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ANTRICAN, DOYLE - age 74, of Sneedville, passed away Sunday morning, December 21, 1997, at his home with his immediate family by his side. Doyle was a member of Providence Baptist Church. He was a WWII Navy veteran who served for three years. He was school teacher and basketball coach in Hancock and Hawkins counties who instilled in his students with his humor and strong discipline the need of an education. This was Doyle's profession for 23 years at which time health problems forced him to retire in 1977. Doyle loved the land and farmed until his health would no longer permit it. He was an avid reader and impressed upon his children and granddaughters the value of reading. Doyle's pastimes were hunting and talking on the CB and was known to all as ''Daddy Bear.'' He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Della (McCoy) Antrican. Survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Nola Anderson Antrican; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Kenny Horton; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Deborah Antrican; granddaughters, Michaeline Nichole, Jenna Southern Antrican, all of Sneedville; two sisters, Aileen Houston of Oak Ridge, Edith Seal of Sneedville. He also leaves nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends. Long time friend, Jewell Johnson. Funeral services 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, 1997, Coffey Funeral Home Chapel, Tazewell. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Monday at Coffey, Tazewell. Coffey Funeral Home in charge. 

ASBURY, MAMIE SHULTZ - age 95, of Caryville, passed away Saturday morning at LaFollette Medical Center. She was a member of Caryville United Methodist Church, Caryville OES #415. Retired after 48 years combined postal service as a clerk and Post Master at Caryville. Preceded in death by husband, Lee Roy Asbury. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Joan Asbury, Speedwell; granddaughter and husband, Elizabeth and Ron Lawson, Jacksboro; grandsons and wife, Wes and Sarah Asbury, Knoxville, Rob Asbury, Speedwell; four great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday, Cross Chapel, Rev. Tom Redding, Mr. Gene Wright officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Tuesday, Carey Cemetery, Caryville. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Cross Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caryville United Methodist Church. Friends who wish to do so may call at the family home, 508 Park Road, Caryville, on Monday. Arrangements by Cross Funeral Home. 

BELL, EMILY BELLE BONEY - age 89, of the Glades Community in Gatlinburg, died Saturday, December 20, 1997, at Sevier Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alfred Bell. Survivors: children, Roberta and Lynn Ogle, Faith and Ilmars Birznieks, Alan Bell; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday at Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Rev. David Ayers and Rev. Mitch Ayers officiating. Interment to follow in Shiloh Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Monday at Roaring Fork Baptist Church. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

BOHLER, MARGARET JAMES - age 90, of West Knoxville, died Thursday, December 18, 1997, at Shannondale Health Care Center. Member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Yonkers, N.Y. Trustee in charge of pensions and welfare with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Received numerous awards for her dedicated service as a pink lady volunteer at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. Preceded in death by husbands, Thomas H. Atherton and Patrick A. Bohler. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Barbara Atherton of Oldwick, N.J.; daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Dr. Carl Lundin of Knoxville; stepson Robert Bohler and wife Mary of Bend, Oregon; three grandchildren, Carole Leigh Lundin of Houston, Texas, Cynthia Henning and husband John of Winter Park, Fla., Carrie Langston and husband Mark of Knoxville; five great-grandchildren, Timothy Lundin, Nathaniel Henning, Corinne Henning, Bryce Langston and Hollis Langston; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Fred Theinert; niece, Marion Boyd, all of Concord, N.H. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. Ted Witt officiating. Entombment at Episcopal Church of the Ascension. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1150 17th St. N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036. Friends may call at their convenience from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

BRADSHAW, BEAUFORD - age 83, of Oak Ridge, passed away at the Methodist Medical Center on Saturday, December 20, 1997. Member of Oak Ridge Church of God. Preceded in death by wife, Melba Bradshaw, July 16, 1996. Survivors include son, Buel E. Bradshaw and wife Vicki, Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter, Jereta Faye Bradshaw Bane and husband Bobby Lee, Rockwood; brothers, Gardland Bradshaw and wife Hazel, Atlanta, Texas, Carl Bradshaw, California; sister, Bessie Gaines and husband Homer, Hope, Ark.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. with Rev. Ed Denham officiating. Memorials may be made to the Oak Ridge Church of God, 121 North Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge or to the charity of choice. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge. 

