Jack Dyles

Jack Dyles, age 81, 392 Foster Ridge Road, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Februar y 17, 2018, surrounded by his family at his residence. He was born in Burke County, NC but lived most of his life in Erwin. Jack was a son of the late Noah and Ethel Setcer Dyles. He was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. Jack worked in the trucking industry for thirty years. He was a member of Belvedere Christian Church in Kingsport and periodically attended Love Chapel Christian Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Fred Thomas Dyles; two half-brothers: Charlie McKinney and Joe McKinney.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of fifty-one years, Amelia Suesie Fain Dyles; two sons: Jack Wade Dyles, Erwin, David Markwell Dyles and wife, Sherrie, Thomasville, NC; one daughter, Melissa Mariee Edwards and husband, Dexter, Erwin; two brothers: Frank Daniel Dyles, High Point, NC and Howard Dyles, Indianapolis, IN; five grandchildren: Noah Allen Edwards, Chelsea Mariee Edwards, Daniel Abram Edwards, Marcus Markwell and Brittany Markwell; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Kevin Laws and Noah Edwards will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler, Clarence Bailey, Aaron and Laura Waddle. Pallbearers will be Noah Edwards, Daniel Edwards, Kevin Higgins, Jack Wade Dyles, David Markwell Dyles, Ronnie Miller and Ricky Fain. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble by 12:45 P.M. at the cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard.

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

Claudine Marie (Crowder) Hanshaw

ERWIN – Claudine Marie (Crowder) Hanshaw, 81 years old of Erwin, TN, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 17th 2018 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Although she had lived in many different states and cities, she had returned to Erwin, the town of her birth, in the last year of her life. Mrs. Hanshaw was the daughter of the late Cecil E. Crowder and the late Irene (Arrowood) Crowder and was employed as a caregiver in her later years. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hanshaw was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Hanshaw in 1991, her grandhildren, Denise (Bling) Bishop and Will Bishop.

Mrs. Hanshaw is survived by her four children, James E. (Rocky) Henry and wife Brittney of Knoxville, Karan (Henry) Mixon of Port Orange Fl., Lea Hanshaw-Bishop and wife Ruth of Dandridge, TN, Donna Tilson and husband Regan of Erwin, TN. Her Brother Eugene (Gene) Crowder and wife Dawn of Johnson City, TN, her sister Barbara (Crowder) Odom and husband Buddy of Unicoi, TN. Grandchildren: Eric Mixon, Cori Mixon, Caleb Tilson, Chelsey Bishop, Marie Bishop, Caylee Tilson, Gracie Tilson, Nevaeh Bishop, Cynthia Bishop, Morgan Bishop, Cali Bishop, Gabby Tilson and Bentley Bishop. Great Grandson-Carson Tilson.

A Memorial service will be held at Hulen Baptist Church at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 with the Rev. Robert English who will officiate with prayers offered by Rev. Ferrell Peterson. The public is welcome to attend and offer memories of Mrs. Henshaw.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Claudine’s Great Grandson Carson’s fund to support his medical bills.

Venious Floyd McIntosh

Venious Floyd McIntosh, age 84, Flag Pond, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Carl Sherman McIntosh and Viola Crain McIntosh. Mr. McIntosh w as a farmer. He attended Shady Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Dallas, Theodore and Clarence McIntosh; three sisters: Dell Shelton, Robbie Metcalf and Effie English.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, two brothers: Gearld McIntosh and wife, Eula Jo, Flag Pond, Charles McIntosh and wife, Pam, SC; two sisters: Gracie Metcalf, Flag Pond and Hazel Lloyd, Erwin; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family received friends from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service was held at 3:30 P.M. on Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum. Reverend Jerry Kent officiated.

