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ACUFF, MR. CARMACK F. - age 70, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday morning, April 16, 1998, at Hillcrest North Nursing Home. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur G. Acuff, Sr. and Sarah Booker Acuff; sister, Mrs. Clarence (Edith) King; brother, Arthur G. Acuff, Jr. Survived by sisters, Mrs. Carl (Ila) Marsee, Plymouth, Mich., Mrs. Leo (Vacie) Hubble, Middlesboro, Ky.; sister-in-law, Ruth Acuff, Maynardville; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives in the east Tennessee and southeast Kentucky area. The family will receive friends 1-2:30 p.m. Saturady at Ailor Mortuary with graveside services to follow at 3 p.m., Booker Cemetery, Hwy. 61, Luttrell, Rev. Ray Headrick officiating. Pallbearers will be friends and family. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge of arrangements. 

BOWLING, FRANK E. - age 76, of Knoxville, passed Thursday, April 16, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Retired from Bondurant Brothers Company after 38 years service. Preceded in death by son, Ronald E. Bowling; parents, Rev. E.C. and Bertha G. Bowling. Survivors: wife of 55 years, Bonnie S. Bowling; brothers, Ralph Bowling, Knoxville, Tenn., Paul Bowling, Ann Arbor, Mich. Graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery with Brother Albert Barlow officiating. Honorary pallbearers: Rev. Dan Lynch, Charles Weaver, Harry Allen and Bob Edmons. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home 2300 W. Adair Dr. 

BRANUM, LURIA L. ''BIRD'' - age 87, of Andersonville, Tenn., died Thursday at Mariner Health Care Center. Born September 10, 1910, in Union County, Tenn. Retired, self-employed as a farmer and saw mill operator. He was a member of Byrams Fork Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Trula Branum; his parents, John and Nancy Ann Branum; sister, Eula Smith; brothers, Arlie, Avis, Herbert, and Schylor Branum. Survivors include sister, Mossie Ruth Hutchison and husband Bill of Andersonville, Tenn.; 11 nieces and nephews, Jack Branum, J.R. Branum, Nell McBee, Judy Lynch, Betty Jo Chambers, Artievie Kays, Frank Branum, Dorothy Smith, Duane Branum, Leon Branum and Ramona Martin. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 17, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Holley-Gamble Chapel with Rev. Clyde Gray and Rev. Jack Walker officiating. Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 1998, at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hinds Creek Road, Heiskell. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. 

BROWN, RALEIGH - of 1837 Linden Avenue, departed this life on April 16th., 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Survivors: one brother; cousins to include, Eddie Parrott of South Carolina; extended family in Knoxville, Terri Carlock-Lomax (Charles), Charles Lomax, Jr. Funeral services will be held in Greenville, S.C. on Sunday, April 19th., 1998. Watkins-Garrett-Woods Mortuary in charge, 1011 Augusta Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605. Notice by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

BUNCH, SUSIE PHILLIPS - age 79, of Lake City, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, April 15, 1998. She was a a member of Laurel Grove Baptist Church. She was born August 10, 1918, in Anderson County, Tenn. She was a devoted homemaker and mother. She enjoyed gardening and quilting. She is preceded in death by her parents, Nancy Byrge and Jack Phillips; husband, Roy Albert Bunch. Survivors: sons, Hubert Bunch, Knoxville, Frank Bunch, Powell, Archie and Alice Faye Bunch, Clinton; daughters, Frances and Bob Weaver, Knoxville, Juanita Foust, Clinton; brother, Charlie and Frances Phillips, Lake City; sisters, Annie Bunch, Lake City, Rosie Lively, Briceville, Pauline Phillips, Clinton, Lizzie Patterson, Harriman; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 17, 1998, at Cox-Martin Funeral Home. Service 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, 1998, at Cox-Martin Chapel with Rev. Edwin Phillips officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 1998, at Phillips Cemetery in Devonia, Tenn. Cox-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

ELLIS, MARTIN R. - age 43, of Knoxville, died Thursday, April 16, 1998 at the family home after a long struggle with cancer. He was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. Survivors include wife of 21 years, Gina Ellis; daughters, Melissa and Rebecca Ellis of Knoxville; parents, Kenneth and Ruth Ellis of Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Machiko Ellis of Crossville, Tim and Teresa Ellis of Knoxville; sister and brother-in-law, Kena and David Rogers of Florida; several nephews and a niece; and a host of wonderful friends and relations. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 1998 at Concord United Methodist Church with Reverend Ronald Hammond officiating. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Pancreatic Research of the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. Arrangements by Funeral Concepts of Knoxville. 

