Obituaries For The Week Of January 25, 2017

Norma Brown Obit PhotoNorma D. Brown (Delk)

Norma D. Brown (Delk), 70, of Muncie, formerly of Jamestown, TN, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at her residence surrounded by family.

She was born October 22, 1946 in Jamestown, TN, a daughter of the late Noble and Ruth (Beaty) Delk.

She grew up in Jamestown, TN, later moving to Muncie, IN, where she raised her family.  Norma loved to take trips with her sisters, travel with her family and play bingo. Most importantly she loved to spend time with her family and will be remembered as a loving and giving person.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving children, Rick Kiger, Tammie Granger (companion, Michael), Melanie (husband, Rick) Hammond, Jeff Kiger (companion, Kristin), Ronnie (wife, Tammy) Kiger, Rodney Kiger (companion, Betty) all of Muncie; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; siblings, Irene Owens, Maxine (husband, Bill) Walburn, Kathy Owens, Jewel (husband, Jack) Fulcher, Sandy (husband, Kevin) Carender, Randy Delk, Debbie (husband, Tom) Oliver, Junior Ray (wife, Pam) Delk, Vicky Duvall, Debbie Delk, Alice Delk, Tony (wife, Clarissa) Delk; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her companion of 25 years, Jerry Rector; great-grandchild, Justin Dotson; brothers, Johnnie Delk, Larry Delk, Gene Delk and sister, Annie Swafford.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Wesleyan Chapel Church, 1819 E. 26th St., Muncie, IN 47302. Pastor Mark Heskett and Rev. Ken Beaton officiated.  Burial followed at Mt. Tabor Cemetery Muncie, IN.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the IU Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center.  You may leave the family a personal condolence at

The Sproles Family and Staff were honored to serve the family of Norma Brown.

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Lyle Choate, age 69, of Jamestown, TN passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Choate is survived by wife, Janie Choate; children, Michelle West & husband, Gary Dale, Greg Choate & wife, Sherry, and Jeannie Choate; grandchildren, Kristina West, Christopher West, and Brooklen Choate; great-grandchildren, Waylon West and Case West; brothers, Richard Choate & wife, Jean, Bill Choate & wife, Kathy; and a host of other family and friends.

Mr. Choate was preceded in death by parents, Clay Choate Jr. & Elizabeth Imogene Slaven Choate; father-in-law, Carlos Cooper; mother-in-law, Rhua Crabtree Cooper; and niece, Tabatha Rains.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Mundy Funeral Home with Bro. Oscar England, Bro. Boyd Jones & Bro. Porter Ray Penticuff officiating. Burial followed in the Storie Cemetery. Military services were conducted grave side by the American Legion Post 137. Pallbearers included Christopher West, Stacy Cooper, Jimmy Cooper, Cecil Copley, David Choate, and Bobby Crabtree. Honorary pallbearers included Richard Choate, David Choate, Wayne Choate, Earl Edwards, Junior Cooper, Dale Cooper, Roger Vaughn, Earl Conatser, and Luther Byrd.

Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of the services.


Bennie Cooper, age 67,  of Jamestown passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at St. Thomas Mid-Town Hospital.

Mr. Cooper was born June 24, 1949 in Fentress Co., TN. He was a truck driver, and farmer.

Mr. Cooper is survived by sons, J. T. “Timmy” Cooper & wife, Myra and Matthew Cooper & wife, Loretta; grandsons, Aaron Cooper, Caleb Cooper, Cameron Cooper, Carson Cooper and Josh Duke; granddaughters, Ashley Cooper, Faith Duke, Lillie Cooper and Darby Cooper; brothers, Lee Cooper & wife, Susan, Donnie Cooper & wife, Barbara, Steve Cooper & wife, Carol, Lonnie Cooper and Jerry Paul Reagan & wife, Elaina; sisters, Marie Wright & husband, Homer, Linda Hill & husband, Tom, Gail Slaven & husband, Carl, Carol Watson, and Judy Draughn.

Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by son, William B. “Brad” Cooper; father, William “Bill” Cooper; mother, Ruthie (Winningham) Hurst; sister, Brenda K. Cooper; brothers-in-law, Dwayne Draughn and Roger Watson.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Jennings Funeral Homes Chapel with Bro. Sammie Dunford officiating. Burial followed in the Coopertown Cemetery in Jamestown, TN. Pallbearers included Matthew Cooper, Aaron Cooper, David Reagan, Robin Wright, Chris Watson, Kenny Cooper, Caleb Cooper, and Jerret Reagan. Honorary pallbearers included William Robbins and Keith Cooper.

Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of the services.

DEWEY-HICKS-OBIT-PHOTO-1-copyWilliam Dewey Hicks

William Dewey Hicks was born April 8, 1934 in Seymour, TN and passed from this life into eternity peacefully in his sleep on January 17, 2017.

The youngest child of Dan A. and Grace Julian Hicks.  Dewey was unable to complete his education past the 8th grade because he had to work to help support his family.  He helped his father in his grading business until he eloped with his sweetheart, Ava Naomi Jones on August 8, 1953.   He then moved to Florida and worked for Watkins Motor Lines and drove his 18-wheeler across the country for 7 years earning the safe driving award each year.  He moved back to Tennessee and joined his father’s excavating business Dan Hicks & Son, growing the small family business into a large corporation employing over 200 employees at one time and winning bids that enabled him to construct a large portion of the U.T. Campus in Knoxville as well as the large Kingston Steam Plant towers.  He worked with his father’s company until the 70’s when he moved to Jamestown, TN to start his own strip mining coal business D & H Coal Company – mining coal in Jamestown and then moving to Crossville to continue working in the mines where he was recognized by the state for his excellence in reclamation efforts.  After the coal business was no longer viable due to the strict government regulations, he closed that business and once again worked in the excavating business as J. Hicks Excavating Inc.  His hard work ethic, fair labor practices and love of family propelled him into a successful businessman in spite of his lack of formal education.  He was respected, admired and loved by all who knew him. He was a faithful member of Memorial Baptist Church in Crossville.

Mr. Hicks is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ava Naomi; his children, Mike (Margie) Hicks, David (Donna) Hicks, Jacquie (Jim) Mitchell and Matthew; nine beloved grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his parents, Dan A. and Grace (Julian) Hicks; sister, Ruby Lee Rogers,; brothers, Dan Hicks, Jr., Jack Hicks and Elmer Hicks; and grandchild, David Edward Hicks.

Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  Graveside services were held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Berry Highland South (formerly Holly Hills) Cemetery in Knoxville TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105 or at

Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. of Crossville, Tennessee was in charge of the  arrangements.

Zelma Brown Jones

Zelma Brown Jones, age 76, of Jamestown, TN passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Signature Healthcare of Jamestown, TN.

Mrs. Brown is survived by daughters, Mary M. Brown & husband, Joe Stowers, Jennie L. Wiggins & husband, Junior; son, William E. Brown & girlfriend, Mary Quick; sisters, ImaJean Farrar and Maudine Stowers; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by husbands, James Asberry Brown and Austine G. Jones; parents, Willie M. and Bonnie L. Stephens Hinds; sons, Thomas R. Brown and Milton M. Brown.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Mundy Funeral Home with Bro. Ed Walker officiating. Burial followed in the Allardt Cemetery. Pallbearers included Rick Brown, Bill Brown, William Brown, Jason Wiggins, Mac Jennings and Frankie Lemons.

Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of the services.

Aden Phillips

Aden Phillips, age 65, of Clarkrange, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Phillips was born August 13, 1951 in Fentress County, Tennessee to the late Warner Isham and Lou Hattie Swallows Phillips. He was a telephone contractor, farmer, and owned several small businesses.

