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William Bernard Ramey -
William Bernard Ramey

Barnabas Shelton -
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.