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. Everette was also a Taxidermist and a Barber.

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.

Kate Whitson

kate WhtisonKate Whitson, age 88, of Erwin, was called home on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Johnson City Medical Center. A Unicoi County native, Kate was a daughter of the late Robert and Rebeca Jones Lyle. She was a member of Fishery Community Church where she was a former choir director. She worked for the former Southern Pottery. She loved her flowers and she loved visiting her friends in the nursing home.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Whitson on June 8, 1995, sons Gary and Don Whitson, sisters Grace Lyle and Ruth Moyers, brothers Jack, Frank, Gene, Leno, Ned, and Sye Lyle.

 

Kate Whitson has left behind to cherish her memory:

Sons:   Mike Whitson and wife Angel of Erwin,

Scotty Whitson and wife Cindy of Erwin,

Daughter: Cathy Whitson and Louis Shelton of Jonesborough,

Brother: Edward Lyle and wife Brenda of Erwin,

Sister:  Marie Whaley of Erwin,

Daughter-in-law: Leah Whitson of Johnson City,

Grandchildren: Chase and wife Beth, Dalton, Erick, Seth, Michael and wife Jessica, and Peyton Whitson,

Great grandchildren:    Noah Jackson Whitson, Kathryn Whitson, and Braden Honeycutt.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Kate Whitson in a committal service to be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Tim Tapp and Rev. Rusty Wishon officiating. Vocal selections will be led by Gil Moody. Those attending the graveside service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:30PM to go in procession to the cemetery.

 

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 Kate Whitson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Lillian Clark Duncan

DuncanLillian Clark Duncan, age 89, Knoxville, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the H olston Health and Rehabilitation Center. She lived most of her life in Erwin and was a daughter of the late Edward Bowie and Fannie Mae Harper Clark. Lillian worked as a legal secretary for Judge Garland, Tom Seeley and David Shultz before retiring after twenty years of service. She was the secretary for Erwin United Methodist Church. Lillian was a member and Elder of Erwin Presbyterian Church. She was very active in athletics at Unicoi County High School. Lillian was a member of D.A.R. and was a Cub Scout Leader.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by one son: Bill Duncan in 1977; one brother, Edward Bowie Clark; two sisters: Fannie Mae Parsley and Billie Grace Peterson; former husband, William Bruce Duncan in 1992.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two sons: Clark Duncan and wife, Karen, Steve Duncan and wife, Kaye, all of Knoxville; one daughter, Lee Duncan Leatherwood and husband, Eddie of Cookeville; seven grandchildren: Noah Duncan of Knoxville, Kevin Leatherwood of Cookeville, Kendal Duncan of Nashville, Erin McKinney and fiance, Justin Loftis of Knoxville, Paige Duncan of Knoxville, Lindsey Leatherwood Byers and husband, Andrew of Cookeville and Meghan Wiseman; one great grandchild, Andsley Byers; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Clark of Winter Park, FL. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A. M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Erwin Presbyterian Church. Reverend Norman Wilholt and Pastor Stan Webster will officiate at the 12:00 P. M. funeral service. Pallbearers will be Paul Sawicki, Justin Loftis, Zac Hennigan, Mark Holsclaw, Andrew Byers and Ned Peterson. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Kent Winston Garland

Kent GarlandKent Winston Garland, age 64, went home to be with the Lord February, 18, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center, he had been Type 1 diabetic for 54 years. He was a native of Unicoi County. H was a son of the late Judge Walter and Edith Bradley Garland and grandson of the late P.N. and Eva Garland. He was of the Christian faith and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

 

Kent was an attorney in private practice for 8 years and was a retired Assistant District Attorney of 16 years. His health never allowed him to hike the Appalachian Trial, although he loved to shuttle hikers and enjoy the trail through them. He loved feeding the birds and hanging with his faithful dog Chloe.

 

Other than his parents he is preceded in death by his sister Carole Garland Crawford and husband Ed. His niece Cynthia Diane Crawford.

 

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Tracy Tinker Garland of 10 years, son, Aaron Garland and wife Kim of Jonesborough, daughters, Valarie Tinker Black and husband Zane of Erwin, Hunter Tinker Lunsford and husband Jesse of Johnson City and granddaughter, Melissa Renee Black. Brother, Wayne Garland and wife, Sue of Jacksonville, FL, nephew, Evan Garland and wife, Delicia “Bebe”, and great nephew, Evan Andres Garland of Jacksonville, FL.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute to and remember the life of Kent Winston Garland in a funeral service at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650. Reverend David Crutchfield 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 at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Bell Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Bell Cemetery on Thursday by 10:50 AM.

