DYKES, HOYT, GRADY, age 75, of Tracy City, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at his home. He was a son of the late Calvin Dykes and Nancy O’Neal Dykes and was preceded in death by his brothers, Carmon, Gordon, and baby, John Dykes. He was retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He is survived by his wife, Helen Dykes; brothers, Carl and Stanley “Bowser” Dykes of Tracy City; sisters, Eula Dykes, Coalmont; Marie McDaniel, Tracy City; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Rhonda Dykes. Funeral services were held Friday, March 29 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Bobby Winton and Claude Hoback officiating. Burial was in Hobbs Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.fosterlayfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.
KILBY, JOHN, EDWARD, 89, of Tracy City, TN, passed away at his home on March 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maudie Lewis Kilby of Tracy City; daughter Vicki Kilby Geary (Max, Jr.) of Brentwood; son Ronald E. Kilby (Sharon) of Cowan; and sister Frances Kilby Payne (James) of Chattanooga. He was beloved “Poppy” to grandchildren Kim Keidel (Kevin) of Franklin, Max D. Geary, III (Robin) of Spring Hill, Scarlett Cole (Eric) of Cowan, and Cody Kilby of Mt. Juliet, and to great grandchildren Mary and Mason Keidel, Eliott and Owen Geary, and Zoe and Chloe Cole.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C.H and Mary Kilby, brother Harvey Kilby, and sisters Virginia Dunn and Juanita Wilson.
He was born June 5, 1923 in Nashville. His family moved to Tracy City in 1926. He served in the Navy during World War II as an Ordinaceman Second Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS Croatan. After the war he worked in his father’s Tracy City woodworking shop, hauled coal from the Palmer mines, worked for the Southern Railroad in Chattanooga, and for the TVA at Watts Bar Steam Plant. Then in 1953, he and wife Maudie purchased the Modern Dry Cleaners from his brother, and ran it until his retirement in 1985. On his pick-up and delivery route he made many friends, young and old, and delivered more news and gossip than the Grundy County Herald!
He was an avid tennis player until poor eyesight forced him to give it up. Afterwards, he channeled more of his energies into his copper wire sculpting, woodworking, and junk collecting. He also enjoyed being “one of the kids” when the grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews were around. Family members could always look forward to a phone call on their birthday with his harmonica rendition of “Happy Birthday.” We’ll all miss that call. As a boy he was a member of the locally famous Boy Scout troop led by Father A.C. Adams. He was a life-long member of Christ Episcopal Church in Tracy City. He was also a member of the Sewanee Masonic Lodge.
Funeral services were held March 31 at the chapel of Foster and Lay Funeral Home in Tracy City with Minister Clayton Jones officiating. Military honors were provided by the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard. Pallbearers were Max Geary, III, Cody Kilby, Harold Lewis, Hoover Hancock, Courtney Arbuckle, and Kevin Keidel. He will be missed by many. Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.
LAYNE, JUDY, LYNN, 68, 68, of Gruetli-Laager, TN, passed away Monday April 1, 2013 at her home with her family at her side. She was born in Fort Mountain, Tennessee on June 26, 1944 to Emory W. and Esther Daniel Taylor who preceded her in death with her son, David Michael Layne; sisters, Marie Watson, Dorothy Davis, Margaret Anderson; brother, Charles Taylor. She is survived by her husband, Scottie Douglas Layne; daughter, Donna (Clyde) Stoglin; son, Dewayne Layne; grandchildren, Ashley, Alisha, Amber, Aaron, Amanda and Miranda; great grandchildren, Haley, Dillon, Candace, Colton and Macon. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 3 in the funeral home chapel with Ministers R.B. Slatton and Joe Sanders officiating. Burial was in Swiss Colony Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
