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Feb. 21, 2008, obituaries

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By The Staff

Leroy ‘Sonny’ Brock

Leroy “Sonny” Brock, 67, of Crossville, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, in Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville.

He was preceded in death by mother, Anna Maria Davis.

Survivors include his wife and partner of 32 years, Joyce Ann Brock; sons, Allen Brock, Terry Brock and Timothy Brock; daughter and son-in-law: Pamela and Mark Burke; stepsons, John Dodge and Robert Dodge; stepdaughters, Susanne White and Beverly Dodge; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Dodson officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at Brock Cemetery, Sunbright.

Tommy Ray Brown

Tommy Ray Brown, 67, of Oliver Springs, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at his home.

Born July 4, 1940, in Knoxville, he spent his childhood in Rockwood and lived in various states before moving to Oliver Springs 20 years ago.

He was a Parallax Corp. construction engineer at the K-25 Site, Oak Ridge, for the U.S. Department of Energy.

An active member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, he was an avid golfer who belonged to Lakeside Golf Course, Kingston.

He was preceded in death by father, Charles Ray Brown; and grandfather, Boyd Daugherty.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Campbell Brown of Oliver Springs; mother, Lillian Daugherty Brown of Rockwood; daughters and son-in-law, Carla Brown of San Diego and Donna Sue and Terry Miller of Washington; son and daughter-in-law, David Ray and Tracey Brown of Indianapolis; stepson, Ernest Lively of Oliver Springs; grandchildren, Jessica Brown and Austin Brown, both of Indianapolis, and Heather Lively of Oliver Springs; uncles and aunts, Robert and Lolita Daugherty of Rockwood and James and Beverly Daugherty of Franklin; and many special friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs. Funeral service will follow, with Pastor Garvan Walls and Pastor Keith Price officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Oliver Springs. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, is in charge of arrangements.

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

Mary Ellen Byrge

Mary Ellen Byrge, 71, of the Armes Chapel community of Morgan County, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at her home.

She was a member of Armes Chapel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eli Byrge; mother, Delia Young; father, Marion Jones; and brother, Roy Truman Young.

Survivors include stepfather, Ralph Young; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Mike Duncan and Pamela and Jeff Love; sons and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Ava Byrge and Charles Richard Byrge; grandchildren and spouses, Amanda and Joe Susak, Derrick Byrge, Jennifer and Brad Bible, Tera Love and Benjamin Duncan; great-grandchildren, McKynna, Cynthia, Eli, Alley Mae and Elijah; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorene and Wilbert Tackett, Paulene Leab, Charlene Jones, Carolyn Sue and Dolphus Carroll and Linda Young; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Judy Young, Ray and Christine Young and Donald Young; and special friends, Patricia Wakefield, Sherry Carroll, Beverly Beasley, Bonnie Armes, Rodger Armes, Jack Armes, Lucille Watson, Charlene Jones, Sue Carroll and Ralph Wilson.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Funeral service will follow, with the Rev. Tommy McCool and the Rev. Ralph Wilson officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Beech Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Horace Freeman “Buddy” Fairbanks

Horace Freeman “Buddy” Fairbanks, 82, of Clinton, formerly of Kingston, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

Born Jan. 10, 1926, in Chattanooga, he was the son of William Cash Fairbanks and Ella Lynn Fairbanks, both of whom preceded him in death.

He joined the U.S. Navy at age 15, just after the outbreak of World War II, and he served in both the Pacific and European Theatres throughout the conflict. He was a signalman on landing craft serving during the Normandy Invasion. His craft was one of the first to deliver troops to the beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. He and his crewmates returned under fire 11 more times, ferrying men and munitions to Omaha beach. On the 12th trip, his boat was hit by a German 88mm round and destroyed. He and his crewmates spent the night on Omaha before being picked up the following morning.

