January 14, 2003

Doris L. McNitt

  
Doris L. McNitt, 61, of Keokuk, Iowa, died Sunday, January 12, 2003 at the Keokuk Area Hospital.
   Mrs. McNitt was born on March 7, 1941 in Elizabethton. She is the daughter of the late James Walter and Ethel Garaway Rogers Townsend, Sr. On June 7, 1958, Doris was united in marriage to Robert Douglas McNitt in Mason City, Iowa. Her husband survives.
   Survivors also include five daughters, Bobette Burgess and her husband, John, of Keokuk, Iowa; Joliene Bodine, of Keokuk, Iowa; Deborah Baum, of Keokuk, Iowa; Sally Dobson and her husband, Rick, of Kahoka, Mo., and Robin Zohfield, of Ft. Madison, Iowa; two sons, Timothy McNitt and his wife, Julie, of Osage Beach, Mo., and Robert Douglas McNitt, Jr. of Keokuk, Iowa; twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Katherine Stone, and her husband, Hank, of Magazine, Ark.; two brothers, James Townsend Jr. and his wife, Kay, of Elizabethton, and William Townsend and his wife, Judy, of Belleville, Ill.
   Mrs. McNitt had been employed at Morse Rubber in Keokuk, Iowa, for 23 years, retiring in 1994. She also had been a caregiver for Mrs. Florence Pumphrey for 27 years.
   She was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk, Iowa. She was a member and past president of the USWA Local #444.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Roger Townsend, and two grandchildren, Kenny Hayden and Hailey Dobson.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton.
  
   MCNITT -- A mass of Christian burial for Doris L. McNitt, 61, of Keokuk, Iowa, who died Sunday, January 12, 2003 at the Keokuk Area Hospital, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at the All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk, Iowa, with Father Christopher David officiating. Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in rural Keokuk, Iowa. Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, Iowa, with the family meeting with friends from 7 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Hope House or the Ladies of Charity. Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home.

January 13, 2003

Richard Kyker II

  
Mr. Richard "Stevie" Kyker II, 25, of 119 Rocky Top Drive, Lot #6, Watauga, Tenn., died Sunday, January 12, 2003 in Watauga following an automobile accident.
   Mr. Kyker was a native and lifelong resident of Carter County. He was an employee of Summers-Taylor as an equipment operator. He was of the Baptist faith.
   Survivors include his father and step-mother, Richard S. and Nina Kyker I, of 820 N. Walnut St., Elizabethton; his mother and step-father, Judy and Ronnie Blevins, 1310 Bristol Highway, Elizabethton; his fiance, Brandy Main, of the home; a step-daughter, Morgan Perkins, of the home; one sister, Bobbie Sheets, of Elizabethton; maternal grandmother, Lucy Harrison, of Elizabethton, and paternal great grandmother, Alice Bailey, of Elizabethton. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a special friend, Ford Townsend, of Elizabethton, also survive.
   These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.
  
   KYKER -- Funeral services for Mr. Richard "Stevie" Kyker II, 25, of 119 Rocky Top Drive, Lot #6, Watauga, Tenn., who died Sunday, January 12, 2003, will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2003 in the Sunset Chapel of the Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Burleson and Rev. Willie Campbell, ministers, officiating. The graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2003 in the Capt. Nelson Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Doug Arney, Terry Penix, Tony Mann, Daniel Johnson, John Henson, and Timmy Stanton. Honorary pallbearers will be Albert Oliver, Albert Harrison, Audey Calhoun, Eddie Gilbert, Nathan Mark Lipford, Alan Kyker, Eddie Kyker, Jr., Alan Grindstaff and friends and co-workers at Summers-Taylor. The family will receive friends in the funeral chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday or other times at the residence of the father, Richard S. Kyker, 820 N. Walnut St., Elizabethton, or the mother, Judy Blevins, 1310 Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, any time. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday for the graveside service. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@hathawaypercy.com. These services entrusted to the Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Barbara M. Pilkton

  
Barbara McQueen Pilkton, 61, 1016 Bishop Lane, Elizabethton, died Saturday, January 11, 2003 in the Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville.
   A native of Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph S. and Opal Lowe McQueen.
   She was a 1959 graduate of Johnson County High School. Mrs. Pilkton was the Assistant Director of Nursing at Southern Regional Medical Center, Atlanta, Ga. for 15 years. She had lived in College Park, Ga. for 15 years before returning to Elizabethton. She was a member of the Cobbs Creek Baptist Church, Butler.
   Survivors include her husband, Frank Pilkton; one daughter, Karen Renee Pilkton, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one son, Bill Pilkton, Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Wanda Robinson, Butler; one brother, Wade McQueen, Butler; five nieces and three nephews. One uncle and his wife, Richard and Chris Lowe, and one aunt, Betty Durnan, also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   PILKTON -- Graveside services for Barbara McQueen Pilkton, 61, 1016 Bishop Lane, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, January 11, 2003, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Bruce Simcox and Rev. David Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow the service. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday will be George Robinson, Scott Robinson, Bert Walsh, Junior McQueen, Dean Pilkton, Gary Walsh, and Erby Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Lester Brewer, Roy Clark, and Michael Slemp. Friends may call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Pilkton family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

January 12, 2003

Bertha M. Bledsoe

   Bertha M. Bledsoe, 94, died Thursday, January 9, 2003, at Wilcox Hall, Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital, Kingsport.
   Mrs. Bledsoe was a resident of Brookhaven Health Care Center for several years. She was a daughter of the late Wilt Henry Hardin and Maggie Ellen Cole Hardin and was also preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Bledsoe; a foster son, John Couch; four brothers, Frank, Sam, Bill and Robert "Bob" Hardin; and two sisters, Ida Laws and Anna Bell Montgomery.
   Mrs. Bledsoe was an employee of Tennessee Eastman during World War II and was a homemaker. She had resided in Scott County for a number of years.
   Survivors include three sisters, Sarah Blanton, Big Stone Gap, Va., Nellie Ward, Hillview Nursing Home, Elizabethton, and Mae Blair, Elizabethton; a brother, Andy Hardin, Elizabethton; a brother-in-law, Bob Blair, Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Jo Rita Pendleton, Kingsport.
   Oak Hill Funeral Home, 800 Truxton Drive, Kingsport, (423) 246-4631, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   BLEDSOE -- Funeral services for Bertha M. Bledsoe, 94, of Kingsport, who left her earthly journey of life on Thursday, January 9, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 12, in the Oak Hill Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Blessing officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be friends and family. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Fansler, Doug Harris and Wayne Collins. Calling hours will be from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, prior to the service. An on-line guest book may be signed at www.legacy.com. The staff of Oak Hill Funeral Home is serving the Bledsoe family.

Leon Campbell

   Leon Campbell, 63, 4411 Grove Avenue, Hammond, Ind., formerly of Roan Mountain, died Friday, January 10, 2003, in Hammond.
   Mr. Campbell was the son of Beulah Campbell, Roan Mountain, and the late Tillman Campbell.
   Survivors include his wife, Ramona Campbell, of the home; three daughters, Teresa Kirk and Kathy Campbell, both of Hammond, Ind., and Deborah Campbell of Missouri; a son, Christopher Campbell, Hammond, Ind.; two granddaughters, Danielle and Amanda Lumback, both of Hammond, Ind.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Louella Campbell and Lucille and Claude Hamby, all of Roan Mountain; four brothers and a sister-in-law, Spencer and Cathy Campbell, Roan Mountain, T.C. Campbell of Illinois, Jack Campbell, Statesville, N.C., and Ray Campbell of Ohio; five half sisters, Barbara Johnson, Roan Mountain, Margaret Jones, Elizabethton, Patsy Hopson, Roan Mountain, Judy Woods, Hampton, and Elizabeth Wandell, Roan Mountain; and three half brothers, Dick Campbell, Robert Campbell and David Campbell, all of Roan Mountain. Several nieces and nephews, several aunts and one uncle also survive.
   Arrangements are incomplete.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-4917.

