Miscellaneous Knox County, Tennessee Obituaries


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BATES, SUSAN FAYE (SCARLETT) - age 41, of Fountain City, died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 1997, at the family home. Member of Betheny Baptist Church, New York Ave. and a member of the FOP Auxiliary. She was a legal assistant for Whelchel, May and Daniel Law Firm. Preceded in death by father, Johnny Scarlett, Sr. Survivors: husband, J. Kent Bates; daughter, LeAnn McDowell; son, Ronnie McDowell; mother, Ann Polston Scarlett, all of Knoxville; brother, Johnny Scarlett, Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jean and Jim Bates of Knoxville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Randy Everts, Texas, Glenda and Bryan Bates, Knoxville; nieces, Brittni Bates, Knoxville; nephews, James and Matthew Everts, Texas; special friends, Sandra and Lindsey Coker. Family and friends will meet 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service, Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the Knoxville Police Department K-9 Detail. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at Broadway. 

BOYCE, BEVERLY A. - age 54, of West Knoxville, passed away May 3, 1997, at U.T. Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. Born and raised in Flint, Mich. She accompanied her husband through a Naval career and other adventures eventually settling in East Tennessee. Preceded in death by her father, Glen R. Standridge; and brother, Merlin Standridge of Flint, Mich. Survivors: husband of 35 years, Wilmer M. ''Bill'' Boyce; cherished daughters, Teri L. Matthews of Louisville, Cathy A. Phillips and son-in-law, W. Scott Phillips of Nashville; mother, DeEtta Standridge of Holly, Mich.; brother and sister-in-law, Donald R. Standridge and Barbara Coucke of Flint, Mich.; sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Gary Wilbur of Barrington, R.I.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Edward Drost, Sandra and Clyde Lapish of Flint, Mich.; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews, too numerous to mention, and a host of friends around the world. A memorial service will be held May 6, 1997, at Weaver Funeral Home, Stephen Cuss and Rev. Ronald Russell officiating. Visiting hours 6-8 p.m. service immediately following. Funeral service will be at the Swartz Funeral Home in Flint, Mich. with interment at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pastoral Care Fund at U.T. Medical Center, 1924 Alcoa Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920 for those less fortunate than us. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home, 5815 Western Ave., at Cumberland Estates. 

BURROUGHS, PATSY ANN - age 46, of Lenoir City, formerly of Barbourville, Ky., passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon, May 3, 1997, in an automobile accident. She was of the Baha'i faith. An employee of Walmart in Lenoir City. She was preceded in death by parents, Emmitt and Lola Peters Johnson; brother, Paul Johnson. Survivors: husband, Brian Burroughs; son, Christopher Burroughs of Rockford; daughter, Shelby Edwards of Loudon; grandsons, Jakob Meyer and Timothy Aaron McGrew; sister, Margaret ''Margie'' Jones of Green Road, Ky., Reba Wilson and Mabel June Ryan, both of Barbourville, Ky.; brothers, Samuel McKinley ''S.M.'' Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Shelby Johnson, and David Johnson, all of Barbourville, Ky.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, in the Click Funeral Home Chapel officiated by the Baha'i Spirtual Assembly. Interment was in the Lake View Cemetery. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City in charge. 

COOLEY, MAGGIE MARIE CHILDS - age 80, of New Hopewell Rd., Athens, formerly of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday, May 3, 1997, at the Woods Memorial Hospital, Etowah, after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl M. Cooley, Sr.; and sisters, Hazel Lucille Cooley, Isie Grimes, Daisy Wicker, Gertie Graves, and Winnie Childs. She attended Union Chapel Methodist Church of Athens. Survivors: daughters and son-in-law, Sylvia and Bob Rotiski, Knoxville, Ms. Sydney Cooley Boland, Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl M. and Diana Cooley, Jr., Lewisburg, Tenn., Bobby D. Cooley, Athens, Johnny B. and Pam Cooley, Athens, Tommy R. and Rhonda Cooley, Englewood; sister, Grace Ward, Athens; brothers, Jesse Childs, Peakland Community, Harvey Childs, Colorada Springs, Colo., Hobert Childs, Peakland Community; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday with funeral services to follow in Kyker's Chapel at 7 p.m. with Rev. Albert Gentry officiating. Music by Doug Richesin. Interment 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the charity of your choice. 

