Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel
5301 Fountain Rd
Knoxville, TN 37918
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fountain City United Methodist Church
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
7:00 PM
Fountain City United Methodist Church
Graveside service
Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
1:00 PM
Lynnhurst Cemetery
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Jack Ellis Sterling

1926 - 2020
Jack Ellis Sterling Obituary
Jack Ellis Sterling

Knoxville - Jack Ellis Sterling, age 93, of Knoxville, TN passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was a resident at Morning Pointe in Powell, TN. He was born on September 4, 1926, at home. Jack served in the Navy during World War II, attended the University of the South, University of Georgia and then graduated from The University of Tennessee. He married his wife of 65 years, Joyce Elaine Bacon Sterling, on April 12, 1951. He worked as an Electrical Engineer throughout his career in New Orleans, LA, Tullahoma, TN and Knoxville, TN. He explored many hobbies including UT Sports, camping, gardening, traveling, lapidary and genealogy. He worked extensively on a project of the development of Fountain City beginning with the land grant given to John Adair. He was a long-time member of Fountain City United Methodist Church and the Fountain City Sportsman's Club. He is survived by his four children, David Sterling Newport, MI, Robert Sterling (Nancy) Knoxville, TN, Carol Bellgrau (Raymond) Maryvile, TN, Jeanette Jensen (Tom) Knoxville, TN; grandsons, Shay Sterling, Will Sterling, Brent Sterling (Lizzie), Hunter Jensen, and Rob Bellgrau; 4 great-grandchildren, Blaize, Kingston, Chloe and Irelynn Sterling. He was also survived by sisters, Nancy Sterling Austin, Sue Sterling Green, Betty Sterling Dougherty and brother, Jim Sterling. For many years, the family referred to the six Sterling siblings as "The Big 6". In addition to his brother and sisters, there are many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Bacon Sterling (2016); parents, Robert and Willie Mae Sterling; sister, Roberta Sterling Sharp (2019). The family will receive friends Thursday, January 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Fountain City United Methodist Church with a service to follow at 7:00pm. Graveside will be 1:00pm on Friday, January 17th at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Sterling family and invites you to view and sign the online registry at
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2020
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