Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries


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ALLEN, THOMAS BUEL - age 82, of Knoxville, died 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 1998, at Hillcrest Medical Nursing Institute, North. Member of Smithwood Baptist Church. Member of R.O. Bryan Sunday School class. Survivors: wife of 59 years, Alma Moore Allen, Knoxville; daughter, Betty J. Cate-Rice and husband, Albert, Clinton, Tenn.; sons, Carroll E. Allen and wife, Peggy, Maynardville, Tenn., Thomas "Jimmy" Allen and wife, Betty, Riverdale, Tenn.; grandchildren, Tony Allen, Joel Allen, Randy Allen, Donna Milsap, Allen Cate, David Cate, and Jeff Cate; great-grandchildren, Ashley Allen, Cody Milsap, Courtney Milsap, Johnathan Cate, Stephanie Gorghis and Melanie Gorghis; sister, Mildred Walker, Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; brother, Jack Allen and wife, Vontella of Knoxville. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday at Stevens Chapel, Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan officiating. Family and friends will meet at Asbury Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment. Honorary pallbearers: Tony Allen, Joey Allen, Randy Allen, Jeff Cate, Allen Cate, and David Cate. Mrs. Allen wishes to thank all the staff at Hillcrest North for the loving care they gave her husband, Buel. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

BOLES, MRS. EVA L. (KITTS) - age 77, of Luttrell, passed away suddenly Saturday morning, June 6, 1998, at her home. She was a member of Warwick Chapel Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband Robert Brady Boles; parents, Hubert and Carrie Booker Kitts; brother, Bill Kitts. Survived by nieces and nephews, Randall and Wanda Parker, Glenda Beal, Tom and Carin Branson, Betsy and Kenneth Yarnell, Dennis and Helen Branson, Gary and Becky Branson, Sandra Branson, Sercy and Peggy Branson; aunt, Myrtle Coffman; cousin, Ruth Collins; she is also survived by her church family, Warwick Chapel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday with funeral services to follow at 8 p.m. at Ailor's Chapel, Rev. Ray Headrick officiating. Pallbearers: Spencer Booker, Jeff Collins, Mike Coffman, Roy Gray, Troy Branson, Craig Daniels, Thane Daniels, Dennis Dyer. The family will meet at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Ailor's Mortuary to go in procession to Booker Cemetery for an 11 a.m. interment service. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge. 

BYRGE, E.B. - age 61, of Lake City, passed away Saturday, June 6, 1998, at his residence. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 8, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City with Masonic service following at 8 p.m. in the chapel. Funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Graves Gap Baptist Church in Lake City with Rev. Bill Bass and Rev. Tommy Brown officiating. Interment will follow service in Graves Gap Cemetery with full military honors conducted by Campbell County Honor Guard. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home of Lake City in charge of arrangements. 

HELTON, ROY E. - age 87, of Talbott, passed away Sunday, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Survivors: wife, Edith Bales Helton; two daughters, Sharla and husband, Charles Wilson, Deana and husband, Bill Hux, both of Talbott; two brothers, David Helton, Jim Helton, both of Morristown, S.G. Helton, Clinton; three sisters, Mrs. Bill Evelyn Quinton, Mrs. Dan Mary Alice Skeen, Mrs. Bill Vaughtie Oaten, all of Morristown; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Helton, Morristown; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service Monday 8 p.m. at Westside Chapel, Dr. Larry Parrott and Rev. Norman Turley officiating. Graveside service will be Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 p.m. until time of services at 8 at Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown. 

HUTCHISON, IRENE LOY - age 77, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord, June 6, 1998. Member of Dutch Valley Church of God. Retired from Standard Knitting Mills. Preceded in death by husband, Ulyus Hutchinson; parents, Hazen and Ida Miller Loy; and sister, Jean " Guignard" Haynes. Survivors: brothers, Carl and Herbert Loy; sister, Barbara Loy Slagle; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Funeral 8 p.m. Tuesday in chapel, Rev. Charlie Lynch and Rev. Jerry Copeland officiating. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for graveside service at 11 a.m. Pallbearers: Larry Evans, Gary Kennedy, Claude Keith, Larry Lewis, Wally Edwards, Kevin Keith, and Marlin Carter. Honorary pallbearers: Chris and Clint Kennedy, Claude, Jr., Carl and David Keith, Don and Charles Guignard, Josh Zelenka, Craig Emory, Hazen Loy, David Haynes, Carl R. Loy, Jr. and Brian Worley. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mynatt's. 