DILLINGER, MABEL KATHERYN CATE - age 76, of Knoxville, formerly of Jefferson Co., passed away May 3, 1997, at Ft. Sanders Hospital. Survivors: daughters, Ruby Aileen Foster, Cleveland, Tenn., Patsy Sueann Smith and husband, James Ernest Smith; sisters, Jane Owsley, Betty Jessie, Nancy Church, Ruth Henderson, Grace Gann; brothers, Colbert Cole, Harry Cate, Kenny Cate, George Cate, C.H. Cate; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; special friend, Paul Sullivan Doss. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday, Roberts Chapel, Rev. Kyle Cate officiating. Interment Cate Cemetery, Jefferson County. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Monday at Roberts Chapel, 2112 Magnolia Ave. 

GOFORTH, EMOGENE LORA - age 75, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, May 3, 1997, at U.T. Hospital. She was of the Baptist faith. Survived by husband, Paul Goforth; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Karen Yarnell; seven grandchildren; brothers, Charles F. and Bobby R. Yarnell; sisters, Lucy A. Setzer, Jane E. Scates, all of Knoxville, Margaret R. Watson of Vonore, and Lillian V. Morris of Logansport, Ind.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday at Weaver's Chapel, Rev. Kenny Seals officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Yarnell Cemetery for a 10 a.m. graveside service. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Weaver Funearl Home. 

GOUVAS, DR. GEORGE JAMES - age 76, died May 4, 1997, at home. He was a graduate of U.T. and a member of the Tennessee Dental Association. Survivors: wife, Alma Cloud Gouvas; daughter, Patricia Ann Blair; two sistes, Tula Gekas and Christina Kotsianas. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Tuesday for graveside service at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Family and friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

GREGORY, MRS. FLOSSIE - 86, of West Knoxville, passed away Saturday, May 3, 1997, at her residence. Mrs. Gregory was a Sevier County native and was retired from the laundry department at the Tennessee School for the Deaf. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Gregory; her parents, Ezekiel and Julie Hurst Loveday; one son, Ronald Gregory; one grandson, Robbie Fritz; and one granddaughter, Donna Kennedy. She was a member of Swanns Chapel Baptist Church in Dandridge. Survivors: one son, Bud Gregory of Madisonville; seven daughters and two sons-in-law, Bernice Bevins, Zelma Hancock, Wanda Fritz, Nancy Gregory, Kathy Gregory, Sharon and James Fields, all of Knoxville, Mabel and Darrell Soffell of California; one sister, Princie Pack of California; 28 grandchildren; and many, many, great and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday from the McCarty Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Mike Higgins officiating. Interment services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Swanns Chapel Cemetery in Dandridge. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be made to the East Tennessee Baptist Hospice. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at McCarty Mortuary, Holston Drive. 

HARRISON, RHONDA ROBERTSON - 49, of Knoxville, formerly of Sevierville, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, at Park West Hospital. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. A devoted registered nurse for 25 years, she gave all of herself to helping others. Survivors: husband, Dr. Bill Harrison; sons, Blake and Gene Harrison; stepdaughters, Karen and Kristi Harrison; granddaughter, Morgan Harrison; mother, Mrs. Gene (Ruth) Robertson; sister, Alexis Robertson. Funeral service 3 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Sevierville, Rev. Jim Bailes and Rev. Bobby Ely officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, c/o A.L.S.A.C., 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Sevierville. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. 

HELTON, ERNEST RAY - age 69, passed away Saturday, May 3, at his home in Sharps Chapel. He is survived by his wife for 49 years, Betty Calloway Helton; children, Corky and Julie Helton of Massachusetts, Eddie and Cathy Helton of Michigan, Kaye and Jim Murphy of Michigan, Teri and Larry Rudar of Missouri, Donald and Edel Helton of Maynardville, Todd and Grace Helton of Sharps Chapel; seven grandsons; eight granddaughters; brother, Arlan and Joann Helton of Kentucky; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Claiborne Funeral Home in New Tazewell. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Brooks officiating. Music by Brenda McCartney. Pallbearer: J.C. Dyke, Warren Dyke, Mike Baker, Larry Rudar, Jim Murphy, Roddy Dyke, Jack Turner, Jack Tebelman. Burial in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Harlan, Ky. Claiborne Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

