Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries

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ATCHLEY, DR. PAUL L. - 91, passed away Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, 1997, at his home in the Riverdale Community. He was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. C.L. Atchley and a prominent optometrist in Knoxville and the surrounding area for 70 years. Dr. Atchley was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Gray Atchley, with whom he was united in marriage for 70 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean Lawson Marsee and M.O. Marsee and Joy and Jay Marsee; daughter, Jodi A. Atchley; son, Phillip E. Atchley; 18 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral mass 10 a.m. Friday, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Tom Tavella and Father Xavier Mankel officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

BONNER, HOWARD - of Knoxville, departed this life October 2, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary. 

BRANCH, ROSS - age 69, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, September 29, 1997, at his home. Preceded in death by parents, John and Porter Branch; sisters, Ozella Reynolds and Anna Mae Phillips; and brothers, Sam and John Branch, Hubert and Ralph Branch. Survived by brothers, J.D. Branch of Sevierville, Bobby Branch of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Ella Mae Reagan. Funeral will be 7 p.m. Friday at the McCarty Chapel with Rev. Tommy Hatley officiating. The family and friends will meet at Pratts Chapel Cemetery Saturday 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. committal service. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Drive. 

DYKES, ONNIE WILLIAM - 89, of Knoxville, passed away October 1, 1997, at Hillcrest North Health Care Center. He was a retired lather of Union Local No. 255. Preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Dykes; parents, Granville William and Lulla Dykes; brothers, Raymond, Cubert, John, Albert and Isom Dykes. Survivors: daughters, Joyce Frye of Knoxville and Barbara Brown of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Tim Frye of Sarasota, Fla., Jerry Frye of Knoxville, Kelly Murphy of Knoxville, Cheryl Spardella of Houston, Texas and Daryl Brown of California; five great-grandchildren; special son-in-law, Andy Brown of Houston. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Hillcrest for the care they gave to Mr. Dykes. Family and friends will meet 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the main entrance to Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service with Rev. Walter Hill officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

EVANS, MRS. M. BEULAH - age 83, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Dogwood Heights Community, Tazewell, passed away Thursday morning at Mercy Hospital in Monroe, N.C. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Sat. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, Coffey Funeral Home Chapel, Tazewell. Burial in Drummonds Cemetery. Coffey, Tazewell, in charge of arrangements. 

FRITTS, KENNETH LLOYD - age 72, of Knoxville, formerly of Lenoir City, passed away Tuesday morning, September 30, 1997, at St. Mary's Hosptial. He was a member of Dutch Valley Church of God where he had served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent and church clerk. He was one of the founders of the Knox Area Rescue Mission. He was retired from K.U.B. A Veteran of World War II serving in Europe with the Army. He was preceded in death by parents, Corbett and Effie Stinnett Fritts; brother, James L. Fritts. Survivors: wife, Estelle Robinson Fritts; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Colleen Fritts of Atlanta, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Richard Wright of Atlanta, Ga.; uncle, Bill Fritts of Lenoir City, niece, Virgnia and husband, Steve Strawderman of Atlanta, Ga.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty and Gene Wier of Knoxville. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Dutch Valley Church of God, Rev. Jack Dean and Rev. John Unthank officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral at the church. Pallbearers; Curtis Fritts, Marty Fritts, Johnny Fritts, David Fritts, Bob Mitchell, Larry Waldroup, J.V. Doan, Jr., Calvin Hicks, Bill Turner and Tony Metler. Honorary pallbearers: Gene Shipley, Hollis Clapp, Henry Grainger, Fred Dearstone, Willis McCormick and The Senior Men of the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a Special Missions Fund c/o Dutch Valley Church of God, 1416 Breda Drive, Knoxville, Tenn. 37918. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Friday at Click Funeral Home with graveside services to follow at 3 p.m. in Lake View Cemetery. Rev. Charles Fritts and Rev. Paul Fritts officiating. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

GIBSON, WILLIAM CLYDE - age 76, of 643 Old Tellico Hwy., Madisonville, passed away 2:30 a.m. Thursday, October 2, 1997, at Sweetwater Hospital. Member of Notchey Creek Baptist Church, well known Monroe County carpenter, son of the late Fred and Bertha Gibson. Survivors: wife, Inez Womble Gibson; sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil W. and Charlotte Gibson, Sweetwater, Ronnie F. and Aletha Gibson, Bristol, Tenn.; grandchildren, Miranda B. Rogers, Timothy W. Gibson, Jonathan S. Gibson, all of Knoxville, Caylen N. Gibson, Sweetwater, Eric Gibson, Jillian Gibson, both of Bristol, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Reba McDaniel, Madisonville, Nancy Garrow, Marietta, Ga.; brothers, Joe Gibson, Maryville, Leon, Gordon, Greeley, Bob Gibson, all of Madisonville; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers, Bill and J.C. Gibson. Funeral 2 p.m. Saturday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Gale Miller and Rev. Conward Cline officiating. Interment Notchey Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

