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ACUFF, SAMUEL H. - age 78, of Route 4, Rutledge, died Wednesday, September 24, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. He was retired from Rutledge Hosiery Mill and was a deacon and faithful lifetime member of Blue Springs Baptist Church. He devoted his life to serving the Lord in many capacities of the church, including teaching the Adult Men's Sunday School Class, of which he was very proud. He was a veteran of World War II and was the Veteran's Service Officer of Grainger County. He is survived by a son, Dennis Acuff, of Merritt Island, Florida; daughter, Kay Thurman, of Strawberry Plains; daughter and son-in-law, Sammie and Sam Stropp of Strawberry Plains; sister, Lola Mae Haynes of Rutledge; grandchildren, Chris Thurman, Michael Acuff, Brian Acuff, Angie Acuff, Chris Stropp, Jason Stropp, and Willie Stropp; niece, Wanda Haynes of Rutledge. Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday evening, September 26, 1997, from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Rutledge with Reverend Michael Driver and Reverend Ronnie White officiating. Graveside service and interment will be 10 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 1997, at Blue Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the deacons of Blue Springs Church. The family will receive friends Friday evening, September 26, 1997, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 123 Water Street, Rutledge, Tennessee, pbone (423) 828-5555. 

BLANC, ELEANOR BEASLEY - of Chattanooga, Tenn., died September 25, 1997. She was 72. She was a native of Knoxville, Tenn., where she attended Rule High School. She was the widow of the late Frank Edward Blanc, Jr. She was the daughter of the late James L. Beasley and the late Rebah Mills Beasley. She is survived by a daughter, Janis Blanc Odom and two grandsons, Brett and Clay Odom, all of Chattanooga and a brother, James Clifford Beasley of Knoxville. She was a member of Cumberland Baptist Church where she was active in previous years until her move to Chattanooga. She held several awards for her work in the 4-H Clubs in Knoxville. She served as co-chairman for several years for the Pleasant Ridge Community Christmas Parade Floats. The family will receive friends at the McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Memorial Chapel Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Graveside services will be on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Highland Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Hershel Chevallier officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the ''House of Hope'' in Chattanooga, Tenn. Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, (423) 698-2541. 

BURKHART, KENNETH LEO - age 58, of Corryton, went to be with the Lord at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Member of Union Baptist Church on Washington Pike, Veteran of the U.S. Army and a Foote Mineral Company retiree. Preceded in death by father, Paris Leo Burkhart. Survivors: loving wife of 40 years, Jan Burkhart, Corryton; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Charlie Daniels, Vickie and Mike Ridings; grandchildren, Kevin and Misty Daniels, Chris and Casey Ridings; mother, Lillian Burkhart; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Tommye Jo Burkhart, Buddy and Elsie Burkhart, Shannon and Jewell Burkhart, all of Knoxville, John L. and Barbara Burkhart, Bulls Gap; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Kate and Paul Foster, Blaine, Travis and Bill Beeler, Knoxville, Mona and Harold Walker, Florida; sisters, Margie Burkhart, Knoxville; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Grover and Evelyn Ford; sister-in-law, Penny Ford, all of Virginia; special friends, Bill and Brenda Gibson, Earl and Alice Gaines; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends from Scottie's on Rutledge Pike. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday, Stevens Mortuary Chapel, Rev. John Thomerson and Rev. James Lennon officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Union Cemetery on Washington Pike for a 11 a.m. graveside service and interment with full military honors presented by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Dennis and Darrell Burkhart, Michael Cupp, Anthony Banks, Danny Barnes, Ricky Dyer, Nelson Lakin, and Johnny Foster. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Television Ministry, 66701 Washington Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

BURNETTE, MARKUS DEE LAFAYETTE - age 92, of Boyd Station Road, Farragut, passed away Wednesday evening, September 24, 1997, at Loudon Health Care Center. He was of the Baptist faith. A West Knoxville farmer. He was preceded in death by parents, Columbus and Annie Hobbs Burnette; brother, Floyd Burnette; sisters, Clara Harvey, Lillie Rowe, Rella Harvey, Bessie Preston, Mary Randle. Survivors: nephew, Russell Rowe of Knoxville; nieces, Lorena Harvey and Augusta Williams, both of Knoxville, Nellie Waldrop and Edna Watson, both of Blaine; several great-nieces and nephews; special friends, Willie Hugh Prater and Gene Wheelock. Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday in Virtue Cemetery for graveside services, Rev. Bill Middleton officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Friday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. 

