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• WILLIAMS, Garnette Stooksbury,
age 93, of West Knoxville died Friday morning, April 25, 2008 at Baptist West Hospital. Born April 17, 1915, in Union County, Garnette’s family relocated to West Knox County in 1935 due to the construction of Norris Dam and the lake flooding her family’s farm in Loyston. In 1937 she married Walton L. Williams, a well-known Knox County school principal and teacher. They continued to live in West Knox County and raised their four children on the Williams family farm. She was a dedicated member of Virtue Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she participated in many activities, especially the covered dish meals, missionary society and quilting circle. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her church, family and friends were the loves of her life. During her earlier years, she was an active member of the Boyd Community Club and being an avid gardener, was often a finalist in the Knox County Garden contests. Each year, she would grow and can hundreds of jars of fruits and vegetables for her family and friends. She will be remembered for her hard work, delicious country cooking, warm smile, and concern for others. She was preceded in death by her parents, Caswell and Nancy Jane Stooksbury; her husband, Walton L William; brothers, Porter and Hubert Stooksbury; sisters, Marie Irwin, Blanche Keller, Dora Huffman and Edith Longmire. She is survived by sons, Lafayette Williams and his wife, Janice and Wendell Williams, all of Knoxville; daughters, Sarah Stewart and husband, Jack of Lansing, Kansas, Gail Welch and husband, Ron of Knoxville; grandchildren, Byron Williams, Rachel Williams Samulski and husband Chris, Bradley Welch and wife Kara, Laura Welch Kostka and husband, Kevin, Diana Stewart and Jonathan Stewart; great-granddaughters, Iris and June Samulski and Ava Kostka; brother, Schuler Stooksbury. Many nephews and nieces also survive her. The family received friends Sunday afternoon, April 27, with a Celebration of Life to following with the Rev. Bill Middleton. Family and friends gathered Monday morning at Concord Masonic Cemetery for graveside services. Memorials may be sent for DCI Group Home in Jefferson City, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 306, Lenoir City, TN 37771. Garnette’s son, Wendell Williams, who has Down Syndrome resides at the group home.

• VANCE Jr., Fred William,
age 92, of West Knoxville, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008. He was a longtime member, deacon and elder of First Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Knoxville High School, a 1938 graduate of The University of Tennessee, a devoted member of the Kiwanis Club, and retiree of the downtown office of Employment Security. Fred was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II and had been awarded two Bronze Stars. He was preceded in death by wives, Claire Covington Vance and Kathleen Gilbert Bost Vance; sister, Dorothy Vance Greene House; and niece, Patsy Coble. He is survived by his niece, Carolyn Rogers; nephew, Clayton Greene and wife, Connie, all of Knoxville; nephew, Marshall Coble of Charlotte, N.C.; stepson, Charlie Bost and wife, Kathy of Germantown; step-grandson, Andy Bost of Houston, Texas; devoted friends, Jeannie and Chuck Owen; and several great nieces and nephews. Family and friends met Thursday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for an interment service. A memorial service followed at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 620 State St., Knoxville, TN 37902. The family received friends following the memorial service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• PIERCE, Lana M.,
age 58, of Farragut, passed away Tuesday evening, April 22, 2008. Lana was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her love of life, family and friends were most important in her life. Lana was a dedicated employee of TIS Insurance Services, Inc. for 24 years. Her mother, Clara J. Hayes, preceded her in death. Lana is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ron Pierce; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and David Ball; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Mandi Pierce all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Lakin Ryan Pierce and McKalie Lynn Ball; sisters, Karin Costello of Palm Coast, Fla., and Angela Nielsen of Gainesville, Va.; brothers, Michael Hayes of Babylon, N.Y., and Daniel Hayes of Atlanta, Ga.; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. The family received friends Saturday followed by a Celebration of Life with the Rev. Phillip Martin officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 871 N. Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909.

• GRIMALDI, Antoinette Dawn,
age 44, of Knoxville, formerly of Millville, N.J., passed away suddenly Saturday morning, April 19, 2008, at her home. Antoinette was a LPN. Her mother, Constance Rizzo, preceded her in death. Antoinette is survived by husband of 22 years, Robert Grimaldi Sr.; children, Candice Coley, Jason Grimaldi, Robert Grimaldi Jr. and Ulderico “Ricky” Grimaldi; grandchildren, Vincent and Claudia; father, Ulderico Rizzo of Millville; brother, Alfred Rizzo of Indiana; sisters, Cheri Rizzo and Constance Turpin of both of Vineland, N.J.; several nieces and nephews.

