Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Thomas Clark, Sr.

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Clark, Thomas, Sr. – departed this life on Saturday, January 23, 2016 a Beverly Park Place Health & Rehabilitation Center. Preceded in death by parents, Richard and Roberta Clark; brother, Richard D. Clark; grandmother, Rosa Lee Clark; first wife, Grace A. Clark; second wife, Betty Stovall Clark; aunt and uncle, Deacon Horace (Carrie) Stribling. Survivors: sons, Thomas Clark, Jr., Stevie Clark, Robert Askew, Jackie & Andrae Moore; daughters, Belinda (Ralph) Moore and Tiffany Moore; devoted sisters, Minister Rose Clark and Mary F. Clark; devoted brothers, John Clark, Billy Darden and Reno (Sophia) Hall; sisters-in-law,  Francis Hickey and Brenda Stovall; devoted cousin, Margaret (Levi) Willis; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends Family will receive friends on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 5 to 6 PM with services to follow at 6 in the William V. Powell Memorial Chapel at Unity Mortuary with Pastor Steve Simpson officiating.

Dr. Jesse James

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Dr. Jesse James passed away on January 18, 2016, at his residence. He was born on January 26, 1937, in Haynesville, Louisiana, and is a graduate of Texas Southern University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. In 1965 he earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas, Medical Branch in Galveston. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Dr. James came to Knoxville College in 1965 as a Chemistry Professor. During many summers, he worked as a researcher at ORNL, Colgate Palmolive, and UT. Dr. James is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 56 years, and 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be held on Monday, January 25, 2016 from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church on Cedar Bluff Road. Father Michael Woods is officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Memorial Gardens. Services to conclude with dove release and blanket presentation.

Shelia L. Mattress Hooker

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Shelia L. Mattress Hooker, was born February 10, 1970 went home to be with the Lord on January 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by father, Robert Mattress; grandfather, James Mattress; great-nephew, Tawaud Mattress, Jr.; niece, Shaira; grandmothers, Geneva Freeman and Barbara Taylor;  grandfather, Lee Higley. She leaves to cherish fond memories: husband, Evans; a mother, Patricia Mattress ; son, DeAngelo (Jocelin); daughter, Amica; sisters, Sylvena, Fran, Sadie; grandmother, Mary Mattress; in-laws, Quentian & Corene Davis; grandchildren, DeAngelo, Jr, DeJamar, Paris, Mill, Quest; nephews, Credic, Tawaud, David, Jeronie, Jamarcus; nieces, Kia, Jamisha, Ja’Dayia; a host of friends, cousins and other relatives to include the Mattress, Hooker, Taylor, Turner, Moutry, Freeman, Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio, Higley and Myers families; relatives and Ladies Around the Table. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm at Unity Mortuary with Pastor Sanford Miller officiating.

Danny “Rock” Anderson

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Danny (Rook) Anderson, of Knoxville passed away January 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by both parents, John Anderson, Sr. and Ollie Avery-Anderson; siblings, Loretta and Jerry Avery. He leaves to carry on his memory: wife, Debra Anderson; daughter, Kayla (Josh) Anderson; aunts, Shirley Johnson Avery, Betty Avery; uncle, Bobby Avery; siblings, John Jr., Kenny, Darlene and Renee Anderson; step-children, Jason, Tarnisha and LaQuisha Sullivan and Jada Warren; grandchildren, Briellah Anderson, Ahmad, Quintasha , Jamiya, Sam Mark, Stephon, Shamon, Shaun  and Jamaylia; other relatives Alvin and Gloria McNair, Darwin and Rita Kerr, John and Felicia Bradley and Sandra Sullivan; several nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm with service to follow at 1:00 pm at Unity Mortuary with Pastor Steve Simpson officiating.  Interment will immediately follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Allen Terry Brown

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Mr. Allen Terry Brown, son of the late Jean Blackmon- Brown and Albert Brown, was born on August 28, 1953 in Manhattan, New York. He grew up in Englewood, NJ, later moved to Lancaster and Hilton Head, SC. and Richmond, VA, and eventually moved to Knoxville, TN. He entered into eternal rest on January 6, 2016 at Tennova Hospital. Those left to cherish fond memories are his son, Lamar A Brown of Simpsonville, SC; granddaughter, Senaiya Brown of Atlanta, GA; three brothers, James (Pam) and Albert Jr. of Knoxville, TN, and Glenn of Richmond, VA; and five sisters, Penny (Larry) Cunningham of Knoxville, TN, Sandra (David) Moore of Los Angeles, CA, Estelle (Ryan) Rice and Janice (Andre) Best of Richmond, VA, and Peagan Twitty of Maryland; a special friend, Jonnie Taylor of Knoxville, TN as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. The family will receive friends from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016, funeral service 6:30 pm at The Unity Mortuary Chapel. Final service and resting place on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Lancaster, SC.

