John Rufus McCloud - age 90, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at his home.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and was involved in many church activities including singing in the choir. He was retired as an elementary school principal after 45 years of service. 43 of those years were with Knox County Schools, including Brickey-McCloud Elementary School which bears his name.
He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Walter and Nessie McCloud; parents who reared him, Austin and Pearl Benton; wife, Joyce Ann Cooper McCloud; sisters, Cheryl Jean Mentz and Mildred Behm; brothers, Ross and Holland Benton, son-in-law, Lynn Kennedy. He is survived by his daughter, Melanie Jane McCloud Kennedy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the building fund of Christ United Methodist Church, 7535 Maynardville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938, Brickey-McCloud Elementary School, 1810 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918, or Alzheimer’s of East Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church. A funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Bruce Marston and Reverend Don Ferguson officiating. The family and friends will meet 12:45 p.m. Thursday at Lynnhurst Cemetery for a graveside service and interment at 1:00 p.m.
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