Tiffany Sawyer, administrator, greeted and welcomed everyone to the ceremony in a packed-out house. Chaplain Carl Caffrey opened with prayer. Refreshments were served after the ceremony.
Reba Terry was honored as the community inductee and Karen Jones, who had worked at the facility approximately 15 years, was the Signature employee.
Terry was born in Dimmitt, Texas, to the Rev. and Mrs. Corbet Franks, the youngest of four siblings. Terry has been passionate about her education and training and in 1994, she received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Lee University. In 1996 she received a master’s degree in social work from University of Tennessee at Knoxville and received a certificate in intergenerational studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004.
Terry is a true servant leader and has numerous community connections and outreaches. She is thechairman of the Cleveland Interagency Council and a member of the Chaplain Advisory Board of Signature HealthCARE. As a key community leader, she asked been to serve on several other boards in our community: Dept. of Children’s Services Community Advisory Board; Cleveland State Community College Social Work Dept. Advisory Council; Community Action Network; Westmore Church of God Church and Pastor’s Council; and Bradley County Schools Health Advisory Board.
Her primary role in the community is director of the Caring Place, which serves the wider Bradley County area through providing food and clothing, free of charge, to our community’s hurting people.
Terry has significant professional involvement in the community as well. She is a member of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, North American Association of Christians in Social Work and a former member of the Regional AIDS Council.
Terry enjoys reading and sewing. Without hesitation, she asserts that she is most proud of her family. She and her husband, Herb, have two married children, a newborn grandson, and a grandson due in October.
Jones was born Sept. 26, 1966, at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. She is the daughter of Ham Westfield, Patsy Woods and the late Leonard Woods. She is the youngest of five children and has three brothers: Avery, Edward and Walter; and one sister, Doris.
Jones is the mother of four children, Alonzo Jr., Whitney, DJ and Keegan, and the proud grandmother to three beautiful granddaughters—Loveayah, Lakyla and Abigail. Extremely proud of her family, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with them.
She graduated from Cleveland High School in 1985, where she was a member of the Blue Raider Track Team. After high school, Karen resided in San Diego, Calif., as a military wife and stay-at-home mom before relocating back to Cleveland. She then began her career as a certified nursing assistant in 1990 and joined the Signature HealthCARE staff n 1994. According to Karen’s mom, Patsy, “Karen loves her job! She constantly shares how her residents feel like part of her family.”
She lives out the Signature HealthCARE of Cleveland’s motto: “Family Taking Care of Family.”
Jones attends Shiloh Baptist Church and enjoys ministering to those less fortunate than herself. She works with Positive Women Coming Together, working to inspire and encourage other women. She has brought aid to folks who experienced pain and trial through the recent tornadoes that have hit our community and has helped to provide relief, encouragement and support to the community through various means of outreach, financial support and prayer. She enjoys travel and reading, especially the Bible.
Her loyal and dedicated service to Signature HealthCARE and all of her residents through the years have earned her the distinction of being inducted into SHC’s Hall of Fame 2012.
Residents were William Randolph McCall, Karen Jeske, the late George Thomas “Tommy” Davis, Nancy Patten and Andrew “Chuck” Cain.
McCall was born to James and Vergie McCall in Red Land, Texas, on July 30, 1920. Though raised in humble circumstances, William was a very hard worker and did very well in school. He was valedictorian of the primary school he attended and graduated from high school in May 1938. After high school, William worked for Westinghouse Electric Company for two years. He would go to school studying electronics, and then work from 4 p.m. to midnight. He then became became a civilian worker for the Army, repairing radios and other electronic equipment and it was during this time that William grew deeper in his faith and felt God speak to him, telling him to go to Guatemala. While working for the army, William met his wife, Frances “Janie,” and they married on April 7, 1946. Their first son, Robert Duncan, was born on Feb. 5, 1947, and on Sept. 21, 1949, their second son, Mack Berry, joined the family.
But McCall had not forgotten God speaking to him telling him to go to Guatemala. He packed up his family and moved to Cleveland to attend Lee College. He finished his studies at Trinity University and received a bachelor’s degree in May 1951. He immediately accepted his first mission’s assignment in Utila, Honduras and served as a missionary for the Church of God for more than 35 years in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and Jamaica — overseer of Central Guatemala for three years and superintendent of Central America for eight years. He served as President for the International Latin Seminary, which trained many of the church leaders working in Central America today, and was responsible for establishing bible institutes in five different countries.
Aside from family, William is most proud of the work done in Guatemala. When he and his family moved there in 1952, there was very little mission work being done but today it is one of the largest mission countries in Latin America.
