Obituaries

Erwin Claude Lewis, age 84, passed away Oct. 21, 2021. He was born in Washington state and grew up in Spokane.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse E. Lewis and Jennie Fay Lewis; and grandson, Aaron Collins. While in high school, Erwin played saxophone in the band and earned his pilot license. He graduated from Washington State University in 1960 with a B/A degree in business administration. After college, he went in the Navy and went to Officer Candidate School and reported to the flagship USS Providence of the 7th Fleet. He had several tours of duty in the Pacific. On one of his returns to Long Beach, California, he met a school-teacher named Pat. They were married in 1963. Erwin continued his Naval career in the Reserves, and retired after 22 years as a lieutenant commander. The couple lived in Walnut Creek, California, where they had three children. Erwin was in the police department for several years and was involved with the Berkeley riots. The family moved to Knoxville in 1977, where he became a site locator with Levi Strauss for several years, then moved into the hearing aide business for many years until he retired in 2006. After retirement, the couple traveled to many countries and places and kept active. He is survived by his loving family and will be missed by all: his wife, Pat, of 58 years; daughter, Stacy (Derek); son, Kent (Holly) and Craig (Amy); grandchildren, Ryan (Karlie), Tyler, Morgan, Kyle, Gabby and Ally; and Erwin’s brother, Stanley Lewis. Family and friends will gather at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike, at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, with full military honors. A private interment will be held at a later date.

Gloria Loraine Mahr, age 88

of Farragut, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana who devoted her life to her family. Gloria loved hiking, water activities, travel, reading, puzzles and cheering on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities. In the final years of her life she enjoyed the company of her community at “The Villages.” She is preceded in death by her husband, Steven Thomas Mahr. Gloria is survived by her five children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She has left a lasting legacy. Gloria will be laid to rest next to her husband, Steven, at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gloria’s memory to Mission of Hope, 6030 Industrial Heights Dr. NW, Knoxville TN 37909. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc.: www.cremationoptionsinc.com

Scott Alan Shoffner, age 52,

our beloved son and brother, died at home unexpectedly on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. Scott was born Nov. 6, 1968, in Nashville. He lived in Knox County most of his life and graduated from Farragut High School in 1987, where he was a talented soccer player on the FHS team. He scored the winning goal to win the 1985 state championship. Those who knew Scott recall him as a kind, sincere and gracious person who deeply loved his family. Many friends spoke of Scott’s infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor. Scott will be greatly missed by his father (Marty) and mother (Dava), and siblings, Mark and Anne. In addition to his parents, Scott is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Laura Shoffner, and his sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Scott Laird; and his former wife, Deena Khalaf , with whom Scott had maintained a loving relationship. He currently is in the arms of our Father in heaven and has now found the solace and pain relief that he needed and sought for so long. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember Scott in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Interfaith Health Clinic in Knoxville.