• LEVINE, Marie Kurtz,
age 87, of Knoxville passed away Monday morning, April 21, 2008. Marie was born Nov. 6, 1920, and was retired from Ft. Sanders Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, James M. Cole and Mamie Price Cole; brothers, Jim Cole and Richard Cole; and sister, Thelma Killion. Marie is survived by her sons, Ernest R. Watkins of California and Lloyd M. Watkins of Hendersonville; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Joy and Darrell Loy of Knoxville; grandchildren, Lisa Loy, Beth and Bart Watkins, all of Knoxville; great-grandson, Stephen Watkins; sisters, Connie Turner and Bea Joseph of Monroe, Mich.; The family received friends Wednesday. The family of Marie Levine would like to thank the staff of Atria Weston Place for the wonderful care they gave our mother.

• HURLEY, Mary Lynn Sherrod,
age 53, of Mascot, died suddenly, Wednesday, April 23, 2008. A Knoxville native, she was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and a deputy court clerk with the Knox County Criminal Court. Mary Lynn loved life, but now rests in peace with God and will be waiting for all by whom she is sadly missed. She was a great mother, daughter, sister and good friend. Her survivors include her children, Jacob Daniel Hurley and Caitlin Shea; parents, Frank and Carolyn Sherrod; sisters, Cathy Johnson and husband, Doug, Peggy DeVenney and Kai; brother, Mike Sherrod and wife, Sherry; former husband, Daniel John Hurley; special cousin, Dan Housley; nieces, nephews and special friends. She also leaves her dog, Lilly. Funeral mass was Saturday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Monsignor Xavier Mankel officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Childrens Trust Fund, c/o Home Federal Trust Department, 515 Market St., Knoxville, TN 37902. The family received friends Friday with a Christian Prayer Service at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• HURLEY, Mary Lynn Sherrod,
age 53, of Mascot, died suddenly, Wednesday, April 23, 2008. A Knoxville native, she was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and a deputy court clerk with the Knox County Criminal Court. Mary Lynn loved life, but now rests in peace with God and will be waiting for all by whom she is sadly missed. She was a great mother, daughter, sister and good friend. Her survivors include her children, Jacob Daniel Hurley and Caitlin Shea; parents, Frank and Carolyn Sherrod; sisters, Cathy Johnson and husband, Doug, Peggy DeVenney and Kai; brother, Mike Sherrod and wife, Sherry; former husband, Daniel John Hurley; special cousin, Dan Housley; nieces, nephews and special friends. She also leaves her dog, Lilly. Funeral mass was Saturday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Monsignor Xavier Mankel officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Childrens Trust Fund, c/o Home Federal Trust Department, 515 Market St., Knoxville, TN 37902. The family received friends Friday with a Christian Prayer Service at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• DRUMRIGHT, Margaret “Peggy” Fenn Rogers
departed this life Wednesday, April 23, 2008, in Knoxville. She was born April 12, 1948, to her late parents Elizabeth F. and Benjamin D. Rogers of Norfolk, Mass. She also was preceded in death by her loving son, William “Billy” F. England III. Peggy leaves behind many who will miss her smile and laughter; A devoted and caring husband, William “Bill” T. Drumright Jr. of Knoxville; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” A. England of Lynchburg, Va.; step-son, Kenneth “Kenny” W. Drumright and wife, Karen; and step-son, William “Bill” T. Drumright III and wife, Amy of Colonial Heights, Va.; sister, Joanna Scott and son of Sharon, Mass.; brother, Ben Rogers and wife, Jean; and brother, Kimball Rogers and wife, Barbara and family of Norfolk; mother-in-law, Willie “Billie” Drumright of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Milla Bilbrey and her husband, Mickey of Park City, Utah; and grandchildren, Brittany, Quinton, Zachary and Blakely Drumright of Colonial Heights. In addition, she is survived by her faithful canine companion for more than 18 years, Brandy. Peggy grew up in Norfolk and moved to Lynchburg to attend Lynchburg College where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree. She later attended the University of Virginia where she obtained her master’s degree. Her career with the Lynchburg City School system afforded her the opportunity to teach at R.S. Payne Elementary School and to run the Parent Center, which provided help to parents whose children needed additional assistance with early learning. She retired from the school system in 2001. She was an active member of the Girls Scouts and a devoted fan of Tennessee Volunteers football and Lady Vols basketball. She also was a proud member of the Boston Red Sox baseball nation. The family received friends Monday, April 28, 2008, with a memorial service following at Diuguid Funeral Home in Lynchburg. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donation be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in her name as an honor to her son William England III.



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