JoAnn Yeatman (Garland)

Heaven has gained another angel. JoAnn Yeatman (Garland) died peacefully on September 15, 2017, at the age of 74. Joann is survived by her loving husband, Stephen A. Yeatman, Sr., and two sons, Stephen, Jr. (Beth) and Phillip (Julie), 3 grandsons (Brian, Phillip, Jr., and Erik), 1 granddaughter (Tari), and one great-granddaughter (Violet), 2 brothers; Fransco Garland, Steve Garland, 3 sisters; Wanda Scott, Georgia Lee Emmert, Rose Mary Jeannin; many other beloved family members, as well as her niece and “Rock”, Keli Allen.

JoAnn was born on October 14, 1942 in Erwin, TN, to George and Amalee Garland. In 1995, she retired to Cottonwood, AL, from Jacksonville, FL.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, or a charity of your choosing.

Obituary courtesy of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN. 37604.

Joseph Warren Lilley

Joseph Warren Lilley, 85, Erwin, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2017 in the Johnson City Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was a native of Washington County and a son of the late Clarence and Mattie Feathers Lilley. Joe was a longtime resident of Johnson City and was an outstanding Christian man. He was a devoted father, grandfather and husband. Joe’s hobby was his family. He was a member of the Johnson City Masonic Lodge #486, and along with his wife, Mildred, he owned and operated Jones-Vance Restaurant for 12 years before his wife’s health failed. He was her caregiver for 4 years. After her death he met his second wife, Lois Peterson in 1999. After their marriage he moved to Erwin, where he delivered meals on wheels and volunteered with Clinchfield Senior Adult Center. Joe loved to sit and swing on the porch with his cup of coffee. He loved the laid back life style of Erwin. Joe was a former member ofAntioch Baptist Church in Johnson City and recently a member of Calvary Baptist in Erwin, where he was an active member until his health started failing. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Mildred Krell Lilley; a son who died at age 13, Joseph Warren Lilley Jr.; five brothers, Carroll, Claude, Carl, Glen and Johnny Lilley; three sisters, Ruby Saylor, Marie Rutherford and Ethel Dolan.

 

Survivors include his wife, Lois Peterson Lilley of the home; four daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Jerry Miller, Johnson City, Pam and Jerry Bailey of Johnson City, Ann and Tom Franks of Telford and Brenda and Sal Cicirello of Limestone; his stepchildren, Edward Harris and wife, Christine and Patricia Looney and her daughter, Olivia of Erwin; eight grandchildren, Nicki (Keith) Biddix, Wayne (Jennifer) Miller, Andy (Natasha) Bailey, Jacob (Jenna) Bailey, Paige Sees, Andrea Sees and Santo (Emily) Cicirello and Anthony Cicirello; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Lou Bragg of Johnson City; also numerous nieces and nephews.

 

A Celebration of Joseph Warren Lilley’s life will be conducted at 7:00 PM Thursday, September 21, 2017 at CalvaryBaptist Church, 540 Adams StreetErwinTN with his sons-in-law, Sal Cicirello and Jerry Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

 

A private interment service will be held at Monte Vista Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams StreetErwinTN 37650 or to Antioch Baptist Church, 1014 Antioch RoadJohnson CityTN 37604. The family would like to thank the staff of Center On Aging and Health and theJohnson City Medical Center, 2500 floor for the wonderful care they provided.

 

Condolences may be made online at www.wadugger.com. Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 W. Watauga AvenueJohnson City is serving the Lilley family. 423-928-2245

Kate Eugina Whitson

Kate Eugina Whitson, age 92, of Erwin passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Un icoi County Memorial Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Issac R. and Dora Kate Belle Corn Shelton. Mrs. Whitson retired from Industrial Garment in 2000 after forty-eight years of service. She was a member of Canah Chapel Freewill Baptist Church and the Canah Chapel Sunshine Group Sunday School Class.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, D. C. Whitson on December 16, 2011; one son, Gary L. Whitson; three brothers: Hoy Shelton, Troy Shelton and Alvis Chandley; four sisters: Pearl Shelton, Reva Silvers, Viola Chandley and Dean Hensley.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Dallas G. Whitson and friend, Connie Dunn of Kingsport; six grandchildren, Jason, Delayna, Katherine, Bonnie, Dallas, Jr. and Christina; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Fred Chandley of Greeneville; daughter-in-law, Donna Whitson of Kingsport; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel from 12:30 P. M. until the hour of service. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 2:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens, Johnson City.

