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• RITCHIE, Clara Coats
age 94, of Farragut, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2006. Mrs. Ritchie had been a resident of NHC Assisted Living and Health Care in Farragut for the last four years. She was a faithful Christian and was a past member of Royal Oaks Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis, N.C., and a current member of Concordia Lutheran Church in China Grove, N.C. The love of Christ shone through Mrs. Ritchie in the love, kindness, generosity and compassion she gave to all who knew her. She lived according to Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Mrs. Ritchie was born to James Robert Anderson and Beulah Mae Walker Anderson on March 5, 1911, in Centerville, Ark. She attended Winslow Prep School in Fayetteville, Ark. Following high school graduation she attended Arkansas Tech. Most of her adult life she lived in various towns of North Carolina: Kannapolis, China Grove, Lenoir, and Concord. She married John Roy Coats and was blessed with three children: Wanda, Vicki, and Sylvia. Mr. Coats passed away in 1951. She later married Lewis Ritchie, who also preceded her in death, and was blessed with four stepsons: Ray, Jimmy, Charles, and Robert. Mrs. Ritchie worked as a dietician with Cabarrus County Schools and owned and managed a restaurant and rental properties. Survivors include daughter, Wanda Cline of Concord, daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Wally Baity of Farragut, and daughter, Sylvia Hipp of Salisbury, N.C.; stepson and wife, Ray and Kay Ritchie, stepson and wife, Jimmy and Judy Ritchie, stepson, Charles Ritchie, and stepson and wife, Robert and Vicki Ritchie, all of China Grove; sister, Artie Barnard of Gold Hill, N.C.; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.The family received friends Saturday at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove. Funeral services were held Sunday at Concordia Lutheran with the Rev. Ken Reed officiating. Interment followed at Carolina Memorial Park in Concord. Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church, 185 Concordia Church Road, China Grove, NC 28023. The family would like to express thanks to God for the Christian example they experienced in Mrs. Ritchie and for her long and faithful life. The family also expresses thanks to the ministering nurses, staff, and chaplain of Farragut NHC Assisted Living and Health Care who made her last four years lively, joyful, and filled with loving care. A special memorial service will be held at Farragut NHC Assisted Living and Health Care with the Rev. Edsel West officiating, date and time to be announced. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the family of Clara Coats Ritchie.

• PARKER, Darrell E.
age 59, of Knoxville, formerly of Katy, Texas, and a native of Anderson, Ind., the son of the late George “Bud” and Betty Anderson Parker, died suddenly Friday, March 3, 2006 at his home. Darrell formerly attended Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He worked and loved his job at DPRA in Knoxville. He was a graduate of Lapel High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Also preceded in death by: brother, Roger Allen Parker, and niece, Mindi Bentley. A loving husband, brother, uncle and cousin, he is survived by: wife, whom he married Jan.17, 1981, Angela (Angie) Klismith Parker; his animals were his children; sisters, Carol Shupe and husband, Larry,of West Frankfort, Ill., Sharry Gilliam and husband, Mike, of Warner Robins, Ga.; a very special cousin, Jan Montgomery of Anderson, Ind.; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service was Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Pastor Tod Parchman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Memorial Room, Southpoint Church of God, 149 State Highway 37, West Frankfort, IL 62896, in memory of George “Bud” Parker or Darrell E. Parker. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MIX, Catherine C.
