May 5, 2000

Lillie Williams

  Lillie Williams, 83, 510 Cedar Avenue, Elizabethton, died Thursday, May 4, 2000.

  Mrs. Williams was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Mendota, Va., and the Senior Citizens Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Williams.

  Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Clinton Williams, Elizabethton, Hazel and Robert Steffey, Bristol, and Margaret and James Meade, Duffield, Va., and a sister, Sara Williams, Elizabethton. Six grandsons, nine great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, a dear friend, Russell Tate, Elizabethton, and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

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

WILLIAMS -- Funeral services for Lillie Williams, 83, 510 Cedar Avenue, Elizabethton, who departed this life Thursday, May 4, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. James H. Meade and Rev. Rick Meade officiating. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Charlie Owens, Ricky Williams, Eddie Williams, Wayne Steffey, Gary Meade and Kevin Meade. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Saturday. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 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


Janice Y. Reedy

  Janice Yvonne Reedy, 50, 168 E. Highland Road, Johnson City, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at her residence after a lengthy illness.

  Mrs. Reedy was a native of Washington County and the daughter of the late Fred L. and Bonnie Oxendine Street. She was also preceded in death by a son, Bruce Lee Reedy, and a brother, Stanley Street.

  Mrs. Reedy was a member of the River of Life Baptist Church. She was an employee of the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital as a Monitor Technician.

  Survivors include her husband. Arthur Harrell Reedy, of the home; a brother, James Lanny Street, Johnson City; and five sisters, Kathy Jordan, Unicoi, Brenda Barnett, Elizabethton, Vivian Cummings, Baltimore, Md., JoAnn Knight, Chuckey (Rheatown), and Shirley Ford, Jonesborough. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

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

REEDY -- Funeral services for Janice Yvonne Reedy, 50, 168 E. Highland Road, Johnson City, who died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lanny Street and Rev. Donald Humphrey officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Gary Thomason, Michael Thomason, Ansel Presnell, Bill Combs, Jim Nidiffer and Tim Ford. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Phillip Hinton, Dr. David Tabor and the staff of 5100 at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. Special friends Laura Nidiffer and Melissa Grindstaff. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2513 Wesley Street, Suite #4, Johnson City, Tenn. 37604. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 W. College Street, Jonesborough, (423) 753-0514, is in charge of arrangements.

Mae Hayes

  Mrs. Mae "Nannie" Hayes, 96, 123 Old Mill Ridge Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.

  Mrs. Hayes was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Nancy Ann Humphreys. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Milton Hayes Sr., a daughter, a son, a sister, three brothers, a grandson and a great-granddaughter.
Mrs. Hayes was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Ina Dee Shepherd, Ypsilanti, Mich., and a son, Milton Hayes, Brunswick, Ga. Six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and 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

HAYES -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mae "Nannie" Hayes, 96, 123 Old Mill Ridge Road, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with Rev. Harold Mains officiating. Music will be under the direction of David Arney, organist. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call at the residence, 123 Old Mill Ridge Road, Elizabethton, any time. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Saturday. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Wilton G. Thomas

  Wilton Garfield Thomas, 82, Route 2, Bakersville, N.C., died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Spruce Pine Community Hospital.
Mr. Thomas was a native of Roan Mountain and a son of the late Dave and Etter Birchfield Thomas. He was also preceded in death by a sister.

  Mr. Thomas had lived in Mitchell County for the past five years. He was a retired farmer and was of the Free Will Baptist Faith.

  Survivors include several cousins.

  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

THOMAS -- Funeral services for Wilton Garfield Thomas, 82, Route 2, Bakersville, N.C., who died Thursday, May 4, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Randy English officiating. Interment will be in the Birchfield Cemetery, Hampton Creek, Roan Mountain. Pallbearers will be selected from friends attending the service. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


May 4, 2000

Richard W. Nidiffer


  Richard Wayne Nidiffer, 65, 109 Lancelot Drive, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Nidiffer was a native of Carter County and the son of the late John Nidiffer Sr. and Ruth Moreland Nidiffer.

