Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Ella Mae Duncan

Monday, May 21st, 2012

 Duncan, Ella Mae – was born March 21, 1925 in Knoxville, Tennessee and departed this life on May 21, 2012 at her home. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Charles A. Duncan; to this union ten children were born. She was predeceased by her devoted husband, sons, Ralph Penn and Charles Crippen, daughters, Janezina Bell and Margaret (George) Manning, grandchildren: Courtney, Darryl, Mark and Robert III. She leaves to mourn her passing: sons, Clarence of Rockford, Ill and Marvin Duncan (Kim Moore); daughters: Anita (Robert) Means, Karen, Marilyn and Tammy Duncan; 14 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; devoted daughter-in-law, Brenda Duncan of Birmingham, AL; goddaughter, Lynn Maples; a host of other relatives and friends. Friday, May 25, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., with the funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend John Jordan officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at New Gray Cemetery. A full white dove release will conclude the service.

Grace Juanita Irvin Glass

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Glass, Grace Juanita Irvin - age 106, passed May 16, 2012. She was born to the late Walter and Sparta Irvin on September 1, 1905 in Mechanicsville. At age nine she joined Logan Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, serving as Sunday school secretary and organist by the time she turned 16. She was organist of Logan Temple’s Senior Choir for 49 years, Church treasurer and Trustee Board member, and Director and organist of the Rogers Memorial Baptist Church Senior Choir for 11 years with her friend Margaret Gaiter. She is a graduate of Knoxville College and a retired Knoxville City Schools teacher. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Fritz Glass, and brother Harry Walter Irvin. Family will receive friends Monday, May 21 at noon, Logan Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. Services begin at 12:30 PM. Rev. Teresa Oglesby is the eulogist. Interment is at Holly Hills Cemetery on Chapman Highway. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Carlos E. Graves, Sr.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Graves, Carlos E. Sr., age 62 of Knoxville, TN went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at home. Graduate of East High Class of 1967. Retired employee from the Department of Energy Y-12 Plant. Preceded in death by mother, Mary L. Graves; sister, Donna Blakney; daughter, Sonya Sullivan; grandson, Vent Sullivan. He is survived by wife, Camille Graves; son, Carlos (Misty) Jr.; daughter, Carla (Christopher) Graves-McCullough; father, Donald E. Graves; sisters, Sonya Gwinn, Vicki (Michael) Burris and Tamela Griffin; brother, Jerry Graves; aunt, Louise Warmley; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; devoted friend, George Welch; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:30 to 2:00 PM with funeral services to follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Revered Dr. Johnnie W. Skinner, Sr. officiating. Interment to follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Services to conclude with full dove release.

Lorraine Martha Lewis

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Lewis, Lorraine Martha, age 81 of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital. She was born to her parents in Opa-Locka, FL. She attended Stowe Teachers College in Chicago, IL. She worked with Catholic Charities in programs assisting clients with housing and other social problems. Lorraine was preceded in death by parents; two sisters, Mary Spann and Pinky Penn; brother, Louis Penn. She is survived by husband of 54 years, Edward Lewis, Jr.; sisters, Lucy Smith and Oral Lee Grant. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 12:00 Noon until 12:30 PM with funeral services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Leroy Franklin Officiating. Interment to follow at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway. Services to conclude with full dove release.

Emmanuel “Big E” Ballenger

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Ballenger, Emmanuel, Sr. “Big E”- 61, went home to be with Jesus on April 27, 2012.  He was a graduate of Austin East High School, Class of 1970 and a veteran of the U.S. Army. “Big E” retired from Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center after 34 years of service. Preceded in death by his loving parents, William “June” and Thelma Ballenger, sisters, Patricia Anne Jenkins and Lenise Ballenger, brothers, Melvin, Eugene and William Jr. Ballenger and nephew, Gregory Ballenger.  He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Judith Hyatt Ballenger; children: Deborah, Leslie (Leonard) Brown, Jr., Emmanuel, Jr., (Lauren, Devore and Onya), all of Knoxville; devoted grandson, Gabriel; precious granddaughter, Laina; siblings: Mark, Sherry, Rene, Ronnie and Shannon Ballenger, all of Knoxville, Penelope Ballenger-Kyle of Atlanta, GA, Roger (Veronica) Ballenger of Columbus, OH; devoted aunt, Geraldine Ballenger; devoted cousin, William “Billy” Johnson of Lexington, KY; a host of other relatives and friends.  Monday, May 7, 2012, the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Dr. Angela Cross officiating. Interment will follow at East TN Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway. Services will conclude with full military honors and a full dove release.

