David Michael Rozzell

September 6, 1950May 3, 2019

David Michael Rozzell September 6, 1950 – May 3, 2019 David Michael Rozzell was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on September 6, 1950, to Jack W. Rozzell and Sarah Raines Rozzell, joining two older siblings, Patricia Rozzell Gillespie and John W. Rozzell. Mike departed this life on May 3, 2019. Mike was a lifelong native of South Knoxville, attending elementary school at Mount Olive. He began High School at Young High School and graduated from Doyle High School in May 1968. During his school years he was a member of the school chorus and a fly weight boxer. Mike joined the U.S. Navy in April 1969, serving three tours during the Vietnam conflict. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1973, Mike returned to East Tennessee where he attended classes at the University of Tennessee and married his first wife, Beth Needham.

Mike worked at various occupations and eventually became employed as an ironworker/welder working for ESI Erection Company about 1985. Ironworking/welding soon became his passion. He worked on countless buildings in and around Knox County, and for other construction companies in surrounding states. It was while working on a job in Sidney, NE, that he met his wife, Cherrill. They were married in 1986.

Mike took great pride in his work and trained and mentored others to do the same. During his long career as an ironworker Mike always returned from a job with new friends who he maintained contact with long after they had completed the job at hand and had gone their separate ways. Mike loved his country and was proud of his military service. He had great compassion and concern for the plight of homeless veterans and hungry children. Above all he loved the hills of East Tennessee and its’ people.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hester and Viola Rozzell, and John and Matilde Raines, his father, Jack W. Rozzell; his stepson Jeffrey R. Brestel; step-father Fred Mapes; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his mother, Sarah Rozzell Mapes; his sister Patricia Gillespie and her husband Wally Gillespie, nephews Brock Gillespie, and Clark Gillespie and wife Falen; his brother John W. “Jack” Rozzell, niece Kelly Ospina and husband John Ospina, nephew Wesley Rozzell and wife Katie Rozzell, and great-nephews Gavin and Ben; special cousin Hal Raines and Hal’s daughter Michelle and son Michael; step-brothers Tim, Maury, and Rob Mapes and their spouses and children. Mike also leaves his wife, Cherrill Rozzell and stepdaughter Valerie Ohle and husband Lewis Ohle of Knoxville, grandchildren Aidan Ohle, Katherine Brestel Montes and husband Ricardo; greatgrandchildren Keagan Brestel and Genevieve Montes of Hendersonville, NC, great-grandson Seth W. Ohle and great-great-grandson Forest Ohle; stepdaughter Jennifer Hilton and husband Gary Hilton, grandchildren Aubrey Brestel Woodruff and husband Lance of Blount County, TN, grandson Garrett Michael Hilton; stepson Jonathan Brestel and fiancé Angie Hollifield, grandson Jesse Kent Brestel; stepdaughter Arlene Brestel, granddaughter Cayla Roberts and great-grandchildren Caden and Olivia Roberts of Griffin, GA, and grandson Jeremy R. Brestel, Charleston, SC.


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