October 14, 2003

Taylor Hopson
Taylor Hopson, 85, NHC Healthcare, Johnson City, formerly of Buladean, N.C., died there Sunday, October 12, 2003.
A native of Avery County, N.C., he was a son of the late Marion and Minnie Buchanan Hopson.
He had lived in Mitchell County for several years. He was a retired farmer.
Mr. Hopson attended the Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include two sisters, Delia Ayers, of Ridgecrest, Calif. and Harriett Hughes, of Newland, N.C.; a half brother, Toy Hopson, of Newland, N.C.; a cousin, Shirley Khan, of Johnson City, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Taylor Hopson will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2003 in the St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church, Buladean, N.C. with the Rev. Roger Laws officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2003 in the Garland-Parker Cemetery, Beuladean. Pallbearers will be selected from friends of the family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2003 in the St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday. Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Lona A. Stout
Lona Maire Andes Stout, age 90, 548 Poga Road, Butler, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Nicie Andes Boso. Mrs. Stout was the granddaughter of Charlie and Janie Trivette Andes.
She was a lifelong farmer and homemaker. She was a member of Stout Hill Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Haskel Stout; a son, Ray Stout, and an infant daughter, Carol June Stout.
Survivors include six daughters and four sons-in-law, Dorothy Stout, of the home; Margery and Allen Church, Butler; Janet and Edgar Tucker, Woodbridge, Va.; Joy and Lee Pennington, Middletown, Ky.; Jean and Burl Miller, Elizabethton; Sandy Miller, Greeneville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill Stout, of the home; Don and Nancy Stout, Greeneville; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at Stout Hill Church of Christ with Mr. Mark Estepp and Mr. David Irick, ministers, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Carl Cable. Interment will follow the funeral service in the Stout Cemetery, Butler. Active pallbearers will Mike Church, Lee Pennington, Burl Miller, James Stout, Gary Miller, Joshua Arney and Allen Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, or friends may call at the residence, 548 Poga Rd., Butler. 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.

October 13, 2003

Wilma J. Peeks
Wilma J. Peeks, 75, of 112 Scotland Drive, Unit D-4, Kingsport, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday Oct. 11, 2003 at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Tenn. following an extended illness.
She was born and raised in Elizabethton and had resided in Rogersville for the past 30 years.
She served on the Board of Directors of Rural Health Consortium for 12 years, as president for three years, and as a member for nine years. She was also treasurer of the Rogersville Lions Club along with the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Mrs. Peeks served on the board for Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency for a number of years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rogersville and formerly a member of Eastside Christian Church, Elizabethton.
Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, Claude Peeks; daughters, Jackie Jobe of Kingsport, Jan Rose and husband, Jerry, of Knoxville; grandchildren, Scott Forbes and wife, Jennifer Harris-Forbes of Carbondale, Ill.; Bryan Forbes and wife, Susan, of Knoxville; Amanda Eachus and husband, Matthew, of Stuarts Draft, Va.; Clarissa Jean Rose of Colombia, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Raegan and Matthew Forbes of Knoxville, and sisters Betty Wandell and Sue Stout of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews and many special friends also survive.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2003 at Christian-Sells Funeral Home, Rogersville, Tenn. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at Highland Cemetery in Elizabethton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Christian-Sells Funeral Home, Rogersville, is in charge of arrangements.

James Sheppard
James Foy "Jim" Sheppard, 72, 1095 Old Bristol Hwy., Elizabethton, died Friday, October 10, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
He was a native of Roan Mtn. Mr. Sheppard had operated Jim's Transmission Shop for 40 years prior to his illness. He had formerly pastored the High Point Memorial Baptist Church, Roan Mtn., for 16 years.
He was a member of the Biltmore Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by four brothers.
Survivors include a son, Mahlon Sheppard, Elizabethton; a sister, Gustia Sheppard, Hampton, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Haskel Ingram officiating. Burial will follow the service. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Sheppard family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lona M. Stout
Mrs. Lona M. Stout, age 90, 548 Poga Rd., Butler, died Sunday, October 12, 2003 at her residence following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Withrow
Mildred Louise Withrow, 82, 128 Cuyler Willee Rd., Johnson City, died Friday, October 10, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Knoxville, she was a daughter of the late Jeffrey and Florence Weaver Black. She had lived in Carter County since 1982.
Mrs. Withrow was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Johnson City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Emory Withrow II.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Ann and David Strelke, of Stevens Point, Wis.; June and Larry Greer, of Johnson City, and Gale and Ralph Spurgin, of Carefree, Ariz.; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Emory Withrow III and his wife, Pat, of Melbourne, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mildred Withrow will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Justin Deaton and Rev. Kenneth Grindstaff officiating. Interment will follow in Washington County Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Mike Caudle, Robert Bowman, Jason Deaton, Bryan Carter, David Greer and Tommy Withrow. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Branch, Ralph Spurgin and Deacons of First Free Will Baptist Church, Johnson City. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2003 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter and son-in-law, June and Larry Greer, 128 Cuyler Willee Rd., Johnson City. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 12, 2003

Margaret W. Anderson
Margaret Jean Wyatt Anderson, age 72, 123 Mountain Ridge Road, Roan Mountain, Tenn., died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a lengthy illness. A native of Hamlet, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Jacob Lonzo and Mary A. Beck Wyatt. She was a member of Sardis Baptist Church, Indian Trail, N.C. Mrs. Anderson was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Anderson, Sr.
MOTHER was a FINE LADY who would open her mind and her heart to all people and all children. Many of whom she considered her own family. She will be dearly missed by all who experienced her loving kindness.
Survivors include one son, George T. Anderson, Jr., of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Patrick Brody, Roanoke, Va.; one grandson, Jeremy Scott Anderson, Charlotte, N.C.; and a brother-in-law, Richard E. Anderson and family, Lynchburg, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A graveside service will be conducted at Forest Lawn East, Matthews, N.C., on Monday, October 13, 2003. 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.

Chevis M. Crapps
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Chevis McConnell "Buddy" Crapps, 68, died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at his home.
Mr. Crapps was a native of Richland County and the son of the late John Chevis Crapps and Sadie Lever Crapps.
Mr. Crapps retired in 1987 after 31 years of service with Bell South. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Following his retirement, he was a substitute teacher at Lexington High School. He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the adult choir, the Lutheran Church Men, a former member of the church council and former chairman of the property committee. He was a member of the University of South Carolina Gamecock Club and a Weather Net Reporter for WIS TV.
Survivors include his wife, Linda McDaniel Crapps; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Kay Crapps, Lexington, and Kenneth and Patrice Crapps, Johnson City, Tenn.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Alan Addy, Linda and Johnny Kyle Starnes and Kelley and Michael Hersey, all of Lexington; grandchildren, Manning, Jordan, Lauren, Cameron and Casey Crapps, Jamie Pangle, Megan and Chad Stewart and Dalton Hersey; and a sister, Hazel C. Price, West Columbia. A niece and a nephew also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church with interment to follow in Woodridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jeff Anderson, David Proctor, Brett Wallace, Eddie Adams, Craig Jumper and Heyward Wessinger. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Lutheran Hospice or Our Saviour Lutheran Church. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, Lexington, S.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine P. Hardin
Mrs. Catherine Potter Hardin, age 94, formerly of 222 Sycamore Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, October 11, 2003, at the Hermitage Health Center following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Monroe "Poga" Potter and by her second husband, Dewey Hardin; by one son, James M. "Bud" Potter, Jr.; by two brothers and six sisters.
Mrs. Hardin was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Charlie and Ellen Arnett Hopson. She retired from North American Rayon Corp. in 1974. Mrs. Hardin was a member of the First Christian Church, Elizabethton, and a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class. Mrs. Hardin was an avid seamstress and was known for her Christian service to others.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. E.Y. (Dot) Oaks, Mrs. Sid (Eula Mae) Hodge and Mrs. Willie (Leota) Holsclaw, all of Elizabethton; one brother, Raymond Hopson, of Wichita, Kan.; five sisters, Mrs. Pearl Markland and Mrs. Betty Jean Potter, both of Roan Mountain, Mrs. Gertrude Morrell, of Bluff City, Mrs. Martha Campbell and Mrs. Beulah Campbell, both of Roan Mountain; three step-children, Charlsie Jones, of Hampton, Va., Daryl Hardin, of Ohio and Ralph Hardin, of Florida; and one daughter-in-law, Martha Nelms Potter, of Kingsport. Six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral service for Mrs. Catherine Potter Hardin will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2003, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Brent Nidiffer, Minister, officiating. Interment will follow the service in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will grandsons and great-grandsons.
For those who desire, memorials may be made to the J. M. "Bud" Potter, Jr. Scholarship Fund, 1561 Carolina Avenue, Kingsport, TN 37663 and the Activity Center at Hermitage Health Center, 1633 Hillview Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Friends may call at the funeral home at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Harry E. Stout
Funeral services for Harry Edward Stout, 73, 133 Blevins Road, Johnson City, who went to be with the Lord Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Harmony Baptist Church, with the Rev. Haskel Ingram and the Rev. Earl Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in the Emert Cemetery, with the Rev. Horace Bowers officiating. VFW Post 2166 will conduct military graveside honors. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha McGee


