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Blanche “Penny” Shelton -
Blanche “Penny” Shelton, age 78, of Flag Pond, passed away on Monday July 21 2014. She was born in New Port, VA on April 10, 1936. She retired from the Unicoi County School System in 1994 after 18 years service. She sang with Winfred Shelton and the Harmoneers for 26 years, ministering in churches and events throughout our region. She was a member of Memorial Church of God. Penny is preceded in death by a brother, John Wilkinson, a daughter Deborah Daniel, and a step son, Johnny Shelton.

Frances Nelle Howard -
Frances Nelle Howard, age 86, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Johnson City Medical Center. Born on February 9, 1928. in Washington County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Earl and Eula Mae Wilfong. Frances was a member of Rock Creek Presbyterian Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Glen Howard in 2008 and a son, Ray Howard.

Brenda Kaye Bennett -
Brenda Kaye Bennett, age 63, 1520 Chestoa Pike, Erwin, passed away at her home, Friday, July 18, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of the late Robert James and Cleo Tipton Sumlin. Mrs. Bennett was a former employee of Industrial Garment and Morrill Motors. She was of the Baptis t faith.

Mrs. Patsy Mitchell Castor -
Mrs. Patsy Mitchell Castor, age 65, Limestone, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her residence.

Eugene Allen Dawson -
Eugene Allen Dawson, age 75, of Erwin, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on Friday, July 11, 2014. Mr. Dawson was born on June 9, 1939 in Brownsville, IN, a son of the late George and Crystal White Dawson. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and later worked as a long haul truck driver.

Hazel English -
Hazel English, age 87, went to be with the lord on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at her residence. She was native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Leroy and Amanda Foster Holcombe. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years David English, who passed away in 1989; her daughter Wilma Stewart; her son Johnny English; several sisters, one brother and one grand daughter Shelly Edwards.

Patricia Jean Erwin -
Patricia Jean Erwin, age 57, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of Mildred Whaley McIntosh, of Erwin, and the late Donald McIntosh. She attended N. Erwin Highway Church of Christ. In addition to her father, Patricia is preceded in death by two sisters: Brenda Steele and Donna Loatman.

Veronica “Vikki” Ledford -
Funeral services for Veronica “Vikki” Ledford, 40, of Lufkin, will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Huntington with Dr. Darryl Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Fielder Memorial Cemetery.

H. M. "Pete" Chitwood -
H. M. "Pete" Chitwood, age 99, 416 Union Street, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the Center on Aging, Erwin. Mr. Chitwood was a life long resident of Erwin and son of the late Harvey Milton and Chevis Davis Chitwood. He retired as locomotive engineer for Clinchfield Railroad in 1977, after thirty-five years of service. Mr. Chitwood was a former employee of Blue Ridge Pottery. He was a member of the First Christian Church and had received a fifteen years perfect attendance pin. Mr. Chitwood was a fifty plus years member of the Centennial Lodge #491 F&AM, a Shriner, and a 33 Degree Mason. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Margaret Ann Mathes -
Margaret Ann Mathes, age, 69, 5710 Lennox Avenue, Jacksonville, FL passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital fo llowing an extended illness. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Troy and Dessie Shehan Tittle. Ms. Mathes was a legal assistant prior to her retirement. She was of the Pentecostal faith. Ms. Mathes thoroughly enjoyed life surrounded by her family and friends. She loved attending family reunions and the Erwin Apple Festival.

Terry Lynn Edwards -
Terry Lynn Edwards, age 32, of Erwin, passed away on Friday July 4, 2014. He was a native of Johnson City and a son of Terry Lee Cooper and the late Patricia Lynn Cooper. Terry worked construction building pallets. Terry enjoyed hunting, fishing and the mountains.

Jimmy Quillen -
Jimmy Quillen, age 67, 104 Sycamore Street, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Kelly and Winnie Gillenwater Quillen. Mr. Quillen was a U. S. Army Veteran and retired in 1995 as a conducto r for CSX Railroad after twenty-two years of service. He attended the Pathway Freewill Baptist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Luella Higgins and Lucille Tesnear.