joined her husband, Albert, in the arms of the Lord Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2006. She was born Nov. 27, 1932, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, the youngest of 11 children. A resident of Knoxville since 1994, she raised her family in Garden City, Mich., and also lived in Texas and Georgia. Cathie was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church, serving on the Prayer Chain, co-chairing senior lunches as a member of the Senior Kids, and serving as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. A graduate of Dyke-Spencerian Business College, she held the position of board secretary of Industrial Assistance Company, was a member of the Ohio Civil Air Patrol, and was a president of the Dearborn, Mich., OptiMrs Club. She was a sales and service correspondent for Rexnord Corp., retiring after 28 years of service. Cathie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as a talented (award-winning) watercolor artist. She also enjoyed golf, Tai Chi, and numerous other activities. Cathie is survived by and will be greatly missed by: two daughters, Mary Catherine Mix of Knoxville, and Joanne Sue “Jody” Dodge of Garden City; son-in-law, Steven Dodge; grandchildren, Katrina Journeaux and husband, David, of Oak Ridge, and Dustin, Jack, and Devan Dodge of Garden City; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Michel Philip, Marya Angelique Catherine, and Alexander Drew Journeaux; brother, Aloysius Mishaga; sisters, Irene Saksa and Margaret Mishaga; sisters-in-law, Christine, Ann, and Mary Mishaga; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family, Nancy Mix, Michelle and David Hamann, Martha and Robert Bakun, Deborah and Ron Levitan, Patricia Kanick, Linda Mix, and their children; and many caring friends. She is preceded in death by: husband, Albert Louis Mix Sr.; parents, John and Mary Mishaga; brothers, Andrew, John “Jake” Jr., Albert, Frank, and Stephen Mishaga; sisters, Mathilda “Tillie” Petrynski and Elizabeth “Betty” Shudy; and stepson, Albert Mix Jr. The family would like to thank Carl Smith and the many caring friends and the loving church community of All Saints for their support, assistance, love, and friendship during the last weeks of Cathie’s wonderful life. You made Cathie feel loved, which eased her passing, and warmed the hearts and eased the stress of her immediate family. The family received friends Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with a Christian wake service following. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church with the Rev. Chris Michelson celebrant, followed by a luncheon for family and friends at the Parish Hall. Memorials may be made in Cathie’s name to the Knoxville Ladies of Charity or to the American Cancer Society. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Mix family.

• HILTON, Mary Louise Hughes
age 93, of Knoxville, daughter of the late Charles David and Daisy Ola Anderson Hughes, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Hillcrest West Nursing Home. She was a lifetime member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden where she also worked in the nursery. Preceded in death by: husband, Edward “Eddie” Hilton and brothers, Ralph and James Hughes. Survived by: sons and daughter-in-law, Edward Frances Hilton Jr. and Pat Hilton of Powell, Charles Douglas Hilton of Knoxville; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol Ann and Stephen Connor Bean of Strawberry Plains, Mary Jane and Ron E. Kirkham of Knoxville; grandchildren, Carey Shannon Hilton and wife, Ann, Regina Lynn Campbell, L. Scott Clark and wife, Angie, Kevin Lee Hilton and wife, Wynona, David Hilton and wife, Melanie, Laura Hilton Powell and husband, Lim, Stephanie Michelle Bean, Saleah Marie Kirkham, Sherri Nicole Bean; ten great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Larry Fields and Dr. Henry Chiles officiating. The family and friends met Friday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for graveside service. Pallbearers were Ron Kirkham, Steve Bean, Scott Clark, Kevin Hilton, Carey Hilton, David Hilton. The family requests memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 566, Knoxville, TN 37901, or to the American Heart Association, East Tennessee Region, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HENRY, Mildred
age 92, born June 12, 1913, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at her home on Detroit Avenue not far from the James Agee home. Twenty-one years later, she married Hugh Jackson Henry, vice president and treasurer of Morris & Henry General Tire in downtown Knoxville. Jay Henry was also a real estate developer. Mildred graduated from Old Knox High School and Knoxville Business College. She was a lifelong member of Greystone Presbyterian Church in South Knoxville. Jay and Mildred lived through the Great Depression and World War II. They were well known and respected throughout the community. Mildred was a wonderful and loving wife and mother. She was devoted to her family. Preceded in death by: parents, Mr. and Mrs. Butler; brothers, Clyde Butler, Leon Butler and Johnny Butler; sister, Helen Miller. Survived by: children, Larry Henry, Judith Henry and Rebecca Henry, who will miss her greatly; two grandchildren, Peter Athas and Michael Henry; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Tre Athas. Mildred’s brother, Johnny Butler is a member of the Tennessee Football Hall of Fame. He made what many consider the most famous run of the 20th Century against Alabama in 1939. Mildred and Jay attended many of his UT games. Mildred is also related to Doris Sams, whose softball career as a pitcher in the women’s league inspired the movie, A League of Their Own. She has gone to be with her husband and God. With her passing, a golden era in America is coming to an end. They don’t make them like Jay and Mildred anymore, or Bob Sams or Billy Henry or Lloyd Morris. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Pastor Eugene Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HENLEY, Thomas Renfro
age 74, prominent Knoxville attorney, civil servant, and author, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Tom was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Harriman, the youngest of six boys and one girl. The family moved to Knoxville in 1937 and Tom attended public schools, graduating from Old Knoxville High School in 1950. The two oldest brothers were killed in World War II, one in the India-Burma theater and one in the South Pacific near Okinawa. Two others served in the U.S. Air Force. Henley Street and the Henley Street Bridge in Knoxville are both named for Col. David Henley, his grandfather of three greats, and the founder of the State of Tennessee in 1796. As a young man, Tom was always active in his church, Park Lane Baptist Church, where he met his wife-to-be, Amelia Yarnell. Tom was also an accomplished pianist and vocalist. He obtained a degree in chemistry in 1956 and worked for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge as a scientific editor. During that time, Tom and his family were very active members of First Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, participating in the church choir and serving as superintendent of the Junior Sunday School Department. The couple gave birth to their three daughters in 1958, 1959, and 1962. They moved to Knoxville for Tom to attend law school. They were then an active family at Bell Avenue Baptist Church. He graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1968 and was admitted to the bar in August of that year. He has practiced in many fields including criminal law, bankruptcy, estates, corporations, business law, civil litigation, creditor law, and advisor in patents and copyrights. He was the first police legal advisor in Tennessee in 1971, serving the Knoxville Police Department in police patrol, criminal investigation, forensics, juvenile justice, and teaching in the Knoxville Police Academy. He was also an instructor at Walters State Community College in the Law Enforcement Technology Department teaching police patrol, evidence, criminal law, criminal investigation, police administration, and juvenile justice. Prior to his death, Tom served as attorney for the State of Tennessee Department of Safety, Legal Division. Tom has published a number of books over the years, “A Time for Common Sense” in 1979, “Let’s Send a Message to Congress: You’re Fired!” in 1985, “How to Start and Run Your Own Business” in 1986, “Restore the Republic!” in 1989, “America II” and “The Second Republic” in 2004, “A White Paper on Education” in 2005, “Real Sociology” in 2005, and “Tennessee Civil Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Law and Practice” in 2005. Preceded in death by: parents, Charlie Haddon Henley and Alice Elizabeth Ann Renfro Henley; brothers, Charlie Haddon Henley and Cecil Mark Henley (who were killed in World War II), James Lawrence Henley and Samuel Jackson Henley. Survived by: loving wife of 50 years, Amelia “Millie” Anne Yarnell Henley; three daughters, two sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They are daughter, Gaye Henley McDow, and her husband, Ted McDow, and their children, Curtis and wife, Lacey, and their daughter Zoee; Lori Beth, Amy, Mac and Andy McDow of Fayetteville, daughter, Leah Beth Henley of Fayetteville, and daughter Lori Ann Henley Lufkin, and her husband, David A. Lufkin Sr., and their children, Andrew, Aaron and Amelia Lufkin. Also survived by: brother, Luther Glenn Henley and wife, Vivian, of Heiskell, sister, Alice Ruth Henley Rickerson and husband, Rick, of Birmingham,Ala.; and sisters-in-law, Gerry Henley Fowler, Cile Henley, and Mary Lou Henley Clark of Knoxville. A memorial service was held in his honor Sunday afternoon at Fountain City Presbyterian Church on Hotel Road with the Rev. Max Reddick officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 6701 Baum Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Mr. Henley’s family invite messages of condolence to the on-line guest book located at The family received friends immediately following the memorial service at Fountain City Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

• FORD, Lynsey Michelle
