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Fern Darlene Masters

Fern Darlene Masters, 82, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 17, 2016. She was a daughter of the late James Hiram Ford and Ethel Booth Ford. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ted Masters and her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by 2 Daughters, Kris White (husband Steve), and Stephanie Rice (husband Randy). 5 grandchildren whom she loved deeply: Lucas White of Naples, FL; Lucy Blevins (husband Geoff) of Erwin; Matt White (wife Sarah) of Knoxville, TN; Ethan Bailey (Fiancée Hannah Wilson) of Erwin; Brittany McInturff (husband Ryan) of Johnson City; Great grandchildren: Lydia White and Eden and Emma Blevins.

Darlene attended Unicoi County High School. She was valedictorian and president of her senior class. She was a devoted wife and mother and was willing to serve in any position with her support. She was employed as librarian at Temple Hill Elementary School, bookkeeper at Appalachian Garment, sales clerk in the fabric department at A. R. Browns and Christine’s Fabrics. From sewing her daughters beautiful clothes, serving many positions in the PTA, and most importantly, her love for the Lord, shown in teaching Sunday School Classes, singing in the choir, and directing Vacation Bible Schools, she was a true example of a Proverbs 31 wife and mother.
Her famous brownies, lemon pies, and cherry pies were baked and given with love to neighbors, friends and especially her grandchildren.

The family requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute to remember the life of Darlene Masters in a funeral service held at 1:00 PM, Monday, January 18, 2016 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home with Reverend Kevin Laws and friend Charles Fain officiating. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00PM and continue until service time at Valley Funeral Home on Monday, and other times at the home of her daughter, Stephanie Rice. A committal service will follow the funeral service at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Southside Freewill Baptist Church Building fund or Love Chapel Christian Church Building Fund.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to all of the girls with Caris Hospice and the nurses and staff at Unicoi County Long Term Care. You each gave our mother such wonderful care and compassion.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Fern Darlene Masters through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.