January 14, 2004

Rebecca M. Kindberg
  
At 7 p.m. (God's perfect time) at the Hermitage Health Center on January 12, 2004, the King of Kings stepped on the portals of heaven and declared, "Rebecca, my love, arise and come to me, for your winter is past; the rain is over and gone. Your new springtime is here." Her reply was, "My Beloved is Mine and I am His." She had lived on Burgie Street for several years.
   A native of Knoxville, she was a daughter of the late Ira Moody and Mary Effie Pifer Deaver. She was a graduate of Knoxville High School and the Knoxville Business College.
   Mrs. Kindberg was preceded in death by her first husband, Theodore S. Mynatt and her second husband, Bertel Kindberg, two brothers and two sisters.
   Mrs. Kindberg was a member of the Grace Baptist Church, serving her Lord many years as church organist and Sunday school teacher. She also performed mission work throughout the world, including the U.S., Australia, South America, the Phillipines, Albania and Bosnia.
   She taught piano and organ lessons for more than 50 years, touching many lives with her music.
   She was a member of Sycamore Chapter #163, Order of Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron and other offices.
   Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Sam Smith, and Sandra and Les Grindstaff, all of Elizabethton, and Jackie and Bill Parsons, of Iron Station, N.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Shirley Mynatt, Elizabethton, and Jim and Darlene Mynatt, of Waxhaw, N.C.; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Rusty Phillips, of Knoxville; 15 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two step-daughters and their spouses, Shirley and Dale Coln, of Dallas, Texas, and Lee and Ken Watters, of Tucson, Ariz.; and a step-son and wife, Will and Diane Kindberg, of Huntington Beach, Calif.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 16, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. David and Sha Parsons will provide the music. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Gerald Smith, Steve Smith, David Parsons, Daniel Parsons, Bill Parsons III, and Jimmy Mynatt, II. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her grandchildren and their spouses. 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, Sandra and Les Grindstaff, 100 Donna Ave., Elizabethton. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Kindberg to the Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200. Sycamore Chapter #163, Order of Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service following the funeral service Thursday night. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Kindberg family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice D. Prendergast
   Bernice Davis Prendergast, 95, 2003 Waters Edge Drive, Johnson City, died Saturday, January 10, 2004, at Wellington Place, Johnson City.
   Mrs. Prendergast was a native of Niagara Falls, Canada, and the daughter of the late Harry Benjamin and Bertha Pace Davis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Prendergast, and a son, William D. Prendergast.
   Mrs. Prendergast was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and was an educator, having taught at T.A. Dugger Jr. High. She was a graduate of Fredonia State Teachers College, Fredonia, N.Y., and East Tennessee State University. She was also a member of the DAR and the Elizabethton Garden Club.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James and Doris Prendergast, Hilton Head Island, S.C.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Henry J. Davis, Oswego, N.Y.; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Prendergast, Elizabethton.
   A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with the Rev. Harold Bahlow officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. The committal and entombment service will follow in the Mausoleum of Peace, Happy Valley Memorial Park. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 815 E. Second 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.

William H. Thompson
   William H. "Bill" Thompson, of Ripshin Lake Road, Roan Mountain, who was born January 24, 1930, in Johnson City, TN, died January 12, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Preceding him in death were his parents, J. Harold and Wilda Trotter Thompson, a brother, Joseph L. Thompson, and a granddaughter, Carrie Newton.
   Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Nora Harris Thompson; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Julia T. Winters, Johnson City, and Emily T. and Charles Gilreath, Cartersville, Ga.; a brother, Steven C. Thompson, Johnson City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Marika Pineda and Sheree and Keith Gostel, Richmond, Va.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kelly Thompson and Frank and Donna Trexler, Knoxville; a cousin, Mark C. Hicks, Jonesborough; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   Bill and Nora were members of Roan Mountain United Methodist Church. Bill served a tour of duty in the U.S. Marines in the early '50s. He graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1956, and also attended VPI and Georgia Tech. He farmed for several years in Hamblen County and Northwest Georgia, and was a skilled cabinetmaker and carpenter. He was a highly respected member and served as treasurer of Ripshin Lake Corporation.
   The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home, with a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. Friends may also visit the home of a sister, Julia Winters, 1965 King Springs Road, Johnson City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roan Mountain State Park or Roan Mountain United Methodist Church, 307 Johnson Street, Roan Mountain, TN 37687. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521 is serving the family.

January 12, 2004

Rebecca M. Kindberg
Mrs. Rebecca Mynatt Kindberg, 91, 100 Donna Ave., Elizabethton, died Monday, January 12, 2004 in the Hermitage Health Care Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kory D. McKinney
Kory D. McKinney, age 26, 213 Taylors Rd., Greer, S.C., died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at the residence of his mother, Valerie Cable Masters, 172 Minga Dr., Johnson City, following a brief illness.
A native of Washington County, he was the son of Valerie Cable Masters, Johnson City and Henry Boyd McKinney, Hampton.
He was preceded in death by his step-father, Leonard Masters, an uncle, Fred Cable and a cousin, Timothy Cable, II.
Mr. McKinney was self-employed as a painter and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Kris McKinney, Greer, S.C.; maternal grandparents, Hollis and Joyce Cable, Hampton; an uncle, Tim Cable, Jonesborough; step-sister, Christy Masters, Atlanta, Ga.; several cousins, uncles and aunts on the paternal side also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2004, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Burl Garland and Rev. Dan Hyder officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service, or at the home of the maternal grandparents, Hollis and Joyce Cable, 152 Mountain View Circle, Hampton, at any time. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2004, in the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Butler. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Rev. H. Brooks Peters, Poppy, and fellow co-workers. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 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.

Faith A. White
Faith Alexsus White, infant daughter of Gary Wayne and Amanda Akers White, 1514 Sylvan Street, Johnson City, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
In addition to her parents, survivors include her maternal grandparents, Elizabeth Akers, Johnson City, and Jerry Akers, Bristol, VA., and her paternal grandparents, Dallas and Wanda White, Johnson City.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, (423) 610-7171, is in charge of arrangements for the White family.

