Jessie Imogene Willis

Jessie Imogene Willis, age 83, 843 Coffee Ridge Road, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late Carl and Lela Lewis Higgins.

Imogene was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church and former member of the Order of Eastern Star #407. She retired from Morrill Motors after forty-three years of service.

In addition to her parents, Imogene was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-seven years, Harley Willis on October 09, 2008; one daughter, Carolyn B. Willis Story on February 28, 2016; two brothers: Harold Higgins and John Hadley Higgins; one sister, Carlene Higgins Foster.

Imogene leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, John Willis and wife, Joan, Erwin; Son-in-law, William A. Story, Erwin; three brothers: Marvin Higgins and wife, Betty, Florida; Bobby Higgins and wife, Karen, Erwin, Charles “Butch” Higgins and wife, Connie, Johnson City; six grandchildren: Dwayne Tipton, Tracie Metcalf and husband, Randy, all of Erwin, Scott Higgins and wife, Tara, Unicoi, Jody Tolley and wife, Crystal, NC, Rachel Ayers and husband, Landon, Kerri Tomlinson, all Erwin; ten great grandchildren: Darian Tipton, Valeria Tipton, Tyler Metcalf, Shian Higgins Stewart, Hunter Higgins, Jackson Tolley, Peyton Tolley, Eli Ayers, Brayden Tomlinson and Everett Tomlinson; five sisters-in-law: Mildred Higgins, Martha Willis Rice and husband, Robert, Eva Willis Bowman and husband, James, Linda Willis Edwards and husband, Guy, Geraldine Willis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, family and a loving church family also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Phillip Garland will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Sue Story, Valerie Barcel and Vera Watts. Committal service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Friday in the Willis Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dwayne Tipton, Scott Higgins, Darian Tipton, Hunter Higgins, Landon Ayers, Michael Higgins, Keith Bowman and Kevin Bowman. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Metcalf, Jody Tolley and Tyler Metcalf. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 P.M. on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Jonathan Landon White II

Jonathan Landon White II, born November 12, 1922 to Maggie and Jonathan Landon White. J.L. was born and raised in Erwin, Tennessee.

Dad was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 as an Automatic Rifleman/Rifle Expert with the Railsplitters, Company A, 333rd Infantry, 84th Infantry Division.

Dad served in the European Theatre, and was injured in his 9th battle…The Battle of the Bulge in 1945. Medals earned include: Purple Heart, E.A.M.E. Campaign Medal with three Bronze Battle Starts; American Theatre Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Victory Medal; Combat Infantry Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge. Bronze Medal. He is included in a book by Ken Ford, Assault On Germany: The Battle For Geilenkirchen. Dad was described as “someone who never seemed to get rattled, and could always be relied on; he personfied the “Tennessee Volunteer.”

When Dad returned from the war, he and our mother were married April 3, 1946. She was the love of his life. During their 61 years together, Dad worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp, Detroit, Michigan, and was employed with Hoover Ball Bearing until his retirement in 1985. Before and after retirrement, Dad loved gardening, and enjoyed giving his fruits and vegetables to family and friends.

Preceeded in death by our Mom, Jean Ross Buckles-White. Mom and Dad were married for 61 years before her death in 2007; Brothers, Lloyd, Ray, Herman, Howard and Gene Ed; Sisters, Alta, Madge, Mae, Hattie, Mamie, Nell, and Pauline. Survived by one sister, Loretta; three daughters, Brenda Shaw (Dennis), Spokane, WA; Cheryl White-White (Ray), Erwin, TN; Vanessa White, Erwin. TN; two sons, Jonathan Landon White III, Erwin; Dwight Glenn White, Erwin. Eleven grandchildren, and Eleven great grandchildren.

Dad believed in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and was a member of Fishery Community Church.

Services were held on April 15, 2018 at Valley Funeral Home. Burial, with Military Honors, was held on April 16th, at Evergreen Cemetery.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the over abundance of support given by family and friends. The prayers were felt. Also, thank you to Valley Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Harlen E. Bailey

Harlen E. Bailey, age 78, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. A native of Washington County, Harlen is a son of the late Marcus and Grace Lee (Lloyd) Bailey He of the Baptist faith and formerly was employed by National Casket Company. After the casket company closed, Harlen began doing auto body work. He was a good, loving and caring man, father and grandfather, who enjoyed working with vehicles, lawnmowers and other mechanics and loved spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Harlen is preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil and Junior Bailey, and one sister, Gladys (Bailey) Wilson.

