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Geleh Ylva Massaquoi

The Massaquoi and Johnson families of Liberia and the Chaney family of Knoxville, Tennessee announce the death of Geleh Ylva Massaquoi, age 58, on the morning of January 28, 2020 after a long illness. She is predeceased by her mother, Geleh Johnson Holmes, grandparents Momolu and Rachel Massaquoi, of Liberia, West Africa, husband Larry Russell Chaney, and uncle Charlie Hoffman, of Knoxville.

She leaves to mourn her loss a large and loving family including children Sadia Rachel Chaney and Tonia Fritz Chaney, parents Fritz Massaquoi and Fasia Massaquoi, granddaughter Seyonia Chaney, stepchildren Montaque and Taeesha (Rashid), siblings Charles Hoffman, Tobertha Jackson (Lamar), Denise Hoffman, Wokie Massaquoi-Wicks (Stephen), Ulrich Hoffman, Hans Massaquoi (Olive), Sando Shafia Holmes, Sr. (Antoinette), Zinnah Holmes Massalay (Joseph), Gbanga Momo Holmes, Sr. (Gbelly), Patrick Holmes (Jumah), and Jumah Johnson (Morris), nieces and nephews Edward Hoffman, Erica Scott, Wiatta Thomas, Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin, Lahai Wicks, Roma Nayeema Hoffman, Sanzeray Hoffman, Audrey Hoffman, Devlin Brogdon and many other family members and friends around the world.

The family will receive friends, Saturday, February 8, at 3:00 pm, memorial service will follow at 4:00pm, with the committal service after at St. James Episcopal Church (1101 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917).

Please send all flowers and gifts to Jarnigan and Sons Mortuary (2823 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, 37914).

Tobertha Jackson (865) 773-9510
Lamar Jackson (865) 253-1532