Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Jeffery A. Wagoner

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Jeffery Allen (“Snakie”) Wagoner was born December 10, 1958 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He peacefully made his transition on Sunday, July 28, 2019 to his Heavenly Home. He grew up in the Mechanicsville- College Homes Area and later attended Austin East High School. Jeffery received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior many years ago, and it was very evident in his personality and loving demeanor. He loved having access to connect with family and friends through Facebook where he oftentimes expressed his love for Christ and all those he came in contact with. “Snakie,” as affectionately known by family and close friends, was a fun-loving, kind, tender-hearted man that loved his family, friends and especially his mom Jack “Granny” as he called her. You could see him often and regularly taking his mom, family members and other residents in the community to and from their various appointments and specific needs. His smile and laughter were infectious, contagious and will be greatly missed. Jeffery was truly loved by his large close-knit family and dearest friends. There will be an immense void in their hearts without his physical presence, but they rejoice knowing he’s at peace and will forever be with them in spirit as his memory continues. He leaves to cherish & celebrate his memory his devoted mother, Ona (Jack) Campbell; brothers: Anthony (Regenia) Campbell, Ronald Wagoner, Richard (Beverly) Campbell  [all of Knoxville, TN]; sisters: Angela Campbell [of Johnson City], Andrea Campbell and Patrice Campbell [both of Knoxville]; special dear friends: Jonny Ross-Foxworth (“Pretty Girl,” his affectionate name for her), Lewis Agnew, Kimberlyn Bailey and Jessica Clemons; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 2-3 PM at Eternal Life Harvest Center with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Minister Beverly Campbell officiating.

Billy F. Robinson

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Billy Frank Robinson, age 59, of Knoxville, passed away on July 27, 2019 at his residence. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Reaves-Robinson; children, sisters, brother, other relatives, friends and all who loved him. The service to honor his life will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway, Knoxville.

Joyce Moore-Burton

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Joyce Moore-Burton, born October 22, 1955, surrounded by family went home to be with the Lord on July 12, 2019. Joyce had the warmest smile and biggest sense of humor. She fought the good fight and was beloved by her family. She was preceded in death by her sister, Penny Loraino Moore and father, Howard Moore. Joyce is survived by her mother Shirley Moore; children, Anthony (Tandalyn) Burton and Penny Elaine Moore; sisters, Tawanda (Thomas) Tucker, Lisa Moore, and Sylvia Woolfolk; grandchildren: Justyce, Tony, Micah, Aryanna, Arielle, Naiyah, Camryn, and Naomi; niece and nephew, Tiffany and Tawayne Tucker. She will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Unity Mortuary. Graveside service to be held Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.The family will assemble Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home to process to the cemetery.

Decision L.A. Kennedy

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Decision Leron-Alexander Kennedy, descendent of Jacob, heir to the throne of Israel, earned his right to rest on July 10, 2019. He was born at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Decision was a very happy child whose smile and spirit captivated any and everyone who knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lonnie Johnson; great-grandfathers, Charles Whitman and Donald Spears, Sr.; and great-great-grandfather Joseph Godon. He is survived by parents, Ronnie Kennedy and Martika Johnson; brothers: Jermaine Johnson and Nacioun Johnson; sisters, Dream Johnson and Loyal Kennedy; grandparents: Courtney (Michelle Spears) Thomas, Ron Kennedy and Jamesena Johnson; great-grandparents, Joequetta Kennedy, Brenda Whitman and Mae B. Nance; great-great-grandmother, Thelma Gordon; host of aunts, cousins and loved ones to numerous to name; uncles, Zayin Yasharahla, Marquise Spears and Josh Kennedy. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 1-2 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, with the Celebration of Life to follow with Pastor Fredrick Brabson, Sr., officiating. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services.

Terry V. Adams

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Terry V. Adams, born October 6, 1960 in Darien, Georgia to the late Agnes Smith Noble and Tommie Adams, went home to be with the Lord on July 8, 2019. She was educated in Darien and Brunswick Georgia County Schools and moved to Knoxville to pursue a degree at Knoxville College. Terry was a former employee of Knox County Schools, Meleleuca, and most recently East TN Personal Care Services. Terry accepted Christ at an early age and loved the Lord. Terry was preceded in death by sisters: Elizabeth Noble-Stewart and Kathy Noble McCormick. She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory her siblings: Eli (Thelma) Noble, Jr. [of Bear Creek, Pennsylvania], Rebecca Ferguson [of Conyers, GA], George (Valerie) Noble [of Charlotte, North Carolina], William (Sheila) Noble, Sr. [of Darien, GA], Ralph (E. Bell) Noble [of Capitol Heights, MD], and Henry Noble [of Darien, GA][; long-time friend and loving companion, John Willie Taylor; special friend, Brenda Reliford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 11 AM to 12 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Dr. Vivian Williams officiating. The final resting place will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens (Alcoa) following the service. The family is receiving friends at 5929 Loice Lane.


