Obituaries Published in January 11th Editon

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Wilda Theora Sexton York, 90, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at National Healthcare Center in Oak Ridge. Born November 5, 1926 in Oneida, she was the daughter of the late Manford Etchel Sexton and Wilda Baker Sexton.

Mrs. York was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville. She was a member of The Disabled American Veterans. She was a devoted Christian, wife and mother. She was a graduate of Oneida High School, Class of 1945. In her earlier years she was active in the First Baptist Church, Oneida, Tennessee. In high school she, her sister Louise Sexton Reed, and Mary Sue Wright were in the singing group, Girls in Trio.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, William Edwin York; granddaughter, Susan Yarbrough Legg; and son-in-law, Robert Clendon (Bob) Blakeley; brothers and sisters, Manford Etchel Sexton, Jr., Lillian Louise Reed, Roy Denver Sexton and Tommy Burton Sexton; also by her brothers and sister-in-law, Irel B. Reed, William Claude Terry, Jr., June Sexton, and Patricia Sexton.

Survivors include five children, Ellen Ruth Rash and husband the Rev. Dr. Earl Rash of Huntsville; Linda Lou Yarbrough and husband John of Knoxville; Billie Jean Blakeley of Winfield; Sarah Ann Randolph and husband Mark of Knoxville; William Andrew York and wife Leah of Knoxville; grandchildren, Jessica Nichole Rash of Taylors, S.C.; Jean Marie and husband Michael Wilkins of Memphis; William Corey York Rash and wife Kalora of Waianae, Hawaii; Ron Yarbrough of Hendersonville, N.C.; Rebecca Sheffield and husband Michael of Clemons, N.C.; Robert Ryan Blakeley and wife Jessica of Maryville; Ashley Brooke Stephens and husband Christopher Daniel Stephens of Oneida; Jacqueline Michelle Randolph, of Knoxville; Alyssa Danielle Randolph of Atlanta, GA; Alexis Kaitlyn York of Knoxville; great-grandchildren Wendy Marie Potter of Oliver Springs; Matthew Christian Blakeley of Oneida; Christopher Blake Stephens of Oneida; Landon Michael Willins of Memphis; William Cory York Rash, Jr. (CJ) of Alexandria, VA; Harrison Clendon Blakeley, Addison Grace Blakeley, and Davis Reid Blakeley of Maryville; eight brothers and sisters; Wandaline Jones, Fayrene Terry, Donald Gordon Sexton, Carol Annette Mouat, Charles B. Sexton, Edwina Greenwood, Landon Carter Sexton, and Judy Elaine Hutchings; and a special friend Debbie Claborn.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 7 at 1 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville with Reverend Martha Fairchild officiating. Burial followed in the Mossop Cemetery.

Family members served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to: First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 39, Huntsville, TN 37756

You may light a candle tribute in her honor by visiting

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


Rev. Ronnie R. Duncan, 69, of Oneida, and Pastor of the Macedonia Christian Center, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Physician's Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. Born in Scott County on August 9, 1947, he was the son of the late Rev. Charlie and Erie Slaven Duncan.

He was the pastor and founder of Macedonia Christian Center for 18 years, former member of the Hamblen County Rescue Squad, Scott County Fire Department, Optimist Club, Oneida Police Department, Scott County Ambulance Service, Odd Fellows, Civil Air Patrol, Scott County Sheriff Department, and had a television and radio ministry for 9 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Ronnie Duncan, Jr., brothers Ricky Charles Duncan and Randy Gene Duncan.

Survivors include his wife, Eula Jones Duncan; daughters Barbie Duncan Llanos and Amber Chambers both of Oneida; brother, Chuck Duncan and wife Peggy; grandchildren, Bretlee, Conner and Allie Privett, several nieces and nephews including special nephew, Randall Duncan and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 6 at 8 P.M. at the Macedonia Christian Center in Oneida, with bro. Phillip Kazee and bro. Randall Duncan officiating. Music was provided by the Dalton's.

Graveside services were held Saturday, January 7 at 11 A.M. in the Smith-Forbis Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Randall Duncan, Chad Duncan, Tyler Duncan, Tanner Duncan, Gary Chambers and Leland Babb.

Honorary pallbearers were: Herb Smith, Luther Burke, Clifton Ellis, Tony Ashcraft, Dr. Larry Wolfe and Chris Neal.

You may sign the online guest book at

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


Mark Allen Chitwood, 47, of Oneida, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017, at his home. Born in Scott County on November 14, 1969, he was the son of Steve and Gail Seven.

Mark was a member of the Blessed Hope Baptist Church.

