Obituaries Published in October 27th Editon

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Coach Jack N. Diggs, 91, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Owensboro, KY. He was the son of the late Fred and Nell Diggs.
Jack graduated from Lake City High School and was drafted into the Navy 4 days later to serve in World War II on the battleship USS Biloxi CL80. After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, he attended Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, where he was a letterman in baseball, and graduated in 1950, and pursued his lifelong dream of teaching and coaching football. He began his coaching career of 58 years at Jefferson City High School, where his first season went undefeated. Subsequent jobs include: Sevier County High School, Knox County Schools, Lake City High School, Huntsville High School, Valley Point High School, Dalton Georgia, Scott County High School, Oneida High School and Huntsville Middle School. In 1966 his Huntsville High School team posted their first undefeated season in the history of the school, and continued in like manner in 1967. In 1968 his team produced a national high school record, setting a one-game scoring record for a single player of 78 points, which was featured in Sports Illustrated. In 1977 at Scott High School he produced the first district championship during the 1984-85 seasons. In 1986 he was one of the top ten coaches in Tennessee. In 2001 he was given the "Star of Tennessee Award" at the dedication of the Huntsville Football Field, which was named in his honor. In 2008 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Oneida Boys & Girls Club, and given the Lifetime Achievement Award. He credited his achievements to God, a loving wife, keeping a routine, and a simple technique such as "Fast 35". For all that knew and loved him will probably always remember "You'll never know it in a 100 years from now".
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean Banks Diggs; daughter: Pamela Elaine Diggs; sister: Betty Jo Worrill.
Survivors include his two daughters: Karen Fowler and husband Barber of Evansville, Indiana, and Sherry Crandall and husband Kenneth; three grandsons: Jason and wife Debra, Jeremy, Justin and wife Natasha; six great-granddaughters all of Owensboro, KY; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 23 at 2 P.M. in the Chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home in Huntsville with bro. Kevin Terry officiating. Music was provided by Ken Crandall.
Burial followed in the Mossop Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #136.
Pallbearers were: Kenneth Crandall, Barber Fowler, Jason Crandall, Jeremy Crandall, Justin Crandall and Teddy Williams.
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Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville was in charge of the arrangements.


Lillian Phillips Hamilton, 84, of Clinton, TN passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at her residence in Clinton. Born in Oneida, TN, Lillian was a business owner for many years with her husband Bill. Lillian was a member of First Baptist Church of Oneida for many years before moving to Clinton where she was a current member of New Salem Baptist Church. She was known for her bear collection and loved by all for her sense of humor. Lillian was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Ardelia Phillips and husband, Bill Hamilton Sr.
Survivors include sons, Bill Hamilton Jr. and wife Violet and Phillip Hamilton and wife Billie Jean all of Oneida; daughters, Jeanenne Stewart and husband Roger of Knoxville, TN and Valerie LeMarr and husband Mark of Clinton, TN; brother, David Phillips of Soddy-Daisy, TN; sisters, Berneatha Musgrove of Jamestown, TN and Judy Terry of Oneida, TN; grandchildren, Lori Babb, Chris Chambers, Trace Hamilton, Jon Hamilton, Lilli Ladd, Jacque Terry, Mallory Kidd, Andrea Wilson, and Alex LeMarr; great-grandchildren, Macy Babb, Carlie Chambers, Creston Chambers, Isabelle Hamilton, Anna Hamilton, Maggie Hamilton, Will Hamilton, Jakob Hamilton, Emma Hamilton, Kaylie Ladd, Jocee Ladd, Jenna Ladd, Ryan Terry, Raegan Terry, Dalton Kidd, Dallas Kidd, Kenadie Wilson, Keagan Wilson, Kaylin Wilson, many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 21 at 8 P.M. in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary with Rev. Mark Gallaher officiating.
Graveside services were held Saturday, October 22 at 1 P.M. at New Haven Baptist Church Cemetery.
Condolences can be made to the family at
Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN was in charge of all arrangements.


Georgia Geneal Smithers Davis, 88, of Lake Wales, FL passed away Monday, October 24, 2016.
She was a member of the West Robbins Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, Outher Davis; one infant brother, Ellis Doyle; two brothers, Frank and Kenny Smithers; four sisters, Macel Finn, Mabel Lawrence, Velma Chambers, Violet Dotson; and a niece, Pamela Ellis.
Survivors include two brothers, Keith Smithers and Boice Smithers and wife, Myrtle; nieces, Sharon Foster, Dawn Smith, Nancy Whaley and husband, Rick, Vickie Sewell, Barbara Guinn and husband, Wesley; nephews, Boice Smithers, Jr., Darrell Smithers and wife, Sherrie, and Gary Dotson and wife, Nita; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, October 29 at 2 P.M. at the West Robbins Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment followed in the Black Creek Crossroads Cemetery.
The family served as pallbearers.
You may sign the online guest book at
West-Murley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Elizabeth Sexton, 25, of Oneida, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. She was the daughter of Wayne and Susan King Sexton.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Tom and Kizzie King, and Angie Sexton.
Survivors include her parents, Wayne and Susan King Sexton; her sister: Amanda Harness and husband Chris; nephew: Remington Cole Harness, niece: Maci Marie Harness; grandfather: Donald Sexton; uncle: Jason Sexton and wife Angela; aunt: Missy Sexton; special cousins: Jeremiah, Isaiah and Eli Sexton; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 25 at 8 P.M. in the Chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with bro. Wayne Sexton and bro. Jeff Ledford officiating.
Graveside service were held Wednesday, October 26 at 11 A.M. in the Pine Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Jason Sexton, Chris Harness, Darren Terry, Jeremiah Sexton, Isaiah Sexton and Eli Sexton.
You may sign the online guest book at
Jones & Son Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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