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ARMSTRONG, CLAUDE A. (COTTON) - age 84, of Knoxville, passed away 5:25 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. Member of Sand Branch United Methodist Church. Fifty year member of Shekinah Lodge F&AM. Survived by wife of 66 years, Naomi Armstrong; daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Bob Countiss, Ann and Gene Clinton; daughter, Kaye Cummings; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and JoAnn Armstrong; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at the McCarty Chapel with Rev. Dwight Cagle and Rev. Louis Ketron officiating. Family and friends will meet 12:45 p.m. Thursday at Asbury Cemetery for a 1 p.m. committal service. Pallbearers: Scott Mellon, Darryl Countiss, Jackie Duignan, Bob Countiss, Robby Countiss and Gene Clinton. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

BEDETTE, OPAL MARIE - age 76, of Rockford, passed away Tuesday morning, January 27, 1998, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Member of Smoky Mountain Church of Christ. Preceded in death by parents, William and Bithe Wilson; brothers, Johnathon Johnson and Estel Johnson; sister, Helen French. Survivors: husband, Robert Bedette; children, Robert Conley of Great Falls, Mont., Jimmy Lewis of Plain Well, Mich., Christine Riley of Booneville, Ky., and Pauline Tabor of Maryville; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Laverne Amburgy and Elisal Madden, both of Isom, Ky.; brother, James Johnson of Cumberland, Ky.; several nieces and nephews. The body was cremated and a memorial service is planned at a later date. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

BETTIS, DALE K. - age 73, of Jefferson City, died at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, January 26, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City and was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, and achieved the rank of chief petty officer. He was appointed an Honorary Tennessee Colonel by Gov. Winfield Dunn. He was a fourth generation furniture maker and master carpenter. Preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Pearl Bettis; and a brother, Malcolm Bettis. Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Dolores Holloway Bettis of the home. Other survivors include Norris (Dusty) Bettis and wife Rebecca of Hixson, Tenn., Debra Holly Woodroof of Greensboro, N.C., Dixie Lynn Bettis of Pigeon Forge, and Don and Connie Bettis of Mill Springs; grandchildren include Joshua, Andrew, Michael and Rachel Bettis, Samantha and Anna Woodroof, Taylor Bettis and Dusty Hensley; sisters, Bonnie Lynch of Winter Park, Fla., Janet and Bud Landers of Wenona, Ill., and Joyce Swicegood of New Market; also many special aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, January 29, 1998, from the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Dr. Larry Ousley, a nephew from Johnson City, Tenn., along with Rev. Jim Dampier, Senior Adult Minister of First Baptist Church, will officiate. Military graveside services will follow in the West View Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evening, January 28, 1998, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, PO Box 560, Jefferson City, TN 37760; or to ALPS, 600 N. Daisy Street, Morristown, TN 37814. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 411 W. Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, Tennessee (423) 475-3892. 

BLANKENSHIP, HENRY CLAY - age 85, of Washburn, was born April 18, 1912, passed away on January 27, 1998, at Fort Sanders Hospital. He joined Salem Primitive Baptist Church in 1949. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva; parents, John and Mary Blankenship; one brother, Ernest. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Audry and Bo Vittetoe of Washburn; grandsons, Sam Vittetoe, Russell and Angie Vittetoe of Rutledge; great-grandson, Joseph Calfee of Sevierville; brother and sister-in-law, Cecil and Faye Blankenship of Washburn; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, John Majors of Tazewell; sister-in-law, Mrs. Maynard Eva Coffman of Knoxville. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 1998, Salem Primitive Baptist Church, Elder J.L. Wolfenbarger officiating. The body will lie in state 30 minutes before service. Pallbearers: L.C. Rucker, Don Harless, Tim Evans, John Cabbage, Randy Dyer, Anthony Watson. Burial Kitts Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Coffey Funeral Home. 