Irma (Gear) Fain

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Fain, Irma (Gear) - A longtime resident of Knoxville, TN passed away in Morristown, TN on April 25, 2012, at age 109. She was a woman of strength and wisdom, a faithful Christian, and a beloved wife and mother. She was predeceased by her husband Robert H. Fain, Sr., her sons Theodoric Fain, William Fain and Harold Fain, and her daughters Vivian Madison, Anne Jones and Doris Huff. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Robert, Jr. and Irene (Clark) Fain and Nathan and Irene (Murphy) Fain; her daughter Elaine Whiteside; and, 24 grandchildren and 2 generations of their children. The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM at Unity Mortuary, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville. Reverend Leroy Franklin is the eulogist. Interment at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Sutherland Avenue.

Sakina (Kina) Bryant

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

BRYANT, SAKINA (Kina) – age 56, of Knoxville, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away Tuesday evening at her home. Kina loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She was preceded in death by son, Christian Bryant; parents, Julius and Steveanna Bryant; sister, Lynette Bryant. She is survived by her children, Jason, Steven and Jayna McClure; granddaughter, McKenzie; brother, Ronald (Patricia) Bryant of Snellville, GA; sister, Marcella D. Bryant of Aurora, Colorado; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. On Sunday, April 29, 2012, a memorial service will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Unity Mortuary Chapel, 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Rev. Steve Simpson, officiating.

Almeda Helen Stafford Hawkins

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Hawkins, Almeda Helen Stafford - 86, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 19, 2012. She was born on January 21, 1926, to the late Rev. Isaac J. and Mattie Bookman Stafford of Knoxville, TN. Preceded in death by her son Isaac and grandson Douglas “Clayton” Hall. She leaves to rejoice in her home going her faithful and loving husband of 64 years, Rev. Wilbur Hawkins, Sr.; daughters, Aleda Douglass, Debra Hawkins and son, Wilbur Hawkins, Jr., a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family and friends. On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the celebration of life to follow at Foster Chapel Baptist Church, 2101 Ault Rd., Rev. Joseph Tolbert, officiating. Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., the interment will take place at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway. A full dove release will conclude the service.

Susie L. Turner

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Turner, Susie L. - born in Montgomery, Alabama, received her wings on April 18, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital in Knoxville, TN. Preceded in death by husband, Jesse Turner; mother, Fannie Curry-Hall; father, Walter Curry; brothers, Perry Shugars, Sr. and Herbert “Bubba Fosters; great-grandsons, C J Debro and Damion Boyd. She leaves to cherish her memories: daughter, Barbara Jean Bowman; grandchildren, Zeste (Valerie) Debro, Melvin Debro , James (Deborah) Bowman, Chris , Lisa, Tina Bowman and Tara Phillips; a host of  19 great –grandchildren  and 19  great-great-grandchildren; devoted friends Robie Thompson, Lisa Broadie and Lori Carver. Special thanks to Fort Sanders Regional 8th Floor Onocology Staff. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Reverend Isaiah Blackman officiating. Interment to immediately follow at Mount Olive Cemetery.

George Thomas Hardin

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Hardin, George Thomas -  went home to be with the Lord April 18, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center. Mr. Hardin was born Dec. 14, 1950 in Byington, TN to Dan and Laura Jane Hardin. George was a self employed sub contractor in Knox County. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. George is preceded in death by his father, Dan Hardin and two brothers, Alfred and Danny Hardin. He leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted wife of 20 years, Alaidean Hardin; his beloved mother, Laura Jane Hardin; son, Danny Ballinger; stepchildren, Gary (Cindy) and Jimmy Johnson, both of Oak Ridge, Cassandra Johnson, Joe and Tasha McNair, all of Knoxville; 14 grandchildren: Kaneshia, Kierra, Alaina, Savanna, Monica and Jemeka Johnson, Kiante, Brianna and Tahj Cooper, Javion, Jaminquas and Jimmy Johnson, Jr., Taveyona and Zackiayah; great grandchildren, Jzyion Slater and Tyeiza Hunt; brother, James Franklin Hardin, Knoxville; aunts, Lois Sanders and Ruth Hardin, both of Knoxville; special cousins: Alfred Walker, Vaughn Turner, Mable Davis, Rose Mitchell, Gwen Patterson, Reggie Cotner, Brenda (James) Calloway and Diane Adams; special nieces and nephews, Ebony Castle, Jackie Hardin and Alfred Lee Hardin Jr.; brothers- in-law, Larry Johnson (Rhonda), Oak Ridge, Roy Johnson (Alice), West Memphis, AR, Thomas Moton (Gwen), Oak Ridge, Glen Dale Johnson, Marianna, AR, Robert Johnson, Oak Ridge and James Moton Jr., Marianna, AR; sisters- in-law, Tonya Hardin, Oak Ridge, Velma Carter, Lois Johnson, Dorothy Johnson (Andrew Hill), all of Marianna AR, and a host of other relatives and friends. On Thursday, April 26, 2012, the family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the funeral to follow at True Light Missionary Baptist Church at 3229 George Light Road, Knoxville, TN  37931.  Pastor Darris Waters officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Branch Hill Cemetery, Solway, TN. A full dove release will conclude the service.