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Jim Matoy

Jim Matoy, 52, Bagdad Community, passed away Dec. 25 Riverview Regional Medical Center. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and close friends in Smith County and also near his native Tellico Plains.

He was born Jan. 8, 1968 in Tellico Plains. He was a 1968 graduate of Tellico Plains High School, a commercial painter and employed by Sentell Brothers.

He was preceded in death by: father, James C. Matoy and sister, Wilma Jean Matoy Martin.

Surviving relatives include: mother, Essie B. Rose Matoy; children, Dylan and wife, Leslie of Madisonville, Katheryn Matoy, Sam Matoy and Silas Matoy, all of Plantation, Fla.; spouse, Sonya Albritton and her children, Jacob Butler, Brenden Thrower and Dacey Thrower; siblings, Dillard Matoy and wife Debbie of Sweetwater, Emma Matoy Hamby and husband, Arlin of Tellico Plains, Randal Matoy and wife, Holly of Sweetwater, Judy Matoy and Rex Matoy, both of South Caroline; and grandchildren, Mason, Avery and Jaxon.

Sandersons of Kempville was in charge of arrangements.

Fillmore Woodard

James Fillmore Woodard, 89, of the Funns Branch Community, passed away Dec. 24 at the Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Lebanon. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Bratcher officiating. Interment followed in the Gene Butler Cemetery.

He was born March 19, 1931 in Funns Branch Community. Most of his life he was engaged in farming, but he also worked for a period of time at the Texas Boot Co. in Lebanon. He was also a member of the former Ensors Chapel United Methodist Church in the Funns Branch Community.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Lemuel Bates Woodard and May Belle Woodard; sisters, Kathleen “Dean” Woodard Duke, Golden Cleo Woodard Campbell Hines, Eva Avo Woodard Sircy and Minnie Belle Woodard; brothers, W.G. Woodard and Edgar Lee “Whitey” Woodard; son, Tony Mikell Woodard; and mother of their children, Nellie Pearl Givens Woodard Carver.

Surviving relatives include: children, Dianne Woodard Gilbert and husband, Carl of Smithville and James F. Woodard Jr. and wife, Edna of Hartsville; grandchildren, Jeffrey Woodard and wife, Amanda, Chad Woodard and wife, Tracey, Chris Woodard and Cassandra Woodard; stepson, Carl David Gilbert and wife, Cecelia of Smithville; stepgrandson, Sonny D. Gilbert; five great- grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Miriam Duke

Miriam Duke, 82, of Louisville, Ky., passed away Dec. 22. Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Granville Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 7, 1938 in Roderfield, W. Va.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Isaac and Lilly (Cox) Warren; and siblings, Elsie Warren, Lawrence Warren, Francis Anderson, J.E. Warren, twin brother, Mark Warren and Prentice Warren.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Winfred Martin Duke; son, Michael Duke (Christine); daughter, Michelle Shutt (Nick); grandsons, Nathan Duke, Alex Duke (Melanie), Ryan Shutt and Ethan Shutt (Brooke); great-grandchildren, Teagan Gordon-Duke, Elliot Duke, John Duke and Zoe Duke.

Helen Ruth Maxwell Draper

Helen Ruth Maxwell Draper, 91, of Jackson County, passed away Dec. 22 at Lakeshore Meadows Nursing Home in Nashville. The family has chosen cremation with a memorial service to be conducted at a later date with burial to follow in Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 21, 1929 in Jackson County. She was a member of the Gainesboro Church of Christ, DAR and the Jackson County Historical Society. She was a bookkeeper with Twin Lakes Telephone Company.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Charles and Ida Whitaker Maxwell; husband, Ward Draper; brothers, Charles, Fred and Carson Maxwell; and sisters, Frances Chaffin and Lucye Long.

Surviving relatives include: son, Edward Ward Draper of Texas; daughter, Denise Horn of Nashville; granddaughter, Josephine Maxwell Horn of Nashville; and cousin, Jean Garrett Richardson.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Joe F. Scantland

Joe F. Scantland, 80 of Gainesboro, passed away Dec. 25 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Graveside services were held Dec. 29 at Lynn Cemetery in the Burristown community with Bro. Kenneth Anderson officiating.

He was born Oct. 15, 1940 in Gainesboro.

He was preceded in death by: parents, William and Ora Hix Scantland; brothers, Lawton, Eston, Elbert, Tim and Lando Scantland; and sisters, Louise Barlow, Ina Poston and Dorothy Stewart.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Edna Scantland; son, Fred Scantland; daughter, Teresa Naff; sisters, Martha Flynn and Betty Hix; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Janie May Benson

Janie May Benson, 64, of Gainesboro, passed away Dec. 29 at her residence. Graveside services were held Jan. 2 at the Clark Cemetery in Macon County.

She was born Sept. 24, 1956 in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Bernice Newberry and Maude Raines Newberry; and sister, Belinda Roark.

Surviving relatives include: husband, Horace Benson of Gainesboro; son, Josh Stafford of Gamaliel, Ky.; step daughters, Jenny Benson and Sabrina Benson; and sisters, Rita Biggs of Gainesboro and Betty Tuck of Red Boiling Springs.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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