January 11, 2004

Martha M. Grindstaff
Martha Louella Markland Grindstaff, 86, Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 9, 2004. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Kyle and Hilda Brown Markland of the Powder Branch Community. Mrs. Grindstaff did Private Duty Nursing at the old Carter County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Grindstaff, Jan. 22, 1973; by an infant son, Larry Grindstaff; two sisters, Louise Douglas and Josie Britt; and four brothers, Orville, Stewart, Belve and George Markland.
   Survivors include four grandchildren, Tammy Hill, Johnson City, Scott Hill and Greg Hill, both of Elizabethton, and Missy Marlowe, Roan Mountain; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and also her caregiver, Nancy Berry of Elizabethton.
   Funeral Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ken Bewley officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Monday will be, Joshua Brock, Jared Brock, Scott Hill, Justin Hill, Tommy Sanders and Danny Carver. A Special "Thank You" to Dr. Beals and staff of Global Physicians Group and the 3400 and 5200 wings of Johnson City Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys G. Kyte
   Gladys G. Kyte, 90, Hermitage Health Center, Elizabethton, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. A native of Heaton, N.C., she was a daughter of the late John and Sarah Elizabeth Richardson Greer. She was a graduate of Cranberry High School, Elk Park, N.C. Mrs. Kyte had lived in Elizabethton for the past 68 years. She was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation. Mrs. Kyte was a member of the Heaton Christian Church and was preceded in death by several sisters and one brother.
   Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jeanette and C.J. Hyatt, Bluff City, Linda Gay and Clyde Croy and Denise Heaton, all of Elizabethton; three sons and two daughters-in-law: Clay and Margaret Kyte, Richard and Margaret Kyte and Kenneth Kyte, all of Elizabethton; one sister, Pauline Lawrence, Elizabethton; three half-sisters, Hazel Hall, China Petery and Faye McGuire, all of Elizabethton; 12 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joe Sorah officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, in the Heaton Cemetery, Elk Park, N.C. Active Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The family would like to express a special "Thank You" to the staff of Hermitage Health Center and the staff of the emergency room, Sycamore Shoals Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Gay and Clyde Croy, 168 Rosewood Circle, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Kate R. Sams
   Kate Range Sams, age 93, 1591 Southside Road, Elizabethton, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Hermitage Health Center, Elizabethton. She was a native of Carter County, (Gap Creek community), and was the daughter of the late William Abraham and Etta Pierce Range. Mrs. Sams was a member of Zion Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Sams. She was one of 10 children, all girls: Myrtle Collins, Maude Morton, Sallie Hyder, Celia Hyder, Ossie Meredith, Hattie Vanover, and Haskle Range.
   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Robert L. and Martha Sams, Elizabethton; one grandson, Brian Sams, Elizabethton; one granddaughter and spouse, Amy and Keith Outland, Atlanta, Ga.; one great-grandson, Austin Lewis Outland, Atlanta, Ga.; and two sisters, Gretchen Whittemore, Elizabethton, and Nellie Pospiech, Inverness, Fla. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, with the Rev. C.W. Snodgrass officiating. Music will be under the direction of Missy Woods. Interment will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Brian Sams, Carroll Meredith, Elmer Sams, Jr., Steve Sams, Jack Johnson, Roland Whittemore and Keith Outland. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Meredith, Jerry Sams, Gene Sams, friends of Zion Baptist Church and the staff of Hermitage Health Center. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hermitage Health Center for their kindness and gentle care for the past five years. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel. 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.

Anna M. Maines
   Anna M. Maines, 87, 115 W. Pine Street, Johnson City, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Dave and Addie Estep Taylor. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Maines was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Maines; and ten brothers and sisters.
   Survivors include a son, Charles S. Taylor, Port Orange, Fla.; three grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and friends; also a special friend, Jeanette Honeycutt.
   Graveside Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Ensor Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1-2 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.

Judith C. Miller
   Judith C. Miller, 64, 424 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Miller was a native of Long Acre, W.Va., and the daughter of the late Bernie Cicero and Christina Abbott Gwaltney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Gwaltney and Franklin Gwaltney, and a sister, Bernice Preston.
   Mrs. Miller was a housewife and a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Johnson City.
   Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Miller, of the home; a daughter, Carol Straitz, Elizabethton; two grandchildren, Cara Straitz and Todd Straitz, both of Elizabethton; two great-grandchildren, Aidan Quinlan and Liam Straitz, both of Elizabethton; five brothers, Robert Gwaltney of Pennsylvania, Charles Gwaltney of Delaware, Gary Gwaltney of Georgia, David Bock and Raymond Bock, both of Maryland; three sisters, Shirley Skiles and Brenda Davis, both of Maryland, and Alma Cornett of Pennsylvania; and an ex-son-in-law, Frederick Straitz of Maryland.
   A memorial service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 11, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Johnson City, with the Rev. Jim Nipper officiating. Private disposition will be conducted at a later date. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Friends may also call at the residence, 424 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, at any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Johnson City Medical Center Hospice, 1807 West Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37604. 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.

Burlen L. Morris
   Mrs. Burlen L. Morris, age 82, of 278 Muddy Branch Road, Elizabethton, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2003, at her residence.
   Mrs. Morris was a native of Sullivan County and a daughter of the late James and Mary Scalf Lyons. She was a retired employee of Denise Lingerie Company, Johnson City. She was of the Christian faith. Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Morris, and by one sister, Mary Lee Buckles.    
   Survivors include one daughter, Mary L. Lunceford, Elizabethton; one son, Jimmy Morris, Bluff City; four sisters, Ruby Carver, Elizabethton, Anna Bee Malone, Bluff City, Suzie Winebarger, Bristol, Tenn., and Ellie Stout, Bristol, Va.; five grandchildren, Travis Lunceford, Elizabethton, Lisa Lunceford, Morocco, Africa, Donna Morris, David Morris and Jimmy Dale Morris, all of Bluff City; and seven great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The graveside service for Mrs. Burlen L. Morris will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2004, at the Jones Cemetery, Bunker Hill, with the Rev. Dale Ball officiating.
   The family will receive friends in the Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the graveside service.
   Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site, www.hathawaypercy.com.
   Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

