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BEAL, RENA MAE KERR - age 87, passed away Monday, June 1, 1998, at Holston Health Center. She was born in Blount County, the daughter of the late Jesse and Minnie Kerr. Rena Mae accepted Jesus at a very young age and became interested in reading and studying the Bible and continued to do so until her health began to decline. She was a faithful member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church (formerly McCalla Ave.) where she taught Sunday School for over 43 years. She was a former award winning Avon representative. Her husband, Carl T. Beal, a well-known automobile mechanic and former race car driver, passed away in 1982. She became a resident of Holston Health Care Center over two years ago and claimed the staff and all the employees as part of her family. She loved them and they loved her and provided all the loving care and services she needed. They have been wonderful and the family wishes to thank them from the depths of our hearts. Survivors: brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Lois Beal, Louise Beal Huffstatler, Aileen Beal Palmer and Hobart, Mildred Beal Bacon and Robert of LaFollette, Tenn., Charles Beal and Betty, Don Beal and Betty of Athens, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. John L. Shepherd, Jr. officiating. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery on Sutherland Ave. Thursday for an 11 a.m. interment service. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BENSON, MR. JAMES D. - age 69, of Knoxville, died Monday, June 1, 1998, at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville. He is survived by his former wife, Lilly Barnard; companion of 15 years, Hazel May; two sons, Larry Benson and William (Peanut) Benson; four daughters, Patrica Browning, Sharon Parrot, Cynthya Spangler and Diane Benson, all of Knoxville; three brothers, Stanley Benson and Robert Howard of Knoxville and Lewis Dawson of Mt. Dora, Fla.; two sisters, Betty Greene of Knoxville and Mary Thorpe of Philadelphia, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at Highland South Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 4, 1998, at 10 a.m. at Shiloh Cemetery. Highland South Funeral Home in charge of arrangements (573-7300). 

BERNEY, EUGENIA LE COULTRE - daughter of George H. Le Coultre and Alice Truan Le Coultre was taken to be with her Savior, May 31, 1998, at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, California. She was the wife of the late Paul Ernest Berney and is survived by children, Jewell Fretwell, Gerald Berney and Alice Ewing; 19 living grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Ernest and George Le Coultre, both of Knoxville. She was known for her kind hospitality, her cooking and love for flowers. She had lived in California since 1989 with her daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Bill Ewing. Services were held Tuesday in Glendale, California at Kiefer and Eyerick Mortuary. She will be returned to Knoxville for a graveside service 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Thursday evening at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 West Adair Drive. 

BREWER, JOHN EDWIN - age 39, of Strawberry Plains, died 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 1st., 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was a member and deacon of Thorn Grove Baptist Church and the Young Adult Sunday School Class. Employed by Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 102. Preceded in death by mother, Bobbie T. Brewer. Survivors: wife, Tammy Lynn Brewer; daughter, Bethany Lynn Brewer; father, J.B. Brewer, all of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Sam Birchfield, Duncanville, Texas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Barry and Missy Brewer, Kodak, Tenn., Matt and Amy Brewer, Knoxville; brother in-law and sister-in-law, Rev. and Mrs. Dino (Jana) Bray, Kodak; nieces and nephews, Cara Birchfield and her children, Morgan and Bailey; niece, Heather Birchfield, all of Duncanville, Texas, Zack and Skylar Brewer, Knoxville, Kristen and Ray Ann Brewer, Chad and Todd Bray, all of Kodak, Tenn.; special aunt, Louise Howard; special beloved friends, The Byrd Family, many dearly loved uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday at Thorn Grove Baptist Church, Rev. Tim Tatum and Rev. Mike Rutherford officiating. Family and friends will meet at Thorn Grove Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Thursday for an 11 a.m. graveside service and interment. Pallbearers: Charlie Connatser, Butch Russell, Darrell Byrd, Joe Hensley, Frank Bolin and Joe Whittaker. Honorary pallbearers: Deacons of Thorn Grove Baptist Church and members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 102. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Thorn Grove Baptist Church, 10200 Thorn Grove Pike, Strawberry Plains, Tenn. Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway, in charge of arrangements. 

