Patricia Ann Kirtley

Patricia Ann Stroud Kirtley 86  (“Pat” to her friends and family)  left this world for her eternal home on Sept.21, 2022.
Pat was born on Nov.14th,1935 in Scotland, AR.  The daughter of
 W. H. Stroud and Minnie Stubblefield Stroud.
      Pat (and Dwayne) worked for St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, AR for 20 years where she was a Dietary Supervisor, before retiring and moving to Branson MO. She resided in Branson for 23 years. While there, Pat worked for Thousand Hills Resort, then later she ran her own cleaning service and managed condo rentals.  She was a member of the Church of Christ in Hollister, MO.            
       Because of health issues, she had recently moved to Maryville, TN to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Faye Kirtley.
         Other than her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Dwayne Orvid Kirtley and brother Ted Stroud.
          She is survived by her son Gary Dwayne Kirtley (Faye), her daughter Terri Dianne Loftus, four grandchildren Kristy Kirtley Maurer (Adam), Ryan Kirtley (Crystal), Jordan and Andrew Loftus, and four great-grand children Keegan and Gavin Kirtley, Matthew  and Eliana Maurer. One brother, Max Stroud of San Antonio TX.
      At her request, no memorial service will be held. She will rest with her husband in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Springfield MO.
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hollister Church of Christ in her memory.
       We would like to express a special thanks to Blount Memorial Hospice Group. Wendy, Hiroko, Patti, Jan, Farrell, April and Katie, for their kindness, love, and support. We couldn’t have done it without you.  We love you all!!

Arthur W. Gaston

Arthur W Gaston 89 of Knoxville, Tn restfully passed away September 15, 2022, at Trinity Hills Assisted Living Center (Knoxville Tn). Arthur was born in Athens, Ga to the late Corn Willis (Knoxville, Tn) and Rose Gaston (Athens, Ga) on March 1st, 1934. Arthur enlisted in the USAF Reserve and received an Honorable Discharge in 1956. In 1956, Arthur attended Knoxville College there he met and married the late Ruth Bennett (Gaston). Arthur and Ruth had two children the late Kandus Ruth Gaston (Reese) and Arthur Letour Gaston. Arthur has two grandchildren Wesley Taj Reese (Greyslake, IL) and Mykeltie Tynee Shultz (Denver, Co) & 4 Great Grandchildren. Arthur has a surviving sister Peggy Lester (Athens, Ga). Arthur has cousins and many family & friends in Athens, Ga and Knoxville, Tn. Arthur retired from TVA, Knox County Schools, The YMCA and The East Tennessee Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and Greater Werner Baptist Church of Knoxville, TN. Arthur loved working with young people. Arthur spent decades involved with East Knoxville’s youth through sports programs, Sunday School teacher and as a Asst. Teacher at (Maynard, Fair Garden & Sarah Moore Green Schools). Arthur was a dedicated father, mentor, trusted friend to many and a GOOD MAN!! Veteran Memorial Service Sept 30, 2022, at 12:30pm John Sevier Veterans Cemetery 2200 E. Governor John Sevier Hwy at the Chapel.

David Wayne Foy

David W. Foy, Ph.D., passed away at his home in Knoxville, TN, on September 18, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Patty, his four children: Patrick, Danny, Lizzy, and Ben, and his brother, Dale, a resident of Pass Christian, Mississippi.

David was born on July 19, 1944, in New Orleans, LA. He was the son of Baptist Minister and his wife, Aaron and Elaine Foy. David enjoyed a long career as a clinical psychologist in Jackson, Mississippi, and in Pasadena and Malibu, California – eventually retiring as a professor of clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. He was an accomplished academic author and well-known expert in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other combat related issues.

David has always been an avid sports participant and fan and excelled in track and football throughout his time at Pass Christian High School. He attended Mississippi College and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he became a committed USM football fan. This continued throughout his entire life.

Dr. Foy’s graveside memorial service will be held at the Biloxi V.A. National Cemetery at 11 A.M. on September 30, 2022.

