George Edward Jackson, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) George Edward Jackson, Jr. went home to be with the Lord on July 14, 2018, at the age of 84. He was a member of Centenary Methodist Church and attended Trinity Free Will Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lucille Jackson, and nephew, Chris Bolton. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and sons: Michael Jackson (Kristy), David Jackson (Wendy), Reed Jackson, and daughter, Mallory Jackson. Stepchildren: Leonard Parsons (Andrea), Brooke Parsons Carter (Keith), Tyler Parsons, Drew Parsons (Tracy). Grandchildren: Bronwyn Jackson, Samantha and Thomas Jackson. Stepgrandchildren: Leandra, Molly, Landon (Jake), and Lillian Parsons. Sisters: Sara Liller (Charlie) and Deborah Bolton (Jim). Nieces: Tammy Goetluck, Sara Fann, and Rebecca Gallman. He had a special friend, Fain Bennett, and a fondness for a special dog, Sport.

A native of Tampa, George attended Hillsborough High School, University of Florida, University of Tampa, and East Tennessee State University. He earned a B.S. in Psychology and Masters in History. He had a military career spanning almost 30 years, starting with 2 years in the Navy. He began in the army as a Warrant Office One, was a Military Intelligence Officer, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the Vietnam War, mainly flying Caribou as an Army Aviator. After military retirement, he started his own company, East Tennessee Community Corrections, working with parolees.

His military awards and decorations include: Army Aviator Badge, National Defense Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal (7th Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert (Rifle-M16A1), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

From 2000 to the present, George was a member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He was asked to be the Squadron Commander of the declining Greeneville unit, which successfully revived under his leadership. He was involved in Boy Scouts for many years and became an Eagle Scout, along with 3 sons and 2 stepsons. He was a member of the NRA.

George enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, boating, skiing, and his cabin. He traveled the world, but his favorite was the mountains in East Tennessee. He took up running road races and earned many trophies. Growing up on a lake, he was an excellent swimmer and lifeguard. As a professional water skier George set a world’s record by skiing 2000 miles down the Mississippi River on Sept 4, 1960. But most of all, he loved airplanes. Recently, he had designed plans to build his own.

George was a tough soldier with a tender heart. He believed in being honest, no matter what. He was more than willing to help others in need, such as stopping along the road for help with car trouble or deliver Thanksgiving meals. He loved his family and prayed to see them all in heaven.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Bridges (honorary Jordan Bridges), Royce Clouse, Brett Jones, Scott Jones, Kelvin Kuylee, Bill Smith, Marty Smith, and Tommy Tate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Civil Air Patrol, Greeneville Composite Squadron, 355 Goddard Drive, Greeneville, TN 37745 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Services have already been completed.

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 Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) George Edward Jackson, Jr. through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Bernie C. Cole

But I trusted in thee, O Lord; I said thou art my God. Psalm 31:14

Bernie C. Cole, age 80, of Erwin, Tennessee went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness. He was of the Baptist faith and a former member of Chestoa Baptist Church. He was a son of the late Anon and Algia Cole. Bernie retired from Nuclear Fuel Services in 1999 after 39 years of service. He loved spending time on his boat at Watauga Lake, fishing and taking beautiful sunrise pictures. In addition to his parents, Bernie is preceded in death by a brother, Kermit Cole, Sisters Tennie Davenport and Hazel Peterson.

Bernie Cole has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 57 years: Jo Ann Cole;

Son: Keith Cole;

Brother: Kenneth Cole (Pat);

Brother-in-law: Eugene Harris (Genevieve);

Sisters-in-law: Lois Higgins,

Mildred Higgins,

Paulette Harris;

Several nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Bernie Cole in a graveside committal service to be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Craig Shelton and Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Randy and Stephanie Rice and Lynn Harris. Pallbearers will be Dale Cole, Chad Harris, Chad Tipton, Nick Banks, Rick Turner, Jerry Torbett, Roger Higgins, and Jerry Harris. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Thomas, T. J. Rice, Alan Tipton, and a very special friend Elden Broyles. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:15 AM to go in procession.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and doctors on the 4th and 6th floors and ICU at Johnson City Medical Center for their excellent care and compassion. They would also like to offer special thanks to their wonderful family and friends who were there every day.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Bernie, the family requests that you do a kind deed for your neighbor.