MAYS, BEVERLY KEITH - age 76, of Knoxville, passed away at St. Mary's Hospital, Sunday, June 7, 1998. Mrs. Mays was a native of Winchester, Ky. and was a member of the Baptist faith. She was retired as general manager of Anderson County Employees Federal Credit Union and manager of Eagle Bend Federal Credit Union. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo B. Mays. Survivors: sons, Stephen Mays, Powell, Ronald Mays, Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Michael Holdren, Athens, Ala.; brother, Ronald George Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Graveside service and interment will be at the Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive, Knoxville, Tenn. 

McNEIL, HOYLE GRAHAM - age 76, passed away June 6, 1998, at Shannondale Health Care Center. A native of Claiborne County, he attended The University of Tennessee and was a veteran of World War II. Mr. McNeil was a sales representative for the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Co. for 35 years, served Knoxville as vice mayor and a member of city council for nine years, was a member of several civic clubs and organizations and was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty Stone McNeil; sons and daughters-in-law, Hoyle Graham McNeil, Jr. and Kimberly, Bruce Stone McNeil and Marlene, all of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Anne McNeil Sherman and Stephen of Stafford, Va.; grandchildren, Emily McNeil, Bruce (Bo) McNeil and Matthew McNeil; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery Monday for a 3 p.m. graveside service with Rev. William J. Fowler, Rev. George W. Armbrister and Rev. Cabel W. Trent officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Holston Home for Children or Church Street United Methodist Church. Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

MERRITT, THELMA JOHNSON - of Knoxville, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Brakebill Nursing Home. Member of Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Survivors: husband, Jack P. Merritt; brothers, Ret. Col. W.W. Johnson of Lompoc, Calif. and Curtis L. Johnson of Pelham, Ala.; several nieces and nephews. Memorial service 11 a.m. Tuesday at Episcopal Church of the Ascension with the Rev. Gordon Temple officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

MYNATT, PAUL F. SR. - age 79, of Knoxville, went home to rest today, Saturday, June 6, 1998. He was a member of Timothy Street Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army Veteran in WWII serving in the 36th Infantry Division receiving both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He retired from Service Window Cleaning Company and Knox County Schools. He loved his wife, children, community, his church, U.T. football, the New York Yankees and the Green Bay Packers, but most of all he loved God. He was an avid walker and could be seen most any day walking along Asheville Hwy. To Cox & Wright grocery and later to Food City. There to meet Mr. Mynatt was his mother Helen Collins Mynatt; father, Ben F. Mynatt; brothers, Bill and Ted Mynatt; and sisters Annie Jarnagin and Georgia Fennell. He leaves behind his wife, Sue Russell Mynatt; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeb Mynatt, Barry Mynatt, Paul, Jr. and Phyllis Mynatt; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann Hicks, Sonya Mynatt, Sheree Cox, Angie and Ronnie Hickman; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Sallie Mynatt Albright; sister-in-law, Irene Poston Mynatt; brother-in-law, Bruce Jarnagin; several nieces and nephews. Celebration of his homecoming will be held at 8 p.m. Monday Rose Mortuary Broad Chapel Rev. Gibbs Hammond and W.O. Rule officiating. Family and friends will leave Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for interment services at 11 a.m. with full military honors conducted by Delta Company 4th Combat Engineer Battalion U.S. Marine Corps. Pallbearers: grandsons, David and Donny Hatfield, Jason Bradley, Jimmy and Brian Mynatt, Albert Cox, Jr. Sam Bunch. Honorary pallbearers, nephews and members of the Adult Men Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

PEEKE, WILLIAM EARL - age 75, retired minister of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, passed away at home on Sunday, June 7, 1998. Funeral service will be held at Smoky Mtn. Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Rt. 66 in Sevierville, Tenn. at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 1998. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. at the church. Those who mourn his passing but rejoice in the life that he lived are wife of 53 years, Ina of Seymour, Tenn.; sons, John William of Dalton, Ga. and Robert Earl of Etiwanda, Calif.; four grandsons and two granddaughters. Highland South Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 573-7300. 

