Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN


Johnny Alcus Lenoir

May 13, 1943July 27, 2020
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John Alcus Lenoir of Knoxville, age 77, went to be with the Lord on July 27, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. John was born on May 13, 1943 in Savannah, Georgia to the late Wroten Alcus Lenoir and Dora Kate Lenoir.

John was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from White Station High School. He attended Memphis State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Robinson in 1962. John went on to receive a Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. His career began in International Banking in Atlanta, Georgia with The Trust Company of Georgia. John’s next move took the family to Columbia, South Carolina where he worked for C & S Bank in their International Department. In 1982, John had an opportunity to move his family back home to Memphis, where he worked for Central Trust Company. In 1990, the Lenoirs moved to Knoxville where he has been a financial advisor, earning the designation of Certified Financial Planner. His last fourteen years were with Morgan Stanley in their Wealth Management Department.

In Knoxville, John was involved in Civitan International, the Knoxville Boys and Girls Club, the UT Quarterback Club, and the UT Tip Off Club. He also served as a board member on the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. John and his family were long time members of the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church where he once served as a Deacon. One of his passions in life was the game of handball. After more than 50 years of playing handball for recreation and participating in competitive tournaments across the U.S., John won the “60’s Plus” division of the Singles World Championship in Ireland in 2003. After a lifetime of involvement in handball, many of his closest friends were also players.

Another of "Papa John’s" passions in life was his devotion to his grandchildren: Jackson, Bailey and Emma Lenoir of Chattanooga and Andrew Lenoir and Courtney Lenoir Stavos of Long Island, New York. He never missed a sporting event: from tennis to football to volleyball or any other event that his grandchildren participated in. He was also honored to attend the weddings of Andrew and Charlotte and Courtney and CJ.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia “Pat” Robinson Lenoir who he affectionately called his “luscious sweetheart”. John was preceded in death by his oldest son, John Robinson “Rob” Lenoir (Susan) of Long Island, New York. He is also survived by his son, Patrick S. Lenoir (Kristy) of Chattanooga and his daughter, Kate N. Lenoir of Knoxville.

John was the oldest of five siblings and leaves behind three brothers; Kenneth Lenoir (Sandy) of Memphis, Ronnie Lenoir (Melanie) of Nashville, Bobby Lenoir (Pat) of Boaz, Alabama and a sister, Penny Lenoir Sumners (Steve) of Huntsville, Alabama. John also leaves behind a multitude of cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of John Lenoir, “The World Champ”. In honor of John, give a friend, your family or someone more of your time through a phone call, a ball game, a fishing trip, or a similar outing. This is what he would have wanted.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the memorial service will be private for family only but can be viewed by friends on the Berry Highland Memorial Facebook page which is Highland Memorial Park Funerals and Cremations on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:30 am.


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Rich Kaplan

August 10, 2020


Your passing has been a tremendous loss for Cheryl and me, leaving a void that cannot be filled. You and Pat were supposed to be our first houseguests in Tucson, and I am keeping a bottle of Tullamore Dew in reserve. I was privileged to accompany you and Bailey on the first of your many trips to Cohney Island. You were a magnet for handball, and I always played my best when Crusher, later the World Champ, as my partner or my opponent, ironically enough. Your family holds a special place in our hearts.


Les Sargent

August 8, 2020

Dear Pat,
Please accept my sincere condolence for your tragic loss. I was saddened to learn of John's passing. I know he'll be missed and I know exactly what you're going through. My Pat has been gone for nearly 7 years and I still feel the loss. When you fall in love with someone as young as we did and then spend a lifetime with them, it leaves a void that cannot be filled. Most of your friends mean well, but really have no idea.
I just wanted to let you know that I feel your pain. If I can be of any help or solace to you in any way, I'm here for you. If you just want someone to talk with, I'm here for you. My cell # 404-754-1374, call or text and you should have my email address from this brief note.

Patrick Lenoir

August 5, 2020

Thank you for sharing these great memories of my Dad. This has been a real treat for of the Lenoir family to read. I was so Blessed to have had a Dad and Grandad to my 3 like him.
I love you Dad, missing you already,
(I wanted to share a letter that my cousin Kacey sent me to read to my Dad before he died. This is my moms sisters daughter. I loved what Kacey wrote about him-perfect)

Patrick Lenoir

August 5, 2020

Bennette Page

August 5, 2020

One of my favorite cousins and loving father. He embraced life loved sports and enjoyed time spent with family. He will be missed by many but not forgotten. Thanks to quality time spent together, I have fond memories to remember. Rest in peace and enjoy your reunion with Rob.. Love you, John.

Dennis Uffer

August 2, 2020

Johnny, and I have a number of things in common, we are the same age, we love Handball, we are World Champions, and most of all we love our family!
I had many occasions to play against and with him a number of times, always a great time!
I even had the opportunity to play with his brother Ken in a National Championship in Memphis!
Johnny will be missed and talked about for a very longtime!
Rest in Peace Champ!

Harold Jablon

August 1, 2020

Dear Pat and the entire Lenoir family, Irene and I send our sincere heartfelt condolences to y’all . John and I were dear friends , and probably played thousands of handball games while he and his lovely family lived in Columbia. Win or lose we had a great time! John was about twice my size, so I tried my best to stay out if his way and not hinder him!
Like everyone, we will have nothing but fond and happy memories of the World Champ ! He loved his family , and always kept me posted on the happenings during our frequent phone conversations and texts .We should all be so kind , gracious, and compassionate as John was .
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lenoir family. With much love, Harold and Irene

Mike Maxwell

August 1, 2020

John was a fine man ,always had good conversations with him , we won many double games playing together, had a great laugh an will always be remembered as world champ ,I am going to miss him . Prayers for his family an he is with his family up in heaven smiling waiting with handball gloves ready to play

Matt Jorgensen

July 31, 2020

I will miss hearing the World Champ’s booming voice as he entered the Sports Barn. John was a blessing to have at any handball gathering, whether it was a tournament or a pit stop on his way to Champy’s with his family! I am also ever grateful for the kindness shown to my family over the years by John. From my Grandpa Ralph to my daughter Cade Louise. Rest In Peace and Roll ‘Em Out Champ!

Matt Jorgensen

Frank Dyer

July 31, 2020

Pat; My sincere love goes out to you and your family. My brother Don and I cared deeply for John and Kenny We are saddened by your tragic loss

I remember with love when you called about Dons near death experience several years ago. He experienced another serious health issue in July of this year.

Pat , please text me your contact information , so I might contact you. I fondly remember our walks to White Station

God shelter you in this time of grief !
Love, Frank Dyer


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