 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church to be divided between the Building Fund and the Special Needs Ministry, 540 Adams Street, 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 Kent Winston Garland through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Barbara Lee Birchfield

Barbara Birchfield (2)Barbara Lee Birchfield, 65, Elizabethton, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 at her residence.   A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was a daughter of the late Jerald & Alice Miller Hughes. She had lived in Tennessee for 40 years.   Bobbie was devoted in her faith and the Lord Jesus Christ. She always was the first one to say prayers for family and friends. Her hobbies included crocheting, ceramics, jewelry making and several other crafts. She was a devoted wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years: Roger Birchfield, Daughter & Son-In-Law: Laura & Tim Chase, a sister: Martha Hampton, also many loving nephews and a host of wonderful friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Funeral Chapel. Graveside Service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Garland Cemetery (Limestone Cove).

Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday will be: David Valentine, Earl Birchfield, Jerald Hampton, Rick Hampton, Kevin Fields,and Kevin Lenden. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Birchfield family

Arthur Armand Poulin

Arthur Armand PoulinArthur Armand Poulin of Mars Hill, NC, beloved husband of Judith Dayle Henry for 42 years,

passed away peacefully at home in his sleep February 8, 2017. He was 68 years old.

 

 

 

Arthur was born in a lumber camp (T4R9) near Brownville Junction, Maine in 1948, to the late

Arthur Paulin and the late Flora Paradis. He was a natural in the outdoors and enjoyed a

lifetime of exploration, hunting, and fishing. Art spent many years in Colorado, Tennessee, and

lived in Western North Carolina for twenty-two years.

 

Art was a Vietnam Veteran and served with the US Army, and a member of The American

Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America. He was also a member of the US Army Boxing team.

 

Art spent many years in commercial construction as a gifted heavy equipment operator who was

referred to by his peers as “The Dirt Surgeon”. After his mid-life medical retirement, he founded

Poulin Investments, the family owned real estate investment group.

 

Art, also affectionately known as Pooh Bear, is survived by his three children, Jonathan Poulin

of Mars Hill, NC, Mary Beth Bryant (Jon) of Colorado Springs, CO, Kaylen Cirillo (Chris) of

Lawrenceburg, KY, his grandchildren, Jonathan II, Jax, Jillian, Jarett, Christine, and Kenny.

 

Arthur had five siblings, Chester Anglehart (Sharon), Victoria Spencer (Roy), Pauline Paulin,

Peter Paulin, and Joanne McLaughlin, as well as many loved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,

cousins, extended family, and friends.

 

Private interment will be in the spring at the Historical Riverside Cemetery in Asheville. For memorial contributions, please consider Vietnam Veterans of America.

 

Condolences can be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com

Jimmy L. Edney

EdneyJimmy L. Edney, age 72, of Erwin, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Erwin and a son of the late William Lish and Mildred Hensley Edney. Jimmy proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church and was the Materials Control Manager at Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin until he retired after 30+ years of service. Jimmy loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and he was loved by many friends, neighbors and family. In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Pat Edney and his brother, David “Toby” Edney.

 

Jimmy L. Edney has left behind to cherish his memories:

Son: Chad Edney and wife Tina, of Unicoi;

Daughters: Diane McLaughlin and husband Joel, of Unicoi;

Shirley Lane and husband Byrd, of Erwin;

Melissa Donahue and husband Danny, of Whitman, MA;

Granddaughters: Rachel Hendricks and husband Nate, of Erwin;

Chandra Edney, of Unicoi;

Grandsons: Justin Lane;

Drew Edney;

Chris Donahue;

Greg Donahue;

Brothers: Mike Edney and wife Kathy, of Erwin;

Butch Edney, of Erwin;

Charles “Chuck” Edney and wife Gloria, of Raleigh, NC;

Sisters: Mary Doty, of Erwin;

Marie Keller, of Ft. Oglethorpe, GA;

Great-Grandchildren: Emily Lane;

Victoria Lane;

Eli Hendricks;

Danika Hendricks.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Jimmy L. Edney in a funeral service to be at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Reverend James Dunn and Reverend Harold Lewis 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 Tuesday. A committal service will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 11:00 AM in the mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish to attend will meet at Valley Funeral Home on Wednesday by 10:30 AM to go in procession to Evergreen Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jeff Gouge, Chuck Edney, Ben Williams, John Hillard, Roger Banner and Larry Peterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Lane, Drew Edney and Eli Hendricks.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to the Johnson City Medical Center Emergency Room doctors and nurses, Dr. Charles Raudat and the staff of Medic One.

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 Jimmy L. Edney through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Fred David Hatcher

Fred Hatcher newspaperFred David Hatcher, age 65, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. Born on March 9, 1951, he was a son of Lavonne Emmert Hatcher and the late Johnny Hatcher. Mr. Hatcher was retired from the Unicoi County School System. He attended the Church of the Brethren. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Hatcher.

 

 

Fred David Hatcher has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 46 years: Mary Gail Harris Hatcher, of Erwin;

Sons: David Hatcher and his wife Debbie of Erwin;

Scott Hatcher and his fiancé Christine of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Trey Hatcher and Rachel Hatcher;

Several Brothers and Sisters.

The family attended a private family graveside service to honor Mr. Hatcher.

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 Fred David Hatcher through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Grace Wilson Tolley

Grace Tolley newspaper copyGrace Wilson Tolley, age 74, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at her home. A native of Yancey County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Wilson and Bonnie Whitson Wilson. She was a member of Chestoa Missionary Baptist Church. She retired after 32 years’ service as a seamstress at the former Red Cap Inc. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 7 brothers.

 

 

Grace Wilson Tolley has left behind to cherish her memory:

Several nieces and nephews including:

Chris Wilson and Shawn Wilson and his wife Laura, all of Erwin,

Sisters-in-law:

Aundria Wilson, who was also her best friend;

Linda Sproles of Unicoi;

Kate Wilson of Burnsville, NC;

Marie Wilson of SC.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Grace Wilson Tolley in a graveside committal service that will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, February 13, 2017, in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery with Reverend E. L. Wheeler officiating. Vocal selections will be provided by Queenie Wheeler. Those attending will meet at the Cemetery for the 2:00PM service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Jericho Shrine Center, 1100 Jericho Dr, Kingsport, TN 37663

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 Grace Wilson Tolley through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Harmon Edwards

Harmon EdwardsHarmon Edwards, age 77 of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Mr. Edwards was a native of Yancey County, NC, and a son of the late Braskie and Lula Tolley Edwards. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday School Superintendent and served as a Deacon. He logged for 30+ years, and he liked to restore old cars. In addition to his parents, Mr. Edwards is preceded in death by brothers Ray Edwards and Estil Edwards and sister Velva Ramsey.

 

Leaving behind to cherish his memories is his loving wife of 56 ½ years: Frances (Jean) Callahan Edwards, of Erwin;

Daughters: Angel Whitson and husband Michael, of Erwin;

Kathy Ensor and Jeff Campbell, of Johnson City;

Granddaughter: Lenee Hendrix and husband Mark, of Johnson City;

Grandsons: Chase Whitson and wife Beth, of Johnson City;

Caleb Whitson, of Johnson City;

Great-Granddaughters: Kalen Hendrix, of Johnson City;

Kathryn Whitson, of Johnson City;

Brothers: Floyd Edwards and wife Cora, of Erwin;

Coy Edwards and wife Joyce, of Erwin;

  1. J. Edwards and wife Edith, of Marion, NC;

Sister: Lora Adkins, of Marion, NC;

Many beloved nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute to and remember the life of Harmon Edwards in a funeral service at 4:00 PM, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Faith Baptist Church. Reverend Harold Lewis and Brother Steve Sparks will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 2:30 PM and continue until service time on Sunday at Faith Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Tinker Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Faith Baptist Church at 10:30 to go in procession. Pallbearers will be Travis Edwards, Kevin Edwards, Jeff Edwards, Michael Ramsey, Benny Ramsey, Terry Ramsey, Shawn Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, and Johnny Yates.

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 Harmon Edwards through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

John Mack Renfro

John RenfroJohn Mack Renfro

September 21, 1936  –  January 23, 2017

John Mac Renfro was born on September 21, 1936 to Robert Hubert Renfro and Carrie Davis Renfro in Erwin, TN.  He lived on 236 N. Elm Street from birth until he joined the USMC in September, 1954.

John had two older brothers, Robert Stark Renfro and Charles Hubert Renfro.  Both brothers have preceded him in death.

As an active and curious young boy who valued participation John spent his childhood at the Erwin YMCA, First Baptist Church, Unicoi County High School, and Boy Scouts where he immersed himself in becoming more than proficient in activities as diverse as basketball to Glee Club, bowling to drums, and camping to sheet metal work which he learned from the Tinsmith who worked for his father, owner of Liberty Lumber and Manufacturing Company.

John was unique.  He looked for challenges and never gave up.  A fond memory of family and friends is his rebuilding of a T-Model Ford given to him, and close childhood friend, Joe Reeves by a neighbor.  This included fabrication of parts on the kinds of machines that he would later learn to design and maintain at E.I. DuPont.  The inaugural test drive of the old buggy was of mixed results:  “A drive to Myrtle Beach, NC and a push back from NC”.  Lessons learned that would shape him.  In his middle years he restored down to the nuts and bolts a vintage Triumph Spitfire complete with a British Racing Green finish.  And a triumph it was.

A USMC veteran, John joined the service in 1954 at the encouragement of the same neighbor who gifted him the T-Model, Jack Keesecker where he was stationed at Lejeune, NC but spent much of his time in training on ships and at bases throughout the Caribbean and Europe.

It was during his short break between basic training and base assignment that he married his childhood sweetheart, Audree Hope McFarland.

After he was discharged from the USMC, he spent the next year working as a machinist’s apprentice at the Clinchfield Railroad in Erwin.  It was during this time, he recognized he truly wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer.  He and Audree scooped up their two little boys, Richard Mark Renfro and Robert Michael Renfro and headed for Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (Tennessee Tech) in Cookeville, TN in 1958.  During his four years at Tennessee Tech, on the GI Bill, and working as a surveyor during the summer months, Ronald Marshal Renfro was born.

In 1961, John graduated and immediately went to work for E.I. DuPont in Aiken, SC. as a Mechanical Engineer. Their fourth son, Russell Matthew Renfro was born.   He was transferred to Parkersburg, WV in 1964.

An active outdoor enthusiast John taught his family, and any friend who cared to learn, how to water ski.  Summer vacations were always camping and skiing, and every weekend possible was spent on the boat with family and friends.  His boys had an amazing and active childhood.

John and Audree were divorced in November, 1980.

On January 1, 1982 John became remarried to Dorothy Epler Burnside of Parkersburg, WV.  Dorothy brought into the marriage two beautiful children Douglas Epler Burnside age 9 and Hannah Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Burnside-McDonald, age 9 both whom John loved, adored, and raised as his own.  And yes, taught to ski!

Throughout his time in Parkersburg John was deeply involved at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, as well as Rotary International.  He served on various area boards including the Parkersburg Airport Authority.  He even started a water ski club and wrote the curriculum and qualifications standards for what was to become the Water Skiing Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts.

John remained with DuPont until his retirement in 1999 where his final assignment was as a Management and Maintenance Practices consultant to DuPont corporate traveling nationally.  Shortly after, in 2002, John and Dorothy moved to Melbourne, FL to live closer to his sons and allow Dorothy a little sunshine and warmth in their retirement where they attended Suntree United Methodist Church. On September 15, 2011 Dorothy passed away leaving John a widower and shortly thereafter his struggle with Alzheimer’s began.

But that’s not the end of the story.  After Audree’s second husband passed away John and she reconnected through their children and began a new chapter in their lives.  Though his struggles with Alzheimer’s deepened over the following years so did the love and affection that previously defined this amazing relationship.  Audree provided the emotional caregiving to her first love in what can only be described in a storybook way.

John passed peacefully in his room at Autumn House, a wonderful and loving memory care facility in Viera, FL on Monday January 23, 2017.

John was adored and respected by his parents, siblings, wives, sons, stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, fellow Marines, neighbors, co-workers, and church friends in a life that spanned one career, two and a half marriages, two families, four states, and left a wake of love in its path.

We love you John Mack, Johnny Mack, John, Dad, Grand John.

A Memorial service will be held February 18th 4:30 PM at River Run Christian Church located at 1660 Croton Road, Melbourne, FL. You may sign John’s guestbook at www.beckmanwilliamsonviera.com.

