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• TUCKER, Joseph Lewis (Joe)
age 52, of Knoxville, quickly left this earth to meet the Lord Tuesday morning, May 16, 2006. Joe was truly loved by his family and friends. He was born March 3, 1954, in Covington, Va., one of eight children to the late Mr. and Mrs. James Tucker. Joseph was the father of Travis Wade Tucker and Amanda Raye Tucker, both of the home, and ex-husband to Cynthia A. Tucker. Two sisters live in Covington, Va.; one sister and one brother with several nieces and nephews live in Glen Bernie, Md. Joseph loved the Lord and his family. He never met a stranger and he was most happy being outdoors experiencing the beautiful world God gave him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A private family service was held. Click Funeral Home, Hardin Valley Chapel, 10415 Hardin Valley Road, is serving the Tucker family.

• STERCHI, Frances Gates
age 82, of Holston Hills, died May 20, 2006, after a long illness. She was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church for over 55 years, a Sunday school teacher for over 30 years, and a member of Murphy Builders Sunday School Class. Mrs. Sterchi was a graduate of Knoxville High School, Class of 1941, a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, was active in the Knoxville PTA, and had been recognized asVolunteer of the Year of the Knoxville YWCA. Preceded in death by: parents, John and Mary Wooten Gates; brother and sister-in-law, Turner and Henrietta Gates. Survived by: husband of 61 years, Charles F. Sterchi Jr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles F. and Karen C. Sterchi III of Knoxville, John G. and Teresa P. Sterchi of Ten Mile; grandchildren, Emily A. Sterchi and Charles F. Sterchi IV of Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, John W. and Arlene Gates of Wilmette, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.The family received friends Tuesday at Church Street United Methodist Church followed by the funeral service with the Rev. William J. Fowler and the Rev. Cabel W. Trent officiating. Interment followed in Lynnhurst Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Murphy Builders Class.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 or to the Knoxville YWCA, 420 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• PIERCE, Edward Tate Jr.
age 83, of West Hills, died Sunday, May 21, 2006. He was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Preceded in death by: wife, Sada Rudder Pierce; son, Edward Tate Pierce III; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tate Pierce Sr.; and brother, Albert Mac Pierce. Survived by daughters, Susan P. Fredericks and husband, Dr. Harold, of Brentwood, and Ann Rudder Pierce of Knoxville; grandchildren, Edward Scott Pierce of Knoxville, John Pierce Fredericks, Katherine Ann Fredericks, and Benjamin Tate Fredericks, all of Brentwood; brothers, Franklin Brewer Pierce and William Murriel Pierce; sister, Elizabeth Pierce Faddis; sister-in-law, Sue Rudder Eakin; brother-in-law, Paul Ray Rudder; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends met at Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery Thursday for graveside service with military honors by the Volunteer State Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Florence Crittenton Agency, 1521 Dick Lonas Road, Knoxville, TN 37909 or to the Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MIHELIC, Elizabeth Ann
formerly of the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., passed away on Monday, April 3, 2006, at the Farragut Health Care Center at the age of 90. She was born February 17, 1916, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Mathew Joseph and Julia Ann Secen Mihelic. She had been a member of St. Raphael’s Church in Morningside for over 80 years. She had been an executive secretary for Union Carbide Corporation, Linde Air Products Division, for over 35 years. She was preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Mathew J. (Sylvia F.) Mihelic, Stephen J. (Mildred C.) Mihelic, Dr. Fabian M. (Elizabeth B.) Mihelic, Joseph Mihelic; and nephew, Stephen J. Mihelic Jr. She is survived by: nieces, Carolyn B. Mihelic of Sewickley, Pa., Betty M.(James) Schneider of Fairfield, Ohio; nephew, Dr. Fabian M. (Rebecca) Mihelic of Farragut; eight great-nieces and nephews, Dr. James E. Schneider, Michelle E. Schneider (Brandon) Groves, Melinda R. Mihelic, Matthew L. Mihelic, Ellen M. Schneider, Janelle M. Schneider, Michael S. Mihelic and Robert I. Mihelic. Friends were received on Saturday, April 8, at the Stephens Memorial Chapel, 600 Cedar Avenue North Side, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St. Raphael’s Church, 1118 Chislett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Interment was at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Reserve Township. Masses or memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Church.

