Fred Hoilman

Fred Hoilman, age 81, Unicoi, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his residence. He was a native of Bakersville, NC before moving his family to Unicoi County in 1962. Fred was a son of the late Robert and Daisy Whitson Hoilman.

He was a member of Unicoi Baptist Church. Fred retired from American Mechanical in 2000. He also enjoyed farming his land.

Fred and his wife walked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail which, he always considered one of his favorite achievements. He and his wife enjoyed many wonderful hiking trips all over the United States including one to Alaska. Fred loved to build with various types of wood throughout his home. He also built beautiful wood furniture for his home and his family.

Fred was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to extend a very special and heartfelt thank you for the care he received from the staff of Amedisys Hospice, Silver Angels and special friend, Margaret Gardner. The family greatly appreciates the meals prepared and brought to them from their friends and neighbors during this difficult time.

Fred leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of sixty-two years, Dixie Lee Yelton Hoilman; two sons: Michael D. Hoilman, Unicoi and Jeffery T. Hoilman (Diane), Chattanooga; one daughter, Kathie Y. Hoilman, Unicoi; three sisters: Alma Pate (Reece), Spruce Pine, Georgie Bailey, Unicoi and Beulah “Jeri” Durnan, Denver; one grandson, Brandon Lewis, Unicoi; four granddaughters: Sarah Wicker, Erwin, Madison Hoilman, Franklin, Elizabeth and Caitlin Hoilman, both of Chattanooga; three great grandsons: Colt Lewis, Ethan Lewis and Charley Moore; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Garry Edwards and Chaplain Karl Gasser will officiate at the 2:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Karl Gasser and Larry Pate. Committal will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Colt Lewis, Charley Moore, Doug Hyder, Robert Gouge, Robert Corrivau and  Jim Raby.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Fred to: Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or https://parkinson.org    

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

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

George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr.

George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr.

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

KNOXVILLE – George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr. age 66, of Knoxville, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019 peacefully at his residence. A native of Erwin, TN., George was the son of late George Herman Richardson and Etta Phipps Richardson. He was a dedicated servant of God’s church. He was previously an active participant at Pastor Michal Stuelpnagel’s church. He enjoyed vacationing at Hilton Head Island with his mother Etta, sister Kathy Jo, and nephew Isaac Scott Richardson. George attended Tallulah Falls Academy in Tallulah Falls, GA. where he received his high school diploma. He also attended Young Harris College for two years in Young Harris, GA.

George was stationed in Clarkesville, TN. in the Army 101st Airborne Division from 1972-76. His special army buddies included James Carpenter, Tom Kellum, Dwight Tracy, Tom Arth , Lou White, and Kevin Metcalf. In 1982 moved to Knoxville, TN., 1984 -1993 Owner and operator of George’s Amoco Service Station, 1993-1994 Knoxville Rescue Mission Counselor (Counselor) 1994-1999 Whittle Springs Golf (Course Groundskeeper), 2000-2002 Mike’s Lawn Service, 2004-2006 Carpenter’s Union (Foreman), 1994-Present the job’s he loved the most was when he played a professional Santa Claus, work included Biloxi, Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Knoxville, Tennessee (West Town Mall, several local charities and churches). George never saw a stranger and was quite comical in his realm when working with children to make them smile, 1995-Present worked as owner and operator of George’s Landscaping, logging, and mowing business.

George was preceded in death by his parents George Herman Richardson and Etta Phipps Richardson, brother Thomas Allen Richardson, maternal grandparents Will and Ethel Phipps of Johnson City, TN., and paternal grandparents George Washington and Dessie Richardson of Hartwell, GA.

George leaves behind to cherish his memory special brother-in-law and sister Rev and Mrs. Winfred J. (Kathy Jo Richardson) Shelton, and their son Isaac Scott Richardson. Surviving children: Rachael Marie Jones, Molly Jane Shipley and husband Dennis, William Scott Richardson and wife April, John Thomas Richardson and wife Charis; grandchildren: Melinda and Christian Threet, Tiffany Jones, Christian Jones, Hannah and Dakota Curran, Jeremiah Jones, Hadley Curry, Averi Waller, Luke Richardson, Caleb Richardson, Tilly Richardson and Atticus Richardson; great-grandchildren: Cecil, Adeline, Nehemiah, and Nathaniel; and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Actively involved in AA locally and was currently Secretary/Treasurer for AA for the state of TN. He loved and was very devoted to all of his special AA friends and acquaintances. His greatest accomplishment was his sobriety of 27 years and his dedication to support others who struggled with addiction. Prayfully, George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr. was very Blessed, Happy, Joyous and Free!

