Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries
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|BEAL, ONA ELLEN - age 77, of Knoxville, died 6:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 11, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of Meridian
Baptist Church and attended Mascot Baptist Church. Preceded in death by
granddaughters, Taylor Anne Brown and Tina Beal Maxwell. Survivors: husband,
Otis Beal, Sr., Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and A.L. Burton,
Mascot; son and daughter-in-law, Otis Jr. and Janice Beal, Knoxville; grandchildren,
Jan Laycock, Jeff Burton, Julie Brown, Lori Gideon, and Chuck Beal; ten
great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Hickey, Knoxville. Family and friends
will meet at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary to go in procession
to Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service and interment. Rev.
Eric Rieger and Rev. Lewis Thomas officiating. Pallbearers; grandsons and
grandsons-in-law. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at
BRADEN, CHARLES H. - age 57, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Briceville, Tenn. passed away Sunday, December 7, 1997, at his residence. He was born on December 20, 1939 in Lee County, Va. He was a successful business consultant nation wide. He is preceded in death by his father, James Kelly Braden, and sisters, Eleanor White and Jimmie Inman. Survivors: mother, Ruth Braden, Briceville, Tenn.; brothers, Lawrence Braden, Goliad, Texas, Roger Braden, Khan Kaen, Thailand; sisters, Waunita Williams, Salem, N.J., Mary Wilson, Cahokia, Ill., Betty Daugherty, Columbus, Ga., Tula Smartt, Monteagle, Tenn., Norma Randolph, Briceville, Tenn., Ellen Raines, Lake City, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Emma and Lou Brocchi, Pompano Beach, Fla. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 12, 1997, at Cox-Martin Funeral Home. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday, December 12, 1997, at Cox-Martin Funeral Home with Rev. Ernest Ward officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 1997, at Indian Bluff Cemetery, Bradens Flat Community, Briceville, Tenn. Cox-Martin Funeral Home of Lake City in charge of arrangements.
CARLTON, MRS. MARY RUCKER VAUGHAN - age 96, of Nashville, Tenn. died Thursday at Trevecca Health Care Center in Nashville. Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at Woodfin Chapel in Smyrna, Tenn, Rev. Morgan Davis officiating. Burial will be in Carlton Cemetery in the Rockvale Community of Rutherford County. She is survived by three sons, Rev. Richard Carlton of Nashville, John A. Carlton of College Station, Texas, Rev. Marvin Carlton of Knoxville, formerly of San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. Lou Ellen Hall of Helotes, Texas, Mrs. Ruby Mayes of Nashville, Mrs. Dorothy Dean Cunningham of Nashville; 27 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 56 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Saturday at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna, Tenn. 615-459-3254.
CARPENTER, AL - age 59, of Lancaster, Pa., passed away Thursday, December 11, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Graduated from West High School and the University of Tennessee. He was a member and past president of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Affilated with WATE TV in Knoxville for numerous years and WGAL in Lancaster, Pa. He was Captain Al on the Popeye Show during the early 1960's. He was active in volunteer work and entertainment in the community. He wrote and sang the ''Thumping Good'' commercial for Cas Walker, which ran for several years. Preceded in death by parents, Louis and Virginia Carpenter, Sr. Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Denise Carpenter; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Max Johnson, Gatlinburg, Tenn.; niece, Vickie Bradshaw; nephews, Brently Johnson, Benjamin and Matthew Carpenter. Graveside service 3 p.m. Saturday at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Dr. Steve Galyon officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway.
COCKRUM, HARLEY N. - age 63, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, December 12, 1997, at Shannondale Health Care. He retired from Dunlop Tire, Inc. Survivors: wife, Carole C. Cockrum; children, Sandra Cockrum Simmons, Teresa Halliburton, A. Neal Halliburton, Jeannie Halliburton Heiner; five grandchildren; sister, Nancy King, Knoxville; brothers, Hubert Cockrum, Conyers, Ga., Joe Cockrum, Panama City Beach, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Mt. Olive Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Monday for Graveside and interment services at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.
