March 30, 2004

Frances Fair
Mrs. Frances Fair, 86, 309 McQueen Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Mrs. Fair was a native of Greenville, S.C., and a daughter of the late James Robert and Mary Elizabeth Black Ashmore.
   Mrs. Fair had lived in Carter County since 1939 and was retired from Carter County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton for 69 years where she had taught a Sunday School class and served as Secretary-Treasurer. She was also the Card Chairman to send get well cards, etc., and was a volunteer for the Transportation for the Elderly.
   Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Loretta Anderson, Riverdale, Md., and Sharon and Larry McKinney, Hampton; a son, Joe Fair, Elizabethton; an adopted daughter, Georgia Pierce; four grandchildren, Shannon Clark, Tammy Markland, Shawn Young and Rachel Anderson; and seven great-grandchildren, Jon Vines, Russell Vines, Sierra Clark, Josh Markland, Zac Markland, Samantha Young and Megan Young.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, will be Kenny Markland, Bill Clark, Russ Vines, Jon Vines, Ken Williams, Todd McKinney and Chris Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Pierce, Dr. Digsby, Dr. Shipley, Ray Lyons, Dan Love, Al Wrinn, Johnny Stanton, Dr. Boswell, Temple Fulton, the ICU Staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital and First Baptist Church Van Drivers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Hale Community Ministries, 1301 Arney Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Fair family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra K. McDaniel
  
Sandra Kay McDaniel, 55, 115 Englewood Lane, Max Meadows, Va., died at her residence Sunday, March 28, 2004.
   She was a Carter County native.
   She had lived in Erwin for 12 years before moving to Virginia.
   She was a graduate of Unicoi County High School.
   She had lived in Virginia for 25 years.
   Mrs. McDaniel was preceded in death by her father, Mitchell Heatherly and two brothers.
   Survivors include her husband, Charlie H. McDaniel; a son, Tracy Wilson, Erwin; a step-daughter, Maureen Holder, of Roanoke, Va.; her mother, Mary Nell Bennett, Elizabethton; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Barbara and Charlie Collins and Linda and Randy Bradley, all of Elizabethton, and Alice Bennett Reynolds, of Big Stone Gap, Va.; three grandchildren, Cody Wilson, Hannah Wilson and Ryan Wilson.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steve Burleson officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be by Mary Grindstaff, pianist, and Rick Melton, soloist. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, will be Randy Bradley, Ronnie McAmis, Thomas Cooper, Landon Honeycutt, Jessie Honeycutt and Allen Cooper. Honorary pallbearer will be Brandon Honeycutt. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her mother, Mary Nell Bennett, 703 Holston Ave., Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Arlie Reece
  
Arlie Reece, 83, 462 Minton Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 28, 2004 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center following an extended illness.
   A native of Mountain City, he was a son of the late Thaddus and Lizzie Musgrove Reece.
   He was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation after 40 years of service.
   He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 769th Military Police Battalion.
   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Rayburn, Bruce and Dan Reece, and a sister, Juanita, and also 8 half brothers and sisters and a grand-daughter, Eva Grindstaff.
   Mr. Reece was a member and trustee of Harmony Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ruth Carrier Reece; five daughters, Barbara "Cook" and her husband, Mike Hollyfield; Rachel Hyder; Penny and her husband, Derrick Gouge; Billie Jean and her husband, Robert Wade Jones, and Savanna "Fannie" Reece, all of Elizabethton; a son, Sammy Joe Reece, Elizabethton; 7 grandchildren, Crystal Morris, Amanda Hyder, Becky Hyder, Jodi Jones, Phillip Hyder, Jason Hyder, Josh Jones; great-grandchildren, Bobby Morris, Jr. and Jaydan Hyder; several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2004 in the Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Haskel Ingram, Rev. Jim "Butch" Stout and Rev. Horace Bowers officiating. Burial will follow in the Emmert Cemetery. Music will be by Sue Hamm and the church choir. Active pallbearers will be Phillip Hyder, Jason Hyder, Jerry Reece, Wayne Clemons, Jerry Blevins, Steve Stout, Joshua Jones and Jonathan Bowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Hollyfield, Bobby Morris, Sr., Steve Reece, Doc Love, Aaron Jones, Conley Bullock, Sam Crowder, Eugene Malone, Gene Carrier, Claire Keyes, Ronnie Keyes, Bobb Carrier, all of his nephews, and friends of Harmony Baptist church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2004 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. VFW Post #2166 will conduct military graveside honors. The family would like to express a special "thank you" to the Housecall nurses. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Michael L. Rhoton
    Michael L. Rhoton, age 54, 3220 S. Roan St., Johnson City, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Highway 107, Limestone Cove in Unicoi County.
    Mr. Rhoton was a Washington County native and a longtime resident of Carter County.
    He was a son of Emory Lee Rhoton, Johnson City, and the late Frances Byrd Rhoton.
    Mr. Rhoton was a retired over-the-road truck driver with Yellow Freight Lines, following 25 years of service.
    He formerly attended Happy Valley High School.
    Mr. Rhoton was a Vietnam War veteran, having served as Sergeant with the Marine Corp, where he received the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Stars, Rifle Marksman Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the Good Conduct Medal.
    He was a charter member of the Rolling Thunder Chapter #4, Tennessee, and a life member of the John Sevier VFW Post #2108, Johnson City.
    Mr. Rhoton was a Protestant.
    Survivors, in addition to his father, include four sons, Michael Scott Rhoton and his wife Georgianna, Johnson City; Zachariah Lee Rhoton, Nicholas James Rhoton and Jesse Garrett Rhoton, all of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Jim W. Rhoton, Cypress, Texas; two grandchildren, Michael Seth Rhoton and Alyssa Nichole Bennett, both of Johnson City; one nephew, Chris Rhoton, Houston, Texas; one niece, Trisha Sttot, Houston, Texas; 14 cousins, Mary "Sissy" Forbes, Ronnie Byrd, Sandy Jennin, Pam Dicks, Harriett Wilson, Linda Glover, Jud Carter, Jr., Tony Anderson, Steve Anderson, Freddie Hensley, Tommy Hensley, Phillip Hensley, Janet Vance and Jeanie Richardson; Michael's Fiancé', Connie Bowman, Johnson City.
     The graveside funeral service for Mr. Rhoton will be conducted Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with Rev. Mack Houston officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Charles DeWitt Byrd V.F.W. Post #3382. Kingsport. Active pallbearers will be Steve Anderson, Brad McKinney, James Sparks, Ron Pander, Larry Garland, Chris Rhoton and Skip Seeley.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Rolling Thunder Chapter #4 Tennessee. The family will receive friends Tuesday from noon until 2 p.m. in the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home.  The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Rolling Thunder Chapter #4 Tennessee, P.O. Box 451, Jonesborough, TN 37659. Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com. Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601, is serving the Rhoton family.

March 29, 2004

Christopher Fair
   Christopher "Jaden" Fair, one-year-old infant son of Christopher Dwayne and Jodie Leann Woods Fair, 296 Lovers Lane, Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Friday, March 26, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Arlie Joe Woods Jr.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Rachel Mackenzie, of the home; his paternal grandparents, Keith and Faye Fair, Elizabethton; his maternal grandparents, Tina and Toinette Worthington, Elizabethton; his maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Rupard, Elizabethton; his maternal great-grandfather, Jim Stanton, Pennsylvania; his maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Iva Lee Woods, Elizabethton; his paternal great-grandparents, Donald and Alice Woods, of North Carolina; his maternal great-grandparents, Arlie Joe Woods Sr. and Ruby Woods, Elizabethton, and four aunts and one uncle, Jessica and Josh Fair, Ashley Woods, Whitney Woods and Breanna Worthington, all of Elizabethton.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2004 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Melvin Ferrell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence, 128 Snowbird Lane, Elizabethton, or 296 Lovers Lane, Elizabethton, any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 29, 2004 at Mottern Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Josh Fair, Brett Worthington, Eric Worthington and Carlos Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Dakota Worthington, Jasmine Worthington, Keith Fair, Donald Woods, Kenneth Woods and Arlie Joe Woods Sr. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Monday 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.

