Patricia Ann Rimmer

September 28, 1938April 16, 2021

Rockford – Patricia Ann Rimmer, 82, of Rockford passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, April 16, 2021 surrounded by loved ones.

Patricia was born on September 28, 1938 in Birmingham, Alabama to William and Dorothy Hobbs. Patricia, known as Pat by many, built her life in the Knoxville area and was the matriarch of her family. She uplifted the day of all whose path she crossed.

Patricia embodied the definition of grit, perseverance, and determination in all aspects of her life. She was a competitive tennis player and passed the hobby to her granddaughters. In her free time, Patricia loved nature and gardening. She was a member of Mountain Laurel Garden Club. Also, an avid reader, she was passionate about learning.

Unwavering in her support and encouragement of her family, her inspirational personality shines in her legacy and will continue for generations. Patricia’s light shone in her kind, gentle, and loving caregiving. A nurturer at heart, Patricia loved all animals—especially her pets. She also cared for and was deeply involved with her granddaughters’ upbringing and adult lives. Spending time with her family brought her immense joy.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert “Bob” Rimmer; son, Terryl Rimmer (Theresa); 5 granddaughters, Nikita Weaver (Dennis), Celsy Johnson (Josh), Gabriella Rimmer, Sierra Rimmer, and Adriana Kerkstra (Preston); 2 great granddaughters, July and Aspen Johnson; and 2 sisters, Betty McFaden (Jim); Mary Hefley (Jim) and children.

Patricia will have a graveside service at Berry Highland Memorial with close family and friends on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Bethel United Methodist Church at 2004 Amherst Road in Knoxville, Tennessee. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021



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Ray Rimmer

April 24, 2021

Wishing blessings and comfort to all you cousin and kin. Robert is my 4th cuz once removed. Our kinship goes back to NC in 1780s. Pat was clearly wonderful for you all, and it is a joy to read about her full life in this fine obit. I have a photo of cousin Blanche, now in a nursing home I see. Our Senior Saints are fewer. We love them all still. God bless y'all Love to see you at our NC Reunion! Usually in July, we'll see, maybe this fall?
RAY Miles Rimmer
+Charles MADDREY Rimmer & THELMA Millie May McNair
++Robert Samuel "BOB" Rimmer & MACY Frances Wilson
+++HASTEN Rimmer, Sr. & MARY ANN Moore
++++SAMUEL Rimmer, Sr. & ELIZABETH Blalock
+++++JAMES Rimmer, Sr. & Elizabeth "PHOEBE" Ruffin

Ann Lamb

April 23, 2021

Rosemary for remembrance.
from Smoky Mountain Herbal Society friends.