HICKS, KATHERINE (KATHY) MASSIE - age 38, of 179 Lake Road, Madisonville, passed away 1:37 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, at Sweetwater Hospital. A loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister with a everlasting smile. Member of the First Baptist Church of Madisonville where she was a Sunday School teacher for 2 year-olds. Beloved registered nurse and nurse anesthetist at Sweetwater Hospital for 19 years. Member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Survivors: husband, Michael Hicks; daughter, Sarah Hicks; son, Zachary Hicks, all of Madisonville; mother, Evelyn Kilgo Massie, Clarksville; brothers and sister-in-law, John Meredith and Kayo Yoshida Massie, Vancouver, Wash., Linton Albert (Bud) Massie III, Chattanooga; niece, Kayla Mayu Massie, Vancouver, Wash.; mother-in-law, Glenna Hicks, Madisonville; sister-in-law, Deborah Hicks, Sweetwater. Preceded in death by father, Linton Albert Massie II; father-in-law, Gene L. Hicks. Memorial service 7 p.m. Monday, First Baptist Church of Madisonville, Dr. Lon Shoopman officiating. Memorials may be made to the day care, nursery or the Phillippines Mission Project of the First Baptist Church of Madisonville. Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

JENKINS, ETHEL RUTH WILSON - age 87, widow of A.F. Jenkins, Jr. of 207 Mill Street, Madisonville, passed away 2:15 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, at her home after a lengthy illness. Graduate of Toledo School of Cosmetology. Owner and operator of Ruth's Beauty Shop from 1936 or 1972. Member of the First Presbyterian Church of Madisonville. Preceded in death by granddaughter, Lisa Danette Joines. Survivors: daughters, Dianne Joines, Judy Jenkins, Betty Jenkins, all of Madisonville, Miriam McKeehan, Maryville; son and daughter-in-law, Gerald Mack and Shelby Jenkins; grandchildren, Gerald and Rhonda Joines, Ginger and Shaun Jenkins, all of Madisonville, Jimmy and Shea McKeehan, Maryville. The family extends special appreciation to the women of the First Presbyterian Church of Madisonville and Lowell Jenkins, devoted brother-in-law. Graveside service and interment 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sunset Cemetery, Rev. Beecher Miller officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Madisonville. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

KISER, REV. DON - age 55, of Oakland Road, Maynardville, passed away suddenly Saturday morning, May 3, 1997, at his home. He was a member of Cedar Grove Church and former pastor of Dutch Valley Baptist Church; member of Cedar Grove Quartet and Brighter Way Quartet and had sang for many area funerals. Member of J.C. Baker Lodge #720 F.& A.M. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1961-62; retired employee of Norfolk-Southern Railroad. Survivors: wife, Christine Cooke Kiser; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Kim Kiser, Valdosta, Ga., Larry Kiser, Randall Kiser, both of Maynardville; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Erik Williams, Knoxville; two special grandchildren, Hayley Collins, Jarred Kiser; father, Joe Kiser; brother, Billy Kiser; sisters, Ruth Johnston, Mittie Gunter, all of Maynardville, Elsie Lee Booker, Griffin, Ga.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday, Cooke Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Luther Cox, Rev. E.R. Cooper officiating. Music by Cedar Grove Quartet. Interment Kiser Family Cemetery. Pallbearers: Tim Buckner, Jerry Cooke, Gary Cooke, Danny Bailey, Tim Bailey, Eric Cooke. Honorary pallbearers: Area Ministers. Arrangements by Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. 