Wayne E. Heaton

   Wayne E. Heaton, 51, 1112 State Line Road, Lot 3, Elizabethton, died Saturday, January 11, 2003, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following a lengthy illness.
   Mr. Heaton was a native of Carter County and a son of Minnie Cole Heaton, of the home, and the late Elige Heaton. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Jack Heaton and Elige Heaton Jr.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one aunt, Blanche Holsclaw, Roan Mountain. Several cousins also survive.
   These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy
  
   HEATON -- Graveside funeral services for Wayne E. Heaton, 51, 1112 State Line Road, Lot 3, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, January 11, 2003, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, at Mountain Home National Cemetery with the Rev. Marvin Slagle officiating. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Blackwell, Terry Powers, Eddie Ingram, Bill Reece and Elwood Clawson Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be the Staff of Life Care Center of Elizabethton. The family will receive friends at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may also call at the residence at any time. Words of sympathy may be sent to the Heaton Family via e-mail address condolences@hathaway-percy.com. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy

Mary E. Parker

   FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Mary Emma Parker, 91, of Fort Walton Beach, died Friday, January 10, 2003, at Wellington Place A.L.F. in Fort Walton Beach.
   Mrs. Parker was a native of Johnson City, Tenn., and the daughter of the late James Andrew and Sanna Taylor Pouder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Orion C. Parker Jr., in 1975, and a son, Orion C. Parker III, in 1956.
   Mrs. Parker moved to this area in 1968, having lived in Elizabethton, Tenn., Tallahassee, Miami, Naples and Navarre. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, the Homemaker's Club of Navarre and the Fort Walton Beach Women's Club.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Carol Parker, Navarre; a daughter, Mary Anne Parker, Fort Walton Beach; two granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Andrea and Bobby Killingsworth, Fort Walton Beach, and Mary Grace and Peter Rosenberger, Nashville, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren, Drew, Kerra and Emma Killingsworth and Parker and Grayson Rosenberger; a sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Francis Youmans, Johnson City, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Judge Gwynn Parker, Fredonia, Pa.; and a sister-in-law, Emma Parker, Tallahassee. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
   McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Avenue, Ft. Walton Beach, (850) 244-5163, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   PARKER -- Funeral services for Mary Emma Parker, 91, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., who died Friday, January 10, 2003, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 12, from the chapel of McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., with the Rev. Doctors Howard Gates and David Malheiro officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, at Monte Vista Cemetery in Johnson City, Tenn., under the direction of the Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home in Johnson City. In lieu of flowers and in Mary's memory, the family suggests donations to the Covenant Hospice, 101 Hart Street, Niceville, FL 32578; to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 551, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549; or to the church of your choice. The family extends their deepest gratitude to the staff of Wellington Place A.L.F. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Covenant Hospice for the special love, care and support they provided. "MEME" lived her life by this motto: "To know Him and make Him known." She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Arrangements and services are under the direction of the McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Louise H. Riddle

   Mrs. Louise Helen Riddle, 80, 144 Sims Hill Road, Elizabethton, died Friday, January 10, 2003, at Hillview Nursing Center.
   Mrs. Riddle was a native of Banaras, Honduras, South America, and had lived in Carter County for several years. She was a member of Sims Hill Christian Church.
   Mrs. Riddle was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Riddle, August 16, 2002, three sons, James Riddle Jr., Charles Wayne Riddle and Edward Riddle, and by several brothers and sisters.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Lee and Theresa Riddle, Elizabethton; a sister, Ila Black, Tampa, Fla.; a brother, James South Jr., Narrowsburg, N.Y.; a grandson, Thomas James Riddle; and two stepgranddaughters and their husbands, Tammy and Nathan Lancaster and Crystal and Daniel Bilbrey. Three stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   RIDDLE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Helen Riddle, 80, 144 Sims Hill Road, Elizabethton, who died Friday, January 10, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, January 12, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Rocky Maines and the Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, January 13, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Monday, will be Keith Elliott, Mack Henry, Randy Carrier, Roger Fair, Ikis Nave and Steven Kyviakidis. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Bilbrey, Nathan Lancaster and Roger Brewer. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Riddle Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Linda E. Street

   Mrs. Linda Emeline Street, 95, 443 Sally Cove Creek Road, Hampton, died Friday, January 10, 2003, at Pine Ridge Care Center.
   Mrs. Street was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Taylor and Addie Byrd Cochran. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Allen Street, and by eight sisters and four brothers.
   Mrs. Street was a member of Sally Cove Creek Community Church.
   Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Virginia Cates and Pauline and Fate Whitehead, all of Hampton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Fredia Street, Elizabethton, Ronald and Aileen Street, Roan Mountain, and Jerome and Jackie Street, Hampton; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Billy Cochran; a special friend and caretaker, Kim Miller; and a special friend, the Rev. Shae Waters. Several other nephews and nieces also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   STREET -- Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Emeline Street, 95, 443 Sally Cove Creek Road, Hampton, who died Friday, January 10, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, January 12, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Terry Jones, the Rev. L.D. Berry and the Rev. Bernie Jones officiating. Music will be provided by the Carr Family. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, January 13, in the Gouge-Simerly Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Monday, will be Wayne Whittemore, Gary Simerly, Harold Chambers, David Whitehead, Bob Sneyd, Wayne Cates, Kenny Brammell, Randy Colbaugh, Gary Hopson and Patrick Hammel. Honorary pallbearers will be Harlen Simerly, Donnie Chambers, Nickey Simerly, Albert Ellison, Charles Ingram, Roy Hyder, Steve Rainbolt, Jeff Trivette, Junior Whittemore, Mike Street, Kenneth Whittemore, George Collins and Bill Street. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome and Jackie Street, 471 Sally Cove Creek Road, Hampton. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Monday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Street Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  

January 10, 2003

Raymond H. Estep

  
Raymond Howard Estep, 88, Life Care Center, Elizabethton, died there Wednesday, January 8, 2003.
   A native of Avery County, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Malland and Zora Church Estep. He had lived a number of years in Elizabethton. Mr. Estep was retired from the Polyester Division of North American Rayon Corporation. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Elizabethton. Mr. Estep had served in the CC camp.
   He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.
   Survivors include his wife, Luella Stansbury Estep; a daughter and son-in-law, June and Dick Holloway, St. Louis, Mo.; a granddaughter, Lisa Mohr, and her husband, Robert Mohr, of St. Louis, Mo.; a grandson, David Holloway, St. Louis, Mo.; five great grandchildren, Taylor and Jordan Mohr, Zachary, Hannah and Abigale Holloway; two sisters, Pat Patterson and Betty Jo Ketchum, both of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   ESTEP -- Funeral services for Raymond Howard Estep, 88, Life Care Center, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, January 8, 2003, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joe Sorah officiating. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be notified. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Estep family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jackie V. Farmer

  
Jackie V. Farmer, 62, of 440 Tollett St., Hampton, died suddenly, Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Washington County, Va., he was the son of the late William and Nola Harmon Farmer and his birth parents, Richard and Vertie Louise Harmon Nunley.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Jerry Nunley; and a step-son, Terry Dean Davis, Jr.
   Mr. Farmer was a member of the Bristol NHRA Dragway Club and owner and operator of the J&K Lane Resurfacing Co.
   Survivors include his ex-wife, Ruby Miller Farmer, of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Michael Lawson, Elizabethton; Jill and Robert Burrow, and Linda Byrd and James Story, all of Hampton; one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Jimisue Farmer, Hampton; first wife and mother of the children, Bernie Sue Birchfield, Elizabethton; nine grandchildren; one brother, Bill Nunley, Elizabethton; five sisters, Ann Trivette, Elk Park, N.C.; Nola Gay Trivette, Banner Elk, N.C.; Mary Jane Hart, Jonesborough; Gladys Humphreys, Watauga, Tenn., and Shirley Baird, Hampton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick.
  
