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ALLEN, GEORGIA JEANETTE - age 63, of Greenback, died 2:32 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, 1997, in Florida. She was a member of Greenback Memorial Baptist Church. Survivors include husband, Wendell Allen, Sr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Curtis and Mia Newman of Maryville, Douglas and Janie Newman of Indiana; stepsons, Wendell Allen, Jr. of Louisiana, Roger Allen of Maryville, Eric Allen of Greenback; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Willis Lee of Madisonville, Larry Lee of Morristown, Rayford Lee of Vonore, David Lee of Indiana; sisters, Bobbie Hooper of Morristown, Christine Reed of Texas, Flo June Ramsey of Maryville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Sunday in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. Ron Bailey and Rev. Mark Grubb officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Monday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

BAILEY, CHARLES L. - age 73, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, December 25, 1997, at the NHC Health Care Center. Retired from Union Carbide Corp/K-25. Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict serving with the Army Air Force. Member of Central Baptist Church. Preceded in death by sisters, Hazel Case, Mary Subick; and brother, George Bailey. Survived by wife, Lois Paul Bailey of Oak Ridge; sons, Jim Bailey and wife Kay of Oak Ridge, Jeff Bailey and wife Jan of Clinton; daughter, Carla Brown of Rickman, Tenn.; brother, Joseph B. T. Bailey of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Pearl Paul of Fosterburg, Ill.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are 8 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 1997, at Weatherford Mortuary with Rev. David McPherson officiating. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, 1997, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Memorials to the Building Fund of Central Baptist Church, 130 Providence Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830; or to the Oak Ridge Cancer Cupboard, PO Box 3187, Oak Ridge, TN 37831. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 1997, at Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge. 

BAYLESS, MR. ROGER S. - age 78, of Muncie, Ind., died Wed., Dec. 24, 1997, 10:32 p.m. He was born in Knox County, Inskip, Tenn. He served 1944-1946 in the 90th Infantry Division. Member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Muncie, Ind. Preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Lowell and Gilbert Bayless; and a grandson, Jeffery T. Carter. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Mary E. Bayless, Muncie, Ind.; daughters, Mrs. Floyd T. ''Bud'' (Ginny L.) Carter, Lebanon, Ind., Ms. Harriett L. Bayless, Muncie, Ind., Ms. Sharon E. Bayless and husband, Gary Dean Bingaman of Anderson, Ind.; brother, Calvin Bayless, Victoria, Texas; sister, Mrs. Jeanne E. Poling, Franklin, Ind.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Mon., Dec. 29, 1997, at New Brunswick Church of Christ in New Brunswick, Ind. Graveside service with military rites and interment at Elm Ridge Cemetery in Muncie, Ind. at 2 p.m. Mon. Visitation two hours prior to the service on Mon., Dec. 29, 1997, at the church. Memorials: Gethsemane United Methodist Church, New Brunswick Church of Christ or to the Veterans Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind. Myers Mortuary in Lebanon in charge. 

BOOTH, EDITH - age 79, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday evening at Hillcrest North. She was of the Methodist faith. Preceded in death by husband, Charles Booth. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Hobert Jones; son, Jerry Booth; grandson, Scott William Booth; sisters, Nettie Jenkins and Wanda Dunlap, all of Knoxville; brother, Clyde Bridges of Detroit, Mich. Family and friends will meet at Greenwood Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday for graveside service, Dr. John L. Sheldon officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Mynatt's. 

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, David Hylton and Bill McCall. Honorary pallbearers: Joe Harrell, Adam Brooks, Douglas Capps and Ben Brooks. For those who wish memorials may be made to th Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6324 Papermill Road, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

CRUZE, GIFFORD G. - age 88, of Maryville, died Thursday, December 25, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a member of New Providence Presbyterian Church, was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and was a retired comptroller with TVA since April, 1971. He was the son of the late A.E. and Myrtle Oglesby Cruze and was also preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Belle McNutt Cruze. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn C. and Hildon Stewart of Houston, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Alvin M. and Karen Cruze of Cary, N.C.; grandchildren, Sidney Cruze of Raleigh, N.C., Warren Cruze of Las Cruces, N.M., Robert and Kim Long of Houston, Texas, Chris Long of Chicago, Ill.; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and Don Taggart of Winter Haven, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; beloved caregiver, Loretta Brewer. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Frederick officiating. The interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Monday at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. Those who wish may make memorials to the Blount County Library, 301 McGhee Street, Maryville, TN 37801. McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

DAVIS, MRS. ESTELLA RUTH - age 103, of Maynardville, passed away 11:50 a.m. Thursday, December 25, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Preceded in death by husband, Joe Davis. Survivors: several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday with funeral services to follow at 8 p.m. at Ailor's Chapel, Rev. Burney Hutchison and Rev. Larry Day officiating. The family will meet 9:45 a.m. Sunday at Snodderly Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge. 

