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• LONDON, Coral Calongne,
age 83, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord , April 12, 2008. She led an exemplary life caring for all her friends and family. Her long-standing membership of Sacred Heart Cathedral and her participation in various philanthropic programs helped her to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need. Coral was born in Mobile, Ala. She grew up in New Orleans. While there, she attended Sophie Newcomb and married Frank London. After Frank’s graduation from Tulane’s medical school, they moved to Baltimore for Frank’s training at John’s Hopkins, and then to Knoxville where Frank co-founded the Knoxville Cardiovascular Group. Her love and talent for painting and the French culture endeared her to everyone she met. Though her stature may have been small, her bright spirit filled any room she was in. Sadly, the best gumbo recipe north of Louisiana will never be replaced. Her life and love for others will serve as a perpetual example of a truly rich life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank London; and her parents, Coral and Ashley Calongne of New Orleans. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, James and Debra London and Jerry and Rita London; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and John Collins; grandsons and spouse, Tad and Tiffany London, Charles London and Tyler London; granddaughters, Abby London and Jenny London; and one beautiful great-granddaughter, Leslie Adele London; sister, Claire Calongne. Funeral Mass was Tuesday at Sacred Heart Cathedral with the Rev. Michael Maples officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. To commemorate her life, the London’s request donations to the American Heart Association’s East Tennessee Region, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909 or to Scared Heart Cathedral, 711 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HOWARD, Charles J.,
age 88, of Knoxville, formerly of Henderson, Ky., and Tempe, Ariz. Charles was the eldest son of nine children born to Charles R. and Cornelia Howard in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He is a World War II Army veteran, who served in the European Theater of Operations. Charles was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who especially loved his little poodle, Sparky. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and taking care of his family as their “handy man.” He is preceded in death by his parents; and seven siblings. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Opal Howard; son, Don Howard and wife, Linda of Rowlett, Texas; daughter, Cathy Barrington and husband, Bill of Bluffton, S.C.; grandchildren, David Howard, Ashley Hofer, Lindsay Barrington, Brittany Brewer and Brooks Barrington; great-grandchildren, Harley Howard and Luca Hofer; sister, Minnie Lee Dunn of Mt. Pleasant; sister-in-law, Wanda Hutcheison and husband, Leonard; many nieces and nephews. The family and friends met Sunday, April 6, at Fairmont Cemetery for graveside services and interment with full military honors.

• DAKE, David Glen,
of Knoxville, age 56, passed away Tuesday morning at St. Mary’s Medical Center. David was a member of West End Church of Christ. He was a 1969 graduate of Alcoa High School and attended East Tennessee State University on a music scholarship where he played saxophone with the Buccaneer Band. While there, his natural leadership ability led him to become president of Sigma Chi fraternity. David received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 1976. He worked in private practice from 1976 to 1981 with Child, O’Connor, Petty, and Ellis. For the following six years he served in the Knox County District Attorney’s Office as a criminal prosecutor, focusing on career criminal and child abuse cases. A veteran prosecutor of 21 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David handled many major organized crime and drug-trafficking cases. He served for several years as chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Tennessee, and served briefly as an interim U.S. attorney. Most recently, he was the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council coordinator and supervisor of the district’s counter-terrorism unit. David was a loving and dedicated supporter of his four daughters, was an avid tennis player and enjoyed the beauty of nature through hiking, boating and vacationing at the beach. Most importantly, David’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. His mother, Nelle Arnwine Dake, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jayne Elizabeth Hutson Dake; his four daughters, Cameron, 25, of Knoxville; Mary Claire, 23, a senior at the University of Memphis; Catelyn, 20, a sophomore at Carson-Newman College; and Cathryn Jayne, 18, a senior at Farragut High School. He also is survived by his father, Glen Dake of Maryville; his sister, Brenda Bass and husband, Sarvis, of Wilson, N.C.; brother, Paul Dake and wife, Liz, of Amelia Island, Fla.; and four nieces and six nephews. The family received friends Friday at West End Church of Christ followed by a Celebration of Life with Brother Russell Cook officiating. Family and friends gathered Saturday for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, 4450 Walker Blvd No. 2, Knoxville, TN 37917 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

