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Frank William Bowden, Jr.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Frank William Bowden Jr., age 89, went home to be with the Lord on February 23, 2017. He was born June 4, 1927, in Goldsboro, NC, to Frank and Retha Bowden, Sr. Following graduation from Dillard High School, Frank was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany and France during World War II. Once he returned, Frank enrolled as a student at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. With a love for science and math, Frank went on to become a teacher. He was first employed in Monroe, GA where he faced many obstacles within the segregated school system. He later married the love of his life, Martha Lee Burden, an East Tennessee native whom he met during his first year in college. Frank continued his teaching career in Washington, NC, and then moved to Knoxville, where taught at Vine Junior High School and worked to integrate the Southern Appalachian Regional Science Fair. Frank made it his duty to be a public servant towards civil rights initiatives. Whether providing transportation and bail money for students of Knoxville College during the lunch counter and theater sit-ins or pushing integration in the school system, he stayed very busy and remained vocal against injustices. Frank continued his education, receiving his Masters of Science degree in Biology from Virginia State College and post-graduate studies from New York University and University of Tennessee. On September 25, 1969, he was appointed principal of Eastport Elementary School. One year later, he was promoted to principal of Park Lowery Elementary School. After two years, he was promoted again to serve as the first principal of Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School. Following his retirement in 1987 after 30 years of service with the city schools, Frank was appointed to serve on the Knox County School Board and later was elected as a Knox County Commissioner. As Commissioner, Frank submitted a resolution to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a legal paid holiday. Despite opposition the request was finally approved. Throughout his career Frank remained active in local youth organizations including Boy Scouts of America and Optimist International. Through the Optimist Club, Frank served as Charter President of the East Knoxville Chapter and became the first black governor of a district with Optimist International, serving Tennessee. He was a devoted and lifetime member (60 + years) of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. serving multiple terms as District Representative for the TN and KY regions. Frank also served several years in the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at the National Headquarters in Washington, DC. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his service including the local chapter Omega Man of the Year.Frank was preceded in death by his grandparents, Preston and Leah Bowden; parents, Frank W. Bowden, Sr. and Retha Johnson Bowden; sisters, Carrie Isler and Ethel Murphy. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha Lee Burden Bowden; son, Frank W. (Carla) Bowden III, M.D., FACS of Jacksonville, FL; daughter, Jennifer (Danny) Zialcita-Simon; four grandchildren, Valdemar Zialcita, Zachary Zialcita, Chanel Bowden, and Morgan Zialcita; niece, Cardrina Bowden of Los Angeles, CA; a host of other relatives and friends.Mr. Bowden will lie in repose on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM with the funeral mass to follow at 10:30 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 W Vine Ave, Knoxville. The final resting place will be held at New Salem Cemetery in Sevierville, TN. Services will conclude with a white dove release.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to local charities.

 

 

Margaret L. Smith Parks

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Margaret Louise Smith Parks, of Knoxville, departed this life on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Physicians Regional Medical Center.  She was born on March 2, 1930 to the late Grace A. and Herman B. Smith, Sr. She was a long-term member of Foster Chapel Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. McGhee.  She served the community as a social worker through the YMCA Kids Help and KCDC. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John Marshall Parks and her sister Mary E. Bailey. She leaves to cherish her memory her children: Hubert Smith, James (Roseanne) Smith, Darrell “Glen” (Von) Smith, Wanda Smith, David (Terry) Smith, Scott Smith, John “Allen” Smith and Marsha Parks; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the Celebration of Life Service to follow at 5 p.m., in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue.

Shree D. Love

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Shree Diane Love, born in Knoxville, TN on February 21, 1956, went home with Jesus Christ peacefully on February 13, 2017.  She is preceded in death by her parents: Betty Hughley and William Love; sister:  Robbie Hughley; other siblings: William Jr., Timothy, Zachary, Jeffery, Evelyn and Mary Helen; her aunt: Mary Weaver; her uncle: John Hughley; and cousins: Brenda Weaver and Amber Weaver. She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted son: Damion (Nicole) Billingsley, Sr.; stepson: Charles (Cricket) Birden III; grandchildren: Damion Jr., Destinee, Dion, Clark, Jamil, Simone and Addonis; companion for over 25 years: Charles Birden, Jr.;  aunt: Dorothy Hughley; cousins: Michael Weaver, Maurice Hughley, Kevin Hughley, Debra (Raymond) Wade, LaChelle Weaver, Robert Weaver, Christopher Weaver and Matthew Weaver; siblings: Deborah (Gary) Polk, Carmen (Brett) Blue, Ricky Love, Sophia (Reno) Hall, Tracey (Kelvin) Jackson, Tobi (Rhonda) McClellan, Katina McClellan; and a host of other relatives, including several nieces, nephews, and the Hughley, Robert, Poole, Birden, Blackwell, Love, McDowell and Hall families. The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., with the Celebration of Life Service to follow at 1 p.m., in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue.

Edward L. Mason

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Edward L. Mason, age 62, entered into his heavenly home on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  He is preceded in death by his mother Angie Mason and his brothers Eric and Reginald Mason.  Ed retired from Triumph Aerostructures in 2012 after 35 years of services.  Ed was always full of life and joy. He leaves to cherish his memory his father: Ervin Mason; loving and devoted children: Roseé Mason Brown, Janeé Mason and James Edward Mason; grandchildren: Jaylin Brown, Janiya Mason, Jazlyn Brown and Jaydin “Puppy” Mason; siblings: Kathy and Angela Mason; sister-in-law: Edna Mason; uncle: Cornelius Mason, Jr.; aunt: Katherine Chavis; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, with the funeral service to follow at 12 noon with Bishop Zack Flack officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Highland West Memorial.  Services will conclude with a white dove release.

