Jeff Moody White

Jeff Moody White, age 87, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at his residence. He was a native of Erwin and a son of the late Blaine and Myrtle (Edney) White. Jeff was a proud veteran who served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Sergeant First Class, where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a former pipefitter and welder for TVA and retired from the Maintenance department of James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. Mr. White attended Grace United Methodist Church, was a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge, American Legion, and was a part of the 5th Regimen Korean War Reunion. He enjoyed sports, TN football, watching the military channel, and was a very patriotic American. In addition to his parents, Jeff is preceded in death by a son, Glenn Franklin White and numerous brothers and sisters.

 

 

Jeff Moody White has left to cherish his memories:

Daughter: Lisa White Moore and husband, Gregory Joseph Moore;

Grandson: August West Moore;

Granddaughter: Rachel Nicole Moore;

Brothers: Ray White and wife Joann,

Jerry White and wife Brenda,

Ronnie White and wife Wanda.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Jeff Moody White in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM, Sunday, November 19, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Ferrell Peterson will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 beginning at 5:00 PM and will continue until service time at Valley Funeral Home. A military committal service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Haun-White Cemetery, with honors provided by Carter County Honor Guard. Those serving as pallbearers will be: August Moore, Michael Nardelli, Ray White, Jerry White, Ronnie White and Robert Nelson.

 

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 Jeff Moody White through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Barbara Hensley Foster

Barbara Hensley Foster, age 79, 837 Coffee Ridge Road, Erwin, passed away on Sunday, Novem ber 12, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Unicoi County and lived in Florida forty-two years prior to moving back to Unicoi County in 1995. Barbara is a daughter of the late Ervin and Sarah Hughes Hensley. She was previously employed by Sav-A-Stop where she worked in bookkeeping for fifteen years. Barbara retired from Erwin Health Care in 2000 after five years of service in dietary/nutrition. She was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Foster on January 20, 2012; five brothers: Frank, Bill, John, George and Carmon Hensley; one sister, Gladys Higgins.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Bobby Padgett of Virginia; two daughters: Valrie Padgett, Jacksonville, FL and Beverly Ledford, Erwin; one grandson, Mathew Padgett; one granddaughter, Monica Padgett, both of Virgina; three great grandchildren: Chloe, Claire and Corbin; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

The family received friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Phillip Garland officiated at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Pallbearers were Tony Ledford, Tim Ledford, Denlis Foster, Mike Foster and other members of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church. Committal service was held at 11:00 A. M. Friday in the Higgins Cemetery, Coffee Ridge Community.

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

Robert Ledford Funeral Home And Chapel, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, Tennessee 37650, is privileged to serve the Foster family. (423) 743-1380.

Lois P. Lilley

Lois P. Lilley, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Erwin, she is a daughter of the late Winkler and Agnes (McKinney) Peterson. Lois was a member of Calvary Baptist church, where she headed up the kitchen committee and, formerly, was the nursery director. She was a Purchasing Agent and, after retirement, an Administrative Assistant. She loved volunteering at Clinchfield Senior Adult Center and was an avid UT Lady Vols fan and sports fan. In addition to her parents, Lois is preceded in death by: her son: James Michael Harris; husband: Joseph Lilley; brothers: Earl Peterson, Ernest “Red” Peterson and James Peterson; and sister: Edna Bailey

 

Lois P. Lilley has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughter: Patricia Looney;

Son: Edward Harris and wife Cristine;

Daughter-in-law: Denise Harris Nelson;

Grandchildren: Steven Harris and fiancé Jess McAmis;

Erica Harris Clifton and husband Justin;

Ethan Harris and wife Brooklyn;

Isaiah Tipton;

Payton Harris;

Olivia Looney;

Great-grandchildren: Raylan Clifton;

Mollie Harris;

Malakia Harris;

Damien Clifton

Niece: Pam Peterson Mobley and husband Ed;

Nephews: Ricky Bailey and wife Joanne;

Larry Peterson;