Mark was preceded in death by one sister, Marcia Chitwood; his grandfather, Pershing Chitwood; grandparents, James E. and Juanita Terry; one uncle, Cletus Terry; two aunts, Linda Terry and Sue Thompson; mother-in-law Ressie West; and brother-in-law: Allen West.

Survivors include his wife, Samantha West Chitwood; one son Kirby Chitwood and two step children, Christian Lawrence and Leisha Lawrence Marcum and husband Brian of Oneida, and the two dogs he loved dearly: Lucy and Lola; parents, Steve and Gail Seven of Oneida; one sister, Heather Cecil and husband Clint of Helenwood; two nephews, Luke and Reid Cecil and three nieces, Brooke Miller, Ravan Richmond and Journey Owens; his grandmother, Prillie Chambers of Oneida; father-in-law, Bill West; several uncles and aunts including, Curtis Terry and wife Betty of Allardt, Ronnie Terry and wife Jewell and Shawn Beaty of Jamestown, Michael Terry and wife Benessa, Doris Potter and husband Junior, Vella Loyd and husband Mike, Debbie Sexton and husband Danny, and Delmer Thompson all of Oneida, Virginia Mills and late husband Max, Shirlean Phipps and husband Andrew all of Muncie, IN, Kenneth Terry of Armathwaite, Oralee Seagraves and husband Lynn of Richmond, IN, Sharon Strunk of Winfield, Karen Keeton of Oneida; sister-in-law, Phyllis Pike and husband Beamon; two brothers-in-law, Greg West and wife Carilyn, and William West wife and Perian; and special friend, Steve Dixon; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 8 at 7 P.M. in the Chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with bro. Robert King and bro. Andy Phipps officiating. Music was provided by: Allen Carson, Doris Potter and Gail Seven.

Graveside service were held Monday, Janaury 9 at 1 P.M. in the Marcum-Kidd Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Joe Don Lay, Paul Foster, Larry Posey, Terry (Funk) Foster, Getchel Owens, Ronald Thompson, Kelvin King and Clint Cecil.

Honorary pallbearers were: Michael Terry, Ronnie Terry, Rick Burke, Michael Davidson and Christian Lawrence.

You may sign the online guest book at

Jones & Son Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jonathan Christopher Lewallen, 26, of Oneida passed away Friday, January 6, 2017. Born on January 16, 1990 he is the son of Tim and Marietta McGlothlin Lewallen.

He was a member of West Robbins Missionary Baptist Church and worked for Norfolk-Southern Railroad.

He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Dollie Bowling and uncle, Tony Lewallen.

Survivors include his parents, Tim and Marietta McGlothlin Lewallen; brothers and sisters, TJ Lewallen and wife Tanisha of Oneida, Crystal Lewallen of Winfield, Michelle Lewallen of Knoxville, Rachael Lewallen, Scott Lewallen and DJ Lewallen all of Oneida; grandparents, Florietta and Kenny Arthur Martinsville, IN; special niece, Hiley Hope Lewallen; special step-daughter, Jayci Perry and her mother, Sariah Jo Huckeby; aunts and uncles, John and Debbie McGlothlin of Orlando, FL, Terry and wife Veronica McGlothlin of Decatur, IN, George and Debbie McGlothlin of New Castle, IN, Diane and Dave Spaulding of Decatur, IN, Lori and Jack Sexton, Lisa and Darryl Webb, Bill Bowling and wife Robin all of Robbins, Melanie Ellis of Oneida; special brothers, Brian Day, Ryan and Bryan Golden; special friends, Logan Crowley, Allen Hughett, Juan Garcia and Lorenzo Garcia; and numerous cousins, team mates and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 8 at 6 P.M. in the Chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with bro. Charles Golden officiating.

Graveside services were held Monday, January 9 at 2:30 P.M. in the Black Creek Crossroads Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Ryan Golden, Bryan Golden, Brian Day and Jonathan's family.

You may sign the online guest book at

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


Juan Garcia, 27, of Oneida passed away Friday, January 6, 2017. Born in Jalisco, Mexico on November 30, 1989 he is the son of Juan and Maria Jacinto Garcia.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Juan and Cuca Garcia; cousins, Sergio Jacinto and Jose Maximino Garcia.

Survivors include his parents, Juan and Maria Jacinto Garcia; fiancé, Chelsey Drummond, step-daughter, Avah Drummond; two sisters, Marisela Garcia and Adileni Garcia; brother, Rolando Garcia; cousin, Lorenzo Garcia; also leaves many other relatives and friends.

Friends visited with the Garcia family Sunday, January 8 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Oneida.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, January 10 at 11 A.M. at Christ The King in Madisonville. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville.

Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family at

West-Murley Funeral Home was serving the family of Juan Garcia.


Danny Ray Chambers, 59, passed away January 6, 2017. He was born in Scott County, June 30, 1957.

He confessed his faith in Jesus Christ at an early age at the Stanfield Baptist Church. He was a long-time business owner of Mountainside Coal Company, and truly loved working on his farm and enjoying time with his family.

Danny is preceded in death by his brother: Ronald Dean Chambers; and grandparents: Elmer and Polly Chambers and Clyde and Mossy Strunk.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Kruse Chambers; four sons: Steven Chambers of Jacksboro, Jason Chambers, Daniel Chambers, and Devin Chambers all of Williamsburg, KY; one granddaughter: ​Jacee Chambers of Jellico; parents: Dean and Imogene Strunk Chambers; brother: Michael Chambers and wife Tanya; sister: Brenda Lee Chambers all of Williamsburg, KY; three sisters-in-law: Wilma Kruse of Jellico, Cordia Partin and husband Terry of Jellico, and Becky Fields and husband Mike of Williamsburg, KY; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family to mourn his passing.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 9 at 7 P.M. at the Mountain Ash Baptist Church, 390 Buck Creek Road, Williamsburg, Kentucky, 40769, with Rev. Billy Carpenter and Rev. Billy Joe Lowe officiating.

Burial was held Tuesday, January 10 at 11 A.M. in the Warren Memorial Garden in Pioneer.

Harp Funeral Home of Jellico was in charge of arrangements.

This obituary has been provided as a courtesy by Four Oaks Funeral Homes of Huntsville and Oneida.


David R. Acres, 66, of Vandalia, OH. passed away Monday, December 26, 2016. He was born in Robbins to the late Audie and Nora (Sexton) Acres.

He was a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School class of 1968. David retired from General Motors/Delco Moraine with over 38 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of more than 35 years: Janiece (Fasnacht) Acres, son: Justin Acres of Kettering, brother: James (Judy) Acres of Dayton, sisters: Barbara Robbins of Oneida, Lynda Runyon of Tipp City, Brenda (Larry) Woods of Vandalia, brothers-in-law: Gary Fasnacht of Huber Heights, Wayne Fasnacht of Xenia, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 30 at 11 A.M. at the Kindred Funeral Home (400 Union Blvd., Englewood) with John Seagraves officiating.

Interment followed the service at Polk Grove Cemetery. The family received friends Friday, December 30 from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Dr. Neal Wayne Cross, 59, formerly of Huntsville, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at his home in Knoxville. Born December 3, 1957 in Scott County, he was the son of the late Luther and Stella Maxine Byrd Cross.

He member of the New Salem United Baptist Church. After graduating from dental school at the University of TN Center of the Health Sciences in 1986, Dr. Cross completed a general practice residency at U. T. Hospital in Knoxville. He established a practice and served the West Knoxville area and surrounding communities for over thirty years. He enjoyed providing optimal personalized care for each of his patients. He was a member of the Second District Dental Society, Tennessee Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Cross was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Cal Terry; and uncles, Rev. Eugene Byrd, Venis Byrd, Joseph Dilmon Byrd, Kenneth Byrd and wife, Lorene, Bailey Cross, Elery Cross, Alonzo Cross and Millard Cross.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Terry Cross of Knoxville; one brother: Dwight Cross and wife, Shirl, of Berea, KY; a sister, Anna Hull, and husband Troy of Huntsville; mother-in-law: Connie Terry of Oneida; brother-in-law: Danny Terry and wife, Patricia, of Helenwood; nephews: Jonathan Cross and wife, Ashley, of Berea, KY, Jerrod Terry and Bradley Terry of Helenwood, and Tyler Hull of Cookeville; great-grand-niece and nephews: Kaitlin Cross, Noah Cross, Cody Wiser, Aaron Wiser and Alden Hull; also leaves behind a wonderful staff who he always considered family, and a host of family and friends.

Funeral service were conducted Wednesday, January 11 at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with bro. Wayne King, bro. J. D. Burke and bro. John Blakley officiating. Music was provided by bro. Chris Sewell, sis. Lynnica Slaven, and bro. David Walker.

Interment followed in the West Cemetery in the Station Camp Community.

Pallbearers were: Johnathan Cross, Jerrod Terry, Bradley Terry, Tyler Hull, Steve Burchfield, Rick Chambers, Tony Phillips and Rick Huckeby.

Honorary pallbearers were: Marvin Hughett, Gary Byrd, Jerry Byrd, Ray Byrd, Dennis Byrd, and Kelvin Phillips.

You may sign the online guest book at

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

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