Current Obituaries


Current Obituaries

Mary A. Wilson

by DFH Inc. on 03/08/20

Mary Wilson, 87, passed away Friday March 6, 2020 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

The family will receive friends 3 – 6 p.m., Friday, March 13 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. Graveside services 11 a.m., Saturday, March 14 at Hamblen Memory Gardens.

Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Shelby “Skip” Brooks

by DFH Inc. on 03/08/20

Shelby “Skip” Brooks, 79, of Rochester, New York, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020. He was born in Claiborne County to Clennie Goins Tate and Spencer J. Brooks.

He is survived by his wife, Hope McGinnis Brooks; children, Shelia, Angela, Minnie, Carmela and Lance; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of Rochester; sisters, Charlene Brooks and Brenda F. Yeary; uncle, MacArthur (Martha) Brooks; aunt, Helen Treece; niece, Melynda Brooks; nephew, Christopher D. Yeary; devoted and loyal cousin, Buddy Goins, all of Morristown; as well as his beloved Goins and Garett family and his Tazewell community. Arraignments by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

George Richmond

by DFH Inc. on 02/12/20

George Richmond, 73, passed away unexpectedly at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System on Monday, February 10, 2020.

He was born August 7, 1946, in Lynch, Kentucky but came to Morristown with his parents as a child at the age of ten. After high school, he served honorably in the U.S. Army. George worked at Phipps Bend (TVA) for many years, then became self-employed with construction and painting residential and commercial businesses. George served as President and member of “The Ebony Outdoorsmen Social Club” for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Paralee Richmond, siblings, Bettye Jo Richmond Webster and Charles Edward Richmond, step-son, Kevin Bragg, niece, LaRochelle Still and nephew, Samuel Webster, Jr. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Cynthia ‘Janie’ Richmond of 21 years; son, Maurice Rucker; daughter, Gail Richmond; stepson, Michael (Vicki) Bragg; sister, Dorothy Holness; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.

The family will receive friends from Noon until 1 p.m. at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., with Pastor William Butler Sr. officiating.

Interment will be in Hamblen Memory Gardens.

Anna Mary Sherles

by DFH Inc. on 02/12/20

Anna Mary Sherles, born February 11, 1935 in Russellville, Tennessee transitioned peacefully in her sleep to her heavenly home on February 8, 2020. She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh William ‘Bill’ Sherles; mother, Edith Jackson, and her son, Morris Brian Sherles. She is survived by two daughters, Edith Sherles and Anna Sullivan (Robert); and two sons, Marshall Serles (Lynn) and Marlon Sherles; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings of the McCoo and Shorter families from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and a plethora group of family in southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, Florida, Washington State and other areas worldwide. She was truly loved and will be greatly missed by many. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home in Morristown, Tennessee. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Russellville Cemetery. Flowers will be welcome or, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Ina Mae Henry

by DFH Inc. on 01/22/20

Ina Mae Henry, 71, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020 at UT Medical Center in Knoxville Arrangements will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home in Morristown

Jessie D. Isom

by DFH Inc. on 01/12/20

Jessie Isom, 86, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at his home. He was born in May 1933 in Russellville.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Isom; sisters, Irene Bragg and Margie Taylor; and cousin Valeria Isom. He is survived by cousins, William “Bill” Isom, Clifford Isom and Willie Isom; nephew, Kelso Isom; two sons, Jessie Isom Jr. and Charles Edward Isom of Wichita, Kansas; and a host of relatives and friends. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 14 at East Tennessee Cemetery in Knoxville. Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home

Roger William Sherles, Sr.

