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• SHIRLEY, Lillian Marie,
age 89, of Farragut, formerly of Tampa, Fla., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tecumseh, Mich., went to be with the Lord Friday evening, June 6, 2008. Lillian was a faithful member of the local Nazarene churches where she resided and enjoyed serving in missionary work. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Lillian loved to travel throughout the country on camping trips with her family. She also enjoyed reading, cooking and sewing, creating many beautiful quilts for her family to cherish. Lillian is a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich. She became a dietitian and worked several years to put her children through college. She was preceded in death by her parents, Deforest Perl “DP” Clark and Olive Clark Snedecor. Survived by her husband, Floyd Shirley; children, Kathleen Sutherland of Durand, Mich., and Alice Carey of Lenoir City; four grandchildren, Susan Sailors of Burnsville, Minn., Amanda Gilbert of Lenoir City, Andrea Compton of Jacksonville, Fla., and Brian Gelakoski of Tampa; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sister, Margaret MacDonald of Meridian, Idaho, and brother, William Clark of Phoenix, Ariz. The family received friends Thursday followed by funeral services with Pastor Rick Shelton officiating. Graveside services were private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Literature for Africa, P.O. Box 5524, Fort Wayne, IN 46895.

• SCHRIVER, Emery S.,
age 65, of West Knoxville, passed away Sunday morning, June 1, 2008, at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice following a courageous battle with cancer. She will continue to inspire us with her strength, love and unwavering faith. Emery was a member of West Park Baptist Church; was retired from the Development Office at The University of Tennessee where she worked for 23 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Sr. and Millicent Emery Stair. Emery is survived by her loving family: husband, Zan Schriver; son, Zan Schriver III; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Julie Schriver; daughter, Julie Fogleman; granddaughter, Kelsey Fogleman; grandsons, Jackson and Brady Schriver; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Mary Stair, Arthur and Cindy Stair; sister, Laurel Riblett. Emery had many special lifelong friends that were a testament to her commitment, loyalty and love for others. A funeral service was Tuesday at West Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Sam Polson and the Rev. Kern Spangler officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church. Interment was private. Special thanks to St. Mary’s Hospice, Dr. Cofer and his staff for their encouragement, support and ongoing care, and West Park Baptist Church Berean Sunday School class for its love. Donations can be made to the Gyencologic Cancer Foundation, 230 West Monroe, Suite 2528, Chicago IL 60606. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• SANDS, Jannie Mae Smith,
age 86, of Knoxville, died Thursday, may 29, 2008, at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice. Jannie was a member of Bearden Gospel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Edward Sands; and son, James Sherman Houk. Jannie is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Trula Mae Houk, Dorothy Mae and Riley Sands; son and daughter-in-law, John McKinnley and Annette Houk; daughter-in-law, Edna Houk; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister Zella Pearl Atkins; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a special thank you and appreciation to St. Mary’s Residential Hospice staff and doctors. Funeral service was Saturday with the Rev. John Tatum officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• REDDING Jr., Rev. Joseph Thomas “Tommy,”
age 72, of West Knoxville, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008. A Knoxville native, he was a graduate of West High School, Tennessee Wesleyan College and Emory University where he received his Master of Divinity through Candler School of Theology. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The Rev. Redding was a member of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church and served as minister to churches in the Wytheville, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Maryville, Chattanooga and Big Stone Districts. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe T. Redding; and his mother, Margaret Ferguson Redding LaRue. He is survived by his wife, Gail; son, Kevin Redding and wife, Becky of Rogersville; daughter, Missy Taylor and husband, Jayme of Knoxville; grandchildren, Emily, Ben and Sarah Redding; sister, June Redding Byerly; cousin, Sonny Ferguson; aunt, Betty Carroll; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves special friends, Dr. Jonathan and Mary Sowell, Dan Barnett, Dr. Charlie and Sheila Barnett. Funeral service was Monday at Church Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. William J. Fowler and the Rev. Cabel W. Trent officiating. The family received friends following the service. Family and friends met Tuesday at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for an interment service. Pallbearers: Dan Barnett, Dr. Charlie Barnett, Tony Heath, Bobby Bryant, Mike Waller, Dr. Jonathan Sowell, Erich Henry and Dave Daffron. Ministers of the Holston Conference served as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Church St. UMC, 900 Henley St., Knoxville, TN 37901 or Holston Home for Children, P.O. Box 188, Greeneville, TN 37744. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com

