Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Audrey A. McGhee

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

McGhee, Audrey A. – age 75, departed this life peacefully, on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Beverly Park place Healthcare. She was born November 19, 1938 in Mascot, TN. She graduated from Austin High School and Knoxville College. She was a faithful member of Lennon Seney United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, John B. McGhee, Sr.;  mother, Cora Swaggerty-Young; father, Edward Taylor; brothers, Edgar “Bubba” Johnson and Edward Lee Taylor; sisters, Mary Jane Williams and Joyce Taylor. She is  survived  by daughters, Jacquelyn (Jason) Sharp, Denise McGhee, Knoxville,  Ann Michelle McGhee (Kevin) Ayong, N. Lauderdale, FL.; son, John B. McGhee, Jr., Knoxville; grandsons, Anthony and Shawn McGhee, Knoxville,; granddaughters, Amber and Shawna McGhee, Knoxville, Althea Manges, Knoxville, Azori Ayong, N. Lauderdale, FL.; great- grandsons, Anthony McGhee, Jr., Knoxville, Marcos Barba, Knoxville,; great- granddaughter, A’Miracle Gillispie, Knoxville,; brothers, Henry D. Young,  and Stanley Taylor, Knoxville,;  nieces, Laymen Wilson, Knoxville, Stella Johnson, Brooklyn, NY. and Tonya Cash, Knoxville and a host of cousins and friends. Special thanks to Thurman and Becky Kinnebrew and the staff at Beverly Park Place Healthcare for their professional care. Grave side services will be held at 11:30 AM on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Tennessee Veterans State Cemetery, Lyons View Pike, with full dove release to follow. The family will assemble at Unity Mortuary at 10:30 AM for a procession to the cemetery. The body may be viewed after 5:00 PM on Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel.

Rosa Lee Cooper James

Friday, September 19th, 2014

James, Cooper Rosa Lee age 82 was born on February 25, 1932 in Pulaski, Little Rock Arkansas to Richard Cooper and Lucy Evelyn Biles.  She was the older of the two siblings.  She departed this life to go home on Friday, September 19, 2014 at her home in Knoxville, Tennessee after a short illness. Mrs. James is a member of Shiloh United Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mrs. James worked for St. Mary’s Hospital for 30 years as an Obstetrical Technician, and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She saw a lot of children being born as well as some of her own grandchildren. Rosa is preceded in death by her only sister Mrs. Ollie Lee Cooper Knox; husband, Mr. Edward W. James, Sr.; 2 grandsons, Edward W. James III, and Travor Haslerig. She is blessed by a very special friend who cared for her through her illness Mrs. Brenda J. Walker. She is survived by her six children, David S. James, Patricia D. James, Debra A. James Harshaw, Belinda Y. (Howard) Moore, Brenda S. James Cribb, Lisandra L. (Edward) Tucker and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and many dear friends. Family will receive friends Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM with services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Interment to follow at Longview Cemetery. Service to conclude with full dove release.

Mae Louise Wade

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Wade, Mae Louise – age 93 years, of Knoxville, TN., passed away peacefully on Friday morning, September 5, 2014. She was a faithful member of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. She retired from Knoxville College in 1997 where she was a Professor of Business Education. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wade; one daughter, Marquinta Brame; parents, and four brothers. She is survived by three children, John (Ruth) Wade, Beverly (Doug) Stokes and Burette (Anne) Wade; sisters, Bertie Candance Bowman (Columbia, MD) and Annie Belle Lackey (Lawrenceville, GA); 5 grandsons and  4 granddaughters; 7 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Friday, September 12, 2014, at Rogers Memorial Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Michel S.E. Caldwell, officiating. Internment to follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Carla Gillespie and the staff of NHC St. Mary’s, Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living, Caris Healthcare Hospice and Rev. A.D. Baxter of Smokey Mountain Hospice. Condolences may be sent to: The Wade Family, 2820 Staffordshire Blvd. Powell, TN 37849 or The Stokes Family,  7733 Camberley Dr. Powell, TN 37849. Condolences may also be sent online to: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Byron G. Ragsdale Scholarship Fund of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church.  Rogers Memorial Baptist Church 520, College St., Knoxville, TN 37921.

