April 30, 2003

Ruby R. Hampton

  
Ruby Rogers Hampton, 76, 318 West G Street, Elizabethton, died Monday, April 28, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Washington County, she was a daughter of the late Harry D. and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hodge Rogers. She had lived most of her life in Elizabethton. She had worked at the Hale Drug Store for 21 years and retired from the Super X Drug Store. Mrs. Hampton was a member of West Side Christian Church.
   Mrs. Hampton was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey A. "Boney" Hampton, who died March 28, 1997; by a brother, Joe W. Rogers, and by a sister, Hester Heatherly.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Bradley Couch, of Johnson City; seven sisters, Georgia Campbell, Hazel Nave, Ruth Glover, Rebecca Buckles, Eula Lee Pierce, and Wanda Townsend, all of Elizabethton, and Sarah Heighway, of Noblesville, Ind; a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; a special friend, Helen Painter, and a God son, Brent Painter.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HAMPTON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Rogers Hampton, 76, 318 West G Street, Elizabethton, who died Monday, April 28, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Greg Key and Mr. James D. Curtis officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday will be Daniel Holder, Jeff Pierce, Greg Pierce, Mike Ensor, Keith Glover, and Steve Buckles. Honorary pallbearers will be Conley Glover, George Heighway, Melvin Buckles, Lawrence Pierce, Tim Rasnick, Rick McMullins, Gerald Peters, Dale Martin, Dr. Harold Alison, and her church family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Hampton to the Carter County Rescue Squad, the Building Fund, West Side Christian Church, or the Humane Society. 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 mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Annie M. Hensley

  
Mrs. Annie M. Hensley, 87, of Hill View Nursing Center, Elizabethton, formerly of 378 Wilbur Dam Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Paul P. Hodge

  
Paul P. Hodge, 80, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Bluefield, Va., he was a son of the late Rev. Walter and Mary McClelland Hodge. He was a graduate of Milligan College and LeTourmeau Technical Institute of Texas.
   He served in the 9th Air Force in England, France and Belgium during World War II.
   Mr. Hodge retired from Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn. in 1984 after 25 years of service.
   He was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers. He was a member of the Mount View Baptist Church, Watauga.
   Survivors include a sister, Lyle Klinck, of Memphis, and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HODGE -- Memorial services for Mr. Paul P. Hodge, of Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 26, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2003 in the Mount View Baptist Church with the Rev. Mack V. Hall, Sr. officiating. Interment will be held in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Central Heights Community, Blountville. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 29, 2003

Hildred Colbaugh

  
Hildred "Hoodie" Colbaugh, 63, of Greeneville, died Monday, April 28, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Union Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her father, Luther Colbaugh, and one sister, Jewel Dean Ottinger.
   Survivors include her mother, Lela Colbaugh, of the home; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Tammy and Dean King, of the home; Phyllis and Max Roger Laws and Janet Ricker, all of Greeneville; one brother and sister-in-law, Gale and Nadine Colbaugh, of Elizabethton, and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Special friends, Bobby and Dorothy Davis, Zak Neas, Randall Davis, Charlie Greene, Nikki Davis, Brandi Ricker, and Nicole Henderson also survive.
   Jeffers Mortuary, 208 North College Street, Greeneville, TN 37745 is in charge of arrangements.
  
   COLBAUGH -- Funeral services for Hildred "Hoodie" Colbaugh, 63, of Greeneville, who died Monday, April 28, 2003, will be conducted on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 8 p.m. in Union Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Lynn Neas, Rev. Jeff Blake, and Rev. Gene Swatzell officiating. The graveside service and interment will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2003 at Graceland Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. Active pallbearers will be Lynn Ricker, Jeff Ricker, Chris Ricker, Max Laws, Randall Davis, Zak Neas, Kenneth Colbaugh, and Rick Hardin. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jeffers Mortuary and on Wednesday, April 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Union Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Jeffers Mortuary, 208 North College Street, Greeneville, TN 37745 is in charge of arrangements.

Helen S. Saylor

  
Mrs. Helen S. Saylor, 81, Elizabethton, died Sunday, April 27, 2003 at the Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
   She was a Unicoi County native and a daughter of the late Eugene H. and Sarah M. Gervis. She was of the Christian faith.
   Mrs. Saylor was a graduate of East Tennessee State University and was a retired school teacher. She was of the Christian faith.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse Sutphin and Eugene H. Sutphin Jr.
   Survivors include one daughter, Susanne Bradford, of Johnson City; three sisters, Edna Taylor, Elizabethton; Hazel Hrush, of Coats, N.C., and Alma Cates, of Hampton.
   Memorial contributions may be made to ETSU, or the Washington Animal Shelter, 525 Sells Avenue, Johnson City. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Appalachian Funeral Home, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

April 28, 2003

John R. Blankenship Jr.

   John R. Blankenship Jr., 73, 601 Ridgefield Drive, Elizabethton, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
   Mr. Blankenship was a native of Greene County and the son of the late John R. Sr. and Mabel Sotherland Blankenship. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George Wallace "Pete" Blankenship.
   Mr. Blankenship was a graduate of Happy Valley High School and attended Steed College. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and retired from East Tennessee State University.
   He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F&AM. He was also a member of the Jericho Shrine Temple and a Past Patron of the Sycamore Chapter #163, Order of the Eastern Star.
   Survivors include his wife, Marie Mains Blankenship, of the home; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy Gale Broyles and Charles Broyles, Elizabethton, and Helen Blankenship Humphreys and Kyle Humphreys, Limestone; his mother-in-law, Ruth Mains, of the home; two nieces and spouses, Vickie Ann Leonard and Gary Leonard, Elizabethton, and Angela and Brian Hamilton, Nashville; two nephews and spouses, Keith and Charlene Davenport, Elizabethton, and George W. Jr. and Jennifer Blankenship, Johnson City; and a great-nephew, Jacob Blankenship, Johnson City.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-4917, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
  
   BLANKENSHIP -- Funeral services for John R. Blankenship Jr., 73, 601 Ridgefield Drive, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, April 27, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Music will be under the direction of Gordon Kyte. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Masonic Services will be conducted by the Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F&AM. Active pallbearers will be Keith Davenport, Gary Leonard, George W. Blankenship Jr., Brian Hamilton, Joey Ibrahim and Scott Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Dalpiaz, Randall Carr, Doug Bailey, Leonard Peters, Stanley Irwin, Homer Miller, Robert "Bob" Elliott, Dr. Todd Whittaker, Dr. James Evans, the deacons and men of Grace Baptist Church, friends and neighbors. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence at any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 1114 Broad Street Extension, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles L. Burker

   Charles Leroy Burker, 75, 212 West E. Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
   Mr. Burker was a native of Hagerstown, Md., and a son of the late Keller C. and Ollie Susan Burker. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Jack Leon Burker and Jerry Lee Burker, and a sister, Linda Jones.
   Mr. Burker had lived in Elizabethton for the past 38 years. He was a retired Plumber & Pipe Fitter.
   Survivors include his wife, Irene King Burker; four daughters and sons-in-law, Micky Louise and Gary Taylor, Hagerstown, Md., Roxanna and William Lusk, Watauga, Margaret and Richard Hopkins, Hampton, and Bedie Ann and Kevin Drum of Florida; six sons and four daughters-in-law, Dennis Leroy and Donna Burker, Hagerstown, Md., Phillip Levi Burker, Danwood, Ohio, Charles Patrick and April Burker, Bristol, John Edward and Rebecca Burker and William Joseph and Janel Burker, all of Elizabethton, and Keller Douglas Burker, of the home; and a brother, Ornel Burker, Elizabethton. Twenty-eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   BURKER -- Funeral services for Charles Leroy Burker, 75, 212 West E. Street, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 26, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Reggi Weems officiating. Music will be provided by Larey Pippin. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Emmert Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, will be William Lusk, Richard Hopkins, Brent Burker, Christopher Burker, Berry Bellamy and Matthew Gouge. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Burker Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Doris E. Cole

   Doris Elizabeth Whitlock Cole, 74, 1726 Field Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at her residence.
   Ms. Cole was a native of Lexington and a daughter of the late Robert G. and Fannie Everhart Whitlock. She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Flinders Cole.
   Ms. Cole had lived a number of years in Florida before coming to Elizabethton. She was formerly employed by the City of Miami Parks Division and retired from the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Miami. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Lynne Cole, Greenville, S.C.; a sister, Patsy Lyons, Elizabethton; two nieces, Julie Lyons and Lori Wilson, both of Elizabethton; and a nephew, Richard Lyons, Elizabethton. Five great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   COLE -- Graveside services and interment for Doris Elizabeth Whitlock Cole, 74, 1726 Field Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 26, 2003, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Stephen Witt officiating. Friends may call at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Ms. Cole to the St. Jude Research Hospital, 5796 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Cole Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Paul P. Hodge

   Paul Phlegar Hodge, 80, of Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Mr. Hodge was a native of Bluefield, Va., and a son of the late Walter and Mary McClellan Hodge. He was also preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
   Mr. Hodge had spent his earlier life in Elizabethton. He was a 1941 graduate of Elizabethton High School and a graduate of Milligan College. He had lived a number of years in Manchester, Tenn., where he was an Engineer with the AEDC Arnold Center of Manchester, and worked there for 27 years before returning to Elizabethton.
   He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church, Piney Flats, where he was a Sunday School Teacher. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
   Survivors include a sister, Lyle Klinck, Memphis, and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Inez F. Jones

   Mrs. Inez Fritts Jones, 94, formerly of 308 West E. Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Hillview Health Center following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Jones was a native of Johnson County and had lived most of her life in Carter County. She was the daughter of the late Brownlow and Bertha McQueen Fritts and was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Kenneth Jones, in 1973, and a sister, Irene Hammer.
   Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Watauga Academy.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Fritz Kenneth and Dr. Jane M. Jones, Elizabethton; two grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Ralph Andrew and Jennifer Jones, Elizabethton, and Bradley Fritz and Jennifer Jones, Charleston, S.C.; two great-granddaughters, Emilee Jane Jones, Elizabethton, and Holland Olivia Jones, Washington, D.C.; and a nephew, Paul Hammer, Salisbury, N.C.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-4917, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
  
   JONES -- Graveside services for Mrs. Inez Fritts Jones, 94, formerly of 308 West E. Street, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 26, 2003, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Joe Sorah and the Rev. Phil Gass officiating. Active pallbearers will be Dr. N.E. Hyder Jr., Drew Jones, Brad Jones, Gene Sams, John Treadway and Larry Treadway. Honorary pallbearers will be C.D. "Joe" White and the Nursing Staff of Hillview Health Center. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Friends may call at Tetrick Funeral Home at any time or at the home of her son, Fritz Kenneth Jones, 103 Mayfield Drive, Condo #7, Elizabethton, at any time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Program or to the Building Program at Calvary Baptist Church, 225 North Holly Lane, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Carrie M. Peterson

