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ADKINSON, FRANK V. - age 90, of St. Louis, Mo., died Wednesday, September 10, 1997, at his home. He was a former resident of Knoxville, Tenn. and Chattanooga, Tenn. He attended Bearden United Methodist Church and Colonial Heights United Methodist Church while residing in Knoxville. He was retired from the Sanford-Day/Marmon Transmotive Co. of Knoxville. Born March 18, 1907, in Long Beach, Calif. He was raised in Tucson, Arizona and was a graduate of the University of Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Lucy Adkinson; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanruie and David Neil; son, Robert Adkinson; granddaughters, Brenda Beckler and Teresa Neil; sister, Helen Sullivan. Graveside service was held on September 15, 1997, in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Word for Living, P.O. Box 30519, Knoxville, TN 37930. 

AKENS, LAWSON MONROE - age 71, of Sweetwater, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 19, 1997. Mr. Akens was a member and deacon of Murrays Baptist Church, where he served as treasure for 37 years. He was a veteran of U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict as a medic. Mr. Akens won the Bronze Star while serving his country. He was preceded in death by parents, Ollie and Minnie Veal Akens; two sisters and one brother. Survived by wife, Juanita Casteel Akens; son and daughter-in-law, Lawson M. Akens, Jr., and Jennifer Milligan Akens; one grandson, Lawson Drew Akens, all of Sweetwater, Tenn.; brother, James Lawson, Athens; two sisters, Gladys Johnson, Sweetwater, Ocie Golding, Tupelo, Miss. Funeral service are 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Sweetwater Memory Chapel with Rev. Joe Caldwell officiating. Interment 2 p.m. Sunday in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. prior to the funeral in Sweetwater Funeral Home Memory Chapel. 

ALLISON, HERBERT R. - 50, a Fort Worth city maintenance mechanic, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, in Dallas. Funeral 10 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth. Burial in Granbury. Herbert Allison was born May 20, 1947, in Knoxville, Tenn. He retired as an Air Force master sergeant after 20 years of service. Survivors: wife, Betty Allison of Fort Worth; sons, Cameron Allison of St. Clair, Mich. and Carlton Allison of Fort Worth; parents, Louis and Mildred Allison of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Harvey Allison Willmington, Del.; sisters, Frances Hill, Jean Godfrey, Wanda Large and Teresa Spruiell, all of Knoxville; four grandchildren; 41 nieces and nephews; and a group of very special ''other kids.'' Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth, 7100 Crowley Road, (817) 293-1350. 

ARP, RUTH B. - age 76, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Arp. She is survived by daughter, Linda Kennedy, Seymour; sons, Jerry Arp, Seymour, David Arp and his wife, Betty, Southgate, Mich.; sisters, Bonnie Morgan, Seymour, Kathleen Flynn, Knoxville; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the Highland South Chapel, Rev. Steve Simpson will be officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-7 p.m. at Highland South Funeral Home, 573-7300. 

BRACKINS, BETTY JEAN - age 64, retired after 27 years of service as cafeteria manager of Pigeon Forge Elementary and Primary Schools. Preceded in death by parents, Rev. Bob and Verna Cooper; sisters, Princess, Gladys, and Dessie Cooper, and Ava Lee McCarter; brothers, Jonas and Charlie Cooper; grandson, Alex James Ogle. Survived by loving husband of 46 years, Frank Brackins; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Joyce Brackins, John and Evelyn Brackins, Rodger and Penny Brackins; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Rodger Ogle; grandchildren, Denise and Timmy Dellinger, Arthur and Amy Brackins, Lisa and Joe Brackins, Amanda Ogle, Johnny and Shannon Yoakum; great-grandchildren, William and Matthew Brackins, A.J. and AshLee Dellinger; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mozell and Elmer Lethco, Ruth and Ed Hodge; brothers-in-law and wives, Jack and Faye Brackins, J.B. and Lorena Brackins; sister-in-law, Dora Smith; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Rev. Jack Ogle and Rev. Bud McCarter officiating. Interment will follow in Huskey Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home. 

