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ADKINS, DENNIS LOVE - age 44, of Maryville, died Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Madison Ave. Baptist Church. Survivors include his sons, Joshua Adkins and Jeremy Adkins, both of Maryville; parents, Horace and Jane Love Adkins; brothers, Ted Adkins and Charles Adkins; sister, Lisa Jane Hackney, all of Maryville; six nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Glenn Cummings and Rev. Glen Grubb officiating. The interment will follow in Middlesettlements Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

BAILEY, BETTY JO - age 51, of Washburn, died suddenly at 11:05 p.m. Monday, December 22, 1997. She was a member of Locust Grove Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Scott Maggard of Washburn; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Raeietta Bailey of Washburn; mother, Vorena Dalton of Halls; foster mother, Grace Phipps of Powder Springs; brothers, Dennis Dalton of Andersonville, Jim Dalton of Athens; foster brother, Charles Phipps of Powder Springs; sister, Peggy Branson of Knoxville; granddaughter, Makena Maggard of Washburn; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, from the Smith Funeral Home with Reverend Randy Beeler and Reverend Jody Winstead officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Seal, Jim Branson, Steve Hurst, Charles Bailey, Tim McGinnis and Kenny Clapp. Graveside service and interment will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, in the Library Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

BURKHART, ALBERT MAYFORD - age 83, of New Market, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson City. Member of Masonic Lodge #699 F&AM of Fair View Park, Ohio. A retired chief of police of Fair View, Ohio. Survived by wife, Pearl Elmore Burkhart of New Market; daughters, Nancy Larsen and Judy Manzeo of Ohio, Carol Furtwengier of Kansas and Laura Williams of Virginia; son, John Edward Burkhart of Oregon; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Eippert of Florida; brothers, Kenneth and Clifford Burkhart, both of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Friday, Fielden Chapel with Rev. Robert Reno officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday, Jefferson Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Fielden Funeral Home, New Market. 

CARPENTER, MARJORIE CRUZE - died December 25, 1997, Paramount, Calif. at age 87. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph Carpenter. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Eleanore and Ron Dinwiddie, Paramount, Calif.; granddaughters, Cynthia and Mellisa Dinwiddie, Paramount, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Bettie and George Marchand, Hollywood, Fla.; brother, Orville Cruze, Mulberry, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Bertie Cruze, Knoxville. Memorial service will be held at a later date in Gettysburg, Pa. Courtesy obituary of Berry Funeral Home. 

CHRISTIAN, WILLIAM V. (BILLY) - age 36, died suddenly Tuesday, December 23, 1997. Preceded in death by daughter, Jennifer Lynn Christian; brother, Charles Richard Lewis; and grandparents, Coye and Agnes Harrell. Survivors: children, Andrea, Josh and Eric Christian; mother and stepfather, Evelyn and Eugene Capps, Washburn, Tenn.; father, Riney Christian, Knoxville; sisters, Yvonne Helton and Carmen Coram, both of Lenoir City, Tenn., Sara (Kathy) Henderlight, Knoxville; brother, Steve Lewis, Knoxville; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 1997, at Stevens Chapel, Rev. Jimmy Stroud and Rev. James A. Lennon officiating. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery on Washington Pike. Pallbearers: Steve Reynolds, Chris Henderlight, Timmy and Ricky Coram, Kevin Lewis, Mike Capps, Ben Brooks and Bill McCall. Honorary pallbearers: Joe Herrell, Adam Brooks, David Hylton and Douglas Capps. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

COVINGTON, JESSIE LEE - age 93, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at Brakebill Nursing Home. Preceded in death by husband, Ben Covington; son, Fred Johnson. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Janie Johnson; stepsons, Ben, Frank, Kenneth and Jerry Covington; stepdaughters, Mildred Carney and Betty Donley; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Friday at the McCarty Chapel with Rev. Raymond Henderson officiating. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Saturday for the interment at Marble Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

