters, Karen and Martha.

The family moved to Oak Ridge in 1958 when Mr. Olson joined the staff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a forester & ecologist.  Mrs. Olson was an enthusiastic homemaker – baking bread, sewing clothing and knitting sweaters for her family. She also raised honeybees and wove on a loom. The family traveled frequently for Mr. Olson’s work, including a trip to Europe where they lived in a Volkswagen microbus.

She volunteered extensively with the Camp Fire Girls and was a member of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church for many years.  She was active in the Sierra Club, holding several official positions and maintaining records of their environmental initiatives.

Mrs. Olson worked part-time for the University of Tennessee Arboretum and the Coal Employment Project, an initiative promoting coal-mining careers for women. After a divorce, Mrs. Olson founded and ran her own company, Typing Services of Oak Ridge, also known as TYSOR.

After retiring in 1996 Mrs. Olson moved to the Uplands Village community of Pleasant Hill outside Crossville.  An avid lover of wildlife, she enjoyed feeding birds, squirrels, raccoons and possums. She traveled widely, sometimes by freighter, to exotic locations such as Easter Island, Antarctica and Machu Picchu, Peru. She was an active camper well into her 70s having outfitted two trucks for camping.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen Olson of Tallahassee, Fl.; Martha Olson of Knoxville, Tn. and Martha’s informally adopted children and grandchildren including special friend Vito Henderson age 7. Also survived by her brother, Lester R. Ford Jr. & his wife Naoma of Santa Barbara, Ca.; nine nieces and nephews and their children.

A memorial service will be held at 4 pm Saturday March 28 at Church of the Savior, 934 Weisgarber Road Knoxville, TN 37919.  A second memorial will be held at the Uplands community in Pleasant Hill TN at a time to be announced later.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Sierra Club Foundation – Tennessee Chapter, 85 Second St. suite 750, San Francisco CA 94105.












Bob L. Evans

Bob Evans (139x200)Bob L. Evans, 75, of Fairfield Glade Community, went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2015 at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Central Baptist Church. Service will be held at 11:00 with Pastor Billy Kemp, and Pastor Roland Smith officiating.

Bob was born on April 8, 1939 in Throckmorton, Texas to Robert and Amanda Evans. After serving in the United States Navy he worked as a production manager for Cadence Design Systems for 22 years. Bob enjoyed going fishing, reading, and playing his guitar. While living in California and attending church, he taught 4th grade Sunday School and Junior High boys Sunday School. He was an usher during the time he attended Central Baptist Church.

Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years Joan C. Evans; daughters: Stacy M. Skelly, and Rochelle L. Meintz; grandchildren: Christiaan Skelly, Dylon Skelly (Brittney), Carter Skelly, Amanda Meintz, and Nathan Meintz; great grandchild: Wryn Skelly. He was preceded in death by parents; Robert and Amanda Eads Evans; grandchild: Tyler Skelly.

Johnny Frank Warner, II

Johnny Frank Warner, II, 49, of Crossville, TN passed away on March 18, 2015. Family will receive friends on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 3:00 with Steve Brown Officiating. Burial will follow in Linary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be George Jones, Elbert Farley, Scott Rogers, Ricky Sells, Chuck Dale, Rob Jones, Steve Kerley, and Julian Galan.

Johnny was born on May 6, 1965 in Crossville, TN to Johnny Ernest and Glenda Faye Shepherd Warner. He enjoyed playing golf, loved UT Football, and watching NASCAR.

Johnny is survived by parents: Johnny and Glenda Warner; daughter: Sidney Lee Ann Warner; numerous Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by Grandma and Grandpa Warner; Grandma and Grandpa Shepherd; Uncles Frankie Warner, and Buddy Warner; Aunt: Geraldine Hargis.

Tommy Creed Miller

Tommy Creed Miller, 83, of Sparta, TN passed away on March 17, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center. He was born on September 17, 1931 in Crossville, TN to James and Verchie Emery Miller. Tommy enjoyed his job as a truck driver; loved being with friends and family. He dearly enjoyed listening to bluegrass and gospel music.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 PM at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 with Bro. Larry Potter officiating. Burial will be in Glade Creek Cemetery.

Tommy is survived by sons: Larry Miller (Sheila), Stevie Miller, and Tommy Ray Miller; daughters: Cathy Phillips (Keith), and Wanda Bohannon; grandchildren: Meagan Davis, Lindsey Miller, Greg Horn, Crystal Hale, Joey Miller, Valerie Miller, Tammy Davenport, Avery Davenport, Peggy Christianson, Shane Miller, and Trinity Miller; 25 Great Grandchildren; six great- great grandchildren; brothers: Willard Miller, Elzie Miller, Frank Miller, and Calvin Miller; sister: Glenna Hardy. He was preceded in death by parents: James and Verchie Miller; wife: Ila Rhee Miller; son: Jimmy Lee Miller; brothers: Howard Miller, and James Miller, Jr.; sister: Faye Marsh.

Alan Riley Crabtree

Alan Riley Crabtree, 44, of Crossville, TN passed away on March 12, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center. A Celebration of life service will be held on April 3, 2015 at Cornerstone Baptist Church at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association.

Alan was born on July 20, 1970 in Jamestown, TN to Isam Riley and Ruth Ann Zeyen Crabtree. He worked as a security guard at UT. Alan enjoyed gaming, reading comic books, and watching movies.  He is survived by Grandmother: Anna Zeyen; brother: Shawn Crabtree (Melanie); Aunt Dorothy Palomeque (John). He was preceded in death by mother: Ruth Ann Crabtree; grandfather: Arthur Joseph Zeyen, Sr.; Uncle Arthur Joseph Zeyen, Jr.

