Sidney Eugene “Pop” Able, age 70, of Maryville, TN passed away May 8, 2019. Gene was born in Maryville, July 11, 1948, to parents George Eugene and Ella Murphy Able. He began his young adult life by serving in the U. S. Army. He served two tours in Vietnam and also worked at the Pentagon. Following his military service he spent most of his working career with Bellsouth and later retired following 30 years of service. He loved his family, friends and his adult passion was playing golf daily. In addition to his parents, Gene is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Able. Survivors include sons, Scott M. Able, Jason M. (Michelle C. Able); grandchildren, Savannah Sydney Able and Nathan Wayne Able; sister, Phyllis Hall; brother, Jerry Hall; sister-in-law, Ada Hall; brothers, Bill Able and Michael Able; sister-in-law, Karen Able; sister Brenda Golden; brother-in-law, Rick Golden. Gene was our Dad, our friend, our inspiration, and our rock. He was hard working but always found time for his family offering support in sports and anything else that may have been needed. We love you Pop! The family plans to celebrate his life, along with military honors, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 4:00p.m., outdoors on the river at 4219 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Walland, TN 37866. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675(www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910(vva.org/donate/). Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865-6WE-CARE) www.cremationoptionsinc.com
Dr. Wayne Clanton Hobbs, of Maryville, TN found eternal peace surrounded by his loved ones at home on April 26, 2019, at the age of 80 years. He was born in Atlanta, GA on October 12, 1938, the son of the late Corry Clanton and Dorothy Virginia (nee Nelson) Hobbs. He earned his B.M.E. degree from Florida State University, his M.C.M. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Tulane University. A musicologist specializing in early baroque and American music, Dr. Hobbs published articles in the fields of music administration, musicology, interdisciplinary arts, music theory, and choral music. He retired as Chair of Musicology at Texas Tech University in 2008, having served as Director of the School of Music from 1987-1994. He previously served as head of the Department of Music at Western Kentucky University and as chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Hobbs served as music director and organist at several churches, most notably Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green, KY and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, TX. He was the consultant on the new Holtkamp pipe organ installations at both locations. Dr. Hobbs was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity and the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He will be sadly missed by his wife, Dr. Judy Christine (nee Hughes, Simmons) Hobbs, two sons, Wayne “Rusty” (Becky) Hobbs, II and Stephen (Becca) Hobbs, stepchildren, The Rev. David (Micky) Simmons, Michelle (Mark) Chenot, his brother Ron Hobbs and eight grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother James Hobbs. A private family gathering will be held. Instead of flowers or other memorials, a Scholarship has been set up in Dr. Hobbs’ name for the AGO New Organist Fund to educate young artists on the Pipe Organ. Contributions are appreciated and can be made at https://www.agohq.org/hobbs or by contacting the AGO at 212-870-2310. Condolences can be sent to Dr. Christine Hobbs c/o Michelle Chenot 1013 Harbour Shore Drive, Knoxville TN 37934.
Thomas Nevin Hord 83, of Maryville died on May 11, 2019. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home.
Lisa Kay McKeehan, age 56, of Maryville, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at Blount Memorial Hospital. Lisa was retired from Blount Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Fred and Ruth Russell, Louise Lovingood, Harold Caughron, Elmer Sizemore and Lloyd Lovingood; uncles, Kenneth Russell, Jimmy Russell and uncle and aunt, Larry and Shirley Russell and Paul Turbyfill. Survivors include her husband, Ervil McKeehan; son and daughter in law, Timmy and Renee McKeehan; granddaughter, Kayla McKeehan, great granddaughter, Evelyn McKeehan and parents, Paul and Barbara Caughron. Family and friends will meet 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Hillcrest Cemetery for graveside service and interment, Rev. Geroge Macht officiating. Friends may call at their convenience 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, (865) 982-6041, www.millerfuneralhome.org