Lawrence Edward “Eddie” Wells,

Age 66, of Rutledge, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Eddie was a member of Blue Springs Baptist Church.

Eddie was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jill Vaughn Wells, on March 30, 2017; parents, Leslie and Lena Mae Roach Wells; brother, Fain Wells; sister, Darlene Wells Perry; father and mother-in-law, J. W. and June Vaughn; and brothers-in-law, Johnny and Bill Vaughn and Jimmy Hipshire.


He is survived by step-son, Scott (Dina) Beeler; granddaughters, Ginny, Anna and Abby Beeler of Woodstock, Georgia; brothers, Louis (Doris) Wells and Curtis (Donna) Wells, both of Rutledge; sister, Maxine Hipshire of Rutledge; sisters-in-law, Ruth Wells, Judy (Mike) Tisdale, Barbara (Ron) Neubert and Jenny (Mike) Keith, all of Knoxville; a host of nieces and nephews; and his special companion, “Little Bit.”

Eddie, an Operating Engineer, had over forty years of service with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 917. He retired in 2013.


In keeping with the wishes of Eddie, there will be no services. The family suggests memorials honoring Eddie be made to the Children’s Ministry at Blue Springs Baptist Church, 956 Hwy 92 in Rutledge, in care of Garry Samsel.

Arrangements by Smith-Reagan Funeral Home


Age 72, of Bulls Gap, passed into his Heavenly home on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. He attended Full Gospel House Church until he was not able. He retired from Card and Label after many years of service.

He had many friends and loved always telling others “Have a good day, good week and a good weekend.” He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charlie Wright and Hattie Mae Hawkins; and one sister, Viola Mae. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Irene Hawkins; one daughter, Angi (Jeff) Gibson, Rogersville; two sons, Ronnie (Judy) Golden, Rogersville, and Roger (Teressa) Golden, Surgoinsville; eight grandchildren, Hollie, Emilie, Lacie, Brandon, Dawn, April, Rhonda, and Nathan; seven great grandchildren; and seven step grandchildren. Special thanks and love to Smoky Mountain Hospice of Greeneville-Miriam, Leslie, Gertrude, Karen, Lisa, and Paula


Rev. Billy Gene Arnold

age 80 of Camden, TN passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro, TN. He was born May 3, 1937 in Camden, TN to the late Hobie Arnold and Lilly Holland Arnold. He was preceded in death by a son: Billy James Arnold, brothers: Charles Arnold, Carnel Arnold, sister: Joan Ogle, a grandchild: Peyton
Arnold. Rev. Arnold was an Army Veteran, a member of Camden First United Pentecostal Church, he, also pastored and planted many churches in the Tennessee District.  He was a member of the operators Union Local 731 and was a retired crane operator for TVA.

Survivors include:

Wife; Betty Singleton Arnold of Camden, TN

Sons: Terry(Penny)Arnold of Chattanooga, TN
         Donny(Penny)Arnold of Dickson, TN

Daughters: Vicki Arnold of Camden, TN
                 Debi(Bob)DePriest of Smithville, TN

Brothers: Bobby(Doris Jo)Arnold of Camden, TN
              John Dewey(Corinne)Arnold of Huntingdon, TN

Sisters: Carolyn Odom of Camden, TN
            Judy(James)Bonds of Jackson, TN

Seven Grandchildren

Five Great Grandchildren

Funeral Services for Rev. Arnold will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 2:00 PM at Camden First United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Ron Brown, Rev. Ron Becton and Rev. Marty Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Benton Memory Garden. 

Visitation with the Arnold family will be Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM and resume on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM until time of service at Camden First United Pentecostal Church.

All visitation & service will be at the church at 126 Vicksburg Ave. Camden, TN. 38320

In Lieu of flowers the family would like for donations to be made to the Tennessee District United Pentecostal Church North American Mission P.O. Box 549 Bon Aqua, TN 37025. 


Dallas “Bushman” Collins

 68, of Rossville went home to be with the Lord at his residence on Monday, July 17, 2017.  He was a native of Knoxville, TN and had lived in Rossville for most of his life.  Bushman was one of the best heavy machine operators having worked for Steins Construction, Talley Construction, and Brown Construction.  He was a member of the Union local 917 since 1976.  His passion in life was his family.  He enjoyed working in the outdoors in his garden, working with his cows, and going on wagon rides on Sunday afternoons led by his horses Bart and Spec.  Bushman also enjoyed walking in the woods picking out sticks to make picture frames, knives, and walking sticks and collecting walnuts for his homemade stain.  He loved his dog Buddy Lee and his late Chihuahua, Rocky.He was preceded in death by his dad, William Herbert Collins; mother, Melzola Collins; 7 brothers and sisters; and his best friend, Ronnie Hatfield.Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Wilma Collins; daughter, Rhonda (Herbert) Williams of Rossville; son, Dallas Ronnie Collins, Jr.; Rossville; grandchildren, Samantha Moore and Jesse (Megan) White; step-great granddaughter, Delilah Binkley; and two great grandchildren on the way; five brothers and sisters, Dora Williams, Lonnie (Shirley) Collins, Danny (Dorothy) Collins, Brenda (Michael) Branch, and Mary (Rodney) Chance; and several nieces and nephews.Condolences may be sent to

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Eddie Sweet officiating.The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of Historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.