Elizabeth L. Holt
   Elizabeth L. Holt, age 77, 706 Holston Ave., Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord and Savior, and her grandson, Michael Marshall, on Saturday, March 27, 2004 at Life Care Center, Elizabethton, following an extended illness.
   A native of Avery County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Lou Davis.
   She was a member of Prayer Tabernacle.
   Mrs. Holt was a homemaker and also was a former waitress at Hook's Restaurant.
   In addition to her mother and grandson, Mrs. Holt is preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys Stonecipher and Pansy Baker, and two brothers, Bynum Davis and Steve Davis.
   Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Guy E. Holt, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Hill, Elizabethton; Karen and Clarence Marshall, Jr., Hampton; one son, Ernie Holt; four grandchildren, Lana and spouse, Robert Montgomery, Elizabethton; Ernie "Joel" and spouse, Teresa Holt, Johnson City; Steven "Eric" and spouse, Christy Holt, Jonesborough; Joshua Taylor, Hampton; four great-grandchildren, Mindy Montgomery and Brandon Montgomery, both of Elizabethton; Amber Holt and Megan Holt, both of Johnson City, and special friend, Virginia "Gina" Montgomery, Elizabethton. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Prayer Tabernacle, with Rev. A.G. Wagner, Rev. Johnny Hilton, and Rev. Phil Poston officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Gospel Trio. Burial will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Ronald Ritchie, James Arnold, Wayne Hilton, and Bill Fraley. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and members of Prayer Tabernacle. A special thank you to the Carter County Rescue Squad and Adventa Hospice with special mention of Stephanie Powell and Ginger Branch. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 29, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, or friends may call at the residence of the daughters, Linda Hill, 607 Florence St., Elizabethton, or Karen Marshall, 101 Hide-Away Lane, Hampton, 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.

March 28, 2004

Stephen H. Arnold
  
Stephen Hilary Arnold, 54, of Bristol, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at his residence.
   Steve was born on February 16, 1950, in Bowling Green, Ky. He is survived by his parents, Hilary Herbert and Dorothy Mae Carlton Arnold; a sister, Susan Arnold Carr; two brothers, Patrick Keith Arnold and Michael Arnold; a son, Matthew Hilary Arnold; a daughter, Kellie Elizabeth Arnold; as well as many close friends.
   Steve was a graduate of East Tennessee State University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1973 and a master's degree of psychology in 1988. He was an associate professor of psychology at Northeast State Technical Community College for 17 years.
   Steve found great joy in outdoor activities. His many adventures included hiking the Grand Canyon on several occasions, trekking the Denali Back Country in Alaska, rafting the Nolichucky and Gauley Rivers and more trips to the Great Smoky Mountains than can be counted. He so loved the beauty that he found in all of these things that he was inspired to share them with as many people as he possibly could. He even shared one of his most special and spiritual places with able and willing students on several adventures to Havasupai Falls.
   Hunting and fishing have also been two of his most important pastimes. One of Steve's proudest accomplishments was volunteering for the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency as a hunter safety instructor. Often times, when a child wanted to go hunting and no one was able to take them, Steve gladly did. In fact, he was named Hunter Safety Volunteer Instructor of the Year.
   Steve had such a positive influence on so many people in his life. His advice was profound and honest. His students and fellow faculty loved and respected him.
   Steve's unbounding wisdom, intelligence, insight, and most of all his love, will be greatly missed. We are so very proud of you and grateful to have a father like you. We love you unconditionally with every inch of our hearts and will miss you deeply.
   Thank you Steve for teaching us, your children, to search for the beauty in trees, mountains, wildlife, rocks, rivers, streams and the sky at night. Every time we see these things, we will think of you because you have become them.
   In accordance with Steve's wishes, no public memorial service will be held. The family invites you to celebrate Steve's life in a way that would honor his memory.
   Services provided by Mountain Empire Cremation, Elizabethton.

Arthur M. Colbaugh
Arthur M. Colbaugh, 87, 105 Herman Peters Road, Elizabethton, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Mr. Colbaugh was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Henry and Crecy Peters Colbaugh. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nannie Pearl Forbes Colbaugh, a daughter, Louella Colbaugh, a son-in-law, Howard Simerly, and three brothers, Kelsie, Luther and Herbert Colbaugh.
   Mr. Colbaugh was a retired employee of the Bemberg Corporation. He was a member of Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church, but attended New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Virginia "Tootsie" Peters, Linda Simerly and Ruby "Peanut" Bowers and Eugene "Frosty" Bowers, all of Elizabethton; five sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Carolyn Colbaugh, Jessie and Brenda Colbaugh, Rev. Ray and Loretta Colbaugh, Powell and Wilma Colbaugh and Lester and Doris Colbaugh, all of Elizabethton; two sisters, Margaret Hardin and Lille Belle Rambo, both of Elizabethton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his special friends, Randall and Gail Colbaugh, Bobby Wilson, C.W. Rambo, A.D. "Sonny" Fletcher and John Fletcher.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with his son, the Rev. Ray Colbaugh, and his grandson, the Rev. Kevin Colbaugh, officiating. Music will be provided by the New Liberty Quartet. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 29, in the Blevins Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Monday, will be his grandchildren: Tim Colbaugh, Gary Colbaugh, Randy Colbaugh, Dennis Peters, the Rev. Kevin Colbaugh, Michael Colbaugh, Mark Colbaugh, Joseph Colbaugh and David Bowers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Frances Fair
Mrs. Frances Fair, 86, 309 McQueen Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Mrs. Fair was a native of Greenville, S.C., and a daughter of the late James Robert and Mary Elizabeth Black Ashmore.
   Mrs. Fair had lived in Carter County since 1939 and was retired from Carter County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton for 69 years where she had taught a Sunday School class and served as Secretary-Treasurer. She was also the Card Chairman to send get well cards, etc., and was a volunteer for the Transportation for the Elderly.
   Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Loretta Anderson, Riverdale, Md., and Sharon and Larry McKinney, Hampton; a son, Joe Fair, Elizabethton; an adopted daughter, Georgia Pierce; four grandchildren, Shannon Clark, Tammy Markland, Shawn Young and Rachel Anderson; and seven great-grandchildren, Jon Vines, Russell Vines, Sierra Clark, Josh Markland, Zac Markland, Samantha Young and Megan Young.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, will be Kenny Markland, Bill Clark, Russ Vines, Jon Vines, Ken Williams, Todd McKinney and Chris Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Pierce, Dr. Digsby, Dr. Shipley, Ray Lyons, Dan Love, Al Wrinn, Johnny Stanton, Dr. Boswell, Temple Fulton, the ICU Staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital and First Baptist Church Van Drivers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