• HOYT, Beverly Jean
age 52, of Knoxville, died Saturday, May 20, 2006, after courageously and actively living for three years with breast cancer. Born in Norfolk, Va., Beverly most recently served as a special education teacher at Northview Elementary School in Sevier County. Prior to that she taught in El Paso, Texas, on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico, and in Aleppo, Syria. She received a master’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee in 2003 and a doctorate in education degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2006, both after being diagnosed with cancer. Bev’s two daughters, Nadya and Nissy, were the joy of her life. Out of her love for them and with her zest for living, she never let breast cancer slow her down. She was always an active presence in her daughters’ lives. An active member of West Knox Friends Meeting Quaker Meeting, Beverly was a tireless worker for peace and justice issues, attending vigils and protests even during chemotherapy and radiation. She was an enthusiastic member of many local organizations, including the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA), Women in Black, Knoxville Area Committee on Central America, and other local peace efforts. Preceded in death by her sister. Valerie Lynn Hoyt. Survivors include: daughters, Nadya and Yusra Nissy Hoyt; their father, Kevin Serkes; parents, Bill and Nan Hoyt; sister, Karen Hoyt and her children, Alicia and Stephen True; sister, Melanie Gill and husband, Donald, and her children, Brian and Douglas Gill; sister, Tracy Pickens and husband, Ivan, and her children, Laura, Daniel, and Justin Newby. Beverly was a brave woman with a kind and generous sprit and a great sense of humor even to the end of her life. During her dance with breast cancer, she was supported by many kind and loving friends and colleagues from many different circles of her community. She will be missed by her family, coworkers, students, “breast cancer sisters,” and the many friends who loved her. Beverly’s last words were, “What a trip!” Family and friends met at Friends Meeting House Cemetery Monday for a graveside service with a memorial service following. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to OREPA, P.O. Box 5743, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BRADY, Lydia Pershing
age 90, of Loudon, formerly of West Knoxville, died Monday, May 15, 2006. She was a longtime member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Lydia was an employee of Alcoa Aluminum Company for many years and retired as an office administrator for the former Extendicare Nursing Center. She is survived by: loving husband of 65 years, James F. Brady; sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Cathy Brady, all of Loudon, Dale and Marcia Brady of Lenoir City; grandchildren, Karen Hammontree and husband, Bart, Danny Brady, Robert Brady, and William Brady; great-granddaughter, Isabella Hammontree; brother, J.E. Pershing and wife, Mae, of Alcoa; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Eldon Moore and the Rev. Anne Robbins officiating. Family and friends met Friday at the entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery for interment service. The family requests that memorials be made to Christian Children’s Fund, 2821 Emorywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294-3728. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. .

• AMBURN, Charles Vance
age 83, of Holston Hills, died Monday morning, May 15, 2006, at Baptist Hospital. He was a member of Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church and a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II 1942-45. He was a graduate of The University of Tennessee and a member of the Knoxville Bar Association. Preceded in death by: wife, Myrtle Rose Bruce Amburn; mother, Eula Sherrod Amburn; father, Floyd Amburn; and brother, Robert Amburn. Survived by: daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte Amburn Scalf and Leo Carl Scalf, Virginia Amburn McGaha and Gregory Del McGaha; grandchildren, Daniel, Rachel, and Anthony Scalf, Gregory and Katherine Amburn; sisters-in-law, Virginia Nichols, Mary, Leona, and Louise Bruce; also Claudia McGinnis; special friends, the Rev. H. Walter Willis, Brenda Walker, and Dennis Walker. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Shannondale Health Care Center, the staff of East Tennessee Baptist Hospital and our father’s beloved physician, Dr. Sunil John. The family received friends Wednesday followed by a memorial service at Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church with the Rev. H. Walter Willis officiating. Family and friends met at the West Adair entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery Thursday for interment service with Military Honors presented by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Magnolia Avenue UMC, 2700 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN 37914. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

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