Karen Melissa York, 54 of Knoxville, TN. Passed away Wednesday January 11. 2023 at her home in Knoxville, Tennessee after a losing a hard-fought battle with cancer. Karen was born October 13, 1968, in Knoxville TN, to Father Willis York and Mother Margaret Jeffries Brakebill York. She attended Holston High School in Knoxville, TN. Karen gave her life to the Lord in 2022 at Highest Praises Christian Church, Knoxville, TN. Later she was baptized into the faith. Karen loved the Lord with all her heart, her family, her Church family, her fur babies, her friends, all animals, and if you knew Karen you knew she loved to joke and laugh. Karen was a Black-Belt in karate yet so gentle and humble she took the time at the zoo to tell each animal Jesus loved them for whatever quality Karen saw in them that day; yes, even the reptiles.
Predeceased by: Father Willis York, Mother, Margaret Jeffries Brakebill York, and Brother, Willis Lynn York. Survivors Include: Life Partner Karrie Lynne Davis York , Son JJ Ward, & Daughter-in-law Casey Ward, Timothy Ward & Daughter In-Law Ashley Ward, Sister Marion Henley who was like a 2nd Mom to Karen & Brother-in-Law Jimmy Henley, Brother, Bobby Jeffries, Aunt Marie FortenBerry, Special Niece & Nephew, Jamie & Austin Weaver, 10 Grandchildren, 4 Nephews, & Special Friend, Heather Miller.
Services: Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 28th, 2023, at 2:00p.m. with Pastor Felicia Rhodes officiating at Highest Praises Christian Church 4230 Washington Pike, Knoxville, TN. 37917
Karen requested in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the place she found the Lord, happiness, friendship, and an extended family, Highest Praises Christian Church.
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For you are with me Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.