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Carl Franklin

May 18, 1939 - Nov 30, 2023

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Maryville, TN

Carl Melvin Franklin age 84 went to see his savior, Jesus, Thursday, November 30, 2023. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, after suffering from declining health. He was a resident of Maryville, TN and a member of First Apostolic Church of Maryville. He was born May 18, 1939, in Sondheimer, Louisiana. Preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Gaston Franklin, brothers Doug Richey (wife Grace), Dearl Richey (wife Nita), Mack Franklin, and Paul Franklin; sister Alice Mo...Read More

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Harold Damron

Aug 26, 1940 - Feb 16, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Harold Damron took his last flight to be with the Lord on February 16, 2024, at the age of 83. Harold was born and raised in Pikeville, KY. He served in the United States Army 82nd Airborne. He later became a pilot and flew for Piedmont and USAir until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Evelyn Damron and his sisters, Mable Jean Damron, Helen Potter, Nella Jo Stiver, and Violet Meade. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 63 years Floraine (Flo) Damron, sons Harold Edward (Gena), Mike (Ann), Steve (Tabitha), and grandchildren Jordan, Rebekah, Patrick, Paige, Preston, and Reid Damron. He is also survived by his brothers Herbert and Gary (Pat) Damron and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Smith Funeral & Cremation Service from 5-7 on Thursday, February 22 with the funeral service to follow. The family will meet at Liberty Baptist Cemetery on Friday, February 23 at 11:00 for a graveside service. Condolences may be shared through Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com

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Norma R. Foxx

Nov 16, 1933 - Feb 17, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Norma R. Foxx, 90, of Maryville, TN passed away on February 17, 2024 at Brookdale, Browns Creek. Norma was born on November 16, 1933 and was a lifelong member of Ellejoy Baptist Church. She was a quiet and soft-spoken woman who found joy in her quilting, embroidery, and crocheting. Norma was preceded in death by: husband of 56 years, Herbert Foxx; parents, Wiley & Rachel Stinnett Rogers; sister, Dorothy Rogers; brothers, Jim and Harvey Rogers; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Earl Ford, Bob Boatman, Hulet "Hoot" and Margaret, Hix and Mary Evelyn, and Earl and Esther Foxx, Lena and Dale, and Mike Tipton, Glenn Tucker, Charles Schlangen. She will be dearly missed by her surviving family; sisters, Geraldine Ford and Deloris Boatman; nieces, Pam Maples (Jim) and Debbie Jackson (Brad); nephew, Robert Boatman (Mechelle); great-nephews and niece, Shane, Sam (Jessica), Tara, Shawn (Samantha), and Donnie; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby Schanglen, Thelma (Jean) Tipton, Barbara Boling (Reece), Sue Tucker, Janice Teffeteller (Wayne); many nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank everyone at Brookdale, Browns Creek for making her feel at home during her time with you. We want to thank Adoration Home Health and Amedisys Hospice for the care and compassion they gave Norma during their visits. We also want to thank those who stayed with her during her last days – you were a blessing. Our family is deeply grateful to her neighbors, Gayle and Cye Miles, for all their help the past few years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, Monday, February 26, 2026 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral service will follow at 12:00 PM with Rev. Shane Maples officiating. Interment will be at 1:00 PM, Monday, February 26, 2024 at Ellejoy Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Roberta Kay Zappa

