Joyce Randall Rice

Joyce RiceJoyce Randall Rice, age 92, of Flag Pond, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in the Johnson City Medical Center. She was born on May 12, 1924 in Massillon, Ohio and was the oldest of three daughters born to the late Charles and Maude McIntosh Randall. The family returned to Flag Pond during the Great Depression and she and her parents spent their entire life on the farm.

Joyce was a member of Flag Pond Baptist Church and faithfully attended until her health declined. She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, farming in general and her great delight was growing beautiful flowers with Daylilies and Iris being her favorite. Joyce retired from Morrill Motors in 2000 after thirty-five years of employment. The word “Go” could be said and Joyce was eager and willing to tag along. Her very first plane trip was to Hawaii with family.

Other than her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-three years, Ray Rice in 1997; her beloved son, Ray Charles Rice in 1988; one sister, Edith Randall Phillips and son-in-law, Johnny K. Jones in 2009.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy Rice Jones of Flag Pond; three grandchildren and their families: Leisa Jones Johnson, husband, Tim Waltz and sons, Nicholas Johnson, Mitchell Waltz of Denver, CO, Keith Jones wife, Holly and children, Madison and Michael of Woodstock, GA, Shannon Rice Hensley, husband Charlie and Kynzi of Johnson City; one sister, Doris Rice Barnett of Erwin; four close nieces and nephews and their families: Connie Rice Dortch, Frank Rice, Jr., Gail Rice Lawhon and Jimmy Rice; one cousin, Frances M. Foster.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 A. M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence of her daughter, Kathy Rice Jones. Reverend Curtis Engle and Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 1:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Keith Jones, Tim Waltz, Charlie Hensley, Frank Rice, Jr., Jimmy Rice and Jim Lawhon. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Dortch, Scott Jones and Robert Rice.

Those wishing may send memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Rice to: Flag Pond Baptist Church, attn: Robert Rice, 175 Robert Rice Road, Flag Pond, TN 37657.

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

Kyle Cecil Foster

Kyle FosterKyle Cecil Foster, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, January 10 at his home in Liberty Township, Ohio. Born on August 22, 1926, he was a native of Erwin, Tennessee and son of the late Larkin and Minta Foster. While in Erwin he attended Calvary Baptist Church. When he was younger he sang in the choir and was a youth group teacher.

He moved to Ohio when the trucking company he worked for moved there. He worked for Mason Dixon Tucking and then Osborne Trucking. He retired from Osborne Trucking Co. He enjoyed gardening and working with his plants and flowers, spending time with family, grandchildren and friends

In addition to his parents, Kyle Foster is preceded in death by his wife of 50 some years Madge Foster also of Erwin, Tennessee. He is also preceded in death by siblings Macie Poteat, Enza Foster, Clyde Foster, Carl Foster, Guy Foster, Horace Foster, and Warren Foster and L.J. Foster.

Kyle has left behind to cherish his memory: Daughter Pam Lierer and husband Tom of Liberty Township, Ohio.

Grandchildren: James Lierer of Columbia, South Carolina, Kyle Lierer and Sophia Lierer of Liberty Township, Ohio.

Great granddaughter Kayleigh Lierer.

Brothers Buck Foster (Jean) Erwin Tennessee and Paul Foster (Brenda) of Erwin Tennessee

Sister Helen Finley (Bob) of Columbia, South Carolina

And many nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully request the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Kyle Foster in a graveside funeral service to be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Roselawn Memory Garden Cemetery. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Jonathan Crutchfield on the violin.

In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Middletown Ohio 3909 Central Ave, Ohio 45044

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 Kyle Foster through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Phillip Hubert Mathes

Phillip Hubert Mathes, 66, of Madison passed away on January 10, 2017 at Novant Health UVA Hospital in Haymarket, Va. He was born on June 21, 1950 in Erwin, Tn. to the late Albert Phillip Mathes. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Larry Michael Mathes.

