April 2000 Obituaries

Gary Arnett
4/24/00

   Gary Arnett, 51, 324 Rittertown Road, Hampton, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, in the Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.

   A native of Carter County, he was a son of Avanell Woodby Arnett, 624 Piney Grove Road, Hampton, and the late Joe Arnett.

   He was employed as a millwright. He attended the Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church. Mr. Arnett was a member of the Roan Mountain Masonic Lodge #679.

   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sisters and a brother-in-law: Linda Kay Arnett, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and Johnnie and Doug Slagle, Elizabethton; one niece, Melanie Slagle, Elizabethton; one nephew, Chris Perry, of South Carolina; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

   ARNETT -- Funeral services for Gary Arnett, 51, 324 Rittertown Road, Hampton, who died Saturday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Charlie Trivette and Dexter Brummitt officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the McKinney Cemetery, Piney Grove Road, Hampton, Cindy Derry and Patty Hill will provide the music. Active pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, will be Keith Sholes, Kenny Estep, Charlie Hughes, Wade McQueen, Jim Wolf and James Woodby. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Slagle, Jack Roberts, Kevin Lipford, Conley Woodby and Michael Scalf. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of his mother, Avanell Woodby Arnett, 624 Piney Grove Road, Hampton, Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lawrence E. Bowers|
4/24/00

   Mr. Lawrence E. "Wimpy" Bowers, 77, 804 Exum Street, Johnson City, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at his residence.

   Mr. Bowers was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Joseph P. and Bessie J. Manning Bowers.

   He was a World War II and Korean War Army veteran. Mr. Bowers was a member of Keystone Free Will Baptist Church.

   Survivors include his wife, Nora Arizona Byrd Bowers; two daughters: Thelma L. Sue Sams and Elizabeth Ann Honeycutt, both of Johnson City; one son, Joseph F. Bowers, Hampton; one brother, Robert L. Bowers, Elizabethton; and five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   Appalachian Funeral Home (928-6111), 800 East Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

   BOWERS -- Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence E. "Wimpy" Bowers, 77, 804 Exum Street, Johnson City, who died Friday, April 21, 2000, will be held Sunday, April 23, 2000, at 4 p.m. from Keystone Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Greer officiating. Graveside committal services will be held April 24 at 11 a.m. in Mountain Home National Cemetery. Those planning to attend the committal service are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m. Full military honors will be accorded by Kingsport VFW Post #3382. Active pallbearers, who are requested to meet at the church by 3:45 p.m. Sunday, will be Earl Dykes, Gene DeLoach, Ron Street, Wayne Ford, Jim Cooper, Randy Greer, Alvin Zeoli, and Tony Gouge. Honorary pallbearers will be the Masters Men from Keystone Free Will Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Keystone Free Will Baptist Church. Appalachian Funeral Home (928-6111), 800 East Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

Darrell L. Hensley
4/24/00

   Mr. Darrell Lee Hensley, 41, 196 Whitson Drive, #8 Misty Brook Apartments, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at the residence.

   Mr. Hensley was an Erwin native and had lived in various locations during his Navy career before returning to Elizabethton 18 months ago. He was a son of Atlas Edwards Hensley, Jonesborough, and the late William Floyd Hensley. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Alvin Hensley.

   Mr. Hensley was a Navy veteran of 21 years having been a recruiter and other various positions throughout his career. He was a recipient of the Good Conduct Award, Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. Mr. Hensley was a Disabled American Veterans administrator and a volunteer of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home. He was of the Baptist faith. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Hensley was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, VFW and the Fleet Reserve.

   In addition to his mother, survivors include one son, Stewart Matthew Hensley, Holyloch, Scotland; three daughters: Andrea Lorraine Hensley, Holyloch, Scotland; Heather Marie Hensley and Aimee Nicole Hensley, both of Norfolk, Va.; three brothers: Billy Hensley, Jonesborough; Russell Hensley, Elizabethton; and Timothy Hensley, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.

   Ledford Funeral Home, Erwin, (743-1380 or 928-4595), is in charge of arrangements.

   HENSLEY -- Funeral services for Mr. Darrell Lee Hensley, 196 Whitson Drive, #8 Misty Brook Apartments, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, will be held at 8 p.m. Monday from the Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jim Kilgore will officiate. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with full military grave rites rendered by VFW Post #3382, Kingsport. Pallbearers will be members of the VFW and are requested to assemble at the cemetery by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Ledford Funeral Home, Erwin, (743-1380 or 928-4595), is in charge of arrangements.

