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BARBA, MRS. MARIA R. - age 63, of Knoxville, passed away May 19, 1997, at U.T. Hospital. She was of the Catholic faith. Survivors: children, Blanca E. Nunez, Fred, Jesse and Alex Barba; seven grandchildren; two sisters. Funeral services will be held in Harlingen, Texas. Friends may call at their convenience Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BEASON, RAY - age 63, of Harriman, passed away Monday, May 19, 1997, at home. He was a member of Emory Gap Baptist Church. Veteran of the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Member of the Middle Tennessee Stockdog Association. Preceded in death by parents, Ed and Della Beason; brother, Floyd Beason. Survivors: wife, Carol Whalen Beason of Harriman; twin sister, Mae Johnson of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; sisters, Edith Brown of Harriman, Barbara Pickering of Kingston; brother, Paul E. Beason of Harriman. Funeral 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kyker Funeral Home Chapel in Harriman with Rev. Mason Goodman and Rev. Dewy Roberts officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Thursday at Roane Memorial Gardens with full military honors by the Roane Co. Honor Group. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman. 

BRABSON, B.T. HARDING - of Knoxville, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, May 17, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. He was a member of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He retired from the Alcoa Aluminum Co. and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by mother and father, Vanderbilt and Pearl Miller Brabson; brothers, Dee Claude, Vanderbilt Jr., and Ronnie Brabson; sister, Edna Johnson. He leaves to cherish fond memories: devoted wife, Charlotte Brabson; stepchildren, Crystal Bell, Tonya (Tyrone) Patterson, Dione (Robert) Rodgers; six grandchildren; mother-in-law, Mae Omie Nuckles; brothers, Alvin (Ruby) Brabson, Hobert (Wilma) Brabson; sisters, Della Mae Harris and Rosa Lee Carcro; sister-in-law, Laura Gene and Linda Brabson; brothers-in-law, Johnnie Earls, Charlotte, N.C., Edgar Johnson, Knoxville; aunts, Kathleen Miller, Cleveland, Ohio, Lydia Miller, Knoxville and Ruth Miller, Sevierville, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at 12 noon at First A.M.E. Zion Church. Rev. Dr. E. Eugene Parker officiating. Interment at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

BRADY, MARY IMIGINE - age 91, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, May 18, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Member of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by husband, Joe C. Brady; son, Kyle (Cotton) Brady; and grandson, Larry Bailey. Survivors: daughter, Martha Bailey of Lenoir City; daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Ann and Fred Gideon of Halls, Connie and Jim Broughton of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Grace Brady, George and Rhonda Brady, and David and Linda Brady, all of Knoxville; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Stiver of Cleveland, Ohio, and Georgia Thurman of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Roseberry Cemetery for graveside services at 2 p.m., Rev. Ruben Wilson officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Arrangements by Mynatt's. 

BROYLES, WILLARD - age 67, of Knoxville, formerly of LaFollette, passed away Monday evening at UT Medical Center. He was a member of the LaFollette United Methodist Church, LaFollette Masonic Lodge #623 and the Shriners. He was an avid sportsman who liked to hunt and fish. Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Flora Broyles; and brother, William. Survivors: son, Jerry Broyles, LaFollette; daughters and sons-in-law, Doris Carol and Frank Pitman, Dallas, Texas, Rita Gail and Kenneth Bartley, LaFollette; grandchildren, Durand and Paula Carmany, Jessica Pitman, Matthew Pitman, Tiffany Broyles and Kenneth Bartley; great-granddaughter, Myranda Carmany; brother, Willis Broyles, Knoxville; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Bill Agee, Jacksboro; sister, Esther Broyles Madison, LaFollette; sister-in-law, Sue Broyles, Los Angeles, Calif. Funeral services 10 a.m. Thursday, May 22 at the LaFollette United Methodist Church, Rev. Don Thomas officiating. Interment Campbell Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to LaFollette United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Cross Funeral Home. 

