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1952 Joseph 2024

Joseph Allen Schariter

March 18, 1952 — April 17, 2024


Joseph Allen Schariter was born on March 18, 1952 to John and Dorothy Schariter. Joseph grew up in Kingston, TN, and was the eldest child. He had two sisters, Heidi Miller and Christy Bivens. Joseph played football, went to dances, and attended the University of TN where he majored in Chemical Engineering. 

Joseph met his wife, Mary Jean Nanney at the University of Tennessee. They were married on November 29, 1975. They enjoyed 48 years of marriage. They were partners, the best of friends, and were an example of marriage to all those around them. 

Joseph and Mary lived in Ohio, New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut, and New York. Joseph worked for Union Carbide and Dow Chemical and retired in 2009. Joseph traveled to 30 countries during his career. Joseph was well loved by his work family, and built many exceptional relationships during his career. Joseph and Mary moved to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for their retirement. 

Joseph has been involved in church for many years, leading Bible studies, mentoring couples,  and attending Fellowship Evangelical Church. Joe loved Jesus, and was a man of strong faith. He was much loved by his church family. 

Joseph was called home on April 17th, after a sudden diagnosis of Pancreatic cancer on November 10th, 2023. 

Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Mary Nanney Schariter (71), of Walland , TN, his son Joseph Allen Schariter 11 (44) of Wayland, Massachusetts, his daughter Jennifer Schariter (41) of Knoxville, TN, his grandchildren Zara Schariter (11),Daphne Schariter (8), Margot Schariter (2), Alexus Miller (23), and Michael Varner, Jr. (22). Joseph was a loving grandfather to all of his grandchildren, and his grandchild Daphne wrote “I couldn’t find a better Poppa.” Joseph was a beloved father-in-law to both Elizabeth Schariter and Michael Carter. He loved doing adventures with his in laws Becky and Larry Brown. Joseph also was a kind and loving Uncle to his nieces and nephews.

All those who knew Joseph loved him. He is known for his exceptional kindness, his sense of humor, his steadfastness, his love for Jesus, his athleticism, and his ability to build anything. 

The Memorial service for Joe will be held at Grandview Cemetery on April 27th at 1:00PM. 

In lieu of flowers please donate to your charity of choice. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,

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