• NYSTROM, Grace Garland “Tee Dee,”
age 75, of West Knoxville, daughter of the late Frank and Grace Meighan Garland, died suddenly Saturday May 31, 2008, at her home. She was a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic Church. Grace was a graduate of The University of Tennessee where she received her master’s degree in English Tudor history, past president of The Knoxville Garden Club and past president of the Junior League of Knoxville. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Her joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by husband, Hugh Bailey Nystrom Sr. Grace is survived by her loving family: sons and daughter-in-laws, Hugh B. Jr. and Angelia Nystrom, Frank G. and Kelly Nystrom; daughter and son-in-law, Joann and Robert Coakley; grandchildren, Mary Grace Coakley, Cecilia Coakley, Caroline Kelly Nystrom, Hugh B. “Trace” Nystrom III, Sarah Jane Nystrom, all of Knoxville. A funeral mass was Tuesday at Cathedral of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with the Rev. T. Allen Humbrecht and Monsignor Xavier Mankel officiating. Interment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Cathedral, 711 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919 or Catholic Charities, 3009 Lakebrook Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37909. The family received friends Monday with a Christian prayer service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• NOBLE, Clifton “Clif” F.,
age 77, of Farragut passed away Sunday morning, June 8, 2008, at Parkwest Medical Center. Clif was retired from Associates Commercial Corporation. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U.S. Air Force. He was an avid golfer. Clif is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan Noble; son, Douglas Noble of Flordia; stepson, James Vaughan of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; sisters, Jane Main and husband Charles of North Carolina and Marsha Paczewski and husband, Frank of Pennsylvania; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Wednesday with Chaplain John Smiley officiating. Interment was in the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909.

• NEELY, Rene “Eddie,”
age 44, of Knoxville went to be in the hands of his loving Savior Sunday, June 8, 2008. Eddie was a member of Ball Camp Baptist Church and enjoyed fellowship with many other churches. He was a devoted husband and father. Eddie was involved in many athletic organizations and served as the regional director of AYSO soccer, CBFO (Cedar Bluff Farragut Optimist) as football commissioner and past president for four years. His passion for youth athletics led to his life of devoted coaching and leadership. Eddie was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Neely. Survivors: wife of 17 years, Pamela Neely; daughter, Mira Rene Neely; son, Matthew Allen Neely; mother, Carolyn Wynacth; brothers, Avery Neely, Edwin Neely and Bradley Neely; sister, Yvette Hunt; maternal grandmother, Elise Carter; paternal grandfather, C.C. “Red” Neely; loving mother-in-law, Naomi Hensley; many cousins, nieces, nephews and devoted friends. The family received friends Tuesday with funeral services following. Family and friends met Wednesday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for graveside services and interment. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for his children at Eddie Neely Children’s Memorial Fund, c/o Susanne Gregg, 11764 Black Road, Knoxville, TN 37932.

• MORRIS, Daniel Bryon “Dan,”
age 56, of Knoxville passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 4, 2008. Dan was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and he trained in the culinary arts at the Governor Generals of Canada. He moved to the United States in the late 1970s and soon became a certified executive chef and a certified culinary educator. Daniel traveled all across the United States working in hotels, clubs and culinary schools. He enjoyed competing in culinary shows and ice carving competitions. In 1991, he and his family settled in Knoxville. He was an accomplished musician and ballroom dancer. Dan loved the outdoors and held a true passion for sailing. He was a dedicated member of the Concord Yacht Club. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carmelle F. Nolet; and father, Robert J. Morris. Dan is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Ann Morris; children, Jessica Morris and Patrick Morris; brother and sister-in-law, Mickey and Cheryl Morris of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; sisters, Suzanne Morris of Galetta, Ontario, Canada, and Jo-Anne Paquette of Ottawa; and several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Sunday followed by a Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF, 6701 Baum Drive, Suite 240, Knoxville, TN 37919.

