Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN


Jeffery Hugh Lawhorn

28 January, 19531 July, 2020
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Jeffery Hugh Lawhorn, age 67, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Jeffery was born on January 28, 1953 in Charleston, West Virginia. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974 with a degree in Accounting. He founded Lawhorn CPA Group in 1979 and managed it for 40 years. He had a passion for music and helping others.

Jeffery is survived by his wife, Donna Lawhorn; his sons, Jason and Sam Lawhorn; daughter Jessica Lawhorn; his wonderful stepson, Matt Vann; his red-headed stepchild, Sean Smith; and daughters-in-law Ashleigh Lawhorn, Griffin Vann, and TingTing Chen. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Michael, Jeremy, Jacob, Alex, Olivia, Zoe, Orrin, and Audie. He is survived by his brothers, Norman and Ron Lawhorn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Duke and Ruth Lawhorn, and late wife, Lorraine Rush Lawhorn.

A visitation for Jeffery will be held Friday, July 10, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 KINGSTON PIKE, Knoxville, TN 37919.

A private funeral service for the family only (due to Covid restrictions) will occur Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The private chapel service will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of Berry Highland Memorial.

A public graveside service will occur Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, 5315 KINGSTON PIKE, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Jeff requests that all in attendance be comfortable in their attire for the visitation and services. In lieu of flowers, please see the memorial donation page of Junior Appalachian Musicians, a music education program, at www.jamkids.org/jefflawhorn.


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Sundi Lingle

4 September 2020

There are so many memories it is hard to pick just one. We seemed to find so many things to do as a whole crew.
I asked Jeff to walk me down the aisle. Our wedding was simple but the Lawhorn’s made the occasion a huge event. I remember Jason had to return the tuxedo’s but several of them were soaking wet.
Swimming in Tuxedo’s is tough.

Jeff ask one thing of us at the end of Lorraine’s service, he said
To be kind to each other


Diane Rush

3 August 2020

The world has lost a special person ❤️ Jeff was Kind,Loving, Compassionate,Generous & so Funny. He listened & his Wisdom knew no bounds . What a Blessing for those who knew him as Husband, Dad, Brother ,Uncle, Friend, & Associate He is now in the Presence of the Lord & knowing Jeff he is enjoying every minute of it. Lifting his voice in praise to God & I’m sure he has his guitar in hand. Love to All ❤️❤️

Karen Rush-Alessi

15 July 2020

Jeff was a witty, cool and loving uncle to me. He will be greatly missed. I love you Uncle Jeff♥️

Marilyn Wohl

10 July 2020

Neighbor, Boss, Friend...40+ years of connections, the downstairs computer room in the house before we upgraded to "real" office space, working in the upstairs room over the pool at Court South. Always an impending deadline to meet - work hard, play hard. It was great sharing time with the whole Lawhorn family, Duke and Ruth, Jason, Jessica and Sam - Shaun Norm, Ron and all of Lorraine's clan. The utter sadness of loosing my workmate and "sister", Lorraine, followed by the honor of attending Jeff and Donna's wedding ( so glad he found a new partner and mate) - Jeff has been a much loved presence in my life and will be sorely missed. I know the angels are celebrating his arrival.
The attached picture is of Jeff singing troubadour style at Barry's and my wedding in 1983.

C. B. Howell III

10 July 2020

I knew Jeff for several years.
First, I was one of the guys that helped he and Lorraine start his CPA business in 1979 and thereafter. Second he started doing my tax work in 2000 and thereafter. He was a really great guy and good friend. It is a shame that he had to go so soon. He will be greatly missed.

Sean Smith

10 July 2020

Jeff was not my dad or my uncle. He was the ex husband of my stepmother Cathy whom my dad married in 1981. I was 10 years old. From the first time he came to pick up his three children for a weekend having his kids. He asked my dad if I may go with him and his kids for the weekend. He did not need to do this but it was his generosity both to me and to my new step mom and my dad. It gave them some time without a child around. It gave me a new family. He became a father figure. Always so kind but stern and steadfast in the teaching of values, family and respect. He took me to his parents house for Easter, thanksgiving and Christmas. He even threw a couple great Halloween parties. His kindness bestowed upon me was never ending and without hesitation. He opened his family to me an only child. I gained a wonderful family including his wife Lorraine and all the Rush nieces and nephews from New York. Jeff took me over to his parents house for holidays. Duke and Ruth Lawhorn opened their home to me and included me in all celebrations as if I was their own grandchild. I gained Jeff’s brothers and there children as extended family as well. I have enjoyed many birthdays and holiday celebrations with Jeff and Donna since she joined the family with a surprise wedding on Market Square. I then gained Donna’s family at that time and she welcomed me just as much as Jeff always did. We never missed a beat and the family just kept growing with everyone getting married and having kids. I feel as if I have a huge family now. The warmth and love that I have felt all these years as if my last name was Lawhorn I will forever be grateful for. He introduced me to the classic bands that he enjoyed playing music from. The family band and his musical influences have led me to have a rich life in this world as I have traveled with numerous bands and seen well over a thousand concerts in my life time. I will miss his laugh, straight forward talks, his wisdom, and the love he showed me.

Taylor Hays

10 July 2020

Jeff was always so generous to me, a kid who wasn't his. I spent as much time at his house growing up as I did my own. At my first sleepover when I was 13, I got to see Jeff play the drums for the first time and thought he was the coolest dude in the world. I was taken on trips with the family, and even got to be a small part of the family band. He enriched my life and I will miss him.

Cindy & Ed Seaver

10 July 2020


Cindy & Ed Seaver

10 July 2020

Jeff, the music man!

Cindy & Ed Seaver

10 July 2020

True Love


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