Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries


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ALDRIDGE, MRS. JOHNNIE RUTH - age 71, of Greeneville, Tenn., died suddenly 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Johnson City Medical Center of a stroke. She was a nurse in OBGYN dept. of Laughlin Memorial Hospital for 15 years and retired receptionist for Drs. Ben Keebler, R.S. Cowles and Robert Brown. Member of Pine Springs Missionary Baptist Church. She was a lifelong resident of Greene County and a graduate of St. James High School. Preceded in death by husband, Dwight C. Aldridge; parents, Hubert and Kate Tarlton; four brothers, Doyle, R.G., J.V. and Arville Tarlton; and by a sister, Gypsy Cutshall. Survivors: one son, Larry Aldridge of Alcoa, Tenn., who is executive editor of The Daily Times in Maryville; three grandchildren, Jared Aldridge, Vera Lane Aldridge and Grace Ann Aldridge; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ada Tarlton of Greeneville; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Lloyd Hurst of Augusta, Ga.; three additional sisters-in-law, Zella Tarlton, Elizabeth Tarlton and Ina Ruth Tarlton, all of Greeneville; special friends, Bill Campbell and Juanita Stiles, both of Greeneville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at Kiser Funeral Chapel. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery. Rev. Gerald Tarlton officiating. Active pallbearers: J.V. Tarlton, Jr., Roger Ellison, David Reynolds, Scottie Tarlton, Drew Reynolds, Jody Tarlton, Buddy Morgan, Lloyd Hurst, Jr. The family will receive friends at Kiser Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Kiser Funeral Home, Greeneville, in charge. 

ARNOLD, WARREN G. - age 77, of Maryville, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at the family home. He was a member of Bungalow Methodist Church, Evening Star Lodge #180 F.& A.M. at New Tazewell, Knoxville Scottish Rite, Shriner Kerbela Temple and served in the United States Navy in WWII. He was preceded in death by parents, George Arnold and Minerva Crutchfield Arnold; first wife, Josephine Arnold; four brothers and four sisters. Survivors include wife, Margie Tilson Arnold; stepson, Steven Alexander of Indialantic, Fla.; stepson and wife, Scott and Robin Alexander of Skokie, Ill.; three grandchildren, Harley Graham, Angel and Brandon Alexander, all of Skokie, Ill.; sisters, Inez Drummonds and Irene Hansard, both of New Tazewell, Tenn. Masonic and funeral services are at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 1998, in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with Rev. William Bennett officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, at Clark's Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 1998, in the Trinity Chapel. Smith Mortuary, Maryville, in charge of arrangements. 

BAILEY, IRENE C. - age 65, suddenly went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was a devoted and faithful member of Hilltop Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by father, Clifton L. Keck. She is survived by mother, Euple W. Keck; husband, Lee F. Bailey; father and mother-in-law, Leonard and Rosa Bailey; daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Steve McClain, Martha and Robert Brooks, Karen and Douglas Watson, Teresa and Richard Tice, Patricia and Jeffrey Cooper, and Betsy and Keith Brock; brother, Glen Keck; brothers-in-law and wives, Jack and Janice Bailey, and Gary and Penny Bailey; brother-in-law, Larry Bailey; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Jim Morgan, and Naomi and Pugh Hall; sister-in-law, Carolyn Bailey; grandchildren, Alison, Michelle, Cynthia, Julie, Justin, Clay, Lance, Samuel, Drew and Addison; many extended family members and loving friends. Family and friends will meet at Greenwood Cemetery 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 1998, for graveside services with Rev. Phillip Hayes and Rev. Clyde Cooper officiating. Deacons of Hilltop Baptist Church and Pugh Hall will be pallbearers. Arrangements by Highland West Funeral Home, 693-9547. 

