Melissa Dawn (Norris) Masters

Melissa Dawn (Norris) Masters, age 63, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her residence. A native of Erwin, Melissa is a daughter of the late Butler Clayton and Ouida Catherine (Buchanan) Norris. She was a Registered Nurse who had a long career at the VA before her retirement. She loved taking care of veterans. Melissa was an ER and ICU nurse and loved nursing and going to school.   She was a member of Fishery Community Church and had many friends whom she loved.

Melissa Dawn (Norris) Masters leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Husband of 48 years: Loyd Masters, of Erwin;

Daughter: Sandra “Sandy” Ann (Masters) Miller and husband, Teddy, of Johnson City;

Grandsons: Wade Daniel Miller, of Johnson City,

Camen Andrew Miller, of Johnson City.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Melissa Dawn (Norris) Masters in a committal service to begin at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Art Gibson will officiate. Those attending will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 2:50 PM for the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in name to Fishery Community Church, 501 Fishery Community Church Rad, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson, age 87, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. A native of Burnsville, NC, Eugene is a son of the late B.G. and Nettie (Phillips) Robinson. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War. He was a member and Deacon of Lily Dale Church of Christ. Eugene loved the Lord, being outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Eugene Robinson leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 67 years: Winsie (Ingram) Robinson, of Erwin;

Daughter: Wanda (Robinson) Smith and husband, Lee, of Erwin;

Son: Myron Robinson, of Boca Raton, FL;

Grandchildren: Leslie Smith, of Charlotte, NC,

Derek Smith, of Woodbridge, VA,

Kyle Robinson, of Arkansas.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Eugene Robinson in a funeral service to be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Minister Jeremy Green. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will follow on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:00 PM for the service and go in procession. Pallbearers will be contacted.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Eugene’s name to Lily Dale Church of Christ, Building Fund, 1151 Martin Creek Road, Erwin, TN 37650.

 

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

Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson, age 80, of the Bald Mountain Community, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at St. Josephs Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Ike and Lennie (McCurry) Wilson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Josephine Honeycutt Wilson; a daughter, Billie Jo Wilson; son, Benny Roger Wilson; two sisters and five brothers. Ben was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He enjoyed being a city bus driver in Newport News/Hampton, VA. He loved fishing with his father-in-law, Virgil Lawson.

Surviving is his loving wife of 41 years, Deldana Lawson Wilson; son, William Wilson of Asheville; step-children: Lynne Duquenne and husband, David, of Erwin, TN and Cline Allen Lambert and wife, Sharla, of Hendersonville; sister, Joyce Ramsey and husband, Bryan, of Deland, FL; grandson/son, Dylan Wilson of San Diego, CA, currently serving in the Navy; grandsons: Zach, Jerry, JR and Victor; granddaughters: Katie and Alice; six great-grandchildren: Ciara, Little Vic, Christopher, Jackson, David and Daniel; two best friends: Earlene Hughes and Kim Roberson and two special cousins: Chloe Ramsey and Brenda Edwards.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10th at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilson Cemetery on Bald Mountain. To send online condolences, please visit our website at www.yanceyfuneralservice.com.

 

Chase Seeley

Chase Seeley, age 20, of Elizabethton, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Morganton, North Carolina. Chase was born in Kingsport, Tennessee and was the son of Steven and Carrie Deal Seeley, of Elizabethton and his mother, Kim Carrow, also of Elizabethton.

Chase was a loving son, brother and friend. He was a graduate of Elizabethton High School, Class of 2016, where he was in the Elizabethton Men’s Ensemble, the Elizabethton “Betsy” Band, and the swim team. Chase was also a member of First United Methodist Church where he was very active in the church youth group.

Those left to cherish his memory, in addition to his parents, include his sister, Emie Seeley, of Elizabethton; his paternal grandparents, Judge Thomas J. Seeley, Jr. and wife Carolyn; his maternal grandparents, Roger and Diane Deal, of Elizabethton; and grandparents Carolyn Carrow and James Carrow and wife Jalaine; an uncle, Tommy Seeley and wife Jenny, of Johnson City; his cousins, Thomas, Tyler and Taryn, of Johnson City; and an aunt, Allison Seeley, of Johnson City.