William F. Grant
William Frank "Bill" Grant, 56, 127 Grace Street, Bristol, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Bristol regional Medical Center.
   Mr. Grant was a native of Washington County, Va., and a son of the late Marshall and Eleanor Leonard Grant. He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Grant.
   Mr. Grant was an employee of Bristol Compressors. He was a member of Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Nellie Grant; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Melinda Grant, Whitehouse, Ohio, Jim and Mary Grant, Torance, Calif., and Tim and Gail Grant, Abingdon, Va.; and four sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary and Neil Schunke, Marion, N.C., Louise Dye, Eula Grant and Shirley Rhoten, all of Abingdon, Va. Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church, Bristol, with the Rev. Joe Hudson and the Rev. Corkey Bates officiating. Music will be provided by the church choir. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Bethel Cemetery, Abingdon, Va. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Lyle Whitman, Gus Johnson, Jim Trivette, Randy Leonard, Connie Fox, Tom Lambert, Bill Jones, Neil Burgner, J.B. Pierce and the Rev. Edgar Pierce. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church. Friends may also call at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made to Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth L. Holt
   Elizabeth L. Holt, 77, 706 Holston Avenue, Elizabethton, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-4917, is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com

Janice L. Honeycutt
  
Janice L. Honeycutt, 65, Hillview Nursing Home, formerly of 224 Russell Hill Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Honeycutt was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Doarn and Daisy Miller. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Barnes Miller, and a nephew, Jeff Miller.
   Mrs. Honeycutt was of the Free Will Baptist Faith. She was a former employee of American Air Filter and East Tennessee Undergarment.
   Survivors include her husband, Cecil Honeycutt, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Kenneth Smith, Elizabethton; a granddaughter, Madison Smith, Elizabethton; two aunts and one uncle, Bernice Vanhuss, Elizabethton, and Cleo and Rob Greer, Roan Mountain.
   The funeral service was conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Music was under the direction of Tyler Hyder, soloist. The family received friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Friends may also call at the residence at any time. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Tipton Cemetery, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Rex Johnson officiating. Active pallbearers will be Carl Roberson, Sam Harrison, Allen Carr, Billy Honeycutt, Dave Honeycutt and Terry Lovelace. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:55 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Maude K. James
Maude Kathryn James, 67, 126 Pine Ridge Road, Butler, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at her residence.
   Mrs. James was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Samuel Worley and Eula Pearl Vines Guinn. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Ann Campbell, two sons, Sammy James and Johnny Wayne Campbell, and her grandmother, Molly Guinn.
   Mrs. James was a homemaker.
   Survivors include her husband, Billie Frank James; five daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Wayne Whittimore, Ethel and Brian Grindstaff and Billie Jo and Craig Smith, all of Hampton, Kitty "Deana" and Mathew Schermerhorn of New York, and Angie and Dwayne Osbourne, Butler; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Dennis Ray and Dawnella Campbell, Hampton, Louie Keith Campbell, Granite Falls, N.C., and Jack R. and Danielle Taylor Campbell of Michigan, Mickey Paul and Chris Poulakis Campbell of New York; two sisters, Novella Marlow and Ann Heaton, both of Elizabethton; a brother, Paul Guinn, Butler; 25 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a very dear grandson to my heart for always, Robert Ray Campbell, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Sugar Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Philip Coffey officiating. Interment will follow in the Dugger Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, will be Craig Smith, Roger Lyons, Larry Hughes, Paul Campbell, Little Billie Johnson and Mathew Schermerhorn. Honorary pallbearer will be Wayne Whittimore. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

William "Bill" Loveless
  
William "Bill" Loveless, 70, 1313 Ledford Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.
   Mr. Loveless was a native of Elizabethton and a son of the late Henry and Lena Pauline Moffitt Loveless.
   Mr. Loveless was owner and operator of Loveless Nursery. He was of the Baptist faith.
   Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Auston and Connie Loveless and William Loveless Jr. and Vickie Loveless, all of Morganton, N.C., and Randall Loveless, Erwin; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna Loveless Scronce and Josh Scronce, Morganton, N.C.; his former wife, Marie A. Loveless; four step-sons and three daughters-in-law, Larry and Kathie Bolton, Morganton, N.C., Steve and Evelyn Bolton and David Bolton, all of Fairhope, Ala., and Darrell and Betty Bolton, Forth Worth, Texas; four step-daughters and two sons-in-law, Tara and Rob Grindstaff and Sandy Pritchard, all of Elizabethton, Livvy Taylor and Judy and Whitey Bolken, all of Fairhope, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one half sister, Oma "Susie" Waters.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Pastor David McNeil officiating. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Rob Grindstaff, Jeramy Davenport, Michael Bolton, Eric Bolton, Josh Scronce and Blake Shook. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Friends may call at the residence any time. To those who desire, memorials may be made to East Tennessee State University, Box 70267, Johnson City, TN 37614-0054. 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.

Mary R. Markland
  
Mary Ruth Markland, 63, 160 Old Rock Querry Road, Roan Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center from injuries received in an automobile accident.
   Mrs. Markland was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Neer and Ethel Greer Oaks. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Fred Oaks, and five sisters, Oda Johnson, Hazel Hayes, Elva Birchfield, Alice Beeler and Lola Church.
   Mrs. Markland was a member of St. John Free Will Baptist Church. She had retired from Cloudland Elementary School in 2002 as a cook.
   Survivors include her husband of 49 years, R.J. Markland, of the home; a daughter, Linda Richards, Telford; a son, Ronald Markland, Spruce Pine, N.C.; a grandson, Matthew Richards, Telford; two sisters, Lois Fields, Elk Park, N.C., and Nola Freeman, Jonesborough; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tull Oaks Sr. and Ruth Oaks, Roan Mountain, and Levi and Helen Oaks, Gary, Ind. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Tull Oaks Jr. and the Rev. Richard Sheppard officiating. Music will be under the direction of Chris and Darlene McKinney. Interment will follow the funeral service at Moreland Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Roger Morgan, Ronnie Jarrett, Kyle Birchfield, Jeff Morgan, Larry Hughes and Jim Hughes. The family will receive friends at the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations to St. John Free Will Baptist Church, c/o Juanita Jarrett, 119 Partridge Lane, Roan Mountain, TN 37687. 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.

Frank F. Phillips
   CHURCH HILL -- Frank F. Phillips, 69, 783 Old Stage Road, passed away Friday, March 26, 2004, at his home following an extended illness.
   Mr. Phillips was a native of Tarboro, N.C., and had lived in Church Hill since 1960. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Church Hill and a retired electrical engineer with AFG Industries.
   Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard and was a former employee of the Justice Department. He was a member of the Gideons.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas and Louise House Phillips.
   Survivors include his wife, Geneva Grindstaff Phillips, Church Hill; a son and daughter-in-law, Bo and Gena Phillips, Jonesborough; a daughter, Cindy Phillips, of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Alton and Suzanne Phillips, Clayton, N.C.; and a sister and brother-in-law, Nellie Mae and B.D. Williford, Windsor, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Calling hours are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Johnson Funeral Home and anytime at the residence. Services will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bryan Moore officiating. Graveside services with military honors conducted by the Hawkins County Color Guard will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 29, at Church Hill Memory Gardens. The family requests those desiring to make memorial contributions to the Gideon's International, P.O. Box 846, Church Hill, TN 37642. To leave an online message or sign the guest registry for the Phillips family, please visit us at www.johnsonfuneralhome.org. Johnson Funeral Home, 320 Grandview Street, Church Hill, (423) 357-4113, is serving the Phillips family.

