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Earl Lee Knowles

Earl Lee Knowles, 74, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024.

He was born in Pikeville, Tennessee on January 4, 1950. He married Layne Cordell on June 20, 1969, who was his devoted wife of 54 years. They were blessed with one son, Jimmy Lee, whom he nicknamed “Jimbo.”

His career consisted of heavy equipment operation with Lambert’s/Roger’s Group for over 40 years, and he later retired with TDOT. He enjoyed tinkering on vehicles and heavy equipment with his brothers on the family farm; but most of all preferred having his loving wife by his constant side and spending time with his family – especially his grandchildren, whom he adored.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Jessie and Marlene Hancock Knowles, and nephew Rickey Loyd.

He is survived by his wife, Layne Knowles; son, Jimmy (Emily) Knowles; grandchildren, Ashton (TJ) McWilliams, Rachel, Jacob, and Isaiah Knowles; brothers, Clyde “Junior” (Barbara) Knowles and Bobby Knowles; nephew, Kenny (Tina) Knowles; several in-laws, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Pallbearers were Isaiah Knowles, Derek Knowles, Donnie Pendergrass, Tony Cordell, Wesley Walker, and Jammie Bowman. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Knowles and Tim Pendergrass.

A celebration of Earl’s life was held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the funeral home chapel with Jacob Knowles speaking. Burial followed at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

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Pikeville Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

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