He was a licensed heating and cooling engineer for Lerner Corporation and Charles E. Smith in the Washington DC and northern Virginia area. He was a U.S. Vietnam Navy Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Kay Mathes of Madison; his mother, Juanita Banner Mathes of Erwin, Tn.; one daughter, Rebecca Ellen Mathes; four sons, Bryan Phillip Mathes of Madison, Wayne Michael Mathes of Honolulu, Hi, Daniel Lee Mathes of Madison, and Mark Albert Mathes of Los Angelos, Ca.; and one sister, Carol June Rice of Erwin, Tn.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Friday, January 13, 2017 at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison with interment in the Culpeper National Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

Michael Larry Harris

harrisMichael Larry Harris, age 65, 1116 South Buffalo Street, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and son of the late Dolly Belle Poore. Mr. Harris had served in the U. S. Marine Corps. He retired from Nuclear Fuel Services in 2014. Mr. Harris was of the Baptist faith. Other than his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Guy Hoyle and Adam Poore, and a special uncle, Carl Harris.

Mr. Harris leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Debra Harris; one son, Larry Michael Harris; three daughters, Melissa Harris, Cynthia Harris and Jessica Braswell and husband, Paul, all of Erwin; three brothers, Carroll Harris and Jamie Poore, both of Erwin and John Poore of Greeneville; one sister, Kathy Runnion of Erwin; six grandchildren, Seth, Alexis, Devin, Madison, Matthew and Brooklynn; one great grandson, Rylan; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. Memorial Service. It was his request to be cremated.

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 Harris family. (423) 743-1380.

John Holiwski

john-holiwskiJohn Holiwski, age 84, of Erwin passed away peacefully on January 10, 2017 at his residence. He was a native of Brooklyn, NY before moving to Erwin in 1994 and was a son of the late Frank and Veronica Howe Holiwski. Mr. Holiwski retired from St. Johnsbury Trucking Company. He was a U. S. Army Veteran. Mr. Holiwski was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Mission. He was a member of Clinchfield Senior Citizens Center. Mr. Holiwski volunteered at the Center On Aging, was an adopted grandparent through St. Michael the Archangel Mission and helped the community through various church projects. He enjoyed singing for people. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Holiwski and two sisters: Josephine and Mary.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of fifty-eight years, Theresa J. Holiwski; two sons: Frank Holiwski of Atlanta, GA and John Holiwski of New Jersey; two daughters: Margaret LoBue of New York and Jean Bifano of New Jersey; four grandchildren: Nicholas Tanzi and wife, Kristine Sabia, Joseph Tanzi and wife, Ali Abella, Michael Bifano and Leora Holiwski; two great grandchildren: Joseph Shea Tanzi and Olivia Kathryn Tanzi.

The family will receive friends Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the Robert Ledford
Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 A. M. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel.
Father Tom Charters will officiate. Music will be provided by Jackie Jenkins and Jo Mountford. Pallbearers will be Joseph Tanzi, Nicholas Tanzi, Michael Bifano, Frank Jenkins, Larry Clouse and Jeff Lemanowicz. Committal service will follow in the Mountain Home National Cemetery at 10:45 A. M. Military Honors will be rendered by the VFW Post # 4933. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Holiwski to: St. Michael the Archangel Mission Building Fund, 1700 Jackson Love Highway, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Ella Faye Huskins Stamper

stamperElla Faye Huskins Stamper, 72, of Glen Allen, Virginia, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, January 9, 2017 at her residence. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Earl Huskins, Sr. and Nellie Miller Huskins. Ms. Stamper graduated from Unicoi County High School. She served as a hairdresser for over 30 years until her health prevented her to continue. Faye loved her family, the Outer Banks, playing bingo, Yahtzee, Golden Girls, the Redskins, and the color purple. In addition to her parents, Faye Stamper is preceded in death by brother Earl Huskins, Jr. and sister Debby Huskins Iversen.

