Tianja Duff, affectionately known as Fly Ty, was born January 4, 1987, in Oak Ridge, TN, to Gregory Patterson and Teresa Duff. Tianja departed this life suddenly on July 18, 2022.
Tianja was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She graduated from Fulton High School, Class of 2005, as Class President.
Tianja had a BIG heart. She loved the Lord, her family, and her friends genuinely. She loved music, fashions, and gathering with family & friends. Her smile was contagious as she was loved by many.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Rudy and Doris Patterson; grandfather, Richard Duff; uncle, Michael E. Duff, and aunts, Mary Cherry Marks and Charlotte Patterson; cousin, Michael Duff Jr.
She is survived by her loving five beautiful children; Alasia Kamya, Ameyah Kelis, Anilah Kanae, Anorii Kaoir, Kaizen Aukor; parents; Teresa Duff Sackett; father, Gregory (Lynn) Patterson; stepfather, Lawrence Dixson; sisters, Niya Goins, La’Reece Dixson, La’Shyra Dixson, Camill (Darius) Bostick, Jasmine Russell; brothers, Byron Goins, Gregory Duff, La’Ron Dixson, Chanson Hall; grandmother, Diane Duff; great-grandmother, Daisy McAfee; close companion and loving father to their kids, Shannon Hollingsworth; friend and devoted father to their kids, Allen (Muscle) Williams; aunts, Kimberly Duff Booker, Bonnie Weaver, Jill (Darris) Waters, and Annette Hickey; uncles, Byron Patterson, and John ( Shanel) Thomas; god-mother, Tianja Princess Lanxter Gibbs; cousin, Bubby-O (Kiya).
Tianja Duff loved her step-sisters, step-brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, too numerous to name.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m, with a service to follow. at Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church, 3800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN. Social distancing and face coverings are required. Interment to follow at New Gray Cemetery, 2724 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN, where a white dove release will conclude the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church prior to the viewing. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com