A service to celebrate the life of Chase Seeley will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 15, 2018 in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Reverend Raymond Amos, Sr., officiating. A eulogy will be provided by Allison Seeley. Music will be provided by Loretta Bowers and Catherine Edwards and David Arney, organist. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Monday.

The graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Thomas Seeley, Tyler Seeley, Robert Edens, Chad Beam, Kevin Taylor, Austin Outland and Jimmy Towle. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton at 10:15 AM on Tuesday, to go in procession.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to First United Methodist Church Youth 4:12 Ministries, 325 East F. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to the Elizabethton City Schools – Book Mobile, 804 South Watauga Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

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

Mr. Seeley and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office 423-542-2232, service information line, 423-543-4917.

 

Lester William “Bill” Cannon

Lester William “Bill” Cannon, age 73, of Jonesborough passed away Friday, October 12, 2018, at his home. A native of Burnsville, NC, he was a son of the late Charlie and Lula Bradford Cannon and was of the Christian faith. He was an outdoorsman who loved fishing and gardening. He also loved hosting cookouts and playing Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music with his friends and neighbors. Before his retirement after 43 years of service, he was a supervisor at Nuclear Fuel Services. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Ford, Stanley, and Fred Cannon.

 

Lester Cannon leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 32 Years: Francie True Cannon;

Children: Lisa Hoilman, Ronnie Cannon, Ginger Sparks and Gary, Kelly Sawin and Jason;

Grandchildren: Ashley Hoilman, Grace Cannon, Jake Cannon, Savannah Sparks, Stone Sparks, and Noah Sawin;

2 Great Grandchildren;

Sisters: Mary Stissel, Daisy Renfro, Doris Edwards, and Esther Williams;

Brother: Ted Cannon;

And several Nieces and Nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Lester Cannon in a celebration of life to be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home with Pastor Kenneth Sturgill officiating. Musical selections will be provided by Gina Hudson and Susie Broyles. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held in Mt. Wesley Methodist Church Cemetery, 586 Mt Wesley Rd, Telford, TN 37690 on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Those attending will meet at Mt. Wesley Methodist Church Cemetery by 9:50. Pallbearers will be notified.

 

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 Lester Cannon through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Phyllis Ann McKinney

Phyllis Ann McKinney, age 75, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Erwin, Phyllis is a daughter of the late Jack Burton and Louise Kilby Lyle. She was a loving homemaker who enjoyed painting, gardening and cooking. In addition to her parents, Phyllis is preceded in death by her first husband Homer Clay Edwards, second husband, Chester McKinney, and sister, Christine Whitson.

 

Phyllis Ann McKinney leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Children: Jeffrey Edwards,

Kelly Edwards-Martin,

Joey Edwards;

8 Grandchildren;

2 Great Grandchildren.

 

Her children would like to thank the family for all of their love and support, especially Shannon Blevins, niece, Dee Dee Mitchell, niece and Eric Leonard, family friend.

 

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

 

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 Phyllis Ann McKinney through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Dana Renee Simons

Dana Renee Simons, age 59, Erwin, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 15, 2018 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Central Louisiana and lived most of her life there. Dana and her husband moved to Unicoi County ten years ago. She is a daughter of Lionel Crooks (Wanda) and the late Frances Keene Crooks.

Dana graduated from Northwestern State University with her BS degree in Nursing. She graduated from Valdosta State University where she received her Masters Degree in Nursing. She was employed by Ballad Health where she worked as a Nursing Instructor. Dana loved nursing, teaching and caring for her patients.

Dana loved animals and was a passionate volunteer, helping rescue animals. She was involved with PAWS and the Unicoi County Animal Shelter. Dana considered her cats, Charlie, Chaplin, Anthony and Ani a part of her family. She loved them dearly.

Dana enjoyed painting, reading and being a Yoga Instructor. One of her passions was nature photography. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. Dana will be greatly missed by her family and remain in their hearts forever.