   Carrie Mosley Peterson, 88, 1357 Dry Creek Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Hillview Health Center, Elizabethton.
   Mrs. Peterson was a native of Bakersville, N.C., and a daughter of the late George and Ellen Bowman Mosley. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ralph Peterson; three brothers, Jess Mosley, Ben Mosley and Frank Mosley; and two sisters, Francis Street and Irene Yelton.
   Mrs. Peterson was a homemaker and a Baptist.
   Survivors include her husband, Russell Peterson, of the home; a son, James G. Peterson, Piney Flats; two daughters, Mary Miller, Elizabethton, and Carolyn Sue Ball, Hamilton, Ohio; four grandsons, Jeffery Crowe, Michael Peterson, Duane Peterson and Lee Ball; two granddaughters, Ginger Campbell and Crystal Ball; and three sisters, Madeline Pitman, Mae Banks and Olene Putman, all of Bakersville, N.C. Four great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons also survive.
   Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 928-6111, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   PETERSON -- Funeral services for Carrie Mosley Peterson, 88, 1357 Dry Creek Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 26, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with the Rev. Troy McCurry and the Rev. Alan Simerly officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Monte Vista Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the cemetery by 12:50 p.m. Pallbearers will be grandsons and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6 p.m. until the service time. Condolences may be sent to the family at appfh@aol.com. Appalachian Funeral Home, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles D. Thornton

   Charles Daniel Thornton, 74, YNC U.S. Navy Retired, of 560 Jobe Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   Mr. Thornton was a native of Charlotte, N.C., and a son of the late Lister and Anne Clarke Thornton.
   Mr. Thornton was a 1957 graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, N.C. He served two years in the National Guard before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, and retired after serving 22 years with the Navy.
   He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was on the Council Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver and was a Disabled American Veteran. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Freeman Thornton; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles Daniel Jr. and Kelly Thornton, Greeneville, and Michael Brandon Thornton, of the home; a brother, David Thornton, Charlotte, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Kayla Anne Thornton and Bradley Cade Thornton.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   THORNTON -- Funeral services for Charles Daniel Thornton, 74, YNC U.S. Navy Retired, of 560 Jobe Road, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 26, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. John Martin officiating. Music will be provided by The Sounds of Victory. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with Military Graveside Honors conducted by the Naval Reserve Center, Asheville, N.C. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Thornton Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 27, 2003

Mary Barnett

   Mrs. Mary "Ruth" Barnett, 92, of Appalachian Christian Village, formerly of 1806 Brook Hollow Road, Johnson City, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at the Village following a lengthy illness.
   Mrs. Barnett was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City and a daughter of the late Charles E. and Mary Leach Huffine. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Louis Barnett, in 1970, and three sisters, Hazel Lilley, Vera Johnson and Otta Huffine.
   Mrs. Barnett was a homemaker and a member of Berea Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include two sons, Bill G. Barnett, Johnson City, and Don E. Barnett, Elizabethton, and seven grandchildren, Steve Barnett and Sam Barnett, both of Johnson City, Sharon B. Smith, Don Nanney and John Nanney, all of Elizabethton, Shannon Barnett, Conyers, Ga., and Joseph Nanney, Nashville. Eleven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521.
  
   BARNETT -- The funeral service for Mrs. Mary "Ruth" Barnett, 92, of Appalachian Christian Village, formerly of 1806 Brook Hollow Road, Johnson City, who died Thursday, April 24, 2003, was conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the South Chapel of Morris-Baker Funeral Home with the Rev. R. Willard Warfield and Mr. Sam Barnett officiating. Music was provided by Delbert Dempsey and Jerry Barnett, soloists, and Mrs. Becky Tester, pianist. Friends are asked to meet the family at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the Huffine Cemetery (Cherokee School Community) for the graveside service. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Friends may call at the residence of a son, Bill Barnett, 1810 Triangle Road, Johnson City, at any time. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Richard Storey, John Schlichting and Bobby Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the Appalachian Christian Village, 2012 Sherwood Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601. The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to the nursing staff and dietary staff of the Nursing Wing of Appalachian Christian Village for their love and care. Online condolences may be sent to the Barnett Family via www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Johnson City.

Virgil D. Bowers

   Virgil David Bowers, 91, 2018 Sherwood Drive, Johnson City, formerly of 408 East L. Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   Mr. Bowers was a native of Bristol, Va., and a son of the late Henry "Abe" and Katie Morrell Bowers. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ada Bowers; four sisters, Mary Whitaker, Gladys Rawn, Kathleen Monday and Virginia Bowers; and two brothers, Grover and Herman Clay.
   Mr. Bowers had lived a number of years in Elizabethton and had lived in Johnson City for the past year. He operated the Elizabethton Business College for a number of years. He was a member of the Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 and the American Legion Post #49. He was a member of First Christian Church of Elizabethton and the Men's Class.
   Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Shirley and Bruce Curde, Elizabethton, and Nancy White, Johnson City; a son, Virgil David Bowers II, Craigsville, Va.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Ruth and Lester Taylor, Bristol, Frances and Frank Carter, Nashville, and Louise Wohlford, Montgomery, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Robinson, Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Leslie Brockley, Houston, Texas, Cindy Clark, Bristol, Lorrie Case, Jonesborough, Scott Bowers and Jessica Webb, both of Roanoke, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Rachelle Seljouki, Houston, Texas, Jason Peters, Elizabethton, Matt Ott, Canton, Ohio, and Trey Webb, Roanoke, Va.; a great-great-grandchild, Jordon Seljouki, Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Stan Kniepkamp and Wanda Bowers.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   BOWERS -- Funeral services for Virgil David Bowers, 91, 2018 Sherwood Drive, Johnson City, formerly of 408 East L. Street, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 26, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Donald B. Marshall and Mr. Brent Nidiffer, ministers, officiating. Music will be provided by Gene Estep, minister. Graveside services and interment will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, will be Jeff Case, Jason Peters, Scott Bowers, Andrew Webb, Bruce Clark and Doug Vandeventer. Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Vandeventer, Paul Knapp, John Bryant, Bill Young, Kirk Lumsden and the Men's Class of First Christian Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Bruce Curde, 1586 Southside Road, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Bowers Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Burker

   Charles Burker, 75, 212 West E. Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Doris W. Cole

   Doris Whitlock Cole, 74, 1726 Field Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at her residence.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Floyd Culler Jr.

   PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Floyd Culler Jr., 71, of Pensacola, died Thursday, April 24, 2003.
   Mr. Culler had worked for 35 years at Armstrong World Industries, Inc. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Floyd and Pearl Mae Culler; a daughter, Rita Russell; four sisters, Elsie, Marilyn, Enda and Dottie; and three brothers, Leroy, Clarence and Bob.
   Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Culler; his children, Carolyn and David Cutler, Linda and Jackie Shackelford, Kathy and Eldon White, Denise Mason, Cindy Connell and Jerry and Rita Culler; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and his brothers and sisters, Dottie, Marilyn, Bill, Ray, Ann, Ruth and Louise.
   Faith Chapel Funeral Home, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola, Fla., (850) 432-6146, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   CULLER -- Funeral services for Floyd Culler Jr., 71, of Pensacola, Fla., who died Thursday, April 24, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home, Pensacola, with Dr. Mark Kendrick officiating. Interment will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Chris Busbee, Scott, Bobby and Andy Dugger, Shawn Spates and Jason Vines. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Connell, Jacob and Jeremy Culler, Gregory Lee, Brett Spates and Jonathan Taylor. The family will receive friends at Faith Chapel from 12 noon until the service time on Sunday. Faith Chapel Funeral Home, Pensacola, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Cindy E. Estep

   Cindy Emmert Estep, 40, 728 Woodland Drive, Elizabethton, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mrs. Estep was a native of Carter County and a daughter of Claude and Kathryn Campbell Emmert, Elizabethton.
   Mrs. Estep was a 1981 graduate of Elizabethton High School and a 1986 graduate of East Tennessee State University. She was employed by Harold McCormick Elementary School as a fifth-grade teacher and was a member of the National Education Association. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton.
   Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Mark Estep; a son, Zachary "Zac" Estep, of the home; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hubert and Ann Estep; three sisters-in-law, Sheila Neikirk and her husband, Earl, Lori Decker and her husband, Randy, and Tina Nichols; four special nieces and nephews, Kayla Neikirk, Ellie Decker, Drew Holsclaw and Brad Holsclaw; and one uncle, John R. Campbell. Six cousins also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   ESTEP -- Funeral services for Cindy Emmert Estep, 40, 728 Woodland Drive, Elizabethton, who died Friday, April 25, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Oak Street Baptist Church (the church she grew up in) with the Rev. Brent Seals, the Rev. Bob Polk and the Rev. Bruce Hendrich officiating. Music will be provided by Jamie Schaff and John Bunn. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 7:55 p.m. Monday and also at the funeral home at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, will be John Hutchins, Eddie Harris, Keith Mashburn, Pat Little, Mark Schaff, Doug Deloach, Doug Hulshult, Bobby Berry and Randy Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Campbell, Garrett Campbell, Ian Campbell, Jonathan Campbell, Danny Hilbert, Clyde Jenkins, Glen Church, her Fifth Grade Students at Harold McCormick Elementary School, the Faculty, Staff and Students of Harold McCormick Elementary School and the Staff of the Elizabethton School System. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Oak Street Baptist Church. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Cindy to the Little Miracles, 1205 J, North Eastman Road, PMB, Kingsport, TN 37664. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Estep Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine E. Mottern

   Mrs. Josephine E. "Jo" Chambers Mottern, 90, formerly of 213 Cedar Avenue, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in Elgin, Texas.
   Mrs. Mottern was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Walter N. and Ella Ruth Davis Chambers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Ellis Mottern, June 16, 1997, and two sisters, Ona C. Love and Mamie C. Burrough.
   Mrs. Mottern was a retired LPN at the Green Valley Developmental Center, Greeneville. Following her retirement, she had taught Nursing at the Tennessee Technology Center in Elizabethton.
   She was a member of the First Christian Church of Elizabethton, the Sycamore Chapter #163 Order of the Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Confederacy of the State of Tennessee and was a member of the Elizabethton Business and Professional Women's Club for several years.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Judith Mottern, Elgin, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Gary Clark, Mt. Juliet; three grandsons and two granddaughters-in-law, Ron Mottern, Elgin, Texas, Scott and Fran Mottern, Lewisville, Texas, and Blake and Amanda Clark, Avondale, Ariz.; and two granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Leah Jo and Alex Velarde, Pensacola, Fla., and Elise and David Aungst, Barrington, N.J. Three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.
  
