Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries

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BRIDGES, GEORGE - age 91, of Andersonville, Tenn., died on Tuesday at his home. He was a native of Madison County and the son of the late Andrew (Andy) and Tennie Wallin Bridges. He was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Lula Rice Bridges. He was a retired farmer. In addition to his wife, he is survived by eight daughters, Millie Hollis of California, Blanch Sherman of Weaverville, Dorothy Garner of Asheville, Barbara Wallin of Marshall, Glenna Bridges of the home, Grace Brooks, Ruth McIntosh, Nancy Stooksbury, all of Tennessee; six sons, Wade Bridges of Michigan, Harry Lee Bridges, Wayne Bridges, and Bob Bridges, all of Tennessee, A.J. Bridges and George Bridges, Jr., both of Marshall, 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service for Mr. Bridges will be Friday, June 13, 1997, at 2 p.m. in the Madison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J.A. Griffin officiating. Burial to follow in the Roberts Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Madison Funeral Home is in charge. 

BURRESS, THEODORE NORMAN ''TED'' - age 60, of Miamisburg, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at his residence. He was a maintenance supervisor at Delphi Chassis, Kettering for 30 years, past Master of Minerva Lodge #98 F.& A.M., past High Priest of Trinity Chapter #44, Royal Arch Masons, past Illustrious Master of Adoniram Council #131, past Commander of Valley Commandery #80 K.T., all of Miamisburg. Member of Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, Antioch Temple Shrine, Marion Lodge #18, I.O.O.F., Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Royal Order of Jesters, Kentucky Colonels, Loyal Order of the Moose #1645, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2306. Preceded in death by his son, Theodore N. Burress, Jr.; his parents, Bessie and Roy C. Burress. Survived by his wife, Zora; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Al Holleran, Germantown, Teresa and Perry Clark, Heidelburg, Germany, Michelle and Jim Walker, West Carrollton; brother and sister-in-law, Ray C. and Sheldia Burress, Oliver Springs, Tenn.; two sisters and brother-in-law, Betty Massengale, Petros, Tenn., and Joann and Clifford Burress, Nicks Creek, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Randy, Nickee, and Robyn Holleran, Fallon and Kyle Sheahan, and Tyler Walker. Funeral service Friday 8 p.m. at Cross Funeral Home, LaFollette, Tenn. Visitation Friday, 6 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Nicks Creek Cemetery, with visitation 1 hour prior to graveside service at Nicks Creek Baptist Church, Pastor Keith Massengale officiating at both services. Friends may call at the Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home, Miamisburg on Thursday 6-9 p.m. Minerva Lodge will conduct Masonic services at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Fund in his memory. The family wished to express their appreciation to Hospice of Middletown for their loving care. 

DAVIS, MRS. GRACE SMITH - age 87, of Knoxville, died 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center. She was of the Primitive Baptist faith. Preceded in death by son, Jack Davis. Survivors: daughter-in-law, Barbara Davis, Knoxville; grandchildren, Connie Lynn, Philadelphia, Tenn., Steven Davis, Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Adam and Hayley Lynn, Philadelphia, Tenn.; several cousins. Family and friends will meet at Pleasant View Cemetery in Union County at 10:45 a.m. Friday for an 11 a.m. graveside service and interment, Rev. John Holland officiating. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

DeRIDDER, JASON ABRAM - age 24, of Knoxville, died Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at the U.T. Hospital. A member of John 23rd Catholic Church and an employee of T.V.A. Survivors: mother, Dr. Charleen Mitchell DeRidder, Knoxville; father, Dr. Lawrence Melsen DeRidder, Rockford, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Mitchell Lee and Jan DeRidder, Fremont, Calif., Dan Albee DeRidder, Knoxville; sister, Jodie Lynn DeRidder, Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, Kim Joseph and Ning DeRidder, Jakarta, Indonesia; sister, Tamara Lesa DeRidder, Portland, Oregon. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

DOCKERY, SARAH V. - age 85, of Knoxville, passed away June 11, 1997, in Aiken, S.C. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by husband, Isaac Dockery, Sr.; and daughters, Virginia Griffin and Rosalee Dockery. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Isaac and Jean Dockery, Jr.; daughter, Barbara Lusby; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Clyde Richardson; son-in-law, Hobby Griffin; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Mattie Sawyer; devoted niece, Mary Ward. Graveside service 11 a.m. Friday, Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. Johnny Price officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. 

