March 2000 Obituaries

Cleo K. Blevins
3/06/00

   Cleo Kathleen "Kat" Blevins, 76, 518 Crowe Bottom Circle, Elizabethton, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

   Mrs. Blevins was a native of Avery County, N.C., and a daughter of the late David Nelson and Lizzie Clark Hicks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Remy Blevins, November 27, 1975, and a brother, Ted Hicks.

   Mrs. Blevins had lived in Elizabethton for a number of years. She was a retired employee of the Raytheon Corporation, Bristol, and a member of Valley Forge Christian Church.

   Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Alice Lucille Richardson, Johnson City; a goddaughter, Karen Wills Wilson, Johnson City; a godgranddaughter, Alexis Paije Wilson, Johnson City; and a special friend, Frances Wills, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   BLEVINS -- Funeral services for Cleo Kathleen "Kat" Blevins, 76, 518 Crowe Bottom Circle, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, March 2, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Haskell Ingram officiating. Graveside services and interment will be Sunday, March 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Gene Campbell, Lewis Ellis, Danny Tolley, Carl Cable, Claude Counts, Eddie Lewis, Lustus Woods and Ronnie D. Street. Honorary pallbearers will be William "Wimpy" Hampton, Dino Senesi, Mose Honeycutt, her nieces and nephews and her neighbors of Crowe Bottom. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

  BLEVINS -- Graveside services for Cleo Kathleen "Kat" Blevins, 76, 518 Crowe Bottom Circle, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, March 2, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Haskel Ingram officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Carroll Coleman
3/6/00

  Carroll Coleman, 54, 236 North Drive, Johnson City, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a lengthy illness.

  Mr. Coleman was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Carl and Leona Ballard Coleman. He was also preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

  Mr. Coleman attended Full Gospel Holiness Church. He retired from Vaughn Furniture Company.

  Survivors include his wife, Mary Hartley Coleman, of the home; two daughters, Lola Pike and Racheal Ingram, both of Johnson City; a stepdaughter, Shelia Hall, Johnson City; a son, Roger Dale Coleman, of the home; two sisters, Mary Ruth Tolley, Watauga, and Lorrena Guinn, Morristown; two brothers, Roy Coleman, Elizabethton, and Ronald Coleman, of North Carolina; two half-brothers, Hubert and James Coleman, both of Elizabethton; and two half-sisters, Brenda and Christina Coleman, both of Elizabethton. Three grandchildren, a stepgranddaughter and several nieces and nephews also survive.

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

  COLEMAN -- Funeral services for Carroll Coleman, 54, 236 North Drive, Johnson City, who died Saturday, March 4, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Jessie Hartley and Rev. Robert Self officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Singing Hartleys. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Lyons Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Roger Hartley, James Hartley Jr., Jeffrey Hartley, Roy D. Hartley, Roy E. Hartley, Christopher Hartley, David Stevens, Kenneth Stevens, Terry Stevens, Harry Reed, Roger Tolley Jr. and Jay Palmer. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday for the graveside services. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence any time. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Doris L. Freeman
3/6/00

  Doris Lucille Berry Freeman, 75, 1708 Patsy Lane, Johnson City, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center.

  Ms. Freeman was a native of Canton, Ohio, living most of her life in Johnson City. She was the daughter of the late Bert and Ethel Oakes Berry and was also preceded in death by her husband, Alva H. "Nappy" Freeman, December 13, 1963, a step-mother, Ethel Dillow Berry, a brother, John Berry, and a sister, Jessie Berry Hodges.