   MOTTERN -- Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine E. "Jo" Chambers Mottern, 90, formerly of 213 Cedar Avenue, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Dr. Don Marshall, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of David Arney, organist. Entombment will follow the funeral service in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Fine, Sonny Mottern, Jack "Dick" Reynolds and grandsons, Alex Velarde, Blake Clark, David Aungst, Ron Mottern and Scott Mottern. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. To those who desire, memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 513 Hattie Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Mrs. Mottern was active in her community and was well known and loved by family and friends for entertaining and sharing her home. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Carrie M. Peterson

   Carrie Mosley Peterson, 88, 1357 Dry Creek Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Hillview Health Center, Elizabethton.
   Mrs. Peterson was a native of Bakersville, N.C., and a daughter of the late George and Ellen Bowman Mosley. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ralph Peterson; three brothers, Jess Mosley, Ben Mosley and Frank Mosley; and two sisters, Francis Street and Irene Yelton.
   Mrs. Peterson was a homemaker and a Baptist.
   Survivors include her husband, Russell Peterson, of the home; a son, James G. Peterson, Piney Flats; two daughters, Mary Miller, Elizabethton, and Carolyn Sue Ball, Hamilton, Ohio; four grandsons, Jeffery Crowe, Michael Peterson, Duane Peterson and Lee Ball; two granddaughters, Ginger Campbell and Crystal Ball; and three sisters, Madeline Pitman, Mae Banks and Olene Putman, all of Bakersville, N.C. Four great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons also survive.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
   Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 928-6111, is in charge.

Gerhard G. Ruetz

   Gerhard G. Ruetz, 65, of Jonesborough, died Friday, April 25, 2003, after a lengthy illness.
   Mr. Ruetz was a native of Rechlin, Germany, and became a naturalized American citizen in 1967. He was a son of the late Kurt and Greta Ruetz.
   Mr. Ruetz sailed throughout the world for several years as a merchant mariner and worked for several years at WJHL-TV and WSJK-TV as a broadcaster. He also taught at Elizabethton High School from 1975-1978 and retired from Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, where he taught broadcasting and journalism for 17 years.
   Mr. Ruetz won the Freedoms Foundation Award in 1976 for the documentary "Jefferson and Monticello." He won the Certificate of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission for the series "We The People" and was named the Outstanding Trade and Industrial Teacher of 1992-1993 by the Tennessee Vocational Association.
   He was the former chairman of the 15th Precinct (Outside) and a former president of the Washington County Young Republicans. He was a member of the Washington County Republican Executive Committee for more than 40 years, a member of the Tennessee Singing Republicans, which was the first amateur group to perform for the national convention in 1968, and a member of the Johnson City Centennial Singers. He had been active in the Johnson City Community Theater and was a charter member of the Jonesborough Repertory Theater. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
   Survivors include his wife, Juanita Potter Ruetz, Jonesborough; a daughter, Damaris Ruetz Essig, Nashville; a son, Jon Ruetz, Jonesborough; two sisters, Ilse Kruger, Duisburg, Germany, and Hannelore Wienbrandt, Hamburg, Germany; a half brother, Reiner Ruetz, Wettringen, Germany; a stepbrother, Harald Legler, Ronnenberg, Germany; three nephews, Oliver Kruger, Duisburg, Germany, and Henning Ruetz and Gerriet Ruetz, both of Wettringen, Germany; a brother-in-law, Wolfgang Kruger, Duisburg, Germany; and a sister-in-law, Martina Ruetz, Wettringen, Germany.
   Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 W. College Street, Jonesborough, (423) 753-0514, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   RUETZ -- The life of Gerhard Ruetz will be celebrated by his family and friends on Sunday, April 27, 2003, at 4 p.m. at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home in Jonesborough with Mr. Bill Manuel, minister, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the service. Honorary pallbearers will be Claude Griffith, Jean Fleischer, Mitchel Grumka, Randy Hilbert, Tony Maden, Todd Essig, David Stover, Hon. Robert Good, Jack Potter, Margaret Ann and Albert Berry, Bill Carter, Bruce Lewis, Dr. and Mrs. John Reed, Lois Thayer Johnson, Priscilla Pendleton, Dorothy Good, Juanita Beals, Caroline May, Elizabeth Maden, Ann Johnson, Dr. Joyce Potter, Gary Potter, Conley Peters, Teresa Compton, Marilyn Presnell, Walter Buford, Brian Ponder, Dr. Richard Phillips, Robert Browning, Jimmy Neil Smith, Shirley Ann Chinouth, John Robert Bell, Hon. Ruth Robinson, Hon. Don Squibb, Hon. Marshall Nave, Tom Headley, Jack Gardner, Bob Lewis, Merrill Moore, Bill Utsman, J. Craig Orfield, Shawn Griffith, Jon Griffith, Eddie Archer, Jon Etter, Hon. Jim Rhein, Steve Bacon, Buddy Arnold, Clyde Carter, Dr. Dale Whitson, Dr. Clarence Spannuth, Dr. Stanley Vermillion, Dr. Clifford Weigand, Dr. Turney Williams, Dr. Michael Ponder, Dr. Charles Cole, Dr. G.E. Hoppe, Dr. Anthony Etienne, Sonya Arnold and Pat Christiansen and the staff and clients of BMA Renal Care of Johnson City, the students of the Elizabethton High School Journalism and Broadcasting Department (1975-78) and the students of the Dobyns-Bennett High School Broadcasting Department (1976-1995.) For those who wish, the family suggests donations to the National Kidney Foundation, 4450 Walker Blvd., Suite 2, Knoxville, TN 37917-1523. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Ruetz Family at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, Jonesborough, is in charge of arrangements.

Jacob L. Sams

   Jacob Leonard Sams, 81, of Fredericksburg, Va., formerly of Lake of the Woods, Va., died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital.
   Mr. Sams was a native of Elizabethton, Tenn., and the son of the late Edgar and Callie Sams.
   Mr. Sams was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during World War II as a noncommissioned officer in the Ceremonial Detachment at Ft. Myer, Va. He retired from the U.S. Soldiers Home, Washington, D.C., after 20 years. He attended Faith Baptist Church and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1655 and the American Legion.
   Survivors include his wife, Nancy B. Sams, of the home; a daughter, Dorothy Paul, of Virginia; a son, L. Wayne Sams, Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Nell Street and Helen Sams, both of Elizabethton; two brothers, Bob Sams, Knoxville, and Gerald Sams, Asheville, N.C.; two grandsons, Joshua W. Sams and Michael A. Coseo; a granddaughter, Shawn A. Bergman; a great-granddaughter, Ryanne Bergman; and a great-grandson, Sawyer W. Sams.
   Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 28, at Covenant Funeral Service Chapel, Fredericksburg, Va., (540) 898-4326. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-4917.

Charles D. Thornton

   Charles Daniel Thornton, 64, 560 Jobe Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Georgia E. Van Dette

   TUCSON, Ariz. -- Georgia E. Crain Van Dette, 84, of Tucson, died Friday, April 25, 2003, in Tucson.
   Mrs. Van Dette was a native of Erwin, Tenn., and a daughter of the late Joe and Dora Elizabeth Higgins Crain. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bro. Carl Van Dette.
   Mrs. Van Dette was employed by Southern Pottery in Erwin, Tenn., and then moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in the late 1940s where she worked for Pacific Telephone Company, retiring in 1976 to Arizona.
   Survivors include a brother, William Harvey Crain, Tucson, and many nieces and nephews.
   East Lawn Palms Mortuary, Tucson, Ariz., (520) 885-6741, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   VAN DETTE -- Graveside services for Georgia E. Crain Van Dette, who went to her Lord and Savior on April 25, 2003, in Tucson, Ariz., will be held Tuesday, April 29, at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. Many special thanks to family and friends, Ralph E. Saylor, Rondal and Elizabeth Lovelace, Elizabeth Saylor, Floyd and Arlene Huskins, Bill and Bob Strickland, Hazel Lovette, Helen Joyce Zeimba, Millie Pleasant, Carl and Rosa Matthews, her doctor and his staff, her attorney, and special thanks to the staff and nurses of The Forum Health Care Unit, 2nd Floor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sabbar Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 450 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716 or Oasis Masonic Lodge #52, 450 N. Pantano, Tucson, AZ 85730. East Lawn Palms Mortuary, Tucson, Ariz., is in charge of arrangements.

Montie White

   Montie "Chris" White, 29, 161 Taylor Avenue, Elizabethton, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at his residence.
   Mr. White was a native of Washington County and a son of Joyce Hicks White, Elizabethton, and the late James Edward White Sr., who died in 2001. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James E. White Jr., his maternal grandmother, Octavia Grenier, and his paternal grandparents, Montie and Kate White.
   Mr. White was a mechanic and a construction worker. He was of the Baptist faith.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Montie C. White Jr. and James Timothy White, both of Jonesborough; two sisters, Rhonda Cable, Hampton, and Robyn Carrier, Elizabethton; a foster sister, Angela Miller, Elizabethton; and his maternal grandfather, Henry A. Grenier, Spartanburg, S.C. Several aunts and uncles also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   WHITE -- Funeral services for Montie "Chris" White, 29, 161 Taylor Avenue, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, April 24, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mark Street and the Rev. Scotty Miller officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, will be Trever Cable, George White Jr., Bobby Hyatt, Marty Swartz, David Black, Shannon Carrier and Matthew Carrier. Honorary pallbearers will be Gozzie Ragep, Bob Hyatt, Joe Black, Carl Crowe, Kim Crowe, friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the White Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 25, 2003

Conley W. Hicks

  
Conley Wilson Hicks, 83, 2055 DeVault Bridge Road, Piney Flats, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 in the Pine Ridge Care Center.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Manuel and Rosa Hartley Hicks. He was a retired farmer.
   Mr. Hicks had lived in Piney Flats for the past four years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Hicks and Bernie Hicks. He was a member of the Good News Gospel Fellowship, Piney Flats.
   Survivors include his wife, Helen Ward Hicks; one daughter, Charlene Reece, Piney Flats; two nephews, Jerry Hicks, Butler, and Basil Hartley, Elizabethton; three nieces, Julia Walsh, Butler; Linda Vines, Elizabethton, and Diane McKinney, of Johnson City. A special friend, Ed Lyons, also survives.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HICKS -- Funeral services for Conley Wilson Hicks, 83, 2055 DeVault Bridge Road, Piney Flats, formerly of Butler, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003 in the Good News Gospel Fellowship, Weaver Branch Road, Piney Flats, with Pastor Jeff Millsaps, Pastor Dean Estep, and Pastor Richard Wise officiating. Interment will be held in the Trivette Cemetery, Lane Hollow Road, Watauga. The Sounds of Victory will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 1:50 p.m. Saturday will be Anthony Smith, Brownlow Vines, Earl Walsh, Jeff Millsaps, II, Donnie Millsaps, II, and Ronnie Millsaps. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Trivette and Carl Cable. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of his daughter, Charlene Reece, 2055 DeVault Bridge Road, Lot 42, Piney Flats, or the residence of a niece, Julia Walsh, 720 Poga Road, Butler. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Harley J. Medley

  
Harley Jackson Medley, 59, 116 Smith Lane, Jonesborough, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, Ky.
   Mr. Medley was a Mitchell County, N.C. native and had lived most of his life in Washington County.
   He was a son of Pauline Casteel Medley, Johnson City, and the late William Medley. He was a truck driver and an employee of Nationwide Express, Shelbyville, Tenn.
   Mr. Medley was preceded in death by one son, Allen Hicks, and one brother, Robert Medley.
   Mr. Medley was a U.S. Army veteran.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Edith Medley, Elizabethton; one son, William Medley, Jonesborough; four daughters, Vicky Mann, Elizabethton; Pattie Berry and Melissa Medley, both of Johnson City, and Darlene Phillips, Elizabethton; one brother, David Medley, Johnson City; one sister, Frances Whitehead, Johnson City; eleven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
   Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the family.
  
