Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

David Earl “Rock” Thomas

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Thomas, David Earl ‘Rock’ – departed this life June 23, 2012. Retired from Knox County Schools, Maintenance Dept. Faithful member of First Baptist of Roseberry City where he was a loyal deacon. Preceded in death by parents, Aaron (Laura) Thomas, and wife, Mary R. Thomas. Survived by wife, Linda Thomas; daughters: Juanita G. (Phillip) Harris, Felicia and very devoted daughter Carla Thomas; son, David Thomas step-daughter, Glenda “Diane” Johnson; all of Knoxville; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren; mother-in- law, Velma Buford, sister/brothers-in law; Brenda Lamar, Charles (Sherree), & Dexter Buford; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to include Nannie Moore, Daisy Latimer, William Rodgers, Sonny (Hannah) Ellis and Leroy Bishop. Special thanks to 3 West Staff, Fort Sanders Regional. On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, the family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 10:30 a.m., the funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Cedric Jackson officiating. Interment will take place at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike. The service will conclude with military honors and a full dove release.

James Edward Davis

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Davis, James Edward - translated this life on June 20, 2012 at Tennova Select Specialty Hospital. Mr. Davis gave his life to Christ in 1964 at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion where he served as a Steward. He retired from Lockheed Martin with over 30 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ocey Davis. He leaves to cherish his memory: loving wife, Sherwood Moore Davis; son, James Troy Davis; daughters, Tina Davis Harris and Taffeny (Nick) Rivers; grandchildren: Raymond Harris, Simone and Moses Davis, Nicolios, Nicolas and Legend Rivers; brothers, Charles Davis, Knoxville, TN and Willie (Carolyn) Davis, Acworth, GA; brother-in-law, Rev. Churchill Moore, Sr.; sisters-in-law, Paula Newton, Lafrieda Odom and Lavonia Moore; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thanks to Drs. Webb, Holmes, Lyons, Joseph and the staff of Tennova ICU and Select Specialists. On Sunday, June 24, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church. 3800 Martin Luther King Avenue. Reverend Dr. George Banks officiating. Entombment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens where a full dove release will conclude the service.

Thelma Graves

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Graves, Thelma- departed this life on June 15, 2012.  Born in Manchester, GA and raised in Knoxville, Mrs. Graves attended public school and graduated from Austin High School, Class of 1944. Shortly thereafter, she received her degree from Morristown College in 1946. She worked as a secretary at Northside High School in Virginia and later moved to Baltimore where she resided form over forty years. She worked and retired from Fort Meade in Maryland as an Executive Secretary. Mrs. Graves returned to Knoxville after her retirement and until her earthly departure. Preceded in death by her husband, Timothy Graves, II, son, Timothy Graves, III and devoted aunt, Sarah A. Long. Survived by: devoted cousins: Betty L. Dirl and James A. Long, Sr, both of Knoxville and Arthur L. Long of St. Paul, Minnesota; special friends of many years, Mrs. Johnnie Parham of Washington, DC; and a host of other relatives and friends. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, a graveside service will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike.  Reverend Robert W. Monroe officiating. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Charles F. Smith

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Smith, Charles, F. - born July 18, 1946 accepted his heavenly wings on June 13 at his home. He was a Vietnam Veteran who served his country proudly receiving the National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Metal with four bronze service stars and the Vietnam Campaign Metal with 60 Device. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Charles and Mary Smith, brothers Clarence and Nathan Hunter and grandmother Susie Fleming. He leaves to embrace his memory wife of 22 yrs Mrs. Sherrye A.  Smith, sisters Brenda J. Smith, Houston, TX and Helen E. Little, Chattanooga, TN, son Clarence D. Adams, Douglas, GA and beloved godson Isaiah Jones; three grandchildren, father-in-law James A. Powell, mother-in-law Harriett DeVault, brothers and sisters-in-law Anthony (Kay) Robinson, Sweetwater, TN, Kevin DeVault, Nashville, TN, Curtis (Kendra) Stacy, Crystal (Rick) Boyd and Elder Tonja Warren. Twenty nieces and nephews, to include devoted ones Shana L. Smith, Nikia P. Smith-Mills, Ricky Boyd III and Ernest Ray Warren Jr. (US Army), eighteen great nieces and nephews, several cousins and numerous friends to include Karen and Tony Crutchfield, Raymond Burton, Sr., Joyce Martin Bourne and the Turman and Holloway families. Special thanks to Ms. Lynn Calloway of Covenant Hospital. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Larry Brinson officiating and Elder Tonja Warren, Eulogist. Interment will immediately follow the service at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway where full military honors and a full dove release will conclude the service.

