Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries


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ATKINS, FLOYD, SR. - age 83, of Bean Station, went to be with Jesus, Sunday, May 4th, 1997, at Life Care Nursing Home in Morristown. He was a member of Noeton Primitive Baptist Church. Preceded in death by father and mother Charlie and Mattie Atkins; daughter, Anna Belle Humbard. He is survived by his wife, Nellie Oliver Atkins of Bean Station; daughter and son-in-law, Earnestean and Kenneth Hardwick of Knoxville; son, Floyd Atkins, Jr. of Rutledge; son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Christine Atkins of Bean Station; sister, Sally Evans of Bean Station; half-brother, James Collins of Knoxville; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Noeton Primitive Baptist Church with Reverend John Oliver and Reverend Fred Oliver officiating. Grandsons Rickie Atkins, Donnie Atkins, Gene Atkins, Michael Atkins, Randy Humbard, Kenny Hardwick, and Neal Hardwick will serve as pallbearers. Graveside service and interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, May 6, 1997, from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee 37861. Phone 423-828-5555. 

BREEDEN, BEECHER H. - age 60, of Corryton, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was of the Baptist faith. Veteran of Korean War. Preceded in death by sister, Willie Jean Ogle. Survivors: wife, Naomi Breeden; children, Brian and Missy Breeden, Angela and Joe Long, Jr., Freddy and Connie Hethcoat, Randy Breeden; grandchildren, Lorie Fay Hethcoat, Amanda Gayle Hethcoat, Brian Cody Breeden, Chastity Danielle Long; brother, William Breeden; sisters, Helen Abbott, Reba Fortner; several other relatives and many friends. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel, Rev. Wayne Lay, Rev. Harry Whetsell and Rev. Dewayne Fortner officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery with full military honors by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Nephews will be pallbearers. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. 

BROWN, NOLA E. MASSENGILL - age 86, of Clinton, died Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She was of the Baptist faith. She was a member of Island Ford Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Melvin E. Brown; sons, Charles B. (C.B.) Brown, William C. (Bill) Brown; grandsons, Randy N. Brown and Chris O. Brown; brothers, Parrish, Robert (Bob) and Clarence Massengill; sisters, Gertie Carden, Maude Elkins and Myrtle Lewallen. Mrs. Brown was born in Anderson County, the daughter of Robert B. (Ben) and Minnie Day Massengill. Survivors are three sisters, Beulah Weaver of Norris, Mary Reynolds of South Clinton and Lucille (Lou) Ford of Oak Ridge; brother-in-law, Clyde Carden of Clinton; sisters-in-law, Lucile Massengill of Maryville and June Massengill of Knoxville; daughter-in-law, Wanda Brown of Knoxville; grandchildren, Charles (C.B.) Brown, Jr. and wife Karen of Virginia, Kathy Redmond of Clinton, Eddie Brown and wife Carol of Claxton, Debbie Lee and husband Wesley of Knoxville, Donna Cook and husband Dwayne of Clinton, and Billy Brown and wife Vetta of Clinton; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Holley-Gamble Chapel with Rev. Moss Beets officiating. Graveside services 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8 at Woodhaven Cemetery in the Claxton community. Visitation will be 7-8:30 Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. 

BROWN, LEROY M. - age 70, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, May 5, 1997. He was retired from S.H. Kress. Survivors: wife, Hazel Brown; daughters, Gloria (Clarence) Gibson, Columbus, Ohio, Peggy (Jesse) Coker, Knoxville, Felicia (Harold) Washington, Topeka, Kan.; sons, Leroy Jr., Boston, Mass., Dennis, Robert, Donald (Audrey) and Jeff Brown, all of Knoxville; brothers, Ernest and Clyde Brown, Knoxville; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Clark, Bonnie Julius of Knoxville; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Unity Mortuary Chapel on Thursday, May 8, 1997, from 6:30-7 p.m. with funeral to follow, Rev. Gerald Littlejohn officiating. Interment at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Friday May 9, 1997 at 10 a.m. Special thanks to the staff at the Martin Mill Pike Dialysis Clinic, KAT Lift, CAC and U.T. Hospital. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

CLEVENGER, PAULINE J. - age 77, of Knoxville, passed away May 5, 1997, at Fort Sanders Hospital. Member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Powell, Tenn. She is survived by son, James H. Parrott of Knoxville; daughters, Ruby Jones of Atlanta, Ga., Shirley Hurt of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Blenda and John Lane of Knoxville; grandchildren, Eddie and Jim Hurt of Atlanta, Ga., Johnny and Jennifer Lane of Knoxville, Tenn.; great-granddaughter, Erica Hurt of Paris, Tenn.; sisters, Irene, Imogene and Maxine; brothers, George, Floyd, Ben and Jim; several nieces, nephews and many special friends. Special thanks to Thompson Cancer Center, Dr. Tim Panella, Dr. Scaperoth and Dr. Jim Seals. Friends may call at their convenience at Highland South Funeral Home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or at the daughter's home, Blenda Lane. Graveside service Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Highland South Cemetery, Rev. Greg Inklebarger and Rev. Bill Hall officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Mehaffey Rd., Powell, TN 37849. Arrangements by Highland South Funeral Home, 573-7300. 

