Third Annual Light of Remembrance Memorial Service set for Dec. 8

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
Tetrick Funeral Homes of Elizabethton, Roan Mountain and Bluff City and Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home are sponsoring their Third Annual Light of Remembrance Memorial Service on Sunday, Dec. 8.
   The memorial service will be held at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 100 East F Street, Elizabethton, at 2 p.m.
   "We feel like this is a way to give back to the families that we serve throughout the year," said Mary Lou O'Quinn, Assistant Office Manager at Tetrick Funeral Home. "It's a time for them to grieve and to remember their loved ones. During our service, we have candles that they light in memory of their loved ones. The deceased names will be read, and it's a very moving moment for the family members."
   The service "is for anyone in the community, but mostly for the families we have served."
   "We will send a letter to each family that we have served over the previous year to invite them, but anyone is welcome to come," said Tetrick Funeral Home Assistant Manager Charlie Bowman.
   Tetrick's grief counselor, Carol Ann McElwee, along with Martha Harvey, "will be available to answer any questions to help anyone in any way," remarked Bowman, who said literature will also be available.
   The first Light of Remembrance Memorial Service was "really effective," O'Quinn said. "Last year, we tied in the 9-11 tragedy with our memorial service. We had representatives from the firemen, policemen, and EMS there, and that added to our service. We were most pleased with the results of the service. As far as we know, we will be doing this annually."
   The first memorial service was held at Grace Baptist Church. "We let each family member come down front and light their own candle from the main candle as the name of their deceased was read," said O'Quinn. "We felt it was very healing for the families."
   The service was very moving, according to Bowman. "It seemed like it really touched the participants and helped them," he said.
   Last year's service was held at First Christian Church.
   Following a prelude by Kristen Smith, pianist, Sarah Roberson, organist, and Erin Niemeijer, violinist, Richard Tetrick will welcome attendees. The Rev. Jim Storie, pastor of High Point Baptist Church, Roan Mountain, will offer the invocation. Patty Hodge will sing a solo. The Rev. James W. Reddick Jr., pastor of Brown's Chapel AME Zion Church, will read the Scripture. Josh Smith will sing a solo. The Rev. Phil Poston, pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church, Elizabethton, will deliver the message. Don Tetrick will read the names as the remembrance candles are lighted. Each person who attends will receive a candle. Jerry Barnett, of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, will lead in the singing of "Silent Night." Mr. Richard L. Kirkland, minister of Bluff City First Christian Church, will offer the benediction.
   Attendees may attend a time of fellowship and light refreshments in the church's fellowship hall following the service.
   Those planning to attend the memorial service are asked to call 542-2232 or 543-5544.