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Mrs. Josephine Carmichael Mayo

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Mrs. Josephine Carmichael Mayo Obituary


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“Cissy, I am so very sorry, words cannot express what I wish I could say to make you feel better. I guess there are no such words. But I do want...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: cindy bartell - Greenback, TN

“I have worked for Mayo's for over 31 years and have had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Mayo for the duration. She encouraged me to paint, and she...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Lee - Knoxville, TN - friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with Claxton and the entire Mayo family over their loss of Josephine, who was always loving, personable, talented, and...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Betty Davidson Frierson - TN

“My Thoughs and prayers are with the family at this time.Your ex-neighbor, jane Longmire Giesler ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Jane Longmire Giesler - friend

“Cissy, We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your precious mom. We know how hard it is to let her go but what a gift you have knowing...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ron & Kathy Brunson

“I remember---very fondly---helping Josephine frame many of her lovely watercolors. She was always interested in what was going on around her, and...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Scott Bishop - Knoxville, TN

“Claxton; Lyndall and I send our condolences and prayers for the loss of your mother. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Roger Ridenour - Tierra Verde, FL


Mayo, Josephine C., age 91 of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. She was a graduate of Salem Academy and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Josephine was a member of Second Presbyterian Church for over sixty-five years, where she taught Bible Study Fellowship and Sunday School. She was an accomplished artist and showed in a number of art shows and in art galleries. She became interested in art in her mid-thirties and started her art career by doing children's portraits. Later on, she most enjoyed painting mountains and beach scenes. For a number of years she taught art classes at the church where she made many friends. Josephine was a sweet and loving person. The Lord and her family was always at the center of her life. She is survived by her loving husband of seventy-one years, Claxton Mayo. He is of the third generations of family working at D. R. Mayo Seed Company and later the Mayo Garden Centers. She is also survived by her children, Claxton Mayo, Jr. and wife Wallace, Cissy Mayo and Steve Mayo and wife Debra; grandchildren, Bryan Mayo and wife Ronda, Elizabeth Cox and husband Thad, Lisa Green Kern of Miami, FL, Laura Green, Michael Schaffer and wife Danielle, Kelli Kalies, Amanda Mayo and Taylor Mayo; great-grandchildren, Blake and Bethany Mayo, Matt and Chris Cox, Sarah and Jimmy Kern, Carter Green, Braxton Clark, Jon and Grant Schaffer, Kelsey Philips, Kaylee Hazelwood and Mary Faith; special friends, Jane and Kathy Kennedy and Terry Chumley. Family and friends will meet at the main entrance to Highland Memorial Cemetery 11:00 AM Saturday for a graveside service. A celebration of Josephine's life will be held 1:00 PM Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bryan Wilson officiating with the family receiving friends following the service in the fellowship hall. The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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