Obituaries 4/28/20

Jack Simpson Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Jack, as he was known by friends and patients, passed away on April 23, 2020, at the age of 94 years. Born and raised in Flynn’s Lick, Jackson County, he later served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Dr. Jack obtained his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, interned in Knoxville, and began his private practice in Gainesboro in 1955. He served Jackson County as a physician for over 30 years. During his career, he delivered over 2,000 babies, which Dr. Jack often said was his favorite part of his practice. He was known for his kind attention to all of his patients, knowing each one by name and family. On December 28, 1948, he married Christine Smith, and they raised four children. Dr. Jack loved studying his Bible while attending Gainesboro Church of Christ and later Collegeside Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Christine; his parents, Oliver and Olga Johnson; and his brother, Robert L. Johnson. He is survived by his brother, Ted Johnson; children, Jacquelyn Haynes, Jerry Johnson, Don (Laura) Johnson and Lisa Johnson; six grandchildren, Paige (Keegan) Smith, Scott (Liz) Haynes, Brooke (David) Matthews, Lindsey (Seth) Russell, Grey Johnson and Olivia (Jason) Hammons; and ten great-grandchildren.

The family wants to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Jack’s caregivers as well as Mabry Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will honor Dr. Jack with a private graveside service. The family will invite all who knew him for a celebration of his life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in memory of Dr. Jack can be made to the Rett Syndrome Foundation at or to your favorite charity.

Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home of Gainesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Harold Gene Ayers

Harold Gene Ayers, 79, of Hilham, passed away April 20 at Signature Health Care in Algood. Graveside services were held April 23 at the New Hope Cemetery in the New Hope community with Bro. Mike Ayers and Bro. Phillip Morgan officiating.

He was born Dec. 1, 1940 in Overton County. He was a retired tool and die maker and a member of the New Hope Community Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Elmer Mitchell Ayers and Bessie Fisk Ayers; daughter, Geneva Ayers; brothers, George Ayers, Elmer Ayers and David Ayers; and sisters, Reba Thompson and Frances Boles.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Opal Dean Ramsey Ayers of Hilham; son, Jeff (Melinda) Ayers of Hilham; grandchildren, Ethan Ayers and Sarah Ayers, both of Hilham; sisters, Faye Anderson and Brenda (Jack) Buck, all of Livingston; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Earl Quick

Thomas Earl Quick, 84, of Gainesboro, passed away April 19 at Signature Health Care in Algood. The family has chosen cremation, with a memorial service at a later date.

He was born Sept. 28, 1935 in Spencer. He worked as an industrial engineer and was a member of the Church of Christ. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by parents, Loyd Quick and Nancy Samantha Northcut Quick; wife, Stella R. Quick; son, Richard Quick; brothers, Don Northcut and Mack Quick; and sister, Eva Lou Dobinspeck.

Surviving relatives include: sons, Thomas B. Quick of Maine and Cletus L. Quick of Cookeville; daughter, Tammy Gibbs of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Jessica Quick of Maine, Danielle Quick of Texas, Daniel James of Knoxville, Thomas James of Cookeville, Eric Quick of Cookeville and Anthony Quick of Nashville; great–grandchildren, Diamond James, Nyssa James, Ebony James and Damien James; and brothers, Carlos Quick of Nashville and Steve Quick of Smithville.

Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Card of Thanks

A special thank you from the family of Willodean Netheron.

Thanks so much for all the cards, calls, kind words of support and prayers in the passing of our mother.

Our family has truly been blessed with good friends, neighbors, church family and caring family members.

A special thank you to Jimmy Anderson, Anderson Upper-Cumberland Funeral Home, caretakers Michelle and Debbie, Avalon Hospice, Andrea Winningham and Lora Williams.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Thanks Again!

Jimmy and Robbie Netherton

Alesia and Bob Spivey

Rose and Jeff Collins

And Families

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