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James Rushing

May 03, 1942 - Nov 25, 2023

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Maryville, TN

James M. Rushing, 81, of Maryville, TN died on Nov. 25, 2023 at Maryville, TN. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Katie Ann Rushing of Maryville, TN, son, James Timothy Rushing (Fran) of Dyer, IN, daughters Laura A Rushing of Alcoa, TN and Amy Beth Corbett (Stuart) of Huntersville, NC and grandchildren Alex Corbett and Grant Corbett of Huntersville, NC and Ray Rushing of Dyer, IN. He was preceded in death by parents Jack and Meta Rushing of Parsons, TN and sister, Sara Fowler of Richardson, ...Read More

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Jimmy Rex Burchfield

Dec 19, 1935 - Mar 02, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Jimmy Rex Burchfield, 88, of Maryville, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2024. He worked for the City of Maryville water treatment plant for over 40 years and was a faithful member of Grandview Baptist Church.Jimmy Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Buford Frank Burchfield and Hallie (Fox) Burchfield Atchley, son Terry Burchfield and loving wife and ‘Sweetheart’ of 68 years, Shirley (Ball) Burchfield.He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Amy and Thomas Kohntopp as well as cousin Boyd Thomas.A service will be held at Grandview Pavilion, Tuesday, March 5th at 1:00 PM with Rev. Chris Pass officiating.

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Barbara Jean Miller Gosnell

Jul 18, 1932 - Feb 29, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Barbara Jean Miller Gosnell, 91, formerly of Asheville, passed away on Thursday February 29 2024, at a Maryville, TN, hospital. She was surrounded by daughter, Cindy Fuller, son, Steve Yarborough, and granddaughter, Tamera Partin. She was the daughter of the late Tindle and Gertrude Smith Miller. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry Gosnell; sons, Scott Yarborough, Sr., and Darren Yarborough; grandchildren, Scott Yarborough, Jr., and Brandi Humaid; sisters, Janette Davis, Geneva Stuman, Helen Lefler, Sara Brookshire, Inez Davis, and Norma Mathis; and brother, Bill Miller. She was a 1950 graduate of Sand Hill High School in Asheville. She worked most of her life in area grocery stores in Asheville, Colonial Stores, Ingles and Bi-Lo’s, and at K-mart. She was a member of the Candler Branch of Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Dave) and son, Steve, both of Maryville, TN; son, Larry Yarborough (Melanie) of Dallas, NC; seven grandchildren; and several great and great-great-grandchildren. Thanks to her caregivers, Mary, C.J. Amanda, and Nikki for helping her family take great care of her. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 6, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 277 Oak Hill Rd., Candler NC, 28715, with the receiving of friends and family beginning at 1:00 p.m. The graveside service in the church cemetery will follow at 2:00 p.m. Chaplin Roger Murphy will officiate. If raining, the service will be held inside the church. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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Marion "Benalee" Hutsell

Aug 23, 1948 - Feb 29, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Marion "Benalee" Hutsell went to be with the Lord on February 29, 2024. Born August 23, 1948, in Maryville, TN, Benalee was retired from Trinity Dental Clinic in Maryville where she loved and cared for the patients she served.Benalee is preceded in death by daughter Michele Harrill; grandson Michael Shane Harrill; parents Ben and Mattie Abbott; father- and mother-in-law Robert and Katherine Hutsell; brothers Benny Lowell Abbott, Bob Abbott, and Jack Abbott; and sisters Martha JoAnn Abbott, Barbara Jean Harrison, and Reba Abbott. Brother-in-law Sam Hutsell. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Billie Ray Hutsell; son Brian (Jennifer) Hutsell; daughter Melody (Greg) Kidd; grandchildren Colton (Kaitlyn) Harrill, Robert (Destiny) Hutsell, Mikayla Hutsell, Brent Hutsell, Chase Kidd, and Sophia Kidd; great-grandchildren Levi Harrill, Andi Lynn Hutsell, and Weston Harrill; brothers John (Ann) Abbott and Robin (Colette) Abbott; sisters Billie Jones, Gaynelle (Max) Manning, Jeannie Cook, and Cindy (Tommy) Thomason; and brothers- and sisters-in law Jerry (Sylvia) Hutsell, Pat (Phyllis) Hutsell, and Jane Burns.Arrangements made through Cremation By Grandview; 865-738-0244; www.CremationByGrandview.com.

