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Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Dr. Carroll Rudolph Shanks

June 28, 1940October 6, 2019
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Dr. Carroll R. Shanks (Rudy), age 79, of Knoxville, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Carroll was born and raised in Kenton, Ohio, where he met and married Jolene Johnson (Joey), the love of his life, in 1964. He was a 1958 high school graduate of Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) and then graduated from The University of Cincinnati in 1962. Carroll attained his Doctorate of Dentistry from Ohio State University and following graduation, practiced dentistry while serving in the U.S Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In 1972, Carroll completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was a faculty member in the department from 1972 until 2004. Carroll had a love for teaching and a true commitment to the residency program at the university. He was the Director of Continuing Dental Education in the medical center for many years. In addition, he was an instructor in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for the Knoxville area. He served the communities of Knoxville and Maryville from 1972 until his retirement in 2012. Throughout the years, Carroll had many hobbies and in recent years enjoyed cooking, traveling and riding his Harley Davidson. He also loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchild and was affectionately known as "Biscuit". Carroll was preceded in death by JoJo, his loving wife of 49 years and parents, Hartwell and Isabelle Shanks. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Chelse and Jeff Summers; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Rebecca Shanks; grandchildren, Shea and Sam Summers, Sophie and C.J. Shanks; great grandchild, Emerson Summers. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville TN 37920. A Funeral Mass will be held at All Saints Catholic Parish, 620 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., Knoxville Tennessee 37923 on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:30 PM. Father Eric Andrews will be officiating. Following the Funeral Mass the family will proceed to Berry Highland Memorial for a private interment service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the UT Cancer Institute, 1926 Alcoa Hwy., Building F Suite 310, Knoxville, TN 37920. The family invites you to share memories of Carroll at www.berryfuneralhome.com

Services

17 October

Visitation

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920

18 October

Funeral Mass

1:30 pm

All Saints Catholic Church

620 N Cedar Bluff Rd
Knoxville, TN 37923

18 October

Interment Service

Berry Highland Memorial

5315 KINGSTON PIKE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37919

Memories

Dr. Carroll Rudolph Shanks

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kinta flemming

October 17, 2019

When Wayne Witt first introduced me to Rudy, Rudy spoke softly and loving about his marriage and his children. I left that evening thinking how lonely he seemed. And then, he slowly began to introduce Lisa to us. They just fit as odd as that may seem. Two old souls finding ways to find laughter together, They loved to dance together, garden together and just be together. Love is a beautiful thing and they were beautiful together.

Becky McNeil

October 17, 2019

Precious Memories, how they linger...
I remember Dr. Shanks as being a wonderful man who loved his family, loved life, and loved helping people. He expressed genuine compassion toward every patient he saw and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside of such a caring and skilled surgeon.
Dr. Shanks was a wonderful boss, insightful mentor, and a trusted friend. His optimistic nature, his love of learning, and his everyday actions taught me so much about the man he was.
I have always had great respect for him and I’ve valued his views, along with his advice on any given subject. He influenced my life in
more ways than I could list. I have often told him that his role in my life was pivotal in helping me to become the person I am today. He was truly a good man and I, along with so many others, will miss him dearly.
Chelse, Charlie, and family, May God comfort you during this time of heartache and sadness through the outpouring love of those around you.

Alfred Redwine

October 16, 2019

I'm so sorry that I cannot attend receiving friends for Carroll. I enjoyed my professional relationship with him for almost 40 years . More importantly, I treasured his friendship during that time. I could always depend on him to take exceptional care of my patients. His wonderful personality made him a joy to be around. I am travelling to a cousin's funeral in Alabama, but extend my heartfelt condolences to all of his family. Carroll's life was one well lived.

Teri Childress Guyer

October 16, 2019

Dearest Chelse and Charlie,
Your dad was a very special man. I have such fond memories of growing up "down the road" from your family. Carroll was a very kind and caring person who lived his life to the fullest. I'm so sorry for your loss, and I pray that you will find peace and comfort in the cherished memories you hold in your hearts.
In Christ,
Teri Childress Guyer

Jerry Turner

October 15, 2019

Carroll was such a friendly and accommodating individual. Each time he came to Kenton, Ohio for a visit he would text or call me so that we could meet up to discuss any events concerning the farm I rent. I especially enjoyed giving Carroll and Chelsea the tour of the campgrounds a while back and could tell he really enjoyed the experience, I was shocked and so sad to hear that he had passed and want to express my dearest condolences to the family. Please reach out to me when you can and hope you keep all the good memories in in mind as time moves forward, Jerry Turner

Katherine Jones

October 14, 2019

Dr.Shanks and family, So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing.I will never forget scrubbing with him when I was a student tech.Such a kind hearted soft spoken gentleman.He was so very good to me and I still remember the things he taught me.I am blessed to have known and worked with him as I am with you.you remind me so much of him.I know he is rejoicing in heaven with his Saviour and reuniting with your beautiful mother.may the Lord bless and comfort you and your family as only He can

Debra Hall- Fisher

October 14, 2019

On 3 occasions I had the honor of going to Dr Shanks and Joey’s home for dinner. I remember the first time- I thought it was a small dinner party, and when I got there, I found out I was the only person invited. I was so touched and honored to be welcomed into their home. I’ll never forget how Joey met me at the door with hugs and a kiss on the cheek and an apron. I had a blast cooking with her and Dr Carroll thought we were a hoot to watch together. And eating a meal with them and having him tell me stories about his life was such a blessing. They have the most beautiful kitchen and home, and I don’t think I’ve ever been in a home that exemplified the warmth and happiness of the lovely couple that occupied a space more appropriately. They were both special people and will truly be missed.

Cissy Mayo

October 12, 2019

Chelse,
My memory is always how much your dad loved your mom! And how they loved watching you show horses & later watching Shea.
You all are in my thoughts & prayers.
God bless you & all of your family!

John Wood

October 9, 2019

Carroll Shanks will forever be our Woodview Drive neighbor and friend. One of the happiest, smiling , friendliest, caring man we have ever known. We grieve and send our love and strength to Chelse and Charlie and the family, but we also rejoice that he is with his King and reunited with his Joey, truly the most loving couple ever! Love and strength and prayers to all. John, Tina and Sharon Wood.

Bob Schmidt

October 9, 2019

Dr. Shanks was my brother Bill's close neighbor in Gettysvue and I would normally see him on my frequent visits to Knoxville. He had a great sense of humor and a smile that always welcomed you.

It was fun last year to entertain him in Lexington at the Keeneland Race Track. I will forever remember the relationship and what a great person he was.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. God have mercy on his soul.

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