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• ABELE, Howell McKay,
age 88, of Knoxville, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2007, at Shannondale Health Care Center. He was of the Presbyterian faith, a 1941 graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a member of the ATO fraternity, and the captain of the Scaber and Blade with the ROTC before joining the U.S. Army and serving his country during World War II. He retired from Y-12 in Oak Ridge and was preceded in death by his former wife, Mary M. Abele and brother, Roland K. Abele. Howell is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, James N. and Beverly Abele of Oak Ridge and Joe and Cindy Abele of Knoxville; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol A. and Jack B. Sample of Chattanooga, and Mary Mack and Don La Master of Knoxville; grandchildren, Elizabeth Fields, David Abele, Brandon Abele, Ashley Abele, Weston Abele, Anne Covington and David Sample; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan Fields, Keeley and Andrew Covington, and Natalie Abele; brother, Kenneth N. Abele and sister-in-law, Joyce Abele; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends met Wednesday at Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery for a graveside service with the Rev. Kern Spangler officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Heart Association, East Tennessee Region, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• CAMPBELL, Wason Gardner,
age 88, of Farragut, formerly of Greenfield, died early Wednesday morning, Feb. 28, 2007, at NHC Cavett Hill. Wason attended The University of Tennessee Martin, taught in a two-room school house in Weakley County and received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army from May 1942 to July 1947, attaining the rank of captain. He joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1947 serving in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Buffalo, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.; retiring as an assistant director in 1974. After retirement, Wason taught at Northern Virginia Community College for 15 years. He moved to Memphis in 1989 and to Farragut in 1998. Wason was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and a brother. Survivors: wife of 62 years, Mary Wittenberger Campbell; children and spouses, Sally and Ron Smith of Farragut, Priscilla and David Lee of Brentwood, Tim and Cynthia Campbell of Alexandria, Va., Alice and Wayne Juhnke of Oak Park, Ill.; grandchildren and spouses, Amy and Michael Rainwater, Jill and Chad Thomas, Ginny Lee, Rose Campbell and Elena Campbell; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Brady and Emily. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Don McConnell officiating. A special thank you for the loving care and friendship Wason received from the nurses and staff at NHC Cavett Hill. The family request no flowers, memorials may be made to Cure Autism Now, 5455 Wilshire Blvd. No. 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or to Faith Fellowship Bldg. Fund, P.O. Box 24162, Farragut, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Campbell family.

• REINHART, Alfred Joseph,
age 85, of Farragut, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 28, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Alfred was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy. Alfred was retired from Sinclair Oil Company after 25 years service. After his retirement, he spent 10 years with the U.S. General Service Administration. Alfred was a member of the Knoxville Rose Society. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Helen Mary Brooks Reinhart; parents, Ferdinand and Rose Julian Reinhart. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, John and Virginia Reinhart of Germantown, Md.; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Edwin Marshall of Knoxville; grandchildren, John Reinhart Jr., Thomas Reinhart, Dean Peter Marshall and Candice Marshall; great-grandchildren, Tatum and Cade; sister, Julia Willis of Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, Ross and Nancy Reinhart of New York. The family received friends Friday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel followed by a Christian Wake Service. A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. John Dowling officiating. Graveside services were Monday at the East Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors conferred by the Volunteer State Veteran’s Honor Guard. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Reinhart family.

• DUNCAN, George Washington,
age 71, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church on Duncan Road. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Germany and had retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority. For many years, Mr. Duncan oversaw the business of Rocky Hill Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dell Duncan; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Jane Duncan; and granddaughter, Haley, all of Channahon, Ill. Family and friends met at Rocky Hill Cemetery Friday for a graveside service with the Rev. Jerry McBee and Dr. Charles Wender officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• CARMICHAEL, Lena Pike,
age 96, of Knoxville, daughter of the late Calvin and Sarah Sharp Pike, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. She was a member of Alice Bell Baptist Church and the Mary Martha Sunday School class. Lena was also preceded in death by husband, A.C. Carmichael; son, Charles Carmichael; three sisters; and a brother. She is survived by her loving family; son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Gwen Carmichael; grandson, A.C. Carmichael and wife, Suzanne; granddaughter, Noell Lawson; great-grandson, Alexander C. Carmichael; great-granddaughter, Chesley Lawson; sister, Gladys Gibbs Jones; brother-in-law, Ray Carmichael. Funeral service was Monday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with the Rev. Toby Everett and the Rev. Doug White officiating. The family and friends met Tuesday at Piedmont Cemetery, Jefferson County for an interment service. The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

• MATTHEWS, Rebecca Halliburton,
age 90, of Knoxville, born Dec. 19, 1916, in Rutherford, the daughter of the late David James and Anna Mai Ford Halliburton, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. Rebecca was a member of Central Baptist Church, Fountain City, where she belonged to the Senior Adult Choir, the Joy Makers Band and was a longtime church volunteer. She received her undergraduate degree from Union University in Jackson, and earned a master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Rebecca was the widow of the Rev. Edwin Oldham and the Rev. Bernard Matthews. She spent her professional life as an elementary school teacher and pastor’s wife in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee. Rebecca and her late husband, Bernard Matthews, worked as home missionaries for the Southern Baptist Convention establishing churches in suburban Chicago in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After retiring as a teacher in the Anderson County School System in 1983, she realized a lifelong dream of working as a foreign missionary in Upper Volta, Africa. After retiring to Knoxville, Rebecca resided in Fountain City, where she tutored students and taught English as a second language. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Atria-Weston Place Assisted Living, Hillcrest West Nursing Home and Caris Hospice Program for their loving and compassionate care. In addition to her parents and husbands, she also was preceded in death by her four brothers and three sisters. Rebecca is survived by her son, David B. Matthews of Knoxville; sister, Roma Frances Thomas of Paris; and many nieces and nephews. Interment was at China Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rutherford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Volunteer Ministries, 410 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902 or Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, 4216 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• LAVERY, James Owen,
age 78, of West Knoxville, passed Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Parkwest Medical. James was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a lifetime member of the NRA, a pilot and a professional engineer who retired from IT Corp. and worked for many years at Dorr-Oliver in Stanford, Conn. James created multiple aircraft refueling designs, resulting in patents held in this industry. He is survived by his one true love, his wife of 56 years, Ruth Elizabeth “Betty” Lavery; daughters and son-in-law, Elaine and Frank Leonard and Susan E. Lavery Stephen; grandchildren, Kirsten, Matthew and wife, Angel, Keren Leonard and Sidney F. Stephen II; great-grandchildren, Eliana Grace and Noelle Angel Leonard. Funeral service Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. T. Allen Humbrecht and Chaplain Kurt Taylor officiating. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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