Dearly Departed Class Members
Robert C. Beasley (July 27, 1960 - November 2000)
Michael Steven Bignall (June 6, 1960 - November 1979)
Barton Kendall Bingham (May 29, 1959 - November 1979)
Lindsay Franklin Black (February 19, 1960 - May 15, 1996)
Valencia (Vickie) Blair (October 16, 1959 - March 2000)
A judge in Marion County, Indiana sentenced James Simmons to a 65-year sentence for the murder of his ex-fianci, Valencia Blair. The pair, both truck drivers by trade, met on the road, fell in love, and become engaged. Blair, a single mother of four children, broke off the engagement shortly before police found her shot to death in the cab of her truck. Police linked Simmons to the scene using not only DNA evidence matching blood on Simmons shirt and inside his truck to Blair, but also the global positioning system that assists truckers with navigation. Simmons had previously served 13 years in a Virginia prison for murdering his wife, Betty Simmons. Vic Ryckaert, Trucker Gets 65 Years for Slaying, Indianapolis Star, Feb. 8, 2001, at B3.
Elizabeth "Libby" Cagle (Lowe) (1960 - November 15, 2008)
Lowe, Elizabeth "Libby" Cagle - age 48, passed away at her home Saturday, November 15th, 2008. She was an employee of Cagle Welding and Equipment for 21 years and was recently working for Scotts Plumbing Company. Libby was a 1978 graduate of Bearden High School and attended Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Clyde R. Sr. and Dorothy Cagle and Hubert and Beulah Miller. Libby is survived by her loving husband of 15 years and best friend, Mike Lowe; step-sons, Anthony and Christopher Lowe; father and step-mother, Clyde Jr. and Shirley Cagle, all of Knoxville; mother and step-father, Anne Cagle and Roy Hutchens; sister and brother-in-law, Stacey and Steve Fraker, and niece and nephew Ben and Sarah, all of Signal Mountain, TN; step-brothers, Dale and Greg Huskey; brother-in-law, Gerald Lowe, Jr. and wife Bambi; brother-in-law, Richard Lowe and wife Robin; sister-in-law, Kim Williams and husband Dennis, all of Knoxville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Betty and Gerald Lowe, Sr.; step-father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Donnie and Betty Glandon; former in-laws, John and Carolyn Houston of San Antonio, TX; several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. The pallbearers were Steve Fraker, Gerald Lowe, Anthony Lowe, Chris Lowe, Richard Lowe and Gordon Webb. A committal service was held November 21, 2008 at Highland Memorial Cemetery.
Robert H. Chapman, Jr.(March 26, 1960 - June 25, 2006)
Bob Chapman, Jr. died on June 25, 2006 of advanced lung cancer. He is buried in Edgewood Cemetery (behind Gallahar Baptist Church across from Bearden High School) next to his sister, Anne Elizabeth Chapman (class of 1976). [Information provided by Mrs. Bob Chapman, Sr. (Mother)]
Myra Monika Eldridge (November 27, 1960 - July 12, 2001)
Monika passed away on July 12, 2001 in a rock climbing accident in Yosemite National Park. To read a story about Monika and the man who also died in the fall, please visit the following link: Pair defined 'upwardly mobile'
Toby Dean Franklin
Curtis Edgar Huntley (April 28, 1960 - May 1980)
Mississippi State University
Anthony "Tony" Johns (August 24, 1960 - January 7, 2005)
Anthony (Tony) Johns, age 44, went to be with our Lord and Savior on January 7, 2005. He was born in Waco, Texas, on August 24, 1960. He was employed by M&L Sound of Knoxville and considered one of the top concert sound engineers in the southeast. Tony graduated from Bearden High School and was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden, Knoxville. His life father, Harold Johns of Portland, Ore., preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Donna Johns, and daughter, Amy Garland of Maryville; his mother and dad, Frank and Mary Alexander of Sturgis, S.D.; stepmother, Irmi Johns of Portand, Ore.; brother, Wayne Alexander, wife Lee and nephew Zachary of Wichita Falls, Texas; Sister, Sheila Johns Heimbach, husband Dean and their children Paige and Mitchell of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
James Reid "Jamey" Kerr (January 25, 1960 - March 11, 2014)
James Reid "Jamey" Kerr, 54, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. A 2 p.m. memorial service will be held Friday, March 14, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the service. Jamey was born in Evansville, Indiana on January 25, 1960 to the late Matthew and Lucille Kerr. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in communications. He later moved to Greensboro where he worked in radio and broadcasting as the operations manager for Dick Broadcasting, a career he successfully held for 31 years. Jamey was a very loving and giving person, always willing to help a friend. He was a committed and longtime member of the Greensboro Jaycees and was involved with the golf tournament for many years. In addition, he was a huge Tennessee Volunteer fan and loved the music of Jimmy Buffet. He also enjoyed water and snow skiing with family. A loving father to his children, he was cared for by many. He is survived by his children, Ashley Lucille Kerr and James R. "Reid" Kerr, Jr. In addition, he is survived by a brother, Davey Kerr (Betsy) and a sister, Chris Nixon (Jim). Online condolences may be sent to www.forbisanddick.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Fellowship Hall, 5140 Dunstan Road, Greensboro, NC, 27405.
