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Jim Edwards (K3IH/ Ex.K4IHI)

Jimmie Keith EDWARDS Goodlettsville, TN Age 68 October 21, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Edwards; son, Jeffrey Edwards; daughter, Tammy Edwards; brothers, Albert Edwards and Sam Edwards; sisters, Clarice Crownover and Roberta Wells. Mr. Edwards was a Member of the Shriners, Masonic Lodge #254, Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter A and the Nashville Amateur Radio Chapter. Mr. Edwards' remains are with Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, where the family will receive friends from 4-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. til 9 p.m., Wednesday. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday evening. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 2001 at the funeral home. Reverend Paul Anderson will officiate. Honorary Pallbearers will be Murray Jones, Sammy Edwards, Charles Manning and Steve Stanley. Active Pallbearers will be Filbert Verble, Jerry Hamilton, Carl Moore, Buddy Carver, David Miller, R.C. Booher and Troy Hurt. Interment Old Brush Cemetery, Portland, TN. Memorials may be made to the Jimmy Edwards Fund, % AmSouth Bank, Rivergate Branch, 2227 N. Gallatin Rd., Madison, TN 37115.

Chet Atkins,(W4CGP), also known as ''Mr. Guitar'' and considered the most-recorded solo instrumentalist in music history, died at his Nashville home yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 77. Mr. Atkins was a Country Music Hall of Fame producer, executive and instrumentalist whose studio musicianship allowed his string-tickling work to grace the records of dozens of other Nashville legends. His style influenced such pop greats as Mark Knopfler, Duane Eddy, George Harrison, The Ventures, George Benson and Eddie Cochran, as well as thousands of country pickers. He won nine CMA musician of the year awards, four Playboy jazz poll honors and 14 Grammys. As the Nashville head of RCA Records, he propelled an entire generation of country stars to fame. Dottie West, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Charley Pride and Eddy Arnold all were either signed or produced ? and some of them both ? by Atkins. He built RCA Studio B, said to be the most hit-generating studio in the history of Music Row. The name Chet Atkins is synonymous with The Nashville Sound. ''There's nobody like him, and he'll never be replaced,'' Jennings said. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. tomorrow at Roesch-Patton Funeral Home on Broadway. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ryman Auditorium. Both are open to the public. Interment will be at Harpeth Hills Cemetery on Highway 100

The Missionary plane shot down over Peru by the Peruvian military, included the loss of a ham. Veronica "RONNIE" Bowers KD4CKN. Ronnie and her husband Jim Bowers KD4CKM were on there way to Iquitos Peru from Benjamin Constant in Brazil. Muskegon, Mich-native Veronica "Roni" Bowers, 37, and her 7-month-old daughter, Charity, were killed and pilot Kevin Donaldson was wounded when their Cessna was shot down by a drug-sniffing Peruvian aircraft. A U.S. surveillance plane monitored Peru's downing of the plane carrying American missionaries, a U.S. Embassy official said Saturday. "There was a US government tracking aircraft in the area in support of the Peruvian intercept mission," was the official statement from an embassy official in Lima. "As part of an agreement between the US and Peru, U.S. radar and aircraft provide tracking information to the Peruvian Air Force on planes suspected of smuggling illegal drugs in the region. U.S. government tracking aircraft used for this program are unarmed and do not participate in any way in shooting down suspect planes. Jim and Corey returned to the United States Sunday. They are in North Carolina, where they will spend time with family members before returning home to Muskegon. Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of this tragedy.

A Kentucky Amateur Radio Emergency Service member died May 20 while installing a 2-meter antenna he'd just bought at the Dayton Hamvention. According to ARRL Kentucky Section Emergency Coordinator Ron Dodson, KA4MAP, Ronald L. Oller, KG4JVT, of Irvington, died when the groundplane antenna he was installing fell onto the overhead electrical service line to his house. He had been a ham for about eight months. Dodson said Oller and a teenaged friend, John Betner, KG4LHQ, had purchased new 2-meter groundplanes at the Hamvention. The pair already had installed one of the units at Betner's home and were in the process of raising Oller's antenna when the incident occurred. Betner was not injured and summoned help for his friend. Dodson said Oller had a history of heart trouble but said he did not know if that was a factor in his death. Dodson described Oller as "one of the most enthusiastic hams I have ever met" and as "a generous individual who loved to be helpful in spite of his heart ailment." Earlier in the weekend, Oller had traveled to Dayton Hamvention on a chartered bus with other amateurs from Kentucky's Meade, Breckinridge, Jefferson and surrounding counties. Oller got his license last October and became involved in public service and, as AAT4YQ/T, in the Military Affiliate Radio System. He also had "elmered" the 16-year-old Betner when he studied for his license. "It can happen to any of us at any time," said Dodson, who advised caution when installing antennas. "It's too late to help Ron, but, please, let's not lose anyone else to such a terrible tragedy."