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Obituaries 8-6-15

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

SMARTT, RONALD, DOUGLAS, “BEAVER”, age 55, of Altamont, passed away Friday July 24, 2015.  He was born in McMinnville, Tennessee on July 1, 1960. He was a graduate of Grundy County High School and had worked at Carrier, Findley Gardner and Bashams.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Jane Tate Smartt. He is survived by his father, Tommy M. Smartt; sister, Penny Sons; brother, Rickey Smartt; nieces and nephews, Whitney (Jeremy) Brown, Becky Rymer, Cory Smartt, Darin Sons and Haley Rae Sons; great niece and nephew, Carter and Kyndyl Brown.  Funeral services were held Saturday August 1, 2015 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Micah Roberts officiating. Burial followed in the Altamont Cemetery.  Arrangements were provided by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.


HAAS, JOSEPHINE, GULLATT, age 90, of Winchester, passed from this life on Friday July 31, 2015 at Rockgate Senior Center in Cowan. Services were held on Sunday August 2, 2015 at Watson- North Funeral Home with Brother Wayne Simpson officiating. Interment was in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Arrangements were provided by Watson-North Funeral Home, Winchester, TN.


NUNLEY, BARNEY, JASPER, age 78, of Tracy City, passed away from this life to his eternal home Friday evening, July 31, 2015, at home with his family by his side. He was born in Coalmont, a son of the late Perry and Lillie Drake Nunley and was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Denise; brothers, Claude, James David and Clarence Nunley; sister, Lillian Campbell.

Mr. Nunley had worked for many years in the coal mining as an equipment operator and operated poultry houses and also worked at the Grundy County Highway Department. He attended Plainview Community Church and was always volunteering at the community center events.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jean Nunley; sons, Rick Nunley, Coalmont, Danny Ray Nunley, Tracy City, Mike (Shasta) Nunley, Palmer, daughters, Debbie (Ricky) Sanders, Tracy City, Christy (Stacy) Shrum, Tracy City; brother, Robert Nunley, Pleasant View, TN; grandchildren, Brian and Derrick Nunley, Andy Sanders, Cathy Shrum, Dixie Nunley, Bryson Shrum and Jaxon Nunley; great-grandchild, Briana Baker-Nunley; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday in the funeral home chapel with Brother Larry Campbell, Brother Mike Rigsby, Brother Claude Hoback and Brother Terry Winton officiating. Burial was in the Coalmont Cemetery. Share memories and condolences at: Arrangements were provided by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.


SMARTT, JAMES, FRANKLIN, SR., age 85, of Monteagle, passed away at his home Saturday evening. James was born in Tracy City on July 8, 1930, a son of the late Lawrence Smartt and Barbara Meeks Smartt and was preceded on death by his sisters, Lawrence Marie and Georgia Marie Hobbs. He was a retired coalminer.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Tula Smartt; children, James Franklin Smartt, Jr. and his wife, Tammy, Greg Smartt and his wife, Dawn, Missy Smartt Randolph and her husband, Danny; grandchildren, Holly McBee (John), Melissa Smartt, Daniel Randolph, Megan Jacobs (Dennis), Jamie Randolph Vaughn (Justin), Laura Williams (Michael), and Tanner Smartt; his loving cat, Fannie Mae.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Nurse Holly Langely. They would like to thank everyone for food, flowers, acts of kindness and prayers.

Funeral services were held Monday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Daryll Smiley officiating. Please share your memories and condolences at: Arrangements were provided by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.


BRYANT, ROBERT, D., age 77, of Tullahoma, passed from this life on July 31, 2015. The funeral service was held on Monday August 3, 2015 at the Watson-North Chapel. Interment followed in the Watson-North Memorial Park. Online condolences may be shared at Arrangements were provided by Watson-North Funeral Home, Winchester, TN.


SEAGROVES, BILLY, JOE, age 64, of Tracy City, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Erlanger Medical Center. Billy was a loving father and brother and he also had a passion for trucking. He is preceded in death by his father, L.W. Hargis; mother, Viola Mae Seagroves; brother, Charles H. “Pee Wee” Seagroves.

Survivors include his son, Joshua Wade Seagroves, Tracy City, TN; daughters, Jeania Cox, South Pittsburg, TN, Betty Jo Seagroves, Tracy City, TN; brothers, Danny Ray Seagroves and Carl Seagroves, Jr. both of Tracy City, TN; sisters, Kathy Green and Evelyn Ridge both of Monteagle, TN, Felicia Henderson Murray, Monteagle, TN; grandchildren, Zachary, Christopher, Jacob, Summer, Joshua “JJ” Jr. and Christian.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Brother Robert Harris officiating. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements were provided by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.


ROBERTS, EVERETT, B., JR., age 80, of Signal Mountain passed away July 31, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett B. Roberts Sr., and Perry Leah Stone Roberts, and his sisters Harriett London and Peg Weidman.  Mr. Roberts leaves his wife, Vivian Harmon Roberts, daughters Jean Rayhle, Carol Chesnutt (Mark), Anna Roberts, and grandchildren Meg, Kate & Whit Chesnutt, step children Collins Meigs, Julie Piper (Perry), Cheri Mead (Marc), Mark Meigs (Molly), along with grandchildren Tyler, Sydney & Ella Meigs.

The Roberts’ family was a founding member of Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company in Grundy County, where he spent his youth.  Throughout his life, Mr. Roberts looked for ways to help his community through positions on the board of Tennessee Foundation of Independent Colleges, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Commissions, and as a trustee of Baylor School and Vanderbilt University.  After forty years’ of service on the Moccasin Bend Girl Scouts Council, the regional Council Center is named the Everett Roberts Service Center, in honor of his contributions to scouting.  Mr. Roberts was the first male president of the Council and was instrumental in the development of Girl Scout Camp Adahi.

A life-long donor, and fifty-year of Grand Lodge #45, Mr. Roberts also retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He was a member of the Signal Mountain Church of Christ and retired from Provident as vice president of Life and Accident.  He lived a selfless life of dedication, volunteerism and concern for others, always asking, “What can I do for you?”

Chattanooga Funeral Home North has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.  Visitation will be from 5-7p.m. Friday, August 7th at the funeral home. The service will take place Saturday morning August 8th at 10:00 in the Baylor Chapel. Dr. Herb Barks will be officiating.  Jeff Roueche and members of the Roueche Chorale will honor Everett by performing during the service. Burial will be at Chattanooga Memorial Park with full military honors conducted by the U.S. Army.

Honorary pallbearers are Howell Clements, Norman Thomas, Earl Roberts, Jack London, Kevin London, and Lee London.  A family gathering will take place afterward at the Roberts’ home.

Donations in Mr. Roberts’ name can be made to his beloved Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN  37401. Please share your condolences at Arrangements were provided by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist, Hixson, TN.