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Chesley S. Anderson
Class of 1951
Memoriam
Anderson, Chesley Speer passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on August 7, 2018, in Saskatoon, Sask. Ches was born August 8, 1928, in Danville, Virginia, to Walter and Ray Anderson, the middle of three boys. He graduated from Maryville College and University of Tennessee and began his teaching career. He was an extraordinary athlete, and participated in gymnastics, wrestling, tennis, golf and many other sports. He loved the outdoors and spent time hunting, fishing, camping and enjoying nature. Painting was a hobby and a passion and he was widely known around Saskatchewan for his watercolours. In 1958, he moved his family to Saskatoon in order to work for the College of Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan. He retired from the university in 1990 and spent his retirement playing golf, painting and spending time with friends. He loved a challenge and enjoyed trying to figure out how to beat the house at roulette. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara, his children Chesley Jr., Alice (Alan) Neufeld and April (Pat) Loran; his brother John (Judy) Anderson of Wyoming; grandchildren R. Chesley (Tanya) Johnson, Stephanie and Bailey (Cole) Neufeld, Jessica (Aden) Anderson, Noelle and Anthony (Tricia) Loran, Theresa Schmidt and Michelle (Ryan) Ellson. He also has 5 great grandchildren and 4 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Walter. The family thanks the staff at Central Haven Care Home for the kindness and love they showed dad.
Kenneth V. Anderson
Class of 1950
Memoriam
Rev. Kenneth Victor Anderson, 93, of Saginaw, MI, died prematurely on Thursday, March 29th after a short illness while warmly attended by family and friends. According to Ken's wishes, a cremation has taken place. Ken was born on May 24, 1924 in Bigger, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Celia and Chris Anderson. The family moved to Munger, MI in 1924 and moved to Saginaw about 1931 He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1942. Married Mary (Mone) Van Sickle December 1943. She predeceased him in Feb. 1970. Ken served in the army in the European Theatre from 1943 to 1946. Following his discharge he studied to become a Presbyterian clergyman and pastored in the tent ministry style (i.e. worked to supplement income while serving churches in Plainwell, Saginaw, Houghton Lake, Munger, and Port Huron). During these years he enjoyed serving as chaplain at the Lutz Veteran's Hospital for seven years and part time for five years. He was the Executive Secretary of the city's Human Relations Commission, the first Director of the Saginaw County Anti-Poverty Commission, and spent 19 years at Saginaw Steering Gear. Ken was most pleased to have received the Human Relation Award from the Saginaw Chapter of the Frontiers of America in 1962. He devoted much time as a volunteer to a number of civic and religious organizations. He was fortunate to have received a M.A. Degree from CMU in 1984. Ken and Ruth (Woodland Wright) were married in November of 1984. Ken had a sportsman's heart, enjoying especially baseball/softball (He never tired of sharing the story of breaking both arms and finishing the 'must win' game! It was a church league game while Ken was the pastor at the Wadsworth Presbyterian Church). Ken was awarded a second degree black belt at age 80 from the laudable Auman Academy of Tae Kwon Do in Bay City. Ken is predeceased by his parents, his first wife and mother of his children, Mary Ione VanSickle Anderson, and six siblings: sisters Alice McCurdy, Dorothy Wohlfiel, and brothers Alfred, Donald, Keith, and Burton; a grandson, Willard R. Jones Jr.; also two members of his extended family, brothers-in-law Frances Ray, Mike Priola, Gerry McCurdyand niece Kathleen Neiman. He is survived by his wife Ruth (Woodland Wright) Anderson; his six children: Karen Vicki Jones of Saginaw; Nancy Lynn of Grand Rapids; Kenneth Lee (Anne) of Bay City; Cheryl Sue Anderson of Swartz Creek; Cindy Jo Anderson and Jean Rachelle of Flint. His step children; Timothy (Karen Gottschalk) Wright of Ann Arbor; Dr. Bradley E. Wright of Georgia; and Jason P. (Dr. Rebecca) Wright of Cleveland, Ohio. His sister Betty Ray who lives in Saginaw. Ken was blessed with a number of Grandchildren: Dr. LaDonna Jones of Gig Harbor, Washington; Tracy Anderson of Grand Rapids; Howard and Raquel (De'Asia) of Grand Rapids; Vickie Purnell of Atlanta, Georgia; Rianne of Bay City; Raymond (Melanie) Anderson of Ohio; Matthew of Auburn, Mi; Clint (Raenelle) Howay of Bay City, Mi; Rebecca (Michael) Mead of Grand Haven; Kathleen (Larry)Thompson of Swartz Creek; Cory (Dena) Anderson of Grand Rapids; Richard (Angie) Riggie of San Antonio, Texas; Christopher Riggie of Grand Rapids. Isaac, Grace, Sylvia Wright of Georgia, Ethan, Toby Wright of Ann Arbor, and Elliott and Phillip Wright of Cleveland, OH. There are 19 great-grand-children and four great-great-grand-children. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Second Presbyterian Church, 2665 Midland Road. Rev. James Neumann will officiate. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Second Presbyterian Church Memorial program and Missionary programs to include those working with the anti-human slavery program.