CORN, PEARSON S. - age 85, of Lyman, S.C., died September 23, 1997, in Spartanburg, S.C. Mr. Corn was a charter member of Lyman United Methodist Church, past master of the Irvin Southworth Masonic Lodge and former president of the Lyman Ruritan Club. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Boyce Corn of Lyman; a son and daughter-in-law, Boyce and Kay Corn of Knoxville; a grandson, Brian of West Palm Beach, Fla. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Lyman United Methodist Church. Friends, please meet at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel, W. Adair Dr., at 10:45 a.m. Friday for graveside services conducted by Dr. Bruce Marston at Lynnhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lyman United Methodist Church Elevator Fund, PO Box 190, Lyman, SC 29365. 

COURTNEY, NANCY C. - age 62, of Mooresburg, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 1979, at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital of an apparent heart attack. She was a member of Mooresburg United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lon K. Sr. and Katherine Courtney; brothers, Jim and Lon K. Jr. (Kayo); sister, Vivian Price; nephew, Joe Hays and niece, Becki Price Calfee. Survivors include sisters, Billie Courtney and Bobbie Lovin of Mooresburg, Dorothy Hays of Knoxville, Christine Hinton of Morristown; several nieces and nephews; special great-niece Courtney Long. Funeral services 8 p.m. Friday at the Mooresburg Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Burkhart and Rev. Randy Epps officiating. Interment Saturday 1 p.m. in Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Mooresburg Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. 

DAVIS, TOLLIVER EARLE - age 84, of South Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Member of Meridian Baptist Church, where he was a longtime treasurer of his Sunday School Class and a member of Oriental Lodge #453 F.& A.M. and Sons of the American Revolution. Former owner of 13th Street Grocery. Preceded in death by wife, Patricia Davis. Survivors: several nieces and nephews; special friend, Eleanor Williamson. Funeral 8 p.m. Friday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Dana Fachman officiating. Interment 2 p.m. Saturday, Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Friday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

FAIN, MARY ELLEN NEW - age 88, of Greenville, S.C., formerly of Knoxville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, in Greenville. Born in Greenville, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.G. New. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville and currently a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greenville. She attended the Greenville Public Schools and received the B.S. Degree from Womans College of Furman University, Master of Arts Degree from Duke University, and worked towards her doctorate at University of Virginia. She returned to Greenville as assistant professor of Chemistry at Furman University until 1938 when she married Fred Fain of Dandridge, Tenn., vice president of Ira A. Watson, Co. During World War II she was buyer for Watson's 19 stores. She was preceded in death in 1965 by her husband. Surviving members are sister, Mrs. E.K. (Lucille) Ritter of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Harry E. New of Newport News, Va.; sisters-in-law, Bessie New and Mary Sims New, both of Greenville, S.C. and Virginia New of Spartanburg, S.C.; a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet 1:15 p.m. Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 1:30 p.m. graveside service with Dr. G. Carswell Hughs officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 620 State St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

GRESHAM, MAE BELLE - age 72, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, September 25, 1997. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors, daughter and son-in-law, Deana and Henry Nelson of Jacksboro; daughter, Sandra Cody of Knoxville; son, Roger Parker of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Louise Schrader of Knoxville and Ethel Woods of South Carolina. Family and friends will meet at Campbell County Memorial Gardens 11 a.m. Saturday for graveside service, Rev. Clyde Ellison officiating. Friends may call at their convenience Friday at Mynatt's. 

McMAHAN, EUNICE CONN DAY - age 77, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, September 25, 1997, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mynatt's. 

MILLSAPS, LUTHER RAY, SR. - age 66, of Madisonville, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, September 25, 1997, at U.T. Medical Center. Veteran of U.S. Army during Korean War. Will forever be remembered and survived by daughter, Rebecca Lebron; sons, Owen, Joel, Michael, and Luther Millsaps, Jr.; four grandchildren, Abby, Ethan and Molly Millsaps, and Logan Lebron; sister, Novella Pruitt. Luther was also blessed with the love of many in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Ervin and Della Millsaps; brothers, Leonard and Jerry Millsaps. Funeral 10 a.m. Saturday, Hopewell Springs Baptist Church, Rev. Beecher Miller officiating. Interment in church cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

