October 31, 2003

Raymond C. Crabtree
Raymond Coleman Crabtree, 29, 114 U.G. Buckles Rd., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, October 29, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, he was an employee of Siemens of Johnson City.
He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Crabtree.
Survivors include his wife, Keri Pierce Crabtree; his father, Raymond Crabtree, of Hampton; his mother, Roseann Sheets, Elizabethton; two sisters, Bobbie Jo McNeil, of South Carolina, and April Lyons, of Hampton; several aunts and uncles and two nieces, Mary Ann Lyons and Britney McNeil.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clate Briggs, Jr. officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2003 in the Rittertown Baptist Church Cemetery. Dusty Buckles and Ona Faye Oliver will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, will be Jeff Lunceford, David Spads, Larry Hughes, Brian Hughes, Brandon Hubbard, Sammy Ford and Mike Morton. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of his father or his mother. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle G. Garland
Mrs. Myrtle Gouge Garland, age 86, formerly of the Lamar Community, died Thursday, October 30, 2003 in the Asbury Center, Johnson City.
Mrs. Garland was a Mitchell County, North Carolina native and a daughter of the late Edd and Sallie Ledford Gouge.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Garland was a member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Garland, and a sister, Helena Buchanan.
Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Farrell and Mary Belle Gouge and Bradley and Charlene Gouge, all of Johnson City; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Pansy Tipton, of Kernersville, North Carolina; Ethel Harrell, of Manchester, Maryland.; Lois Street; Edna and Bill Masters, and Mary and Donald Parker, all of Gray, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Garland will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Phillip Rogers will officiate. Music will be under the direction of Phyllis Garland and Angie Honeycutt. Graveside services and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2003 in Roselawn Memory Gardens, Johnson City. Nephews will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the funeral home by 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at the cemetery by 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and other times at the residence of a brother, Bradley Gouge, 138 Bradley Gouge Rd., Cherokee Community, Johnson City. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation, Knoxville, Tennessee Chapter, 212 South Peters Rd., Suite 105, Knoxville, TN 37923. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lefordfuneralhome.com. Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Dr., Unicoi, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Jack T. Horton
Mr. Jack Taylor Horton, age 85, 121 Jack Horton Road, Unicoi, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Horton was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and the son of the late James Taylor and Polly Birchfield Horton.
He was a World War II Navy veteran.
Mr. Horton was formerly employed by Northern Electric.
He was a member of Unicoi Christian Church. Mr. Horton was a member of the Unicoi Masonic Lodge No. 681 F&AM.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Landers Horton, in 1961; his second wife, Bonnie Herman Horton, in 2002; a son, James Michael Horton, in 1992, and a sister, Ella Horton Johnson.
Survivors include three daughters, Alice Horton Kelley, of San Francisco, California; Willa Dean Jacobs, of Cary, North Carolina, and Janet Winn, of Unicoi; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Horton will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Minister Brady Augustine will officiate. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 in Horton Family Cemetery, Unicoi. Full military grave rites will be rendered by the Kingsport VFW Post #3382. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the funeral home by 7:30 p.m. Friday. Family, minister, friends and pallbearers may gather at the funeral home by 10 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and other times at the residence, 121 Jack Horton Rd., Unicoi. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.lefordfuneralhome.com. Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Dr., Unicoi, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Verl Street
Verl Street, 75, 179 Shell Creek Road, Roan Mountain, died Thursday, October 30, 2003 in the Cannon Memorial Hospital, Lionville, North Carolina.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Harrison and Etter Ingram Street.
Mr. Street was retired from the Carter County Highway Department after several years of service operating a road grader.
He had served in the United States Army.
Mr. Street was a member of Fork Mountain Free Will Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Roselee Bledsoe Street; two sisters and five brothers.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Chad and Aleshia Street, Roan Mountain, and Darrell and Brenda Johnson, of Roan Mountain; one brother, Billy Street, Hampton; three sisters, Marie Street and Willie Holtsclaw, both of Roan Mtn. and Carrie Carver, Elizabethton; three grandsons, Zachary Street, Tim Johnson and Scotty Johnson; one granddaughter, Gracie Street; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Donna Whitehead, also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Storie officiating. Interment will follow in the Crabtree-Johnson Cemetery. The Fork Mountain Singers will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:50 p.m. Saturday will be Jim Strickland, Jason Strickland, Eddie Carver, Donnie Juliran, Sheriff John Henson, Johnny Ledford and Wayne Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Alfred Earwood, Dr. David Kimmell, Dr. W.C. Tate II, the staff of Roan Highlands Nursing Home and the staff of the Carter County Highway Department. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour on Saturday. To those who prefer, memorials may be in memory of Mr. Street of the Cannon/Sloop Healthcare Foundation, Cannon Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 767, Linville, N.C. 28646. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kayla M. White
Kayla Michelle White went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 16, 2003.
She was the infant daughter of Jesse C. and April Taylor White, Sciota Road, Limestone Cove Community, Unicoi.
Other family members include paternal grandparents, Sarah White, Unicoi, and the late Luther White; paternal great grandmother, Gladys Mae Britt, Erwin; maternal grandparents, Carl and Janie Taylor, of Salem, Virginia; maternal great grandmother, Bettie McDaniel, of Salem, Virginia, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 in the Britt Family Cemetery, 633 Sciota Rd., Limestone Cove Community, Unicoi. Reverend Nathan Jennings and Reverend Thurman Sullivan will officiate. Music will be provided by Tracy McLaughlin. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unicoi Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.ledfordfuneralhome.com. Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Dr., Unicoi, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Jerry L. Williams
Jerry Lee Williams, 65, Life Care Center, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Springfield, Missouri, he was a son of the late Jerry Adam and Rebecca Slape Williams.
He was retired from the real estate business.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Boyd and Doris June Barham, of Moreno Valley, California.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with the V.A. Chaplain officiating. VFW Post #2166 will provide military graveside honors. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 30, 2003

Jocy Pope
Joyce Helen Barnette Pope, 61, 610 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, October 29, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Roan Mountain, she was a daughter of the late Omar and Rebecca Orr Barnette.
She was a retired employee at the V.A. Hospital after 35 years of service.
She was a Free Will Baptist.
Mrs. Pope was a member of the American Federation of Government Employees.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Barnette and a half sister, Gertrude Vines.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry B. Pope; a brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Wanda Barnette, Elizabethton; two sisters, Lucille Barnette and Wilma J. Screws, of Ga.; three half brothers, Bill Arnette, Ray Arnette and Jack Arnette, all of Va.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Jesse Birchfield and Leta and Sonny Hale, all of Elizabethton; her mother-in-law, Georgia Pope, Elizabethton, and a special niece, Dr. Katie Birchfield-Gladston.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Preston Sartelle officiating. Mr. Ed Wheeler will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday will be Dick Sammons, Joseph Taylor, Bob Cable, Anthony Webb, Howard Bowers, Brian Barnette, Jonathan Barnette and Floyd Storie. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Feathers, employees of the Canteen Department, V.A. Medical Center; management, employees and staff of Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Victor Deloach, Ron Delk, and Dean Crosswhite. Friends may call at the funeral home any time after noon on Thursday or the residence of her brother, Dennis Barnette, 127 Webb Hollow Loop, Elizabethton, or the residence of Jesse and Joyce Birchfield, 723 Fairway Dr., Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 11 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.

