Hal Emitt Sr., architect of Sacred Heart Church, dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 11 for retired Knoxville architect Harold “Hal” Emitt Sr., who died July 7. He was 94.

Father John Dowling was the celebrant of the funeral Mass at Holy Ghost Church, where Mr. Emitt was a longtime member.

Mr. Emitt, who worked for the Baumann and Baumann architecture firm, worked on design plans for a number of landmarks, including the original Sacred Heart Church and St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge.

Baumann and Baumann also performed design work for Immaculate Conception Church.

Mr. Emitt also worked for the Knoxville Utilities Board and did design work on KUB’s operations facility on Middlebrook Pike. He retired from KUB in 1997 after a 30-year career.

Mr. Emitt was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Sherman and Viola Mink Emitt, his loving wife of 67 years, Gloria Jeanne Beavers Emitt, and son, Jeffrey David Emitt, who was a Diocese of Knoxville seminarian when he passed away in 2014. He is survived by son Harold “Hal” E. Emitt Jr. and sister Hazel Lou Emitt.

Mr. Emitt was interred at Calvary Cemetery. Donations in Mr. Emitt’s honor may be made to the Holy Ghost building fund.

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