CARTER, SUSAN LOUISE MUSSELMAN – 59, traded her broken, earthly body for a pain-free heavenly one on November 6, 2014. Susan was the beloved daughter of George (deceased) and Polly Musselman; the treasured older sister of Cindy and Pete Musselman; the faithful wife and companion of Kevin Carter; the loving and devoted mother of Daniel and Cliff Carter; the delighted grandmother of Daniel and Ashley’s lovely daughters: Audrey, Cadence and Sydney. Susan patiently battled rheumatoid arthritis for her entire adult life-becoming a bionic woman over time. While she was forced into early medical retirement, she continued to serve the Lord as a foster parent to a number of needy children over the years and as the preschool choir teacher for her church as well. Susan demonstrated more joy, patience, faith and inner strength than anyone I’ve ever had the privileged to know. While she will be missed by those of us she leaves behind, we will celebrate the good works that God enabled her to do here on earth, the way that she touched each of our lives and the knowledge that she will be able to lift her beautiful voice in the heavenly choir for all time to glorify God. Family will receive friends November 20, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Powell.
Marie Louise Vandiver, 54, of Knoxville, passed away on September 29, 2014.
WOLKOTTE, KARYN – went to be with her Savior on September 15, 2014. She is survived by her three sons, Christopher, Eric, Mark; and two daughters in-law, Rhonda Wolkotte and Becky Wolkotte; seven grandchildren: Abby, Christopher Jr., Charlotte, Lilly, Mark Jr., Jonathan, Collin and Christalynn; one brother, Timothy Saylor. She is preceded in death by her husband Chris; son C.J.; brother Dearyl; mother Lakie and father Albert. Special thanks to the Edwards and Saylor families.
Alma Ann Vittetoe, 75, of Rockford, TN, passed away on September 15, 2014.
Arlene Marie Bates, 90, of Livingston, TN, passed away on September 9, 2014.
John Gary Arnett, 63, passed away on August 29, 2014.
Joyce Ann Purkey, age 60, Friendsville, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 20, 2014. She was a member of Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene. Preceded in death by parents, Virgil and Mattie Purkey. Survived by brother, Harold Purkey and wife Lynda; sister, Karen Brendle; goddaughter, Miranda (Cameron) Rudd; nephews, Nick (Amanda) Purkey, Mike (Bridgett) Purkey and Matthew Brendle. Family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, with memorial service to follow. Rev. Charles Murrell officiating.
Larry Allen Hill, 58, of Knoxville, died Aug. 15, 2014, at Blount Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Hill; stepson, Joe Carter; granddaughter, Tatum Carter; sisters, Ethelene Relation and Brenda Tyler, both of Maryville; and brother, Raymond W. Hill of Lubkin, Texas.
Hunley, Betty Louise (Yarnell), 85, passed away at her home on August 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, SSG US Marine Corp Ret. Lonzo B. Hunley Jr; parents, Harry and Martha Yarnell; brother, Harry Yarnell, Jr.; sisters, Agnes Yarnell Mikels and Hazel Yarnell Braswell.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: US Army Ret. Lonzo B. Hunley III and Guellen Hunley, Cathy Hunley and SFC US Army Ret. Teresa Diann Wilcox, Janice Hunley Wade and Michael Wade; grandchildren and spouses: Jessica Hunley and Kenneth Greene, Dustin Wade and Shadiya Wade; Great Grand Children: Lonzo Wade and Vivian Greene; Sisters: Mary Ruth Yarnell Maples and Ruby Yarnell Krosnes; Brother, Frank Yarnell; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Betty graduated from Knoxville High School and spent 20 years traveling as a military wife. As her children moved out, she became a nurse and retired from Baptist Hospital.
In 1975, Betty and L.B. started taking in Vietnamese refugees and were host family for International Students at U.T.
In the last few years, Betty worked with African refugees through Bridge Refugee Services.
Betty was an active member of Stock Creek Baptist Church and filled hundreds of shoe boxes for Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child.
Betty chose to be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at Stock Creek Baptist Church on August 16, 2014 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers make donations to the Free Medical Clinic at 6209 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920.
Thomas Michael Thomas, JR., 39, of Knoxville, TN passed away on July 24, 2014.