FAULKNER, EDITH GLENN FRYAR - age 93, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville for over 50 years. Retired from John Bailey Company Insurers in 1981 after over 50 years of service. Preceded in death by husband of over 50 years, Arch Faulkner. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Robert G. (Bob) and Clara W. Faulkner; grandchildren, Carolyn Young and husband, Ricky, all of Knoxville, Michael T. Faulkner of Alexandria, Va., Patti Mumpower and husband, Kent of Gray, Tenn.; great-grandson, Christopher Mumpower; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet 1:45 p.m. Friday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service with Rev. Dave Ward officiating. Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

GALYON, JOHN A. (BUSTER) - age 74, of Ten Mile, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at his home. Preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Josie Galyon; brother, Venton Galyon. Survivors: wife of 54 years, Thelma Webb Galyon; son and wife, Eddie and Amy Galyon, Kingston, Ronnie and Kim Galyon, Dry Fork Valley; daughter, Brenda McCarty, Sharps Chapel; daughter and husband, Kay and Lonnie Jones, Wartburg, Iva and husband Lonnie Abbott, Kingston, and Lisa Denny, Florida; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral 2 p.m. Saturday in Kyker Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Peck officiating. Burial will be in Midway Church of God Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Kyker Funeral in Kingston. 

GOINS, CLARENCE LEA (C.L.) - age 58, died Tuesday at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He was a 1957 graduate of Austin High School in Knoxville. He received his BS and MS degrees at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. He was employed by the City of Danville, Va., where he resided, as an estimator/inspector. He was president of the Knights of Columbus. He leaves to mourn his passing, wife, Ester Fitzgerald Goins; son, Clarence Lea, Jr. and grandson, DeShawn Goins; parents, Clarence and Lillian Goins of Alcoa; sisters, Dalene Wilson and Bobbie Cook of Alcoa, Galene Crawford and Bernice Crawford of Knoxville and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; a special friend, Leonard Gaines of Alcoa. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Danville, Va. The family will receive friends at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Fisher-Watkins Funeral Home in Danville, Va. Local friends may call at the home of Clarence and Lillian Goins, 151 Edison Street in Alcoa. Announcement by Foothills Funeral Home, Maryville. 

GRAY, VIVIAN DARLENE (MIDGE) RIDINGS - of North Knoxville, died Wednesday, April 15, 1998. She was a member of Elm St. Baptist Church and VFW Post 1733 Ladies Auxillary. Mrs. Gray was the widow of Kenneth Cecil (Toby) Gray, who died in 1997. Her survivors include sons, Michael Wayne Ridings and Dale Roberson of Georgia; daughters, Jackquline D. Carron, Shelia Rogers, Marie Worthington of Georgia and Wanda Rouse of Knoxville; stepchildren, Judy Rouse of Knoxville, Susan Sexton of Chattanooga, Kenneth Wayne Gray of Virginia and Jack Childress, Jr. of Michigan; sisters, Beatrice Branum and Eva Callahan of Knoxville; brother, Edward Ridings of Knoxville; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday in Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. Keith Stapleton officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

HENDERSON, ANN D. - age 68, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital. Attended West Knoxville Church of God. Preceded in death by husband, William F. Henderson. Survivors: daughter, Pat Brogan, Knoxville, Tenn.; sons, Ronnie Reno, Knoxville, Tenn., Roger Reno, Detroit, Mich., Wm. C. Henderson, Madison Heights, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Easler, Augusta, Ga.; brother, John Wesley Morrison, Athens, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel, Rev. Denis Parker officiating. Graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday at Lynnhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

HIPSHER, ERNEST E. - age 69, of Morristown, passed away April 15, 1998, at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by his wife, Frances. Survivors: daughter, Linda Hipsher of Talbott; sisters, Willie Mae Adkins and Louise Miller of Bean Station, Helen Brabston of Rutledge; brothers, Rev. Jack Hipsher and David Hipsher of Rutledge; several nieces and nephews. Services will be 8 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Phillips officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grainger Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Smith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

HODGSON, AVERY H. - age 81, of Jefferson City, husband of the late Anna Lynn Nicholson Hodgson, passed away Thursday, April 16, 1998, at Life Care, Jefferson City. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fielden Funeral Home, New Market. 

