Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries

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BOWLES, BENNIE ''NINNIE'' LOUISE NICHOLS - age 80, of Knoxville, passed away May 6, 1997, at Mariner Health Care in Norris. Preceded in death by husband, Frazier Charles Bowles. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Merle and George Eckel; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Deane Bowles; grandchildren, Terri Ann Eckel and fiance, Allen Everett, and Shane Bowles; sisters, Byrd Griffith of Vero Beach, Fla., Betty Jean Ratliff of Powell, Marva Cagley and Magdelene Rowland, both of Knoxville, Joann Ragan and Genevie Taylor, both of Ga., and Annalee Rowland of N.C.; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Marie Stalyon. Family and friends will meet at 12:45 p.m. Friday at New Gray Cemetery for a 1 p.m. graveside service Rev. Bill Dean officiating. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home. 

BREWER, MYRTLE - age 88, of Maryville, passed away Wednesday morning, May 7, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Member of Broadway United Methodist Church. Retired nursing supervisor at Blount Memorial Hospital. Preceded in death by parents, Rev. George W. and Barbara Alice Trotter Brewer; brothers, Clyde Brewer, Bill Lee Brewer, Dottry George Brewer; sister, Leafy Ann Brewer. Survivors: sisters and brothers-in-law, Lena and Luke Headrick, Mrs. Homer (Juanita) Owenby, all of Sevierville, Dorothy and Berlin Fox of Michigan; brother, Roy M. Brewer of Georgia; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Dr. Robert L. Wilcox officiating. Interment to follow in Headrick's Chapel Cemetery in Sevier County. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

BUNCH, WILLIAM ESTEL (DAD) - age 79, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital. Preceded in death by wife, Edith Opal Bunch; parents, Lilly and John Bunch; sisters, Darlin Standifer and Rube Clemons; and brother, Hamm Bunch. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Bill Perkins, and Barbara and Don Rhodes; son, Larry Bunch; grandchildren, Michael Todd Perkins and wife Jennifer, Summer Michelle Harmon and husband Scott, and Chris Rhodes; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Megan Harmon; nieces and nephews, Wade, Speck, John, Howard, Grace Ann, Joe and Nana Lou; special niece, Dorothy Standifer. A very special thanks to his many friends at Chippers. Also special thanks to all the nurses at St. Mary's ICU and the first floor and to Dr. Gerald Mancebo who made his last days much easier. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Greenwood Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Saturday for graveside service at 11 a.m., Pastor Tim McGhee officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Mynatt's. 

BUTLER, C.R. - age 68, of 1210 Rafter Road, Tellico Plains, passed away 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Medical Center. Member of Mt. Isabella Baptist Church. Preceded in death by sons, Charles Butler, Jr. and Donny Butler. Survivors: wife, Alta Stewart Butler; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Barbara Butler; grandchildren and spouses, Marty and Sealena Butler, Eric and Chris Butler, all of Tellico Plains, Tina and Tim Harris, Vonore, Josh Butler, Steven Butler, both of Tellico Plains; great-grandchildren, Chelsea Lee Harris, Vonore, Christopher Daniel Butler, Jonathan Carl Butler, both of Tellico Plains; sister, Ruth Wilson, Maryville; brother, Rev. Woodrow Butler, Tellico Plains; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, Mt. Isabella Baptist Church, Rev. Oscar Watson and Rev. Kenneth Watson officiating. Interment church cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains. 

KINSER, DRINNEN W. - age 88, died May 7 at Sevier County Medical Center. Preceded in death by husband, Samuel A. Kinser; brothers, Bernard Wrinkle, Wiley Wrinkle; sisters, Lillian Fawver, Dixie Wilson and Wanda Tabor. Survivors: daughters, Lou McNutt, Kodak, Joan Bull, Seymour; grandchildren, Lisa Bukeavich, Martin, Tenn., Dinah Taylor, Austin, Texas, Russell McNutt, Knoxville, Scott Bull, Seymour; great-grandchildren, Allison and Elizabeth Bukeavich, Lauren, Leslie and David Bull. She was of the Methodist faith. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knox County Humane Society or the Brazil Medical Mission Trip, Church Street United Methodist Church. Graveside services 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Dr. James R. Bailes officiating. The family is being served by Highland South Funeral Home, 573-7300. 

