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• HIBBERT, Nellie Brewer,
age 68, of the Hardin Valley community went to be with the Lord Monday, June 18. Nellie attended Ball Road Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal Hibbert Sr.; parents, Joseph and Edith Brewer. Nellie is survived by children, Karen Pratt and husband, Steve, Hal Hibbert Jr. and wife, Deana, Eddie Hibbert and wife, Jeannie, Marty Hibbert and wife, Becky, Dickie Hibbert and wife, Jennifer; brothers, Jim Brewer and wife, Andy, Larry Brewer and wife, Gerry; sister, Doris Conley and husband, Mark; several devoted grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. The family received friends Tuesday followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Michael Wright and the Rev. L. Shook officiating. Family and friends gathered Wednesday at Black Oak Cemetery (Hibbert Cemetery) on Snyder Road for graveside services. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Hibbert family.

• RAGLAND, Margaret Long,
age 88, of Jackson, Miss., passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 20, 2007, at NHC Cavett Hill in Knoxville. Margaret was a charter member of Meadowbrook Church of Christ in Jackson, and had taught Young Girls and Ladies Bible classes for many years. She published two books and was an accomplished artist. Margaret was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Long Sutherland. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Sidney L. Ragland; daughter and son-in-law, Lynne and Jack Bender of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Jewell Ragland of Birmingham. Ala., David and Robin Ragland of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Shannon Johnston and husband, Ron, Joel Bender and wife, Abby, Wesley Bender and wife, Leanne, Meg Wood and husband, Raleigh, Amy Bickell and husband, Jason, and Beth Ragland; six great-grandchildren; two nephews and four nieces. The family received friends Monday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home, 350 High St., in Jackson with funeral services following with Minister Jerry Neill officiating. Interment followed in the Lakewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meadowbrook Church of Christ Building Fund, 4261 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39206.

• O’CONNOR, Mary Katherine,
age 91, of Knoxville, daughter of the late John T. and Mary Belle Wright O’Connor, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she served in the church choir, the Alter Society and the Ladies of Charity. She retired from TVA after 40 years of service and was an avid Bridge player. She also was preceded in death by brothers, John A., Joseph F., Thomas A., James R., and Charles G. O’Connor. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jeanne O’Connor; cousin, Arthur O’Connor Jr.; 31 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Ciccone and Monsignor Xavier Mankel officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be made to: The John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St., Knoxville, TN 37917; Ladies of Charity, 119 Dameron Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917; or Interfaith Health Clinic, 311 Gill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. The family received friends Wednesday followed by a Rosary at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BIAGI, Douglas Alan “Doug,”
age 49, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly Sunday, June 17, 2007, due to an automobile accident. Doug was a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in civil engineering. He was an engineer with AMEC, Knoxville. Doug had a passion for hockey, baseball and music. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Lisa Key Biagi; daughter, Grace Roseleen Biagi, all of Knoxville; mother, Eileen Duval Biagi of Leesburg, Fla.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Tom Burse of Sarasota, Fla., Barbara and Larry Edwards of Dayton, Ohio; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan and Scott Vernon of Roswell, Ga.; nieces, nephews and their children; Anthony Dincau and wife, Susan, and their daughter, Nicole, Erin Baum and husband, Steve, and their son, Christopher, and daughter, Charlotte, Kacy Ayn Ballard and son, Brady, Nicole Mealer and husband, Alex, and Cara Edwards. Funeral service was Thursday in Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Alan Smith officiating. Honorary pallbearers, Mark Kucharrski, Jeff Lindsey and Larry Edwards. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to: Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, P.O. Box 9479, Knoxville, TN 37940-9989. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• NEEDHAM Jr., James H. “Jay,”
age 82, of Knoxville, died suddenly, June 21, 2007, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Jay was of the Methodist faith. He was a parts manager for more than 50 years and a Chevrolet P&A sales manager with Reeder Chevrolet, Jay was also a member of the local and national Chevrolet and parts manager club and was rewarded for his outstanding achievement with Reeder Chevrolet for 27 years of service where he helped to build Reeder Chevrolet to the 12th largest Chevrolet parts and sales dealership in volume in the nation. He also was with Tarr Chevrolet for 20 years. Jay was an active member of the Barbershop Chorus and Quartet group and the Smokeyland Chapter of the SPEBSQSA. He was preceded in death by his parents James H. and Ethel Burkhart Needham Sr. Jay is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ruth Elizabeth Kirk Needham; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Steve Bailey and Janis K. and Ron Green, all of the Houston, Texas area; grandchildren, Michael Bailey of Tulsa, Okla., Christine Bailey of Houston and Taylor Green of Huston,Texas; step-grandchildren, Garfield Green of San Antonio, Texas, and Shane Green of Austin, Texas; sisters, Marietta Thomas and Marjorie Mills, both of Knoxville. A very special thanks to the Tarr Chevrolet Family and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sellers of Knoxville for their love and support. Family and friends met Monday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for an entombment service with Dr. Alan Smith officiating. The family received friends from Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. 

