Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Hueen B. Chesney

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Mother Hueen Ballard Chesney peacefully passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 at National Health Care (NHC) Fort Sanders. She was a faithful member of Peace & Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church, serving both on the Mother’s Board and a member of the choir. She was the daughter of Emma Davis. She will always be remembered by her family as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She is predeceased by husband William L. Chesney, two daughters, one son and two grandsons. She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted daughters: Lena Mae Davis and Mary Linda Reeves [of Knoxville, TN]; daughter-in-law, Norma Jean Davis [of Columbus, OH]; grandchildren: Yvette Davis, Ricky Davis, Tony Hackler, Felicia Reeves, Lawrence (Von) Reeves, Paul (Monique) Taylor, Jr. [all of Knoxville, TN], William Davis, Jackie (James) May, and LeeAnne Davis [of Columbus, OH]; great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12 noon at Peace & Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Pastor John Jordan officiating. The final resting place will be at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Lyons View following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Peace & Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in memory of Mother Hueen Chesney, 1723 Washington Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Family will receive friends at 2925 Selma Avenue.

 

Mildred Minter

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Mildred (Holloway) Minter met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 11, 2019 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Family members and her spiritual leaders were by her side during her transitioning. Prior to that date, she was in the constant loving care of her youngest son James in the comfort of her home. She was born December 7, 1922 in Eatonton, GA, to parents Odessa (Lawson) Whiteside and Sylvester Holloway. She was raised to adulthood by her aunt Virgel Lawence in Knoxville. The love of her life for 67 years was Robert Lee Minter, Sr. They were wed on June 16, 1940 in Knoxville, Tennessee. To that union were born six children, all productive citizens due to their parents’ motivation and personal sacrifice. Mrs. Minter was an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church (East), serving in the church nursery for 50+ years, Women’s Sunday School, Pastor’s Aide and receiving recognition as a Mother of the Church. Church members, neighbors and friends enjoyed her generosity and unique sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Robert Lee Minter, Sr.; granddaughter, Karen Jones; and son-in-law, Casey Jones. Her family contributed to her care in their individual ways. They are her children: Robert (Regina) Minter, Jr., Annie Jones, Wilbert (Carolyn) Minter, Lillie (Jerry) Garner [of Neptune, NJ], James Minter and Irma James [of Atlanta, GA].  Her legacy continues with 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends of the family including the Mount Olive Church family. The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Mount Olive Baptist Church (East), 1601 Dandridge Avenue, from 11 AM to 12 PM with the Celebration of Life Services to follow with Rev. Jesse Williams officiating. The final resting will be at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Lyons View on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM. A white dove release will conclude the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made Garden of Discovery Learning Center Academy, 1601 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915, or Crutcher Memorial Youth Enrichment Center, 112 Lakeside Street, Knoxville, TN 37914.

Loette M. McClellan

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Loette Means McClellan was born on January 26, 1920 to Horace Sr. and Daisy P. Means in Williamson, Georgia. On Friday, May 10, 2019, Loette gained her wings. Her family relocated to Knoxville during her youth and she later graduated from Austin High School. She attended Knoxville College and, subsequently, earned an LPN diploma from the American Institute of Practical Nursing of Chicago, Illinois. She was employed on a part-time basis while continuing to raise her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence E. McClellan, Sr.; her sons: Ronald McClellan and Larry M. McClellan, Sr.; and her grandson, Larry “Chip” McClellan, Jr. To cherish her memories, she leaves her daughter, Joan M. Wynn [of Riverdale, Georgia]; sons: Paul E. McClellan, James A. McClellan, and Lawrence McClellan, Jr., [all of Decatur Georgia]; granddaughters: Alycia M. Wynn [of Laurel, Maryland], Shannon M. Rogers [of Augusta, Georgia], Ronique S. McClellan [of Knoxville, Tennessee], and JaQuise S. Middlebrooks [of Chattanooga, Tennessee]; grandsons: Darren L. McClellan [of Knoxville, Tennessee] and Julian McClellan [of Alpharetta, Georgia]; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11:00-11:30 AM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Pastor Leroy Franklin officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. A white dove release will conclude the services.

Rhonda Harris

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Rhonda Harris, 58, of Knoxville, departed this life on May 10, 2019 at Parkwest Medical Center. Arrangements are forthcoming and will be announced later with integrity by UNITY MORTUARY.

Sandra R. Mills

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Sandra R. Mills, 64, of Knoxville, departed this life on May 7, 2019 at UT Medical Center. Arrangements are forthcoming and will be announced later with integrity by UNITY MORTUARY.

Dameion S. Nolan

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Dameion Shermond Nolan, of Knoxville, passed away in Memphis, TN. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kinosha J. Nolan; grandmother, Linda Nolan Cherry; great-grandmother, Callie Nolan; great-grandparents: Herman and Nell Rose Martin. He leaves to cherish his memories his son, Dameion Nolan, Jr.; brother, Franklin Parton, Jr. (Dejanette); father, Franklin (Connie) Parton, Sr.; grandmother, Charlene Parton; longtime devoted friend/mother, Leekirdrah Haynes; a host of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts; favorite aunt, Kayla Cherry and favorite uncle, Demetrice Parton. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 3-4 PM at Cherry Street Church of God, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Pastor Eric Satterfield officiating. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services.

