Linda Jean Parks

Linda Jean (Brodmerkel) Parks passed away May 28, 2021 at her home in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 
Linda was born in Alexandria, Virginia on March 15th, 1943 to Mary Elizabeth and Donald L. Brodmerkel. She called many places home throughout her childhood including Pennsylvania, New York and Colorado and graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1961. She attended college in Grove City, PA where she majored in music. 
Linda was working as an executive assistant for U.S. Steel in Pittsburg, PA when she met Jim Parks – the love of her life. They were married on June 29th, 1968 in Atlanta, GA and lived their lives together in Homestead, FL, Idaho Falls, ID and Oak Ridge, TN. Linda and Jim adopted two children, Nancy and David and gave them all of the best opportunities in life. Linda was a lifetime musician and had a great love of singing, playing piano, guitar and participating in different church and handbell choirs. She spent many years sharing her love of music with her family and communities in Idaho Falls and Oak Ridge. She enjoyed being a homemaker, a room mother, a scout leader, and a friend to many. She was also an avid animal lover and had many pets throughout the years and supported many animal charities and organizations. She enjoyed Bible study groups and attended the United Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Idaho Falls. 
Linda loved to travel with her family and friends and share adventures with her grandkids. She loved to dress up and decorate for holidays and turn any occasion into an elaborate one. If you asked Linda about her family she would always include the ones she called grandkids – Lindsey, Shanice, Zak, AJ, Abby, Spencer, Elijah, Maggie, CJ and Alleiah. She had a big heart for all of her “in-laws and outlaws,” as she called them, and treasured her time as “Granny P.”

Linda was proceeded in death by her parents, Donald L. Brodmerkel and Mary Elizabeth Williams, her sister Nancy C. Brodmerkel and her husband, James T. Parks. She is survived by her son, David Parks of Charleston, SC and daughter Nancy Keller of Idaho Falls, ID. Grandchildren include Abigail, Spencer and Alleiah Parks and Alexander Paynter and a great grand-daughter Annabel Rose Parks. 
We will be celebrating Jim and Linda’s 53rd wedding anniversary at Holly Hill Cemetery in Fairburn, GA on June 29th, at which time she will be laid to rest with Jim. We would like to ask for others to celebrate this joyous reunion with us! In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local animal shelter or wildlife rehabilitation center. 

Brian Edward Scalf

Brian Edward Scalf, age 53, passed away June 11, 2021 at his home.
He was preceded in death by father Carl Scalf, grandmother Eva
Roach Scalf, and special aunt Imogene McCall.  He is survived by wife
Melissa Scalf, daughters Taylor and Kendall Scalf, son Scott Lowery,
bonus son Brayden Nelson, sister Janet Ellison, and nieces
Kimberlenn Ogle and Acelynn Wampler.
The family will hold a private service at his request.  In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in c/o Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie Four
Winds #4096, 500 Andrew Johnson Highway, Strawberry Plains, TN 37871.

Mary Carolyn Mulder

Mary Carolyn Mulder, 88, of Knoxville, TN, died May 5, 2021. She was born
December 28, 1932, in Wetumpka, AL. She was preceded in death by her
parents, Pedric and Linda Mulder, along with her brother, Philip Mulder, of
Wetumpka, AL, her sister, Patty Vick of Atlanta, and her daughter, Stacy Elin
Eagan, of Weston, FL.
Ms. Mulder graduated from the University of Alabama in 1955 with a B.S. in
Home Economics, where she was very engaged in Delta Gamma and other
campus activities. After graduation, she worked at Loveman’s Department
Store in Birmingham, AL, until she married Lt. R. Thomas Quinn, a US Naval
Academy graduate in 1956 and spent the next 20 years raising three children
and moving around the US and Europe (Naples, Italy) courtesy of the US Navy.
They spent the subsequent decade moving multiple times between Knoxville,
TN, and Cambridge, MA. When they parted, Carolyn returned to Knoxville to
complete an M.S. in historic interior design through UT’s College of Architecture
and Design. Subsequently, she enjoyed collecting interesting antiques, until
macular degeneration slowed her down, including over 2000 pieces of
American silverplate flatware, the patterns and pieces spanning over 125 years,
that she donated to the University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum of Natural
History & Culture in 2004. Carolyn loved to read. She followed and loved to
discuss world events and US politics. She made friends easily and kept some
of them many decades.
Carolyn is survived by a son, Robert M. Quinn, of Wetumpka, AL, a daughter,
Cameron P. Quinn, of Arlington, VA, and a grandson, Russell T. Eagan, of
Hollywood, FL, along with numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-
nephews, and cousins. A memorial was held June 5th .

Roger Lee Hatfield

Roger Lee Hatfield, 77, of Knoxville passed away on June 3, 2021. Roger was a retired boilermaker of Local #453.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Leona Hatfield; son, Mo Hatfield; brother, Rodney; and sister, Jenise.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; sons, Jason (Amy) and Russell; stepmother, Gladys Crim; stepsisters, Shelly and Cher; stepbrother, Kim; stepchildren, Larry (Lisa) and Lisa Carol; grandchildren, Holly and Patrick; and many grands and great grands; best friend, Bob Battles. 

