November 30, 2003

Charles D. Whisnant
Charles Donald "Bud" Whisnant Sr., 74, 154 Hazelwood Hollow Road, Hampton, died thursday, November 27, 2003, in Mountain Area Hospice, Asheville, N.C. a native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was a son of the lat Ivey and Veva C. Spangler Whisnant. He had lived in Carter county for the past 18 years. He had formerly been employed at the Stamey Funneral Home, Fallston, N.C., and was retired employee of the Carer County Highway Department. he was a member of the Union Baptist Church of Hampton.
  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Paul Wilson, Lawn Dale, N.C.; tow sons and daughters-in-law, Charles donald whisnant Jr. and Nita whisnant and David and Lois Whisnant, all of Lawn Dale, N.C.; five grandchildren, Donnie Whisnant, Brad Whisnant and his wife, Crystal, Jeff Whisnant and his wife, Deryn, Karen Dellinger and Chris Dellinger; one stepgrandchild; for great-granddaughters; two step-great-granddaughters; one brother: Eddie Whisnant, Shelby, N.C.; two sisters, Libby Hughes, Tarboro, N.C.; and Alice Bell, Lettimore, N.C.; a special friend, Ann Stepp, Hampton; a number of nieces and nephews; one honorary son and daughter-in-law, William and Madga Townsend; and three honorary grandchildren.
  Funeral services were conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Haskel Ingram, the Rev. Bobby Stout and the Rev. Larmar Hewett officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at the United Methodist Church Cemetery, Pokeville, N.C. The Union Baptist Church Choir and Amy Bennett, pianist, provided the music. Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Blevins, Dean Burchette, James Norris, Jimmy Matherly, Smith Davenport, Gary Shingleton and Bill Julian. Honorary pallbearers will be Lawrence Whitehead, Martin Bennett, Len Wright, Arnold Clark, Robert Pearson, Ray Buck, Darrell Holly, Carl Hazelwood, Bobby White, Jess Cable, Ray Hodge, Albert Proffitt, E.C. Vines, Bud Johnson, Richard Tester, Glenn Tester, Willie Gleton and men of the Union Baptist Church. The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. In lieu of Flowers, help a friend or to the Mountain Area Hospice, Asheville, N.C. Condolences my be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hallie McInturff
Hallie McInturff, age 76, 1016 Arny Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, November 28, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness. A native of Sullivan County, she had lived in Carter County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary C. Carr Malone. She was of the baptist faith and a homemaker. Mrs. McInturff was also a former employee of Bembery Corporation. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert McInturff, in 1988, two brothers, Herman and Harold Malone, one sister, Juanita Malone, and a special friend, Dewey Collins.
  Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Leonard and Kthy McInturff, Elizabethotn, David and Janyce McInturff, Watauga; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Mike Wagner, Boone, N.C.; eith grandsons, Brad McInturff, Chad McInturff, Derrick McInturff, all of Elizabethton, David Alan McInturff, Hunter McInturff, Derrick Taylor all of Watauga, All Wagner, Boone, N.C., Joey Chambers, Elizabethton; three great-grandchildren, Chasity McInturff, Elizabethton, and T.F. Malone, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Ther funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, with the Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Interment will follow in Lyons Chapel Cemeter. Active pallbearers will be Keith Malone, Jeremy Malone, Bobby Bullock, Derrick Taylor, Johnny Bowman, and Ben Bowman. Honorary pallbearers will be doctors and nursing staff of ICU unit at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Monday, prior to the service in the chapel, or friends may call at the home of her son, David McInturff, 221 Cripple Creek Loop, Watauga, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethotn, 423.542.2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Clessie P. Cannon
Clessie M. Potter Cannon, 88, 612 S. Roan Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, November 28, 2003, in the Johnson City medical Center. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late John Finley and Rosa Ellen Dugger Potter. She was a retired employee of the Bemberg Corporation and also a formal Avon representative. Mrs. Cannon was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Marie Cannon; three brothers; and four sisters.
  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby Carroll and Joan Morgan, Hampton; two sisters, Burlie Richardson, Lake City, Fla. and Thelma Rouse, Spartanburg, S.C.; two grandchildren, Kimberly Iverson, Lowell, Mass., and Heather Strasser, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Bob Polk officiating. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Monday, will be Roger Arwood, Lucas Arwood, David Arwood, Billy Smith, B.J. Smith and Fred Julian. Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Estep, Calvin Sharp and her Sunday school class of First Baptist Church. Also surviving are her special friends, Tammy Sharp and Mary King. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Joan Morgan, 204 Rittertown Road, Hampton. For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the Carter County Rescue Squad. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

November 28, 2003

Betty D. Buchanan
  
Betty Duncan Buchanan, 70, Harrisburg, N.C., died there Wednesday, November 26, 2003.
   She was a native of Spruce Pine, N.C.
   Local survivors include a sister, Mrs. Clifford (Dessie) Peters, 112 Burnette Rd., Elizabethton.
   Private services are planned in North Carolina.
   Courtesy of Memorial Funeral Chapel.

November 27, 2003

Robert H. Hall
   Mr. Robert Henry Hall, 68, 112 Echo Drive, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at his residence. 
   A native of McCullogh, Ala. he was the son of the late Lemmell and Catherine Rena Nims Hall. 
   He was a retired furniture reupholster with Ledford Upholstery and a member of the Holston Baptist Def Mission of Central Baptist Church in Johnson City.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Tura Nims and two brothers, Vernon Hall and Ralph Hall.
   Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Hall, of the home; two daughters, Bonnie Rena Sparkman and Traci Paula Evans, both of Roanoke, Va. and one sister, Eloise Daniel, Pensacola, Fla.; three grandchildren, Tony Williams, Ben Hall and Brianna Evans all of Roanoke, Va; one great granddaughter, Tonya Williams of Roanoke, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services for Mr. Robert Henry Hall will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, November 28, 2003 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Johannsen officiating. Music will be provided by Carrie Tipton, soloist. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 29, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Maynard, Fred Carter, George Rutledge, Brad Proctor, Roddie Perry and Ronnie Farmer. Honorary pallbearers will be CCDHH Ladies, Frank Campbell, Robert Wallace, Dale Ward, Billy Waddel, Dr. K. Krishnan and the staff of the Cancer Center, and Dr. Kevin Sweet and the staff of Adventa Hospice Care. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday or at the residence 112 Echo Drive, Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday to go to the cemetery together. 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.

