Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries

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ALBRIGHT, MILDRED M. BRASHEARS - age 80, of 15054 Steekee Rd., Loudon, died Wednesday morning April 29, 1998, at her home. Member of East Hills Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Rev. Vaughn Albright; daughter, Janice Drewan Albright; parents, William and Odessa Hendrickson Brashears; two brothers and four sisters. Survivors: daughters and son-in-law, Evelyn Lee of Alcoa, Mabel and W.B. Costner, Loudon; four grandchildren and spouses, Dale Costner, Loudon, Kimberly and Gary Muller, Jeffrey and Ginger Endsley, of Friendsville, Mark and Lana Costner, Loudon; four great-grandchildren, Eric and Joshua Cupp, Lyssa and Megan Costner; sister, Maggie Watkins, Loudon. Funeral services 7:30 p.m. Thursday Loudon Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Mart Duggan and Rev. Scott Knight officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Friday Corinth Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Loudon Funeral Home. 

BEST, PATRICIA ANN MATHEWS - age 57, of Maryville, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 1998, at the family home. Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Mary Mathews of Waverly, Ohio. Survivors: husband, Lynn Best; children, Barry Best, Jody Best, Angela Saunders, Kelly Best, Amy Sevic, all of Maryville; grandchildren, Tyler Best, Cody Saunders, Haley Best, Beth Sevic; nine sisters and two brothers, all of Waverly, Ohio. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday at Miller Home Chapel, Rev. Clifton Hearon officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Friday at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

BIRDWELL, LORENE TIPPENS - age 73, of Knoxville, passed away April 27, 1998. A devoted mother and grandmother. Member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Preceded in death by husband, Claude I. Tippens; sons, Ronnie and A.L. Tippens; granddaughter, Debbie Hancock. Survivors: husband, R.A. Birdwell; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Hancock of Knoxville; sons and daughter-in-law, Don and Sharon Tppens of Knoxville, Steve and Mickey Tippens of Seymour, Craig Tippens of Corryton; stepchildren, Dr. David R. and Judy Birdwell, Dr. Ben R. and Sharon Birdwell, all of Knoxville, Dr. Bob and Jewel Birdwell of Oak Ridge; grandchildren, Genvieve Moore and Angie Miller of Knoxville, Stephanie Ott of Seymour, Jurgen Tippens of Germany, David, Kevin, Jay, Scott, Brent, Ashley, Steve, Chase, Patricia, Jacob and Jenny Tippens, all of Knoxville, Chris, Amy, Leslie, Jody, Matt, Ben, Zack and Trina Birdwell; great-grandchildren, Danielle Moore, Scott and Jessica McCurry, Jordon, Madison and David Allen Tippens, Cody Ott and John Christian; special children, Lewitt Spivey of Kodak, Jennifer, Linsey, Brad and David Mosley of Louisville, Tenn. Funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday, Rose Chapel, with Dr. Christopher C. Carlson officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BLACK, IVA PEARL - 88, of Knoxville, died Wednesday, April 29, 1998. She was the widow of James Rex (Tommy) Black. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BORING, FAYE M. PAYNE - age 75, of Tallassee, passed away Wednesday morning, April 29, 1998, at Colonial Hills Nursing Center. Member of Happy Valley Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Andrew Boring; son, James Boring; daughter, Cathy Boring; parents, Joel and Mary Whitehead Payne. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and David Wilson of Tallassee; sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Priscilla Boring of Maryville, Michael and Wanda Boring of Townsend, Tony and Debra Boring of Zubulon, N.C.; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sisters, Jeanette Whitehead of Tallassee, Geneva Morton of Tallassee; brothers, Oliver Payne of N.C., Austin Payne, J.D. Payne, both of Maryville, Vance Payne of Tallassee; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 3 p.m. Friday at Happy Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Beecher Whitehead, Rev. Charles Huskey officiating. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday at Happy Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Tallassee. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

