In Memoriam: Gass, Schnell

In Memoriam: Gass, Schnell


Marvin Gass

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- Marvin Bishop Gass died March 23 at Asbury Place.

The Rev. Gass was a retired Holston clergy member who had served Vonore-Oakland-Walnut Grove (1942-44), Oakland-Calderwood (1944), Bulls Gap (1946-49), White Pine (1949-52), Chattanooga Fairmount (1952-54), Kingsport Litz Manor (1954-57); Lenoir City Trinity (1957-61), Jonesboro (1961-64), Maryville Fairview (1964-68), Knoxville Colonial Heights (1968-72), Chattanooga Signal Crest (1972-75), First Elizabethton (1975-78), First Newport (1978-81), First Blountville (1981-84), and Burks (1984-86). He graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College, University of Tennessee, and Drew Theological Seminary. After retiring in 1986, he served at Bethel and Binfield UMC and as visitation minister at Fairview UMC.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Pitsinger Gass; son and daughter-in-law, Barry L. and Michelle Gass of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Linda Fenton of Atlanta; grandchildren, Alex Gass, Logan Gass, Jason Fenton; one great-grandson, Noah Fenton; sister, Gladys Tallent of Maryville; sister and brother-in-law, Grace Grissom and Frank Evans of Nashville; sister-in-law, Joy Smith of Chattanooga; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held March 27 at First Maryville UMC with the Rev. Brenda Carroll and the Rev. Ted Baker officiating. Interment followed at Shiloh Cemetery in Pigeon Forge. Memorial donations may be made to Tennessee Wesleyan College, 204 E. College Street, Athens, TN 37303, or to Asbury Place of Maryville, 2648 Sevierville Road, Maryville, TN 37804.


Terry Schnell

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. -- Terry Schnell, 57, died March 27 at Hancock County Hospital.

The Rev. Schnell was a member of The Wesleyan Church, currently serving as pastor at First Sneedville UMC, Shiloh UMC, and Union UMC in the Morristown District, as well as interim executive director at Jubilee Project. He had previously served as pastor at Liberty Hill UMC and Bybee UMC. Before beginning his ministry, Schnell was a police officer for the city of Morristown and a parole officer for the State of Tennessee. Born in Columbus, Ind., he received his M.A. in ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette Schnell; daughters, Cara (Zacory) Veal and Crystal (Alan) Schurkamp; stepsons, Brian Gilmer, Jeremy (Susie) Gilmer and Lance (Ashley) Gilmer; grandchildren, Riayn, Rylee, Caleb, Roxanne, and Joshua; six step-grandchildren; sister, Linda Taylor of Ohio; brother, Charles (Linda) Schnell of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held March 30 at First Morristown UMC. Memorial donations may be made to Jubilee Project, 197 N. Jockey St., P.O. Box 657, Sneedville, TN 37869, or to Holston Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743.