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 Elmore; 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. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

KUNZ, PANSY LEE JOHNSON - age 60, of Knoxville, passed away May 7, 1997, in Nashville, Tenn. She was a member of the Baptist faith and formerly attended Spring Hill Baptist Church in Claxton. Preceded in death by husbands, Archie Johnson, Sr. and Johnny Kunz; and brother, C.B. Turner. Survivors: sons, Michael Ray Johnson, Kodak, Terry Johnson, Sevierville, Archie R. Johnson, Jr., Knoxville, Ralph Edward Johnson, Nashville, Timothy Wayne Johnson, Seymour; daughters, Teresa Jean Williamson Johnson, Sevierville, Debra Ann Johnson, Nashville; 21 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Gene Turner, Claxton; sisters, Ruby Metcalf, Claxton, Judy Hutchison, Florida; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, in the Berry Chapel, Rev. Edward Parton officiating. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Sons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

McKINLEY, WALTER HAROLD (LITTLE RED) - age 82, of Rausin Hollow Road, Philadelphia, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Fort Sanders Medical Center, Loudon, after a long illness. He was formerly a patient at Hillhaven Health Care Center of Loudon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Etta McKinley; twin infant daughters; two sisters, Margaret Bright and Hazel Brown; one brother, Ira (Big Red) McKinley. A World War II veteran and member of Reed Springs Baptist Church for 60 years where he served as deacon for 46 years. Survivors: wife, Alma Houston McKinley of Philadelphia; daughters and son-in-law, Faye Price Hamilton of Florida, Ann and Donnie Gage of Philadelphia; son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Carolyn McKinley of Vonore; brother and sister-in-law, Vaughn and Ruth McKinley of Philadelphia; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday. Funeral services 8 p.m. Friday in Kyker's Chapel with Rev. Brian Courtney and Rev. Jimmy Jackson officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Saturday at Reed Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. 

MELLINGER, NELLIE ELLEN - age 81, of Seymour, passed away Thursday. She was a member of Dupont Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anas Mellinger; and five brothers. Survivors: sons, Hulan Mellinger of Sevierville, Jimmie Mellinger of Seymour; daughter, Linda Gentry of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Monty Millinger of Sevierville, James K. Mellinger of Duluth, Ga., Timmy Mellinger of Seymour; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Wright of Pigeon Forge, Zellie Wright of Strawberry Plains. Funeral services will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Rawlings Funeral Home. The Rev. Leon Mayo and the Rev. Ernie Coleman will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 Friday. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Knob Creek Cemetery. Rawlings Funeral Home, Sevierville, in charge. 

MOWERY, EDNA - age 79, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at LaFollette Medical Center. She had resided the past 25 years with Gladys and Charles Ault of Lake City. She was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church. Born Sept. 18, 1918, in Anderson County. Preceded in death by mother, Beatrice Mowery; and brother, Worley Goins. Survivors: special sister-in-law, Naomi Goins of Lake City. Loved by a host of relatives and friends. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 9, 1997, at Cox-Martin Funeral Home. Funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Hawkins and Rev. David White officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 1997, Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Cox-Martin of Lake City. 

PATTON, JOAN BILLINGS - age 78, of Kingston, passed away Thursday, May 8, 1997, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Born March 17, 1919, she was a lifelong member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church of Kingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. (Jack) Patton. She is survived by two sons and their families, John B. Patton and wife Virginia Patton of Kingston, and William B. (Buddy) Patton and wife Sheryl Patton of Oak Ridge; grandchildren, R. Alex, Lori A. and Mark Patton, and Jerry and Tim Burchfield; great-grandchildren, Robert and Taylor Burchfield. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 1997, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Bethel Presbyterian Church of Kingston. Arrangements by Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston. 

