Rufus Gene 'Cooney' Hance
Published: Friday, December 27, 2013

Rufus Gene 'Cooney' Hance, age 84, of Newport, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He attended Bridgeport Freewill Baptist Church.

Rufus was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louise Cashen Hance, parents Allen William and Allie France Hance, brothers David, Allen, Jr., Sanford, and Ralph Hance, and sisters Betty Cole and Barbara Burt.

He is survived by his sons Mike (Penn) Hance, Marc (Kathy) Hance, and Marlon (Lisa) Hance, all of Newport, grandchildren Curtis Hance, Cody Hance, and Macey Hance, great-grandchildren Chloe and Skylar, sister Mary Kate Pack of Dandridge, special sister-in-law Clara Howard, sisters-in-law Edna Hance, Mary Lee Hance, and Ida Cashen.

He is also survived by his daughter-in-law Rita Hance, special friend Jennie Worth of Sevierville, his Manes Funeral Home and Arby’s families, a host of nieces, nephews, other family, special friends, and his church family.

The family will receive friends from 5:00—8:00 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2013, at Manes Funeral Home.

The family will also receive friends from 12:00—2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013, in Manes Funeral Home Chapel prior to the funeral services at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Hal Kirk and Rev. Tim Carson officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign the guest register online at

Manes Funeral Home in charge


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