Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Betty J. Busby

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Busby, Betty J. – of Knoxville, formerly of Plant City, FL, departed this life on October 6, 2012 at UT Medical Center. Mrs. Busby was a loving and kind person, a caretaker by nature. She cared for her family so much even raising a grandson as her own child. Over the years, she worked as a school teacher at Cleveland Elementary, a seamstress and a child care provider at various daycares. Preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Sr., her parents, Wilson Tolbert, Jr. and LeAnn Clementez, grandparents, Wilson Sr. and Lilly Tolbert and two sisters. Survived by: devoted daughter, Andrea (Eugene) Busby; sons: Nathaniel, Jr., Christopher, Amos (Maya) and Allen Busby; special grandson, Nathaniel III; 17 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters; 2 brothers; a host of other relatives and friends. A heartfelt thank you to Martin Mill Dialysis Clinic, Dr. Robert Martin, Campbell Station Primary Care and UT Medical Center. On Friday, October 12, 2012, the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Brother Malik Potter and Minister Terrance Schofield officiating.

Thomas Johnson

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Johnson, Thomas – of Knoxville, departed this life on October 2, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Thomas was born to Eugene (Willie Mae) Johnson, Sr. on November 30, 1949 in Laurens, SC. Thomas retired from Robertshaw with 30 years of service. He was a loving and kind uncle and brother who loved family and especially his longtime companion. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Frank and Eugene, Jr.; sisters, Rachel Schumpert, Mary Frances Hunter and Lucy Rhodes. He is survived by a very devoted niece, Glenda D. Johnson; a very devoted great niece, Brenda (Shannon) Riley; brothers, William of Spartanburg, SC; Richard (Lavern), and Willie Jay (Freda) of Knoxville; sisters, Sarah (Robert) Edwards; Clara Dean Byrd of Knoxville; and Beatrice Sturghill of Hartwell, GA; a loving and devoted companion of 40 years, Ruth Crump; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Norris Rehabilitation Center in Anderson County and the Eighth Floor staff of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for their kindness, care and compassion toward Thomas. On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the family will receive friends from 3:00-3:30 p.m. with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Associate Pastor, Rev. Mitchelyn E. Thompson officiating.

Mack Turner

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Turner, Mack – of Knoxville, formerly of Calhoun, GA, departed this life on Sunday, September 30, 2012. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mack was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church for over 30 years. He was a graduate of Rule High School and was employed by Knox County School System primarily at Green Elementary School. He was a spirit filled man who loved the Lord and cared deeply for others. He had a big heart caring for those near and far. Mack was a proud supporter of Feed the Children Organization where he adopted many children in other countries. He is predeceased by his father, Junior Gregory and grandparents, Sam (Lucy Mae) Turner. Survived by wife, Alice Turner; son, Keith (LaKeeva) Turner; 2 stepdaughters; eight grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; mother, Ann (Wilbert) Boatwright; brothers: Ricky (Betty), Ronnie and Jeff Turner and Jerry Curtis of Alabama; sisters, Deborah Turner and Shirley (Michael) Johnson; aunts: Margaret Smith, Wallene, Betty and Pauline Turner, all of Calhoun, GA; uncle, Jimmy (Jessie) Turner of Calhoun, GA; devoted cousin and caretaker, Kenneth Rodgers; close friends: Alberta Morrison, Ronnie Nelson and Charles Stone (cousin); a host of other relatives and friends. A special thank you to UT Hospice. On Friday, October 5, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, funeral to follow at Mount Olive Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at TN State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway. Full military honors and dove release will conclude the service.

Bobbie J. Hill

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Hill, Mrs. Bobbie J. – age 80 of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday September 25, 2012 at Beverly Park Place Health and Rehabilitation Center. Bobbie was born to Robert and Lillie Mae Dawkins Mills on June 4, 1932 in Newport, TN. Preceded in death by parents and devoted husband of 55 years, Edward O. Hill. She is survived by loving daughter, Karen Hill-Davis; grandson, Kevin Davis, U. S. Navy; granddaughter, Robyn Davis; great-grandchildren, Deidra and Rodney Davis; sister, Annette Vance, Newport, TN; brothers-in-law, Willard Hill of Muncie, IN and Gilford (Louella) Hill, Cleveland, TN. Bobbie was a graduate of Knoxville College and retired as a teacher from the Knoxville City School System after 30 years of service. She was a member of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church for over fifty years and earned the distinction as a Golden Soror as a fifty-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. On Sunday, September 30, 2012, visitation with the family will be 6-7 p.m. at Rogers Memorial Baptist Church with funeral services to follow. Rev. Michel S. E. Caldwell officiating with Bishop Guilford Ronnie Hill, Eulogist. Entombment services will be on Monday, October 1, 2012 at Highland South Memorial Park at 10 a.m. Services to conclude with a full dove release. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Knoxville College, 901 Knoxville College Drive, Knoxville, TN 37921.

Stephanie Ann Boyd

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Boyd, Stephanie Ann - born April 4, 1941 in Bronx, NY, passed away September 22, 2012 in Conyers, GA after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Boyd had been a resident of Knoxville since 1994. She leaves to cherish her memory, devoted husband of 50 years, Robert E. Boyd; four sons: David Boyd of Hawaii, Robert Boyd III of Conyers, GA, Paul Kenyatta Boyd of Lake Worth, FL and Malcolm Boyd of Marietta, GA; eight grandchildren: Dr. Christopher Boyd, MD, Jason Boyd, Brandon Boyd, Kylie Humber, Maleah Boyd, Kalissa Marion-Boyd, Jillian Boyd, Vaughn Marion-Boyd; two great grandchildren, Christopher Boyd and Maya Boyd; three devoted daughters-in-law: Nadine, Stephanie and Lisa; granddaughter-in-law, Sandi; sister, Donna Brown; a host of other relatives and friends. On Friday, September 28, 2012, the family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Dr. Kay Reynolds of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church officiating. The interment will immediately follow the service at Old Salem Cemetery, Sevierville, TN.