Michael Lee Anderson
Class of 1986
Memoriam
Michael Lee Anderson (Mike), age 54, passed away Sunday March 18, 2018. He graduated from Alcoa High School in 1981 and received a BA in Accounting from Maryville College in 1986. Michael was a member of the Alcoa Kiwanis and was an Ambassador for the Blount Chamber Partnership. He worked for 29 years at First Tennessee Bank, leaving as a senior vice president. He was most recently employed at Russell & Abbott Heating and Air being awarded the "Highest Gross Sales for a New Salesman." He is preceded by his grandparents Leonard and Mary Hightower, William and Blanche Anderson, his father David Anderson, and son Blake Anderson. He is survived by his wife Julie Anderson, son Derek Anderson, his mother Wanda Anderson, mother-in-law Katherine Parker, sisters-in-law, Diane Drake and Karen LaLonde as well as many other loving relatives. Michael was a loving husband, father, and son who truly lived life to its fullest through his many passions such as art, music, books, and especially his devotion to his family. His generosity and love for those around him was beyond measure, and he was always considered a foundation of strength for his family. A graveside service was held March 23, 2018, at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be given to the Alcoa Kiwanis or Blount County Humane Society. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
William R. Anderson
Class of 1975
Memoriam
Rev. William Robert Anderson was born on August 5, 1927 and passed away on February 25, 2017. Reverend William Robert Anderson of Lakeport, Retired Presbyterian Minister, passed away peacefully from natural causes after a fall. He leaves behind his companion of 19 years, June Benkelman; three children, Bruce Anderson, Robert Anderson and Celest Boer; friends, Robert and Nancy Benkelman, Ronald and Ruth Benkelman and families. Bill was a graduate of Vanderbilt University, M.A. Divinity, and served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps, having the privilege of being an "attache" to and walking with President Truman on the White House Grounds. He was a Christian who studied extensively the Hawaiian "Huna", namely the "mana", the energy and power used by kahunas and Hawaiian Chiefs to perform "healings". Bill was an advocate of Human Rights and donated significant amounts of money to the education of Black Americans. Bill believed in Jesus, was an ethical man, impeccable with his word and loved by all. His final words: "Blessings upon you" are meaningful to everyone. There will be no services per his wishes. Donations in Bill's memory can be made to United Christian Parish or Lakeport Senior Center. Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary 707-263-0357, or 994-5611, or online visit chapelofthelakes.com. Please share your memories by signing the guestbook at www.legacy.com.
Judy Creer Archer
Class of 1982
Notes
Following a nationwide search, Pierce County (WA) has selected Judith C. Archer to be director of Human Resources. Archer joins the County from Kinder Morgan, Inc., where she served nearly eight years as the director of Human Resources for the Texas-based energy infrastructure company and its 11,000 employees. "Judy has a remarkably broad background in Human Resources," said Bruce Dammeier, County Executive. "Whether at a small privately held company, a large multi-national public corporation, or a startup, Judy has brought strong leadership, skilled change management and respected labor relations negotiations to every organization she has served. Her strong track record of developing and implementing effective human resources strategies will serve the employees and, ultimately the residents, of Pierce County." The new county role marks a return to the Pacific Northwest for Archer. Earlier in her career she held positions at Tacoma Goodwill, Pioneer Industries and Toray Composites. Archer earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Maryville College, a Masters' of Science in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee, and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. https://tacomaweekly.com/daily-mash-up/archer-named-new-pierce-county-human-resources-director/
Steve H. Arnold
Class of 1982
Notes
After 36 years in the Johnson County School system, Steve has decided to retire from teaching and coaching to spend more time on the golf course and the front porch, but will still work part time at Hux Funeral Home.