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

John M. Shores, “Uncle Johnny”

ERWIN – John M. Shores, “Uncle Johnny”, age 72, of Erwin, passed away, on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Bristol regional Medical Center. Johnny was a native of Bessemer, AL and a son of the late John M. and Shirley (Hasty) Shores. He was a bigger than life kind of guy who never met a stranger. He was a loving husband who enjoyed traveling, diving, hiking, camping, sailing and just being outdoors. Johnny was previously employed as the Human Resources Director for Birmingham News, owned a scuba shop in Birmingham and was an active part of the hiking community, and for the past 20 years, owned and operated Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel. He was also a writer who recently published “Hostel on the Nolichucky”. John M. Shores has left behind to cherish his memory: Wife: Charlotte Shores, of Erwin; Daughter: Claire McWhorter, of Erwin; Multiple family pets; Several nieces and nephews. The family would like to offer special thanks to Dave Clark and Patrick Mannion for love, support and years of companionship; and to Gary Thibault and Stephen Tyler for the same reason. The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of John M. Shores, “Uncle Johnny”, in a memorial service to be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Gary Thibault will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Unicoi County Humane Society, 2201 Zane Whitson 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 John M. Shores through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

James Randall “Randy” Campbell

James Randall “Randy” Campbell, 75, of Johnson City, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at Hermitage Health Center in Elizabethton. A native of Erwin, TN he is the son of the late James Robert and Enolia (Stallard) Campbell. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Campbell and a grandson, Stephen Ryan Harris.

Randy was a member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church. He retired from Nuclear Fuel Services after more than 37 years and loved skiing and going to the beach.

Those left to cherish Randy’s memory include: daughters, Jan Robin Peterson and Lori Campbell Dunn (Jimmy) and grandson, Matthew Ray Harris.

The family will gather to receive friends on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 5:00 PM until a Celebration of Randy’s life beginning at 7:00 PM at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City with Rev. James Dunn officiating. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:00 am at Washington County Memory Gardens with Pastor Curtis Hurt officiating. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Randy’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, 800-805-5856, www.stjude.org.

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 Campbell family during this difficult time.

 

Imogene Pearson Kerns

Imogene Pearson Kerns , 85, of Chesnee, SC, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 11, 2018. She was the wife of William T. (Bill) Kerns, Sr. for 63 years.

Mrs. Kerns was a native of Woodruff, SC and a daughter of the late Thomas Warren and Herma Milliken Pearson, Sr. Mrs. Kerns was a member of 9th Street Baptist Church from 1984-1994.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons: William Kerns, Jr. of Gaffney, SC and Ray Kerns of Chesnee; a daughter: Miriam McCraw of Boiling Springs, SC; three grandchildren: Benjamin (Melia) McCraw, Payne Kerns and Allison Kerns; and two great grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family of four brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 901 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302 or to Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Avenue, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

E-Condolences may be sent online at www.eggersfuneralhome.com

Eggers Funeral Home

Boiling Springs, SC

Estil “Hoot” Tipton

Estil “Hoot” Tipton, age 82, of Erwin, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in his childhood home. A native of Virginia, Estil is a son of the late William and Mary Bell Tipton Carroll. Mr. Tipton retired from the US Forest Service. He served as a minister at Millers Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and filled in at Unaka Springs Free Will Baptist Church and other churches throughout his ministry. Mr. Tipton was an Elder with the Free Will Baptist Preachers Association. Estil was a godly man who was friendly to everyone he met. Mr. Tipton was a GMF welder, was a former Fire Chief at Southside Fire Department, loved to collect guns, and enjoyed cooking, hunting and fishing.   In addition to his parents, Estil is preceded in death by his first wife: Virginia Faye (Tolley) Tipton and a daughter Lisa S. Tipton.

Estil “Hoot” Tipton leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife: Lucille Price Tipton, of Erwin;

Daughter: Dottie Tipton and Joe Miller, of Erwin;

Stepson: Mitchell Price, of Erwin;

Stepdaughter: Joan Robinett and husband, Andy of Harlan, KY;

Grandchildren: Mattie Ellis and husband, Boone, of Johnson City;

Daniel Robinett of Frankfort, KY;

Leanne Price of Erwin;

1 Great Grandchild;

Several other family members also survive.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Johnson City Medical Center ER Staff, Mountain States Hospice and personal friends who were with him non-stop.

A committal service will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Arnold Hensley and Reverend Steve Cochran will officiate. Those who will attend will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 1:50 PM. Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Hensley, Joe Miller, Mitchell Price, Daniel Robinett, Bill Watson, Steve Cochran, Chuck Foster and Doyle Jones.

