May 31, 2000

Billy R. Bristol


  Billy Ray Bristol, 45, 139 Sarah Annie Drive, Johnson City, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
  Mr. Bristol was a native of Carter County and had lived in Florida nearly 20 years before returning to Johnson City seven years ago. He was a son of Kate Helton Bristol, Johnson City, and the late Grover Bristol.
  Mr. Bristol was employed by Scott Air Conditioning. He attended the North Street Church of Jesus Christ, Johnson City.
  Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Peggy Ann Bristol, of the home; a son, James Davis, Elizabethton; two daughters, Brandi Winn and Misty Davis, both of Johnson City; six brothers, Ronnie Peters, Tim Peters and Donald Bristol, all of Johnson City, Virgil Peters and Bobby Bristol, both of California, and Mike Bristol, of Florida; and a sister, Debbie Peters Scalf, Johnson City. Four 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.

  BRISTOL -- Funeral services for Billy Ray Bristol, 45, 139 Sarah Annie Drive, Johnson City, who died Monday, May 29, 2000, in Jacksonville, Fla., will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 1, from the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Rev. Tim Peters officiating. Interment will follow graveside services at 10 a.m. Friday, June 2, at Washington County Memory Gardens. The family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for those services. Pallbearers will be A.Z. Tolley Jr., Jason Wynn, Jamie Davis, Bobby Ledford, Carlos Munoz, Dwight Scott Jr. and Paul Bristol. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.


Warren L. Oliver

  Warren L. Oliver, 55, 192 Rosewood Circle, Elizabethton, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.
  Mr. Oliver was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Albert Earl and Mary Lee Wright Oliver.
  Due to disability, Mr. Oliver was a retired steel worker.
Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Smolik, Chicago, Ill., and Keshi LaFeur, Elizabethton; a son, Bill Oliver, Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, JoAnn Vinson and Nyoka Shelburne, both of Harrisburg, Pa., and Loretta Pierce, Elizabethton; and three brothers, Charles Oliver, Richard Oliver and Albert Oliver, all of Elizabethton. Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

  OLIVER -- Funeral services for Warren L. Oliver, 55, 192 Rosewood Circle, Elizabethton, who died Friday, May 26, 2000, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from nephews and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of his brothers and sisters at any time. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick


Dr. Charles J. Wells


  Dr. Charles Jack Wells, 67, of Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
  Dr. Wells was born in Grayson County, Va., then lived in South Charleston, W. Va. He was a son of the late C.B. and Ruth Parsons Wells.
  Dr. Wells graduated from Concord College in West Virginia, then from the College of Medicine in Richmond, Va. He served as a family practice physician in Elizabethton for 37 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force at Shaw Air Base, Sumter, S.C.
He was actively involved much of his life in the Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth and was awarded the Silver Beaver award as an adult leader. He was a local scoutmaster for many years.
  Dr. Wells was a charter board member of Christian Believers United, an organization dedicated to teaching and applying the Word of God.
  Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Pat Blankenship Wells; a son and daughter-in-law, Cole and LuAnne Wells, Greeneville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Ron McCall, Amy and J.D. Shelton and Emily and Dave Hargis, all of Elizabethton; and 10 grandchildren, Patrick and Martha Wells, Greeneville, Ashley, Candace and Alex Wheeler, Brown and Bobbi Shelton, Britney Hill, Katherine and Nathan Hargis, all of Elizabethton.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

May 30, 2000

Grant H. Fortner


  Grant H. Fortner, 87, Mountain Home, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the Center following an extended illness.
  Mr. Fortner was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Lum and Maggie Carden Fortner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Florence Fortner; four brothers, Dan, Rhudy, Langford and Eb Fortner, and two sisters, Missouri McPhearson and Nora Nave.
  Mr. Fortner retired from the Naval Ship Yard, Newport News, Va., and also had previously worked for the TVA. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and attended the Free Will Baptist Church.
  Survivors include a step-daughter, June Estep, and her husband, David Estep, 804 Tipton Street, Elizabethton; three granddaughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret and Robert Luttrell, Sandra and Phil Lipford and Judy Crowe Estep; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Chris Carter, Johnnie and Lisa Graybeal, Norman Jr. and Linda Markland, Brandy Holder and Robby Luttrell; and great-great-grandchildren, Cassidie Graybeal, Russell, Bo and Schaun Carter. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joe K. Franklin

