Walter Elbert Stooksbury, age 82

Walter Elbert Stooksbury, age 82, passed away on November 20, 2022, following an extended illness. Walter will be remembered as an intelligent, kind, loving husband, son, father, brother and friend.

Walter was born in Harriman, TN in 1940 where he spent his early childhood years, later moving to Norris, TN where he resided through high school before graduating college at The University of Tennessee. Walter then began a long and successful career at Horace Mann Insurance Company for the next 33 years. Walter enjoyed traveling, playing golf, UT Sports and was a huge classic car enthusiast. He was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Norris, TN.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and Maurice Stooksbury. Survived by his loving wife, Janice; brother, Dennis Stooksbury; sister, Claudette Grayson (Joel), niece and nephew, Karen and Buddy Queen; brother-in-law, Robert Lane (Peggy), sister-in-law, Joyce Ogburn; stepchildren, John Changas (Amy), Gina Ball (Gordon), Karen Trammell and Nick Changas, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held for the family in care of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or online .  Online condolences may be extended at

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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