Feburary 2000 Obituaries

Lillie A. Groce
2/29/00

   Mrs. Lillie Aleen Lewis Groce, 86, of Village East Apartments, 200 N. East Street, Elizabethton, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.

   Mrs. Groce was a lifetime resident of Carter County and the daughter of the late Landon T. Lewis and Lena Lewis Brooks Elliott. She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Roberta C. Groce, October 14, 1940; her husband, Robert A. Groce, July 21, 1973; two sons-in-law, Captain Roy H. Wilson and Rev. Charles E. Manning; two sisters, Nina Lewis and Virgie Lewis Groce; and a brother, Omer Lewis.

   Mrs. Groce was a member of Pleasant Beach Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

   Survivors include a son, Robert A. Groce Jr., Johnson City; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Carol and Don Hardin, Mildred and Bill Isaacs and Loretta J. Wilson, all of Elizabethton; two sisters, Mable Lewis Teague, Roan Mountain, and Mary Lewis Richesin, Elizabethton; two brothers, Earl Lewis and Freeman "Hoover" Lewis, both of Elizabethton; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Eva Shelton, Erwin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

   GROCE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Aleen Lewis Groce, 86, of Village East Apartments, 200 N. East Street, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, February 27, 2000, will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Stout and Rev. Ray Colbaugh officiating. Music will be under the direction of the New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church Quartet and Jon Shell, bagpiper. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at Caldwell Springs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons: Joseph Carpenter, Johnathon Wilson, Steve Wilson, Josh Hardin, Andy Hardin, Randy Hardin, Timmy Hardin, Todd Manning and Matt Manning. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Amerisource Corporation of Johnson City, friends at Village East Apartments, Willard Collins, Internal Medical Group of Johnson City, special neighbors of the Hunter Community, James H. and Cecile C. Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, Rev. Floyd Walker Roberson and Rev. Howard Messer. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Friends may call at the residence of a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Don Hardin, 1620 Highway 91, Elizabethton, any time. The family, friends, ministers and pallbearers will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. For those who prefer, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 682, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37644. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

 

Lewis D. Rasnick
2/29/00

   Lewis D. Rasnick, 79, 232 Carr Hollow Road, Bluff City, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Hospital, Mountain Home, following a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Rasnick was a native of Dante, Va., and had lived in East Tennessee since 1946. He was a son of the late Thomas Daniel and Viola O'Quinn Rasnick and was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas D. Rasnick; six brothers, Neal, Calvin, Ed, Jim, Dave and Dewey; and three sisters, Marie Kiser, Helen Cagle and Mae Bullock.

   Mr. Rasnick was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation with 36 years of service and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was of the Baptist faith.

   Survivors include his wife, Reba Cross Rasnick, of the home; two sons, Freddie Rasnick, Elizabethton, and Johnny Williams, Blountville; three daughters, Pam Gillian, Yadkinville, N.C., Teresa Sheppard, Watauga, and Margaret Robbins, Sun Valley, Nev.; three brothers, Lawrence Rasnick and Earl Rasnick, both of Elizabethton, and William Rasnick, Watauga; and a sister, Alice Largent, Elizabethton. Eleven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

   RASNICK -- Funeral services for Lewis D. Rasnick, 79, 232 Carr Hollow Road, Bluff City, who died Sunday, February 27, 2000, will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 29, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with Rev. Kenneth Jordan and Rev. Avery Lynch officiating. Music will be by Eleanor Leonard and the Sacred Harmony Trio. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Garden of Devotion at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Danny Sheppard, Doug Rasnick, Chris Sheppard, Brian Sheppard, Michael Shipley, Tommy Shipley, Junior McAninch and Steven Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Rasnick, Junior Rasnick, Anthony Rasnick, Greg Rasnick, Jay Buckles, Ronnie Rasnick, David Rasnick, Keith McAninch, W.C. Rasnick, Bobby Rasnick, Jeff Rasnick, Mike Rasnick, Tim Rasnick and members of Fairview Baptist Church and Calvary Memorial Church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the nurses and doctors at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Hospital, Mountain Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence, 232 Carr Hollow Road, Bluff City, any time. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

 

Mary H. Cade
2/28/00

  Mary Hurley Cade, 65, 1507 Bell Ridge Road, Johnson City, died Saturday, February 26, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center.

  Mrs. Cade was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City and a daughter of the late Cecil and Elsie Richardson Hurley. She was also preceded in death by twin daughters.

  Mrs. Cade was a retired employee of Levi Strauss. She was a Baptist.

  Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Draper, Jonesborough, and Anita Laws, Unicoi; a son, Bill Cade, Unicoi; and a brother, Cecil Hurley Jr., Johnson City. Five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

  CADE -- Graveside services for Mary Hurley Cade, 65, 1507 Bell Ridge Road, Johnson City, who died Saturday, February 26, 2000, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Monte Vista Burial Park with Rev. John Hitechew officiating. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and proceed to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Suite 595A, Johnson City, Tenn. 37604 or the American Lung Association of Tennessee, 1808 West End Avenue, Suite 514, Nashville, Tenn. 37203. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

Arabelle C. Potter
2/28/00

  Mrs. Arabelle C. Potter, 81, 106 Flora Dugger Road, Elizabethton, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at her residence following a brief illness.

  Mrs. Potter was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Dan and Sallie White Campbell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Simon Arthur Potter, September 28, 1981, a brother, Roy S. Campbell, and a sister, Marie Hatley.

  Mrs. Potter was a homemaker and a former employee of North American Rayon Corporation. She was a member of the Elk River Baptist Church.

  Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Gerald Buckles and Marcia and Mike Fletcher, all of Elizabethton; two sisters, Emma Taylor, Elizabethton, and Opha Green, Butler; two brothers, J.P. Campbell and E.C. Campbell, both of Elizabethton; and three granddaughters and a grandson-in-law, Paula and Gary Morrell, Stephanie Fletcher and Joy Fletcher, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

  POTTER -- Funeral services for Mrs. Arabelle C. Potter, 81, 106 Flora Dugger Road, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, February 27, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 29, 2000, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Doug Hardin and Rev. Earl Campbell officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Caldwell Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Joey Campbell, Edward Campbell, Richard E. Campbell, Luther Woods, Eugene Buckles and Lawrence Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, friends and neighbors, Larry Hyder, Kevin Campbell, Verl Hyder, Ralph Fletcher, Wayne Nidiffer, Buddy Bowers, Leonard Winters, Robert Winters, S. Joe Taylor, Jack Hyder and a special nephew, Ronnie B. Taylor. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the home of a daughter, Marcia Fletcher, 102 Flora Dugger Road, Elizabethton, any time. The family, friends, ministers and pallbearers will meet at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mrs. Potter to Housecall Hospice, 106 Rogosin Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Johnny M. Pritchard
2/28/00

  Johnny Millard Pritchard, 61, 127 Beryl Blevins Road, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Sunday, February 27, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

  Mr. Pritchard was a native of Carter County. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church and had retired in 1991 from Summers-Taylor, Inc., Elizabethton.

  Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Williams Pritchard, of the home; his mother, Leona Pritchard Grindstaff, Elizabethton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Lia Pritchard, Jonesborough, and Greg and Colleen Pritchard, Elizabethton; and two granddaughters, Christy Miller and Robyn Miller, both of Elizabethton. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

  Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

  PRITCHARD -- Funeral services for Johnny Millard Pritchard, 61, 127 Beryl Blevins Road, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, February 27, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 29, 2000, in the Autumn Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with Rev. Allen Davis and Rev. Homer Salyer officiating. Music will be under the direction of Carl Williams, soloist. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Dave Shorter officiating. Active pallbearers will be Carl Williams, Danny McGinnis, Danny Churchill, Donnie Collins, Theron Johnson and Roy Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Autumn Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence, 127 Beryl Blevins Road, Elizabethton, any time. The family, friends, minister and pallbearers will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Pritchard to Housecall Hospice, 106 Rogosin Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Augustus Buckles
2/25/00

  Augustus "Gus" Buckles, 61, 206 Autumn Creek Lane, Gray, died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 23, 2000, at his home.

  Mr. Buckles was a native of Carter County and a son of Roxie Odom Buckles, Elizabethton, and the late Eston Marcus Buckles.

  Mr. Buckles was a graduate of East Tennessee State University. He was retired from Eastman Chemical Company.

  Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife of 32 years, Linda McNutt Buckles; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark Buckles, Knoxville, and Brack and Catholeen Buckles, Dothan, Ala.; a granddaughter, Rebekah Buckles; two sisters, Virginia Clark, Nashville, and Voretta French, Knoxville; and a brother, Douglas W. Buckles, Elizabethton.

  East Lawn Funeral Home, 4997 Memorial Blvd., Kingsport, (423) 288-2081, is serving the Buckles family.