by DFH Inc. on 01/12/20

Roger Williams Sherles Sr. transitioned from this life peacefully to his heavenly home Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at his home. Roger was born Aug. 8, 1049 in Russellville, Tennessee to the late Morris Sherles Sr. and Ethel Cain. He graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1966. He attended Walters State Community College. He then joined the U.s. Army and served two years in Vietnam and earned several medals. Roger enjoyed singing with the Sherles Brothers and Mighty Gospel Tones quartets. He enjoyed laughing and having fun with his family and friends. He was a member of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Ethel Sherles; sister, Jaunita (Henry) Courtney and brothers, Robert and Edward Sherles and his granddaughter, Zyriel Palmer. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Darlene Yoe Sherles; sons, Roger Sherles Jr. and Edward Keon Sherles; daughters: Yolanda Sherles Williams, Romesha Sherles Evans (Stephen Palmer); DeQuisha Sherles (Jason Tejera) and Darnesha Sherles Ardley (Marcus Ardley); brothers: Morris (Deborah) Sherles Jr., Theodore ‘Mack’ Sherles and Thomas ‘Tommy’ Sherles; sister-in-law, Roxianne Sherles; grandchildren: Ariel Williams, Alexis Williams, Jaquan Casselman, Tyrone Jones, Isaiah Sherles, Keondre Sherles, Malachi Sherles, Nehemiah Chaney, Kyson Moulden and Nia Sherles; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 in the chapel of Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. Interment will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2020 at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee. The family of Roger would like to convey our gratitude to those who contributed acts of love and kindness through your visits and calls, encouragement, hope, laughter, prayers and your assistance, including food. You are greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home

Subrina Belcher

by DFH Inc. on 01/11/20

Surbrina Belcher, 49, passed away early Friday morning at her home. Arrangements will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Mary Alice Davis Litton

by DFH Inc. on 01/09/20

Mary Alice Davis Litton, 73, of Morristown entered into eternal rest suddenly on January 8, 2020 at the home she shared with her sister Ms Alma Davis. Mary was a member of Young’s Temple AME Zion Church, where she held many positions, As a long time employee of Morristown Hamblen Hospital, she worked in the cafeteria and the emergency room department. She retired from Physicians Medical Lab. Mary was the youngest of nine children born to Therman and Vennie Davis of Rogersville, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Fred Litton; brothers; Paul, Clyde, Ralph, and Roy, sisters; Helen and Louise, and three grand children born into heaven, Mary is survived by two sons, Adam Scott Woodfin of Columbus, Ohio and Shaun Daryl Woodfin(Krista Samuel=Woodfin) of Whitesburg, Tennessee; sister Alma Davis; brother, Albert (Skeet) Davis of Augusta, Georgia; special mother Mrs. Irene Fain of Morristown; many nephews and nieces and a host of friends, The family will receive visitation at 1 p.m. Saturday January 11, 2020, with home going services to follow at Young's Temple AME Zion Church, 328 West 9th North St., in Morristown,.Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home

Vernell ‘Mimi’ Brooks Talley

by DFH Inc. on 01/07/20

 Vernell ‘Mimi’ Brooks Talley was born to Gertrude and Irving Lang on November 23, 1936 in Tampa, Florida. The first daughter of nine children, Vernell spent a portion of her childhood in Beaufort, South Carolina, where she attended Robert Smalls Elementary School, then returning to Tampa to graduate from Middleton High School Class of 1954.

Vernell married Earl Griffin, where two sons were born out of that union: Michael Keith and Wendell Scott. She later married George Green and birthed two daughters: Constance (Nisha) and Joyce. She later met Frank Brooks Jr. and moved to Russellville, Tennessee in 1972, where her blended family grew to seven, to include Jackie, Kim and Rhonda. Settling into the local area, Vernell was employed by what was then Doctor’s Hospital, Walters State Community College and Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority, where she retired in 1998 as the Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Director.

She found comfort and stability at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ. It was there with her Pentecostal upbringing that she was able to flourish and become an integral part of the religious community in Morristown. She became a licensed missionary and served in various administrative capacities within the Knoxville District and the church at large.

She was a member of The Gospellets, Hamblen County Mass Choir (performed several holidays in “The Living Christmas Tree” at Hillcrest Baptist Church) and The Red Hat Society.

Becoming regionally known for her rendition of “Standing on the Promises.” Vernell, affectionately known as ‘Mimi,” has probably sung in just about every church in Hamblen, Jefferson, Cocke, Grainger counties and beyond. Her smile, presence and humble demeanor created an atmosphere of worship and praise that permeated the heavens. Oh, how the glory of God fell when she sang!

Vernell was a very familiar face with the Hamblen County Election Commission. She looked forward to working the polls every election season at Russellville Elementary School. Mom had a warm smile that made everyone she met feel welcomed. She left a legacy as a true servant of God.

The family would like to thank Pastor James Goins and Abundant Life Church; Pastor Michael (Suzy) Washington, Pastor Natalia Perry and Pastor Justin Graham and The Avenue Church for their love and support during this time of transition.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. Home Going Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the services at Russellville Cemetery.

Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home

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