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Obituaries 8-27-15

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

KEENER, DAKOTA, “CODY”, age 17 of Signal Mtn., TN passed away Monday, August 17, 2015. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John A. Keener, James A. Johnson; grandmother, Mary “Tee” Keener; great grandmothers, Alma Irene Johnson, Gladys Hall; great grandfather, Walter Hall. Dakota was a member of Abba’s House in Hixson, TN.

Those left to cherish his memories are his parents, JoAnne Johnson of Tracy City, Randy Keener of Signal Mtn; Aunt/second mom, Jannie Kilgore of Signal Mtn; grandmother, Patricia Johnson; grandfather, Charles Armstrong; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 22, 2015 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Charlie Keener officiating. Interment at Smith Cemetery. Share photos and memories at Arrangements were provided by Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home, Whitwell, TN.


SARTAIN, JAY, D., age 72, of Tempe Arizona, died suddenly on February 18, 2014. Born in Tracy City on July 21, 1941, he was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a loving father, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed dearly.

After 25 years of service, Jay retired from Honeywell Aerospace. Jay was an accomplished artist and guitar player. He was a talented and passionate pool player who received several trophies while competing in tournaments. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Myrtle (nee Nolan) Sartain; half-brothers, Leroy, James and Allen Smartt; half-sisters, Alma (Moltz) and Lillian (Sanders).

Jay is survived by his daughter, Melanie; granddaughter, Jordan; sister, Joanne (David Sr.) Sibert; niece, Karen and nephew, David Jr. (Larissa) Sibert as well as extended family. Jay’s cremains were buried beside his parents in Plainview Cemetery on Friday, August 21, 2015, in his native Tracy City, Tennessee. Arrangements were provided by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.


THOMAS, JUNIOR, BOYD, age 82 of Monteagle passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015, at his home. He was born in Pelham, TN a son of the late Clarence Thomas and Ida Era Layne Thomas and was preceded in death by brothers, Albert Thomas and Edward Thomas. Mr. Thomas had been a minister for over 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ava Thomas; children, Michael Boyd Thomas, Mark Thomas, Tracy Falls, Susan Lion, Lisa Whitfield, Tammie Reasonover and Johnny Reasonover; sisters, Mildred Church and Faye Yates; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday in the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in Summerfield Cemetery. Friends and family may share memories and condolences at Arrangements were provided by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.


GATES, ROY, LEON, age 59, passed away Friday, August 14, 2015 at the home of Jason and Mindy Mathes, in Tonganoxie, KS.

Roy was born March 19, 1956 in Newton, KS. He was the son of Fred and Sandra Gates. He is survived by his wife, Susan Gates, Altamont, TN; Daughters, Wendy Gibbs, Wichita, KS; Mandy (Jeremy) VanArsdale, Gypsum, KS; Molly Gates, Altamont, TN; His mother, Sandra Gates, Summitville, TN; Brothers, Freddie (Sue) Gates, Edmond, OK; Bob (Virgie) Gates, Summittville, TN; Sisters, Mary (Robert) Collins, Stillwater, OK, Patricia Gates, Enid, OK; Barbara (Paul) Brownell, Agra, OK; Tina (Shad) Thompson, Lake Stevens, WA; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on the evening of Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie, KS. Arrangements were provided Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie, KS.


POWELL, CHARLES, RAY, age 54, an award winning photo journalist, lost his battle with cancer on August 19, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home in Murfreesboro TN.   He was born July 15, 1961 in Tracy City, TN to Robert and Rachel Powell.  He was a graduate of Grundy County High School in 1979. A veteran of the US Army at Fort Campbell, KY, he served in Korea and Germany as Heavy Equipment Technician Specialist 4.  He also served with 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

After his service, he lived and worked for a number of years as a diesel mechanic in the Nashville, TN.  In 1987, he married Wendy Castoire; they had two daughters Sarah and Megan; and later divorced.  In 1994, Charles met Cindy Teaff, who was his devoted and loving companion until his death.