 

Shirley Jean Phillips

Shirley Jean Phillips, age 79, of Erwin, was called home on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Shirley was a native of Mitchell County, NC and was a daughter of the late Howard and Leva Honeycutt Presnell. She attended the Assembly of God when she was able. She never met a stranger and loved meeting new people. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Benny Phillips; sons: Jerry Wayne Phillips and Ronnie Phillips; grandson: Benjamin Phillips.

Shirley Jean Phillips has left behind to cherish her memories:

Daughters: Judy Phillips, of Erwin;

Donna Arnold, of Pikeville, TN;

Grandchildren: Amanda Engle, of Erwin;

Sarah White and Kevin Smith, of Erwin;

Shawn Phillips, of Telford;

Ethan Huskins, of FL;

Great-grandchildren: Anthony Engle, of Johnson City;

Aiyanna Smith, of Limestone Cove;

Braden Phillips, of Telford;

Boston Phillips, of Telford;

Brother: Sherell Presnell and wife Teresa, of Erwin;

Niece: Tonya Casey and husband Kim, of Erwin;

Nephew: Wayne Presnell and wife Tina, of Erwin;

Great-nieces: Hannah Cole and husband Bubba, of Erwin

Elisabeth Casey, of Erwin;

Great-nephew: Elijah Casey, of Erwin;

Numerous special friends.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Shirley Jean Phillips in a committal service to be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Kim Casey will officiate. Vocal selections will be provided by the Casey family. Pallbearers will be Kevin Smith, Terry Shelton, Shawn Phillips, Thomas Presnell, Bubba Cole and Sonny Brotherton.

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 Shirley Jean Phillips through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Mrs. Anne Miller Childers

Childers, AnneMrs. Anne Miller Childers, 80, died peacefully February 3, 2017 at Hospice House Satilla after a short illness.

She was born in Jenkins, Kentucky, but grew up in Erwin, Tennessee as part of a loving and extended family. As a member of the large Miller family and the daughter of founding church members at Calvary Baptist Church, Anne was raised surrounded by numerous cousins who were her closest friends and those relationships continued throughout her life.

She and her husband Ben moved to Waycross in the 1960’s when he was hired at the YMCA as a Program Director who moved into the Executive Director role. She was a part of the growth of the local YMCA as a longtime staff member and a committed volunteer, donor and advocate throughout her more than 50 years in this community. The culmination of that lifetime of service was reflected in the renaming of the facility as the Ben and Anne Childers YMCA in 2009.

Anne was a stalwart member of First Baptist Church Waycross, the Gleaners Sunday School class, a regular Wednesday volunteer in the office and served on a variety of committees throughout her life. The church honored her for that service as Woman of the Year on a Mother’s Day Sunday.

Her parents, Hyder Miller and Lena Brown Miller, her husband, Ben H. Childers, Jr, and her brothers Fred Miller, Hubert Miller and Clarence Miller precede Mrs. Childers in death.

Survivors include one son, Butch Childers (Tina) of Jacksonville, FL; one daughter, Jan Brogdon (Jim) of Fernandina Beach, FL; five grandchildren, Brad Brogdon (Amanda), Jake Brogdon, Jessica Childers, Coleman Childers, and Chloe Childers; two sisters, Mildred Silvers and Brenda Kegley (Bob) both of Erwin, TN; one brother, James Miller of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a sister in law, Letha Sloan of Sarasota, FL, brother-in-laws, Bob Childers of the Villages, FL, Ralph Childers of Corbin, KY, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Anne is also survived by a large number of friends made through a lifetime of connections in both Erwin and Waycross, along with recent caregivers who have been like family.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at First Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Mausoleum. The family will receive friends 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2017 at Music Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts to honor Anne’s life can be made to the Childers YMCA, First Baptist Church, Waycross or the Family Life Center at the Calvary Baptist Church in Erwin,Tennessee.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian Davis Pickering

PickeringLillian Davis Pickering, 84, of Erwin, TN, a homemaker, died Sunday evening, February 5, 2017, at Unicoi County Long Term Care Center.

She was a native of Greeneville, a daughter of the late Elmer and Juanita Davis.

Lillian was a Methodist and a member of Unaka Peacemakers Quilt Club in Erwin.

Survivors include three children: John F. Pickering Jr. and his wife, Melody, of Gardner, Kansas, Phillip L. Pickering and his wife, Reita, of Erwin, TN, and Judy A. Mann and her husband, David, of Johnson City, TN; grandchildren: Danielle “Nickie” Pickering, Ashley Pickering, Tonya Pickering, Amanda Bailey and husband, Buster, Catherine Anderson and husband, Montana, Mark Joyner Jr. and his wife, Jennifer; eight great-grandchildren: Dalton Moffitt,   Austin Moffitt, Delaney Leonard, Alexis Anderson, Lacey Joyner, Remington Joyner, Logan Pickering-Daughtery, and Skylar McNally; two sisters and a brother-in-law: Shirley and Max Murray, Rena Faye Shultz; one brother: Edgar Davis; several nieces and nephews; aunt: Dorothy Ayers; special friends: Charlie and Hazel Webb; special caregiver: Faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: J.P. Davis and Shelby Davis; one sister: Barbara Price; former husband and father of her children: John F. Pickering Sr.

The family will receive friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, Greeneville.

Funeral services will follow visitation at 7 o’clock Tuesday evening in the funeral home chapel.  Family and friends are asked to meet at Doughty-Stevens at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday to go in procession to River Hill Cemetery for the 1:00 p.m. committal service.

Pallbearers will be Dalton and Austin Moffitt, Buster Bailey, Mark Joyner Jr., Montana Anderson, and David Mann.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.doughty-stevens.com

Robert GeorgeTilson, Sr.

Robert TilsonRobert GeorgeTilson, Sr., age 77, 153 Lone Oak Road, Erwin, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 in the Franklin Woods Community Hospital. He was a son of the late Elmer and Edna Cornell Tilson. Mr.Tilson was born in Kewanee, IL and had lived in Princeville, IL before moving to Johnson City, TN in 1991. He retired as superintendent from the Princeville Canning Company after thirty-three years of service. Other than his parents, Mr. Tilson was preceded in death by one great grandson, Conor Liam Tilson and a brother, Phillip Tilson.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories: two sons, Robert G. Tilson, Jr. of Clermont, FL and John Cecil Tilson and wife, Rachel of Erwin; two daughters, Tina Marie Burrows and husband, Bob of Clermont, FL and Mary Sue Tilson of Johnson City; one brother, Leonard Tilson and wife, Mary Jane of Princeville, IL; ten grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel from 11:00 A. M. until the hour of service. Reverend Sarah Wells will officiate at the 12:30 P. M. funeral service. It was Mr. Tilson’s request to be cremated.

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

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

Louie Winston

Louie WinstonLouie Winston, age 63, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at his residence. He is a native of Knott County, KY and a son of the late Carl and Myra Hall Winston. Mr. Winston worked in construction, truck maintenance and trucking. He enjoyed spending time with his family, never met a stranger, loved to talk to people, and enjoyed traveling and camping. Louie was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, Mr. Winston was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

 

 

Louie Winston has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife of 42 years: Delorce Kay Burch Winston of Erwin

Sons: Louie Winston, Jr. and wife, Crystal of Telford

Rockford Winston and wife, Heather of Erwin

Travis Winston and wife, Crystal of Erwin

Andy Smith and wife, Leeann of Greenup, KY

Brothers: Harlow Winston of Erwin

Gordon Allen and wife, Elizabeth of Rockford, IL

McKenley Winston and wife, Barbara of Kansas City, MO

Sisters: Phyllis Crisp of Rogersville, TN

Geraldine McDowell and husband, Ronnie of Canonsburg, KY

Beulah Allen of West Dundee, IL

Grandchildren: Jared G. Winston, Hunner Winston, Kayne Hughes, Haili Winston, Alexis Harvey, and Tyler Winston

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Louie Winston in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 9, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home with Reverend Pete Lloyd officiating. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:00 PM and continue until service time at Valley Funeral Home on Thursday. A graveside service will be held immediately following at Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. Winston’s family will serve as pallbearers.