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 with whom she came in contace, that she was a very competent and personable person. 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 McIlwain of Nashville; several grandchildren 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 service 8 p.m. Saturday, December 27, Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel with 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 6-8 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

EDWARDS, IRIS STEWART (MRS. E.) - age 85, of North Knoxville, died Thursday, December 25, 1997. She was a member of Buffat Heights Baptist Church for over 50 years, where she taught Sunday School and worked with youth for many years as well as serving as church clerk for 50 years. Mrs. Edwards was the widow of Lawrence Edwards to whom she was married for 63 years. She is survived by her children, Alvin and Margaret Edwards of Greenville, S.C., Wayne and Evelyn Taylor of Knoxville; grandchildren, Scot, Missy and Mark Taylor, Kellie and Russell Edwards; great-grandchildren, Emily, Joshua and Jacob Taylor; special friend and sister-in-law, Anna E. Scarbrough of Maryville, Tenn. Funeral service 7 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. C. Ray Kitts, Rev. Dana Mathewson and Rev. Scot Taylor officiating. Family and friends will meet at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel by 2 p.m. Sunday and travel in procession to Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 2:30 p.m. interment. Pallbearers: Vernon Brock, Joe Atkins, Dave Thomas, Lynn Hurst, Joe Smith, Stanley Melhorn, Albert Romines and C.T. Tudor. Honorary pallbearers: Homebound Ministry Volunteers of Buffat Heights Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Homebound Ministry of Buffat Heights Baptist Church, 2101 Ault Rd., Knoxville, TN 37914. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

FRENCH, DOROTHA ELIZABETH HENRY - was born into one of Blount County's old pioneer families on Saint Patrick's Day, 1927. She died on Christmas night, 1997. She was a member of Bakers Creek Presybterian Church. Her paintings and whimsical pottery paid tribute to her heightened appreciation of the beauty in everyday things. She struggled with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease for several years. She faced the worst this world has to offer with a grand spirit that was supported by fellow artists and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, George D. and Buena Hunt Henry. Survivors include husband, Rue M. French; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Peggy French of Greenback; son, Jame H. French of Kingston; daughter, Penny French of Knoxville; grandchildren, Will and Josh French of Greenback. Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jon Faraone officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Bakers Creek Cemetery for the interment service. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Sunday at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. Those who wish may make memorials to Bakers Creek Presbyterian Church, 5501 Nine Mile Road, Maryville, TN 37801. McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

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. 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. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

GENTRY, MARY VICTORIA CUTSHAW - age 68, of Powell, Tenn., was called home to heaven on Christmas Day 1997. She was a member of Bells Campground Baptist Church in Powell, Tenn. Preceded in death by son, Dennis E. Maughan; father, Alfred Cutshaw; mother, Addie Bea Trotter Cutshaw; and stepmother, Nannie Jane Cutshaw. Survived by her loving husband, James Gentry; sons, Steven Maughan of Oak Ridge and Noah Smith of Knoxville; daughter, Cynthia Hillard and Vickie Cooper of Knoxville and Phyllis Maughan of Powell; grandchildren, Christina Beeler of Oak Ridge, Eric Hurst, Steven Cooper, and Jordan Smith of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Erica Hurst and Michael R. Hurst of Knoxville and Tyler Beeler of Oak Ridge; stepchildren, Linda Barnard and Michael Gentry of Powell and Dennis Gentry of New Market. Preceded in death by brothers, Claude Cutshaw, Beecher Cutshaw, James Cutshaw and George Cutshaw; and dearly beloved sister, Dora Bedwell. Survived by brothers Oscar Cutshaw, David Cutshaw, William Cutshaw and Raymond Cutshaw; sisters, Peggy Blevins, Margaret Manuel, Evelyn Whittenbarger, Donna Russell, Judy Paul and Patricia Wilson. Employed at Levi Strauss and Co., Powell, since 1963, retired 1997. Started as a sewing machine operator and promoted to supervisor and instructor. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6-8:30 at Weaver's Chapel with funeral service following. Family and friends will meet at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Weaver's and proceed to Bells Campground Cemetery for graveside service with Jack Anderson of Bells Campground Baptist Church officiating. Donations to be made to the Save the Children Network. She was the most giving and loving person and will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Arrangements by McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

GOINS, ROY LEE - age 67, of Elkins Road, Jacksboro, passed away Thursday, December 25, 1997, at the LaFollette Nursing Home. He was of the Baptist faith, an avid gardener and longtime employee of Day Zimmerman in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Maggie Rutherford Goins; and brother, Von Taylor Goins. He is survived by daughters, Brenda Kimmich and Paula Lutz of Kentucky; granddaughters, Natasha Kimmich and Katie Lutz; brothers, Burnett ''Smiley'' Goins of LaFollette, James Thomas ''J.T.'' Goins of Hepzibah, Ga., and Wade ''Bud'' Goins of Oliver Springs; sisters, Nina Hatfield, Pearl Lynch, Betty Parker and Fleda ''Tootsie'' Krywy of LaFollette; and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be 8 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, in the chapel of Martin Funeral Home with Rev. Hobert McCreary and Bro. Carl Bradshaw officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Sunday, December 28, 1997, in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday before services. Martin Funeral Home of LaFollette in charge. 