EDWARDS, VIOLA - age 73, of South Knoxville, passed away June 10, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Hospital. Member of Stock Creek Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Carl Edwards; parents, Clayton and Nancy Cole; and sister, Lena Gentry. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Roy Drummonds; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Mary Cole; sister-in-law, Blanche Whitson; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Gene Wood officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Friday, Stock Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

HAUN, MARGARET E. (GENCIE) - age 39, of Ball Camp Community, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at her home. She was of the Baptist faith and an employee of Walgreen's Drugs, Cedar Bluff. Preceded in death by grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Andy and Elizabeth Haun and Mr. and Mrs. James H. and Iva Nipper. Survivors: parents, Edgar L. and Doris Bernice Haun; brother, Donnie and wife, Lisa Haun; brother, Danny and wife, Deana Haun; brother, Mark Haun; nephews, Leslie and Kyle Haun; and niece, Haley Haun, of the Ball Camp Community; boyfriend, Charlie Lamb, Oak Ridge; uncle, Mell Haun of Dayton, Ohio; uncles, Milligan Nipper and J.D. Nipper of Florida; and several local aunts and uncles. Family will meet at Weaver's Funeral Home and friends will meet at Highland West Cemetery at 1:45 p.m. Friday for a 2 p.m. graveside service. Rev. Dewey Cooper officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Weaver Funeral Home, 5815 Western Ave., Knoxville, Tenn. 

HELTON, WILBURN - age 80, of Sevierville, Tenn., passed away June 10, 1997, at Royal Care Nursing Home in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. He was a member and Deacon of Mtn. View Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Rule; parents, William Andrew and Hattie Ward Helton; daughter, Jo Ann Ownby; sister, Zora Montgomery; grandson, Paul Ownby. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Iva and Bruce King; son-in-law, Raymond Ownby; grandsons, Allen, David, Max, and Edward King; great-grandsons, Travis and Christian King; great-granddaughter, Felicia King; brothers, Mack, Elijia, Charlie, Reese, and Lynn Helton; sisters, Nellie Watson, Juanita Abbott, Olivia Crisp, and Annice Huskey. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, 1997, at Mtn. View Baptist Church with the Rev. Bethel Crisp, Rev. David Montgomery, and Rev. Bill Helton officiating. Interment will follow service in Mtn. View Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before service. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Rawlings Funeral Home. Arrangements made by Rawlings Funeral Home. 

HOFFMEISTER, BERNICE COX - age 84, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Washington Pike United Methodist Church, and the Christian Service Bible Class. Widow of Henry L. Hoffmeister. Survivors: sons, David Leland Hoffmeister, John Allan Hoffmeister, both of Powell; daughter, Cathy King, Corryton; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral service 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Rose Chapel, Rev. E.A. Eldridge and Dr. James A. Dougherty officiating. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Greenwood Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. Friday for graveside and interment service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Youth or Children's Department at Washington Pike United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

HORNER, WILLIAM HENRY (BUNT) - age 72, of Talbott, passed away 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 9, 1997, at VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tenn., after a brief illness. Member of Cedar Hill Church of God. Veteran of WWII. Retired employee of Valspar Paint Co. Survived by wife, Charlotte Smith Horner, Talbott; son, William Larry Horner, Princeton, Ind.; daughters, Brenda and Tammy Cobb, both of Nicholasville, Ky.; daughter, Becky Coolman of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; sons, Charles (Butch) Harless of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Dan Scoles of Security, Colo.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sisters, Lucille Wells of Talbott, Edith Harris of Morristown, Cora Trent of Bristol, Shirley Miller of Talbott, Ann Elmore of New Market; brother, Hal B. Horner of Cromwell, Ind. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, at Cedar Hill Church of God with Rev. Bryant Collins officiating. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Body will lie in state one hour before services Saturday. Military graveside services by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, Jefferson City. 