CROPPER, WILLIAM H., JR. (BILL) - of Seymour, passed away Monday, December 22, 1997, at Holston Health Care. He was a member of the Seymour Presbyterian Church. Employed by Newell Office Products, Maryville, Tenn. He was dearly loved and touched us all with his love and laughter. He leaves behind his loving wife, Sue Cropper; daughter and son-in-law, Angel Cropper Davidson and David Davidson, Cumming, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Randi Cropper, New York, New York; granddaughters, Chelsea Cropper, Knoxville, Rachael and Sarah Davidson, Cumming, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Bobbie and Ken Bush, Delaware; several nieces and nephews; father-in-law, R.D. McMahan, Knoxville; brother-in-law and wife, Herman and Virgie McMahan, Dublin, Va.; special friends, Ruth and David Lacy, Knoxville. The family warmly welcomes those who shared in his loving memories Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. Graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Rob Williams and Rev. Wynn Bryant performing the service. 

DAVIS, MRS. ESTELLA RUTH - age 103, of Maynardville, passed away 11:50 a.m. Thursday, December 25, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ailor's Mortuary. 

DUNN, JOLENE E. - age 69, died December 25, 1997, at her home. Retired from the telephone company with 35 plus years of service. It has been noted by her co-workers of the telephone company that she was a very competent and personable person with whom she came in contact with. She was a member of the Telephone Company Pioneers Club. Member of the Washington Pike United Methodist Church and served as treasurer of the Epworth Form Sunday School class. Served on the Worship Committee of the church. She was very active in her community government and neighborhood affairs. Served as a board member of Alice Bell Springhill Community Board. Treasurer of East Town Beautification Board. She was a member of the ''Great Smoky Mountain National Park Club'' and was an avid hiker of the Smokies. Preceded in death by her husband, James M. Dunn; parents, Roy and Nettie Elders; brothers, Roy, Jr., James Verle and Robert Elders. Survived by son, Robert (Corky) Mitchell and daughter-in-law, Shirley Mitchell; granddaughter, Heather Mitchell; sister, Barbara Elders of Knoxville, Tenn.; brothers, Harold and wife Melba Elders of Whittier, N.C., Conrad (Sonny) and wife, Yvonne Elders of Tempe, Arizona; stepson, James Dunn of Indiana and stepdaughter, Mimi McIllwain of Nashville; several grand and great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruby Elders of Snohomish, Wash., Opal Elders and Yvonne Hannah of Waynesville, N.C.; one maternal aunt of Waynesville, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 8 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Dr. James A. Dougherty officiating. Family and friends will meet at the entrance of Greenwood Cemetery 1:45 p.m. Sunday for a 2 p.m. interment service. The family will receive friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. prior to the service at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. It was her wish that in lieu of flowers that donations be made in memory to the Washington Pike United Methodist Church, 2241 Washington Pike, Knoxville, TN 37917, general fund or the churches food pantry, (423) 523-0603. Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

ESKRIDGE, DEACON JEWELL CHRISTOPHER (J.C.) - of Rockwood, Tenn., fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith. Entered into eternal rest Dec. 25, 1997, at his home in the loving care of his family. A faithful member of Phillippi Primitive Baptist Church. A faithful servant in the church serving in several capacities and where ever needed. He sang bass and served as manager of the Five Stars Jubilee Singers; 32nd Degree Mason at the Harriman Juction Lodge. Member of the American Legion Post 232. Veteran of WW II. Retired from Martin Marietta after 21 years of faithful service. He leaves to cherish his memories devoted wife and caregiver for over 51 years Mrs. Lillian Cleveland Eskridge; children, Jerry Lee Eskridge, Dr. Joyce Ann (Robert) Hardaway, John Calvin (Chris) Eskridge, Lt. Col. Jeffery (Anita) Eskridge, Janet Eskridge, Joseph Keith (Damita) Eskridge; 13 grandchildren; adopted daughter, Barbara McMahan; sisters, Lady B. (Tommy) Jackson, Patricia (Daniel) Taylor, Franda (Steven) McBride, Helen Smith, Opal (Timothy) Goodwin, and Eddie Mann; devoted sister-in-law, Della Brown; devoted niece, Cassandra Brown; and a loving church family and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Phillippi Primitive Baptist Church, Rockwood. Funeral service to follow at 2:30, Elder Rule Eskridge officiating. Interment to follow Roane Memorial Gardens. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