SCISSOM, VIRGINIA, LYNN, MULLICAN, 75, of Kingsport, TN, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at her home with family and friends beside her. She was born in McMinnville, TN and had resided in Virginia Beach for several years as a navy wife. Virginia moved to Kingsport in 1986 following her husband’s retirement from the Navy. She was a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church and an avid Mahjong player. Virginia was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Onnie Mai Mullican; stepmother, Willie Mae Mullican; husband, James “Tootlum” Scissom; and brother, Billy Mullican. Survivors include two daughters, Sherri Pollack and husband Wayne of Kingsport, and Terri Gates of Cincinatti, OH; son, Chris J. Scissom and wife, Stephanie of Kingsport; six grandchildren, Danielle Scissom, Shaun Scissom, Luke Pollack, Lance Pollack, Patrick Gates and Matthew Gates; brothers, Dean Mullican and wife, Ruth of Charleston, SC; and Grady Mullican and wife, Nancy of Tracy City, TN; sister-in-law, Tiny Meyers of Chattanooga, TN; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Gail Sutherland, Patsy Carrick and Lynn Beldsoe. Graveside services were conducted Thursday, April 4 at Mountain Home National Cemetery with Rev. Susan Lankford officiating. Pallbearers were Jim Ball, Jimmy Ball, Ken Goforth, Sammie Mullican, Bobby Lynn Stinnett and Herman Carrick. Honorary pallbearers were Kelly Bledsoe and Jerry Wheelock. Memorial contributions may be made to Wellmont Hospice, 280 Steeles Rd., Bristol, TN 37620, the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd, Ste 102, Johnson City, TN 37601, or to Colonial Heights Baptist Church, 108 Colonial Heights Rd., Kingsport, TN 37663. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Paige Goforth and Wellmont Hospice. Visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family. Arrangements were made by Hamlett-Dodson Funeral Home, Kingsport, TN.
LONG, JUNE, ANN, age 85, of Monteagle, Tennessee, passed away March 12, 2013 at Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee, TN. She was born June 6, 1927 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Long; mother, Myrtle McFarland Smith; brother, Pedro Aylor and sister, Mary Lee Aylor. She is survived by two children, son Jim (Linda) Long of Decula, GA and daughter Kim (Johnny) Rose of Monteagle, TN; grandchildren Stacy (Don) Hutcheson, Jason (Robin) Rose, Billy (Katrina) Rose, Jedediah (Sherry) Rose, Jeremy Rose, Tara (Brian) Curtis, and Lindsey (Johnathon) Chasstain; 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service, celebrating the life of June Long, will be announced at a later time. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net. Arrangements made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.
GILLIAM, NANCY, M. age 79, of Sewanee, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee, TN. She was born in Sewanee, a daughter of the late Fred O. Hughes and Maude Garner Hughes and was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Gilliam; sons, Danny Gilliam and Marshall Gilliam. She is survived by her sons, Robert “Bobby” Gilliam and Kevin D. Gilliam, both of Sewanee; brothers, Fred O. Hughes, Jr. of Cowan and Thomas Henry “Bo Bo” Hughes of Monteagle; sister, Teresa Holt of Decherd; 6 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial service for family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Eastern Star Cemetery in Sewanee with Minister Mickey Henley officiating. The family asks that memorials be made to one’s favorite charity in memory of Nancy. Online condolences may be made at www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.
KNOTT, MANUEL, MELVIN, age 90, of the Subligna Community of Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Oak View Health & Rehab in Summerville. He was born in Sewanee on May 23, 1922 a son of the late Oscar Luck Knott and Carrie Long Knott. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Savannah Smith Knott; brother, Archie Ray Knott; sister, Sue Butner; father and mother-in-law, Edd and Fannie Smith; son-in-law, Johnny E. Shirley; great grandson, Dawson Knott. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and had served during World War II, was a member of the American Legion, Sewanee Lodge #405 F. & A.M., a member of Boy’s Town, and an active worker for the Alzheimer’s Search for a Cure Committee. He attended St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School for Boys and was an Episcopalian with membership at St. James Episcopal Church in Midway. During his working life he was a merchant for many years in Midway and had retired from Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company where he worked in land management. Survivors include his children, Jackie (Taylor) Bowman, Julia Ann “Judy” Knott, Edward L. “Bud” (Delores); grandchildren, Edward “Lucky” (Mary) Knott, Maurice (Linda) Bowman, Stacey (Joey) Carlton, Melanie Cooksey, and Carrie Bowman; great grandchildren, Jessica Jones, Skylar, Alexis, and Aubrey Martin, Savannah and Christian Carlton, Keesha Hulley; a special brother-in-law, Robert “Goob” Caldwell. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the chapel of Cumberland Funeral Home with Minister Buddy Van Dyke officiating. Burial will be in Eastern Star Cemetery in Sewanee. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.