Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Brenda J. Weaver

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Weaver, Brenda J. – went home to be with Jesus quietly at home on October 24, 2014. Preceded in death by: parents, Joe and Mary Weaver and granddaughter, Amber Weaver. She leaves to cherish her memory:  devoted daughter, Lachelle Weaver; son, Robert Weaver brother, Michael Weaver; sister, Debra Wade; aunt, Dorothy  Hughley; niece, Joshalyn Wade; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; special aunts, Gail Weaver and Magalene Ghosten; special uncle, Alvin Weaver and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins including the Weaver and Hughley family and friends.  Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM with service to follow at 5:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Rev. John Ghosten officiating and Rev. Tonja Warren eulogist.

Emanuel H. Howard

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Howard, Emanuel Houston – age 79 departed this life October 21, 2014 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, TN. He was born March 20, 1935 to Katherine Garrett and Lenton Marshall of Knoxville, TN. He was preceded in death by sisters, Marjorie Sue Clemons, Barbara Lou Curry; daughter, Amanda Stout; son, Sylvester Blue; grandsons, Emanuel Man Howard, Maurice Booker, Jr.; great-grandsons, William Jason Carter, Jr., Quantaz Maurice Howard and Jacquez Hartsell Howard. He leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Barbara Howard; children, Cheryl Thomas, Darlyne Howard, Betty (Don) Gilmore, Barbara (David) Williams, Valencia Smith, Margie Warren, Vicki Curry, Ralph, Freddie, Francine and Maurice McGhee; step children, Andrena Shondia, Paul and Eric Grimes, Equilla (Danny) Howell; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great- great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends including the Brinson and Clemons family. The family will receive friends Thursday, October 28, 2014 from 1:00 until 2:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Larry Brinson officiating. Interment to follow at New Gray Cemetery. Services to conclude with a full dove release. The body may be viewed Monday, from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM at the chapel. The family will assemble at 1517 Boyd St. Tuesday, at 12:00 Noon.

Thomas L. Banks

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Banks, Thomas L. – of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away October 20, 2014. Mr. Banks retired from Stokes Electrical Company and worked with the City of Knoxville Park and Recreation and the Senior Aide Program. He was a faithful member of Wilder Missionary Baptist Church where he served as the president of the Deacon and Usher Board. He also was a member of the Male Chorus Choir.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelly G. Gibson and Jamie DeHart and wife Ophelia Banks; son, Herbert Stapleton; daughter, Virginia Thompson and sister-in-law, Velma Phillips. He leaves to cherish his memory: 3 grandchildren, Valarie Y. Freeman, Shamiyeh (Glenn) Sims and Herbert (Tamuriele) Stapleton, III; 4 great-grandchildren, Shamika (Ebed) McRoy, Glenn Sims, Dominique Sims, Aneesa Stapleton and  family members to include Rev. Tanya ( Rev. Joe) Tolbert, Elizabeth (Robert) Goodloe, Baffin (Octavia) Harper and Ivan (Belinda) Smith, Chyrall White;  devoted friends, Hattie Prysork and family, Steger family, Alex Hale, Wilder Missionary Baptist Church family and Foster Chapel Baptist Church family. Family will receive friends on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11:00 until 12:00 Noon with funeral service to follow at 12:00 Noon at Wilder Street Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Johnny Reid officiating, Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook eulogist. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Sutherland Avenue. Services to conclude with full dove release. The body may be viewed Friday, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel. The family will assemble at 3920 Kenilworth Lane at 10:00 am.

Brenda Sue James Cribb

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

CRIBB, BRENDA SUE JAMES - was born March 3, 1958 and passed away October 19, 2014 to Rosa Lee Cooper James and Edward Willie James, Sr. She was the the fifth child of six children. She graduated from Austin East High School in 1977. She lived the life that she wanted. From there she had 1 son, Kenneth L. James, Sr. who in her own words’ was her pride & joy. She was joined in death by: father, Edward W. James, Sr.; mother, Rosa L. James; nephews, Travor Haslerig and Edward W. James, III; aunt, Mrs. Ollie May Knox. She leaves to cherish her memory: son, Kenneth L. James; grandson, Kenneth, Jr.; granddaughters, Kierrah Patterson and Kendra James; brother, David S. James; 4 sisters, Patricia D. James, Debra A. Harshaw, Belinda Y. (Howard) Moore and Lisandra L. (Edward) Tucker; a host of nieces, nephews and many friends. A gathering of family & friends for a remembrance memorial  will be at the home of her sister, 128 S Vangilder Place, Knoxville, TN 37915 Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:00 Noon.