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 Bernie C. Cole through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

 

 

Ora “Nanny” Herrell

Ora “Nanny” Herrell, age 97, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Center On Aging and Health while she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Bakersville, NC and lived in North Carolina before moving to Erwin in 1956. Ora was a daughter of the late Claude and Texi Peterson Bennett.

She retired from Texas Instrument in 1986 as an assembly line employee. After her retirement, Ora was employed as a hostess at Hardee’s for several years. She left her position at Hardee’s and began volunteering at Center On Aging and Health and Erwin Health Care Center for many years.

Ora was a member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church where she was a honorary member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a loving, devoted mother and nanny to all her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Ora was “nanny” to everyone who came to visit her family’s home. She enjoyed UCHS football and baseball. Ora was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Also, she loved to shop for shoes!

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-two years, Homer Herrell; one son, Douglas “Cricket” Harrell; two brothers: Claude Bennett, Jr. and I.M. Bennett; four sisters: Ethel McCurry, Jewell Bennett, Belvie Branch and Mabel McCurry.

Ora leaves behind to cherish her legacy and many wonderful memories, very special daughter-in-law, Phyllis Harrell; three grandchildren: Terry Harrell and wife, Linda, Susan Mason and husband, Denny, Sherry Harrell, all of Erwin; five great grandchildren: Jennifer White and husband, Chase, Jessica Kantsos and husband, Seth, Austin Harrell and wife, Kimberly, Hannah Peterson and Haley Peterson; five great-great grandchildren: Jacob Stephenson, Eli Johnson, Hunter Harrell, Ciara White and Tanner White; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. service. Music will be provided by Kevin Laws, Bobby Ramsey and Danny Miller. Committal will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Gary Willis, Terry Willis, Toby Bennett, Denny Mason and Chase White. Honorary pallbearers will be Seth Kantsos, Tanner White, Jacob Stephenson, Eli Johnson, Mark Garland, Edd Phillips, Seth Phillips, J. D. McCurry and David McCurry. Everyone is 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 their gratitude toward the entire staff at Center On Aging and Health and Amedisys Hospice for all the love and care given to Ora.

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

Paul Ellis Engle

Paul Ellis Engle, age 79, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 9, 2018 at The Waters of Johnson City while he was surrounded by his family. He was born in Erwin on April 27, 1939 and remained a lifelong resident of Erwin. Ellis was a son of the late Millard and Elizabeth Lingerfelt Engle.

He was a United States Army Veteran. Ellis retired from CSX after thirty-two years of service, where he worked as an Engineer.  He was owner and operator of Southern Alignment until 2013. Ellis loved to work and was known for the lasting friendships he made through business ventures and participation in community events. He was compassionate and generous toward all people and a member of Erwin Church of Christ.

Ellis was an avid supporter of UCHS athletics and could always be found on the sidelines of the football and basketball games. He loved farming, gardening and animals.

Ellis had a great passion for all antiques and collecting old cars was one of his favorite hobbies.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Anita Engle; two brothers: J.D. Engle and Larry Engle; one sister, Jeri Holloway; father-in-law, Charles Deyton.

A host of family members and friends will long remember Ellis including his wife, Terry; three sons: Eddie Engle, Erwin, Eric Engle and wife, Brandi, Chattanooga, Todd Bennett, Greeneville, SC; one daughter, Carol Whitson and husband, Ronnie, Erwin; his beloved brother, Tony Engle, Erwin; three sisters: Pauline Coberly and husband, Clarence, Felton, Delaware, Betty Bryant and Carolyn Tipton, both of Erwin; five grandchildren: Stephanie Woodby and husband, Josh, Anisha Foster and husband, Dakota, Isaiah and Jacob Bennett, Liam Engle; one great grandson, Rowyn Woodby; several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service celebrating the life of Ellis will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Minister Jeff Winters will officiate. Pallbearers will be Eddie Engle, Eric Engle, Phil Erwin, Ronnie Whitson, Todd Bailey and Ray Castle. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Engle, Dwane Bailey, Kyle Bailey, Scott Bradford, Jerry King, Bill Banner and Mark Banner. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 A.M. on Thursday.

