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BESHEARS, MARY ANNE GREENE - age 79, of West Knoxville, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital. She was a member of Central Baptist Church Bearden. Survivors: husband of 45 years, Joseph B. (Joe) Beshears; son and daughter-in-law, David and Dianne Beshears; grandchildren, Staci, Abby, and Molly Beshears, all of Knoxville; sisters and brother-in-law, Lucy Wilson of Sugar Grove, N.C., Elsie Smitherman of Boone, N.C., Lessie Johnson of Detroit, Mich., Auriria and Wayne Horton of Memphis, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. The body will be taken to Austin-Barnes Funeral Home, 194 Queen St., Boone, N.C., where services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, 1998, with Dr. Maurice Cooper officiating with burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mountlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family request memorials may be made to the Youth Program Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919. The family will receive friends from 6-7:45 p.m. Friday at Austin-Barnes Funeral Home, Boone, N.C. 

BOOTHE, MATTIE J. - age 82, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, May 9, 1998, at her home. A loving wife, mother and grandmother who had a great love for bingo and fishing. She was a homemaker and believed in the Presbyterian faith. A native of Richmond, Va., residing in Knoxville since 1954. Preceded in death by parents and several stepbrothers and stepsisters. Survived by husband, Gilliam D. Boothe, Jr.; two sons, Gilliam D. Boothe III and wife, Emma of Knoxville, George Thomas Rochelle and wife, Prudence of Durham, N.C.; two daughters, Shirley D. Lynn and husband, Frank of Hillsboro, N.C., Sharon D. Lakins and husband, Luther of Knoxville; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends; longtime friend, Rachel Dixon of Knoxville. The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. Monday at McCarty Mortuary. On Wednesday the family will receive friends at 6 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham, N.C. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Ferrell Cemetery in Durham, N.C. for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Bob Redmond officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a respectful charity. Arrangements by McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

DEAN, MRS. LOU ELLEN - age 86, of Knoxville, died 8 a.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, at the family home. Survivors: daughter, Rheta Delepine, Alta Loma, Calif.; granddaughters, Christine Nigro, Michelle Bowers; great-grandchildren, Sonny Nigro, Jennifer Cooke, Jason Cooke, all of California; sister, Inez Ware, Knoxville; sister-in-law, Frances McGhee, Mascot; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will meet at Roseberry Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment, Rev. Ralph L. McGhee, Jr. officiating. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

DEPORTER, MR. ALONZO L. - age 74, of Harriman, formerly of Oakdale, passed away Saturday evening, May 9, 1998, at his home. Mr. Deporter was a TVA retiree and served on the Harriman Library Board. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Langdon and Mattie Deporter. He is survived by his wife, Nell Sexton Deporter; sons, Ralph G. and his wife, Peggy P. Deporter and Phillip L. Deporter; one granddaughter, Tiffany A. Deporter; brothers, Glen and Eldon Deporter; sister, Ellen Willis. Graveside service will be held Tuesday morning, May 12, 1998, 11 a.m. at Crab Orchard Cemetery with Rev. Chris Francis officiating. Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg, in charge of arrangements. 

DRAEWELL, MRS. WALTER (CATHERINE WELLS) - of West Knoxville, died Saturday. Preceded in death by husband, Walter Draewell; brother, Clarence Wells. Survivors: special nephew, Robert Dressell, Salem, S.C.; niece, Margaret Woodley, Lenoir City; and other nieces and nephews. Services will be at a later date in California. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

FORD, JULIA McKINNEY - age 88, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at Shannondale Health Care Center. She attended Church Street Methodist Church. She was a member of the Newcomer's Club and a Fort Sanders volunteer. Born in Maryville, she attended the University of Tennessee, going on to work many years in the advertising and travel industry in New York City. She was preceded in death by husband, Frank Morris Ford, director of tourism for the states of Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Florida. She is survived by son, B. H. McCoin, Jr. of Knoxville; grandson, Mark McCoin of Denver; granddaughter, Dr. Cameron Banker of Minneapolis; great-grandson, Dillon Banker; nieces, Mrs. Patricia Randall of Newburgh, N.Y. and Mrs. Carol Gallup of Rochester, Mich.; stepdaughter, Mrs. Susan Wagner of Dallas, Texas; and cousin, Mrs. Nancy Works of Southfield, Mich. Graveside service will be private to the family on Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements made by Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, 588-0567. 