January 9, 2004

Ira "Glenn" Bowers
Ira "Glenn" Bowers, 90, 908 Nave Street, Elizabethton, devoted wife, loving mother, caring grandmother and friend, has entered into a new city, and a new life, with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While saddened to see her go and longing for her to stay, there were other eyes watching her coming and other voices to take up the glad shout: Here she comes!
Mrs. Bowers died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at Hermitage Health Center following an extended illness. A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Brown L. and Bessie M. Bowers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Crumley Bowers, two brothers, Robert Carl Bowers and Millard Filmore Bowers, a sister, Laura Belle Bowers, a stepson, Linard Skyler Bowers, and a stepdaughter, Ella Mae Buckles.
Mrs. Bowers was a member of Roan Street Free Will Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Survivors include a sister, Gladys Cole, Roan Mountain; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Pauline Taylor, Pansy and Bobby Rouse, and Oma Jean and Bobbie Woods, all of Elizabethton; and a stepdaughter, Mary Nidiffer, Elizabethton. Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 10, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Stocton, the Rev. Steve Burleson and the Rev. Rick Price officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, at Caldwell Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Stephen Tolley and the Rev. Mark Potter officiating. Active pallbearers will be Eddie Peters, Guy Sams, Ricky Williams, Dale Roberson, Stephen Tolley and Mark Potter. Honorary pallbearers will be Odell Bowers, Bobby Woods Jr., friends and her church family. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hermitage Health Center for their loving and gentle care of mother for the last seven years. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence of her children, Pauline Taylor, 816 Hwy. 91, Elizabethton, Pansy Rouse, 120 Franklin Lane, Elizabethton, and Oma Jean Woods, 1707 Siam Road, Elizabethton, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Carnie B. Eggers
Carnie Butler Eggers, 88, of Butler, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
Mr. Eggers was a native of Carter County. He was a retired employee of the American Bemberg Corporation and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Elk Mills Baptist Church but attended Little Milligan Baptist Church.
Mr. Eggers was preceded in death by his wife, Dezmonda Moody Eggers, October 17, 1988.
Survivors include a son, Rick B. Eggers, Morristown; a grandson, Justin Eggers, Orlando, Fla.; and a sister, Frances Ripple of Ohio. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 10, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Nick Bradshaw officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, in the Lakeview Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, will be Joe Eggers, Jimmy Vernon Moody, Mike Moody, Bobby "Buzz" White, Cotton Smith and Junior Clark. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Sunday. Condolences to the Eggers Family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ricky "Dirt" Hardin
Ricky "Dirt" Hardin, 26, 169 Dan Cole Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Hardin was a native of Carter County and the son of Randy Joe Hardin, Elizabethton, and Linda Crumley Lyons, Elizabethton. He was a member of Siam Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Paul and Yvonne Crumley, his stepfather, Varce Stevens, and a special friend, Cody Hugh.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three brothers and a sister-in-law, Jody, James and Clay and Patty Hardin; three stepsisters, Belinda, Kim and Sandra Lyons; two nieces and a nephew, Brooke, Savannah and Hunter Joe; his paternal grandparents, Walter and Chloe Hardin; his stepfather, Ralph Lyons, Elizabethton; aunts and uncles, Imogene and Jerry Crumley, Brenda and Mac VanHuss, Johnny and Janice Hardin, Christine and Larey Pippin, Iva Long, Betty, Geraldine, Rose, Elizabeth, Charley and husbands, Jerry, Anthony, Allen and wives; great-uncles and aunt, Paul, Porter, Wayne, Robert, Jerry Vines and wives, and Elizabeth Buck; great-great-aunts and uncle, Mary Henegar, Elizabethton, Fred Elliott, of North Carolina, and Lyndell White, Elizabethton; several cousins, Tony, Tracy and Travis Hardin, Ed Hodge, Terry VanHuss and Corky Taylor, all of Elizabethton, Cindy Hodge, Debbie Ferguson and Mike Hodge, all of California; and special friends, Tony and Jason.
The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, January 9, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Roddy and the Rev. Jerry Lyons officiating. Music will be under the direction of Brian Wilson. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Nick Stevens, Allen, Kermit and Jeremy Hinkle, Kirk Estes and Robert Norris. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Hinkle, Jerry Vines and Jasper Rash. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence, 169 Dan Cole Road, Elizabethton, at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

January 8, 2004

Willa F. Crowe
   Willa F. Cardwell Crowe, 75, 503C West F. Street, Elizabethton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
   Mrs. Crowe was a native of Old Hickory, Tenn., and the daughter of Florence D. Cardwell, Elizabethton, and the late John W. Cardwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Crowe, and a son, Michael E. Crowe.
   Mrs. Crowe was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton. She was a business woman and retired owner of Bristol Merle Norman.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a sister and brother-in-law, Rosalie and Doug Smith, Kingsport; a son and daughter-in-law, Pat and Nancy Crowe, Summerville, S.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jim Turner, Knoxville; nine grandchildren, Daniel and Patrick Crowe, both of Charleston, S.C., Barhyt Henry, Laura Henry and Tyler Henry, all of Knoxville, Stacy Brown, Chattanooga, Susan Turner and Alan Turner, both of Knoxville, April Gaskins, Summerville, S.C.; a great-grandson, Justin Gaskins, Summerville, S.C.; a nephew and his wife, Dr. John Alan Smith and Wendy Smith, Kingsport; two grand-nieces, Emily and Rachel Smith, Kingsport; and beloved sisters-in-law, Polly Musick, Greeneville, Margaret Manney, Jonesborough, and Carolyn Beard, Lebanon. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, January 9, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. The graveside service and interment will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 10, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 1:15 p.m. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff of Hermitage Health Center for their gentle and loving care, and to the staff of Johnson City Medical Center and Elizabethton Rescue Squad and very special appreciation to her faithful and loving caretaker, Cindy Shull. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. The family request that no flowers be sent. Please give to your favorite charity with our hope that some person's life will be made brighter by your gift. 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.

