March 2000 Obituaries

Charles J. Simpson Sr.
3/31/00

   HICKORY, N.C. -- Charles J. Simpson Sr., 45, of Vale, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at his residence.

   Mr. Simpson was a native of Elizabethton, Tenn., and the son of Alzina Wyatt, Hickory, and the late Dee Allen Simpson. He was an employee of Carolina Steel.

   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Linda Long Simpson, of the home; a daughter, Tracy Michelle Simpson, Hickory; three sons, Charles J. Simpson Sr., Granite Falls, Travis Lee Simpson and Joshua Scott Simpson, both of the home; four sisters, Loretta Hefner, Newton, Joyce Oliver, Hickory, Patsy Watson, Marion, and Betty Carlile, Lenoir; three brothers, Terry Lee Simpson, Conelly Springs, Grady Simpson, Hickory, and Bobby Ray Simpson, Sparta; a brother-in-law, Michael Ray Long, Hickory; and a granddaughter, Marissa Baker, Hickory.

   Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 1607 Highland Avenue N.E., Hickory, N.C. 28601.

   Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Margaret "Shell" Allen
3/30/00

   Mrs. Margaret "Shell" Allen, 79, 426 West C. Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.

   Mrs. Allen was a native of Unicoi County and the daughter of the late S.F. "Buck" and Blannie Campbell Shell. She was a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church and a retired employee of Fred Davis Jewelry Store where she had worked for 33 years. Following her retirement she worked at Citizens Bank, Broad Street Branch, as the "Popcorn Lady," meeting bank customers on the third day of each month and on Fridays. She was an avid fan and supporter of the University of Tennessee and Elizabethton High School sports programs.

   Mrs. Allen was known in the community as an ambassador for Elizabethton and Carter County. During her life she touched many lives of the citizens of Elizabethton and Carter County. In 1991, Mrs. Allen helped to spearhead the drive to erect the flag pole at the corner of Broad Street and West Elk Avenue in Elizabethton. When the Veterans Of All Wars Monument was remodeled, Mrs. Allen was instrumental in starting the refurbishing project and seeing the project to fruition. In addition to the refurbishing project, she was responsible for the landscaping and the continued maintenance of the Monument and the surrounding area.

   Mrs. Allen was graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1938 where she was the first sponsor for the Elizabethton High School Band.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Allen, April 20, 1977, and two brothers, William E. Lewis and S.F. "Bud" Shell.

   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Libby Allen Cornett and Mark Nelson Cornett, Asheville, N.C.; a son, Johnny Allen, of the home; one aunt, Hazel Maupin Campbell, Elizabethton; a special cousin, Charlotte Wingfield Robinson, Greeneville; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. George (Mary Emma) Brown and Mrs. R.J. (Mardelle) Allen, both of Elizabethton; and a host of special friends.

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

   ALLEN -- Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret "Shell" Allen, 79, 426 West C. Street, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. John Martin officiating. Music will be under the direction of David Arney, organist. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be James R. Austin, Judge Lynn Brown, Sutton Brown, Dr. John R. Crockett III, John R. Crockett IV, Bob Goddard, Richard Hale, Mike Hardin, Richard H. Robinson, Richard Tetrick and Tracy Trott. Honorary pallbearers will be Margaret's many loving friends. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour on Saturday. Friends may call at the funeral home chapel or at the residence, 426 West C. Street, Elizabethton, any time. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Allen may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, the American Heart Association, or to a fund being established for the preservation of the Veterans Monument in Elizabethton, c/o Nancy Fleming, Citizens Bank, Broad Street, Elizabethton. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Wanda R. Bowers
3/30/00

   Wanda Rose Bowers, 68, 2642 Highway 91, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Bowers was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Lee Buckles Sr. and Callie Williams Buckles. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, three brothers and five sisters.

   Mrs. Bowers was a member of New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church.

   Survivors include her husband, Eugene E. Bowers; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Jerry Burks and Judy and Paul Jones, all of Elizabethton; three brothers, Horace Buckles, Floyd Buckles and Cleveland Buckles, all of Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Tony Jones, Scotty Jones, Bradley Burks and Tina Burleson; and three great-grandchildren, Çhristopher Burks, Brittany Burleson and Landon Jones. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   BOWERS -- Funeral services for Wanda Rose Bowers, 68, 2642 Highway 91, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ray Colbaugh and Rev. Bill Greer officiating. The New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church Choir will provide the music. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, in the Garland Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Friday, will be Tony Jones, Scotty Jones, Bradley Burks, Mack Smith, Jimmy Buckles and Kenneth Colbaugh. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends may call at the residence of Shirley and Jerry Burks, 169 Earl Williams Road, Elizabethton, or at the residence of Judy and Paul Jones, 113 Mayfield Drive, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Friday. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 

Charles J. Brown
3/30/00

   A private memorial was held Saturday, March 25, 2000, at 601 Maple Street, Elizabethton, in memory of Charles J. Brown, formerly of Elizabethton, who died Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Redding, Calif.

   Mr. Brown was the son of the late James P. and Georgia Buchanan Brown.

   Survivors include two sons, John Brown and Glenn Brown, Sacramento, Calif.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce Brown and Charles Hyatt, 601 Maple Street, Elizabethton, Dorothy and Jack Brewer, Anderson, Calif., and Betty and D.C. Morton, Hampton; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Lisa Brown, Highway 321; and a special friend, Ella Laytton, Highway 19E. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Dorothy G. Morrell
3/30/00

   Dorothy G. Morrell, 92, Watauga Avenue, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home.

   Mrs. Morrell was a former nurse at North American Rayon Corporation. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton and the Eastern Star.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Roscoe Morrell.