BURGESS, VIVIAN (LEI) - age 72, of 125 Steer Creek Rd., Tellico Plains, passed away 5:40 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at her home. Member of Center Presbyterian Church and Monroe County Senior Citizens. Survivors: husband, Headrick Burgess; children and spouses, Eve-lynn and Wayne Eller, Tellico Plains, Wesley and Jan Burgess, Benton City, Washington, Pat and Ronnie Lynn, Bruce and Donna Burgess, all of Tellico Plains; eight grandchildren; sister, Jerry Waiau; brother, Thomas Krueger, both of Wailuku, Maui; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 8 p.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Bill Childress and Rev. Beecher Miller officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Sunday, Unicoi Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains. 

CAMERON, FAE D. - age 86, of South Knoxville, passed away Thursday, September, Sept. 18, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Member of Graystone Presbyterian Church and member of Betty Dawson Sunday School Class and Presbyterian Womens Association. She was an avid sports fan. Preceded in death by husband, Don Hampton Cameron, Sr. Survivors: children, Don H. Cameron, Jr. and wife, Janet, Ronald D. and wife, Debbie, Darrell and wife, Sharon, Leslie Burnette and husband, Mike, Cindy Ogle and husband, Bud; grandchildren, Stanton, Darrell, Chad, Odessa, Veronica, Anna Leslie, Zachary, Tyler and Darin Cameron, Kim Richardson, Allison Burnette, Kelly Goolsby, Candace Baldwin; one great-granddaughter, Lauren Richardson; sister, Mae Doyle; brother-in-law, Carroll Parker. Funeral 4 p.m. Sunday, Graystone Presbyterian Church, Rev. Mark L. Knisley officiating. Interment: New Prospect Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Graystone Presbyterian Church Children's Ministry, 139 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. 37920. Pallbearers: Darrell Cameron, Darin Cameron, Stanton Cameron, Chad Cameron, Jim Richardson, Charlie Witt, Mark Witt. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Graystone Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

CLARK, EDWARD WAYNE - age 73, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 1997. He served as both deacon and elder at Lake Forest Presbyterian Church. He was employed by South Central Bell for 31 years. Survivors: wife, Betty Clark; daughters and sons-in-law, Candy and Lance McCoy, Christie and Ed Irvin; grandchildren, Wendy, Clark, Chris and Will Witherow, Megan, Marty and Mandy Irvin; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Clyde Huffaker; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 1997, at Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Stewart White officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Lake Forest Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 714 E. Lake Forest Dr., Knoxville, TN 37920. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. 

DIPPEL, NORVAL CHRISTOPHER ''BUDDY'', SR. - age 74, of LaFollette, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, at the LaFollette Medical Center. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Oak Ridge, and was a deacon for 25 years. He was owner of Four Leaf Coal Company, Inc. for 35 years, located in Clairfield. Mr. Dippel was a member of Board of Reclamation from 1973-1976. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of WWII. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Rose Dippel and brother, George Dippel. Survivors: wife, Coleen Zinn Dippel; sons and daughters-in-law, Norval C. Dippel, Jr., Rev. Martin and Joyce Dippel, all of LaFollette; daughter and son-in-law, Shawnee and Dr. Michael Douglas, Chattanooga; grandchildren, Elizabeth Ashley Douglas and Amber Marie Douglas, Dusty Benjamine Dippel and Christie Rose-Marie Dippel, Christopher Martin Dippel; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Cross Funeral Home, Elder Robert and Ann Stuck and Pastor Tony McAfee officiating. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Cross Funeral Home. Arrangements by Cross Funeral Home. 

FOSTER, ESSIE - of Knoxville, departed this life Friday, September 19, 1997, at U.T. Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Unity Mortuary. 

GIBBS, ROBERT ''BOB'' K. - age 64, of Claxton, died Thursday, Sept. 18, at home after a long illness. Son of Joe Gibbs and Louise Powers Gibbs. He was a machinist at Y-12 for 32 years, an U.S. Army Veteran, Mason at 380 Alpha Lodge, Clinton. Member of Edgemore Baptist Church for 35 years. Graveside service Sunday at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at McCarty-Martin Funeral Home Chapel Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Burial Sunday 2 p.m. Oak Ridge Memorial Park, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Rev. Stanley Young officiating. Survivors: wife, Laurie Myers Gibbs; three children, Richard and Susan Gibbs, Marlow, Barbara and Ron Kelley, Powell, Jeffery and Christy Gibbs, Oak Ridge; grandchildren, Joe Gibbs, Marlow, Matthew Kelley, Powell, Rachel Gibbs, Oak Ridge; sister, Judy and Dale Smith, Oak Ridge; nieces, Teresa Sands, Nashville, Gina Smith, Oak Ridge. McCarty-Martin Funeral Home in charge. 

