Rev. Peter J. D’Alesandre

The Rev. Peter J. D’Alesandre, 73, of Chepachet, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. He had been married to Janet H. (Judge) D’Alesandre for 48 years. Born in New York City, Father D’Alesandre was the son of the late John J. and Marie E. (Klein) D’Alesandre.

Father D’Alesandre was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in NYC and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Lehigh University. He graduated from Nashotah House Seminary, was ordained to the Deaconate in June 1970, and ordained a Priest at All Saints Cathedral in Milwaukee in December 1970.

Father Peter’s ministry began at Grace Church in Delavan, WI, and included All Saints Church in Kansas, City; Christ the King Church in Huntington, IN; St. Barnabas Church in Warwick, RI; St. Matthew Church in Ashland, OH; St. Mark’s Church in Storrs, CT; and St. John’s Cathedral in Taipei, Taiwan. He had been the Vicar at Grace Episcopal Church in Yantic, CT, for ten years at the time of his passing. He was canonically resident in the Diocese of Ohio. His interests included Chinese, spoken and written, historical literature and British sports cars.

In addition to his dedicated wife, Peter is survived by their children, of whom he was so proud: Michael C. D’Alesandre of North Providence; Chief Master Sergeant USAFR Katherine H. D’Alesandre of Las Vegas, NV; Gregory B. D’Alesandre of San Francisco; and Claire D. Atwell (Eric) of Sterling, VA; as well as a sister: Meredith J. Morris (Rikk) Erwin, TN, and a cherished grandchild: Colin J. Atwell.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 10 AM at Grace Episcopal Church, Four Chapel Hill Road, Yantic, CT, by the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Suffragan Bishop of CT. Burial will follow in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to THE URQUHART-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick.

Rowena Edney

Rowena Edney, born January 16, 1920, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at her home surrounded by a loving family who loved and cared for her, so true joy and laughter was what she knew. Heaven’s gates open wide for a loving angel to walk inside. Rowena is a daughter of the late Hettie Shelton Buckner and the late Burn Hensley. She was a loving homemaker and artist. In addition to her parents, greeting her from the other side, at the pearly gates, is her husband, John Harrison Edney, and her joyful, loving nephew, Jeff Clouse.

 

 

 

Rowena Edney has left behind to cherish her memory:

Sister: June Hensley, of Erwin. Her sister’s keeper…a love so strong, true love couldn’t

run deeper.

Sons: Phillip Edney and wife Nancy, of Erwin;

Richard Edney, of San Diego CA;

Grandchildren: Diana Edney, of Fayetteville, NC;

Mona Leipold and husband Mark, of Sneads Ferry, NC;

Mike Bachofer and wife Vickie, of Hope Mills, NC;

Erin Edney, of San Diego, CA;

Jennifer Casagranda, of Vallejo, CA;

Nephews: Robbie Clouse;

James Clark;

Nieces: Dawn Hensley;

Karen Chambers and husband Mike;

Patty Jones;

Several great-grandchildren also survive.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to June and her immediate family for special love and care over the past 20 years. Also, special thanks are extended to Ashley Bayer.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Rowena Edney in a funeral to be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Bernie Jones will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 PM and continue until service time on Saturday. A committal service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery following the 1:00 PM service on Saturday. Active pallbearers will be Rowena’s nephews. Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Hensley.

 

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

 

Gladys M. Banner

Gladys M. Banner went to heaven with the Lord on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017 with her husband Ray whom she missed dearly. Eighty three precious years, she was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, aunt and friend.

 

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents – Curtis and Georgia Bennett, her loving husband of 65 years – Ray Banner, brothers – Bob and Wayne and her great-granddaughter – Baby Stella.

 

Gladys leaves behind two daughters: Dawn and Angela, one son: Todd, one grandson: Rob, three great-grandchildren: Hannah, Jade and Harper, brothers: Earl Bennett and wife Kathy and Gary Bennett and wife Janie, sister: Lib Schultz and husband Elmer, special Friend: Donna. Many nephews, nieces and cousins she leaves behind. Gladys was greatly loved and will be missed greatly; we will all be together again soon.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Gladys M. Banner in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 PM Friday, May 19, 2017, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Chaplain Shelley Gasser will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 PM and continue until service time on Friday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside committal service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the service on Friday.

