Saturday November 27th, 2021
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Louise Gephart Durman
Louise Gephart Durman, of Jefferson City passed away on November 19, 2021 in the company of her family at Friends of Hospice Serenity House in Morristown, Tennessee. She was of the Episcopal faith. Louise was the daughter of the late Dr. Roy E. and Anna Louise Gephart of New Castle, Indiana, and the niece of U.S. Congressman Ralph Harvey and his wife Charline Harvey of Mt. Summit, Indiana. Louise graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in home economics and from Columbia University in New York City with a master’s degree in journalism. While in New York, she interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was employed by the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. immediately after graduating from Columbia University. She then returned to Indiana where she was a feature writer with The Indianapolis News. After her marriage to Fred H. Durman, they moved to Dandridge, Tennessee, and she was employed by the Knoxville News Sentinel for more than 36 years as a feature writer and Food Editor. She was author of four cookbooks, including the popular “Vol Vittles” and “Recipes Upon Request.” The Durmans restored historic homes in Dandridge, New Market, Jefferson City, and Morristown. Fred Durman died in 2011. Throughout the past few years, Louise has resided at Signature Lifestyles in Jefferson City. Louise and her family have been appreciative of everyone who has worked with and lived with Louise during her time at Signature Lifestyles and during her brief stay at Serenity House. Louise leaves behind her beloved son Christopher Durman, daughter-in-law Candice Durman, and grandson Will Durman of Jefferson City, Tennessee. She also leaves behind many friends, colleagues, and family members. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 27th at 1:00 pm in the Old Methodist Cemetery portion of Westview Cemetery on West Old Andrew Johnson Highway in Jefferson City, TN. Those planning to attend may access the site through the Westview Cemetery entrance or via the Durman family driveway at 238 W. Old Andrew Johnson Hwy. Louise, ever the professional journalist, actually wrote most of this, her own obituary. Christopher, Candice, and Will would also like to add that Louise was a wonderfully loving and supportive confidant, Mother and “Neenee” who they will all miss terribly. Louise always held a special place in her heart and her home for the animals in her life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to a Humane Society or animal advocacy group of your choosing. In consideration of the health and safety of all those attending the services, Farrar Funeral Home strongly encourages all CDC guidelines be followed, including the use of facemasks.
Thanking of u and ur family in this time sorry to here this Chris preying for y'all
Jonathan Dennison Nov 30 2021 5:31 PM
It was a privilege to work with Louise for five years in the Living section of the News-Sentinel. She demonstrated with a kind and humble spirit the ethics of hard work and getting the facts right. There was no story too big or too small for Louise. She typed recipes and club announcements with the same attention to detail that she would write a cover feature. She was a real pro and an excellent teacher. I owe most of my cookbook collection to her - review copies she would pass to the young newlywed in the office. She was a gracious hostess. Her pink kitchen was so warm and welcoming. There was nothing stuffy or pretentious about Louise - that's why we all loved her!
Becky Simmons Hughes Nov 29 2021 8:44 PM
Louise was an endless source of great story ideas and a delight to work with -- I especially enjoyed helping her publish two of her cookbooks. I think of her every time I open 'Recipes Upon Request.' Sincere condolences to Chris and his family.
Susan Alexander Nov 24 2021 9:26 PM
Louise and my mother, Sue Cox, were friends and colleagues for many years. I was lucky enough to share an occasional lunch, dinner or visit with them. She was truly a joy and I always felt privileged to be able to spend a little time with her. She gifted my wife Mary Ellen and I with an autographed copy of one of her cookbooks "Lessons with Louise" which we treasure. We are better for having known her. Thinking of all of you at this tough time.
Bennett and Mary Ellen Bond Cox Nov 24 2021 3:40 PM
Louise was a peach! From the outside, she looked the part of a sweet Southern lady but she figured out fast how to get me excited about shooting photos for the Living Section. I loved working with everyone in Living as they all understood the value of a good photograph. I got to visit Louise at her beautiful home in Jefferson City many years ago. It was a gorgeous Victorian home that was chucker-block filled with antiques and, of course, very tastefully decorated. Louise will be missed by all who got a chance to work with her at the News-Sentinel...
PATRICK MURPHY-RACEY Nov 23 2021 9:55 PM
I didn't know Louise personally, but I have dozens of clips of her recipes in my collection. You could tell from her picture what an intelligent and kind person she was. Deep condolences to her family.
Jean Ash Nov 23 2021 10:00 AM
Will always remember Ms.Louise she was a special lady. Lots of prayers for the family.
Dee Nov 22 2021 9:54 PM
I loved Louise's unique laugh and sense of humor, but also her gentle corrections when I needed a reality check. Even though I spent the majority of my News Sentinel years out in the newsroom, I cherish my first summer at the newspaper when I wrote for her and the other wonderful professionals in Living Today. Rest in peace, sweet sweet lady.
Lisa Hood Skinner Nov 22 2021 6:27 PM
Louise was a great journalist and a joy to be around. A dear, sweet lady. Everyone in the "old KNS" alumni circle is grieving. We will keep Chris and family in our hearts.
Sam and Mary Ann Venable Nov 22 2021 6:21 PM
I remember her kindness, humor and patience. She was a joy to work with particularly due to the time and attention she devoted to helping East Tennessee newcomers learn the area. Sincere prayers are with her family, colleagues and friends.
Jeannine Hunter Nov 22 2021 6:16 PM