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• DURHAM, Robert Sydney,
age 76, of Knoxville and formerly of Oak Ridge died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at Baptist Hospital. He was born to the late Bunyon and Bessie Hollaman Durham July 10, 1931, in Springfield. Bob was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden and was a U.S. Marine serving during the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest honor awarded to a Marine. Bob was retired from Martin-Marietta after 40 years of service as a graphic artist. He was an avid golfer, tennis, ping-pong player, swimmer and had many horseshoe trophies. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Margaret R. Durham; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Larry Marable and Diane and Darryl Boyer; stepson, Charles Ray; stepdaughter, Sharon Parsons; grandchildren, Kathleen Marable, Lindy Adams and Daniel and Emily Boyer; a great-grandson, Matthew Parsons, whom he and Margaret raised as a child; sisters, Angela and Faye; and stepmother, Emily Durham. Family and friends wmet Wednesday at Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery for a graveside service with full military honors presented by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Central Baptist Church of Bearden Singles Ministry, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Friends could call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• CRAWFORD, Bobbie J. Nicely Eledge,
age 61, of West Knoxville, born Nov. 15, 1945, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice Center. Bobbie’s courage and faith has blessed our family with many years of love and devotion. Christ finally brought her home. Bobbie touched so many hearts and lives with her presence, faith, and her love for people. Children, family and friends will miss her here greatly but the Heavens are blessed. Bobbie was a devoted member of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her twin sons, Jerry and Terry Eledge; and father, John Nicely. She leaves behind her loving family: children and their spouses, Angie K. and Mike Smiddy, Michael A. Eledge and special friend, Melanie Sharp, and son, David, Jeff T. Eledge, and Chris and Cori Eledge, all of Knoxville; three grandchildren, Taylor Smiddy, Abby Smiddy and Graycee Eledge; husband, James Crawford; special friend and father of her children and his wife, Jerry and Julie Eledge of Knoxville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Scotty and Pat Nicely of Tampa, Fla., John and Sue Nicely, and Steve Nicely, all of Knoxville; nephews, Johnny Nicely, Rusty Nicely, Scotty Nicely, and Randy “Bo” Nicely; nieces, Lisa Brock and Missy Nicely; numerous cousins; special friends, Mary Bailey, Pat Underwood, Linda Estridge, Mary Jane Tallent, Pat Ferrell, Suzie Hazelwood, Wayne and Brenda Carmichael and Zan Schriver; all her precious friends at Rule High School and many other special friends who have touched Bobbie’s life and the special lives she has touched. She will never be forgotten. The family also would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jesse Doers and staff and to St. Mary’s Residential Hospice and staff for all the love and care given to Bobbie during her illness. Funeral Services were Sunday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with the Rev. Steve Ross officiating. Family and friends met at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel Monday to travel in procession to Highland Memorial Cemetery for an interment service. Pallbearers were Beau Davidson, Dean Heil, Michael Knouff, Mike Smiddy, Jamey Branson and Jay Eledge. The family received friends Sunday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.

• KERLEY, Kathleen,
age 96, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, 2007, in Knoxville. Kathleen was a member of Southside Baptist Church since 1940. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Kerley, who died in service of his country in 1944; and parents, Noel and Addie Torrence; and half-brother, Thomas Proctor. Kathleen served her church faithfully as a Sunday School department leader for more than 40 years. Survivors include daughter, Janet Kerley Gabriel and husband, Tony Gabriel, of Knoxville; grandchildren, Alicia Gabriel of Mooresville and Mark Gabriel of Knoxville; half-sister Georgia Sharpe Ward of Jacksonville, Fla.; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends at Southside Baptist Church Saturday followed by a Celebration of Life with the Rev. Steve Gouge and the Rev. Hal Greene officiating. Interment followed in the Willow Valley Cemetery in Mooresville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 525 South Broad St., Mooresville, NC 28115. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Kerley family.

Joel and Angela Farmer, 20 years in August
Joel H. Farmer and Angela Atherton Farmer celebrated their 20th anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Both graduated from Farragut High School in 1982, and The University of Tennesse, Knoxville. Joel is director of Corporate Accounts for Weavexx.

The couple was married at Messiah Lutheran Church in 1987. They have two children: 16-year-old Emily and 10-year-old Carson.

Joel and Angela are traveling to Italy to celebrate their anniversary.

Angela gave this advice to younger couples: apologize when necessary, share your feelings, try to see your spouse’s point of view and take time to work on your marriage.