FAIN, CODY H. - age 87, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Hospital. He was a member of Middlebrook Pike Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by 1st wife, Macy A. Fain; and daughter, Bettye Key Fain; and son, Billy Hugh Fain. Survivors include wife of 27 years, Anna Fain; sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Mary Lynn Fain of Knoxville, Glenn A. and Wanda J. Fain of Morristown and Henry and Linda Sue Fain of Powell; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Steve Emert of Chattanooga; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Joyce Ann and Johnny Cagle of Kodak; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; Buford Fain of Gatlinburg, Robert Fain of Knoxville, Gene Fain of Knoxville; sister, Blanche Bailey of Strawberry Plains; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel with Rev. John Kosier, Rev. Ed Smith and Rev. Bill Harvey officiating. Hononary pallbearers will be the Intermediate Sunday School class of Middlebrook Pike Baptist Church. The interment will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 28, 1997, at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel, Knoxville. 

FARMER, LEOLLA L. ''TODDLE'' LONG - age 76, of Washburn, Tenn., passed away at 7:50 p.m. Monday, December 22, 1997, at Ridgeview Terrace Nursing Home. She was a member of Washburn Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Bill M. Farmer. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Joe LaBonte of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Dwight Moberly of High Point, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Lois Farmer of Washburn; son, Stephen E. Farmer of Washburn; brother, Albert Long of Luttrell; sister, Wanna Gentry of Muncie, Ind.; grandchildren, Abbe Evans, Stephen M. Farmer and Matthew Moberly; and favorite special niece, Donna Long Ferguson of Washburn. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, from the Washburn Baptist Church with Rev. Robert McCurry and Brother Norman Acuff officiating. Interment will follow in the Long Family Cemetery. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

FUNK, JOHN FREDRICK - age 50, of Halls, passed away at Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. Monday, December 22, 1997. He attended Christ United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Survived by wife, Margaret Weaver Funk; daughter, Jennifer Ann Funk; sons, Adam Lewis Funk, Michael Anthony (Max) Funk; father, Andrew Clarence Funk; brother, Rev. Wiatt Andrew Funk. Funeral service 8 p.m. Sunday, Mynatt's Chapel, Dr. Bruce Marston officiating. Family and friends will meet at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery 2 p.m. Monday for interment service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amyloidosos Foundation, c/o Development Dept. 200 First St. S.W., Rochester, Minn 55905, in memory of John F. Funk. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Mynatt's. 

GARDNER, JERRY G. - age 57, of Dandridge, passed away Thursday, December 25, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. He was a member of Gillespie Ave. Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by dad, Joseph M. Gardner. Survivors: wife, Sally Copeland Gardner of Dandridge; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Vickie Gardner; mother, Mabel Gardner, all of Knoxville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Everette and Linda McMurry; mother-in-law, Dortha Copeland, all of Corryton; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at the West Adair entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Saturday for graveside and interment services at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

HAYES, REVA CLAXTON - age 83, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Holston Healthcare Center. Member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Hugh McDonald Hayes; brothers, George, Charlie, Clyde and Lawrence Claxton. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, David and Judy Hayes of Knoxville; daughter, Patricia Ubben of Knoxville; grandchildren, Mike, Jeff, Laura, Barbie and Rachel; sister, Una Berberich of Knoxville. Funeral will be 7 p.m. Saturday at McCarty Chapel with Rev. Howard McComas officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at McCarty Mortuary and proceed to Asbury Cemetery for a 2 p.m. committal service. Pallbearers will be Michael Hayes, Jeffrey Hayes, Phillip Berberich, George Berberich, Harvey Claxton and Fred Claxton. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