Ellis requested in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in his memory to a charity dear to him and his family’s heart: Emily’s Power For A Cure, P. O. Box 1387, Hixson, TN 37343 or online emilyspowerforacure.com     

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

Sharon Landingham

Sharon Landingham, age 74, of Unicoi, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Erwin, Sharon is a daughter of the late Ray and Clara (Mullins) Kegley. She loved cats, flowers, gardening, animals, and nature. Sharon traveled everywhere in the United States except Hawaii, because there was no bridge yet. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her children and their friends. In addition to her parents, Sharon is preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Olean Landingham and father-in-law, Tom Landingham.

Sharon Landingham leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Husband of 56 years: Phillip W. Landingham of Unicoi;

Daughter: Ramona Hottinger and husband, Randy of Unicoi;

Son: Anthony Wayne Landingham and wife, Meredith of Ladson, SC;

Grandson: Hayden Hottinger;

Brother: Glen Maggand of Petersburg, VA;

Beloved Family Cat: Jessie.

The family would like to express a sincere thanks to the heart doctors and nursing staff of the Johnson City Medical Center.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Sharon Landingham in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, July 9, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Monday, July 9, 2018 and will continue until the hour of service. A committal service will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Sparks Cemetery above Happy Valley Elementary School. Those who wish to attend will meet by 10:50 AM at the cemetery.

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 Sharon Landingham through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Norma Grimes Melanson

Norma Grimes Melanson, age 79, of Erwin, passed away after an extended illness and went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital. A native of Erwin, Norma is a daughter of the late William Manley, Sr. and Lola B. (Caldwell) Grimes and a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church. She was a representative for Brokers in Norfolk, VA. Norma was a loving wife, a blessing to those who knew her, a good friend, very competitive, hardworking, very positive, a fighter in life, who was loving and always generous. She loved to watch the Washington Redskins, the beach, playing cards, and scrabble. In addition to her parents, Norma is preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Edward Joseph Melanson, brothers, Raymond “Beaky” Grimes and Jack Grimes, brother-in-law, Forrest Hamilton, and sister-in-law, Trudie Grimes.

Norma Grimes Melanson leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sisters: Dorothy J. Hamilton of Erwin,

Mary Ellen Grimes of Erwin;

Brothers: William Grimes, Jr. and wife, Mary of Titusville, FL.

Bob Grimes and wife, Mae of Erwin;

Sister-in-law: Dorothy Cool Grimes of Melbourne, FL;

Several nieces and nephews;

Special friends: Bobbie Saylor,

Jaunice Deadrick;

Several good friends and good neighbors in Norfolk, VA.

The family wishes to thank all those who cared for her during her time of illness.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Norma Grimes Melanson in a committal service to be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery. Bob Grimes will officiate. Those attending the committal service will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 10:50 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center, 5585 Sabre Road, Norfolk, VA 23502 or to the American Lung Association of Tennessee, 1 Vantage Way, Suite C120, Nashville, TN 37228.

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 Norma Grimes Melanson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Mrs. Alta Thomas Edwards

Mrs. Alta Thomas Edwards, 88, of Johnson City, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community. Mrs. Edwards was born in Mountain City, Tennessee and was a daughter of the late Charles and Kate Nave Thomas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Edwin Edwards, on October 3, 2005, and a sister, Hilda Collins on January 17, 2017.

Mrs. Edwards was a graduate of Science Hill High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from East Tennessee State University. She was a high school teacher in the Unicoi County School System. During her time as a teacher, she mentored many students and continued to communicate with several even after their graduation from high school, especially with the students who served the United States during the Vietnam War. Her concern for these veterans led her to a commitment to veteran’s issues throughout the reminder of her life. She also coached tennis at the Unicoi County High School and drove the activity bus. She was generous and compassionate and will be remembered as a friend to many.