  Mr. Nidiffer was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant. He was a member of Carter Christian Church, where he served as teacher in the Adult Men Sunday School Class. He was a member of Omar Temple, Dashiell Lodge #238, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, S.J., USA and a life member of the Air Force Association.

  Survivors include his wife, Maggie Pierce Fortner Nidiffer, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Dayton "Butch" Blevins, Elizabethton; a brother, John D. Nidiffer Jr., Kannapolis, N.C.; a grandson, Steven Oliver, Elizabethton; a niece, Nancy Bost, Landis, N.C.; and a nephew, Jimmy Nidiffer, Kannapolis, N.C.

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

NIDIFFER -- Graveside services for Richard Wayne Nidiffer, 65, 109 Lancelot Drive, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, in the Buckles Cemetery with Mr. Dennis Scalf officiating. Music will also be provided by Mr. Dennis Scalf. Military Honors will be accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Lawrence Hardin, Kenneth Nidiffer, Larry Estep, Otis McNeil, Jimmy Nidiffer, Jerry Reed, Jim Ellis and Lawrence Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors and the men of Carter Christian Church. Friends may call at the residence, 109 Lancelot Drive, Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

May 3, 2000

Ernest W. Smith

  Ernest W. Smith, 91, 190 Coal Shute Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
Mr. Smith was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Walter Keener and Amanda Lewis Smith. He was also preceded in death by four brothers.

  Mr. Smith was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation. He was associated with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Freeman Smith; a daughter, Gale S. Clark, Kingsport; two sons, Steve Smith, Johnson City, and Kent Smith, Elizabethton; a brother, Carl Smith, Roan Mountain; four sisters, Betty Winters, Anna Lou Heaton and Elizabeth Strickland, all of Roan Mountain, and Mary Bell Smith, Elizabethton; a granddaughter, Christy Bagby, Silver Springs, Md.; a grandson, James Smith, Elizabethton; and a great-grandson, Henry Clay Bagby V. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

  SMITH -- Funeral services for Ernest W. Smith, 91, 190 Coal Shute Road, Elizabethton, who died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Brother John Rist officiating. Interment will be at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


May 2, 2000


Rex Arnett

  Rex Arnett, 53, 327 South Lynn Avenue, Apt. #1, Elizabethton, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, in Elizabethton.

  Mr. Arnett was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Phillip and Annie Banner Arnett.

  Mr. Arnett was a sheet rock hanger and was of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include three sisters, Hassie Mottern, Elizabethton, Ruby Ray and Joyce Arnett, both of Roan Mountain, and a brother, Billie Reece Arnett, Hampton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

  ARNETT -- Graveside services for Rex Arnett, 53, 327 South Lynn Avenue, Apt. #1, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, April 27, 2000, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Markland Cemetery, Buck Mountain, with Rev. Jim Storie officiating. Pallbearers will be selected from friends attending the service. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Mildred Q. Lumsden

  Mildred Quisenberry Lumsden, of Elizabethton, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at her residence following a brief illness.

Mrs. Lumsden was a member of First Christian Church.

  Survivors include her husband, Kirk Lumsden; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Lois Lumsden, Wadsworth, Ohio, and Roger and Shirley Lumsden, Haines City, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Bob VanDyke, Elizabethton; and two sisters, Mary Quisenberry and Virginia Mae Goodwin, both of Elizabethton. Local grandchildren are Sequa S. Shields and David K. VanDyke and their spouses. Local great-grandchildren are David C. VanDyke, Tabatha VanDyke, TaKeitha VanDyke and Tachelle VanDyke.