BREWSTER, EDDIE RAY, SR. - age 56, of Church St., Philadelphia, died early April 29, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Eddie was a 27 year employee at K-25 at Oak Ridge, a former member of Loudon County United Way, on the Board of Directors of Riverview Golf Course, served Philadelphia City Council, was Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Chief, past master of the Philadelphia Masonic Lodge, current member of Loudon Tennessee Lodge #204 F.& A.M. He was a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his father Ray Brewster and son Eddie Ray Brewster, Jr. Survived by his wife, Phyllis Schrimsher Brewster; sons and daughter-in-law, Charles Christopher Brewster of Chattanooga, James Reid and Kimberlyn Anne Brewster of Clarksville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kristen Michelle and James Reid Brewster, Jr.; mother, Mary Joy Hill Brewster Mashburn; stepfather, Waynes Mashburn of Philadelphia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Toby Brewster, Freddie and Jo Brewster, all of Lenoir City, David and Becky Brewster of Plant City, Fla. and Donnie and Suzy Brewster of Murfreesboro; several nieces, nephews, and great nephews also survive. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 30, 1998 from 6-8 p.m. at McGill-Karnes Funeral Home, Loudon with funeral services to follow at 8 p.m. with Rev. Charles Fritts and Rev. David Jackson officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bill Everett, Danny Kerley, Doyle Arp, Andy Hill, Ronnie Roberts and Roy Bledsoe. Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Cancer Association, 1234 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60202 McGill-Karnes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

CAPPS, ETHEL ELIZABETH - age 90, of Sevierville, Tenn., passed away at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center. Preceded in death by parents, Dr. Claudius Meade and Allie Beeler Capps; sister, Mildred George; and brothers, Paul and Claude Capps. She taught in Knoxville public schools from 1930 until 1958 before retiring. In 1958 she took charge of Berea College Country Dancers and served until 1974. She was a member of Berea Union Church of Christ. Ms. Capps became a charter member of the Kentucky Arts Council and felt that her greatest honor was being made an honorary life member of the Country Dance Society of America. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Garnett Stone officiating. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge. 

CLABO, COWAN - age 80, of Corryton, passed away Monday, April 27, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Family and friends will meet at Roseberry Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Thursday for graveside service and interment service at 11 a.m., Rev. Kenny Shinlever officiating. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

DAVIS, JOYCE GRAY - age 66, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998. Member of Second United Methodist (Red Cross) Church. Surviving: former husband, Charles P. Davis, Knoxville; three sons, Charles T. Davis and Charlie Preston Davis, both of Rockford, and Ronnie Lynn Davis, Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry Culbert, Knoxville; grandchildren, Tammy Maples of Oak Hill, Ohio, Angie Blankenship of Lebanon, Tenn., Stacy Coker of Knoxville, Kristie Davis of Rockford; great-grandchildren, Ashley Payne of Knoxville, Jenika Shea Blankenship and Taylor Lane Blankenship, both of Lebanon, Kathiern Maples and Joshua Matthew Maples, both of Ohio, Marcus Blake Coker of Knoxville; two brothers, Bill and Charlie Gray of Blaine, Tenn.; sister, Stella Cooper of Dandridge. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, the Rev. Wayne Lay officiating. Pallbearers: Andy Brookshire, Billy Gray, John David Gray, Edward Jackson, Larry Culbert and Ronald Maples. Interment in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

FERRELL, NAT - age 51, of Sevierville, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at the V.A. Hospital in Nashville. Mr. Ferrell was a professional musician and was a driver for Fun Time Trolley in Pigeon Forge. He was an Army Veteran and served in Vietnam and Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hassie Marie (1981) and Erskine Ferrell (1984). Survivors: wife, Helen Ferrell, Sevierville; son, William Ferrell, Sevierville; daughters, Elizabeth and Willis Green of La Porte, Texas, Elaine and Mike Bishop of Pasadena, Texas, Lynn Maynard of Odessa, Texas; grandchildren, Tresa, Dominque and Robin; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Frank Deal of Cleveland, Texas; nephews, Nat and Bobby Holcomb of Houston, Texas, David Holcomb of Arlington, Texas; great-nieces and nephews. Honorary family: The King's Voices, Margaret and Don Terrell, Richard and Deborah Jones, Kenny and Tina Allen. Home going service 7 p.m. Friday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Lance Leffell officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Monday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

GARREN, MARY ELIZABETH - age 44, of South Knoxville, passed away Tuesday afternoon at Ft. Sanders Medical Center. Member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church. Survivors: daughters, Melissa White, Michelle Branch; son, Bobby Garren, Jr.; grandchildren, Cara, Josh, Bobby, Jr., Drew, Tara, Ricky, Holly and Joshua; mother, June Davis; sisters, Ollie Knight, Carol Caughorn, Wilma Free and Angie Davis; brothers, Robert, Phillip and Ronald Davis, Lloyd H. and Floyd H.; fiancee', Lawrence Kelly; special friends, Josh White, Rick Branch, Crystal Sweet, and Jim Collins. Graveside service 2 p.m. Friday, Mt. Olive Cemetery, Rev. Norman Smelcer officiating. Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy., in charge of arrangements. 