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

Magdalene Hensley

Magdalene Hensley, age 89, Flag Pond, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the John son City Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Waco and Bonnie Norton Hensley. Mrs. Hensley was a member of Sweetwater Church of God. She was a homemaker.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons: Gerald and Lee Herman Silvers; one brother, Cullen Hensley; one sister, Nora Harris and step-father, Hamon Hensley.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Stanley Silvers and wife, Beverly; one daughter, Buryl McIntosh and husband, Tommy, all of Flag Pond; one brother, Cellon Hensley and wife, Jennalee of Erwin; three grandsons, one granddaughter, six great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; several nieces also survive.

A graveside service was held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in the McIntosh-Hensley Cemetery, 109 Thunder Creek Road, Flag Pond. Reverend Craig Shelton officiated. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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

Allen Sparks

Allen Sparks, age 65, 119 Old Henry Road, Flag Pond, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He lived most of his life in Unicoi County and was a son of the late Jim and Nola Cutshall Sparks. Mr. Sparks was employed by Dreicor for thirty-seven years where he worked in construction.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Grady, Jim and Tommy Sparks; two sisters: Juanita Sparks and Loretta Coffey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of forty-five years, Mary Shelton Sparks; two sons: Paul Shelton and wife, Megan, Henry A. Sparks, Jr. and wife, Jennifer, all of Flag Pond; two brothers: Freeman Sparks and wife, Velva, Erwin, Johnny Sparks and wife, Carolyn, Greeneville; two sisters: Margaret Hardin and husband, Warren, Flag Pond, Linda Parker and husband, Bill, Jonesborough; three grandchildren: Hannah Shelton, Grace Sparks and Thomas Sparks; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by the Sweetwater Church of God singers. Pallbearers will be Gary Carter, Bill Hardin, Stephen Honeycutt, Arling Rice, Ed Silvers and Randy Tipton. Honorary pallbearers will be Toby Hughes and Ricky Shelton. Committal service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday in the Sparks Family Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 11:45 A.M. Saturday.

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

Delbert Wayne “Skip” Smith

Delbert Wayne “Skip” Smith of Bradenton, Florida passed away at home on January 12th.

Mr. Smith, 86, was a native of Hammond, IN. He and his wife June (Proctor) Smith relocated to Erwin, TN for his job with Superior Hone in 1960. In 1977 they and their two sons relocated to Bradenton where he was a plant manager for Midwest Abrasives.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Smith and his sons spent much time hunting and fishing together.

He served in the United States Army 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean conflict, spending most of his time stationed in Hokkaido, Japan.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife June, their infant daughter Luanne, and granddaughter Amber. He was one of ten children, three of whom (Alma Witthoeft, Janet Cumley, Melton “Mick” Smith) survive him.  He is also survived by his sons Dwayne (Nancy) Smith of Bradenton and Scott (Heidi) Smith of Palmetto, FL, five grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

A Memorial service and a celebration of his life will take place at Christ Presbyterian Church, 515 Upper Manatee River Rd, Bradenton, FL on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  The family will receive visitors prior to the service from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Matthews Wildlife Rescue in memory of Mr. Smith.  Instructions for donations can be found at http://www.matthewswildliferescue.org or by calling 941-822-3272.

Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin, TN later in the year.

David Johnson

David Johnson, age 69, of Erwin passed away at his residence on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Edward Johnson and Norma Elaine Campbell Johnson. Mr. Johnson retired from East Tennessee Sta te University where he had been employed for several years. He was a member of First Christian Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Johnson, two aunts, Louise Harvey and Mary Campbell.

Mr. Johnson leaves behind to cherish his memory, a nephew, Scott Johnson of Northbrook, Illinois.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 P. M., Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Kevin Laws will officiate. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 12:50 P. M.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of David to American Cancer Society of Northeast Tennessee, 871 North Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909.

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.

Benny Carroll Frazier

Benny Carroll Frazier, age 86, of Newland, North Carolina, the Land Harbor Community, passed away January 29, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Concord, NC.