KIRKLAND, CLARENCE WILLIAM - age 79, of Maryville, passed away Tuesday evening, June 10, 1997, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Member and Deacon of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, retired from ALCOA and member of the 25 Year Club, and veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. Preceded in death by wife, Ruby Grindell Kirkland. Survivors: son, Clarence Herbert Kirkland of Maryville; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Sandra Kirkland of Maryville; daughter and son-in-law, Glyneva and David Huskey of Maryville; grandchildren, Marshall Huskey, Jesse Huskey, and Ryan Kirkland; sisters, Eunice Lee Crisp of Maryville, Edith Harmon of Maynardville; brother, Herbert Kirkland of Maynardville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Alvin Patton and Rev. Dennis Robinson officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Friday at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery for the interment service. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

KNOX, HELEN LOUISE - age 59, of Oak Ridge, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 1997, after a long illness. Heaven has a new angel. Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Rhoda Bumgardner; daughter, Shirley Knox; sister, Dortha Shelton. Helen will be deeply missed by her loving family. Survived by daughters, Darlene Knox and Ella Armes; sons, David, Robert, Ray, Kenneth, and Carlos Knox; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Bertha Knight and Wilma Forsyth; brothers, Clifton, Edgar, and Cecil Bumgardner; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service 1 p.m. Friday at Weaver's Chapel. Interment will be in Lynnhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Weaver Funeral Home. 

LAY, LILLIAN - age 79, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Member of West Anderson Ave. Church of God. Preceded in death by husband, Ivan Eugene Lay; daughter, Willie Ruth Lay; sisters, Ruby Norris and Margie Lee; brothers, Johnny, James, Charles and Albert Lee. Survived by daughters, Christine Ridenour and Ellen Stipes; sons, Eugene, Wayne, James, Walter and Charles Lay; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Tilda Hawkins; brother, Robert E. Lee; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at West Anderson Ave. Church of God with Rev. Junior Bailey, Rev. James Graves and Rev. Tony Cross officiating with interment at Solway Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

MAPLES, WILLIAM CURTIS - age 58, formerly of Knoxville, left this earth to be with Jesus Monday, June 9, 1997, at his home in Stover, Mo., after a long illness. Survived by wife, Elsie Ruth Maples of Stover, Mo.; sons, Larry Wayne Maples of Sedalia, Mo., Terry Lynn Maples of Knoxville, Michael Maples of Stover, Mo., James Ivan Maples of Smithton, Mo.; daughter, Cynthia Ann Maples of Sedalia, Mo.; ten grandchildren; brothers, Frank Maples, Raulph Maples, both of Knoxville, Don Maples of Halls and Tommy Maples of Independence, Mo.; sisters, Phyllis Maples, Betty Pile and Jane Claughbo, all of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 1 p.m. Friday, Mynatt's Chapel, Rev. Jack Claughbo officiating. Interment will be at Holly Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Mynatt's. 

MITCHELL, JAMES ROBERT - age 90, of Jefferson City, passed away 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was of the Baptist faith. Veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army. Member of American Legion Post #113. Retired printer from the Knoxville News Sentinel with 30 years of service. Preceded in death by wife, Douglas Juanita Hickman Mitchell; and stepson, Jackie Myers. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Dennis Pinkston of Jefferson City, Viola and Dockey McPherson of Dandridge; son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Teresa Mitchell of Virginia; seven grandchildren; great-granddaughter, Kayla Finchum of Jefferson City; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, 1997, at Farrar's Chapel with Rev. William Bradley officiating. Family and friends will meet at Jefferson Memorial Gardens 10:45 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 1997, for an 11 a.m. interment service. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. prior to funeral services. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, Jefferson City. 

ROGERS, REVA L. - age 78, of Knoxville, died 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at the family home. Member of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church. Retired from Bike Athletic. Survivors: husband, Reo Rogers; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Donna Rogers; sisters, Mrs. Tillie Davis, Mrs. Pearl Hill and Mrs. Helen Rutherford, all of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service, Rev. Leland E. Lyon officiating. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, 1954 Euclid Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921. Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway, in charge of arrangements. 

WALKER, JOHN SAMUEL, JR. - age 80, passed away Monday, June 9, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Hospital, Knoxville. Mr. Walker, formerly of Chattanooga, was the son of the late John S. and Ida Parsons Walker of Chattanooga. He graduated from the University of Chattanooga (1940) and served in the Army Air Force in World War II as an aerial gunnery instructor. He retired from the sales division of Wise Iron Works and was previously employed as sales representative for C.M. McClung. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, having served on the administrative board and as an officer in the Fellowship Class. Survivors: wife, Emily Thomas Walker; son, John S. Walker (Jack) III; daughter-in-law, Jan Kinzel Walker; daughter, Emily Ann Norris; son-in-law, J. Richard Norris; grandsons, Richard Craig Norris, W. Christopher Walker and John Thomas Walker. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Ron Fisher officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers: members of Fellowship Class of First United Methodist Church and special friend, Dayle Mummy. Memorials may be made to Memorial Fund, First United Methodist Church, 3316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway.

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