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• TOMBRAS, Carol Smith,
passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 8, 2011, at home. Carol was a homemaker, wife of Charles P. Tombras Jr. and mother of Dooley R. Tombras. A native of Knoxville, she attended Bearden Elementary School and was a graduate of West High School and The University of Tennessee. While attending UT she was first runner up in the Miss UT Pageant. Carol attended Sevier Heights Baptist Church. She loved gardening, Bible study and her family. Carol loved small children, dogs and had compassion for everyone. She was a member of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, First Families of Tennessee, Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, National Society of the Southern Dames of America, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Great-Great-Grand-aughters Club of the Confederacy, Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, National Society United States Daughters of 1812, National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor, the National Society of the Daughters of Colonial Wars and the National Society Daughters of American Colonists. Carol was the daughter of Oliver A. Smith Jr. and Evelyn Dooley Smith. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Charles Tombras; and son, Dooley Tombras; brother, Oliver A. Smith III and his wife, Carol Woods; sister, Diana Smith Flaherty. A Memorial Service was Saturday morning, Nov. 12, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, officiating by the Rev. Hollie Miller, pastor of Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, send donations to: Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences at

• STONE, Floyd Arthur “Stoney,”
age 82, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at NHC Ft. Sanders. Floyd served honorably in the Korean War for four years following high school. He then earned a degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. Upon graduation from N.C. State, he accepted a position with TVA as a draftsman. After 27 years with TVA, he took early retirement, ending his career at TVA as a project manager. He then worked for 10 years for the firm of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon and retired from there due to health problems. While a member at Central Baptist Church of Bearden, Floyd served on various committees including Finance, Building and Grounds, and Personnel. He was also a “Deacon for Life.” He taught in the Youth Sunday School department and was a member of the Adult Choir until his illness forced him to stop. Floyd was an accomplished tennis player, earning a national ranking in the Age 55 Seniors age group. When he could no longer play tennis, he joined Green Meadow Country Club where he learned the game of golf and met and made numerous friends. He also belonged to the East Tennessee Senior Golf Association. Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Peggy; son, Mark and wife, Kathy; son, Dennis and wife, Holly; grandchildren, Alan, Sara, Mary, Connor and Carson Stone; brother-in-law, Sam Buckner and wife, Dinah; brother-in-law, Shelby Buckner; several nieces and nephews, and special friend and caregiver, Rosie Thomas. Services were Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Wade Bibb and the Rev. Joyce Wyatt officiating. Graveside service was private. Honorary pallbearers were Howard Blum, Reese Patterson, Chet Borge, Ray Fisher, Jack French, Mack Bingham, Gus Simerly, Charlie Gabbard, Clayton Greene, Wally Bornemann and members of Adult 8B Sunday School class. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Homeless Children International, Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Online condolences at

• BRIGHT, John Timothy,
age 73, of Knoxville, passed away Nov. 7, 2011. Born January 26, 1938, in Atlanta, Ga., to Gertrude Fulton Bright and H. Frederick Bright, he was raised in Upper Montclair, N.J. He attended The University of Tennessee, joining Kappa Alpha order while there. The majority of career was as a special agent with the IRS. He is survived by his partner, Palmyra A. Moore; son, John F. Bright (Deborah); daughter, Caroline E. Brunson (Ashbel); wife, Deirdre C. Bright; sisters, Matilda Bright and Carol Frye; a grandson; and the Arzaga family. Graveside service was Thursday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Pleasant Forest Cemetery in Farragut. Pastor Leonard Turner of Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church officiated. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Kappa Alpha, c/o The University of Tennessee Building for the Future, P.O. Box 2187, Columbus, GA 31902. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Bright family.

• CAPRA Sr., Anthony Francis “Murt,”
age 73, of Knoxville, formerly of Birmingham, Ala., passed away suddenly Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9, 2011. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He was retired from the State of Alabama. He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel “Sammy” Capra. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nina Capra; children, Anthony “Tony” Capra Jr. and wife, Pamela, Diann Carson and husband, Michael, Chris “Bo” Capra and wife, Amy; six grandchildren; brother, Dr. Charles Capra; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were in Birmingham with interment in Southern Heritage Cemetery. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Capra family.

• PIH Ph.D., Hui,
age 89, of Knoxville died peacefully at his home on Friday evening. A professor of engineering since 1965 at The University of Tennessee, Dr. Pih was born in Kunming, China, and grew up in a family with three brothers and four sisters. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Chungking, China, Dr. Pih immigrated to the United States to attend Stanford University where he earned his masters degree in mechanical engineering. Dr. Pih continued his studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill., where he earned his doctorate in engineering mechanics studying under the world-renowned authority in the field of photo elasticity, Dr. Max M. Frocht. After working in industry at International Harvester and then IBM, Dr. Pih joined the faculty at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., as an associate professor of engineering. He then moved to the UT in 1965 to join the engineering faculty under Dean Fred Peebles. Dr. Pih retired after 26 years as professor of engineering in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. During his tenure at UT, Dr. Pih also consulted with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and ACF industries in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Pih was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and also was a member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society and Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. In 1975, Dr. Pih received the prestigious M. Hetenyi award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics for a paper that he and former graduate student, Dr. Wallace McAfee, had written on “Scattered Light Flow-Optic Relations Adaptable to Three-Dimensional Flow Birefringence” in Dr. Pih’s primary field of research, photoelasticity. After retirement Dr. Pih was able to pursue his love of rose gardening with his wife at their home in West Hills. His work was recognized by the West Hills Community Association when his yard was awarded “Yard of the Month.” He and his wife were also able to enjoy their retirement by traveling to many spots around the world, including several visits to his hometown in China where they were able to meet with his brothers, sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Pih is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mabel; his children, Martin Pih, wife, Cathy, Shirley Pih Broadbery and husband, Paul Broadbery, Norman Pih and wife, Kathy McConnell, Arlene Driver, husband, Mark. A Celebration of Life was Saturday in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The University of Tennessee College of Engineering,, or to Illinois Institute of Technology, Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Pih family.

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