GILLESPIE, MARGARET - of Knoxville, departed this life Thursday, September 18, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Unity Mortuary. 

HATFIELD, MRS. MINNIE E. HALL - age 90, of Petros, died Friday afternoon, Sept. 19, 1997. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. 

JOCHER, STANISLAW - age 86, of Halls. Survived by wife, Ladislava (Lottie) Jocher; daughter, Camilla A. Jocher, M.D. Passed away September 5, 1997. Interred September 10, 1997, at St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles (Chicago), Illinois. 

NEWBERRY, MR. GEORGE ROY - age 71, of Oakdale, died Friday morning, Sept. 19th. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oakdale and retired employee of LaFollette Housing Authority. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Mary Newberry; sisters, Helen Diden and Hazel Watson. Surviving are devoted wife, Ella Mae Newberry; sons and daughters-in-law, Louis and Melissa Newberry of Coalfield, Keith and Kim Newberry of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Meredith and Taylor of Coalfield, Alisha, Jeremy, and Eric of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters, June Hamby of Harriman, Joyce Armes of Oliver Springs, Martha Armes of Petros, Jean Newberry and Sue Goodson of Lancing; brothers, Alfred of Wartburg, Charles of Franklin, Ind., Clyde, Wayne, and Jackie of Joliet, Ill.; several nieces and nephews; a very special cousin and sister-in-law, John Calvin and Geneva Newberry along with special friend, Russell Chapman. Friends may call Sunday afternoon, 1-2 p.m. Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg, with services to follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Bill Young officiating. Interment will be in Roane Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Morgan County Rescue Squad. 

NEWMAN, CAROL ANN - age 58, of Knoxville, passed away at 12:42 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by her father, James Everett Fields; stepfather, H.R. Burns; and stepsister, Betty Phibbs. Survivors include mother, Estelle Burns of Knoxville; husband, William I. Newman; stepson, William I. Newman, Jr. of Knoxville; stepdaughters, Jackie Ann Newman of Knoxville, Debbie Newman Housley and Judy Newman Hausmann, both of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; stepbrothers, Douglas Burns of Rock Island, Ill., Rankin ''Buster'' Burns of Maiden, N.C., Ken Burns of Knoxville; step-sisters, Stella Hurst of Maryville and Virginia Barger of Knoxville; numerous nieces and nephews and her special friend, Margaret Hockaday. Church funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. with the body to lie in state of 30 minutes prior Saturday, September 20, 1997, at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Fox and Rev. Bennie Miller officiating. Interment to follow service at Highland South (formerly Holly Hills). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Temple Baptist Church, 1700 W. Beaver Creek Drive, Powell, TN 37849. Pallbearers: Robert Perry, Seth London, Frank Stiles, Bill Van Earwage, Homer McCuiston and John Burns. Arrangements by McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel. 

RUHL, CHARLES A. - age 81, of Dunnellon, Fla., died Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, at Timber Ridge Nursing and Rehabiliation. Memorial service 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, Fero Funeral Home Dunnellon Chapel, Rev. Wainly M. Barber, Jr. officiating. Born in Baltimore, Md. A retired electrician. Survivors: wife, Falista M. Sandmann-Ruhl, Dunnellon, Fla. (The Ruhl's had been married for 59 years); sons, Charles A. Ruhl, III, Wayne, Pa., James F. Ruhl, Moscow, Russia; daughter, Rosemary Ryan, of Hillsboro, Ohio. Preceded in death by one grandson, Charles A. Ruhl, IV; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sister, Chistina M. Akers, Wytheville, Va. Ferro Funeral Home, Dunnellon (Fla.) Chapel, in charge. 

