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 https://dogwoodcremations.com/evald-ottosen/.  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

Harriett Sue Malonee Lethco

Harriett Sue Malonee Lethco, 78 of Maryville, went home to be with the Lord on September 17, 2020.

Preceded in death by parents, Earl and Hazel Malonee.

Survived by son and daughter-in-law, George and Terri; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Logan and Charles Joyner; great grandson, Lewis Joyner ofLouisville, TN; cousins Eugene Malonee of Maryville, TN; Jodie and Jim Szudajski of Wisconsin and a host of family and friends.

Harriett enjoyed darts and playing in tournaments with friends.

Celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Troy Welch

Troy Welch, age 39, of Corryton, TN went home to be with the Lord on September 14, 2020.

He is preceded in death by mother, Bernice F. Welch; father, James E. Welch; grandparents, Troy and Lillie Sweet and Francis (Green) and Pearl Welch; along with many aunts, uncles and other family.

Survivors include sister, Lillie M. Welch; aunt, Fern Cox; cousins, Darrell and Michelle Burnette and David Monroe; special friends, Amanda Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Smiley Clapp and daughters; plus many other family and friends.

Troy had a heart of gold that many people never got to see. When you did you were a trusted friend. He had greasy hands of a good mechanic who could fix anything. Troy would drop it all to fix or help anyone. He will be greatly missed by many.

As his sister, my personal mission now is to help suicidal people so their families do not have to feel the pain I’m feeling. In lieu of flowers please donate in honor of Troy Welch to the National Suicidal Prevention Lifeline.

A graveside ceremony will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm noon at Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church (111 Dr. Davis Road, Sharps Chapel, TN 37866) with special speaker Smiley Clapp. Masks are requested but can be provided. 

Stephen Michael Martinak

Stephen Michael Martinak, (born September 12, 1965) at 54 years of age, Knoxville, TN passed from this life to the next on September 5, 2020, in the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Stephen is the son of Dorothy (Martinak) McMullen and Joseph Martinak, both of Five Points, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Stephen graduated from Marion Center High School in 1984 and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania briefly.  In 1992 he moved to Knoxville, TN. Stephen worked with a variety of employers in the Knoxville area, the last being Maintenance Supervisor for a large apartment complex. Stephen was with his husband Larry Harness for over 19 years. Stephen is survived by his mother Dorothy (Martinak) McMullen, and five siblings. Stephen not only cheered up a room, he cheered up the world and will be missed by all! A Celebration of Life Ceremony to be announced at a later date. 

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.