GRIGSBY, HOWARD F. - age 62, died Christmas Day, at 8:30 a.m. Preceded in death by father, Henry G. Grigsby and mother, Hollie Grigsby. Survivors: fiancee', Carol Luttrell; sisters, Helen DeVault, Christine Clevenger, Agnes Wolfenbarger and Billie Goad; brother, Henry Grigsby, Jr. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, Berry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Horace Dyer officiating. Interment 2 p.m. Sunday, Luttrell Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. 

HALE, ANNA BELLE - age 88, a former resident of Pikeville, Tenn., died at Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville on Friday, December 26. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was retired from First National Bank of Pikeville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bledsoe County Judge Leonard Hale; father and mother, Virgil Wheeler Sr. and Maude Walling Wheeler; brothers, Brainard Wheeler Sr. and Virgil Wheeler Jr.; sister, Mary Farmer. She is survived by one daughter, Erna Fae Umbarger; grandson and wife, Phillip and Rhesa Umbarger; grandson, John Umbarger; and great-granddaughter, Rebekah Umbarger; three sisters, Myrtle Lee Roberson, Pikeville, Katherine Hamilton, Dunlap, Mayme Ruth Marsh, Pikeville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Sunday, 2 p.m. CST in the chapel of Putnam-Reed Funeral Home with Minister Jim Mac Foust officiating. Burial will be in Pikeville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Noah's Inn, Pikeville, TN. Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Highway 127 South, Pikeville, Tenn. Family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday. 

HAMILTON, MARY AMBRESS - age 85, of Kingston, passed away Thursday, December 25, 1997, at Roane Medical Center, Harriman. Member of Union Chapel Baptist Church. Retired cook at Edgewood Elementary School. Preceded in death by her husband, Newt Hamilton. Survivors: nieces and nephews. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston, where the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday in Kyker Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Gray officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnville Cemetery. 

HAMILTON, RALPH EMERSON - age 69, of Philadelphia, passed away on Thursday, December 25, 1997, at the Sweetwater Hospital after a lengthy illness. Mr. Hamilton was born in Union County. Preceded in death by his parents, Murphy and Ollie Hill Hamilton; brothers, Kenneth, Reid and Fred; sister, Loretta Hamilton; sister-in-law, Eleese Hamilton. He was a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church. Served in the U.S. Army. Retired from the East Tennessee Livestock Center after many years of service. He was a lifelong farmer of the Philadelphia community. Survivors: sisters-in-law, Venoy Hadorn, Joyce Hamilton, all of Sweetwater; nieces, Evelyn Copeland, Carolyn Purdy, May Ann Moore, Kay Marlar, Sue Hamilton; nephew, Gary Hamilton; several great and great-great-nieces and nephews and cousins; special cousin, Ray Bledsoe. Pallbearers: Tim Purdy, Steve Hill, Scott Swiney, Joe Niles, Paul Swiney, Andy Hill, Eddie Brewster, Tim Marlar. Honorary pallbearers: Wayne Mashburn, Roy Bledsoe, Stillman Davidson. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Philadelphia Methodist Church with Rev. David Jackson officiating. Interment to follow in the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. 

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. 

HELLARD, OMIE BULLMAN - age 85, of 2010 Beals Chapel Road, Lenoir City, passed away suddenly Thursday evening, December 25, 1997, at her home. Omie was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by husband, Lee Hellard; infant son, Andrew Hellard; infant daughter, Shirley Hellard; parents, Jonah and Hattie Chandler Bullman. Survivors: children and spouses, Dorothy and Ernest Thomas with whom she made her home, Jim and Kathy Hellard of Lenoir City, Glenn and Ruth Hellard of Lenoir City, Ida Weaver of Niota, Lillian and Jack Hodge of Lenoir City, Valerie Garner of South Gate, Mich., Emma and Don White of Sweetwater; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Harley Bullman of Weaversville, N.C.; sisters, Robbie Bullman of Weaversville, N.C., Berlie Cutshall of Mars Hill, N.C., Faye Thomas of Marshal, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Bobby Lawson and Rev. Ted Cutshall officiating. Interment Lake View Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. 

HICKS, VADA FRANCES - of Knoxville, passed away Friday, December 26, 1997, at home. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and was preceded in death by husband, Rev. George N. Hicks. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Edward Hall of Knoxville and Sandra and Rick Sparks of Siloam Springs, Ark.; sister, Arbadella Winstead of Morgantown, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Louise Woodall of Rockford and Viola Woodall of Maryville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Mynatt's in charge. 

HOUSTON, ULYS - age 74, of 253 Humphreys Road, Philadelphia, passed away Friday, December 26, 1997, at the family home. Preceded in death by wife, Barbara Lane Houston; father, William Houston; brothers, Dewey and John Houston and William Ausmus. He was a member and deacon of Shiloh Baptist Church. Retired from Martin-Marietta. He served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Valeria and Ricky Kirkland of Philadelphia; granddaughter, Paula Kirkland of Philadelphia; mother, Alice Norton Houston of Kingston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gracie and Johnny West of Kingston, Elsie and Edward Humphrey of Kingston, Irene and Bobby Deathridge of Barbersville, Ohio, Stella Massey of Ten Mile, Jane Bivens of Kingston, Jeanetta and Harold Davis of Loudon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Madeline Houston, Howard and Carolyn Houston, all of Kingston; sisters-in-law, Gladys Houston, Cecil Turner, Linda Hale; brother-in-law, Larry Lane; several nieces and nephews. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday at Kyker's Chapel, Rev. Paul Lloyd and Rev. Bob Ivey officiating. Interment to follow in Edgemon Cemetery. 