L.S. Sizemore
L.S. Sizemore, 90, 105 Heather Lane, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Sizemore was a native of Fayette, Ala., and the son of the late Woodsmore and Addie Humber Sizemore. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Sims Sizemore, in September 2000, and by three brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Sizemore was retired from Beaunit Fibers after 35 years of service and also worked as a plumber and electrician. He was a member of Valley Forge Church of God.
Survivors include a son, Randy Sizemore, Elizabethton; a daughter, Betty Roberts, Elizabethton; a brother, Johnny Sizemore, Memphis; and two sisters, Glenis Sizemore, West Point, Miss., and Evelyn, Sacramento, Calif. Six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Sizemore will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 30, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Mark Roberts and Mr. Jamey Roberts officiating. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, October 31, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Glen Medearis, Johnny Isaacs, Jimmy Sizemore, Jamey Roberts, Mark Roberts, Chad Saylor, Ronnie Sims, Chris Sims and Wayne Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Homer Sims and Dr. Max Bayard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. 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.

Jerry L. Williams
Jerry Lee Williams, 65, Life Care Center, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Springfield, Missouri, he was a son of the late Jerry Adam and Rebecca Slape Williams.
He was retired from the real estate business.
Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Doris June and Boyd Barham, of Moreno Valley, California.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with the V.A. Chaplain officiating. VFW Post #2166 will provide military graveside honors. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 29, 2003

Kenneth J. Fair
Kenneth Jackson "Jack" Fair, 69, 164 Old Charity Hill Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Andrew Jackson and Agnes Blevins Fair.
He was a 1953 graduate of Elizabethton High School and attended the Herman Robinson Vocational Training School.
Mr. Fair was a retired maintenance manager with Texas Instruments. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of VFW Post #2166.
Mr. Fair was a member of True Gospel Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwight and Margie Fair, Elizabethton, and Jonathan and Lindsay Fair, Gray; one daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Kelly Parrott, of Roxboro, N.C.; two sisters, Peggy Nave, Johnson City and Norma Webb, Greeneville; five grandchildren, Joshua Fair, Bethany Fair, Matthew Fair, Eric Parrott and Colin Parrott. Several nieces and nephews and cousins also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Keith Webb and Rev. Harold Mains officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jerry Gastineau and the staff of ICU and CCU, Sycamore Shoals Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at any of the family members' residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Helen S. Gentry
Mrs. Helen S. Gentry, 79, 602 Piercetown Road, Butler, died Monday, October 27, 2003 at the residence of a daughter, Debbie Fanning, 603 Bingham St., Elizabethton.
A native of Butler, she was a daughter of the late Alfred M. and Clara Catherine Evans Stout.
She was a caring and loving wife, mother and a devoted grandmother. Mrs. Gentry was a homemaker and retired from Levi Strauss with nine years of service.
Mrs. Gentry devoted her life for the care of others before and after her retirement.
She was a 1942 graduate of the Watauga Academy, Butler. She was also deeply committed to the preservation of the memories of Old Butler and the Butler Museum. She was active in the Watauga Alumni Association.
Mrs. Gentry was a member of the Butler Baptist Church where she taught pre-school Sunday school, was a nursery worker and played the piano when needed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul P. Gentry, and two sisters, Selma Graybeal and Kate Wilson.
Survivors, in addition to Debbie and her husband, Granger Fanning, include another daughter and son-in-law, Suzette and Froy Hernandez, of Fontana, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jennifer Robinson, of Silver Springs, Md.; Kelly Robinson, of Johnson City, and Paul Robinson, of Fontana, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Mary Gentry Oliver, of Port Richey, Fla.; eight nephews; two nieces, and two special friends, Leta Lewis and Ann Dugger.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Cunningham officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 in the Butler Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday will be Douglas Wilson, Roger Wilson, Gene Graybeal, Marion Graybeal, Albert Gentry, Randy Gentry and Jim Graybeal. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family, the Watauga Academy Alumni and Dr. Jeff Farrow. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Granger Fanning, 603 Bingham Street, Elizabethton. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Gentry to the Butler Museum, P.O. Box 261, Butler, TN 37640. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas H. May
NEWPORT, Del. -- Thomas Hill May, 97, formerly of Newport, Del., and Mountain City, Tenn., passed away peacefully on Monday, October 27, 2003.
Mr. May owned May's Parts and Service Center in Newport from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. He was also a farmer in Tennessee, Virginia and Kemblesville, Pa. Mr. May was a founding member of Mountain City Senior Center and was active until his late 80's. He was also a member of the Atlantic Aviation Bowlers League.
Mr. May was preceded in death by his first wife, of 30 years, Joanna, who died in 1966, and by his second wife, of 32 years, Ruby, who died this year.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Janet M. and George Johnson, Landenberg, Pa., Phyllis M. and Irv Levin, Claymont, and Suzanne M. and Edward Grandel, Newport; and a son and daughter-in-law, Charles A. and Sheila May, Bear. Nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 30, in the Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, where visitation will begin at 1:15 p.m. Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park. The family suggests contributions in Mr. May's memory to Special Olympics Delaware, 619 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716-1901.
Nichols-Gilmore Funeral Home, 212 East Justis Street, Newport, Del., (302) 998-8013, is in charge of arrangements.

Loretta Sisk
Loretta "Tootie" Sisk, age 51, of 455 Hospital Hill Rd., Mountain City, passed away Monday, October 27, 2003 at the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Johnson County, she was born June 6, 1952 to the late Buck Icenhour and Hattie Davis Icenhour.
Loretta was preceded in death by her father.
Loretta enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, James "Jim" Daniel Sisk, of the home; two daughters, Hattie Annie Garland, of Fish Springs, Tenn. and Crystal Gail Pope, of Villas, N.C.; two sons, Burl Malcom Sisk and Warren Daniel Sisk, both of Mountain City; three grandchildren, Janie Daniel Sisk, Starre Nichole Garland and Sheyeanne Anniebelle Pope; four sisters, Mary E. Snyder, Anita Icenhour, Rosa Icenhour, all of Mountain City, and Connie Austin, of Delaware; three brothers, Jimmy Icenhour, and Jerry Icenhour, both of Mountain City, and Garner Icenhour of Greensboro, N.C. Several nieces and nephews and special friends, Carolyn Nelson, Betty Maze and Faye Taylor, all of Mountain City, also survive.
Funeral services for Loretta "Tootie" Sisk will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2003 from the First Baptist Church, Mountain City, with Rev. Norman Reece to officiate. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to services. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2003 at the Phillippi Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers are deacons of First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church-Millsaps Memorial Fund, 421 W. Main Street, Mountain City. Family and pallbearers are asked to meet at First Baptist Church at 9:15 a.m. Friday to go in procession. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hux-lipford.com. Hux-Lipford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

L.S. Sizemor
Mr. L. S. Sizemore, 90, 105 Heather Lane, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. 