BIDDLE, JOHN MARVIN, SR. - age 89, of Fountain City, died 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at his home. Member of Smithwood Baptist Church and the R.O. Bryan (Adult 3) Sunday School class, former deacon, Sunday School teacher and treasurer. Employed for 62 years at C&S Laundry Co. as co-owner and corporate secretary. Former member of the Fountain City Lions Club. Survivors: wife of 61 years, Mae (Potter) Biddle, Knoxville; son, Ron Biddle, Nashville; son and daughter-in-law, John M. Jr. and Joan Biddle, Knoxville; grandchildren, Cindy Biddle, Newport, N.J., John M. Biddle, III and wife Laura, Knoxville, Leigh Biastock and husband Greg, Lexington, Ky., Lauren McCarley and husband Mike, Aiken, S.C.; one great-grandson, Andrew Biddle, Knoxville; sister-in-law, Alma Biddle, Rutledge; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Mortuary to leave in procession for a 2 p.m. graveside service and interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan and Dr. Ralph Murray officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the R.O. Bryan Sunday School class. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, 777 North 5th Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917; St. Mary's Hospice Program, 1531 Dick Lonas Road, Bldg. F, Knoxville, TN 37909; or Y.O.K.E. Youth Ministries, PO Box 3492, Knoxville, TN 37927. Arrangements by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

BROWN, UNA MAE - age 58, of Cumberland, Ky., formerly of Lenoir City, passed away Sunday, May 3, 1998. Una Mae was a member of Cumberland Baptist Church. She was born July 7, 1938, unto the union of the late William and Gertrude Collins. Preceded in death by her son, Billy Ray Brown. Survivors: husband, Jay Brown of Cumberland, Ky.; son, Mitchell Brown of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Kristy Nicole Brown of Cumberland, Ky.; grandchildren, Ryan Danielle Sergent and Joseph Bly Sergent; sisters, Dorothy Mashburn and Mildred Anderson, both of Lenoir City. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, Click Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Tony Maples officiating. Interment Three Point Cemetery in Madisonville. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City. 

BURGESS, MR. JAMES WILLIAM - age 77, of Coalfield, passed away May 6, 1998, at his home in Coalfield. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a longtime gardener and farmer. Mr. Burgess was born in Putnam County. He served in the U.S. Amry and CCC. He was of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by son, Darrell Wayne Burgess; parents, Sib Elbert and Ethel Dora Burgess; sisters, Julia Ann Peters and Marie Smith; brother, Vincent Burgess. He is survived by wife, Imogene Burgess; daughter, Donna Jones of Mountain City; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Pam Janke of Coalfield; grandchildren, Stacey Jones Brickey and Adam Burgess Janke of Coalfield and Bridget Leann Jones of Mountain City; great-grandson, Christopher Emory Brickey; brother Sib Burgess of Wartburg, Malcolm Burgess of Dunlap, Mickey Burgess of San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Mrs. A.H. (Hazel) Gough of Oliver Springs, Jewel Shrader of Clinton, Ida Smith of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. E.S. (Beulah) Prigmore of Trussville, Ala., Mrs. H. Wayne (Melva) Schrader of Oak Ridge; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, May 7, 1998, from 7-9 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Graveside service will be on Friday, 1 p.m. at Davis Cemetery in Coalfield with Rev. Garvan W. Walls officiating.   

BURNETT, INSLEE, JR. - age 78, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, May 4, 1998, at his home. He was a member of Woodlawn Christian Church, national, state and local CPA societies, Beta Gamma Sigma honorary business fraternity, 32 degree Mason Woodward Lodge 737 F&AM, Kerbela Shrine Temple, graduate of Knoxville High School Class of 38-A. He had a BS in accounting, a MS in finance from the University of Tennessee. He had an associates degree from Pellissippi State in computer science. Former employee of University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service; former instructor in accounting at the University of Tennessee; retired from Davis, Newman, Payne Advertising Agency where he was secretary and treasurer. He was a self-employed estate planner. He was a WWII Army veteran with the 100th infantry division, 399th regiment, 3rd battalion headquarters company where he received the Combat Infantry badge. He was preceded in death by parents, Inslee, Sr. and Anna Mae Bellamy Burnett. Survivors: wife of 56 years, Constance Phifer Burnett; daughter and son-in-law, Gayle Burnett and John A. Atchley, all of Knoxville; brother, Charles E. Burnett, Jasper, Ala.; lifelong friend, Gayle Jory, Louisville, Tenn.; and two nieces. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, Dr. Rick Grover, minister, and Mr. Mark Pierce officiating. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Friday for entombment services at 11 a.m. with full military honors by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Woodlawn Christian Church, 4339 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