HUSKEY, MYRTLE DeBUSK - age 75, of Farragut, passed away Friday, December 26, 1997, at University of Tennessee Medical Center. A member of Dixie Lee Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Huskey; mother and stepfather, Lelia and Clyde Harbin; and brother, Allie DeBusk. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Ray Bartlett of Knoxville; grandson and wife, Marvin Ray and Annie Bartlett; granddaughter, Melissa Bartlett; grandson, Michael Bartlett; great-granddaughters, Kaetlyn and Kallie Bartlett, all of Knoxville; brothers, Albert and Charles DeBusk of Knoxville, George and wife Shirley DeBusk of Maynardville, Richard and wife Bonnie DeBusk of Powell, James Harbin; sister, Jean Smith of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Lucy Longworth and Pon Marius Walker. She was known as Granny to all, but lovingly called ''Granny Myrtle'' by nephews Kevin and Jason DeBusk. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Yates officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Edgewood Cemetery for a 2 p.m. interment service. Pallbearers: grandson, Michael Bartlett; nephews, Ricky, Jerry, Allie Lee, Kevin and Jason DeBusk. Memorial donations may be made to Dixie Lee Baptist Church Building Fund. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

KNUCKLES, JOHN C. (MONK) - a faithful steward for Jesus Christ responded to God's call to come home on Sunday, December 21, 1997. He was a faithful member and deacon of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include wife, Mildred L. Knuckles; daughter and son-in-law, Pauletta and Allen Cook, Nashville, Tenn.; son, John C. Moore; sister, Willie Jean Knuckles; brother, James Harold Knuckles, Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Elizabeth J. Cook, Gwendolyn D. (Glen) Cox, Allen R. Cox, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Nashville, Tenn.; sister and brother-in-law, Ernestine and William Brown, Knoxville, Tenn.; a host of nieces and nephews to includ two devoted nieces, Linda J. Jones and Nadine (Lillard) Holloway, Knoxville, Tenn.; uncle, Clifford Wyche, Atlanta, Ga.; two cousins; the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Family; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 28, 1997, at New Salem Baptist Church, 2041 Bethel Ave., from 2-2:30 p.m. with funeral to follow, Rev. W. Henry Cleveland officiating. Interment at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, December 29, 1997, at 10 a.m. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

LEE, MR. ROY C. - age 67, passed away December 26, 1997, at his home. He was a heart transplant recipient at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., on June 30, 1988. He was a longtime member, deacon, Sunday School teacher, Training Union Director and Youth Council Leader at Valley Grove Baptist Church, South Knoxville. He served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from ATT Telephone Company after 38 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Evelyn; two sons, Roy Alvin, Lee and wife Linda of Louisville, Tenn., Danny and wife Karen of Boise, Idaho; two daughters, Kathy L. and husband Wm. Andrew Sexton, and Jana L. and husband Chris Ketron, all of Seymour; one sister, Kay Ray of Knoxville; seven grandchildren, Brian and Laura Lee, David and Derick Sifford, Jeromy, Jennifer Brooke and Jessica Johnson; four step-grandchildren, Jonathan Sexton, Brandon, Rachel and Angela Keltron; several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. Services will be held Saturday, December 27, 1997, at Valley Grove Baptist Church at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Harry Mynatt officiating. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. at the church. The family requests that memorials be made to the Valley Grove Baptist Church Life Center Fund. Highland South Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

LEE, VERNON ROGER - age 65, of Powell, passed away Wednesday, December 24th at UT Hospital. He was of the Baptist faith. Retired from TVA and a veteran. Preceded in death by his father, Daniel Webster; sister, Gloria Runion; brother, George Lee. Survivors: wife, Barbara Lee; mother, Minnie Lee, Clinton; daughter, Sharon DeHart, Powell; sons, Roger Lee, Powell, Jeff Lee, Heiskell; grandchildren, Jamie Lee, Knoxville, Angela Lee, Johnathan Lee, Jeremiah DeHart, all of Powell; great-granddaughter, Katelynn Lee, Knoxville; sister, Betty Adams; brother, Bill Lee, both of Heiskell. Special thanks to Dr. William Black and the nurses and staff at the North Knoxville Dialysis Clinic. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday with funeral services to follow at 8 p.m. at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel with Pastors Charles Lawson and John Whitaker officiating. Graveside and interment services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Arrangements made by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

LONG, MARTHA ELIZABETH LYNN - age 60, of Knoxville, died Friday, December 26, 1997. She was preceded in death by father, J.R. Lynn, Sr.and husband, D.L. Long. Survivors: mother, Alice M. Lynn; brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Bob) and Jeanette Lynn; nephew and wife, Robby and Cindi Lynn; niece and husband, Rona and Roy Conner; great-nieces, Elizabeth Rebekkah and Sarah; special friends and family, Richard and Bobbie-Jo Burchfield, Tiffany Massengill, Michael Householder; cousins to include, Dortha Sebbitt, Shirley Harvey. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Apostolic Church in Knoxville, Rev. Billy McCool officiating with Brother Mark McCool assisting. Interment 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Shiloh Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rev. Gino Magdos, Kenneth Bounds, Deon Wilson, Yugo Vance, Jerry Lacey and Vincent T. Lacey. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Apostolic Church in Knoxville. Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville in charge. 