BRYANT, CLARENCE J. - age 61, of Corryton, passed away at 3:12 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at his home. Preceded in death by parents, Ervin and Tressie Bryant. Survivors: wife of 42 years, Thelma; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Benny Scarlett of Knoxville, Lori Leigh and Lee Bob Sharp of Maynardville, Doug and Sherry Bryant of Halls; grandchildren, Audrea and Tyler Bryant, B.J. and Brandon Scarlett. Member and deacon of Luttrell Missionary Baptist Church, member of J.C. Baker Lodge F&AM No. 720 and Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies. Family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m. with funeral services to follow, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Tim Day, Rev. Vaughn Richardson officiating. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, Dyer Cemetery, Luttrell. Pallbearers: J.C. Hill, Josh Williams, Vernon Williams, Gene Tucker, James Courtney, Jimmy DeVault. Arrangements by Cooke Mortuary, Inc., Maynardville. 

CLARK, AUTIE BARNESS - age 95, of Knoxville, passed away at Northhaven Health Care Center on May 20, 1997. She was a member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church and the senior group Top 50s. Preceded in death by husband, Omer C. Clark; son-in-law, Lloyd Albert ''Dimesy'' Day; grandson, Gary Clark Day. Survivors: daughters, Nancy Bass of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Bobbie Day Walston of Knoxville; sons-in-law, Charles Edward Walston and Louie Bass; grandchildren, Lindsay Day, Natalie Keeney, Chad Simpson of Knoxville, Nancy Bass of Arkansas, Ron Robertson, Terasa Flading of Charleston, W.Va.; granddaughter-in-law, Debra Day; and several nieces, nephews and many special friends. Funeral services 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 1997, at Rose Broadway Chapel with Rev. Jerry Easley officiating. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance of Greenwood Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 23, 1997, for an 11 a.m. interment service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

COKER, VIVIAN G. - age 80, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at her home. She is survived by her husband, James L. Coker; sons, Steven R., Richard M., Herbert L. and James R. Coker; daughter, Linda Gunther; brothers, Don Cooper and Connie Cooper; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Highland Memorial Funeral Home. 

COLLINS, BARBARA JEAN MANES ''BOBBIE'' - age 65, of Northwest Knoxville, passed away 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by daughter, Linda Gail Poore; sister, Dixie Bradford; parents, Lee and Alice Manes. Survived by husband, Herman Collins; son, Rick Collins; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Steve Long; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Kelly Collins; grandchildren, Mitch Poore, Michelle Poore and Jason Collins; great-granddaughter, Kayla Poore; brothers, Murl and Kenny Manes; nieces and nephews, Jeff Bradford, Judy Biddy, Gary and Joe Manes. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service, Rev. I. A. Sparks officiating. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home. 

CONNER, ALVIN A. - 86 years, of Fountain City, passed away at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center on May 19, 1997. Member of Greenway Baptist Church and Woodmen of the World. Preceded in death by wife, Christine Conner. Survivors: daughter, Carolyn Beeler; son, Thomas R. Conner; grandchildren, Larry W. Beeler, Lisa Seivers; four great-grandchildren, Bradley W. Beeler, Brooke Beeler, Lindsey Beeler, Amy Seivers; beloved niece, Betty Moyers. Family and friends will meet at Bookwalter Cemetery on Thursday at 11 a.m. for graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

CURRY, GORDON O. - age 76, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, May 18, 1997, at U.T. Hospital. Attended Glen Oaks Baptist Church. Retired from Dempster Brothers and veteran of the United States Army. Preceded in death by wife, Evelyn Davis Curry; and sister, Helen Gentry. Survivors: son, Ronald Curry of Cape Coral, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Gregg Crow of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren, Jennifer Burke, Randy Curry and Sunny Crow; sisters, Ruby Boles of Knoxville, Dorothy Effler of Maynardville, and Edna Hildenbrandt of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, George Curry of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery 11 a.m. Friday for a graveside service, Rev. Bill Romines officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Mynatt's. 

