Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Ella Harper

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Harper, Ella W. – of Knoxville departed this life on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elouise Washington. Survivors are husband, Jimmy Harper; children, Ricky Washington and Sabrina Harper, Knoxville; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild; 2 brothers; 2 sisters and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. At her request there will be no services.

Jacqueline D. Allen

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Allen, Jacqueline D. – departed this life on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Summit View Nursing Home, Lakeview, TN. She was born on December 26, 1956 in Panama City, FL., and baptized on October 20, 1963 at Redemption Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Allen, Panama City, FL. She leaves her mother Annette (Charles) Howell; son, Jermaine Allen; brothers, Antonio Allen and Christopher Allen both of Knoxville, TN.; grandchild, Kayla Allen and three great grandchildren; aunts, Hattie Duggins of Jamesville, NC, Katie Thomas of Spring Valley, NY., and Ethel Franklin of West Palm Beach, FL.; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday,  August 29, 2014 from 6:00 until 7:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral services to follow at 7:00 PM  with Elder  Joe Maddox  officiating. The cortege will line up at 2522 Woodbine Avenue at 5:00 PM.

Margaret D. Bradley-Shands

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Shands, Margaret D. Bradley – age 86, of Knoxville, Tennessee went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at NHC Ft. Sanders Nursing Home in the presence of her son and daughter-in-law. Receiving of friends will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Foster Chapel Baptist Church, 2101 Ault Road, Knoxville 37914 from 11:00AM  to 12:00 Noon with services to follow at 12:00 Noon. Pastor Joseph Tolbert officiating and Rev. Darris Waters eulogist. Interment to follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Hall Rd, Alcoa TN.  The cortege will line up at Unity Mortuary at 10:00 AM in precession to the church.

Viola A. Cooper

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Cooper, Viola A. – Passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Ms. Cooper was born in Tyrone, NC. on the 25, of July, 1932, the second daughter of Leonard and Mae Berta Cooper. Ms. Cooper was a graduate of Charles M. Hall School, Alcoa TN.  She was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Mae B. Cooper; brother, Aquilla Cooper; sister, Priscilla Cooper; brother in law, William V. Powell, Jr. Ms. Cooper is survived by her 3 sons, Calvin L. (Fatima), David (Jessica) and Jerry (Jannetta) Cooper; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Dr. Lula C. Powell and Esther Gaines and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel at 7:00 PM with Pastor Dr. Willa Estell officiating. Interment will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM at New Gray Cemetery.

Irene Styles

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

STYLES, IRENEage 90, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at NHC-Fort Sanders Healthcare. She was born May 23, 1924 in Veazey, GA Preceded in death by parents, Lozell and Estelle Styles; brothers, Izell Styles, Anderson “L.O.” Styles and Grady Styles; sisters, Georgia Mae Smith, Annie Kate Baugh, Sarah Bell Roland, Mary E. Roland and Lois Robinson. Survived by sister, Millie L. Haynes of Greensboro, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 5:30-6:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Cecil Clark Officiating. Interment will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM at Jefferson Cemetery in Siloam, GA.

Timothy Samuel Tillery, Jr.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Timothy Samuel Tillery, Jr. – of Knoxville, son of Timothy Samuel Tillery, Sr. and the late Sherry Ann McCray was born on October 31, 1989. He was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:00 until12:30AM at Over Coming Believers Church with services to follow at 12:30 Noon with Pastor Daryl Arnold officiating.

