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• WAYLAND, Rebecca Carr,
age 96, of Lenoir City, formerly of Fredericktown, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. Rebecca was an active supporter of her husband, family, church and community. She grew up in Potosi, Mo. She attended Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Mo., and the University of Missouri, Columbia. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at UMO and graduated in 1933. After moving to Fredericktown, with her husband, Hank, Becky raised two sons prior to a 20-year career teaching home economics at Fredericktown High School. After her retirement, Becky served with the Fredericktown Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Fredericktown and the First Presbyterian Church, Sevierville. Rebecca was preceded in death by her husband, Henry P. “Hank” Wayland; and her parents, Albert and Lillian Carr. Rebecca is survived by her two sons, H. Parker Wayland Jr., Knoxville, and Albert F. Wayland, Frisco, Texas; six grandchildren, Rebecca Wayland of Cos Cob, Conn., Hank Wayland of Bel Air, Md., Kent Wayland of Arlington, Va., Judy Smith of Knoxville, Deborah Hanson, Frisco, and Charles Wayland, Plano, Texas; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Madeline Carr Vasterling of San Diego, Calif. Interment will be in Fredericktown at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 9400 N. Central Expressway, No. 1201, Dallas, TX 75231 Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Wayland family.

• PARROTT, Betty Jane Strong,
age 76, of Knoxville passed away early Tuesday morning, Feb. 13, 2007, due to heart failure. She was born in Burlington, Vt., on 30 March 1930. Betty’s life, by word and action was a true wittiness of Jesus Christ and her Christian faith. With Betty, the priority in her life was always God, family and country. She was devoted to her husband, children and family. She loved this country and honored those who fought to keep it free. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Strong and Dorena Longe Strong. Betty Jane is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clifford Parrott; son, Thomas S. Parrott and wife, Ellen, of Norcross, Ga.; five daughters, Victoria Hsieh and Georgia Thompson of Pasadena, Calif., Jacqueline Roshiem and husband, Douglas, of Diamond Bar, Calif., Patricia Fitzgerald, Christine Fredette and husband, Ernest, all of Knoxville; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Sally Wall and husband, Richard, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Jacqueline Halvorson and husband, Lawrence, of Charlotte, Vt.; several cousins, nieces and nephews. A private family memorial service was held in March and burial will take place later at the Riverside National Cemetery in California. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Parrott family.

• PITTS, Thomas E. (Tom),
age 70, of Concord went to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, Feb. 15, 2007. Tom was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord. He was retired from Home Depot. Tom was a devoted volunteer for Mission of Hope. He was an avid woodworker. Tom was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Loftis; parents, Raymond and Irene Pitts; sister, Dorothy Pitts. Survivors: wife of 50 years, Charlotte Pitts; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Glenn Stewart, Angie and Bill Hatmaker, and son-in-law, Gary Loftis, all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Amanda Wilshire and husband, Terry, Lee Ann Hedrick and husband, Tony, Hope Meridieth and husband, Jason, Allison Stewart, Rebekah Stewart, Jonathan Heacker, Jessica Heacker, Casey Hatmaker and Brittany Hatmaker; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Melody and Emma Wilshire, Callie, Tyler and Nathan Hedrick, and Caden Meridieth; brother, Alvin Pitts of Knoxville; sister, Juanita Fox of Altanta, Ga.; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Saturday followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Larry Young and the Rev. Steve Peek officiating. Interment followed in the Concord Masonic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mission of Hope, P O Box 22312, Knoxville, TN 37933-0312. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Pitts family.