FINE, TRAVIS RASHAD - of Knoxville, departed this life, May 16, 1997, at U.T. Memorial Hospital as a result of an automobile accident. Born February 17, 1979. Preceded in death by grandparents, Joann and Elmer Fine. He leaves to mourn his passing, devoted parents, Yvonne Fine Smith and Darrell Smith; daughter, Travis Fine; brother, Darrell Smith, Jr.; sisters, Cierra, Del'Ressia Treece; father, Ronnie Wilson; great-grandmother, Blanche Garner; uncles, Elmer and James Fine; aunts, Ann, Rosalyn, Linda, Vicky, Regina, Kim and Clim Fine; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives, including best friend, Kita Widner. Family will receive friends 5:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 3800 Martin Luther King Ave. Funeral service, 6 p.m., Overseer, Jesse Tucker, officiating, assisted by, Pastor Tonya Tucker. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday, Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

GUY, JAMES D. - age 80, passed away May 19, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center, after a lingering illness. Veteran of WWII. Preceded in death by wife, Viola Guy. Survived by four stepchildren, T.D. Gouge, Jr. of Cartersville, Ga., Mary Lou Dickson of Fayetteville, N.C., Paul Gouge, and Polly Highbaough, both of Knoxville; 16 grandchildren. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Cemetery for a 2 p.m. graveside service, Rev. Mike Kincaid officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Weaver Funeral Home. 

HAIRE, MINNIE A. MASON - age 80, of Sweetwater, Tenn., departed this life, May 20, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Loudon Hospital. She was a member of Old Sweetwater Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Fred Haire and daughter, Linda Scott; parents, Manuel and Martha Nelson Mason; brothers, Lee and John Mason; sister, Mae Hunt. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and D.C. Nichols, Dalogena, Ga., Margie and James R. Brown, Mobile, Ala., Reba Breedlove, Cumming, Ga., Caroline Haire, Sweetwater; sons, Thomas E. Haire, Baton Rouge, La., Frankie L. and Earl D. Haire, both of Sharpsburg, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Martin Mason, Philadelphia, Tenn.; sisters, Mamie Mason and Alvie Fry, Sweetwater; several nieces and nephews; many wonderful friends and neighbors at Dogwood Terrace. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday in Sweetwater Funeral Home Memory Chapel with Rev. James Mason and Rev. Calloway Nichols officiating. Interment in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Sweetwater Memory Chapel. 

HAMILTON, MINNIE RUTH ROBINSON - of Knoxville, departed this life Sunday, May 18, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. She was a member of First Calvary Baptist Church where she served on the Senior Usher Board for 25 years. Retired from C&S Laundry. Preceded in death by husband, O'Neal (Bo) Hamilton; sons, Benny, Charles and David Robinson; grandson, Cheron Echoes; daughter-in-law, Gwen H. Robinson; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and James Carter; brother-in-law, Brawley Lovelace; uncle, Julius (Buddy) Dixon; aunt, Rebecca (Sis) Debose. She leaves to cherish her memories: very devoted sons, Bill Robinson, formerly of Detroit, currently residing in Knoxville, Kenneth Eugene (Tabitha) Robinson, Detroit, Mich., Morgan Robinson of Knoxville; mother, Corean Robinson-Gray; sisters, Evelyn (Larenzo) Thompson, Jo Ann (Henry) Rice, Knoxville, Mary (Ricardo) Edwards of Detroit, Mich.; brothers, Richard Robinson, James (Lightening) Robinson, both of Knoxville, Rev. Herman (Jessie) Robinson of Sandusky, Ohio; aunts, Beulah McClure of Chattanooga, May Dixon; uncle, Willie Bee (Gladys) Dixon of Cleveland, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Walter (Donna) Hamilton of Tullahoma, Tenn.; ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends to include devoted friends, Margaret Hardin and Lasal Western. The family will receive friends 6-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 1997, at First Calvary Baptist Church, Delaware Ave., with funeral to follow, Rev. C.W. Matthews officiating. Interment at New Gray Cemetery 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, 1997. The family will assemble at the home of Morgan Robinson 2423 Parkview Ave. Arrangements by Unity Mortuary. 

