Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Donna J. Griffin

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Donna Jean Wilson Griffin, affectionately known as “Pie,” was called home by God on Monday, January 21, 2019. She was born in Kentucky, but resided in Knoxville, Tennessee. Donna loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Greater Warner A.M.E. Zion Church. She is preceded in death by her parents: Jesse Wilson Sr. and Sharon Anne Scudder Wilson; maternal grandparents: Harold K. Scudder and Jean Scudder; and brothers: Jesse Wilson, Jr., and Marcus L. Wilson. She leaves to mourn her passing her devoted and loving husband of 35 years, Cebra Griffin, Sr.; sons: DeWayne Love, Darrius Griffin, Cebra (Kaia) Griffin, Jr.; brothers: Harold Wilson and Malcom Wilson; grandchildren: Kyiala Love, Dameya, Da’Kari, and Cebria La’Donna Griffin; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 2:00-2:30 PM at First AME Zion Church, 1900 McCalla Ave, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Rev. Dr. Cleo Brooks officiating. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the service.

Travis H. Wooley, Jr.

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Travis Henry Wooley, Jr passed from this life and into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 14, 2019 at the age of 84. Travis was born August 12, 1934 in Arkadelphia (Colony), AL. Travis was the son of Travis Henry and Alma Cora Wooley. Travis retired from Rohm and Haas (now Dow Chemical).  He started his career with them in Knoxville then moved to Houston, TX to continue his employment and retired from this company.  After retirement, he decided to move back to his beloved Knoxville. Although Travis considered Knoxville, TN his home, he loved Houston and considered it his second home. Travis lived life to the fullest and was always looking forward to his next adventure. For many years Travis was a member of Daysprings Baptist Church in Knoxville, where he took much enjoyment and pride in being the church’s bell ringer for their Sunday services. He was preceded in death by his parents: Travis & Alma Cora Wooley; and siblings:  Christal, Erria, Sadie, Lester, Octerius, Chester, Nathaniel, Essic, and Cleveland. He leaves to cherish his memories his sons: David (Sylvia) Byars & Dwayne (Pamela) Wooley; grandchildren: Devondria Wooley, Natasha (Abdaq Kayd) Byars, Desiree’ (Arturo) Zuñiga, Brianna Byars, Jordan, Jessica & Jason Wooley; great-grandchildren:  Audianna, Kennedy, Eleña & Maxemilio; sisters: Agnes Vaughn & Gladys (Russell) Layne;  Niece:  Bobbie Bridges;  a host of great-nieces, nephews & cousins; extended friends & loved ones; and his caregiver, Shirley Sullivan, who cared for him for the last five years of his life. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Dayspring Baptist Church, 923 W. Oldham Ave, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM.

Beulah Mitchell

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Beulah Mitchell was born on October 22, 1938 to Ophelia C. Sarden in Lake Providence, Louisiana. At the age of 80, she departed this life on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ophelia C. Sarden; brother, Elijah Sarden; son, Curtis G. Ezell; and father of her children, Lawrence E. Mitchell, Sr. She leaves to honor her memory her children: Lawrence E. Mitchell, Jr., Joy Mitchell-Byrd, Lee V. Mitchell and Misty L. Mitchell; nine grandchildren: Antonio C. (Christy) Upton, Pierre (Kaylee) Mitchell, Jakolby Stigall, Samuel Byrd III (Pariz) Salehe, Jashara Mitchell, Niyah Byrd (David) Palacios, Kaleb Mitchell, Samahd (Byrd) Salehe and Joyah Byrd; seven great-grandchildren: Greyson Upton, Kai Mitchell, Jamyra Chesney, Jenia Mitchell, Ace Mitchell, Shylynn Upton and Alinah Palacios; cousins: Eddye Mae Bee, Willie (Beatrice) Moore III, Kimberly (John) Chandler, and Roi (Tonya) Ligon; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; and longtime friend, Charlotte Brabson. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 12-1 PM at Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Pastor Christopher Battle officiating and Rev. Renee Kessler as eulogist. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the service.

