Nola Blankenship Johnson

Nola Blankenship Johnson, age 92, of Erwin, went home to be with Jesus and her family on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Hillview Health Care. A native of Flag Pond, Nola is a daughter of the late C.L. and Eugenia Crain Blankenship. She was a compassionate, caring, loving, strong woman, who was dedicated to her family, her profession in nursing, and to her God. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Erwin and a member of Central Baptist Church of Johnson City. In addition to her parents, Nola is preceded in death by her husband, William Dana Johnson and brothers and sisters, Elva Blankenship, Grace Blankenship, Fannie Fender, Paul Blankenship, Homer Blankenship, Joe Blankenship, and Dallas Blankenship.

 

Nola Blankenship Johnson has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: Barbara Johnson Marsh of Gray,

Linda Johnson Wilson and husband, Steven of Unicoi;

Grandchildren: Jennifer Ferrell and husband, Sean of Cincinnati, OH,

Dr. Julie W. Lemmon and husband, Jeremy of Nashville, TN;

Great Grandchildren: Drew, Amelia, Sarah, and Reid;

Brothers: Hurshel “Bud” Blankenship and wife, Mary of Erwin;

Sisters: Glenna Crain of Erwin,

Doris Butler of Johnson City,

Patsy Church of Boco Raton, FL.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Governors Bend Assisted Living and Hillview Nursing Home.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Nola Blankenship Johnson in a Graveside Service to begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery. Dr. Ray Sorrells will officiate. Those attending the graveside service on Saturday will meet at 10:50 AM at Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum.

 

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 Nola Blankenship Johnson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Ira “Pete” Rutter

Ira “Pete” Rutter, age 78, Rutter Lane, Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit after a lengthy illness. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and son of the late Willard Brown Rutter and Mary Jane Williams Rutter.

Mr. Rutter was a United States Navy Veteran. He taught at Rock Creek Elementary for twenty-one years before his retirement. Mr. Rutter was Teacher of the Year for grades 5-8 in 1996-1997. Also, he was awarded Conservation Teacher of the Year in 1996-1997.

Pete served on the Care and Share Board for three years and was a member of the Erwin Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM for fifty-three years.

In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Patricia Rutter on June 9, 2012; son, Ira Craig Rutter, on August 7, 2008; infant son, Jeffery Dale Rutter; one brother, Willard “Sonny” Rutter.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, April Danielle Britt, Johnson City; two grandsons: Liam and Jeffery Rutter; three great grandchildren: Jaxon Treadway, Henry Britt and Josephine Britt; two half-sisters: Mary Thorpe and husband, Jim, Lisa Isaacs, all of Alliance, OH; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to extend a special, heartfelt thank you to Pete’s special friend, Harley Bailey.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 18, 2018 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend E. L. Wheeler will officiate. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 9:50 A.M. on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Pete to: Maranatha Tabernacle Church, P. O. Box 963, Erwin, TN 37650.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Rutter 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 Rutter family.  (423) 743-1380.

Olean Roberts

Olean Roberts, age 85, 750 Carolina Avenue, Apt 129-A, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her residence while she was surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late John and Dora Buchanan Roberts.

Olean was a homemaker and a member of Buffalo Valley Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Jack Roberts; two daughters: Martha Lee Roberts and Dora Lou Chandley; one granddaughter, Melissa Byrd; two brothers: George and Ralph Roberts; five sisters: Inis Yarber, Mary Bennett, Joy Osburn, Martha Laughren and Lois Reeser.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Clifford Odell Roberts; three daughters: Elizabeth Renfro, Rosa Lee Roberts and Debbie Roberts; two sisters: Frances Horton and Merle Laughren; thirteen grandchildren: Terry Lee Burger, Timmy Lee Roberts, Heather Davis, Lawrence Davis, Natasha Foster, Amy Roberts, Shay McAmis, Eric Roberts, Samantha Griffin, Heath Renfro, Andrea Robinette, Amanda Robinette and Andy White; many great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Verlie Roberts; special friend, Paul Byrd; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dallas Gregg will officiate at the 8:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Linda Ayers and Jamie Black. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday in the Buchanan Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Terry Lee Burger, Ethan Burger, Ryan Burger, Nick McAmis, Andy White and Joseph Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Roberts, Thomas McAmis, Lawrence Davis, Timmy Roberts, Heath Renfro and Kayden White. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the Unicoi Funeral Home by 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Roberts family.  (423) 743-1381.