 

Ella Faye Huskins Stamper has left behind to cherish her memories:

Children: Johnna Johnson and husband, Todd

Johnny F. Stamper, II

Torie Stamper

Grandchildren: Brandis Stamper Fisher, Jeffery Manspile, Justin Manspile, Cassi Foster,

John Bray, and Hunter Stamper

Many other extended family members and friends

 

The family respectfully request the honor of your presences as we offer tribute and remember the life of Ella Faye Huskins Stamper in a funeral service to be at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 13, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Bishop John Edwards will officiate. A committal service will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny F. Stamper, II, John Bray, Hunter Stamper, Jeffery Manspile, Justin Manspile and Todd Johnson.

 

Flowers will be accepted at Valley Funeral Home.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Ella Faye Huskins Stamper through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Ida Sue Huskins

ida-huskinsIda Sue Huskins, age 64, of Erwin, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her home. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Isham and Rosa Starnes Wilson. Ida worked for the VA for 25 years as an Accounting Technician. She was a member of Canah Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Huskins loved her grandchildren and working in her flowers. In addition to her parents, Ida Sue Huskins is preceded in death by her first husband, James P. Shelton and brothers, Ed Wilson and Sherman Wilson.

 

Ida Sue Huskins has left behind to cherish her memories:

Loving Husband of 24 years: Robert “Butch” Huskins of Erwin

Sons: James C. Shelton of Hornell, NY

Victor P. Shelton and wife, Jennifer of Clarksville, TN

Grandchildren: Zac Shelton

Zoe Shelton

Ethan McInturff

Sisters: Barbara Jean Huskins of Erwin

Nancy Wilson of Erwin

Father-in-law: Floyd Huskins of Erwin

Brothers-in-law: Joe Huskins and wife, Veronica of Erwin

Dwight Huskins and wife, Joyce of Erwin

Sisters-in-law: Sonya Wilson of Erwin

Luell Wilson of Erwin

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family of Ide Sue Huskins will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday at Valley Funeral Home with Reverend Mark Simmons officiating. Vocal selections will be provided by Debbie Bailey. A committal service will follow at Bumpass Cove Cemetery on Saturday. Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Huskins, Dwight Huskins, Lee Huskins, Jeff Huskins, Richard Wilson, and Charles “Chuck” Wilson.

 

In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Ida Sue Huskins through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Steven Maxwell Keesecker

steven-keeseckerSteven Maxwell Keesecker, age 66, Erwin, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 in the Hol ston Valley Hospital following a lengthy illness. Steven was born on January 7, 1950 and was a son of the late P. M. and Pauline Keesecker. He was a lifelong resident of Erwin. Steven worked as the service manager at Keesecker Appliance and Funiture Company alongside his father, brother Sam and sister-in-law Penny until retirement. He was an active Christian. Steven attended Ninth Street Baptist Church, First Baptist Church and most recently was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He especially enjoyed his Sunday School class and Thursday morning prayer group. Steven was a charter member of the Erwin Gideon Camp, currently serving as Vice President. He also enjoyed volunteering to meet the needs of others at organizations that included Mended Hearts and Unicoi County Care and Share.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Sammy Keesecker in 2011, A. G. Keesecker in 2013, Michael Keesecker in 2014 and Conrad Keesecker in 2015; one sister, Nancy Bogart in 2013; four nephews: Randy, Mark, and Matthew Keesecker and Jay Merry Gray; one sister-in-law, Penny Keesecker in 2012.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, three brothers: P. M. Keesecker, Jr., and his wife, Anita of Grove City, OH, John Keesecker and his wife, Ann, Karl Keesecker and his wife, Teresa, all of Erwin; two sisters: Irene Gray and husband, Jerome of Okeechobee, FL, Katrinka Quillen and husband, Prezzle of Kingsport; brother-in-law, Howard Bogart of Erwin; sister-in-laws Margaret Keesecker of Newport News, VA and Carol Keesecker of Erwin. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P. M. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in the Evergreen Mausoleum. Reverend Dr. Chris Bogart will officiate. It was Steven’s desire to be cremated.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Unicoi County Care and Share, 344 Carolina Ave., Erwin, TN 37650 or to Gideons International, P. O. Box 398, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

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

Donald Dale Treadway

Donald Dale Treadway, 73, Erwin, passed away, Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Flag Pond, TN, on December 8, 1943, he was the son of the late Lewis Treadway and Kate Porchia Frye.