• HUFFAKER, Margaret L.,
age 81, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2007. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. Margaret was a former employee of Wal-Mart, Fairco Drugs and East Tennessee Discount Drug. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Huffaker; daughter, Edna; parents, Richard and Sally Lane and daughter-in-law, Joyce Gail Huffaker. Survived by sons, James R. Huffaker and wife, Rose Mary, Jack A. Huffaker, John A. Huffaker and wife, Glenda D., Glenn Huffaker, all of Knoxville and Jessie Huffaker of Sevierville; grandchildren, Cheryl A. Davis and husband, Dale, Jamie L. Simerly and husband, Scott, all of Lenoir City, Steven Lee Huffaker and wife, Jennifer, John R. Huffaker, Jason Scott Huffaker and wife, Candice, William Huffaker, all of Knoxville; several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family received friends Monday at Click Funeral Home with funeral services to follow with the Rev. Dean Bandy and the Rev. Rick Hicks officiating. Family and friends gathered Tuesday at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery for graveside services. Click Funeral Home served the Huffaker family.

• ALLEN, Charles Lee (Charlie),
age 79, of Knoxville, native of Sevier County, son of the late George G. and Lillie Mae Bradley Allen, died Monday June 11, 2007, in Greenwood, S.C. He was a member of Central Baptist Church, Bearden, and the Kings Men Sunday School class. Charlie, who retired from Martin-Marietta, was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Julia Ann (Judy) Allen; and by his son, George M. Allen. A devoted father and grandfather, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Gary Goforth; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sanae Allen; daughter-in-law, Jackie Allen; grandchildren, Jonathan, Michael, Sarah, Julia, Charles Jared (CJ), Robbie, Alex and Nicholas; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bettie and John Finch, Mary and Ed Scarbrough, Martha and David Whitten, Marjorie and Wiley Rutledge; and many loving family and friends. A Funeral Service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. Following the funeral service, the family and friends met at Alder Branch Cemetery, Sevier County for a graveside and interment service. The family request memorials may be made to: Central Baptist Church, Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• WESTERN, Tony,
age 73, of Knoxville, formerly of Irondequoit, N.Y., passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Tony was born in Exeter, Devon, England, and was the eldest son of Albert Edward Davie Western and Olive Amy Western (Eastmond). He was baptized in the River Jordan. Tony was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church and was a former Vestry member. He was a member of AA with 25 years of sobriety on June 6, 2007. Tony was retired from Eastman Kodak with 32 years of service in international marketing. He was an avid photographer, loved classical music and New Orleans jazz, and was a voracious reader. He was an athletic swimmer and enjoyed his daily swims at the YMCA. He was the husband of Joan, his wife of 55 years; father to Julie Salo of Fairport, N.Y., and Trevor Western of Sudbury, Mass.; father-in-law to Arthur Salo and Donna Western; grandfather to Andrew and Jessica Salo, Christopher and Heather Western, Aaron, Hannah and Nathan Gerry; brother to David Western and Anne Hunns of Devon, England; brother-in-law to Sue Western and Colin Hunns also of Devon, England; uncle to Mark, Lynda and Stuart, much loved much by Clarita and Debbie. Funeral services were Thursday at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett officiating. A reception followed in the church’s Tharp Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Western family.

