Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Walter E. Keith

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Keith, Walter E. – of Knoxville, departed this life on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Fort Sanders Regional. He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Allie Keith; wife, Mahalia Keith; sisters, Olivia Keith and Mayola Strong; brothers, Clifford Taylor, Archie Keith, Jr. and David Keith. He leaves to cherish his memories: children, Vanda Earls, Andre Keith, Gina (Greg) Hyatt, Karon (Quintel) James, Alison Keith and Walt Washington; grandchildren, Chloe Hyatt, Chandler Hyatt, Ahijah Washington and Jada McNair; sisters, Lillian McMullen and Stella Waller; brother, William Keith; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives too numerous to name. The family would like to thank Staff at Brakebill Nursing Home and Ft. Sanders Regional for their loving care. The Homegoing Celebration will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM with service to immediately follow at West Hills Baptist Church, 409 Winston Rd. Knoxville, TN 37909 with Minister Tony Keith officiating. Interment will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E. John Sevier Highway at 9:30 AM. The service will conclude with military honors, full dove release and blanket presentation. The family will assemble at 429 Grandview Drive at 11:00AM on Monday.

L.V. Colbert

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Colbert, L.V.  - answered the Lord’s call on January 15, 2015 at his home. He was born in Etowah, Tennessee on November 18, 1933 to the late Jodie Colbert, Sr. and Macie Williams Colbert. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the Tennessee Valley Elks and Keblah Temple #57. He leaves to celebrate his homecoming, former wife, Vernia Colbert; sons, Darrell and Anthony of  Knoxville, LaVernon Robinson of New York; daughters, Sharon Stewart, Sybil Sligh and Mary (Steven) Tate; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 4 great – great grandchildren. The family would like to thank Smoky Mountian Hospice for their unfaltering service. Service will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 2714 Brook Road.  Family will receive friends, 6:00 – 7:00 pm with celebration of life services to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. A.D. Baxter, officiating. Interment will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:30 AM at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E. John Sevier Hwy. Services to conclude with Military Honors and full dove release.

Dr. Margaret Porter Hartsell

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Dr. Margaret Porter Hartsell – passed away on January 13, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. She was born on February 9, 1922, the beloved daughter and only child of Cecil Heiskell Porter and Ruth McKinney Porter. She graduated from Knoxville College in 1942 with a double major in History and English. She studied further at the University of Chicago and ultimately received her Master’s degree in English Education from New York University in 1958 and her Doctorate in Education from the University of Tennessee in 1983. She spent her entire career as an Educator, teaching at Livingstone College, the Knoxville Public Schools, Knoxville College and the University of Tennessee, where she retired as an Associate Professor of English. She is survived by her daughter, Cecelia Hartsell of New York City and dear friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Unity Mortuary Chapel from 12:30 until 1:30 PM with service immediately following with Pastor Kamau Kenyatta officiating. Interment at Highland Memorial Park, Sutherland Avenue. The Ivy Service for members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 3:00pm in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary.


Marquita Sharron Crews

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Marquita Sharron Crews – was born on September 13, 1958 in Knoxville, TN. She was a loving mother, grandmother, devoted sister, aunt, and friend. She departed this life on January 11, 2015 at her home on Wimpole Ave. Marquita graduated from Austin-East High School Class of 1976. During this time she played basketball for the Roadrunners and went on to be named on the All KIL Defensive Team. She joined the United States Air Force in January of 1977 where she meet her husband, Keith and began a family. She was honorably discharged after five years of devoted service. During the course of her marriage Marquita had two children, Nikki and Keith (Boo) Crews. Marquita was preceded in death by her son, Keith (Boo) Crews; her loving parents, Robert (Ugh) Sr. and Daisy Latimer and her brother, Nikki (Sam) Latimer. She leaves to cherish her memory devoted daughter, Nikki A. Crews; two sisters, Deborah (James) Wright and Kathy D. Latimer; two brothers, Robert L. Latimer, Jr. and Brian K. Latimer; grandchildren, Messiah N. Middlebrook, Anthony B. Garner, Jr., and Keiara A. Johnson; and a host of aunts, cousins, and devoted friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Tabernacle Baptist Church from 2:00 until 3:00 PM with service to follow at 3:00 PM. Pastor  Christopher Battle officiating. Interment will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 11:30 AM at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Cemetery. Services to conclude with military honor and full dove release. Family and friends will assemble at 2929 Wimpole Avenue at 12:30 PM. The family wishes to express their gratitude to family and friends that have shown their love and affection during this journey.

