In Memoriam: Bishop, Cagle, Hagaman, Sasser

In Memoriam: Bishop, Cagle, Hagaman, Sasser


Betty Bishop

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Betty Ruth Ferrell Bishop, age 69, of Johnson City, died Jan. 11 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Bishop was a Holston Conference clergy member who had served Liberty Hill (1994-95), Wesley-Lou’s Chapel (1995-98), and Rich Valley-Washington Chapel (1998-2001). She retired as a local pastor in 2003.

She is survived by three children: Vicky Clark of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Penny Brewer of Kroger, S.C., and Johnny Stallard of Kingsport, Tenn.

A service to celebrate her life was held Jan. 14 at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes in Kingsport with the Rev. Dennis Ford officiating. An inurnment service was held at East Lawn Memorial Park on Jan. 15.


Dwight Cagle

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Dwight Manley Cagle, age 83, died Feb. 22 at Colonial Hills Nursing Home.

The Rev. Cagle was a retired Holston Conference clergy member who had served Meadow-Booth (1961-63), Walland (1963-66), Philadelphia-Poplar Springs (1966-71), Oakdale-Wood Chapel (1971-74), Andersonville-Mt. Pleasant (1974-80), Bridgers (1980-84), Fincastle-Mt. View (1984-88), and Sand Branch (1988-91). He retired as an elder in 1991. He attended Niles Ferry Baptist Church of Greenback.

He is survived by: son, Dennis Cagle of Maryville; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Robin Cagle of Maryville; sisters, Ivalene Delozier of Knoxville and June Cockran of Maryville; nephew and wife, Donnie and Corky Cockran of Oneida; nephew and wife, Larry and Diane Cockran of Maryville; niece and husband, Linda and Jerry Johnson; niece and husband, Sandy and George McCrae of Knoxville; nephew, Steve Delozier of Knoxville; grandchildren, Molly Elderkin, Robb Cagle, Kasie Cagle, Alyssa Cagle and Colbe Cagle.

Funeral services were held Feb. 25 in McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Robinson and the Rev. Ben Styles officiating. The interment service was held Feb. 26 at Stock Creek.


C.D. Hagaman, Jr.

ATHENS, Tenn. – Coy Dexter Hagaman, Jr., age 83, died Jan. 10 at his residence.

The Rev. Hagaman was a Holston Conference clergy member who had served Riceville Circuit (1959), Niota (1959-65) East Park-Johnson City (1965-71), Gray (1971-75), Big Stone Gap (1975-78), First Jefferson City (1978-86), First Elizabethton (1986-90), Centenary-Erwin (1990-92). He retired as an elder in 1992. After retirement he served as chaplain at Tennessee Wesleyan College for several years.

He is survived by his wife, June Elder Hagaman of Athens; one daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Jeff Wilkins of Athens; two sons and one daughter-in-law, John Hagaman and Jerry Hagaman and Julie Jack, all of Athens; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Vira Lou and Bill Dalton, and Clara Hagaman, and one sister-in-law, Delores Hagaman all of Knoxville.

A memorial service was held Jan. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. R. Steven Brown, the Rev. Donald Morris, and the Rev. Sam Roberts officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity UMC, 100 E. College Street, Athens, TN 37303, or Tennessee Wesleyan College, P.O. Box 40, Athens, TN 37371.


Harper Sasser

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. -- Harper Jerome Sasser, 82, died at home on Jan. 7.

The Rev. Sasser was a Holston Conference clergy member who served Centenary-Chattanooga (1954-56), Lupton City (1956-58), Gatlinburg (1958-62), St. Luke-Chattanooga (1962-68), Washington Pike-Knoxville (1968-75), Kern-Oak Ridge (1975-78), Holston United Methodist Home for Children (1978-84), Middlebrook Pike (1984-86), and Signal Crest (1986-91). He retired as an elder in 1991.

Sasser also taught GED classes for prison inmates for several years, and after retiring, he taught English and writing at Chattanooga State Community College for two years. He then served as Minister of Congregational Care for 10 years at Brainerd UMC.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann B. Sasser; children, Arita (Tom) Jewart, Harper (Gina) Jerome Jr., Thomas Henry (Diane); grandchildren, Thomas (Katie) Jewart, Leigh Anne Jewart, Jeremy Sasser, Logan Sasser, Daniel Sasser, Alexander Sasser, and Dominic Sasser; brother, Dr. Frank M. (Joan) Sasser; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gweneth and Bill Holden; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Al and Lynne Cunningham; Betsy Sasser-Hobbs, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Jan. 15 at Brainerd UMC with the Rev. Dennis Flaugher, the Rev. J. Monroe Ball, and the Rev. Al Cunningham officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brainerd UMC, 4315 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411.