  Joe Kane Franklin, 73, 1111 Grove Street, Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
  Mr. Franklin was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Roby Eugene and Iva Myrtle Pierce Franklin.
Mr. Franklin was a member of Valley Forge Christian Church and a retired painter. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Air Force.
  Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Melissa Franklin Hale, Bristol; three sons, Robert D. Franklin and Keith A. Franklin, both of Elizabethton, and Mark C. Franklin, Jonesborough; a granddaughter, Madison C. Franklin, Jonesborough; a sister, Ruby Ollis, Elizabethton; and four brothers, Millard Franklin, Hampton, Ray Franklin, Elizabethton, Grady Franklin, Indianapolis, Ind., and William Franklin, Melbourne, Fla. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

  FRANKLIN -- Funeral services for Joe Kane Franklin, 73, 1111 Grove Street, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, May 28, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Franklin Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Tommy Gouge, Ward Hale, Hubert Coleman, David Bucher, Tommy Franklin, Steve Franklin, Tim Franklin and Richard Cable. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Franklin, Kenny Franklin, Nelson Ollis, Robert Burns, James Coleman, Jeff Brumitt, Jim Riddle and Ben Johnson. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of his brother, Ray Franklin, any time. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

David C. Griffith

  David C. "Blue" Griffith, 39, of Bristol, Va., died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Mr. Griffith was a lifelong resident of Bristol and the son of the late Jayhue Griffith and Betty Ruth Glover Wilson.
Mr. Griffith was a former employee of Electrolux and was currently employed as a life insurance agent with American General. He was a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters and a member of the Leadership Council. He was a member of Church of the Glad Tidings, where he was a member of the Honor Bound Men's Ministries, a coordinator for the Senior Citizens of the church, and a Sunday School Teacher for Junior Boys.
  Survivors include his wife, Ginger Bingham Griffith; a daughter, Stevie Griffith, of the home; and a half-brother, Joey Wilson, Bristol. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece and a nephew also survive.
  Akard Funeral Home, 1912 State Street, Bristol, Tenn., (423) 989-4800, is in charge of arrangements.

  GRIFFITH -- A Celebration of Life Service for David C. "Blue" Griffith, 39, of Bristol, Va., who died Monday, May 29, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at the Church of Glad Tidings, 50 24th Street, Bristol, Tenn., with Rev. Timothy S. Rice officiating. Entombment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, in the Mountain View Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. The family will receive friends at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Bulding Fund of the Church of The Glad Tidings. Akard Funeral Home, 1912 State Street, Bristol, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements.


Dessie T. Nidiffer


  Dessie Trivett Nidiffer, 83, formerly of 1020 Broad Street, Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following an extended illness.
Mrs. Nidiffer was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Jacob Leroy and Dovie M. Hicks Trivett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray S. Nidiffer, in February 1985, and by two sisters and seven brothers.
Mrs. Nidiffer was a member of Doe River Baptist Church and a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

  NIDIFFER -- Graveside services for Dessie Trivett Nidiffer, 83, formerly of 1020 Broad Street, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, May 28, 2000, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Bobby Stout and Rev. Charlie Trivett officiating. Active pallbearers will be John Nidiffer, Ernest Perkins, Norman Harrison, Ronnie Trivett, Rick Trivett and Dalton Tolley. Honorary pallbearers will be the Staff and Members of Life Care Center of Elizabethton. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday for the graveside services. For those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Beck Mountain Baptist Church Building Fund, 2797 Siam Road, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643 or the Little Milligan Baptist Church Building Fund, 4223 Highway 321, Butler, Tenn. 37640. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Willie A. Pierce


  MERCER, Pa. -- Willie A. Pierce, 82, Old Fredonia Road, Mercer, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, in E. Lackawannock following an extended illness.
  Mr. Pierce was a native of Elizabethton, Tenn., and a son of the late Jeff Walker and Cora Bowers Pierce. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Cates Pierce; three brothers, Albert, Melvin and Carroll Pierce; and four sisters, Ruth Justice, Lillian McCloud, Mabel Campbell and Belle Starnes.
  Mr. Pierce was a retired steam fitter and was Protestant. He was a member of the Watauga Lodge #0622, Watauga, Tenn.
Survivors include two sons, Willie J. "Tony" Pierce, Mercer, Pa., and Jerry C. Pierce, Jefferson, Pa.; and a sister, Francis McCloud, Elizabethton, Tenn.
  Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday evening in Mercer, Pa.