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

Claudie Newman Cox

Claudie Newman Cox was born January 26, 1940 in Woodville, TN, the son of the late James Robert and Rosie Arlie Hodge Cox. He served as a police office for 20 plus years in Selmer, Bolivar and Burnsville, MS where Claudie also served as constable. He owned Claudie’s BBQ in Bolivar, TN. He enjoyed gardening, raising bird dogs, taking with people, tinkering with tractors and old vehicles.
Mr. Cox departed this life on September 8, 2017 in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 77 Years, 7 Months, 13 Days.

He is survived by his children: Debbie Franks and husband Billy of Savannah, TN, Johnny Cox of Stantonville, TN, Patty Treadway and husband Doug of Unicoi, TN; a brother, Chester Cox of Bethel Springs, TN; three grandchildren: Steven Burcham of Glen, MS, Mikayla Treadway Rice and husband Logan of Unicoi, TN, Trenton Newman Treadway of Unicoi, TN; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cox was preceded in death by four sisters: Tressie Fortune, Pat Whitman, Susanna Cox Greer and Marilyn Patterson; three brothers: James Jerald Cox, Robert Shelby Cox and Erwin Moisen Cox; and a half brother, Udell Hodge.
Visitation was held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 5-9 pm and service was on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11 am at  Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Gregg Worthey officiating. Burial followed at Little Hatchie Cemetery in Bethel Springs, Tennessee.

Barbara Sue Walker

Mrs. Barbara Sue Walker, age 57, Jonesborough, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Mrs. Walker was born in Washington County and daughter of Jerry Miller and the late Louise Forbes Miller.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Mrs. Walker worked at Four Oaks Healthcare Center. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, tending her flowers and gardening.

In addition to her father, survivors include her husband, Dennis Walker, Jonesborough; two daughters, Tina Louise Walker (Ann Walker) and Terrie Sue Whitaker (Steven); grandchildren, Gage Lee Whitaker and Lacy Diane Whitaker; sisters, Brenda Garrett (Wayne) and Wanda Miller; nephews, Johnny Garrett and Tony Garrett.

Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Kesling officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday prior to the service.

Interment services will be conducted 11:00 am Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Washington County Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Steve Whitaker, Gage Whitaker, Danny Hughes, Tony Garett, John Garrett, Chad Hughes and Jamey Garrett.

Condolences may be sent to the Walker family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.

Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821

 

Robert “Bobby” Hatcher

Robert “Bobby” Hatcher

It is with great sadness that the family of Robert W. Hatcher, Jr. announce his passing on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the age of 66. Robert, known to friends as “Bobby”, was a native of Unicoi County and a son to the late Robert and Ethel Hatcher. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Bobby worked most of his life as an engineer at CSX until his retirement. He had a deep love for his family and friends and a great passion for most all sports events.

Robert will be lovingly remembered by:

His children: Jennifer Beaulieu and husband, Isaiah of Charlotte, NC;

Robert D. Hatcher and wife, Mallorie of Johnson City, TN;

His four Grandchildren: Londyn and Nolan Hatcher,

Madison and Colton Beaulieu.

Robert will also be forever remembered by several extended family members and dear friends.

A celebration of Robert’s life will be held Friday, August 25, 2017, at 3:00 PM, in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Estel Williams will officiate. Those who wish to attend will meet at Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum by 2:50 PM on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Unique, PO Box 639, Forest Park, IL 60130 or rarechromo.org, a charity close to Robert’s heart..

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 Robert W. Hatcher, Jr. through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Johnny Dean Brackins

Johnny Dean Brackins, age 53, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at his residence after an extended illness. He was a native of Erwin and a son of Leonard Thomas Brackins and the late Alice Dene (Tilson) Brackins. In addition to his mother, Johnny is preceded in death by one brother, Tommy J. Brackins.

In addition to his father, Johnny Dean Brackins has left behind to cherish his memories:

Son: Dakota Chantz Brackins, of Ft. Benning, GA;

Sister: Mary Salyer and husband Todd, of Kingsport.

