Phyllis Banner Rader

Aug. 24, 1940 – July 11, 2017

Phyllis Banner Rader

 

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

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

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

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

Alan Meza

Alan Meza, age 19, of Erwin, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 9, 2017. A native of Johnson City, he was a son of Anabel Andrade and David Meza. Alan is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission and was employed by La Meza Mexican Restaurant and JD’s Lawn Care. He was a member of ETSF, Fusion Club and Tri-Cities F.C. Dallas. Alan received 3rd place in TSA Flight Endurance at Nationals as well as 3rd place at 2016 TSA, TN State Conference for CAD 2D Architecture. He loved soccer, the river, being outdoors and spending time with his siblings. Alan is someone who carried a smile and touched all those around him. In addition to his parents, Alan Meza has left behind to cherish his memories: Brothers: Isaias Meza, of Erwin; Daniel Meza, of Erwin; Kenny Meza, of Erwin; Sister: Miranda Meza, of Erwin; Paternal Grandparents: Jacinto Meza, of Mexico; Juana Saldana, of Mexico; Maternal Grandmother: Zenaida Saldana, of Erwin; Seventeen Aunts and Uncles and fifty nine cousins. The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Alan Meza in a Funeral Mass to be held Friday, July 14, 2017, at 10:00 AM, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2211 E. Lakeview Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601. Father Tom Charters and Father Julian Cardona will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be held from 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A committal service will be in Evergreen Cemetery following the 10:00 AM service on Friday, July 14, 2017. Those attending the committal service will meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday for the 10:00 AM service and go in procession. Family members will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission Building Fund, PO Box 1009, Erwin, TN 37650. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Alan Meza through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Richard (Dick) L. Ideker

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reverend Charles Lee Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George E. Biggerstaff

George E. Biggerstaff, 90, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Long Term Care of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Biggerstaff was born in Middlesboro, KY and lived in Erwin, TN. He was a son of the late Deral Chapman and Bessie Derr Biggerstaff. George served in the United States Air Force during World War II. Mr. Biggerstaff was a retired Chemist with Nuclear Fuel Services. He attended Love Chapel Christian Church and had a love of flying.

 

George E. Biggerstaff has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife: Joann Masters Biggerstaff of Erwin;

Son: David Biggerstaff and wife, Susan of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Thomas Biggerstaff of Erwin,

Kayla Biggerstaff of Erwin.

 

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hosptial, Attn: Memorial Dept., 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 George E. Biggerstaff through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Betty Runion

Betty Runion, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017 at her residence. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Joe and Minnie Alice Tinker Wardrupe. She was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. Betty was a member of Shallow Ford Baptist Church. She enjoyed being a mother, spending time with her family, collecting antiques, and being a good homemaker. In addition to parents, Betty is preceded in death by sisters Gladys Runion, Eva Bowman, Viola Wardrupe, Irene Howell, Dolly Allen, and a brother Howard Wardrupe.

 

Betty Runion has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband: Carroll Runion of Erwin;

Sons: Douglas Runion of Las Vegas, NV;

Dan Runion of Erwin, TN;

Grandchildren: Jeff Runion and Brett Runion of Las Vegas, NV;

Sarah Runion and Tyler Runion of Yardley, PA;

Brother: Edward Wardrupe of Erwin, TN;

Sisters: Georgia Arrwood of Erwin, TN;

Revonda Engle and husband, Ike of Erwin, TN;

Pauline McIntosh of Erwin, TN;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Betty Runion in a graveside service to be held on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 3:00 PM, at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, TN. Reverend Zach Smith will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 11:00 AM and will continue until 1:00 PM. Those attending the committal service will meet at the cemetery by 2:50 PM on Friday.

 

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 Betty Runion through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Bobbie J. Gouge Patton

Bobbie J. Gouge Patton, 85, of Gray, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Erwin, TN and Bakersville, NC, and daughter of the late Jack Tulsa and Violet Gillespie Gouge.

In addition to her parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Patton, Sr., son, Shawn E. Patton, grandson, Charles R. Patton, III, and her brother, Michael J. Gouge.

She graduated from Happy Valley High School in 1950.

