Steven Wayne Bennett

Steve BennettSteven Wayne Bennett, age 67, of Johnson City, passed away peacefully with a smile on his face, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, with his family and friends by his side. He was a loving husband, father and friend to all. A native of Washington County, he was a son of the late Spencer and Edith Lilly Bennett and most importantly was a blood bought Christian. Steve married the love of his life in 1967, Phyllis Ann Butler and they would have been happily married for 50 years on March 31, 2017. They enjoyed serving the Lord together. He was a Brick Mason and a member of Dry Creek Freewill Baptist Church. He was currently attending Pathway Freewill Baptist Church in Erwin, where he has pastored for the past 3 years. Mr. Bennet has pastored various churches over the past 38 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Ann Bennett and his three brothers, Floyd Bennett, Tim Bennett and Jerry Bennett.

 

Steven Wayne Bennett has left behind to cherish his memories:

Loving Wife: Phyllis Butler Bennett;

Sons: Johnny Bennett and wife Sharon;

Tracy Bennett, and wife Keri;

Brothers: Raymond Bennett and wife Frances;

Spencer Bennett;

Sisters: JoAnn Clay;

Judy Hyduk and husband, Bobby;

Nancy McKinney and husband, Gordan;

Special Grandkids: Dawson Beverly;

Paige Peterson;

Kayla Peterson;

Braylon Milhorn;

Several nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Steven Wayne Bennett in a funeral service to begin at 4:00 PM Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Berea Free Will Baptist Church, Johnson City, TN. Rev. Dallas Gregg, Rev. Steve Cochran, Rev. Bobby Miller, and Rev. Freddy Bennett will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Dry Creek Singers and also by The Harris Family. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:00 PM and will continue until service time on Sunday at Berea Free Will Baptist Church. A committal service will follow at Barnett Cemetery following the funeral service. Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Jones, Richard Shephard, Frank Lauren, Jacob Cochran, Steve Cochran, and David Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Harris, Ed Davis, Burial Fann, Arnold Hensley, David Montgomery, Gary Hill, and Richard Shepard, Jr.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Steven Wayne Bennett through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Charles R. Gryder

Charles GryderCharles R. Gryder, age 93, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the James H. Quille n VA Medical Center, Mountain Home. He was a native of Jackson Parish, Louisiana and had lived in Unicoi County since 1946. Mr. Gryder was a son of the late Edgar Franklin and Betty Tabb Gryder. He was a WWII Army Veteran. Mr. Gryder retired in 1983 from CSX Railroad after thirty-seven years of service. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Other than his parents, Mr. Gryder was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Roberts Gryder in 1995; three brothers, Marvin Gryder, Milton Gryder and Elbert Gryder; three sisters, Dale Littleton, Lillian Howard and Jennie Mae Gryder.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories: three sons, Donald Gryder and wife, Barbara of Johnson City, Steven Gryder and wife, Sharon of Erwin and Robert Gryder and wife, Faye of Kingsport; one brother, Ray Gryder of Missouri; four grandchildren, Matthew Gryder and wife Jenny, Jennifer Gryder, Aaron Gryder and wife, Stacy, Crystal Thompson and husband, Marlon; eighteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Gary Amos, Inez Chandler and Jonathan, Daniel and Anna Crutchfield,. Men of Calvary Baptist Church and Harold Rice will serve as pallbearers. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A. M. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Gryder to Calvary Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Gryder family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Gryder family. (423) 743-1380.

David Allen Greene

David Allen GreeneDavid Allen Greene, age 59, of Erwin, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his home after a short illness. A native of Unicoi County, he was a son of the late Bruce and Ruby Haun Greene. David was employed with A. O. Smith Corporation for 40 years, where he worked as a Maintenance Journeyman. He enjoyed spending time with his family, restoring old cars and attending car shows with his many friends.

 

 

David Allen Greene has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife of 40 years: Jeannie Estep Greene;

Son and daughter-in-law: Mikey and Katelyn Greene and grandson, Bryson Cole Greene, of Erwin;

Brothers and sisters-in-law: Mike and Kathy Greene, of Telford;

Tommy and Debra Greene, of Erwin;

Sisters: Teresa Ray, of Jonesborough;

Pricilla Lunsford, of Johnson City;

Sandy Greene, of Spindale, NC;

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Toney and Debbie Estep, of Erwin;

Several nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of David Allen Greene in a memorial service to be held at 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Jeff Autry will officiate visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM and continue until 7:00 service on Saturday at Valley Funeral Home. Family will attend a private committal service at a later date.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of David Allen Greene through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Robert Earl “Beetle” Bailey, Sr.

Bailey, RobertRobert Earl “Beetle” Bailey, Sr. died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 88 years of age, in Rancho Viejo, Texas.

Robert Earl Bailey led a very full and vibrant life. Born to Charles Lincoln Bailey and Ethel Norris Bailey on December 22, 1928, in Erwin, Unicoi County, Tennessee, he was one of twelve children. As a child, he had a knack for adventure and athleticism, most notability at swimming. This thirst for adventure led him to serve in the US Navy during World War II, along with five brothers, one whom survived the Pearl Harbor Attack.

After returning from the war, Robert E. set off on his next great adventure, joining his sister Kate and her husband Frank Henderson in Texas. There, he married and had three children, Rebecca (Wampler), Mary (Carpenter), and Robert “Chuck” Earl Bailey Jr. Soon after, the family moved to Southern Louisiana where Robert E. worked on the construction and repair of pipelines and petroleum rigs. Always the adventurer, he shared this spirit with his children with the various unusual pets and adventures they had in Louisiana.

A loving and doting father, Robert E. shared many of his passions with his children, in particular, with his son Chuck. Chuck’s biggest fan, Robert E. was a dutiful attendee to the various sports that Chuck participated in, including Major League Baseball as a Los Angeles Dodger.

Later in life, Robert E. married Barbara Ann (George), while working as a Right-of-Way Agent. Married April 30, 1993 in Erwin, Tennessee, he would be married to her until his death.

At 79 years old, Robert E. retired as owner and agent of REB Communications, Inc. They spent their retirement in Nacogdoches, Texas; San Antonio, Texas and Rancho Viejo, Texas.

He was preceded in death by ten of his siblings: Elmer Bailey, Pearl Bailey Ledford, Willie Bailey Clouse, Charlie Lincoln Bailey, Ruth Bailey Fain (wife of Bill Fain), Richard Bailey, Harry Bailey, Cecil Jackson Bailey, Toby Bailey (died as a child), Johnny Bailey (died as a child). Of his siblings, Robert E. is survived only by Kate Bailey Henderson, wife of Frank Henderson.

Along with his sister, Robert E. is survived by many of his large, Tennessee family. They include: Frank Bailey, Harley Bailey, Debbie Ledford, Robin Ledford, Susan Bailey, Michael Bailey, Charles Fain, Richard Fain, Toby Fain, Richard Bailey Jr., Joyce Ann Bailey, Bobby Jean Bailey, Gary Bailey, Jo Bailey Bogart.

Robert E. loved his three children dearly. He is survived by them and their families: Rebecca (Bailey) and John Wampler of Tyler, Texas, Mary (Bailey) and Gary Carpenter of Fort Worth, Texas; Robert “Chuck” and Marie Bailey, Jr. of Austin, Texas.

Robert E. loved spending time with his grandchildren. Always bringing gifts of the most unusual kind, Robert E. loved spending time with the children, often on their property in Nacogdoches, Texas, his grandchildren will deeply miss him: Jaclyn (Wampler) and Stuart McGuire of Cuckfield, England; Jade Bailey of Austin; Taylor Bailey of Houston; John and Lindsay Wampler, Jr. of Tyler, Texas; Lee and Deborah Carpenter of Houston, Texas; Hunter Bailey of Midland, Texas; Ben Carpenter of Fort Worth, Texas; and McGregor Bailey of Austin, Texas. Along with his grandchildren, he is survived by his great-grandson, John Harlan Wampler, III of Tyler, Texas and Baby Carpenter of Houston, Texas due in August 2017.

After marrying Barbara, Robert E.’s family grew even larger. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Cindy Smith of Center, Texas; his step-children: Stephanie Hankins, wife of Todd Hankins of San Antonio, Texas and Joseph Ashley and Esmer George of Brownsville, Texas. Their children, his step-grandchildren, include: Carly and Clay Hankins of San Antonio, Texas and William George of Brownsville, Texas.

Robert Earl Bailey, Sr. led an enduring and giving life. Those that met him knew he had a giving soul, deeply motivated by his faith in God and compassion for others. He excelled at everything he did, from working the oil rigs in Louisiana to acquiring land in Texas, to being a great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, everything he did was deeply rooted in love. He will be loved and missed by many.

Pallbearers will be John Wampler II, Hunter Bailey, Lee Carpenter, Ben Carpenter, John Wampler and Chuck Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be Harley Bailey, Frank Bailey and Gary Carpenter.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Interment will follow immediately at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

Nola D. Ramsey

Nola LanceNola D. Ramsey, age 85, 890 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Ella Hensley Crain. Mrs. Ramsey retired from Texas Instruments in 1992 where she was employed as a Technician for twenty years. She was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church. Nola enjoyed quilting and traveled 48 of the 50 states. She loved her family dearly and her church.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank T. Ramsey on October 7, 1992; four brothers and four sisters.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two daughters: Judy R. Williams of Locust Grove, GA, Sue R. Harris and husband, Mitch of Chatsworth, GA; two grandchildren: Jarrod Chandler of Locust Grove, GA, Leslie H. Brunson and husband, Derek of Monroe, GA; three great grandchildren: Luke Brunson, Jesse Brunson and Van Chandler; several special nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P. M. on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Howard Messer and Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate at the 11:00 A. M. funeral service on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Music will be provided by Betty Adkins and Chris Wilson. Active pallbearers will be Maurice Higgins, Willie Higgins, Mike Anders, David Ramsey, Larry Anders, Mark Ramsey, Denny Ramsey and Luke Brunson. Honorary pallbearers will be Patrick Bennett, Jerry Ramsey, Travis Sams, Gene Ramsey and Brinson Fender. Interment will follow in the Higgins Chapel Cemetery, Flag Pond. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in memory of Mrs. Ramsey to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ramsey family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Ramsey family. (423) 743-1380.

Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards

Mary Edwards Newspaper copyMary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards, 78, of Erwin, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Hubert and Atlas Whitson Metcalf. Louise was a loving homemaker. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she had 35 years perfect attendance, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Louise was a member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed reading the Bible and attending Church. In addition to her parents, Louise is preceded in death by a sister, Janice Adkins and a brother, Howard Metcalf.

 

Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband: Arnold Edwards of Erwin;

Sons: Darrell Edwards of Abingdon, VA,

Ricky Edwards and wife, Tracy of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Rachel Edwards of Erwin,

Jason Edwards and wife, Jaclyn of Erwin;

Great Grandchildren: Hayden Edwards, Ryland Shelton, Alivia Edwards, Presley Edwards, and

Paislee Gouge;

Brothers: Junior Metcalf and wife, Brenda of Erwin,

Jack Metcalf and wife, Nancy of Erwin;

Sister-in-law: Betty Metcalf of Erwin;

Brother-in-law: Max Adkins of Erwin;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

 

The family would like to thank the Intensive Care Unit of Johnson City Medical Center for all of their care and efforts.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards in a funeral service to be at 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Bishop John Edwards will officiate. Vocal selections will be under the direction of Alan Morefield. A visitation period to share memoires and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and will continue until service time on Saturday at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held at 10:00 AM, Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish to attend will meet at Valley Funeral Home on Sunday by 9:30 AM to go in procession to Evergreen Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jason Edwards, Randy Metcalf, Thomas Adkins, Jordan Johnson, Terry Johnson, Ray Webb, and Randy Ledford.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Mary Lou Peterson

Mary Peterson Newspaper copyMary Lou Peterson, our beloved mother, went home to be with her Lord and Savior and to reunite with many family members and friends on March 15, 2017. Mary was a lifetime resident of Erwin, Tennessee. Mary was the daughter of Lucious and Emma Foster Chandler. Mary grew up in the hard times of the depression but always in a loving family. Mary and her siblings all called their parents mommy and poppy all of their lives and all worked hard to maintain a happy home. Mary loved to sing with her family and spent evenings on the front porch singing to the Spivey Mountains often drawing a crowd at the bottom of their hill. Mary had one older sister, Beulah Tilson, one younger sister, Vivian Callahan and 2 younger brothers, Harold Chandler and Glenn Chandler, all deceased.

 

She worked at the Southern Pottery as a free-lance painter of dishes that became world known. At 24 years old she met a tall blue eyed, black headed, marine, that had returned from the South Pacific. Wayne B. Peterson was the love of her life. They married and had three children. Sadly Wayne B. passed away at age 45. Mary raised their 2 teenage sons alone. Also deceased in 2016 was one son, Wayne Peterson, Jr.

 

Mary loved being a homemaker and she later worked at Unicoi County Hospital. She was a wonderful cook and loved to feed everyone, always taking cakes and cookies and a cold drink to the trash men, electric men and workers that visited her home. Mary became a member of Hulen Avenue Baptist Church as a young wife and continued to attend and work within her church for many years for as long as her health allowed. She was the oldest living member of Hulen Avenue Baptist. Mary continued her love of singing with Wayne and his family. Southern Gospel was inherited from her and Wayne’s families and Heaven is surely celebrating with their voices. Mary also enjoyed traveling with her children and had visited many states. She enjoyed bird watching and gardening.

 

Left to cherish her memory is:

Daughter: Rebecca Peterson Howell and husband, Bob

Son: Ferrell Peterson and wife, Marcella;

Grandchildren: Chris Davis and husband, Stacey

Nikki Witt and husband, Lance

Josh Peterson and wife, Holly

Eric Peterson and wife, Kearstin

Great Grandchildren: Jonathan and Jordan Davis, Layla Peterson, Keelie and Blake Hall.

Also many nephews and nieces that she dearly loved, that confided in her as she kept their secrets and counseled them during their enjoyable long talks;

And also by family friends Melissa Moody and Amy Jordan.

 

A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family of Mary Lou Peterson will begin at 1:00 PM and will continue until 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Valley Funeral Home with son Reverend Ferrell Peterson officiating. A committal service will follow the service at Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday. Serving as pallbearers will be Josh Peterson, Eric Peterson, Stacey Davis, Jonathan Davis, Jordan Davis, Justin Crowder, David Light, and Lance Witt. Honorary pallbearers will be Mary’s nephews.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Mary Lou Peterson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Kay Allen

Kay AllenKay Allen, age 69, of Erwin, after a 45 year battle with cancer, surrounded by her family, peacefully went home to be with her Lord on Friday, March 10, 2017 at her home. A native of Erwin, she was a daughter of the late Isaac Abraham and Dixie Marie Whitt Laws. Kay was a member of Fishery Community Church, where she was the organist for over 40 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn Laws. Kay worked as an LPN for over 40 years and was blessed in her career as a nurse. She worked in different areas of nursing, but retired from the Department of Health having worked at both the Unicoi County and Washington County Health Departments and she retired from Unicoi County Health Department in 2007. Kay was a clinic nurse, a home health nurse, child development and HUGS nurse – which stands for Help Us Grow, where she saw children in the home from birth to school age, and developed many special relationships with the children as well as their mothers. Kay served as a TSEA (Tennessee State Employees Association) representative, serving on the sick bank for several years, Appalachian Chapter as President, Treasurer and Board Member, and continued on as a TSEA member. Kay always wanted to be a nurse, just like her mom, aunts and cousins. She believed that there was nothing more rewarding than caring for God’s people. Kay has been saved since she was 12 years old and she lived to serve God, her family and community..

 

Kay Allen has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband of over 51 years: Doug Allen, of Erwin;

Daughter: Nancy Allen McGee and husband Eric, of Jonesborough;

Sons: Michael Allen and wife Laura, of Erwin;

Brian Allen and fiancé Chana Kirby and her children Tyler and Peyton, of Erwin

Grandson: Isaac McGee

Half Brothers: James Laws, of Erwin;

Abram Laws, of Erwin.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Kay Allen in a Memorial Service to begin at 7:00 PM Monday, March 13, 2017, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Rusty Wishon will officiate. Gil Moody and Dean Earl will present music. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 4:00 PM and will continue until service time on Monday at Valley Funeral Home. A private committal service will be held at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Kay’s name to Fishery Community Church, 501 Fishery Church Road, Erwin, TN 37650 or to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Kay Allen through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Caddie R. Gage Lance

Caddie LanceCaddie R. Gage Lance, age 93, Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. She was born in Bakersville, North Carolina and lived most of her life in Erwin. Mrs. Lance was a daughter of the late John and Mattie Young Gage. She was a former employee of Southern Pottery and retired from Hoover Ball in 1986 where she was employed for twenty-one years as an Inspector. Mrs. Lance was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church and Erwin Order of Eastern Star #29. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Paul Lance on September 28, 2000; three brothers and four sisters.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Fred Lance and wife, Kathy; two granddaughters: Emily L. Goepel and husband, Jason, Chelsey Lance, all of Johnson City; several nieces and nephews also survive, including a devoted nephew, J. C. Gage and wife, Kate of Johnson City; special friend, Debbie Adcock.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Gage and Laws Quartet. A private committal service will be held on Saturday in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Governor’s Bend and Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in memory of Mrs. Lance to: Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 910 Hoback Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Lance family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Lance family. (423) 743-1380.

MSG Roy Clinton Hensley

MSG Roy Clinton Hensley, U.S. Army Retired, 86. of Fayetteville, died Monday, March 13, 2017.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Jernigan-Warren Chapel with burial following in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors.

Surviving are his sons, Clifford, Leroy and Kelvin Hensley; sister, Pauline Peterson; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.

Wincie Whitson

Wincie WhitsonWincie Whitson, 64, Erwin, TN passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the Unicoi County Long Term Care, Erwin.

 She was born June 10, 1952 in Erwin, TN to the late Floyd Braden and Mary Virginia Harris.

Wincie was a homemaker and a loving, caring mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend who will be in our hearts forever.

 In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by great grandchildren, Maddex and Mitchell Patten.

 She is survived by: four daughters, Tammy Patten and husband Richard, Destiny Whitson and Michael Graham, Elizabeth Silvers and husband Roger, and Christina Whitson; two sons, David Hampton and wife Shirley and Dallas Whitson and wife Danielle, all of Erwin; two sisters, Wanda Turley and husband Doug, of Branchland, WV, and Winona McLaughlin, of Erwin; one brother, Rick and wife Beverly, of Erwin; 14 grandchildren, Allen Patten and wife Rebecca, Brandon Patten and wife Amber, Robbie Patten, Michael Patten, Christopher Hampton and Erica White, Hunter Hampton, Summer Hampton, Logan Hampton, Austin Ingram, Jacob Ingram, Makenzie Huskins, Ayden Whitson, Peyton Falkenstein, and Ethan Falkenstein; and six great grandchildren, Gabriel, Travis, Emily, Aubri Patten, and Mason Ingram. 

 The family would like to thank special friends: Ralph “Rabbit” Higgins, Michael and April Hampton, Marsha Poore, Donna Foster, Erin and Chris Deicke, Shawna Allen, and April and Michael Hampton, and give a special thanks to Karon Sherington. Thanks also to the staff of Unicoi Long Term Care and Caris Health Care.

  Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Whitson family. (423) 282-1521

Hilda Pauline White

Hilda WhiteHilda Pauline White, age 77, of Erwin, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Center on Aging and Health. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late Fieldon and Minnie Engle White. Hilda was the Office Manager at WEMB for 50 years. She was a life-long member of Calvary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and was the church clerk. In addition to her parents, Hilda is preceded in death by her sisters Lucille Pate, Lena Justice and Alma Elkins.

 

 

Hilda Pauline White has left behind to cherish her memories:

Brother: Lowell White, of Johnson City;

Sister: Thelma Shipley, of Spring Hill, TN;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Hilda Pauline White in a committal service to be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the mausoleum chapel at Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate. Musical selections will be under the direction of Gary Amos. Those attending will meet at the mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery for the 11:00 AM service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Hilda’s name to Calvary Baptist Church Christian Life Center or to Calvary Baptist Church Missions, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Hilda Pauline White through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Ruth Niota Eggers

Ruth Niota Eggers, age 86, Erwin, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the NHC Health Care. Mrs. Eggers moved from Jacksonville, FL to Unicoi County in 1996. She was a daughter of the late Bill and Mamie Marshall Elliott. Mrs. Eggers was a member of Unicoi United Methodist Church. She retired from the City of Jacksonville Tax Assessor’s Office. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Franklin Eggers on September 4, 2012 and one brother, Bill Elliott.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two sons: Robert E. “Rob” Eggers and wife, Brigitte of Leavenworth, WA, Fredrick R. “Randy” Eggers and wife, Carol of Jacksonville Beach, FL; one daughter, Leslie Honrath and husband, Danny of Erwin; three grandsons: Daniel Honrath, Justin Eggers and Chris Eggers. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Eggers cremains will be buried at Mountain Home National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may send donations in memory of Mrs. Ruth Eggers to: National MS Society, Mid South Chapter, 214 Overlook Circle, Suite 153, Brentwood, TN 37027.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Eggers family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Eggers family. (423) 743-1380.

Ricky Lynn Price

Ricky PriceRicky Lynn Price, age 55, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. An Erwin native, Ricky was a son of the late R.H. Price and Martha Phillips Slemons. Ricky was a very fun, friendly and kindhearted man who, in the end, per his wishes, gave of himself by donating his body to science to further medical understanding. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Isaac Price and R.H. Price, Jr. and sister Lisa Price Garst.

 

 

Ricky Lynn Price has left behind to cherish his memories:

Son: Caleb Price, of Erwin;

Aunt: Ella Jane Keefer and husband Bob, of Erwin;

Uncle: Reece (Bill) Phillips, of Lenore, NC;

Nieces: Heather Sherrill and her son Braum, of Elizabethton;

Chastity Widener and husband Ronald, and their daughters Mikayla and Madison, of

Erwin;

Several cherished and loved cousins, to include:

Greg Howell, of Erwin;

Jon Randolph, of Erwin, who were also his best friends.

Ricky’s family would like to offer a special thank you to all who responded in his time of need.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Ricky Lynn Price in a memorial service to be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM at Erwin Bible Holiness Church, 604 Okolona Drive, Erwin, TN. Rev. Kim Casey will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM and continue until service begins. Ricky’s ashes will be returned to Caleb at a later date to be placed in the Unaka Springs Cemetery.

 

Courtesy of Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Edna Foster Templeton

Edna Templeton 001Edna Foster Templeton, 78, Johnson City, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Franklin Woods Community Hospital. She was a native of Erwin and the daughter of the late Carl and Bessie Lee Shehan Foster.

In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her brother, Newman D. Foster.

Edna graduated High School in Unicoi County in 1956. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA with an AAS in Applied Management. She earned her degree by attending classes at night and on weekends, while working a full time job. Edna had a Civil Service Career in Washington, D.C., spending seven years with the FBI and twenty nine years with NASA Headquarters. She proudly served and received several awards, including the NASA Exceptional Performance Medal. Edna retired and moved to Johnson City in 1993.

Edna was an avid reader and enjoyed the senior bowling leagues at Holiday Lanes. Her team (Beth, Trudy, and Edna) bowled together for more than twenty years. She volunteered as an AARP Tax Aide at the Johnson City Senior Center for twenty tax seasons. Before the ravages of time took over, Edna enjoyed travelling with her husband, Warren. They traveled to various national parks, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, Europe, and cruised the Panama Canal, Bermuda, and other island destinations.

Those left to cherish Edna’s memory include her husband of fifty six years, Warren Templeton, two sisters: Carol McKinney and her husband Dannie, Bobbie Jean Scott; three brothers: Stanley Foster, Kenneth Foster and his wife Sue, and Reginald Foster and his wife Linda; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Rachel Mondorer, Dr. Charles Famoyin, Dr. April Lambert, and their staff for the excellent care provided for Edna.

The family will greet friends to share memories from 5:00 PM until a Celebration of Edna’s Life at 6:00 PM on Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City with Pastor Jonathan Feathers officiating. Edna will be laid to rest at a later date at Mountain Home National Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Templeton family.

 

Patsy Engle Gilbert

GilbertPatsy Engle Gilbert, age 62, of Erwin, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Holston Valley Medical Center. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late Orvil Engle and Irene Hopson Engle Roberts. She was a member of Lily Dale Church of Christ, where she was actively involved in the Ladies Circle. Patsy was a nurse who worked locally in the hospital and nursing homes prior to being employed by the Johnson City and Unicoi County school systems, where she worked passionately with special needs children for more than a decade. She loved to sew, camp and travel, and she spent every moment she could with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Patsy is preceded in death by an infant sister, Brenda Sue and by her step-father, Jay Roberts.

 

Patsy Engle Gilbert has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband of 45 years: Glenn Gilbert, of Erwin;

Children: Carl Gilbert and wife Anna;

Sara Schwenke and husband Gary;

Mark Gilbert;

Grandchildren: Chase Gilbert;

Ava Gilbert;

Madeleine Gilbert;

Abbygale Gilbert;

Dakota Schwenke;

Blake Schwenke;

Sisters: Linda Fore and husband Bob;

Joyce Davis and husband David;

Step-brothers: Larry Roberts;

Gary Roberts

Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Patsy Engle Gilbert in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Jeremy Green will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and will continue until service time on Tuesday at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in the mausoleum chapel at Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 AM to go in procession. Serving as pallbearers will be Riki Forney, Matthew Davis, Jason Young, Mark “Biff” Lafaver, Chad McKinney, Robert Hyder, Ryan Hyder and John Paul O’Dell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lily Dale Church of Christ Building Fund, 1140 Martin Creek Rd, Erwin, TN 37650

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Patsy Engle Gilbert through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Bernice “Nanny” Wilson

Clara WilsonIn Memory of Mother

“We remember thee in this solemn hour, our dear mother. We remember the days when thou didst dwell on Earth, and thy tender love watched over us like a guardian angel. Thou has gone from us, but the bond which unites our souls can never be severed; thine image lives within our hearts. May the merciful Father reward thee for the faithfulness and kindness thou has ever shown us; may He lift up the light of His countenance upon thee and grant thee eternal peace. Amen”

 

Bernice “Nanny” Wilson, age 86, of Erwin, TN went home to be with the Lord on February 24, 2017. She was born in Erwin to Harry Saylor and Nora Davis Saylor, now deceased. Bernice was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and dearly loved her church family and ladies in the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She was employed by the Unicoi County Board of Education for 17 ½ years as a special education teacher’s aide and worked as a seamstress for Industrial Garment for 30 years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Gladys Saylor, brother Kenneth Saylor, son-in-law Tom Hensley, brother-in-law Boyd Garland, nephew George Howell, niece Wilda Howell, and former husband Otis Wilson. She was a kind, caring person who will be cherished and lovingly remembered by many friends and family including daughters: Brenda Jones and granddaughter Elizabeth and fiancé Thad McMillen of Erwin; Linda Barrett and husband Richard of Erwin and grandson Rick Barrett of Johnson City; Joy Hensley and grandsons: Neil and wife Tara, Rick and wife Kristi, and Jonathan of Unicoi; Connie Smith and husband Vestal and grandson Jason of Limestone Cove; Debra McNabb and husband Gary of Erwin and granddaughters Dee Lewis and husband Tim of Chuckey and Lori English and husband John of Unicoi; and Diana Smith and husband John and grandson John Ashley of Johnson City and granddaughter Chelsey of Bristol; brother Doug Saylor and fiancé Phyllis Harris of Erwin and nephew Chad Saylor and wife Missy and great nephew Chase and great niece Caroline of Elizabethton; sister Eunice Garland and nephew Chris Garland of Erwin; sister-in-law Bobbie Saylor and nephew Jerry Saylor and wife Lisa and great nephews Scott of Erwin and Aaron of Elizabethton; nephews Jay Howell and wife Nancy of Newport News and Mike Heath and wife Teresa of Old Town, FL; and niece Pansy Pangborn. Her family includes 15 great grandchildren who loved their Nanny: Ben, Katie and Ellie Hensley; Kylee, Kendel, Tommy Joy, and Holt Hensley; Ethan, Olivia, and Luke Smith; Rowan and Scout Smith; Ava and Cole English; and Haley Derry and husband Nathan.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the compassionate nurses and staff on floors two and three of the Franklin Woods Hospital and the nurses and staff of the Skilled Nursing Unit of Cornerstone Village.

The family will receive friends Sunday, February 26 from 2 to 6 pm in Mrs. Wilson’s home. In accordance with her wishes, in lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial contribution in memory of Bernice to the Calvary Baptist Building Fund, 540 Adams St., Erwin, TN or Gideons International, P. O. Box 398 Erwin, TN.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Bernice “Nanny” Wilson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Jerome M. Gray, Sr.

Jerome Gray SrJerome M. Gray, Sr., age 85, Okeechobee, FL passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 follo wing a lengthy illness. He was a son of the late John “Sam” Gray and Louise Merry Gray. Jerome had spent most of his life in the West Palm Beach area until retirement then moved to Okeechobee. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean conflict and returned to Palm Beach County to work for the Fire Department while continuing his education. Jerome became a school counselor in Palm Beach County and continued to enjoy working with students, parents, excellent principals and teachers until his retirement. He enjoyed traveling extensively all over the U. S. in a motorhome with Irene, especially the trip to Alaska. Jerome was a serious hunter and an avid fisherman and shared these with “Bubba” and friends. He prepared a wonderful “snook salad”. Jerome was a member of the Northwood Baptist Church for many years. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Jerome M. “Bubba” Gray, Jr. and a brother, Grafton Gray.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of over sixty years, Irene Keesecker Gray.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum. Dr. Chris Bogart will officiate at the 2:00 P. M. service. Those wishing to attend should assemble at the mausoleum by 1:50 P. M.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Gray/Keesecker family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Gray/Keesecker family. (423) 743-1380.

Clifford Gilbert

GilbertClifford Gilbert, age 89, of Johnson City passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the NHC Healthcare, Johnson City. He was a native of Erwin and a son of the late Carl Robert and Melba Tinker Gilbert. He was a United States Navy veteran and recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Victory Medal.
Mr. Gilbert retired from the Clinchfield Railroad after forty-seven years of service. Mr. Gilbert was a member of the Unaka Avenue Baptist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Clifford Gregory Gilbert, a daughter,Carla Love Cameron, three brothers R. C. Gilbert, Edward Gilbert and Robert Gilbert, four sisters, Iris Banner, Audrey Higgins, Elizabeth Mooney and Beatrice Helton.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife of sixty-nine years, Allene Love Gilbert; four sisters, Jessie Lee
Tipton and Marjorie Thompson, both of Erwin, Dorothy LeMay of Palm Bay, FL and Betty Keever and husband, Glen of Johnson City; two granddaughters, Rachel Lambert and husband Travis and Lauren Lightfoot and husband, James;
four great grandchildren; sister- in- law, Dollie Gilbert; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Clyde and Darla Duty.

The family will receive friends Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. Reverend Jeff Alford will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 10:30 A. M. Saturday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:00 A. M. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by the Boone Dam VFW Post #4933.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Gilbert to Unaka Avenue Baptist Church, 1213 East Unaka Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Gilbert family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Gilbert Family. (423) 743-1380.

Ruth Velma Combs

Ruth CombsRuth Velma Combs, 97, entered into rest Sunday, (February 19, 2017) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Ruth was born in Scott County, VA on July 16, 1919, and was the daughter of the late George Price and Sallie McConnell Price.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Erwin, TN.

In addition to her parents, brothers, Robert, Carl, and Bernard Price; and sisters, Mary Maddux and Nellie Fields preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, David Combs and wife, Linda, Winston-Salem, NC and Don Combs and wife, Chris, Maryville, TN; grandson, Dr. Josh Combs and wife, Stacy, Lakenheath AFB, England; great grandchildren, Eva Combs, Ella Combs, and Oliver Combs, Lakenheath AFB, England; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor David Crutchfield officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Pallbearers will be Gary Price, Adam Price, Jordan Smith, Tim Hensley, and 1st Lt. Daniel Price.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. to go in procession to the graveside service.

The family wishes to thank all the nurses and staff at Arbor Acres Assisted Living in Winston-Salem, NC for their love and care for the past two years.

Flowers are welcome, or you may make donations to the building fund of Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams St., Erwin, TN 37650 in memory of Ruth Velma Combs.

An online guest register is available for the Combs family at www.gatecityfunerals.com.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Ruth Velma (Price) Combs.