Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries


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BISHOP, ETHEL S. - age 93, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998. She was a member of the Church Street United Methodist Church and the Christian Home Class. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and predecessor organizations for more than 50 years. She was a communion steward and arranged flowers for the alter for 40 years in her previous church, Pocahontas United Methodist Church, Pocahontas, Va. She served her community for more than 40 years through her church and the Federated Women's Club and was a supporter of the foundation for evangelism for the United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Asa Orin Bishop. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Asa O. Bishop, Jr. and Dorothy; two granddaughters, Sarah Ethel and husband, John M. Vittone II, Charlottesville, Va., Marle Jane and husband, Keith A. Grandolph, Chicago, Ill.; one grandson, Asa Orin Bishop III; one great-grandson, John Michael Vittone III; special niece, Florence Clay Bishop, Richmond, Va.; and one sister, Mr. T.C. Stanley, Williamson, W.Va. Funeral service 3 p.m. Friday at Church Street United Methodist Church with Rev. William J. Fowler officiating. Interment at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to "Rejoice" at Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

CARTER, ELBERT A. - 84, formerly of Knoxville, passed away in Yuma, Ariz. Survivors: wife, Ella Mae Carter; daughter, Joyce Melat of Dallas, Texas; granddaughters, Jocelyne Melat of Colorado Springs; sister, Jessie Tallent of Knoxville; brother, Ted Carter of Alabama; several nieces and nephews. Memorial service 7 p.m. Friday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. James Carter officiating. Family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Friday at Mynatt's. 

CLIFTON, VIRGIL "COTTONEY" - age 66, of Strawberry Plains, departed from this life at 10:30 p.m. Monday evening, June 15, 1998, at his residence after a brief illness. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was a member of the Paw Paw Hollow Baptist Church where he willingly and faithfully served his Lord, Jesus Christ in a variety of ways including serving on the deacon board and a trustee. His faithfulness and dedication to his Lord, church, family and friends was an inspiration to many. He was a member of the French Broad Lodge No. 588, F&AM, Kodak No. 640, Order of the Eastern Star (Past Patron), Scottish Rite Bodies and Kerbela Temple Shrine of Knoxville. He retired from ASARCO mines in 1993 after 33 years of service. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Harve and Estelle Clifton; brother, Arthur Clifton and mother-in-law, and father-in-law, Martha and O'Dell Underwood. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Wanda Underwood Clifton of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, J. David and Nancy Clifton of Grand Forks, N.D., Kenneth E. and Deborah Clifton of Knoxville; four grandchildren, Brian and Emily Clifton of North Dakota, Kendra and Cherie Clifton of Knoxville; brothers, LeRoy Clifton of Knoxville and Robert Earl Clifton of Strawberry Plains and several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday morning, June 18, 1998, in the Pollard Cemetery in Kodak conducted by the French Broad Lodge No. 588, F&AM with Reverend Ronnie White and Reverend W.A. Galyon officiating. Pallbearers will be members of the Older Adult Sunday School Class: Sam Stropp, Teddy Ogle, Ralph Moore, Eugene Ketner, Jack Huffaker and David Watts. Honorary pallbearers will be remaining members and deacons of the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Hospice Program, P.O. Box 22, Knoxville, Tenn. 37901. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 162 East Meeting Street, Dandridge, Tennessee 37725. Phone (423) 397-2711. 

COFER, LOUISE FORD - age 84, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Methodist Medical Center. She was born June 15, 1914. She was a longtime resident of Harriman. A former beautician and also the widow of former Pontiac dealer John P. Cofer. Preceded in death by mother and father, Pearl and Earl Ford; sister, Margie Newman; brothers, James Ford and Rev. Thomas E. Ford. She was a member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church. Survivors: son, John L. Cofer; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Patricia Cofer; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jerry Hicks, all of Harriman; brothers, Carl Ford of Harriman, Richard Ford of Columbia, Tenn.; sisters, Ann Brown of Kingston, Evelyn Scandlyn of Knoxville; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren. Funeral 12:30 p.m. Friday at Kyker Funeral Home Chapel in Harriman with Rev. Dennis Jarnagin officiating. Interment in Roane Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman. 