   MEDLEY -- The funeral service for Harley Jackson Medley, 59, 116 Smith Lane, Jonesborough, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2003 from the Morris Baker South Chapel. Reverend Bill Greer will officiate. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Commital will follow at Monte Vista Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent through www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the family.

Carroll Mottern

  
Retired Sgt. Carroll Lee "Fuzz" Mottern, 69, 119 Reynolds Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, April 24, 2003 in the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of Goldie Ruth Davis Mottern, Elizabethton, and the late Albert Lee Mottern.
   He was retired from the U.S. military having served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. He had received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, four Oversea Bars, and a Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Medal. He was a member of the Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post #2166.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include four sons, Lee Anderson Mottern, of San Antonio, Texas; Charles Albert Mottern, of Wales, Fla.; Thomas Carroll Mottern, of Elizabethton, and David Hoyle Mottern, of Bartow, Fla.; one daughter, Leesa Mechelle Mottern Tulp, of Houston, Texas; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild, Deven Michael Wallace, and a very special friend, Evelyn Merriman, Jonesborough. Many beloved nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.
  
   MOTTERN -- Graveside services for Retired Sgt. Carroll Lee "Fuzz" Mottern, 69, 119 Reynolds Road, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, April 24, 2003 will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2003 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with Chaplain Carlton Fuller officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and close friends. The family will receive friends at the Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2003. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. on Monday. To those who desire, donations may be made to their favorite veteran's organization. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Ralph Perry, Jr.

  
Ralph Perry, Jr., 81, 424 East H. Street, Elizabethton, died Thursday, April 24, 2003 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Ralph Perry, Sr., and the late Phoebe Crosswhite Perry Derthick.
   He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church, Elizabethton, and a former member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Elizabethton.
   He was a retired Transportation Coordinator from the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency. He was also a retired employee of Magnavox of Morristown.
   Mr. Perry was co-founder of Ivy Hall Nursing Home and was a former Captain of the Elizabethton Police Department.
   He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served in World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post #49, and a member of Capt. Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post #2166.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Beaver.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Hunt Perry, of the home; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Lee Perry and his fiance, Cindy Martin, both of Elizabethton; Robert and Beth Perry, Elizabethton; John Michael and Sherri Perry, of Charlottesville, Va.; four granddaughters, Kelly Toncray and spouse, Chip, Elizabethton; Katie Sheets and spouse, Jason, Johnson City; Jennifer Perry, of Charlottesville, Va.; Autumn Perry, Elizabethton; two grandsons, Camron Perry, of Charlottesville, Va.; Wolfgang Perry, Elizabethton; one great granddaughter, Aubrey Chase Toncray, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
  
   PERRY -- The funeral service for Ralph Perry, Jr., 81, 424 East H Street, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, April 24, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Elmer Carter and Pastor Jack McWhirter officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2003 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military honors to be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom, VFW Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Elizabethton City Police Department, doctors and nursing staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Ernest "Bud" Gentry, Blue Bowers, and Paul Hopkins. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, or friends may call at the residence, 424 East H Street, Elizabethton, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Ray Wise

   Ray Wise, 86, 2465 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at his home.
   Mr. Wise was a native of Mitchell County, N.C., and the son of the late Dave and Maude Burleson Wise. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Winters Wise, a sister, Lora Miller, and a brother, Wayne Wise.
   Mr. Wise was of the Pentecostal faith and was retired from Sugar Mountain as a ski lift operator.
   Survivors include a daughter, Linda Ray Birchfield, of Elizabethton; two sisters, Etta McKinney and Earlene Grindstaff, both of Marion, N.C.; two brothers, Velmar Wise, Roan Mountain, and Delmar Wise, Johnson City; two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Webb Funeral Home, Spruce Pine, N.C., (828) 765-4277, is in charge of arrangements.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton.

April 24, 2003

Valorie C. Ferguson

   Mrs. Valorie C. Ferguson, 94, Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, formerly of Alexander Apartments, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 in the Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late William and Verta May Estridge. She had lived a number of years in Florida before returning to Elizabethton.
   Mrs. Ferguson was owner and operator of the Valette Beauty Shop for several years. She was a State Inspector for Beauty Shops for the State of Tennessee for a number of years.
   She was a former director of the Carter County American Red Cross. She retired as Executive Director of the Bristol, Tenn. Red Cross.
Mrs. Ferguson was a 50-year member and Past Matron of Sycamore Chapter #163, Order of Eastern Star. She was Past Grand Matron of Tennessee, Order of Eastern Star 1975 to 1976. Her session was the Diamond Jubilee Session. She was a Past Mother Advisor of Elizabethton Assembly #71; International Order of Rainbow for Girls.
   Mrs. Ferguson was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Ferguson, and a sister, Frances Liasak. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, William T. Muse, Sr. and Erma Muse, Johnson City; two grandchildren, Sherrye Muse Orr and William T. Muse, Jr., both of Johnson City, and one great granddaughter, Jennifer Orr.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   FERGUSON -- Memorial services for Mrs. Valorie C. Ferguson, 94, Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, formerly of Alexander Apartments, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Sycamore Chapter #163, Order of Eastern Star presiding. Memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Ferguson to the Sycamore Chapter, 163 Order of Eastern Star c/o Mary Buck, 136 Ed Davis Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Velma Glover

  
Mrs. Velma Glover, 88, 700 Dixie Bee Road, Clarksville, Tenn., died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 in the Gate Way Medical Center, Clarksville, Tenn.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Cora Buckles Vandeventer. She had lived in Clarksville for the past four years.
   She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Elizabethton.
   Mrs. Glover was preceded in death by her husband, Fred W. Glover; a granddaughter, Lynette Taylor Brashears, and a nephew, Allen Vandeventer.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Shelby and Robert W. Taylor, of Clarksville; a sister, Pauline Nave, of Elizabethton; two brothers, Philetus and Clifford Vandeventer, both of Elizabethton; one granddaughter, Lisa McCarson; a great grandson, Ian Micah Smith; one niece, Shelia Wyatt, and three nephews, Justin Nave, Carmen Vandeventer and Douglas Vandeventer.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   GLOVER -- Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Glover, 88, 700 Dixie Bee Road, Clarksville, Tenn., formerly of Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rick Shelton officiating. Interment will be held in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Condolences to the Glover family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine E. Mottern

  
Mrs. Josephine E. Mottern, 90, formerly of 213 Cedar Avenue, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 in Elgin, Texas.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Stanley R. Roberson

  
Stanley Ray Roberson, 54, 138 Howard Lipford Drive, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 in the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospital following a battle with cancer.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of Irene Ayers Roberson, of the home, and the late Walter Paul Roberson.
   Mr. Roberson was of the Baptist faith and was a retired employee of J.A. Street Construction Company. He was a 1967 graduate of Elizabethton High School.
   Mr. Roberson was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Vietnam.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Neil "Tommy" Roberson, of Gray; one sister, Roseanna Lowe, of Elizabethton; one brother, Gary P. Roberson, Elizabethton; a niece, Donna Kaye Gobble, Elizabethton, and several cousins. Special friends Don Deas, Ed and Tina Hadden, and Lonnie Lowe also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
  
   ROBERSON -- The graveside service for Stanley Ray Roberson, 54, 138 Howard Lipford Drive, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2003 at the V.A. National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn. with Mr. Gary Ward and V.A. Chaplain Carlton Fuller officiating. Military honors to be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 1:15 p.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 to 1 p.m. Friday at Tetrick Funeral Home, or friends may call at the residence, 138 Howard Lipford Drive, Elizabethton, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Ray Wise

   Ray Wise, 86, 2465 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at his home.
   Mr. Wise was a native of Mitchell County, N.C., and the son of the late Dave and Maude Burleson Wise. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Winters Wise, a sister, Lora Miller, and a brother, Wayne Wise.
   Mr. Wise was of the Pentecostal faith and was retired from Sugar Mountain as a ski lift operator.
   Survivors include two sisters, Etta McKinney and Earlene Grindstaff, both of Marion, N.C., and two brothers, Velmar Wise, Roan Mountain, and Delmar Wise, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Webb Funeral Home, Spruce Pine, N.C., (828) 765-4277, is in charge of arrangements.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton.
  
   WISE -- Funeral services for Ray Wise, 86, 2465 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home, Spruce Pine, N.C., with the Rev. Rose Wise and the Rev. Randy Wise officiating. Interment will be in the Harris Memorial Cemetery in Spruce Pine. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12 noon until the service hour. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at www.webbfh.com. Webb Funeral Home, Spruce Pine, N.C., is in charge of arrangements. Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton.

