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• RICHARDS, Ruth Crowder,
age 90, of Knoxville, formerly of Loudon, passed away Saturday morning, October 20, 2012 at Atria Weston Place. Ruth was a member of The Lord’s Chapel. She was a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and the University of Tennessee. Ruth was a former teacher and librarian before beginning her 34 year career in 1950 as a proud and dedicated employee of Delta Air Lines. She was an avid reader and sports enthusiast. Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Dot Crowder; sister, Helen Crowder; brothers, Joe and Buddy Crowder and son-in-law, Lee Ford. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Sarah Ford; granddaughters, Erin Nguyen and husband Ian, Hayley Denton and husband Ben all of Knoxville; great-grandsons, Liam and Jackson; sister, Rachel Walker; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at The Lord’s Chapel, 268 South Peters Road with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Ann Robins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Friends of the Knox County Public Library, 500 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902, Blount County Humane Society, 1005 East Broadway, Maryville, TN 37804 or to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville, TN 37923. The family of Ruth Richards would like to express their gratitude to Atria Weston Place for their wonderful care and thoughtfulness. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Richards family.

• SHRADER, Raymond “Ray” R.,
age 92 of Knoxville, ended his stay on Earth, Tuesday morning, October 16, 2012 at his home. Ray was born July 21, 1920 to the late John and Susan Shrader in Freeland, PA. Ray frequently said that three things had a profound impact on his life: the Great Depression, World War II and the G.I. Bill. Upon his graduation from high school, Ray joined the United States Army Air Corps prior to the U.S. involvement in the war to look for opportunities not available in the small coal mining community in Pennsylvania trying to recover from the Great Depression. In 1941, while participating in the Louisiana Maneuvers, he was invited to dinner at the home of A.J. and Edith Ensminger in nearby Wisner, LA, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Elizabeth Ensminger. Their story and romance are worthy of a novel. After Pearl Harbor, Ray was sent to the South Pacific where he served in the Fifth Air Corp, 80th Fighter Squadron, the “Head Hunters” in Australia and New Guinea. Although assigned as a ground based radio operator, Ray would volunteer for bomber missions with adjacent bomber groups because they were having trouble maintaining adequate crews for bombing missions. He decided early on that surviving the war was mostly out of his hands and instead, turned the war into a personal adventure. His stories rivaled those in Catch 22 and M*A*S*H. Ray was one of the first veterans’ from Knoxville to fly to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on a Freedom Flight. Following the war, Ray saw the G.I. Bill as an opportunity to further his education and prospects. Knowing Elizabeth was enrolled at LSU, Ray chose LSU for his undergraduate work so that he co-uld be close to his Southern Belle once more. They married soon there after. With his undergraduate de-gree from LSU, Ray enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he rec-eived his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1953. He spent the next several decades as a professor at UT where he taught thousands of students from around the world. He ultimately served as the head of the Psychology Department at UT. At the same time he also served as department head and professor at Knoxville College, was lecturer at local RN schools in Knoxville, and provided consulting services to a wide range of entities. He continued teaching psychology correspondence courses for UT until several years ago. Dr. Shrader also sought ways to serve his community. Principle among these efforts was his involvement in Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV). He was the founder of the Knoxville chapter and was the local president, national president and international president of the organization. Partly as a result of this work and partly to satisfy their wanderlust, Ray and Elizabeth traveled extensively around the world. His children thought he was a spy, but he denied it. Ray’s experiences in the Great Depression taught him to be frugal and to live off of the land as much as he could. He was an avid hunter and fisherman for most of his life. The second World War taught him a sense of adventure and introduced him to his wife. The G.I.Bill made him a scholar and gave him a career which he always said was “better than working”. Dr. Shrader had a profound impact on his friends and family and will be greatly missed. Ray was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and one brother. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Elizabeth; daughters, Kathy Huie (Bob) of Wilmington, NC and Suzanne Tigert of Knoxville; son, Will (Donna Thorne) of Columbia, SC; grandchildren Rob Huie, Heather Larsen, Scott Huie, Justin Moore, Betsy Watts and Matt Shrader; great-grandchildren, Carley and Maggie Larsen and Mason Huie; numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be held 12:00 PM Monday at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Monsignor T. Allen Humbrecht officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the family home. The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Smokey Mountain CISV, P.O. Box 1126T, Knoxville, TN 37937. Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• PHIBBS, Mary Louise,
age 88, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2012 at Brakebill Nursing Home. Mary was a member of Zion Methodist Church and provided a lifetime of service to the banking industry; Knox County Sheriff's Office; and Duncan Boat Dock, where many friends and acquaintances will miss her. She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry Ernest and Macy Cox Phibbs, and brothers: Buddy Phibbs and Bob Phibbs. Survivors include: lifelong friend, Ben Duncan; sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and J.B. Adcock; nephew and wife, John and Linda Adcock; half brother, Jim Phibbs and wife, Shirley and niece and husband, Cindy and Shawn Sampson and children, Raylee and Kaden; and nephew, Jamie Phibbs and wife, Angie and daughter, Autumn; half brother, Eddie Phibbs, and wife, Rhonda. The family extends a special thank you to all caregivers at Brakebill Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Mary's memory to Zion Methodist Church, c/o Charlie Derreberry, treasurer, 7008 Hampshire, Knoxville 37909 Funeral service 7:00 PM Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Dr. Charles Wender officiating. Family and friends will gather for internment on Friday, at 11:00 AM at Thorngrove Cemetery in Strawberry Plains. Online condolences may be sent to The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• MILSAPS, Rev. Joe Gary,
age 63, of Knoxville went home to sing praises to his Lord on Saturday morning, October 13, 2012. Joe was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. He was a former member and Minister of Music at North Acres Baptist Church and at Marble City EUB Church. Joe retired from the City of Knoxville Fire Department with 32 years of service as Captain and Deputy Fire Marshall. He was a Knox County School Bus Contractor. He was a former president of the Tennessee State Gospel Singing Convention. He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. William Burk Milsaps; brothers-in-law, J.T. Joiner and Richard Burnette, Sr.; great-grandson, Aiden Edington. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ruth Ann Joiner Milsaps; son, Kevin Duane Edington, his wife, Shana, and their children, Chevy, Samuel, Ridley, Evan, Tori; daughter, Kellie Edington Galloway, her husband, Nick, and their children, John and Andraya, daughter, Keri JoAnn “KJ” Milsaps, and her fiance’ Aaron Wilson; mother, Julia Elizabeth “Nana” Chapman Milsaps; mother-in-law, Thelma Elizabeth “Granny” Joiner; brother, Michael Kent Milsaps, his wife, Teresa, and their daughter, Dr. Reagan Saig; sister, Linda Faye Milsaps Sammons, her husband, Karl, and their children, K.T. Sammons and Jay Sammons; sister, Patricia Ann Milsaps Burnette, her children, Katherine Vaughn, Richard Burnette, Jr., Julia Critser, Elizabeth Grube; brother-in-law, John Earl Joiner Jr, and wife, Marsha, and their children, Tammy Williams, Kristie Hillenmeyer; brother-in-law, Charles Richard Joiner Sr., and wife, Mary, and his children, Rich Joiner, Chad Joiner, Julie Hensley, Jeremy Joiner and John Joiner; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Sue Joiner Mitchell, her husband, Steve, and their sons, Stevie and Stuart Mitchell; sister-in-law, Barbara Joiner and, and J.T’s children, Melinda Penner, Deanne Brown and Jim Joiner; several great nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012, followed by a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m. at West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville with Rev. James Burke and Rev. Charles Lynch officiating. Family and friends will gather at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike for an 11 a.m. graveside service at Edgewood Cemetery with full honors by the Knoxville Fire Department. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff Baptist Church Building Fund, 9215 Floyd Lane, Knoxville, TN 37923. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Pike is serving the Milsaps family.

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