 

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Margene Treadway; a son, Dale Treadway; two daughters, Leigh Anne Cutlip and Cheryl Aberli; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Evangeline “Vange” Bailey, Patricia Buckles and Mary Jo Gilley; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Condolences for the family may be sent and viewed by visiting www.mtnempirecbs.com.

Lewis Elden Hampton

lewis-hamptonLewis Elden Hampton, 83, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center Nursing Home. Mr. Hampton was a native of Unicoi County and was a son of the late John and Rozetta Bailey Hampton. Lewis served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church, an avid gardener, was a member of the Unicoi County Bear Club and was a contractor during his working career. He was a Mason and Shriner. Mr. Lewis was known for his ability to build anything. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hampton is preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin Hampton and Jack Hampton.

 

Lewis Elden Hampton has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife: Patricia Ann “Patsy” McInturff Hampton of Erwin

Sons: Lewis E. Hampton, II of Erwin

James Bradley and wife Lorie of Erwin

Daughter: Sonya Hampton Coley of Hendersonville, TN

Grandchildren: Annika Kaylee Coley

Cade Michael Coley

Brother: Murrel Hampton and wife, Barbara of Erwin

Sisters: Evelyn Edwards of Erwin

Patty Norton of Erwin

Sue Higgins of Erwin

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Lewis Elden Hampton in a committal service to be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Mountain Home National Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy. Chaplain Kevin Holmes will officiate. Those who wish to attend will meet at Mountain Home National Cemetery on Friday by 12:50 PM.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Lewis Elden Hampton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Ricky Briggs

ricky-briggs-newspaper-copyRicky Briggs, age 66, of Unicoi, passed away at his home on Friday, December 23, 2016 of natural causes.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Ray and Elsie Briggs, and cherished brother Perry Briggs. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi. He spent his career with the former Morrell Motors.

Ricky was a very private person who was devoutly spiritual. He always commented how blessed he was to have lived his life looking daily at the Unaka Mountains, the mountains where the original Briggs’ settled in Unicoi County.

 

He is survived by his only daughter, Hollie Benard, grandchildren, Emalee, Kaylee, and Baylee Benard, Sisters, Janet and husband Pete McMilion, and Sandra Irwin, Devoted sister-in-law, Jean Briggs, and special friend, Renee Anderson.

 

A family memorial service was held at Roselawn Memorial Park on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187 was in charge of the arrangements.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net.

 

Stenson “Stevie” McNabb

stenson-mcnabb-portStenson “Stevie” McNabb, age 73, of Jonesborough, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Born on November 25, 1943, he was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Clarence and Pansy Barnes McNabb. Mr. McNabb was a veteran of the US Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a carpenter and home builder and enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and loved attending church at Embreeville Cove Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon.

In addition to his parents, Stenson McNabb is preceded in death by sisters, Betty Clouse, Mary Lou Bailey, Marie McNabb, and Margaret McNabb, and brother, Lester McNabb.