GRAGG, HOWARD WALLACE - age 66, of Kingston, passed away Tuesday morning, April 28, 1998, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Howard attended Cedar Grove Baptist Church. A veteran of the U.S. Navy. Graduate of Oak Ridge High School. A former employee of K-25 before moving to Florida to work in construction for many years. Preceded in death by parents, Creston Gragg and Dorothy Blevins Gragg; brother, Jimmy Gragg. Survivors: sons, Richard Gragg, Michael Gragg and wife Jamie, all of Boynton, Fla., David Gragg of Orlando, Fla.; grandson, Matthew Gragg; brother, Donald (Sonny) Gragg of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Dorothy Hanna and Sue Stewart, both of Kingston; several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Methodist Regional Cancer Center, 102 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday followed by a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Mike Henegar and Sharon Hodges officiating. Family and friends will gather 10 a.m. Friday Cedar Grove Cemetery for graveside services with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

HAWKINS, FRED (RED) ELLIS - age 81, of Knoxville, died 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of Buffat Heights Baptist Church. Member of Tele Communications Club of Knoxville. Retired in 1983 from Huttig Sash and Door Company. Mr. Hawkins played shortstop for the 1946 Knoxville Smokies. Preceded in death by wife, Evelyn Norris Hawkins. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine Hawkins Ridgel and Charles Ridgel, Knoxville, Connie Hawkins Dickens and David Dickens, Smyrna, Tenn.; son, Robert Hawkins, Knoxville; grandchildren, Chuck Ridgel, Susan Ballinger, Doug Ridgel, Tonya Walker and Christopher Dickens; great-grandchildren, Matthew Berry, Whitney Ridgel, Alex Owens, Aliya Ridgel and Kayla Ridgel; sisters, Nona Ruth and Elsie Drinnen; brother, Roy Hawkins, all of Knoxville; close family friend, Mary Lou Parker. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Thursday for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment. Pallbearers: Chuck Ridgel, Allan Ruth, C.P. Tudor, Chris Dickens, Charles Ridgel and David Dickens. Memorials may be made to the Brazil Mission Trip, Buffat Heights Baptist Church, 2101 Ault Road, Knoxville, TN 37914. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

HITSON, MARY NOVELLA - age 74, of Maryville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 29, 1998, at Colonial Hills Nursing Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

HOCHSTEDLER, JESSE LEE - age 79, of Seymour, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at his home. He was a 31 year member of Church Street United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Murphy Builders Sunday School class. He was retired from Marmon-Transmotive. He was a graduate of DePaum University in Greencastle, Ind. Mr. Hochstedler was a naval aviator in World War II serving on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid and aided in the occupation of Japan. He is preceded in death by his parents the Reverend and Mrs. J.O. Hochstedler. Survivors: wife of 49 years, Barbara Ginn Hochstedler; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. J. and Mattie Hochstedler of Kenner, La.; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Jim Bales of Seymour, Tenn.; granddaughters, Lindsay and Stephanie Bales and Margaret Lee Hochstedler; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Winona Hochstedler of Austin, Texas, Clyde and Frances Hochstedler of Indianapolis, Ind.; several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 1, 1998, at Church Street United Methodist Church with Rev. William J. Fowler and Rev. Cabel Trent officiating. The interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Murphy Builders Sunday School class. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Church Street United Methodist Church and the Hospice of East Tennessee. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway and 10-11 a.m. Friday at Church Street United Methodist Church. 

HUFF, ROSE CARR - age 95, of Greeneville, formerly of Maryville, died Friday, April 24, 1998, at the Life Care Center in Greeneville. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Max Huff; daughter, Maxine Huff and an infant son. Survivors: daughter, Andree Green of Maryville; daughter and son-in-law, Marian L. and Bernard DeKay of Greeneville; two grandsons, Gary Green of Cincinnati, Steven Long and wife, Adrian Long of Greeneville; granddaughter, Susan Houpt and husband, James Houpt of Jefferson City; six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lytha Moore of Knoxville; several devoted nieces and nephews. Funeral service 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, 1998, Trinity Chapel, Smith Mortuary with Rev. Wilburn Hoglen and wife, Betty Hoglen and Rev. Charles Ballard officiating. Family and friends will assembly 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 1998 at Grandview Cemetery for the interment. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Trinity Chapel, Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

