Cecilia "Ceci" J. Steele

September 3, 1940January 4, 2019

Cecilia Jones Steele, age 78 of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord on January 4, 2019. She was a member of Powell United Methodist Church. Cecilia graduated from Harriman High after which she earned her degree from Tennessee Polytechnical Institute. She worked at Allstate Insurance for many years before retiring from ORNL, X10 plant and then worked for the First Lutheran School and Church for over a decade. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Harold Steele, her parents Cecil and Juanita Bartels Jones, and Sister Cilita Bancroft. Survivors include children Monty Steele and Teresa Bayless (Scott); grandchildren: Chase Steele, Simone Steele and Tyler Bayless; great grandchildren: Oliver and Benjamin Davis; brother in law Fred Bancroft, niece Liz Bancroft Foley, nephews Matthew and Rick Bancroft; sister in law Bobbie Sue Parker, niece Pennye Parker Wilkerson, nephews Chan and Brad Parker; extended family: JoAnn, Russell, Tina and Riley Long and Greg, Melissa and Emma Wilkinson. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 in the chapel of Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will follow at 7:00 with Pastor Martha Scott officiating. Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 am in Lynnhurst Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at the gravesite by 10:45 am for the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran School Scholarship Fund, 1207 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Cecilia "Ceci" J. Steele

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Ann Jordan

January 12, 2019

I worked with Ceci at ORNL. Ceci was always so helpful and always had a smile. When I was new at the Lab working in Dr, Zucker’s office and Ceci was in Dr. Postma’s, she was such a good source of important and helped me through the ways and means of working st the Lab. Ceci was a very nice person that I enjoyed knowing. I am so sorry for you loss and ask that be with God bless you though this trying time.