Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries

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BASS, JOHN W. - age 44, passed away Friday, May 9, 1997. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #5. He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Bass; and sister, Helen Bass. He is survived by wife, Janet Bass; daughter, Wendy Michelle Bass; mother, Martha Bass; sister and brother-in-law, Minnie and Wendall Dalton; nieces, Rebekah and Dibri Dalton. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Highland South Chapel. Rev. Archie Elliot will be officiating. Interment will follow at Highland South Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be members of the Sheet Metal Workers Local #5. The family will receive friends Monday from 12-2 p.m. Arrangements are with Highland South Funeral Home (formerly Holly Hills South), 573-7300. 

BELCHER, MARY ANN ''LOUIE'' - age 71, of Maryville, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at the family home. She was a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church and was retired from Levi's Corporation. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Belcher; daughter, Lynda Lee; brothers, James, Andy, Carol and J.R. Arp. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Trina Belcher of Maryville; daughter, Sandra Belcher of Maryville; grandchildren, Kevin Carroll, Sherry McGill, Denise Carroll, Darian Carroll, Chris Belcher and Scott Belcher; great-grandchildren, Reese Dill, Jordan Carroll and Cody Carroll; sisters, Delia Self of Maryville and Ruby Selvidge of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 1997, West Chapel, Smith Mortuary with Rev. Clarence Evans officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 1997, at McClelland Cemetery, Madisonville. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, West Chapel, Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

BOLING, JOY G. - age 71, of Walland, died 6:40 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was retired from Alcoa Aluminum Company and served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Preceded in death by parents, John and Betty Boling; and niece, Donna Kay Walker. Survivors include brother, Jimmy Rex Boling of Walland; sister, Bernice Walker of Walland; sister and brother-in-law, Norma Jean and Eugene Sharp of Sevierville; and nephews, Stewart and John David Sharp of Sevierville, Brian Boling of Alta Loma, California. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. John Kosier and Rev. Kenneth Stansberry officiating. Family and friends will assemble 11 a.m. Monday at Grandview Cemetery for entombment service. Family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

CATE, MARTHA JONES - age 91, of Strawberry Plains, died Thursday, May 8, 1997. She had been a resident of Jefferson County Nursing Home and was preceded in death by husband, E.T. Cate; infant daughter, Joyce Cate; daughter, Bernice Foland; grandsons, David Bales and Denny Smith. She was a member of Dumplin Baptist Church. Survivors: daughters, Irene Munsey of Knoxville, Jean Cannon of Knoxville, Marilyn Hickman of Knoxville, Yvonne Bales of New Market, Barbara Martin of Kodak, Carolyn Cate of Goldsboro, N.C.; sons, Thurman Cate of Seymour, J. Harold Cate of Knoxville; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Funeral service 8 p.m. Saturday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Rev. Ron Jones and Rev. Kyle Cate officiating. Family and friends will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cate Cemetery for interment. Grandsons will be pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dumplin Baptist Church Building Fund, 1843 W. Dumplin Valley Rd., New Market, TN 37725, or the Arthritis Foundation. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. 

BROWNE, BENJAMIN W., SR. - of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. He retired from TVA in 1981. He was a funeral director and once served as president of Tennessee State Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. He was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Alcoa. Survivors: wife, Evelyn Browne; son, Benjamin W. (Kathy) Browne, Jr.; sister, Thelma Browne (James) Carr; brother, Rev. Clarence Wesley (Geneva) Browne; granddaughter, Jennifer Browne; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alexander (Margaret) Wade, Thelma (Samuel) Jackson, Alease Gibson; several nieces and nephews to include devoted niece, Rochelle Carr; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 11, 1997, at Unity Mortuary Chapel from 6-7 p.m. Graveside service on Monday, May 12, 1997, at 12 noon at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Rev. George Byrd officiating. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

