May 8, 2000


John S. Blevins Sr.

  John S. Blevins Sr., 78, 638 Old Highway 143, Roan Mountain, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.

  Mr. Blevins was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Nat and Polly Odom Blevins.

  Mr. Blevins was a member of the Roan Mountain Holiness Church. He was a pipefitter in the construction industry and a member of the Local 538 Pipefitters.

  Survivors include his wife, Geneva Julian Blevins, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, John S. Jr. and Sharon Blevins, Kingsport; a daughter and son-in-law, Evangeline and Gene Ashley, Roan Mountain; a brother, Dale Blevins, Roan Mountain; two sisters, Velma Honeycutt, Roan Mountain, and Billie Jean Spooner, Bessemer, Ala.; and seven grandchildren, John S. Blevins III, Amanda Blevins and Amelia Blevins, all of Kingsport, Kim Hughes, Michelle Perkins and Cindy Hamby, all of Roan Mountain, and Sandra Pritchard, Frank, N.C. Eight 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

BLEVINS -- Funeral services for John S. Blevins Sr., 78, 638 Old Highway 143, Roan Mountain, who died Saturday, May 6, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Don Julian officiating. Music will be under the direction of Pat and Kelly Julian and Jean Honeyutt. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Mike Blevins, Terry Blevins, Glen Hilman, Lonnie Clark, Ray Gibbs and Bill Hershey. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. For those who prefer, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick



Robert T. Burchfield

  Robert T. "Bubba" Burchfield, 50, 114 Taylor Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

  Mr. Burchfield was a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and the son of the late Charles and Jean Barrett Burchfield.
Mr. Burchfield was a longtime resident of Carter County. He was a member of Eternal Life Baptist Church and was a pipefitter in the construction industry. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam.

  Survivors include his wife, Wanda Bowling Burchfield, Elizabethton; three daughters, Julie Burchfield, Leslie Burchfield and Kristy Burchfield, all of Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Lynn and Betty Jo Burchfield, Elizabethton; a sister, Nancy Ward, Elizabethton; and a brother, Charles Burchfield, Warren, Ohio. Eleven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive.

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

BURCHFIELD -- Funeral services for Robert T. "Bubba" Burchfield, 50, 114 Taylor Hollow Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, May 6, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Donald Yates and Rev. Dexter Brummitt officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Lyons Chapel Cemetery in Hampton. Active pallbearers will be David Bowling, Ricky Bowling, Dean Bowling, Terry Bowling, Robert Bowling, Matt Neece, Darrell Jarrett and Rick Walsh. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Henry Reed, Arron Taylor, Roger D. Pritchard, Randy D. Pritchard, Eddie Richardson, Lynn Glover, William Richardson and Gary Shelton. 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 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence, 114 Taylor Hollow Road, Elizabethton, any time. For those who prefer, memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Eternal Life Baptist Church, 5655 Highway 19E, Hampton, Tenn. A special thank you to Mary Charlene Pritchard and Joseph Henry Reed for all the help they have given the family. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Shelby L. Frye

  Shelby Little Frye, 55, of Cleveland, Tenn., died Friday, May 5, 2000, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Frye was of the Christian faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mildred Little, and a grandson, Jeffrey Wilson.

  Survivors include her husband, William Frye, Cleveland; her children, Candie Umberger, Keith Umberger, Sharon Long and Mildred Umberger, all of Cleveland; four grandchildren, Jessica Umberger, Katelyn Umberger, Stephen Long and Alison Long, all of Cleveland. She was the sister of Janice and Bill Lambert, Gale and Richard Loveless, Shirley and Elmer Roach and Judy and Mike Bouton, all of Elizabethton, Thomas Jr. and Wendy Little, Hampton, and Debbie and Randy Maddox, Johnson City. A special cousin, James Little, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, Cleveland, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements.

FRYE -- Shelby Little Frye, 55, a resident of Cleveland, Tenn., went to be with her Lord, mother and father, and her grandson Friday, May 5, 2000, after a lengthy illness. She passed away at her home surrounded by her family. She was a devoted and loving mother, wife and sister, and will be missed. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Rev. Herb Conley of Cornerstone Church of Cleveland, and Rev. Bill Griffith of First Baptist Church of Cleveland officiating. Interment will follow in Tasso United Methodist Church Cemetery with nephews, Byron Vanover, Mikey Loveless, Brenard Roach, Jason Loveless, Brandon Maddox and very special family friend, Shane Ware, serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include her uncle, Bruce Lewis, other nephews, special friend, Eugene Henley, and her brothers-in-law. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Notes of sympathy may be sent online to condolences@ralphbuckner.com. Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, Cleveland, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements.


Hugh R. Maupin


Hugh Robert Maupin, 79, 510 Central Street, Johnson City, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, following a lengthy illness.

  Mr. Maupin was a native of Watauga County, N.C. He grew up in Butler and had lived in Johnson City for the last 54 years. He was a son of the late Albert and Lou Campbell Maupin and was also preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.