• PINSKY, Milton,
age 87, formerly of Knoxville, deceased on June 19, 2007 in Tivoli, Italy. Milton retired from The University of Tennessee, where he served for many years as the librarian in the School of Architecture. He is survived by his wife, Clara Pinsky, former professor of Italian at UT. Mrs. Pinsky would gratefully receive sympathy notes from friends and associates at the following address: Via Dei Sossi-54-00019 Tivoli, ROME, Italy, and phone calls at 011-39-0774-335212. Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel, served the Pinsky family.

• RIDENOUR, William Stephen (Will),
age 20, of Knoxville, was taken suddenly to be with the Lord on June 11, 2007, in an automobile accident. Will was a 2005 graduate of West High School and a student at The University of Tennessee. He worked as an intern for the family business, J.S. Ridenour Construction. Will loved snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing with his Gandy, music, and spending time with his beloved family and friends. Will was of the Baptist faith and a member of Black Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents, Steve and Jill Ridenour; brother, Tanner Ridenour; grandparents, Joe and Margie Ridenour, and Jack (Gandy) and Barbara (Nanny) Barbee, all of Knoxville; aunts and uncles, Shirley Ridenour, Linda Ridenour Bales, Kelly and Herb Horner, Julie and Creed Childress, and David Ridenour; many special cousins; and his special friend and first love, Stephanie Haeupptle. A celebration of Will’s life was Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Matthew Caldwell officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers: Mark Embler, Jeremy Knapp, Brad Houser, Carter Miller, Daniel Bradley, John Walker, John Wright and Adam Humphreys. Honorary Pallbearers: Spencer Mullins, Jordan Jones, Nate Martin, Gus Bustamante, Andrew Darago, Graham Smith, Kris Montsinger, Joseph Bradley, Alexander Braden, Michael Bock and Cameron Moore. Will had a host of friends and the Ridenour family were honored for them to serve as honorary pallbearers with those listed above. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the charity of your choice. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• ROWNTREE, John Albert,
died peacefully Friday, June 8, 2007, his 92nd birthday. He was a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, where he served as Elder, was a Stephen Minister and was a diligent worker with Gideons International for many years. John had been educated at Knoxville High School, The University of Tennessee and Harvard Law School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and obtained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He very successfully practiced law in the law firm of Fowler, Rowntree and Fowler with his grandfather, James Alexander Fowler, uncles, Harley and Frank and cousin Sam Fowler. In recent years he authored a short book about his association with his grandfather, uncles and cousin in the firm, and about an important anti-trust case on which he worked very hard and won. This was published and given to friends who met for lunch and camaraderie. Family reunions and close ties with siblings and cousins were a real pleasure for many recent years. Among his greatest joys were travels to places far and near with his wife, his children and grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents, Harriet Fowler and Carl Bearden Rowntree; brothers, Carl Rowntree Jr. and James Rowntree; his wife, Dorothy Hall Rowntree; daughter, Suzanne Rowntree; and granddaughter, Leona Greene. His survivors include daughter, Cynthia Rowntree Bert; granddaughters, Mishew Lawwill, Lisa Lovengood and husband, Dr. Gary Lovengood, and Dorothy Greene; grandson, Kerry Rowntree, who in recent years, was John’s devoted caregiver; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucy Cole and Harriet Campbell and husband, Dr. William Campbell; loving nephews, nieces, cousins and near-lifelong friend, Lowell Giffen. The family and friends met Monday at Greenwood Cemetery for an interment service followed by a Celebration of Life service at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church with Dr. William R. Barron officiating. The family received friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to: Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919 or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 31511, Knoxville, TN 37930. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BROWN, Kevin Lamar,
age 26, of West Knoxville passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at his home. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Charles Brown. Survivors: daughter, Avary Marlowe Brown; mother, Kathy Shelton of Knoxville; brothers, Michael Brown and Charles Brown Jr.; sisters, Linda Gibson, Marcia Brown and Alice Jackson. The family received friends Saturday at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Private graveside services were at White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery in Oakdale. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made at any ORNL Credit Union to an account established for his daughter, Avary Brown. Click Funeral Home Hardin Valley Chapel, 10415 Hardin Valley Road, served the Shelton family.