Evelyn Wade-Browne

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Evelyn Wade-Browne of Knoxville entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Beverly Park Place. She was a member of Lennon Seney United Methodist Church and served on the Usher Board. Evelyn was born July 28, 1926 to the late Wesley and Lucille Walker Wade. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Benjamin Browne, Sr.; son, Benjamin Browne, Jr.and Felix Browne; sister, Alease Gibson and brother, John (Jack) Black. Evelyn leaves to cherish her memory: granddaughter, Jennifer Williams; great granddaughter, Trinity, Chattanooga, TN; daughter-in-law, Kathy Browne; brother, Alexander (Margaret) Wade; sister, Thelma Jackson, Knoxville, TN; sister in-law, Thelma Carr, Alcoa, TN. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in the chapel of Unity Mortuary from 11:30 until 12:00 Noon with the service to follow at 12:00 Noon. Reverend Donald Swift officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomas Dixon Mission, Lennon Seney United Methodist Church, 2084 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Interment will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:30 AM at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Cemetery. Services to conclude with full dove release.

Aidyn Keyshawn Welch

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Welch, Aidyn Keyshawn – was born on April 9, 2014 went home to be with the Lord on January 1, 2015. He is received in death by his great-grandmothers, Pastor Sharon Welch and Overseer Mary Curd; grandfathers, James Welch and Charles Evans. He leaves to mourn: his father, Erin Welch and mother, Reneisha Evans-Welch; grandmothers, Renee Nance-Freeman and Angela Hart; grandfathers, Darrell Evans and James Welch, Jr. and a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. The Celebration of Life Services will be held Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Unity Mortuary from 5:30 to 6:30 with funeral service to follow at 6:30 with Bishop Kevin Perry officiating. Interment will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM at New Gray Cemetery. Services to conclude with dove release.

Pastor Leonard David Upton

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Upton, Pastor Leonard David born January 9, 1942 was called to glory with his Heavenly Father on December 29, 2014 at Fort Sanders Hospital.  Pastor David graduated from High Point High School in Sweetwater, Tennessee in 1960. He was employed at the Knoxville News Sentinel for 32 years as a photo engraver and retired in 1991. 

He was called by God into the ministry at Saint Joseph House of Prayer under the leadership of the late Pastor Joseph Gordon, and then later called by God to Pastor Faith Christian Center in 1981. The first service was held at TurnKey III Center on Dandridge Ave from June 1981 to April 1982.In April 1982 he made a second move to 618 North Broadway and remained there until September 27, 1984.

God blessed him to move the church to 3536 Skyline Drive where he developed a strong outreach ministry which included feeding and clothing the homeless, and transporting inmates at the Work Release Center on Sunday mornings from Dandridge Ave. He served as chaplain for the Knoxville Police Department and Morgan County Correctional Center in Morgan County Tennessee and was awarded Chaplain of the Year 3 times. Pastor David had a special compassion for the senior citizens, inmates, homeless, and anyone who had a need in their life. He became a Senior Pastor at Honey Rock Victorious Church where he took pride participating and serving at the compassion dinner every 3rd Saturday at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA feeding over 500 people. He completed studies and graduated from the Living Manna School of Ministry and Ministry International Institute.

Preceded in death by parents, Gustin and Nellie Upton; daughter,  Daviena Casby; brothers, William, Charles, and Eddie Upton; sisters, Elizabeth Upton and Josephine Wilkerson. Survived by wife, Katherine Upton. Former wife, Ann Upton, and devoted children, daughters, Angela Winton, Kimberly (Marvin) Duncan, son, David Jr., stepchildren, Nathaniel and Angela Taylor, brothers, Kenneth, Apostle Jerry (Janice) Upton, sisters, Beverly Dunn, Brenda (Tommy) Hardy, seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and Honey Rock Church family, including spiritual sons and daughters. Special thanks to Fort Sanders Hospital 3rd West Wing and Holston Healthcare for all the love and care you gave during his illness.

