Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Emmanuel “Big E” Ballenger

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Ballenger, Emmanuel, Sr. “Big E”- 61, went home to be with Jesus on April 27, 2012.  He was a graduate of Austin East High School, Class of 1970 and a veteran of the U.S. Army. “Big E” retired from Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center after 34 years of service. Preceded in death by his loving parents, William “June” and Thelma Ballenger, sisters, Patricia Anne Jenkins and Lenise Ballenger, brothers, Melvin, Eugene and William Jr. Ballenger and nephew, Gregory Ballenger.  He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Judith Hyatt Ballenger; children: Deborah, Leslie (Leonard) Brown, Jr., Emmanuel, Jr., (Lauren, Devore and Onya), all of Knoxville; devoted grandson, Gabriel; precious granddaughter, Laina; siblings: Mark, Sherry, Rene, Ronnie and Shannon Ballenger, all of Knoxville, Penelope Ballenger-Kyle of Atlanta, GA, Roger (Veronica) Ballenger of Columbus, OH; devoted aunt, Geraldine Ballenger; devoted cousin, William “Billy” Johnson of Lexington, KY; a host of other relatives and friends.  Monday, May 7, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Dr. Angela Cross officiating. Interment will follow at East TN Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway. Services will conclude with full military honors and a full dove release.

Irma (Gear) Fain

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Fain, Irma (Gear) - A longtime resident of Knoxville, TN passed away in Morristown, TN on April 25, 2012, at age 109. She was a woman of strength and wisdom, a faithful Christian, and a beloved wife and mother. She was predeceased by her husband Robert H. Fain, Sr., her sons Theodoric Fain, William Fain and Harold Fain, and her daughters Vivian Madison, Anne Jones and Doris Huff. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Robert, Jr. and Irene (Clark) Fain and Nathan and Irene (Murphy) Fain; her daughter Elaine Whiteside; and, 24 grandchildren and 2 generations of their children. The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM at Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville. Reverend Leroy Franklin is the eulogist. Interment at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Sutherland Avenue.

Sakina (Kina) Bryant

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

BRYANT, SAKINA (Kina) – age 56, of Knoxville, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away Tuesday evening at her home. Kina loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She was preceded in death by son, Christian Bryant; parents, Julius and Steveanna Bryant; sister, Lynette Bryant. She is survived by her children, Jason, Steven and Jayna McClure; granddaughter, McKenzie; brother, Ronald (Patricia) Bryant of Snellville, GA; sister, Marcella D. Bryant of Aurora, Colorado; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. On Sunday, April 29, 2012, a memorial service will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Rev. Steve Simpson, officiating.

Almeda Helen Stafford Hawkins

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Hawkins, Almeda Helen Stafford - 86, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 19, 2012. She was born on January 21, 1926, to the late Rev. Isaac J. and Mattie Bookman Stafford of Knoxville, TN. Preceded in death by her son Isaac and grandson Douglas “Clayton” Hall. She leaves to rejoice in her home going her faithful and loving husband of 64 years, Rev. Wilbur Hawkins, Sr.; daughters, Aleda Douglass, Debra Hawkins and son, Wilbur Hawkins, Jr., a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family and friends. On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the celebration of life to follow at Foster Chapel Baptist Church, 2101 Ault Rd., Rev. Joseph Tolbert, officiating. Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., the interment will take place at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Susie L. Turner

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Turner, Susie L. - born in Montgomery, Alabama, received her wings on April 18, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital in Knoxville, TN. Preceded in death by husband, Jesse Turner; mother, Fannie Curry-Hall; father, Walter Curry; brothers, Perry Shugars, Sr. and Herbert “Bubba Fosters; great-grandsons, C J Debro and Damion Boyd. She leaves to cherish her memories: daughter, Barbara Jean Bowman; grandchildren, Zeste (Valerie) Debro, Melvin Debro , James (Deborah) Bowman, Chris , Lisa, Tina Bowman and Tara Phillips; a host of  19 great –grandchildren  and 19  great-great-grandchildren; devoted friends Robie Thompson, Lisa Broadie and Lori Carver. Special thanks to Fort Sanders Regional 8th Floor Onocology Staff. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Isaiah Blackman officiating. Interment to immediately follow at Mount Olive Cemetery.

George Thomas Hardin

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Hardin, George Thomas -  went home to be with the Lord April 18, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center. Mr. Hardin was born Dec. 14, 1950 in Byington, TN to Dan and Laura Jane Hardin. George was a self employed sub contractor in Knox County. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. George is preceded in death by his father, Dan Hardin and two brothers, Alfred and Danny Hardin. He leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted wife of 20 years, Alaidean Hardin; his beloved mother, Laura Jane Hardin; son, Danny Ballinger; stepchildren, Gary (Cindy) and Jimmy Johnson, both of Oak Ridge, Cassandra Johnson, Joe and Tasha McNair, all of Knoxville; 14 grandchildren: Kaneshia, Kierra, Alaina, Savanna, Monica and Jemeka Johnson, Kiante, Brianna and Tahj Cooper, Javion, Jaminquas and Jimmy Johnson, Jr., Taveyona and Zackiayah; great grandchildren, Jzyion Slater and Tyeiza Hunt; brother, James Franklin Hardin, Knoxville; aunts, Lois Sanders and Ruth Hardin, both of Knoxville; special cousins: Alfred Walker, Vaughn Turner, Mable Davis, Rose Mitchell, Gwen Patterson, Reggie Cotner, Brenda (James) Calloway and Diane Adams; special nieces and nephews, Ebony Castle, Jackie Hardin and Alfred Lee Hardin Jr.; brothers- in-law, Larry Johnson (Rhonda), Oak Ridge, Roy Johnson (Alice), West Memphis, AR, Thomas Moton (Gwen), Oak Ridge, Glen Dale Johnson, Marianna, AR, Robert Johnson, Oak Ridge and James Moton Jr., Marianna, AR; sisters- in-law, Tonya Hardin, Oak Ridge, Velma Carter, Lois Johnson, Dorothy Johnson (Andrew Hill), all of Marianna AR, and a host of other relatives and friends. On Thursday, April 26, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at True Light Missionary Baptist Church at 3229 George Light Road, Knoxville, TN  37931.  Pastor Darris Waters officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Branch Hill Cemetery, Solway, TN. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Vent Eugene Sullivan