BUCKLES -- Funeral services for Augustus "Gus" Buckles, 61, 206 Autumn Creek Lane, Gray, who died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 25, from the East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gene Mermilliod officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 3253 Greenwood Drive, Johnson City, Tenn. 37604. East Lawn Funeral Home, 4997 Memorial Blvd., Kingsport, is serving the Buckles family.

McGrady Lewis
2/25/00

   McGrady Lewis, 66, 117 Rainbow Circle, Elizabethton, died Thursday, February 24, 2000, at his residence.

  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

  Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Loney E. Moffitt
2/24/00

  Loney E. Moffitt, 40, 106 Nora Grace Private Drive, Watauga, died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, at his residence.

  Mr. Moffitt was a lifelong native of Carter County and a son of Nora Taylor Moffitt Grace, Watauga, and the late Elmer B. Moffitt.

  Mr. Moffitt retired from the Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin, as Maintenance Supervisor, due to ill health. He was previously employed by Clyce Distributing Company for 12 years. He was a member of the Berea Free Will Baptist Church.

  Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his step-father, Dallas Grace, Watauga; a daughter, Angela Townsend, Elizabethton; a son, Loney E. '"'Rusty'"' Moffitt Jr., Watauga; four brothers, Lanie Moffitt, Buzie Joe Moffitt, Wilburn Jay Moffitt and David Wayne Moffitt, all of Watauga; two sisters, Charlotte Pierce and Judy McNeil, both of Watauga; two step-sisters, Theresa Grace, Watauga, and Mary McMahan, Big Stone Gap, Va.; and a grandson, Anthony J. Townsend, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, (423) 743-1381, or (423) 928-4595, is in charge of arrangements.

  MOFFITT -- Funeral services for Loney E. Moffitt, 40, 106 Nora Grace Private Drive, Watauga, who died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 24, from the Unicoi County Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Elmer Carter and Rev. Rocky Maines officiating. Music will be provided by Gary Chapman, Lisa Jones and Inez Chandler. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 25, at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin. Family and friends, Mark Breeden, Gary Chapman, Travis Mathes, Dustin Moffitt, Gary Hill and Bill Jones, will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the funeral home by 7:30 p.m. Thursday and at the cemetery by 10:30 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and other times at the residence of his mother and step-father, Nora and Dallas Grace, 106 Nora Grace Private Drive, Watauga. Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, (423) 743-1381, or (423) 928-4595, is in charge of arrangements.

Carl L. Bullock
2/23/00


  Carl L. Bullock, 66, 453 Minton Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, at James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness.

  Mr. Bullock was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Fred and Mae Rasnick Bullock.

  Mr. Bullock was a member of Bunker Hill Christian Church and a retired employee of the Power House at North American Rayon Corporation. He was also a member of the Carter County Cattlemen Association.

  Survivors include his wife, Ruby Arlene Berry Bullock, of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Jeff Finney, Rita and Curtis Booher and Teresa and Greg Dugger, all of Elizabethton; a brother, Conley Bullock, Elizabethton; his step-father, Sidney Grindstaff, Hampton; a step-sister, Judy Cooper, Johnson City; and four grandchildren, Travis Smithdeal, Will Dugger, Abbey and Maggie Booher, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

  

  BULLOCK -- Funeral services for Carl L. Bullock, 66, 453 Minton Hollow Road, Elizabethton, who died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Mr. Ernie Depew, minister, officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. February 24, at Emmert Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Ed Wolfe, Vonnie Wolfe, Wayne Wolfe, Allen Wolfe, Roger Berry, Chris Elliott, Scottie Wolfe and Jonathan Feathers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Carter County Cattlemen Association, Rick Cooper, Rickey Cooper, Maine Nave, Arlie Reece, Gene Booher, Ronnie Dugger, Bill Finney, Jerome Finney, Elders and Deacons of Bunker Hill Christian Church, Fellow Employees of the Power House at North American Rayon Corporation and Harry Hutchins. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence, 453 Minton Hollow Road, Elizabethton, any time. For those who prefer, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Carter County Cattlemen Association Building Fund, c/o Larry Crumley, 302 Bonita Drive, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

George W. Simerly
2/23/00

  FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- George William Simerly, 86, of Fort Walton Beach, died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, at a local hospital.

  Mr. Simerly was born April 12, 1914 in Elizabethton, Tenn., to the late Charlie and Jeanette Simerly. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Cullie Simerly, and eight brothers and sisters.