• COOK, James P. “Jim,”
age 78, of Farragut, formerly of Lenoir City passed away Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2008, at his home. Jim was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Lenoir City. He was a retired chemical operator from Y-12 Martin Marietta Energy Systems. Jim was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Avery Lodge No. 593 F&AM and was a 32nd degree Mason in the Scottish Rite. His parents, George and Lois Cook, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty McCown Cook; daughter, Patty Cook; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Cindy Cook, all of Knoxville; granddaughters, Cristin and husband, Dr. Jesse Doty of Hixson, Kyra Cook and fiancé, Bryan Fowler, both of Knoxville; brothers, Bob Cook and wife, Florence of Lawrenceville, Ga., David Cook and wife, Carolyn; extended family, Buddy and Evelyn Rainwater, Allan and Barbara Bright; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Monday. A Celebration of Life followed with the Rev. Dick DeMerchant officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers, Chuck Graham, Everett Rausin, members of the John Henry McNabb Sunday School class and Lenoir City High School Class of 1948. Family and friends gathered Tuesday at Lakeview Cemetery in Lenoir City for graveside services. The Cook family would like to express their gratitude to Jim’s health care providers: Joe Goode of Senior Companion, Eddie Scharff of Home Instead, Amedisys Home Health and Adventa Hospice and to special friends Charles Dial, Jo and Q.E. Richmond and the Hollingsworth family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Lenoir City Building Fund, 2085 Simpson Road East, Lenoir City, TN 37772.

• CARROLL, Jay W.,
age 71, of Knoxville, formerly of Athens and Chattanooga, passed away early Saturday morning, April 5, 2008, at his home. Jay was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord. He was a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and was owner of Cherokee RV Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Elsie Carroll; sister, Eva Winder; nephews, Jim and Rick DeFriese. Jay is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Carroll; daughters, Cindy and Debbie, both of Knoxville; sister, Hazel DeFriese of South Daytona Beach, Fla.; brother-in-law, James Winder of Athens; nephew, Steve DeFriese of Holly Hill, Fla. The family received friends Monday. Funeral services followed with the Rev. Steve Peek officiating. Family and friends gathered Tuesday at McMinn Memory Gardens for graveside services with the Rev. Jack Bryant officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

• BRASHIER, Norma Dunlap,
age 80, of Concord, daughter of the late Harlan and Freddie Dunlap, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2008. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord, and the Sherman Patterson Sunday School class. Norma retired from Oak Ridge laboratory with more than 37 years of service in the Health Physics Department. She also was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Katherine Dunlap. Norma is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, James “Jim” Brashier of Concord; brothers and sister-in-law, Chester and Mattie Dunlap, Billy Dunlap, all of Maryville; sister-in-law, Katherine Dunlap; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Doug Sager and the Rev. Charlie Grigsby officiating. Interment followed at Concord Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Ed Loy, David Loy, Mickey McCurry, Danny Hale, Tony Hale, Jimmy Huskey, Bill Johnson and Will Gaby. Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Sherman Patterson Sunday School class, First Baptist Church, Concord. The family requests memorials be made to: Mission of Hope, PO Box 22312, Knoxville, TN 37933. The family received friends Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• AILOR, Margaret Aileen Nelson,
widow of Earl S. Ailor, died April 8, 2008. Born Dec. 30, 1919, in Greeneville to Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nelson II. Margaret grew up in Newport, where she attended school through high school. She graduated from The University of Tennessee where she was UT Volette and a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Margaret and Earl devoted their married life to their church, Church Street United Methodist Church, their children and their grandsons. During their years at Church Street they were actively involved in many aspects of serving the body of Christ through ministry to the children, youth, college and young adults, particularly in ministry to the Parables Sunday School Class, which they helped found and nurture. They were active in the Achievement Sunday School class and Margaret was active in the Murphy Builders Sunday School class in her later years. Margaret’s ministry in the United Methodist Church began early in her youth in Newport, where she was active in working with First Methodist Church and the Holston Methodist Conference. Margaret’s life was a constant expression of joy, grace and love. Her faith and her devotion to God were the cornerstone of who she was. She was always concerned about others before herself and those who were privileged to know here were touched in a way that was life changing. Her children and grandsons express sincere gratitude to Cabel Trent for his faithful ministry to Margaret during their 52 years of friendship. We also would like to thank Dr. Kenneth O. Jobson and all those who took a loving and active role in caring for her as she struggled with Alzheimer’s. Finally, to St. Mary’s Residential Hospice we give thanks for the love, kindness and peace you provided as she departed this life. Margaret was married to Earl S. Ailor for 52 years and they loved and nurtured four children during their marriage; Annabell, Albert, Polly and Bill. She is predeceased by her husband; her parents, Will and Ida Bell Nelson; her son, Albert E. Ailor; her grandson, Michael E. Harr; and her brother, Dr. William A. Nelson III. She is survived by her children, Annabell Harr and husband, Dr. David M. Harr; their sons and their spouses, James O.and Amanda Harr, and John D. Harr; her daughter, Polly Ailor Tullock and her husband, J. Laurens Tullock; their son, William C. Tullock; her son, Bill Ailor and wife, Sherry; her daughter-in-law, Julia Ailor Weisenger; her precious niece, Glo N. Marquis and husband, Bob; and her great-niece, Margaret Elaine Marquis McDonald; and her beloved nephew, William A. “Alex” Nelson; her sister-in-law, Mrs. William A. “Gloria” Nelson; cousins, Betty Nelson Yarbrough, Ann Fisher Stanley and W.T. Mathes; sister-in-law, Christine Ailor Culpepper and husband, Jack. A service to celebrate Margaret’s life and honor God will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 20, at Church Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Trent, Dr. David M. Harr and Dr. Bill Balch officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will be private. The family would be honored if in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts were made to either of the following: Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 Sutherland Ave., Suite H102, Knoxville, TN 37919 or Mobile Meals, P.O. Box 51650, Knoxville, TN 37950-1650. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HARMER, Shelley Lynn,
age 42, of Knoxville passed away on Friday, April 11, 2008 at Parkwest Medical Center. She was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville. Shelley is survived by her parents, Jan And Dave Harmer of Knoxville; brother, David Mark Harmer of Michigan; Christopher Gierisch of Knoxville, devoted caregiver with her during her battle with breast cancer for more than five years. She also leaves Barbara Curran (Hansen) of Connecticut, her lifetime best friend. She is furthermore survived by her aunt and uncle, Barbara and Don Harmer, as well as three cousins and a niece. Shelley attended The University of Tennessee and the University of New Mexico, where she was chosen as an outstanding student of French and was awarded a full year of study at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. She will be greatly missed for her wit, her charm and her courage. Shelley loved animals, especially her great dane dogs. She excelled in both water and snow skiing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan B. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

