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• WILKINSON Jr., Sam Walker “Dub,”
age 68, of Knoxville, was born April 20, 1943, and went home to be with the Lord at 5:12 a.m., Oct. 28, 2011, at Parkwest Medical Center after a short illness. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he served as a trustee and was on the Benevolence Committee. Sam was a member of the Masonic order. He was in the drilling business for 50 years and was currently president of Master Drillers of Knoxville. Sam was preceded in death by his father, Sam Walker Wilkinson Sr.; mother, Audra Fox Stiles; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Ethel Centers; a granddaughter; sisters, Becky Miner and Doris Patterson. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Gloria Wilkinson; daughters, Tammy Moore and husband, Eddie, Karen Baker and husband, Ralph; son, Tim Wilkinson and wife, Nancy; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; sister, Wanda Burnette; brother, Frank Stiles; a host of nieces, nephews; his pastor, David and his church family whom he loved so much and many, many friends. A celebration of life was Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. David Stooksbury officiating. Graveside service was Tuesday at Edgewood Cemetery. Pallbearers: Tim Wilkinson, Ralph Baker, Eddie Moore, Trenton Wilkinson, Timothy Baker, Leith Moore, Clay Wilkinson and Lance Murfield. Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, served the Wilkinson family.

• CASTLE, Freda Carolyn,
Age 69, of Knoxville, looked her Savior in the eye Monday evening, Oct. 24, 2011, at her home. She was born July 8, 1942, to John Ellis and Virginia Clark Castle in Kingsport. A member of First Baptist Church Concord, she grew up at Cedar View Independent Methodist Church, where at age 13 she accepted Jesus as her Savior. Later, she grew much as a follower of Jesus as a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church in Johnson City, and loved the friends at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church for a time. Predeceasing her were husband, Gordon Emert Sharpe; father, John Ellis Castle; paternal great-grandparents, John Oliver and Nancy Haynes Castle and James Silas and Mary Ethel Castle; maternal grandparents, Alvin Marion and Betty Morgan Clark. She is loved dearly and survived by her daughters, Teresa Michele Gray and Rebecca Elaine Jordan (husband, Bruce); son, Gordon Nathanael Sharp (wife, Emily); two grandsons; a granddaughter; mother, Virginia Clark Castle; brothers, Norman Daniel Castle (wife, Brenda), Christopher Ellis Castle Sr.; three nephews; a grandniece and a grandnephew. In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be sent to: Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, 2500 E. Fifth Ave., Knoxville, TN 37914. The Rev. John Silver presided over the services and memorial held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the family of Freda Castle Sharpe.

• RYNES, Kenneth “Ken” Anthony,
age 87, of Knoxville, formerly of Madison, Wis., entered into eternal life peacefully following a courageous journey with pancreatic cancer Thursday morning, Oct. 6, 2011. Ken was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Madison. He was retired from the Milwaukee Road Railroad. Ken was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Elks Club and the VFW. Ken exemplified what it means to be “One of the Greatest Generations.” He was compassionate, giving, modest and humble never seeking recognition for all that he did for others. A true man of honesty and integrity. He was grateful and touched by people he donned as “earth angels” who prayed and supported him and his family during the past several months. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Kerr Rynes; parents, Albert and Lucinda Haney Rynes; brothers, Lavere and Norman Rynes. He is survived by his children, Janice Robbins and husband, Greg, John Rynes and Patti, Jeffrey Rynes, Jocelyn Brodd and husband, Mark; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Shirley Rynes; several nieces and nephews. A Mass was celebrated Monday, Oct. 31, at St John Neumann Catholic Church with Father Michael Woods celebrant. Interment followed in Lake View Cemetery, Lenoir City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: HonorAir Knoxville and/or UT Cancer Institute. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Rynes family.

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