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Citizen-Statesman 10/30/12

Dr. Ida Lou Brown Stephens

Retired Principal

Dr. Ida Lou Brown Stephens passed away Oct. 21. Funeral services were held at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Jerry Taylor officiating. Per Dr. Stephens request her body was donated to UT Medical School in Memphis.

Dr. Ida Lou Brown Stephens was a retired principal of Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge. She received her Bachelor, Master and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She began her career as a school lunch supervisor and U.T. extension agent in Pikeville. After moving to Knoxville, she taught sixth grade at Bearden Elementary School and later served as Vice President and then Principal at Linden Elementary School. She also worked with UT-Martin. She was a member of Sigma Kappa society and active in various organizations such as Knox County Retired Teachers, Oak Ridge Altrusa, Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary and West Knox Rotary Clubs, Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was always interested in politics and was looking forward to voting in the 2012 Presidential election. Dr. Stephens loved her students and treasured the friendships made from her education career. She was blessed with so many wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Lattie Cherry Brown of Arcot in Clay County; son William A. Stephens, Jr.; brothers Carmon and Melvin Brown; and sister Lavelle Sharp.

Surviving relatives include the love of her life Lee Vandewalker; daughters Maleney Stephens and Dr. Michelle Stephens; son Bates Stephens; nephews Mayfield, Mel Watson, Mack, Mel E. Brown and Leo Sharp Jr., great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; step-daughters Jill Krebs and husband David, Jan Huddleston; and step grandchildren Mimi, Kate and Amanda; and step great grandchild Jeremy.

Bobby Joe Moore


Bobby Joe Moore, 57, of Lafayette passed away Oct. 22 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. Funeral services were held Oct. 25 from the chapel of the Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs with Pastor William Rogan Jr. and E.C. Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Sadlers Chapel Cemetery.

Bobby Joe Moore was born Aug. 21, 1955 in Monroe County, KY. He was a welder for Stephens Manufacture in Tompkinsville, KY with 30 years of service and a member of the Sadlers Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Annie White Moore; sister Frankie Woods; and brothers Eldon David, Demon and Jackie Moore.

Surviving relatives include his devoted companion Debra King of Lafayette; sons Joe David Moore of Glasgow, KY, Adam King and Aaron Moore both of Lafayette; and sister Betty Hale of Tompkinsville, KY.

Pallbearers were Ricky Scott, Mark Shirley, Sam Bilbrey, Forrest Bullington, Charlie Howard, Chris Howard, Terry Scott and Kerry Scott.

Norman Beachard Boles


Norman Beachard Boles, 72, of Indianapolis, IN formerly of Boles Community in Monroe Co., KY passed away Oct. 19 at St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Indianapolis, IN. Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at the Upton Funeral Home with Kenny Westmoreland officiating. Interment followed in the Beach Grove Cemetery in Monroe Co., KY.

Norman Beachard Boles was born May 11, 1949 in Clay County. He was retired from General Motors.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mart Boles and Delphia Boles Pigg; and brothers Winton and Roger Pigg.

Surviving relatives include his daughters Michelle Scott and husband Jeff of Indianapolis, IN, Suzanne Bandy and husband Todd of Indianapolis, IN, and Lynn Cole and husband Bob of Gainesboro; brothers Mayford Boles of Celina and Estes Boles of Lapel, IN; sister Judy Lynn of Celina; grandchildren Franky Plumlee and wife Amanda, Bryan Cole, Kelly Brandon and husband Mack, Kyle Scott, Kayla Scott, Kristen Bolden and husband Jason, Jacob Glowner and Dustin Bandy; and three great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were Keith Scott, Huel Boles, Toby Boles, Billy Scott, Steve Scott and Jessie Pruitt.

Pallbearers were Jacob Glowner, Dustin Bandy, Bryan Cole, Franky Plumlee, Josh Scott and Mack Brandon.

Mell Lee Head

Retired Photographer

Mell Lee Head, 80, of Moss passed away Oct. 22 at the Cumberland River Hospital in Celina. Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at the Upton Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Strong officiating. Interment followed in the Macedonia Cemetery.

Mell Lee Head was born Dec. 13, 1931 in Gainesboro. He was a retired self-employed photographer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bethel Fay and Lovie Mai (Howell) Head; wife Susie Marie Edwards Head; and sister Faye Bell.

Surviving relatives include daughter and son-in-law Debra Stearns and husband Greg of Sadieville, KY; brothers Bill Head of Moss, Harold Head and Ross Head both of Indianapolis, IN; sisters Kaye Maxwell and Judy Crouch both of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren Justin Stearns and Laura (Stearns) Long; great grandchildren Emma Ray Stearns, Cora Grace Stearns and Noah Russell Long.

Pallbearers were his family and friends.

Bertha Frances Stafford

Factory Worker

Bertha Frances Stafford, 72, of the Union Hill Community of Clay County passed away Oct. 22 at the Cumberland River Hospital. Funeral services were held Oct. 24 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Cemetery in Gainesboro.

Bertha Frances Stafford was born on March 7, 1940 in the Whitleyville Community. She was a factory worker and a member of the Milestown Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie Jeff and Fannie Bertha (Crawford) Smith; husband James Lee Stafford; child Bruce Stafford; grandson Ethan Franklin; and sister Theresia Anderson.

Surviving relatives include daughter and son-in-law Sharon Franklin and husband Dale; sisters Virginia McLerran and Wilma Crowder; grandchildren Matt and Whitney Franklin; great grandchild Kinzley Thompson; four nieces; one nephew; and a special friend Willis Deckard.

Pallbearers were Matt Franklin, Marty Crowder, Kerry Wilkerson, Thomas Mullinix, Joe Crowder, James Franklin and Willis Deckard.

Card of Thanks

We the family of Edyth King Copass wish to express our thanks to all our relatives, neighbors and friends for their concern during this difficult time. Thank you for the flowers, food, cards and donations to the different charities. Thank you to the Cumberland River Hospital doctors and staff, Celina Health and Rehab, where she spent the last 18 months of her life, the pizza girls for the pizza delivered to the funeral home, Bro. Doug Lee for his comforting words, the Hall Funeral Home for their great care and concern for all the pallbearers and the Camp Ground Methodist Church for the delicious meal after the funeral. Every act of kindness we are grateful.

Connie and Robert Strong Sr.

Dr. Robert Strong Jr.

Elaine Cherry

Mary Ann Hamilton


Card of Thanks

We would like to thank everyone that helped in any way through the sickness and death of our loved one, Gene Bow. He passed away Oct. 11 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. We would like to thank all the doctors and staff. We would also like to thank the doctors and staff at Cumberland River Hospital. Thanks to all our friends and family who gave their support and helped so much. We want to give a special thanks to Lori Benassi, who volunteers at Cookeville Regional Hospital. Thanks for praying with us and giving so much of your time. We want to thank each and everyone that helped in any way.

Wanda and Kathy Bow

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