She and her husband, Willis, were the original owners of the Plant Palace in Erwin. After they retired, they enjoyed traveling all over the United States. They had a home in Tucson, AZ for several years before Alta returned to Johnson City to live closer to her family following the death of her husband. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Elizabethton.

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Catherine-Edwards-Bunton, (Scotty), of Elizabethton; Ellen Van Dyke (Thomas), of Damascus, VA; Julie Vanover, (Vic), of Concord, NC; an “adopted” son, Harold Rice (Margaret), of Erwin; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Edwards will be conducted on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 4:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, Elizabethton, with Rev. Raymond W. Amos, Sr. officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. David Arney, organist and Mr. Tom Tull, pianist. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 15, prior to the service.

An inurnment service will be conducted on Monday, July 16, 2018, at 10:00 AM in Roselawn Memory Gardens, Johnson City. Those wishing to attend are invited to meet the family at the cemetery at 9:50 AM.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to First United Methodist Church, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

The family would like to express their most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful staff and all the employees of Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community for the love, care and concern shown to Alta and the family during her short time there.

Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com

Mrs. Edwards and her family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, office 423-542-2232, service information line, 423-543-4917.

Cathy H. Wagner

Cathy H. Wagner, age 66, of Butler, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, July 05, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

She was born on March 26, 1952 to Helen Pyron Hyder and the late J.H. Hyder. In addition to her father, Cathy was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Hyder.

Cathy was an outdoors person and loved to hunt and fish. She was a former employee of NECC, Texas Instruments and Siemens.

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband of 38 years, Gary Wagner, mother, Helen Hyder of Erwin, TN, step-son, Trafton Wagner and his wife Kristy and their children, Hunter and Chloe Wagner, brother, Tommy Hyder and wife Sherry of Unicoi, TN, very special friends, Aunt Kate Potter, John Blackmore, Sharon Lunceford and her son, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Don Winters officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Cathy’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, c/o Flo Bellamy, 3510 Hwy 421 N, Mountain City, TN 37683.

The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to everyone at Sugar Grove Baptist Church, neighbors and local friends for all of their kindness, love and acts of generosity shown to Cathy and her family during her illness.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 296 Bonnies Lane, Butler, TN.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com.

The family of Cathy Wagner has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

Wilma Irene Williams

Wilma Irene Williams, age 92, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 2:17 am. She was a lovely lady who welcomed everyone into her home and treated them as family. She dedicated her life to family and God. She was an active member of Mountain Dale Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Williams; son, Ernest Dillard Williams; daughter, Joyce Marie Williams Barnett; grandchildren, Richard Williams and Christina Cowper.

Wilma Irene Williams leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Son: Jessie Carl Williams and wife, Edna;

Daughter: Mary Elizabeth (Bet) English and husband, Gary;

Daughter-in-law: Dianne Williams;

Grandchildren: Michelle Zundel,

Janet Townsend and husband, Howard,

Willie Barnett,

Keith Williams and wife, Tracy,

Spencer Barnett;

Multiple great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Her warmth, love kindness, knowledge and guidance will be greatly missed.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at Mountain States Hospice for their love and care during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Wilma Irene Williams in a funeral service to be held at 7:30 PM on Friday, June 29, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM on Friday and will continue until the hour of service.

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 Wilma Irene Williams through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

David Wayne Beals, Sr.

David Wayne Beals, Sr., age 57, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his home. A native of Erwin, David is the son of the late Wayne Hawkin and Trula Belle (Howard) Beals. He was of the Holiness faith and he retired from C. E. Refractories in Erwin after 28 years of service. He loved horses, cars and spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to her parents, David is preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Ann Beals; his brother, Darrell Beals; nephews, Donald Lynn Ayers and Wayne Oscar Ayers; niece, Elizabeth Virginia White.