CORAM, SANDERS A. - age 77, of Maynardville, passed away Friday morning. Retired from Rust Engineering. Survivors: wife, Louise Coram; son and daughter-in-law, Luther H. and Debbie Coram of Kokomo, Ind.; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy Elaine and Bruce Daulton of Kokomo; brothers, Edgar Corum of Luttrell, Don Coram of Halls, Carl Coram and Ralph Corum of Knoxville; sisters, Mrs. Virginia Cate of Knoxville and Mrs. Alice McCoy of Halls; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Graveside services 2 p.m. Sunday, Corum Cemetery, Rev. Richard Nicely officiating. Pallbearers: Lenny Belt, Ron Colvin, David Coram, Mike Coram, Greg McCoy, Todd Cruze. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

DAVIS, DAKOTA J. - age 4 months, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Children's Hospital. Private services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children's Hospital, 2018 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916, in memory of Dakota J. Davis. 

EBLEN, ELEANOR BAIRD - 88, of Clinton, Tenn., died Friday at Methodist Medical Center. Born April 29, 1909, in Jellico, Tenn. She taught English at LaFollette High School and Harriman High School. She was a graduate of Carson Newman College. She was a member of Clinton First Baptist Church in Clinton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Byron Eblen; her parents, Z.D. and Ella Baird. Survivors include two daughters, Zora and husband Bill Bivens of Clinton, and Anne and husband Kenny Nighbert of Wiliamsburg, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Beth Anne Scott of Vincennes, Ind., Susan Bivens of Athens, Tenn., Bill Bivens of Atlanta, Ga., Debbie York of Ponde Vedra Beach, Fla., Ginnie Nighbert of Lexington, Ky., Jamie Nighbert of Lexington, Ky. and Tommy Nighbert of Williamsburg, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Brennan Scott and Rachel Scott; several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Clinton First Baptist Church in Clinton. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Monday, May 12, 1997, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home Chapel in Clinton with the Rev. Sam Dean officiating. Burial will be in Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn. 

GRAHAM, LULA B. - age 85, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, May 9, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith and a wonderful mother. Preceded in death by husband, David Granville; parents, Ella Rose Goins and P.E. Burnette; brother, Robert Burnette; and sisters, Ruth Monday, Della Smith and Flora Burnette. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Wilma Graham, Ypsilanti, Mich.; sons, William F. Graham, Sam L. Graham, Knoxville; brother, Sam Watkins; four granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services 3 p.m. Sunday, Greenwood Cemetery, Pastor Ken Harden officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

HARDY, EARLINE DAVIS - of 1837 Linden Ave. D-237, entered into eternal rest Friday, May 9, 1997, at UT Hospital. The family will assemble at her home (524-1968). Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

HENSLEY, ALVIN H. - age 76, of Knoxville, died 3:25 p.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway, in charge of arrangements. 

HOEY, DAVID F., M.D. - 81, of Knoxville, died Thursday, May 8, 1997. He was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and a longtime Knoxville physician, having served on staff of all local hospitals. Dr. Hoey was a Fellow of the American Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, member of Knoxville Academy of Medicine, past board member of St. Mary's Hospital where a labor and delivery room was dedicated in his name. He was widely recognized for having performed Tennessee's first successful RH negative blood transfusion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette; and half-brother, Charles Jackson. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis Christopher and Diane Hoey of Marietta, Ga., Michael Patrick and Kaye Hoey of Gainesville, Ga.; daughter, Mary Cecilia Cooper of Cumming, Ga.; grandchildren, David Hoey and Susan M. Silva of Georgia, James D. Cooper of Knoxville; step-grandchildren, Joseph T. Davidson of California and Kimberly Rosenthal of Georgia. Family and friends will meet Monday at Calvary Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service with Father John Dowling officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville 37909. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

HILL, C. BURNHAM (BURNIE) - age 961/2, of Farragut, departed this life Thursday evening, May 8, 1997, at the Farragut Health Care Center. For many years he was a resident of Milwaukee, Wis., where he was a medical social consultant with the Wisconsin Lung Association. He was a 1924 graduate of Beloit College and received his master's degree from the Tulane School of Social Work in 1940. He was a veteran of WWII where he was in the field services overseas 

with the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Concord United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Elias Burnham Hill and Barbara Faith Hill; wife, Margaret D. Hill; brother, Harry Hill; and sisters, Elsie Hill and Bessie Bell. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, David B. and Shirley Palmer Hill of Arden, N.C. (recently from Knoxville); grandchildren, Dana Hill White and husband Geoffrey of Birmingham, Ala., Craig B. Hill of Hickory, N.C., Brent D. Hill of Elon College, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Leonard Turner and Rev. Ron Hammond officiating. A private interment will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511-5595. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Monday at the Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

