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• CRONAN, Dr. Thomas Larkin, III
age 64, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at his Holston Hills home. Dr. Cronan was professor emeritus of exercise physiology at Carson Newman College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education at Louisiana State University, his master’s degree in physical education at Northwestern State in Louisiana, and his doctorate in exercise physiology at The University of Tennessee. He was presented the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Citadel; the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. An LSU track and field letterman, he competed in Master’s Track and Field and was the National Pentathlon Champion and a national runner-up in the decathlon. An life-long avid outdoorsman and promoter of wellness, Cronan was an Eagle Scout as a youth and hiked the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) in his late 1950s. During his W.A.R. (wellness, attitude, research) against cancer, he rode his motorcycle 7,300 miles across the country and appeared on Good Morning America to promote cancer awareness. He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden where his commitment to Christ led him to serve his church as deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a member and past chair for Baptist Health System Board of Directors of Health Ventures, a member of Rotary Club of Jefferson City and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Above all, he was a devoted Christian, loving husband, father, “Poppy,” and dedicated friend and teacher. Dr. Cronan was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas L. Cronan Jr. and Edna Reidinger Cronan. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joan Cowart Cronan; daughters, Kristi and husband, Rhett Benner, Stacey and husband, Kent Bristow; grandchildren, Quinn and Reese Benner, and Chase and Reed Bristow; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jackie and LeRoy Owens of Baton Rouge, La., Janice and David Luckett of Niceville, Fla., Joy and Gene Corcoran of Springs City; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Jenise Cronan of Houston, Texas. A Celebration of Life service was Sunday at Central Baptist Church of Bearden with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. The family gathered with friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919, Wellness Community of Knoxville, 702 Lindsay Place, Knoxville, TN 37919, Carson Newman College-Cronan Walking Trail, Fite Administration Building, Box 72017, Jefferson City, TN 37760 or the Tennessee Lady Volunteer Scholarship Fund, 1551 Lake Loudon Blvd., Level One, Knoxville, TN 37996. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• ARWOOD, Joe Edward Sr.,
age 73, of Farragut, formerly of South Knoxville and Roane County passed away early Wednesday morning, Aug. 16, 2006, at Parkwest Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Joe retired from ORNL in 1994 with more than 30 years of service and was a craft supervisor at the HIFR. He was a member of Cherokee Lodge No. 728 F&AM and a 32nd degree Mason. Joe was a member of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local. He was an avid Vol fan and supporter, and loved to camp. Joe was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Evelyn Bradburn Arwood; parents, Bruce and Mattie Wilkins Arwood; brother, Gene Arwood. Survivors: wife of 30 years, Edna Arwood; daughter, Vicky Harmon and husband, Mitchell Lemons, of Kingston; sons, Joe Arwood Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Karns, James Arwood of Farragut; stepson, Ricky Allen and wife, Periza, of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandchildren, Joey, Katina, Jennifer, Nicky, Derick, Ryan, Keith, Klint, Travis and Kristy; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, the Rev. Jack Arwood of Morristown and Benny Arwood of Detroit, Mich.; sisters, Mary Newman of Friendsville and Sherry Lowery of Crossville; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Thursday in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel followed by a Masonic service conferred by Cherokee Lodge. Funeral services followed with the Rev. Jack Arwood officiating. Family and friends gathered Friday at Zion’s Chapel Cemetery in Louisville for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909, or to the American Diabetes Association, 900 East Hill Ave., Suite 240, Knoxville, TN 37915. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Arwood family.

• BEMBEN, Alberta Maxine,
age 85 of Knoxville, formerly of Barrington Hills, Ill., passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 16, 2006. Survivors: husband of 47 years, Robert L. Bemben; son, Charles Rolando of Carmel, Ind.; sister, Betty Ann Turchi of Clinton, Ind. Interment will be in Helts Prairie Cemetery in Clinton at an undetermined date. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, and Frist Funeral Home in Clinton are in charge of arrangements for her interment.