HOLLAND, RETIRED COL. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - age 93, of Knoxville, died 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at Northhaven Healthcare Center. Last calvaryman of the Sixth Calvary. Served in New Guinea in World War II. Preceded in death by wife, Helen Dozier Cheatham Holland; daughter, Barbara Ann Myers. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Bruce Mays, Knoxville, Sally and Sid Sentell, Powell; daughter, Patty Holland, Halls; sons and daughters-in-law, Benjamin, Jr. and Alda Holland, Laurel, Md.; son, Bill Holland, Powell; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Richard E. Myers. Family and friends will meet at the entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery 9:45 a.m. Saturday for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment, Rev. Lewis Ketron officiating. Family and friends may call at their convenience on Friday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

JOHNSON, MARGARET YATES - age 88 years, of 704 Old Mill Lane, Lone Oak, Texas, formerly of Monroe County and Maryville, passed away 5:20 a.m. Thursday, April 16, 1998, at Colonial Hills Nursing Home. Former member of the Friends Churches in Monroe County and Maryville, retired public school teacher having taught in Ohio and Monroe County. Survivors: husband, James M. (Buddy) Johnson, Lone Oak, Texas; daughters and son-in-law, Neita and Rev. Don Cunningham, Tellico Plains, Linda Welch, Knoxville; grandchildren, Don Cunningham, Jr., Seattle, Wash., Cathy Holte, Vonore, Catrina Livesay, Madisonville, Gretchen Dawson, Atlanta, Ga., David Welch, Fort Benning, Ga., Kevin and Robert Welch, Knoxville; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Esta Hicks, Maryville; brother-in-law, J.D. Yates, Vonore. Preceded in death by first husband, Rev. Howard Yates; one sister and three brothers. Funeral 8 p.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Don Cunningham, Rev. Carl White and Rev. Byron Myrick officiating. Interment 3 p.m. Sunday, Grandview Cemetery, Maryville. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

JOHNSON, ROBERT KYLE - age 67, of Knoxville, departed this life on Wednesday, April 15, 1998. Member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church. He was also a veteran of the Korean War. Retired from Martin Marietta after 37 years of service. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Cecile Johnson; brother, Donald Ray Johnson. Survived by wife, Bernice Johnson; sons and daughters-in-law, Robbie and Gina Johnson, David and Delly Johnson, Keith and Nancy Johnson; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Stan Hocker, Sharon and Mike Fansler, Cecilia Rose and John Bishop, Laurie and Rick Nelson; grandchildren, Alison, Kevin, Ashley, Lowell, Megan Rose, Jessica, Cory, Katie and Lauren; great-grandchildren, Briana and Mason; brother, Jimmy Johnson; sister, Sandra Butler. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Keith Johnson and Rev. Paul Lester and Rev. Charles Earl officiating. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt's Funeral Home, 9:15 a.m. Saturday and proceed to Milan Cemetery for interment service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Building Funds of East Maryville Baptist Church and also Beaver Dam Baptist Church. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Mynatt's. 

JONES, HOARCE T. - age 68, of North Knoxville, passed away April 16, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was a retired sheet metal worker and member of Old Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. Survivors: wife, Mildred Bailey Jones; sons, Donnie, Ronnie and Wayne Jones; stepsons, Gary Atkins and Gil Atkins; six grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; sisters, Martha Reed, Christine Jones, Betty Tindell and Lula Wilson; many other family and friends. Family and friends will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for graveside service, Rev. Sammy Epperson officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Mynatt's. 

LINDA, HERBERT E. - age 54, of South Knoxville, passed away April 16, 1998, at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors: wife, Carolyn Linda; daughters, Suzanna and Samantha Linda; three grandchildren. Graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. Tom King officiating. Military honors will be by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

LOY, MRS. ROMA GINELLO McCLAIN - age 67, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. She was a beloved member of Trinity Baptist Church of Karns. Preceded in death by her father, Otis L. McClain; brother, Jerry L. McClain; and son, Robert Lee Nicely. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sylvia R. McClain; daughters, Viki Nicely White, Tina McClain and Tammy Jones; sons, James U. Nicely and Steven O. Nicely, all of Knoxville; sisters, Delores Raby and Sandy McClain of Knoxville, Wilma Moose of Florida; brothers, Ben L. McClain, Michael O. McClain of Knoxville, and Carlos McClain of North Carolina, and all their families; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, 7604 Blacksferry Rd., with Pastor David Stooskbury officiating. Members of the Adult Men's Sunday School Class of Trinity Baptist will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in Grubbs-McClain Cemetery, 7921 Blacksferry Rd., with Rev. Harold Ogle officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

