Richard Edward Jarnigan, Jr.
Richard “Ricky” Edward Jarnigan Jr. of Mascot, Tennessee, age 33, was freed from the chains of addiction and welcomed into heaven on July 25, 2020. Ricky was born on September 30, 1986 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He is survived by his wife, Tiffany Jarnigan, his two living sons, John and Jaxon Jarnigan, his loving parents, Gregory (Greg) and Angela (Angie) Atkins, brother Gregory Michael (Mikey) Atkins, sister Shayla (Shay) Kilgore, brother-in-law Kyle Kilgore, and many special friends. Preceded in death by sons Jayden and Jacob Jarnigan, grandmothers June Alexander and Nola (Lib) Atkins, grandfather Gerald Atkins and special great aunt Jewell Faust.
For many, Ricky was known through the eyes of his addiction that he battled most of his life. However, those closest to him were blessed to know his heart. He was a fighter and did just that, every day. He was known for his loyalty to his family and friends, his outgoing personality, the most amazing laugh, and the kindness he showed to each and every person.
Ricky loved being a father more than anything. He spent the last year with his oldest son, making memories that will be treasured. In the words of his oldest son John, “he was the best dad”. He loved sports and was extremely athletic, he loved music and he loved to journal, which he did often.
He often journaled about his family and offers a unique understanding of the true meaning of family. In one of his excerpts Ricky states: “family: the people who will love you no matter what”. And he loved in that same manner, no matter what.
Ricky exemplified how joy and suffering could coexist in this world and reflected a beautiful picture of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who allows joy in the midst of great suffering.
The family is proud of Ricky and the legacy he leaves in his children as well as thankful for the memories and time he shared with us as well as the strength he possessed. A loving father, an understanding son, a loyal brother and the best friend.
The family will receive friends 5-7 on Friday, July 31st at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary in Maynardville, TN with funeral services to follow at 7. Family and friends will meet at 10:15 A. M. Saturday at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary for procession to Sharp Cemetery, Highway 370, Luttrell for graveside services at 11 A.M.
Pallbearers will be: John Jarnigan, Kyle Kilgore, Sam Lively, Randall Williams, Jessie Sellers and Brandon Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be Mikey Atkins and Jaxon Jarnigan.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider to donate to the American Cancer Society or to your local rehabilitation facility in Ricky’s memory and to share his story often.
We thank you for your kindness, love and support during one of the most difficult trials. Like Ricky, we will find joy in the suffering. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us”. Romans 8:18. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.
Janice Fay Wyrick-age 68 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith and was a retired employee of Levi Strauss & Company. Preceded in death by parents, Estel and Jaunita Kitts; grandson, Tyler Julian; son-in-law, Danny C. Clapp; brother-in-law, Larry Hensley; parents-in-law, Calday and Mildred Wyrick.
Willda R. Hobby-age 82 of Mascot passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was the oldest member and the pianist for Highland Springs Baptist Church and she loved to go to church and worship the Lord. Preceded in death by Husband, James B. Hobby; son, Mark Kevin Hobby.
LaVerne Douglas Helton, age 59 of Maynardville passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021. A member of Shepard of the Hills Baptist Church. She loved her church and teaching the children and being a positive influence in their life. LaVerne enjoyed fishing and camping and loving on her animals and spent much of her time crocheting “gifts” for many ministries and nursing home residents. She is survived by her husband of 39 years Marvin Glenn Helton Sr.; parents William and Yvonne Douglas; children Marvin Glenn Helton Jr.
John Marvin Paul-age 78 of LaFollette passed away Saturday morning, January 16, 2021 at Turkey Creek Medical Center. He was a member of Fundamental Missionary Baptist Church, LaFollette and was a retired automobile mechanic. He loved to work on classic cars and was an avid fisherman. He was a great husband, father and grandfather. John was one of 15 children of which nine have preceded him in death along with his parents, Lawrence and Edith (Collins) Paul; wife, Laura (Rutherford) Paul; granddaughter, Laura Ellen.
Wade Nicely-age 84 of Washburn, born May 15, 1936 went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 16, 2021 at his home. He was a lifetime member and a deacon for 51 years of Pennington Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by wife, Jean Nicely; grandson, Casey Buckner; parents, Tim and Ava Nicely; brothers, Denver and Cleo Nicely, Leland (Lett) and Ruby Nicely, Lon Nicely, Curt and June Nicely, Cecil Nicely; sisters, Naomi Nicely, Katie Lee and Ralph Hundley.
Phyllis Leonard Turner- age 85 of Knoxville passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. She was born June 13, 1935 to the late Garland and Gladys Leonard.
Graveside service will be Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Narrow Ridge Cemetery.
Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary.
Kern Elkins, age 68, of Andersonville, TN, passed away on January 13th, 2021. Kern and his twin sister Fern were born in Knoxville, TN on February 8, 1952 to Luther Burl and Rena Elkins. After graduating from Halls High School, Kern met and later married the love of his life, Charlotte. Kern and Charlotte were best friends and were proudly married for more than 46 years. Kern was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He would light up when any of his of grandchildren were around or mentioned.
Velma Jean (Ellison) Lynch-age 90 of Sharps Chapel passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Claiborne Medical Center. She was a longtime member of Blue Springs Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Herbert Lynch; daughter, Sharon Dyke; granddaughter, Marnie Graham; sister, Eileen Rockstead.
Survivors: daughter, Cassandra Kay Tolliver and husband, A. C.; son-in-law, Warren Dyke; three grandchildren, Todd Dyke and wife, Rena; Trevor Dyke; McKinley Tolliver; nephew, Ronald Greer.
Jessie F. Lovitt-age 85 of Clinton passed away Wednesday morning, January 13, 2021 at her home. She was born June 1, 1935 in Pineville, Kentucky. She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Preceded in death by husband, James Lovitt.
Survivors: daughter, Leslie Lovitt of Clinton; sons, Mathew Lovitt and wife, Hazel of Sevierville; Rickie Lovitt and wife, Kimberly of Greenville, Michigan. Four granddaughters, Maggie Temple, Jessica Ottinger, Sara Lovitt, Serina Struth. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.