Bernice Faye Wolfe

June 18, 1947July 4, 2018
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Bernice Faye Wolfe, of Morristown, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. She was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church. Bernice retired from BASF in 1995 after 28 years of service. She then worked at Albea Manufacturing until she retired in 2016. Our entire family was blessed to a have a wonderful woman like her as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Talmadge and Lucille Burrell; and step-son Douglas Wolfe.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Wolfe; son, Jay Tankersley Jr.; daughter, Avanell (Abbie) Parker; Step-daughter, Sharon (Tim) Broyles. Bernice and Joe were blessed to have 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 7th from 5 – 7 p.m. in the chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. The family will have a graveside entombment service on Sunday, July 8th at 1 p.m. in Hamblen Memory Gardens.

Stubblefield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Entombment Sunday, July 8, 2018

Bernice Faye Wolfe

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Martha Bowser

July 8, 2018

My prayers are with you.

Brandi Yarbrough

July 6, 2018

It’s so hard to write all the things that cross my mind when I think of you a lot of great memories that I will cherish.I will miss our talks,I wish we could have got one more in 😥 You was so full of life,and made plenty of my work nights go bye fast.You will forever be in mine,and the boys hearts 💕



      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Bernice Faye Wolfe. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Bernice was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

      Bernice was born on at home in Rogersville, TN. She was the daughter of Talmadge and Lucille Burrell. Bernice was raised in Rogersville. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Bernice was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Bernice's personality throughout her life.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Bernice was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Bernice was always tactful. One thing Bernice will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Bernice had a number of interests and was an active child. In her spare time she liked playing with dolls.

      For Bernice, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Bernice was also adept at details. Bernice was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Keplat School. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      There was one thing that all of Bernice's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Bernice was such a popular person throughout her life. But Bernice was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Bernice was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Bernice was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Bernice was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Bernice was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Bernice made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. Later in life, she became friends with Jackie and George Hicks.

      Bernice was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Bernice cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On April 11, 1974 Bernice married Joe Edward Wolfe at a minister's home in Morristown, TN. Compassionate and devoted, Bernice worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Bernice and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Bernice was blessed with two children., one son, Jay and one daughter, Avanell. They were also blessed with four grandchildren., Ian, Nikki, Jared, Kasey and Kevin. Bernice was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Bernice was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Bernice would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Bernice, and she expected the same from those around her. Bernice was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Bernice was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Bernice handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was nylon winding machine operator. She was employed for 28 years with BASF and 15 years with Albea. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      A methodical woman, Bernice enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were going on motorcycle rides with Joe.

      Bernice was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Bernice was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Bernice also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were watching baseball.

     Her high moral standards and traditional values served Bernice well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a member of Cedar Creek Church for 42 years. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

      Not only did Bernice enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included Mrytle Beach, SC and Helen, Ga.

      Bernice was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Millie, a Boston Terrier., who was a best friend for eight years.

      Since it was easy for Bernice to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Bernice was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2015 from Albea. In retirement, she found new pleasure in motorcycle rides. Even in retirement, Bernice stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

      Bernice passed away on July 4, 2018 at at her home in Morristown, TN. She is survived by husband, Joe and children, Jay and Avanell. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home. Bernice was entombed in the Hamblen Memory Gardens Mausoleums.

      Bernice was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Bernice was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Bernice Faye Wolfe.