BROCKMAN, FAYE C. - of Knoxville, died Tuesday, January 27, 1998. Member of Mars Hill Baptist Church. Owner of Crouch Florist for 34 years. Survivors: husband, Henry Brockman; daughter, Judi Brockman-Luton, both of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, Hank and Mary Brockman of Nashville, John E. and Susie Brockman of Knoxville; grandchildren, Brocki Luton, Lowell Kent Luton III, Bonnie Brockman, Will Brockman III, Michael Stengel, Amanda Faye Brockman; sister, Sarah Dacus of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Billy Cothran of Inman, S.C. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. Mike Willoughby and Rev. Shirley DeLap officiating. Family and friends will meet Thursday at the mortuary by 2:15 p.m. and travel in procession to Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 2:30 p.m. interment service. Pallbearers: Will Brockman, Kent Luton and Michael Stengel. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

CARTER, JOSEPH H. - age 67, of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord, January 27, 1998, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict for one enlistment. After serving in the Army, he chose the U.S. Navy as his career. He served his country proudly for 241/2 years, earning many medals before he retired. Member of Fleet Reserve No. 194. Preceded in death by parents, Harvey and Laura Carter; brothers, Bruce and Jack; sister, Dorothy. Survived by wife, Mary; sons-in-law, James and Angie, Joey and Janet; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Rick Williams, Janice and John Stringfield; loved as his own, Janet and husband, Keith Norton and their children, Randy, his son, Austin; Sabrina and her son, Tyler; brothers, Leroy, Ray and Oscar; sisters, Mary and Lulla Bell; many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones. Family and friends will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at McCarty Weaver's to proceed to Stoney Point Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service. Military honors will be conducted by East Tennessee Honor Guard. Visitation for family will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at McCarty Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

CHAPMAN, CLARENCE A. - age 92, of LaFollette, passed away Monday, January 26, 1998, at LaFollette Nursing Home. He attended the Fincastle United Methodist Church and was a member of the Valley Star Masonic Lodge No. 577 for 70 years. Preceded in death by a loving wife, Goldia E. Ellison Chapman; son, John Chapman; grandson, Barry Chapman and great-grandson, Matthew B. Henegar. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Margie S. Chapman, LaFollette; sons, Poe, Sam and Edwin Chapman, all of LaFollette; daughters, Jane Moore, Knoxville, Ruth Henegar, LaFollette; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, Hannah Rose Henegar; one brother, Edwin Bell Chapman, Arizona; one sister, Mary K. Miller, LaFollette Nursing Home, host of friends and relatives. Funeral services Thursday, January 29, 1998, 10 a.m. at Fincastle United Methodist Church with Rev. David Lawrence and Rev. Don Reynolds officiating. Interment Glade Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons. The body will be moved to the church one hour before services. Family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Fincastle United Methodist Church Building Fund, Route 1, Box 2, LaFollette, Tenn. 37766, or to the church of your choice. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Walters Funeral Home, LaFollette with Masonic Memorial Services at 8 p.m. at Walters Chapel. Walters Funeral Home, LaFollette, in charge of arrangements. 

COLLINS, MRS. MARGARET LILLIAN - age 76, of Maynardville, was called home 10:45 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 1998. She was a longtime member of Nave Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband: Rev. Conley A. Collins; son, John David Collins; parents, Alto and Margaret Thomas. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Collins, Jack and Sharon Collins, Jerry Collins, Paul and Jean Ann Collins, Bill and Emma Collins, Dale Collins and fiancee' Lila Tiller, Phil and Chantay Collins, Benny and Pam Collins; daughters and sons-in-law, Gaynell and the late Clondo Cox, Nancy and Jim Carter, Mary Tolliver and Kyle Morrissey, Anne and Larry Walker, Shelia and Kenny Mason, Shirley Collins and Freddie Brasfield, Renee and Loren Davis; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; half-sister, Ritta Sharp, Corryton. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Jimmy Nicely officiating. Interment Monroe Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

DAVIS, DENNIS CLARK - of Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Morristown, Tenn., passed away at Johnson City Medical Center on Monday, January 26, 1998, at 12:30 p.m. after a 21 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Davis was a long time employee of 3M company, where he attained a master and senior technician rating in computer science. Mr. Davis was the son of Herman A. Davis, Jr. and the late Gladys C. Davis of Morristown. He leaves a daughter, Yvette D. Wilson; son-in-law, Greg Wilson and two grandsons, Cole and Walker Wilson, all of Seymour, Tenn. Other survivors include a number of relatives in Chattanooga, Tenn. Funeral services 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stubblefield Funeral Home. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday in Hamblen Memory Garden. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Stubblefield Funeral Home. 