• NEAL, Ellen Henderson Neal,
of Knoxville, passed away at her home on Tuesday, June 19, after a long illness. Ellen was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, most recently the Laurel Church of Christ on Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Ellen was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., March 18, 1953, spent most of her youth in Hendersonville, N.C., attended The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for both her undergraduate and graduate education, and remained in Knoxville after discovering the wonders of Neyland Stadium. Ellen was a volunteer through and through, and one of the few women who actually looked marvelous in a bright orange sweater. She adored her three sons, Matthew, 28, Fisher, 23, and Tyler, 20. She never missed a play, a baseball, soccer, rugby, or basketball game, and provided invaluable assistance in helping Fisher and Tyler become Eagle Scouts. Ellen was married to Knoxville attorney John Neal for 29 years. She loved her dear friends with whom she had attended church and college, and she genuinely appreciated the concern and kindness they had given her over the past few years. She was a brilliant and beautiful woman, with a thriving career as a consulting dietitian for numerous nursing homes and hospitals. Not only was she successful in her career, and made virtually perfect grades while attending UT, but Ellen was a devoted mother who nursed Matthew during a terrible battle with meningitis, and John’s steadfast companion through his melanoma. She had many wonderful qualities for which her former husband and children are truly grateful, and feel that she blessed their lives with her own. Ellen also is survived by her parents, J.B. and Lucille Henderson of Hendersonville; her sisters, Lisa Curtis and Jane Bryant; her brother, Joe Henderson; and a host of nieces and nephews. We could hardly forget her beloved Bridge group with whom she had religiously played since college. The family received friends Saturday followed by a memorial service at Laurel Church of Christ with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Ellen H. Neal to The University of Tennessee, Nutrition Department Enrichment Fund, c/o Cindy Blair, 600 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0108. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.


• BEWLEY, Dale H.,
age 64, of Farragut, a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, June 19, 2007, after an extended battle with esophageal cancer. Dale was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. Dale graduated from Vine Grove High School and The University of Kentucky with batchelor and master’s degrees in metallurgical engineering. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Murray State University, and had his professional engineering license. After spending 14 years at the Paducah, Ky., gaseous diffusion plant, and 14 years with Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Oak Ridge, he retired as director of quality for the five plants in Oak Ridge; Paducah and Portsmith, Ohio. During his career, he served on various state committees for conservation of energy. He also served 14 years as technical member of Baptist Hospital’s Institutional Review Board. Dale was a man of extraordinary faith, and his love of people led him to eagerly reach out to others, which triggered his love of missions. He made trips to Brazil, China, Thailand and Nicaragua. He was a person who truly loved life and people. He always showed great compassion and was an inspiration to those who knew him. He will always be remembered for his strong character, dependability, generosity and positive attitude. He also enjoyed sports and was an ardent UK basketball fan. The family wishes to thank all those who helped and assisted during his extended illiness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Forrest and Nell Stovall Bewley of Radcliff, Ky.; brother, Major Ronald Bewley. He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Marion Hutcherson Bewley; loving daughters and son-in-law, Michele and Gillen Young of Alpharetta, Ga., Marsha Bewley of Seattle, Wash.; grandsons, Alex and Brandon Young of which he was so proud; father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Hutcherson of Elizabethtown, Ky.; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and David Hayes of Campbellsville, Ky.; brothers and sister-in-law, James Gaylord and Kathy Bewley of Monument, Colo., David Earl and Carmen Bewley of Crestview, Fla., Robert Mark Bewley of Radcliff; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Bewley of Brownsville, Texas, Carolyn Hutcherson Semones and husband, Sherill of Louisville, Ky.; nieces and nephews, Andy Hayes, Amy Hayes Lindroth, Bryan, Steve, and Karen Bewley, Angela and Kyla Bewley, Liz Bewley Loewecke, Melissa Bewley Muzquiz and Angela Bewley, Steve, Jeff, and Bryan Riney, and Teresa Riney Harris. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 P.M. Friday followed by a Celebration of Life Service  at First Baptist Church, Concord with Dr. Doug Sager and Rev. Larry Boyles officiating. A private interment service will be Saturday. Pallbearers: Bill Carder, Dennis Cope, David Folz, Cliff Hsieh, Steve Prinz, Paul Standifer, Don Walker and Barry Williams. Honorary pallbearers: Robert Barber, Hogue Crossley, Joe Dorsey, Lynn Foster, Greg Geiger, Dale Hedges, Bob Hulsey, David Lankford, Mike Murphy, Bob Myers, Tim Patterson, Bill Sykes and Bill Thompson. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, Global Missions Fund, 11704 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MEARS, Ramon A. “Ray,”
age 80, of Tellico Village, passed away peacefully June 11, 2007, at the NHC of Farragut after a long and courageous struggle with multiple health issues. He was born Nov. 8, 1926, to the late Robert and Ruth Mears in Dover, Ohio. Ray was a husband of 54 years, a proud father of three sons, a loving grandfather to five grandchildren, and a mentor to his numerous basketball players. He was a former member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Ray graduated from Dover High School in 1944 developing a great interest in basketball after coaching its sixth-grade basketball team to a championship season. He worked summers in a steel mill to earn tuition to Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, where he played varsity basketball and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After graduation he began his successful career coaching at Cadiz High School in Ohio, then enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He coached at West Technical High School in Cleveland, Ohio, for several years, and then took the head coaching position at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where in 1961 the team won the NCAA Small College National Championship. In 1962 he assumed the head coaching position at The University of Tennessee where he had exceptional success for 15 seasons amassing a .747 winning percentage during his coaching career. In 1980 Ray was hired by Chancellor Charles Smith to assume athletic director duties at UT Martin where his leadership brought renewed interest and conference championships to many of their sports programs. Ray retired to Tellico Village in Loudon County in 1990 where he enjoyed attending UT men’s basketball, Lady Vol basketball, UT football games and annual trips to the NCAA final four. Ray was elected to seven different halls of fame including the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Cradle of Coaches at Miami University, and was the NABC 50 years honoree in 1997. Ray is survived by his wife, Dana Davis Mears; sons and wives, Steve and Karen, Mike and Allison, and Matt and Leigh; grandchildren, Samantha, Sean, Morgan, Emily and Evan; brother, Charles; sister-in-law, Betty Ammiller; nephews, Tim, Bret and Brad Mears; and nieces, Sandy Ammiller and Sue Serkasvich. The family thanks staff members at Parkwest Medical Center and NHC Health Center for the compassionate care given to Ray. Funeral service was Thursday at West Hills Baptist Church with Dr. Marvin Cameron officiating. The family received friends following the service. Family and friends met Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for an interment service with full military honors by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Steve Mears, Charles Mears, Mike Mears, Bret Mears, Matt Mears and Jerry Hasken. Honorary Pallbearers were coach Mear’s former players, staff and John Ward. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Ray and Dana Mears Athletic Scholarship at The University of Tennessee, c/o VASF, P.O. Box 15016, Knoxville, TN 37901. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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