Benjamin Taylor Hannah Jr.

Benjamin Taylor Hannah Jr., age 76, of South Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. Born March 14, 1944 in Tampa, Florida, while his father was in the US Navy, the family also lived in Southern California before settling in South Knoxville. His father Benjamin Taylor Hannah Sr. was the Vice President of Park National Bank. His mother Ruth Elise Ruhl Hannah was a teacher at Mount Olive Elementary School for 23 years. He graduated from Young High School in 1962 where he excelled in academics and sports. After high school he joined the US Navy and served in Vietnam. Once out of the Navy he attended college at Clemson University before transferring to the University of Tennessee. After college Benjamin joined the City of Knoxville Police Department where he served for seven years. In 1973, he married Melissa Williamson of Knoxville and shortly after became a United States Deputy Marshal. The family resided in Illinois, Texas, and North Carolina before permanently moving to South Knoxville after retirement. Benjamin was considered a multisport athlete and scholar. He was a devout Christian and enjoyed ministering to others through letters. A lover of animals Benjamin made many contributions to their welfare. He loved to study nutrition and spent most of his time enjoying nature.

Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Taylor Hannah Sr. and Ruth Elise Ruhl Hannah; brother-in-law, James Derda; son, Daniel Aubrey Hannah.

 He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 47 ½ years, Melissa Williamson Hannah; daughter, Sarah Hannah Lilly and husband Sherman; son, Richard Ian Patrick Hannah; son, Joby Marcus Brendan Hannah; daughter, Stacy Hannah Ott; daughter, Shannon Hannah Damian; brother, Michael Stephen Hannah; sister, Sherry Elizabeth Hannah Derda; sister, Elise (Lisa) Marie Hannah Huff and husband Paul; brother, Peter Jeremy Hannah and wife Gina Powell Hannah; grandchildren, Alexander Gabriel Morgan, Delilah Rose Hannah, Hanna, Mason, and Abby Ott; Isabella, Giancarl, and Gabriella Damian; nieces, Roxanne Elise Derda, Emily Elise Huff, Katie Huff Cline, Rachel Huff Poland, and Erin Li Hannah. A Celebration of his Life will be named at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the ASPCA in honor of Benjamin Taylor Hannah Jr. 

Robert Paul Taylor

Robert Paul Taylor, born March 9, 1953, passed away peacefully at home on April 6, 2019 after an extended illness. Rob was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, but moved to Knoxville as a young child. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he spent many years in New Orleans, Louisiana, working in the hospitality industry, and in the music business as a promoter. He later attended graduate school at the University of New Orleans, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration. From there he returned to Knoxville and opened an art gallery on Central Avenue as the Old City began its revival in the late 1980’s. In 1989, he opened his retail shop, Toucan Verde, where he sold folk and ethnographic art collected during his word travels. He returned to graduate school at UT, where he pursued studies in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Rob met and married his wife, Laura, who shared his passion for exploring countries and cultures around the world. Rob was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Horace and Berlie Thomas; his father, Norman Taylor; his mother, Elaine McKee; and his uncles, Bob Thomas and Junior Thomas. He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife of 24 years, Laura, and life-long friend, Gary Mauldin. The family is especially grateful for the compassionate care and companionship provided by the staff of Amedysis Hospice. A private celebration of life will be held at a later time. Those who wish may make a contribution in Rob’s memory to Remote Area Medical ( or a charity of your choosing.

Betty Louise Hawkins

In loving memory of Betty L. Hawkins, 76, who passed away at U.T Hospital on March 28th, 2019. She is survived by her son, David H. Galyon; daughter, Sandy Ingle;  grandkids, Wesley and Olivia Childress, Alicia Childress, Scott Ingle II , Hunter Wayne Galyon; great granddaughter, Ella Childress. She was loved by everyone, especially her family.

Michele Marie Radford

Michele Marie Radford, age 74, passed away quietly in her sleep on Thursday, March 21st in Maryville, TN.  Michele was born April 5th, 1944 in Altadena, CA to the late Mildred Geraldine (Phillips) and Francis Michael Olszanski. She was baptized Catholic on May 28th, 1944, at Holy Angels Church in Arcadia, CA, and graduated High School in Chula Vista, CA.

During her lifetime, Michele had many careers including working for the US Postal service as a mail carrier, owning her own in-home daycare, and caring for the elderly.  She was a hard worker and her greatest passion was for her family.  Michele enjoyed many years on her farm in Sultan, WA, and loved her horses. One of her greatest enjoyments was scouring for antiques in Snohomish, WA. She also enjoyed photography, the ocean, and her many rescue dogs including her beloved Lady, Puddles, and Doodle.