April 23, 2003

Isabelle P. Littleton

  
Isabelle Pierce Littleton, 68, of Johnson City, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003 in Select Specialty Hospital Tri-Cities, Bristol following a lengthy illness.
   She was a native of Butler, Tenn. and had lived most of her life in Johnson City. Mrs. Littleton was a daughter of the late Ezekiel and Maude Kite Pierce.
   She was a retired employee of Mor-Flo Industries.
   Survivors include one son, Tim Littleton, Johnson City; three daughters, Teresa Webster, Jonesborough; Tammy Dickey and Tena Beard, both of Johnson City; one sister and brother-in-law, Louise and George Good, Johnson City; five grandchildren, one niece, and one nephew.
   Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   LITTLETON -- The family of Isabelle Pierce Littleton, 68, of Johnson City, who died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, is planning a private memorial service. Friends may call at the residences of her children. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Central Volunteer Fire Department, 615 Hopson Road, Johnson City, TN 37601. Online condolences may be sent to the Littleton family via www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

April 22, 2003

Walter S. Akers

  
Walter S. Akers, 93, 937 West G Street, Elizabethton, died Monday, April 21, 2003 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Roanoke, Va., he was the son of the late Walter M. and Annie Dyer Stuart Akers. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
   Mr. Akers was a retired supervisor at North American Rayon Corporation and was a realtor for Shell and Associates. He was a member of Dashill #238 F&AM Masonic Lodge of Elizabethton, Aerobatics Club, Toastmasters, and he was active in many other organizations.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Hale Akers, on July 9, 1998; a daughter, Sarah Ann Johnson; twin sons, Walter S. Akers, Jr. and Frank Hale Akers, and two sisters.
   Survivors include his wife, Berniece Boyd Akers, of the home; a step-daughter and her spouse, Glennis and Jack Barrett, of Templeton, Penn.; four grandsons and a spouse, Robert and Ruth Akers, of Mountain City; Mark Akers, of Fairfax, Va.; Scott Akers, of Manassas, Va., and David Johnson of Beech Mountain, N.C., and a granddaughter, Jennie Gabelsberg, of Redondo Beach, Calif. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
  
   AKERS -- The funeral service for Walter S. Akers, 93, 937 West G Street, Elizabethton, who died Monday, April 21, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2003 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Brent Scals, Dr. Dennis Deese, and Rev. Burl Garland officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Kenneth Miller, soloist. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel or at the residence, 937 West G Street, Elizabethton, at any time. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements for the Akers family.

John D. Long

   SILVER SPRING, Md. -- John David Long, of Takoma Park, died Friday, April 18, 2003.
   Mr. Long was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Clifton and Sally Long, his birth father, Harvey Green, a half brother, Alf Taylor, and a half sister, Jane Salter.
   Survivors include a cousin, Lucille McGee and friend, Jim Najjar, his birth mother, Nell Elliott, and her children, George Taylor, Ida Bell Pleasant, Frances Shipley and Dicey Rouse.
   The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Philip D. Rinaldi Funeral Service, Silver Spring, where services will be held on Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Silver Spring.
   Philip D. Rinaldi Funeral Service, 9241 Columbia Blvd., Silver Spring, Md., (301) 585-4050, is in charge of arrangements.

John R. Oliver

  
John R. Oliver, 71, 216 Minton Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Monday, April 21, 2003 at the Life Care Center of Elizabethton following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late George W. and Claudia Bowling Oliver. He was a retired employee of Carter Enterprises. He was a member of Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post #2166.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nell Lyons and two brothers, Ira Oliver and Dallas Oliver.
   Survivors include two sons, Johnny Oliver, of S.C., and G.W. Oliver, of Ga.; three daughters, Barbara Baron, of Johnson City; Patricia Greene and Marie Berry, both of Elizabethton; three sisters, Dorothy Lyons, Margaret Stout, and Helen Garland, all of Elizabethton; several grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at the residence of a daughter, Patricia Greene, 1160 U.S. Highway 91, Elizabethton. A private disposition will be held at a later date. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Asa L. Mercer

  
Mr. Asa Lane Mercer, 87, of 905 DeJarnette Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 19, 2003 at Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness.
   Mr. Mercer was a native of Lebanon, Va. and a son of the late Winton and Minnie Harrison Mercer. He was a retired employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
   Mr. Mercer was a member of Roan Street Free Will Baptist Church.
   He was preceded in death by one son, David Mercer; one grandson; four brothers, and five sisters.
   Survivors include his wife, Tennie Morton Mercer, of the home; three daughters and one son-in-law, Helen Shell, of Claremont, N.C.; Linda Hyder, of Alabaster, Ala., and Ellen and Shawn Krump, of Claremont, N.C.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gary and Cathy Mercer, of Jonesborough; Garrel and Kathy Mercer, of Lexington Park, Md., and Ralph Mercer, of Newton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.
  
   MERCER -- Funeral services for Mr. Asa Lane Mercer, 87, of 905 DeJarnette Street, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 19, 2003, will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. D.C. Byrd and Rev. Tommy Maines officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003 in the Stevens Cemetery, Oak Hill Community. Active pallbearers will be Gary Mercer, Garrel Mercer, Ralph Mercer, Little Jack Hyder, Donnie Martin, Davy Martin, Dusty Mercer, Jimmy Bramer, Austin Krump, and James Mercer. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews. The family will receive friends in the funeral chapel from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence any time. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. These services entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Mary E. Shoun

   Mary Elizabeth Nidiffer Shoun, 81, 2633 Shady Draw, Pinole, Calif., died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at her home following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the last surviving child of Isaac Lincoln and Amanda Taylor Nidiffer. She was of the Baptist faith and a housewife who had resided in California for over 40 years.
   Mary Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Shoun, as well as their only child, Karen Sue Shoun.
   She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Stoney Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Richard Estep will officiate. Friends and family are invited to the home of Carl and Kim Nidiffer following the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to local charities, or Stoney Creek Baptist Church.

April 21, 2003

Frances M. Deloach

  
Frances Marie Deloach, 60, 111 Chapel Drive, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 19, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of Ralph Grindstaff, Elizabethton, and the late Virginia Williams Grindstaff.
   She was a member of the Charity Hill Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband of 41 years, Lloyd G. DeLoach; two sons, Lloyd Keith Deloach, and Jeffery L. Deloach, both of Elizabethton; one daughter, Lori Ann Yelton, Elizabethton; three sisters, Margaret Bobbitt, Elizabethton; Loraine Lippord, of Hickory, N.C., and Louise Sherrill, of Manchester, Tenn.; three brothers, Rev. Carl Grindstaff, Elizabethton; Rev. Paul Ray Grindstaff, of Hickory, N.C., and Lester Grindstaff, of Johnson City; six grandchildren, Joey Solomon, Robbie Solomon, Scotty Warren, Ashley Warren, Michael Deloach, and Cody Deloach; one great grandson, Riley Solomon, and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   DELOACH -- Funeral services for Frances Marie Deloach, 60, 111 Chapel Drive, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 19, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Emert officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 in the Deloach Family Cemetery. Mr. James Nave will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday will be Brian Grindstaff, Randy Grindstaff, Jonathan Grindstaff, Eugene Grindstaff, Robin Loveless, and Jason Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Lippord and Randy Jenkins. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. Condolences to the Deloach family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lynda Woodards

  
Lynda Luttrell Brockwell Woodards, 50, 151 Crestview Drive, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 19, 2003 in the Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of Hattie Salts Luttrell, Elizabethton, and the late Gene Luttrell who died in 1974.
   She was a 1967 graduate of Elizabethton High School. She was retired due to disability as a secretary.
   Mrs. Woodards was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Woodards, in February 2003. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three sons, Robert G. Luttrell, Joshua A. Brockwell, and Victor Newman Brockwell, all of Elizabethton; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Kitty Luttrell, Elizabethton, and Leta and Jim Hall, of Rock Wall, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert D. and Margaret Luttrell, Elizabethton, and George A. and Vanessa Luttrell, Johnson City; two nephews, Andy Hall and Robert Daniel Luttrell, and one niece, Hattie Amanda Luttrell.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   WOODARDS -- Graveside services for Lynda Luttrell Brockwell Woodards, 50, 151 Crestview Drive, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 19, 2003, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Burial will follow the service. Friends may call at the funeral home any time. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 20, 2003

Ida V. Bowers

  
Mrs. Ida Virginia Bowers, 82, formerly of 519 Division Street, Elizabethton, died at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki Carole and Sonny Hood, 136 Church Street, Butler, Saturday, April 19, 2003.
   A native of Carter County, Mrs. Bowers was a daughter of the late John L. Bowers, Sr. and Winnie Elizabeth Morley Bowers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruby Bowers, in 1990, by a sister, Nelle Bowers Steele Lubbs, and a brother, Ralph Bowers, Sr.
   Mrs. Bowers was secretary for the law firm of Allen, Nelson & Bowers for 26 years. She attended the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton.
   In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Roger Lynn and Claire Bowers, Elizabethton; a sister, Christine Bernice Oglesby, Johnson City; a brother and sister-in-law, John L. Bowers, Jr., and Yvonne Bowers, Elizabethton; 10 grandchildren, Heather Lynn McCowan, Jonathan Chase McCowan, Erin Elizabeth McCowan, Michael Thomas Bowers and wife, Teresa, Lisa Carol Bowers Comstock and husband, Monroe, Maria Robinson and husband, Ray, Daniel Leonard Bowers, Joel Bowers, Jennifer Ellis and husband, Brent, and Rebecca Ann Bowers; 10 great-grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   BOWERS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Virginia Bowers, 82, formerly of 519 Division Street, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in Happy Valley Memorial Park. The First Baptist Church Choir and Carol Bowers, organist, will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday, will be Gregory Howell Bowers, John L. Bowers, III, Chase McCowan, Ralph Bowers, Jr., David Bowers, Richard Bowling and Roger Allen Duncan. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki Carole and Sonny Hood, 136 Church Street, Butler. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Bowers family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

George DeYoung

   George DeYoung, age 68, 156 Heaton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Hallifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.
   A native of Munster, Ind., Mr. DeYoung was a son of the late Peter and Mary Benchop DeYoung.
   Mr. DeYoung was a member and past president of the Fort Lauderdale Christian School, Past Elder of Fort Lauderdale Christian Reform School, Past President of the Roan Mountain Citizens Club, past member of the tourism committee of the Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of McGill Presbyterian Church, Roan Mountain. He was a land developer. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in post World War II.
   Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Veenstra DeYoung, of the home, three sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell George and Susan DeYoung, Oakland Park, Fla., Dwayne and Suze DeYoung, Roan Mountain, and Dana and Joan DeYoung, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Dan Winters, of Roan Mountain; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Norma Hoekema, of Munster, Ind.; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Gloria DeYoung, of Holland, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, 423-772-3928, is in charge of arrangements. www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
  
   DEYOUNG -- Funeral services for George DeYoung, 68, 156 Heaton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, who died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Hallifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach , Fla., will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Mr. Thom Burleson, the Rev. Richard Stout and Dr. Martin Christian officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Veterans Administration National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn. Military Honors will be accorded by Patton CrossWhite VFW Post #6975. Active pallbearers will be Darrell DeYoung, Dwayne DeYoung, Dana DeYoung, Dan Winters, Carl DeYoung, Erik DeYoung, Dustin DeYoung and Jason DeYoung. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. DeYoung to Fort Lauderdale Christian School, 6330 N.W. 31st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, 423-772-3928, is in charge of arrangements. www.tetrickfuneralhome.com

