Ltc. William R. (Dick) Hyder

Ltc. (ret) William R. (Dick) Hyder of Crossville passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Dick was born September 24, 1947 in Pleasant Hill, TN. He is the son of Jeanette and the late Bill Hyder. He is survived by his wife Sharon, their two daughters Sherry Hyder Hales (Bobby) and Whitney Hyder Lowe, grandsons Braxton and Conor Lowe, Robert Hales, granddaughter Carson Hales, a sister Nancy Hyder, as well as extended family.

Ltc. Hyder was a drafted into the Army at 19 years of age and arrived in Vietnam at the age of 21. Over the course of 23 years, he achieved high recognition for his outstanding degree of professionalism, bravery and devotion to duty. Among his commendations are: The Silver Star for gallantry in action, The Bronze Star with V Device for acts of heroism in a combat zone, The Air Medal for meritorious achievement in aerial flight, The Army Commendation Medal, and The Combat Infantry Badge.

Following his military career he worked in Juvenile Probation and served as Cumberland County’s Youth Service Officer and later became the first Director of Personnel for the Cumberland County Board of Education. He enjoyed spending time at home, staying up to date on politics, reading and being “Papa” to his grandchildren.

He remained true to the sense of duty, discipline and patriotism he learned in the military as friends and family can attest.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Post 9/11 Combat Memorial: Cumberland County Veterans Assistance Council 848 Livingston Road Suite 101 PMB 100 Crossville, TN 38555.

Dezirae Michele Byrnes

Dezirae Michele Byrnes; so special, so loved by so many people. Dezirae always kept the funniest, most amazingly positive outlook on life. She had a way of making even the smallest of things or occasions special. Dezirae was born on April 3, 1992 and passed away on February 27, 2016.

She is survived by her grandparents- Dona and Jerry Johnson; sisters- Danielle Kiecksee and Jamie Cook; and nieces and nephews- David (14), Sean (13), Nicholas (12), Emily and Aimee (11) and Nathan (8).

Services for Dezirae have not been planned at this time.

Robert Cleon Fowler

Robert Cleon Fowler was born on October 23, 1926 in Fort Payne, Alabama to Robert and Grace Fowler. He passed away on February 29, 2016 in Crossville, TN. Robert enjoyed spending his time reading the Bible. He loved going to church and was a member of The Church of God. Robert also enjoyed watching sports. He was a retired licensed professional painter.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years- Laverne; brothers- Norman (Barbara Ann) and John A. (Sissie), both of Texas; sister- Peggy (David Parker) of Texas; sisters- and brothers-in-law- Judy Parker (Darle R.), Wanda Jacobs (Eugene), both of Chattanooga, TN, and Jerry Cyree (Frances) of Henagar, AL.

A graveside service for Robert will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery officiated by Bobby G. Wood.

Karen Acenia Baragona

Karen Baragona, age 55, of Crossville, TN was born on March 14, 1960 to Wayne and Ruby Lee Garner. She passed away on February 27, 2016 at Cumberland Medical Center. Karen attended Redemption Church. She loved to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She also loved to have popcorn and an iced coke and watch movies. Karen loved sad watching sad movies. She had 4 children and 11 grandchildren, and she was dearly loved, as “mother” to many children. She worked at NCE at before and after school care, then as a teacher’s aide. She also worked at Hilltoppers for a while as a caretaker.

Her parents preceded her in death- Wayne and Ruby Garner. She had 4 children, Gwendolyn Skinner (Owen), Leo Baragona III (Marlene), Eileen Norris (Hammer), and Rebecca Litzi (Eric). She is sadly missed by her husband of 25 years, Leo B. Baragona Jr.

Her family will receive friends on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Redemption Church in Crossville, TN. A memorial service for Karen will also be held on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with Bro. Jerry Smith officiating.

Elizabeth Ann Hodge

Elizabeth Ann Hodge passed away on Friday, the 26th of February, 2016. She was born the 19th of February, 1931, the daughter of Fred Leroy and Edna Mae Wallick Allison. She married Carl Cecil Hodge on the 3rd of July, 1950. She was a member of the Crab Orchard Church of God.