Aug 08, 1942 - Feb 21, 2024

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Maryville, TN

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, Roberta Kay (Cookie) Zappa entered eternal rest at the age of 81. Cookie was born August 8, 1942, in Pittsburgh, PA. She married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Rocco Zappa, Jr. and they were married for 61 years. They set up home in Pittsburgh PA, moved to Surname, South America, and settled in Maryville, TN in 1969 where they raised their three children. For their 50th wedding anniversary, Joe and Cookie renewed their wedding vows surrounded by family and friends. Cookie was big-hearted, quick-witted, never held back expressing her opinion, and had a knack for telling it exactly like she saw it. She was genuine to a fault and yet those who knew her know that she never sugar coated anything. Cookie was small in stature but seemed to stand 6 feet tall. Her tagline was "suck it up buttercup" which, fitted her to a tee! She was an avid reader who would read anything that would make you blush. She loved to piddle in what is referred to as "the Italian village" in her backyard. Besides the love of her life, Joe (Rocco), her true happiness were her grandchildren who proudly referred to her as "Nonna". She was on top of the world and the happiest playing cards with her family and grandkids around the dining room table. She is survived by her husband Joseph Rocco Zappa Jr, her sister, Barbara Mickey, her daughter, Kelly Thompson, her sons, Chris Zappa and his wife Kristen, Jamie Zappa and his wife Joni , and her grandchildren Davis, Kelsey, Harrison, Tad, Andrew, Rocco, Jacob, and Jessa. She is also survived by a large circle of extended family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her son-in-law Dean Thompson and her brother Thomas Steele. A private memorial and celebration life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to Blount County Library or the Dean Thompson Foundation which supports many non-for-profit organizations: Checks payable to Schwab Charitable Fund. Mailing Address: c/o LeConte Wealth Management 703 William Blount Drive Maryville, TN 37801 Condolences may be shared through Smith funeral & Cremation service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com

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Earl Fulton

Apr 27, 1930 - Feb 23, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Earl Fulton, age 93 of Maryville, passed away Friday, February 23, 2024. He was born April 27, 1930 in Oregon, IL. He joined the Air Force after graduation from high school and served 5 years stationed at Maxwell Air Base where he met his wife. He worked with FAA for 32 years, retiring at 59 years old. Earl spent 10 ½ years of his tenure with FAA in the Panama Canal Zone. Earl was a member of Monte Vista Baptist Church for 50 years where he served as a Deacon and was a greeter for several years. He had a passion for Missions, helping with Habitat for several years. Earl bought and delivered groceries to the Baptist Center for many years. He also visited shut-ins, along with friend John Landers for many years. He also worked for H & R Block for 12 years. Preceded in death by: parents, Edward & Bernice Fulton; son-in-law, Lynn Freeny; sisters, Donna Taft & Rose McInturff. Survivors include: wife of 72 years, J. Joyce Ashcraft Fulton; four beautiful girls, Debbie Rushing, Cathy Webb & husband Coy, Lisa McDaniel & husband Jim, and Tammy Freeny; 12 grandchildren, 8 boys and 4 girls, Jason, Jeremy, Justin & Zach Rushing, Mandy, Mathew, and Marc Webb, Jaime, Jimmy & Andrew McDaniel, Caitlin & Emily Freeny; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Colson; and many, many friends. In leu of flowers, please make donations to: Send Relief, PO Box 117246, Atlanta, GA 30368-7246. Family and friends will assemble for graveside service and entombment at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Grandview Pavilion with Dr. Marc Webb officiating. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremaiton.com.

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Theron (Terry) C. Lund

Aug 30, 1937 - Feb 24, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Theron (Terry) C. Lund passed away February 24, 2024 at the age of 86. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 30, 1937 to Gustaf and Rosemarie Maday Lund, who preceded him in death. Terry was a member of Monte Vista Baptist Church and retired from First Tennessee Bank, Knoxville, after over 40 years in the banking industry. He proudly served in the United States Navy for four years and was stationed at the naval facility in Washington DC. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Allison; daughter-in-law, Jane; sister, Carol; and brother, Tim. Terry was survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha Ray Lund; sons Mark and Patrick Lund; grandson Andrew Lund (Angelica); great grandchildren Lilly and Liam; and brother Fred Lund (Sharon) of Duluth, Minnesota. Family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM with Rev. Bob Dalton and Rev. Jerry Mantooth officiating. The family will have a private burial at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Terry requested that donations be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville, TN 37803. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.

