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• BOWDEN, Glenn Alfred,
age 77, of Knoxville, formerly of Kingston and Oak Ridge, passed away Monday evening, Aug. 7, 2006, at Parkwest Medical Center after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Glenn was born in Holden, W.Va., Oct. 21, 1928. He was of the Christian faith. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II. He retired from Martin Marietta Energy Systems Inc. in 1985 after 38 years of service with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and HFIR facililty. Glenn was an avid golfer, and enjoyed gardening and genealogy. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Bowden; parents, Herbert Leaman Bowden and Helen Hall Bowden; sisters, Delores Bowden, Bonnie Sue Bowden and Juanita Mildred Bowden Walker; brothers, Herbert Leaman Bowden Jr. and James Lionel Bowden. Survivors: wife of 32 years, Billie Bowden; sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn Keith and Nancy Bowden of Oak Ridge, Daryl Alan and Lorelei Bowden of Riverview, Fla.; stepdaughters, Terri Sawyer of Knoxville, Lee Ann Reynolds and husband, Bill, of Oak Ridge; seven grandchildren, Julie Ellis and husband, Mark, Zachariah Bowden, Samantha Louise Bowden, Dylan Mary Bowden, Nicholas Bowden, Nicole Bradford and Forrest Sawyer; three great-grandchildren, Megan, Jonathan and Breana; brother, Morris Layne Bowden of Chandler, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends gathered Thursday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for graveside services with full military honors conferred by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 871 North Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Bowden family.

• GARRETT, Bobby Dean Edward,
age 68, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. He attended West Side Baptist Church and was retired from the City of Knoxville after 15 years of service. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Pauline Garrett; sister, Peggy Garrett; grandmother, Martha Odem; and special cousin, Calvin Thomas. Bobby will be missed by wife, Betty Garrett; daughter, Gail Garrett Rodgers, both of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Angelene and David Turner of Clinton; son and daughter-in-law, James and Sharra Garrett of Knoxville. Sister and brother-in-law, Katherline and Wayne {Poss} Key; sister, Frances Summers; and six wonderful grandchildren. A very special thanks to Sherry Jones for all of her love and care. Funeral service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Dean Braden, the Rev. Charles Reynolds and the Rev. Ronnie Dodson officiating. Family and friends met at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery Friday for an interment service. The family  received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

• KUPFER, Valerie Elaine Nichols Owen,
age 47, of Knoxville passed away Sunday afternoon, Aug. 13, 2006, at her home. Elaine was a member of Center View Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother, Zelma Myers Nichols. Survivors: companion, Ernest “Spanky” Reno, and his children, Nicole, Bill, Bobbie and Anthony Reno; sons, Jeremy and Shawn Owen; grandson, Joshua Owen; father, R.B. Nichols and wife, Linda, of Lenoir City; sister, Connie Williams of Harriman; foster parents, Ed and June Cagley of Knoxville; foster sister, Janis Faye Justice and husband, Bob, of Knoxville; nephews, Steven and Justin Davis; nieces, Tina Branam and Hope Justice; several other family members. The family received friends Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Funeral services followed with Chaplain Ron Russell officiating. Family and friends gathered Wednesday at Marietta Cemetery for graveside services. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the family of Elaine Kupfer.

• LOVELACE, Hazel Elizabeth Davis,
of Farragut, left this earth of pain on Monday, Aug. 14, 2006. In her last years she resided at Farragut Health Care/Summit View of Farragut. She was a member of First Baptist Concord. In her early years, she worked in Oak Ridge. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, R. C. Lovelace; parents, Noah and Stella Davis; brothers, Cleo, Everette, Roscoe, Jay and Ed Davis. Survived by her son, Shannon Roy Lovelace and wife, Marsha; daughters, Geraldine Johnston and husband, Clyde, Doris Lovelace Paul and husband, Denny; grandchildren, Dale Murr, Denny Paul III, Scott Lovelace, Tyler Lovelace, Kim Boggs, Jessica Elana McDonald;  great grandchildren, Logan, Jessica Murr, Rachel and Dana Boggs, Delany and Dawson McDonald; loving sister, Wilma Hamilton; special relatives, Virginia Hart, Ralph and Barbara Lovelace, Ernestine Smith, Agnes Johnson; special friend, Mrs. Clara Logan; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the caring staff at Farragut Health Care for their concern during her stay. They would also like to thank the staff and congregation of Central United Methodist Church of Lenoir City for their prayers and visits. A special thanks to Clara Logan and family for their care and companionship these past months. The family received friends Tuesday at Click Funeral Home. Family and friends gathered Wednesday in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery for graveside services. The Rev. Ron Fisher and Betsy Switzer officiated. Grandchildren and family served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to: Central United Methodist Church, 301 Hickory Creek Road, Lenoir City, TN 37772, or the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Click Funeral Home served the family of Hazel Elizabeth Lovelace.

