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Doris Evelyn Needham

October 3, 1936 ~ December 21, 2021 (age 85)


Doris Evelyn Needham, age 85, of Knoxville, went home to be with our Lord Tuesday, December 21, 2021, surrounded by her devoted family. Evelyn was born on October 3, 1936. 

She was preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Emma Lee Lawson, cherished sister Helen Sheppard and brother-in-law James Sheppard, and special sister Lorene Nicely. 

She is survived by her precious daughter Ginger Swiney and son-in-law Joey Swiney, beloved granddaughters Hayley (James) Parmly and Abbey Swiney, brother Clyde Lawson and many close nieces and nephews who were like her own children. 

Evelyn was a member of Smithwood Baptist Church for 40 years where she also retired as Church Secretary. She continued to serve her church as Nursery Director for many years following. She was devoted and self-sacrificing to her friends, family and pets. She loved being outdoors, enjoyed gardening and flowers, reading, working puzzles, spending time at the beach and doing thoughtful deeds for others. Most of all she loved being with her granddaughters. 

Evelyn made a difference in all the many lives she touched. 

Special thanks from the family to NHC Knoxville and Caris Hospice for your compassion and loving care. 

You are invited to share your thoughts, memories and condolences at www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to Young-Williams Animal Center, Knoxville.

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