In addition to her father and step-mother, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, her beloved husband of forty-one years, Roland Smith Simons; twin sons: Justin Simons (Elizabeth), Alexandria, LA, Dustin Simons (Caroline), Pineville, LA; two grandchildren: Isabelle and Joseph Simons; one sister, Melanie Thomas (Steve), Lenoir City, TN; one brother, Carey Crooks (Brenda), Vick, LA; one half brother, Scott Glenn “Crooks”, Walker, LA; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Friday, October 26, 2018 in the Hixson Brothers Funeral Home Alexandria Chapel. Father Dan O’Connor will officiate the 6:30 P.M. memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, Dana would have wanted memorial contributions made in her memory to organizations dear to her: www.hopeforpaws.org or Boudreaux’s Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK), P.O. Box 404, Tioga, LA 71477 or online, http://barkanimalrescue.org

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

Grady D. Hughes

Grady D. Hughes, age 63, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at his residence. Mr. Hughes is a native of Johnson City and a son of the late Charlie and Mary Ruth Privette Hughes. He worked for the former NN Ball and Roller as a machinist in the Roller Division. Mr. Hughes loved to fish, loved Nascar, enjoyed playing video games with Josh, and had a love for old cars. Grady was a member of Canah Chapel Free Will Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday school teacher and a former trustee. In addition to his parents, Grady is preceded in death by his half-brothers, Willie Alvin Greene, Sr. and Sammy Ray Greene, Sr. and nieces, Kelly Marie Poore Gantt and Kari Case.

 

Grady Hughes has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 42 years: Sandra Hughes of Erwin;

Son: Josh Hughes;

Daughter: Brittany Thomas and husband, Stephen;

Sisters: Thelma Jean Hughes Ayers and husband, Johnny,

Sylvia Elizabeth Hughes Hutton and husband, Robert;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Grady Hughes in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 28, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Mark Simmons will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 28, 2018 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Those wishing to attend the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 AM to go in procession. Those serving as active pallbearers will be Brittany Thomas, Mark Whitson, Doug Whitson, Adam Whitson, Kevin Ayers, Winston Claspul.

 

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 Grady Hughes through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Evelyn Bailey

Evelyn Bailey, age 93, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018, at her daughter’s residence. Mrs. Bailey was a native of Yancey County and a daughter of the late Noah and Texanna Bennett Johnson. She was a member of Canah Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Evelyn loved flowers and enjoyed sewing with her hands. Mrs. Bailey worked for the former Industrial Garments as a shirt inspector. In addition to her parents, Evelyn is preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Whitson, Jr. and second husband, Willard A. Bailey, son Larry D. Whitson, brothers, Melvin Johnson, Roscoe Johnson, Edmond Johnson, Haul Johnson, and Hunley Johnson, and sisters, Edith Bryant Hughes, Irene Pate and Bell Tipton.

 

Evelyn Bailey leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Son: Garry Whitson and wife, Melissa;

Daughter: Sandie Hughes;

Daughter-in-law: Sharon Whitson;

Grandchildren: Dough Whitson and wife, Tracy,

Adam Whitson and wife, Susan,

Mark Whitson and wife, Sandy,

Mendy Henry,

Josh Hughes,

Brittany Thomas and husband, Stephen;

5 Great Grandchildren;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Evelyn Bailey in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Mark Simmons will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home. Serving as active pallbearers will be Brittany Thomas, Josh Hughes, Mark Whitson, Doug Whitson, Adam Whitson, and Steven Thomas.

 

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

 

Bryon “Pee Wee” Keith Wiggand

Bryon “Pee Wee” Keith Wiggand, age 57, Unicoi, passed away peacefully at his residence on Monday, October 1, 2018 while he was surrounded by his loving family. Bryon fought a brief, but very strong and courageous battle with cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. Bryon is the son of Dorothy “Dot” Jones Wiggand and the late W. W. “Bill” Wiggand.

Bryon was employed by Jones & Church Farms for forty-seven years where in his own words, “I did a little bit of everything, whatever they needed me to do.”  He was a Master Welder and invaluable employee at the farm, whose skills and workmanship can never be replaced. Bryon also served on the Board of Directors for the Unicoi County Farm Bureau. He was a former volunteer fireman for Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department. Bryon received a Machinist Associates Degree from Northeast State Community College.

He was a very active member of Unicoi United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Pairs & Spares Sunday School Class for many years. He was a Ruritan Forever Member of the Unicoi Ruritan Club.

Bryon was known as the “Grill Master” for Unicoi County Little League, PTA, Lady Devils Softball, Blue Devils Baseball, Relay For Life, Unicoi Ruritan Club, all church activities, Strawberry Festival….wherever he was needed for grilling he always stepped in and fired up the grill!  He was also famous for his fish frying abilities at the monthly Unicoi Ruritan Club Friday night fish fry’s.