He returned to civilian life after the war but eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army, in which he worked his way up the ranks to sergeant first class and served as platoon sergeant for a heavy machine gun platoon. He and his outfit were sent into combat at the outbreak of the Korean conflict. After several months, he received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant. He was combat wounded following the Chinese invasion, was awarded the Purple Heart and returned to the United States. He served an additional 20 years of active and reserve duty.

He was of the Baptist and Pentecostal faiths and attended Outreach Baptist Church in Knoxville. An avid, long-term bowler, he was an accomplished musician who enjoyed all genres of music.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons, Duane and Danny Fairbanks; stepmother, Mary Fairbanks; brothers, Edward Fairbanks and Bill Fairbanks Sr., and sister, Mildred Atkerson.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Laura Jean Renfro Fairbanks; son and daughter-in-law, J. Michael and Joyce Fairbanks of Orangeville, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Lea and Daniel Frederick of Clinton and Penny and Mark Warren of Kingston; grandchildren and spouses, Michelle Mason, David and Danette Arney, Adam Warren, Christopher Warren, Jessica Fairbanks, Robert Fairbanks, Jennifer Warren and fiance Joshua Runyan, James and Angie Ault and Katie DeWalt; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews, including Bill and Margo Fairbanks, to whom he was especially close.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge. Funeral service will follow, with the Rev. Larry Fairbanks and the Rev. James Woods officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville.

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

Frank L. Faris

Frank L. Faris, 96, of Harriman, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at his home.

A former milk plant executive, he was a native of Unionville. He attended the University of Tennessee and worked at the UT Creamery and for TVA from 1929-37, at which time he and his co-partner, R.G. Crossno, purchased Norris Creamery and produced milk and milk products until 1977.

He served with distinction in numerous civic and community leadership capacities, including as a Harriman City Hospital trustee and local bank director for more than 30 years; president of both the Harriman and Roane County Chambers of Commerce; chairman of the Roane County Planning Commission; Roane County Park Commission; and Catoosa District for Boy Scouts of America. In the latter, he was honored with the coveted Silver Beaver Award. He also served as president of the Tennessee Dairy Products Association and was chosen for the association’s Distinguished Service Award.

He was the last surviving charter member of the Harriman Lions Club, which was formed in 1948. His roles with Lions International included serving as District 12-N governor and being named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Foundation for providing humanitarian service on behalf of others.

A member of Harriman United Methodist Church for 68 years, he was actively involved in a variety of local, district and conference endeavors on boards, commissions and committees.

He served as a regular and honorary member for 34 years of the board of trustees for Hiwassee College, Madisonville, and was recognized with an honorary associate of letters degree, a certificate of merit and United Methodist Higher Education’s Stanley Kresge Award for dedication and outstanding service in United Methodist-related education.

He was preceded in death by parents, William and Sue Faris; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Mayree and Clifton Burton and Essie and Chalmer Duncan.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 68 years, Sallie Heacker Faris; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Harold Absher of Knoxville and Penny and Doug Kanney of Christiansburg, Va.; five granddaughters and grandsons-in-law; 10 great-grandchildren; and a special friend and neighbor, Brenda Goins.

In accordance with his wishes, the body was donated for medical research.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the sanctuary of Harriman United Methodist Church. A Going-Home memorial service will follow, with the Rev. Richard Tallent and the Rev. Jim Douthat officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Harriman United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 407, Harriman, TN 37748; or Hiwassee College, 225 Hiwassee College Drive, Madisonville, TN 37354.

Obituary courtesy of Kyker Funeral Home, Harriman.

Margaret Hall

Margaret Hall, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, in Farmville, Va.

Born Feb. 17, 1927, in Ansted, W.Va., she was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.