HANCE, BURNETT WALKER - age 70, of Newport, died Thursday at the Ft. Sanders Medical Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired mechanic. He was born in Newport and moved to California living there for 30 years before returning to make his home in Newport. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walker and Ada Snapp Hance; brothers, Herbert, Clinton, Bobby and Everett Hance; sister, Mamel Williams. He is survived by his son, Roger Hance; and grandson, Brandon Hance of North Ridge, Calif.; daughter, Sandra Ward and son-in-law, David Ward; grandson, Nicholas Ward of Port Hueneme, Calif.; beloved best friend, Liz Raines and family of Newport; sisters, Helen McMillian and Ruby Fine and brother-in-law, Jim Fine of Knoxville; also several nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Monday at the Manes Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Crosby officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Manes in charge. 

HARDMAN, JESSIE MAE PETREE TURNER - age 89, of Halls, passed away Friday, May 8, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. She was a faithful and the oldest member of Halls Primitive Baptist Church and was retired from Eli Witt Company after 44 years of service. Survived by husband, Sam Hardman; son, Ralph Turner and daughter-in-law, Jean Turner; grandchildren, Debbie James, Gary Turner, Teresa Latham and Mark Turner; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Turner, Brittany and Jeremiah Latham and Haley Turner; several nieces, nephews and a host of loving friends and neighbors. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home 11:30 a.m. Monday and proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for an interment service at 12 noon, Elder Bill Berry and Elder Charles Taylor officiating. Pallbearers: David Sharp, Richard Petree, Jimmy Petree, Dennis Branson, Doug Shelton, and Vance Harmon, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Halls Primitive Baptist Church. Arrangements by Mynatt's. 

HEADRICK, W.T. ''TOMMY'' - age 77, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, May 8, 1998. He was a member of Woodward Lodge F.& A.M. #0737 as a 32nd Degree Mason. Member of Scottish Rite. Survivor of the USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95). Survivors: wife, Katie Headrick; daughters, Nancy Burkhardt, Charlotte Headrick; grandchildren, Bailey and Fletcher Burkhardt; sister, Ernestine Cunningham; special friend, Cricket Cannon; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the East Tennessee Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or to Alzheimer's Disease Disorder. The family will receive friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

KELLEY, JOE M. - age 60, of Knoxville, passed away Friday morning, at Parkwest Medical Center. He was a longtime active member of Magnolia Ave. United Methodist Church and participated in many areas of the church, including the Chancel Choir. Retired from Rohm & Haas after 35 years. Member of Aluminum Brick and Glass AFL-CIO CLC Local 90. Preceded in death by parents, Dr. George M. and Gladys Smith Kelley; brother, George M. Kelley, Jr. Survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Pat and Ruth Ann Kelley of Hampton, Va., Tom and Georgia Kelley, Powell, Tenn.; niece, Pamela Celeste and husband, Rick Gatz; and niece, Erin Kelley; nephews, Kevin Kelley and Michael Kelley. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Ave. United Methodist Church, Rev. H. Walter Willis, Rev. Bob Bostic, Rev. Jack Kelley and Father Renfro Sproul officiating. Interment service will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Active pallbearers: C.A. (Buzz) Kelley, Michael Kelley, Doug Kelley, Charles Kelley, Charles Bishop, Harvey Sproul and Dean Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Magnolia Ave. United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Alcohol Anonymous Association at Trinity United Methodist Church, Western Ave. or Erin Presbyterian Church on Lockett Rd., Knoxville. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Gentry-Griffey Chapel. 