Martha Jane Miller McGee, 86, 2529 Pine Street, Pelion, S.C., formerly of Phenix City, Ala., died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, in the Lexington Medical Center, Columbia, S.C.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late William Avery and Mary Burton Miller. She had lived in Alabama for several years before going to South Carolina in July of this year. She was a graduate of the Watauga Academy, Butler, and attended business college. Mrs. McGee worked for the federal government for 30 years. She was a member of the Lakewood Baptist Church of Phenix City, Alabama. Mrs. McGee was preceded in death by her husband, Walter G. McGee, March 4, 1996, by a sister and six brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Sheliah Gilpin and Karen McGee, both of Pelion, S.C.; a brother, Abe Miller, Longview, Wash.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, with Dr. Kenneth Jordan officiating. Interment was in the Miller Family Cemetery, Butler. Pallbearers were selected from family and friends. The family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the McGee family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Pat F. Morton
Pat Feathers Morton, age 68, of Bristol, Tenn., passed away on Friday October 10, 2003, at her residence. She was born in Carter County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Arthur and Faye Whitehead Feathers. She had spent most of her life in the Bristol area and was a former registered nurse and Certified Diabetic Educator at Bristol Memorial Hospital where she also served many years as a patient teaching coordinator. She was a member of Avoca Christian Church and the widow of Jack C. Morton.
Survivors include sons, Tom Morton, and wife, Allyson, of Bristol, Tenn., and John Morton and wife, Whitney, of Kingsport, Tenn.; daughters, Julia Morton Gustafson, and husband Mike, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., and Jane Morton of Bristol, Tenn.; brothers, Benny Feathers of Elizabethton and Jackie Feathers of Dover, Del.; grandchildren, Matthew, Zachary, and Allye Morton, Katie Gustafson, Casey and Cole Morton; his father-in-law, Carmack Morton of Bristol, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday October 13, 2003, at 7 p.m. in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Bob Robinson officiating. Committal services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers include Mark Morton, Mack Morton, Bruce Morton, Zachary Morton, Matthew Morton, Jeffrey Feathers, David Bockian, Lynn Frazier, David Frazier, and Stephen Frazier. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5-6:45 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association at 4205 Hillsboro Road, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215. Online condolences may be registered at www.Weaverfuneralhome.net. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel L. Shell
Daniel Luke Shell, age 22, 449 Bear Branch Road, Roan Mountain, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at Roan Mountain. A native of Carter County, he is the son of Russell Glen Shell, Roan Mountain, and Angela Oaks Shell, Jesup, Ga. He was a construction worker for L & S Construction Company. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors in addition to his parents include two brothers, Matthew Glen Shell, Roan Mountain, Jonathan Scott Shell, Jesup, Ga.; one sister, Jessica Gail Price, Jesup, Ga.; one step-brother, Micah Westberry, Elizabethton; two step-sisters, Brittaney and Brooke Westberry, both of Elizabethton; his step-father, Michael Westberry, Jesup, Ga.; his paternal grandmother, Mae Shell, Roan Mountain; and his maternal grandmother, Edna Jesse Oaks, Roan Mountain. Several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Pastor Richard Bawgus officiating. Music will be under the direction of Jamie Baker and The Bare Family. Interment will follow in the Orville Shell Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Price, Danny Willis, Eric Thompson, Jeremiah Johnson, Chris Holtsclaw, Brandon Johnson, Michael Oaks, and Jarrett Oaks. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Penix and Johnny Shell. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, or friends may call at the residence of a grandmother, Edna Oaks, 449 Bear Branch Road, Roan Mountain, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, 423-772-3928, is in charge of the arrangements.

James F. Sheppard
James Foy "Jim" Sheppard, 72, 1095 Old Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Albert J. Vaspory
Albert Joseph Vaspory, 84, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, in the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Hungary, he was a U.S. citizen, having lived here for a number of years. He was a son of the late Albert and Mary Batin Vaspory. He was preceded in death by a sister.
Mr. Vaspory had lived in Elizabethton since 1991. He was a retired drafting engineer with the Wolmac Co., Welch, W.Va. He attended St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Carl and Kathy Vaspory, Winston-Salem, N.C.; four grandchildren, Denise C. Vaspory, Paul Mauk and his wife, Sandy, Rebecca Mauk and Michelle Logan, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Elizabeth Catholic church, with Fr. Dennis Kress officiating. It was his wish to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 776, Elizabethton, TN 37644. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby D. Whitehead
Bobby Dean Whitehead, age 67, formerly of 286 Taylor Town Road, Johnson City, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at St. John's Nursing Home, Gray, following an extended illness. A native of "Old Butler," Carter County, he was the son of the late Carson Hamilton and Eliza Ann Robinson Whitehead. He was a member of Sinking Creek Baptist Church, where he was a choir member and a member of the Will Mosley Sunday School CLass. Mr. Whitehead was a retired truck driver from Paty Company. He was also a member of the Lions Club of Elizabethton. Mr. Whitehead was an avid baseball and basketball player, and also a competitive runner. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia (Pat) Clark Whitehead, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Gary McWherter, Roan Mountain, Robin and Alan Taylor, Johnson City; five brothers, Bill Whitehead, Greeneville, Tenn., Bud Whitehead, Edward "Poage" Whitehead, J.D. Whitehead, all of Johnson City, Paul Whitehead, Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters, Dorothy Campbell, Mohawk, Tenn., Christine Dye, Greeneville, Tenn., Sara Sellers, Johnson City, Jean Stewart, Springfield, Tenn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Reece Harris officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Ladies Ensemble of Sinking Creek Baptist Church. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, October 13, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Mike Sellers, Gary McWherter, Alan Taylor, Bud Whitehead, Paul Whitehead, and Vince Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Will Mosley Sunday School Class of Sinking Creek Baptist Church. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Sinking Creek Baptist Church - Pavilion Fund, 2313 Elizabethton Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. 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.