KNIGHT, SARAH JUANITA - age 77, of South Knoxville, passed away May 3, 1997, at Baptist Hospital. Member of Hillcrest United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Edward R. Knight; mother, father, and stepmother. Survivors: sons, Edward R. Knight, Jr., Albert Knight and wife, Teresa; daughters, Linda Bowers and husband, Clarence, Tammie Welton and husband, Rick; grandchildren, Ashley, Chris, Sarah, David, and Johnathan; sisters, Carolyn and Sue Wilson; brother, Albert B. Wilson; sister-in-law, Edith Mantooth; host of nieces and nephews. Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday, Berry Chapel, Rev. C. Dennie Ford officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juanita Knight, c/o Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1615 Price Street, Knoxville, TN 37920. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

LAMBERT, THOMAS ALLEN - age 86, formerly of Lee Co., Va., passed away May 2, 1997. Services 10 a.m. Monday at Reece Valley Chapel, Rev. Neal Baker officiating. Music by Bobbie Littrell, Earl Sumpter and Third Generation. Burial Harrogate Cemetery. Pallbearers: Bill and Wayne Lambert, Jeremy Abrams, Perry Brown, Raymond Nida, and Jerry Wayne England. Reece Funeral Home and Valley Chapel, 869-3651 or 626-4249. 

LANNING, MADELINE - age 82, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday afternoon, at the Farragut Health Care Center. She was a member of Lonsdale United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star and D.A.R. She was owner of Lonsdale Grocery Store for many, many years. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, James and Faye Lanning of Knoxville; daughter, Betty Brumit of Johnson City; grandchildren, Therese, James M., and John Lanning, all of Knoxville, Harry and Amy Fortune, Carrie Budka, all of Johnson City; two great-grandchildren; brother, Jack DeVault of San Diego, Calif. Funeral service 8 p.m. Tuesday, Rose Chapel with Rev. William Stooksbury officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for interment service at 11 a.m. Those who desire may make memorials bo Lonsdale United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. 

LEDFORD, WILLIAM (BILLIE) - 64, of Maryville, passed away Sunday. He was a member of Howards View Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors: wife, Wanda Ledford of Maryville; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Mike Blackwell of Sevierville, Debbie and Larry Clapp of Maryville; son and daughter-in-law, William H. and Judy Ledford of Maryville; sister and brother-in-law, Helen Irene and A.J. Green of Louisville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Heather and Tiffany Dockery, Andrea Clapp; grandsons, Christopher Clapp, William H. Ledford III, Peter Paul Wesley Ledford; great-granddaughter, Kia LaRheai Dockery; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Rawlings Funeral Home. The Rev. Andy Ball and Rev. John Russell will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Howards View Cemetery. 

LOCKHART, LOUISE (LOU) - 74, of New Market, passed away Saturday, May 3, 1997, at Baptist Hospital, Knoxville. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Strawberry Plains. Preceded in death by husband, Cameron M. Lockhart, Sr. She was a retired employee of Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Clark Denton of New Market, Mary Jane and Bill Cameron of Talbott; sons and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Berta Lee Lockhart of Jefferson City, Wesley Lockhart of New Market; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several step-children and step-grandchildren; sisters, Edith Forbs of Ohio, Lillian Carron; and brother, Norman E. Buckland, both of West Virginia; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 8 p.m. Monday, Fielden Chapel with the Rev. Tom Ballard officiating. Interment 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Strawberry Plains Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Fielden Funeral Home, New Market. 

McKAY, MR. CHARLES E. - age 87, of Dandridge (Swannslyvania Community), went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 3, 1997, at 9:30 p.m. following an extended illness. He worked at both Cherokee and Douglas Dams and was retired from Oak Ridge K-25 following 28 years of service. Preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Julie Holbert McKay; brothers, James and John McKay. Survivors: wife of 67 years, Eunice Wiggins McKay; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and George Rutherford, Sue and Bob Carter, Charlotte and Tracey Strange, all of Dandridge, Viola and Perry Mason of Lenoir City; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces, Johnny Bailey of Newport and Sarah Woody of Dandridge; sister-in-law, Elena Faye McKay of Dandridge. Funeral service Monday 8 p.m. at Farrar Dandridge Chapel with Rev. Mike Hensley officiating. Interment graveside service Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Swannslyvannia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening 6-8 p.m. at Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge. 

