Brenda Sue McElhaney (Sign Guestbook)

Brenda Sue McElhaney departed this life on August 13th at age 72 following a hard-fought battle with cancer. She will be lovingly missed and remembered by her many friends and family including her sister and brother in law, Tamara & Charles Farley, brother; David McElhaney, nephew; Clint Farley & his wife BreAnna and their two children Harmony Jane & Acelin Charles. Brenda had so many friends including the special friendships she had with Cindy Loftis Snow, Sue Bee Johnson and her friend and prayer mentor, Betsy Frazier.
She is preceded in death by her father, Howard McElhaney, Step-father; Clifford Holt, Mother; Dorothy Holt,  brother; Larry McElhaney.

Brenda was born in Knoxville, TN and worked at Washington Pike Veterinary Hospital for many years.
She lived her life to the absolute fullest, she loved hard and she loved well. She had a passion for adventure. Her smile and laughter were contagious, and people were drawn to her.
She loved all living things, especially all her little furry friends. Her beloved pet dog, Lola has been adopted by her sister.
She will always be missed & she will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. She was the life of the party here on earth, but now she is free from pain & in the arms of Jesus.

Proverb 31:25
“She is clothed in strength & dignity and she laughs with no fear of the future”

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, August 23rd from 2-4pm at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel with music & a few special words from her dear friend, Betsy Frazier at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to Brenda’s favorite charity, Angelic Ministries:,  1218 N. Central Street Knoxville Tennessee 37917,Telephone: 865-523-8884 Fax: 865-637-1883

Mailing address
Angelic Ministries
P.O. Box 3034
Knoxville, TN  37927

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the McElhaney family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

12 guestbook entries for “Brenda Sue McElhaney”:

  1. Regina "Jeannie" Odom says:

    “Aunt Boo” as I knew her was such a special lady–always smiling, loving, laughing—she was indeed a beautiful lady inside and out. Prayers for her family. She will be missed for sure!!

  2. Shelby. McCarter says:

    To a very sweet lady and cousin May God bless the family.

    Shelby,McElhaney, McCarter

  3. Richard White says:

    My sincere condolences to Brenda’s family. May she Rest In Peace with our Lord 🙏🏼✝️
    Richard White HHS ‘65

  4. Cousin Mike Cameron says:

    My sweet cousin. I thought of you often and our wonderful childhood memories. You will be missed dearly but you will be A wonderful addition to heaven.

  5. Ernest lee McFall says:

    Was raised with Brenda at Hoit Ave church. Sad to hear about her passing. You guys will be in our prayers. She was truly a beautiful person inside as well as outside.

  6. Melissa says:

    How blessed I was to have her as my neighbor and to…for a time…be able to call her sister.

  7. Pamela Royston says:

    So sorry Tammy and David. Had no idea she was sick. Just doesn’t seem possible, she was always so full of life.

  8. Connie Arnold says:

    I met Brenda when she worked at the veterinary hospital. A wonderful person, always with a smile. My sympathy to her family and friends.

  9. Steve Eldridge says:

    I also knew Brenda from the veterinary clinic many years ago. She was so funny and always took time to make each animal and its owner feel special.Did not know she was so ill. My regards to her family and my love to Brenda who turned all the worst into the best just with her infectious laugh and smile.

  10. Tracy Miller-Davis says:

    Boo was one special lady. Always so full of life and LOVE.
    She was always smiling and making everyone HAPPY.
    She will be missed so very much.
    What a Beautiful Sweet Soul.
    Love and Prayers to the family…they certainly were loved by Boo.

  11. Mickey E.Davis H.H.S>Class of 65 says:

    I knew Brenda from Holston High School,I had lost contact with her through the years but still remember her friendly & joyful personality.She will indeed be a great addition to heaven.I’m sorry for the great loss to her friends and family.

  12. Cheryl Davis says:

    Brenda was definitely a “free-spirit” who never met a stranger and loved all animals! I worked with her for a few years and it was an honor to know her. She always had a smile on her face! Now that she has her wings she will be happy to see her beloved animals with wings: Boomer, Rocky and Sasha. My deepest sympathy to her friends and family.

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