Mrs. Lillian S. King

Mrs. Lillian S. King

ALVIN, TX – Mrs. Lillian S. King, 71, of Alvin, Texas, passed away on June 2, 2018. She was a native of Erwin, Tennessee and the daughter of the late Blaine Hensley and the late Mae Hensley.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 52 years Cecil Lee King, son Greg King (Cassy), grandchildren, Amber King and Daniel King all of Alvin, Texas; brother Bill Hensley (Doris) Erwin, nephew Bill Hensley (Brandy), Elizabethton.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral   Service will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM. All services will be held at SouthPark Funeral Home and Cemetery, Pearland, TX.

Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey

Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey, age 73, of Erwin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. A native of Mitchell County, NC, Lorraine is a daughter of Doris (DeGroat) Ledford and the late Robert Ledford. She was a member of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church in Erwin.  In addition to her father, Lorraine is preceded in death by her first husband: Reverend Clay Daniels; second husband: Wesley Bailey; son: David “Berry” Daniels.

 

In addition to her mother, Lorraine Bailey has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: Tammie Wilson, of Erwin,

Bobbie Buchanan, of Erwin,

Janet Trivett, of Newland, NC;

Son: Samuel Clay “Bo” Daniels, Jr., of Newdale, NC;

Step-son: Danny Bailey, of Erwin;

Adopted son: John Stanley “Stan” Ault, of Erwin;

Brother: Bob Ledford, of Bakersville, NC

Sister: Linda Calhoun, of Morganton, NC

Eight grandchildren;

Eight great-grandchildren;

Several nieces and nephews;

Her church family.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to Mountain States Hospice; all of the doctors who went above and beyond to take care of her; her Pathway Freewill Baptist Church family; all of her friends, family and neighbors who have visited, called, cared, loved and prayed for her during her illness.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Matthew Robinson will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Wednesday. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in Daniels Cemetery, Plumtree, NC. Those attending will meet at Daniels Cemetery by 10:50 AM for the service. Serving as pallbearers will be Glyn Higgins, Wayne Higgins, Chris Duncan, Gary Whittamore, Tom Banks and Stanley Ault.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pathway Freewill Baptist Church, 750 Carolina Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

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 Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Reba (Tipton) Bange

Reba (Tipton) Bange, age 82, of Erwin, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 7, 2018. A native of Erwin, Reba is the daughter of the late Zeke and Lucy (Miller) Tipton. She was a member of Erwin Bible Holiness Church,

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Reba (Tipton) Bange through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Justin “Boomer” Vance

Justin “Boomer” Vance, age 30, of Unicoi, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a 2006 graduate of Unicoi County High School. Services have already been conducted.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Justin “Boomer” Vance through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Richard Dwight Coggins

Richard Dwight Coggins, age 65, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center. Richard was born in Virginia and lived most of his life in Erwin. He is a son of the late William and Sarah Coggins. He was a Mason and a Maintenance Track Foreman for Norfolk Southern. Richard was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He loved fishing and woodworking.  In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by two brothers: Robert Avery Coggins and Ellis Jack Coggins.

 

Richard Dwight Coggins has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 28 years: Estelle (Bonnie) Horton Coggins;

Sisters: Jean Stafford and husband, K.P., of Gray, TN,

Nancy Gentry, of KY,

Evelyn Thomas, of FL,

Violet Owens, of Limestone, TN;

Children: Joseph Horton and wife, Lisa, of Erwin,

Daniel Coggins,

Michelle Lawrence;

Grandchildren: Chyanne Coggins, of Erwin,

Cassidy Horton, of Johnson City,

Natile Horton, of Erwin,

Brianna Hensley, of Erwin.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Richard Dwight Coggins in a funeral service to begin at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 21, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until service time on Monday. A graveside committal service will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:00 PM for the service. Pallbearers will be notified.

 

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 Richard Dwight Coggins through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Carl Allen Wightman

Carl Allen Wightman, of Erwin, Tennessee, was born in Bath, New York on 17 August, 1932. He passed away 24 April, 2018 at VA Mountain Home CLC. He was the son of Vernon E. Wightman and Edna Allen Wightman. He was the direct descendant of George Wightman who settled in New London, Connecticut in 1635. Carl was a lifelong Presbyterian.