Rev. Homer C. Salyer


  Rev. Homer C. Salyer, 83, 1489 Highway 91, Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the residence of his daughter, Vera West, with whom he had made his home.
Rev. Salyer was a native of Russell County, Va., and a son of the late Carlos and Ada Powers Salyer. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Iona Eads Salyer, November 25, 1992, and by two brothers, Arthel Salyer and Glen Salyer.
Rev. Salyer was Ordained to the Ministry in 1940. He moved to Elizabethton in 1953 to accept the Pastorate of the Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, where he served for a number of years. He also had pastored the following churches: Hunter Memorial Baptist Church, Berrys Chapel Baptist Church and Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, both of Spruce Pine, N.C., and the East Stone Gap Baptist Church, Big Stone Gap, Va. He was presently serving as pastor of the Riverview Baptist Church. He was active in the Watauga Baptist Association.
Survivors include three other daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Jack Howell, Janice and Richard Estep and LaDonna and Jerry Proffitt, all of Elizabethton; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Desler Salyer, Kingsport, Carlos Salyer and Roy and Joyce Salyer, all of Elizabethton; two sisters, Mattie Lou Lovens, Melbourne, Fla., and Ina Cameron, Castle Haynes, N.C.; and a brother, Ford Salyer, Nicholsville, Va. Twenty-two grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren also survive.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

  SALYER -- Funeral services for Rev. Homer C. Salyer, 83, 1489 Highway 91, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, May 27, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Riverview Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Estep, Rev. Larry Garland and Rev. Roy Wilson officiating. The Smith Sisters will provide the music. Graveside services and interment will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday and also at 11 a.m. Wednesday, will be Kevin Lewis, Lance Estep, Shannon Estep, Eric West, Chad Salyer, Justin Buckles, Jason Buckles, Jamin Buckles, Brad Proffitt, Jeremy Proffitt and Charles Peters. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Guinn, Greg Hatfield, Donald Wilson, Sam Taylor, Dr. Eugene Galloway, his Church Family and members of the Watauga Baptist Association. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Riverview Baptist Church, 1419 Broad Street, Elizabethton. Friends may also call at the residence of his daughter, Vera West, 1489 Highway 91, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the church at 11 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joe S. Taylor

  Joe S. Taylor, 72, 1741 Milligan Highway, Johnson City, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Taylor was a native of Carter County and had lived most of his life in Carter and Washington counties. He was a son of the late Charlie B. and Martha Grindstaff Taylor and was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Taylor retired in 1993 from the water department for the City of Johnson City. He was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Billie L. Taylor; five daughters, Martha D. Holley, Jonesborough, Billie Joe Blalock, Sulphur Springs, Lorrie Lee Taylor, Chuckey, Vivian Cantor and Nancy Cantor, both of Johnson City; two sons, C. "Joey" Taylor, Telford, and T.M. "Mike" Cantor, Johnson City; and two sisters, Melva "Lady" Ingram, Elizabethton, and Peggy McCrackin, Johnson City. Nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 928-6111, is in charge of arrangements.

  TAYLOR -- Graveside funeral services for Joe S. Taylor, 72, 1741 Milligan Highway, Johnson City, who died Sunday, May 28, 2000, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Patton-Simmons Cemetery, Milligan, with Rev. Ted Hilton officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Cantor, Eddie Holley, Chester Miller, Tony Meredith, Wayne Smith and Harold McCrackin. Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to proceed to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the West Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home. Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.


May 29, 2000

Andrew F. Christopher

Andrew "Andy" F. Christopher, 41, 743 Robinwood Road, Kingsport, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, in Morristown.
Mr. Christopher was a native of Elizabethton and the son of Mike and Virginia Forester. He was a member of Powder Branch Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a daughter, Haleigh; a son, Josh; a sister, Beth Brown; and a brother, David Forester. Several nieces also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Powder Branch Baptist Church with Pastors Art Webb and Dennis Peterson officiating.

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

Grant H. Fortner

Grant H. Fortner, 87, Mountain Home, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Fortner was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Lum and Maggie Carden Fortner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Florence Fortner; four brothers, Dan, Rhudy, Langford and Eb Fortner, and two sisters, Missouri McPhearson and Nora Nave.

