Roger Lynn Hyder

Roger HyderRoger Lynn Hyder died peacefully Wednesday night, October 1, 2014, after a valiant struggle with ALS, (more commonly known as Lou Gehrigs disease).  He now joins his dad and mom (Alva and Minnie Hyder) and brother (Ronnie Goss) in a very happy reunion. Joyfully, he can again walk, talk, breathe and enjoy a full expression of himself.

Roger was born April 6, 1948 in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee.  He loved Cumberland County and spent his entire life here except for his college years at Tennessee Tech where he met the love of his life, Gail Lemmons, and brought her back to Slate Springs.

His spirit is carried on by his beautiful wife, Gail, and three daughters (Jennifer Cottam, Amber Hyder and Tiffany Phillips), his sons-in-law (Sterling Cottam and Jesse Phillips), the pride of his heart, his five grandchildren (Nathan, Caleb and Megan Phillips & Stephen and Savannah Cottam).  He is also survived by his sisters (Linda Potter and Frances Threet) and his extended family of relations and friends.

As a man who always put others before himself, he was known and loved by people in many reaches of life.  He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints where he served for a period of time as Bishop of the local congregation.  He taught school in Cumberland County for 18 years, served on the COOP board, received Outstanding Conservationist Farmer of the Year in 2010, served on the Cumberland County School Board and was a member of the Cumberland County Road Commissioners.  He was an entrepreneur who started several businesses including a custom slaughter house and sawmill. He was an avid farmer and land speculator and even a published author of short stories.  He worked hard at everything he did and succeeded resoundingly in so many ways.

Roger’s greatest efforts and desires were for the happiness and success, both temporally and eternally for his marriage and family.

He was a great provider.  He taught his children to work hard and to do it with a smile on their faces.  He would take his little crew out to help cut wood for the day.  He was in his element in the woods; with a twinkle in his eyes, he taught everyone how to get out of the way of a falling tree.  The great lessons of life were simply taught – just step out of the way when everything comes crashing down around you.

His love for his wife was beautiful.  He loved her deeply and showed it in practical ways.  When he was in the “doghouse”, he once bought her a chair with flowered upholstery.  He thought her most beautiful in her work clothes and her hair au naturale.  His idea of a romantic get-away was a walk or ride to the Obed river with a little picnic.

He taught us all so much with his simple but deep perspective on life.  He knew what was important and did not let the other things bother him.  We will greatly miss his calm, steady influence. We will miss his corny jokes. We will miss his love and leadership. We will miss him.

Roger was buried Saturday, October 4, in the Slate Springs cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation in his memory to Hospice of Cumberland County, ALS Association ( to help eradicate this terrible disease or to the humanitarian fund through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

Sarah Dippel

MomSarah LaVora Dippel passed away on September 27th at the age of 74 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer.  She leaves behind her devoted husband of 54 years, Richard Dippel, and family in Georgia including daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Randal Kinley and Alicia and Ray Hills, grandchildren Matt Hills, Sarah Kinley, Robert Kinley, and Alex Hills, granddaughters-in-law Carla Hills and Hannah Kinley, and one special great granddaughter, Delilah Hills.  She’s also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Gayle LaVora in Wisconsin, and sister-in-law JoAnne LaVora of Texas.

Sarah and her husband lived in 7 states across the US and in Germany throughout their marriage.  During retirement, Sarah enjoyed travelling with the love of her life, Richard.  Together, Sarah and Richard shared frequent road trips, took 35 cruises, and made it a priority to visit family and friends.  Sarah made friends wherever she went.  She was loved by an extended network of family and friends throughout the world.  GiGi/Grandma/Mom/Sarah will be sincerely missed by those she left behind.

Sarah sincerely cared about everyone she met and kept in touch daily with her family and friends through phone calls, emails, and Facebook.  She worked at various occupations throughout her life including the post office, hospital administration, and federal social services, but her favorite pastime was being with family.  She loved the beauty of nature through plants, flowers, hummingbirds, deer, and other living creatures.  Sarah loved to read her daily newspaper on the screened in porch, drink her coffee, eat graham crackers, and watch for deer in the backyard.  She was known as an amazing listener, and many came to her for advice about life’s challenges.  Her favorite holiday was Christmas where the family was always together with special traditions – she played Christmas carols on her accordion, made homemade spaghetti, and gave every family member a specially chosen annual ornament.

