Current Obituaries


Current Obituaries

Margaret Bowman Rucker

by DFH Inc. on 04/11/24

Margaret Bowman Rucker, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and educator, passed away on April 8, 2024, in Morristown, Tennessee, at the age of 93. She was born on October 1, 1931, in 

Morristown, Tennessee, to the late Ernest and Alice Bowman.


Margaret was a graduate of Tennessee State in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her degree was in education. She fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an elementary teacher.


Margaret, known for her warm smile and sweet spirit, touched the hearts of everyone around her. She was a dedicated teacher at Judson S Hill School and Hillcrest School, leaving a lasting impact on her students.


She is survived by her son, Adrian (Teresa), grandson Charles (Dakota),  granddaughters Abrianna and Alexis Rucker, as well as her siblings Dorothy McDowell, Ken Rucker and Debra Sue Rucker and special niece Gloria Jackson; brother-in-law Curtis Rucker, sister-in- laws Helen Buis and Lennie Jackson. Margaret 


was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rucker, and other family members.


In her free time, Margaret enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and baking. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she found solace and community.


Family and friends will be received on Monday, April 15, 2024 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with funeral following at Mt. Olive Baptist Church to honor and remember Margaret's life and legacy. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Morristown, Tennessee . Special thanks to Jamie Wilson and UT Home Health and Caris HealthCare. 

Rickey Parkey

by DFH Inc. on 04/10/24

Mr. Rickey Parkey, 67, was born on November 7, 1956 in Morristown, TN and departed this life peacefully on April 7, 2024 at Morristown Heritage Center surrounded by family after a short bout with lung cancer. Our heartfelt thanks to the Morristown Heritage Staff and Smokey Mountain Hospice.

Rickey was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ike & Flora Kyle and Ed & Ethel Parkey, his parents A.R. & Gladys Parkey, sisters Dorothy Parkey-Fortson and Diane Dyer and brother Charlie Kyle.  

He is survived by his spouse Tammy, he leaves to cherish his memory, son Toby Senterdaughters Anetria (Tracy) Burriss and Christy, sisters Flora (Rodney) Houston and Susie (Michael) WashingtonRickey also leaves 6 grandchildren and one great granddaughter and ahost of nieces and nephews and relatives.

Rickey always had a thing for fast cars and motorcycles stunts.  He had no fear of man or things of this world. He was a charmer and had a brave heart that led him often time to trouble.  He was unstoppable in his own mind. He always had fun and made light of every circumstance that he was in. He loved his family and his family loved him unconditionallyHe held several recognition awards for community support and youth camps for kids in Ohio and New Jersey. He was inducted into the AHERN African American Hall of Legacy for boxing in MorristownHe loved the sport of boxing, it showed up when he was an amateur boxer, then he decided he could go a step further and turn to Professional Boxing.  “Slick Rick” as he preferred to be called, instead of “The Hammer” some chose to call him. During his professional career, he held three World Championship Belts, one including the IBF Cruiserweight Title. At one time he also owned the rights to the fastest knockout in the world of boxing history with that 8-second K.O.that put him in the Guinness Book of World Records.  No matter how the story ended, he will always be our Champ! Oh wait, the story only got better, because the greatest thing he ever did was give his life to Jesus and got his name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  The cancer hehad to endure the last 9 weeks of his life became his victory in Jesus.  PHILIPPIANS 3:14 says: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  His fearless heart can’t lose when his eyes are on the prize of the Kingdom. That’s exactly what Rickey did in the end. HE FOUGHT AND WON THE GREATEST PRIZE OF ALL.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Dockery-Senter Funeral Home with a celebration of life to follow at 1:00 p.m. -2:30p.m. with Pastor Michael Washington, Pastor Jeff Wells, Pastor Kenny Mattison and Minister Alex McLain.

Interment will follow immediately after service at Bent Creek Cemetery, Whitesburg, TN.

Paul Edward Scearce

by DFH Inc. on 04/02/24

Paul Edward Scearce age 47 of Thorn Hill, TN was born August 21, 1976 and went home to be with the Lord on March 31, 2024 Surrounded by his family. He was a member of Beech Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was a loving Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Bebop. He is preceded in death by Grandfather, Luther Hipshire; Grandparents Henderson & Ethel Atkins and Sam and Louhanna Scearce; and brother Johnny Scearce.

He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years: Denise Scearce.

Children: Makale (Derek) Jones, Katie Scearce, and BreAnna Scearce.

Stepchildren: Jessica (Jeremy) Dalton, and Logan (Courtney) Bailey.

Grandchildren: Shaelynn, Bryliee, Ember, Rowan, Brooklyn, Isabella, Waylon, and Briella.

Parents: John and Lennis Scearce.

Brother: Sam (Heather) Scearce.

Nieces & Nephews: Chelsey, Jacklyn, and Dylan Scearce, Jeffery (Samantha) Harvey.

And a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 12 until 2 P.M. Wednesday April 3rd, 2024 at Beech Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Thorn Hill with Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 P.M. Burial following Services at the Lakin- Scearce Cemetery.

Officiating: Rev. Caleb Scearce

Pallbearers: Brad Bailey, Derek Jones, Colen Scearce, Corey Scearce, Dylan Scearce, and Kenney Scearce.

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