Susie E. Pierce
Susie Emeline Pierce, 80, 110 U.G. Buckles Road, Elizabethton, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at her residence.
   Mrs. Pierce was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Isaac Monroe and Gertie Bowers Oliver. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, R.B. Oliver, Allen Oliver and Harmon Oliver, and a daughter, Diana Sue Pierce.
   Mrs. Pierce was a homemaker. She was a member of Blue Springs Christian Church.
   Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Clarence P. Pierce; a son, Terry Pierce, Elizabethton; three daughters, Faye Rash, Lenoir, N.C., Cora Buckles and Nelda Nave, both of Elizabethton; three Sisters, Kate Briggs and Mahalia Davis, both of Elizabethton, and Phyllis Andrews, Hickory, N.C. Nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clate Briggs officiating. Music will be provided by Dusti Buckles. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 29, in the Wilson Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Monday, will be Danny Rash, Dennis Rash, Chris Rash, Scott Buckles, Ronnie Verran, Gregory Stout, Wesley Brown, William Buckles, Charles Nave, Greg Oliver, Coy Brickey and Lance Dugger. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 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 mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel V. "Mamaw" Rasnick
  
Hazel Victoria "Mamaw" Rasnick, 82, 227 Reynolds Road, Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 25, 2004 at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mrs. Rasnick was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Dan and Alice Nave Pierce.
   Mrs. Rasnick was a member of Freedom Fellowship Baptist Church, Elizabethton, and a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation.
   "Mamaw" was preceded in death by her husband, William Clarence "Papaw" Rasnick Sr., July 10, 2003, and by four brothers.
   Survivors include six sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Wayne and Janie Rasnick, Ronald and Diana Rasnick, William Clarence "W.C." Rasnick Jr. and Diana Rasnick, Bobby and Jana Rasnick, David and Judy Rasnick and John and Mona Turner, all of Elizabethton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elizabeth Miller and Alice and Dallas Odom, all of Elizabethton; a sister, Lois Hicks, Macon, Ga.; two brothers, Glen Pierce, Elizabethton, and Ralph Pierce, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; special friends, Richard Duvall, Paul Budgen and Gladys Taylor, all of Elizabethton; and a special young man, Josh Moore, Elizabethton. Twenty grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Murray, the Rev. Jackie Cole and the Rev. David Collins, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Matthew Rasnick, Christopher Rasnick, Jeff Miller, Keith Turner, Jamie Lambert, Dean Odom, Jim Nave and Rob Lambert. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Duvall, Don Rasnick, special nurses and Dr. Steven Hamel of the Fourth Floor ICU and 4200 Wing of Johnson City Medical Center, friends and neighbors of the community. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.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. 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.

Novella I. Treadway
   TREADWAY -- Graveside services and interment for Novella Irene Treadway, 79, 1010 Bluefield Avenue, Elizabethton, who died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Treadway Family Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Viola D. Phillips
   Viola Dugger Phillips, 82, formerly of 413 West "C" Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Asbury Center, Johnson City, following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Phillips was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late E.F. and Maude Murray Dugger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Phillips, and a brother, John Dugger.
   Mrs. Phillips was a wonderful mother and homemaker. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Nancy Phillips Collins, Johnson City, Linda Phillips Wright and Glen Wright, Memphis, and Janet Phillips Jamison and Norman Jamison, Indianapolis, Ind.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carmon Dugger, Elizabethton, and Ray Dugger, Bluff City; and four sisters, Mamie Seaton, Nell Thomason, Erma Dykes and June Owens, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The home going celebration service for Mrs. Phillips will be conducted at 12 noon Monday, March 29, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home. The following grandchildren will be in charge of the service: Tracy Moore, Phillip Wright, Nancy Eastridge, Carol Horne, Roc Collins, Hannah Jamison and Jon Jamison. Interment will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 11 a.m. until noon, prior to the home going celebration service. Friends may also call at the residence of a granddaughter, Nancy Eastridge, 4114 Glaze Road, Johnson City, or friends may call any time after 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mrs. Phillips to Gideon's International, P.O. Box 1951, Elizabethton, TN 37644. 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.

Grace H. Whitehead
Grace Hazelwood Whitehead, 74, 117 Dave Simerly Road, Hampton, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mrs. Whitehead was a native of Carter County. She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Hazelwood, and her mother, Mayme Whitehead.
   Mrs. Whitehead was retired from the Carter County School System. She was a member of Sunset Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband, John Whitehead; a daughter, Shannon Whitehead, Elizabethton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Susan Whitehead, Elizabethton, and Tony and Jodie Whitehead, Homosassa, Fla.; her grandchildren, Cheri and John Clavier and Ben J. Whitehead, all of Elizabethton, Brent Whitehead, Jason Worsham, Taryn Allen, Douglas Shumate, Lauren Shumate and Mathew Whitehead, all of Florida; her great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Allen of Florida and Baby Clavier, Elizabethton; a sister, Ann Stepp, Hampton; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Ann Hill.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gary Whitehead and the Rev. Sam Ferguson officiating. Music will be provided by No Name But His. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Whitehead Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, will be Arnold Hughes, John Clavier, Ben J. Whitehead, John Julian, Stacy Archer, Brent Whitehead, Charles Dudley Ingram, James Loveland and Clarence Garland. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

March 26, 2004

Okie Mae Clemons
   Okie Mae Bowers Clemons, age 90, 157 Camelot Ct., Elizabethton, died Thursday March 25, 2004 at her residence.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Mary Ellen Grindstaff Bowers.
   She was a member of Hunter First Baptist Church and was a housewife.
   Mrs. Clemons was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Clemons, in 2002; one great grandchild, Jesse Williams; one brother and three sisters.
   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Hazel Clemons, Elizabethton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and J.C. Honeycutt, Watauga; Brenda and Roger P. Smith, Elizabethton; one brother, Luther Bowers, Elizabethton; two sisters, Pearl Bowers, Elizabethton; Evelyn Gay Gouge, Elizabethton; grandchildren, Stephen Honeycutt, Texas; Rachel Williams, Watauga; Andy Honeycutt, Johnson City; Thomas Clemons, and Tracy Clemons, both of Elizabethton; Marc Clemons, England; Scott Clemons, Johnson City; Christopher Smith, Elizabethton; Melanie Smith, Elizabethton, and 11 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Dr. Dennis Deese and Rev. Eric Eggers officiating. Music will be under the direction of Dean Palmer. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel prior to the funeral service or friends may call at the residence any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnson City Medical Center Hospice, Rev. Burl Garland, Meals on Wheels, care givers, and her church family at Hunter First Baptist Church. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Hunter First Baptist Church Building Fund, 693 U.S. Hwy. 91, Elizabethton, TN 37633. 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.

Mary R. Markland
   Mary Ruth Markland, age 63, of 160 Old Rock Querry Rd., Roan Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital from injuries she received in an automobile accident.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Neer and Ethel Greer Oaks.
   She was a member of St. John Free Will Baptist Church.
   She had retired from Cloudland Elementary School in 2002 as a cook.
   She was preceded in death by one brother, Fred Oaks and five sisters Oda Johnson, Hazel Hayes, Elva Birchfield, Alice Beeler and Lola Church.
   Survivors include her husband of 49 years, R.J. Markland, of the home; one daughter, Linda Richards, Telford; one son, Ronald Markland, Spruce Pine, N.C.; one grandson, Matthew Richards, Telford; two sisters, Lois Fields, Elk Park, N.C.; Nola Freeman, Jonesborough; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tull Oaks Sr., and Ruth Oaks, Roan Mountain; Levi and Helen Oaks, Gary, Indiana. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