Mr. Fortner retired from the Naval Ship Yard, Newport News, Va., and also had previously worked for the TVA. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and attended the Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include a step-daughter, June Estep, and her husband, David Estep, 804 Tipton Street, Elizabethton; three granddaughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret and Robert Luttrell, Sandra and Phil Lipford and Judy Crowe Estep; great-grandchildren, Johnnie and Lisa Graybeal, Norman Jr. and Linda Markland, Brandy Holder and Robby Luttrell; and great-great-grandchildren, Cassidie Graybeal, Russell, Bo and Schaun Carter. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

FORTNER -- Funeral services for Grant H. Fortner, 87, Mountain Home, who died Saturday, May 27, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Greg Largent and Rev. Dale Blevins officiating. Greg and Judy Crowe will provide the music. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, will be Dennis Fortner, Jack Fortner, James Fortner, Kenny Fortner, Jackie Bowling, Danny Ray Elliott, Tony Elliott and Jackie Nave. Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Elliott, Dennis Ensor, Greg Crowe, Robert Luttrell, Charlie Treadway, D.C. Byrd, Elmer Carter, Alf Estep, Ray Estep, Johnny Bare and the Staff of the 2nd Floor Nursing Home, Mountain Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of his step-daughter, June Estep, 804 Tipton Street, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Irene R. Green

Mrs. Irene Rogers Green, 77, 909 Afton Street, Johnson City, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at the Wexford House in Kingsport following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Green was a native of Piney Flats and a daughter of the late Joseph Wheeler and Armitta Bowers Hicks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, T.D. Green, in 1996.
Mrs. Green was retired from Mayes Brothers after 19 years of service. She attended Berea Free Will Baptist Church and was a lifetime member of the DAV Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann Lewis, Kingsport, and Carolyn Stark, Liberty, Texas; four sisters, Ada Mae Byrd, Gray, Betty Shirley, Elizabethton, Phyllis Hill, Jonesborough, and Eileen Blevins, Limestone; and three brothers, Charles Hicks, Church Hill, Joseph Hicks, Limestone, and Kenneth Walker, Johnson City. Ten grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive.

Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 928-6111, is in charge of arrangements.

GREEN -- Funeral services for Mrs. Irene Rogers Green, 77, 909 Afton Street, Johnson City, who died Friday, May 26, 2000, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 29, from the East Chapel of Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Stout and Rev. Gary Hill officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected from friends and family. Honorary pallbearer will be Rev. Elmer Carter. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 Fountain Place, Suite 1-E, Johnson City, Tenn. 37604. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the East Family Room of Appalachian Funeral Home. Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 928-6111, is in charge of arrangements.

Bessie Hovis

Mrs. Bessie Hovis, 89, 11 Stamford Court, Hamilton, Ohio, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Hillandale Health Care, Hamilton, Ohio, following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Hovis was a native of Stoney Point, N.C., and had lived 25 years in Roan Mountain. She was a daughter of the late M.E. and Iola Goble and was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. R.W. Hovis, in 1982, and by a sister.

Mrs. Hovis was a member and had served as music instructor at Gray's Chapel Presbyterian Church, Roan Mountain.
Survivors include a son, Harold Hovis, Hamilton, Ohio; four grandsons; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

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

HOVIS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie Hovis, 89, 11 Stamford Court, Hamilton, Ohio, who died Friday, May 26, 2000, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at the Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Rev. Cliff Dameron officiating. Music will be by Mrs. Charlotte Smith, organist. Interment will follow in the Johnson Roan-View Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from friends. The family will receive friends at the Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Ralph J. Lowe

Ralph J. Lowe, 65, 114 E.L. Bowers Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at his residence after an extended illness.

