Catherine J North

August 24, 1924January 8, 2021

Catherine Johnson North, age 96 of Knoxville, TN peacefully passed away Friday, January 8, 2021. She was born in Mooresburg TN on August 24, 1924 to Samuel L. and Sue M. Johnson. After attending Hiawassee College and a Knoxville Business School she worked as a secretary at Tennessee Coach Co., in Knoxville where she met her husband of 35 years, James O. North. She later worked at Miller’s (Dillard’s) department store and retired in 1991. Catherine enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, canning, sewing and needlework. She enjoyed tennis and bowling. She also participated women’s basketball in high school and the mid-1940s Knoxville city leagues. She gave her time and effort as a Boy Scout Den Mother and Brownie Girl Scout Leader. She was a good friend and helpful to friends and neighbors. Catherine was a member of Concord United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization and the Altar Guild. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James O. North Sr., sister, Margaret Evans and brother, Sam Johnson and many friends. Catherine is survived by son and daughter-in law Jim and Tracy North of Hampton Georgia, daughter and son-in-law Susan and Steve Lewis of Knoxville, Grandchildren Corey North, Tim Lewis, Stefanie (Tyler) Smith and Jordan (Dylan) Thompkins and 2 great-grandchildren, in addition to several nieces and nephews.

Her family was her life that she nourished and treasured. She was a loving and devoted Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was much loved and cherished by her family and friends and will be deeply missed.

The family also wishes to express special thanks to Autumn Care West and Smoky Mountain Hospice for the compassionate care they provided to Catherine. A private graveside service for the immediate family will be held at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, January 13, Reverend Mike Stallings officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to CADES (Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services) or the Community Garden of Concord United Methodist Church 11020 Roane Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934. The family invites friends to share fond memories and sign the online guestbook at


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


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James Bell

January 26, 2021

Susan and Jim. I recently learned of your mom’s death, and I wanted to express the most sincere condolences with prayers offered for healing and comfort. Your mom was great to all of us neighborhood kids, and I can’t recall a harsh word coming from her mouth. She had a very high tolerance for our mischievous acts, enjoyed our playtime on the baseball driveway, and fed us well. She also had plenty of liquids for us after play. May your memories of her always be your blessings.

Cathy Davidson

January 15, 2021

I grew up with Catherine, Jim, Jimmy & Susan as neighbors. So many wonderful memories of Catherine. .,always so nice to us as children...and not the least of memories were her homemade popsicles she gave us as kids! Susan & Jim, I'm so sorry for your loss
I know she will be greatly missed!
Love y'all,
Cathy Stewart Davidson

Tissie Chambers

January 13, 2021

Susan is my Classmate from Farragut High. We played in the Band together. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. You and your whole Family have my sincerest condolences.

Sandra North Roubicek

January 11, 2021

Truly a talented lady , great cook which she always made special things while I was pregnant with her first grandchild. Catherine will now be with the love of her life of 35 years . A happy reunion in heaven with all her loved ones. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom and grandmother. Corey she loved you so much and was so happy her first grandchild was a boy .. May God give you strength and faith during these difficult times.
Sandra & Joe Roubicek

Luann Caudle

January 11, 2021

Catherine would make chocolate covered Rice Krispies for Susan and Steve to bring to the beach and they shared them with us. They were delicious and I never made them like she did. We would visit Steve and Susan and Catherine would come by and spend time with us. She was a loving and caring lady and we are blessed to have known her. She loved her family and was a true Christian.
LuAnn and John


January 11, 2021

Susan and Jimmy, So very sorry to hear about Catherine. We have so many special memories of your Mother and your family. We talk often about our neighbors on Upland Ave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love to all. The Stewart family.

Betty Craig

January 11, 2021

Susan and Steve. So sorry to learn of your mother’s death. I remember meeting her at a Christmas program at Concord. May you be comforted in your grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Betty Craig