Thelma Pauline Melton

On September 25, 1981, 58-year-old Thelma Pauline Melton (Polly) headed to the Deep Creek Trail in the Smokey Mountains with her husband Bob and two friends. She loved the mountains and spent as much time as she could in the Smokies. She loved hiking the Deep Creek Trail and had been hiking it for nearly…

Dennis Martin

It was Father’s Day weekend, 1969, when William Martin, his sons Dennis and Douglas, and his father left their homes in Knoxville, Tennessee and headed to the Great Smokey Mountains for a weekend camping trip. They hiked from Cades Cove to Russell Field, which is around 10 miles, and would normally take a bit over 4…