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Sullivan, Vent Eugene - departed this life Friday, April 13, 2012. Preceded in death by his mother, Sonya E. Sullivan. He leaves to cherish his memory: father, Vincent Sullivan, Sr.; brother, Vincent Sullivan, Jr.; sister, Serena Sullivan; nephew, Jemir Sullivan; niece, Semiya Sullivan; grandparents, Willie (Cleta) Slater, Cheryl Sullivan and Carlos Graves; aunts, Rebecca Booker, Tonya Huffine and Tamarra Sullivan; uncle, Zack Sullivan, all of Knoxville; devoted girlfriend, Yartravia Cook; a host of cousins and other relatives. Friday, April 20, 2012, the family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Kamau Kenyatta officiating.

Mary Helen Robinson

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Robinson, Mary Helen - was called to her heavenly home on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Tennova St. Mary’s Hospital. Mary Helen was met at the heavenly gate by her late husband Willard “Pig” Robinson, son, Tommy Winton, Sr., parents, John (Lasta) Winton, brothers, Eugene, John Ben and Hillary Winton, sisters, Louise Clark and Mandy Winton. Survived by devoted daughters, Judy Winton and Dawn Robinson, Knoxville; grandchildren: Marcus, Tommy, Jr., Brandon and Chris Winton, Adaisha Robinson, Aniya and Anthony Thompson, Jr.; 16 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Marion Winton, Knoxville; brothers, Lee Winton; sisters, Janie Johnson and Bettey Jean Arwine, all of Athens, TN; brother-in-law, Lewis (Ann) Robinson; sister-in-law, Sue Grady, Knoxville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to name and the St. Johns Church Family. Special thanks to Fort Sanders Dialysis Clinic. Friday, April 20, 2012, the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Ann Rozell officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mount Olive Cemetery, 2500 Maryville Pike. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Walter Kemp, Jr.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Kemp, Walter Jr. – born October 8, 1947 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the union of Mildred and Walter Kemp, Sr. He attended Beardsley Jr. High and Austin High School. He served in the US Marine Corp, 2nd Division 1st Platoon with medals and honors. After 14 years, he retired from Knox County School System. Preceded in death by parents, two brothers, one sister and a devoted friend. Survived by his daughters: Connie, Tonya, Wendy (Vernon) and Kerri (Mac); sons, Alan and LaQuan; three grandchildren; one great granddaughter; sisters: Sheila (Charles) and Vicky (Gregory); brother, James; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Steve Simpson o fficiating. Interment to immediately follow at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Hwy.

Anna Margaret Arnett

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Arnett, Anna Margaret – of Knoxville, went home Friday morning, April 6, 2012. Anna was born December 13, 1942 to the late Otha Calloway and Helen Maria Houston. She declared her faith in God, her Savior, at an early age. She graduated from LaFollette Colored High School in 1962. For many years, she was employed by Levi Strauss but later retired from Knox County School system (Austin East High School). Anna was a devoted wife of 37 years to Melvin Richard Arnett. As a devoted wife, she also reveled in her roles as mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Mrs. Arnett had a loving spirit and an infectious smile that could light up a room. Our light is now dim, yet will shine again in the hearts of each person touched by her spirit. She was predeceased by her siblings: Joe Lewis, Jackie, Phillip “Pete”, Dennis and Elma Jean. Anna leaves to cherish her memory: devoted husband, Melvin R. Arnett; daughters: Tiretha Miller, Ursula Younge, Dania (Allen) Bradby and Natasha (Maurice) Vanderbilt; grandchildren: Antonio Miller, Bryanna and Carlos Gray III, DaShauna Myers, Jordan and Amaya Whitt, Braylen and Brennen Vanderbilt; great grandchildren: Aryiah Miller, Tyrese Jones, Oliver Velez, Kamarion Woodruff and Imear Brown; brothers, Douglas (Belinda) and Dexter Houston; sisters, Kay Ellen Radford and Suenella Houston, all of Detroit, MI; a very devoted aunt, Christine Hendrix of
Southfield, MI; devoted nieces, Delphine and Diedre Houston; devoted brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Alva Arnett; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Alvin) Haymond and Carolyn Arnett; special friends: Chelita Geter, Ollie Mae Sudderth, Calvin Frazier, Shannon Myers, LaRosia Carrington and Valencia Bryant; a host of other relatives and many friends. The family extends a sincere thank you to Dr. Keith Gray of UTMC Oncology Dept., Dr. Sandy Gulati, Tracy (Nurse) of Knoxville GI Dept., Dr. Crystal Gue and Amedysis Hospice. On Saturday, April 14, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, 2714 Martin Luther King Avenue.  Pastor Cecil Clarke officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Highland South Memorial Gardens, Chapman Highway.