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• WALLEN, Garnet T “Lester,”
age 86, of Knoxville, formerly of Wayne County, Ky., and Yorktown, Ind., went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, March 5, 2011. Garnet attended West Park Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and mother with a wonderful sense of humor. Garnet enjoyed sewing, cooking and making clothes and toys for her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.V. and Curtis Hancock Lester; siblings, Dennis, Vale, Lee and Willomean. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Cecil E. Wallen; daughters, Leslie Gayle Kennedy, Marsha Andrea Walker and husband, Thomas; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was Tuesday at West Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Sam Polson officiating. Graveside service was Wednesday at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with the Rev. Bob St. John officiating. Click Funeral Home Hardin Valley Chapel, 10415 Hardin Valley Road, served the Wallen family.

Ingles Market founder passes
ASHEVILLE — The founder and CEO of Ingles Markets, Robert P. “Bob” Ingle, died Sunday, March 6. He was 77.

Ingle first opened the supermarket chain that bore his name in 1965.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the store did $8,500 in sales its first week before growing into the multibillion-dollar powerhouse it is today, with more than 200 locations throughout the southeast.

Ingle was a third-generation grocer. His father owned a grocery store in Asheville, N.C., which opened in 1929 and was sold in 1956. Ingle said he spent much of his free time as a child in that market.

“From the time I was about 4 years old,” he had said.

Ingle graduated in 1952 from Lee Edwards High School in Asheville, then joined the Army, seeing action in Korea. At age 20, he was discharged and registered at Asheville-Buncombe Junior College before moving to Florida, where he attended The University of Miami.

He briefly worked for Kraft Cheese after graduation, but returned home to get the family back into the grocery business. According to the Ingles website (, Ingle, his wife, Laura, and a handful of workers staffed that first store, which opened in 1965. Other grocery chains controlled 93 percent of the area’s food sales.

However, that changed.

Ingle was an aggressive businessman. He cut prices, extended store hours to include Sundays and holidays, expanded the supermarket and advertised specials. He set up mass merchandise displays and offered customers games, stamps and other promotional items. He would later call the promotional activities “a circus.”

Ingle focused his expansions in the southeast, largely serving smaller towns and rural communities. His was one of the first chains to be open 24 hours a day. The company went public in 1987.

Also in the 1980s, the company began its involvement with MANNA FoodBank, and in the 1990s the two entities started The Giving Tree, which collects food and money for MANNA around Christmas.

In recent years, Ingle focused on buying local food, promoting the local and regional farmers. Ingles Markets worked with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Product, among other groups, and even promoted local farms inside the stores.

Ingle and his wife had four children: Laura Lynn, Sheree Ann, Robert Jr. and Maria.

Ingle served as chairman of the board for Ingles Markets from 1965 to 2004, as president from 1965 to 1982 and was CEO since 1965.

The company’s board of directors elected Robert P. Ingle II to succeed his father as CEO. He has been employed by the company, in various positions, since 1985. He’s 42.

In a 1977 Citizen-Times interview, Ingle said he did not have any hobbies.

“No, I don’t need anything like that. I don’t play golf. This is a way of life with me. I’ll never get tired of it. I’m where I want to be,” he said.

• BESWICK, Robert Arthur,
age 83, of Powell passed away Saturday morning, March 5, 2011, at his home. He is a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dessa Beswick; children, Randy Beswick and Jenny Baker; two stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and many loving friends and relatives. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10, at Trinity Baptist Church, 7604 Blacks Ferry Road, with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. David Stooksbury and the Rev. Brian Wright officiating. Family and friends will gather at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike, for graveside services with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund and Second Harvest Food Bank. Click Funeral Home Hardin Valley Chapel, 10415 Hardin Valley Road, is serving the Beswick family.

• CHAPPELL, Margaret Elizabeth Long,
age 97, passed away Feb. 28,2011 at NHC Healthcare, Farragut. She was a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Margaret grew up in Morristown and graduated from The University of Tennessee. Margaret began her teaching career in a one-room school house in Hamblen County while she was still in her teens, each year alternating between teaching for six months and attending U.T for six months. During World War II she was a Red Cross recreation director at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., and in Long Beach, Calif. She later taught in Greenville, S.C., and in the English department at Bearden High School in Knoxville. A Knoxville resident since 1955, Margaret’s service to her church included Sunday School teacher, circle leader, elder and Stephen minister. She was a charter member of the Andrew Bogle Daughters of the Revolution chapter and a member of Tennessee’s First Families through her revolutionary ancestor, John Long. She was a member of the Tennessee Retired Teachers, UT Faculty Wives Club, Agricultural Extension Service Wives, Tennessee Rose Society, American Rose Society and the Knoxville Symphony League. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Florence Murray and Henry Long; infant sister, Priscilla Long and husband, Clyde K. Chappell. She is survived by daughter, Joyce Chappell Simms and husband, Bill; son, Robert Kenton Chappell; son, William Shields Chappell and wife, Jill; five grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Connie Graham and husband, Donnie; a special nephew; two step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Following a private burial, a celebration of her life was Thursday, March 3,2011, at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to: Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel served the family. Online condolences may be extended at

• VAN DEUSEN, Donna Mae,
age 75, of Knoxville passed away early Thursday morning, March 3, 2011. Donna was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Donna enjoyed serving in the clinic of Farragut High School during the 1980s. Donna is survived by her husband of 54 years, James L. “Jim” Van Deusen; daughters, Kathy Kulpa (Steve), Debby Taylor (Mark); son, Jay Van Deusen; five granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; many dear friends. A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to: Faith Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Van Deusen family.

• SHERLIN, Viola,
age 92, of Knoxville passed away early Wednesday morning, March 2, 2011, with her family by her side. Viola was a faithful member of Marble City Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Viola was a valued employee of Plitt Theatres for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Eldridge “Red” Sherlin; and granddaughter, Cindy Hughes. Viola is survived by her daughter, Pat Patton; daughter and son-in-law, Becki and Gibbs Hammond; a granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; a grandson-in-law; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Graveside Service was Friday at Knoxville National Cemetery, 939 Tyson St. Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the family of Viola Sherlin.

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