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• CRAIN, William Cecil,
age 85, of Farragut passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 4, 2009, at Summitt View of Farragut. Cecil was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1941 to 1947. He was preceded in death by his wife, Olene Crain; parents, William and Nola Starks Crain; brother, Earl Crain; sisters, Ruth Crain Todd and Suzie Crain Lively. Cecil is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Douglas Holcomb of Farragut; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Bonnie Crain of Hayden, Idaho, Eugene and Lali Crain of Rochester, Mich., Jerry Crain of Belleville, Mich., and Daniel Crain of Lincoln Park, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald Crain and wife, Marilyn of Lynn, Mass.; sisters, Joyce Crain Cheesbrew and husband, Bill of Mt. Hope, W.Va., Louise Crain Nettles and husband, Cecil of Perry, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Sunday followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Keith Wilkerson officiating. Interment was in the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Crain family.

• MICHEL, Mary Louise Lowe,
Mary’s last breath came at 9:40 p.m., Feb. 5, 2009, just 16 days from her 82nd birthday. She came into this world Feb. 21, 1927, in Johnson City, the second child of the late Anna Lacks Lowe and the late James Harry Lowe. Her siblings are Charlotte Willis of Irving, Texas, and Jim Lowe (Dottie) of Robbinsville, N.C. After about two years, the family moved to Wilmington, N.C., where Mary had many happy memories of Wrightsville Beach. There was a two-year interlude during the depression with her father’s family in Vonore and then they moved to Alcoa, so her father could work at the Manhattan Engineering District during World War II. Mary completed high school at Alcoa at age 16 and began commuting by bus to work at Western Union in Oak Ridge. After convincing the U.S. Army that she could better serve the war effort as a secretary at K-25, she changed jobs – no easy feat. Her name had been on a waiting list and when it came to the top, she finally got in to a dormitory, so the 6-hour commute was over. She had a busy social life with tennis court dances, trips to Big Ridge and hiking in the Smokies. She was proud of being an Oak Ridge “pioneer.” Then, she met her prince, John Warren Michel of St. Joseph, Mo., and they married on Nov. 19, 1949, at the Chapel-on-the-Hill. Mary and John loved to dance, hike, play bridge and golf. They hosted bridge parties even after the children came and belonged to a dance club. Mary had a very busy life as the mother of four children, Janet (Knoxville, husband Russell), David (Brooks, Georgia, wife Carol, children: John, Ian, Jacob), Dan (Falls Church, Va., wife Lindsay, children: Alyssa, Pete), Paul (Carmel, Calif., wife Beverly, children: Anna, Alex). Mary spent time as a Cub Scout den mother, Recording For The Blind, and a teacher’s aid in elementary school. She later returned to work as a secretary for a few years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She joked that her life was a blur driving all over Oak Ridge with children to lessons and events. There were many happy times spent on family vacations at beaches (her favorite) in the Carolinas and on cross-country trips out west. In 1963, John was invited to be a visiting scientist with the Australian Atomic Commission for one and a half years. This was an amazing effort for Mary as Paul was only 6 months old. But, what a grand adventure that took the family all the way around the world. Later, Mary and John were able to go to the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and Spain. John was a member of the Oak Ridge symphony and they both enjoyed classical music. Mary tried to go to Knoxville Opera when she could. She lost her prince all too early when she was only 58. The tragedy was very difficult for her. An important part of Mary’s life were her dogs and there were several over the years. Her last one was Penney, who helped her through the loss of John. Her health suffered and the last six months she declined with recurring pneumonia. However, her last few days she had lots of loving company with family and friends and she went peacefully to sleep listening to her beloved “La Traviata.” Mary also is survived by Don and Mary Jeane Michel of Denton, Texas. There also are nephews and a niece in Texas and Montana. Memorial arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will occur in the near future. Memorials may be made to: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Michel family.

• SCOPPA, Dorothy “Dot” Johnson,
age 79, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. Dot was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and the Fireside Sunday School class. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. Dot was a long time employee of East Tenn. Human Resource Agency. She loved to travel, golf and also was an excellent seamstress and cook. Dot’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Her parents, John and Lottie Johnson, preceded Dot in death. She is survived by her children and spouses, Kathy and Gary Bulmer of Knoxville, Pete and Sissy Scoppa of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Megan, Morgan, Mallory and McKenzie Scoppa, all of Houston; sisters, Ann Washburn (Troy), Nancy Moore; brother, John Johnson (Barbara); several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Dr. Richard Rose III, Dr. Victor Salter and caring nurses, Danita Jones and Brenda Chambers. The family receive friends Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church with a Celebration of Life following with Dr. G. Steven Sallee officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Cokesbury United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Scoppa family.

• RUTKOWSKI, Cynthia “Cindy” Roberts,
age 43, of Knoxville passed away Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2009. Cindy was a loving and caring mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her mother, Joyce Roberts, preceded her in death. Cindy is survived by her daughters, Abigail Joann Dyer and Carolyn Allie Hope Dyer; father, Danny Roberts; brothers, Charles Gregory Roberts and wife, Eva, Jason Roberts and wife, Drema; significant other, Amos Dyer, all of Knoxville. The family received friends Saturday followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Mark Carr officiating. Interment followed in the Edgewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Diabetes Association, 900 East Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the family of Cindy Roberts Rutkowski.

