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.

Ricky Lee Sparks

Ricky SparksRicky Lee Sparks, 58, of Erwin, TN, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at his home. A lifelong native of Erwin, he is the son of the late JC and Elizabeth (Higgins) Sparks. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by: grandfathers, Fred Higgins, Tom Sparks, and R.C. Griffith; grandmothers, Earlene Keever and Nancy Sparks Griffith; brothers, Jeff Sparks and Bobby Tipton; and sister, Tammy Sparks.

Ricky was of the Freewill Baptist faith and worked most of his life as a mechanic and handyman and was considered a “Jack of all trades.” He enjoyed gardening, cars, and the outdoors, and was a loyal friend to many. Ricky was a one-of-a-kind man with a big heart and helped anyone in need.

Those left to cherish his memory include: sisters, Debbie Sparks, Ezett Sparks Barnette, and her husband Jonathan Barnette, half-sister, Dreama Tipton Persinger, and her husband, Phil Persinger; brothers, Ronnie Joe Sparks, and half-brother, Freddie Tipton and wife; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; his beloved dog, Belle Belle and cockatoo, Bee Bop; and long-time friend and neighbor, Eldora McNabb.

The family would like to thank all of Ricky’s close friends for the friendship you shared with him. In lieu of flowers, simply help a child, elderly, or stranger in need and think of Ricky Sparks. The family will be having a private Celebration of Life service at Ricky’s request.

“If you could only see me now, you wouldn’t shed a tear, though you may not understand why I’m no longer there. Please don’t be unhappy just because I’m out of sight, remember I’m with you in spirit morning, noon, and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said “I welcome you.” I have beheld our Father’s face and touched my Savior’s hand, all of Heaven’s angels rejoiced as I entered the Promise Land. Beyond the gates of pearl, I’ve walked the golden streets, I’ve touched the walls of jasper and saw the crystal sea. The beauty no words can describe and nothing could compare, I’ve even seen your mansion and someday I’ll meet you there. So when it’s time for you to go from that body to be free, remember you’re not going… you’re coming here to be with my Savior and me.”

 

Mountain Empire Cremation & Burial Services, 125 E. Jackson Blvd, #3, Jonesborough, TN 37659, (423) 547-0379, www.mtnempirecbs.com, is serving the family.

 

Jimmie Hilton, Jr.

HiltonJimmie Hilton, Jr., age 78, of Erwin passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Center on Aging & Health, Erwin. He was a native of Washington County and had lived in Unicoi County since 1961. Mr. Hilton was a son of the late Jimmie Hughes Hilton, Sr. and Belle Piercy Hilton. He retired from Mor-Flo Industries in 1990 after seventeen years of service. Mr. Hilton was a fifty year member of Unicoi Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM, RD Keller Chapter #214, BE Wooten Council #119, Carter Commandery #37, Jericho Shrine Temple and Unicoi Order of Eastern Star #276. He was of the Protestant faith. Mr. Hilton enjoyed gardening and working on the farm with his son, Jimmie. Other than his parents, Mr. Hilton was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-six years, Glenda Adkins Hilton on June 26, 2002; one grandson, Chance Cicora, three brothers and eleven sisters.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, one son, Jimmie Hilton, III and wife, April; one daughter, Delores Snyder, all of Chuckey; three grandchildren: Marley Taylor, Jakob Taylor and Chris Cicora; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friends: Earl Edwards, Glenn Peterson, Ronnie White, John Banner, Ernest and Shelby Williams.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P. M. Friday, April 14, 2017 until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Earl Edwards and Reverend Kim Casey will officiate at the 8:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Members of Unicoi Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM will render Masonic Rites and serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 10:00 A. M. Saturday in the Greenwood Cemetery, Tusculum Community. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 9:50 A. M. Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Hilton to Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 1033 Long Prairie Road, Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX 75022 or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

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

Dorothy White Copas

copasDorothy White Copas, age 85, of Unicoi, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017. She is a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Floyd “Tom” and Birtie Myrtle Barnett White. Dorothy was a loving homemaker. In addition to her parents, Ms. Copas is preceded in death by her husband Paul Copas, a son Tommy Copas and one brother, Ross White.