Carollyn Jean Wood Brown

Carollyn Jean Wood Brown, age 59, passed away on Sept. 24, 2021, following a massive stroke three days earlier in her home in Rio Rico, Arizona. She and her husband, Richard Lee Brown Jr., recently relocated to southern Arizona following 20 years of residence in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Carollyn is survived by her spouse, Richard, and their four children (and spouses): Connie Brown (with Michael Fackrell), Richard Weston Brown (with Whitney Brown), Belinda Jonas (with Bryan Jonas) and Keirnan Brown (with Katie Brown). Carollyn leaves behind nine grandchildren, as she joins one grandchild — Ollen Lee Brown, who passed as an infant in 2008 — in heaven. She also is survived by one brother, Andrew Wood. Carollyn is the youngest of four in her family; she joins her two other brothers and both her parents who have gone on before. Carollyn truly lived a life of service and compassion. She volunteered at her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in various capacities after joining the faith at age 14, including Sunday school teacher for infants and children, the ladies’ society (Relief Society) activity leader and teacher and mid-week activity leader for 14- to 18-year-old girls. Most recently, she worked with Richard as a Sunday school teacher for youth in their congregation in Nogales, Arizona. While earlier in her life she lived by the motto whoever has the most fabric when they die wins, in recent years the achievement of the most tatting thread and shuttles became her goal. Carollyn had a creative spirit, mastering a variety of arts and crafts including, but certainly not limited to, watercolors, calligraphy, acrylics and poster art, leather work, sewing, quilting, decoupage, pen and ink, basket weaving, porcelain, clay, jewelry, beadwork, tatting and embroidery. More important to her than the mastery of any art or craft was Carollyn’s desire to bless lives with these gifts through sharing artistic creations and teaching others. Carollyn never met a stranger. With the sincere gift of compassion, she provided a lending ear and cheerful voice to the mournful and lost. She regularly visited those in nursing homes with her little black Pomeranian Blackbeary when she lived in Knoxville. She checked in regularly on the homebound and sick. She brought her famous easy-on-the-cinnamon-big-on-taste cinnamon rolls to neighbors and those hired to help in the yard. Her banana bread has been called the best in the world, which has been substantiated by many since she’s handed out so much of it to the world! Her legacy is love, the love she poured into her family. She celebrated 41 years of marriage this year to her first sweetheart. Carollyn’s attention to detail, in feelings and words, shaped her family eternally. As a grandmother, she tucked little goodies and gifts into her purse always, for the next time she would see her grandchildren or put together a care package. She was always thinking of others and finding ways to show love to God’s children. She devoted her life to bringing up her children in light and love. She loved the Lord and exemplified forgiveness and charity A memorial service in Carolynn’s honor was held beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 621 West Green Place, in Nogales.

Peggy (Peg) Gobbel Henderson passed away

Peggy (Peg) Gobbel Henderson passed away March 14, 2021 in Earlysville, Virginia. Peggy was born June 17, 1930 in Spencer, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Carl G. Gobbel and Ethel Lanning Gobbel. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church Concord, Farragut, Tennessee, for many years. She enjoyed traveling and hiking. She retired from the Town of Farragut, where she worked as Clerk of Court and in Building Permits for 12 years. Those left to cherish her memory are son, M. Scott (Susan) Henderson of Oak Ridge Tennessee, and daughter, Caren (David) Roper of Earlysville, Virginia; sister, Patricia Gobbel Monroe of Spencer; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and nephews with one niece. She was interred Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Rowan Memorial Park in Salisbury, North Carolina, where her late husband, Maurice Henderson, also is buried.

Ronald Edwin Parkinson

Ronald Edwin Parkinson Sr., 85, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. Ron was born in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Warren Parkinson and Lucille Gibson Parkinson. Ron graduated from The Ohio State University and began a career in sales and marketing. He married Barbara Jo Summers, and they had two children, Cindy and Ron Jr. He was a single engine aircraft pilot and served as a Combat Air Crew Member, Electronic Counter Measures in the United States Naval Reserves for eight years. Some of Ron’s fondest memories were participating in Cub Scouts with his mother and brother, Boy Scout camping with his father and brother, sharing anniversaries with his wife, flying small aircraft with his son, and swim meets with his daughter. He had many accomplishments over the years: Eagle Scout with Order of the Arrow; Master Councilor of DeMolay Columbus Chapter; president and board member of the National Wood Flooring Association; vice president and National Sales manager for Hartco Wood Flooring; vice president of marketing and member of Knoxville Symphony Board; HDI board member at St. Mary’s Hospital; Cokesbury United Methodist Church finance chairman for four years, chairman of the administrative board for nine years and choir member since 1981; director of First National Bank of Oneida serving various committees since 1985; and a six-year board member of Wesley House Community Center. Ron mostly enjoyed flying airplanes, boating with his family and singing in the church choir. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Lucille Parkinson. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara Parkinson; daughter, Cindy Webb and husband, Rod, of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Ron Parkinson Jr.; grandchildren, Cody, Raleigh and Zoe Webb; brother, James Parkinson and wife, Doris, of Malta, Ohio; and nieces, nephews and friends. Ron’s family will gather with friends for a Memorial Service at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9919 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Wesley House Community Center, Susannah’s House or Cokesbury Church South Side Music Dept.