• DILL, Evelyn Hurley,
91, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 40 years and served in many capacities. Her most cherished role was baking the Communion bread for many years. Born in Calvert City, Ky., she and her late husband, Allan, moved to Knoxville in 1941 with the Tennessee Valley Authority. In addition to her husband of 66 years, Allan Dill, she was also preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Fannie Miller Hurley; and brothers, James E. Hurley and H. Thomas Hurley. She is survived by, daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Ray Fisher; son, Dr. Stephen Hurley Dill; granddaughter, Stephanie Hardesty and her husband, Kile; grandson, Keith DeLong and his wife, Marla; grandson, Gavin H. Dill and his wife, Brooke; granddaughter, Whitney Dill; seven great-grandchildren: Ally Hardesty, Kile Hardesty, Jordan DeLong, Griffin DeLong, Emersyn DeLong, Davidson Dill and Harlan Dill; brothers, Herbert T. Hurley, Jack D. Hurley and H. Pat Hurley; sister-in-law, Geneva Bruce Hurley; stepmother, Sarah Hurley; stepsister, Frances Short; nieces, Carolyn Hurley Owens, Rosalind Hurley Marshall and Susan Hurley. Following a private interment service, there was a memorial service Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. Buran Phillips, Rev. Chris Carrasco and Dr. Friedrich Schilling Jr. officiating. The family greeted friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Friends could call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• NORMAN, Cornelia (Connie) June Shirley,
beloved wife of Ralph V Norman Jr., and cherished mother of Emily Norman ( Mrs. David ) Cox and the late Stephen Christopher Norman, both of Knoxville, departed this life on her 72nd birthday, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, following a week at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice Center and after several years of incapacitating illness at home. “Her voice was ever soft, gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.” Connie Norman’s death brings to conclusion a long and varied career ranging from community service and early-childhood education to heavy-duty equipment rebuilding and interdisciplinary journal publishing, all the while she sustained a rich home and family life for her children and grandchildren, and helped her husband launch and nourish at The University of Tennessee a new academic community of scholars in the field of religious studies. Already while a student at Knoxville Central High School in the 1950s, she served as assistant to Ms. Ella Mae Thompson at Fountain City Library. Following her studies in child development under Dr. Ruth Highberger in UT’s College of Home Economics, she became director of the Yale University Divinity Nursery School. Her deep and abiding interest in the kind of strong family life where children are carefully prepared for and welcomed into stable homes, and then are enabled to flourish in the greater world beyond the family, led to many years of dedicated support for the work of Planned Parenthood, first in southern Ohio and then in Tennessee, where she served on the board of the Planned Parenthood Association of Knox County. In 1971, she determined to learn something entirely new. Her father, Victor H. Shirley, had established an enviable reputation in the heavy-duty automotive electric rebuilding business, but was suffering a number of heart problems. She quickly mastered the business from the ground up and came to his aid. By 1975 she had become the general manager and secretary-treasurer of Lane Magneto and Electric Company. She retired from Lane Magneto in 1988 and joined her husband for a season at the University of California/Santa Barbara and then for his research and travel in Germany and Switzerland. Soon after their return to UT she became a member of the staff of the interdisciplinary journal, Soundings, published jointly by UT and the Society for Values in Higher Education. She retired from UT in 1993. Connie Norman’s interests were wide-ranging and often surprising. They included membership in Phi Mu fraternity at UT, presentation as a belle at the 1954 Chattanooga Cotton Ball, membership in the Bonnie Kate Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and occasional participation, after earning her private pilot’s license, in various activities of the Ninety-Niners women pilots association. She was not a “joiner” at heart, but she worked from time to time on projects for the Knoxville Symphony League, the Knoxville Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity, the League of Women Voters, UT Faculty Wives, and the original Noonday Meals program at St. John’s Church for needy residents of the downtown Knoxville area. A talented and enthusiastic cook and a stunningly beautiful hostess, she entertained often and graciously, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, for UT’s Department of Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Academic Affairs Office, and Comparative Literature Program, and for Planned Parenthood, but she most enjoyed the informal company of close friends. She and her family have been parishioners at St. John’s (Episcopal) Cathedral for 40 years. Connie Norman is predeceased by her parents, Victor and Grace Lambert Shirley; her brother, William Blake Shirley ; and her son, Stephen Christopher Norman. She is survived by her husband; her daughter and son-in-law, Emily and David Cox, her daughter-in-law, Julie Bonich (Norman) McClellan, her two grandchildren, Jonathan A Cox, a student at Harvard College, and Caroline Grace Cox, a student at West High School; her brothers, Richard Hale Shirley and wife, Martha, of Crossville, Norman Lee Shirley of Arrington, her sister-in law, Norma Jean Shirley of Knoxville, and by more than two dozen nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Following a private committal service, there was a memorial celebration of her life at St. John’s Cathedral, 413 W. Cumberland, Sunday. The family received friends following the service at the church. The family expressed its deepest gratitude to Connie’s special and loving caregivers Margaret Zeigler and Vera Dotson and to the extraordinarily warm and caring staff at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice Center. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the St. Mary’s Hospice Center, 7447 Andersonville Pike, 37938 or to the Memorial Fund at St. John’s Cathedral, PO Box 153, Knoxville 37901-0153. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BIRD, John Henry,
age 85, of Lenoir City, formerly of Greene County, passed into eternal rest, Feb. 8, 2007. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, a farmer, business owner and builder in Greene County. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the African and European campaigns during World War II. Mr. Bird was a charter member of the Greene Co. Rescue Squad for 55 years, a charter member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads for 50 years, past president of TARS and executive director of TARS for 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Junius Scott and Dollie Ann Parks Bird; sisters, Lillian Susong, Elsie Bitner and Anne Saulsbury; brother, Quentin Scott Bird; granddaughter, Ashley Nichole Bird; and grandson, Bryon James Lister. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Bird-Lister of Florida; son and daughter-in-law, John Larry and Donna Bird; granddaughter, Kim Lister; grandson, Lanny K. Lister Jr.; great-grandchildren, Leiani Pack and husband, Michael, and Charlie Lister; three great-great-grandchildren; step-daughters-in-law, Janice Riddle and Carolyn Rupert; step-grandchildren, Christy Starnes, Donice Williams and husband, Rick, Wendy Wheeler and husband, Sean; step-great-grandchildren, Lacy and Lexie Starnes, Ty Williams and Faith Wheeler; sister-in-law, Martha Bird; three nieces and six nephews. The family received friends Saturday followed by a funeral service at Cokesbury United Methodist Church with TARS State Chaplain Roy Goddard officiating and eulogies by Steve Cardin and Kevin Ayers. Interment followed in Edgewood Cemetery. Pallbearers: Lanny Lister Jr., Sean Wheeler, Rick Williams, Steve Cardin, Rusty Williams, B.J. Robbins, Marty Shelton and Kevin Ayers. Honorary pallbearers: state officers and members of TARS as well as the Greenville Emergency and Rescue Squad. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorials be made to your local Rescue Squad. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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