James C. Bowman, Jr.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

James Clifford Bowman, Jr. departed this life Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie Sue Clemons, father, James C. Bowman, Sr.; step-father Hubert Clemons; brother, Daral R. Clemons; uncle, Emanuel Howard; aunt, Barbara Brinson-Curry. Survivors daughters, Loreasa Harris, Kendra Bowman, LaKesha Westfield; son, James C. Bowman, III; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sisters, Boundra C. Bowman, Kimmrita Moss, Vanessa and Jennie Clemons; brothers, Herbert and Esley Clemons; special friends Pamela Buley and Sam Martin; a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 11:30 – 12:30 pm at Emmanuel United Presbyterian Church 3023 Selma Ave., with funeral service to follow, John A. Ghosten Pastor, Reverend Larry Brinson Eulogist. Interment to follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Services to conclude with dove release and blanket presentation.

Marvin L. Turner

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Marvin L. Turner of Knoxville departed this life on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his mother, Willie Turner; brother, Glenn Turner. He is survived by 3 sons, Dwynell, Shawn, Eugene; daughter, Leslie; 3 sisters, Patricia, Judy, Pam Turner;  brother, Scott Turner; a host of uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including the entire Turner family in Knoxville, TN. and Calhoun, Ga. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:30 pm Friday, January 1, 2016 at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Homegoing Celebration to follow at 1:30 with Rev. Anthony Rodgers officiating. Interment will be private.

Terry J. Johnson

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Terry J. Johnson was called home by our Lord on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. He was born on March 2, 1965 to the late Doris Kyle-Johnson and Benjamin Johnson in Middlesboro, KY. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Helen, Gail Johnson, and brother, Elder David Williams. He leaves to celebrate his life, his only child, LaPorsche G. Warren (Marvin) of Omaha, NE; Ex-Wife and long-time friend, Sharon M. Johnson of Asheville, NC; sister-In-Law, Mildred Williams of Knoxville, TN. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends to memorialize him. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Homegoing Celebration to follow at 2:00pm with Elder Darryl Lindsey officiating. Interment will be private.

Doretha Brabson

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Brabson, Doretha – was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 8, 1957 to Melvin Easterly and Anita Woodard. She had nine siblings. She married Vanderbilt Brabson, III on April 25, 1981. To this union was born two daughters; India and Van’esha; and two sons; Vanderbilt IV and Joshua. Bearing all the attributes of a Proverb 31 wife and mother, she loved her family dearly. She gave her life to Christ at an early age. A member of New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, she faithfully served on the Women’s Missionary Union; Jamaican Mission Team; Media Ministry and was a faithful Family Bible Hour and Mid-week Bible Study attendee. She leaves to cherish her fondest memory, her husband, Vanderbilt III; daughters, India (Marcus) Brabson Oliver and ; Van’esha (David) Brabson Truesdale; sons: Vanderbilt Brabson IV and Joshua M. Brabson; mother: Anita Woodard; brothers: Stephen (Connie) Burress; James Selton; sisters: Gladiola Selton; Trudy (Steve) Woods; Wanda McKinley; Ronnie Willeins; Karen Lawson. Brother-in-laws: Pastor Fredrick (Delores) Brabson, Sr.; Michael (Lisa) Brabson. Sisters-in-laws: Marlena Beal; Linda (Garfield) Wilson; Yvonne (Daryl) Cox; Normel Hodges Brabson.  Grandchildren:  (Elisha Brabson; Zion Oliver; Israel Oliver; Kylie Coffin); and a host of nephews and nieces; as well as other relatives and friends; and special friend: Donna Wilson-Renner. The Celebration of Life services will be held at New Covenant Baptist Church; Friday, December 11, 2015. The family will be receiving friends from 11:00 a.m. until Noon; funeral services to follow. Pastor Fredrick E. Brabson, Sr. Officiating. Interment will immediately follow at New Gray Cemetery. Services to conclude with dove release and blanket presentation.

Ernest J. Hickson, Sr.

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Ernest James Hickson, Sr., was born January 20, 1934 went to be with the Lord November 10, 2015. Owner of Hickson & Sons Maintenance Service. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a devoted husband and loving father. Preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Hickson; sons, Mark and Norman Hickson; granddaughter, Chalise Anderson. Survived by daughters, Vernita Lee, Norma (Kevin) Grant, Yvette (Henry) Williams, Jacquelyn (Terry) McGhee, Lelia (Bernard) Groves; sons, Ernest (Kassie McCurry) Rickson, Jr., Zanthur Hickson; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 16, 2015 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. at Knoxville Christian Center, 818 North Cedar Bluff Road with service to follow at 12:00. Interment to follow at 1:30 p.m.,  E. Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Lyons View Pike. Service to conclude with Military Honor Guards, dove release and blanket presentation.