• CONNORS, John Howard
age 82, passed away peaceably at his home in Knoxville Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, from complications brought on by Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Connors was born in New York City but lived most his life in and around Newark, N.J. His last years were in residence at Knoxville, so family could provide support. John served in World War II as a navigator in the Pacific Theater, flying many combat missions. After the war he returned to Rutgers University where he went received his bachelor’s degree and went on to graduate from Rutgers Law School. Upon graduation, John immediately joined the FBI as a special agent from 1951until 1976. Most of his career was in the Newark FBI Office where he was among the first agents, nationally, assigned to the “Top Hoodlum” program of 1957 that grew into the Organized Crime Division of the FBI. John remained in the Organized Crime Squad C-4 until 1969 when he became supervisor of the second Organized Crime squad formed in New Jersey, C-7. During his time in the FBI he received several awards from FBI Directors Hoover, Gray and Kelley for superior work, beginning in 1959 with the first award issued in the FBI’s fight against organized crime. Upon retirement from the FBI, John became the first head of security for the New Jersey Sports Complex where the New York Giants and the New York Jets play. After a few years he went to work briefly for the insurance company Crumb and Fosters as head of security but than went to work for Caeser’s World, the parent company of the casinos and hotels. He was a senior vice president of corporate security for the next 15 years, retiring at age 70 at the Caesar’s Atlantic City. He became a regular speaker at the FBI Academy and other law enforcement agencies on criminal activities in the Casino industry. John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Towey Connors; sister Helen Connors; grandchildren Elizabeth Connors and Christopher Coes. He is survived by his wife of more than 57 years, Doris Connors; seven children, Michael Connors, Kathleen Connors, Kevin Connors and wife, Donna, Brendan Connors, Maureen Coes and husband, David, Eileen Connors, Helene Crowson and husband, Robert; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family received friends Monday at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville with a mass following with the Rev. Tony Dickerson celebrant. Interment followed in the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Connors family.

• SACCHI, Edward Joseph Jr.,
age 77, of West Knoxville, native of Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Edward Joseph and Clementine Pippa Sacchi Sr., died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. He attended Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and was retired from General Electric with more than 36 years service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his loving family, wife of 53 years, Adelaide Guardino Sacchi; son, Wayne Phillip Sacchi, all of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Paulla Lynn and Kevin Chubb of Ossippee, N.H.; grandchildren, Renee, Janine and Brent Kennedy; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Teagan Hammond; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Bob Wranovics of Staten Island, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Vernon Holstad officiating, interment following at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel

• HINKLE, Andrew Thomas,
age 18, a wonderful, loving and caring son passed away Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at his home in West Knoxville. He was a member of Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church. Andrew was a 2006 graduate of Bearden High School where he was captain of the state championship soccer team and member of the National Honor Society. Andrew played for the Diadora Impact Soccer Team and the Stars Soccer Team. Andrew would have been a freshman at The University of Tennessee this fall. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Linda Hinkle; brothers, Brian Hinkle and Matthew Hinkle, all of Knoxville; paternal grandfather, James Hinkle Sr. of Cumberland, Md.; maternal grandfather, Austin Thomas Clarke of Liverpool, England; aunts and uncles, Linda and John Berkenbaugh of Barboursville, W.Va., Jeanette and Jimmy McKibbin, Terry and Angela Clarke, Brian and Angela Clarke, and Kevin Clarke, all of Liverpool, England; and a host of cousins. A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nathan Malone and the Rev. Wil Cantrell officiating. Interment followed at Edgewood Cemetery. Pallbearers were members of the 2006 Bearden High School Soccer Team. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909, or the Bearden High School Soccer Team, c/o Bearden High School, 8352 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Friends could call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• WEST, Nora Marguerite,
age 91, of Knoxville, native of Houma, La., daughter of the late Harry and Argentine DuFrene King, passed away Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at Parkwest Medical Center. She was a member of West Hills Baptist Church and The Keenagers Group of the Church, former member of West Hills Garden Club and Bearden Chapter O.E.S. She is survived by her loving family, husband of 62 years, Marvin W. West; children and their spouses, David and Barbara Pitre of Covington, La., Marcia and Col. Harry Callicotte of Elizabethtown, Ky., Mike and Jody West of Athens; grandchildren, Major Christopher Gibson of Seoul, Korea, Michael Gibson of Lexington, Ky., and Meghan West of Johnson City; great-grandchildren, Alexandria Nora, Adeline and Eyan Thomas Gibson; sister, Mearline Rutt of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers, Clifford King of Metaire, La. and Leonard King of Chalmette, La.; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. John E. Pennington Jr. and the Rev. Ron West, of McComb, Miss., officiating. Pallbearers were Tim Birchett, Mike Shoemaker, Clay Mulford, Richard Alley, Rodney Franks and Bill Hayes. Interment followed in the mausoleum at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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