BRANSON, L. DARLENE - age 40, passed away suddenly Saturday, December 20, 1997, at home. She was a member of Marbledale Baptist Church. Preceded in death by father, Orville R. Branson; grandparents, Lee and Mollie Branson, James and Mary Davis. Survived by mother, Betty C. Branson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Dicky Lyon, Patricia and Bobby Jenkins; nieces and nephews, Brandi and Torey Lyon, Bobby, Crystal and Chris Jenkins. Funeral will be 8 p.m. Monday at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel with Rev. Al Smith officiating. The family and friends will meet at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday and proceed to Thorngrove Cemetery for an 11 a.m. committal service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel, 7426 Asheville Highway. 

CANNING, MARY MARGARET HOSKINS - age 92, formerly of Knoxville, died Monday, December 15, 1997, in Tucson, Ariz. Graduate of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and president of Chi Omega Sorority. Member of D.A.R., O.E.S., El Rio Country Club, Oro Valley Country Club, Daughters of the Confederacy and Western Writers of America. Active in Girl Scouts and Red Cross. Newspaper reporter for Scripps Howard Newspaper Co. and reporter at eight presidential conventions. Survivors: daughters, Margaret Graeme Canning of Tucson, Ariz., Harriet Perkins of Puallup, Wash., and Andrea Lynn Mahbobah of Tucson, Ariz.; grandson, Laurence Perkins of Puyallup, Wash.; sister, Betty Lynn Jasper of Knoxville. Family and friends will meet Tuesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Dr. G. Carswell Hughs officiating. Donations may be made in Mary Margaret's memory to American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909. Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

ELSWICK, CHARLES EDWARD, SR. - age 61, of Knoxville, formerly of Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon, December 20, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. Charles was an employee of Mindis Corp. in Loudon. A veteran of the Army serving during the Korean conflict, he was a former employee of Joy Manufacturing in Pineville, West Virginia. Formerly attended Mallory, West Virginia, Church of God. Charles was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Pearlie May Dorton Elswick; sister, Phyllis Jean Elswick O'Neal. Survivors: wife, Margaret (Pat) Politakis Elswick; daughter, Jean Elswick Watson of Knoxville; sons and daughter-in-law, Charles E., Jr. (Chuck) and Debbie Elswick of Lenoir City, John Elswick of Knoxville; grandchildren, Jennifer, Josh and Cody Elswick of Lenoir City; sister and brother-in-law, Reva and Donald Riley of Princeton, West Virginia; brothers and sister-in-law, Robert Elswick of Baileyville, West Virginia, Jimmy and Lynn Elswick of Pineville, West Virginia; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. Monday, followed by funeral services at 4 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Jack Kirkendall officiating. Interment Lake View Cemetery in Lenoir City. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

FLEMING, DENNIS M. ''JERRY'' - age 58, a retired METRO employee and former resident of Falls Church, Va., died at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, December 18, 1997, at his residence in Rutledge, Tenn., after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Fleming was born in Pound, Va., and lived in Falls Church for 30 years prior to his retirement from METRO in 1995. Following his retirement, Mr. Fleming and his wife moved to a home overlooking Cherokee Lake to pursue his hobbies of fishing and hunting. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Fleming of the home; two children from a previous marriage, Shannon Lindsay and Mark Fleming of Indianapolis, Ind.; two stepsons, Danny Brown of Jacksonville, Fla., and Ricky Brown of Woodbridge, Va.; mother, Nelle Fleming; two brothers, Alfred ''Ish'' Fleming and Timothy Fleming of Pound, Va.; sister, Deanna Thacker of Charlottesville, Va.; and three grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda and Nicole. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday afternoon, December 22, 1997, from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Rutledge, Tenn., with Rev. Marvin Phillips officiating. The body will be cremated following services. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday evening, December 21, 1997, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