  Ms. Freeman was a member of Clifton View Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Patsy Freeman and John Dulaney, Johnson City; a special friend, Lois Persinger, Watauga; and a brother-in-law and his spouse, John and Pat Freeman, Seattle, Wash. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

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

  FREEMAN -- Funeral services for Doris Lucille Berry Freeman, 75, 1708 Patsy Lane, Johnson City, who died Saturday, March 4, 2000, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Claude Babb officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Gary Goode, Dave Walters, Roy Reese, James Mottern, Bill Hopson, Bobby Shipley and John Greene. Honorary pallbearers will be Blaine Orten, Ralph Phillips, Troy Phillips, James Shorter, Guy Williams, Tom Cook, Abraham Combs, W.H. Stepp, Mark Miller, Robert Johnson and members and friends at Clifton View Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Clifton View Baptist Church Van Fund, 1507 Orleans Street, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Ruby J. Gemmell
3/6/00

  Ruby Jones Gemmell, 86, of Bristol, Va., died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at her home.

  Mrs. Gemmell was born October 9, 1913 to Ida Rogers Jones and James E. Jones of Blountville, and was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Law Gemmell Jr. and an infant son, William Law Gemmell III.

  Mrs. Gemmell was a graduate of Lee's McRae College and a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Bristol, Va.

  Survivors include two daughters, Billie Gemmell, Houston, Texas, and Donna Shaffer, Bristol, Tenn.; five sons and daughters-in-law, James M. and Brenda Gemmell, Littleton, Colo., David E. and Pat Gemmell, Pilot, Va., Daniel and Carolyn Gemmell, Johnson City, Dr. John P. and Vicki Gemmell, Campobello, S.C., and Charles R. and Dena Gemmell, Bristol, Va.; a sister, Pearl Hamilton, Bristol, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Rosamond G. Fagan, Bristol, Va., and Helen D. Gemmell, Mechanicsville, Md.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Billy, Jaima, Lauren, Joe, Bill, Clay, Matt, John, Parker, Megan, Scott, Rubyn, Travis, Ben, Justin and John Paul; and three great-grandchildren, Shannon, Dylan and Blaklie. A host of special nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

  Akard Funeral Home, 1912 W. State Street, Bristol, (423) 989-4800, is serving the family of Mrs. Gemmell.

GEMMELL -- Mass of the Resurrection for Ruby Jones Gemmell, 86, of Bristol, Va., who died passed into eternal rest at her home on Saturday, March 4, 2000, surrounded by her loving family, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, at St. Anne's Catholic Church with Father Thomas A. Ianucci and Father Stephen Smith Celebrants. Interment will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Earl Jones, Bobby Hall, Ben Arnold, Charles Hamilton, Martin Hamilton, Justin Arnold, Travis Arnold and P.D. Fagan III. Honorary pallbearers will be Vernard "Shorty" Douberly, Lloyd Autin, Billy Jones and her sons and grandsons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Akard Funeral Home. Akard Funeral Home, 1912 W. State Street, Bristol, is serving the family of Mrs. Gemmell.

Harold H. Kuerschner
3/6/00

  Harold H. Kuerschner, 75, 101 White Pine Road, Hampton, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

  Memorial services are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.

  Private disposition will be conducted at a later date.

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

Steven E. Proffitt
3/6/00

  Steven Edward Proffitt, 49, of Hilo, Hawaii, died unexpectedly Friday, January 28, 2000, at North Hawaii Community Hospital, Waima, Hawaii.

  Mr. Proffitt was a native of Carter County and the son of Lloyd and Pauline Proffitt, 109 Central Drive, Johnson City.

  Mr. Proffitt was a partner in the Internet business and other businesses in the Hilo area. He had lived in Hawaii for 10 years. He was a member of the Mtn. View Church of Christ and was a U.S. Navy Veteran.

  Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Stanley Proffitt; two nephews, Justin and Jonathan Proffitt; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.

  Interment was in Hawaii, according to the wishes of the deceased.

  No services will be held locally.

  Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, Elizabethton.

Helen L. Seward
3/6/00

  Helen L. Seward, 85, 190 Joy Drive, Johnson City, formerly of South Bend, Ind., died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Lakebridge Health Care Center.

  Mrs. Seward was born April 22, 1914 in Lakeville, Ind., to William H. and Daisy M. Frick. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles I. Seward, who died February 7, 1978, and by two sisters and five brothers.

  Mrs. Seward was a long-time member of Maple Grove United Methodist Church.

