Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries

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AYERS, MAE DAVIDSON - age 91, of Oak Ridge, passed away June 8, 1997. Of the Baptist faith. Retired from Harlan Memorial Hospital, continued to work in Knoxville in various nursing homes until the age of 79. Preceded in death by sister, Tola Cross; granddaughter, Karen L. Hicks; and grandson, Jeffrey L. Howard. Survivors: son, Leo Howard and wife, Allie of Lackey, Ky.; daughters, Lorraine A. Hicks of Maryville and Alice Stigall of Oak Ridge; brother Oscoe Davidson; sister, Daphine Ingle of Pineville, Ky.; grandchildren, Linda Holbrook (Gary), Sarah Kidd (Doug), and Martha Crouch (Donnie) of Lackey, Joe Paul Hicks, Connie H. Smith (Mike) of Knoxville, Richard Hicks, Michael Hicks of Maryville, Allen Hicks (Darlene) of Harriman, Susan H. Anderson (Guy) of Jeffersonville, Ind., Cindy Hicks of Chicago, Anne Woosley (Kirk) of Paris, Ky., Linda Wilson (Tommy), Peggy Tomlinson (Kevin), Debbie Palmer (Billy), and Tom Stigall of Oak Ridge; 28 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at McCarty-Martin Funeral Home in Oak Ridge from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral Wednesday 1 p.m. Interment at Oak Ridge Memorial Cemetery, Larry Bayless officiating. 

BAIN, BILLIE MAX - 68, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, June 6, 1997, in Tunica, Miss. from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Retired South Central Bell Telephone Co. after 39 years. Veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army. Member of Highland View Church of Christ, Faith Masonic Lodge #756, and Kerbela Temple. Survived by wife, Nelda Marie Booth Bain; son, Billy T. Bain and wife, Donna of Kingston; daughter, Suzie Pankey and husband, Thyrone of Kingston; half-brother, William Bain, Jr. and wife, Alice of Sheffield, Ala.; sisters, Louise Colburn of Kingston, Jean Robinson and husband, Thurman of London, Ky.; four grandchildren, Tiffany Coward and Billy T. Bain, Jr., both of Clinton, Ryan Easter and Candi Easter, both of Kingston; one great-grandchild, Kaylie Coward of Clinton. Funeral services are Thursday, June 12, 1997, at 8:15 p.m. with Mr. Martin Pyle officiating. Graveside services are Friday, June 13, 1997, at 2 p.m. at Anderson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday, 6-8 p.m. with a masonic service at 8 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge. 

BEACH, CHARLES LOUIS - age 79, of Knoxville, passed away June 8, 1997, at his home. He was of the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Teamsters Local #519. Survived by wife, Dorothy Beach; daughters and sons-in-law, Lesa and Raymond Johnson, Sena and James Sanders; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Rhonda Beach, all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Kimberly and Sabrina Johnson, Charles Beach, and William Sanders. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Mike Mikels officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BULLARD, DAVID JOE, JR. - age 46, of Knoxville, passed away June 9, 1997. Preceded in death by his son, Michael. Member of the Baptist faith. Survivors: wife, Katherine; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Clyde Hawkins; daughters, Pam Little and Tabitha Bullard; sons, Josef and Benjamin Bullard; and adopted daughter, Gina; parents, Rev. Joe and Mildred Bullard; seven grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Angela Cartwright; brother, Jack Bullard; grandmother, Lulu McNish. Service 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Pappy Beaver and Rev. Joe Bullard officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mynatt Funeral Home and proceed to New Gray Cemetery for interment at 11 a.m. Pallbearers: Josh Wires, Clyde Hawkins, Ricky McGregor, Richard Downey. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mynatt's. 

CLUCK, RONALD - age 59, of South Knoxville, passed away Monday, June 9, 1997. Member of New Hopewell Baptist Church. Preceded in death by father, Robert Cluck. Survivors: mother, Anna Cluck; daughters, Mary Walker, Joyce Edwards; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Graveside service 1 p.m. Wednesday, East Maryville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

FILLERS, MRS. EFFIE TAYLOR - age 98, passed away June 8th, 1997, at Brakebill Nursing Home. Member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Arthur Blaine Fillers; and son, Donald L. Fillers, Sr. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Charles Greer of Huntsville, Ala.; daughter-in-law, Ina Lee Fillers of Knoxville; grandchildren, Patricia Fillers McCune, Washington, D.C., Donald Lynn Fillers, Jr. and wife, Keryl of Knoxville, Charles Greer, Jr. of Huntsville, Ala., Karen Greer Woods and husband, Randy Woods of Morgantown, W.Va.; great-grandchildren, Whitney McCune Blessington and husband, David Blessington of Memphis, Tenn., Amanda Stroy of Birmingham, Ala., Kerry Katelynn Fillers of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Tuesday, Rose Chapel with Rev. John Shepherd officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for interment at 10 a.m. Memorials may be made to the building fund of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