Those left to cherish Bobbie’s memory include her sons: Charles R. “Chuck” Patton, Jr., and his wife Carol, Mark E. Patton and his wife Cathy; grandchildren: LeAnn R. Cradic and her husband Ryan, Michelle Maret Schweers and her husband Andrew, Rachael Morgan Patton; her sister, Margaret Ann Williams.

The family will greet friends to share memories on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 5:00 pm until a Celebration of Bobbie’s Life at 7:00 pm in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services. A Graveside and Committal service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 9:15 am to go in procession to the cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers the family asks to make donations to Kari’s Heart Foundation.

Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423)610-7171 is honored to serve the Patton family.

Lucille Harris Clouse

Lucille Harris Clouse, age 89, Erwin, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 in the Unicoi Cou nty Memorial Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Greeley and Anna Garland Wilson. Mrs. Clouse was a former employee of Plasco. She was a member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, Mrs. Clouse was preceded in death by her first husband, Jessie Harris and her second husband, Date Clouse; four brothers, Claude Wilson, Jack Wilson, Glenn Wilson and infant brother, Gene Wilson; two sisters, Rosemary Cannon and Flonia Masters.

Lucille leaves behind to cherish her memories: one son, Mackey Harris and Beverly; one daughter, Brenda Harris Metcalf and husband, Junior, all of Erwin; one brother, Darrell Wilson and wife, Barbara; one sister, Sharon Ingle and husband, Bob, all of Erwin; two grandchildren, Randy Metcalf and wife, Tracie and Sherry Webb and husband, Ray, all of Erwin; four great grandchildren, Cody Metcalf and Heather, Whitney Webb and Dylan, Tyler Metcalf and Sarah and Haley Webb and Jared; two great-great grandchildren, Kyleigh Metcalf and Easton Metcalf; two sisters-in-law, Ann Wilson, Morristown and Ruby Wilson of Erwin; a special nephew, Nathan Harris, his wife Malissa and their daughter, Violet. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends Monday, July 3, 2017 from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence of Mrs. Clouse, 101 Polk Street, Erwin. Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Teresa Masters. Cody Metcalf, Nathan Harris, Randy Metcalf, Ray Webb, Dylan Edwards, Jared Shelley and Kenny Johnson will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Walter and David Harris. Graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 1:00 P. M. in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 12:30 P. M. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Louise Banner Bennett

Louise Banner Bennett, 85, of Johnson City, TN passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Johnson City Medical Center. Born on March 17, 1932, she was a daughter of the late James and Josie Bennett Tipton. She was a homemaker, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and coloring. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin Banner and her second husband, Troy Bennett, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

 

Louise Bennett has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters:       Marsha Barnett and her husband Terry of Erwin,

Linda English and her late husband, Freddy of Flag Pond,

Tammy Gillis and her late husband Keith of Alabama,

Grandchildren: Maggie and Shawn Norris,

Danny and Jessica Gillis,

Chris and Dominique Gillis,

Great grandchildren: Adrianna, Abagail, Alana, Colten, Madelynn, Wade and Walker,

Special niece:   Wanda Grooms,

And several special friends.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks the staffs of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital and UCMH Long Term Care.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Louise Bennett in a graveside committal service to be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, July 3, 2017, at Evergreen Cemetery with Reverend Garland James officiating. Those attending the graveside service should meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 12:50 pm.

 

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

 

Linda French Stout

Linda French Stout, 72, of Jonesborough, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her home. Born May 8, 1945 inUnicoi County and was a daughter of the late June Anna Love and Carl French Sr… Linda was an LPN, deeply caring for her patients until her retirement. She was a member of Westerly Heights Baptist Church, where her husband, Jim “Butch” Stout is the Pastor. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Love and a sister, Pamela Reightler.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Angie Adams and husband, Robbie of Jonesborough; a son, Bobby Stout and wife, Barbara of Johnson City; her grandchildren, Kacie Harris and husband, Jeffrey of Chuckey and Luke Adams of Jonesborough; a sister, Elizabeth Potts of Talking Rock, Georgia; three nieces; also her sweet companion dog, Cooper.

