March 2000 Obituaries

Jack R. Denny
3/27/00

   Jack Russell Denny, 45, of Elizabethton, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home.

   Mr. Denny was a native of Johnson City and had lived most of his life here. He was a son of the late John L. and Myrtle Perkins Denny and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Robert Denny.

   Mr. Denny was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Elizabethton, and a 1972 graduate of Science Hill High School. He had served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

   Survivors include a brother, Allen Denny, Asheboro, N.C.; an aunt, Beuena Umberger, Wytheville, Va.; and an aunt and uncle, Ira and Martha Denny Wilson. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

   Snyder's Funeral Home, 5913 Kingsport Highway, Gray, (423) 477-7911, is in charge of arrangements.

Deacon Joseph T. McMahon
3/27/00

   Deacon Joseph T. McMahon, 57, 4001 Englewood Blvd., Johnson City, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.

   Mr. McMahon was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and had moved to Johnson City in 1981. He was a son of Helen McMahon, Port Charlotte, Fla., and the late Lawrence McMahon. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence V. McMahon.

   Mr. McMahon retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 21 plus years of military service in numerous duty stations including Vietnam. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he served as Deacon for 15 years, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Deacon McMahon also served as Chaplain at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and the Johnson City Medical Center.

   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include six daughters, Tracie Johnson, Roan Mountain, Vickie Merritt, Johnson City, Patty Rosenbaum, Telford, Lori Long, Elizabethton, Karri McMahon and Jessi McMahon, both of Johnson City; a sister, Patricia Hopper, Bremerton, Wash.; and a brother, William McMahon, Brooklyn, N.Y. Eleven 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.

   McMAHON -- Mass of the Resurrection for Deacon Joseph T. McMahon, 57, 4001 Englewood Blvd., Johnson City, who died Sunday, March 26, 2000, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Bishop Kurtz, assisted by Father Bill Gahagan, Father Gerard Finucane and other area Priests and Deacons, will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Military Honors will be accorded at the graveside by the U.S. Marine Corps. Members of the Knights of Columbus will serve as pallbearers. Deacon Joe's request was for no flowers or Mass Cards but that donations be made to the St. Mary's School Development Fund, c/o St. Mary's School Office, 2211 E. Lakeview Avenue, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. The family will receive friends at St. Mary's Catholic Church from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rosary at 8:30 p.m. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.


Daisy H. Nave
3/27/00

   Mrs. Daisy Hughes Nave, 92, 514 Academy Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, March 24, 2000, in the Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness.

   A native of Mitchell County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Hamilton and Elizabeth Odom Hughes. She had lived a number of years in Carter County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joke B. Nave, Oct. 30, 1973.

   Mrs. Nave was a member of Rittertown Baptist Church.

   Survivors include a daughter, Juanita Oaks, Elizabethton; a sister, Mrs. Hazel H. McCoury, Thomasville, Pa., one granddaughter, Marcella June Oaks, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   NAVE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Daisy Hughes Nave, 92, 514 Academy Street, Elizabethton, who died Friday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Haynes officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Rittertown Baptist Church Cemetery. David Arney, organist, will provide the music. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Monday.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 

Robert Nidiffer
3/27/00

   Robert "Gene" Nidiffer, 82, 1103 Ledford Street, Elizabethton, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Memorial Health Medical Center, Savannah, Ga., as the results of an automobile accident last Thursday.

   Mr. Nidiffer was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Claude and Nellie Fair Nidiffer. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mabel Jenkins Nidiffer, and two brothers, Claude Nidiffer Jr. and Albert Nidiffer.

   Mr. Nidiffer was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation where he had been employed for a number of years. He was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton.

   Survivors include his wife, Jessie Carroll Nidiffer; a daughter and son-in-law, Norma Jean and Jim Arney, Deland, Fla.; a step-daughter and her husband, Shirley and Ted Mynatt, Elizabethton; two step-sons and their wives, Robert "Bob" and Lynn Ann Carroll and Lynn and Sandra Carroll, all of Elizabethton; two sisters, Hildred Fair and Christine Swift, both of Elizabethton; a granddaughter and her husband, Sharon and Mark West, Deland, Fla.; and a grandson and his wife, James R. and Pam Arney, Deland, Fla. Two great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and a very special friend, David Gallagher.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   NIDIFFER -- Funeral services for Robert "Gene" Nidiffer, 82, 1103 Ledford Street, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Savannah, Ga., will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Davis, Rev. Phil Poston and Rev. Marvin Slagle officiating. Rev. Phil Poston will provide the music. Interment will be at Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, will be John Gardner, Andy Naylor, Chad Burleson, Jeff Dunn, Bill Bishop, Tony Letterman, Sid Letterman, Ray Letterman, Freddie Babb and Darold Deloach. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the John Morgan Sunday School Class of First Free Will Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Nidiffer
3/24/00

   Robert "Gene" Nidiffer, 82, 1103 Ledford Street, Elizabethton, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Memorial Health Medical Center, Savannah, Ga., as the results of an automobile accident last Thursday.

   Mr. Nidiffer was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Claude and Nellie Fair Nidiffer. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mabel Jenkins Nidiffer, and two brothers, Claude Nidiffer Jr. and Albert Nidiffer.

   Mr. Nidiffer was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation where he had been employed for a number of years. He was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton.

   Survivors include his wife, Jessie Carroll Nidiffer; a daughter and son-in-law, Norma Jean and Jim Arney, Deland, Fla.; a step-daughter and her husband, Shirley and Ted Mynatt, Elizabethton; two step-sons and their wives, Robert "Bob" and Lynn Ann Carroll and Lynn and Sandra Carroll, all of Elizabethton; two sisters, Hildred Fair and Christine Swift, both of Elizabethton; a granddaughter and her husband, Sharon and Mark West, Deland, Fla.; and a grandson and his wife, James R. and Pam Arney, Deland, Fla. Two great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and a very special friend, David Gallagher.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   NIDIFFER -- Funeral services for Robert "Gene" Nidiffer, 82, 1103 Ledford Street, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Savannah, Ga., will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Davis, Rev. Phil Poston and Rev. Marvin Slagle officiating. Rev. Phil Poston will provide the music. Interment will be at Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, will be John Gardner, Andy Naylor, Chad Burleson, Jeff Dunn, Bill Bishop, Tony Letterman, Sid Letterman, Ray Letterman, Freddie Babb and Darold Deloach. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the John Morgan Sunday School Class of First Free Will Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Luna L. Roberts
3/24/00

   Luna L. Roberts, 95, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

   Mrs. Roberts was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late James A. and Emma Douglas Ingram. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Dave Roberts, and two sons, Herman Roberts and Clarence Roberts.

   Mrs. Roberts was a member of East Side Free Will Baptist Church.

   Survivors include four daughters, Addie Dooley of Oregon, Joyce Jones and Peggy Swanson, both of Elizabethton, and Scarlett Smith, Johnson City. Five grandsons, one granddaughter, several great-grandchildren, 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

   ROBERTS -- Funeral services for Luna L. Roberts, 95, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Howard Messer and Rev. Reece Harris officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Lyons Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Horace Calhoun, Johnny Holder, Mark Simmons, Al Hughes, Greg Swanson and Phil Stanley. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Saturday for the graveside service. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

 

Florence A. Shouse
3/24/00

   Mrs. Florence Anna Shouse, 83, 261 Reynolds Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.

   Mrs. Shouse was a lifelong resident of Carter County and a daughter of the late Robert R. and Nannie E. Slagle Bullock. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Shouse Sr., in 1980, and a daughter, Beverly Mae Shouse, in 1949.

   Mrs. Shouse was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and the Senior Citizens. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for many years.