HATMAKER, LUCILE CROWE - age 82, of Knoxville, passed away Monday morning, at NHC Oak Ridge. Member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. She was the secretary of Inskip Elementary School for 30 yeras before retirement. Survived by her husband of 59 years, Omer E. Hatmaker, Knoxville; daughter, Sharon Hatmaker, Nashville, Tenn.; sons and daughter-in-law, Ray and Marcia Hatmaker, Loudon, Tenn., James Hatmaker, Nashville, Tenn.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, James and Leonard Crowe, both of Knoxville. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday for a 1 p.m. graveside service, Dr. Calvin Metcalf officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gentry-Griffey Chapel. 

JOHNSON, HELEN - age 99, of South Knoxville, died June 8, 1997. Oldest member of New Hopewell Baptist Church. Vacation Bible School principal for 40 years. President UMW for many years. Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, B.B. and Lillian Johnson; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 1997, Berry Chapel, Rev. Eric Boyer officiating. Interment New Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to New Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund or Brazil Mission Trip, 943 Kimberlin Heights Road, Knoxville, TN 37920. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

JONES, DR. H. STRATTON - 76, of Harriman, born February 6, 1921, in Memphis, Tenn., passed away Sunday, June 8, 1997, at Roane Medical Center. He attended the University of Tennessee, then U.T. Medical School at Memphis. He graduated in 1943. Dr. Jones did his residency at Knoxville General Hospital, where he met a nurse and fell in love. He married Naoma Ruth Viles June 19, 1944. He was a WWII Veteran serving in the European Theater in the Medical Corps. Dr. Jones moved to Harriman in December 1946, where he went into private practice with the late Dr. L.A. Killeffer until 1970, at which time he joined the medical staff at Union Carbide Y-12 Plant. He retired in 1983. Dr. Jones was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Harriman since 1958. Preceded in death by parents, Henry S. and Eva Johnston Jones. Survivors: wife, Naoma Jones, Harriman; daughters and sons-in-law, James and Cindy Wright, Greensboro, N.C., Steve and Janet Tinder, Knoxville; son, Frank Alan Jones, Harriman; sister and brother-in-law, Nanette and Richard Schneider, Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jennifer Wright, Chris and Sarah Tinder. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10th, 1997, at First Presbyterian Church in Harriman with Morgan Trotter officiating. Visitation will follow the service. Graveside service and interment 11 a.m. Wednesday at Roane Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers: Charles Parker, Jim Day, Charles Sadler, Tom Rice, Wilburt Rowe, Julian Ahler, Rodney McMillin, Don Prophater, and Kouger Patterson. Active pallbearers: Wayne Jenkins, J.P. Smith, Russell Schubert, Jay Sadler, Charles Corea, J.T. Robinson, Chuck Henley, Warren Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 601 Clinton St., Harriman, TN 37748. Kyker Funeral Home, in Harriman in charge. 

McMAHAN, DORA E. - age 86, of Maryville, Tenn., passed away June 8, 1997, at Asbury Acres. Mrs. McMahan was a member of Central Point Baptist Church. She was a longtime Sunday School teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gray McMahan. She is survived by sons, Gene McMahan, Seymour, Tenn., James McMahan, Knoxville, Tenn., Kenneth McMahan, Maryville, Tenn.; daughter, Edie Van Gilder, Rice Lake, Wisc.; sister, Bessie Wright, Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Dewayne, Barry, Jennie, and David; great-grandchild, Stephani; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland South Chapel, Rev. Charles Ridenor will be officiating. The interment will follow at Highland South Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at Highland South Funeral Home (formerly Holly Hills), Chapman Highway, 573-7300. 