CLARK, LUISE TOPPEL - age 71, of the Dogwood Community, Kingston, passed away Monday, April 27, 1998, in Hollywood, Fla. Luise was of the Lutheran faith. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Pete and Margaret Toppel of Maryville, Tommy and Brigitte Clark of the Dogwood Community, Kingston; grandchildren, Karen Russell and Alex Clark; great-grandchildren, Deane Bayless and Aaron Russell; sister, Irma Fouinier of West Germany; special friends, Crystal and Eddie of Key Biscayne, Fla. Graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday, Dogwood Community, Pastor Michael Miller officiating. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, in charge. 

CLEVELAND, MARY ELIZABETH RHYNE - age 83, of Knoxville, was called home on May 6, 1998. Attended Lincoln Park Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Albert B. Cleveland and daughters, Rebecca Davis, Mary Grace Lewis and grandson, Len Lawson. Survivors: daughters, Bessie Hansard and Lee Taylor; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Family and friends will meet at Lynnhurst Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday for graveside service, Rev. Ted Ingram officiating. Friends may call at their convenience at Mynatt's. 

COLE, MR. MONTERAY (MONT) - age 78, of Sharps Chapel, passed away 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998. He was of the Baptist faith and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Preceded in death by parents, A.T. and Della (Houston) Cole; sisters, Goldie Walker, Mae Stiner; brothers, Arlie, Roy, Woodrow and H.V. Cole. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Kathy Cole; former wife, Laura Cole; stepson and wife, Eddie and Glenda Hunley; step-daughter, Ada Hunley; step-granddaughters, Rebecca Gibson, Autumn Williams, Robin Davis; step-grandsons, Lynn Hunley, Chuck Williams, Rocky Wright; nine step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandson; brothers, Aaron Cole, Thomas Cole, all of Sharps Chapel; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Greg Sharp, Elder J.C. Monday officiating with the Leatherwood Singers. The body will lie in state one hour before service. Interment will follow in Shoffner Cemetery with military graveside services by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Byron Cole, Chuck Williams, Lynn Hunley, Daniel Cole, Jerry Douglas Cole, Johnny Rouse. Honorary pallbearers: Bob Sharp, Jerry Cole, Millard Bobby Cole, Monteray Sharp. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

DEAL, MRS. ROSETTA LEWIS - age 93, of Knoxville, died 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Mariners Health of Norris. Member of Arlington Baptist Church. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Eleanor and Ora Lee Boles, Knoxville, Betty and Nolen Poarch, Huntsville, Ala.; son and daughter-in-law, Roy R., Jr. and Margie Deal, Rockwood, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Betty Perry, Knoxville, Mildred Scarbrough, Concord; several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

GILREATH, GORDON E. - age 58, of Kodak, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as a result of an accidental fall. He was a member of Kodak United Methodist Church, where he served in many ministries of the church. He was a devoted school teacher for more than 34 years. After retiring from teaching, he spent his time managing the Scenic Motel in Townsend. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Belle Gilreath; brothers, Carlyle and Wayne Gilreath; sister, Betty Lynn Gilreath. Survivors: wife, Mary Sue Brown Gilreath; daughters and sons-in-law, Susanne and Craig Smith, Sonja and Bill Von Ohlen; grandchildren, Lauren and Brandon Von Ohlen, Corey Smith; brother, Sidney W. Gilreath, Knoxville; sisters, Catherine Gilreath, Townsend, Christine Helm, California; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kodak United Methodist Church, Rev. Rob McClellan and Dr. Bruce Marston officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday at Henry's Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kodak United Methodist Church Building Fund. The family will receive friends 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Kodak United Methodist Church. Friends may call at their convenience after 2 p.m. Thursday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.  

