Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Daisy N. Latimer

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Latimer, Daisy N. – was born on February 14, 1940 in Dandridge, TN. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She departed this life on April15, 2014 at Tennova Hospital (Turkey Creek). She retired from Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratory after over 26 years of dedicated service. She was a long standing member of the Oldies but Goodies Social club. Daisy was preceded in death by husband, Robert L. (Ugh) Latimer Sr., son, Nikki (Sam) Latimer, grandson Keith (Boo) Crews, her parents, Abe and Pearl Nichols, and two brothers and two sisters. She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters: Deborah (James) Wright, Marquita Crews and Kathy D. Latimer, two sons, Robert L. Latimer, Jr. and Brian K. Latimer. Grandchildren, Rashawn and Chancey Johnson, Bretrand Walton, Nikki Crews, Nicholas Mitchell, Marcellous Latimer and  9 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Francis Banner and Nannie Moore, brother,Charles (Ed) Nichols. A host of nieces and nephews and close friends. The family wishes to express gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Tennova Hospital (2nd floor and ICU unit). Family will receive friends, Monday, April 21, 2014 from 11:00 until 11:30 AM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral services to follow with Elder Farris Long officiating. Interment to follow with full dove release at Knoxville National Cemetery on Tyson Street.

Paula Ann Houston Upton

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Houston Upton, Paula Ann – 43, departed this life on April 13, 2014, at UT Medical Center. Preceded in death by mother, Barbara Upton; grandmother, Leonia Tate; grandfathers, Alex Houston, Sr. and JC Tate; uncles, David, John, and Alex, Jr. Houston; cousins, Michael and Sam Houston; companion, Arthur Geter. Left to cherish her memories are: grandmother, Paula Houston; father, Carter (Josephine) Tate, Sr., stepfather, Kenneth Upton; devoted children, Ardarrius and Artiana Geter; devoted sister, Yolanda Upton; sister and brother, Antionette Gardner and James Tate, both of Atlanta, GA; devoted nieces and nephews, Yasmine and Leroy Jones III, Dereke Upton, Rashad Jones; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Family will receive friends Friday, April 18, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel, with funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David and Jerry Upton officiating. Interment to follow with full dove release at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Frenche Semarde Littlejohn

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

 Frenche Semarde Littlejohn, affectionately called “Cuda”, age 47, of 128 North Bertrand Street, Apt. 228, Knoxville, Tennessee, answered the Master’s call on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Fort Sanders Medical Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.

 Son of Mr. Robert Littlejohn and Ms. Daisy Dover, he was born on December 3, 1966, in Cherokee County, South Carolina.  He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.  Mr. Littlejohn was a graduate of Gaffney High School, Class of 1985 and attended Pellissippi State Community College of Knoxville.  He was employed at the Salvation Army, Knoxville. In addition to his parents, he is survived by four children, Frenche Littlejohn, Jr. of Gaffney, South Carolina, and Erland Littlejohn, Devonte Littlejohn and Devin Littlejohn, all of Manhattan, New  York; five sisters, Ms. Charlene Sarratt of Charlotte, North Carolina, Ms. Robin Littlejohn of Gaffney, Mrs. Theresa Mathis (William) of Knoxville, Tennessee, Ms. Bonita Littlejohn of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Ms. Deidra Camp (Maurice Petty) of Gaffney; two brothers, Aundra Logan of Ridgeville, South Carolina, and James McCluney (Alice) of Greenville, South Carolina; seven aunts, Ms. Lizzie Littlejohn and Ms. Annie Lou Littlejohn, both of Gaffney, Mrs. Nettie Mearite (Jerry) of Thomasville, North Carolina, Mrs. Annie Sue Littlejohn  (Billy) of Gaffney, Mrs. Gail Avant (Gary) of  Washington, D.C., Mrs. Rosa Webber (Kevin) of Gaffney and Ms. Frances Littlejohn of Laurel, Maryland; his uncle, Hydric Littlejohn of Gaffney; two great aunts, Ms. Vera Dawkins and Mrs. Beudell Ponder (Reverend J. D.), both of Shelby, North Carolina; and a host of other relatives. 

          Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 17th, at 4:00 P.M. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Duncan, Dr. James W. Sanders, Jr., Bishop Lance Jeter and others officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery. He will lie instate at 3:00 P.M. until the hour of the service. The family is receiving friends at the home of his father, Mr. Robert Littlejohn, at 202 Jolly Drive, Gaffney and at the home of his mother, Ms. Daisy Dover, at 621 Gardner Street, Gaffney, South Carolina. Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney in charge of arrangements. There will be a candle light visual at the home of William and Stephana Mathis, 1832 MLK Jr. Blvd. Knoxville, TN. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Local arrangements made with Integrity by Unity Mortuary.

Minnie Louise Johnson

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Johnson, Minnie Louise – departed this life on April 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Maude and John Jarnagin; 5 sisters and brothers. She leaves behind a daughter, Glenna Huff; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and other relatives and friends. There will be a Memorial Service on April 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 110 Young High Pike, Knoxville, TN.

