Ethel Mae Lawrence, 88

GAMALIEL-Funeral services for Ethel Mae Lawrence, a resident of The Palace and formerly of Monroe County, were held here Monday, June 8, 2009.

Mrs. Lawrence passed away Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Monroe County Medical Center.

She was born March 28, 1921 in Allen County (KY) to the late Will Wheet and Thulah Dar Borders Wheet. She was a member of the Capitol Hill Missionary Baptist Church since 1944, a retired homemaker, and the widow of Earlie D. Lawrence, who preceded her death on May 1, 1985.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son Kenneth Lawrence; step-mother Myrtie Wheet; brothers Roy Wheet and Melvin Wheet; half-brothers Jay Wheet and Curtis Wheet; three sisters–Donna Patterson, Agnes Todd, and Estelle Anderson; half-sister Barbara Pruitt; and grandchild Ricky Lawrence.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Earlie Lawrence, Jr. and Lisa of Monticello (KY); six daughters and three sons-in-law–Delores Ann and J.P. Creek of Fountain Run, Dottie and Louis Wiley of Gamaliel, Marlene Davis of Lafayette, Darlene Estes of Fountain Run, Mary Ruth Holcomb of Red Boiling Springs, and Vickie and Billy Maxwell of Celina; step-son Leslie Lawrence of Indianapolis (IN); step-daughters Leta Lawrence of Indianapolis and Peggy Sexton of Florida; half-brother Travis Wheet of Scottsville; three half-sisters–Burnell Wheet, Brenda Bell both of Scottsville, and Glennis Scott of Gallatin; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted from the chapel of Strode’s Gamaliel Chapel with Lewis Hestand and Mark Graves officiating. Burial was in the Union #1 Cemetery in Barren County (KY). Serving as pallbearers were Jimmy Rhoten, Kevin Turner, Jason Holcomb, Wayne Davis, William Davis, Ronnie Bertman, and James Lawrence. Honorary pallbearers were Benji Lawrence, Jess Scott, Mark Copas, and the employees at The Palace.

Strode’s Gamaliel Chapel of Gamaliel was in charge of arrangements.


LeRoy R. Stephens, 77

CELINA-Funeral services for LeRoy R. Stephens of Moss were held here Thursday, June 4, 2009.

Mr. Stephens passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009 at the Cumberland River Hospital.

He was born April 2, 1932 in Atlantic City (NJ) to the late LeRoy and Dorothy (Riedinger) Stephens. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the Korean War. He worked in Public Works in New Jersey. He was married to Adelaide (Williamson) Stephens, who survives.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son Robert Stephens.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son William Stephens of Moss; daughters-in-law Lisa Stephens of Moss and Kathy J. Stephens of Northfield (NJ); three grandchildren–Lindsey Stephens, Nick Stephens, and Stephanie Tarr; and nephew Albert Williamson.

Services were conducted from the chapel of Hall Funeral 

Home with Keith Long officiating. Military honors were observed at the services. Special military music was played on the trumpet by Kenzie Adams. Burial was in the Atlantic County Veteran’s Cemetery in Mays Landing (NJ).

Hall Funeral Home of Celina was in charge of arrangements.


David Lynn Carter, 53

KNOXVILLE-Funeral services for David Lynn Carter of Red Boiling Springs were held here Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

Mr. Carter passed away Friday, June 5, 2009. 

He was a member of the Cedar Ridge Baptist Church in Halls and graduated from Halls High School. He was a former employee of De Royal Industries for 17 years.

He was preceded in death by grandmother Mossie Lindamood.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years Brenda Hatcher Carter; parents Lynn and Mattie (Lindamood) Carter of Knoxville; brother Gary M. Carter of Knoxville; sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Fred Dees of Corryton; nephew Michael L. and Kelli Dees of Corryton; and special dog friend Bullet.

Services were conducted from the chapel of Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel with Johnny Price officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City of Knoxville was in charge of arrangements.