Harlen E. Bailey has left behind to cherish his memory:

Sons: Douglas Bailey and wife, Kelly, of Unicoi,

Tim Bailey and wife, Teresa, of Erwin,

Chad Bailey; of Erwin;

Brothers: Ebb Bailey and wife, Betty, of Washington County,

Ted Bailey, of Erwin,

Verline Bailey and wife, Faye, of Erwin,

James Bailey and wife, Priscilla, of Erwin;

Sisters: Blanche Blankenship, of Erwin,

Dollie Gilbert, of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Lindsay Bailey, of Erwin,

Sage Bailey, of Unicoi;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Roger Laws and Charlie Byrd for visiting with him during his time of illness.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Harlen E. Bailey in a funeral service to be held at 8:00 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Pastor Charlie Byrd and Reverend Roger Laws will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM and will continue until the hour of service. A committal service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:00 AM to go in procession. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Niswonger’s Children’s Hospital, 400 N State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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 Harlen E. Bailey through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Mary Ruth Edwards

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

August 7, 1938 – April 14, 2018

In memory of Mary Ruth Edwards, my loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Mama went to meet her Heavenly Father and her loved ones waiting on her. Mama was the daughter of the late Reverend Willie Ray and Kemmie Shook Ray. Also, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-nine years, Albert Edwards on April 30, 2017; daughter, Joy Diane Edwards and one son, Ricky Dean Edwards; Special “Son” as she always said, and her favorite, Darius Willis on June 24, 2016. She loved him with all her heart and he was a son to her in all respects. Also, waiting on her was one brother, Howard Ray; two sisters: Paris Cantrell and Zelda English; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Mama worked for Morrill Motors for over forty years. Mama and daddy loved to travel and stayed on the road constantly as long as they were able. You could always find them at McDonald’s every morning with friends.

Mama was a member of Higgins Chapel Baptist Church and Order of Eastern Star #173.

Left to mourn her passing, but celebrating her new life, daughter, Linda Willis; granddaughter, Tosha Willis Erwin and husband, Jimmy; grandson, Matthew Willis and wife, Kristin; great grandchildren: Logan Edwards, Sabrina Edwards, Jefferson Erwin, Gabe Willis, Hudson Willis and arriving in October, Baby Willis; great great grandchild, Mason Ingram.

We wish to thank Erwin Health Care for all the love and spoiling her. Special thanks to Melissa, Vennie, Carla Duncan and all her nurses and CNA’s, God Bless You.

Fly high mama and mamaw, you have your wings!

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Kevin Laws and Inez Chandler. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday in the Higgins Chapel Cemetery, Flag Pond. Reverend Edward Hoyle will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Erwin, Jefferson Erwin, Logan Edwards, Matthew Willis, Gabe Willis and Lee Edwards. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 P.M.to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Blake W. Gouge

Blake W. Gouge, age 75, of Johnson City, passed away, on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his home. Blake is a native of Erwin and a son of the late Waitsel W. and Bertha (Jones) Gouge. He was a member of Boones Creek Baptist Church and retired from LC King in Bristol, where he was an engineer. Prior to working for LC King, he was the plant manager at Bristol Jeans.Blake was a member of Gideons International and a former member of the Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed farming and loved his sheep and growing vegetables.  In addition to his parents, Blake is preceded in death by one brother, Ben Gouge.