   Survivors include a son, Fred Shouse Jr., Elizabethton; a daughter, Marilyn Agnes Grindstaff, Elizabethton; two brothers, Walter Bullock, Elizabethton, and Worley Bullock, Kingsport; four grandchildren, Nikki Foster, Angie Bunten, Andy Owens and Amanda Owens; and three great-grandchildren, Natasha Bunten, Brooke Bunten and T.J. "Peter John" Bunten. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, (423) 543-5544, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

   SHOUSE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Florence Anna Shouse, 83, 261 Reynolds Road, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, March 23, 2000, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with Rev. James Lindsay and Rev. John Perkins officiating. Music will be by Mary Lou O'Quinn, pianist, and Jerry L. Barnett, soloist. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Slagle Cemetery with Rev. Stephen Witt officiating. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Saturday for the graveside service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the Library Fund, Immanuel Baptist Church, 205 Hunter Avenue, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, (423) 543-5544, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

 

Frances I. Erwin
3/23/00

   Frances Inez Erwin, 83, 115 Alexander Street, Hampton, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Erwin was a native of the Elk Valley Community, Avery County, N.C., and a daughter of the late George and Vada Cook Crawford. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Erwin, a son, Dean Erwin, and three brothers.

   Mrs. Erwin had lived in Hampton for the past four years. She was a member of the Elk Valley Baptist Church.

   Survivors include a son and two daughters-in-law, Dennis and Luvena Erwin, Hampton, and Pat Erwin, Elizabethton; five brothers, Tony Crawford, Elk Park, N.C., Ronder Crawford, Valdese, N.C., Albin Crawford, Charlotte, N.C., Bill Crawford, Elizabethton, and Kanawa Crawford, Port Ritchie, Fla.; two sisters, Jettie Norman, Morganton, N.C., and Lillie Crawford, Elk Park, N.C.; four grandsons, Tommy Erwin, Mckinney, Wis., Greg Erwin, Hampton, William "TAZ" Erwin and Jeff Erwin, both of Elizabethton; two great-granddaughters, April Erwin, Elizabethton, and Ashley Erwin, Hampton; a step-granddaughter, Jessie, of Wisconsin; two special nieces, Ruth Wooten, Banner Elk, N.C., and Betty Harrell, Morganton, N.C.; and a special nephew, Waits Aldridge, Charlotte, N.C. A host of nieces and nephews also survive.

   Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Newland, N.C., (828) 733-2121, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Reins-Sturdivant

   ERWIN -- Funeral services for Frances Inez Erwin, 83, 115 Alexander Street, Hampton, who died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, from the Elk Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Harvey Presnell officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Chariott Trio. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Elk Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandchildren and Barry and Dana Crawford. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Elk Valley Baptist Church. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Newland, N.C., (828) 733-2121, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Reins-Sturdivant

Thomas R. Johnson
3/23/00

   Thomas Russell Johnson, 85, of Bristol, Va., died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

   Mr. Johnson was a native of Radford, Va., and the son of the late Edward and Erma Barker Johnson. After moving to Bristol as a teen-ager, he attended Virginia High School where he played as the center for the school's state champion football team. Upon graduation in 1933, he attended Virginia Polytechnical Institute and was recently invited back for the Year 2000 Old Guard Reunion. He also attended the University of Virginia and King College. He was a long-term member of the First Baptist Church in Bristol where he was an assistant teacher in the Men's Sunday School Class and the Ladies' Philathean Class. He also served as an assistant scout master of Troop 3 at the First Presbyterian Church.

   Among other activities, Mr. Johnson played the bass violin in a traveling orchestra, established Johnson Design Company, and taught night classes for Northeast State Technical Institute. He also assisted Virginia Intermont College and Sullins College as a performer in community theater productions. For many years, he was an active member of the YMCA and Wellmont Health Center and an avid outdoorsman who hiked many of the side trails of the Appalachian Mountains. In recent years, he wrote and compiled a collection of short stories entitled "The New River Stories," based on his memories of family and friends. In addition to this, he won first place in The Writing Corner's Christmas Creative Writing contest for his story "The Facts of a Little Child."

   Survivors include his wife, Daisy Vaughan Johnson; a daughter, Mrs. Mark (Elizabeth Johnson) Helton, Elizabethton; two sons, Edward Johnson, Irvine, Calif., and Thomas Russell Johnson Jr., Meadowview, Va.; and a sister, Annette Lowder, Bristol. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Blevins Funeral Home, 417 Lee Street, Bristol, Va., (540) 669-6141, is in charge of arrangements.


Luna Roberts
3/23/00

   Mrs. Luna Roberts, 95, of Life Care Center of Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

   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


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