HANSARD, WILLIAM M. - age 65, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, May 19, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was an active member of 1st Baptist Church of Fountain City and Masters Lodge #244 F.& A.M. He was a retired car inspector and repairman for Norfolk and Southern Railroad with 42 years service. Preceded in death by parents, Prior and Sarah Hansard. Survivors: wife, Lynn Hansard; daughter, Kim Hansard; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Pam Hansard; granddaughter, Nicole Hansard; sisters, Ruth Cox, Helen Steele, Zella Hansard, Sadie Henke; brother, Henry Eugene Hansard. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery for interment service. Dr. D.L. Hammer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elevator Fund at 1st Baptist Church Fountain City, 2801 Holbrook Dr., Knoxville, TN 37918. Mynatt's in charge. 

HILL, EVERETT L. - age 86, of Bradenton, Fla., died May 19, 1997, at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton. A member of the Bayshore Baptist Church. A native of Loudon County, Tenn., he was a resident of Greentown, Ind. Retired from General Motors, Kokomo, Ind., after 45 years. Preceded in death by parents, Maynard V. and Flossie Hopper Hill; son, Charles F. Hill, Greentown, Ind.; brothers, Edward and Archie Hill; and sister, Alice Presley of Loudon, Tenn. Survivors include wife, Nina Hill, Bradenton, Fla.; daughter, Patsy Irving of Kokomo, Ind.; step-daughter, Linda Wyrick of Bradenton; brothers, John of Sweetwater, Tenn., Albert of W. Middleton, Ind., Raymond, Troy, Roy, Herbert and Wayne Hill, Loudon; sister, Georgia Shirk of Vonore, Tenn. Funeral services 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at McGill-Karnes Chapel, Loudon, Tenn., with the Rev. Wayne Hill officiating. Interment 10:30 a.m. Friday at Corinth Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. prior to the service at McGill-Karnes Funeral Home, Loudon, Tenn. 

JACKSON, NATHANIEL JAMES DAVENPORT - went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 17, 1997, at U.T. Hospital. A member of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ. Preceded in death by grandfathers, Nathaniel James Jackson Sr. and John White. He will sadly be missed by devoted parents, George H. and Karen Jackson; daughter, Jashunda Hines; sisters, Lisa Flemmings and Millicent Jackson and Lucretia Davenport of Knoxville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lee Davenport, Anthony and Tonya Davenport of Knoxville; grandmothers, Mrs. Mable P. Jackson and Lela Davenport; nieces and nephews, Italy Jackson, Tatyana Davenport, Cameron Jackson, Brandon Flemmings; special nephew, Jerome (Little J); niece, Canada' Flemmings, all of Knoxville; aunts and uncles, Venus Russell, Yvonne Davenport, Betty and Rob Robinson, Nora Lee and Jonny Adamson, Anne Jackson, Audrey West, Knoxville, Ruby L. Garrett, Cincinnati, Ohio, Julia and Joe Thomas of Delano, Fla., Max Ray, Ronnie and Donnie, William, Jerry, Bradford Davenport of Knoxville, Samuel, Walter Lee, Charles, David Jackson of Knoxville; special friend, Anitra Tate and a host of other relatives and friends and church family. Homegoing services Friday, May 23rd., 1997, at Canaan Baptist Church on Beaman Lake Road. Visitation 12 until 12:30 p.m. Rev. James Chesney officiating. Interment Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Lyons View Pike. The family will be at 3807 Titus Way, Apt. 140. Arrangements entrusted to Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

