VANAMAN, DR. SHERMAN B. II - died a peaceful death at his home on Sunday, February 10, following a long illness. For many years, he was Chairman of the Carson-Newman College Mathematics Department. After his retirement, he was able to teach as an adjunct at the college and for four years, served as a full-time professor filling in for one of the professors who had taken a position elsewhere. He was a member of numerous professional organizations and served on the Jefferson County School Board. He was also an ordained minister, a deacon in his church, taught Sunday School classes and was an Intermediate Training Union leader. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Deborah Marie Vanaman, his parents, Sherman and Thelma Vanaman, and a sister, Wanda Cranfill. He is survived by his wife, Lela Juanita Vanaman, son Sherman B. Vanaman III; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Charles Lawson; his brother, Tom Vanaman and wife Julia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his college "family," the retired members of the Carson-Newman math department. His loving spirit and zest for life will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City will be held on Thursday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m. Immediately following the service, a reception for friends will be held in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sherman Vanaman Scholarship Fund at Carson-Newman College or to Covenant Home Care and Hospice, Knoxville.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 12, 2013