 

Carolyn Goss-Jones

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
Carolyn Goss-Jones, age 90, of Knoxville, TN passed away peacefully on Saturday January 12, 2019 at Holston Health & Rehabilitation Center. A native of Knoxville, Carolyn graduated from Austin High, Class of 1946 and Knoxville College. She retired from the Department of Energy-Y12 Plant. Carolyn was a faithful and loyal member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was very active in the community in many organizations. Preceded in death by parents, Theonder & Nadia Goss; sisters, Alma and Nadia Goss; son, Byron Jones. She leaves to cherish her memory: several cousins, special friends and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Family. Family will receive friends on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 12 noon until 1 PM with funeral services to follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 27214 Brooks Rd. Knoxville, TN The final resting place will be at Greenwood Cemetery following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services. Ms. Jones guestbook can be signed on line at www.legacy.com or www.unitymortuary.com. Arrangements with integrity by UNITY MORTUARY.

Eric T. Penson, Sr.

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Minister Eric Tyrone Penson Sr., age 51, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 11, 2019. He was a lifelong resident of Knoxville, TN, originally from Los Angeles, California. Eric was a Minister at Walking by Faith Ministries. His passion was in ministry, spending time with his family, devoted best friend/brother-in-law Minister Ricky Gregory and his football team East Tennessee Knights. Eric is preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Maxwell; grandparents: Madeline Franklin, Beatrice Penson and Leroy Penson, Sr.; and uncle, Richard Franklin III. He is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Katherine Marie Penson; children: California, Candance Penson, Eric T. (Ebonisha) Penson Jr., Kasasha (Anthony) Bolden, Keont’e Gregory Sr., and Celica Gregory; honorary sons: Steven Hines and DeAngelo Tucker; father, Leroy (Wendy) Penson Jr.; siblings: California, Leroy (Betty) Penson III, Mark Penson, Sharon Penson, Darryl Penson, Jeffery Penson, Avis Hodge, Randy Dupree and Shemia Dupree; grandchildren: Ja’Cion, Ja’Ciyah, Coby, Keont’e Jr., Kain, Kason, William, Amarie, Jacie; loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and host of family and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 12-1 PM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2504 Cecil Avenue, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Pastor Darryl Lindsey officiating. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the service.

 

Helen L. Hill

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Mrs. Helen Louise McClanahan Hill was born December 8, 1941, in Charleston, Mississippi, to the union of the late Alex and Henrietta Hill.  She was granted eternal rest on December 30, 2018 at the Diversicare Nursing Home, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She received her early education in the Charleston school system.  Upon relocating to Oak Ridge, she attended Robertsville Middle School and graduated from Oak Ridge High School.  After raising her children, she continued her post-secondary education and received her Bachelor degree from Tusculum College. Mrs. Hill was a former employee of the Office of Science and Technical Information.  More recently, she was a substitute teacher in the Oak Ridge School system. On June 17, 1972, she was united in holy matrimony to James B. Hill Jr. She was member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  Over the years, she served in several capacities to include, Sunday School Superintendent, Monday Evening Study Session tutor, church missionary, and a member of the Senior Choir.  She was also a member of the Atomic Chapter #13 Order of Eastern Stars. In her spare time, she enjoyed attending sporting events, reading, crossword puzzles, and being around her family.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Derrick McClanahan, her brothers, James, Nathaniel, Thomas, and Alex Hill; sisters, Maxine Cohran, Mabel Pippins, and Gloria Gilmore; and mother-in-law, Mary Lackey.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, James B. Hill, sons, Darrell (Angela) McClanahan, Dwayne (Jackie) McClanahan, and Jamil (Denise) Hill; sisters, Lou Ella Houston and Mary (Vernon) Swann; brothers, Ernest (Nancy) Hill and Grant (Alfreda) Hill; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, devoted friend, Eloise Mitchell, and a host of other family members and friends.  The family would like to thank the staff at Diversicare who so graciously tended to her needs while she was in their care. The Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 195 Wilberforce Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with Elder J. B. Maddox as Officiant and Elder D. W. Waters as Eulogist.

