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Obituaries 5-14-15

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 9:04 am

SANDERS, DOROTHY, JUANITA,  “DOTTIE” age 79, passed away May 9, 2015, at home in Monteagle, TN. Born August 31, 1935, to the late Herman and Wrenn Sanders, she was a 1953 graduate of Grundy County High School and continued her education at the University of Tennessee, graduating with a degree in Interior Design in 1957. She began her career in Memphis, working for Goldsmith’s Department Store, before starting her own business, Dottie Sanders Interior Designs. Dottie specialized in historical restoration and was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Tennessee Society of Interior Designers, serving as president for the TSID. In addition, she was a member of the Germantown Garden Club. During her years in Memphis, she was an active member of the Germantown Church of Christ.

Dottie was passionate about her profession and always recognized the wonderful education she received at the University of Tennessee as an important part of her success. She was active in the UT Alumni Association and served on the board of the School of Architecture and Design at the university. She endowed the Dottie Sanders School of Architecture and Design Scholarship.

Her survivors include her brother Jim (Kay) Sanders; her niece, Amanda (Eddie) Phillips; her nephew, Jay (Teri) Sanders; great-nephews J.T. and Hunter Phillips; great-nieces Kate Sanders and Hannah Phillips; and numerous cousins and longtime friends.

A funeral was held for Dottie at Cumberland Funeral Home in Monteagle on Tuesday, May 12. Paul Tittle and Buford Newsome of Monteagle Church of Christ officiated. Burial followed at the Monteagle Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Eddie Phillips, Hunter Phillips, J.T. Phillips, Carter Underhill, Matt Underhill, Kyle Underhill, and Kenji Kato. Honorary pallbearers included Jody Hargis, John W. Greeter, Dr. Joe Johnson, Dr. Fred Hatch, Dr. Phil George, Jerry Don Thomas, Jim Myers, Doug Haynes, Wayne Dowdle, Bobby Wiggins, Landon Gilliam, James David Oliver, Dr. Ken Malhoit, Harry Parmley, Vaughn Coppinger, Tim Ramsey, and Roland Gerhart.

The family would like to thank her faithful caregivers Elaine Meeks, Jo Parson and Rosa Griffith. On line condolences may be made at   Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.


BLUM, EVA, JEANNETTE, age 67, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at her children’s home in Sequatchie, Tennessee following an extended illness. Born August 5, 1947 in Harlan KY, she was the daughter of the Late Lee and Emma Johnson. She was the widow of James Edgar Blum, who passed away in 1992 at the age of 47. Eva moved to Lake Mary, Florida where she lived until moving to Putnam County in the mid 1980’s. She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, music, gardening and being out on the river fishing.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her children Brenda, Glenda, and James Edgar Blum, Jr. and siblings, Julius Johnson, Roy Lee Johnson, John Henry Johnson, Nellie Evelyn Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, and James (Eddie) Edward Noe.

Eva is survived by daughters, Evelyn Renee Hyde & (Wayne) of Gainesville, Florida, Angela Jeannette Blum & (Gary) of Tennessee. Sons, Thomas Glenn Blum of Tennessee, Robert Eugene Blum & (Kathy) of Fruitland, Florida, Curtis Edward Blum & (Dixie) of Tennessee. Grandchildren, Ashley Nichole Aylor & (Josh) and Sophia Weaver all of Gainesville, Florida. Robert Eugene Blum Jr. and Haley “Larissa” Blum of Fruitland, Florida. Cheyenne Leigh Blum, Cierra Marie Blum, Curtis Edward Blum, Jr., Dixie Lee Blum, Angelica Rennee Blum, Garry Thomas Blum, Jerrika Jeannette McGhee, Angel Lee McGhee and Trisha Justine Blum, all of Tennessee. Great grandson, Liam Kenneth Aylor of Gainesville, Florida. Brothers, Bennie Johnson & (Viola) of Harlan, Kentucky, Ernest Johnson & (Iris) of Starke, Florida, and Clarence Johnson of Harlan, Kentucky. Sisters, Effie Kauffman & (Chuck) of Tennessee and Emma Nadeane Johnson & (Virgil) of Tennessee. Numerous nieces and nephews.

In remembrance of Eva, a service was held Tuesday with Reverend Ernest Lockhart officiating at Foster & Lay Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Blum Family Cemetery. On line condolences can be made at Arrangements were made by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.


