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ALEXANDER, JAMES H. - age 76, died Monday, April 20, 1998, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Hospital. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and the West Knoxville Civitan Club. A veteran of the Navy serving in the Pacific during WWII. He was also a graduate of Virginia Tech in civil engineering and was employed for 34 years with Stone and Webster Engineering Corp. of Boston. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nadine; daughter and son-in-law and grandson, Nancy Alexander, Bruce Nelson and Alexander Nelson of Rosemount, Minn.; son, Keith Alexander of Petersburg, Alaska; sister and brother-in-law, Barbee and John Marlin of Winchester, Va.; and nephew and family of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister-in-law and spouse, Janet and Fred Leder of Grasonville, Md.; nephew and family of Cary, N.C.; and niece and family of Middleburg, Va. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, 1998, at the Highland West Funeral Home Chapel with funeral service to start at 8 p.m. Dr. Arnold Lovell will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Diabetes Center at U.T. Hospital, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Box 93, Knoxville, TN 37920. Highland West Funeral Home has charge of arrangements, Pellissippi Parkway at I-40. 693-9547 

BIRDWELL, ANNA ELIZABETH - age four months, infant daughter of Robert and Jackie Birdwell, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at home with her parents. She leaves her sister, Madeline Leigh Birdwell; grandparents, Ann and Bob Birdwell and Linda Gillespie; and several aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held at the home, 717 Tate Trotter Road, Powell, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children's Hospital or the charity of your choice. 

BRACEY, CHARLES L., SR. - age 60, of Knoxville, died Monday, April 20, 1998. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Bracey. Survivors: wife, Glenda Dills Bracey; children, Charles L. Bracey, Jr. and wife Lori, Dennis W. Bracey and wife Leslie, Norris Todd Bracey and wife Patti, Darryll Bracey and wife Christy; stepdaughter, Tiffany Dills Flynn; ten grandchildren; brothers, Paul and Nelson Bracey. The family will receive friends 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be in Louisiana. Atchley Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements. 

BREEDEN, JOYCE ROBERTS - age 63, went home to be with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Monday night, April 20, 1998. Gone to heaven before her were her parents, Samuel and Helen Roberts; her daughter, Susan Clark; and her grandson, Jamie Crain. Survivors who love her dearly: husband, Dewey; and son, Mike; daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and David Rader, Donna and Tim Hembree, Kathy and Wayne McClanahan; sons-in-law, Kenny Crain and Estell Clark; grandchildren, Eddie Tipton, Tonya Rader, Chasity Hines, Travis and Timmy Jo Hembree; granddaughter-in-law, Melanie Crain; great-grandchildren, Macy Crain, Austin Hines and Kayla Bowers; sisters, Barbara Canada, Carolyn Johnson and Patsy Martin; brothers, Gene and Don Roberts. Member of Miracle Baptist Church. Attended Lamp-Light Full Gospel of Maryville. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral at 8 p.m., Rev. Ronald Morton and Rev. Donnie Morton officiating. Graveside service 3 p.m. Thursday, Ellejoy Cemetery. Pallbearers: Eddie Tipton, Kenny Crain, Ralph Gibson, Estell Clark, Roy Kelley, Danny Breeden. 

BROWN, EDITH MAY - age 87, of South Knoxville, passed away April 20, 1998, at Hillcrest North Nursing Home. Lifelong member of A Avenue Church of God. Preceded in death by husband, Ralph Brown; and daughter, Thelma Brown. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Barbara Brown; grandchildren, Darrell and wife Donna Brown, Kim and husband Manuel Villegas, Tracy and wife Linda Brown; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lucille McMahan; several nieces and nephews and other relatives. Graveside service 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, Mt. Olive Cemetery, Rev. George Pressley officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