MOFFETT, DANIEL (DANNY) GORDON - age 34, of Pioneer, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 1997, at the Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, April 27, 1963. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Moffett, and birth mother, Clysterine Barnett. Mr. Moffett was a member of the Big Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. A long time employee of the Moffet's Gulf Station and a member of the Scott County Masonic Lodge # 670 of Robbins. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Hogue Moffett; one daughter, Nikita (Dani) Moffett; mother, Aree Jeffers Moffett, all of Pioneer, Tennessee; eight brothers and sisters, Delmus Moffett and wife, Ann, and Patricia Moffett, all of Michigan; Sonia Smithers and husband, Don, of Huntsville, Tenn., Carla Lyons and husband, Jimmy, of Kentucky, Wallace Miller and wife, Phyllis, Michael Miller and wife, Brenda, and John Miller and wife, Erlinda, all of Michigan, Vicki Miller and Terri Reiling and husband, Herb, all of Minnesota; two very special people in his life, Damron and Jessica Yancey of Kentucky; mother-in-law, Brenda Cecil, of Oneida, Tenn. He also leaves many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 27, 1997, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with the Reverends Paul Hite and Carlie Duncan officating. Burial will follow in the Duncan Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 p.m. until time of the Masonic services at 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Duncan Cemetery Fund c/o Joe Duncan, 245 Geneva Lane, Knoxville, TN 37923 or Danny Moffett Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Joy Posey, First Trust & Savings Bank, P.O. Box 4909, Oneida, TN 37841. Jones & Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Daniel (Danny) Gordon Moffett. 

ROSE, RALPH H. - age 68, of Kingston, passed away Thursday, September 25, 1997, at home. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Ollie Rose, and a brother, Paul Rose. Employed by Martin Marietta 32 years. Served on the Roane County Commission for over 25 years. Member of Paint Rock Lodge 367 F&AM and a Shriner. Served as Roane County Coroner for many years, board member of Watts Bar Utility District. Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors; wife of 47 years, Betty Brown Rose; daughter and son-in-law, Valarie and Scott Whitehead, Kingston; son and daughter-in-law, Wesley (Brownie) and Linda Rose, Kingston; sister, Helen Walker, Kingston; brother, Ed Rose, Ten Mile; grandchildren, Taylor and Jeremy Whitehead; a special little friend, Clint White. Graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at Kingston Memorial Gardens with the Rev. David Hagan officiating, followed by Masonic service conducted by Paint Rock Lodge 367. Military honors by the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Luminary United Methodist Church of the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston. 

SHORES, GWENDOLYN WHITE - age 59, of Louisville, went to join her husband, Charlie G. Shores, on Wednesday, September 24. She attended East Side Church of Christ of Maryville. Preceded in death by mother, Lora Monday White and Charles and Ruth Shores. Survivors; father, Edward Jay (EJ) White of Florida; daughters and sons-in-law, Lorrie Shores Emert (Frank) of Knoxville, Patricia Ann Shores of Louisville, Charlene E. Ingle (Greg) of Luttrell; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul D. Shores (Donna) of Omaha, Nebraska, Scott O. Shores, (Sheila) of Maryville, Charles Judson (CJ) Shores of Louisville; grandchildren, Angie, David, Christopher, and Samantha Shores, Jay, Marty, Sabrina, and Latichia Emert, Nicole and Ryan Shores, Charlie and Gwendolyn Hope Shores, Beth and Scott Ingle; sisters, Anne Harrell of Knoxville, Betty Kirby of Arkansas, Vicki Smallman of Knoxville, Mary Lisa White of Colorado; brother, Jay S. White of Blaine; numerous other family members and special friends. Gwen was known for her love, dedication and involvement with the students of William Blount High School for many years and will be sadly missed by the many people whose lives she graced. A memorial service will be held at the East Side Church of Christ on Sevierville Road in Maryville at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 1997. Family will visit with friends at the church two hours prior to the service. Arrangements are coordinated through Miller Funeral Home in Maryville, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to William Blount High School Band Boosters Club, or the Blount County Human Society. 

