OBITUARY

Lenore Andes

July 24, 1931April 17, 2021
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Lenore Sparks Andes (89) of Knoxville, Tenn. went to be with our Lord on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

She was born in Cades Cove on July 24, 1931 and was one of 12 children born to Asa and Amy Sparks, and she was one of the last remaining families to reside in the cove before it became a National Park.

She graduated from the University of TN and taught home economics before marrying Rex Andes of Sevierville. She joined Rex in the restaurant business where they successfully operated The Steakhouse in Sevierville and then moved to Knoxville and operated the Hollywood Restaurant and Andes Catering for over 30 years. Lenore was a devoted wife and mother to 6 children while successfully running the family business.

Upon retirement she enjoyed gardening, square dancing, spending time with her family and traveling. She traveled to Italy, Australia, Fiji, Mexico and all over the United States. She was a devout Christian and member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by parents Asa and Amy Sparks, husband Rex Andes, brothers Leon and Luke Sparks, and sister Lennis (George) Walvoort, grandson Jacy Jackson and brother in law Benny McCarter.

She is survived by her sisters Lucille (Bob) Britton, LaVerne McCarter, Lois Kaye (Charles) Russell, Linda (Mike) Denton, brothers Leland (Edna) Sparks, Leslie (Annie Sue) Sparks, Larry (Katie) Sparks, Lamon (Gail) Sparks, children Samantha (Charlie) Owens, Amy Andes, Carrie (Harvey) Halcott, Lisa Andes, Keith Andes, James (Felicia) Andes, and Carmen (Dennis) Lindsay, 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her dear friend Gene Frye.

Lenore always had a smile on her face, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Flowers can be sent to Berry Highland Memorial at 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Receiving of friends will held Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with the service immediately following in the Chapel of Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kinston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919. Burial will take place at 3 p.m. at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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April 19, 2021

My precious grandma gained her halo and wings as she left us to be with Jesus.

In middle school, I was given an assignment to write a paper on my hero; I wrote it on Grandma. Her maiden name was Lenore Sparks, her married name was Lenore Andes, but to me she was "Grandma". And even though she wore this "grandma" title well, she was more than a grandma to me, she was like a second mother.

Now that I'm older and I am looking back, I realize how great an effort she made to be in our lives and cheer us on along our way. When my mom became a single mother, Grandma stepped in. She was who we called when we were sick and needed someone to pick us up from school when mom couldn't. She was who stayed with us and took care of us when mom went out of town. She was there at every important event to us...senior nights, award nights, graduations, weddings, baby showers, births, etc...we could always count on grandma to be there.

I will always remember Grandma as a good ol' country southern woman who grew up in Cades Cove. Not only was she extremely dependable, she was kind and generous, and she truly had a heart of gold. Those who knew her knew her sense of humor. She sure was sassy and incredibly honest (sometimes to a flaw). I can only hope to be half of the grandma she was to me one day. Her absence has definitely left a void, but I am thankful she is no longer suffering and that she is reunited with Grandpa up in Heaven.

Phillip Woodard

April 19, 2021

Very sorry to hear, prayers go out to all the family.

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