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John Cousins

John Cousins, age 92, Erwin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Center on Aging and Health while he was surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He is a son of the late Noah and Martha Miller Cousins. John was a native of Yancey County, North Carolina but lived most of his life in Unicoi County.

He was a Christian and attended Ernestville Freewill Baptist Church. John retired from General Shale Brickyard after thirty-two years of service.

He loved his family dearly and was a devoted family man. John enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Gus, Paul, Frank, Worley and Nelse Cousins; three sisters: Judy Vance, Marry Mitchell and Bessie Cousins.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of sixty-six years, Mamie Engle Cousins; two sons: Larry Cousins (Diana) and Johnny Cousins; two daughters: Cathy Williams (Garrison), Kim Edwards (Todd); one sister, Kathleen Whitson, all of Erwin; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 21, 2019 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Robert Waddle will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Reverend Aaron and Lora Waddle. Committal will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday in the Evergreen Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Cousins family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

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