LaSorsa, Rose Marie

LaSorsa, Rose Marie, age 81, died peacefully at her home in West Knoxville on Feb. 11, 2022. Rose was born on Feb. 24, 1941, in Jefferson County, Alabama, and moved to Knoxville in 1948. She attended Knoxville West High School and the University of Tennessee. Rose dedicated her life to her family while working at Knox County Sheriff’s Office and UT Medical Center, with a career spanning more than 60 years. She loved working with the residents and staff at UT General Dentistry. Rose was a resilient woman who demonstrated selfless love and caring for her family and friends. Rose is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Mike LaSorsa. Rose is survived by her beloved sons, Scott and Brent; daughter-in-law, Karen; eight grandchildren, Olivia, Sophia, Mason, Cambria, Julia, Karley Jo, Hannah and Matt Braden, and Hayden and Sarah Kurtz; great-grandson, Jordan; several extended family members including Richard and Mary Joan Baggot, Vinny LaSorsa and Carmele Goins, and many dear friends., The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway, with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Following the service, Rose will be laid to rest with her husband, Mike LaSorsa, at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Rose was deeply loved and will be terribly missed, yet there is joy knowing her homecoming to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Fond memories and condolences may be offered at

Joan Haines McIntee, age 88,

passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Born the oldest of three children, she had a life well-lived, deserving of admiration and thanks for all the lives she positively impacted around the world. We believe God has set a special place of honor for her. After graduating from Mishawaka High School, Joan attended Holy Cross School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse. This began her many decades of selfless service to others. Joan was beloved in the many communities where she lived and served. Those communities included the Greater Knoxville area; Bethel Park, Pennsylvania; and Bettendorf, Iowa, just to name a few. Joan held numerous leadership positions including president of The Rotary Club of Farragut, president of the Bethel Park Chamber of Commerce and countless other Board member positions of various organizations. She was honored as the 2008 Volunteer of the Year by Tennessee Friends of Libraries, a Dolly Parton organization. Joan was accomplished in more than 10 needle arts. She enjoyed crochet, scherre braiding, sewing, candle wicking and Teneriffe embroidery just to name a few. For 12 ½ years she was an advice columnist/designer for the internationally circulated “Women’s Circle Crochet” magazine and had more than 200 designs published. Her award-winning designs were featured on two front covers of the magazine. She published two booklets, “Teneriffe Embroidery” and “Teneriffe Embroidery II” (an authentic colonial needle art). She was passionate about teaching and perpetuating needle arts to future generations. Her tireless dedication was recognized by The Daughters Of The American Revolution: she was presented the Women In The Arts National Award. Joan was inducted as a member of the Authors Guild of Tennessee. She was a certified Leadership Development and Organizational Development Consultant. She was honored in: “World Who’s Who of Women,” “International Who’s Who In Community Service,” “Two Thousand Women of Achievement (Internationally),” “Dictionary of International Biography,” “International Platform Association,” “Who’s Who of American Women” and “Community Leaders of America.” She was recognized by many elected officials and was included in the “U.S. Congressional Record” for her service. Prior to her relocation to Ohio to be closer to family, her community activities included Lifetime Member of Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, “Honorary Member for Life” at The Rotary Club of Farragut and Tellico Lake and Parliamentarian for Friends of the Vonore Public Library (Monroe County). Joan’s Catholic faith was unwavering. She relished serving as a Eucharistic Minister at St. John Neumann Catholic Church and served as lector and organist in her previous parishes. Joan is survived by her dearly devoted husband of 67 years, James (Jim) McIntee. Jim often is heard saying “Yup, I’d marry that girl again -- in a heartbeat!” Joan was the proud mother of six accomplished children: James W. McIntee Jr. (Eva) of Akron, Ohio; John D. McIntee (Lisa) of Sylvania, Ohio; Janet M. (McIntee) Greiber (Tommy) of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Jeanne A (McIntee) Middleton (Mark, Sr) of Hilliard, Ohio; June E. (McIntee) Ryan (Tim) of Cleveland, Ohio; and Julie J (McIntee) Santucci (Jack) of Stuart, Florida. Joan also is survived by her nine precious grandchildren: Mikala (McIntee) Brown (Matt), Oliva McIntee, Jennifer Middleton, Jessica Middleton, Mark Middleton Jr. (Caroline) Janelle (Middleton) McCoy (Cody), Aisling Ryan, John Santucci III and Jamie Santucci. Joan often referred to her one great-grandchild, Audrey Middleton, as a precious gem.
She also is survived by her loving sister, Jane Helen (Haines) Vandewalle (Tom) of South Bend, Indiana, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her father, J. Howard Haines; mother, Helen Catherine (May) Haines; brother, Jim Haines; sister-in-law, Maxine (Beehler) Haines; nephew, Don Vandewalle; and niece, Jill Haines. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Dec, 22, 2021, at Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Church, 9350 High Free Pike, West Jefferson, Ohio, 43162; Father Dwayne McNew, Celebrant. Burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local Rotary Club, Rotary International or to the Friends of the Library in Vonore.

