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.

Stanley Stokey

Stanley Stokey, age 86, of Knoxville, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully on April 24. Stan was born May 1, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were the late Cyril and Helen Stokey. A true man of God, he faithfully served his country, his community, and his church.

Stan served his country in the Army during the Korean War as well as the Merchant Marine. During the time with the Merchant Marine he developed a love of travel that he kept throughout his life.  He later graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Masters in City Planning.

Stan dedicated his life’s work through serving the community. He made  the region a better place to work, live, and raise a family for  over thirty years as a City Planner with The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  He developed a ride share and express bus system for TVA during his tenure. He was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Transportation Task Force and attended both President Carter’s and President Clinton’s Inaugurations.

Stan truly had a servants heart. He served his church in many capacities. He was a Trustee for Cokesbury United Methodist Church. He turned retirement into a passion to serve others through Manna House, the church food pantry. While there no child left without Stan registering them for DollyParton’s  Imagination Library, the non- profit free book gifting program providing much needed books to children. He was happiest when serving others.

Stan is survived by his wife Diana, children Paul Stokey and wife Michele, Edward Stokey and wife Cheryl, Dennis Sprous, Douglas Sprous, Darla DeRosa and husband Michael along with a host of adored grandchildren. The family would like to thank Michael DeRosa for the love and encouragement he shared with Stan in his later years.  Stan lives on in the gifts of humility, true kindness, and warmth given freely to all he came in contact with.

Please consider a gift to the Cokesbury UMC in Stan’s memory. Condolences can be left at  dogwoodcremations.com/stanley-stokey.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with burial at the Veterans Cemetery.

Tony Allen Ahrens


Tony Allen Ahrens, May 25, 1968 to April 1, 2021, in Newport, Tennessee, originally from Rockford, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Billie Nell Ahrens, his sister Irene/Alix Ahrens, his nieces Samantha and Scarlett. Survived by his daughter Diamond and 3 grandchildren, his sisters Jodi (Paul) Gentry, Cindy Gentry, Becky Boling and their families, along with many other special family members to continue to celebrate his life. 

Tony was already a hard worker and would give anything to help someone out if they needed it. His family meant everything to him.