Funeral Mass celebrated for All Saints member Kathie Blaine

Kathie Gunter Blaine, 79, a member of All Saints Parish, passed away April 16 after a lengthy illness.

For five years, Mrs. Blaine faced many health challenges with dignity and grace. Her family rejoices in the fact that she has now received her heavenly body and has been reunited with her parents, Nell and George Gunter; her sister Jan; and her favorite aunt, Marion.

Mrs. Blaine was born on Nov. 4, 1940, in Memphis. Her formative years were spent in Natchez, Miss., where she attended Natchez High School, where she met her beloved future husband, Dorman Blaine.

Mr. Blaine attended the school of engineering at Mississippi State University, and Mrs. Blaine attended Mississippi State College for Women. She and Mr. Blaine married on Sept. 10, 1960, in Natchez. In 1961, Mr. Blaine received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and the couple was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.

In 1966, a business opportunity attracted them to Knoxville, where the Blaine family has resided since. Mr. Blaine and partner Charlie Hays formed Blaine Construction Corp. and Merit Construction Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Blaine were blessed with four children, their spouses, and six grandchildren: Melissa Blaine Harrison and husband Paul; Alec Gunter Blaine and wife Tammy; Susannah Blaine Dunn and husband Peter; and Mary Hannah Blaine MacCurdy and husband Taylor; and grandchildren George and Blaine Harrison; Taylor and Sophie Blaine; Thomas Dunn; and Sommers MacCurdy.

Funeral services were private due to restrictions from COVID 19. In memory of Mrs. Blaine’s love of all God’s creatures, memorials may be made to Young-Williams Animal Center or The Knoxville Humane Society.

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