Mr. Lowe was a native of Carter County and a son of the late John Leslie and Mary Peters Lowe. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Lowe, and a sister, Beatrice Lockner.
Mr. Lowe had worked at North American Rayon Corporation for 40 years. He was a long-time member of the Union Hill Quartet and a member of the New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church. He had served in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Katy Senter Lowe; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Jeff Buckles, Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Trish Lowe, Piney Flats; a sister, Florence Belt, Winston-Salem, N.C.; three brothers, Floyd Lowe, Lloyd Lowe and Harold Lowe, all of Elizabethton; and three grandchildren, Adam and Lynsey Buckles and Chelsea Lowe. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

LOWE -- Funeral services for Ralph J. Lowe, 65, 114 E.L. Bowers Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, May 27, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ray Colbaugh and Rev. Jonas Revis officiating. The New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church Quartet will provide the music. Graveside services and interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 3 p.m. Monday, will be Grady Wilson, Randall Lewis, Dwight Rasnick, Norman Peters, Clyde Buckles and Kenneth Colbaugh. Honorary pallbearers will be R.L. Sargent, Fred Grindstaff, Clifford Peters, Kirk Shankle, Mark Feuchtenberger, Dr. Richard Martin, Dr. David Fenner, Dr. Ronald Turk and the Staff of Kingsport Oncology, the Staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital, members of New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church and employees of Hospice and House Class with a special thanks to Jeanette Banner. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Carter County Rescue Squad. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 3 p.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Desta L. McGee

Desta Lee Woody McGee, 77, 3175 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.

Mrs. McGee was a native of Avery County, N.C., and a daughter of the late Green and Jean Carpenter Woody. She was also preceded in death by a son, David Reed.
Mrs. McGee was a housewife and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her husband, Charles McGee, of the home; three sons, Michael Reed, Elizabethton, Gilbert Reed, Normal, Ill., and Henry Coy Jr., Austin, Texas; and three daughters, Jan Roesler, Charlotte, N.C., LuAnne Cooper, Unicoi, and Nancy Johnson, Macon, Ga. Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

McGEE -- Funeral services for Desta Lee Woody McGee, 77, 3175 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, who died Friday, May 26, 2000, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 West I. Street, Elizabethton, with Rev. Rick Shelton officiating. Mrs. McGee will be moved to the church one hour prior to the service time. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be grandsons: Gregory Reed, Michael Reed Jr., David Reed, John Greene Johnson, James Honeycutt, Ronnie Honeycutt and Coy Sparnell. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence any time. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Iva L. Murray

Iva Lee Murray, 92, formerly of Miller Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following an extended illness.

Ms. Murray was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late John and Julie Shell Miller. She was also preceded in death by three husbands, Kenneth Cordell, Wesley Miller and Caleb Murray, and by three sisters and four brothers.

Ms. Murray was a homemaker and a member of the Lower Shell Creek Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Miller, Elizabethton, and Marshall Cordell, Roan Mountain; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; two special friends, Ila Potter, Roan Mountain, and Ruth Hopkins, Hampton; and several nieces and nephews.

Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

MURRAY -- Funeral services for Iva Lee Murray, 92, formerly of Miller Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, who died Friday, May 26, 2000, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, May 29, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Mr. Dan Rutherford, minister, officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Curtis Miller, Kenny Cordell, Warren Ledford, Glen Hughes, Fred Miller and Tim Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Sterlin Perkins, Charles Carpenter, Keith Shell, J.R. Porch, Reggie Putman, Frank Presnell, Dr. Eugene Galloway, Rev. James Archer, Rev. Clate Briggs, Jeff Markland, Dean Miller, Paul Campbell, employees of Life Care Center of Elizabethton and members of Lower Shell Creek Christian Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence of her sons at any time. Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

James Norris

James Norris, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., died Friday, May 26, 2000, in Statesville, N.C., following a brief illness.
Survivors include two sisters, Helen Ross, 206 West H. Street, Elizabethton, and Ruby Wagner, 1436 West G. Street, Elizabethton.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 28, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, 270 Armory Road, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.
Announcement courtesy of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Warren L. Oliver

Warren L. Oliver, 55, 192 Rosewood Circle, Elizabethton, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Oliver was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Albert Earl and Mary Lee Wright Oliver.

Due to disability, Mr. Oliver was a retired steel worker.
Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Smolik, Chicago, Ill., and Keshi LaFeur, Elizabethton; a son, Bill Oliver, Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, JoAnn Binson and Nyoka Shelburne, both of Harrisburg, Pa., and Loretta Pierce, Elizabethton; and three brothers, Charles Oliver, Richard Oliver and Albert Oliver, all of Elizabethton. Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.

Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

May 26, 2000

Lester M. Guinn

  Lester M. Guinn, 75, 110 Cottage Avenue, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness.

  Mr. Guinn was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Herbert and Mae Wilson Guinn.