Jerry L. Williams
Jerry Lee Williams, 65, Life Care Center, Elizabethton, died there Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 28, 2003

Ralph Bush
Ralph Bush, 83, 407 West F St., Elizabethton, died Monday, October 27, 2003 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
A native of Granville, Tenn., he was a son of the late John McClellan and Vallie Jane Birdwell Bush. He had lived in Elizabethton since 1939.
Mr. Bush was a former co-owner of Nave Hardware of Elizabethton. He was a member of Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238. He was a 50-year member of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Tennessee. He was a member of VFW Post #2166.
Mr. Bush was a private pilot and served in the United States Air Force during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martina Bush; three sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Mary Bush, 647 Golf Course Drive, Elizabethton; two grandchildren, William Bush and Martina Bush, both of Elizabethton, and a special friend, Alma Norris, Elizabethton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ron Owens and Dr. Bob Sams officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2003 in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday will be Dr. Bob Sams, Bill Hyder, Bill Byrd, Lanny Norris, Dave Wortman and Lindberg Estep. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ron Smith, Sid Davidson, Dean Perry, Jim Holmes, Troy Davis, Steve Grindstaff, Bill Greene, Dr. Jonathan Bremer, Carroll Richardson, Dr. Rick Myers, Richard Gray, David Holtsclaw, Junior Stanley, friends at the Southern Restaurant, friends at the Franklin Fitness Center, and all the people whom he taught to fly. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. VFW Post #2166 will conduct a military graveside service. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Bush to the Dashiell Lodge Building Fund, c/o Eddie Moore, 128 Treadway Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Helen S. Gentry
Mrs. Helen Stout Gentry, 602 Piercetown Rd., Butler, died Monday, October 27, 2003 at the residence of a daughter, Deborah Fanning, 603 Bingham St., Elizabethton.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 27, 2003

Maude Christian
Maude Ann Harrell Christian, age 94, of 1406 Stateline Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, October 25, 2003 at the Pine Ridge Care Center, Elizabethton where she had been a resident for seven years.
A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Clayton & Matilda Street Harrell.
Mrs. Christian was a homemaker and a member of Cove Creek Presbyterian Church in Roan Mountain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Christian; four brothers, Dave Harrell, Claude Harrell, Ford Harrell & Loy Harrell, and two sisters, Carolyn Young and Pearl Calhoun.
Mrs. Christian is survived by a sister-in-law, Beryl Harrell, one niece and three nephews.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in the Harrell-Kerley Cemetery with Rev. Jerry McCoury officiating. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. for the graveside service. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Affiliate, 4205 Hillsboro Avenue, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215. 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.

Helen V. Smith
Helen Virginia Smith, 79, Hermitage Health Center, Elizabethton, formerly of Rittertown Community, Hampton, died Sunday, October 26, 2003 at the center.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Will Simerly who died in 1979 and Mary Ann Peters Simerly who died in 2003.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Rittertown Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Brownlow Smith, in 1993; by a son, Mike "Springer" Smith, in 1998, and by three brothers, James, Joe and Bobby Simerly.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Glen Potter, Elizabethton, and Margaret and Mack Hicks, Hampton; two sons, James Richard Smith, Hampton, and Daniel Boyd, Chesapeake, Va.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Wilma and Bob Hill and Elsie and Vaughn Fritts, all of Hampton; six grandchildren, Danny Boyd Smith, Patrick Smith, Brian Hicks, Jamie Hicks Lewis, Glenna Potter Painter and Courtney Michael Smith; five great grandchildren, Lucus Smith Teague, Haley Smith, Bryson Keith Hicks, John Thomas "J.T." Painter and Lily Brooke Painter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Haynes and Rev. Bruce Hendrich officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2003 in the Rittertown Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday will be John Painter, Andy Lewis, Danny Teague, Jeff Greene, Jay Louie Greene, Anthony Troutman, Charles Cutlip, Keith Tolley, James Fritts and Greg Shrevee. Honorary pallbearers will be Vaughn Fritts, Bob Hill, Frank Greene, Guy Troutman, Clarence Willis, Wayne McClellan, Dick Emmert, Bobby Joe Taylor, Connie Roberts, Dr. Arnold Hopland, Dr. Jeff Hopland and the staff of Hermitage Health Center. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Glen Potter, 604 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Smith Family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

October 26, 2003

Hiram L. Bailey
Hiram Love Bailey, 89, 348 Old Gray Station Road, Gray, died Friday, October 24, 2003, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home.
Mr. Bailey was a native of Unicoi County, having lived in Gray since 1986. He was a son of the late James D. and Essie Bailey and was also preceded in death by an infant son, Frankie Bailey, and by two brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Bailey was a World War II Army veteran, having served in the European Theatre. He retired from Hoover Ball as a mechanic in 1978 after 19 years of service and was a member of Erwin Church of Christ, where he had served as an elder for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel Peters Bailey; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Carl M. and Margaret Bailey, Johnson City, Luther W. "Joe" and Jeanne Bailey and Alvin Bailey, all of Gray, Jess C. and Marylyn Bailey and Raymond and Faye Bailey, all of Erwin; three daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia L. and Gene Bailey and Hazel L. and Michael Jeter, all of Gray, and Marie N. and Charles Nave, Blountville; and a step-brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Nellie Cole, Bakersville, N.C. Twenty-two grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, October 27, from the Erwin Church of Christ, 710 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, with Minister Clayton Winters, Minister Phillip Mullins and Minister Dan Bailey officiating. Music will be provided by the Erwin Church of Christ Congregation. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, at Roselawn Memory Gardens, Johnson City. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the church by 7:30 p.m. Monday and at the cemetery by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The family, ministers and friends may gather at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Bailey will be placed in the church by 3 p.m. Monday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. Friends may also call at the residence, 348 Old Gray Station Road, Gray, and at the residence of a son and daughter-in-law, Jess C. and Marylyn Bailey, 904 Mountain View Road, Erwin. Erwin Memorial Funeral Home, 1015 N. Main Avenue, Erwin, (423) 743-1380, is in charge of arrangements.

Love Deaderick
Ora Love Townsend Wiseman Deaderick, 69, 197 Poplar Hill Drive, Johnson City, died Thursday, October 23, 2003, at her home following a brief illness.
Mrs. Deaderick was a native of Carter County and had lived in Johnson City most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Irene Campbell Townsend and was also preceded in death by her first husband, R.B. Wiseman, her second husband, Dale Deaderick, and two brothers, Ernest Junior Townsend and Richard Dale Townsend.
Mrs. Deaderick had worked for North Electric and retired from North American Rayon Corporation. She attended McKinley Memorial Bible Church and was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Jerry Hardin, Columbia, S.C., and Donna and Jerry Estep, Hampton; a son and daughter-in-law, Blake and Gayle Wiseman, Rowlette, Texas; four grandchildren, Ronda Campbell, Johnson City, Anthony Wiseman and his wife, Jennifer K. Wiseman, Matthew Wiseman and his wife, Jennifer M. Wiseman, and Shawn Wiseman, all of Dallas, Texas; a great-grandson, Luke Anthony Wiseman; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Rhoda and Bill Reeme, Mary Mosley, Virginia Hughes and Linda and Ernest Killen, all of Johnson City, and Carolyn and Dan Shelley, Maryville; and a brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Reba Townsend, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 26, in the Morris-Baker South Chapel with the Rev. Lenny Smith officiating. The family will receive friends following the service until 3:10 p.m. when the procession will leave for Roselawn Memory Gardens for a 3:30 p.m. graveside service. Active pallbearers will be Steve Lyons, Gary Townsend, Mike Townsend, Kim Hughes, Kirk Hughes, Johnny Townsend, Craig Shelley, Thomas Townsend, David Townsend and Jesse Eller. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Wiseman, Roy Wiseman, David Wiseman, her neighbors from Poplar Hill Subdivision and the staff of Johnson City Medical Center Hospice. For those who wish, memorials may be made to McKinley Memorial Bible Church, c/o Mrs. Betty Smith, 609 Barton Street, Johnson City, TN 37604. 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.