The family respectfully requests your presence at a Memorial Service 8:00 PM Wednesday, July 5, 2017 atWesterly Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Dyke and Rev. Bill Brown officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 6:00 PM until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Westerly Heights Baptist Church, 628 N. Center Street, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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

Juanita Davis Sneed

Juanita Davis Sneed, age 89, formerly of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Th e Waters of Roan Highlands, Roan Mountain. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of the late Walter and Fannie Blevins Davis. Mrs. Sneed was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-nine years, Maurice E. Sneed on November 25, 2015; two sons: Stanley and Jerry Sneed; great grandson, Samuel Blake Hensley; two brothers: Frank and Walter Davis, Jr.; one sister, Elizabeth Davis Walker.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one daughter, Regina S. Oaks and husband, Garry, Roan Mountain; one brother, Dean Davis and wife, Ann, Erwin; one granddaughter, Brandy O. Hensley and husband, Chris, Jonesborough; two great grandsons: Jackson and Roman Hensley; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Sneed, Erwin; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Gordon Lewis and Reverend Tull Oaks, Jr. will officiate at the 2:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Pallbearers will be Chris Hensley, Donald Tittle, Deacons and friends of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Bell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Sneed to Trinity Freewill Baptist Church, 1221 N. Main Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of The Waters of Roan Highlands for their love and kindness toward Juanita and the family during her stay there. Thank you Reverend Gordon Lewis and his wife, Amy for being such good friends to Juanita and the family. Also, thank you to Donald Tittle for being such a good friend over the years to our family.

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

Louise Griffith

Louise Griffith, age 74, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord after an extended illness, on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Holston Valley Medical Center. She was a native of Erwin and a daughter of the late Orville and Bonnie Foster Harris. Louise was a member of Erwin Church of the Brethren where she played piano for several years. She was employed by Industrial Garment until she retired. She loved her family and her church family and she enjoyed crafts, reading, cooking and spending time with her grandson. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Griffith and by her second husband, Charlie Griffith, Jr.

Louise Griffith has left behind to cherish her memory:

Son: Sam Griffith and wife Carrie, of Rogersville;

Grandson: Carson Griffith, of Rogersville;

Sister: Patricia Harris, of Kingsport;

Brother: Orville Harris, Jr. and wife Francena, of Landrum, SC;

Special caregiver and friend: Edith Bennett, of Erwin;

Several other brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to all of her home care givers as well as the staff of Holston Valley Medical Center and Wellmont’s Madison House.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Louise Griffith in a funeral service to be held Monday, June 26, 2017, at 7:00 PM at Erwin Church of the Brethren. Reverend Charles Griffith and Reverend Jim Griffith will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and will continue until service time on Monday. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 10:50 AM on Tuesday. Honorary pallbearers will be Louise’s brothers-in law.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Erwin Church of the Brethren, Imagination Library of Unicoi County, or the charity of your choice.

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

 

Wilfred Medley

Wilfred Medley ARLINGTON, VA – Graveside services and interment with military honors for Mr. Wilfred Medley, 86 of Arlington, VA and formerly of Silver Point were held Saturday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon CDT) at Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin, Tennessee. His nephews, Gary and Jonathan Medley officiated. His family received friends Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper- Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Mr. Medley died Wednesday June 14, 2017 in Capital Caring-Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington. He was born Friday February 20, 1931 in Dekalb County, Tennessee to the late Willie Howard and Delma Watts Medley. Mr. Medley was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in Korea as an Officer of Special Investigation. He retired from New York Life Insurance Company with the distinction of having the longest active career as an agent with 58 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris McKinney Medley; brother and sister-in-law, J. C. and Kerrin Medley and nephew, Cody Medley. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Reba Jo Medley of Baxter; nephews, Gary (Amy) Medley, Roger Medley, and David (Mitzi) Medley; great-nieces and nephews, Kristin (Jeremy) Tomes, Jonathan (Jenna) Medley, Cynthia (Travis) Tate, Jackson Medley, Ashlyn Medley, David Medley, Jr., Jeff (Jennifer) Matthews and Jason (Erika) Matthews; great-great nieces and nephews, Addie, Camryn, and Deyahn Tomes, Avery, Tucker and Ellie Medley, Cody, Connor, Calen, and Chase Matthews, Morgan Medley. Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, Baxter Chapel, in charge of arrangements (931) 858-2134. You may share your thoughts and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com.