KINSER, DRINNEN W. - age 88, died May 7 at Sevier County Medical Center. Preceded in death by husband, Samuel A. Kinser; brothers, Bernard Wrinkle, Wiley Wrinkle; sisters, Lillian Fawver, Dixie Wilson and Wanda Tabor. Survivors: daughters, Lou McNutt, Kodak, Joan Bull, Seymour; grandchildren, Lisa Bukeavich, Martin, Tenn., Dinah Taylor, Austin, Texas, Russell McNutt, Knoxville, Scott Bull, Seymour; great-grandchildren, Allison and Elizabeth Bukeavich, Lauren, Leslie and David Bull. She was of the Methodist faith. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knox County Humane Society or the Brazil Medical Mission Trip, Church Street United Methodist Church. Graveside services 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Dr. James R. Bailes officiating. The family is being served by Highland South Funeral Home, 573-7300. 

KYKER, MILBURN F. (BUNT) - age 80, of 115 Old Athens Road, Madisonville, died early Friday morning at his home. Preceded in death by his first wife, Leona Wilson Kyker. Survivors: wife, Callie Mae Dawson Kyker; children, Betty Sparks of Vonore, Ruby Wells of Mouth of Wilson, Va., John Kyker of Madisonville; grandchildren, Tina Whitt of Phafftown, N.C., Terri Sparks of Vonore, Richard Kyker of Madisonville, Marti Sparks of Rockwood; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Tallent of Madisonville, Viola Kirk of Georgetown, Ky.; brothers, Ben Kyker of Sweetwater, Jim Kyker of Niota. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Madisonville, where the family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Funeral 1 p.m. Sunday, Kyker Chapel, Rev. Martin Bowlin officiating. Interment in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Kyker Funeral Home, Madisonville, in charge. 

McCROSKEY, ALLEEN C. - age 85, of Maryville, passed away Friday morning, May 9, 1997, at Colonial Hills Nursing Center. Member of Wildwood Baptist Church. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Loreta and Howard McCollum of Kingston; son and daughter-in-law, James and Nancy Connatser of Maryville; grandchildren, Allen McCollum, Jamie Reed, Gay Connatser; four great-grandchildren; step-sons, John, Jack, George McCroskey, all of Maryville; step-daughters, Dean Griffitts, Nell McKiger, Sally Payne, all of Maryville; several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 7 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Chuck Young officiating. Family and friends will meet at Middle Creek Cemetery in Sevier County at 2 p.m. Sunday for the interment service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wildwood Baptist Church, 4705 Porter Circle, Maryville, TN 37804. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

McCULLEY, HARVEY L. - age 80, of Michigan, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997. Survivors: wife, Catherine Abbott McCulley; daughters, Judy (David) Rose, Alice (Rick) Wheeler, Jeanne (Paul) Potvin; son, Harvey L. McCulley, Jr.; grandchildren, Catherine (Terry) Hodges, Robert T. Huber, Jr., Sabrina McCulley, Lee Wheeler, Richard Rose, William Rose; great-grandchildren, Michelle Hodges, Allison Hodges, Terry Hodges, Jr., Robert Huber III, Austin Daniel McCulley and Sinjin Huber; brother, William McCulley of Flint, Mich.; sister, Edna Sweat of Monroe, Mich.; several nieces and nephews; special cousin, Pauline Brown. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday at Headricks Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Elder Clyde Abbott, Sr., Elder Clyde Abbott, Jr. and Elder Robert Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Abbott Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

MUNDAY, MRS. NEVA TROUTMAN - age 85, passed away Thursday, May 8, 1997, at NHC Health Care of Knoxville. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a retired employee of St. Mary's Hospital with 20 years service. Member of South Knoxville Eastern Star #389. Preceded in death by her husband, Fred R. Munday; and daughter, Pat Perry. Survivors: son, William F. Munday; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. The family will meet 1 p.m. Sunday at Reaves Funeral Home in Statesville, N.C., and proceed to Oakwood Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 544 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 1997, at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

NORRIS, JAMES L. - age 53, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday night at UT Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Weaver Funeral Home in charge. 

