Hugo W. Bertini

Hugo W. Bertini, 94, died March 18, 2021 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Born on December 12, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois to immigrant Italian parents, Hugo joined the Army at the age of 17, the earliest he could join during World War II. Always athletic, he boxed while he was in the service. Once the war ended, he decided to pursue his education. To do so, he had to redo his high school degree on a more academic track and then complete the first two years of college at Wright Junior College. He then graduated from Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Tennessee in 1962. He used this advanced degree in his decades of work in nuclear physics in the Neutron Physics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He published a number of scientific articles during that time and performed pioneering research into the uses of solar energy.

Hugo passionately pursued his interests in fitness, hunting, fishing, marksmanship and the outdoors throughout his life. He gave his three sons a childhood like no other, by involving them in these interests. He regarded these pursuits as opportunities for learning and for exposure to new and fascinating experiences, including eye-opening adventures in exploring the wilderness in Arizona and Colorado in search of lost treasures. His sons cherish these memories, as they do their memories of their father’s ever-present sense of humor, and his booming hearty laugh.

Hugo is preceded in death by his father Rizieri Bertini and mother Matilde Bertini, by his brother Reno Bertini, and by his sister Lola Bertini Bennett. He is survived by his longtime beloved companion, Peggy Tiner, his sons, Steven Bertini, Michael Bertini, Peter Bertini, their mother JoAnne and their spouses, his niece, Nina Bennett Smith, and by numerous grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oak Ridge Sportmen’s Association, 2625 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 37830.

Randall Dale Born

Randall Dale Born, age 69, passed away Saturday, March 13th, 2021, at his home in Maryville. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Elaine Born (Kinney), in 2015.  He is survived by his children, Heather Gomez, Mathew Born, and Rachel Robocker; his grandchildren Cecilia Gomez and Alister and Cassie Robocker; his brother, Roger Born, and his sisters Billie Thompson and Beverly Rice-Anderson.

Randy was born in Kenton, Ohio in 1952 to Jack and Martha Born.  His talent with machinery led him to enlist in the Air Force in 1972.  Over the course of his career he obtained degrees in criminal justice and aircraft mechanics.  He was married to Elaine in 1973.  They lived at Beale AFB in California before he joined the National Guard and was stationed at McGhee Tyson.  During his 36 years of military service, Randy performed tours of duty around the world.  His gift was the ability to fix or build anything he set his mind to.  He loved the outdoors, cars, woodworking, watching sports, and spending time with his grandkids.  Randy’s dedication to his family and to his country was an inspiration; his memory will live on in the generations to come.

Tracey Marie Venable

Tracey Marie Venable, 46, passed away March 11, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. 

She is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Peyton Rogers and Wesley Rogers; step-children, Jackson Venable, Troy and Rachel Venable, and David Venable; 5 grandchildren; parents, Raymond and Rose Marie Krulac; step-sister, Diane and Oliver Vontroll; step-brother, Danny Krulac; uncles and aunts, Dan Krulac, Mary Ann and Fred Andel, Bill and Dava Dursa.

Tracey got a BSN in Nursing from Kent State University, a graduate of Solon High School where she played volleyball. 

Tracey was the best wife, mother and daughter who was always so loving, so thoughtful and caring. She had a passion for scrapbooking. She was a Nurse for 25 years and her patients always came first. Tracey always made holidays, birthdays and anniversaries so special.

A special thanks to the wonderful staff of the CVICU at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for the exceptional care to her and her family during this time. She will be missed by so many!
The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Darrin “Buster” Thompson

Darrin “Buster” Thompson went home to his Heavenly Father at the age of 52 on Sunday, February 28. Buster was born on January 16, 1969 in Nashville, Tennessee. Only Heaven will reveal how many people Buster touched. He never met a stranger, and was loved by many. He loved his family, K5 Blazers, his dog Dewie, fishing, hiking, and camping. Darrin was a talented artist and passionate advocate for equality. 
He is preceded in death by his grandmother Ruby Robbins, grandfather Dossie Robbins, mother Marjorie Robbins-Thompson, father Robert C Thompson, his brother Bobby Thompson, and sister-in-law Tracy Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Thompson, his siblings Ronnie, Mike, Ricky, Randy, and Sissy, his children Brittany, Jamie, Nick, Sara, and Brody, his grandchildren Hayden, Kolsyn, and Rileigh, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends who he considered family. 
No memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones when a service is scheduled.

Shirley Linn Ogle

Shirley Linn Ogle lost her battle with COVID-19 last week. She is preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Ogle and her parents Dr. Jay G. Linn Jr. and Beulah D. Linn. She is survived by her four sons Brent E. Ogle, David C. Ogle, Troy E. Ogle, M. Scott Ogle and his wife Treva, and granddaughter Emma J. Ogle. 

William “Bill” Pruitt

William “Bill” Pruitt, 80, of Knoxville, TN passed away on February 27, 2021.

Bill was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy “Dot” Pruitt; parents, James Oliver and Claudia Mae Pruitt.

Survivors include his son, Lonny (Deneen) Pruitt; daughter, April (Michael) Stratton; grandchildren, Joseph Papageorgeon, Bradley Pruitt (Rebecca),  Autumn Papageorgeon (Merri-Ashley);  and sister, Gerry Wilson.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Bill’s memory.

