Bearden High School Class of 1978

Dearly Departed Class Members


Would Never Have Made Such Lovely Days,
And Have Given Us The Deep Hearts To
Enjoy Them, Above And Beyond All Thought,
Unless We Were Meant To Be Immortal."

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)]

Information from Bob's obituary:

Robert H. Chapman, Jr., age 46 of Knoxville, died Sunday afternoon June 25, 2006. He was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. J.H. Chapman and Mr. & Mrs. C.N. Brown; and his sister, Anne E. Chapman. His survivors include: his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Chapman, Sr. of Knoxville; his companion, Diane Armstrong; aunts & uncles, James D. Chapman, Mr. & Mrs. B.A. Bean, Sr. all of Macon, GA, and Mr. & Mrs. T.G. Chapman, Sr. of Tellico Village; as well as several cousins.

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
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pledging-related accident

Curtis Huntley, 20, went into a coma and died after leaping from a car filled with pledges who wanted to dunk him in a mudhole, possibly to celebrate his birthday.

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 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)

William Eugene "Rocky" McClamroch, III, born June 23, 1960, died suddenly from a bicycling accident on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Rocky was a graduate of Bearden High School, attended Auburn University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee in 1983. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1987 and was also a licensed CPA. He was proud to be a partner at Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C. in Knoxville for his entire legal career, starting in 1987. Rocky was a brilliant and prominent attorney known throughout the State and region regarding his abilities in the areas of partnership and corporate taxation, choice of entity and business formations, mergers and acquisitions, complex transaction structuring, corporate governance and estate and business succession planning.

Rocky served and played a key role on the Committee that drafted Tennessee's first Limited Liability Company Act in the late 1980s, and likewise played an important role in his service on the Committee that drafted Tennessee's Revised Limited Liability Company Act in 2006. Rocky was a frequent speaker at seminars educating attorneys and CPAs, including engagements at the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute and the University of Tennessee's S.B. Wolfe Federal Tax Conference. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor of a course at UT's College of Law entitled "Choice of Entity", for several years. Rocky was an active member of the Knoxville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, where he served as a former Chairman of the Corporation and Business Law section, and was a member of the Tax, Probate and Trust Law section of the TBA. In addition, Rocky was a member of the Tax, Real Property Trust and Probate section of the American Bar Association, and was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Rocky was a rigorous debater, especially regarding the subject of politics. He was an avid athlete and outdoorsman who could often be found hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, cycling, camping, or cheering on his children in their various sporting endeavors. The true focus of his life was his wife Robin and his children with whom he travelled and lived life to the fullest.. Rocky also enjoyed good food and fine wine, maintaining his own well-stocked wine cellar. Rocky was a true blessing to his family and his many talents, adventures, and contributions will be deeply missed.

Rocky was preceded in death by his father, William Eugene McClamroch, Jr. and step-mother, Ann Emery McClamroch. He is survived by his wife Robin Duggins McClamroch; children, Megan, William, John, and Matthew McClamroch; mother, Judith Crosland; brother, Michael T. McClamroch; sister, Elise Schriver and husband Tom Eyssen; nieces & nephews, Michael McClamroch, Emery, Robert, and Ann Eyssen; parents-in-law, Donna Kraemer Giles, James W. Giles, William Duggins, and Susan Duggins; brother-in-law, Andrew Giles; and a host of extended family and friends. The family is so thankful for the outpouring of love and grace from everyone.

The Funeral Service was held at First Baptist Church, Knoxville on Thursday, May 10th at 12:00 pm, with the Receiving of Friends following. A Private Graveside was be held at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation or to the Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief fund of East Tennessee Foundation. Please make checks payable to "Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation" and mail to 5000 Linbar Drive, Suite 275, Nashville, TN 37211

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;

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 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)

Eric passed away in 2003 at the age of 43, leaving behind a son Patrick who he loved very much.

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,

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

William Hunter Wallace, 39, died May 7, 1999, at his home in Colorado Springs. He was a computer consultant.  Mr. Wallace was born April 8, 1960, in New Orleans. He was married May 26, 1992, to Stephanie A. Reading.  He is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard and William Andrew; three daughters, Rebekah, Melanie and Laura; and two sisters, Judy Thompson and Mary Sumner.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 1600 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs 80907.

Toni Lea Wright (Keen) (June 12, 1960 - January 24, 2012)

Dignity Memorial - Fountainhead Funeral Home

Toni Lea Keen, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, of metastatic breast cancer. She is survived by her beloved husband, Monte, her son, Jake, her mother, Patricia Wright, and her sister, Tracey Wright. Services will be held at Calvary Chapel of Melbourne on Minton Road on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Casual Dress/Life Is Good shirt is requested. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

MAB Oncology and Hematology, 2290 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Suite 202, Melbourne, FL 32935 in care of the Toni Keen Memorial Fund, which will provide support to local cancer patients.

Mary Patricia Wilbourn Rimmer (August 10, 1960 - November 11, 2013)

Knoxville News Sentinel - Obituary

RIMMER, MARY PATRICIA WILBOURN - 53, of Dandridge, passed away early Monday morning, November 11, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center following a courageous four-year battle with breast cancer. Born in Memphis on August 10, 1960, Pat moved to Knoxville in 1973 and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She was employed by Kimberly-Clark for over two decades and was the recipient of numerous awards for professional excellence. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Rimmer of Dandridge; a sister, Libby Wilbourn Henson of Morehead, Kentucky; nieces, Kate and Rachel Henson; nephew, Chris Henson; and mother-in-law, Rhita Rimmer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Doris Wilbourn; brother, Billy Wilbourn; and father-in-law, Robert Rimmer, Sr. A lifelong lover of pets, Pat was dedicated to her Basset Hounds, EJ and Bailey, and cat, Midnight. Pat was a faithful member of Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Knoxville. A memorial service will be held there on Thursday, November 14, at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Richard L. Richter presiding. The family will receive visitors afterwards from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1615 Price Ave. Knoxville, TN 37920.