He was born June 2nd, 1931 in Erwin TN, son of Rosa Beatrice Young Frazier and Joseph Carroll Frazier. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Amanda Long Frazier, and son Ben Carroll Frazier

Benny, a veteran, served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He later received a bachelor’s degree in Business from East Tennessee State University. The bulk of his career was spent with the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, GA. In retirement he and Amanda settled in Newland, NC in the Linville Land Harbor community. Benny loved playing golf and tennis and they both participated in numerous other activities. They became dear friends with so many in that community and they were both well liked and known for their beautiful smiles and the kindness they showed to all.

Benny leaves behind to cherish his memory two daughters, Meredith Morgan Fraser (and husband Blake Fraser) of Snellville, GA, and Rose Culbreath (and husband John Culbreath) of Concord, NC. He was loved and will be missed by six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life for Benny Carroll Frazier will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:30AM at Connect Christian Church.3101 Davidson Hwy. Concord, NC, 28027 with Reverend Kathy Campbell officiating.

Memorials may be made to: Crossnore Presbyterian Church, 200 Chapel Drive, Crossnore, NC  28616

Judy Ferguson Moss

Judy Ferguson Moss, age 97, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord after a long, full life on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Center on Aging and Health. Judy is a native of St. Paul, VA but lived all her life in Erwin. She is a daughter of the late Clarence E. and Pearl Bausell Ferguson. She was a lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Judy loved God and worshipped anywhere she was. She was an avid giver to her church, as well as to many local, state and national organizations. Judy was awarded the highest honor of Tennessee, “Colonel, Aide de camp, Governor’s staff.” She was the first resident of Governor’s Bend Retirement and Assisted Living facility in Erwin, a member of the Red Hat Society, one of the founding members of the Get Acquainted Club, and a master cake baker at the Appalachian Fair. Judy was always ahead of her time and loved people. Simply put, Judy was a unique and inspirational woman. She had many friends, ranging from young to young at heart, and from old to new. She was a night owl who loved cooking and entertaining in her home. Judy played house all her life and made her surroundings change with the seasons. She loved pretty things and was a very creative florist, crafter, and seamstress. She called herself a Doer. She was married to the love of her life, Frank “Dick” Moss, for 68 years. She stated “I’d have married him sooner, but he didn’t ask. He said that we didn’t have anything in common.” In addition to her parents and husband, Judy is preceded in death by: her sister, Virginia LaVerne; her brother, Reverend C. H. “Bud” Ferguson, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two nephews, Kenneth Ferguson and Phillip LaVerne.

Judy Ferguson Moss has left behind to cherish her memory:

Sister: Shirley Walker, of Little Rock, Ark.;

Nieces: Mary Lambright and husband, William, of Little Rock, Ark.;

Judith Anne Barnett, of Oklahoma City, Okla.;

Nephews: David Ferguson and wife, Karen, of Oklahoma City, Okla.;

Alan LaVerne, Tulsa, Okla.;

Larry LaVerne and wife, Patty, of Charleston, S.C.;

Joe Moss, of Nashville, Tenn.;

Hank Moss and wife, Kathy, of Nashville, Tenn.;

Clay Moss and wife, Vicky, of Pearl, Miss.;

Special friends: Buzz Flye, of Johnson City, Tenn.;

Betty Peterson, of Erwin, Tenn.;

The Pitcock family, of Unicoi, Tenn.;

Numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of the East wing at the Center on Aging and Health and to her nurses, Beverly and Ann. Also, to the staff and friends at Governor’s Bend Assisted Living, the family extends a special thanks.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Judy Ferguson Moss in a memorial service to be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Centenary United Methodist Church. Reverend Kim Isley will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Robin LaFever. An informal visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 N Elm 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 Judy Ferguson Moss through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Anderson Hensley