PICKENS, JOSIE MAE BLALOCK - 89, of Sevierville, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at the Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Pickens and Stearle Parten; brothers, Leroy, Ernest, Cleo and Audley Blalock; sisters, Pearlie Allen and Katherine Yarberry; step-son, J.S. Parten. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Clara (Pickens) and Truett Frazier; grandchildren, Melanie Whaley Cherry and Cindy Whaley Powell; grandson, Dr. Timothy C. Frazier; great-granddaughters, Alexandra Elizabeth Cherry and Allie Margaret Frazier; great-grandson, Ian McCarter Frazier; step-children, Maude Fox, Marion Stubbs, Wid Parten, Margaret Roberts; several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Rev. John Tarwater and Rev. W.A. Galyon officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church building fund. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville, Tenn. 

NUNNALLY, MRS. ALICE ODDESSA STINSON - age 68, went to be with the Lord on May 6, 1997. Preceded in death by parents, Jesse and Mattie Stinson; brother, Willie Stinson; sister, Celeste Stinson; son, Bruce Stinson; and grandson, Rudy Stinson, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories: very devoted and loving husband, Ronald Runnally; sons, Rudy and Donald (Deone) Stinson; daughters, Judy Stinson of Knoxville, Opal Stinson of New Jersey, Eunice Williams of New York, Flossie (Raymond) Willis; brothers, Roscoe Roberts of Indiana; aunts, Josie Lee Lewis and Essie Roberts of Knoxville; grandchildren, Andre, Tina, Duke, Raylynn, Duck, Derrick, Tasha, Kim (Gary D.A.), Tiffany, Crystal, Trese, Dee-Dee, Javvar, T.C. and Amber; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins to include the Roberts and King Families; very special friend, Minnie Marsh. The family will receive friends 6:30-7 p.m. Monday at Jarnigan and Son Mortuary. Funeral service 7 p.m., Rev. Steve Simpson officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday, New Gray Cemetery. Family will be at the home, 1800 Rosedale Ave. Arrangements by Jarnigan and Son, Mortuary. 

PURCELL, GARY RONALD - age 61, of South Knoxville, passed away May 6, 1997, at his home. He was retired from University of Tennessee, Director of Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Member of Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, former Bishop of the West Hills Ward and Patriarch for the Knoxville Stake. Survivors: wife, Carolyn Purcell; children, Kay Abernathy and husband Peter, Kristen Purcell, Beth Burgin, Ron Purcell and wife Colby, Ben Purcell, missionary in Canary Island; grandchildren, Paige Abernathy, Barrett Burgin, and Abraham Gary Purcell; brother, Darryll Purcell; sister-in-law, Sallie Purcell. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at West Hills Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Bishop Max Lehman officiating. Interment to follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to LDS Church Missionary Fund or Lupus Foundation. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at West Hills Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 400 Kendall Road, 37919. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home. 

RABY, DONALD GENE - M/Sgt. Ret. U.S. Army left us on May 7, 1997, to be with the Lord. He was a faithful member of Grassy Valley Baptist Church. Retired from the U.S. Army, serving his country in the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. Preceded in death by parents, James M. and Carrie Raby; brother, James E. Raby; sisters, Maymie Seiber, Margaret Hobbs, Almeta Sumners, Wilma Scarbrough, Bessie Knisley, and Josephine Raby. Those left to mourn his passing: wife, Geneva; children and spouses, Deborah and Bryan McCown, Donald II and Martha Raby, Brenda and Gerry Miles, all of Knoxville, Rebecca and John Cox of Coalfield; four step-grandchildren, Boston McCown, Walter Cox, Kari Cox, Taylor Raby; four step-grandchildren, Robert McCown and wife, Wendy, U.S. Navy, Virginia, Angie Miles Ault and husband, Scott, Crystal Miles Sims and husband, Mark, both of Knoxville, Brooklyn Ogle of Anderson County; step-great-grandchildren, Elaine and Rebecca McCown, Caitlin Noelle Ault and Conner Sims; sister, Betty Burchell of Talbott; brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Nina Raby of Lenoir City; half-brother, Eugene Allison of Knoxville; brothers-in-law, Robert Scarbrough, Baxter Hobbs, Fred Sumners; sister-in-law, Mary Raby; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 9th, at Highland West for an 11 a.m. graveside service with full military honors, Rev. Brian Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be the Veterans Military Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to be made to the Don Raby Memorial Fund, c/o Grassy Valley Baptist Church, 10637 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922. Highland West Funeral Home in charge. 