Robert M. Greene

   Mr. Robert M. "Bob" Greene, 79, 119 First Scott Drive, Johnson City, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at NHC Healthcare, Johnson City, following a lengthy illness.
   Mr. Greene was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Rhonda and Clara Shull Greene. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret "Tommie" Ward Greene.
   Mr. Greene was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was an employee of American Bemberg Corp. for many years, and retired from the Pet Dairy Corp. He was a member of Skyline Heights Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Pauline Carder Greene, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Steve Lewis, Elizabethton; one son, Robert "Skip" Greene, Elizabethton; one granddaughter, Whitney Greene, Johnson City; one grandson, Alan Lewis, Elizabethton; one great-grandson, Chandler Lewis, Elizabethton.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   GREENE -- Funeral services for Robert M. "Bob" Greene, 79, 119 First Scott Drive, Johnson City, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2003, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Revs. Haskel Ingram and Donald Page officiating. Music will be under the direction of David Arney, organist. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166 and Bryan Combs, bagpiper. Active pallbearers will be Dennis Davenport, Jay Hodges, Ed Donaldson, Jim McCurry, Bill West and Alan Lewis. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Affiliate, 4205 Hillsboro Road, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence any time. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eula G. Grindstaff

   Mrs. Eula Mae Griffey Grindstaff, 68, 410 Linda Circle, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 19, 2003, at her residence.
   Mrs. Grindstaff was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Dave and Ona Wilma Smith Griffey.
   Mrs. Grindstaff was owner and operator of Farmer's Market in Johnson City. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, and attended the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton.
   Survivors include her husband, Paul Grindstaff, of the home; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry and Lisa Grindstaff, of Rogersville, TN, and Jeffrey Grindstaff, of the home; two brothers, Fred Griffey and Ray Griffey, both of Butler; two grandsons, Bruce and Ricky Estep, of Rogersville, TN; a special aunt and uncle, John and Georgia Kyte, of Elizabethton; six special cousins, Jack Kyte, Lloyd Kyte, Brenda Lynn, Phillis Gouge, Johnny Kyte, Rick Kyte; and several nieces and nephews.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   GRINDSTAFF -- Funeral services for Mrs. Eula Mae Griffey Grindstaff, 68, 410 Linda Circle, Elizabethton, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Revs. James Lindsay and Tommy Maines officiating. Music will be by Mr. Gary Rice, soloist, and Mrs. Mary Lindsay, organist. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Kyte, Lloyd Kyte, Ricky Kyte, Jack Kyte, Adam Mullins, Wes Pearson, Bruce Estep. Honorary pallbearers will be Randall Hutchins, Don Barnett, Kenneth Campbell, Tommy Glenn Grindstaff, Danny Allen, Larry Allen and Mike Forrestor. The family will receive friends in the Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Online condolences may be sent to the family at our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lockie J. Guy

   Lockie Jane Guy, 93, 189 Hayes Ave., Hudson, N.C., formerly of 1483 Poga Road, Butler, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at the residence of a daughter, Sylvia Potter, Hudson, N.C., following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, Mrs. Guy was the daughter of the late Joseph Abe and Addie Birchfield Trivette. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Guy, one son, John Henry Guy, and three brothers, Charlie Trivette, Sr., Lackey Trivette and John B. Trivette.
   Mrs. Guy was a member of Piney Grove Church of Christ, Poga community and was a homemaker.
   Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sylvia Potter, with whom she made her home in Hudson, N.C., Frankie and Roy Harmon, Hudson, N.C., Mary Lou and Michael Nave, Butler, four sons and three daughters-in-law, Hermon and Jean Guy, Hudson, N.C., Glen and Gladys Guy, Sugar Grove, N.C., Raymond and Christine Guy, Butler, Richard Guy, Butler, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, special friends, Rana Trivett, Butler, M.R. Stacey, Granite Falls, N.C., Charles Swink, Hudson, N.C., Eula Hatley, Hudson, N.C., also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   GUY -- Funeral services for Lockie Jane Guy, 93, 189 Hayes Ave., Hudson, N.C., who died Friday, April 18, 2003, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Piney Grove Church of Christ, Butler, with Mr. Dean Estep, Minister and the Rev. Charlie Trivette officiating. Music will be under the direction of Piney Grove Church of Christ Church Choir. Interment will follow the service at Trivette Cemetery, Butler, Tenn. Active pallbearers will be selected from grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John Whitlock and Sheriff John Henson. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, or friends may call at the residence of a daughter, Mary Lou Nave, 156 Dark Ridge Road, Butler, Tenn. any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty S. Holtsclaw

  
Mrs. Betty Smith Holtsclaw, 55, 150 Cuyler Wilder Road, Johnson City, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Bristol, Tenn., she was a daughter of Mrs. Winona Smith, of Johnson City, and the late Hubert Smith.
   She had lived most of her life in Johnson City. She was a member of the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ.
   Mrs. Holtsclaw was preceded in death by her husband, David Allen Holtsclaw, on March 4, 2003.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three daughters, Cheryl Frazier and Sherry King, both of Johnson City, and Shannon Frazier, of the home; three grandchildren, David Wayne Frazier, Makayla Frazier, and Amber King, and one aunt, Mary Lee Bradley. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HOLTSCLAW -- Funeral services for Betty Smith Holtsclaw, 55, 150 Cuyler Wilder Road, Johnson City, who died Thursday, April 17, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003, in the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with Brother Donnie Regan and Brother Bill Younce officiating. Interment will be held in the Holtsclaw Family Cemetery, Hampton. Mr. Jeff Norris will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, will be David Frazier, Toby Crain, Ralph Campbell, Steve Holtsclaw, Jimmy Holtsclaw, and Mike Holtsclaw. Honorary pallbearers will be Arlis (Dit) Jones and E.L. Trivette. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2003, in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Mrs. Holtsclaw requested no flowers, but those desiring should bring one red rose. The body will be moved to the church one hour before services. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Holtsclaw family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Asa L. Mercer

   Mr. Asa Lane Mercer, 87, 905 DeJarnette Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness.
   Mr. Mercer was a native of Lebanon, Va., and a son of the late Winton and Minnie Harrison Mercer. He was preceded in death by one son, David Mercer, by one grandson and by four brothers, five sisters.
   Mr. Mercer was a retired employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He was a member of Roan Street Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Tennie Morton Mercer, of the home; three daughters and one son-in-law, Helen Shell, Claremont, N.C., Linda Hyder, of Alabaster, Ala., Ellen and Shawn Krump, of Claremont, N.C.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gary and Cathy Mercer, Jonesborough, Tenn., Darrel and Kathy Mercer, Lexington Park, Md. and Ralph Mercer, Newton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   MERCER -- Funeral services for Mr. Asa Lane Mercer, 87, 905 DeJarnette Street, Elizabethton, will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Revs. D. C. Byrd and Tommy Maines officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Stevens Cemetery, Oak Hill Community. Active pallbearers will be Gary Mercer, Darrel Mercer, Ralph Mercer, Little Jack Hyder, Donnie Martin, Davy Martin, Dusty Mercer, Jimmy Bramer, Austin Krump and James Mercer. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews. The family will receive friends in the funeral chapel from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family at our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  
Ethel S. Kimbro

   Mrs. Ethel I. Sisk Kimbro, 97, formerly of 205 Academy Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Kimbro was a native of Russell County, Va., and a daughter of the late Henry and Evelyn Mutter Sisk. She had lived in Carter County since 1929. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oscar L. Kimbro and by a brother, Robert Sisk.
   Mrs. Kimbro was a former employee of American Bemberg Corp. in the Spinning Dept., and Quality Dry Cleaners. She joined the First Free Will Baptist Church in 1931.
   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Willis L. and Carolyn Kimbro, of Norfolk, Virginia; two grandsons, Jacob "Jay" Kimbro, of New York City, N.Y., and John Willis Kimbro, of Norfolk, Va.; one granddaughter, Charlotte Kimbro, of Norfolk, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   SISK -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel I. Sisk Kimbro, 97, formerly of 205 Academy Street, Elizabethton, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2003, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Grady Holder and Dr. Phil Poston officiating. Music will be by JoAnn Campbell, organist, and Jerry Barnett, soloist. Committal service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mausoleum of Peace of Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Floyd Nave, Jimmy Jones, John Geagley, Bobby Hall, Mike Lingerfelt, James "Bo" Campbell and Jennings Wagner. Honorary pallbearers will be fellow members of the First Free Will Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church, 706 First Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 6-7 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  
Josephine and Roscoe Ritchie
  
   Josephine Ritchie, 94, of Kingsport, died early Sunday morning, April 13, 2003, at Lakebridge Health Care Center in Johnson City.
   Born in Jacksboro, Tenn., Mrs. Ritchie lived in Elizabethton a number of years before coming to Kingsport in 1945 and was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Blanche Copeland; and two brothers, Dr. A. E. Miller and H. K. Miller.
   H. Roscoe Ritchie, 93, also of Kingsport, died Thursday evening, April 17, 2003, at Lakebridge Health Care Center in Johnson City.
   Born in Carter County, Tennessee, he had resided in Kingsport since 1945. Mr. Ritchie was employed with First American Bank for 37 1/2 years before retiring in 1974. He was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church and past president of the Civitan Club of Kingsport. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ted, Ralph, and Elbert Ritchie; and two sisters, Helen Kate Payne and Pauline Ritchie.
   Survivors include their daughter and son-in-law, Cassandra Ritchie Forth and Dr. David Forth, Orinda, Calif.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, H. Roscoe and Norma Ritchie, Jr., Dunkirk, N.Y., James Calvin Ritchie, Richardson, Texas, and Dr. Kim and Van Ritchie, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
   Josephine is also survived by one sister, Margaret Pollard, Colonial Heights Community of Kingsport.
   Roscoe is also survived by two sisters, Kathleen Bowers, and Emma Jean Roddy; and one brother, Sam Ritchie, all of Elizabethton.
  
   RITCHIE -- A memorial service for Josephine Ritchie, 94, Kingsport, who died Sunday, and her husband, Roscoe Ritchie, 93, also of Kingsport, who died Thursday, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jack Edwards and Caryl Griffin officiating. A family graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, and following the memorial service Tuesday at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, TN 37662. E-mail condolences may be sent to hamlettdobson@charter.net.
  