FORD, MARY RUTH SMITH - age 66, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, December 19, 1997, at her home. She was a member of Cumberland Baptist Church and a member of Bearden Chapter #437 Order of the Eastern Star. Preceded in death by parents, W.O. and Ila Mae Smith; brothers, Kenneth and Roy Smith. Survived by husband of 46 years, James R. Ford; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Philip Peek; sons, Ricky and Ed Ford; grandchildren, Stephanie and Shaun Jameson and Dustin Ford; step-grandchild, Marisa Peek Abel; brothers, Calvin Smith, Ray Smith and wife Gail; sister-in-law, Bobbie Smith. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 Monday at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens for an 11 a.m. graveside service, Rev. Hershel Chevallier and Rev. Eugene Fleming officiating. Pallbearers: Kenneth Ford, Shaun Jameson, Scott Smith, Kenny Smith, Randy Smith and Tony Smith. Honorary pallbearers: the Caring Sunday School Class and other special friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909; or to the Cumberland Baptist Church Mission House. Arrangements by McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

GREENLEE, AGNES VIRGINIA - age 71, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. She was of the Baptist faith and a retired employee of Magnavox. She was the wife of the late Garland Greenlee; mother of the late Jack Greenlee; sister of the late Velma Nelson and Janie Sherrod and Charles Lambdin. Survived by daughters, Shirley Jett and Diane Watkins; sons, Bill and Jim Greenlee, all of Knoxville; daughter-in-law, Kathy Greenlee; granddaughter, Tammy Proffitt; grandsons, Billy Greenlee, Jr., Jeff Greenlee, Chris Jett and Jimmy Jett; several great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Foster; nieces and nephews. Funeral services 8 p.m. Monday, Fielden Chapel with Rev. Floyd Mooney officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday, New Blackwell Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Fielden Funeral Home, New Market. 

GROOMS, EMMA THOMPSON - age 92, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997, at Shannondale Health Care Center. She was a lifelong member of Second United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by twin sister, Edna; brother, Hubert; and sister, Nellie Thompson; sisters, Dessie Sherouse, Ruth Tallent and Lucille Green. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, George and June Grooms, David and Mary Frances Grooms, both of Knoxville; grandchildren, Edwin Grooms and wife Elizabeth, Taylors, S.C., Neil Grooms and wife Becky, Janet Patterson and husband Mark, Cindy Myers and husband George, Allan Grooms and wife Diane, Amy Baker and husband Greg, all of Knoxville; 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral service 7 p.m. Monday at Second United Methodist Church with Rev. J. Russell Taylor and Rev. Gerald McFarland officiating. Family and friends will leave Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday and proceed to Solway Cemetery for graveside and interment services at 11 a.m. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second United Methodist Church, 1524 Western Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921. The family will receive friends 5:30-7 p.m. and immediately following services at Second United Methodist Church, 1524 Western Ave. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

HAMMER, IDA - age 80, of Route 2, Rutledge, died at 11:47 a.m. Sunday morning, December 21, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time and will be announced later by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

HILL, THEODORE MEARL (T.M.) - age 83, of Jefferson City, died Sunday, December 21, 1997, at Jefferson County Nursing Center. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Knoxville, and retired owner of Hill Brothers Tractor Company in Talbott. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in charge. 

HOWARD, PAULINE ALICE - age 65, of Maryville, passed away Sunday morning, December 21, 1997, at the family home. Survivors: husband, Ed Howard; daughters, Pam Norton, Paula Dunbar, Debbie Blagg, all of Maryville; sons, Rick Howard, Eddie Howard, both of Maryville; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Jackie Johnson, Bernice Crews, Lorine Smith, Margie Savage, Louise Tinklin; brothers, Alvin Spivey, Richard Spivey, Leonard Spivey; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Clark's Grove Cemetery at 4 p.m. Tuesday for graveside service and interment, Rev. David Kineman officiating. Friends may call at their convenience from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

JOUROLMON, NEIL - age 90, of Knoxville, died Sunday, December 21, 1997, at Shannondale Health Care Center. He was a lifelong member of Church Street United Methodist Church where he served on the administrative board and many committees. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the UT tennis team. He then attended Philadelphia Textile School for two years. He worked for more than 40 years at the Standard Knitting Mills where he was designer and on the board of directors. He was also on the board of directors of Stanwood Corporation of Charlotte, N.C. He was a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army during WWII. His community activities included the Y's Men's Club of the YMCA serving as president and chairman of the Christmas Tree sales for many years. He was selected Y's Man of the Year in 1975. He was a member of the Optimist Club, chairman of the board of directors of Asbury Acres of Maryville and Birdmont Manor Retirement Complex, Wytheville, Va. He was also on the Knoxville Symphony Board of Directors. Since 1985, he had been a member of Buckingham Retirement Community where he was an avid member of the Buckingham Bridge Club. Throughout his life he traveled extensively bringing his experiences back to others through his beautiful photography. Preceded in death by parents, Leon Sr. and Nellie Jourolmon. His survivors include his of 57 years, Anne Sullins Dosser Jourolmon; daughters, Anne Hillyard and husband Don of Manassas, Va., Mary Neil Foust, Knoxville; granddaughter, Margo and husband Jim Taylor of Andersonville; sister, Lois Jourolmon, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, Rev. William Fowler, Rev. Cabel Trent and Rev. Ted Witt officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers: Rex Jones, Bill Surrett, Mac Sprouse, Frank DeFriece, Col. Joe Shepherd, Gene Monday and the Christian Home Class of Church Street United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Rejoice Ministry or the History Committee of Church Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1303, Knoxville, TN 37901. The family will receive friends 12 noon - 1 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

KITTS, MARY KATHERINE - age 78, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997, at NHC Healthcare, Knoxville. She was preceded in death by husband, Elvin E. Kitts; parents, Luther and Clara Anderson; sisters, Lola Holbert and Margaret England. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church. Survived by brothers, Luther C. Anderson of Greenville, S.C., and Jack Lynn Anderson of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister, Geneva Rosenbalm of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Herman Lakin, Rev. Ralph Cox and Chaplain Ken Edmonds officiating. Family and friends will meet at Milan Cemetery 11 a.m. Tuesday for an interment service. Pallbearers: Daryl Cole, Marshall Smith, Jack Berney, Gary Smith, Hoyt Tilley and Jason Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class of Unity Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Mynatt's. 

KNOBE, GEORGE F. SR.- age 84, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, December 21, 1997, at Parkwest Hospital. He was retired from TVA after 34 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife, Frances Knobe. He is survived by his son, George F. Knobe, Jr. of Williamsport, Md.; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Marlene Knobe of Knoxville, Richard D. and Wanda Knobe of St. Louis, Mo., Philip E. and Anna Knobe of Alcoa; stepsons, Herbert Abercrombie of Chattanooga and Bob Gorsuch of Seattle, Wash.; special friend to the family, Sue E. Baker; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Highland Memorial Chapel. Rev. Maurice Branch will officiate. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 10 a.m. interment service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Highland Memorial Funeral Home. 

McCARTER, HERBERT L. - age 68, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997, at the University of Tennessee Hospital. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. McCarter worked for the city of Knoxville for 30 years and this past year he worked for Knox County. Survivors: wife, Yvonne McCarter, Knoxville; father and mother, Coy and Ventle McCarter, Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, Coy Lee and Janice McCarter, Maynardville, Terry and Jane McCarter, Knoxville, Lonnie and Jennifer McCarter, Knoxville; sons, Steve and Wayne McCarter, both of Knoxville; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and George Whetsell, Knoxville, Theresa and Freddie Manis, Knoxville; daughter, Marie Collins, Maynardville; sisters, Edith Odell, Knoxville, Gladys Brackett, Knoxville, Rebecca Prater, Columbia, S.C., Hilda Mikels, Knoxville; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday, December 22, 1997, in the chapel with Rev. George Ott and Rev. Haskew Smart officiating. Interment Tuesday in Mt. Olive Cemetery at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