 

Stenson McNabb has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 53 years:        Wanda Griffin McNabb of Jonesborough,

Daughter:        Natasha Brown and her husband Josh of Jonesborough,

Grandchildren: Stenson and Sabrina Brown of Jonesborough,

Brothers:         Thomas McNabb and his wife Cleo of Chuckey,

Clarence McNabb, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Jonesborough,

Bobby McNabb and his wife Susan of Jonesborough,

Sisters:                        Cora Randolph of Bell Flower, MO,

Lora Wilson and her husband Steve of Midway, TN,

Patty Bailey and her husband Jimmy of Chuckey,

Several nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Stenson McNabb in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Embreeville Cove Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Ottis Banks and Reverend Steve Wilson officiating. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow the funeral service on Wednesday at Bumpus Cove Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Charlie Freeman, Zack Bennett, Kenneth Lee Silvers, Mike Butler, Mickey Lenoir, Roger Allen and Terry Lewis.

 

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 Stenson McNabb through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Ruby Shehan Tipton

Ruby Shehan Tipton, age 89, of Gray, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Life Care Center of Gray. A native of Erwin, TN, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Molly Hill Shehan. Ruby was a retired CNA at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Taft Tipton; her sons, Phillip, Sam and Sonny Tipton; her daughter Marie Erwin Huskins; three infant children; her grandson, Chris Erwin; several brothers and sisters.                     .

 

Ruby Tipton has left behind to cherish her memories:

Daughters: Charlotte (Charlee) Dwyer and husband Don, of Gray;

Terri Sams and husband Tom, of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Patrick Dwyer and wife Stephanie, of Gray;

Kelly Dwyer Dunlap and husband Danny, of Knoxville;

Nick Erwin, of Erwin;

Mark Tipton and wife Annita, or Oregon;

Very Special Grandson: Cody Sams, of Erwin;

Six Great-Grandchildren;

Two Great-Great-Grandsons;

Sisters: Hazel Lance, of Erwin;

Joann Shehan, of Erwin;

Brothers: Mac Shehan;

Mel Shehan;

Wayne Shehan;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

 

At Mrs. Tipton’s request, a private service was held at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin, TN,

 

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Life Care Center of Gray for the love and care Ruby received.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Ruby Tipton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Wadean “Wade” Gage

wade-gage-002Wadean “Wade” Gage, age 80, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, passed away peacefully on December 31.  Wade is preceded in death by his parents, James and Gertha Garland Gage, and numerous treasured aunts and uncles.

He was born May 25, 1936 in Yancey County, NC and was a graduate of Tipton Hill High School.  Wade proudly served his country during the Korean War in the US Navy on the USS Newport News.  After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended East Tennessee State University. Wade was a successful salesman for many years in the floor covering and pharmaceutical industries and retired from Amerisource Bergen in 2006.   He was a longstanding member of University Church of God, Tampa, Florida, and attended Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA when able.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shelby Davis Gage, their two children: Emily Fletcher and husband Andy of Buford, Georgia, and Mark Gage and wife Kimberly of Saluda, NC; seven grandchildren: Carson Fletcher, Gage Fletcher, Allison Fletcher, Reagan Gage, Ellie Gage, Victoria Gage, Anna Gage; his sister, Jackie Collis and her husband Scott of Colfax, NC; his brother, Dennis Gage and his wife Kathy of Johnson City; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Alma Shell of Unicoi, TN, nieces: Rhonda Stack and her husband Ronnie of Colfax, NC  and Amanda Gage of Johnson City; great niece, Ashley Ogburn and husband Weston of Durham, NC, beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will greet friends to share memories on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 5:00 PM until a Celebration of Wades Life at 7:00 PM in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services Johnson City with Pastor Brad Davis officiating. A military graveside service will be held at the Garland Family Cemetery in Unicoi on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers. Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:15 AM to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will also receive friends locally at the home of Lawrence and Alma Shell, at any time.

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 Gage family during this difficult time.

 

Odell E. Sawyer

odell-sawyerOdell E. Sawyer, age 84, of Erwin, passed away on, January 1, 2017 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. Odell was a Graham County, NC native, and a son of the late Riley G. and Gladys Jenkins Sawyer and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Sawyer served in the United State Army during the Korean War and later retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation in Elizabethton. Odell was a 50 year member of Centennial Lodge #491 F&AM, and a member of the former Erwin Emergency and Rescue Squad. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting knives.

