• HELM, Grant Lee,
age 88, of Knoxville, entered his heavenly home on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from his home, surrounded by his family. Grant was of the Baptist faith. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Grant enjoyed a successful 30 year career with TVA before retiring and continued in the nuclear field an additional 11 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Thompson Helm; sons, Stephen Grant Helm and Gary Stewart Helm; daughters and spouses, Teresa Bruse (Richie), Denise Adams (Frederick); grandchildren, Sarah Helm Lucero (Kenny), Dale Helm, Cameron Bruse (Alex), Hayley Bruse, Zachary Adams and Matthew Adams; great-granddaughter, Alexis Lucero; brothers and spouses, Charles Helm (Ceci), Eddie Helm (Sue); sister, Marie Garcia; sister-in-law, Zelma Lea (Thompson) Arnold; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will gather for Graveside Services at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Foster Cemetery in McMinn County. In honor of his military service as a World War II Army Sergeant, full military honors will be conferred. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UT Medical Center Hospice Services, 2270 Sutherland Ave., Suite 101, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919-2326. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Helm family. www.clickfh.com
• BEATY, Edsel R.,
age 88 of Knoxville, TN, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, November 27, 2014. Edsel was born and reared in Clinton County, in the city of Albany, Kentucky. He was the eldest of nine children of Oswald Denton Beaty and Lottie Sue Taylor Beaty. In 1944, at the age of 18, he began his service in the U.S. Army, where he served in General George S. Patton’s 51st Armored Infantry Battalion Division “C”, Fourth Armored Division. Following basic training Edsel was deployed on the Queen Elizabeth, eventually landing on Normany Beach. In January 1945, he fought in the “Battle of the Bulge,” and in April 1945, his 4th Armored Division discovered and liberated Buchenwald, one of the largest concentration camps near Weirmar, Germany. Edsel was discharged in 1946 and awarded a Bronze Star for his combat service with General Patton’s 4th Armored Division during World War II. After completing Barber School, Edsel worked in Albany, and eventually relocated to Detroit, Michigan where he became the Executive Barber for Ford Motor Company. During his career of 33 years, Edsel cut the hair of many famous people such as Ed Sullivan, Walt Disney and Texas Governor John Connelly. He was also the barber of all Ford executives including Henry Ford II, William Clay Ford, Benson Ford, Lee Iacoca and Robert McNamara, who became Secretary of Defense under President Kennedy. Married in 1947, Edsel and Sarah reared three children in the farm community on the outskirts of Detroit. There his children were afforded the opportunities to participate in 4-H by raising horses and showing horses around the country. After retirement from Ford Motor Company, Edsel and Sarah moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1987. In addition to his parents, Edsel was preceded in death by his son, Robert Edsel Beaty; sister, June Conlogue Watson and brother, Bennis Beaty. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sarah Parrigin Beaty; daughter and son-in-law, Shalimar and Mark Hurst; son, Brian Beaty; grandchildren, Adam and Sandi Beaty, Heather and Eric Staley, Alanna and John Chandler, Andrew and Melissa Beaty and Tyler Beaty; great-grandchildren, Jacob Beaty, Ethan and Evan Staley and Lily Ann Chandler; siblings and spouses, Martha Sue and Hughel Phillips, Jimmie Ruth and John Williams, all of Florida, O.D Jr. and Lillian Beaty, Lala and Walton Haddix, Jack Beaty, Joan and Danny Gross, all of Albany, Kentucky; several special nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Talbott Funeral Home in Albany, KY, followed by Funeral Services at 3 p.m. Rev. David Stearns will officiate. Interment will immediately follow at Maupin Cemetery in Albany with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 785517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Beaty family in Knoxville and Talbott Funeral Home in Albany, KY. www.clickfh.com
• KNAUER, Linda,