GOSS, MRS. NENA D. - age 77, of 1970 Locarno Dr., Knoxville, departed this life Sunday, May 3, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was a longtime and faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Ralph Goss Sr.; parents, James and Sara Dawkins; three brothers and four sisters. Survivors: daughters, Josephine Goss-Sims of Southfield, Mich., Mary Susan Goss; sons, Ralph (Laura) Goss Jr. and John R. (Minnie) Goss of Knoxville, Tom (Carol) Goss and Gregory (Cynthia) Goss of Ann Arbor, Mich., Lewis (Sherrye) Goss of Chattanooga; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother, Luke (Allie) Dawkins of Spartanburg, S.C.; brother-in-law, Thomas B. Goss; sisters-in-law, Frankie H. Goss and Eddie M. Goss-Dicks; and a host of nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Funeral 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 1998, at Mt. Zion. The interment will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, Rev. Dr. Johnnie Skinner officiating. Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in charge. 

GRIMME, HENRY LOUIS - age 74, of Maryville, passed away Wednesday morning, May 6, 1998, at Home Away From Home. Survivors: wife, Hella M. Schilling Grimme. The body was cremated and no services are planned. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. 

HARLESS, MARY ELLA - 81, of Clinton, Tenn., died Tuesday at Methodist Medical Center. Born January 14, 1917, in Anderson County, Tenn. She was a member of Poplar Creek Baptist Church, Clinton, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Harless; her parents, Oscar and Julia Redden Taylor; sisters, Lily and Carrie Taylor; and brothers, Anvil, Homer and Woodrow Taylor. Survivors include one daughter, Joyce and husband, Don Wood of Clinton; son, David Devon and wife, Linda Harless of Clinton; two grandchildren, Lisa J. and husband, Scott Coffman of Suffolk, Va., Robert Michael Wood of Old Fort, Tenn.; one great-grandchild, Brandon Coffman; several nieces and nephews; sisters, Hazel McKinney of Oak Ridge and Stella Lowe of Clinton; brother, Elmer Taylor of Clinton; very special friends, Florence Burgess of Clinton, Ruth Owens of Marlow and Charlotte Justice of Oliver Springs. Visitation will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral service will be conducted 8 p.m. Friday at the Holley-Gamble Chapel, Clinton, with Rev. Bill Lawson and Billy Owens officiating. Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 1998, at Poplar Creek Cemetery, Clinton, Tenn. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home, Clinton. 

JENKINS, WANDA BONDY - 64, of 103 Willow St., Sweetwater, died Wednesday afternoon, May 6, 1998, at U.T. Hospital. Wife of Beecher Jenkins. Arrangements later. Loudon Funeral Home. 

JOHNSON, ARRANTS - age 75, of Sweetwater, passed away Wednesday, May 6, at Sweetwater Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Sweetwater Funeral Home Memory Chapel in charge. 

LEONARD, PEARLINE - of Knoxville, departed this life on Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Hillcrest West Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Unity Mortuary. 

LINE, HELEN DeBORD - age 76, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, May 4, 1998, at Life Care Center of Jefferson City. Member of St. Paul United Methodist Church (East), Golden Rule Lodge #439 UTU. Retired supervisor from Alpha Industries. Preceded in death by parents, Robert Lee and Anna DeBord; infant twin brothers; husband, Raymond Line. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Joe Armstrong of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Jeanne Line; grandson, Chris Line; granddaughter, Carey Line; grandson and wife, Rex and Tammy Armstrong; great-grandsons, Jason and Cody Armstrong, all of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Connie DeBord of Louisiana; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Thursday at Caledonia Cemetery for graveside service, Rev. Amos Taj officiating. Arrangements by Mynatt's. 