HENRY, ELISE HOLLAND - age 93, was born August 28, 1904, a Giles County native and longtime Blount Countian died Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Asbury Acres Health Center. She received a B.A. and M.S. degree at the University of Tennessee in home economics, was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, taught high school in Jellico, Tenn., Alcoa and Everett. She was a very active member of Broadway United Methodist Church, where she served as president of United Methodist Women, Circle chairperson, member of the Administrative Board, Trustee, Altar Guild president and historian, secretary of Christian Service Class for 34 years and education secretary of Maryville District United Methodist Women, was a member of Blount County Historic Trust, former member of Smoky Mountain Garden Club, and member of Blount Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, was former president of Democratic Women's Club, member and former treasurer of the Chilhowee Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Beatrice Holland; husband, Fred Davis Henry; niece, Elizabeth P. Redwine; nephew, George Henry; cousin, Lucille Worley Ownbey. Survivors include cousins, Louise Abernathy Holloway, Carlene Jent, Mark Jent, Mike Jent, all of Sommertown, Tenn., Fred Holloway of Fayetteville, Joleen Ingram of Pulaski; nephews and nieces, Sam R. Pickens of Maryville, Lois Ruth Cook of Knoxville, Iva Bell Thomas of Niantic, Conn., Fannie Ellen Scoma, Myrtle Florence Hall, James Porter Henry and Davis Garrett Henry, all of Hope Hull, Ala.; several great-nieces and great-nephews, including Robert P. Redwine, Dr. Alfred L. Redwine and Steve R. Pickens, all of Blount County; several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Matthews officiating. The interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Broadway United Methodist Church, 309 E. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37804. McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

HICKS, GERTIE PAULINA - age 92, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday evening at Baptist Hospital following an illness. Born the daughter of the late William Thomas and Liza Jane Hicks in Blount County, she had lived in the Knox area all of her life and believed the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by her parents; and one brother and two sisters. She is survived by son, Kenneth (Jack) Hicks of Knoxville; sister, Myrtle Chapman of Cleveland, Ohio; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew; along with many other family members and friends survive. Funeral services will be Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the Highland South Chapel with Rev. Mark Kidd officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will meet at Saturday at 10:45 a.m. for a short prayer in the chapel and then will proceed for an 11 a.m. entombment at Highland South Cemetery. Arrangements by Highland South Funeral Home, 573-7300. 

HODGES, WILLIAM CECIL - age 78, of Seymour, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at his home. Born in Sevier County, Boyds Creek community. Longtime resident of South Knoxville. Retired from Alcoa Aluminum Company with 42 years of service. Member of Providence Baptist Church. Proud veteran of WWII, 802nd Tank Destroyer Battalion. Participated in five major campaigns of the European, African and Middle Eastern Theater including Battle of the Bulge and Normandy Invasion. Preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Nellie Hodges; and brothers, Theodore and Paul Hodges. Survivors: devoted and loving wife of 49 years, Charlotte Strevel Hodges; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Gene Lay; son, William Hodges, Jr.; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Terri Hodges; grandchildren, Rachel Proctor and husband Brad, Jake Lay, Travis Hodges; brothers, Hubert, Winfred, Wiley and Ray Hodges; sister, Martha Patterson. Graveside service 2 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetry with Rev. Dallas Gibson officiating. East Tennessee Honor Guard will be conducting the military honors. Pallbearers will be nephews. Memorials may be made to the Providence Baptist Church Building Fund, Seymour, Tenn. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. 

