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Ruby Louise Blackwell
Died: 01/08/1999
Ruby Louise Blackwell, 75, of Newport, passed away suddenly Saturday evening, January 2, at her home.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, John and Cora Blackwell of Hot Springs, North Carolina; and her sisters, June Reese and Bobbie Overton, both of Newport.
Her survivors include: daughter, Patsy, and husband, Carroll Shoemaker Sr. of Sevierville; grandchildren, Patty and Carroll Shoemaker Jr. of Sevierville; granddaughter-in-law, Pauline Shoemaker of Sevierville; brother, Johnny Blackwell of Newport; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be Tuesday, January 5, at 8 p.m., at the Brown Funeral Chapel with Dr. Charlie Boggan officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. prior to the service.
Interment will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Union Cemetery.
Brown Funeral Home is in charge.

John WIlliam Hale
Died: 01/08/1999
John William Hale, 73, of Newport, passed away January 4 after a lengthy illness.
He was preceded in death by his children, William and Wanda; parents, Joseph and Josephine Hale; and a brother, Charles.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Minnie Ball Hale; son, Joe Hale; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Glennita Hale, all of Newport; daughter, Judy Sneed of Newport; daughters and sons-in-law, Rita and Jerry Ford and Lora and Jack Eslinger, all of Newport; also 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Lee Ball and Rev. Buster Ball officiating. Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery.
The family received friends Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Rowena Bush LaRoe
Died: 01/08/1999
Rowena Bush LaRoe, 43, of Plano, Texas, died Dec. 22, in Plano after an extended illness.
Mrs. LaRoe was an artist who enjoyed painting in watercolors. Quilting and traveling were also among her interests. She was a Christian.
A native of Newport, she was born on Jan. 19, 1955. She held a master of arts degree.
Mrs. LaRoe is survived by her husband, William LaRoe; two children, Rella and Glennis; and her mother, Rowena Bush of Indianapolis, Indiana.

John Calhoun Porter
Died: 01/08/1999
John Calhoun Porter, 98, of Newport, died at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County on Thursday morning, January 7.
He graduated from Smokey Mtn. Academy in Sevierville and Central High School in Newport. He was also a graduate of Cumberland Law School in Lebanon and a graduate of Carson-Newman College, where he played football.
He was an avid sportsman.
He passed the bar in 1930 and was an active trial lawyer for 62 years.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newport; was a business entrepreneur; and was a member and former president of the Cocke County Bar Association.
He is survived by his wife, Bessie Crouch Porter of Newport; son, John Crouch Porter of Jacksonville, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Judge J. Kenneth and Janet Rhodes Porter of Newport; sister, Gene Hembree of Sevierville; grandchildren, Janie Porter of Nashville, James K. Jr. and Kathy Porter of Sevierville, John Calhoun II and Allison Porter of Jacksonville, Florida, David Wall and Misty Porter of Dallas, Texas, and Sarah Porter and Sam Warnack of Savannah, Georgia; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Manes Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jim Lindsay and Rev. Ralph Smith officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Manes Funeral Home, prior to the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Newport, 261 East Broadway, Newport, TN 37821, or a charity of your choice.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Joseph Fredrick Wilson
Died: 01/08/1999
Joseph Fredrick Wilson, 55, of Morristown, died Friday, January 1, at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville.
He was a member of Manley Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and was involved with the prayer group.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Isa B. Wilson; and one brother, Bill Wilson.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Wilson of Morristown; sisters, Jean Neas of Newport and Wanda Wilson of Morristown; sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice and L.D. Brooks of White Pine; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 2, at Manley Baptist Church in Morristown, with Dr. Richard Emmert and Dr. David Green officiating. The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.
Burial was 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Union Cemetery. The family received friends from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Manes Funeral Home prior to burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Manley Baptist Church Prepare The Way Fund, 3606 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy., Morristown, TN 37813 or Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund, 234 Lincoln Avenue, Newport, TN 37821.
Manes Funeral Home was in charge.