CONNER, DR. EDWARD D. ''ED'' - age 80, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly Thursday, December 11, 1997, at Fort Sanders Park West Medical Center. Member of Parkway Presbyterian Church. A native of Stratford, Conn., Ed went to medical school and graduated from the University of New York College of Medicine. He served as captain in the United States Army Medical Corps in World War II. After the war, Dr. Conner began his practice in Mansfield, Ohio, settling in Knoxville in 1961. Dr.Conner served out the rest of his medical career with the Knoxville Anesthesia Group at St. Mary's, retiring in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Helen F. Conner; daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Barbara and Al Savitzky of Norfolk, Va.; daughter, Susan Nelson of Tampa, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Darry Conner of Durham, N.C.; grandchildren, Christopher and Amy Allen of Knoxville, Heather Allen of Knoxville, Benjamin and Tommie Nelson of Tampa, Fla.; great-grandson, Nathan Nelson of Tampa. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. Neal Neuenschwander officiating. Interment at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the St. Mary's Foundation, 900 E. Oak Hill Avenue, Knoxville, Tenn. 37917. Family will receive friends 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
COX, FLORENCE - age 93, of Knoxville, passed away December 11, 1997, at Northhaven Nursing Home. Member of Arlington Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, W.E. Cox. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Larry (Sonny) and Carol Cox; brother, Charles Cate of Kentucky; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery 11:30 a.m. Monday for graveside service, Rev. Ray Ridgeway officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Mynatt's.
CURRY, THOMAS E. - of 1100 Townview Dr., departed this life, Thursday, December 11, 1997, at U.T. Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Unity Mortuary.
CURTIS, EDITH EDWARDS - age 88, of Fountain City, passed away Wednesday evening at St Mary's Medical Center. The widow of Ernest Almer Curtis, Sr., she was a member of Inskip United Methodist Church. She retired from Southern Bell with over 25 years of service. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Louis Woolf, Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, E. Al Jr. and Lola Curtis of Knoxville, John R. and Anne Curtis, Corsicana, Texas,; grandchildren, Dedie Stansberry, Cynthia McEaddy, Tina Curtis Hemry, Chris Curtis, Burton Curtis, Steve Woolf, and Alex Woolf; four great-grandchildren; several nephews. Friends will meet at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the entrance to Greenwood Cemetery for graveside service at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Lee Lee Castor and Rev. Paul Castor officiating. Friends may call at their convenience at Gentry-Griffey Chapel.
DAVIS, BEATRICE - age 85, of Morristown, passed away Wednesday afternoon, December 10, 1997. Member of Avenue Baptist Church of LaFollette. Preceded in death by husband, Sam C. Davis; parents, Mark and Parley Ridenour; grandson, Michael York; son-in-law, Alvin York; sisters, Donna Ridenour, Hontie Thornton, Sophie Powell, and Lona Campbell. Survivors: daughter, Marjorie York of Morristown; daughter and son-in-law, Betty Lou and James Green of Oak Ridge; sons, Eddie Davis of Knoxville, Carl Davis of LaFollette; sons and daughters-in-law, Andy and Bonnie Davis of Clinton; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Clarence Ridenour of LaFollette and James Ridenour of Pontiac, Mich. Family and friends will meet at Bakers Forge Cemeetery in LaFollette 12 noon Saturday for interment. Rev. Thomas R. James officiating. Arrangements by Mynatt's.
DUPES, NELLIE DONALDSON - age 85, of 269 Smokey Branch Rd., died 11:30 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 1997, in Sweetwater Hospital. Preceded in death by husband, Elmer H. Dupes and sons, Edgar and Lendy Dupes. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Jaunita and Orval Cooper, Vonore, Mary and Bonnie Hugh Gentry, Vonore, Myrtle and Charles Wilson, Knoxville, Doris and Tom Butler, Madisonville; sons and daughters-in-law, Franklin (Bud) and Helen Dupes, Knoxville, Leroy and Carol Dupes, Marian, Ill., William (Bill) and Ethel Dupes, Vonore, Fred and Linda Dupes, Vonore; 25 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Madisonville, where the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at Citico Baptist Church. Rev. John Tipton, Rev. Donnie Davis officiating. Interment in the church cemetery.