COPELAND, MELVIN - passed away on Sunday, May 4, 1997, at Crawford Long Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. He was a member and worked for Labor Local No. 438 since 1984. He served in the Army Special Services Unity from April 1963 to February 1971. He received many medals of valor for serving his country such as the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Melvin was loved by all who knew him. He will be remembered by family and friends for his gift of humor and ability to make others happy. He was a devoted husband, brother and father. He is preceded in death by mother, Joe Kate Copeland; and sister, Janice Marion Copeland. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Deborah Jean Copeland; three daughters, Michelle, 17, Janice, 16, and Whitney, 9; sister, Mavis Moore; brother-in-law, Clarence A. Moore; two brothers, Gene (Deborah) Lowry, Joel (Elizabeth) Copeland; four nephews, Donald (Glenda) Copeland, Allen (Michelle) Copeland, LaRoy (Donnie) Copeland and Antonio Dawson; three nieces, Dameta Lowry, Jovannah Lowry and Tonya Copeland; aunt, Myrtle Copeland; great-aunt, Pollye Sims; and a host of cousins, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. Funeral service will be held at Hines Home of Funerals, West Lake Ave., Atlanta, Ga., at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, East Tennessee Region, or the Cerebral Palsy Foundation for Children. Notice by Unity Mortuary. 

DeARMOND, EVA J. - age 85, of Maryville, passed away 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. She loved her many friends at the church and in her community. Preceded in death by husband, R. H. DeArmond. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Don Knight; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Norrisa and Robert Cullum; great-grandsons, Brandon and Christopher Cullum; brother, Wade Johnson; sisters, Lucille Newman and Nellie Newman. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Thursday in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. Raymond Burnett, Rev. David Sharp and Rev. Gene Leamon officiating. Family and friends will assemble 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery for interment service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Smith Mortuary, Maryville. 

DePORTER, MRS. MATTIE ROBBINS - age 92, of Oakdale, died Monday, May 5, 1997. She was a member of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Langdon DePorter. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Alonzo and Nell DePorter of Harriman, Glenn and Carolyn DePorter of Seymour, Elden and Nortrud DePorter of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Lester Willis of Columbia, Ky.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, May 7, 1997, at Schubert Funeral Home Chapel, Wartburg, with Rev. Lloyd Napier officiating. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Crab Orchard Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. 

EVERETT, LOUISE HARRELL MENDENHALL - age 71, passed away Monday afternoon at U.T. Hospital. Preceded in death by son, Stan Mendenhall; infant son and daughter; parents, James and Mary Harrell. Member of Salem Baptist Church, Young at Hearts and Willing Workers Sunday School Class. Survivors: loving and devoted husband, Ross N. Everett, Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, Clarence and Janice Rose Mendenhall, Knoxville; daughters and sons-in-law, Bobbie and Don Ogle, Corryton, Renee and Tim Tillery, Knoxville; step-children, Noel Everett, New York, Sharon Davis, Knoxville, David Everett, South Carolina; 22 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Widner, Knoxville, Pauline Dockins, Maryville; sister and brother-in-law, Ollie and Buddy Brown, Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, J.C. and Peggy Harrell, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral service Wednesday at 8:30 at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel, Rev. John Holland, Rev. Taylor Smith, Rev. Alan Smith officiating. Graveside service 1 p.m. Thursday, Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers: Eddie Mendenhall, Scotty Mendenhall, Stormy Ogle, Chad Mendenhall, Chris Mendenhall, Matt Ogle, Rusty Tillery, Randy Tillery. Honorary pallbearers: Simon and Collin Everett, Tomm Davis, LeeAnn Bryant, Lauren Mendenhall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Salem Baptist Church Bulding Fund, c/o Salem Baptist Church, 4800 Salem Church Road, Knoxville, TN 37938. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

FOLEY, MICHAEL STEVEN - age 47, of Knoxville, passed away May 6, 1997. Preceded in death by father, Dale C. Foley. Survivors: mother, Mildred L. Foley of Louisville, Tenn.; sons, Michael Foley of Fremont, Neb., Dale Foley of Knoxville; brothers, Tom Foley of Louisville, Tenn., Pat Foley of Knoxville; sister, Tracy Weeks of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Joy Foley of Louisville, Tenn.; nieces, Amy Foley of Louisville, Tenn., Jennifer Harris of Knoxville, Jody Harris of Knoxville; nephew, Jeremy Foley of Knoxville; special family friends, John and Debra Quinn of Knoxville, Dale and Ellen Jenkins of Louisville, Tenn. Graveside service 11 a.m. Thursday at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Pastor Joe Reed officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, 588-0567. 