Nelson Morgan
   Nelson Morgan, 83, 1893 Roaring Creek Road, Roan Mountain, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Roan Highlands Nursing Center following an extended illness.
   Mr. Morgan was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Rosencranse and Dovie Morgan. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Reva Hughes Morgan, a sister, Shirley Jean Tipton, and a brother, Albert Morgan.
   Mr. Morgan was a member of Morgan Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. He was a retired school bus driver for the Carter County School System, after 33 years of service.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Edith and Lloyd Potter, Roan Mountain; a granddaughter and her husband, Rebecca and Gary Wayne Honeycutt, Roan Mountain; a step-granddaughter and her husband, Kathy and Dave Brown, Elizabethton; a step-grandson, Julius "Peanut" Oaks, Elizabethton; 11 great-grandchildren, with special mention of Michael, Chris, Brandon and Samantha; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Morgan Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg Whitehead and the Rev. Billy Morgan officiating. Music will be under the direction of Minia Street, pianist, and ladies of the church. Interment will follow the funeral service at Captain Nelson Cemetery (Ripshin Community), Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Chris Honeycutt, Dave Morgan, Willie Morgan, Tommy Guinn, Bob Whitehead and James Honeycutt. Honorary pallbearers will be Willard Elliott, Jimmy Orr and Garfield "Ook" Freeman. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain. Friends may call at the residence any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, (423) 772-3928, is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle J. Stewart
Myrtle Julia Smith Stewart, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of 412 Lee Avenue, Elizabethton, Tenn., gained a new life on March 24, 2004.
   Mrs. Stewart was a native of Yancey County, N.C., and the daughter of the late Charles Monroe Smith and Allie Robinson Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Glen Stewart, April 1, 1982. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Samuel M. Smith, and two sisters, Janette S. Hall and Flora Smith.
   Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were the parents of one daughter, Sondra Lynn Stewart Slemp, and son-in-law, Andrew Alfred Slemp Jr., of Roanoke, Va. Her pride and joy were her three grandchildren, Andrew Alfred Slemp III (Drew), and his wife Cheyrl, of Talbott, Tenn., Stewart James Robert Slemp (Rob), and his wife Wendy, of Roanoke, Va., and Julia Elizabeth Slemp Larro (Julie), and her husband Michael, of Midlothian, Va.
   Seven great-grandchildren survive her: Erica Bailey Slemp, Jarrett Michael Morie and Elliott Russell Morie, all of Talbott, Tenn., Andrew John Bradley Slemp and Anna Reese Slemp of Roanoke, Va., Elisabeth Page Larro and Mitchell Andrew Robert Larro of Midlothian, Va.
   She is also survived by a brother, William Smith, of Newport News, Va., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
   Mrs. Stewart was a member of First Christian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., and the Winsome Sunday School Class.
   The graveside service will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Dr. Jeffery W. Scott officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home. The family will be leaving in procession to the cemetery at 11:30 a.m. The family wishes to express their gratitude to her faithful friends at First Christian Church in Elizabethton, Tenn., to the staff of Ridgewood Gardens Assisted Living in Salem, Va., and to the Pheasant Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Roanoke, Va., for their loving care of their mother and grandmother. She is greatly missed. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site: www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Wiley J. Reece
   Wiley J. "Jim" Reece, 59, 145 Judge Baines Road, Fall Branch, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
   Mr. Reece was a native of Carter County and had resided in Fall Branch since 1983. He was of the Baptist faith.
   Preceding him in death were his father, Lawrence Reece, stepfather, Atlee Brown, and a special niece, Angela Reece.
   Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Reece, of the home; three daughters and a special son-in-law, Cynthia Reece, of the home, Tonya and Eddie Speers, Jonesborough, and Tina Reece Brown, Johnson City; a son, Glen Reece, Elizabethton; a special granddaughter and his number "1" buddy, Anastashia Speers, Jonesborough; two grandchildren, Judy Reece and Jared Reece, Elizabethton; his wonderful mother, Cynthia Brown, Butler; a sister, Bonnie Reece, Butler; a brother, Ernest Reece, Butler; a nephew, Alan Reece, Butler; a great-nephew, Dakota Reece; and all of his wonderful and special friends who loved him dearly.
   Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the Fall Branch Chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home and any time at the home. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Fall Branch Chapel with the Rev. Victor Wallace officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Keith Garland, Ken Garland, Mike Hubbard, Glen Inscore, Terry Hopkins, Johnny Gordon and Randall Wines. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, 117 E. Charlemont Avenue, Kingsport, (423) 378-3134, is in charge of arrangements.

Novella I. Treadway
  
Mrs. Novella Irene Treadway, 79, 1010 Bluefield Ave., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at her residence.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late S.M. and Nannie Carden Estep.
   She was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Treadway was a member of the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Estep.
   Survivors include her husband, Charles D. Treadway; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Steve Miller, Hampton; two grandsons, Frankie Martin and Michael Martin; two great-grandchildren, Heather Martin and MaKayla Martin; three brothers, S.M. Floyd and Carl Estep, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2004 in the Treadway Cemetery. The Walsh Family will provide the music. Pallbearers will be selected from the Men's Sunday school class, Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. 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 arrangements.

March 25, 2004

Carolyne B. Blackburn
  
Mrs. Carolyne Brewer Blackburn, 85, 424 Field Road, Elizabethton, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Mrs. Blackburn was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Joseph Hampton and Ardie Heaton Brewer. She was also preceded in death by a son, Brownlow Brewer, and by five brothers and two sisters.
   Mrs. Blackburn formerly had been employed at the Bemberg Corporation for 20 years and was a homemaker. She attended Bible Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband, Dennis Blackburn; three daughters, Linda Rasnick, Elizabethton, Shirley Ann and Dolly Mae Blackburn, both of the home; one son, John Blackburn, Elizabethton; three sisters, Delia Potter, Roan Mountain, Edith Bowling, Elizabethton, and Aline Weber, Johnson City; and one brother, Lester Brewer, Elizabethton. Four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Storie officiating. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, in the Markland Hill Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday, will be Brian Potter, Eric Potter, Glen Bowling Jr., Max Weber, Scott Hayes and Mike Griffin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Blackburn family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Janice Honeycutt
   Janice Honeycutt, age 65, 224 Russell Hill Rd., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.
   She is survived by her husband, Cecil Honeycutt, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Kenneth Smith, Elizabethton.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.
   Tetrick Funeral Home Elizabethton is in charge of arrangements. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.

Mary A. Nichols
   SHELBYVILLE, N.C. -- Mrs. Mary Alice Nichols, 77, of Shelbyville, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville after a brief illness.
   A native of Boone, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Hazel Wilcox Cooke. She was an active member of and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. She was a member of the Shelbyville Women's Club and the Volunteer Garden Club.
   A former special education teacher in the Bedford County School System, Mrs. Nichols received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her master's degree from the University of Alabama. She was an accomplished pianist and artist and donated many volunteer hours to the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club and the Multicounty Cancer Network.
   She was the beloved wife of Mack Nichols Jr. of Shelbyville and the cherished mother of Nancy Nichols Alexander and the late James Nichols. She was a devoted grandmother who was loved and adored by her two grandchildren, William and Mary McClain Alexander.
   She is survived by her husband of 56+ years, Mack Nichols Jr. of Shelbyville; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Brent Alexander of Knoxville; sister, Lucille Scott of Elizabethton; brother, Mack Cooke of Elizabethton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carole Cooke, Jenny Cooke, Nancy Cooke and Lucille Triplett; two grandchildren, William and Nancy McClain Alexander.
   She was preceded in death by her son, James Nichols, in 1979; brothers, Mike and "Doc" Cooke; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill Scott, Bynum Triplett, Margie and Graham Petrey, and Hilda and Selba Campbell.
   After receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel, Mrs. Nichols will be returned to Elizabethton for a graveside service at 12 noon at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Gary Edwards officiating. Memorials may be made to: Arts Council, Shelbyville, TN 37160 or Argie Cooper Library, 100 S. Main Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel, 2022 N. Main Street, Shelbyville, TN 37610, (931) 684-8356, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Jack Ramsey
  