Cynthia Fay Jones

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Jones, Cynthia Fay – of Knoxville, TN, was born to the union of John H. Martin and Fay D. Martin on September 8, 1947. Cynthia went to be with Jesus on September 7, 2014. Cynthia leaves to cherish her memories:  daughters, Cynthia, Diane and Jackie; son, Frank; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Special thanks to Dr. John Sunil from Southern Medical Group and Staff at the University Nephrology. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 13, 2014  from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 Pm at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral  services to follow at 1:00 pm. Interment will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at New Gray Cemetery  at 12:00 noon.

Rev. James Whyte

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Rev. James Whyte, of Knoxville, departed this life on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at UT Medical Center.   He was the former pastor of Clinton Chapel and Wallace Chapel in Knoxville.  He leaves a loving wife, Rev. Marcia Whyte; daughters, Teri Whyte-Scott (Richard); Emily Whyte; Noelle Whyte; son, Isaiah Whyte; granddaughters, Amber Scott and Jaeda Scott; mother-in-love, Norma Smith and a host of family, friends, coworkers and colleagues.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:00 am with service beginning at 11:00 am at Greater Warner Tabernacle, 3800 MLK Avenue, Knoxville with Reverend John Butler officiating and Bishop Darryl Starnes eulogist.  Interment will follow at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery 2200 E. John Sevier Highway at 1:30pm, services will conclude with military honors and full white dove release. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( are encouraged.  The cortege will assemble 3429 Peachwood Road at 9: 00 am.

Ruby L. Staples

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Staples, Ruby L. – age 86, departed this life on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at NHC Fort Sanders Healthcare. She was born on May 21, 1928 in Columbia, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Earl Staples. Survived by granddaughters, Ericka Evans, Nicole Foster and Elease Suber; 7 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, other relatives and friends. The family will receive on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 1:30 until 2:00 PM with funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Michel S. E. Caldwell officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery. Services to conclude with full dove release. The cortege will line up at 1225 University Avenue at 12:30 pm.

Ella Harper

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Harper, Ella W. – of Knoxville departed this life on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elouise Washington. Survivors are husband, Jimmy Harper; children, Ricky Washington and Sabrina Harper, Knoxville; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild; 2 brothers; 2 sisters and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. At her request there will be no services.

Jacqueline D. Allen

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Allen, Jacqueline D. – departed this life on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Summit View Nursing Home, Lakeview, TN. She was born on December 26, 1956 in Panama City, FL., and baptized on October 20, 1963 at Redemption Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Allen, Panama City, FL. She leaves her mother Annette (Charles) Howell; son, Jermaine Allen; brothers, Antonio Allen and Christopher Allen both of Knoxville, TN.; grandchild, Kayla Allen and three great grandchildren; aunts, Hattie Duggins of Jamesville, NC, Katie Thomas of Spring Valley, NY., and Ethel Franklin of West Palm Beach, FL.; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday,  August 29, 2014 from 6:00 until 7:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral services to follow at 7:00 PM  with Elder  Joe Maddox  officiating. The cortege will line up at 2522 Woodbine Avenue at 5:00 PM.

Margaret D. Bradley-Shands

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Shands, Margaret D. Bradley – age 86, of Knoxville, Tennessee went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at NHC Ft. Sanders Nursing Home in the presence of her son and daughter-in-law. Receiving of friends will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Foster Chapel Baptist Church, 2101 Ault Road, Knoxville 37914 from 11:00AM  to 12:00 Noon with services to follow at 12:00 Noon. Pastor Joseph Tolbert officiating and Rev. Darris Waters eulogist. Interment to follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Hall Rd, Alcoa TN.  The cortege will line up at Unity Mortuary at 10:00 AM in precession to the church.

Viola A. Cooper

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Cooper, Viola A. – Passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Ms. Cooper was born in Tyrone, NC. on the 25, of July, 1932, the second daughter of Leonard and Mae Berta Cooper. Ms. Cooper was a graduate of Charles M. Hall School, Alcoa TN.  She was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Mae B. Cooper; brother, Aquilla Cooper; sister, Priscilla Cooper; brother in law, William V. Powell, Jr. Ms. Cooper is survived by her 3 sons, Calvin L. (Fatima), David (Jessica) and Jerry (Jannetta) Cooper; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Dr. Lula C. Powell and Esther Gaines and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel at 7:00 PM with Pastor Dr. Willa Estell officiating. Interment will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM at New Gray Cemetery.