India V. Lyon
   Mrs. India V. Lyon, 88, formerly of 101 Franklin Place Drive, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, November 26, 2003, at Hermitage Health Care Center following a brief illness.
   Mrs. Lyon was a native of Dickenson County, Va., and had resided in Carter County since 1932. She was the daughter of the late Elbert and Ina Phillips Fleming and was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Lyon, in 1979, two brothers, Homer Fleming and Ralph Campbell, and two sisters, Miss June Fleming and Miss Grace Fleming.
   Mrs. Lyon had retired as a sales clerk at City Drug. She was a member of Valley Forge Christian Church and the Hampton Garden Club.
   Survivors include two sisters, Marie Hileman, Hampton, and Myra Roloff, Tampa, Fla. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, November 28, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Mr. Dwayne Calhoun, minister, officiating. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Friday. To those who desire, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the East Tennessee Christian Home, P.O. Box 1147, Elizabethton, TN 37644 or the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 776, Elizabethton, TN 37644. 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.

November 26, 2003

Elsie H. Canaperi
   Elsie Hamm Canaperi died at her home Saturday, November 1, 2003, in Apopka, Fla., where she had resided for 36 years.
   Mrs. Canaperi was formerly of the Bunker Hill Community in Elizabethton. She was retired from Aerospace Automation Intelligence, where she worked for 25 years, and was an electronic technician supervisor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Canaperi, March 25, 1986.
   Survivors include her parents, Ray and Eula Hamm, Aiken, S.C.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jackie Daniel, Oakland, Fla., and Terry and Del Dautrich, Hayes, Va.; a son, Johnnie Berry, Apopka, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Thurman Lester, Brunswick, Ohio; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Betty Hamm, Aiken. S.C., and Benny and Shelby Hamm, N. Ridgeville, Ohio. Seven grandchildren also survive.
   Arrangements under the direction of Orlando Direct Cremation Service, Altamonte Springs, Fla., (407) 869-8861.

Ruth W. Lewis
   Ruth W. Lewis, age 77, 655 Fox Meadow Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at her residence following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ruby Reynolds Williams.
   She was a member of First Christian Church, Elizabethton, where she was a member of the Sunshine Circle and Fidelis Class, where she had held various positions.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne C. Lewis, two sons, Gary Lewis, Larry Lewis, and one sister, Betty Williams.
   Survivors include two sons, Eddie Lewis, Elizabethton; Steve Lewis, Johnson City; one daughter, Betty Lewis, Elizabethton; two grandchildren, Aarron Lewis, Jessi Lewis, both of Elizabethton; two sisters, Linda Osborne, Jane Montgomery, both of Elizabethton; three special cousins, Emogene Thompson, Susan McKinney, both of Elizabethton; Mary Gordon, Sarasota, Fla.; and a daughter-in-law, Jan Malezis, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel with Mr. Brent Nidiffer, minister and Rev. Roby Osborne officiating. Music will be under the direction of Gene Estep. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 28, 2003 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Marc Montgomery, Joe Sommers, Rick Moore, Kenny Carter, Leonard February, Charles Pearson, Curt Emmert and Denny Wayne Emmert. Honorary pallbearers will be Ross Osborne, Vince Hodge, Jack Holland, Emery Thornburg, Don Nanney, Randy Pippin, Chris Garland and Steve Smith, Eddie Harris and members of First Christian Church, Elizabethton. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10:15 a.m. on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel or at the residence, 655 Fox Meadow Road, Elizabethton anytime. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to First Christian Church, (Van Fund), 513 Hattie Ave., 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.

November 25, 2003

Rebecca Livingston
  
Rebecca "Becky" Livingston, 78, 204 Morey Hyder Road, Elizabethton, died Monday, November 24, 2003 in the Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Earl S. and Mary Alice Lyons Simerly.
   She was a retired employee of Kennemetal, Inc. after 17 years of service.
   Mrs. Livingston was a member of the Big Springs Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jay and Howard Simerly.
   Survivors include her husband, Albert H. Livingston; three daughters, Linda Briggs, of Mars Hill, N.C.; Janet Hulsey, of Gray, and Sherry Townsend, of Johnson City; three sons, Buzz Livingston, of Elizabethton; Mike Livingston, of Telford, and Greg Livingston, of Johnson City; six sisters, Gladys Blevins and Anna Julian, both of Roan Mountain; Billie Birchfield, of Cloverdale, Calif.; Roby Sloop and Ella Simerly, both of Taylorsville, N.C., and Betty Taylor, of Elizabethton; one brother, Johnny Simerly, of Taylorsville, N.C.; a special sister-in-law, Edeth Simerly, Hampton; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bill Greer officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 27, 2003 in the McKeehan Cemetery. Special music will be under the direction of Brenda Deloach. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Thursday will be Wade Mathes, Charlie Byrd, Phil Briggs, Mike Livingston, Jeff Hill and Buzz Livingston. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Ward, Bruce Hill and Tommy Hyder. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Livingston family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Luther D. Shell
   Luther Daniel Shell, age 79, Life Care Center, 1641 U.S. Highway 19E, Elizabethton, died Monday, November 24, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late John and Flossie Phillips Shell.
   He was a member of Keenburg Freewill Baptist Church.
   He was preceded in death by one brother, L. J. Shell and four sisters, Grace Age, Mae Tipton, Charlotte Fazelle and Nell Whitehead.
   Survivors include two sisters, Berlyn Pardue of Augusta, Ga.; Dorothy Guinn, Roan Mountain. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral services for Luther Shell will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel with Rev. Mark Street officiating. Music will be under the direction of Rev. Mark Street. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service in the Riverside Chapel. Interment will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be the residents, staff and nurses of Life Care Center of Elizabethton. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Salvation Army, General Offices, 208 Ashe Street, Johnson City, TN 37601. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at ww.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

