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• WOLF, Anne Ida,
age 92, of Knoxville, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Shannondale Nursing Home. She was a member of Heska Amuna Synagogue. Mrs. Wolf owned and operated Quality Bakery with her late husband, Max Wolf. She volunteered for many years as a Pink Lady at Fort Sanders Hospital and was an Air Defense Volunteer during World War II. She is survived by her sons, Barry Wolf of Knoxville and Rodney Wolf and wife, Brenda, of Memphis; seven grandchildren, Scott, Angela, Todd Wolf, Brad, Gary, Kelly and Dory Wolf; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harold Shersky of Knoxville. Family and friends met Wednesday at New Jewish Cemetery for a graveside service with Rabbi Louis Zivic officiating. Pallbearers: Tommy, Tyler, Brad, Gary, Scott and Todd Wolf, Monte Millen, Sam Abrams and Harvey Cook. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heska Amuna Synagogue, P.O. Box 10162, Knoxville, TN 37939 or the American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.  

• BURNS, Mary Estelle Jones,
age 92, of Knoxville, daughter of the late Milton and Maudie Staggs Jones of New Haven, Ky, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at Parkwest Medical Center. Estelle was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church, Powell where she helped start “The Willing Hands Widows Ministry.” She was preceded in death by husband, Heirschell Richard “HR” Burns; and daughters, Carol Ann Newman and Betty Ruth Phibbs; son, Douglas Richard Burns; grandson, Steven Hurst. Estelle is survived by her loving family: daughters and sons-in-law, Stella Hurst of Maryville, Va., and Raymond Barger of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, Rankin “Buster” and Margaret Burns of Maiden, N.C., Kenneth and Phyllis Burns of Knoxville; daughter-in-law, Betty Jean Burns of Rock Island, Ill.; grandchildren, Gary Hurst, Lynn Hurst, Crisley Hurst, Cynthia Barger, Ray Barger, Linda Rode, Diana Bush, John Burns, Heather, Heath and Alice Burns, Brian Phibbs, Chuck Phibbs, Kathy Stillman and Joy Day; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Jeanette Kline and Bernice Mowder of Boise, Idaho; and Barbara Azzalin of Rock Island; a host of nieces and nephews and a very special thank you to Earl Vanderhoof and his wife, Betty, who passed away in May 2006 for their constant support and friendship. A special thank you to the staff of Atria Weston Place and the staff at Brakebill Nursing Home for their loving care. Funeral service was Thursday at Temple Baptist Church with Dr. Clarence Sexton officiating. Family and friends met at Asbury Cemetery for a Friday interment service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: “Willing Hands Widows Ministry” c/o Temple Baptist Church, 1700 West Beaver Creek Drive, Powell, TN 37849. The family received friends Thursday at Temple Baptist Church in Powell. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BRADFORD, John Gordon,
age 73, passed away suddenly Oct. 7, 2006, at his Knoxville home. Gordon was a member of the Presbytery of East Tennessee and worshipped at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. He graduated form Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., and held masters degrees from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Ga., and Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. He served churches in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida and worked for the state of Florida. Gordon was involved in the Habitat for Humanity and Stephen Ministry of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Prior to moving to Knoxville, he was active in New Hope Presbyterian Church and was a docent at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Sarah Bradford; and a sister, Sara Hesch. He is survived by his wife, Seaton Kaderly Bradford; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Todd Stout of Plainfield, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Vicki Bradford; grandchildren, Lindsey Nicole Williams and Tyler John Bradford all of Tallahassee; his mother-in-law, Louise P. Kaderly of Knoxville; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Luther McGahee of Fayetteville, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday in the chapel of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church with Dr. William R. Barron officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 1501 Washington Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917 or the Wellness Community, 702 Lindsay Place, Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BANKS, Ray,
age 68, of Knoxville, went to be with his Lord, Monday morning, Sept. 25, 2006. He was a graduate of Fulton High School, attended Georgia Military Academy, and was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Banks was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church. For many years he had been very active with youth in Halls where he had coached middle school football. He also was a longtime area high school football official. His passions were his grandchildren and support of The University of Tennessee athletics. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Raleigh Banks Sr. and Laura Monday Banks; a daughter, Deborah LeeAnne Banks; sister, Mildred Banks; brother, Charles Banks Jr.; nephew, Johnny Banks Jr.; sister-in-law, Marie Banks; and brother-in-law, Aaron Shipley. A beloved father, grandfather and brother who will be greatly missed by his survivors family which include his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Darby Campbell; son, Randy Banks, all of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Dana and John Shull of Chattanooga; four grandchildren, Taylor and Morgan Shull, Reagan and Reese Campbell; sister, Allene Shipley of Knoxville; brothers, John Banks and wife, Carrye, and Bill Banks, all of Knoxville; former wife, Gale Banks; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend special thanks to the nursing staff of Parkwest Medical Center for their care and compassion. Funeral service was Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with the Rev. Ed Carter and the Rev. Robert Bean officiating. Family and friends met at Rose Mortuary Thursday to travel in procession to Lynnhurst Cemetery for an interment service. Pallbearers: Johnny McCoy, Don Walker, David Banks, Mike Banks, Charlie Seymour, Jack Parks, John Shull, Mike Messer and Darby Campbell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Emerald Youth Foundation, 1620 N. Central Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.         

• MASON, Robert Andrew,
age 38, of West Knoxville, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. He is survived by his father, Larry Mason and wife, Rosann of Raleigh, N.C.; mother, Karen Norris and husband, Mike, of Spring Hill, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Lynne and Mike Rucinski of Knoxville; and their sons, Michael and Mason Rucinski; brother, Matthew Mason of Wilmington, N.C.; two step brothers; and one step sister. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee, 1407 E. 5th Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. The family received friends Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HEILMAN, Miriam Anderson,
of Knoxville, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2006. She was a Methodist. Her survivors include her husband, Aubrey M. Heilman; daughters and sons-in-law, Lida H. and W. Coleman Bryan of Knoxville, Sally H. and David Beavers of Nashville; grandchildren, Miriam Baker Swank and husband, Steve, Charles Carter Baker III and wife, Nicole, Emily Baker Cox and husband, Dan, all of Nashville, William C. Bryan IV and Brent Heilman Bryan, both of Knoxville; four great-grandchildren, Lucas Everton Swank, Anderson Baker Swank, Baxter Bryan and Elyse Bryan; and two sisters, Doris Brown of Inman, S.C., and Katherine McClellan of Marietta, Ga. The family received friends followed by a funeral service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with David Beavers officiating. Interment followed in Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery. Pallbearers: Bill and Brent Bryan, Carter Baker, Steve Swank and Dan Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the North Knoxville Exchange Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• SHARPE, Ruth Evelyn Layman,
age 88, of Knoxville, daughter of the late Beecher and Callie Strange Layman, passed away Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at White County Hospital in Sparta. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Knoxville, and the Married Couples Sunday School Class. Ruth retired from the U.S. government in Oak Ridge. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald E. Sharpe; brother, Ray Layman. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Janet Sharpe of Cookeville; granddaughter, Chelsea Sharpe; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Floyd and Lucille Sharpe, Bobbie Layman, all of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service was Wednesday Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Galyon and the Rev. Dan Moore officiating. The family and friends met Thursday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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