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Charles “Red” Banks -
Charles “Red” Banks, age 85, of Erwin, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Nola Edwards Banks and Roy and Bessie Banks. Charles was a veteran of the United States Army and a devoted family and business man. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for many years and his family was his true love. In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his son: Greg Banks, grandson: Joseph Banks, brothers: Johnny and Billy Banks, sister: Dorothy Hughes.
Jack Hampton -
Jack Hampton, born November 1931 to John and Rosetta of Erwin, was raised in a time which for too many now seems so very long ago. With three sister s Evelyn, Sue and Patty; he was the oldest of four boys Lewis, Marvin, Murrel and throughout his life he worked the same land in which he would later raise his family.
Mr. Paul Frederick Schutt Jr -
Mr. Paul Frederick Schutt Jr., age 83 of Amelia Island, FL passed away on Thursday evening, October 1, 2015 at Baptist Medical Center.
Roy “G.G.” Glen Sullins -
Roy “G.G.” Glen Sullins, age 64, of Unicoi, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015 at his home. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Jack and Barbara Gearheart Sullins. Roy served in the United States Navy. He worked for the Fernco manufacturing facility in Davidson, Michigan.
Todd Fraser Rankin -
Todd Fraser Rankin, age 61, 534 Tumbling Creek Road, Erwin, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 in the Johnson
Elmer English -
Elmer English, age 69, of Erwin, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Center on Aging and Health. He was the son of the late Lester and Barbara Shelton English. Mr. English worked at Industrial Garment. He was a member of Green Pine Baptist Church and he enjoyed gardening. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Baucom English; and brother, Freddie English.
Florence Culbertson Pierce -
Florence Culbertson Pierce, age 74, Unicoi, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015, in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Unicoi where she had lived most of her life. Mrs. Pierce was a daughter of the late Taylor and Mary McLaughlin Horton. She was a housewife and a member of the Unicoi United Methodist Church. Other than her parents, Mrs. Pierce was preceded in death by her first husband, Jerry Culbertson, Sr; two sisters, Dottie Blevins and Hazel Jones; a brother-in-law, Sam H. Jones and a sister-in-law, Faye Horton.
Mae McKinney -
Mae McKinney, age 91, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. She was a native of Erwin and the last living child of Eugene F. and Finetta Harris Emmert. Mae was a devoted mother, dedicated Christian and a faithful member of Central Baptist Church. The poet Emerson wrote: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Mae was most certainly an honorable, kind, compassionate woman who lived her life well and made a difference, but she was also happy with her life and brought happiness to many others as well. In addition to her parents, Mae is proceeded in death by her husband of 54 years, Lyda McKinney and son, Mitchell McKinney.
Robert Lincoln "Link" White -
Robert Lincoln "Link" White, age 90, 115 Penny Lane, Unicoi, went to be with the Lord at 10:37 P.M., Monday, September 28, 2015, from the Erwin Heal th Care Center, Erwin. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Solomon and Flora Smith White. Mr. White served his country proudly in the United States Army during WWII. He was awarded the WWII Victory Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, AP Theater Ribbon and one Bronze Service Star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the American Theater Ribbon, having fought in the Battle of Luzon. Mr. White was co-owner of the Texaco Service Station in Unicoi during the 1950's and early 1960's. He was a well known automobile mechanic in Unicoi County. Mr. White retired in 1990 from Erwin Motors after many years of service. He was a member of Unicoi Church of God. Over the years, he served as teacher of the Men's Sunday School Class and Trustee. He never missed an opportunity to speak to others of the Salvation of Jesus Christ. He was a walking testimony. Other than his parents, Mr. White is preceded in death by his loving wife of forty-seven years, Hazel Marie Hensley White, who passed away in 2009; seven brothers, John White, Charles White, Alvin White, Andrew White, Burt White, James Ed White, and Eli White; two sisters, Delia McInturff and Minnie Bell Moore.