LUMPKIN, SARA RABY - age 57, formerly of Knoxville, passed away April 11, 1998, at her home in Upton, California. She was an employee of East San Gabriel ROP, West Covina, Calif. Member of Gillespie Avenue Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Jeanette Raby; and sister, Wilma Jean. Survivors: sisters and brother-in-law, Alyce and Charles Moore, Jewell Ellis; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Jeanette Raby; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery at 3 p.m. Friday for graveside service, Rev. Bill Romines officiating. Arrangements by Mynatt's. 

McLENDON, LUCY ANN EPPES - age 60, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away April 14, 1998. Preceded in death by parents, Mary and Clarence Eppes; and sister, Harriet Eppes Cunningham. Survivors include husband, Phillip T. McLendon; sister, Mary Eppes House, Concord, Tenn.; nephews, Robert P. Murrian and Michael Cunningham of Knoxville, William E. House, Lenoir City, and Steve Cunningham, Friendsville; nieces, Diane House Rule, Lenoir City, and Missy Cunningham Sanford, Knoxville; godchildren, Rob Sanford and Albert Murrian, Knoxville; nine great nieces and nephews. Mrs. McLendon graduated from Central High School of Knoxville, Tenn., Gulf Park College, Gulfport, Miss., and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Following her education, Mrs. McLendon moved to Atlanta in 1960 and lived there for 24 years working as a legal secretary and as an adminstrative assistant with the Georgia State Senate and as an adminstrative assistant to Speaker Pro Tem of Georgia House of Representatives. She moved to Friendsville, Tenn., in 1984 when her husband retired from Southern Bell. Memorial services will be held in the Fred Brown Chapel of First Baptist Church, 510 Main Street, Knoxville, Tenn., Reverend Dave Ward officiating, Monday, April 20, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. in the Blue Room. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association or the charity of your choice. 

MOOREHEAD, JULIA M. - age 90, died April 15, 1998, in Sweetwater Valley Convalescent Home, Sweetwater. Preceded in death by son, Kenneth L. Sloan, Sr. Survivors: daughter-in-law, Johnnie Atkins Sloan, Madisonville; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Kenneth L. Sloan, Jr. and Deborah Sloan, Maryville, Steve R. and Terri Click Sloan, Madisonville, Don F. and Dawn Sloan, Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Kendra Colvin, Kami Lambert, Jamison L. Sloan, Stephanie Sloan, Brittany and Brad Sloan. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Madisonville, where friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Graveside service and interment Friday at 1 p.m. at Haven Hills Memorial Garden. Service conducted by Tom Brackett. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Ministries or to St. Jude's Hospital. 

OODY, RONALD DEAN (DINO) - age 44, of 1005 Freedman St., Loudon, died Wednesday evening, April 15, 1998, at his home. Preceded in death by father, Carl Watson Oody. Survivors: mother, Iva Gryder Oody; sister, Mrs. Bill (Sara) Miller, Loudon; brothers, Oscar Oody and James Oody of Michigan, Ben Oody of Loudon; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Graveside services 11 a.m. Saturday, Corinth Cemetery, Rev. Billy Carmack officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, Loudon Funeral Home. 

PAGONAS, LOUISE - age 66, of Morristown, Tenn., passed away April 15, 1998, at U.T. Hospital. Member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown, involved in the Healing Ministry and serving as a lector at the church. An Education for Ministry graduate, member of International Order of St. Luke the Physician, member of Third Order of the Society of St. Francis, former employee of M.A.T.S. Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter, a volunteer HIV-educator with the American Red Cross, volunteer reader at All Saints Day School. Survivors: three children, Mary Jaye Pagonas, Stephen William Pagonas, William Anthony Pagonas; brother, David William Beckner; sister, Betty Sue Miechels; grandchildren, Stephen William Pagonas, II, Angela Marie Pagonas, James Anthony Pagonas. Memorial service 3 p.m. Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church with Rev. Louis Oats and Rev. Jim Sharp officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to All Saints Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown. 