The family wishes to offer special thanks to Diane and Esonya Shelton for their love, care and support. A private memorial service will be conducted by family 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 Johnny Dean Brackins through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Adelina R. Donzella

Adelina R. Donzella, age 88, Clinchfield Avenue, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 20 17, in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. She was born in Tarrytown, NY and had lived in Florida for forty-three years before moving to Erwin in 2007. Mrs. Donzella was a daughter of the late Angelo Vaccaro and Marietta Ferraro Vaccaro. Prior to her retirement, she was a self employed caterer. Mrs. Donzella was a member of St. Michael Archangel Catholic Mission. She was a devout Christian and loved doing volunteer work. Everyone loved her and her smile would always light up the room. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Donzella leaves behind to cherish her memories, her husband of sixty-eight years, John J. Donzella; two sons, John C. Donzella and wife, Christine of PA and David Donzella and Robin Bepler of FL; one daughter, Darlene Riddle and husband, James of Erwin; six grandchildren, Genevieve, Michele, Derek, Ryan, Anthony and James; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family received friends from 11:00 A. M. until the hour of Mass at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, August 18, 2017. Father Tom Charters officiated at the 12:00 noon Mass of Christian Burial. Music was provided by Inez Chandler. James Riddle, John Donzella, David Donzella, Derek Donzella, Pedro Diaz and Larry Clouse served as pallbearers. Committal service was held at 1:45 P. M. in the Mountain Home National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Donzella to the St. Michael Archangel Catholic Mission Building Fund, 1700 Jackson Love Highway, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Joyce O’Brien Letterman

Joyce O’Brien Letterman, 86, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Center on Aging and Health. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Clifton O’ Brien and Nancy Peterson Ray. Mrs. Letterman was a L.P.N. and attended Hulen Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, John Paul Letterman, son John Clifton Letterman, daughter Nancy Jo Letterman and step father, F. E. Ray.

 

Joyce Letterman has left behind to cherish her memories:

Son: Phil Bailey Letterman;

Grandchildren: Kristie Keplinger-Wilson and husband, Tracey,

Fred Honeycutt,

Nikki Letterman-Bennett and husband Eric,

Natalie Letterman,

John Letterman and wife, Cindy,

Laura Letterman and husband, Brandon Whitehead;

Great Grandchildren: Hannah Wilson-Bailey and husband Ethan;

Ryan Wilson;

Joshua, Courtney and Jared Loftus;

Heath Whithead;

Skylar Letterman;

Aiden Honeycutt;

Great Great Grandchild: Addie Loftus;

Beloved dog GiGi, who was by her side every day at the Center on Aging and Health.

 

The family would like to express a sincere thanks to the staff of the Center on Aging and Health for all of their love and care.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Joyce Letterman in a graveside service to be at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish to attend will meet at 12:50 PM on Wednesday at Evergreen Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hulen Baptist Church, 215 Hulen Ave., 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 Joyce O’Brien Letterman through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Joyce Ambrose Anders

Joyce Ambrose Anders, 84, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord after a lengthy illness on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Center. A native of Erwin, she was a daughter of the late James and Bessie Coffee Ambrose. Joyce was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a very loving, kind and understanding lady. Mrs. Anders enjoyed spending time with her family, working in her flowers, crafting, reading and going shopping. In addition to her parents, Joyce is preceded in death by her husband Edmond G. Anders, daughter Sandra F. Gaddy, sisters Rachael Cummings, Phoebe Jones, Etta Light, Della Lewis, Mildred Honeycutt, Lucille Stamper, Jo Ann Harris, brothers Charles Ambrose, Wade Ambrose, Cloyd Ambrose, Fred Harris, Warner Harris, and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce Ambrose Anders has left behind to cherish her memories:

Sons: Mike Anders and wife, Terry,

Rick Anders and wife, Carol,

Jerry Anders;

Grandchildren: Beth Anders, Casey Anders, Lucas Anders and wife Kristin, Kimberly Anders Luber and husband, Eli, Zach Anders and wife, Taylor, Katie Anders, Ally Anders;

Great Grandchildren: Emma Grace, Walker, Amelia, Lillian, and Miles;

Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care staff, Caris Hospice and a special thanks to family and friends who visited during her time of illness.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations be made to Evergreen Free Will Baptist Building Fund, 910 Hoback 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 Joyce Ambrose Anders through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Judy Weems

Judy Weems, age 94, Erwin, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Center on Aging a nd Health. She was born in Washington County and a daughter of the late Fred and Bessie Blevins Constable. She was a hand painter at the former Southern Pottery. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Weems; several brothers and sisters.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one daughter, Darlys Smith, Chattanooga; three sisters: Shirley Hollifield and husband Glen, Lena Whitson, all of Erwin and Juanita Constable, Jonesborough; one grandson, Sean Smith and wife, Chrissy, Fort Payne, AL; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ritter and husband, Bill, Oxford, MS; four great grandchildren: Avery Smith, Halle Smith, Henry Ritter and Paige Ritter; several nieces and nephews; her beloved dog, Peanut also survives.

Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 1:00 P. M. funeral service which will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Music will be provided by Avery Smith. A private family committal service will be held at 2:00 P. M. on Monday, August 14, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family is asked to assemble at the cemetery by 1:50 P. M. on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Weems to your favorite charity.

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

Sammy Martin Berry

Sammy Martin Berry, age 70 of White Pine, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at his home. He was a Vietnam veteran having proudly served in the Marines. He loved his country. He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Mae Berry; sisters Mildred McKinney and Rosa Lee Berry.

Survivors include his wife Angela Berry; son Jason (Jami) Berry; daughter Angie (Brett) Johnson; step-son Travis (Shanae) Hager; step-daughters Katrina (Vee) Dawson, Amanda Hager; grandchildren Cole, Natalie, Keri, Kaden, Kaleob, Peyton, Greyson, Chase, Bailey; brother Paul (Jewell) Berry; sisters Pauline (Sherell) Francis, Lona (Ronnie) Edwards; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Monday, August 14, 2017 in the chapel at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Arrangements by Alder Funeral Home

Carl B. Sutphin

Carl B. Sutphin, 82, of Johnson City, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at his residence with his loving family by his side. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Charles R. and Mamie Ellen Wilson Sutphin. Carl was a loving father and grandfather. Mr. Sutphin previously worked for GE, Magnavox and Mason Dixon Trucking Lines. He was hardworking, passionate, enjoyed farming, rebuilding tractors, talking to friends and family, and loved the outdoors. Mr. Sutphin attended Marbleton Baptist Church and was a member of the Teamsters. In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by brothers Bill, Jim and Raymond Sutphin and one sister, Helen Guinn.

 

Carl B. Sutphin has left behind to cherish his memory:

Loving wife, Joanne Jancarek Sutphin;

Son: Allan Sutphin and wife, Jan;

Daughter: Reneé Howell and husband, Billie;

Grandchildren: Elizabeth and Matthew Sutphin,

Brennan Howell and Cynthia Gilbraith and husband, Tyler;

Great Grandchild: Teagan Gilbraith.

 

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Carl Sutphin in a graveside service to be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Roselawn Memorial Park. Reverend Delbert Story and Reverend Zach Smith will officiate. Those who wish to attend will meet at Roselawn Memorial Park by 2:50 PM. Those serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Hayes, Billie Howell, Brennan Howell, Tyler Gilbraith, Jeremy Williams, and Brian Fuchs. Honorary pallbearer will be John Little.

 

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 Carl B. Sutphin through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Gail Harris

Gail Harris, age 73, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Coy and Robbie Guinn Bennett. Gail was a loving mother and grandmother with a very generous heart. She was a devout Christian and a member of Jennie Moore Memorial Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder. Gail loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, watching them play sports and enjoyed playing Rummy. In addition to her parents, Gail is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Harris, brothers Phil Bennett, Robert Bennett, Jim Bennett and a sister, Mary Lou McCurry.

