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• MERRIFIELD, Shirley Jean,
age 69, of West Knoxville, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007. She was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her husband, Jack Merrifield; her daughters, Sylvia Wohlfort of Memphis, Teresa Merrifield of Knoxville, Sharon Cooper of Rome, Ga., and Christy Stoffell of Knoxville; son, Jack Merrifield Jr. of Knoxville; sister, Sylvia Roach; and brothers, George and Alvin Jones, all of Knoxville; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was Monday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with Brother David Latham and Brother Randall Jones officating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers: Brandon Merrifield, Jack Merrifield lll, Michael Carter, Justin Cooper, John Meredith and Jimmy Brady. The family receive friends Sunday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

• McCLUSKEY, Ruth Johns,
age 101, died Thursday July 26, 2007 at Parkwest Medical Center. She was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. Ruth was a retired teacher in the Cumberland Mountain School System, a member of the Dixie Highway Garden Club and HEIH. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. J. P. McCluskey; infant son, Tommy McCluskey; and son, J. P. McCluskey III. Ruth is survived by her loving and devoted family: daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Bryant McRee of Grenada, Miss.; daughter-in-law, Jeanie McCluskey of Lakeland, Fla.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Following a private graveside service Sunday at Highland Memorial Cemetery, a Memorial Service was held Sunday at Church Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Fowler and the Rev. Cabel Trent officiating. The family received friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to: Church Street United Methodist Church, Rejoice Ministry, 900 Henley St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• ROYAL, Daniel Scott “Danny,”
age 33, this beautiful soul left us to be with our Lord and King, Jesus Christ July 18, 2007. He was a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church and grew up in South Knoxville. He attended Mooreland Heights Elementary, South Middle School, South-Young High School, and graduated from South-Doyle High School in 1992. He participated in basketball, football, gymnastics and boxing as a youth and was a member of his high school tennis team. His unconditional love for God, family, and friends, and his creative adventurous spirit influenced all parts of his life. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Trula Royal, Guy and Lucile Manley. He is survived by the loves of his life, Lisa Royal and son, Koi Rain Royal; his loving family: father, Louis Royal Sr.; mother and step-father, Dana and Keith Forsyth; brothers and sisters-in-law, Louie and Lori Royal of Athens, Darren and Mirya Royal of Santa Monica, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Tse Lan and Don Kunian of Orlando, Fla.; step-sister and brother-in-law, Tiffany and Jimmy Evans; nieces and nephews, Trey and Kyla Royal, Aidan and Stefan Royal, Isabelle Kunian, Alexis and Madison Evans; aunts and uncles, Peggy Royal, Richard and Pat Royal, Scott and Ann Manley; and numerous cousins and friends. The family received friends Friday at Sevier Heights Baptist Church with a Celebration of Life service with Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Family and friends met at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery Saturday for an interment service. Friends wishing to give an ongoing memorial in lieu of flowers, are welcomed to contribute to the Koi Rain Royal Education Scholarship Fund, c/o First Tennessee Bank, 4416 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

• SULLIVAN, Fred E.,
age 83, of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, July 29, 2007. He was a longtime member of First Church of God and had been retired for 27 years from Delco-Remy Division of General Motors Corp. in Anderson Ind. Fred was born in Overton County Aug. 25, 1923, the son of the late Lige and Dorotha Garrett Sullivan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Edna Sullivan, Coe and Elizabeth Sullivan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Essie Mae and John Ayres, Eddith and Lester Gaw, Hazel and George Plaxco; sister, Etta Sullivan. Fred leaves his wife of 65 years, Lola Boles Sullivan; his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Judy Sullivan, all of Knoxville; his granddaughter, Katie Sullivan of Nashville; his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Alene Sullivan of Livingston; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Clyde Boles, George Boles, the Rev. Rex and Wanda Boles, all of Livingston; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Monday at First Church of God with a funeral service following with Rev. Dr. Lee Wallace officiating. The family and friends met Tuesday at Maxwell Chapel Cemetery, Overton County, for a graveside service with the Rev. Rex Boles officiating. The family requests memorials may be made to: First Church of God, 6708 Westland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BEACH, Samuel Lee (Sam),
age 48, of Knoxville passed away suddenly Saturday, July 28, 2007. Sam was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mary Lou Beach. Survivors: sister, Joyce Abruzzi; brother, Mike Beach; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends gathered Wednesday at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery for graveside services with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee State Veterans Honor Guard. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Beach family.

• BAKER Jr., Carl Fred,
age 82, of Knoxville passed away Sunday evening, July 29, 2007, at Parkwest Medical Center. Mr. Baker was a member of Victory Chapel Baptist Church. He retired from ORTEC as a manufacturing engineer. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy. Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Thelma Barger Baker; parents, Fred and Louise Hickey Baker; sisters, Margaret Lucille Baker and Evelyn Baker. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Mary Sue and Harold Anthony (Hal) Marcum of Signal Mountain; brothers, James Baker and wife, Dottie, and Kenneth Baker; sister, Irene Hudson and husband, Ken; brothers-in-law, Raymond Barger and wife, Virginia, Clifford Barger and wife, Helen, Frank Barger and wife, Ruth; sisters-in-law, Martha Eubanks and Christine Foust, all of Knoxville, and Grace Hibbard of Hobart, Ind.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends Wednesday at Click Funeral Home Farragut. Family and friends will gather at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Edgewood Cemetery with the Rev. Kern Spangler officiating. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Baker family.

• GUTCH, Wanda S.,
age 75, of Farragut, passed away Monday, July 23, 2007, at her home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Concord, and was active in numerous church and social activities. Her survivors include her daughter, Karen (Phil) Dampf; and grandchildren, Philip, Rachael and Jacob of Knoxville; her daughter, Karol Gutch of Jefferson City; and grandson, Phillip Gutch of Palm Desert, Calif.; son, David (Paula) Gutch of Charlotte, N.C.; and brother, Brent Smith of Glen Burnie, Md.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at First Baptist Church, Concord, in Farragut, 11704 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934, phone 865-966-9791. Mayes Mortuary of Morristown in charge of arrangements.

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