  Survivors include his wife, Judy Cassell Guinn, of the home; two sons, Lester Guinn Jr. and Burl Guinn; a daughter, Sharon Swann; and three sisters, June Lewis, Esther Estep and Jacquelyn Turner. Five grandchildren also survive.

  It was Mr. Guinn's request that his body be donated to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

  Announcement courtesy of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Shirley S. Harris

  Mrs. Shirley S. Harris, 80, Hill Road, Clinton, Maine, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Mid-Maine Medical Center, Waterville, Maine.

  Mrs. Harris was a native of Montville, Maine, and a daughter of the late Arthur Gilman and Christine Frances Walker Stewart. She was a descendant of Pilgrim Edward Doty and a member of the Mayflower Society.

  Mrs. Harris was the Valedictorian of the 1936 Class at Freedom Academy. She was a retired employee of Fisher-Berkley Company in California and made equipment used in NASA's lunar missions. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Unity, Maine.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Harris, in 1987, a brother, Carleton W. Stewart Sr., and a sister-in-law, Margaret "Lou" Robinson from Elizabethton.

  Survivors include three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Elsie and George Harris, Norwood, Mass., Evelyn and Roger Drew, Knox, Maine, and Margene Johns, Swanville, Maine. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

  A visitation and funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 27, at Rockcliffe Funeral Home in Belfast, Maine. Mrs. Harris will be returned to Elizabethton for graveside services at Happy Valley Memorial Park.

  These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

HARRIS -- Graveside services for Mrs. Shirley S. Harris, 80, Hill Road, Clinton, Maine, who died Monday, May 22, 2000, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, in the Crown Section of Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Robert Robinson officiating. Everyone will meet at the cemetery on Wednesday. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Howard E.A. Pearson

  Howard E.A. Pearson, 82, 615 Pine Hill Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a lengthy illness.

  Mr. Pearson was a native of Trade and had resided in Carter County most of his life. He was the son of the late Clyde and Annie Eggers Pearson and was also preceded in death by four brothers, Dale Pearson, Doug Pearson, Ernest Pearson and Ed Pearson.

  Mr. Pearson was a retired mechanic with North American Rayon Corporation with 44 years of service and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was a charter member of the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166.

  Survivors include his wife, Helen Smith Pearson, of the home; a son, Rondal Pearson, Plano, Texas; a daughter, Nellie P. Vachon, Butler; a brother, James Pearson, Elizabethton; a sister, Geraldine Stockton, Butler; and six grandchildren, Emily Fletcher, Randy Schuettler, Henry Schuettler, Chris Schuettler, Travis Pearson and Jessica Pearson. Seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

  These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

PEARSON -- Funeral services for Howard E.A. Pearson, 82, 615 Pine Hill Road, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with Rev. Danny Simerly officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Steve Pearson, Phil Pearson, Jim Pearson, Les Pearson, Larry Stanton and Keith Dugger. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Campbell, Keith Campbell, Danny Fletcher, Powell Ellis, Gary Hicks, Dean Perry, Ralph Watson, O.K. Shell and members of the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the World War II Memorial, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Courthouse Plaza #2, Suite 501, Arlington, Va., 22201. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Wanda H. White

  Mrs. Wanda H. White, 70, 171 Glaze Road, Telford, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at her residence after a lengthy illness.

  Mrs. White was a native of Washington County and the daughter of Kate Ferguson Houston, Telford, and the late Hugh Ferguson. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Arbie Houston.

  Mrs. White was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and played the piano. She was an active volunteer for many years, volunteering at the area nursing homes, and was a member of the Jonesborough Senior Citizens where she also volunteered her musical talent.

  Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband of 53 years, Elmer White, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and John Steward, Telford; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Elaine White, Kingsport; two granddaughters, Angie Stewart and Amy Stewart, both of Telford; a grandson, Steven White, Rogersville; and a special aunt, Grace McKee, Jonesborough. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

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

WHITE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda H. White, 70, 171 Glaze Road, Telford, who died Thursday, May 25, 2000, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, May 26, from the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Broyles and Dr. Tony Oliver officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Telford Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Fred Malone, Marlin Gray, Johnny Broyles, Sherrill Kyker, David Brydge and Raphael Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of her Sunday School Class and Johnnie Troxell. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Rev. Paul Broyles, 344 Washington College Station Road, Limestone, Tenn. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 W. College Street, Jonesborough, (423) 753-0514, is in charge of arrangements.