Carl was the loving and devoted husband of Beverlee Campbell Wightman for fifty-five years. He was the daddy of Diana Christin Wightman, whom he loved with all his heart. He adored his grandsons, Ian Alexander Wightman Canby and James Maxwell Canby. He loved Shane O’Hare like a son, and of course, Shane’s family. Carl leaves many dear friends to mourn his passing.

Carl enlisted in the US Navy at the age of nineteen due to the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Boxer and the USS Oriskany in ordinance aboard these carriers.

He entered Bucknell University in 1955, where he was a member of Phi Lambda Theta. His many friends recall his wonderful sense of humor and delightful personality.

After graduating Bucknell University, he graduated from Officer’s Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Carl served aboard the USS Illusive, USS Herbert J Thomas, USS Severn, and the USS Suribachi. His favorite place was on the bridge of a ship. He loved “driving ships,” the sea, and sailing.

In addition to being a Line Officer, Carl also served in Naval Intelligence. After graduating from Defense Intelligence School, he served at DIA in Washington, DC, in Vietnam, and his final duty station was CINCPACFLT Staff of Adm. Bobby Inmann in Hawaii. Carl was a decorated and proud Naval Officer who loved his country.

After retiring, Carl became Director of The Mohawk Valley Rehabilitation Workshop. The staff grew from nine employees to over one hundred, providing much needed services in the community. Carl was also a member of Rotary International, being very active as long as health permitted. He was a talented woodworker and sailboat builder. He was a historian, reading extensively about the Civil War and naval history.

Much gratitude to the entire staff of the Community Living Center Hospice at VA Mountain Home. Carle’s last six months of life were comfortable and content. He was much loved and cared for at the CLC.

A memorial burial service will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tennessee on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 at 2:30 PM.

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 Wightman family. This obituary was written and provided by Carl’s loving family.

 

 

Timothy Douglas Harrison

Timothy Douglas Harrison was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25, 1964. He was a graduate of Fairfield High School. He was a member of Central Park Ensley Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Douglas Harrison, and step-father, Julian V. King. He is survived by twin brother, Ted Taylor Harrison; wife, Debbie; sister, Callie Harrison Faircloth; husband, Green; mother, Carole Harrison King; nieces, Callaway Faircloth and Carole Ann Faircloth; nephew, Taylor Harrison; one step-brother and three step-sisters.

Tim was an Industrial Sales Representative for James Grace Company of Gadsden, Alabama, Tarrant Hydrolics of Tarrant, Alabama, Southern Roll Company of Birmingham, Alabama and Pertec of Nashville, Tennessee. He was proud of being a Linebacker for Fairfield High School, who defended against Bo Jackson of McAdory High School in a playoff game. He played drums for Ted Harrison and the River Run Band in Birmingham, Alabama.

A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery to be attended by family members.

Memorial donations can be made to Erwin Presbyterian Church, 105 North Elm Street, Erwin, TN 37650 or to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends Timothy Douglas Harrison through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Margery Elizabeth Shelton

Margery Elizabeth Shelton, age 94, 1863 Rice Creek Road, Flag Pond, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Flag Pond and a daughter of the late Winfred J. and Addie E. Briggs Fender.

Margery was the first female employee hired at Morrill Motors with over twenty-five years of service. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of seventy-three years, Vaughn Shelton on August 6, 2016; one daughter, Phyllis Ann Fowler and one granddaughter, Shannon Jones.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Robert “Bobby” Shelton and wife, Laura, Flag Pond; two brothers: T. F. Fender, Portland, OR, Jack Fender, Miami, FL; one sister, Patricia Belcher, Stone Mountain, GA; two grandchildren; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will inter Margery’s cremains alongside her husband’s in the Upper Rice Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Shelton 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 Shelton family. (423) 743-1380.

Ernest Dillard Williams

Ernest Dillard Williams, age 71, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, after an extended illness. A native of Erwin, Ernest is a son of Wilma (Philips) Williams and the late Coy Williams. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served durig the Vietnam War. Ernest was an intelligent and unique man, who loved his wife, family and country. He enjoyed computers, books and walking and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his father, Ernest is preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Marie; daughter, Christina Cowper; and nephew, Richard Williams.

