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• THORPE Sr., Thomas “Tommy” W.,
age 79, of Knoxville passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Tommy was born and raised in Knoxville and graduated from The University of Tennessee. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He built his library of famous stories from an amazing life as a serial entrepreneur. Well traveled, full of adventure, from music clubs to a print shop, Tommy filled his cup of life and drank deep. Throughout his later years he also enjoyed contributing to his community through involvement with the Senior Companion Program of the Knoxville-Knox County Office on Aging. His legacy of enjoying life has been passed on to his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Onora Thorpe Jr. Tommy’s other survivors include: sister, Virginia Laferty; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Interment was Thursday at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery off John Sevier Hwy with military honors presented by Army National Guard. Memorials in Tommy’s name can be made to: PAWS (Placing Animals with Seniors) Program with the Knoxville-Knox County Office on Aging, P.O. Box 51560, Knoxville, TN 37950. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences at

of Lenoir City, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at his home after a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was born Dec. 15, 1945, to his parents, Arnold W. Steffen and Bertha R Nachtman of Earlville, Iowa. He retired as a John Deere director of marketing and sales in 2000 with more than 30 years of distinguished service. He was responsible for various John Deere initiatives most notably in Raleigh, N.C., and Loudon. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roy A Steffen; sister, Lorraine B. Larsen. He is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Diann R. Steffen; son, Brian J. Steffen; daughter, Angela D. Steffen; brother, Richard L. Steffen; sister, Irene Bickert; sister, Doris Muller; sister, Linda Bazyn; 19 nieces and nephews. He is loved and remembered nationwide by the John Deere family and the Avalon Golf community. Don’s legacy will be noted for many years to come by establishing the East Tenn. ALS branch in support ALS research and support through an annual ALS Golf Classic and ALS walks and the first East Tenn. ALS support group. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, with services at 3 p.m. at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to: ALS Association Tennessee Chapter at or directly to the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter, P.O. Box 40244, Nashville. Don’s journey with ALS can be viewed at

• HENRY, Brian Clayton,
age 35, of Knoxville passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 23, 2011. He worked as a contractor and was an avid golfer and sports fan. Brian was preceded in death by his father, William C. “Bill” Henry; grandparents, Elmer and Louise Henry and James F. “Frank” White; beloved uncle, James R. “Buddy” White; and cousin, Kevin White. He is survived by his mother, Edith Henry; grandmother, “Nanny” Edith White; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A Celebration of Life was Wednesday in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The University of Tennessee Medical Center for Pastoral Care, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Henry family.

• BRYAN, Brent Heilman,
age 40, departed this life to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. Brent was preceded in death by his father, William Coleman Bryan III; grandparents, William Coleman Bryan Jr. and Helen Benton Bryan, and Aubrey and Miriam Anderson Heilman. Brent was born June 15, 1971. He was a graduate of Farragut High, where he lettered in football. He also attended the University of Alabama and The University of Tennessee, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Brent was vice president and treasurer of American Clothing Company. He also was involved in the Turkey Creek Development. Brent was a very loving husband and father, and is survived by his beloved wife, Teresa; his children and stepchildren, Baxter, Elyse, McKenzie, Parker, West and Braden; mother, Lida Heilman Bryan; brother and sister-in-law, William Coleman Bryan IV and wife. Kim; several uncles and aunts. A celebration of Brent’s life was Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. David Beavers officiating. Graveside service was Sunday at Greenwood Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

• WHITED, Charlotte Rose Wilkinson,
age 93, of Knoxville passed away Thursday Oct. 13, 2011, at home surrounded by family. She was of the Methodist faith. Living in the same community for more than 70 years, Rose was a constant fixture, known as a wonderful neighbor and friend. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Josephine Clabo Huskey; first husband, W.H. Wilkinson; second husband, Melvin Whited; son, Danny Whited; daughter-in-law, Betty Wilkinson; and son-in-law, Robert Cox. Rose is survived by her loving family: sons and daughters-in-law, Dewey Wilkinson, William H. and Sharon Wilkinson, Ray and Nell Whited, Gene and Dee Whited; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Ed Butler, Sue and Jack McReynolds, Lou and Skip Dailey, Linda and Doug Stancell, Nancy Cox, Phyllis Wilkinson, Pat and Mel Schill, Sue and Virgil Holverson; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Precious Davis, for her loving care of Mama. Graveside service was Sunday, Oct. 16, at Edgewood Cemetery with the Rev. Clay Mulford officiating. Memorial donations in Rose’s name may be made to: Aymedsis Hospice, 1420 Dutch Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37918. Online condolences at

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