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Leslie R. Jewell Jr.

Dec 29, 1943 - Feb 26, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Leslie R. Jewell Jr., age 80 of Maryville, TN, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024, at the family home. He is a Marine Corp Veteran and retired from the contracting office of the federal government and a lifetime member of the Church of Christ. Leslie is preceded in death by his parents Leslie, Sr. and Mary Jewell, and brother Doug Jewell. Survivors include his wife Barbara Garner Jewell and daughters Stacey Au, Karen Jewell, and Leanne Jewell. Grandsons Edward (Eddie) and Braeden. Sisters Linda McNees (Bob), Janet Tyler (George), and Diane Jewell, brother-in-law Thomas Garner, and his best fur buddy, Buster. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday, March 1, 2024, with a service to follow at 6:00pm. The family will hold a private graveside service and interment. In lieu of flowers the family requests that friends and loved ones make donations to a charity of their choice. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.

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Bobbie Burgess Cupp

Dec 09, 1927 - Feb 27, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Bobbie Burgess Cupp passed away peacefully at home at the age of 96 on February 27, 2024.She is preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Iris Burgess; husband, Henry Cupp, Jr.; sister, Wilma Loftis; and brothers, Windom and Sheridan Burgess.She is survived by her son, Charles Cupp (Rebecca) of Fullerton, CA; daughters, Nancy Whittemore of Franklin, TN and Susan Rudd (Kenny) of Louisville, TN; grandchildren: Lexie Whittemore, Chesney Wheeler (Caleb), Owen Cupp (Anna), Jared Cupp (Charity), Myles Cupp (Lacey), and Austin Cupp; great grandchildren: Collins, Caylor, Henry, Layla, Ellie, Enoch, Elijah, Ethan, and Eliakim.Bobbie grew up in Etowah, TN. She moved to Maryville at the age of 18 to enroll in Knoxville Business College. She met her husband, Henry, and they married in 1947. Following graduation she was employed at Murray Montgomery and Montgomery Blackwood Insurance Agencies.She was a dedicated member of East Maryville Baptist Church and loved her church family. She had many lifelong and special friends with whom she enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, and going to garage sales. She was affectionately known to many as just "Granna". She was an animal person and loved her dogs Chuckles, Lucas, and Bo. She was an avid sports fan and a huge fan of the Tennessee Vols.A special thanks to her sitters Brenda, Erna, Heather, Kathy, Regina, Tammy, and Toni and to Blount Memorial Hospice for their loving care.A private burial will take place at Grandview Cemetery. A "Celebration of Life" will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: WeHelpAnimals.net (her daughter’s animal rescue), PO Box 1007, Franklin, TN 37065, www. wehelpanimals.net; or East Maryville Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 1150 Brown School Road, Maryville, TN 37804. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Joyce White Rigell

