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JOSEPH MACKEY

 MACKEY, Joseph Leonard, age 58, of Estill Springs, Tennessee, died suddenly in a tragic plane crash on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, on Keith Springs Mountain, Tennessee. Joe was a living legend who embraced life to the fullest. He was literally larger than life and at 5’19” tall, he was looked up to by just about everyone. Each time someone asked if he played basketball, his comeback would be “No, do you play mini-golf?” Joe was quick-witted, entertaining, well-rounded, opinionated, passionate, competitive, dependable, generous, an inspiring role model, ring leader, renegade, true friend, honest brother, fun uncle, loving father, devoted husband and also a prankster. Joe was born in Morristown, New Jersey on June 13, 1962, to the late Joseph E. and Janice P. (DeBoer) Mackey.  He left behind his devoted wife and life-long business partner of 36 years, Sandra L. (Evans) Mackey; his talented son, Joseph Richard Mackey of Breckenridge, Colorado; his precious daughter, Sarah (Austin) Kinney of Phoenix, Arizona; and Smokey and the Bandit, their dogs. Surviving are his brother, Robert D. (Melissa) Mackey of Dallas, Pennsylvania; sister, Judith (James) DeBoer of Livingston, New Jersey; aunts, Catherine Mackey of Ironia, New Jersey, and Margaret Vanderkooi of Lincoln Park, New Jersey; father and mother-in-law, Richard D. and Dorothy Evans of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Bonnie and Dirk Hough of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Lorrie and Jeff Mull of Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, and Kellie and David Reinert, of W-B, Pennsylvania; and so many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and a boatload of friends. He was a graduate of Hanover Park High School in E. Hanover, New Jersey, and attended The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, New York, and East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania. Joe started out as a computer programmer but became excited about building houses. He and Sandi owned and operated J&S Custom Homes, Target Homes and Choice Rentals & Property Management in The Poconos area of Pennsylvania, for nearly three decades. He held many positions in Monroe County, but most notably, he served as president of the Pocono Builders Association and then had the honor of serving statewide as president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association. He loved a good debate and would often kick up the heat by presenting opposing views. He liked to win and “he was always right.” His personality was captivating. He didn’t put up with excuses and you knew you were doing something wrong if he cleared his throat (ah-ah-hem). Joe was absolutely passionate about flying airplanes and took any opportunity to be up in the air. Friends would be taken on tours, long distance family were visited often, and new drills and maneuvers were learned and practiced regularly, his favorite being spin training and chandelles. He continually challenged himself through avid studying and enjoyed the comradery with his fellow pilots. Joe recently received his certification as a flight instructor. If he had two wishes, it would be to travel back in time and to go to Mars. Joe loved that there was no traffic in the air, but he was widely known for getting pulled over by the police. It all started in college speeding around town in his ‘73 Mustang Mach 1 with those dark tinted windows. He once hit a turkey that was tossed back onto the windshield of a police car that was following him. He got pulled over for “flipping him the bird.” On another unfortunate occasion, there was a near miss as a pig darted across the road. He was pulled over again. “But officer, how did you know it was me?” “Simple, the pig squealed.” Sandi had heard these jokes a million times but played along as Joe knew how to captivate his audience. He was always up to some antics with his friends and has been known to drive a mean snow plow truck. Joe was a MacGyver. He could construct, trouble-shoot and fix anything. He was a master craftsman and his attention to detail was exquisite. He gave much credit for his success to the high caliber of people that he sought out and surrounded himself with. He learned from their work ethic, gift of story-telling and vast life experiences. In return, Joe mentored many others to pay it forward. He was most proud of his son and daughter, Joe and Sarah. He enjoyed having them tag along on business trips, putting them to work on the rentals, picking up rocks or shoveling snow, and challenging them to Scrabble or Rummikub. Most of all, he loved to see them smile and grow up to be the people they are today. Sandi has always been an integral part of Joe’s life and supported all his interests and ambitions. Joe’s idea of relaxing, was doing WORK. His favorite saying in retirement was “every day is Saturday.” He dabbled in excavation work, a few remodeling projects and a complete renovation of their Tennessee home. He loved classic cars, planes, being at the airport, scuba diving, boating, reading, camping, traveling, Star Trek, sci-fi, games, wood working, watching the news and playing Frisbee with Bandit. He was known as ‘Pocono Joe’ to his new TN friends. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Joe’s life on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, starting at 3 p.m. at Honeysuckle Pavilion (outdoors), Twin Creeks Resort Village and Marina in Winchester, Tennessee. The family will arrange future services in Northeast Pennsylvania, and Morris County, New Jersey, around Joe’s birthday in June. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his honor to the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation for students to gain training in the building trades www.mikeroweworks.org/donate. Joe expressed many times that he had done everything he ever wanted do in life and had no regrets. His love for racing cars at 100+ mph on the drag strip and flying planes and jets at over 240 knots may have pressed his foot on the accelerator of his timeline and resulted in his early departure from this earth. He has created a giant black hole in the hearts of all who loved and knew him. Keep your wings level, adjust your attitude, engage...warp speed. Until we meet again. Beam me up, Scotty! Moore-Cortner Funeral Home 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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SADIE MOON