She was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Inez Pauley; her husband, John Hall; and sisters, Joann Cogan and Billie Gentilia.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Cynthia Hall of Farmville; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Harry Roberts of Rockwood; grandchildren, Heather Hopkins of Chantilly, Va., Christa Inez Hall of Farmville and Robert Allen Hall of Charles Town, W.Va.; great-grandchildren, Hailey A. Hall, Gabriella Hall and John Dempsey Hall; and sisters, Rose Nell Groebbel and Erma Stanko, both of Detroit, Stella Bragg of Leesburg, Va., Mary Hayes of Houston and Cheryl Lewis of Oveido, Fla.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Evans Mortuary, Rockwood. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the chapel, with the Rev. Charles Kelley officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at Roane Memorial Gardens, Rockwood.

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

Laura N. Hughes

Laura N. Hughes, 83, of New Orleans, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, in Rockwood Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Born April 1, 1924, in Louisiana, she was of the Baptist faith and was a Hurricane Katrina survivor who relocated to the Rockwood area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Hughes Jr.

Survivors include friends in the Rockwood area.

Memorial service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Evans Mortuary chapel, Rockwood, with Chaplain Steve Lambert officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Garden of Memories, Metairie, La.

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

Nona Grace Roberts

Nona Grace Roberts, 94, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008.

Born July 2, 1913, she had lived in Lake Wales for the past 12 years.

She lived a full life. A longtime entrepreneur, she and her husband owned several businesses, including Roberts Food Store, The Driftwood Restaurant, Suburanite Drive-In Restaurant and The Floral Shop in Harriman. They moved in 1965 to Orlando, Fla., and they owned and operated The Hutch Coffee Shop in Winter Park Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Grant E. Roberts.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jane M. and Bill Alford; granddaughter, Saundra L. Stubbs of Stockbridge, Ga.; grandsons, Rance E. Murray of Marietta, Ga., and Stephen D. Murray of McDonough, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Brent Heflin of Boaz, Ala., Brittany Stubbs Garcia of Stockbridge, Robert “Beau” Stubbs in the U.S. Navy, Heather Murray of McDonough, Matthew Murray, Justin Murray and Georgia Murray, all of Marietta; great-great-grandsons, Gary Dale Heflin and Jadyn Heflin, both of Boaz, and Kyler Garcia of Stockbridge; sister, Joan Frisbee of Harriman; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Kyker Funeral Home, Harriman. Funeral service will follow. Graveside service and burial will be at Willard Park Cemetery, Harriman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the church she attended, Shady Hammock Baptist Church, P.O. Box 7459, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855-7459.

Joy Marie Waldo

Joy Marie Waldo, 41, of Rockwood, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, in the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

Born Sept. 24, 1966, in Rockwood, she was a member of Eagle Furnace Baptist Church, Rockwood, and was over the Boys and Girls Club in Coalfield, where she coached softball.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Earl and Dolly Waldo and Louise Hinds Vincent; and uncles, Milford Waldo, Jib Waldo, J.R. Hinds and Robert Hinds.

Survivors include daughter, Jennifer Marie Rather of Oliver Springs; parents, Tom and Opal Vincent Waldo of Rockwood; brother, Jeff Waldo and friend Jacque Hendricks of Rockwood; stepsister and stepbrothers-in-law, Brenda S. and Tommy James Isham, Kathy and Jerry Maynor and Cindy Teasley Waldo, all of Rockwood; aunts and uncles, Janie Vincent of Harriman, Jim and Judy Vincent of Pikeville, Betty Lemons of Rockwood and Joyce Cates of Midtown; nieces and nephews, Timothy and Joyce Teasley, Phillip “Bubba” Isham, David Ledford, Crystal Waldo, Michael Waldo, Jeffery Waldo, Beth Vincent, Brian Vincent and children, Dewayne Moore and Lindsey Vincent; special cousin, Stanley Waldo of Spring City; a host of cousins, including Waldos, Vincents and Teasley; and special friends, Dano Hamilton, Rhonda Massey, Pete Waldo and James Goins, all of Rockwood, and Casandra Hamilton of Kentucky.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Evans Mortuary, Rockwood. Funeral service will follow in the chapel.

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