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Feb. 15, 2008 obituaries

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By The Staff

Eugene Butler Alford

Eugene Butler Alford, 87. of Kingston, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.

Born Jan. 19, 1921, in the Caney Ford community of Roane County, he attended Kingston schools and played basketball and football at Roane County High School. He received the Dr. John Roberts Award for most outstanding student. At Tennessee Technological University, he was captain of the Golden Eagles football team and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

After graduation, he attended Columbia University in New York as part of the U.S. Navy’s Officers’ Training Program. A lieutenant during World War II, he was skipper of a landing craft tank which landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day.

He returned to Roane County High School after the war to teach science and to coach. He later became a car salesman.

In early years, he was deacon in his family’s church, Caney Ford Baptist. At the time of his death, he was a member of Kingston United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by parents, Paul and Rose Butler Alford; sister-in-law, Lorna Alford; son, Eugene Kent Alford; granddaughter, Heather Cochran; brother, Rhue Alford; brothers-in-law, Sam Poteet, George Poteet and Bob Poteet; and sister-in-law, Anne Poteet.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Doris Poteet Alford; daughters and son-in-law, Melinda Cochran of San Francisco and Teresa and Larry Goolsby of Cookeville; brothers and sister-in-law, Jack and Lois Alford of Knoxville and Don Alford of Kingston; granddaughters, Nicole Cochran and Michelle Cochran, both of Nashville; grandsons, Travis Frey and Kent Goolsby, both of Cookeville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Bettie Poteet; sisters-in-law, Ann Poteet and Betty Poteet; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston. Funeral service will follow in the chapel, with the Rev. Donald Morris officiating. A family burial will be at Bowers Evans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Nellie M. Andes

Nellie M. Andes, 92, of Oliver Springs, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in Windwood Health Care Center, Clinton.

Born June 3, 1915, in Roane County, she lived in Whitwell for 27 years before moving back to Oliver Springs. She was a homemaker and a member of Frost Bottom Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Cleveland Andes; son, Willis Comer Andes; parents, William Oscar McNew and Dixie Rosa Walker McNew; brother, Raymond McNew; and sisters, Dorothy Lowhorn, Nora Mae Mayberry and Mary F. Bridges.

Survivors include son, Harry Cleveland Andes of Oak Ridge.

Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Anderson Memorial Gardens, Clinton. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, is in charge of arrangements.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.

Arvena L. Bedford

Arvena L. Bedford, 82, of Coalfield, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at her home.

Born Feb. 8, 1926, in Morgan County, where she had continued to live throughout her lifetime. A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, she was a homemaker and a member of Stephens Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Bedford; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and the Rev. W.L. Moore; grandson, Wesley Gallahar; stepsons, Carl Bedford and William Richard Bedford; brothers, Herbert Langley and Gene Langley; and sisters, Maxine Smith, Ella Mae Noe and Cora Lee Vann.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Robin Bedford of Coalfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Edna and Ronald Gallahar of Oliver Springs and Joyce and Jesse Abshire of Coalfield; grandchildren, Darrell, Thelma, Lois, James, Jason, Eric, Wayne, Craig, Matthew and Cody; great-grandchildren, Megan, Jeff, Chris, Dustin, Charlie, Jennifer, Adam, Daniel, Leiann, Brandon, Lane and Brennan; great-great-grandchildren, Christopher, Timmy, Brittany, Benji, Wesley, Gage, Morgan and Faith; and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Stephens Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Daugherty and the Rev. Charles Campbell officiating. Graveside service and burial were at Jackson Cemetery, Coalfield. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, was in charge of arrangements.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.

Woodrow Wilson Cash

Woodrow Wilson Cash, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in Rhea Medical Center, Dayton.

