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ASBURY, REV. CARL A. - age 61, of Knoxville, passed away March 31, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Hospital. Pastor and member of Mountain View Baptist Church. Member of Powell Lodge #582 F&AM and past master and chaplain. Member of Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies and 32nd. Degree Mason. Former pastor of Mt. Harmony, Midway, New Pleasant Gap, Piney Grove, Old Beverly and Beulah Baptist churches. Survivors: wife, Judy Asbury; son and fiancee', David Asbury and Nancy Everett; daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Buddy Hicks; grandsons, Jeremy Hicks and Michael Asbury. Masonic service 8 p.m. Wednesday conducted by the Powell Lodge #582 with funeral service to follow at Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Kenneth Holder, Rev. Rex Eledge, Rev. Herman Faddis officiating. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt's at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and proceed to Bells Campground Cemetery for interment at 1 p.m. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers: area ministers and deacons of churches he pastored. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

BAIRD, FRANKLIN D. - age 56, of Knoxville, died Monday, March 30, 1998, at Hillcrest West Nursing Home. Member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Retired welder at J. & W. Industries and veteran of Vietnam War. Preceded in death by father, Lee Baird. Survived by his wife, Jada Baird; former wife, Shirley Anderson; mother, Sally Baird; daughters, Lisa Bright and Samantha Cunningham and husband, Michael, all of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Laura Baird of Heiskell; ten grandchildren; sisters, Jean Loveday, June Wyrick, both of Knoxville, Brenda Rector of Nashville, Jacqueline Baird of Lakeland, Fla.; brother, Rev. Troy Baird; stepdaughter, Christie Dyer, both of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. William G. Justice and Elder Fred Avery officiating. Family and friends will meet Thursday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

BAYLESS, IVA AULTOM - age 87, of Knoxville, born August 27, 1910, passed away Monday, March 30, 1998, at her home. She was a member of Gillespie Ave. Baptist Church. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Patsy Bayless, Knoxville; granddaughter and husband, Sandra Bayless and Doug Guion, Knoxville; grandson and wife, G. Malcolm and Carol Bayless, Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Mary Jessica, Sarah and Kathryn Guion, Mark and David Bayless; sisters, Allie Bruhin, Knoxville, Shirley Hayes, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, Rev. C.W. Turner officiating. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gillespie Ave. Baptist Church Organ Fund, 1701 Gillespie Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. The family will receive friends 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BERRY, FLORENCE ''SANDY'' - age 61, of South Knoxville, passed away March 30, 1998, at U.T. Hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer. Retired from U.T. Food Services. Survivors: her loving husband, Floyd Berry; son and daughter-in-law, Darrell C. and Gail Berry; daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Jesse Romans, Victoria and Victor Cooper, Edna Myers and Glenn Setterberg; grandchildren, Darrell, Chris and Kim Berry, Levi and Edison Myers, Steven and Jesse Romans; mother, Alta Hadean; brothers and sisters, Sid, Carol, Will and Herman Hadean. Funeral 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Berry Chapel, Chaplain Ron Russell officiating. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jesse Romans, Darrell C. Berry, Chris Berry, Steven Romans, Darrell C. Berry, Claude Berry. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. ''May wings of angels carry her gentle soul into that soft night.'' 

BLAIR, ROBERT, SR. - age 94, of 403 Harrison Bend Rd., Loudon, passed away Sunday, March 29, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Blair was a devoted member and deacon of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and retired employee of Smith Chair Co. Preceded in death by daughters, Sue Ann Ryan and Betty Woods; parents, Lafayette and Jennie Matlock Blair. Survivors: loving wife of 68 years, Margaret Dobson Blair; three daughters, Margie Booker (Richard) of Knoxville, Emma Lee Mapp (Rufus) of San Antonio, Texas, and Joyce Fields of Springfield, Mass.; three sons, Robert Blair, Jr. (Mary Jo) of Edgewater, Md., William Blair (Cora Ann) of Loudon and Stanley Blair (Harriel) of Athens; son-in-law, Dr. William Ryan, Jr. of Chattanooga; sister-in-law, Florene Pate, Knoxville; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; host of nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Rev. Jimmy West and Dr. William Ryan, Jr. officiating. Interment Riverview Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Friday prior to funeral services. Loudon Funeral Home in charge. 