Patricia W. Karsnak
Graveside services for Patricia Whitson Karsnak, 64, 380 Big Springs Road, Elizabethton, who died Thursday, October 23, 2003, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 27, in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Maggie M. Loebsack
Maggie M. Loebsack, 71, formerly of Norfolk, Va., before moving to Elizabethton in 2003, died Friday, October 23, 2003, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Loebsack was the daughter of W.S. Sr. and Emma Cox Febuary and was also preceded in death by her husband, Milfred Loebsack, and two brothers, James Gurney Febuary and W.S. Febuary Jr.
Mrs. Loebsack was a service associate in Norfolk, Va., and Oraokoe, N.C. She was a member of the Bowling League and the Moose Lodge in Norfolk.
Survivors include two sisters and a brother-in-law, June and W.F. "Bill" Bartz and Edith Betty Ralph, all of Elizabethton; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Charles and Viola Febuary, Elizabethton, Frank Febuary, Bellview, Fla., Morris and Edie Febuary, Hampton, Va., and John L. and Charlee Jane Febuary, Hayes, Va.; a special niece, Carol Staples, Norfolk, Va.; several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; a special friend, John Fentress Jr., Norfolk, Va.; and special friends in Norfolk, Va., and Oraokoe, N.C.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, October 27, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Music will be under the direction of Greg and Tammy Ruston. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, in the George Mottern Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Bartz, Joe Woods, David Bartz and Bobby Joe Hyatt. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence of her sisters, Edith Betty Ralph, 171 Reynolds Road, Elizabethton, or June Bartz, 608 Locust Street, Lot #10, Elizabethton, at any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the charity of your choice. 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.

Tony M. Meredith
Tony Max Meredith, 73, 1748 Milligan Highway, Johnson City, died Saturday, October 25, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Meredith was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Deward Edward "Ed" and Beatrice Hyder Meredith.
Mr. Meredith was a retired truck driver with Refrigerated Transport, Jonesboro, Ga., and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member and deacon of Gap Creek Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Chesser Meredith, of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Rick and Rosemary Meredith, Elizabethton, and Russell Meredith, Johnson City; a grandson, John David Meredith, Johnson City; a sister, Leah Jo Dance, Elizabethton; a niece, Joi Dance West, Johnson City; a nephew, Ed Dance, Johnson City; and one aunt, Ossie Meredith, Elizabethton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, October 27, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Roy Hampton and Mr. Rocky S. Maines, ministers, officiating. Music will be by Bobby McGee, soloist, and Rosemary Meredith, pianist. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Ron Owens assisting at the graveside. Military Honors will be accorded at the graveside service by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Anthony Lyons, William "Bud" McKeehan, Harley Farrell, Ed Dance, Martin Meredith, Mac Merritt, Larry Miller and John Meredith. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Gap Creek Christian Church, employees of Carter County Motor Company and Dr. Richard Bowie, Larry Meredith, Gary Meredith, Carroll Meredith, Tommy Meredith and his many friends. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the Grace Baptist Church, Challenge to Build Fund, 1114 Broad Street Ext., Elizabethton, TN 37643 or the Gap Creek Christian Church, Building Fund, 1840 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence at anytime. Friends may also call at the residence of a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Rosemary Meredith, 305 Ridgecrest Drive, Elizabethton. 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. Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas, 44, Clawson Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, died unexpectedly Thursday, October 23, 2003, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
Mr. Thomas was a native of Avery County, N.C., and the son of Roy Oscar Jr. and Susan Johnson Thomas, Roan Mountain.
Mr. Thomas was a truck driver for Terry Woody Trucking Company and was a member of the Harley-Davidson Club.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two daughters, Sarah Lee Jones and Stephanie Thomas, Roan Mountain; two brothers, Oscar Thomas and Richard Thomas, both of Roan Mountain; and a sister, Carol Hamby, Newland, N.C. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, October 27, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Brown Howell officiating. Music will be under the direction of Jude Hughes and Margaret Ann. Interment will follow in the Thomas Family Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Glen Clawson, Randall Calloway, David Clawson, Kenny Johnson, David Thomas, Terry Woods and Dewey. Honorary pallbearers will be his many friends. The family will receive friends at the Rhododendron Chapel from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence of his parents, 131 Clawson Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, at any time. 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.

October 24, 2003

Patricia W. Karsnak
Patricia Whitson Karsnak, 64, 380 Big Springs Rd., Elizabethton, died Thursday, October 23, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, she was a 1957 graduate of Happy Valley High School.
Mrs. Karsnak was employed for several years in the business office of Milligan College. She retired due to disability as a teacher's aide at Happy Valley Elementary School after 18 years of service.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Whitson, in 1997 and by a brother, Gary Whitson, in 2000.
Mrs. Karsnak was a member of Central Baptist Church in Johnson City.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Karsnak; one daughter, Deanna Corder, of Johnson City; one son, Joseph Eric Karsnak, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; her parents, Horace and Dorothy Morley Whitson, of Elizabethton; a sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Mike Sproles, of Elizabethton; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Debbie Whitson, Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Jordan, Kinsey, Alexia and Paris; 13 nieces and nephews. Several aunts, uncles, cousins and her special friends, Richard and Lola church and Gail Broyles also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2003 in Central Baptist Church, Johnson City, with Dr. Ron Murray and Rev. R. Willard Warfield officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 27, 2003 in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 3:50 p.m. Saturday and also at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Monday will be Jimmy Greenwell, Teddy Greenwell, John Whitson, Arnold Lane, Billy Church and Michael Sproles. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Central Baptist Church, Johnson City. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Karsnak family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Harry S. Ledford
Harry S. "Bear" Ledford, age 87, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late W. E. and Emily Whitehead Ledford.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He was a graduate of Elizabethton High School and George Washington University.
He was preceded in death by three sisters.
Mr. Ledford was involved in sports for many years. He played football under the late E. Niles Brown and also coached with him at Elizabethton during his career. Harry was a 136-pound guard and lettered three years in football for the Cyclones. He also played guard position in basketball and was a third baseman on the baseball team. He was also a boxer in high school and helped Dr. Thompson and Dr. Worelock in forming the Golden Glove program in Elizabethton.
He was a varsity performer at George Washington University for three years and played in the Sun Bowl. He played offensive halfback and defensive end. He also played at G-W as second baseman on the baseball team and also the basketball squad, but had to quit due to an injury. He finished his playing career at George Washington University and returned to Elizabethton as a coach for seventeen years. He joined the coaching staff at Elizabethton High School in 1942 and was an assistant football and the head basketball and track coach. Ledford coached one undefeated basketball team at Elizabethton High School and the club lost in the finals of the state tournament.
In 1948 Ledford joined the George Washington staff for a year and then took a position as an assistant and trainer with the Washington Caps of the NBA coached by the famed Red Aurback. He remained with the Caps for three years before returning to G-W in 1952.
During his stay at George Washington, Harry also owned a farm near the university where he raised and trained race horses. This was his biggest thrill in sports, to see a two-year-old horse in its first race. He was in the horse business about ten years before selling the farm.
After leaving G-W, he was associated with the Kansas City Royals, then a minor league team, as a trainer and instructor, and during that time, officials of the club constructed a baseball academy at Sarasota, Fla. Ledford was an instructor at the school along with Bob Lemon, Jor Gordon, Jim Lemon and other former major league standouts.
After semi-retirement Harry became a member of the Elizabethton Educational Board and served for one year as the Elizabethton Twins' trainer. In 1952 Harry was selected "Man of the Year" for his work in Civic and Community affairs.
Survivors include one special niece and spouse, Janet Denny Arnold and Rodney Arnold, Elizabethton; eight great nieces, Tina Sharp and Erica Arnold, both of Knoxville; Amanda Arnold and Ginnie Norris both of Elizabethton; Aileen Pierson, Maryland; Risha Whalen and Audry Whalen, both of Anchorage, Alaska; Whitney Tubbleville, Atlanta, Georgia; one nephew, Ulys "Squeak" Whalen, Gatlinburg.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2003, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with Rev. Buford Hankins officiating. Eulogy to be given by a great niece, Tina Sharp. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2003, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2003 in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home or friends may call at the residence of a niece, Janet Arnold, 1460 Southside Rd., Elizabethton, TN 37643 at 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.