Mildred L. Withrow
Mrs. Mildred Louise Withrow, 82, 128 Cuyler Willee Road, Johnson City, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

October 10, 2003

Leonard M. Garrison
Leonard Michael (Mike) Garrison, 52, 16032 Blyler Road, Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, October 6, 2003, at Jacksonville Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Garrison was a native of Roan Mountain and the son of Leonard and Violet "Bobbie" Garrison, Roan Mountain.
Mr. Garrison was a member of the Steamfitters Local in Jacksonville, Fla., and also a former member of Steamfitters Local 538 in Johnson City.
He was preceded in death by a son, Brandon Garrison.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Pamela Garrison, of the home; two stepdaughters, Jody Marchant and Linsy Adams; three stepgrandchildren; a brother, Samuel Ray Garrison, Roan Mountain; and two special nephews, Denny Garrison and Samuel Lee Garrison. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Lower Garrison Cemetery, Roan Mountain, with Mr. Gerald Holly, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sherry Freeman. Active pallbearers will be selected by the family. Honorary pallbearers will be all his friends and fellow members of the Steamfitters Local and a special friend, Jeremy. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain. Friends may also call at the residence of his parents, Leonard and Violet Garrison, 128 Garrison Road, Roan Mountain. Funeral services were conducted earlier in Jacksonville for his family and friends in Florida. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site: www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, (423) 772-3928, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna M. Manning
Anna Muriel Manning, 84, 143 Old Watauga Road, Elizabethton, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at the Pine Ridge Care Center.
Mrs. Manning was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late T.O. and Stavania Hatcher Stout. She was also preceded in death by a son, James Phillip "Snake" Manning, September 23, 1999.
Mrs. Manning was a graduate of Elizabethton High School. Prior to her illness four years ago, she was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church and was Sunday School Director and Vacation Bible School Director for 15 years.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Manning; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jean Turner, Knoxville, and Jackie and Carroll Reese, Dublin, Ga.; a son and daughter-in-law, Sam "Paul" and Margaret Manning, Jonesborough; a brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Pauline Stout, Elizabethton; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Kenneth Jordan and Mr. Glenn Keller officiating. Music was provided by Jane Walker. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 10, in the Stout Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Brian Manning, Paul Manning, Jeff Walker and other family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and employees of Pine Ridge Care Center, Sam Stout, Tommy Stout and Tom Glass. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Range Community Christian Church. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Manning family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Simerly
Mary Ann "Maw" Peters Simerly, 103, died peacefully at Hermitage Health Center on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 surrounded by her family and caregivers.
A native of Hampton, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Angie Markland Peters.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Will Simerly in 1979; three sons, James, Bobby, and Joe; a son-in-law, Brown Smith, and one grandson, Mike.
She had lived most of her life in Carter County except for 13-15 years spent in the mining camps of West Virginia. Prior to moving to Hermitage Health Center, she had made her home with her daughter, Wilma, and her family, in the Hampton/Rittertown Community.
Mary Ann was a member of Rittertown Baptist Church, Hampton.
She was the oldest resident at Hermitage Health Center, where she had made her home for the past two years. Her presence was seen and felt by all who entered there. Mary Ann was also the oldest participant in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life 2003.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Wilma and Bob Hill, and Elsie and Vaughn Fritts, of Hampton, and Helen Smith of Hermitage Health Center; four grandsons, Boyd Smith, of Chesapeake, Va.; Richard Smith, of Hampton; James Fritts, of Elizabethton, and Bobby Taylor, of Umatilla, Fla.; four granddaughters, Connie Potter, of Elizabethton; Margaret Hicks, of Hampton; Donna Teague, of Butler, and Reba Shreve, of Matthews, N.C.; one step granddaughter, Missy Brooks, of Hampton, and one step grandson, Jamie Hill, of Elizabethton; 15 great grandchildren, Danny Smith, of Elizabethton; Patrick Smith, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Brian Hicks, of Hampton; Jamie Lewis, of Johnson City; Courtney Smith, of Johnson City; Teresa Monroe, Billy Paul and Missy Taylor, of Chespeake, Va.; Eddie and Lucas Teague, of Butler; Robbie Fritts, of Hampton; Christopher and Whitney Shreve, of Matthews, N.C.; two step great grandchildren, Brady Hill, of Hampton and Madison Hill, of Elizabethton; eight great great grandchildren, Lucas Teague, Haley Smith, John Thomas "JT" and Lily Painter, Bryson Hicks, David Taylor, Tabitha Theirjung and Helen Monroe; one nephew, Clarence Willis, of Hampton; three nieces, Murl Darnell, of Oceana, W.Va.; Edna Setzer, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Margaret Pauley, of Prescott, Ariz.
Funeral services for Mary Simerly will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the family's leadership and pastor Tommy Haynes assisting. Interment will follow in the Rittertown Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Richard Smith, Boyd Smith, James Fritts, Bobby Taylor, and great grandsons, Danny Smith, Patrick Smith, Brian Hicks, Robbie Fritts, Eddie Teague, Billy Paul Taylor and Kevin Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Clarence Willis, Glen Potter, Mack Hicks, Greg Shreve, Danny Teague, John Painter, Andy Lewis, Brian Monroe, the staff and caregivers of Hermitage Health Center, Mary Nell Colbert, Connie Tolley Robers, Karen Fisher and the many others who had the opportunity to share their life with Mary Ann "Maw" Simerly. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Bob Hill, 146 Arwood Hill Rd., Hampton. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Simerly family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Harry E. Stout
Harry Edward Stout, 73, 133 Blevins Rd., Johnson City, went to be with the Lord Thursday, October 9, 2003 at the Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
A native of Butler, he was a son of the late John Abraham and Linnie Purdue Stout. He had lived in Elizabethton several years.
He was a self-employed antique dealer, carpenter and minister. He had formerly pastored the Gordon Baptist church, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Mr. Stout attended the Harmony Baptist Church, Elizabethton. He was a member of the Psalmsmen Quartet.
Mr. Stout served in the 11th Air Borne Division, U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Stout was preceded in death by three brothers, Glen, Floyd and Bob Stout; one sister, Allie Livingston, and a great grandson, Steven Bumgarner.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ester Carrier Stout and their children and spouses, Glenda and Eulis Bumgarner; Steve and Elizabeth Stout, and Karen and Richard "Jarfly" Dugger, all of Elizabethton; five grandchildren and spouses, Tracy and Teresa Bumgarner; LeAnne and Carlos Hill; Jessica and Thomas Hammond; David Powell and Dustin Powell; an adopted granddaughter and spouse, Michelle and Derick Smith; five step grandchildren, Lance Dugger, Logan and Dylan Story, Jessica Kiser and Sara Carpenter; two great grandchildren, Tommy Hammond and Kayle Smith; one brother and his wife, Gilbert and Annis Stout, Elizabethton; a sister-in-law, Lillian Stout, and several nieces and nephews. Special friends Ruth and Arlie Reece, Laura Swecker, and the staff and personnel of Life Care Center and the VA Medical Center also survive.
Funeral services for Harry Stout will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2003 in the Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Haskel Ingram and Rev. Earl Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in the Emmert Cemetery with the Rev. Horace Bowers officiating. Music will be provided by Roger Peters, Larry Stout and Sue Hamm. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 2:20 p.m. Sunday will be Eulis Bumgarner, Richard "Jarfly" Dugger, Tracy Bumgarner, David Powell, Carlos Hill, Roy Livingston and Lance Dugger. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Lambert, Phillip Hyder, Norris Shell, Sam Reece, Roger Peters, Dave Powell, Jackie Slagle, Dr. William Dralle, his family members and his church family. VFW Post #2166 will conduct military graveside honors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2003 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at his residence. The body will be moved to the church one hour before services. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Stout family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 9, 2003

