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• LAWHORN, Carl O. “Duke,”
passed away Memorial Day, May 28, 2012. He was born April 30, 1922, in Charleston, W.Va., to Carl and Mamie Lawhorn. He lived in Charleston until he moved his family to Knoxville in 1962 after being transferred from Union Carbide in South Charleston to the Nuclear Division at the Y- 12 plant in Oak Ridge. He was a design engineer. As he was entering the service in 1943, he was married to his high school sweetheart, Ruth Connor Lawhorn. Carl flew 51 missions with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot with the 97th Bomb Group as part of the 15th Air Force and became squadron leader. He was stationed in Foggia, Italy, and his missions occurred over Europe. He participated in the first shuttle bombing missions between Italy and Russia over the Polesti oil fields. His fighter support included the Tuskeegee Airmen. Later he flew the first helicopters. Then he flew P-51’s for the West Virginia Air National Guard. As a member of the reserves, he was the battalion aviation officer in the Combat Engineers, and ended his career with the rank of captain. After taking early retirement from the Y-12 plant, he entered the hospitality business and owned two motels, Dixie Lee Motel, Lenoir City and Stardust Lodge, Brunswick, Ga. He took his second and final early retirement at age 52 upon selling the businesses. He and his wife, Ruth, traveled to every state in the union as well as some overseas travel. Duke and Ruth played music and sang together for many years, and they left that gift to several members of the family. They both also had the gift of writing and poetry and amused many with their “dueling poems.” His love for her through 64 years of marriage was great, and his life was diminished by her passing in 2007. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; two siblings, Richard Lawhorn and Jo Ann Mallory; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and close friends. He is survived by his sons, Norman and wife, Judy, Ron and his wife, Bonnie, and Jeff and his wife, Donna; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to his special grandson, Sam Lawhorn, who cared for him more than five years; Tressie, who was dedicated to his care, and for the assistance of granddaughter, Ro. Special thanks also to those special friends who enriched his life, Billie Jean, Mack, Jack and fellow veteran, John Barnard. Arrangements are being handled by Highland West Memorial Park, 9913 Sherrill Lane, Knoxville, TN 37920, 865-693-9547 (next to Brown Squirrel Furniture). Services will be conducted by the Rev. Gordon Ridenour on Thursday, May 31. The burial was immediately following with full Military Honors. If desired, donations may be made to Concord United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. You may sign the online register book at

JEFFERIES, Shawnna, age 22,
of Knoxville passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Shawnna was graduate of Karns High School class of 2008. She is survived by her parents, Kimberly and Raleigh Jefferies; grandparents, Nancy and Walter Berleyoung; uncles, Kevin and Randy Berleyoung. Special thanks to her homebound teacher, Sandra Rader. A celebration of life was Thursday at Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel with the Rev. Mike Segers officiating. Graveside service was Friday at Brown Flats Cemetery in Gray Gap. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, served the Jefferies family.

HUTCHISON, Shannon B., age 88,
of Knoxville went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday May 30, 2012. He was a member of West Park Baptist Church. Shannon was born Sept. 17, 1923, to Oscar and Zola (McCoy) Hutchison and is listed in the First Families of Tennessee. He retired from KUB after working 38 years in the line department. Shannon graduated from Rule High School and immediately joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific Theatre aboard the Battleship USS Mississippi during World War II. After numerous battles throughout the Pacific, the USS Mississippi was anchored in Tokyo Bay and witnessed the Japanese surrender. He was recruited to play professional baseball after the war but refused to move away from Knoxville. Shannon was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Delmar Hutchison; and son, Mike Hutchison. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Wanda (Wilkerson) Hutchison; son, Tim Hutchison and wife, Jan (Kohl); daughter, Rebecca Gibson and husband, Bob; daughter- in- law, Gail Hutchison Gallaher and husband, Bill; seven granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; several brothers and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews as well as many longtime friends from West View United Methodist Church and KUB. Funeral service was Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Sam Polson officiating. Interment was Sunday at Edgewood Cemetery with Full Military Honors presented by Volunteer State Honor Guard and Tennessee National Guard. Online condolences may be made at

