Area Obituaries

Bill Swearingen

Bill Swearingen, 70, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died September 7, 2020. He attended First Southern Baptist Church. He was the butcher for Shipley’s Grocery, Myrtle Lee’s Grocery, Goodlet’s, IGA and Piggly Wiggly for 40 years. He served on the Pikeville City Council where he acted as vice mayor. He loved his wife of 45 years, his…

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Bratch Wilson Swafford, Sr.

Bratch Wilson Swafford, Sr., 94 of Pikeville, Tennessee died Tuesday, September 8, 2020 with family by his side. Bratch served in the United States Army and later opened his own Barber Shop and operated it for over 26 years. He loved golf, enjoyed gardening, coon hunting, camping, and baseball.    Preceding Bratch in death was…

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Mary C. “Beeky” Simmons

Mary C. “Beeky” Simmons, 79, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died September 7, 2020. Preceding her in death was her daughter, Kelli Ann Simmons; and parents, Jim and Jewell Harris. Survivors include her husband, William H. Simmons of Pikeville; son, William Greg Simmons of Chattanooga; grandchildren, William Patrick (Lacey) Simmons and Tara Alexandra Simmons; great-grandson, William Beckett…

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Helen “Mama Helen” Brown Simmons

Helen “Mama Helen” Brown Simmons, 91, of Pikeville, Tennessee, passed away, Sunday, September 13, 2020. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eston Simmons; parents, J. and Fannie Crawford Brown; brothers, J. Brown, Jr., Gordon Brown, Robert Brown, Johnnie Brown, Willard Brown, Landon Brown and…

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Donna Allison Decker

Donna Allison Decker, 63, of Birchwood Village in Pikeville, Tennessee died Friday, September 11, 2020. During her life she worked at Dynapace, Motorola, and Tecumseh. Preceding her in death were her parents, William Harold and Rosemarie Blanche Thorogood Decker; brother, James Allison Decker. Survivors include her son, Kevin Draut; sisters, Darlene (Rick Fellabaum) Sneddon and…

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Mary Britt

Mary Britt, 74, of Pikeville, Tennessee, died September 8, 2020. She was a member of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She loved to sew and cook and had a love for children. Preceding her in death were her parents, Ray and Susie Lawson. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Clarence “T.C.” Britt of Pikeville; son, Tommy…

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Michelle Verene Barnes

Michelle Verene Barnes, 60 of Crossville, Tennessee died Friday, September 4, 2020 at her home with family by her side. Michelle was a Professional Athlete and took third place in World Crossfit in 2015. She was an insurance agent with All State and owned her own business. Michelle was a member of Redemption Church of…

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Wayne Swindle

Wayne Swindle, 63, died September 3, 2020 at Erlanger Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Darlene Swindle; brother, Edward Lynn Swindle; and son, Joey Wayne Swindle.    He is survived by his wife, Elisa Swindle of Pikeville; daughter, Sondra (Jeffery) Simone of Chattanooga; sons, Michael (Shannon) Keith of Dayton,…

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Edna Louise Swafford

Edna Louise Swafford, 78, of Crossville, Tennessee, died September 2, 2020. She attended Mooneyham Freewill Baptist Church. Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold Swafford; parents, Rhodes and Lizzie Smith; sister, Ruby Smith; and brother, Arnold Smith. Survivors include her daughter, Greta (Terry) VanWinkle of Pikeville, and Perry (Julie) Swafford of Crossville; grandchildren, Billy…

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Alice Johnson Ryan

Alice Ann Johnson Ryan, 78, wife of Ralph Edwin Ryan for 60 years, went to be with The Lord on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Alice was born in Pikeville, Tennessee to the late Nevan and Ina Rainey Johnson. Alice and Ralph married on December 4, 1959 in New Haven, Michigan. They called Lenox Township home…

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