John “Woody” Gearheart

John “Woody” Gearheart, a Lake Tansi resident since 1990, passed away at the age of 88.  There will be a visitation on January 31, 2015 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 with Rev. Hank Jones of Crossville officiating. Burial will follow in Green Acres Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or The American Heart Association.

John was born on Feb. 14, 1926 in Morehead, KY to John and Ruby Gearheart. Mr. Gearheart served his country in the U.S. Navy. He made a career and retired from Commercial Plumbing. All who knew him recognized his love for golf, fishing, and sports world in general. “Woody” never missed a chance to watch and root for the KY Wildcats.

Mr. Gearheart was married to the former Ollie Crouch Gearheart of Forbus, TN. Ollie, Woody and their two surviving children:  son, Larry V. Gearheart of Pioche NV, and daughter Diane Gearheart of Austin, TX, lived in Gaston, IN before moving to Lake Tansi in 1990. Other survivors include brother: Donald Gearheart of Phoenix, AZ; sister: June Gearheart of Mesquite, TX. A host of loving friends, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  He was preceded in death by: parents: John and Ruby [DeBoard] Gearheart; sisters: Ada Casey, Gladys Berger, and Addie Barndale; brothers: Norm Cowan, Allen Tucker, Melbourne, Coleman, and James.

Michael Brandon Lewis

Michael Brandon Lewis, 32, of Crossville, TN passed away on January 13, 2015 at Cumberland Medical Center. He was born in American Fork, UT to Gerald and Deborah Lewis.  Michael enjoyed racing cars and motorcycles, going to motocross, and was a very charismatic people person.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 1:00 pm.

Michael is survived by father: Gerald Lewis (Donna Lewis); son: Logan Dishman; grandfather: James Hayworth; close friend Allison Dishman; nephews: Jakob and Kurtis; niece Maggie; brothers: Kevin Lewis (Jamie), Aaron Lewis; and Bradley Lewis. He was preceded in death by mother: Deborah Hayworth Lewis; grandparents Doward and Rosetta Lewis; grandmother: Donna Hayworth.


Johnny Ray Burke

Johnny BurkeJohnny Ray Burke, 64, of Crab Orchard, TN passed away on January 11, 2015 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 with Bro. Chip Bond officiating. Burial will be in Sharp Place Cemetery in Jamestown, TN. Pallbearers will be Bobby Burke, Leon Burke, David Burke, Chris Davis, Bucky Burke, and Kevin Winningham. Honorary pallbearers Dwight Burke, Guy Watson, Charles Watson, and Roy T. Burke.

Johnny was born on May 26, 1950 in Scott County, TN to Aus and Stella Elizabeth [Slaven] Burke. He enjoyed hanging out with family and going camping. Johnny loved to gamble in Tunica and Cherokee.

Johnny is survived by wife: Jennifer Wiggins Burke of Crab Orchard, TN; son: Johnny Thomas Burke of Syracuse, NY; daughters: Ann Marie Rose of  Ocala, FL, Timi Shoop of Syracuse, NY, Kisha Davis and Dakota Davis both of Crossville, TN; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother: Dallas Burke; sisters: Olliebell Burke; Nell Tays, and Peggy Winningham. He was preceded in death by:parents: Aus and Stella Burke; brothers: Arthur Slaven, Roy Burke, Lonnie Burke, and Archie Burke; sisters: Dillie Burke, Hester Norris, and Jean Mullinax; first wife: Norene Burke.

Naomi Ruth Swearingen

Naomi Ruth Swearingen (nee Grismer), age 88, formerly of Eureka Springs, Ark. and Arlington Heights, IL  passed away January 4, 2015 at Park West Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

She was born in Chicago, IL where she spent most of her life, then moving to Arkansas and finally settling in Crossville, TN.

Her parents were William H. Grismer and Mary Dohse Grismer both of Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, W. Wayne Swearingen who passed away in 2009.

She was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Crossville, TN.

She enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, spending time with family and friends and being an active church member. She also enjoyed taking care of Lady, her cat.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Carol (Ralph) Stewart, of Mountain City, TN, son and daughter-in-law, Keith (Elaine) Swearingen of Manhattan, IL, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Crossville, TN with a luncheon following the service. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Ascension Lutheran Church’s building fund, 426 Sparta Drive, Crossville, TN 38555.

Alma Claudean Beasley

Alma Claudean Beasley, age 84, was born on January 31, 1930 to Erastus and Winnie Baxter in Moss, TN and passed away on January 3, 2015 in Crossville, TN. She was a housewife who loved life in general, chasing her grandchildren, spending time with family, and laughing through it all. Although a household chore, she loved to can food from the garden, enjoyed flowers, and thought of herself as a buttermilk connoiseur. Her favorite color was pink and wore it frequently.

She is survived by her son- Donathan Granville Beasley; daughter- Wilma Paulette Beasley; grandchildren- Michelle Rimes (Darrell), Misty Ann Beasley, Chris Beasley (Tracy); great grandchildren- Dakota, Caroline, William, Sam, and Isaac; brothers- Cornell and Jimmy Neal Baxter; and sister- Carroll Bledsoe.

Alma was preceded in death by her husband- William Herman Beasley; parents Erastus Paul Baxter and Winnie Iva Hestand Baxter; and several brothers.

The family will receive friends on Sunday January 4, 2015 from 3 to 6 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 with burial following in Rinnie Cemetery. Bro. Arlon Way will be officiating.

A special thanks to all those involved in her life at Life Care Center of Crossville.

Thomas C Moore

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Thomas C Moore, age 81, was born on August 21, 1933 in Carthage, Illinois to William and Mabel Moore and passed away on December 25, 2014 in Crossville, Tennessee. His main occupation was working as a machinist at Caterpillar. He enjoyed Nascar racing and collected Mark Martin memorabilia. He was also a big Green Bay Packers fan.


He is survived by his wife- Sadie Barnwell Moore; children- Brenda Watts (Rodney), Randall Moore (Tammy), and Daniel Moore (Kristi); step-children- Karen Richerson and James Kirk; grandchildren- Lisa, Adam, Gina, Justin, Alyssa, and Lindsey; step-grandchildren- Katie, Paul, and Ben; two great grandchildren- Savannah and Brylee; and a brother- Rex Moore.


He was preceded in death by his parents- William Ivan Moore and Mabel Bell Brooks Moore; his first wife- Bonnie Moore; son- Brian Moore; step son- Emmett “Corky” Kirk and two sisters- Marge Bulinski and Jean Sharp.


A graveside service will be held at Dunlap Cemetery in Dunlap, Illinois on Monday, December 29, 2014, at 2:00PM.

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.

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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.