ESLINGER, Edith Irene Collins
ESLINGER, Edith Irene Collins, age 91, of Knoxville passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at St Mary’s Hospice. She was a Member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. Preceded in death by her husband, Ponder Monroe Eslinger; parents, William Fred and Martha Miriam Collins; twin brother, Cecil Collins; brothers, Fred Jr. and Gentry (Pete) Collins; sister, Margaret Midkiff. She is survived by sisters, Mae Thomas and Lillian Hill; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and William Mullaly; son and daughter-in-law, Ponder (Jack) Eslinger Jr. and wife, Rosalind Eslinger; grandchildren, Michael Mullaly and wife Bonna Mullaly, Susan Mullaly, Maripat Gettelfinger and husband Andrew Gettelfinger Jr., Scott Eslinger and wife Tara Eslinger, Donna Mullaly; great-grandchildren, Katherine Mullaly, Erin Mullaly, Kelli Mullaly, Andrew Gettelfinger III, Patrick Gettelfinger, Megan Eslinger, McKenzie Eslinger and many special friends, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to her neighbors who have loved and cared for her for many years. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Jean Hunley, her special friend and caregiver. Special thanks also to the nurses and staff of St. Mary's Hospice for their loving care of her and her family. Funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel with the Rev. Ron Mouser officiating. Family and friends will meet at the West Adair Entrance to Lynnhurst Cemetery at 11:45 a.m. today, Feb. 19, for interment at noon. Pallbearers include: Andrew Gettelfinger Jr., Mike Collins, Gary Adams, John Hoff, Fred May and Walt Dyer. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials donations be made to St Mary's Hospice, 7447 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938. The family received friends Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.
BELL, Marvin Carl
BELL, Marvin Carl, age 82, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004. He was born Nov. 24, 1921, in Centertown, Ky. An active member of Church Street United Methodist Church and the Murphy Builders Sunday School Class for more than 50 years, Bell also served his community through the church’s Hunger Helper Market and Soup Kitchen. He proudly served his country as an U.S. Air Force navigator from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of major before retiring. On the faculty of the University of Tennessee for more than 35 years, he retired in 1986 as professor emeritus of animal science. The author of more than 120 publications, his most recently published article, “Agricultural Information about Radiation and Radiation Emergencies” was published in November 2002. He served as a member of the committee on International Biological Programs for ASAS, as well as the National Council on Radiation Protection. He was the recipient of the 1984 University of Kentucky Distinguished Alumni Award and was guest professor at the International Ag-Tech School in Stavropol, Russia. An avid gardener, Bell served as president of the Men’s Garden Club of Knoxville. He was also an ardent supporter of the Lady Vols basketball team. Just 48 hours before his death, he had been preparing his garden for sugar snap peas and then had played bridge at the church. He was preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law, Velma and Ed Goff; sisters, Ruby Layson and Vivian Bell. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Triplett Bell; daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel and Alan Burley, Celia and Andy Ferguson; grandchildren, David Ferguson and fiancée, Suzanne Collins, Jane Ferguson and her fiancé, Jeff Morton, Christean Ralph and husband, Christopher, and Laura Burley; great-grandchildren, Brendon Ralph, Konnor Ralph; sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, Sara and Howard Campbell; brother-in-law, Birney Layson. Family and friends met at Woodlawn Cemetery Saturday for interment service followed by a memorial service at Church Street United Methodist with the Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton-Wade, the Rev. William J. Fowler and the Rev. Andy Ferguson officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hunger Helper Market of Church Street UMC, 900 Henley St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
TUDOR, John Julian
TUDOR, John Julian, age 84, of Farragut passed away on March 21, 2004. He was a member of Central Baptist Church, Palm Bay, Fla., and a past member of Central Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. He retired in 1981 after 32 years with Union Carbide, Oak Ridge, where he received many awards and was credited with several patents in engineering design. He was a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps during World War II and continued serving in the Civil Air Patrol. He was a lifetime member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and authored many articles in various model aircraft magazines. He was a charter member of the Knoxville Chapter of the United Ostomy Association. He played clarinet in orchestras at both churches in Oak Ridge and Melbourne, Fla. He enjoyed drawing and painting. He was preceded in death by his parents: Hubert G. and Helen Crane Tudor; brothers, Philip C., Charles C. and James R. Tudor; sister; Mary Stewart. Survivors include; sons, Sky Tudor, Anchorage, Alaska, John Tudor Jr., Broomall, Pa.; and daughters Sarah Watkins, Lancaster, Ky., Julia Rodgers, Sandy Valley, Nev., Tanya Guidry, Las Vegas, Nev. and Traci Harvey, Lenoir City; 12 grandchildren; five great-grand children; brother, William P. Tudor, Columbus, Ohio; and a sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Williams, Melbourne Beach, Fla. Click Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. No services were planned. The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
RUGGLES, Elaine M.