Donald J. Sheets

   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Donald J. Sheets, 60, died Saturday, April 12, 2003, after a long illness.
   Mr. Sheets was a native of Canebrake, W.Va., and the son of the late Arthur Sheets and Hessie Church Sheets. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael McCoy, and a sister, Bonnie Hicks.
   Mr. Sheets graduated from Big Creek High School, War, W.Va. He served in the U.S. Air Force. During his military career, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Wakkani, Japan, Germany and various locations in the United States. He retired in Colorado with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in June 1987. After retirement he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and then for federal civil service at Schiever AFB, Colo., and retired in 2000.
   Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Annabelle "Ann" Sheets, Harrisburg, Pa.; two brothers, Calvin Sheets, Newark, Del., and Jimmy King, Princeton, W.Va.; a sister, Eva Mae Phillips, Winston-Salem, N.C.; 17 nieces and nephews; and two faithful companions, Lizzie and Fritz.
   Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   SHEETS -- A memorial service for Donald J. Sheets, 60, who died Saturday, April 12, 2003, was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Swan Law Cascade Chapel, Colorado Springs, Colo. Mr. Sheets was under the care of the Pikes Peak Hospice at the time of his death. Friends wishing to make memorial contributions in Don's name may do so to the Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905; or the Lymphoma Society. Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colo., was in charge of arrangements.

Billy M. Ward

  
Billy Max Ward, 62, 7313 Clear Grove Drive, Downey, Calif., died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at his residence.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of Mrs. Frances Merryman Ward, of Downey, Calif., and the late Hencil F. Ward.
   He had lived in California since 1952. He was self employed in the catering business. Mr. Ward served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, of Downey.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Steven Max Ward, of Downey, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert Gene and Linda Ward, of Etna, Calif.; two uncles, Roy Merryman and Judge Lewis Merryman, both of Elizabethton; two aunts, Mrs. Sue Little, Elizabethton, and Mrs. Frank Scott, of Toledo, Ohio. Several cousins also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
  
   WARD -- Funeral services for Billy Max Ward, 62, 7313 Clear Grove Drive, Downey, Calif., who died Tuesday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003, in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Don Merryman, miniser, officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Linda Baughman, soloist, will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, will be Dick Oatman, T.J. Little, Jack Merrymn, Doug Merryman, L.D. Fair, Rick Baughman, Dale Fair and Michael Little. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Ward family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lynda B. Woodards

  
Mrs. Lynda Luttrell Brockwell Woodards, 50, 151 Crestview Drive, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, in the Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

April 18, 2003

Danny R. Duffield

  
Danny R. "Big D" Duffield, 53, 3306 U.S. Highway 321, of the Fish Springs Community, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County , he was the son of the late James Wesley and Dorothy Louise Pierce Duffield. He was of the Baptist faith and was owner and operator of Big D Country Store.
   Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie L. and Pattie Duffield, of Hampton; two nephews, Jared Duffield, of Hampton; Jimmy Duffield, of Gallatin, Tenn.; two nieces, Keegan Duffield, of Hampton, and Christy Johnson, of Lenoir, N.C. Mr. Duffield also left behind a large number of friends and customers.
  
   DUFFIELD -- The funeral service for Danny R. "Big D" Duffield, 53, 3306 U.S. Highway 321 of the Fish Springs Community, who died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Charles Cable officiating. The graveside service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2003 at Butler Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be George Davenport, Howard Rainbolt, Larry Whitener, Robert Whitener, Randy Sizemore, Tony Griffey, J.R. Campbell, and Glen Vines. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby "Buzz" White, John Fraggate, Benny Buck, Maynard Davenport, Jessie Garland, and Johnny Garland. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace, or friends may call at the residence of a brother, Ronnie Duffield, 3222 U.S. Highway 321 of the Fish Springs Community. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Joel W. Hodge

  
Joel W. Hodge, 74, 602 Majestic View Court, Elizabethton, died Thursday, April 17, 2003 at his residence.
   A native of Carter County, he is the son of Rhoda Nave Hodge, Elizabethton, and the late Ivan Hodge. Mr. Hodge was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, and placed the three crosses on the hill overlooking Elizabethton.
   He was a retired iron worker and newspaper carrier for the Elizabethton Star.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jo Hardin.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Dora Marie Hodge, of the home; a son, Greg Hodge, Elizabethton; a daughter, Vickie Hodge, Elizabethton; two brothers, Jerry Hodge, of Bristol; Ronnie Hodge, Elizabethton; two sisters, Susie Davey, Elizabethton; Charlotte Morris, Elizabethton, and a special niece, Jacklyn Morris Saylor.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HODGE -- The graveside service for Joel W. Hodge, 74, 602 Majestic View Court, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, April 17, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003 at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Steve Witt officiating. Active pallbearers will be Keith Saylor, Barry Brownlee, Dewey Renfro, Steven Hicks, and Brantley Wooten. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Brandt. A special thanks to Adventa Hospice, Dr. Anand Karnad, and the nursing staff of James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center Hospital; also thanks to a special angel, Buffy of Adventa Hospice. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Saturday. Friends may call the residence 602 Majestic View Court, Elizabethton, any time. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty S. Holtsclaw

  
Mrs. Betty Smith Holtsclaw, 55, 150 Cuyler Wilder Road, Johnson City, died Thursday, April 17, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Bristol, Tenn., she was a daughter of Mrs. Winona Smith, of Johnson City, and the late Hubert Smith.
   She had lived most of her life in Johnson City. She was a member of the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ.
   Mrs. Holtsclaw was preceded in death by her husband, David Allen Holtsclaw, on March 4, 2003.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three daughters, Cheryl Frazier and Sherry King, both of Johnson City, and Shannon Frazier, of the home; three grandchildren, David Wayne Frazier, Makayla Frazier, and Amber King, and one aunt, Mary Lee Bradley. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   HOLTSCLAW -- Funeral services for Betty Smith Holtsclaw, 55, 150 Cuyler Wilder Road, Johnson City, who died Thursday, April 17, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 in the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with Brother Donnie Regan and Brother Bill Younce officiating. Interment will be held in the Holtsclaw Family Cemetery, Hampton. Mr. Jeff Norris will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, will be David Frazier, Toby Crain, Ralph Campbell, Steve Holtsclaw, Jimmy Holtsclaw, and Mike Holtsclaw. Honorary pallbearers will be Arlis (Dit) Jones and E.L. Trivette. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2003 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Mrs. Holtsclaw requested no flowers, but those desiring should bring one red rose. The body will be moved to the church one hour before services. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Holtsclaw family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Billy M. Ward

  
Billy Max Ward, 62, 7313 Clear Grove Drive, Downey, Calif., died Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at his residence.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of Mrs. Frances Merryman Ward, of Downey, Calif. and the late Hencil F. Ward.
   He had lived in California since 1952. He was self employed in the catering business. Mr. Ward served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, of Downey.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Steven Max Ward, of Downey, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert Gene and Linda Ward, of Etna, Calif.; two uncles, Roy Merryman and Judge Lewis Merryman, both of Elizabethton; two aunts, Mrs. Sue Little, Elizabethton, and Mrs. Frank Scott, of Toledo, Ohio. Several cousins also survive.
   The body of Billy Max Ward, 62, 7313 Clear Grove Drive, Downey, Calif., who died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, will be returned to Elizabethton for funeral and burial. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 17, 2003

Beulah Cochran

  
Beulah Lee Davidson Davies Cochran, 89, of Oviedo, Fla. and formerly of Elizabethton, died on January 19, 2003 at Florida East Hospital in Orlando, Fla.
   She was born on August 21, 1913 in Tifton, Ga. and was raised in Tampa, Fla.
   She was preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years, Robert Lee Davies Sr.; her second husband, Edward Cochran, and a grandson, Thomas S. Davies III.
   She was a member of the Elizabethton, Tenn. First Church of the Nazarene and was a minister, singer, author and poet.
   She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta and Jim Blake, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; Susan Potter, of the home, and Billy Joe Potter, of Roan Mtn.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Lillian Davies of Fayetteville, N.C., and Thomas and Lucy Davies, of the home; a sister, Juanita Hicks, of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Thomas Eugene Hunter, of Ga.; eight grandchildren, J. Michael, Karen, John, Hamilton, Crystal, Dina, Billy Jack, and Jonah; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
  
   COCHRAN -- Funeral services for Beulah Lee Davidson Davies Cochran, 89, of Oviedo, Fla. and formerly of Elizabethton, who went to be with her Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, on January 19, 2003, will be conducted on Good Friday, April 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson-Roanview Cemetery, Roan Mountain, Tenn. with the Rev. Rick Shelton officiating. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to missionaries Harold and Kayla Martin, Missionary Flights International, P.O. Box 15665, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33416. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Denver S. Forrester

  
GLEN BURNIE, Md. -- Denver S. Forrester, of Glen Burnie, Md., died there Monday, April 14, 2003.
   A native of Johnson County, he was a son of the late Oscar and Ella Tester Forrester. He had lived a number of years in Maryland.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy H. Forrester; four brothers, John, Hubert, Haywood, and Dan Forrester, and a sister, Frances Slemp.
   Survivors include a son, Drew S. Forrester; two brothers, Earl Forrester, of Piney Flats, and J.C. Forrester, of Butler; three sisters, Bernice Garland, and Geraldine Cable, both of Butler, and Emma Ruth Adams, of Harrington, Delaware.
   Courtesy of Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton.
  
   FORRESTER -- Funeral services for Denver S. Forrester, of Glen Burnie, Md., who died Monday, April 14, 2003 will be conducted at noon Thursday, April 17, 2003 in the Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home, Glen Burnie, Md. with interment held in the Veteran's Cemetery in Crownsville, Md. Courtesy of Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton.

J.L. Lowe

  
J.L. Lowe, 74, 13111 U.S. Highway 67 West, Butler, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at his residence.
   A native of Johnson County, he was a son of the late Jake and Ruby Arnold Lowe.
   He was a retired carpenter. Mr. Lowe taught carpentry for 18 years at the Herman Robinson Vocational Training School before his retirement.
   He served in the United States Air Force.
   Mr. Lowe was a member of the Little Doe Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Little Lowe; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Clarence Matherly, of Butler; Lori Ann and David Styles, of Johnson City, and Tabatha and Howie Graham, of Orlando, Fla.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald Thomas and Kathy Lowe, of Erwin, and David Wayne and Joanie Lowe, of Butler; two sisters, Jane Lawson, of Gray, and Rosa Baker, of Blountville; two brothers, Charlie Lowe, of Elkton, Md., and William Lowe, of Stockbridge, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Aaron Potter, Christy Vance, Justin Wayne Lowe, Devin Lowe, Rebecca Davis, Brandon Vines, Howard Lee "Little" Graham, and Duncan Graham, and four great grandchildren, Lane Potter, Dale Potter, Abiegayle Potter and Jacob Davis. Several nieces and nephews and a special sister-in-law, Shirley Cox also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   LOWE -- Funeral services for J.L. Lowe, 74, 13111 U.S. Highway 67 West, Butler, who died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kreg Smith and Rev. Burl Garland officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2003 in the Lowe Family Cemetery. The Little Doe Baptist Church choir will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Friday will be Tom Kyte, Herb Moody, Lowell Stalcup, Elwood Arnold, Kevin Arney, Glen Forrester, Paul Anderson, and Ray Stout. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Little Doe Baptist Church, friends, and neighbors. 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 9:50 a.m. Friday. Condolences to the Lowe family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Ritchie

  
KINGSPORT -- Josephine Ritchie, 94, of Johnson City, died early Sunday morning, April 13, 2003, at Lakebridge Health Care Center, Kingsport.
   Born in Jacksboro, Tenn., she lived in Elizabethton a number of years before moving to Kingsport in 1945.
   She was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Kingsport.
   She was preceded in death by her sister, Blanche Copeland, and two brothers, Dr. A. E. Miller and H. K. Miller.
   Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Ritchie, of Johnson City; one daughter, Cassandra Ritchie Forth and her husband, Dr. David Forth, of Orinda, Calif.; three sons, H. Roscoe Ritchie, Jr. and his wife Norma Ritchie, of Dunkirk, New York; James Calvin Ritchie, of Richardson, Texas, and Dr. Kim Ritchie and his wife, Van Ritchie, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Margaret Pollard, of Colonial Heights Community of Kingsport; seventeen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
   Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.
  