BRADSHAW, R.S. (BOB) - of Knoxville, passed away Monday, March 30, 1998, at Baptist Hospital after a short illness. Member of Third Creek Baptist Church. Retired from Southern Railway. Member Masters Lodge #244 F&AM. Veteran of WWII. Survivors: wife of 56 years, Ruby S. Bradshaw; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jim Wise; daughter, Carolyn Christian; grandchildren, Dena Fry, Donny and Bobby Christian; nephew, Mike Bradshaw. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, Rev. J.T. Cline, Rev. Jimmy Stroud, Rev. Buford Barnes officiating. Family and friends will leave Rose Mortuary at 10:30 a.m. Friday and proceed to Greenwood Cemetery for interment at 11 a.m. with Masonic graveside service by Masters Lodge #244 F&AM. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BROCK, MARIE CAMPBELL - age 70, of Powell, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998. She was the widow of Gilbert L. (Nick) Brock. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BROOKS, MILDRED LOUISE ELDER - died March 30, 1998, at the age of 87. Widow of the late William Lawrence Brooks and daughter of James Reece Elder and Louisa Long Elder. A descendent of one of Tennessee's founding families, Mrs. Brooks was particularly interested in the study and preservation of the native arts and crafts of East Tennessee. A native Knoxvillian, Mrs. Brooks and her husband and family lived in Oak Ridge during the forties. Mrs. Brooks said this was a most exciting time in history and the lives of all who were involved. They made many close friends during the early years in Oak Ridge. After her husband's death in 1949, Mrs. Brooks moved back to Knoxville with her three daughters. Mrs. Brooks enjoyed a most successful business career and was a well known local antique dealer. Mrs. Brooks is survived by three daughters, Ann Elder Brooks Poe of Maitland, Florida, Caroline Brooks Wilford of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Pamela Brooks Turley of Memphis, Tennessee, and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery Thursday for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

BUNCH, BETSY TYREE - age 75, of Lenoir City, passed away Monday evening, March 30, 1998, at Parkwest Hospital. Survivors: husband, Ralph Bunch; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom Bunch of Knoxville, Gary and Cindy Bunch of LaFollette, Larry and Kathy Bunch of Norfolk, Va.; daughter, Robin Bunch of Lenoir City; three grandchildren. Funeral services 11 a.m. Thursday, Click Funeral Home. Entombment Loudon County Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. 

CONLEY, MR. HILLARY WYATT - age 82, of Luttrell, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of Cedar Ford Baptist Church. Member of J.C. Baker Lodge 720 F&AM and Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies, 32 degree, Local 917. Preceded in death by parents, Mamie and Robert Conley; and brother, Halbert Conley. Survived by wife of 61 years, Opal Conley; children and spouses, Dennis and Susan Conley of Powell, John and Juanita Conley of Corryton, Sandra and David Sherrod of Dandridge, Gail and Jim Pratt of Corryton, Jackie and James Israel of Powder Springs, and Pam and Don Stiles of Knoxville; grandchildren, Brad and Debbie Conley, Kristi Pratt, Resha and Robbie Blake, Stephanie and Chris Jones, Michelle and Kevin Armstrong, Justin Johnson and Bo Johnson; great-grandchildren, Rachel Lee Conley and Sydney Abigale Blake. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. with funeral services immediately following, Rev. A.R. Baumgardner officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Thursday at Luttrell Cemetery. Pallbearers: Brad Conley, Justin Johnson, Bo Johnson, Robbie Blake, Kevin Armstrong, Butch Grigsby and Scott Norton. Honorary pallbearers: David Sherrod, Jim Pratt, Don Stiles and James Israel. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge of arrangements. 

CONNOR, AGNES WHELAHAN - age 93, of Knoxville, died Monday, March 30, 1998. Member of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph Michael Connor, Sr.; son, Joseph Michael Connor, Jr.; infant daughter, Annette Connor; daughter, Mary Agnes Cogdill; sisters, Ann Harvey and Helen Campbell. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Frank A. Mary; daughter-in-law, Helen Mabry Connor, all of Knoxville; brother, John Whelahan, Ft. Myers, Fla.; sister, Mary Catherine Simpson, Knoxville; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with Father Xavier Mankel and Father Al Humbrecht officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Grandsons will be pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 711 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends until 9 p.m. Tuesday following a 7 p.m. Rosary service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