BELCHER, EDDIE WILLIS - age 89, of Knoxville, passed away April 20, 1998, at Shannondale Health Care Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, where he and his wife had made their home since December, 1993. A native of Simpson County, Kentucky, he was the son of Clarence Hardin Belcher and Winnie Hughes Belcher. Eddie and his wife, Sara Olive Roemer Belcher, moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1934 where Eddie fulfilled his dream of having a career in education. Beginning as an elementary school teacher, he served as an elementary school principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent in charge of instruction, a position he held for ten years until his retirement in 1970. From October 1950 to August 1952, Eddie took a leave of absence from the Louisville Public School system to accept a position as assistant director in charge of elementary education and teacher training with the Institute of Inter-American Affairs. He and Sara and their three children lived in LaPaz, Bolivia, South America, where Eddie completed that assignment. Eddie was a member of the professional fraternity Phi Delta Kappa. He served on the national board of directors for the Association for Supervisors and Curriculum Development and was state president of that organization in 1960-61. Later he served as vice-president of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. He was deacon and elder of First Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky, and was elder and elder emeritus of First Christian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee. Following retirement, Eddie and his wife, Sara, moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1975 to be near their daughter, Beverly Ritchie and her family. Eddie is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Sara Roemer Belcher; their daughter, Beverly Ritchie and son-in-law, Robert W. Ritchie of Knoxville, grandson, Wayne A. Ritchie and granddaughter-in-law, Margaret Morton Ritchie, and their children, Natalie and Robert Ritchie II of Knoxville; granddaughter, Sara Leigh Ritchie Morgan and grandson-in-law, Philip E. Morgan, and their son, James Robert (Bobby) of Kettering, Ohio; Eddie's son and daughter-in-law, Edward O. Belcher and Pamela Weed Belcher, and grandson, Kenneth Belcher of Seattle, Washington; his sisters, Belle Poore and Mae Howlett and sister-in-law, Dorothy Belcher of Auburn, Kentucky; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Gladys Belcher of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Cecil and Nina Faye Belcher of Morgantown, Kentucky, and John and Lena Belcher of Auburn, Kentucky. Preceding Eddie in death are his daughter, Sara Anne Belcher; and his brother, Charles Belcher of Auburn, Kentucky. Services will be held at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. Ministers for the service will be Dr. R. Thomas Hunter, pastor of the First Christian Church, Knoxville, and Eddie's brother, Cecil Belcher and John Belcher, and his nephew, James Belcher. Friends will be received immediately following the service. Interment will be private at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers are Edward Belcher, Robert Ritchie, Wayne Ritchie, Kenneth Belcher, Harry Belcher, Cecil Belcher and John Belcher. Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, 588-0567. 

CARDWELL, CATHY M. (KATIE) - age 34, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at home. She attended Church of the Ascension Episcopal. Owner of Home Brew Shoppe in Knoxville. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Preceded in death by brother, Tom McKnight. Survivors: husband, Charles W. (Bill) Cardwell; parents, William and Shirley McKnight, Maytown, Pa.; grandparents, John and Erma Hess, Lancaster, Pa.; sister, Pat Dochat, Lancaster, Pa. Memorial service will be held in Mountville, Pa. at a later date. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. 

DOTSON, THELMA E. - age 84, of Maryville, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at home. She was a member of Rockford Baptist Church and retired from the State of Tennessee Mental Health Department in Knoxville. She was preceded in death by husband, Luther Dotson; parents, Hurdle Sr. and Eva Goddard; and brother, Lamar Goddard. Survivors include sister and brother-in-law, Louie Charles and Fred Horton of Maryville; brother and sister-in-law, Hurdle Jr. and Bunny Goddard of Maryville; nephew, Steve Goddard; nieces, Nancy Faultenberry and Carolyn Goddard; sister-in-law, Ruth Goddard; step-son, Hugh Dotson and wife Hilda; step-daughters, Frances Hembree and Lorene Daniels; step-grandson, David Dotson; step-granddaughter, Lori Galosi. Funeral services are 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, in the West Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. Russ Maples officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, 1998, at Dotson Memorial Cemetery for the interment. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, in the West Chapel. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements. 