Blake W. Gouge leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife: Barbara Gouge, of Johnson City;

Daughter: Cheryl Gouge;

Sons: Phillip Gouge,

Jeff Gouge;

Grandchildren: Faith Gouge,

Jake Gouge,

Aaron Gouge;

Sister: Peggy Ingraham;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Blake W. Gouge in a committal service to be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Ron Fender will officiate. Those attending the committal service will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 12:50 PM on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

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 Blake W. Gouge through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Argol Honeycutt

Argol Honeycutt, age 72, of Unicoi, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018, at his home. Argol is a native of Relief, NC and a son of the late Ernest and Nervia (Bennett) Honeycutt. He attended Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church and he was a conductor with the railroad until he retired. Argol was a proud veteran of the United States Army Reserves and enjoyed attending church and spending time with his friends and family. He joined the Centennial Lodge # 491 of Erwin in 1976 and was a Master Mason for 42 years. He was currently a member of Unicoi Lodge # 681, Scottish Rites Bodies of Knoxville, and Jericho Shrine Temple of Kingsport. In addition to his parents, Argol is preceded in death by two brothers: Douglas Rhea Honeycutt and Gary Lynn Honeycutt.

Argol Honeycutt has left behind to cherish his memory:

Son: Mark Honeycutt and wife, Melanie, of Elizabethton;

Sisters: Dorothy Wheeler, of Erwin,

Linda Randolph and husband, Don, of Unicoi,

Mary Sue Phillips, of Johnson City,

Nieces: Lisa Taylor,

Sherry Scott,

Nephews: Raymond Higgins, Jr.,

Scottie Higgins,

Scott Honeycutt,

Jordan Honeycutt.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Argol Honeycutt in a funeral service to begin at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate. Masonic services will be rendered by Unicoi Lodge # 681. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will be from 5:30 PM until service time on Tuesday. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 AM to go in procession. Those serving as pallbearers will be Jordan Honeycutt, Scottie Higgins, Ernie Robinette, Jacob Davis, David Renfro and Tracy Banks. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church, 910 Hoback Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Billie Kate Sams Arrowood

Billie Kate Sams Arrowood, age 64, Johnson City, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of the late Bill Sams and Evelyn Kirk Ragan.

Billie was a school bus driver for the Unicoi County Headstart Program. She enjoyed her job and loved being surrounded by all the children. Billie was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, David Sams.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Clarence Andrew Jones, of the home; one sister, Jodie Helen Thompson, Dayton, TN; three brothers: Steve Sams, Erwin, Mike Sams, Kingsport and Marvin Sams, Silver Springs, MD; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Nathan Jennings will officiate at the 1:00 P.M. funeral service. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted, those wishing may make memorials in memory of his mother, Billie K. Arrowood to: The Andrew Jones Fund, c/o Conservator Jodie H. Thompson, P. O. Box 15111, Chattanooga, TN 37415.

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

Mary Evelyn Willis

Mary Evelyn Willis, age 85, 1241 Coffee Ridge Loop, Erwin, passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, April 6, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Orville and Pansy Ledford Edwards.

Evelyn retired from Morrill Motors where she was employed as a machine operator for forty years. She was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Merley Willis on July 29, 2013 and one brother, Gene Edwards.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two sons: Roger Dale Willis and wife, Joyce, Erwin, Marshall Dike Willis and friend, Janice, Unicoi; one daughter, Joan Effler and husband, David, Erwin; five grandchildren: Bethany Morris, Natalie Willis, Andrea Ryman, Holly Willis and Daniel Effler; four great grandchildren: Tate Kerns, Andrew Ryman, Annslie Morris and Ravyn Ryman; one sister, Geraldine Willis, Johnson City; one sister-in-law, Carol Edwards; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Brad Willis and Reverend Andy Patterson will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Sue Story, Valerie Barcel and Andy Patterson. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend David Effler will officiate. Pallbearers will be Daniel Effler, Tate Kerns, Andrew Ryman, Johnny Willis, Michael Willis and Keith Bowman. Everyone is asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Amelia Suesie Fain Dyles

Amelia Suesie Fain Dyles, age 77, 392 Foster Ridge Road, Erwin passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at her residence. She lived most of her life in Unicoi County and was a daughter of the late Clarence and Ethel McCall Fain.

Amelia worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital and the Regional Hospital in High Point, NC with over forty years service.

She was a member of Love Chapel Christian Church. Suesie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-one years, Jack Dyles on February 17, 2018.