COX, WILLIE MYNATT - age 92, a beloved mother and grandmother of North Knoxville, passed away Sunday, March 29, 1998, at NHC, Knoxville. She was a member of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Preceded in death by husband, Clarence E. ''Doc'' Cox. Survivors: daughter, Marsha Robbins; son and daughter-in-law, City Councilman Larry and Brenda Cox; grandchildren, Jan and Monte Huffaker, Steve and Angela Robbins, all of Knoxville, Terry and William Joyner of Rocky Mount, N.C., Brian and Margaret Robbins of Suwanee, Ga., Shane and Brooke Cox, both of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Rob and Tim Huffaker, Lauren and Alex Robbins, William, Candis, Sarah Joyner, and Drew Robbins; nephew, Bill Gibbs, Manteca, Calif. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. for a 1 p.m. interment service with Rev. Robert Bean and Rev. Edwin Carter officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Memorials may be made to Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church or Emerald Avenue Youth Foundation, 1620 N. Central, Knoxville, TN 37917. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

DIXON, WILLIAM HENRY, SR. - age 68, of West Knoxville, died Monday, March 30, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Retired from Plexco as a plastic engineer. Member of Calvary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Grace Doris Dixon. Survivors: daughters, Grace D. Slater and husband, Randy, Henderson, Nevada, Susan and husband, John Rickershauser, Morristown, N.J., Cheryl and husband, Doug Enyart, Piedmont, Missouri, Laura Noles and husband, Rick, Knoxville; sons, William H. Dixon, Jr., Knoxville, Andrew James Dixon, Henderson, Nevada; grandchildren, Nikki, Christopher Slater, John F., Jimmy, Julie, Emily Richershauser, Erik, Keith, Kira Enyart, Sean Dixon, Daniel and Brian Noles; brother, Gilbert Hovey Dixon, Belleville, N.J.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, Dr. Robert Burch and Rev. Bill Mynatt officiating. Procession to cemetery will follow services. Interment Pleasant Forest Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

DYER, STEVEN DANNY - age 48, of Newport, died suddenly Monday at his home. He was employed by Kroger in Knoxville for 31 years and was a member of the Newport Masonic Lodge #234, Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies and the Kerbela Temple of the Shrine. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Dyer of Newport; sons, Steven and Matthew Dyer of Newport; parents, Ordus Lee and Norma Lee Dyer of Knoxville; sister, Vickey Vann of Knoxville; brother, O.L. Dyer of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Eveline and John Meredith of Talbott; niece, Melissa Luttrel; nephews, Scott Wilson, Mark Dyer, Chad Dyer, Jeramy Dyer; great-niece, Elizabeth Meredith; great-nephews, Kevin Wilson and John Meredith. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Cash officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel from 6-8:30 p.m. with Masonic funeral rites at 8:30 p.m. Burial in Union Cemetery. Manes Funeral Home, Newport, in charge of arrangements. 

EDMONS, JAMES MARVIN - age 54, of Heiskell, Tenn., died Monday at Methodist Medical Center. Born May 15, 1943, in Pikeville, Tenn. He was a member of Shadyvale Church of God, Pikeville, Tenn. He loved fishing, gardening, bee-keeping and woodworking. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amon and Florence Edmons. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Edmons; three daughters, Linda and husband Ernie Scrudder of Heiskell, Tenn., Cindy Maningold of Florida, and Jennifer and husband Bobby Dove of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sons, Douglas Allen Edmons of Heiskell, Tenn., and Charles Coleman of Oltewah, Tenn.; three sisters, Dorothy Brown of Pikeville, Tenn., Martha Weeks and Wilma Woods of Knoxville; one brother, Henry Edmons of Knoxville; and nine grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Murry of Heiskell, Tenn., Christopher Coleman, Cody Maningold, Zoe Maningold of Florida, Miranda Coleman, Charles Coleman, Christopher Coleman, Cabel Coleman of Ooltewah, Tenn., and Zackery Dove of Cleveland, Tenn.; mother of his children, Mildred Edmons; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 1998, at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Tenn., with the Rev. Allen Giles officiating. Burial at Wolf Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Heiskell, Tenn. Pallbearers will be Doug Edmons, Ronnie Grisham, Ray Kenney, Moe David, Mike Bills, Jim Miller and Bill Dakes. 

