Regional leaders of note

Sandra ClarkObits

Friendships and work relationships don’t stop at the county line.


That’s why each evening, this writer surveys obituaries from more than 50 mortuaries in Knox and 12 surrounding counties. We upload links to the funeral home’s obituaries – at zero cost to funeral homes or families. As our coverage grew, we organized the listings by county. The links are posted until the final service.

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Ronald Burney died Feb. 8 and services were held Sunday at the Kyker Funeral Home in Kingston. Known as “Doc Burney,” he was a pharmacist and owned Kingston Drug Center. According to his obituary, “His lunch counter was the center of Kingston culture for more than a quarter of a century and he gave so many young people their first job.” Doc Burney was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Kingston for almost 50 years and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Burial is today (2/11) at 1 p.m. at the Tennessee Georgia Memorial Park in Rossville, Ga.

Janet L. Dunn, 64, passed away Feb. 10. Her funeral will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the East Chapel of Allen Funeral Home in Morristown, preceded by receiving of friends from 5-7. A retired teacher, she worked for the Hamblen County Board of Education for over 20 years, teaching at Lincoln Middle School and West Elementary. She was active in the Hamblen County Education Association including a term as president. Info here.

Beth McNabb Runnion, 97, of Newport, was also a retired teacher. After teaching at Cocke County High School, she joined the staff of McNabb’s, a clothing store operated by her family for over 90 years. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Newport. Friends will be received in the Parish Hall of the church beginning at 5 p.m. Arrangements by Manes Funeral Home. Info here.

Mildred “Mid” Rayburn Jones, 94, of Morristown, died Feb. 8. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1946 from the University of Miami and then married returning WWII Army Air Corps Captain G. Marcus Jones. The couple raised three children and built a successful general construction business in Morristown. When Marcus retired in 1980, they moved to Gatlinburg and became dedicated hikers. They were married 66 years before his death in 2012. Her funeral is at 2 p.m. today (2/11) in the chapel of Mayes Mortuary. Info here.

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