PUGH, CLARENCE ALVIN, SR. - age 67, of 1234 W. Highway 139, Dandridge, died suddenly at 7:23 p.m. Tuesday evening, April 14, 1998, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a member of the Deep Springs Baptist Church and was the son of the late Roy and Rosa Redd Pugh, Mr. Pugh was a zinc miner of 40 years having recently retired from the Asarco Zinc Mines in Jefferson City. Surviving is his wife of 44 years, Mrs. Barbara McGowen Pugh of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Rose and Jim Shannon of Frederick, Md., Marlene and Jim Larsen of Portsmouth, Md. and Patti and Isa Cantrell of Dandridge; sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence ''Butch'' and Nancy Pugh, Jr. of Abilene, Texas and James and Lola Pugh of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Angie, Misty, Jimmy, Elizabeth, Clarence, Allison and Raliegh ''Poppy's Special Buddy;'' and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday evening, April 17, 1998, from the Farrar Funeral Chapel in Dandridge with Reverend Herbert Jones officiating. The family will meet at the funeral home on Saturday, April 18, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. to travel in procession to Hillcrest Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service and interment. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 162 E. Meeting Street, Dandridge, TN 37725, phone (423) 397-2711. 

SEAL, VIRGINIA LEE STONECIPHER - age 75, of Maryville, died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 1998, at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Riverview Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Lee Roy Stonecipher and Alice West. Survivors include loving husband of 52 years, Elmer M. Seal; son, Kenneth Seal of Maryville; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Jodean Seal of Maryville; daughter, Alice Faye King of Maryville; grandchildren, Kennon Seal and wife Melissa, Jason Seal and special friend April Bishop, Justin Seal, Marclyn Michelle King, Jenny Seal Willis and husband Roger (George), and Libby Seal; great-grandchildren, Joshua King, Michelle Rogers and Cody Ryan Willis; brothers, Roy Mark Stonecipher and wife Maxine of Maryville, and Howard Hoyt Stonecipher and wife Lyde of Somerset, Ky. Funeral services at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 1998, in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. Billy Moore officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 1998, at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for the interment. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 1998, in the Trinity Chapel. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements. 

RUFF, DAVID - of 2520 East Fifth Avenue, Knoxville, departed this life at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born to Mrs. Johnie M. Sanders Ruff and to the late Roosevelt Ruff in Tupelo, Miss. He had worked for several convalescent homes in the city before becoming disabled. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Linda Bowlin Ruff; mother, Mrs. Johnie Mabry; children, David, Jr., Samson Ruff; daughter, Sheena, Nneka, Alyssa, Melinda; devoted stepfather, Jimmy Penrose stepchildren, Anthony and Terrence Davis and Pattie Branner; sisters, Julia (Marvin) Branner, Sandy Mae and James Price, Lou Ann and Thomas Branson, Judy Pearl and Jimmy Tyler, Bernadine Penrose; brothers, Jimmie Penrose and William Sanders; four grandchildren; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Fay Bowlin; three aunts and one uncle and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:30-2 p.m. at Jarnigan's Chapel with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. with Bishop B.J. Moore officiating. The family will assemble at the home, 4916 Azalea Drive. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

TATE, JOHN (BIG JOHN TATE) - of Knoxville, departed this life April 9, 1998, at U.T. Memorial Hospital. Survivors: mother, Mrs. Bonnie Archie; sisters, Linda Smith, Highland Park, Mich., Wilda Beatrice Thurmon, Highland, Mich., Mary Alice Parker, Atlanta, Ga.; brothers, Lavon Tate, Jr., Detroit, Mich., Quinton Brown, Detroit, Mich., Lawrence H. Brown, Detroit, Mich.; other relatives and friends. Funeral service 12 noon Saturday, Beautiful Zion Missionary Baptist Church, West Memphis, Arkansas. Interment Paradise Gardens, Edmondson, Arkansas. Anthony Funeral Home, West Memphis, Arkansas, in charge of arrangements. Announcement by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

TURNBILL, GENEVIEVE B. - age 75, of Lake City, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She was born July 30, 1922, in Stoney Fork, Tenn. Preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Turnbill; parents, Bessie and Benjamin Blalock; brothers, Clyde and Clifford Blalock. She was of the Baptist faith. She was a retired seamstress. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Gaye and Clifford Williams of Sweetwater; sons and daughters-in-law, Desmond and Sylvia Grey of Lake City, Talley and Phyllis Walker of Spring City, Keith and Pam Turnbill of Lake City; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Reba and Carl Elliott of Norris, Zella Mae and Condy Stewart of Lake City, Imogene and Audry McCulley of LaFollette, Edna and Clyde Sharp of Clinton; brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Dean Blalock of Elk Valley; fiance', Larry Monday of Lake City; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 17, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City. Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 1998, at Leach Cemetery with the Rev. James Mike Grace officiating. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home of Lake City in chage of all arrangements. 