November 24, 2003

Wreatha B. McQueen
   Mrs. Wreatha Bise McQueen, age 92, Elizabethton, died Saturday, November 22, 2003 in the Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga.
   A native of Dickinson County, Va., she was born November 29, 1910 to the late William Robert and Bertha Ella Meaders Bise.
   Mrs. McQueen was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Elizabethton Women's Club.
   Mrs. McQueen was preceded in death by her husband, Ivory Shelton McQueen, 1976; one son, Dr. Gary Wayne McQueen, 2002; three brothers, Garcie Bise, Carson Bise, Herschel Bise; four sisters, Jessie Kate Stambaugh, Sarah Robertson, Lola Mainzer and Lora Boyd.
   Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Henry W. Withers, Signal Mtn.; Janice and Carroll L. Vanover, Coleyville, Texas; Dr. Martha and D. Hal Cobble, Roanoke, Va.; two grandchildren, Beverly Cobble Rodriguez, Dallas, Texas; Charles L. Vanover, Coleyville, Texas; several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2003 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Sorah officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Teresa A. Morgan
   Teresa A. Morgan, 45, 151 Mine Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, was pronounced dead on arrival Friday, November 21, 2003, at Cannon Memorial Hospital, Linville, N.C., as the result of an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 194, Newland, N.C.
   Mrs. Morgan was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Dallas and Bessie Mable Wilburn Morgan.
   Mrs. Morgan was a self-employed baby-sitter and also employed as a sitter with the elderly. She was a member of Elk Park First Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband, Donnie Rhinehart; one daughter, Amber Morgan, of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jason and Bridgette Morgan, Roan Mountain, and John Nathan Morgan, of the home; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Bob Whitehead, Hampton; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, the Rev. David and Susan Morgan and Steve and Martha Morgan, all of Kingsport, and her twin brother, Terry Morgan, Sulphur Springs; several special nieces and nephews; and her special friends, Terri Street, Ruby Gourley and the late Thurman "Sneek" Gourley.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2003 at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clarence Laws officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, November 24, 2003 at Captain Nelson Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Monday, will be Danny Blevins, Shayne Singleton, Brian McKinney, Travis McKinney, Shawn Christian and B.J. Hughes. Honorary pallbearers will be friends at Elk Park First Baptist Church. A special "Thank You" to all the friends and families who have helped us through this difficult time. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Monday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

November 23, 2003

Lucy J. Blackwell
   Lucy J. Blackwell, 408 East C Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, November 22, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Dick and Lydia Knight Julian.
   Mrs. Blackwell was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
   She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude B. Blackwell and one brother, William Frank Julian.
   Mrs. Blackwell is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Barbara McKinney, Roan Mountain; Jeanie and Lynn Johnson, Elizabethton; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dicky and Robin Blackwell, Elizabethton; Gary Blackwell, Elizabethton; Ronnie and Vickie Blackwell, Harrisburg, N.C.; ten grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Vergie Brinkley, Roan Mountain; Thelma Myers, Elizabethton; several nieces, nephews and friends also survive.
   The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Paul Humphrey officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday for the graveside service. A special thank you to Dr. Todd Whittaker, Dr. David Hardin, nurses Connie and Joy, and all the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2003 at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton or friends may call at the residence, 408 East C Street, Elizabethton at any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C., 29605. 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.

Chad E. Boster
Chad Emmett "Woody" Boster, 25, 1405 Garden Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003, in Elizabethton.
   Mr. Boster was a native of Carter County and a son of Mark Lipford, Elizabethton, and the late Diana Lynn Boster.
   Mr. Boster was an employee of Dan Barber Hardwood Flooring Company. He was of the Christian faith.
   Survivors, in addition to his father, include two daughters, Hannah Boster, Elizabethton, and Brooklyn Boster, Johnson City; a son, Brandon Fenner, Johnson City; his fiancée, Renee Burrow, 1405 Garden Road, Elizabethton; a sister, Scarlett Boster Esion, Portland, Ore.; and a brother, Jason Boster, with the U.S. Air Force stationed in the Netherlands. Two aunts, one uncle, one nephew and one niece also survive.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 23, in the Highland Cemetery with Mr. Jeff Pearce officiating. Interment will follow the service. Active pallbearers will be Anthony Burrow, Steve Buchanan, Cameron Gross, Doug Woodby, Shane Gramroth and Kyle Langworthy. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret C. Bowers
   Margaret Colbaugh Bowers, 92, Pine Ridge Care Center, Elizabethton, died there Saturday, November 22, 2003.
   Mrs. Bowers was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Charles W. and Ella Aldridge Colbaugh. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Edith Feathers, and three brothers, Nat, Robert and Bill Colbaugh.
   Mrs. Bowers was a 1931 graduate of Elizabethton High School. She worked at the Bemberg Corporation for a number of years and retired as Manager of the Dollar General Store. She was a member of Hunter United Methodist Church and the Elizabethton Senior Citizens.
   Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Ola Clinton Bowers; a daughter, Lois M. Williams, Elizabethton; two sons, Ralph C. Bowers, Lansing, Mich., and Larry E. Bowers, Elizabethton; two sisters, Ella Jo Medearis, Elizabethton, and Betty J. Markland, Flint, Mich.; and five grandsons, Michael Bowers, Mark Bowers, Benjamin Bowers, Christopher Bowers and Todd Williams. Four great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joseph Manis and the Rev. Estil Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be provided by Bill Medearis, Marilyn Bowers and Joel Street. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, will be Earl Collins, Charles "Dude" LaPorte, Jerry Bowers, Daniel Holder, Hugh Buckles, Bill Cline, D.J. Townsend and Mike Williams. A special "Thank You" to Leonard Campbell, Nell Fair, Wilma Colbaugh, Bea Estep, Bea Gouge, Willa Cecil, Ann Schlamblin, Willie Church, Gary Elliott, Dr. Joseph C. May, Dr. Stephen May, the Staff of Pine Ridge Care Center and the Nursing Service Staff of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby L. Hardin
   MORGANTON, N.C. -- Bobby Lawrence Hardin, 72, of Morganton, died Friday, November 21, 2003, at the VA Medical Center, Asheville.
   Born December 15, 1930, in Carter County, Tenn., Mr. Hardin was a son of Vergie Pierce Hardin, Elizabethton, Tenn., and the late Lilburn T. Hardin. He was also preceded in death by a son, Terry Lee Hardin, and a grandson, Jeffery Hardin Jr.
   Mr. Hardin was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include four sons, Kenneth Hardin, Jeffery Hardin and Vernon Hardin, all of Morganton, and Lewis Hardin, Drexel; a daughter, Bobbi Hardin, Hickory; six brothers, Billy Hardin, Jerry Hardin, Darrell Hardin and Douglas Hardin, all of Elizabethton, Tenn., Ed Hardin, Clarksville, Tenn., and Richard Hardin, Kitty Hawk; two sisters, Margaret Mathis, Greeneville, Tenn., and Ann Duke, Johnson City, Tenn. Ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 24, in the chapel of Valdese Family Funeral Care, Valdese, with the Rev. Doug Hardin and the Rev. Darrell Hardin officiating. Entombment will follow at the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at the funeral home. Condolences may be made online at www.valdesefamilyfuneralcare.com. Valdese Family Funeral Care, 205 Morgan Street, Valdese, N.C., (828) 847-2117, is serving the Hardin family.

