Obituary for Sunday, October 31, 2021 | Obituary


Talmadge Ray Adcock, 91, of Knoxville, died October 29. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home.

Herb Bishop, 85-year-old from Rockford ran into Jesus’ arms on Thursday, October 28, surrounded by his family including the love of his life, his 66-year-old wife, Jean. He was reunited with those who came before him, parents Green and Lola Mae Bishop, grandson Josh Covington, 2 sisters, a brother, several great friends and many relatives. Herb was an extraordinary man of God and was a loyal member of Madison Ave. Baptist Church (pre-Covid) where he served as Deacon Emeritus and sang in the choir. He retired from UPS where he worked for 30 years and made several lifelong friends. This man had a generous heart like heaven and helped so many people throughout his journey on earth. He was admired and considered “The Rock”, a pillar and the strongest, generous and loving man by all who knew him. He misses terribly his wife Jean, his daughters Janet Kegel and Kim Kerr (fiancee Scott), his grandsons Caleb Covington (Jenna) and Daniel Roysden (Holly) and his great-grandson “her” boy Joshua Roysden, sister in love with Anita Clark (Tommy), many, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who were all very special to him as well as several cousins, longtime friends and family from the church. The Friends Reception will be held at Miller Funeral Home on Monday, November 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the funeral following the Reverend Allen Burchfield Ceremony. Family and friends will gather at Clark’s Grove Cemetery on Tuesday, November 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the cemetery and burial service. In lieu of flowers, please donate on Herb’s behalf to East TN Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Hospital or Pancreatic Cancer Research. The family requests the wearing of masks. He’s where he wants to be. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home,

Frankie ‘Joe’ Bounds, 88, of Seymour, died on October 22, 2021. He retired as SMSgt for the 134th Air Refueling Group at McGhee Tyson Air Base. If you’ve ever met him, you know how special he was. He lived life to the fullest every day. Joe was a member of St John UMC for 64 years, where he spent much of his free time helping with building maintenance. He was a member of Rockford Masonic Lodge # 469 for 60 years. He was predeceased by his son, Steve Bounds. Survived by wife of 67 years, Barbara Bounds; Daughters, Tari (Steve) Ayers and Traciey (Robert) Davis; Stepdaughter Kim Bounds; Six grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; Sister, Gail (Hugh) Loveday. The memorial service will be held at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 2201 E, Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville, on November 2 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St John UMC, Maryville. Cremation Done ProperlyTM under the care of Dotson Funeral Home, Wildwood (865-984-5959) Online Condolences-

Lola Gay Curtis, 84, from Rockford, died on October 22. Survivors include her daughter, Debra Burk; sisters, Shirley Reagan, Nadine Coleman; granddaughter, Andrea Burk. No ceremony is planned for the moment. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Dotson Funeral Home, Wildwood. (865-984-5959)

Judith Peterson Room died on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 in hospital following a fall at home. She struggled most of her life with physical illnesses, but always exhibited a positive and cheerful attitude. She worked for the US government at Fort. Meade, MD, Ankara, Turkey, Bethesda, MD, and Oak Ridge, TN. She enjoyed traveling with her family to Europe, sailing the Aegean Sea and the Caribbean, going on safari in Kenya, taking a sea excursion to the Galapagos and climbing Machu Picchu. Judy loved living on the family farm where she grew up. She is survived by her husband, David B. Hall; daughter, Sarah B. Hall; granddaughter, Naomi B. Iverson; sisters, Juanita P. Maeyens and Linda C. Peterson. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home,

