Mellon Alma Fry Jr., MD,

beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and physician, died Dec. 1, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

 Al was born in Johnson City Aug. 9, 1936. He went to high school in Paducah, Kentucky, and moved to Oak Ridge before attending David Lipscomb College in Nashville. He then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine degree in 1961. After his internship, Dr. Fry completed a radiology residency in Memphis at Methodist Hospital, and shortly afterward was Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology.

 From 1965 to 1967, Dr. Fry fulfilled his Naval obligation, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander in 1966. He served as staff radiologist at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, naval hospital, which serviced incoming Vietnam War-injured servicemen. While there, he also served as the radiation safety officer of the nearby Strategic Air Command Base.

 He returned to Memphis in 1967 where he did a fellowship in Angiography/Interventional radiology and served briefly on the faculty at UT. Dr. Fry took advantage of the GI bill in learning to fly, eventually obtaining his instrument rating pilot’s license.
 Al began private practice in Springfield, Missouri, and then moved home to Knoxville. Two years later he joined the Knoxville Radiology Group. He started the first angiography suite in the area as an interventional radiologist and further practiced nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology and mammography. After 26 years of radiology practice, Dr. Fry retired at the age of 58 to spend more time with his family.
While in medical school, he met Rosemary Kendrick, an elementary school teacher from Haynesville, Louisiana, and it was love at first sight. They were engaged after just two weeks and had more than 61 years of blissful marriage.

 Al and Rosemary loved to travel. Their travels took them to Hawaii, Europe, Hilton Head, South Carolina, New England and the Cayman Islands. Their favorite destination was Walt Disney World, where the Fry family created lifelong memories. In 1988, they purchased a home in Hilton Head. This second home became the staple for family vacations, which provided a special place for the Fry family to spend the Fourth of July every year.

 In addition to Rosemary, Al is survived by his children: Dr. Paul Fry (Bridgette), Dr. Stephen Fry (Tanya), Mark Fry (Jackie), Dr. Bruce Fry (Cindy) and Dr. Brent Fry (Melinda); grandchildren Taylor Fry (Morgan), Andrew Fry, Calie Collier (Lee), Kendrick Fry (Emma), Hayden Fry, Clark Fry, Chase Fry, Ashlyn Fry, Anna Fry, Mason Fry, Emily Fry, Lily Fry, Michaela Horn (Brad) and McKenzie Bradley; and great-grandchild, Rosemary Collier.

 Family received friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec 4, at Hardin Valley Church of Christ. A service followed at 3 p.m. Graveside service will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery along John Sevier Highway, with full military honors conferred by the U.S. Navy and East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard.

Helen Card Plotner

Dickson; daughter, Patricia Dickson; and sisters, Barbara Plotner, Doris Dickson and Bette Latta. She is survived by her grandson and his wife, Hunt and Shannon Dickson; granddaughter and her husband, Heather and Darren Boulware; great grandchildren, “Little Hunt Dickson,” Skylar Blackerby and Hallory Tucker; great-great grandchildren, Jett Blackerby and Zep Blackerby. A private family services will be held.

The family of Scott Shoffner,

who died Aug. 11, 2021, invites you to join them for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Bridgewater Place Event Center, 205 Bridgewater Road in Knoxville, Henley Room. Receiving of friends will be at 3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. Scott’s parents request that friends who have not been fully vaccinated to please wear a mask.

The family of Scott Shoffner,

who died Aug. 11, 2021, invites you to join them for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Bridgewater Place Event Center, 205 Bridgewater Road in Knoxville, Henley Room. Receiving of friends will be at 3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. Scott’s parents request that friends who have not been fully vaccinated to please wear a mask.

Erwin Claude Lewis, age 84, passed away Oct. 21, 2021. He was born in Washington state and grew up in Spokane.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse E. Lewis and Jennie Fay Lewis; and grandson, Aaron Collins. While in high school, Erwin played saxophone in the band and earned his pilot license. He graduated from Washington State University in 1960 with a B/A degree in business administration. After college, he went in the Navy and went to Officer Candidate School and reported to the flagship USS Providence of the 7th Fleet. He had several tours of duty in the Pacific. On one of his returns to Long Beach, California, he met a school-teacher named Pat. They were married in 1963. Erwin continued his Naval career in the Reserves, and retired after 22 years as a lieutenant commander. The couple lived in Walnut Creek, California, where they had three children. Erwin was in the police department for several years and was involved with the Berkeley riots. The family moved to Knoxville in 1977, where he became a site locator with Levi Strauss for several years, then moved into the hearing aide business for many years until he retired in 2006. After retirement, the couple traveled to many countries and places and kept active. He is survived by his loving family and will be missed by all: his wife, Pat, of 58 years; daughter, Stacy (Derek); son, Kent (Holly) and Craig (Amy); grandchildren, Ryan (Karlie), Tyler, Morgan, Kyle, Gabby and Ally; and Erwin’s brother, Stanley Lewis. Family and friends will gather at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike, at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, with full military honors. A private interment will be held at a later date.

