Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Howard Cates

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Cates, Howard - age 72, went to join the Lord on February 14, 2014 at Starr Regional Etowah Campus. He was born on November 29, 1941 in Knoxville, TN. He was preceded in death by: parents, August and Ora Cates; 5 brothers; 5 sisters; 2 sons; 1 grandson; a host of nieces and nephews. Left to cherish his memory: daughters, Bridgett (Ernest) Eady and Pam Pannell; sons, Anthony, Ronnie (Girlie) Cates Steve Welcome; sisters Pauline Cates, Joyce Wykle and Stella Nichols; step-children, Connie, Vivian, William Tate and Michael Shawn Smith; special friends, Annie Cates and Carolyn Tate Cates; a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:00-6:00 PM with service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel.

Darrell Jerome Littlejohn

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Littlejohn, Darrell Jerome – of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord on February 11, 2014. He was born on August 25, 1960. He received an honorable discharge from the US Army and was a passionate church drummer until his health failed. Founder of the “Taking it to the Streets Ministry” where many people gave their lives to Christ. He was preceded in death by parents, Mack C. and Adelle Rooks Littlejohn, Sr. He leaves to cherish his memories: devoted son, Darrell Bond; loving daughter, Ande’ Bond; grandchildren, Armani and Cayden; devoted sisters, Martha J. Littlejohn, Janice (Elbert) Hall, Bonnie Hall and Doris (Tim) Talley; sister-in-law, Minnie Littlejohn; special close friends, Ronald and Deborah Inman; childhood friends, Ricky Lomax, Pete Gary Moulden and Valeria Hodge, mother of his children; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to name. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6-7 PM at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church with services to follow with Reverend Charles Darden officiating and Reverend Dr. Charles Sanderfur eulogist. Interment to be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway with full military honors. Services to conclude with full dove release.

Baby Aileena Nicole Wimbley

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Wimbley, Baby Aileena Nicole – was born October 10, 2013 and passed gently into the arms of JESUS on February 9, 2014 at Children’s Hospital. We thank GOD for the brief time that we had our Baby Aileena. She leaves to cherish her memories: devoted parents, Tanisha Nicole (Nikki) Hughes and Richard Jermaine Wimbley Sr.; Siblings, Jalondre (Jason), Jkaijia (Shay Shay), Jamya (Mya) and Ricky Wimbley Jr.; Grandparents, Linda Hughes and Aileen Wimbley; Great grandmother, Margaret Smith; Uncle, Wardelle Hughes; Aunts, Latoya Jackson (Jerry Pittman), Aaronika Gary and Telisa Rodgers; a host of devoted family and friends to include Sherise Roell, Natalie Lindsey the Rodgers, Wimbley families and Linden Avenue community. Special thanks to the staff at UT Neonatal Unit, Vanderbilt Cardiac Unit in Nashville, Unity Mortuary for your professional special and kind services and Honey Rock Victorious Church for your compassion, support and opening up your doors. Services were rescheduled due to inclement weather and are as follows: Family will receive friends on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 11 am to 12 noon with the services conducted by Apostle Jerry Upton at Honey Rock Victorious Church at 12:00 noon located at 4113 Holston Drive, Knoxville, TN. 37914. Interment to follow at New Gray Cemetery with a dove release.

James Phillip Fishback

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Fishback, James Phillip – age 57 passed away peacefully at his home after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, February 9, 2014. He was preceded in death by parents, Bailey Ray and Daisy Ann Fishback; sister, Charlene Fishback Andrews; brother, Joe Fishback, Sr. and uncle, Walter Williams. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Fishback; sons, JaMarcus and Jarvis Fishback; stepchildren, Irvin, Rhachelle, Setorya and Noel; grandchildren, Ja’Dysha, Dalantia, Jemarcus Jr., Jamarius, Jarvis, Jr. and Jamear; brothers, Johnny Ray, and Jeffery Fishback; aunts, Eva May Williams, Mae Kay Smith, and Martha Wilhoit of  Nashville, TN, uncle; James Fishback of  Detroit Michigan; nieces and nephews, to include Joe (Irish) Fishback, Jr. of Atlanta, GA., Renee (Chris) Kesler, Kim Duff, Carolyn Hardin, Jemeka; brothers, Tevin Fishback, Joseph, Renay and Janae; uncle, Ronnie Nelson; special daughters, Tyetta, Denisha; special friend, Sanetta Coach;  a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services were rescheduled due to inclement weather and are as follows: The Family will receive friends on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 5:00-6:00pm at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral services to follow at 6:00pm. Interment will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30 am at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. Services to conclude with military honors and full dove release.

Joseph Daniel Taylor

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Taylor, Joseph Daniel, age 63, of Knoxville, TN. passed away suddenly Saturday, February 1, 2014 at his residence. Joseph attended public school in Knoxville. He fought a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born in Macon, Georgia. He moved to Knoxville at the age of two. He was preceded in death by his parents: John Wesley Taylor, Sr. and Clara Simmons Taylor; brothers, Robert, Glenn, Allen and John Jr.; sister, Eleanor Taylor. He leaves to cherish his memory: sisters, Minnie L. Taylor of Washington, DC. and Opal M. Taylor of Knoxville; nephews, Robert A. Taylor, Jr. of Knoxville, Allen Taylor, Jr. of Macon, Georgia; nieces, Norma Jean and Patricia Brown of Knoxville, Belinda Gail Davis of Macon, Georgia; a host of great nieces and nephews; many devoted friends, including Victor Carero, Willie Crosby and Jeff Proctor of Knoxville. Open visitation on Thursday, February 6, 2014 after 12:00 Noon at Unity Mortuary. Graveside Service  will be held at New Gray Cemetery on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Gene Thomas officiating. Service will conclude with full dove release. The family will receive friends at the home of Opal M. Taylor 2823 Lay Ave.