HOUSER, MILLIE CORNELIA - age 76, of South Knoxville, passed away Tueday, December 23, 1997, at Brakebill Nursing Home. Member of Galilee Baptist Church. Preceded in death by brother, Herman Houser; sisters, Ruth Houser, Clara McDonald. Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Kathleen Houser; brother, Glenn Houser; several cousins, including Calvin and Louise Houser. Graveside service 2 p.m. Saturday, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Rev. Curt Franklin and Dr. Claude Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

HUDSON, MRS. JUDY M. - age 76, of Maynardville, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Mrs. Hudson was of the Baptist faith and preceded in death by her husband, Gordon E. Hudson. Survivors: daughter, Louise A. Ballew of Glenn Allen, Va.; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean M. and Darrell Brewer of Maynardville, Rebecca Bryson McDaniel and John McDaniel of Atlanta, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Retta Hudson of Maynardville; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; special nieces, Barbara Hicks, Lynda Herd, and Elizabeth Crockett, as well as other nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel 10:15 a.m. and travel in procession to Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Doyle Wolfenbarger officiating. Pallbearers: Boyd, Eric and James Peters, Steve Johnson, David Stemeye, John English and Scott Herd. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

HURLEY, JULIA NELL - age 73, of Maynardville, passed away Wednesday morning, December 24, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Survivors daughter and son-in-law, Mary and James D. Nevin of Maynardville; granddaughter, Julia and husband, Carson Branum of Knoxville; two great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends 3-4 p.m. Thursday, with funeral services to follow at 4 p.m. at Ailor's Chapel, Father Greg Neuzil officiating. Interment Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Ala. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge. 

JEFFERS, GERTRUDE CHAMBERS - age 92, of West Knoxville, passed away on December 23, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church for over 60 years. In her younger days she was a Sunday School teacher there and at Central Baptist Church, Fountain City, was a public school teacher and a member of the Eastern Star in Cocke County. She was the daughter of the late James Michael and Cordellia Honeycutt Chambers and the widow of M. Tennyson Jeffers, who was a lawyer and U.S. Postal superintendent. She was also preceded in death by son, Dr. Curtis Jeffers; sister, Margaret C. Jeffers; brothers, Vestie, Marion, Cleeoh and Nathan Chambers. She is survived by three children and spouses, Fay and Tom Robusto, Seymour, Zoe and Calvin Butler, Knoxville, Lynn Jeffers, Greenback; five grandchildren, Lynda Harken, Charleston, S.C., Stephen Jeffers, Tullahoma, Carol Tidwell, Manchester, Debra Jeffers, Nashville, Tom T. Robusto, Baltimore, Md.; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lula Posey, Oneida, Geneva Strunk, New Baltimore, Mich.; two brothers, Ezra Chambers, Williamsburg, Va., Willie Chambers, Oneida. Funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. John L. Shepherd officiating. Pallbearers: grandsons and great-grandsons. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends 12-1 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

MAJOR, VICKIE LYNN - age 35, died suddenly December 23, 1997, at her home in Knoxville. She was a member of Park Lane Baptist Church. Survivors: husband, William; daughter, Vada Major; son, Keith Speer; parents, Carl and Shelby Cluesman; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Jerry Ledford; grandmother, Bessie Roberts; several aunts and uncles; two nieces, Christy and Elizabeth Ledford; and best friend, Sherry. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. Gale Lyon officiating. Family and friends will meet at Highland Holly Hills South Cemetery, Saturday for a 2 p.m. interment service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

McGHEE, LILA M. - age 97, of Route 4, Rutledge, Tenn. (New Corinth community), died at 9 p.m. Monday, December 22, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. She was a member of New Corinth Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert McGhee, Sr.; son, Monford McGhee; and daughter, Anna Lee Collins. She is survived by her son, Hubert McGhee, Jr. of Rutledge; daughter, Nina McGhee of Rutledge; daughter-in-law, Pauline McGhee of Rutledge; son-in-law, Ralph Collins of Rutledge; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services and interment will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, in the Grainger Memorial Gardens with Reverend Robert Myers officiating. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861. Phone (423) 828-5555. 

