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Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

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John Lindsay Grabeel

Passed away on July 18, 2020
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John Lindsay Grabeel passed into glory after a long battle with renal disease. A servant of Jesus Christ who inspired and led many to faith through his calling to prison ministry and the Stephen’s ministry. He never met a stranger. He impacted lives all over the world through work and missionary trips. After serving as a Navy Corpsman, he went on to be a geologist impacting many in the coal mining industry. He was a member of First Baptist Concord in Farragut, TN. He is preceded in death by his father Conrad Lindsay Grabeel. Survived by mother, Jane Grabeel, ex-wife, best friend and caretaker, “Bo” Rebecca Kirkpatrick, son Robert Grabeel and daughter-in-law Angela, grandchildren Kaitlyn, Foster and Madelyn; Step-children Brian and Brandi Kirkpatrick, Scot and Stephanie Kirkpatrick and grandchildren Reagan, Trey, and Henry all of Atlanta. Siblings Tom Grabeel of New York, Janalyn Sharp, David and Beverly Grabeel, Matthew and Lynn Grabeel all of Knoxville in addition to many nieces and nephews. Please consider being a volunteer kidney donor. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Knoxville Nativity Pageant, which he was a long time cast member. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm in the chapel of Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, with his funeral service immediately following at 7:00pm. The funeral service will also be livestreamed on the Berry Highland Memorial Facebook page.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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Rose & Jack Kile

July 22, 2020

Jane and Family,

Jack and I are saddened to learn today about John. We know how much you cared and prayed for him.

Rose Ann would have been at the service had we known in time.

Peace be with you and all the family. Love you.

Billy Starkey

July 22, 2020

John was a great guy. Loved his stories of his life adventures. He would do my annual certification. So sorry for his passing

Jill Cameron Tomlinson

July 21, 2020

May you find peace in your memories of happy times. I’m sure Johnny is with Daddy and Lindsay telling tall tales! Although we didn’t see much of one another in our adult lives, I have many memories of our childhood. Sending my love to all.

Jack Evans

July 21, 2020

I first met John in Larry Clark’s Bible SS Class FBC. From this class a men’s meeting met on Mon nights for comradely get togetherness.
I valued his Wit and Sensibility regarding life, Real Life With Jesus.
Later we became partners with the local Focus ministries and John took off with that and became a vital part of Gods plan for men that re-entered Socity. He found his calling.
Blessed to be a Brother of Faith He will be Missed.
JLE

Bry and Jeanne Brykalski

July 21, 2020

Rob, Angie, Katie, Foster, and Maddy:

We are so sorry for your loss.

John was such a kind and caring person, and we are so glad we got a chance to know him first through Katie, and then all of you.

When we think of Poppy, we see his warm, welcoming smile.

He will be missed.

Bry and Jeanne Brykalski

Dallas Osborne

July 20, 2020

Matt,

I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. My deepest sympathy to you, your Mother, and family.

Dallas Osborne

Perry and Kelly Loftis

July 19, 2020

Our heart goes out to all of John's family. We pray that God's loving peace surround you and give you comfort at this difficult time.

Regina Bosies

July 19, 2020

Heartfelt condolences going out to Bo,his former wife, John"s Mother, surviving children and grandchildren. Also his extended family. To say John was multifaceted and generous to a fault is barely touching his many accomplishments. God bless him as he finds comfort in the arms of our Lord. His Iife was well lived! May all who cherished John relive the memories shared!

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