Jack Ramsey, 83, 800 Fairway Dr., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Coeburn, Va., he was a son of the late John Alvin Ramsey, Sr. and Myrtle Kilgore Ramsey.
   He had lived in Elizabethton since 1949.
   He was a graduate of Ervinton High School, Nora, Va. and attended Hiwassee College. He graduated from the Southwestern Photo Arts Institute, Dallas, Texas.
   Mr. Ramsey served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was serving aboard the U.S. Sumner when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Most of his time during the war was spent in the South Pacific.
   He went into business with the late Wiley Coleman and was owner and operator of Coleman's Studio and Tri-State School Pictures until his retirement. He sold the business in 1979.
   Mr. Ramsey served as a City Councilman, member of the Chamber of Commerce, served on the Elizabethton Golf Course Board, the Elizabethton Power Board as well as other boards.
   He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, the Elizabethton Golf Course, the American Legion Post #49, and the Veterans of Foreign War Post #2166.
   He was one of the originators of the 4th of July Parade on Watauga Lake. Mr. Ramsey was an avid fisherman and golfer and was a private pilot.
   He was preceded in death by a son, John A. Ramsey III; a brother-in-law, Wiley Coleman and a son-in-law, Dr. Stanley E. Nave.
   Mr. Ramsey was a member of the Oak Street Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Alice Gass Ramsey; a daughter, Kathryn Nave, of Evans, Ga.; a sister, Betty Coleman, of Maryville, Tenn.; a niece, Beth Coleman, Chattanooga; a foster daughter, Amy Barnett and her husband, Jason; grandchildren, Cody Nave, Hannah and Kayla Barnett, and his special friends, Greg, Michael, Kim Walsh and Kelly Miller.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bob Polk and Rev. Phil Gass officiating. The burial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004 in the Mausoleum of Hope, Happy Valley Memorial Park. Debbie Gouge, soloist, and Scott Reynolds, organist, will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 6:55 p.m. Friday and also at 10:30 a.m. Saturday will be Wayne Eggers, Freddie Turner, Mark Schaff, Michael Gass, Bobby Gass, Louie Hopkins, Harold Turbyfield, Tom Milhorn, Hosferd Slemp, Dean Percy and Bill Schaff. Honorary pallbearers will be former employees of Coleman's Studio, his golfing friends and his church family. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Tennessee Army National Guard Funeral Detail. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Ramsey to the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton-Carter County, 104 Hudson Dr., Elizabethton, TN 37643 or the Carter County Humane Society, P.O. Box 134, Elizabethton, TN 37644. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Ramsey family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel A. Watson
   Hazel A. Watson, 76, 407 South Taylor Avenue, Baltimore, Md., died unexpectedly Monday, March 22, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
   Mrs. Watson was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late George and Kate Hubbard McKinney. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Watson, two brothers, William McKinney and Otis McKinney, and a sister, Negetha Townsend.
   Mrs. Watson was of the Baptist faith. She was a dental assistant.
   Survivors include two sisters, Geraldine Smith, Elizabethton, and Shirley Cole, Johnson City; a brother, Basil McKinney, Jonesborough; and a dear friend, Theodore S. Kolodziejski, Baltimore, Md. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. C.W. Snodgrass officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sonny Gouge. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, prior to the funeral service. Friends may also call at the home of a sister, Shirley Cole, 1661 Powder Branch Road, Johnson City, any time. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Ray Smith, Carl Moore, Gary Townsend, Jimmy Cole and Ted Kolodziejski. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Hill, Dayton Pate and C.L. Perkins Jr. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. 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.

March 24, 2004

Carolyne B. Blackburn
  
Mrs. Carolyne Brewer Blackburn, 85, 424 Field Rd., Elizabethton, died Monday, March 22, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Hampton and Ardie Heaton Brewer.
   She formerly had been employed at the Bemberg Corporation for 20 years.
   She was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Blackburn was preceded in death by a son, Brownlow Brewer, five brothers and two sisters.
   She attended Bible Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband, Dennis Blackburn; three daughters, Linda Rasnick, Elizabethton; Shirley Ann and Dolly Mae Blackburn, both of the home; one son, John Blackburn, Elizabethton; three sisters, Delia Potter, of Roan Mountain; Edith Bowling, Elizabethton, and Aline Weber, Johnson City; one brother, Lester Brewer, Elizabethton; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Storie officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2004 in the Markland Hill Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday will be Brian Potter, Eric Potter, Glen Bowling, Jr., Max Weber, Scott Hayes and Mike Griffin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Blackburn family at mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

John B. Brock
  
John Bell Brock, 80, 1305-B Spruce Lane, Elizabethton, died Monday, March 22, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   He was a Carter County native.
   Mr. Brock was a retired mechanic.
   He attended Southside Free Will Baptist Church.
   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Brock, and his mother, Donnie Peters Brock.
   Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Harvey, of Farmington, Mich.; Penny King and Marie Suttler, both of Gray; three sons, William Alfred Brock, Max Brock and Ernest Brock, all of Elizabethton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and Earl Ward and Anna and Ray Franklin, all of Elizabethton; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A special friend, Doran Greenwell, also survives.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steve Burleson officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004 in the Highland Cemetery. Bill Anderson will provide the music. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Thursday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary E. Carter
   Mary Elizabeth Carter, 58, 119 Rocky Top Lane, Watauga, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton, following an extended illness.
   Ms. Carter was a native of Banner Elk, N.C., and the daughter of the late Daniel and Ida Moffitt Bryan. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Bellow.
   Ms. Carter was a homemaker.
   Survivors include a son, Tim Carter, Johnson City; a granddaughter, Megan Carter, Johnson City; her longtime companion, Jimmy Wagner, Watauga; two special friends, Kathy Mitchell and Mosella Whittington, both of Elizabethton; a brother, J.D. Bryan, Elizabethton; and three sisters, Barbara Hill, Jonesborough, Joyce Greene, Hampton, and Della Richardson, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Glen Wagner officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the memorial service. Friends may also call at the residence of her friend, Kathy Mitchell, 1015 Arney Street, Elizabethton, at any time. A private disposition will be conducted at a later date. 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.

J.R. Stout
  
J.R. Stout, 82, 539 Doeville Rd., Butler, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   A native of Johnson County, he was a son of the late Doc and Lottie Proffitt Stout.
   Mr. Stout was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation after 30 years of service.
   He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
   He was a member of Roan Creek Masonic Lodge #679.
   Mr. Stout was a member of the Little Doe Baptist Church.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Payne Stout, who passed away April 13, 1996; one sister and three brothers.
   Survivors include two sons, Ray Stout and wife, Barbara, of Butler; Kyle Stout and Mary Walker, Elizabethton; one sister, Beulah Hardin and her husband, Glen, of Elizabethton; six grandchildren, Carla Dickens and her husband, Kenneth; Susan Kyte and her husband, Scotty; Christal Stout and her friend, Greg Pope; Angela Stout; Beveraly McIntosh and her husband, Rodney, and Jeff Stout; three great grandchildren, Nikki Fletcher, Cynthia Kyte and T.R. Kyte. Several nieces and nephews and many many special friends also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004 in the Little Doe Baptist Church with the Rev. Kreg Smith and Rev. Roy Wilson officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2004 in the Rock Springs Cemetery. The church choir will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the church at 7:50 p.m. Thursday and also at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday will be Kenneth Dickens, Steve Payne, Wallace Stout, Scotty Kyte, Tim Wilson, Richard Cable, Ronnie Stout and Tony Milam. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Little Doe Baptist Church. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday. Condolences to the Stout family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

