Coal Creek loses a hero

Reverend Roy Daugherty
1938 -- 2006

Outstanding man, friend,
and community leader

Reverend Roy Vernon Daugherty of the Coal Creek community of Anderson County, Tennessee passed away on February 16, 2006 at 11:25 a.m. after a courageous fight against cancer.  Rev. Daugherty was born in Logan, West Virginia on January 16, 1938.  He served in the Air Force for twelve years beginning in 1955 and was stationed at the Briceville Radar Station which was built on Cross Mountain as an early warning station in case of enemy attack on Oak Ridge.    He met his dear wife, Della Vowell Daugherty while stationed in Coal Creek.  Della and Roy left the Coal Creek area and were stationed in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Germany, and Ohio. They lived in Michigan and returned to the Coal Creek community in 1971 with their four children.
       He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Briceville.  He was the former pastor of Briceville Community Church.  He received degrees from Liberty Bible Institute and Bethany Bible College and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He and his wife ministered to the homeless in Knoxville’s Market Square for many years.
       Rev. Daugherty was a model of inspiration and good examples.  As a founding member of the volunteer Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc., he had a tremendous impact for the good in our lives, but most importantly, in the community.  A few of his efforts in the last few years have included:  Flood prevention – organizing Deadwood Removal Days to get volunteers to clear dammed bridges to reduce flooding; creek bank stabilization projects, which won a national award from FEMA; illegal trash dump clean-up, which won TDEC’s 2002 Aquatic Resource Preservation Award; restoring the historic Briceville Church built by Welsh miners in 1800s – Recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places; renewing interest in the rich coal mining history to encourage jobs through tourism; recruiting health and dental care for the children and community; teaching children the value of staying in school and going to college to be able to take care of themselves and their community; restoration of the old Briceville Ball Park for the children and families to have a safe gathering place; teaching hunter safety training classes and safety regulations for ATV; organizing neighborhood watch program to discourage illegal trash dumping, burglaries, and  meth labs.  Rev. Daugherty was recognized by the Tennessee State Senate by Resolutions for his efforts to improve his community.    Rev. Roy also led the very special memorial service at the 100th anniversary of the Fraterville Mine Disaster.  In 2003, he was named Anderson County hero for his volunteer work that made a difference every day in the lives of Anderson County residents.

Roy teaching the youth of Coal Creek
about community service as they worked
to restore the old Briceville Ball Park

        The most impressive characteristic of Rev. Daugherty is that he was unselfish in his desire to improve the quality of life in the Coal Creek watershed.  Even when his actions and decisions were not popular with the whole community, he had the courage to do what was right for the safety and betterment of the community and a better future for its children and citizens.

Rev. Daugherty was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and seven brothers.   He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Della, and their daughters, Debra Lynn West & husband Curtis of Clarksville, Teresa Ann Daugherty of Clinton, Patricia Maria Williams and husband Charlie of Joyner, and son Roy Joseph Daugherty and wife Angie of Oak Ridge, nine grandchildren and six great grand children.

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