Dorothy White Copas has left behind to cherish her memories:

Son: Terry Copas of Gray, TN;

Sister: Barbara White Snapp of Anderson, SC;

Brother: Robert White of Johnson City;

3 Grandchildren;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will attend a private committal service 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 Dorothy White Copas through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Claire A. White

whiteClaire A. White, age 70, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at her home. She was a native of Coalport, PA and was a daughter of the late Joseph and Marjorie Yahner Keith. Mrs. White graduated high school as valedictorian of her class, enjoyed crocheting and reading. Claire was an accounting bookkeeper and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, Claire is preceded in death by sisters Joanne Beers, Ivy Strange, daughter Lana White and brother-in-law Johnny Padgett.

 

Claire A. White has left to cherish her memories:

Husband of 25 years: Samuel H. White;

Daughters: Amy Miller and husband, John,

Misty Gerometta and husband, John;

Christine Albertson and husband, Steve;

Sons: Jamie Albertson,

Jason White;

Grandchildren: Corey, Stephen, Andrea, Alyssa, Alan, Austin, and Lily;

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Claire A. White in a funeral service to be at 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 13, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Bishop John Edwards will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until 7:00 PM on Thursday at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM at Tinker Cemetery in the Ernestville Community. Those who wish to attend will meet at 8:30 AM to go in procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason White, John Miller, John Gerometta, Reggie Holms, Zane Black, and Steve Sambrano.

 

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial 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 Claire A. White through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Hubert D. “Whitey” Hardin

Hubert HardinHubert D. “Whitey” Hardin, age 76, of Erwin, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at The Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Born on January 1, 1941 in Carter County, he was a son of the late Donnle and Nola Edney Hardin. Mr. Hardin was a U. S. Navy veteran having served on the USS Evans. He was a musician and loved “making music” with his family. He also loved cooking and woodworking in his shop. He took pride in providing for his family. He worked for Ford Motor Co. in NJ and then transferred to the Atlanta Wire Works in GA, and the Gateway Mine In PA.

In addition to his parents, Hubert is preceded in death by brothers Bill and Vernon Hardin, Sister Dorothy Hardin (Harold) Sawyer, and nephews Brian Bailey and Michael Hardin.

 

Hubert D. Hardin has left behind to cherish his memory:

Daughter: Tammy and Dave Thistlethwaite of Jefferson, PA,

Son:     Timothy Hardin of Jefferson, PA,

Sisters: Ann Carathers of Erwin,

Betty (Harold) Bailey of Erwin,

Brother: Howard and Kathy Hardin of Erwin,

Gary Hardin of Erwin,

Dwight Hardin of Erwin,

Grandchidren: Coco and Joelle Pahanish

Great granddaughter: Lacie Tiberi;

Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews;

Several cousins and many special friends including Ronald “Rolo” Howell;

His beloved dog Bilo.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Hubert D. Hardin in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM Monday, April 10, 2017, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home with Brother Richard Wilson officiating. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Monday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside committal service with military graveside honors will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in the Haun-White Cemetery. Those attending will meet at the cemetery by 10:50AM.

 

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 Hubert D. “Whitey” Hardin through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Barbara J. Tipton

Barbara J. Tipton, age 81, of Erwin, passed away, Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. A Unicoi County Native, Barbara was a daughter of the late Rushia Lee “Rush” and Mable A. Foster Williams.

In addition to her parents, Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Billy G. Tipton, Brothers, Eugene, Ferrell, and Carol Wayne Williams, Sisters, Christa Lee Arnold, and Gloria Faith Williams.

Barbara J. Tipton has left behind to cherish her memory:

Sons: Paul Douglas Tipton and his wife Fredia;

Robert Lee Tipton and his wife Nancy;

Daughter: Sharon Welch and her husband Phillip;

6 Grandchildren;

5 Great grandchildren;

Brothers: Phillip D. Williams and Joanne Engle;

Ronald Williams and his wife Sue;

Sister: Revonda Cooper;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Barbara J. Tipton in a funeral service to begin at 1:00 PM Monday, April 10, 2017, in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home with Rev. Craig Shelton officiating. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 11:00 AM and will continue until service time on Monday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside committal service will follow in the Tipton Family Cemetery, Rector Laurel, Flag Pond.