DAWSON, MABEL L. (McGINNIS) - of Corryton, died 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at Wariota Health Care Center. Member of Clapps Chapel United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway, in charge. 

EMANUS, STEPHEN LEROY - of Gatlinburg, Tenn., born July 6, 1932, in Zwolle, La., died January 26, 1998, at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn. He was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Gatlinburg. Steve joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951. While serving in Korea he befriended R.L. Cole of Gatlinburg. Cole was killed in action in Korea in April of 1953, and when Steve Emanus escorted his body back to Gatlinburg, he fell in love with Cole's younger sister Jackie. They were married on June 7, 1957. They were stationed in Oceanside, Calif., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., and on R.L. Cole's birthday, their daughter Stephanie was born. Gunnery Sgt. Emanus served two tours in Vietnam and was highly decorated, earning the Silver Star. Steve retired from the Marine Corps on June 5, 1972, and moved with his wife and daughter to Gatlinburg. He worked at Cherokee Textile Mills and then for the city of Gatlinburg, from which he retired. Steve was active in the American Legion and served as commander of Post 202. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen Lee Emanus; and by his sister, Beatrice Emanus. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Cole Emanus; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Edward Jackson of Sevierville, Tenn.; mother, Nellie Berna of Shreveport, La.; brother and sister-in-law, Calvin and Jan Emanus of Dandridge, Tenn.; brother, Joe Emanus of Shreveport, La.; sister-in-law, Peggy Cole of Gatlinburg, Tenn. There will be a scripture service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rawlings Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after the service. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Gatlinburg, Tenn., with the Father Francis Schilling officiating. Interment will be at Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn., at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998. Military services will be performed by the United States Marine Corp. Arrangements made by Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tenn. 

GEORGE, ROSA PORTER - age 100, of Maryville, passed away Monday evening at Maryville Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by husband, Joe George; and parents, Luke Boyd and Cora Porter. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul AME Zion Church, Maryville, where she served in the Willing Workers Club and was a member of the choir. Survivors include devoted cousins, Anita (James) White and Leland Porter of Louisville, Thomas and Andrew Porter of Philadelphia, Pa.; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul AME Zion Church, Maryville, with Rev. Michael McNair officiating. Interment to follow in National Cemetery, Knoxville. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service. The remains may be viewed after 12 noon Wednesday at Foothills Funeral Home, Maryville. 

GLENN, BETTY LOUISE WILLIAMS - of 3920 Nerva Drive, Apt. 12, departed this life January 25, 1998, at U.T. Hospital. Preceded in death by parents, Eddie Roe and Lucille Atkinson; daughter, Tonya Renee (Cookie) Williams; husband, Willie Idell Glenn. Survivors: children, Mary J. (Jeffrey) Beauchaine, Georgia, Lina L. (James) Taylor, John, Fredrick (Alice), Tony (Linda), and Lawrence, Henry, Scotty Williams, and Larry Lauderback, all of Knoxville; stepfather, Henry Fitzpatrick; daughter-in-law, Kathy Williams; sisters, Mary Lynn (Granville) Jetta and Della G. Callaway; a host of devoted grandchildren to include Tyeneshia Barger and Sinneshia O'Neal, Jerome and Fredrick (Allen) Williams, Jr., Shannon and Ramone Turner, Larry Scandrick, Jr., William (Yogi) Anderson; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; aunt, Mrs. Pearl Roe; and a host of many nieces, nephews and many devoted friends to include, Oscar (Poor Boy) Brown, Tom Fair, Emmitt G. Jones. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:30-7 p.m. Jarnigan's Chapel. Funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