BROWN, JOSEPH EDWARD (JOEY) - age 12, of Strawberry Plains, passed away at 11:18 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 1998, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his father, Donnie Brown; sister, Sha-rah Brown; brothers, Jason and Michael Brown; grandmother, Doris Warren; grandfather, Floyd Brown; great-grandparents, Lon and Lois Brown; special aunt and uncle, Linda and Bob Thomas; several aunt, uncles and cousins. The family and friends will meet at Pollard's Cemetery in Kodak, Tenn. at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday for a 4 p.m. committal service with Rev. Larry Cash officiating. Pallbearers will be Keith Houser, Frankie Thomas, Chris Osborne, Gene Fawver, Lonnie Brown and Raul Batista. Arrangements by McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

CRONKHITE, JOHN A. - age 57, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at his home after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife, Gale E. Cronkhite of Knoxville and three sons, Bradley, Brian and Chad. His remains are at Highland Memorial Funeral Home where complete arrangements will be announced later. Highland Memorial Funeral Home. 588-0567. 

EARL, HOLMES CAPT. (RET.) - age 76, of Knoxville, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 31, 1998. He was a member of Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church. Capt. Earl was a native and long-time resident of New Orleans. He graduated from Tulane University in civil engineering and received his commission into the U.S. Navy from the Tulane Naval R.O.T.C. in 1942. Within a few short days, he left to serve his country proudly during World War II. He retired as a captain from the U.S. Naval Reserve after years of dedicated service which included submarine qualification. He was a respected member of the New Orleans Engineering Community, operating his own engineering firm for 20 years, as well as serving other companies as a consultant. He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars, American Society of Civil Engineering, Louisiana Engineering Society, SAR and the Tennessee Artists Association. Preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Gloria Garon Earl; parents, Ralph and Ruby Earl; sister, Carolyn Plate Ioakim. Survivors include son, Gene Earl of New Orleans; daughters and sons-in-law, Holly and Dr. Stephen Lazarus of Knoxville, Carolyn Earl and Joseph Jacquat of New Orleans; two grandchildren, Kristin and Lauren Lazarus of Knoxville; brother, Glenn Earl of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at 1:45 p.m. Friday for a 2 p.m. graveside and interment service with Rev. P. Gilbert Smith and Dr. Robert Walker officiating. Full military honors provided by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. Family requests memorials be made to Tulane University School of Engineering, New Orleans, La. 70118 or Arthritis Foundation, Smoky Mountain Branch, 212 S. Peters Rd., Suite 105, Knoxville, Tenn. 37923. Family will receive friends 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

EVANS, MOSS D. - age 88, of Powell, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Monday, June 1, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was a member of Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church and retired from Robertshaw Controls. He was a member of Powell Lodge No. 582, F&AM. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucile Tarwater Evans. He is survived by his wife, Marie Bond Evans; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Lenord Shepherd; granddaughters, Sharon and husband, Joey Malloy, Cindy Shepherd; step daughters and husband, Willa and James Grantham, Bettie and Ray Washington; five step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren; sister, Ethel Walcyzk; brother, Oscar Evans; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty Woodhaven Chapel with Rev. Thomas Sweet and Rev. Fred West Jr. officiating. The family and friends will meet at Lynch-Bethel Cemetery Thursday at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Committal Service. Memorials may be made to Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7725 Old Clinton Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. 37938. The family will receive friends 6 to 7 Wednesday at McCarty Woodhaven Chapel, 160 Edgemoor Road. 

FRAZIER, MRS. RUTH TURK - of Knoxville, passed away Monday, June 1, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital. Preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Lottie Martin Turk; brothers, Walter, John and Herbert Turk; sister, Hazel Hardin. Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Laura Turk; nephews and nieces, James and Nora Turk, Walter Turk, Jr., Carol Hardin, Knoxville; several great-nieces and nephews to include Richard Turk, Jr., David, Darrell and John Turk; other relatives and many friends. The family will receive friends 6-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jarnigan's Chapel. Funeral service to follow at 6:30, Rev. Leroy Franklin officiating. Interment to be held Thursday at VA Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will assemble at the home of Richard & Laura Turk, 1608 Kenro. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

GASKELL, CASSANDRA RAE - infant daughter of John and Nicole Gaskell of Dandridge, died at birth 7:03 p.m. Monday, June 1, 1998. Preceded in death by grandfather, Clyde Lewis. Survivors: parents; paternal grandparents, Joseph A. and Wanda Gaskell, Jr. of Kodak; maternal grandmother, Anne Lewis of Dandridge; paternal great-grandparents, Joseph A. and Bertha Gaskell, Sr. of Malaga, N.J.; maternal grandmother, Sallie Morgan of Dandridge; several aunt, uncles and cousins. Funeral services Friday, June 5, 1998, 11 a.m. at the Deep Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Ben Knight officiating. Interment to follow in Fain Cemetery. Family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Farrar Funeral Home, 162 East Meeting Street, Dandridge, Tenn. 