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

Connie Gail Blankenship Silvers

Connie SilversConnie Gail Blankenship Silvers, age 68, 703 Broyles Avenue, Erwin passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 in the Lakebridge Health Care Center, Johnson City. She was a native of Los Angeles, CA and had lived in Unicoi County since 1985. Mrs. Silvers was a daughter of the late Paul Hembre Metz and Betty Delores Wylie Metz. She was owner of Country Scrub Board and retired in 2014. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Paul Hembre Metz, Jr.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories: a son, David Brian Stoneburg, of CA, two daughters, Sharon Marie Schnelle and husband, Jeffery of Fayetteville, OH, Jessica Rae Edwards and husband, Jason Arthur of Erwin; a sister, Anita Mae Lantz of Erwin; four grandchildren, Brittany Meritha Gethmann, Gracie Jo Schnelle, Alexander Edwards and Gabriel Edwards; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held on Friday at 11:00 A. M. in Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A. M. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Harold Tilson

Harold Tilson NewspaperHarold Tilson, 76, of 208 Coffee Ridge Road, Erwin, passed away on February 25, 2017 at the Center on Aging and Health. Mr. Tilson was a native of Unicoi County and a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church. He loved to fish and spend time with his grandchildren. Harold was a kind and giving friend. He was always one to lend a helping hand. In his death he will continue to give. His earthly remains were donated to be used in a large ongoing Alzheimer’s study. Be the cure, Dad! He is preceded in death by a brother, G.T. Tilson, aunt Bonnie Edwards and sister-in-law Sherry Tilson all of Erwin.

Harold has left behind to cherish his memory:

Loving wife of 41 years: Peggy Ann Tilson of Erwin;

Daughter and Son-in-law: Lora and Jeffrey Crowe of Erwin;

Son and Daughter-in-law: Josh and Breanna Tilson of Erwin;

Grandsons: Mason Lex Hamilton-Tilson of Tallahassee, FL,

Logan Iziah Tilson of Erwin,

Christopher Roy Roberts of Erwin;

Sisters: JoAnne and Danny Burger of Jacksonville, FL,

Mary Willtrout of Erwin;

Brother: Jimmy Wayne Tilson of Erwin;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of the Center on Aging and Health and Avalon Hospice for all of their loving care and support.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Harold Tilson will be held at a later date.

Courtesy of Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, TN 37650, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Richard Alan Smith

Richard SmithRichard Alan Smith, age 62, of Erwin, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center. A native of Erwin, he is a son of the late Robert “Goober” and Erma Jean Gearhart Smith. Mr. Smith served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era. He was active with the Democratic Party and was a member of the United Steel Workers being active in S.O.A.R.; Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees. Richard worked for R.O. Smith Water Heaters, the former American Water Heater.

Richard Alan Smith has left behind to cherish his memories:

Brother: Lee Smith and wife Wanda, of Erwin;

Nephews: Leslie Smith and wife, Michelle of Charlotte, NC;

Derek Smith of Woodbridge, VA;

Uncles: Larry Gearhart and wife, Nancy of Flag Pond,

Bernie Jones and wife, Wanda of Erwin;

Aunt: Beatrice Harris of Erwin;

Good Friend: Art Smith of Erwin

 

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

 

June Elizabeth Banner

bannerJune Elizabeth Banner, age 90, of Erwin, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Center on Aging and Health in Erwin, TN. A native of Erwin, she was born on July 1, 1926 and was a beloved daughter of the late James Monroe Banner and Gladys Smith Banner. June was a graduate of Unicoi County High School. She hand painted pottery at Southern Pottery during the summer and attended Johnson City Business College. In 1945, she was employed by Carbide and Carbon Corporation in Oak Ridge, TN, at the K-25 Plant. She transferred to the Carbides Nuclear plant in Paducah, KY in 1949. In 1952, she moved to Chillicothe, OH and was employed by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation’s Executive Vice President. In 1959, she returned to Erwin and that fall she was employed by the TVA’s Legal Division in Knoxville, TN while also attending classes at UT Knoxville. June retired in 1987 and after retirement, divided her time between Erwin and Knoxville, as she helped take care of her mother. She resided at her home place in Erwin for several years. June loved her wildlife: deer, turkeys, rabbits and even bears who wandered into her yard. She loved Simon, her cockatiel friend who brought much laughter and joy to her life for the past 25 years. June was a mother to many children in her family and in neighboring families. She will always be remembered by the love she expressed to these children, whom she helped through the good times and the bad times of their lives. In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by three sisters: Nell Smith, Myrtle Lewis and Maude Nanney; seven brothers: Charlie, Floyd, Boyd, Donald, Bob, David and Alton Wayne Banner.