HODGES, ROBERT ELLISON - age 78, of Jefferson City, passed away suddenly 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at his residence. Member of First United Methodist Church. Veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Army. Retired employee of American Enka with 30 years of service. Member of Rising Star Masonic Lodge #44. Preceded in death by wife, Virginia M. Hodges; and sons, Randall Ellison and Keve Tipton Hodges; father and mother, James A. and Ethel Hodges; brothers, Charles and Conard Hodges. Survived by goddaughter, Jana Stooksbury Haney; and grandson, Robert Britton Haney, both of Morristown; sister, Rena Hodges Hayes of Benton, Tenn.; brothers, Edgar Hodges of Rutledge, Edward Hodges of Jefferson City, Ewin Hodges and J.A. Hodges, both of Rutledge; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives. Funeral services 7 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Ferguson and Rev. Don Hill officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Friday in West View Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening immediately following the funeral services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist, 2011 Branner Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 411 W. Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, TN (423) 475-3892. 

HOLT, BEULAH SHAVER - age 97, of Rutledge, Tenn., passed away Sunday, January 25, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Rutledge United Methodist Church and was the first woman duly elected circuit court clerk in the state of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. Holt and brother, Roy L. Shaver. She is survived by daughters, Mary Grainger Wolfenbarger of Rutledge and Helen Holt Smith of Kingsport; sister, Una Shaver of Knoxville; grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law, Dr. Clyde and Jean Smith of Jackson, Tenn., William Holt and Jo Smith of Madisonville, Frances Smith and Jerry McCrary of Kingsport, Jeffrey Alexander and Pamela Smith of Houston, Texas, Joe Wayne and Sheri Wolfenbarger of Bean Station, Alan Kent and Donna Kay Wolfenbarger of Rutledge, Michael Steven and Sharon Wolfenbarger of Rutledge; great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren-in-law, Garrison Berry Smith, Colin Elisha Smith, Jace and Nathan Smith, William Holt Smith, Jr., Bryan Edward Smith, Ryan Alan McCrary, Ashlyn Marie Smith, Jarrett Alexander Smith; step-great-grandchildren, Lane Wolfenbarger of Knoxville, Casey Jo Wolfenbarger of Bean Station, Paul Maynard of Bean Station, Whitney Lambdin and Travis Lambdin of Rutledge, Claz Cooper of Rutledge; three other step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Dorothy Phelps of Rutledge. Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 1998, from the Smith Funeral Home with Reverend Jeff Wright and Reverend Kerry Bond officiating. Graveside service and interment will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998, in the Rutledge Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 1998, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

HOWARD, THELMA JEAN - age 68, of New Market, passed away 7:15 a.m. January 25, 1998, at her residence, after an extended illness with cancer. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, where she was a member of Agape Sunday School class. Preceded in death by parents, Ollie and Enda Davis; and brother, Fain Davis. Survived by husband, Dr. J. Eugene Howard; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. David and Alice Howard of Memphis, Tenn.; daughter, Dr. Carol Howard of Birmingham, Ala.; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Randy Marshall of New Market, Tenn.; grandchildren, Luke and Hope Carol Howard of Memphis, Michael and Bryson Marshall of New Market; sister-in-law, Elaine Holden of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; host of other relatives and friends. Family and friends will gather Wednesday 10:45 a.m. at Pleasant Grove (Haworth) Cemetery for an 11 a.m. interment service with Dr. William Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Susan Howell, ACS Memorials, 2356 Ravenridge Trail, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, 411 West Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, Tn. 

JOHNSON, RUTH SEATON - age 80, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, January 25, 1998. She attended New Hopewell Baptist Church. Survivors: husband, Russell F. Johnson; son, Gary Johnson; grandchild, Eric Johnson; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Berry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Claude Johnson and Rev. Eric Boyer officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

JUSTUS, RUBY PARILEE - age 74, of Sevierville, died Tuesday, January 27, 1998. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Justus, Sr. Survivors: sons, Alvin Justus, Jr. of Oregon, Lonnie Steven Justus of Sevierville, Ronnie Eugene Justus of Sevierville, D. Harold Justus of Sevierville; daughters, Louise Myers of Rutherfordton, N.C., Diana Boling of Sevierville, Janis M. Justus of Sevierville, Joyce Justus of Sevierville; 31 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frances Parton and Bill Parton of Sevierville; sisters, Faye Boynton of Sevierville, Mae Gray of Sevierville, Delores Thomas of Sevierville, Mary Williams of Georgia. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Rev. Andy Ball and Rev. Jimmy Riner officiating. Interment will follow in Kear-Loveday Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