March 23, 2004

John B. Brock
  
John B. Brock, 80, of 1305-B Spruce Lane, Elizabethton, died Monday, March 22, 2004 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital after a brief illness.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

March 22, 2004

Evelyn J. Anderson
   Evelyn J. Anderson, age 79, of 340 H. Heaton Rd., Elizabethton, died Sunday, March 21, 2004 at the Life Care Center of Elizabethton following an extended illness.
   She was a native of Kenosha, Wis., but has lived the past three months in Carter County.
   Mrs. Anderson was a daughter of the late Edward and Ida Warren Bartel.
   She was a member of the Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses of Newland, N.C., and was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
   Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Donald L. Anderson Sr., of the home; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Donald Anderson Jr. and Patricia Anderson, Roan Mountain; Aaron and Joyce Anderson, Green Lake Wis.; five grandchildren and three sisters also survive.
   A Memorial service and private disposition for Mrs. Anderson will be announced at a later date. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

March 21, 2004

Ronald Honeycutt
   WAKE COUNTY, N.C. -- Ronald Honeycutt, 55, of Raleigh, passed away after an extended illness March 19, 2004. Ronald was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather.
   Ronald was preceded in death by his father, Paul Honeycutt. He is survived by his loving family, wife, Wynn-Ann; a son, Joesph Honeycutt, and wife, Barbi, of Willow Springs; a daughter, Jennifer, Parrish and husband, Gregory, of Clayton; two grandchildren, Lincoln and Reagan Parrish; his mother, Juanita Honeycutt; a sister, Frankie Ricker; two brothers, Michael and Larry Honeycutt, all of Johnson City; close friends Doyce and Nancy Tart of Garner, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Graveside service will be Monday, March 22,, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Clayton, N.C. Family will receive friends and relatives Sunday, March 21, 2004, from 7-9 p.m. at McLaurin Funeral Home, 12830 U.S. 70W, Clayton, N.C. Arrangements by McLaurin at Pinecrest Funerals and Cremations.

Sara S. Carlson
   Sara S. Carlson, age 91, 1838 Woodhaven Drive, Elizabethton, former resident of Colonial Hill Retirement Center, Johnson City, died Friday, March 19, 2004, at Hermitage Health Care Center, Elizabethton, following an extended illness. A native of Middlesex, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Irwin and Lydia Buckwalter Sampson. She attended Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Carlson, two brothers, Irwin "Bud" Sampson and Logan Sampson.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Sally and Rod Stipe, Elizabethton, two grandchildren, Sada Stipe, Elizabethton, Zach Stipe, Elizabethton, four sisters, Leona McConnel, Pa., Betty Jones, Pa., Marge Szabo, Pa., Jane Randazzo, Fla., one brother-in-law, Edward Carlson, Miss., and several nieces and nephews.
   The family will hold a private service in Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 209 S. Riverside Drive, 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 the arrangements.

Vera J. Johnson
  
Mrs. Vera Jarrell Johnson, 94, 316 E. H Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, in the Greeneville West Health Care and Rehabilitation. A native of Hamblem County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Sophrona Courtney Jarrell. She had lived in Elizabethton since 1951. Mrs. Johnson was a retired school teacher. She received her bachelor of science degree from East Tennessee State University, where she majored in education and special education. She taught school for 42 years. She taught in Russellville, Whitesburg, and Freeborn, Ky., and at elementary schools in Elizabethton. She retired from special education at Harold McCormick School. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She was a member of the Sycamore Chapter No. 163, Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, where she was a former teacher of the Philathea Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Johnson, in 1970, by three sisters, Nelle Moore, Beatrice Wilson, and Flora Day, and three brothers, Bert Jarrell, Loyd Jarrell and Charlie Jarrell, and a nephew, Neil Rouse.
   Survivors include one sister, Ida Duff, Russellville; a brother-in-law, Ed Wilson, Knoxville; a sister-in-law, Ruby Jarrell, Russellville; several nieces and nephews, Glen and Patsy Moore, Greeneville, Helen and Walter Coward, St. Claire, Emma Lou Moore, Bulls Gap, Pat Jarrell and her husband, David, Chapel Hill, N.C., Clarence and Tut Rouse, Maurice and Peggy Rouse, John and Mary Sam Rynak, Harold and Sylvia Rouse, Ken Johnson, Jim and Faye Johnson, Joe and Barbara Johnson and Jack Johnson.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Mr. John Bunn, soloist, will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:50 p.m. Monday, will be Rick Malone, L.D. Guinn, Wilson Ornduff, Tom Jarrell and Eric Bowers. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Condolences may be emailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma C. Smalling
   Mrs. Wilma Carter Smalling, 75, Watauga, died unexpectedly at her residence Thursday, March 18, 2004.
   A native of Scott County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Roy B. and Mary Starnes Carter. She was a graduate of Dungannon High School and East Tennessee State University. She was a retired teacher of the Carter County School System with 30 years at Central Elementary School. She was a member of the Carter County Retired Teachers' Association, National Education Association and the American Association of Retired Persons.  She was of the Baptist faith.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Smalling, in 1995 and one brother, Adrial Carter. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and John Barbato, Wichita, Kan.; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Dianne Smalling, Orlando, Fla.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Charles P. and Margaret F. Carter, Weber City, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral service for Mrs. Wilma Carter Smalling will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2004, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Don Marshall, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. David Arney, organist, and Mr. Jerry Barnett, soloist. Committal service and entombment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2004, in Happy Valley Memorial Park, Mausoleum of Peace. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Monday. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday. 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.

George D. Stout, Sr.
   George Daniel Stout, Sr., 79, 1308 Hillside Drive, Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 18, 2004, at his residence. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late James Madison and Elsie Greer Stout. He was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation after 40 years of service. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post 49. Mr. Stout was a member of the East Side Free Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Frances Braswell Stout, May 18, 1969; three brothers; and two sisters.
   Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Margaret Jeanette Oliver Stout; two daughters and one son-in-law, Joan Stout Ramsey, Elizabethton, and Judy and the Rev. Allen Simerly, Hampton; two sons and daughters-in-law: George Daniel Stout Jr. and wife, Amy, of Hampton, and Joseph H. and Melanie Oliver, Elizabethton; one sister, Hazel Harrison, Roan Mountain; eight grandchildren, Scott Carden and his wife, Marlo, Eric Carden, Timmy Simerly and his wife, Mary, Becky Blevins and her husband, J.R. Blevins, Priscillia Pearce, Madison Stout, Andrew Oliver and Megan Oliver; five great-grandchildren: Keshia Pearce, Robert Allen Pearce, Travis Blevins, Donna Simerly, Kayla Simerly and Blake DeVall; several nieces and nephews including special Nieces, Martha Shook and Christien Shook.
   Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. D.C. Byrd and Rev. Clarence Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Hyder Cemetery, Gap Creek. Active Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Robert Walter, Dr. Farrow and Dr. Cole. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2 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.

Earl J. Thomas
   Earl J. Thomas, age 85, of Kingsport, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. Born on May 31, 1918, in Hagan, Va., a son of the late Rue Kyle and Zora Church Thomas, he resided in this area most of his life. Mr. Thomas retired from Tri-City Paving in 1981. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. Mr. Thomas was a member of Living Waters Free Will Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Beryl M. Thomas, Oct. 17, 2003, and by three sisters, Ira Thomas, Marie Bowlin and Mabel Burchett. The family would like to extend a special thank you to his friends and caregivers at The Place. Survivors include two sons and daughters in law, Graham and Sylvia Thomas of Kingsport, and Jerry and Jo Thomas of Elizabethton; grandchildren, Rebecca Cox, John Thomas, Tony Thomas and Richard Thomas; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Seth and Gavin Cox, Pierce, Aja, Jared, Jacob, Jillian and Chandler Thomas; one sister, Mildred Cope of Rose Hill, Va.; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2004, at East Lawn Funeral Home and other hours at the residence of a son, Graham Thomas. Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2004, in the chapel with Pastor Glenn Hicks officiating. Entombment will follow committal services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2004, in East Lawn Mausoleum II. Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Hammond Post #3 & Gate City Post #265. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Living Waters Free Will Baptist Church, 910 Union Hill Street, Kingsport, TN 37660. Please visit us online at www.mem.com to place a condolence to the Thomas Family. East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Thomas Family.