The family will be receiving friends at 2401 Brooks Rd, Knoxville, TN  37914. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 (11:30 am) at Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman St., Knoxville, TN  37915.  They will receive friends the day of the funeral from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. The interment will immediately follow the service at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, 3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN  37701. Doves will be released to conclude the service.

Airman First Class Bogui W. Yann

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Airman First Class Bogui W. Yann departed this life in December 2014 while serving in the United States Air Force. He was born on February 6, 1992 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire and moved to Tennessee where he graduated from Farragut High School in 2011. Bogui enlisted in the Air Force completing Basic Military Training in October 2013. After graduating from Security Forces technical training at Joint-Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, he moved on to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California where he was assigned to the 30th Security Forces Squadron. As a Member of the 30th SFS he performed duties as a Response Force Member protecting critical assets for the West Coast of the United States. He was actively engaged in the Base Soccer Team and was extremely well known for having a great heart and infectious smile. Bogui was very active with Sought Out Ministries Christian Center where he was ordained a minister on February 21, 2013. Airman 1st Class Yann is survived by his mother, Gevevieve Kouassi; father, Bogui Degni; stepmother, Shalonda Degni; brother, Terrance Degni; sister, Stephanie Degni; grandmothers, Catherin Jones and Brou Attou Suzanne. Family will receive friends Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:00 until 3:00 PM with service to follow in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel at Unity Mortuary with Pastor Sheryl Curry officiating. Internment to be held on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 1:30 PM at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery- John Sevier Highway with full military honors. Service to conclude with full dove release.

Raymond Cecil Ewing, Sr.

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Raymond Cecil Ewing, Sr. – age 75, fell asleep in Christ on December 26, 2014 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital. Raymond was a man of many talents; some would say a Jack of all trades, as well as serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a life-long member of Grady’s Chapel AME Zion Church. Raymond was a loving father and husband. He is preceded in death by parents, wife, 8 brothers and 1sister. He is survived by 11, children Ray (Carrie) Ewing, Leroy (Danielle)Ewing, Herbie (Ashley) Ewing, James Rutledge, Stella Ewing, Melissa Ewing, Cecelia Rutledge, Crystal Rutledge, Nikki Johnson, Linda Ford, Karen Bell; additionally he leaves behind, 3 sisters, and 1 brother, Retha Beal, Betty (Mike) Tipton, Maggie Mize and James (Isadora) Ewing. Celebration of his life will be Thursday, January 1, 2015 with visitation from 10:00-11:00 AM at the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel at Unity Mortuary with graveside service to follow with Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery in Kingsport, TN.


Archie Lee Young

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

YOUNG, ARCHIE LEE – age 94, passed away December 25, 2014 at U. T. Medical Center.  He was born April 28, 1920, in Newberry, S C. Preceded in death by parents, Willie and Fannie Young; wife, Andreana P. Young; brothers, Raymond, Patrick, Willie H. Young and Wendell Miller; sisters, Lessie B. Johnson, Annie G. Heller, Louise Trapp and Dorothy Chapman and grandson, Keith A. Davis.  Survived by son, Willie J. (Lillian) Young; daughter, Bessie Jackson; foster children, Ronald and Donald Cline, Eugene and Glenda Johnson and others; sister, Mary V. Gorie of Ohio; 6 grandchildren, James L. Davis, Cynthia Howard, Kenneth W. Davis, Kenya Young, Krystyn Benham and Wayne Darby; 9 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; special devoted friend, Evelyn Billingsley and family; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Special thanks to the Staff of U. T. Medical Center 9th Floor, MCCU and Dr. Hanna. The family will receive friends on, Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Peace & Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend John Jordan officiating. Interment to follow at Highland Memorial Park 5315 Sutherland Avenue.