FRANKLIN, MRS. GLENNA McCURRY - 4/22/1933 - 4/20/1998, passed away at Fort Sanders Regional. Preceded in death by parents, J.R. and Edna McCurry. Survivors: husband, Eddie E. Franklin; daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Ken Adams of Dandridge, Amy and Bud Chandler of Maryville, Jill Franklin of Columbus, Ohio, Beth and Greg Stephens of Knoxville; seven grandchildren, Dirk and Mikki Chandler, Kevin and Amanda Cooper, Matt, Brad and Drew Stephens; sisters, Charlayne Clark and Wanda Day; brothers, Danny and Tom McCurry. Family and friends will meet at the West Adair entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery 9:45 a.m. Thursday for graveside services at 10 a.m. with Rev. Rusty Taylor and Rev. Gerald McFarland officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Second United Methodist Church, 1524 Western Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

GARNER, MARIE LEWIS - age 89, of Chickamauga, Ga., passed away Monday, April 20, 1998, in a local nursing care facility. A native of Jasper, Tenn., she had lived in the Chickamauga area since 1970. A former school teacher at LaFollette High School in LaFollette, Tenn., and LaFayette High School in LaFayette, Ga., she was the widow of Issacc Leonard Garner. Survivors include daughter, Susan Geiger, Rogersville, Tenn.; sons, Hugh P. Garner, Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Larry Garner, Chickamauga, Ga.; six grandchildren, Paige Morse, Julie Geiger, Richard Garner, Brandt Garner, Vincent Garner and Griff Garner; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, at Woodlawn Cemetery in LaFollette, Tenn. Family will receive friends at the Cross Funeral Home in LaFollette, Tenn., two hours prior to the service. Arrangements by Cross Funeral Home. 

GUFFEE, MARY RADER - age 88, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, April 19, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was a member of Baptist faith. Preceded in death by husband, Henry G. Guffee. Survivors: daughter, Dolores Guffee, Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Pearl Gose, Knoxville, Tenn.; brothers, Gene Rader, Knoxville, Tenn., William Teffeteller, Knoxville, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Glen Walker; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Greenwood Cemetery for graveside service Wednesday 11 a.m. Rev. Mike Segers and Rev. Ernest Condee will officiate. Those who wish may make donations to Inskip Baptist Church, Rowan Rd., Knoxville, Tn 37912. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

HENRY, BESSIE R. (HEADRICK) - age 71, of South Knoxville, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 21, 1998, and HENRY, CECIL H. - age 75, passed away Saturday, April 18, 1998, from injuries received in an automobile accident. Bessie was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and a retired employee of Levi Strauss Company. Cecil was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors: children, daughter, Sandy Coffman; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Gwendolyn Headrick, Jerry and Linda Headrick; grandchildren, John Coffman, Jeff, Jennifer, Ben and Amber Headrick; Bessie's brothers, Harvey M. Reynolds, Robert E. Reynolds. Funeral services 8 p.m. Thursday, Berry Funeral Home Chapel, Dr. George Hollander officiating. Interment 4 p.m. Friday, Clarks Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

HOPSON, MRS. SANDRA G. (WALKER) - age 34, of Maynardville, passed away 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 19, 1998, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, after a long illness. Member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Sharps Chapel and was an employee of Citizen Bank, Tazewell. Survivors: husband, Ray Hopson; daughter, Ashley Hopson; stepson, Timmy Hopson; step-grandchildren, Chasity and Tenika Hopson, all of Maynardville; parents, Malcolm and Laura (Sharp) Walker; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry Lynn and Vickie Walker, all of Sharps Chapel; half sister, Inez Bowen, Tazewell; half brothers, Neal Walker of Maynardville, Hodge Walker; grandmother, Edna Sharp, both of Sharps Chapel. Funeral services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Elder J.C. Monday officiating. Interment Big Barren Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jason Walker, Rocky Walker, Keith Beason, Ronnie Hopson, Jr., Joey Hopson, Stacy Smith. Arrangements by Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

JENKINS, KENNETH E. - age 55, of Loudon, died Monday, April 20, 1998, in Warren, Michigan. Preceded in death by father, Rube Jenkins; brother, Lloyd Jenkins. Survivors: wife, Barbara Brown Jenkins; daughters, Angie Jenkins, Michigan, Katrinia Sayers and Lisa Snyder, Atlanta; four grandchildren; mother, Ada Norris Jenkins, Lenoir City; brother and wife, Melvin and Judy Jenkins, Corryton; sisters and husband, Charlene and Brad Denton, Lenoir City, Joyce and Charles Worthington and Lois Kerr of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 8 p.m. Thursday, Loudon Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bob Kerr officiating. Interment 10:30 a.m. Friday, Corinth Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday at Loudon Funeral Home. 

