Area Obituaries

Alvin “Tator” Lewis

Alvin “Tator” Lewis, 65, of Pikeville, died Saturday, September 14, 2019 with family by his side. Tator was a farmer, enjoyed building things, crafting, and gardening. Preceding him in death were his parents, Howard and Murtie Nail Lewis; brother, James Harold Lewis. Tator will be dearly missed by his wife, Trish Wyatt Lewis; daughters, Christy…

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Jean Johnson

Jean Johnson, 73, of Hixson, formerly of Pikeville died, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 with family by her side. Jean enjoyed fishing and drinking mountain dew. She loved her family, worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and was of the Baptist faith. Preceding her in death was her husband, Leon Johnson; step-son, Billy Johnson; parents, Charlie…

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Coy Worthington

Coy Lee Worthington, 78, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Jane Worthington; brothers, Hollis, Arlis, Ted and Charles Worthington; sisters, Novella Bedwell, Willie Grace Lane, Virginia Worthington, and Dorothy Worthington; and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Johnson;…

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Virgil Swafford

Virgil Dwayne Swafford, 86, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died Thursday, August 22, 2019. He was a Southern Baptist preacher for over 60 years, and a U.S. Army Veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy L. Swafford; daughter, Linda S. Smith; sisters, Lucille Wyatt and Gladys Hitchcox; brothers, Curtis Swafford and Harold Swafford. He…

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Bill Sapp

William Franklin “Bill” Sapp, 60, of Davidson Road, Crossville, Tennessee, died peacefully at his home on Sunday afternoon, August 25, 2019, after a lengthy battle with renal failure.  He exemplified true courage during many years of painful struggle. He was a partner in Valley Paving in Pikeville before working in the oil fields in Oklahoma.…

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David B. Mercer

David B. Mercer, 63, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019. He was a member of Pikeville Church of Christ. He was retired from Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative. David loved working with wood, reading, crossword puzzles with his granddaughter, and helping others. He was a 1974 graduate of Bledsoe County High School, where he played…

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Paul Warren

Paul Warren, 84 of Rossville, Georgia and formerly of Pikeville, died, Saturday, August 17, with family by his side. Bro. Paul preached the gospel for over forty years, including three years at the Shady Vale Church of God. In his past time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing in his younger years. He was an…

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Pauline G. Hood

Pauline G. Hood, 95, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Friday, August 16, 2019 with family by her side. Pauline was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Pauline worked as a cafeteria worker in a nursing home in Detroit for several years before moving back to Pikeville after the death of her husband. Her hobbies included…

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Ruby Jean Smith

Ruby Jean Smith, 78, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died, Friday, August 9, 2019 with family by her side. She was of the Baptist faith and worked in a textile factory for many years. Ruby Jean loved her family, enjoyed quilting, and traveling. Preceding her in death was her husband, Robert Lee Smith; daughter, Frances St. Clair;…

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Ralph Simmons

Ralph A. Simmons, 90, of Waynesville, Ohio passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Kettering Hospital. Ralph retired from Frigidaire in 1976 after 30 years of service. He also owned and managed several rental properties throughout the Miami Valley and in Tennessee. He was a long-time member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in…

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