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Daphne Bellamy Linville -
Daphne Bellamy Linville, age 90, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at her home. She was a native of Scott County, Virginia and a daughter of the late William Henry and Eliza Spivey Bellamy. Daphne retired as an manager of Sunnycrest Apartments, Erwin. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. In addition to her being active in her church, Daphne was very active in various community organizations including: Erwin’s Get Acquainted Club, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Ladies’ Auxillary, Southern Pottery Club, Unicoi County’s Heritage Museum, Red Hat Society, Honor Flight, and various church activities. She was well known for her beautiful hat collection from which she had much enjoyment in collecting and sharing. In addition to her parents, Daphne was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Linville on December 4, 1997, by her siblings: Zella Manier, Mildred Bellamy, Geraldine Gray, Minnie Pendleton, Vilas Sykes, Walter Bellamy, Fannie Davidson, Dorothy Ketron, Herbert Bellamy, Carl Bellamy, Cecil Bellamy and Lakie Peters; By 2 step-sons: Joseph Linville and Dennis Linville; by sisters-in-law: Lucille Piercy and Betty Black and by brothers-in-law: Robert Linville, James Linville and H.C. Linville.

Perry Ray Briggs -
Perry Ray Briggs, 77, of Candler, NC, died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at his home.

Arthur “Lee” Brummett -
Arthur “Lee” Brummett, age 74, of Unicoi, Passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. He was born in Unicoi, TN and was a son of David J. and Pansy Conley Brummett. Lee was self employed as a farmer and enjoyed racing. He was of the Baptist Faith and attended University Parkway Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers: D. C. Brummett and Fred Brummett.

Larry Wayne Harris, Sr. -
PNCM (SW) Larry Wayne Harris, Sr., U.S. Navy (Retired), 67, of Erwin, passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Madge Barnett Buchanan -
Madge Barnett Buchanan lost her battle with brain cancer Wednesday morning, November 12, 2014 at her home in Erwin.

Rocky Lee Bogart -
Rocky Lee Bogart, age 54, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at the James H Quillen V. A. Medical Center. He was born in Unicoi County and was a son of Joann Webb Bogart and the late Bill Lee Bogart. Mr. Bogart retired from the United States Air Force and served in Desert Storm. Rocky loved to hunt and fish. In addition to his father, Rocky is preceded in death by a special friend: Darrell Hughes.

Dave Holden “D. H.” Garland, Jr -
Dave Holden “D. H.” Garland, Jr, age 90, of Unicoi, passed away on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. Mr. Garland was born in Unicoi County on September 10, 1924, a son of the late Dave H., Sr and Joann Slage Garland. He was a member of Unicoi Free Will Baptist Church where he had served as deacon for over 60 years. He was a US Army veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

J.C. Renfro -
J.C. Renfro, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014 at Hermitage Health Center. He was a native of Unicoi County and was a son of the late Dewey and Mary Lee Coffey Renfro. J.C. loved being outdoors. He enjoyed walking, running, fishing and working on his yard. He liked to watch UT Football and all Unicoi County Sports. In his earlier years he mentored many young kids through Little League and Babe Ruth. Mr. Renfro loved Church, singing and spending time with his family. He will be remembered as an easy going, fun loving, always smiling and all around positive person. He will be missed by many. Mr. Renfro retired from the CRR and CSX Railroads after 39 years of service. He was a former member of Hulen Baptist Church and a current member of Fishery Community Church. In addition to his parents, J.C. was preceded in death by his first wife and mother to his children, Louise Renfro and also by wife Delcie Renfro, daughter Debbie Renfro, sisters Lucille Ray and Virgie Freeman, and by a brother Arthur Renfro.

Charlotte Faye Rodgers -
Charlotte Faye Rodgers, age 74, of Johnson City, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Born on June 13, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Herman S. and Mary Randolph. She retired from the Johnson City Press after 40 years of service. Charlotte was a life long faithful member of Erwin First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She enjoyed gardening, golfing and her dogs.

Glenna Sue Peterson -
Glenna Sue Peterson, age 53, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Washington County and a daughter of the late Willard and Emma Taylor Butler. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and homemaker. Mrs. Peterson attended Dry Creek Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed her very special grandson, Dawson, who was her pride and joy. In addition to her parents, Glenna is preceded in death by her sister, Edna Hilton.

Hilda R. Cooper -
Hilda R. Cooper, age 82, 408 Levelin Street, Erwin, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014, in the Select Specialty Hospital, Bristol, TN. Mrs. Cooper was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late John and Jessie Tapp Robertson. She retired from Industrial Garment after twenty-ni ne years of service. Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church. Other than her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Jeanette Elfrank and a brother, John Robertson, Jr.

Matthew Lewis Keesecker -
Matthew Lewis Keesecker passed away October 26th in Princeton, West Virginia. He was the son of John and Ann Keesecker of Erwin, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Mark Keesecker in 2007.

Bonnie Willis Edwards -
Bonnie Willis Edwards, age 102, Coffee Ridge Community, Erwin, went to her heavenly home on Friday, October 24, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late Perry and Ardillia Foster Willis. Bonnie was the second of seven children. Virginia, the oldest sister died in 1912, the year Bonnie was born. Bonnie enjoyed living on the farm and doing her work. She loved to cook, make quilts and read good books. Bonnie is well known as the best apple pie baker. She shared her life in two books; Willis Cove Through The Eyes of Miss Bonnie and Precious Memories. Miss Bonnie lived a healthy clean and devoted life. She loved the Lord and she loved her family. She had been a member of the Coffee Ridge Baptist Church since 1930 where she had served as Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. Other than her parents, her husband Joe who passed away in 1981, and her sister, Virginia, Bonnie was predeceased by a son, Reubin Edwards; two daughters and three sons-in-law, Atlas and Bill Hensley, Pearl and Carroll Rice and Harvey Franklin, Sr, a brother Robert Willis, sisters, Mattie Bullman , and Pauline Tipton.

Frankie Higgins -
Frankie Higgins, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Erwin Health Care Center. She was a native of Harlan, KY and a daughter of the late Anne Neal. She was a loving homemaker and caretaker. In addition to her mother, Frankie was preceded in death by her husband Bill Higgins, son Ron Higgins, and by a daughter Carol Higgins.

Margaret L. "Nan" Bailey -
Margaret L. "Nan" Bailey, age 78, 313 Hickory Hollow Road, Erwin, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014, in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. S he was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late William Finn and Essie Baker Peterson. Mrs. Bailey was a homemaker. She was a member of the Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Tammy Lynch, a brother Ernest "Pete" Peterson, two sisters, Jerri Bowling and Jackie Huskins; a brother-in-law, Ted Bailey.

Billie Grace Peterson -
Billie Grace Peterson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Palmetto Baptist Hospital in Columbia, SC. Mrs. Peterson was born in Erwin, TN on May 3, 1934, and was a daughter of the late Edward and Fannie May Clark Bowie. After graduating from East Tennessee State University she worked briefly in lab research, before entering the teaching profession. After moving to Columbia in 1969, she continued her teaching career at Hammond Academy. In 1982, Mrs. Peterson graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Pharmacy degree. She worked at Rite-Aid, Clinchfield Pharmacy in TN, VA Hospital in Columbia, then retired from Moncrief Hospital. Mrs. Peterson was a member of Shandon Presbyterian Church and Erwin Presbyterian Church.

Clyde Clifford Bryant -
Clyde Clifford Bryant, age 81, 525 Laughren Road, Unicoi, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a nati ve of Yancey County, NC, and had lived most of his life in Unicoi County. Mr. Bryant was a son of the late Dewey and Althea Williams Bryant. He was a U. S. Army veteran. Mr. Bryant was owner of Bryant Heating & Air Conditioning. He was a member of the Unicoi Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM, past president of Unaka Mountain Search & Rescue and had served as Assistant Chief of the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Woodby Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Other than his parents, Mr. Bryant was predeceased by one sister.

Dennis Lynn Lyninger -
Dennis Lynn Lyninger, age 50, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at his residence. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of Sharon Clouse Peake and the late Robert Lyninger.

Elbert “Gary” Reedy -
Elbert “Gary” Reedy, age 51, of Erwin, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was a son of Virgil Reedy of Baltimore and the late Mary Lou Tilson Reedy. Mr. Reedy served in the United States Army. He worked for Energy Solutions and was a Christian Believer.

Harold Luttrell -
Harold Luttrell, age 81, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at his residence. He was a native of Unicoi County and was a son of the late Samuel A. and Lexie Ann Higgins. Harold served in the United States Navy. Mr. Luttrell was a lifetime member of Grace United Methodist Church where he held several different offices in the church over the years. He was a Barber for 58 years, having owned and operated Luttrell’s Barber Shop on North Main Avenue in Erwin for the last 50 years. Harold was very active in the Jericho Shrine Temple and was a member of the Centennial Masonic Lodge # 491 F & A.M. In addition to his parents Mr. Luttrell is preceded in death by sisters Rosie Kessl, Ruby Clark, Doris Ledford and by one brother C.R. Luttrell.

Jerry Crawford -
On the morning of October 15th, 2014, Jerry Crawford passed away comfortably in his bed with his wife by his side at Southminster Hospice in Charlotte, NC after a 6 month struggle with COPD and cancer. He was 71.

Judy Anne Green -
Judy Anne Green, age 69, Flag Pond, TN, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014. Judy was born in Harrisburg, PA and a daughter of the late William and Faye Jones Young. She was a homemaker, a caregiver and she attended Erwin Holiness Pentecostal Church. In addition to her parents, Judy is preceded in death by her son: Eric Young, a sister: Janet Young and brother: PFC William L. Young.

Mary Louise Strickland Higgins -
Mary Louise Strickland Higgins, age 89, of 926 Prince Ave., Erwin, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at her residence with loving family by her side. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late John Frank and Kate Brown Strickland. She was a loving homemaker. Mary was a member of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church where she also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by a son Darrell Wayne Higgins, Brother John Strickland, Jr., and Sisters Katherine Poe, Barbara Ann Strickland. .

Ollie Grace Hensley -
Ollie Grace Hensley, age 91, 477 Little Bald Creek Road, Erwin, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, in the Center on Aging & Health, Erwin. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Blankenship Hensley. Miss Hensley retired in 1990 from Morrill Motors after twenty-five years of service. She attended Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, Miss Hensley was preceded in death by a brother, Conley Hensley, in November of 2000; a sister, Mabel Hensley in 1984; a nephew, Gerald Davis and a brother-in-law, Reverend Verno Davis.

Patricia Brackins Simonson -
Patricia Brackins Simonson, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at her home. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Claude and Zella Webb Brackins. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and homemaker. In addition to her parents, Patricia is preceded in death by her husband James E. Peterson, daughters Pamala (Sue) Juke, Angela Beth Powers, grandson Aaron Given, grandson-in-law Jason Skiles, and brother Douglas Brackins.

James Douglas “Jim” Stevens -
James Douglas “Jim” Stevens, 75, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014, at Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.

Samuel T. Crowe -
Samuel T. Crowe, age 75, of 640 Gay Street, Erwin, passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Washington County and a son of the late Samuel F. and Sarah Smith Crowe. He was a mechanical estimator, a member of the Masonic Lodge #491 F & A.M. and Shriner. Mr. Crowe was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Good Will Sunday school class. He also served on various committees through Ninth Street Baptist Church until his health prevented participation. In addition to his parents, Samuel is preceded in death by brothers, Edward Crowe and Gary Crowe.