Alan Peterson;

Great-nephew: Chris Mobley.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Laura Lipscomb and the emergency room staff at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Amy Proffitt and the ICU staff at Johnson City Medical Center, Friends Sam and Phyllis Breen and Virginia Wallace, members of Antioch Baptist Church, friends and staff at Clinchfield Senior Adult Center and friends at Calvary Baptist Church.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Lois Lilley in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate and an Eulogy will be provided by Isaiah Tipton. Musical selections will be provided by Gary Amos and Larry Pate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and will continue until the hour of service at Calvary Baptist Church. A private committal service will be held at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Clinchfield Senior Adult Center, 220 Union Street, Erwin, TN 37650 or Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

 

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 Lois P. Lilley through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Ruby Stockton Shelton

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:8

Ruby Stockton Shelton, age 92, of Greeneville, passed away November 5, 2017.

Survivors include four children: Howard Shelton of Chuckey, Philip Marvin Shelton of Mosheim, Jim Shelton of Greeneville, Bobie Murrell of Bulls Gap; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister: Betty Treadway of Jonesborough; one brother: Jay Stockton of Greeneville; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Conley Shelton; parents: Carl and Nola Stockton; one sister: Adelle Pender.

Burial was November 7th in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Greeneville.   Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.doughty-stevens.com

Mollie Essie Townsend Day

2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

Mollie Essie Townsend Day, age 88, Erwin, left this world on Friday, October 27, 2017 to join Jesus, along with her family and friends in Heaven. She was a native of Sapulpa, Oklahoma and had lived most of her life in Unicoi County. Mrs. Day was a daughter of the late John and Audrey Dykes Townsend of Coyle, OK. She was a homemaker and a member of Unicoi United Methodist Church. Other than her parents, Mrs. Day was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Isaac A. Day; four brothers: Clarence, George, Herman and Hershel Townsend; three sisters: Emma Sarah Graham, Ida McConnell and Oma Logan; father-in-law, Walter Day.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, son, George Day and wife, Betty Jo, who were her caregivers; daughter, Norma Jean Linville and husband, Gordon, all of Unicoi; three grandchildren, Summer Day, Autumn Day Bell and David Linville; eight great grandchildren; a “special cousin,” Floyd Day of Unicoi; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Our mother took a piece of our hearts with her: Now and Forever!!

Mrs. Day will be buried privately at a later date.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Day to Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 North Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650 or Alzheimer’s Association, 2020 Meadowview Parkway, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN 37660.

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

Nina Duggan Weaver

Nina Duggan Weaver, age 85, of Johnson City, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 in the N HC Healthcare after a lengthy illness. Nina was a daughter of the late Reverend John Robert Duggan and Minta Jane Ledford Duggan. She was a former employee of White’s Supermarket. Nina was of the Baptist faith. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Weaver; two sons, Gerald McIntosh on April 13, 1963 and Jimmy McIntosh on November 13, 1972; five brothers, Freeman , Grady, John Robert, Jr., Johnny, and Charlie Duggan; four sisters, Ollie McIntosh, Christina Willis, Ola Tilson and Bessie Banks.

Nina is survived by one sister, Dorothy Hoyle of Johnson City; several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Harold Lewis will officiate. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:30 A. M. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Eugene “Gene” Tipton

Eugene “Gene” Tipton, age 84, of Erwin, passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Erwin and a son of Mary Magdaline (Whaley) Tipton and the late Chris Tipton. Gene was a proud veteran who served two years in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was employed by Nuclear Fuel Services as an operator before retiring, after 32 years of service. Gene was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the VFW and the Moose Club. He was a very friendly man and never met a stranger. He enjoyed doing yard work and loved sports, his cars and spending time with family.