  Mr. Simerly was the founder of a radio show that ran in the late 1930s and early 1940s called George Simerly and the '"'Barrel of Fun'"' in Elizabethton. He was also a Veteran of World War II before he started his career as a traveling salesman. He and his wife traveled extensively, living in 158 towns in seven states before retiring to the Fort Walton Beach area over 22 years ago.

  He was a member of the American Legion and Wright Baptist Church.

  Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Reba Simerly, Fort Walton Beach; a son, Mickey Simerly, Tucson, Ariz.; and a sister, Chole Lee, and her husband Van, Detroit, Mich. Nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

  Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 32547, (850) 864-3361, is in charge of arrangements.

  SIMERLY -- Funeral services for George William Simerly, 86, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., who died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 25, at Wright Baptist Church with Dr. Ronald D. Wilcoxson officiating. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m. Friday. Friends may visit with the family Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Wright Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of George. Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 32547, (850) 864-3361, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Lucille T. Campbell
2/22/00


  Lucille Tipton Roe Campbell, 69, 534 Crest Court, Johnson City, died Monday, February 21, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

  Mrs. Campbell was a native of Unicoi and had lived most of her life in Johnson City. She was a daughter of the late Frank G. and Lidia Giddy Tipton and was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Mildred Tipton, a brother, George Tipton, and a sister, Martha Tipton Shaffer.

  Mrs. Campbell had worked as a seamstress for several local businesses including Watauga Apparel. She was a member of Green Pine Baptist Church.

  Survivors include two sons, James R. Roe Jr. and Jerry C. Roe, both of Johnson City; three daughters, Shirley Begley Chapman, Unicoi, Gail Pate and Deborah Rupe Ingargiola, both of Gray; two sisters, Edna Tipton Harrell and Naomi Tipton Workman, both of Johnson City; and three brothers, Cecil Tipton and Roy Tipton, both of Johnson City, and Lynn Tipton, Elizabethton. Eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

  CAMPBELL -- Funeral services for Lucille Tipton Roe Campbell, 69, 534 Crest Court, Johnson City, who died Monday, February 21, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, from the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Rev. Douglas Hardin, Rev. Terry Howell and Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Special music will be presented by Mrs. Tawana Holland. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 24, at Roselawn Memory Gardens where family and friends will meet for services. Honorary pallbearers will be Cecil Tipton, Christopher Pate, Matthew Pate, Jan Johnson, Scott Begley and Jarrod Sammons. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

Larry L. Clarke
2/22/00

  Larry Lee Clarke, 35, of Kodiak, Tenn., died Tuesday, February 15, 2000, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, following a sudden illness.

  Mr. Clarke was a former resident of the Northeast Tennessee area.

  Survivors include his mother, Ailene Clarke, Phoenix, Ariz.; his wife, Annette Clarke, Kodiak; a daughter, Laura Browning Clarke, Denton, N.C.; two step-sons, Josh and Lee Douglas, both of Kodiak; and his brothers and sisters, John Clarke, Friday Harpor, Wash., Wayne Clarke, Denver, Colo., Gayle Wallin, Oak Harbor, Wash., and Sandra O'Hayer, Savannah, Ga.

  Funeral services and interment were held Saturday, February 19, 2000, in Pigeon Forge.

 

John B. Coldren
2/21/00

   John Blair Coldren, 82, 287 Dark Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, died Friday, February 18, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.

   Mr. Coldren was a native of Juniata County, Pa., and a son of the late John E. and Mary Alice Leister Coldren.

   Mr. Coldren had lived many years in Newark, Del., and in Roan Mountain for the last 14 years. He was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Roan Mountain Church of God and a retired employee of the University of Delaware.

   Survivors include his wife, Mary Vandergrift Coldren; four daughters, Cula C. Breece, Abingdon, Va., Linda K. Benz, Johnson City, Mary Jane Wooten, Banner Elk, N.C., and Sharon I. Kennedy, Townsend, Del.; and two sons, David W. Campbell, Elk Park, N.C., and E. John Campbell, Newark, Del. Ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

   COLDREN -- Funeral services for John B. Coldren, 82, 287 Dark Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, who died Friday, February 18, 2000, are scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, from the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Rev. Dale Hunter and Rev. Donald Julian officiating. Interment will follow graveside services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, at Washington County Memory Gardens where the family and friends are asked to meet for those services. Active pallbearers will be David Campbell, Andrew Thomas, Carl Wooten, Gregory Kennedy, Stephen Algiere and Ray Gibbs. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.


Billy G. Heaton
2/21/00

   Billy G. Heaton, 66, 207 Jaybird Drive, Jonesborough, died Saturday, February 19, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following a short illness.