SHRUM, FRED, LEE, age 89, of Tracy City, Tennessee, passed from this life on Monday evening, May 4, 2015, at Erlanger Medical Center. He was a retired coalminer and farmer. Born in Tracy City a son of the late Sherman Andrew Shrum and Edna Way Shrum, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Shrum; son, Freddie Shrum; daughter Ruth Sanders; brothers, Andrew, Jess, Joe, Buford and Jimmy Shrum; sister, Rena Jane King; grandchildren, John David Dove, Jr. and Lori Ann Shrum; great-grandchild, Jimmy Shrum; great-great-grandchild, Audrey Grace Williams. Mr. Shrum attended Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Survivors include his children, Anthony (Rita K.) Shrum, Belvedere, TN, David W. (Sheila) Shrum, Sequatchie, TN, Marvin (Fay) Shrum, Tracy City, Donnie Higgins (Late Dan Higgins), Tracy City, Saddie Brancefield, Green Bay, WI, Mavis L. (John) Dove, Tracy City; son-in-law, Weldon Sanders, Tracy City; sister, Mary E. Anderson, FL, 22 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday in the funeral home chapel with Elder Franklin Hill officiating. Burial was in the Shrum Family Cemetery. On line condolences may be made at Arrangements were made by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.


ROSS, NADINE, MEEKS, age 86, of Palmer, passed away Thursday May 7, 2015 at the Sheltering Arms Home.  She was born in Palmer, Tennessee on June 24, 1928 to Freddie and Agnes Henley Cannon who preceded her in death along with her husband and father of her children, Buford Meeks; husband, James Ross; daughter, Linda Stockwell; great-granddaughter, Brooke Stockwell; brothers, Glen, Howard, Horace, Leon, Tony and Pete Cannon; sisters, Martha Henley, Oma Lee Cleek, Carlene “Tootsie” Smith. She is survived by her sons, Buford H. “Mousey” (Tina) Meeks, Alan Dean “Dino” (Terry) Meeks and Freddie Meeks; daughters, Patricia (Riley) Anderson, Mona (Keith) Tate and Susey Nunley; sister, Venova Cleek; son-in-law, David Stockwell; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Ministers, Riley Anderson, Greg Jones and John Potts officiating. Burial followed in the Palmer Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.


JACKSON, PAUL, ANDREW, age 91, of Decherd, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at his residence.  He was born in Alto on October, 12, 1923 to the late Warner and Rebecca Wilson Jackson.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Johnnie Fern Gipson, Jo Ann Huggins, and Helen Lappin; and grandson, Lance Hardison.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ida Jackson of Decherd; son, Thomas Andrew Jackson of Decherd; daughters, Peggy (Bill) Hardison of Winchester, and Sue (Joe) Hix of Cookeville; sisters, Jimmie Ruth Partin of Estill Springs and Lydia Bell Stone of Cleveland, OH; grandchildren, Andrea Paige Jackson, Samantha Blair, Eric Hix, Kevin Hix, and Velvet Collier; and great-grandchildren, Katie Annalisa Collier, James Collier III, William Lance Collier, Sarah Collier, Hannah Collier, Elizabeth Anne Hix, Lauralee Hix, Jackson Hix, and Emmett Hix.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.  Interment followed at Franklin Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were made by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester, TN.


LADD, DELBERT, LAMAR, of Coalmont and a former resident of Sewanee, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at his home. He was born on June 6, 1953 in Sewanee, a son of the late John W. Ladd and Jessie Caldwell Collins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Bobby” Parson; sister, Glenda Ladd Ferguson; wife, Patricia Rector Ladd; grandson, Hunter Ladd.

Delbert is survived by his fiancée, life time partner and care giver, Bridgitt B. Scott; son, Delbert Dee Ladd, Tracy City; brothers, John David Ladd, Monteagle and Jackie Ladd, Sewanee; 2 grandsons, 3 step-children, 11 step-grandchildren; special friend, Ron Worley and a special cousin, Sherrie D Meeks and her husband, Edward Meeks.

Delbert was a genealogist, artist and musician. He loved nature, the outdoors and people. He was always looking out for others before himself, he cared for and helped out a good friend, Ricky Meeks who preceded him in death. Delbert was a special friend to so many, with a big heart and misunderstood by some, he leaves this life hoping he hasn’t hurt anyone. He can leave knowing he helped many in every way he could.

Delbert had planned his final arrangements here on this earth and it was his wish to be cremated and his ashes buried at Burns Cemetery in Sequatchie. A private ceremony celebrating Delbert’s life will be held in the near future. Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.


ROBERTS, BETTY, was born June 27, 1956, to the late Junior and Maxine Scott.  She passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at St. Thomas Midtown, Nashville, TN. Mrs. Roberts was an Artist and a member of Fine Art of America, and owner of L&B Gallery of Tracy City, TN. She also participated in research for cardiac advancement with the University of Rochester at New York and Southern Adventist University.  She is also preceded in death by her husband Benton Roberts; brother, Kenneth Scott; sister, Linda Worley.

Survivors include her son, Roy Roberts, Monteagle, TN; brother, James Scott and Robert Scott; sister, JoAnn Scott; nieces, Crystal Scott; nephews, Brain Scott and Chris Scott.

A graveside service was held Wednesday at the Coalmont Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.