Audrey A. McGhee

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

McGhee, Audrey A. – age 75, departed this life peacefully, on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Beverly Park place Healthcare. She was born November 19, 1938 in Mascot, TN. She graduated from Austin High School and Knoxville College. She was a faithful member of Lennon Seney United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, John B. McGhee, Sr.;  mother, Cora Swaggerty-Young; father, Edward Taylor; brothers, Edgar “Bubba” Johnson and Edward Lee Taylor; sisters, Mary Jane Williams and Joyce Taylor. She is  survived  by daughters, Jacquelyn (Jason) Sharp, Denise McGhee, Knoxville,  Ann Michelle McGhee (Kevin) Ayong, N. Lauderdale, FL.; son, John B. McGhee, Jr., Knoxville; grandsons, Anthony and Shawn McGhee, Knoxville,; granddaughters, Amber and Shawna McGhee, Knoxville, Althea Manges, Knoxville, Azori Ayong, N. Lauderdale, FL.; great- grandsons, Anthony McGhee, Jr., Knoxville, Marcos Barba, Knoxville,; great- granddaughter, A’Miracle Gillispie, Knoxville,; brothers, Henry D. Young,  and Stanley Taylor, Knoxville,;  nieces, Laymen Wilson, Knoxville, Stella Johnson, Brooklyn, NY. and Tonya Cash, Knoxville and a host of cousins and friends. Special thanks to Thurman and Becky Kinnebrew and the staff at Beverly Park Place Healthcare for their professional care. Grave side services will be held at 11:30 AM on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Tennessee Veterans State Cemetery, Lyons View Pike, with full dove release to follow. The family will assemble at Unity Mortuary at 10:30 AM for a procession to the cemetery. The body may be viewed after 5:00 PM on Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel.

Rosa Lee Cooper James

Friday, September 19th, 2014

James, Cooper Rosa Lee age 82 was born on February 25, 1932 in Pulaski, Little Rock Arkansas to Richard Cooper and Lucy Evelyn Biles.  She was the older of the two siblings.  She departed this life to go home on Friday, September 19, 2014 at her home in Knoxville, Tennessee after a short illness. Mrs. James is a member of Shiloh United Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mrs. James worked for St. Mary’s Hospital for 30 years as an Obstetrical Technician, and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She saw a lot of children being born as well as some of her own grandchildren. Rosa is preceded in death by her only sister Mrs. Ollie Lee Cooper Knox; husband, Mr. Edward W. James, Sr.; 2 grandsons, Edward W. James III, and Travor Haslerig. She is blessed by a very special friend who cared for her through her illness Mrs. Brenda J. Walker. She is survived by her six children, David S. James, Patricia D. James, Debra A. James Harshaw, Belinda Y. (Howard) Moore, Brenda S. James Cribb, Lisandra L. (Edward) Tucker and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and many dear friends. Family will receive friends Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM with services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Interment to follow at Longview Cemetery. Service to conclude with full dove release.

Mae Louise Wade

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Wade, Mae Louise – age 93 years, of Knoxville, TN., passed away peacefully on Friday morning, September 5, 2014. She was a faithful member of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. She retired from Knoxville College in 1997 where she was a Professor of Business Education. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wade; one daughter, Marquinta Brame; parents, and four brothers. She is survived by three children, John (Ruth) Wade, Beverly (Doug) Stokes and Burette (Anne) Wade; sisters, Bertie Candance Bowman (Columbia, MD) and Annie Belle Lackey (Lawrenceville, GA); 5 grandsons and  4 granddaughters; 7 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Friday, September 12, 2014, at Rogers Memorial Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Michel S.E. Caldwell, officiating. Internment to follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Carla Gillespie and the staff of NHC St. Mary’s, Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living, Caris Healthcare Hospice and Rev. A.D. Baxter of Smokey Mountain Hospice. Condolences may be sent to: The Wade Family, 2820 Staffordshire Blvd. Powell, TN 37849 or The Stokes Family,  7733 Camberley Dr. Powell, TN 37849. Condolences may also be sent online to: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Byron G. Ragsdale Scholarship Fund of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church.  Rogers Memorial Baptist Church 520, College St., Knoxville, TN 37921.

Cynthia Fay Jones

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Jones, Cynthia Fay – of Knoxville, TN, was born to the union of John H. Martin and Fay D. Martin on September 8, 1947. Cynthia went to be with Jesus on September 7, 2014. Cynthia leaves to cherish her memories:  daughters, Cynthia, Diane and Jackie; son, Frank; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Special thanks to Dr. John Sunil from Southern Medical Group and Staff at the University Nephrology. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 13, 2014  from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 Pm at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral  services to follow at 1:00 pm. Interment will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at New Gray Cemetery  at 12:00 noon.

Rev. James Whyte

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Rev. James Whyte, of Knoxville, departed this life on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at UT Medical Center.   He was the former pastor of Clinton Chapel and Wallace Chapel in Knoxville.  He leaves a loving wife, Rev. Marcia Whyte; daughters, Teri Whyte-Scott (Richard); Emily Whyte; Noelle Whyte; son, Isaiah Whyte; granddaughters, Amber Scott and Jaeda Scott; mother-in-love, Norma Smith and a host of family, friends, coworkers and colleagues.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:00 am with service beginning at 11:00 am at Greater Warner Tabernacle, 3800 MLK Avenue, Knoxville with Reverend John Butler officiating and Bishop Darryl Starnes eulogist.  Interment will follow at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery 2200 E. John Sevier Highway at 1:30pm, services will conclude with military honors and full white dove release. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( are encouraged.  The cortege will assemble 3429 Peachwood Road at 9: 00 am.

Ruby L. Staples

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Staples, Ruby L. – age 86, departed this life on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at NHC Fort Sanders Healthcare. She was born on May 21, 1928 in Columbia, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Earl Staples. Survived by granddaughters, Ericka Evans, Nicole Foster and Elease Suber; 7 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, other relatives and friends. The family will receive on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 1:30 until 2:00 PM with funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Michel S. E. Caldwell officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery. Services to conclude with full dove release. The cortege will line up at 1225 University Avenue at 12:30 pm.