SLATON, HELEN LOUISE - age 68, of Kingston, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, September 24, 1997, at The University of Tennessee Hospital, Knoxville. She was a member of Grace Fellowship Presbyterian Church P.C.A. Kingston. A former resident of Dayton, Ohio. She was the executive secretary for the City Manager of Kettering, Ohio. Retired from the Law Office of Sandy McPherson, Attorney at Law. Survivors: husband of 50 years, Donald T. Slaton, Kingston, Tenn.; son, Gerald Lee Slaton, Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Donna Jean Slaton, Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Joel D. and Neal D. Slaton, Cincinnati, Ohio; motherr-in-law, Rose A. Clark, Dayton, Ohio. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston, Tenn., where the family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday. Funeral 3 p.m. Saturday in Kyker Chapel with The Rev. Clyde Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Kingston Memorial Gardens. 

SNYDER, ESTHER MARIE - age 43, of Knoxville, died Thursday morning September 25, 1997. She was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Sharp. Her survivors include her husband, Dewey Wayne Snyder; daughter, Lisa Michelle Snyder; grandson, Cody Allen Underwood; special son, Darrell Wayne Easterly; father, William Sharp, Sr.; brother-in-law, William Jr. and Debra Sharp; sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Robert M. Showalter; sister, Teresa Darlene Sharp; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Earlene Thompson and Darlene Latham. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. Delton Cochran officiating. Interment will follow in Lynnhurst Cemetery. Pallbearers; Bill Gass, George Gibbs, Doug Thompson, Charles Friend, Henry Breeden and Jackie Housewright. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

TROTTNOW, EARYL NAGLE - age 78, of Speedwell, passed away Sunday, September 14, 1997, at her home. She was a member of Fincastle Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Trottnow and daughter, Ray Early Weiss. She is survived by her sons, Glenn Trottnow of LaFollette, Herbert Trottnow of Grand Island, New York, and daughter, Ellen Williamson of Lakeland, Fla. The body was sent to Eden, New York, where graveside service and interment were held at 11:30 a.m. September 18, 1997, at Eden Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Fincastle Methodist Church. Martin Funeral Home of LaFollette was in charge of arrangements. 

WAKEFIELD, MAE - age 87, widow of Charles L. Wakefield, of 1230 Tellico Rd., Madisonville, passed away 1:35 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 1997, at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home. She was of the Church of God faith. Survivors - daughter, Billie Simerly, Madisonville; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; former son-in-law, George Simerly, Madisonville. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Sallie Giles, four brothers. Funeral 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Beecher Miller officiating. Interment Hardshell Cemetery. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

WATKINS, LULA GRACE - age 84, of Lenoir City, formerly of Okemah and Oklmugee Oklahoma, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 25, 1997 at Loudon Hospital. She was a member of the Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by husband, Walter Wesley Watkins (W.W.); sons, James David and Murrell Wesley Watkins; parents, James Samuel and Carrie Jane Griffin Murrell. Survivors, daughter and son-in-law, Lorie and David Bartlett of Lenoir City; nine grandchildren. Funeral services 9 a.m. Saturday, Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Larry Bryant officiating. Interment Lake View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. 

WELCH, LUTHER V. - age 81, of Seymour, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Member and past deacon of Bell's Chapel Baptist Church, veteran of WWII. Long time employee of Adams Building Supply and the Knoxville News Sentinel. Preceded in death by son-in-law, Dennis J. Galyon. Survivors; wife, Rella Wardell Welch, whom he married September 25, 1941; son, Ruble Welch; daughter, Kay Galyon; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Sam McMurray, Jerri and Tom McCarter; six grandchildren, Sam and Chad McMurray, Keith Welch, Brian and Kimberly McCarter and Brandon Galyon, all of Seymour; brother, Hugh Welch, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 8 p.m. Saturday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Al Amith officiating. Interment 2 p.m. Sunday, Holly Hills Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sammy Stevens and grandchildren. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

WELCH, LAURA - age 85, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 25, 1997, at her home. She was a devoted, loving mother, a loyal trusted friend, and a joyful, faithful child of God. She was an avid reader, delighted in growing beautiful flowers and enjoyed many crafts, but most of all she loved being a mother. While we are saddened to say good-bye, we know Heaven is sweeter today because of her presence. She is survived by five devoted children and in-laws, Sandra and Bill Morgan, Carolyn and Jack Shelton, Steven and Debbie Welch, Stan and Sheliah Welch, Jim and Mary Welch. She is also survived by five grandchildren and many friends who loved her. Private graveside services will be held Saturday at Bethel-Lynch Cemetery, Dr. Homer Smith officiating. Friends may call at their convenience Friday at Mynatt's.

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