 

Eugene “Gene” Tipton has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife of 60 years: Betty Jo Tipton;

Daughter: Regina Lane and husband Ron,

Son: Randall “Randy” Tipton and wife Missy;

Grandchildren: Shannon Manis;

Justin Hensley;

Christian Emmert;

Charity Tipton;

Cherith Tipton;

Two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to special friend, David Edwards; special friends, Danny and Doris Whitson; and the staff of Medic One.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Eugene “Gene” Tipton in a committal service to be at 1:45 PM, Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in Mountain Home National Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Mountain Home National Cemetery by 1:40 PM for the service. Those serving as honorary pallbearers will be: Mike Nelson, Chris Moon, Scott Foster, Tim Kaylor, Danny Whitson and Justin Hensley.

 

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 Eugene “Gene” Tipton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Phyllis “Johnnie” Stultz

Phyllis “Johnnie” Stultz, age 88, Erwin, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Cornerstone Village, Johnson City following a lengthy illness. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Rufus and Hettie Phillips Sam s. Mrs. Stultz retired from the Unicoi County School System where she taught in several different schools for many years. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church and a former Sunday School Teacher. Other than
her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Stultz on April 2, 2005; four sisters, Beulah Sams, Hazel Pate, June Cody and Willie Kate “Bill” Congdon; a niece, Judy Pate Bradford and a nephew, Larry Michael Cody.

Mrs. Stultz leaves behind to cherish her memories; a nephew, Doug Congdon and wife, Teresa of Johnson City, two nieces, Brenda Cody Canipe and husband, Charles of Spruce Pine, NC, Sara Congdon Hollowell and husband, David of Memphis, several great nephews and nieces also survive.

The family will receive friends at the Calvary Baptist Church from 1:00 pm Friday, October 27, 2017, until the hour of service. Pastor David Crutchfield will officiate at the 3:00 pmfuneral service. Music will be provided by Phyllis Bennett, Gary Amos and Larry Pate. Deacons of the church will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends that are not able to attend the funeral service but would like to visit with the family may do so from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Calvary Life Center.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of “Johnnie” to the Calvary Missions offering or the building fund at Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams Street, Erwin.

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

Hazel Marie Edwards Rasnick

Hazel Marie Edwards Rasnick, age 94, Erwin passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2 017 at the Center on Aging and Health with her loving family by her side. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and daughter of the late James Solomon Edwards and Mae Peterson Edwards.

Mrs. Rasnick was a hand-painter at Southern Pottery. She was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church. Hazel was a founding member of Blue Ridge Pottery Club. She was a Clinchfield Senior Citizens member where she enjoyed playing games and participated in various activities. Hazel loved to travel and visited every state with the exception of Alaska and North Dakota.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Manson Jonas “M. J.” Rasnick on December 28, 1990.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, James Rasnick and wife, Cindy, Johnson City; two grandchildren: Rebecca Rasnick and Abby Rasnick.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Gene Deaton will officiate at the 8:00 P. M. funeral service. A private family committal service will be held.

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

Donna Jones and Amy Jones

Donna Jones, age 34, and Amy Jones, age 29, both of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at their residence. Natives of Erwin, they are daughters of Teresa Ann Jones and the late Elmer Jack Jones. Donna was a loving mother and a member of Lower Higgins Creek Church of God. She enjoyed spending time with her children, who were her life. Amy was also a member of Lower Higgins Creek Church of God and worked for the State of Tennessee at an in-home care facility. She loved scary movies and Halloween was her favorite holiday. Amy loved taking care of people and she never met a stranger. In addition to their father, Donna and Amy are preceded in death by: their brother, Jerry Jones; paternal papaw and mamaw, Lee and Lillian Jones; maternal grandparents, Ollie and Pansy Richardson.