Bryon loved his community and was always willing to serve and help anyone in need. His warm smile, twinkling blue eyes and soft spoken spirit will be greatly missed throughout Unicoi County.

Bryon was a loving and devoted husband, dad, son, brother, nephew, cousin  and friend. His kindness, his humor, his laughter and his hugs were always given out by him generously. Heaven has truly gained an angel who is rejoicing with them today.

Bryon is fondly remembered from his days hanging out in the parking lot in his Bronco and slinging mud in the mountains with the boys. Later in his life, he enjoying riding his Harley Davidson with his wife, Julie.

Bryon leaves behind to cherish wonderful memories of him, his wife of twenty-seven years, Julie Yates Wiggand; mother, Dorothy “Dot” Jones Wiggand; two daughters: Lierin Grace Wiggand and Lydia Brooke Wiggand, both of the home; one sister, Pam Wiggand Banks and husband, Jeff, Unicoi; one niece, Heather Banks Lee and husband, Rob; one nephew, Lance Banks; great niece, Kendall Lee; several uncles, aunts and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Unicoi United Methodist Church New Life Center and other times at the residence of his mother, 2337 Zane Whitson Drive, Unicoi. Pastor Todd Adams will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Pallbearers will be Jeff Callahan, David Rogers, Nick Rogers, Agustine Razo, Juan Razo, Jimmy Robbins, Mike Church and Greg Church. Committal will be held at 11:00 A. M. on Friday, October 5, 2018 in the Jones Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble by 10:30 A. M. Friday at Unicoi United Methodist Church to go in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Bryon “Pee Wee” Wiggand to any of the following: Unicoi United Methodist Church, 702 Virginia Street, Unicoi, TN 37692; Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650 or Relay For Life of Unicoi County, www.relayforlife.org/unicoiTN.

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

Gaynell Hensley Davis

Proverbs 31:30

…A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

 

Gaynell Hensley Davis, born May 21, 1922, a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of Robert Floyd and Sarah Elizabeth Blankenship Hensley, passed into the presence of The Lord on October 1, 2018 at her home in Erwin, TN, while surrounded by her loving family.

The greatest love of Gaynell’s life was her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After that, her family and friends filled her heart with warmth and joy daily.

Gaynell Davis was an avid quilter, quilting many beautiful quilts on an old quilting frame built by her father that hung from the kitchen ceiling.

Gaynell loved family, church, flowers, gardening, sewing, cooking, reading, and genealogy studies. She loved old sayings and used them often to teach her children the best way to live life. One of her most frequently used sayings was; ‘You can talk about me all you please, but I’ll talk about you when I’m on my knees’. She believed speaking ill of anyone was paramount to killing them, though they were still walking, talking, and breathing. Gaynell was a Godly woman and a fit pattern for anyone who would like to hear; ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant …enter into the joy of thy Lord,’ from the God she loved so dearly.

Other than her parents, Gaynell Davis was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Reverend Verno Harris Davis, who went to his heavenly home in 2013, her precious son, Gerald Lynn Davis, her loving brother, Conley Wayne Hensley, and loving sisters, Ollie Grace Hensley, and Mabel Lois Hensley.

Gaynell Davis is survived by her cherished children: Verdie Davis Sanders, husband, Edward, Evelyn Davis King, husband, Terry, Rev. R.J. Davis, wife, Darlene, Gwendolyn Davis, Anita Davis Calvert, husband, Greg, and Sandra Davis Edwards, husband, Kenneth,

Grandsons; Stacey Davis, wife, Chris, Jeffrey Sanders, Greg Sanders, Bradley Thompson, Kenny, Michael, and Matthew Edwards, step grandchildren, Zachary King, Rachel King Longton, husband, Paul, Jessica Calvert Green , husband, Ben , Cody Calvert, wife, Denise, Amber Calvert Watts, husband, Michael, Meriah Calvert Bovard, husband, Craig, 11 great-grandchildren, and 14 step great-grandchildren, several special nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.

Reverend Frank Cable of Davis Town Church in Davis Town, North Carolina will officiate.

Eulogy will be delivered by Gaynell’s children.

Honorary Pallbearer, Terry King.

Pallbearers will be Rev. R.J. Davis, Stacey Davis, Jonathan Davis, Jordan Davis, Rev. Rodney Deyton, and Edward Sanders.

