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Walter Helton -
Walter Helton, age 86, of Mooresburg, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Morristown Hamblen Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Helton; son, Connie Helton; sisters, Margaret Horner, Christina Worley; brothers, Beaford Helton; and parents, William and Myrtle Helton.

Betty Goodin Keever -
“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalms 86:15

Halvie Griffith -
Halvie Griffith, 68, peacefully passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at his home in Rogersville, TN. He was previously from Erwin, TN. He spent his entire adult life serving his Lord Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Conway and Dolly; and siblings, Ann Lee, Tomy, and Charlie. He is survived by wife, Joan; daughters, Michelle Ledford and husband, Randy, of Watauga and Tonya Hayworth, and husband Steve, of Rogersville; eight grandchildren, Paige Jandreau and husband, Mason, Jessica Wilkins and husband, Jason, Machen Ledford, Logan, Joshua and Parker Hayworth, Dustin Ledford and wife, Deborah and Angel Bieberly and husband, Matt; two great-grand children, Dawson and Aspyn; three sisters, Lucille Griffith, Virginia Hoyle and husband, James, and Lola Street; four brothers, Bill (Roscoe) and wife Shirley, Clyde and wife Charlyne, Walter and wife Pam, and Jimmy and wife Dianne; sister-in-law, Louise; and numerous nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life will be held 2-4 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens, 121 Covered Bridge Lane, Unicoi, TN. Memorial donations may be mailed to Branch House Ministries, P O Box 294, Rogersville, TN 37857.

Lester Leroy Rogers -
Lester Leroy Rogers, age 64, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of Ethel P. Rogers. Mr. Rogers operated a mobile home transport company. He loved to attend auctions and go camping with his family. Lester is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother: Bonnie Rogers.

Mr. Mark Arwood -
Mr. Mark Arwood, age 53, Erwin, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

Russell D. Byrd -
Russell D. Byrd, age 59, of Erwin, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Unicoi County, and the son of Ethel Byrd, and the late Oliver Byrd. Russell was a long time employee of Verizon Wireless. He attended First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Erwin.

Mildred Erwin Conley -
Mildred Erwin Conley, age 91, was born on July 21, 1923 in the Stuart Circle Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Her parents were the late Herman Erwin (Erwin, TN) and the late Josephine Baumgardner Erwin (Kings Mountain, NC). She attended grammar schools in Kings Mountain and Erwin when her fa mily moved back to Erwin from Union Level, Virginia. She graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1940, and attended Carson Newman College and Business College in Johnson City, TN. She began her working career at the Southern Pottery (Blue Ridge Pottery) in Erwin. Mildred was later employed by Tennessee Eastman Corporation during World War II at Holston Ordnance in Kingsport, TN. Also, she worked for Tennessee Eastman during the war years during the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, TN. Later she transferred back to the main TEC plant in Kingsport, where she was secretary to the auditor. She retired as bookkeeper for Range Chevrolet in Erwin in 1983. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack B. Conley, in 2002; her brother, Harry L. Erwin, (Kingsport) in 2012; paternal grandparents, William Stuart and Hester Woodward Erwin (Erwin); and maternal grandparents John Calvin and Susan Emeline Costner Baumgardner (Kings Mountain). Mildred was a member of First Baptist Church in Erwin and also First Baptist Church in Kingsport during the war years. In her leisure time she enjoyed crocheting, camping, working puzzles, reading, keeping journals and family history. She was a past member of: The Mayflower Society by descent from William Brewster; The Unaka Chapter DAR by descent from Adam Cloninger, Thomas Costner, Jacob Rhyne (all from Gaston County, NC) and William Tilson (Unicoi County, TN); First Families of Franklin (James Sams); Unicoi County Historical Society; and the Mitchell County, NC Historical Society. She is survived by her daughter Rebecca Anne (Becky) Conley who was her caregiver and best friend; a niece, Martha Ann Erwin; and a nephew, William D. Erwin. Also surviving are two great nieces (Michael Wendy and Mary); one great nephew (Travis); five great-great nieces (Addie, Allison, Ashley, Brooklyn and Maelee), and one great-great nephew (Jaxson). Serveral cousins and many family members related by marriage als o survive and special friend Jeanne Jarrett. Goin Home.

Mollie Holloway Harris Street -
Mollie Holloway Harris Street, 90 went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the Center on Aging in Erwin. She was a native of Bee Log, NC and daughter of the late Reverend Moss "Poppy" Holloway and Lora Tolley Holloway.