Berry Highland South


John Earl Lawless

August 16, 1924June 10, 2021

Earl J. Lawless August 16, 1924 - June 10, 2021. It is with great sadness but even greater gratitude for a long, admirable life, the family shares the news of his passing in his home of 56 years. Preceded in death by his loving wife and son, Monzelle and John Lawless. He was cherished by his children Julia, Mark (wife Rhonda), Shannon (wife Wendy) Lawless, grandchild Gabriel “Gabe” (wife Jennifer) Mullinax, and great-grandchildren Sam, Chayton, and Allie Mullinax; along with many step-grandchildren and his Long Key Beach family. Earl, Daddy, Granddaddy was loved for his grace, wisdom, and accepting nature by all who knew him. Staff Sergeant Lawless was a proud veteran of the United States Army and recipient of two Bronze Stars for acts of heroism and merit under combat. He served in the 66th Black Panther Division, 42nd Rainbow Division, “Panthers Under The Rainbow” that took Omaha Beach and liberated Dachau in WWII. An experience that forever shaped the value he placed on all life and peace. A Graveside Celebration of Life will be held Friday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Berry Highland South located at 9010 E. Simpson Road, Knoxville, TN. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Quilts of Valor (, The Nature Conservancy (, or Feed the Children ( Online condolences may be made at


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021


John Earl Lawless

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Tirree Patterson

June 18, 2021

Julia, was sorry to hear from Pam that your loving father had passed. May God lift you up in his loving arms and give you some comfort. He could not have asked for a better daughter than you.

Jerry LeAnn and Scott Green

June 14, 2021

We like to send our Condolences 💐 to you and your family. We have donated to the feed the children organization. We have heard many stories from Gabe and Shannon, they spoke so highly of Granddad. You have our deepest sympathy on your loss a wonderful person who sacrificed himself in defense of our country. He was a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jerry T Green, LeAnn Beckham, & Scott Green

Kathy Hinton

June 11, 2021

The few years of sweet memories I have with Earl was him helping me cut shrubs down in the yard, conversations we had across the fence, sitting with him on the carport, nervously watching him walking up and down his driveway with his walker and sitting with him while he sat looking out his window watching his birds feeding and the sun shining in on his face. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your world Earl. Love and will miss you.