Thomas H. "Tom" Wilson -
Thomas H. "Tom" Wilson, age 61, 1049 Carolina Avenue, Erwin, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
Roger Dale Arrowood, Sr. -
Roger Dale Arrowood, Sr., age 66, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015, at his home. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Landon and Pauline Lewis Arrowood. Mr. Arrowood retired after 39 years of service as an engineer from the CSX Railroad. In addition to his parents, Roger is preceded in death by his brothers: Royce and Douglas Arrowood.
Barbara Harrison Moore -
Barbara Harrison Moore, age 81, of Erwin, Tennessee, went home to be with her Lord on September 15, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was a faithful follower of Christ, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Barbara was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 12, 1934 and was a graduate of Lynn View High School in Kingsport (Class of 1952).
James “J.O” Otis Casteel -
James “J.O” Otis Casteel, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Russel County, VA and a son of the late Otis and Lake Pearl Lewis Casteel. James served in the United States Air Force for 4 years and 6 years in the United States Air Force Reserves. He was retired from CSX as a conductor after 44 years of service. Mr. Casteel was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Erwin Kiwanis Club. He loved God, his family, his church, fishing, hunting, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Kittie Kate Silvers Bradford -
2 Timothy 4:7-9, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness.
Darla DeFoor Roy -
Darla DeFoor Roy, 75, of Erwin, TN, passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in Johnson City, TN, following an illness.
Barbara Ann Bailey Pringle -
Barbara Pringle, age 68, of Snellville, Ga., formerly of Erwin, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, after a long illness.
Annabelle Britt Stanley -
Annabelle Britt Stanley, age 80, of Unicoi, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Center on Aging and Health. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Jess and Gladys Isaacs Britt. Annabelle was a member of Unaka Springs Freewill Baptist Church and was a former member of Unicoi Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed camping, fishing with her husband and became a Florida “Snow Bird”.
Douglas M. Wheeler -
Douglas M. Wheeler, age 73, of Erwin, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Madison County, North Carolina and a son of the late Mattie and Ada Blankenship Wheeler. Douglas graduated from Mars Hill High School in 1960. He worked for the former National Casket Company, G.M.F. Manufactures. He then worked as a bus driver for the Unicoi County School System and Migrant Head Start. Mr. Wheeler retired in 2003. Douglas was of the Baptist faith and was baptized at a very young age. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Vance B. Wheeler and Sam Wheeler.
Katherine K. Edwards -
Katherine K. Edwards, age 56, 690 Vinton Avenue, Erwin passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at her residence. She was a native of Owosso, Michig an but lived in Unicoi County for the past twenty-seven years. Mrs. Edwards was a daughter of the late Albert Francis and Ruby M. Teets Francis DeLaney. She attended Higgins Chapel Baptist Church. Mrs. Edwards was employed by White's and IGA grocery store where she was Head Cashier for eleven years. She leaves behind to cherish her memories Danny Edwards, husband of thirty-seven years; one son, Corey Edwards, Erwin; one daughter, Tiffany Baucom and husband, Scotty, Erwin; four brothers: Charles Francis, Timothy Francis and wife, Tammy; Albert Francis, Jr. and wife, Teresa; Jeff Francis and wife, Chris, all of Michigan; one grandson, Dustin Baucom, Erwin; one granddaughter, Haley Baucom, Erwin; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Cecil Frazer Renfro -
Cecil Frazer Renfro, age 89, 273 Toll Branch Road, Johnson City, and formerly of Erwin, passed away Friday, September 4, 2015 following a lengthy i llness. He had lived most of his life in Unicoi County and was a son of the late Tom Renfro, Sr. and Mittie Hampton Renfro. Mr. Renfro was a WWll U.S. Navy veteran and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division as a radioman and mapper at the Battle of Tarawa in Gilbert Islands going ashore November 20, 1943. After the war he joined the U.S. Army, serving several enlistments. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Renfro retired as a groundsman for a local golf club. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas B. Renfro, Ray Renfro and Jesse Renfro; three sisters, Ruby Adkins, Ella Vanover and Thelma Renfro.
Joyce E. Coleman Grostephan -
Joyce E. Coleman Grostephan, age 83, 1631 Zane Whitson Drive, Erwin passed away Friday, September 4, 2015 in the Governor's Bend Assisted Living. S he was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. Mrs. Grostephan retired in 1990 from the Unicoi County Board of Education where she was employed as a teacher. She was a member of the Unicoi United Methodist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir, administrative council member and United Methodist Women. Mrs. Grostephan had received a certificate recognizing the commitment she made to Holston United Methodist Home for Children Heritage Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Joseph H. Grostephan in 1997; her mother, Vena Coleman and her Aunt Edith Hollifield.
Luecita Crain Harris -
Luecita Crain Harris, age 95, Flag Pond passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in the Mountain Ridge Health and Rehab following a lengthy illness. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Lattie Raegan and Martha Edwards Crain. Mrs. Harris had been employed by Industrial Garment as a seamstress for sixteen years. She was a member of the Higgins Chapel Baptist Church and became a Christian at the age of ten. Mrs. Harris loved going to church, gardening, reading and sewing. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Estil Harris on June 23, 1982; sisters: Pansy Mashburn, Dullie Edwards, Atlas Anderson, Verna Edwards and two infant sisters; brothers: Paul Crain, Floyd Crain and one infant brother.
Mr. Deward Gene Bailey -
Mr. Deward Gene Bailey, age 82, 1623 Jackson Love Highway, Erwin passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Mr. Bailey was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Jeff and Dora Simmons Bailey. He had been employed by the Unicoi County Highway Department as a mechanic and retired from the Unicoi County Board of Education where he was maintenance supervisor. Mr. Bailey had been employed by Unicoi County for a total of thirty-nine years. He attended Erwin Church of Brethren. Mr. Bailey was Past Master of Centennial Lodge #491, Erwin, member of Jericho Shrine Temple, Unicoi County Shrine Club, Eastern Star Chapter #276, R.D. Keller Chapter #214, Royal Arch Masons and B. E. Wooten Council #119. He enjoyed volunteering to raise funds for the Shriners Hospital. Mr. Bailey loved gardening and sharing his fresh vegetables with family and friends. He loved to help people. Mr. Bailey read and studied the Bible daily. He enjoyed spending time with family especially his grandchildren, Josh and Brianna.
William Bernard Ramey -
William Bernard Ramey
Barnabas Shelton -
Daryl Lynn Shelton -
Daryl Lynn Shelton, age 63, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at his residence. He was a native of Erwin and a son of the late Willard and Marie Peake Shelton. Daryl worked as an electrician with the former Clinchfield Railroad, Daniel’s Construction then with Osborne Electric for many years.
Estil Edwards -
Estil Edwards, age 83, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015, at Lakebridge Health Care. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Arthur and Ada Pearl Price Edwards. He retired from the United States Navy as Chief Boatswain Mate following twenty years of service. Then he worked in Civil Service for eleven and half years as a manager for a Military Facility in S.C. He then retired as a Deputy Sheriff following eleven years of service with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department. After retiring with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department he continued in a volunteer capacity for about three years.
Gene B. Bennett -
Gene B. Bennett, age 72, of Erwin, TN, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at his residence. He was a native of Bangor, Maine and was a son of the late Raymond and Thelma Bickford Bennett. He grew up and lived his working career in Atlanta, GA. He had a lifelong interest and love for aviation and sailing. Gene was an air traffic controller stationed in Adak, Alaska during his military service with the United States Navy. He earned his commercial pilot license. He spent his working career with Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA as a loyal and devoted employee retiring as a Telecommunications Project Coordinator. He has lived in Erwin, TN for the past 12 years.
Ruby Harrell Garland -
Ruby Harrell Garland, age 92, of Unicoi went home to Heaven today, August 24, 2015, to join her beloved Alvin. Ruby was born February 20, 1923 to t he late Charlie and Daisy McCurry Harrell in North Carolina and came to Unicoi with her parents in a covered wagon. She was an employee of Southern Pottery for sixteen years. Ruby was a member of Unicoi Baptist Church where she served as Treasurer and Sunday School Teacher for twenty years. Other than her parents and brother, Buford Harrell, Ruby was preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty-three years, Alvin Garland in 2010. Ruby loved life on the farm with Alvin and said it always gave her comfort and peace.