• ALTMAN, Jordan Joseph Lloyd,
age 18, of Farragut passed away suddenly Sunday morning, Feb. 8, 2009. He was a loving son and brother. Jordan had a kind heart, a beautiful smile and deeply loved his family, which included his dog Sally and his many cats. Jordan attended Farragut High School and was a 2008 graduate of Knox County Public Schools. He had a wide range of interests including computers, music, baseball, and puzzles of any kind. Jordan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph Thomas Thompson and Martha Thompson Whelton; and paternal grandparents, James Lloyd Altman Sr. and Jean Altman. Survivors include: Jordan’s mother and step-father, Judy and Kent Fleming of Knoxville; his father, James Lloyd Altman Jr. of Loudon; brothers, Jacob Ryan Altman and his girlfriend, Heather Henderson of Knoxville and Nolan Marcus Altman and his wife, Mary Beth of Kodak; niece, MacKenzie Nevaeh Henderson of Knoxville; and niece and nephew, Alexandria and Nolan Altman of Kodak; grandparents, Gerald Whelton of Soddy Daisy and Darrell and Kathy Fleming of Blountville; and many special aunts, uncles, and cousins from Knoxville, Chattanooga, Georgia, Florida and Virginia. The family received friends Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel. Funeral services were Wednesday in the Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel. Interment followed in Lake View Cemetery. Pallbearers honored to serve include: James Mason Long, Pierce Childress, Spencer Fury, Aaron Richards, Russell Sebby, Josh Parson and honorary pallbearer, Jacob Altman. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Jordan Altman Memorial Fund, c/o Tamara Fleming Sole, 1141 Kingsway Road, Afton, VA 22920. Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike served the Altman family.

• BRYANT, Elmer Donald,
of Knoxville passed away Feb. 7, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Beaver Ridge Masonic Lodge No. 366 F&AM and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was a member of Fort Sanders Baptist Church. He owned and managed a music theater in Cleveland, Ohio, where he booked numerous County Music Hall of Fame stars. He also had a recording contract in Nashville, and in later years, was a member of Coy Tucker’s band. Everyone who knew him would agree, he enjoyed engaging conversation, especially music. It was interesting to hear his stories about various encounters with country music legends. He told of driving June Carter Cash home from a performance at his theater in Ohio, because she was not feeling well and was afraid to fly. Elvis Presley performed at the theatre and broke his guitar strings and ran back stage and grabbed Don’s guitar, to continue performing. He gave Dottie West her first break, when he gave her the remainder of his recording contracts with Star Day Records. He was a retired engineer with DOE facilities in Oak Ridge. He was a very kind and generous person, who loved his family deeply. His father, Henry Bryant; mother, Vertie Bryant; step-mother, Callie Bryant; brothers, Robert and Cecil Bryant, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife and companion of 31 years, Patricia; daughter and son-in-law, Teri and Gerald Walker; son, Don Bryant Jr.; grandchildren, Jennifer and Bryant Walker; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Alice Bryant of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; sisters, Elizabeth Elmore and Irene Jones; sister-in-law, Yvonne Bryant; nephews, Wayne Bryant, David Bryant and Will Bryant, all of Knoxville; A very special thank you to his Walmart family, especially Dana and Scott. Family and friends could call at their convenience at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Family and friends gathered Wednesday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for graveside services with the Rev. Wayne McMillan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Mr. Bryant’s memory. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Bryant family.

• HENLEY, Bridget Campo,
age 44, of Lenoir City passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 8, 2009. Bridget was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. She was a loving wife and was loved by many. Bridget is survived by her husband of 14 years, Jack Henley; brothers, Arnold Campo and Ray Campo, both of the Philippines; several cousins. A private service will be held. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Henley family.

• GEBHARDT, Russell “Russ” Gregory,
age 59, of Farragut, passed away early Sunday Morning, Feb. 8, 2009, at his home. Born April 11, 1949, Russ was originally from Petaluma, Calif., but lived in Los Angeles the majority of his life. He moved to Knoxville, in July of 1993 with his wife, Aloysia, and two of his four daughters. Russ was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. In his younger years, he was a professional rock singer and recorded several songs in the 1960s. Working in the drapery, and later in the construction business; he was seriously injured on the job in 1987. Russ was always smiling and contributed to the family by taking care of the children and helping with the household. He was a wonderful cook, enjoyed singing karaoke, boating, hiking, and loved to entertain friends and family in their home. Russ is the son of his late parents, Henry Albert Gebhardt, Jacqueline Fayne Faranda; and step-son of Salvatore Faranda. His brother, Jon Faranda; and nephew, Samuel Faranda, also preceded Russ in death. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Aloysia (Ali) Sinovec Gebhardt; daughters, Leia Corinne Gebhardt, Gina Lauren Gebhardt, Mara Lee Gebhardt of Albequerque, N.M., Alicia Gebhardt Doan of Salinas, Calif.; grandchildren, Alanna, Amadeo, Andreas, Logan; step-mother, Evelyn Murphy of San Bruno, Calif.; brother, Mark Allen Gebhardt of San Mateo, Calif.; sister, Tina Capwell of Cupertino, Calif.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. The family received friends Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, a Christian wake service and rosary followed. A funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with Father John Dowling celebrant. Graveside services and interment followed in the Lakeview Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be in the form of donations to: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, New Building Fund, 645 St. John Court, Farragut, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Gebhardt family.

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