MURRELL, JERRY E. - 57, of Houston, Texas, passed away Friday, May 2, 1997. Preceded in death by his son, Jeffery S. Murrell; parents, Alvin E. Murrell, Sr. and Edna Murrell; brother, Alvin E. Murrell, Jr. Jerry loved life to the fullest and he will be deeply missed by all. Survivors: beloved wife, Shirley Murrell; loving children, Steve and wife, Cheryl, Debbie and husband, Rick, Houston, Texas; precious grandchildren, Heather, Ryan, Cleslsea, and Dylan; sister, Brenda Jeffers, Knoxville. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday and proceed to Lynnhurst Cemetery for a 12 noon graveside service, Rev. Joe Chandler officiating. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

NELSON, RODNEY QUIN, JR. - passed away at his home on May 2, 1997, at the age 81. Mr. Nelson was born April 4, 1916, in Seminary, Miss. and called Grenada, Miss. his hometown. Mr. Nelson was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, class of 1939, where he lettered in baseball. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Nelson held independent command at sea of the USS LCI (L) 237 in the Sicllian and Salerno invasions. He also particiapated in the North African and Southern France invasions. He retired from the Navy in 1949 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. A patriot and strong believer in the ideals of democracy. Mr. Nelson was a frequent speaker and participant at City Council meetings, where he strived to see democracy flourish. He also was a special speaker at the 1977 Limited State Constitutional Convention of Tennessee. As a proud citizen of Knoxville, he helped get public transportation to Colonial Heights. Mr. Nelson was a member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville, Disabled American Veterans, Sons of the American Revolution, Blount Mansion Association, and the Retired Officers Association. Survivors: wife of 52 years, Wilma Nelson; daughters, Elizabeth Peebles, Knoxville, Janet Chadwick, Atlanta, Sue Maxwell, Atlanta; son, Rodney Q. Nelson, III, Maryville; grandchildren, Matthew and Eleanor Peebles, Seth, Joshua, Ian, and Greyson Chadwick, Jenica and Reece Nelson; great-grandchild, Johnathan Chadwick; brother, John Nelson, LaGrange, Ill.; sister, Violet Overton, Greenfield, Tenn.; several nieces. Your family says ''your journey has docked in heaven, you gave your all, we love you.'' Sadly missed but lovingly remembered. Funeral service 1 p.m. Monday, Berry Chapel, Rev. Dave Ward officiating. Interment Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Matthew Peebles, Seth Chadwick, Josh Chadwick, Ian Nelson Chadwick, Neal Peebles, Dennis Chadwick. Honorary pallbearers: Larry Maxwell, Don Franks, Clarence Mock, John A. Brown, Bill Mueller. Flower girls: Eleanor Peebles, Greyson Chadwick, Jenica Nelson. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. 

PRESLEY, PAUL ANDY, JR. - age 75, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Saturday, May 3, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Mr. Presley was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Andy Presley, Sr. and Mary Kilby Presley; by a brother, Ralph Presley; and by two sisters, Bonnie Bond and Katherine Presley. Survivors: wife, Jean Brown ''Imojean'' Presley of Oliver Springs; son, Tom Presley and wife, Pat of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, grandson, D. Paul Presley of Oliver Springs, Tenn., step-grandchildren, Brian and Sonya Braden, step-great-grandchildren, Jamie and Jonathan; brother, Mack Presley of Hendersonville, Ind.; sister, Ruth Botts of Huntsville, Tenn. Mr. Presley is a native of Crawford, Tenn., having lived in Cumberland, Ky. for 30 years. He and his wife, Jean, of 50 years, moved to Oliver Springs in 1981. He is a member of the Cumberland Baptist Church in Cumberland, Ky., a member of the United Mine Workers of America, where he served as the local secretary for many years, and a member of the Black Diamond Masonic Lodge #625 F.& A.M. for 49 years. He retired in 1981 from United States Steel of Cumberland, Ky., after working for 30 years as a motorman. He served his country in the U.S. Army, in the 28th Artillery Division during WWII, and he received a Bronze Star for Valor. Funeral service will be held Monday, at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home with Brother Robert Yaden officiating. Friends may call Monday between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Graveside service will be held Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at Anderson Memorial Gardens. Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

RAPER, IMOGENE - age 85, widow of Ruel Raper, of 137 Gudger Rd., Madisonville, passed away 12:15 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 1997, at Sweetwater Hospital. Member of Chestua Methodist Church. Preceded in death by brother, Bruce Thomas. Survivors: daughters and son-in-law, Maxine Brown, Sweetwater, Sandra and Danny Deal, Riceville; sons and daughters-in-law, John T. and Esther Raper, Madisonville, Harold and Rose Raper, Melbourne, Fla., Billy E. and Judy Raper, Madisonville; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one niece; two nephews. Funeral 8 p.m. Tuesday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Jimmy McCarter officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Wednesday, McMinn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville. 