A funeral service is planned for Friday, October 3rd at 3 pm at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Crossville, TN.  In lieu of flowers, any contributions received will be donated by the family to The Susan G Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.  Her family has actively participated in this event since 2005 after Sarah was first diagnosed with breast cancer.

William Grant Cox

G & S - CopyWilliam Grant Cox passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife at his side on 9-27-2014. He was born in Crossville on 3-27-1934.  His parents were Link and Mildred (Hamby) Cox.  He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sue, 3 daughters, Kelly Lee Shaw (Mark), Stacey Lynn (Dennis) Peterson, and Carlene Susanne LaGuardia, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, Boyd (Elaine) of Crossville and  Glenn  (Judy) of GA and one sister Fern (James) Curtis of Charleston TN and 9 nieces and nephews.
After high school graduation Grant left Crossville to make his way in California.  He was in the Army, stationed in CA and when his tour was over he stayed. He had a career as a metallurgical engineer in the aerospace field. He married Sue in 1973 where they spent 7 ½ years living on a boat, a life he truly loved, so much that he was building a larger one to take its place.  In 1980 they left the California pace for a quieter life in TN.  Grant was blessed with many talents, including expert woodworking, the design and building of many different types of machinery, including a mobile vertical sawmill and a machine that cut 2 x 4’s into grade stakes.  The thrill for him was the challenge of design and construction, just to see if he could do it! His other talents included building their first house here in Crossville and the design and building of cabinets and furniture.
As a boy he was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman.  His love of fishing and hunting continued into adulthood. He was always interested in motorcycles and 2009 he rode his Yamaha to Arizona and back at Thanksgiving time, a ride that brought him great joy.  Most recently he acquired a 2007 Mustang which really made him smile..
He was precede in death by his parents, brother Kenneth and an infant son, William Grant Cox
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday October 1 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.  Visitation from 3-4pm and service following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Salvation Army, the building fund of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.


Patman Wright Cooper

Patman CooperPatman Wright Cooper, age 79, was born on June 15, 1935 to Alexander and Ava Cooper in Fentress County, Tennessee and passed away on September 27, 2014 in Crossville, Tennessee. He was a local barber, cutting the hair of many people over the years. He loved to work! He enjoyed gardening, but could be found in his latter years hanging out with his dog, Rachel.

He is survived by his wife- Lynn Cox Cooper; daughters- Ava Darlene Coffey (Thomas) and Carolyn Annettee Childers (Greg); two grandchildren- Frances Olivia Childers and Gerald Cooper Childers; brothers- Claude “Bud” Cooper and Clue David Cooper; and sister- Mabel Irene Guffey.

He was preceded in death by his parents- Alexander Cooper and Ava Turner Cooper; brother- Carver Shannon Cooper; and sister- Veachel Linder.

The family will receive friends at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 5 to 7. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday the 29th at 10:00 am with Bro. Marvin Orewiler and Bro. Ray Savage officiating. The burial will take place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 10:00 am in Tollett’s Chapel Cemetery.

Margaret Wendt

Margaret Wendt, 82, of Fairfield Glade, TN passed away on September 16, 2014 at Good Samaritan. She was born on August 28, 1932 in Parma, MO to Joseph and Opal Summer Stepp. Before retiring Margaret and her husband James were the owners of Top Flite Market in Crossville, TN. James and Margaret were married for 61 years.

Margaret is survived by husband: James Wendt; son: James Bruce Wendt (Jody) of Crossville, TN; grandson: James Bruce Wendt II of Texas; brother F. M. Stepp of CA. She was preceded in death by her parents; and son: Jeffery Allen Wendt.