Dillard F. Harrod

Dillard F. Harrod, age 78, of Seymour, TN passed away peacefully at home on February 22, 2021. Dillard was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and friend to many. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and trophy-winning trap shooter. Preceded in death by wife of 56 years, Helen Brazzell Harrod; parents, Lloyd and Maude Harrod; and brothers, Ed and Arnold Harrod. He is survived by sister, Glenora Revis; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Angie Harrod, Nathan and Hope Harrod; daughter and son-in-law, Jami Harrod-James and David James; grandchildren, Melissa (John) Halter, Jordan (Amanda) Harrod, Cody James and Lauren James; great-grandchildren, Eli, Cole and Ben Harrod, Hattie and baby-on-the-way Halter; faithful four-legged companion, Reba Jo, granddog, Roxy and great-granddog, Cammie. There will be no funeral service at this time, but a Celebration of Life Ceremony for both Dillard and Helen will be held in the Spring. The family wants to extend special thanks to Dillard’s caregivers Debbie Johnson, Paula Keith and Penny Wallace. Arrangements by Dogwood Cremation. 

Mildred Eileen Newman

In Loving Memory of
Mildred Eileen Newman


Mildred Eileen Newman, 78, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully
surrounded by her loved ones, Saturday, February 13th, 2021.
Eileen was born in Hayden, Colorado in 1942 and graduated from Littleton High School
in 1960. During high school, Eileen was a talented photographer and contributed greatly
to her senior yearbook and other school events.

Being a great conversationalist and thoughtful listener, Eileen spent many years working
on the phone, in several different industries. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a 911
call processor from where she retired at 65. After a year of retirement, with the desire to
stay active and social, she sought out employment at GC Services in Knoxville where she
retired a second time at the age of 76.
After retirement, Eileen enjoyed spending time with her family, watching movies,
listening to music, playing games, and chatting on social media. She also spent time with
her bird “Cowboy” and her dogs “Dizzy” and “Cheebs”.
Eileen was a resilient woman, who despite hardships and many challenges throughout
her life, was funny, kind-hearted, and had a smile that would warm your heart. She was
loved and cherished by many, and though she will be dearly missed, she will live on in
the memories of those whose lives she touched.
Eileen is survived by her four treasured daughters, Vicki Patterson, Casey Giles, Shannon
Kerwin, Jackie Newman (Mikey), and a dear Son, Scott Neubill. She also leaves behind
her beloved grandchildren Bill Patterson (Sarah), David Patterson, Dan Patterson,
Stephanie Kish (Chris), Jessica Coleman (Gary), Grant Boss, Kiefer Boss, Leanna Peavy
(David), Michelle Neubill (Jeremiah), Matthew Neubill (Zoe) and many wonderful
great-grandchildren.
There will be no funeral services at this time, but a Celebration of Life Ceremony is in the
planning stages for Spring. In lieu of flowers, bring potato salad and join us in the Spring
to share some wonderful memories of this sweet and beautiful soul.

Lavenna “Lou” Beach

Lavenna (Lou) Beach, age 90, died Wednesday morning, February 17, 2021 in the Meadows residence, a caring and loving community at the Courtyards Senior Living in Knoxville.  She was born in Stone, Kentucky, September 1, 1930 to Arthur and Belva (Centers) Duncan.  She is the oldest of seven children.  She was married to George (‘Ady’) Vowell in Lake City, Tennessee in 1947 and was married for 44 years.  They lived half of that time on the coastline of southern California.  After George’s death she was remarried to Charles A. Beach, for 19 years.  After his passing in 2011 she continued with her hobbies and crafting.  She loved her family and loved to plant flowers.  She played piano in her younger years and was very active in several churches in California while residing there for many years.  Lou has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Clinton, Tennessee in the mid 80’s to early 90’s.  Lou loved her elder residents in her care through those years.  She is preceded in death by her brothers, Harry Duncan and Austin Duncan also by her sister Patty Duncan and grandchildren, Aaron Vowell and Michaela Buckner.  She is survived by her brother Jim Duncan (wife Donna), her sisters Gloria Norfalise and Myra Crawford all in Anderson County and sister-in-law Dorothy Duncan in Lee’s Summitt, Mo.  She also leaves two sons, Ron Vowell (wife Gigmar) and Randy Vowell (wife Mary) along with two daughters, Rhonda Beffre (husband Gene) and Robin Hoffman.  Lou had 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.  She will be missed by all who loved her.  She will be laid to rest in Leach Cemetery, Lake City next to her husband, George. The family will have a graveside service at a later date.  

Velma Lea Parrett

Velma Lea Parrett, 70, of Powell, TN passed away on February 12, 2021, peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Velma is the daughter of Tilman and Mary Jane Muncy and was born on April 12, 1950 in New Tazewell, TN.

Velma is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Thomas Parrett, Sr. Her children Vicky (Jason) Sanders, Thomas (Tiffany) Parrett Jr., and daughter-in-law Sue Parrett. Velma was blessed with several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and loved by all her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. 

Velma is preceded in death by her parents and son, Rick Parrett.

In lue of flowers please make all donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org in her name.