Donald G. Baker
Donald Glen Baker, age 39, 107 Cemetery Hill Lane, Roan Mountain died Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
He was a native of Avery County, N.C. and had lived in Carter County all of his life. He is the son of Viola King Baker, Roan Mountain, and the late Mack Baker.
He was a member of Sugar Hollow Free Will Baptist Church. He gave his heart to God on September 17, 2003.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Creed Baker.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Mona Buchanan Baker, of the home; one daughter, Abigail Baker, of the home; two sons, Dakota and Christopher Baker, both of the home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Bernice Baker, Roan Mountain; Mike and Jean Baker, Elizabethton; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Thelma and Junior Jones, Roan Mountain; Louise and Larry Oaks, Roan Mountain; Kathy and Harold Guyn, Roan Mountain; Mary and Allen Brinegar, Mountain City, and Sallie and Gene Deaton, Bluff City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Donald Baker will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Moutain with Rev. Rick Birchfield officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sugar Hollow Free Will Baptist Church Choir. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 2003 at Richardson Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Adventa Hospice, doctors and nurses from Sycamore Shoals Hospital, and men of Sugar Hollow Free Will Baptist Church. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. on Saturday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain or friends may also call at the residence 107 Cemetery Hill Lane, Roan Mountain any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, 423-772-3928, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Bowman
Mrs. Mary Alice Bowman, 90, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
Mrs. Bowman was a native of Valley Crucis, N.C., and a daughter of the late M.F. and Pansy Baumgardner Walker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ed Bowman, and a sister, Ruth Davis.
Mrs. Bowman had lived most of her life in Elizabethton. She was a retired employee of Bemberg Industries and a member of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Helen Ann and Jack Shipley, of the home; two grandchildren, Connie Ellis Graham and her husband, Shields Graham, Elizabethton, and David Ellis of Florida; a great-granddaughter, Lilly Marie Ellis, Elizabethton; and a very special nephew and his wife, Millard and Betty Lou Day, Elizabethton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Buford Hankins officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at her residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Garland
Marie Garland, age 74, formerly of 4140 Old Jonesborough Hwy., Jonesborough died Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at Stockton Residential Home for the Elderly, Roan Mountain.
A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Maude Elliott Miller.
She was a member of One Way Baptist Church, Johnson City. Mrs. Garland was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Garland.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and V.W. Odom, Newland, N.C.; three grandchildren, Anna Rhea, Johnson City; Michael Smith, Cranberry, N.C.; Melissa Nelson, Erwin; one special nephew, Tony Shell, of Crossnore, N.C.. One great grandson, Preston Rhea, of Johnson City, also survives.
The funeral service for Marie Garland will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Whaley officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, October 10, 2003 at Richardson Cemetery, Roan Mountain. 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 9:15 a.m. on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 9 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel 423-772-3928 is in charge of arrangements.

Leonard M. Garrison
Leonard Michael (Mike) Garrison, age 52, 16032 Blyler Road, Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, October 6, 2003 in Jacksonville Hospital following a brief illness.
A native of Roan Mountain, he is the son of Leonard and Violet (Bobbie) Garrison, Roan Mountain.
He was a member of the Steamfitters Local in Jacksonville, Fla. and also a former member of Steamfitter Local 538 in Johnson City.
He was preceded in death by a son, Brandon Garrison.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Pamela Garrison, of the home; two step daughters, Jody Marchant and Linsy Adams; three step grandchildren; one brother, Samuel Ray Garrison, Roan Mountain, and two special nephews, Denny Garrison and Samuel Lee Garrison. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
A graveside service and interment for Leonard Garrison will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2003 at Lower Garrison Cemetery, Roan Mountain with Mr. Gerald Holly, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sherry Freeman. Active pallbearers will be selected by the family. Honorary pallbearers will be all his friends and fellow members of the Steamfitters Local and a special friend, Jeremy. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain. Funeral services were conducted earlier in Jacksonville for his family and friends in Florida. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home Roan Mountain 423-772-3928 is in charge of arrangements.

Mary G. Lewis
Mrs. Mary Gentry Lewis, 92, 361 Toll Branch Road, Johnson City, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mrs. Lewis was a native of Johnson County and had lived in Carter County since 1938. She was the daughter of the late Oliver and Fronia Fritts Gentry and was also preceded in death by her husband, James A. Lewis, in 1978, and by several brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Lewis was a former employee of North American Rayon Corporation and was a homemaker. She was a member of Green Pine Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Lynn Hammons, Gray; three granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Susan and Todd Barnard, Gray, Amy and Jay Seehorn, Johnson City, and Amanda and Michael Smith, Arden, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Brooke Barnard and Adam Barnard, both of Gray, and Hunter Seehorn, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, October 10, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles "Toonie" Cash and the Rev. Terry Howell officiating. Music will be under the direction of Todd Barnard, soloist. Interment will follow the service in the Patton-Simmons Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 until 3 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call at the residence of her daughter, Sue Hammons, 155 Hale Drive, Gray, at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathaway-percy.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Anna M. Manning
Anna Muriel Manning, 84, 143 Old Watauga Rd., Elizabethton, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at the Pine Ridge Care Center.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late T.O. and Stavania Hatcher Stout. She was a graduate of Elizabethton High School.
Prior to her illness four years ago, she was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church and was Sunday school director and Vacation Bible School director for 15 years.
She was preceded in death by a son, James Phillip "Snake" Manning on September 23, 1999.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Manning; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jean Turner, of Knoxville, and Jackie and Carroll Reese, of Dublin, Ga.; a son and daughter-in-law, Sam "Paul" and Margaret Manning, of Jonesborough; a brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Pauline Stout, Elizabethton; seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Anna Manning will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Kenneth Jordan and Mr. Glenn Keller officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 10, 2003 in the Stout Family Cemetery. Jane Walker will provide the music. Active pallbearers will be Brian Manning, Paul Manning, Jeff Walker and other family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and employees of Pine Ridge Care Center, Sam Stout, Tommy Stout and Tom Glass. 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 10:55 a.m. Friday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Manning family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Martha McGee
Mrs. Martha Jane Miller McGee, 2529 Pine St., Pelion, South Carolina, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003 in the Lexington Medical Center, Columbia, S.C.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Steven P. Richardson
Steven Paul Richardson, 54, 901 Antioch Rd., Johnson City, died Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, he was the youngest son of the late Wiley T. and Anna Pearl Williams Richardson.
He was a graduate of Elizabethton High School. He was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Richardson served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He was employed by Super K-Mart in Johnson City.
Survivors include one daughter, Dena Michelle Richardson, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Florence Stevens and Sylvia Richardson, both of Johnson City; four brothers, Carl Richardson, Franklin Richardson and Everett Richardson, all of Elizabethton, and Harley Richardson, of Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Shannon Sigman, also survive.
Memorial services for Steven Richardson will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Glen Hoilman officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at any family member's residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Richardson family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Simerly
Mrs. Mary Ann Peters Simerly, age 103, 146 Arwood Hill Road, Hampton, died Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in the Hermitage Health Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 8, 2003

Mary A. Bowman
Mrs. Mary Alice Bowman, 90, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003 in the Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
A native of Valley Crucis, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late M.F. and Pansy Baumgardner Walter. She had lived most of her life in Elizabethton.
She was a retired employee of Bemberg Industries.
Mrs. Bowman was a member of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Bowman, and a sister, Ruth Davis.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Helen Ann and Jack Shipley, of the home; two grandchildren, Connie Ellis Graham and her husband, Shields Graham, Elizabethton, and David Ellis of Fla.; one great granddaughter, Lilly Marie Ellis, Elizabethton, and a very special nephew and his wife, Millard and Betty Lou Day, Elizabethton.
Funeral services for Mary Bowman will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Buford Hankins officiating. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at her residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Manning
Mrs. Anna Muriel Stout Manning, 84, 143 Old Watauga Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003 in the Pine Ridge Care Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 7, 2003

Helen M. Bowman
HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Helen Maureen Bowman, of Mt. Rainier, died Saturday, October 4, 2003.
Mrs. Bowman was a native of Elizabethton, Tenn.
She was the beloved wife of John R. Bowman; loving mother of Linda (Barry) Rayman, Patricia (Joseph) Floria, Judith Bowman, Steven (Joanne) Bowman and the late Sandra Bowman; sister of Eugene Vandeventer and Margie Bolin; grandmother of Jill, Christopher, Stacy, Lori, Matthew, Steven and Cassandra; and great-grandmother of Christopher, Michael and Alexandra.
Friends may call at Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A., 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, on Tuesday, October 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. and from and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson, Va., on Wednesday, October 8, at 12 noon. Interment will be in the Mt. Jackson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of the National Capitol Area, 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A., 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, Md., (301) 927-6100, is in charge of arrangements.