NUNNALLY, MRS. ALICE ODDESSA STINSON - age 68, went to be with the Lord on May 6, 1997. Preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Mattie Stinson; brother, Willie Stinson; sister, Celeste Stinson; son, Bruce Stinson; and grandson, Rudy Stinson, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories: very devoted and loving husband, Ronald Nunnally; sons, Rudy and Donald (Diane) Stinson; daughters, Judy Stinson of Knoxville, sisters, Jesse Kate Stinson of Knoxville, Opal Stinson of New Jersey, Eunice Williams of New York, Flossie (Raymond) Willis of Knoxville; brothers, Roscoe Roberts of Indiana; aunts, Josie Lee Lewis and Essie Roberts of Knoxville; four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, grandchildren, Andre, Tina, Duke, Raylynn, Duck, Derrick, Tasha, Kim (Gary), D.A., Tiffany, Crystal, Trese, Dee-Dee, Javvar, T.C. and Amber; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins to include the Roberts and King Families; very special friend, Minnie Marsh and Ms. Weaver. The family will receive friends 6:30-7 p.m. Monday at Jarnigan and Son Mortuary. Funeral service 7 p.m., Rev. Steve Simpson officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday, New Gray Cemetery. Family will be at the home, 1800 Rosedale Ave. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

PARTON, SHIRLEY NEWMAN - age 55, of Sevierville, passed away Thursday, May 8, 1997, at her home. She was preceded in death by her father, Clyde Newman; son, Carroll Ray Parton; sister, Evelyn Minor; brothers, Clyde Newman, Jr. (Bud) and Carl Newman. Survivors: husband, Stanley ''Dee'' Parton; sons and daughters-in-law, Timmy Dee and Darlene Parton, Gary Wayne and Jenny Parton; daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Carl Cook; grandchildren, Jammie Parton and Sheena Parton; mother, Pauline Newman; brother, Ralph Newman; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 3 p.m. Sunday in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Rev. J.C. Cantrell and Rev. Glen Parton officiating. Interment will follow in Caton's Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

PHIPPS, PARLIN E. (EDDIE) - age 58, of Corryton, died suddenly 6:34 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was a member of Powder Springs Missionary Baptist Church; retired from Public Oil; veteran of the U.S. Navy. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Lucille Phipps; and wife, Merna Davidson Phipps. Survivors: brothers, Jimmie Phipps, Powder Springs, Jackie P. Phipps, Indian Town, Fla.; special aunt, Mattie Collins, Corryton; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 5 p.m. Sunday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Herman Lakin officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:45 a.m. Monday at Jefferson Memorial Gardens for an 11 a.m. graveside service with full military honors presented by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Freddie Phipps, Billy Skinner, Uncle Odra Collins, special friends, Terry Bell, Harvey Kitts, Denny Bates and J.V. Waller. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the East Tennessee Lupus Foundation, 5612 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

SMITH, JUANITA JOHNSTON - age 88, of Lenoir City, passed away Thursday evening, May 8, 1997, in Rogersville. She was a member of First Baptist Church for over 60 years. Member of the Faith Sunday School Class. She had also taught school in Loudon County and worked two years at Y-12 during World War II. She was chairman of the Heart Fund in Loudon County for two years. She was a devoted member of the Pilot Club for 25 years. She was past president and chaplain. She was preceded in death by parents, John W. Johnston Sr. and Dorcia Duff; brothers, Alvin and John ''Bud'' Johnston Jr.; sisters, Geneva McConkey and Evelyn Poe. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Paul Clark of Surgoinsville; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Debbie Smith of Spring City; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a niece and three nephews; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Johnston of Lenoir city, Julia A. Johnston of Raleigh, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Saturday followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Dick DeMerchant and Rev. Steve Holt officiating. Interment Lenoir City Cemetery. Members of the Pilot Club will serve as honorary pallbearers. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