 

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

Shirley Ann Harris

Shirley Ann Harris, age 72, of Erwin, died on Monday, May 15, 2017, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following a lengthy illness. She was born in Yancey County, NC on March 9, 1945, to the late Hubert and Birdie (Stockton) Buchanan. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three brothers, Doral Buchanan, Frank Buchanan and William “Haynes” Buchanan; three sisters, Betty Campbell, Cora Snyder and Jessie Diezel.

 

Shirley Ann Harris has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband: Clifford “Kip” Harris, of Erwin;

Sons: V. Malone Lewis, of NC;

Ray C. Guinn and wife Joanne, of Lexington, NC;

Jimmy R. Guinn and wife Julia, of Johnson City;

Daughter: Whitney A. Collins, of Bluff City;

Step-Daughter: Stephanie Masters, of Erwin;

Brother: Larry “Ed” Buchanan and wife Bertha, of Erwin;

Special Brother-in-law: Floyd “Gene” Harris, of Erwin;

Sister: Jean Harmon and husband Vaughn, of Erwin;

Two grandchildren;

Several great grandchildren;

Shirley’s beloved American Pit Bull, Margaret.

 

The family would like to extend a thank you to Life Care Center of Elizabethton for providing loving care to Shirley during her illness.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Shirley Ann Harris in a funeral to be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Travis Holloway will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:00 PM and will continue until service time. A committal service will be at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the funeral.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donation be made in Shirley’s name to Unicoi County Animal Shelter at www.unicoicountyanimalshelter.com/p/donate.html or mail to Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial Dr., 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 Shirley Ann Harris through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Charles L. Casey

Charles L. Casey, age 57, 1135 Mill Creek Road, Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. Charles is a son of Trula Shorter Casey of Unicoi and the late Alvin Casey. He was a former employee of Summers Taylor where he worked in Construction. Charles was of the Freewill Baptist Faith. Other than his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marcia Casey; his son, Ryan Casey on April 18, 2010; one sister, Rita Faye Casey; grandparents: Pat and Pearl Casey, Cecil and Doris Shorter; one nephew, Craig Smith.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, two brothers: Dewayne Casey and wife, Kim, William Casey and wife, Bell, all of Unicoi; four sisters: Pam Crawford, Jonesborough, Nina Hensley and husband, Teddy, Flag Pond, Clarice McNabb, Chattanooga, Viola Williams and husband, Frank, SC, several nieces and nephews and a special friend,
Archie Smith, Soddy Daisy.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Preacher James Michael Rice will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by The Brown Family. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in the Bumpus Cove Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble by 10:30 A.M. on Sunday at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery.

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.

Doug Frosley

Doug Frosley, age 47, 330 Love Street, Erwin, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 15, 2017 in the Franklin Woods Community Hospital Emergency Room. He was a native of Jonesborough before making his home in Erwin fifteen years ago. Doug is the son of James D. “Jim” Frosley and the late Joann Johnson Horton. He graduated from David Crockett High School in 1988. Doug was the Property Manager for Ayers Management. He was a member and Worship Leader at Goldswept Ministries.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife, Lisa Tolley Frosley; two daughters: Gabrielle Phipps and husband, Austin of Mountain City, Sierra Frosley of the home; one sister, Carla Morgan and husband, Charlie of Limestone; one granddaughter, Adaline Phipps; mother-in-law, Hazel Tolley of Erwin; two brothers-in-law: Chris Tolley and wife, Tootie of Erwin, Dusty Tolley and wife, Kellye, Mt. Pleasant, SC; two nieces: Courtney Casey Church and Whitley Hensley Harrison; four nephews: Chuck Morgan, Chase Morgan, Bryson Tolley and Luke Tolley.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Bill Campbell, Marj Campbell and Charlie Morgan will officiate at the 8:00 P.M. funeral service. Pallbearers will be Kenny Olszta, Chris Tolley, Dusty Tolley, Austin Phipps, Chase Morgan, Bryson Tolley, Bart Ray and Mark Lingerfelt. Committal service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in the Fairview Cemetery, Jonesborough. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 11:50 A.M.

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

Rose Ardean Baxter Cooper

Rose Cooper Obit PicRose Ardean Baxter Cooper, Johnson City, formerly of Erwin, TN, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. She would have been 100 years old on July 4 of this year.

Mrs. Cooper was the daughter of the late Lorenzo D. and Elizabeth Beatrice Hughes Baxter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Jack Cooper, an infant son, Earl Wesley Cooper, and four brothers, Charles, John, Lorenzo Jr., and Gene Baxter.

