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• FAULKNER, the Rev. Dr. Melvin G.,
age 97, of Knoxville passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. He was born in Reidsville, N.C., to the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bedford Faulkner and one of 12 children. Dr. Faulkner married Mary Beatrice Dunovant Faulkner, July 17, 1939. Ordained by the Temple Baptist Church in 1939, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Guilford College in 1944, Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1947, Masters in Theology 1948, and doctorate in 1950. His life as a servant lead him to pastor many congrepations and positions in religious organizaitons. Following his retirement in 1980, he taught the Adult Sunday School Class for many years at First Baptist Church of Knoxville, where he was member. Remembered by his family as a loving husband, devoted family man, world traveler, avid gardener and devoted servant. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Mary Dunovant Faulkner; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Paul Ivie, Joy Robertson, and Becky and Tom Jackson; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of the Rev. Dr. Faulkner’s life was Friday at First Baptist Church of Knoxville with Dr. William D. Shiell and the Rev. Dave Ward officiating. Interment private. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences at

• BURLESON, David “Dave” Thomas,
age 77, of Knoxville, born March 18, 1934, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Ft. Myers, Fla. Dave graduated from The University of Tennessee and following his graduation, he began a distinguished career as a homebuilder and developer in the East Tennessee area, with the Landmark Golf Course at Avalon being his most beloved project. Dave’s many accomplishments include being president of the Home Builders Association of Tennessee in 1981 and a former Builder of the Year as well as one of the first to be inducted into the Housing Hall of Fame in 1994. Dave served on the leadership of the National Association of Home Builders and was awarded “Life Director” status. He continued his active service to the NAHB Board through the 2011 Leadership Year as a senior life director. Dave served multiple terms as a national vice president, executive board member and as a contributing member to numerous NAHB Committees, including a term as chair of the NAHB State and Local Government Affairs Committee in 1994. Being a philanthropist at heart, he was involved with the National Housing Endowment and many local charities. Dave was passionate about boating and golf, spending much of his time in southwest Florida as a resident and member of Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Gladys Burleson; and brothers, Jack and Howard Burleson. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Brooks Burleson; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Julienne Burleson; daughter, Sherron D. Burleson; two granddaughters and two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; a goddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was Monday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Graveside service followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Online condolences may be made at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

• BLACK, Jessie Edington,
age 94, of Knoxville passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Born to the late John S. and Martha Ann Scott Edington Aug. 11, 1917, in Powell, Jessie would say, “I lived a simple life,” her family would say it was a life filled with love, faith, wit and wisdom. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Jessie was of the United Methodist faith, considering Mt. Herman her home church while often worshiping elsewhere. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace N. Black; brothers and sisters. Jessie is survived by her daughter, Madonna Ann and husband, Mike Bachman; a granddaughter; a grandson; a great-grandson. Graveside service was Tuesday at Mt. Herman United Methodist Cemetery with Dr. J. David Hester officiating. Online condolences at

• KING, Janett Ball Spangler,
age 98, of Knoxville, formerly of Middlesboro, Ky., went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, Jan. 18, 2012. Janett was a member First Baptist Concord and the Mildred Smith Sunday School class. She was the owner of Spangler Transfer Company in Middlesboro for many years. Janett loved cooking, sewing and gardening. She was very active in the WMU and the garden club in Middlesboro. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Middlesboro. After moving to Knoxville, she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Otto. She enjoyed working in the library at Cedar Bluff Primary School with Bonnie Goff as a volunteer. Janett was preceded in death by her husbands, James R. Spangler and Lucien H. King; daughter, Peggy Joyce Spangler. She was the surviving child of H. Ed Ball and Cornelia Herrell Ball. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Pat and James A. Otto; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Barbara Spangler; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was Friday in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Steve Peek and Chaplain Phillip Gross of Tennova Hospice officiating. Graveside service was Saturday at Green Hills Memorial Gardens, Middlesboro. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First Baptist Concord Homebound Ministries, and Tennova Residential Hospice. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the family of Janett Spangler King.

• HARPER, Gregg M.,
age 54, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Gregg attended First Baptist Church Concord and the Buddy Bradley Sunday School class. He was the founder of 47 Sports and co-founded Wazoo Sports, Inc., a 24/7 cable television network dedicated to high school and small college sports. Gregg served as the Booster Club president of Farragut High School football for two years. He was instrumental with the establishment and growth of the club in various areas including development of the website, sponsorships and video streaming of games. Gregg was a 1975 graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and a 1980 graduate of The University of Tennessee Knoxville. He was a very passionate man who loved and was devoted to God, his family and his country. Gregg was preceded in death by his mother, Leah D. Harper; father-in-law, J.K. Jessee; and brother-in-law, David Jessee. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Karen Jessee Harper; daughter, Dr. Lindsay Harper Pounds and husband, Joey Pounds; son, Derek Harper; father, Malchom B. Harper and wife, Martha; sister, Stacey Rose and husband, Richard; mother-in-law, Shirley Jessee; brother-in-law, Rex Jessee; sister-in-law, Remona Jessee; several nieces and nephews; his beloved labrador retriever, Emma and many friends. A Celebration of Life was Friday at First Baptist Church Concord. Interment was private. Memorials may be made to: Partners in Christ, Mission of Hope or International Sports Consulting. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel served the Harper family.

• STEWART, Bain Tate,
age 96, of Knoxville, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Bain was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; he retired from The University of Tennessee as an English professor. Bain was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Irene Seale Stewart, two nieces, and three nephews. A burial service was held at Tazewell Irish Cemetery Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, with the Rev. Cabel Trent officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences at

• CALHOUN, Brig. Gen. John M.,
died Jan. 21, 2012. A native of Athens, he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. Gen. Calhoun joined Tennessee National Guard in 1938 and was activated into federal duty with The 117th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division in September 1940. He attended officer training school and was commissioned in 1942. He was sent to Europe and served as a company commander during the five major western European campaigns. Gen. Calhoun was awarded the Bronze Star with two clusters for valor. His last assignment was that of commanding general, 30th Armored Division, comprised of 15,000 national guardsmen from Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Gen. Calhoun graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, and obtained his Master’s Degree from The University of Tennessee. Following and during his military career, he was appointed to the U. S. Probation and Parole Office. At the time of his retirement, he was supervising officer of the Knoxville and Greeneville offices. He was a member of Bearden United Methodist Church. Gen. Calhoun was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Roy and Lula Mae Calhoun; sister, Jewell C. Wright; and brother-in-law, Mitchell Wright. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue. R Calhoun; daughters and sons-in-law, Sara Calhoun Simpson and husband, Ben, and Ellen Calhoun Lawson and husband, Robby; four grandchildren; sister, Lola C. Scott; sister-in-law, Alice R. Cooke; a special nephew; special nieces. Special thanks is extended to the staff of Ben Atchley State Veterans Home for their love and care. Funeral service was Tuesday at Bearden United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael G. Sluder officiating. Entombment followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors presented by the Army National Guard. Memorials may be made to: Bearden United Methodist Church, Friends of the 278th, P.O. Box 30804, Knoxville, TN 37930 or Honor Air Knoxville, 7536 Taggart Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences at

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