LOVE, MR. ROBERT N. ''BOB'' - age 69, of 445 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, December 24, 1997, in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following a lengthy illness. Mr. Love was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Alfred Taylor and Lila Gertrude Taylor Love. He was a 1950 graduate of E.T.S.C. and a 1959 graduate with an engineering degree of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was an industrial engineer with 20 years of service with UNISYS. He was a member of the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club, a member of the Carter County/Elizabethton Landfill Committee for 12 years, presently serving as chairman. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served on the Administrative Council, the Chancel Choir, and was a Sunday School teacher. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth ''Betty'' Williams Love of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert M. and Lisa Love of Elizabethton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and Andy Pasillas, and Nancy and Chris Owens, all of Knoxville; three sisters, Mary Jo Allen of Elizabethton, Evelyn Starnes of Kingsport, and Ann Balch of Jefferson City; six grandchildren, Andrea and Drew Pasillas, both of Knoxville, Abbie and Hannah Love, both of Elizabethton, Christopher and Catie Owens, both of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 1997, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Mack Houston and Rev. Kenneth LaDuke officiating. Music will be by Professor Edward G. Lodter, organist. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be David Austin, Richard Grindstaff, Thomas Horton, Folsom Givens, Sid Davidson, Charles LaPorte, Robert Buck and Eddie Canter. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643; or the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Julian Caudill, PO Box 247, Elizabethton, TN 37644. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Friends may call at the residence anytime. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-5544, in charge. 

McAMIS, MRS. PEGGY ROBERTS - age 89, of Knoxville, and a former resident of Riceville, died Thursday afternoon at Fort Sanders-Loudon Hospital. A native of McMinn Co. she was a daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Nannie Davis Roberts. She was also preceded in death by her husband, David McAmis and 3 brothers, Ernie, Luke and Larry Roberts. She was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. George (Rose) Jones, Knoxville and Mrs. Louise McCluggage, Oklahoma City, Okla.; one brother, David Roberts, Los Angeles, Calif.; several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, Upper Spring Creek Cemetery, Rev. Beecher Dunsmore officiating. The body will be in state after 11 a.m. Saturday at Jerry Smith Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends until the hour of service. Jerry Smith Funeral Home is serving the family. 

McCAMMON, MR. ROY (DOOD) - age 82, died Thursday morning at his home in Maryville. Surviving are his wife, Pearl Claiborne McCammon; two sons, twins John W. and wife Marilyn McCammon and James W. McCammon and wife Carolyn, all of Seymour; two daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta and Bill Eakins, and Marcie and Bobie Chesney, all of Maryville; three brothers, Fred McCammon of Knoxville, Victor McCammon of Maryville, Paul McCammon of Seymour; three grandchildren; one step-grandson; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. The body will lie in state from 10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, at Highland South Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday with Bill Gillenwater officiating. Highland South Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

McCROSKEY, FLOYD - age 70, of Knoxville, died Thursday, December 25, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital. Survived by wife, Imogene Moss McCroskey; daughters, Ann Browning and Mary Osbourne; son, Jesse McCroskey; stepchildren, Barbara Sharp, Ivous Cardwell, Edna Martin, Sandra Baggett, Sherry Jackson, Shellie Blair, Sheena Allen, Scott McDaniel, Baul Hurst and Lloyd McClain; sister, Mary Louise Hobbs. Funeral service 4 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Pastor J.W. Lusk officiating. Family and friends will meet at Edgewood Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

McDOWELL, GEORGE ROY - age 80, of Tazewell, Tenn., was born January 18, 1917, and passed away December 25, 1997, at the Claiborne County Hospital. He was a veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was retired from Firestone Steel in Wyandotte, Mich. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John T. Fortner and Ella (Bolinger) Fortner; father and mother, George C. McDowell and Pearl Fortner McDowell; sisters, Zula McNew, Ella Chumley, and Margaret Clark; brothers, Jim, Earl and Clyde McDowell. He is survived by his brother, Ned McDowell of Tazewell who he made his home with for the past 25 years; sisters and brothers-in-law, Opal Surber of Ewing, Va., Lillie and Albert Chumley of Speedwell, Tenn., Edwena and Bill Jennings of Tazewell, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Juanita McDowell of Tazewell; special niece and nephews, Lillian McDowell Justice, Charlie Bob McDowell, Bruce McDowell of Tazewell; special friends, Boyd and Linda Mason of Tazewell, Tilmon Hatfield of Tazewell; several nieces and nephews, friends and family. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 1997, at Claiborne Funeral Home. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday in Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel, Jim Callahan and Eddie Overholt officiating. Music by Bruce McDowell and Linda Callahan. Burial in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers: Doug Baker, Travis Chumley, Bill McDowell, Joel Hopper, Tony Jennings, Cory Chumley. Claiborne Funeral Home in charge. 