Wanda S. Whitehead
Wanda Sue Whitehead, 59, 1247 Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Mrs. Whitehead was a native of Washington County and the daughter of the late Vern and Polly Garland Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delaney Whitehead, and a brother.
Mrs. Whitehead retired from North American Rayon Corporation after 18 years of service. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include three sons, Greg Whitehead and Tim Whitehead, Elizabethton, and Kim Barnett, Roan Mountain; a brother, Sonny Whitehead, Elizabethton; and a sister, Ella Blevins, Dallas, Texas. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 25, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Bill Shoupe officiating. Music will be under the direction of Faye Largent and Ken Carnett. Interment will follow in the Captain Nelson Cemetery on Ripshin. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence of a son, Tim Whitehead, 2756 Bob Little Road, Elizabethton. 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.

October 23, 2003

Kay N. Corbin
Kay Nave Corbin, 47, 162 Taylortown Road, Johnson City, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at the home of a sister, Katherine Milam with whom she had made her home for the past six weeks. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Curtis Holland and Mary Butler Nave. She had lived out of state for 25 years. She had lived 15 years in Jenison, Mich., and 10 years in Franklin, N.C. Mrs. Corbin was a former office manager for the B.A. Miller Construction Co. of Highlands, N.C. She was a member of the Jenison Christian Church, Jenison, Mich.
Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Milam, include a daughter, Caroline Corbin, Kingsport; three step-daughters, Kimberly Blalock, of Georgia, Susan Farrell and Dawn Wilmarth, both of Michigan; one other sister, Karen Crowe, Elizabethton; one brother, Kenneth Nave, Elizabethton; two aunts, Lucille Byrd and Mary Alice Nave, both of Elizabethton; several special nieces and nephews; one great-nephew; and six step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Joel Stauffer and Dr. Kenneth Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, will be Chuck Baker, Sean Milam, Kevin Crowe, Derrick Nave, Brian Glover, Adam Campbell, John Sizemore, and Burke Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Corbin, Lynn Kimball, Llyona Cross, Mary Ann Strong, Debbie Miller, Chandra Huscusson, Walter and Willa Mae Bumgarner, Thomas and JoAnne Corbin, Kathy Maygar, Jerry and Donna Sanders and Leesa Manley. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Fred Milam, 162 Taylortown Road, Johnson City. For those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Corbin to the American Cancer Society, specify for cancer research, and Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Corbin family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Conley R. Peters
Conley R. Peters, age 87, 1889 Highway 91, Elizabethton, died Monday, October 20, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness. A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late William Bill and Zella Nidiffer Peters. He was a charter member of Unaka Baptist Church and served a number of years as custodian. He retired from North American Rayon Corporation after 45 years of service. Mr. Peters was a member of Dashiell Masonic Lodge No. 238 F. & A.M., Elizabethton. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Lola Garland Peters, his second wife, Jeanette Peters and four brothers.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Lemmie Taylor, Elizabethton; twin sons and two daughters-in-law, Zayne and Vickie Peters, Kingston, Tenn., Wayne and Nora Peters, Elizabethton; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Two special friends, Bessie Miles and Rob Greer, also survive.
The funeral service was conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Walker Roberson officiating. Music was under the direction of John Blair. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 23, at Blevins Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Lemmie Taylor, Tim Rasnick, Lanny Peters, Kevin Peters, Rob Greer, Tony Jones, Dwayne Taylor and Norman Peters. Honorary pallbearers will be Adult Mens Sunday School Class of Unaka Baptist Church, Richard Lancaster and Conway Markland. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, to go in procession to the cemetery. The family received friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, or friends may also call at the residence, 1889 Highway 91, Elizabethton, any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Peters to Blevins Cemetery Fund, c/o Sophia Wilson, 237 Peters Hollow Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.

October 22, 2003

Nell M. Cox
Mrs. Nell Matherly Cox, 68, 178 Cox Road, Butler, died Tuesday, October 21, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Dana and Ida Blanche Stout Matherly.
She had lived most of her life in Butler. She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Cox; three sisters, Jean Miller, Retha Stout and Marie Kykendall, and a brother, Roger Matherly.
Survivors include three sisters, Barbara Matherly, of Butler; Kay Davis, of N.C., and Lillie Mae Pickering, of Mosheim, Tenn.; three brothers, Bruce Matherly, James Matherly, and Clarence Matherly, all of Butler. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Nell Cox will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Doug Hardin officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2003 in Butler Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Thursday will be Kenny Miller, Jeff Matherly, Mike Matherly, Jim Matherly, Shane Matherly and Eric Matherly. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Cable, Gary Meredith, Fred Trivette and Jake Walsh. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a brother, Clarence Matherly, 342 Pine Street, Butler. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Thursday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

James D. Sanders
James D. Sanders, 50, 105 Mountain View Drive, Johnson City, died Saturday, October 18, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Sanders was a native of Carter County and a son of Ruth Cornett Sanders Morelock, Elizabethton, and the late Frank Sanders. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Carey Sanders, October 22, 1989, and a brother, Bobby Joe Sanders.
Mr. Sanders was an employee of Fluor Daniels Construction Company, Kingsport. He was a member of the Johnson City Moose Lodge.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Rhonda Johnson Sanders; a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Dale and Emily Sanders, Knoxville; a daughter and son-in-law, Leslie Dawn and Stephen Brickey, Elizabethton; a sister, Shirley Riddle, Kingsport; and his two grandchildren, who called him "Our Poppy," Stephen Dwayne Brickey Jr. and Ashley Nicole Brickey.
Private graveside services were conducted Tuesday, October 21, at Happy Valley Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 418 N. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN 37601 or to St. Jude's Hospital, 5796 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134.
Memorial Funeral Chapel was in charge.