In addition to his mother, Ernest Dillard Williams has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife of 48 years: Diane (Belknap) Williams, of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Thomas Parsons, of CA,

Timmy Parsons, of CA;

Sister: Mary English and husband, Gary, of Erwin;

Brother: Carl Williams and wife, Edna, of Erwin;

Nieces: Michelle Zundel, of Erwin,

Janet Townsend and husband, Howard, of Erwin;

Nephews: Keith Williams and wife, Tracy, of Erwin,

William Barnett, of Erwin,

Greg Belknap, of CA;

Sister-in-law: Clara K. Belknap, of CA;

Several other extended family and friends.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to Janet and Howard Townsend for their love and support and to the staff at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center for their care.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Ernest Dillard Williams in a gathering of family and friends at the Townsend household on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

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 Ernest Dillard Williams through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Jeffrey C. McNabb

Jeffrey C. McNabb, DMin, of Jonesborough, TN, passed away on May 7, 2018, at M.D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston, TX. Mr. McNabb was born on January 13, 1956 in Denver, CO, the son of Kyle C. and Ruth (Honeycutt) McNabb. They preceded him in death.

Mr. McNabb was a person who never knew a stranger. His smile and laugh greeted everyone with warmth and comfort. He ministered with Christian churches in Tennessee and Arizona and served at Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Most recently he served as Chaplain at Cornerstone Village in Johnson City.

Mr. McNabb is survived by his wife of 34 years, Susan (Holdren) McNabb, of Jonesborough; his daughters, Maia Estes (and husband, Matt) of Knoxville, and Alyssa Petrey (and husband, Jason) of Richmond, KY; his brother, Michael, of Yucaipa, CA, and his sister, Marsha Buck of Kingsport, TN, and his niece and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 7:00 pm, at Crossroads Christian Church, 1300 Suncrest Dr., Gray, TN, with Ministers, Charles Reese and Clint Andrews officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of service. Committal services will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, at 11:00 am, at Happy Valley Memorial Park in Elizabethton, TN, with Ministers Palma Bennett and Wayne Emery officiating. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery at 10:45 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jeff McNabb Memorial Garden, c/o Cornerstone Village, 309 Princeton Road, Johnson City, TN 37601. A basket will also be available at the church for these donations.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37615, (423) 610-7171, is honored to serve the McNabb family.

 

Jimmy Richard Elliott

Jimmy Richard Elliott, age 82, 121 Treadway Lane, Jonesborough, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the VA Medical Center Community Living Center. He was a native of Erwin, but lived most of his life in Orlando, FL before moving to Jonesborough over twenty years ago. Jimmy was a son of the late Grover and Hazel Huskins Elliott.

He retired as a MS1 Cook from the United States Navy after twenty years of service. Jimmy received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. Jimmy was of the Church of God faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Claude Elliott; four sisters: Lorraine Fanning, Mary Ruth Saffold, Janice Faye Street and Mae Belle Riddle; son-in-law, Ken Dawes; brother-in-law, R. C. Street.

Jimmy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his ex-wife and best friend, Jill Lee, Johnson City; two sons: Jim Elliott, Jr. (Mary Ann), Tommy Sherman Elliott (Vicki), all of Orlando; three daughters: Kim Dawes and Tommy, Johnson City, Debbie Gentile and Bob, Cape Canaveral, FL, Tracey Bates (Charlie), Jonesborough; one brother, Eugene Elliott (Sherry), Johnson City; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dewey Ward will officiate at the 8:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Committal service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday in the McInturff Cemetery (Rock Creek). Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Military Honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 PM on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

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

Dr. Edgar “Ed” K. Cunningham

Dr. Edgar “Ed” K. Cunningham, age 76, of Erwin, TN, passed away after a long illness, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at NHC in Johnson City, TN. He was born in Greeneville, TN, and graduated from Greeneville High School 1959; Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959-1963; Graduated from ETSU in 1967, and in 1974 graduated from The University of TN College of Dentistry located in Memphis, TN. Prior to going to dental school, Ed had various jobs, including being a teacher in Greeneville, TN, from 1967-1971. In 1975, Dr. Cunningham opened his private dental practice in Erwin, TN, that eventually moved to the Main Avenue location. He worked at his beloved dental practice until his retirement in 2016 due to health reasons. He considered his patients to be more like friends and family than clients. He was a Charter Member of the Unicoi County Rotary Club and was an active member for 20+ years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Bertha Cunningham of Greeneville, TN. He is survived by his sons, Dr. Jason Cunningham (wife Dr. Angela Cameron) of Johnson City, TN, Christopher Cunningham of Knoxville, TN; Grandchildren: Andrew and Alexis Cunningham of Johnson City, TN, and his brother Dr. George Cunningham (wife Marilyn) of Mountain City, TN.

