Obits 5/16/17

James Lewis Botts

James Lewis Botts, age 88 of Lenoir City, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  His wife, Brenda and their daughter, Rhetta were at his bedside.  He was born on August 6, 1928 at Whitleyville, Tennessee.

He graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1950 with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry and then received his Master’s Degree from The University of Tennessee in Chemistry.  He worked as a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for many years where he retired in 1993.  Jim served his country in the 1950’s in the U. S. Army’s Chemical Corps.  Prior to his most recent illness, he was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection in Loudon where he helped to develop the church’s cremation garden as well as serving on the Vestry.  An avid hiker, he was also a member of the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club and was a Board Member of the Appalachian Trail Conference.  Hiking the Appalachian Trail was one of the many activities with that organization.  He enjoyed horseback trail riding and owned several horses on his beautiful farm in Lenoir City which he lovingly called the “Pumpkin Patch” for which he did much of the construction of the house, barns, and other buildings on the property.

A multi-talented man, he was also well skilled in carpentry and produced many of the wood furnishings in their home.  Jim was a devoted father, along with Brenda making the long and difficult trip to an orphanage in Vietnam for the adoption of their daughter, Rhetta Brooke.  Those who were fortunate to know him well and call him friend saw a very principled man of Christian faith, a loving husband and father, and an individual of impeccable character.  His marriage to Brenda for 34 years was one of mutual love and dedication to each other, a wonderful example for all to follow.  And to a long list of adoring nieces and nephews he was just “Uncle Jim”.  A wonderful role model in so many ways to so many family and friends who will miss him dearly.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis McEven Botts and Mary Ruby Draper Botts.

Survived by his wife, Brenda; daughters, Rhetta Brooke Botts and Kathleen Vinson; sister, Francis Hogg; niece, Susan Johnson and her husband, Phil Johnson.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Knoxville Catholic High School, checks made payable to KCHS Annual Fund, memo Jim Botts. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection in Loudon, TN.  Interment followed in the gardens at the church.  A reception followed in the church social hall.  Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut Street, Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements.


June B. Flatt


June B. Flatt, 72, passed away May 10 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held May 13 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sam Flatt Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 27, 1944 in Sussex, England. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Joyce Hale; her husband, Ray Everette Flatt.

Surviving relatives include two sons, Steven (Michelle) Flatt of Lawrenceburg and Simon Flatt of Trenton, Fla.; one daughter, Kellie (Tony) Nash of Cookeville; fourteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Roger Darlow and Denis Darlow, both of England; one sister, Valerie (Terry) Field of England; in-laws, Carl and Betty Flatt, Joyce Wiggins, Harry Scarlett, and George Pergande; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


Bonnie J. Young


Bonnie J. Young, 77, passed away May 6 at Life Care Center of Crossville. Funeral services were held May 8 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Young Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 6, 1939 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and affiliated with the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Richmond Forkum and Sally Opal Spivey Forkum Sircy; her husband, Hubert Young; one son, Herbert Marcel Young; one daughter, Arlene Pippin; one grandson, Daniel Young; one granddaughter, Ashley Pippin; one sister, Shirley Whiting; one great grandchild.

Surviving relatives include one son, Marty (Janice) Young of Crossville; one brother, Frank K. Forkum of Lebanon; one sister, Sally Jo Christian of Hartsville; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.


Reba Cook Gentry


Reba Cook Gentry, 82, passed away May 5 at her home. Funeral services were held May 8 from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Burton officiating. Interment followed at Gene Butler Cemetery. Sanderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 20, 1934 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert Samuel “Pete” Cook and Genia Maie Cornwell Cook; two sisters, Geraldine Cook Richardson and Pearl Cook Thomas.

Surviving relatives include her husband of sixty-seven years, Robert Lee Gentry; three daughters, Nancy Gentry (Mike) Gilbert of Bryant, AL, Kathie Gentry Johnson of White House, and Carol Gentry Gibson of Cross Plains; three sisters, Ruby Cook Burton of South Carthage, Betty Cook Burton of Gladdice community, and Helen Cook Strong of Gainesboro.


Card of Thanks

The family and friends of Kenneth Jackson would like to thank the people that helped with the fundraiser and the donations to the funeral expenses. Thanks again for all the support, donations, and all the love.

Cathy Hopkins

Mounce Jackson


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