Obituaries Published in February 16th Editon

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Easton Roy Byrd, son of Kristopher and Whitney Byrd and brother to Dessie Byrd, was born sleeping at 22 weeks on February 4, 2017 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

He is preceded in death by great-grandpa, Roy Neal, great-grandparents, Gene and Dessie Strunk, and Kenneth and Lorene Byrd.

Survivors include his parents, Kristopher and Whitney Byrd; sister, Dessie Byrd; grandparents, Dennie and Leslie Boyatt Neal, Willie and Patricia Byrd; uncle, Derrick Strunk; aunt, Kailey Bradley and uncle Rane; aunts Allie Neal, Delaney Neal; great-grandparents, Deffis and Sharon Boyatt, and Drue and Milford Roysden; great-aunt, Lori Marcum and husband Devlin, great-aunt, Missy Foster and husband Shane; and many special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him dearly.

Easton was buried in a small private service conducted by Jeff Dyer and music provided by Dennie Neal and Lori Marcum.

God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart.

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West Murley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lt. Colonel Robert Patrick Gleason (October 3, 1942-February 5, 2017) is finally at rest in His Savior's arms after a very long and courageous battle with ALS. He fought this battle as he lived his life, with faith, determination, and strength to finish well. We believe he is now able to spend time with his Lord, ride his bike, fish, work out, play with his dogs, and visit with family and friends who have gone before him. He was surrounded and cared for by his family and so many, many friends who prayed for him, laughed with him, and loved him throughout this journey. We will miss him terribly, but are so glad that his body is free to move again.

Lt. Col. Pat Gleason was owner and operator of Pinnacle Sales Company and proudly served his country for 27 years in the Tennessee Air National Guard. He was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Gleason; his brother, Mickey; and his good friend, Klaus who also fought the ALS battle at the same time. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Duncan Gleason, who loved him from the day she met him at age 11; his children, Tiffany Ann Gleason, Trish Gleason Overton, Joseph Patrick Gleason and his wife Leigh; his grandchildren, Ashton Morgan Amburn, Conner Patrick Amburn and his wife Ashley, Blakely Elizabeth, Skylar Brooke, and Zachary Joseph Gleason, Emmalee and Abby Overton; and his great-grandson, Holston Patrick, all of whom called him "Dad Dad"; also survived by his brothers-in-law, Congressman Jimmy Duncan (Lynn), Joe Duncan (Cindy); and sister-in-law, Senator Becky Duncan Massey (Morton); and many nieces and nephews. His granddaughter, Ashton was his primary caregiver for the last 8 months of his life.

A funeral mass was held Thursday, February 9 at 6 P.M. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Monsignor Al Humbrecht officiating.

Graveside services were held Friday, February 10 at 1 P.M. at the Duncan Family Cemetery in Scott County.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: Chapel Fund for the Duncan Family Cemetery-sent to Jodi Naderhoff, 5255 Hampton Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43320. Donations may also be made to Sertoma Center 1400 E. Fifth Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917, or to the ALS Association, P.O. Box 37022 Boone, IA 50037-0022.

On-line condolences may be extended at

Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel and local arrangements by Jones & Son Funeral Home.


Mrs. Neva Whisnant, 91, of Huntsville passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at Huntsville Manor. Neva was born August 29, 1925 to the late Lincoln and Mira Jeffers.

In addition to her parents, Neva was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Whisnant; children, Paul Whisnant, Hal Whisnant, Wayne Whisnant, and Vaughn Whisnant; sisters, Florence Hicks, Flora Jeffers, and Aree Moffett; and brother, Hestle Jeffers.

Survivors include her son, Douglas Whisnant; daughter, Vivien Ashenuga and husband, Tony; daughter-in-law, Cassie Whisnant; grandchildren, Crystal Byrd and husband, Robbie, Tina King, T.J. Ashenuga, and Natasha Ashenuga; very special great-grandchildren, Holden Byrd, Savanna Byrd, and Kyler King; and many special relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, February 9 at 8 P.M. in the Chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with bro. Bobby Massengale officiating. Music was provided by bro. George Byrd.

Graveside service were conducted Friday, February 10 at 12 P.M. in the Botts Cemetery at Annadell.

Pallbearers were: Holden Byrd, Kyler King, Robbie Byrd, Darren Lawson, Gage Jones, and Colby Wisner.

You may sign the online guest book at

West-Murley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


William Ronald "Bill" West, 83, of Oneida, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 8, 2017 at his home. Born in Scott County on October 23, 1933 he was the son of the late Arthur "Butch" West and Mable King West Cecil.

He was a member of Black Oak Baptist Church. Bill, along with his wife, Ressie was the owner of the Sears Catalog Store for many years. He served as a 7th district Scott County Commissioner for one term. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army for 20 years, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant and served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Bill was known for his love of the Lord, gospel music, and singing.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ressie Lee Gregory West; beloved son, Allen West; brothers, David, Charles, Thomas Lee, and Rodney West; son-in-law, Mark Chitwood.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Pike and husband, Beamon, and Samantha Chitwood; sons, Gregory West and wife, Carilyn, and William West and wife, Perian; grandchildren, Tina Brown and husband Steed, Jessica Clark and fiancé, Jared Blevins, Jackie Sexton and husband Jared, Brenna Carl and husband, Rich, Will West and wife, Caitlyn, Paden West, Leisha Marcum and husband, Brian, and Christian Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Madison and husband, Andrew, Shelby, Sydney, Mason, Ryder, Brock, Josie, Blake, Ben, Neveah, Lilly, Hunter, Weston, Jack and Charlee Jo; sister, Wyvonda Marcum; brother, Danny West and wife Lac; sister-in-law, June West and Gertrude Davis and husband, Hubert; special niece, Delores Riegle and husband Jerry; special nephew, Keith West and wife Patricia; special friends and caregivers, Michelle Ashcroft, Wilma Butler and Jessica Eads.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 12 at 3 P.M. in the Chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with bro. Kyle Keeton and bro. Crestin Burke officiating.

Burial followed in the Marcum-Kidd Cemetery.

You may sign the online guest book at

West-Murley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Wilma Elaine Mills, 62, of Helenwood, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. Born November 18, 1954, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary Ella Fields Sims.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Donald Sims; and one son, Joseph McCann.

Survivors include her husband, Milford Mills; brothers, Robert Willoughby and Bill Sims; children, Christina and C.J. Monday, James "Jamie" McCann, Mistie Mills, Jennifer McCann, Jacky and Jonathan Lowe, Jeff and Jamma McCann; grandchildren, Cynthia and Greg Petty, Dustin Stinnett, Samantha Rickett, Trevor Bersicnki, Ashley Lloyd, Kayla McCann, Emilie Henderson, Kyle Henderson, Austin Goodman, Dilan Goodman, Alexi Goodman, Kody Lowe, Dakota Lowe, Kolesen Lowe, Morgan Thomas, Midajah Thomas, Ricky Thomas, Bryon McCann, Addelign McCann; great grandchildren, Addison Petty and Maddison Petty; and special friend Barbara Fuller and many other family and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 15 at 7 P.M. in the Chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home in Huntsville with bro. Greg Overton officiating, Music was provided by Jimmy and Sarah Byrd,

Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 16 at 10 A.M. in the Black Creek Crossroads Cemetery in Robbins.

You may light a candle tribute in her honor by visiting

Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville was in charge of the arrangements.

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