Jolene "Joey" Johnson Shanks

September 25, 1941October 7, 2013
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Shanks, Jolene “Joey” Johnson, age 72, went to her heavenly home on Monday, October 7, 2013. Joey was born and raised in Kenton, Ohio where she met and married the love of her life, Dr. Carroll Shanks. She began her college years at Stephens College and graduated from Ohio State University. In 1969, following Carroll’s time in the US Army, Joey and Carroll moved to Knoxville, Tennessee for Carroll to complete his residency. Joey was very active in the Dental Alliance for several years and was voted outstanding president for the State Dental Alliance. She was also active in other civic organizations. She is a member of Blessed John XXIII Catholic Parish. Joey was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Velma Johnson. Survivors include husband of 49 years, Dr. Carroll Shanks; daughter and son-in-law Chelse and Jeff Summers; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Rebecca Shanks; grandchildren, Shea and Sam Summers and Sophie and C.J. Shanks. Joey’s passions were her grandchildren, horses and shopping. The family will receive friends 5 -7 PM Thursday at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy. A funeral Mass will be held at All Saints Catholic Parish, 620 North Cedar Bluff Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923 on Friday at 1:30 PM. Father Eric Andrews and Father Michael Wood will be officiating. Following the Funeral Mass, the family will be proceeding to Highland Memorial Cemetery for a private interment service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the UT Cancer Institute, 1926 Alcoa Hwy. Building F Suite 310, Knoxville TN 37920 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200 Manhattan Beach CA 90266 Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 11, 2013

Jolene "Joey" Johnson Shanks

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Sugar Adcock

November 28, 2013

i remember joey bringing charlie to my nursery school at doyle. she was so beautiful. she always smelled so good. i asked her what it was, she told me, and at valentine . sweet little charlie brought me a bottle of her favorite perfume. i have always loved joey and charlie and your whole family. love sugar

October 25, 2013

Chelsea & family, I'm so very sorry about your mom. When I was introduced to you all through Michele, her warmth and engaging smile were infectious; you have that also from her. May you & your family be comforted in Christ.
Love & Blessings, Ginger Garrett

Kerry Randles

October 16, 2013

I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My sincere condolences.

October 15, 2013

I felt so much heartache when I learned of Joey's passing. Her beautiful face and her kind heart is something I will never forget! I am grateful to have known Joey when we both served our community through Akima Club. She will forever be loved and missed by many. Peace be with you.
Becky Henson, Knoxville

Marie B. Sprang

October 14, 2013

We were so saddened to read of Jolene's passing. So for all of the Bernard family members, let me extend deepest and loving condolences to you, Carroll, and the children. It was always such an treat to look back and see the two of you at Mass at Immaculate Conception, here in Kenton. As kids, we sisters of her dear friend Dan, thought she was the loveliest and most beautiful girl. And she remained that way all of her life. Our prayers are with you.

October 13, 2013

Carroll..and family. This is so difficult to write..Ginger and I are just devastated..Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with all the Shanks family..Carroll, you know how to reach us. If you need to get away , whether it be for a long week-end or longer..You know you have a place here..
God bless you all..

Ginger and Jay Lundstrom

October 13, 2013

Carroll,Charlie and Chelse and family,
We know you and the community and many friends have suffered a great loss.We
hope you can find some comfort in your many special memories of the many happy
years you shared. Our thoughts,prayers and sympathy are with you at this time
Tom and Mary Pryse

Robert and Angie Craft

October 13, 2013

Dear Dr's Carroll and Charlie and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to each of you during this most difficult time. May God 's peace surround you and bring you His hope, strength, and comfort.

Dr. Robert and Angie Craft, and
the family of the late Dr. Gerald Fox.

Sharon McCoy

October 13, 2013

Joey was a big part of my girls life when they were growing up and she was always so gracious. She was always smiling and always had a kind word to say about every one. Our prayers are with her family that she loved so much.
Sharon,Jim,Kim,Dede and Kristy McCoy

Gary Loe

October 12, 2013

Dear Carroll, Chelse, and family,

Your wife/mother brightened so many lives with her loving way. Joey's warm greetings enriched the days of our chance meetings from physical therapy to mass. So sorry for her passing, but feel fortunate in meeting her and your family. You all are in our prayers.