HARNDEN, DONALD PAUL, SR. - age 81, died Saturday, May 30, 1998, at his home in Sevierville. Born in Saginaw, Mich., on September 18, 1916, the son of Charles Claire Harnden and Anna Biesterfeld Harnden. He retired as a port director of US Customs from Opheim, Montana, and lived in Tennessee, but planned to return to Norfolk in the very near future. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and did post graduate work at the University of Virginia. He was an inactive member of the First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk. He was a 32nd degree Mason. Being a World War II US Army veteran, he fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his small and grieving family consisting of his wife of 52 years, Sarah Estelle Carter Harnden, a native of Norfolk; his son, Donald Paul Harnden, Jr.; and a brother, Robert Claire Harnden of Memphis, Tenn. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 5, 1998, in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Cox Funeral Home, Norfolk, Va., is handling arrangements. 

HODGES, NELLIE RANDLES - 90, Chattanooga, passed away Monday, June 1, 1998, at a nursing home in Chattanooga. Mrs. Hodges was a member of the Boyds Creek Baptist Church and a longtime resident of Sevier County. Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn T. Hodges; daughters, Edna Hodges and Helen Moses; and two grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Jean Zurmuhlen, Staten Island, N.Y., Betty and husband, Mack Franklin, Ootlewah, Tenn.; sons and daughters-in-law, Herbert H. and Ruth Hodges, Chattanooga, Rudolph and Joy Hodges, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Services will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 1998, at Rawlings Funeral Chapel with Dr. G. Dennis Newman officiating. The family will receive from 5-7 p.m. Thursday preceding the service. Interment will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 5, 1998, at Boyds Creek Cemetery. Rawlings Funeral Home in charge. 

HORTON, IRENE ROEHL - age 98, of Knoxville, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, at Asbury Acres Health Care, Maryville. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by husband, W.E. Horton. Survivors: nephew, William Roehl, Silver Springs, Md. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Thursday for a 10 a.m. graveside and interment service, Rev. Ron Fisher officiating. Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in charge of arrangements. 

HOUSER, ELIZABETH GLOVER - age 79, of Gatlinburg, died Sunday, May 31, 1998. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Gatlinburg. A former teacher at Pi Beta Phi and a member of the Eastern Star. Survivors: husband, Muncy A. Houser; sister, Kathleen Sullivan; nieces, Brenda Cadwell, Sandy Moore, Donna Rimel, Sandy Israel, Delores Morefield, Kay Tipton, Debbie Tallent; nephew, Larry Houser; aunt, Ina G. Wright. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley's Smoky Mountain Chapel in Pigeon Forge with Rev. Jon Roebuck officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Gatlinburg. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley's Smoky Mountain Chapel, 220 Emert Street, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 37863. 

HURD, GERALINE HILTON - beloved mother and grandmother, of 415 Hickory Cove Road, Rogersville, went to be with the Lord on June 1, 1998. She was an active member and Sunday School teacher at her church, Caney Creek Missionary Baptist. She was a former school teacher and post master. She was preceded in death by her husband, M.K. Hurd; parents, L.D. and Rosa Hilton; brothers, Arnold and Walter Hilton; an infant brother and sister. She is survived by her son, Mike Hurd; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Libby Hurd; daughter and son-in-law, Gerald and Carolyn H. Stewart, all of Rogersville; grandchildren, Michael K. Hurd, Jason Hurd, Nathan Hurd, Jennifer Hurd, Ashley Hurd, Victoria Hurd, Lori H. and Brian Armstrong and Craig A. and Amanda Stewart; four sisters, Dinah Johnson, Ival McMillan and Lydia H. Hurd, all of Rogersville and Joyce Gordy of Rincon, Ga.; two brothers, W.C. Hilton of Rogersville and Nerge Hilton of St. Clair; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at Colboch-Price Chapel with Rev. Edward Cuthrell and Rev. Dennis Hilton officiating. Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 1998, at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends any time at the residence and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday prior to the services at Colboch-Price Funeral Home in Rogersville. 

