The family wishes to express their gratitude to the following medical personal for their compassion and care because without them she would have been unable to survive the last four years: Dr. Douglas Hembree, Dr. Ronald Lands and special nurse, Barbara Marine at UT Medical Center in Knoxville; Dr. Stephen Strickland, Jr., Dr. Maden Jagasia, physician's assistant Carey Clifton, Dr. Brian Engelhardt at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville; Dr. John Sanabria and hospital administrator, Mr. Jeffery Feike and Dr. Bud Guider at Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City; Mr. Dennis Rowe and the entire staff at Priority Ambulance Service in Lenoir City. The family also wishes to express a special thank you to Robert "Tooter" Robinett, Leon Shields, Johnny James, Paul Shaw, J. J. Cox, Milo Tuttle, Perry Reed, Ken Brewster, Jim Howard and Gary Witworth for the assistance they gave her during the last 18 months helping her to experience joy and happiness.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th at Highland Park Baptist Church in Lenoir City. Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the church with Dr. Tommy Patterson and Bishop Ronald Reagan officiating. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at Highland Park Baptist Church on Thursday, April 14th and family and friends will proceed from the Church at 12:15 p.m. to Lakeview Cemetery for a 12:30 p.m. graveside service. Rev. Eddie Click and Rev. Tony Collins will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Brenda Chrisman Aikens to Highland Park Baptist Church "Build the Bell Tower Fund."
Pallbearers: Loudon County Sheriff, Tim Guider, Blount County Sheriff, James Lee Berrong, Lenoir City Chief, Don White, Maryville City Chief, Tony Crisp, Captain, Tony Arden, Captain Jonathan Bryant, Leon Shields and Chris Clabough. Honor Guard, Loudon County Sheriff's Office, Blount County Sheriff Office and Lenoir City Police Department.
Honorary pallbearers are as follows: Lenoir City Council members and spouses, Lenoir City Power Board members and spouses, Lenoir City Hall administrative staff, Royal Decendents Sunday School Class "Brenda Aikens Sunday School Class", Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Littleton, Mr. Mrs. Donard Zerrip, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Talley, Mr. and Mrs. Jim McCarroll, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shultz, Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Rouston, Mr. and Mrs. Gillis Morgan, Mrs. Gail Vann, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McGarity, Mr. And Mrs. Steve Thompson, Mr. Robert "Tooter" Robinett, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Kagley, Mr and Mrs. T. Scott Jones, Mr. Bill Carroll, Dr. Cynthia Fleming, Mrs. Frava Limburg, and Mrs. Tracy Arden, Mr. and Mrs. Don White and Mr. And Mrs. Gene White. Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements.