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• DEAS, June Victoria,
age 89, a West Knoxville resident since 2001, Augusta, Ga., resident from 1917-1958 and North Augusta, S.C., from 1958-2001, daughter of the late Nathaniel A. and Mary Lee Todd Wright, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at the home of her daughter. She was a member of Green Street Presbyterian Church, Augusta, and a retiree of the Medical College of Georgia. She also was preceded in death by husband, Joseph “Joe” Caldwell Deas; daughter, Constance Todd Deas Dillard; sister, Constance Wright Smoak. She is survived by her loving family; daughter and son-in-law, Joanna and Jerry Richards of Knoxville; grandchildren, R. Lee Dillard and wife, Joyce, Kelly B. Dillard, Laura D. Gruber and husband, Al, Rebecca D. Nolan and husband, Patrick, Leslie D. Ward and husband, Bill, Karen Dillard, Arthur G. “Jay” Richards III and wife, Heather, Meredith R. Whitehead and husband, Wes, Ashley R. Swor and husband, Kirk; 11 great-grandchildren, Brianna, Margaret, Allison, Cori, Chance, Hunter, Lindsay, Christian, Abbigail, Cian and Joshua; sister, Gloria Wright Rhodes of Martinsville, Va.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. There was a graveside service at Westover Cemetery, Augusta, Ga., Saturday with the Rev. Robert F. Hunt officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CADES, c/o Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934 or Baptist Hospice, PO Box 22, Knoxville, TN 37901. Local arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• EATON, Kurt L.,
age 59, of West Knoxville, passed away peacefully Wednesday Aug. 9, 2007, at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Kurt, who attended Grace Lutheran Church, came to know the Lord during his illness and is now living eternally with him. Kurt, who was a quality engineer, was employed by Alstom Power for almost 30 years. He was a member of Gettysvue Golf and Polo Country Club. For many years, Kurt was involved in coordinating a charity golf tournament yearly to support many local organizations and also involved in the planning and organizing of the Bruce Pearl Golf Tournament, Fore the Kids, for which the proceeds go to Camp Koinonia — a weeklong camp for children with disabilities. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary H. Kelly. Kurt is survived by his loving family: wife, Claudia Eaton; daughter, Tracy; and stepdaughter, Kelly, all of Knoxville; stepfather and stepmother, Michael and Jeanne Kelly of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and a host of many good friends. A memorial service was Monday at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Richard M. Elseroad officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Camp Koinonia, Dr. Gene A. Hayes, The University of Tennessee, 1914 Andy Holt Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996-2700. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• PORTMAN, Cynthia,
age 67, of Knoxville, formerly of Maumee, Ohio, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, Aug. 11, 2007. Cynthia was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and the Senior Kids Group. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Cynthia is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard Portman; children and spouses, Geoff and Laurel Portman of Danville, Calif., Pam and Eric Schorsch of Knoxville, Craig and Michelle Portman of Knoxville; grandchildren, Tyler, Lindsay, Alex, Hailey, Caroline, Regan and Ryan; sisters, Laurie Linn of Sylvania, Ohio, Margie Hancock of Toledo, Ohio; brothers, Patrick Sanford of Akron, Ohio, Michael Sanford of Oregon, Ohio and Stephen Sanford of Temperance, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. The family received friends Monday with a Christian Wake Service following in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. A mass was celebrated Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church with the Rev. Augustine Idra A.J., celebrant. Interment was in the East Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery. 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 Portman

• GUNTER, Mary Lou,
age 76, of Knoxville, passed away in her sleep Sunday morning, August 12, 2007. She was a decorator consultant for Sears and retired after 32 years. She was the First Lady Trustee for Elks Lodge No. 160 (2002-2003) and Elk of the Year, 2002-03. Active in Beta Sigma Phi sorority for many years, Miss Gunter served as President of Council. She was a member of Deane Hill Country Club and the LAUGH golfing group, which includes many loving friends. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Neil Gunter and Jesse Victor Gunter. Her survivors include her sisters, Betty Hmelnicky and husband, John J. Hmelnicky, of Perry Hill, Md., and Barbara Patterson of Bradenton, Fla.; adopted sister, Pearl Gilbert of Knoxville; nieces and nephews, John S. Hmelnicky, William R. Patterson, Beth Ann Siemek and Mary L. Patterson; six grandnephews; and two grandnieces. Funeral service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Galyon officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers: John S. Hmelnicky, Bill Patterson, Nick McBride, William Hull, Billy and Joe Mullins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Elks Lodge No. 160, 6000 Lonas Road, Knoxville, TN 37919 or your favorite charity. The family will received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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