Clarence Arthur “Bud” Witcher, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at his home.
Born in Erwin, Tennessee on November 6, 1926, a son of the late Reuben Lee and Lela Willis Witcher, Clarence lived in Bristol all of his adult life. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran serving in the South Pacific. After attending East Tennessee State College (University), he became a residential and commercial contractor/developer and was also associated with The Synalloy Corporation (Bristol Metals), and for many years was a member of the Twin-Cities Kiwanis Club. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, but of even greater importance to him than his family or his calling, was his assurance of grace and mercy from his Lord Jesus Christ. Being of Presbyterian faith, he had served as a Ruling Elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, and Presbyterian Church in the United States. Descending from the reformers of Scotland/Ireland, his ancestors through several lines were instrumental in the founding of both Virginia and Tennessee.
In addition to his parents, Clarence is preceded in death by his siblings, Martha McFadden, Gladys Bundy, Evelyn Edwards, and infant brother, James.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 70 years, Martha Briscoe Witcher; sons, Daniel A. Witcher and wife Bonnie Bunker, and Thomas A. Witcher and wife, Karen Leonard; grandchildren, William (Will) Rutledge and wife, Virginia Jones, Charles (Rob) Roberson and wife, Rena Carolyn Newton, Margaret Katherine (Katie), Martha Elizabeth (Martha) and husband, Preston Abrams, John Knox (Knox) and Thomas Reid (Reid) and wife, Alexa Cassell; great grandchildren, Bonnie Ann, Charles (Charlie), Elsie, Katherine, Augusta and William Witcher; and sister, Jennie Bailey.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol, TN. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM with Rev. Brent Bradley and Rev. Stephen Warhurst officiating. The committal and interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, TN. His grandsons, Will, Rob, Knox and Reid Witcher, along with Preston Abrams, and great grandsons, Charlie and William, will serve as pallbearers.
The family expresses appreciation to his physician, Dr. Lillian Burke and the Mountain Home VA Staff at the Bristol, VA Outpatient Clinic and his caregivers, Lori Bowman and Jessica Akerboom and the Addus staff.
In lieu of flowers, offerings and gifts can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 900 Watauga Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 where Mr. Witcher was a member.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Arrangements especially for Mr. Witcher and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.