Ronald (Ron) Phillip Sparks, age 83,

went to his heavenly home on Nov. 28, 2021. Ron was born to Ralph Sr. and Julia (Bailey) Sparks in Erwin, where he lived most of his life. Ron married Melinda Jennings in 1962, and they raised two sons, Kevin and Gary Sparks. They moved to Knoxville to be near their grandchildren after his retirement. His career included time working for Clinchfield Railroad, Hoover Ball, GMF and Aerojet (in Jonesborough). Ron was a Christian and long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Erwin, where he served as a deacon. After moving to Knoxville, he was a member of First Baptist Concord, where he enjoyed working on and building sets for VBS and Christmas productions. He was a loving, compassionate husband, father and granddad. Ron’s greatest joy was beach time with his family, golf, Tennessee Vols sports and NASCAR. During his retirement, he was devoted to spending time with his two grandchildren. He and Melinda also were involved for several years with the Mission of Hope ministry. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother (Everette) and one son (Gary). Ron is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Melinda Sparks; their son, Kevin (Lori) of Knoxville; grandchildren, Chelsea Chrisp (Neil) of Nolesville and Andrew Sparks of Knoxville; and sister, Carrie Lee (Stanley) Edwards of Erwin; brother, Ralph Jr. (Wanda) of Erwin; sister-in-law, Donna Sparks of Gainesville, Florida; brother-in-law, Robert Jennings (Cheryl) of Erwin; sister-in-law, Carleen Anderson of Knoxville; and his great-grandchildren, Emory Chrisp and Nolan Chrisp; many nieces and nephews; and countless lifelong friends. The family has decided to have a Celebration of Life and graveside committal service in the new year. Details will be provided once arrangements have been finalized. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Ron to Mission of Hope, P.O. Box 51824, Knoxville, TN, 37950, or Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C., 28607. Ron loved knowing that through the Christmas deliveries, children would not only receive gifts, but the message of the hope of Jesus Christ. Ron will be dearly missed by all of those who loved him.

Mary “Sue” (McCall) Shirley, age 85,

passed away peacefully on Nov. 30, 2021, in Knoxville, professing Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Sue was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on Sept. 24, 1936. Her father, Herbert McCall, was a carpenter and farmer. Her mother, Iola Josephine (Neece) McCall, affectionately known as “Momola,” was a mother to seven children and grandmother to 13 grandchildren. Sue was the sixth of the seven children. Sue graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and attended Arkansas State University. She worked as a telephone operator in Memphis.

 She was married to Lt. Millard G. Shirley, United States Air Force, in 1958, while he was stationed at Walnut Ridge Air Force Base. Sue and Millard had two children, Mark Alan Shirley, born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Sabrina Starr (Shirley) Houston, born in Wichita Falls, Texas.

 Sue became an interior decorator. This served her family well, allowing her to create beautiful backdrops for the many homes in which they would live. Sue fulfilled all of the duties of an Air Force wife with detail and care. This included entertaining, moving and taking care of the house and kids when Millard was assigned remote tours in Alaska, Greenland and Australia.
 Sue loved to travel and was always ready to pick up and move to a new location. She enjoyed starting over with a blank slate to decorate a new home every few years. These locations included Lompoc, California; Sumter, South Carolina; Wichita Falls; Lincoln, Nebraska; Petersburg, Virginia; Biloxi, Mississippi; Memphis; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tampa; Woomera, South Australia; Denver; Huntington Beach, California; Palm Coast, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida, and finally to Farragut to live near her daughter. 
Sue volunteered for the Kidney Foundation for many years. She was involved in numerous Bible studies and served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

 Sue had the gift of hospitality. She loved to cook and entertain. Her dinner parties and social events were legendary. Gracious and elegant, Sue will be remembered for her sass, sense of humor and flair for fashion.

She lived life full throttle, despite facing numerous health issues throughout much of her life. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, shopping, walking, picnics, Tab, good food and playing Bridge, Chickenfoot and Sequence.
 Sue lived her final two years at The Villages of Farragut in a beautifully decorated apartment, where she had an “Open Door” policy and spent quality time on her balcony reading her Bible. She made many dear friends and enjoyed participating in the activities and events. Most of all, she loved her Lord, her husband and her children.