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer respect and remembrance of the spiritual life of George Herman “Sonny” Richardson, Jr. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at ROSE MORTUARY BROADWAY CHAPEL 1421 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, immediately followed by a memorial service at 7:00 pm officiated by brother-in-law, Rev. Winfred J. Shelton, George’s son, John T. Richardson.

Family and friends will meet Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm at TN State Veterans Cemetery 2200 East Gov. John Sevier Hwy Knoxville, TN for a 2:00 pm interment. Full military honors will be provided by East TN State Veterans Honor Guard.

An online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at www.rosemortuary.com.

Clarence Lee Tipton

Clarence Lee Tipton, age 60 of Jonesborough, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was the son of Jake and Linda Dishner Tipton, born to them on June 13, 1958 in Erwin, Tennessee. Clarence united in marriage to Freta Idol and to this union, 2 children were born.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister.

Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Freta Tipton; a daughter, Lori Tipton Comstock and husband Jared; a son, Jacob Lee Tipton; Two granddaughters: Cora Lee Comstock and Quinn Marie Comstock; Two sisters: Juanita Honeycutt and husband Doug, and Bell Casey. He is also survived by a host of relatives and friends left behind to mourn his passing.

Upon his wishes, Clarence was cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mountain Empire Cremation and Burial Services is honored to serve the Tipton family.

Joyce Adkins

Joyce Adkins, age 63, of Unicoi, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Johnson City Medical Center.  A native of Unicoi County, Joyce is a daughter of the late Donald and Mildred (Whaley) McIntosh.  She was a member of Unicoi Church of Christ and was an Accounting Clerk at NN Ball and Roller prior to her retirement.  In addition to her parents, Joyce is preceded in death by her sisters: Jean Erwin, Donna Loatman and Brenda Steele.

Joyce Adkins has left behind to cherish her memory:

Husband of 45 years: James Adkins;

Sons: Jamie Adkins and wife, Sherry, of Brooksville, FL,

Chris Adkins;

Grandchildren: Kali Bailey and husband, Matt,

Lindsey Hughes and husband, Dustin;

Great-grandchildren: Neyland Bailey,

Landon Bailey,

Brentley Hughes,

And one more on the way;

Sister: Nancy Harris;

Brother: Ralph McIntosh;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Joyce Adkins in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Minister Tony Sayre and Minister Keith Storment 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 Sunday, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 8, 2019 in Evergreen Cemetery.  Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 12:30 pm to go in procession to the cemetery.  Pallbearers will be notified.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life, c/o American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.  Or you can donate online at HYPERLINK “https://secure.acsevents.org/” https://secure.acsevents.org.

Condolences and memories may also 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 Joyce Adkins through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Bailey “Bay” Duane Hansen

Bailey “Bay” Duane Hansen, 81, of Erwin, TN, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Unicoi County Hospital. Born in Waukegan, IL, Bailey was the son of the late Paul and Una (Peterson) Hansen. He was a member of the VFW and Moose Club in Erwin. He is preceded in death by his wife Priscilla in June 2011. He was honorably discharged from the US Air Force Reserve.

Bailey leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter Jodi, Erwin, TN, and sons Kris Hansen of FL, and Kurt Hansen, Lafayette, CO by his former wife Karen Garland of San Jose, CA. His Step-son through Priscilla, Steve Anderson of Westbrook, ME. His brothers Eric Hansen, of Tavares, FL, Mark Hansen of Scottsdale, AZ, and Brian Hansen of Boulder, CO. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Annika Hansen by Kris Hansen. Ryan Hansen by Kurt Hansen. Bailey, Blair, Sydney and Jake Gartley by Jodi Gartley, and Erin, Elyssa and Cassaudra by Steve Anderson.

Bailey graduated from Waukegan Township High school in 1955. Soon after graduation he joined Commonwealth Edison as a meter reader and later as a lineman for most his 35 years with ComEd. At the time of his retirement he was a facility manager at Zion Nuclear Power Plant.

After his retirement he moved to Erwin, TN where he and Priscilla built their lovely home. Most of the construction was done by Bay. In their basement there was a large work area to work on his cars and motorcycles, as well as a complete woodworking shop. His carvings large and small are known throughout the country and Austria where he attended advanced woodcarving school. Bay understood a piece wood like Michelangelo understood a piece of marble. There was a figure in the wood that he exposed and brought to life. He loved to give his carvings to friends and family. Some of his carvings won national recognition, including a life-size carousel horse.

Bay enjoyed the outdoors immensely, especially the mountains and oceans. He enjoyed hunting in the Rocky Mountains, frequently bagging his limit of deer and elk. He loved travel, adventure, fast cars and motorcycles. Bay could fix anything that ran on gas or electricity. He made his own tools and knives.

Bay was a hard worker with a strong will to complete what ever he started. Bay was available to help whenever anyone needed help, wanted nothing in return. Bailey was a master story teller which always held the attention to all those in his presence. He was a strong and loyal friend to many and will be greatly missed.

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

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Zion, IL

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 Bailey “Bay” Duane Hansen through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton

Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton, age 64, of Unicoi, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  A native of Erwin, Connie is a daughter of the late Cecil and Daisy Mary (Roberts) Woodby.  She was of the Baptist Faith, and a former member of Unicoi Baptist church, but currently attended Omega Baptist Church.  When she was younger, Connie worked for Redcap as a seamstress, but more recently was an employee of Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, where she was a Corrections Officer and Cook.  She loved flowers.  In addition to her parents, Connie is preceded in death by: husband of 45 years, Eddie Kenneth Dayton; brothers: Jerry Woodby and Steve Woodby; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Dayton and Bill Oliver; son-in-law: Mark Edwards.

Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Special friend: Gary Whitson;

Daughter: Kim Dayton Edwards;

Son: Matt Dayton;

Grandchildren: Whitney Dayton,

Kayden Dayton,

Noah Dayton;

Sisters: Katherine Oliver,

Angela Dayton.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton in a memorial service to be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Unicoi Baptist Church. Reverend Darrell Edwards will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by Jamie Smith.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 3:00 PM and continue until service time on Sunday.

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 Connie Elizabeth (Woodby) Dayton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Thomas John Michaud, II

Thomas John Michaud, II age 79, Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Four Oaks Health Care. He is a son of the late Thomas John Michaud and Joanna Naydan Michaud.

Thomas was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a retired Truck Driver.

Also, Thomas was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Jerico Temple.

He loved his great granddaughter, Zelda Rose very much.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Michaud on March 20, 2005; his first wife and the mother of his children, Shirley Sandacata.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, one son, Thomas John Michaud, III,; one daughter, Liz Staffa, all of Erwin; three grandchildren and one great  granddaughter.

Thomas requested to be cremated.

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

Theresa Jane Holiwski

Theresa Jane Holiwski, age 88, of Erwin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at her residence. She was a native of Hoboken, New Jersey and a daughter of the late Guy and Mary Margaret Shortt DeMarco. Theresa moved to Unicoi County with her husband, Jack in 1994.

She retired from New York Public School System where she was employed as a Crossing Guard for many years. Theresa was a very active and dedicated member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She was very involved in the adopted grandparent program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Theresa worked very diligently to help bring the Catholic Church to Unicoi County. Her joyful work for St. Michael was seen and heard all throughout the community. Theresa’s energy and enthusiasm was shared with everyone, everywhere she went.

Theresa was a very active member of Clinchfield Senior Citizens Center. She was an avid volunteer for the Center on Aging and Health. Theresa’s stories and life lessons she so loved to share will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her smile, joyful, sweet but to the point attitude brought many smiles and laughter to all who knew her. Theresa never met a stranger!

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandparent, friend and church member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years, John “Jack” Holiwski on January 10, 2017; two brothers, Guy DeMarco and Robert Dale DeMarco; two sisters: Delores Collelouri and Juanita Rocco.

Theresa leaves behind to cherish her memory, two daughters: Margaret “Maggie”  LoBue, Erwin and Jean Bifano, Westfield, New Jersey; two sons: Frank Holiwski, Atlanta and John Holiwski, New Jersey; one sister, Rosemary Thomson; four grandchildren: Nicholas Tanzi (Kristine Sabia), Joseph Tanzi (Ali Abella), Michael Bifano and Leora Holiwski; three great grandchildren: Joseph Shea Tanzi, Olivia Kathryn Tanzi and Thomas Anthony Tanzi; several nieces, nephews and numerous friends also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Father Tom Charters will officiate. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:45 P.M. on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made in memory of Theresa Holiwski to: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Building Fund, 657 N. Mohawk Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.     

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

Gene Ramsey

If we meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing; but if you meet JESUS  CHRIST and forget Him, you have lost everything. Where you are going is much more important than where you have been. John 3:16 & 14:6, 1st John 1:9, Romans 10:9 & 12:11

Gene Ramsey, age 80, Erwin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Unicoi County Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Sankey and Audrey Bennett Ramsey.

Gene was a United States Army Veteran. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Master Marksman M-14 Medal. He was employed at Hoover Ball for fifteen years prior to starting his trucking business. Gene owned and operated his trucking business for twenty years.

He was very involved and a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church. Gene was a member of the Regular Fellows Sunday School Class. He enjoyed being the Greeter at church. Also, he drove the Seniors Group at Calvary to special outings and events. He was born again thirty years ago in May 1988. Gene loved Jesus with all his heart and shared his faith with joyful enthusiasm! He had special cards printed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and loved handing them out to everyone he met. One of Gene’s favorite hymns, which he requested every Sunday night was #407, “Because He Lives”.

He was a member of Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM. Gene was a member of Jericho Shrine Temple and loved raising money to help the children’s hospital.

Gene was an avid and very passionate Tennessee Vols fan. He loved his Unicoi County Blue Devils and enjoyed attending all sporting events over the years. Gene would take a load of watermelons to share with the football players.

He had a huge, generous and genuinely caring heart. Gene never met a stranger and couldn’t wait to greet you with a smile, handshake or hug. He loved his community and supported various fundraisers and charity events.

Gene loved giving everyone advice, and more advice, and more advice! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his words of wisdom will be cherished for generations to come. To know Gene Ramsey was to love Gene Ramsey, he was truly one of a kind.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Ramsey and one nephew, Ricky Ramsey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving, devoted and patient wife of fifty-seven and a half years, Sally Bradford Ramsey; one daughter, Amy Ramsey Reed, Erwin; two grandsons: Raben and Boone Reed; one brother, Jerel Ramsey (Phyllis), Blountville; several nieces and nephews; also surviving, two daughters: Trish Ramsey, Clarksville, Lisa Street, Telford and their children and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 P.M. and 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor David Crutchfield and Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. celebration of Gene’s life. Music will be provided by Calvary Baptist Church. Masonic Rites will be rendered by Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM. Pallbearers will be Alan Rogers, Doug Cooper, Kevin Ramsey, Mark Peterson, Mark Ramsey and David Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers will be Regular Fellows Sunday School Class, Jerry Ramsey, Tommy Bennett, Jerry Bennett and Ronnie Bennett. Committal will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Gene to one of his favorite charities: Shriners Hospital For Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or www.lovetotherescue.org

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

Terry Landon “TC” Clevenger

Terry Landon “TC” Clevenger, age 27, of Johnson City, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at his home.  A native of Unicoi County, TC is a son of Terry Lynn and Lisa Gaye Clevenger.  He was a 2010 graduate of Unicoi County High School.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University on May 5, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Information Technology.  TC attended Lyons Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.  He was employed as an Operations Support Coordinator at Home Shopping Network in Piney Flats. He enjoyed computers, video games, reading, being outdoors and working with his hands.  He also had an avid interest in firearms and marksmanship.  TC is preceded in death by: his paternal grandmother, Ruby Clevenger; paternal grandfather, Grover Clevenger; maternal grandfather, Tom Adkins; and uncle, Mike Adkins

TC Clevenger has left behind to cherish his memory:

Parents: Terry and Lisa Clevenger;

Brother: Joshua Banks;

Nanny: Betty Falk;

Uncles: Tommy Adkins and wife, Patty,

David Adkins and wife, Kim;

Aunts: Tina Hopson and husband, Jerry,

Sherri Cable and husband, Dale;

Special cousins: Haley Peterson and husband, Josh,

Caleb Adkins,

Dylan Cable;

Numerous loving cousins.

The family will offer tribute and remember the life of TC Clevenger in private services.

Condolences and memories may also 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 Terry Landon “TC” Clevenger through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Sally Strickland

Sally Strickland, age 79, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Sebring, OH, Sally is a daughter of the late Robert Earl Court and Dorothy Louise (Froshey) Dickson.  She previously worked at Goober’s Restaurant and Industrial Garment/Red Cap and is a member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church, having joined in 1982.  Sally dearly loved her grandchildren.  She was considered the World’s Greatest Mom by her children.  She enjoyed reading, working on her IPad and working crossword puzzles.  Sally always had a smile on her face.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by: her brother, Robert “Ed’ Court; sister, Kay Ann “Sissy” Court; father of her children, Robert “Bob” Strickland; son, Randy Strickland; grandson, Randy Foster; granddaughter, Sandie Foster Baucom; and son-in-law, John Hensley.

Sally Strickland leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sister: Kathy Ford and husband, John, of Erwin

Sons: Tim Strickland and wife, Tracy, of Maryville,

Steve Strickland and wife, Tonya, of Friendsville;

Daughters: Lori Franklin and husband, Alan, of Erwin,

Judy Hensley, of Kingsport,

Donna Foster and husband, Marshall, of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Annie Fishbaugh, of Jonesborough,

Joe and Glenn Foster, of Erwin,

Heather Davidson, of Kingsport,

Gregory and Whitlee Franklin, of Erwin,

Tianna Kelley and husband, Mark, of Louisville,

Tabitha and Stephan Strickland, of Friendsville,

Tyler, Makayla and Peyton Strickland, of Maryville,

Christina Wininger and husband, Michael, of Kingsport;

Several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the nursing staff at Johnson City Medical Center for their loving care during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Sally Strickland in a funeral service to be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church.  Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2019 and will continue until service time at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church.  A committal service will be held in Martin Creek Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 8, 2019.  Doctor Scott Linginfelter will officiate.  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: Eddie Court, Terry Court, Jimmy Padgett, David True, Joe Foster, Gregory Franklin, Dakota Foster and Tyler Strickland.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Anders and Glenn Foster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church, Mission Projects, 910 Hoback Street, 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 Sally Strickland through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Buster Lynn Laughren

Buster Lynn Laughren age 63 of Erwin TN passed away on February 22, 2019 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Lifelong resident of Unicoi County, he was the son of the late Fred and Betty Sue Sweeney Laughren. Buster was a member of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church for many years. He was also a member of Southside Fire Dept. where he held the title of Chaplain. Buster was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend to all. He never met a stranger and had a true gift of laughter and joy and the ability to brighten anyone’s day. He will be truly missed. Left behind to cherish his memory are:

Brother and Sister In Law: Danny and Sandra Laughren
Sons: Brian, Christopher, and Brandon Laughren
Daughters In Law: Jennifer Abril, Stephanie Laughren, Andrea McCusker and Heather Sloan
Grandchildren: Richard, Jessica, Jasmine, Michael, Brayden, Kaylin and Veronica Laughren, Alexandria Reed, Connor and Kiley McCusker and Matthew Mault.
Several cousins, nieces, nephews and other special friends and family also survive.
Family and friends will be hosting a private celebration of life.

Lydia I. Edwards

Lydia I. Edwards, age 93, of Erwin, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Unicoi County Hospital.  A native of Poplar, NC, Lydia is a daughter of the late Martin Amos and Cora (Miller) Presnell.  She was of the Free Will Baptist Faith and she enjoyed gardening and flowers. In addition to her parents, Lydia is preceded in death by: husband of 44 years, Walter Jack Edwards; 4 brothers: Frank, Howard, Hyder and Ed; 3 sisters: Bertha, Violet and Von; special sister-in-law: Neive Presnell.

