Obituaries From The Fentress Courier April 23 Edition


Robert Bobbitt, Jr., age 43, of Winfield, TN formerly of Jamestown, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Tennova North Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Mr. Bobbitt is survived by mother, Helen Bobbitt; son, Jacob Bobbitt; two daughters, Kristen Bobbitt and Robyn Bobbitt; sister, Tonya Carter and husband Craig; and grandson, Weston Bobbitt.

Mr. Bobbitt was preceded in death by father, Robert Bobbitt, Sr.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mundy Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Looper officiating. Burial followed in the Sharp Place Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Craig Carter, David Slaven, Steve Slaven, Jackie Slaven, Chris Higdon, Brandon Hamon, Justin Owens and Mike Higdon.

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



Irene Brown, age 65, of Jamestown, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County.

Mrs. Brown is survived by two sons, Chad Jordan and Jason Jordan; three daughters, Kathy Stahl, Bridgette Duncan and Nikole Lytle; special friend, Danny Hall; four sisters, Charlene Birchfield, Gladys Maggard, Helen Brown and Martha Zink; thirteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by parents, Milson and Lula Brown; two brothers, David and Kelly Brown; three sisters, Geneva Bowman, Carlene Brown and Vida Wyatt; and granddaughter, Cassandra Mick.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mundy Funeral Home with Bro. Curtis Terry officiating.  Burial followed in the Spring Chapel Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Darrell Evans, Darrell Wyatt, Steve Wyatt, James Richardson, James Parson, Justin Mick, Dwayne Garrett and Brian Mick.

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


Creta C. Priest, age 80, of Fort Wayne passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Priest was born in Jamestown, Tennessee on February 17, 1934 to Ed Stephens and Delphi (Delk) Stephens. Mrs. Priest was a homemaker.

Mrs. Priest is survived by three sons, Gary Threet, Martin & Lee Priest and David Priest; daughter, Linda Reynolds; twelve grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; and brother, Hack Stephens.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

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Northern Indiana Funeral Care of
Fort Wayne, Indiana was in charge of arrangements.



Rosser, Harold C., Author, Lay leader and World War II Pilot: From the Hazel Valley community in Oneida, TN, to China, and then “across the Hump” into Burma, followed by 78 fighter pilot missions in P-38s, 40s and 47s, the awarding of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, and discharge by age 21, so went the early years of Knoxville author and former businessman, civic and lay religious leader, Harold C. Rosser, who passed away March 20, 2014 at age 89.

Rosser married his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 68 years, the former Virginia Dunford, shortly after World War II and settled in Knoxville, where, after training at the University of Tennessee, he joined East Tennessee Natural Gas Company in 1951.  He rose from dispatcher to assistant secretary and general manager of subsidiary Gas Equipment Engineers until his retirement in 1986.  Highlights include extensive testimony before the Federal Power Commission on gas-flow formulas and pricing in the early 60’s, and numerous speeches in the 60’s and 70’s before local government bodies and civic organizations in towns and communities all across Middle and East Tennessee, extolling the virtues of natural gas and its ability to draw industry.

Rosser was instrumental in forming the first Bearden High School booster club in the mid 1960’s, and for years served on the board of directors of the Knoxville Rescue Mission, predecessor to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, where he also conducted weekly worship services.  He and his wife, Virginia, also conducted Sunday morning worship services for many years at Cagle Terrace senior citizens apartments.  A frequent speaker on his war experiences during his retirement years, Rosser also authored three books: For Lack of a Meddlesome Preacher (describing the dearth of ministers willing to preach the unvarnished Gospel); Takeoff From Hazel Valley (describing his early years growing up in Scott County); and No Hurrahs for Me (an account of his war years—the title stemming from the song Army Air Corps pilots would sing in honor of fallen comrades, the last line being “and hurrah to the next man to die”).

Rosser, a long time Sunday school teacher and deacon at Central Baptist Church of Bearden, was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Beulah Rosser, sister Janice Rosser Kidd, and brother, Phillip Wayne Rosser; and brothers-in-law, Corwin Dunford and Bobby Dunford.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; five children—Margaret Rosser Jones (and husband John), Richard H. Rosser (and wife Deborah), William R. Rosser (and wife Linda), Mark A. Rosser (and wife Robin), and Lynn Rosser Yates; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Rosser (and wife Evelyn) and Vernon Rosser (and wife Geraldine); and special in-laws Allen and Jean Marcum, Harold and Dorothy Dunford, Gerald Dunford, Lola Jean Rosser, and Juanita Dunford.

The funeral celebration of life service was held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Central Baptist Church, Bearden, with Dr. Larry Fields, Reverend Jim Henry, and Reverend Al Royer officiating, followed by the receiving of friends.  Interment: Lynnhurst Cemetery. The family request memorial donations be made to Central Baptist Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.


Ralph T. Roysden, age 78, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Roysden was born in Jamestown, Tennessee, on November 2, 1935.  He moved to Muncie and worked for General Motors for 29 years, was a carpenter and businessman who owned the Thirsty Turtle Bar.

Mr. Roysden is survived by son, Curtis Roysden of Lafayette, TN; daughter, Holly Jo Roysden of Jamestown, TN; sister, Thelma Webb; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Roysden was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Celia Gross Roysden; son, Craig Roysden; and cousin, Ford Roysden.

Memorial Services were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Parson Mortuary with Pastor Rusty Clements officiating.

Parson Mortuary of Muncie, Indiana was in charge of services.



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Ruth Taylor, age 87, of Clarkrange, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Cumberland House Hospice.

Mrs. Taylor was born March 3, 1927 in Blount County, Tennessee.  She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by daughter, Wilma Jean Hall Bryan and husband Bill of Clarkrange; three sons, Rev. Gerald Lee Taylor and wife Jeana of Cookeville, George Kenneth “Ken” Taylor of Clarkrange and Richard Theodore “Teddy” Taylor and wife Carolyn of Jamestown; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Robert L. Harmon of Maryville, TN; and two sisters, Prudy Harrison of Bungalow, TN and Mary Ellen Everett of Greenback, TN.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by husband, Oda K. Taylor; father, George W. Harmon; mother, Mary Maggie (Lankford) Harmon; and three brothers, Arthur Lee Harmon, John J. Harmon and Carl Harmon.

Funeral services were held Wednesday,  April 9, 2014 at Clarkrange United Methodist Church with Bro. Ray Hartman and Bro. Howard Welch officiating.  Burial followed in the Clarkrange Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Bobby Taylor, Trent Taylor, Chris Taylor, Frankie Phillips, Roger Phillips, Jason Taylor, Richard Taylor, Tony Taylor, Cindy Brown, Kendra Taylor and Trina Taylor.

Jennings Funeral Home of Clarkrange, Tennessee was in charge of services.