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Ethel Lee McCall Fain, age 88, 1437 Love Station Road, Erwin, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center after a long battle with illness.
Mrs. Fain was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of the late William Robert Lee and Bertha Mae Bennett McCall.
She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was among the best of mothers and was a friend to all who knew her.
A lover of cooking, her fried chicken was famous to friends and family.
Mrs. Fain was an avid reader her entire life.
She was a member of Love Chapel Christian Church.
Other than her parents, Mrs. Fain was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Clarence Wade Fain, who died Nov. 1, 1990; and by her sister, Mary Angela Henderson.
Survivors include six daughters and five sons-in-law, Amelia Sue and Jack Dyles of Erwin, Lois and Furman Bryant of Unicoi, Mary Elizabeth Blackmore of Johnson City, Julia Ann and Wayne Franklin of the home, Deborah Kay and Nick Erwin of Erwin, and Lydia Kathryn and Terry Bloom of Johnson City; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-grandbaby, Dye, yet to be born; sister, Audrey Louise Runion Hill, of Berkley, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends, including Pam Jennings and Connie Lewis.
Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Robert Bess officiating.
Her grandson, Noah Edwards, provided a eulogy. Music was provided by Reneé Garland, Constance Fairchild, Ashley Mumpower and Clarence Bailey, soloist, Charlotte McCurry, pianist, and Inez Chandler, organist.
Active pallbearers were Heath Valentine, Jack Wade Dyles, Charles Fain, Rick Fain, Gary Fain and Edison Wallen. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Dyles, Furman Bryant, Carl Hazelwood, Wayne Franklin, Toby Fain, Nick Erwin, Terry Bloom, Roger White, Randy Dye, Dexter Edwards, Doug Garland, Hunter Fairchild, James Mumpower and David Markwell.
Committal services were held Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home was in charg