PETREE, ROBERT J. (BOBBY) - age 67. Our father went home to be with the Lord Saturday, June 6, 1998, at 8 p.m. He was a longtime resident of the Blaine Community. Member of Block Springs Baptist Church. A retired sewing machine mechanic of Standard Knitting Mills. Preceded in death by infant son, Larry Dale; father, Robert Petree; sisters, Betty Long and Edna Brown. Survived by mother, Myrtle Petree; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sue Petree; daughter, JoAnn Petree McElhaney; daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Walt Emory; ex-wife and good friend, Delilah Petree; grandchildren, Ginny, Jimmy and Victoria McElhaney, Andrea and Ernest Reyes, Robert and Shelly Petree, Jimmy Petree, Shawn Obar and Kristi Feller; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Marisa and Alexis Reyes, Robert Chase Petree; brother, Donald Petree of Knoxville; sisters, Joyce McGinnis and Shirley Miles of Mascot. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Block Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Kitts officiating. Interment to follow in Block Springs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Block Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, Emory Road, Blaine, TN 37709. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Monday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

PICKETT, ARMENTINE EVANS (TINY) age 85,of Knoxville, entered into eternal rest at her home on Friday, June 5, 1998. She was a longtime member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a retired professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Knoxville College and The University of Tennessee. She was a graduate of Austin High School, Tennessee A&I State University and Columbia University. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Les Pas Si Betes Circle and the Acacia Rose Circle. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Fred W. Pickett. Survivors: sister, Avice Evans Lennon; brother-in-law, William E. Hill; sister-in-law, Lou Ella Evans, Knoxville, Mary Lynch, Greensboro, N.C., Lucy Davis, Beaufort, N.C., Dora Bowles, Cleveland, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Alonzo Baylor, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio, Charlotte Baylor Little, Deltona, Fla., Charles Evans, Knoxville, Louella Evans Hill, Cleveland, Tenn., Avice Hill Pleasants, El Paso, Texas, Elizabeth Evans Johnson and Gloria Evans, Cassius Evans, Denzlow Evans, Theodoric Evans, Malcolm Evans, Arthur Evans and Hugh Evans, Baltimore, Maryland, Armentine Banks, Beaufort, N.C., Dr. Lenwood Davis, Winston-Salem, N.C.; numerous great-nieces to include, Barbara Toms Canada and Avice Evans Reid; nephews and friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday 12:30-1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2714 Brooks Road with funeral services to follow. Interment Knoxville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the Alpha Pi Omega Foundation, Armentine Pickett Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

PRATT, HELEN FAWVER - age 84, passed away Saturday, June 6, 1998, at Hillcrest North Nursing Institute. A native of East Knoxville; born June 3, 1914; a 1932 graduate of Central High School and she also attended Carson Newman College. On April 20, 1935, she married E. Elmer Pratt. They had four sons, one daughter and a stillborn daughter. Member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church (formerly Bell Avenue Baptist Church). She enjoyed reading as well as gardening but her delight was in her children and family. Preceded in death by husband, E. Elmer Pratt; stillborn daughter, Rose Marie Pratt; parents, John and Martha Fawver; sisters, Zelma Chance, Ethel Vaughn, Lula Fawver, and Lena Pratt; brothers, George and Porter Fawver. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Carol Pratt, Wayne and Peggy Pratt, Edward and Jo Pratt of Knoxville, David and Louise Pratt of Shelbyville, Ky.; daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Norman Pierson of Charlotte, NC; sisters, Frances Chambers, Gladys Pratt and Ruby Bell of Knoxville, Jessie Morris of Ft. Worth Texas; grandchildren, Randy Pratt, Amanda Mashburn, Buddy Pratt, Teddy Pratt, Whitney Needham, Melanie McGill, Kelley Pratt, Kimberley Pratt, Brandon Pratt and Rebecca Pratt; 11 great-grandchildren. A special thank-you to the staff of the third floor, Building A of Hillcrest North for the attention given to our mother during her illness; also to her sisters for their love, visits and devotion during this time. Funeral was 8 p.m. Sunday at McCarty Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Gerald McFarland officiated. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Monday at Caledonia Cemetery for an 11 a.m. interment. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

ROWLAND, ZACK JR. - age 66, of Blaine, Tenn., formerly of Tazewell, was born October 20, 1931, passed away on June 6, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Survived by wife, Mary J. Rowland; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Cindy Rowland; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and James Richey; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred, Bernice, Doris and Loretta; brother, Charles (Sam) Rowland; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services 2 p.m. Monday, June 8, 1998, Coffey Funeral Home Chapel, Tazewell. Interment Irish Cemetery. The family received friends 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Coffey Funeral Home, Tazewell. Rev. Jack Dean officiating. Singing by The Glory road Boys. Pallbearers: Jim Richey, Jamie Richey, Roger Rowland, Jr., Matthew Rowland, Daniel Lane, Roger Rowland, Sr. Coffey Funeral Home in charge. 