ROACH, LOUIS M. (BODIE) - born November 12, 1921, age 75, of Rutledge, died at 3:02 a.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carmon H. Roach, Sr. and Theresa Farrar Roach; brother, Geraldine Roach. Survived by his wife, Lois (Tootsie) Carmack Roach of the home; sons, Jerry Roach of Rutledge and Jimmy Roach of Newport; brother and sister-in-law, Carmon H. and Virginia Roach, Jr.; sisters, Hazel Beaver of Knoxville, Ruby Roach of Knoxville, sister and brother-in-law, Zelma and C.H. Cameron of Rutledge; grandchildren, David and Heather Roach of Rutledge and four other grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 1997, at Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend James McCann and Reverend Martin Roach officiating. Military graveside service conducted by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard, and interment will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 12, 1997, at Grainger Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday, May 11, 1997, from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Ed McGoldrick, Ted McGoldrick, Taylor Farrar, C.H. Cameron, Gary Cameron and Bobby Sweeney. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861. Phone 423-828-5555. 

SMITH, RUTH McBEE - age 88, of Straw Plains, died 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at the family home. Member of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Knoxville. Preceded in death by grandson, John Ed Dowling, Jr.; brothers, James A. McBee and John A. McBee. Survivors: daughter, Mary Ann Dowling; grandchildren, Debbie, Mike and Rick Dowling, all of Straw Plains; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Robert N. Johnson, Ridgewood, N.J.; nephew, Dr. Jim Johnson, California. Memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Pastor LeClair Litchfield officiating. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Association, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Ave.at Broadway, in charge of arrangements. 

THOMAS, ELDRIDGE DWIGHT - age 65, of Knoxville, passed away May 7, 1997, at the V.A. Hospital in Johnson City. Member of Indian Gap Baptist Church. Former deacon of Ball Camp Baptist Church; Army veteran; retired from TVA after 34 years. Preceded in death by first wife, Margie Ada Goins Thomas; and brother, Kenneth ''Gene'' Thomas. Survived by his wife, Margie Cox Thomas; daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca Gail and Rodney Wooten, Kathy and David Lane, and Tammy and Jeff Robbins; five grandchildren, all of Knoxville; step-son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Debbie Cox of Clinton; brothers, Raymond R. Thomas of Seymour, John R. Thomas, Jr. of Greenville, S.C., and James E. ''Jim'' Thomas of Suwanee, Ga.; sister, Ursa Mae Pichierre of Simpsonville, S.C. Family and friends will meet at Weaver's at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to New Gray Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service, Reverends Dan Murphy, Dewey Cooper and Mike Powell officiating. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home. 

THOMAS, SOPHIA - age 84, passed away Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Jefferson City Health and Rehab Center. Member of Holston Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Zirkle Thomas. Survived by daughters, Betty McGhee of Lockland, Ohio, and Mary Brackett of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren, Donald McGhee of Knoxville and Lisa Young of Nashville; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Jessie West of Knoxville, Kathleen Graves and Ruth Williams, both of Concord; brother, W.J. Smith of Concord. Funeral services 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at McCarty Chapel with Rev. Elmer Sharp and Rev. Hubert Bunch officiating, followed by interment at Concord Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Boyd Spurling, Bill Spurling, Sherman Rickard, Richie Booker, Robert Black and Bill Tipton. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

VALENTINE, OLETA WILEY - age 83, of Kingsport, died Thursday evening, May 8, 1997, at Brookhaven Health Care Center. Born in Polk County (Benton), Tenn., she was a resident of Kingsport for the past 29 years and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport. Prior to moving to the Asbury Center at Steadman Hill, she offered child care at her home on Carolina Street in Kingsport. She moved to Kingsport from Knoxville where she operated a small community grocery with her husband, Seldon Louis Valentine, and continued its operation after his death. Surviving are two sons, David L. Valentine of Kingsport and S.L. Valentine, Jr. of Knoxville; four grandchildren, John and Susan Valentine of Knoxville, Carol McBride of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Julia Grecol of Kingsport; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Juanita Gammon of Knoxville, Nell Hooker of Andersonville, and Katherine Cook of Oak Ridge; one brother, Harol Wiley of Oak Ridge. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 1997, at the New Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, by Rev. Joe Black. Friends will be received from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, 1997, at the home of David Valentine in Kingsport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Asbury Center at Steadman Hill, 1300 Bloomingdale Pike, Kingsport, TN 37660. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

