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• MCCOIN, USAF Retired Lt. Col. James Grayson,
born June 13, 1931, in Chattanooga to the late John Cordell and Almeda Grayson McCoin. He was a graduate of The University of Tennessee in 1954 receiving his U.S. Air Force commission. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and Phi Beta Phi academic honorary fraternity. He served 24 years as a regular officer and was made honorary member of the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division for his outstanding performance as operations officer in Operation Bluelight by which an entire brigade task force of the 25th Infantry Division was airlifted from Hawaii to Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam. He was stationed at Bein Hoa, Vietnam, during the Tet Offensives and received the Bronze Star, served as logistics officer in the return of the Vietnam POWs. He has his MBA from Webster University and Specialists in Education from UT. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Magna Carter Barons, Sons of the Revolution, First Families of Tennessee and Bearden Lions Club. Returning to Knoxville 1978, he taught at Pellissippi College, served as director of Purchasing and Personnel for Knox County, and in 1985 became the purchasing director in Charleston County, S.C. He was proceeded in death by his parents; and sister, Johnnie McCoin Stone. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and children, Nancy Breeding (David), Sarah McCoin (Dennis Cook), and John McCoin (Yvonne); five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Funeral service was Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral with the Rev. Thom Rasnick officiating. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. John’s Cathedral, P.O. Box 153, Knoxville, TN 37901 or the Thompson Cancer Survival Center, 1915 White Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916. Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com/ Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MCCALL, Mary Lawson,
age 95, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday morning, June 28, 2012. Mary was a member of West Park Baptist Church, and was Knoxville’s first certified professional secretary (1952). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald R. McCall; brothers Bill, Charles and Dick Lawson; sisters Ruth Kelley, Agnes Crowther and Lorraine Howard. She is survived by many special nieces and nephews and two grandsons. Special to Mary were Dianne Cooper, Doris White, Elaine Granade, Vonda Jennings, Carol Weaver, Barbara Widell, and many caregivers from West Park Baptist Church and Smoky Mountain Hospice. Funeral service was Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, Pastor Bob St. John of West Park Baptist Church, officiating. Entombment followed in Mausoleum Chapel of Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made in Mary’s name to: West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37923. On-line condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com/ Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• NELSON, Gwenda,
age 47, of Knoxville went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Parkwest Medical Center. Gwenda was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. She was a sweet person who was loved very much by everyone who knew her, especially her “Granny Joiner.” Gwenda is preceded in death by her brother, Charles Nelson; and sister, Kelly Nelson. She is survived by her parents, James and Mary Nelson. Funeral service was Monday in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with graveside service following at Lakeview Cemetery, Lenoir City. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Nelson family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• FORD, Zelma Cathers,
age 94, of Knoxville passed away Friday, June 29, 2012. Zelma was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Ford; daughter, Eleanor Ford Kirkpatrick. She is survived by her son, Jim Ford; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was Wednesday at Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel with the Rev. Brent Hall officiating. Interment followed in Oak Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, is serving the Ford family. www.clickfuneralhome.com

• BLACK, Dr. Robert “Bob” Oxford,
age 78, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012. He was born in Johnson City and was a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Dr. Black practiced optometry in Knoxville and Sevierville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, attended Officer Candidate School and served as a lieutenant jg in Cuba. Dr. Black was a member of Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church and elder who ministered for many years as worship coordinator and will be greatly missed. He also served on the board of Camp Chilhowee for the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Clayton Black and Ruth Culver Black. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jane Walker Black; sister-in-law, Sandra Walker Jenkins; nephew, Walker (Skip) Jenkins; cousins, Charlie Franc Culver and Edwin Black. Funeral service was Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Pastor Leonard Turner officiating. Graveside services followed in Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 400 Everett Road, Farragut, TN 37934 or the charity of your choice. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Black family. www.clickfuneralhome.com



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