Christine G. Jenkins
Christine Gass Jenkins, 73, 421 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, died Friday, November 21, 2003, at Hillview Health Center.
   Mrs. Jenkins was a native of Greene County and a daughter of the late Charles Hardin and Hazel Casteel Gass. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Jenkins, a son, Allen Jenkins, and a brother, Charles Duane Gass.
   Mrs. Jenkins had lived in Elizabethton since 1943. She was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.
   Survivors include three sisters, Joan Miller, Alice Ramsey and Lois Schaff, all of Elizabethton; and seven brothers, William Ross Gass, Yulee, Fla., Everette Lee Gass, of the home, the Rev. Phil Gass, Jonesborough, Jimmy C. Gass, Marietta, Ga., Lewis Gass, Ranger, Ga., Michael J. Gass and Bobby Jack Gass, both of Elizabethton. Five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Bob Polk officiating. Interment will follow the service. Pallbearers will be brothers and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

James A. Lipps
Ret. Chief Petty Officer James Allen Lipps, 81, 26 St. Johns Drive, Gansevoort, N.Y., formerly of Orlando, Fla., died Thursday, November 20, 2003, at Glens Falls, N.Y. Hospital following a brief illness.
   Mr. Lipps was a native of Carter County and the son of the late James N. and Ellen Nelson Lipps. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
   Mr. Lipps was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Vietnam Conflict. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Navy Unit Commendation. He was a member of Stoney Creek Baptist Church.
   Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law, Brenda Lacey, Knoxville, Barbara "Bobbie" and Dave Honeycutt and Beverly "Tootie" and Lanny White, all of Elizabethton, Phressy and Rob Sheldon, Gansevoort, N.Y., and Velvet and Jim Moroney, Manassas Park, Va.; two sisters, Carrie Campbell and Gertie Grindstaff, both of Elizabethton; a brother, Burl Lipps, Erwin; six grandchildren, Whitney Boylan, Raleigh, N.C., Roman White and Rhonda Lacey, both of Johnson City, Scott Lacey, Jonesborough, Mandy Holly, Elizabethton, and Robert James "R.J." Sheldon, Gansevoort, N.Y.; and a great-grandson, John Mackin Boylan, Raleigh, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with the Rev. Richard Estep and the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and sons-in-law. Military Honors will be accorded by the Naval Reserve Center Honor Guard, Asheville, N.C. Friends may visit at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, November 23. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Arrangments are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Roxie V. Miller
Mrs. Roxie V. Miller, 78, 800 Broyles Avenue, Erwin, died Friday, November 21, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mrs. Miller was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late William and Bessie Starnes Hilton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. J.B. Miller, August 30, 1995, a daughter, Stella Broyles, two sons, Jimmy and Dewey Miller, and by three brothers and five sisters.
   Mrs. Miller was a member of Mt. O'Dell Free Will Baptist Church, Erwin.
   Survivors include three daughters, Nora Miller, Travelers Rest, S.C., Rosie Johnson, Cleveland, S.C., and Ann Tolley, Unicoi, and three sons, William Rusty Miller and Joe Miller, both of the home, and Bobby Miller, Erwin. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at College Park Free Will Baptist Church (off Milligan Highway) with the Rev. Eugene Osborne, the Rev. Burnie Jones and the Rev. Otis Banks officiating. Interment will follow in the Bumpass Cove Cemetery, Erwin. Music will be provided by The Spivy Mountain Boys. Active pallbearers will be the following grandsons: Kevin Tolley, Adam Miller, Jimmy Johnson, Todd Chapman, Jonathan Miller and Conley Broyles. The family would like to express a special "Thank You" to the employees of Advanta Hospice. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Mrs. Miller will be moved to the church one hour before services. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Tressie C. Story
  
Mrs. Tressie Campbell Story, 96, of St. John's Health Care, Gray, formerly of Hampton, died there Thursday, November 20, 2003.
   Mrs. Story was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Fate and Mollie Wilson Goodwin. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Gaither Mort Campbell, in 1975, her second husband, Lawrence Story, in 2001, a grandson, Dennis Matherly, and by three brothers and four sisters.
   Mrs. Story was a member of Union Baptist Church, Hampton.
   Survivors include a foster daughter and her husband, Madeline and Carroll Matherly, Gray; a sister, Geraldine Livingston, Elizabethton; a grandson and his wife, Mark and Crystal Matherly, Hampton; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua and Alysa Matherly. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

November 21, 2003

Chad E. Boster
  
Chad Emmett Boster, 25, 1405 Garden Rd., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Yzettia Bowers
Mrs. Yzettia "Granny" Bowers, 80, 1120 Cedar Street, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 19, 2003, Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Mrs. Bowers was a native of Wise County, Va., and the daughter of the late Campbell and Grace Cryder Estep. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Bowers, October 14, 2002, and by a grandson and a sister.
   Mrs. Bowers was a homemaker and had also worked at the Franklin Club and as a beautician in the Hunter Community for several years. She was of the Baptist faith.
   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Katie Bowers, Petersburg, Va., and Tyrone and Velma Bowers, Elizabethton; a daughter, Eleanor Bowers, of the home; and two brothers, Lindberg Estep and Lowell "Beno" Estep, both of Elizabethton. Nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters also survive.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, November 24, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with the Rev. Roy Jenkins officiating. Active pallbearers will be Buddy Ward, Bud Ward, Kenneth Honeycutt, Jeff Estep, Jared Jilton, James Orton and George Stover. Honorary pallbearers will be David Blevins Sr., David Blevins Jr., Michael Bowers, Patrick Roper, Rick Tripplet, Beno Estep and Lindberg Estep. Friends may call at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home any time Sunday, November 23, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friends may also call at the residence, 1120 Cedar Street, Elizabethton, or at the residence of a son, Tyrone Bowers, 601 Sugar Hollow Road, Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. Monday 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.

Hill Carlton
   William Hill Carlton, 87, 412 W. "F" Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003, at Pine Ridge Health Care Center, Elizabethton.
   Mr. Hill was a native of Lenoir, N.C., and had lived in Carter County most of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marie Allison Carlton, in 2003.
   Mr. Carlton was a retired clerk with the ET&WNC Railroad and was a member of First Baptist Church, Elizabethton.
   Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Janie Carlton, Scottsboro, Ala.; his brother, Paul Carlton, Stanley, N.C.; his sister and brother-in-law, Mabel and Ted Hunt, Charlotte, N.C.; and his stepgrandson, John Proctor, Scottsboro, Ala. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, November 21, at First Baptist Church, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Music will be by John Bunn and Roger Jenkins, soloists, and June Gouge, pianist. The family will receive friends at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The committal service and interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 22, at Monte Vista Memorial Park, where family and friends are asked to meet for this service. Serving as pallbearers will be family members and friends. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521.