Lydia I. Edwards leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sons: Mike Edwards and wife, Bunny,

Doug Edwards and wife, Joy,

Dorsey Keith Edwards;

Grandchildren: Anthony Edwards and wife, Robyn,

David Edwards and wife, Melissa,

Jamie Edwards,

Sandra Butts and husband, David,

Diane Hartless and husband, Bradley,

Gaynell Hughes and husband, Nick;

15 great-grandchildren;

5 great-great-grandchildren;

Sisters: Ruby Phillips,

Betty Barnett;

Several nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Lydia I. Edwards in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Stanley McMahan will officiate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Tuesday.  A committal service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Evergreen Cemetery.  Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate.  Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 12:30 to go in procession.  Serving as pallbearers will be Lydia’s grandsons and great-grandsons.

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 Lydia I. Edwards through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Gladys Shelton

Gladys Shelton, age 87, of Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at her home. A native of Flag Pond, Gladys is a daughter of the late Bonnie (Shelton) Hensley.  She formerly attended Sweetwater Church of God and was a member of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church, where she played the piano. Gladys was employed by Morrill Motors.  She enjoyed music and played the piano and she loved gardening, sewing and crocheting. In addition to her mother, Gladys is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years: William Glenn Shelton; and her step-father: John Hensley.

Gladys Shelton leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Brothers: Robert Hensley and wife, Jane, of Flag Pond,

Lloyd Hensley, of Flag Pond;

Sisters: Barbara Dorton and husband, Jack, of Nettie, WV,

Judy Bunting, of Flag Pond,

Carolyn Barnett and husband, Danny, of Harpers Ferry, WV,

Doris Hibbard, of Roseburg, OR;

Several nieces and nephews;

Special friends: Jean Ledford;

Linda Gouge.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Gladys Shelton in a memorial service to be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Pathway Freewill Baptist Church.  Reverend Bernie Jones, Reverend Keith Tipton and Reverend Matthew Robinson will officiate.  Musical Selections will be provided by the members of Pathway Freewill Baptist Church.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 2, 2019 and will continue until service at Pathway Freewill Baptist Church.

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 Gladys Shelton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

J. B. Street, Jr.

J. B. Street, Jr., age 83, of Unicoi, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at his home. A native of Mitchell County, NC, J. B. is a son of the late Jason B. Street, Sr. and Blanche (Woody) Street.  He was a Barber as well as a Supervisor for the Upper East Tennessee region of the Tennessee Department of Transportation until he retired after 21 years of service.  J. B. was a member of Central Baptist Church and also attended Limestone Cove First United Methodist Church.  He was a member of the Unicoi Masonic Lodge # 681 and a Past Master.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing Bluegrass music.  He loved his grandsons, who were the light of his life.  In addition to his parents, J. B. Street, Jr. is preceded in death by: his son, Michael Street; sister, Janie Clark; brothers: Bill and Roy Street; and infant brother: Bobby Street.

J. B. Street, Jr. leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 62 years: Phyllis Ann (Odom) Street;

Daughter-in-law: Donna Street;

Grandsons: Adam Street,

Jason Street;

Sister: Joyce L. Bromwell;

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Buddy and Barbara Odom;

Niece: Cindy Odom-Higgins and husband, Michael;

Great-nephew: Alystaire;

Several other beloved nieces and nephews.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of J. B. Street, Jr. in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Reverend Larry Wiley will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by Cindy Odom-Higgins and Reverend Larry and Martha Wiley.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2019 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Bell Cemetery.  Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:30 PM to go in procession.  Serving as active pallbearers will be: David Penley, Bud Blankenship, Jerry Puckett, Gary Shipley, Frank Rogers and Michael Higgins.  Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Crowder, James Howell, Wayne Clark, Mike Hensley, Craig Masters and the Deacons of Central Baptist Church.

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 J. B. Street, Jr. through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Jack “Carnation” Gillentine

RICHMOND, VA – Jack “Carnation” Gillentine passed away peacefully at home in Richmond, VA on February 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born on January 20, 1929, Jack was a native of Erwin, TN and just celebrated his 90th birthday in big style.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Glenda Lee Taylor Gillentine. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving daughter, Jacque Minarik and son in-law Andrew Minarik, an adoring son Jason Gillentine and daughter in-law Chris Gillentine, grandchildren Madi, Macy, and Logan Gillentine, Jacob, Nick, and Livy Arsenault, his favorite sister and best friend Bobbie Jean Tucker, extended family, and his beloved companions Ruby and Daisy.