• MOODY, Mary Elizabeth “Betty,”
age 72, of Knoxville, only child of the late Bruce and Oakley Dossett Moody, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at Shannondale Health Care Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1933. Betty, an accomplished pianist, was a member of First United Methodist Church and graduated from The University of Tennessee where she received her master’s in English. She was associated with David Van Vactor and the Knoxville Symphony for several years. The last 25 years of her employment was with the State of Tennessee. Betty is survived by her cousins, Helen M. Reagan and husband, Clyde, Lynn Samuels and husband, Ron, Beatrice M. Neumann, Howard Moody and wife, Carole; very special friends, Zurma Caldwell and Buddie McNutt. The family and friends proceeded from Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel Friday to Edgewood Cemetery for a graveside service with the Rev. Jan Buxton-Wade officiating. The family requests memorials be made to: First United Methodist Church, 3316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 Sutherland Ave., Portland Building, Suite 102, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• RYNES, Thelma Kerr “Thel”,
age 80, of Knoxville entered into eternal life peacefully Friday, Aug. 11, 2006. Thel was born in Perth, Western Australia, where she resided until she was 21 years old. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was active throughout her life in community service, enriching the lives of others. Thel enjoyed writing poetry, composing music, cooking and playing the piano. Thel gave credit for her educational foundation to the Sisters of Mercy and she spoke often with love and affection for all they did in her life. She was able to reach out to others touching many lives. Those closest to her will miss her dearly. She was a witness to God our father and his most precious son, Jesus Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archibald Kerr and Amy Buckley Kerr Sampson. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Kenneth Rynes; children and spouses, Janice and Gregory Robbins of Wisconsin, John and Patricia Rynes of Nevada, Jeffrey Rynes of Wisconsin, Jocelyn and Mark Brodd of Farragut; grandchildren, Sarah Rynes Brekke, Catherine (Andrew) Judd, Gweneth Robbins, Meagan (Britton) Hoffman, Anthony Rynes, Sean Rynes, Ryan, Matthew and Jillian Brodd; great-grandchildren, Haakon, Connor and Rylee; her brothers, James and George (Verna) Kerr; her sister Vene (Jim) Fitzgerald of Perth, Western Australia; brother-in-law, Dennis (Shirley) Rynes; sister-in-law, Dorothy Rynes, all of Wisconsin. The family would like to express thanks to the wonderful care provided by Dr. Yi Feng, nurse, Mary Beth, Covenant Hospice nurses, Ann Mountain, Debbie Speelman and Tammy Wilson. The family receive friends Wednesday, Aug. 16, followed by a 7 p.m. service in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 17, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Farragut, with the Rev. John Dowling celebrant. Interment will be in the Lake View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John Neumann Church Building Fund, 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37934, or Covenant Hospice, 3001 Lake Brook Blvd. No. 202, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Rynes family. www.clickfuneral

• MESCHENDORF, Richard H. “Dick” Jr.,
age 73, formerly of Knoxville, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Dick was born on April 24, 1933, in Miami, Fla., and was the son of the late Richard H. Meschendorf and the late Hettie Hale Meschendorf Lewis. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather Gaines A. “Cricket” Lewis. He moved to Knoxville and was a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy, Lebanon. He attended the University of Tennessee, graduating from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City. He served in the U.S. Air Force on active duty in Korea in 1952-1953, and was in the Air Force reserve at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Air Base. Dick was a prominent businessman in Knoxville, prior to his retirement to Brownsville in 1998. He was manager with Hall-Brown men’s clothiers for many years at its Gay Street and West Town Mall locations; and was a manager with E.B. Copeland & Company before joining Home Federal Savings & Loan Association as marketing director in the mid-1970s. In 1985, he joined Fidelity Federal S& L as East Tennessee president, and continued his banking career with Union Planters Bank as senior vice president when it merged with Fidelity Federal. In 1995, Dick retired from banking and joined the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce as vice president of governmental affairs. An active volunteer in both the Brownsville and Knoxville communities, he served as chairman of the board for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and as a board member for 24 years; chairman of the trustees for WSJK-Public Television in Knoxville; chairman of the Better Business Bureau, Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, and served on the boards and in leadership capacities for many social service, religious, and community organizations. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Upon retirement in Brownsville, Dick served as chairman of finance for First United Methodist Church, quartermaster and adjutant for the V.F.W. Post, and was a member of the Ed Worsham Masonic Lodge No. 505. An avid golfer and bridge player, he enjoyed many leisure hours with his new-found friends in West Tennessee. Dick was a member of First United Methodist Church, Brownsville, where he served as chair of the finance committee; and was also active at Church Street United Methodist Church while living in Knoxville. He is survived by his wife Jo Matherne Meschendorf; two sons, Richard H. Meschendorf III and his wife, Joy, Maryville; James K. Meschendorf and his wife, Stacy, Knoxville; and a daughter Martha M. Wilds and her husband, Mike, Knoxville. “Pop” is also survived by four grandchildren, Jonathan Meschendorf, Matthew Meschendorf, and Helen and Grant Wilds; and leaves his first wife, June Cottrell Meschendorf, and numerous cousins. Following a family visitation Tuesday evening at the Brownsville Funeral Home, a  funeral service was held in Knoxville at Church Street United Methodist Church, Thursday, August 10, conducted by the Rev. Kent Bailey and the Rev. William J. Fowler, burial  followed at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, 2018 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916; Brownsville First United Methodist Church, 117 Franklin, Brownsville, TN 38012; or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family received friends at the Church on Thursday immediately before the service. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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