KENDALL, BESSIE HARKLEROAD BLEDSOE - age 88, of East Knox County, passed away 7:57 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas E. Kendall; daughters, Mary Brewster of Pionellas Park, Florida, Betty Wade of Strawberry Plains; step-daughters, Betty F. Callahan of Seymour, Ester Kelley of Rapid City, New Jersey; 19 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby Newman of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. The family and friends will meet at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Jefferson City, Tenn., at 1:45 p.m. Thursday for a 2 p.m. graveside service with Rev. Charlie Harkleroad officiating. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel, 7426 Asheville Highway. 

LUCAS, MRS. BETTY ANN (MORTON) WEBSTER - age 62, of Mascot, died 4:37 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1997, at Saint Mary's Medical Center. Precious and beloved wife, mother, nanny, sister and friend, went to be with her Lord and other loved ones after a recent illness. Her smile, love and kindness will be greatly mised by family and friends, but we rejoice in her victory in Jesus. Member of Roseberry Baptist Church, Mascot, and owner and operator of Four Way Beauty Shop for many years. Preceded in death by parents, John and Ida Morton; first husband, Carl Webster; brothers, J.L. Morton, Howard Morton, Charles Morton; and sister, Bonnie Morton. Survived by husband, Ray Lucas, Mascot; children and spouses, Debbie Webster, Doug and Jan Webster, Kim and Jeff Hardwick, Pam Webster, all of Knoxville; stepdaughters and spouses, Jane and Jan Senecal, Texas, Kathy and Alan Herman, Florida; grandchildren, Brooke and Shannon Griffin, Jonathan and Jessi Webster, Jennifer and Jamie Hardwick, Mandy and April Lampkin, Ben and Karen Senecal, Shane and Megan Herman; brothers and sisters, Carroll Morton, Jefferson City, Hannah Pilgrim, Elijay, Georgia, Sue Brooks, Bean Station and Margie Norton, Strawberry Plains. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stevens Chapel, Rev. Kenneth W. Shinlever, Jr. officiating. Interment in Eastview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers: Tracy Norton, Johnny Brooks, Wayne Morton, Jimmy Pilant, Royce Duke and Steve Rudd. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

McCROSKEY, WAYNE - age 70, of Sevierville, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997. He was a member and deacon of New Era Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by parents, Mack and Catherine McCroskey; sisters, Lucille Sims and Gertrude Blazer; brother, William ''Bill'' McCroskey. Survivors: wife, Marie Clabo McCroskey; sisters, Nell Hardin, Blanche Gulyash and Alma Curtis; brother, Ernest McCroskey; special nephew, Dallas McCroskey; several other nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. 

McNELLY, MRS. HAZEL L. - of the Shannondale Health Care Center of Knoxville, formerly of 806 N. Kingston Ave., Rockwood, passed away Sunday, May 18th, at the Health Care Center following an extended illness. Hazel was a member of the Rockwood United Methodist Church and devoted her life to being a wife, mother, and homemaker for her family. She was preceded in death by parents, Joe and Cassie Byrd; sister, Grace B. Lemons; husband, Ruben S. McNelly; daughter, Joan M. Hatlestad. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Joe Cooper, Knoxville, Linda and Randy Bain, Grayson, Ga.; grandchildren, Jeff Baybarz, Atlanta, Ga., Brian and Cathy Nichols, Birmingham, Ala., Eric Jones, Lawrenceville, Ga., Tessa and Darrin Neff, Loganville, Ga.; many relatives and friends. Graveside service and interment will be held Wednesday, May 21st, at 2 p.m. in the Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Bill Dean, Pastor of the Tekoa Baptist Church, Knoxville, officiating. The family of Mrs. Hazel L. McNelly will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Evans Mortuary in Rockwood. The casket will remain closed per Mrs. McNelly's request. Evans Mortuary of Rockwood in charge of services. The family would like to especially thank Pastor Bill Dean for his weekly visits to Mrs. McNelly, The Shannondale Staff on the 5th floor for their care and devotion to her for the past three and half years, also to Mrs. Carrie Thompson for her special help to the family as friend and relative. 