James M. Chaney
   James Milton Chaney, 63, 112 Messimer Lane, Elizabethton, died Thursday, November 20, 2003 at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
   Mr. Chaney was a native of Clinton, S.C., and the son of the late Samuel Carl and Bernice E. Owenby Chaney. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Carl Chaney Jr., several aunts and uncles, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pierce and Kate Hughes.
   Mr. Chaney was a member of Valley Forge United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the choir and as Chairman of the Administrative Board. He was retired from Federal Aviation Agency as an Air Traffic Control Specialist and was a United States Marine Corps veteran.
   Survivors include his wife, Henrietta Hughes Chaney, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sara and Linwood McNure, Statesboro, Ga., and Pam and Tommy Hoffee, Griffin, Ga.; two grandsons, Garrett James Hoffee, Griffin, Ga., and Samuel Asher McNure, Statesboro, Ga.; a granddaughter, Abigayle Hoffee, Griffin, Ga.; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Tom Childress, Laurens, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Ceill Heynen, Clinton, S.C.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Mary Lou Street, Elizabethton; several special nephews and nieces; and a host of special friends and neighbors.
   The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at Greer Cemetery, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Paul Humphrey and the Rev. Lon Tobin officiating. Active pallbearers will be Al McKinney, Buddy Hyder, Lynn Johnson, Ronnie Little, Larry Jewett, Joe Nave, Danny Little and Richard Myers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Crew from Atlanta Air Traffic Control Center. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 12 noon on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence, 112 Messimer Lane, Elizabethton, any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mr. Chaney to the Building Fund, 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 for the Chaney family.

Luther F. Hammitt
  
Luther F. Hammitt, 83, 307B Southview Circle, Elizabethton, died Thursday, November 20, 2003, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   Mr. Hammitt was a native of Carter County and the son of George and Eva Glover Hammitt. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Hammitt and Dolly Davenport.
   Mr. Hammitt was a member of Sims Hill Christian Church and a retired employee from North American Rayon Corporation.
   Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Shipley Hammitt, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Eva and Dickie Jones, Piney Flats, and Diane and Fred Vance, Bluff City; a son and daughter-in-law, John L. and Mary Hammitt, Elizabethton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Margaret Hammitt and Archie and Jean Hammitt, all of Elizabethton; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 23, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with Mr. Gerald Holly and Mr. Rocky Maines officiating. Music will be under the direction of Gerald and Gloria Holly. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence, 307B Southview Circle, Elizabethton, at any time. The graveside and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post No. 2166. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Sims Hill Christian Church and friends and neighbors. Thank you to the doctors and nursing staff at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center for the loving care and support shown to the Hammitt family and a special thank you to Dr. Gay Battle. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Sims Hill Christian Church, 206 Sims Hill Road, 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 for the Hammitt family.

James A. Lipps
Ret. Chief Petty Officer James Allen Lipps, 81, 26 Saint Johns Drive, Gansevoort, N.Y., died Thursday, November 20, 2003, at Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, N.Y.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Rev. Erby M. McKinney
   Rev. Erby M. McKinney, 79, 151 Marion Branch Road, Elizabethton, went home Wednesday, November 19, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.
   Rev. McKinney was a native of Mitchell County, N.C., and the son of the late Hebert and Biddie Buchanan McKinney. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, a brother, Wilkie McKinney, and a sister, Ruth Green.
   Rev. McKinney was a member of Doe River Baptist Church and a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute. He was a retired minister and had pastored at several churches in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina for 48 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II in the South Pacific.
   Survivors include his wife, Louise Ward McKinney, of the home; three daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn McKinney Duszak, Barbara Grindstaff and Debbie and Bruce Radford, all of Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Chad Grindstaff, Elizabethton, Crystal Grindstaff Maness, Kingsport, Scotty Radford and Michelle Radford, both of Elizabethton; two brothers, Lloyd McKinney, Spruce Pine, N.C., and Buddy McKinney, Bakersville, N.C.; two sisters, Betty Jean Bennett, Bakersville, N.C., and Ebbie Wyatt, Burnsville, N.C.; and a special brother-in-law, Lane Ward, Spruce Pine, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2003 at Doe River Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Sisk, Rev. Willie Lunceford and Rev. Ronnie Lunceford officiating. Music will be provided by Carol Sisk and Tina Lunceford. Interment will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Russell McKinney officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post No. 2166. Active pallbearers will be Mike McKinney, Bruce Radford, Harold Montgomery, Bobby Green, Michael Maness, Raymond Ward and Claude Morton. Honorary pallbearers will be his many special fellow ministers and associates. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 21, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence, 151 Marion Branch Road, Elizabethton, at any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Doe River Baptist Church, 113 Avon Street, 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 for the McKinney family.

Eddie Presnell
   MOORESBURG, Tenn. -- Eddie Presnell, 38, 130 H. Wright Road, died Sunday afternoon, November 16, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
   Mr. Presnell was born in Banner Elk, N.C. He was an employee of Steam Fitters and Pipe Fitters Union Local #538, Johnson City, and was of the Baptist faith.
   Mr. Presnell was preceded in death by his father, Roy Presnell, and a brother, Larry Presnell.
   Survivors include his wife, Vicki Bruner Presnell, of the home; a daughter, Leann Presnell, Roan Mountain; two sons, Dylan Presnell, Mooresburg, and Dakota Presnell, Roan Mountain; special stepsons, Coy Wolfe and T.J. Wolfe, both of Mooresburg; his mother, Donna Presnell, Roan Mountain; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Charolette and George Bruner. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22, in the chapel of Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Presnell Children, 2037 Woodbine Street, Kingsport, TN 37660. Condolences may be sent to the Presnell Family via e-mail at cartertrent@earthlink.net. Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is in charge of arrangements.