• BELT, Brenda Matthews,
age 57, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2007. She grew up in Cleveland, graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Cleveland State Community College. She loved traveling and worked for many years in the travel industry. Brenda was one of UT Medical Center’s first group of renal transplant patients more than 20 years ago. She is preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Rassey and Tennessee Woody; mother, Lorraine Woody Wilbanks. Brenda is survived by her life-long friends, Jane and Mike Barbrow; and other beloved friends and family: Pat Carson, Michelle and Ernest Brewer, and Paul Tighe; aunts and uncles, Glenn and Joyce Woody of Hampton, Ga., Virgie and Manuel Freeman of Eagle Point, Ore. A memorial service was Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. George Doebler officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• BERVEN, Ella Jane,
age 57, died peacefully at home in Knoxville Sept. 17, 2007, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family. Ella is survived by her life companion, Gayle Hansen Browne; children; and grandchildren, Katie Berven of Knoxville, Matthew and Tonya Berven (and their children, Andrew and Jacob) of Oak Ridge, Rita Gayle Browne of Knoxville, Jennifer and Jason MacIsaac (and their daughter Fiona) of Knoxville, and Paul and Yelim Browne of Meriden, Conn. She also is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Frank Crocetti of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; her nephew, Paul Crocetti of Chestnut Hill; and her niece, Mary Crocetti, also of Chestnut Hill. Ella was predeceased by her mother, Mary Jane Shea; and her father, Delmas Clay Stutler. Born on March 27, 1950, in Washington, DC, she moved to Oak Ridge in 1979 and to Knoxville in 2000. Ella raised her two children and then went back to school, graduating summa cum laude from Roane State Community College and earning the President’s Award. She then went on to Maryville College, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then finished her education at The University of Tennessee, graduating summa cum laude with a master’s degree in special education. A gifted student, Ella’s essay “Cry, Wolf,” which described the reintroduction of gray wolves into Yellowstone National Park, won the December 1995 Beulah Davis Outstanding Freshman Writer Award and is published on the Web. For the past four years, Ella taught the special education least restrictive environment class at Eagleton Elementary School in Blount County. Combining her immense creative skills with her deep love for children, Ella taught functional living skills to kindergarten- through fifth-grade special education students. Ella loved her job and even after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, continued to teach until the last weeks of her life. The children she taught gave color, meaning, and depth to her life. A life-long Episcopalian, Ella served in many roles at churches around East Tennessee, including St. Luke’s in Knoxville, Church of the Resurrection in Loudon, and St. Stephen’s in Oak Ridge. She served in multiple capacities, including acolyte master, youth group leader, Sunday School teacher, vestry member and delegate to diocesan conventions. She led wherever she served and will be deeply missed by those in the parishes whose lives she touched. Ella was passionate about animals. She adopted countless numbers of stray dogs, including her special favorites, Ganch and Beau. She was also an equestrian and had horses for a time at the East Tennessee Riding Club in Oak Ridge. A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 600 South Chestnut St., Knoxville. The service was presided over by the Rev. Claire Keene and the Rev. Canon Stephen Askew. The family received friends at St. Luke’s immediately following the service. The committal of ashes will be a private ceremony held by the family at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in the form of contributions to the Chaplain’s Fund in Memory of Ella Berven, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Attention: Chaplain Cook, 1901 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916.

• WHITE, James R. (Buddy),
age 65, of West Knoxville passed away Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, 2007. Buddy was the founder and owner of Farragut Ditching Company. He was a developer and builder for many years. Buddy was a member of Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his son, James Kevin White; and father, James Franklin White. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Loretta Gladson White; daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Rob Boles of West Knoxville; granddaughter, Blakely Boles; mother, Edith Marie White of West Knoxville; sisters, Ruth Hellard, Agnes Mincey, Gail Farris and Laverne Henry; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel followed by a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Steve Diamond and the Rev. Cardelia Howell-Diamond officiating. Family and friends gathered Saturday at Virtue Cemetery for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Virtue Cumberland Church, 725 Virtue Road, Knoxville, TN 37934 or to the Pastoral Crisis Fund, c/o University of Tennessee Hospital, Knoxville, TN 37920. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the White family.

• INMAN, Thomas McLean,
age 69, of Farragut went to be with the Lord Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2007. Tom was a charter member and elder of Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railway claims department with 27 years of service. Tom was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ethel McLean Inman; sister, Patsy Gardner, all of Laurinburg, N.C. Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cindy Inman; children and spouses, Ken and Dee Inman of Maryville, Anne Yarbrough of Charlotte, N.C., Scott and Glenda Inman of Knoxville; grandchildren, Christy Yarbrough, Shane Strunk, Jessica Strunk, Tyler Strunk, Katie Starnes, Tori Inman and Carrie Inman; brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Bobby) and Hope Inman of Montgomery, Ala.; brother-in-law, Grady Gardner of Laurinburg; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel followed by a Celebration of Life with the Rev. Mark Hester and the Rev. Don McConnell officiating. Family and friends gathered Wednesday at Pleasant Forest cemetery for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church Bldg. Fund, P.O. Box 24162, Knoxville, TN 37933-2162. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Inman family.

