The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on July 16, 1988 · Page 68
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The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee · Page 68

Nashville, Tennessee
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Saturday, July 16, 1988
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Woods look dark after 3 slayings CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Some residents say they're having second thoughts about venturing into the woods since three men were shot to death on a mountain outside this southeast Tennessee city. "Lots of people will probably be hesitant about going in there by them selves," said Stanley Nixon. "Maybe with a crowd, some will go back. I wouldn't care about going in myself." Nixon described himself as a friend of Richard Mason, 49, of rural Signal Mountain, one of the men killed July 9 while riding all-terrain vehicles in a remote area on the mountain. Autopsies completed yesterday showed Mason, his son-in-law, Kenneth Griffith. 22. and Griffith's friend, Earl Smock, 23, died of gunshot wounds, said Dr. Frank King, the Hamilton County medical examiner. Police said the men apparently were slain in a wooded area commonly used by outdoorsmen near the village of Walden, about 1 5 miles northwest of Chattanooga. After a four-day search, their bodies were found Wednesday night dumped In a garbage-strewn ravine on Suck Creek Mountain about five miles from the suspected shooting site. Their vehicles had been discovered July 1 1 at the bottom of a similar ravine five miles in the opposite direction from where they had been riding, police said. L El aturtfii'JUlVI, IfHt THC TCNNtU t V,. : . . . " I ; - , m a. 4 . .., J l im mi ii l in r i r n m m MASON Although declining to Identify any suspects or disclose a motive for the slayings. Chief Deputy Jim Hammond of the Hamilton County Sheriffs Department said detectives were close to presenting a case to prosecutors. "The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they do turn," Hammond said. But Signal Mountain residents said they were still unnerved by the slayings, which occurred in an area dotted with swimming holes, logging trails and flat rocks for picnicking. Even though the land is privately owned, many neighbors said that over the years they've tended to view it as community property. "We didn't ride across people's plowed fields or yards or fences," said Nixon. "But where there are trails, people have ridden those hills for 20 years." "It worries me about walking on my own property or walking on someone else's to get to some other property we own," said Beth Harris, who GKimiii g0 ' m. - 4""- k j) 1 : ' SMOCK lives on the mountain with her husband, David. "When people get in the woods, it's like it doesn't matter whose land it is." Terminally ill girl gets wish Nashville EI Minnie, also known as Sarah Cannon, invited Tammy to join her backstage attheOpry. "I would love to see the child," Minnie said. Signs of Tammy's serious illness are not visible. "Anyone who meets her can't tell she has cancer," Straudahar said of her blue-eyed daughter with light brown hair. A first grader who likes to fish and swim, Tammy relates the rest of her Nashville itenerary with the aplomb of an experienced tour guide: Tm going to see Minnie Pearl's Museum, Nashville Now and the Grand OleOpry." She says she also is "excited" by the prospect of swimming In the pool at Opryland Hotel, where she will be staying, and meeting famed Nashville Network puppet Shotgun Red. Tammy will be accompanied by a local St. Paul television crew when she makes her trip to Nashville. The city's ABC affiliate has been following Tammy's progress since she began receiving the experimental pinpoint radiation therapy earlier this year, her mother said. "Pinpoint radiation is regular radiation powered to the smallest beam they could get and shot directly into the center of the tumor," Staudahar said. The process previously has been practiced in Europe and in limited cases at Harvard Medical School. "Tammy's one of the first to receive pinpoint radiation outside the Boston areal" her mother said. Although Tammy's illness has been labeled "terminal," her mother and the doctors feel the new treatment holds out some hope for a longer life. The tumor has not grown in four months, and Tammy has been gaining weight and feeling better. Staudahar said. "I take it one day at a time," the mother said. "I try not to think about what will happen in the end." A.W. Willis Jr. rites Tuesday Yy can't! get to the convention floods w null 1 1 mi . LARRY DAUGHTREY Our team of political reporters will bring you the most comprehensive coverage of the 1988 Presidential Conventions everyday nf JAMES PRAl W-L . JIU III .1 J II 1 ! I : X JIM O'HARA National Democratic Convention Atlanta July 18-21 GAIL MCKNIGHT National Republican Convention New Orleans August 15- The TENNESSEAN The Story of Your Life MEMPHIS (AP) Funeral services are scheduled Tuesday for A.W. Willis Jr., a Memphis civil rights leader, lawyer and real estate developer, who was a member of the state Racing Commission. Willis, 63, died of cancer at his Memphis residence Thursday. He served in the state House in 1965 and gained the support of the late Gov. Frank Clement In an unsuccessful attempt to abolish the death penalty in the state. Willis was instrumental in the creation of a Shelby County program to provide low-interest loans for first-' time home buyers of moderate income and was a key participant in efforts to turn The Lorraine Motel into a civil rights museum. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered at the Lorraine in 1968. Born in Birmingham, Willis went to high school in Memphis and began practicing law in the city in 1953. He founded the city's first integrated law firm in the 1960s and was an attorney for James Meredith, the first William Griffin memorial service planned Monday SEWANEE, Tenn. The Rev. Wil-liam A. Griffin, 61, professor of Old Testament and Theology at the University of the South, died yesterday in St Thomas Hospital, Nashville, of a heart attack. A memorial service will be at 1 1 am Monday at All Saints Chapel on the university campus. Arrangements are by Roesch-Patton Dorris & Charlton Broadway Chapel, Nashville. A native of Durham, N.C, the Rev. Mr. Griffin joined the Sewanee faculty as an instructor in 1959 and became a full professor in 1973. He received a bachelor's degree from Duke University and bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale University. The Rev. Mr. Griffin was a member of Otey Memorial Episcopal Church and had previously served in the Episcopal Church's Diocese of North Carolina. He was a popular lecturer and his resonant speaking voice was used in several recordings for the Episcopal Church. Survivers include his wife, Ann F. Griffin, Sewanee; a daughter, Shore B. Griffin, Sewanee; his mother, Clyde Shore Griffin, Durham, N.C; and a sister, Betty G. Tuggle, Durham, N.C The family requests that, instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the dean's discretionary fund at the School of Theology, University of the South. black student to attend the University of Mississippi. In the 1950s, Willis helped found the Democratic Club, an organization aimed at voter registration and education, and in 1 960, he was one of several lawyers who filed suit to integrate the Memphis public schools. He was appointed last year to the state Racing Commission. Funeral services are scheduled at the Pentecostal Temple Church of Christ in Memphis. PULASKI Lillie Reid Aber-nathy, 94, of Bryan, Texas, formerly of Pulaski, died Thursday in Texas. Graveside services 5 p.m. today at Maplewood Cemetery. The body is at Bennett-May Funeral Home. SPRINGFIELD Helen Burchett, 48, of Springfield died Thursday in Springfield Health Care Center. Services 4 p.m. today at Robertson County Funeral Home. LAWRENCEBURG Earl Chapman, 61, of Route 5, died Wednesday in St Thomas Hospital, Nashville. Services 1 p.m. today at Bennett-May Funeral Home, Pulaski. SPRINGFIELD William Walter (Lumie) Clubbs, 87, of Route 2, died Wednesday in Jesse Holman Jones Hospital. Services 10 a.m. today at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home, Portland. COLUMBIA Katherine Orell Dale Duncan, 60, of the Hampshire community died Thursday in Maury Regional Hospital. Services 10:30 am , today at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home. SPRINGFIELD Edgar Fort Fletcher, 81, of Route 6, died Thursday in Jesse Holman Jones Hospital. Services 2 p.m. today at Robertson County Funeral Home. TULLAHOMA George A. Had-don, 74, of Freeman Street died Wednesday in the Medical Center of Manchester. Services 10 am. today at Manchester Funeral Home. CHARLOTTE William Bradley Hunter, 54, of Charlotte died Thursday in Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a crane accident Monday near Erin, Tenn. Services 3 pm today at Dickson Funeral Home. WESTMORELAND Willie Ann Mandrell, 92, of Route 2, died Thursday in Sumner Memorial Hospital. Services 2 pm today at Providence General Baptist Church near here. The body is at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home, Portland. SHELBYV1LLE Minnie Lee ' McGee Stacey, 78, of 341 Templeton St, died yesterday in Bedford County Nursing Home. Services 3 pm today at Gowen-Smith Chapel. ' i ill,'' jvOJDuDS jJGDu H NOT ONE NOT TWO BUT 3111 3 PIECES INCLUDED SOFA $358 LA YAW AY LOVESEAT CHAIR COMPICTE All 3 MECIS SOFA LOVESEAT CHAIR INCLUDED ALL FmMMa 1"' "v 3P,ECES mif l Eluri Noveau V. IV -a. BRASS HEADBOARDS ALL $00 SIZES EA. TWIN FULL QUEEN KING FREE LAYAWAY FREE STORAGE BED FRAMES TWIN & FULL 14.95 QUEEN 24.95 KING 29.95 CONTRACT SPKCIAL SYR. LTD. WARRANTY FULL $28 ea. QUEEN $48 ea. twin ea. pc king $48 ea. 18 POSTURI PROPILI-LUXURY FIRM S-YR. LTD. WARRANTY TWIN $49a.pc. FULL $59 a.pc. QUEEN $79 .pc. TWIN EA. PC. KINQ $69 . DC. s 49 MKOICO-PIOIC SUPER PRIM 15-YR. LTD. WARRANTY TWIN $59 .pc. 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