Current Obituaries


Current Obituaries

Bethany Elyse Houston

by DFH Inc. on 06/23/20

Bethany Elyse Houston was born June 22, 1984 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. She discontinued her physical life Monday, June 22, 2020 at the same hospital, as the result of a brain hemorrhage. She was the much cherished and only child of Jeannine E. Thompson and The Rev. Dr. Frank Warren Houston (Renea), of Georgetown, Kentucky.

God blessed Bethany to have a wonderful, balanced life, the quality of which far exceeded the 36 years she lived. She accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and was baptized by her father at Bethel Baptist Church in 1994. She demonstrated that relationship in her unconditional love, generosity and respect toward others. She attended John Hay Elementary School and was a track athlete at Meadowview Middle School and Morristown-Hamblen High School East, from which she graduated in May 2002. She furthered her studies at Pellissippi State Community College and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Bethany was a beautiful, ambitious, and energetic person, all of which showed through in every aspect of her life. She was diligent and efficient as an employee and/or manager at Sun Trust Bank, Victoria’s Secret and Charming Charlie. At the time of her death, she was employed by Wyndam Destinations in Pigeon Forge.

Her bright eyes, charming smile, high regard for family and friends, courage and commitment in the face of challenges and love for God and other people are part of Bethany’s legacy and example to us. Bethany did not become an angel in her passing. She was an angel – a messenger of God – in her living. We all should be. A quote which recently appeared on social media says, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Bethany found her gifts. Given her resources and opportunities, she fulfilled her purpose. We celebrate that. We will always remember that. We are thankful for that. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Sarah N. and William C. Thompson Sr.; her paternal grandfather, Frank J. Houston Jr.; and her paternal great-grandmother, Flossie E. Deadrick.

There are many members of her immediate family who will always love her, cherish her memory and be inspired by her life and legacy. Among them are her maternal uncle, William Carroll Thompson Jr. (Rosalind); her paternal aunts, Janice Marie Houston-Little, Mary Evelyn Kyle (James Dennis), Brenda Kay Porter (Tim) and Cathy Denise Upton; her paternal uncles, Anthony Wayne and Marvin Eugene (Kathy) Houston. Bethany was richly blessed to have several cousins, friends and co-workers. Among them are special friends and “sisters,” Romesha Sherles and Dorisse Riley (Danny); and her “bonus siblings,” Brittany D. Alcala (Danny) and Brent E. Whiteside (Rosie). The family will receive friends 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 30 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 6 p.m.

The family requests instead of flowers and food, donations in honor/memory of Bethany should be made to Girls Inc. of Hamblen County, 301 Sulphur Springs Rd., Morristown, TN 37813; Bethel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1281, Morristown, TN 37816-1281; or First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 247, Georgetown, KY 40324-0247.

Arrangements by:

Dockery-Senter Funeral Home

Minerva Hernandez

by DFH Inc. on 06/19/20

Minerva Hernandez, 43, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020 at Johnson City Medical Center.

The family will receive friends 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with funeral services to follow. She will be returned to Mexico for burial. All COVID-19 precautions will be followed.

Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Tracy Blevins

by DFH Inc. on 06/09/20

Tracy Blevins, 59, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Mountain Home VA Hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, June 13 at Bent Creek Cemetery. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Sherry Fleming

by DFH Inc. on 05/13/20

Sherry Fleming, 71, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Victor Ballazor Perez

by DFH Inc. on 05/06/20

Victor Perez, 20, passed away May 4, 2020 as a result of a drowning accident.

Mr. Perez will lie in state noon – 6 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at Dockery- Senter Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, May 10 at Liberty Hill Cemetery. All COVID-19 restrictions will be followed along with social distancing.

Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home

William “Pappy” Cain

by DFH Inc. on 04/21/20

William “Pappy” Cain, 96, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at The Heritage Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Janan Nikki Allen

by DFH Inc. on 04/15/20

Janan Nikki Allen, 41, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

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.

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