Anderson Hensley, age 80, Flag Pond, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 in King Veterans Home, King, Wisconsin. He lived in Zion, Illinois from 1959 until 1979 before returning to Unicoi County. Anderson was a son of the late John Jefferson Hensley a nd Lila Tipton Hensley. He was a United States Army Veteran. Mr. Hensley was employed for 13 1/2 years at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in North Chicago, Illinois. He was also a self-employed logger until his retirement in 1991. Anderson was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Hensley was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-six years, Sandra Jean Hensley on February 25, 2016 and one brother, Albert Hensley.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, Carole Norris, Tuscaloosa, AL; two brothers: Lloyd and Robert Hensley, Flag Pond; five sisters: Alice Kalbfliesh, Port Angeles, WA, Katherin Calstillo, San Jose, CA, Carolyn Barnett, Harpers Ferry, WV, Judith Bunting, Flag Pond and Barbara Dorton, Nettie, WV; three grandsons: Kenny, Joshua and Matthew Norris; two granddaughters: Canssandra and Megan Norris; special niece, Patty Henderson and husband, Al; several other nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Craig Shelton and Matthew Norris will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by the Carter County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Larry K. Galloway

Larry K. Galloway, 78, of Greeneville, passed away suddenly January 28th at Takoma Regional Hospital.

Larry served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife: Mary Ruth Galloway; son and daughter-in-law: Mark and Anne Galloway; daughter and son-in-law: Amy and Jimmy Burchett; one step-son and his wife: Christopher and Jennifer Harmon; grandchildren: Austin Burchett and his fiancé: Courtney Thomas, Isaac Burchett, and Emily Burchett, Yvette Galloway and Kelly Galloway; step-grandchildren: Andrew and David Vandervort; brothers and sisters-in-law: Frank and Peggy Galloway and Tom and Betty Galloway; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Olive Galloway, Charles and Betty Campbell, Jim and Fran Campbell, Joyce and Guy Barnett; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece and her husband: Vickie and Don Eaton; a special nephew and his wife: Terry and Sherry Matthews; and a special companion, his dog: Miley Grace.

He was preceded in death by his parents: J.E. and Betty Galloway; brother: Warren Galloway; step-son: Steve Harmon; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Nancy and Fred Matthews.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 3 p.m. on Friday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  The Rev. Jim Fillers will officiate.  In accordance with his wishes his body will be cremated.

James L. Treadway

James L. Treadway, age 87, Erwin, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 after a lengthy ill ness. He was born in Flag Pond and lived most of his life in Unicoi County. He was a son of the late Arthur and Mary Lee Bailey Treadway. Master Sergeant Treadway retired from the United States Air Force in 1971 after twenty-one years of service. Mr. Treadway honorably served his country during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was awarded the following medals: Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Bronze Star. After his retirement from the Air Force he was the JROTC teacher for two years at Unicoi County High School. Mr. Treadway served as Postmaster for the Flag Pond Post Office and Norris Tennessee Post Office, retiring after twenty years of service.

He was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. Mr. Treadway was a State Gideon Officer, Boy Scout Leader, Member of Hospice Advisory Board and President of the Unicoi County High School Band Boosters. He enjoyed wood-crafting and made many beautiful wood-crafts for his family and friends. James liked to garden and till gardens for neighbors, friends and family. He enjoyed participating in his bowling league during his military career. Mr. Treadway went on a mission trip to Romania where he and his mission team built a church.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dean Treadway on September 24, 1998; four brothers: Dallas, Ernest, Guy Lee and Fremon; one sister, Willa Dean Rocchins; brothers-in-law: Jim Rocchins and Everette Cooper; sister-in-law, Anita Treadway.

James leaves behind to cherish his memories, three sons: James “Doug” Treadway and wife, Diana, Kennesaw, GA, Charles Treadway and wife, LaDonna, Concord, CA, Timothy D. Treadway and wife, Julie, Andersonville, TN; one brother, Floyd Treadway and wife, Judy, Rustburg, VA; three sisters: Bea Morton and husband, James, Wingate, NC, Lois Ann Cooper, Irving, TX, Lucille Dudley and husband, Dennis, Yadkinville, NC; eight grandchildren: Jessica Sisson and husband, Joel, Brandon Treadway and wife, Amy, Larissa Treadway, Nichole Treadway, Sean Treadway and wife, Brooke, Austin Treadway, Kira Treadway and Hannah Treadway; one great grandson, Maverick Sisson; three sisters-in-law: Peggy Treadway, Phyllis Treadway and Barbara Treadway. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. until the hour of service at Clear Branch Baptist Church. Reverend Jack Holland will officiate at the 5:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler, Pastor Larry and Martha Wiley. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:50 P.M. On Monday.