• BOOKOUT, Melvin Leonard,
age 93, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, to rest in the living arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a good friend to many. Born April 26, 1914, in Hartford City, Ind., Melvin graduated from Marion High School and Indiana-Purdue University Extension in Fort Wayne. He spent his adult working years with Rea Magnet Wire and Alcoa. At Rea Magnet Wire, he was a draftsman, engineer, chief developmental engineer and plant manager. After Rea Magnet Wire was sold to Alcoa, he served as director of research and development for the Fort Wayne location. Melvin was very active in the Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. Retiring to Knoxville in 1985, Mel was an active member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. He led a Saturday morning Bible study for senior men. Preceding Mel in death was his loving wife of 67 years, Caroline. Mel is survived by his devoted wife, Doris; his four children, Mary Jo and husband, Dick Hosack of Brazoria, Texas, Mel and wife, Lesley, of Niles, Mich., Kathy and husband, Paul Baker, Julie and husband, Kerry Klemm, all of Knoxville. He also is survived by his two stepchildren, Brenda and Ben Huddleston of Clanton, Ala., and Tommy and wife, Marion, of Lenoir City; he also leaves nine grandchildren and 12 beautiful great-grandchildren to carry on. Mel has a surviving brother, Robert Bookout, in Niles. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Col. 3:15. “Well done, my good servant.” Luke 19:17. A Memorial Service was Friday at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Vernon Holstad officiating. The family received friends in the Fireside Room following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to: Dr. Tom Kim’s Free Medical Clinic of America, 6209 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HUNLEY, Beverly N.,
age 50, of Farragut went to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2007, at Baptist Hospital West. Beverly was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir City. She was an assistant administrator at Baptist Health Care in Lenoir City. Beverly was a graduate of The University of Tennessee. She was a teacher for many years at Lonsdale Elementary School. Beverly was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Norden; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clyde and Rossie Hunley; niece, Charity Harney; brother-in-law, Bil Powell. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Ted Hunley; daughters, Stephanie and Catherine Hunley; mother, Virginia Norden of Knoxville; brothers, Mike Norden and wife, Debbie, of Knoxville, Jeff Norden of Knoxville; sister, Sarah Powell of Lenoir City; aunts, Jeanette Hunt and Dolly Clark; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Monday, Sept. 17, with funeral services following in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Jack Belcher and the Rev. Dick DeMerchant officiating. Family and friends gathered Tuesday at Abbott Cemetery for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes, 5001 Maryland Way, Brentwood, TN 37027, or to First Baptist Church Lenoir City Bldg. Fund, 2085 Simpson Road East, Lenoir City, TN 37772. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Hunley family.

• FRICKS, James Benjamin,
age 61, of West Knoxville, a native and resident of Rome, Ga., until 1989, passed away at his home Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, after a short illness. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rome. Ben was employed by Tournament Games Inc. of Lebanon. He was also was a longtime employee of G.E. Rome and later Square D Corporation of Monroe, N.C. and Nashville. He was a graduate of West Rome High School and Floyd College. Ben was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Diane Fricks; and father, James O. Fricks. He is survived by his loving family: his wife, Janet Johnson Fricks; daughter, Lorri Elaine Fricks; granddaughter, Molly Elaine Fricks, all of Knoxville; mother, Katherine Fricks; sister, Anita Clayton and husband, Bob, all of Rome; brother, Don Fricks and wife, Terri, of Delta, Colo.; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Fricks will be moved to Daniels Funeral Home, Rome, where a funeral service was Friday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Interment followed at Oaknoll Cemetery, Rome. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mayan Families Charities, 2609 Hartford St., San Diego, CA 92110-2315, or Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MILLER, Jean McElroy,
age 61, of Lenoir City, formerly of Needham, Mass., and Shrewsbury, Mass., died of complications from breast cancer Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, in Knoxville. Jean was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. She attended Boston University. Jean enjoyed writing and had written articles and short stories for several magazines. She published non-fiction in Home and Portfolio magazines, mainstream fiction in Chips Off The Writer’s Block and Agapae, plus two horror stories in After Hours. She received an honorable mention in 1987 Writer’s Digest writing competition, article category. Presently, she was working on a horror novel. She also enjoyed cross-stitching and painting. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Rosalie McElroy; and brother-in-law, Karl Seger. She is survived by her sisters, Suzanne Seger of Lenoir City and Lynn Tanner of Hopkinton, Mass.; nephews, David Seger and Steven Seger; nieces, Kelly Tanner and Jennifer Tanner. A Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Deacon Jose Rivera, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grreat Dog Rescue, 875 Hwy 321 N., Suite 600, No. 51, Lenoir City, TN 37771, Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the family of Jean McElroy Miller.