Tressie Story
  
Mrs. Tressie Campbell Story, 96, of St. John's Health Care, Gray, formerly of Hampton, died there Thursday, November 20, 2003.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Fate and Mollie Wilson Goodwin.
   Mrs. Story was a member of the Union Baptist Church, Hampton.
   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gaither Mort Campbell, in 1975, and her second husband, Lawrence Story, in 2001, and by three brothers and four sisters.
   Survivors include a foster daughter and her husband, Madeline and Carroll Matherly, Gray; a sister, Geraldine Livingston, Elizabethton; a grandson and his wife, Mark and Crystal Matherly, Hampton, and two great grandchildren, Joshua and Alysa Matherly. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2003 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim McNiel officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Hampton. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family would like to express a special "thank you" to her extended family, the employees of St. John's Health Care, for their love and care. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of Carroll and Madeline Matherly, 169 Bart Green Drive, Gray. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel F. Thompson
   LENOIR, N.C. -- Daniel Franklin Thompson, 73, Broyhill Lake Road, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice following a lengthy illness.
   Mr. Thompson was born December 10, 1930 in Avery County to the late Roby and Laura Brown Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kaye Padgett Shull, and three brothers, Richard Thompson, Ed Thompson and Earl Thompson.
   Mr. Thompson was originally from Elk Park and was retired from Kohler & Campbell Piano Company. He was of the Baptist faith and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
   He was a much loved husband, father, brother and friend.
   Survivors include his wife, Loretta Gene Braswell Thompson, of the home; five sons, Billy Thompson, Buena Vista, Ga., Robert Thompson, James Thompson, Chucky Thompson and Kenneth Thompson, all of Lenoir; two brothers, Tommy Thompson, Lenoir, and Bill Thompson, St. Petersburg, Fla.; four sisters, Alma Buchanan and Ruby McKinney, both of Lenoir, Jenny Johnson, Morganton, and Margaret James, Buena Vista, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two on the way.
   Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by his son, Chucky Thompson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory, 725 Wilkesboro Blvd. NE, Lenoir, N.C., (828) 754-4521, is in charge of arrangements.

November 20, 2003

Yzettia Bowers
   Mrs. Yzettia "Granny" Bowers, 80, 1120 Cedar Street, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. 
   Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
   Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

November 18, 2003

Ira Gouge
   Ira Gouge, age 64, 117 Dyer Street, Johnson City, died Monday, November 17, 2003, in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital, following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Hazel Jones.
   He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Gouge.
   Mr. Gouge was a member of Keystone Free Will Baptist Church and the Men's Fellowship.
   He was a retired meat cutter at Giant Food Store.
   Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Drusilla and Bobby Estes, Johnson City and Lisa and Joe Arnett, Elizabethton; two sons and one daughter-in-law: Steve and Linda Gouge, Jonesborough and Timothy Gouge, Johnson City; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Joseph Jones, Elizabethton; a very special friend, Brenda Nave, Johnson City; several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services for Ira Gouge will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Greer officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Keystone Free Will Baptist Church.
   Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Owen Grindstaff and Roy Birchfield. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10:15 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Dr., Elizabethton, TN 37643. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service or at the residence, 117 Dyer Street, Johnson City, 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.

Charles J. Lawson
   Charles Junior (Catfish Charlie) Lawson passed away Sunday morning, November 15, 2003, leaving behind many friends, fishing buddies, a son, a sister, many brothers, several nieces and nephews, locally a special niece, Patty Hunt, and special friends, Bob Saddler, Albert Humphrey and Harold Williams.
   The funeral service for Mr. Lawson will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, at Holden Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, Va. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service. The graveside service and interment will be conducted Wednesday, November 19, in Big Stone Gap, Va.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 N. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232.

Lorraine A. Stover
  
Lorraine A. Stover, age 76, 1394 Broad Street, Elizabethton, died Sunday, November 16, 2003 at her residence following a brief illness.
   A native of Abingdon, Va. having lived in Carter County most of her life, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Ralph and Bessie Blackburn Snead.
   Mrs. Stover was of the Baptist faith. She was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Stover was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle C. Stover; a sister, and two brothers.
   Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Timothy Kyle and Virginia Stover, of Elizabethton, and Larry Stover, of San Francisco, Calif.; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The committal service and entombment for Lorraine A. Stover will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in the Mausoleum Chapel of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. D.C. Byrd officiating. Friends may call at the residence of her son, Timothy Kyle Stover, 210 Panhandle Rd., Elizabethton, or the residence of her friend, Connie Elliott, 1394 Broad St., Elizabethton, at any time. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those who plan to attend the committal service and entombment are asked to meet at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to their favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 N. Riverside Dr., Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423-542-2232) is in charge of the arrangements for the Stover family.

Lois Williams
  
Mrs. Lois Fannon Williams, 77, 709 Tipton Street, Elizabethton, died Monday, November 17, 2003 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Seminary (Lee County), Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Peter Bryant and Catherine Shuler Fannon.
   She was a 1944 graduate of Dryden High School, Dryden, Va. and attended Steed School of Business in Elizabethton. She had lived in Elizabethton since 1945.
   Mrs. Williams was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church for 57 years. She served as Sunday school secretary for 40 years until November 1, 2003. She was church secretary for 21 years until her retirement on January 28, 1990. On October 19, 2003 she received a certificate of appreciation from Oak Street for her 50 years of service as the church historian.
   She was a member of the Alpha Iota Sorority.
   Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Williams; a brother, James Fannon; two infant brothers and two infant sisters.
   Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Ray W. Williams; one son, Billy Ray Williams, Johnson City; one daughter, Kathryn Jeree Williams, of Fredericksburg, Va.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Rebecca and Ray King, of Pineville, Ky.; Sarah and Billy Solomon, of Powell, Tenn. and Margaret and Paul Sherman, of Bedford, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2003 in the Oak Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Hendrich and Rev. Bob Polk officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Mr. Gary Rice will provide the music. Active pallbearers will be deacons of Oak Street Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family, friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Oak Street Baptist Church. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

November 17, 2003

Junie Winters
   Junie Winters, age 80, of 183 Willard Perkins Rd., Roan Mountain, died Saturday, November 15, 2003 at Cannon Memorial Hospital, Linville, N.C., following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Felix and Bertha Oaks Palmer.
   Mrs. Winters was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church, Roan Mountain, and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Winters; one sister, Edell McClain; brothers, Bruce Palmer and Jim Palmer, and Gus Palmer; half- brothers, Ona Lee Johnson, Lawrence Palmer, and Gus Palmer.
   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Connie Winters, Roan Mountain, and Allen Winters, Spruce Pine, N.C.; two sisters, Florence Miller, Roan Mountain, and Della Mae Turbyfield, Cranberry, N.C.; one grandson, Brandon Winters, Roan Mountain; four granddaughters, Heather Perry, Roan Mountain; Hollie Uthlaut, Sierra Vista, Arizona; Kimberly Winters and Jennifer Winters, both of Roan Mountain, and two great grandchildren, Alexis and Logan Winters. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service for Junie Winters will be conducted at 8 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2003 in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Rev. Keith Guinn officiating. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at Perkins 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 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, or other times at the residence of the son, Bobby Winters, 175 Perkins 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 is in charge of the arrangements.

