Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries


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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 

ARNOLD, MRS. JESSIE E. - age 81, of Tazewell, was born January 2, 1917, passed away on April 21, 1998, at U.T. Hospital, Knoxville. She was a lifetime member of Mayes Chapel Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lee Arnold; and one son, Hollis Milton Arnold; three sisters, Viola, Gertrude and Della; three brothers, Hobart, Von and Kelly; parents, G.P. and Josephine (Castle) Thomas. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Gene Moyers of Tazewell, Virgil and Sue Cope of Covington, Ga., Penny and Stephen Murr of New Tazewell; son and daughter-in-law, David and Robin Arnold of Elks, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Willie Spradling, Mrs. Georgia Mae Thomas; sister-in-law, Mrs. Maggie Thomas, all of Maryville, Tenn. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, 1998, Coffey Funeral Home Chapel, Tazewell. The body will lie in state 30 minutes. Moody Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Coffey, Tazewell. Ministers: Rev. John Clark, Rev. Wayne Hedrick. Singers: Carl and Inez Goins, Jay and Elmore Robinson. Coffey Funeral Home in charge. 

BREEDEN, ROBERT M. ''BOB'' - age 63, of Jefferson City, passed away at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital following complications of diabetes. He was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Breeden was the son of the late James Louis Breeden. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Lisa Breeden; sons, Jeff Breeden and Darrin Breeden of Jefferson City; two granddaughters, Alex Breeden and Victoria Breeden, both of Jefferson City; mother, Ruth Bettis Breeden of Jefferson City; sister, Judy Nichols of Jefferson City; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will gather at 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 24, 1998 at Strawberry Plains Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Reverend Boyd Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998 at the funeral home. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 411 W. Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, TN 37760, Phone (423) 4752D3892. 

BRYSON, ANNIE LAURIE - age 92, of Kingston, Tenn., passed away Tuesday evening, April 21, 1988, at Roane Medical Center, Harriman. Born in Columbia, Tenn. on May 28, 1905, she had resided in Roane County since 1950. She was a charter member and an active participant of West Hills Presbyterian Church, Harriman. Mrs. Bryson was also a member of Harriman Music Club and Roane County Chapter of Christian Woman's Club. Preceded in death by her husband, John H. Bryson, and daughter, Dorothy Bryson Sebastian of Dallas, Texas. Survived by: two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Stanley Cook, Virginia and Byron Blanchard of Kingston, and son-in-law, Rex A. Sebastian of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law, Marcia Gibson of Rockwood; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; three nieces. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, at Kyker Funeral Home in Kingston. The funeral, officiated by Tim Rake, pastor of West Hills Presbyterian Church, will follow at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Kyker's. Graveside services will be Friday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Roane Memorial Gardens, Rockwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Hills Presbyterian Church, 506 West Hills Drive, Harriman, TN 37748 

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, John Belcher and Philip Morgan. 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. 

CHRISTOPHER, VADA MARIE - age 84, a resident of Coalfield, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 1998. Mrs. Christopher was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Jackson and Rena Ruffner Jackson; by her husband, Ambrose Christopher; and by three brothers, Clay Jackson, Marvin Jackson and Raymond Jackson. Survivors: son, Ambrose Christopher, Jr. and wife, Linda Sue of Kingston, Tenn.; daughters, Carolyn Sue Hester and husband, Ray Edward of Harriman, Tenn., Rena Robinson and husband, Paul of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Carl Jackson of Loraine, Ohio; sister, Anna Bradshaw of LaFollette, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jeff and wife, Lisa Hester, Lisa Chambers and husband, Charlie, Eva Rather and husband, Keith, Suzanne Worsham and husband, Charles, Lea Ann Robinson, Wendy Robinson, Wendy Robinson, Rusty Christopher, Elizabeth Beach and husband, Christopher; great-grandchildren, Jordan Hester, Lance Hester, Brian Rather, Wesley Rather, Laura Chambers, Clark Chambers and Andrew Worsham. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and by numerous special friends including, Betty Jackson and Helen Wendt. Mrs. Christopher was born August 18, 1913, in Morgan County. She is a lifelong resident of Coalfield and a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 23, 1998, at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home with Rev. H. Mack Smith, Rev. Carl Bradshaw and Rev. Clay Mulford officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Burial and graveside service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Estes Cemetery of Coalfield. 

