Betty Edsell

Betty Edsell, 77, of Knoxville passed away at her home on November 4, 2020. She was a loving wife, amazing mother to her children, a wonderful Nana, and was known by all for her good cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Nannie Bates; and son, Jeff Edsell.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Ronald Edsell; daughter, Kristi Edsell and granddaughter Krickett Jones; daughter, Lisa and husband Jim French and grandsons, Jeremy Cooper and Cody French.

The family will have a private Celebration of Life.

Wayne E. Howey Sr.

Wayne E Howey Sr., 73, of Knoxville passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.

He worked at Kroger for over 50 years. Wayne was the hardest working man and was loved by all who knew him.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alice Howey; sisters, Beverly and Donna; brothers, Keith, Lloyd, Larry, Dale; grandchildren, Chanda and Little Ricky.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Brenda Howey; daughters, Lisa Kay and Bobby Miller, Theresa Lynn and Bobby Everett, Tracey Jane and Mikey Bailey, Lori Lynn  Sherrod, Brandi Marie and Nathan Gilliam; sons, Terry Wayne and Rhonda Howey, Kerry Eugene and Bev Howey, Kevin Gene and Missie Howey, Wayne Eugene Jr and Khristina Howey; brother, Bobby and Brenda Howey of Muncey, Indiana; 16 grandchildren, Ashley, Rusty, Justin, Brooke, Kelsey, Kara, Greg, Casey, Jade, Peyton, Savannah, Brianna, Emily, Connor, Zane, and Liam; 12 great grandchildren, Bryson, Baylee, Nia, Dawson, Colton, Addisyn, Harrison, Aubreigh, Elijah, Graycen, Eston, Olivia Grace; sister in-law, Sheri and John Turner and their son Jake.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Amedisys Hospice Team, especially Christy Craft, Angie Jones, and Clay Mulford, they truly appreciate all the love and support they have been given.

The family will have a private celebration of life at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Wayne’s memory to St. Jude Hospital.

Todd Ronald Lay

Todd Ronald Lay, 59, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on 11/5/2020 at Parkwest Medical Center.

Todd was of the Baptist faith, a retiree from the City of Knoxville after 33 years of service, a Bearden High School Class of 1980 graduate, an avid University of Tennessee Athletics and NASCAR fan, and enjoyed fishing and golfing.

Todd is preceded in death by his parents, Ronald Lay and Virginia (Ginny) Smith Lay; sister, Kimberly R Grubb; nephew, Mikel G Grubb; niece, Kimberli Erin Cress.

Todd is survived by his daughter, Heather Housley and son-in-law Nathaniel; sisters, Gina Lay (Gary Cress) and DeAnna Lay; nephew, Nicholas Todd Grubb (Elisha); great niece, Dorothy Kimberly Grubb; along with several lifelong friends from the Rocky Hill and Bearden communities.

A Big Orange Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Todd’s family is requesting that donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Alliance ( or Pat Summitt Foundation (

Daane Lee Troyer

Daane Lee Troyer, 69, of Corryton, TN passed away peacefully at home on November 3, 2020. He was born to Eugene R. and June D. Troyer in Chicago, Illinois on August 9th, 1951. The family moved to Antioch, Illinois in his early childhood, and he graduated from Antioch Community High School in 1969. Daane joined the U.S. Navy in 1972 and was in the first class of the Flying Limited Duty Officers (LDO) of the Navy in 1981. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1993. After that he worked at the Kauai Coffee Company in Kauai, HI for 6 years as a coffee bean tester. He then moved back to Antioch, IL and became the IT Manager for Onsrud Cutter LP, Libertyville, IL. He was currently retired and living in Corryton, TN with his wife of 20 years, Jody, and their dog Duke.
Daane is survived by his wife Jody Troyer; son Eugene (Lorraine) Troyer; daughter Brandy (Dayton) Kealoha; Stepson Josh (Kristina) Kirkpatrick; and stepdaughter Meaghan Kirkpatrick. He has a total of 9 grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild. Daane was preceded in death by his former wife, Loretta J. Troyer, his parents, his sister, Laura A Troyer, and his brother, Timothy J. Troyer.
Daane loved country music and western movies, his favorite actor was John Wayne. Jody and he would regularly attend county music festivals across the Mid-West and loved to go country dancing anytime they could. Daane had a heart of gold and would do anything he could to help people around him. He was a person of ‘little words’, but when he did speak, his ‘little words’ were like heaven.
Those who wish to remember Daane in a special way may make gifts to his memory to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, PO Box 96172, Washington, DC 20090.