She is survived by a son, Gary Cooper, and his wife, Vivian, of Johnson City, two grandsons, Brian Cooper, and his wife, Carissa, of Kingston, TN, and Neal Cooper of Wilmington, NC, two great-granddaughters, Scarlett Cooper and Eva Cooper of Kingston, TN, nephews, Charles Baxter, and his wife, Phyllis, of Erwin, and Donnie Baxter, of Charleston, SC, one niece, Barbara Phillips, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and several great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Cooper was an accomplished artist and an illustrator of children’s books. She was Deputy Clerk at Register of Deeds Office in Erwin, a volunteer JCMC receptionist, worked at King’s and Sears Department Stores, White’s Grocery Stores, and in libraries of Ninth Street Baptist and Central Baptist Churches. She served as Worthy Matron in Eastern Star Chapter #29 and was a member of Nolichucky Grandview Chapter #194. Mrs. Cooper was a member of Central Baptist Church.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staffs at Cornerstone Village and Avalon Hospice for the exceptional care and love shown to Mrs. Cooper.

The family will greet friends to share memories on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM till 12:30 PM in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City. A committal and internment service will follow at Job Cemetery, Erwin, TN, with The Reverend Tim Tapp officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. George Granger, Douglas and Kay White, Dr. Bill Warfield, Jo Sherwood and Carolyn White.

Those who prefer memorials may send donations to Central Baptist Church Library, 300 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601.

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 Cooper family.

 

Mary Jane Bradley Mauk

MaukMary Jane Bradley Mauk, age 87, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Long Term Care of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Mary was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Worley Oscar “W.O.” and Millie Alice Robinette Bradley. She was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church and was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mauk is preceded in death by her husband, Earl “Pete” Mauk, brothers Arthur and Richard Bradley, sisters Edith Garland, Bea Miller and Peggy Jo Mashburn.

 

Mary Jane Mauk has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: Debbie Mauk Adcock of Erwin

Kathy Lance and husband, Fred of Johnson City;

Son: Sam Mauk and wife, Linda of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Emily Goepel and husband Jason, of Johnson City;

Chelsey Lance, of Johnson City;

Sarah Doane and husband Jeff, of Piney Flats;

Trevor Adcock, of Erwin;

Ashley Adcock, of Erwin;

Great-grandchildren: Reid Doane, of Piney Flats;

Sister-in-law: Jean Mauk, of Erwin;

Several nieces, nephews and cousins;

Special friend, whom she considered family: Alan Geer.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care and Mountain States Hospice for the loving care received.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Mary Jane Mauk in a funeral service to be held Monday, May 8, 2017, at 7:00 PM, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Brother Rick Babin will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and will continue until service time on Monday at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at the cemetery by 10:50 AM for the service.

 

The family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name be made to Ninth Street Baptist Church, Capital Improvement Fund, 310 9th Street, Erwin, TN 37650, or to the charity of your choice.

 

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 Mary Jane Mauk through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Annie Mae Rice Edwards

EdwardsAnnie Mae Rice Edwards, age 88, 1304 Clearview Drive, Johnson City, passed away on Wednesd ay, May 3, 2017, at her residence. She lived most of her life in the Coffee Ridge Community before moving to Johnson City in 1980. Mrs. Edwards was a daughter of the late Neal and Lizzie Rigsby Rice. She was employed by the former Morrill Electric for ten years and retired from Appalachian Christian Village where she worked as a Housekeeper. Mrs. Edwards was a member of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Reuben Edwards on March 30, 2004; two brothers: Floyd and Claude Rice; one sister, Gladys Metcalf.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Charles R. Edwards of Unicoi; one daughter, Reba Riddle and husband, Ernest of Erwin; one granddaughter, Tammy Spears and husband, Joey of Johnson City; three great grandchildren: Sabrina Dykes, David Austin Dykes and Holly Spears; brother-in-law, Dorsey Edwards and wife, Linda of Erwin; sister-in-laws, Juanita Rice of Harrisonburg, VA, Janie Franklin of Marshall, NC, Arnette Bennett and husband, Hoyt of Burnsville, NC; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Brad Willis, Reverend Ron Fender and Reverend Paul Crowe will officiate at the 2:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by The Quillen Family Quartet, Dorsey Edwards and Sue Story. Interment will follow in the Patty Edwards Cemetery, Coffee Ridge Community. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Sara J. Bowman

sara bowmanSara J. Bowman, age 67, of Unicoi, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at her home.

Sara was a member of Redeeming Grace Free Will Baptist Church. She had worked at the former Industrial Garment/ Red Cap, and Clinchfield Drug. She loved to fish.