KEETON, DORIS MARITA - age 72, of Oak Ridge, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 1998, at her home. Member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors include, husband, James E. Keeton, Oak Ridge; sons, Robert Keeton and wife, Barbara, Farragut, James E. Keeton, Jr.; and fiance', Charlotte Dunlap, Nashville; daughter, Carroll Welch and husband, Bill, Oak Ridge; grandchildren, Jennifer and Billy Welch, Oak Ridge, Kellie Keeton, Farragut. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 1998, 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Henderlight and Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or to the American Cancer Society, ACS Memorials, 103 Case Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge in charge of arrangments. 

KESLER, MELBA FROST - age 73, of Knoxville, and Wilmington, North Carolina, passed away April 26, 1998. She was a graduate of Young High School and a member of Lake Hills Presbyterian Church. Survivors: husband, Stanley Kesler, retired from TVA; children, Diane Atkin, Knoxville, Donna Monroe, Wilmington, N.C., John Kesler, Denver, Colo., Micki Anderson, Cincinnati, Ohio; nine grandchildren; sister, Betty Brown; stepfather, Roy Garland. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 1998, Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, Rev. James McTyre officiating. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. Family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. at Lake Hills Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

LANE, RALPH O. - age 77, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday morning April 28, 1998, at the family home. Survivors: wife, Elfie Sandow Lane; son and daughter-in-law, Sebastian and Diane Lane of Lewiston, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jennifer Lyn Lane, Christopher Lane, Mindy Sue Lane. Family and friends will meet at Holston College Cemetery at 4 p.m. Friday for graveside service and interment Rev. Joe Cantrell, Rev. Howard Box officiating. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

LAY, PAULINE WALLACE (GRANNY) - age 77, of Knoxville, went to be with her Lord and Savior, her parents, three sisters and one brother, early Monday morning, April 27, 1998. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 11:30 a.m. Thursday to travel in procession to Bookwalter Cemetery for a 12 noon interment service with Rev. Bill Romines officiating. Pallbearers: Chris Wallace, Drew Brown, Darren Latham, Jerry Brooks, Robert Cardwell, and Craig Brooks. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

MALONEY, LOUISE M. - age 64 of Cosby, died 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Owner and artist of Lucites by Louise in Gatlinburg. Survivors: husband, Harry Maloney; daughter, Jean Wolfenbarger, Kodak, Tenn; son, Richard Case, Syracuse, N.Y.; grandson, P.J. Wolfenbarger; brother, Richard Clemmons, St. Vincent. There will be a memorial gathering at the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Community Center at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Ave. at Broadway in charge of arrangements. 

McMAHAN, JOHN R. - age 69, of North Knoxville, died Monday, April 27, 1998. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. C.W. Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

MEASE, ROBERT G. ''BOB'' - age 67, of Knoxville, died at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was a member of Lincoln Park Baptist Church. He was retired from the TN Air National Guard with 35 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Irene Mease. Survivors include wife, Mary Mease; daughters, Brenda Myers and Joyce Hickman, all of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Rick Tipton, Florida; granddaughter, Stephanie Hoskins; great-grandchildren, Haley Hoskins, both of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Faye Roysden; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Evelyn Kenney, all of Maryville; cousins of Knoxville and Morristown. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, Rev. Ted Ingram officiating. Family and friends will leave Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel at 9:45 a.m. Friday and proceed to Sherwood Memorial Gardens for graveside and interment services at 10:30 a.m. with full military honors conducted by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lincoln Park Baptist Church Building Fund. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

MILLER, MADELINE ROCHELLE - age 79, of Baltimore, Md., departed this life Tuesday, April 28, 1998, 3:45 a.m. at Brakebill Nursing Home. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Maryland. Madeline suffered for the last 12 years with Alzheimer's Disease. Her soul is at last set free. God bless all who have cared for her. She leaves to mourn her passing, loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Alfred R. Miller of Baltimore, Md.; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah R. and Michael Lindsey of Knoxville, Marsha S. Miller and Cass Tyson of Baltimore, Md.; devoted grandchildren, Sarah and Tyler Lindsey of Knoxville and a host of many relatives and friends. Mrs. Miller will be taken to Lassahn Funeral Home in Baltimore for services and interment. Burial will be in the Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore, Md. Family requests that memorial donations be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, Tenn. 37920. Local arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

QUERY, BEULAH J. - age 84, of North Knoxville, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998. She was a Methodist and the widow of Harley C. Query. Survivors: two sisters, Wilma J. Browder of Harriman, and Ruth Curl of Oak Ridge; brother, Warren Johnston of Alcoa; sister-in-law, Betty W. Johnston of Harriman; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel before traveling in procession to Lynnhurst Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909. 