MONTGOMERY, LORENA E. AMBURN - age 85, beloved mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord the 23rd of December. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and was a longtime member of Bellmont Heights Baptist Church. She is the mother of Goodwin, Gordon and Thomas Amburn, and Joyce Cross. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Montgomery. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a retired employee of Cherokee Textile Mills and a Knoxville native. She will be sorely missed by her family here, but will be welcomed in her new home by her husband of 31 years. Funeral service 6 p.m. Friday at Weaver's Chapel, Rev. Eugene Leamon officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Pallbearers: Mike Cross, David Amburn, Don Amburn, David Hopkins, Justin McConkey, Brad Gwinn, Randy Smith, Tony Salvo. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Friday at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

MULLINS, SADIE C. - age 86, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 1997, at Brakebill Nursing Home. She was a member of Marble City United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, James E. Mullins. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Moon and Shirley Mullins, Paul and Evelyn Mullins, Kenny Ray and Florene Mullins, all of Knoxville, and Charles and Lois Wilson of Adrian, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces, special thoughts and prayers go out to Brakebill Nursing Homes Blue and Beige Wing nurses and aides. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, at Marble City United Methodist Church with Rev. John Tiller officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marble City United Methodist Church in memory of Sadie C. Mullins. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel, Knoxville. 

NEWMAN, ONA E. (McBEE) - age 94, of West Knoxville, formerly of Union County passed away 12:05 p.m. Thursday, December 25, 1997, at Park West Medical Center. She was a member of Rose Hill Primitive Baptist Church. Arrangements incomplete. Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville in charge. 

OVERTON, WALTER LEE - of Knoxville, departed this life Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Unity Mortuary. 

PEARCE, CORENE REBECCA TUNNELL - age 80, of Knoxville, died Monday, December 22, 1997. She was a lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas, preceding her move to Knoxville 21/2 years ago. Mrs. Pearce was a member of University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas and following her move to Knoxville, a member of Middlebrook United Methodist Church. Following 25 years as a dedicated elementary teacher, she was active in her support of the Methodist Home in Waco, Texas, the DAR and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was an accomplished rose gardener and artist. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Adrian Pearce; daughters, Anita Phipps of Kansas City, Wendy Rankin and husband Doug, Pam Lundy and husband Glenn, all of Knoxville; five grandchildren, Becky Cumley of Kansas City, Colin McDonald of Franklin, Tenn., Shelly McDonald, Ben Rankin and Amanda Rankin Busby, all of Knoxville; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial service 2 p.m. Friday, December 26, 1997, at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church with Rev. Gil Smith officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at home at 7405 Somerset Rd., in the Buckingham Independent Living Community. Interment will be in Van, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Middlebrook United Methodist Church, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909; or Covenant Homecare-Hospice, 9000 Executive Park Drive, Suite A110, Knoxville, TN 37923. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

PHILLIPS, MRS. CARRIE KERLEY - age 72, of Wartburg, died Thursday, December 25, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Wartburg. She is survived by husband of 54 years, Jasper Phillips; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Roger Elliott of Hendersonville, Tenn., Diana and Ronald Powell of McMinnville, Tenn.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna Thomas of Crossville and Manda Patton of Nashville. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 27, 1997, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Powell, Rev. David Acres and Rev. William F. Keebler officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. 

POORE, MOLLIE MISER - age 80, of Sweetwater, Tenn., passed away December 24, 1997, at Sweetwater Valley Conv. Home. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday in Sweetwater Funeral Home Memory Chapel. Funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. 

QUILLIAMS, JAKE - age 72, of Gatlinburg, died Tuesday, December 23, 1997. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gatlinburg. Survivors: wife, Lorraine Crane Quilliams; daughters, Sharon McCutchen and husband Jack of Gatlinburg, Theresa Quilliams, Gatlinburg; sons, Chet Quilliams and wife Charlotte of Norcross, Ga., Robert Quilliams and wife Dr. Vickie Moore Quilliams, Gatlinburg, Dennis Quilliams and wife Sandra, Knoxville, Kevin Quilliams and wife Karen, St. Petersburg, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Madeline Carr, Strawberry Plains, Ola Loveday, Seymour. Funeral Mass 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gatlinburg with Father J.L. Oglesby officiating. Interment will follow in Zion Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The family will receive friends 10 a.m .-12 noon Friday at Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. 