FLATFORD, MR. CONDA - age 74, of Maynardville, passed away suddenly 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at Claiborne County Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. Member of Valley Grove Baptist Church, U.S. Army veteran of World War II, retired employee of Ford Motor Company, Woodhaven, Mich., plant, currently a car salesman for Pinky's Auto Sales, Maynardville. Preceded in death by wife, Ruby Asbury Flatford; daughter, Geraldine Hull, Nancy Schmeltz; parents, Henry and Stella Flatford; brothers, Johnny and Wardell Flatford; great-grandsons, Brent Michael Flatford, Scott Herkimer. Survivors: wife, Margaret Flatford, Maynardville; daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen and Dan Raymond, Linda and Ray Fleeman, all of Newport, Mich.; sons and daughter-in-law, Conda and Sharon Flatford, Maynardville, Clint Flatford, Andersonville; stepdaughter, Pauline and husband Stan DeJohn; grandchildren, Keith, Daniel, Wendy, Tammy, Sherry, Billy, Dawn, Johnnie; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Sam and Mack Flatford, both of Union County, Luther and Carl Flatford, both of Anderson, Ind.; sisters, Pauline Bailey, Union County, Neva Sexton, Orpha Young, Ollie Jo Slaven, all of Anderson, Ind.; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral services 8 p.m. Thursday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Burney Hutchison officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Friday, Pleasant View Cemetery. Pallbearers: Mark and Tracey Flatford, Eddie and Wayne Bailey, Dennis Wallace, Jr., Stan DeJohn. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

FOSTER, PAUL R. - age 74, of Mascot, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at home after a long battle with cancer. He was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church and retired from ASARCO after 42 years. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Pearl Foster; brothers, Deck and Clarence Foster; sister, Mamie Chandler; first wife, Betty Jean Bullis Foster. Survivors include his wife, Mary Kate Foster; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Evelyn Foster of Mascot, John and Andrea Foster of Strawberry Plains; daughters and sons-in-law, Patti and Ray Hodge of Corryton, Sheila and John Thigpen of Knoxville, Susan and Greg Coker of Knoxville; brothers, R.C., Harve and Benny Foster of Mascot; sisters, Ruth Mynatt and Lucille Elkins of Knoxville; grandsons, Todd and Robbie Foster, Tim and Adam Hodge, Derek Coker; granddaughters, Brandi Dockins, Tarrah Fisher, Allison and Lindsay Thigpen and Olivia Coker; great-granddaughters, Raylin Dockins and Makayla Fisher. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the McCarty Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Ray Chandler and Rev. Glenn Suffridge officiating. Interment will follow in the Clear Springs Cemetery in Mascot. Pallbearers will be Mike Allen, Shannon Burkhart, Todd Foster, Tim Hodge, Hal Whitt and Bud Whitt. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 1998, at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

GLASS, ROBERT EARL ''COTTON'' - of Knoxville, passed away March 30, 1998, at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital. Member Valley Grove Baptist Church and former employee of East Tennessee Ford Motor Company. Preceded in death by father and mother, Sherman and Ivy Glass; sister, Mildred; mother-in-law, Margaret Galyon Hoskins; father-in-law, Cecil M. Galyon, Sr.; brother-in-law, Cecil M. ''Jackie'' Galyon, Jr. Survivors: wife, Louise Galyon Glass; daughter and son-in-law, Vicky and Ricky Haun; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Tony Adkins; three great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Sarah and Brandon Adkins; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Elmer Rutledge, Morristown, Tenn.; special sister-in-law, Joyce Galyon, Munford, Tenn. and children, Vickey Harget and Kevin Galyon and families, Memphis, Tenn.; several special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Highland South Cemetery, Rev. Tom King officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