VANDERGRIFF, ROY L. - age 85, of Corryton, died 8:20 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at the family home. He was a member of Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, Corryton Masonic Lodge No. 321 F.& A.M., Eastern Star and shriner. He was a Knox County school bus contractor for 67 years being the oldest school bus contractor in the state of Tennessee, owner of Knox Bus Lines for 40 years and owner of Vandergriff Construction Company for 40 years. He was a prominent farmer in the Corryton Community for many years. He was a member of the Corryton Republican Executive Committee for 64 years and a member of Knox County Court from 1960-1966. Preceded in death by first wife, Cordelia Runyan Vandergriff; parents, C.W. and Nola Vandergriff; sister, Flossie Vandergriff; brothers, Rebus, Charlie and Dayton Vandergriff. Survivors: wife, Gertrude Runyan Vandergriff; daughter, Sandra Doyle; son, Jack Vandergriff; grandchildren, Jason Vandergriff, Rob and Terry Doyle, all of Corryton; sister, Ruby McBee, Concord; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary to leave in procession for a 1 p.m. graveside service at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Rev. Joe Black and Rev. Doyle Davis officiating. Pallbearers: Bob and Keith Burroughs, Lynn and Charles McBee, Steve Loy, Donnie Taylor and Paul Sharp. Honorary pallbearers: Harvey Coppock, Claude Longmire, C.W. Chandler, Jim Merrell, Robin McBee, Clyde Leming, Ray Wallace, Bill Morgan, Bud Warwick, Clarence Lakin and Toby Julian. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial contributions be made to Rutherford Memorial Family Life Center, c/o Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 96, Corryton Road, Corryton, TN 37721. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

VANDERGRIFF, ELIZABETH LANE - age 81, passed away Friday, May 9, 1997, at Hillcrest North. She was a member of Dante Baptist Church. Survived by son, Charles Lane, Sr.; grandson, Charles Lane, Jr.; step-granddaughter, Penny Ashton; nephews, Harley and Wayne Stiles. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at McCarty Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Philip Murphy officiating, followed by interment at Bookwalter Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

WARD, ANN HUTCHENS CARDWELL - age 92, of Knoxville, formerly of Newport News, Va., died Wednesday, May 7, 1997. Member of Concord United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by husbands, Charles Thomas Cardwell and John Robert Ward; eight brothers and sisters. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Thomas M. Schriver, Sr. of Knoxville; four grandchildren, Lessley Dee Schriver of Dublin, Ohio, Catherine and Robert Sullivan of Knoxville, Thomas M. (Tim) and Cherie Schriver, Jr. of Knoxville, Pamela and Gary L. Heidinger of Knoxville; four great-grandchildren, Travis Michael and Patricia Sullivan, Samantha Ann Schriver, Logan Schriver Heidinger; nephew, Clarence E. Moseley, Sr. of Knoxville. Family and friends will meet Saturday at Greenwood Cememtery for a 10 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Reed Shell and Rev. J. Monroe Ball, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord United Methodist Church Building Fund, 11020 Roane Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919; or Child HELP South, 2505 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

WEAR, ALVIN J. - age 81, of Alcoa, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 8, 1997, at the family home. Member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Bettie Wear; brothers, Carrie and Luther Wear. Survivors: wife, Mae Bell Wear; daughter and son-in-law, Avaline and Don E. Dunlap of Maryville; sister-in-law, Kathleen Wear of Tellico Plains; niece, Jane Wear of Chattanooga; brother-in-law, Elmer Bell; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Hunt, both of Illinois. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Fred Self, Rev. Clayton Ferguson officiating. Entombment Grandview Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville.

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