MILLS, SEAN DEMITRIUS - departed this life, Friday, May 16, 1997, at U.T. Hospital, as a result of an automobile accident. Born November 16, 1973. Preceded in death by grandparents, Elmer and Joann Fine. He leaves to mourn his passing; son, Zeek; devoted mother, Angelynn (Ann) Mills; father, Carl Mills, Sr.; sister, Felecia; brothers, Carl, Jr. and Shannon Mills; very devoted grandmother, Helen Mills; grandfather, Willie Mills; great-grandmother, Blanche Garner; nephew, Carl, III; niece, Jalicia Yarbrough; godfather, Sam Roberts; nine aunts; three uncles and many other devoted friends and relatives. Family will receive friends 5:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 3800 Martin Luther King Ave. Funeral service 6 p.m., Overseer Jesse Tucker, officiating, assisted by Pastor Tonya Tucker. Interment 10:45 a.m. Thursday, New Gray Cemetery. Arrangements by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

ROBERTS, ROSS - of Strawberry Plains, passed away Tuesday morning at his home. Member of Community Christian Church of Palm Springs, Fla. Preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Merritt Roach; father, Sam Roberts. Survivors: wife, Willa Mae (Toppins) Roberts of Straw Plains; son, Eddie Roberts of Florida; step-son and wife, Harold and Jane Toppins; step-daughter and husband, Susan and Tommy Roach; sisters, Mary Hazelwood, Thelma Harvey; brothers, Glenn and Bob Roach; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral services 8 p.m. Wednesday, Rose Broadway Chapel, with Rev. David Cardwell officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the West Adair entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery for an 11 a.m. interment service. Honorary pallbearers: Mike, Steve, Tommy Roach, Charles Hazelwood, Paul Hazelwood, Steve Welch. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

RUSSELL, LENORE SUFFRIDGE - age 77, of Corryton, passed away May 19, 1997. Member of Clear Springs Baptist Church. Retired employee of Palm Beach Co. Preceded in death by husband, Rev. Doyle Russell; and sons, Marvin and Ernie Russell. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Annette Russell and Bob and Sue Russell; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Charlie Chesney; daughter-in-law, Tracie Russell; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Ella Wells and Lois Harmon; brothers, Eugene Suffridge and Rev. Glenn Suffridge. Service 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Jerry Vittatoe and Curtis Tindell officiating. Family and friends will meet at Greenwood Cemetery 10 a.m. Thursday for interment. Pallbearers will be grandsons. The family will receive friends 6-8:30 Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

RYAN, WILLIAM C. - age 84, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 1997. Member of Marble City Baptist Church and the Brotherhood Bible Sunday School Class. Retired from Sanford Day Iron Works. Preceded in death by wife, Bertha Bruner Ryan; and son, Gary L. Ryan. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Carol Ryan; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Ryan; grandson and wife, Tim and Maria Ryan; grandson, Mark Ryan; granddaughter, Kristi Ryan; special great-grandson, Spencer Ryan. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery 9:45 a.m. Thursday for graveside services at 10 a.m. with Rev. George Williams and Rev. W.C. Thornton officiating. The family will receive friends 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