GUTRIDGE, ERMA JEAN CARPENTER - age 73, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at Asbury Acres in Maryville after several prolonged illnesses. She was a member of the East Maryville Baptist Church. Mrs. Gutridge was preceded in death by her parents, Mattie Wells and Hubert A. Carpenter; husband, Thomas R. Gutridge, Sr. and sisters, Marie Gutridge of Knoxville and Reba West of Corryton. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Thomas R. and Cheryl Gutridge of Powell; son, Ronald R. Gutridge of Maryville; daughter, Sondra J. Gutridge of Louisville, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Eric Gutridge of Alcoa, Amanda Gutridge and Keith Bruce of Atlanta, Travis and Tanya Gutridge and great-granddaughter, Kayla Ann of Knoxville. Also she leaves her sisters, Betty Cox of Elkhart, Ind., Lois Jackson and Doris Jackson, both from Clarksville, Tenn. and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers include: son, Ron Gutridge; grandsons, Eric and Travis Gutridge; nephews, Harold Gutridge, Charles Jackson and Mike West. Honorary pallbearers are neighbors, Charles Smith and Carl Rogers. Early in her career Mrs. Gutridge practiced nursing as an LPN and later as an RN in several hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare agencies in both Maryville and the Greater Knoxville area. The family will receive friends in Maryville Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home with funeral services following immediately afterway, The Reverend David Webster officiating. Interment at Grandview Cemetery, Maryville, Friday morning at 10 a.m. Contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Association or Habitat for Humanity in Mrs. Gutridge's name. McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

HARRELL, VELMA PEARL GRANNY - age 93, of Brakebill Nursing Home, passed away March 30, 1998, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Member of Lake View Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, R.E. Harrell; sons, Billy G. and James E. Harrell; daughter, Peggy Jo Harrell. Survived by daughters, Ruth Burton, Katherine Southern, Helen Stoffle, Faye Raby and Carolyn Roland; sons, Robert E. Harrell and Donald L. Harrell; sisters, Ruby Sharp and Jessie Albertz; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty Weaver's Chapel. Revs. Dean Bandy and Richard Hobbs officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at McCarty Weaver's and proceed to Bookwalter Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Grandsons and son-in-law will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

HILL, DERRICK BRIAN - age 30, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday. He was a gifted vocalist and musician, was Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church, Gatlinburg, at the time of his death. His music ministry also included Emerald Avenue and Christ United Methodist churches, also Eastwood Baptist Church. Graduate of Carter High School and also attended Maryville College as well as Pellissippi State Community College. Survivors: parents, C. Ronald and Doris Hill; sister, Terri Foote; brothers, Danny and Tim Hill; grandmothers, Ola Rudder, Margaret (Granny) Swaggerty; guardian angel and special friend, Edna McNutt, along with his church family at First United Methodist Church, Gatlinburg. Funeral services 8 p.m. Wednesday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Bob Bean and Rev. Steve Galyon officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Thursday, Asbury Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

HOLLINGSWORTH, ERNEST SYLVESTER - age 28, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, March 28, 1998, at UT Hospital. He is survived by his loving mother, Jacqueline Blair; father, Ernest Robinson; stepfather, Edward Blair; sons, Ernest Jr., Akeem and Josh; daughter, Jasmine; brothers, Howard and Shannon Hollingsworth, Calvin Henderson; sisters, Kathy Henderson, Knoxville, and Bridget Hollingsworth, Harrisburg, Pa.; stepbrother, Eric Robinson; stepsister, Angela Robinson; great-grandmother, Glenner Morgan; several aunts; several uncles to include James Kennedy, Bronx, New York; many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and many friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 12, 1998, at Unity Mortuary Chapel from 6-6:30 p.m. with the funeral to follow, Rev. J.L. Canida officiating, assisted by Rev. Joseph Smith and other ministers. Interment on Friday, April 3, 1998, at New Gray Cemetery at 11 a.m. The family will assemble at 1905 Connecticut Ave. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

JONES, KENNETH E. - age 89, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital. Member of Fountain City United Methodist Church. Retired employee of Miller's Dept. Store and an avid bowler. Graduate of University of Tennessee. Preceded in death by wife, Thelma Beeler Jones. Survivors: son, Kendall E. Jones; sister-in-law, Beulah and husband J.B. Redmond; brother-in-law, Glenn and wife Iva Mae Beeler; sisters-in-law, Mildred Jones and Ida Hollifield; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. P.L. Rowlett officiating. Family and friends will meet at Greenwood Cemetery at 12 noon Friday for interment. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mynatt's. 

