Current Obituaries


Current Obituaries

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.

Avelina Goins

by DFH Inc. on 04/18/18

Avelina “sissy” Wheeler Goins, 68, Went home to be with the Lord April 17, 2018. Sissy was born September 14, 1949 in Morristown. She was a founding member of Abundant Life Church. After working for30 years Sissy retired from General Electric in Morristown. Once retired, Sissy dedicated her love and time to church and family. The Word of God shone brightly through Sister Sissy’s spirit. Her never ending generosity and infectious laughter will never be forgotten. Sissy was preceded in death by her first husband,James Edward Wheeler Sr., and her husband Jerry Wayne Goins; mother Gertrude “Tiny” Brookins; sisters Deloris “Tink” Dailey and Billie Joe Kyle; and great nephew Jonathan Kyle. She leaves to cherish her memories her only son James Edward Wheeler Jr. And daughter-in-law Clarissa Maxwell Wheeler; grandchildren Ambur Wheeler and James Aaron (Rediet) Wheeler; aunt and close friend Neverda Crumb; nephew Terry (Gidget) Dailey; nieces Sandra and Kathy Kyle; devout great-nieces Shavone (Howard) Lovell and Sophia Lovell; all of her devoted great-nieces and nephews, cousins; and all of her church family from Abundant Life Church, pastored by her cousin Elder James Goins. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home on Saturday, April 21st with funeral services to follow. Burial will follow at Rock of Ages Cemetery. Abundant Life Church will be serving the family after the services.

Aubrey Derwayne Fritz

by DFH Inc. on 04/18/18

Aubrey Derwayne Fritz, 86, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 17th of natural causes at Home. Mr. Fritz was born November 16, 1931 in Navarro County, Texas to Dawson Aubrey Fitz and Clara Bell Fritz. He loved gardening and playing  and singing music. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Mr. Fritz was a loving brother, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by Eloise House: brothersLaymon and G.W. Fritz; sisters Dorothy Pool and Sandra Geeslin; daughter Theresa Kay Fitz. He is survived by his son RickyFritz and daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Betty) Fritz; daughterTammy Smith; sister Darlene Alexander; many nieces and nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Alena Williams

by DFH Inc. on 03/05/18

Alena Williams, 41, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at her residence. Arrangements TBA.

Robert Earl Rucker

by DFH Inc. on 03/04/18

Robert Earl Rucker, 86, was born on July 13, 1931 in Morristown to Isaac and Ethel Rucker. He departed this life on March 3, 2018 at Tennova Medical Center Turkey Creek Hospital. Earl was a loving husband and father. He was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, trustee and choir member. He was always there for anything that the Church needed, including driving the Church van. After more than thirty years of service, he retired from BASF. He was also the owner and operator of Bob’s Cleaning Service. Many knew him from his community service, and he was always willing to help whenever he was needed. He was an avid gardener and took pride in maintaining his manicured lawn while appreciating God’s creation. He was truly a hard worker, a family man and a devoted friend. “Cousin Earl” “Pops” and “Papaw” as he was affectionately called was a true example of letting your life speak for itself. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers James Edward, Charles and Roy Rucker. He was married to Christine Rucker and they were blessed with two daughters. He later married Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Cheatham. They enjoyed a wonderful loving marriage of 23 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife; daughters Linda Rogers of Sumter, South Carolina and Connie O’vercum, of Morristown; son Stanford (Mary) Treece of Kingsport; brother Curtis (Dorothy) Rucker; sisters Helen Buis, Linnie Jackson and Barbara Treece all of Morristown; sisters-in-law Annie Lamb and Margaret Bell of Seattle, Washington, Bonnie Cheatham of Fort Worth, Texas, Margaret Rucker, Mary Ruth Rucker and Jerri Rucker of Morristown. Dorothy Coone and Charity Ray of Mars Hill, North Carolina; ten grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 8th at Mount Olive Baptist Church, with Funeral services to follow. Elder Ventrus Norfolk will officiate. Burial will follow the service in Hamblen Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 316 Pope Rd., Morristown.

Samuel Randall

by DFH Inc. on 02/19/18

Samuel “Samm” Randall, 71, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System. Arrangements TBA.

Franklin Eugene Horton

by DFH Inc. on 02/13/18

Franklin Eugene Horton, 71, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 in Decatur, Georgia. He was born on May 5, 1946 in Jefferson City. He was known as “Frankie,” and attended Nelson Merry High School where he played basketball for the Lions. Frankie was the salutatorian of the graduating class of 1963. He joined Martha Davis Baptist Church at an early age. Frankie was a brick mason and worked with his father and other brick masons building houses. After college he worked in Atlanta, but most of his life was spent in Jefferson City a community he loved. He was preceded in death by his parents Franklin, Sr. And Vantilene “Tiny” Horton; sons Kelly, Franklin, Jr. “Buster”; brother Willard Wayne; sister Brenda. He is survived by his children; sons Darrell “Booper” and Preston; daughters Wilhelmina “Meme” and Tameika Fain of Atlanta; devoted cousin Paulette “Tena” Dockery of Atlanta; several grandchildren that he loved dearly; several nieces and nephews, first cousins and a host of other family and friends; special friend Henry “Jam” Williams and special mentor Carl Mills. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with funeral services to follow. Interment will follow the service at Westview Cemetery in Jefferson City. The Rev. Nathaniel L. Wilson will give the eulogy.