age 67 of Knoxville went to be with her Lord on Friday, November 28, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Linda was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and actively involved in the Prayer and Women’s ministries. Prior to retirement, Linda was a mathematics professor at Pellissippi State. She enjoyed hiking, quilting, cooking, and traveling. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Jeanette Giles, and brother, Thomas Giles. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Joseph Knauer; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Natalie Knauer; grandchildren, Bennett and Addie Knauer; siblings and spouses, Ginger and Harley Ross, John and Linda Giles, James and Dorothy Giles, Sharon and Bob Disse, Sam and Cindy Giles and Cindy and Glen McCandless; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th in the Chapel of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. Rev. Scott Jackson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service until 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Young Life Windy Gap, 120 Coles Cove Road, Weaverville, NC 28787 (www.giving.younglife.org). Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Knauer family. www.clickfh.com
• SMELCER, JR., John “Johnny” Miles,
age 82 of Lenoir City, passed away 3 a.m. Monday, October 27, 2014 at Parkwest Hospital after a long illness. He was born June 16, 1932 and raised in Pigeon Forge. Johnny was a graduate of Sevier County High School in 1952 and was known as Junior. Mr. Smelcer, along with his wife Carolyn Fain Smelcer, were owners of King of Sports, Inc. and operated Valley Honda Motorcycle dealership in Knoxville and Airport Honda Automobile dealership in Alcoa beginning in 1961. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. Johnny and Carolyn traveled extensively, having won 5 trips to Japan from Honda Motorcycle, but made their home in the Knoxville and Lenoir City area. They were members of Dixie Traveliers and were also members of FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association). Mr. Smelcer was preceded in death by his father, John Smelcer and mother, Grace Martin Smelcer Clabo; step-father, Charlie Clabo; father and mother-in-law, Vernon Aubrey Fain and Ruth LaFollette Fain; the LaFollette and the Fain family; aunts, Jennie Martin Ownby, Myrtle Martin Marshall; uncles, Glen, Wiley, Frank and Robert Martin; cousins, Joe Martin, Edna Mize; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Fain and Fred Doc McCarter. Survivors include his: Loving and devoted Wife of 57 years, Carolyn Fain Smelcer Step-mother, Dorothy Kopp Fain Sisters-in-law, LaVerne Fain McCarter, Janice Fain Ailey and husband, Rob Uncles, Marvin Fain and wife, Joy, A.D. and Norman Martin Nephews, Nicky McCarter and wife, Cindy, Brian Fain and wife, Anna, Chad Fain Great-niece, Isabel Fain Twin great-nieces, Alexis and Skye McCarter Great-nephews, Jack and Luke Fain Cousins, Marion Cooper Aders, Betty Webb, Margaret Christopher, Glenda Catlett, Sue Duncan, Jack Martin; also many more nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., APDA Middle Tennessee Chapter, 2300 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203. The family will receive friends 12 noon – 2 PM Saturday with funeral service to follow at 2 PM at First Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge with Rev. Wayne Cook officiating. Interment will follow in Pigeon Forge Baptist Cemetery with Allen Webb, Chuck Perciful, Chad Fain, Brian Fain, Nicky McCarter and Rob Ailey serving as pallbearers. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)
• OLSON, Daniel Carl (Dan),
age 54, passed away on Wednesday morning, October 1, 2014 from brain cancer. Dan was born on March 21, 1960 in Conrad, Montana, to the late Philip and Evelyn (Wa-rtdal) Olson. He grew up in Sioux Fa-lls, South Dakota and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and No-rthern Illinois University in De-Kalb, Illinois. Dan dedicated his career to local government, serving in many city management positions in Illinois, Iowa, and finally Farragut TN where he was employed as Town Manager for 14 years. He was involved in Lions Club in Iowa and the Rotary Club in Farragut. He is survived by his bride of 29 years, Patrice, and their children, Peter and Maggie; sister, Lynne (Mike) Hemen of Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska; brother, Ken (Judy) Olson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; brother, Glenn (Melissa) Olson of West Hartford, Con-necticut; many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Caris Heal-thcare, most especially Beth Gar-ron and Kevin Warwick. A Cele-bration of Dan’s Life will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Octo-ber 9th at Milestones Event Center, 11909 Kingston Pike in Farragut. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Olson Educational Fund. Checks made payable to Patrice Olson, c/o ORNL Federal Credit Union, 11405 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Olson family. www.clickfh.com