REGAS, CHARLES HARRY - 63, of Knoxville, died suddenly Tuesday, May 6, 1997. The son of the late Harry and Dena Regas, founding members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He was a 1951 graduate of T.M.I., where he played basketball, ran track and was the commander of Company A. Mr. Regas was also a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church where he served for many years on the board, as the church treasurer, and member as a of the St. George Senior Citizens. From 1966-1985 he owned and operated Regas on Seventeenth and worked until his death with Regas Restaurant. He was a former board member of the YMCA, former member of the YMCA Century Club and the National Restaurant Association. He is survived by his wife, Gisela; daughter, Kristina Carol Regas of Knoxville; sisters, Christina (Mrs. George C.) Paris of Knoxville, Frances (Mrs. George) Spirides of Tybee Island, Ga., and Maria H. Regas of Knoxville; nieces and nephews, Chris Paris, Connie and Jim Vavalides, Laura Paris, Eleni and Richard Murphy, Harry and Penny Paris, Jeannie Spirides and Harry Spirides. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church with Father James Katinas and Father George Regas officiating. Interment will follow in Lynnhurst Cemetery. Pallbearers: Chris and Harry Paris, Grady, Michael and Matt Regas, Tony Liakonis, Harry Spirides, and Jimmy Valalides. Honorary pallbearers: Bill, Frank and Gus Regas, Nick Liakonis, Tom Gunnells, George Tampas, Pete Psihogios, Dr. John Cavalaris, Jim Cavalaris, Dr. Sam Pappas, Sherman Hansard, Gus Kampas, Steve Cakmas, Spears Vavalides, Malachi and Paul Dean, Dr. John Acker, Dr. Dean Kleto, Al Perculas, Harry Moskos and Charlie Johnson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909 or St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

ROBERTS, ALAN - age 68, of Fountain City, passed away Thursday, May 8, 1997, at U.T. Hospital. Member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Retired from Knoxville Journal with 30 years service as a photographer. Survivors: wife, Jeanette Roberts; son, Michael Roberts of Thomaston, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Lynda Roberts; granddaughter, Kayla Marie Roberts. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel, Father John Dowling officiating. Interment in Lynnhurst Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jerry Turner, Jack and Wayne Rippy, Earl and Kenneth Humphries, Jim Floyd. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

ROSE, MARY LOUELLA - age 67, died Wednesday at her home in North Knoxville. She was retired from U.T. Hospital after 25 years employment. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobert and Helen May Suttles; and son, Charles Edward Rose. Survivors: daughters, Madria C. Cooper, Evonne Thomas and Tammy D. Ballard; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Family and friends will meet Saturday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for a 12 noon graveside service with Rev. John Pellum officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

SHANTON, FRED S., JR. - age 73, of Powell, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 1997. Member and elder of Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Former member of First Presbyterian Church. Central High graduate and U.T. graduate. Served as a U.S. Navy Pilot in World War II. Member of SAE Fraternity. Charter member of Fountain City Kawanis. President of Charles A. Wells Sales Co. He was also an avid conservationist. Preceded in death by Lou Wells Shanton. Survived by wife, Betty Heidel Shanton; sons and daughters-in-law, Fred S. Shanton III (Rick) and Becky, Charles W. and Candy Shanton, Richard H. and Linda Shanton, David A. and Kelly Shanton of Powell; daughter, Elizabeth L. (Beth) Shanton of Knoxville; 11 grandchildren; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Mark F. and Teresa Heidel; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Madelyn and David Crisp; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Jack Pavelka of Columbus, Ohio; brother, Sam Shanton of Chattanooga, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will meet at Mynatt Funeral Home at 10:30 Friday and proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for graveside services at 11 a.m., Dr. Thomas Sweet, Rev. Jean Richardson and Rev. Fred West officiating. Pallbearers will be: Sammy Shanton, Chuck Brantley, Danny Curtis, Dwight Sharp, Sonny Steele, Jimmy Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Rex Holt, Carl Curtis, David Sharpe and employees of Charles A. Wells Sales Co. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund and Family Life Center at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Mynatt Funeral Home. 