October 21, 2003

Conley R. Peters
Conley R. Peters, age 87, 1889 U.S. Highway 91, Elizabethton, died Monday, October 20, 2003 at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton is in charge of arrangements.

Norman L. Sams
Norman Lacy Sams, 75, formerly of 160 Max Jett Road, Johnson City, died Monday, October 20, 2003 at the N.H.C. nursing home after an illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Carter County, son of Florence Freeman Quinton and the late D. Homer Sams.
Mr. Sams was a retired parts manager for the Freeman Motors Company after more than 20 years of service.
He was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church.
In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his step-father, Roy Quinton.
Survivors include his mother, Florence Freeman Quinton of Carter County and an uncle, Ralph Freeman, as well as many, many cousins and beloved friends.
A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 8 p.m. at the Morris-Baker Funeral Home in the North Chapel, under the direction of Pastor Gary D. Thacker. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m.. A committal service is to be conducted in the Happy Valley Memorial Park on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 11 a.m. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be his cousins. Online condolences are available at www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 or (423) 282-1521.

October 20, 2003

Beryl P. Thomas
Calling hours for Beryl M. (Pawley) Thomas, age 77, of Kingsport, who passed away Friday, October 17, 2003, will be 6-8 p. m. Monday, October 20, 2003 at the East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. in the East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Hicks officiating. Entombment will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2003 in the East Lawn Mausoleum of the East Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Living Waters Free Will Baptist Church, 910 Union Hill Street, Kingsport, TN 37660. Please visit us online at www.mem.com to place a condolence to the family. East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Thomas family.

October 19, 2003

William Allen
Mr. William "Bill" Allen, 80, 620 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, Tenn., died Friday, October 17, 2003, at his residence. A native of Danville, Ky., he was the son of the late H. Clyde and Sadie Ferguson Allen. He was a teacher and coach with the Carter County and Elizabethton City School Systems having served as principal at Cloudland High School and supervisor with the Carter County School System.
Mr. Allen also served with the Carter County and Elizabethton City School Systems as a school board member.
He was a member of Watauga Point Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Allen, and one sister, Rose Williams. Survivors include his wife, Mary Love Allen, of the home; one daughter, Beth Allen Delp, Elizabethton, Tenn.; one son, Ed Allen, Kingsport, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Ashley Kendall and Kristin Kendall, both of Elizabethton, and Lauren Allen and Will Allen, both of Kingsport. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Private committal and entombment service for Mr. William "Bill" Allen will be conducted in the Mausoleum of Peace of Happy Valley Memorial Park with Mr. Jim Curtis, minister, officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Buck, Sam Hopson, Pete Johnson, Ernie Cook and his golfing friends. Friends may call at the residence, 620 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, Tenn., at any time.
In lieu of flowers, to those who desire memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, 207 North Boone Street, Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604.
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.

Stella C. Freeman
Stella C. Freeman, age 85, 109 Elm Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, died Friday, October 17, 2003, at her residence. A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Blanche McKinney Calhoun. She was a member of Gray's Chapel Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Hershal Calhoun, and Carroll Calhoun.
Survivors include her husband, Herman Freeman, of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon and Bob Palmer, Roan Mountain and Gail Johnson, Roan Mountain; two sisters, Christine Martin, Johnson City and Betty Hughes, Johnson City; two brothers, Reynard Calhoun, Roan Mountain, and Horace Calhoun, Hampton; four grandchildren and spouses, Russell and Darlene Johnson, Johnson City, Neil and Kristie Johnson, Scotty and Tammy Johnson, Mitzi and Joey Whitehead, all of Roan Mountain; four great-grandchildren, Devin and Austin Whitehead and Brooke and Haley Johnson, all of Roan Mountain. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Thom Burleson officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 20, at Calhoun-McKinney Cemetery, Heaton Creek Road, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Russell Johnson, Neil Johnson, Scotty Johnson, Joey Whitehead, Bob Palmer and Jerry Calhoun. Honorary pallbearers will be Frankie Kelley, Zeke Little, Douglas Calhoun, Brian Burleson, Tony Martin, Terry Martin and Lynn Ellis. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. on Monday. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, or friends may call at the residence 109 Elm Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, 423-772-3928, is in charge of the arrangements.

Olivia E. Huber
Olivia Erin Huber, infant daughter of Sean and Shelley Cornett Huber, 549 Dogwood Lane, Watauga, died Saturday, October 18, 2003, at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.
Survivors other than the parents include a twin brother, Joshua Isaac Huber, of the home; one sister, Grace Huber, of the home; the paternal grandparents, Pam and John Huber, Johnson City; the maternal grandmother, Elaine Cornett, Johnson City; the maternal grandparents, Larry and Maureen Cornett, Asheville, N.C.; and the maternal great-grandparents, Jessie and Gordon Humphreys, Johnson City. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
A private graveside service will be held at Happy Valley Memorial Park. 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.

Carroll R. Mathis
Carroll R. (Mat) Mathis, 77, 113 Creola Way, Johnson City, passed away on Oct. 18, 2003, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was the son of the late Eli and Zelma Costner Mathis. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Mathis and Howard Mathis. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Billie C. Barry-Mathis; one son and daughter, Charles Barry and Taryn Barry Ward and husband Walter Ward; three grandchildren, Jessica Barry, Lucas Barry and Blake Ward; two brothers, Richard Mathis, Johnson City, and Harold Mathis, Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters Betty Jeanes, Johnson City and Barbara Tucker and husband John of Lake Isabella Calif.; a sister-in-law, Nona Mathis, of Toledo, Ohio; and caregiver and special friend Cecelia Green.
Mat was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in Japan and the Philippine Islands. He was employed by the Johnson City Press as an electronic technician and retired in 1992 after 42 ears of service. Mat was a member of the Christian Church. He was a wonderful husband and father to Chuck and Taryn, whom he loved and cared for as his own.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton. A graveside service will be conducted by Dr. Robert Wetzel at 11 a.m. Monday in Monte Vista Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Monday, will be Lucas Barry, Blake Ward, Ray Lyons, Dean Reynolds, Jack Hall and Loyd Rogers, Friends may also call at the residence. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, N.E. Tennessee Chapter, 207 N. Boone Street, Johnson City, Tennessee. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Monday. Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Beryl P. Thomas
Beryl M. (Pawley) Thomas, age 77, of Kingsport, passed away Friday, October 17, 2003, at 9:45 p.m., at the Hospice House in Bristol, after a brief illness.
Beryl was born in High Wycombe, England, January 16, 1926, and was a daughter of the late John William and Hilda (Brewer) Pawley. She worked for many years for Pave Well Paving as secretary. She was a member of Living Waters Free Will Baptist Church. She came to America as a war bride during World War II. In addition to her parents, her brother John Pawley preceded her in death in 1990. Her greatest loves were her family, her special English friends and her church, where she served as treasurer for many years.
Beryl is survived by her husband of 56 years, Earl Thomas of the home; her sons and daughters-in-law; Jerry and Jo Thomas of Elizabethton and Graham and Sylvia Thomas of Kingsport; grandchildren, Rebecca Cox and John Thomas of Kingsport and Tony and Richard Thomas both of Elizabethton; great-grandchildren; Cameron, Seth and Gavin Cox, Pierce and Aja Thomas, Jared, Jacob and Jillian Thomas and Chandler Thomas; a sister, Jean Harris and her husband, David, of New Castle, Pa; a brother, Rex Pawley and wife Edith of England and a sister-in-law, Peggy Pawley, of England. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 6-8 p. m., Monday at the East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m., in the East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Hicks officiating. Entombment will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, in the East Lawn Mausoleum of the East Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Living Waters Free Will Baptist Church, 910 Union Hill Street, Kingsport, TN 37660. Please visit us online at www.mem.com to place a condolence to the family. East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Thomas family.

