Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

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.

Andrew Graylin Howell, Sr.

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Howell, Andrew Graylin, Sr. – age 24, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at UT Medical Center. Preceded in death by grandparents, Murrill G. Sanders and Orangie Ann Howell and a god-brother, Douglas Evans, Jr.  Survivors: son, Andrew Howell, Jr.; mother, Andrea Sanders Howell;  father, Edward (Denise) Howell, Jr.; brothers: Edward Howell III, Edward Howell IV and Tyshawn Howell; grandmother, JoAnn Tate Sanders; grandfather, Edward Howell, Sr.; a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., funeral to follow at Payne Avenue Baptist Church, 2714 MLK Avenue. Pastor R.S. Brown, Jr. officiating. Friday, April 6, 2012, interment will be at Mount Olive Cemetery, 2500 Maryville Pike. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Margaret Bryant Drake

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Drake, Margaret Bryant - of Knoxville, TN, transitioned into glory where she found eternal rest on Friday, March 30, 2012. She was a faithful member of Community Evangelistic Church, EPC and a member of Austin High School, Class of ’50. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah, grandson, Justin Walker-Riddles, mother, Zelma Bryant, aunt, Fannie Reese, devoted friend Nancy Cannon, and god son, Elmer Durham II. She is survived by her loving children and family members: Deborah (Lewis) Porter, Karen, Rodney, and Michael Walker, Connie Johnson (all of Knoxville), Elijah,Jr. (Los Angeles, CA); step daughter, Barbara Thompson (New York); grandchildren: Leslie Walker, Shay (Sanford) Miller, Christina Drake, Quishan, Tauron (all of Knoxville) and Ashley Walker (Houston, TX); great children, Lamar Harshaw, Alexis Dozier and Zane Miller; great-great grandchild, Lamar, Jr.; devoted daughter-in-law Sabrina Walker and son-in-law, Calvin Johnson; devoted cousin, Lillian Pflaumer (New Jersey); devoted god children: Trent Smith (Los Angeles, CA), Don Hatcher, Shirley Gray, and the Strongs (all of Knoxville); many nieces and nephews to include special niece, Trina Jones (all from SC and CA); devoted friend, Rose Williams (Cleveland, OH); a host of other family and friends to include the Community Evangelistic Church family.  A special thank you to Dr. Gregory LeMence. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Community Evangelistic Church from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and funeral to immediately follow with Elder Reginald Strong officiating and other Elders assisting. The burial will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the TN Veterans Cemetery, Lyons View Pike, where a full dove release will conclude the service.

Mary L. Chandler

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Chandler, Mary L. – born October 24, 1932 to the late Grady and Mary Blance, died March 29, 2012 at her residence. Preceded in death by her husband, Austin Chandler. Mrs. Mary leaves to mourn her passing: beloved daughter, Debra Lawrence; grandchildren: Kermit (Linda), Tiffney (Paul) and William; four great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at McDonald Drive Church of Christ, 3800 McDonald Drive, Knoxville, TN.  Pastor Van H. Hardin officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mount Olive Cemetery, 2500 Maryville Pike. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Jonathon A. Jones

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Jones, Jonathan A. “Tony” – departed this life on Monday, March 26, 2012 in Wartsburg, TN. He was a faithful member of Greater Bush Baptist Church. Jonathan was employed with the City of Knoxville and the UT Department of Transportation. Preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Delaney. Survived by son, Jonathan L. Jones; daughter, Halee Logan; father, Elder Bounds; brothers, Larry and Denife Jones; sisters, Nikki Bounds and Barbara Delaney; nephews, Nathan, DJ and Kevin Jones. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Greater Bush Grove Baptist Church from 12:00-1:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow with Pastor Eugene Carter officiating.