KELLY, MARGARET MOON - age 73, passed away Monday morning, January 26, 1998, at U.T. Medical Center. Originally from Big Spring, located in Meigs County, Tenn., her residence had been in Knoxville for many years. She was a faithful member of Meadow View Baptist Church. She was retired from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Preceded in death by her husband, SSGT. West V. Kelly; parents, James and Ethel Moon; brothers, James Moon, Walter Agnew Moon and John A. Moon. Survivors: daughter, Lisa Kelly Trout; son, Doyle Harrison Kelly, both of Blount County; brothers, Harvey Moon, Robert Lee Moon and Nathaniel Moon; sisters, Agatha Moon, Dorothy Whitehead, Phyllis Shelton, Julia Madix and Mabel McKinney; numerous nieces and nephews as well as many grandnephews and grandnieces. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, at Good Hope Baptist Church, Armstrong Ferry Road, located in Meigs County, Tenn., Rev. Taylor Smith officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

LIPPSE, MINNIE ITASKIE AXLEY - age 96, of Athens, died January 23, 1998, at the East Tennessee Health Care Center in Madisonville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Oscar Lippse; two sisters, Mina Long and Ressie Allmon; five brothers, Oscar, Carl, Horace, Reed and Arnold Axley; parents, Bascomb and Angeline Kinser Axley. She was a member of the Riceville First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school class for several years. Survivors include nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Click officiating. Burial will be in Riceville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn., in charge. 

LONG, LOUISE ISABELL - age 85, died Tuesday, January 27, 1998. Mrs. Long was an employee of Robertshaw. Mrs. Long is preceded in death by her mother, father and stepmother; also by two brothers, Carl and Joe Delaney. She is survived by a son, Frank E. McCarty; daughter-in-law, Betty Jo; four grandchildren, Mark and wife Bobi, Scott, Tim, Gina; one great-grandson, Conner. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 588-0567. 

PEERMAN, DELMER - age 89, of Sevierville, died Monday, January 26, 1998. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Kate Loveday Peerman; parents, George and Maude Peerman; sister, Mamie Templeton; and brother, Wilbur Peerman. He was a member of Logan's Chapel Methodist Church. Mr. Peerman was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and was a longtime teacher and principal in Blount and Cocke counties. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Masonic Prudentia Lodge 719 in Alcoa. He was a 32nd degree Mason. Survivors: brother, J.W. Peerman, Newport; sister, Maude Ella Hamby, Whispering Pine, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Dr. Rich Liner and Rev. Bobby Ely officiating. Masonic graveside service and interment 11 a.m. Thursday in Grandview Cemetery in Maryville. The family will receive friends 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

RUTHERFORD, CECIL ELMER - age 79, passed away January 25th., 1998, at Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee. He was born July 23th., 1919, son of Fred and Rose (Whitson) Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford was preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Virginia Ailene Davis Rutherford; sons, Michael Ray Rutherford, Phillip Wayne Rutherford; sisters, Lois V. Roberts and Kathleen Wright and brother, Lonial Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford was a member of the Baptist faith. Veteran of WWII. He was retired from Knoxville Orthopedic Appliance where he worked for 30 years. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Sebert Collins of Luttrell, with whom he made his home, Dorothy and Chris Irwin of Knoxville; daughter, Sandra Lawson of Knoxville; grandchildren, Chris Collins of Luttrell, Kimberly Collins Oakley of South Carolina, Margaret, Chris and Travis Irwin of Knoxville, Jason and Joseph Lawson of Knoxville, Alyssia Rutherford of Atlanta; one great-granddaughter; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kathy Rutherford of Knoxville. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Roseberry Cemetery for graveside services at 11 a.m. Rev. Albert R. Baumgardner officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Gentry-Griffey Chapel. 