In addition to their mother, Donna and Amy Jones have left behind to cherish their memories:

Donna’s fiancé: Howard Price, of Erwin;

Donna’s children: David Austin Beals and his father, David Joseph Beals;

Emily Grace Jones and her father, Woody Linhurst;

Brianna Price;

Hannah Price;

Sam Price, all of Erwin;

Brothers: Terry Jones and wife Mary Elizabeth;

Their son: Jordan;

Russel Jones and wife Alycia;

Their children: Daniel Jones, Ashley and Corey Poole and Laura Grace Poole

Sister: Sharon Harrison;

Her children: Hannah Harrison;

William Laws and his wife Jessica;

Their Children: Sydney, Tiffany and Jackson Laws;

Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Donna and Amy Jones in a memorial service to be held Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 8:00 PM, at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Jonathan Hensley will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM and continue until service time on Thursday at Valley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made at Clinchfield Federal Credit Union, to the account of Donna and Amy Jones.

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 Donna and Amy Jones through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Wilma Engle Bradford

Psalms 104:33 “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, I will sing….

Wilma Engle Bradford, age 83, Erwin, went home Thursday, October 19, 2017 to her precious Lord and Savior where she will sing of His greatness for evermore!

Wilma was a devoted member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church where she lead the choir for more than thirty years. Even after her declining health kept her from attending regularly, she always kept up with what was going on, and would always ask, “What did they sing today?” She was so proud of all her “children” in the choir!

Wilma was also known for her ability to recall events and for her hilarious stories. She was also known for her special “sayings” and advice.

Wilma loved her church and she loved her family with all her heart and often spoke of both with pride.

Wilma was the daughter of the late Clyde and Anzo Deyton Engle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Harvey, Leslie and Ed; one sister-in-law, Jeanette; father and mother-in-law, Andy and Pearl Bradford; two brothers-in-law: Doug and Terry Bradford; one nephew, Shaun Bradford.

Left to cherish her memories are her devoted husband of over fifty-six years, Scott Bradford, who cared for her every need; one son, Michael “Mick” Little and wife, Sonya, Middleburg, FL; one daughter, Regina Bradford Harrell and husband, Dwight, Johnson City; two grandsons: Rick, Middleburg, FL, Caleb and wife, Lauren, Chattanooga; five great grandchildren: Kayla, Amber, Victoria, Baylor and Berkley; two brothers-in-law: Duane Bradford and Dennis Portilia; six sisters-in-law: Mary Engle, Dell Engle, Tracy Bradford, Darlene Bradford, Muriel Portilia and Lois Ann Bradford. Wilma also leaves behind a very special friend she loved and considered a granddaughter, Shelby Higgins, who never failed to visit and was by her side to the end. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also remain.

Wilma especially loved her pastor, Kevin Laws and wife, Tiffany and their three precious children, Delancey, Corbin and Ike whom she also considered grandchildren. Also, a very special sister-in-law, Debbie Bradford who lovingly cared for her in the home in recent years.

While she will be greatly missed by her family and friends, all are comforted to know she is singing praises to her King and walking on streets made of gold.

The family also wishes to thank Amedisys Home Health, especially Kristi and Lyndsey whom Wilma loved dearly. The Med-Surge nurses and staff at Franklin Woods Community Hospital, especially Dr. Starr, Lena and Gordon who went above and beyond and so many friends and family for all their love and support. The family also wishes to thank Gertha Laws for her care in recent months.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church and other times at the residence, 2384 Temple Hill Road, Erwin. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Bernie Jones will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by the church choir and congregation, Darren Higgins, Bobby Ramsey and Kevin Laws. Active pallbearers will be Deacons of Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Trustees of Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Monday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend John “Pete” Tackett will officiate. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble by 10:30 A. M. Monday at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Wilma to the Southside Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1313 Chestoa Pike, Erwi n, TN 37650.