Jack enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII and re-enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a Korean War Veteran. He taught for over twenty-five years and was appointed supervisor of Health and Physical Education for Norfolk City Public Schools. He had a great passion for coaching youth sports and a love for children. He had a magnetic personality and was good at putting a smile on everyone’s face. He loved his hometown of Erwin and his younger sister Bobbie Jean and family. He especially loved pulling pranks with family and friends. He always put family first, caretaking for his wife Glenda and older brother Clarence until they crossed over.

There was never a job too large for Jack. Once Jack took a dare (for $5.00) to go to New York City on a bus from Erwin at just twelve years old. He stayed at a YMCA, visited the Empire State Building, and saw Count Basie who was playing during the intermission of a movie. Once he completed his adventure he called home. His dad, who worked for Clinchfield Railroad, wired a train ticket via Western Union so he could return. Jack lived his whole life with this sense of adventure. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation of a living plant that will be planted in the community garden at St. Catherine’s School, or donating to the ASPCA or Pet Peace of Mind.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2PM in Bannard Chapel at St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA.

Morris “Duke” Crane, Jr.

Morris “Duke” Crane, Jr. passed Fri, Jan 25, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Born Nov 15, 1928 in Pascagoula, MS, Duke served 9 years in the US Navy Submarine Corps serving aboard the USS Medregal (SS-480). After an honorable discharge and a brief stint in the private sector, Duke resumed his DOD government service working at Brookley Air Force Base, Mobile, AL, maintaining USAF aircraft. There he met and married Helen Wilson, also an employee at Brookley. Duke received a transfer within the DOD as a DCAS quality control representative supervising the production of military boots at Wellco, relocating his family to Ashville and onto Jonathan Creek, NC. Duke received a DOD promotion to head the QC staff at Nuclear Fuels Services in Erwin, TN, until his retirement in 1984.

Residing 32 yrs in Whispering Pines, Johnson City, TN, Duke enjoyed bonding with friends and neighbors as a UCHS band parent, an avid Elks Lodge member, an avid supporter of the Jerry Pierce Band, and as a houseboat owner / “captain” on Watauga Lake at Lakeshore Marina G-Dock. Duke and Helen moved back to AL where they enjoyed retirement years with family and friends. After the death of his wife of 54 yrs, Duke moved to The Waterford of Smyrna, TN, where he made new friends and gave his two daughters the joy of their father’s company.

Preceded in death by father Morris Crane Sr, mother Mary Estelle “Stella” (Grant), brother Richard (Sue Crane), and sister Lois (Leo Siebert). Survived by brother Robert Leslie “Les” Crane (Janet & Marilyn), daughters Debra (Ted Pedulla) & Danna (David Borders), granddaughters Kathryn & Bailey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service Sat, Feb 23, Pine Rest Funeral Home, Foley, AL. Visitation 10 a.m. Service 11 a.m. Interment to follow.

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Edwards

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Edwards, age 62, Erwin, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of Jack and Nancy Ruble Metcalf.

Debbie was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker. Debbie was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Edwards.

In addition to her parents, Jack and Nancy Ruble Metcalf, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Chad Edwards; two daughters: Chastity Keasling, Shian Stewart (Derek), all of Erwin; one brother, David Metcalf (Christy), Erwin; three sisters: Judy Whitson, Donna Garland (Tony), Rena Bailey (Daniel), all of Erwin; five grandchildren: Haley Derry (Nathan), Hannah Keasling, Gavin Keasling, Kennadi Edwards and Zoey Edwards; one great grandson, Clayton Derry; several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the McInturff Cemetery, Rock Creek. Reverend Jerry Keasling will officiate. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 1:45 P.M. on Saturday.

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

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

James “Harold” Rice

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7

James “Harold” Rice, age 73, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN. A native of Unicoi County, Harold is a son of the late Hestle and Jessie (McCurry) Rice.  He was a member of Fishery Community Church, where he was on the Board of Trustees and was formerly a member of the administrative board.  He was also the Sexton of Fishery Community Church Cemetery.  He graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1965 where he was a member of the basketball team from 1961 – 1965.  In 1965, he was selected to be on the “All State” basketball team.  He was also on the baseball and football teams during his time at Unicoi County High School.  Harold graduated from Tusculum College in 1987, having earned his Bachelor’s Degree.  He worked for the United States Postal Service and retired as the Post Master.  Harold was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany and then in the Vietnam War.   He was an avid golfer and fisherman, a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Elks Club.  In addition to his parents, Harold is preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law: J. K. and Bertie Ambrose; adoptive parents: Willis and Alta Edwards; sister: Ruth Ann Rice; brother: Gerald Rice.