Ronald “Ronnie” Rogers

77, a longtime resident of Middle Valley, passed away at his home on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. He was an operating engineer and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Union Local 917 for more than 30 years. His union brothers called him “Pappaw”. Ronnie retired from S & H Erectors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ciscero Darious and Alma Elizabeth Rogers. Survivors are his loving wife of 58 years, Marcella Davis Rogers; daughter, Sherry Lynn Henley; grandchildren, Angelica Henley and Jessica Henley; great-grandchildren, Alexis Johnson, Lily Johnson, Alex Graham and Logan Graham and numerous nieces and nephews. There will not be a service. Condolences and memories can be shared at Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.


Joe C. Wiggleston

74, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was a long-time member of Burlington Masonic Lodge #763 and International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 917.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Barbara Wiggleston, Sr.; and brother, Bruce Wiggleston Jr.
He is survived by his grandchildren, Marci (Justin) Taylor, Judah (Jessica) Wiggleston, Dixie Coker, and Enoch (Hannah) Wiggleston; great-grandchildren, Adrian, Ella and Julian Wiggleston, Naomi Taylor, Jaylon, Jordan, and Zane Coker.
Funeral service 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Fielden Chapel with Rev. Arthur Pedigo officiating. Interment 11:00 AM Thursday in Thorngrove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM prior to the service at Fielden Funeral Home in New Market


Anthony Richard “Butch” Duke,

of Manchester, passed this life on Friday, June 16th, 2017 at Unity Medical Center at the age of 60. Mr. Duke was born in Tullahoma to the late Robbie and Sibbie Brixey Duke. During his life he worked as an Operating Engineer with N.A.S. AEDC and was a member of the Tullahoma Masonic Lodge #262. In addition to his parents, Mr. Duke was preceded in death by his step-father, Bill Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Beth Duke of Manchester; son, Kevin Duke and his wife Brandy of Tullahoma; sister, Sibbianne Capshaw and her husband Bob of Manchester; step-sister, Kathy Gilley and her husband Leonard of Manchester; step-brother, Jerry Wayne Lyle of Mississippi; step-mother, Wanda Duke of Tullahoma; and granddaughter, Mackenzie Duke. Visitation for Mr. Duke will be held on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00pm with a memorial service to follow at 7:00pm with Charlie Rogers officiating. For those who wish, the family asks that donations be made to the Tullahoma Animal Shelter, 942 Maplewood Avenue, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388 or the Tullahoma Masonic Lodge #262, 104 South Jackson Street, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388.


William “Charles” Lovin

age 77, of Rogersville, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Signature Healthcare of Rogersville. He was a son of the late William and Orpha Brooks Lovin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Winstead; sisters, Edith Lundy and Martha Horner; and brothers, John Ross Lovin and H.W. “Hardrock” Lovin.

Charles worked for the Tennessee Fish and Game Commission, McDaniels Construction, Lyons Construction, and retired from the TVA as an Operating Engineer. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He enjoyed watching, UT, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, and golf.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Shirley DeHart Lovin; grandsons, Timmothy, Tyler Charles, and Trey Winstead; granddaughter, Tabitha Ann Winstead; brother-in-law, Ray DeHart; sister-in-law, Edith Shuler Abrams; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his “guys at Southside”, Joyce Walker, Randall Burton, and Frank Cinnamon.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 5:00 until 7:00pm at Christian-Sells Funeral Home and at the home at any other time


Herman Edwin White

Herman Edwin White, age 92, of Decatur, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home with his family beside him.

He was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Herman was in the Meigs Masonic Lodge 213 over 50 years, VFW, and American Legion. He also served in the U. S. Army during WWII and received the Purple Heart.

He was a son of the late Benjamin and Florence Davis White. Proceeded in death by his brothers; Hoyal, Bill, R.N. White.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years Margaret Louise White of Decatur, son; Jerry White (Aletha) of Decatur; daughter; Christine Plank (Willard) of Decatur; brother; Robert White of Decatur, sisters; Flossie Woodside (Robert) of Chattanooga, Ruby Kincer (Ronnie) of Ooltewah, Jewell Armour (Bruce) of Marietta, GA, 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and 1 step great grandson. There are several nieces and nephews and a host of extended family and friends.

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 14108 North NoPone Valley Road, Decatur, TN 37322; with the Rev. Mike Rymer officiating.

Interment will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., Walnut Grove Cemetery in Decatur with Ralph Jarvis, Reed O’Daniel, Chris Plank, Craig Plank, Brian White, Rodney Scott, Gary Woodside, Jeff McNeely serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Walnut Grove Baptist Church.

