Freeman Eugene (Hensley) Harris

Freeman Eugene (Hensley) Harris, age 55, passed away on August 9, 2018, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Born in Asheville, NC but a native of Unicoi County, Freeman is a son of Janice (Shelton) Hensley and the late Berlson Hensley. He was a member of Sweetwater Church of God in Flag Pond. He was employed as a forklift operator and was a backyard mechanic. In addition to his father, Freeman is preceded in death by one brother: Roger B. Harris, and his grandparents Bruce and Rosalee Shelton.

 

In addition to his mother, Freeman Eugene Harris leaves behind to cherish his memories:

Step-father: Seaphus Hensley;

Sisters: Rose Shelton,

Barbara Sawyer and husband, David;

JoAnn Shelton and husband, Scottie

Sister-in-law: Emma Lou Harris Carver;

Brothers: Bobby Hensley,

Carson Shelton,

Alvis Shelton;

Estranged wife: Jenny Harris;

Daughter: Nancy Shelton;

Nieces: Sheena Harris,

Haley Shelton,

Holly Sawyer,

Heather Sawyer;

Nephew: Jacob Sawyer;

Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews;

Special family: Kathleen Conduff,

Arnold and Shelia Hensley;

Special friend: Dave Wise and family.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Freeman Eugene Harris in a memorial service to be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Sweetwater Church of God. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by family and friends. A committal service will follow in Pete Creek Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at the Sweetwater Church of God by 2:00 PM.

 

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 Freeman Eugene Harris through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

James “Jim” David LaFollette

James “Jim” David LaFollette, age 87, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Johnson City, Jim is a son of the late Joseph and Lillian (Freeman) LaFollette. He was of the Christian faith and a member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church where he played the bass. He was also a former member of the Southside Quartet. Jim was a proud veteran of the United States Army having retired as a Sergeant First Class after more than 37 years of service as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. He enjoyed motorcycles and working on diesels. He was a mechanic who could fix anything, especially transmissions. In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by one sister, Louise Hughes.

 

James “Jim” David LaFollette has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 62 years and love of his life: Eloise (Arwood) LaFollette, of Erwin;

Daughters: Angela Henson, of Erwin,

Pennie Keplinger and husband, Tony, of Erwin;

Son: Neal LaFollette and wife, Teresa, of Erwin

Sisters: Edna Fair, of Jonesborough,

Katheryn Sawyer, of Erwin,

JoAnn Stokes, of Limestone;

Grandchildren: Toney LaFollette and wife, Renee,

Christy Barr and husband, Joe,

Amanda Honeycutt,

Eric LaFollette and wife, Jessica

T. Keplinger and wife, Julie,

April Cannon and husband, Matt,

Thomas Keplinger and wife, Whitney,

Lori LaFollette;

Twenty great-grandchildren;

Nine great-great grandchildren;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of James “Jim” David LaFollette in a funeral service to be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 9 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Roger Laws will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM on Thursday August 9, 2018 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 10, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery, with full military honors. Those wishing to attend the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:15 AM to go in procession. Serving as active pallbearers will be the United States Army. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Stokes, Brandon Gouge, T.J. Keplinger, Thomas Keplinger, Chase Honeycutt, Dakota LaFollette, Eric LaFollette, Jackie Stokes and Jeff Stokes.

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

 

Lora Dean White

Lora Dean White, age 82, 106 Mesa Drive, Erwin, passed away suddenly on Friday, August 3, 2018 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and daughter of the late Paul and Lora Jones Smith an a granddaughter of the late Sam and Annie Ambrose Smith.

Lora was a member of Fishery Community Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker. Lora was a caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, Lora was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-three years, Robert L. White, Jr.; one son, Terry Lynn White; one daughter, Patricia Ann Holcombe; one great granddaughter, Abby Star Cottle; two uncles: Willie Smith and James Smith; three aunts: Frankie Smith Harris, Rena Smith and Florence Smith; three cousins, who were like brothers to her: Robert Goober Smith, John H. Smith and Bobby Jones.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving and devoted son, Richard White, Erwin; three grandchildren: Jason Holcombe, Beth Bowman and Jill Chamblee; six great grandchildren: Chloe, Emily, David and Jonathan Holcombe, Michaela Campbell, Bethany Cottle; two great-great grandchildren; special cousins, who were like brother and sister to her: Bernie Jones and Beatrice Jones Harris, both of Erwin; daughter-in-law, Abby White.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Monday, August 6, 2018 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Bernie Jones will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet 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 White 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 White family.  (423) 743-1380.

