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Dr. Robert H. Harvey

Friday, May 30th, 2014

HARVEY, Dr. ROBERT H. – 91, of Knoxville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  He was born on November 16, 1922 to Reverend and Mrs. John H. Harvey of Lumberton, MS.  Following lengthy battles with tenacious illnesses, Dr. Harvey was surrounded by his family at UT Medical Center as he peacefully entered into his heavenly reward.   A faithful elder of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and a past moderator of the East Tennessee Presbytery, Dr. Harvey is remembered as a stalwart advocate for formal education, military service and community service.   Following his 1940 enrollment in Knoxville College, he enlisted in the US Army, where he served with the 11th Armored Division of General Patton’s Third Army.  Dr. Harvey’s unit provided transport services as The Red Ball Express.  His ability to speak German aided in his most indelible memory: the May, 1945 retrieval of Holocaust survivors from a Munich-area concentration camp. WW2’s end allowed him to earn his undergraduate degree at Knoxville College, his Master’s at the University of Rochester and his doctorate at Columbia University.   As a Knoxville College math professor, the dean of academics, interim president and Acting President, he enjoyed motivating students to exceed their limitations.  Continuing to champion educational excellence, he also served at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. , the US Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Texas Higher Education Commission.  Active in civil life, Dr. Harvey was a volunteer on many boards including the Knoxville Symphony and the Joy of  Music School.  As a member of  the Knoxville Kiwanis Northside, he served as their Kentucky/Tennessee Lieutenant Governor  and since 1973 has been fondly regarded as a volunteer score keeper for his friends from the Cerebral Palsy Center who are bi-weekly bowlers.  Dr. Harvey was quoted as saying ,”These people inspire me.  They are the most appreciative people I’ve been around”. 


He is survived by his bride of almost 70 years, his college sweetheart Edwina P. Harvey, their children Sharon Harvey Carswell with  Earl Carswell, Robert Brian Harvey with Katherine Ann Harvey, Dr. Denise Harvey, who preceded him in death in 2011, grandsons, Jason with Elizabeth Harvey,  and Benjamin Harvey, and great- grand daughters, Julia and Sierra Harvey, sisters, Clementine Benton  of MS, Marian Ferrell of MD, brothers, Calvin Harvey of MD, Charles Harvey of MI , brother in law, Leander Taylor Sr. of  MS, sisters-in-law, Catherleen , Shirley, Armetha, and Carolyn  Harvey, many nieces and nephews, and a host of colleagues and friends.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Knoxville College, 901 Knoxville College Drive, Knoxville 37921.


The family will receive friends Monday, June 2, 2014 from 11 am – 1 pm at Eastminster Presbyterian, 4904 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville  37914, with funeral  services at 1:00 pm.  Interment will be on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11:30 am, at Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors, 2200 East Governor John Sevier Hwy., Knoxville 37920. Services to conclude with full dove release.


Myrtle Lauderback

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Lauderback, Myrtle – was born on November 22, 1916 to the parents of the late Clyde Burchell and Mable Lauderback. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 the Lord called and her spirit answered. She was educated in the Knoxville School System and graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1935. Myrtle was a very loving and devoted daughter. She cared for her father until his death. She will be remembered for her kind and loving spirit. She loved flowers and enjoyed growing and sharing them with her friends. She was of the Baptist faith. She was the oldest of four children and was preceded in death by all her siblings, two brothers and one sister, Wylie, Clyde Jr. and Kathleen. Myrtle leaves to cherish her memory: two loving nephews, George Jr. and Arnold Lauderback whom she raised as her own; four devoted nephews and one niece who loved her dearly, and enjoyed spoiling her, Willie (Quintella) Crawford, Hampshire, Va., Willie (Andrian) Crawford, Douglas (Pat Crawford and Jo Ann Hickson all of Knoxville, TN.; many great nephews, nieces and three cousins, Lois LeFlore, Paul and Brenda Lauderback; a very devoted friend, Evette Giles. Memorial services will be held Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Fair View Center, 16 26 Dora Ave. Knoxville, TN.

