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• ROBACK, Ashley Slagle,
age 30 of Knoxville finished her final marathon Monday evening, February 18, 2013 in her courageous battle with breast cancer. Ashley was an incredible wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was an inspiration who touched others with her faith, courage and amazing strength as she ran the race of her life. Ashley was preceded in death by her grandfather, Fredrick W. Slagle and grandmother, Susan Gleason. She is survived by her husband, Zafer Roback II; children, Trey and Olivia Roback; parents, Jerry and Ann Slagle; sisters, Stephanie Thompson (Brennan) and Melissa Rust (Blake); brother, Scott Slagle; grandmother, Willie Ann Slagle; grandfather, William J. Gleason; aunt, Lou Ann Slagle; nieces, Taylor and Caroline Thompson. A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Farragut Presbyterian Church with Rev. Judd Shaw and Rev. Craig Hendrix officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Young Williams Animal Center. More about Ashley’s journey can be read on Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the family of Ashley Slagle Roback.

• MORROW, Dr. Jerry L.,
of Knoxville, died February 18, 2013. He was born October 5, 1933 in Toledo, Ohio and came to Knoxville in 1984 to teach in the public relations sequence of the University of Tennessee’s College of Communications. He also taught at the University of Toledo and had served as its director of university relations. Dr. Morrow received bachelor of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Toledo and a master of science degree with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY. He was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Public Relations Society of America. He served as adviser to the University of Tennessee student chapter of PRSA. He was twice named the College of Communications Outstanding Faculty Member and was a recipient of an RCA-NBC Earl Godwin Memorial Fellowship. Dr. Morrow served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal. Dr. Morrow was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather Jennie and Nicholas Hodak, his brother Jack Morrow and his father and stepmother Walter and Jean Morrow. He is survived by his wife Betsy, son and daughter-in-law David and Stephanie Morrow, Gaithersburg, MD, son and his girlfriend Michael Morrow and Casey Beck, Knoxville. A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM Sunday at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 110 Sugarwood, Farragut, with Rev. Carol Westpfahl officiating. Dr. Morrow will be laid to rest Feb. 26 in a private service with military honors at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the FISH Food Pantry, Bruce Pint, treasurer, 6809 Avensong LN., Knoxville, TN 37909; Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, P.O. Box 34024, Knoxville, TN 37939,; or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to The family will receive friends 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

• HOGAN, William Michael “Mike”
age 61, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, after a heroic battle with cancer. He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden and the Jim Myers Sunday School Class. He attended Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee. Mike was employed at Pattersons Appliance, where he was the Service and Parts Manager. For those who knew Mike, he will be remembered as a man of incredible faith, knowing his Lord walked the journey of cancer with him every day. He had an amazing love for his family with a quiet pride and joy in every day that God gave him. He is preceded in death by his father William Howell “Hal” Hogan. Mike is survived by his mother Bonnie Bean Hogan of Hartselle, Alabama, wife, Sharon Paul Hogan, daughter Heather Bundon and husband Jonathan, daughter Ashley Nelkin and husband Micah, grandchildren Caleb and Blakely Bundon. Brother Jeff Hogan and wife Jana, children Abby, Haley and Tori, sister Lisa Hogan, sister Laurie Lang and husband Glenn, children Lauren, Sara and Will; along with many other family members. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Samaritan Ministry of Central Baptist Church of Bearden or the charity of your choice. As Mike’s life and faith would remind all of us about his Lord; “His love is deep, His arms are wide, and His grace is sufficient.” Services were held last week.  Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

• DIETZ, Anna Virginia,
age 87 of Knoxville, TN formerly of Baltimore, MD passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Shannondale Healthcare. She was raised Catholic and was a former member of St. George Orthodox Church. Anna was a talented artist who was trained at the Maryland Institute of Art. She was an avid reader who at one time had a library of 4,000 books. Anna retired after 20 years as a Maryland State Health Inspector (Sanitarium). She is loved and will be missed by her sisters, Mary Diver and Harriett Smith and her husband, Ralph Smith; many nieces and nephews and cherished friends. Honoring Anna’s wishes, services will be private. Click Funeral Home and Cremations, 9020 Middlebrook Pike is serving the family of Anna Dietz.

• COX, John Ray,
age 50, of Knoxville passed away suddenly on Friday, February 22, 2012. John was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, a member of the choir and a volunteer with Catholic Charities. He was a graduate of Farragut High School Class of 1980 and was attending Pellissippi State Community College. He embraced life to the fullest, loved with his entire being and was a voracious reader and learner. John had an active and productive life in Atlanta, prior to returning home to Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles R. Cox Jr. John is survived by his partner Carter Joseph of Decatur, Georgia; mother, Billie J. Cox of Knoxville; sisters, Dolores (Mac) Casebolt of Beavercreek, Ohio, Debra Mason of Farragut, Dinah (Mike) Grubka of Melbourne, Florida, Pamela J. Cox of Lawrenceville, Georgia; special niece, Lori Taylor of Knoxville; several other nieces and nephews; best friend, Mark Heet of Knoxville; faithful and loving dog, Clyde. A Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church with Father David Carter celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, c/o All Saints Catholic Church, 620 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37923 or to Young Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street NW, Knoxville, TN 37919. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the family of John Cox.

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