Patricia Laroche

Patricia Laroche 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.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday December 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.
Patricia enjoyed going to the Kentucky Derby, writing poems, riding motorcycles and baking pies.
Patricia is survived by daughters: Debbie Marshall (Chuck), Brenda Christ (Robert), and Becky Wilson (Frank); grandchildren: Lindell, Becky, Alisha, Elizabeth, Misty, and DJ; great grandchildren: Landon, Anthony, and Bella. She was preceded in death by parents; and husband Frank Laroche.

Wendell “Red” Marmon

Glenn Franklin Sapp

GlennGlenn 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

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.

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.”