   FARMER -- Funeral services for Jackie V. Farmer, 62, of 440 Tollett St., Hampton, who died Wednesday, January 8, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2003 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Ronnie Campbell and Mr. Dwayne Calhoun, ministers, officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be J.R. Babb, James Smith, Leonard Richardson, Randall Vines, Jim Lewis, James Roscoe Russell, Johnny Ramsey, Wayne Davis, and Phillip Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of Bristol Dragway, former employees of J&K Resurfacing Co., Steve Grindstaff, Mike Blevins, Jeff Guinn, Carpenter Auto Sales, Phil Carpenter, Cody Farmer, Josh White, Dusty Davis, Jim Davis, and Dr. David Fenner. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home Saturday at 1:15 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel or at the residence of a daughter, Jill Burrow, 206 Rittertown Road, Hampton, at any time. Words of sympathy to the family may be sent via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Victor L. Greene

  
Mr. Victor Lyn Greene, 40, 608 Locust Street, Lot 19, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at his residence.
   A native of Charleston, S.C., he was the son of Gilmer L. Greene, Elizabethton, and the late Cheryl L. Shull Greene.
   Survivors, in addition to his father, include one brother, Vincent L. Greene, Charleston, S.C.; one niece, Hannah Greene, and one nephew, Jason Rozier, both of Charleston, S.C.
   A final disposition will be at a later date.
   Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@hathawaypercy.com.
   These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy.

William C. Houser

  
William Clayton "Bill" Houser, 79, Elk Park, North Carolina, died Thursday, January 8, 2003 in the Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital, Linville, N.C.
   A native of Rutherford County, N.C., he was a son of the late Joseph C. and Minnie M. Jones Houser. He was a retired salesman with Loven Lumber Company, Pineola, N.C. Mr. Houser was a member of the Pineola Presbyterian Church. He had served in the United States Army. He was a member of the DAV and the VFW.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
   Survivors include his wife, Phyllis McKinney Houser; three daughters, Sue Dale, Morganton, N.C.; Linda Green, Ellenboro, N.C., and Kaye Towery, Forest City, N.C.; four sons, Donald Houser, Forest City, N.C.; Ronnie Houser, Ellenboro, N.C.; Michael Houser, Jonesborough, Tenn., and Phillip Stewart, Newland, N.C.; 18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HOUSER -- Funeral services for William Clayton "Bill" Houser, 79, Elk Park, North Carolina, who died Thursday, January 8, 2003, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Charles Battle officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2003 in the McKinney Cemetery, Hampton, Tenn. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, will be Billy Ray Houser, Bobby Green, Matt Green, Jeff Painter, James Dale, Bruce Houser, and Jerry Brooks. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. VFW Post #2166, Elizabethton, Tenn. will conduct military graveside honors. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Suite 521, Johnson City, TN 37601. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Reynolds

  
Robert Reynolds, 58, 203 Old Stage Road, Johnson City, died Tuesday, January 7, 2003, in Jonesborough.
   Mr. Reynolds was a native of Newport News, Va., and the son of the late James Lynn and Maxie Goodson Reynolds.
   Mr. Reynolds was of the Methodist faith. He was retired from the Johnson City Power Board.
   Survivors include two daughters, Gay Lynne Bryant, Blountville, and Kim Dove, Gray; three brothers, John Thomas Reynolds, Elizabethton, William L. Reynolds, Morristown, and James O. Reynolds, Johnson City; a sister, Debra Killen, Gray; and loving companion, Pam Poteat, Jonesborough. Five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 W. College Street, Jonesborough, (423) 753-0514, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   REYNOLDS -- Funeral services for Robert Reynolds, 58, 203 Old Stage Road, Johnson City, who died Tuesday, January 7, 2003, were conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 9, at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joel Cook officiating. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service. Interment services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, January 10, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Carl Lacey, Gene Key, Homer G'Fellers, Steve Netherly, John Kinser and Keith Lyons. Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Phipps, Carl Walker, Jerry Davis and Allen Hughes. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2513 Wesley Plaza, Suite 4, Johnson City, TN 37601. Condolences may be sent to the Reynolds Family at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, Jonesborough, is in charge of arrangements.

January 9, 2003

Jackie Farmer

  
Mr. Jackie Farmer, 62, 440 Tollett Street, Hampton, died Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time.
   Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth E. McKeehan

  
MCKEEHAN -- Funeral services for Kenneth E. "Eddie" McKeehan, 55, 508 Robinson Drive, Johnson City, who died Tuesday, January 7, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dexter Brumitt and Rev. Willie Justice officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2003 in the McKeehan Cemetery. Rev. and Mrs. Dexter Brummitt will provide the music. Active pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday will be Allen McKeehan, Brian Hill, Rick Hubbard, Willard Loveless, Mark Baker, and Earl Birchfield. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a sister and brother-in-law, Verna and Ralph Hopson, 2154 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, or the residence of a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and June McKeehan, 1605 Crystal Spring Drive (Oak Park), Johnson City. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the McKeehan family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Louise Ward

   Louise Ward died Thursday, December 26, 2002, in Woodenville, Wash., after a brief illness.
   Ms. Ward was a Carter County native and grew up in Little Milligan. She was a member of Little Milligan Baptist Church. She lived in California and Arizona a number of years and retired as a Nursing Assistant.
   Ms. Ward was the daughter of the late Clayton and Elizabeth "Dink" Rainbolt. She was also preceded in death by two infant daughters, Cathy and Camille Raines, two twin brothers, Frank and Tom Ward, one infant brother and two infant sisters.
   Survivors include a son, Lloyd "Pete" Raines; three daughters and a son-in-law, Sherri and Jerry Hopple, Woodenville, Wash., Donna June and Debbie Arroux, both of Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Jake and Danielle Hopple, Woodenville, Wash., Adrienne Deaguero, Sarah Raines and Alexa and Jenna June, all of Mesa, Ariz.; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Derek Deaguero, Woodenville, Wash.; four sisters, Beatrice Whaley, Butler, Ruby Elliott, Marjorie Pearson and Judy Mick, all of Elizabethton; and three brothers, Ira Ward and Carroll Ward, both of Elizabethton, and Edward Ward, Gulfport, Miss. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Hamby Cemetery, Fish Springs Community, for graveside services and inurnment with the Rev. Nick Bradshaw officiating. Friends may call on any of the brothers or sisters at any time.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton.

January 8, 2003

Charles O. Angell

   Charles O. Angell, 82, formerly of Shell Creek, died Sunday, January 5, 2003, in Davenport, Iowa.
   Mr. Angell was a son of the late Rev. William and Margaret Oliver Angell. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Sylvia Angell, Laura Ellis and Martha Pippin.
   Mr. Angell retired from the U.S. Army. He was severely wounded in combat in France during World War II.
   Survivors include his wife, Helen Fox Angell, Iowa City, Iowa; a son, Charles Angell, Coral Gables, Fla.; a sister, Hazel Pratt, Dade City, Fla.; two nieces, Jeanne Bishop and Margaret Ellis, both of Johnson City; and a nephew, Bill Ellis, Johnson City.
   Private services will be held in Iowa City, Iowa.

Jacquelyn T. Buck

  
Jacquelyn Troutman Buck, 66, of Harrisburg, North Carolina, died Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at Heritage at Town Center, N.C..
   A native of Carter County, Mrs. Buck was the daughter of Polly Herrell Troutman and David T. Troutman. She was married to the late James "Jim" C. Buck and was a homemaker.
   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David and Lydia, Harrisburg, N.C.; two grandsons, James Jeremiah Buck and David Isaac Buck; one grand daughter, Rebekah Elisabeth Buck; one sister, Alyene T. Brewer, Harrisburg, N.C.; one niece, Vickie Blackwell, Harrisburg, N.C.; one grand niece, Julia Blackwell, Harrisburg, N.C., and one grand nephew, Michael Blackwell, Harrisburg, N.C.
   Hartsell Funeral Home, Concord, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.
  
