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• STEELE, Robert Miller
age 84, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness. He was born April 8, 1921, in Argyle, Iowa. He grew up in Gunnison, Colo., and remembered this time with great fondness. He taught at the Kemper Military School, Centre College, and worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories for 27 years. Preceded in death by: parents, Kenneth E. Steele and Ruth Miller Steele; sister, Betty Steele Toabe. Survived by: wife of 58 years, Lou Pendleton Steele; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth M. Steele and Robin E. Hunt of Boone, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Luanne Steele Garner and Steve Garner of Knoxville; grandchildren, Ellen and Andy Steele, Dwight and Lucinda Garner; sister, Anna Ruth Perry; many nieces and nephews. Family and friends met Saturday at Edgewood Cemetery for graveside service. The family received friends Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com

• SCHMIDT, John Frederick Jr.
age 58, of Knoxville, formerly of Woodruff, S.C., passed away Thursday afternoon, March 9, 2006. John attended Church Street United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. John was a member of the Sierra Club and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a life time member of the Jaycees. He was a loving father and a good friend to many. John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances Schmidt. Survived by: children, Carla Schmidt of Knoxville, John Frederick Schmidt III (Johnny) of Knoxville, and Rosemary Schmidt of Japan; mother of his children, Sandra Poston Schmidt of Knoxville; sister, Patti Knight and husband, Doug, of Moore, S.C.; brothers, Bob Schmidt and wife, Karen, of Woodruff, S.C., David Schmidt of Plato, Mo.; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Friday at Church Street United Methodist Church with A Celebration of Life following with the Rev. Jack King officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, 418 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Schmidt family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• LYTZ, Timothy Wayne
age 47, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Knoxville, passed away on Feb. 23, 2006, at the Hospice Atlanta Center after a brief illness. Tim was born June 24, 1958, in Bristol to Darel G. Lytz and the late Betsy Stevens Lytz. Tim attended Bristol High School and then the University of Tennessee on a math scholarship. Tim is also survived by: loving wife, Suzanne Pressly Lytz of Atlanta; special pet, Roscoe; uncle, Bob Stevens and wife, Linda, of Mooresville, N.C.; aunts, Doris Rogers and husband, Ray, of Goldsboro, N.C., Barbara Henderson and husband, Howard, of Jacksonville, Fla.; numerous cousins. A celebration of Tim’s life was held Saturday, at Green Meadow County Club in Alcoa. A private family graveside service was Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Larson officiating. Memorials may be made to Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street, in care of Taylor Slemmer, Knoxville, TN 37919. Suzanne Lytz received friends Friday at the home of her parents, Jerry and Rose Mary Pressly. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com

• KRATSCHMER, Martha Cathar-ine Gay
went to her heavenly reward on Jan. 31, 2006, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Martha was born on March 11, 1918, in Kansas City, Kan., and moved with her family to Kansas City, Mo., as a young girl. She attended Scarritt Grade School, Northeast High School, and graduated from Kansas City Junior College. She married Norman Kratschmer on Oct. 4, 1942, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City. She worked during World War II in a local armament factory run by Remington Arms as a medical department secretary while her husband served with the 8th Air Force in England. Upon his return to the states, his employment and promotions required them to live in many different cities including Atlanta and Valdosta, Ga., Milwaukee and Waukesha, Wis., and Park Forest and Wheaton, Ill. Their final move was to Knoxville where they have lived since 1961. In 1963 they built their second home which Martha designed. Among her talents was the ability to coordinate colors, fabrics, woods, and textures which she used to create a showcase home. Martha was a talented seamstress with a great love of fashion. For many years she designed and made her own wardrobe as well as those of her two daughters. She read and studied both history and literature, and left a significant number of famous books about them in her personal library. Her fondness for poetry inspired her to write a vast number of poems, some of which were published. But by far her greatest, long-lasting love was a deep and abiding interest in religion. She and her husband were members of the Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church, but due to her hearing impairment, they stopped attending. She became a student of the world’s major religions and accumulated numerous books, tapes, records, and writings about them. She professed her Christian faith by serving as an example and mentor with nearly everyone with whom she came into contact, and especially to her loving family, relatives, and friends. Survived by: devoted husband of 63 years, Norman Kratschmer; daughters and sons-in-law, Carole and Eden McDonald of Knoxville, and Jan and Steven McArthur of Missoula, Mont.; grandchildren, Matthew McDonald of Knoxville, Leigh Anne McDonald of Carrboro, N.C., Curtis McArthur of Maryville, and Catherine McArthur of Missoula, Mont.; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Reese of Prairie Village, Kan., and Ruth Anne Terry of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Frank and Ernestine Kratschmer of Leawood, Kan., and brother-in-law, Robert Kratschmer of Kansas City. Martha will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially for her keen and infectious sense of humor. She found it in almost every situation, including her own life, and displayed this quality even in her last days. A memorial and life celebration service was Saturday, March 11, which would have been Martha’s 88th birthday, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. John Ross, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral officiating. In lieu of flowers and in support of Martha’s dear love of animals, memorials may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, or to a charity of choice. Following the memorial service the family received friends at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com

