age 62, of Knoxville, son of the late Levi and Irene Bennett Sheppard, passed away suddenly Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fairhope, Ala. Gene was a Knoxville sales representative. Gene was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He also was preceded in death by son, Edward Sheppard; and brothers, Adrian and Sidney Sheppard. He is survived by his family: son, Walter Sheppard; mother of his children, Kathy Barnett Sheppard, all of Knoxville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mac and Carolyn Sheppard of Jackson, Miss., John and Pauline Sheppard of Collierville, Jerry and Bernice Sheppard of Greenwood, Miss.; sister and brother-in-law, Carmen and C.J. Bryant of Little Rock, Ark.; sister-in-law, Barbara Sheppard of Shreveport, La.; a host of nieces and nephews. The family received friends Saturday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fairhope, with a memorial service with Dr. Dwynn Monger officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to: Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Mission Trip Fund, 9132 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemort-uary.com
SOUTHERN, Mack N.,
age 84, of West Hills, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at Baptist Hospital. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville. Mr. Southern had been a very active Mason having been recognized as a 50 year member of Woodward Lodge No. 737 F&AM where he was past master, member of Union Lodge No. 38 F&AM, member and past patron of Acacia-May Chapter No. 24 OES, the Knoxville Scottish Rite, Cyprus Commandery No. 23, National Sojourners No. 514, Knoxville Counsel NO. 75 and Paxton Chapter No. 184 Royal Arch Masons. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Irene Southern; parents, Earl and Elizabeth Southern; and brothers, Robert, Raymond and Dennis Southern. He is survived by his daughter, Kay Southern of Knoxville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Ellen Southern, Howard and Wilma Southern of Morristown, Earl J. Southern of Landrum, S.C.; devoted sister and brother-in-law, Ollie Mae and Verlon Wood of Rosman, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Gertrude Russell of Piedmont, S.C., and Opal Komara of Hendersonville, N.C.; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Malcolm Foster, Dr. Robert Thompson and Stephen Miller for their special care. Funeral service was Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with members of Woodward Lodge, Dr. William D. Shiell and the Rev. Dave Ward officiating. Family and friends will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum Thursday for an 11 a.m. entombment service with full military honors by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
GREER, John Joseph (Joe),
age 81, passed away Aug. 5, 2007, at his Knoxville home after a battle with cancer. Joe Greer saw combat action with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. A tool engineer, Mr. Greer worked at the Robertshaw-Fulton plant for 38 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John J. Greer and Marie Parker Greer; brothers, James I. and Leonard Clay Greer; and sister, Betty Greer Goddard. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Shay Greer; son and daughter-in-law, Leonard Greer and Jung Hye (June) Lee of South Korea; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Jerry Wagner of Kingston, Maggie and Thomas Kirkpatrick of Farragut; his grandsons, Joseph and Jackson Kirkpatrick and Gerald Greer; granddaughters, Heather and Kristen Wagner and Mary Kate Kirkpatrick; and great-granddaughter, Grace Wagner. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery Thursday for a 1 p.m. graveside service with the Rev. Al Humbrecht officiating and military honors by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. The family received friends Wednesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
HAMPSON, Joan Terese,
age 63, of Knoxville, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. She was born in Boston, Mass., and served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army during World War II. Mrs. Hampson was a physical therapist at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt Germany. Mrs. Hampson was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Margaret King; and husband, Donald Clark Hampson. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Terry Hampson of Portland, Ore., Matt and Monica Hampson of Cummings, Ga., Andy and Shannon Hampson of Knoxville; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Mark Bazeghi of Portland, Jacquee and Jerry Allran of Maine; grandchildren, Ted, Sean, Patrick and Christine Hampson, Joe Bazeghi, all of Portland, Ted and Chris Allran of Maine, Morgan and Milo Hampson of Cummings, Drew and Caroline Hampson of Knoxville. Memorial service was Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Canon Thomas J. Rasnick officiating. Interment will be in Wilmington, N.C. The family received friends Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
PITCHER, Ruth Margaret,
age 85, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 18, 2006. Ruth was active in local church and community affairs in Portland, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Pitcher. Survivors: sons, Paul, David and Bruce Pitcher. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at the East Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery with the Rev. Linda Parton officiating. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Pitcher family.
WASHBURN, Allan Franklin,
age 78, of Knoxville, formerly of Rockingham, N.C., died peacefully at home Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2007. Allan was retired from Conoco Oil Company. He was veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the 11th Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Allan played four years with the New York Yankees organization and was a member of the 1945 American Legion Baseball National Championship team. He was also an avid golfer. Allan was born in Shelby, N.C., to Charles and Leila Washburn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Washburn Reinhardt. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cona Fite Washburn; daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Larry Noble of Alabaster, Ala.; son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Denise Washburn of Knoxville; grandchildren, Seth Washburn and wife, Wendy, Kyle Washburn and wife, Rachel, Allan Neal and Laura Neal; great-granddaughter, Bailey Keen; sister, Virginia Hope of Spartanburg, S.C.; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Friday followed by a Celebration of Life in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Rick Dunn officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909 or to Covenant Hospice, 3001 Lake Brook Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Washburn family.
GAMBLE, “Jim” Alex Grady III,
age 61, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, 2007, at St. Mary’s Residential Hospice Center. A native of Chattanooga, Jim was a graduate of Chattanooga City High School and Clemson University. He had worked as chief estimator for Blaine Construction Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a Promise Keeper, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the American Estimators Society, and served Emmaus of Chattanooga and on the board for the Wesley House Community Center in Knoxville. His survivors include his wife, Cheryl Lau Hullender Gamble; sons, CPO Scott Gamble, USN and wife, Jamie of Norfolk, Va., Marc Gamble and wife, Darla of Knoxville; stepson, Arthur Hollender and fiancée, Charlotte Smith of Memphis; parents, Alex and Martha “Ike” Gamble of Chattanooga; sister, Barbie Brown and husband, Stan of Ooltewah; grandchildren, Hannah and Erin Gamble of Knoxville, Olivia and Jacob Gamble of Norfolk; niece and nephew, Maggie and Tyler Brown; and dear friend, Mary Erhardt of Gulf Breeze, Fla. A memorial service was held in Knoxville Saturday at Church Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. William J. Fowler, the Rev. Wayne Butts and the Rev. Donald Thomas officiating, eulogy by Marc Gamble. The family received friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley House Community Center, 923 Dameron Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.