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Marico A. Isom


Marico Alexander Isom, the third of three children was born on June 19, 1975, to the late Juanita Coats-Isom.


Marico graduated from Whitehaven High School and continued his studies at the University of Tennessee Martin and University of Memphis where he received a Bachelors Degree in Professional Studies in Information Technology in 2004, Bachelors Degree of Liberal Studies in Communications in 2006 and a Masters of Science Degree in Project Management in 2022 from City University of Seattle.


He united in marriage to Melissa Hawes on June 2, 2003, and they welcomed their son, Marico II on February 17, 2004.


Marico would not pass up a good plate of food.  He would ask his brother A.J. whenever he was making ribs or lasagna, make him an extra slab of ribs and an extra pan of lasagna.  He loved eating good, and at the same time, he’s asking everyone “is my stomach big?”  Only Marico would buy a set of golf clubs thinking he was Tiger Woods, when he really should have been using the clubs at “Topgolf.”  He enjoyed going to the casino and playing poker.  He would say “had to feel the felt.”  He had to have him a good cigar.  Upon moving to Knoxville, he fell in love with his brother’s dog, “Pee Wee.”


Preceded in death by:  mother, Juanita Coats-Isom; father, James Willis; grandparents, William and Beatrice Coats, PM and Essie Hawes of Passaic, New Jersey and Bernard and Sadie Durham of Passaic, New Jersey; aunts, Karen Coats, Brenda Saffell, Doretha “Dodie” Middlebrook, Emma Hairston, Phyllis Waters, Margaret Lynch, and Lola Coats; uncles, William Coats, Jr., Charles Coats and Lawrence Coats; niece, Chayse Isom; father figure, Brian Devezin, Sr. and several family and friends.


Survived by:  wife, Melissa Hawes-Isom, Cordova, Tennessee; son, Marico Isom II, Cordova, Tennessee; devoted brother Amando “A.J.” (Robin) Johnson and Jettie “Bam” (Wanda) Isom IV of Douglasville, Georgia; devoted uncle Ronald “Cooney” Coats; mother figure, Vickie Devezin, Memphis, Tennessee; step-daughters, Develyn (Traevon) Butler, Germantown, Tennessee and Deja (Reggie Jackson) King, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Trevor Butler, Trenton Butler, Layla King, and Reggie Jackson, Jr.; nieces, Shecura Isom, Asia Isom and Inari Hawes; nephews, Myreon Jones, Calvin Radar, Amando Stewart, Stacey Johnson, Hector Hawes, Tristan Hawes, and including devoted nephew Amon Johnson; father and mother in-law, Lester and Phyllis Hinton, Paterson, New Jersey and father-in-law, Jerard Durham, Passaic, New Jersey; brother-in-law, Matthew (Toiseng) Hawes, Huntington, Maryland.


Marico’s family will hold a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with funeral services to follow at Jarnigan & Son Mortuary Chapel.


Arrangements by JARNIGAN & SON MORTUARY- www.jarniganandson.com

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