Helen Geneva Wright
Died: 01/08/1999
Helen Geneva Wright, 75, of Life Care Centers of America, Elizabethton, died Friday, January 8, at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.
Mrs. Wright was a native of Bristol; was a former resident of Newport; and had lived in Johnson City for a number of years.
She was a daughter of the late Simon B. Horne and Bertha Horne Warner and was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Neal J. Wright in 1997; two brothers; and two sisters.
Mrs. Wright’s home church was Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Teresa Pierce, Smyrna; six sons, Michael Wright, Bristol, Charles Wright, Simon Wright and Wesley Wright, all of Johnson City, Johnny Wright, Gray, and Rev. Terry Wright, Newport; two sisters, Mary Godsey, Johnson City and Georgia Tadlock, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church. The body laid in state one hour prior to services. The Reverend Paul Crowe and Reverend Wendall Buchanan officiated. Burial followed in Monte Vista Burial Park. Pallbearers were selected from family.
The family received friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Morris-Baker Funeral Home.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home, Johnson City, was in charge.

Warren C. Edmonds
Died: 01/10/1999
Warren C. Edmonds, 73, of 1229 Owens Lane, Dandridge, passed away Sunday, January 10, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Florida.
Mr. Edmonds was born April 14, 1925, in Dandridge, and was the son of the late Arthur and Margaret Myers Edmonds
He attended Hills Union United Methodist Church; was a veteran of World War II; was retired from General Motors Corp., having worked in the area of parts manufacturing; and was a winter resident of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida.
Survivors: wife, Wanda J. Edmonds of Dandridge; daughter, Roseanne Provencal of Northville, Michigan; brother, Bill Edmonds of Dandridge; sisters, Willie Maude Patterson and Maxie Lane, both of Dandridge; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hills Union United Methodist Church with Rev. John Crabtree officiating. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. The body will be moved to the church to lie in state one hour before services.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Farrar Funeral Home in Dandridge.
Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge, is in charge.

Haskell J. Fox
Died: 01/10/1999
Haskell J. Fox, 84, of Newport, died Sunday at his home following a lengthy illness.
He was retired from Stokely-Van Camp.
He was a member of New Bethel Church of Newport.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Bessy Fox.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Fox, of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Kay and Preston Cureton and Linda Gail and James Frisbee of Parrottsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny Steven and Blenda Fox of Parrottsville, David C. and Carol Fox of Newport, and Gary Lynn and Jeannie Fox of Dandridge; brother, Jack Fox, of Elyria, Michigan; sister, Mary Crews of Madison Heights, Michigan; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willie Winters and Alfred Cutshaw officiating. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Union Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday prior to the funeral.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Gary Lynn Shepherd
Died: 01/10/1999
Gary Lynn Shepherd, 34, of Newport, died Sunday, January 10, at his home.
He was a maintenance supervisor at Regan Resort Properties in Gatlinburg.
He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Vard Shepherd; mother, Mary Hance Shepherd; and brother, James “Jim” Allen Shepherd.
Survivors: wife, Tammy Marie Shepherd, Newport; children, Ashley and Julie of Newport; sisters, Helen Devitt of Eastpoint, Michigan, and Betty Jo Hale and Cindy Haney, both of Newport; brothers, Albert Shepherd, Ronnie Shepherd and Ricky Shepherd, all of Newport; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; several nieces and nephews; cousins; friends; and special friend, J.B. Brackins.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held Thursday, January 14, at 2 p.m., at Costner-Maloy Funeral Chapel with Dr. Frank Bell officiating. Interment will be in Dutch Bottoms Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Gregory, Dickie Gentry, David Jenkins, Chuck Ramos, Kenneth Hance, and Chester Rollins. Honorary pallbearers are J.B. Brackins and Kris Jenkins.
Costner-Maloy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Herny Shoemaker
Died: 01/10/1999
Henry Shoemaker, 71, of Newport, died Sunday at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemual D. and Maggie Helton Shoemaker; and brothers, Eugene and Gerald Shoemaker.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eula Mae Shoemaker of Newport; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Buddy Hopson of Morristown; granddaughter, Julia Rhea Hopson of Morristown; brother and sister-in-law, Carroll D. and Pat Shoemaker of Sevierville; sister and brother-in-law, Emma Kate and Henry Messer of Dandridge; also several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Mills and the Rev. Eddie Maupin officiating. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery.
Family will receive friends Monday evening from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Claude Newton Fowler
Died: 01/12/1999
Claude (Doc) Newton Fowler, 84, of Newport, passed away Tuesday, January 12, at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County.
He was a native of Cocke County and a retired engineer with American Enka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Lizzie Overholt Fowler; son, Robert Fowler; and brothers, D.S. (Jerry) Fowler, E.T. (Bug) Fowler, C.H. (Tommy) Fowler, Earl L. Fowler, J.C. (Nig) Fowler, Lesley R. (Chick) Fowler, and K.O. (Pumpkin) Fowler.
Survivors include his wife, Annie M. Fowler; five nieces; and three nephews.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Westside Chapel with Rev. Del Robertson and Rev. Bryan Watson officiating. Interment to follow in the Point Pleasant Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Westside Chapel.
Westside Chapel Funeral Home, Morristown, is in charge of arrangements.