KELLOGG, PAULA RENE AUSTIN - age 31, of Chattanooga, formerly of Knoxville, died May 9, 1998, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Austin. She was a graduate of West High School, Knoxville. Survivors: father, Bob Austin; sister and brother-in-law, Sue Austin and Pat Donahue; brothers and sisters-in-law, Philip and Patti Austin, Greg Austin and Robin Schuh; special friend, Bill Ninneman. Funeral service 7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Rev. Herhsel Chevallier officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Wednesday in Tennessee Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, 730 Franklin Street, Suite 501, Chicago, IL 60610. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

LOONEY, DELZIA DUFF - age 90, of Knoxville, passed away May 9, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Member of First Baptist Church of Concord. Preceded in death by husband, Freeman L. Looney and infant son; parents, W.J. and Laura Duff; and brothers, Leroy and Ray Duff. Survivors: sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and James Lackey of Knoxville, Vada and Rev. James Parton of Lenoir City; sister, Freda Fielden of Florida; sisters-in-law, Drucilla Duff, Helen Fritts and Tootsie Orr; several nieces and nephews. Service 8 p.m. Monday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Bob Sessoms officiating. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery 11 a.m. Tuesday for a graveside service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Mynatt's. 

McCOY, ROBERT F. - age 74, of Newport, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon. He was a retired employee of Stokely-Van Camp having worked as an accountant for 38 years with the firm; charter member, past president and treasurer of the Smoky Mountain Country Club; was an avid golfer and bowler; lifetime member of the V.F.W., veteran of WWII; was an alumnus of U.T. and had taught at Carson Newman. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Dorothy McCoy of Clarksville, Tenn.; four nieces and one nephew; and special friends, the Gail Hemminger family. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Hardison officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Manes in charge. 

McMAHAN, SALLIE B. - age 52, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at her home. She was a member of Marble City Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Claude Allen and Ruby Mae Byrum; and sisters, Clara Coletto and Doris Jones. She is survived by husband, Dewey C. McMahan; sons, James A. McMahan and wife, Sharon and Dewey C. McMahan II and wife, Mitzi; daughters, Gail Chessher and husband, Nick and Sandra Compton; brothers, George, Robert, John and Luther Byrum; sisters, Katherine Robinson, Martha Eldridge, Betty Mitchell, and Jo Ann Tharpe; six grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, Robby, Peyton, Dakota and Alyssa; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 12, 1998, from 6-8 p.m. at Highland Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, May 13, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike with Pastor Jim Webb officiating. Arrangements made by Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, 588-0567. 

MORTON, PAUL L. ''DUDE'' - age 87, of Maryville, passed away Sunday morning, May 10, 1998, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Retired from ALCOA with 44 years of service and a member of the 25 Year Club. Preceded in death by wife, Ruby Mae Harrill Morton; son-in-law, Warren Keller. Survivors: daughter, Alice Faye Keller of Maryville; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Angela and Gary Brainard of Maple Valley, Wash., Teresa and Cliff Maples of Maryville; grandson, Tim Keller of Maryville; great-grandchildren, Justin Maples, Joshua Maples, Alicia Brainard, Gary Brainard III; many special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at East Maryville College at 11 a.m. Tuesday for graveside service and interment, Rev. Carl White officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

NEAL, THELMA IMOGENE - age 82, of Knoxville, departed this life on Thursday, May 7, 1998, at her home. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church where she served faithfully until illness prevented her from attending. Preceded in death by husband, James E. Neal. She leaves to celebrate her homegoing: sons, Umar Saddiq of Oliver Springs, Tenn., Charles (Corrie) Neal and Frank Neal of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Patricia (Gary) Miller of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Kate Henderson of Knoxville, Tenn.; brothers, Rev. Charles (Tequincy) McGhee of Knoxville, Tenn., Rev. Robert (Betty) McGhee of Maryville, Tenn. and John (Daisy) McGhee of Alcoa, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Flora Etter of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother-in-law, Robert Jackson of Louisville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Stacy Milbourne of Withams, Va., Maurice McAllister of Florence, S.C., Chekesha (Al) Colley, Steve and Sonya Neal, Gary Miller of Knoxville, Tenn. and Catherine Saddiq of Loudon, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and caring friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at New Hope Baptist Church from 6-6:30 p.m. with the funeral to follow. Elder Joe B. Maddox will be officiating. Interment at Highland South Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, May 13, 1998, at 10 a.m. The family will be at 2048 E. Fifth Ave. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