Gloria Loraine Mahr, age 88

of Farragut, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana who devoted her life to her family. Gloria loved hiking, water activities, travel, reading, puzzles and cheering on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities. In the final years of her life she enjoyed the company of her community at “The Villages.” She is preceded in death by her husband, Steven Thomas Mahr. Gloria is survived by her five children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She has left a lasting legacy. Gloria will be laid to rest next to her husband, Steven, at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gloria’s memory to Mission of Hope, 6030 Industrial Heights Dr. NW, Knoxville TN 37909. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc.:

Scott Alan Shoffner, age 52,

our beloved son and brother, died at home unexpectedly on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. Scott was born Nov. 6, 1968, in Nashville. He lived in Knox County most of his life and graduated from Farragut High School in 1987, where he was a talented soccer player on the FHS team. He scored the winning goal to win the 1985 state championship. Those who knew Scott recall him as a kind, sincere and gracious person who deeply loved his family. Many friends spoke of Scott’s infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor. Scott will be greatly missed by his father (Marty) and mother (Dava), and siblings, Mark and Anne. In addition to his parents, Scott is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Laura Shoffner, and his sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Scott Laird; and his former wife, Deena Khalaf , with whom Scott had maintained a loving relationship. He currently is in the arms of our Father in heaven and has now found the solace and pain relief that he needed and sought for so long. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember Scott in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Interfaith Health Clinic in Knoxville.

Carollyn Jean Wood Brown

Carollyn Jean Wood Brown, age 59, passed away on Sept. 24, 2021, following a massive stroke three days earlier in her home in Rio Rico, Arizona. She and her husband, Richard Lee Brown Jr., recently relocated to southern Arizona following 20 years of residence in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Carollyn is survived by her spouse, Richard, and their four children (and spouses): Connie Brown (with Michael Fackrell), Richard Weston Brown (with Whitney Brown), Belinda Jonas (with Bryan Jonas) and Keirnan Brown (with Katie Brown). Carollyn leaves behind nine grandchildren, as she joins one grandchild — Ollen Lee Brown, who passed as an infant in 2008 — in heaven. She also is survived by one brother, Andrew Wood. Carollyn is the youngest of four in her family; she joins her two other brothers and both her parents who have gone on before. Carollyn truly lived a life of service and compassion. She volunteered at her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in various capacities after joining the faith at age 14, including Sunday school teacher for infants and children, the ladies’ society (Relief Society) activity leader and teacher and mid-week activity leader for 14- to 18-year-old girls. Most recently, she worked with Richard as a Sunday school teacher for youth in their congregation in Nogales, Arizona. While earlier in her life she lived by the motto whoever has the most fabric when they die wins, in recent years the achievement of the most tatting thread and shuttles became her goal. Carollyn had a creative spirit, mastering a variety of arts and crafts including, but certainly not limited to, watercolors, calligraphy, acrylics and poster art, leather work, sewing, quilting, decoupage, pen and ink, basket weaving, porcelain, clay, jewelry, beadwork, tatting and embroidery. More important to her than the mastery of any art or craft was Carollyn’s desire to bless lives with these gifts through sharing artistic creations and teaching others. Carollyn never met a stranger. With the sincere gift of compassion, she provided a lending ear and cheerful voice to the mournful and lost. She regularly visited those in nursing homes with her little black Pomeranian Blackbeary when she lived in Knoxville. She checked in regularly on the homebound and sick. She brought her famous easy-on-the-cinnamon-big-on-taste cinnamon rolls to neighbors and those hired to help in the yard. Her banana bread has been called the best in the world, which has been substantiated by many since she’s handed out so much of it to the world! Her legacy is love, the love she poured into her family. She celebrated 41 years of marriage this year to her first sweetheart. Carollyn’s attention to detail, in feelings and words, shaped her family eternally. As a grandmother, she tucked little goodies and gifts into her purse always, for the next time she would see her grandchildren or put together a care package. She was always thinking of others and finding ways to show love to God’s children. She devoted her life to bringing up her children in light and love. She loved the Lord and exemplified forgiveness and charity A memorial service in Carolynn’s honor was held beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 621 West Green Place, in Nogales.