Blakely B. Burchfield

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Blakely Burlin Burchfield, of Knoxville, passed suddenly in his home on Monday, February 6, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen & Josh Burchfield; brothers, Troy, Paul, and Vondale; his sister Colleen; sons, Josh and Mike; daughter, Misty; his devoted friend: Mary Thompson, mother of Josh. He leaves behind his daughter Stacie; sister Nellie; nephews and nieces: Tommy, Beth, Phyllis, and Nancy; as well as several other nieces, nephews and many friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with the service to follow at 4:00 pm with Pastor Charlie Reynolds officiating.

Marcia J. Chandler

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Marcia Jane Chandler, of the Wildwood Community, Maryville, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017, after a brief illness, surrounded by family. Marcia was a retired nurse at UT Medical Center and was a long time member of K-Town Sams, Ole Smoky Sams and Good Sams of Tennessee.  She was an avid RV’er and enjoyed traveling the country with her husband. She is preceded in death by her parents Albert and Phoebe Cook; her brothers Thomas, David and Phillip; and her sister Ann. She is survived by her husband of 61 years Kyle Gordon Chandler; children: Vernon (Teressa), Terry, Ronald, Jeffrey (Alicia) and Cheryl (Stephen) Chandler-Floyd; brother: Richard “Dick” (Nancy) Cook; sister: Sylvia Bright; and a host of relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 pm, in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary.

Betty J. Wright

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Betty Jean Wright, of Knoxville, departed this life on Monday, January 23, 2017 at her residence. She is preceded in death by her mother Lois Wright, her father Leonard Winton and three brothers. She leaves to cherish her memories her daughters: Barbara Jean Wright and Leola Wright; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren, including devoted caretaker Shaniqua Johnson; two brothers: Leonard (Stickman) Winton, Jr. and James Wright; nieces, nephews and friends.

Franklin Dunson

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Franklin Dunson, age 68, of Knoxville, transitioned from this life on Sunday, January 22, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He was born August 7, 1948 in Middlesboro, KY to the late Hosea and Ruth Dunson, Sr.  He was known by so many as an anointed musician, and he could play just about any instrument that you put in his hand.

 

Franklin was a member of Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church.  He loved his church and his Pastor John B. Jordan and First Lady Diane Jordan and was very devoted to his church, which he attended over 25 years.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two stepsons, Alvin Lockett and Marvin Lockett; a stepdaughter, Annette Caldwell; his brother, Hosea Dunson, Jr.; a nephew, McKinley “Lil Mack” Dunson; and countless other family members and friends that he held dear to his heart.

 

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving wife, Jean Dunson, who came with a beautiful daughter, Lorraine (David) Watkins;  his grandmother, Myra Smith, who raised his, nurtured him and brought him up in the way of the Lord); five brothers: Thomas (Myra) Dunson, John (Renee) Dunson, David (Mary) Dunson, McKinley (Mary) Dunson and Walt Dunson; two sisters: Betty Dunson and Tammy Kay Dunson; special uncle, William (Mable) Smith; several other uncles and aunts, countless nieces nephews, both great and great-great, and so many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Dunson will lie in repose on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 12 noon to 6 pm in the William V. Powell, Jr. Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary.  The family will receive friends on Monday, January 30, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Peace & Goodwill Baptist Church, 1723 Washington Ave, with the Homegoing Celebration to follow at 5:00 pm, with Pastor John B. Jordan officiating.  The final resting place will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 12 noon at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN.  Services will conclude with a white dove release.

Annie L. Larson

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Annie L. Larson, age 95, of Knoxville, departed this life on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at her residence. She was born on December 15, 1921 in Alcoa, TN.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John T. Larson; parents, Caleb and Carrie Bell Smith; and her brother, Lamar Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Rev. Annie Jean Delaney; son-in-law, William (Bill) Delaney; adopted daughter, Aida Davidson; grandchildren: Tasaha Delaney, Marcus Delaney, Erika Delaney and Christopher Delaney; her adopted granddaughter, Nicole (Michael) Tucker; great-grandchildren: Kyarra and Jamari Smith, Martel, Martez and Javon Delaney, Isaiah and Ilias Delaney and Ja’Kobe Delaney; nieces: Cora Spencer and Dorothy Smith-Davy, Sherrine John and Linda Rose Edmondson; nephew, Randy Spencer; cousins: George ( Olga) Welch, Lewis Welch, Charlie Welch and Ceola Allison; and other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 28, 2017 pm in the William V. Powell, Jr., Memorial Chapel of Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, with the Homegoing Celebration to follow at 12:00 noon with Pastor Michel S. E. Caldwell officiating and Pastor A.D. Baxter, Eulogist. Immediately after the service, the final resting place will be at Berry Highland South Memorial Gardens, 9010 E. Simpson Rd. Knoxville, TN.  Services will conclude with a white dove release.

John H. Tarver

Friday, January 13th, 2017

John Henry Tarver, age 56, of Knoxville, formerly of Summerton, SC, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at this home. John was born on January 9, 1961 in Miami, Florida, to the late Edward James Jr. and Mary Alice James.  He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma.  He is preceded in death by his parents. He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted friend: Neshelle Isom; two sisters: Sylvia James of Brooklyn, NY, and Elaine James of Summerton, SC; two brothers: Joe Edward James of Nashville and Marvin James of Summerton, SC; special nephew: Rev. Trenell James of Atlanta, GA; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews; and two very close and special friends: Willie Jordan and Berry Hill.