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Gary Long

Dec 12, 1940 - Nov 22, 2023

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Maryville, TN

Gary Thomas Long, December 12th, 1940 – November 22nd, 2023 Gary Thomas Long passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of November 22nd. He was born to Roberta (Henry) and Roy on December 12th, 1940. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Michael and Douglas, his granddaughter Katherine, and his son John. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emma Jane (Jones), as well as his daughter Patricia (husband Roy), his son Timothy (wife Stephanie), his grandchildren Kat...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