JONES, ROBERT W. - of Alexandria, Va. passed away Friday, April 10, 1998, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home. He served in the Air Force and was retired from United Airlines as a pilot. He was a member of Bush Hill Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, Va. He was preceded in death by his father, John W. Jones and stepfather, C.W. Cox; brother, Harold L. Jones. He is survived by wife, Barbara A. Jones, Alexandria, Va.; mother, Zula C. Cox of Knoxville, Tenn.; sons, Donald L. Jones of Mechanicsville, Va. and Douglas A. Jones of Alexandria, Va.; brother, Frank E. Jones of Knoxville; four grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 15, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Delmaine Funeral Home, Springfield, Va. with The Rev. Jack Kurtz officiating. Interment in Quantico National Cemetery. 

KING, DENNIS RAY (WOLFGANG) - age 33, of 300 Mulvaney St., passed away April 19, 1998, at UT Memorial Hospital. Preceded in death by father, Isham King; aunts, Dorothy King, Yvonne Dailey. Survivors: very devoted mother, Gloria Daily; devoted fiancee', Lakeisha Stover; children, Brandie, Denasha, Denecia King; sisters, Kellie, Renee, Stephanie King; brother, Sean Daily; grandmothers, Mary L. Dailey, Frances King; very devoted aunts, Marie Dailey and Charlotte Flemming; uncles, Lyle, Robert, Clifton, Anthony, Timothy (Lisa), Doug (Kim) Daily, Lester King, all of Knoxville, Curtis and Zack, New Jersey, Don King, Washington; cousins, James (Kathy) Daily, Keith (Donita) Daily, Kevin and Tiffanie Daily, Bernard Waymon, Raphael Coffer, Lamont Robinson, Pierce Gross, Francine and Darcine King, Terry Daily, Pam and Patrice King, Curtis King Jr., Michael King; three nieces; two nephews; a host of friends to include McNeilly twins, Anthony Gray, Adam Henry, Darius Jack, Troy Kyle, Marlen Nelson, Marvin Huff, Poe Nelson, Corey, Devery Cox; very devoted friend, Kim Gray; other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 1-1:30 p.m. Friday at Canaan Baptist Church. Funeral service 1:30 p.m., Rev. Harold Middlebrook officiating. Interment New Gray Cemetery. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

LARSON, ERICA MURIELLE - Special Angel of Eric Larson and Judy de Forest-Larson, passed away on April 20, 1998, in Birmingham, Ala., due to complications from open-heart surgery. Erica was a beautiful nine year-old who touched the hearts of all who knew her and influenced the lives of many with her enthusiasm for life and learning. Every achievement for Erica was a cause for celebration. Erica attended Glenwood Elementary School and will be remembered by her classmates for her ''winning smile.'' Erica treasured her independence and especially enjoyed music, swimming, running and long walks with her dad. She will be forever missed by her parents, Eric and Judy; and her sister, Abigail. Other family members include grandmothers, Eleanor Larson of Karns, Muriel Bennett of Vienna, Va.; Uncle Roy and Aunt Sherry of Boston, Mass., and cousins, Chris, Allison, James Lynn, Brandy, Lance and Jason; Uncle George and Aunt Jane of Knoxville, and cousins, Anna and Sara Beth; Aunt Martha and Steve of Utah, and cousin, Eric; half-sister and brother, Brenda and Neal Larson. Bernie Frederick of Oak Ridge was her Godfather. Erica especially loved Lisa Pennell and Libby Griffith. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Woods officiating. Interment in Anderson Memorial Gardens. The family requests any donations be sent to the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee, 1328 Wendlock Rd., Knoxville, TN 37922. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge. 