Loyd Starnes
Died: 01/12/1999
Loyd Starnes Jr., 61, of Newport, died Tuesday at his home.
He was encouraged during his last days due to the love and caring deeds of his precious family and friends.
He was director of manufacturing for the Volunteer Blind Industries and considered the employees as his second family.
He was a member of the Lions Club and attended Calvary Baptist Tabernacle.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bea Starnes; and sister, Betty Jane Starnes.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Starnes, of the home; father, Loyd Starnes Sr. of Newport; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Joyce Starnes of Parrottsville, Jeff and Linda Starnes of Newport, and Chad Starnes of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Buffy and Barry Gregory of Newport; brother, Lester Starnes of Newport; sisters, Peggy Parks of Parrottsville and Evelyn Taylor of Newport; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Wells and Manson Lee officiating. Rev. Tom Mooty will be singing a favorite hymn of the family, “Peace, Wonderful Peace.”
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday in the Union Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Mooty officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday prior to the funeral services.
Loyd’s Volunteer Blind family is welcome to meet with his family Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Manes Funeral Home for a private memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lions Club and Smoky Mountain Hospice, 222 Heritage Blvd., Newport, TN 37821.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Rachel Stephens Ervin
Died: 01/18/1999
Rachel Stephens Ervin met her savior on Friday, January 15, 1999. At the time of her death, she was a resident of The Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport.
She was born January 22, 1918, to Robert T. and Ann Elizabeth Bibee Stephens of Monroe County. She was married to Wesley O. (W.O.) Ervin for 53 years until his death in 1997. The Ervins had three sons: Fletcher, of Newport; Bobby, of Ooltewah; and Kenneth, who predeceased his parents. She was also predeceased by sisters, Lillie Rider and Willie Ruth Joines; and a brother, Stanley Stephens.
She was a member of Notchey Creek Baptist Church.
Other survivors are daughters-in-law, Penny Ervin and Becky Ervin; grandchildren, Robert, Michael and Andrew Ervin and Melissa Worthington; great-grandchildren, David Ervin and Elizabeth and Rachel Worthington; sisters, Merle Rider, Lois McSpadden, and Kathleen Raper; and brother, R.C. Stephens.
Funeral was 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Biereley-Hale Chapel with Rev. Gale Miller officiating. Interment was in Notchey Creek Cemetery.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville, was in charge.

Lisa Lynn Gray
Died: 01/18/1999
Lisa Lynn Gray, 33, of Newport, passed away suddenly Friday, January 15, at the Baptist Hospital of Cocke County.
Lisa attended Webb Baptist Church and she was employed at Lois’ Country Kitchen.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Lane Breeden.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Charlie Gray; children, Clifton Ray, Jessica Lynn and Alissa Chyenne Gray, all of Newport; brother, Charles Breeden of Maryville; sisters, Sondra Sawyer of Houston, Texas, and Sheila Davis of Marietta, Georgia; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Brown Funeral Chapel with Dr. Frank Bell officiating. Interment was in the Hall Family Cemetery.
The family received friends Saturday evening at Brown Funeral Home.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge.

James Harrison Messer
Died: 01/18/1999
James Harrison Messer, 84, passed away Sunday, January 17, at Laughlin Healthcare Center of Greeneville.
He was a member of the Piney Grove Baptist Church.
He was a farmer, substitute mail carrier, and was with the Forestry Service.
Harrison and his late wife, Leesta, were called upon many times to sing at churches and funerals; even though busy with their work, they never refused. Harrison was preceded in death by his parents, Lawson and Frankie Messer; wife, Leesta Shelton Messer; sisters, Leora Carlisle, Grace Dockery and Lavada Reece; and brothers, Clyde Messer, Brown Messer and Ernest Messer.
His survivors include children, Cora Mae and husband, Fred Kelley, and Ruth and husband, Don Kelley, all of Del Rio; sister, Viola Reece of Newport; grandchildren, Jimmy and wife, Kathy Kelley of Del Rio and Bryan and wife, Sharon Kelley of Johnson City; great-grandchildren, Brandi and Brandon Kelley of Del Rio and Lauren and Hayley Kelley of Johnson City; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral Chapel with Rev. Marvin Witt and Rev. Bill Murr officiating. Interment will be in the Clark Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Chapel.
Brown Funeral Home is in charge.