HUSKEY, NERVIE - age 72, of Sevierville, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998. She was preceded in death by mother, Girtha J. Smith; father, William Green; brother, Wayne Green; sister, Irene Rice; stepfather, Fred Smith. Survivors: husband, Fred Melvin Huskey; daughters and sons-in-law, Francis and Joe Mayfield, Janie and Vern Parton, Kathey and Billy Dickenson, Melba and Bobby Travis; son, William R. Huskey; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ellar and Coy Maples, Rue and Arnold Brackins, Wynetta Johnson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman and Vera Green, Willie and Dorothy Smith; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Parton and Rev. Leroy Parton officiating. Interment follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home. 

KANIPE, WILLIAM R. - age 60, of New Market, passed away 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. A member of Pleasant Grove (Piney) Baptist Church and had been attending Cedar Hill Church of God. A retired veteran with 39 years service having served in the Army and Air Force. An employee of Taylor-White Co. LLC. Preceded in death by father and mother, Vincent P. and Zula Griffin Kanipe; brothers, Roy and Walter Kanipe; sister, Pauline K. Bowling. Survived by wife, Univee Ausmus Kanipe, New Market; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Scott Thomas, Jacksonville, Fla., and Karen and Tim Lee, Knoxville; grandchildren, Brad and Kevin Bull, Daniel and Hannah Thomas and Dakota Lee; sisters, Bonnie Southerland, Huntsville, Ala., and Jean Folden, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 1998, at Farrar's Chapel, Rev. Tony Collins officiating. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home 10:30 a.m. Friday to proceed to Jefferson Memorial Gardens for 11 a.m. interment service with the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard providing the military honors. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. Farrar Funeral Home, 411 W. Broadway, Jefferson City, Tenn. 

LAMBDIN, ARLISS - age 68, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was a US Army Veteran. Preceded in death by parents, Joel Grant and Roxie Swain Lambdin; sister, Ruth Lambdin Cox; brothers, W.H. Lambdin and Robert Frank Lambdin. Survivors: daughter, Arla and Jeff Jackson; sons, Nathan and Wanda Lambdin, Arliss and Debbie Lambdin; and granddaughter, Courtney Jackson, all of Knoxville; sisters, Midge Marshall Stewart, Mason, N.H. and Knoxville, Barbara Langlois, New Roads, La., and Jean Mulryan, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memorial service 7 p.m. Friday at Stevens Chapel, Rev. Joel Marshall officiating. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary Oglewood Ave. at Broadway. 

LIMBURG, KENNETH EUGENE - age 74, of 124 Bussell Ferry Road, Lenoir City, passed away Monday evening, June 1, 1998, at Loudon Health Care Center. Kenneth was a member of First Baptist Church. A graduate of Lenoir City High School class of 1945. Retired from Scovill. A veteran of World War II serving in the Navy. Preceded in death by parents, William H. Limburg, Sr. and Willie Hagler Limburg; sisters, Alyce Ann Limburg Bishop and Wilma Maxine Limburg Johnston; brother, William H. (Bud) Limburg Jr. Survivors: nephews, Richard Limburg of New York and Bill Johnston of Florida; cousins, Amanda Spoons and Alice Kellar, both of Lenoir City; also left to mourn his loss are special friends, Joyce Malone and Ruth Kutsera, both of Lenoir City and Louise Walker of Loudon. Funeral services 10 a.m. Thursday, Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. George Seay officiating. Interment Lenoir City Cemetery with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers: John Malone Sr., John Malone Jr., Leon Fritts, Tom McCarroll, Gene Walker. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. 

OSBORNE, VESTA A. - age 92, of Fountain City, passed away Sunday, May 31, 1998, at N.H.C. Health Care. Member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. Preceded in death by parents, W.D. (Dink) and Leota Snodderly and husband, Walter E. Osborne and sister, Cleo Gentry. Survivors: sister, Mattie Carr of Maynardville; loving niece, Jean Hall, Knoxville; nephew, E.R. Carr of Texas; great-nephews, Steve and Gary Hall, Ronald Davis of Knoxville, Dwight Carr of Texas; great-niece, Patricia Grady; several great-great-nieces and nephews; special cousins, Dorothy Hutchison and Vicki Cromwell. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday, Lynnhurst Cemetery for graveside service, Rev. Ron Mouser officiating. The family wants to thank Central Baptist Church for their many visits and kindness. Arrangements by Mynatt's. 