ROBERTS, CARRIE MOORE - age 99, departed this life Sunday, Deceber 21, 1997. She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served as an usher for over 50 years. She leaves to mourn her passing, daughter, Carol Evelyn (Raymond) Haysbert, Baltimore, Md.; sons and daughters-in-law, Harvey (Bertha) Roberts, Yellow Springs, Ohio, James (Sherry) Roberts, Teannick, N.J.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; adopted daughter of Knoxville, Mrs. Bessie Cox and family; and her church families in Knoxville and Baltimore. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30-1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rev. George Lyons eulogist. Interment to follow Knoxville National Cemetery. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

RUSSELL, EARL FRANKLIN - age 65, of Maynardville, passed away Thursday morning at St. Mary's Hospital. Member of New Testament Baptist Church. Retired from United States Steel. Preceded in death by parents, William L. and Minnie Russell and brothers, Charles I., Glenn E. and Leon Russell. Survivors: wife, Joyce P. Russell; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert F. and Gayle Russell of Arizona, Glenn W. and Janet Russell of Luttrell; five grandchildren; one step-grandchild; sisters, Helen Hunley of Knoxville and Dorothy Lovelace of Maynardville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Saturday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Sonny Vincent officiating. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt's 1 p.m. Sunday and proceed to Pleasant View Cemetery for interment at 2 p.m. Pallbearers: Earl E. and Wayne Lovelace, Billy Ray Hensley, Charles (Buddy) and Michael Russell and James Earl Gentry. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Mynatt's. 

SHELDON, EDWARD FIRTH SHELDON - age 72, of Aiken, S.C., died Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at home. He was a World War II Navy Veteran. Retired electrical engineer for Dept. of Energy; former head of Electrical Engineering on the Apollo Project for NASA; member Society of Professional Engineers (Nat'l. and State). Member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Flying Boat Amature Radio Network, Augusta Ham Radio Club, Sr. Men's Club at Houndslake Country Club, Sunny Monday Club and Young at Heart at Trinity United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Dr. Russell Firth and Lura Emma Hewey Sheldon. Survivors: wife, Winnie R. Sheldon; sons, Thomas H. Sheldon, Brooksville, Fla.; daughter, Patricia L. Glass, Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; sister, Louisa Leopard, Park Forest, Ill. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Dr. Harry R. Workman officiating. Burial Sunset Memory Gardens. Memorials to Cumbee Center for Abused Persons, P.O. Box 1293, Aiken, S.C. 29801, ACTS, 340 Park Ave., Aiken, S.C. 29801 or Hitchcock Hospice, 721 Richland Ave., Aiken, S.C. 29801. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Friday at Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, S.C. 

SMITH, EVA DIXON - of Holston Hills, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 1997. She was a member of Washington Pike United Methodist Church and the widow of Mr. L.C. Smith. Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Warren (Sandra) Nighbert of Hendersonville, Tenn., Mrs. Leon (Betty) Sikes of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; three grandchildren, Warren and Randall Nighbert and Julie Sikes; one brother; and very special loving caregivers. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 p.m. Friday at the main entrance to Greenwood Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service with Rev. Howard W. Clark officiating. Memorials may be made to Washington Pike United Methodist Church, 2241 Washington Pike, Knoxville, TN 37917. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