Ed was known for his kind heart, generous spirit, sense of humor, and practical jokes. He had a love and passion for God, his family, his community, his country, the Marine Corps, the Rotary Club, and U.S. History. In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting Civil War Battlefield Relics, fishing on Watauga Lake, and cheering for the UT Vols. His presence in our family and community will be greatly missed. A private funeral service and burial was held previous to this announcement (as per Ed’s wishes). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Unicoi Country Rotary Club, C/o Dr. Ed Cunningham Memorial, 510 N. Main Ave, Erwin, TN 37650. His family would like to extend a special thank you for the outpouring of Christian love, support, and prayers during this difficult time.

 

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 Dr. Edgar “Ed” K. Cunningham through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Milbra Ruth Franklin Reese

Milbra Ruth Franklin Reese

Columbia-Milbra Ruth Franklin Reese, 81, died Monday, April 16, 2018. Born on September 22, 1936, in Columbia, SC, she was a daughter of the late Reverend William Eugene Franklin and Grace Hinnant Franklin. She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Reese; son, James “Jim” Eugene Reese, Sr. (Maria); daughter-in-law, Jane Reese; grandchildren, Wendy Broman (Will), Laura Rease (Evin), Katie Fischer (Matt), Stephen Reese (Madelaine), Forest Reese and Savannah Reese; great grandchildren, Annabelle and Peyton Broman, Dillon and Kayleigh Rease, Tessa and Wyatt Fischer, and Wyatt Kazmier. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Reese was preceded in death by her son, Robert William “Bill” Reese and grandsons, Jim Reese, Jr. and Lance Reese.

While Milbra was a secretary at Williams Furniture Company in Sumter, SC, and Bob was a graduate student in forestry at NC State University, they were introduced by “matchmaker” friends in the furniture store. Bob invited her to see “Sound of Music” and said he “liked the way she held my hand.” Two months later they were married and enjoyed 52 years of wonderful marriage. She and Bob were the closest of life-long companions. They felt that their marriage was one made in heaven and truly complemented each other. She brought a quiet spiritual strength to their marriage. During the following years she completed two nursing degrees, a Master of Divinity, and became a board-certified chaplain. Her special joy was being a staff chaplain at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital for six years. In later years a special pleasure of hers was keeping up with current events, enjoying her yard flowers, and seeing a wide variety of backyard birds feasting on feeders and nectar. But her greatest joy was spending time with each of her grandchildren, encouraging them, and following each of their activities. Whenever anyone spoke of them, it was always “Bob and Milbra.” To their grandchildren it was, “Nanny and Pop.” Her grandchildren’s words about Nanny offer a good picture of this true “Southern Lady”. To them Nanny was a blessing, compassionate, sweet, excellent Grandmother, great listener, Godly, encouraging, loving, gentle, empathetic, quite strength, understanding, beautiful, rich heart, and believing in us. In later years she faced struggles with declining health with courage, quiet resolve, and indominable spirit. During her last hospitalization, she told Bob, “I’m not ready to leave you now. I have too much to live for.” But when the time came she was ready to be with her Lord and Savior and to rejoin her beloved son, Bill. Milbra and Bob did everything together and having her gone is hard. She will be universally missed by a host of relatives, friends, and neighbors.

The service for Milbra will be held at 11 o’clock Friday, April 20th at Shandon Baptist Church, 5250 Forest Drive, Columbia, with Reverend Dennis Banks officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at The Gathering Place at Shandon Baptist Church. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel is assisting the family.

The family has requested memorials be made to Erskine College and Seminary, Attn: Advancement Office, PO Box 338, Due West, SC 29639 or to the charity of ones’ choice.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.ShivesFuneralHome.com.

 

Kenneth Franklin Crowder, Sr.