Robert Lee Crump

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Crump, Robert Lee - passed away September 18, 2012. Preceded in death by parents, Benny and Odell Crump.  Survived by: brother, Willie B. Crump; aunts, Betty Turner and Bessie Bennett; uncle, Joe Smith; special cousin, Annie Mae (Charles) Compton, Springfield, OH; a host of other relatives, friends and his extended family at Comcare Healthcare Facility, Greeneville, TN.  Friday, September 21, 2012, family will receive friends from 11:30 am to 12 noon with service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Charles Compton officiating.

Sharon Gary

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Gary, Sharon - departed this life on September 13, 2012 at UT Medical Center. She was born September 28, 1965 to Eugene Johnson and Bobbie Howard. She attended Holston High School. Preceded in death by her father, sister, Belinda Pride and grandparents, Levi and Mildred Gary. Survived by son, Jarvis Hines; mother, Bobbie (Emanuel) Howard; siblings: Equilla (Danny) Howell, Shondia, Andrena of Cincinnati, OH, Paul and Aric Grimes, Ronald and Steven Gary; uncle, John Gary; aunt, Carolyn (John) Williams; a host of other relatives and friends. On Friday, September 21, 2012, a memorial service will take place at 4:00 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Larry S. Brinson officiating.

Johnny B. Williams

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Williams, Johnny B. – departed this life on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Norris Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Williams was a charter member and deacon at Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church. He also sang in the PGMBC Male Chorus for many years. He retired from Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant with over 40 years of service. Deacon Williams loved the Lord and lived life to the fullest enjoying fishing and hunting as well. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by daughter, Amy Williams; sons, Michael Williams, VA and Melvin Bassett; 6 grandchildren; special companion for over 40 years, Elizabeth Bassett; devoted friends, Paul Reagan and Rudy Warner; a host of other relatives and friends. A special thank you to Norris Health and Rehabilitation, Amedysis Hospice, his church family and Kasondra Tatum. On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Pastor John Jordan officiating.

Lafreda Moore Odom

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Odom, Lafreda Moore - passed away Monday, September 10, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital. Formerly a faithful member of Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church and at the time of her passing, she was a devoted and faithful member of Community Evangelistic Church. She retired from Fort Sanders Regional with over 35 years of service as a Licensed Nurse Practitioner. Lafreda was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1956. Mrs. Odom was predeceased by her husband, Richard Odom, Sr., parents, Churchill Everett and Eula Armstrong Moore and grandmother, Callie Moore Brown. She leaves to cherish her memory: daughters, Shelia (Gregory, Sr.) Hensley, Rigila Odom and Constance Johnson, both of GA and Charlyn (Corey) Watkins of Murfreesboro, TN; sons, Richard Jr. and Randall Odom; 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters: Paula Newton, Lavonia Moore and Sherwood Davis; brother, Rev. Churchill Moore, Sr.; devoted friend, Beverly Bonam; a host of other relatives and many friends. A special thank you to Dr. McCachren and the staff at Fort Sanders, 8th floor. On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, with the funeral to follow at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church. Elder Reginald Strong, eulogist. The entombment will immediately follow the funeral at Sherwood Memorial Gardens where it will conclude with a full dove release.

Dora Eloise Clinkscales Wilson

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Wilson, Dora Eloise Clinkscales - Knoxville, TN went Home to be with the Lord, Thursday, September 6, 2012. She was born in Iva, South Carolina and was an educator for 30 years with Knox County Schools and 5 years at Doris Walker Academy before retiring. She was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, East for 40 years, a dedicated member of Greater Warner AME Zion Church’s 6am Prayer Group and member of BSF Bible Studies Group. She dedicated her life to helping others. She was co-founder of Crutcher Memorial Youth Enrichment Center where she volunteered daily for 19 years, Community Advisory Board Member for East TN PBS and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She attended South Carolina State College and graduated from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Preceded in death by husband, Woodrow Z. Wilson, Jr.; parents, Vance and Mary Clinkscales; brother Oscar Clinkscales and sister Sylvia Clinskscales.

She is survived by children, Woodrow Z. (Catherine) Wilson III, Gwendolyn (Samuel) McKenzie and Walter Wilson, Sr. all of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Woodrow Z. Wilson IV, Jameslyn (Chris) Kinney, Maryville, TN, Christopher (Erin) Summerour, Ronald Summerour, Walter Wilson, Jr., Jayden Wilson and Pashion Davis; great-grandchildren, Scottlyn Penson, Christopher and Morgan Summerour; siblings, Dr. Jerry Clinkscales II of Tuskegee, Alabama, Melrose (Theodore)  Hunter, Asheville, North Carolina, Lillian (Albert) Greene, Columbia, South Carolina, Vance (Harriet) Clinkscales, Jr. of Anderson, South Carolina, Dr. William (Veronica) Clinkscales, Sr. of Clemson, South Carolina and Joseph (Lula) Clinkscales, Iva, South Carolina and Cora (Curtis) Lee, Donalds, South Carolina; host of nieces, nephews and other family members and devoted friend, Mildred Summey.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Mount Olive Baptist Church, East 1601 Dandridge Avenue with services at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Valentino McNeal officiating. Interment to follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Service to conclude with full dove release. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Memory of Dora Wilson to Crutcher Memorial Youth Enrichment Center (CMY), P.O. Box 6747, Knoxville, TN 37914.