McHONE, LILLIE MAE ''SISSY'' - age 89, of Knoxville, passed away December 26, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. Member of Northwest Church of God. Preceded in death by husband, Gurney McHone. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Ronney and Carolyn McHone; daughter and son-in-law, Hura Mae and Bert Phillips; grandchildren, Sherry Evans, Randall Bolin, Donna Kay Lanham, Amanda and Jennifer McHone; great-grandchildren, Angie and Melissa Evans, all of Knoxville; brother, R.B. Reeves; sisters, Viola Condra and Mildred Cooley, all of Whitewell, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday at Weaver's Chapel, Rev. Dewayne Green officiating. Interment in New Gray Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

NAPP, FREDERICK P. - age 80, of Pinellas Park, Florida, died Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at his residence. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he moved to Pinellas Park in 1980 from Knoxville where he was an administrator with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. A veteran of World War II and Korea. He is survived by his wife, Marion G. Napp; a daughter, Pamela Stover of Ft. Collins, Colorado; two sisters, Ruth Miller of Charleston, South Carolina, and Dorothy Brown of Tecopa, California; two granddaughters. Graveside services and interment will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, Florida, at a later date. Arrangements by Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home, Pinellas Park, Florida. 

NELSON, MARY DELOISE - age 48, of Knoxville, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Preceded in death by father, Willie J. Nelson, Sr.; brother, Willie J. Nelson, Jr.; grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Earnest Hall, Sr. Survivors: two sons and daughters-in-law, Shall Bowie (Gloria) and James (Dana) Nelson; extended son, Shaun Johnson, all of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Latosha, Shaun, and Nijah; mother and stepfather, Eliza (Bo) Cooper; five sisters, Elizabeth Wood, Willie Mae (Eugene) Wood of Greenville, S.C., Shirley (Steven) Mack, Fort Wayne, Ind., Patricia (James) Thompson, Silver Springs, Md., Arnetta (Jasper) Kirkland; extended sister, JoAnn Glenn of Knoxville; three brothers, Ronald (Ezelia) Nelson, Jack Cooper of Knoxville and Frank Cooper of McCormick, S.C.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends to include the nurses at Fort Sanders Hospital at 3 West. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 29, 1997, at Mt. Moriah FBH Church, 714 Maria St., from 6:30-7 p.m. with funeral to follow. Elder A.L. Rodgers, pastor, eulogy by Rev. Willie J. Hall. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 1997, at New Gray Cemetery. The family will be at 1709 Henrietta Ave. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

NEWELL, FRANCIS C. - age 78, of Norris, Tenn., died Friday, at Johnson City Medical Center. Born March 22, 1919, in Washington, D.C. He had been living in Singapore with his son, James, since March 1997. Retired from TVA in Norris, Tenn. after 25 years of service. He was a member of Norris Religious Fellowship Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jean Newell; his parents, Robert Temple and Anna Mae Newell. Survivors include two sons, James and wife, Rita Newell of Singapore, Robert B. and wife, Leila Newell of Middlesex, N.J.; grandchildren, Meka, Chantal, Amy and Chelsea Newell; step-grandchildren, Landon and Dustin Starnes. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Monday, December 29, 1997, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, December 29, in Holley-Gamble Chapel with Rev. David Haynes officiating. Burial Norris Garden, Norris, Tenn. following the funeral service. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton, in charge of arrangements. 

NEWMAN, ONA E. (McBEE) - age 94, of West Knoxville, formerly of Union County, passed away Thursday, December 25, 1997, at home. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by husband, O.T. (Jake) Newman; mother and father, Elvin and Ella McBee; sisters, Elsie McKissick and Netti Sheckles Hansard; brothers, John (Dob), Hodge and Horace McBee. Survivors: son, Donnie Newman; sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Jewell Humphrey, Bill and Cathy Humphrey; daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Clifford Coker; sisters, Lela King, Powell, Nola Campbell, Maynardville; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Richard Young officiating. Interment Pleasant View Cemetery. Pallbearers: nephews, Wesley, Marty, Steve and Mitch Humphrey, Randy White, Greg Coker and Richard Newman. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Cooke, Maynardville, in charge. 