Sandra Traylor-Higgins

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Sandra Traylor-Higgins - of Knoxville went home to be with the Lord on May 13, 2014 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Hospital. She was a faithful member of Greater Bush Grove Baptist Church. Sandra was a loved Foster Grandparent at L. T. Ross Building. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bertus and Della Smith; husband, Willard Higgins and brother, Lorenzo Chambers. She leaves behind love ones: sons, Charles and (S) Traylor, Charlotte, NC: Johnathan Milan, Hamilton, OH; daughter, Della (Lawrence) Reeves; brother,  Eugene Smith, Staten Island, NY; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at Greater Bush Grove Baptist Church, 1455 W. Fourth Ave. on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm with Rev. Eugene Carter officiating. Service will conclude with full dove release. Graveside service will be held at Green Hill Cemetery at 1:00pm on Friday, May 23, 2014 in Middlesboro, KY.

Elizabeth “Liz” Cox Kennebrew

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Elizabeth “Liz” Cox Kennebrew – peacefully departed this life at her home in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 7, 2014. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late Willie and Elizabeth Steward. Liz moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1970 and was employed with Kroger’s for 28 years. After her retirement she enjoyed time with her family. She loved watching good movies and soap operas, reading and playing card games on the computer. She’s preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Elizabeth Cox, her son, Robert C. Cox, brothers, Louis Cox, Walter Cox and Robert Cox; sister, Marion L. Williamson. She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, daughters, Sharon Cox and Lisa Kennebrew both of Indianapolis, Indiana, grandchildren to include Cory (Lady) Kennebrew, Knoxville, Tennessee, William Kennebrew, Monique Kennebrew, Shenise Cox, all of Indianapolis, Indiana, great grandchildren, Amare, Knoxville, Tennessee, Egypt, R’monii Kennebrew both of Indianapolis, Indiana, brother, Norman (Debbie Cox), Knoxville, Tennessee; devoted nieces, Sherry D. Sewell, Kim Cox and Elizabeth D. Cox, all of Knoxville, Tennessee, devoted nephews, Gregory (Donna) Williamson, James (Sherry) Williamson both of Knoxville, Tennessee; very devoted cousin, James Smith, former husband, William W. Kennebrew, Knoxville, Tennessee; devoted friends, Kay Jackson, Cecil Hunt and Eva Rowen; a host of family and friends.  The family will receive friends Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 12:00 until 12:30 pm with services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel. Rev.Churchill Moore, Sr. officiating.

Mary Wrancher Thomas

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Thomas, Mary Wrancher – of Knoxville, departed this life on May 4, 2014 at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. She was born November 22, 1933 to the late Rev. Robert and Emma Wrancher. She is survived by her children, Rose, Emma, Philadelphia, PA, Patty Thomas, Mary (Gary) Montgomery and Willie and Malcolm Thomas; 4 brothers; 1 sister; 1 sister-in-law and other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon with services to follow at 12:00 Noon at Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Richard S. Brown, Jr. officiating and Rev. Ben Hemphill, Eulogist, with interment to follow at Highland South Memorial Park Cemetery. Services to conclude with full dove release. Family will assemble at the home of Mary Montgomery 3121 E. Fifth Avenue. The cortege will line up at  10:00 AM on Tuesday, from 1131 Adock Avenue.

