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• PIATT, Jeanne A. Brown,
age 70, of Knoxville formerly of Oak Ridge and Largo, Fla., passed away April 22, 2012, at Tennova Residential Hospice. She was of the Lutheran affiliation and a member of the Tennessee Artists Association. She is former executive director of Oak Ridge Housing Authority and a former state of Florida social worker. Jeanne also worked as a model for the Home Shopping Network. Jeanne had a passion for painting, genealogy, theater, tea parties and her pets. She is preceded in death by her father, Floyd Brown; and her beloved dog, Silky. She is survived by daughters, Shari (Rusty) West and Denise (Hugo) Forster; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; mother, Arlene Brown; brother, Larry Brown; uncle, Mike Blier; very special artist friends, Pat Hinkle, Diane Hinkle, Diana Ferguson, Brenda Bogard, Sharon Gillenwater, Robin Raeglen and Janet Weaver. Donations may be made to: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Nashville, Tennova Residential Hospice and ASPCA. A memorial service was Saturday April 28, 2012, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

• TAYLOR, Bernice Olive,
age 98, of Knoxville, formerly of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away Sunday evening, April 22, 2012. Bernice was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Bernice retired as an administrative secretary from U.S. Electric Motors in 1979 after 15 years of service. She was a distinguished professional and loved Formula 1 racing. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Bob W. Taylor. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Gail Taylor; daughter, Stephanie Freyaldenhoven; two grandchildren; sister, Genevive Blume; brother, Aubrey Shumann; several nieces, nephews and special friend, Lynn Fitzgerald. Funeral service was Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Graveside Services was in Moran, Texas, Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Taylor family.

• REAGAN, James J. “J.J.,”
age 74, of Knoxville, formerly of Boston, Mass., passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at his home with his daughter by his side. J.J. was an avid scuba diver who had a bucket list of adventures to accomplish, which he completed. He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Scott Reagan; brother, Joseph Michael Fiore; mother, Josephine Powers Reagan Fiore. J.J. is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Tom Dyer; two grandchildren; beloved companion, Boggs. Family and friends are invited to an Irish Wake, which will be held at his home at 6 p.m., Friday May 4. In lieu of flowers, please bring pictures and memories to share. Click Funeral Home, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, is serving the Reagan family.

• MOORE, Frank Blair,
of Knoxville, formerly of Johnson City, passed away suddenly Monday afternoon, April 23, 2012, at his home. Frank was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Loudon. He formerly owned and operated the Hungarian Pavilion at the 1982 World’s Fair, Lee Hi Grill and Sports and Sorts in Lenoir City. He catered many The University of Tennessee events, many events at the Episcopal churches (one of Frank’s favorites was the Paper Bag Pageant for adults from local group homes), Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center, Boys and Girls Clubs and 4-H Club. He was an avid gardener, loved children, animals and was known for his fun-loving spirit. Frank was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fulton Jr. and Julia Love St John Moore; brother, Fulton Moore III, who was killed in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan Moore; children, Jim Graves, Michele Butler (Ken), Melissa Moore Sharp (Jason), Julia Moore; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Grace Point Scholarship, c/o Diocese of East Tennessee, 811 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, TN 37922. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Moore family.

• LEGGETT, Donald “Don” Rae,
age 89, of Knoxville, formerly of Owosso, Mich., passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 24, 2012. Don was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Don was an avid gamesman, coin collector, baseball card collector and loved sports. He was well-loved by all who knew him. In early 2011, Don came to Christ by faith and was baptized. We can all celebrate the eternal peace he has had since then. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Clyford and Helen Barnes Leggett; brother, Arthur Leggett. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ayres Leggett; children, Carolyn ( Robert) Quirk, Mary (Adrian) Bailey, Larry (Geri) Leggett, Steven (Connie) Leggett, Linda (Larry) Austin, Johnny Leggett; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Harold (Madlyn) Leggett; sister-in-law, Wanda Leggett; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Friday at Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel with Minister Bruce Berlet officiating. Graveside service followed at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, E. Gov. John Sevier Highway with full military honors conferred by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: HonorAir Knoxville, 7536 Taggart Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938-8996 or to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, served the Leggett family.

• JONES, Cynthia,
of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Fort Sanders Medical Center. She was born in Akron, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1954. Cynthia is preceded in death by her father, Fred Jones; and sister, Miriam Jones. She is survived by her daughter, Rahmaine; and son-in-law, James Andrew Davenport, and their four children; mother, Rita Jones; brothers, Gregory Jones, Osmond Jones and wife, Cynthia, Georgia, Daniel Jones and wife, Lisa; sister, Victoria Jones; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends gathered Saturday, April 28, 2012, in remembrance of her life.