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 Louie Winston through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Lloyd Hensley

HensleyLloyd Hensley, age 93, 175 Lloyd Hensley Lane, Erwin, passed away on Monday, January 30, 201 7 in the Johnson City Medical Center. He lived in Detroit, Michigan for thirty-two years until he retired and moved back to Unicoi County. Mr. Hensley was a son of the late Garrison and Lydia Higgins Hensley. He was a United States Army Veteran having served during WWII. Mr. Hensley retired from General Motors where he was employed as a machinist. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Hensley was a member of the Southeastern Autorama Club. He loved bluegrass music and was skilled at playing the mandolin and fiddle.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by fourteen siblings.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of forty-seven years, Alice Ledford Hensley; seven sons: Robert Wetherholt and wife, Ann of Mesquite, TX, Kevin Hensley of Sullivan, IN, Ronald Scott Hensley, Brian Clay Hensley, Dan Riddle and wife, Patty, Mark Riddle and wife, Christine, all of Erwin, Timothy Riddle of Jonesborough; four daughters: Ann Tipton of Piney Flats, Lisa Buchanan and husband, James of Birmingham, AL, Lacey Hensley and Allix Hensley, both of Erwin; twenty grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P. M. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Evergreen Mausoleum. Jeff Simmons will officiate. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:50 P. M.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Hensley to the charity of their choice.

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

Justin Lee Roberts

robertsJustin Lee Roberts, 25, of Afton, TN, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Mr. Roberts was a native of Washington County and is a son of Donnie and Lisa Tittle Roberts. He worked with R.B. Webb Insulation in Erwin, TN. Justin was a member of Embreeville Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Mr. Roberts is preceded in death by step-grandfather, Stanley Lockner.

 

 

In addition to his parents, Justin Lee Roberts has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife: Amanda Johnson Roberts of Afton, TN

Daughter: Madison Mae Roberts of the home

Stepchildren: Eli Silvers of the home

Eliza Johnson of the home

Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Bill and Lisa Johnson of Limestone, TN

Brother: Nathan Roberts and wife, Tiffany of Erwin

Nephew: Carson Roberts of Erwin

Maternal Grandparents: Ike and Anna Mae Tittle of Erwin

Paternal Grandmother: Lottie Lockner of Erwin

Numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Justin Lee Roberts in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM, Friday, February 3, 2017, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Miller officiating. Vocal selections will be provided by Juanita Tittle. 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 Friday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Sevier’s United Methodist Church Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 AM Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be notified.

 

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 Justin Lee Roberts through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Maxine Masters

MastersOn the last day of January 2017, we lost our beloved mother, Maxine Masters. She had 83 year s in this world. She was born September 6, 1933. She lived most of her life in Erwin. She passed away in the loving home of her daughter, Leslie. We would say that she lost her battle with cancer. She would say that she has arrived in her eternal home surrounded by the glory of God.

Mom was a person of beauty and strength. Mom had a contagious smile that would light up any room. Mom was devoted to her family. Mom tirelessly cared for all of us. A woman of faith and that faith never faltered. Mom loved Jesus and people, opening her heart and home and always greeted them with a hug. Mom always found the good in everyone. Mom loved flowers. My sister, Leslie tells me her favorite was daisies, but I hope she also loved the roses that I planted in her back yard.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Michael R. Masters, whom she adored. Also her mother Wilsie Guinn who was an inspiration herself. And her brother Edwin Guinn who had only but a short time in this world.

She is survived by her five daughters who are heartbroken: Mary Lynne May and husband, Mike of Erwin, Donna Hudgens and husband, David of Abingdon, VA, Joy Tipton of Erwin, Leslie Stevens and husband, Craig of Kingsport, Christen Wilson of Erwin; I hope her grandchildren: Shelley Edens, Mary Anna Peterson, Shawn Simons, Porsche Rice, Brandon Bradley, Taylor Ramsey, Shiann Stevens, Averi Stevens, Jude Stevens, Heath Wilson, Dustin Edwards and Trinity Wilson; great grandchildren: Sydney Edens, Gracie Edens, Linnie Edens, Alexandra Peterson, Ryan Peterson, Ethan Peterson, K. J. Koester, Lexus Keever and Gabbie Bradley and great-great grandchild, Ki Koester, will know how much she loved them.

It’s hard to say goodbye to her. We can’t imagine life without her. We thank God that she was our mother and for every minute we had with her. She truly gave much more than she took. We will be lost without her grace to help us find our own. She will be forever in our hearts.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Family and friends will celebrate her life at the 8:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home by 10:30 A. M. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Maxine Masters to the following: Lamplight Theater, 140 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN 37660; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Dept., 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Autism Society of East TN, 123 Center Park Drive, Suite 211, Knoxville, TN 37922; www.myasdf.org; feedthechildren.org

“Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-6

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