COMAN, WILLIAM T. - of Knoxville, departed this life on Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Former employee of Sears and Roebuck Co. Survivors: children, Sarah, Thomas and William Coman; mother of children, Sarah C. Coman; grandchildren, Shamaine (Skeeter), Braxton (Jumper); very devoted friend and companion, Katherine Brown; one sister; four brothers; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside service on Friday, June 19, 1998, at 2 p.m. at Mount View Cemetery, Rev. Morrison and Rev. Larry Brinson officiating. Family and friends will gather at Unity Mortuary at 1:15 p.m. to proceed to the cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m. on Thursday. The family will be at the homes of Katherine Brown, 2207 Bethel St., #471 and Sarah Coman, 2715 Lay Ave. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

GREENLEE, FRANCIS KATHLEEN - age 74, of Rutledge, passed away at her residence, June 16, 1998. Mrs. Greenlee was preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas and Clyde Kitts. Survivors include husband, Millard Greenlee; daughter and son-in-law, Mildred and Louis Phelps; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas E. and Jean Greenlee and Millard and Christine Greenlee, Jr.; half-brothers, Shorty Kitts, Burness Kitts, J.D. Kitts and Cleo Kitts; half-sister, Vena Mae; grandchildren, Shonna Green, James Lee Greenlee, Johnny Allen Greenlee, Cathleen Mae Greenlee and Todd Greenlee; great-grandchild, Amber Greenlee. Funeral service will be Thursday at 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Marvin Phillips and Rev. Hollis Dunsmore will be officiating. Graveside service will be Friday, June 19, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Central Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home in Rutledge. 

JOHNSTON, DOYLE H. - age 73, of Knoxville, passed away June 17, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Hospital. Member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Veteran of WWII. Survivors: wife, Ida Mae Johnston; daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Jay Van Brunt of Vermont; stepson, David Schad; brothers, L.W. Johnston of Georgia, Thomas W. Johnston of Cincinnati, Ohio; sisters, Jane Brassfield of Washington, Beth Bernard of Soddy, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt Funeral Home 1:30 p.m. Friday and proceed to Greenwood Cemetery for graveside service at 2 p.m., Rev. Chad Wayland officiating. Pallbearers: Mike Johnston, Kim Styles, Ralph Gitgood, Ricky Beardon, Alan Jones, J. Alvin Robinson. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Mynatt's. 

HARTSELL, WILLIAM PAYTON, JR. - age 82, departed this life on June 15, 1998. He is preceded in death by parents, Cornelia Keith Johnson and William Payton Hartsell, Sr.; his wife, Willodyne Stewart Hartsell; and daughter, Dorothy Swanson. He leaves to mourn his passing, daughters, Shirley Andrew and Juanita Dixon; son-in-law and companion, Roosevelt Andrews; grandchildren, Marva Williams of Alcoa, Tenn., Tia and Bryan Dixon of Columbus, Ohio, Lester Hinton, Beverly (Otha) Hansberry, Wanda Ford, Deborah (Kenny) Roy, Stanley Hinton, all of the Washington, D.C./Maryland area; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 19, 1998, from 6-7 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service on Saturday, June 20, 1998, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Chapel, 309 Deadrick Ave., Rev. James E. Greer officiating. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

KARRAS, MRS. JUANITA - age 65, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Karras. She is survived by three daughters, Connie Shipe, Sandy and husband, Ed Medford, Kim and husband, Mike McAmis, all of Knoxville; one son, Billy Karras and wife, Helen of Knoxville; three sisters, Doris King, Donna Henderson, Cathy Reichert; three brothers, Donald Gosnell, Ronald Gosnell, Alvin Gosnell, all of Knoxville. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 1998, at Highland South Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Burial will be in the Highland South Cemetery. The Rev. James Pellom officiating. Highland South Funeral Home and Cemetery in charge of arrangements. 573-7300. 

KING, SELDON H. - age 88, of Sevierville, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998. He was a veteran of World War II and was preceded in death by his wife, Edith King; and sons, John and Carroll King. He is survived by his son, Don King. Funeral service 7 p.m. Thursday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Ball and Rev. Melvin Carr officiating. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Friday at Middle Creek Cemetery for interment. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

McDOWELL, JANICE K. - age 47, of 260 Creekwood Dr., Madisonville, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 16, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Loudon Medical Center. Member of Fenders United Methodist Church, employed by the State of Tennessee for 18 1/2 years. Survivors: husband, Joe McDowell; daughter, Kasi McDowell, Madisonville; mother and stepfather, Grace and Ulis Galyon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Larry Rhodes, Linda P. and Bob Shell, all of Sweetwater, Sydney Shell, Loudon; brother and sister-in-law, Verlin and Tina Pitcock, Sweetwater; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Alvin Pitcock; sister, Shelby Shell. Funeral 8 p.m. Thursday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Darrell Alley officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Friday, Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