Julie Ann (Rhéa) Karnes, 53, leaves a legacy of love, loyalty and unwavering faith. Her love is exemplified by her 31-year marriage to Mike whom she loved dearly and her unprecedented dedication to her family. Julie gave more to others than she ever took for herself with a heart the size of the sun. Her volunteer ministry spanned decades between her time with the Hope Resource Center and the children’s ministry at the Faith Promise Maryville campus. An incredible dental hygienist who has served the communities of Knox County and Blount for over 30 years, Julie loved her patients, colleagues and her commitment to excellence in her work. Julie loved all of God’s creatures, big, small and hairy. She also loved the beauty of this land and was an avid recycler. Without a doubt, her spiritual gifts shone through her generous nature, thoughtfulness and unwavering compassion for all who were fortunate enough to know her. Julie is survived by her husband, Michael Karnes; parents, Carolyn Lane and Michael Rhea; uncles and aunts, Wayne Lockett, Nancy Rhea, Richard and Sheila Rhea, Jean and Charlie White; siblings, Mark and Teresa Merritt, David and Tina Rhea, Rick and Carolyn Lane, David Lane, Chris and Jane Lippert-Lane, Roger Lane and Tim and Amanda Lane. Julie was fortunate to have many nieces and nephews, Les & Jaqui Trotman and daughters Eva & Hannah, Craig & Elizabeth Koehler & son Levi, Martin & Stephanie Brown and children Edward, Emma, ​​Evelyn Ann, & Elliot; step-nieces, Jeannie & Richard Marino, Vicky Lane, Shannon & Jonathan Williams, Hannah & Brandon Worden, and Rachel Lippert-Lane; Longtime best friends, Whitney Schoenfield and Lynne & Phil Bevins held a special place in Julie’s heart, as did many beloved cousins. The family organized a private service focused on Julie’s unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. It is this blessed assurance that comforts each of us, knowing that we will spend eternity in Heaven with her. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Blount County Animal Shelter. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,

Ronald Wayne Keasler, 63, from Maryville, died on October 22. Survivors include his wife Sherry; daughters, Shandi Balvantine (Jose), son of Amber Porter (Eric), Joshua Keasler (Kayla), grandson of Spencer Bevington (Bethany), Colton Keasler, sisters Carolyn Russell, Sandra Marcum and Leta Bryant. No ceremony is planned for the moment. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Dotson Funeral Home, Wildwood. (865-984-5959)

Megan Nicole Water Parks, 35 years old, passed away on October 25, 2021. She is predeceased by her grandparents Jerry and Carmen Turpin. Megan is survived by her four children Jullian, Amiyah, Kaden and Camren, her parents Ron Waters (Cindy) and Lisa Stephens (Jason), her sisters Makayla Stephens and Amanda Waters, her brother Taylor Sands (Lindsey), her grandparents Ed and Ginger Waters, his aunts and uncles Elena Shealy (Rocky), Tiffany Turpin (Mark) and Eric Waters (Shane), as well as many cousins, friends and family. Heaven has won a very special angel and our beautiful Megan will be missed. The family will hold a private service at a later date.

Our dear and beloved parents both passed away in 2021: Paul William Tomiczek Jr. (September 28, 1937 to January 12, 2021), son of Paul and Anna Tomiczek of Tarentum, PA, and Patricia hoban tomiczek (December 19, 1939 to October 26, 2021), daughter of James and Helen Hoban of Alexandria, VA. Paul attended West Deer Township High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from West Point class in 1959. He went on to earn a Masters of Physics and a Masters of Business Administration. During his military career, Paul worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and bravely fought for his country in the 82nd Airborne Division of the Vietnam War. Paul obtained the rank of LTC before pursuing his engineering career in the private sector working for Dravo, IT Corporation and Bechtel. Patricia has remained lifelong friends with her classmates at Saint Mary’s Academy in Alexandria, Virginia. She then attended Georgetown Visitation and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ladycliff College. She was an avid reader and bridge player, made exceptionally thoughtful crafts and jewelry for friends and family, created her welcoming home with style and intention, and was always beautiful. Paul and Patricia met on a blind date and it was love at first sight for them both. Their marriage lasted almost 60 years. Paul’s career took them to many homes in the United States and Europe. They loved to travel, have fun, spend time with their family and make true friends wherever they lived. Pat and Paul are survived by their children, Paul William Tomiczek III and his wife Sarah, Catherine Lee Tomiczek, and James Christian Tomiczek and his wife Nicole. They loved spending time with their six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A private memorial and reception will be held for our parents at the Shannondale Chapel in Maryville, TN from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday November 6th. As their lives together, their ashes will be buried together at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA once a date has been assigned. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Alzheimer Association at or the National Lymphedema Network at A link to the full obituary is available at:


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