Thompson L. Griffin

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Griffin, Thompson L. – age 56, a resident of Green Valley Developmental Center, Greenville, TN departed this life on April 30, 2014. He was born April 28, 1958 in Knoxville, TN to Douglas, Sr. and Ross Lee Griffin. Preceded in death by his parents, Douglas, Sr. and Ross Lee Griffin; sister, Virginia Guinn; nephews, Shannon Allen and Aaron Allen, Jr. Thompson is survived by: his sisters and brothers, Barbara and Aaron Allen, Sr., Joann Harris, Wilma Buchanan, Douglas, Jr., Mays, Marion, Kirk and Dolly, Connie, Terry and Virginia, Quanitha; devoted staff of Green Valley and a host of nieces; nephews and other relatives and friends.  Family will receive friends Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 12:00 until 1:00 PM  with funeral services to follow at 1:00 PM  at Unity Mortuary Chapel  with Elder Aaron Allen and Elder Chester Green officiating. Interment to follow at New Gray Cemetery. Services will conclude with full dove release. The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014 at the home of Mrs. Barbara J. (Aaron) Allen, 3308 O’Neal St. Knoxville, TN 37921.

Karen (Karo) Duncan

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Duncan, Karen (Karo) – was called home on Thursday, April 29, 2014 at her residence. She was a member of Honey Rock Church. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ella Mae Duncan and son, Courtney Duncan. Survived by: brothers, Marvin and Kim and Clarence Duncan; sisters, Anita Means, Marilyn and Tammy Duncan; devoted nieces, LaTonya Penn and (Joe Jones), Hope Means and Brandi Duncan. Family will receive on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 5:00-6:00 PM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral service to follow with Rev. Jerry Upton officiating. Interment will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens at 11:30 AM. Services will conclude with full dove release.

Hattie Matthews

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Matthews, Hattie departed this life on April 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother, Johnetta Matthews; father, Jesse Ward; son, Martes Matthews. She is survived by her sons, Donny and Anthony (Tonya) Matthews; sisters and brother-in-law, Sonia (Garfield) Wilson, Sherry and Shannon Matthews; aunt, Mary Rose, and a host of other family members, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 6:00-6:30 PM with services to follow at Unity Mortuary Chapel with Elder Farris Long officiating.

Deanna M. Jackson

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Jackson, Deanna M. – departed this life on April 17, 2014 at Fort Sanders Regional. Deanna was a graduate of Austin East High School, Class of 2001. She was employed at Kroger in the Deli Department. She is preceded in death by grandparents, James and Ruth Wilkerson; mother, Lou Ann Wilkerson; aunt, Terry Wilkerson and daughter, Breanna Jackson.  She is survived by husband, Harris Jackson; children, Darius and Tamesha Jackson; father, Joseph Troutman; sister, Temeka Wilkerson; uncle, Wayne Wilkerson; cousins, Trevon, Brandon and Braylin Wilkerson; many relatives to include the Jackson, Wilkerson, Carter, Troutman and Hill families. Family will receive friends on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 5:00 – 6:00 P.M. at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral service to follow at 6:00 P.M. with Rev. Dennis Troutman officiating.

Daisy N. Latimer

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Latimer, Daisy N. – was born on February 14, 1940 in Dandridge, TN. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She departed this life on April15, 2014 at Tennova Hospital (Turkey Creek). She retired from Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratory after over 26 years of dedicated service. She was a long standing member of the Oldies but Goodies Social club. Daisy was preceded in death by husband, Robert L. (Ugh) Latimer Sr., son, Nikki (Sam) Latimer, grandson Keith (Boo) Crews, her parents, Abe and Pearl Nichols, and two brothers and two sisters. She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters: Deborah (James) Wright, Marquita Crews and Kathy D. Latimer, two sons, Robert L. Latimer, Jr. and Brian K. Latimer. Grandchildren, Rashawn and Chancey Johnson, Bretrand Walton, Nikki Crews, Nicholas Mitchell, Marcellous Latimer and  9 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Francis Banner and Nannie Moore, brother,Charles (Ed) Nichols. A host of nieces and nephews and close friends. The family wishes to express gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Tennova Hospital (2nd floor and ICU unit). Family will receive friends, Monday, April 21, 2014 from 11:00 until 11:30 AM at Unity Mortuary Chapel with funeral services to follow with Elder Farris Long officiating. Interment to follow with full dove release at Knoxville National Cemetery on Tyson Street.