McNEAL, JOSEPH WALTER, JR. - age 84, of Knoxville, died 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at the family home. Member of Middlebrook Pike Baptist Church and taught Sunday School there for five years. Sunday School teacher for North Knoxville Baptist Church for 20 years. Survivors: wife, Edna McNeal; son, James McNeal, both of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, David and Terri McNeal, St. Louis, Mo.; daughter, June Romines; daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Louis Houser, all of Seymour; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Cecile Smith, Powell; brothers, Lon McNeal, Knoxville, Mac McNeal, Florida. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Thursday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Bill Harvey officiating. Family and friends will meet at Zion Chapel Cemetery in Friendsville, Tenn. at 10:45 a.m. Friday for an 11 a.m. graveside service and interment. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Ave. at Broadway. 

MONGER, DOROTHY SUE CONNER - age 74, of 607 West Third Avenue, Lenoir City, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 16, 1998, at the Loudon Health Care Center. Dorothy Sue was a member of the Lenoir City Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Beta Sigma Phi. Preceded in death by parents, Richard and Susie Karnes Conner; sisters, Naomi Conner Shields, Jeanette Conner Dender and Lorene Conner; brother, Theodore Conner. Survivors: husband, James Arnold Monger; son and daughter-in-law, James Michael (Mike) and Sandra Monger of Hampton; 11 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Thursday followed by funeral service at 8 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Donald McConnell and Rev. Ken Phillips officiating. Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. Friday at Lenoir City Cemetery for graveside service. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

OAKES, WILLIAM S. - age 81, of Corryton, died 1:23 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Ave. at Broadway. 

RHINES, BERTHA SUE GAINES - age 44, passed away, June 16, 1998, at her home. She was previously an LPN at Shannondale Healthcare Center. Preceded in death by her parents, William P. and Lillie Mae Gaines. She is survived by her son, Jason A. Rhines; daughter, Melanie Ann Emerson; sisters, Regina Ann Norton, Beverly Nicely and June Gaines; special dear friend and love, James Spencer; several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Three Points Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Thompson Cancer Center. Family will receive friends following the services at the church. Arrangements by McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

ROGERS, NORMAN R. - age 59, of Maryville, died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at his home. He was retired from The DuPont Company in Athens, Ga. Survivors: wife, Doris M. Rogers; son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Amy Rogers of Maryville; daughters and sons-in-law, Stacy and Frederick Blomquist of Watkinsville, Ga., Twyla and Joseph Haslett of Winterville, Ga.; grandchildren, Jessica Blomquist of Georgia, Ethan and Johanna Haslett, both of Georgia; father, James A. Rogers of Friendsville; mother, Lucille Sneed of Ohio; brother, William A. Sneed of Ohio; sister, Angelia C. Rogers of Friendsville. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, June 19, 1998, Trinity Chapel, Smith Mortuary, with Rev. Clarence Gresham officiating. Interment will follow at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

RUSH, WILLIAM DAVID (LITTLE DAVID) III - age 17, passed away Monday, June 15,1998. He was a former student at Halls High School, an employee of Paul Kelly and an avid fisherman. A part of "Little David" will live on because he was an organ donor. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Nellie and Larry Free; father, William David Rush, Jr.; sisters, Sandra Davis, Tonya Coots and Denise Allen; brothers, Ricky Cole, Chase Cole, Jason Rush, Larry Wayne Free; grandmothers, Alice Rush and Inez Hensley; special friend, Jennifer Russell; best friends Joe McBee and Jaycen Jenes; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 2 p.,m. Friday at Ailor Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Jim Webber officiating. Family and friends will go in procession to Halls Memorial Gardens following the service. Pallbearers will be Joe McBee, Jaycen Jenes, Chris Jenes, David Davis, Jr., D.J. Corum and Daniel Corum. Honorary pallbearers: Eddie Boling, and Aaron Dickey. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville. 