JORDAN, MR. BILLY RAY - age 53, of Washburn, passed away 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at Lakeway Regional Medical Center in Morristown. Preceded in death by father, W.A. (Bill) Jordan; brother, Buford Jordan; sister, Lola Mae Graves. Survivors: wife, Sally Bailey Jordan; mother, Nellie Arnwine Jordan; brother, J.R. Jordan, all of Washburn; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services 2 p.m. Friday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Richard Nicley, Brother Randy Beeler officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers: Ron Reed, Jay Coffey, James Graves, Joe Wayne Bailey, Mike Jordan, Gary Staley. The family will receive friends 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

KNISLEY, REV. BENJAMIN HOWARD - age 87, of Corryton, went to be with the Lord on March 30, 1998. Member of Fairview Baptist Church. Preceded in death by son, Benjamin Howard Knisley Jr.; parents, Jefferson and Orlena Butcher Knisley; sisters, Mrs. Grover (Kitty) Simpson, Mrs. William (Jennie) Hackney, Mrs. Paul (Margaret) Hackney, Mrs. Fred (Lucy) Adams and Sally H. Knisley; brothers, Rev. Luther, Rev. Sam, Lester, Clifford, David and Elmer Knisley. Rev. Knisley was a retired employee of KUB with 28 years service. He was saved and baptized to the membership of Fairview Baptist Church when he was ten years old, where he lived and served most of the offices of the church including being ordained as deacon. On August 5, 1950, the church ordained him to gospel ministry. He was called to Pleasant Grove Baptist, Jefferson County, as pastor. He served four different churches in Jefferson County for 16 years. He was active in associational work, serving as moderator for two terms. Served as pastor of churches in Knox, Greene, Union and Sevier counties for 12 more years. After retirement he served in several different churches as interim and supply pastor. Survivors: wife of 62 years, Ferne Lay Knisley; daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Marshall Hopson of Corryton; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Simpson of Kingsport; grandchildren, Dennis, Beth, Phil and Kim Knisley of Kingsport, Karen and Mark Quarles of Morristown, David and Cindy McGhee of New Market; five great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Cindy and Donnie Thomas, and Randy and Tammy Hopson; sisters, Roxy Christenson, Dolly Hutson of Hamilton, Ohio, Stella Arnwine and Annalee Bales; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fairview Baptist Church, Rev. Gary Vandergriff, Rev. Brian Wright, Rev. Mark Kitts officiating. Family and friends will meet at Fairview Cemetery at 11 a.m. Thursday for interment. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Baptist Church. Arrangements by Mynatt's. 

LORD, FRANCIS B. - of Knoxville, died Saturday, March 28, 1998. Member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Survivors: wife, Grace R. Lord; son, Francis B. Lord II; daughter, Christine L.R. Lord; parents, Dr. and Mrs. Francis A. Lord; brother, Frederick A. Lord; sister, Terry G. Lord. Family and friends will meet Thursday at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service with Father Ragan Schriver officiating. Military honors by Tennessee State Honor Guard. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

LOVE, DELLA MAE - age 88, of 505 Douglas St., passed away on Friday, March 27, 1998, at her home. A member of Clayborn Temple A.M.E. Church and a 1928 graduate of Knoxville High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. Mamie and Raleigh N. Belamy. She leaves to mourn her passing: two devoted grandsons, Reginald G. Brinson and James M. Wooten; great-granddaughters, Gwendolyn A. Wooten and Quantina L. Wooten; devoted friend, Mrs. Lois Butler, as well as many other caring friends of the family. Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 2, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Larry S. Brinson, Rev. Etta Garth and Rev. Fannie Owens officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Clayborn Temple A.M.E., 3115 Lay Ave., after the interment. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

McCURRY, MAUDE E. - age 82, went home to Heaven March 30, 1998. Member of Power House Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Earl McCurry; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Verdi McCurry. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ben and Frances McCurry of Knoxville, Spencer and Kay McCurry of Corryton; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Maude taught Sunday School at Grove Heights Baptist Church for many years where she had many precious memories of teaching. Nanny will be remembered by her children, grandchildren and anyone who knew her for her love, devotion and inspiration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ''Thanks Nanny!'' Funeral 8 p.m. Thursday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Curtis Tindell, Rev. Kendall Melton and Rev. Clyde Haynes. Pallbearers: grandsons, Tom, Gene, David, Daniel and Chris McCurry, Jeff and Billy Lusby. Family and friends will meet 10:15 a.m. Friday at Berry Funeral Home and proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

