Smith, Olden Turner, born June 30, 1931 went home to be with God on Friday, December 28, 2012. Olden was a veteran of the United States Air Force, retired after 29 years as photography technician for TVA and co-owner of a Cleaning contract business. He was a member of Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. His love in life was his family and taking pictures for both family, friends and professionally. He loved to tinker and work on building things. He was predeceased by his parents, Olden W. Smith and Mabel Turner. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Elizabeth Smith; daughter, Janelle (Fred) Jackson; sons, William T. Smith and Olden Michael Smith; grandchildren, Glenard Cortez Thorne, Kristen Harris, AL, Jymon Malik Smith, Jasmine Raschel Jackson and one great granddaughter, Paris R. Harris, AL; sisters, Audrey C. Fine, Washington, DC and Wanda E. Hardin, TN.; special cousin, Wendell “Sonny” Black of MD and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends. We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr.’s Muse, Ibach, Zibas, Kiss, McMillan, Jernigan and the Nursing staff of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center 3rd Floor West for all their care and compassion. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 3:30 to 4:00pm with the funeral service to follow at Overcoming Believers Church, Magnolia Ave with Reverend Daryl W. Arnold officiating. Interment will be Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:30 am at the TN. State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Highway. The service will conclude with full military honors and a full dove release.
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Kimbrough, Odessa F. of Knoxville, Tennessee departed this life on Monday, December 24, 2012 at her residence. She was a Health and Foster Care worker for many years. She was a long time faithful member of Sentertown Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Cisarro and Jossie Foust Collum; husband, Elijah Kimbrough; step-son; Willie Fred Kimbrough; foster daughter, Anita Wilkinson. Left to cherish memories: sons, Eric Kimbrough and Victor Coffee; daughter, Burnadeen Tate; devoted cousin, Fred Foust of NC; numerous foster children. Family will receive friends on Monday, December 31, 2012 from 11 AM until 12 noon at Sentertown Missionary Baptist Church with funeral service to follow. Interment to follow at Eastview Memorial Gardens. Service to conclude with full dove release.
Robert Rodgers, Jr., age 88 passed away early Wednesday morning December 19, 2012. Born on October 12, 1924, he was a lifelong resident of Knoxville, TN and a proud member of Christ Temple Holiness Church until his health failed. Preceded in death by parents, Robert & Cloris Rodgers, Sr.; sisters, Ernestine Rodgers Smith and Thelma (June) Ballenger; brothers, A.W. Rodgers and Roy Rodgers; former wife Juanita (Jarnigan) Rodgers. Left to cherish his fond memories, devoted wife Ruby Rodgers; son, Robert “Rocky” (LaKishe’) Rodgers; step-son, Kelly Smith; step-daughters, Vanessa (Vincent) Brown, Tonya Middleton, Rubye (Larry) Stovall, Janice Jarnigan, Judy (Jarnigan) Hamilton, Treva Jarnigan, Tina (Gregory) Benward, Sr.; sisters-in-law, Pauline Rodgers of NJ, Linda Wagner, Gloria (Susie) Smith; brothers-in-law, James and Terry Smith; grandson/son, Kenny Glass and many others family and friends too numerous to name. Family will receive friends on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM until 12:00 Noon with funeral services to follow at Christ Temple Holiness Church on Ault Road. Interment to be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway. Services to conclude with full dove release.
Upton, Douglas – Knoxville, departed this life, December 15, 2012, at Holston Health Care and Rehab Center. Born in Madisonville, TN, he was a faithful member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church; a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; retired from Levi Straus; a former employee of Knoxville College and the Knoxville Area Urban League. He was preceded in death by parents, Lloyd and Johnnie Upton; brother-in-law Harold Sudderth. He leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Sylvia; son, Darwin (Susan) Upton; daughter, Sydney Upton; sister, Marynell Sudderth; brother, William (Vernice) Upton; grandchildren, Mia (Joe) Sullivan; Aubrey Upton; sister-in-law, Delores Hayes, Christine Taylor; brother-in-law, Garrison (Vienna Martin). Special thanks to our many friends and the staff at Holston Health and Rehab Center for their caring love and support. The Fraternity service begins at 5:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at Greater Warner AME Zion Church from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Reverend Leroy Franklin, officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at Park City Cemetery, Madisonville, TN on Thursday, December 20, 2012. The service will conclude with a full dove release. It is in respect for Doug that the family wishes in lieu of flowers, that a monetary donation be given to Knoxville College to help with the struggles they encounter as the college is striving to rebuild itself as a place for other students like Doug to become productive citizens.
