Oct. 3, 2013
Rudy Ervin Harper, 70, died Oct. 3, 2013 while fishing near his home in Fairfield Glade. A celebration of life was held at the home in Fairfield Glade Oct. 6.
A native of Knoxville, Harper was the son of Robert Paul and Trixie Harper. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rebecca “Becky” Merritt; and a sister-in-law, Janet Cutshaw Martin.
Harper graduated from Rule High School, where he played football and baseball. He then attended Tennessee Military Institute near Sweetwater for a year before transferring to East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and ROTC. Harper graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science and later earned a master’s in library science, plus 45 additional hours, from University of South Florida, Tampa.
After graduating from ETSU, he married Marsha Jayne Cutshaw in August 1966, and soon afterward, moved to Ft. McClellan in Anniston, AL, to serve in the Army, where he rose to the rank of captain.
In 1972, Harper moved to Sarasota, FL, where he taught science and coached football at Brookside Junior High. Before retiring from 27 years as an educator, in 2000, he taught environmental science at Sarasota High, and during his time in Sarasota, he also taught golf lessons and driver’s education.
Harper loved his post-retirement job at Home Depot, where he was known as “The Light Bulb Man.”
After his wife retired from her position in education in Sarasota, the couple moved to Crossville in 2003 to live at Fairfield Glade, where Harper enjoyed his favorite lifelong pastimes of fishing, hunting and golfing.
Until his death, the outdoorsman loved to work on his boat and discover new coves in which to fish – when he wasn’t watching University of Tennessee football or chatting and joking with his friends at the Food City, Weigels or Dollar General.
Although he was not a member of a church in Fairfield Glade, Harper was a born-again Christian and that gave him great comfort and happiness.
As well as being a lover of people, good jokes and conversation, Harper had a special place in his heart for dogs, especially Misha, their labrador of recent years.
He was survived by his wife, Jayne of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Christie Harper of Smryna, GA; a daughter, Paige Harper of Atlanta; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bobby Compton of Knoxville; a brother-in-law, Phil Merritt of Fairfield Glade; two beloved grandchildren, Payton and Wyatt Harper of Smyrna, GA; a sister-in-law, Lisa Cutshaw of Johnson City; nieces and nephews, Darrel and Lori Compton, Lorie and David Rheinecker, Amanda Merritt, Jay Martin and Joel Blake; cousins, Judy Humphreys and Laura Denney and their spouses, Joe and Mike; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.
Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
Oct. 3, 2013
William C. "Bill" West, 86, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 1, 2013. Funeral services were held Dec. 4 from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home. Bro. Mike Kerley officiated, with special music by Jessi West.
Roy Kilby Sr.
Roy Lee Kilby Sr., 72, of Crab Orchard, passed away Nov. 29, 2013. Funeral services were held Dec. 1, 2013, from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home. Bro. Jeff Slaton officiating.
Christopher Lynn Dishman
Dear, beloved son, brother, uncle, father and friend Christopher Lynn Dishman was born Sept. 21, 1970, in Muncie, IN, to Steve and Janet Dishman. The Lord and Savior took him Dec. 8, 2013. Family will receive friends today, Dec. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Thursday 1 p.m. with Bro. Donnie Bell officiating. Burial will be in Green Acres Memory Gardens.
Joyce Burgess Croft
Joyce Burgess Croft, 70, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 5, 2013. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home. Pastor Steven Pickard officiated, with burial in the Allen Springs Cemetery.
Camille Barnwell Combs, 48, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 4, 2013. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at Pine Grove Church of God of Prophecy. Bro. Jack Lawson officiated, with burial in Green Acres Memory Gardens.
A memorial service was held Dec. 6 at Trinity Tabernacle for Billy Kay Jones, who passed away at home Nov. 29, 2013, at the age of 58.
John William "Bill" Irvin, 85, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at his home. A memorial service will be held today, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at Tansi Community Church, with Dr. Paul Dixon officiating. Family will receive friends on Tuesday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Cumberland County.
Roger Morris Goss, 65, of Crossville, passed away Dec. 1, 2013, at Renaissance Terrace in Harriman. Funeral services were held Dec. 5 at Bilbrey Funeral Home, with Bro. Jonathan Loveday officiating. Interment was in Price Cemetery.
Mrs. Louise Sherrill Evans, 89, of Rockwood, passed away Dec. 4, 2013, at the Roane Medical Center in Harriman. Funeral services were held Dec. 6, with the Rev. Jimmy Turner and Bro. Dudley Evans officiating. Interment and burial was held Dec. 7, in Oak Grove Cemetery, Rockwood.
Florine Cole, 71, was born Dec. 31, 1941, to Ambrose and Emma Cole in Rockwood and passed away Dec. 6, 2013, in Crossville. Funeral service was held Dec. 9 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home, with Charles Snodgrass officiating. Burial will be in Green Acres Memorial Gardens.
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