   BUCK -- Funeral services for Jacquelyn Troutman Buck, 66, of Harrisburg, North Carolina, who died Tuesday, January 7, 2003, will be conducted Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 2 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church, Concord, N.C. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2003 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home. Burial will take place immediately following the funeral service at Carolina Memorial Park, Harrisburg, N.C. The family will meet at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 333 Jeremiah Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. Hartsell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lois E. Douglas

  
Mrs. Lois E. Douglas, 65, 1714 Siam Road, Elizabethton, died Monday, January 6, 2003 at her residence.
   A native of Dryden, Va., she was a daughter of the late Hayes and June Johnson Brown. She had lived most of her life in Elizabethton. She was a graduate of Dryden High School. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband, Harry S. Douglas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Aubrey and Judy Brown, Watauga, and Lynn and Maggie Brown, Westchester, Ohio; one sister, Audrey Arthur, Salem, Va.; one niece, Laura Arthur, Salem, Va.; three aunts, Frances Johnson, Radford, Va.; Pearl Cox, Kingsport, and Maureen Brown, Dryden, Va. Several nephews and cousins also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   DOUGLAS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Lois E. Douglas, 65, 1714 Siam Road, Elizabethton, who died Monday, January 6, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Elmer Carter and Rev. Phil Poston officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2003 in the McCarty United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jonesborough. Phil Poston, soloist, and Carol Bowers, organist, will provide the music. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be R.L. Hambrick, Tony Williams, Dr. Jonathan Bremer, and members of the Believers Sunday School Class, First Free Will Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Friday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Douglas family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Cline H. Holtzsclaw

  
Cline H. Holtzsclaw, 88, 1105 Sevier Street, Johnson City, died Monday, January 6, 2003 at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
   Mr. Holtzsclaw was a native of Carter County and had been a resident of Johnson City most of his life. He was a son of the late John C. and Celia Whitehead Holtzsclaw. Mr. Holtzsclaw retired from General Mills in 1979. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Brotherhood Bible Class.
   Mr. Holtzsclaw had been active with the Orchid Society of East Tennessee, Washington County Beekeepers Association, and was instrumental in the development of the Friendship Gardens.
   He was a graduate of Science Hill High School and attended Milligan College.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Reece Holtzsclaw and Will Holtzsclaw, and one sister, Effie Whitehead.
   Survivors include his wife, Lena Holtzsclaw, of the home; one son, Bill Holtzsclaw, Gray; one daughter, Cheryl Holtzsclaw Buck, Bristol; one sister, Bernice Cable, Marion, N.C.; one grandson, David Holtzsclaw, Johnson City; two grand daughters, Susan Holtzsclaw, Gray, and Amber Wood, Pacifica, Calif. One great grand daughter, Chesea Holtzsclaw, Johnson City, also survives.
   Appalachian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HOLTZSCLAW -- The funeral service for Cline H. Holtzsclaw, 88, 1105 Sevier Street, Johnson City, who died Monday, January 6, 2003, will be conducted Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 7 p.m. in the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home with Baron Eliason officiating. Graveside committal services will be held Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 11 a.m. in Monte Vista Burial Park. Those planning to attend graveside services are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the east parlor of the funeral home. Condolences may be made at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com. Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, is serving the Holtzsclaw family.

Kenneth E. McKeehan

  
Kenneth E. "Eddie" McKeehan, 55, 508 Robinson Drive, Johnson City, died Tuesday, January 7, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Frank O. and Pearl Pate McKeehan. He was a construction worker. Mr. McKeehan was a member of the Zion Baptist Church.
   He was preceded in death by a son, Keith McKeehan.
   Survivors include his wife, Betty McCurry McKeehan; a daughter, Kendra McKeehan, Johnson City; two step-daughters, Linda Taylor, Johnson City, and Lisa Baker, Gray; one sister, Verna Hopson, Elizabethton; one brother, Wayne McKeehan, Johnson City; three grandsons, Heath Edward McKeehan, Kenneth Dale McKeehan, and Garrett Dalton Johnson; four step-grandchildren, Jeffrey Baker, Marci Baker, Chrisopher Arnold, and Mindy Taylor. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   MCKEEHAN -- Funeral services for Kenneth E. "Eddie" McKeehan, 55, 508 Robinson Drive, Johnson City, who died Tuesday, January 7, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dexter Brumitt and Rev. Willie Justice officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2003 in the McKeehan Cemetery. Rev. and Mrs. Dexter Brummitt will provide the music. Active pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday will be Allen McKeehan, Brian Hill, Rick Hubbard, Willard Loveless, Mark Baker, and Earl Birchfield. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a sister and brother-in-law, Verna and Ralph Hopson, 2154 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, or the residence of a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and June McKeehan, 1605 Crystal Spring Drive (Oak Park), Johnson City. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the McKeehan family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

January 7, 2003

Steven L. Merritt

   MERRITT -- Funeral services for Mr. Steven L. Merritt, 43, Johnson City, who died Thursday, January 2, 2003, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with pastor Lennie Smith and pastor Rocky Maines officiating. Music will be provided by Sherry Tipton. Interment will follow in the Onks cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eddie Stoneman, Reece Edwards, Ernie Edwards, Robert Merritt, Rocky Hendrix, and Randall Walker. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, January 8, 2003 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service, and other times at the home of his sister, Wilma Blair, 225 Old Stuart Hill Road, Jonesborough, Tenn. Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Mae Rowe Merritt, Elizabethton; two daughters, Stephanie and Elizabeth Merritt, both of Johnson City; a son, Steven Merritt, and a step-son, Jimmy Lingerfelt, both of Johnson City; two sisters, Sandra Merritt, of Boise, Idaho, and Wilma Merritt Blair, of Jonesborough; two aunts, Grace Hunt and Hildred Merritt, both of Johnson City; five step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to the Merritt family at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert L. Thomas

  
Robert Leonard Thomas, 31, Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, died Monday, January 6, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of Ethel Mae Jackson Thomas, Johnson City, and the late Virgil Leonard Thomas who died June 1, 2001.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include four sisters, Dorothy Hill, Christine Anderson, and Georgia Dover, all of Johnson City, and Shirley Salmons, Elizabethton; two brothers, David Jackson, Beckley, W.Va., and Virgil C. Thomas, Elizabethton. Three nieces and four nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   THOMAS -- Funeral services for Robert Leonard Thomas, 31, Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, who died Monday, January 6, 2003, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Storie and Rev. Ken Hauser officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2003 in the Avery Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday will be Danny Anderson, T.J. Jackson, Ronnie Hill, Lawrence Jackson, Charles Jackson, and Ora Salmons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a sister, Christine Anderson, 306 West 8th Avenue, Johnson City, Apt. #1. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Thomas family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

January 6, 2003

Tommie C. Curde

  
Tommie C. Curde, 78, Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, formerly of 146 Hilton Hill Road, Elizabethton, died at the Village on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003.
   A native of Carter County, Mr. Curde was a son of the late Samuel H. and Viola Blanche Feathers Curde. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed Curde and Ronnie Curde.
   Mr. Curde was a graduate of Happy Valley High School. He retired from the Elizabethton Electric System as a service supervisor. He was a former Carter County Commissioner. He was a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Appalachian Christian Village. He had served on the IBEW Executive Board. He was a member of the Watauga Masonic Lodge #622, the American Legion, Watauga Post 49. He was in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Brick Christian Church, Watauga, where he was chairman of the board and an elder.
   Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dean Peeler Curde; one daughter, Debra Dean Curde, Johnson City; one son, Tommie Joel Curde, Surgoinsville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and J.A. McLain, Elizabethton, and Sonja and Doug Smalling, Watauga; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Bruce and Shirley Curde, Elizabethton, and Betty Curde, Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Gabriel Curde, Joshua Curde, Katy Curde, James Hopkins and Beth Hopkins; two great-grandchildren, Michael Dominic Curde and Joshua Sullivan Curde; and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   CURDE -- Funeral services for Tommie C. Curde, 78, Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, formerly of 146 Hilton Hill Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, January 4, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Jeff Campbell, minister, officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, will be Sam Curde, Andiy Curde, Ivan Good, T.J. Garland, Jason Peters, Curtis Pearson, James Michael Wilson, Danny Trent, Rusty Curde, Randy Curde, Kevin Trent, and Billy Willocks. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Curde family at mfc@chartertn.net. V.F.W. Post #2166 will conduct military graveside honors. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Rome Holtsclaw

  
Rome Holtsclaw, 90, formerly of Route 1, Roan Mountain, died Saturday, January 4, 2003, at the Roan Highlands Nursing Center following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Will and Minnie Johnson Holtsclaw. Mr. Holtsclaw was a retired farmer.
   He is preceded in death by a brother, Howard Holtsclaw, and a sister, Florence Barnett.
   Survivors include four brothers, Herman Holtsclaw, Robert Holtsclaw, James Holtsclaw, and Wayne Holtsclaw, all of Roan Mountain; and two sisters, Nellie Hall and Salley Freeman, both of Roan Mountain. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick.
  