PAUL, MARGARET JOHNSON - age 77, of Powell, passed away June 1 at St. Mary's Hospital. Mrs. Paul was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by her husband, Roy Ules Paul, Sr.; and a son, Roy Ules Paul, Jr.; a great-grandson, Kevin Tyler Stewart; two brothers and two sisters. Survivors: sons, Michael Paul and wife Judy of Knoxville, Donnie Paul and wife Peggy of Clarksville, Ind.; daughters, Cherri King of Powell, Star Stinnett of Powell; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; special nieces, Jessie, Georgie, Faye, Roberta, Janice Sue. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Bells Campground Cemetery with Rev. Charlie Hatmaker officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evening at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

PRICE, JIMMIE R. - age 74, of Lenoir City, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 2, 1998, at Loudon Hospital. Jimmie was preceded in death by parents, Robert Rabern and Janie Price Rabern. A veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict serving with the Army Air Corps. Award two Purple Hearts while serving with the 14th. Air Force in China. Member of the DAV. Survivors: wife, Ruth Renz Price; daughter, Donna Cates; granddaughters, Cathy Cates, all of Lenoir City, Caroline Ellins of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren, Timothy and Jessica Munsey; stepson, Michael Brown and wife, Faye; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services 11 a.m. Thursday, Lenoir City Cemetery, Elder Chester Hembree officiating with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Lenoir City. 

SHERRITZE, MRS. NELLE J. (SHOFFNER) - age 83, of New Tazewell, passed away 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Wariota Healthcare Center. She was a lifetime member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church, member of Blazing Star Chapter No. 481, Order of the Eastern Star and was the matriarch of the Sherritze Family Singers having sung for many years in the area participating in over 1500 funeral services. Preceded in death by granddaughter, Norma Sherritze. Survivors: husband, Luna Sherritze; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Paris Keck, Sharps Chapel, Enna Faye and Bob Howe, Sheila and Charlie Best, all of Douglasville, Georgia; sons and daughters-in-law, Wade and Finna Sherritze, Powell, George and Ann Sherritze, Galveston, Indiana, Charles (Rattler) Sherritze, Knoxville, Earl and Loretta Sherritze, Corryton; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sisters, Belle Moore, Kokomo, Indiana, Francis Eastridge, Louisville, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Elder Harold Hunt officiating. Music by the Sherritze Family. The body will lie in state one hour before services. Interment will follow in the Phillip Keck Cemetery, Claiborne County. Pallbearers grandsons. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

SIMS, JOSEPH W. (BILL) - age 76, of Fountain City, passed away Monday evening at St. Mary's Medical Center. A member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. Preceded in death by wife, Katherine Lilly Sims; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Sims. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Paul and Carla Sims, Hernando, Miss.; grandsons, Jeremiah and Zachary Sims, Hernando, Miss.; sister, Mary Huffaker; and brother, Frank Sims, both of Knoxville; special nieces, Connie Chick of Virginia and Marti Gaylor of Knoxville. Several other nieces and nephews survive. Friends will meet 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for graveside services at 2 p.m., Rev. Ron Mouser officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the American Diabetes Association. Friends may call at their convenience at Gentry-Griffey Chapel. 

SMITH, JAMES LEONARD - son of the late Fred Jr. & Ethel Smith. He was a heavyweight boxer and attended Barber College in Knoxville. A former employee of Roddy Coca-Cola Co., Knoxville and was a graduate of Job Corps in Battle Creek, Mich. Survivors: sisters, Bettye Moore and Jeanette Rucker; grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Thornton; nieces, Sherrie and Kim Rucker, Lisa, LaShawn, Yvonne Hall; nephews, Marvin (Joy) Rucker and Michael Gaines, Atlanta, Ga.; cousins to include James Frederick Lewis and family, Jackie (Dorothy) Jordan, Knoxville, Wyman Lewis and family, Atlanta; uncle, Rev. James Cecil Jordan, Knoxville; great-aunt, Mrs. Mattie Will Etheridge, Georgia; many friends to include Rev. Tyrone Steen, Terry George, Mickey Williams, Joey Campbell and all friends and family from the Mechanicsville & Beaumont areas and many other devoted relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:30-3 p.m. at Jarnigan's Chapel. Funeral service to follow 3 p.m. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