Music will be provided by Coy Davis, Vernell Shuford, and Paul and Rebecca Greene.

The family will have visitation at Valley Funeral Home from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

The funeral service for Gaynell Davis will be held at Valley Funeral Home on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM, interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Fellowship will continue afterward at the Mountain Dale Free Will Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Spivey Mountain. The family wishes to invite everyone to attend.

 

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 Gaynell Davis through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Edith Ramsey Miller Johnston

Edith Ramsey Miller Johnston, age 92, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Erwin Health Care after a lengthy illness.  She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and daughter of the late Luther and Sarah Amanda Haynes Ramsey. 

Mrs. Johnston was formerly employed by Red Cap with over thirty-two years of service. She was a member of Rock Creek Church of God and attended Erwin Pentecostal Holiness Church prior to her failing health.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harvey Miller; her second husband, Leroy Johnston; four brothers: Clyde, Lloyd, Floyd and Edward Ramsey; one sister, Grace Carathers.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Richard Miller and wife, Donna, Erwin; two grandsons: Darrell and Connor Miller; several nieces and nephews also survive. 

The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Monday, September 24, 2018 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor David Byrd will officiate at the 1:30 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler and Loretta Ollis. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

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

 James Madison Charles

James Madison Charles, 80, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018. Jim was born in Erwin, Tennessee, on November 3, 1937. He was the son of Clell and Maxine Charles, the youngest of five children. Survivors include his wife, Diana, a daughter, Pamela Turzanski (married to Jan), a son, James Charles (married to Susan), two granddaughters, Maddy Diane and Jessie Marie, and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Elijah.

Jim graduated from East Tennessee State University and enjoyed a long career in the mirror and glass industry. He served two terms as President of the National Association of Mirror Manufacturers and was a member of the Board of Directors for ten years. Jim also was involved in the Glass Association of North America and served on the technical and marketing committees where he was involved in the development of codes and product specifications for glass products as used in the commercial and residential construction markets.

Jim loved his family and dogs, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed his many friends. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sea Island Presbyterian Church Renovation Project, Post Office Box 966, Beaufort, SC 29901, or to the charity of your choice.

The family will be honoring Jim’s memory with a reception, date and time to be announced.

 

Wanda Ray Jones

 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15

Wanda Ray Jones, age 78, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 17, 2018 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit while she was surrounded by her loving family. She was a life-long resident of Unicoi County. Wanda was a daughter of the late Basil and Zettie Shelton Ray.

She was employed by the Unicoi County School System for several years where she worked as a substitute teacher and cook. Wanda was a Charter Member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church for fifty-eight years. She loved her church and her church family.

Wanda was a loving and devoted preacher’s wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Barnabas Ray, Harold Ray and Haze Shelton; one sister, Leona Shelton.

Wanda leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving, dedicated husband of sixty-three years, Reverend Bernie Freeman Jones; one son, Doug Jones and wife, Sharon, Johnson City; one sister, Ann Edwards and husband, Jack, Erwin; two grandsons: Derrick “Alex” Jones and Ian Jones; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Reverend Charlie Trivette and Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by the church choir and pianist. Pallbearers will be Jeff Allen, Sam Mauk, Scott Metcalf, Justin Edwards, Jacob Allen and Casey Allen. Committal will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:1

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

John R. Marcus

John R. Marcus, age 98, Unicoi, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 16, 2018 at The Waters of Johnson City. He was a native of Big Stone Gap, VA, before moving to Unicoi County in 1940. John is a son of the late Golman and Rhoda Guinn Marcus.

He was a United States Army Veteran having served his country honorably during WWII. John received the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.

He retired from Sears Auto Center in 1982 where he worked as a mechanic. John also worked as a mechanic for Tennessee Motor Company in Johnson City for over twenty-two years.

He was a Charter Member of Limestone Cove First United Methodist Church.

John was skilled in woodworking and enjoyed making different things for his family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Braves fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death his wife, Marjorie Nash Marcus on October 23, 2005; sixteen month old infant grandson, Todd Anthony Sneyd; four brothers: George, Glenn, Clyde and Gilmer Marcus; one sister, Mary Morrell.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, one daughter, Carol Ann Sneyd; one brother, Richard “Dick” Marcus and wife, Ann; two sisters: Jean Davis, Barbara Belcher and husband, Ken; one grandchild; several nieces  and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. on Friday, September 21, 2018 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Ron Murray and Reverend Estel Williams will officiate at the 1:00 P.M. funeral service. Interment will follow in the Bell Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard.

