Isabella "Van" Pearce Badgett

February 7, 1939November 19, 2018

Isabella “Van” Pearce Badgett age 79 of Knoxville, passed away November 19, 2018. She was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and was a 4-H leader for 50 years. Preceded in death by husband, Stephen Badgett, Sr.; parents, Frank and Isabella Pearce. Survived by children, Stephen Rance (Kathy) Badgett, Jr., Marty (fiance’, Charlie Dunlap) Badgett Chaney, Kathy (Anthony) Badgett Lankford, and Robert Rhea Badgett; grandchildren, Sam (Misty) Chaney, Drew (Holli) Hatmaker, Katie (Paul) Davis, Emily (Byron) Franklin, Bryan (Callie) Badgett, Vanessa Badgett , Lydia (fiance’, Bryan Russell) Badgett and Robby Badgett; great-grandchildren, Adam Chaney, Knox and Breck Hatmaker, Kitley Franklin and Vance Davis; brother, Frank Pearce Jr. (Sheila); several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church (Clothes Closet) 1705 Merchant Dr., Knoxville, TN 37912, the Knox County 4-H – City County Building Suite 560, or to the charity of your choice. The family will receive friends 4-7 pm Friday at Weaver’s Chapel with the service to follow at 7 pm. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 am Saturday at Rocky Hill Cemetery for an 11 am interment. Online guestbook is available at


  • Sam Chaney, Active Pallbearer
  • Bryan Badgett, Active Pallbearer
  • Drew Hatmaker, Active Pallbearer
  • Robby Badgett, Active Pallbearer
  • Byron Franklin, Active Pallbearer
  • Paul Davis, Active Pallbearer
  • Terrell Kerr, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bedford Chapman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jon Hurst, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bryan Russell, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 24, 2018

Isabella "Van" Pearce Badgett

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Julie O'Neil Arnheim

January 6, 2019

I was trying to get in touch with Van and found that she had recently passed away. She was my long-time friend, grade school classmate and neighbor in the old Staub/Melrose Place neighborhood. We "played" together at her grandmother's home on Temple Ave. and at her home, which was one of the last houses left standing on the former Rose Ave.--a strange oasis left by UT when all others blocks of houses were taken decades before. Mine on Frances St. was razed in the mid-60s. Many kids plays were put on using Van's garage as the stage! She and I kept in touch over all the years; she helped with Staub '51 reunions. She made a great husband choice in Steven at an early age, and together they had you children whom I never met as I moved away from Knoxville in the late 50s. Van and Steven were a close and loving team in everything they did, I send my condolences to you all and to her brother, Frank. I may have early photos to share...but later. Van surmounted and made light of her many health difficulties. She was a strong, smart and hardworking lady. I will miss her. Julie O'Neil Arnheim, Charleston, SC

Mary Helen Jost

November 25, 2018

I am sad to learn of Van’s passing. Please know that you are in my prayers. I treasure your friendship through our many years as neighbors. With love and sympathy, Mary Helen Jost

Gina Kennedy

November 24, 2018

Marty & Sam I am sorry for your loss keeping you in my prayers .

Audree Stephenson

November 24, 2018

Marty, Kathy, Bobby, Ran & families, I am so sorry about the passing of your mother. All tho I didn’t know her really well, she was such a special lady. We had some great conversations at Adam’s birthday parties.
She will always be thought of & forever missed.

Cindy Atchley

November 24, 2018

Marti, Kathy and family, I am sorry to hear about her passing. May your memories give you comfort. God be with you. Love, Cindy

Susan Cain

November 20, 2018

We are so saddened to hear of Van's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. We wish we could be there to attend her services, but know that we are there in spirit. She was a wonderful lady and will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences. Susie and Clarence Cain

Susan Mowery

November 20, 2018

I have known Van for a long time. She was my sisters’ mother in law. We recently attended my nephews’ wedding and Van sat with us at the rehearsal dinner. We had a great visit. She had her hair and nails done and looked so pretty. Van was the kind of person that livened up a room. She was full of life and a very fiesty lady. She will be missed by all that knew her,