 Sue was preceded in death by her beloved husband and faithful companion of 63 years, Lt. Colonel Millard G. Shirley, USAF of Springfield, Kentucky; parents, Herbert F. McCall and Iola Josephine (Neece) McCall; brothers, Harry McCall, Thomas McCall and Herbert F. McCall Jr.; and sisters, Joyce Whittington, Katherine Light and Margaret Ann Fisher. She is survived by son, Mark (Trang) Shirley of San Jose; daughter, Sabrina (Paul) Houston of Lenoir City; several nieces, nephews and their families; and three grand-dogs.

 Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 13, in Click Funeral Home Farragut. Funeral service was held in the chapel at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Tuesday, Dec. 14, where Sue was buried with her husband, who passed away Jan. 26, 2021.

 Family requests donations be made in Sue’s memory to a charity of your choice or to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,; Samaritan’s Purse,; or Wreaths Across America – Knoxville,

Mellon Alma Fry Jr., MD,

beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and physician, died Dec. 1, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

 Al was born in Johnson City Aug. 9, 1936. He went to high school in Paducah, Kentucky, and moved to Oak Ridge before attending David Lipscomb College in Nashville. He then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine degree in 1961. After his internship, Dr. Fry completed a radiology residency in Memphis at Methodist Hospital, and shortly afterward was Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology.

 From 1965 to 1967, Dr. Fry fulfilled his Naval obligation, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander in 1966. He served as staff radiologist at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, naval hospital, which serviced incoming Vietnam War-injured servicemen. While there, he also served as the radiation safety officer of the nearby Strategic Air Command Base.

 He returned to Memphis in 1967 where he did a fellowship in Angiography/Interventional radiology and served briefly on the faculty at UT. Dr. Fry took advantage of the GI bill in learning to fly, eventually obtaining his instrument rating pilot’s license.
 Al began private practice in Springfield, Missouri, and then moved home to Knoxville. Two years later he joined the Knoxville Radiology Group. He started the first angiography suite in the area as an interventional radiologist and further practiced nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology and mammography. After 26 years of radiology practice, Dr. Fry retired at the age of 58 to spend more time with his family.
While in medical school, he met Rosemary Kendrick, an elementary school teacher from Haynesville, Louisiana, and it was love at first sight. They were engaged after just two weeks and had more than 61 years of blissful marriage.

 Al and Rosemary loved to travel. Their travels took them to Hawaii, Europe, Hilton Head, South Carolina, New England and the Cayman Islands. Their favorite destination was Walt Disney World, where the Fry family created lifelong memories. In 1988, they purchased a home in Hilton Head. This second home became the staple for family vacations, which provided a special place for the Fry family to spend the Fourth of July every year.

 In addition to Rosemary, Al is survived by his children: Dr. Paul Fry (Bridgette), Dr. Stephen Fry (Tanya), Mark Fry (Jackie), Dr. Bruce Fry (Cindy) and Dr. Brent Fry (Melinda); grandchildren Taylor Fry (Morgan), Andrew Fry, Calie Collier (Lee), Kendrick Fry (Emma), Hayden Fry, Clark Fry, Chase Fry, Ashlyn Fry, Anna Fry, Mason Fry, Emily Fry, Lily Fry, Michaela Horn (Brad) and McKenzie Bradley; and great-grandchild, Rosemary Collier.

 Family received friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec 4, at Hardin Valley Church of Christ. A service followed at 3 p.m. Graveside service will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery along John Sevier Highway, with full military honors conferred by the U.S. Navy and East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard.

Helen Card Plotner

Dickson; daughter, Patricia Dickson; and sisters, Barbara Plotner, Doris Dickson and Bette Latta. She is survived by her grandson and his wife, Hunt and Shannon Dickson; granddaughter and her husband, Heather and Darren Boulware; great grandchildren, “Little Hunt Dickson,” Skylar Blackerby and Hallory Tucker; great-great grandchildren, Jett Blackerby and Zep Blackerby. A private family services will be held.

The family of Scott Shoffner,

who died Aug. 11, 2021, invites you to join them for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Bridgewater Place Event Center, 205 Bridgewater Road in Knoxville, Henley Room. Receiving of friends will be at 3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. Scott’s parents request that friends who have not been fully vaccinated to please wear a mask.

The family of Scott Shoffner,

who died Aug. 11, 2021, invites you to join them for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Bridgewater Place Event Center, 205 Bridgewater Road in Knoxville, Henley Room. Receiving of friends will be at 3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. Scott’s parents request that friends who have not been fully vaccinated to please wear a mask.