Etowah, Tennessee
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Service: 11/23/2014
A funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Sunday prior to the service.

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Birth:
Death: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Jimmy L. Smith, age 67, of Sweetwater, passed away November 20, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Sweetwater, where he spent the majority of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, doing carpentry work, painting, and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ruby Smith, and one brother, James Frederick Smith. Survivors include two sons, Jimmy L. Smith, Jr., of Michigan, and Richard Smith of South Carolina; a granddaughter, Makayla Smith; five sisters, Virginia Poneleit and Cora Davis, both of Sweetwater, Linda (Kevin) Bedker, of Royal Oak, MI, Jeri Yakust, of Utica, MI, and Susan Horn, of Florida; two brothers, William T. Smith, of Ludewici, GA and Earl C. Smith, of North Carolina; three step-daughters, Karen Burns, Regina Burns, and Carrie Burns. Several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 11/22/2014
A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Fain Cemetery in Englewood. There will be no formal visitation.
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Birth:
Death: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Todd Disspain, age 44, of Riceville passed away November 18, 2014. He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and attended Hilltop Baptist Church. A graduate of McMinn Central, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Sandra Fain Disspain; brother Travis Disspain; maternal grandfather, Edgar Fain; paternal grandparents, Leonard and Anna Lou Disspain. He is survived by his grandmother, Ollie Fain of Athens; aunts Mary Ann (Boyd) Evans of Etowah, Belinda (Terry) Cavett of Cleveland, Pam (Ray) Parker of Athens; uncles Scott (Sandy J) Disspain and Jarrell (Sandy) Disspain all of Etowah. Several cousins and other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 11/19/2014
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 19,2014 at Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah with Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service.

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Death: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Elizabeth Nadine Colussi, age 53, of Madisonville, passed away November 15, 2014 at University of Tennessee Medical Center. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she spent most of her life in Michigan and moved to Madisonville 8 years ago. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville. Elizabeth enjoyed sewing, caring for animals, and helping others in their time of need. She was preceded in death by her father George Sharp; brothers Ron Sharp and Curtis Sharp; and sister Mitzi Sharp. She is survived by her mother, Virginia Poneleit of Sweetwater, TN; 3 sons Randall Colussi, and wife Mary, of Shelby Township, MI, Kyle Colussi, and wife Ariana, of Spain, and Kelly Colussi, and girlfriend Amanda Hall, of Madisonville; 3 grandchildren, Kayla, Ashlyn, and Americo; one brother, Normand Boisclair of Sweetwater; and one sister, Rebecca Sharp, of Jackson Beach, FL. Several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 11/15/2014
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah with the Reverend Stanley Hammonds officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.

Graveside service and interment will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16 at the Swafford Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you speak a kind word or do good deed for someone in Horace’s memory.
Special thanks to Guardian Home Health and Caris Hospice Healthcare for their excellent care especially Brittney, Janet, Becky, and Bobbie.

If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, we invite you sign the Swafford family guestbook.
Birth:
Death: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Horace Swafford, 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went to God on Thursday, November 13th from his earthly home in McMinn County, surrounded by his loving family. He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County and of the Baptist faith. Known to many as “The Coke Man”, he was employed by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company until 1979. He was later known for the McMinn County cantaloupes and watermelons that he raised. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Landon and Julie Poteet Swafford and his siblings, Edward Swafford, Nora Swafford Clark, Paul Swafford, and Winston Swafford. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edith Crittenden Swafford; three daughters, Sandy Swafford Myers and her husband Mike Myers, Carolyn Swafford, and Tammy Swafford; five grandchildren, Julie Myers, Angie Wright and her husband Eric, Beau Matthews, Jennifer Matthews, Amber Hall and Marty Tallent; seven great-grandchildren, Lilly, Gia, Daniel, Ava, Eli, and Delilah Wright and Rachel Matthews; sisters-in-law, Daphne Crittenden Winder and Effie McReynolds Swafford and brother-in-law, Sherman Clark and several nieces and nephews.
Service: 11/12/2014
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Athens with The Reverend Hendree Harrison officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:30-3:00 at the church. A memorial service will also be held at the Orlando Chinese Church at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Orlando Chinese Church, or Amedysis Hospice.
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Birth:
Death: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Kenard Thomas McEachin, Jr., age 74, of Orlando, Florida passed away November 9, 2014 at the home of his daughter in Athens, TN. He was a native and lifelong resident of Florida and attended Orlando Chinese Church. Mr. McEachin was retired from the State of Florida Department of Corrections. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenard Thomas McEachin, Sr. and Alice Elizabeth Martin McEachin. He is survived by his loving wife, Yan Qin Fan McEachin; 3 adoring daughters, Loy (Robert) Watson and Linda (Andy) Crowder, of Athens, and Yuan Liu, of Orlando; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; two brothers, Victor (Nellie) McEachin, of Fort Lauderdale, and Allen McEachin, of Cooper City, FL. Several other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 11/05/2014
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Rogers Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Myers officiating.

A special thanks to Tiffany and Rachel Wells, along with sister-in-laws Janet Ley and Cyndi Berry, for all of their compassionate love and caring. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray the cost of medical and final expenses.