• GORNEY, Walker “Boo” James,
earned his angel wings Friday, April 11, 2008, at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va. Boo was victorious in his battle with cancer, but was left weakened by the treatment. His story is chronicled at Boo was given to us on Feb. 20, 2004 in Cary, N.C. Through the blessing of his life, we all had a true example of an innocent and gentle spirit. He had a radiant spirit, which will be right at home in his new heavenly home. He never ran out of love to offer which was always freely expressed through his affectionate presence. Boo’s compassionate nature was always felt by his constant concern for everyone around him. He found ways to fill every moment with fun. Boo’s favorite role-model was his big brother, Mason. The two boys enjoyed every moment they spent together. Mason’s newest interests immediately captivated Boo as well. We are all saddened that our time with him was cut short, but we know that everyone he touched will never be the same.He was well loved by all of his medical caretakers who were all drawn in by his infectious grin. These especially include Dr. McManaman, Dr. Porea, Dawn, Lucy, Shandra, Gloria, Kristin “Kiissstin,” Laura, Jessica, Hillary, Jason, Rucker “Wucka,” Liz, Jean, and countless others who have become our second family these last four months. Boo is survived by his blessed mommy and daddy, Laura and Charlie; his caring big brother, Mason; his paternal grandparents, Patricia Derre-berry, Knoxville, Edwin Gorney Sr, and step-grandmother, Maria, Mirimar, Fla.; maternal grandparents, David and Lala Smith, Knoxville; uncle and aunt, Edwin and Kat Gorney; and cousin, Teddy, Knoxville; paternal great-grandparents, Edith Gorney, Syracuse, N.Y.; J.B. and Nora Derreberry, Knoxville; maternal great-grandmother, Thelma McKinney, Roan Mountain; two very special cousins, Hayley and Alesha Sisk, Johnson City; and many more extended family members. The family received friends Monday, April 21. Family and friends gathered Tuesday, April 22, at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery for graveside services. A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, April 22, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church with Dr. Steve Sallee, the Rev. Stephen DeFur and the Rev. Rebekah Fetzer officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Boo’s memory to the Walker James Gorney Memorial Fund. Details can be found at the page referenced above.

age 67, of Lenoir City, son of the late John Ross Jr. and Charlene Fischesser of Spring City, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, March 28, 2008. Mr. Fischesser was a member of First Baptist Church, Concord. He graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1968 with a degree in business and insurance. He ran a successful insurance business in his home town of Spring City for more than 20 years before joining TVA from where he retired in 1996. Most recently Mr. Fischesser worked at Home Depot in Knoxville. In Spring City, while still a student of UT, Mr. Fischesser was elected to the office of mayor. Though he will be missed greatly by his family and friends, we rejoice that he lives for ever in the presence of his Lord. He also was preceded in death by grandparents, John Ross Sr. and Maude Fischesser and Charles and Fairy Ketchersid of Spring City. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara Fischesser; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Mike Alley; son, John “Jay” Ross Fischesser IV; son and daughter-in-law, David and Angela Fischesser; grandchildren, Brandon and Lindsey Alley, Amanda Alley and Adison Fischesser; sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Tim Geiermann of Valley Center, Calif.; niece and husband, Jade and Al Arbelo of Valley Center; and great-nieces, Jenaye and Jordan Arbelo. A Celebration of Life service was Thursday at First Baptist Church, Concord with the Rev. Steve Peek officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church. Family and friends met Friday at Pleasant Forest Cemetery for an interment service. The family requests that memorials be made to the Missions Fund at First Baptist Church, Concord, 11704 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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