RUGGLES, Elaine M., age 66, of Knoxville, formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at NHC Farragut. Ruggles was retired from National Health Care as a regional nurse after 12 years of service and a life devoted to nursing. She was a devoted mentor to many of her NHC family members. Ruggles was an avid supporter of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital through her donations of hand crocheted newborn outfits. She was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include; mother, Edla Ruggles; brother, Clair Ruggles, both of Chicago; several aunts and cousins. The family received friends Friday, March 26, followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Edsel West officiating. Graveside services and interment were at Acaia Irving Park Cemetery in Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TFGE, P.O. Box 1398, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1398. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Ruggles family.
RAY, Robert Bruce (Bob)
RAY, Robert Bruce (Bob), age 80, of Knoxville passed away Monday, March 22, 2004, at his home. Ray was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. He was retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority as a civil engineer and was a veteran of World War II. Ray was a member of the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Association and was active with various local woodcarving groups. He was preceded in death by Doris Gwinn Ray, his wife of 49 years. Survivors include; daughters, Roberta Ray of Seattle, Wash., Mary Ruth Ray of Boston, Mass.; son, Bill Ray of Nashville; grandchildren, Lucia Saquic-Ray, Julian Saquic-Ray and William Matczynski; sisters, Virgie Bingham of Greensboro, N.C., Lois Ray of Troy, N.C., brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ralph and Dot Gwinn of Knoxville; sisters-in-law Mary Ruth Gwinn of Knoxville, Estella Gwinn of Dallas, Texas, Sarah Ray Jones of Warner Robbins, Ga.; sons-in-law Armando Saquic Paxtor and Leonard Matczynski, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. today, Thursday, April 1, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with Dr. Arnold Lovell officiating. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Ray family.
LONG, Donald L.
LONG, Donald L., age 59, of Knoxville passed away March 23, 2004, following a short but courageous battle with cancer. He retired in 2002 as the plant manager of Boeing Oak Ridge after a 36-year career with the company. Prior to that he was with the Boeing Company in Seattle as the director of operations and director of manufacturing for the 767/747 divisions at the Everett Plant. He was raised on a farm in Lamar, Colo., and never forgot his connection to the earth and to the values of being raised in that environment. Long was an outgoing individual who was generous with his friendship in his professional as well as his personal life. He faced challenges directly and decisively however difficult the situation. He had unconditional love for his family and friends. After retirement his major interest was riding his Harley-Davidson, his dream machine, and he was able to have some memorable rides with close friends and biking buddies. Don was never afraid to do the things that he loved and pursued his dreams. And most of them came true. He loved to laugh and share good times. He will be missed by those who were lucky enough to have called him husband, brother, uncle and friend. Long was preceded in death by his daughter and only child, Lisa; his parents, Herbert and Stella Long; parents-in-law, Tom and Joyce Brantley. Survivors include: wife of 40 years, Teresa Long; sister, Jean Rhinehart and husband Doug of Aspen, Colo.; brother, Ken Long of Kent, Wash.; sister-in-law, Barbara Brantley of Novato, Calif.; brother-in-law, James Brantley of Las Vegas, Nev.; nieces, Janice Rhinehart of Broomfield, Colo.; Tricia Rhinehart of Greeley, Colo.; Sarah Brantley of Phoenix, Ariz.; Megan and Amelia Brantley of Swampscott, Mass. A celebration of life was held Monday, March 29, in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. John Dowling officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held in Auburn, Wash., on April 10 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice, 3001 Lakebrook Blvd., Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Long family.
KIMMONS, George Harvey
KIMMONS, George Harvey, age 85, of Farragut passed away March 23, 2004. He was retired as manager of the Office of Engineering Design and Construction at TVA, where he worked for 42 years. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congress, and inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame. Kimmons was a veteran of World War II serving with the Naval Air Corps in the Pacific. Kimmons was a member of Marietta Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Survivors include: wife of 56 years, Margaret Kimmons; son and daughter-in-law, George H. Kimmons Jr. (Kim) and Cheryl Ann (Cherie) of Farragut; grandchildren, Emily and Patrick; sister, Mrs. J. R. Patterson of Oxford, Miss.; two nephews, George Garland (Pat) Patterson and James R. Patterson, both of Mississippi. The family received friends Wednesday, March 24, at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Family and friends gathered Thursday, March 25, at Highland Memorial Cemetery for graveside services with the Rev. Don Hubbard officiating. The U.S. Navy will confer full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knox County Humane Society, 800 Millwood Road, Knoxville, TN 37920, or to Marietta Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 11402 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37923. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Kimmons family.