Amelia leaves behind to cherish her memories, two sons, Jack Wade Dyles, of the home, David Markwell and wife, Sheree, Thomasville, NC; one daughter, Melissa Edwards and husband, Dexter, Erwin; five grandchildren: Noah Edwards, Chelsea Edwards, Daniel Edwards, Marcus Markwell and Brittany Markwell; five sisters: Lois Bryant and husband, Furman, Unicoi, Mary Blackmore, Johnson City, Julia Franklin and husband, Wayne, Erwin, Debra Erwin and husband, Nick, Erwin, Kathy Bloom, Ormond Beach, FL; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Minister Robert Bess will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Suesie’s grandson, Noah Edwards will share remarks and eulogy. Music will be provided by Clarence Bailey, Jim Smith and Charlotte McCurry. Committal service will be held at 10:45 A.M. on Monday at the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:30 A.M. Monday.

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.

Bonnie Metcalf Shelton

Bonnie Metcalf Shelton passed peacefully and gracefully on March 24, 2018, with her family by her side. She was born on April 25, 1922, to the late Hobert and Elizabeth Fox Metcalf. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Orie Shelton; brother Jesse Metcalf; daughter Hazel McReynolds; grandson James O. McReynolds; and great-granddaughter Suzanne Shelton. Bonnie is survived by her son Charles and his wife Jean; her sister Joan Paramore; her son-in-law James F. McReynolds; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Bonnie was born in Flag Pond, Tennessee, and later moved to the Hampton Roads area. She initially worked as a hairdresser and later for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. She retired after 18 years of service at the age of 88. Bonnie had two great passions: her family and her church. She was a faithful member of Poquoson Baptist Church. She will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who had an enthusiasm for serving others.

Services were held at Poquoson Baptist Church on March 28. Entombment followed at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton.

The family greatly appreciated the wonderful care provided by the medical and support staff at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton, including Dr. Gensler; Dr. Mohammed; the hospice staff, Sherri and Kimberly; and nursing staff, Amy, Lauren, and Sharon. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com .

“We will miss Bonnie dearly, but she leaves us rich with memories.”

 

Gladys E. Wilson

Gladys E. Wilson, age 86, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2018 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She was a native of Erwin but lived most of her life in Washington County. Gladys was a daughter of the late Marcus and Grace Loyd Bailey.

She retired from Industrial Garment where she was employed as a seamstress. Gladys was a member of Canah Chapel Freewill Baptist Church and attended Embreville Church of Christ for many years. She enjoyed planting flowers and working in her flower garden.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Claude Frazier and her second husband, Clarence Wilson; two brothers: Virgil and Junior Bailey.

Gladys leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Ronnie Frazier and wife, Elaine, Erwin; one daughter, Vicky Reynolds and husband, Eddie, Bethlehem, NC; five brothers: James Bailey and wife, Priscilla, Harlan Bailey, Ted Bailey, Verlin Bailey and wife, Faye, all of Erwin, Eb Bailey and wife, Betty, Johnson City; two sisters: Blanche Blankenship and Dollie Gilbert, both of Erwin; one grandson, Ronnie Frazier, Jr. and wife, Kayla; four granddaughters: Casey Curry and husband, Brandon, Tiffany Ramseur and husband, Dontea, Lauren Reynolds and Kimberly Reynolds; three great-grandsons: Jacob Fraizer, Caleb Engle and Cayden Curry; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Eddie Reynolds and Pastor Terry Richardson will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Eddie Reynolds. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Tuesday in the Bumpus Cove Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 10:45 A. M. Tuesday.

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

Mrs. Eugene Haynes Peters (Willie Fay)

Mrs. Eugene Haynes Peters (Willie Fay), passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Center on Aging and Health. She was a native of Flag Pond and a daughter of the late Melvin Madison and Charley Pearl (Guinn) Shelton. Willie was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a loving housewife and always waited to hear Pete “toot” the horn while he was on his runs for the Clinchfield Railroad during his 45 years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by: her husband of 65 years, Eugene “Pete” Haynes Peters; daughters, Sue Jean Wilson and Mary Judith Waldrup; and many sisters and brothers.

Willie Fay Peters has left behind to cherish her memories:

Grandchildren: Kevin Ayers of Erwin, TN,

Leslie Rhinehart and husband, Bob of Candler, NC,

Amy Graham and husband, Mike of Clinton, TN,

Leigh Patton and husband, Mike of Candler, NC;

Great Grandchildren: Maddy and Robert Rhinehart,

Dakota H. Ayers,

Madison and Olivia Kelly,

Charlotte and Alexander Patton;

Niece: Sarah Godsey Foster and husband, Alan of Norfolk, VA.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of the Center on Aging and Health for all of their love and support and especially to Beverly and Emeline.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Activities Department of the Center on Aging and Health, 880 S. Mohawk 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 Willie Fay Peters through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Ola Mae Shell

Ola Mae Shell, 82, Unicoi passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 in the Erwin Health Care Center. She was a native of Erwin and was a daughter of the late Oscar and Maude Day Miller. Mrs. Shell was a member of the Maranatha Tabernacle in Unicoi. She was a former employee of Knit World Fabric Shop and owner of Something Nice Draping and Fabric Shop. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Shell; two brothers, Harvey and Paul Thomas Miller; four sisters, Gertrude Vanover, Belle Franklin, Juanita Shell and Louise Pate.

Survivors include three sisters, Verline Lewis, Hazel Tittle and Sara Shell; step-children, Randy Shell and Karen Walker; nieces, Loretta Ollis, Phyllis Shell, Tina Pate, Geraldine Shook and Kathy Richardson; nephews, Vernon and Leroy Vanover, Kenneth, Wayne and Tim Lewis; Howard Biggs, Ricky Miller, Rocky, Robert and Roger Allen, Larry Pate and Dr. Michael Tittle.

Funeral services for Mrs. Shell will be conducted at 7:00 PM Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue,Johnson City with Pastor E.L. Wheeler officiating. The Duggers will provide the music. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until the service hour. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with Dr. Michael Tittle officiating and a song by Larry Pate. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Kenneth and Wayne LewisSteve ShellRocky and Robert Allen and Ricky Miller. Roger Allen will serve as an honorary pallbearer. For those attending this service you are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:50 PM.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Erwin Health Care for the wonderful care they provided.

Condolences may be made online at www.wadugger.com. Arrangements by Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 W. Watauga AvenueJohnson City423-928-2245

Richard Douglas Clark

Richard Douglas Clark, age 73, 826 Balsam Circle, Erwin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 25, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving wife and daughter at the time of his passing. Doug was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Wesley Monroe Clark and Nellie Annette Booth Clark.

He was a United States Air Force Veteran having served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. Doug graduated from East Tennessee State University with a MBA degree. He retired after many years of service from Nuclear Fuel Services where he was employed as Contract Manager.

Doug was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, taught Sunday School, taught and served as a Faith Team Leader and drove the church van. He loved his church and church family. He was a member of Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM where he served as Past Master and Treasurer.

He was an exemplary athlete from his childhood Little League and throughout his adult life. Doug ran seven marathons, one of which was the Boston Marathon. He hiked the Appalachian Trail. Doug was an avid golfer and fisherman. He taught his grandchildren, Jack and Scarlett how to bait a hook while they enjoyed fishing at Watauga Lake and the Nolichucky River.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by four brothers: Herman, Ted, Tom and Leonard Clark; three sisters: Edith Poore, Margaret Dickey and Mary Mardis; four brothers-in-law: Albert Poore, Darrell Mardis, Frank Dickey and Bill Bowman; three sisters-in-law: Priscilla Clark, Jean Clark and Betty Clark.

Left behind to cherish Doug’s memory, is his loving wife of forty-six years, Gail Sparks Clark; one daughter, Julie Clark Huff and husband, Parks of Marietta, GA; two grandchildren: Jack Douglas Bowen and Scarlett Elizabeth Bowen; one sister, Helen Bowman of Erwin; sister-in-law, Barbara Clark, FL; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Ninth Street Baptist Church. Pastor Rick Babin will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Centennial Lodge #491 F&AM will render Masonic Funeral Rites. Music will be provided by Becky Manfull, June Padgett and Kevin Clark. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A.M. 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 cemetery by 10:45 A.M. on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Richard Douglas Clark to: Ninth Street Baptist Church, 310 Ninth Street, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Beulah Briggs

Beulah Briggs, 81, of Unicoi, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. A native of Gray, she is the daughter of the late Charlie and Myrtle Rigsby. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Fred “Buddy” Briggs.