   HOLTSCLAW -- The funeral service for Rome Holtsclaw, 90, formerly of Route 1, Roan Mountain, who died Saturday, January 4, 2003 in the Roan Highlands Nursing Center, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2003 in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with Rev. David Arnett and Rev. Delaney Berry officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in the Holtsclaw Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Mr. Holtsclaw's nephews, Delaney Barnett, Dana Barnett, Garfield Freeman, Bobby Freeman, Buster Freeman, and Chris Barnett. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday for the graveside service. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at the Rhododendron Chapel of TetrickFuneral Home, Roan Mountain, or at the residence at any time. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

Audrey Lipford

  
Audrey Lois Roberts Lipford, 79, of 712 Carriger Avenue, Elizabethton, died Saturday, January 4, 2003 at the residence of a daughter, Angela Markland, 2516 Bob Little Road, following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Dudley Justin and Blanche L. Crowe Roberts.
   She was preceded in death by a son, James A. Lipford, three brothers, and three sisters. Mrs. Lipford was a housewife.
   Survivors include her husband, James H. "Dude" Lipford, Jr., of the home; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Susan R. and Bob Ellison, Hampton; Shelly Blevins and Angela and Larry Markland, all of Elizabethton; five sons, Phillip A. Lipford, Nathan Mark Lipford, Kevin M. Lipford, Matthew Lipford, and Mitchell Lipford, all of Elizabethton; one daughter-in-law, Pat Lipford, Elizabethton; one sister, Clara Bo Miller, Fla.; fourteen grandchildren, Keith Lipford, Lisa R. Cipy, Chad Richardson, Missy B. Cowan, Tara Blevins, Beverly Ann Lipford, Phillip A. Lipford, Jr., Audrey Bennett, Heather Bennett, Joshua Kevin Lipford, Brooke Lipford, Penny L. Ward, Sherri Lipford and Carly Cowan. Five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick.
  
   LIPFORD -- Funeral services for Audrey Lois Roberts Lipford, 79, of 712 Carriger Avenue, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, January 4, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, January 6, 2003 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Bud Malone officiating. Music will be under the direction of Daniel Boner and J.P. Matheson. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Randy Lewis, Keith Lipford, Chad Richardson, Wayne Markland, Bob Lipford, James Henson, I, Jack Lipford, Brian Henson, Daniel Boner, Kenny Davis, Aarron Warren and Jeff Lipford. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Nave, Bobby Ellison, Ronnie Hardin, R.C. Bradshaw, Roy Heaton, Eddie Richardson, James Henson, II, Donnie Julian, Dave Powell, J.P. Mathis, Bobby Davenport, Mike Robinson, Dr. David Fenner, and Dr. Robert Walter; special friends, Louise Townsend, Lillian Watts, Debbie Ballinger, Sandra Perkins, Lori Beam, Lucille Powell, Joyce Pierce, Greyton Henson, ramona James, Kenny Davis, Phyllis Davenport, Jack and Katheryn Greene, Lonnie and Rose Anna Lowe and Karen Stevens. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday prior to the service in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Words of sympathy to the family may be sent via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneral home.com. Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
  

January 5, 2003

Alma C. Colbaugh

    Mrs. Alma Burl Clemons Colbaugh, 77, 1051 Old Bristol Highway, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at her residence due to an exended illness.
   A native of Carter County, Mrs. Colbaugh was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Crowe Clemons. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Clemons Montgomery and Gladys Clemons Spitzer and by two brothers, Haskel "Bo" Clemons and Elbert J. Clemons.
   Mrs. Colbaugh was a homemaker and a member of Borderview Christian Church.
   Survivors include her husband of 49 years 11 months and 16 days, James Fred "Freddie" Colbaugh, of the home; one daughter, Dolores Ann Colbaugh, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harry James "Jim" and Tammi B. Colbaugh, 1061 Old Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, Colbaugh and Ronnie Paul and Patricia D. Colbaugh, 320 Keenburg Road, Elizabethton; four granddaughters, Jimmi Leanne Colbaugh and Autumn Starr Colbaugh, both of Elizabethton, Amber Danyelle and husband James Earl Stevens, and Ashlee Nekoal and husband Jason Michael Pearman, all of Elizabethton; three grandsons, Samuel Joseph "Bo" Colbaugh, Chaseson Blake Colbaugh and Jamie Paul Colbaugh, all of Elizabethton; two great-granddaughters, MaKenzee Starr Cox and Hannah Nekoal Pearman, both of Elizabethton; two sisters, Virginia Clemons Colbaugh and Sarah Clemons Dial, Elizabethton; and one brother, Ray Clemons, Elizabethton; and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   COLBAUGH -- Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Burl Clemons Colbaugh, 77, 1051 Old Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003, in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Ken Caswell, minister, officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in the Fred Colbaugh Family Cemetery. The Four In The Faith and Scott Reynolds, organist, will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:40 a.m. Monday, will be Joseph "Bo" Colbaugh, Chaseson Colbaugh, Jamie Colbaugh, James Stevens, Jason Pearman, Doug Colbaugh, Justin Colbaugh and Marvin Dial. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Buckles, Charlie Murray, Roy Colbaugh, Roger Bunton, Sr., Sheriff John Henson, Bill Renfro, Herb Renfro, Tudy Parlier, Jerry Carr, members of Borderview Christian Church, family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:40 a.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Colbaugh family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia B. Crawford

  
Virginia Beatrice (Teague) Crawford, 84, 660 Tiger Creek Road, Roan Mountain, Tenn., died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital after a short illness.
   Born Feb. 12, 1919, in Carter County, Tenn., Mrs. Crawford was a daughter of the late Will Teague and Elizabeth Moffitt Short. She was married to the late John F. Crawford who died in 1995. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons, David and Jerry, and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, her brothers, Robert, Clifford, Clyde Teague and Don Short, and by her sisters, Sally Chamber and Bell Forbes.
   Mrs. Crawford was a member of the Tiger Creek Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivers include two daughters, Esta Louise Chambers, Roan Mountain, and Nancy Franklin and her husband, Bobby, of Georgia; a son, James Crawford and his wife, Judy, Elizabethton; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; a sister, Irene Banks, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.
   East Lawn Funeral Home, Kingsport, is in charge of the arrangements. www.mem.com
  
   CRAWFORD -- Funeral services for Virginia Beatrice (Teague) Crawford, 84, 660 Tiger Creek Road, Roan Mountain, Tenn., who went to be with her Lord at 7:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, will be at 7 p. m. Sunday in the East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Vance officiating. The family will meet for a graveside service at the East Lawn Memorial Park at 2 p. m. Monday. Calling hours will be 5-7 p. m., Sunday at the East Lawn Funeral Home. Friends may call any time at the the home of a daughter, Esta Louise Chambers, 660 Tiger Creek Road, Roan Mountain, Tenn., or at the home of a son, James Crawford, 106 Jim Elliott Road, Elizabethton, Tenn. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. Visit the online Web site at www.mem.com to place a condolence to the family. East Lawn Funeral Home, Kingsport, is in charge of the arrangements. www.mem.com