Kate Warner Asquith
Class of 2008
Birth
Chris Asquith '08 and Katie Warner Asquith '08 had Jacob Matthew Asquith on May 21, 2018. He is named after Matthew Warner '10.
Ralph E. Ayers
Class of 1960
Class Notes
Ralph E. Ayers '60 and his wife, Kitty, moved to Las Vegas in July, 2018 to be near two of their children, Vicki (class of 2001) & Matt (with whom they are living) and who both work for Cirque Du Soleil, Michael Jackson One show. They will spend the next few months looking for a home of their own in the Vegas area as they adapt to the change from the tropics of the Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Gulf of Mexico to the altitude and desert heat of southern Nevada.
Eleanor Stout Barker
Class of 1946
Memoriam
Eleanor Marjorie Stout Barker, 94, formerly of Knoxville, died April 25, 2018, at Foothills Presbyterian Community in Easley, S.C. She was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Fitchburg, Mass., to the late George and Marion Stout. She grew up in Fitchburg; Birmingham, Ala.; and Brooklyn, N.Y. After earning a degree in psychology from Maryville College and working in New York City, she married the late Rev. Donald L. Barker, whom she met at Maryville College. She supported her husband in his ministry in rural southeastern Illinois; White Pine and Dandridge, Tenn.; North Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville; Vincennes, Ind.; Little Rock. Ark.; and Kirk Hills Presbyterian in east Knoxville. Mrs. Barker later was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and Easley Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Barker taught elementary school in Knoxville while raising four sons and was an administrator for the Presbytery of Arkansas. The Barkers also opened their home to several teenagers, serving as foster parents or legal guardians. After retiring, she volunteered for several organizations in Knoxville, including Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity, which in 2013 honored her as Volunteer of the Year. Mrs. Barker also was an avid flower gardener. Family survivors include her sister, Catherine Beals of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law: George and Jane Barker of Virginia, Paul Christopher Barker of Atlanta, Phil and Sue Barker of Easley, David Barker of Charlotte; grandchildren and spouses: Erik and Mahjooba Bianchi, Emily Barker and Jeff Maxim, Lindsey Barker and Mark Dolgin, Erin and Matthew Lundy and Brad Barker; nephews: Jack and Scott Wilson, Joe and Brent Beals of Knoxville and Steve, Dan, Jim and Fred Barker; niece: Nancy Wilson; great-grandchildren: Rehana, Enzo and Aleeza Bianchi and Lily Dolgin. In addition to her husband, Donald Barker, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marion Wilson; sister-in-law, Kiyoko Barker; and brothers-in-law the Rev. Dr. Stanton Wilson, Dr. Joe Beals of Knoxville and the Rev. Robert Barker of Japan. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 5 at Easley Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity (knoxvillehabitatforhumanity.com) or Maryville College (maryvillecollege.edu/giving). Condolences may be expressed online at www.RobinsonFuneralHomes.com , or in person at Robinson Funeral Home Downtown Easley which is assisting the family.
Marion Schneeweiss Bartlett
Class of 1945
Memoriam
Marion was born on April 21, 1924 and passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Marion was a resident of Onancock, Virginia at the time of passing. She graduated from Pleasantville HS in 1941 and went on to earn her Bachelor's of Education degree from Maryville College in Maryville, TN. A Memorial Service will be held at Commonwealth Senior Living (formerly, The Hermitage, 23610 North Street, Onancock, VA on February 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverends Berkley Ford and Robert Fletcher officiating. Donations may be made to: Riverside Shore Hospice P.O. Box 616, Onley VA 23418 http://riversidehospice.org/ Memorial Service at the Commonwealth Senior Living (Hermitage) at 2:00 PM on February 2, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 615, Onley, VA 23418.
Verneda Boynton Bayless
Class of 1945
Memoriam
Verneda Bayless, age 87, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2010.