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

Irene Keesecker Gray

Irene Keesecker Gray, age 88, Unicoi, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 18, 201 7 at her home. She was born on June 28, 1929 in Unicoi County, but had lived in West Palm Beach for forty years and Okeechobee, FL for eleven years before returning to Unicoi earlier this year. Mrs. Gray is a daughter of the late P. M. and Pauline Keesecker. Irene graduated from Unicoi County High School, Carson-Newman College and Florida Atlantic University. She was an educator. Irene taught at various schools including Martin Chapel Elementary in Erwin, TN, Haynesfield Elementary, Bristol, TN, and North Palm Beach Elementary, West Palm Beach, FL. She served as a full time President of the Classroom Teachers for Palm Beach County, FL from 1986-1990 representing over four thousand teachers. Following her retirement she enjoyed traveling with her husband in their motor home. Irene was of the Baptist faith.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Jerome M. Gray on February 18, 2017 and her only child, Jerome M. “Bubba” Gray in 2014; six brothers: Sammy Keesecker in 2011, A. G. Keesecker in 2013, Michael Keesecker in 2014, Conrad Keesecker in 2015, Steven Keesecker in 2017, P. M. Keesecker, Jr. in 2017; sister, Nancy Bogart in 2013; sister-in-law, Penny Keesecker in 2012; nephews: Randy, Mark and Matthew Keesecker.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two brothers: Karl Keesecker and his wife, Teresa, John Keesecker and his wife, Ann, all of Erwin; one sister, Katrinka Quillen and husband Prezzle, Kingsport; brother-in-law, Howard Bogart, Erwin; sisters-in-law: Margaret Keesecker, Newport News, Anita Keesecker, Grove City, OH, Carol Keesecker, Erwin; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P. M. on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum. Dr. Chris Bogart will officiate. Interment will follow.

Flowers will be accepted, those wishing may make memorial contributions to Unicoi County Heritage Museum, the place of her birth, 529 Federal Hatchery Road, Erwin, TN 37650 or to the Unicoi County High School Library Fund, 700 S. Mohawk Drive, Erwin, TN 37650, honoring her love for students.

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.

Anna Lee Banner

Anna Lee Banner, age 81, of Erwin, went home to be with God’s babies on Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late Clay and Ethel (Tipton) Hampton. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and keeper of her home. She never knew a stranger and nobody ever left her home hungry. Anna Lee very much enjoyed children of all ages. She enjoyed gospel music, flowers and, most of all, her children and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Anna Lee is preceded in death by her husband, William “Pat” Banner; her daughter, Sandra Kay Banner; granddaughter, Crystal Lee Tipton; grandson, Aiden Banner; and several brothers and sisters.

 

Anna Lee Banner has left behind to cherish her memories:

Children: Anna Marie Greene;

David E. Banner;

Pam Byrd;

Matthew N. Banner;

Emmanuel C. Banner;

Teresa L. Tipton;

William Joe Banner;

Stephen E. Banner;

Mark A. Banner;

Lisa R. Poff;

Christina D. Banner;

Timothy J. Banner;

Rebecca S. Casey;

Laurel Banner;

Howard Wiggand;

Sisters: Shirley Bennett;

Wanda Hampton;

Phyllis Hampton

20 grandchildren;

14 great grandchildren;

Several nieces and nephews.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to Judy Fields Gogan with Johnson City Medical Center, 5th floor.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Anna Lee Banner in a funeral service to be at 5:00 PM, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend David Wheeler, Jr will officiate. A visitation to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 4:00 PM on Wednesday and will continue until service time at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be at 9:00 AM on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Banner Cemetery. Those attending the service will meet at the cemetery by 8:50 AM on Thursday.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any local food bank to assist in feeding those who are hungry.

 

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

 

Edward Ramsey

Edward Ramsey, age 84, Erwin, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ramsey was born in Flag Pond but lived most of his adult life in New Jersey. He was a son of the late Luther and Amanda Haynes Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey was a United States Army Veteran. He was a Semi Truck Driver and a Teamster. Mr. Ramsey was a member of the Erwin Moose Lodge.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Matthew Nagy; four brothers: Lloyd, Floyd, Bud and Clyde Ramsey; one sister, Grace Carathers.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his children, Vicki Ramsey-Williams and husband, Fred, Toledo, OH; John Nagy and wife, Theresa, Brick, NJ; one sister, Edith Johnston, Erwin; four grandchildren: Alexander Williams, Nicholas Williams, Brittany Nagy and Michael Nagy; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:30 A. M. on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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.

