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• CROLEY, Ralph W.,
age 86, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Baptist Hospital West. Ralph was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord. He graduated from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. He was the owner and president of Croley Realty Company and Success Builders, Inc. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bessie B. Croley; and grandson, Robby Croley Jr. Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Vera “Peggy” Croley; sister, Doris Poston; daughter, Peggy C. Maxwell and husband Doug; son, Robert R. “Bo” Croley and wife Pat; grandchildren, Tim Maxwell, Crystal Ruth and Richard Croley; great-grandchildren, Winter and Spencer Ruth; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services were held Saturday, March 22, at at Highland Memorial Cemetery, the Rev. Steve Peek officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Croley to the American Cancer Society,, or call 800-227-2345. Mr. Croley’s guestbook can be signed online at Highland Memorial Bearden 865-588-0567.

• ELLIS, Alice Eleanore,
age 89, passed away Sunday evening, March 16, 2008, at Ridgeview Terrace in Rutledge. Alice lived most of her life in Melbourne, Fla., but had moved to Tennessee six years ago to be close to her daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Eugene Ellis. Alice is survived by her, daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Bob Spreng of Farragut; grandchildren, Bob Spreng Jr. and wife Suzanne of Farragut, Chris Spreng and wife Samantha of Knoxville. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Ridgeview Terrace.

• WRIGHT, Bobby H.,
age 72, of Farragut passed away early Tuesday morning, March 18, 2008, at Parkwest Medical Center. Bobby was a member of First Baptist Church Concord, a long-standing member of the Farragut Rotary Club and a veteran of the U.S. Army. After retiring from banking, Bobby formed a leasing company to continue a lifelong passion of helping small business owners. Bobby was an avid fan of all The University of Tennessee sports, as well as tennis. He was a faithful and loving husband of 47 years, and a loving father and grandfather. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Gertrude Wright; and brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Jo Wright. He is survived by his wife, Jimmie Lou Wright; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Sam Teasley; grandchildren, Abby and Amanda Teasley, all of Knoxville, and Jonathan Szot of Cleveland, Miss.; sisters, Peggy Powers and husband Jimmy, Kathy Dulin, both of Vicksburg, Miss.; several nieces and nephews. Bobby was loved and respected by everyone who knew him and leaves behind many close friends. The family received friends Thursday followed by a Celebration of Life in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. R. L. Sigrest of Yazoo City, Miss., officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Bobby’s granddaughters to Concord Christian School, 11704 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934.

• PILESKI, Leona Nash,
age 86, of Canton, Conn., passed away Monday, March 24, 2008, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Leona was a lifelong member of Avon Congregational Church. Music was an enjoyable part of her life. She loved to sing and play the piano whenever her family was around. Leona was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She also served as vice president of Lee’s Frozen Food Service in Plainville, Conn. Preceded in death by her husbands, Donald H. Lee and Alexander Pileski; father, John George Nash; and her mother, Mary Nash. Survivors include her three children and their spouses, Col. Ronald and Marianne Lee of Mililani, Hawaii, Pauline “Polly” and Patrick Foster of Knoxville, Sherry and James “Jim” Marsh of Simsbury, Conn.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2008 at Carmon Funeral Home, Avon, Conn. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Simsbury Center Cemetery in Simsbury, Conn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Baptist Health Care Center — Assisted Living, 700 Williams Ferry Road, Lenoir City, TN 37771.

• LUNA, Joe Louis,
born to Mary Blanche Waters and Louis Elzo Luna in Parsons, July 15, 1934, passed away March 16, 2008. Joe was a “country boy” and proud of it. He was “best all-round athlete” in Parsons High for two years. He worked on the farm until he left home to attend The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He always thought he’d be a veterinarian, but his daddy, Dr. Louis Elzo Luna, told him he might as well go into medicine like he had. Joe graduated from UT Medical School in 1959. He was drafted into the U.S. Army after six months of residency in orthopedics at UT Hospital in Knoxville. He served a year and a half at Fort Jay on Governor’s Island in New York City. While there his first two sons, Joseph Anderson and John Louis, were born. His third son, James Andrew, was born in Knoxville. After the army, he returned to Knoxville and joined Blount Orthopedics at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital where he practiced for 35 years. After retiring from orthopedics, he was medical director of The Rehabilitation Center at Baptist Hospital for six years. He served on the board of directors for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co. for more than 25 years. He was chief of staff at Baptist Hospital in 1985. He was an avid wood turner and bird watcher. He loved all UT sports. He leaves his wife of more than 50 years, Julia Anderson Luna; his son, Joseph Anderson; his grandson, Mason Luna Morin Coburn; and Mason’s mothers, Meredith Morin and Shannon Coburn; his son, John Louis and wife LeAnn; his son, James Andrew, wife Kim and four granddaughters: Julia Grace, Sarah Ruth, Margaret Ellis and Elizabeth Belle Luna; his sister and her husband, Mary and James Burton; and niece, Mary Ruth Peggs; and nephew, David Burton. A kind and good man, he was the “rock” of his and Judies’ families. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 19, in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. The Rev. George H. Waters conducted the service, and the family received friends immediately following the service.

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