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Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Manwell Patillo Sr.

September 12, 1942June 19, 2020
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Manwell B. Patillo Sr., avid fisher, voracious card player and all-around great man, passed away on June 19, 2020 at the age of 77 at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Manwell was born on September 12, 1942 in Plainfield, New Jersey. He spent many years of his life serving the country, including three years in the Army and 11 years in the Air Force, and served four years in Vietnam. After relocating to Knoxville, he worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he retired after 34 years so he could focus on fishing, trying to figure out how to set the alarm on his smartphone, and, primarily, putting the "beat 'em up" on his family members and friends during card games. Those weren't his only passions, though. He was also passionate about his sobriety, becoming an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 40 years, supporting many local groups. He was the cofounder of the Back to Basics group and Serenity Club of Oak Ridge, as well as the co-founder of Park 40 West Knoxville. He could always be counted on to share his story and lend an ear or a hand to people struggling with sobriety. AA was also where he met his soulmate, Caroline Patillo, his wife of 29 years and his most fervent teammate in the game of cards and in life. Although, when they played against each other it could make the Hatfield and McCoy feud look like a minor skirmish. But their love and commitment to each other was apparent to anyone who knew them, and even a game of spades, hand-and-foot, UNO, or her movie selections, couldn't dampen that. Manwell will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him, not to mention by the accountant of the local Cheddar's and whoever is responsible for ensuring live crabs make it to Tennessee. But he truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends and his love for those around him was felt in everything he did. His competitive nature never belied his big heart. He loved showing off pictures of his grandchildren and sharing their success stories and he was always there to offer sage and loving advice to those who needed it. He was also always willing to forgive you for beating him at cards (after a few hours). Manwell was preceded in death by grandson Johnathan Hibdon. He is survived by his wife Caroline Patillo; son Manwell Patillo Jr. and wife Sherri of Charleston, SC.; daughter Marilynn Patillo of Virginia Beach, Va.; stepdaughters Charity Naud and husband Alan of Sandy Ridge, N.C.; Paris Moulden of Jacksonville, Fla.; Elizabeth Moulden of Knoxville, TN; and Mara Budd of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren Swanniqua Smith, Phillip Hibdon, Tre Manwell Patillo, Jay Saunders, Tiana Patillo, Mikel Moulden, Katie Woollens and Josephine Budd; and four greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be Sunday June 28, 2020 at 6:00pm at Weaver Funeral Home. Please wear a mask if you have been traveling for the safety of the family. The interment will be at a later date at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.weaverfuneralservices.com. Weaver Funeral Home 5815 Western Ave. Knoxville, TN 37921.In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Manwell's memory.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Memories

Manwell Patillo Sr.

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Manwell Patillo

July 4, 2020

You would be greatly missed, but never forgotten. R.I.P. DAD!

Beth Schultz

June 30, 2020

Manwell was a quiet, guiding, and persistent presence in my life for the last 30 years. I will miss his laughter and conjecture. I will miss his teasing and our talks. Meetings are a big part of my life and I always would feel at home when I walked into a meeting... and there was Manwell. You would never know which meeting you would run into him. He would say, “...just another beautiful day in sobriety...I think I’ll keep coming back”. May he sit at the big table with his other friends of Bill W. who have passed....remembering us down here who are still trudging the road of happy destiny. Beth S.

Connie Lane-Douglas

June 28, 2020

Manwell was a kind man whose presence in his friends lives made them better people for having known him. He spoke few words, but what he did say made an impact. His spirit will live on in our lives.
I feel blessed for having known Manwell and will be forever grateful for his friendship.

David Waite

June 26, 2020

One of the wisest men I have ever known. Gentle and kind, yet solid as a rock. When he spoke, which was never more than necessary, I listened carefully to every word, along with everyone else in the room. May his memory be eternal. Love you, Manwell. Thank you for being part of my life.

Vicki Cormier

June 24, 2020

I only met him one time. He was a very nice man. I am very saddened at his passing. I pray for his family and friends who knew him. I pray you find peace and healing for your great loss. He sounds as though he was an extremely kind and generous man. May God rest his soul. May God bring you all peace and may God bring you healing.

Harold Ketterer

June 24, 2020

The rooms won't be the same without him. His example, words and actions saved many lives. His spirit will always be with us at the Back to Basics Group. Our heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Marilynn Patillo

June 23, 2020

La Queta Powell

June 23, 2020

I send my deepest condolences to the entire Patillo family. May the memories of him bring smiles during your times of sadness.

La Queta Powell
Va. Beach, VA

Marilynn Patillo

June 23, 2020

Marilynn Patillo

June 23, 2020

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