Michael E. Woods

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Michael Edward Woods, “Mike”, age 53, of Knoxville, departed this earthly dwelling place on Thursday, June 27, 2019. He attended Mt. Juliet High School and was a 1989 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was employed by USF Holland in Knoxville, where he had worked for 12 years. He is preceded in death by his father, Henry Allen Woods, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Woods; sons, Micah Woods and Joshua Woods; sisters, Cheryl (Michael) Pippen and Janet (Raymond) Mayberry; brothers: Clifford (Sherrill) Woods, Henry A. (Fransenia) Woods, Jr., and Gilbert Woods; ex-wife, Derise McLean Woods; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, with the Celebration of Life service to follow at 6:00 PM with Evangelist Anton Ivy officiating. Mr. Woods will be available for public viewing at the time of the Receiving of Friends. In lieu of flowers and plants, donations to offset the cost of his children’s education would be most appreciated.

Olga L. Barnes

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

At age 103, Mrs. Olga Lash Barnes departed this life Tuesday June 25, 2019. The daughter of Rev. Wiley H. Lash and Mrs. Mary Lash, founders of two Lutheran churches and several businesses, she grew up in Salisbury, N.C. where she attended public schools, graduating with honors from Livingston College with a B.A. degree in English and Education. After graduation, at age 19, she accepted a two-year teaching position at Morristown College, in Tennessee, before moving to New York City where she earned her M.S. degree in Library Science from Columbia University. She subsequently taught in Trenton, New Jersey, married and moved to Washington, D.C., where she held itinerant librarian positions in two area public middle schools, one in Georgetown and the other in Washington, D.C. In addition, Mrs. Barnes served as a Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress. As a member of several civic and community organizations throughout her career, Mrs. Barnes was a life-long supporter of civil rights and education. She was one of several pioneers in efforts to desegregate railroad transportation from New Jersey to the nation’s capital and in initiatives to bring library services to disadvantaged public school students in the District of Columbia. For more than seventy years, Mrs. Barnes was a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is preceded in death by her husband Dr. S.E. Barnes, a member of “The Golden Thirteen,” first African-American commissioned officers in the history of the United States Navy (1946); her sister Nadine W. Gwaltney of Los Angeles, CA; brothers: M. Traugott Lash, Wiley I. Lash (first African-American elected Mayor of Salisbury, NC) and Dr. John Lash (Professor and Special-Assistant-to the President of Texas Southern University, Houston, TX; and columnist, the Houston Chronicle newspaper). She is survived by three children: Dr. Olga M. Welch (beloved son-in-law, George E. Welch), Alexa B. Donaphin and Michael D. Barnes; granddaughters: Dr. Taja M. Welch, Bethany C. Donaphin and Stephani A. Welch; and great-granddaughter, Amaya Donaphin. A Remembrance Ceremony will take place Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to ll:30 a.m. in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Ave., Knoxville, TN. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Knoxville, TN, in Mrs. Barnes’ name. At a later date, a family graveside service for Mrs. Barnes will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C., where she will be interred next to her husband.


Timothy L. Jones

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Unity Mortuary is honorably serving the family of Timothy L. Jones, 60, of Knoxville, who departed this life on June 20, 2019. Arrangements are forthcoming and will be announced at a later time.

Angela Y. Brodie

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Angela Yvonne McKenzie Brodie, 54, of Knoxville, departed this life on Friday, June 14, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jeffrey Brodie; father, Wilford Billingsley; mother, Barbara Jean McKenzie; grandmother, Cassie McGee; grandfather, Alvin McKenzie; paternal grandparents: Erma Waters and William Billingsley; and uncle/father, James Kelso. She is survived by her daughters: Lauren Brodie and Leslie Brodie; sons: Jeffrey Brodie and Mike Stover; sisters: Allison (Venice) Foster, Lisa Billingsley and Kristy (Curtis) Billingsley Thomas; brother, Edward (Chell) Billingsley; aunt/mother, Mildred Kelso; grandchildren: Edward Brodie, Jaleia Thompson, Jeffon Brodie, Jazaria Brodie, D’Mariaye Brodie, E’Laila Roberts, Avah Ellington, E’lania Roberts, La’Mira Bradley, Akili Wilson, Journee Turner and Amiyah Stover; great-grandchildren: Julianna & Julia Thompson and Kinleigh Brodie; devoted friends: Raynard King, Latethia Goins, Tyrone Green, Greg Ellington, Danny Roberts and LaToya Brown; and a host of relatives and friends. Mrs. Brodie will lie-in-repose on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9 AM to 6 PM in the Jefferson Davis, Jr. State Room of Unity Mortuary. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 4 PM to 5 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow with Pastor Steve Simpson officiating.

Zacharia “Ocho” Nahimana

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Zacharia “Ocho” Nahimana was born on July 19, 1998 in Tanzania, Africa to Alex Barinzigo and Penina Hakizimana. They came to America in February 2008. Zacharia attended Stone Mountain Middle School and Austin East High School. He later went to work multiple jobs searching for his perfect fit. At the time of passing, he was employed at McDonald’s. Zacharia was a shining light that always set the mood to joy and happiness wherever he went. He had a smile that was uplifting, kind and loving. He was only on this earth for 20 years, but he leaves a lifetime of love, joy, laughter and memories that will never be forgotten. Zacharia Nahimana leaves to mourn his passing his parents: Alex Barinzigo and Penina Hakizimana; his sisters: Delephine Ndayisenga and Charilote Nibitanga; his brothers: Emmanuel Niyonkuru Alex, James Nbayishimiye, Jean Marie Niyonzima and Jimmy Hakizimana; special friend, Alex Ndwanishaka; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and close friends. “Ocho” will lie-in-repose on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9 AM to 6 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary.  The Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 12 noon in the chapel. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services.