William Hamilton, Sr.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Rev. William Hamilton, Sr. – age 92 of Knoxville, TN. passed away on April 9, 2014. He leave preceded in death mother, Laura Hamilton; wives, Lois Foster Hamilton and Edith Hamilton; daughter, Patricia Ann Baird. Left to cherish his memories: daughter, Ms. Juanita Clinkscales; son, William (Laurinda) Hamilton, Jr.; grandchildren, William (Lucia) Clinkscales, Sherri Long, Sidney Clinkscales, Shawn Baird, Christalyn (Kevin) Cunningham, Cicily Baird and William Hamilton, III; 15 great-grandchildren. A special thanks to Island Homes Health Care Staff. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 14, 2014  from 5:30 until 6:30 pm with funeral services to follow at Community Evangelistic Church, 2650 Boyd’s Bridge Pike with Elder Reginald Strong officiating. Interment will be Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens at 11:00 am. Services to conclude with full dove release

George Monroe Minor

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Minor, George Monroe – passed away on Monday, morning March 24, 2014 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital. He retired from the Marriott Hotel. Preceded in death by: wife, Evelyn Maxine Minor; mother, Nancy Smith; father, George Minor, Sr.; son, George Minor, Jr.; daughter, Linda Minor McCleary; 2 brothers. Survived by: long time companion, Claudia Wagoner; daughter, Nancy (Danny) Colquitt; sons, William (Patricia) Minor, Lorenzo Minor, Terrell Davis; 5 grandchildren; 1 brother; 2 sisters; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives too numerous to name. Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Anthony Cannon Officiating & Eulogist. Interment to follow at Craig’s Chapel Cemetery in Greenback, TN.  Services to conclude with full dove release.

David E. Geter, Jr.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Geter, Jr. David E. (Muscles) – departed his earthly life on March 24, 2014 at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. David was born on October 12, 1975 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Preceded in death by mother, Decloris Geter; grandparents, James and Mable Geter, Sr., John and Josephine Brown; aunts, Drexel Thomas and LaFreda Lowery; uncles, Herbert and John Geter and Lowell Brown. Survived by father, David (Clara) Geter, Sr.; aunts, Betty Batmon, Evelyn Geter, Audrey Brown, Deborah Martin, Rev. Arozelle (Ernest) Phillips of Knoxville; Azell Gittens of Rancho Cordova, CA., Nannie R. Washington of Jericho, NY; uncles, James (Chelita), Water (Paulette) and Charles (Cynthia) Geter, Knoxville and Raymond Brown of San Diego, CA; host of cousins to include special cousins, William (Bill Bill) Geter and Sophia Brown; other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 12:00 until 12:30 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral services to follow with Reverend Leroy Franklin Officiating. Interment to follow at New Gray Cemetery. Services to conclude with full dove release.

Felix Gaiter

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Gaiter, Felix – World War II Veteran and Retired Contractor, died Friday, March 21, 2014. He was born November 22, 1922 in Sylacauga, Alabama. Member of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Will and Deffie Gaiter and siblings, Helen, Will and L’Vernon. Survived by his wife of 66 years Margaret Ross Gaiter; children, Peggy (John) Jackson, Kathy Lowery Roberts, Felix Ross Gaiter; grandchildren, Robin Barnes, Roger (Kathy) Lowery, Natalie Swift, Yusef (Michelle) Gaiter, Velvet, Felix Xavier and Kleopatra Gaiter; great grandchildren, Tariq and Jalil Barnes, Bishop Lowery, Lynden Ross Gaiter; sisters-in-law, Versie Gaiter, Connie Ross Mills and Erma L. Ross; many nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces and dear friend A.B. Coleman along with many other friends and church family. Special appreciation to Dr. Larry Brakebill, Dr. Carla Gillespie and staff at Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center. Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 12:00 until 1:00 P.M. at Rogers Memorial Baptist Church with funeral service to follow with Dr. Michel S. E. Caldwell officiating. Interment Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:30 A.M., East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery 2200 E. John Sevier Highway. Services to conclude with a full dove release.

Elizabeth Robinson Kelso

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Kelso, Elizabeth Robinson – age 75, was called home to be with the Lord on March 17, 2014 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was a member of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter and care giver, Earnestine (Lawrence) Andrews; granddaughter, LaToya Michelle Andrews and dear friend, Fransetta Phillips; sister, Annie Lois (Randolph) Bailey and brother, Paul Robinson, Jr.; aunts, Irene Styles and Millie Haynes; a dear care giver, Madeline Sanders; several nieces; nephews; True Vine Church Family and many other relative and friends. Family will receive friends on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6:30 until 7:00 P.M. at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church with funeral service to follow at 7:00 P.M with Rev. Cecil Clark officiating. Interment will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., Highland Memorial Park.  Family and friends will gather at 4209 Del Mabry Dr. Knoxville, TN 37914.

Willie J. Elder, Sr.

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Willie J. Elder, Sr. – passed away March 17, 2014 at his residence. Preceded in death by his parents, Mrs. Herlene Elder and Mr. Thomas Elder, Sr.; sisters, Mary and Doris Elder; brothers, John Elder and Thomas Elder, Jr.; best friend Ronald M. Nesbitt, Sr. He is survived by wife, Yolanda Elder; children, Shannon Matthews, Sonia (Garfield) Wilson, Tina Crawley, Willie J. Elder, Jr., Janine and James Thompson; brothers, Charles and Greg Elder; sister, Barbara Elder; 20 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends. The Family will receive friends Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 3:30 until 4:00 pm at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral service to follow at 4:00 pm with Rev. Ronald Nesbitt, Jr. officiating. Interment to immediately follow at Mount Olive Cemetery. Services to conclude with full dove release. Arrangements made with integrity by Unity Mortuary. The body may be viewed after 11:00 am on Sunday, March 23, 2014 per request by family. Family and friends will assemble at 414 E. Burwell Avenue.