Etowah, Tennessee
423-263-6700



Service: 09/04/2014
The family will receive friends from 5-8p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Serenity Funeral Home. Service and Interment will be private.
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Death: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Larry “TreeTop” Freeman, age 53, of Riceville, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, at a Chattanooga Hospital. Born in Schweinfurt, Germany, he had lived in McMinn County the past 10 years and was of the Baptist faith. He was an avid NASCAR fan , enjoyed working on his 1967 Ford Fairlane , and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his life partner, Joyce Grady of Riceville; sons, J.D.Wolf of Okeechobee,FL, Wendell Wolf of Etowah, Lorenz Freeman and Freddie Freeman both of Monroe County; parents, James and Hanne Lore Freeman of Etowah; sister, Cheryl Freeman of Etowah; nieces, Kately Yates, Hanna Colon, and Courtney Colon all of Etowah; and special friends, Mike Cross, Charles Burris, Seth Scott and Sam Goins. Several other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 08/24/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 4p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Poplin and Michael Massengil officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorial contributions to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Death: Friday, August 22, 2014
Lewis Noel Masengil, age 69, of Nonaburg, passed away Friday morning, August 22, 2014, at a local hospital. The son of the late Leonard and Clearsie Land Masengil, he was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church. Lewis was retired after 34 years working in the nuclear Industry and was an avid Lady Chargerettes fan. He enjoyed bluegrass music, being on his tractor, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy Brown Massengil; children, Michael Masengil and wife Sherry, Mitchell Masengil and wife Amy, and Rhiannon Masengil all of Nonaburg; grandchildren, Alexis Masengil-King, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Aubrey , and Ben Masengil. A host of other extended family and friends also survive.
Service: 08/23/2014
A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Cambria Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Larry Coleman officiating. There will be no formal visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jude Children's Research hospital.

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Death: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ada Mae Massingale, age 84, of Athens passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014 at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a member of Cambria Baptist Church, where her family members were founders. She enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. She had a love of flowers, gardening, going to the mountains, and going to yard-saling. She was preceded in death by her parents, Felix and Elva Coleman, granddaughter, Natasha Perian, brothers, Carl and John Coleman, sister, Ella Mae Casteel, and sister-in-law, Marie Coleman. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Tom Massingale; daughters, Joan Cabrera and husband David, and Janice Higgins and husband Fred, both of Cleveland; brothers, Arnold Lee Coleman and wife Frances, J.L. Coleman, Joe Coleman and wife Edith, Paul Coleman and wife Nancy; sister Pauline Gonzales, sister-in-law Myrtle Coleman; grandchildren, Brian Akins and wife Elizabeth, Brittany Brady and husband Jason; great-grandchildren Dakota and Jacob Akins, Tiffany Widdis and husband Seth, Taylor Bledsoe, Whitney Newman, Kylie Brady, and Kyra Brady. She was also Mamaw to Trinity and Autumn. Several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members also survive.
Service:
A private family service will be held at a later date.
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Birth:
Death: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jeff Hugh Pilkey, age 59, of Etowah passed away suddenly Wednesday August 20, 2014 at a local hospital. He was a native of Sweetwater, TN and had spent the last 24 years in McMinn County. He enjoyed fishing, farming, and especially spending time with his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Nellie Pitman Pilkey; and infant brother Jimmy Pilkey. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Patricia Pilkey, of Etowah; children Amy Sexton, and husband Brandon, and Jeffrey Dale Pilkey, and fiancé, Stephanie May; grandchildren, Jesse Moser, Savannah Sexton, Alissa Dale, and Autumn Grace Pilkey, all of Etowah; sister, Patsy Whitman, of Sweetwater; brothers, J.C. Pilkey of Sweetwater, Roy Lee Pilkey of Ten Mile, and Gene Pilkey of Moultrie, GA; brother-in-law and best friend, Michael Roberts, and fiancé, Nancy Smith of Etowah; special friends Carol and Lamar Ellison of Etowah; and several other extended family members and friends.
Service: 08/13/2014
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5-7p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the funeral home.
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Death: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Dennis James Bernard, age 53, of Maryville, and formerly of Etowah, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at a Maryville hospital. He was born in Portsmouth, VA, and had spent the last 10 years in McMinn and Blount counties. He will be remembered for his incredible sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Pace Bernard. He is survived by his lifetime partner of 25 years, Linda Michelson of Maryville; father, John “Butch” Bernard of Tellico Plains; brother, Tony Bernard and wife Lori of Etowah; and niece and nephews, Tiffany, Jacob, and Jackson Bernard.
Service: 08/06/2014
A celebration of Marvin’s Life will be held 7p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Stephensville Baptist Church with Rev. James Morgan officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 on Wednesday at the church.
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Death: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Marvin Thomas Dean, age 53, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, at a Knoxville hospital. Born in Ellijay, GA, Marvin spent most of his life in McMinn County. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and with his family, and especially enjoyed working alongside his brother-in-law, Jim for over 30 years. He was a member of Stephensville Baptist Church in Etowah. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Donnie Whitner Dean; sister, Janice Spakosky; and brother, Mikey Dean. He is survived by his sister, Patsy Spakosky and husband Richard of Etowah; brother, Dennis Dean and wife Betty of Englewood; and brother-in-law, Jim Spakosky of Englewood. Several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and good friends also survive.
Service: 07/30/2014
A graveside service with Military Honors will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Benton Station Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Herron officiating. Pallbearers will be Joshua Trentham, Jacob Trentham, Maynard Call, Mark Smith, Michael Smith, Jason Brown, Caleb Honey, and Jonathan Honey. Honorary pallbearers will be great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Death: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Winston Virgil “Roadrunner” Franks, age 73, a resident of Etowah and formerly of Benton and Cleveland, died Saturday, July 26 at his home. He loved watching football, especially University of Tennessee, and loved watching Fox News. He was a member of Cloverleaf Baptist Church in Cleveland and was a proud U.S. Marine Corp. Veteran. A medal of good conduct was presented to him while in the Marine Corp. He was formerly employed at Magic Chef and Bendix Corp. in Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Edgar Louis and Edith Williams Franks; two infant sisters, Barbara Ann and Faye Irene Franks; one infant brother, Dwight Franks; maternal grandparents, Sam and Nettie Williams; paternal grandparents, Rev. Joe and Ida Franks. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wanda Wright Franks; son and daughter-in-law Ricky and Rose Franks, of Jacksonville, Fl.; daughter and son-in-law Kim and Nathan Honey of Reliance, TN; grandsons, Joshua Trentham, Jacob Trentham, Mark Smith, Michael Smith, Caleb Honey, and Jonathan Honey; granddaughters, Tabitha Pike and Gynalyn Comiso; great grandchildren, Allyssa and Chase Pike, and Kaitlyn and Emily Leverenz; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Shirley Price of Cleveland, Sylvia and J.M. Brown of Cleveland, Angie and Charles Murphy of Delano, Wawanna Derrick of Cleveland, Sharon and Russell Russ of Ocoee; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Eddie and Mary Lou Franks of Benton, Joe Franks and Johnny Franks, both of Cleveland; aunts, Patsy Colley of McDonough, GA and Lois Messamore of Manchester, TN. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
Service: 07/15/2014
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Evangelist Phyllis Prigmore and Minister Sandra Lewis officiating. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Athens Free Holiness Church Cemetery with Chad Armstrong, Jan Armstrong, Star Armstrong, Alan Womac, Josh Womac, and Malik Moss serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15th at the funeral home.
We invite you to visit the Rodgers’ Family Guest Book and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Lisa Bivens Rodgers, 49, of Athens passed away on July 12, 2014 at a Knoxville hospital. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Punk” Rodgers; her parents, Roy and Mary Bidwell Bivens; and one brother, Danny Davis. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Lacey and Chad Armstrong, of Athens; two grandsons, Tavien and Tavius “Itsy” Armstrong, both of Athens; one sister, Patricia Womac, of Athens; one brother, Charles Larry Davis, of Athens; one nephew, Alan Womac, and his wife, Cindy, of Riceville; a great-nephew and great-niece, Joshua and Paisley Womac of Riceville.
Service: 07/11/2014
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at Delano Baptist Church with Dr. John Powers officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 10:30 Saturday morning at Serenity Funeral Home to go in a Fireman’s Procession to Greenhill Cemetery for an 11:00 graveside service. Pallbearers will be Wesley Davis, Lynn Gay, Adam Hafley, John Hensley, Coleby Hooker, Chris Jones, Luke Landers, and Blake Wood.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday evening at Delano Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Polk Fire and Rescue: P.O. Box 708, Benton, TN 37307 or Delano Baptist Church: P.O. Box 25, Delano, TN 37325.