DAVIS, MRS. TENNIE (LAKINS) - of East Knoxville, died 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at Holston Health Care Center. She was a member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Loren A. Davis. Survivors: nieces and nephews, Shirley and husband, Johnny Carter, Knoxville, Wanda and husband, Bill Williams, Tellico Village, Barbara Jurczak, Chattanooga, Mary Ruth Fayette, Knoxville, Norma and husband, Clyde Jones, Mary Ruth Akers, all of Knoxville; special great-niece, Edwinna Jurczak, Chattanooga; special great-nephew, Scott Carter, Knoxville; several other great-nieces and nephews; sister, Velva Scearce, Ohio. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Rev. John Shepherd, Jr. officiating. Family and friends will meet 9:45 a.m. Friday at the entrance to Greenwood Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

DICKEY, MARGARET - of Knoxville, departed this life Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Unity Mortuary. 

FINCH, BRANTLEY H. (JOHN) - age 62, of South Knoxville, passed away Friday, April 17, 1998, in California. Retired from the U.S. Army. Survivors: wife of 22 years, Chaleo; son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Cindy, Knoxville; sons, Lee Rogers (Johnny), James (Jimmy), Knoxville; daughters, Mary Frances and Patricia, Germany; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeuanne (Ann) and Sam Brown, Sevierville, Jeana and Billy Atchley, Seymour; grandson, Austin Riley Patton Finch, Knoxville. Memorial service 7 p.m. Thursday, South Knoxville Baptist Church. Interment 1 p.m. Friday, National Cemetery with military honors by the Volunteer State Honor Guard. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. 

GRIGGS, RICHARD L. (DICK) - The family of Richard L. (Dick) Griggs wishes to announce plans for a memorial service in his honor on Friday, April 24, 1998 at 2 p.m. to be held at the rotunda at the V.A. Cemetery on Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Chaplain Phil Gros officiating. 

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. 

HURST, BOBBY JOE - age 58, of South Knoxville, died 10:32 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee. He was a member of Washington Pike Baptist Church and the Volunteer State War Era Hall of Honor. Survivors: daughter, Tina Marie Haun, Knoxville; son, Dudley Joe Hurst, Wartburg, Tenn.; several grandchildren; brothers, Eddie Hurst, Knoxville, Charles Hurst, Morristown, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Funeral services 7 p.m. Thursday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Keith Elkins officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for a 12 noon graveside service. Full military honors will be provided by the Volunteer State War Era Hall of Honor. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

IRICK, GEORGE L. - age 75, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 1998. He was an active member of Central United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

JENSEN, MARIE FOG - age 75, of Knoxville, Tenn., was born 7/27/22 in Fort Ransom, N.D., died 3/27/98, at the In-Patient Hospice Unit, North Colorado Medical Center. Her parents, Karen Bredkjaer Fog and Peter Fog. Mrs. Jensen was married on August 25, 1949 in Odder, Denmark. Marie Jensen grew up in rural North Dakota and received a BA in home economics from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. She met and married her husband in Denmark in 1949, then returned to the United States where she worked first as a rural home demonstration agent in Minnesota, then as the host of a television cooking show in Texas and later as the activities director for the Fort Sanders School of Nursing in Knoxville. She then returned to school, earning a master's degree in guidance from The University of Tennessee and had a career as a guidance counselor with the Knox County School System for over 20 years, retiring in 1992. Survivors: spouse, Hans E. Jensen, Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters, Karen M. Jensen-Loustau, San Francisco, Calif., Christine E. Jensen-Fox, Greeley, Colo., Marianne E. Jensen, Berkeley, Calif.; brothers, Peter Fog, Waseca, Minn., Jorgen Fog, Shoreview, Minn., Gunnar Fog, Sawyer, Mich., Asger Fog, Federal Way, Wash.; sister, Anna Isakson, Litchville, N.D.; grandsons, Justin Loustau, San Francisco, Calif.; Jesse Fox, Greeley, Colo. Memorial service Saturday, April 25, 1998, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, Tenn. 37909. 