In addition to his parents, Odell was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold Sawyer and Carroll Sawyer as well as infant brothers Keith Max Sawyer and Cordell Sawyer, who was also his twin.

 

Odell E. Sawyer has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife:   C. Kathryn LaFollette Sawyer,

Daughters:       Kathy Bryant and husband Elmer of Erwin,

Jill Baucom and husband Doug of Erwin,

Ronda “Moe” Sawyer of Johnson City,

Grandchildren: Josh Peake, Vanessa Kenney and husband Johnathan and Rachel Baucom and fiancé Zachary Garland all of Erwin,

Great Grandchildren:  Emilia Peake and Clara Garland,

Sister:              Betty Bradford and husband Carlos of Elizabethton,

Sister-in-law:   Hildred Sawyer of Sherrills Ford, NC,

Special Cousin: Junior Andrews of Inman, NC,

Several nieces and nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Odell E. Sawyer in a funeral service to be held at 8:00 PM, Wednesday, January 4, 2017, in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home with Minister Robert English officiating. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM and will continue until service time on Wednesday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside service with military graveside honors will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, December 5, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 AM Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Odell’s nephews and his grandson Josh Peake. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Cooper, Tom Eorgan, Ted Love, Jerry Ramsey and Gene Ramsey. Masonic services will be rendered by Centennial Lodge #491 F&AM on Wednesday night.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Odell E. Sawyer through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Geneva H. Watts

geneva-wattsGeneva H. Watts, age 91, 2172 Spivey Mountain Road, Erwin, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late S. V. and Catherine Hensley. Mrs. Watts was an employee of the former Red Kap Industries where she worked as a seamstress. She was a member of Mountain Dale Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Watts in 1961; one son, Reggie Watts and one infant son; three brothers: Hobert, Dale and Roger Hensley; one sister, Annabelle H. Lewis.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two sons: Stanley Watts and wife, Pam, Mitchell Watts and wife, Debbie, all of Erwin; one daughter, Marsha Edwards and husband, Jack of Erwin; two sisters: Veda Peake of Jonesborough and Mardell Wilson of Erwin; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Rodney Deyton will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Pallbearers will be Terry Wilson, Damon Wilson, David Higgins, Randal Lewis, Ryan Watts and Chris Watts. Committal will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Friday in the Hensley Family Cemetery, Spivey Mountain Community. Family, friends, minister and pallbearers are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 10:45 A. M. on Friday.

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

Edith L. Clouse

edith-clouseEdith L. Clouse, age 91, 74 Boone Hill Court, Johnson City, passed away on Monday, January 2 , 2017 in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. She lived most of her life in Unicoi County and was a daughter of the late Newberry and Leota Blankenship Rice. Mrs. Clouse was a homemaker and a member of Boones Creek Christian Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jake Franklin Clouse on September 29, 2009; six brothers and three sisters.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories three daughters: EmmaLee Ingram and husband, Dennis of Erwin, Sarah Tipton and husband, Bill, and Jacqueline Clouse, all of Johnson City; one brother, Billy L. Rice and wife, Sharon of Christianburg, VA; one sister, Flossie St. Clair of Erwin; five grandchildren: Donna Barnett and husband, Marshall, Joy Laningham and husband, Mike, Spencer Ingram and wife, Shelly, Wendy Oberdick and husband, Jon, Jason Tipton and wife, Kristin; eleven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A. M. until the hour of service on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Minister John Marr will officiate at the 12:30 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Betty Adkins. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Oberdick, Jacob Ingram, Mike Laningham, Dennis Ingram, Austin Ingram and Dewitt Ingram. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Clouse to Boones Creek Christian Church, Mission Fund, 305 Christian Church Road, Johnson City, TN 37615.

