Current Obituaries


Current Obituaries

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.

William Fred Alexander Fugate

by DFH Inc. on 01/10/18

William Fred Alexander Fugate aka Pressy Noe aka Bill Fugate, 83, of Morristown answered a call that he couldn’t refuse for an offer of eternal healing with God on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was born on May 2, 1934 in Morristown to the late Coby Fugate and Gladys Noe Fugate. Peace, love and victory filled the hearts of his children as they loved on him and each other as he transitioned to his heavenly home. He could always be seen working, fixing water leaks with Morristown Utility Commission, repairing lawnmowers in his basement, helping strangers, friends and loved ones in need, teaching and talking about the glory of God. His work on earth is now done. Mr Fugate was a dedicated and faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as Trustee, Sunday School Teacher and a member of The Brotherhood. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three of his children, Tina Ann Blevins, Jerry Houston, and William “Moses” Fugate Jr.  He  is survived by one sister, Betty Jo Ely; four sons, George  Fugate, Coby Fugate, Grant (Crystal) Fugate, Larry Houston; two daughters, Ulinda “Puddin” Fugate and Rhonda “Susie” Lynn Fugate; stepdaughters, Jamesena (Arthur) Smith and Renee Olden-Wagner; stepsons, Maurice Young and Freddie Olden; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, newphews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 1800 Cherokee Drive. A celebration of life service will follow with the Reverend Clifton Jackson officiating. William will receive his final salute as a Veteran of The United States Army as he is laid to rest at 2pm on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at the Veterans National Cemetery; 2200 East Governor John Sevier Hwy; Knoxville, TN 37920.

David Michael Robinson, Jr.

by DFH Inc. on 01/03/18

David Michael Robinson, Jr. 47, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018 at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System. He was preceded in death by his parents David Sr. and Ruenee Smith Robinson; brother Christopher Elbert Robinson; grandparents Arthur and Minnie (Ford) Robinson and Jackie Smith. He is survived by his devoted sister Lori Ann Robinson and fiancée Adam Stephens; devoted nieces Reagan Samone Lee and Jaclyn Denise Evans; nephews Kiplen Dale Evans, III and Derrick Jay Peck; great-niece Natalie Quinn Wells; great-nephew Gavin Michael Hoskins; special friend Dameshia White and a host of family and friends. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 7th at 2 p.m. at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home.

Mary Ann Stewart Eckel

by DFH Inc. on 12/28/17

Mary Ann Stewart Eckel, 85, was born in Morristown. She departed this life Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mary Ann attended Morristown College High School, Morristown College and Tennessee State University where she earned a degree in education. She was employed with Hamblen County and Kingsport School Systems, and was a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority Inc. She was preceded in death by her husband James Anthony Eckel, Sr. She is survived by her son James Anthony Eckel, Jr. and fiancée Jana Claire French of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandson James Anthony Eckel, III (Tre) of Charlotte, North Carolina; granddaughter Lindsey Dylan Eckel and fiancée John Ichnoski of Raleigh, North Carolina; sisters Mae Long of Morristown, Josephine (Rev. Julius) Scruggs of Huntsville, Alabama and Sara Dailey of Morristown. The family will receive friends from 12 noon til 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6th at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. Funeral services to follow with the Rev. Marty Tipton officiating. Interment to follow in Hamblen Memory Gardens

Ruby Nell Riley Parkey

by DFH Inc. on 12/07/17

Ruby Nell Riley Parkey, 96, the third of fourteen children was born October 21, 1921 to the late Melvyn and Nettie Fugate Riley in Kodak, Kentucky. “Rube” as she was affectionately known, attended public schools in Kodak, but graduated from high school in Middlesbrough, Kentucky and received a degree in education from Swift Memorial College in Rogersville, Tennessee. She taught Grammar School in Sulphur Hollow, Tennessee. Ruby and her husband the late Fred D. Parkey, Sr. moved to Baltimore, Maryland in the late 1940s where she remained for over 60 years. While in Baltimore she held various jobs at Baltimore Spice Company and the Food Fare Grocery Store until her retirement. During her later years Ruby her daughter Tyra and grandson Skyler moved to Mt. Jackson, Virginia to live with her son Fred (Buck) and his wife Maureen. A special thanks to Maureen for being so kind and taking care of Ruby. Ruby was quiet in nature yet strong willed and loyal. She had a gigantic heart, was extremely generous and never expected anything in return. She was a kind hearted and giving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She let everyone know that her greatest joy was her family. Her time was divided between nurturing, mentoring, counseling and teaching her children how to become giving and kind adults that put the needs of others above their own. She lead by example. She was slow to anger and quick to forgive. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. Ruby spent her happiest times in the company of her family. One of her favorite pastimes was cooking delicious meals for her family and others who stopped by to visit, and watching the soap operas during the day. You were not allowed to talk while the stories were on so that she would not miss what was going on. Her priority and focus her entire life was to make the world a better place. She was a blessing to all that knew her. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. After suffering some health challenges Ruby said she was ready for her journey to eternity where there is no more sickness or pain. You would often hear her singing or humming one of her favorite songs, “Soon and Very Soon, I am Going to see the King.” Ruby was preceded in death by her parents Melvyn and Nettie Riley; husband Fred D. Parkey, Sr.; son Fred D. Parkey, Jr. (Maureen) and grandson Skyler Parkey whom she adored. She is survived by her daughters Greta Faye Moore (Steve) and Tyra Parkey; son Gerald Parkey; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblingsDoris Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana, Charity Collins, Daniel Chester Riley, Milton Riley and William Kenneth Riley all of Morristown, Isabelle McBride of Baltimore, Maryland and Mildred Yeary of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Ruby will also be fondly remembered and missed by a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, distant relatives and numerous friends whom loved her dearly. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 10th at Dockery-Senter Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Humphrey Eugene Howell

by DFH Inc. on 12/04/17

Humphrey Eugene Howell, 69, formerly of Morristown passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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