Patricia Ann Laroche, 75, of Crossville, TN passed away on December 6, 2014 at Cumberland Medical Center. She was born on April 9, 1939 in Rittman, OH to Wilbur W. and Eileen M. Hilton Geiser.
Glenn Franklin Sapp, 61, was called home to heaven to be with the Lord Saturday, November 29, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN. Glenn was born in Pikeville, TN on February 11, 1953 to Simon Astor and Nellie Opal Myers Sapp. Glenn enjoyed fishing, four wheeling, and loved being a grandpa.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years Judy, sons Keith and Christopher (Anna) Sapp, precious grandchildren Ivy Rose and baby Simon Eldridge Sapp, one sister Carolyn (Wade) Smith, two step-sisters; one step brother; one aunt; many nieces and nephews all of them special; many cousins who claimed him as a brother; a host of family and friends.
Preceeding him in death were his father and mother Astor and Nellie; and step-father Lester Smith.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 3, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Delbert Layne officiating. Burial will follow in Akins cemetery. Pallbearers are Joel Smith, Tracy Smith, Tyler Kent, Jimmy Baldwin, Jody Smith, and James Young. Honorary pallbearer Ryan Fraser.
Clay York Sherrill, 88, of Jamestown, TN passed away on November 24, 2014. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be on Thursday, December 4, at 1:00 pm with Pastor Jeff Masters Officiating. Burial will follow in Crossville City Cemetery.
Clay was born on August 24, 1926 in Crossville, TN to Roy Branch and Margaret Tabor Sherrill. Clay served in the United States Army. He enjoyed gardening, going to flea markets, and doing yard work.
Clay is survived by sons: Dennis and Sandy Sherrill, Darrell Sherrill (Lisa Barnes), and Derrick Sherrill; grandchildren: Daniel, Justin, Aaron, Aleisha, and Lillian. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Margaret Tabor Sherrill; wife Fonzie Sherrill; brother and sisters.
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, 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, 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., 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.
“Josephine ‘Jo’ Freels, 78, formerly of Crossville, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014.