Arthur Lewis, age 79, was born and raised in Tullahoma, TN by his parents Amos and Katherine Lewis alongside 5 siblings. Not long after high school he joined the National Guard and later enlisted with the Air Force in 1963, serving until 1967 with a deployment to Vietnam. He was a Jet Aircraft Mechanic and last assigned to the 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TAC). He loved telling stories about different aircraft he worked on and some of his experiences in the Air Force. Following his military service, he attended Tennessee Tech University, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While enrolled at TTU, he met his future wife, Sherril Carr. They married in December 1968 and became loving parents of Dee in 1975 & Ryan in 1976. Each child later married and Art cherished spending time with his 5 grandchildren.
Art engaged in so many things in life that brought him joy. Some of them included house boating, camping, fishing, hunting, water sports, snow skiing, dirt bikes, golfing, racing cars and so many other things especially related to being outdoors that he and his family and/or friends explored together. In addition to those passions, he and Sherril spent a number of years farming on their property near Monterey, TN where they also lived. He spent a great deal of time supporting his children's athletic interests in their younger years such as softball, cheerleading, baseball and golf.
Arthur's career path included employment at Teledyne Stillman after graduation and starting a business with another engineer, G & L Manufacturing in Cookeville, TN; however, he spent the majority of his career with Manchester Tank in Crossville, TN, which was the part of his work career that he enjoyed the most.
Art is survived by his loving wife, Sherril Lewis, who shared and supported the activities and adventures throughout his life after marriage. He will be missed dearly by his children, Dee Arp (Tyler) and Ryan Lewis (Christy). His grandchildren Elle, Aislyn and Wyatt Arp along with Brody and Colby Lewis will miss Pa. He is also survived by sisters Rosaline Spray (Donald), Louise Crosslin (Albert) as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by brother Clifford Lewis (Evelyn), brother Paul Lewis (Elsie), and sister Faye Schmidt (George).
Visitation was held from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2024.
Burial will be at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E. Gov. John Sevierville Hwy 168, Knoxville, TN 37920. Date & Time is TBD.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Association, PO Box 352, Attn: Cemetery Fund, Cookeville, TN 38503.
Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
We are all here to celebrate the life of Betty Rose Mossey and boy did she have a long beautiful 94 years of life.
Betty was one of 12 children and the last surviving child born to Kizzie and Tom Allen Smith. Betty was feisty spitfire girl and often played tricks and games on friends and family, even rough housing some of the boys. She grew up here in these mountains and loved her homeland. She loved every one of her siblings even though they did not see each other as often as she would like once they grew up and moved away. Betty spent many years away, but once she retired her childhood home called her back to finish out her retirement years in the country she loved.
The Lord said, “Go forth and be fruitful!” and boy Betty did just that and had 4 beautiful children. Liz, Lura, Danny Ray and Bill. She has 20 grandchildren, 40 great, grandchildren, and 40 plus 2 on the way great, great grandchildren. Everyone felt like they were her favorite, many of them have fond memories and spending the summer with “granny” and working in the garden and breaking beans for her to can. Some of her grandchildren even came and lived with her for a while and shared personal experiences with her creating a deeper relationship, but all felt loved and special. Betty loved gardening and raised a big garden for many years until her health took a turn.
Betty was a great cook, no one has been able to copy her biscuits, chocolate pie or fresh green beans. She loved cooking big meals, and you could never go to her house without her trying to feed you a bite. She always wanted to have gather for big family functions and enjoyed sharing a good meal with friends and family. Betty had a good appetite, often you would hear people say, “I don’t know how she could eat that much.” Betty told everyone often, I never know if this is my last meal, so I am gonna eat all I can, just in case! (laugh)
If you ever spent any time around Betty, you would have noticed her orneriness’ right away. Betty didn’t know a stranger, she would talk to anyone and often made friends standing in the checkout line. She loved to tell jokes and pull pranks (this is where Bill gets his orneriness from). She was often playing dice and card games with family. There was nothing she loved better than to sit down with a table full of her family and run a “hot” hand of dice in a game of Bust! She did not care if she won “but she won a lot if Bill wasn’t trying to cheat”, she just enjoyed the family time, joking laughing and razzing each other. She even got the great, great, grandkids hooked on playing games with her.
She boasted that she won The Most Beautiful Women award one year and her plaque sets on her mantel to prove it. She loved fussing and arguing with her sister Melba, because Betty knew what was best, just ask her. She was always smiling and most of the time you never would catch her mad about anything. She was quick to let you know how she felt if she did not like something you had done or said. Made it easy for her to move on and be back to her happy self again.
She loved to sing, and you would often find her singing to her old radio with Patsy Cline or Dotty West or Statler brothers playing while doing her housework, which was spotless, you could eat off her floors. Betty took pride in having a beautiful home and keeping it clean. All the kids and grandkids have many stories to tell about making messes and her getting after them. LOL. That is where the firmness came in and the hard hand on your backside.
Betty was the matriarch of this family. There is no doubt she will be greatly missed in the days and years to come. She was a strong, firm, and loving woman that each and every person who came in contact with her felt.
Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Rose Mossey were held on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 2 PM from the Hall Funeral Home with burial followed in the Wirmingham Cemetery in the Monroe community of Overton County. Family welcomed friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening, January 25th starting at 6 PM until 8 PM. Officiating with the service was Bro. Jason Conner.
Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.