EDWARDS, LAWRENCE EDWARD (MR. E.) - age 89, of Knoxville, passed away December 9, 1997, at Holston Health Care. Family and friends will meet and leave Rose Mortuary at 10:15 a.m. Saturday and proceed to Highland Memorial Cemetery for an 11 a.m. interment service with Rev. C. Ray Kitts, Rev. Scot Taylor, Rev. Dana Mathewson officiating. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.
GRIGGS, WALTER M. JR. - age 79, of North Knoxville, passed away Friday, December 12, 1997, at Shannondale Nursing Home. He was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. Veteran of U.S. Navy during WWII. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive.
GRIZZLE, TIMOTHY EUGENE - age 29, of New Market, passed away Friday, December 12, 1997, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Survived by parents, Gary and Kathye Grizzle of New Market; brother and family, Gordon, Michelle, Michael and Whitney Grizzle of New Market; sisters and families, Kathleen, Bobby, McKayla, and Cheynne Lowery, Suzie, Scott and Courtney Evans, all of New Market; grandparents, aunts, one uncle, cousins, and a host of friends. Funeral service 7 p.m. Sunday at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel with Rev. Bill Witt officiating. Family and friends will meet at 12:15 p.m. Monday at Eastview Memorial Gardens for a 12:30 p.m. committal service. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Sunday at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel, 7426 Asheville Highway.
HOUSER, JAMES LYNN - age 43, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 1997, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church. Survivors include parents, Vernon and Gladys Houser; wife, Sharon Landon Houser; daughters, Katie and Jamey Houser; two step-daughters, Megan and Kelly Sweat; step-son, Shane Sweat; brothers, Chris Houser of Galatin and Jeffery Houser of Huntsville, Ala.; sister, Ellen Houser of Knoxville; nephews, Samuel, Seth, Noah Houser and all the Landon family. Special friends, Steve and Nancy Underwood, and a special thanks to co-workers of O.R.G.A. and Dr. Tim Panella. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 1997, at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel with Rev. Mary Virginia Taylor officiating. Interment to follow service in Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Alcoa, Tenn. Pallbearers: Steve Underwood, Pete Creel, Joe Gresham, Lindsey Hobson, Sam Guinn, Paul Guinn. Honorary pallbearers: Mike Wagoner, Steve Landon, Doug Edwards, and Larry Garner. Arrangements by McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel, Knoxville.
HUNLEY, CHARLES EDWARD - age 70, of Fountain City, passed away suddenly Wednesday, December 10, 1997. Member of Black Oak Baptist Church. Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors: wife, Jean Waggoner Hunley; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Mary Catherine Hunley of Knoxville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Wilma and Albert Hurst of Knoxville, Jean and Lloyd Hurst of Jacksonville, Fla., Jane and Bob Stewart of Knoxville; step-son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Louise Waggoner; step-daughter and son-in-law, Ruby and Charles Webster; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, Mynatt's Chapel with Rev. Wade Womack officiating. Interment Little Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers; Charles Hurst, Aaron Steiner, Gary and Ed Hunley, Johnny Waggoner, and Gary Phelps. Other nephews will be honorary pallbearers. Arrangements by Mynatt's.
JENKINS, MRS. EDDIE MARIE RILEY (MAMA) - went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 11, 1997. Preceded in death by husband, Mr. Luther Jenkins; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie B. Riley and brother, Mr. George Riley. She leaves to cherish her memories: (daughters) Mrs. Fayetta (Calvin) Scohfield and Mrs. LaQuesta (Nathaniel) Brinson; (son) Mr. James (Teresa) Davis, Jr.; (stepson), Mr. Eric Davis; loving sister, Mrs. Vergenia Hall; aunt, Mrs. Emma Preston; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 26 nieces and nephews and a host of cousins; special and devoted friends, Mrs. Ollie Cullum, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelso, Ms. Renda Elder, Mr. Bobbie Manzie, Mrs. Amogene Scohfield and The True Vine Baptist Church Family. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Monday with the funeral service to follow at True Vine Baptist Church, Rev. Cecil Clark officiating. Interment Sherwood Memorial Gardens Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. The family will be at 4014 Skyline Drive. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary.