Sara is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Bowman in 2010.

 

Sara J. Bowman has left behind to cherish her memory:

Sons:   Andy Valdes of Erwin,

David Bowman of Erwin,

Brad Bowman of Kingsport,

Daughters: Bonita Valdes of Elizabethton,

Wendy Bowman of Erwin,

11 Grandchildren

Several Great grandchildren.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Sara J. Bowman in a memorial service to be at 12:00 PM, Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Redeeming Grace Free Will Baptist Church in Erwin. Reverend Willie Morrow will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 10:00 AM and continue until service time on Saturday at Redeeming Grace Free Will Baptist Church.

 

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 Sara J. Bowman through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

David H. Hall

David HallDavid H. Hall, age 91, of Hall Town Road in Spruce Pine, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

Born on June 24, 1925 in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late James G. and Mary Alice Thompson Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lee McGee Hall, and his second wife Elaine Harris Hall.  He was also preceded in death by his sister; Joyce H. Wells and his brothers; Patrick Hall and James G. Hall, Jr.

David was a member of the Grassy Creek Baptist Church and had served as a deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He loved reading the Bible and watching western movies. He enjoyed bear hunting, collecting coins and he was an avid Tar Heel fan.

Left to cherish his memories are his son; Danny Hall and wife, Cathy of Spruce Pine; his daughters; Tiffany Venton and husband, Robert of Leavenworth, KS and Tonia Wilson and husband, Brian of Burnsville; his grandson; Christopher Hall and wife, Ashley of Raleigh; and his great grandchildren; Loren, Ethan, and Peyton Venton and Raylan Wilson.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service honoring the life of David Hall on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Grassy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev’s Kenneth Forbes, Ralph Crass, and Gene Self officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends will be on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 5:30 pm until the service hour at the church. Military Graveside services and interment will be Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to extend a special ‘Thank You’ to the staff of Care Partners in Asheville for their wonderful care of David.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations in David’s honor be made to the Gideons.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website; www.webbfh.com., selecting David Hall’s name and then you may sign his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Hall family. Mr. Hall’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook for viewing.

Albert Edwards

Albert EdwardsAlbert Edwards left this world on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1:20 a.m. from Center on Aging, for a better life. Albert was a member of Higgins Creek Baptist Church. He worked at Morrill Electric, while attending classes for EMT, volunteering at Erwin Rescue Squad, and later being a full time employee for Erwin Rescue Squad, a job that he loved so much. Daddy and Bill Simmons, his partner, knew every road in Unicoi County, everyone always said. After Erwin Rescue Squad dissolved, he went to work for the Unicoi County Road Department and later retired from there. Albert was preceded in death by his parents, Brance and Hazel Edwards, son, Ricky Edwards, daughter, Joy Edwards and son-in-law, Darius Willis, who could do NO wrong in his eyes.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-nine years, Mary Ruth Edwards, of the home; daughter, Linda Willis; Granddaughter, Tosha Willis Erwin and husband, Jimmy; Grandson, Matthew Willis and wife, Kristin; great grandchildren, Logan Edwards, Sabrina Edwards, Gabe Willis, Hudson Willis and Jefferson Erwin; great-great grandchild, Mason Ingram; brothers, James Edwards and wife, Margaret, Benny Edwards and wife, Lillian, Erwin, Ronnie Edwards, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

Daddy was a quiet man, who loved helping people and his job at Erwin Rescue Squad. He Loved his wife, daughter and grandchildren. He loved riding his great grandchildren on the tractor. We feel he left this world a better place. He will be so missed. We love you!!

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. Wednesday 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. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Pallbearers will be Matthew Willis, Tim Roberts, Logan Edwards, Jimmy Erwin, Jefferson Erwin and Gabriel Willis. Honorary pallbearers will be former members of the Erwin Rescue Squad. Committal service will be held at 4:00 P. M. Thursday in the Higgins Chapel Cemetery.

