Kyle Dean Hensley

Kyle Dean Hensley, age 80, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 6, 2019 at his residence, while he was surrounded by his loving family.  He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Joseph “Joe” Roscoe and Lucy Tolley Hensley.

Kyle was a member of Mountain Dale Freewill Baptist Church. He retired from NFS with over thirty-five years of service.

Kyle was an avid fisherman and he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Hensley and two sisters: Irene Tipton and Zelta Bagby.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of fifty-nine years, Carolyn Wilson Hensley; two daughters: Sandy Hensley (Allen), Erwin and Amy McLaughlin (Pastor Todd), Unicoi; four grandchildren: Joshua Hensley, Lori Hensley, Ashley McLaughlin, Alyssa McLaughlin; one great grandson, Bentley Collins; two brothers: Reverend Arnold Hensley (Marsha), Erwin, and George Hensley (Sharrol) Green Mountain, NC; two sisters: Glasie Peterson (R.L.) and Kathleen Cooper (Wayne), all of Erwin; brother-in-law, Stanley Tipton, Erwin; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Todd McLaughlin will officiate at the 2:00 PM funeral service. Committal service will follow in the Evergreen Mausoleum. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. James Hanson, Amedysis Hospice nurses Becky, Matt and Olivia.

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

Josephine Riddle

Josephine Riddle, age 82, of Erwin, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Erwin Health Care Center.  A native of Flag Pond, Josephine is a daughter of the late Chapel and Anna (Tipton) Riddle.   She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed walking around downtown Erwin.  In addition to her parents, Josephine is preceded in death by her brothers: Eugene Lee Riddle and Kenneth Riddle; sisters: Cordie Hensley and Betsy Ledford.

Josephine Riddle leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Several nieces and nephews;

Special friend: Becky Shealy.

A special thanks goes out to the Erwin Downtown Business Merchants and friends who helped look after her.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Josephine Riddle in a funeral service to be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Valley Funeral Home.  Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by Gary Amos.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 9:00 am and will continue until service time on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.  A graveside committal service will be held in Upper Rice Creek Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.  Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 to go in procession.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Josephine’s name to Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650 or to Unicoi County Care and Share, 334 Carolina Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650.

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

Nancy Katherine (Banner) Collins

Nancy Katherine (Banner) Collins, 77, passed away November 23, 2019 at her residence in Johnson City, TN.

Kathy was born in Erwin, TN in 1942 and was raised on Martin’s Creek. She met Orlin Collins in 1957 at a revival at Lily Dale Christian Church; they married a year later. When she was 23, they took in and raised her brother Gail’s oldest four children. Upon Orlin’s retirement in 2004 they returned home to East Tennessee where they lived on Boone Lake, entertaining scores of friends and family with rides on the pontoon boat and jet ski, and cookouts for birthdays, July 4th, or for no reason at all.

Her passion was her family, and she loved nothing more than visiting and telling stories. In the course of her life she was an Apple mom, homeroom mom, soccer mom, art volunteer, tutor, lunch lady, office administrator, AmeriCorps volunteer, waitress, seamstress, among many other roles. She proudly called herself a homemaker.

She was baptized in the Lily Dale Christian Church (now Church of Christ) as a young woman, and visited whenever she could. At the time of her death she was a member of Hales Chapel Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her adopted children Louis Banner, Louise Banner Greiser, and Donald Banner; her brothers Ralph Jr “Sonny”, Gail, Melvin, and Richard Banner; her sisters Norma Jean Hensley, Marie Edwards, and Motelle Brotherton.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years Orlin Leon Collins; her daughter Charlotte Banner Haggerty and husband Edwin “Buddy”; her son Charles Keith Collins and husband Domonic Potorti; her daughter Kristy Rae-Collins Crooks and husband James; grandchildren Jason, Melissa, Jennifer, Bryan, Valerie, Summer, Joseph, and Charles; eight great grandchildren; her sister Ethel Banner Miller, and a multitude of nieces and nephews and their children.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Lily Dale Church of Christ. Minister Randle Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Ike Engle

Ike Engle, age 93, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Erwin Health Care Center. A native of Erwin, Ike is a son of the late John Quillen and Clara Nora (Harris) Engle. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Ike enjoyed flower gardens, metal detecting and treasure hunting. He loved to mow yards and do landscaping. In addition to his parents, Ike is preceded in death by his 3 brothers, Orvil, Quillen and Alfred Engle, 1 sister, Sallie Engle Howell, and sister-in-law, Betty Runion.