LONG, JAMES WORLEY (J.W.) - age 45, of North Knoxville, passed away April 20, 1998. He was of the Baptist faith. Employee of TVA, vice president of SEIU Local #144. Preceded in death by father, Ted Long. Survivors: wife, Carol Long; son, Eric Long; grandson, Christopher; mother, Rosa Long; brothers, Prentiss, Lofton and Jimmy; sisters, Peggy, Judy, Rosetta; sister-in-law, Corena; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the West Adair entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery for graveside services at 12 noon with Rev. David Lancaster officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

McGILL, SAMUEL HOUESTON - age 54, passed away Monday, April 20, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Survivors: wife, Darlene Harmon McGill; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Lee and Nancy Hice McGill, James Scott and Christi McGill; grandsons, Christopher and Joshua McGill; brothers, Joe, John and Ollie McGill; sister, Ruth Ann Green; brothers-in-law, Mark, Mike and Billy Harmon; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Berry Funeral Home. 

MIZE, REV. CHARLIE R. - age 75, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 20, at St. Mary's Medical Center. A native of Sevier County, Tenn., he was the son of the late John and Stella Tucker Mize. He was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Mize retired from Beaty Chevrolet Company in Knoxville after 31 years of service and was also associated with Mize Auto Center in Knoxville. He served for over 30 years as a pastor in the Church of God and was currently serving as pastor of the Old Fashioned Church of God in New Market. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Johnson Mize of Powell; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene and Earl Smith, Robbie and Gary Stooksbury, all of Knoxville, Chatty and Bill Myers of Powell; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Carolyn Mize of Blaine, John and Beate Mize of Seymour, Mitchell and Kitty Mize of Seymour, Ricky and Beverly Mize of Powell; brother, Homer F. Mize of Huntsville, Ala.; 17 grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m. from the Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eugene Roberts and Dr. Elmer Flaherty officiating. Interment to follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 588-0567. 

PASKELL, MINNIE HARBIN BROOKS - age 91, of New Market, died Tuesday morning, April 21, 1998, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a member of the West Side Baptist Church and was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star, Mascot Chapter No. 348. Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. W.T. and Annie Harbin; husbands, Rex Brooks and Coy Paskell; son, Rex Brooks, Jr.; daughter, Betty Brooks Vaughn; grandsons, Bobbie and Mark Brooks and several brothers and sisters. Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Harvey French of New Market and Margaret and Carl McCroskey of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Barbara Brooks of Mascot and Archie and Bea Brooks of Mascot; daughter-in-law, Jean Brooks of Knoxville; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 1998, from the Farrar Funeral Chapel in Dandridge with Reverend James Graves and Reverend Leonard Goins officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, April 23, 1998, in the Deep Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening prior to the services at the funeral home. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 162 E. Meeting Street, Dandridge, Tennessee 37725, Phone (423) 397-2711. 

PAUL, VADA ODESSILL RODEFER - age 65, passed away Monday, April 20, 1998, at her home of 20 years in Loudon County. She was a native of Washington County. She attended Cedar Fork Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, William Edward and Mary Etta Howell Rodefer; brother, Rev. Luther Martin Redefer; sister, Francis Irine Lilley. Survivors: husband, Odell Eugene Paul; daughter, Etta Levarn Paul Potter and husband David Potter of Sweetwater, and their children, Shelly, Adam and Steven Potter; son, Travis Dale Paul, Sr. and wife Michelle of Philadelphia, and their children, Faylon, Tabatha, Travis, Jr., Chad and Tiffany Paul; daughter, Teresa Beth Paul Branam and husband Rondel Branam of Loudon, and their son, Rondel Martin (Marty) Branam; son, Timothy Wayne Paul and wife LeaAnn of Sweetwater, and their daughter, Sheena Leigh Paul; son, Teddy Martin Paul and wife LaShaun of Philadelphia, and their son, Bradley Martin Paul; brother, Teddy Paul Rodefer of Johnson City; sister, Minnie Lee Phillips of Johnson City; many very special nieces and nephews. She leaves behind a host of people too numerous to count, whose lives have been graced by her presence. Pallbearers: Daris Richesin, Julius Bruce, Austin Raby, Henry Dawson, Scott Moore, Dennis Montooth. Honorary pallbearers: Jack Phillips, Keith Phillips, Mike Wicker, Junior Brannon, Marion Miller, Ullys Galyon, Joe Kile, Dwight Lonas. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Fork Baptist Church with Rev. Clayton Dunsmore and Pastor Helen Shaw officiating. Interment in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Fork Baptist Church. Sweetwater Funeral Home Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements. 

PROFFITT, MERLIN EMERSON - age 84, of LaFollette, passed away Monday, April 20, 1998, at Forestview Nursing Home, Erie, Pa. He was a member of LaFollette Church of God. Preceded in death by wife, Ruth Lumpkins Proffitt; and son, Jerry Emerson Proffitt. Survivors: granddaughter, Yvonne Proffitt Smaby and husband Timothy, Erie, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Proffitt, Cincinnati, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Ben, Elaina and Grace Smaby, Erie, Pa., Clarence Proffit and Burnett Proffitt, both of Speedwell; special nieces, Janice and Pamela McClancy, Knoxville. Funeral services 10 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at Cross Funeral Home, Rev. Ken Stephens officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Chapel. Arrangements by Cross Funeral Home. 

RABY, RAYMOND LEON - age 46, of Lenoir City, departed this life April 20, 1998, at Fort Sanders Hospital. Member of Glenoaks Baptist Church. Survivors: wife, Wanda G. Raby; children, Karla Raby Henry and Jason Henry, Elisha Raby, Ashley Collins, Destry Raby, Joshua and Brandon Thomas; parents, Rev. Clarence H. and Louise Raby; brothers, Carl, Clarence Allen and Kenneth Raby; sisters, patricia Wampler, Brenda Thomas and Wilma Crawford. Funeral service 12 noon Thursday, Glenoaks Baptist Church, Rev. Bill Romines, Rev. Ronnie Dotson officiating. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. - 12 noon Thursday at the church. Interment Pleasant Forest Cemetery. Pallbearers: nephews. Military honors will be presented by East Tennnessee Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

ROSE, BERNARD INGRAM ''BUNNY'' - age 90, formerly of Knoxville, died April 17, 1998, in Miami, Fla. He was born in Rockwood, Tenn., to John B. and Lily Ingram Rose. He was graduated from Rockwood High School and the University of Tennessee where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was a member of the Bearden Community Civic Club. On April 19, 1986, he received the Phi Gamma Delta Henry Calvin Walter Continuing Spirit Award. He began employment at the Tennessee Valley Authority in July 1933 as secretary to Harcourt A. Morgan, member of the first TVA board, and he retired at Wilson Dam, Ala., as assistant to the director of Agricultural Development in 1971. He was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Rose Thigpen; and his wife of 63 years, Marjorie Gannaway Rose. He is survived by his three children, Susan Rose Murray and her husband Gene of Oklahoma City, Okla., John Gannaway Rose and his wife Ann of Miami, Fla., and Gerry Bernard Rose and his wife Lori Wilner of Tallahassee, Fla. Surviving grandchildren: Greg Moerlins and his wife Sharon of Oklahoma City, Okla., Scott and David Rose, Jacksonville, Fla., Kathy and Chris Rose, Miami, Fla., and Samuel Wilner Rose and Mycah Wilner Rose of Tallahassee, Fla. Great-grandchildren are Brandon and Amanda Moerlins, Oklahoma City, Okla. Also surviving is his special niece, Lynn Rose Coker and her husband R.J. Coker. He played golf until 1994, and his love for the game continued vicariously when he watched the pros on TV after he could no longer play a round. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his tremendous loyalty and love, his keen wit and dry sense of humor, which remained until his death. Memorial gifts may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; or the charity of your choice. Memorial services to be scheduled at a later date in Knoxville. Local arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

SEXTON, BURCHFIELD (BILL) - age 97, of Helenwood, Tenn., passed away Monday, April 20, 1998, at the Scott County Hospital in Oneida, Tenn. Born in Scott County, Tenn., January 12, 1900, he was the son of the late Winfield and Nevada Keeton Sexton. He was of the Baptist faith and a United States Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Mae Byrge Sexton; two sons, Doyle and Benny Sexton; two brothers, Frank and Espie Sexton; and two sisters, Pearl Chambers and Laura Sexton. He is survived by two daughters, Pauline Acres and husband Norman of Helenwood, Tenn., and Betty J. Levine of Ocala, Fla.; two sons, Neal Sexton and Clendon Sexton and wife Brenda, all of Huntsville, Tenn.; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Smith and Rev. David Acres officiating. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at the Carson Memorial Park in Oneida, Tenn. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until time of the funeral services at 8 p.m. Jones & Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

TAYLOR, J.C. - age 88, of Sweetwater, a resident of Brakebill Nursing Home, Knoxville, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, 1998, after a lengthy illness. Preceded in death by his wife, Mertie Taylor. He was a former local merchant of Sweetwater. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Ann and Parks Groover, Sr. of Canton, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Charles B. and Mary Jane Taylor of Knoxville; granddaughter, Mary Ann Taylor; grandson, Parks Groover, Jr. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. today at the Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park for an 11 a.m. graveside service and interment, Rev. Judd Shaw officiating. 

UPTON, EDGAR ALLEN - age 53, of Knoxville, died April 19, 1998, at Serene Manor in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his father, Gustine Upton; one sister, Elizabeth Upton; and one brother, William Henry Upton. He was a member of the Inner City Church in Knoxville and a past employee of TVA. Survivors include his wife, Suzette Upton of Knoxville; mother, Nellie Upton of Madisonville; children, Robin Newman of Atlanta, David Upton of Lake Elisinore, Calif., Chandra Upton of Sweetwater, Edana Upton, O'Shanna Upton, Eddie Upton, Jr., and Caleb Upton of Knoxville; one stepson, Shannon Upton of Knoxville; seven grandchildren; brother, Charles Upton of Knoxville; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Ann Upton, Kenneth and Maxine Upton, and Jerry and Janice Upton, all of Knoxville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Josephine and Martin Wilkerson of Madisonville, Beverly and James Dunn of Cleveland, and Brenda and Tommy Hardy of Loudon; plus a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Goodfriend Baptist Church in Madisonville, Tenn., with the Revs. David Upton and James Wilkes officiating. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Patton Funeral Home in charge of the services. Interment will be at Park City Cemetery, Madisonville. 

VARNELL, MARIE BARBARA - age 67, of Morristown, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at Holston Valley Medical Center. Mrs. Varnell was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where she was a member of the Golden Agers and a lifetime member of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Boyce (Bud) Varnell; two daughters, Donna Golden of Morristown and Lori Horne of Kingsport; two grandchildren, Stefanie Rutzinski and Jayme Golden of Morristown; one great-grandchild, Alicia Rutzinski. Funeral mass will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. G. Patrick Garrity officiating. Interment in Jarnagin Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 o'clock Thursday evening with prayer service at 8 o'clock at Stetzer Funeral Home in Morristown. Stetzer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

WILLIAMS, JACK D. - age 66, of the Karns community, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, April 21, 1998. He was of the Baptist faith and retired from Burns International. Survivors: wife, Margaret Sweat Williams; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Don Fisher; son, Jeffery Williams; grandson, Ricky Miller; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, Rev. John Holland officiating. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Thursday for graveside and interment service at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

WILSON, CLAUDE G. - age 59, of the Fraterville community, passed away Monday, April 20, 1998, at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. He was born May 11, 1938, in Anderson County. He was a United States Army veteran who had served during peace times. He retired from Oak Ridge Associate Universities in Oak Ridge. He was a member of the Briceville Crystal Lodge F&AM Post #616. He was a member of Fraterville Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Leona Wilson; sisters, Grace Cox and Geneva Cantrell. Survivors: wife, Fay Phillips Wilson, Fraterville; sons and daughter-in-law, Claude Steven and Lori Wilson, LaFollette, Rodney G. and Patty Wilson, Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Donnie McKamey, Caryville; sisters, Ruby Hatmaker, Louise Henegar and husband Ernest, Roberta Wilson, Jean Tucker, Leona Wilson; brothers, Jerry Frank Wilson, Mack Wilson, Johnny Wilson; six grandchildren, Donnie ''Preston'' McKamey, Claude Steven Wilson, Jr., Gregory Scotty Wilson, Josh Wilson, Natasha Wilson, Denny Joe ''D.J.'' Wilson; step-grandchildren, James, Tim, Brian, Danny, Sam and Joseph; special niece, Rita Byrge and husband Freeman; a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home with the Rev. Warner Hawkins and Rev. Carl Sharp officiating with interment following at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Clinton with full military honors conducted by Campbell County Honor Guard. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home of Lake City in charge of arrangements.

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