Bedia Kathleen Johnson

Bedia Kathleen Johnson, age 90, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 13, 2017, after a lengthy illness, at the home of her son. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late Clifford and Jane Edwards Thomas. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and a member of the Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Johnson; one son, Norman Johnson; one brother, Junior Thomas.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, David Johnson and wife, Ann Marie, Erwin; one brother, Glenn Thomas, IN; one sister, Betty Randolph and husband, Edwin, Aiken, SC; four grandchildren: Laura Elliott and husband, David, Chris Johnson, Kim Johnson, of Erwin and Brandi Johnson, Johnson City; three great grandsons; four great granddaughters; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. David Johnson will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Monday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble by 10:30 A. M. on Monday at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Lisa Lipford Pilkington

Mrs. Lisa Lipford Pilkington, 59, of Erwin, TN unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Mrs. Pilkington was born in Elizabethton, TN on April 13, 1958 but, she had lived most of her adult life in Erwin, TN in the Coffee Ridge Community.

Lisa was a 1976 graduate of Elizabethton High School where she was a majorette in the high school band. Lisa continued her educational career at East Tennessee State University where she received a BS Degree in Communicative Disorders. While a student at ETSU she was a sister of the Delta Zeta sorority. After graduation she worked at the Johnson City Medical Center for many years until she had to retire due to disability. She served on the Heritage Museum board with her husband and was a Cash Family Pottery Collectors Club board member. She also loved to collect miniature shoes. Lisa will be remembered by the many lives she touched with her special smile and big heart. In her free time Lisa and her husband John, loved antique shopping, spending time with friends and family, and taking care of their many cats.

Lisa is preceded in death by her parents (Jimmy and Patsy Lipford), her father in law (James Pilkington), and her aunts (Pamela Broome and Dr. Jesse Shields Strickland).

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, (Johnny Pilkington), her sister Stephanie Nave (Kenneth), mother in law, Marian Pilkington, two sisters in laws, Robin Pilkington and Theresa Herrick, her aunt Sonya Alexander (Edwin). Survivors also include her nieces and nephews Matthew Nave, Conner Alysia Nave, Amber Hudson, Rob Herrick, Caleb Herrick, Andrew Herrick, Sherri Renne Burns, Sarah Loos, Stephanie Herrick and Katherin Tesch; and 22 great nieces and nephew. Survivors also include many special friends, one in particular, Judy Dill and one special uncle, Rick LaRue.

A visitation period will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton; or at the residence of her sister, Stephanie Nave, at other times.

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Pilkington will be conducted at 7:00 PM, following the visitation on Monday. Rev. Nathan Jennings, Rev. Jack Lloyd and Rev. Allison Burnett will officiate and music will be provided by Billie Fox.

The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, Tennessee. Active pallbearers will be Kenneth Nave, Matthew Nave, Kolby Evans, Robin Pilkington, Steve Pilkington, and Rick LaRue. Honorary pallbearers will be Allison Burnett, Gary Dill, David Lynch, and Rob Herrick. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:50 AM on Tuesday.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the Psoriatic Arthritis Foundation, 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Pilkington and her family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, Office 423-542-2232, obituary line 423-543-4917.

 

 

 

 

Tom Emmert

Tom Emmert, age 78, of Erwin, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at his residence. He was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church and a son of the late George W. and Myrdith Bailey Emmert. Tom was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force who loved his family, friends and his country. He was a generous man and enjoyed fishing, boating, watching the wildlife around his home and playing with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bud Emmert and sisters, Patricia Bowman and Betty Emmert.

 

Tom Emmert has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife, of 23 years: Georgia (Garland) Emmert, of Erwin;

Son: Frank R. Emmert, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL;

Step-Daughter: Amy Banks, of Erwin;

Step-grandchildren: Noah Banks and Emalee Banks, of Erwin;

Sisters: Barbara Renfro, of Kingsport;

Kathy Franklin, of Johnson City;

Jennifer Calloway, of Kingsport;

Brother: Greg Emmert, of Erwin.