Charles A Gorrell
Died: 01/22/1999
Charles A. Gorrell, 78, of Central, South Carolina, formerly of Newport, died Friday at Anderson Area Medical Center in Central, South Carolina.
He was a retired maintenance engineer; a veteran of World War II; and was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Jackson and Jeannie Gregg Gorrell; brothers, Luther and Forrest Gorrell; and sisters, Helen Gorrell Raines and Elizabeth Gorrell.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Coker of Pickens, South Carolina, Janice Dameron of Central, South Carolina, and Carol Nimmons of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; stepson, Gary Ward of Central, South Carolina; two sisters, Rhunette Mooneyham and Kate Shelton, both of Newport; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Manes Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ransom Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Faubian Cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Lance Corporal Charles Roberts D.A.V. Chapter #102.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Ernest H. Byrd
Died: 01/23/1999
Ernest H. Byrd, 84, of Newport, died Saturday, January 23, at Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee in Knoxville.
He was a member of the D.A.V. Chapter #102 and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He was a veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Gray Byrd.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Charles McNabb of Newport; granddaughter and her husband, Celena and Dennis Suggs of Newport; grandson and his wife, Richard and Pam McNabb of Newport; and great-grandchildren, Eli Suggs and Bethany McNabb of Newport.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Manes Funeral Home with Rev. Riley Huffstetler, Rev. J. Castro Smith and Rev. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery with the Lance Corporal Charles Roberts D.A.V. Chapter #102 officiating.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday evening at Manes Funeral Home.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Joseph Murphy Denton
Died: 01/23/1999
Joseph Murphy Denton, 78, of Sevierville, passed away Saturday, January 23, at Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee in Knoxville.
Mr. Denton was a member of the D.A.V., Fox Methodist Church and had served his country for three years in the Army during WWII.
Murphy was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Denton; sister, Eldridge Leona Denton; and a grandson, Randy Denton.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Edmonds Denton, Sevierville; sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Dixie Denton, Sevierville, and Dennis and Kathy Edmonds, Cosby; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Sue and Dennis Layman, Sevier County; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Gaveta Chaney, Sevierville, and Velma Samples, White Pine; three nieces; and one nephew.
Service for Mr. Denton will be 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 25, at Rawlings Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Neece, Rev. Tony Sutton, Rev. Becky Stephens, and Rev. Robert Brewer officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hills Union Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday preceding the service at Rawlings Funeral Home.
Rawlings Funeral Home, Sevierville, is in charge.