RYAN, TONI DRINNON - born June 11, 1939, passed away May 19, 1997, after a short battle with cancer. A native of Morristown, Mrs. Ryan graduated from Morristown East High School and attended Carson-Newman College. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Morristown. An avid golfer, Mrs. Ryan was a member of the Smoky Mountain Country Club and was past president of the Ladies Golf Association there. A person with many talents, Mrs. Ryan's home reflected her abilities in sewing and decorating. Her love of gardening was obvious by her beautifully planted and kept yard. She was also an excellent bridge player. Mrs. Ryan was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Brown Drinnon and Hugh Kyle Drinnon of Morristown. Survivors include her husband, Dr. W.B. Ryan, Newport; son, Keith Jackson of Morristown; daughter, Mary Kyle Jackson Grooms; and son-in-law, David Grooms of Montgomery, Ala.; two grandchildren, Leslie and Matt Grooms, also of Montgomery, Ala.; step-children include Bob and Helen Ryan of Virginia Beach, Va., Bill Ryan of San Antonio, Texas, and Kari Weems and son-in-law, Don Weems, Jonesborough, Tenn.; step-grandchildren, Kelsey, Robbie and Nicky Ryan of Virginia Beach, Va., Brandon Ryan of San Antonio, Texas, and Megan Weems of Jonesborough, Tenn. She also leaves behind many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of close friends. Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Jarnigan Cemetery, Morristown. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Stetzer Funeral Home in Morristown. Friends wishing to express sympathy may do so through memorial donations to the charity of their choice. Stetzer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

RYNES, BARBARA C. - age 63, of East Knoxville, passed away Saturday May 17, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond Rynes; son, Donald Rynes. Survived by daughter, Janie Rynes Wilhite of Strawberry Plains; sons, Darrell Rynes of Maynardville, David Rynes of Rutledge, Danny Rynes of Knoxville; brother, Bud Lampkin; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at McCarty's Chapel with Rev. Archie Elliott officiating followed by the interment at Huckleberry Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers: Raymond Rynes, Jason Rynes, Derrick Rynes, Eddie Rynes, Jason Needham, and Darrell McBee. Honorary pallbearers: Shane Rynes, Sonny Wilhite, Dustin Wilhite, and Brandon Rynes. Arrangements by McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

SAPP, ALICE MARIE HUMBARD McGHEE - age 58, of Knoxville, passed away May 18, 1997. Member of North Lonsdale Church of God. Preceded in death by grandson, Alan Neal; twin sons, Donnie and David. Survivors: husband, T.B. Sapp; children, J. Wayne McGhee; daughter and son-in-law, Denise Marie and Matthew Ruckart; grandson, M. Peyton; parents, Ralph and Edna Humbard. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Forrest Smith officiating. Interment Friends Station Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

SUMMERS, HARRY HALL - of Grove Place Lane, Loudon, died Monday night, May 19, 1997, at his residence. A member of the Loudon United Methodist Church, an active choir member; also a member of Tennessee Masonic Lodge No. 204 F&AM veteran of the U.S. Army WWII and an avid golfer. Preceded in death by parents, Harry Harrison Summers and Rosa Lee Haskins Summers; brothers, Kenneth and John Willis Summers. Survivors include wife, Leta Hughes Summers; daughter, Janet Kay Summers, Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia S. and Homer Newman, Loudon; and sister-in-law, Mrs. Sophie P. Summers, Saluda, N.C. Funeral services 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 with the Rev. Bob Copeland and the Rev. Bernard Courtney officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Thursday, Old Steekee Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Loudon United Methodist Church or your favorite charity. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. prior to the service at McGill-Karnes Funeral Home, Loudon. 

TILLEY, RUBY E. - age 81, of Sweetwater, passed away Tuesday morning, May 20, 1997, at the Sweetwater Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Daisy Tilley. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sweetwater. Survivors: niece, Fay Everett, Lenoir City; nephews, Bob Russell, Maysville, Ky., Gary Moore, Loudon; several cousins. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with funeral services to follow in Kyker's Chapel at 8:30 p.m. with Rev. Ted Watson officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Edgemon Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment. 

