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• WRIGHT, Marie D.,
age 82, passed away Thursday morning, May 8, 2008. A lifelong resident of Knox County, Mrs. Wright grew up in the Rocky Hill community. She was a lifetime member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Lee and Mary Houk Duncan; husband, Paul Vernon Wright; and an infant son, David. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Vernon and Lynn Wright of Clinton, Kendell and Shirley Wright of Knoxville; daughter, Paula Wright of Knoxville; grandsons, Cory and Joshua Wright; and her sister, Betty of California. The family received friends Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel followed by a memorial service with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 Sutherland Ave., Suite 102, Knoxville, TN 37919 or the Diabetes Association, 4205 Hillsboro Ave., Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215.

• WHITE, Mary Louise Wetzel,
of Knoxville, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Naples, Fla., died Monday evening, May 5, 2008, at her home. Mary Lou was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. She was active with the Senior Kids and a former choir member. She was retired from Randall J. Condon School for Handicapped Children in Cincinnati with 22 years of service as a physical therapist. She received her certification in physical therapy from the State University of Iowa. Mary Lou was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and was member of Mystic 13 of the National Mortar Board Association. She was a member of the Welcome Wagon Club, Newcomers Club, Women’s Omni Club, Frank Strang Senior Center and was a former MS. Senior Knoxville. She was active in the Red Hat Society. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Thomas White; parents, Louis J. Wetzel and Sarah Elizabeth Steigerwald Wetzel; brothers, Lawrence, Edward and Joseph Obermeyer. Survivors: daughter, Andrea J. White Eberle M.D. of Arkansas; granddaughters, Rachel C. Eberle of Knoxville and Monica B. Antonacci and husband, Joseph of Arkansas; great-grandsons, Corey, Scott and Alexander and Nathan Antonacci; sisters, Theresa Anderson and husband Paul of Florida, Sara Knepfle, Bernadette Hunneman, Angela Breen and husband, Patrick all of Cincinnati; brothers, John Wetzel and wife Betty of Florida, David Wetzel and wife Eileen of Illinois, Leo Wetzel and wife Rita of Florida; many nieces and nephews. A mass was celebrated Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Woods celebrant. The family received friends afterwards in The Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ladies of Charity.

• SHULTZ, Jay Kenneth,
age 83, of Louisville, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008, following complications from surgery. Jay was born on Nov. 7, 1924, in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School. He and his brother, Jack, were the first students to pass through the doors of the newly-built Tyson Junior High School. The two brothers continued their journey together for the next 70 years. Jay was a distinguished World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and upon returning to the states, he joined the Air National Guard. He then served during the Korean War. Jay was a retired journeyman wireman through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Jay also was a Mason and Shriner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Shultz and Trula Shultz Kirkland; and wife, Wanda Vance Shultz. His children, Paul, Cathy and her husband, Bob, brought him much pride and love throughout his life. Jay will be remembered for his love of opera, Louis L’Amour, his sailboat and his cat, Mario. Jay is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Bob McDaniel; son, Paul Vance; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Barbara Shultz; beloved niece, Kelle Shultz; and his many friends at Blue Springs Marina. Family and friends met Tuesday at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for a graveside service with full military honors presented by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 27478, Knoxville, TN 37927, The family received friends Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• SINEATH, Veronica Kleeman “Bits,”
age 87, of Albany, Ga., passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Bits was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Bits enjoyed needlework, camping and serving in various organizations in her church and community. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James A. Sineath. Bits is survived by her daughter, Patty Murphy and husband, John of Knoxville; son, Buster Sineath and Jennifer LeClair of Leesburg, Ga.; grandchildren, Becky Samples and husband, Jerry of Knoxville, and Bo Murphy of Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews. A mass was celebrated Friday, May 9, 2008, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 Sutherland Ave. Suite H102, Knoxville, TN 37919-9921 or Baptist Health Care Center, 700 Williams Ferry Road, Lenoir City, TN 37771.