James “Harold” Rice leaves behind to cherish his memory:

Wife of 46 years: Margaret (Ambrose) Rice, of Erwin;

Son: Jason Rice and fiancé, Jacey Lane, of Johnson City

Sisters: Mary Lue Wollschlager and husband, Arthur, of Seaford, DE,

Glenda Peterson, of Erwin,

Debbie Randolph and husband, Ronnie, of Erwin;

Brothers: Robert Rice, of Cumberland, MD,

Johnny Rice and wife, Brenda, of Johnson City,

David Rice and wife, Rita, of Erwin,

Ricky Rice, of Erwin;

Adoptive Sisters: Catherine Edwards Bunton and husband, Scotty, of Elizabethton,

Ellen Van Dyke and husband, Thomas, of Damascus, VA,

Julie Vanover and husband, Vic, of Concord, NC.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the VA Medical Center staff and to Dr. Tamarro Taylor, MD, for their loving care during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of James “Harold” Rice in a funeral to be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  Pastor Arthur Gibson will officiate.  Musical Selections will be provided by Gil Moody, Kay Norris (pianist) and Larry Pate.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A committal service will be held in Fishery Community Church Cemetery on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Those attending will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 10:30 AM on Friday to go in procession. Serving as active pallbearers will be Audie Peterson, Jr., Arthur Wollschlager, Michael Rice, Michael Allen, Larry Norris and Ryan Rice.  Honorary pallbearers will be Michele Taylor and Rusty Wishon.

In lieu of flowers, it would be Harold’s wish that memorial donations be made to Fishery Community Church, Cemetery Fund, 501 Fishery Church 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 James “Harold” Rice through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Robert Raymond Foster

Robert Raymond Foster, age 91, Coffee Ridge community, Erwin, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the Unicoi County Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and was a son of the late Robert F. and Zula Farnor Foster.

Raymond was a US Army veteran where he proudly served during WWII as a Lineman. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and The Army Of Occupation Medal Japan.

Raymond loved the Lord, his family, and farming. He had an amazing work ethic and never sat still. He never met a stranger and was kind to everyone he met, always making friends while he sat on a bench while his family shopped. He took great pleasure in family vacations each year. He enjoyed hunting ginseng, fishing, and was an excellent marksman. He loved baseball, always supporting the Unicoi County Blue Devils and the Atlanta Braves. He will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Raymond retired from CE Refractories in 1997. He was a member of the Flag Pond Masonic Lodge F&AM and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Raymond was a member of the Coffee Ridge Baptist Church where he served as the church treasurer for fifteen years. He was a Trustee of the Coffee Ridge Baptist Church since 1970.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Clarence, Leonard, Calvin, and Allen Foster; one sister, Audrey Renfro; three brothers-in-law: Tommy John Pate, Oscar Renfro, Harold Higgins; four sisters-in-law: Belle Foster, Carlene Foster, Barbara Foster, and Nola Higgins.

Raymond leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of sixty-seven years, Frances McIntosh Foster; two daughters: Teresa and Bud Williams, Sherry and Roger Gaddy; one grandson, Chad and Savannah Williams; three granddaughters: Heather and Wayne Powers, Jessica and Will Swope, Heidi Willis; five great grandchildren: Chloe Powers, Corbin Powers, Brett Williams, Liam Swope, Caleb Williams; three brothers: Ernest and Margaret Foster, Denlis and Lelian Foster, Mike Foster; one sister, Betty Pate, one sister-in-law, Lana Foster, several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. Reverend Phillip Garland and Eugene Harris will officiate and Chad Williams will deliver the Eulogy at the 6:00 P.M. funeral service. Pallbearers will be Chad Williams, Wayne Powers, Corbin Powers, Will Swope, Brett Williams, Michael Smith and Phillip Higgins. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Renfro, Gaylon Foster, Mark Foster, Chuck Foster, Terry Haynes, Jim Pate, Alex Foster and James Edwards. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 1, 2019 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by the Carter County Honor Guard. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 P.M. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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.