The family is having a private Celebration of Life at a later date.

Karon Marie Proctor West

Karon Marie Proctor West, of Knoxville, TN, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021; welcomed into Heaven and made whole. She was born September 3, 1969 in Pomona, CA. She grew up and attended high school in Henderson, NV. She moved to Knoxville in 2008. She adored her grandchildren; Anacella, Xzavier, Isabella, and Will, her nephew; Matthew, and her fur babies. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Proctor. She is survived by her husband; the love of her life, Jamie West. She is also survived by her children; Robert Cook and Tiffani Smith, her mother; Sharon Proctor, sisters and their spouses; Kathy Parnell (Doug) and Kimberly Proctor (Tarl), Uncle; Jim Proctor (Maryann), and  many cousins. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Melvin R. Kress

Melvin R. Kress, 83, passed away on May 7, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gerard and Eleanor Kress; brothers, Kenneth Kress and Dr. Gerard Kress.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores “Dolly” Kress; sons, Gregory Kress and Brian Kress (Danielle); grandson, Alex Martin; granddaughter, Mackenzie French; sister, Shirley (Tony) Watt; and many nieces and nephews.

The family plans on having a service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mary L. Zick

Mary L. Zick, 83, passed away on April 16, 2021 with her granddaughter, Shannon, by her side.

Having lived previously in Michigan and Florida, Mary moved to Knoxville in 1987. She had been employed at Baptist Hospital in the food service department.

Mary was preceded by her father, Donald E. Boulton and step-mother, Ruth Ann Boulton, as she was abandoned by her mother at the age of 2.

Mary’s surviving family includes her partner of 28 years, Glenn Green; brother, Donald Boulton (Elaine); granddaughter, Shannon Perry-Weber (Stephen); 4 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Leland, Adelynn and Braelynn.

Mary’s children included Ron, Len, Tammy, and Long-Lost Patty; 4 abandoned sons, and the Forgotten one.

Mary loved the outdoors and all you could do in it; gardening, porch sitting, and bird watching. Mary and Glenn owned a boathouse at Straight Creek boat dock, which they visited often with her family. She loved God, lighthouses and her great-grandchildren. She wore this hideous yellow bumble bee sweater, which went with her to the afterlife.

Mary stepped into the mother role for Shannon at time of birth. Shannon is lovingly grateful that Mary took that role as her mom and dad, allowing her to become a better mother to Mary’s great-grandchildren. She will be forever loved and missed!

Janis Elizabeth Schneitman

Janis Elizabeth Schneitman (age 85; born October 1st, 1935 in Birmingham, AL) went home to be with the LORD after a brief illness on May 4th, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Bob Schneitman; her parents, Henry and Evelyn Buttram; her brother Jeff Buttram; her son Bobby Schneitman and her granddaughter Brooke Schneitman. Janis graduated from Karns High in 1953. She entered nursing training at Fort Sanders Hospital and worked for East Tennessee Baptist Hospital for 25 years. Janis was well known for her love of God’s creation – especially her love for trees and birds. Her greatest love, however, was reserved for Jesus . . . as she put t in her own words: “No one here on earth can compare to the beauty and glory of my Jesus, my Lord and lover of my soul. Here on earth I can feel your love, it lights my path and its glow lights my soul and hopefully I reflect it to others. But when at last my Jesus I see, He will be looking at me with eyes full of love.” Janis is survived by her son Dale & wife Mandy Schneitman; her son Dean & wife Jodie Schneitman; granddaughter Casey Schneitman; great-granddaughter Kaia; and her sister, Mary Byers. Services will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery (4401 Sutherland Ave.) at 11:00 on Friday, May 6th, 2021. The Reverend Clarence Gresham will officiate. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Timothy Initiative.

Robert “Bobby” Cox

Robert H. “Bobby” Cox also know to friends as “Chromer,”age 65 passed April 15, 2021 following a brief battle with cancer.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Dutch” Cox and mother, Louisa Tiller Cox, wife Mary Catherine Cox, and daughter, Tara Cox Davis.  He is survived by his sister Gay Morgan, two nephews, Sean and Kristian Morgan all of Nashville.

He was an avid Harley Davidson owner and loved the camaraderie of  biker life as well as the tattoos in which he was covered.

Friends may leave condolences online at Dogwood Cremation.  Please make remembrances to your favorite charity. 

Ronald Ray Bowling

Ronald Ray Bowling, age 67, born on July 29, 1953 in Knoxville, TN. He passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 26, 2021 after a long hard fight fought battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Annis Bowling; siblings Jerry, Frankie, David, Teresa and Margie.

Ronnie is survived by his son Ronnie and two grandchildren; siblings Donna, Judy, Diane, Benny, Johnny and Steve; along with a host of nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Tommy, Jami, Jolene and DayDay for your help with Ronnie during his battle, also a thank you to Ronnie’s brother-in-law David for all his help during Ronnie’s final days. Services are being provided by Dogwood Cremation.