Robert A. Bennett
Class of 1944
Memoriam
Col. (Ret.) Robert A. Bennett, age 93, died on Nov. 9, 2015, at Asbury Place in Maryville. Bob was a 30-year career pilot and commander in the Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, in addition to other honors. Several magazine and newspaper articles have been written on his accomplishments. He attended Maryville College until WW II, then completed his college degree at the Univ. of Nebraska Omaha. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. Bob's parents, James W. and Noreen Bennett, and brother Dr. James Bennett of the University of Tennessee preceded him in death. His survivors are his wife of 71 years, Freda; his daughter, Lee Sherry; his son, Bob; and two grandchildren, Jason Sherry and Tara Bennett. Bob Bennett was a long-time resident of Maryville and many people will remember the tall, slender, and distinguished figure. He will be missed. Arrangements are being made for a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with full military honors.
Matilda Housch Benton
Class of 1945
Memoriam
Matilda Pearl Housch Benton passed away Monday, April 4, 2016. She was 91. Born in Chickamauga, GA on June 27, 1924, Mrs. Benton was the daughter of the late Walter Matthew and Pearl Cunningham Housch. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas F. Benton, two sisters Marion Housch Hutcheson and Florence Housch Lukeman, and two brothers, Max Housch and Edison Housch.Growing up in Chickamauga, Matilda graduated Gordon Lee High School. She attended Maryville College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. Accepting a job in Jackson County as the County Home Demonstration Agent and 4-H advisor, she moved to Jefferson in 1947, where she met and later married Thomas Frazer Benton in 1949.Thomas and Matilda lived in Commerce the rest of their lives. Matilda was a homemaker in their early years and then later worked with her husband at the JB Hardman Insurance Agency and the Commerce Building & Loan, later Athens Federal. She was a licensed insurance agent. Mrs. Benton was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce for over 60 years. She served as president of the United Methodist Women, Chairman of Worship and Membership Chairman. She served 30 continuous years on the Administrative Board. She was a member of the Church choir, Circle 2 (Hannah), Saints Alive, Alter Guild and Prayer & Care. She was also an active member in Pine Tree Garden Club for over 30 years, where she served as Secretary and Treasurer. She played an active role in their many gardening and nursing home projects.Matilda was an avid supporter of Girl Scouts, USA. She was a local troop leader and volunteer for 20 years. She instilled the Girl Scout motto, Be Prepared. in all her children; her three daughters received the First Class Honor Badge during her tenure. She served on the State Council and received the Thanks Award, the highest award given to volunteer adult leadership. In addition to her camping and outdoor activities, Matilda had many hobbies. She was an accomplished seamstress and baker. She also enjoyed playing the piano. She loved spending time with her family, cooking many a Sunday dinner for all to enjoy. She always looked forward to the annual family beach vacation, where she developed her video camera hobby, much to her family's dismay. She was a competitive player of many card and board games and loved jigsaw puzzles. At 71, she joined the hospital fitness center, where she spent her mornings walking the treadmill and rowing. In later years, she enjoyed long rides, feeding the ducks and became an ardent bird watcher. Mrs. Benton is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Tommy and Karen Benton of Jefferson, daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Jimmy Hooper of Maysville, daughter and son-in-law Matilda and Robert Wangerien of Sandy, UT and daughter Elizabeth Benton of Commerce; five grandchildren, LeighAnn Benton Allison, Thomas Housch Benton, Jr., Frances Hooper Whitlock, Wyatt Benton Hooper and John Wesley Terrell; six step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The Housch-Benton family would like to thank her long-time caregivers, Judy Hicks, Heyward Barnett and Dorothy Haggard for all the love and support they gave to Miss Matilda and her entire family.
Terry Pitcock Berggren
Class of 1983
Memoriam
Terry Margaret Berggren, age 54, of Sweetwater passed Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Terry was raised in the Church of God and put her faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. Preceded in death by her father, Alden Grey Pitcock. Survived by her mother, Lilan Beatrice Duckett Pitcock, of Sweetwater Sisters and brothers-in-law, Diane Bohannan and husband James, of Athens, Tammy Smith and husband David, of Knoxville, nieces and nephews, Randy Shaw, Barbara Rowland, Andrew Smith, Amy Smith Gilman,and Adela Smith Lunsford along with several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Lois Roberts Berry
Class of 1944
Memoriam
Lois Roberts Berry passed away on September 19, 2016.