November 16, 2003

Frazer "F.D." Hanson
   Frazer "F.D." Hanson, 503 Ontario Drive, Elizabethton, died Thursday, November 13, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness.
   Mr. Hanson was a native of Alexander City, Ala., and had lived in Elizabethton since 1953. He was the son of the late Winfield W. and Cora Sorrels Hanson and was also preceded in death by a son, Rodney D. Hanson.
   Mr. Hanson attended Grace Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Tri-State Container Corporation as a Mechanical Engineer and a former employee of the Civil Service. He was a deep sea diver. During World War II, he worked at the U.S. Navy Ship Yard, Charleston S.C., and also attended The Citadel, where he received a degree in engineering. He was a member of Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F.&A.M. and the Elizabethton Elks Lodge #1847.
   Survivors include his wife, Virginia Nell Markland Hanson, of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Mary Hanson, Memphis, Tenn., Robert "Bob" and Darcy Markland, Granite Bay, Calif., and Roger D. and Shelia Jo Markland, Kittitas, Wash.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy J. Markland Vicars and Sid Vicars, Kingsport; a brother, Marcus D. Hanson, Hudson, Fla.; a sister, Gertrude Morris, Huntsville, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Douglas Hanson and Chris Hanson, both of Memphis, Tenn., Brian Hanson, Amanda Hanson, Shelley Hanson and Brad Hanson, all of Bartlett, Tenn.; a special grandson, Bobby Markland, Granite Bay, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Madeline Hanson and Abigail Hanson, both of Germantown, Tenn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services for Frazer "F.D." Hanson will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 16, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Owens and the Rev. Gale Hartley officiating. Music will be under the direction of Darcy Markland, daughter-in-law, and the Rev. Gordon Kyte. A masonic service will be conducted by Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F.&A.M. following the funeral service. Interment will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Don Thompson, Harol Smith, Conn Nave, John Oxendine, David Woods, Keith Lipford, John Snavely and Floyd Estep. Honorary pallbearers will be S. Joe Taylor, Blaine Hartley, Earl Mitchell, Lester "Les" Wilson, Dr. Robert Schubert, Dr. Stephen Loyd, Dr. George Kehler, Dr. David Hecht, Dr. Stephen Fry, former employees of Tri-State Container Corporation and Inland Container, neighbors of Superior Acres and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour. Friends may also call at the residence, 503 Ontario Drive, Elizabethton, at any time. To those who prefer in lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Mr. Hanson to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 1104 Broad Street, 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.
  

Ruth Hensley
Mrs. Ruth Hensley, 79, 134 Lowridge Road, Johnson City, Tenn., died Thursday, November 13, 2003, at Hillview Health Care Center, Elizabethton, following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Hensley was a native of Banner Elk, N.C., and the daughter of the late Jess and Leona Lowrance Puckett. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and two grandchildren.
   Mrs. Hensley was a homemaker and a member of The Jesus Church House of Prayer, Riceville, Tenn.
   Survivors include her husband, Foy Hensley, of the home; four daughters and sons-in-law, Joann and George Coontz, Junction City, Ky., Debbie and Clarence Perry, Elizabethton, Tenn., Judy and Harold Atkins, Sweetwater, Tenn., and Tresia and Charles Scalf, Johnson City, Tenn.; a son, Jessie Hensley, Athens, Tenn.; a sister, Sofia Aldridge, Wise, Va.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Hensley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2003, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas King officiating. Music will be by The Hammer Family. Interment will follow the funeral service in the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Active pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Hillview Health Care Center. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, November 16. Friends may also call at the residence, 134 Lowridge Road, Johnson City, 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.

Beverly A. Hicks
  
Beverly Ann Hicks, 71, 1298 Bluefield Avenue, Elizabethton, died Nov. 15, 2003, in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Elmo and Erma Davis Crow. She was a retired nurses aide from the former Carter County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the East Side Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Debra Gilday and Melody and Robert Holt, all of Elizabethton; one son, David Sellers, Elizabethton; one brother, Roy Huskins, Elizabethton; six grandchildren, Jason Taylor, Jeffrey Taylor, Hunter Holt, Dillon Sellers, Briana Sellers and Sheena Sellers; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Isabella.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. D.C. Byrd officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Highland Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, will be Ronnie King, Herman King, Terry Lewis, Bill Ed Nidiffer, Jason Taylor and Robert Holt. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a son, David Sellers, 417 Monument Place, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jewel Lewis
   Jewel Elizabeth Lewis, 57, Hampton, Tenn., passed away early Friday morning, November 14, 2003, at the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended and courageous battle with cancer. Jewel was born November 15, 1946, in the Watauga community. After spending her childhood there, she moved to Elizabethton and then later to Hampton, where she resided until her death. After working as a housewife for several years, Jewel earned her Certified Nursing Assistant License and was employed at Life Care Center of Elizabethton. She progressed to the position of Head of Central Supply for the nursing home prior to her diagnosis with lung cancer and subsequent disability. Jewel was a member of the Community Chapel Baptist Mission of Hampton. She enjoyed reading in her earlier years and drew enjoyment from spending time with her friends and family, including her new grandson, Calen. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Howard and Lee Ella Cannon Tester of Watauga; and two sisters, Anna Belle Tester and Judy Shepherd of Kingsport.
   Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Carl Lewis; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Johnny Lewis, Elizabethton, and Danny and Jessica Lewis, Hampton; two grandchildren, Jamie Lewis, of the home, and Calen Lewis, Hampton; one sister, Joanne Campbell, Hampton; one brother, John Tester, Church Hill; special neighbors, Jean and Lewis Campbell and Dorothy and Andy Arnett, of Hampton; one special friend, Christy Hubbard, Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jackie Lyons officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda C. Laws
   NEWLAND, N.C. -- Linda Carolyn McCoury Laws, 61, of Tom Laws Lane, Heaton Community, died Friday, November 14, 2003, in a Linville hospital.
   Mrs. Laws was a native of Elk Park and a daughter of the late Ethmond and Carrie Banner McCoury.
   Linda was an owner of the King of The Road Restaurant, along with her husband, Tom Laws. She was a member of Spruce Pine Christian Church.
   Survivors include her husband, Tom Laws, of the home; a daughter, Tommie Deyton, Spruce Pine; five sons, Charles Terry Childress, Elk Park, James Lee Childress, Linville, Patrick Childress, Paul Daniel Laws and Joseph Frank Laws, all of Elk Park; and five sisters, Betty Weiser, Yuma, Ariz., Patricia Daniels, Morganton, Barbara Daniels, Crossnore, Connie Rathbun of Florida, and Sandy Kragiel, Elk Park. Ten grandchildren also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16, at the Heaton Christian Church with the Rev. Phillip Moody and the Rev. Clay Bailey officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Heaton Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.reinssturdivantfuneralhome.com. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland, N.C., (828) 733-2121, is serving the Laws family.