• JONES, Phyllis Carolyn “P.J.,”
age 67, of Knoxville, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., passed away Tuesday afternoon at her home. P.J. was an avid gardener and loved to bowl. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Louis Brantley Sr; parents, George Jones and Pearline Boykin Jones King; brothers, George Jones Jr. and Herbert Bryant. She is survived by her sons, James L. (Teresa) Brantley Jr., Micheal Brantley and Gregory (Tammar) Brantley; two grandchildren; godmother, Ella Mary Bush; sisters, Melinda King, Margaret Ware, Viola (Paul) Hobbs; brothers, Fred Boykin, Frank King and Elijah King; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. A Celebration of Life was Saturday in House of God Church, Maryville, with Pastor Paulette Pace officiating. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel served the family of P. J. Jones.

• HENDERSON, Rebekah Ann,
age 97, passed away at home in Knoxville Sunday, April 8, 2012. Rebekah taught in Walton County, Ga., and Princeton, Ky., after receiving her degree with majors in English, Spanish and French. She moved to Knoxville in 1949 and worked in the Admissions and Records Office at The University of Tennessee coordinating players’ eligibility with the athletic department. She became an ardent UT fan and friend of the coaches and players. Rebekah was a member of the Laurel Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her mother, Eva Holland Henderson Freeman; her father, George Knox Henderson; her sister, Katherine Womack; and nephew, John Womack. She is survived by her sister, Martha Christine Henderson; nephew, Dan Womack and wife, Carol Ann; and brother-in-law, Price Womack. A Celebration of Life service was Monday with Minister Mike Buckley. Interment was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Greenfield, Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Christian Student Center, 1821 Melrose Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences at

• COOPER, Tammy Pique,
age 49, of Knoxville passed away early Monday morning, April 23, 2012, at Parkwest Medical Center. Tammy is survived by her husband, George Cooper; stepdaughter, Crystal Cooper Lee; six grandchildren; mother-in-law, Evelyn Cooper; sisters, Connie Swiney and Frieda Matthews; brothers, Michael Orrick, Rickey Pique and wife, Brenda, Scott Pique and wife, Kim, Robert Pique; several half brothers and sisters. Funeral service was Thursday at Click Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Marietta Cemetery. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Cooper family.

• COKER, Marvin Boyd,
entered the gates of Heaven Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the age of 72. Marvin was of the Baptist faith and was raised in the Rocky Hill community. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired plumber. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret; father, Charles; brothers, Millard and Leroy. Marvin is survived by longtime companion, Marie Ridge; sister, Bev Scott; brothers, Stanley and Kyle Coker; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Marvin’s wishes were to not have a service however a family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• CHOBANIAN, John Sarkis,
aged 90, died Saturday at home in the presence of his beloved wife of nearly 65 years. John was the first American-born son of parents who fled the genocide of the Christian Armenians by the Ottoman Turks at the outbreak of World War I. Drafted into the army in 1942 he found himself on the liner RMS Queen Mary, which had been converted into a troopship. John was the last known survivor of the U.S. Army Third Auxiliary Surgical Group. During a North Atlantic crossing carrying more than 16,000 GIs to England the ship was struck broadside by an estimated 92-foot killer wave in a gale off the coast of Scotland. The ship rolled 52 degrees before righting itself. When John told the story he always mentioned that he was so seasick he wished the damned thing would have just gone down so he could have been out of his misery. He saw combat in North Africa, Sicily — where he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor — Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and Rhine crossing. He survived it all without a scratch. After the war, John married the love of his life on a scorching hot July 4 in Philadelphia. Taking advantage of the GI Bill he went on to college and was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a business degree. His career began with Westinghouse, later RCA and finally with the Charles Bruning Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarkis and Dirouhi Chobanian; and sister, Sema McDermitt. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Almas; brothers, Chuck and Bill; son, Dr. Sarkis Chobanian and daughter-in-law, Dr. Ruth Bailey; son, Dr. Michael and daughter-in-law, Dr. Margarethe Chobanian; several grandchildren. A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 4, at Episcopal Church of the Ascension with the Rev. Robert P. Travis and the Rev. Amy Morehous celebrants. A reception follows the mass at Cherokee Country Club. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Highway, with full military honors conferred by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers donations are requested in John’s memory to: The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Chobanian family.

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