ORAN, JACK - age 65, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., passed away peacefully at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center on Thursday, December 25 after a valiant battle with pneumonia and lung cancer. Born April 11, 1932, in Akron, Ohio, he was the tenth child out of twelve children born to Willis Lafayette and Kitty Caroline Johnson Oran, who moved their family back to Sweetwater, Tenn., when Jack was a baby. He attended schools in Sweetwater, Bath, Ohio, and Oak Ridge, Tenn. He graduated from Oak Ridge High School in the class of 1950. Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He also attended LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas, before starting to work for the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge where he retired (Department of Energy) after 30 years as a general lithographer supervisor. Jack spent his retirement years doing what he truly enjoyed - helping friends and family with numerous and various projects. He was truly a ''Jack of All Trades.'' He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Ridge and a longtime member of Avery Masonic Lodge in Lenoir City. Preceded in death by parents and sister, Anna Lucille, who died in infancy. A sister, Mattie Mason of Sweetwater, passed away recently on December 13, 1997. Also preceding him in death were five brothers, John, Herbert, Chester, Joe and Kenneth. Survivors: devoted and loving wife of 35 years, JoAnn Shubert Oran, formerly of Lenoir City, Tenn.; beloved children: daughter, Julie Oran Wallace; son and daughter-in-law, Jamey and Beth Oran; two precious and adored grandchildren: granddaughter, Whitney Wallace; and grandson, Jackson Wallace, all of Knoxville; sister and brother-in-law, Reba Jean and John Earl Wolfe of Sweetwater; sisters, Elizabeth (Lib) Barnett of Lenoir City, and Mary Litt of Atlanta, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Janet Oran of Spartanburg, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Oran, Lorene Oran and Shirley Dawson of Sweetwater, and Inez Oran of Bradenton, Fla.; many very special and loved nieces and nephews; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Lucille Shubert of Lenoir City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddy and Doris Shubert, Bobby and Rhonda Shubert, and Tommy and Debbie Shubert, all of Lenoir City, Billy and Debbie Shubert of Seymour, Ind., and Jim and Lucinda Jobe of Luxembourg. The family will receive friends 5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 27 followed by the funeral at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Steve McDonald conducting the service. Burial on Sunday afternoon, December 28, 1997, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Old Oliver Springs Highway (SR 61) at 2 p.m. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Because of Jack's love for all of his nurses in the past and the very special care he always received at Parkwest Hospital, memorials may be made in his name to Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Fort Sanders Foundation, 1901 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916. He will be greatly loved and missed by all who knew him and loved him. 

PETERS, MR. MALCOLM E. PETERS, SR. - age 81, of Lilac Lane, Rockwood, passed away Thursday, December 25th at his home. He was a retired rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service with 38 years of service. Member and deacon of First Baptist Church, past Sunday School superintendent, U.S. Army Veteran WWII, 83rd Thunderbolt Division-Army Infantry, participated in the European, African, Middle Eastern Theatre-Battle of the Bulge and Normandy where he received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and distinguished service decorations, charter member and past post commander of American Legion Post #50, charter member of VFW and Roane County Order of Purple Heart as past post commander and chaplain, member D.A.V., member of Rockwood Lodge #403 F.& A.M. and York Rites, served 2 terms on Roane County Selective Service Board. Preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley V. Peters, Rockwood; two sons, Malcolm E. Peters, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Patricia Peters, Rockwood, Calvin Peters, Knoxville; three grandchildren, Karen Wright and Gary, Tiffany Peters, Rockwood, Niki Tedder and James, Harriman; two great-grandchildren, Natalie Wright and Andrea Tedder; two step-great-grandchildren, Todd and Trevor Wright; sisters, Nancy Romines, Wisconsin, Ruth Peters, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. Funeral service will be conducted Sunday, December 28th at 8 p.m. from the chapel of Evans Mortuary with Rev. James Hutson officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held Monday at 11 a.m. from the Oak Grove Cemetery with full military honors by the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard. Family will receive friends Sunday evening 6-8 p.m. at Evans Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church. Evans Mortuary of Rockwood in charge. 

RIDINGS, LLOYD F. - age 89, of 4926 Cambridge Road, Walland, died 9:35 p.m. Thursday, December 25, 1997, at Asbury Acres Health Care Center. He was a charter member of Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Lorie Ridings; sisters, Nancy Peterson, Hazel Everett, Marjorie Ridings; and brothers, Leonard Ridings, Jimmy Ridings and John Ridings. Survivors include sisters, Hope Morton of Maryville, Ruth Whitehead of Pennsylvania, and Grayce Metsopulos of New Jersey; brothers, Alex Ridings of Kingston, Charles A. (Bus) Ridings of Walland; half brother, James A. Ridings of Clawson, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Saturday in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. John Smith and Rev. Jim McCulla officiating. Family and friends will assemble 2 p.m. Sunday at West Miller's Cove Cemetery for interment service. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

ROBERSON, AUSTIN CADE DECKER - infant son of Thomas and Lori Guider Roberson of 43320 Corntassel Road, Madisonville, passed away Thursday, December 25, 1997, at Sweetwater Hospital. Preceded in death by great-grandparents, Jim Guider, R.L. and Frances Decker. Survivors: parents; brother, Brady Powers; grandparents, Janice Hicks of New York, Melvin and Betty Guider of Loudon, Billy Roberson of Loudon; great-grandparents, Pauline Guider of Madisonville, Bill and Sammy Drewery of Orlando, Fla.; uncle, Adam Hicks of Lenoir City; aunts, Sammy Yon Roberson of Orlando, Fla., Robin Blake Roberson of St. Pete, Fla. Family and friends will gather at 2 p.m. Sunday in Lake View Cemetery for graveside services, Rev. James Bowers officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. 