James Jones
4/24/00

   James "Maynard" Jones, 63, 271 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Hospital, Mountain Home, following a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Jones was a native and lifelong resident of Carter County and a son of the late James Jackson and Pauline Georgia Duncan Jones. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Jones.

   Mr. Jones was a retired Manager/Clerk in the Parts Department at Tennessee Motor Company. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and was of the Baptist Faith.

   Survivors include his wife, Rita June Williams Jones, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas N. and Tresa Jones, Johnson City; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Don Reeves, Johnson City; three brothers, Kenneth Jones, Conley Jones and Powell Jones, all of Johnson City; a sister, Dimple Burleson, Ringgold, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Ethan and Kayla Jones, both of Johnson City. 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

   JONES -- Funeral services for James "Maynard" Jones, 63, 271 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, who died Sunday, April 23, 2000, will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with Rev. Gene Stinnett officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence any time. Everyone wishing to attend the graveside service will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the West Carter County Volunteer Fire Department or to the Carter County Rescue Squad. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, (423) 543-5544, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy



William G. Lawson
4/24/00

   William Grant Lawson, 88, 179 Arlington Drive, Johnson City, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at the VA Medical Center, Mountain Home.

   Mr. Lawson was a lifelong resident of Johnson City and a son of the late Jasper Newton and Cornelius McCloud Lawson. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Edna McCartt.

   Mr. Lawson was a retired self-employed salesman. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the John Sevier Post #2108, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Eagles Club. He was a member of Calvary Fellowship Assembly of God Church.

   Survivors include his wife, Mildred Louise Lawson; a daughter, Patricia Lee Riggs, Colonial Heights; two sisters, Edith Maurer, Johnson City, and Anne Chisholm, El Paso, Texas; a granddaughter, Leah Teresa Riggs, and a grandson, Dana Brian Riggs, both of Colonial Heights; and a great-granddaughter, Karly Riggs.

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

   LAWSON -- Funeral services for William Grant Lawson, 88, 179 Arlington Drive, Johnson City, who died Friday, April 21, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, from the Morris-Baker North Chapel with Rev. Stan Bradley officiating. Interment will follow graveside services at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Monte Vista Burial Park. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. For those who prefer, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 207 N. Boone Street, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

Rosalie M. Merritt
4/24/00

   Rosalie May Merritt, 79, 133 Garrison Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.

   Mrs. Merritt was a native of Johnson County and the daughter of Leila Bowers May, Elizabethton, and the late Robie DeWitt May. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robie May Jr. and Riley Bill May.

   Mrs. Merritt was a member of Valley Forge Christian Church and was a homemaker.

   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Frank Merritt, of the home; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Carl R. Merritt, Columbus, Ga., Leslie F. and Sandra Merritt, Cocoa, Fla., and John D. and Billie Merritt, Elizabethton; two daughters and sons-in-law, C. Elaine Merritt-Rourke and Dr. Pat Rourke, Elizabethton, and Laurel and Michael Adkins, U.S. Army, Germany; four sisters, Bertha Lou Boone, West Jefferson, N.C., Violet DeWitt, Hilda Collins and Joy Bernshausen, all of Elizabethton; two brothers, Dr. Floyd E. May and Dr. Joseph C. May, both of Elizabethton; and eight grandchildren, Tammy, Paige, Stacey, Todd, Keith, Emily, Christopher and John Michael. Four 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

   MERRITT -- Funeral services for Rosalie May Merritt, 79, 133 Garrison Hollow Road, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, April 20, 2000. will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Valley Forge Christian Church with Mr. H. Clay Bailey and Mr. Dan Rutherford, ministers, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Frieda Winters. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Dale Roberson, Tommy Franklin, Tommy Jenkins, Raymond Holtsclaw, Tim Shields, Milburn Ellis, Kent Edens, Larry Finney and Joel Crisp. Honorary pallbearers will be Orville Roberson, Jimmy Roberson, Bobby Roberson, Ted Orr, Larry Timbs, Bill Jones, Wimpy Hampton, Cale Garrison, Tom Oaks, Max Harrison and members of Valley Forge Christian Church. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Valley Forge Christian Church, Highway 19E, 114 Valley Forge Christian Church Road. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Breast Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643, or the American Red Cross, 116 Holston Avenue, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Virginia Reese
4/24/00

   LENOIR, N.C. -- Virginia "Jeep" Reese, 64, Kenham Place, Lenoir, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Caldwell County Hospice.

   Mrs. Reese was a native of Carter County, Elizabethton, Tenn., and a daughter of the late Howard and Bertha Combs Rash.

   Mrs. Reese was a retired expediter at Broyhill Furniture. She was a member of the Hudson Church of God.

   Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Dean Reese, of the home; two daughters, Lisa Bowers, of the home, and Jeannie Chambers, Elizabethton, Tenn.; and a brother, Tom Rash, Lenoir. Three grandchildren also survive.

   Funeral services were held Saturday in Lenoir.

   Memorials can be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C., 28645.

   Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home, Lenoir, N.C., (828) 754-3441, was in charge of arrangements.


Paul Chambers
4/21/00

   Paul Chambers, 81, 899 Willow Springs Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at his residence.

   Mr. Chambers was a native of Carter County and a son of the late E.L. and Hattie Whitehead Chambers. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ada Chambers, three brothers, Dave Chambers, James Chambers and Don Chambers, and two sisters, Jessie Truitt and Kate Pouge.

   Mr. Chambers was a retired construction worker. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

   Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Geneva Back, Stamford, Conn., and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   CHAMBERS -- Funeral services for Paul Chambers, 81, 899 Willow Springs Road, Elizabethton, who died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bruce Hendrich officiating. Interment will follow in the Hall Cemetery, Tiger Creek. Active pallbearers will be Danny Chambers, Don Chambers, Kenneth Chambers, Richard Chambers, Bill Chambers and Jim Chambers. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 

Rosalie M. Merritt
4/21/00

   Mrs. Rosalie May Merritt, 79, 133 Garrison Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 20, 2000.

   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

 

Martha Willis
4/21/00

   ADRIAN, Mich. -- Martha Willis, 93, of Adrian, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Willis was a native of Hampton, Tenn., and a daughter of the late David and Jane (Berry) Clark. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Willis, in 1987; her step-mother, Ida Clark; three sisters, Marie Shaffer, Stella Clark and Verna Clark in infancy; five brothers, Alfred, Albert, Aaron, Charles and Lloyd Clark; two daughters, Geneva Fleenor and Lois Clement; a son, Cleophis Clark; and two infant children.

   Mrs. Willis was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Dorman Jones of Adrian; a brother, Lonnie Clark. Johnson City, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Hill, Thomasville, N.C.; a son-in-law, Jim Clement of Adrian; a sister-in-law, Norma Clark of Tennessee; and a very special friend, Loraine Reed of Adrian.

   Anderson Funeral Home, 3050 W. Beecher Road, Adrian, Mich., (517) 265-3312, is in charge of arrangements.

   WILLIS -- Funeral services for Martha Willis, 93, of Adrian, Mich., who died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Anderson Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Globe officiating. Interment will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd or the Lenawee Medical Care Facility's activities fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Survivors also include seven grandchildren, William (Pamela) Fleenor of Blissfield, Becky Gosselin of Adrian, Mackie (Denise) Fleenor of Clayton, Lois (Eric) Kelly of Adrian, John David (Theresa) Fleenor of Grass Lake, Linda (Clifford) Holt, Bellefountaine, Ohio, and Elayne (Jim) Buchanan, Elizabethton, Tenn.; 11 step-grandchildren, Dale (Sue) Jones of New Baltimore, Doug (Patti) Jones of Clayton, Dave (Cindy) Jones of Clayton, Mark (Theresa) Jones of Britton, Mike (Barb) Jones and Brenda (Mike) Harris, all of Adrian, LeAnn (Dave) Jones of Ohio, Jimmy (Shanna) Buchanan, Tammy (Gene) Norris, Patti (James) Glover and Bert (Kristy) Buchanan, all of Tennessee; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. Anderson Funeral Home, 3050 W. Beecher Road, Adrian, Mich., (517) 265-3312, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Kenneth R. Lewis Sr.
4/20/00

   ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Lewis Sr., 60, of Edgewater, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.

   Mr. Lewis was a native of Elizabethton, Tenn., and had been a resident of Maryland for 26 years. He was a route salesman with National Brewing Company in Washington, D.C., for 25 years, and was also a school bus driver with Owens Charter Bus Company for 15 years. He retired in January of 1999.

   Mr. Lewis was a member of Bay Country Moose Lodge #831 and American Legion Post #226 in Mayo.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, John Lewis Jr.

   Survivors include his wife, Royella K. Lewis; a son, Kenneth R. Lewis Jr., Riva, Md.; a daughter, Debra Coale, Pasadena, Md.; and three sisters, Christine Taylor, Takoma Park, Md., Helen Gouge, Kingsport, Tenn., and Selma Bowers, Elizabethton, Tenn. Two grandchildren also survive.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Oncology Unit, 64 Franklin Street, Annapolis, Md., 21401, or to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 4805 Benson Avenue, Baltimore, Md., 21227.

   George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, Md., (310) 261-4488, is in charge of arrangements.


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