• SHOCKLEY, Russell Porter,
age 83, of Farragut passed away Friday evening, May 2, 2008, at his home. Russell was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. He was a native of Spencer. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the United States, England, France and Germany. He graduated from The University of Tennessee and married Deane Hamby Shockley, his devoted wife of 60 years, in 1948. He worked for GMAC in Chattanooga, Chicago, Ill, Green Bay,Wis. and Davenport, Iowa, before returning to Knoxville in 1970. After retiring from the automotive industry in 1990, he focused on his family and his passion for sports and public affairs. An avid golfer, he scored holes-in-one some 40 years apart. A true gentleman, he loved life and laughter and brought joy to all he touched. He was preceded in death by his sister, Wilna Jo Shockley; father, Creed Bates Shockley; mother, Cornelia Clark Shockley; and sister-in-law, Levona Tipps. He is survived by his wife, Deane Shockley; daughter, Carole Shockley of Dayton; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Caroline Shockley of Nashville; grandsons, Connor and Graham Shockley; sister, Barbara Hitchcock of Nashville; sister-in-law, Pauline Robbins of New Bern, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday followed by funeral services with the Rev. Catherine Nance officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Forest Cemetery with military honors.

• RINER, Jim,
age 53, of West Knoxville, who passionately loved and served the Lord, his family, and the community, died suddenly of a heart attack, Wednesday, May 7, 2008. He was a member and elder at Farragut Christian Church. In his professional life, Jim traveled the world, always eager to his experiences and insights. His present position was plant manager for Chase Scientific Glass in Rockwood. He spearheaded the “Prom of the Stars” for special needs adults in east Tennessee; and he ran the TOP soccer program for special needs children. He currently was the president of the Farragut Soccer Boosters as well as the Swim Team Boosters president. He served as past president of GKAISA, CHRA. He coached countless children’s sports teams. He is survived by his devoted family: wife of 31 years, Kathie; daughter, Jessica; sons: Jeremy and his fiancée, Michelle Schneider, Jameson and his wife, Angie; Jonathan, and Joshua. The family received friends Saturday at Farragut Christian Church followed by a funeral service with the Rev. Jason Warden officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Forest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to: Prom of the Stars, Farragut Christian Church, 138 Admiral Road, Knoxville, TN 37934. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• RAJPUT, Shanti D.,
age 72, a gentle soul formerly of Bahadurpur, India, and Knoxville passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008. She leaves behind a lifetime of precious memories to: her devoted husband of more than 50 years, Balram Rajput; beloved eldest son, Gajendra Rajput; cherished daughter and son-in-law, Renu and Michael Laesch; along with their treasured children, Andrew and Maya; and her loving son and daughter-in-law, Sanjay and Lorie Rajput. The Blessed Lord said: “Non-violence, truth, freedom from anger, renunciation, tranquility, aversion to fault finding, compassion to living beings, freedom from covetousness, gentleness, modesty, steadiness, vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, freedom from malice and excessive pride — these, O Arjuna, are the endowments of who is born with a divine nature.” The Bhagavadgita 16:2-3. Funeral service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. The family received friends Wednesday followed by eulogy and a time of sharing at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MORSE, Richard,
age 67, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2008, at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was preceded in death by parents, Don and Esther Morse. Survivors include: wife of more than 15 years, Barbara Hull Morse; sons, Gene (Lynda) Morse of Knoxville, Brian (Michelle) Morse of Powell; step-daughter; Teressa (Chris) Vinson of Knoxville; Step-sons, Bruce Clark of Knoxville, Dan (Susan) Clark of Georgia; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Don (Diana) Morse, Russ (Rose) Morse, Terry (Sue) Morse, Tom (Chris) Morse; and sisters, Veronica (Marvin) Hatt, Juanita (Mike) Graskey, all of Michigan; several nieces, nephews and many special friends. A memorial service was held Monday, May 5, 2008, at Grove Park Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Knoxville, with Bishop Rose officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the Morse Family.