KITTS, HELEN BESSIE - age 86, a longtime resident of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, December 11, 1997, at Hillcrest West Healthcare Center. Member of Gillespie Avenue Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents; husbands, William Harvey Kitts, and Fred Pointin. Survived by stepson, Don Kitts of Texas; stepdaughter, Sally Davis of Knoxville; devoted granddaughter, Teresa Conley of Knoxville; stepgrandsons, Charles F. Kitts of Powell, and David Kitts of Louisville; several great-grandchildren; brother, Floyd Friedman. Funeral service 7 p.m. Saturday at McCarty Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Jody Darden officiating. Family and friends will meet at New Gray Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. for an 11 a.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive.
MANNING, HENRY E. - of Shaker Heights, Ohio, passed away December 2, 1997. Preceded in death by sister, Geraldine Collins and brother, Ray Manning. Survived by beloved wife, Hope H. Manning of Ohio; beloved son, Henry E. Manning of Boston, Mass.; and loving mother, Pearl Manning of Powell, Tenn.; brothers, J.D. and Keith of Lakeland, Fla. and Kenneth of California; sisters, Wanda Bumgardner and Virginia Johns, both of Powell. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 1997, at Lebanon Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Rasenbalm and Rev. R.J. Seal officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Manning's favorite charities, for a list of those charities call (423) 993-4074. Local arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 411 West Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, Tenn.
MARSHALL, EMMA LOUISE - age 72, of Louisville, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 11, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Charter member of Light Pink Baptist Church, Louisville. Preceded in death by husband, Audrey Marshall; parents, John Franklin and Nancy Irene Miller Vineyard; sisters, Betty Jo Marshall, Elizabeth Norfleet. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Rev. Ben Reed of Louisville, Robin and Mike Hatcher of Louisville, Mary and Gary Atchley of Alcoa; daughters, Shirley Kagley of Louisville, Joyce Marshall of Maryville; son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Betty Marshall of Louisville; son, Frank Marshall of Louisville; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Bobbie Garner of Louisville, Susie Russell of Friendsville, Lillie Darnell of Englewood, Polly Rose of Ohio; brothers, J.D. Vineyard, Buster Vineyard, both of Friendsville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Phillip Marshall, Rev. Steve Hodges officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Sunday morning at Holston College Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville.
McALISTER, IRVIN H. - age 79, formerly of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 1997, in Washington, D.C. A veteran of the Air Force. Survivors: wife, Eleanor McAlister; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Nancy McAlister; sons, Gregg and Chris McAlister; daughter, Pat Kegley; granddaughter and husband, Debbie and Todd Troxler; grandchildren, Suzanne Kegley and Rebecca Campbell; great-grandson, Andrew Troxler, all of Knoxville. The family will receive friends December 14, from 2:30-4 p.m. at West Park Baptist Church. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
McNAMEE, ALMA - of Powell, passed away Friday, December 12, 1997, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McCarty Weaver Cumberland Chapel.
MOORE, MARY ROXIE - age 93, of Powell, died Thursday, December 12, 1997. Family and friends will meet at Bells Campground Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service on Saturday, December 13, with Rev. Gene Dutton officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.
MOSELEY, JAMES EDWARD, M.D. - 74 years old, of Knoxville, passed away on December 11, 1997. He was born in Alicia, Ak. and graduated from Memphis State University. During WWII, he served as a B-17 military pilot. Following his military service, he graduated from University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis in 1950. Since 1960, he practiced family medicine at the Norwood Clinic until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Fountain City United Methodist Church and an avid golfer at Beaver Brook Country Club in Halls. He is survived by his wife, Edna; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Josepha Moseley; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Byron Snow; grandchildren, Emily and Chris Snow; sister, Norma Jean Adams of Starke, Fla.; mother-in-law, Hazel Boggiano; sister-in-law, Nell Lobertini; life-long best friend, Harold Hopper and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at Fountain City United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 13, 1997 at 4 p.m. with Pastor Pete Rowlett officiating. Friends are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to the service to sign a remembrance book. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ''Backyard Missions'' at Fountain City United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Gentry-Griffey Chapel.