Lena Jennings Prutsman

Mrs. Lena Prutsman, 95 of 131 Hope Wier Lane, Jacksboro, TN died Sunday (Sept 4, 2022) afternoon at UT hospital in Knoxville TN after a house fire the same day. Survivors include her husband Gerald of 71 years, and two children Keith (Diana) Prutsman of Jacksboro, TN and Sherry Dhom of Oneida, TN. Four grandchildren, Michelle Prutsman Uranga, Port Angeles WA, Justin Prutsman, Jacksboro TN, Neil Day, Mattoon IL, Eric Day Pittsburgh PA. Six great grandchildren, seven great- great-grandchildren. She loved her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents James Ross and Amanda Jane Jennings, sister Hazel (Don) Harris, brothers Fred Martin Jennings, James Ross Jennings Jr, Eugene Jennings, Hubert G Jennings, Rufus Jennings, and half brother Ralph Ernest Jennings.
Lena was born April 3, 1927 Gate City, VA. She was graduate of Shoemaker High ’45.
You wouldn’t find Lana in the kitchen as often as you would find her in the garden with her hoe, she loved tending to the garden and growing flowers. She started each day selecting a cap or hat, as she had many. She loved her Irish heritage, ready to dance a little gig. She loved to travel, and she did, making it to all 48 contiguous states. Say the word “go” and she was ready. Her trips to Ireland were the favorite.
Funeral will be private with immediate family.

Ronald Keith Keller

Ronald Keith Keller passed away September 7, 2022, and with that, the world lost a first
class mechanic and an accomplished storyteller. Born on February 8, 1942 to Mary
Margaret Woodby Keller and Kenneth Howard Keller, he learned everything he knew
about engines at the knee of his father, whom he described as the best and most
patient teacher ever. He loved his dad so much that a picture of him is the first thing
you’d see when he opened his wallet. He was preceded in death by both parents and
two brothers-in-law.
Ron, or “Ronnie” if you’d known him since he was young, had a fondness for anything
with a motor. He was an exceptionally skilled mechanic. A week before his death, he
got into his daughter’s car. She started it and he immediately pointed out a “tick”. It had
just left the dealership, but when she took it back in, sure enough, there’s an obscure
problem on a minute percentage of that model. While living with his daughter and her
family, he spent many lazy evenings debating the merits of Chevrolets and Fords with
his son-in-law. That argument has still not been settled.
He loved seeing and aggravating his grandchildren while living with his daughter and
they knew he always kept Mountain Dew and Little Debbie cakes and was good for at
least a $5 when they went to the skating rink.
Blessed with a quick, often sarcastic, sense of humor, he could easily charm anyone he
put his mind to charming and infuriate the ones he didn’t. He was a favorite of most, but
not all, when he was in the hospital, rehab centers, Waffle House and Hardee’s. He
would give you the shirt off his back and sometimes the shirt off someone else’s if you
needed it. He had more stories than you could shake a stick at. The challenge was
identifying fact and fiction, but he was always entertaining and he had a wide circle of
friends who are missing him already.
He is survived by his daughters, Kristin Sands (Lucas), Megan Boring (Shannon), Mary
Brown and Amelia Baker (Chris); grandchildren Jordan(Katie), Gracie, Ellie, Quade,
Anna, Emily, Jake, Tyra, Haylee, Jase, Mason and Merynn, and one great-grandson,
Lincoln. He is also survived by all his sisters, Phyllis (LP), Janice (Wayne), Mary Lynn
and Becky and his brother Jerry (Agnes) who has looked out for him for years,
brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews as well as his ex-wife and mother of his four
daughters, Gwen Beem. Bo Nuchols was a faithful friend whom he loved until the end.
Linda and Larry Patty, his cousin and her husband were life-long friends, and he was
living with them at the time of his death but counting the days until he could move to his
daughter’s house in Greenback. It won’t be the same without him there.
While he was not attending any church, he was adamant that “I know where I’m going”
and could be seen reading his Bible every night when he didn’t know anyone was
watching. He knew Scripture and could hold his own in any discussion. In the end, it
wasn’t COPD or heart disease that took him, it was losing his sight to the point that he
couldn’t drive “Big Red” on his rounds to Hardee’s and Waffle House every day. Thank
you to all of the workers there who watched out for him and cared for him and thanks to
Megan who is the only one who could convince him to go to the hospital.
A memorial service will be held on September 18 at 2 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church,
4602 Salem Road, Greenback

Charles “Richard” Shields

December 8, 1952 to July 12, 2022

Richard passed away peacefully at his home on July 12, 2022 after a battle with cancer.