• HOLT, Dr. William Thomas,
age 89, of Knoxville, son of the late Marion and Flora Franklin Holt, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at his home. He was a graduate of Illinois College of Podiatry and a Knoxville podiatrist for more than 50 years. Dr. Holt was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and the Elks Lodge. He also was active in the Arthritis Foundation for many years, where he served as president. Dr. Holt, who was a Veteran of World War II, served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was preceded in death by his wives, Cecilia Zilvitis Holt and Geary Elise Reynolds Holt. Dr. Holt is survived by his family: sons, Dr. William P. Holt and wife, Mary Lou Phillips Holt, Dr. Richard T. Holt and wife, Sue Ray Holt; daughter, Anne Holt Harvey and son-in-law, Dr. Ralph C. Harvey; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Rex Holt and wife, Betty of Knoxville, Doug Holt and wife, Delores of Charleston, S.C.; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Fran Vickers officiating. The family and friends met Friday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for an interment service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: Rotary Foundation of Knoxville, Scholarship Fund, 625 Market St., Suite 1400 Knoxville, TN 37902, or the Arthritis Foundation, 6504 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• FOREMAN, Robert Don,
age 81, of Knoxville, passed from this world Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Parkwest Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Don was born Nov. 28, 1926 in Little Rock, Ark. He was very much a patriot and he joined the U.S. Army in 1946. Don was always in touch with our political representatives and gave his outspoken opinion on current issues. Don’s passion was jazz and swing music, he began playing in swing bands early in his life. He also loved to fly and for a time, he flew Air Mail for the U.S. Postal Service in an open cockpit Stearman aircraft. Don began a career in television and radio with WCEC-WFMA in Rocky Mount, N.C. He later worked with WMFD-TV in Wilmington, N.C., KTHS-KTHV-TV in Little Rock, WTVP-TV in Decatur, Ill., and WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, Fla. Don landed in Knoxville and finished his career at WEZK before retiring. Don is survived by his son, William Brek Foreman of Knoxville; stepsons, Gary Dallek of Somerset, Wis., and Randy Rudd of Asheville, N.C. The family would like to give a very special thank you to the Tuck family, the Scarlett family, Mountain Rain and Cindy Jubran for their loyalty and care though the years. Family and friends will meet Thursday at Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery for a 1:30 p.m. graveside service. Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• CAMPBELL, Richard E. “Dick,”
age 63, died on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, with his family by his side following a courageous battle with cancer. Dick was a member of West Hills Baptist Church. He was born May 30, 1944, in Pittsburg, Pa., to the late Roland and Wilda Campbell. He grew up in Jamestown, N.Y., and graduated from Jamestown High School. Dick graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1969 and spent most of his career in the corrugated packaging industry. He was the division president of Tennessee Packaging, a part of Buckeye Corrugated, for 26 years until his retirement in 2002. Upon retirement, Dick and his wife Betty moved to Port St. Lucie, Fla., and lived for three years before returning back to Knoxville in 2006. Dick’s passions in life were his family, his friends and golf. He enjoyed family trips to the beach and traveling to golfing destinations around the world. Dick felt his proudest accomplishment was his family. He also felt a tremendous sense of pride in seeing the successes of the people he had the privilege of working with and mentoring during the years. He also was preceded in death by sister, Karen McCormick-Faiman. Dick is survived by his wife, Betty; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kelly Campbell of Columbus, Ohio; daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Bill Troup of Nashville, Holly and Corey Pelton of Hot Springs, Ark.; stepson and wife, Jeff and Kelly Lewis of Concord, N.C.; and eight lively grandchildren, Jake and Matt Lewis; Houston and Miranda Troup; Miller, Maggie and Miles Pelton; and Kate Campbell. Funeral service was Saturday at West Hills Baptist Church, 409 N. Winston Road, Knoxville with the Rev. Jack Pennington officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Dick Campbell’s favorite charity: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. The family received friends Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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