GLENN, EDNA HELEN - age 89, of Strawberry Plains, passed away Thursday, October 2, 1997, at her home. Member of Midway Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Carroll Glenn. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ruth and Von Riddle of New Market; sons and daughters-in-law, Lowell (Buddy) and Carolyn Glenn, Gerald and Connie Glenn, all Strawberry Plains; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; niece, Delores Newman of Strawberry Plains. Funeral will be 8 p.m. Friday at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel with Rev. Buford Wilson and Rev. Paul Moore officiating. The family and friends will meet at Pollards Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Saturday for an 11 a.m. committal service. Pallbearers will be grandsons and Marlin Coker, Jr. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at McCarty's Evergreen Chapel, 7420 Asheville Hwy. 

HOOD, JOSEPH TYSON - age 94, died Thursday at NHC Homecare in Milan, Tenn. Born November 1, 1902, the son of Joseph Robertson Hood and Nancy Headerick Hood, he owned and operated, until his retirement, J.T. Hood Exterminating Company in Knoxville. He was married for 62 years to Gertrude Parrot Hood who died in 1991. He was a very active member of Washington Pike United Methodist Church and also the Fountain City Lions Club until he moved to Jackson in 1994. Mr. Hood is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, June and Charles Huffman of Jackson; three granddaughters, Carol Dickerson of Nashville, Nnacy He'bert of Selmer, Anne Muscarella of Baldwin, N.Y.; and four great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his four brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 1997, at Stevens Mortuary in Knoxville with Rev. Richard Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to service Saturday, October 4, 1997, at the funeral home. It is requested that memorial contributions be directed to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 2300 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203. Arrington Funeral Directors, Jackson, (901) 668-1111. 

HOWELL, ZOLA GERTRUDE MONDAY - age 84, of Sweetwater, Tenn., passed away October 1, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital. Ms. Howell attended Lenoir City High School. She was a member of 1st Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater, Tenn. since 1941. Former member of 1st Baptist Church, Lenoir City and 1st Baptist Church of Sweetwater. Ms. Howell was a nurse at Sweetwater Hospital for many years and she was a member of Business Professional Women's Club. Preceded in death by husband, Carl R. Howell and daughter, Kaye Howell Parks. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Faye Howell and Kenneth Jones, Chatsworth, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Lois Rowe, Steve and Sandi Howell, Roger and Debbie Howell, David, Frankie and Fredrick Howell, all of Sweetwater; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Curtis, Sweetwater; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service is 8 p.m. Friday in Sweetwater Memory Chapel with Dr. Gerald Atkins officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Chris Noto officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday in Sweetwater Funeral Home Memory Chapel prior to funeral. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. 

LEWELLING, VELA MAE (APPLE) - age 93, of Knoxville, died at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a lifetime member of Second United Methodist Church, member of Florence Creswell Sunday School Class, member of Daughters of America. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas Decatur Lewelling; daughter, Ruby Lewelling Alfrey; and parents, Nebraska B. Apple and Mildred Elizabeth Petty Apple; and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Joinda and John R. Mays of Knoxville; son-in-law, Paul R. Alfrey of Newport Beach, Calif.; granddaughters, Janice Alfrey of Newport Beach, Calif., Susan Lafrey of Garden Grove, Calif.; and granddaughter and husband, Cindy and Bobby R. Nichols, Jr. of Knoxville; grandson and wife, Thomas H. and Carrie Mays of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Brittany Nichols, Trey Nichols and Jason Mays; sister, Sallie Leach of West Cramerton, N.C. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Friday October 3, 1997, at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel with Rev. Gerald McFarland officiating. Family and friends will assemble for interment at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 1997, for a 9:30 a.m. graveside service at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at McCarty-Weaver Cumberland Chapel, Knoxville. 