Beulah retired from Unicoi Elementary school after 33 years where she enjoyed working with children. She loved spending time with her family, especially her great-granddaughter, Harper, who was the apple of her eye. She enjoyed babysitting, gardening, plants and flowers of every kind, but especially orchids, and shopping. Beulah loved children and was very giving and always thoughtful of others. She touched the lives of so many people with her loving kindness.

Those left to cherish her memory include: daughters, Debby Correll and husband Randy, Donna Sluder and husband Wade; grandchildren, Payge Barnett Weaver and husband Ike, and Brooke Barnett; one great-granddaughter, Harper Weaver; A very special sister, Mable Garst and her sons Terry and Sammy; brother, Roy Rigsby; and sisters, Irene Ford and Carrie Coggins; special nieces, Teresa and Keeli Parkey, and Kari Humston and her children Callie Humston and Conner Humston; very special friends, Penny Hoilman, Kay McInturff, Becky Wilson, Jenny Rice, and Margaret Richardson; and two very special little girls, Kaleigh & Alysa Wilson who she loved like grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical-surgical nurses and staff at Franklin Woods Community Hospital, and to Amedisys Hospice for all the wonderful care they provided to her during this difficult time.

A committal service will be held at Roselawn Memory Gardens, Johnson City, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM with Jason Myers officiating. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 11:50 AM. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Unicoi County Animal Shelter 185 N. Industrial Drive Erwin TN 37650 (423) 743-3071, www.unicoicountyanimalshelter.com, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, 1-800-227-2345, www.cancer.org.

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

 

Lucy Chaffin

Lucy Chaffin, age 96, of Erwin, passed away, on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Lucy was a native of Newcastle, PA and a daughter of the late Bronislaw and Stella (Majewski) Gumiezny. She joined the United States Women’s Army Air Corps in August, 1943 and served in Europe during World War II. She met her future husband, A. L. Chaffin, in Vienna where he was serving in the Army. They married after the war and were married for 62 years. Lucy was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church in Erwin. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and an excellent seamstress and pastry chef. She enjoyed her flowers and friends and especially her grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and husband, Lucy is preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Garnet Rudder, and granddaughter, Amy R. Rawlins.

Lucy Chaffin leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: Marilyn Rawlins and husband, Raymond, of Powell, TN,

Carol Ann Kurland and husband, Paul, of Green Bay, WI;

Son: A. L. “Spud” Chaffin and wife, Susan, of Erwin, TN;

Sister: Frances Nord, of Bessemer, PA;

Grandchildren: Kristin Blair and husband, Chris, of Lebanon, TN,

Jay Rawlins, of Powell, TN,

Brian Chaffin and wife, Rebecca, of Jonesborough, TN,

Adam Chaffin and wife, Celena, of Johnson City, TN,

Mick Kurland, of Appleton, WI,

Andrew Kurland and wife Stacey, of Appleton, WI,

James Kurland and wife, Stephanie, of Appleton, WI;

14 great grandchildren;

Special friends: Phyllis Williams,

Ruth Brown;

Special nieces: Sheila Fippinger,

Diane Nord,

Beth Ann Nord.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, the 5300 floor of the Johnson City Medical Center and the staff and nurses at Governor’s Bend in Erwin.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Lucy Chaffin in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 22, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Brother Rick Babin 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 Thursday, March 22, 2018. A committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 23, 2018 in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Those attending will meet at Roselawn Memory Gardens by 10:50 AM for the service. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Brian, Adam and Jay and great grandsons: Gavin, Drew and Eli.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 North Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

 

Peggy Ann Gales

Peggy Ann Gales, age 71, of Erwin, TN passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Akron, OH she was the daughter of the late Carl Taylor Swanson and Mona Margaret Stone Swanson. Mrs. Gales retired as a cosmetologist after thirty-eight years. She was a member of Elizabethton First Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed cooking and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Craig Gales and a son, William Craig Gales, II. Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter Tammy Moody and husband Tim, Marshall, NC; four grandchildren, Bethany Moody, Abby Moody, Sydney Gales and Stephanie Gales and a sister, Darlene Gerstenslager and husband Tom and their family, Akron, OH.