Steven Harmon Kreis (May 13, 1960 - 1976)
Steven David Llewellyn (May 15, 1960 - August 19, 1995)
Alan Thomas Lyle (December 9, 1959 - October 26, 2016)
Alan Thomas Lyle, 56, of Aberdeen passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. He is survived by his beloved and cherished wife of 28 years, Glenda Ketron Lyle, his father, James F. Lyle, Sr. of Seymour, (Knoxville), Tennessee and sister Valarie Lyle and husband Mark Smith of Bristol, Tennessee, many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers in-laws and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Eggers Lyle and brother, James F. Lyle, Jr. Alan was born December 9, 1959 in Erwin, Tennessee and raised in Knoxville. He was a member of the West Hills Baptist Church. He graduated from Bearden High School, class of 1978 and attained rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Business. He worked with the Youth Conservation Corp, a Division of the Forestry Service on many environmental projects. He worked for Knoxville Trim and then, Farm Bureau and served as an insurance agent for many years. He entered the Wal-mart Management Training Program and became Assistant Manager in stores in Georgia and Tennessee for many years. He later joined Lowe’s Home Improvement for many years. He also served as a substitute rural mail carrier for the Aberdeen Post Office for years as well as worked for the Federal Census Bureau. He worked for Food Lion, Inc. in recent years. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity on home building projects. His passion was being a volunteer for more than 30 years at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC, a festival held twice each year dedicated to providing music and art for youth and schools. He loved hiking in the Smokey Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains and all of nature and was ever conscious of the need to recycle and re-purpose, wasting nothing. Alan was well known for always supporting the arts and music and numerous community events, always happiest when sharing with others the available opportunities and encouraging them to “just take out a little time to have some fun”. Alan was a loving, true and loyal husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, neighbor and friend. Throughout his life, he performed daily random acts of kindness and always tried to have an encouraging and uplifting word for those who crossed his path. He was particularly attentive to persons who were less fortunate, always offering a helping hand to any in need. He and his wife Glenda, and family wish to acknowledge with grateful appreciation the excellent and caring medical care received from First Health of the Carolinas staff, Dr. Ellen Willard and staff, Liberty Home Health and all of the supportive friends. His difficult journey was made easier by their kind and expert attention. Alan made the world a better place and his life taught us all that every day we should be kind, turn the other cheek, and do any good for our fellow man or woman that we have the capacity to do. He will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved him. He was a good and faithful servant and brightened the lives of many. In keeping with Alan’s life philosophy and at his request, his body has been dedicated to the Anatomical Resource Clinical Training Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC for use in research and study for the purpose of continuing to help others and perhaps an ultimate part in finding the cure for diseases that claim lives. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 1002 Sandhills Boulevard in Aberdeen. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made in his honor, making checks payable and his name on the comment line to LEAF Community Arts, 377 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711-8709.
