Douglas Swanson Franklin

Douglas Swanson Franklin, age 85, was born February 10,1930 to Will and Ethel Franklin in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and passed away on May 31, 2015 in Crossville, TN. He worked as a postman for the United States Postal Service. Aside from wood working, he loved to attend bluegrass festivals and studying his own family genealogy.

He is survived by his wife- Pearl Faye Franklin; children- Mark Franklin (Jane), Debra Franklin Sharp, Rita Franklin, and Charlotte F. Luttrell (David); step-children- David Phipps (Vickie), Thomas Phipps (Melanie), John Phipps (Beth), and Wanda Phipps Simmons (Richard); grandchildren- Victor Shane Franklin (Anita), Michael Eric Sharp, Benjamin David Luttrell, Lindsey Ann Sharp and Nickolas Franklin Luttrell; and one great grandchild- Preston Mark Franklin.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents-Will Arch Franklin and Ethel Reedy Franklin; first wife- Patry Sharon Carey Franklin; brothers- Lonnie Bruce Franklin and Arch Vernon Franklin; and sister- Lois Franklin Miller.

The family will receive friends at Crossville Memorial on Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 12 to 3 with service to follow. Drew Shelley will officiate with burial in Green Acres Memorial Gardens.

Viola Mable Griggs

Viola Mable Griggs, age 69, was born December 27, 1945 to Clifford and Eppress Guerrero in Casscity, Michigan and passed away on May 30, 2015 in Crossville, TN. She was a butcher by trade. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting, and basket weaving.

Viola is survived by her daughters- Sherri Byford (Gary), Susan Sdao (Glen), and Melissa Griggs; grandchildren- Elizabeth, jared, Jimmy, Marisa, Robby, Justin, Angelina, Tommy, and Frankie; brothers- Gerald and Clifford Guerrero; sisters- Vi Peterson, Joanne Gidcumb, and Eppie Peck.

She was preceded in death by her parents- Clifford and Eppress Powell Guerrero; husband- Charles Griggs; and son- James Mead.

There will be a memorial service Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 2:00PM at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.

Jeanetta M. Farr- Conatser

Jeanetta was born June 6, 1927 in Tennessee, the oldest of ten, to the late P. B. and Lena (Dotson) Edmonds. Jeanetta passed away from this life on May 24, 2015 and on to her Heavenly home after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband John of 57 years, her daughter Jeanetta, sons Rick and Blaine, daughter-n-law Judy Farr, brother Danny Edmonds and her second husband H. Gene Conatser.

Jeanetta’s family was one of the original Homesteaders in Crossville, TN a fact that she was so very proud of. One of her greatest joys was telling stories of growing up on the Homestead to her grand and great-grandchildren.

During her life here on earth she enjoyed beautiful flowers, especially roses, Arabian Horses, her Poodles, was on several bowling leagues, and was a member of the Eastern Star. Jeanetta worked on the rescue squad in Crossville, donated to the church clothes drives and helped many in need.

Jeanetta and her late husband John raised their family in Grafton, Ohio before moving back to Crossville in 1974. Jeanetta recently moved back to Grafton to be close to her family. She was so very Blessed to be able to be in her own home because of the selfless devotion to her care by her granddaughter Mandy and son Gene. Her daughter and granddaughters/grandsons were there to help out and give a much needed break through-out her care.

Jeanetta will be sorely missed by her son Gene Farr of Grafton, Ohio, daughter Beverly Rhoads (John) of Medina, Ohio, sisters Gwelda, Eloise, Genene, Janice, Debbie, and brothers James, Monroe, and Joseph. She is also survived by many grand and great-grandchildren.

Services for Jeanetta will be held at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory in Crossville. TN on Monday June 1, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with Mr. Joe Campbell giving the eulogy following visitation. Interment will follow immediately at the Crossville City Cemetery.

The family wishes that you please donate to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Cancer charities or to a charity of your choice. And remember be kind to one another because life is so very short.

Eula L. Swallows

Eula Leslie Swallows, age 93, passed away on May 22, 2015, in Rochester Hills, MI.

Eula was born May 20, 1922 in Fentress County, TN. She lived most of her early life in Jamestown, TN and worked at the Jamestown Shirt Factory for many years. She loved cooking, quilting and gardening. After her home in Jamestown was destroyed by a tornado in 1974, she moved to Crossville, TN where she lived until 2001. Eula was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church in Crossville. In 2001, Eula moved to Rochester Hills, Eula Swallows ObitMI to be near family.

Eula is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Mary Jane Leslie; sister, Bonnie Bowman of Jamestown, TN and brother, Arlando (Jeff) Threet and wife, Jean of Jamestown, TN.

Eula was preceded in death by first husband, Thomas B. Leslie; second husband, Carson Swallows; parents, Landon and Alva Threet;  brothers, Curtis Threet and Burtis Threet, and sister Rose Wood.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home; funeral services to follow at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Bill Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Crossville City Cemetery.