David Frederick Conway

David ConwayDavid Frederick Conway, 72, of Crossville, TN passed away on September 15, 2014. He was born on April 5, 1942 in Knox County, TN  to Royce Hubert and Anne Montgomery Conway. He is survived by his wife Patricia Conway; daughters: Marla Myers (Tom) of Heiskell, TN, Lisa Conway of Unionville, TN, and Melissa Acierno (Jeff) of Youngstown, OH. In lieu of flowers make a donation to Hospice of Cumberland County or the American Cancer Society.

Ronald Edward Marquess

Ronald Edward Marquess, 75, of Crossville, TN passed away on September 12, 2014 at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 with Rev. Christine Archer officiating. Pallbearers will be Rob Clarke, James Marquess, Daniel Marquess, Dylan Marquess, J C Hancock, Roy Phipps, and Abe Iles.

Ronald was born on August 31, 1938 in Fayetteville, TN to Paul Smith and Mary Francis Jobe Marquess. He enjoyed reading, doing yard work, spending time with his family, and Vol’s football.

Ronald is survived by his wife: Lee Ann Duran Marquess; sons: James Whitney Marquess, and Daniel Milton Marquess (Felisitus); grandson: Dylan James Marquess; brother: Theodore Marquess (Melissa); several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jackie Lee Pleasant

Jackie Lee Pleasant, 65, of Crossville, TN passed away on September 10, 2014 at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 3 o’clock with Pastor David Sitler officiating. Burial will be in Thomas Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rooker Pleasant, Jim Pleasant, Tyler Kerley, Johnny Pleasant, Danny Davis, and Gaelin Pleasant.

Jack was born on July 15, 1949 in Crossville, TN to John Richard and Gladys Lee Davis Pleasant. His occupation was a painter.

Jack is survived by his wife: Wanda Norris Pleasant; son: Rooker Pleasant

(Marnee); grandchildren: Gaelin Pleasant, Andra Pleasant, and Karah Pleasant; brothers: Danny Davis, Johnny Pleasant, and Jimmy Pleasant (Sandy); sisters: Margaret Taylor, and Donna Sisco (Billy). He was preceded in death by parents, and brother Walter Pleasant.

John Ed Barnwell

John Ed Barnwell, 57, of Crossville, TN passed away on September 5, 2014 at Methodist Medical Center in Oakridge, TN. Family will receive friends on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 3 with Pastor Mike McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Haleys Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Boo, Stevie Gibson, Jason Thompson, Zack Barnwell, Chad Nesbit, and Nathan Barnwell.

John was born on June 17, 1957 in Crossville, TN to Arthur and Georgia Pippen Barnwell. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and horses.

John is survived by sons: Zack Barnwell (Michellia), and Steven Gibson (Becky); daughters: Tausha Nesbit (Chad), and Jamie Gibson (David Flynn); grandchildren: Ethan, Gaven, Bravin, Cameron, Jacob, Morgan, Tyler, Baylee, Adrian, Issac, Skyler, and Makaley; brothers: Floyd Barnwell, Erve “Stick” Barnwell; sisters: Debbie Myers, Eulenia Campbell, and Bertha Benson. He was preceded in death by parents; wives: Judy K. Barnwell, and Lisa Barnwell; brothers: Paul Barnwell and Gilbert Barnwell; sisters: Elsie Miller, Thelma Hall, Ella Mae Hughes, and Lennis Potter; granddaughter: Haley Marie.

Wylie Elmore Jr

Wylie Elmore Jr., age 57, was born on June 4, 1957 in Marion, IN to Wylie and Mary Elmore and passed away on Sept. 5, 2014 in Sevierville, TN. He was a roofer and enjoyed working on cars and playing guitars.

Wylie is survived by his parents- Jackie and Mary Conley; children- Nathaniel and Elizabeth; brother- David Elmore; and sisters- Connie Williams, Linda Ogle, and Katherine Earhart. He is preceded in death by his father- Wylie Haskel Elmore and brother- Billy Elmore.

The family will receive friends at Crossville Memorial on Sunday, September 7,2014, from 12 to 2 with funeral service to follow. Pastor Harold Qualls will officiate and burial will be in Slate Springs Cemetery.