Current Obituaries


Current Obituaries

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

Vivian PatRicia Jones

by DFH Inc. on 01/03/20

Vivian Patricia Jones was born January 8, 1950 in Roanoke, Alabama, to George and Claudia Jones. She departed this life on December 21, 2019 at Becky’s Group Home, Morristown.

Vivian was a loving wife and mother. She was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, ushered, sung in the choir and started up the library. She was always there for anything the church needed, including teaching VBS or cooking her famous Mississippi mud pies.

She worked at Anchor Brush around 18 years, then worked at B.A.E. Supplies until she was injured there. She was truly a hard worker, and loved her family and was a devoted friend.

She was married to George T. Jones for 34 years. They enjoyed a wonderful life together.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Will and Pearl Allen, and Burl and Minnie Jones; father, George B. Jones; husband; brother, George R. Jones; and step-daughter, Annette L. Jones Parson.

Survivors include her mother, Claudia Jones of Akron Ohio; son, Carlos (Martina) Jones of Morristown; sister, Barbara Williams of Akron Ohio; brothers, Stanley Jones and Michael Jones of Akron Ohio; step-children, Renee M. Jones-Hinton of Akron, Ohio, George Tommy III (Kim) Jones of Morristown, and Kathy M. Burt of Birmingham, Alabama; grandchildren, Ericka Jones, Erick T. Jones Sametrius Jones, Avery Jones, Demetrius Jones, Carletha Jones, Amanda Foster, Jacquelyn Jones, Jasmyn Jones, Torie Jones, Chiquita (Keke) Kyle, Edwin Burts, and Lauren Burts; numerous great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 1 – 2 p.m., Saturday, January 4 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church prior to the funeral service at 2 p.m.

Cremation arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Hom

Penny Kennetra Thomas Griffin

by DFH Inc. on 12/29/19

Penny Kennetra Thomas Griffin transitioned from this life peacefully to her heavenly home Friday, December 27, 2019 at Morristown Heritage Rehab Center. She was born July 19, 1958 in Newport to the late Luther Thomas and Aileen Bell. She graduated from Morristown-Hamblen High School East and attended one year at Tennessee State University. She worked 19 years at BASF, and 10 years at Lear Seating Corp.

Before her illness, Penny was a devoted church member of Rock of Ages Baptist Church. She loved to travel and never met a stranger. She was the yard sale diva in every sense.

She is survived by her son, Robert Griffin; grandchildren, Amayia, Tashawn and Travion, sisters, Deborah (Morris) Sherles and Teresa Thomas, both of Morristown; nephews, Shawn (Ebony) Cotner of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Chad Thomas of Morristown; niece, Kaleah Story of Johnson City; great-nieces, Kelesie and Kirsten; great-great-nephews, Blakely and Talan; devoted aunt, Betty Easley of Nashville; devoted friends, Janie (George) Richmond of Morristown, Deborah (Jeffery) Jones and Anna Betty of Nashville, and LaVerna Pate of Morristown. The family will receive friends 3 – 4 p.m., Saturday, January 4 at Rock of Ages Baptist Church with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m.

Arrangement by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home        Penny K. Griffin, 61, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 at The Heritage Center. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Morristown. Cremation arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

George Oliver Dillihunt

by DFH Inc. on 12/16/19

George Oliver Dillihunt, 54, passed away November 19, 2019 as a result of drowning. Cremation services provided by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

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