IN MEMORIAM: Albert Minor ‘55


The Rev. Albert Neely Minor, Class of 1955, died January 4th, 2019. He was born in Jennings, LA, on March 6, 1930, grew up in Griffin, GA, and made Knoxville his home for the past fifty-four years.

He was a graduate of University of the South (Sewanee), and the University of Tennessee before attending General. He began his vocation in the priesthood in Fort Valley, Georgia; then served as campus minister at East Tennessee State University before being called to Tyson House Episcopal Student Center at the University of Tennessee, where he served as college chaplain for the Diocese of East Tennessee from 1964 until his retirement in 1994. 

Minor was widely respected for his active involvement in many religious organizations, as well as local and regional community organizations over the past 50 years. Those included the Campus Ministry Council, Fort Sanders Historical Association, Bridge Refugee Program, and the Prison Ministry of St. James Church. He served on the National Advisory Committee for Ministries in Higher Education, and Board of Governors for the Appalachian Peoples Service Organization (APSO) / Coalition for Human Needs. He co-chaired the General Convention Youth Program for the Appalachian Region and served as mentor and friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Stephen Phillip Minor. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Carroll Wood Tuthill Minor, children Deborah Williamson (Warren), Michelle Rule (Tony), and David Minor. He also leaves five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren - all who truly loved their "Gigi," and special family friend Rebecca Hare. 

A requiem mass was held on Wednesday, January 9th, 4:00 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville.

His final request – "Mourn not. Offer prayers of thanksgiving for his time of life among us."