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Karol Cynthia Light

March 21, 1937March 22, 2020

Karol Cynthia Light, 83, of Blountville, peacefully passed away at home on Sunday, March 22, 2020, surrounded by adoring husband of 63 years, her loving daughters, and her beloved caregivers. She was born on March 21, 1937 in Tuxedo, NY to the late Hilda and Henry Schneckenberg.

Karol was a devoted wife and loving mother. She taught elementary school in Sullivan County for 34 years and was a faithful and active member of Blountville Presbyterian Church for 50 years. She also assisted with Meals-on-Wheels in her spare time.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Betty Light Padgett; and a nephew, Mike Padgett. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Thomas Light; daughters, Melinda Light, Tonya Light and partner Gwendolyn Hearl, and Tanya Light; brothers-in-law, Lowell Light and wife Janelle and James Padgett and wife Kathy; and nephew, Jeff Light and wife Letitia.

It was Karol’s wishes to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, Amedysis, and Providence Companion Care.

Donations may be made in Karol’s honor to Children’s Advocacy Center, 150 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN 37617; Alzheimer’s Association, 2319 Browns Mill Road Suite D6, Johnson City, TN 37604; or Blountville Presbyterian Church, 3400 TN-126, Blountville, TN 37617.


  • Thomas Light, Husband of 63 years
  • Melinda Light, Tonya Light and partner Gwendolyn Hearl, and Tanya Light, Daughters
  • Lowell Light and wife Janelle and James Padgett and wife Kathy, Brothers-In-Law
  • Jeff Light and wife Letitia, Nephew
  • Hilda and Henry Schneckenberg, Parents (deceased)
  • Betty Light Padgett, Sister-In-Law (deceased)
  • Mike Padgett, Nephew (deceased)


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Bessie Crouch

April 5, 2020

Karol was such a precious person. I am so thankful I was blessed to work with her at Central Heights for many years and to have her friendship. She was also a wonderful kindergarten teacher. Both of my children were fortunate to have her as their teacher to give them a great start in their education. They loved her and so do I. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and the girls.

Fay Weaver

April 1, 2020

Sending my heartfelt sympathy to Tom and girls..... remembering Karol as a special friend at Central Heights when she was the kindergarten teacher that instilled the desire to learn in so many young minds.... knowing this is not goodbye. only see you soon friend..

May God give each of you peace and comfort during this time...

Fay Weaver former secretary at Central Heights Elementary...

Clarke & Rose Lucas

March 24, 2020

Tom & Girls,
Are hearts are with you on hearing of Karol's passing.
Clarke & Rose

Laceysta Worley

March 23, 2020

I love love this lady she made me a better person and taught me things to do my job better. She had the sweetness smile. I will miss you tons.