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• FLEMMING, William (Bill) Frank,
of Knoxville, entered into eternal life with both courage and faith on Thursday, April 5, 2007, following a lengthy illness. Bill, age 83, was born in York, Pa., and attended Penn State University. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a pilot and training instructor throughout World War II. He met Rhea Farnham of Knoxville while stationed at Maryville College and they were married in 1945. Together Bill and Rhea became the proud parents of four children and 10 grandchildren over their almost 62 years of marriage. Bill, who was christened into the Lutheran Faith, was also an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Knoxville, for more than 56 years. After working briefly for the York Corporation in Pennsylvania, Bill joined Robertshaw in Knoxville and was employed there for 40 years. He was advertising manager when he retired from Robertshaw in 1989. Bill loved all aspects of aviation throughout his life and flew model airplanes for many years. He also was a expert wood craftsman and became known for designing and building hundreds of beautiful birdhouses as gifts for family and friends. He also loved sports and was especially fond of watching The University of Tennessee athletics. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Esther Johnson; and sister, Jamie Flemming all of York; his daughter, Lori Flemming; and grandson, Andy Haynes of Knoxville. He is survived by and will be forever missed by his wife, Rhea; daughters and sons-in-law, Myra and Mike Haynes and Sally and Jerry Harmon of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Pat Flemming of Nashville; sister, Ruth Lightner of York; grandsons, Jason Haynes and wife, Wayles, Chris Haynes and wife, Meaghan, Ross Flemming, Brian Flemming, Parker Brown, Spencer Brown; granddaughters, Emily Brown, Ashleigh Harmon, and Hannah Harmon. Bill’s family would like to express their great appreciation to Dr. John Burkhart and Dr. Amy Rosine for wonderful care and acknowledge the kind assistance of the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital. The family received friends Saturday followed by a funeral service at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. J. Stephen Misenheimer and the Rev. Amy C. Figg officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 544 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

• THORPE, Emma Jessie Barnes,
age 90, wife of the late Dr. D.M. Thorpe, died March 31, 2007. Born in Oakland in 1916 to C.B. and Avil Saunders Barnes, Jessie graduated as valedictorian from Somerville High School in 1933 and graduated with honors from Lambuth College in Jackson in 1949. She taught elementary school in Jackson, Knoxville and in Bangalore, India, where she was instrumental in starting the American School for children. Her sparkle and knowledge in the classroom influenced her young students in countless ways. Friendship and love of people were Jessie’s legacy everywhere she went. This was of great help to her late husband, Mal, as she hosted many events during their four years of AID service in Bangalore. Jessie was a longtime member of Church Street United Methodist Church and faithful member of the Christian Home Class where she will be remembered for her vivacious singing and sweet spirit. During her later years, Jessie maintained a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She most currently resided at the Little Creek Sanitarium and Nursing Home in Knoxville where she received attentive care and encouragement. Many thanks to all of her friends there, especially Richard and Carolyn. Grateful thanks also to Hospice, who contributed greatly to her comfort during the last months of her life. Jessie was the loving mother of Anne Thorpe Hults and husband, Garrett, of Hansville, Wash., Kay Thorpe Bannon and husband, Kenneth, of Gloucester, Mass., David Barnes Thorpe of Knoxville, and Thomas Mallory Thorpe and wife, Judy Ann, of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Garrett Hults Jr., Terrance Hults, Belinda Hults O’Brien, Kay Hults Neal, Stephanie Hults Tompkins, Clifton Bannon, Carl Bannon, Donna Bannon Peart, Justin Thorpe, Carmen Thorpe-Cano, Ryan Thorpe and Lacey Thorpe; nine great-grandchildren. Following a private interment, a memorial service was Thursday at Church Street UMC with the Rev. Cabel W. Trent officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Church St. UMC, 900 Henley St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage.

• HARRISON, Frances Powell,
age 73, of Farragut, loving wife and mother, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 3, 2007. Mrs. Harrison was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord, and the Action Sunday School class. Mrs. Harrison, was born in Fitzgerald, Ga., was a teacher in Macon, Ga., and was a former employee of the Knox County Teacher Center. Previously she was a volunteer a Parkwest Medical Center for many years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles, crocheting, knitting, walking and gardening. Frankie is survived by her husband of 53 years, William H. (Pete) Harrison; children, William F. (Bill) Harrison and wife, Margo Harrison, of Asheville, N.C., Lynn Nobles Kerns and husband, Scott Kerns, of Cleveland, Ohio, Alisa Harrison of Kensington, Md., Jason Powell Harrison and wife, Iris Harrison, of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Ashley Lail and husband, Joe Lail, Matt Dean, Lauren Frances and Harrison Tyler Nobles, Adison Alisa Kerns, Kyle Adam Harrison; great-grandchildren, Halee Lauren Wright and Carter Bryce Lail; sister, Mary Lou Daley of Niceville, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends Thursday at First Baptist Church, Concord, followed by a Celebration of Life with the Rev. Steve Peek officiating. The Harrison family expressed their thanks to all the friends and family who supported Frankie and her family during this time, with special thanks to her Sunday School class, members of her bridge club, neighbors in Ramsgate and the caring healthcare teams at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Select Specialty Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road, Farragut, TN 37934; Caring Bridge @; or to First Baptist Church Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel served the Harrison family.

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