Wendell Blake Silvers -
Wendell Blake Silvers, age 72, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014, in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Swannanoa, North Carolina and was a son of the late Harley and Kate Guinn Silvers. Wendell had spent most of his life in Unicoi County. He worked at the former Erwin Builder’s Supply and later co-owned and then owned the former Paint and Home Supply Co, Erwin. Wendell enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved to be outdoors. He attended Clear Branch Baptist Church while he was growing up and later attended Fishery Union Church. Wendell is preceded in death by a sister: Anita Silvers Sonerholm, a brother: Joel Silvers both of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Beatrice “Bea” Christine Tapp -
Beatrice “Bea” Christine Tapp, age 90, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late Danah and Martha Peterson Linville. She was a member of Rock Creek Church of God. Bea worked for Clarence’s Drive-In as a short order Cook for several years. In addition to her parents, Bea is preceded in death by her husband: Hubert Tapp Sr., in 1969, daughter: Susie Masters in May, 2014, brother: Norman Linville, and by sisters: Pat Edney and Virginia Tipton.

Josephine L. Jackson -
Josephine L. Jackson, age 90, 606 Lyle Road, Erwin, passed away peacefully Friday, October 10, 2014, in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Erwin . She was a native of Speedwell, Virginia, and had lived most of her life in Unicoi County. Mrs. Jackson had worked at the former Savings Center and the Southern Pottery. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Erwin. Other than her parents, Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband, Carl N. Jackson in 2003 and twelve brothers and sisters.

Belve R. Sanders -
Belve R. Sanders, age 73, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Pikeville, Kentucky and a son of the late Christopher Columbus and Vanda Mullins Sanders. Belve was a member of Pilgrims Free Will Baptist. He was a plumber, pipefitter and medical gas technician. He was a devout Christian, and he loved to sing and play music for the joy of the Lord. Belve was a master gardener and his pride and joy was, granddaughter, Taylor Sanders. His favorite chapter in the Bible is John 14. In addition to his parents, Mr. Sanders is preceded in death by a sister, Della Mae Quillen and special mother-in-law, Edith Higgins.

Doris Cox -
Doris Cox, age 73, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Melvin and Molly Hill Sheehan. She was a loving homemaker. In addition to her parents, Doris is preceded in death by daughter, Merrill Denise Foster, brothers, Dallas Sheehan, Robert Sheehan, Ned Sheehan, John Sheehan, Monroe Sheehan, and Orville Sheehan, and sisters, Ethel Orwige, Mabel Geagley, and Virginia Sheehan.

John Marvin Conquest -
John Marvin Conquest, 87, of Unicoi, TN passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was born in Nashville, TN and a son of the late Charles Arthur and Pearl Rebecca Conquest. Mr. Conquest had worked for Nashville Electric Service for thirty-nine years prior to retirement. He served in the Navy during World War Two and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Marvin most enjoyed fishing, camping, square dancing, instructing country western dances, blue grass music, and spending time with his loved ones. In addition to his parents his was preceded in death by siblings Charles A. Conquest Jr., Dorothy Broderick, and Marie Ramsey. Survivors include his wife Marian Conquest, a son Robert Gary Conquest and wife Beverly of Winchester, TN, and daughter Lisa Anne Kiernan and husband Dan of Unicoi; grandsons, Paul Conquest, Chris Kiernan, Steven Kiernan and wife Eliza, Luke Conquest, Seth Conquest, and Michael Kiernan, step-granddaughter Nicole Foshee, and many loved nieces and nephews. It was Marvin’s wish to be cremated. A memorial service as a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday October 18th at First Baptist Church Erwin at 1pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church Erwin Children’s Ministry. First Baptist Church Erwin, 200 Love St. Erwin, TN 37650 is serving the Conquest family. 423-743-9156.

Judith “Judy” Kelly -
Judith “Judy” Kelly, age 64, of Unicoi, passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Smithfield, NC and was a daughter of the late Alex Nathan and Edith Crane Wiggs. She was a loving homemaker. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church of Smithfield, NC and attended Omega Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by brothers, Doug Wiggs and Alex N. Wiggs, Jr. and one sister, Marguerite Vick.

Beryl Kathleen Stoker Brown -
Beryl Kathleen Stoker Brown, age 95, Erwin, died on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, the daughter of Wiley Alexander and Sallie Mae Snider Stoker, who were both teachers. She gained her love of learning from her parents, who were both teachers. She was a lifelong learner who loved reading and believed strongly in the importance of libraries. She graduated from Mars Hill College and Carson Newman College and went on to do graduate studies in library science at Emory University.

Lynn "Cappy" Ervin -
Lynn "Cappy" Ervin, age 50, 100 Robert Ledford Road, Erwin, passed away peacefully at home after fighting a very courageous battle against cancer on Saturday, October 4, 2014. He was a native of Erwin, but had lived most of his life in Washington County returning to Erwin in 2012. Cappy was a son of the late Eugene and Elizabeth Bailey Ervin. His love for building began when he was 12 years old with any spare wood he could find or buy . Cappy was the owner of Ervin Enterprise Construction for 23 years building beautiful homes throughout the Tri-Cities. In April of 2008 he became the owner of Cappy's Apex Sports Bar where he was proud to serve the best burgers in town. He was an active member in the churches and was a youth leader in both Cornerstone and Hosanna Churches for many years. Cappy loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle with all his friends and began a motorcycle riding club in 2013 called Cappy's Regulators. He was also a member of the Erwin Elk's Lodge # 1985, the Erwin Moose Lodge # 939, the Johnson City VFW Post # 2108 and a support member of the Veterans of Vietnam Motorcycle Club. Cappy loved hel ping and giving to others. He coordinated and participated in numerous motorcycle poker runs donating the funds to a variety of charities ranging from friends with cancer or other illnesses, children's charities, The East Tennessee Children's Home and many other charities. In his final months battling cancer he enjoyed sitting by the fire pit surrounded by the beautiful mountain views watching his horses, the deer and wild turkey in the pasture. Cappy loved his family and friends dearly. He was a wonderful man, husband, dad and friend. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Stacy Ervin, May 8, 2011 and Clark Ervin, August 1, 2013.

Patrick Joseph Simpson -
Patrick Joseph Simpson, Sr., age 52, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at his home. He was a native of Flint, Michigan and a son of the late Joseph Simpson and Nancy Parker Cooper and step father Robert Lee Cooper Sr. He was a pallet builder for many years and a member of the Erwin Moose Lodge # 939. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Walter Scott Simpson and nephew Richard Dean Cooper.

Dr. J.W. Colinger -
Dr. J.W. Colinger, age 66, of Erwin, passed away October 1, 2014, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Knoxville, TN and a son of Lois Levy Colinger, Knoxville and the late J.W. Colinger, Sr. On August 1, 1975, he began his medical career along side of Dr. Robert Harvey, eventually purchasing the practice and served Unicoi County as a physician until August 2014. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for a number of years. Dr. Colinger served as Medical Director for several local nursing homes including: Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, Erwin Health Care Center, Lakebridge Nursing Home in Johnson City, and John Reed Nursing Home in Limestone. As a medical professional, he testified before Congress regarding his opposition to over medication of the elderly. Dr. Colinger also served as a medical missionary working with Dr. Dearing Garner and the Children’s Emergency Relief International, CERI, making several missionary trips to Moldova which led to the adoption of four of his children. He was a former physician for Unicoi County High School Football Team for a number of years and traveled with the team. He also coached Little League baseball for several years. He played with Calvary Baptist Church’s softball and basketball teams. In college, he played with East Tennessee State University’s Baseball team. Dr. Colinger enjoyed playing golf. He was a former Kiwanian, a member of the Rolls Royce Association and a participant in the Erwin Autorama. Dr. Colinger was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was involved with Unicoi County Relay for Life. His church and family were his priority, always making time for his children and grandchildren by attending various events and functions.

Mary Beth Burgner Harrell -
“I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7