Obituaries

• HOOLICK, Catherine Hughes,

age 66, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2015. She was a lovely, talented and gentle person who knew the true meaning of friendship. Considered by many to be a “Renaissance woman,” Cathy was a cultured person with numerous talents in the arts, literature and music, including being an accomplished pianist. She also had a passion for all animals but especially for her beloved pugs, Chloe and Dov. Cathy was born in New York City and started her artistic career working at Tiffany & Co. While there, she created designs in sterling silver, porcelain and glass and garnered her notable awards such as the Colgate Palmolive Triple Crown Trophy and the American Cancer Society Life Time Achievement Award. For over 40 years, she designed holiday, exotic orchid florals, all-occasion cards and wedding suite stationary collections for such firms as Cartier, Crane & Co., Dempsey & Carroll and Tiffany & Co. Many of her designs for Cartier and Crane became top holiday bestsellers year after year, and they continue to be reissued. Memorial bequests may be sent in Cathy’s name to “Thompson Cares,” a benevolent fund that provides financial assistance to patients in crisis who need help to meet the expenses of basic necessities like housing, transportation, medical supplies and medication. Check donations should be made out to: Thompson Cancer Survival Center, 1915 White Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916. Donations may also be made online at http://www.active.-com/donate/tcscf. Cathy will be dearly missed, but not forgotten, by all who were blessed to know her. Her art and designs will also live on as testament to her gifted talents.

• WILLIAMS, Dick (Emmett Wesley),

age 94, of Farragut went peacefully to be with the Lord on Friday morning, July 17, 2015, at Parkwest Medical Center after a short illness. Dick was a member of Creighton Memorial Baptist Church and a charter member of First Baptist Church Concord. During his 58 years of membership he served as a Sunday School teacher, member of the choir, deacon, on many committees, including the pastoral relations committee and was a beloved spiritual leader to many. Dick established the prayer ministry, which included a prayer meeting on Saturday nights for 30 years and assisted in establishing the prayer chapel for his church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the construction of the Panama Canal. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory after 36 years of service. Dick was an avid woodworker and could build or fix anything. He loved growing tomatoes and giving them to his friends until the day he passed. Dick married Mary Ruth Gray on Feb. 20, 1944. He was preceded in death by his son, David Wesley Williams; parents, Emmett Hendrix Williams and Clara Snow Williams Allen; sister, Alma Williams Copeland; brothers, Hoyat and Billy Williams. Dick is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Ruth; daughter, Linda Williams Loy and her daughter, Kerry Loy; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Williams and her children, Lori (Denton) Williams Lesslie, Kip Williams; great-grandchildren, Will and Hollie Lesslie; brother, Ray Williams; niece, Beverly Williams Stypula, Lisa (Jeff) Blackburn Ogle, nephews, Steve (Patsy) Williams and Ronnie Williams, Michael (Rachel) Gray, Ron (Barbara) Gray. A Celebration of Life Worship Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 20, in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Concord with Dr. Joe Stacker, Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan, Dr. Doug Sager and Dr. John Avant officiating. Private graveside services will be held at Pleasant Forest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Mission of Hope, mission-ofhope.org or to First Baptist Church Concord Prayer Ministry, 11704 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Williams family. www.clickfh.com