Ike Engle leaves behind to cherish his memory:
Wife: Revonda (Wardrupe) Engle;
Sister: Betty (Engle) Gillis and husband, Bill;
Special Brother-in-law & Caretaker: Carroll Runion;
Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Ike Engle in a committal service to be held at 11:30 am Friday, November 22, 2019, in the mausoleum chapel at Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate. Those attending will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 11:20 am on Friday for the service.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net/?fbclid=IwAR2swTuyWdIz_n6zqeB1XGxlVO0LUKMV4Gu47IDmN4JW-BwCmJnhyoDldf4” \t “_blank” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on our Facebook page at  HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARChWvppgXTau6yS9kB1NNfKmQHXksownwa5GoYKvu-ABryRuw7i-J2-Grp9FEBWLjieztmP2JrAe8Ik&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBzZdxXQN_XwlZ7lYTn-0nQtT1weQ36wQz2DQxIAUNUIu9w6uaQgxmQhH4Y5qvPsIiRmM-EykhGhzHors5ojOibWohRq6wyTJsHXQLrw4bcP9QRC18FayT8PRxgKacZxihKb4L0B1Co8FsoSDRjZgo0AFL1p_HFrMtvUA-ggQKPHGnMFaJ1u81kChebGDor6RuewOyXJZKWYBxegAjz5FHZRtFi4WwEZPOdLYUS7aMXri4kry_Caz9XN_P6SzIselm_0ykngWjETsdCEpHV0oUsTuRL8f9FmEiaqlQtBFHcVS1o481LXP2WPqBmSoWkWAId8OhE_CSZ4j14IKl2aeEG7A” Valley Funeral Home. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Ike Engle through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Christopher Ryan Sewell

Christopher Ryan Sewell, a young man of 31 years, whose destiny was yet complete, passed away on November 13, 2019. He was born in Humble, Texas on August 24, 1988. Chris and his parents resided in Houston and Dallas, Texas before moving to a family home in Erwin, Tennessee.  Chris attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and later graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee.  Chris started his college career at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga/Knoxville. He attended the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City before seeking a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Tennessee. Chris was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. He was involved in the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. Chris was recently inducted into the National Honor Society for Neuroscience at the University of Tennessee.

 Chris was active member of the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved Rank of Eagle Scout. He was instrumental in the construction of an obstacle fitness course in his hometown.  He also participated in the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity where he oversaw “Boy Scout Day” Philanthropy, Bristol Motor Speedway Fundraising Event and Katie’s Kids Philanthropy to support underprivileged children during the holidays.

Chris enjoyed musical concerts, reading, weightlifting, playing golf and spending time with friends and family.  As a close friend stated, “the world seems a lot colder and less humorous without our sweet friend, Chris Sewell. He was genuine, true, and one of the smartest men I’ve ever known”.

 He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Curtis Reginald Riley Sr. and Glenna Sawyer Riley of Saraland, Alabama. He was also preceded in death by his grandfather, Jackson Lamar Sewell Sr. and step grandfather James Sewell.

Chris is survived by his loving parents, Ellen Riley Sewell and Jackson Lamar Sewell, fraternal grandmother, Laveda Sewell, and loving Aunts, Brenda Shumpert, Glenna Lynne Riley and Uncles, Tom Shumpert and Curt Riley; Cousins; Jennifer Riley Coyle and Jessica Riley McArthur.

Chris’s life was shortened before he achieved all his goals of career and family.  He leaves behind a legacy of determination, success, and many loving memories of a hopeful aspirations that will always be remembered by those who loved him.

Chris you are a man never to be forgotten. Your laughter, your smile and your witty sense of humor will be missed. Your family and friends will meet you again in heaven.