POE, EDGAR ALLAN, JR. (BUDDY) - age 75, of Knoxville, died Wednesday, December 10, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. He was an accomplished musician and had been a member of several big-name bands including Jimmy Dorsey and Henry Bussee. Mr. Poe was the former band director of Sevier County and Rule High School bands, former assistant arranger to the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, a member of the Knoxville Musicians Association, and was leader of the Kingpins of Dixieland Band of Knoxville. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, T. Sgt. Edgar A. and Demelza Poe, II, of Wichita Falls, Texas; 2nd Lt. Walter and Karen Poe of Columbus, Ga; stepson, Robert Poe of Lenoir City; granddaughter and two step-grandchildren; former wife, Marilyn Jo Montford of Erwin, Tenn.; brothers, Jack Poe of Willis, Texas; nephews, Dr. Richard Fogle and wife, Susie, of Knoxville. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Dr. William O. Harns officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knoxville Musicians Associaation #546, 1515 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. Arrangments by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.
PORTER, CHRISTINE SMITH - of Knoxville, passed away December 12, 1997, at Shannondale Health Care Center. Member of Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church and past president of the District Superintendents Wives of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church. Survived by husband, Dr. R. Frank Porter; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and David Gass of Knoxville, Francis and O.T. Harmon of Jonesboro, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Sherry Porter of Sevierville; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral service 3 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. Gil Smith, Rev. Don Ferguson, and Rev. Ted Witt officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11:15 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery for a 11:30 a.m. interment service. Honorary pallbearers, Wednesday Morning Men's Coffee Club. Memorials may be given to the Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church, Christine Porter Foundation for Youth, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909. The family will receive friends 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
RAINER, RUTH - age 79, of Alcoa, died Friday morning at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foothills Funeral Home, Maryville.
RAYBURN, LOUIS ALFRED - age 76, of Knoxville, died Thursday, December 11, 1997, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Veteran of WWII serving with the U.S. Army. After his retirement from the University of Texas, Mr. Rayburn worked as a consultant with the Physics Division of ORNL, ORSORT Group. Member of the Americal Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Sigma Xi and the Texas Academy of Science, Fellow. Member of the First United Methodist Church. Survived by wife, Sue Toney Rayburn; sons, Lee Rice Rayburn of Tucson, Ariz. and Baltimore, Md., and Charles Grigsby Rayburn of Coral Springs, Fla.; step-son, Stephen Hugh Van Hoozer and wife, Deborah, of White House, Tenn.; daughters, Linda Rayburn Wabler and husband, Robert C., of Irvine, Calif., and Susan Louis Rayburn Kiley and husband, Patrick, of Houston, Texas; brother, Gordon I. Rayburn and wife, Polly, of Columbus, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Madeline Kiley of Houston, Texas, Nicole Rayburn and John Rayburn of Coral Springs, Fla., Robert C. Waber III of Irvine, Calif., Leah Van Hoozer and Ryan Van Hoozer of White House, Tenn., and Paul Van Hoozer of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Funeral service is Sunday, December 14, 1997, at 2 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary with Rev. Bob Martin officiating. Burial in Norris Memorial Gardens. Memorials to the Methodist Medical Center - Cancer Clinic Memorial Fund, 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 13, 1997, from 6-8 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge.