age 16, of Lenoir City, passed away suddenly as the result of an automobile accident March 3, 2006. She attended Central Baptist Church of Bearden and was a junior at Lenoir City High School. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Bill Ford. Lynsey is survived by: loving mother, Rebecca Ford of Lenoir City; loving father and step-mother, Terry and Sherry Ford of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; sister, Stefanie Ford of Lenoir City; grandparents, Harold and Opal Webb and Joyce Ford, all of Knoxville; aunts and uncles, Pam Navarrette, Gary and Kim Cobble, and Eddie and Rhonda Stafford; cousins, Lori Hicks, Casey and Nick Stafford; many other special friends and family. Family and friends met Wednesday at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery for graveside service with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. The family received friends Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• ECKERD, George Wallace
age 82, of Knoxville, native of Hickory, N.C., died suddenly Thursday, March 2, 2006, at Parkwest Medical Center. He was an active member of Second United Methodist Church and one of the original members of the Oak Ridge Arboretum. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory after 40 years of service as a design engineer. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Margaret Beckner Arnold Eckerd; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Virginia Arnold; granddaughters, Emily Megan Arnold and Erin Michelle Arnold, all of Knoxville; sister, Harriett Black of Hickory, N.C.; nephews, Carl Allan Gallaway and Jim Gallaway; niece, Ruth Ann Brawley. A memorial service was held Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Bill Stooksbury and Dr. David A. Lord officiating. Following the memorial service, the family and friends met at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for entombment service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, East Tennessee Region, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. The family received friends Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• CALL, Alice Marie Phillips
age 83, of Farragut, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2006. Alice was born in Walhalla, S.C., and graduated from Hixson High School. She retired from Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company of Chattanooga. She was a member of Concord United Methodist Church for the past six years, and was formerly a member of Hixson First Baptist Church for over 60 years. Preceded in death by: husband of 65 years, Ralph T. Call; son, Ralph T. Call Jr.; sisters, Mary Jane Phillips Ball and Mildred Amanda Phillips Ellsberry; brother, William Henry Phillips. Survived by: son and daughter-in-law, Harry M. and Teresa Tripp Call of Farragut; daughter and son-in-law, Carol Call Stone and Frank D. Stone of Sterling, Va.; five grandchildren, Thomas M. Call, Melanie A. Stone, Melissa A. Stone, Ashley Call Wilbanks and Amy Stone Williams; one great-granddaughter, Kaley Grace Call; sisters, Edna Louise Phillips Liner of Lakeland, Fla.; Emma Frances Phillips Masel of Orlando, Fla., Sara Ruth Phillips Mast of Orlando, Fla.; Betty June Phillips Meadows of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Edith Patricia Phillips Lynch of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; brother, James Foster Phillips Jr of Maitland, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Funeral service will immediately follow with the Rev. Catherine Nance officiating. Graveside services for family and Chattanooga friends and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10 at Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord United Methodist Church Building Fund, 11020 Roane Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Call family.

• BLAIR, Kathy Ann Biggs
age 47, of West Knoxville, died Saturday March 4, 2006 at Parkwest Medical Center after a short battle with lung cancer. She was a member of Blue Grass Baptist Church. Preceded in death by brothers, Ernie and Robert Biggs. Survived by: husband, Mike Blair; sons and daughters, Jason and Tiffany Ann Blair of the home, Travis and Lee Edward Covington, Nichole Covington, all of Dandridge; granddaughter, Mea Shay Ann Covington; parents, Orville and Bonnie Lawhorn Biggs; brother, Roger Lee Biggs and wife, Melody, all of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral service was Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Richard Young and the Rev. Andrew Lynn officiating. The family and friends met Wednesday at West Emory Cemetery for interment service. The family received friends Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BLACK, Kathleen (Kathy)
age 85, of Knoxville, died peacefully Saturday, March 4, 2006, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. Preceded in death by: husband; Dr. Charles Black; parents, Elmer and Ethel Cox. Survived by: son and daughter-in-law, John and Patricia Black; grandchildren, Eric and Rachel Black; great-grandchildren, Ian and Wolfgang Black. Funeral service was Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Dave Ward officiating. Family and friends met at Highland Memorial Cemetery Tuesday for interment service. The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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