Michele was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Michael Smith. She is survived by her devoted partner, Jack Freeman; 5 children – son William “Butch” Jergesen and wife Peggy (WA), daughters Catherine Usher (WA), Debbie Sackman and partner Dan (WA), Sheryl Robbins and husband Clint (WA), and Jaime Simon (TN); 12 grandchildren – Brianna, Macy, Brittany, Dominique, Adam, Amanda, Bryce, Cheyanne, Brandon, Joshua, Shaley, and Ryleigh; and 8 great-grandchildren; her brother Bernard, and sisters Annie, Mary, Nellie and Rose.

Michele has touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all.  The family would like to thank Hospice of Blount County, TN, for their support. A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Alcoa, TN, Wednesday, April 3rd, at 6:00 PM.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear. -Author unknown.

Michael W. Coker

Michael W. Coker, 66, of Knoxville, TN passed away at home Sunday, March 17, 2019. He was a plumber by trade. Mike was an avid fisherman and loved all animals. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his special friend Martha Ward; brother, Steve M. Coker Sr.; sisters, Gwen Lamparski and Peggy Russek; and half brothers Stacy and Roger Manley. A memorial will be planned at a later date.

Jacob S. Watson


Jacob S. Watson

12/14/1935 – 03/15/2-19

A well liked business man and friend went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2019.

He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Cathy Watson; daughter, Shannon Underwood; two step-sons Ronnie and Rob Solomon; grandson, Jacob Loy; granddaughter,  Madison Collier.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends that truly loved him.

His Celebration of Life will be set at a later date.

Gerry Wade Holman Jr.

Gerry Wade Holman Jr. passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2019. He had rededicated his life to Jesus Christ, and was baptized in 2018, at Freedom House Church in Knoxville.

He is survived by his father, Gerry Holman Sr., his step-mother, Sandi Holman, his children, Scotty Holman, Tonya Lane, Sonya Holman, Christopher Holman, and Carley Taylor, plus 19 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

A memorial service is set for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, at Grace Covenant Pentecostal Church, 5022 Inskip Road, Knoxville. Pastor Charlie Craig officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for Youth With a Mission/Charlotte, 410 E Talleyrand Rd, Monroe, NC 28112.


Robert J. Schirack

Robert J. (Uncle Bob) Schirack, age 80, passed away at home in Townsend, on Jan. 17, 2019, after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Julia A. Schirack; his brothers, William and Louis (Debora) Schirack; five nieces and nephews; plus many good friends. A memorial Mass for him will take place at St. Francis Catholic Church in Townsend on Feb. 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. There will be a reception in the social hall after the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a gift be given to the Little River Railroad & Lumber Co. Museum, PO Box 211, Townsend, Tenn. 37882 or charity of your choice.

Burton Douglas Reed Jr.

Burton Douglas Reed Jr, 87, of Maryville, TN, passed away
peacefully after a short illness on January 15, 2019. 

Burt as he was known, was born to the late Burton and Margaret (Watson)
Reed in Hartford CT and was raised in West Hartford CT. He
graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in business from Boston
University in Massachusetts. It was there that he met his wife of
more than 63 years, Carolyn Blake. After graduating college and
completing ROTC requirements, he joined the United States Air
Force, attained the rank of First Lieutenant, and as a pilot was
stationed at bases in GA, TX and TN. After his discharge, Burt
became a reservist in the Air Force, attaining the rank of Major,
and began a long and successful career in the insurance industry
working for The Travelers, Peerless Insurance and Northern
Neck Insurance. Burt’s hobbies and interests included fishing,
oyster farming and playing golf, traveling the country and world
with Carolyn, and spending time with his family.

His wife Carolyn, daughter Margaret, sons Robert, Charles,
Lawrence, and Douglas, eleven grandchildren and eight great
grandchildren survive Burt.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to
Blount County Animal Shelter 233 Currie Avenue, Maryville,
TN 37804.


John David Hughes

John David Hughes, 49, of Athens, TN, passed away January 10, 2019. He was born in Bokchito, Oklahoma on November 29, 1969. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army .

Preceded in death by grandparents, Cecil and Ollie Ruth Hughes of Loudon and Dal Willeby and Elsie Taylor Jones of Atoka Oklahoma.

Survivors include daughter, Rebecca Hughes of Maryville, TN; parents, Janey and Curtis Willeby of Athens, TN; brother, Curtis Wayne Willeby of Athens, TN; uncle, James Head of Sweetwater, TN; aunt, Sandra Fleming of Niota, TN; cousins, Paula and Peter Saint, Brian Hazelwood of Montoursville, PA, Tiffany Hazelwood of Dallas TX, Elizabeth Anne and Zach Head of Etowah, TN, Shannon Dunn and Tim Head of Niota, TN; niece, Tessa and nephew, Caleb. 
Family and friends plan to have graveside memorial at 2:00 p.m. Saturday January 26, 2019 at Prospect Cemetery in Loudon, TN and place his ashes with his maternal grandparents.