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

  LUMSDEN -- Mildred Quisenberry Lumsden, loving wife and mother, died at her home on Monday morning, May 1, 2000, at the age of 91. Her death was the result of a stroke suffered nine days earlier. Mrs. Lumsden was a committed Christian and a member of First Christian Church. A private memorial service for the family will be held at her church on Wednesday, May 3, 2000. Her burial will be carried out in the Happy Valley Memorial Park even as her service is taking place. Mrs. Lumsden is survived by her beloved husband, Kirk, to whom she was married for 67 years. She is also survived by a son, Edwin, and his wife, Lois, of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Roger and his wife, Shirley, of Haines City, Fla., and by a daughter, Kay VanDyke, and her husband, Bob, of Elizabethton. Local grandchildren are Sequa S. Shields and David K. VanDyke and their spouses. Local great-grandchildren are David C. VanDyke, Tabatha VanDyke, TaKeitha VanDyke and Tachelle VanDyke. She is also survived by other grandchildren who live out of state. They are Senna Weitlich, Overland Park, Kan., Thad Lumsden, Columbus, Ohio, Nate Lumsden, Richland, Wash., Shelly Kay Lynch, Richland, Wash., Mike Lumsden, Saint Petersburg, Fla., Greg Toole, Winter Haven, Fla., Chris Lumsden and Jeff Toole, both of Haines City, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Quisenberry and Virginia Mae Goodwin, both of Elizabethton; and 11 great-grandchildren. From 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2000, the family will welcome a chance to meet with their church family, neighbors and friends in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church, Elizabethton. The family requests that memorials be made to The Habitat for Humanity, Hefer Project, or the Appalachian Christian Camp, c/o First Christian Church, 513 Hattie Avenue, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. These services are entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, (423) 543-5544. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Jerry L. Hopson

  Jerry L. Hopson, 43, 178 Ollie Collins Road, Elizabethton, died suddenly Saturday, April 29, 2000, at his residence.

  Mr. Hopson was a native of Hammond, Ind., and the son of Lorene Hamby Hopson Conors, Raven Den, Ark., and the late Tom Hopson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Fred Hopson.

  Mr. Hopson was a construction worker.

  Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Lenora Hopson, of the home; a son, Keith Anthony Hopson, Logans Port, Ind.; three brothers, Terry Hopson, of Illinois, L.C. Hopson and Rex Gouge, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Charlie Kalinowski, of Florida; three sisters, Sharon Vargo, N. Webster, Ind., Shannon Fahlsing and Connie Craig, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and two grandchildren, Lexie Doyle and Gabrielle Hopson, both of Logans Port, Ind. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, all of Roan Mountain, also survive.

  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendren Chapel, Roan Mountain. Private disposition will be held at a later date.

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

May 1, 2000

Donald F. Leonard

  Donald F. Leonard, 66, 139 Spring Street, Hampton, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following a long illness.

  Mr. Leonard was a native and lifelong resident of Hampton and the son of Mrs. Lou Ella Sorrell Leonard, of the home, and the late Earnest Robert Leonard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Norman Leonard I.

  Mr. Leonard was a former bus driver. He attended the First Baptist Church of Hampton.

  Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one aunt and several uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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

  LEONARD -- Graveside funeral services and interment for Donald F. Leonard, 66, 139 Spring Street, Hampton, who died Saturday, April 29, 2000, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Garden of the Last Supper section of Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. James Archer and Mr. Dwayne Calhoun, minister, officiating. Active pallbearers will be Arnold Clark, James N. Leonard Jr., Matthew Hyder, Jonathan Woods, Jeff Williamson, Ross Ray Potter, Garry Leonard, George Smith, D.C. Simerly, Terry Leonard and Curly Burgess. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Campbell, Walter Teague, Clyde Fuller, Glenn Roberson, Paul Leonard, Larry Hyder, Steve Sorrell, J.L. Norris, Kenneth Leonard, Warren Tipton Jr. and Johnny Lewis. The family will receive friends at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, (423) 543-5544, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy