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• HSIEH, Lawrence,
age 88, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. He was a loving father and devoted grandfather. He was born in China and immigrated to the United States in 1957 where he pursued his love of education by obtaining his master’s degree from Kansas State University. He retired from TVA after 25 years of service as a civil engineer. He continued his interests through publishing papers and extensive travels to China. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florence, his five children: Catherine Liu and husband, Charles, Clifford Hsieh and wife, Ruby, Ruby Yuan and husband, Robert, Ruth Young and husband, K.C., Clare Hsieh and wife, Lisa; 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral Service was Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Robert Bowman officiating. A private interment was at Pleasant Forest Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com.

• HURLEY, Steven Michael,
age 26, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. Steven was the beloved son of Pamela and Charles Dingess of Knoxville; father of, Paris Lashae and Ashlynn Rose; brother of, Peyton Hurley and Brittney Dingess of Knoxville, Corey, Brandon and Lea Hurley of KY. He was employed as a driver with Gouffon Moving and Storage. Steven was preceded in death by his Father Richard Keith Hurley. Funeral services were Friday in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. The family received friends Thursday at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• GRITZNER, Wilona “Willie,”
age 89, of Farragut, died Jan. 26, 2007. Mrs. Gritzner was a member of Concord United Methodist Church, and a longtime employee of the Farragut Library. She was an avid bridge player and an enthusiastic baseball fan. Mrs. Gritzner was preceded in death by her husband: Charles Lyle Gritzner; and granddaughter, Cheryl White Pryor; sister, Eleanor “Billie” Whipple. She is the beloved mother of son and partner, Michael and Cesar Rojo of San Diego, Calif., son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Karen Gritzner of Lenoir City, daughter and son-in-laws, Patti and Steve Flesser of Spring Valley, Calif., Sandy and David White of Knoxville; grandchildren, Cheryl, Angie, Michael, Kristi, Kayla, Shaina and Tamarah; great-grandchildren, Shelby, Andy and Cameron. Funeral service was Monday, Jan. 29, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Pastor Eddie Chasteen officiating. The family and friends met Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Highland Memorial Cemetery for an interment service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to: Knox County Public Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902. The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

 


• ROBINSON, Halbert (Chick),
age 85, of Knoxville, formerly of Loudon, passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 10, 2007, at Loudon Health Care. Halbert was a resident of Manor House Assisted Living for the past three years. He was a member of Martel United Methodist Church and Thorngrove Baptist Church. Halbert was retired from Kmart with 30 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy. Halbert was an avid fisherman and sports fan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Heaton Robinson; daughter, Lisa Robinson Brown; parents, John L. Robinson and Oda (Robbie) Long Robinson; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Nadine Robinson; sister, Faye Harrison. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Dana Shubert of Lenoir City; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Mary Anne Robinson of Panama City, Fla.; grandchildren, Jennifer Myers and husband, Eric, of Knoxville, and their daughter, Jordan, Chris Shubert of Portland, Ore.; niece, Dr. Phyllis Gilreath and husband, Dr. Jim Gilreath, of Myakka, Fla. The family received friends Thursday followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Tim Tatum officiating. Family and friends gathered Friday at Watkins Cemetery for graveside services with the Rev. William White officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watkins Cemetery, c/o Bill Watkins, 219 River Bend Drive, Loudon, TN 37774. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Robinson family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• BLUM, Claudia Anne,
age 80, died peacefully Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 2007, at her Heiskell home. She was born on Oct. 6, 1926, in Atlanta, Ga., and was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was retired as an registered nurse from Knox County Health Department and was previously the head of Pediatric Nursing at Long Island Jewish Hospital. Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, John Gavin Laing and Leora Pollock Hair; husband, Louis Blum; and brother-in-law, Harry Blum. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. William Gavin and Sharon Laing; nieces and nephews and their spouses, Leslie and Joe Taylor, Lance and Hilary Laing, Grant and Michelle Laing, Catherine and James Wike and Cynthia and Ken St. Germain; great-nieces and nephews, Grayson Taylor, Olivia, Pierce and Serena Laing, Gavin, Jacob and Connor Wike and Nicholas St. Germain.; friends and caretakers for Mrs. Blum, Thomas and Christine Brown, Charlotte Sands, Pat Harrison and H.B. and Delia Bunch; very close friends, Jane Worth, Anne Knight, Holly Watts, Hilda Lype, Barbara Colby and Glenda Brown, who took the time to visit and care for Claudia often and with love. Her extended family includes Harold Lee, June M. Laing, Ralph Kay, Larry Blum, Annie Laurie and Robert Blum; and special friends, Greg and Sherry Harris, Allan, Kris and Nathan Brown, Helen Sharp, Rex Welch and Ann Roe. A very special thanks to the CARIS Health Care and Dr. Bhandari and Dr. McCachren for their special care and support during Mrs. Blum’s illness. Family and friends met Tuesday at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service with Dr. Paul Rader officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center, 1915 White Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916. The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• SHARPE, Gordon Emert,
of Farragut passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at 2:14 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord, where he served as a deacon. Gordon was born Nov. 19, 1938, to the late Mattie Lynn (Emert) Sharp Trammell and Ottis Orlie Sharp of Gatlinburg, at the same Saint Mary’s Hospital. He grew up in Gatlinburg, and after graduating from Pi Beta Phi High School and East Tennessee State University, was employed in Development and Research for Great Lakes Carbon Fiber in Elizabethton. The company became Fortafil Fibers of Rockwood, and he retired from there in 2004. Gordon was a member of Cherokee Lodge No. 728. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles S. Trammell, who was his “Dad” beginning when he was 4. Mr. Trammell, a close friend of his father, married his mother after Mr. Sharp died; by grandparents, Tillman McCaga Sharp and Clarissa Emert Robertson; and John Jones Emert and Martha Caroline Layman. Gordon is the loving husband of Freda Castle Sharpe; he remains father, “Daddy,” “Dad” of Teresa Michele Gray, Rebecca Elaine Sharpe and Gordon Nathanael Sharpe; He will always be “Gran-pere” to Trainor McAllister Gray and John Castle Gray. A Masonic Service was held by Cherokee Lodge Thursday followed by a Funeral Service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Steve Peek officiating. Honorary pallbearers: deacon’s, past and present, First Baptist Church, Concord. The family and friends met Friday at Shiloh Cemetery, Pigeon Forge, for an interment service. The family requests memorials may be made to: Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, P.O. Box 3310, Knoxville, TN 37927-9900. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• LINEBAUGH Jr., George Phillips,
a well-known figure in the Nashville legal community, passed away Jan. 25, 2007, in Knoxville due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. George was born in Nashville December 1, 1927. His father owned and operated Linebaugh’s Restaurant on 4th and Broad, a popular eatery for Opry and local folks alike. George graduated from West High School and The University of Tennessee, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. His college years were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War, where he earned a Bronze Star. His engineering unit was charged with building roads through the Korean mountains to bring supplies and troops to the front lines. Upon his return from service in 1953, he graduated from UT College of Law, and then met and married his wife, Ann, Jan. 22, 1954. They returned to Nashville and three sons followed. George practiced law for more than 40 years, often serving as substitute general sessions judge. He finished his career as a Metro Night Court Magistrate, which provided a source of many fascinating and often entertaining stories. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mabel Rhodes Linebaugh Wulk; father, George Phillips Linebaugh Sr.; brother, James R. Linebaugh; and stepfather, Clifford G. Wulk. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Harsh Linebaugh; son, George P. Linebaugh III of Washington, D.C.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Ellen Linebaugh of Marietta, Ga.; and half-sister, Gayle Wulk of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Maria and Sophia Linebaugh of Marietta, Preston, Matthew and Daniel Linebaugh of Knoxville. The family received friends Monday at Brentwood UMC followed by the funeral service. Interment with military honors was Tuesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville. Arrangements by Gardner Memorial Chapel, Nashville, and Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, Knoxville.www.rosemortuary.com

• GREANEY III, James Edward,
born April 17, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pa., and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, surrounded by his family after an extended illness. He was a Catholic and a 40-year member of Sacred Heart Cathedral, spending most of those years singing in the choir and in various local and state offices with the Knights of Columbus. He retired as a vice president of John Beretta Tile Company. He graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati where he met his surviving wife of 45 years, Sandra. He also is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Mark Christopher; son, James Greaney IV; daughter, Kathryn Greaney; grandchildren, Christopher Carver and Heather Christopher, all of Knoxville. Funeral Mass was Wednesday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with the Rev. T. Allen Humbrecht and Monsignor Xavier Mankel officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir, 711 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Tuesday with a Christian Prayer Service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• ABEL, Frances Larson,
age 84, of Concord, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at Parkwest Medical Center. Mrs. Abel was an active member of Concord Presbyterian Church for 60 years, serving whenever needed. She graduated from old Knoxville High School in the class of 39B and then from The University of Tennessee. After a 25-year career as an engineering associate at Tennessee Valley Authority, she retired in 1979, and spent the last 28 years in numerous volunteer capacities. Her activities included serving at FISH, KARM and Hope Resource Center; recording for the blind; and volunteering for 12 years at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. In 1991, Mrs. Abel demonstrated her passion for preserving the history of the Concord/Farragut community by managing the Farragut Folklife Museum gift shop, which supports the museum. Mrs. Abel’s love of Concord is also evident in her illustration of her husband Mac Abel’s book, “Concord: Where Time Stood Still.” Many have enjoyed her hospitality and the rich history of her town and family home, built in 1866, and lovingly restored by the couple. She will be remembered for her creative talents, from her hand-painted Christmas trees to quilts to knitted and crocheted items. Her legacy of love, strength and perseverance lives on in her family. Preceded in death by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. B.M. Larson, she is survived by her husband of 63 years, Mac Abel; son, Bob Abel and wife, Linda, of Franklin, N.C.; daughter, Carol Russell and husband, Dave, of Concord; five grandchildren including Barbara Abel of Franklin, and Jonathan Abel of Palmyra, Va.; Sarah Mathis and husband, Jackie, Erin McCarty and husband, Chris, and Laura Russell of Knoxville; five great-grandchildren including Emily, Isaac, Daniel, Esther and Luke Abel; and three international students who became special members of the family: Fred Wickert, Clara Parker and Fan Zhang; brothers, Bert Larson of New Jersey and the Rev. Robert Larson and wife, Mary, of Knoxville; sisters, Margaret Angel of Knoxville and Alice Schroeder and husband, Charlie, of Lancaster, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. A Celebration of Life followed with Dr. Kenneth Gates, Dr. Bob Abel and the Rev Larson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church building fund. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Abel family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• DAVIS, Margaret Elizabeth Wyatt,
age 87, of Knoxville, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at Parkwest Medical Center. Mrs. Davis was a long-time past member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, and more recently a proud member of Knoxville First Church of God. She was a resident of Brakebill Nursing Home for 8 1/2 years. A committed Christian wife, mother and friend, she was a joy to all who knew her. She was employed for more than 30 years at Standard Knitting Mills, leaving there to partner with good friend, Minnie Lee Cureton, as owners of Evangel Christian Book Store. Preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, William V. “Bill” Davis; parents, Joseph Leonard and Lecloy Wyatt; brothers and sisters, Frank M. Wyatt, Mary C. Davis, Lois L. Franklin, Joe Lee Wyatt, W. Loy Wyatt, Elma M. Ramsey and Clyde Albert Wyatt. She is survived by daughter, Judy Guy; grandchildren and their spouses, Barry and Kim Guy of Knoxville, Barry and Jill Steelman of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren, Ansley and Austin Guy, Bryce, Erin and Rebecca Steelman; several nieces and nephews; and special family friend, Lorine Graves. A special appreciation is extended to the owners and staff of Brakebill Nursing Home for their kindness and compassion in caring for this precious lady. Funeral service was Monday at First Church of God, Dr. Lee Wallace officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church. Family and friends met Tuesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for an interment service. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• KALTHOFF, LaRue Pratt,
age 57, of Knoxville passed away suddenly Friday evening, Jan. 26, 2007, at her home. LaRue was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She was a member of the MENSA International. LaRue loved the water and sunshine. LaRue was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Margie Pratt. Survivors: husband of 37 years, Tim Kalthoff; daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Clay Carver; sons, Matthew, Jeffrey and Judson Kalthoff; grandchildren, Camilla LaRue Kalthoff and Marghee Claire Carver; sister, Pam Lewis; nephews, Andrew, Craig and Blake Lewis; mother-in-law, Wanda Kalthoff; brother-in-law, Jeff Kalthoff; aunt, Katherine Bell, all of Knoxville. The family received friends Monday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with a Celebration of Life following with Bill King officiating. Entombment followed in the Sherwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4219 Hillsboro Road, Suite 306, Nashville, TN 37215. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Kalthoff family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• GREER, Lisa Burgin,
age 42, of Knoxville, died Friday morning, Jan. 26, 2007, after an extended illness. She was a member of Gallaher Memorial Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Randall; son, Scott; father and stepmother, Bob and Jean Burgin, all of Knoxville; sister, Mary; and brothers, Jerry, John and Tony. Funeral service was Monday at Gallaher Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Bright officiating. Interment followed in Edgewood Cemetery. The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com  

• MASSEY Jr., Chester Americus,