SNYDER, MARY LEE HILL - of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 1998. Preceded in death by husband, Earl Snyder. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Kenneth Huskey of Melbourne, Fla.; grandchildren, Danny, Kelly, Melissa and Kenny of Palm Bay, Fla.; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Foster and Frances Davis, both of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services incomplete. Mynatt's in charge. 

TURPIN, MINNIE SCARBROUGH - age 86, after a lengthy illness passed into her heavenly home at Hillcrest North Nursing Home Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at 12:30 a.m. She was a member of Smithwood Baptist Church. She was a faithful member, willing worker and a true pastor's helpmate wherever her husband of 68 years, Rev. George T. Turpin was pastor. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Carrie Arwood; many nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends who will sincerely miss her. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Rose Mortuary Broadway's Garden Chapel, Rev. C. Glenn Sullivan officiating. Family and friends will meet at Emory Heights Cemetery in Harriman, Tenn. at 9:45 a.m. Thursday for graveside and interment service at 10 a.m. Pallbearers nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be members of R.O. Bryon Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

WALKER, JOHN K. - of 216 George Bounds Road, departed this life June 1, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Retired from Robertshaw Controls after 38 years of service. Son of the late John & Ella Green Walker. Preceded in death by son, John K. Jr.; son-in-law, James D. Miles, Jr.; five brothers and four sisters. He leaves to cherish his memories a loving family: daughter, Mary F. Miles (Spanky); grandson, Ellery and Christie Walker; granddaughter, Patricia J. Miles; great-granddaughter, Tiffany Walker; great-grandson, Brandon Phipps; foster grandson, Jeffrey Brodie; nieces, Elizabeth Netherland, Maryland, Helen Pickle, Ohio, Lorraine Scudder, Rockford, Tenn.; devoted nieces to include Selma Carson, Ella Walker and Lois Davis, all of Knoxville; nephews, John (Betty) Chandler, Melvin (Ella) Walker, all of Knoxville, Raymond Garner, New Jersey; devoted nephews Thomas and Jimmie Walker, Knoxville; devoted sister-in-laws, Leslie Walker, Knoxville, Lela Nelson, Ohio; devoted caretakers, Robie Ann Thompson and children, Ricky and Janice, Mike Walker, many devoted friends to include Beverly Patterson, Beverly Ward, McDuffy, Goss and Jones families, Maxine (A.J.) Stanley, Cleveland, Ohio, Norma Davis, Betty (Paul) Lauderback, Wickie and Maxine Donaldson, Sandy Brannan and many other devoted friends. The family will receive friends 1:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Jarnigan's Chapel. Funeral service 2 p.m., Elder Charles A. McDuffy officiaitng. Interment Brown Mountain Cemetery, Twin Creek Rd. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

WIDNER, MRS. OLEETA STRADER - age 88, of Knoxville, passed away, Sunday, May 31, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of Ridgeview Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, William T. Widner; eight sisters; two brothers. Survivors: daughter, Betty Horton Burress, Knoxville; grandchildren, Donna Horton Cotham of Nashville, Diane Horton Booker and Tom Horton of Knoxville; three great-grandchildren. Service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mynatt's Chapel, Dr. James McCluskey and Rev. David McGill officiating. Family and friends will meet 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Mynatt's and proceed to Bells Campground for interment at 10 a.m. Pallbearers: Bob, Mike and Kyle Meridieth, Ed Anderson, Glenn Seymour and Tim Burress. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

WILLIAMS, J. ROGER - age 86, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at UT Hospital. Member of Bearden United Methodist Church. He was a World War II Veteran and retired from ALCOA after 36 years. Survivors: wife, Helen D. Williams of Knoxville; daughter, Rosemary Williams of Chattanooga; son, David Williams and wife, Julie of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Family and friends will meet 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service with Rev. Grady C. Winegar officiating. Memorials may be made to Holston Home for Children, c/o Bearden United Methodist Church, 4407 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, Tenn. 37919. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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