Please join the family in the celebration of life of Christopher Ryan Sewell. The funeral will be held in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home on Monday, November 18, 2019. Reverend Stan Webster will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Kayla King and Zack Ross. A visitation period will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm with services at 6:30 pm. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 19th at Urbana Cemetery, Limestone, Tennessee. Those who wish to attend please meet at Urbana Cemetery by 10:50 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family request the memorial donations be made to Erwin Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Elm Ave., Erwin, Tennessee 37650.

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

Artie Lea Bennett Whaley

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. – Proverbs 31:10 King James Version (KJV)

Artie Lea Bennett Whaley, age 93, Erwin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 7, 2019. She passed away peacefully at the Unicoi County Christian Care Center while she was surrounded by her loving family. Artie Lea was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Thomas and Lockie Lingerfelt Bennett.

She was a former employee of Colonial Hill Nursing Home where she worked for many years in the Housekeeping Department. Artie Lea was an active member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church for sixty-four years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Whaley; one son, Randy Whaley; one daughter, Charlotte Cooper; one brother, T. J. Bennett; two sisters: Madge Bailey and Willa Dean Shelton.

Artie Lea leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, David Whaley (Pam), Johnson City; one daughter, Joy Whitson (Doug), Erwin; five grandchildren: Scotty Whaley (Kelly), Nathan Whaley (Karen), Thomas Whaley (Lydia), Jason Cooper and Gaynell Hughes (Nick); fourteen great grandchildren; one brother, J. E. Baldy Bennett (Beverly), Erwin; son-in-law, Robert Cooper, Erwin; daughter-in-law, Debbie Whaley (Johnson City); several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at the residence of Gaynell Hughes, 322 Scott Road, Unicoi, TN 37692. Reverend Kevin Laws, Reverend Ferrell Peterson and Brother Jeff Autrey will officiate at the 7:00 PM service. Music will be provided by June Leonard and Chad Lakey. Committal will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Family will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00 AM to go in procession to the cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Unicoi County Christian Care Center Staff, Avalon Hospice, Dr. Miller and special friend, Karen Murphy.

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

Margaret Bishop Little

Margaret Bishop Little of Erwin, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 7, 2019, following a serious fall. She was 93 years of age at the time of her death.

Margaret was born in Erwin, Tennessee on April 15, 1926 to David Jesse Bishop and Lily Jane Sanders Bishop. Margaret graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1944. She was married to William Earnest Little on December 24, 1945.

Margaret lived with her family in Erwin from birth until 1957 when her family relocated to Miami, FL. Following years in Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, and Kingsport, TN. In 1988, she and her husband returned to live permanently in Erwin.

Margaret was a homemaker and she enjoyed volunteering at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Gift Shop.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, David Jesse Bishop and Lily Jane Sanders Bishop; one infant daughter, Barbara Jean Little; 2 sisters: Ruby Bishop and Verna Strickland; one brother, Wayne Bishop.

Survivors include: her husband of seventy-four years, William “Bill” Little; 4 children Jane Buatti of Downington, PA; Larry J. Little (Susan) of Hampton, GA; Harvey W. Little of Erwin, TN and Elaine Bowker (Robert) of Phoenix, AZ, 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 2 nieces; several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor David Crutchfield will officiate at the 2:00 PM service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Flowers will be accepted however, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Margaret to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

Gerald DeWayne Foster

On the morning of Friday, November 8th, 2019, 43-year-old Gerald DeWayne Foster arrived in Heaven with a new body which included a new liver and kidney. He was greeted by his Mother Madalyn (Adkins) Foster, Grandfathers: Reverend Vanas Foster (paternal) and Gerald Adkins (maternal); Grandmother, Hazel (Byrd) Adkins (maternal); Aunt Verna Foster and Uncles: Jack Willis, Dean Foster, and Terry Hensley.

Gerald was a 1994 graduate of Unicoi County High School. Gerald delighted in his family and especially enjoyed activities with his nieces Hannah and Kayla Bowman. He looked forward to weekly bible study with his friends at his home. Lisa Mills of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, as well as all the cheerleaders, were great encouraging Gerald during his two year battle with liver and kidney failure. Gerald loved watching NASCAR racing with his father Pierson Foster and cheering on NAPA race car driver Chase Elliott.

In addition to his father and nieces, the family member who will cherish their memories of Gerald includes: Brother, David Foster; Sisters: Tracy Foster, and Robin Bowman and husband and special brother-in-law, Tom Bowman; paternal Grandmother, Nan (Proffitt) Foster; Uncle Dale (Kathy) Foster; Aunts: Donna Willis and Geraldine Hensley; nephews: Brenden and Braden Hyder;  Special cousins include: Chris Willis and wife Jennifer, Katlyn Higgins, Jaclyn Edwards, and husband Jason, Presley Edwards, Alivia Edwards, Taylor Hensley and husband Ethan Hensley, as well as, other cousins, great aunts, and uncles.

Friends that Gerald thought of as family included his daily healthcare team members: Sarah Wennogle, Paulette Robinson and Becky Daniels; special friends: Pastor Steve Rice and wife Carol, Toney and Debbie Tittle and their grand-daughter Addie, Joyce Griffith and Sherry Orcutt.

For all the love and care during Gerald’s illness, the family will always be grateful to the following: DaVita Dialysis Center, (Dr. Martin Tran, Robbin, Kim, Regina, Heather, Erwin, Jenifer, Pam, Gina, Shelby, Jessie, Katie, Dee, Pauline, Kathy, Christie, Melia and Chris), Dr. Roman Perri & Vanderbilt Medical Center & Staff, Dr. David Brent Welch and staff,  Shana Peterson FNP and staff of Peterson Family Healthcare, Johnson City Medical Center ICU team, Dana Allen & Allen Allied Healthcare & Staff, Gerald – Jerry Low of Whittier California and Twitter Friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel and other times at Gerald’s family home, 1126 Cross Drive, Erwin, TN 37650. Pastor Steve Rice, Pastor Zach Smith and Pastor Art Gibson will officiate at the 7:00 PM service. Committal will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doug Bowman, Tim Bowman, Brian Whitson, Les Honeycutt, Chris Willis, Ethan Hensley and Jason Edwards. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Anyone who would like to wear Dallas Cowboy attire at Gerald’s service are invited to do so.

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

Kenneth Adkins

Kenneth Adkins, age 92, Erwin, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Governor’s Bend while he was surrounded by his family. He was born in Yancey County, NC but lived most of his life in Unicoi County. Kenneth was a son of the late Deckard Adkins and Lockey Jane Adkins.

He was a devoted Christian, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Kenneth was a Deacon for forty-one years at Riverview Freewill Baptist Church and present member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church. He was a dedicated Prayer Warrior for all people he knew or met.

Kenneth worked at Clinchfield Railroad for thirty-seven and a half years. He loved farming. Kenneth was a Unicoi County Farm Bureau President for seventeen years, and Vice President for twenty-four years. He was a member of Clinchfield Credit Union Board of Directors for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Net Adkins; two brothers: Dee Adkins and Stewart Adkins; four sisters: Eva Adkins, Lala Pervis, Rosella Hughes and Juanita Murphy; brother-in-law, Edwin Bailey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of seventy years, Louise Bailey Adkins; one daughter, Judy Adkins Sorenson (Mike), Erwin; grandson, Garry Lane Phillips, II (Jessica), Knoxville; three great grandchildren: Maggie, Reid and Raylan Phillips, Knoxville; two sisters: Phyllis Edwards and Dale Miller, both of NC; one brother, Ralph Adkins (Carol), NC; brother-in-law, Roland Bailey (Linda), Erwin; two sisters-in-law: Betty Adkins and Jenny Bailey, both of Erwin; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Gary Amos.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, November 10, 2019 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Alan King, Reverend David Foster and Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate at the 3:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler, Gary Amos and David Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Directors of Farm Bureau and  Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class. Committal will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 11, 2019 in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:55 AM on Monday.

Flowers will be accepted however, those wishing may donate bibles in memory of Kenneth through Gideons International.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to: Governor’s Bend and Staff, Caris Healthcare Staff, Dr. Jason Colinger and Staff, Dr. Travis Wiles and Staff, Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church and Ledford Funeral Home.   

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

Ernest E. Foster

Ernest E. Foster, 88, Johnson City, died Monday, November 4, 2019, at the Johnson City Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Ernest was a native of the Coffee Ridge community of Erwin and had been a resident of Johnson City for most of his life. He was a son of the late Robert R. and Zula Farnor Foster.

Ernest was a Korean War U.S. Navy veteran.

He worked many years as a Residential Building Contractor.

Ernest was a member and Deacon of Antioch Baptist Church.

He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by six brothers, Clarence, Raymond, Leonard, Calvin and Allen Foster, one sister, Audrey Renfro.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Margaret Rowland Foster; daughter, Louann Foster Sharp, Johnson City; two grandchildren, Danny Webb Sharp, II and Anna Marie Sharp, both of Johnson City; two brothers, Denlis Foster and wife Lelian, Mike Foster, all of Erwin; one sister, Betty Pate, Erwin; two sisters-in-law, Frances Foster and Lana Foster, both of Erwin; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Ernest will be conducted Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 6:00 P.M., from the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home, with Rev. Pete Tackett, officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 4:30-6:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.

The graveside committal service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday in Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Carter County Honor Guard. Those planning to attend are to meet at the funeral home by 9:30 A.M. to proceed to the cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.

Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, TN, 37601, is serving the Foster family. (928-6111)

Jean K. “Mamaw Jean” Davis

Jean K. “Mamaw Jean” Davis, age 90, of Unicoi passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019, at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Appalachia, VA, Jean was the daughter of Golman Lee and Rhoda E. (Guinn) Marcus. She was a member of Limestone Cove First United Methodist Church where she was very active and had served as Choir Director.  She worked in the Limestone Cove School’s cafeteria and retired after 20 years as Nutrition Coordinator at Clinchfield Senior Adult Center.  Jean was a member of the Limestone Cove Ruritan Club and a member of the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center.  She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, watching Atlanta Braves Baseball, puzzles, music and reading.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and she had a beautiful alto voice.  In addition to her parents Jean is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Elmer Davis, of 35 years; Daughter, Patricia Gentry; Sons, Gary Davis and Phillip K. Davis; Son-in-law, Donald Gentry; Brothers: Clyde Marcus, Ed Marcus, Glenn Marcus, John Marcus and Gilmer Marcus; Sisters, Mary Morrell and Barbara Belcher.

Jean K. Davis has left behind to cherish her memory:

Daughter: Kimberly Gouge, of Unicoi;

Daughter-in-law: Rita Davis, of Unicoi;

Grandchildren: Trevor Gentry and wife, Stacie, of Pensacola, FL,

Tammy Brummett and husband, Tracy, of Unicoi,

Greg Davis and wife, Penny, of Hampton,

Tarah Gentry and husband, Rudy, of Unicoi,

Stephanie Ray and husband, Jarrod, of Unicoi,

Phillip Davis and wife, Ashley, of Unicoi,

Shauna Robinette, of Unicoi,

Marcus Gouge and wife, Kelly, of Johnson City;

Great-grandchildren: Joshua Tilson,

Jacob Walker,

Sarah Walker,

Braden Shomate,

Ashlynn Gentry,

Evan Gentry,

Peyton Nasser,

Christian Nasser,

Olivia Nasser,

Ava Davis,

Emma Davis,

Briar Hicks;

1 great-great-grandchild;

Brother: Richard Marcus and wife, Ann, of Dublin, VA;

Brother-in-law: Ken Belcher, of Grovetown, GA;

Numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Unaka Internal Medicine, Silver Angels, Caregiver Deanna, the staff of the emergency room and 4th floor of Johnson City Medical Center, Jean’s church family and the staff of Roller Pharmacy for their love and care in this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and celebrate the life of Jean K. Davis in a memorial service to be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Limestone Cove 1st UMC.  Reverend Tim Tapp and Reverend Estel Williams will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by Spencer Blevins, Alice Miller and Joann Boitz. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 9, 2019 and will continue until service time at Limestone Cove 1st UMC.  Jean will be inurned in Bell Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jean’s name to Limestone Cove First United Methodist Church, 2375 TN-107, Unicoi, TN 37692.

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

Franklin D. Yates

Franklin D. Yates, age 83, Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Hospital. He lived most of his life in Erwin and is a son of the late James Arthur Yates and Addie Hensley Yates.

Franklin was of the Christian Faith. He was a self-employed Carpenter since the age of fifteen. Franklin was a United States Army Veteran.

