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• SWEARINGEN, Russell Otho,
age 67, of Farragut, formerly of Denver, Colo., and Lyndon, Kan., died early Friday morning, June 22, 2012, after a four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was a senior scientific computer programmer-analyst for Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge. Russ had a long history with musical performance, having played his French horn in the Mile High Boys’ Band, and the Junior Police Band (Denver) as a child, then later, the Ottawa Little Symphony (Kansas), the Topeka Civic Symphony (Kansas), the Community Arts Symphony (Englewood, Colo.), and the Denver Municipal Band (Colorado; longest running professional band in the country). He had been a music teacher and musical instrument repairman prior to getting into computers. As a programmer-analyst at ORAU, he helped to create and implement a software program for tracking health conditions of present and former nuclear site employees around the country to assess risk from exposure to radiation and toxic metals. His kind and gentle spirit, and fine integrity will be missed greatly on this plane, but heartily welcomed on the next. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Swearingen; his daughter, Emily vonSwearingen; his son, Jeff Swearingen (Susie); two grandchildren; a sister, Estelle Petitt; and two brothers, Erle Swearingen and Arthur Swearingen (Kim). Memorial services in Knoxville and Denver are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to: www.ALS-MDA.org or to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Swearingen family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• ROSENBAUM Sr., Richard “Dick” Phillips,
age 83, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday evening, June 27, 2012. Born in Jonesborough April 15, 1929, he was a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and attended Virginia Tech where he played football and basketball. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and while stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., he was selected “Soldier of the Month.” He also was chosen to represent Fort Gordon at Camp Desert Rock, Nev., for the first American observation of the atomic bomb. After serving in the military, Dick joined Pet Milk Co. Dairy Division, retiring after 36 years of service. While with Pet, he worked at several positions in Columbia, S.C., Florence, S.C., Augusta, Ga., Kingsport and Johnson City including plant manager, regional manager, and director of Labor Relations and Safety. Active in community affairs, he served on the board of directors of the local hospital and Boy Scouts of America, president of Lions Club, and president of American Dairy Association. In addition, he was an active Baptist, serving through the years as a deacon, trustee, Sunday School teacher, and member of several church building and finance committees. In recent years, he was a faithful member of First Baptist Concord in Farragut. He was preceded in death by his parents, James F. and Virginia Mae “Jenny” Phillips Rosenbaum; and a son, Daniel Wayne Rosenbaum. Dick Rosenbaum is survived by Jean Denise Rosenbaum, his best friend and devoted wife of 59 years; their two sons, Richard “Bucky” Phillips (Joann Burnette) Rosenbaum Jr. and Mark Edward (Cheryl Lee) Rosenbaum; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Irwin Rosenbaum; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was Saturday, June 30, at Heritage Baptist Church, Johnson City, with Dr. Reggie Weems officiating. A private interment was in Monte Vista Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those wishing to may make a donation to: The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Rosenbaum family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• PICKENS Jr., William R.,
age 77, of Knoxville went to be with Jesus Saturday evening, June 23, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. Bill was a shut-in member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Bill was a plant operator with West Knox Utility and retired with more than 21 of service. He was a craftsman active in the Appalachian Museum Homecoming and founder of Pickenstix. Preceded in death by his parents, William R. Pickens Sr. and Olive Willoughby Pickens; brother, Duane Pickens; sister, Bonnie Pickens Webster. Survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Shirley Widby Pickens; loving daughters, Teressa, Sheila, Patty, Rhonda, Sonya and Missy; sons-in-law, Matt, David, Vince and Steve; 21 adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was Tuesday at Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel. Graveside service was at Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors conferred by the U.S. Marine Corps. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, served the Pickens family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• KEENER, Dennis “Kirt,”
age 50, of Knoxville passed away suddenly Wednesday morning, June 27, 2012. Kirt was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Keener; grandparents, Curtis Keener; Lonnie and Lucille Glidwell Dickey. Kirt is survived by his mother, Marilyn LaRue; Patricia and Edward Estep; sister and brother-in-law, Melanie and Zach Smith; brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Debbie Keener; uncle and aunt, Curtis and Norma Dickey; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service was Friday at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike, with the Rev. Linda Parton officiating. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Pike served the family of Kirt Keener. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• DUNLAP, the Rev. James T.,
age 77, of Knoxville passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon, June 23, 2012. James was a founding charter member of Sevier Avenue Baptist Church. He was retired from Dillard Paper Company. James was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. James is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janet Douglas Dunlap; daughter and son-in-law, Aprille and Jason Burger; sister-in-law, Linda Douglas; brother-in-law, Lee Douglas; several nephews; extended family, David Dennis; best friends, Larry Pollino and Wes Hayes; his little dog and companion, Dolly. Funeral service was Tuesday at Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel. Graveside service followed Tuesday at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike, with full military honors conferred by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Click Funeral Home and Cremations, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, served the Dunlap family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• CROCKETT, Mary Lou,
age 67, of Karns lost her long, courageous battle with cancer June 27, 2012. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband and friend of 50 years, George Crockett; sons, Charles Crockett and wife, Jill Crockett, and Jay Crockett and wife, Lorelei Crockett; two grandsons. Thanks to everyone for all the love, support and prayers throughout the last seven years. A private service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Mary Lou’s name to: Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee, 2230 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Crockett family. www.clickfuneralhome.com



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