HILL, Merle H.
HILL, Merle H., age 77, of West Hills, died Monday morning March 22, 2004. During her career, she owned and operated Merle’s Gift Shop and Private Showing Lingerie Store. She was the widow of John H. Hill. Her survivors include her daughter, Susan Hill of Knoxville; sister, Maudean Thrasher of Birmingham, Ala.; brother and sister-in-law, Ira and Tommie Sue Hyche, of Birmingham; nephew, Dennis Wesson and wife, Judy; niece, Patsy Graves and husband, Stan. Family and friends met at Highland Memorial Cemetery Wednesday, March 24, 2004, for a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4708 Papermill Road, Knoxville, TN 37909, or STAR, 11904 Yarnell Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. The family received friends Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
ERNEST, Jo-Ann “Jody”
ERNEST, Jo-Ann “Jody,” a member of a prominent, old-line Knoxville family, died Saturday morning, March 20, 2004, at her home. She was the daughter of Fred Black, proprietor of Knoxville’s pioneer automotive service and repair business, the daughter-in-law of H.L. “Doc” Ernest, proprietor of the legendary Ellis & Ernest Drug Store on the corner of the University of Tennessee campus, and the niece of Tom Black, business leader and benefactor of the Tom Black Track at UT. Ernest, a coloratura soprano, was a graduate of Graham-Eckes Preparatory School in Palm Beach, Fla., and attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Her musical career included a lead role in “The Common Glory Outdoor Drama” in Williamsburg, Va. In Knoxville, she was a former Dogwood Arts Festival Trails chairman, a member of the Nine-O’Clock Cotillion, Ramsey House, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church and Cherokee County Club. An avid bridge player, Ernest was also a city tennis champion, and helped Knoxville Recreation Director Maynard Glenn create and develop several youth programs. She is survived by her husband, Hal; twin sons, Hal III and Fred; daughters-in-law, Becky Ernest and Teresa Ernest; grandchildren, Kallie Ernest, Hollie Ernest and Catherine Ernest; sister-in-law, Blanche Black; nieces, Sherry Walsh and Carol Black; grandnieces, Natalie Walker and Heather Montgomery; grandnephew, Eric Walsh; and great-grandnephew, William Walker. Her brother, Fred Black Jr., passed away the following day. A funeral service was held Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church with Dr. William R. Barron officiating. The family received friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service. The interment was private. The family requests that memorials be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 922 Delaware Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921. Arrangements made by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
BROWN, Nell Hardin
BROWN, Nell Hardin, age 82, of the Hardin Valley community went to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, March 27, 2004, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center. Brown was a long-time member of Marietta Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Woodrow W. Brown, on March 6; parents, George B. Hardin and Della S. Hardin; sisters, Annie Steele Lonas and Margaret Boyd Weaver. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, George and Sylvia Brown of Farragut; granddaughters, Tracy Brown of Sevierville, Michelle Hammack and husband, Tim, of Lenoir City; great-grandson, Joseph Hammack; niece, Linda Weaver Whortan; nephew, Boyd Lonas. The family received friends Tuesday, March 30, 2004, followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Don Hubbard and the Rev. Randall Mayfield officiating. Family and friends gathered Wednesday, March 31, at Marietta Cemetery for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Marietta Cumberland Presbyterian Church Beautification Fund, 11402 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Brown family.