He loved his cats, Gimpy and Jacob. Franklin enjoyed walking to Liberty Lumber every day and talking with his friends there.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, two sisters: Geraldine Gass (Frank), Jefferson City, TN and Barbara Arnold (Richard), Jonesborough; special niece, Tammy Johnson (Billy), Erwin; several other nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 1, 2019 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by the Carter County Honor Guard. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 9:50 AM on Friday.    

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

Michael H. Rice

Michael H. Rice, age 60, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  A native of Erwin, Michael is a son of Pauline Rice and the late Eugene Rice and the loving husband of Gail (Hensley) Rice.  He is a member of Erwin Church of God where he served as Trustee.  Michael attended East Tennessee State University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.  His love of learning strongly influenced his desire to take advanced courses to pursue his Master’s Degree.  Michael had a natural talent for seeing 3D potential which led him to work in Graphics and Design.  He enjoyed woodworking and collected knives, airplanes, trains, and model aircraft carriers.  He loved the outdoors, apple trees and beautiful architecture.  He was a natural planner and designer.  In addition to his father, Michael is preceded in death by his dear sister: Maria Ellen Rice; grandparents: Richard and Axie McIntosh and Parley and Edith Rice; uncles: Howard and Vonda Lee McIntosh and Garland and Eunice McIntosh; and his father-in-law: William Hensley.

In addition to his mother, Michael H. Rice leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Loving wife: Gail (Hensley) Rice, of Erwin;

Twin brother: Marvin D. Rice and wife, Belinda;

Brother: Alan Rice;

Nieces: Hannah L. Rice,

Chloe S. Rice;

Nephew: David Alan Rice, who were the lights of his life;

Brother-in-law: Toney Hensley and wife, Cindy;

Mother-in-Law: Elsie Hensley;

Special Aunts: Martha Ellen Ricker,

Mary Sue Mashburn,

Brenda Bennett;

Several aunts and uncles;

Numerous cousins.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Michael H. Rice in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 pm Friday, November 1, 2019, in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home.  Bishop John Edwards will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Larry Pate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 pm and will continue until the hour of service on Friday at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019, in the mausoleum chapel at Evergreen Cemetery. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 am on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.  Serving as active pallbearers will be Gary Ollis, Michael Harris, Kevin Mashburn, Bruce Mashburn, Alan Rice and Marvin Rice.  Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Correveau, Ivan Rice, A.D. McIntosh and Toney Hensley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Michael’s name to: Erwin Church of God; Building Fund, 772 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, TN 37650.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at  HYPERLINK “http://www.valleyfuneralhome.net” www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Michael H. Rice through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Page Eugene Powers

Page Eugene Powers, age 81, Unicoi, passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, October 27, 2019 while he was surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Walter Mack Powers and Nettie Derfield Powers.

Page was a proud United States Army Veteran. He was awarded a Expert Rifle M-14 Badge. Page attended Unicoi Church of God.

He retired from Hoover Ball after thirty years of service. Page was a member of the FLW, Unicoi County Bass Club and the Red Barn. He also played music at the Bowman Cabin.

Page loved playing with his grandchildren, fishing, playing music, camping and watching University of Tennessee sports.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mae Bryant; six brothers: Artist, McAlester, Hank, Truman, James and infant brother, Willard.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of fifty-eight years, Thelma June Brummett Powers; two sons: Shane Powers (Denise), Roanoke, VA and Kevin Powers (Joy), Unicoi; five grandchildren: Alexa Riehl (Patrick), Dylan Powers, Carter Powers, Chloe Powers and Colston Powers; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 PM until the hour of service on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Unicoi Church of God. Reverend Eddie Blazer will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Carter Powers will deliver his grandfather’s Eulogy. Music will be provided by Edison Wallin, Jim Ameigh, Danny Powers and Amanda Osborne.

Committal will be held at a later date. Page requested to be cremated.    

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

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

Lenora White Higgins

Lenora White Higgins, 92, Erwin, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Christian Care Center of Unicoi County.