Edward Lewis, Jr.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Edward Lewis, Jr. age 85, of Knoxville, TN. passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Lewis was born in St. Louis, MO to Elic Lewis and Estella Hawthorne Lewis. Mr. Lewis is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Mrs. Lorraine Martha Lewis; brothers, James and Warren; sister, Melissa. He is survived by his devoted sister, Barbara Lewis Walker; nieces; nephews; and extended family members and friends. Mr. Lewis resided in Chicago, IL where he retired from the Keebler Company, at which time he relocated to Knoxville. In retirement, Mr. Lewis enjoyed bowling, fishing, chess, and grilling. He was an avid golfer and a loving caregiver for his wife, Lorraine for several years. The Lewis family will receive friends Monday, January 27,2014 from 11:00 AM to 12 noon at Unity Mortuary on McCalla Avenue. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 12 noon with burial at The East Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery at 1:30PM with full Military honors. Friends are welcome to visit the family at his home on River Shores Drive following the services.

Baron Anthony Lovely

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Lovely, Baron Anthony - age 31, of Knoxville, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the home of his mother. Survivors include: one daughter; mother, Mary Joyce Lovely; sister, Mamie (LP) Davis; brother, Charles E. Davis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 5:00-6:00 PM with services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel.

Edward “Chief” Henderson, Jr.

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Edward ‘Chief’ Henderson, Jr. was born February 16, 1973. Chief passed away peacefully at Methodist Medical Center and joined his Lord on Sunday January 12, 2014 at the age of 40 years old. Chief was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnnie and Sarah Elizabeth Harris, Renfro, Sr. and Vinnie Lee Henderson; uncles, Renfro Jr., and Jerome Henderson. He was also affectingly known to us as “Big Chief and Jr” either name you used he answered, he was welled love by all. He was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School class of 1992. He played football and loved the sport. He graduate from Atlanta Technical Institute, Atlanta GA. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Georgia Tech; taught HVACC class at the University of Tennessee and was currently enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College. He worked at Wild Wing Sports Bar and Grill as a bouncer in Turkey Creek. Jr. was a self-made labor who loved to use his hands and shared all his God given talents. He worked at Henderson Heating and Air, worked on cars etc. you name it he worked on that item because he loved his work. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church joining at an early age. He was currently attending Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Knoxville at the time of his death. Big Chief as his mother  so loving called him leaves to cherish  his memory mother, Johnita Harris Henderson; father,  Edward (Cornell) Henderson; brothers, Jermaine Henderson, Arshawn Henderson; sisters, Janicia Henderson and Ebony (Corey) Booker; uncles, Gary (Pat) Henderson, Joseph (Julie) Harris all of Oak Ridge, William James Harris of Atlanta, Georgia; cousins, Deondrae Slater, Cameron Caldwell, Kayla Ralston and Kaylie Wagney all of Oak Ridge, TN and Kayia Beckley of Knoxville, TN ; nieces, Jasmine and Jada Parsons Harriman, TN; nephews, Terdarius Thomas, Ja’Taalis, Ja’Shalin, La’Rius and La”Miere; aunts, Ruthaleen  Morrow, Florida, Betty Jones, Ohio, Julie Rivers, North Carolina, Joyce Pittman, Virginia, Kathryn (Eric) Hunt, KY and Ruby Henderson of  Oak Ridge; a host of cousins and friends too numerous to name; special friend, Latoya Shorts of Oak Ridge; devoted special friend, Cheryl Austin and Chaunea  Austin of Oak Ridge. The family will receive friends from 12noon until 1 PM on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 195 Wilberforce Avenue with the funeral following at 1:00 PM with Elder T. L. Mims officiating. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Services to conclude with full dove release.

Barbara Jean Saffell

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Saffell, Barbara Jean – age 80, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Knoxville, TN. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. She was born to the late David and Sara Banks on January 9, 1934. Preceding her in death were her Husband, Everett “Tip” Saffell; Daughters, Karen Denise Booker, Brenda Jean Jatta, Phyllis Ann Saffell; Son, Terry Franklin Saffell; Sisters, Mary Frances Tate, Willie Bell Thomas and Juanita Davis; Brothers, Jimmy Banks, Johnny Banks and Robert Banks. She is survived by her children, Wayne Saffell, Marilyn Young, Angela Burns, Robin (Angela) Saffell, Sylvia Saffell, Ronald and Donald Saffell; 23 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014 at First AME Zion Church 1900 McCalla Avenue. The funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m with Reverend Michael McNair officiating. Interment will follow at Knoxville National Cemetary, 939 Tyson St. Knoxville, TN.

Franklin Delano McFarland

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

McFarland, Franklin Delano – of Knoxville, TN at the age of 78, moved to his new home on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. He now meets with his mother, Emma, father, Leroy and brother, Fred McFarland. He leaves behind two sons, Everett, Knoxville and Gregory, Atlanta; three daughters, Lenora, Atlanta,  Krystal, Nashville and Carmen, Knoxville; four sisters, Molly, Merilin, Carolyn and Martha; one brother, Leon McFarland; a host of other relatives and friends. He has fought the fight and finished the race. He will be greatly remembered.