Elizabeth, called Libby by many friends and family members, was a stay at home mother of four children, Harold Eugene Hodge, Delores Jean Miller, Patricia Ann Hawn, and Gary Lynn Hodge. In her quiet manner, she managed things at home and raised wonderful children while her husband worked away on the railroad. During those years she worked at Fairfield Glade when it first opened, and at Roselon Southern. When her youngest son graduated from high school in 1976, Elizabeth joined her husband in Syracuse, New York where they enjoyed six years together before Carl’s death in 1982. She moved back to Crossville and lived with her daughter Pat at the family home in Crab Orchard until her death.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Edna Allison, husband Carl Cecil Hodge, daughter Delores “Sissy” Miller, son Gary Hodge, great-grandson Andrew Begley, and sister Juanita Bohannon. She is survived by her brother Art Allison of Battle Ground, Washington, son Harold Hodge and his wife, Judy of Madison, Kansas, daughter Patricia Hawn of Crossville, grandchildren, Mary “Meme” Martin , Scott Hodge, Stacey Peters, Erin Rindt, Amy Miller, Brandon Miller, Joe Hawn, Kim Thompson and husband Joe, Danny Bilyeu, Abigail Hayes and husband Matthew, 28 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

    Elizabeth’s family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. also at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Danny Smith officiating. She will be laid to rest in Haley’s Grove Cemetery.

Wilma Arlene Adams

Wilma Arlene Adams, age 69, was born on February 3, 1947 and passed away peacefully on February 20, 2016 with her family by her side. Per her request, there will be no services.

She is survived by her brother Johnny Adams (Pam Adams), sister Lura Christ (Gus Christ), sister Mary Adams, a cousin much like a brother Chester Adams (Annette Adams), 7 nieces, 7 nephews, and numerous cousins.

She is preceded in death by her daddy Baxter Julious Adams, mother Aileen Waters Adams, an infant sister, and an aunt much like a mother Inez Adams.

Luis “Chito” Santiago

Luis Alfonso Santiago, also known as Chito, was born on September 17, 1943 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He passed away at the age of 72 on February 20, 2016 in Sparta, TN. Luis loved cooking and painting. He also loved working with model cars.

He is survived by caretaker- Debra Maynard; sons- Jessie Pinson and Shannon Pinson; grandchildren- Justin, Kobe, Brandon, Jordan, and Candace.

He was preceded in death by his mother- Genoveva Fabre Santiago; adoptive father- Carlos A. Santago; and father- Sigfredo Muniz.

A memorial service for Luis will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home.

James Wilson Woody

James Wilson Woody, age 69, of Crossville, TN was born on October 19, 1946. He passed away at his home on February 21, 2016. His family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will also be held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Donald Wattenbarger officiating. He will be laid to rest in Bowman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown, age 93, was born to Albert and Alice Place Brown in Toronto, Canada on April 7, 1922. He passed away on February 18, 2016 in Crossville, TN. In his spare time, Christopher loved woodworking and building wooden model ships. He also enjoyed gardening, cooking, and reading. Christopher loved his children and being a father meant everything to him.

He is survived by his sons- Thomas Brown (Judy), Terence Brown (Kristi), and Michael Brown (Lorri); daughters- Kathleen Brown and Christine Brandt (Gary); 13 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents- Albert and Alice; wife- Irene Brown; son- Christopher Brown; and brother- Thomas Brown.

John M. Howard

John M. Howard, age 85, was born to Ola J. and Luvernia Howard on December 6, 1930 in Lancing, TN. He passed away at his home in Crossville, TN on February 18, 2016.

John is survived by his son- Stephen O. Howard (Barbara) of Fortville, IN; daughter- Tambra S. Howard of Crossville, TN; daughter-in-law- Mary C. Howard of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren- Jeremy M. Howard, Melynda J. Emler, Jonathan P. Howard, Kiley E. Bowles, Stephanie M. Howard, Scott A. Curry, and Erin N. Curry; 6 great grandchilren; and brother- Allen J. Howard of Crossville, TN.

John was preceded in death by his parents-Ola J. and Luvernia Howard; wife Oda Howard; and son- John Michael Howard.

His family will be receiving family and friends on Saturday, February 20, 2016  from 1:00 to 3:00 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Fortville, IN on Monday, February 22, 2016.