SIMPSON, JAMES CLIFFORD - age 71, of 7102 Steekee Creek Road, Loudon, formerly of Hines Valley Road in Lenoir City, passed away early Tuesday morning, January 27, 1998, at U.T. Hospital. Clifford was a charter member and deacon of Hickory Creek Community Baptist Church. Preceded in death by son, Johnny Ray Simpson; grandson, Robbie Bivens; parents, Lum and Kate Monger Simpson; brother, Henry Simpson. Survivors: wife of 50 years (September 20, 1947) Delsa Bandy Simpson; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Carrie Simpson, Don and Janet Simpson, all of Lenoir City, David and Carla Simpson of Philadelphia; daughters and sons-in-law, Katy and James Miller of Lenoir City, Janie and John Bivens of Loudon; grandchildren, Shawn Bivens and wife, Wendy, Stacie Smith and husband, Rusty, Crystal Bivens, Matt and Brad Miller, Matthew, Lee and Rose Mary Wolfe, Sydney Simpson; great-granddaughter, Kelcie Bivens; sister, Lorene Lennex of Loudon; several nieces and nephews. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at Hickory Creek Community Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m., Rev. George Seay, Rev. Kenneth Johnson and Rev. James Deaton officiating. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. 

SMITH, BESSIE LEATHERWOOD CATLETT - age 96, of South Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at Baptist Hospital. She was the widow of Amos B. Catlett and Samuel P. Smith. Member of Central United Methodist Church. Survivors: children, Hazel Catlett Graham, Nora Catlett Smellage, Wayne B. Catlett, Ed Catlett, Tom Catlett, Max Catlett; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter. Funeral 7 p.m. Wednesday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Daniel Moore officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Thursday, Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church Roof Fund, 201 3rd Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

SNAPP, MRS. RACHEL - of 1658 Laurens Avenue, departed this life, January 25, 1998, at Fort Sanders Hospital. Member of New Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother's Board until her health failed. Born September 3, 1923, to Jonah and Jennie Murphy Daniel in Carroll County, Ga. Preceded in death by parents, husband, granddaughter, Rachelle M. Hayes; one brothers and two sisters. She had been employed by several restaurants as a cook. Survivors: daughter, Bea Tillman; grandson, Gary Snapp and fiance, La Douglas Cole; great-grandsons whom she raised, Kermit R. Hayes and Varshawn (Sonja) Hayes; great-grandson, Patrick D. Hayes; great-granddaughter, Kirstin T. Hayes; foster granddaughter, Josephine (Barry) Beal, Detroit, Mich.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lenora (Herman) Higgins, Bunner Golden, Tommy (Virginia) Snapp, Poronic Snapp, all of Knoxville, Dovie (Love) Alexander, Dayton, Ohio, Pauline Davis, Newark, N.J., Lucille Snapp, Detroit, Mich., Warren and Edith Snapp, Lockport, Ill.; many other nieces and nephews, relatives and friends to include the Brown family, Rufus Lomax and Leonard Harris. A special thanks to Dr. Nassem Siddiqi, Diane Haagey and the staff and patients at East Knoxville Dialysis Center, Fort Sanders Regional Hospital Staff 3 West, 4 East, 9 North, New Metropolitan, Payne Avenue and Mt. Calvary Baptist churches. The family will receive friends 12:30-1 p.m. Saturday at New Metropolitan Baptist Church. Funeral service 1 p.m., Rev. Gregory Sawyers officiating. Interment Hightop Cemetery. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

STAPLETON, MARTHA JANE COFFEY - age 93, of Thorn Hill, passed away January 25, 1998, at her residence. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Methodist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert N. Stapleton; brothers, Elijah and John A. Coffey; and son-in-law, Clifford Kincaid. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and is survived by son, Robert N. Stapleton, Jr., Thorn Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sally Stapleton, Washburn; daughter, Shirley Kincaid, Dayton, Ohio; her twin sister, Elizabeth Jane Clifton, Marshall, Mich.; sister, Myrtle Ramond, Michigan; foster sister and husband, Dent Hopper and Rev. J.W. Hopper, Maryville; grandchildren, Dr. Stephen Craig Kincaid, Jackson, Ohio, Amy Belk and husband, Tim, Washburn, Joey Stapleton, Knoxville, Doug Kincaid and wife, Gina, Dayton, Ohio, Mike Kincaid and Sherry Kincaid, Dayton, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends. To have known Martha was to love her and she will be sadly missed by all. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church with Rev. Denver Davidson, Rev. Jerry Epperson and Rev. Freddy Parker officiating. Interment to follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to service. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861, Phone (423) 828-5555. 