Ronnie Lewis Rucker Simpson

by DFH Inc. on 02/01/18

Ronnie Lewis Rucker Simpson, 62, of Morristown passed away January 31, 2018. He was born July 1, 1955 in Sneedville to Lucille Simpson Davis and J.W. Rucker. Lewis graduated from Morristown East High School where he was well known for his athleticism. He was quick on the turf and the wrestling mat. He was employed at Koch Foods. Lewis was an avid lover of animals, he was a horse trainer an equestrian, and many considered him to be a dog whisperer. Lewis met his lovely wife Yvonne L. Simpson of 26 years in Newport; they moved to Morristown established a Home and gave birth to their daughter Ciaria Simpson. Lewis was a devoted husband, he worked hard to ensure his house was a home and. His lovely wife returned the favor by ensuring that her “King” was fed on a daily basis prior to heading out for work. Lewis lived a very fulfilling life, he was a loving son,   father, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was truly a man that loved his family, children, grandchildren, co-workers neighbors and all his friends. His infectious smile,  joyful personality, dance moves, cooking skills and love for all near and far will be forever missed; especially throughout  the city of Morristown, where he was well known and respected. Lewis met no stranger and welcomed any and everyone into his man cave. He was the life of the party and would cut a rug on anyone’s dance floor. He was preceded in death by his parents; Lucille Simpson and J.W. Rucker, Jr. brothers; Richard Moore, Jr. and John Steven Davis; and sister Barber Jean Davis; mother-in-law Mary E. Thomas; father-in-law Charles LaVonne Thomas. He is survived by his children Casey Lewis Simpson, Ronota Thomas, Chakara Simpson, Rafael Simpson and Ciaria (Jordan) Simpson; Siblings Lonnie Taylor Simpson, Brenda Kay Kyle, Mark Anthony Davis and Donnie Jackson; uncles William (Ella) Rucker, Oscar Simpson; aunts Elizabeth McKinney, Martha Reed and Mary Esther Hatcher; brother-in-law Walter. (Marcia) Thomas; sister-in-law Ardena (Alonzo) Arnold, Mary L (Dion) Dykes and Melvin Lene Thomas: grandchildren Alexis Bailey, Robert Nate Bailey, Nevaeh Manis, Sariyah Hayden, Dante Collins, Damain Manis, Khadija Jatta, Kasey Simpson, Keezli Simpson, Rafael Simpson , Jr.; Goddaughters Sonja Jackson, Danielle  Scarborough, Jescina Ramsey and Tierra Goins; special friends Callie Ingram and Kathy Cox; neighbor Cat Goins; special cousin Ed Fanney. He leaves to mourn a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws,friends, relatives, co-workers and special friends. He will truly be miss by all that new him. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 10th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with services to start at 2 p.m. at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Russellville Cemetery’s 

Mary Ernestine Hatcher Thomas

by DFH Inc. on 01/17/18

Mary Ernestine Thomas, 82, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018. She was born September 30, 1935 in Montgomery, Alabama, to Melvina and Samuel Hatcher, Jr. She and her family moved to Osaka, Virginia, a small coal mining town and then to Norton, Virginia. Mary graduated from Southside High School in Norton. She continued her education at Swift Memorial Junior College in Rogersville. It was there she met and married Charles Lavonne Thomas. Mary and Lavonne had 9 beautiful children. Mary lived a long fulfilling life, she was an active member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and the Red Hatters Club. She was a loving daughter, mother, wife, friend and grandmother and a family woman who loved her children, grand children, great-grandchildren, church family and all of her friends. Her infectious smile, joyful personality and love for all near and far will be forever missed, especially throughout the King Addition Community where she was well known and respected. She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Harold Brent “Mr Big Stuff” Thomas, Johnnie Maurice Thomas and Charles LaVonne Thomas: daughters Vera Lee Bandy and Sammie Mae Ramsey. She is survived by her children Walter Phillip (Marcia) Thomas, Yvonne (Lewis) Simpson, and Ardena (Alonzo) Arnold, Mary Lynn (Dion “Don” Sr.) Dykes of Newport, Melvinlene Thomas-Sims of Atlanta, Georgia; sister-in-law Mary Hatcher of Alliance, Ohio; sons-in-law Donnell “Big Don” Bandy Sr., William “Bill” Ramsey and John Jake Sims, Jr. of Morristown; daughter-in-law Janie Hicks-Thomas also of Morristown; grandchildren TinaThomas of Knoxville, April Ramsey Tramill, Ronota Thomas Jetta, Donnell “Little Don” Bandy, Jr., Danielle Thomas (Kellon) Scarborough, Ciaria Simpson (Jordan Hayden), John Jake “J.J.” Sims III, Ikeshia Ramsey, Jescina Ramsey, Joseph Ramsey, Chelsey Dykes and Dion Dykes, Jr.; 16 great-grandchildren; step-sister Synovia Mack. She leaves to mourn a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws, friends and relatives; church members and Red Hat sisters and special friends. She will truly be missed by all that knew her. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. til 2 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Dockery-Senter-Funeral Home with services to follow. Interment will follow at Gum Springs Cemetery.

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