SKAGGS, PAULINE - age 81, of Knoxville, died 12:21 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 1997, at the family home. Member of Alice Bell Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, William and Ethel Hankins; husband, Arvil L. Skaggs. Survivors: daughter, Judy A. Hamilton; son, Richard L. Skaggs; brothers, James W. Hankins, Robert L. Hankins, all of Knoxville. Family and friends may meet at the main entrance to Sherwood Memorial Gardens 9:45 a.m. Monday for a 10 a.m. graveside service and interment. Rev. Doug White officiating. Pallbearers: Jack E. George, Ray George, Jerry Hankins, Bobby Hankins, Pat Richmond, A.G. Cox. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

SLATER, HANNAH DEVER DEAROLF - age 86, of Knoxville, died Thursday, September 18, 1997, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Hospital. She was a former resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Butler, Pa. Preceded in death by husbands, Harry A. Dearolf, Sr. and F. Patrick Slater. Survivors include son, Ronald and daughter-in-law, Lois Dearolf; granddaughters, Sharon Dearolf and Nancy Dearolf, all of Knoxville; grandson, David Dearolf and his wife Gail of Nashville; special niece, June Ortmann and her husband Leonard of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and dear friends, Joanne Chapman and Paula Millsaps, both of Knoxville. A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Good Samaritan, 423 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville. The family will receive friends after the service at the church. Burial will be in Pittsburgh at North Side Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

SPRINKLE, ANDY L. - age 72, of Knoxville, passed away 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, at his home. Member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He was the owner of Padd Letter Service and a WWII Marine Veteran. He had traveled all over the South and overseas for Lay Witness Missions for over 30 years. Survived by wife, Dorothy J. Sprinkle; sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Teresa Sprinkle, Alan and Susan Sprinkle; daughter, Betty Lynn Sprinkle; grandchildren, Jonathan, Daniel, Gabriel, Arielle, Joel, Scott, and Tim Sprinkle; great-grandson, Alan-Michael Sprinkle; brothers, Richard and Harold Sprinkle; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at McCarty Mortuary 9:45 a.m. Saturday and proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for a 10:30 a.m. committal service with Rev. David Smith officiating. Pallbearers: Jonathan, Daniel, Gabriel, Scott and Tim Sprinkle, Kenny and Brian DeBusk, and John Glass. Honorary pallbearers: Youth of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church Friday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3839 Buffat Mill Rd., Knoxville, TN 37914. Arrangements by McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

TINDELL, GLORIA ''COOKIE'' - age 67, of Knoxville, died Thursday, September 18, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Parkwest Hospital. Preceded in death by mother, Trula Ellis Wright; father, John Edward Wright, Sr.; and brother, John Edward Wright, Jr. Survivors: husband, Frank H. Tindell, Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Kim Tindell of North Carolina; grandchildren, Christie and Dan Tindell of Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, David E. and Terry Wright of Sevierville; and many loving friends and relatives. Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers: William Sartin, William Deal, Charles Watson, Jr., David Allen Wright and Gregg Wright. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family will receive friends 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

WEAVER, EDGAR MONROE - age 85, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 1997, at his home after a brief illness. Survived by wife of 57 years, Alma Fritts Weaver; sons and daughters-in-law, Lanny and Marie Weaver of Luttrell, Darrell and Betty Weaver of Louisville, Ky.; son, Bobby Weaver of Florida; grandchildren, Amy Weaver Cordrey and Sarah Weaver of Louisville, Ky., Jennifer, Connie, and Eddie Paul Weaver of Luttrell, Tammy Weaver of Knoxville, Rachel and Thomas Edgar Weaver of Florida, David Weaver of Fort Knox, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Dillon Weaver and Blake Wallace; sisters, Ester Ridenour and Grace Vinsent; many brothers and sisters in Christ and a host of good friends and neighbors. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Karns Church of Christ with Brother Ed Jones officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at McCarty's Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ted Boman, Jerald Insell, Robert Lynch, Zirkle Jenkins, Bill Teague, and Benny Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Loveday, Bill Johnson, Paul Crawford, Tom Jernigan, and Marvin Redmon. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday at McCarty's Woodhaven Chapel. 

YATES, LUCILLE CLINE - age 77, of 104 County Road 885, Etowah, formerly of Madisonville, died 6 p.m. Thursday in Wood Memorial Hospital. Preceded in death by husband, Oliver O. Yates. Survivors: daughters, Wanda Yates, Warren, Mich., Mrs. Ruby Morgan, Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Bernice Peals, Etowah, Mrs. Maxine McNabb, Madisonville; son, Wayne Yates, Warren, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas Cline, Tellico Plains; sisters, Mae Bell Hurst, Maryville, Bessie Patton, Greenback. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Madisonville, where the family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at the Etowah Church of God, Rev. Jerry Walden officiating. Interment in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Vonore.

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