   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John and Linda Morrell, Lewisville, Texas, and a daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Shakeep Kassem, Blacksburg, Va. Nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and a nephew and his spouse, Henry and Jean Abbott, LaGrange, N.C., also survive.

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

   MORRELL -- Funeral services for Dorothy G. Morrell, 92, Watauga Avenue, Elizabethton, who died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Darrell Holly officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Vernita L. Winters
3/30/00

   Vernita L. Winters, 79, 108 Heaton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, died Monday, March 27, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident in Sullivan County.

   Mrs. Winters was a native of Johnson County and the daughter of the late Wiley Ray and Amanda Gregg Dugger. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Lowe, and three brothers, J.D. Dugger, Robert Dwight Dugger and Billy Jack Dugger.

   Mrs. Winters was a member and past treasurer of Gray's Chapel Presbyterian Church.

   Survivors include her husband, Herbert Winters, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne D. and Shirley Lowe, Cornelius, N.C.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Tom Burleson, Roan Mountain, Brenda and George Roberson, Hampton, and Ramona and Carroll Gouge, Jonesborough; three sisters-in-law, Lucille Dugger and Beulah Dugger, both of Johnson City, and Chris Dugger, Phoenix, Ariz.; and a special cousin, Edith Campbell, Elizabethton. Eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

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

   WINTERS -- Funeral services for Vernita L. Winters, 79, 108 Heaton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, who died Monday, March 27, 2000, will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Mr. Tom Burleson, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Charlotte Smith, organist, with special music by the Cooke Family. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Everyone will meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, at 10 a.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rhododendron Chapel or at the residence any time. For those who prefer, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Gray's Chapel Presbyterian Church, Heaton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, Tenn., 37687, or a charity of the donor's choice. Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick


Virgie S. Hyder
3/29/00

   EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Virgie S. Hyder, 75, of East Peoria, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at her residence.

   Mrs. Hyder was born March 6, 1925 in Mitchell County, N.C., to Ray and Pearl Honeycutt Street. She married Charlie "Red" Hyder on February 15, 1941 in Tennessee. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1984. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ray, and two brothers, Herman and Thurman.

   Mrs. Hyder retired from OSF St. Francis Hospital after serving as Supervisor of Housekeeping for 20 years. She had been a member of the Rittertown Missionary Baptist Church in Hampton, Tenn.

   Survivors include a daughter, Mitzi Ulick, East Peoria; a son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Pam Hyder, East Peoria; and two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ted and Edith Street, Washington, and Mack Street, Peoria. Six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Funeral services and interment were conducted Monday, March 27, in East Peoria.

   Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

   Deiters Funeral Home, Washington, Ill., (309) 745-5999, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Thomas H. Hundley
3/28/00

   Thomas H. "Tommy" Hundley, 62, 2824 Browns Mill Road, Johnson City, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center.

   Mr. Hundley was a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and had lived in Johnson City since 1973. He was the son of the late Rondal Paul and Wanda Roach Hundley.

   Mr. Hundley was a retired teacher and coach. He had served as assistant football coach at ETSU and Elizabethton High School. He served as head coach at Science Hill High School for seven years and retired as head football coach for Tennessee High School, Bristol. He was a member of Windsor Avenue Presbyterian Church, Bristol.

   Survivors include his wife, Barbara Willingham Hundley, of the home; two daughters, Terry Henson, Johnson City, and Tracy Irvin, Bristol; a son, Troy Hundley, Warner Robbins Ga.; and a sister, Carolyn Pickens, Johnson City. Four grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew also survive.

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

   HUNDLEY -- Funeral services for Thomas H. "Tommy" Hundley, 62, 2824 Browns Mill Road, Johnson City, who died Monday, March 27, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, from the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, with Rev. Gradye Parsons officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for those services. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Hundley's former student athletes. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee High School Stone Castle Restoration, 1112 Edgemont Avenue, Bristol, Tenn. 37620. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Hunter Sheffield
3/28/00

   Hunter Sheffield, 88, 4136 Bristol Highway, Unit A, Johnson City, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center.

   Mr. Sheffield was a native of Carter County and had lived in Washington County for four years. He was a son of the late Dayton and Sarah Carrier Sheffield and was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cindy Sheffield.

   Mr. Sheffield was an Army Veteran of World War II. He was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation and had later worked for Chaparral Pontiac and Buick. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, where he was a former Sunday School superintendent and trustee.

   Survivors include his wife, Lottie Street Sheffield; two sons, Joe Sheffield, Johnson City, and Brownie Sheffield, Gray; two daughters, Pat Grindstaff, Johnson City, and Neva Cody, Elizabethton; a sister, Iva Nave, Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Michael Sheffield, Missy Bible, Kevin Sheffield, Eric Grindstaff and Stephen Grindstaff; and three step-grandchildren, Evan Roswall, Tammy Jenkins and Kim Depew. Four great-grandchildren, four step-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.

   SHEFFIELD -- Graveside services for Hunter Sheffield, 88, 4136 Bristol Highway, Unit A, Johnson City, who died Monday, March 27, 2000, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park where the family and friends are asked to meet for the services. Rev. Kenneth Gaskin and Mr. Paul Wood will officiate. For those who prefer, the family suggests memorial contributions be given to the Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 353 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. Friends may call at the residence at any time or may register at the funeral home after 11 a.m. Tuesday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

Vermita L. Winters
3/28/00

   Mrs. Vermita L. Winters, Roan Mountain, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Holston Valley Community Hospital, Kingsport.

   Funeral arrangements are pending and are under the direction of Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, Elizabethton.


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