Kristina Nicole Brandt Warren

Kristina Nicole Brandt Warren, age 35 passed away suddenly on August 19, 2020. She is proceeded in death by her father Ronnie Jacob Brandt and her brother Timothy William Brandt. She is survived by her husband Andy Warren and her children Haley Brandt, Adrianna Warren and Kingston Warren, her mother Betty Gibson, her sister Melissa Phillips and her brother Anthony Brandt (Liza) and many nieces nephews aunts and uncles and cousins.Kristina was born on February 16, 1985 in Petersburg, Virginia. She moved to Tennessee in 1992 with her family and has lived here since. She graduated from Jefferson county high school and was employed with action Antique Barn in Sevierville. Kristina was loved by her children very much. She was a kind and caring person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A private celebration of life was held at the home of her brother and sister in law on August 23, 2020.

John Larry Kidwell

Larry left his earthly vegetable garden to work with the master gardener in heaven on August 19, 2020.    Larry was the son of George G. Kidwell and Lenora DeMarcus Kidwell. Preceded in death by sisters Thelma Curtis, Shirley Burt, Betty Johnson, and daughter Amanda Kidwell. He is survived by his sister Judy K. Tallent, son Greg Kidwell, granddaughter Makenzie Webb, lifelong friends Eddie Barnard, Earl Johnson, Frank Clabough, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date when we can gather safely.   In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations in memory of Larry be sent to Beardsley Farm.

Brian Hitch

Brian Hitch went to live in God’s perfect peace on September 7, 2020
Brian’s smile brightened our days. His stories made us laugh till we cried. His kindness touched even the hardest hearts. His warmth and cheerfulness will be missed. 
He loved his bride, Denise, with an intensity yet tenderness that is indescribable.  He was proud of his children and daughter-in-law: Andrew (Melissa), Brian II, and Wesley.  He loved them dearly and their love for the Lord brought him great joy. For the last 2 years, Brian has been in training to be the perfect grandpa to Seamus and Alastor; he was enjoying every minute.
Brian is also survived by his sister Kathleen Nelson and brothers Joe Ed and Tim. He is preceded in death by parents Joe and Louise Hitch and brother-in-law Gerald Nelson.
He delighted in holding on to things that were useful and made him happy, like his collection of cassette tapes and 20-year-old t-shirts.  He appreciated music, good food, mountain air, and being around just about any body of water. He truly loved being able to make people laugh and bring them joy.
Brian served in Law Enforcement for 40 years. The team he was leading to wrap up his 36 years at University of Tennessee Medical Center made him excited and proud.  His family appreciates the team’s love, kindness, and support shown daily during his illness. 
Also, special appreciation to so many other team members at UT Medical Center who helped care for Brian and support his family. 
Keeping with Brian’s wishes, there will not be a traditional memorial service; however, a party will be planned for a later date.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Christian Academy Theatre department,  Grace Student Ministry, or UT Medical Center Cancer Institute Stephens Fund.

Jacqueline Jean Pereira

Jacqueline Jean Pereira formerly of Shelbyville, Indiana died on 9/2/2020 at Elmcroft Memory Care Unit in Knoxville. TN. Jackie was born to Jeanette Hendricks and Howard Tetrick on September 5th, 1927.

Jackie was living in Bogota, Colombia where she met and married her husband of 63 years Jaime Pereira in 1946. They moved to Rittman, Ohio in 1948. There they raised their three children, Mick, Pat and Jon. They later retired in 1979 to Treasure Island Florida. In 2002 they moved to Shelbyville Indiana to be closer to family. Jaime preceded her in death in 2009. Jackie moved to Knoxville Tennessee in 2016.

Jackie loved socializing, reading, traveling, playing tennis and golf and spending time with her family. She is survived by her children Mick (Gayle) Pereira of Knoxville Tennessee, Patt (Mike) Aiello of Friday Harbor Washington, and Jon (Renee) Pereira of Andersonville, Tennessee. Jackie and Jaime had eight grandchildren, Tanya Mendoza, Taryn Ricchi, James Michael Pereira II, Katie Graham, Samantha Aiello, Lindsey Stout, Andrea Lett, and Emily Cork. They also had 11 Great Grandchildren.

Jackie requested no funeral or memorial service. She will be inurned with her husband in Shelbyville Indiana and her mother in Pinnellas County Florida at a later date. Jackie will be missed dearly by friends and family.

Anthony Charles “Tony” Poche

Anthony Charles “Tony” Poche passed away peacefully in his home on August 31, 2020.