Born in Rhea County, he was the son of Truman and Dove Stout Cash, both of whom preceded him in death. A graduate of Spring City High School, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served in Guadalcanal and the Southern Pacific. He received several medals, including a Bronze Star.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after many years of service and had served on the Rhea County Commission for 20 years. He was a member of Spring City United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 203 and Rhea Springs Lodge 310 F&AM.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Stanley Cash, Malcolm Cash, Clint Cash and Ray Cash.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sylvia “Gerri” Laughlin Cash of Spring City; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Duane Ezell of Spring City and Janet and Curtis Manuel of Rockwood; sister, Lois Harris of Knoxville; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Spring City United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating. Graveside service, with full military honors, and burial were at Spring City Cemetery. Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spring City United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Vickie Jean Harvey

Vickie Jean Harvey, 62, of Maryville, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at her home.

Graveside service and burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Rockwood, with the Rev. Adrian Jones officiating. Evans Mortuary, Rockwood, is in charge of arrangements.

An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.net.

Edward W. ‘Ed’ Pipes

Edward W. “Ed” Pipes, 90, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

A native of Cherokee County, N.C., he was the eldest of nine children born to the Rev. W.C. and Kate Queen Pipes, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Murphy High School, attended Mars Hill College and received his professional engineering license in 1965.

He came to Tennessee for employment with TVA in 1940 during construction of Fort Loudon Dam. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later was employed with Union Carbide, Oak Ridge, where he retired after 32 years as a respected top-rated electrical engineer.

A devoted, loving and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend who always made time to help anyone in need, he never knew a stranger and was an avid outdoorsman with a love for camping, fly fishing and things of old.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jessie L. Anthony Pipes, whom he met in 1940; son, William “Fred” Pipes; brother, Eugene Pipes; and sisters, Katherine “Kat” Pipes Deal and Anna Belle Pipes Elliott.

Survivors include brothers, Wayne Pipes and Jack Pipes, both of Asheville, N.C., and Ben Pipes of Murphy, N.C.; sisters, Louellen “Lou” Pipes Deyton and Janet Pipes Parker, both of Asheville; daughter and son-in-law, Emily Pipes Goode Bleiler and Jim Bleiler of Spartanburg, S.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, John C. and Debbie K. Pipes of Lenoir City, Jeffrey N. and Marsha G. Pipes of Powell and Brian L. Pipes of Knoxville; grandchildren, Susan Pipes Lee and William Pipes both of Atlanta, Meagan A. Pipes of Knoxville, Amber R. Golden and Paul M. Brown of Powell, Alicia L. Pipes of Lenoir City and Taylor Goode of the U.S. Navy; great-grandsons, Samuel “Sam” Pipes and Andrew Lee; great-granddaughter, Emma Lee; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Click Funeral Home’s Farragut Chapel, with the Rev. Phil Jones, pastor of Powell First Baptist Church, officiating. Graveside service and burial were at the Garden of Memories of Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

Cora Lee Qualls

Cora Lee Qualls, 80, of the Marlow community, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

Born July 17, 1927, in New River, she moved to Marlow in 1955. A homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a faithful member of Little Community Baptist Church, Marlow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford Andrew “Dick” Qualls; parents, Bob Cross and Nellie Ward Cross; brothers, Charlie Cross, Raymond Cross and Chester Cross; and sisters, Nora Cross and Dora Phillips.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Arlon Jones and Bonnie and Johnny Keathley, all of Marlow, and Trannie and Richard Barry of Adairsville, Ga.; sons and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Lisa Qualls and Howard Qualls, all of Marlow; grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott, Arlon Jones, Christy Reece, Casey Owens, Monica Morgan and Brandon Qualls; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Junior and Jaurean Cross of New River and Laymon and Barbara Cross of Knoxville; sisters, Ora Lloyd of Oliver Springs and Flora and Harold Lloyd of Jamestown; and a host of nieces, nephews, special friends and extended family members.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Batley Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, with the Rev. Larry Birchfield, the Rev. Tommy McCool and Pastor Luke Kidwell officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Bush Road Cemetery. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, is in charge of arrangements.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.