Gwinn, Sonya Ann Graves - of Knoxville transitioned from this life into eternal rest and peace on December 10, 2012. She was born to the union of Donald Graves and the late Mary Lunch Graves on September 4, 1951. She was a graduate of Austin-East High School Class of 1969. She attended Maryville and Knoxville College. She retired from the Knox County School System – Sam E. Hill Preschool. Preceded in death by: husband, Eric C. Gwinn; mother, Mary L. Graves; sister, Donna Blakney; brother, Carlos E. Graves, Sr.; niece, Sonya Sullivan; great-grandnephew, Vent E. Sullivan. Left to cherish memories: father, Donald E. Graves; devoted sister and caregiver, Vicki (Michael) Burris, Tamela Griffin; brother, Jerry Graves; step-son, Eric C. Gwinn, Jr.; 2 brothers-in-law; 1 sister-in-law; 1 aunt; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends, Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:00-11:30 AM with funeral services to follow at Lomax Temple AME Zion Church. Interment to follow at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery 5901 Lyons View Pike. Service to conclude with full dove release. Family will receive friends at 2433 Selma Avenue Knoxville, TN.
Moore, Mattie K. – of Knoxville passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012 at her residence. Preceded in death by father, Leonard Dupree, mother, Minnie Dupree Walker, brothers, Robert, Leonard and Junell Dupree, sisters, Margaret Clayton, Maybell Brown and Georgia Ruth Anderson. Leaves to cherish her memories: sons, Charlie, Ervin and Mickey Moore, Anthony, Leonard and Michael North; daughters, Rosemary (Clarence) Mack, Terrell North, Minnie (Raymond) Isom; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 5:00 – 6:00pm at Fern Street Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Marty Jordan officiating and Pastor Gregory Sawyer eulogist. Interment will be held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at Highland Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN.
Austin, Morelan Nicole Joyvonna “Joy” of Knoxville transitioned from this life into eternal rest and peace on December 5, 2012 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She was born on May 21, 1981 to Deborah Morelan and Albert Montgomery. Preceded in death by great-grandparents, Helen William Cook, Vonzola Hall, Albert Montgomery Sr.; grandmothers, Joyce Morelan and Rosa Mae Montgomery; father, Albert Montgomery, Jr. “Red”; niece, Kennidie D. Goodloe; sister-in-law, De’Annah Austin; uncles, Larry and Thomas Cook and George Jackson. Survived by children, William Jr. and Khilijah Austin; devoted mother, Deborah Morelan; grandfather, Johnny Morelan, Sr.; stepfather, Farooq Relleford; brothers: ShaMarkus Morelan Mason, Shane and Kevin Cherry; sisters, Sparkle Goins, Tanisha (Dania) Chinoda, Lakeese Davis, Kayla Cherry; 3 step sisters and brother; 8 uncles; 5 aunts; special friend, Daryl Smith; a host of other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 11 AM -12:00 noon with funeral service to follow at Eternal Life Harvest Center 1801 Western Avenue. Family will assemble at 2644 Woodbine Avenue.
Smith, A’Keyleus D. – 7 days old, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Children’s Hospital. Survivors parents, mother, Tiffany Smith; father, Arterious North; siblings, Zyire’Asia Smith, Andrea Freeney and Sha’Kiyah Fitch; a host of other relatives and friends. On Thursday, December 5, 2012, Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Joseph Smith officiating.
George Claxton Jackson – departed this life on November 28, 2012 at University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born on July 27, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was employed with Connecticut General Life Insurance Company and the TVA George was preceded in death by his father, James Abraham Jackson, Sr.; brother, James Abraham Jackson, Jr.; son, Gary Edmond Jackson; nephew, Derrek Anthony Jackson; brother-in-law Albert Montgomery, Jr. George leaves to cherish his memories and celebrate his life, a devoted wife Sandra Jackson; sons Steven Jackson (Tiffany) and Cedric Jackson (Audrey); daughters, KaVonna Davis and LaRosia Carrington (Roger); mother, Ernestine Jackson; sister, Jacquilyn Franklin (Carl); brother, Eugene Jackson (Marion); 8 grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law; 2 brothers-in-law; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a special circle of friends Special thanks to Palliative Care, Dr. Brewer and the Nursing Staff of 7 South at the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital. Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11 AM until 12 noon with funeral to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Interment to follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Service to conclude with full-dove release. Family will receive friends at 2644 Woodbine Avenue.
Davis, Brenda M. – age 60, of Knoxville was called home to eternal glory on Friday, November 30, 2012. She was born November 25, 1952, in Knoxville. TN. She was a proud graduate of Austin East High class of 1970. Preceded in death by mother, Minnie S. Fullwood Davis, father, Henry Davis, sister, Martha E. Davis, brother, James H. Davis, brother-in-law, Eugene J. Mitchell Jr. survived by three sons; James “Possum” (Tina) Davis Sr., Lavon M. Davis, DeAries (Jessica) George; grandchildren, Zerconia, Daryl, James Jr., KeyAsia Davis; sister, June D. Mitchell; brother, Howard (Renda) Davis and a host of great nieces, nephews and cousins. On Thursday, December 6, 2012 the family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon to 1:00p.m. with funeral service to follow at Foster Chapel Baptist Church 2102 Ault Rd. Rev. Joseph Tolbert, Pastor. In lieu of flowers a covered dish contribution will be greatly appreciated for repast.