  Mr. Maupin was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in World War II, and was a retired employee of Leon-Ferenbach. He was a member of Oakland Avenue Baptist Church.

  Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Maupin; a son, Steve Maupin, Johnson City; three daughters, Kay Cash, Johnson City, Peggy Freeman, Jonesborough, and Joan McIntosh, Lake City; and a sister, Grace Haney, Johnson City. Eleven grandchildren, seven 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.

MAUPIN -- Funeral services for Hugh Robert Maupin, 79, 510 Central Street, Johnson City, who died Sunday, May 7, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Rev. Roy Yeltin officiating. Committal services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Monte Vista Burial Park. Military Honors will be provided by the Hammond Post #3, American Legion Color Guard, Kingsport. Those attending this service are invited to meet at the funeral home by 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Mickey Freeman, Robert McIntosh, Chad Maupin, Jeff Smith, Eufus Maupin, Ralph Proffett and Dallas Ledford. Honorary pallbearers will be Dean Heaton, Bill Harvey, Ed Fagan, Roscoe Head, Mike Owens, Steve Head and Garland McIntosh. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.


Artie B. Minton

  Artie Bell Minton, 87, 433 Minga Road, Kingsport, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Brookhaven Nursing Home, Kingsport.

  Mrs. Minton was a native of North Carolina but had lived most of her life in the Tri-Cities area. She was the widow of the late Rev. Gurnie Minton.

  Mrs. Minton was a retired employee of J.P. Stephens. She was of the Freewill Baptist Faith.

  Survivors include two foster daughters, Mary Hensley, Greeneville, and Marie Moffitt, Rock Springs. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

  Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Tri-Cities Memory Gardens with Rev. Hal Calhoun officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Blountville Funeral Home.

  Blountville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James H. McKee

  James "Jim" H. McKee, 63, 139 Carrville Avenue, Johnson City, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

  Mr. McKee was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County and a son of the late Oscar and Blanche Scott McKee.

  Mr. McKee was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, having served two terms. He was a welder and a member of the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local #538, Johnson City. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

  Survivors include his wife, Helen McKee; a brother, Wayne McKee, Gray; and two sisters, Betty Silver and M. Kathryn McKee, both of Johnson City. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

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

McKEE -- Funeral services for James "Jim" H. McKee, 63, 139 Carrville Avenue, Johnson City, who died Saturday, May 6, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Rev. Tommy Futrell officiating. Committal services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Washington County Memory Gardens. Those attending this service are invited to meet the family at the funeral home by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected from friends and family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 2513 Wesley Street, Ste 4, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.



Alf Taylor

  Alf Taylor, 67, of Nampa, Idaho, formerly of Stoney Creek, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at the VA Medical Center Hospital in Boise, Idaho, following a lengthy illness.

  Mr. Taylor was a native of Carter County and the son of Nell Campbell Elliott, Elizabethton, and the late Dan Taylor.

  Mr. Taylor was a retired veteran with the U.S. Air Force with 25 years of service.

  Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Danny and Kenny Taylor, both of Nampa, Idaho; a brother, George Taylor, Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters, Jane Salter, Elizabethton, and Idabell Pleasant, Mountain City; two half-sisters, Frances Shipley and Dicie Rouse, both of Elizabethton; a half-brother, Johnny Long of Maryland. Four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

  Funeral services will be conducted at Alsip Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Avenue, South, Nampa, Idaho 38651 (208-466-3545). Graveside services will be conducted in the Meridian Cemetery in Meridian, Idaho.

  Announcement courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick



Charles G. Yeary

  Charles G. "Steve" Yeary, 50, 512 Chapman Street, Johnson City, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.

  Mr. Yeary was a native of Big Stone Gap, Va., and had lived most of his adult life in Johnson City. He was a son of Lavada Bentley Yeary, Big Stone Gap, Va., and Grant Yeary, Polk City, Fla.

  Mr. Yeary, also known as "Steve Grant," was a well-known radio announcer. He was currently employed by Tulsa Dental Products and was a member of Pleasant Beach Baptist Church.

  Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his fiance, Debbie Fox, Johnson City; a daughter, Brandi Helton, Gray; a sister, Debra Rollins, Big Stone Gap, Va.; a half-brother, Stephen Grant Yeary, Paris Island, S.C.; and a granddaughter, Taylor Helton, Gray.

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

YEARY -- Funeral services for Charles G. "Steve" Yeary, 50, 512 Chapman Street, Johnson City, who died Friday, May 5, 2000, were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Committal services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Washington County Memory Gardens. Those attending this service are invited to meet at the funeral home by 1:30 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Charlie Mason, Travis Helton, Jeff Fox, Joe Wolfe, Stephen Yeary, Brian Snyder, Chris Snyder and Jeff Snyder. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Broach, Fred Fox, Chuck Mason Jr., Daniel A. Rollins, Grant Yeary and the employees of Tulsa Dental Products and Tennessee Motor Company Service Department. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.