JONES, HAROLD LEONARD - age 69, of Maryville, passed away Tuesday morning, April 21, 1998 at Blount Memorial Hospital. Preceded in death by parents: Robert Anderson (R.A.) and Grace Ashe Jones; sister, Ruth L. Franklin; brothers, Ernest W. Jones, Carl V. Jones, Herman R. Jones. Survivors: daughter, Vickey Garner of Maryville; sons, Robert Anderson Jones of Maryville, Forrest H. Jones of Niota; grandchildren, Jerry Lee Wattenbarger of Niota, Jamie Lynn Nichols of Rockford; great-grandchild, Dana Renee Wattenberger; sisters, Ruby Lambert, Blanche Houston, Frances (Jean) Jones, Joann Hill, all of Maryville; brothers, R.L. Jones of Ohio, Ralph V. Jones, Rex D. Jones, both of Maryville; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Four Mile Cemetery at 3 p.m. Thursday for graveside service and interment, Rev. Jimmy Riner, Rev. Michael Jones officiating. Friends may call at their convenience from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

KITTS, HAROLD C. - age 62, of Maryville, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at the family home. He attended Piney Level Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by mother, Velma Kitts. Survivors include: wife, Jackie Kitts; son, Doug Kitts and wife, Tracy of Knoxville; step-son, Randy Tipton and wife, Cindy of Maryville; grandchildren, Corey Tipton, Kayla and Emily Kitts; father, Trave Kitts of Powell, Tenn.; brothers-in-law, Harold Abbott and wife, Mary, Jeff Albert and wife, Linda, and Charles Braden and wife, Myrtle, all of Maryville. Funeral services are at 8 p.m., Friday, April 24, 1998 in the West Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. George Macht officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 1998 at Forest Hill Cemetery for the interment. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, April 24, 1998 in the West Chapel. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements. 

LEWIS, RUBY R. - age 91, of Powell, passed away Wednesday morning at Mariner Healthcare Center. Member of Mt. Herman United Methodist Church. Survivors: son, A.L. (Pete) Lewis; grandchildren, Leona Lewis, Jeanette Collins, Lee Lewis, and Samuel Lewis; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Glenn Rhea, Howard Rhea; sisters, Pearl McFarland, Roxie Rhodes and Edith Cessna; several nieces and nephews. Service 11 a.m. Saturday, Mynatt's Chapel. Interment to follow Mt. Herman United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Mynatt's. 

LOVE, SALLY LAVERNE - age 65, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday evening at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of Lynnwood United Methodist Church. She will be sadly missed by family and friends. Survivors: husband, L.C. Love, Sr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Janie and Johnny Etters and Kim and Bobby Parrott; sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis C. and Missy Love and Randy and Mary Love; son, Doug Love; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three foster-grandchildren; sister, Georgia Smith and brother, Lee Davis. Service 8 p.m. Thursday Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Van Sanks officiating. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt's 1:30 p.m. Friday and proceed to Andreson-Gouffon Cemetery for interment. Pallbearers will be sons and sons-in-law and Mike LaMaster. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mynatts. 

McGILL, SAMUEL HOUSTON - age 55, passed away Monday, April 20, 1998 at Baptist Hospital. Member of Stoney Point Baptist Church. Veteran of the Korean War. 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; father and mother-in-law, Jess and Phyllis Harmon; special brothers-in-law, Mark, Mike and Billy Harmon; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Steve Adams, Debra and Bob Irwin, Connie and Carson Branch, Anna Mae McGill, Dana Harmon; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 1 p.m. Friday, Berry Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Buford Wilson officiating. Interment Beech Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. 

MINTON, ARTIE MAE - age 88, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at Hillcrest North. She was a member of Smithwood Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Roy A. Minton; daughter, Phyllis; sons, Glen, Andrew and Roy. Survivors: sons, Melvin and James Minton, both of Knoxville; eight grandchildren. Family and friends will meet at New Gray Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Friday for graveside and interment services at 11 a.m. Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Knoxville Chapter, 1924 Alcoa Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

NAFF, DR. GEORGE E., JR. - age 81, of Maryville, Tenn., died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. George E. Naff, Jr. was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., December 30, 1916, to George Eakin Naff and Lucinda Culton Bryant Naff. He was educated in public schools of Cleveland, Alcoa and Bristol, Tenn. In 1936, he graduated from Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tenn., where he was president of his junior and senior classes and president of the National Honor Society. He also received the Balfour Award for Best All Around Student, and the nickname ''Ramrod'' for his play on the high school football team. Dr. Naff earned the bachelor of arts degree from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va. in 1939, and the master of divinity degree from the Candler School in Theology of Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. in June of 1942. He pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Union Theological Seminary, New York City and at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1971, Emory and Henry College honored him with the hononary degree of doctor of divinity. He began his 55 year career as parish minister as associate pastor of Broad Street Methodist Church in Kingsport. Subsequent appointments were to Coeburn Methodist Church, Coeburn, Va., Holly Avenue Methodist Church, South Pittsburg, Tenn., First Methodist Church, Bristol, Va., Abingdon Methodist Church, Abingdon, Va. and Kern United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, Tenn. He served as district superintendent of the Maryville district of the United Methodist Church for six years. During World War II, he was a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific Theatre and later served as chaplain of Tennessee Wesleyan College from 1946-1951. From 1975-84, he served as president of Tennessee Wesleyan College, leading a successful effort to rebuild local commitment and financial support for the college. Upon retirement, he continued to teach religion and philosophy and serve as campus minister at TWC for several years. He also served several churches in the Cleveland district on temporary assignments. Upon moving to Maryville in 1992, he became chaplain of Asbury Acres Retirement Center, a position he held until his retirement in June of 1997. Special assignments during his ministry include his election as a delegate to two general, two jurisdictional and two world conferences of the Methodist Church. He served as trustee of Tennessee Wesleyan, Emory and Henry and Hiwassee Colleges and the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. He was a president of the Holston Methodist Credit Union, the Holston Methodist Home for Children, the Methodist Board of Christian Social Concerns and registrar of the Methodist Board of Ministerial Training and its successor, the Board of the Ordained Ministry. He was a chairman of the former Holston Conference Board of Education and chairman of interdenominational minsterial associations in three cities. Throughout his life he was actively involved in civic clubs and was especially active with Contact Ministries and interdenominational ministerial associations. Dr. Naff is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen Steele Naff; son and daughter-in-law, George E. III and Sue Naff of Boone, N.C.; daughter, Nancy Naff Boardman of South Pittsburg, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Ellen Naff and Art Kimball of Athens, Tenn.; grandsons, Eric, Joseph and David Naff, Paul, Jason, Benjamin, Jordan Boardman, Andrew Kimball; granddaughter, Whitney Steele Kimball; sister, Nancy Stevenson of Johnson City; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Saturday, April 25, from 4-6 p.m. at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home in Maryville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Athens on Sunday, April 26th at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Ashley Calhoun and Rev. Frank M. Bostick officiating. Burial will follow on Monday morning 11 a.m. at the cemetery at Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va. with Dr. James R. Green and Rev. Charles Hurlock officiating. Another service is planned for the Asbury Retirement Center at a time to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the George E. Naff Scholarship Fund at Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, Tenn. McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

PALMER, FRANCES HARWELL - 73, of 108 Cannon Ave., died April 21, 1998, at Woodruff Health Care following an extended illness. A native of Knoxville, Tenn. and longtime resident of Boiling Springs, S.C. Daughter of the late John Patrick and Pearl Teal Harwell. A homemaker and of the Wesleyan faith. Surviving husband, Quentin E. Palmer of the home; one son, Randall Edward Palmer of Greer; one daughter, Phyllis Palmer Reynolds of Greer; two brothers, Charles E. Harwell of Andalusia, Ala., William G. Harwell of Knoxville, Tenn.; three sisters, Emma Ruth Harwell of Knoxville, Tenn., Robbie Hood of Leoma, Tenn., Zella Pigg of Cypress Inn, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Keri, Jon and Frank Palmer, and Elizabeth and Miranda Reynolds. Funeral service will be conducted 4 p.m. Friday at Calvery Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. C. Ray Lewis and the Rev. Gene Tucker. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family is at the home. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Wood Mortuary. The Wood Mortuary, Inc., 300 W. Poinsett St., Greer, SC 29650, phone (864) 877-3351; fax (864) 877-3353. 

PARKER, MR. LEONARD SR. - age 50, died April 16, 1998, at U.T. Medical Center. He was a member of A.A. and the friendship house of Helen Ross McNabb Center. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Etta L. Selton Parker of Knoxville; seven sons, Leonard Parker, Jr., Fess Parker, Johnny Parker, James Parker, Willie Parker, Darron Parker, Jewel Parker, all of Knoxville; two daughters, Cordelia Parker and Izetta Parker of Knoxville; two brothers, Otis and Michael Parker of Knoxville; seven sisters, Jewell Mathews, Marion Joyce Patton, Doris Parker, Debbie Kay Parker, all of Knoxville, Anita Parker of Detroit and Sheila Parker of Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Jamesha Parker, Fess Parker, Jr., Darrian Parker, Laken Parker, Reshaya Parker, Willie Parker, Jr., Jaressia Parker, all of Knoxville; special aunt, Lee Ann Munford; special nieces, Lisa Coney, Yvonne Blair, Regina Blair, Lydia Evans; special nephews, Darrell Matthews and Chuck Matthews; special friend, Jim White; mother-in-law, Anita Woods; five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and a host of special friends and relatives. The family will receive friends from 12-4 p.m., Friday, April 24, 1998 at Highland South Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow in the Funeral Home Chapel at 4 p.m. Entombment will be at the Highland South Mausoleum following the funeral. Highland South Funeral Home and Cemetery in charge of arrangements. 5732D7300 

PEARSON, MARGARET M. - 82, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, at Hillcrest Nursing Home. Born October 28, 1915, in Boyce, Texas. Graduate of Texas Tech College. Retired secretary at D.O.E. Oak Ridge after 30 years of service. She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Clinton, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Minnie L. McIntosh. Survivors include one daughter, Sandy and husband, Charles Smith of Knoxville; three stepchildren, Sara and husband, Neal Rice of Union City, Tenn., Rhonda and Mike Barlow of Cookeville, Tenn., Wayne and wife, Greta Pearson of Knoxville; one grandchild, Donna and husband, Mike Ritter of Knoxville and three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Trevor and Dylan Ritter. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. at Friday, April 24, 1998, at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Tenn. with the Rev. Warren Wattenbarger officiating. Burial following the funeral service at Sunset Cemetery, Clinton. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. 

SWALLOWS, SYVELLA RUTH - age 72, April 21, 1998. Mrs. Swallows was a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Survived by husband, Dallas G. (Jack) Swallows of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; son, Jackie (Gale) Swallows of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; daughters, Kathy McNeil of Knoxville, Carolyn Jean Hood of Knoxville, Betty Lynn Swallows of Rockwood, Tenn.; sisters, Erma J. Hall of Mayland, Tenn., Leva Pearl Wyatt of Mayland, Tenn.; grandchildren, Matt Swallows of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Scott Swallows of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Jason Hood of Knoxville, Tenn., Wendy Hood of Knoxville, Tenn. Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 1998 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN (615) 7732D2663. 

TIPTON, CONNIE GAIL - age 41, of Clinton, Tenn., died Monday at U.T. Hospital. Born May 23, 1956, in Knox. County, Tenn. She was employed by U.S. Postal Service in Clinton. She attended Clinton Church of God, Clinton, Tenn. Survivors include her husband, Fred Tipton; two daughters, Suzanne Tipton, and Laura Tipton of Clinton; one son, Jason Tipton of Clinton; parents, Jeannine and Vernon Cooper of Clinton; one sister, Dotty Cooper of Clinton; father and mother-in-law, M.C. ''Tip'' and Charlene Tipton of Clinton; sister-in-law, Carol and husband, Jack Moyers of Knoxville; brother-in-law, Phil and wife, Effie Tipton of Clinton; uncle, Ulys Cooper of Clinton; aunts, Edna Long and Mary Cooper of Clinton and Mabel Burchfield of Maryville. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998 at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. Funeral services will be conducted 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Akers and Rev. Marty Stooksbury officiating. Burial 10 a.m. Friday at Grandview Memorial Garden in Clinton. 

WOODBY, LILLIAN LOUISE COKER - age 81, of West Knoxville, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Member of First Baptist Church in Bluegrass. Preceded in death by husband, Bennie Woodby in 1959; sons, David Michael Woodby and Darrell Wayne Woodby; and grandson, Dale Woodby. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Judy G. and Kenneth Kilby, Linda Gail and Wayne Wilson; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Ray and Patricia Ann Woodby; grandchildren, Robin Annette Hurst and husband, Darrell, Kenneth L. Kilby, Jr., Kenyon Dwayne Kilby, Jeffrey Scott Woodby and wife, Karen, Kristi Leann Woodby, Casper O'Neal Cornett and wife, Gina, Shannon Leigh Childress and husband, Richard, Heather Marie Wilson, Diana Seay and husband, Lynn, David Woodby, Jr. and wife, Mickey, Sherry Cutshall and husband, Gary, Dustin Woodby, Daniel Woodby, and Jeremy Woodby; great-grandchildren, Kenda Ashley Roach, Kent Hugh ''Buddy'' Roach, Jr., Cody Kendrick Roach, Justin Scott Woodby, Christopher O'Neal Cornett, Brandon Dale Cornett, Devin Scott Cornett, Taylor Hope Childress, Erin Nicole Childress, Chasity and Elizabeth Seay, Emily Taylor, Heath Woodby, Michael and Elizabeth Lawson, Tara Woodby, and Kaleb Cutshall; great-great-grandchild, Zachary Taylor; sisters, Mae Ferguson and Bessie Moats; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. George Seay and Rev. A.J. Roland officiating. Family and friends will meet and leave Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday and proceed to Rocky Hill Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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