Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Christine Moore

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Christine Moore departed this life on Friday, July 6, 2012. She was born to her parents on August 13, 1949 in Sweetwater, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by: mother Eula Locke; father, Robert Upton; sister, Magalene Locke; brothers, Calvin Locke and James McSpadden. She leaves to cherish her memories: devoted daughter, Vickie McMillan (Joseph) Tuft; grandchildren, Dartagenus McMillan, Damien Debro, Deius Debro; loving sister, Joann Settlers and devoted niece, Jackie (Darren) McDuffey; special friends, Amanda Swell, Ester Glenn, Suzie Smith and Beaetta Prater, and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Unity Mortuary on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11:00-11:30 AM. Reverend Reginald Strong officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Service will conclude with full dove release.

James R. Chandler, II

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Chandler, James R. II- born April 13, 1979, departed this life on July 1, 2012. James was a graduate of Karns High School, Class of 1996 and received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Tech in 2003. Not only was he a scholar, but an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish, hunt and surround himself with nature. Predeceased by his grandparents, he leaves to cherish his memory: devoted mother, Barbara Jean “B.J” Chandler; father, James R. (Mary) Chandler, Sr.; brother, Ernest Derek Reagan; sisters, Raphael (Pat) Feamster, Philadelphia, PA and Juanetta (Bobby) Smith; devoted nephew, Derek James Reagan; devoted cousin, Sgt. Major Kevin Eugene McCrary, Sr.; a host of other relatives and friends. Special thanks to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and the ER staff at Parkwest Hospital. On Saturday, July 7, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with the funeral to follow at Eternal Life Harvest Center, Western Avenue location. Pastor James E. Davis officiating and Bishop Billy McCool, eulogist. Interment will take place at New Salem Cemetery, Sevierville, TN where a full dove release will conclude the service.

Ronald Donnell “Don” Harris

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Harris, Ronald Donnell “Don” – departed this life on June 24, 2012. He was born September 22, 1945 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the parents, Charles M. Harris and Rosa Lee Stokely Harris. He was the fourth of six children (a seventh child, Belinda Faye, died during early infancy) and leaves behind a brother, Eugene Harris, four sisters, Carolyn Clark (John), Wanda Langham, Valvier Bright and Cynthia Dismukes (John); nieces, Lorna Harris, Cathy Downs, nephews, Charles Harris, Matt Harris, Jameson Harris, George Harris, Kevin Harris, Clarence Harris (Lisa), Christopher Harris, Harvey Downs, Jr., Garfield Bright, Jr. and Sancha Dismukes (Cynthia); several grand nephews, grandnieces, cousins and close friends. On Friday, June 29, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Jesse L. Jones officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery East- John Sevier Highway.

Nedda Lee Allen Vernon

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Vernon, Nedda Lee Allen – age 78 of Knoxville, TN passed away at UT Medical Center on Sunday, June 24, 2012. She was a graduate of Austin High School class of 1951. She dedicated her life to serve Jehovah at the age of 14 years old and was faithfully serving in the North congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the time of her death. Nedda was preceded in death by her parents, J. D. and Ruth Mae Allen, brothers, J.C. and Marvin Allen, sisters, Juanita, Willie Belle and Mary, aunt, Elizabeth Allen Tuggle and cousins of the Tuggle family. She leaves to cherish her memories;  her loving husband for 40 years, Edlin; sons, Mr. & Mrs. Gold-Burn Vernon, Edward Vernon, Mr. & Mrs. Refeno & Mr. & Mrs. Rafael Cato; brother and sister-in-law Joshua Allen, West Palm Beach, FL, Aaron (Barbara) Allen, Knoxville, TN, cousins, Jewell Fannin and Evelyn Daniels, Knoxville, TN. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to name. The family extends their thanks and appreciation to UT Emergency Room Physicians and Staff working the night of June 22, 2012, Pulmonary Critical Care Physicians, the nurses and waiting room staff, MCCU#2 who cared for Nedda , along with Tjuan L. Overly, MD, Ramanujan Samavedy, MD and UT Home Health. Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1702 Harris Road Knoxville,
TN 37924 with Brother Stanley Boggus officiating, assisted by Brother  Chester Green, Jr.

Virginia Brooks

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Brooks, Virginia – of Stone Mountain GA, formerly of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away June 24, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband, Jessie Brooks, parents, Charlie and Carrie Bankston and 11 siblings. Survived by devoted daughters, Betty (Vincent) Martin of Stone Mountain, GA and Belinda Brooks of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren: Jamarcus  Fishback, Jarvis Fishback of Knoxville, TN, Chavius Martin, Gregory Martin of Stone Mountain, GA; siblings, Mattie J. Willis of Zebulon, GA and Johnnie Bankston of Miami, FL; a host of nieces and nephews. Thanks to the Martin and Anderson families, Ephraim family of GA, Hospice of Atlanta and Elaine (Bob) Simms of Knoxville. On Saturday, June 30, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon; the funeral will follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Reginald S. Strong officiating. The interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery, 2500 Maryville Pike. A full dove release will conclude the service.

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.