Emily Harris Wilson

Emily Harris Wilson, age 100, of Erwin passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. She was born in Big Stone Gap, VA and had lived most of her life in Unicoi County. Mrs. Wilson was a daughter of the late James and Eliza Adames Ramey. She had been employed by the Southern Pottery and retired from Steinway. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church and Clinchfield Senior Citizens. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Millard Harris and second husband, Paul Wilson; one son, Harold Harris; one daughter, Carolyn Lord; daughter-in-law, Arlayne “Layne” Harris; one brother and five sisters.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, J. M. Harris of Erwin; three daughters, Norma Ruth Briggs and husband, Doyle of Flag Pond, Kathy Harris Snyder, Lois Miller and husband, Junior all of North Augusta, SC; 22 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 45 great-great grandchildren and 4 great-great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; daughter-in-law, Tootsie Harris, Erwin.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service at the Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church. Reverend Harold Lewis and Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. service. Music will be provided by the Principal’s Quartet. Pallbearers will be Jamie Harris, Darrell Harris, Randy Harris, John Paul West, Joey West, Tony Lord, Danny Miller and Ronald Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Miller, Nicholas Miller, Chandler Miller and Michael Silvers. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P. M. Sunday in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 P. M. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Eva Caroline Allen Nourse

Eva Caroline Allen Nourse, 89, of Evansville passed away at 6:43 am, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at The Evansville Protestant Home.

Mom was born February 9, 1928 in Erwin, Tennessee, a beautiful town in the Appalachian Mountains. She was the daughter of the late John and Willie (Johnson) Allen. She had 3 older brothers, one younger brother, and an identical twin sister.

Mom met her husband, Paul Nourse, when they were both students at Milligan College in Tennessee. Dad had come there to study for the ministry on the GI Bill. They married in 1947 when Mom was 19, and Dad was 21 years old.

In 1958, Mom and Dad, along with daughters Nancy and Deborah, moved to Evansville, Indiana. Dad became the minister at First Christian Church in downtown Evansville. Eva continued her education at University of Evansville, with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1965, and her Master’s Degree in 1967. She taught at elementary schools in Evansville for many years, retiring from Harper Elementary School in 1991. Mom was a member of First Christian Church for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Harley, Wesley, Damon, and Dr. Charles Allen, and her twin sister, Emma Pacella. Also her beloved husband of 45 years, Reverend Paul Nourse, in 1992, and her dear daughter, Deborah, in 2001.

Eva is survived by her daughter, Nancy Vessell (Gary); grandchildren, Kyle Vessell (Camille) and Kelli Anderson (Eric); Deborah’s children, Kristina Anderson (Nick), Karin Taylor (Terry), Kendra Giles (Lavarus), Robert Gipson (Jessie), and Bradlee Jordan (Chelsea). She is also survived by great-grandchildren: Soleil, Evie, Tyler, Dru, Ally, Trey, Sydney, Lana, Avery, Isaac, Knox, Tucker, Jaxon, Rylee, Jadlen, and Mason. Also, Mom had many close nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles (Joy) Allen. She is also survived by her beloved dog, the pug Sweetie.

A funeral service and burial were arranged by Boone Funeral Home – East Chapel, and took place April 1, 2017 in Evansville, Indiana.

Memorial Contributions my be made in Eva’s name to Southern Care Hospice, 12251 C Hwy 41 N., Evansville, IN 47725

Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net

Vernon Eugene Lewis, Sr.

Vernon Eugene Lewis, Sr., age 66, 110 Bethany Lane #12, Erwin passed away Saturday, June 1 0, 2017 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and son of the late Elzie and Agnes Hensley Lewis. Mr. Lewis was a U. S. Army Veteran and had served in Vietnam. He was a former employee of East Marion Cotton Mill in Marion, NC, for fifteen years. He was of the Baptist Faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Faye Lewis on April 25, 2011, a son, William Byrd Lewis in 2007, one brother, James Lewis and one sister, Vonda McIntosh.