PATTERSON, MARGARET - age 69, of 2004 Chestnut St., Sweetwater, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 1998, at the family home after a brief illness. Preceded in death by her parents, L.A. and Maggie Barnes; brother, Gibb Barnes; sisters, Reba Russell and Carrol Nance. She was a member of the Murrays Baptist Church, Sweetwater. Survivors: husband, Bob Patterson; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Bellamy, Mary and Mike Runyon; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sylvia Patterson, all of Sweetwater; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Ed Barnes of Sylvania, Ala.; sisters, Martha Cofer Conner of Chattanooga, Mildred Oakes of Rockwood; several nieces and nephews. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday with funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. in Kyker's Chapel with Rev. Bob Holder and Rev. Bobby Lawson officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday in the West View Cemetery. 

PAYNE, LOUISE AKINS HOLDER - of 6535 Niles Ferry Rd., Greenback, passed away 2:10 a.m. Sunday, May 10, 1998, at Asbury Acres Health Center, where she had been a patient for several years. Daughter of the late Calloway and Bessie Akins. Preceded in death by first husband, Roy Holder. Member of First United Methodist Church of Florence, Ala. Born in Tellico Plains, educated in Monroe County and Hiwassee College. A public school teacher for several years in the Monroe County School System. A gifted musician and an excellent organist. Survivors: husband, Cyril J. Payne, Greenback; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Brenda Holder, Keith and Frances Holder, all of Florence, Ala.; grandchildren, Kristie Angel, Kimberly Williams, both of Florence, Ala., Kevin Holder, Birmingham, Ala., Kenneth Holder, Gordo, Ala.; one great-granddaughter; brothers, Hoyt Akins, Maryville, Keith Akins, Chattanooga. Funeral 8 p.m. Tuesday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. John Lane officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Wednesday, Center Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

PENN, ISOBEL LUKE McILWAINE - of West Knoxville, died May 9, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. Member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Widow of Dr. Jarrell Penn and Dr. Richard McIlwaine. Preceded in death by daughter, Elizabeth Read McIlwaine Parten. Survivors: daughter, Margaret McIlwaine Peacock, Toronto, Ontario; stepdaughter, Mary Penn Key and husband, Jesse, Knoxville; grandchildren, Barry, Peggy, Bob, and Deb Peacock, Richard, Cary and Erin Parten, Mary Beth and Kevin Cooney; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth McVeity, Vancouver, B.C.; several nieces and nephews, including Henry McIlwaine, Knoxville. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside and interment services. Dr. Den Davis III officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Tennessee Children's Hospital, 2018 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916 or the charity of your choice. The family will receive friends Monday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

RAY, WILLIAM F. ''BILL'' - age 86, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly Saturday morning, May 9, 1998, at his home. He was a member of Second Baptist Church. Devoted husband to Elsie H. Ray. Loving father to son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Annie Maud Ray of South Haven, Miss.; daughter, Gloria Ray of Knoxville, daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Gorman Christine of New Bern, N.C., and daughter and son-in-law, Johnnie Sue and Harry Brown of Baxter, Tenn. Loyal brother to Genie Ray of Santa Ana, Calif. and departed sisters, Louella Ray and Marianna Nations. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and was loved by numerous nieces and nephews. His sense of humor and great personality will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral service 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stevens Chapel, Dr. Carl Simons and Rev. Thomas Gatton officiating. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday for an 11 a.m. graveside service and interment. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

ROBERTSON, MR. JAMES BUDDY -age 92, of Winchester, Ky., formerly of Knoxville, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Sunday, May 10, 1998, at Winchester Health Care Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville. 

