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Alex Anderson
Class of 2012
Notes
During the international Reebok CrossFit Games Aug. 3-6 in Madison, Wis., Alex finished in ninth place after coming in 11th in 2016 and 13th in 2015. As a professional CrossFit athlete, he trains by doing multiple workout sessions a day in this discipline that involves everything from training with weights, to physical endurance, to gymnastics-like exercises. Read more here: http://trueviralnews.com/meet-tennessees-fittest-man/
Meriam McGaha Anderson
Class of 1944
Memoriam
Meriam Reva McGaha Anderson, age 94 of Fountain City passed away on October 7, 2017. Meriam was born December 13, 1922 in Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee. Parents were Lauvinia Fisher and Dr. William Edgar McGaha. Meriam graduated from Maryville College in 1944. After graduation, she was employed by Bureau of Mines, Norris, TN and later Union Carbide at K25, Oak Ridge as a chemist before beginning her family. She was a member of Fountain City Presbyterian Church and a past board member of historic Ramsey House (APTA). Meriam enjoyed gardening, playing bridge, water color painting, and spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Preceded in death by parents, husband of 53 years, Harold L. Anderson; brothers Cecil and Dudley McGaha and sisters Lena Brake and Devida King. Survivors include daughter Susan Anderson Pannell; son, James Anderson (Debbie); grandchildren: Anne Pannell Rodman (John), Nathan Anderson (Carrie), William Pannell (Zora Beth); great grandchildren: Whit, Charlie and Reynolds Anderson and Katie and Jack Rodman, and many nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in the chapel of Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, with the Funeral Service at after with Pastor Gradye Parson, officiating. Burial at Lynnhurst Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Meriams's memory.
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.
Evelyn Boughton Baker
Class of 1954
Notes
In 2016 Evelyn and Gareth (both from the Class of 1954) were asked to form and chair a committee in Bristol Village to raise funds from Bristol Village residents to help build a new Pike County Public Library in Waverly, Ohio. Bristol Village is a retirement community in Waverly, Ohio and they have in their own independent house for 18 years. The couple is still in good health and are very active in their church and community. They realized this was a historical undertaking and would benefit all ages of people in Pike County for the next 100 years. It was predicted the building will cost over $3,500,000 and it would take at least five years to raise the necessary funds and to build. Gareth and Evelyn gathered a committee and together they set a goal of $250,000 just for Bristol Village residents. That goal was exceeded in cash and pledges in just over six months. On June 29, 2017 the Pike County Rotary Club honored the couple for their community service along with another couple who worked closely with them. Currently, $259,653 has been raised from BV residents.
Gary Baker
Class of 1954
Notes
In 2016 Evelyn and Gareth (both from the Class of 1954) were asked to form and chair a committee in Bristol Village to raise funds from Bristol Village residents to help build a new Pike County Public Library in Waverly, Ohio. Bristol Village is a retirement community in Waverly, Ohio and they have in their own independent house for 18 years. The couple is still in good health and are very active in their church and community. They realized this was a historical undertaking and would benefit all ages of people in Pike County for the next 100 years. It was predicted the building will cost over $3,500,000 and it would take at least five years to raise the necessary funds and to build. Gareth and Evelyn gathered a committee and together they set a goal of $250,000 just for Bristol Village residents. That goal was exceeded in cash and pledges in just over six months. On June 29, 2017 the Pike County Rotary Club honored the couple for their community service along with another couple who worked closely with them. Currently, $259,653 has been raised from BV residents.
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.
Verneda Boynton Bayless
Class of 1945
Memoriam
Verneda Bayless, age 87, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2010.
Karson Leitch Beaty
Class of 1998
Memoriam
The family of Karson Leitch Beaty (nee Karson Shea Leitch) regretfully reports her passing in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 4, 2017 at the age of 41. Karson grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, attending Stone Mountain High School where she acted in several school plays as an active member of the drama program. Beginning her life-long interest in community service, Karson volunteered for the Appalachia Service Project throughout high school and continued as a staff member during her college years until 1997, when she completed her service as a Center Director. She continued her interest in acting at Maryville College in Tennessee while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Sign Language, with a minor in Theater. While at Maryville she founded the college's chapter of Habitat for Humanity and was nominated upon graduation for Outstanding Sociology Student. Karson was subsequently awarded a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. After graduation from UT, Karson was hired as a social worker for TEIS (Tennessee Early Intervention System). She then worked for East Tennessee Children's Hospital as a social worker in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department. These positions were perfect fits because of her love for children. In 2007 Karson was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer and in 2009 her condition progressed to Stage IV metastatic. Throughout all of her difficult treatments she maintained her characteristic smile, positive attitude and desire to help others. She inspired many by never giving up hope for recovery. She never believed that she "lost a battle" with cancer. Instead, she always rose above it, even in her final days. Karson is survived by her mother Leigh Essex Walker, stepfather Jeff Walker, father David Leitch, and stepmother, Janice Leitch. She is also survived by her brother Kirk Leitch, sister-in-law Lindsey Leitch, niece Harper Leitch, brother Marty Tomlinson, sister Rachael Shook, brother-in-law Cody Shook, brother Connor Leitch, and sister Jordan Leitch. Karson was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Knoxville. Donations in memory of Karson may be made to Wind River Cancer Wellness Programs, 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC 28782, www.windriverservices.org/donate. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee in September.
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.
Matthew T. Bertrand
Class of 2009
Notes
Matt and Myranda Bertrand '09, a baby girl, Lydia Caroline, September 16, 2017.
Myranda Austin Bertrand
Class of 2009
Birth
Matt and Myranda Bertrand '09, a baby girl, Lydia Caroline, September 16, 2017.
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.
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.
Sue Binnion Bork
Class of 1954
Memoriam
Sue Binnion Bork entered Eternal Life with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 18, 2018. She was born in Paris, Texas, graduated from Maryville College and lived many years in Chattanooga after marrying Dr. Harry V. Bork in June 1959. She was preceded in death by parents Irma and Jason Binnion, brother David Binnion and husband Harry V. Bork . Sue taught at Bess T. Shepherd School and earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education from UTC. Later she taught at Little Ms Mag Child Care Center. Although Sue and Harry had no children, Sue birthed her students with the discovery of learning, wonder of nature and goodness shared from her beautiful heart. After retirement Sue and Harry moved to a farm at Powell's Crossroads. Sue embraced country living, gardening, sharing fresh vegetables, canning, tending beehives, caring for numerous beloved pets, farm animals and enjoyed her many dear Crossroads friends. All who know her agree Sue was a one of a kind delight and have many "Sue stories" to tell. Sue was a member of Sulfur Springs United Methodist Church in Whitwell. In 2001 after Dr. Bork's death, Sue returned to Wichita Falls, TX to care for her mother and be with family there. She became a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Wichita Falls. Survivors include brother, Barry Binnion and wife Yolda of Wichita Falls, nephews, Adrian, Kristian, Ethan Binnion, David Bork, Joe Johnson ; nieces, Dana and Laura Binnion, Janet Bork and Kelly Johnson. Special thanks to Wichita Falls Nursing Students and Hospice for their loving care. A graveside service was held at Chattanooga National Cemetery on March 23. It was Sue's wish to be buried here with Harry. Love never dies. Let us praise the Lord! Please share your memories of Sue with the family at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 404 S. Moore Rd., East Ridge, TN 37412
Krisi Muckleroy Bosco
Class of 2011
Notes
Kristin Bosco '11 has taken a teaching position at John Sevier Elementary starting fall 2018. She is returning from Florida with her husband, Michael Bosco '10 who will be the new head track coach and assistant football coach for William Blount High School.