   Mr. Heaton was a native of Carter County and the son of the late E.F. and Hazel Pritchard Heaton. He was also preceded in death by a half-brother, Frank Heaton, and a half-sister, Corinth Oxendine.

   Mr. Heaton was retired from North American Rayon Corporation after 40 years of service. He was a member of Roan Mountain Methodist Church.

   Survivors include his wife, Louise Seymore Heaton, Jonesborough; a step-son, Timothy Crawford, Jonesborough; two step-grandsons, Christopher Crawford, Jonesborough, and Jeffery Tipton, Unicoi; a step-granddaughter, Kricket Crawford, Unicoi; three brothers, Ed Heaton, Gray, Robert Heaton, Colonial Heights, and Paul Heaton, Richmond, Va.; two half-brothers, Harry Heaton, Roan Mountain, and James Heaton, Minneapolis, N.C.; and three half-sisters, Anna Belle Hitechew, Jonesborough, Eloise Gray, Roan Mountain, and Betty Sue Heaton, Travelers Rest, S.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 W. College Street, Jonesborough, (423) 753-0514, is in charge of arrangements.

   HEATON -- Funeral services for Billy G. Heaton, 66, 207 Jaybird Drive, Jonesborough, who died Saturday, February 19, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, from the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Harrod officiating. Interment will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be friends of the family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 W. College Street, Jonesborough, is in charge of arrangements.


Lillie P. Hyder
2/21/00

   Mrs. Lillie Pierce Hyder, 101, 610 Weems Chapel Road, Mosheim, formerly of Powder Branch Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, February 19, 2000, at the residence following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Hyder was a native of Claiborne County and had lived most of her life in Carter County. She was a daughter of the late Richard A. and Martha V. Lynch Rouse and was also preceded in death by her husband, E.E. "Rat" Hyder, in May 1970, a daughter, Mary Louise Jenkins, two grandsons, David Jenkins and Donnie Jenkins Jr., and by two sisters and a brother.

   Mrs. Hyder was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Martindale Estates.

   Survivors include two sons, James Carson Pierce, Elizabethton, and Willie "Bill" Pierce, of the home. Three granddaughters, five grandsons, several great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and several nieces also survive.

   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

   HYDER -- Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Pierce Hyder, 101, 610 Weems Chapel Road, Mosheim, formerly of Powder Branch Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, February 19, 2000, will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, February 21, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with Bishop Robert Hood officiating. Music will be by Marsha Cannon, organist, and Robin Moeck, soloist. A private graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Rick Christiansen, Ryan Christiansen, Randy Pierce, Fred Ditty, Chuck Estes, Alan Christiansen, Randy Christiansen, Danny Davis, Freddie Jo Ditty and Mitchell Hurst. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, (423) 543-5544, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy


Ruth M. Miller
2/21/00

   Mrs. Ruth M. Miller, 87, 1112 Lyndale Drive, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, February 16, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Miller was a native of White Top, Va., and had lived most of her life in Elizabethton. She was a daughter of the late H.B. and Mary Ann Coldiron Farmer and was also preceded in death by her husband, George W. Miller, in 1976, two daughters, Betty Jo Miller and Charlotte Miller, a sister, Reba Pierce, and two brothers, Bill Farmer and Worth Farmer.

   Mrs. Miller was a charter member of Grace Baptist Church.

   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Ray and Maggie Miller and Bobby Jack and Mary Lou Miller, all of Elizabethton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and John Brooks, Bristol, and Mary Anne and Bob Martin, Washington, N.C.; a foster daughter and her husband, Earlene and Dick Wheeler, Bristol; two brothers, Ray Farmer, Nashville, and Clifford Farmer, of Oregon; and two sisters, Juanita Campbell, of Louisiana, and Mae Holly, Elizabethton. Six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

   MILLER -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth M. Miller, 87, 1112 Lyndale Drive, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, February 16, 2000, were held at 8 p.m. Friday, February 18, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Music was by Mrs. Pat Presnell, pianist. Graveside services and interment were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers were Bobby Miller, Aaron Brooks, Cameron Brooks, Traye Harrison, Chuck Wheeler and Dayton Pierce. Honorary pallbearers were fellow members of Grace Baptist Church. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Grace Baptist Church, 1114 Broad Street, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence of a son, Jack Miller, 120 Rocky Branch Road, Elizabethton, any time. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy


Clyde K. Shatley
2/21/00

   Clyde K. Shatley, 137 Southgate Drive, Elizabethton, died Friday, February 18, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.