Tommie C. Curde

  
Tommie C. Curde, 78, Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, formerly of 146 Hilton Hill Road, Elizabethton, died at the Village on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003.
   A native of Carter County, Mr. Curde was a son of the late Samuel H. and Viola Blanche Feathers Curde. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed Curde and Ronnie Curde.
   Mr. Curde was a graduate of Happy Valley High School. He retired from the Elizabethton Electric System as a service supervisor. He was a former Carter County Commissioner. He was a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Appalachian Christian Village. He had served on the IBEW Executive Board. He was a member of the Watauga Masonic Lodge #622, the American Legion, Watauga Post 49. He was in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Brick Christian Church, Watauga, where he was chairman of the board and an elder.
   Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dean Peeler Curde; one daughter, Debra Dean Curde, Johnson City; one son, Tommie Joel Curde, Surgoinsville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and J.A. McLain, Elizabethton, and Sonja and Doug Smalling, Watauga; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Bruce and Shirley Curde, Elizabethton, and Betty Curde, Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Gabriel Curde, Joshua Curde, Katy Curde, James Hopkins and Beth Hopkins; two great-grandchildren, Michael Dominic Curde and Joshua Sullivan Curde; and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   CURDE -- Funeral services for Tommie C. Curde, 78, Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, formerly of 146 Hilton Hill Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, January 4, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Jeff Campbell, minister, officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, will be Sam Curde, Andiy Curde, Ivan Good, T.J. Garland, Jason Peters, Curtis Pearson, James Michael Wilson, Danny Trent, Rusty Curde, Randy Curde, Kevin Trent, and Billy Willocks. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Curde family at mfc@chartertn.net. V.F.W. Post #2166 will conduct military graveside honors. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Nora W. Hurley

   Nora Weaver Hurley, 88, 103 Hyder Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at her residence, following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late John and Eliza Williams Weaver. She was preceded in death by a sister, Hallie Hardin; two brothers, Herman Weaver and James Weaver; a sister-in-law, Ruby Weaver; and her step-mother, Eddie Weaver.
   Mrs. Hurley was a member of Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, where she was a teacher in the Willing Workers Sunday School Class for many years. She was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corp.
   Survivors include her husband, Harvey Hurley, of the home; one sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and U.G. Buckles, Elizabethton; a sister-in-law, Pereda Weaver, Elizabethton; three nieces, Carol Ledford, Sharon Oliver and Sheila Wilson, all of Elizabethton; three nephews, Jerry Weaver and Ted Weaver, both of Elizabethton and Dean Weaver, Pascagoula, Miss.; three grand-nieces: Melissa Frazer, Knoxville, Tenn., Melanie Reid, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. and Regina Oliver, Elizabethton; four grand-nephews, John Weaver, Mississippi, Ryan and Trever Weaver and Jason Wilson, all of Elizabethton.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick
  
   HURLEY -- Funeral services for Nora Weaver Hurley, 88, 103 Hyder Street, Elizabethton, who died Friday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Hawk and Dr. William Duncan officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sharon and Regina Oliver and Jill Kemp. Graveside service and Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in the Caldwell Springs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jerry Weaver, Ted Weaver, Trever Weaver, Terry Oliver, Gurney Pierce, Dallas Pierce, James Pierce and Chris Lyons. Special thanks to Dr. James Shipley, Linda Holly and the hospice nurses, Paul and Pearl Hilman, Chris Long and Jason Wilson. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 9:15 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel, or at the residence at any time. Words of sympathy to the family may be sent via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Martin E. Kyte

  
Martin Eugene Kyte, 75, Williamsburg, Va., died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, following a long illness.
   Mr. Kyte was born on May 12, 1927, in Elizabethton, Tenn., the son of the late Alvin Nathan Kyte and Nettie Holly Smith. He was also preceded in death by eight siblings, Verlin Walter, Gladys Inez Westmoreland, George Emmert, Clay Brownlow, Dana Harmon, Edward George Washington, F.D., and Kathleen.
   Mr. Kyte was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific in the United States Navy. Following the war, he began a long career in the United States Army, working at the Fort Eustis commissary, where he rose to become manager of the meat market, until retirement.
   Mr. Kyte was a Christian and a member of Grace Baptist Church, 1013 Penniman Road, Williamsburg.
   Survivors include his wife of more than 51 years, Betty Jean Campbell Kyte; five children, Gregory Eugene and wife Debra Ann (Weatherly), Russell Lin and wife Philippia Happy (Hull), and Christopher Jason and wife Shannan Dyan (Walsh), all of Williamsburg; John Martin and wife Kathy Jean (Faile), Gloucester and Karen Grace and husband Michael Patrick Helderman, Richmond; six grandchildren, John Benjamin, Adam Grayson, Spencer Lee, Trevor Michael Helderman, James Harrison, and Daniel Patrick Helderman; two brothers, Floyd Ward Kyte, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and James Webb Kyte, Elizabethton, Tenn.; and a special brother-in-law, Bobby Lee Campbell and wife Judy Mae Carlene Harmon, Johnson City, Tenn.
   Nelson Funeral Home, Williamsburg Chapel, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Va., 757-565-1141, is in charge of the arrangements.

Audrey R. Lipford

   Audrey Lois Roberts Lipford, 79, 712 Carriger Avenue, Elizabethton, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at the residence of a daughter, Angela Markland, 2516 Bob Little Road, following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Dudley Justin and Blanche L. Crowe Roberts. She was preceded in death by a son, James A. Lipford, three brothers and three sisters.
   Mrs. Lipford was a housewife.
   Survivors include her husband, James H. "Dude" Lipford, Jr., of the home; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Susan R. And Bob Ellison, Hampton, Shelly Blevins and Angela and Larry Markland, all of Elizabethton; five sons and one daughter-in-law: Phillip A. Lipford, Nathan Mark Lipford, Kevin M. Lipford, Matthew Lipford, Mitchell Lipford and Pat Lipford, all of Elizabethton; one sister, Clara Bo Miller, Florida; 14 grandchildren, Keith Lipford, Lisa R. Cipy, Chad Rochardson, Missy B. Cowan, Tara Blevins, Beverly Ann Lipford, Phillip A. Lipford, Jr., Audrey Bennett, Heather Bennett, Joshua Kevin Lipford, Brooke Lipford, Penny L. Ward, Sherri Lipford and Carly Cowan; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick
  
   LIPFORD -- Funeral services for Audrey Lois Roberts Lipford, 79, 712 Carriger Avenue, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, with the Rev Bud Malone officiating. Music will be under the direction of Daniel Boner and Jay P. Matheson. Graveside service and interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Randy Lewis, Keith Lipford, Chad Richardson, Wayne Markland, Bob Lipford, James Henson, I, Jack Lipford, Brian Henson, Daniel Boner, Kenny Davis, Aarron Warren and Jeff Lipford. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Nave, Bobby Ellison, Ronnie Hardin, R.C. Bradshaw, Roy Heaton, Eddie Richardson, James Henson, II, Donnie Julian, Dave Powell, J.P. Mathis, Bobby Davenport, Mike Robinson, Dr. David Fenner, and Dr. Robert Walter. Special friends: Louise Townsend, Lillian Watts, Debbie Ballinger, Sandra Perkins, Lori Beam, Lucille Powell, Joyce Pierce, Greyton Henson, Ramona James, Kenny Davis, Phyllis Davenport, Jack and Katheryn Greene, Lonnie and Rose Anna Lowe and Karen Stevens. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday prior to the service in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, or at the residence of a daughter, Angela Markland, 2516 Bob Little Road, Elizabethton, at any time. Words of sympathy to the family may be sent via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick

Steven L. Merritt

   Steven Lynn Merritt, 43, of Johnson City, died Thursday, January 2, 2003, at his residence.
   Mr. Merritt was a native of Washington County and the son of Dorothy M. Rowe Merritt, Elizabethton, and the late Lloyd J. Merritt Sr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd J. Merritt Jr., and an uncle, George Albert Merritt.
   Mr. Merritt was a member of Southside Baptist Church. He worked as a drywall contractor.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two daughters, Stephanie and Elizabeth Merritt, both of Johnson City; a son, Stevie Merritt, Johnson City; two sisters, Sandra Merritt, Boise, Idaho, and Wilma Merritt Blair, Jonesborough; and two aunts, Grace Hunt and Hildred Merritt, both of Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
   Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 W. College Street, Jonesborough, (423) 753-0514, is in charge.