McNEIL, MARY REBECCA - age 78, of Oak Ridge, passed away at the Methodist Medical Center on Saturday, December 20, 1997. Preceded in death by husband, Nathan Glendon McNeil, Sr., in 1963; daughter, Nancy Glenna McNeil Crawford in 1991; brother, Thomas Agee; sister, Frances Carey. Survivors include son, Glendon McNeil, Oak Ridge; brothers, Maurice Agee and Gene Agee, Harrogate, Tenn.; sisters, Louise Helton, Harber City, Calif., Edith Andreas, Detroit, Mich.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Crawford-Snyder, Knoxville, Sam R. Crawford, III, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at 1 p.m. at Barbourville City Cemetery in Barbourville, Ky. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Anderson County Division, P.O. Box 6014, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. The family will receive friends 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, December 22, 1997, at Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge. 

NORRIS, JESSIE MAE CURETON (MRS. T.J. NORRIS) - age 94, of Lenoir City, passed away Friday evening, December 19, 1997, at Parkwest Hospital. Mrs. Norris was born in Newport, Tennessee, October 31, 1903, to Aurelious Crockett Cureton and Sally Cline Cureton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Turner James Norris; son, A.C. Norris Sr.; and grandson, A.C. Norris Jr., both of Morristown; son-in-law, Dr. Keith S. Harrison of Greeneville; parents; brother, Pearl Cureton; sister, Georgia Cureton Ottinger. Jessie and her husband moved from Newport to Lenoir City in 1920, where they raised their family. Mr. and Mrs. Norris were very active in the Eatons Community for many years operating a restaurant during the 1930s, a farm, a grist mill, was a taxidermist and later was an antique dealer. She was a very active and vibrant person involved in many community activities. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a teacher for many years of the Golden Age Sunday School Class. Member of Eastern Star Chapter #188, the Clionian Club, the Christian Women's Club, Hiwassee Chapter of the D.A.R. and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A former member of the American Legion Auxiliary, chairman of the East Tennessee Heart Association for 15 years and past president of Eatons P.T.A. Mrs. Norris had served on the governor's staff of Lamar Alexander and Winfield Dunn. For many years she was a Pleasant Hill news columnist for the Loudon County News Herald. Very active for many years in the Loudon County Republican Party and senior citizens. She was always known as a loving homemaker, business woman and a friend to many. Survivors: daughters and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Iliff R. McMahan Sr. of Newport, Patricia Norris Harrison of Greeneville; son and daughters-in-law, Billy Cecil and Alice Liner Norris of Knoxville, Eileen Clark Norris of Morristown; grandchildren, Trish Harrison of Memphis, Iliff R. McMahan Jr. of Newport, Douglas Norris of Knoxville, Andy Norris of Nashville, Sharon Weems of Knoxville, Addie Eileen Ferguson of Roswell, N.M.; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Cureton of Loveland, Colo.; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Monday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. in the chapel, Rev. Glenn Gamble and Rev. Jeff Bosley officiating. Interment Loudon County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers: grandchildren, Ted Wampler, Bea Brackett and Claude Weems. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

OBENSCHAIN, MAXIE LEE RILEY - age 81, of Pigeon Forge, died Saturday, December 20, 1997, at Camelot Manor Nursing Center in Hickory, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Luther Obenschain, Sr. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Gatlinburg. Survivors: sons, James Luther Obenschain, Jr., Richard Lee Obenschain, Daniel Lynn Obenschain, David Glenn Obenschain; daughters, Barbara O. Huggins, Miriam O. Walka; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Durham, Miriam Andrews, Harriet Stowell; brother, Greg Riley. Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Gatlinburg, Pastor Arne Walker officiating. Interment to follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Gatlinburg, or to Berean Christian School, 2329 Prosser Rd., Knoxville, TN 37914. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