Flowers will be accepted, those wishing may make memorial donations in memory of James L. Treadway to: The Gideons International, Gideon Memorial Bible Representative, P. O. Box 398, Erwin, TN 37650 or online, www.gideons.org/sendtheword

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

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

JW Tipton

JW Tipton went home to be with the Lord as he was surrounded by family members on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 following a brief illness at the Johnson City Medical Center. JW was a native of Poplar, NC and the son of the late Maude and Charlie Tipton. JW was an active member of Pathway Free Will Baptist Church in Erwin and a member of the Erwin Masonic Lodge. JW was an active member of the Unicoi County Gas Utility District Board of Commissioners for twenty-three years and was retired from Hoover Ball and Roller where he worked for over thirty years. JW was also a bus driver for the Unicoi County School System for several years and he was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a friend to everyone he met and he loved visiting and talking to his friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bernie Tipton of Erwin.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years Carolyn Tipton of Erwin; his daughter, Teresa Webb; his son, Brian Tipton; his granddaughter, Paige Duncan; his grandson, Noah Duncan, all of Knoxville; three step-daughters, Angela Webb of Erwin; Vicki Branum and husband, Greg, of Jonesborough; Crystal Miller and husband, Stephen, of Jonesborough. JW also leaves behind several step-grandchildren which includes Angel Foster, Terry Allen Webb, Christian Miller, Ian Miller, Haley Branum, and Tanner Branum; and five step great-grandchildren which includes Addison and Taylor Foster; Trenton, Della, and Chloe Webb.

The family would like to say a special thanks to his caregivers at Johnson City Medical Center and staff at Fresenius Kidney Care.

Services:

A celebration of JW Tipton’s life will be held in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home in Erwin on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:00pm. The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 pm until time for the services to begin. Rev. Matthew Robinson and Rev. Bernie Jones will be officiating the service. A committal service with military honors will be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 9:50 AM for the service.

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

 

 

Clarence Arthur “Bud” Witcher

Clarence Arthur “Bud” Witcher, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at his home.

Born in Erwin, Tennessee on November 6, 1926, a son of the late Reuben Lee and Lela Willis Witcher, Clarence lived in Bristol all of his adult life.  He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran serving in the South Pacific.  After attending East Tennessee State College (University), he became a residential and commercial contractor/developer and was also associated with The Synalloy Corporation (Bristol Metals), and for many years was a member of the Twin-Cities Kiwanis Club.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, but of even greater importance to him than his family or his calling, was his assurance of grace and mercy from his Lord Jesus Christ.  Being of Presbyterian faith, he had served as a Ruling Elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, and Presbyterian Church in the United States.  Descending from the reformers of Scotland/Ireland, his ancestors through several lines were instrumental in the founding of both Virginia and Tennessee.

In addition to his parents, Clarence is preceded in death by his siblings, Martha McFadden, Gladys Bundy, Evelyn Edwards, and infant brother, James.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 70 years, Martha Briscoe Witcher; sons, Daniel A. Witcher and wife Bonnie Bunker, and Thomas A. Witcher and wife, Karen Leonard; grandchildren, William (Will) Rutledge and wife, Virginia Jones, Charles (Rob) Roberson and wife, Rena Carolyn Newton, Margaret Katherine (Katie), Martha Elizabeth (Martha) and husband, Preston Abrams, John Knox (Knox) and Thomas Reid (Reid) and wife, Alexa Cassell; great grandchildren, Bonnie Ann, Charles (Charlie), Elsie, Katherine, Augusta and William Witcher; and sister, Jennie Bailey.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol, TN.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM with Rev. Brent Bradley and Rev. Stephen Warhurst officiating. The committal and interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, TN.  His grandsons, Will, Rob, Knox and Reid Witcher, along with Preston Abrams, and great grandsons, Charlie and William, will serve as pallbearers.

The family expresses appreciation to his physician, Dr. Lillian Burke and the Mountain Home VA Staff at the Bristol, VA Outpatient Clinic and his caregivers, Lori Bowman and Jessica Akerboom and the Addus staff.

