Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

James “Ronnie” Gilbreath

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

James R. (Ronnie) Gilbreath went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday July 19, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis R. Gilbreath, Jr., and Climrose Franklin Gilbreath; and his brother, Lewis R. Gilbreath, III. Ronnie had a great sense of humor and could always be counted on for a good laugh. He was known for his cooking and auto body repair skills, and family and friends raved over his delicious fried chicken and bar-b-que ribs. He loved music and was very knowledgeable about musical artists and their recordings. Ronnie was well loved by many and will be greatly missed. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted fiancé and caregiver Kathy Gordon; daughter, Krystal Gainey; son, Chris Gainey; sister, Patricia G. Smith; brother, Michael E. (Retha) Gilbreath; aunt, Wanda Jean (James) Parton; many loving and devoted nieces and nephews to include Sharee, DeWayne, Selena, Michael Jr., Candice, Michelle, Tron and Tawana; loving cousins to include Juney, Butch, Spanky, Bonnie, Patrick, Rochelle and Tasha; a host of great nieces and nephews, other cousins and many friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with the Homegoing Service to follow in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, with Rev. James Billings officiating. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the homegoing service. Services will conclude with a white dove release. The family will assemble at 3104 Vera Street, Knoxville. A special thanks to the Reid, Billings, Cunningham, Gainey and Stephenson families, as well as Covenant Hospice Care for their loving care and support.

Mattie M. Davis

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Mattie M. Davis passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Fort Sanders Medical Center. Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM at Good Samaritan Church, 2572 East Magnolia Avenue. Arrangements made with integrity by Unity Mortuary. Mrs. Davis’s guestbook can be signed online at and

Darshawn Witt, Jr.

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Master Darshawn Martez Witt, Jr. “Stink”, age 7, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Darshawn was born July 28, 2009 to Sabrina Chandler and Darshawn Witt, Sr. He attended Spring Hill Elementary School, where he strived to become an honor roll student, and HE DID IT! He was loving, caring and determined. He had a smile that brightened up the room and made everyone laugh. “Stink” loved playing PlayStation, making friendly bets and dancing at all of the kid birthday parties. He was a very competitive boy who loved NBA player Stephen Curry. Darshawn was special and definitely one-of-a-kind. He leaves behind his mother, Sabrina Chandler; father, Darshawn Witt, Sr. (Aminah Kea); godparents, William Gillette & LaShaundra Lenoir; siblings, Rakeem, J’Shawna, Darshawna, Marshawn, Ra’Nique Witt and Kamonie Hurt; devoted grandmothers, Edwina Porter Chandler & Sherri Farmer; grandfathers, Anthony (Geno) Mitchell, Charles Chandler and Sam Martin; a host of aunts, uncles, and numerous caring cousins, the Austin Homes Community and a lot more. Seven years on this earth and he touched so many hearts! Darshawn will never be forgotten and will truly be missed! The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 5:00- 6:30 pm at Overcoming Believers Church, with the Homegoing Services to follow with Pastor Daryl Arnold officiating and eulogist. The family will assemble at 4201 Alma Avenue at 4:00 pm. The final resting place will be at New Gray Cemetery on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Mary J. Lovely

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Mary Joyce Lovely, age 64, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Beverly Park Place Health and Rehab. She was preceded in death by her son, Baron Lovely, and father, Howard Lovely. She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Mamie Davis; son, Charles Davis; seven grandchildren; sisters, Harriet, Francine, Jeannie and Landy; brother, Howard “Junior” Lovely; nieces, nephews, devoted aunt Margaret Lovely, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow, in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary.

Mary L. Thompson

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Mary Lee Thompson , age 67, of Knoxville, TN passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Preceded in death by parents, Ruby and Ralph Howard. Left to cherish her memory: devoted children, daughter, Karen Thompson; son, Carl Thompson; grandchildren, Tiara Thompson and Tory Moran; great-grandchild, London Moran; 4 sisters, Deborah Flood, Sharon Ammons, Lisa Whitted and LaTonya Minor; 3 brothers, Billy, Chris and Jeffrey Howard. Family will receive friends on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM with funeral services to follow in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue. Interment to follow at Mount Olive Cemetery on Maryville Pike. Service to conclude with blanket presentation and full dove release.

Lenson Harris

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Lenson Harris, age 75 of Knoxville, transitioned from this life on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Kindred Nursing – Northaven. He was born June 15, 1942 in Greenville, GA to the late Will Harris, Sr. and Gertrude Neal Harris. He was known by many as a deacon at Payne Avenue Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings. He leaves to cherish his memories his chidren: Samantha Harris and Cedric Harris; his grandchildren, Anaisha Harris-Brown, Avery Turman and Cedricka Harris; three great-grandchildren, Destin, Jaylen and Lexus Harris; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The Celebration of Life Service will be on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville, with Pastor Richard Brown officiating.

