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• NEWCOMB, Quilla,
age 82, of Knoxville passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 17, 2007. Quilla was a member of Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was owner and operator of Cobb and Newcomb Texaco in Solway for 35 years. Quilla was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Suzanne Newcomb; sister, Edith Derrick; brothers, Lloyd, Richard, Reagan, Robert and Wesley Newcomb. Survivors: wife of 60 years, Evelyn Giles Newcomb; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and April Newcomb; grandson, Joshua Newcomb; brothers, Clarence and William Newcomb, all of Knoxville. The family received friends Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with funeral services to follow with the Rev. Don Acton officiating. Family and friends gathered Wednesday at Union Cemetery for graveside services with full military honors conferred by the Volunteer State Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Newcomb family.

• RECTOR, Helen McKinney,
age 89, of Powell, died peacefully, Feb. 16, 2007, at Shannondale Health Care Center. She was born on Aug. 7, 1917, in Knoxville and was a member of First Baptist Church of Powell. Helen was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Jackson McKinney and Nora Eslinger McKinney. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, John Wendell Rector; daughter and son-in-law, Ann Rector Weigel and William Browder Weigel; son and daughter-in-law, David Wendell Rector and Susan Parker Rector, all of Knoxville; six grandchildren, Laurie Weigel Keville and husband, John, of Charlottesville, Va.; William Kurt Weigel and wife, Carolyn, of Knoxville; Dr. Margaret Weigel Kwasigroch and husband, Keith, of Decatur, Ga.; Melissa Ann Rector and John Parker Rector, all of Knoxville; five great-grandchildren, William Connor Keville, John Patrick Keville and Caroline Elizabeth Keville, all of Charlottesville, Karley Madison Weigel of Knoxville and William Evan Kwasigroch of Decatur. The family wishes to express its grateful appreciation to the second floor nursing staff at Shannondale Health Care Center and especially to Nance and Charity Schuler for their loving care over the past four years. The family and friends met Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Lynnhurst Cemetery for a graveside service with the Rev. Phil Jones officiating and eulogy by grandson, William Kurt Weigel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Helen’s honor to the Shannondale Nursing Home Aviary Fund, 801 Vanosdale Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. The family received friends Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• UNDERWOOD, Robert Louis,
age 85, of West Knoxville, went home to Jesus Feb. 17, 2007, at Summit View of Farragut. He was a lifetime member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church and retired from American Airlines after 36 years of employment. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Louis Edward Underwood and Juliet Jones Underwood, brothers, Sherman and Clarence; and infant sister, Mary Millie. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dolly; and by daughters and son-in-law, Jeannie Underwood and Joanne and Ed Brost; grandsons, Sean and Corey O’Connor; and step-grandchildren, Ben and Robin Brost; sister and brother-in-law, Annabelle and Max Lawhorn; sister, Loretta Harmon; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Eva Underwood, Billie and Roy Marks and Glen and Joyce Buckel; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service was Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Terry Kirby officiating. Interment was Wednesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• DEFEE, Celia,
age 48, of Knoxville, formerly of Carrollton, Texas, went to be with the Lord Friday evening, Feb. 23, 2007, at her home. Survivors: husband of 25 years, Cliff Defee; daughter, Casey Lynn Defee; son, Scott Defee, both of the home; mother, Dovie Ficke. A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday at Ridgedale Baptist Church, 5632 Nickel Road, Knoxville. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Defee family.