• FROULA, James C.,

died peacefully on July 8, 2015, in Farragut. Born in March 1924; he was 91 years of age. His wife, Helen Tanana Froula, of 56 years and parents, James T. and Pauline F. Froula, preceded him in death. He is survived by son James D. Froula and partner Mary Coffey of Farragut; daughters and sons-in-law Christine Froula and John Austin of Evanston, IL, Marcia and Barry Master of Fairview, NC, Barbara and Timothy Adams of Denver, CO; sons and daughters-in-law David and Carrie Froula of Murfreesboro, Paul and Dana Froula of Knoxville; son Alan Froula of Louisville, KY; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and friend Freedah Kiplinger in Flower Mound, TX. Born in Cicero, IL, he graduated there from Morton High School in 1942. A World War II veteran, he served as an officer in the army air corps, including a year in the CBI Theater as a B-24 bombardier. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in forestry in 1949 and joined the U.S. Park Service in Tupelo, MS. He retired in 1983 in Cleveland, TN, from the U.S. Forest Service, which he joined in 1951. Working in land acquisition in the Cherokee National Forest, he acquired 110 tracts of land totaling 10,000 acres to protect 64 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters and St. John Neumann parish. Jim enjoyed playing the accordion and making beautiful hardwood furniture and other items for his family, as well as the challenges of playing bridge and cheering loyally for the Chicago Cubs. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Milestones Event Center (next door to the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel). A funeral mass will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 13th, Father Michael Maples celebrant. Full military honors will be conferred by the East Tennessee Veteran’s Honor Guard. Heartfelt appreciation is expressed to the caring staffs of NHC Farragut, Comfort Keepers and Caris. In lieu of flowers, memorials could be made to Caris Hospice, 10651 Coward Mill Rd, Knoxville, 37931 or to the St. John Neumann Catholic Church home campaign, 633 St. John Court, Farragut, 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Froula family. www.clickfh.com

• LINN, Norman Christian “Chris,” age 72, of Farragut

, fulfilled his bucket list on May 22, 2015, with the support of his loving family. He had a profound passion for family, friends, country and aviation and was a licensed pilot at the age of 16 earning commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. In 2012, he was presented the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award by the Federal Aviation Administration in recognition of 50 years of safe aircraft flight operations. Chris received a BS Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He worked for Martin Marietta at NASA in Houston designing the Apollo Telescope Mount for the Skylab program. One of the highlights of his career was being on hand for the Apollo 13 mission. Chris helped assemble and test the world's largest wind driven generator in Boone, N.C., for the Solar Energy Research Institute. He finished his career in Business Development for an architectural and engineering firm marketing their services to aviation and aerospace companies. Preceded in death by his parents, Norman Fulton Linn and Jeanette Ward Linn, he is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, David, of Farragut, and Rob, of Houston; and his cherished granddaughters, Taylor and Megan, of Farragut. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jeff Johnson for his kindness and support. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 30, at Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel, with a Celebration of Life following in the Milestones Event Center next door to the chapel. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to: Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903 (www.eaa.org) or to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Child-ren’s Art Project /Camp Star Trails, Box 301435, Houston, TX 77230-1435 (www.childrensart.org). Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel is serving the Linn Family.

• BILLINGSLEY, Jo Mull,

83, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2015. She was born in Athens, Ga. and moved to Oklahoma. She won the Shirley Temple look-alike contest when she was around 5 years old. She was a high school cheerleader, a political campaigner, a preschool teacher, a teller at Home Federal Bank, a Welcome Wagon hostess and a breast cancer survivor. She attended Oklahoma State Univ-ersity, where she met and married her beloved husband, Jimmy Carlysle (Jim) Billingsley on July 3, 1952, shortly before his induction into the Army. Jo was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and was happiest when all of her family was in one room. She is survived by her son, Craig and wife Ginger, and daughter, Denise Chesney and husband Bill all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Erin Tucker and husband, Matt of Antioch; Ashley Cross and husband, Carter; Will Chesney and Ben Chesney, all of Knoxville; great-granddaughter Hannah Grace Tucker of Antioch, great-grandson Conner Callaway Cross of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews. The family extends their thanks to the staff at Clarity Pointe in Farragut and Avalon Hospice, for their outstanding care of Jo. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Youth Suite at Cokesbury United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 9th at 2:00 pm. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Billingsley family. www.clickfh.com

• PURSER, Jean,

a longtime resident of Knoxville, passed away on March 31, 2015. She was born on March 2, 1930 in Gastonia, North Carolina, daughter of Truman and Lula Poole. She married James Purser on December 16, 1950, and together they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, during James’ military service there. They relocated to Knoxville in 1961, where they raised a daughter, Janice, and son, Ken. Jean was a devoted wife and loving mother, who always thought of her family before herself, and who was always ready with a bad pun to put smiles on our faces. She was an active member and volunteer at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church until her health declined in later years. She enjoyed evenings at home with her family, watching classic movies with her daughter Janice, dining out at her favorite restaurants, and, of course, ice cream. She will be very dearly missed. The family received friends on Friday April 3, 2015 from 1:30 until 2:00 at Berry Highland Memorial Funeral Home and the funeral services followed at 2:00. The interment followed in Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.highlandmemorialknoxville.com

