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• ELLENBURG, Janus Yentsch,
age 89, departed this life Aug. 4, 2011 in Knoxville. Jan graduated with a science degree from Western Maryland College and had a doctorate in emission spectroscopy. She lived most of her life in Birmingham, Ala., with her husband Robert Ellenburg who died in 2005. They were active members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Birmingham and Jan became a member of Saint Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church after moving back to Knoxville in 2008. Jan was a retired NASA research scientist and an accomplished artist. During her career, Jan had a natural passion for exploring and understanding “the unique nature of the universe where fleeting beauty, love, spirituality and color surround us all”; this passion continued during retirement and was visually evident in her art. She was a juried signature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama and of the Georgia Watercolor Society. She was also a juried artist of the Alabama Designer/Craftsmen and of the National League of American Pen women. Jan was preceded in death by her father, Charles W Yentsch; her mother, Bertha Vitt Yentsch; her husband, Robert B Ellenburg; her sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Howard Albrecht; a niece and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She is survived by sister-in-law and bother-in-law, Helen and Howard Minge; and by a nephew and numerous nieces. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends after the service. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the family of Janus Yentsch Ellenburg.

• BALLARD, Margaret Pauline,
age 83, of Farragut passed away Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. Pauline was a past member and secretary of VFW Post 1733. She also loved to talk to anyone who would listen about her strong political beliefs. However, her strongest passion in life was her unconditional love for her children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers. Pauline spent 42 years caring for her handicapped son, Ricky, the love of her life. She was a member of Lonsdale Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edsel Ballard; sons, David Ballard and Ricky Ballard; parents, Clyde Large and Pearl Clabough Large McDaniel Underwood; brother, Kenneth Large. Pauline is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Randy Robinson, Sylvia and Bill Waters, Brenda and Leonard Sams; son and daughter-in-law, James E. Ballard Jr. and Janet Ballard; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, JoAnn Rhoden and Patsy Mayes; brothers, Jesse Large and Ray Large; several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Covenant Hospice, especially her nurse, Pat Hungate. Special thanks to all her grandchildren. Funeral service was Friday at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Catherine Nance officiating. Graveside service was Saturday at New Gray Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Ballard family.

• SUDDUTH, Sarah Belle Williams,
age 78, of Knoxville, formerly of Roanoke, Ala., passed away Sept 7, 2011, after a courageous battle with cardiovascular dementia. She graduated from Handley High School as valedictorian in 1951 and was awarded the Good Citizenship Certificate from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Sarah worked in the payroll department of Roanoke Handley Mills. She graduated in June 1984 magna cum laude from Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge. Sarah was a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Farragut. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul C. Williams and Bertha Reeves Williams. Sarah is survived by her caregiver and husband of 58 years, Charles H. Sudduth; daughters, Lisa Sudduth Kendall and husband, Craig and Melanie Sudduth Hilton and husband, David; six grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Randolph Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Lebanon Christian Church, 2100 County Road 79, Roanoke, AL 36274 or CADES Memorial Fund, Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Arrangements are by Quattlebaum Funeral Home in Roanoke.

• MASON MD, James L.,
age 81, of Friendsville, formerly of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Jim was born in El Paso, Texas, where he achieved Eagle Scout. He served five years in the U.S. Navy as a flight surgeon in the School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, Fla. Jim was a graduate of Andover, Yale University and Columbia Medical School. He practiced cardiology for 36 years in St. Petersburg and also served two terms as a city councilman. Jim was a former president of the America Heart Association, Florida Affiliate, and member of various medical societies. Upon retiring in 2000, Jim enjoyed traveling, fishing, antiquing and bird watching. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nell Mason; and brothers, John and Robert Mason. Jim is survived by his wife of 24 years, Debra A. Mason; sons, James Mason Jr., Charles T. Mason and Christopher Mason; four grandchildren. Graveside service with full military honors was Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery off Lyons View Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Mason family.

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