Pearl Calhoun
Pearl Calhoun, age 93, of Roan Mountain, passed away Monday, October 6, 2003 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Elizabethton.
She was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Clayton and Matilda Street Harrell.
She was a retired school teacher and a member of Cove Creek Presbyterian Church in Roan Mountain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Calhoun.
Survivors include a son, Robert (Bob) Calhoun and his wife, Sandra, of Bakersville, N.C.; a sister, Maude Christian, of Elizabethton; two grandchildren, Chad Calhoun and his wife, Lisa, and Colby Calhoun and his wife, Heather, and two great grandchildren, Brittany and Jordian Calhoun.
Funeral services for Pearl Calhoun will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home, with Roger Laws officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Garland Parker Cemetery. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Kappes
GORDONVILLE, Texas -- Mrs. Georgia G. Shepherd Kappes, 70 Seminole Dr., Gordonville, Texas died Monday, October 6, 2003, following a brief illness.
A native of Carter County, having lived in Texas the past thirty-two years, she was the daughter of the late George Dewey and Josie Hubbard Shepherd, formerly of Elizabethton.
She was preceded in death by a son, Dewey Edward Tyree; a grandson, Tommy Heading; an infant brother, James Paul Shepherd, and two sisters, Effie Gentry and Juanita Honeycutt.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Kappes of the home; five daughters, Mary Jeanette Peters, of Elizabethton; Dorothy Faye Southern, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Judith Ann Antic, of Granada Hills, Calif.; Frankie Gene Jesionowski, of Canton, Ga., and Frances Marie Hopkins, of Hampton; two sisters, Lelia Jane Rasnick, of Johnson City and Beulah Price, of Grafton, Ohio, and two brothers, Hubert Shepherd and Herman Shepherd, both of Johnson City. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mrs. Georgia G. Shepherd Kappes will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at Huff Funeral Home in Whitesboro, Texas. A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2003 at Prayer Tabernacle Church, 811 Cedar Avenue, Elizabethton. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Home Hospice, PO Box 2306, Sherman, TX 75091. Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 N. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423-542-2232).

Eloise B. Smith
Eloise Bennett Smith, 84, of Lancaster, Texas, died at her residence Saturday, October 4, 2003.
She was a native of Mobile, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Smith, in 1973, and by a daughter.
Survivors include seven children, including Troy Smith, of Elizabethton; a brother; 26 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Graveside services for Eloise Smith will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in the Fitzhugh Cemetery, White Hall, Ark. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Cranford Funeral Home, White Hall, Ark. Courtesy of Memorial Funeral Chapel.

Gladys G. Worley
Mrs. Gladys Grindstaff Worley, 80, 138 McKeehan Ridge Road, Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord and her husband on Sunday, October 5, 2003 at her residence.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Dave and Ellen Woodby Grindstaff.
Mrs. Worley was employed at the American Bemberg Corporation for 33 years. She attended King Springs Baptist Church.
Mrs. Worley was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel J. Worley, on June 29, 2003 and by eight brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Norman Chesser, Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Anita Worley, of Johnson City; a sister and brother-in-law, Lissie and F.A. Cozad, Elizabethton; six grandchildren, Kenneth R. Worley, Jr., Phillip Andrew Worley, Samuel James Worley II, Gabrielle Nicole Burress, Jennifer Turnage and Norman F. Chesser, Jr., and six great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Gladys Worley will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Cornett, Rev. Scott Hayes and Rev. Palmer Jones officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Bobby Tipton and Bud Taylor will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday will be Samuel James Worley II, Phillip Andrew Worley, Kenneth R. Worley, Jr., Norman F. Chesser, Jr., Alan Burress and John Tipton. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at her residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday. Condolences to the Worley family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 6, 2003

Katherine D. Senter
Katherine D. Senter, formerly of 1204 Michigan Avenue, Elizabethton died Sunday, October 5, 2003 at the Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, following an extended illness.
A native of Knoxville, she had resided in Elizabethton over 60 years.
She was the daughter of the late James W. and Irene Gilbert Dance.
Mrs. Senter was a member of First Baptist Church, Elizabethton, The John Carter Chapter of the D.A.R., the Chamber of Commerce and was a retail merchant. She and her husband, James Kyle Senter, who died January 1, 1996, formerly owned and operated Kyle's Corner, Pine and E Street, Elizabethton. She was preceded in death by one sister, Inez Clemons Wahl, and four brothers, Gilbert Dance, John Dance, Joe Dance and James Dance.
Survivors include one sister, Helen D. Tate, Elizabethton; four nieces, Carolyn T. Dugger, Elizabethton; Joi Dance West, Johnson City; Bonnie Thornton, of Louisville, Ky. and Kathy Gallaher, of Kawkawlin, Mich. Two nephews, Ed Dance and John Dance, both of Johnson City, also survive.
The graveside service for Katherine D. Senter will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Brent Seals officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home, Fireside Room. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2003. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mrs. Senter to the United Way of Carter County, 527 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.

Eugene L. Tittle
Eugene L. "Gene" Tittle, 46, 178 Unaka View Drive, Rock Creek Community, Erwin, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 4, 2003 at his residence after a six-and-half year battle with cancer.
He was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his passing. He was a devoted Christian and a faithful member of Pentecostal Holiness Church of Erwin. He loved gospel music and loved doing good for other people.
He was a son of Cliff Tittle, of Erwin, and the late Myrtle Johnson Tittle.
He was an EMT for the former Erwin Rescue Squad. He had worked for Murray Guard as a security guard at NFS and was retired from Burton Rubber.
He was also preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
Other than his father, he is survived by his wife, Tammy Kenney Tittle, Erwin; a very special dog, Casper; a step-mother, Virginia "Jenny" Tittle, Erwin; a brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Carolyn Tittle, Erwin; a brother-in-law and wife, John and Shawn Kenney, Erwin; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Sheila and Frank Vaughan, Va., and Abby and Terry White, Erwin; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Kenney, Erwin; four nephews, David Vaughan and Brian Vaughan, Va.; Johnathan Kenney, Erwin, and Mack Williams, Erwin; two nieces, Brittany Kenney, Erwin, and Jaime Lane, Gray, and one great niece, Jaylyn Lane, of Gray. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2003 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at Pentecostal Holiness Church. Rev. Earl Ragland and Rev. James Dunn will officiate. David Vaughan will also speak. Vocal selections will be provided by Jimmy Dunn, the Benton Family, Luann Powers and Kim Faulkner. Graveside services and interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Terry Wilson, Richard Phillips, Jim Tittle, Mark Wilson, Raymond Hastings, Carl Arrowood, and Kent Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Pentecostal Holiness Church. Online condolences can be e-mailed to the family through our Web site at valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Eugene L. "Gene" Tittle through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin.