• MYERS, Lauren,
age 16 months, of West Knoxville, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. She attended Central Baptist Church, Bearden, and loved her friends in the pre-school program. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Paul Keys and James Myers. Lauren is survived by her parents, Bill and Rachel Myers of Knoxville; twin sister, Anne Claire, age 16 months; sister, Kate, age 4; grandmothers, Paula Keys and Betty Myers; uncles and aunt, Alan and Rhonda Myers of Pawleys Island, S.C., Roger Myers of Maryville; and many cousins. The family received friends Thursday following a memorial service at Central Baptist Church, Bearden, with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. The family request memorial donations be made in memory of Lauren Myers, to Central Baptist Church, Bearden, Pre-School Ministries, 6200 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HENRY, Gregory John,
age 48, of New Market, passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at his home. He was a member of New Market Baptist Church. John was an army veteran and retired as a mechanic from T&R Truck Stop. He is survived by his wife, Linda Puckett Henry; daughter, Sylina Henry; son, Zachariah Henry; stepchildren, Denver Cantwell and wife, Adria, Alaina Presnell and husband, Scott; seven grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Keith and Jennifer Henry, Mark and Barbara Henry; sister and brother-in-law, Angie and Mike Nance. A graveside service was held Monday at Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery with the Rev. J.W. Taylor officiating. Full military honors were presented by Tennessee State Veterans Honor Guard. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 25, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• STARNES, Fannie Holder Smith,
age 78, of West Knoxville, joined her Heavenly Father, whom she served faithfully all of her life, Tuesday morning Feb. 13, 2007. After a short illness, God took her into his encircling arms and she passed away peacefully in her sleep. A faithful and devoted member of Central Baptist Church, Bearden, for more than 50 years, she will long be remembered for her membership and love in the Senior Singers, Good life Club and her years of service to the Church and Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Mission. Fannie was preceded in death by her first husband of 42 years, William C. “Bill” Smith, and second husband, Ralph Starnes. She leaves behind her loving daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Sica Sams and Gordon Sams, Rebecca Smith Epperson and Gary Epperson, Reba P. “Cookie” Bernhardt and Leonard Bernhardt, and Elizabeth Anne Smith; grandchildren, Kristi and Ian Bernhardt, Vanessa and Danny Morton, and Victoria Sica. She also will be missed by her brother, James Linderman; sister, Edrie Holder Simpson; uncle, John M. Holder and wife, Euna; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Charlotte and Bill Petty, Rosemary and Fred Beaver, Gordon and Cynthia Smith, and Ed E. Walden; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Kim Morgan, Melissa Cooper and Starr Cooper. Family and friends met Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: Knoxville Special Olympics or Central Baptist Church of Bearden, Building Fund. 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• GRAVES Jr. Sanford Pomeroy “Sandy,”
age 76, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at Select Specialty within The University of Tennessee Medical Center. A retired real estate attorney, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Doctor of Jurisprudence; both from UT. In college, he was president of Kappa Sigma fraternity and, later, was president of the Fraternal Alumni Association. He was past president of the Tennessee Land Title Association, member of the Tennessee Bar Association. Sandy was a member of the Church of the Ascension, former member of First Presbyterian Church, former member of Unity Church of Knoxville. He was a founding member of the Knoxville Racquet Club, former longtime member of Cherokee Country Club, and former member of the Exchange Club. He was a lifelong UT sports fan, a lifelong bridge player, a history buff and in earlier years, an avid tennis player. He served as a first lieutenant with Headquarters Far East Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Blessed with many good friends throughout the years, he was known for his wonderful wit and gregarious personality. He loved East Tennessee. He loved to compose poetry and prose. Preceded in death by his parents, Olwen J. and Sanford Pomeroy Graves Sr.; aunt and uncle, Betty and Phil Jones; cousin, Rhys Jones Swan; step-daughter, Patricia Murphy. Survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Pauline “Betty” Rankin Graves; devoted sister, Bebes Claiborne; children, Mollie DeLozier and husband, Hugh, Sharon Graves and husband, Jim Williams, Sanford Pomeroy “Pom” Graves III and wife, Jan, Carole Graves and partner, Mark Dowell; stepchildren, Chuck Murphy and Liz Murphy Wood; grandchildren, Aaron, Luke, Taylor and Kelsey Graves, Sara and Rachel DeLozier, and Allison Williams; step-grandchildren, Bryon and Bradley Wood, and Alex Murphy; cousins, Kay Donovan and husband, Jim, Jay, Frank and Thomas Swan; sister-in-law, Joan Rankin Rose and husband, Jim; nephew, Reed Claiborne; nieces, Olwen Claiborne, Mary Pom Claiborne, and Julia Claiborne Whipple. Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Friday at Church of the Ascension with The Rev. Allen Cooke officiating. The interment will be private with full military honors by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers: Jim Rose, William Sosna, Fred Wallace, Lewis Howard, Earl Worsham, Bob Bradley, Don Jackson, Brown Ayres, Frank Tucker, Ed Green, the Rev. William Jones and Bill Shriver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Philadelphians, 4531 Old Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37918; . The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• SAYNE, Betty Jean Chesney,
age 84 of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at Parkwest Medical Center. She was a member of Norwood Baptist Church and a former member of Central Baptist Church, Bearden. She’s in heaven now and has seen the face of our precious Lord. We rejoice with you mom. We’ll see you in heaven. Preceded in death by husband, Claude Sayne; mother, Florence Chesney; sister and brother-in-law, Iris and Sherrod Wells. She is survived by her children and spouses, Bob and Ann Sayne, Becky and Mike Ambrose; grandchildren, Shawn and Amanda Sayne, Shannon and Stephanie Sayne, Meredith and Josh Hodges, and Eric Ambrose; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Christian and Alexis; nieces, Jane Wells and Joyce Russell. We would like to thank the many caregivers at Parkwest Medical Center, especially to Cassie and Kevin. Also, a special thank you to the staff of Brakebill Nursing Home, who loved her so much. Family and friends met Saturday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service. Pallbearers were her grandchildren. The family received friends Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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