ROWLAND, MICHAEL YOUNG - age 55, of Knoxville, Tennessee, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, of complications after surgery for lung cancer. He was first diagnosed in 1973 with service-connected Hodgkin's Disease resulting from exposure to agent orange while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. In December, 1997, he was diagnosed with lung cancer caused by the radiation treatment he had received for Hodgkin's. Mike was in the military from 1964-1968. He served as an infantry company commander and a brigade civil affairs officer with the the First Infantry Division Near Lai Khe, Vietnam. He was a paratrooper and Ranger and received valor awards and recognition for his combat service including the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star with V Device. He attained the rank of captain. Mike was a 1960 graduate of Jonesboro High School, Jonesboro, Tennessee. He received a B.S. Degree in History in 1964 from East Tennessee State University where he was elected student body president. He received his Juris Doctorate from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 1971. He had practiced law in Knoxville for the past 27 years, and was a partner with his wife, Ann, in the law firm of Rowland & Rowland, P.C. He was a civil litigator who strongly believed in the civil justice system, and keeping it open to all people regardless of their means. He was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Tennesse Trial Lawyers Association and the Supreme Court Continuing Education Commission. He was an East Tennessee ''Yellow Dog'' Democrat. He loved the political proccess and in 1974 was elected to the House of the Tennessee Legislature where he served for two years. He was also a delegate to the Democractic National Convention in 1972. He worked in the political campaigns of many individuals, giving freely of his time and advice. For the last few years he had been a political commentator on ''Inside Tennessee,'' WBIR TV Channel 10. Mike lived on a farm in the Knox County Solway Community with his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Ann Noblett Rowland. He raised registered Polled Hereford cattle for breeding sale and enjoyed riding American Quarter Horses, being expecially interested in barrel racing. He had three children: Matthew Michael, Sarah Elizabeth and Amanda Leigh. His parents are Elmo and Ernest-Lou Rowland of Jonesborough, Tenn.; brothers are David Rowland of Jonesborough, Tenn., Kent Rowland, Knoxville, Allan Rowland, Lakeland, Fla. and Terry Rowland, Knoxville, Tenn. His sister is Melinda Rowland Ligon, Knoxville, Tenn. A service in celebration of Mike's life will be held at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 1998, Dr. Steven Sallee officiating. A military graveside service with Honor Guard will be neld at 12 noon at the Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery at Northshore and Lyons View Pike. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Mike to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Developmental and Genetic Center, 1930 Alcoa Highway, Suite 435, Knoxville, Tenn. 37920. Mike and Ann have always been deeply appreciative of the assistance given to them by the U.T. Birth Defects Center in 1973 when Mike had Hodgkin's Disease and for their three healthy children, Matt, Elizabeth and Amanda. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

RUSSELL, REV. CECIL EMERSON, SR. - age 93, of Warner Robbins, Ga., formerly of Knoxville, died 9:45 p.m. Monday, April 27, 1998, at the Houston Medical Center in Warner Robbins. Member of Green Acres Baptist Church, Warner Robbins, Ga. Preceded in death by wife, Gertie Mae Russell. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, P.J. and Robert Monroe, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Cecil Jr. and Lois Russell, Powell; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Faye Rowen, Louise Chase, both of Florida, Miva Smith, Powell. Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Thursday, Stevens Chapel, Rev. Gordon Greenwell officiating. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery 9:45 a.m. Friday for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

RUSSELL, ROY M. - age 67, of Harriman, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 1998 at Roane Medical Center. He was retired from Lockheed Martin. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Arizona Russell; sister, Leona Russell. Survivors: wife, Clara P. Russell of Harriman; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Paul Ledford of Oliver Springs; son, Douglas A. Russell of Harriman; granddaughters, Amanda B. Cantrell of Oliver Springs, Ashley B. Cantrell of Oliver Springs; grandsons, Matlock L. Russell of Harriman, Chris Ledford of Oliver Springs; sister and brother-in-law, Ollie and Clifton Matheson of Harriman. Funeral 8 p.m. Thursday at Kyker Funeral Home Chapel, Harriman with Rev. Mack Smith and Rev. Wayne Nelson officiating. Graveside service and interment 10 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Kyker Funeral Home, Harriman, TN. 