David Wayne Beals, Sr. has left behind to cherish his memory:

Son: David J. “Tiggy” Beals, of Jonesborough;

Grandchildren: David Austin Beals,

Tristen Wayne Beals;

Step-grandchildren: Emily Jones,

Gavin Bange,

Trevor Rice;

Daughter-in-law: Tracy “Pocahontas” Beals;

Sisters: Brenda White and husband, Jerry,

Charlene Nelson and husband, Harold,

Eva Beals,

Rita Rice and husband, David;

Aunt: Charlotte Barnett;

Special friends: Leroy Malone,

David Folder;

Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life David Wayne Beals, Sr. in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Jimmie Simerly will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Ray and Debbie Mitchell. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 PM on Saturday and will continue until the hour of service in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will follow the funeral service on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Garland Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home for the 2:00 PM service to go in procession. Pallbearers will be notified.

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

 

 

 

Nola Blankenship Johnson

Nola Blankenship Johnson, age 92, of Erwin, went home to be with Jesus and her family on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Hillview Health Care. A native of Flag Pond, Nola is a daughter of the late C.L. and Eugenia Crain Blankenship. She was a compassionate, caring, loving, strong woman, who was dedicated to her family, her profession in nursing, and to her God. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Erwin and a member of Central Baptist Church of Johnson City. In addition to her parents, Nola is preceded in death by her husband, William Dana Johnson and brothers and sisters, Elva Blankenship, Grace Blankenship, Fannie Fender, Paul Blankenship, Homer Blankenship, Joe Blankenship, and Dallas Blankenship.

 

Nola Blankenship Johnson has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: Barbara Johnson Marsh of Gray,

Linda Johnson Wilson and husband, Steven of Unicoi;

Grandchildren: Jennifer Ferrell and husband, Sean of Cincinnati, OH,

Dr. Julie W. Lemmon and husband, Jeremy of Nashville, TN;

Great Grandchildren: Drew, Amelia, Sarah, and Reid;

Brothers: Hurshel “Bud” Blankenship and wife, Mary of Erwin;

Sisters: Glenna Crain of Erwin,

Doris Butler of Johnson City,

Patsy Church of Boco Raton, FL.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Governors Bend Assisted Living and Hillview Nursing Home.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Nola Blankenship Johnson in a Graveside Service to begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery. Dr. Ray Sorrells will officiate. Those attending the graveside service on Saturday will meet at 10:50 AM at Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum.

 

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 Nola Blankenship Johnson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Ira “Pete” Rutter

Ira “Pete” Rutter, age 78, Rutter Lane, Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit after a lengthy illness. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and son of the late Willard Brown Rutter and Mary Jane Williams Rutter.

Mr. Rutter was a United States Navy Veteran. He taught at Rock Creek Elementary for twenty-one years before his retirement. Mr. Rutter was Teacher of the Year for grades 5-8 in 1996-1997. Also, he was awarded Conservation Teacher of the Year in 1996-1997.

Pete served on the Care and Share Board for three years and was a member of the Erwin Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM for fifty-three years.

In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Patricia Rutter on June 9, 2012; son, Ira Craig Rutter, on August 7, 2008; infant son, Jeffery Dale Rutter; one brother, Willard “Sonny” Rutter.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, April Danielle Britt, Johnson City; two grandsons: Liam and Jeffery Rutter; three great grandchildren: Jaxon Treadway, Henry Britt and Josephine Britt; two half-sisters: Mary Thorpe and husband, Jim, Lisa Isaacs, all of Alliance, OH; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to extend a special, heartfelt thank you to Pete’s special friend, Harley Bailey.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 18, 2018 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend E. L. Wheeler will officiate. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 9:50 A.M. on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Pete to: Maranatha Tabernacle Church, P. O. Box 963, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Olean Roberts

Olean Roberts, age 85, 750 Carolina Avenue, Apt 129-A, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her residence while she was surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late John and Dora Buchanan Roberts.