• KEY, Betty Elizabeth Turpin
age 69, of Jefferson City, formerly of Knoxville, passed away Monday morning, March 5, 2006, in Jefferson City. Betty was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church. Preceded in death by: parents, Hugh Turpin and Gladys McFall; sister, Barbara Utley. Survived by: husband, Gilford Key; son, Sammy Key of Knoxville; sisters, Mary Ferguson of Knoxville, Bertha Helbig of Jefferson City and Jo Ann Davis of Maryville; special nieces, Glenda Huffaker and Patricia Humphrey; a host of other nieces and nephews. The family received friends Wednesday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel followed by funeral services with the Rev. Don Mitchell officiating. Family and friends gathered Thursday at Pleasant Forest Cemetery. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel is serving the family of Betty Turpin Key. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• KEPHART, Wilbur L.
age 78, of Farragut, passed away Saturday morning, March 11, 2006. Wilbur was born and grew up in Lock Haven, Pa. He was a graduate of Penn State University and received a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Wilbur was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army. He started his career as a chemical engineer in Oak Ridge at the K-25 plant. Wilbur was employed with C.E. Raymond and Chemical Waste Management in Chicago, Ill., for many years. He was an avid tennis player and gardener. Wilbur was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and loved his friends. Preceded in death by parents, Wilbur L. Kephart Sr. and Alice Fox Kephart. Survived by: wife of 49 years, Jean Gilliam Kephart; daughter, Alicia Todorovich and her son, Michael Todorovich; son and daughter-in-law, Wilbur Kephart III and Karen Kephart and their children, Gunnar and Katie, all of Chicago; sister, Janice Reicert of Bellefonte, Pa.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Jean Gilliam; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge with the Rev. Robert Cantrell officiating. The family received friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cumberland Furnace Cemetery Association, in care of Peggy Hall, 1065 Old Highway 48 North, Cumberland Furnace, TN 37051 or to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Kephart family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• KASSINGER, Henry Frederick
age 78, of Farragut, formerly of Setauket and Plainview, Long Island, N.Y., passed away Thursday evening, March 9, 2006. Henry was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. He was a 30-year life member of the Plainview Volunteer Fire Department. Henry was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army. Survived by: wife of 58 years, Vivienne Kassinger; daughters and sons-in-law, Gayle and Steve Pepper of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., Jill and Charles Sadler of Leadville, Colo., Amy and Tim Jordan of Maryville; grandchildren, Lorraine Tirino, Penny Combes, Jenny and Christopher Jordan; great-grandchildren, Marissa and Vincent Tirino, Matthew Combes; special family members, Judy Gauthier and her daughters, Michele Birsner, Christine Hennessy and their children, Megan, Jason and Alexis; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Minerva Kassinger of Bethpage, N.Y.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends Sunday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. A Celebration of Life was held Monday at Faith Lutheran Church with Dr. Robert Stelter officiating. Interment followed in the East Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 239 Jamestowne Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Kassinger family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• HEATH, Debbie Rossie Martin
age 48, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2006, at UT Hospital. She was a Christian. A former employee of G.C.A. Services, she loved both her job and fellow employees. Survived by: loving and devoted husband, Rick Heath; former husband and lifelong friend, Danny Martin; children, Jeremy Martin and wife, Joni, and Chase Martin; grandchildren, Colby, Candice, Preston, and Kelsey Martin whom she loved and adored; sisters, Brenda, Debbie, and Darlene; cousins, Pat, Roger, and Randall; and several other extended family members and special friend, Pat Russell. Funeral service was Saturday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with the Rev. Doyle Lloyd officiating. Family and friends met at McMinn Memorial Gardens in Athens Sunday for interment services. The family received friends Saturday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• DUDLEY, Boyd Catlett
age 83, died peacefully Friday, March 10, 2006, at his Knoxville home. He was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church where he had served on the Board of Stewards and was a member, past president, and early teacher of the Achievement Sunday School Class. A graduate of Knoxville High School, Dudley returned to the University of Tennessee after serving with the 376th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was retired from DuBois Chemical Company. He loved his Lord Jesus, his family and friends and his church. Preceded in death by: parents, Jay Wiley Dudley and Bertha Atchley Dudley; grandson, James Scott Long; two brothers; and two sisters. Survived by: wife, Jane McAfee Dudley; children, Sarajane and Gene Rubert of Huntsville, Ala., Susan and Tim Goddard of Knoxville; grandchildren, Martha Jane and Andrew Keasling of Memphis and Tike Goddard of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Zachary S. Keasling; sister, Dorothy D. Lee of McMinnville; sister-in-law, Katherine Dudley of Knoxville; brother-in-law and close friend, George McAfee; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Wilbur Warwick of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews. Following a private interment, there was a memorial service Monday at Church Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Fowler, the Rev. Cabel Trent, the Rev. Jan Buxton-Wade, and Dr. Tooms H. Kay Jr. officiating. Honorary pallbearers were members of Achievement Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Homecare Hospice Fund, Fort Sanders Foundation, 1901 W. Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916-9986, or to the Altar Guild Fund of Church Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1303, Knoxville, TN 37901. The family received friends following the service at the church. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com

• CULP, R. Daniel “Dan,”
age 70, of Knoxville, passed away on March 5, 2006, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a prominent businessman well respected locally in real estate development. He was a member of the AGR Brotherhood and many other organizations. He was an avid UT football and sports fan and an ardent sportsman and lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited. He and “T” hunted and fished in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, South America, and Africa. He was a former member of the West Knoxville Rotary Club. Preceded in death by: parents, Virgil L. “Case” and Louise B. Culp; brother, Cary Culp. Survived by: wife, Teresa “T” Culp, daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Clark Carney of Warner Robins, Ga., Kerri Culp of Atlanta, Ga., and Danielle and Matt Mathews of Powell; nephew, Dr. Chris Culp of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren, Daniel, Joshua, Justin and Benjamin Carney, and Hannah Paige Mathews. The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Funeral service was Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. S. Lee Campbell officiating. Family and friends met Thursday at Edgewood Cemetery for interment service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association, East Tennessee Region, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909; American Cancer Society, East Region, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909; American Diabetes Association House, TN Affiliate, 4205 Hillsboro Avenue, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215; or Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 130 West Bruce Street, Sevierville, TN 37862. The family will receive friends following the chapel service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com.



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