Bobbie Lee McGraw

Bobbie Lee McGraw, age 84, was born September 25, 1930 to John D and Grace McDaniel Standafer in Burning Springs, KY and passed away in her home in Crossville, TN on May 24, 2015. She was a homemaker that loved to work in her yard tending to her flowers.

She is survived by her sons- Larry D. McGraw, William David McGraw, Steven W McGraw, and Timothy C. McGraw; daughters- Donna J Davis and Tracy L. Foust; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband- Joseph Benson McGraw Jr.; sisters- Lola Wolf, Bernice Pierce, Jessie Barthel, and Caroline Wilson; brothers- John Standafer and Thomas Standafer.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 on Wednesday , May 27, 2015, at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be the following day, Thursday, at 1:00 pm with Kenneth Norris officiating. Burial will be in Beaver Hill Cemetery in Pikeville, TN

Lisa Gaye Miller

Lisa Gaye Miller, 57 of Crossville, Tennessee died on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tennessee.

Born Tuesday, June 25, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Silas Robert Miller and Shirley Petty Dayton. She was a housekeeper for Fairfield Glade. She enjoyed collecting jewelry and antiques and “eating out”. She loved her family and her cats- Kikidee and Poodo.

Surviving are mother- Shirley Dayton; son, Timothy Causey; daughter, Angela Netherton (Robert); and grandchildren- Trevor Martin, Mercedez Martin, and Jayden Netherton.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home with service to follow. Pastor Johnny Goldston officiating. Interment will be in Eastland Cemetery following the service.


Nyla Lee Wallen

Nyla Lee Wallen, age 85, was born June 11, 1929 in Jonesville, VA to Hagen and Virgie Wynn and passed away in Crossville, TN on May 9, 2015. She worked for Brockway Glass. Nyla enjoyed flower gardening, camping with her family, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband- Herschel H Wallen; sons- William Wallen (Mary) and Larry Wallen; daughters- Vicki Doyle (Dan) and Willa Wilson (Butch); fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and a sister- Mavis Moody.

She is a preceded in death by her parents- Hagen Wynn and Virgie Klimeick Wynn; daughter- Lela Faye Warner; grandchild- Robbie; and sisters- Reba  and Lorraine.

Jesse D. Godfrey

Jesse D. Godfrey, age 90, was born on March 13, 1925 to the late Marle and Mattie Mae Webb Godfrey in Crossville, TN and passed away in Crossville on May 18, 2015. He was a farmer and coal miner and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

He is survived by his sister Mabel Payne; and 3 nieces- Kathy, Marlene, and Salena.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 11 to 1 with the funeral service officiated by Jack Able to follow. Burial will be in Leffle Webb Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kallie, Tanner, Dakota, Bobby, Allen and Dexter Hale.

Joyce Marie King

Joyce Marie King, age 68, was born on May 22, 1946 to Johnny and Annie Adams Rector in Crossville, TN and passed away on May 17, 2015 in Knoxville, TN. She was a housewife that loved to go camping, playing with her great grand babies, and going with her grandsons to watch them race.

She is survived by her son- Jerry King; daughter- Tammy Adams (Tim); grandchildren- Nicholas (Tracy), and Nathan (Amber); great grand children- Chevy, Sadie and Chelbi.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers- Avery, William, James, and Thurman Rector; sisters- Gearldine Sharp, and Willene Clark.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from 6 to 9 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. The service will be on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Bowman Cemetery.


Rev. Robert Ray Whittaker

Rev. Robert Ray Whittaker, a minister for over 34 years , 74 of Monterey, Tennessee died on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tennessee.

Born Sunday, November 10, 1940 in Monterey, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Robert Whittaker and the late Dovie Padgett  Whittaker. He was the husband of 51 years to Willene Whittaker of Cumberland Cove Community.

Surviving are sons, William Whittaker (Denice) of Sparta and Robert Joseph Whittaker of Cumberland Cove Community, daughters, Rose Key (Randall) of Cumberland Cove Community and Tresia Moon Spencer (James) of Mayland Community, brothers, Raymond Whittaker (Judy) of Monterey, Harvey Whittaker (Dessie) of Monterey, Gary Whittaker (Kathy) of Grandview and Leroy Rex Whittaker (Cheryl) of Monterey, sister, Marla Forrest Gentry (Tom) of Brentwood and June Phillips of Monterey; 5 grand children- Seth Moon of Louisville, KY,, Ethan Moon and Jody Moon of Byrdstown, Payton Moon and Mykayla Moon of Byrdstown.
He was preceded in death by his brothers- Jefferson, Donald, and Thomas Whittaker; and sisters- Irene Rex, Nellie Manis, and Sara Jane Holt.

A Funeral service will be at 1:00 PM on Tuesday at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home with the Richard Farley  and Robbie Miller officiating. Interment will be in Mayland Cemetery, Mayland, TN.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, May 18, 2015, at  Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.