Elder William A. Rowan

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Elder William Alexander Rowan passed away peacefully on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He was born and reared in Harriman, Tennessee where he received his education. Mr. Rowan graduated from the University of TN-Knoxville receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Elder Rowan was an educator in the Knoxville, Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County Schools before relocating to Chattanooga, TN where he retired as an educator from Brainerd High School. A long-time member and minister in the FBH Church where he was elevated to Presiding Elder serving the Central Georgia District until his health fail. Preceded in death by mother, Barbara Jean Rowan; father, Cleo Hutchins; grandmother, Pauline Rowan-Johnson; 6 grandaunts; 2 granduncles; 3 aunts; 3 uncles; many cousins other relatives and friends. He leaves to cherish his memory: devoted aunt, Gracie (Charles) Cooper of Pontiac, MI; devoted cousins, Cynthia (Ronald) Wells and Charles Bates of Pontiac, MI, Reverend Ralston (Rose) Kilby, Silver Springs, MD, and George A. Tolbert, Knoxville, TN; devoted friend & colleague in Ministry, Reverend Jesse R. Parker; many other relatives and friends too numerous to name. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 11:00 AM until 12:00 noon with the Celebration of Life Service to follow at Mt Moriah FBH Church, 2001 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921. The final resting place will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Maryville Pike, following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services.

Elmira Tillman

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Elmira “Auntie” Tillman, of Knoxville, was born January 5, 1926 and departed this life on December 27, 2018 at Shannondale Healthcare Center at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Robert Tillman; daughter, Kathi Miles; mother, Willie Mae Hardy; and sisters: Mae Littlejohn and Aileen Hardy. She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted niece, Esther (James) Colquitt; son-in-law, CJ Miles; grandchildren: Tamikka, Latoya and Nathaniel Miles; a host of great-grandchildren; a devoted nephew, Rev. Gerald (Nancy) Littlejohn, Sr.; and a host of nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews. The family will assemble at 5316 Montwood Drive, Knoxville. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM with the Celebration of Life Service to follow at Unity Mortuary with Elder Reginald Butler officiating and Elder Dr. Joe L. Colquitt as Eulogist. The final resting place will be at Berry Highland South Memorial Gardens follow the service. A white dove release will conclude the services.

Priscilla Pye-Taylor

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Priscilla Ann Pye-Taylor, 68, of Knoxville, departed this life on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Regis Woods Nursing Home, Louisville, Kentucky. She was born on February 15, 1950 to the union of Robert L. Pye and Mable Geneva Johnson-Pye both of whom preceded her in death. Priscilla was preceded in death by two brothers, David Pye and Robert Pye. She leaves to cherish her memories a loving son, Larry Taylor; sisters: Maggie Cherry, Minnie Reid, Sylvia Wyatt, Darlene Delee and Mary Giles; and brothers: Joe Pye and Edmond Pye. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 4 PM at Unity Mortuary, with the Service to follow.

 

Barbara A. Hall

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Barbara Ann “Toodle” Hall, 82, of Knoxville, departed this life on Friday, December 21, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee on July 29, 1936 to the late Mildred Campbell and Essley Sims. She was the second oldest of 9 siblings, of which older brother George R. Sims and younger sister Edith M. Thomas preceded her in death. Barbara came to Knoxville in her early 20s and lived here until she left the world. She married Henry Edward Hall and had four beautiful children: Cathy (predeceased), David Sr., Greg Sr., and Patricia. Barbara was known for being the backbone of the family and was a well-known friend of the community. She was a strong believer of the Lord. She loved her family and loved her big party celebrations. She was a wonderful friend to three special ladies who also preceded her in death: Gloria Jean, Cora Mae and Nancy Tate. Barbara departed this life on Friday, December 21, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her devoted daughter, Patricia (Frank) Hall; stepdaughter, Lawanda White; two sons: Gregory (Pearl) Hall Sr., and David (Margaret) Hall Sr.; grandchildren: Dayeshia, Tony, Sparkle, Ronnie, Domonique, Damian, Shadavia, Niyesha, Danielle, Patricia, Greg Jr., David Jr., Lakeshia, Angelel, Brent, Tyrelle, Leah and Kimora; a host of 33 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; surviving brother and sisters: Earl S. (Era) Wagner of Wettumpa, Alabama, Frances A. (Jim) Bass of Elizabethton, TN, Loretta Thomas of Panama City, FL, Ernestine Thomas of Cleveland, OH, Hilda K. Thomas of Las Vegas, NV and Jennifer (Jeff) Graham of Gray, TN; and a host of devoted friends and family members to include: TaCola Tate, Jewel Winston, Pearl Weathers, Melkika Tate, Angie & Frank Day, Frances Bass, Antonio Hall, Niyesha Smith and Mary Hall. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 12-1 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Minister Earl S. Wagner officiating. A horse-drawn carriage will escort Mrs. Hall to her final resting place at Oakland Cemetery following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services.