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Birth:
Death: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Don Longworth, age 59 of Delano, passed away Tuesday morning, July 8, 2014. He was a native of Kokomo, Indiana and had been a resident of Tennessee since 1992. Throughout his life, he owned several successful businesses. Most recent among them was a construction business which he operated for 20 years.In addition to his business, he volunteered his time atthe West Polk Fire and Rescue Squad where he served for the past 20 years achieving the rank of Chief. In 2002, he became an employee of the Etowah Fire Department, where he served the community as Captain until his recent retirement. Don was a longtime member of Delano Baptist Church, where he had previously served as youth director. He was a leader and mentor in his community, a loyal friend to those around him, and the most loving grandfather, father, and husband. He will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his dad, Roy Longworth; his brother, Micheal Longworth; and his niece, Anita Warwick. Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Donna Longworth of Delano; mother, Edith Longworth of Etowah; two daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and John Bohannon of Etowah and Lisa and Adam Casteel of Delano; five beloved grandchildren, Alyssa, Krista, and Brady Bohannon of Etowah and Carter and Cooper Casteel of Delano; sister, Diana Scott of Etowah; a devoted friend, Dustin Bates of Athens. Several other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 07/03/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah with Dr. Shane Arnold officiating. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Troy Moore, Jerry Croft, Wesley West, Jason Robert, Sean West and Johnathan West serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to visit the Dixon family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Wanda Faye Dixon, 68, a resident of Riceville, passed away Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at the family residence. She was a member of Double Spring Baptist Church. She was a square dancer with the Etowah Sugar Footers and also served as their president for many years. Mrs. Dixon was the daughter of the late Oscar Benton Tipton and Martha Orton Tipton and was also preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Moore. She is survived by her husband, Chester Dixon of Riceville; two daughters: Wanda Croft and husband, Jerry of Englewood and Susie West and husband, Wesley of Riceville; eight grandchildren: Amanda Roberts and husband, Jason, Sean West, Justin West, Johnathan West, Payge West, Austin West, Sarah West and Cole West; one great-grandchild, Noah Davenport Roberts; one brother, George Tipton of Athens; two nephews: Troy Moore and Danny Moore; one niece, Jennifer Tipton.

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