Berry Highland South


John "JP" Dech

6 October, 196530 April, 2021

John Paul "J.P." Dech, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on April 30, 2021 at the age of 55 from a heart attack due to complications of the Covid-19 virus. John worked for Centriworks/Thermocopy for 25 years as a technician for multifunction devices in the East Tennessee area. He enjoyed technology, including computers, and developed a connection to the world of Star Trek, first as an attendee and dealer, and later as a host of conventions. He was always proud he got to meet so many celebrities. John was also a huge fan of the Tennessee Volunteers football team, and an avid chicken wing and beer connoisseur. John was always happy to help others in any way he could. He will be remembered as a loving father and a great friend. John was preceded in death by parents, Robert Edward and Ella Mavis Dech. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his sons, James Edward and Matthew Taylor Dech; step-son, Sean Michael Jaynes; brothers, Dana (Harriett) Dech, Bobby (Donna) Dech, Dave (Deanna) Dech; cousin, Stacy Watson and Bill Henry; special friends, Ron Porter, Brian (Patricia) Prince; mother of his children, Heather Aberdeen; and other extended family and friends. His family will host a Visitation at Berry Highland South, 9010 E. Simpson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920, on Friday, May 7th from 10:00am-11:00am. The Graveside Service will follow at Berry Highland South Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 8th from 2:00-4:00pm at Big Kahuna Wings, 7804 Montvue Center Way, Knoxville, TN 37919. In lieu of flowers, donations directly to his family are appreciated to cover final expenses, Berry Highland South is honored to serve the Dech family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook at


  • Visitation

    Friday, 7 May , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, 7 May , 2021


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Brian Prince

7 May 2021

I knew John for nearly 34 years. He was essentially a brother to me. I hope that his soul is soaring today as we lay his body to rest. My life will never be the same, but, I suppose that is the point of having close friends. Rest In Peace John. 😢❤️

Jane Haney

4 May 2021

I had the pleasure of working with John all of his 25 years at Thermocopy. He was always in good spirits and always willing to help. My sincerest prayers for peace in this time of your loss. I will always remember his friendship ❤

mark griffith

4 May 2021

John has been our printer 'go-to guy' for as long as I can remember. He always had a positive attitude and extremely friendly.
John will be greatly missed.
Please accept our deepest condolences.
Mortgage Investors Group- Oak Ridge Office

Stacy Watson

3 May 2021

My dear dear cousin we had the best time, those times that you went to school with my husband we shared and laughed and it pleased your mom, and I will miss you forever. I'm so sorry you were so sick but I'm so thankful that I got the opportunity to be with you from day one during your illness up till the end and I got no return within minutes of our last conversation I knew in my heart something was wrong but I love you I'll Always Love You and I'll always keep you in my heart and head the Bible says absent from the body present with God I hope you get to see your mom and Dad. Okay

Nichi Barnhart

3 May 2021

I work with John and wanted to let you know how much he will be missed. He was always so funny and kind. I loved working with him.
God bless you guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

amy yameogo

3 May 2021

I have so many memories.... The most valuable to me will always be the times we played cards and just hung out having a good stiff drink, laughing and enjoying everyone's company. You will be greatly missed by your son's (my nephew's) rest easy brother.....

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