Sept. 12, 1930—Feb. 23, 2013
Willie Lee (Bill) Geer of the Derossett Community passed away peacefully Feb. 23, 2013, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery with a graveside memorial to be scheduled at a later date.
Mr. Geer was born Sept. 12, 1930, in the Derossett Community to Beecher and Maggie Lee Jordan Geer. He was raised in Kentucky and returned to White County in 1958.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Joe Holloway; brothers, Aaron Geer of Ohio, Beecher Geer of Alabama and Gerald Geer of Illinois; stepbrother, Tommy Holloway of Virginia; and grandson, Roy Lee Allen.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lorraine Otte Geer; son, William Joseph (Billy) Geer and wife, Carol; daughter, Debra Allen; grandchildren, Jason and Misty Allen, Joseph Geer, Chip and Teresa Hall, Kendra and James Saunders, and Jerri and Randy Rodgers; great-grandchildren, Kyler Allen, Will Geer, Tyler and Austin Pinegar, Brittney, Breanna and Trey Hall, Cory Bruch, and Seth, Ariel and Caleb Alley, all of Sparta; brother, Bob Geer of Ohio; stepsister, Ruth Jones of Signal Mountain; and many nieces and nephews.
He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Geer was a lifelong member of the Derossett Church of Christ. By all accounts, he was an honest man who spoke his mind, when needed. He entertained his family and friends with stories of his boyhood in the coal camps of Kentucky. When unemployed, he had the drive and ability to create a job for himself. He was involved in several business ventures, most of them dealing with the public, including grocery store owner, dozer operator, service station owner and, most recently and notably, as owner and operator, in partnership with his wife, of their beekeeping and honey business and Rainbow Bluff Blueberry Farm.
He was an avid bowler for 50-plus years, winning numerous trophies and awards, including the Cumberland County Bowling Association's Hall of Fame.
Oaklawn Funeral Home, www.oaklawnmemorial.com, is in charge of arrangements.
Sept. 12, 1930—Feb. 23, 2013
John William Irvin, 85, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at his home. A memorial service will be held Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Tansi Community Church, with Dr. Paul Dixon officiating. Family will receive friends on Tuesday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Cumberland County.
Helen Dellene (Lewis) Meadows, 83, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 30, 2013, at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home Dec. 4, with Bro. Ralph Reagan officiating. Interment was in Clifty Cemetery.
Ronald Waldo Evans, "Ron," 79, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 1, 2013, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Purdue and the Rev. Jerry Mayo officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from noon to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.
Carolyn O. Dyer, 62, of Brentwood, Tennessee, passed away Nov. 30, 2013.
Robert Thomas Thurman, 89, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013.
Barbara J. Polson, 66, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013. Graveside services were held Dec. 3 at Woody Cemetery. Bro. Noel Turner officiated.
Jackson Walker Fitch, 4, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. A graveside was held at McEwen Cemetery in McEwen, TN, Dec. 3, with Bro. Brian Smith officiating. The family received friends Dec. 2 at Bilbrey Funeral Home.
Dion Ault Sr.
Dion G. Ault Sr., 65 of Pikeville passed away Dec. 2, 2013. A celebration of Dion’s life will be held Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Pikeville Funeral Home, with Bro. Milton Kerr and Bro. Doyle Ashburn officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 4-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11-1 p.m.
Mildred Joe Jones, 74, of Crossville, passed away Nov. 28, 2013, at NHC Healthcare Fort Sanders. Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home, with Bro. Danny Wyatt officiating. Burial was in Elmore Cemetery.
Memorial services for John Richard Duffy, 77, of the Cumberland Cove Community of Monterey, will be conducted Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. from the Cumberland Cove Welcome Center. The family will receive friends at the Welcome Center following services Thursday.
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