SMITH, DWIGHT HAROLD - 86, Oak Ridge, passed away on June 16, 1998, at the Methodist Medical Center. Member and deacon of First Baptist Church. Survivors include wife, Lavada Bacon Smith, Oak Ridge; daughters, Carolyn Blankenship Roberts, Columbus, Ohio, Linda Thomas, Brenham, Texas; sisters, Mary Louise Winton and husband, Mel, Oak Ridge, Margaret Craddock and husband, Louis, Bowling Green, Ky.; brother-in-law, C.E. Tilley, Oak Ridge; six grandchildren; seven great-grandsons. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 19, 11 a.m. First Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Dipboye officiating. The family requests any memorials be made to First Baptist Church AGAPE Help Center, 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Graveside service will be on Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. Hamblen Cemetery in Lee County, Va. Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge. 

WALKER, LILLIE LUCILLE RAY - went home to be with the Lord Monday, June 15, 1998, at U.T. Hospital. She was a faithful member of Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors: devoted husband, Tommy (Tim) Franklin Walker; children, Tanya, Sherry and Dwayne Walker; grandson, Andre LaShawn Walker; father, Willie F. Ray, all of Knoxville; brother, James (Bertha) Ray, Athens, Ala.; sister, Susie N. (Melbert) Lee, Knoxville; devoted aunts and uncles, Mrs. Coreen and Mr. Ernest Spangler, Taft and Curtis McDonald, all of Town Creek, Ala., Tom (Ann) McDonald, Chattanooga, Tenn., Denota Lawson (Aunt Bo), Milton Walker, Knoxville; great-aunt, Ellen Ray, Town Creek, Ala.; father-in-law, Tommy T. Walker, Knoxville; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Joe) Stephens, Compton, Calif., Denota (James) Fain, Judy Porter, all of Knoxville; devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, numerous friends and caretakers to include: The Ward Family, Hamlett Family, Mary Ternon, Velma Biddles, Dorothy Whiteside, Linda Allmon, Audrey Badgett, Helen Smith, U.T. Hospice Program, the sixth and eleventh floor nurses at U.T., Dr. Wahid Hanna and staff, Dr. Fogle and Dr. Hembree. The family will receive friends Saturday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Payne Avenue Baptist Church. Funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Pastor R.S. Brown, Jr. officiating. Interment Highland Memorial Cemetery. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

WOLFORD, MR. JAMES CALVIN, SR. - age 82, of Strawberry Plains, previously of Bristol, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, June 16, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Mr. Wolford was a member of Lyons Creek Baptist Church of Strawberry Plains, retired machinist from the Oakley Company in Bristol, Tenn. Preceded in death by his wife, Anna Pearl Gurley Wolford. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Lester Hayes of Estill Springs; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James C. Wolford of Knoxville, Associated Pathologists and Dianne Wolford of Strawberry Plains; grandchildren, Robert Wolford and wife, Sheila, Travis Wolford and wife, Carolyn, Stephanie and Brad Wolford, Anna and Laura Hayes; great-granddaughter, Rebekah Wolford; sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Ted Capaul; sister, Elizabeth Holcomb; sister-in-law, Edna Wolford. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lyons Creek Baptist Church followed at 8 p.m. by the funeral service with Rev. Michael Driver officiating. Family and friends will meet Saturday at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, Tenn. for 10:30 a.m. interment service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be in the form of donations to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

WOOD, HARLEY G. - age 88, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord, June 15, 1998. Survivors: wife, Lyda Melton Wood; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Bob Miller; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Ann Wood, Boyd and Frances Wood; grandchildren, Janet Butler, Randy and Dean Wood, Karen Fritts and Angela Bishop; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Homer, Dennis, Carson and Henry Wood. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, McCarty-Weaver Chapel, Rev. Dean Wood and Rev. Bruce Robinson officiating. Pallbearers: Randy Wood, Jim Bishop, Johnny Wood, Roy Wood, Ron Turpin, Lynn Wood. Family and friends will meet 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and proceed to Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment. Arrangements by McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel, 5815 Western Avenue. 

WOODY, MILDRED A. - age 86, of Morristown, passed away Monday, June 15. Member of New Prospect Presbyterian Church. Survivors: sister, Juanita Gibson, Leesburg, Fla.; nieces, Diane Poynter, St. Louis, Mo., Anita Carlile, San Jose, Calif.; nephews, Jim and Joe Woody; special friend, Warren C. Farris. Graveside service Friday 3 p.m. at Highland South Cemetery, Dr. Glenn Sullivan officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your favorite charity. Friends may call at their convenience Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway, in charge of arrangements.

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