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Olene Miller Ledford -
Olene Miller Ledford, age 79, 1030 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, TN went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, April 16, 2014 following a lengthy illne ss. She was a daughter of the late Garfield and Ethel Ann Bailey Miller and a native of Red Hill Community, Mitchell County, NC. Mrs. Ledford had resided in Erwin most of her life. She was a member of Canah Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. She retired from Johnson City Medical Center Hospital in 1996 with 30 years of service. Mrs. Ledford was a devoted and wonderful mother to her children and grandchildren.
Jeanette Engle -
Jeanette Engle, age 83, of 172 Engle Street, Erwin, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Alex and Lou Collins Masters. She owned and operated Engle’s Grocery along with her husband, Harvey Engle. Jeanette was a member of Chestoa Baptist Church where she was a former pianist, choir member, taught the ladies Sunday School Class, and served as Church Secretary. She was recognized by the Holston Baptist Association as Church Secretary of the year. In addition to her parents, Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Engle.
Keith Erland Downard -
Keith Erland Downard, age 47, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his residence. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Robert and Linda Foster Downard. Mr. Downard attended Erwin Church of God.
Kelley Genan Peterson -
Kelley Genan Peterson, 26, formerly of Morristown, TN, passed away March 18, 2014 in Wauiku Maui, HI., from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was born in Houston, TX on February 6, 1988 but grew up in Morristown. She attended West Elementary, Lincoln Heights Middle School, and graduated from Morristown West High School class of 2006. Kelley was a member of Noe's Chapel United Methodist Church.
Louise Hurd -
Louise Hurd, Erwin. A Celebration of Life service for Louise Hurd, who
Michael Vernon Keesecker -
Michael Vernon Keesecker, age 67, passed away Monday morning, April 7, 2014 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Mr. Keesecker was born September 10, 1946 and was a son of the late P.M. and Pauline Brummett Keesecker. He had resided with his family in Erwin for the past two years. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Keesecker was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War where he proudly served his country as a NATO courier. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Edsel "Merrel" Banner -
Mr. Edsel "Merrel" Banner, 76, of Hoschton, passed away on March 25, 2014 after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelly and Maggie Banner, of Erwin, TN and sister, Jocelyn Banner James. He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Martha Jenkins Banner, Hoschton, GA; daughters, Lisa Banner-O’Connor, Hoschton, GA, Maria and Alan Cleveland, Suwanee, GA, Sonja and Jim Bullard, Cumming, GA; grandchildren, Weston and Walker Cleveland, Kennedy and Griffin Bramer, Brad, Ben and Baileigh Bullard; sister, Phyllis Banner Rader, Huntsville, AL; brother, Thomas Alvin and Lois Ann Banner, Dinwiddie, VA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stewart and Betty Jo Martin, Buford, GA; nieces and nephews. Mr. Banner was born January 11, 1938 in Erwin, TN. He was a 1955 graduate of Erwin High School. He attended East Tennessee State College and Mercer University. He worked for Dittler Brothers for seventeen years in Atlanta. He was owner of AlphaGraphics in Tucker and Norcross. He attended Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church in Dacula, GA. Memorial Service was be held at on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church, Dacula, GA with Dr. Jason Mincey officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Halcyon Hospice in memory of Merrel Banner.
Helen Marie (Wilson) Crane -
Helen passed away on Sat, Apr 5, 2014, losing her 1-1/2 year battle with lung cancer. Born on Oct 22, 1935 in Mobile, AL, she resided 32 years in Whispering Pines, Johnson City, TN, where she retired from General Shale Brick, spent 6+ years supporting her daughters as an avid band booster for the UCHS marching band, and enjoyed 10 years houseboating on Watauga Lake at Lakeshore Marina G-Dock. She has lived in Orange Beach, AL, for the past 15 years with her beloved husband of 54 years, Morris "Duke" E. Crane Jr.
Oscar Henderson Powers -
Oscar Henderson Powers, age 89, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at his residence. Mr. Powers was born in Wise Virginia and a son of the late Harmon and Carrie Dotson Powers. Oscar served in WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart during his service with the U. S.Army. He worked for the U M W A, as a crane operator, retiring in 1981. Oscar was a member of Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Oscar is preceded in death by his brother; Harmon Powers and a sister; Crestville.
Margueritte Alice Gouge -
Margueritte Alice Gouge, age 66, 102 Hughes Lane, Erwin, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at her residence. Mrs. Gouge was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late Carse and Jesse Anna Hoyle Tipton. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Gouge was of the Protestant Faith. Other than her parents , she was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita Engle Keever and a brother Darrell Hoyle.