SWANN, SARA CATON - age 78, of Dandridge, passed away Saturday, May 9, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Preceded in death by husband, Albert Swann; and daughter, Sara Frances Swann. She was a member of the Dandridge First United Methodist Church and was a retired school teacher of the Jefferson Co. Board of Education. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Rick Nodell of Knoxville; grandchildren, Adrienne, Haley, Amelia and Hannah Nodell; sister, Irma Caton of Denton, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, B.D. and Edna Caton of Newport; nephew, Ben Caton of Johnson City; niece, Susan Krueger of Massachusetts; several nieces and nephews of the Swann family. Funeral service Monday 5 p.m. at the Dandridge First United Methodist Church with Rev. Hugh Kilgore officiating. Interment graveside services Tuesday 10 a.m. at Union Cemetery in Newport, Tenn. The family will receive friends Monday afternoon 3:30-5 p.m. at the church prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Dandridge First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Dandridge, TN 37725. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge. 

WILLIFORD, MRS. JESSIE MACK AMMONS - age 85, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday morning at her home following an illness. A native of Walden, Ala., she had lived most of her life in Knox County. She attended the Church of God and was a devoted housewife. Preceded in death by her daughter, Nanna Williford; and her husband, Rev. Paris D. Williford. She is survived by son, Howard E. and wife, Elsie M. Williford of Loveland, Ohio; daughters, Wilma and husband, Sherman Green, Lurine and husband, Larry Green, Judy and husband, Ronnie Reno, all of Knoxville, Luria and husband, J.P. Eller of Talbott, Tenn., Deloris and husband, Don Barbee of Jefferson City, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; along with a host of nieces and nephews and other family members survive; including a special friend, John Knight and daughters, Hazel and Helen. Funeral service will be Monday at 8 p.m. at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel with Rev. Harvey Hamond and Rev. Tony Collins officiating. The family will meet Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at the gates of the New Gray Cemetery for a 1 p.m. committal service. Visitation will be 6-8 Monday at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

WOLFENBARGER, HERBERT - age 78, passed away Sunday morning, at St. Mary's Hopsital. Survivors: daughters, Sandra Allen and Patricia McCall; grandson, Michael Sexton; great-grandson, Dustin; sisters, Bertha Weaver and Maude Hale. Friends may call at their convenience Monday at Mynatt's. 

WRIGHT, ISAAC L. - 76, of New Market, passed away Saturday, May 9, 1998, at his home. He was a member of Rocky Valley Baptist Church for 60 years and a retired Magnavox employee. Survived by wife, Lovaida Strange Wright; loving and devoted father and father-in-law of Shirley and John B. Osborne, Linda and Kenneth Wilson and Janie and Dean Moody, all of New Market; grandchildren, John Randal Osborne and wife, Kerry, Lorie Osborne, Andrew Wilson and Isaac Moody; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Wallace Hickman. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday, Fielden Chapel with Revs. George Johnson, Paul Moore and Johnny Mills officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday, Rocky Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Fielden Funeral Home, New Market. 

WRIGHT, EARL ERNEST - age 68, of Kingston, passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon, May 9, 1998. Earl was a faithful member of New Midway Baptist Church. Member of Union Lodge #38 F.& A.M., a 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite and a Shriner. A member of the East Roane County Fire Department. A retired truck driver. Preceded in death by wife, Verna Stout Wright; parents, Ernest and Mae Allen Wright; brother, Martin Wright. Survived by wife, Helen Ragsdale Wright; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Lloyd Shope, Jr. of Kingston, Viola and Wayne Jones of Lenoir City; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Linda Wright, Lloyd and Regina Wright, all of Kingston; stepson, Gary Ragsdale of Rockwood; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, George and Minnie Beth Wright of Cedar Hill, Texas; sister, Joyce Gallaher of Oak Ridge; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Click Funeral Home Chapel followed by a Masonic service at 8 p.m. conferred by Union Lodge. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Herbert Vandergriff and Rev. Franklin Bryant officiating. Interment Poplar Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers: Raymond Brown, Raymond Eblen, Wayne Evans, Greg Nix, Norman Patterson, Houston Guettner and Jerry Pickel. Members of the East Roane County Fire Department will serve as honorary pallbearers. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge.

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