• KIRBY, Robert “Bob” Earl,
85, of West Knoxville, son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Gertrude Nancy Fincher Kirby of Woodland Ala., died early Monday evening, June 2, 2008, at Parkwest Medical Center. Mr. Kirby was a member of the First Baptist Church, Concord, and a former member of the First Baptist Church of Abbeville, Ala. He retired from Sears as a group merchandise manager after 33 years employment. He was a 1941 graduate of Woodland High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical administration from Auburn University. Mr. Kirby entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and served his country during World War II as a bomber pilot in the 14th Air Force in Yankai, China. While serving as a pilot, he received the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Mr. Kirby was transferred into the inactive Air Force Reserve from 1946 until 1957. In 1957, he joined the Abbeville Army National Guard where he served as its first commanding officer with rank of captain. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Murphy Kirby; and three brothers, Lawrence J. Kirby, Thomas Willard Kirby and Charlie Ray Kirby. Surviving relatives include his wife, Frances Gay Willis Kirby, Knoxville; daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Kirby Bennett and husband, Frank Bennett, Carrollton, Ga.; a son, Darden Kirby and wife, Priscilla Kirby, Abbeville; two granddaughters, Sarah Kirby Kuhlers and husband, Patrick Kuhlers and Bethany Kirby, Auburn, Ala.; two step-daughters, Dolores Green, Knoxville; Angela Lopez and husband, Felipe Lopez, Mooresville, N.C.; two step-granddaughters, Ashley Lopez and Sydney Lopez, Mooresville; sister, Ruth Kirby Sanders, Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Kelly M. Kirby and wife, Atha Kirby, Birmingham, Ala.; Fred Kirby and wife, Frances Kirby, Atlanta, Ga.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lorene Kirby, Littleton, Colo.; Chris Kirby, Birmingham; Mary Kirby, Roanoke, Ala.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Victor Lee officiating. Following the service in Knoxville, Mr. Kirby was taken to Holman-Abbeville Mortuary Chapel in Abbeville, where a funeral service was held at Saturday with his son, Darden Kirby and the Rev. Michael Whitt officiating. Graveside services, with military honors, followed in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Concord, Building Fund, 11704 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934. The family received friends Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

• ESTERSON, Thomas H.D.,
age 84, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at his home unexpectedly. Born in 1924 in West Knoxville to Barbara Davis Kesterson and Thomas Otey Kesterson. Tom spent much of his early childhood in Gatlinburg with his grandmother and grandfather, who were instrumental in founding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He also spent time helping his father found and operate Knoxville Island Airport and later Cherokee Aviation. Thus began his lifelong love of aviation. He remained an avid pilot until his death. Tom graduated from Webb School at Bell Buckle in May 1941. Later he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in mechanical engineering. He left M.I.T. to join the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Following his service in the Air Corps, he completed his mechanical engineering degree at the University of California-Berkley. While in California, he met his first wife, Jean Yahres Kesterson. After returning to Knoxville, he partnered with his boyhood friend, Joseph Brownlee, to form Brownlee-Kesterson Construction Company. He not only flew for the construction company, he also transported many Knoxvillians including U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker. Tom later formed Kesterson Construction Company and wed Virginia Glickstein. Tom enjoyed the outdoors and loved fishing, hunting and camping. He was preceded in death by first wife, Jean Yahres Kesterson; second wife, Virginia G. Kesterson; parents, Thomas Otey Kesterson and Barbara Davis Kesterson; step-mother, Elizabeth Sisk Kesterson. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gregg Kesterson and Sherry Kesterson of Knoxville; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Donnie Tatro of Sanford, Fla.; grandchildren, Hunter, Kelsey and Hayden; half-sister and husband, Elizabeth K. and Earl Campbell and their son, Thomas Campbell. Family and friends met Saturday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service with the Rev. Canon Thomas J. Rasnick officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Cathedral, P.O. Box 153, Knoxville, TN 37901. The family received friends Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com

