- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 9 Mar 2007.
YARNELL, MARY LOUISE DENTON - age 85 of Clinton, died early Thursday, March 8, 2007 at St. Mary's Residential Hospice in Halls. Louise was the widow of J.D. Yarnell, former Anderson County Judge. She was born on September 12, 1921 to William Otha Denton and Beulah Grace Fox Denton in Sevier County, Tennessee. She graduated from Sevier County High School and then began working at Alcoa Aluminum, Eastman Kodak at the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge and th en the Bell Telephone Company in Knoxville. Louise left the phone company and married J.D. on November 10, 1950 and began her life as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved working outdoors and maintained a beautiful home. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and her children's friends who she always welcomed into her home and loved. She loved and cared for her three grandchildren who were fortunate to grow up across the road from Mamaw Yarnell. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: step-mother Nannie Sharder Denton; child siblings, Edith Josephine, William Olin, and Elizabeth Kathleen Denton. She is survived by: sons, William Richard Yarnell of Clinton, John Denton Yarnell of Clinton; daughter, Nancy and husband Larry Foster of Clinton; grandchildren, Laura Beth & husband Josh Webber of Hixson, Matthew Daniel Foster stationed at Norfolk, VA, Michael Yarnell Foster of Knoxville; great granddaughter, Kathryn Reagan Webber; brother, Kenneth T. Denton and wife Hattie of Knoxville; sister, Lorene Denton Cupp & husband J.C. of Knoxville; sisters-in-law, Rachel Yarnell and Evelyn Yarnell Doughty; one aunt, Lucille Denton Howard of Knoxville; many cousins, nieces and nephews; special niece, Deborah Denton Pace & husband John of Knoxville, who was devoted to her Aunt Louise. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Claxton. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Her graveside service will be at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Claxton on Sunday, at 2:00 pm with friends and family welcomed at the graveside service with Rev. Glenn Gamble of Maryville officiating. Pallbearers will be: grandsons, Matthew and Michael Foster; nephews, Charles Yarnell and William Denton; great nephew, Chris Yarnell; special friend, Mike Harmening. Honorary pallbearer, Bill Ross. The family would like to thank Dr. B. David Wooten and the staff at St. Mary's Hospice in Halls for the care and kindnesses shown to our mother. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: St. Mary's Residential Hospice, 7447 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.