age 84, of Knoxville, passed away Jan. 16, 2007, after an extended illness. He was a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. He will be forever remembered as a wonderful friend, spouse, father, sportsman, businessman, patriot and naturalist. Chester grew up in Alcoa and Maryville. He attended public schools, until his junior year in which he enrolled at The McCallie School in Chattanooga. He was an Eagle Scout. He graduated and concluded a post graduate year at McCallie, where he was an exceptional student and athlete, earning All Chattanooga and All Mid-South recognition in football, basketball and golf. He was the president of his class of 1941. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to Georgia Tech, but transferred to The University of Tennessee, where he played basketball and golf. He was a forward on the UT basketball team that won the 1943 Southeastern Conference crown. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, serving as the president of his pledge class and later president of the chapter. He served as president of the Interfraternity Council. He was a student representative to the UT Athletics Board. He was a member of the Scarabbean Society and was a Torchbearer. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business management in 1947. His college education was interrupted by his service with the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 1943. He was trained as a B-24 bomber pilot and was awarded best graduating pilot and was named a flight instructor. Chester began his successful business career in the insurance business. He formed his own independent agency in 1950. Chester Massey and Company became one of the area’s most successful independent insurance agencies during his business career. Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Americus Massey Sr. and Clara Elizabeth Long Massey; and his sister, Francis Massey Gorman. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Eleanor McNeil Massey; his daughter, Lynn Massey Vogel and husband, Howard H. Vogel, of Knoxville; his son, Morton Massey and wife, Becky Duncan Massey, of Knoxville; his daughter, Deborah Massey Blackburn and husband, Richard Blackburn, of Gallatin Gateway, Mont.; grandchildren, Caroline Carothers Vogel and her husband, Chris Brown, of Knoxville, Alex Vogel, Anna Kathryn Vogel, Courtney Massey Kohlhepp and her husband, Rick Kohlhepp, all of Knoxville, and Kristen Massey of Asheville, N.C.; great-grandchild, Aidan Howard Brown of Knoxville. Following a private interment, there was a service Friday at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William R. Barron officiating. The family received friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919, or the Alzheimer’s Association East Tennessee Chapter, 2200 Sutherland Ave, Suite H102, Knoxville, TN 37919 or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• ELLISON Jr., Hugh Breckinridge,
age 55, a loving husband, dedicated father and faithful friend, died Friday morning, Jan. 19, 2007, as the result of complications from cancer. Breck, a fifth generation Knoxvillian, was wellknown in East Tennessee not only for his work with his father, Breck Ellison Sr. in land development and home building, but also for his nationally recognized work in cattle embryo transplant as the president of Breck Ellison Farms in Loudon. Breck was a graduate of The Webb School of Knoxville and attended Carson-Newman College. Breck led numerous ministry trips worldwide and was an active member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church. He created and sponsored the Pray for Righteous Government campaign conducted before citywide elections. He was a past president of the American Simmental Association and an award-winning outdoorsmen who was passionate about Jesus, his family, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Gail Hickam Ellison; two sons, Breck Ellison III and Bradley Ellison; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Karen Ellison; nephews, Chad Ellison and Michael Ellison; niece, Catherine Ellison; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Randy Gilreath; and mother-in-law, Vina Hickam, all of Knoxville. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to Dr. David Rankin and his medical staff for their loving care over the years. Funeral service was Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Hollie Miller, the Rev. Eric Leake and the Rev. Charlie McNutt officiating. Family and friends met Monday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for an interment service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Gideons International, Knox Area Rescue Ministries or Sevier Heights Baptist Church. The family received friends Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• KALTHOFF, LaRue Pratt,
age 57, of Knoxville passed away suddenly Friday evening, Jan. 26, 2007, at her home. LaRue was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She was a member of the MENSA International. LaRue loved the water and sunshine. LaRue was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Margie Pratt. Survivors: husband of 37 years, Tim Kalthoff; daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Clay Carver; sons, Matthew, Jeffrey and Judson Kalthoff; grandchildren, Camilla LaRue Kalthoff and Marghee Claire Carver; sister, Pam Lewis; nephews, Andrew, Craig and Blake Lewis; mother-in-law, Wanda Kalthoff; brother-in-law, Jeff Kalthoff; aunt, Katherine Bell, all of Knoxville. The family received friends Monday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with a Celebration of Life following with Bill King officiating. Entombment followed in the Sherwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4219 Hillsboro Road, Suite 306, Nashville, TN 37215. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Kalthoff family. www.clickfuneralhome.com



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