 

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Vinodini Krishnan and her staff at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service to be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home. The Very Reverend Archimandrite Nikiforos of St. Menas Greek Orthodox Chapel, New Orleans, will serve. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 10:00 AM and will continue until the hour of service at Valley Funeral Home and other times at his residence. An interment service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the funeral on Saturday. Pallbearers will be: Larry Mauzey, Jamie Banks, Noah Banks, John Calloway, Wayne Renfro and Drew McNabb. Honorary pallbearers will be: Ernie Rutter, Sam McNabb, Sammy McNabb and John Keesecker.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Relay for Life, c/o Kids for a Cure, 113 Mesa Drive, Erwin, TN 37650

 

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 Tom Emmert through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Tennie Mae Cole Davenport

Tennie Mae Cole Davenport, age 78, Erwin, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the U nicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. She was born in Asheville but had lived most of her life in Unicoi County. Tennie was a daughter of the late Anon and Algia Jane Yelton Cole. She was a homemaker and a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church. Teenie was devoted to her family and loved them very much. She was their hero and cheerleader. Her nieces and nephews adored her. Teenie loved her Lord and was longing for Heaven. She loved Micky and Bandit, her furry companions.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Glen Davenport on December 18, 2013 and one brother, Kermit Cole.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Randy Rice and wife, Stephanie; one daughter, Pam Turner and husband, Rick, all of Erwin; three grandchildren: Brittany McInturff and husband, Ryan, Jonesborough, Lucy Blevins and husband, Geoff, Ethan Bailey and wife, Hannah, all of Erwin; two great grandchildren: Eden and Emma Blevins;
two brothers: Bernie Cole and wife, JoAnn, Erwin, Ken Cole and wife, Pat, Flag Pond; one sister, Hazel Peterson, Johnson City; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P. M. Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence of Randy and Stephanie Bailey, 150 Bailey Hollow Road, Erwin. Following the visitation a celebration of Teenie’s life will be held at 7:00 P. M. with Reverend Kevin Laws officiating and Mr. Erik Turner assisting. Music will be provided by Kevin Laws, Danny Miller and Jacob Tipton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Tennie to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Samuel B. Casey

Samuel B. Casey, age 87, Erwin, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Erwin Health Care. He was a native of Abingdon, VA but had lived in the Limestone Cove Community for fifty-five years. Mr. Casey is a son of the late James P. and Margaret E. Reynolds Casey. He was a machine operator at Snap On Tools as well as a timber-man and farmer. Mr. Casey was a member of Erwin Bible Holiness Church where he served as an Elder. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Etter Casey on November 30, 2013; one son, Douglas Allen Chappell; four sisters: Nellie Cassidy, Ruthey Casey on October 3, 2017, Ella Mae Cox and Lois Casey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, three sons: Bradley Casey and wife, Lora, Shane Casey, all of Unicoi, Reverend Kim Casey and wife, Tonya, Erwin; nine grandchildren: Joshua Casey, James Casey, Hannah Cole and husband, Dakota “Bubba”, Elisabeth Casey, Elijah Casey, Pamela Ollis, Julie Whitis, Chloe Casey and Brandon Casey; four great grandchildren: Anna Casey, Drake Casey, Chentae Shelton and Caroline Whitis; three brothers: Bill Casey and wife, Linda, Charlie Casey and wife, Margaret, all of Abingdon, VA, Rufus Casey, Bristol, TN; six sisters: Edith Ferguson, Irene Dye, both of Bristol, TN, Betty Lovell, McMinnville, TN, Ruby Honeycutt, Lenoir, NC, Linda Duncan, Grants Pass, OR, Brenda Bailey, Bristol, VA; special friend, Johnny Russell, in whom he was like a son to him; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 6:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the sons’ residence. Reverend Johnny Persinger and Reverend Joshua Gladson will officiate at the 8:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Sounds of Victory. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 P. M. Wednesday in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210.

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