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

Billie “Aunt Dener” Bottomley

Billie “Aunt Dener” Bottomley, 84, of Fruitland Park passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Mrs. Bottomley was born August 16, 1932 in Erwin, TN to Carlos W. and Venia (McKinney) Bailey. She moved here in 1958 from Dade City and was a member of the Trinity Assembly of God Church in Fruitland Park. Aunt Dener was a retired Pharmacy Technician working for HPI at Leesburg General Hospital and then for the Medicine Chest in Lady Lake. She loved her church and Bible study. Survivors include her brother, Carlos Bailey of Wildwood; sisters, Blanche Jean “Maggie” Tate of Lady Lake, Charlotte Shelley (Bill) of Erwin, TN and Barbara Anderson of Fruitland Park; nieces and nephews, Steve Nave, Shafter Nave, Lester Tate (Cheri), Kathy Hilemon (Ron), Chris Shelley (Pam), Gary Shelley (Susie), Elizabeth Anderson, Dan Anderson, Carla Bailey (Winston), Terri Alsobrook (Kendell),  Jeanie Williams (Dave), Randy Williams, Stephanie Moriarity, Mary Ann Davis (Jessie). She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Bottomley and two sisters, Laura Thomas and Evelyn Williams. Visitation will be 3:00-5:00pm, Sunday in the Banks/Page-Theus Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:00am, Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Trinity Assembly of God Church, Fruitland Park. Interment will be in Shiloh Cemetery, Fruitland Park. On-line condolences may be shared by visiting www.bankspagetheus.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood.

Troy Donald Lewis

troy lewisTroy Donald Lewis, age 78, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at his home. He was a native of Carter County and son of the late Albert and Ella DeVault Lewis. He was an Elder and member of Buffalo Valley Christian Church, a Mason and a Shriner. Troy was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, having served in the United States Marine Corps, the United States Air Force and the Army National Guard for a total of 21 years. He was employed by the Johnson City Police Department, Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and Nuclear Fuel Security. He lived a lifetime of service. In addition to his parents, Troy is preceded in death by an infant son.

 

 

Troy Donald Lewis has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife: Dolores Lewis, of Erwin;

Their children: David Lewis and wife Missy, of Gray;

Lisa May, of Johnson City;

Dawn Kilday;

Mike Lewis and wife Pam, of Jonesborough;

Fred Story and wife Rebecca, of Charlotte, NC;

Carl Story, of Morganton, NC;

Karen McKinney and husband Richard, of Erwin;

Phillip Story and wife Lesa, of Hickory, NC;

Brother: Larry Lewis and wife Bobbie, of Johnson City;

Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Troy Donald Lewis in a funeral service to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 7:00 PM, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Roland Whittamore 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 Saturday at Valley Funeral Home. The family will attend private committal services.

 

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 Troy Donald Lewis through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Dean Foster “The Ole Donkey Man”

DeanFosterobitDeanFosterobit2“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” II Timothy 4:7
Dean Foster “The Ole Donkey Man”, age 71, 831 Marbleton Road, Unicoi, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Reverend Vanas Foster.  Mr. Foster was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam Era. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Mr. Foster retired as a Machine Operator from the CSX Railroad after thirty years of service. He was a member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. Foster was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Unicoi Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM. He was a member of the Erwin American Legion. Other than his father, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Madalyn Foster.
 
He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of forty-eight years, Verna Buchanan Foster; one daughter, Diana Willis and husband, Steve; “his pride and joy” granddaughter, Madison Willis, all of Unicoi; mother, Nannie Proffitt Foster, Erwin; two brothers: Pierson Foster, Erwin; Dale Foster and wife, Kathy of Unicoi; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Howard Buchanan and wife, Louise of Erwin; sisters-in-law: Jean May and husband, Dennis of Unicoi, Betty Anglin and husband, Martin of Jonesborough, Vadith Blankenship and husband, Phil of Burnsville, NC; Special friends at Holly Haven Campground in Pigeon Forge. 
 
A graveside service will be held at 1:45 P.M. on Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Charlie Trivette will officiate. Military Honors will be rendered by Boone Dam VFW #4933. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 1:30 P. M. on Friday.
 
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Roger and Oncology Nursing Group at the VA and Hospice Team of CLC at VA.  
 
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Foster 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 Foster family.  (423) 743-1380.

 

Sharlotte Jones Rynders

Sharlotte Jones Rynders, age unspecified as she requested,

(“after all, a gentleman never asks a lady her age”) died after a short illness while on a visit to her beloved Mexico. She was a native of Erwin but lived several places including Miami and New York City during her career as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, Claude and Pearl Jones of Erwin, brother, Lewis “Pinky” Jones and her husband, Gordon Rynders of Brooklyn, New York. She is survived by her niece, Cindy Jones of San Diego, nephew, Tom Jones, of Fairfax, Virginia and three grandnephews.

She was a lifelong member of the Centenary Methodist church of Erwin. She lived a life made richer by a wide circle of friends and family. She enjoyed travel and spending time at her second home in Manzanillo, Mexico.

A memorial service will be held at a future date yet to be determined.