Pauline W. Ottinger
Died: 01/25/1999
Pauline W. Ottinger, 81, of Newport, died Monday morning at the Baptist Convalescent Center of Cocke County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dolph Ottinger; children, Dolph Franklin, Linda Marie and Homer Alvin; and parents, Maggie and Joel Williams.
She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Coleman of Dallas, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Faye and Kimball Smelcer of Chestnut Hill; sons and daughters-in-law, L.D. and Rhonda Ottinger, Terry and Sherry Ottinger and Ronnie and Donna Ottinger of Newport, and Arnold and Margaret Ottinger of Meadowview, Virginia; 12 grandchildren, Darrell and Dwayne Coleman, Vickie Ezell, Cindy Anders, Mike Ottinger, Laura Pruitt, David and Jimmy Ottinger, Penny and Dawn Lee, and Todd and Shalee Ottinger; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Chapel with the Rev. E.K. Waldrop, the Rev. Frank Floyd and the Rev. Norman Jones officiating.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Omer C Phillips
Died: 01/27/1999
Omer C. Phillips, 85, of Cosby, died Thursday evening, January 21, at home.
He was a farmer.
He was a member of Caton’s Grove Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Phillips and Rindy Lindsey Phillips; wife, Zela Phillips; sons, Stocal Phillips and Cecil Phillips; daughter, Gail Phillips; granddaughter, Emma Jean Phillips; and grandsons, Terry Hall and Jeffrey Lynn Hall.
Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Clemon and Marie Phillips and Ron and Edith Phillips, all of Cosby; daughters and sons-in-law, Dora and Jack Hall, Cosby, and Ruby and Walter Hall and Kathleen and Trent O’Dell, all of Newport; sisters, Vera Phillips and Almeda Phillips, both of Cosby, Wilma Webb and Lora Butler, both of Newport, and Linnie Shults, Bridgeton, New Jersey; brother, Arnold Phillips, Cosby; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 23, at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home.
The funeral was 2 p.m. Sunday, January 24, at Costner-Maloy Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Raines and Rev. Jerry Epley officiating. Interment was in Caton’s Grove Methodist Church Cemetery.
Costner-Maloy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah M Shelton
Died: 01/30/1999
Sarah M. Shelton, 74, of White Pine, died Saturday evening, January 30, at Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Andrew Shelton; sons, Albert, Johnny and Bobby Shelton; daughter, Vinetta Shelton; and brothers, Hershell and Edward Turner.
She is survived by her sons, Andrew Shelton of Morristown and John and Robert Shelton of White Pine; daughters, C.L. Roberts of Del Rio, Nina Grisham of Morristown, Elgiva Moss of Bean Station, Ethel Mae Cagle of Del Rio, and Debra Burchfield of Del Rio; brother, Hayward Turner of Jonesville, South Carolina; sisters, Millie Gregg of Jonesville, South Carolina, Annie Mae Turner of Del Rio, and Edith Holliway of Hammond, Indiana; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Manes Funeral Chapel with Rev. Doug King officiating. Burial will be in Lee Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Manes Funeral Home.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

LaRue Nease
Died: 02/01/1999
LaRue Nease, 83, of Port Charlotte, Florida, died Saturday at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida.
He was born on May 29, 1915, in Newport.
Before residing in Port Charlotte, Florida, he resided in Cleveland, Ohio.
He was a core setter for the Ford Motor Company.
LaRue was a member of the New York Area Homeowners Association in Port Charlotte, Florida.
He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte, Florida.
He is survived by his son, Artie G. Nease of Port Charlotte, Florida; brother, Bernard Nease of Newport; stepbrother, Jake Blazer of Augusta, Georgia; sister, Anna Carolyn McKenney of Newport; four grandchildren, Mark, Douglas, Debbie and Neal Nease, all of Port Charlotte, Florida; two great-grandchildren, Justin and Amanda Nease of Port Charlotte, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends called on Monday, February 1, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Paul Schelm Funeral Home in Port Charlotte, Florida.
The funeral was 2 p.m. Monday, February 1, at Paul Schelm Funeral Home in Port Charlotte, Florida, with Pastor Julie Frank officiating. Burial was in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Arrangements by Paul Schelm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte, Florida.

Lena Holder Sexton
Died: 02/01/1999
Lena Katherine (Holder) Sexton, 65, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by parents, Ed and Gladys Holder; sister, Priscilla Porelli (1998); and a brother, Bill Holder (1993).
Survivors include her husband, Delmas; daughter, Paula Dolsen of Columbus, Ohio; five sons, Greg Sexton, Ron Sexton, Brian Sexton, and Bart Sexton, all of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Mike Sexton of Las Vegas, Nevada; two sisters, Edrie Simpson of Newport and Fannie Starnes of Knoxville; two brothers, James Linderman of Parrottsville and John Rompinen of Pensacola, Florida; and seven grandchildren.
Services were 1 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Calling hours were 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Burial was in Highland Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family or Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice.
D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was in charge.

Winfield Ottis Shults
Died: 02/01/1999
Winfield Ottis Shults, 91, of Greeneville, formerly of Cosby, died January 31 at Takoma Adventist Hospital, Greeneville, after a short illness.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josie Layman Shults; and daughters, Vanelda Shults and Darlene Smith.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, June and Jack Johnson of Greeneville and Leta and Alvin Russell of Dandridge; sons and daughters-in-law, Duaine and Nell Shults of Cosby and Larry and Paula Shults of Clinton; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Crabtree officiating. Interment will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Waters-Large Cemetery in Cosby.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service.
Manes Funeral Home is in charge.