Johnnie C. Price

   SEVIERVILLE -- Johnnie Claude "Pete" Price, 81, of Dandridge, died Thursday, January 2, 2003.
   Mr. Price served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Alice Shields Price, two brothers, Ben and Dee Price, and a sister, Ruth Monger.
   Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn Price-Burkett and Carin Grant, Elizabethton; a son, John D. Price; a sister, Nell Adams; four granddaughters, Charlene Marie Hudgins, Natalie Cornett, Teresa Stevens and Stacey Price; and eight great-grandchildren, Danielle Chambers, David Jenkins, Michael Bastin, Anthony Jenkins, Justin Stevens, Emily Jenkins, Jenny Stevens and Josh Stevens.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Sunday, January 5, in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, January 6, at Middle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.
   Atchley Funeral Home, 118 East Main Street, Sevierville, (865) 453-2835, is in charge of arrangements. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)

Gary E. Riddle

   Gary Eugene Riddle, 57, 132 Ford Lane, Apt. No. 3, Elizabethton, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at his residence.
   Mr. Riddle was a Washington County native and the son of the late David and Nellie Branch Riddle. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Faye Depew and Marie Scalf.
   He was a retired Army veteran.
   Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rhoda Riddle, Elizabethton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Danny Nidiffer, Elizabethton, and Robin and Parker Street, Jonesborough; one brother, Jerry Riddle, Johnson City; one sister, Susie Booth, Morristown; and three grandchildren. Brittney Nidiffer and Chelsea Nidiffer, both of Elizabethton, and Taylor Street, Jonesborough; and a very special friend, Bob Karter.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick 
  
   RIDDLE -- The memorial service for Gary Eugene Riddle, 57, 132 Ford Lane, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Tetrick Funeral, Home Chapel of Peace, with the Rev. Richard Estep and Bro. Parker Street officiating. Music will be under the direction of Travis Bowling, soloist. Private disposition will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace or friends may call at the residence of a daughter, Teresa Nidiffer, 364 Max Jett Road, Johnson City, (542-0759), at any time. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, Tenn., 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick
  

January 3, 2003

Worley C. Bowers

   Worley C. Bowers, 88, 672 Highway 91, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at his residence.
   Mr. Bowers was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Francis and Nancy Lewis Bowers. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Victoria Bowers, and by two sisters and four brothers.
   Mr. Bowers was a retired employee of Herman Robinson Vocational School.
   Survivors include his wife, Hattie Bowers, Lenoir, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Joe Shouse, Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Karla Bowers, Kodak; five grandchildren, T.J. Shouse, Elizabethton, Scott Bowers, Knoxville, Andy Bowers and Joey Bowers, both of Elizabethton, and Matthew Bowers, Kodak; and four great-grandchildren, Taylor Bowers, Knoxville, Taylor Hyder, Elizabethton, Scotty Bowers, Knoxville, and Bryson Bowers, Elizabethton.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, (423) 543-4917, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick
  
   BOWERS -- Graveside services and interment for Worley C. Bowers, 88, 672 Highway 91, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 3, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Darrell Holly officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Bowers, Tony Bowers, Worley Lewis and Ruff Lewis. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Alma C. Colbaugh

  
Mrs. Alma C. Colbaugh, 77, 1051 Old Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at her residence.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Catherine Crowe Clemons. She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
   She was a homemaker. Mrs. Colbaugh was a member of Borderview Christian Church.
   Survivors include her husband James Fred "Freddie" Colbaugh; one daughter, Dolores Ann Colbaugh of the the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Tammi Colbaugh and Ronnie Paul and Patricia Colbaugh, all of Elizabethton; one brother, Ray Clemons, Elizabethton; two sisters: Virginia Colbaugh and Sarah Dial, both of Elizabethton; seven grandchildren, Jimmi Colbaugh, Autumn Colbaugh, Amber Stevens and her husband James Stevens, Ashlee Pearman and her husband Jason Pearman, Joseph Colbaugh, Chaseson Colbaugh, and Jamie Colbaugh, all of Elizabethton; two great-grandchildren, Makenzee Cox and Hannah Pearman; several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Albert L. Johnson

   Albert Lee Johnson, 60, 223 Sugar Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   Mr. Johnson was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Issac and Bessie Tipton Johnson. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Freeman.
   Mr. Johnson was of the Free Will Baptist Faith. He was a carpenter and a member of Roan Mountain Masonic Lodge #566 F&AM.
   Survivors include his wife, Shirley Johnson, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenny Lee and Donna Johnson, Roan Mountain; two granddaughters, Stachia Johnson and Johanna Johnson, both of Roan Mountain; four brothers, Earnest Johnson, Bruce Johnson, Maynard Johnson and Billy Johnson, all of Roan Mountain; and two sisters, Erma Morris, of Ohio, and Geneva Street, Roan Mountain. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, (423) 772-3928, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick
  
   JOHNSON -- Funeral services for Albert Lee Johnson, 60, 223 Sugar Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, who died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, January 3, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Randy English officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, at Johnson Family Cemetery, Sugar Hollow Community. Active pallbearers will be Chris Barnett, Kim Barnett, Doug Barnett, Wade Johnson, Josh Johnson, Charles McCurry, Jeff Whitehead and Joey Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Johnson, Darrel Johnson and special friend, Daniel Woodie. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence at any time. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

Janice Loveless

   Miss Janice Loveless, 67, 842 Rhea Road, Mountain City, died Thursday, January 2, 2003, at Rhea House, Mountain City, following a lengthy illness.
   Miss Loveless was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Stacey and Ossie Matherly Loveless. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Kay Loveless Vance, in 1995.
   Miss Loveless attended Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Mountain City. She was a homemaker.
   Survivors include three brothers, Darrell Loveless and Zane Loveless, both of Elizabethton, and Thomas Loveless, Greeneville, and a sister, Faye Lippard, Davenport, Fla. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy
  
   LOVELESS -- Funeral services for Miss Janice Loveless, 67, 842 Rhea Road, Mountain City, who died Thursday, January 2, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. R.D. Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Fenner and the staff and residents of Rhea House, Mountain City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@hathawaypercy.com. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Lewis A. Merrill

   Lewis Albert Merrill, 96, formerly of Aberdeen, N.C., died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton.
   Mr. Merrill was a native of Lovell, Maine, and the son of the late Charles and Bertha Atkinson Merrill. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Eva Stilwell Merrill, in 1993, and his twin brother, Frank Merrill, who died during infancy.
   While living in Aberdeen, Mr. Merrill was a long-time member of the Men's Bible Class and a deacon of Bethesda Presbyterian Church. He worked as an auto mechanic for Wicks Chevrolet until his retirement.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Beth Merrill, Conover, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Michael Hupko, Johnson City; and three grandchildren, Charles Merrill Jr., Michael Hupko Jr. and Judy H. Dukes. Five great-grandchildren also survive.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, at Boles Funeral Home, Pinehurst, N.C., with the Rev. David Hudson officiating. Interment will follow at Bethesda Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Barium Springs Children's Home, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, NC 28010 or to the Carter County EMS, P.O. Box 776, Elizabethton, TN 37644.
   Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst, N.C., (910) 692-6262, is serving the family.