Gladys G. Worley
Mrs. Gladys Grindstaff Worley, 76, 138 McKeehan Ridge Road, Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord and her husband on Sunday, October 5, 2003 at her residence.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Dave and Ellen Woodby Grindstaff.
Mrs. Worley was employed at the American Bemberg Corporation for 33 years. She attended King Springs Baptist Church.
Mrs. Worley was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel J. Worley, on June 29, 2003 and by eight brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Norman Chesser, Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Anita Worley, of Johnson City; a sister and brother-in-law, Lissie and F.A. Cozad, Elizabethton; six grandchildren, Kenneth R. Worley, Jr., Phillip Andrew Worley, Samuel James Worley II, Gabrielle Nicole Burress, Jennifer Turnage and Norman F. Chesser, Jr., and six great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Gladys Worley will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Cornett, Rev. Scott Hayes and Rev. Palmer Jones officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Bobby Tipton and Bud Taylor will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday will be Samuel James Worley II, Phillip Andrew Worley, Kenneth R. Worley, Jr., Norman F. Chesser, Jr., Alan Burress and John Tipton. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at her residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday. Condolences to the Worley family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 5, 2003

Elizabeth Cox
Elizabeth "Tiny" Cox, 70, 101 West 3rd Avenue, Watauga, died Friday, October 3, 2003, at Select Specialty Hospital, Bristol.
Mrs. Cox was a native of Carter County and had lived most of her life there. She was a daughter of the late Crockett L. and Nannie Feathers Carr and was also preceded in death by her husband, George C. Cox, in 1998, and three brothers, Billy Jack Carr, Andrew Carr and Charles Carr.
Mrs. Cox was a homemaker and a member of the Watauga Flats Church of God.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Janice Blackburn, Watauga, and Patty and Estel Williams, Piney Flats; two sons and daughters-in-law, Buster and Becky Cox, Kingsport, and Mark and Lisa Cox, Johnson City; two sisters, Evelyn Adams and Brenda Barnes, both of Johnson City; two brothers, Tommy Carr, Jonesborough, and James Carr, Johnson City; six grandsons, Johnny Blackburn, Watauga, Es Williams, Piney Flats, James Cox, Elizabethton, Brian Cox and Wesley Yu, both of Johnson City, and Clint Robinette, Kingsport; four granddaughters, Mallorie Williams and Haley Williams, both of Piney Flats, Pam Carver, Johnson City, and Amber Williams, Kingsport; six great-grandchildren, Brittany, Ashley, Samantha, Kayla, Megan and Bailey; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend and companion, her puppy, Buddy.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, October 6, in the Morris-Baker South Chapel with the Rev. T.R. Gosnell, the Rev. Billy Byrd and the Rev. Estel Williams officiating. The committal service will follow in the Carr Cemetery, Watauga Flats. Active pallbearers will be Jim Adams, Lee Barnes, Ronnie Carr, Ricky Carr, Jerry Carr and Robbie McGuire. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons and members of the Watauga Flats Church of God. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 9 p.m. Sunday. Friends may also call at the home of her daughter, Janice Williams, 101 W. 3rd Avenue, Watauga. Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521.

Dr. Lynda S. Greene
Dr. Lynda Sue Greene, 51, 646 Golf Course Drive, Elizabethton, died calmly at her residence on Wednesday, October 1, 2003, following an extended illness.
Dr. Greene was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Raud Bunton and Helen Medearis Bunton Waycaster. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Bunton.
Dr. Greene received her Doctor of Education degree from East Tennessee State University in 1987 and had taught in the Elizabethton City School System for 25 years. She was a member of the Tennessee Education Association and the Carter County Humane Society. She was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Whitney Greene, Johnson City, and two brothers, Bill Bunton, Elizabethton, and Jack Bunton, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 4, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Hendrich and Mr. Will Andrews officiating. Interment followed the service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers were selected from family and friends. The family received friends at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Affiliate, 4205 Hillsboro Road, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathaway-percy.com. Arrangements under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Herman Honeycutt Jr.
Herman Honeycutt Jr., 73, 114 Herman Honeycutt Road, Roan Mountain, died Friday, October 3, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Mr. Honeycutt was a native of Carter County. He had attended a school for the blind in Little Rock, Ark. He was owner and operator of Honeycutt Grocery and also operated concession stands in different locations. He was a member of Fork Mountain Free Will Baptist Church, a member of the Tennessee Business Enterprises and a member of the Carter County Sheriff's Association.
Mr. Honeycutt was preceded in death by a stepson, Dewey Hilman, and a brother, Bill Norris.
Survivors include his wife, Velma Blevins Honeycutt; a daughter, Debbie Stevens, Roan Mountain; a stepson, Glen Hilman, Hampton; two stepdaughters, Sue Goodwin, Bessimer, Ala., and JoAnn Norris, Hampton; and a sister, Charlotte Sikes, Murfreesboro. Nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, October 6, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Don Gregg officiating. Interment will follow in the Lyons Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:50 p.m. Monday, will be Shannon Hilman, Keith Lowe, Travis Stout, Ronnie Small, Josh Hilman, Bob Rainbolt and Shawn Steves. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Holder, Dale Blevins, Mike Blevins, Terry Blevins, Larry Honeycutt, Mike Honeycutt, Jim Cable, Ronnie Townson, Jack Smith, Paul Smith, Earl Aldridge, Marvin Honeycutt, Kenneth Potter and members of the Bluff City Police Department, Ralph Brown, Bill Brown, Hoit Aldridge, Keith Lyons, Stacy Street, Jimmy Street, Garrett Aldridge, Leonard Morgan, Chad Morgan and teachers of the Tennessee Technical School. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary I. Greene
Mary Isabelle Greene, 79, 115 Headrick Lane, Elizabethton, died Friday, October 3, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton.
Mrs. Greene was a native of Avery County, N.C., and the daughter of the late Coy C. and Nora Guy Greene. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Owens and Modest Creasey, and two brothers, William T. Greene and Edgar G. Greene.
Mrs. Greene attended Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation after 42 years of service.
Survivors include four sisters, Violet Lyons, Elizabethton, Mrs. Raymond (Ella) Whitehead, Elizabethton, Blanche Hill, Hampton, and Velma Lee Clemons, Elizabethton; two sisters-in-law, Peggy Greene, Ft. Washington, Md., and Ruth Greene, Elizabethton; special friends, Nell Reed, Murfreesboro, and Betty Campbell, Scottsboro, Ala.; a special goddaughter, Laura Jo Elijah, Elizabethton; several cousins, all of Vilas, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral service was conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2003, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Jonas Revis and the Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Music was under the direction of Robert and Pat Ray and Ben Johnson. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be great-nephews, A.J. Clemons, Douglas Creasey, Wayne Clemons, Eric Creasey, Larry Moreland, Nathan Carter, David Stonecipher and Danny Greene. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, the Men's Class of Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church, the administration and staff of Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Joel Elijah, the Rev. Jerry Emmert, Gene Douglas, Dr. Robert Grindstaff and employees and former employees of Burgie Drug Store. 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 received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence, 115 Headrick Lane, Elizabethton, 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 arrangements.

