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• AUSTIN, Martha Driscoll,
passed away peacefully at her home, Saturday morning, Feb. 16, 2008. Martha was a native of Knoxville who devoted her life to providing unconditional love to her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Leo Driscoll; siblings, Leo Driscoll, Eleanor Driscoll and the Rev. James Driscoll; and granddaughter, Katherine Carroll. Martha is survived by her husband of 51 years, William C. Austin; seven children, Anne Austin Carroll of Chattanooga, Elizabeth (Ritchie) Case of Knoxville, William C. (Christine) Austin Jr. of Trumbull, Conn., Neil Austin of Daytona Beach, Fla., Jane (Al) Barron of Knoxville, Jacqueline Austin Russell of Kingston Springs and Kristen Austin of Greenville, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Kristen (Wes) Loden of Jakarta, Indonesia, Graham and Michael Case of Knoxville, Ashley and Leanne Austin of Trumbull, Jennafer and Melody Russell of Kingston Springs; three great-grandchildren, J.T., Lyndsey and Kaleigh Loden of Jakarta, Indonesia.; siblings, Brother Roland Driscoll of South Bend, Ind., Mary Reese and Julia (Robert) Schriver, all of Knoxville; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerard Austin and the Rev. Ragan Schriver officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from Tuesday with a Christian Prayer Service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• THOMPSON, John B.,
age 61, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly Thursday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident. John was born April 1, 1946, in Escabana “In the UP”, Mich. He was a graduate of Western Michigan University and served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. John was preceded in death by his father, Walter J. Thompson. He is survived by mother, Blanche B. Thompson; and mother-in-law, Dora Jo Byrnside, both of Maryville; wife, Ellajo Byrnside Thompson of Knoxville; sister, Yvonne and husband Brian Clark, of Sitka, Ark.; son, John Jr. and wife Nancy of Farmington Hills, Mich.; daughter, Jennifer and husband Ron Abner, of Howell, Mich.; stepdaughter, Joelle and husband Harvey Mitchell, of Bowling Green, Ky,; stepson, Byron and wife Shannon Walker of Keller, Texas; stepdaughter, Juliane and husband Jeremy Burdette of Helena, Ala. “Papa John” was especially dedicated to his seven grandchildren, Olivia, Caitlin, Marina, Emma, Quinn, Merrick and Amelia. He was the founder and the former owner of Future Pak Ltd., a pharmaceutical packaging company of Farmington Hills and president of Southern Yankee Restoration. During his career John received several patents for packaging innovations. In retirement John became an avid boater and fisherman who loved spending quality time on the water with family and friends. He was particularly proud of his ongoing research in the fields of horticulture and poultry. John will be remembered by those who loved him for his wit, sarcasm and unwavering resolve to help anyone in need. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be made to Loudon County Habitat for Humanity, 298 Village Square Drive, No. 115, Loudon, TN 37774. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel served the Thompson family.

• JONES Jr., George W,
64, retired ground safety manager, 164th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, Memphis, member of First United Methodist Church, served as Finance Committee chairman of the Covington Historical Commission and member of Covington Country Club, died Feb. 18, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital — Bartlett. Visitation was held Tuesday; and funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Maley-Harbrough Chapel. Burial was Monday, Feb. 25, in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Memphis. He leaves his wife, Sue Kathryn Whipple Jones of Covington; two daughters, Jennifer Jones Winkler of Union City and Julie Jones Ford of Knoxville; a son, Jeffrey Winston Jones of Covington; a sister, Sue Jones Kidd of Kissimmee, Fla.; a brother, Charles Jones of Nashville; grandchildren, Laura Ashley Cochran, Matthew Ford, Anna Kathryn Ford, Elizabeth Ford, Kate Ford and Parker Winston Jones. Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church. May-Yarbrough Funeral Home 902-476-9778

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