ROBINSON, JAMES EDWARD - age 78, of Shawanee community, Harrogate, Tenn. Funeral service will be Monday, December 29, 1997, at 10 a.m. at Reece Valley Chapel with Dr. Ray Penn officiating. Burial Scott Cemetery in Shawanee, Tenn. Friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at Reece Funeral Home and Valley Chapel, 869-3651 or 626-4249. 

ROLLINS, A.G. - age 87, of Seymour, passed away Friday, December 26, 1997, at his home. Attended Seymour Community Church. Retired from Rollins-McClure Auto Sales and Chapman Highway Auto Parts. Veteran of WWII. Survivors: wife, Reba Rollins; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Earl Helms; daughter, Margaret Wolfe; son, Al Rollins; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral 5 p.m. Sunday, Berry Chapel, Chapman Hwy., Rev. Pete Koster and Rev. Mark Huskey officiating. Family and friends will meet Monday at Highland South (Holly Hills) for an 11 a.m. interment service. Memorials may be made to Seymour Community Church, Old Sevierville Pike, Seymour, TN 37865. The family will receive friends 4-5 p.m. Sunday prior to the service in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home. 

ROOP, THELMA KENDALL - age 74, of Pulaski, Va., formerly of Knoxville, passed away December 24, 1997. Mrs. Roop was retired from the Red Carpet Inn in Pulaski which she managed for 30 years. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She was preceded in death by first husband, Roland Kendall; parents, John Oliver and Bertha Stallings Large; brothers, Dalton S. Large and Carl E. Large; and sister Mary Lee Palmieri. She is survived by her husband, Paul C. Roop of Pulaski, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Linda K. and Douglas K. Eads of Pulaski; son and daughter-in-law, Conrad R. and Jane Anne Kendall of Atlanta; grandchildren, Janet Stockton and Jeremy Eads of Pulaski, John and Mary Kendall of Atlanta; great-grandson, Justin Stockton of Pulaski; beloved twin sister, Velma Davis of Knoxville; brother, James F. (Margaret) Large of Knoxville; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Roop in Pulaski, Va. Friday night, December 26. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville on Saturday, December 27, 1997, at 1 p.m. for a graveside service and interment, Rev. Gil Smith officiating. Thomas M. Seagle and Sons Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va. is in charge of the arrangements. 

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. 

SANDS, DALE FREDERICK - age 52, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 1997. Dale was preceded in death by two brothers, Monte Edward Sands and Gerald LeRoy Sands. He is a member of Stock Creek Baptist Church and a graduate of Young High School. Survivors: son, Joseph Scott Sands; daughter, Amanda Sands Myers; grandsons, Trenton and P.J. Myers, Knoxville, Dustin Sands, Rives, Tenn.; mother, Hazel Sands, Knoxville; father, William Sands, Fla. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, Berry Chapel, Rev. H.N. Key and Rev. Gene Wood officiating. Interment Stock Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jack, Gary and Ray Maples, Kenneth and Byron Dunn, Jeff Vaerns. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

SHEPHERD, CHRISTOPHER LEE (CHRIS) - age 13, of Knoxville, passed away late Thursday evening, December 25, 1997, at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Chris was a student at Cedar Bluff Middle School. Preceded in death by grandfather, Jake Shepherd; sister, Melissa Shepherd. Survivors: parents, James and Marilyn Gunning Shepherd; brothers, Jeffrey and Michael Shepherd, all of Knoxville; grandparents, William Gunning and Laverne Shepherd, both of New York; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services 2 p.m. Sunday, Hawkins Chapel, Chaplain Sandy Foster officiating. Interment Lake View Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Lenoir City. 

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. 

STEWART, ALFRED RAY - formerly of Knoxville, entered into eternal rest Dec. 21, 1997, at Angelie Health Care, Laurium, Mich. Survivors: sister, Wilma (Floyd) Mason; nephew, Gregory (Romona) Stewart; sister-in-law, Cecila Murphy, all of Knoxville; a host of nephews and cousins. Service Saturday, December 27, 1997, at 1 p.m. at God's City Refuge Church. Arrangements by Chapel and Chimes Funeral Service, Inkster, Mich. 48141. Notice by Jarngian & Sons Mortuary. 

WEBBER, LOREDA - age 70, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at Parkwest Hospital. She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church. She is survived by her brothers, Nathan and William Webber of Knoxville, Jackson Webber of Chattanooga, Franklin Webber of Smyrna, Ga.; sisters, Edna Morton of Knoxville; brothers-in-law, Edward Morton of Knoxville, Charles Reynolds of Smyrna, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Jean Webber of Knoxville, Mary Webber of Chattanooga, Joyce Webber of Smyrna, Ga.; aunt, Louise Peacock of Macon, Ga.; two grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will meet 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Highland West Cemetery on Sherrill Lane for a 1:30 p.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Highland Memorial Funeral Home on Kingston Pike, 588-0567.

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