Mary Ann Tharpe

Mary Ann (Needham) Tharpe died peacefully at her home in Fountain City, a suburb of Knoxville, Tenn., on July 30, 2020. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease eight years ago, but did not suffer. She was able to remain in her home of 60+ years during that time thanks to the loving care of her niece, Robin Delph, Miranda Corum and her daughter LaKaya, and Teresa Kay Collins, who became her full time caregiver and companion four years ago. Teresa and her family adopted Mary Ann as one of their own and included her in their many gatherings. In April 2019, she was able to visit her daughter’s new home near Greenville, S.C., and play with her grand cat, Leo. Born on her family’s farm on July 6, 1931, in Maynardville, Tenn., Mary Ann attended Horace Maynard High School. She married her high-school sweetheart William Gene Tharpe on June 1, 1955, and they were able to celebrate 49 years of marriage before his death on his 77th birthday on July 20, 2006. Mary Ann cared for him throughout his battle with vascular dementia and no doubt has received a few extra jewels in her Heavenly crown because of that devotion. Following high school, Mary Ann worked at the Standard Knitting Mill until the birth of her only child, who she named Bunny because of her fondness for the rabbits raised on farm when she was a child. She and Gene were married for 13 years before becoming parents, believing they would not be able to have children. In fact, when Mary Ann complained of certain symptoms, Gene told her she was “just going through the change.” The doctor clarified that indeed, “your lives are about to change!” Mary Ann will be remembered for her sense of humor, especially her drawn-out punch lines because she always got tickled at herself. She loved country music, especially Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, and her rendition of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” always concluded with a lovely yodel. She also loved football, had a great throwing arm, and probably could have helped coach the Tennessee Vols out of their slumps. She is survived by her daughter, Bunny Tharpe, of Mauldin, S.C., nieces Jay Lynn (McHaffie) Fosha of Sacramento, Calif., Sherry (Needham) Bryant of Knoxville, Tenn., Kenneth Needham of Knoxville, Janice (Needham) Tindell of Knoxville; Robin (Tharpe) Delph of Knoxville; Brad Tharpe of Claremont, Calif., Brock Tharpe of Powell, Tenn., Derick Tharpe of Maynardville, Tenn., Cecily (Tharpe) Perry of Hepler, Kansas, Lindlae (Tharpe) Parish of Edgewater, Fla., Kenneth Needham of Knoxville, Janice (Needham) Tindell of Knoxville, and several great nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Loved ones who met Jesus face to face before her include her parents, Gertrude (Cox) Needham and Robert Needham of Maynardville, brothers Earl Needham of Knoxville and Glen Needham of Maynardville, sisters Dorothy (Needham) Scott of Sacramento, Calif., and Peggy (Needham) Arms of Maynardville, and nephew Charles Hugh (Chuck) Tharpe of Powell, Tenn. Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, August 1, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Mynatt Funeral Home in Fountain City. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 2, at 11 a.m. at Butcher Cemetery, Butcher Hollow Road, Maynardville, Tenn., 37807. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or an animal rescue/shelter of your choosing. “Lord, help us all to get right. Amen.” This was Mary Ann’s frequent prayer. Although simple, it is a wonderful expression of the Gospel and she is dancing on the streets of gold because of her faith in it.


Mary Martha Collins Chance

Mary Martha Chance-age 62 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at her home. She was a member of Wooddale Freewill Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Zola Collins; step-father, Jim Steele; brothers, Donald, Delmar, James and Ronnie Collins; sisters, Della Waldrop, Doris Ford; Dorothy Collins, Dora Williams and Ann Wilson.

Mary E. "Bill" Rouse

Mary Elizabeth (Bill) Rouse-age 83 of Sharps Chapel passed away Monday, August 3, 2020 at Willow Ridge Center. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Mary was a long time member of the Union County Home Demonstration Club, a member of the former Blazing Star Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a cook at Sharps Chapel Elementary School for several years where she treated all the children as her own and also worked at the Union County Senior Citizens Center.

Roger Kenneth Witt

Roger Kenneth Witt, age 73 of Knoxville passed away on July 31, 2020. A graduate of Fulton High School and a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Charles H. McKinney Lodge #433, The American Legion Post 0172 (Clinton) and Amvets Post 2 (Oak Ridge). Member of Lincoln Park Baptist Church. Retired from CNS Y12 with 40 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents Roger K. Witt Sr. and Virginia Rose Witt.

Sammy Joe Bounds

Sammy Joe Bounds, 70, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, August 1, 2020. Sam was a proud Marine Corp veteran, Vietnam veteran and retired with 23 years devotion to the Corp. Sam also retired from the Knox County District Attorney’s office. He is preceded in death by his father Eugene Bounds, mother Laura Bounds, and brother Bobby Bounds.

Stevie Cassell

Stevie Martin Cassell - age 56 of Knoxville, passed away on August 1, 2020 at UT Medical Center surrounded by his wife and children after a long battle with Vascular Dementia. Steve was born on Dec. 29, 1963 to Fred and Rose (Williams) Cassell. Sadly, Steve lost his mother before his first birthday. God blessed him with another loving mother when his father married Betty. She raised Steve as her own and he loved her dearly. Steve was known for his awesome sense of humor and quick wit, if you spent any time with him you went away happy.

Anthony Hutchison

Anthony Todd Hutchison – age 36 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly July 30, 2020. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, Todd Hutchison; grandparents, Billy Lee Hutchison and Arthur and Wilma Amos; and aunt, Terri Amos. Anthony is survived by his mother, Kathy (Tim) Shoffner, grandmother, Agnes Hutchison; brothers, Bradley (Kristen) Hutchison and Victor (Kayla) Hutchison; nieces and nephews, Leslee, Graycee, Annzlee, Leeland; and special nephew, Levi.

Lester Carl Coram

Lester Carl Coram-age 93, two months shy of 94 of Knoxville passed away Friday afternoon, July 31, 2020 at his home. He was a member of Emory Valley Baptist Church and a retired employee of Roden Electric with 45 years of service. Born September 27, 1926 the son of the late Houk and Dora Chesney Coram; also preceded in death by brothers, Edgar, Sanders and Arte Coram; sisters, Virginia Cate and Alice McCoy. First wife, Darlene Bailey Coram.

Martha Lois Deyarmond

Martha Lois Deyarmond, 89, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on July 29, 2020 from a long illness.

Mom was a beloved mother, grandmother of eight, and great grandmother of thirteen. She is survived by her children: Allen Toole (Sue), Debbie Karnes (Donny), Jimmy Toole (Terry), and Sandra Huff (Jay).

Mom was preceded in death by her spouse Dallas Deyarmond, daughter Cindy Toole and great granddaughter Ambriel Karnes.

A private family ceremony will be held.

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Glenda Jean (Suffridge) Wilkes

Glenda Jean (Suffridge) Wilkes – age 73 formerly of Maynardville, was called home to be with the Lord on May 15, 2020. Jean was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. She was loved and admired by all that knew her. She will be greatly missed for her kind heart and sweet giggles. Jean enjoyed working on a variety of crafts and solving crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her two grandchildren that knew her as “Nina”.