RAYBURN, HORACE O. (BUSTER) - age 78, an Alcoa, Tenn. resident for 51 years, passed away early Sunday morning, May 4, 1997, at his residence. He was a native of Etowah, Tenn., a retired Alcoa Aluminum Company employee, veteran of World War II, and a member of the American Legion. Mr. Rayburn served in the CCC's as a youngman and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Vent Williams Rayburn; and four brothers, Homer, Luther, Malcom (Sam), and Baxter Rayburn. Survivors: wife, Rose Zella Miller Rayburn, Alcoa, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Patricia Rayburn, Cohutta, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Bill Connell, Clinton, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Allen and Sarah Alice Bentley, and Carole Beth Prater; two step-grandchildren, Kristin Marcom and Jennifer Connell; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Joe and Cleta Rayburn, Gatlinbug, Tenn., Helen Rayburn, Cincinnati, Ohio, Frances Rayburn, Cleveland, Tenn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Tom Greer, Knoxville, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews, loved ones, and friends. Services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home, Etowah, Tenn. Lay speaker Charles Rayburn, Rev. Jerry Scott, Rev. Danny Davis presiding. The committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sherwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Alcoa, Tenn. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers will be: Jim Rayburn, Ralph Rayburn, Dan Rayburn, George Rayburn, Steve Rayburn, Tommy Rayburn, Richard Rayburn, Jimmy McCormack, Buddy McClary, Tim McClary, and Scott Snodderly. 

RUSSELL, CLEO EVANS - 72, of Clinton, Tenn., died Saturday, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Born April 11, 1925, in Claiborne Co., Tenn. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Clinton. She was a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University. She was preceded in death by her parents, G.D. and Hassie Evans. Survivors include: her husband, James Russell of Clinton; two daughters, Alene Russell of Clinton and Paulette and husband, John Duggins of Andersonville; two sons, William and wife, Letha Russell of Clinton and Kenneth and wife, Sue Russell of Ringgold, La.; one sister, Effie and husband, Ben McNew of Clinton; two brothers, Edward and wife, Virginia Evans of Middlesboro, Ky., and Everette and wife, Joan Evans of Claxton; seven grandchildren, Derek, Chad, Emily, John, and Amanda Russell, Polly Ann and Robert Duggins; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, 1997, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. Funeral service will be conducted 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. George William officiating. Burial 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Clinton, Tenn. 

STOKES, LUNA MILBURN - age 65, passed away Saturday, May 3, 1997, at his home. Faithful member and Deacon of John Sevier Baptist Church. Veteran of U.S. Navy. Retired from Y-12 of Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. Preceded in death by parents, James LeRoy and Elizabeth Ellen Stokes; brothers, Felix, Earl and Everett Stokes; sisters, Gracie Walker and Eula Beason. Survivors: loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Joyce Stokes; loving and caring mother-in-law, Hazel Davis; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Kim Stokes of Hixson, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Michael Bates of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; three precious grandchildren, Todd and Nathan Stokes, Candace Bates; brothers, Kenneth Stokes of Knoxville, Clifford Stokes of Maryville, Tenn.; sisters, Anna Lee West and Christine Buckner of Knoxville, Trula Lynch and Emma Arilla Parks of Tazewell, Tenn.; several special nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of friends; very devoted friends, Jim and Nancy Pickel. A special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Ross Kerns and his caring staff and also to Ft. Sanders Medical Center's Home Care and staff. Interment 11:30 a.m. Monday at Holston East View Cemetery, Pastor Grant Bishop and Rev. Reece Fauscett officiating. Pallbearers: Doug Davis, Kenny Stokes, Sherman Stokes, Mike Shelton, Doug Buckner, C.A. Beason, Marty Parks, Grover Walker. Honorary pallbearers: Deacons of John Sevier Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to John Sevier Baptist Church. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chape of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Drive. 

