Joe E. Hitch Sr.

November 16, 1928March 30, 2018

Joe Edward Hitch Sr. (89) passed away surrounded by family and friends on March 30, 2018. Preceded in death by parents Joe and Lena (Long) Hitch; Son in law Gerald Nelson; Sister Eva Lee Davis; Brothers Glen Hitch and Fred Hitch. Joe lived a long, active fulfilling life with his bride of 66 years, Louise. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the Navy. After retiring from South Central Bell, he increased his time serving others through volunteering. He and Louise volunteered with the American Red Cross for over 50 years and received an award from Elizabeth Dole for their many years of service. Mr. Hitch was also Past President of Fountain City Town Hall. They also volunteered and were Co-Presidents of the Parent Teacher Counselor Association at the Tennessee School for the Deaf. They also volunteered at the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, as well as other local events and organizations. Joe’s volunteer hours are too many to count and awards are too many to list. In fact, he often quoted Albert Einstein, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” His most dedicated work came in the last few years of his life as he cared for his wife who he was losing to Alzheimer’s; he never left her side. Joe is survived by his wife Louise (Harkness) Hitch. Mr. Hitch is survived by Sons Joe Jr. (John), Brian (Denise), Tim; Daughter Kathleen Nelson; Grandchildren Andrew (Missy), Brian II, Wesley; Great Grandchild Seamus; Sister in law Maxine Hitch; several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Melissa and Diane and other caregivers. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home 2300 Adair Dr. with funeral service to follow. Graveside service will be Thursday at 2pm at Lynnhurst Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 5, 2018

Joe E. Hitch Sr.

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Becky Assey

April 3, 2018

I want to send my condolences to the family. I got to know Joe and Louise through Dogwood years ago as our clown. He brought joy to so many children down at our Market Square events. Our paths would cross numerous times over the years. Recently he called my office and we had a chance to catch up by phone. A special man with a special heart. My prayers are with you in this time of loss.
Becky Massey

Jerry and Angie Palko

April 1, 2018

Met Joe & Louise in The Knoxville City Police Academy Alumni Association; you couldn't ask for two better people. Joe always had a smile on his face and was a wealth of information. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Louise and the rest of the family.

Maxine Leiler

March 31, 2018

Dear Family of Joe,
What a life he lived! He and Louise did so much for so many people, and had so many interesting experiences. I have great memories of them taking us to eat at the Spaghetti Factory and catching up on their activities. I'm reminded of their framing business each time I look up at the family crocheted doilies that they framed for us....Gordon claimed he helped.
Of course they raised you wonderfully unique offspring!
Love from Kathleen's Aunt Maxine(from CT Timmie used to say).

Amy Mueller

March 31, 2018

Joe Ed and John, and Family- It is with a heavy heart that I send my deepest condolences. Your Dad was an amazing man that I was fortunate enough to meet and share some great memories with. I still have the picture he framed for me! What a blessing to have lived a full life as he has. Hold on to those memories and know that he is in a better place and will never be forgotten❤️ My love and hugs to you at this sad time -Amy XXOO

Pat Ruckle

March 31, 2018

Through the many years of my marriage to Philip & the opportunities, too infrequent, to visit with Joe, Louise & Timmy I ALWAYS felt welcomed & enjoyed my stays in their home - clocks & all! Joe was always good to share many stories on those visits both of his years in service & their multiple volunteer ventures. A great man to be missed for sure, yet how blessed to know he will be seen again when I too enter eternity. May God comfort your hearts & may your memories always be fond ones.