In lieu of flowers, offerings and gifts can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 900 Watauga Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 where Mr. Witcher was a member.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Arrangements especially for Mr. Witcher and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.

Herbert Phillips

Herbert Phillips, age 87, of Erwin, passed away, on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. Herbert was a native of Erwin and a son of the late Grant and Carrie (Garland) Phillips. He was a member of Lily Dale Church of Christ, where he was a Deacon and Elder and he taught the Teenager’s Sunday school class. Herbert retired from Clinchfield Railroad after more than 40 years of service. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking and he helped to rebuild the Clinchfield # 1 steam engine. In addition to his parents, Herbert is preceded in death by: his first wife, Lois (Hensley) Phillips; one sister, Ruby Phillips; and one brother, Melvin Phillips.

 

Herbert Phillips has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 14 years: Edith Foster, of Erwin;

Son: Rick Phillips, and wife, Dini, of Unicoi;

Daughters: Bonnie Phillips Dillon and husband, Corky, of Denver, CO;

Karen Phillips Lowe and husband, Bob, of Spartanburg, SC;

Step-children: O. B. Foster and wife, Donna;

Darrell Foster and wife, Kathie;

Vikki Bryant;

Grandchildren: Heather Phillips Lemmon and husband, Kip;

Chris Phillips;

Jeremy Phillips and wife, Jamie;

Anna Laura Russell Howell and husband, Mark;

Dustin Howell and wife Brittany;

Amber Washburn and husband, Tyler;

Candace Dillon Sandridge and husband, Matt;

Cara Dillon Runyan and husband Nicholas;

Shaun Whaley and wife, Stephanie;

Ashlee Whaley;

Andi Whaley Dernovshek and husband, Steven;

Matt Lowe and wife, Lindy;

Sarah Lowe Banner and husband, Dom;

Step-grandchildren: Keith Foster;

Stephanie Foster;

Jennifer Burleson;

Brandon Burleson and wife, Crystal;

19 great-grandchildren;

8 step-great-grandchildren;

3 great-great-grandchildren.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Herbert Phillips in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 26, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Minister Jeremy Green and Reverend E. L. Wheeler will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Queenie Wheeler. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until the hour of service on Friday in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 10:50 AM on Saturday. Pallbearers will be the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Lily Dale Church of Christ, 1151 Martin Creek Road, 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 Herbert Phillips through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Robert H. “Bob” Tucker

Robert H. “Bob” Tucker, age 81, 645 S. Elm Street, Erwin, went home to be with his Lord and S avior, Jesus on Monday, January 22, 2018. He lived most of his life in Erwin and was the son of the late Eugene and Mildred Watson Tucker. Master Sergeant Tucker retired from the United States Air Force after twenty-three years of service. He received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Force Medal award. Bob was employed by McDermott where he worked as a Barge Operator.
He was a faithful member of Riverview Baptist Church where he enjoyed taking care of the flowers for many years. Bob enjoyed fishing with his grandsons when they were younger, working with his daughter Penny in the many flower beds they had, visiting his sister, Betty; but, his greatest enjoyment came from the time he spent reading his Bible every day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Tucker on April 10, 1998; two sisters: Margaret Tittle and JoAnn Arnold; a very, very special friend, Franklin Hughes.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, two daughters: Patty Kimberlin and husband, Fred, Penny Dunford whom he shared a special bond with and husband, Danny; step-son, Jeff Edwards; one sister whom he was very close to, Betty Strickland , all of Erwin; four grandsons: Jeremy Garland, Corry Garland, Jesse Kimberlin and Houston Tittle who followed in his papaw’s footsteps to serve his country; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at Bob’s residence. Reverend Roger Stockton and Reverend David Brown will officiate at the 8:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Ronnie Webb, Clarence Bailey, Larry Pate, Gary Amos and Charlotte McCurry. Pallbearers will be Terry Wilson, Steve Lane, Tommy Franklin, Mike Strickland, Houston Tittle and Jeremy Garland. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by Shaw Air Force Base Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Becky Edwards for all her love and care, Dr. Moughon, Mike Strickland, Preacher David Brown and Alan Gray.

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