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IN MEMORIAM / Community Leaders Passes

Aaron Sullivan Staple, Jr., Knoxville College Professor and Music Legend, Passes at 78

Knoxville, TN- Knoxville College Alumnus and professor, Aaron S. Staple, Jr., passed on February 4, 2022.

Aaron built a phenomenal reputation throughout the city and within the local African American community, as a musical icon and top-performing, grade level III educator. He was instrumental in many historical, religious, and artistic collaborations, events, and organizations—such as the historical Staple Community Choir and the MLK Jr. Commemoration choir collaboration with the KSO.

An Evening of Reflections was held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Tabernacle Baptist Church. His Homegoing Service was held on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at Overcoming Believers Church. Mr. Staple was laid to rest in Detroit, Michigan.

The Staple family was served by Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Walter "Gene" Maddox, George Clem Multicultural Association President & Community Activists, Passes at 77

Greeneville, TN- Walter “Gene” Maddox, 77, of Greeneville, TN, passed from this earthly realm to a heavenly one on January 31, 2022, surrounded by his family.

Gene will be remembered for his long dedication to community servitude. He created and ran the “Ebony Shop”, a community market, hangout, and arcade in the Wesley Heights neighborhood for local children to congregate and enjoy themselves.

Gene served as the president of the George Clem Multicultural Association and once president of the Greeneville Organization for the Blind. He was a board member of the Community Economic Development Network of East Tennessee, the Tabernacle Soup Kitchen Ministry, the Greeneville Heritage Trust, the Greeneville City Schools Diversity Committee, and a former member of the NAACP. He was also a lifelong member and elder of The Tabernacle Presbyterian Church.

A celebration and memorial of his life will be held at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Greeneville on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

The Maddox family was served by Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service, Greeneville, Tennessee.


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