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Thorn Lopez Kegley -
Thorn Lopez Kegley, age 67, of Erwin passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015 at the James H. Quillin VA Medical Center. Mr. Kegley was born on September 10, 1947 in Erwin, TN a son of the late Thero and Emma Gillis Kegley. Mr. Kegley was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the United States Army, he later served his community for 10 years as a police officer. He was a member of the Erwin Church of Christ. He was a woodcarver, artist, author and brick mason.

Lena Masters -
Lena Masters, age 95, of Erwin, passed away on July 20, 2015, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late Alexander “Alex” and Rebecca “Lou” Collins Masters. Lena had her Associates Degree and was the owner and operator of Evergreen Florist for many years. She was very active in organizing her Class Reunion each year. Lena was a faithful member of Love Chapel Christian Church where she participated in many activities. Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Sid Masters; brothers: Harley Masters, Loyd Masters, Edd Masters, and Herbert Masters; sisters: Jeanette Engle and Virgina Hixson.

Joe Mac Ledford -
Joe Mac Ledford, age 78, 484 Rock House Road, Jonesborough, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015, in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Buladean, NC and had lived most of his life in Jonesborough. Mr. Ledford was a son of the late Fonzer and Edith Honeycutt Ledford. He retired in 2000 as a self employed tool and die maker and had previously been employed by Pan American and Hoover Ball. Mr. Ledford was a member of the Faith Baptist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, R. Z. Ledford and an infant sister, Leona Ledford.

Julia Lee "Judy" Peterson -
Julia Lee "Judy" Peterson, age 64, Unicoi, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Ped and Nellie Hensley Price. Mrs. Peterson was a homemaker. She was a member of the Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church where she served for several years as the Women's Ministry President. Other than her parents, Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Price.

Nancy Carolyn Bible -
Nancy Carolyn Bible, age 72, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Bill and Gladys Gouge Lyle. She was a loving homemaker and a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church. In addition to her parents Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, L.B. Bible in 2006.

Lake Johnson Rice -
Lake Johnson Rice, age 93 of Erwin, passed away quietly after a short illness on Monday, July 13, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Wilder, VA to the late Ira and Delphia Kiser Johnson, grew up in Cleveland, VA, and lived most of her life in Erwin, TN. She graduated from Milligan College in 1942 where she met her future husband. Lake was the May Queen her senior year at Milligan College. Interestingly, during World War II she worked for a short time at Oak Ridge, where she was indirectly involved in helping to produce the first atomic bomb. Mrs. Rice taught at the Unicoi County High School for 20 years where she primarily taught English and Business courses. After the passing of her husband, Robert E. Rice, Lake lived independently for 35 years atop “Elephant’s Back Hill” in Erwin. She loved her family and taking care of her many adopted critter friends.

Tommy J. Brackins -
Tommy J. Brackins, age 56, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2015, at his home. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of Leonard Thomas and Alice Dene Brackins of Erwin. Mr. Brackins worked for the former Vesuvious of Erwin for over 25 years as a furnace operator. Tommy was of the Baptist faith.