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Raquel Cividanes Wallace

Aug 21, 1932 - Feb 22, 2024

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Maryville, TN

She was what life is all about.Raquel Cividanes Wallace passed away on February 22, 2024, at the family home.Raquel was born in San Juan Puerto Rico in 1932. After her mother’s death when Raquel was 13 years old, she was raised by her aunt Felisa Rincon de Gautier (Dona Fela) the 25-year mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico. During these formative years she was exposed to local and national politics. Felisa Rincon was known as the "1st Lady of the Americas" being the first female mayor of a major city in the Western Hemisphere. Raquel’s compassion for the poor and those in poverty was formed from her travels throughout Puerto Rico with Dona Fela.At the young age of 16, Raquel moved to New York City to be closer to her beloved brother Felix, who was at the West Point Academy. Her time in NYC was an adventure to say the least. She studied ballet while being the roommate of a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, worked as a dental assistant, and for a short time worked at Bellevue Hospital. Through it all she became very street smart and savvy. She could navigate the streets of NYC like a native New Yorker.After 5 years, Raquel was getting tired of the cold winters and was convinced by her best friend to move to Los Angeles. She packed her bags and headed to California. After a short period, she and her friend decided to go to Las Vegas and seek employment.Raquel quickly landed a job at the Stardust Hotel and Casino where she saw famous people daily. At one point a young Nat King Cole, who was performing at the casino, had been called a derogatory name by an employee of the hotel. Raquel was livid. She demanded that the employee be terminated, or she would quit her job that day. Mr. Cole had heard that Raquel stood up for him and personally thanked her. He would always tip his hat to her when he saw her in the casino and always say "Hi Rach!"As lady luck would have it, a young gentleman from Tennessee was looking for employment at the same hotel and struck up a conversation with Raquel. Soon after, she married John Richard Wallace. They had their first child and shortly after they moved to San Juan to raise a family.Their time in Puerto Rico was exciting but soon realized they wanted to raise their now 4 boys in John’s hometown of Maryville, TN. Raquel claimed, "there were no nicer people in the world than those of East Tennessee".After the move to Tennessee, Raquel and John began a new business venture. They developed and operated Tremont Campsites, currently Little Arrow Resort, in Townsend and ran the business for several years.After John passed away in 1980, Raquel raised 4 young boys on her own. No easy task, but she succeeded and sent them all to college and instilled hard work and family values that they carry to this day. She taught her sons the love of music, opera, classic films, and Broadway plays, taking them on several trips to NYC.Raquel made friends fast. Most that met her never forgot her because of her Life Spirit. Always smiling, laughing, singing and dancing. She always told her boys and grandchildren, "think positive, stay positive. God has a plan for all of us". She was spot on about that.Raquel worked at the Bel-Air Grill for several years. In her later life, seemingly defying age, she spent much of her time at Zumba classes where she made great friends. No one could believe she was in her 80’s. One of her happiest times was when she became a grandmother, and the time she spent with her grandchildren. She was so proud of her boys and grandchildren.Raquel loved dogs throughout her life and will be greatly missed by "Yugi" who was by her side till the end. She touched so many people and will be sadly missed. Raquel is preceded in death by her mother Eloise Cividanes; brothers Oscar and Felix Cividanes; husband John Richard Wallace; and aunt Felisa Rincon de Gautier. She is survived by her sons John (Donna Oneal) Wallace, Jeff Wallace, Steve Wallace, and Michael Wallace, grandchildren Ryan Wallace and Danielle Sutton.Special thanks to U.T. Hospice Care and the extended Wallace, Anthony, Roberts, Yarnell, and Oneal families. A graveside service will be announced at a later date.She loved you all."Dios te bendiga"

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Linda Gaynell Pence

Apr 18, 1962 - Feb 28, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Linda Gaynell Pence, 61, passed away and entered Eternal Rest on February 28, 2024. She was a caring and loving mother, Mamaw, sister, and friend. Linda began her career as a hair stylist and enjoyed it for many years. Later, she became a care giver providing comfort, care, and support to many patients. Linda always loved animals and had many fur babies that she cherished throughout her whole life. Linda is preceded in death by husband Randy Pence, father Homer Steele, mother Ruth Hood, and father- and mother-in-law Jack and Mary Pence. Linda will be dearly missed by her surviving family – son Brandon Pence, daughter-in-law Tasha Haggard, grandson Colton Pence, sister and brother-in-law Sharon and David Coope, sister-in-law Teresa Murrell, nieces Julie Ridge and Sara Blevins, as well as special friends Vera Graves and Angie Hope.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die" John 11:25-26. Cremation arrangements by Cremation By Grandview; 865-738-0244.

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Paula D. Moore

Apr 23, 1954 - Feb 20, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Paula D. Moore, age 69, of Maryville, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert J. Moore; son Steve Joiner; daughter April McRae; parents J.W. Frye and Virginia Arwood; siblings Angel Hill and brothers Scott and Joe. Paula is survived by children Virginia (Jerry) Crawford, Caleb Moore and Crystal Moore; grandchildren Tiffany, Anthony, Dana, Patrique, Kylee, Aaliyah, Dalton, Javon, MaKenzie, Bryson, Jordan, Kinzlee and Jayden, Abigail and Logan; great-grandchildren Gracie, Macie, Giovanni, Guinevere and Lileigh and special family friends Josh Rudd and Melissa Copen. She also leaves behind a large loving community family from Greenback and Lanier Elementary School. The family would like to welcome friends to a Visitation on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Berry Highland South from 1pm-3pm with a Graveside Service to follow at 3pm in the Mausoleum.

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Lary Eugene George

Dec 15, 1946 - Feb 28, 2024

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Maryville, TN

Lary Eugene George, born December 15th, 1946, passed away February 28th, 2024 surrounded by family and loved ones. Lary is preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Kathryn George, brother Ron, and beloved dog Tyler. Lary is survived by his wife Carol, sister Christine (David), brother Gary (Tom) and four daughters; Anita (Alan), Denise (Tom), Donna (Steve), Rhonda (Dan), many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and dog Linus. The Celebration of Life will be held at Carpenters Campground Methodist Church at 3pm Saturday March 2nd, 2024.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shop with a Cop of Blount County, 940 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville TN 37804 or online at www.shopwithacopbc.com

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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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