Violet P. Tudor (Sign Guestbook)

Violet Parthenia Tudor, age 97 passed away on June 11, 2017. She was a lifelong resident of Knoxville and member of Smithwood Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for over 70 years.  She graduated with her Masters Degree in Education from The University of Tennessee in 1936. She began her career in education while still at UT teaching at Smithwood Grammar School, then on to Christenberry Junior High School where she taught math from 1954-1968, and retired in 1979 from Northwest Junior High School. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Parthenia Tudor: brothers, Newport Tudor and CP Tudor; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Tudor. Violet is survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Tudor; nieces and nephews, Richard Tudor (Janice), Carolyn Tudor, Tim Tudor and Diane, and Kent Tudor (Darlene); great nieces and nephews, Alisa Tudor-Inman (Paul), Andrea Tudor-Shefferman (Adam), Nathan Tudor, Alison Tudor, and Mark Tudor; great-great nieces and nephews, Jordan Tudor, Aashni Shefferman, Diya Shefferman, Chelsey Benson-Earle (Jarred), Blake Benson, and Fallon Russell; several other family members also survive. A Graveside Service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Anthony Collins. Friends may sign the registry at their convenience Thursday from 8-5 and Friday from 8-11. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Smithwood Baptist Church. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Tudor family and invites you to sign and view the family guestbook below.


18 guestbook entries for “Violet P. Tudor”:

  1. Bob and Elnora Anderson says:

    We will miss a truly great lady.

  2. Pamela Hyder Lewis says:

    We will all miss Violet, the sweetest, most intelligent and loving woman I ever knew. My mother, Hazel Capps Hyder, loved Violet and they were close from childhood til my Mommas passing. In talking to Violet she would talk about their travels together and how much she loved Momma. I have no doubt that she is looking at the face of her savior, Christ Jesus. After that she and Momma will be catching up with each other and Claude. What a happy day! Rest in His peace, Violet. You were so loved.

  3. Linda Tudor Hammer says:

    What a dear lady she was. I will miss her. The world is now a little more dim without her kindness. Heaven got a real good one. I love you Violet. At one time an aunt but always a friend.

  4. Connie Herron says:

    I’ll always remember Aunt Violet as my favorite teacher and a dear, sweet spirit. I’m sure there many happy souls in Heaven today, who have been patiently awaiting her arrival.
    With love and warm wishes to her family members,
    Connie Herron, Tina Robin, and Katie Robin

  5. Julie Moore says:

    This lovely woman touched my life and taught me so many things about what matters most in life. She was always ready with a beautiful smile and a kind word, even when her circumstances were less than desirable. Her life story was so inspiring. During one of my visits with Violet she strongly proclaimed in great faith in the One Who created, redeemed, and faithfully carried her for nine decades… “I am prayed up, packed up, and ready to be picked up by the Angel of the Lord!” In another conversation she told me when she was 96 that she had never wanted to live past 80 because she thought she would be “old” if she was past 80! She told me that her secret to longevity was hard work, clean living, and to focus on loving others. I am forever grateful for the blessing of knowing this precious servant of the Lord!

  6. Carlene Einfalt LeCompte says:

    A truly great lady! Blessed to have known her! We will miss her!

  7. Richard Tudor says:

    My Aunt Violet would never have imagined that in that Christenberry Jr. High math class that she was teaching my future wife and her future niece-in-law. Years later, she was always there on a long distance call when I needed help in order to help my children with a math problem that they could not figure out. Being walking distance from my house as I grew up, she was often someone to visit with on a weekend and she has always been a part of my support system. She will be missed by many.

  8. June Hammer says:

    Violet’s reassuring and loving ways have influenced me for almost 60 years at Smithwood Baptist Church. She truly lived her faith and will be much missed.

  9. Carolyn Cottrell says:

    A really sweet soul has joined the angels. It was good to get to see her one more time at CP’s funeral. I know she will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

  10. Charlotte Waggoner's Livingston says:

    Violet blessed all who knew her. She certainly lived her Christianity. Our family loved her.

  11. Kelly Family says:

    I only met Ms. Violet once, but could tell instantly that she had a sweet and caring soul and the sweetest, most precious smile that just lit up the room. The Tudor/Inman family have been and will continue to be in our prayers as we pray for comfort and guidance for them during this time of loss. I know she will be greatly missed as she obviously had a great impact on many people’s lives.

  12. Mary Barnawell says:

    Tim and Diane….you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad I was one of Aunt Violets “Kroger girls”.She always had a smile and a hug for me. I am glad her love for others lives on through her family.

  13. Jack & Vanita Holt says:

    Another faithful and loving member of SBC has made her entrance through the pearly gates of heaven. Living life with gifted and kind attributes, she influenced numerous lives with her caring words and her service to God and others. Her remarkable ability to recall details of many decades ago, put her in a category all of her own. Indeed, one of God’s faithful servants will be welcomed to her heavenly home.

  14. Christine Curtis says:

    She was my most memorable teacher in my life. Teaching me with her beautiful heart as well as her head knowledge. One of my father’s dearest friend’s left Our world this week.
    She was a very powerful progressive force, in such a gentle feminine soul.
    So fortunate are we that had the pleasure of knowing her. Well done.

  15. John & Donna Robbins says:

    Very sweet lady, my mother-in-law (Dollace Robbins) loved to visit with Violet. They are rejoicing in heaven now. Beautiful lady will be missed. Loved by many.

  16. Richard Craig says:

    Great lady….my 6th grade teacher……the very best……

  17. Ruth Cobble Harris says:

    My parents, Ken and Lois Cobble, were very fond of Violet for the same reasons that everyone loved the beautiful Christian person she was. Though they are perhaps greeting her in heaven, I send condolences as they would have done to the family.

  18. Anna Laura Warren says:

    No words can describe this beautiful lady. She was a fine teacher and a great friend.
    We always enjoyed our visits with her as we went thru Knoxville.
    She will be so missed by all of us.

    Anna Laura Cloniger Warren

    A. J. Burmaster

    Mary Elizabeth Cloniger Burmaster

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