Apr 29, 1927 - Jan 30, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Elizabeth (Betsy) Joyce White Rigell passed on to her heavenly home on the evening of Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, at the age of 96. Her love of Jesus Christ and love of life were infectious. It is impossible to count the number of people she shared her joy and love with during her blessed time on this Earth. Betsy was born in Philadelphia, PA to Virginia Baker White and John Josiah White Jr., on April 29, 1927. She grew up in Atlantic City with three siblings: the elder Cindy and Kirby and her younger sister, Mary. Her extraordinary life took off as she spent her childhood living in the apartment of her family’s Marlborough Blenheim hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place in Atlantic City. Dancing to the string quartet, befriending the elevator operator, and walking to school along the boardwalk were fond memories of this time, along with never-ending water fun that sparked her lifelong love of sailing and swimming. While her parents were busy entertaining the hotel guests, the English nanny "Nannan" tended to Betsy and her siblings, and was a loving figure in Betsy’s memory.During the summers of her younger years, Betsy’s grandmother TaTa (Emma Chambers White) arranged for her and her sisters to attend Ragged Mountain Summer Camp in Andover, NH. While the intention was to get the young girls out of the boisterous city during the high season, Betsy treasured her memories from camp, cherishing these memories of canoeing and diving in the lake, and performing elaborate theatricals. She would continue singing camp songs (along with a never-ending stream of songs she picked up throughout her life, prompted by seemingly any topic) throughout her years. After the start of WWII, Betsy’s father "Pappy" was stationed in Mississippi at Long Beach as an instructor in navigation for the army’s crash boat crews while the Atlantic City hotels were taken over by the government for use as a military cook school. Betsy went with her parents down south and completed high school in New Orleans. It was in the summer of 1945 (after Betsy’s senior year in high school) that she met her husband-to-be Sid Rigell while he was serving in the Navy. Sid and a friend dropped by the Hotel Markham pool, when he was struck by the sight of Betsy working at the hat check counter. With her blue eyes and yellow two-piece bathing suit, he was immediately smitten. Carrying on a family tradition, Betsy enrolled in Swarthmore College for undergraduate study. During her freshman year there, Sid courted her in a series of daily love letters, nicknaming her "Blue eyes." Sid visited her, ring in hand, and proposed to her on the Swarthmore College campus. Sid was discharged from the Navy in February 1946, and they married on March 2, 1946, joining in the festivities of her parents’ wedding anniversary in Winter Haven, Florida.At the start of their marriage, Betsy and Sid moved around the southeast, in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina as Sid completed seminary and began serving as a Southern Presbyterian minister. It was during this time that they had their first two sons: Craig and Kirby. Betsy, Sid, Craig, Kirby, and their new baby, Joe, moved to Baltimore in 1956, when Sid took on leadership of the McKim Association in inner-city Baltimore, a church, community center, and Boys Home. During this time in Baltimore, they had their fourth son, Chris, and added two others into the family: Ralph "Dusty" Miller and his nephew Brian, along with welcoming many guests into their home. Staying in Baltimore with conviction for continuing their ministry there, Sid and Betsy moved the church under the name of "The Little Tabernacle Church of the Savior" independent from the Presbyterian Church. Fond memories of this time include visits to the White Bight, the home that Betsy’s parents built in St. Leonard Creek, Maryland. Always unafraid of advocating for their beliefs and willing to travel to have an impact, Sid and Betsy visited every state capitol twice, encouraging the governors to outlaw abortion, promote Christianity in schools, and support Israel, leaving behind a copy of their book Fired and Fired Again, Praise the Lord! on the first trip and a jar of Tupelo Honey from Florida on the second. Sid and Betsy started leading tours to Israel and then mostly relocated to the Holy Land in 1980 becoming deeply involved with the International Christian Embassy and the messianic Jewish community. While there, they continued leading tours in Israel to share this beloved land with their Christian community back in the States. In 1996, Sid and Betsy celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary with the theme of "Sweeter gets the journey every day." Just a few months later, Sid passed away due to complications from knee replacement surgery.Betsy took the next opportunity to move back to Israel, where she spent the majority of another 8 years living with friends and continuing to support the International Christian Embassy, until moving to Maryville in 2004 to be closer to family. She settled in quickly, finding a spiritual home at Fellowship Church Knoxville and Shomair Yisrael Messianic Synagogue and adopting a sweet maltipoo dog named Jojo. Along with spending time with family and friends, she continued to give back to the community, volunteering with Meals on Wheels weekly. Betsy enjoyed hiking in the Smokies, walking Jojo around the block, and swimming in her neighborhood pool and in local lakes. Throughout every chapter of life, Betsy made friends easily. And once you were her friend, you were her friend for life. Every place she lived, she had a vibrant community to share in worship and adventure.Of course, these years were as marked by her dedication to her faith and love of travel as the rest of her life. She traveled almost annually for a multi-month trip to Israel to see friends and volunteer with the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. She supported the Covenant Musical for years, eventually auditioning for a role herself. Creating a beautiful synergy of her love for music and her faith, Betsy performed the part of Naomi in Israel, the U.S., and Canada. The adventure didn’t stop there. Betsy continued to enjoy swimming, sailing, and traveling as often as she could. Betsy and her older sister Cindy went on a tall ship cruise to Costa Rica. Along with enjoying the sea breeze on the ship, Betsy enjoyed taking out a small sailboat (though she wasn’t immune to capsizing). She also enjoyed sailing in the Chesapeake Bay when staying at her parent’s historical home, the White Bight, and on Tennessee’s lakes. Betsy moved into independent living at the Shannondale Community in Maryville in 2018. Here, she stayed as active as ever, joining the Wii bowling league, shuffleboard league, and the community choir. In the final year of her life, Betsy persevered and remained upbeat despite a series of physical challenges. Her last days were spent surrounded by loved ones, song, and prayer. Betsy is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Sidney Rigell and informally adopted son Ralph "Dusty" Edward Miller. She is survived by her sons Craig, Kirby, Joe, Chris, and Brian Rigell, along with eleven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 3 pm in the Chapel at Shannondale Maryville, 804 Shannondale Way, Maryville, TN 37803. In lieu of flowers, if so inclined, you may send gifts in honor of Betsy to Shomair Yisrael Messianic Synagogue, Knoxville, Fellowship Church, Knoxville, or Shannondale, Maryville, TN.