FOSTER, GEORGE W., JR. - age 78, of Knoxville, passed away May 4, 1997, at Northhaven Health Care Center. Born Sept. 9, 1918, a member of North Knoxville Baptist Church for 30 years. U.S. Air Force Veteran of WW II, formerly employed by H.T. Hackney Co. and retired from United Shoe Co. Preceded in death by parents, Ira Jane and George W. Foster, Sr.; brothers Clifton T. Foster, William H. Foster; and sister, Katherine Monday. Survived by wife, Betty Hodges Foster of Knoxville; brothers, Hall R. Foster, James Foster, both of Michigan; sisters, Lelia Foster of Michigan, Elizabeth Hill of Ohio, Edna Palmer of Arizona, Hazel Cash and Katie Faulkner, both of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Chapel with Rev. David Lay officiating. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Greenwood Cemetery 10:45 a.m. Thursday for interment at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

GAMMON, MARJORIE - age 56, of Cookeville, Tenn., passed away Monday night, May 5, 1997, at the Cookeville General Hospital. She was a Christian. Preceded in death by parents, Carl T. and Ida Peak; husband, Thomas C. Starns; brothers, Ernest and James Peak; sister, Edith Myers. Survivors: children, Tom Starns of Cookeville, Chris Vanden and Patricia Anderson, both of Texas, Margie Jordon and Terry Starns, both of Ohio, Debra Laudermilk of Lenoir City, Rebecca Keaser of Lebanon; 24 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; sisters, Thelma Smith of Loudon, Elsie Spratt and Wilma Hasselbring, both of Texas; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday in the Hawkins Chapel. Interment in the Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience at the Hawkins Mortuary, Lenoir City. 

GOODNIGHT, NELLIE E. - age 98, of Fountain City, passed away Monday evening at her home. She was a member of Fountain City Christian Church and was church organist for many years. She was also a member of Fountain City Garden Club. She and her late husband, Milton Goodnight, owned and operated Rhea Springs Hatchery. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Irene Goodnight of Knoxville; son, Jimmy Goodnight of Maynardville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Gloria and Clark Marshall of Knoxville; granddaughter and caregiver, Janice Long of Knoxville; grandson and granddaughter-in-law Kenny and Marie Goodnight; great-grandchildren, Lisa Barnes, Kristie Noe, Jessica Wrather, Elizabeth Wrather and Cory Goodnight; great-great-grandchildren, Ryan Barnes, Jordan Barnes, Forrest Noe and Erin Barnes; sisters, Agnes McKee of Coolidge, Ariz., and Bessie Bond of Hendersonville, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery for graveside services, Rev. Hugh Jarrett officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Gentry-Griffey Chapel. 

HUTCHISON, LONA MAE JONES - age 95, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at her home. She was of the Church of God faith. Preceded in death by husband, Rev. Joseph L. Hutchison; mother, Susan Katherine Hutchison; children, Geneva, Beatrice, Louise, Roy, Earline, Pearl, Mary and Dorothy. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Earnest and Sadie Jones, James and Vicki Hutchison; daughters, Marie Waddell, Katherine Franklin; 23 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ortha Davis; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, Rose Chapel, Rev. Carl E. DeBusk officiating. Interment in Bookwalter Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandchildren. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

JOHNSON, JESSIE RUTH YATES - age 73, of Etowah, passed away Monday night at Woods Memorial Hospital. A native of McMinn County, Mrs. Johnson was a member of Delano Baptist Church and former member of North Etowah Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, L.C. Yates; and second husband, Hoyt Johnson; father, Luther Kirkland; and sister, Eva Grace Poteet. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Daniel Hembree, Delano, Tenn.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Bruce and Wanda Yates, Lenoir City, Mark and Tammy Yates, Etowah; mother, Iduma Kirkland, Delano, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kelly Walden, Kim Bolden, Nathan Yates, Kirk Yates, Jessica Yates, Morgan Yates and Jordan Yates; four great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; two step-daughters and two step-sons-in-law, Linda and John Solsbee, Etowah, Judy and Larry Duggan, Etowah; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Gary and Wanda Johnson, Etowah; sister, Bessie M. Martin, Etowah; brother, Ben H. Kirkland, Cleveland, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Delano Baptist Church with Dr. Harold Curtis and Dr. Bruce Yates presiding. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church. The interment will be at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Wednesday evening at Bordwine Funeral Home. 