Ricky Hardin
   Ricky "Dirt" Hardin, 26, 169 Dan Cole Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

C. Earl Inabinett
   C. Earl Inabinett Jr., 63, 104 Hartman Drive, Jonesborough, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mr. Inabinett was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and the son of the late Clarence Earl Sr. and Helen Leona Goff Inabinett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donnie Inabinett, and a brother, Wymer Eugene Inabinett.
   Mr. Inabinett attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness in Jonesborough. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and was an avid golfer.
   Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Inabinett, of the home; three daughters, Kim Inabinett, Johnson City, Tina Inabinett, Jonesborough, and Donna Sue Humphrey, Gray; a son, Mike Inabinett, Jonesborough; a brother, Donnie Inabinett, of Florida; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Larry Bacon and Jerry Russell, both of Jonesborough.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 10, in the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Marvin Carter officiating. Interment services will follow at Monte Vista Burial Park. Pallbearers will be Larry Bacon, Ray Crawford, Jerry Russell, Johnny Slagle, Bruce Miller and Steve Adams. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 9, at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the Inabinett Family online at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, (423) 753-0514, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles R. Ray
   Charles Raymond Ray, 78, of Johnson City, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home following an extended illness.
   Mr. Ray was a native of Hampton, but had lived in Johnson City for many years. He was the son of the late Roy Raymond Ray and Callie Elizabeth Ketchem Ray and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paris Ray of Elizabethton and Jack A. Ray of Greensboro, N.C.
   Mr. Ray was retired, having been a co-owner of Holston Industries. He was a member of the United States Navy Sea Bees during World War II and had re-enlisted in the United States Army Airborne during the Korean War.
   Survivors include a sister, Catherine Averitt, Cordova, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 9, in the Morris-Baker Funeral Home North Chapel with the Rev. Ron Goss officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 8. Graveside services and interment will follow the services on Friday at the Veterans Affairs Cemetery at Mountain Home. Pallbearers will be Allen Ray, Michael Ray, Ricky Ray, Jeffrey Ray, Ronnie Pearman, Roger Day, Bob Soyars and Millard Day. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521.

Charlotte S. Winters
   Charlotte Sue Winters, 77, 705 Fourth Street, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at her residence.
   Mrs. Winters was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late William and Florene Jordan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ray Winters, and a sister, Margaret Winters.
   Mrs. Winters was a lifelong member of Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was a homemaker.
   Survivors include two sons, Steve Winters, Ocean Springs, Miss., and Gregory Winters, Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd G. Winters, Elizabethton.
   The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, January 9, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Curt Rabe officiating. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 8, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. 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.

January 7, 2004

Evalee S. Hart
AKRON, Ohio -- Evalee Smith Hart, 75, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2003.
Mrs. Hart was born in Piney Flats, Tenn., and raised in Elizabethton. She was the daughter of Robert and Viola Smith.
Mrs. Hart retired as an English teacher from Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio after 29 years of service. She then moved to Sun City Center, Fla., where she resided with her husband Fred for 21 years.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Frederick G. Hart; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Timothy Flora, Copley, Ohio; grandchildren, Timothy F. and Melanie Flora; and a sister, Bobbie Jean Campbell, Shalimar, Fla.
Private family services will take place with inurnment at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. Tributes to remember the life of Evalee can be made at www.mem.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Silva Funeral Home-Rose Hill Chapel, Akron, Ohio, (330) 666-3089.

January 6, 2004

Pearl O. Grindstaff
  
Pearl O. Grindstaff, age 79, 2859 Garland Drive, Valdese, N.C., formerly of Opossum Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, in the College Pines Nursing Center in Valdese, North Carolina.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Eli and Lorina Myers Oliver.
   She attended the Valdese First Christian Church.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Clara Bowers, Annie Williams and five brothers, Cecil Oliver, Forney Oliver, Jess Oliver, Eugene Oliver, and Dan Oliver.
   Survivors include one son, Willard Grindstaff of Valdese, N.C.; three daughters and one son-in-law, Charlotte and Tim Chaney, Sherry Gail Grindstaff, all of Valdese, N.C.; Barbara Keller of Glen Alpine, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Timothy Chaney and spouse, Stephanie of Lenoir, N.C.; Dennis Paul Hardin and spouse, Amanda; Lisa Gail Beach and spouse, Daniel, all of Morganton, N.C.; Heather Dawn Keller, Megan Star Keller, both of Glen Alpine, N.C.; Brandy Ann Chaney and Sibitha Joyce Chaney both of Valdese, N.C.; four great grandchildren, Nakota Hardin and Devin Connelly both of Morganton, N.C.; Sierra Diamond Chaney and Blain Chaney both of Lenoir, North Carolina.
   The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at Buckles Cemetery with Mr. Doug Rasnick officiating. Active pallbearers will be Tim Chaney, Daniel Beach, Paul Hardin, Jewel Williams, Jack Keller, and Johnny Oliver. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10:15 a.m.on Wednesday. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at Tetrick Funeral Home or friends may call at the residence, 2859 Garland Drive, Valdese, N.C., at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232 is in charge of arrangements.

Hampton E. Renfro
  
Hampton Elbert Renfro, 88, 1806 U.S. Highway 91, Elizabethton, died at his residence Monday, January 5, 2004.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Wade and Bessie Hampton Renfro.
   Mr. Renfro was a retired supervisor in the knitting department of North American Rayon Corporation.
   He served in the U.S Army Air Force during World War II.
   Mr. Renfro was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Latta Renfro, and two sisters, Anna Renfro and Jennieve Rains.
   He was a member of the Unaka Baptist Church and the adult men's Sunday school class.
   Survivors include a brother, Carl Renfro, of the home; a sister, Aleene Peters, of Louisville, Ky., and several nieces and nephews.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2004 in the Blevins Cemetery with the Rev. Harold McNabb officiating. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday will be Leonard Holton, John Fletcher, Ernest "Gebe" Ritchie, Wayne Ritchie, Bobby Joe Fletcher and Wayman Carrier. Honorary pallbearers will be the adult men's Sunday school class of Unaka Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2004 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Renfro family at mfc@chartertn.net. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