  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and John Cummins, Johnson City; four grandchildren, John C. Cummins, James E. Cummins, Jodi L. White and Jennifer S. Whitmarsh; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Fuchs, Bremen, Ind.; and a brother, Clayton "Pete" Frick, Lakeville, Ind.

  Funeral services and interment will be held Tuesday in South Bend, Ind. The family asks that any memorial contributions be given to the Adult Day Services, 601 Bert Street, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601.

Edward A. Harris Sr.
3/03/00

   Edward Aaron Harris Sr., 60, 827 Austin Springs Road, Johnson City, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.

   Mr. Harris was a native of Washington County and had lived here all his life. He was a son of the late Hubert and Regina Carver Harris.

   Mr. Harris was a boilermaker and a member of the Union Local #453, Knoxville. He was a member of the Hawthorne Church of the Brethren.

   Survivors include his wife, Jewell Bowman Harris, Johnson City; two sons, Edward A. Harris Jr. and Charles D. Harris, both of Johnson City; a daughter, Sherry R. Crum, Johnson City; two brothers, Sherill Harris and Danny Harris, both of Johnson City; two sisters, Evelyn Hinkle, Johnson City, and Linda McGlamory, Trade; and four grandchildren, Troop, Bucky, Chuck and Ashley. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

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

   HARRIS -- Funeral services for Edward Aaron Harris Sr., 60, 827 Austin Springs Road, Johnson City, who died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, from the North Chapel of Morris-Baker Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. A committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Monte Vista Burial Park under the direction of Rev. Hollace Ford and Captain Robert Bowman. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Ricky Harris, Lee Hinkle, Charlie Patrick, Johnny Hyatt, Eric Hodges and Fred Brummitt. Honorary pallbearers will be Lawrence Bowman, Scott Bowman, Steven Bowman, Roy Bowman, Troy Bowman, Dewey Bowman and Jim Surcey. Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to The Hawthorne Church of the Brethren, c/o Hollace Ford, 106 Rudy Lane, Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

Mack Roberts
3/03/00

   Mack Roberts, 80, 109 Pine Lane, Roan Mountain (Cove Creek Community), died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

   Mr. Roberts was a native of Carter County and the son of the late James and Mollie Barnett Roberts. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and George Roberts.

   Mr. Roberts attended Sugar Hollow Free Will Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division.

   Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jarrett Roberts, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Joe Winters, Roan Mountain; two brothers, Jason Roberts, Roan Mountain, and Howard Roberts, Hampton; three sisters, Lucy Hughes and Edith Gibbs, both of Roan Mountain, and Pearl Birchfield, Elizabethton; and a special niece, Brenda Barnett, Hickory, 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

   ROBERTS -- Funeral services for Mack Roberts, 80, 109 Pine Lane, Roan Mountain (Cove Creek Community), who died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Sugar Hollow Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Randy English, Rev. Rick Birchfield and Rev. Rex Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Jarrett Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Hill, Carroll Hill, Jack Barnett, Dennis Sheets, Jack Troutman, Douglas Roberts and Danny Winters. Honorary pallbearers will be Rev. Charlie Trivette, Rev. Howard Honeycutt, Rev. Johnny Vance, Rev. Dan Blevins, Rev. Leonard Sheehan, Rev. Buck Watson, Rev. Dale Hunter, Rev. Doug Wagner and Rev. John L. Stockton. Mr. Roberts will be taken to Sugar Hollow Free Will Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Friday where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call at the residence, 109 Pine Lane, Roan Mountain, any time. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Kenneth L. Stout Sr.
3/03/00

   Kenneth L. Stout Sr., 55, 703 Well Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Vencor Rehabilitation Center, Chattanooga, after a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Stout was a native of Butler, grew up in Stoney Creek, and lived most of his life in Elizabethton. He was a son of the late James and Maxie Finey Stout and was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth L. Stout Jr., and a brother, Lonnie Stout.

   Mr. Stout was a retired employee of East Tennessee State University. He was a member of Southwestern Baptist Church, Johnson City.

   Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Fleming Stout; four sons, Robert Stout, Jonesborough, David Stout and Steve Stout, both of Johnson City, and Scott Stout, Elizabethton; and a daughter, Michelle Stout, Elizabethton. Three grandchildren also survive.

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

   STOUT -- Funeral services for Kenneth L. Stout Sr., 55, 703 Well Street, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Southwestern Baptist Church, 1112 Cherokee Road, Johnson City, with Rev. Johnny Vines officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park in Elizabethton. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Southwestern Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Lowbrite White
3/03/00

   Lowbrite White, 74, 286 Jenkins Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.

   Mr. White was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Abe and Floie Davis White. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George "G.T." White.

   Mr. White had lived most of his life in Carter County and was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation with 43 years of service. He attended Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post #49.

   Survivors include his wife, Anna Lea Culler White; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Wayne and Pat White, Crestview, Fla., Beryl and Barbara White, Eldon and Kathy White and Mike White, all of Elizabethton; and a sister, Anna Belle White, Roan Mountain. Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   WHITE -- Funeral services for Lowbrite White, 74, 286 Jenkins Hollow Road, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, March 2, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. The Carr Family will provide the music. Interment will be in the Lyons Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, will be Kelly Yates, Burl Mast, Odis Ellison, Marshall Vines, George McQueen, Brad White and Bruce Hill. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence, 286 Jenkins Hollow Road, Elizabethton. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 

Victoria F. McQueen
3/02/00

   Victoria Faith "Torie" McQueen, infant daughter of David Mark and Shelby Tolley McQueen, 818 Ash Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Johnson City Specialty Hospital.

   Torie was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Pearl Caroline Blevins.

   Survivors, in addition to her parents, include two sisters, Alexandria Caroline McQueen and Katarina Marie McQueen, both of the home; her maternal grandparents, Cecil and Georgia Tolley, Hampton; her paternal grandparents, Ken and Jean McQueen, Elizabethton; three aunts, Betty Bates, Kitty Tolley and Annie Tolley; five uncles, Cecil Wayne Tolley, Danny McQueen, Randy McQueen, Edward Gilbert Jr. and Larry Gilbert; five cousins, Danielle and Abigail Bates, Brandon McQueen, Julie Heaton and Brandi McQueen; and her extended family survives.

   Graveside services and interment for Victoria Faith "Torie" McQueen, who went to be with Our Lord Wednesday, March 1, 2000, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, in the Tolley-Cornett Family Cemetery with Rev. L.D. Berry officiating. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Friday.

   Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

 

Mack Roberts
3/02/00

   Mack Roberts, 80, 109 Pine Lane, Roan Mountain (Burbank Community), died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at his residence.

   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

   Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick


Timothy M. White
3/01/00


  Timothy Michael White, 21, 134 Chambers Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 26, 2000, at his residence.

  Mr. White was a native of Washington County and the son of James Michael White and Sherry Estep, 134 Chambers Hollow Road, Elizabethton.

  Mr. White had lived in Carter County all of his life. He was a former employee of Dairy Creme and J. & W. Windows. He was a 1996 graduate of Elizabethton High School.

  Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a son, Timothy Grant White, Elizabethton; his paternal grandparents, William L. and Peggy White, Elizabethton; and his maternal grandparents, Warren G. and Esther Guinn Estep, Hampton. Several aunts and uncles also survive.

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

  WHITE -- Graveside services for Timothy Michael White, 21, 134 Chambers Hollow Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, February 26, 2000, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Steve Burleson officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Lewis, Jeff Isaacs, Shane Burke, Bobby Blevins, David Murphy, Rickey King, Chris Lewis, Chris Caldwell, David Reece, Dwayne Potter and Josh Whitehead. Everyone will meet at Happy Valley Memorial Park at 10:55 a.m. Thursday for the service. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, or at the residence, 134 Chambers Hollow Road, Elizabethton, any time. For those who prefer, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Timothy Grant White Fund, c/o James Michael White, 134 Chambers Hollow Road, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick


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