Flowers will be accepted but those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of John Marcus to either of the following: Carter County Honor Guard, 117 Ensor Nidiffer Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or  Alzheimers’ Association, 2020 Meadowview Parkway, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN 37660.

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

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

Ricky Lee Butler

Ricky Lee Butler, age 58 of Spring Creek Rd, Bakersville, NC went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Ricky is the son of Garland Butler and the late Janice Buchanan Butler. Ricky lived most of his adult life in Unicoi County with his first wife Jackie Cooper Butler, and then moved back to the Spring Creek Community with his second wife Jackie Roberta Butler for the last four years.

He was a member of the Spring Creek Baptist Church. Ricky was currently employed by the D&B Conveyor Systems, Savannah Georgia. He was previously a Captain of the Unicoi County Sheriffs Department, Unicoi County Commissioner, and a Unicoi County School Board Member. He was a Mason at Unicoi Masonic Lodge, and was a former business owner with his former wife Jackie Cooper Butler at Jerry’s Market.

In addition to his mother, Ricky is also preceded in death by: his grandson; Tristan Gabriel Harris, two brothers; Randy Yelton and Doug Butler, grandparents; Thomas and Omie Butler and Clifford and Goldie Buchanan, Step grandmother; Hettie Buchanan, in laws; George and Trula Cooper, brothers in law; Rick Pate and John Hyatt.

Rick leaves behind to cherish his love and his memory: wife and best friend; Jackie Roberta Butler, previous wife and friend; Jackie Cooper Butler, daughters; Heather Butler (Tim Harris), Tiffany Butler (Kevin Briggs), step son; Robert Gillis Jr, grandchildren; Kaedan Davis, Kennidee Davis, Jaci Briggs, and soon to be born grandchild; Ryker Harris, sister; Tammy Miller (Rick), father and step mother; Garland Butler (Helen), father in law; Mack Sneyd, mother and father in law; Ruthie and Ted Hyatt, sister in law; Connie Pate; sister in law; Marilyn Garland, sister in law; Louvella Moffitt, sister in law Jenifer Tipton, sister in law; Heather Sneyd, brother and sister in law; Timothy and Jessica Bradshaw, brother in law; Teddy Hyatt, grandfather in law; Tom Garland, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, special brothers; Kent Harris and John Slaughter, special sons; Shannon Yelton, and Jason Tilson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 5:00PM in Spring Creek Baptist Church (13847 N226 Hwy Bakersville, NC 28705) with Bob McCurry and Andy Patterson officiating. The family will receive friends three hours prior to the service. Interment will be at Butler Cemetery. The family would like to say a special thanks to Bob McCurry (Spring CreekBaptist Church), Andy Patterson (Trinity Freewill Baptist Church), Kevin Laws (Southside Freewill Baptist Church), and Bart Deyton (Liberty Chapel) for praying with Rick and family and friends at the hospital, and all our family and friends for prayers, calls, messages, visits, and help.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Yelton, John Slaughter, Kent Harris, Jason Tilson, Cody Miller, Dustin Miller, Kevin Briggs, Tim Harris, Rodney Butler, Scotty Butler, David Butler, Kaedan Davis and Robert Gillis Jr;  Honorary will be Mack Butler, Carl Butler, Howard Butler, Mack Sneyd, Ricky Miller, Charles Banks, Ron Arnold, Kenny Woods, Daryl Woods, Bill Hyder, Bill Bailey, Tedd Hyatt and David Harris.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, ATTN: Office of Development, 2900 North Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607 or Kari’s Heart Foundation, 701 North State of Franklin Rd, Suite 2, Johnson City, TN 37604.

Henline – Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Butler Family.

Frankie Myron Bailey

Frankie Myron Bailey, age 60, 423 Love Street, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital while he was surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a son of the late Burnie and Rachel Williams Bailey.

Frankie was a United States Army Veteran. He served his country honorably for eight years, earning Rank E-5 before his discharge. Frankie was awarded Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Professional Development Ribbon and Expert Rifleman Badge.