Ossie Meredith
   Mrs. Ossie Range Meredith, 95, 135 Jim Elliott Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, November 13, 2003, in the Hermitage Health Care. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Abraham and Etta Pearce Range. Mrs. Meredith was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation. She had been an active member of the Gap Creek Christian Church for 70 years, having taught Sunday school, served as the church treasurer and involved in the Ladies Circle of the church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lawrence Meredith, October 25, 1976, and by six sisters.
   Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-Law, Larry and Lesley Meredith, Rio Vista, Calif., Gary Meredith, Elizabethton, and Carroll and Gail Meredith, Johnson City; three sisters, Kate Sams and Gretchen Whittemore, both of Elizabethton, and Nellie Pospeich, Inverness, Fla.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Gap Creek Christian Church, 1840 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, with Mr. Ray Giles, Mr. Rocky Maines and Mr. Roland Whittimore officiating. Graveside Service and interment will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Mr. Bobby McGee will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 7:50 p.m. Saturday and the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, will be Anthony Lyons, Larry Miller, Bobby McGee, John McGee, Steve Meredith, Mark Meredith, Rick Meredith and Russell Meredith. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family, the staff of Hermitage Health Care, Dr. Charles Allen, friends and neighbors. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Gap Creek Christian Church. Friends may also call at the residence of Gary Meredith, 135 Jim Elliott Road, Elizabethton. For those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Meredith to the Gap Creek Christian Church Building Fund, 1840 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Wilson Morris
   Ruth Wilson Morris, 2020 Sherwood Dr., Johnson City, formerly of Race Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, November 14, 2003, at the Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness. A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas Wilson, Sr. and Bessie Myers Wilson. She was a member of West Side Christian Church. She was a retired printer from Fitzsimmons Printing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Morris, a son, Gene Bowers, three sisters, Mary Sweet, Elsie Zimmerman, Fannie Cyphers, and four brothers, Worley "98" Wilson, Spencer Wilson, Harley Wilson and William "Bill" Wilson.
   Survivors include one daughter-in-law, JoAnn Bowers, Huntington Beach, Calif.; one grandson, Curtis Bowers, Huntington Beach, Calif.; one granddaughter, Gina Bowers, Los Angeles, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Bowers and Devon Bowers, both of Huntington Beach, Calif.; her niece, Kim Peters, Elizabethton, and 14 beloved nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2003, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, with Mr. Greg Key, Minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Trilla Little, organist. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be deacons and elders of West Side Christian Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. James Mahoney, Dr. Jeff Farrow, Dr. Jim Wilson, friends and neighbors of Appalachian Christian Village. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 1:15 p.m. Monday, to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home chapel or other times at the residence of her niece, Mrs. Kim Peters, 114 West F 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 the arrangements.
  

Bertha L. Roark
   Bertha Louise Roark, 85, 684 Hampton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, died Thursday, November 14, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
   Ms. Roark was a lifelong resident of Carter County and the daughter of the late Lon B. and Floy C. Rash Roark.
   Ms. Roark was a member of Gray's Chapel Presbyterian Church and was a homemaker.
   Survivors include two brothers, Walter Roark and William E. Roark, both of Roan Mountain; two sisters, Emma Shell, Elizabethton, and Ethel Heaton, Farmington, Mich.; and special friends, Frank and Trish Presnell, Roan Mountain. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Danny Cooke officiating. Music was under the direction of Charlotte Smith. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16, at Gibbs Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be nephews. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Sunday. The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 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.

Roy G. Simerly
  
Mr. Roy Gordon Simerly, 77, Johnson City, born Oct. 5, 1926, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
   He was a native of Washington County and a son of the late John W. and Ethel Woodby Simerly. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, James Simerly, Earnest Simerly and Donald Simerly.
   Mr. Simerly was a corporal in the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Philippines and Japan. He retired from Raytheon after 37 years of employment as a machinist and foreman. He loved playing bluegrass and woodworking.
   Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Velma Shipley Simerly, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry R. and Barbara Simerly, Johnson City; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Eddie and Lora Searcey, West Milton, Ohio; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Phyllis Kitzmiller, Johnson City, and Ruth and Billy Jack Smith, Johnson City; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services for Mr. Roy Gordon Simerly will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. George P. Higgins and the Rev. Billy Jack Smith officiating. Music will be provided by the Gloryway Singers. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at Fairview Cemetery.
   Pallbearers will be Brian Simerly, Jeff Simerly, Harold Hodges, Eddie Searcey, Marvin Fisher, Mike Todd and Mark Searcey. Honorary pallbearers will be C.T. Shipley, Harold Corby, Allen Cox, Tony Simerly, Christopher Simerly and all of his bluegrass music friends.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, prior to the funeral service.
   Condolences may be sent to the Simerly family online at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, Inc., 753-0514, is in charge of the arrangements.
  

W.A. Suess
   W.A. Suess, 75, 119 Suess Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Charles Phillip and Laura Suess. He was a retired employee of The Raytheon Corporation, Bristol. Mr. Suess was a member of the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church, where he previously served as a trustee.
   Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Dallas Isenhour, Conover, N.C., and Judy and Randy Smith, Hickory, N.C.; a sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Stanley Sims, Elizabethton; one brother, Phillip Suess, Elizabethton; five grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Chambers Cemetery. Mr. Ben Johnson and Randy Johnson will provide the music. Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, will be Sam Harrison, Carl Roberson, Ricky Johnson, Robert Ray, Joel Elijah, Wade Sluder, Jay Walsh and Jimmy Carr. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Joe May, Dr. Paris and the Men's Bible Class, Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Juanita "Nete" Vestal
  
Mrs. Juanita "Nete" Vestal, 75, 314 Melrose Street, Hampton, Tenn., died Thursday, November 13, 2003, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Vestal was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Harry and Mae Childress Cornett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, R.L. Vestal, a brother, Jack Cornett, and a sister, Polly Williams.
   Mrs. Vestal was a homemaker.
   Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda Vestal and Linda and Frank Milan, all of Hampton, Tenn.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Teresa Vestal, Hampton, Tenn., and Robert "Skip" and Laura Vestal, New Philadelphia, Ohio; five granddaughters, Wendy Milan, Holli Vestal, Brandi Vestal, Dallas Vestal and Kaitlyn Vestal; a grandson, Robert Vestal Jr.; a great-grandson, Christopher Vestal; a sister, Vorita "Peep" Shelton, Hampton, Tenn.; and special friends, Helen Cates, Monk and Shelby Casey and Sue Milan Nave. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Graveside services for Mrs. Juanita "Nete" Vestal will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2003, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Mr. Dwayne Calhoun, minister, officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2003, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence, 314 Melrose Street, Hampton, Tenn., at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, to those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. 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.