OTTINGER, MRS. FRANCES (MERL) NELMS - age 58, of Knoxville, died 3:42 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 1997, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Member of Callahan Road Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Joe Thomas (Pops) Ottinger. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Bob O'Dell, Lynn and Chuck Robinson, Tammy and Rick Lowery; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Donna Roland, all of Knoxville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Faye and Arville Scarlett, Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. A.R. and Barbara Nelms, Loudon, Tenn.; special niece, Shelba Hughes, California; special friends, Ruth Bough, Rick and Thelma Fryar, Cleo Anthony, all of Knoxville. Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stevens Chapel, Rev. Mark Kidd officiating. Interment, Lynnhurst Cemetery. Pallbearers: Ricky, Jr., Michael and Eric Fryar, Kenny, Michael and Richard Scarlett. Honorary pallbearers: Raymond Stapp and Chuck Moore. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

ROPER, WILLIAM BRADLEY, SR. - of Knoxville, passed away on Friday, June 6, 1997, at U.T. Medical Center. He was a retired U.S. Postal Clerk and received many awards for excellence during his more than 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service. Born in New Market, Tenn. He served in Europe during World War II. He attended West Virginia State and graduated from Morristown College. He was preceded in death by parents, Florence and Frank Roper of New Market; his siblings, Frank, Elvin, and James Roper and Mildred Roper Garret. He leaves to mourn his passing devoted wife of 50 years, Bettye Roper; son, William Roper, Jr.; daughter, Paula Lorraine Roper; sisters, Marjorie Hood and Margaret Roper of Ohio; brother-in-law, Carey Hood; cousins, Mary Frances and Walter Roper of New Market, Pauline Ferguson of Ohio; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at Unity Mortuary Chapel from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be offered at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, June 12, 1997, at 11 a.m. Father Rick Walsh officiating. Full military honors by Tennessee State Honor Guards. Interment at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Unity Mortuary in charge. 

STAPP, BEATRICE PHILLIPS - age 91, of Lenoir City, passed away early Monday morning, June 9, 1997, at the Farragut Health Care Center. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church. Retired from BellSouth as a chief operator. She was preceded in death by husband, C.B. Stapp; daughter, Reta Stapp Seitz. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, J.O. and Madge Stapp of Knoxville; grandchildren and spouses, Chris Stapp of Knoxville, Byron and Melissa Stapp of Dickson, Lisa and George Douglas of Knoxville, Ingrid and David Baker of Palmyra, Janice and Tom Thompson of Plano, Texas; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, followed by funeral services at 8 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. C. Mark Gooden officiating. Private graveside services will be held Wednesday at Webb Cemetery in Madisonville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 201 B. St., Lenoir City, TN 37771 or to the Holston Children's Home, 420 Holston Dr., Greeneville, TN 37743. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

THOMPSON, MRS. VODA SUTTON - age 83, of New Tazewell, Tenn., was born December 18, 1913, and passed away June 8, 1997, at LaFollette Medical Center. She was a member of Carr's Branch Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Barton and Mary England Sutton; husband, Robert Thompson; oldest daughter, Mary Lou Thompson Collins; brothers, Barton and Ira Sutton; sisters, Rose Sutton and Vada Sutton Hackney. She is survived by daughters, Glessie Thompson Reeder of Knoxville, Tenn., Ruby Faye Thompson Tribell of Speedwell, Tenn.; sons, James E. Thompson of Great Fall, S.C., Billy W. Thompson of Centerville, Ohio, Bobby L. Thompson of New Tazewell, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state 30 minutes before service. Burial in the Irish Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 Tuesday at Coffey Funeral Home in Tazewell, Tenn., Rev. Jason Berry officiating. Poetry by Danny. Singers: David and Stephanie Cole. Pallbearers: members of Carr's Branch Baptist Church. Coffey Funeral Home, in charge. 

WELCH, LENA N. - 82, of Tampa, died June 6, 1997, in Tampa, Fla. She was born in Knoxville, Tenn. and moved to Florida in 1958. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W. Welch, Jr. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Terry Miles of Tampa; sister, Selma Mitchell of Knoxville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ree and Art Hodges of Knoxville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roy and Edna Welch of Orlando, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Paul Thomas of Knoxville. Funeral service will be conducted in Tampa, Fla. on June 11, 1997. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to John Knox Village Mid Rise Library, 4000 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33613. Blount, Curry, and Roel Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, (813) 626-3161. 

WEST, ATTIE MAE - age 90, of Tazewell, Tenn., was born July 5, 1906, and passed away June 8, 1997, at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. She was a member of Chittum Chapel Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Earl West; sons, Frank West, Claude West, Jr.; and daughter, Zelma West. She is survived by son, Joe West of Tazewell, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Nora and Joe Llewellyn of Knoxville, Tenn.; sons and daughters-in-law, Earnest and Carrie West of Hickory, N.C., Simon and Gladys West of Powell, Tenn., William and Georgia West of Tazewell, Tenn.; daughters and sons-in-law, Lou and James Setcer of Knoxville, Tenn., Elizabeth and Benard Dalton of Bean Station, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Coffey Funeral Home in Tazewell. Burial in the West Cemetery. Minister: Rev. James Malone. Singer: Sherry Leach. Pallbearers: grandsons. Coffey Funeral Home, in charge.

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