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

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

Chad W. Vance

chad-vanceChad W. Vance, age 40, 327 Pine Street, Erwin, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. Chad was employed by CSX where he worked as a Conductor for twenty-two years. He was a member of Marbleton Free Will Baptist Church. Chad loved the outdoors, riding horses, camping and riding motorcycles.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of fourteen years, Stacey Vance; one son, Hayden Vance; one daughter, Hayle Vance, both of the home; parents, Jerry and Wanda Vance of Unicoi; one brother, Luke Vance and wife, Courtney of Unicoi; two nephews and four nieces also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence of his parents, 1202 Pleasant Hill Drive, Unicoi. Reverend Harold McNabb and Reverend Tim Broyles will officiate at the 8:00 P. M. funeral service. Pallbearers will be Hayden Vance, Kelly Davis, Jason Chandler, Scott Higgins, Hunter Higgins, Dylan Putman, Justin Booth, Jay Shelton and Chris Gardner. Committal service will be held at 2:00 P. M. Thursday in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet by 1:30 P. M. at the Unicoi Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

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

Mable Marie Higgins

mable-higginsMable Marie Higgins, age 89, 110 Toney Avenue, Erwin, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 in the Erwin Health Care Center. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Molly Barnett. Mrs. Higgins was a former employee of Superior Hone. She was of the Holiness faith. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Higgins in 1999; three sons: Gregory Higgins, Toby Barnett and Fred Barnett; seven sisters and one son-in-law, Russell Byrd.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son: Keith Higgins of Erwin; two daughters: Tina Barnett and husband, Earl of Jonesborough, Vivian Byrd of Erwin; ten grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Cas Horton will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Cas Horton, Ray and Debbie Mitchell. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal Service will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Wednesday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet by 10:30 A. M. on Wednesday at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Erwin Health Care Center for going above and beyond and for your love and support.

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

Robert “Bob” Gilbert

bob-gilbertRobert “Bob” Gilbert, age 87, 125 Dry Branch Road, Erwin, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Carl Robert and Melda Tinker Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert retired in 1988 from the Clinchfield Railroad where he was employed for thirty-seven years. He was a member of Lily Dale Church of Christ and had served as an Elder. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: R. C. Gilbert and Edward Gilbert; four sisters: Audrey Higgins, Iris Banner, Beatrice Helton and Elizabeth Mooney.

Mr. Gilbert leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of sixty-six years, Dollie Bailey Gilbert; one son, Glenn Gilbert and wife, Patsy; one daughter, Robin Hyder and husband, Ricky all of Erwin; one brother, Clifford Gilbert and wife, Allene of Johnson City; four sisters: Jessie Tipton, Margie Thompson both of Erwin, Dorothy LeMay of Palm Bay, FL , Betty Keever and husband, Glen of Johnson City; four grandsons: Carl Gilbert and wife, Anna of Elizabethton, Mark Gilbert of Erwin, Robert Hyder, Ryan Hyder and wife, April, all of Gray; two granddaughters: Rachelle Shurtz and husband, Jay of Erwin, Sara Schwenke and husband, Gary of Unicoi; five great grandsons: Chase Gilbert, Dakota Schwenke, Blake Schwenke, Braxton Hyder and Aiden Hyder; four great granddaughters: Ava Gilbert, Ella Hyder, Abbygale and Madeleine Gilbert; five great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friends: Danny and Norma Hughes, Holly Morton, Pat Harrell and Charlie Riddle.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Minister Lawrence Harris and Pastor Jeremy Green will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Pallbearers will be Carl Gilbert, Mark Gilbert, Robert Hyder, Ryan Hyder, Jay Shurtz, Gary Schwenke, Glenn Keever, John Paul O’Dell and Danny Hughes. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Friday in the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet by 10:30 A. M. on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit staff for their great care and friendship. Flowers will be accepted but those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Gilbert to Lily Dale Church of Christ Building Fund, 1151 Martins Creek Road, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

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