Vivian Chandler Callahan -
Vivian Chandler Callahan, age 88, of Erwin, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Lusious and Emma Foster Chandler. Vivian had retired at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital in housekeeping, Industrial Garment and also James’s 5 & 10. In addition to her parents, Vivian is preceded in death by her husband, Fred “F.T.” Callahan, son-in-law: Mike Light, sister: Beulah Tilson, brothers: Harold Chandler and Glen Chandler, Niece: Kathryn Ambrose.
Daniel Edward "Danny" McCurry -
Daniel Edward "Danny" McCurry, age 49, Erwin, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Flint, Michigan and had lived in Erwin most of his life. Mr. McCurry was a son of Faye McCurry of Erwin and the late Richard Eugene McCurry. He was a construction worker and had been employed by PPM. Mr. McCurry was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Other than his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Eugene "Chad" McCurry.
John C. Hargus Sr. -
John C. Hargus Sr., 79 of New Market, went to be with the Lord at his home on August 18, 2015. He was born to Boyd William and Dora Baker Hargus on May 20, 1936. John was a member and Deacon of Gospel View Free Will Baptist Church and a retired employee for the Tennessee Department of Transportion.
Joseph W Sheehy -
Joseph W Sheehy, age 66, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at the U C M H Long Term Care. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. A son of the late Joseph S and Arlene F Schroeppel Sheehy. He had been a member of Erwin’s Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge # 939 since 2010. Joseph was a pipefitter and a member of the United Association of Pipefitters, Local #22.
Raymond White -
Raymond White, age 56, of Unicoi, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, August 17, 2015.
Donald Shelby Honeycutt -
Donald Shelby Honeycutt, age 67, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was born in Yancey County, NC but lived most of his life in Unicoi County. He was a son of the late Reverend Joe and Ruth Mitchell Honeycutt. He worked for the Unicoi County Gas Utility District for many years serving as manager from August 1986 until February 1992. As owner and operator Don began Valley Heating and Cooling Company from 1992 until his retirement. He served as Unicoi County Gas Utility District commissioner from 2007 until present. Mr. Honeycutt was a member of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Donald is preceded in death by a son, Randal Honeycutt in 1998.
McDaniel “Danny” English Sams -
McDaniel “Danny” English Sams, age 75, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Faust, NC. He was the son of Paul English and Inez Wing Sams. He worked for the former Clinchfield Railroad in various departments and later retired from the State of TN, Department of Children’s Services. He was a member of Erwin Presbyterian Church. He graduated from East Tennessee State University and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
Mrs. Mary Decker -
Mrs. Mary Decker, age 66, Jonesborough, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Leonard Wayne Robinette -
Leonard Wayne Robinette, age 68, 132 Canah Hollow Road, Erwin, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015, in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a l ifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Dewey and Minnie Derafield Robinette. Mr. Robinette had been employed by Murray Guard and CSX Railroad. He was a member of the Unicoi Church of God. Other than his parents, Mr. Robinette was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Robinette and a sister, Irene Tolley.
Frances Lyla Shelton -
FRANCES LYLA SHELTON
Maxie Garland Hughes -
Maxie Garland Hughes age 76 of Marbleton Rd, Unicoi, TN passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015. She was a native of Mitchell County, NC and a daughter of the late Mack and Grace McKinney Garland. She was a member of Unicoi United Methodist Church and was retired as a Recreation Director with The Veterans Administration in Johnson City, TN. Her favorite hobbies were shopping and auctions.
Priscilla Ann “Chippy” McNabb -
Priscilla Ann “Chippy” McNabb, age, 73, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Center on Aging and Health. She was a native of Thomasville, North Carolina and a daughter of the late Jack and Loretta Cox Crowder. She was a loving homemaker. Priscilla was a member of Omega Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by sister, Pamela Sloop.
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.