Edna N. Wilson

  
Mrs. Edna Pearl Nave Wilson, 75, 121 Arrow Drive, Elizabethton, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, in Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Flora Vance Nave. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie E. Wilson, Aug. 24, 2001, and by four sisters and three brothers.
   She was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corp. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Hunter Memorial Baptist Church.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Trena and Rod Whitehead, Elizabethton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Gail Wilson, Johnson City; Lester and Teresa Wilson; and the Rev. Dennis and Pam Wilson, all of Elizabethton; nine grandchildren, Wendy Whitehead, Amy Whitehead, Ronnie Wilson, Josh Wilson, Matthew Scott Wilson, Christopher Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, Mark Wilson and Brandon Lee Wilson; three great-grandchildren, Dustin Whitehead, Ocean Hinshaw and Caitlyn Wilson; and several nieces And nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Pearl Nave Wilson, 75, 121 Arrow Drive, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with the Revs. Dennis Wilson, Dvid Hankal and James Hawk officiating. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be provided by William J. Greene, Kelly Rapert, Linda Shouse and Cathy Wilson, pianist. Active pallbearers will be Joshua Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, II, Matthew Wilson, Chris Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, Brandon Wilson and Mark Wilson. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. Saturday until the service hour. For those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Wilson to the Lynn Valley Baptist Church Building Fund, 1367 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Friends may also call at the residence of a son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Dennis and Pam Wilson, 307 Ferguson Avenue, Elizabethton. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Wilson family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

January 2, 2003

Billy H. Campbell

  
Billy H. Campbell, 66, 380 Bissonette Road, Oscoda, Michigan, died Thursday, December 26, 2002 at his residence following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Jadie M. and Donna N. Campbell Bailey. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Campbell was a delivery driver.
   He was preceded in death by his special step-father, Robert C. Bailey.
   Survivors include special friend, Rosena, Oscoda, Mich.; three daughters, Donna, Taylor, Mich.; Laurie Lester, Taylor, Mich.; Lisa Campbell, Australia; one son, Mitchell Campbell; three sisters, Roma Estep, Sandra Willis, Teresa Norris, all of Hampton; one brother, Allen Bailey, Erwin; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick.
  
   CAMPBELL -- The funeral service for Billy H. Campbell, 66, 380 Bissonette Road, Oscoda, Mich., who died Thursday, December 26, 2002, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Darrell Holly officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service at Bailey Cemetery, Hampton. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Campbell, Tony Bingham, Kermit Campbell, and Ronald Livingston. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Cancer Society, 209 South Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold E. Campbell

  
Harold E. Campbell, 74, 135 Campbell Road, Butler, died Monday, December 30, 2002 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Herman and Destamona Moody Campbell. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Campbell was formerly employed as a telephone contractor.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Pritchard, and two brothers, William Ray Campbell and Leonard H. Campbell.
   Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Louise Campbell; Howard and Ida Lou Campbell, all of Butler; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Ruby Hatley, Elizabethton; Lorene and Tony Miller, Johnson City; Spence Pritchard, Elizabethton; four step children, Steve, Spencer, Letha Jean and Margaret; special friends, Loretta Reinhart, Jeannie Reinhart, Jared Reinhart, Dwight Whaley, Diane and R.L. Poole. Several nieces and nephews and several other special friends also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com.
  
   CAMPBELL -- The funeral service for Harold E. Campbell, 74, 135 Campbell Road, Butler, who died Monday, December 30, 2002, will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Nick Bradshaw and Rev. Ronnie Campbell officiating. Music will be under the direction of Rev. Ronnie Campbell. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2003 at Campbell Cemetery, Butler. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Friday. Active pallbearers will be Douglas Hatley, Dennis Campbell, Steve McNeil, Gary Campbell, Herbert Moody, and Richard Moody. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace, or friends may call at his residence, 135 Campbell Road, Butler, any time. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
  
Rickey Sams

  
Rickey Sams, 52, 534 Bunker Hill Road, Bluff City, died Monday, December 30, 2002 at his residence following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, he is the son of Ann Lyons Malone, Bluff City, and the late Ira Malone. He was a member of Bunker Hill Christian Church. Mr. Sams was a diesel mechanic.
   He was preceded in death by five brothers, Curtis Malone, Terry Sams, Buddy Sams, Worley Sams, and Ted Sams.
   Survivors include one brother, Dallas Sams, Bluff City; one sister, Joann Allen Sams, Bluff City; nephews and spouses, Jeff and Tara Allen, Elizabethton; David Allen, Bluff City; Wayne and Wendy Sams, Elizabethton; niece, Patty Hicks, Bluff City; very special niece and nephews, Katlyn Allen, Bluff City; Caleb Allen, Elizabethton; Isaac Allen, Bluff City; Trevor Guy, Elizabethton; Josh Sams, Elizabethton; very special friends, Ed and Opal Wolfe, Bluff City; Ernie and Francis Depew, Bluff City. Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.Funeral-Plans.com/Tetrick.
  
   SAMS -- The funeral service for Rickey Sams, 52, 534 Bunker Hill Road, Bluff City, who died Monday, December 30, 2002, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2003 at Bunker Hill Christian Church with Mr. Ernie Depew, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sandy Odom, soloist. Interment will follow the funeral service at Jones Cemetery, Bluff City. Military honors to be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Allen Odom, Steve Sams, Herman Rumley, Ronald Scalf, Jason Miller, and Billy Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Bunker Hill Christian Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace, or the residence any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Bunker Hill Christian Church Building Fund, Bluff City, TN 37618. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family via e-mail address condolences@tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

June H. Walsh

  
Mrs. June H. Walsh, 69, 116 Old State Line Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at her residence following an extended illness.
   A native and life long resident of Carter County, she was the daughter of Mrs. Rhoda Jane Cates Hyder of Elizabethton, and the late Nat Edens Hyder Sr. She was a member of Doe River Baptist Church. Mrs. Walsh was a graduate of ETSU and a teacher in the Carter County School System where she had taught for the past 38 years at Valley Forge Elementary School.
   Survivors, other than her mother, include two daughters, Natalie Smith and Renee Williams, both of Elizabethton; three sons, Dana Theodore Walsh III, Hampton; Timothy Ray Walsh, Delaware, and Nicholas Allen Walsh, Smyrna, Tenn.; one sister, Gretchen Lois Fortune, of South America, and a brother, Dr. N.E. Hyder, Jr. of Johnson City; 12 grandchildren, Misty Smith, Christy Smith, Alicia Smith, Laura Williams, Tommy Williams, Cody Walsh, Chase Walsh, Paige Walsh, Alexis Walsh, Kindyl Walsh, Aileen Manning, and Bianca Manning. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. www.Funeral-Plans.com/Hathaway-Percy.
  
   WALSH -- Funeral services for Mrs. June H. Walsh, 69, 116 Old State Line Road, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2003 in the Sunset Chapel of the Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Otto Giles and Rev. Bill Jaynes, ministers, officiating. Interment will follow in the Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be directed by Mrs. Rosemary Meredith, pianist, and Charles and Debbie Pearce, duet. Active pallbearers will be Rick Meredith, Ben Williams, Carroll "Shorty" Wiseman, Marvin Carden, Keith Rossiter, and Bob White. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Smith, Earl Little, Vernus Garland, and David Fortune. The family will receive friends in the funeral chapel from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence at any time. Tom Smith, Mrs. Walsh loved you like a son and appreciated you more than you will ever know. Mrs. Walsh also appreciated her special friends, Barbara and Earl Little, Penny and Bob White, June Hyder, Gaynell Shipley, Nancy and Vernus Garland, Linda and Shorty Wiseman, Joy and Ben Williams, Sally Cates and Martha Querry. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 South Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643, or the Whitehead Cemetery, c/o Sally Cates, 5883 U.S. Highway 19E, Hampton, TN 37658. Words of sympathy may be sent to the Walsh family via e-mail address, condolences@hathawaypercy.com. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.