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KNOTT, MANUEL, MELVIN, age 90, of the Subligna Community of Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Oak View Health & Rehab in Summerville. He was born in Sewanee on May 23, 1922 a son of the late Oscar Luck Knott and Carrie Long Knott. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Savannah Smith Knott; brother, Archie Ray Knott; sister, Sue Butner; father and mother-in-law, Edd and Fannie Smith; son-in-law, Johnny E. Shirley; great grandson, Dawson Tyler Knott. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and had served during World War II, was a member of the American Legion, Sewanee Lodge #405 F. & A.M., a member of Boy’s Town, and an active worker for the Alzheimer’s Search for a Cure Committee. He attended St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School for Boys and was an Episcopalian with membership at St. James Episcopal Church in Midway. During his working life he was a merchant for many years in Midway and had retired from Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company where he worked in land management. Survivors include his children, Jackie (Taylor) Bowman, Julia Ann “Judy” Knott, Edward L. “Bud” (Delores); grandchildren, Edward “Lucky” (Mary) Knott, Maurice (Linda) Bowman, Stacey (Joey) Carlton, Melanie Cooksey, and Carrie Bowman; great grandchildren, Jessica Jones, Skylar, Alexis, and Aubrey Martin, Savannah and Christian Carlton, Keesha Hulley; a special brother-in-law, Robert “Gube” Caldwell; many special nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 4 in the chapel of Cumberland Funeral Home with Minister Buddy Van Dyke officiating. Burial will be in Eastern Star Cemetery in Sewanee. Pallbearers were Maurice Bowman, Jerry Smith, Jimmy Knott, Jackie Ladd, John David Ladd, and David Sampley; honorary pallbearers are Robert “Gube” Caldwell, James Barry, Phillip Meeks, Ross Barry, Oscar Knott, Alan Knott, Robert Short, Joey Carlton, Taylor Bowman and members of Sewanee Lodge #405 F. & A.M. Online condolences may be made at www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.
GREEN, BILLY, RAY, of Palmer, TN, 53, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013. He was born in Palmer, Tennessee on May 4, 1959 and was preceded in death by his parents, Scott Green and Mary Edna Walker Green Roberts; sister, Juanita Caldwell. He is survived by his daughter, Laura; sister, Betty Jo (Harold) Slatton; brother, Danny (Kathy) Green; brother-in-law, Gene Caldwell, loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 4 in the funeral home chapel with brother Jacob Anderson officiating. Burial was in Fall Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
STOCKER, NORMA, M., SITZ, of Palmer, TN, 97, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2012, at her home. She was born in White City on April 24, 1915 and in her early years she was a schoolteacher at Cagle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Margie Lee Fletcher Sitz; husband, Alfred Louis Stocker; son, Don Stocker. She is survived by her sons, James Earl (Betty) Stocker, Kenansville, North Carolina and Russell (Rhonda) Stocker, Palmer; grandchildren, Randy, Mona, Joe (Melissa), Mike (Pam), Miles (Laura) and Louis (Trisha) Stocker, Judy (Charles) Barnett, Myra (John) Rappl and Lisa Tate; 11 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 7 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. David Burgess officiating. Burial was in Fall Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
WILLEMS, MARY, MARGUERITE, MCKENDRICK, met God on April 4, 2013. As Mary Margaret’s life evolved so did her name connecting the past with the present through experience to influence the future. While we intersected her life among these different names, God has always known her by her name. At birth, May 4, 1946, in West Palm Beach, Florida’s St. Mary’s Hospital, she was given the sophisticated, romantically influenced name of Mary Marguerite. The pronunciation lent itself to the grandeur of tradition and the economic evolution that her matriarch Pleasant and patriarch McKendrick parents had experienced over the previous decades. As she grew up a new name emerged which would stick with her friends and family for the rest of her life. Not able to muster Mary Marguerite, her brother, John DeMilly McKendrick, Jr., tagged her with a shortened reference to sister, the more convenient Cis. Her early life revolved around her extended family’s houses in Richmond, VA and summers in West Palm Beach. Turning to college, Mary Margaret graduated from the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Nursing. With nursing skills in hand Mary Margaret took to traveling and living in such places as Haiti, Cuba, and various places around Europe. As a nurse Mary Margaret spent much time as a volunteer Red Cross nurse, a connection she shared with her mother, Frances Julia Pleasant McKendrick. By way of her brother’s introduction, Mary Margaret met Navy Lt. Robert “Bob” Cecil Willems in 1972. Marrying in 1974 in the backyard of 103 Dundee Avenue in Richmond, the couple moved to Monterey, CA. While there, a daughter, Julie DeMilly, was born in 1976. From California, a move to Boston brought new experiences as well as added another family member, Robert Todd, in 1978. Orders soon came for the family to relocate to the coast of Mississippi in 1982 and they settled in the bedroom community of Long Beach, MS for over 20 years. Life in Long Beach shifted Mary Margaret to be known as Mim by her friends and Ms. MM by her children’s friends. Time in Long Beach allowed Mary Margaret to join the Friendship Oak Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, participate in her church community at First United Methodist of Long Beach, spend a tenure as “The Colonel” at Classy Coverups, and influence her two children into being the upstanding individuals they are today. Mary Margaret fostered an exploratory home life which exposed the family to world traveling, an eclectic roster of exchange students, and thrifty budgeting which included the buying of extra gallons of milk, drinking a glass or two, and freezing the rest all due to the milk being on sale. On any afternoon, you could find Mary Margaret and the rest of the Steel Magnolias sharing their wisdom over a cup of coffee at various locations around Pecan Park. Thoughts of retirement and a switch to the next life stage brought Mary Margaret and Bob to Tracy City, TN in 2004. She quickly integrated into a church home at Morton Memorial United Methodist, did significant work with both Mountain T.O.P. and Grundy County’s Relay for Life, and installed the family’s traditional Christmas Eve and Easter meals on the new set of friends. Mary Margaret became known as Mimsy to generations of folks involved with Mountain T.O.P., the Christian outreach program for which she volunteered her countless talents. The network of friends Mary Margaret found in and around Grundy County was a true joy. Mary Margaret named herself Mimi in 2009 in a well planned ceremony that coincided with the first time she held her granddaughter, Mia Fern. Not to be outdone, the Mimi moniker was amplified in 2012 with the addition of her second granddaughter, Ivy Sue. Her grandbabies brought her much joy and entertainment on trips to the beach, Disney World, and fiesta dinners orchestrated by her creative daughter-in-law, Sherry Sample. The family would like to thank the staff at Vanderbilt including Dr. Rexer and the nurse team in the oncology department. Wonderful care and comfort was given to Mary Margaret and her family by Sherlon Jones of Amedisys Hospice. A Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, April 8 at Morton Memorial. In lieu of flowers, Mary Margaret requests that donations be made to Mountain T.O.P. Day Camps (PO Box 128, Altamont, TN 37301), Morton Memorial Mountain Christian Center Food Ministry, or Morton Memorial Gospel Partners, 322 W Main St, Monteagle, TN 37356. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Altamont, TN.