• COLLINS Sr., Ronald L.,
age 70, of Knoxville, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at his home with his loved ones near after a long and courageous battle with cancer. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7. Ron was born in Aliquippa, Pa., Feb. 24, 1938, to Bob and Pauline Collins. He grew up in Aliquippa where he graduated from Hopewell High School in 1956. Shortly after high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force. While in the service, Ron and his wife, Betty, were married and relocated to South Carolina where Ron was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. They later moved to Florida where Ron attended the University of Florida and received his bachelor’s degree in engineering. He received his Master of Business Administration degree in 1972 from Samford University while working as an engineer for Rust Engineering in Birmingham, Ala. He later worked for Daniel Engineering on the construction of the Farley Nuclear Plant in Dothan, Ala. In 1983 he moved his family to Knoxville working for Union Carbide (now Bechtel Jacobs) in the Construction Engineering Division. Ron retired in 2004. He was an active member of First Farragut United Methodist Church. Ron also was active in the American Association of Cost Engineers. He was preceded in death by both of his parents. Ron is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty; sons, Ron Collins Jr. and his wife, Barbara; and Tim Collins; grandchildren, Lee and Ian Collins; brother, Bob Collins and wife, Lee; sister, Rhoda Collins; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Monday, June 2. Funeral services were Tuesday.

• BACON, Walter Julian,
retired brigadier general, U.S. Air Force, died Monday, June 2, 2008, at home. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Born Sept. 23, 1928, Knoxville, to the late Almon Kennedy Bacon and John Parshall Bacon Sr. He was proud to be the descendant on father’s side of Col. David Henley, George Washington’s emissary to the East Tennessee region during Tennessee’s quest for statehood; on mother’s side descended from Knoxville pioneer Francis Alexander Ramsey, builder of Ramsey House. Grandfather, Dr. John M. Kennedy, married Maria Laura Ramsey, daughter of Dr. F.A. Ramsey, the last child born in Ramsey House. Maternal grandfather and great-grandfather, both Civil War veterans, were presidents of the Knox County Medical Association. Mr. Bacon graduated from Knoxville High School, attended The University of Tennessee and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1951. He obtained his master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. Bacon was a member of James Park Sunday School class (teacher and former president), Order of Daedalians, Air Force Association, Sons of the Revolution, The Retired Officers Association, Military Order of the World Wars, Sigma Chi fraternity, East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (president 2000-2001), Eighth Air Force Historical Society, National War College Alumni Association, East Tennessee Historical Society, West Point Alumni Association, West Point Society of East Tennessee, Marine Corps League, Navy League, American Legion, East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association and the Ramsey House Board. Mr. Bacon flew fighter aircraft in Korean and Vietnam wars. Awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Air Force), and Air Medal with eleven Oak Leaf Clusters. He also was preceded in death by first wife, Elizabeth LeCrone Bacon of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Phelan Bacon; children, George Bacon of Cedaredge, Colo., Timothy Crosby of Grand Junction, Colo.; Catherine “Kate” (Mrs. Jeff) Field of Hampton, Va., and Elizabeth “Betsy” Meadows of Knoxville; grandchildren, Brittany, Schuyler and Christopher Bacon, Eric Crosby, Erika, Hanna and Emma Field, and Hailey Meadows; stepsons (Joyce’s children), Stephen E. Smith of Waukesha, Wis., Kevin R. Smith of Hendersonville, N.C., Brian M. Smith of Charlotte, N.C., and Barry J. Smith of Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law, John Parshall Bacon Jr. and Jan Bacon of Palm Harbor, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association, The Ramsey House or the First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, 620 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Family and friends met Friday at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for an interment service with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. A memorial service followed at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Pender officiating. The family received friends following the service. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com

• ADAMS, Stephen L.,
of Alcoa, road through the Golden Gates, Sunday May 25, 2008. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Adams; and brother, James Adams. He is survived by his mother, Bernice Adams; a loving father of Joshua, Stephanie and Samantha Adams; a loving grandfather to Landon and Haylee Stout; brother, Robert Adams. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel followed by a Celebration of Life Service. Interment will be Friday in Morgantown, Ind. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Bernice Adams, 104 Land Oak Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com



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