THORNTON, VIRGIE IRENE - age 77, of Clinton, Tenn., died Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville. Born September 25, 1920, in Campbell County, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman R. Thornton; her parents, Capwell and Sally Barnes. Survivors include two daughters, Lorene and husband, Arnold Daniels of Clinton and Ann Fagan of Clinton; four grandchildren, Louann Lawrence, Sue Thais, Debbie Bier and Bobbie Quickery; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephew; brother, Lon and wife Liz Barnes of LaFollette, Tenn., Judd Barnes of Vasper, Tenn. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral services will be conducted 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Holley-Gamble Chapel with Rev. Daris Daniels officiating. Burial 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, 1998 at McCarty Woodhaven Memory Gardens in Claxton, Tenn. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in charge. 

STRATTON, DOUGLAS EUGENE - age 30, of Lenoir City, Tenn., formerly of Andrews, N.C., passed away suddenly Tuesday morning, April 28, 1998. Doug was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Operation Desert Storm and in Korea. His grandfather, Farley Stratton, passed away Wednesday morning April 29 in Robbinsville, N.C. Survivors: mother and step-father, Jeanne and John Bundy of Lenoir City; father and step-mother, Doyle and Sandy Stratton of New Florence Mo.; sister, Lynette Phillips of Andrews N.C.; step-brother, Jeremiah Stratton of Robbinsville, N.C.; step-sister, Jesse Stratton of New Florence, Mo.; niece, Sheena Miller; nephew, Dakota Orr; grandparents, Bruce and Louise Snyder of Andrews, N.C.; Lowanna Stratton of Robbinsville, N.C.; several aunts and uncles. The body was cremated. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

WALLACE, M. RUTH WHITE LANE - age 74, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at home. Member of Central Baptist Church and Eastern Star Hyde Park Chapter. Preceded in death by husband, Harry Wallace; daughter, Margaret Priscilla Lane; parents; three brothers and one sister. Survivors: brothers, James (Bud), Charles and Roy White of Knoxville; sisters, Birdie and Nancy Wright of Knoxville. Service 8 p.m. Thursday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Dino Bray officiating. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Friday, Lynnhurst Cemetery for interment. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mynatt's. 

WHALEN, DAVID WARREN - age 63, of Louisville, Tenn., passed away April 29, 1998. Retired corporate vice president of Estimating and chief estimator for Retenbach Engineering Co., panel member American Arbitration Association, training officer for U.S. Coast Guard Aux., past member Halls Opptimist Club, lifetime member N.R.A., past sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. Survivors: wife, Linda Joyce Whalen; daughters and son-in-law, Kay Neely, Sherry Ann and Stephen Heater; grandchildren, Kristin Michelle and Brittany Dawn Heater. Funeral service 1 p.m. Friday Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. Eric Geary officiating. Interment Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with Full Military Honors by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Stray Animal Fund Chart #3628, c/o Central Animal Clinic, 1212 W. Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

WISE, RALPH O. - age 75, of Knoxville, passed away April 27, 1998, at Fort Sanders Park West Hospital. Mr. Wise was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was of the Baptist faith. Born July 8, 1922, in Knox County to the late Daniel W. and Sara Vittetoe Wise. Preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Rollins Wise. Survivors: brothers, Robert E. (Bob) and wife, Doris C. Wise of Knoxville, Daniel W. and wife, Mary of Daytona Beach, Fla., Michael W. and wife, Freda Wise of Knoxville; sisters, Edna and husband, Ed Lade of Kennmore, N.Y., Betty and husband, Darrell of Bellview, Fla., Peggy and husband, Glen Reed of Knoxville, Margaret and husband, Bob Wright of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at McCarty-Weaver Chapel with Rev. Henry Wagnor and Rev. Tim McGhee officiating. Graveside service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will meet at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the cemetery for the 10 a.m. service. Pallbearers will be Danny, David, Tim, Todd Reed, Jeremy Wise, Chris Bolcar. Honorary pallbearers: Don Towe, Gary Williams, Ed Tallman, Roy Wells. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel, in charge of arrangements.

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