Margaret Claudean Carpenter

Margaret Claudean Carpenter, 86, went to be with the Lord on July 26, 2018. She was a native of Erwin. Margaret was known to everyone as Claudean. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; and grandson, Bryan Hankus. She was the daughter of Lattie and Henrietta Tipton.

In Erwin she worked at the Industrial Garment, 1967 transferred to Kentucky, in 1969 she moved to Greenville, SC to work for Stone Manufacturing, and returned to Erwin in 2002 after retirement from Cooper Industries in Black Mountain, NC.

In 2015, due to health reasons, she moved to Michigan to live with her son and daughter in law, Greg and Cathy. She was a proud member of the Evergreen First Freewill Baptist Church and was a member of the Moose where she served on the Board of Regency and Ladies Auxiliary VFW.

Surviving is her son, Gregory; daughter in law, Catherine; grandson, Scott Hankus; and brother-in-law, Bobby Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the American Lung Association.
Burial services will be held on Thursday, September 6th, 11:00am at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 3033 South Roan St., Johnson City, TN

Troy Franklin Wright

Troy Franklin Wright, 48, passed peacefully at his residence in Erwin, TN after having battled numerous illnesses over recent years, including a stroke in 2011, that left him homebound. Prior to these many difficulties, Troy worked with his late, beloved father Frank Wright selling school furnishings through his dad’s company, T&C Wholesale. Troy also received his Master’s in counseling and B.S. degrees from ETSU. He worked for Frontier Health as a therapist and RTO rents as a regional manager prior to working for his father. He graduated from David Crockett High School class of 1987. Troy wasn’t a great guitarist but he loved those who were and played their music loud for everyone! Troy loved comedy. He always tried his best to be the constant comedian for everyone.

Troy was a member of Central Church of Christ on Oakland Avenue in Johnson City, Tennessee. Even though in his last days attending church was not possible, he made it known that he still was a believer and a man of faith and regrets for the wrong doings in his life. He longed for penitence and love from all.

He leaves behind grieving family that includes two loving children that he adored and talked about constantly – McKenzie Rose Wright and Gabriel Justus Wright. Also, his childhood sweetheart since the age of fifteen and wife of 25 years, Christa Webb Wright; his dear mother, Rose Mayhall Wright that spoiled her “Bud”; sister Christen Wright Thomas and her family, Scott, Kilian, Kyle, and Kessa. Other family members and special friends include Ronnie, Nannie, and Courtney Webb; Jim and Mimi Thomas and Jan and Felix McDaniel.

A special thanks to In Home Services Health Care’s Melody Urner and cousin Amy Armstrong Brotherton who have been so very helpful in caring for Troy. His love for all those mentioned was immeasurable and our appreciation is indescribable.

A private funeral with family and close friends will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum in Erwin, TN at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 29, 2018. On Monday, July 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm, all friends and family are requested to join in a celebration of Troy’s life at Central Church of Christ, 2722 East Oakland Avenue, Johnson City. The family would like to request that anyone wanting to share stories or memorabilia to please attend. Mr. Tim Hall will officiate services.

In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been set up for McKenzie and Gabriel and can be accessed through Christa Webb Wright’s Facebook page.

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

This obituary was lovingly written by Troy’s family.

 

 

 

Kendall M. Copp

2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also John 14:2-3 (KJV)

Kendall M. Copp, age 59, of Erwin, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Erwin, Kendall is a son of the late Virgil Michael and Cleo (Burgner) Copp and a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church. He was an amateur radio operator and enjoyed feeding and watching birds, watching old westerns and Andy Griffith, and he loved watching TV on the weekends with his young friends, Dustin and Ashton. In addition to his parents, Kendall is preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Copp, his uncle, R. L. Copp, his friend, Bob Vann and his special friend, Fred Gouge.