Dr. Stephen Harrington Stow

On June 30, 2021, Stephen Harrington Stow, age 80, walked through the gates and began asking God questions about how in the hell he got there. Steve was a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned his MS and PhD degrees in geochemistry from Rice University. He worked for Continental Oil Company early in his career, and then taught geology at the University of Alabama during the years of Coach “Bear” Bryant. In 1980 he moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory as Head of the Geology Department, and later became Ethics Director for the institution. Steve retired in 2005 after serving as director of the Oak Ridge Museum of Science and Energy.
As a longstanding member, he was treasurer of the National Geological Society of America and a member of the Knoxville Philatelic (Stamp Society). Steve served as ORNL’s ombudsman and also was a Fellow of the Advancement of Science and Geological Society of America. 
 He was a nationally known authority on the Manhattan Project and occasionally wore a suit and hat from that era for his animated lectures on this subject. Steve was instrumental in documenting the history of ORNL, recording interviews with many of the notable scientists who had worked there.
Locally, Steve also served on several committees within the Farragut Community, most notably as president of the Farragut Museum. He also was instrumental in the production of the History of Farragut film, interviewing and recording of many persons involved in the formation of Farragut.
 Dr. Stow is survived by his wife, Jeanie Chaney Stow; daughters, Lauren Simpson and Jennifer Stow; stepson, Matt Chaney (Jen); grandchildren, Regan, Piersen and Mac Simpson, and Juliana and Maggie Chaney; sister, Cynthia Yancey; and many lifelong friends. Steve was one of a kind with a dry sense of humor ... he was famous for saying, “When I get around to it...,” although he never did. Everyone who met him loved him. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd. in Farragut. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Museum of Science & Energy or the Farragut Museum.

William Judson “Judd” Shaw died suddenly Aug. 4, 2021,

in a car accident. He was 67. Judd is survived by three daughters: Erin Buckingham (Travis), Carlsbad, California; Mollie Davis (Justin) of Tampa; Ana Shaw of Atlanta; a granddaughter, Haley Davis, and grandson, Henry Davis. Also left to grieve are a brother, Jeff Shaw (Holly) of Dallas; a sister, Becky Shaw, of Louisville; and many cousins from coast to coast. He was born to Martha Jane and Jerry Shaw in New Orleans and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Judd made many life-long friends in Louisville and was fortunate to graduate from Ballard High School’s first graduation class. To the chagrin of his Knoxville friends, Judd attended the University of Kentucky. At graduation, Judd was presented the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award given to individuals based on “such characteristics of heart, mind and conduct” and “a spirit of love for, and helpfulness to, other men and women.” In true fashion, Judd deflected this recognition to his Sigma Chi brothers and his sister, Becky, for signing him up for everything they were involved with. Judd followed his call to honor Christ by attending Columbia Presbyterian Seminary and graduating with a Master’s of Divinity degree in 1980. Judd and his wife, Joy, began their ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Ripley, Tennessee. His family then moved to a larger congregation at Farragut Presbyterian in Farragut. He loved and cherished the people of this church and they reciprocated by serving God together for 20 years. God moved Judd to the Presbytery of New Harmony as Presbyterian Executive in Florence, South Carolina. Judd treasured the people, chocolate-covered pecans and Low Country food, but returned to Knoxville, his Smokies, the opportunity to wear UK Blue at UT games, fishing buddies and being a pastor to the pastors of The Presbytery of East Tennessee. Judd found immense joy in helping and encouraging others, mentoring, laughing, eating, his new hobby photography and his children and grandchildren. The family has been deeply moved by those who have offered kind words and who have shared remembrances of their time with Judd. Thanks be to God for Judd’s life on Earth and his new life in heaven, where he is now in the loving arms of Christ Jesus – a love that never gives up and that comes to those who don’t deserve it, no matter who we are or what we’ve done. A celebration of Judd’s life will be held at Farragut Presbyterian Church beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, with visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m. Contributions in Judd’s memory may be made to John Knox Center, 591 West Rockwood Ferry Road, Ten Mile, Tennessee 37880.