 

Gail Bennett Harris has left behind to cherish her memory:

Sister: Kay Banner and husband, Rodger of Erwin;

Sons: Keith Harris and wife, Ellen of Kingsport,

Jason Harris and wife, Laura of Abingdon, VA;

Daughter: Kelly Rice and husband, Ted of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Logan Rice and wife, Mikayla

Ethan Rice,

Bradley Harris,

Hannah Rice,

Jonah Harris,

Caleb Harris,

Micah Harris;

Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

 

The family would like to express a sincere thanks to Kay and Rodger Banner and to Ann Osborne for their time spent caring and loving our mother.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Gail Bennett Harris in a funeral service to be held Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 4:00 PM, in the Chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 2:00 PM and will continue until service time on Sunday. A committal service will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 7, 2017 in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home on Monday by 9:15 AM to go in procession to Roselawn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Logan Rice, Ethan Rice, Bradley Harris, Kendrick Williams, Jonah Harris, and Connor Simpson. Honorary pallbearers Blake Edney, Caleb Harris, and Micah Harris.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memorial Department, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

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

Dr. Clyde A. Holsclaw

Dr. Clyde A. Holsclaw, age 92, died nobly at his home on Amelia Island, FL July 30, 2017. He enjoyed great comfort in life and death by belonging body and soul to his faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

Clyde was born in Elk Park, NC on Oct. 3, 1924 to Clyde and Fannie Holsclaw, Sr. His family moved to Erwin, TN in 1926 which became his cherished home. Clyde always loved his boyhood friends and his country too, serving in the Pacific aboard the USS Hornet 1943-1946. Devoted to shipmates, he presided over many Hornet reunions. The final bugler for a WWII veteran Hornet sailor will echo Taps over Clyde and Lucy’s gravesite.

With a PhD in higher Education from the Univ. of Tenn., his career spanned 37 years in NC and GA as history teacher, football coach, high school principal, always a builder of character, and eventually Area Superintendent of Schools, for Dekalb County, GA.

Clyde and his beloved wife, Lucy, retired to Amelia Island, FL and for a quarter century they labored alongside, loved fervently and taught faithfully with fellow members of Amelia Baptist Church. Members that have shown their abundance of love to Clyde and Lucy until the end.

Clyde was preceded in death by his brother, Darrell, his first wife and mother of his sons, Ethel Holden Holsclaw, who died when they were young, and by his wife of 51 years, Lucille Black Holsclaw. He is survived by his three sons, Michael, Scott and Mark, and two stepdaughters, Leslie Miseyko and Jan Chapman, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Clyde will be honored for how he dignified others and constantly trusted and lived for Christ. Clyde’s repertoire of Southern wit and courteous words for all he met will be missed and quoted for generations to come!

The family would like to express their immense gratitude to his devoted caregivers Cindy Spearman, Peggy White, Lynn Peterson, and Melisa Henry, as well as, our dear friends from Community Hospice.

There will be a celebration of life service at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Amelia Baptist Church with the Rev. Neil Helton officiating.

His family will receive friends following the service at a reception at the church.

Dr. Holsclaw will be laid to rest with his wife in Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Amelia Baptist Church,

961167 Buccaneer Trail, Amelia Island, FL 32034

Please share his Life Story and leave your memories and condolences at www.oxleyheard.com

OXLEY – HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS

 

 

Shirley Ann Foster

Shirley Ann Foster, age 79, 850 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, passed away on Friday, July 28, 20 17 in the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Brady and Gladys Blankenship Edwards. Shirley was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church. She worked at Industrial Garment for several years and retired from Seimens, formerly Texas Instruments. Shirley was an avid NASCAR fan. She enjoyed sewing, hummingbirds and loved spending time with her family.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Edwards and her sister, Alma Loraine Godwin.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two sons: Gaylon Foster, Erwin, Jeff Foster and wife, Connie, Elizabethton; one granddaughter, Mallory Tilson and husband, Jesse, Erwin; one great grandson, Avin Tilson; several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Entombment service will be held at 10:00 A. M. Tuesday in the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble by 9:30 A. M. Tuesday at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home to go in procession to the mausoleum. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Susan Smith for her care and compassion over the past few weeks. Thank you for being her Angel. 
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.

Phyllis Banner Rader

Aug. 24, 1940 – July 11, 2017

Phyllis Banner Rader

 

Phyllis Banner Rader, 76, of Brownsboro, AL, passed away Tuesday. Mrs. Rader was preceded in death by her parents, Kelly and Maggie Banner; husband, John Charles Rader; brother, Merrel Banner; and sister, Jocelyn James. She was a member of Twickenham Church of Christ.