 

June Elizabeth Banner has left behind to cherish her memories:

Sister: Juanita Mathes, of Unicoi;

Brothers: Bill Banner, of Erwin;

Marvin Banner, of Flint, MI;

Two Beloved Friends: Julia Lloyd;

Eva Sue Hicks;

Several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

The family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care rendered to June at the Center on Aging and Health, by the outstanding nurses and caregivers of Caris Hospice, by Dr. Jason Colinger and the caring staff who took time to help her know she was cared for. Also, to Dr. Nathan Floyd and staff at the Regional Cancer Center, Dr. Celso Ebeo, Johnson City Medical Center, Dr. Gordon Moughon in Erwin and to all the kind nurses who became our friends and support system. May God bless each of you.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of June Elizabeth Banner in a committal service to be at 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Martins Creek Cemetery. Pastor Jeremy Dykes will officiate.

 

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

 

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

 

Janice Jones Johnson

Janice Johnson Newspaper and PortJanice Jones Johnson, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Governor’s Bend Retirement and Assisted Living. A native of Erwin, she was a daughter of the late Earl Franklin Jones and Lula Higgins Jones. Janice has been a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church for 76 years, where she was the Director of Preschool, part time Choir Director, piano player and soloist. Janice was a member of several gospel quartets during her life and she sang at numerous funerals and weddings. Janice served as Deputy Trustee for Unicoi County for 50 years and holds the record for the longest serving person in the state of Tennessee system. She volunteered at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center where she led singing. Janice was first runner-up Miss Senior Tennessee and she held the titles of Miss Congeniality Tennessee, Mrs. Senior Appalachian Fair and Mrs. Senior Apple Festival. She was a member of the Erwin Monday Club, Clinchfield Lines (line dancing), the Red Hat Society, Daughters of the Confederacy, Meals on Wheels, Clinchfield Historical Society and she was a 35 year member of the Kiwanis Club, where she served 10 years as Secretary and Treasurer. Janice led several different charities and was a senior clothing model. She worked for the American Cancer Society where she was the one time President and she led Relay for Life several times. Most importantly, she loved her church. In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Sherlin Lawrence Johnson; mother-in-law, Cora Lee Johnson; father-in-law, Homer Johnson; sisters, Margaret Phillips and Carol Capps; brother, Woodward Jones.

 

Janice Jones Johnson leaves behind to cherish her memories:

Son: Terry L. Johnson and wife Karen, of Brentwood, TN;

Daughter: Penny A. Smith, of Elizabethton, TN;

Grandchildren: Laci Woods;

Madison Smith;

Caroline Johnson;

Terry Johnson, Jr.;

Thomas Johnson;

Zach Connelly;

Jake Connelly;

Uncle: Jack Higgins and wife June, of Jonesborough, TN;

Many cousins, nieces and nephews;

She will always cherish her special friend, Billie Grace Peterson.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Janice Jones Johnson in a Celebration of Life service to be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Ninth Street Baptist Church, 310 9th Street, Erwin, TN. Brother Rick Babin will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until 8:00 PM on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will follow the 11:00 AM Celebration of Life service on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Evergreen Cemetery. Deacons of Ninth Street Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

 

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in her name to Ninth Street Baptist Church Capital Improvements Fund, 310 9th 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 Janice Jones Johnson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Irene T. Higginbotham

Irene T. Higginbotham, age 87, Erwin, passed from this life on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She was born on September 5, 1929 and was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lora Chandler Tinker. Irene was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. She retired fro m Industrial Garment. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Higginbotham on April 24, 1983 and one niece, Gloria Jean Cagle.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, a daughter, Barbara T. Granger, Nashville, TN, a sister, Alma Cagle, Asheville, NC and a nephew, Walter Lee Cagle, Marietta, GA.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Embreeville Freewill Baptist Church at 4:00 P.M. 

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

Edith Tinker Hawkins

Edith TinkerEdith Tinker Hawkins, age 96, of Unicoi passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Center on Aging and Health. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter a of the late Minnie Norris Tinker. Mrs. Hawkins was owner of the former Hawkins Grocery Store and had been employed by Southern Pottery and Thomas’s Men’s Shop. She was the oldest living member of the Unicoi United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hawkins was a seventy-five year member of the Unicoi Order of Eastern Star #276. Other than her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Phil Hawkins on October 21, 1993; several brothers and sisters.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Larry Van Hawkins and wife, Betty of Clemmons, NC; two grandchildren: Alan Hawkins and wife, Kim, Shawn Hawkins; three great grandchildren: Gage, Drew and Katelyn Hawkins; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dallas Gregg will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Wayne and Jean Keplinger. Pallbearers will be members of the Unicoi Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at Unicoi Funeral Home by 10:30 A. M. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Hawkins to Unicoi United Methodist Church, 702 Virginia Street, Unicoi, TN 37692.