Ciondre’ Terrel “Cee” Porter Moore

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Porter Moore, Ciondre’ Terrel  “CEE” - departed this life on March 20, 2012. He was born September 27, 1975 to Bescetta Porter and Robert Moore. “CEE” was a loving son, devoted brother and a true friend to all who knew him. He was also the proud father of three children. While working at Diamond Mobile Carwash, “CEE” was known as the man with the cool disposition. Some would say “The coolest cat around,” and the family would have to agree. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvercia Porter, James Towns and Constance (Raymond) Moore, uncles, Kendall Porter, Doug and Michael Moore and a cousin, Kashar Porter. He leaves to cherish his memory: children, Ciondre’ T. Porter, Jr., Ciona M. Moore and Cameron T. Covington; mother, Bescetta Porter; father, Robert “Bobby” Moore; sisters, LaTanya T. and Monica S. Moore; nieces and nephews: JaQuez Johnson, Emmanuel Porter, Aristotle Huffman, Meah and Michael Robs, Jr.; aunts and uncles: Antwoinette and Samantha Towns, Annetha and Donivalde Porter, Angela Porter Blair, Willis Jackson, Jennifer and Tammy Moore and Wanda (Lynn) Clemons; many cousins to include a devoted cousin, who was like a brother, Carlton “DEE” Porter, Shawn, Reggie (Tina), Enrique, DeVonte, Demausjae, Dionte, Kenara, Kendall and Cameron Porter, Kelvin, Kelvin, Jr., Derrick and Darnell McAfee, Kennetha, Andrea, Lynn Jr. , Mikeeia and Nathan Clemons, Martez Nelson, Cedric, Kesha and Tobias Towns, Jazity Davis, Xavier “Zay” Jameson, Brandy and Vanity Bohanon, Misty and Joseph Moore; special friend, Dawana Rodgers and a host of other relatives and friends. Saturday, March 24, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend John Jordan officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Mount Olive Cemetery, Maryville Pike where a full dove release will conclude the service.

James Anderson “Hucky” Rodgers

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Rodgers, James Anderson “Hucky”- departed this life on March 17, 2012 in Nashville, TN. He was a member of Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Anderson W. (Edna Mae) Rodgers, sister, Linda Sue Sawyer and brothers, Michael, Ernest and Steven Rodgers. He leaves to cherish his memory: brothers, Ronnie, Kenneth and Minister Anthony (Johnnie Mae) Rodgers; sisters: Glenda Fears, Sheila Rodgers and Ruth Phelps; a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at Payne Avenue Missionary Church, 2714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. Reverend Richard S. Brown, Jr.
officiating.

Jefferson Davis, Jr.

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Davis, Jefferson, Jr. – age 82, went home to live with God on Saturday, March 17, 2012. “Jeff” was a veteran of the United States Army, retired Captain of the Knoxville City Police Department, former member of the Holston Masonic Lodge and co-founder and Chairman of Unity Mortuary.  He was a lifetime member and trustee of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Mr. Davis was predeceased by his loving wife of 39 years, Arcelia, his parents, Jefferson (Mamie) Davis, Sr. and a grandson, Matthew McAllister. He leaves to mourn his passing: daughters, Christine Clarke of Powell, TN, Mardest Crosby of Toledo, OH, and Yvonne M. Andrews; son, Danny McGrew; grandchildren: Nicole and Alicia Clarke, both of MD, Kevin (Amanda), David (Erica) of KY and Brian Andrews, Jamie (Ozzie) Carela of SC, Sharon Hensley of OH, Natalie, Kristen, Sydney of WA and Ryan (Krystal) McGrew; fifteen great grandchildren; cousins: Mary Ruth Reed, Essie Smith, Raleigh Wynn, Sr., Brenda Anderson and Ronald Martin; sister-in-law, Eveline Norman of OH; a host of other relatives and many friends to include those who were like family, Brian L. Buckmon, Dr. Lula C. Powell, AV Powell of Atlanta, GA, Margaret and Felix Gaiter, John Davidson, Brenda Colbert and the entire staff of Unity Mortuary (past and present).  We extend a special thank you to Dr. Janet Lubas and her caring staff.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion, 3800 MLK, Jr. Avenue.  Reverend Leroy Franklin officiating and Reverend Michel S.E. Caldwell, eulogist.  Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., the interment will take place at TN State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike. The service will conclude with full military honors and a full dove release. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dr. E.V. Davidson Recreation Center, 3124 Wilson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914 or the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Willis Mae Easterly

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Easterly, Willis Mae - of Knoxville, TN, was called from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Friday, March 16, 2012. Ms. Easterly was surrounded by her daughter and other family members. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She leaves to cherish her memory: loving and devoted daughter, Lillie (Donald) Widener; three grandsons; five great grandchildren; uncle, Rev. Franklin Easterly, KY; and a host of relatives and friends. Saturday, March 24, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at Payne Avenue Baptist Church.  Reverend Franklin Easterly, eulogist and Pastor Christopher Battle assisting.