Dorothy Ann Crabtree

Dorothy Ann Crabtree, age 71, was born on July 11, 1943 in Fentress County, TN to Johnny and Edna Hood and passed away on March 13, 2015 in Crossville, TN. Being a homemaker is what she loved to do and gardening was one of her passions.

She is survived by her sons- Wolford Wayne Crabtree, Arnold Edward Crabtree (Keri), and William Ross Crabtree; daughters- Lois F. Phillips (David), Deborah J. Sherrill (Fred), and Donna L. Iles (Abe); grandchildren- Michael Crabtree (Jennifer), Lisa Rodriguez (Gabi), Adam Crabtree, Daniel Crabtree, Joshua Crabtree, Matthew Crabtree, Destiny Crabtree, Laci Flynn, Logan Sherrill, Kyle Sherrill (Jessica), DJ Crabtree, Colton Crabtree, Kayde Crabtree, Cody Iles, and Ashley Keagle; great grandchildren- Alex Rodriguez, Alena Rodriguez, Erica Pugh, Kameron Sherrill, Briggs Corum, Alexa Becker, Riley Crabtree, McKenzie Crabtree, and Sophia Crabtree; brothers- Arnold Hood (LaDonna), Billy Hood, and Layton Hood (Loretta); and sister- Nadine Hunnicutt (Bill).

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents- Johnny Hood Jr. and Edna Etter Smith Hood, Mabel Edwards, Marie Hayes, Katherine Myers, Lois Kenney, Johnny Hood, Ross Hood and David Hood.

The family will receive friends on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:00 with Pastor Scott Johnson officiating. The burial will be in Martha Washington Cemetery in Fentress County.

Bobby Alvin Sells, Sr.

Bobby Alvin Sells, Sr., 77, of Crossville, TN passed away on March 12, 2015 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 pm with Jim Mersereau officiating. Burial will be on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Smyrna Cemetery in Byrdstown, TN at 3:00 pm. Everyone will meet at the cemetery.

Bobby was born on August 2, 1937 in Byrdstown, TN to Cosby Duco and Ollie Sewell Sells. He served in the United States Navy. Bobby enjoyed going fishing, bowling, and playing fast pitch softball. He also liked playing card games on the computer.

Bobby is survived by sons: Bobby A. Sells, Jr., (Luanne), and Ricky H. Sells (Tammy); daughters: Cynthia Sells, and Shelly Clouse (Rick); grandchildren: Dane, Evan, Zach, Brandi, Brittany, Caleb, Michelle, and Michael; six great grandchildren; brother: Jack Sells; sisters: Thelma Carpenter, Ruth McCampbell, and Carolyn Osborne. He was preceded in death by his parents; Cosby and Ollie Sells; sisters: Charlotte Bertram, Allie Reagan, and Emily Sells; brother: Argyle Sells.

Eugene Bunn, Jr.

Eugene Bunn, Jr., 92, went home to Heaven with peace and grace on March 10th, 2015., to join his wife Anne who was called home before him.

Survived by his Daughter Paula Holder Boyd (Ross), his granddaughter Pamela Aperans (Jim), his great grandchildren Amanda Spence, Megan Spence, Joshua Aperans, Michael Aperans (Heather), Jessica Moshier (George), and his great-great grandchildren Ty Elmore, Bryson Aperans, Mikenzie Aperans, and Drake Aperans.  He was also survived by his brother Jimmy Bunn (Dean), and his sisters Juanita Whittle (Jim), and Virginia Cochran. He was predeceased by his great grandson Daniel Aperans, mother Essie Bunn, father Eugene Bunn Sr., his brothers John, J.W., Dan, Morris, and his sister Sandra.

Eugene was born in Boothton, Alabama in 1922, was in the Army Air Corp during WW2 and retired from the Civil Service in 1981. After his retirement, he worked in real estate, on the golf course and anywhere a person or business needed help. He was a happy devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather before his passing. Gene (as he was known to his friends) was always very active in every Church he attended, from being a Deacon, to helping out in the nursery, to providing maintenance for the Church whenever it was needed. Gene knew the Lord, loved children, and would give a stranger the shirt off of his back, just to help out.

A service will be held at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, 2653 North Main St. in Crossville, TN on March 14th from 10-12, with Burial immediately following at Green Acres Cemetery.  If you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, Alzheimer’s Association, or the charity of your choice, as Gene would have liked to keep helping those in need.

He leaves us with blessed memories.



Henry Alvin Imken, Jr.

Henry Alvin Imken, Jr., 74, of Crossville, TN passed away on March 10, 2015 at Cumberland House. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Winesap Freewill Baptist Church on Lantana Road at 1:00 pm with Bro. Rudy Oaks officiating.

Henry was born on December 31, 1940 in San Antonio, TX to Henry Alvin Imken, Sr. and Irma Schneider Imken. He served in the United States Army. Henry enjoyed going fishing and hunting; but most of all he loved life itself and helping others.

Henry is survived by his wife Glenda Sweet Imken; son: Otto Imken; daughter: Sandra Shipler Jones; brother: Clifton John Imken of San Antonio, TX; sister: Diane Imken of Huntsville, AL; several grandchildren, and great grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews. . He was preceded in death by his parents: Henry Alvin, Sr. and Irma Imken; brother: Elroy Imken.