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

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

Steven Wayne Bennett

Steve BennettSteven Wayne Bennett, age 67, of Johnson City, passed away peacefully with a smile on his face, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, with his family and friends by his side. He was a loving husband, father and friend to all. A native of Washington County, he was a son of the late Spencer and Edith Lilly Bennett and most importantly was a blood bought Christian. Steve married the love of his life in 1967, Phyllis Ann Butler and they would have been happily married for 50 years on March 31, 2017. They enjoyed serving the Lord together. He was a Brick Mason and a member of Dry Creek Freewill Baptist Church. He was currently attending Pathway Freewill Baptist Church in Erwin, where he has pastored for the past 3 years. Mr. Bennet has pastored various churches over the past 38 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Ann Bennett and his three brothers, Floyd Bennett, Tim Bennett and Jerry Bennett.

 

Steven Wayne Bennett has left behind to cherish his memories:

Loving Wife: Phyllis Butler Bennett;

Sons: Johnny Bennett and wife Sharon;

Tracy Bennett, and wife Keri;

Brothers: Raymond Bennett and wife Frances;

Spencer Bennett;

Sisters: JoAnn Clay;

Judy Hyduk and husband, Bobby;

Nancy McKinney and husband, Gordan;

Special Grandkids: Dawson Beverly;

Paige Peterson;

Kayla Peterson;

Braylon Milhorn;

Several nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Steven Wayne Bennett in a funeral service to begin at 4:00 PM Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Berea Free Will Baptist Church, Johnson City, TN. Rev. Dallas Gregg, Rev. Steve Cochran, Rev. Bobby Miller, and Rev. Freddy Bennett will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Dry Creek Singers and also by The Harris Family. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:00 PM and will continue until service time on Sunday at Berea Free Will Baptist Church. A committal service will follow at Barnett Cemetery following the funeral service. Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Jones, Richard Shephard, Frank Lauren, Jacob Cochran, Steve Cochran, and David Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Harris, Ed Davis, Burial Fann, Arnold Hensley, David Montgomery, Gary Hill, and Richard Shepard, Jr.

 

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 Steven Wayne Bennett through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Charles R. Gryder

Charles GryderCharles R. Gryder, age 93, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the James H. Quille n VA Medical Center, Mountain Home. He was a native of Jackson Parish, Louisiana and had lived in Unicoi County since 1946. Mr. Gryder was a son of the late Edgar Franklin and Betty Tabb Gryder. He was a WWII Army Veteran. Mr. Gryder retired in 1983 from CSX Railroad after thirty-seven years of service. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Other than his parents, Mr. Gryder was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Roberts Gryder in 1995; three brothers, Marvin Gryder, Milton Gryder and Elbert Gryder; three sisters, Dale Littleton, Lillian Howard and Jennie Mae Gryder.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories: three sons, Donald Gryder and wife, Barbara of Johnson City, Steven Gryder and wife, Sharon of Erwin and Robert Gryder and wife, Faye of Kingsport; one brother, Ray Gryder of Missouri; four grandchildren, Matthew Gryder and wife Jenny, Jennifer Gryder, Aaron Gryder and wife, Stacy, Crystal Thompson and husband, Marlon; eighteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Gary Amos, Inez Chandler and Jonathan, Daniel and Anna Crutchfield,. Men of Calvary Baptist Church and Harold Rice will serve as pallbearers. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A. M. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Gryder to Calvary Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

David Allen Greene

David Allen GreeneDavid Allen Greene, age 59, of Erwin, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his home after a short illness. A native of Unicoi County, he was a son of the late Bruce and Ruby Haun Greene. David was employed with A. O. Smith Corporation for 40 years, where he worked as a Maintenance Journeyman. He enjoyed spending time with his family, restoring old cars and attending car shows with his many friends.

 

 

David Allen Greene has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife of 40 years: Jeannie Estep Greene;

Son and daughter-in-law: Mikey and Katelyn Greene and grandson, Bryson Cole Greene, of Erwin;

Brothers and sisters-in-law: Mike and Kathy Greene, of Telford;

Tommy and Debra Greene, of Erwin;

Sisters: Teresa Ray, of Jonesborough;

Pricilla Lunsford, of Johnson City;

Sandy Greene, of Spindale, NC;

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Toney and Debbie Estep, of Erwin;

Several nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of David Allen Greene in a memorial service to be held at 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Jeff Autry will officiate visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM and continue until 7:00 service on Saturday at Valley Funeral Home. 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 David Allen Greene through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.