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January, 2021


Knoxville, Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE — On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Katelyn Rae Oliver, loving wife, wonderful mother, daughter, and friend passed away at the age of 34.

Kate was born on August 29, 1986 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Mike and Terryl (Eastvold) Oliver. She graduated from Karns High School in 2004 and was a proud member of the KHS Drumline. On August 2, 2018, she married the love of her life, Amanda Michelle Fox. One of the biggest rewards of marrying Amanda was becoming Cayden's mother, and they immediately developed a special bond. In Cayden's words, "She meant a lot to me and was good at playing guitar."

Kate had a positive, contagious personality with a smile and laugh that would light up any room. She was extremely charismatic and charming with a knack for scaring people and pulling amazing pranks. She loved her friends and family fiercely and would be the first to do anything for them.

Kate was an avid music lover, concert-goer and performer. She was a great guitar player and loved teaching Cayden how to play. Anyone who knew Kate knows that she also had a passion for her job of nearly 14 years at Dick's Sporting Goods. She was known for her commitment to the development of others, constantly offering encouragement, advice, advancement, and making coworkers feel more like family. Kate's best days were spent on the lake fishing with family and always turning it into a friendly competition of who would get the biggest catch of the day.

Kate was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob and Ann Oliver and Duane Eastvold. She is survived by her wife Amanda, son Cayden, parents Mike and Terryl Oliver, brother Matthew Oliver, nieces Emma and Hannah Oliver, grandmother Hazel (Joan) Eastvold, and relatives living in Georgia, Minnesota, and Tennessee. Celebration of Life to take place in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter Initiative ( - choose "Make a Donation" then choose "In Memory of Kate Oliver" from the drop-down menu) or the Karns High School Band (


Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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GATLINBURG — Bruce Anders, President of Ober Gatlinburg, Inc., passed away Friday, January 8. Anders served as President of the family owned and operated business since 2009.

Anders first began his career at Ober Gatlinburg, Inc. on September 16, 1992 and worked in many capacities during his 29-year tenure. He was elected the third president of Ober Gatlinburg, Inc. on April 1, 2009 following in the footsteps of brother Cy and father, Claude Anders, company founder.

Anders’ hands-on style of management had him involved in every aspect of day to day operations. It also gave him a deep appreciation for the employees.

Anders served as Vice President of the Southeast Ski Areas Association. He was an avid supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and an advocate for Tennessee Special Olympics, which holds their winter games at Ober Gatlinburg each year.

Vice Presidents and co-owners, Rex, Kent and Keith Anders will continue to operate Ober Gatlinburg, Inc.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park is Tennessee’s only ski area and a favorite year-round family friendly destination.

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