James P. Short
James "Jim" Pershing Short, 85, 142 Starlight Drive, Elizabethton, died Thursday, October 2, 2003, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Short was a native of Sinks Grove, W.Va., and the son of the late Marion T. and Louisa Mutter Short. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Erma Compton Short; a son, James "Jimmy" Short; a granddaughter, LeaAnn Wiseman; and seven brothers and sisters.
Mr. Short was a retired employee of AFG Industries. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II.
Survivors include a daughter, LouAnn Reynolds, Roanoke, Va.; a granddaughter, Patricia Smith, Elizabethton; three grandsons, James H. Short, Center, Texas, Joey D. Short, Mansura, La., and Brian Wiseman, Roanoke, Va.; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Lucy Craddock, Minden, W.Va.; and a nephew and spouse, Roger and Judy Compton, Spartanburg, S.C.
A private disposition will be held at a later date. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Short to Valley Forge United Methodist Church, 3974 Hwy. 19E, Elizabethton, TN 37643. 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 arrangements.

October 3, 2003

Dr. Lynda S. Greene
Dr. Lynda Sue Greene, 51, 646 Golf Course Drive, Elizabethton, died calmly at her residence on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 following an extended illness. 
A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Raud Bunton and Helen Medearis Bunton Waycaster. 
She received her Doctor of Education degree from East Tennessee State University in 1987. 
Dr. Greene had taught in the Elizabethton City School System for 25 years and was a member of the Tennessee Education Association and the Carter County Humane Society. 
She was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Ray Bunton. 
Survivors include one daughter, Whitney Greene, Johnson City, and two brothers, Bill Bunton, Elizabethton, and Jack Bunton, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Dr. Lynda Sue Greene will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2003 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Hendrich and Mr. Will Andrews officiating. Interment will follow the service in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Affiliate, 4205 Hillsboro Road, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathaway-percy.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Helen Pierce
Helen Sally Cates Pierce of Asbury Place in Maryville, Tenn. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 2, 2003.
She was the daughter of R.C. and Ida Myrtle Cates. 
Helen was a homemaker and lived in Tennessee most of her life. She owned and operated Pierce Grocery in the Central Community between Elizabethton and Johnson City for 12 years during the 1960's and 1970's. She made her home with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter: Margaret, Bill and Sandy Reece. 
Helen was a Baptist and had taught many children's Sunday School classes over the years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Dugger Pierce and his sister Tina Simerly; three sisters: Thelma Cates, Ethel Pierce and Ruth Campbell; one brother, L. D. Cates, and one son-in-law, Charles Davis.
Survivors include four daughters and spouses, Virginia Davis, of Oak Ridge; Margaret and Bill Reece, of Edmonton, Ky. and Knoxville; Norma and Gary Rhea, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Connie and Bill Roberts of Unicoi; one son and daughter-in-law, Randal and Linda Brown Pierce, of Maryville, Tenn.; two sisters, Gladys Reece, of Hampton, and Leona Stout, of Cumberland, Va.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grand children.
Funeral services for Helen Sally Cates Pierce will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2003 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. Interment will follow the service in the Pierce Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

October 2, 2003

Maudie B. Carter
Maudie B. Carter, 87, 2116 West G Street, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003 in the Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
A native of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Anna Adair Mack.
She had lived in Elizabethton since 1947.
She was associated with her late husband, Nick Carter, in the operation of Nick Carter's Furniture Company in Elizabethton for several years.
Mrs. Carter was a former "Pink Lady" at the Carter County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Watauga Valley Art League, the Elizabethton Women's Club, and the Elizabethton Senior Citizens.
Mrs. Carter was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold A. and Monna Carter and Robert J. and Janelle Carter, all of Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Susan Crawford and her husband, Christopher, of Saltville, Va.; Kip Anderson and her husband, Jeffery; Chris Carter and his wife, Jennifer; Bob Carter and Kate Carter, all of Elizabethton, and eight great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial services for Maudie Carter will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2003 in the Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Special music will be provided by Mrs. Ann Miller. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center, 428 East G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mills B. Causby
Mills B. Causby, 66, of Elizabethton, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Causby was a native of Marion, N.C. (McDowell County), and the son of the late Addie and Margaret Welbourn Causby.
Mr. Causby was of the Baptist faith. He was a past agent for Trailway.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Wilson Causby, of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Victor and Daniela Causby, Gloucester, Va., Jeff and Penny Causby and Scott and Lisa Causby, all of Elizabethton; three brothers, Fred Causby, Bill Causby and Roy Causby, all of Marion, N.C.; and four sisters, Betty Moore, Rutherfordton, N.C., Catherine Deaton, Nancy Shuford and Jodi Wright, all of Marion, N.C. Ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, October 3, at Vein Mountain Baptist Church, Marion, N.C., with the Rev. Randy Johnson and the Rev. Barry Gouge officiating. Music will be under the direction of Emma Causby, organist, and Gretchen Causby, vocalist. Interment will follow the funeral service in the Vein Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Marion, N.C. Active pallbearers will be Bill Causby, Greg Causby, Fred Causby, Eric Causby, Roy Causby and Tyler Causby. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, October 3, at Vein Mountain Baptist Church, Marion, N.C., and on Thursday, October 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Friends may also call at the residence, 144 Sunny Acres, Elizabethton, any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Causby to Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 1503 Riverview Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site: www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Doris A. Grindstaff
Doris Anderson Grindstaff, 74, 113 Laura Bowers Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
Mrs. Grindstaff was a native of Carter County and a daughter of Susie Bowers Anderson, Elizabethton, and the late Alfred Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James B. Grindstaff, and a daughter, Kathleen Grindstaff.
Mrs. Grindstaff was a homemaker and a member of Blue Springs Christian Church.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three sons, Albert Grindstaff, Independence, Mo., Larry Grindstaff, Lenoir, N.C., and Gerald Grindstaff, of the home; two brothers, Dallas Anderson and Carl Anderson, both of Elizabethton; and a sister, Mary Alice Anderson, Elizabethton. Three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 2, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with Mr. Richard Thomason, minister, officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, October 3, at Pearl Bowers Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Landon Grindstaff, Carrell Grindstaff, Willard Bowers, Fane Bowers, Shirell Bowers and Wesley Grindstaff. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Friends may also call at the residence of her mother, Susie Bowers Anderson, 810 N. Roan Street, Elizabethton, 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 arrangements.

Geraldine G. Hoit
Geraldine "Jerry" Gardner Hoit, 87, 1810 Brook Hollow Road, Johnson City, died Monday, September 29, 2003.
Mrs. Hoit was a native of Defiance, Ohio, and lived in a variety of places including Alabama, South Carolina, New York, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. She was a daughter of the late Harry Scott Gardner and Bessie McEwen Gardner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Hamilton Hoit Jr., in 1999, two brothers, Robert McEwen Gardner and Richard Brice Gardner, and two infant sisters.
Mrs. Hoit received her bachelor's degree in business from the University of Alabama, "GO BAMA". At age 50, she earned her master's degree from East Tennessee State University so she could share her passion for art and finished her teaching career at T.A. Dugger Junior High School in Elizabethton. She was an award-winning artist, an accomplished pianist and had a zany sense of humor. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, the Defiance Society of Artists, Sigma Kappa Sorority and Phi Delta Kappa Education Society.
Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoit-Thetford, and husband Richard Thetford, Savannah, Ga.; one son, James Hamilton Hoit III, and wife Linda, Johnson City; three granddaughters, Carol, Jennifer and April Hoit, all of Johnson City; one grandson, James Campbell of Hawaii; one great-granddaughter, Natasha Takahashi of Hawaii; one great-grandson, Jeremiah Hoit, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 3, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with Mr. Donald R. Muncie and the Rev. Baron Eliason officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are asked to meet at the church by 1:15 p.m. Friday, will be John Brookshire, Gerald Malcolm, Jeff Malcolm, Dorman Stout, Hal Littleford and Mike Grindstaff. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Wood Chapel of the church. For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to the Defiance Society of Artists, 522 Pearl Street, Defiance, OH 43512.  Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com. Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Hoit family.