   Mr. Shatley was a native of Saltsville, Va., and the son of the late Jesse B. and Hattie H. Barbrow Shatley. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen West.

   Mr. Shatley had lived in Elizabethton for the past 73 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton for 65 years. He was a member of the Four Square Sunday School Class.

   He spent four years in the military during World War II with 16 months in the Philippines and New Guinea. He worked in the Military Police Battalion and was in charge of Japanese prisoners of war records. He was a Staff Sergeant, receiving the Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon, and Bronze Star.

   Mr. Shatley retired from North American Rayon Corporation after 48 years of service and received many awards of achievement in management performance. He was also co-owner of the Pink Shutter. He was a former member of the Personnel Advisory Board for the City of Elizabethton and a former member of the Board of Directors at the Happy Valley Credit Union. He was a member of Dashiell Lodge #238 F&AM.

   Survivors include his wife, Louise West Shatley, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Annis and Ron Lane, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Brenda and Terry Blevins, Shelby, N.C.; a sister, Margaret Lucas, Palm Harbor, Fla.; two brothers, Paul Shatley, Kingsport, and Harry Shatley, Oak Ridge; five grandchildren, Steven Kent Lane, Union, Ky., John Michael Lane, Chesapeake, Va., David Walter Lane, of Texas, Amber Camp, Shelby, N.C., and Melinda Rice, Hickory, N.C.; and four great-grandsons, Jacob McRee Lane and Harrison Lane, both of Union, Ky., Tripp Camp and John Matt Camp, both of Shelby, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

   SHATLEY -- Funeral services for Clyde K. Shatley, 137 Southgate Drive, Elizabethton, who died Friday, February 18, 2000, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 20, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Music will be under the direction of John Bunn and Julie Cardwell. A Masonic funeral service will follow the regular service. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Richard Norris, Ted Colbaugh, Raymond Kenneth West, L.B. Shatley, Carroll Mick, Jim Campbell, Carl Nave, Chip Camp and Mark Rick. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Four Square Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, Dr. Ronald McGowan, Dr. Stanley Vermillion, Dr. David Wilson, Dr. A. Robert Blacky, Dr. Steven Hanam, Dr. Terry Carle, Dr. James Evans, the Cardiac Staff of the Veterans Administration Hospital, Rick Eoff, Sandy A. Greenwell, the Elizabethton Class of 1940, Charlie Harrison, John Bryant, Bob Ross and Peter Hampton. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence, 137 Southgate Drive, Elizabethton, any time. For those who prefer, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Vision 2000, First Baptist Church, 212 East F Street, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick


Gary M. Whitson
2/21/00

   Gary Maynard Whitson, 58, 131 Ezee Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, February 18, 2000, at his residence.

   Mr. Whitson was a native of Carter County and a son of Horace and Dorothy Morley Whitson. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Whitson, in September 1997.

   Mr. Whitson was a 1960 graduate of Happy Valley High School. He had owned and operated Whitson's Barber Shop for 39 years. He was a member of the Carter County Cattlemen Association and had served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Big Springs Baptist Church.

   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Elizabeth "Liz" Pierce Whitson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherry and Michael Sproles and Patsy and Joe Karsnak, all of Elizabethton; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Debbie Whitson, Elizabethton. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   WHITSON -- Funeral services for Gary Maynard Whitson, 58, 131 Ezee Street, Elizabethton, who died Friday, February 18, 2000, were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 19, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. James Murray and Rev. Grant Morgan officiating. Entombment services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 20, in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Sunday, will be Dale Williams, Joe Stitts, Tom "Yoga" Bowers, Jon Whitson, David Brumitt, Keith Hart, Russell Hensley and Willie Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Reeser, Bart Ritchie, Bill Ritchie, Dr. R.S. Martin Jr., Dr. Michael Kaplon, Jack Perkins, Ralph Cole, John Henson, Harold Ellis, Luther McKeehan, members of the Carter County Cattlemen Association, his nurses, Sherri Miller and Natalee Waddle, friends at Fish Springs Boat Dock, customers of Whitson's Barber Shop and the 1960 Graduating Class of Happy Valley High School. A special "Thank You" to Mark Edens. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Friends may also call at the residence or at the residence of his parents, Horace and Dorothy Whitson, 360 Big Springs Road, Elizabethton. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Whitson to the Building Fund of the Carter County Cattlemen Association c/o Larry Crumley, 302 Bonita Drive, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601 or the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 776, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37644. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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