SMITH, GARY - age 66, of Jackson, Tenn., died Wednesday morning at his residence. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired American General insurance agent with 33 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Louise Smith of Jackson, Tenn.; two sons, Wayne Smith and wife Jeanie of Little Rock, Ark., and Mark Smith and wife Jamie of Knoxville; and a brother, Harold Smith and wife Alice of Nashville. Services will be 2 p.m. today from the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by George A. Smith and Sons, North Chapel, (901) 427-5555. 

SMITH, RUTH McBEE - age 88, of Straw Plains, died 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at the family home. Member of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Knoxville. Preceded in death by grandson, John Ed Dowling, Jr.; brothers, James A. McBee and John A. McBee. Survivors: daughter, Mary Ann Dowling; grandchildren, Debbie, Mike and Rick Dowling, all of Straw Plains; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Robert N. Johnson, Ridgewood, N.J.; nephew, Dr. Jim Johnson, California. Memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Pastor LeClair Litchfield officiating. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Association, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Ave.at Broadway, in charge of arrangements. 

SNODGRASS, EUGENE C. - age 76, of White Pine, passed away 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at U.T. Medical Center, Knoxville, after a brief illness. Member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of White Pine. Retired employee of the American Enka Corp. Veteran of World War II. Preceded in death by his son, Wayne Snodgrass; his parents, Scholla and Virgie Rouse Snodgrass; and a brother, James R. Snodgrass. Survived by wife, Margaret Snodgrass of White Pine; son and daughter-in-law, Garry E. and Sandi Snodgrass of Morristown; granddaughters, Angela and Julie Snodgrass; sisters, Dorothy Ward of Nashville and Laura Herndon of White Pine; brothers, Johnny E. and Dale Snodgrass, both of White Pine; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Friday evening at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Richey officiating. The family will receive friends at the church 6-8 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the White Pine Cemetery. Farrar's of White Pine in charge of arrangements. 

TATE, REBA RUTH ROSS - age 81, of Robbins, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at the Scott County Hospital. Born in Scott County, Tenn., August 3, 1915, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Martha Cox Ross. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Robbins, a fifty-year member of the Extension Homemaker's Club, a former school teacher and business person. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight sisters and one brother. She is survived by her husband, James N. Tate, Sr.; three sons, Norton Tate and wife Zelma, John Tate and wife Brenda, and David Tate and wife Yon Cha; four grandchildren, Annette Tate Copeland, John W. Tate, Jr., Natalie Tate and Cheena Tate; one great-grandchild, William Ray Copeland. She also leaves other special relatives and friends to mourn her passing. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 9, at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Jones and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Hubert Terry and Rev. Mike Smithers officiating. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Black Creek Crossroads Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Jones and Son Funeral Home of Oneida. 

THOMAS, ELDRIDGE DWIGHT - age 65, of Knoxville, passed away May 7, 1997, at the V.A. Hospital in Johnson City. Member of Indian Gap Baptist Church. Former deacon of Ball Camp Baptist Church; Army veteran; retired from TVA after 34 years. Preceded in death by first wife, Margie Ada Goins Thomas; and brother, Kenneth ''Gene'' Thomas. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca Gail and Rodney Wooten, Kathy and David Lane, and Tammy and Jeff Robbins; five grandchildren, all of Knoxville; step-son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Debbie Cox of Clinton; brothers, Raymond R. Thomas of Seymour, John R. Thomas, Jr. of Greenville, S.C., and James E. ''Jim'' Thomas of Suwanee, Ga.; sister, Ursa Mae Pichierre of Simpsonville, S.C. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday at Weaver's Chapel, Reverends Dan Murphy, Dewey Cooper and Mike Powell officiating. Family and friends will meet at Weaver's at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to New Gray Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at Weaver Funeral Home. 