Connie Marie Wiles-Austin

Connie Marie Wiles-Austin went to meet her Lord and Savior on October 10, 2020.

She died peacefully with her children by her side.

Connie was born on February 26, 1965 in Austin, MN to David and Rosemarie Ludvigsen.

She attended the Mayo Clinic School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester, MN where she got her degree as a radiological technician.  Connie moved down to Knoxville, TN and worked at the University of Tennessee Hospital.

She is the mother of four children.  Katherine, David Jon, Colin and Alesha.  She was a loving and caring mom. She was strong in her faith and was a member of the Christus Victor Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her parents; her brother Joel Ludvigsen; her sister-in-law Laurence and three nephews, Oscar, Leopold and Raphael of Brussels, Belgium; uncles, aunts and cousins.

Connie always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.  We will miss her very much.

Carl Alfred Testerman

Carl Alfred Testerman, 83, of Corryton, Tennessee left his life on earth to be with his heavenly father on 10/26/2020. “He Fought A Good Fight Finished The Race And Kept The Faith” (2 Timothy 4: 6-7)

Carl was born in Kyles Ford, Tennessee. Carl was a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving in Alaska and the U.S. He was honorably discharged in 1960 from Westover AFB in Massachusetts. Carl was an owner/partner of Vytron Corporation in Loudon, TN and was also an owner/partner in Wilman Associates of Knoxville. He was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church for 50 years. He served as Elder, Usher and was on many committees.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Emma Testerman; brother, Sidney Testerman; sister, Maxine Moore.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Judy Steup Testerman for 60 years on November 19; children, Kimberlee Testerman Mabe and husband Larry of Halls, TN, Todd Testerman of Smithville, TN, Tracey Testerman Spencer of Knoxville, Scott Testerman and wife Heather of Powell, TN; His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Alyssa Sweet Pittman and husband Brad of Durham, North Carolina, Cameron Mabe of Mt. Juliet, TN, Austin Sweet and daughter Violet (great granddaughter) of Spring Hill, TN, Hadley and Kylee Testerman of Powell, TN; Sisters, Wertia Ely of Morristown, TN, Anna Davis and husband James of Knoxville, TN; sister in-law, Clara Testerman of Rogersville, TN; Close friends, Tony and Bert Richards of Fort Myers , FL  and Bill and Audrey Martin of Cumming, GA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving friends.

Carl had a wonderful full life spending many summers with his family on Cape Cod in Chatham, Massachusetts. He traveled all through the United States and Canada. Over the years he loved to cruise the Caribbean, Central America and The Panama Canal with his wife, family and friends.

The family will have the funeral service at First Lutheran Church (1207 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN) on 11/05/2020 at 11:00 am.

The family will have a private graveside service at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on John Sevier Highway.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Carl’s memory to First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN, and Covenant Hospice of Knoxville.The family would like to thank all the care givers at Covenant Hospice, Tina, Maggie, Lisa, Toni, Cindy, Rocky, Chaplain Herb, Laversia from the VA and many others. They became family to all of us and we couldn’t have made this journey without them. May God Bless them for the work they do. They truly were a blessing to us. Thank you all again

Charles “Bud” Patterson

Charles “Bud” Patterson, 76, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed peacefully in his home on Sunday, October 18, 2020.  He was a talented upholsterer, storyteller, and former Marine that loved life, family, and friends and will be sadly missed.   He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Patterson; mother, Mary Patterson; sister, Joyce Shoffner; brothers, Tom Patterson, Jr., Ray Patterson and  Bill Patterson.  He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Carolyn Taylor Patterson; daughters, Beth (Kevin) Walters, Angie Moore, and Wanda (Matt) Turpin; grandchildren, Kristen Walters, Alivia (Chris) Duncan, Alex Moore, Jason Moore, Gabriella (Josh) McCracken, Blake Turpin, and Abigail Turpin; great grandchildren, Raelyn Lewis, Christian Duncan, Logan Duncan, Samuel McCracken and Everleigh McCracken; sisters, Wanda Horner and Anna Collins; brother in law, James Horner and sister in law, Frances Patterson, and many nieces, nephews and friends that were considered family.