He worked for Nashville’s Channel 4 News and Trinity Broadcasting in Hendersonville TN as a Photo Journalist.  He continued his career in Portland, ME and Greenville, SC where he was honored with the Edward R. Morrow Award for outstanding photo journalism.  He later received, in addition, two Emmy Awards in 2002.  His hobby was acting and he made several appearances in the movies “The Green Mile” and “Against the Wall”.

One of Charles’s most cherished interests was motorcycle riding.   His first road trip was in June of 1979, soon after graduating High School.  He and his brother, Jerry and his nephew, Jerry Don, rode to Washington DC.  Since then, he had traveled most of the Eastern part of the United States on his motorcycles.  In 2014, he was able to fulfill a promise he made with his high school best friend, Jay Chernickey (1961-1981), to make a road trip out west.

Charles is survived by the love of his life, Cynthia (Cindy) A. Teaff; and his daughters, Sarah Powell of Buffalo NY, and Megan Powell, of Reading PA; son William (Billy) Sebastian Powell of Denver CO;  granddaughter, Aubrey Powell of Buffalo NY. and Cindy’s daughters, Kelly Teaff of Murfreesboro TN  and Casey Teaff of Yardley, PA;   Also surviving are two brothers, Leon (Linda) Powell of Mt. Juliet TN; Jerry (Charlotte) Powell of Hermitage TN; sister Geraldine Cone of Mt. Juliet TN; along with three nephews and six nieces and many grandnieces and grandnephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two steps brothers, Richard and Roy Powell of Whitwell TN.

A memorial service will be held at the Mt Juliet Church of God at 11am, August 29, 2015. Interment will follow at Plainview Cemetery in Tracy City. Arrangements were provided by Cremation Society of Tennessee, Spring Hill, TN.


FULTS, MARKE, KEVIN, age 41, of Gruetli-Laager passed away unexpectedly at his home Monday August 24, 2015.  He was born in Palmer, Tennessee on December 7, 1973.  He was a member of the Whitwell Lodge #563 F & AM.  Marke had worked at TVA, was a cabinet maker, carpenter, contractor and operated Fults Grave Service. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wesley and Parthenia Fults, Paul “Little Ugh” Cleek, Edith and J.L. Minton.       He is survived by his parents, Hoyt and Amie Cleek Fults; brothers, Mike Fults and Carrina Dudeck, Kirby and Debbie Fults; nephews, Dakota Fults and Michael Brown.    Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Ministers John Potts and Charles Slatton officiating with burial to follow in the Fall Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.


SCHILD, WILMA, B., active, competitive, loving and proud, Wilma B. Schild died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 at age 89, forcing her twice-weekly golf foursome to cancel its scheduled tee time. Funeral services for Wilma, a resident of New Port Richey, FL., who previously resided in Ocala, FL., and Tracy City, Tenn., will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, at Roberts Funeral Home, 606 SW 2nd Ave., Ocala. Viewing is scheduled from 9:30 to 11AM, followed by a memorial. Wilma was an inspiration to all who knew and admired her. Born June 8, 1926 and raised on a farm in Coffee County, Tenn.,  she was the third oldest in a family of six daughters and two sons, played girls high school basketball and softball and forever carried an active, outgoing spirit through life. Along with working 21 years for the City of Ocala Utilities Department, before retiring in 1999, Wilma was a multiple Florida State women’s champion in muzzle-loading rifle shooting competition, an active water skier, performed in a clogging dance group, and finally, after moving to New Port Richey for retirement, took golf lessons and immediately embraced the game.  Other life accomplishments include membership in Eastern Star, extensive Hospice volunteer activity, a membership in the Trinity Lutheran Church and a passion for cruise ship vacations.  Love for family and friends, however, was always Wilma‘s top priority. She is survived by sons Mick Elliott and Randy Schild, daughters-in-law Desanya Daly and Shelly Schild, all in Safety Harbor, Fl., sisters Bonnie Phillips (Gainesville) and Faye Mossman (Ocala) and 11 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, Fl., 33760 would make Wilma proud. Arrangements were provided by Roberts Funeral Homes Downtown Chapel, Ocala, FL.