Olean was a homemaker and a member of Buffalo Valley Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Jack Roberts; two daughters: Martha Lee Roberts and Dora Lou Chandley; one granddaughter, Melissa Byrd; two brothers: George and Ralph Roberts; five sisters: Inis Yarber, Mary Bennett, Joy Osburn, Martha Laughren and Lois Reeser.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Clifford Odell Roberts; three daughters: Elizabeth Renfro, Rosa Lee Roberts and Debbie Roberts; two sisters: Frances Horton and Merle Laughren; thirteen grandchildren: Terry Lee Burger, Timmy Lee Roberts, Heather Davis, Lawrence Davis, Natasha Foster, Amy Roberts, Shay McAmis, Eric Roberts, Samantha Griffin, Heath Renfro, Andrea Robinette, Amanda Robinette and Andy White; many great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Verlie Roberts; special friend, Paul Byrd; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dallas Gregg will officiate at the 8:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Linda Ayers and Jamie Black. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday in the Buchanan Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Terry Lee Burger, Ethan Burger, Ryan Burger, Nick McAmis, Andy White and Joseph Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Roberts, Thomas McAmis, Lawrence Davis, Timmy Roberts, Heath Renfro and Kayden White. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the Unicoi Funeral Home by 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Roberts family.  (423) 743-1381.

Mrs. Lillian S. King

Mrs. Lillian S. King

ALVIN, TX – Mrs. Lillian S. King, 71, of Alvin, Texas, passed away on June 2, 2018. She was a native of Erwin, Tennessee and the daughter of the late Blaine Hensley and the late Mae Hensley.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 52 years Cecil Lee King, son Greg King (Cassy), grandchildren, Amber King and Daniel King all of Alvin, Texas; brother Bill Hensley (Doris) Erwin, nephew Bill Hensley (Brandy), Elizabethton.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral   Service will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM. All services will be held at SouthPark Funeral Home and Cemetery, Pearland, TX.

Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey

Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey, age 73, of Erwin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. A native of Mitchell County, NC, Lorraine is a daughter of Doris (DeGroat) Ledford and the late Robert Ledford. She was a member of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church in Erwin.  In addition to her father, Lorraine is preceded in death by her first husband: Reverend Clay Daniels; second husband: Wesley Bailey; son: David “Berry” Daniels.

 

In addition to her mother, Lorraine Bailey has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughters: Tammie Wilson, of Erwin,

Bobbie Buchanan, of Erwin,

Janet Trivett, of Newland, NC;

Son: Samuel Clay “Bo” Daniels, Jr., of Newdale, NC;

Step-son: Danny Bailey, of Erwin;

Adopted son: John Stanley “Stan” Ault, of Erwin;

Brother: Bob Ledford, of Bakersville, NC

Sister: Linda Calhoun, of Morganton, NC

Eight grandchildren;

Eight great-grandchildren;

Several nieces and nephews;

Her church family.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to Mountain States Hospice; all of the doctors who went above and beyond to take care of her; her Pathway Freewill Baptist Church family; all of her friends, family and neighbors who have visited, called, cared, loved and prayed for her during her illness.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Matthew Robinson will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Wednesday. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in Daniels Cemetery, Plumtree, NC. Those attending will meet at Daniels Cemetery by 10:50 AM for the service. Serving as pallbearers will be Glyn Higgins, Wayne Higgins, Chris Duncan, Gary Whittamore, Tom Banks and Stanley Ault.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pathway Freewill Baptist Church, 750 Carolina Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas 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 Mrs. Lorraine Ledford Bailey through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Reba (Tipton) Bange

Reba (Tipton) Bange, age 82, of Erwin, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 7, 2018. A native of Erwin, Reba is the daughter of the late Zeke and Lucy (Miller) Tipton. She was a member of Erwin Bible Holiness Church,

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 Reba (Tipton) Bange through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Justin “Boomer” Vance

Justin “Boomer” Vance, age 30, of Unicoi, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. He was a 2006 graduate of Unicoi County High School. Services have already been conducted.

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 Justin “Boomer” Vance through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Richard Dwight Coggins

Richard Dwight Coggins, age 65, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center. Richard was born in Virginia and lived most of his life in Erwin. He is a son of the late William and Sarah Coggins. He was a Mason and a Maintenance Track Foreman for Norfolk Southern. Richard was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He loved fishing and woodworking.  In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by two brothers: Robert Avery Coggins and Ellis Jack Coggins.