• OXENDINE, Lee Ellen,
age 51, of West Knoxville, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, in Athens. She was of the Christian faith. Ellen was a graduate of The University of Tennessee where she received a master’s degree in engineering. She was a former engineer with Lockheed-Martin. Ellen was preceded in death by father, Elwood Carruth. She is survived by her loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Billee Oxendine and husband, Justin Wiley; son, Ronnie James Oxendine; grandson, Drenden Oxendine; mother, Betty Carruth, all of Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Denyce Carruth of Dallas, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Carla and Mason Querner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nephews, Patrick Major, Laren Taylor; nieces, Mardi and Alix Carruth. Burial will be in Comanche, Texas. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MOORE, Frances Hitch,
age 84, of Concord, passed away Sept. 12, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, J. C. Moore; and parents, Raymond and Laura James Hitch of Blount county. She is survived by sister, Erma Hitch; brother, Bud Hitch; and sister, Wilma Haun; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Karen Moore of Powell; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Joe Ellsworth of Port St. John, Fla.; and son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Cathy Moore of Concord; grandchildren, Rusty Shinpaugh, Joshua Ellsworth, Laura Ellsworth, Joseph Ellsworth, Rachel Moore and Rebecca Moore. Frances was a devoted wife and loving mother. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, Concord for 52 years. She was a member of WMU and the Farragut garden club for many years. She was a giving and caring lady, always thinking of others needs before her own. Arrangements are being handled by Click Funeral Home of Farragut. The family received friends at First Baptist Church, Concord, Friday, Sept. 14, with funeral services immediately following. Graveside services was held Saturday, Sept. 15, at Middle Settlements Cemetery in Louisville. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Moore family.

Jeremiah Stombaugh turns 20 years old this month
Jeremiah David Miller Stombaugh celebrated his 20th birthday Monday, Sept. 24.

He was born at 4:15 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kokomo, Ind. He weighed 7 pounds, 9.5 oounces and was 18.5 inches long.

Jeremiah and his dad share a love for wildlife. When others are shooting animals for sport, they feed the wildlife and are cautious to preserve areas for them. As a baby, Jeremiah learned to appreciate the sounds of nature. As a child, Jeremiah had a “mini-farm” of chickens that laid colored eggs, rabbits in a hutch he designed and built, baby ducks that took over the kid’s pool, a nubian goat expecting twins, as well as a couple of billy goats that ate blackberries. He also could identify and imitate the different sirens of fire engines, ambulance and police cars.

“We should have known he would grow up to serve our community,” Minnie said.

By the time he was a teenager, he established a summer lawn care business. He and his grandfather started an automotive repair business together. In fact, he owned three vehicles before he was old enough to drive. He earned his ASE automotive certification at age 14.

At 14, Jeremiah went to the Rural Metro Fire Station No. 11 to complete his Emergency Preparedness BSA merit badge. Keith Kregel quickly became his Explorer Post Advisor, and Jeremiah was training.

Jeremiah joined BSA Troop No. 17 when he was 11 years old. Robert Spreng was his scoutmaster. He earned his Den Chief Service Award assisting Cub Scout Pack No. 444. He holds Brother-hood Honor Level of Pellissippi Lodge No. 230, BSA’s National Honor Scouts. In 2005, he earned the BSA Eagle rank.

After graduating from Christian Fellowship Academy with honors, he enrolled with Rural/Metro Firefighter Academy and Pellissippi State Technical Community College. He transferred to Roane State Community College to pursue Emergency Medical Science interest. Today, Jeremiah is stationed at Rural Metro Firefighter Station 28 off Gov. John Sevier Highway. He also is employed as an assistant manager at Advanced Auto Parts in Farragut.

Jeremiah is one of the “good guys,” Minnie said. He works hard and plays hard.

Jeremiah has five siblings: 28-year-old Jennifer, 26-year-old Stephanie , 16-year-old Sarah Joy, 14-year-old Joseph and 12-year-old Jacob. He has three nephews: 9-year-old Benjamin, 7-year-old Deano and 4-year-old Trenton. His only niece is 6-year-old Victoria. His grandparents are Jerry and Audrey Miller of Farragut and the late Clifford and Mattie Stombaugh.

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