January 5, 2004

William F. Baker
William Franklin "Frank" Baker, 77, 1099 Glenview Drive, Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 2, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Mr. Baker was a native of Birchwood, Tenn., and a son of the late William F. Baker Sr. and Martha Jane Priddy Baker. He was also preceded in death by a brother, four sisters and a nephew.
Mr. Baker graduated from Carson-Newman College with a B.S. Degree in Education in 1949, and later received his Master's Degree from East Tennessee State University. He taught in the Hamilton County School System for two years, then taught in the Elizabethton City School System for 36 years. He taught Science and was a basketball coach at T.A. Dugger Junior High School. He served as the last Principal of Duffield Academy, and he concluded the last 18 years of his career in education as the Principal of East Side Elementary School.
He was a member of the American Legion and the AARP. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church and a member of the Four Square Sunday School Class. He was a World War II combat veteran, having fought in France and Germany with the Thirty-Sixth Infantry Division (The Texas Division).
Survivors include his devoted wife of 54 years, Geraldine Bowers Baker, of the home; his beloved daughter, Sarah Jean Baker, 115 Treadway Street, Elizabethton; a sister, Betty Roark, Birchwood, Tenn.; 12 beloved nieces and nephews; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews; a brother-in-law, E.C. Alexander, Elizabethton; and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 4, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Music will be by John Bunn, soloist. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded by Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Ed Alexander III, Joe Alexander, Crawford Alexander, Chris Luker, David Moon, Andy Moon, Willie Church, Gary Elliott, Dick Ryan and Roy Huskins. Honorary pallbearers will be E.C. Alexander, Russell Curtis, Lee Spickard, Bill Armstrong, T.J. Harville, members of the Four Square Sunday School Class, teachers at East Side School, retired teachers of East Side School, Dr. Joseph May, Dr. Collier Jordan, Dr. David Baker and members of the American Legion. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 1:20 p.m. Monday for the graveside service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence, 1099 Glenview Drive, Elizabethton, at any time. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Tri-City Airport, Room 121, Blountville, TN 37617. 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.

James E. Bowling

James E. Bowling, 78, 110 Rufus Taylor Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Mr. Bowling was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Robert Bob and Bessie Scalf Bowling. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Adams Bowling, three brothers, Frank, Glen and Clarence "Buddy" Bowling, and a sister, Florence Fortner.
Mr. Bowling attended Moore's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation.
Survivors include two brothers, Elmer Bowling and Roy Bowling, both of Elizabethton; a sister, Juanita Sheppard, Elizabethton; and special friends, John Presnell and Family. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, January 5, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with Pastor Clarence Phillips and the Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Danny Sheppard, David Sheppard, Dean Bowling, Ronnie Bowling, Dale Bowling, Jackie Bowling, Terry Bowling and Glen Bowling Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be John Presnell and Howard Presnell. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to 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.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

David M. Davis
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- David Madison Davis, 56, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, January 1, 2004.
Mr. Davis was the owner and operator of Davis Country Store from 1996 to 2003, a pillar of the Inman community. He served three years in the U.S. Army as part of the Military Police.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Florence Van Huss Davis, Fayetteville; a daughter, Lillian K. O'Neal; his parents, William "Bill" and Dorothy Davis, Barnesville; two sisters, Kaye Reonas and Tracie Davis, both of Florida; and two brothers, Keith Davis and Phillip Davis, both of Florida.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 4, at Carl J. Mowell & Son Chapel, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Doug Burrell officiating.

Madge M. Hopson
Mrs. Madge M. Hopson, 82, Scott Road, Unicoi, died Saturday, January 3, 2004 at the Center on Aging & Health, Erwin.
Mrs. Hopson was a native of Yancey County, N.C., having lived most of her life in Unicoi County. She was a daughter of the late Charles and Myra Wright Williams and was also preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Hopson, three brothers, Silas Williams, Vernon Williams and Sam Williams, and a sister, Althea Bryant.
Mrs. Hopson retired from Industrial Garment in 1980 after 30 years of service and was also a homemaker. She attended Buffalo Valley Free Will Baptist Church and was a member of the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Hopson and special friend, Woody Powers, Unicoi; two sisters, Ethel Bryant, Erwin, and Maude Morton, Johnson City; a grandson, Jamie Hopson; two granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Dee Dee and Robert Bogart and Debbie and Jim Britt; and two great-grandchildren, Tanya Bogart and Adam Bogart. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, January 4, from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Todd McLaughlin and the Rev. Alan King officiating. Music will be provided by Tracy McLaughlin. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 5, at Roselawn Memory Gardens, Johnson City. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the funeral home by 7:30 p. m. Sunday. The family, ministers, friends and pallbearers may gather at the funeral home by 9:30 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and other times at the residence of a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert (Dee Dee) Bogart, 144 Fishery Loop Road, Erwin. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ledfordfuneralhome.com. Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, (423) 743-1381 or 928-4595, is in charge of arrangements.

John "Johnnie" McGee
John "Johnnie" McGee, 96, 146 Central Drive, Johnson City, died Friday, January 2, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Mr. McGee was a native of Washington County and the son of the late George W. and Hannah Sliger McGee. He was also preceded in death by five brothers, George McGee, Walter McGee, Vernie McGee, Ralph McGee and Guy McGee, and a sister, Lurie Treadway.
Mr. McGee retired from the Bemberg Corporation as a mechanic after 43 years and was a farmer. He was one of the older members of Sinking Creek Baptist Church and the Central Community.
Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Daisy Crumley McGee, of the home; a daughter, Shirley McGee, of the home; a special sister-in-law, Ruby Leonard, of the home; sisters-in-law, Ruth Crumley, Pensacola, Fla., and Aida Crumley, Elizabethton; and a special nephew and his wife, Bob and Jeanette McGee, Stanley, N.C. Several other nephews and nieces also survive. A special thanks to Jason Bragg, Johnson City Medical Center Home Health Care Services.
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 3, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Reece Harris officiating. Committal services and entombment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 4, in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Tom Crumley, Jerry McNeil, Chris Rosenbalm, Sam McAmis, Johnnie Crumley and Bob Townsend. Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Men's Sunday School Class of Sinking Creek Baptist Church, former employees of the Bemberg Corporation, friends and neighbors of the Central Community. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Friends may also call at the residence, 146 Central Drive, Johnson City, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday 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.