 

Richard Dwight Coggins has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 28 years: Estelle (Bonnie) Horton Coggins;

Sisters: Jean Stafford and husband, K.P., of Gray, TN,

Nancy Gentry, of KY,

Evelyn Thomas, of FL,

Violet Owens, of Limestone, TN;

Children: Joseph Horton and wife, Lisa, of Erwin,

Daniel Coggins,

Michelle Lawrence;

Grandchildren: Chyanne Coggins, of Erwin,

Cassidy Horton, of Johnson City,

Natile Horton, of Erwin,

Brianna Hensley, of Erwin.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Richard Dwight Coggins in a funeral service to begin at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 21, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until service time on Monday. A graveside committal service will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:00 PM for the service. Pallbearers will be notified.

 

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

Carl Allen Wightman

Carl Allen Wightman, of Erwin, Tennessee, was born in Bath, New York on 17 August, 1932. He passed away 24 April, 2018 at VA Mountain Home CLC. He was the son of Vernon E. Wightman and Edna Allen Wightman. He was the direct descendant of George Wightman who settled in New London, Connecticut in 1635. Carl was a lifelong Presbyterian.

Carl was the loving and devoted husband of Beverlee Campbell Wightman for fifty-five years. He was the daddy of Diana Christin Wightman, whom he loved with all his heart. He adored his grandsons, Ian Alexander Wightman Canby and James Maxwell Canby. He loved Shane O’Hare like a son, and of course, Shane’s family. Carl leaves many dear friends to mourn his passing.

Carl enlisted in the US Navy at the age of nineteen due to the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Boxer and the USS Oriskany in ordinance aboard these carriers.

He entered Bucknell University in 1955, where he was a member of Phi Lambda Theta. His many friends recall his wonderful sense of humor and delightful personality.

After graduating Bucknell University, he graduated from Officer’s Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Carl served aboard the USS Illusive, USS Herbert J Thomas, USS Severn, and the USS Suribachi. His favorite place was on the bridge of a ship. He loved “driving ships,” the sea, and sailing.

In addition to being a Line Officer, Carl also served in Naval Intelligence. After graduating from Defense Intelligence School, he served at DIA in Washington, DC, in Vietnam, and his final duty station was CINCPACFLT Staff of Adm. Bobby Inmann in Hawaii. Carl was a decorated and proud Naval Officer who loved his country.

After retiring, Carl became Director of The Mohawk Valley Rehabilitation Workshop. The staff grew from nine employees to over one hundred, providing much needed services in the community. Carl was also a member of Rotary International, being very active as long as health permitted. He was a talented woodworker and sailboat builder. He was a historian, reading extensively about the Civil War and naval history.

Much gratitude to the entire staff of the Community Living Center Hospice at VA Mountain Home. Carle’s last six months of life were comfortable and content. He was much loved and cared for at the CLC.

A memorial burial service will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tennessee on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 at 2:30 PM.

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 Wightman family. This obituary was written and provided by Carl’s loving family.

 

 

Timothy Douglas Harrison

Timothy Douglas Harrison was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25, 1964. He was a graduate of Fairfield High School. He was a member of Central Park Ensley Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Douglas Harrison, and step-father, Julian V. King. He is survived by twin brother, Ted Taylor Harrison; wife, Debbie; sister, Callie Harrison Faircloth; husband, Green; mother, Carole Harrison King; nieces, Callaway Faircloth and Carole Ann Faircloth; nephew, Taylor Harrison; one step-brother and three step-sisters.

Tim was an Industrial Sales Representative for James Grace Company of Gadsden, Alabama, Tarrant Hydrolics of Tarrant, Alabama, Southern Roll Company of Birmingham, Alabama and Pertec of Nashville, Tennessee. He was proud of being a Linebacker for Fairfield High School, who defended against Bo Jackson of McAdory High School in a playoff game. He played drums for Ted Harrison and the River Run Band in Birmingham, Alabama.

A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery to be attended by family members.

Memorial donations can be made to Erwin Presbyterian Church, 105 North Elm Street, Erwin, TN 37650 or to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202

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 Timothy Douglas Harrison through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.