Merle Duff

September 27, 1937April 16, 2018

Merle Duff, age 80, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018. She was a member of Washington Pike United Methodist Church and was retried from Knox County Schools Vision Services Department after many years. Preceded in death by parents, Lacey and Ressie Duff; brothers, John, Floyd, and Carl Duff; sisters, Reba Cantwell, Della Day, Lois McAllister, Effie Duff, and Aggie Culp. Survivors include daughter, Amanda Atkins and husband Chuck; grandchildren, Addy and Grayson Atkins, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Special thanks to her loving caregivers, Wilma Steele and LaTanya Steele. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 pm Tuesday at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, 2300 Adair Dr. Graveside service will be 12 noon Wednesday at Lynnhurst Cemetery with Rev. Pat Polis officiating. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Merle Duff

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Norma and Ron Mikels

April 17, 2018

Amanda, we are so sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. I (Norma) graduated from Roane Co. High same as Merle and rode the Greyhound Bus from Roane County (Oral). We last saw her at Washington Pike Church prior to her illness. God be with you and your family at this time. I know that she is rejoicing with her Mom and Dad and siblings in Heaven.