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Birth:
Death: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Eva Jane Grant, age 61, of Decatur, passed away November 2, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Monroe County. She was a member of Rogers Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed watching westerns, coloring, and being around family and friends. Ms. Grant was preceded in death by her parents, John Hardin Grant and Mary Belle Holder Grant; brothers, Cidric Grant, Johnny Grant, Melvin Grant, and David Grant; sister, Susie Grant. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph Grant (wife Risa) and Daniel Grant (wife Linda), all of Decatur; special nieces, Susie Margaret Grant and Mary Grant, both of Sweetwater, and Patience Grant of Tellico Plains; special nephews, Bryan Winkler and Dylan Grant, both of Decatur, and Ray Britton, of Sweetwater. Several other family and friends also survive.
Service: 10/25/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Rev. Don Harris and Rev. Rusty Waller officiating. Interment will follow in Sullins Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Serenity Funeral Home.
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Birth:
Death: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
GOD sent His angel to pick a beautiful flower for His garden. Little Grace Isabella Guerrero, age 20 months, of Cleveland went to Heaven on Tuesday evening, October 21, 2014. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Grace Lee Upchurch Odum and James Edward Odum, Jr. She is survived by her parents Noe and Crystal Odum Guerrero of Cleveland; sister, Veronica Jade Pemberton Guerrero of Cleveland; paternal grandmother Ofelia Gonzalez of McMinnville, TN; Nana and Pappy, Iva and Tim Smith of Athens. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and other extended family members also survive.
Service: 10/21/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah with Reverend Gayle Crabtree officiating. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery with her grandsons and nephews serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 20, 2014 at the funeral home.

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Birth: Wednesday, March 22, 1933
Death: Friday, October 17, 2014
Mary Jo Tillman, 81, a resident of Englewood, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at the family residence. She attended the Mars Hill United Methodist Church. She worked as a nursing assistant at Athens Health Care Center and a baby sitter for many children. Mrs. Tillman was preceded in death by her husband, John Ray Tillman; daughter, Loreeca Lynn Tillman her parents, Arlie, Bessie and Nellie Newman; brothers, Robert Jay Newman and Nicky Daugherty. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Amanda Tillman of Etowah; daughters, Denisa Shelton of Englewood and Gidget Whitener of Madisonville; grandchildren: Codi Tillman, Jonathan Tillman, Brett Tillman, Heath Givens, Brandi and Jason Hitt, Maci Shelton and fiancée, Trey Foley, Summer Shelton, Amanda Shelton, Miranda Shelton, Ashley Shelton, Melody Whitener and AJ Bree Green; she was expecting first great-grandson, Branson Ezekiel Hitt in February; brother and sister-in-law, Reece and Lilo Newman of Elgin, SC; sister-in-law, Betty Newman of Knoxville, TN; several nephews and nieces and cousins also survive; special friends, Frances Bray and Janie Buckner.
Service: 10/06/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Brother Pete Morgan officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 for a graveside service. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to extend a gracious thank you to Caris Hospice for their kindness and excellent care.
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Birth:
Death: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Sydnor Freeman, age 79, of Reliance, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014. A native of Monroe County, he had lived most of his life in Polk County. He was an avid gardener and loved canning. He and his late wife were well known for caring for elderly family members. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Freeman; two brothers Joel and Richard Freeman; and an infant son, Baby Boy Freeman. He is survived by one son, Denzil Freeman of Reliance, and two daughters and sons-in-law, Sissy and Johnny Hubbard, and Rena and Glen Rhodes, all of Benton; six grandchildren, Brian, Amanda, and Jeremy (April) Freeman, Michael (Christy) Thompson, Christy (Scott) Dalton, and Nicholas Thompson(fiancé, Kayla Allison); great-grandchildren Hannah, Daisy, Kylie, Sydda Jo, Michael, Joshua, Lauryn, Makenzie, Stanley, Samuel, Nicholas, Jr., Kaitlyn, and Kelcie; two brothers, Calvin Freeman of Dalton, GA, Leon Freeman of Englewood; nine sisters Gladys Freeman of Monroe County, Edith Miller of Knoxville, Baxi Thompson of Chattanooga, Mary Ruth Atwood of Riceville, Mildred Donahue of Delano, Alma Leamon of Ringold, GA, Faye Peeler of Loudon County, Margaret Wilson of Madisonville, and Brenda Watson of Madisonville; and two aunts, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of other extended family members and friends.
Service: 10/06/2014
A burial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Reverend Hendree Harrison officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Alex Crumley may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 326, 123 S. Jackson Street, Athens, TN 37371.
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Birth:
Death: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Alex Crumley, 66, of Athens, Tennessee, died October 2nd at his home on English Lane. The son of Ben A. and Chloey Eaves Crumley, Alex grew up in Etowah and has been a lifelong resident of McMinn County. He attended elementary and high school in Etowah, graduating in 1966 among members of the last class at Etowah High School, and served as the last student body president of Etowah High School. Alex was an Honor Graduate and was chosen one of the original members of the Etowah Sports Hall of Fame. Continuing his education at Tennessee Wesleyan College, he was inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society and graduated cum laude in 1970. At one time Alex was employed by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department where he worked as a chief deputy and as a detective. He later became a rural mail carrier, establishing a good rapport with folks on his route. After thirty-four years of delivering mail, Alex retired and with his wife, Jenny, enjoyed traveling, helping others, and leisure time with their many friends. Alex was especially happy with his membership--and the coffee and conversations--in the “Bojangles Liars’ Club.” Alex was a faithful, deeply loved parishioner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Athens, where he served on the vestry, as an usher, as Junior Warden, and in other ministries. He just simply and humbly helped wherever he could meet a need. In 2012 Alex successfully, and with distinction, graduated from the Education for Ministry program--an intensive, four-year academic course offered at St. Paul’s as a continuing education program from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Alex Crumley was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Chloey Eaves Crumley and his brother-in-law, Preston McClary. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer McClary Crumley; his mother-in-law, Juanita McClary; one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Marie Crumley of Ooltewah, Tennessee; one sister, Elizabeth Crumley Harris of Red Bank, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews.

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