Kenneth Franklin Crowder, Sr., age 76, of Erwin, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Unicoi County, Kenneth is a son of the late Robert and Gladys (Bennett) Crowder. He attended Enon Baptist Church and a pipefitter and welder for TVA, where he retired after 28 years of service. Kenneth was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a wonderful husband and father who always gave 100% in everything he ever did. He received the Erwin Big 10 award for Unicoi County High School football. He loved fishing, hunting, and working in his garden. In addition to his parents, Kenneth is preceded in death by his brother, Charles David Crowder; sister, Virginia Crowder; and great nephew, Nick Crowder.

Kenneth Franklin Crowder, Sr. has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 50 years: Wanda Crowder, of Jonesborough;

Daughter: Julie Kalakauskis and husband, Hank, of Knoxville;

Son: Kenneth F. Crowder, Jr. and wife, Regina, of Jonesborough;

Sister: Charlotte Johnson and husband, Ron, of SC;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the paramedics at Medic One and the staff at Johnson City Medical Center for all of their efforts.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Kenneth Franklin Crowder, Sr. in a committal service to be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend David Effler will officiate. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:30 PM to go in procession. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends Kenneth Franklin Crowder, Sr. through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

James “Rusty” Pool

James “Rusty” Pool was raised in Dallas, Texas, but lived in the Flag Pond community of Unicoi County for the past 17 years.

In June 1964, at the age of 17, and 10 days after graduating from high school, Rusty enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Duty stations included tours of duty in the U.S., the Philippines, and Vietnam. He was discharged from active duty as a Petty Officer 2nd class (E-5). His military decorations include the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Ribbon with 3 campaign stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal.

Rusty was an amateur boxer, competing in Golden Gloves boxing Tournaments from the age of 14 until he entered the service. While stationed at the Sangley Point Naval Air Station in the Philippines he joined the base boxing team. In 1966 he won the All-Navy/Marine Corps Philippines Command lightweight championship.

After being honorably discharged Rusty worked full time and attended college part time on the G.I. Bill, ultimately graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1977.

Rusty joined the Dallas Police Department in 1973, where he worked for 27 years as a Patrol Officer, a Field Training Officer, a Patrol Sergeant, and a Crimes against Persons Robbery/Homicide/Assaults Investigator. He earned the Master Peace Officer Certification, which is the highest of 4 law enforcement certifications obtainable in the State of Texas. In 1988, he was sworn in as a special deputy U.S. Marshall and worked as an undercover investigator for a year with a joint FBI/Dallas Police Dept. Property Crimes Task Force.

Rusty was one of the highest decorated officers on the Dallas Police Department, which has over 3,600 officers. In 1986, he was the 33rd officer in the history of the Dallas Police Department to be awarded the department’s Medal for Valor after rescuing an unconscious person from a wrecked vehicle that was completely engulfed in flames.

Other awards Rusty received during his police career include 2 Life-Saving awards, 2 Certificate of Merit awards, the Police Commendation Bar, the Departmental Civic Achievement Bar, the City of Dallas Shining Star Ethics Award, and the Departmental Expert Pistol Shot Bar. Rusty was named DPD’s Officer of the Month on 5 different occasions and was named DPD’s Officer of the Year in 1987. He was named the Dallas Community Awards Committee Outstanding Officer of the year, the Public Safety Support Group’s Police Officer of the Year and the Dallas Police Association’s Cop’s Cop Peer Award.

In addition, Rusty received in excess of 90 written personal commendations from citizens and supervisors for courtesy, professionalism and excellent job performance.

Rusty honorably retired from the Dallas Police Dept. after 27 years of service and moved his family to TN. He stayed retired for 6 months before he became restless and decided to go back to work. He went to work for the State of Tennessee, as a Regional Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation Investigator for the State of Tennessee Division of Developmental Disabilities, where he stayed for 9 years. He retired again in 2010. He was the owner/operator of AAA Tax Service in Erwin. In the off-season he enjoyed traveling on cross-country trips across the U.S. on his motorcycle.

Rusty is a 4-time Commander of Erwin’s American Legion Post 25 and was the editor of their monthly newsletter.

He is survived by Jennifer, his wife of 28 years, daughters: Julie Gould (P.J.) Levy of TX, Rebecca (Rhett) Wells of TX, and Amber Pool of TN; sons: Matthew Pool of TX, and Aaron Pool of TN, grandchildren: Logan, Fielder, Cooper, Lilah and Parker as well as numerous cousins and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in memory of Rusty to: American Legion Post 25, NED LYLE UCHS SCHOLARSHIP, c/o Charles King, 222 4th Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the hour of service on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 7:00 pm funeral service. Music will be provided by Spivey Mountain Boys.