Melissa B. Morefield
Melissa Burchett Morefield, 30, 603 Crook Street, Hampton, died Thursday, January 1, 2004, at Watauga County Medical Center, Boone, N.C.
Mrs. Morefield was a native of Carter County and the daughter of James Dean Burchett, Hampton, and the late Carolyn Ann Sheets Stevens. She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Joe and Agnas Sheets, and her paternal grandparents, V.R. and Beulah Burchett.
Mrs. Morefield was a member of Elk Mills Christian Church.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Bob Morefield, Elizabethton, and a son, Brandon Dean Williams, Butler.
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 3, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with Mr. Kenny Lethcoe officiating. Music was under the direction of Faye Campbell, soloist. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, at Elk Mills Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Terry Chambers, Rick Burchett, Ricky Burchett Jr., Jerry White, Terry Barnes and Shannon Burchett. 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 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence of her father, James Dean Burchett, 603 Crook Street, Hampton, at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby F. Shelton
Ruby Frances Shelton, 80, formerly of 222 Hardin Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Friday, January 2, 2004 at Pine Ridge Care Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Shelton was a native of Washington County and had lived in Carter County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Eli and Bertha Brummitt Trivett and was also preceded in death by four sisters, Ethel Trivett, Nell Melenson, Ella Mae Gee and Maude Trivett, and two brothers, Elbert Trivett and C.B. Trivett.
Mrs. Shelton was of the Baptist faith and retired from Holiday Inn in Johnson City in Housekeeping.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Charlie L. Shelton, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Ron Langham, Riverdale, Ga.; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Raymond and Cassie Shelton, Jonesboro, Ga., Roy Lee Shelton, Gary Dean and Sherry Shelton, and Bobby Gene Shelton and his fiancee, Roberta Hardin, all of Elizabethton; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Eli "Sonny" Trivett Jr., Thomson, Ga.; and two sisters, Margaret Smith, of Florida, and Pat Yates, Alexandria, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, January 5, at Blevins Cemetery with the Rev. D.C. Byrd officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends to include the following, Robert Shelton, David Shelton, Michael Shelton and Danny Tanner. Honorary pallbearers will be the nursing staff of Pine Ridge Care Center, Bill and Evelyn Ward, Dr. Stephen May and Dr. George Kehler. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 9:15 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 682, Elizabethton, TN 37644. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, January 4, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Friends may also call at the residence of a son, Roy Shelton, 208 Hardin Hollow Road, Elizabethton, at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

January 4, 2004

Bessie P. Blevins
Bessie Pearl Blevins, 91, Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, formerly of 107 Coney Island Rd., Elizabethton, died Sunday, January 4, 2004 in Ivy Hall.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Mike and Lucy Bartee Hardin.
She was a member of Carter Christian Church.
Mrs. Blevins was preceded in death by her husband, Clark Blevins; a son, Kenneth Blevins; four sisters, Mabel Forbes, Goldie Grindstaff, Mary Hardin and Ina Hardin, and three brothers, Homer, Alex and Walter Hardin.
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Kyte and Brenda Vines, both of Elizabethton, and Geraldine Peters, Johnson City; two sons, Earl and Hal Blevins, both of Elizabethton; one sister, Leila McGuire, Johnson City; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Ernie Depew, minister, officiating. Graveside services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2004 in the Blevins Cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter, Geraldine Peters, 2519 Louise St., Johnson City, or Debbie Scott, 107 Coney Island Rd., Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

William J. Brown
KNOXVILLE -- William Joseph (Will) Brown, age 20 months, infant son of Kristie Blalock Brown, of Knoxville - our angel went to be with the Lord December 25, 2003.
Will was dedicated at Beech Grove Baptist Church in Knoxville.
He was preceded in death by his paternal great grandfather, Hobart M. Beal; maternal great grandparents George and Rhoda Blalock; paternal grandfather, Millard Brown.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Bradley Andrew (Bubba) Morgan; maternal grandparents, Larry and Linda Blalock (Nana and Poppy), of Elizabethton; great grandmother, Grace Beal (Mammaw) of Knoxville; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Brown, of Knoxville; aunt and uncles, Patti Sharpin, of Elizabethton; Larry and Hester Blalock, of Maryville; Tina and Charles Pearson, of Atlanta, Ga.; Janice and Jim Warren of Loudon; Frank and Christine Brown, of Knoxville; Ann and Duffy Woodard, of Knoxville; Ethel Brown (Mammaw Ethel) of Knoxville; William and Julia Spencer, of Knoxville; Rosanna Spencer, of Tazewell; Cindy and Joel Brown, of Knoxville; coiusins, Emily, Stacey, Mathew Blalock; Michael Brindle, Jimmy Warren, Baby Gracie Pearson; William and Kayla Spencer; Justin and Lindsey Brown; several great aunts and uncles, many loving friends and his Bonanza Produce extended family.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 715 Smith Rd., Farragut, with funeral services to follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Jerry McBee and Rev. Leonard Turner officiating. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Larry Blalock, Jr., Tony Ellison, Frank Brown, and Dennis Penly. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Pearson, Jim Warren, Larry Christian and Bradley Brakebill. The family would like to give special thanks to the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 512 Chilhowee Dr., Knoxville, TN 37914, and Knoxville for the purchase of sonar equipment. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel 11915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, is serving the family of Will Brown.

Goldie B. Fair
Goldie B. Fair, age 78, 110 A Hobert Hyder Dr., Elizabethton, died Saturday, January 3, 2004 in the Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Fair was a native of West Jefferson, N.C., and had lived most of her life in Carter County.
She is the daughter of the late John and Maude Miller Bare.
Mrs. Fair was a member of Roan Street Freewill Baptist Church and was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel H. Fair, Jr. (1992) and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include four children and spouses: Janet Morgan, Elizabethton; Ronnie Fair and wife, Becky, Elizabethton; Jackie Boone, Elizabethton; Randy Fair and wife, Marianne, Jonesborough; one brother, Burley Bare, Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters, Ossie Burrow, Elizabethton and Betty Jo White, Archdale, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a special friend, Luther Fair, Johnson City; several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Ray Stockton and Rev. Jackie Cole officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday prior to the service. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at the Highland Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Rick Morgan, Wiley Morgan, Grady Whitehead, Jamie Hubbard, Gerrad Kyte, Tim Fair, Brandon Whitehead and Lance Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Morgan and Steven Cornett. Everyone will meet at Tetrick Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Lung Association of Tennessee, One Vantage Way, Suite C-250, Nashville, TN, 37228. Friends may also call at any of the children's homes, Janet Morgan, 422 Gap Creek Rd., Elizabethton; Ronnie Fair, 1705 Siam Rd., Elizabethton; Jackie Boone, 113 Oakmont St., Elizabethton and Randy Fair, 102 Hairtown Rd., Jonesborough. 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.