LINDSEY, FRANK RAY - age 67, of Blaine, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 1997, at home. A member of Indian Ridge Baptist Church and retired employee of 33 years from Johnson and Galyon, Inc. Preceded in death by wife of 43 years, Zelma Lindsey; son, Frankie Ray; sister, Bonnie Seymour. Survived by daughter, Janie Shelton; sons, Eddie and Brad Lindsey; grandchildren, Jason Lindsey, Jennifer Shelton, Jessica Lindsey, Patrick Lindsey; brother, Paul Lindsey of Peadmont; sisters, Ruby Bernard of Florida, Betty Jean Huskey of Sevierville, Marcell Hurd of Knoxville, Laurie Segers of Mississippi; several nieces and nephews. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the McCarty Chapel with Rev. Mike Lee officiating followed by the interment at Indian Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at McCarty Mortuary, 4004 Holston Dr. 

LLOYD, HOWARD (DEACON) - age 83, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 1997, at 9:30 a.m. at his home. He was a member of North Clinton Baptist Church and a retired construction worker. Survived by wife, Doris Lloyd; daughters, Clesie Lloyd Overton and Cathy Lloyd Coley; sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence and Hope Lloyd of Knoxville, Clayton and Nancy Lloyd of Clinton; grandchildren, Regina Dawn Overton, William Monroe (Monty) Overton, III, James Howard Coley, Marcus Adam Lloyd and Clesie Smitt; one great-grandchild; sisters, Kizzie Bulkus of Las Vegas, Nevada, Elizabeth Harness of Cincinnati, Ohio and Comdeith Duncan of Huntsville, Tenn.; brothers, Marion Lloyd of Norma, Tenn. and James C. Lloyd of Huntsville, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in Christ. Funeral will be 8:30 p.m. Saturday at McCarty's Woodhaven Chaplel with Rev. Tony Wilson officiating. The family and friends will meet at McCarty's Woodhaven Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Sunday for a 2 p.m. committal service. The family will receive friends 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at McCarty's Woodhaven Chapel, 160 Edgemoor Road. 

McCALL, ROBERT ''R.J.'' JR. - age 73, of 2516 Park Ave., Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Knoxville, died Wednesday, October 1, 1997. Funeral service 8 p.m. Friday from the Morris-Baker Funeral Home South Chapel. Mr. Chambers was a retired sales supervisor for C&S Distributors, Chattanooga. Burial and graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shelby Hills Cemetery, Bristol, Tenn. Survivors include his wife, two sons, two sisters, one brother, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 is serving the family, (423) 282-1521. 

McGUIRE, CAROLYN - of Athens, Ga., died Monday, September 29, 1997, at North Fulton Regional Medical Center, Atlanta, Ga. Blount County relatives: brother-in-law, Robert R. McGuire; sister-in-law, Inell Thomas; niece, Gaynell Ferguson; nephews, Jimmy Ferguson, Shannon and Da-Von Zachery, Jackson McWhorter. Funeral home: 1253 West Broad St., Athens, GA 30606 in charge of arrangements. Announcement by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary, Knoxville, Tenn. 

MELZONI, JOHN ELMER - age 58, of Clinton, died Wednesday, October 1, 1997, at Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville. He was born in High Splint, Harlan County, Kentucky on August 6, 1939, the son of Pete and Betty Melzoni of Clinton. John was a member of Poplar Creek Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, John Melzoni, Jr. of Murfreesboro; four daughters, Cory Watts, Jessica Melzoni and Kim Melzoni of Wabash, Ind. and Kelly Melzoni of Clarksville; a brother, Pete Melzoni Jr. of Wabash, Ind.; two sisters, Phyllis Maples of Wabash, Ind. and Brenda Hatton of Clinton and two grandsons, Jalen and Jordan Watts of Wabash, Ind. John was a graduate of Evarts High School, Evarts, Ky. and Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Ky. He worked over 30 years for Wabash Alloys in their Wabash, Ind. and Dickson, Tenn. facilities as production manager. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 3, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Holley-Gamble with the Rev. Bill Dawson and the Rev. Kenneth Sharp officiating. The eulogy will be provided by Jim Meeks. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 1997, at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Marlow with the Rev. Bill Melzoni officiating. John's nephews will be pallbearers. Arrangements by Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. 

MILLS, NORA TIPTON ''TIPPY'' SHARP - age 79, of Gatlinburg, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 1997, at Royal Care Nursing Home in Pigeon Forge after a lengthy illness. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Luther ''Bill'' Mills, former Mayor of Gatlinburg and former president of First National Bank and son, Brent Mills; also former president of First National Bank of Gatlinburg. Survivors: daughter, Linda Kay Mills, Knoxville; grandchildren, Shayne Mills Lovera, Kimberly Mills; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Sharp and Frank K. Weaver, Knoxville; sister, Jewel Sharp Mayo, Atlanta, Ga.; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service and interment 12 noon Friday at Shiloh Cemetery with Dr. Jon Roebuck officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. 

