Susan A. Prater
Covenant Presbyterian member
Susan A. Prater, 51, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at her residence of colon cancer.
Mrs. Prater, who was a former teacher, earned her bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in education at Memphis University. She was born in Chicago, Ill., and was the daughter of the Rev. Robert C. Adair Sr. and Eleanor Adair Kriss.
She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. She was very active in Girl Scouting and the Medical Alliance and volunteered in teaching.
Her interests included golfing, gardening, reading and being with her friends.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dr. William K. Prater. The couple was married in Winter Park, Fla.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Prater is survived by her daughter, Adair Louise Prater; her son, Jacob Reed Prater; her mother-in-law, Kathryn Moore Prater; her brother, Robert C. Adair Jr.; and her sister, Barbara Reed Adair.
The funeral will be held at 7:30 this evening, Feb. 5, at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The Rev. David W. Hall will officiate.
The burial will be private.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to Bethany Christian Services, 5816 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919; or to the Methodist Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2529, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
The family will receive friends 6 to 7:30 tonight at the church.
Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sharon Rowe Massengill
Clear Branch Baptist member
Sharon Yvonne Rowe Massengill, 57, of Clinton, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at her home.
Born Jan. 20, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Alice and Arthur Rowe, who are deceased.
Mrs. Massengill grew up in Carlisle, Ky., and attended Carlisle High School.
She was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church in Lake City.
Mrs. Massengill is survived by her husband, William F. Massengill Jr.; her daughters, Rebecca Partin of Clinton and Marsha Lee Arnett and her husband, Brian, of Orlando, Fla.; her sons, William F. Massengill III and his wife, Linda, and Jason N. Massengill and his wife, Tracy, all of Clinton; and her grandsons, Neil Arnett of Orlando, Fla., and Austin Partin of Clinton.
She is also survived by her sisters, Shirley Nolan of Vanceburg, Ky., and Jackie Bell of Portsmouth, Ohio; and her brothers, Larry Rowe of Leesville, S.C., Gayle Rowe of Flemingsburg, Ky., and Danny Rowe of Vanceburg.
In addition to her parents, another brother, Gary Rowe, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Clear Branch Baptist Church in Lake City. The Rev. Rick Teague will officiate.
Burial will follow at Leach Cemetery in Lake City.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to Clear Branch Baptist Church, P.O. Box 490, Lake City, TN 37769.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is handling arrangements.
The Rev. Maynard R. Light
Retired from Con-Agra
The Rev. Maynard Raymond Light, 80, of Heiskell, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Knoxville.
Mr. Light was a member and helped in the organization of Greenway Fundamental Baptist Church in Heiskell. He was also a pastor at the following churches in Anderson County: Old Pleasant Gap Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church and Charity Baptist Church.
He was a retired welder and millwright operator with Con-Agra in Knoxville.
Mr. Light is survived by his wife, Regina "Dean" Light; his daughters, Sue Walton and Jane Martin and her husband, Paul Ray, all of Heiskell; his sons, David Light and his wife, Wanda, of Clinton, and Ted Light and his wife, Janet, Danny Light and his wife, Debbie, and Darrell Light and his wife, Lisa, all of Heiskell; and by 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
His survivors also include his sisters, Ella Keeney and her husband, Fred, and Betty Smith and her husband, Robert, all of Heiskell, and Imogene Strickler of Kingsport; his brothers, Raymond Light and his wife, Gay, of Franklin, Bill Adams and his wife, Marie, of Powell, and Charles Adams and Lowell Adams and his wife, Martha, all of Heiskell; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. The Rev. Darrell Griffis will officiate.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Greenway Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Formerly of Elk Valley
Esther Medlin, 70, of Knoxville, formerly of Elk Valley, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital in Knoxville.
She is survived by her husband, Elbert Medlin; a son, David R. Medlin; a daughter, Tammy Medlin of Knoxville; two brothers, Columbus B. Sexton and Lewis Sexton, both of Knoxville; three sisters, Lottie Walls and Juanita Kelley and her husband, Robert, all of Knoxville, and Flora Johnson and her husband, Charles, of Kingsport; and a granddaughter.
The funeral was held Sunday night, Feb. 4, in the chapel of Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City. The Rev. Timothy C. Hall and the Rev. Harry Vonzel Whetsell officiated.
A graveside service was to be held at 2 this afternoon, Feb. 5, at Valley View Cemetery.
Father of Joanne Palumbo
Gus Panagakos, 83, of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, in Pine Knoll Shores.
Mr. Panagakos was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 4, 1917, the son of Alexandra and William Panagakos. His mother lives in Pine Knoll Shores and his father is deceased.
As a young man, he enjoyed sports, particularly baseball and boxing as a Golden Gloves boxer.
He met and married Dorothy Taketos, who survives him, in 1942 and soon thereafter began service in the U.S. Army, serving in the Philippines during World War II. In 1949 the couple moved to Cliffside Park, N.J., where they raised their family.
Mr. Panagakos enjoyed ballroom and Greek dancing. He coached Little League baseball and frequently could be found playing street ball with neighborhood children, his family said.
He owned and operated his own wholesale produce business, Marathon Market, until his retirement in 1979. He and his wife then moved to Pine Knoll Shores.
Mr. Panagakos enjoyed playing golf every day, as well as boating, surf fishing and deep-sea fishing. His family said his proudest moment on the golf course was when he made a hole-in-one on March 17, 1989.
In addition to his wife of 58 years and his mother, he is survived by his brother, Steve Panagakos of Livingston, N.J.; his daughters, Joanne Palumbo and her husband, Tony, of Oak Ridge, and Sandra Jordan of Vernon, N.J.; his son, William Panagakos and his wife, Marcia, of Santa Fe, N.M.; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Kristen and Amy Palumbo, all of Oak Ridge, Kerry, Kelly and Kasey Jordan, all of Vernon, N.J., and Demetra and Melisa Panagakos, both of Santa Fe.
The funeral will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the chapel of Brooks Funeral Home in Morehead City, N.C.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, Anderson County Unit, c/o Lee Costanzo, 103 Case Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home.
Francis Randolph Elkins
Former rescue squad captain
Francis Randolph Elkins, 82, of the Medford community of Lake City, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Elkins was a former captain of the Anderson County Rescue Squad and had been a member for over 30 years.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was awarded three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and a Good Conduct Medal.
Mr. Elkins was a member of Clinch River Baptist Church in Lake City and a member of Coal Creek Masonic Lodge No. 492 in Lake City.
He is survived by his daughters, Fran Elkins of Medford and Rebecca Ann Duff and her husband, Charles T. Duff, of Lake City; his grandchildren, Jennifer Peterman of Knoxville, Richard Duff of Medford and Stephanie Moquin of Lake City; and his great-grandchildren, Lesly Moquin, Brandie Duff and Brittney Duff.
Mr. Elkins' wife, Ruby Elkins, and his parents, Sim J. and Clara Elkins, died earlier. Several brothers and sisters are also deceased.
A Masonic service and the funeral were held Sunday night, Feb. 4, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City. The Rev. Tom Byrge and the Rev. Robbie Leach officiated.
A graveside service was to be held at 11 this morning, Feb. 5, at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Clinch River Baptist Church, 407 Cane Creek Road, Lake City, TN 37769.