WALLACE, VIRGINA - age 69, of Maryville, Tenn., passed away May 19, 1997. She attended the Fairpark Wesleyan Church in Maryville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and son, Dwight Wallace. She is survived by husband, Bob Wallace; daughters, Cathy Hobbs, Marsha Jessup and Colette Russell; three sons-in-law; one daughter-in-law and 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters; one brother and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was a great lady and a wonderful mother. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Highland West Funeral Home. Service Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Highland West Chapel with interment to follow in the Highland West Cemetery. Reverends Paul Bates of Indianapolis, Ind., and Thomas Sproles of New Castle, Ind., will officiate. The family is being served by Highland West Funeral Home (I-40 West at Pellissippi Parkway), 9913 Sherrill Lane 693-9547. 

TURNER, LAWTON - age 87, of Del Rio, died suddenly Monday at his home. He was retired from ALCOA Aluminum, Cleveland, Ohio. Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII, was combat wounded November 26, 1944, in Germany; was member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. He is survived by his son, David A. Turner of Talbott; step-son, Robert Reed of Newport; grandchildren, Carrie and Jessica Turner, Talbott; step-grandson, Billy Reed of White Pine; sisters, Flossie Tompson of Hendersonville, N.C., Bessie Harmon, Newberry S.C., and Gonnie Allen of Alcoa, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Sand Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Willis Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Manes, Newport, in charge. 

WHITTAKER, DR. RICHARD (DICK) LYNN - age 71, of Fountain City, passed away Tuesday morning at his home after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, W.C. and Minnie Whittaker; brothers, Dub and Deke Whittaker; sister, Kathleen Miller. He was a member of Fountain City United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Christian Homebuilders Sunday School Class, served as a Sunday School teacher, and was instrumental in beginning the Tape Ministry for shut-ins. He was past chief of staff at UT Hospital and president of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine in 1972. He was a past president of the Tennessee Society of Internal Medicine and a fellow in the American Society of Internal Medicine. Dick was an avid golfer. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1944. He then joined the Navy and attended Carson Newman College on the V-12 Program in 1944 and 1945. He then attended the University of Tennnesse, Knoxville, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis, in December of 1951. He served his internship at Knoxville General Hospital and then started a family practice in Goodlettsville, Tenn. After four years he returned to Memphis for an internal medicine residency at John Gaston. Following that, he served in the Air Force in Amarillo, Texas. He then returned to Knoxville in 1963 where he established a private practice. He retired from private practice in 1971 to become professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical and Research Center, Knoxville. He retired in 1989, and continued to work part-time at the Knox County Health Department until his illness prevented this. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Whittaker; sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Thomas C. and Linda Whittaker, Dr. Richard L. II and Mary Ann Whittaker, Luke A. and Cathy Whittaker; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lou (Buzzy) and Eddy Freeman, all of Knoxville; grandchildren, T.C. and Robert, Richie and Ellen, Lucas and Chelsey Whittaker, Nate, Spencer and Trevor Freeman; sister, Evelyn Boling of Knoxville. Memorial service 7 p.m. Thursday at Fountain City United Methodist Church, Rev. William Kilday and Dr. Thomas Chilcote officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Backyard Missions or to the OTC Fund, both at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Ave., Knoxville, TN 37918. Family will receive friends Thursday evening immediately following the services at the church. Arrangements by Gentry-Griffey Chapel. 

WILLIAMS, JOHN EDD - age 78, of Knoxville, passed away May 19, 1997, at Park West Hospital. Mr. Williams was retired from Union Carbide Y-12 Plant. He was a member of the Park West 40 Club, and also was a Mason at the Karns Lodge. Born December 17, 1918, to the late John E. and Martha Williams. Preceded in death by a sister, Velma Mae McFadden and a daughter. Survivors: sons, John E. Williams, Frank H. Williams; grandchildren, Sean Williams, Ryan Williams; brother, Billy Raymond Williams. Services Wednesday 8 p.m. in the chapel of McCarty Woodhaven Chapel. Interment will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 Wednesday. McCarty Woodhaven Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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