LOY, SIDNEY (ROCKY) - age 71, of Fountain City, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at home with his family. Member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. Northside Kiwanis and Masters Lodge #244 F.& A.M. He was retired from K.U.B. with 46 years service. Veteran of U.S. Navy in WWII. Survivors: wife, Jean G. Loy; daughter and son-in-law, Kimra and Douglas B. Merritt; son and daughter-in-law, Darrell W. and Debbie Loy; son, Bradley M. Loy; grandchildren, Sidney Merritt, Lara Merritt, Matthew Loy, Makenzie Loy, Rachael Veals, Kirby Veals; sisters, Ethel Wells, Beulah Kinkaid; several nieces, nephews and many friends. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at the Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel with Rev. Ronald Mouser officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers: Matthew Loy, Greg and Grant Luna, Johnny and Richard Bailey and Jeff Miller. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber, Knoxville, TN 37909. Friends may call at their convenience Thursday afternoon at the Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

McCOY, M.D. - age 78, of Knoxville, entered into eternal rest in the arms of Jesus, Wednesday, May 6, 1998, 1:15 p.m. at St. Mary's Hospital. He fought a good fight and attended Central Church of God. Veteran of World War II and member of Charles H. McKinney Lodge #433 F.& A.M. Preceded in death by father, Frank McCoy; mother and stepfather, Lucille and William Eades. Survivors: wife, Ruth Hill McCoy; sons, Gary McCoy of Knoxville, Steve McCoy of Atlanta; daughter, Karen McCoy Clark of Knoxville; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Paul; niece, Elizabeth Paul; nephew, Archie Hutchison. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body's at Mynatt's. 

McDANIEL, MR. J. VIRGIL (SPARE) -age 84, of Luttrell, passed away 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville, in charge. 

McNISH, REAFORD F. - age 68, of South Knoxville, passed away Tuesday morning at his home. Raised in beliefs of Church of God. Preceded in death by son, Mark McNish. Survivors: wife, Johnnie McNish; daughter, Sandra Slusser; sons, Reaford ''Sonny'' McNish, Timothy McNish; grandchildren, Colin, Josh and Ginger Slusser; great-grandchildren, Mark Williams, Ashley Johnson; sisters, Meldean Mynatt, Alice Martin, Willie Rose Patterson and Brenda; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Glenda Stinnett; sister-in-law, Darlene Rudder. Funeral 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, Berry Chapel, Rev. Bill Sartin officiating. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. Pallbearers: Wade and Wayland Cordell, Russell, Dennis, Gary and Larry Martin, Willard Haun, and Jim McNish. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

MERRITT, EDGAR WESLEY - age 89, of Strawberry Plains, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at home. Member of Thorn Grove Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, treasurer, and also on Thorn Grove Cemetery board for many years. Retired accountant from Frank M. Addicks, CPA and veteran of U.S. Army in WWII. Preceded in death by wife of 66 years Blendean; son, David; and son-in-law, LaVern Preston. Survivors: daughter, Joann Preston; daughter and son-in-law, Deana and Alvin Taylor; grandchildren, Skip and Libby Preston, Ed and Ginger Preston, Janna and Barry Swihart, Robin and Kim Merritt-Preston, Caroline Taylor, Catherine Taylor, Andrew Taylor; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Ray Merritt; sisters, Reva Newman, Ruth Branch, Joyce Rose, Dean Beeler; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Gainor and Raymond Radford. Memorial service 3 p.m. Saturday at Thorn Grove Christian Church with Rev. Joel Rood officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thorn Grove Cemetery Fund, 609 Mannela Shackelford Dr., Strawberry Plains, TN 37871. Arrangements by Roberts Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2112 Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, Tenn. 

NANCE, GRACE FRAZIER - of Louisville, passed away at Asbury Acres Healthcare Center on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She was born on August 8, 1908, in the Richland Community of Grainger County, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Maryville and the Abundant Life Sunday School class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne P. Nance; father, John Frazier and mother, Mattie McCaleb Owsley Frazier. Survivors include son, Robert W. ''Bob'' Nance of Cincinnati, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, John and Marjorie Nance of Alcoa, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jennifer T. Bridwell of Maryville, Robyn Hazelbaker, Rachael Nance, both of Wilmington, Ohio, Robert W. Nance, Jr. of California, Craig E. Nance of Cincinnati, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren including G. Carter Bridwell, ''the bright spot in Gramma Grace's final days on earth;'' nieces and nephews, Elise (Mrs. Roy) Oakes of Morristown, Tenn., Judy (Mrs. David) Mitchell, Nancy Frazier, John Frazier, all of Blaine, Tenn., Jane (Mrs. Frank) Frye of Spartanburg, S.C., Don Frazier of Jefferson City, Tenn., David Frazier of Knoxville, Tenn., Stanley Frazier of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mike Frazier of Gatlinburg, Tenn. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. R.M. Everett officiating. The interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Friday at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church of Maryville Family Life Christian Activity Center, 202 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37801. McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home, Maryville. 

NICLEY, MRS. HAZEL LEE (SAMPSON) - age 83, of Washburn, Puncheon Camp community, passed away suddenly Sunday evening, May 3, 1998, at her home. Member of Sugar Grove Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents; two children; two grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers. Survived by husband of 67 years, Clarence; daughters and spouses, Louise Bush of New Tazewell, Mary and Glen Nicley of Bean Station, Bobbie and Bob Heath of Texas, Peggy and Bill Skellinger of Tazewell, Pat and David Munsey, Cathy and Andy Bunch, Kay and Eddie Nicley, Loretta and Roy Graves, all of Washburn; sons and spouses, Jim and Polly Nicley of Tazewell, Leon and Ruby Nicley of Bean Station, Buster and Susie Nicley, Roger and Jean Nicley, all of Washburn; 30 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lizzie Mincey and Mary Munsey. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ailor's Chapel, Rev. Richard Nicley officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery, Washburn. Singers: Linda and Richard Nicley. Pallbearers: Joe Graves, Jerry Nicley, Richard Nicley, Scott Munsey, Michael Skillenger and Randy Southerland. Honorary pallbearers: Shawn Allman and Brian Milligan. Ailor Mortuary, Maynardville. 

OLVERA, AMY RHEA - age 39, of Niles, Mich., formerly of Knoxville, passed away May 4, 1998. Preceded in death by mother, Anna Lynn Grubb Rhea. Survivors: husband, John Olvera; son, Ian Olvera, both of Michigan; father, James R. Rhea; and sister, Mary Lucas, both of Knoxville; brother, Lauren Rhea of Alabama. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday, Halbritter Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St., Niles, MI 49120. 

PARKS, VIOLA HOLLOWAY - of Linden, Texas, died Sunday, May 3, 1998. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors: husband, Edward Parks of Linden, Texas; son, Edward William Parks of Washington state; four grandsons, David, Lyle, Blane and Johnny Hamet, Eureka, Calif.; brother, Franklin Holloway, Linden, Texas; sisters, Glanie Holt, Chicago, Ill., Eva Vess, Eureka, Calif., Annis Boweling and Georgia Mae Borden, both of Knoxville; many nieces and nephews in Linden, Texas, Knoxville, Tenn., Washington state and California. Family and friends will meet at Byrds Chapel Cemetery at 1:45 p.m. Thursday for a 2 p.m. interment service, Rev. Ron Bright officiating. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