   RITCHIE -- Graveside services for Josephine Ritchie, 94, of Johnson City, who died Sunday, April 13, 2003, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2003 at Oak Hill Memorial Park. There will be a memorial service held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack Edwards and the Rev. Caryl Griffin officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2003 at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, and following the memorial service Tuesday at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, TN 37662. E-mail condolences may be sent to hamlettdobson@charter.net. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.

Mack T. Roller

  
Mack T. Roller, 75, 711 Parkway Blvd., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003 due to injuries he sustained in a boating accident on Douglas Lake in Jefferson County, Tenn.
   A native of Unicoi County, he was the son of the late Gordon and Kate Hampton Roller. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton. He was a retired teacher from Elizabethton High School and a local businessman.
   He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Roller, on July 11, 1998 and by a brother, Jack Roller.
   Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Margaret Ann and Bill Bennett, of Greeneville, Tenn., and Kathy Demicco, of Savannah, Ga.; five grandchildren, Amy Bennett, of Greeneville; Eric Bennett, of Kingsport; Bradley Demicco, of Atlanta; Adam Demicco, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Linsey Demicco, of Savannah, Ga.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
  
   ROLLER -- The funeral service for Mack T. Roller, 75, 711 Parkway Blvd., Elizabethton, who died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. The graveside service and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003 at Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City. Active pallbearers will be men of Four Square Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton. Honorary pallbearers will be L.D. Adams and Cecil Carr. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel Saturday at 9 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Roller to the American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Affiliate, 4205 Hillsboro Ave. Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215 or to the American Cancer Society, 209 S. Riverside Dr., Elizabethton, TN 37643. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

April 16, 2003

Beulah Cochran

  
Beulah Lee Davidson Davies Cochran, 89, of Oviedo, Fla. and formerly of Elizabethton, died on January 19, 2003 at Florida East Hospital in Orlando, Fla.
   She was born on August 21, 1913 in Tifton, Ga. and was raised in Tampa, Fla.
   She was preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years, Robert Lee Davies Sr.; her second husband, Edward Cochran, and a grandson, Thomas S. Davies III.
   She was a member of the Elizabethton, Tenn. First Church of the Nazarene and was a minister, singer, author and poet.
   She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta and Jim Blake, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; Susan Potter, of the home, and Billy Joe Potter, of Roan Mtn.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Lillian Davies of Fayetteville, N.C., and Thomas and Lucy Davies, of the home; a sister, Juanita Hicks, of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Thomas Eugene Hunter, of Ga.; eight grandchildren, J. Michael, Karen, John, Hamilton, Crystal, Dina, Billy Jack, and Jonah; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
  
   COCHRAN -- Funeral services for Beulah Lee Davidson Davies Cochran, 89, of Oviedo, Fla. and formerly of Elizabethton, who went to be with her Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, on January 19, 2003, will be conducted on Good Friday, April 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson-Roanview Cemetery, Roan Mountain, Tenn. with the Rev. Rick Shelton officiating. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to missionaries Harold and Kayla Martin, Missionary Flights International, P.O. Box 15665, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33416. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Ritchie

  
KINGSPORT -- Josephine Ritchie, 94, of Johnson City, died early Sunday morning, April 13, 2003, at Lakebridge Health Care Center, Kingsport.
   Born in Jacksboro, Tenn., she lived in Elizabethton a number of years before moving to Kingsport in 1945.
   She was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Kingsport.
   She was preceded in death by her sister, Blanche Copeland, and two brothers, Dr. A. E. Miller and H. K. Miller.
   Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Ritchie, of Johnson City; one daughter, Cassandra Ritchie Forth and her husband, Dr. David Forth, of Orinda, Calif.; three sons, H. Roscoe Ritchie, Jr. and his wife Norma Ritchie, of Dunkirk, New York; James Calvin Ritchie, of Richardson, Texas, and Dr. Kim Ritchie and his wife, Van Ritchie, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Margaret Pollard, of Colonial Heights Community of Kingsport; seventeen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
   Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.
  
   RITCHIE -- Graveside services for Josephine Ritchie, 94, of Johnson City, who died Sunday, April 13, 2003, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2003 at Oak Hill Memorial Park. There will be a memorial service held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack Edwards and the Rev. Caryl Griffin officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003 at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, and following the memorial service Tuesday at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, TN 37662. E-mail condolences may be sent to hamlettdobson@charter.net. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.
  

Mark E. Smith

   LENOIR CITY, Tenn. -- Mark Edward Smith, 44, of Lenoir City, Tenn., formerly of Elizabethton, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospice.
   Mr. Smith was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir City. He was an employee of BWXT - Y-12 Plant, where he was a computer analyst.
   Survivors include his wife, Patricia Packett Smith; his parents, Earl and Edna Smith, Elizabethton; and two brothers, Tony Smith, Bristol, and Mike Smith of Maryland. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut Street, Lenoir City, Tenn., (865) 986-8013, is serving the family of Mark Smith. Visit our Web site at www.clickfuneralhome.com
  
   SMITH -- Funeral services for Mark Edward Smith, 44, of Lenoir City, Tenn., formerly of Elizabethton, who died Monday, April 14, 2003, will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Click Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dick DeMerchant and the Rev. Bill Wilkinson officiating. Family and friends will gather at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at Click Funeral Home and proceed to the Lakeview Cemetery for graveside services at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service. Mark loved karate and running. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, is serving the family of Mark Smith.

April 15, 2003

Margaret N. Clevenger

   Margaret N. Clevenger, 86, formerly of 9062 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at Roan Highlands Nursing Center.
   Mrs. Clevenger was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late James Rosscoe and Mable Elizabeth Hopson Cordell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Owen Harrison Clevenger, in 1991, a sister, Lucille Buck, and a niece, Jewel Vance.
   Mrs. Clevenger was member of Lower Shell Creek Christian Church. She was a homemaker.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David W. and Cynthia Clevenger, Roan Mountain; a daughter, Ruth Cirignani, Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren, Misty Clevenger, Roan Mountain, and Steven Clevenger, Jonesborough; a brother, Dexter Cordell, Elizabethton; and a special niece, Betty Ritchie, Greenwood, S.C. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-4917, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
  
   CLEVENGER -- The graveside service for Margaret N. Clevenger, 86, formerly of 9062 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, who died Monday, April 14, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at Cordell Cemetery, Roan Mountain, with Mr. Gerald Holly, minister, officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Thursday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain. Friends may also call at the residence of her son, David Clevenger, 9062 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence J. Dinsmore

  
Lawrence J. Dinsmore, 69, 603 South Pine Street, Elizabethton, died Sunday, April 13, 2003 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Enoch and Katherine Blevins Dinsmore. He was of the Free Will Baptist faith, and was a retired carpenter. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during peacetime.
   Survivors include his lifetime companion, Patricia Dinsmore, of the home; five step-daughters, Lola Barrett, of Casselberry, Fla.; Lillian Bullock, of Ormond, Fla.; Lois Braswell, Elizabethton; Myrtle Johnson, of Texas; Loretta Burke, of Texas; three step-sons, James "Jim" Buchanan, Elizabethton; Hubert Buchanan, Elizabethton, and Larry Buchanan, Elizabethton; two sisters, June Murray, Elizabethton, and Lena Shelburne, Elizabethton; two brothers, Howard Dinsmore, Elizabethton, and Grayson Dinsmore, of Kentucky; two half sisters, Arthie Williams, Elizabethton, and Sophia Bowers, Elizabethton; special nephews, Enoch Dinsmore, and James Dennison. Several other nieces and nephews, and several step grandchildren also survive.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.
  
   DINSMORE -- The funeral service for Lawrence J. Dinsmore, 69, 603 South Pine Street, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, April 13, 2003, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Eric Wright and Rev. Ernest Garland officiating. The graveside service and interment will be held Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 10 a.m. at Garland Cemetery. Military honors to be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Ward, J.D. Ward, Jeffery Shelbourne, Scott Dinsmore, John Garland, and Mike Felts. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace, or friends may call at the residence, 603 South Pine Street, Elizabethton any time. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Dinsmore to Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 682, Elizabethton, TN 37643. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Verna H. McQueen

  
Verna Helen McQueen, 83, 825 N. Roan Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 12, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Will and Tilda Peters Taylor.
   She was a retired employee of Beaunit Fibers.
   Mrs. McQueen was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley A. McQueen; a son-in-law, James Cook; four sisters and three brothers.
   Survivors include a daughter, Sue Cook, 825 N. Roan Street, Elizabethton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ed "P.I." and Joyce Williams, of Merritt Island, Fla., and Albert "Pete" and Judy Taylor, 204 Clay Little Road, Elizabethton; six grandchildren, Joanie Laws, Angie Brett, Rebecca Rodgers, Risha Reke, Jason Taylor and Jeff Taylor; and eight great grandchildren. Two special nieces and their husbands, Sonja and Jack Cole, and Oaklee and Jack Glass also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  
   MCQUEEN -- Graveside services for Mrs. Verna Helen McQueen, 83, 825 N. Roan Street, Elizabethton, who died Saturday, April 12, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Kenneth Kyker officiating. Burial will follow the service. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday will be Jason Taylor, Jeff Taylor, David Lindley, Larry Taylor, Charles McQueen, F.D. Elliott, and Randy Brett. Honorary pallbearers will be employees and staff of Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Dr. David Fenner, and June Jones. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the McQueen family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.