Mr. Phillips is survived by wife, Barbara Maddle Phillips of Clarkrange, TN; daughter and son-in-law, Natasha and Heath Dixon of Clarkrange, TN; four grandchildren, Coty & Shannon Phillips of Crossville, TN, Kyler Phillips of Clarkrange, TN, Hunter Dixon of Clarkrange, TN and Tanner Dixon of Clarkrange, TN; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Betty & Doug Reagan of Crossville, TN and Berilla Smith of Clarkrange, TN; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Vaden & Betty Phillips of Clarkrange, TN and Barney & Frances Phillips of Clarkrange, TN; brother -in-law, Roger Davis of Clarkrange, TN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Scott Phillips; and sister, Brenda Davis.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Goff Funeral Home. Rev. Billy Joe Hedgecough and Rev. Tony Phillips officiated. Interment followed in the Phillips Family Cemetery.

D.M. Goff Funeral Home,  Inc. of Monterey, Tennessee was in charge of the services.

SELLS William H.William Harris Sells

William Harris Sells, 85, passed away on Monday morning, January 16, 2017 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born on February 24, 1931 in Byrdstown, Tennessee, the son of William Wesley and Alta Mae (Winningham) Sells and attended Pickett County High School. He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1948-1952 in the Mediterranean. On August 22, 1953 in Muncie, he married Charldean Rains.

He worked for Moe’s Barbershop on Madison Street in Muncie for 16 years, then worked for General Motors for 25 years until his retirement in 1999. After retirement, he worked for Stoops Buick GMC for 15 years.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge #231, enjoyed watching University of Tennessee football and women’s basketball; was an avid Colts fan and enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Charldean (Tootie) Sells of Muncie; one daughter, Jan Clow of Muncie; one son, Bill Sells (wife, Barbara) of Yorktown; five grandchildren, Chris Clow (wife, Ritchie) of Mascoutah, IL, Derek Clow (wife, Gina) of Louisville, KY, Brittany Hart (husband, Ryan) of Osceola, Andrew Sells of Indianapolis and Brian Sells of Yorktown; two great-grandchildren, Sandra and Angelo, brother in law, Miles (Mutt) and Joretta Rains, sister in law, Nita Rains Little and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Mary Sells; two brothers, Lloyd and Clayton Sells; and two sisters, Enola Story and Janell Winningham; father and mother in law, Charlie and Emma Rains; sister in law, Jean Rains Smith and husband Paul; brother in law, Billie Roe Rains; nephew Kent Rains.

Funeral services were held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel with Reverend Gary McManus officiating. Burial followed in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, north of Muncie with full military honors by The United States Marine Corps and the Veterans of Delaware County.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Veterans of Delaware County, c/o American Legion, 418 N. Walnut Street, Muncie, IN 47305.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Earl Lloyd for the care provided to William.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Meeks Mortuary of Muncie, Indiana was in charge of the services.

Betty Stucker pic-1Betty (Howe) Stucker

Betty (Howe) Stucker, age 77, of Jamestown, TN passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at her home.

Mrs. Stucker was born February 17, 1939 in Deerlodge, TN. She was a teacher in the GED program.

Mrs. Stucker is survived by daughter, Patricia Mitchell and husband, Tommy; sons, Roy Stucker and wife, Allison and Ronald Stucker; grandson, Jason Mitchell; granddaughter, Tara Stucker; grandson, Dalton Stucker; great-grandchildren, Dylan Mitchell, Madison Mitchell, and Ean Stucker; sister, Ruby King; brother, Ronnie Howe; special Caregivers, Deanna Garrett and Brenda Gernt.

Mrs. Stucker was preceded in death by husband, Roy Stucker; father, John Howe; mother, Ada (Beaty) Howe; sisters, Minnie Swafford and Norma Jean Pennycuff; brothers, Amos Howe, Richard Howe, and Kermit Howe.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Jennings Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Daryl Rains officiating. Burial followed in the Springs Chapel Cemetery in Fentress County, TN. Pallbearers included Jeff Garrett, Chris Garrett, Derrick King, Dalton Stucker, Tyler Atkinson, and Carl Smith. Honorary pallbearers included Tommy Mitchell, Jason Mitchell, Steve Rains, Pat Brannon, Deanna Garrett, Greg Bilbrey and Brenda Gernt.

Jennings Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of the services.