PARKER, DR. CURTIS L. - former resident of Knoxville, departed this life, Saturday, May 2, 1998, at his home in Lithonia, Ga. Anyone who knew him was touched by his loving, sensitive, and caring manner. He loved his family, he loved people, he loved life. Curtis was born on March 28, 1942, in Floyd County, Va. He graduated from Lucy Addison High School, Roanoke, Va., class of 1960. He received his B.S. degree from Knoxville College in 1965, and his Ph.D degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1973. He was currently serving as professor and chairman of the department of anatomy at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. He was a member of several scientific and professional societies as well as author of numerous scientific papers published by Peer-Review Journals. Curtis was also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was very devoted to his church and was currently serving as an active elder. Survivors include loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Dorothea; children, Tony and Lisa; four sisters and brothers-in-law; one brother and sister-in-law, all residing in Roanoke, Va.; Knoxville relatives, father-in-law, George M. Valentine; sisters-in-law, Margo (Larry) Parks, Karen Valentine; brother-in-law, Melvyn (Marilyn) Valentine; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close family friends. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 7, 1998, 11 a.m. at the Hillside Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Ga. Interment will be Friday, May 8, 1998, at 2 p.m. at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Alcoa, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Curtis L. Parker Memorial Fund, Hillside Presbyterian Church, 1879 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30032. Notice by Unity Mortuary. 

PRESNELL, ROBERT LEE - age 92, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, May 4, 1998. He attended Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Survivors: wife of 641/2 years, Augusta Davis Presnell; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob H. and Betty Presnell, Harold E. and Janice Presnell; grandchildren, Karen Hime, Stephen Presnell, Gregory Presnell, Janet Kampfer, Aaron Presnell, Logan Presnell; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Joshua, William and Sarah; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday at Berry Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

READ, MARTHA GRACE OLIVER - age 78, of North Knoxville, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville. Member of Arlington Baptist Church. She was a Knoxville retired hairdresser of 34 years having owned and operated Price's Beauty Shop. Survivors: husband, Wallace ''Wally'' Dean Read, Knoxville; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha Anne and Bobby Fielding, Morris, Ill., Moyah Dawn and Freeman Dalton, Powell, Tenn., Judith Marie and Will Myers, Mauriceville, Texas; grandchildren, Vickie Lee Harrell, Scott Fuson, Wayne Sexton II, Brad Crenshaw; step-grandchildren, Kelly Renee Barbee, Timothy Shayne Dalton; great-grandchildren, Kristi Lee Atkins, Sam Barbee, Katie Danielle Sexton, Logan Zackary Sexton; sisters, Cappy Clark, San Diego, Calif., Lela Anderson, Birmingham, Ala. and Murle Cash, Roanoke, Va.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Rev. Dino Bray officiating. Interment Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers: Freeman Dalton, Bobby Fielding, Wayne Sexton II, Scott Fuson, Tim Dalton and Brad Crenshaw. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

SHARP, EMMA H. - age 89, of North Knoxville, died Monday, May 4, 1998. She was a member of Lincoln Park Baptist Church and had retired from Fort Sanders Regional Hospital. Her survivors include daughters, Betty S. Sharp and Mary Helen Bishop, both of Knoxville; grandchildren, Joe and Connie Bishop of Roswell, Ga., and Stephen T. Bishop of Dallas, Texas. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance of Highland Memorial Cemetery Thursday at 10:45 a.m. for an 11 a.m. interment service with Rev. Ted Ingram officiating. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

STATON, NANCY ANN (BIRDIE) - of Harwood, Md., formerly of Nashville, Tenn., died May 5, 1998, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Graduated from the University of Memphis in 1971 with a B.A. in sociology. Member of the Real Estate Appraisers Commission of Maryland. Survivors: husband, William Staton; sons, Will Staton, Michael Staton, of Harwood, Md.; brother, William J. Few II, Columbia, Tenn.; sister, Linda Shaver, Knoxville, Tenn.; mother, June Gilchrist, Columbia, Tenn. Services Thursday, May 7, 1998, at 2 p.m. at Hardesty Funeral Home. Donations to Hope Lodge American Cancer Society, 636 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Hardesty Funeral Home, Galesville, Md., (410) 263-2222, in charge.

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