Kendall M. Copp leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Sister: Mary Mitchell;

Brothers: Calvin Copp,

Greg Copp and wife, Terri,

Robert Copp and wife, Linda;

Very special friends: Margie Howell,

Beth Cooper,

Kevin and Gina Horton;

Numerous friends also survive.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the nurses and staff of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Johnson City Medical Center Intensive Care Unit and 2300 wing for their special care.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Kendall M. Copp in a funeral service to be held at 7:30 PM on Sunday, July 29, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Brother Rick Babin will officiate. Eulogies will be offered by Ed Manfull and George Carey. Musical selections will be provided by Gary Amos, Becky Manfull and Larry Pate. 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 Sunday. A committal service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 30, 2018 in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:15 AM to go in procession. Serving as active pallbearers will be Kevin Horton, Eric Osborne, Davey Edwards, Dale Edwards, Greg Copp and Mark LaFever. Honorary pallbearers will be George Carey, John Morrison, John Christenson, John Vann, Allen Howell and Josh Cooper.The family requests, per Kendall’s wishes, that you “come as you are”. Dress attire is not required.

Flowers are welcome, however, those who wish to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers may donate to Ninth Street Baptist Church Capital Improvement Fund, 310 Ninth Street, Erwin, TN 37650 or to your favorite children’s charity.

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 Kendall M. Copp through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Mary Naomi “Moma Crackerbee” Guinn McInturff

Mary Naomi “Moma Crackerbee” Guinn McInturff, age 87, Unicoi passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late George and Minta Foster Guinn.

Naomi was owner and operator of Crackerbees in Unicoi for many, many years. She loved running her business where she always enjoyed talking with friends, and making new friends as well. Naomi was known to most of her customers as Moma Crackerbee.

She was a member of Unicoi United Methodist Church where she was actively involved for more than fifty years. Over those years, Naomi served as Youth Leader, Choir Director, Choir Member and Sunday School Teacher. She loved her church and her church family, and they loved her as well.

Naomi was always very involved in her community and she loved her community. She was known for her generous, giving heart. Naomi was a wonderful cook and well known for her absolutely delicious chocolate pies and banana pudding.

She was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. Naomi grew beautiful flowers and enjoyed working in her flower garden.

In addition to her parents, Naomi was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-seven years, Kenneth McInturff; three brothers: George, John and Kyle Guinn; one sister, Nila Pugh; grandson, Shepherd McInturff; great grandson, Samuel Rice and daughter-in-law, Lisa McInturff.

She leaves behind to cherish many wonderful memories, two sons: Terry Kent McInturff, Kevin McInturff and wife, Susan; one daughter, Connie Rice and husband, Mike; one sister, Valdine Wadsworth, all of Unicoi; eight grandchildren: Aaron McInturff, Allon McInturff, Robert Rice and wife, Tiffany, Matthew Rice and wife, Jamie, Mary Glauer and husband, Seth, Jenny Rice and husband, Eric, Andrew McInturff; eleven great grandchildren: Ethan McInturff, Kaleigh and Alysa Wilson, Emily Rice, Lela Rice, Beau Rice, Mason & Abby Hemphill, Nila Rice, Henry Rice and soon to be born, Ira Jake Glauer; brother-in-law: Chester McInturff; sisters-in-law: Maureen Guinn and Hazel Berry; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 P. M. on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Shepherd’s Glen which is located just below Swingle Cemetery. Reverend Todd Adams and Reverend Mike Pinner will officiate. Pallbearers will be Aaron McInturff, Allon McInturff, Ethan McInturff, Robert Rice, Matthew Rice, Andrew McInturff, Seth Glauer, Matthew Shepard and Eric Rice. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at Shepherd’s Glen by 1:45 P.M. The family request those who will be attending to dress casually and please wear blue or yellow, which were Naomi’s favorite colors. Those who are unable to attend the graveside service can sign Naomi’s register book at Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in memory of Naomi to: Unicoi United Methodist Church, 702 Virginia Avenue, Unicoi, TN 37692.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Naomi’s best friend, sister and partner in crime, Valdine for all the loving care given to Naomi over the years. They would like to also extend a special thank you to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit Staff, Caris Hospice Staff, her roomates, Hazel White & Lila Ray. Thank you to all the family and friends for the many prayers.