SIDEY, DOROTHY D. - age 96, born in Indianapolis, Ind., passed away June 7, 1998, at Holston Healthcare Center after a long illness. She married David Sidey in 1922 in Detroit, Mich. then moved to Dunkirk, N.Y., where she spent her entire life until 1993 taking up residence with her son Richard Sidey in Knoxville, Tenn. Member of Bible Truth Hall in Dunkirk, N.Y. and also attended Bible Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn. Mrs. Sidey was a homemaker and associated with the family business Sidey's Department Store in Dunkirk for many years as women's apparel buyer. Served as president of Southwestern Chautauqua County Parent-Teachers Association. Preceded in death by her husband, David Sidey in 1976. Survivors: daughter, Mary M. Riblet, Hollidaysburg, Pa.; sons, James D. Sidey (Margaret), Dunkirk, N.Y., Thomas W. Sidey (Margery), Lake Wylie, S.C., Richard A. Sidey, Knoxville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. Funeral service 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 1998, in the Berry Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Fisher officiating. Burial in Fredonia, N.Y. Thursday, June 11, 1998. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Cathedral Music Fund, 413 W. Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN; Bible Presbyterian Church, 3711 Buffat Mill Rd., Knoxville, TN or Fund for Christian Service, c/o David Campbell, 67 Annin Rd., West Caldwell, N.J. 07006. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

STAFFORD, LILLIE W. - age 92, of Smyrna, Tenn., formerly of Knoxville, passed away Friday, June 5, 1998, in Smyrna. Member of First Baptist Church., LaVergne Tennessee and Eastern Star Chapter 62 in Memphis. She was retired from St. Mary's Medical Center. Preceded in death by husband, Claude E. Stafford. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Claude E. Brown of Heiskell, Tenn., Ruth and Paul Letson of Smyrna, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Howard B. and Mary Ellen White of Memphis, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Joe L. (Edythe) White of Marianna, Fla. Family and friends will meet at Sherwood Memorial Gardens at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Milton Hicks officiating. Pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Builders Sunday School Class of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

WELCH, ERNEST L. - age 62, of Halls, passed away Sunday, June 7, 1998, at his home. Survived by wife, Delores Fortner Welch; sons, Mike and Jeff Welch; daughter, Dina Moore, all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Mindy, Amy, and Leslie Welch, Adam and Tyler Moore; sisters, Jeanitta (Jeanie) Irwin of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lenoir Cardwell of Knoxville; brothers, Fowler and Lonas Welch of Knoxville; a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Curtis Tindell, Rev. William Moore, Sr. and Rev. Bill Hall officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers: Clyde, Lawrence, and John Welch, Harold Nelson, Marty Stansberry, Rocky Ryder, Arthur Fortner, Ken Baker. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. at Mynatt's. 

WILLIFORD, PATRICK - age 77, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday evening, June 6, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was a member and deacon of Community Baptist Church and was a member of Bright Hope Lodge #557 F&AM. He was the retired owner of Williford Monument Company and was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. He was born March 3, 1921, to the late George Salathiel and Ora Bell Walker Williford. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Peggy Williford McGuire; and brother, Henry Williford. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Copeland Williford; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia W. and Larry L. Turner of Knoxville; grandchildren, Shelley Leigh Turner and fiance' Chris Rogers, Wendy LeAnn Turner, Amy Colleen McGuire, Jennifer Anne McGuire and Jordan Patrick McGuire, all of Knoxville; son-in-law, Gene McGuire of Knoxville; sister, Sidney Scarlett of Knoxville; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Enos Johnson of Gatlinburg; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas O. and Lois Williford of Knoxville, Fred D. and Betty Williford of White Pine, Herbert L. and Betty Williford of Gatlinburg; uncle, Ellis Walker of Knoxville; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held 8 p.m. Monday at Mynatt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rex Eledge and Rev. Vaughn Richardson officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mynatt Funeral Home and proceed to Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Pallbearers: Chris Rogers, Gabe Thrasher, William Johnson, Fred Williford, Jr., Chester DeMarcus, Allan Ruth and John Idol. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Community Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Mynatt Funeral Home. 

WISE, NINA BEELER - 76, of North Knoxville, passed away Saturday, June 6, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center after a brief illness. She was a member of West Side Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer C. Wise, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Also preceded by her parents, Lilly Alberta and Austin Burl Beeler and two infant children; three brothers; and one sister. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Harold Johnsey; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Ginny Wise; grandsons, Randy Johnsey, David Wise, and Jonathan Wise; brother J.T. (Joe) Beeler; and two special sisters-in-law, Helen Beeler and Jo Beeler, all of Knoxville. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday at Dante Baptist Church, 314 Brown Rd., Knoxville, 37910, Rev. Phillip Murphy officiating. Family and friends will meet at Bookwalter Cemetery at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday for graveside and interment services at 2 p.m. The family will be at the home of Helen Beeler and will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday at the church. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

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