OWENS, LYDIA ANN - age 82, of Knoxville, passed away December 21, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was of the Church of God faith. Preceded in death by husband, Jesse L. Owens. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Wilma Owens, Ray and Lois Owens of Knoxville; daughters, Deloris White and Paulette Wilson, both of Knoxville; granddaughter, Radena Owens; grandsons, Dan White, Chris Wilson, Allen Owens, Tom Owens, all of Knoxville, and Lincoln White of LaFollette; sisters, Flossie Walden of Pioneer, Tenn., Martha Dickerson of Pulaska, Va., and Rosa Walden of Newport, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Symtha and Crystal White of LaFollette, Valerie White of Knoxville, and Lydia and Allison Owens of Knoxville. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday at Weaver's Chapel, Rev. Robert Holmes officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Highland South Memorial Gardens for an 11 a.m. entombment. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

PROFFITT, GEORGIA - age 79, of Cosby, passed away Sunday in Knoxville at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Medical Center. She was a graduate of Asheville Normal Teachers College and had retired after 34 years of teaching, having most recently taught at Cosby School. She was a member of Liberty Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mattie Valentine Jenkins; her husband, Compton (Hickey) Proffitt; sisters, Juanita Bryant, Gona Jackson, Gertrude Gower and Glesma Phillips; and son-in-law, David Wilds. Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Wilds, Parrottsville; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, David and Jessica Wilds, Chattanooga; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Marcie and Iliff McMahan, Newport; a sister, Grace Proffitt, Cosby; nephews and nieces by marriage, Mike Phillips, Cosby, John and Cheri Phillips, Johnson City, Randy and Sue Phillips, Missouri; nieces and nephews by marriage, Paula and Dennis Curren, LaFollette, Peggy and Richard Anderson, Nashville; and several great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Brown Funeral Chapel with Rev. Rick McAffey, Rev. Gradon Mathis officiating. Interment will be in the Waters-Large Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Monday evening at the Brown Funeral Home. Brown Funeral Home in charge. 

ROE, JOHN JACKSON, JR. - age 57, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997, at his home. Preceded in death by twin daughters; father, John Roe Sr.; and sister, Martha Householder. Survivors: wife, Donna Roe; daughter, Karen Roe Standridge; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Jim McCullah; son, John Jackson Roe III; and stepson, Raymond L. Rathbone; six grandchildren; mother, L. Roe; and sisters, Billie Sue McNeily, Anna Christian and Sarah Adcock. Family and friends will meet at Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery for a graveside service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. Jake (Cotton) Debuty officiating. Friends may call at their convenience Monday at Mynatt's. 

SMITH, MRS. EDNA - age 80, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997, at Laurelbrook Nursing Home in Dayton, Tenn. Mrs. Smith was an employee of Allied Signal Company, having retired in 1980. Preceded in death by two sons, Steven and Douglas Smith. Survivors: sons, Hugh Smith of Powell and Michael Smith of Chattanooga; sister, Violet Inman of Claxton; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, December 22, 1997, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. Interment will follow at Lynch-Bethel Cemetery. Friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the East Tennessee Alzheimer's Association. The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Monday, December 22, 1997, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

SOWDER, BERTHA MAE JONES - of Halls, passed away at home Saturday, December 20, 1997. Member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church where she was active in Eager Beaver Senior Adult Group, and also with the Silver Tones. Preceded in death by husband, Clifford N. Sowder; parents, Phillip and Margaret Jones; brother and sister-in-law, James P. and Jane Jones; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Ed Bright; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clyde and Eva Fortner Sowder. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Myra Sowder of Halls; grandchildren, Nicholaus and Laura Sowder; sister, Margaret Mize Thistlethwaite; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Glenn Snelson; brother and sister-in-law, Edward ''Bus'' and Clara Jones; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kyle and Margaret Sowder; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Tuesday, Mynatt's Chapel, Dr. Charles Earl and Rev. John Holland officiating. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt Funeral Home 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for interment service at 11 a.m. Pallbearers are Doug Snelson, Ronnie Bright, Dr. Larry Sowder, Kyle Sowder, Gary Mize and Terry Satterfield. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mynatt's. 

