Janice Marlene Knipp

June 21, 1940 ~ January 17, 2017

Born in: Greene County, TN
Resided in: Elizabethton, TN

Janice Marlene Knipp, age 76, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Life Care Center in Elizabethton, TN. She was a daughter of the late Virgil and Elnora Knipp. Ms. Knipp was born and raised in Greene County and moved with her family to Johnson City in 1956. She graduated from Jonesboro High School, received a B.S. degree from East Tennessee State University and earned an M.A. degree from University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Education was an integral part of her life, as she taught school for many years finishing her career at Hixson High School in Chattanooga. She was a devoted charter member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church and loved to talk about her church to anyone who would listen. She loved music and sang in church choirs wherever she was a member. She is survived by: one sister, Barbara K. Diehl and husband Kenneth, of Johnson City; two nieces, Kathy Leonard and husband Mickey, of Johnson City, Aimee Range and husband Luke, of Woodstock, GA; one nephew, Steve Diehl and wife Regina, of Gray; four great-nephews, Michael and Colton Leonard and Nathan and Wyatt Range; two great-nieces, Makendra and Emily Diehl; and many special cousins. The family of Janice Knipp will receive friends Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Johnson City. The memorial service will follow with Pastor James W. Nipper and Pastor Steve Counts officiating. Interment will be Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery in Greene County. Pallbearers include: Kevin Belt, Steve Diehl, Colton Leonard, Michael Leonard, Kim Neas, Lamar Neas, Luke Range and Kenneth Southerland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Dr., Johnson City, TN 37604.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Janice will always hold a special place in our hearts because of a very sweet and selfless act on her part. She will never be forgotten. We also want to honor her for all the years she taught English to myriads of Tennessee students and contributed to their eventual futures. We know she has a special place in heaven because of this alone. We send our deepest sympathies to the Diehl and Knipp families. The Range family knows she is singing with the angels.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Barbara, Kenneth Family & Friends. Its sad to lose someone in death. What helped me the most was prayers and faith in God?s promise at Psalm 34:18 ?God is close to the broken heart: he saves those who are crushed in spirit.? For more comforting scriptures, please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. God?s Kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for will bring about these wonderful promises. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. If you wish to contact me at: [email protected]

  3. Anonymous says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Janice Knipp. Janice was always so sweet. Mary’s mother thought the world of her (they’d traveled from Chattanooga to Johnson City together).

  4. Anonymous says:

    Barbara, Ken and family – Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of Janice. May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time. Janice will be missed. Donna

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