A memorial service for Peggy Ann Gales will be conducted at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, March 24, 2018 in the Elizabethton First Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Kenley Knight and Rev. John Hodge officiating. The family will receive friends at the Church from 4:00 -5:00 P.M. on Saturday prior to the memorial service.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Elizabethton First Church of the Nazarene, 200 West I Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643 in memory of Mrs. Peggy Ann Gales. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Gales family. Office: (423) 543-5544.

Margie M. Wilson

Margie M. Wilson, age 85 of Old Iron Mountain Rd, Unicoi, TN went home to be with the Lord, March 14, 2018. She was a native of Mitchell County, NC and a daughter of the late Charlie and Martha Putman Birchfield. She attended Limestone Cove United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth Wilson of the home, three daughters; Brenda Hughes (Dean), Linda Hyder (Doug), and Sharon Adams, all of Unicoi, TN, two sisters; Virgie Clark, of Hampton, TN, and Hazel Watson, of Spruce Pine, NC, one brother Charles Birchfield, of Bakersville, NC, two grandchildren; Brenden and Braden Hyder, and a special niece Judy Rice.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by two sisters; Dora Rose, and Doris Boone, and four brothers; GW, Leonard, Bobby, and FD Birchfield, and husband Willard RC Tipton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 19, 2018 at 2:00PM in Limestone Cove United Methodist Church with Estel Williams officiating. The family will receive friends  one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at the Tipton Family Cemetery (J.S. Herd Rd). The family will also receive friends at the home 1010 Old Iron Mountain Rd, Unicoi, TN 37692 where Mrs. Wilson’s body will lie in state, starting at 6:00PM Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Henline – Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Wilson Cemetery.

Louis McNabb

Louis McNabb, age 79, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at his home. Louis is a native of Erwin and a son of the late Charlie and Gertrude (Stanley) McNabb. He was a member of Omega Baptist Church and a former employee of the Unicoi County Highway Department. He was a veteran of the United States Army and he enjoyed coon hunting, upholstery work, cattle and farming. In addition to his parents, Louis is preceded in death by brothers: James McNabb, Charles McNabb, Leland McNabb and Donald McNabb.

 

Louis McNabb has left behind to cherish his memory:

Son: Michael McNabb and wife, Jessica, of Nashville;

Grandsons: Clay McNabb and wife, Whitney, of Erwin;

Chase McNabb, of Erwin;

Great-grandson: Brady Clayton McNabb, of Erwin;

Sisters: Barbara Ann Corey of Greeneville, SC;

Imogene Fleming, of Indian Harbor Beach, FL;

Several much loved nieces and nephews.

 

The family would like to offer their appreciation to special niece, Jan McNabb, who gave many hours of loving care to her uncle.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Louis McNabb in a visitation to be held from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Eulogy will be provided by Barbara Ann Corey, as well as family and friends. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:30 AM on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery.  Those attending will meet at the cemetery by 11:20 AM for the service. Those serving as pallbearers will be Clay McNabb, Chase McNabb, Gary McNabb, Charles Lee McNabb, Ronald English and Bob Hampton. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Powers and Chris White.

 

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

Priscilla B. Clark

Priscilla B. Clark, age 92, of Johnson City, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, at NHC Johnson City. A native of McDowell County, NC, Priscilla is a daughter of the late Benjamin Bryan and Bertie Alma (Swofford) Brown. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church.   Priscilla was a devoted daughter, loving sister and fun aunt who was very outgoing and loved to be around people. She was employed by Belk and was previously a Bank Teller at Erwin National Bank. She loved gardening and feeding the birds at her apartment. In addition to her parents, Priscilla is preceded in death by her sister, Janice Green and by her nephew, Dale Brown.

 

Priscilla B. Clark leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Brother: Robert L. Brown and wife, Lucille, of Marion, NC;

Several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to the nursing staff at NHC Johnson City for their loving care.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presences as we offer tribute and remember the life of Priscilla B. Clark in a committal service to be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the mausoleum chapel at Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Kim Isley will officiate. Those attending will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 1:50 PM on Friday for the service.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

 

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