Mary J. Brooks

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Mary Jane Brooks passed away June 20, 2017 at Beverly Park Place. She was born July 7, 1945 to the late Robert Scruggs and Mary Elizabeth Brooks Cullum and step-daughter of the late Robert Banner. She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Otis and James Newton. She is survived by her sister, Edith (Charles) Nolan; four brothers, Robert (Paulette), John, Glen and Jerry (Amina) Newton; a host of cousins to include Mildred (Robert) Stewart, George L. White and Darryl Holingsworth; several nieces and nephews; dear friend, Jackie Smith and guardian, Marie White. The family is asking for your prayers. There will not be any services for Ms. Brooks. We love Mary Jane, but God loved her best.

Ronald E. Parkey

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Ronald Edward Parkey, age 68, departed this life on June 18, 2017 at his home in Knoxville, TN. This charismatic man was born to John and Kathleen Parkey on September 20, 1948 in Morristown, TN where he lived until he moved to the Knoxville area.  Many knew him as “Parkey,” an entrepreneur who fulfilled many successful roles: contractor, mechanic, tour bus company owner and driver, car dealership owner and one who enjoyed restoring and selling old classic cars. His family and friends knew him as a good, kind, “down to earth” man who they will greatly miss. We his family, daughter Angel and son-in -law Steve Scott, daughter Jaqueline Parkey and grandchildren Kortney and Jordan Scott, D’Andre Parkey and Bianca Hatfield, will forever and always remember his smile, his love of animals, strong faith in God, sense of humor and the undeniable generosity and love he shared with others. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville, with the Celebration of Life Service to follow.  Fellowship with the family will proceed at 5501 Holston Drive, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Young Williams Animal Shelter in care of Ronald Parkey, located at 3201 Division Street Knoxville, TN 37919.

Jerome “Jroc” Locke

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Jerome Phillip Locke “Jroc”, age 27, Knoxville, TN, born January 30, 1990, went to be with the Lord on June 17, 2017. Jerome is preceded in death by his grandparents: Patricia Matlock, Magelene Locke, Eula Robinson, Robert Jackson, William Tillery, and James Shields, Sr.; aunts and uncles: Christine Moore, Calvin Locke, Christopher Tillery, Sr., and James McSpadden. He leaves to cherish his memories his parents: loving and faithful mother Sheila Tillery and Phillip Locke, Sr.; children: Jemir Sullivan, Jerome P. Locke, Jr., and Jeren P. Locke; siblings: Shaquonna N. Locke, Shay S. Locke, Phillip J. Locke, Jr., Phillip J. Locke II, Phillip Cox, Jeremy Pressley, Phillip Cooke, Phillip Floyd, Lexie Floyd, Cythia Floyd, Lucky Clark, Mahaysia Tillery, Lenaysha Tillery, Leonard Freeman and Howard Mitchell; nieces: Kelvanasha Foster, Philniya Locke, Azariah Wilson, Perish Locke, Ahlaisja Locke and Rylee Locke; nephews: Delvin Foster and Phillip Locke, Jr.; aunts: Tracey Bridges, Cassie (Kevin) Bush, Erica Sewell, Melissa Ontiveros, Lisa Mickler, Candice Bridges-Hayes, Chandra Taylor and Pamela Primer; uncles: Eric (Sheriya) Sewell, Robert (Julie) Locke, Malcolm Jackson, Darious Jackson, Micheal Jackson, Shawn Bridges and Keith Bridges; great-aunts: Loretta Tillery, Bessie Littlejohn, Juanita (Twig) Bailey, Ella Faye Chigano, Vannie (Charles) Morgan, JoAnn Settlers and Gladys Johnson; great-uncles: William (Michelle) Tillery, Donald Tillery, Micheal (Binky) Tillery, Clifford Tillery, John Tillery, Timothy Tillery, Bryan Tillery and James Shields, Jr.; mother of his kids & devoted girlfriend, LaShemia Pruitt; friend, LaCalya Evans; special friend: Danielle Harris; devoted cousins: Nichole Tillery and Antonio Hutchison; extended family: Sheriya, Alvin, Eric & Tina; life-long friends: Dionous “DB” Billings and Terrel “TI” Kemp; close friends: Genenoe Wykle, Anthony “NJ” Davis and Tevae Stewart; and a host of cousins. Special thanks to Genenoe Wykle for supporting our family in this time of need. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Foster Chapel Baptist Church, 2101 Ault Road, with the Celebration of Life to follow with Dr. Reginald Butler officiating and Pastor Derrick Hammond eulogizing. The final resting place will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. The family will assemble at 9:45 AM at 1621 Robert Huff Lane.

Jarmaine R. Wade

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Jarmaine R. Wade was born May 25, 1979. He departed this life on June 17, 2017.He was a devoted son, brother, father and uncle. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted parents, Burette and Margaret Wade; son: Jalen Wade; brother, Jarret Wade; niece, Jamice Wade; life partner, Tricia Anger; aunts & uncles: John (Ruth) Wade, Beverly (Doug) Stokes, Cleola Staples and Raymond (Mildred) Thompson; and a host of relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue. Graveside services will be on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.