Davene (Davis) Thomas

Friday, April 26th, 2019
On April 3, 2019, Davene Delories (Davis) Thomas, 77, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and former resident of Paducah, Kentucky, departed her earthly home on Wednesday April 3, 2019 at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas.  An only child, she was preceded in death by her parents Julialee & David R. Davis. she was a child piano prodigy, piano instructor, career music educator of 37 years, extraordinary soprano vocalist and organist.  While in high school, she became the first African American pianist to win the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Piano Soloist Competition.  She won this prestigious award for two consecutive years. This recognition was further enhanced by providing her the distinct opportunity to perform as soloist with the full orchestra at the culmination of each piano competition.
After Davene professed Christ at age 16, she became a faithful member of Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church where she served as Minister of Music for four years. She became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. while at Knoxville College, where she received her B.S. degree in music in 1963.  In 1964, she relocated to Paducah, Kentucky where she began her career as a vocal music educator at Lincoln High School prior to the desegregation of the Paducah Independent School System.  She taught vocal music at several other Paducah Schools: Northside, Morgan, and Cooper-Whiteside Elementary Schools; Brazelton Junior High School, where she began “The Brazeltones” vocal performance group; and Paducah Tilghman High School. She retired from the Paducah Independent School System in 1989.
During her time in Paducah, she also continued her dedication to her service organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., even serving as the Basileus of Paducah’s Beta Omega Omega Chapter.  Davene served tirelessly as an organist, pianist and soloist at Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church for nearly twenty years.  She also served as a Steward at St. John A.M.E. Church and as its organist prior to relocating to Knoxville to care for her beloved Mother.
Most assuredly, Davene left an indelible mark on this Earth.  She was honored with Paducah’s highest citizen’s award: Duchess of Paducah; and Kentucky’s highest citizen award: Kentucky Colonel.  After retiring in Kentucky, she was called to serve her hometown community and became recertified as an educator in Tennessee where she taught for another 10 years at her alma mater, Austin High School, which had since become Austin-East High School, a magnate school for the performing arts.  She returned to Lennon-Seney as its organist and director of music. For over fifty years, she taught an incredible number of children and adults to play piano.  As a devoted mother, she taught her daughter and her older grandson how to play the piano while at the same time instilling in them the importance of having an appreciation for the fine arts and classical music training.
 An accomplished woman who commanded respect from her students, Davene was the epitome of the word, lady.  She was always well-dressed and fashionably attired.  She was a fun and compassionate teacher—a role model and mother to thousands of students during her career as an educator extraordinaire. Having been graced by God, she was a walking miracle of the Lord after surviving and thriving following a life-threatening health crisis two years ago. God spared her to spend more time with her family and enjoy the blessing of life. She has transitioned according to God’s plan to join her dearly departed mother, father and maternal-grandmother in heavenly rest.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of twenty-three years, George I. Thomas; loving son, Dow Earnest Wilson, of Grand Prairie, Texas; loving and supportive daughter, Dawnita J. Grimes; her beloved son-in-law and kindred spirit, Anthony Grimes; and the pride and joy of her later years, her two grandsons, David and Matthew Grimes of Frisco, Texas.  She also leaves behind a brother-in-law, Bobby Thomas of Denver Colorado; a sister-in-law, Martha Nicholson of Nashville, Tennessee, and a host of nieces and nephews.
The Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Thomas will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 on 11:00 a.m. in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee. Family visitation will precede the service beginning at 10:15a.m. Arrangements made with integrity by Unity Mortuary of Knoxville. Mrs. Thomas’s guestbook can be signed online at www.unitymortuary.com and www.legacy.com.

Kevin L. Burris

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Kelvin L. Burris, of Knoxville, TN, went to join his heavenly Father on April 22, 2019 at the age of 58. He is preceded in death by his father, Herman Burris Sr., and three brothers: Charles, Kenneth, and Herman Jr. He is survived by his mother, Rosalee Burris; daughter, Kellye Lett; two granddaughters: Aliyah and Jazmine; sister, Emma Burris; brothers: Saleem (Shahidah) Sharif and Michael (Vicki) Burris; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family including McDonald’s and Denny’s coworkers. The remains of Mr. Burris will lie repose on Sunday, April 27, 2019 from 1-6 PM  in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary. The family will receive friends on Monday April 29, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM  at the mortuary with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Pastor Jesse Williams officiating. The final resting place will be at New Gray Cemetery following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services. The family would like to thank the Tennova Hospital staff for their wonderful help and care.

Pamela D. Cutwright

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Pamela Denise Cutwright, age 61, began her journey in Heaven on April 17, 2019. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Roberta and George Crippen; and grandparents: Magnolia & Charlie Smith and Annabelle Crippen. She is survived by her daughter, Crystal Cutwright; son, Kevin Cutwright (Jennifer Harper); four grandchildren: Jalen, JaMichael, Ke’Asia and Kyrah; sister, Sharon Crippen; and a host of cousins and friends. The family will assemble at 214 Kirkwood Street, Knoxville, on Saturday, April 20, 2019. There will be no memorial services for Mrs. Cutwright at this time.

Edlin U. Vernon

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Edlin Vernon, 89, of Knoxville, departed this life peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Beverly Park Place Health & Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are forthcoming and will be announced later with integrity by UNITY MORTUARY.