He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1987 with his BS Degree in Electrical Engineering. Frankie was formerly employed by Bell South where he worked in Telecommunications.

Frankie was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He enjoyed airplanes and flying. Frankie also liked riding his motorcycle.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers: Russell, Troy, David and Larry “Mark” Bailey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving, dedicated wife of forty-one years, Yong Sun Hong Bailey; two sons: Frankie Myron Bailey, Jr. (Talitha), Auburn, GA, Burnie Joe Bailey (Kendall), Marietta, GA; one brother, Roger Bailey; two sisters: Pauline Ault (Paul) and Burnice Binkley, all of Erwin; three grandchildren: Kaley Meri Beckman, Moira Aileen Bailey and Freyja Valentina Bailey; sister-in-law, Pearl Bailey, Erwin; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Chaplain Karl Gasser will officiate. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Military Honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted, however, those wishing may make donations to the family to help offset the funeral service expenses incurred.

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

Marcia Sue (Story) Adams

Marcia Sue (Story) Adams, age 64, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at her residence. A native of Erwin, Marcia is the daughter of the late J.R. and Kathleen (Harrell) Story. She was of the Christian faith and loved her family and life. In addition to her parents, Marcia is preceded in death by her sister: Brenda Harris and her granny: Hazel Johnson.

 

Marcia Sue (Story) Adams leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Special Companion: Mike Padgett;

Daughter: Candie Lewis and husband, Jake;

Son: Michael Hampton and wife, April;

Grandchildren: McKain Poole,

Brittany Hampton,

Ryan Hampton;

Great-grandchildren: Mia Ponce,

Alexander Brown;

Sisters: Teresa Peterson,

Lana Harris,

Tootsie Harrell;

Best friend: Liz Salling.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Marcia Sue (Story) Adams in a memorial service to be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Jim Griffith will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until the hour of service on Thursday.

 

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 Marcia Sue (Story) Adams through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Brenda Kay Harris

Brenda Kay Harris, age 63, passed away on Wednesday September 5, 2018, at her residence. Born in Johnson City but a native of Erwin, Brenda is a daughter of the late J. R. and Kathleen (Harrell) Story. She loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and her family cherished her for that.

Brenda Kay Harris leaves behind to cherish her memories:

Children: Ashley Potter,

Shane Baucom,

Amanda Abram;

Five grandchildren;

2 Great-grandchildren;

Sisters: Teresa Peterson,

Marcia Adams,

Lana Harris;

Husband: Robert Harris.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Brenda Kay Harris in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Jim Griffith will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until the hour of service on Thursday, September 13, 2018. A committal service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 14, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 AM on Friday 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 Brenda Kay Harris through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

 

Oliver (Ollie) Jackson Henley

Oliver (Ollie) Jackson Henley, 77 years old, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Erwin Health Care Center, in Erwin. He retired from Nuclear Fuel Services after 43 years of service. He was an avid ball player. He loved coaching Little League and played ball for NFS for many years and all sports in high school at Lamar High School. He had many friends who loved him dearly. Mr. Henley is preceded in death by one brother: (Bud) Leroy Henley; and one sister: Cinderella Miller.

 

Oliver (Ollie) Jackson Henley leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 54 years: Rita Henley;

Son: Martin Henley, of Georgia;

Grandsons: Austin Henley and Kip Henley, of Georgia;

Sisters: Viola Bailey;

Nieces: Patty Kimberlin,

Penny Dunford,

Susan Thompson;

Nephews: Steve Ragan,

Tim Henley,

Scotty Bailey,

Jeff Edwards,

Charles Miller.

He was the son of Walter Alexander Henley and Ellen Henley.

 

The family would like to offer special thanks to all of the doctors and nurses who cared for Oliver.

 

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Oliver (Ollie) Jackson Henley in a funeral service to be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 7, 2018 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Bishop John Edwards will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 1:00 PM on Friday, September 7, 2018 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held in Cherokee Baptist Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home for the 2:00 PM service to go in procession. Serving as active pallbearers will be his best friends: Billy Tittle, Terry Tittle, Vaughn Tucker, Chipper (Chip) White, Benny Stout, Austin Henley, Kip Henley, special friend and buddy: Joe Harrell and friend and very special pal: Ruben Price.

 

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 Oliver (Ollie) Jackson Henley through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.