THOMAS, JESSE HOUSTON - 65, of Clinton, Tenn., died Saturday at Methodist Medical Center. Born May 6, 1931, in Walland, Tenn. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Retired from Martin-Marietta Y-12 Plant after 31 years of service. He was a member of Oak Ridge Faith Masonic Lodge No. 756 F.& A.M. He was a member of Edgemore Baptist Church, Claxton, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Agnes Sullivan Thomas. Survivors include: his wife, Joanne Duke Thomas of Clinton; two daughters, Jessanne and husband, Johnny Cole of Clinton and Kimberly Thomas of Clinton; one sister, Anne Tipton of Oak Ridge; one brother, James Thomas of Walland, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Jessie Sarah Cole, Joey Ruth Cole, Johnie Cole and Jordon David Thomas; and several nieces and nephews; special friends, H.B. Freeman, James Wade, and Bill Bolling. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Virtue Cemetery in Knoxville, Dr. Stan Young officiating. Family ask that friends call at their convenience at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home or at the home. Jess Thomas requested that people interested in making memorials, to please do an act of kindness for the elderly or a disabled person. 

WAGNER, WILLIAM ''BILL'' BARTLEY - age 62, of Sweetwater, Tenn., passed away May 3, 1997. He was a member of North Sweetwater Baptist Church. Mr. Wagner was employed at Hiwassee College for the past 32 years in the maintenance department. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Fannie Ervin Wagner. Survivors: wife, Dorthy Price Wagner; two daughters and sons-in-law, Fay Wagner and Don Newbille, Soddy Daisy, Vicki Wagner and Craig Geiger, Sweetwater, Tenn.; stepson, Michael Marshall of Athens; grandchildren, Hank and Angela Chubb, Niota, Amanda Shutt and Benjamin Geiger of Sweetwater, Brook Marshall, Athens, and Ashlee Marshall, Niota. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sweetwater Funeral Home Memory Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Jackson and Rev. Kirk Jordan officiating. Interment to follow in Sweetwater Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Sweetwater Memory Chapel. 

WALKER, DORIS ELAINE ALLEN - age 74, formerly of Kingsport, Tenn., passed away at home in Knoxville, Sunday, May 4, 1997, after a brief illness. She was retired from Gravely Elementary School in the Sullivan County Schools after 30 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents, D.F. Allen and Mildred Robertson Allen of Sevierville; and her husband, James W. Walker of Kingsport, Tenn. Survivors include: daughters, Dr. Emily Walker and Dr. Janice Walker-Fillmore; son-in-law, Steve Fillmore; grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew Fillmore, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Mary Ruth Owenby; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard F. and Marie Allen, Robert S. and Jeanine Allen, all of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will meet at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville for a 2:30 p.m. graveside service, Rev. Kenneth B. Green officiating. Pallbearers will be: Fletcher Grady, Gary Falin, Stan Upton, Monty McWilliams, Don Spain, and John Kerr. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Doris A. Walker Scholarship Fund at the University of Tennessee Ornamental Horticultural Department. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 588-0567. 

WARD, MRS. GRACE CARMICHAEL - age 99, of the Rockwood Health Care Center, formerly of S. Chamberlain Street, Rockwood, passed away Saturday, May 3rd, at the nursing home. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ for 65 years and was preceded in death by husband, John D. Ward, Sr.; and grandson, Tom Ward. She is survived by sons, John D. Ward, Jr., Kingston, J.T. Ward, Melbourne Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, John D. Ward III, Rockwood, Susan Stout, Kingston, Ann Wakeley, Larkspur, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren, Roger Ward, Craig Ward, Scott Stout, Travis Stout, Johnny Wakeley, Carolyn Wakeley, Joshua Ward; sister-in-law, Reba Carmichael, Rockwood; host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be conducted Monday at 8 p.m. from the chapel of Evans Mortuary with Rev. Charles Kelly and Rev. Steve Stone officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The family of Mrs. Grace Carmichael Ward will receive friends Monday evening, from 6-8 p.m. at the Evans Mortuary in Rockwood.

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