Shirley J. Kress
Shirley J. Kress, 65, 3061/2 East C Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, October 1, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Clara "Dot" Ensor Kress.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Dungan Chapel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Paulette Kress.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary Scott Simmons, Johnson City, and Barry Samuel and Lori Simmons, Manville, Texas; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Juanita and Thurl Graham; Thelma and D.C. Sansom; Jewelene and Norman Ingram, and Lela Jean Kress, all of Elizabethton; one brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Cleo Kress, Elizabethton, and two grandchildren, Miles Simmons and Cade Simmons. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Graveside services for Shirley Kress will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2003 in the Kress Cemetery (Hurley Hollow) with the Rev. Eric Heaton officiating. Burial will follow the service. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Friday, will be Kevin Templeton, Mike Reed, Bobby Sansom, Joe Coffman, Paul Clark and Aubrey Ensor. Honorary pallbearers will be her cousins. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Thursday or Friday morning. Friends may also call at the residence of Thelma Sansom, 112 Robin Lane, U.S. Highway 91, Elizabethton, or the residence of Lela Kress, 915 N. Sycamore Street, Apt. 7, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Friday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Vertie A. Little
Graveside services for Vertie Alice Little, age 101, Hermitage Health Care Center, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, September 28, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 2, 2003 in the Holly Hill Cemetery (Whitehead Hill Community) with the Rev. Stephen Witt officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Chambers, Earl Shubert White, Jerry Barnett, Ralph Gardner, Dr. Jerry Gastineau and Ray Richardson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2003 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her daughter, Edna Sorrell Williams, 600 Pine Hill Rd., Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Little family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 1, 2003

Mills Causby
Mills Causby, age 66, of Elizabethton, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Rita A. Craddock
HUSTONVILLE, Ky. -- Rita Ann Crumley Craddock, 62, of Hustonville, formerly of Johnson City, Tenn., died Monday, September 29, 2003, at the Charleston Health Care Center in Danville, Ky.
Born June 4, 1941 in Johnson City, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Lee and Thelma Schubert Crumley.
Mrs. Craddock was a retired administrative assistant and a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, Tenn. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Ralph W. Craddock Jr., Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Debra Kaye Craddock-Taylor, Hustonville; and two grandchildren, William Robert Taylor II and Kayece Danielle Taylor.
A memorial service will be held at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City on Friday, October 3, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the time of the service. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Westside Community United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2875 U.S. Hwy. 127, Hustonville, KY 40437 or to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1055 Taylor Avenue, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21286. W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home, Hustonville, Ky., (606) 346-2581, is in charge of all arrangements.

Jackie H. Dugger
Jackie H. Dugger, age 38, 105 Joe Dugger Lane, Butler, died Monday, September 29, 2003 at his residence unexpectedly.
A native of Carter County, he is the son of Joseph E. and Wilma Cable Dugger, of the home.
He attended Piney Grove Church of Christ.
He was an employee of Edmiston Heating and Air Conditioning, Boone, NC. He was a 1983 Hampton High School graduate.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a son, Nicholas Chad Dugger, of the home; a daughter, Sidney Lorraine Dugger, Butler; a step-daughter, Margie Anton, Butler; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Renee and Kenny Payne, Butler; Lora and Jim Harris, Butler; one brother and sister-in-law, Joey and Amy Dugger, Butler; two nieces, Kelly Dugger and Isabella Harris, both of Butler; two nephews, Daniel Dugger and Morgan Payne, both of Butler, and three special uncles, Carl Cable and Opal Cable, both of Butler, and Earl Dugger, Johnson City.
The funeral service for Jackie Dugger will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2003 at Piney Grove Church of Christ, with Mr. Dean Estep and Mr. Harold Morefield, ministers, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Piney Grove Church of Christ Choir. Interment will follow the funeral service in the Piney Grove Church of Christ Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Daniel Dugger, Michael Dugger, Billy Dugger, Tony Harmon, Rick Harmon, Jeff Guy, and Terry Cable. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Dugger and Jeff Farthing. A special "Thank You" to Angela Abrahms and Jackie and Ben Greene and Sharon Sammons. The family will receive friends at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton on Wednesday, October 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., or friends may call at the residence of a sister and brother-in-law, Lora and Jim Harris, 108 Joe Dugger Lane, Butler, 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 arrangements.

Doris A. Grindstaff
Doris Anderson Grindstaff, age 74, of 113 Laura Bowers Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine "Jerry" Gardner Hoit 
Geraldine "Jerry" Gardner Hoit, age 87, 1810 Brook Hollow Rd., Johnson City, died Monday, September 29, 2003.
  Mrs. Hoit was a native of Defiance, Ohio and lived in a variety of places including Alabama, South Carolina, New York, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Mrs. Hoit was a daughter of the late Harry Scott Gardner and Bessie McEwen Gardner.
  She received her bachelor's degree in business from the University of Alabama, "GO BAMA". At age 50, she earned her master's degree from East Tennessee State University so that she could share her passion for art and finished her teaching career at T.A. Dugger Junior High School in Elizabethton. 
  Mrs. Hoit was an award-winning artist, an accomplished pianist and had a zany sense of humor.
  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, Defiance Society of Artists, Sigma Kappa Sorority, and Phi Delta Kappa Education Society. 
  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hoit was preceded in death by her husband, J. Hamilton Hoit, Jr., in 1999; two brothers, Robert McEwen Gardner and Richard Brice Gardner, and two infant sisters.
  She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoit-Thetford, and husband Richard Thetford, Savannah, Ga.; one son, James Hamilton Hoit, III, and wife Linda, Johnson City; three granddaughters, Carol, Jennifer and April Hoit, all of Johnson City; one grandson, James Campbell, Hawaii; one great-granddaughter, Natasha Takahashi, Hawaii; one great-grandson, Jeremiah Hoit, Johnson City, and several nieces and nephews.
  The funeral service for Mrs. Hoit will be conducted Friday, October 3, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with Mr. Donald R. Muncie and Rev. Baron Eliason officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain Home National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from noon until 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Chapel of the church. For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to the Defiance Society of Artists, 522 Pearl St., Defiance, Ohio, 43512. Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com. Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Hoit family.  

Vertie Alice Little
Graveside services for Vertie Alice Little, age 101, Hermitage Health Care Center, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, September 28, 2003, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 2, 2003 in the Holly Hill Cemetery (Whitehead Hill Community) with the Rev. Stephen Witt officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Chambers, Earl Shubert White, Jerry Barnett, Ralph Gardner, Dr. Jerry Gastineau and Ray Richardson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2003 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her daughter, Edna Sorrell Williams, 600 Pine Hill Rd., Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Little family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Y. Palmer
Ruth Yelton Palmer, age 84, of Bobs Hollow Rd., Bakersville, North Carolina, passed away Monday night, September 29, 2003 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton.
She was a native of Mitchell County, North Carolina, and a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Wess and Pearl Forbes Yelton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Palmer.
Survivors include two daughters, Alma June Thomas, of Burnsville, N.C., and Kaye Berg of Elizabethton; two sons, Patton and Melvin Buchanan, both of Elizabethton; five sisters, Mary Graybeal, of Spruce Pine, N.C.; Charlotte Yelton and Willie Norman, both of Gastonia, N.C.; Dixie Hoilman, of Unicoi; Ann Melton, of Aiken, S.C.; one brother, Earl Yelton, of Unicoi; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ruth Palmer will be conducted on Thursday, October 2, 2003 at 8 p.m. at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home Chapel in Bakersville, N.C.. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. Ministers will be Rev. Robert McCurry. Interment will be conducted on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Garland Cemetery on Bad Cr. Rd., Bakersville, N.C. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home, Bakersville, N.C. is serving the Palmer family.