He is preceeded in death by his Father Perry Abbott Shields, Mother Eva Cobb Shields, Brothers Robert “Bobby” Shields and wife Glenda, John “Buzzy” Shields

Survived by – Companion of 45 years Linda Caylor and daughter Gina, Sons – Ricky & Jennifer, David, Kevin. Sister – Edith Shields Abbott and Don, Brother – Mike Shields, Sister-in-law – Linda Shields of Charleston SC.

Nieces – Paula, Darla, Teresa Abbott, Karen, Terri, Vicky Shields, Nephews – Bobby and Troy Shields. Special longtime friend Ronnie Hepperly. Many other family and friends.

Graveside Services are scheduled for Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 am at Caylor’s Chapel Cemetary, 486 Webb Road, Townsend, with Pastor Ronnie Hepperly officiating. A lite lunch will be served at RIO Townsend for fellowship after the service at 325 Webb Road, Townsend.

Alfred Courtney

Alfred Courtney, age 45, was born on July 11, 1977 and passed away on Monday, August 29, 2022. Alfred had a big heart and was deeply loved by his family and friends. He will be remembered for his bright smile, nurturing spirit, work ethic and love of his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother, Tresia Courtney; brother, Jason Courtney; sister, Tonya Jarrard; Uncle Jerry Courtney (Sally); Aunt Deborah Townsley; nephews Corey Jarrard, Derick Jarrard, Ayden Courtney, Braylon Courtney; niece Trishia Jarrard; two great nephews Corey Jarrard Jr, and Carter Forsythe; and great niece Bentlynn Forsythe.

Family and friends will always cherish the good memories and times that was spent with Alfred. He was a chef at the Waffle House where people would travel for miles to eat one of his world famous omlettes. Our hearts will forever feel the loss and emptiness of his absence. There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Jaycee Park, 314 Nave St, Clinton, TN 37716 for family and friends.

Karen Rickels

Karen Dee Morgan Rickels, age 59, of Seymour, passed away Monday August 22nd, 2022. She was a longtime active member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. She loved being a wife and mama, but her favorite title was “DeeDee.” To know her was to see Proverbs 31 lived out before us.  

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Jesse (J.P.) and Louise Morgan; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William (Bill) and Jean Rickels;   She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Gregory (Greg) Rickels; children, Whitney (Ronnie) Hanline, and Derrick (Alli) Rickels; grandchildren, Hadley Hanline and Colson Rickels; sisters, Judy (Jon) Braswell and Donna (Jim) Barger; brothers-in-law, Steve (Jodi) Rickels, Don Rickels, and Richard (Teresa) Rickels; many special nephews and cousins; countless dear friends. 

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday August 25th at Valley Grove Baptist Church in the parlor. We invite you to make a donation to Valley Grove Baptist Church in her honor, in lieu of flowers.  

Allen Hodge

Allen M. Hodge (Bud), 67, passed away August 21,2022. He suffered from multiple illnesses for a period of time. He was a veteran of the United States Army from 1975-1978. He was proceeded in death by Mother, Mary B. Hill; Brothers, Charles S Hodge (Stimey) and Gregory Hill (Greg). He is survived by Sister, Donna Johnson and Brother, Marty Hill. Bud will be greatly missed by many. There will be no services at this time. Will update at a later time. 

Michael Martin

Mike Martin, 63, passed away in his Knoxville home on August 12th, 2022.

He is preceded in death by parents, Woody Martin and Ann Covington.

Mike is survived by his children: Michael, Leigh Ann, Natalie, and Tiffini Martin; grandchildren: Mikey, Rayleigh, and Courtney Martin, and Blake and Avah Hopper.

He worked the last 14 years at Pips Iron Works in Knoxville as a Steel Fabricator and was well liked by all he encountered. Those who knew him well described him as kind, loving, and loyal.

A celebration of life will be held for his local friends at The Casual Pint Brewery, 10677 Hardin Valley Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932 on Friday, August 19, 2022 from 6 – 8pm.

A memorial service will be held at Landmark Baptist Church, 321 CR 23, Dennis, MS 38838 on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 4-6pm.  Flowers and Gifts can be requested from Southern Elegance Florist & Boutique (662) 279-5763.