October 17, 2003

Rexie V. Brown
  Mrs. Rexie V. Brown, age 91, 784 Dry Creek Rd., Jonesborough, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003, in the Johnson City Medical Center, following a brief illness.
  Mrs. Brown was a native of Cranberry, N.C. and had been a resident of Elk Park, N.C. until moving to Johnson City in 1948. 
  She was a daughter of the late Walter and Mollie Pritchard Hughes.
  Mrs. Brown retired from Artcraft Glove Company where she was a seamstress.
  She attended Grace Freewill Baptist Church.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph R. Brown, Sr., in 1970; infant twin children; four brothers, Emmett Hughes, Charles Hughes, Gurney Hughes and Earl Hughes; and one sister, Elsie Henson.
  Survivors include three sons, Ralph R. Brown, Jr., and Glenn M. Brown, both of Johnson City, and Earl R. Brown, Jonesborough; three daughters, Louise B. Giles, Jonesborough; Eula M. Hurt, Piney Flats; Mary F. Poarch, Johnson City; one sister, Roberta Hodges, Johnson City; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be conducted Friday, October 17, 2003, at 8 p.m. in the Appalachian Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis L. Hurt and Rev. Terry Jones officiating. Graveside committal services will be held Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 11 a.m. in Monte Vista Memorial Park.  Pallbearers will be selected from grandsons. Those planning to attend graveside services are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m. Saturday. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. in the East Parlor of the funeral home. For those who prefer, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com. Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Brown family.

Tommy D. Collins
Tommy D. Collins, 74, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at his residence.
A native of Johnson County, he was a son of the late James C. and Emma Alma White Collins.
He had lived in Elizabethton for the past five years.
Mr. Collins was a former saw mill operator and retired from Jarl Extrusions of Elizabethton.
He was a member of Roan Creek Masonic Lodge #679, Butler; a member of the Butler Chapter #218 Order of Eastern Star; the Scottish Rite, Knoxville, and Jericho Temple, Kingsport.
Mr. Collins served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of Little Doe Baptist Church, Butler.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Jordan Collins and a brother, George P. Collins.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Giles Collins; two step-sons, Paul Giles, Jr. and Jeff Giles and his wife, Janet, all of Elizabethton; a sister, Charlene Kite, Johnson City; a sister-in-law, Barbara Collins, Johnson City; one step-granddaughter, Emily Paige Giles, and one niece and two nephews.
Funeral services for Tommy Collins will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mark Street officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2003 in the Sunset Memorial Park, Mountain City. Joel Street, Sr. and Sharon Roark will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday will be Pat Collins, Shelly Lester Roark, Danny Street, Harold Church, Darrell Bailey and Jed Dickey. Honorary pallbearers will be Verl Blackburn, Clyde Street, George Campbell, Lester Roark, Paris Street, Eckert Street, Moss Honeycutt, Bud Maines, Richard Nave, Bob Cable, Percy Matherly, Gene Hartsook, David Millsaps, Doug Millsaps, Haggard McEwen, Dr. Daniel Paul and the staff of Adventa Hospice. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Jeff and Janet Giles, 399 Coal Shute Rd., Elizabethton. Roan Creek Masonic Lodge #679 will conduct a memorial service following the funeral service. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Collins family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Chelsea N. Whitaker
Chelsea Nicole Whitaker, four-month-old daughter of Jimmy Pierce and Lisa Whitaker, died Thursday, October 16, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.
Additional survivors include her maternal grandmother, Wilma Carpenter, Johnson City; one sister, Ebony Whitaker, Johnson City; one brother, Jordan Pierce, Gray; two aunts, Angela Carpenter, Johnson City and Robin Humphrey, Watauga; several cousins.
The funeral service for Chelsea Whitaker will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2003 in the Morris-Baker North Chapel. Buddy Arrowood will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow the committal service at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2003 in the Monte Vista Burial Park. Pallbearers will be Dezmon Carpenter, Isaiah Carpenter, Jordan Pierce, Jonathan Humphrey, Josh Jenkins and Kiana Goines. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be sent to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City.

October 16, 2003

Hale W. Buchanan
Mr. Hale W. "Buck" Buchanan, 82, Jonesborough, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at James H. Quillen Veterans Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was a native of Avery County, N.C. but lived in Washington County, Tenn. more than 50 years. He was a son of the late Isaac and Molly English Buchanan.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Buchanan retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital as a nursing assistant after 31 years of employment.
Mr. Buchanan was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII serving in Germany with the 133rd Combat Engineering Division. This was during the Holocaust where he saw so much human devastation.
He was a lifelong member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
He was a member of Skyline Heights Baptist Church where he served as assistant teacher and served on the mission board in association with the Holston Baptist Association. He was also a former member of Sinking Creek Baptist Church where he was active in the bus ministry, and Antioch Baptist Church where he held a position as adult Sunday school teacher, and Cherokee Baptist Church.
He also had a ministry at Colonial Hills Health Care Center where he visited and had devotions with the patients. He had a deep love for people.
Survivors include his wife Retha Colleen Jones Buchanan, of the home; a daughter Inger Blanton, Jonesborough; a granddaughter Molly C. Blanton of Jonesborough; one brother Kelly Buchanan, Newland, N.C. and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Hale W. "Buck" Buchanan will be conducted 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2003 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Kyker officiating. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2003 at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Garland, Don Whaley, Oral J. Constable, Phil Ramsey, Jim Greene, Kenneth Sands and Jack Daniels. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2003. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 918, Johnson City, TN 37605 or Grace Fellowship Church Building Fund, 2314 S. Greenwood Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604 or Skyline Baptist Church Building Fund, 1601 Skyline Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604 or to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250. Condolences may be sent to the Buchanan Family online at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-0514, is in charge of arrangements.