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Mickey Hugh Emery

Nov 23, 1971 - Feb 02, 2024

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null, SD

Mickey Hugh Emery passed away February 2, 2024. Born November 23, 1971, in Rapid City, SD, Mickey impacted a great number of people. He was known for his sense of humor and always had a joke for someone. Mickey was polite and warm-hearted. He was a member of several ham radio clubs with the call sign "KEOGBR" and worked as a computer specialist for many years.Mickey is preceded in death by grandparents Paul and Rose Emery, and Juan and John Reynolds; uncles Beau Reynolds, Sean Reynolds, Kenneth Emery, Robert Emery, and Lawrence Emery; and aunt Keri Ramirez. He is survived by parents William and Keli Emery; brother Paul Emery; sister Michelle Butcher; six nieces and nephews; and aunt Pauline Armitage and her family.A Celebration of Life for Mickey will be held at a later date.

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Alice Gregory (Gardner)

Mar 27, 1945 - Feb 05, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Alice Gregory (Gardner) age 78 went to sleep on this earth, February 5, 2024, and woke up in the arms of the Savior. Left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life: husband Glenn Gregory; daughters Kari Oliver and husband Todd, and Amy Fitzgerald; grandchildren David and Daniel Huezo, Clayton and Wesley Oliver, and Andrew Martin; great-grandchildren Isabella and Caden Huezo; sisters Wilma Crisp and Joyce Butcher; brothers Charlie Gardner and wife Doris, and Larry Gardner and wife Vicki; sister-in-law Drucille Gardner; brothers-in-law Roy Mac Gregory and wife Sarah, and Ronald Gregory and wife Benita; many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins; as well as her church family and close friends. Welcomed into heaven by her parents Oley and Roxie Gardner; sisters Mary Faye Gardner, Ima Ball and husband Al, and Frankie Hopper and husband Lawrence; brothers Kelly Gardner, John (Bud) Gardner and wife Eloise, and Claude Gardner and wife Mary Anne; father- and mother-in-law Roy and Ruby Mac Gregory; nephews Lance Russell, Mike Gardner, Sam and Randy Gardner, and Matthew Gregory. Graveside service will take place at Grandview Cemetery on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 11am. Receiving of Friends will be on Saturday, February 17, 2024, 1-2pm, at Clover Hill Presbyterian Church, with a Celebration of Life to follow. In lieu of flowers please donate to Alzheimer’s Tennessee or Clover Hill Presbyterian Church.

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