ST. LOUIS, CHRISTPINE (WOOH) - of Knoxville, departed this life, Thursday, January 22, 1998, at U.T. Memorial Hospital. Survivors: mother, Keturah Prevast; father, Charleson St. Louis, both of Kingston, Jamaica; children, Shantel Campbell, Chrispine St. Louis; aunt, Calest Prevast; devoted friends, Tasha Campbell, Tanga, Robert Campbell, Dalishia Key, Loretta; your six loving brothers and other friends from Bishop Street. Family will receive friends 1-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Jarnigan's Chapel, funeral service, 1:30 p.m., Rev. James Davis officiating. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

STOOKSBURY, ROXIE ELIZABETH FRAKER - age 83, of Clinton, Tenn., died Tuesday at Methodist Medical Center. Born September 3, 1914, in Anderson County, Tennessee. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church. She was the last surviving child of the late John H. and Melinda Jane Milligan Fraker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Glen M. Stooksbury and son, Johnnie S. Stooksbury. Survivors include two daughters, Jane and husband, Richard Stooksbury of Knoxville. Sue and husband, Tommy Giles of Clinton; one son, Eddie and wife, Pat Stooksbury of Clinton; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. Graveside service will be conducted at Sunset Cemetery, Clinton, Tenn. 10 a.m. January 30, 1998, with Rev. Jack Sill, Chaplain of Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, officiating. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

SUMNER, ANNABELLE CAREY - age 95, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at Shannondale. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

THOMAS, MARY R. NICHOLS - departed this life Saturday, January 24, 1998, at Fort Sanders Medical Center. Retired employee of Levi Strauss Inc. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Roseberry City. A loyal member of the Mothers Board. She leaves to cherish her memory: loving husband, David Thomas; four daughters, Karen Smith, Glenda Johnson, Felicia and Carla Thomas; two sons, Eugene Johnson III and David Thomas, all of Knoxville; three grandchildren, Brenda Johnson, Chancery Thomas and Drew Tate; one great-grandson, Terry Dailey II; three sisters, Frances and Charlie Branner, Nannie and Hollis Moore and Daisy Latimer; three brothers, Henry and Thomas Nichols and Charles (Ed) and Nadine Nichols; mother-in-law, Laura Thomas; two sisters-in-law, Lillian Latham and Marie Flemming; one uncle, Arthur and Darcus Swann of Virginia; devoted friends, Elizabeth Cross, Clara Harris and Joan Simon; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends including her church family. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 29, 1998, at Unity Mortuary Chapel from 6-6:30 p.m. with funeral to follow, Rev. Walter Ghosten officiating. Interment Friday, January 30, 1998, at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at 10 a.m. The family will be at the home of Glenda Johnson, 3500 Cherry Hill Ave. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

TURNER, CURTIS M.L. ''RED'' - age 88, of Knoxville, died Monday, January 26, 1998, at Brakebill Nursing Home. Native of Austell, Ga. until moving to Knoxville in 1992. Active member of Orange Hill Baptist Church. Retired from General Motors Chevrolet Plant in Atlanta, after working there for 43 years. Preceded in death by wife, Edna Darnell Turner; son, Charles E. Turner; father and mother, Newt and Hattie Turner; brothers, Richard, Clyde and Hewlett Turner. Survivors: daughter, Marjean Evans, Knoxville; daughter-in-law, and husband, Loraine and Tom Jones, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, L. Cecil Turner, Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, E. Ray Evans of Knoxville, C. Dwaine Evans of Morristown, Tenn., Kathy Mustoe of Thompson Station, Tenn., Ronald C. Evans of Seymour, Tenn., Karen Vann of Millbrook, Ala., Terri McDearman of Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 great-grandchildren; and his devoted and loving friend, Mary Parsons. Funeral service 7 p.m. Thursday at Davis-Struempf Funeral Home, 1975 East-West Connector, Austell, Ga. Family and friends will meet Friday at the Westview Cemetery, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. for graveside services at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to Northwest Baptist Church, 2614 Merchants Drive, Knoxville, Tenn. 37912. Family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Davis-Struempf Funeral Home in Austell, Ga. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