James McLain
On January 3, 2004, James Arthur "Mac" McLain, age 93, West F Street, Elizabethton, moved from the Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, to a reserved mansion in heaven.
A son of the late L.V. and Nora Bell Williams McLain, formerly of Elizabethton, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Gayle Brown McLain, an infant son, George Robert, and three brothers, Clay, Paul and Harold McLain.
Moving to Elizabethton from Oklahoma City in 2001, he immediately became an active member of the Brick Christian Church. He had previously served as deacon and elder at North Side Christian Church in Oklahoma City and was chairman of the missions ministry for 14 years. While there, he also worked with the board of advisors at Mid West Christian College and for nine years was on the state-side board of India Christian Bible College in Cochin, India.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served for 28 months as Chief Petty Officer in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Mr. "Mac" is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy Curde-Grim McLain; one son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Rosanna McLain, of Lubbock, Texas; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jeanette McLain, of Harbor City, Calif., and Karen and Roger Bayless, of Weatherford, Texas; one step-daughter, Karen Grim Stokes, of Westminister, Colo.; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Ben and Lonnie McLain, of Columbia, S.C., and Martha McLain of Yukon, Okla., and one niece, Debbie Folk; one step-brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Shirley Curde, Elizabethton; one step-sister and brother-in-law, Sonja and Doug Smalling, Watauga; five grandchildren, Dayne, Laura, Jason, David and John; three step-grandchildren and six step great grandchildren.
He was born in Middle Tennessee and moved to Oklahoma at age six weeks. Most of his working years were spent in Oklahoma and Texas. He was a Mfg. Rep. who served Western Auto Company for 39 years. He retired at age 73 from the J.A. Olson Co. Later, with a group of friends, he started Unity Investment Corp. from which he retired at age 90.
He also leaves behind a special encourager, Dr. David Jones and some very good friends in Oklahoma: Bill Poling, Bill Free, Jim Dulin, Jim Barnhart, Gene Segroves and Scott Morton.
Farewell services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Donald Marshall and Roger McLain officiating. John and Mary Smith will provide the music. Graveside services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday will be Sonny Mottern, Tony Mottern, Herb Curde, Robert Trent, Doug Smalling, Art Sams, Frank Curde and Bruce Peeler. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the McLain family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Allen R. Morris, Sr.
Allen Ray Morris, Sr., age 65, 103 Franklin Place No. 3, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 4, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Frankie and Ruth Bullock Morris.
Mr. Morris was of the Christian faith and retired as a Supervisor at the Tennessee Vocational Training Center.
He is preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Miller and Margie Lewis; one brother, Daniel Morris and several half brothers and half sisters.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Timothy Colbert, Elizabethton; Susie and Tommy Freshour, Greeneville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Allen and Laura Morris, Elizabethton; Terry Morris, Sr., Elizabethton; Keith and Patricia Morris, Chuckey; two grandsons, Frankie Morris and Terry Morris, Jr., both of Elizabethton; four granddaughters, Melinda Tanner, Kristina Morris, Cassandra Morris and Whitney Morris, all of Elizabethton; one great grandson, Andrew Tanner, Elizabethton; three step grandchildren, Brandon Campbell and Jared Campbell, both of Elizabethton; Alex Ignacio, Chuckey; one sister, Florence Odom, Elizabethton; one half sister, Ada Blevins, Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with Eddie Childress, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Patsy Childress. The graveside service and interment will follow the service in the Highland Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Junior Miller, Terry Morris, Sr., Timothy Colbert, Dennis Oliver, Tommy Freshour and Mark Odom. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Lewis, Tim Lewis, Randy Lewis, Mike Miller, Keith Morris and Allen Morris, Jr. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at the funeral home. 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.

January 2, 2004

Jessie Campbell
  
Jessie Willard "Bill" Campbell, 87, 180 Shook Branch Rd., Hampton, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Christopher Columbus and Callie Caroline Pierce Campbell.
   He attended the Cardens Bluff Elementary School and graduated in 1934 from Elk Mills High School.
   He was employed for 40 years at the American Bemberg Corporation where he was known as the "Owl Man". He was also a retired carpenter.
   He was a charter member of Union Baptist Church.
   Mr. Campbell was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II having served in the Battle of the Bulge. He received two bronze stars. He was a charter member of the disabled American Veterans Chapter #17, Elizabethton. Mr. Campbell was a 60-year Mason, a charter member of Hampton Lodge #750 F&AM, beginning his Masonic career in 1943 in the Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238, Elizabethton. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason, being a member of the Knoxville Consistory, Scottish Rite Bodies, Knoxville.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Maxine Johnson Campbell who died December 28, 1991; by a grandson, Vonell Chris Cable and a sister, Esther Nave, who died in 2003.
   Survivors include two daughters, Andrea Beth Campbell and Pennye Darlene Cable, both of Hampton; one brother, Hyder A. Campbell, of White Pine, Tenn.; one grandson, William Martin Cable, of Hampton, and one great granddaughter, Callie Cable.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Haskel Ingram officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2004 in the Tippett-Johnson Cemetery with the Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Music will be provided by Ann Stepp. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Sunday will be Marty Cable, Dale Cable, Terry Lewis, Gerald Ward, Gary Cable, Ray Cable, Jackie Cable and Andrew Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. 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 grandson, Marty Cable, 175 Shook Branch Rd., Hampton. Hampton Masonic Lodge #750 will conduct a memorial service following the funeral service Saturday night. VFW Post #2166 will conduct military graveside honors. Howard Ensor, piper, will provide the music. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Sunday. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Campbell family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