Johnnie Green Ward

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Ward, Johnnie Green - of Oak Ridge, TN, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. He was born in Vaiden, MS on March 24, 1922 to the late Green and Isabelle Wilson Ward. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Rena Taylor Ward, brothers, Jessie Howard Ward, Arthur Ledill Ward, Otis Ward and Walter Ward, sister, Emma Jane Stewart Mattox, Callie Ward, Sallie Louise McCaskill, Lillian Berdia Skinner Woods, Christine Johnson and Rosie Pearl Ghosten. He was united in holy matrimony to Rena Taylor on February 26, 1949. There were no children born to this union.

He was veteran of WWII, serving with the United States Army from 1942-1945. He retired in 1985 from RCA. He enjoyed traveling in the eastern U.S., fixing things around the house, talking to family and friends and listening to political talk shows.

Mr. Ward leaves to cherish his loving memory: nephews, Clyde Fleming, Andrew Skinner, Billie Johnson, John D (Cassandra) Ghosten, Jr., Willie C. Stewart, Thomas C. (Colleen) Griffin, Rev. Walter (Brenda) Ghosten and Ronald Jay Griffin; nieces: Essie Stokes, Yvonne M. Mims, Alberta (Jessie)Hawthorne, Annie B. Jackson, Emma B. McCaskill, Helen Ghosten (Henry) Harris, Rosie M. (Andrew)King and Mary L. Ghosten; a host of great nieces and great nephews. He also leaves his home church family, Union Baptist, Philadelphia, PA and many other relatives and friends.

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37915. Reverend Hardil Thomas officiating. Burial will take place in Philadelphia, PA.

James L. McSpadden

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

McSpadden, James L., age 59 of Knoxville, TN departed on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He was preceded in death by parents; mother, Eula Locke Cowan, father, Jimmy McSpadden; brother, Calvin Locke; sister, Maglene Locke  He leaves to cherish his memory: loving sisters, Christine Moore and Joann Settles; devoted niece, Jackie (Darren) McDuffey; special friends, Ernestine Hayes and Brenda McMillan; a host of other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 5:30 until 6:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Charles McDuffey officiating. Family will be at 1405 Patricia Circle, Knoxville, TN 37914.

Charles Tony Allen, Jr.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Allen, Charles Tony, Jr. – age 57, departed this life on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Tennova Medical Center. He was preceded in death by mother, Donnie Lee Allen, maternal grandmother, Laura Hale, paternal grandparents, Bryant and Janie Allen.  Survived by: devoted father, Charles T. (Janet) Allen, Sr.; sisters, Ella (Leon) Partridge, Marian (Alphonso) McAlister and Yvonne Allen; brothers, Donald Ray (Willie Jo) Allen, Andrei Allen and Mark (Tarra) Allen; uncles, William Allen of Aiken, SC and Roy Hale; aunts, Beatrice (Champ) Sims and Elizabeth Bailey; several nieces to include Day Day Allen, nephews to include Dearis and Raekwon, many cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Johnny R. Watson, Sr. officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at TN State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway. A full dove release will conclude the service. The family will assemble at 1732 Moses Avenue for procession to Unity Mortuary.

Bettye Roper

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Roper, Bettye - died on June 9, 2012 after years of illness. She attended Virginia State University. Preceded in death by her husband, William B. Roper, Sr. She leaves her children, Paula and William, Jr. and several relatives to celebrate her life. Graveside services will be held in the rotunda at TN State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. A memorial mass will  be held at a later date.

John E. Adamson, Sr.

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Adamson, John E., Sr. - departed this life on June 8, 2012. He was born March 22, 1931. He is predeceased by his parents, a daughter, two sisters and longtime companion, Dolly Whitehead. Survived by five children: John (Evelyn), Johnny, Eddie, Gary and Patricia (Jack); 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; a host of family and friends. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Steve Simpson offficiating. Interment will take place at New Gray Cemetery. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Adrian Diane Brown

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Brown, Adrian Diane - age 56, of 2606 Chillicothe Street, entered into eternal rest on May 30, 2012. Preceded in death by mother, Vionnette Johnson Brown, brother, Philip Kirk Brown, grandparents, Sarah Johnson, Walter Jack and Henry (Ruby Lee) Brown, other relatives, Terrie and Phillip Johnson and Tonk McKenzie. She leaves to cherish her memory: children, Beverly (fiancé, Clifford Smith, Jr.) and Allan Brown, Latravia (Latrodrick) Rodgers, all of Knoxville and Anthony Cartwright, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; twelve grandchildren; father, Philip C. Brown; siblings, Michael (Tracy) Brown of Knoxville, Vincent (Darlene) Brown and Crystal (Bobby) Gray, both of Miami, FL; former husbands, John Tisdahl and Allan Cartwright; devoted friends: Mary Garret, Angie Brodie, Latitha Goins, Candace Hall, Laretha Smith and Yvonne Fortson. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Steve Simpson officiating. The interment will be Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at New Gray Cemetery where a full dove release will conclude the service.