Tony was born January 25, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio. He served in the US Army from 1971 to 1975 in Fort Carson, Colorado. Upon returning home from the Service, he attended college at ETSU where he discovered a love for theatre. He performed in many plays and won an award for best supporting actor.

After college, Tony became a long haul truck driver and traveled across the US for 25 years. He loved trucking and was very good at it too. He received an award and jacket for one million miles of safe driving.

Tony was known for his “big” heart, always helping family, friends and perfect strangers with anything they needed. He loved his dog, Karma, AKA his girlfriend, and cats, Shadow and Wheeler. Tony was an avid reader and loved roller coasters, Nascar, the Tennessee Vols, music and hosting parties up on the hill with family and friends. He would be the first to admit that his death was a direct result of being stubborn, not following doctor’s orders, and too much partying for the past 6 decades. He lived life to the fullest and had the best sense of humor. Tony loved telling jokes and making people laugh right up to the very end.

Preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Maureen Poche; son, Josh Poche.

Survivors include his daughter, Heather (Eddie) Poole; daughter in-law, Kim Poche;  grandchildren, Brianna and Nathan Poole and Isabella and Maddy Poche; great-grandchild, Canaan Poche; brothers, Don (Debby) Poche, Tim (Kae) Poche, Randy (Jan) Poche; many nieces and nephews; god-daughter, Serenity Morgan; longtime friend, Stephanie Stringer; and many other dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at Knoxville National Cemetery (939 Tyson Street NW, Knoxville, TN 37917) on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1:00pm.

Lawrence Ray Spencer


Lawrence Ray Spencer, 73, passed July 25, 2020.

Lawrence never knew a stranger and was always trying to make someone laugh. He had a special love for his Punk-A-Doo (Truu).

Survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Lerae (Marcus) Brooks, Roseanna and William; brothers, Joe (Frances), Terry (Kathy), Rickey (Cathy) and Kenneth (Judy); grandchildren, Kayla (Nevin), Will, Jordan and Alexis (Ray’zhaunn); 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Saturday, August 29th from 3-4pm at Redemption Life Church with Celebration of Life Service at 4pm.

To honor family, please wear a mask

David Earle Smith

David Earle Smith, 70, passed away August 21, 2020 at his home after a long illness.

David was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Christine Phillips and Earl Crawford Smith. David graduated from Upper Arlington High School, where he played trombone in the band. At The Ohio State University, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and physics, and later a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. This is where he met his wife, Janice.

David worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, as a registered medical technologist for several years. At North American Phillips, David worked on the optics for their version of a DVD player. He was honored to be hired as a senior engineer at the Oak Ridge National Lab where he worked for 25 years at X10. He worked with the Border Patrol on security. He attended the Sony Institute of Applied Video Technology and worked closely with the Air Force to make a training simulator for guiding the Patriot Missile. David loved his Country and hoped his work helped to keep it safe. David received too many awards and accommodations to list.

David enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Ohio State Sailing Team. He loved family vacations at the beach, and the Big Smith Family Christmases at his sister Kathy’s house. His joy was watching his sons play baseball and seeing them grow into wonderful men. He loved his grandchildren and will miss seeing them grow up. David could build and fix darn near anything and he actually liked to cut grass. He spent his retirement years with his wife, Janice, but not vacationing or traveling. Instead, it was doctor appointments, surgery, tests and therapy.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Christine Starr; stepfather, Phillip Starr; stepfather, William Myers; father, Earl Smith; stepmother, Gene Smith; sister, Kathy Smith Wolfe.

David will be deeply missed by his caring and devoted wife of 47 years, Janice Roginski Smith; sons, Nicholas Dean Smith and Andrew Russell Smith; grandson, Adam Smith; twin granddaughters, Amelia and Charlotte Smith; brothers, Bill Myers and wife Lynda, Bruce Smith, and Brian Smith (Danny Wright); brother in-law Gary Wolfe; nephews Steven and James Vanhoose (Billy Kalemba), and Shane Smith; nieces, Leslie Vanhoose and Melissa Myers; cousin, Pam (Bob) Simurda; also long-time friends Dave Guthrie, Bob Skinner, and best friend Jerry Thomas who not only shared a love of shooting with David but also a birthday.

The family is immensely grateful to all who helped with David during his final years, especially Teresa, India, and his wonderful hospice nurses, Courtney and Chanda.

Dogwood Cremation is handling arrangements. Because of the Covid-19 virus, the family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Online condolences can be made at You may honor David by making a donation in his name to our local hospice, The Amedisys Foundation, 1420 Dutch Valley Drive, Suite C, Knoxville, TN 37918 (865-689-7123), or a hospice of your choice.

Eternal Peace Grant Onto Him O Lord.

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.