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• ROTHERMEL, John Thomas.
A son and brother loved and cherished beyond any words or measure. Graduate of Webb School of Knoxville and Tufts University, Boston, Mass. Employed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, in medical research. Survived by parents, Frank and Judith Huntington Rothermel; brother, William Thomas Rothermel; a loving extended family and countless friends. A mass was celebrated at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 1041 N. Central St., Knoxville, Saturday, July 23. The family asks that you forego flowers and contribute in our boy’s name to: Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. If another step can be made toward the eradication of polio, clean water provided to those with no access, and health care humanely given to those in need, then John’s compassionate and giving heart will live on through all of us who so loved him. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HOLLAR, Ronald,
age 75, of Knoxville, formerly of Rockwood, passed away July 21, 2011, at his home. Ronald was born Jan. 18, 1936, in Dayton, Ohio. He worked at Dayton Press, home of McCall’s magazine. After moving to Rockwood, Ronald was retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He was a faithful member of the Rockwood Rotary Club and he was an accomplished musician. Most of all, Ronald was a loving and dedicated husband, father and servant of Jesus Christ, his Lord. In life, he lived out his faith and loved his church, Cokesbury United Methodist. He was a kind and gentle man. Ronald was preceded in death by his son, Michael David Hollar; parents, Herbert David and Dorothy Hollar; and brothers, Robert Hollar and James Chandler. He is survived by his wife, Carol Hollar; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Su Hollar, and grandson, Christopher Eben Hollar; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Sarah Hollar, and granddaughter, Dylan; two wonderful foster sons, Tomas Chartrand, wife, Kerri and grandson, Tristan, and Steve McClintock; brothers, Donald Hollar and Larry Hollar and wife, Tammy; sister, Betty Halsey and husband, Donald. The family expresses its appreciation to Michael Zukowski, who faithfully served Ronald as his long-term caregiver. A Celebration of Life was at Cokesbury United Methodist Church with Dr. G. Steven Sallee, the Rev. Stephen DeFur and the Rev. Rebekah Fetzer officiating. Graveside service was Monday, July 25, 2011, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Cokesbury United Methodist Church in honor of Celebrate Recovery and Congregational Care Ministries. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Hollar family.

• BARNES, Mervyn “Merv” Christopher,
age 47, of Knoxville, went to be with our heavenly father Wednesday July 20, 2011, at Parkwest Medical Center. Merv was born July 31, 1963, in Knoxville. He was of the Christian faith and attended Parkwest Church of God. His philosophy of life comforted those whom he was around. He was able to bring out the good in all aspects of life. A long-time employee of FedEx Freight, Merv was a city driver. His testimony is heard over and over again by his customers and co-workers. His passion for driving was contagious and he brought joy to those he encountered throughout the day. Merv was preceded in death by his father, Marvin V. Barnes. He leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years, Pam Barnes; two sons, whom he cherished, Brandon Christopher Barnes and Aaron Malik Barnes; mother, Rozelle T. Barnes; sister, Ralois Crowd; and niece, Tiffni Crowd; extended family, Angie Kersey, Chris and Trish Cool and family, Joe and Heather Kersey and family, Carla Kersey, Mandy Jacoby, and a host of other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life was Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with a procession to Pleasant Forest Cemetery for graveside services with Pastor Jeremy McGinnis officiating. His wife and family would like to thank all the staff at PWMC ICU staff, especially Nancy Butler and Beverly Bosch for their excellent care. They also thank SCP, SCIM, Dr. Ibach, and Dr. Newman for their dedicated care. Pam would also like to thank their extended PW and FedEx families for their love and support. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Barnes family.

• SWEENEY, Helen,
age 92, passed into the arms of the Lord July 19, 2011. Helen was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a pharmacist and a military officer. She graduated with the first officer class of Navy WAVES during World War II and met her husband, Lt. Col. James Sweeney. During the war she decoded and carried top-secret messages to President Franklin Roosevelt. These messages included details of the Manhattan Project and plans for the deployment of the atomic bomb. Her uniform is on display in the Pentagon. She was active in the Republican Women’s Club in Washington D.C. and served as a volunteer staff member to President Richard Nixon. Helen and her husband spent many happy years in retirement in San Antonio, Texas. Her passions were travel, cooking and conversation with friends. She spent her final years as a resident at NHC Place Assisted Living in Farragut, where she played the organ and piano for church services. She is survived by her son, Frank Sweeney; daughter-in-law, Deborah Sweeney; a granddaughter; and loving niece and nephews. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Baptist Children’s Home, San Antonio, Texas. Donations can be made online at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Sweeney family.

• PRESSLY, Jerry Stephens,
age 81, of Knoxville, dearly loved husband, father and grandfather died Monday, July 18, in Panama City Beach, Fla. Jerry was a graduate of Knoxville High School Class of 1947 and a 1957 graduate of The University of Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Jerry was an insurance agent and executive for more than 40 years. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas S. and Camille Pressly; brother Thomas David Pressly; and son-in-law Timothy Lytz. Jerry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rose Mary Kitts Pressly; his three children, Barry and wife, Elisha Hillis Pressly; Suzanne Pressly Lytz; Camille Pressly Pierce and husband, Kelley Pierce; six grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dr. Velma Pressly; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service honoring Jerry’s life was Saturday at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Roy Zinn officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923 or Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, 4450 Walker Blvd. No. 2, Knoxville, TN 37917. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• GREER, Patricia “Pat” Anne Shay,
age 79, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at home with family in Kingston. Pat was born in New Milford, Pa., and graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 1954, spending the majority of her career working in the mental health field. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John Joseph “Joe” Greer; and her parents, Doris and Raymond Shay. She is survived her younger sisters, Mary Freeman and Lucy Redolphy; son and daughter-in-law, Leonard Greer and Jung Hye “June” Lee; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Jerry Wagner, Maggie and Thomas Kirkpatrick; three grandsons; three granddaughters; a great-granddaughter. A funeral mass was celebrated Monday at Sacred Heart Cathedral, followed by graveside service at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association would be equally appreciated. Special thanks to the staff of Home Health Care of East Tennessee Hospice, Harriman office. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences at

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