WESTFALL, VIRGINIA MORRIS - age 94, of 100 Netherland Lane, died early Tuesday morning, January 27, 1998, at Holston Valley Medical Center. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., she graduated from Harriman High School and attended the University of Tennessee. She taught in the Harriman City Schools for many years. Mrs. Westfall was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Josephine Ellis in 1990. Survivors include her nephew, William Horner Morris, Knoxville. Memorial services will be conducted 3 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 1998, at Asbury Center at Baysmont with Rev. J. Spurgeon McCartt officiating. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday in Old Harriman Cemetery, Harriman, with Rev. Alton Johnson and Rev. J. Spurgeon McCartt officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Holston United Methodist Home for Children, PO Box 188, Greeneville, TN 37743. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

WILLIAMS, AUDREY E. - age 71, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 1998. She attended First Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors: husband, Fred L. Williams; daughter and son-in-law, P.J. and Gary Thompson; brother, Winford Boling; sister, Ola Helton. Graveside service 2 p.m. Thursday, Boyds Creek Cemetery, Rev. Tommy Caylor officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

WITT, JUDY VIRGINIA HENDERSON - age 53, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, January 26, 1998, at her home. She was a member of Glen Oak Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, John Witt, Jr.; and daughter, Teresa Michelle Bush. Survivors: children, Lisa Lee Fielder, Minneapolis, Minn., Melissa Noel Witt, Knoxville, Clarence Eugene Witt, Chicago, Ill., John Richard Witt, Anna Marie Witt, Martin Gerald Witt, Adam Joseph Witt, all of Knoxville; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Homer Martin Henderson, Jr., White Pine, Larry Henderson, Rutledge; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Johnny Bush, Knoxville. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Rose Chapel, Rev. Bill Romines and Rev. Ronnie Dotson officiating. Interment in Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

WOOD, CLORA - age 90, of Jamestown, Tenn., died Monday night, January 26, 1998, at Farragut Health Care Center in Knoxville. She was born March 14, 1907, in Clarkrange, Tenn. She was a member of Jamestown First Methodist Church and was a teacher in Fentress County for 33 years. Preceded in death by husband, Herman L. Wood. Survivors: son, Hunter Wood and wife Patricia, Peachtree City, Ga.; daughter, Sherrian McNeese and husband James, Kingston, Tenn.; grandchildren, Mary Collins and husband Andy, Lenoir City, Tenn., Myra McNeese, Knoxville, James McNeese II, Knoxville, Andy Wood, Jonesboro, Ga., Rebecca Wood, Peachtree City, Ga., Kerry Wood, Peachtree City, Ga. Funeral service 1 p.m. Thursday, Mundy Funeral Home. Rev. John Halliburton will officiate. Burial in Clarkrange Cemetery in Clarkrange. The family will receive friends 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mundy Funeral Home, 229 South Main St., Jamestown, TN 38556. 

WRIGHT, ALMA McINTYRE - age 88, of Knoxville, died Sunday, January 25, 1998. Member of Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Widow of the late Robert O. Wright, Sr. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Robert O. Wright, Jr. and Dixie of Knoxville; grandson, Albert John Wright and wife, Victoria, grandson, Spencer McClain Wright; step-grandchildren, Michael J. Rock and wife, Connie, Cynthia and James Hobbs; step-great-grandchild, Jamey Michelle Rock; several cousins. Family and friends will meet Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery for a 1 p.m. graveside service with the Rev. Gordon Temple officiating. Memorials may be made to American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852 or American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Robert and Dixie Wright. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.


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