VANDERGRIFF, ROY L. - age 85, of Corryton, died 8:20 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at the family home. He was a member of Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, Corryton Masonic Lodge No. 321 F.& A.M., Eastern Star and shriner. He was a Knox County school bus contractor for 67 years, owner of Knox Bus Lines for 40 years and owner of Vandergriff Construction Company for 40 years. He was a prominent farmer in the Corryton Community for many years. Preceded in death by first wife, Cordelia Runyan Vandergriff; parents, C.W. and Nola Vandergriff; sister, Flossie Vandergriff; brothers, Rebus, Charlie and Dayton Vandergriff. Survivors: wife, Gertrude Runyan Vandergriff; daughter, Sandra Doyle; son, Jack Vandergriff; grandchildren, Jason Vandergriff, Rob and Terry Doyle, all of Corryton; sister, Ruby McBee, Concord; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Joe Black and Rev. Doyle Davis officiating. Family and friends will meet at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary to leave in procession for a 1 p.m. graveside service at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Pallbearers: Bob and Keith Burroughs, Lynn and Charles McBee, Steve Loy, Donnie Taylor and Paul Sharp. Honorary pallbearers: Harvey Coppock, Claude Longmire, C.W. Chandler, Jim Merrell, Robin McBee, Clyde Leming, Ray Wallace, Bill Morgan, Bud Warwick, Clarence Lakin and Toby Julian. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial contributions be made to Rutherford Memorial Family Life Center, c/o Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 96, Corryton Road, Corryton, TN 37721. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

WARD, ANN HUTCHENS CARDWELL - age 92, of Knoxville, formerly of Newport News, Va., died Wednesday, May 7, 1997. Member of Concord United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by husbands, Charles Thomas Cardwell and John Robert Ward; eight brothers and sisters. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Thomas M. Schriver, Sr. of Knoxville; four grandchildren, Lessley Dee Schriver of Dublin, Ohio, Catherine and Robert Sullivan of Knoxville, Thomas M. (Tim) and Cherie Schriver, Jr. of Knoxville, Pamela and Gary L. Heidinger of Knoxville; four great-grandchildren, Travis Michael and Patricia Sullivan, Samantha Ann Schriver, Logan Schriver Heidinger; nephew, Clarence E. Moseley, Sr. of Knoxville. Family and friends will meet Saturday at Greenwood Cememtery for a 10 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Reed Shell and Rev. J. Monroe Ball, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord United Methodist Church Building Fund, 11020 Roane Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919; or Child HELP South, 2505 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

WASHAM, FRANK R. - age 76, of Knoxville, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, in University Hospital. Of the Methodist faith, he was an Army veteran and a retired employee of U.S. Postal Service with 37 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents. Survived by his beloved companion of 32 years, Minnie Wheat, and her children, Beulah Rogers, Brenda Wallen, James Wheat, Julie Pearson, Jane West, Linda Parton, Dot Brookshire, Billy Wheat; special friend, Frank Rowell; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with the Rev. William King officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary for procession to Hill Cemetery for 10 a.m. interment service with military honors by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

WEAR, ALVIN J. - age 81, of Alcoa, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 8, 1997, at the family home. Member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Bettie Wear; brothers, Carrie and Luther Wear. Survivors: wife, Mae Bell Wear; daughter and son-in-law, Avaline and Don E. Dunlap of Maryville; sister-in-law, Kathleen Wear of Tellico Plains; niece, Jane Wear of Chattanooga; brother-in-law, Elmer Bell; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Hunt, both of Illinois. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Fred Self, Rev. Clayton Ferguson officiating. Entombment Grandview Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville.

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