Ervin DeBurns

Monday, July 21st, 2014

DeBurns, Eriv Duquesne “Duke” – age 54, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully to his eternal home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at U.T. Medical Center.  Eriv graduated from Rule High School Class of 1977, and served in the United States Marine Corp. Eriv was preceded in death by devoted mother, Charlesetta “Charlie,” “Cissy” DeBurns; grandparents,: Delitha Miller (Bell), Alonzo Bell; special grandmother, “Nanny” Mattie Scruggs; uncles, William Carroll DeBurns, Kenneth Bell, Sr., Elsworth Bell and Alphonso Bell; devoted aunt, Dorothy Bell; Duke loved his family and was much loved by them. Survived by and forever memories left with devoted precious daughter, Erica DeBurns and grandson Aerik Keenan DeBurns, Muskegon, MI.; devoted  brother, JaGade DeBurns with  whom he resided; devoted and beloved sister, Robalynne “Robin” DeBurns (Gerald Revels) Knoxville, TN.; beloved nieces, Monkique Wright and Shayla Hawkins; great niece, Jayriaauna Jones, Knoxville, TN.; special and devoted friend Lynne Anderson, Knoxville, TN.; devoted aunts, Annette Bell and Sarah DeBurns, Knoxville, TN., devoted cousins,  that were raised as brothers, Kenneth Bell II, and Jeffrey Bell,  Knoxville, TN.; many  extended family members  and friends including the DeBurns family members  in Virginia and Arizona. Special thanks to Dr. Tom Kim, Dr, J. Subramanian, Dr. Bertoli and the entire Oncology Staff, Ms. Sylvia and the 7th floor staff and 12th floor Nurses and staff at UT Medical Center.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday July 22, 2014, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. with services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Rev. A.D. Baxter officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery 2200 E. Governor John Sevier Highway. Professional services made with integrity by Unity Mortuary. Mr. DeBurns’ guestbook can be signed on line at and

Marilyn Dalton Moss

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Marilyn Dalton Moss, age 66, of Knoxville, went to her heavenly home on July 4, 2014.  She was a graduate of Austin High School and Morristown College.  She retired from Knox County E-911 where she received many awards including being named Telecommunicator of the Year in 2001.She was a member of Eternal Life Harvest Center. She was born February 24, 1948 to the late LeRoy and Hazel Dalton. Preceded in death by husband, J.D. Moss; sisters, Katherine Wilson, May Helen Dalton and Edna Murriel. Survived by daughter, Sandra A. Moss of Norfolk, VA; son, James (Sandra) D. Moss of Knoxville, TN. Grandchildren, Nakia (Darius) Q. Moss of Knoxville, TN; Joseph Dalton Fires of Norfolk, VA; great grandchild, LeNeah Daniels; sister-in-law, Dollie Queener of Charlotte, NC; many nieces and nephews; devoted families: Murriel, Dalton, Wilson, Carter and Rucker. Special friends to include: William Greenlee of Johnson City, TN and Knox County E-911.The funeral service will be held from11:30am – 12:00 noon Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Pastor James Davis officiating, and Minister Tabace Burns, Eulogist. In lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions can be made to Knoxville Law Enforcement Credit Union in the name of Marilyn Moss. Family will receive friends and assemble for the funeral at 10:30 am, 2127 Seminole Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Professional Services’ with Integrity by UNITY MORTUARY. Mrs. Moss’s guestbook can be signed on-line at and

Elnora C. Muckle

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Muckle, Elnora C. – was born on October 22, 1939 to the union of Carl and Lucille Flemmings. Elnora was raised in the Dante Community and there is where she expired. Family called her “Bobby” and close friends called her “Nora.” She was a graduate of Austin High School class of 1956. Mrs. Muckle was employed at U.T. Medical Center with over 30 years of service until retirement. Elnora enjoyed cooking, baking blackberry and peach cobblers, singing with various gospel groups throughout the city of Knoxville and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis D. Muckle; parents,Carl W. Flemmings and Lucille Flemmings; brother, “Red” Flemmings. She is survived by daughters, Kimberly Muckle-Rocker, Mickey Muckle-McBee, Karen Muckle-Williams (Bruce), Vanessa Askew and son, Curtis Askew; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; siblings, Eloise Logan and Edward Flemmimgs; a host of other relatives and friends. A special thanks to Tabernacle Baptist Church, class of 1956 and Mr. David Johnson. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 PM with service to follow at 1:00PM at Unity Mortuary with Rev. Gerald Littlejohn officiating. Interment will be Monday, June 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM, East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery-John Sevier Highway with a full dove release and blanket presentation.

Lonzo Stephens

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Stephens, Lonzo– of Knoxville passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital. Mr. Stephens was a business man and owned and operated, College Cab Company, Soul Record Shop and other businesses in Mechanicsville Area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta Stephens; son, Melton Stephens; parents, W.C. “Bob” and Ollie Stephens. He leaves to cherish his memory: daughter, Pat Harvey; granddaughters, Rebekah Harvey and Michelle Teasley; great granddaughters, Arisa Spencer, Taylor Teasley; nieces, Evelyn Simpson, Thelma Rick, (Chattanooga) and Debra Stephens; nephew, Michael Stephens; devoted confidant and friend, Maurice Rodgers and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral services to follow at 2:00pm. Pastor Cleveland Jackson, officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Garden. Services to conclude with full dove release.