Betty Boone Best
Class of 1959
Notes
Betty has published a book that is a pictorial history on her home community, Happy Valley, Blount County, Tennessee. See more here: http://www.thedailytimes.com/entertainment/sharing-history-happy-valley-book-now-available/article_62b369fa-4e64-55b4-a845-9d67b8c83d2e.html
Perry N. Bigham
Class of 1943
Memoriam
Perry Bigham, 87 was born Sunday, Nov. 7, 1920, in Marion, Ky., the son of William and Grace Clement Bigham. He married Evelyn Berry Nov. 9, 1950, at West Monroe, La., and worked 20 years as a certified public accountant for Shering-Plough. Mr. Bigham was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served in the Philippines. He lived in Mountain Home for 21 years, moving from Brick, N.J. Perry was a member of B.P.O.E. Mountain Home Lodge 1714, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Alpha and Beta Gamma Sigma. He was a great family historian who learned from his father, a Presbyterian minister, to be meek and kind. Mr. Bigham is survived by his wife, Evelyn Bigham; sons Rod (Jean) Bigham of Concord, Calif., and Chris Bigham of Memphis, Tenn.; brother William M. Bigham of Morehead, Ky.; sister Barbara Bigham Simons of Murray, Ky.; and James, Doug and Jessica Bigham, his loving grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Carroll R. Bigham. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
William L. Blair
Class of 1955
Memoriam
William Lowry Blair, age 85 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on January 31, 2019. Bill was a dedicated man who loved his family. A US Army Veteran, Bill retired as a partner from JC Bradford & Company and enjoyed time with his wife, children & grandchildren. A life-long lover of sports, nicknamed "Slug" during his playing days at Alcoa High School in baseball, basketball and football. He was a graduate of Maryville College. Bill also dominated the golf course, and was an avid dancer. Bill will always be remembered for his integrity, love of family, and faithfulness. Bill was preceded in death by first wife, Jane Waters Blair; brother, John Edwin Blair; sister, Mary Ellen Giles; and parents, John William and Mary Davidson Blair. He is survived and will be missed by his beloved wife of 36 years, Geraldine Perry Blair; previous wife, Lee F. McMillan; sons, William W. Blair and wife Sherry; John F. Blair and wife Wendy; daughters, Christy Blair Kenny and husband Patrick, Libby Blair Long; step-daughters, Lisa Hatfield Denner and husband Boyd, Teresa Hatfield LeCroy and husband John; ten grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nephew, Tony Giles; niece Connie E. Giles; and a host of extended family and friends. The Funeral Service is Sunday, February 3rd at Rose Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike at 6:00pm, with Pastor Tony Giles officiating. The family will receive friends prior from 5:00-6:00pm. A Graveside Service will be held at Sherwood Memorial Garden on Monday, February 4th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Knoxville Fire Fighter's or Alzheimer's TN in his memory. Online condolences may be made at rosemortuary.com.
Mary Smith Boldrick
Class of 1948
Memoriam
Mary Smith Boldrick of Tucson, AZ was born on April 14, 1924 and passed away May 9, 2018.
Mary Bundy Boozer
Class of 1959
Memoriam
Mary Faye Bundy Boozer, 79, of Hoover, AL, passed away Monday evening, October 9, 2017. She was a deeply devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Mary Faye demonstrated her endearing qualities of selflessness, kind-heartedness in her many years of educating public and private school students. She is remembered as a meticulously organized homemaker and educator who was a great storyteller, soft-spoken, and a lover of the color blue. Mary Faye earned her bachelor degree in education at Maryville College in Maryville, TN. She was a member of the McCalla (AL) Bible Church. Mary Faye was predeceased by her parents, Percy and Irene Bundy, and her brother, Percy Bundy Jr. Survivors include Mary Faye's husband of 57 years, Alec Boozer; two daughters, Karen Gilbert (Jeremy) and Julie Armstrong (Tim); one granddaughter, Jessica Armstrong; and one sister, Dianne Fisher (Ben).