McMILLAN, CLARA - age 56, of Strawberry Plains, passed away Monday, March 30, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City. She was a homemaker and a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, James and Lucy Wilson; one brother and three sisters; grandchildren, William and Andy McMillan. Survived by husband, Arthur McMillan of Strawberry Plains; son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Debbie McMillan of Kodak; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Jim Norman of Halls; three brothers, Herman and David Wilson of Strawberry Plains and Charles Wilson of New Market; one sister, Christine McCurry of Knoxville; three grandchildren, Marie McMillan and Michael and Steven Norman; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday at Shady Baptist Church in Sevier County with Rev. Arthur Pedigo and Rev. Major Dalton officiating. Interment to follow in Shady Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

McMUTERY, ROBERT LEROY (FLEA) (Retired U.S. Navy) - age 62, of 601 Steekee St., Loudon, died Monday evening, March 30, 1998. Member of New Macedonia Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Arvil and Phoebia Simpson McMutery. Survivors: wife, Nancy Harris McMutery; son and friend, Ronnie (Cas) Millsaps and Wilma Crawford, Lenoir City; daughters, Donna Sanders, Connie Wilford, Sweetwater, Linda McMutery, Atlanta; five grandchildren, Heather Millsaps, Charles, Sherry and Charlene Sanders, Athens, Nancy Millsaps, Sweetwater; sister, Mrs. Charles (Faye McMutery) West, Athens; mother-in-law, Annie Watts Harris, Niota; special cousins, Lawrence Maynard, Loudon; special friend, Ed Goines, Loudon; aunt, Ruth Haun, Philadelphia; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 1 p.m. Thursday, Loudon Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Rod Miller and Rev. Rick Kirkland officiating. Interment Corinth Cemetery with military honors by American Legion and V.F.W. Post, Loudon. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Loudon Funeral Home. 

McWILSON, JOSEPH LEE - of 405 Oakland St., departed this life March 28, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Preceded in death by grandparents, Robert and Camilar Simpson and Sallie F. Durham. Survivors: parents, Leonard C. and Wyomia McWilson, Sr.; daughter, Alondra Rice; sister, Beverly (Irvin) Clegg; brothers, Leonard (Shantelle) McWilson, Jr., Michael and David McWilson, all of Knoxville; four nieces and seven nephews; aunt, Sally Harris, Detroit, Mich.; great aunt, Maggie, Alabama; great uncle, Therdora, Alabama; and a host of relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 1:30-2 p.m. Thursday at Jarnigan's Chapel. Funeral service 2 p.m., Rev. Charles Sanderfer officiating. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

MILLS, CLEO WRIGHT - age 82, of 620 Dotson Memorial Road, Maryville, formerly of Vonore, died 3 p.m. Monday, March 30, 1998, at her home. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Clarence Hawkins, Maryville; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Jewel Easter, Loudon, Ruth Richardson, Oak Ridge; brother, Clyde Wright, Madisonville. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Madisonville, where the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Graveside services and interment 11 a.m. Thursday, Vonore United Methodist Church Cemetery, Rev. Mike Parker officiating. 

NELSON, EMMETTE - age 84, of LaFollette, passed away Monday, March 30, 1998, at the LaFollette Medical Center. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and a veteran of WWII. Preceded in death by parents, George W. and Celia (Wilson) Nelson. Survivors: wife, Frances Pike Nelson, LaFollette; brothers, Howard Nelson, LaFollette, Frank Nelson, Demory, J.C. Nelson, LaFollette, Horace Nelson, Johnson City, Tenn.; sister, Irene Nelson, LaFollette. Funeral services 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Cross Funeral Home, Rev. Paul Heatherly officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2 at Bakers Forge Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Chapel. Arrangements by Cross Funeral Home. 

RYMER, DALLAS - age 84, of Knoxville, formerly of Lenoir City, passed away Sunday night, March 29, 1998, at the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Dallas was a member of Norwood United Methodist Church. Survivors: wife of 63 years, Marie Guider Rymer; daughter and son-in-law, Shelva and Bernard Bostick, all of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Donna Rymer of Maryville; grandchildren and spouses, Kathy and David Trundle of Kentucky, Karen and Casey Copeland of Knoxville, Kurt Cabe, USAF, Alex Rymer of Kingston, Matthew Rymer of Maryville; great-grandchildren, Martha and Anna Trundle, Samuel and Trey Copeland; sister, Edith Fritts of Lenoir City; brother, John V. Rymer of Rockwood; several special sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with funeral services to follow at 8 p.m. in the Hawkins Chapel with Rev. Ron Allen officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Loudon County. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Norwood United Methodist Church, 2110 Merchants Road, Knoxville, Tenn. 37912. Hawkins Chapel, Lenoir City, in charge. 