For a full obituary please visit www.appfh.net

Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Johnson City, is serving the Higgins family. (928-6111)

Lee McNally

Lee McNally, age 91, of Erwin, passed away on Friday, October 25, 209 at the Center on Aging and Health.  A native of Erwin, Lee a son of the late Larry David and Polly (Cooper) McNally.  He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean War.  Lee was a charter member of Canah Chapel Freewill Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Trustee and Custodial Engineer.  He loved the Lord with all his heart and served Him well until his death.  He has now gone to be with his Lord in Heaven.  Lee was a very giving man and a loving husband, father and grandfather; a better one could have never been found to lead us through life. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and playing softball.  In addition to his parents, Lee is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Becky (Brown) McNally.

Lee McNally leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Loving wife of 69 years:  Mae (Fender) McNally;

Sons: David McNally and wife, Penny,

Darrell McNally and wife, Sina,

Jeff McNally;

10 grandchildren;

17 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at Center on Aging and Health for their loving care during Lee’s residence there and for their continued care of Mae.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Lee McNally in a funeral service to begin at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 28, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by David and Penny McNally.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 pm and will continue until service time on Monday.  A committal service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in the mausoleum chapel at Evergreen Cemetery.  Those attending the committal service will meet at Valley funeral home by 10:30 am on Tuesday to go in procession.  Serving as active pallbearers will be Lee’s grandsons.

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 Lee McNally through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Nancy Josephine Ruble Metcalf

Nancy Josephine Ruble Metcalf, age 80, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Hubert and Gladys Taylor Ruble.

Nancy was a lifetime member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a former employee of Superior Hone, where she worked on the assembly line for eighteen years.

Nancy was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed spending time with all her children and grandchildren. Nancy liked going to Dollywood, camping at Watauga Lake, going to UT Football games and watching her beautiful humming birds.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Edwards on February 1, 2019 and one brother, Billie Jackson Ruble on February 11, 2010.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband of sixty-three years, Jack Metcalf; one son, David Metcalf (Christie); three daughters: Judy Whitson, Donna Garland (Tony), Rena Bailey (Daniel), all of Erwin; three brothers: Jerry Ruble, Ben Ruble (Kaye) and Don Ruble (Jennie Lou); four sisters: Sally Briggs (Gerald), Linda Tittle (Larry), Gail Burnette (Gerald) and Betty Ruble; nine grandchildren: Chasity and Chad Edwards, Misty Peterson (Chris) and Ashley Peterson (Jason), Michael Whitson, Austin Bailey, Anthony Garland and Christian Metcalf, Shian Stewart (Derek); 12 great grandchildren: Hannah and Gavin Keasling, Zoe and Kennadi Edwards, Paige Whitson, Colton Warrick, Cami and Paisley Peterson, Nevaeh and Bentley Garland, Kynlee Ann Stewart and Hayley Derry (Nathan); two great-great grandchildren: Clayton and Justin Derry; sister-in-law, Toni Ruble; several nieces and nephews also survive.

“We’ll see you in the funny papers!”

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 3, 2019 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Garland James will officiate. Music will be provided by Gerald Burnett. Committal will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made in memory of Nancy to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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.

 

Karen Louise Butler Higgins

Karen Louise Butler Higgins, age 70, Coffee Ridge Community, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at her residence while she was surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Zeke and Rissie Huskins Butler.

Karen was a homemaker and she also worked at Wal-Mart as a Cashier and Greeter for twenty years. She was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church and attended Southside Freewill Baptist Church for the past ten years. Karen was part of the Women’s Auxiliary at church and always willing to help wherever she was needed.

She enjoyed helping others in her community. Karen was an excellent cook and she made delicious homemade pies, cookies and cakes. She was a talented seamstress and liked making clothes for her children and grandchildren. Karen made beautiful floral arrangements and painted stained glass windows.

Karen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She adored spending time with her grandchildren, having tea parties with her granddaughters and painting their nails. Karen called her family members on a daily basis to make sure they were all alright and sent her love to them.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Lonnie Butler and one brother-in-law, David Pauley.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of fifty years, Robert “Bobby” Higgins; one son, Robert Higgins (Dianna), Erwin; two daughters: Cynthia Michele Higgins White and fiance, Ronnie Joe Sparks, Erwin, Windy Higgins Edwards (Doug), Midlothian, VA; one sister, Sue Ann Pauley, Erwin; six grandchildren: Ryan Chase Toney, Chandra Lela Toney, Will Edwards, Mason Edwards, Liz Higgins and Carleigh Higgins; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 7:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Committal will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 28, 2019 in the Higgins Family Cemetery, Coffee Ridge Community. Pallbearers will be Robert Higgins, Brad Pauley, Doug Edwards, John Willis, Ronnie Joe Sparks and Michael Higgins. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Higgins, Butch Higgins and Dwayne Tipton. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM on Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.   