WILLIAMS, ALFRED J. (TIPPIN' EZ) - departed this life on April 15, 1998. He fought a good fight, he endured the race. Preceded in death by his parents, Tellies Moses Williams and Virginia Filmore Williams; loving wife, Eloise Poindexter Williams; son, Albert; loving sister, Dallie Mae (Hubert) Cuthrell; niece; nephews; stepson, Hastin Watts; sister and brother-in-law, Bessie Ruth Harvey and Charles White. He leaves to cherish his memories: devoted wife, Betty Jane Watts Williams; daughters, Rosa (John) Watts, Dallie Lee (Jeffery) DeArmond of Knoxville, Denita (Sam) Collins of Oklahoma City, Okla., Shelita Williams of Knoxville, James and Harvey Williams of Knoxville, Kent (Felicia) William of Wendell, N.C., Kim (James) Sanders of Alcoa, Tenn. Stepchildren include Betty Jean Watts of Oklahoma City, Okla., Evornica Watts of Knoxville, Homer Watts of Dallas, Ga. He also leaves a heritage of 34 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Bertha Lee Frost of Winston-Salem, N.C.; niece, Bealuh (Bobby) Hinton of Winston-Salem, N.C.; nephews, Hubert (Ruth) Cuthrell, Jr. of Baltimore, Md., Charlie Lee (Ophelia) Powell of Winston-Salem, N.C.; sister-in-law, Hazel Shooks, Pearline (Eddie) Robinson, Vivian Elmore, Evelyne Douglas, Mary Lee Lenoir; and a host of cousins, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, both in Alcoa and Knoxville; and many friends and acquaintances. The family will receive friends 1:30-2 p.m. Monday, April 20, 1998, at St. Paul AME Church in Alcoa, Tenn., with the funeral to follow. Interment Sherwood Memorial Garden. Rev. George L. Byrd officiating. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

WILLIAMS, NELL ELIZABETH FOUST 2D age 74, of Knoxville, died Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at her home. She was a member of Central Baptist Church Bearden. Preceded in death by her parents, Burleigh G. and Rebecca Dudley Foust; and son, Dennis Earl Williams. Survived by her husband, Earl Williams; son and daughter-in-law, Millard and Sally Williams; step-grandchildren, Vanessa and Michael Jones; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ann Foust. Funeral service 8 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. Archie Fendley officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 Sunday at Woodlawn Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service and interment. Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919. Family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

WOODY, HERBERT WINSLOW, JR. ''J.R.'' - age 68, graduated this life with honors on April 15, 1998, at 8:45 p.m. Born February 26, 1930, in Johnson City, Tenn., J.R. was a retired and faithful member of the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 46 Knoxville, Tenn., for 51 years having served as president for 38 years. He served his country honorably in the Air Force. Member of Charles McKinney Lodge #433 F&AM, member Scottish Rite Bodies and Kerbela Temple. J.R. gratefully served his Baptist faith. Preceded in death by parents, H.W. Woody, Sr. and Hattie Ida Woody; sisters, Edith Yates and Jennie Patrick, all of Johnson City, Tenn. Survived by wife of 48 years, Ruth Woody; sons, Rick Woody, Bubba Woody and wife Sharon; grandchildren, Jesse Woody and Jonathan Woody, all of Knoxville; sisters, Beulah Bilka of Telford, Tenn.; brothers, Charlie Woody of Burchwood, Tenn., Glenn Woody of Rogersville, Tenn.; half-sisters and brothers, Jessie Johnson, Bertie Floyd, Betty Layne, Brenda Wilhoit, Carl Lee Woody, Ann Griswold. Masonic memorial service 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rose Chapel, by Charles H. McKinney Lodge #433 F&AM followed by funeral services with Rev. Jack Dean officiating. Family and friends will meet at Woodhaven Cemetery 12:45 p.m. Saturday for interment at 1 p.m. with flag presentation by Volunteer State Veterans Honors Guard. Honorary pallbearers: Frank Harrison, Bill Barlow, B.J. Stooksbury, Ralph Grisson, Marion Hatfield, Charlie Ensor, Danny Hatfield.

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