William Eugene "Rocky" McClamroch III (June 23, 1960 - May 5, 2018)
Katrina Joyce McMillan (1960 - 2014)
William Todd Murray
Joseph Newcomb, Jr.(November 13, 1959 - May 3, 2016)
Joseph Newcomb, Jr.Knoxville, TNJoseph A. Newcomb Jr., age 56, born November 13, 1959. Joe went to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, May 3, 2016. He loves the Lord and loved singing his praises. He wrote and sang many songs in his devotion. Joe served in the U.S. Army. Joseph Newcomb Obituary; Legacy.com
Thomas Brett Payne (May 9, 1960 - January 11, 2014)
Payne, Thomas Brett, 53, of Knoxville, died Saturday January 11, 2014, at UT Hospital. Brett graduated from UT in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He was a longtime employee of Fort Sanders Hospital. Brett was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed wildlife and bird watching. He had an interest in Knox County Family Community Education – Bearden Chapter. He was a member of the Knoxville Porcelain Artists and enjoyed Porcelain painting of wildlife. He was a life-long member of St. Mark United Methodist Church on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. He is survived by his mother, Myra Payne; brother, Cory Payne and sister, Fonda Wicker. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the Funeral Service to follow at 6:30, at Highland Memorial Funeral Home. The Graveside Service will be Wednesday, January 15 at 11:00 AM in the Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 7001 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Please sign the online register book at www.highlandmemorialparks.com. Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 – 865-588-0567
Keith Prine (November 17, 1960 - February 3, 2014)
PRINE, KEITH - age 53 of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Arlington, VA departed this life February 3, 2014 in a tragic accident. His life was hard working, joyous, conscientious and caring in every way. Preceded in death by his father, Jimmie R. Prine and survived by his mother, Helga Prine both of Knoxville; sister, Lana Mullino; nephew and niece, Paul and Nikki Mullino, all of Tampa; uncle, Professor Dr. Klaus Beyenbach of Ithaca, NY; family in Germany and countless friends in Knoxville. A celebration of Keith's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike.
Patrick R. Redmond (July 8, 1959 - November 12, 1994)
Terry Van Richardson (November 29, 1960 - October 30, 2005)
Terry passed peacefully in his sleep Sunday October 30, 2005 on a company business trip in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Monroe, MI on November 29, 1960. He was a Christian and a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden. He graduated from Bearden High School in 1978. He had a tender heart and he was a salesman of exceptional abilities. He was preceded in death by: maternal grandparents, Byrl and Anna Ryder; paternal grandparents, Liman and Matilda Richardson. Survived by: parents, L.B. and Betty C. (Ryder) Richardson of Knoxville, TN; wife, Deborah L. Richardson of Clinton, TN; step-daughter, Jennifer Lane and Rodney of Andersonville, TN; brother, Randy Richardson, wife Janis Brickey, and nephew Joey of Knoxville, TN; sister, Tammie Wetherholt, husband Steve, and niece Jenna Paige of Franklin, TN; beloved aunt, Bobbie Young of Inverness, FL; and many special cousins and great friends.
Charles Edward Russell, Jr. (March 1, 1959 - March 10, 2006)
Charles, age 47, departed this life March 9th at Harriman Care Center. Preceded in death by mother, Mrs. Ruth Crump Russell. A former employee of the Cherokee Country Club. Survivors: father, Charles E. Russell, Sr.; sisters, Yvonne Essie, Mary K. Morries; brothers, Eugene, William, Dan, Kenneth (Shena) Russell, Tim Turner; aunts & uncles, Hattie Turk, Lavern Bell, Alberta Crump, Ida Mae Dixon, Mary Moses, Willie Mae Cartwright, Tim, J.R. & Bud Crump; host of cousins and family friends to include, Elizabeth Melbane & family.
Eric C. Sater (April 29, 1960 - September 19, 2003)
Earnest Carlton Scruggs III (1959-1976)
Jeffrey Christopher Simpson (1960 - November 23, 2015)
Jeffrey Christopher Simpson, age 55, of Knoxville, TN, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015. Preceded in death by father, Gene Simpson; mother, Ruth Simpson. Survived by son, Evan Christopher Simpson; daughter, Olivia Katherine Simpson; their mother, Patricia Harris Williams; aunt, Sue Lambert Delk. No services are scheduled. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
Pamela Helen Thomas (Branham) (July 24, 1960 - January 29, 2000)
Here is a link to a story about Pam and her sudden death in 2000: "Startled school mourns teacher after sudden death". The story is also available in Word format: Pam Thomas Branham Article.
William Hunter Wallace (Bill) (April 8, 1960 - May 7, 1999)
May 9, 1999 - The Colorado Springs Gazette
Toni Lea Wright (Keen) (June 12, 1960 - January 24, 2012)
Dignity Memorial - Fountainhead Funeral Home
Mary Patricia Wilbourn Rimmer (August 10, 1960 - November 11, 2013)
Knoxville News Sentinel - Obituary