STALEY, JOSEPH - age 71, of Route 1, Rutledge, died Wednesday afternoon, December 24, 1997, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a member of the Faithway Baptist Church in Knoxville and was preceded in death by his parents, W.A. and Mary Staley; a brother, Kenneth Staley; and a sister, Thelma Ruth Staley. Survivors include his wife, Susie Staley of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Stanley Yates of Rutledge; sons and daughters-in-law, David Joe and Kathy Staley of Blaine, Gary and Sheila Staley of Washburn, Roy and Sue Staley of Tellico Plains, Jimmy Staley of Rutledge; nine grandchildren; sister, Mrs. G.C. (Frances) Jones of Blaine; brother, R.B. Staley of Rutledge; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Staley of Rutledge; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 28, 1997, from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Rutledge with Reverend Eddie Myers and Reverend Clyde Lakins officiating. Interment to follow in the Grainger Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday evening, December 27, 1997, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

TARWATER, HAROLD WILLIAM - age 74, of Gatlinburg, passed away Christmas Eve, December 24, 1997, at the home of his daughter, Leslie Tarwater. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European Campaign. He was the son of the late Mattie Andes Tarwater and William H. Tarwater. Preceded in death by a son, Harold Richard Tarwater and grandson, Joshua James Whaley. Survivors: wife of 50 years, Mildred Trentham Tarwater; son, J. Gordon Tarwater of Maryville; daughters and sons-in-law, Leslie J. Tarwater of Sevierville, Brenda and Randy Reagan of Pigeon Forge, Karen and Roger Whaley of Pigeon Forge, Cathy and Eddy Whaley of Sevierville; grandchildren, Heather and Jennifer Reagan , Rachel, Richard, Matthew, and Zachary Whaley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Hazel and Robert Huskey of Sevierville, Jane and Dwain Romines of Sevierville; aunt, Edythe Fox Inman of Sevierville. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Friday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Rev. W.W. Cope officiating. Interment in Smoky Mt. Memory Gardens in Pigeon Forge. Pallbearers: Randy Reagan, Roger Whaley, Eddy Whaley, Lonnie Trentham, Clyde Trentham and Robbie Trentham. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. ''We are thankful to God for giving us such a gentle and loving husband and father.'' 

WARD, VIRGINIA LEE BEARDEN - age 77, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., passed away December 24, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. Mrs. Ward was born May 3, 1920 in Rector, Ark. to the late Sam and Lena Bearden of Rector, Ark. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Winstead S. Bearden and a daughter, Sylvia Ward Hutchings of Houston, Texas. Mrs. Ward was a graduate from Rector High School and attended Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Ark. While attending A.S.U. she married Ray H. Ward, whom she is survived by, and subsequently taught school at various locations in Arkansas. When her husband was drafted into the Army in 1943, she followed his assignment to Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kansas, and later to Oak Ridge where he was sent to work on the secret Manhattan Project. She also worked at X-10, now ORNL, until the birth of her daughter in 1946. Mrs. Ward joined the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge and was an active member as long as her health permitted. She was also active in the Oak Ridge African Violet Club, and such projects as care of the Emma Spray Gardens in Jackson Square, the annual wildflowers sale, and decorating the American Museum of Science and Energy for Christmas. Services will be at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of McCarty-Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home Friday, December 26, with Rev. Ken Henderlight officiating. Graveside service will be Monday at Woodlawn Heights Cemetery in Rector, Ark. 2 p.m cst. The family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home Friday. Memorials will be in the form of donations to the First United Methodist Church or the Oak Ridge Garden Club. McCarty-Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements and Irby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements in Arkansas. 

WEBBER, LOREDA - age 70, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Parkwest Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Highland Memorial Funeral Home. 

WITT, HAROLD - age 65, of Knoxville, passed away December 22, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Retired from Alcoa Aluminum Co. in Ohio. Member of J.C. Baker Lodge #720 F&AM and was a Scottish Rite Mason. Survivors: wife, Delores Witt; son and daughter-in-law, Harold Douglas and Lynda Witt; grandson and wife, Brian Douglas and Amy Witt; great-granddaughter, Madison Kimberly Witt; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph H. and Diane Witt; several cousins. Funeral service 12 noon Friday, Rose Chapel, with Rev. Danny Powell officiating. Interment Lynnhurst Cemetery. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.


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