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

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

Faye J. Miller

Faye J. Miller, age 90, of 2160 Chestoa Pike, Erwin, passed away at her residence Monday, July 23, 2018. She was a native of Bee Log, NC and a daughter of the late Virgil and Stella Howard Johnson. Faye graduated from Bee Log School where she was pitcher of the softball team, center forward of the basketball team, and valedictorian of her class. She attended Western Carolina University. Faye then began teaching in the Lost Cove at a one room school house, where she met her future husband, Ulis Miller. Faye was one of the first original employees of Morrill Motors at Shallow Ford. She was an office/librarian assistant at Unicoi County Middle School for several years. Faye was a substitute teacher until she was in her eighties.

In 1949 Faye and Ulis married. She was faithful, very active and supportive in her role as a pastor’s wife. She was a Sunday School teacher and assisted with Bible School in numerous churches where Ulis was the pastor. Faye was an excellent caregiver to her brother for fifty-two years.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Reverend Ulis Miller on June 29, 2015; one sister, Monnie Mae Bailey; one brother, James Johnson.

Faye leaves behind to cherish her memory, one daughter, Teresa Kay Bowman and husband, Doug, Erwin; two granddaughters: Julia Bowman Elliot and husband, Neal, Unicoi and Lindsay Bowman, Erwin; two sisters: Lena Edwards, Bee Log, NC, Christine Wilson and husband, Larry, Burnsville, NC; two brothers: Ray Johnson and wife, Gladys, Jonesborough, Fletcher Johnson of the home; one half-sister, Joann McCurry and husband, Robert, Bee Log, NC; two sisters-in-law Hazel Miller, Erwin, Norma Stines, Elizabethton.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 5:00 PM until the hour of service at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence, 2160 Chestoa Pike. Reverend Paul Bennett and Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Pallbearers will be Doug Bowman, Neal Elliott, Jody Cox, and Alvin Murphy. Entombment service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday in the Evergreen Mausoleum. Everyone is asked to meet at Robert Ledford Funeral Home by 10:30 AM Thursday to go in procession to the mausoleum.

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

Reverend Jimmy Phillip Metcalf

2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)

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 Jimmy Phillip Metcalf, age 63, Erwin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 while he was surrounded by his loving family at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and son of the late Harvey Metcalf.

Jimmy retired as a Lab Technician from Nuclear Fuel Services after thirty-two years of service. He was also a pastor and evangelist for twenty-seven years. Jimmy was currently the pastor of Church of God at Temple Hill which he began with God’s guidance and help in 2007.

He had a great passion for mentoring the youth and leading them to the Lord. Jimmy would take his youth groups on trips to various locations such as Disney World and Washington D.C.

Jimmy was always looking for ways to give anyone a helping hand when he saw they were in need, or just facing a tough time in life. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, pastor and friend.

Jimmy enjoyed any activity which involved water and shared his love of water sports with his family. Jimmy liked camping, old cars, motorcycles and 4-Wheeler’s which he also enjoyed with his family. He was always ready to go on vacation and loved to travel everywhere!

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but the legacy and impact Jimmy’s life has had on others will last for generations.

He leaves behind to cherish his many wonderful memories, his wife of forty-four years, Geraldine Metcalf; his mother, Lois Metcalf, Flag Pond; three sons: J.P. Metcalf, Erwin, Jason Metcalf and wife, April, Unicoi, Scott Metcalf and wife, Amanda, Erwin; five grandchildren: Jordan Metcalf, Keri Metcalf, Kaleb Metcalf, Ian Metcalf and McKenzie Metcalf; two brothers: Arthur Metcalf and wife, Phyllis and Robert Metcalf and wife, Harriett, all of Flag Pond; Several nieces, nephews and a host of church family and friends also survive.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home and other times at his residence. A celebration of Jimmy’s life and legacy will be held following the visitation with Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Robert Crumpton officiating. Louie Shelton will deliver the eulogy. Sons and grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Ramsey, Louie Shelton, Lawrence Crowder, Danny Miller and Grady Ford. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or, as a tribute to Jimmy’s life and memory help someone you see in need.   

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

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

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.