SAMS, IMOGENE - age 73, of South Knoxville, passed away Friday, December 12, 1997. She attended South Knoxville Church of God. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
SEYMOUR, REV. DR. WILLIAM MERVIN - age 91, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, December 11, 1997, at Asbury Acres Nursing Home. Preceded in death by first wife, Mabelle Durham Seymour and son, John R. Seymour. Survivors: wife, Evelyn Killian Seymour; son and daughter-in-law, William M. Jr. and Sandra Seymour of Chattanooga; daughter, Mary S. Davidson of Florence, S.C.; grandchildren, Tucker, Kymberly, Dawn and Kristen Davidson, Greg, Elizabeth and Rusty Seymour; great-granddaughter, Skylar Davidson; brother, Woodrow Seymour; stepdaughters, Sarah VanLandingham, Marion Cryder, Helen Sciari, Ann Thrasher; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Fisher, Rev. Charles Hurlock and Dr. Jack King officiating. Family and friends will meet Monday at Emory and Henry Cemetery, Emory, Va. for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Ron Fisher, Rev. Charles Hurlock and Rev. Paul Brown officiating. Pallbearers: Tucker Davidson, Greg Seymour, Rusty Seymour, Merrill Byrd, Lowell Cole and David Beaman. Honorary pallbearers: Ministers and wives of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church and member of the Fellowship Class of First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of First United Methodist Church, 3316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. 37919. Family will receive friends 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church. Arangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
SPEARS, RONALD DALE - age 58, of Knoxville, died 6:36 a.m. Friday, December 12, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of Bonview Baptist Church and retired from Vinylex Corporation. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Ruby Spears. Survivors: devoted former wife, Grace Spears, Heiskell; children, Ronald D. Spears, Jr. and wife, Gena, Knoxville, Russell Wayne Spears, Corryton, Randall Lynn Spears and wife, Becki, Maynardville, Robin Wise and husband, Dennis, Knoxville; grandchildren, Natasha, Sharae, Denise, and Alex; sisters and brothers-in-law, Iva and Bob Stokes, Knoxville, Brenda and Frank Easterday, Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Catherine Spears, Powell; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Chapel, Rev. Claude Ferguson and Rev. Roy Gose officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Mortuary to go in procession to Bookwalter Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service and interment. Pallbearers; Donnie, David and Mike Spears, Scott Weisgarber, Harvey and Jack Wright. Honorary Pallbearers; Elden Wright, Ronnnie Weisgarber, Kenneth Webb and Bob Walker. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway.
STAIR, DOROTHY KITTREDGE - age 74, died peacefully in her sleep at the Colonial Hills Nursing Center, Wednesday, December 10, 1997, after a courageous 14 years battle with Alzheimer's disease. Member of Lake Hills Presbyterian Church. Survived by husband of 52 years, William K. Stair, Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Wanda Stair, Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Robert Pollock, Lilburn, Ga.; five grandchildren; sister, Janet K. Shaw, Newport Beach, Calif. Memorial service at Lake Hills Presbyterian Church Monday, December 15, 6:30 p.m. followed by the greeting of guests. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knoxville Chapter Alzheimer's Disease Association, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission or the Lake Hills Presbyterian Church. Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway.
TAYLOR, BONNIE - age 92, widow of John McKinley Taylor, of 280 Hot Water Rd., Tellico Plains, passed away 9 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 1997, at Cleveland Community Hospital. Member of Coker Creek Baptist Church. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Eula and Dee Crisp, McDonald; sons and daughters-in-law, Reath and Barbara Taylor, Ernest and Brenda Taylor; daughters-in-law, Maxine Taylor and Trula Taylor all of Cleveland; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Neita Garrett, Tellico Plains; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sons, Raymond, Clarence, and Fate Taylor; infant son; and grandson, Stevie Taylor. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, Coker Creek Baptist Church, Rev. Randall Brannon officiating. Interment church cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.
WAMPLER, WILMA JEAN - age 50 of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, December 11, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by husband, Charles Wampler, father, four brothers, and two sisters. Survivors: mother, Myrtle Ferguson; daughters, Tina and Bill Thurmer of Walland, Patricia Wampler of Knoxville; son, Thomas Williams; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Jane and Morgan Hudson of Heiskell, Wanda Culberson of Powell, Janice and David Davis of Corryton, Judy Jones of Lenoir City, Linda and Larry Bright of Vonore; brothers, Joe Ferguson of Powell; several nieces and nephews and special friends. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday, Mynatt's Chapel. Interment, Bookwalter Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Mynatt's.