• WEIR, Donald E.,

84, of Athens, died Tuesday morning, October 22, 2013 at NHC of Athens. A native of Bradley County and longtime resident of Athens, he was a son of the late Rev. Roscoe and Lula Reno Weir and was also preceded in death by a brother and his wife Ray and Carlene Morrison Weir, and a sister-in-law, Mary Hollingsworth Sharp. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Athens for 60 years, where he sang in the church choir, taught a young boy’s Sunday School class, and served as a deacon for 45 years. He was a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College, East Tennessee State University, and he obtained his master’s degree in Education Supervision from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He was an honorary member of the Athens Rotary Club. He began his teaching career at McMinn County High School in 1954. He served at Assistant Principal at McMinn County High School and later as Principal. He then went to the Athens Jr. High School as principal in 1966 and served there until his retirement in 1991. He served in the Tennessee National Guard for nine years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Sharp Weir, of Athens; one daughter and son-in-law, Dauna Kay and Dr. Richard Sharpe of Athens, one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Eugene and Becky Greene Weir of Farragut, three granddaughters, Allison Kay Sharpe, Stephanie Rebecca Weir and Rebecca Leigh Weir; one grandson and his wife, Andrew Richard and Amanda Boyd Sharpe; one sister and brother-in-law, Betty Katherine and William B. Stephens of Oak Ridge; brother-in-law, Dr. Vance R. Sharp of Yahala, Fl.and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted, 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 26, 2013 in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jason Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery with Military Honors at the graveside. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11:30am-1:30pm at the funeral home prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Jerry Howell, Butch Smith, Ronnie Weir, Randall Kyker, Bill Bessom and Dr. John Offutt. Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of First Baptist Church of Athens and members of Dr. John Offutt’s Sunday school class. The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association NE/SE TN Chapter, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive, Suite 22, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or First Baptist Church of Athens “More Than a Building Fund”, 305 Ingleside Avenue, Athens, TN 37303. If you are unable to attend this service or visitation you may sign the guest register at www.smithfuneral& Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is serving the family of Donald E. Weir.

• SLOAN, Richard A.,

age 62, of Farragut, TN went to be with his Lord early Friday morning, October 18, 2013 at Parkwest Medical Center. Richard was a member of First Baptist Concord. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Richard was a 1969 graduate of Travelers Rest High School in South Carolina. He also attended North Greenville University and earned a BA at Mars Hills College. Richard obtained his Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. As an ordained minister, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord in churches throughout Tennessee. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Fay Sloan. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pat Sloan; children and families, Stephen, Emile, Drew, Cooper and Molly Sloan, Laura Sloan, Michael Sloan; sister, Sandra Anderson and husband, Tony Anderson; nieces, Beth Anderson, Julie Simoneaux and the Marguerat and Nelson nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday, October, 21, 2013 with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of First Baptist Church Concord where Richard and Pat were married. Family and friends will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Sloan family.

• HARLOW, Lela Brenan,

of Farragut, passed away in her sleep Tuesday morning, October 8, 2013, after a long illness. Mrs. Harlow was a life-long member of Fourth Presbyterian Church where she taught children’s Sunday School classes and was a leader in women’s organizations. She was a community volunteer (working as a Red Cross volunteer in Far-ragut sch-ools for many years and a Farragut City museum volunteer). She also gre-eted hundreds of new Farr-agut residents as a Welcome Wagon hostess for eleven years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Vassie Brenan, and sister Zelma Brenan. She is survived by her husband of sixty-three years, Harold Harlow, retired Knoxville News-Sentinel Associate Editor. Son, Eugene and wife Sherry of Nashville, daughter, Mary Lee Bigger and husband Nathan of Cary, NC, son, Alan Harlow of Farragut, and daughter, Carol Bailey and husband Phillip of Tullahoma, TN. Five grandchildren: Brenan, Caroline, Katie Jo, Cora Ann Bailey and Kaitlin Bigger. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2013, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Glenna B. Manning officiating. The family and friends will meet at 1:15 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013, at Lynnhurst Cemetery for an 1:30 p.m. interment service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Farragut Folklife Museum (11408 Municipal Center Dr. Farragut, TN 37934). Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at

• KISNER, Odessa Fisher,

age 104 of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Mt. Storm, WV, Arlington, VA and Washin-ton, DC, went to be with the Lord Thursday, October 10, 2013. Odessa was the oldest member of Christ Cove-nant Presb-yterian Chu-rch in Farr-agut. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray M. Kisner. Odessa is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Mary Ann Kisner; grandson, Jason Kisner and wife, Karen; great-granddaughter, Mary Hazel Kisner; granddaughter, Julie Kisner McD-aniel and husband, David; great-granddaughter, Ja-ylen McDaniel; siblings and spouses, Jua-nita and Eugene More-land of Mt. Storm, WV and Charles and Lorelle Fisher of Alexandria, VA. Special thanks to Odessa’s caretaker, Wanda Jeffries and neighbors, Kathi Trivette, Carl Trivette and Maria and John Peach. A Celebration of Life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013 at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Barnes officiating. Private Graveside Services will be held in Bayard, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Kisner family.

• STOCKELAND, Leona Virginia,

age 95 of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Omaha, NE went to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from her home at NHC Assisted Living. Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Carrie Snowden; sisters, Bernice Hanson and Eileen Grisham; brother, Tootie Snowden; husband, Gordon Stockeland. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shelly and Steve Lambson of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Sarah Lambson, Emily Lambson and Nicholas Lambson, all of Knoxville; Zach Lambson and wife Rebecca of Colorado Springs, CO,; sister, Gwen Vrbka of Seward, NE; many nieces and nephews. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the staff of NHC Farragut for their compassionate care of Leona since 2005. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the family of Leona Stockeland.