WELLS, Iris Beverly Chesney
WELLS, Iris Beverly Chesney, age 84, of Knoxville, entered into the full presence of God, Thursday morning, May 27, 2004. Although she will be greatly missed, she is now reunited with her devoted husband of 55 years, Sherrod, who passed Feb. 14, 2004. Wells was a devoted, caring, Christian mother, grandmother, and loving wife. Born in Knoxville, April 1, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Florence Jones Chesney and Earl Chesney. She was a former buyer for Miller’s Department Store, making numerous trips to New York City to purchase women’s accessories. Wells married the love of her life, Sherrod Parker Wells, August 6, 1948, and later left her career to raise her two daughters. Wells was a charter member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, a former member of King’s Daughters, and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Wells enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Holston Hills Garden Club. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce Wells Russell and Gerald L. Russell; daughter, Jane Marie Wells; grandsons, Jonathan Andrew Russell and Steven Parker Russell; sister, Betty Chesney Sayne, all of Knoxville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John J. and Dot Wells of Rocky Mount, N.C.; brother-in-law, Alton W. Wells of Raleigh, N.C.; brother-in-law, John W. France of Rawlins, Wyo.; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Don Arwood, Dr. Scott Luchsinger, Dr. Matthew McCarty, Dr. Michael Mitchell and his wonderful nurse, Renee, and caregiver, Donna Morgan for their compassionate, loving care. The family received friends Saturday, May 29, followed by the funeral service at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Rev. Vernon Holstad officiating. Interment followed in Highland Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923, or Bon View Baptist Church, 900 Belleaire Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
WALLACE, Horace W.
WALLACE, Horace W., age 100, of Farragut passed away early Sunday morning, May 23, 2004, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center. Wallace was a member of Victory Chapel Baptist Church. He was a former employee of Cherokee Textile Mills and retired from O’Neill’s Nursery at the age of 80. Horace was preceded in death by his wife, Nena Wallace; sister, Roxie Chadwick; brothers, Kim and Ed Wallace. Survivors include; son, Alvin Wallace and wife, June; daughters, Evelyn Boyd, Carol Andersen, Edna Crawley and husband, Vernon, all of Knoxville; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great great-grandchildren. The family received friends Monday, May 26, followed by funeral services in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with the Rev. Kern Spangler officiating. Family and friends gathered Tuesday in Edgewood Cemetery for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victory Chapel Baptist Church. Pallbearers included Mark Andersen, Jerry Andersen, Dennis Redmon, Dana Crawley, Chris Sands and Michael Crawley. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Wallace family.
SIMERLY, Debra Louise
SIMERLY, Debra Louise, age 47, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center. She was a member of Central Baptist Church, Bearden, were she served in the adult choir. She was a registered dietitian, a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetics educator with the Dialysis Clinic, Inc. She was a 1975 graduate of Farragut High School, received her bachelor’s degree in 1979 and her master’s degree in 1982 from the University of Tennessee. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association, Tennessee Dietetic Association, Knoxville District Dietetic Association, American Association of Diabetes Educator, Smoky Mountain Association of Diabetes Educators, Mission of Hope, Junior League of Knoxville, Knoxville Nativity Pageant and Interfaith Health Clinic. She is survived by her parents, Gus and Valda Simerly; brother and sister-in-law, David and Donna Simerly; nephew, Noah; niece, Grace, all of Knoxville; longtime friend and companion, Ernie Roberts; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service was held Friday, May 28, at Central Baptist Church, Bearden, with Dr. Larry Fields officiating. Family and friends met at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel Saturday, May 29, and proceeded to Pleasant Forest Cemetery for an interment service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Mission of Hope, PO Box 22312, Knoxville, TN 37933. Family received friends Friday at Central Baptist Church, Bearden. Arrangements made by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
ROBERTS, Kitty Patricia Finger
ROBERTS, Kitty Patricia Finger, age 66 of Greenback, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church and a former first lady of Loudon County. Roberts was retired from the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Gladys Finger; and sister, Betty Tucker. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Roberts; children, Mark Roberts and wife, Maureen of Medina, Ohio, Sharon Roberts of Alexandria, Va., and Angie Lucier and husband, Rick of Greenback; brother, Bill Finger and wife, Mildred of Maryville; sisters: Delores Cox and husband, John of Monroe, Mich., Shirley Ogle of Maryville, Norma Peeler and husband, Tom of Greenback, Carol Black and husband, Bob of Lenoir City and Glenda Evans and husband, Garry of Greenback; several nieces, nephews, many other family members and friends. The family received friends Sunday, May 30, at Pine Grove Presbyterian Church in Greenback. Funeral services followed with the Rev. Ron Sabo officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Grove Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kitty F. Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund, 120 Maple St., Greenback, TN 37742. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, served the family of Kitty Roberts.