You can go to and sign the guest book and offer your condolences. Arrangements by Bowers Funeral Home, Inc., Decatur Chapel of Decatur, TN. 423-334-3661


Nathaniel Dawes Jarvis

Nathaniel Dawes (N.D.) Jarvis
July 10, 1927 – March 22, 2017

Nathaniel Dawes (N.D.) Jarvis was carried home by angels to be with his Lord and Saviour on the morning of March 22, 2017, after a long, happy life filled with fun, laughter, family, and friends wherever he went.
He was saved at an early age and visited many churches throughout his life with his father who was a Methodist circuit preacher. For many years, he was a song leader and caretaker at Klepper’s Chapel Church. During more recent years, he was a member at Spires Chapel Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rev. John Jarvis and Annie (Hilton) Jarvis, and brothers Rev. John Jarvis, Jr., and wife Roxie, George Jarvis and wife Cleona, Ervin Jarvis and wife Dora, twin brother L.C. Jarvis, and infant brother Mack.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Mary Elizabeth (Cross) Jarvis; only sister Marguerite Greene; children Kenneth Jarvis and wife Midge, Linda Lipe and husband Archie, and Patricia Jarvis; his “pride and joy” and only grand-daughter Laura Pearson and husband Judge Alex Pearson; his “right-hand men,” grandsons Kenny Jarvis and wife Shanda, Timmy Jarvis and wife Jenni, and Alex Lipe; great grandsons Reed, Tanner, Keelyn, and Kendal Jarvis; sister-in-law Rosalie Jarvis; brother-in-law J.H. Cross; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
During WWII, he served in the US Navy. All five brothers served at the same time, and all returned home.
His smile, jokes, laughter, love, and kindness will be greatly missed, but he can’t wait to show you his brand new home.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Spires Chapel Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. John North officiating. Burial will follow in the Jarvis Family Cemetery. Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville is serving the family.

Howard Ray Basler

Howard Ray Basler, 82, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at his home.
He worked many types of employment throughout the years. He was a member of the International Operating Engineers Local 917 and Southgate #569 F&AM Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded by his parents, Harry G. and Maude (McPeters) Basler; wife, Joann (Mee) Basler; siblings, Garland L., H. Kenneth, and his twin, Harold R. Basler, M. Opal Solomon and Lula R. Frost.
He is survived by his sons, Darrell R. Basler and wife Donna of East Hartford, CT and Mark K. Basler and wife Angela of Harriman; three grandsons; one great-grandson; sister, Shirley J. Hedgecock of Catoosa, and sister-in-law Wilma C. Basler.
The family will receive friends at Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. There will be no funeral service. Burial will be at the family’s convenience. Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 324 Morgan St., Harriman, TN 37748.


John Riley McWilliams,

Age 87, of Dunlap, passed peacefully at his home Friday, March 3, 2017. Mr. McWilliams was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Peggy Merriman McWilliams, parents, Riley and Nan Narramore McWilliams, grandson, Travis Burkhart, brothers, Riley Ray and Arthur Lee McWilliams, sister, Corene Lewis.
He was a member of Welch’s Chapel Methodist Church. John retired from International Union of Operating Engineers Local 917 after 41 years of service, 22 of those years he served as business manager for Local 917 in Chattanooga. He was also a member of Alhambra Shrine for 60 years. After his retirement he was active in his community and dedicated much of his time and energy to erect a memorial for the local Bluegrass musicians in Sequatchie County. John and Peggy spent much of their time in Clewistion, FL and made many life long friends.
Survivors include his 3 daughters, Tonja Bernard, Nashville, Sherry (Mike) Borkowski, Chattanooga, Vikki (Chet) Prado, Chattanooga, grandson, Shane (Stephanie) Burkhart, granddaughters, Ginger Prado, Kamilla (Todd) Bridges, 3 great-granddaughters, Dita Bridges, Stella Bridges and Abigail Burkhart, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM CST Thursday March 9, 2017 in the Ewton Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in McWilliams Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 – 7 on Wednesday at Ewton Funeral Home.


Donald Dell Helton

Age 74, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, at North Tennova Hospital. Donald was born in Sevierville, Tennessee and was a United States Army veteran. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 917.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Thedore and Mae Helton; first wife, Annette Helton; and brother, Larry Helton. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Reba Mottern Helton; step-sons, Tim Tucker (Susan) and Tom Reid; sister, Pat Williams (Ray), Linda Parton (Ray Neal), Carolyn Brackins (Gregg Willsey); sisters-in-law, Gail Mottern and Phyllis Crisler; cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members.


Robert A. Brown

Age 61, of Hixson, passed away on Jan. 9, 2017. Robert was a 1973 graduate of Red Bank High School and was a member of the IUOE 917. He enjoyed racing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his new grandson. He was a great husband and even better father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin N. and Hilda Brown; grandmother, Edna Trewitt; and a brother, David N. Brown. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Suzanne Brown; sons, Justin (Shian) Fairbanks and Jonathan Dodd; grandson, Justice C. Fairbanks; cousin, Tim Brown; father-in-law, John Hinch and many close friends. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in the funeral home chapel. The family asks those attending wear casual clothes in memory of Robert. Visitation will be held today, Jan. 13, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services; 4506 Hixson Pike. 423-531-3975.