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

Billie Rose Harris

Billie Rose Harris, age 92, Unicoi, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. She lived most of her life in Unicoi County and was a daughter of the late James and Adinah Deaton Moyers.

Mrs. Harris was a homemaker. She was a member of Higgins Chapel Baptist Church for thirty years.

Billie was an active member of the Erwin Senior Citizens Center for many years. She was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program at the center. Billie enjoyed quilting, growing flowers & tomatoes, playing Rook and word puzzle books.

She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend. Billie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Harris; infant son, Kevin Harris; two brothers: Ralph and Charles; three sisters: Kate, Juanita and Armeta.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two sons: Randy Harris (Jamie) and Larry Harris (Cindy), all of Unicoi; one daughter, Sharon Rainwater (Stan), Johnson City; four grandchildren: Stacey Mayfield, Stephanie Harris, Andrew Harris and Lacey Harris; six great grandchildren; special niece, Geneva Saylor and several other nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Delbert Storie will officiate at the 1:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by Shelia Benedetto. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in the Swingle Cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted or those wishing may make memorial contributions in her memory to one of Mrs. Harris’ favorite charities: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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

Donald “Don” R. Stamper

Donald “Don” R. Stamper, age 66, Unicoi, passed away quietly at his residence on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 after a lengthy illness. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Willard Gaither Stamper and Jessie Lucille Harris Stamper.

Don was a United States Army Veteran. He was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Marksman Badge M-16. Don served his country for three years, including a tour in Germany. He was an Aviation and Wheel Vehicle Mechanic and earned the rank of Sergeant before his discharge. All Veterans are special and Don was a special Veteran. He served his country honorably, his family and his community as a long time, hard working small business owner.

Don owned and operated C & S Floor Sweep for over forty years. He also owned and operated Creekside Mulch and More. He was of the Christian Faith. Don was an active member of the Erwin Elks Club BPOE 1985.

Don was a devoted father, brother, son, uncle, grandfather, neighbor and friend to many. He looked out for people less fortunate. He was tough and gruff but had a heart of gold who would give someone the shirt off his back if they needed it. Don Stamper’s laugh was infectious and one of a kind. He had a gift for telling tales that would make everyone else laugh along with him.

Don adored his mom Lucille and his beloved wife Connie, who both left this world too early and he felt the pain of their loss. He hosted many a gathering of family and friends and was even known to show up in green tights as the grumpy Christmas Elf to help Santa distribute gifts to his grandchildren and his mom.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Connie Bennett Stamper on February 8, 2011 and one sister, Madelyn Cleveland.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, Shannon Stamper, Chattanooga; three brothers: Kyle Stamper, Auburn, CA, twin brother, Tom Stamper, High Point, NC and Johnny Stamper, Indianapolis, IN; two sisters: Brenda Tinker (Bud), Erwin and Peggy Bradley (Rick), Isle of Palm, SC; three grandchildren: Sergeant Don Tyler Neblett, Shiana Neblett and Abigail Neblett; mother-in-law, Wanda Webb; several nieces and nephews also survive. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Stara Brackins for the love and care she gave Don over the past few years.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Todd McLaughlin will officiate at 7:00 P.M. service. Committal will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered. Pallbearers will be Rick Bradley, Boo Ambrose, Carl Jones, David Rogers, Roger Harris, Ralph Marlowe and Craig Masters. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Padgett, Daniel “Big Daddy” Bailey and Spud Sears. Everyone is asked to meet at the Unicoi Funeral Home by 10:30 A.M. on Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted however the family would like to request that those wishing make memorial contributions to: Erwin Elks Club BPOE, Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund, 401 Elks Club Road, Erwin, TN 37650. Don enjoyed participating in this event over the years.

Rest gently Don, you earned it and enjoy your reunion with Connie.      

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

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