• THOMAS, Gregory Herbert (Greg),

passed away March 30, 2015, at UT Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 55. Greg is survived by his sons, Sam and Adam Thomas; best friend and mother of his children, Diane Thomas; parents, Roy and Pat Thomas; brother, Gary Thomas; sister, Joy Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Greg was born July 26, 1959, in Elk City, OK, and graduated from Farragut High School in 1977. He attended Tennessee Tech University on baseball scholarship where he set many batting records that still stand in his name. He found his true calling as a massage therapist in 2007, opening his own massage therapy business where he helped to heal countless people across the country. Greg’s passion and greatest accomplishment in life was raising his boys, Sam and Adam. He was a hands-on, fun loving, devoted Dad that took great pride in everything they did. He shared with them his love of sports, especially baseball and coached many of their teams over the years. Greg was a dedicated, loyal and fierce friend to many and loved by all who were blessed to know him. He had a very witty sense of humor and lived life to the fullest. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 2, 5-7 p.m. at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, with a Celebration of Life to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Greg's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Cancer Society of East Tennessee. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, is serving the Thomas family. www.clickfh.com

• COYNE, Robert F.,

entered into eternal peace March 21, 2015 in Knoxville, TN at the age of 79. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, and was the youngest son of father, John B. Coyne and mother Laurine J. Coyne. Bob, as he is known to his friends and family, was a good and loving husband to Katherine J. Coyne, deceased on September 3, 2003. Also preceding him in death was his older brother Bernard Coyne. He will continue to be remembered as a gracious, kind and loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend to many in Knoxville, Ohio, Connecticut and Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army, 10th Battalion Headquarters at the end of the Korean conflict attaining the rank of sergeant. Starting his business career in Boston, MA at WBZ-TV, as a staff broadcast engineer, he worked in both radio and television. He accepted a new challenging position as one of the first engineers to help start up a new television station, WTOL-TV in Toledo, OH. After ten years in television, desiring a new career in sales, Bob accepted a sales position with Mainline Distributors as a regional sales manager for the RCA and Whirlpool Product Lines. Continuing to look for new sales challenges and growth, he accepted a regional sales position with the original Magnavox Co. where he was responsible for sales in parts of OH, MI and IN. In 1984, he was promoted to the Philips Consumer Electronics Co. corporate office in Knoxville, TN serving in the Sales and Product Training Department. Moving from national trainer, coordinator, and manager, to Director of Sales & Product Training Department, he retired in 1998 to become a full-time caretaker for his wife Kathie. After retirement, Bob devoted his time to caring for Kathie, but also found time to support the New Heart Society, a local organ transplant support group, and Parent Place, a ministry for supervised visitation of children, Division of Catholic Charities, where the children called him “Mr. Bob.” He was also active in the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight for a period. His experience as a caregiver prompted the creation of his seminar, “I’m a Caregiver, Now What Do I Do?” This seminar allowed him to present this unique subject to various churches and senior centers throughout the region. His greatest joy was seeing his two daughters, Christine Kimmey, Lambertville, MI, and Diane Burek, Roanoke, VA grow into wonderful, loving mothers and wives along with his four grandchildren, Nicholas and Evan Kimmey, Emily and Julia Burek along with sons-in-law Rick Kimmey and Paul Burek. He is also survived by his fiancé, Joan F. Brink, of Knoxville, TN, brother Edward Coyne, of Stratford, CT. Also, surviving is Bea Ryan of Sylvania, OH, sister of Kathie, and niece Terri Daniels of Atlanta, GA. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church Father Michael Woods Celebrant. The family will receive friends immediately following the Mass in the Church Parish Hall. Private interment will be in the East Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Monastery of the Holy Spirit Retreat House, Attn; Father Tom Francis Building Fund, 2625 Highway 212SW, Conyers, GA 30094-4044. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike is serving the Coyne family. www.clickfh.com