• JOHNSON, Linda Carolyn Puck,
age 69, of Farragut passed away August 1, 2014. Linda was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She proudly served 17 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Linda was a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned a Bachelor of Education. She worked with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Linda volunteered for 20 years with the town of Farragut’s Visual Resource Review Board. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Agnes Puck. Linda is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Karyn and Andy Cole, Jennifer and Jerry Collins and Kimberly and Jim Hollis; adopted children, Courtney Johnson and David Johnson; grandchildren, Jake and Alex Kate Cole, Zach and Chase Collins, Jack and Lily Hollis; brothers, Jerry Peck, Richard Peck, Larry Peck and wife, Ann; cousin, Joan Berry and several close friends. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Young Williams Animal Shelter. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the family of Linda P. Johnson. www.clickfh.com
• EVANS, Agnes Lorraine Hardeman "Mama Agnes"
- age 94 of Farragut passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at her home. She was one of the oldest members of the Founding Group at the Lenoir City Church of Christ. Agnes operated a nursery school in her home for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, H. C. Evans; parents, Thomas Lou Hardeman and Alta Lorraine Wharey Hardeman; great grandson, Seth Adam Gossage; son-in-law, M. R. "Buddy" Clayton; sisters, Alline Heffington; brothers, Carl, Guy and Dorsey Hardeman, and step-mother, Flossie McClure Hardeman. Survived by her four daughters and sons-in-law, Rose Evelyn Clayton of Farragut with whom she made her home, Sarah Elizabeth McNabb and Bill of New Carlisle, OH, Marjorie Ellen Gossage and Lee of Farragut, Katherine Emily Wawrzyniak and Ron of Kodak, TN; grandchildren and spouses: Reed and Angie Clayton of Smyrna, GA, Gaylon and Becky Clayton of Lenoir City, Dana and Ann Clayton of Pearland, TX, Beryl and Tracie McNabb, Dean and Dianna McNabb, Suzanne and Ralph Weaver, Beth McNabb, Theresa Fackler all of New Carlisle, OH, Allen and Brandy Gossage, Adam and Shannon Gossage all of Knoxville, Drew and Kim Gossage of Loudon, Scott and Angela Harness of Morristown, Tammie Wawrzyniak and Michelle St. George both of Erie, PA; 39 great grandchildren; 27 great-great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eleanor Joy Howell and Marvin of Sacramento, CA, June Hemby and John, Donna Holladay and Carl of all of Atlanta, GA; many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 14th, 2014 at the Lenoir City Church of Christ. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. with Mr. Richard Powlus officiating. Interment will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to : Tennessee Children’s Home P.O. Box 10 Spring Hill, TN 37174. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneralhome.com
JENKINS, CAROLYN NESBIT
- age 82, of Farragut, peacefully passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, following a lengthy illness. Preceded in death by parents, Matt and Hilda Nesbit. Survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Emmett Jenkins; daughters, Rachel Scruggs and husband Jim, Ruth Lane and husband Rick; grandchildren, Jennifer and Ryan Crabtree, Ryan and Kate Lane, Carrie Scruggs, and Jessie Lane; great grandchildren, Della Crabtree, Gracie Scruggs, Lucy Lane, and Charley Lane; brother, Jimmy Nesbit and wife Peggy; sister, Barbara Irwin and husband Gene; several nieces and nephews who she loved; and special friends, Martha Hampton, Kathy Snodderly, and Sissy Solomon. Carol will be remembered as a wonderful mother, devoted wife, high spirited, fun loving matriarch who lived and loved her family. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 7, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Highland West Funeral Home, 9913 Sherrill Blvd. Knoxville, TN. A memorial service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chota Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 22593, Knoxville, TN 37933.