Survivors include daughter, Renay Nunn (David); brother, Thomas Alvin Banner (Lois Ann); and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and services were held on Saturday, July 15 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville, AL. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery. (www.laughlinservice.com)

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hacienda of Hope at Twickenham Church of Christ, 7500 Whitesburg Dr., Huntsville, AL 35802, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alan Meza

Alan Meza, age 19, of Erwin, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 9, 2017. A native of Johnson City, he was a son of Anabel Andrade and David Meza. Alan is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission and was employed by La Meza Mexican Restaurant and JD’s Lawn Care. He was a member of ETSF, Fusion Club and Tri-Cities F.C. Dallas. Alan received 3rd place in TSA Flight Endurance at Nationals as well as 3rd place at 2016 TSA, TN State Conference for CAD 2D Architecture. He loved soccer, the river, being outdoors and spending time with his siblings. Alan is someone who carried a smile and touched all those around him. In addition to his parents, Alan Meza has left behind to cherish his memories: Brothers: Isaias Meza, of Erwin; Daniel Meza, of Erwin; Kenny Meza, of Erwin; Sister: Miranda Meza, of Erwin; Paternal Grandparents: Jacinto Meza, of Mexico; Juana Saldana, of Mexico; Maternal Grandmother: Zenaida Saldana, of Erwin; Seventeen Aunts and Uncles and fifty nine cousins. The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Alan Meza in a Funeral Mass to be held Friday, July 14, 2017, at 10:00 AM, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2211 E. Lakeview Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601. Father Tom Charters and Father Julian Cardona will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held from 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A committal service will be in Evergreen Cemetery following the 10:00 AM service on Friday, July 14, 2017. Those attending the committal service will meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday for the 10:00 AM service and go in procession. Family members will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission Building Fund, PO Box 1009, 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 Alan Meza through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Richard (Dick) L. Ideker

Richard (Dick) L. Ideker of Alpharetta, Georgia passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on July 3rd, 2017. He was 88 years old.

Richard was born in Baker, Montana on 12-15-1928. He was a graduate of Baker High School and Montana State University. He was President of the Montana State Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was also a veteran, having served two years in Hawaii during the Korean Conflict. He was a Health Physicist and worked for Phillips Petroleum, under contract with NASA and as Director of Safety and Decommissioning at Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin, Tennessee.

Richard is survived by his children Chris and Karen Ideker of Alpharetta, Ga. ; Ric and Diane Ideker of Cincinnati, Ohio; Bart and Lynn Ideker of Peachtree City, Ga.; and Sarah and Gary Dalley of Dacula, Ga.    He also had nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on July 15th, 2017 at 2:00 at SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society located at 2260 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. His remains will be interred at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Montana State University.

 

Reverend Charles Lee Johnson

2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Reverend Charles Lee Johnson, age 82, 122 Rolling Hills Lane, Erwin, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 7 2017. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and son of the late Horace and Bessie M. Church Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a U. S. Air Force Veteran having honorably served his country from December 5, 1954 to October 5, 1958. He was a retired employee of Nuclear Fuel Services with over thirty years of service. Mr. Johnson had served the Lord for over fifty years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Mr. Johnson loved his family, his church family and they were his life. He always put others first. Mr. Johnson will be greatly missed.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of sixty years, Charlotte G. Johnson; two sons, Ronald Johnson and William “Billy” Johnson and wife, Tammy, all of Erwin; two daughters, Anne Marie Johnson and husband, David of Erwin and Linda M. Sneyd and husband, Joseph L., of Unicoi; seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Adam, Leanna, Jeremy and Michael Johnson, Amanda and Joseph Sneyd; sixteen great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. on Monday, July 10, 2017 until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home and other times at his residence. Brother Harvey Peterson will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by the Erwin Full Gospel Singers and Chelsey Johnson. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:45 A. M. in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:00 A. M. to go in procession to the cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the EMS, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital and staff and the Veterans Hospital.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Reverend Johnson to the Carter County Honor Guard, American Legion, 117 Ensor Nidiffer Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

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.