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Stephano James Lee Collins

by DFH Inc. on 11/06/18

Stephano James Lee Collins, 55, of Morristown, departed this life Monday, Nov. 4, 2018, at U.T. Hospital. He was retired from The U.S. Air Force, and was employed at the Social Security Administration until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Katherine Collins; and daughter, Rachale Collins. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home, with funeral services to follow. Burial will be at Rock of Ages Cemetery following the service.

Thomas Jefferson Cockrell Jr.

by DFH Inc. on 10/29/18

Thomas Jefferson Cockrell Jr., 54, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2018 at his home. Arrangements TBA.

Cleophus Fulton

by DFH Inc. on 10/21/18

Mr. Cleophus Fulton, 88, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The family will receive friends 11 – 11:45 a.m., Monday, October 22 at Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville with funeral services to follow at noon.

Jo A. Tressler

by DFH Inc. on 10/05/18

Jo A. Tressler, 63, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System. Arrangements TBA.



Rev. Dr. Donald Chamberlain Holness Sr.

by DFH Inc. on 10/02/18

Rev. Dr. Donald Chamberlain Holness Sr., 98, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Jefferson City Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Bronx, New York, but as an infant migrated to Jamaica in the British West Indies and returned to the United States as a young man. His primary and secondary education was received in the British West Indies. He attended Stones College in New Haven, Connecticut, earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Bachelor of Theology from Baltimore College of the Bible, a Bachelor of Law from Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a doctorate (Ph.D.), also from Columbia.

He served in the armed forces as a combat fighter pilot, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Dr. Holness served as a pastor of Baptist churches in Southampton, New York City, Tarrytown, Syracuse, Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Yonkers, New York. Later, he served in Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro, Lexington, Tobaccobille, and Spencer, North Carolina. His last pastoral charge was at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church in Morristown, where he served from July 1999 until his retirement as a full time pastor in 2003.

Until his health began to decline, Dr. Holness was very active in the Hamblen County community as an active member of his church, member and founder of Union of Churches Ministerial Alliance, member og the Reunion of Ages, President of the NAACP, and member of the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Donald Holness, Jr., and Charles (Shelley) Holness; brother-in-law, George (Janie) Richmond; special cousin, Cassandra Osborne; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church, with funeral services to follow. Burial will be Monday, Oct. 8 at Hamblen Memory Gardens at 10 a.m. with full military honors Rev. Dr. Donald Chamberlain Holness Sr., 98, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Jefferson City Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Bronx, New York, but as an infant migrated to Jamaica in the British West Indies and returned to the United States as a young man. His primary and secondary education was received in the British West Indies. He attended Stones College in New Haven, Connecticut, earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Bachelor of Theology from Baltimore College of the Bible, a Bachelor of Law from Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a doctorate (Ph.D.), also from Columbia.

He served in the armed forces as a combat fighter pilot, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Dr. Holness served as a pastor of Baptist churches in Southampton, New York City, Tarrytown, Syracuse, Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Yonkers, New York. Later, he served in Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro, Lexington, Tobaccobille, and Spencer, North Carolina. His last pastoral charge was at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church in Morristown, where he served from July 1999 until his retirement as a full time pastor in 2003.

Until his health began to decline, Dr. Holness was very active in the Hamblen County community as an active member of his church, member and founder of Union of Churches Ministerial Alliance, member og the Reunion of Ages, President of the NAACP, and member of the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Donald Holness, Jr., and Charles (Shelley) Holness; brother-in-law, George (Janie) Richmond; special cousin, Cassandra Osborne; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Young’s Temple AME Zion Church, with funeral.


Etelvina Ross

by DFH Inc. on 07/08/18

Etelvina Ross, 40, passed away July 3, 2018, at Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. Catholic Mass will be Monday, July 9 at St. Patrick’s Church. Burial will follow at Rock of Ages Cemetery. 

Randall “Randy” Hester

by DFH Inc. on 05/21/18

Randall “Randy” Hester, 50, departed this earthly life to walk into the loving arms of Jesus and his eternal home in heaven on Saturday, May 19, 2018. He was born May 30, 1967 in Morristown to Betty Hester and the late Charles Brooks. Randy loved his family especially his mother, siblings, children and grandchild. Randy always made those connected to his life feel special and loved. His warm giving spirit was the nature of his character. He was preceded in death by his loving grandmother Asnetta Dalton, Left to cherish Randy’s memory are his mother Betty Hester; twin sister Rhonda Winn; children Alexandria Wolfe, Brandon and Makenley Clark; his dearly beloved grandchild Braylon Kai; siblings Donna (James) Inman, Pat (Wayne) Young, Phillip (Senta) Hester, Rhonda (Dewayne) Winn, Sue and Cheryl Hester, Johnny and Joey Jackson, and Melinda Brooks; nieces and nephews Christy, Shannon, Chaz, Tamara, Devin, Denisha, Tevon, Damar, Phillip Jr., Blake Hester, Tasha and Shona Griffin, aunt and uncle Peggy Hester and Ernest Bewley. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23rd at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with services to follow.

Ancelmo Velasquez Rivera

by DFH Inc. on 05/21/18

Ancelmo Velasquez Rivera, 48, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 as a result of an accident. The family will receive friends starting at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with funeral services to follow. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at Morristown City Cemetery.

Nadine Marcelle Taylor

by DFH Inc. on 05/02/18

Nadine Marcelle Taylor, 84, passed on to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at her home in Dandridge. She was preceded in death by her mother, Carzell Morrison and father Harvey Scruggs. She is survived by children Ronnie (Lynn) Taylor, Rev. David (Daureen) Taylor, and Felicia (friend Seantay)  Taylor;  a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, friends and loved ones. The family will receive friends at Bethel Baptist Church on Cherokee Drive, Saturday, May 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon, with funeral services to follow. Pastor Clifton Jackson presiding. Burial will follow at Dandridge Memorial Garden.

David Bryan Rucker

by DFH Inc. on 04/29/18

David Bryan Rucker, 58, was born September 2, 1959 in Greenville, TN. He was raised in Morristown and attended Morristown Hamblen High School West where he shared his love of music with everyone he met. He was a member of the marching band becoming the first African American Drum Major in the history of the school. He was also active in the Choir where his tenor voice was well known in talent shows and in barber shop quartets. He played and sang in many local bands including the Shades of Black, a teenaged band that traveled throughout the Southeast playing the latest top 40 tunes. Bryan was a gifted musician who enjoyed learning different instruments, including the piano, the guitar and the trumpet. He also enjoyed sharing his gift with anyone who was willing to listen and wanted to learn. His love for the piano allowed him the opportunity to play for local churches. Although he spent most of his Sunday’s at Thorn Hill Baptist Church, he also played for other local churches. Since he was brought up in a family full of music, he loved to play and sing with his family. He would often visit his sister’s house and entertain his nieces and nephew with tunes ranging from gospel to R&B to show tunes to cartoon favorites. Bryan’s illness slowed him down but it did not diminish his love for his music. He always had a radio, a CD Player or a keyboard nearby. When he first went to Heritage he became known as the piano man, because he was often found in the common area playing the piano for the other patients. Bryan’s family will always remember his amazing voice and his ability to play just about any song that he heard. Bryan was preceded in death by his brother Scott Rucker and his nephew Jonathan Fluker. He leaves his parents Jerri Rucker and Curtis and Dorothy Rucker; sister Leigh Anne (Brian) Fluker; nieces Briana and Kelly Fluker; lifelong friend Virginia Smith; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3rd at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. The funeral will follow with a celebration in song service. Burial services will be held Friday, May 4th at Hamblen Memory Gardens at 11 a.m.

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