TERRY, DOMINIC MIKHAIL - age five days, died Wednesday, October 1, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital. Survivors: parents, Michael A. (Mike) and Carel Terry; sisters, Nichole and Jocelyn Terry; brother, Michael Terry, Jr., all of Knoxville; grandparents, Roy and Betty Terry, Decatur, Ga.; grandfather, Clayton Gregg; grandmother, Reao B. Gregg, Clarksville; several aunts, uncles and cousins, Cornerstone Church Family and many friends. Family and friends will meet at 12:45 p.m. Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 1 p.m. graveside service and interment with Pastor William Kittrell of Cornerstone Church, Knoxville, officiating. Family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at West Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, compliments of Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Polson. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

PRATER, FLOSSIE MAE - age 94, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord and her children Thursday morning at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. Member of Copper Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors: granddaughters, Rebecca Fairchild, Bambi and Gerald Lowe, and Darlene Davis of Kentucky; grandsons, William David and Deborah Fairchild of Orlando, Fla., and Monty and Linda Fairchild; great-granddaughters, Wendy Hastings and Jamie Heath; great-grandson, Monty Wayne Fairchild; great-great-granddaughter, Kristyn Hastings; great-great-grandson, Michael Chase Heath; sisters, Ruth Franklin and Kate Highsmith; several nieces and nephews. Service 11 a.m. Saturday, Mynatt Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Wayne Lay officiating. Interment to follow at New Gray Cemetery. Pallbearers: Tommy Kidwell, Jimmy Farmer, Monty and David Fairchild, Michael Heath and Donnie Hastings. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Mynatt's. 

THURMAN, BILLY CATLETT - age 77, of Louisville, passed away October 2, 1997, at home after a short illness. A member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He worked 30 years in the car business from 1954-1969 at Hull-Dobbs and from 1969-1984 he was truck manager at East Tennessee Ford. Veteran of WWII. Preceded in death by wife, Ann H. Thurman; grandson, Donald Lee Graves; sister, Katherine Thurman. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Donald V. and Vicki Thurman; daughter, Katherine Ann Montgomery; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Chester Westerfield; grandchildren, Josh and Courtney Thurman. Graveside service 2 p.m. Sunday, Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. Sanders Whaley officiating. Honorary pallbearers: Ed Norton, Charlie Newman and Perry Roden. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or your favority charity. Friends may call at their convenience at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

VANZANT, SALLY R. - age 62, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday evening at the Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. A native of Knoxville, she was the daughter of the late William Fred and Edith Marie Guy Coward. A member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church, she was a devoted housewife. Preceded in death by her parents and also by brothers, Amos, Albert, Junior and Dee Coward; and sisters, Margaret Seay, Willamae Henderson, Sue Pryor, Evelyn Walters and Fern Shelton. She is survived by husband, Greene Vanzant of Knoxville; sons, Donald G. Vanzant of Powell, Darrell G. Vanzant of Knoxville, David M. Vanzant of Knoxville; daughters, Debra Hilton of Powell, Sharon Autin of Rutledge; sister, Joyce Williams of Tate Springs, Tenn.; a special nephew, Robert Seay of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive. The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Highland Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Jackie Bunch presiding. The interment will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery with grandsons serving as casketbearers. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 588-0567. 

WAYMAN, ADA ABBOTT - age 83, widow of Worth Moree and William Vastine Wayman, resident of Loudon Health Care Center, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 1997, at Loudon Health Care Center. Member of Wright's Ferry Baptist Church, daughter of the late Absolum and Martha Abbott. Survivors: special niece, Judy Abbott Pitts, Knoxville; several other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sisters, Mamie Bowers, Ina Lankford Cummings, Beulah Ward; brothers, Noah, Bruce, Ira, Ben, Frank and Joe Abbott. Funeral 8 p.m. Friday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Michael R. Price officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday, Vonore Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

WHITMORE, LENA BELL - age 75, of Knoxville, died Thursday at Blount Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foothills Funeral Home, Maryville. 

WILKERSON, ROBERT GLEASON - age 55, of South Knoxville, passed away October 1, 1997. Veteran of Vietnam Conflict with the U.S. Marines. Member of Fraternal Order of Police. Survivors: daughters, Teresa Moore, Rachelle Wolfe; son, Robert Dale Wilkerson; grandchildren, Ashlea, Jeffery, Brittany and Haley; mother, Grace Wilkerson; brother, Jackie L. Wilkerson; sister, Jean Wall; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Norman Smelcer officiating. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. 

YOUNG, CORA S. - of Knoxville, departed this life Thursday, October 2, 1997, at UT Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Unity Mortuary.

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