SPIVA, LYDIA ALICE - age 88, of Lenoir City, formerly of Alcoa, passed away Saturday afternoon, December 20, 1997, at Ft. Sanders-Loudon Medical Center. Preceded in death by husband, Robert ''Hook'' Spiva; parents, James and Fannie Smith Ramsey; sisters, Lucy Barron and Florene Patterson; stepson, Paul Spiva; granddaughter, Debbie Wright. Survivors: daughters, Judy Underwood, Frances Crisp, Mattie Lee Jenkins, all of Lenoir City, Ruby Wright of Tampa, Fla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Spiva of Alcoa, Burkett and Nancy Spiva of Maryville; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, John Ramsey of Knoxville, Granville Ramsey of Florida; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service and interment 2 p.m. Tuesday, Clark's Grove Cemetery, Rev. Ernie Varner officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

SPOON, HELEN - of Route 3, Rutledge, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning, December 21, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ella Spoon; and her brother, Claude Spoon, Jr. She was of the Baptist faith, having accepted the Lord as Savior at an early age. Surviving are her sister, Hazel Daniel of Jefferson City; nephew and niece, Rev. Martin and Brenda Roach of Rutledge; nieces, Claudette Kitts and Ruth Ann Meekins; great-nephews and wives, Mark and Trisha Roach, Jamie and Chasity Roach, and Keith, Kevin and Keenan Kitts, Alex and Alton Meekins; great-niece, Robin Bates; great-great-nephew and nieces, Tyler and Courtney Roach and Chelsea Bates. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, December 23, 1997, from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Rutledge with Rev. Marvin Phillips officiating. Interment to follow in Central Point Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday evening, December 22, 1997, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

STINNETT, MARY CAPTOLIA NOE - age 81, of Maryville, died Sunday, December 21, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Carrie Noe; daughter, Judy Young; brothers, Jack and Sanford Noe. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Marshall Stinnett; son, Wayne W. Stinnett of Maryville; son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Gail Stinnett of Crossville; daughter, Linda Lane of Maryville; grandchildren, Kimberlee Anne Lane of Alcoa, Marshall A. Lane and wife Jennifer of Washington, D.C., Cameron Stinnett of Crossville, Beth Willis of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Willis and Tiffany Willis; sister-in-law, Mildred Noe of Jefferson City. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sherwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Rev. Bill White officiating. Friends may call at their convenience at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

WARD, JAMES K. - age 85, of Sevierville, died Sunday, December 21, 1997, at Sevier Medical Center. He attended Oak Street Church of God. Survivors: wife, Bernice Ward; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Wade Anderson, Marlene and Wallace Layman, Madge and Ray Watson; grandchildren, Chuck Hicks, Randy Hicks, Kelly Howard, Rebecca Cusick, Jamie Watson; great-grandchildren, Ben Howard, Charlotte Howard. Funeral service 7 p.m. Monday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Interment 10 a.m. Tuesday in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

WHITE, RALPH BERRY - age 80, of the Mt. Olive community, died at home December 21, 1997. He was a member and deacon of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Maryville Pike. Mr. White was a graduate of Young High School and Hiwassee College, retired from Fulton-Sylphon Company. He was an avid golfer and member of Bays Mountain Country Club, a TSSAA referee and played in the 1946 Semi-Pro All American Tournament in Wichita, Kansas. Preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Nancy Ellen White; and nine brothers and sisters. Survivors: wife, Mary Edna Payne White; daughter, Sharon Lawson of Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Joe Vadeboncoeur of Georgia; grandchildren, Megan, Whitney and Angie; sisters, Lillian White, Leola Corlies, Ozella Schneider and Naomi Turner; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at Mt. Olive Church with Rev. David Head officiating. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway.

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