Edith Ball
Died: 02/05/1999
Edith Ball, 69, Dandridge, passed away Friday at the Baptist Hospital in Knoxville.
Edith was a member of the Swannsylvania Baptist Church.
She had been employed by Taste Bud Cafe.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Rutha and Charles Brown.
She is survived by a son, Charles N. Ball of Dandridge; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Oscar Roberts of Greeneville, Ruby and James Mills of Dandridge, Beulah Brown and Bill Bowers of Newport, and Dorothy Brown Roberts of Asheville, North Carolina; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Viola Brown of Cosby and Buck and Vontella Brown of Newport; grandchild, Amy Lynn Ball of Dandridge; special friend, Patty Steel of Dandridge; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Brown Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Hensley officiating.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.
The graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ray’s Chapel Cemetery.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge.

Rita B Costnet
Died: 02/07/1999
Rita B. Costner, 93, of Cosby, died Saturday, February 6, at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County.
She was a member of Catons Grove United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Israel Costner; two sons, Wayne Costner and Elmer Harris; her parents, Noah and Mary Alice McCarter Gunter; and her grandson, John Harris.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Carolyn Costner of Cosby; daughter and son-in-law, Paralee and Kenneth Shults of Cosby; sister, Glennie Forrester of Newport; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 8 p.m. Sunday at Manes Funeral Chapel with Rev. Denver Davidson and Rev. Elizabeth Fox officiating. Burial was held 10 a.m. Monday at the Costner Family Cemetery.
Manes Funeral Home was in charge.

Edward Earl Lane
Died: 02/08/1999
Edward Earl Lane, 63, of 4028 Two Notch Road, Gilbert, South Carolina, died Saturday, February 6.
He was born in Newport. He was a son of the late Creed Lee and Neppie Sue Addie Lane.
He was a member of Pond Branch United Methodist Church; an Army veteran; and was a retired pipe fitter.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Neppie Sue Addie Byrd Lane (1958); father, Creed Lee Lane (1990); brother, Jimmy Lee Lane (1977); sister, Evelyn Lorceil Chapman (1995); brother, William Jackson “Billy” Lane (1935); and brother-in-law, Harold Shults.
Surviving are his wife, Vondle Louise Denton Lane; daughters and son-in-law, Amy and Frankie Rish of Gilbert, South Carolina and Rhonda Lane of Gilbert, South Carolina; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald “Ronnie” and Patricia Lane and Stanley Roger and Vesta Lane, all of Newport; sister, Sandra Lynn Shelton; stepmother, Kate E. Lane; sister-in-law and her husband, Lucille and Jim Barnard; sister-in-law, Patricia Shults (widow of Harold Shults); brother-in-law and his wife, J.C. and Sheila Denton; sister-in-law and her husband, Janice and Mike Smith of South Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Pond Branch United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Colin Simmons will officiate.
Visitation was 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Milton Shealy Funeral Home in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina.
Memorials may be made to Pond Branch United Methodist Church, 1913 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert, South Carolina 29054.
Milton Shealy Funeral Home, Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, is in charge.

Ersa Wilson Patterson
Died: 02/08/1999
Ersa Wilson Patterson, 79, of Maryville, died Saturday, February 6, at Blount Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of New Providence Presbyterian Church of Maryville, and a member of several church and local organizations.
After teaching for several years, she was a salesperson and manager for World Book Encyclopedia for almost 30 years.
She also was a Welcome Wagon Lady for the last several years.
She graduated from the University of Tennessee at the age of 70 and was the oldest graduate in her class.
She was preceded in death by brother, James Edward Wilson; and was the daughter of Ronald Earl and Virgie Murr Wilson.
Survivors include; son, Patrick Hyder Patterson of San Diego, California; daughters and sons-in-law, Rev. Carole and Michael Knight of Murfreesboro and Jane and Bob Hobbs of Newton, Massachusetts; twin grandsons, Thaddeus and John Knight; granddaughters, Kate and Jenna Hobbs; sister, Lucile Cureton of Newport; brothers, Samuel Mack Wilson of Abington, Pennsylvania, and Gene Frederick of Blacksburg, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, February 12, at New Providence Presbyterian Church with Rev. David Campbell and Rev. Bruce Wilson officiating, with a reception to follow in Westminster Hall.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church. The family will have a private interment.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Maryville College, Carson-Newman College or The University of Tennessee or to Christiana Presbyterian Church Building Fund, in care of Rev. Carol Knight, 1806 Azure Way, Murfreesboro, TN 37128.
McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville, is in charge.

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