HONAKER, Lt. Col. Keith Jewel, age 94,
eft our lives May 27, 2012. Keith was the beloved son of Leondas Rosser Honaker and mother, Ernie Thomas Honaker. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and was a respected military leader by all the men and women with whom he served. Among his military assignments were the 158th Regimental Combat Team, “The Bushmasters,” which served during World War II in New Guinea and Arawa, New Britain. During his service in Arawa, Keith served as an escort for actor John Wayne. Keith also served as an airborne paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and 11th Airborne Division. He was a company and battalion commander in these airborne units. Keith served in campaigns in the Pacific Theater for three and a half years. In Indochina, with the Military Assistance Advisory Group, he served as a liaison to the French military in the use of U.S. military weapons between 1951 and 1954. As reported by a French military officer, Keith was thought to have fired the first U.S. military weapon against the Communist Viet Minh. He then served a tour of duty in Germany with the 24th Infantry Division in defense against the Russian threat. He returned to the United States and finished his military career at East Tennessee State College as a military science instructor, as well as the rifle team coach. As an infantry officer, Keith led a team to destroy a tank behind enemy lines and was awarded the Bronze Star for this act; his medal was presented recently by U.S. Congressman John J. Duncan Jr. Keith received numerous other awards including the U.S. Airborne badge and the U.S. Combat Infantryman badge. After his retirement, Keith continued his professional career as the director of Urban Renewal and Community Development in Johnson City, Elizabethton and Knoxville. Keith was a dedicated lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served faithfully in any calling asked of him by the church. He and Wilma were the first managers of the LDS church food storehouse, and Keith was genealogy director and employment assistant. He and his wife also served at the Mormon temple in Atlanta. Keith also authored four books. Keith wished for his family and friends to know that he loved them and if anyone asked how he wanted to remembered he said, “I want to be remembered as a soldier, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, a loving son and brother, and a faithful Mormon.” Keith leaves his most cherished wife of 75 years, Wilma Agnes Guthrie Honaker; and their children, Errol Honaker, John Honaker, Cathy Morton, Sandra Rogers, and Jeffery Honaker, daughters and son-in-law Harriet Honaker, Linda Honaker and Ben Morton; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Keith’s life was Thursday, May 31, 2012, at West Hills Branch, LDS Church. Interment followed with full military honors presented by Tennessee Army National Guard at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Highway. Online condolences may be made at

HENDERSON, Ruth Knott Claiborne, age 85
of Knoxville, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, June 2, 2012. Ruth was born to the late Robert B. and Willie Mae Massey Knott. She was a member of Erin Presbyterian Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Tollie Henderson; brother, Robert C. Knott and granddaughter, Angie Comer. Ruth is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Jean Claiborne and Mark and Nancy Claiborne; daughter, Kathy Claiborne; grandchildren, Laura Claiborne, Christiane Claiborne, Nathaniel Claiborne and wife Alexandra; sister-in-law, Rebecca Knott; the father of her children, Howard B. Claiborne and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to all the folks at CARIS Health care, especially Denise Williams and to a wonderful friend Vivian Madden. The family will gather at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 3:00 PM Tuesday graveside service with Reverend John Stuart officiating. Online condolences may be sent to Friends may call at their convenience at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

FRAZIER, Dr. George Clark Jr., age 82
of the Tellico Village Community, Loudon, TN. passed away early Friday morning, June 1, 2012. Dr. Frazier was a retired Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University Of Tennessee. He was born in Cumberland County, VA. and graduated in 1948 from Spotsylvania High School where he was voted the boy most likely to succeed. Dr. Frazier received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech where he also served as Cadet First Sergeant in the school’s Cadet Corps during his Senior Year. Following graduation, Dr. Frazier was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Wright Patterson A.F.B. Following military service, he completed his Master’s Degree at Ohio State University and was subsequently employed by the Atomic Power Division of Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA. He ultimately decided to pursue an academic career and moved to Baltimore, MD. Where he completed his Doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. He then received a one year NATO Post Doctorate Fellowship to complete advanced studies at Cambridge University in England. Following his time abroad, Dr. Frazier returned to Johns Hopkins to teach. He later became a member of the Faculty at the University Of Tennessee where he taught from 1968 until his retirement in 2000.

Dr. Frazier was preceded in death by his parents, George Clark Frazier Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Gibson and one sister, Margaret Orrock. Dr. Frazier is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ulrike Buchheim Frazier (Uli), two sisters, Jane Snead of Fredericksburg, VA. and Mary Ann Browne of Yorktown, VA, and one brother, Douglass Frazier and his wife Charleene of Lake Monticello, VA., and several nieces and nephews. George was a loving husband who unselfishly dedicated himself to his large extended family. He loved to travel, enjoyed reading and gardening and a had a deep appreciation for nature. Memorial services and interment will be held in Fredericksburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those wishing to make a donation in George’s memory consider The Tellico Village Fire Department/First Responders or the Tellico Village Library, both of Loudon, Tennessee, or Habitat For Humanity, The World Wildlife Fund or The Paralyzed Veterans Of America. Click Funeral Home and Cremations, Tellico Village Chapel, 145 Chota Centre is serving the Frazier family.

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