A.C. Cole
   A. C. (Abraham Clay) Cole, age 91, of 403 Allen Ave., Elizabethton, died Wednesday at his residence following a brief illness. 
   He was a native of Mountain City and had lived in Elizabethton for most of his life. 
   Mr. Cole was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. 
   Mr. Cole was also a member of the Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F&AM. 
   He was a retired Route Delivery Salesman having worked for Carrier's Bakery, Larkin Bakery, Southern Bakery and Sunbeam Bakery.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Olive Rhea Davis Cole on February 24, 2003. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Burley Cole and Harry Cole, and by two sisters, Margaret Click and Mabel Reynolds Owens.
   He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Betty Cole Hahn of Richmond, Va.; one son, Dr. Doug Cole of Elizabethton; four grandchildren; William Cole Hahn and Jeffery Douglas Hahn, both of Richmond, Va.; Kelly Caroline Walters and Emily Morganstern both of Johnson City; six grandchildren; Diana Hahn, Kassidy Hahn, Emilia Hahn, Jacob Hahn, Cara Hahn and Cole Morganstern, and a special niece, Brenda Carol Kish.
   The funeral service for A C Cole will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. John Bunn, soloist and Mrs. June Gouge, pianist. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, will be Paul Street, Dean Blevins, Jerry Cole, Jack Honeycutt, Jeff Hahn and William Hahn. Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Walters, Eric Morganstern, Johnny Hinkle, Larry Dean Hinkle, John Bare, and the men of the Fellowship Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the funeral service in the chapel of the funeral home. Friends may also call at the home of Mr. Cole's son, Dr. Doug Cole, 624 Westwood Drive, Elizabethton. Those who wish to make donations in memory of Mr. Cole may donate to the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton. E-mail condolences to the family may be sent through our Web site, www.hathawaypercy.com. The arrangements for Mr. Cole are entrusted to the Hathaway Percy Funeral Home of Elizabethton, 543 5544. 

Connie V. Gilbert
  
Connie V. Gilbert, 91, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
   Connie was born and raised in Russellville, Tenn., and had resided in Kingsport since the early 1940's.
   She was one of the early women realtors in Kingsport having retired from the real estate business in the mid 1980's.
   Her parents, William and Mary Derrick Vaughn; two sisters, Lydia (Sis) Arnold and Belle Potter; and five brothers, Elmer Vaughn, Gale Vaughn, Russell Vaughn, Ode Vaughn, and Jim Vaughn preceded her in death.
   Surviving are her son, Robert E. (Bob) Cupp, Jr. and wife, Diane, Johnson City; two daughters, Joan Brown Cox and husband, William, Bluff City and Jackie G. Dingus and husband, Victor R. Dingus, Blountville; grandchildren, Chris Brown, Rebecca Donelson, Dustin Cupp, and John Dingus; and great-grandson, Jeremiah Goins, along with nieces and cousins.
   Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, downtown Kingsport. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jim Henry officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday, January 4, 2004 at Bethesda Cemetery in Russellville, Tennessee. Memorial donations may be made to Holston Home for Children, P. O. Box 188, Greeneville, TN 37744. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, is in charge of arrangements.

Ada P. Grindstaff
   Ada Pearl Grindstaff, age 83, Life Care Center, Elizabethton, formerly of 318 Hardin Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Tilford and Bessie Pierce Oliver.
   She was a member of New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church and was a former employee of North American Rayon Corporation and Bemberg Corporation.
   She is preceded in death by a son, Rondal Oliver, in 2001, and one brother, Ruben Brooks Oliver.
   Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Robert Grindstaff, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Vesta Ann and Jerry Peters, Elizabethton; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Elizabeth Branch Lewis and Raymond R. Lewis, Elizabethton; Nanny and Frank "Bud" Rosenbaum, Elizabethton; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A special friend, Miles McCloud, also survives.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Ray Colbaugh officiating. Eulogies will be given by Kevin Colbaugh, Shannon Sims and Kenny Greer. Music will be under the direction of New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church Quartet. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 at Blevins Cemetery with Bagpiper, Raymond R. Lewis. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday. Active pallbearers will be Miles McCloud, Kenneth Colbaugh, C.W. Rambo, Brian Oliver, Mark Yontz and Bobby Shelton. Honorary pallbearers will be doctors and nursing staff of Life Care Center of Elizabethton, and doctors and nursing staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 2, at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace, or friends may call at the residence, 318 Hardin Hollow Rd., Elizabethton. Those who prefer memorials may make donations in memory of Mrs. Grindstaff to Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 682, 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.

Mattie Hodge
  
Mattie Lea "Ma" Phillips Hodge, 97, Hillview Health Center, Elizabethton, passed away there on Wednesday, December 31, 2003.
   She previously made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Jay Nidiffer, at 205 Blue Springs Rd., Elizabethton. Prior to that, she lived in Oxford, Mich., Marietta, Ga. and Fonde, Kentucky.
   She was born November 3, 1906, to the late Bart J. and Katie Jane Smiddy Phillips in Pioneer, Tenn. in Campbell County.
   She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
   She enjoyed sports, especially bowling, snow skiing, and pitching softball. She was an avid gardener, an accomplished cook, an excellent seamstress, and she loved to travel.
   "Ma" Hodge was a very special mother, grandmother and aunt and will be deeply missed by her family.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dock Hodge, in 1959; by an infant son; a daughter, Gwendolyn Hodge Jenkins; a grandson, Clifford Hodge, Jr.; two brothers, Charlie and Calvin Phillips, and three sisters, Maude Arnold, Rose Jordan and Bessie Quintrell.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Jay Nidiffer, Elizabethton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Joan Hodge, of Clinton, Tenn., and Barton and Sue Hodge, of Oxford, Mich.; 10 grandsons; four granddaughters; 27 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dwight Jenkins and Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens, Middlesboro, Kentucky. Active pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and her special friends, Virgie Taylor and Virginia Collins. The family would like to express a special "thank you" to the staff of Hillview Health Center, Dr. Eugene Galloway and the 3rd floor staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of the daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Jan Nidiffer, 205 Blue Springs Rd., Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:55 p.m. Saturday. Condolences to the Hodge family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Melissa Morefield
   Melissa Morefield, age 30, 603 Crook Street, Hampton, died Thursday, January 1, 2004 in the Watauga County Medical Center, Boone, North Carolina.
   Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Curtis H. Trent
   Curtis H. Trent, age 73, 120 Bishop Circle, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Fla. following an extended illness.
   A native of Benham, Ky., he was the son of the late George W. Trent, Sr., and Gladys Fritz Trent.
   He was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.
   Mr. Trent was a retired mine foreman for U.S. Steel in Lynch, Kentucky. He was a Mason and Shriner and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran having served in World War II.
   Survivors include his wife, Barbara Angel Trent, of the home; one brother and sister-in-law, George Trent, Jr. and Christie Trent, Elizabethton; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Jack Powers, of Irmo, S.C., and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Curtis Trent officiating. The graveside service and interment will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2004 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 on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel or friends may call at the residence, 120 Bishop Circle, Elizabethton, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.