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Current Obituaries

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.

Felipe Méndez Landero

by DFH Inc. on 12/16/19

Felipe Mendez Landero, 71, passed away Friday, December 13, 2019 in Sevierville. He will be transferred to Mexico for services and Dockery-Senter Funeral Home

James Frank Kyle, Sr.

by DFH Inc. on 11/21/19

James F. Kyle Sr., aka Papaw, Uncle Frank and Mr. Kyle, 93, passed away Tuesday evening, November 19, 2019 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The receiving of friends will be 1 to 3 p.m., with services to follow at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Morristown. Burial will immediately follow, with full military honors, at Hamblen Memory Gardens. A full obituary for Mr. Kyle will be published prior to the funeral. Arrangements by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.  James Frank Kyle Sr., 93, born January 17, 1926, to the late Hobert and Willie Lee (Goins) Kyle entered into eternal rest on Nov. 19, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years, Annie Mae (Jones) Kyle; son, James Robert; adopted sons, Clarence and James Jones; grandons, Prinston Antonio Talley; two brothers and five sisters. He was the oldest living member of the Houseton Treece Family. Before marrying the love of his life, he served during World War II in the U.S. Army, in the Phillippines. On Jan. 15, 1947, he married the love his life and their union was blessed with five loving children, who all survive him: James Frank Kyle Jr., Carolyn McKinney, Karen (Donald) Talley, Lee Anna Logwood and Mark (Kim) Kyle, all of Morristown. He is also survived by 15 devoted grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Betty (George) Johnson of Akron Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; a wonderful church family; extended family of the Gilbert Street neighborhood and the Senior Citizens Center; and good friends, Robert Davis, J.P. Hall and Raymond Far. He was retired from Wallace Hardware. He was a former deacon and remained devoted to serving the Lord, attending morning Bible study and worshipping with his family. He love working in his flower beds, going to work out three times per week and cooking for all his grandchildren. He lived and loved life to the fullest. He was well known around town as ‘Pawpaw,’ ‘Uncle Frank’ and ‘Mr. Kyle.’He was greatly blessed and highly favored, imperfect but a forgiven child of God. Our earthly loss is heaven’s gain. Special thanks to the staff at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and the Mt. Olive Baptist Church family. Morristown Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The receiving of friends will be 1 to 3 p.m., with services to follow at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Morristown. Burial will immediately follow, with full military honors, at Hamblen Memory Gardens 

Willie Parker

by DFH Inc. on 11/07/19

Willie Parker, 66, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 in Knoxville, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Rev. and Mrs. William Butler Sr. Full funeral arrangements will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. Please join us is celebrating a soldier of Christ who got her wings today.  Willie Parker.  Gone to glory and remembered on earth. Mother, Sister, Wife, cousin, grandmother and fellow Sister in Christ! Thank you for flavoring our lives with your personality.  Please give prayers, condolences or mention something you liked about Mawmaw Parker.  


Mother Willie Irene Parker 


Nov 16, 2019

Visitation:10 am

Homegoing Service: 11 am

Interment after service location is a cemetery right next to the church. 

Repass : 

Rock of Ages Baptist Church

420 W 13th N st

Morristown TN 37815

FYI- Pictures will continue to be updated to this collage.

Parker and Butler Family

Robert Henry Jenkins

by DFH Inc. on 10/23/19

Robert Henry Jenkins sunset Tuesday, October 22, 2019. He was a graduate of Morristown College High School and Knoxville College. He played a very active role in Reunion of the Ages, and photography was his favorite hobby. He retired from the Hamblen County School System in 2007. He found joy in spending time with his kids and grandkids during the holidays, with Christmas being his favorite. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Flemings; father, Robert Jenkins; brother, James Jenkins; and brother, William Douglas Scott. He is survived by daughters, Teresa Stewart of Nashville, Margaret Jenkins of Smyrna, Georgia, and Carla (David) Dalton of Morristown; his son, Robert Leon Jenkins of Morristown; two nephews and one niece, Cecil Jenkins of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Gene and Junior of Washington, DC; a host of grandkids, great-grandkids, and cousins; and a very special lady in his life for decades, Linda McDermott. The family will receive friends 1 – 2 p.m., October 26 at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with the funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. Burial will follow funeral service at Hamblen Memory Gardens.

Josephine Goins Houston

by DFH Inc. on 10/21/19

Josephine Goins Houston died on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Morristown at 93 years old. The graduate of Morristown College was active in the community where she volunteered for more than 17 years, contributing thousands of hours to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Houston was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, and one of the joys of her life was the time she spent supporting Dr. E.G. Lynch and his family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Cox of Morristown; her father, Joseph Cox, Sr. of Morristown and husband Claude L. Houston of Morristown. She is survived by her daughters Janice Jackson and Claudine Jackson; grandchildren: Lisa Jackson Prewitt of Atlanta, Georgia; Lorene Jackson, and Polly (Ronnie) Johnson of Knoxville, Tennessee; great-grandchildren; Cassidy and Cameron Johnson and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends: including Janie Mae Coleman of Morristown; Dr. Alpha Alexander of Morristown; Wallace Coleman of Cleveland, Ohio; Carl (Caresteen) Bowman of Columbus, Ohio; Becky (Al) Wilker of Knoxville; and Leonard (Ashley) Sparks Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 at Dockery Senter Funeral Home, with the Receiving of Friends held prior, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Peggy Monday

by DFH Inc. on 10/17/19

Peggy Monday, 88, passed away early Saturday morning, Oct. 12, 2019, at Heritage Center in Morristown. Arrangements will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Jorge Zalapa Estrada

by DFH Inc. on 10/13/19

Jorge Zalapa Estrada, 42, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Arrangements will be announced later by Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

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