McWHORTER, MRS. ASHTON W., JR. (MARTHA McCRARY) - age 69, of Murfreesboro, formerly of Knoxville, died Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at home of cancer. Member of First Presbyterian Church. Employed by the Murfreesboro City Schools in the Classroom on Wheels program for many years. Preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Samye Clark McCrary; and husband, Lt. William Russell Briscoe, Jr. Survivors: husband, Ashton W. McWhorter, Jr.; daughters, Cathy Briscoe Graves of Dallas, Texas, Kenne McWhorter of Costa Rica, Nancy McWhorter and Martha Jackson of Murfreesboro; son, Ashton W. McWhorter III and wife, Karen, Orlando, Florida; eight grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jon Burnett of Lenoir City. A private graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Woodburg, Tennessee, on Friday, May 9, followed by a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro at 1 p.m. Woodburg Funeral Home in charge. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or American Lung Association. 

MILLER, EDWIN - age 72, of Jacksboro, passed away Sunday, May 4 at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was a member of Westbourne Baptist Church and Nolen Masonic Lodge #806, Pine Mountain, Ky. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. Survivors: wife, Betty Jo Galbraith Miller, Jacksboro; daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Bill Craft, Alexandria, La., Alice Ann and Richard Corrado, Tempe, Ariz.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Bernard ''Pud'' Miller, LaFollette; sisters, Edith Harrington and Earsie Hamilton, both of Duff; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral service 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at Cross Funeral Home, Rev. Leonard Dabney and Bro. Carl Bradshaw officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Thursday in Campbell Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Chapel. Arrangements by Cross Funeral Home. 

SCATES, MINNIE ROGERS - age 81, of West Knoxville, passed away 11:15 a.m. Monday, May 5, 1997, at Parkwest Hospital. Member of Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle. Preceded in death by husband, Clyde W. Scates; parents, Robert L. Rogers, Sr. and Lottie Jenkins Rogers. Survived by children and spouses, Louis and Shirley Scates, Nora and Bud Randolph, Mary and Bob Cline, Carolyn and Wayne Waldrop, Annette and Buddy Hall, Judy and E.J. Beeler, Edith and Sam Beeler, Clyde and Charmayne Scates, David and Vickie Scates, Ralph and Tanya Scates; 36 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; sisters, Myrtle Clabough, Margaret Keeling, Pearl Biddle; sisters-in-law, Nina Scates, Dicie Scates, Beulah Scates; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty's Chapel with Dr. Bob Bevington and Rev. Albert Barlow officiating followed by the interment at Roseberry Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Dr. 

STEVENSON, JACKIE LYNN - age 35, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, May 4, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital. Employee of General Shale Brick. Survived by mother, Janie Stevenson; father and step-mother, Charles and Margaret Stevenson; sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Butch Hawkins; sister, Teresa; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Kim Stevenson; step-brother, Boyd Keck; niece, Mandy Stevenson; nephew, Daniel Stevenson; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McCarty Evergreen Chapel and proceed to the Sherwood Memorial Gardens for an 11:30 a.m. graveside service and burial with Rev. Dallas Gibson officiating. Pallbearers: Gene Stevenson, Daniel Stevenson, James Loy, Bobby Ray Ridley, Larry Huffaker and David Woods. Arrangements by McCarty Evergreen Chapel, 7426 Asheville Highway. 

WASHINGTON, REV. DR. JAMES - formerly of Knoxville, departed this life May 1, 1997, in New York City. Survivors include mother, Anna Beatrice Moore Washington; mother in Christ, Mrs. W.T. Crutcher; brothers, Howard L. Moore, Willie C. Moore of Knoxville, Charles L. Washington of Memphis, Larry Christian of Calhoun, Ga.; sisters, Anna L. Hill and Helen H. Brown of Knoxville; aunts, Willie M. Johnson of Knoxville, Ola Moore of Toledo, Ohio, Alice Moore of Toledo, Ohio, and Callie Buckner of Cleveland, Ohio. The family will receive friends 3-6:45 p.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at Christ Chapel, New York City. Funeral services in the nave 7 p.m. Interment Saturday, May 10, 1997. Griffin-Peters Funeral Home in charge, 2284 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., New York, NY 10030. (212) 926-0905. Notice by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary.

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