Randy B. Bailey

Randy B. Bailey, age 67, Erwin, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a son of the late Pierce and Dorothy Rice Bailey. Randy retired from Morrill Motors where he was empl oyed as a machine operator. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ronnie Bailey; one sister, Sherry Lee Grindstaff; one nephew, Chris Bailey and sister-in-law, Edna Bailey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories one brother, Mickey Bailey; one sister, Saundra Whitson and husband, Tim, all of Erwin; four nephews, one great niece and several cousins also survive.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P. M. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 12:50 P. M. on Thursday.

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

Dennis Nelson

dennis nelsonDennis Nelson, age 67, of Erwin, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. He was born and raised in Erwin and was a son of the late Gladys Nelson. Dennis was of the Christian faith. He was a United States Army veteran and served in the Vietnam War where he received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and other commendations. He worked and retired from the United States Forestry Service after 30 years of service. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by brothers: Arnold, Manuel, Curtis and Gene Nelson.

Dennis Nelson has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife of 38 years and love of his life: Brenda Ambrose Nelson, of Erwin;

Special sister and brother-in-law: Debbie and Tony Estep, of Erwin;

Special brother, who was always there for him: Mike Nelson, of Bristol, TN;

Brothers: Ronald Nelson, of GA;

Rick Nelson, of TN;

Jimmy Nelson, of TN;

Special sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Gaye and Runt Whitson, of Erwin;

Special people in his life: Candi and McKaine Poole

Special Nephews: Travis and Trent Allen;

Joe and Gage Ambrose;

Several other nieces and nephews;

Good friends: Guy Street, Phil Allen, Scott Whitson, Dinah and George Riddle and Daniel Webster.

 

At Dennis’ request, he was cremated with no visitation or services. The family will attend a private committal service at a later date.

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

 

Amanda Long Frazier

Amanda Frazier 2Amanda Long Frazier, age 84, of Newland, North Carolina, the Land Harbor Community, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her Residence.

She was born on January 10, 1933 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, a daughter of James Austin Long and Gladys Meredith Long Chavicourt.

Amanda loved teaching children and retired from the Dekalb County School System. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and her Master’s from Emory University. She was a member of the Crossnore Presbyterian Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir.

She was preceded in death by her Father, James Austin Long; Mother, Gladys Meredith Long Chavicourt; and son Ben Carroll Frazier.

Amanda leaves behind to cherish her memory her: Husband of 67 years, Benny Frazier of Newland, NC, Daughter, Meredith Fraser ( and husband Blake Fraser) of Snellville, GA, Daughter, Rose Culbreath (and husband John) of Concord, NC, Sister, Mary Tolley of Jackson, MS, Brother, Jim Long of Erwin, TN. She was loved and will be missed by six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service for Amanda Long Frazier will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 beginning at 11:00am at Crossnore Presbyterian Church with Reverend Kathy Campbell officiating.

Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Frazier family by visiting our website www.rsfh.net

The care of Amanda and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland. (828) 733-2121

Carolyn Sue Wilson

Carolyn Sue Wilson, age 74, of Erwin, died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Erwin, TN. Carolyn was born October 10, 1942, the daughter of the late Samuel Worley Tilson and Ola Duggan Tilson.

A native of Erwin, Carolyn was remarkable as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her love of family was selfless and strong, her outlook and love of life inspiring. She led by example in letting her light shine by the love she demonstrated an ability to regard everyone equally. Her love of God and Christian Faith was extraordinary. She retired from Morrill Motors after 38 years of service. She was a member of Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church. Her husband, W. T. Wilson; brother, Robert Tilson and sister, Betty Jo Tilson preceded her in death.

 

Survivors include: Daughter, Trish Jones; Granddaughter, Kati Linkous and husband Eric; Great Granddaughter, Emalyn Linkous; Great Grandson, Samuel Linkous, Sisters, Laura Tipton and husband Gary; Tilda Jane Lewis and husband Harold, all of Erwin. Many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends will mourn her loss.

 

Special thanks is extended to family and friends for the love and support shown during her battle with colon cancer. Boundless gratitude to devoted loved ones for helping with 24 hour a day vigilant love and care over the past month. Thank you to the entire staff of UCMH Long Term Care and Caris Hospice for providing kindness, care and comfort in her final days. Carolyn requested a direct cremation with no visitation. A memorial service will be held in her honor at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rev. Roger Laws officiating. The service will be at 1:00PM Monday, April 17, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Evergreen Cemetery.

 

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