Committal service with Military Honors will be conducted at a later date in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Pool 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 Pool family. (423) 743-1380.

Jeffery James Thornhill

Jeffery James Thornhill, age 29, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. A native of Moss Point, MS, Jeffery is a son of Jeffery Thornhill, Sr. He was a stubborn and outgoing guy who never knew a stranger. He was very generous and reliable to both family and friends. Jeffery enjoyed working on cars, spending time in the woods, being social and being around people. He was very loving and devoted to his family. Jeffery is preceded in death by grandmothers: Bonnie Jo Thornhill and Christine Kibodeaux; grandfather: Melvin Kibodeaux; great-aunt: Vergie “Short” Smith; Godfather: Brian McKinney.

Jeffery James Thornhill has left behind to cherish his memories:

Grandfather: James Clifton Thornhill, of Moss Point, MS;

Father: Jeffery Thornhill, of Erwin;

Fiancé: Sarah Campbell, of Erwin;

Daughter: Kelsey Campbell, of Erwin;

Sister: Kristina Longworth and husband, Joshua, of Unicoi;

Nephews: Mason Honeycutt, of Unicoi,

Luke Longworth, of Unicoi;

Nieces: Sawyer Longworth, of Unicoi,

Elayna Longworth, of Unicoi,

Aubree Longworth, of Unicoi;

Several aunts, uncles and cousins.

And a dear friend who was considered family: Mabel Killen

The family would like to express sincere thanks to Dakota Black, Josh Clark, Austin Smith, Billy Harkins, Eric Wall and Zach Higgins for their friendship and show of support during his time of illness.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Jeffery James Thornhill in a visitation to be held from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.

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 Jeffery James Thornhill through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Patsy Sue Tipton Bennett

“And of some have compassion, making a difference.” Jude 1:22

Patsy Sue Tipton Bennett, age 72, 1375 Martins Creek Road, Erwin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 26, 2018. She passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by her devoted and loving family. Patsy was a lifelong resident of Erwin and the only daughter of the late Herman and Belle Phillips Tipton.

She retired from her position as Assessor of Property after twenty-eight years of dedicated service to the citizens of Unicoi County. Patsy was an active, devoted and loving member of Faith Baptist Church for forty years. She taught the 5 to 8 year old Sunday School Class for thirty years. Patsy was a virtuous woman who loved the Lord with all her heart. “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

She was a former member of the Kiwanis Club and always enjoyed volunteering her time with various organizations. Patsy loved people and she never met a stranger! She loved flowers, growing flowers and making a dying plant come to life again……she was a natural green thumb. Patsy was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Amedisys Hospice staff for all the professional and loving care they gave to Patsy and her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Ann Bennett on February 24, 2006.

She leaves behind to cherish many wonderful memories, her loving and dedicated husband of fifty-seven years, Ronnie Bennett; one son, John Bennett (Monica), Knoxville; four daughters: Ronda Williams (David), Regina Tipton (John), Becky Edwards (Travis) and Phyllis Harris (Sam), all of Erwin; five brothers: Wayne Tipton, Erwin, Franklin Tipton (Jeanette), Erwin, Ronnie Tipton (Lois), Johnson City, Leon Tipton (Joan) and Kyle Tipton (Josie), all of Erwin; fifteen grandchildren: Deanna Hardin (Michael), Joshua Williams, Philip Tipton (Brittney), Nathanael Tipton, Joseph Tittle (Rosie), Daniel Edwards, Kendra Miller (Christian), Hannah Harris, Isaac Harris, Terry Franklin, Jessica Lane, Jeremy Lane, Rachel Morrison (Jackie), Hunter and Peyton Bennett; twelve great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Faith Baptist Church and other times at the residence. Reverend Harold Lewis and Reverend David Williams will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Shirley Lane, Rachael Hendrix, Becky Hardin and Mackenzie Hyder. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 2:30 PM on Tuesday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 2:15 PM on Tuesday.

Flowers will be accepted, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Patsy Bennett to: 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 Bennett 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 Bennett family. (423) 743-1380.