SEDGWICK, WILLIAM J. ''BILL'' - age 70, of Maryville, died at 11 p.m. Monday, March 30, 1998, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He was a member of New Providence Lodge #128 F&AM, a 32nd. Degree Scottish Rite Mason in Charleston, S.C., and a member of the Shrine Kerbela Temple of Knoxville. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a retired air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Agency. He was preceded in death by parents, Ralph Raymond Sedgwick and Gertrude Yockey Sedgwick; brother, Ralph Lee Sedgwick, all of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Ann Marie Sedgwick Davis of Maryville. Survivors include wife, Myrna Huggins Sedgwick; son, William Martin ''Marty'' Sedgwick of Maryville; daughter and son-in-law, Melodie and Andy Walker of Maryville; granddaughter, Brianna Marie Walker of Maryville; brother-in-law, Venard Davis of Maryville; sister-in-law, Dottis H. Sedgwick of Hanahan, S.C.; various nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Masonic service at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 1998, in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with funeral services to follow. Family and friends will assemble at 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, 1998, at Grandview Cemetery for the interment. Memorials donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 1998, in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements. 

SHANNON, DIANTHA CAROL - age 48, of Knoxville, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by her son, Greg Shannon; mother, Abigail Ryan. Survived by her husband, Jim Shannon; son, Christopher Byrd Shannon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Junior Stalsworth, Mary and Frank Abner, Billie and Wayne Loy; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Thursday at McCarty Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Dewey Cooper officiating. The Family and friends will meet at McCarty Mortuary at 10:15 a.m. Friday and proceed to Caledonia Cemetery for an 11 a.m. committal service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

SHROPSHIRE, RAYMOND TED - age 69, of Rutledge, passed away on Monday, March 30, 1998, at Holston Health Care. He is survived by his sister, Ethel Presley; sister-in-law, Mossie Harding; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 1998, at Asbury Cemetery with Reverend Lewis Kesterson officiating. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home in Rutledge. 

SMITH, CHARLES C. - of Louisville, was born April 6, 1920, celebrated his homegoing March 30, 1998. He was preceded in this joyous occasion by parents, Jessie and Will Smith; sisters, Beatrice, Edna, Hazel and Josephine; brothers, Adolf, Ted, Clifford and George. He leaves to cherish his memory: sisters, Daisy Shropshire and Emma Smith of Knoxville; a host of nieces and nephews to include a very devotd niece, Elizabeth Smith of Louisville. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Foothills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hubert Hodges officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Friends may call at the family home, 1811 Meadowland Lane, Louisville. Foothills Funeral Home, Maryville, in charge. 

SNYDER, DEVURE WHEELER - of Fountain City, passed away Tuesday morning, March 31, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was a member of Smithwood Baptist Church and the Philathea Sunday School Class. Preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters. Survivors: husband, Joe F. Snyder; daughter, Lynda Snyder. Funeral service 1 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan officiating. Interment Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

WATSON, JOYCE MILLS - age 52, of Blaine, Tenn., passed away Sunday, March 29, 1998, at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. She was a member of New Beverly Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Esther Mills. Survivors include husband, Buford Watson; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Robert Turner of Blaine; son and daughter-in-law, Derrick and Amy Watson of Blaine; grandchildren, Christian Branum, Cody Watson; stepchildren, Pete Watson, Johnny Watson, David Watson, Doug Watson; brothers and sisters, Johnnie Scott, Martha Davis, Bud Mills, Lynn Mills, Pete Mills; several nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 1998, at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Myers and Dr. Roy T. Myers officiating. Graveside service will be at 12 noon Thursday, April 2, 1998, at East View Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8:30 p.m Wednesday evening prior to the service. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

WEEMS, MISS HESTER - age 90, of Strawberry Plains, died 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at Hillcrest Nursing Home West. Member of Trentville United Methodist Church. Retired elementary school teacher from Carter Elementary School. Survivors: several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Trentville Cemetery, Strawberry Plains, at 9:45 a.m. Thursday for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment, Rev. John Wilson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carter Elementary School Library, 9304 College Lane, Strawberry Plains, TN 37871. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway.

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