Mr. Lewis leaves behind to cherish his memories, a son Vernon Lewis, Jr., and wife, Ruthanna Lynn of Glendale, Arizona; two sisters, Edna Shelton and husband, Johnny of Mars Hill, NC and Blanche Bailey and husband, Dorsey of Flag Pond; two granddaughters, Johnni Lynn McGongal and Sherri Jo McGongal; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in the Hensley Cemetery, Rector Laurel Road, Flag Pond. Reverend Jerry Keasling will officiate at the 12:00 Noon service. Pallbearers will be Thomas Sprinkle, Shane McIntosh, Jessie McIntosh, Dillon Higgins, Mark McIntosh and Dorsey Bailey. Military Honors will be rendered by the American Legion Watauga Post #49.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Mr. Vernon Lewis

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

Linda Couch Harrell

Linda Couch Harrell, age 72, 108 Indian Drive, Johnson City, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at her daughter’s residence. She lived in Erwin for thirty-nine years before moving to Johnson City. Linda is a daughter of the late Herman and Lucy Tolley Couch. She was a homemaker and a member of Unity Fellowship Church.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers: Floyd and J. R. Couch; two sisters: Vada Ruth Williams and Verda Jane Couch.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her husband of thirty-three years, Billy Jack Harrell; one daughter, Sally Chandler and husband, Gary Booher, Watauga; one brother, Ketron Couch, Erwin; one sister, Cathy Brawshaw, Piney Flats; brother-in-law, Bob Williams; sister-in-law, Betty Jean Arrowood, both of Johnson City; several nieces and nephews; her fur companion, Emma Rose.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Greg Wagner will officiate at the 7:00 P.M.funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Honorary pallbearers will be Kaye Brewer, Leroy Brooks and Terry Martin. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 12:50 P.M. on Wednesday.

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

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

Ancil “A. J.” Hoilman, Jr.

Ancil “A. J.” Hoilman, Jr., age 81, 140 A. J. Hoilman Road, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He was a Unicoi County native and a son of the late Ancil Hoilman, Sr. and Pansy Grindstaff Hoilman McInturff. Mr. Hoilman retired from the United States Army in 1974 after twenty years of service. A. J. honorably served his country during the Vietnam War and was awarded the following medals: National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal 5th Award, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Army of Occupation of Germany Medal. After retiring from the Army, Mr. Hoilman taught Auto Mechanics at the Unicoi County Vocational School for eight years. A. J. attended Mountain Dale Freewill Baptist Church.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Marvin Hoilman on January 6, 2016 and one sister, Bessie Mullins.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of fifty-six years, Sonja Hensley Hoilman, two sons: Greg Hoilman and Rachel Hauck, Steve Hoilman and wife, Elaine; one daughter, Angel McCurry and Randy White; one brother, Howard Hoilman; one sister, Polly Booth, all of Erwin; four grandsons: Stephen Hoilman, Caleb Hoilman, special grandsons: Cade McCurry and Dawson McCurry; two granddaughters: Tia Hammitt and Lexie White; one very special great grandson, Ashton McCurry; one great granddaughter, Addison Hammitt; special sister-in-law, Susan Hensley and Mary Hoilman; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Rodney Deyton will officiate at the 8:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Allen Morefield, David and Penny McNally, David and Damaris Higgins and Inez Chandler. Pallbearers will be Mike Foster, Jason Foster, Travis Chandler, Earl Booth, Tracy Hoilman, Garrett Hyder and Zack Tittle. Honorary pallbearers will be F. C. Peterson, Ray Chandler, R. L. Peterson and Wayne Cooper. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Hensley Cemetery, Mountain Dale Community. Military Honors will be rendered by American Legion Post #49. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet by 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Lisa King Mumpower

Lisa King Mumpower, age 51, 536 Washington Street, Erwin, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2 017 in the Johnson City Medical Center. She was born in Marion, IN but had lived most of her life in Erwin. Lisa is a daughter of Carolyn Shelton King, Flag Pond and the late Richard King. She was a member of Carmen Church of God.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her husband of thirty-one years, Carroll Mumpower; one daughter, Nikieta Mumpower, Erwin; two sisters: Karen Thomas, Flag Pond, Janet Hyder and husband, Randall, Greenville, SC; one granddaughter, Samarra Fields; special uncle and aunt, Odell and Verna Lee Shelton; two special brothers-in-law: Carlie Scott and Joe Mumpower; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Eric Young and Larry Adams will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Pallbearers will be David Foy, William Morrison, Joe Mumpower, Randall Hyder, Marlon Conners and Paul Greene. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Southside Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 9, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet by 10:30 A.M. Friday at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery.

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