Jack May
Jack May, age 73, of 338 Sigman Hollow Rd., Bluff City, died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at his residence.
He was the son of the late Elbert Andrew and Frances Atalee Sheets May.
He worked at Black Diamond and retired from Line Power. Mr. May was an Air Force Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Lena Jenkins May, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenna and Alton Geressy, Chesapeake, Va., and Laura and Ronnie Williams, Chattanooga, Tenn.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sharon May, Hampton; Gary and Nancy May and Larry and Edna May, Bluff City; 12 grandchildren, Robbie May, Ashley Rutherford, David May, Roy May, Matthew May, Sara May, A.J. Geressy, Jordon May, Jared May, Jeremy May, Troy Williams, and Jacob Williams; five step grandchildren, Jerry Waters, Frank Lopez, Ashley Leonard, Lettie Trevizo, Jamie Geressy; three step great grandchildren, Kolby Waters, Tyler Lopez, and Dillion Lopez; three sisters, Verna Lowe and Blanche Hoss of Mich. and Delcie Cregger, Knoxville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2003, at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Bluff City, with the Rev. Frank Osborne and the Rev. Jerry Shaffer officiating. Interment will follow in Vanover Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Keith Bloomer, Robby May, Jerry Leonard, Frank Lopez, Jerry Waters, Shannon Sigman, James Osborne and Steve Sigman. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Smithson, Howard Green, Bill Vestel, Danny Bartley, Mac Lyons, Carl Lyons, Russell Gross, Bearl Jenkins and Frank Richards. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 16, in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home - Bluff City, and other times at the residence. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City, is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond L. Penix
Raymond Lee Penix, 61, 200 McKinley Church Rd., Johnson City, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Penix was a Piney Flats native and had lived in Johnson City for the past 10 years.
He was a son of the late Roy Lee Penix and Julia Clay Penix and was also preceded in death by one brother, Chester Clyde Penix.
Mr. Penix was an employee of Mary Hughes School, Piney Flats.
He was a member of Tri-Cities Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Ann H. Penix; one son Terry Penix and his wife, Cindy, Piney Flats; one daughter, Melissa Harrison and her husband Michael, Fall Branch; two brothers, Thomas Penix and his wife Carol, Gray and Roy Penix, Jr. and his wife Jeanette, Piney Flats; one sister, Nellie Miller and her husband, Daniel, Lexington, N.C.; four grandchildren, Ashley Penix, Kimberly Penix, Victoria Doerr and Trent Doerr and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Mr. Penix will be conducted Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 8 p.m. from the Morris-Baker South Chapel. The Rev. Richard Bawgus and the Rev. Larry Barr will officiate. Committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2003 at Edgefield Cemetery, Piney Flats. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 1:20 p.m. and travel in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Terry Penix, Roy Penix, Jr., Harry Miller, Danny Willis, Mark Willis, Bryan Mason and Josh Holland. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Schmitt and Dr. Elizabeth James. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Tri-Cities Church of God, 238 Jonesboro Road, Piney Flats, TN 37686. Online condolences made be sent through www.morrisbaker.com. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and at other times at the residence. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601, (423-282-1521), is serving the family.

Gay B. Richardson
Gay B. Richardson, age 90, of Gray, Tenn., passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at Life Care Center in Elizabethton.
She was a native of Grayson County, Virginia, and had lived in Gray since 1988.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar A. Richardson, and one daughter, Helen Carty.
Mrs. Richardson was of the Christian Faith.
She is survived by three daughters, Arlene Overstreet, of Oxford, Fla; Mary Fields, of Elizabethton, and Retha Williams and her husband, Allen, of Lexington, N.C.; seven sons, Arthur Richardson and his wife, Joan, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Lee Roy Richardson and his wife, Cathy, of Stanley, N.C.; Paul Richardson and his wife, Juanita, of San Angelo, Texas; Charles Walton Richardson, of Gray; Jimmy Richardson and his wife, Pam, of Elizabethton; Delmar Richardson and his wife, Sylvia, of Raleigh, N.C., and Elmer Richardson, of Kingsport; one brother, Bruce Reedy, of Marion, Va.; best friends, Lonnie and Mary Lewis and son, Rusty; 27 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2003, in the Garrett Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Bill McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in the Haw Orchard Cemetery in Grayson County, Va. Pallbearers will be the following grandsons, Alden Carty, Wayne Carty, Kurt Carty, Irwin H. Fields, Lee Richardson, Dennis Strange, Kevin Strange, and James Hardin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2003 at Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus, Va. Condolences may be sent to the family via our Web site at www.garrettfuneralhome.com. Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus, Va. is serving the family of Mrs. Richardson.

Mae K. Whitehead
Mae K. Whitehead, age 95, 239 Whitehead Hollow Rd., Roan Mountain died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness.
A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Elisha and Cora Cornett Townsend.
She was a member of Little Mountain Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Whitehead; a son, James Whitehead; a granddaughter, Linda Markland; six brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Irene Townsend, of the home; Nellie Markland, Roan Mountain; 12 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 25 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Mamie Shell, Roan Mountain.
The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, October 16, 2003, at 8 p.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Ronald Stevens officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2003 at Holly Hill Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearer will be Freddy Largent. A special thank you to Home Health Care Nurses from Housecall Hospice. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. on Friday. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m,. Thursday, October 16, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, or friends may call at the residence of a grandson, Mearl Townsend, 109 Thunder Rd., 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, Roan Mountain 423-772-3928 is in charge of arrangements.

October 15, 2003

Russell Peterson
Russell Peterson, age 91, 1357 Dry Creek Road, died Monday, October 13, 2003, in Ivy Hall Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness.
A native of Yancy County, N.C., Mr. Peterson was a son of the late James and Nora Belle Peterson.
He was a retired farmer and also had retired from Empire Furniture Co. following 32 years of service.
Mr. Peterson was preceded in death by Carrie Mosley Peterson, in 2003; one son, Ralph Peterson; six brothers and six sisters.
Survivors include one son, James G. Peterson, Piney Flats; two daughters, Mary "Suzie" Miller, Elizabethton, and Carolyn Ball, Hamilton, Ohio; sons-in-law, Richard Miller and Roy Ball; six grandchildren, Michael Peterson, Duane Peterson, Ginger Campbell, Crystal Gehl, Robert Ball and Jeff Crowe; great-grandchildren include four girls and three boys; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Peterson will be conducted Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at 8 p.m. from the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with the Rev. Allen Simerly officiating. Graveside committal services will be held Thursday, October 16, 2003, at 1 p.m. in Monte Vista Memorial Park. Those planning to attend graveside services are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1 p.m. Active pallbearers who are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:45 p.m. will be friends and family members. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the East Parlor of the funeral home. Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com. Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Peterson family.

Carter W. Street
Carter W. Street, age 93, 397 Cove Creek Road, Roan Mountain, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Medical Center, Mountain Home, following an extended illness.
A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Steven and Emma Freeman Street. He was a member of Cove Creek Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Street was a retired employee of Bemberg Corporation. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Hughes Street, October 27, 1997; three sons, Robert, Ray and Jack Street; three brothers, Floyd, Jim and Warren Street, and one sister Frances Hughes.
Survivors include three sons, Paul Street, of Drexel, N.C., and Tommy Street and Conley Street, both of Roan Mountain; two daughters, Mary Harrison, Roan Mountain, and Barbara Smith, Connelly Springs, N.C.; one sister, Etta Julian, of Norfolk, Va.; one brother, Darel Street, Roan Mountain; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Carter Street will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Randy English and the Rev. Frank Jones officiating. Music will be under the direction of Southside Trio. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 16, 2003, at Hughes Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Street, Rocky Hughes, Darren Higgins, Lester Odom, Randy Hughes and Wade Odom. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors, doctors and nursing staff of James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospital, and nursing staff of Roan Highlands Nursing Home. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, or friends may call at the residence, 397 Cove Creek Road, Roan Mountain, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.