Evald Ottosen

Evald “Walter” Ottosen died peacefully at home on 10/6/2020 in Lenoir City, TN at the age of 85.

     Walter is survived by his wife, Anne Marie; son, Kristian and his wife Melissa; granddaughter, Emily; and three brothers in Denmark.

     Walter was born on 4/10/35 in Denmark.  He married Anne Marie in 1967.  After moving to NJ, Walter began working for Mobil Chemical Co. for 35 years.  Over the years, the couple welcomed one son.  Kristian remembers him as a kind and caring father who encouraged him to pursue his goals.

     Walter was accomplished at carpentry and gardening.  He was an active and dedicated member of the church and often volunteered at community events.

     A memorial service is scheduled for 11am on 10/12/2020 at Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville.  Pastor Elseroad will officiate the ceremony.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Walter’s life.  Condolences can be made at  The family would like to thank the caregivers at Covenant Hospice for their care and dedication.

Claude “Chip” Edwin Spencer

Claude “Chip” Edwin Spencer passed away on October 2, 2020 at the age of 49.

Survived by wife of 3 years, Tracey Spencer; children, Nick and Ashleigh Spencer; parents, Harry L. and Phyllis Spencer; brother, Josh L and wife Tammy Spencer; and close friend, Woody Jones all of Knoxville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
 A private service will be held October 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Richard Elseroad of Grace Lutheran Church officiating.

Roy Alden Pastorek

Roy Alden Pastorek, 74, of Knoxville, departed this life September 30, 2020, at Covenant Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

Known locally for his bass playing on his ’66 Fender P-Bass at area blues jams and open mikes, Roy’s profession was as a computer specialist. He retired from Motorola Biometrics Division in 2009, and most recently worked with Cameo Global. Roy also enjoyed a 36-year career in the United States Army and Tennessee National Guard. He retired from the National Guard in 2001, and from the U.S. Army in 2006, as a master sergeant. He joined the Tennessee State Guard after that, and earned the rank of Captain of the Tennessee State Guard.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 17, 1946, Roy grew up in Creighton, PA, and was the son of the late John Lewis Pastorek and Nancy Kovach Pastorek. He graduated from high school at East Deer Frazer High School in Creighton in 1964, and was a member of several bands as a keyboard player, trumpeter and bass player. He was touring in Canada with a band when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam and later in Siegelsbach, Germany. Following his enlistment as an active duty soldier, he continued to serve his country in the National Guard until his retirement. He received diplomas from Alleghany Technical Institute Inc., Control Data Institute, and DeVry Institute of Technology. In later life, he also received a diploma from Penn Foster Career School, through which he was certified as a gunsmith.

Roy is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Carly) Cunningham Pastorek; his sons, Phillip Alden Pastorek and wife, Gretchen, of Dumfries, VA., and Eric Joseph Pastorek and wife, Brenda, of Deerfield Beach, FL; step-daughter Valerie Driscoll Nichols and husband, Michael, of Bountiful, UT; step-son Phillip Andrew Driscoll of Knoxville; adopted son, Stephen Pastorek and wife, Mary Anna, of Simpsonville, SC; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Pastorek Newhouse and husband, David, of Vienna, VA; brothers, Michael and Daniel Pastorek of Natrona Heights, PA; his aunt, Veronica Deacon of Hilton Head Island, SC; several cousins. He is also survived by brother-in-law Charles Cunningham and wife Sherry, of Camden, TN and sister-in-law Charlotte Cunningham Dunning and husband John of Andersonville,TN, and several nieces and nephews.

Roy and Carly moved back to Tennessee in June 2020, after living and working in Edenton, NC for 11 years. Roy and Carly were members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton. Due to the current health crises and Roy’s wishes, no service or life celebration is planned. May all who loved him wish him God speed to Paradise