McCall retired from foreign missions service in 1986 and worked for two years as a liaison between mission students attending Pentecostal Seminary and the Church of God World Missions Department. In 1988 he began working with Editorial Evangelica until he fully retired on July 30, 2005 — his 85th birthday. McCall holds an honorary doctorate from the Pentecostal Seminary in Puerto Rico, and has been recognized for his labors in the misson fields, however, the minister is always careful to give all credit for any success to His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jeske was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 14, 1949, to Homer Bruce and Jeannette Holiman. She has one sister Cecilia and two brothers, Ronald and Kenney. She graduated from Loma Linda University of California in 1984 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Jeske always enjoyed helping others and traveling. She once visited 17 countries in 35 days. She also loved the outdoors; she has climbed several mountains including Mount Whitney with an elevation of 14,505 feet. She sprained her ankle near the top and had to climb back down with a bad ankle. She also biked 100 miles from Santa Anna to San Diego in two days with a friend. In 1988 Jeske became a missionary nurse in Kenya Africa. She also taught nursing classes there. She loved it in Kenya, but in 1990, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She chose to go ahead and have her surgery in Kenya, then returned back to America for two months for some final testing. She returned to Kenya and finished her chemo treatments. While in Kenya, Karen adopted her twin girls, Kari, and Kara, who were born April 2, 1989. She has had them since they were two-months old. The adoption was final in 1991 and she brought them back to America in 1992. She said they “really drew a crowd in the airport.” She loved making dresses for them when they were young.
Jeske has worked as a nursing supervisor in hospitals, home healths, and nursing homes in various areas. She is a two time cancer survivor, and is very thankful for her dear friend Ralph Whitehead, who has been a tremendous source of encouragement and companionship over the past few years. When Karen is asked about the one thing that she is most proud of, she, without hesitation, says, “adopting my children.” Karen is also a proud grandmother of three grandchildren, Zalika, Zy’tionne and Laterris, better known as “BooBoo.” Karen is a very strong, loving woman, a people-person, who dearly loves her family and friends. She is a true servant leader. Her life has been devoted to loving, giving and serving; indeed and always thinks of others before herself.
Davis was born on Feb. 14, 1935, a son of the late John and Mamie Davis. The late Mr. Davis was a life-long resident of Cleveland. He was of the Baptist faith and worked in his hometown as a HVAC installer until his retirement. Davis was a veteran of the United States Navy and loved the opportunity to serve the country with his brother, Alvin, who served on the same ship. He received the Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and Alhambra Shriners.
Davis’ upbeat and gregarious persona made him friends everywhere he went, including the Signature HealthCARE family. He loved reading, gardening and prayer.
He was very proud of his service to his country and yet, most proud of his family! Davis loved his parents and large family of brothers and sisters. He was cherished by his three children — Mitzi, Tommy and Yuri, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Beloved friend, Tommy Davis, passed away on July 31, 2012. “We miss you and thank God for the honor of bestowing you with the induction into our company’s Hall of Fame.”
Patten was born on Aug.13, 1949, in Aberdeen, S.D. She was the first-born of four and a “born leader,” a caring servant-leader indeed. Patten is a mother of four: Amy McGramahan (husband Brian, daughter Alex) of Cleveland; Charlie Patten, 34, of Lebanon; Catherine Patten, 33, of Cleveland,; and Maggie Patten, 28, of Louisville, Ky. A marvelous student with big dreams, who always took her education very seriously, Patten attended Central High School in Aberdeen. After high school, she moved to Colorado, then to Nashville, finally settling in Cleveland and attended Cleveland State Community College, obtaining her ADN-RN, and East Tennessee State University (BSN-RN), Johnson City. In 1986, she began classes at Cleveland State Community College in pursuit of her dream of becoming a nurse and graduated with honors in 1989. She was living her lifelong dream, raising four children and becoming a registered nurse. She worked as a RN in many capacities, the nursery, ICU, cardiac wing and more. Her caring heart is evident in all aspects of her life. Professionally she was passionate about being a nurse, but extended her care to rescuing animals caring for many rescued/pets. Always first, however, she thrived as a nurturing mother and grandmother.
In December of 2007, at age 58, Patten was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (Frontal-Temporal Dementia or FTD) and the nurse became a patient. She now needs total care. Her family members considered her a “social butterfly,” but sadly, now Nancy does not speak. Her children cared for her in the home she raised them in — her favorite place to be — as long as they could, but on April 16, 2009, after 26 years, she moved out and continues to fight this devastating battle. Patten’s family speaks on her behalf for receiving this Hall of Fame Nomination and Award. “Mom would say ‘Thank you for this honor, thank you for your care, and thank you for loving me’.”
Cain was born in Benton on Jan. 5, 1937. He is a proud father of four children, two daughters and two sons. While his formal education extended only the ninth grade at Tellico Plains High School, his life’s impact has been wonderful! He is known by his great smile and winsome ways. His daughter, Martha, says, “My dad has never met a stranger.” He quickly makes friends and adds value to all he comes into contact with. Cain coached Little League Baseball when his kids were young and taught Sunday school at Asbury United Methodist Church. He still loves to serve. He leads singing at many of the chapel services here at SHC every week. Chuck had an exciting and rewarding career as an entertainer. He is a singer, song-writer and guitar player — a gifted musician who loved to play his guitar. Since his stroke he is not able to play, but still greatly enjoys singing. He was a member of the Crystal River Quartet for 17 year and cut a record in Nashville: “Blue are the Tears I Cried.” He sang as a guest at the Grand Ole Opry along with some greats, like Marty Robbins and Carl Smith. He loves fishing, painting, and carpentry. Cain also enjoyed being on the road as a truck driver for 10 years. He says with his sweet smile: “I am most proud of my four children.”