 

MOON, Sadie Lucille Potts, age 94, of Winchester, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Winchester, Tennessee, on Sept. 7, 1926, to the late Thomas Arthur Potts and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Coker Potts. Mrs. Moon opened up her home for over 50 years as a hair dresser in Chattanooga. She enjoyed working in her yard especially in her flower beds, crocheting and bird watching. She will be remembered by her family as an excellent cook, very straight forward and a devoted member of the Way of the Cross Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Dewillis Moon Sr.; infant twins, Mary Ellen and DeWillis Moon Jr.; and siblings, Mary Ella Clancy, Pauline Perry, Lula McAmis, Elizabeth Wilkinson, James Potts, Eugene Potts, Ozzie Potts, Patrick Potts and Frank Potts. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, special nephew and caregiver, Johnny McAmis; special nieces and caregivers, Debra Garner, Mabel Anderson, Myra Rigney, Sandra Davis and Cookie Boerding; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation was held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, from noon to 2 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Rev. Rudy Wilkinson officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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WILLIAM WISE

 

WISE, William “Bill” Milton, age 81, of Winchester, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester. A native of Franklin County, Bill was born in Sherwood, on Aug. 2, 1939, to the late Robert Lee and Pearlie Guess Wise. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was later employed at Interlake Steel as a steel worker. He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Tullahoma, and in his free time he enjoyed spending time on the lake. He also liked to do yard work, go fishing, or spend time at home watching forensic T.V. shows or anything involving history. Bill was very charming and personable and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Wise; sister, Judy Wise; and previous wife, Nancy J. Wise. He is survived by his loving wife of five years, Linda Ping Wise of Winchester; sister, Brenda (Jerry) Smith of Estill Springs; daughters, Kim Murphy of Tram, Kentucky, Tammy (Marco) Ragland of Illinois, Kimberly Rex of Portage, Indiana, and Michelle (Jerry) Stafford of Winchester; sons, Robert (Alissa) Williams of Terre Haute, Illinois, and Richard (Anne) Wise of Hillsboro; several loved grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Marty Nutter officiating. Interment will be held at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Faith Lutheran Church, 101 Bragg Circle, Tullahoma, TN 37388. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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JOHNNY RIGSBY

 RIGSBY, Johnny Mack, age 67, of Huntland, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Lincoln Medical Center. He was born on Aug. 9, 1953, in Madison County, Alabama, to the late Roy and Annie Mae Rigsby. Johnny was a member of the Huntland Pentecostal Church. He worked as a floral designer at Design World and loved interior decorating as well as caring for his cows. He enjoyed being around those he loved, especially his grandchildren. He will be remembered as being strong-willed, always full of information and never meeting a stranger. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Shane Rigsby. He is survived by his son, Kane (Amanda) Rigsby of Huntland; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Abbigail, Zachary, Skyler and Olivia; siblings, Louise Pearman of Huntsville, Alabama, Earl (Faye) Rigsby of Fayetteville, Betty Weaver of Huntsville, Alabama, Doris Cash of Huntsville, Alabama, Faye Shook of Huntsville, Alabama, Peggy (Jimmy) Freeman of Birmingham, Alabama, Jimmy (Brenda) Rigsby of Huntsville, Alabama, and Nancy Gaye of Huntland; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Huntland Pentecostal Church. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Huntland Pentecostal Church with Pastor Mitchell Gardner officiating. Burial was in the Moore Memorial Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Jimmy Rigsby Jr., Brandon Hardgrave, Michael Lynn Shook, Tom Gardner, Jeff Boyett, Michael Gardner, Toney Gray and Blake Ellis. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.

 

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 VANDAGRIFF, Amy Jewell Spears, 92, March 21, 1928 – Feb. 9, 2021.