March 19, 2004

Faustino A. Aleman
  
Faustino Andrade Aleman, 47, 1652 Sciota Rd., Unicoi, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at Johnson City Medical Center.
   He was a native of Acaponeta, Nayarit, Mexico, and was a son of Alejandra De Dios Aleman of Nayarit and the late Isabel Andrade Avalos.
   He was employed by Scott Farms, Unicoi.
   He attended St. Mary's Church in Johnson City.
   Other than his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers.
   Survivors, including his mother, are his wife, Floy Andrade, Unicoi; two sons, Jose Miguel Andrade and wife, Miribel, of Othello, Wash., and Faustino Andrade, of Nayarit, Mexico; three daughters Maria Alejandra Andrade; Florentina Andrade; Yanet Veronica Andrade, all of Nayarit, Mexico; two step-sons, Daniel T. Ollis, of Unicoi, and David T. Ollis, of Unicoi; seven grandchildren; two sisters; one brother, and one sister-in-law, Vicky Blaylock.
   The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2004 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Father Bill Gahagan will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004 at Valley Funeral Home. Burial will be held in Nayarit, Mexico. Online condolences can be e-mailed to the family through Web site at valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Faustino Andrade through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.

Elma W. Moore
   Elma White Moore, 76, 1005 Idlewilde Circle, Johnson City died Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at her residence.
   She was a native of Old Butler and had lived in Johnson City most of her life.
   Mrs. Moore was a daughter of the late Toby White and Anna Grindstaff White.
   She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Clay Heaton and Arnold Bledsoe; two daughters, Hazel Dugger and Attry Carver; an infant son, Worley Ray Heaton, and a brother, Kenneth White.
   She was of the Free Will Baptist faith.
   Mrs. Moore had been employed as a certified nursing assistant at Johnson City Memorial Hospital and the Mountain Home VA Medical Center.
   Survivors include two sons, Mearlin Heaton and his wife, Elizabeth, and Billy Heaton and his wife, Kathy, all of Johnson City; three daughters, Verna Vance and her husband, Cecil (who was Mrs. Moore's special son-in-law), Brenda Heaton, and Shelby Vance and her husband, Bobby, all of Johnson City; another son-in-law, Randy Carver, Johnson City; two brothers, Terry White, Elizabethton and Larry White, Johnson City; 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service for Mrs. Moore will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004 in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Rev. Kenneth Grindstaff will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004 and other hours at the residence. The committal service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20 in the Happy Valley Memorial Park. Friends are asked to meet the family at the cemetery for this service. Online condolences may be sent to the Moore family via www.morrisbaker.com.
   Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City.

Ledora Presnell
  
Ledora Presnell, 54, 623-A Walnut St., Elizabethton, died Thursday, March 18, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Frank Elliott, Jr. and Leona Braswell Elliott.
   Mrs. Presnell was a member of Zion Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband, David Presnell, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Sherry Deloach, Hampton; a daughter and son-in-law, Tenessa and Joey Tipton, Johnson City; a grandson, Brody Deloach, Hampton; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Danny and Tonya Elliott, Hampton; Johnny and Barbara Elliott, Elizabethton, and Jackie Elliott, Johnson City; a sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Richard Harmon, Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews.
   The Candlelight Funeral Service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Dean Presnell and Rev. Allen Simerly officiating. Music will be under the direction of Gene Presnell and Michael Presnell. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday prior to the service or at the residence at any time. The committal and burial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2004 in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Ray Deloach, Jeremy Elliott, Jason Elliott, Sean Elliott, Jamie Presnell and Steve Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Elliott, Johnny Elliott, Jackie Elliott, Richard Harmon, harold Presnell, J.W. Braswell, George Stout, and Harold Mann. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. 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, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Harold P. Sammons
  
Harold Pete Sammons, 64, 141 East Market Street, Johnson City, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center, following an extended illness.
   Mr. Sammons was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Doran and Myrtle Birchfield Sammons. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Susan Bennett Sammons, and a brother, Teddy Sammons.
   Mr. Sammons attended Milligan College and was a member of First Christian Church of Elizabethton. He was a retired employee of Chiquita Brands International.
   Survivors include a son, Teddy Sammons, Knoxville; four daughters, Jan Martin of Pennsylvania, Connie Andes and Beverly Bunting, both of Johnson City, and Rebecca Estep, Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Tessa Sammons, Elizabethton, Michael Bell, Makaila Bunting and Michelle Bunting, all of Johnson City; his stepmother, Betty Sammons; a brother, Richard Sammons, Elizabethton; and two nieces, Debbi Sammons, Johnson City, and Denise Sammons, Elizabethton.
   A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with Mr. John H. Smith, minister, and the Rev. Buford Hankins officiating. Inurnment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service, or at the residence of a daughter, Beverly Bunting, 108-1 West Chilhowie Avenue, Johnson City, at anytime. Honorary pallbearers will be John Wagner, Bob Kane, Gayle Hood, Delbert Loudermilk, Bud Wilkinson, Richard Grindstaff, Don Tetrick, Richard Tetrick, Joey LaPorte, John Stanton, Sam Shipley, Sam LaPorte, Bob Hughes and Barry Ward. 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.

Charles E. Shankle
   Mr. Charles Edward Shankle, 68, 1611 U.S. Highway 91, Elizabethton, died Thursday, March 18, 2004 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness. 
   He was a native of Carter County and at one time he lived in Silver Springs, Md. for 12 years. 
   He was the son of the late Florence Ellis Shankle. 
   He was retired from the city of Johnson City and was of the Baptist faith. 
   He was a U.S. Army Veteran.
   He was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald Shankle, Ralph Shankle and Jerry Shankle. 
   Survivors include his wife, Shirlee Poarch Shankle, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Tonia Shankle, Elizabethton; one brother and his wife, Kenneth and Lucy Shankle, Elizabethton; three sisters and their husbands, Billie and Tom McCloud, Glenda and Jimmy Eggers and Betty (Susie) Varner all of Elizabethton. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
   The graveside service for Mr. Charles Edward Shankle will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004 in the Ritchie Cemetery with Rev. David Morgan officiating. Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Eggers, Gebe Ritchie, Gene Ritchie, Donald McCloud, Mike McCloud, Kirk Shankle, Bill Ellis and Rondal Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be Marie Dial, Martie Sparks, Marlyn Johnson, John Smith, John Salyer, Dr. David Freeman, Tom McCloud, Dr. Burgin Dossett, Mike Johnson, Raymond Lowe, Tommy Ingram, Mike Ingram, Doug Bouton, Drew Shankle, Beth Anderson and Josh Shankle. The family will receive friends at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2004 or at the residence of a sister, Glenda Eggers, 204 John Alfred Loop, Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. 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.

Billy J. Tipton
  
Billy Jack Tipton, 74, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Roan Mountain, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Gilchrist Center for Hospice, Towson, Md., following an extended illness.
   Mr. Tipton was a native of Carter County and the son of the late James B. and Julia A. Tipton. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Cordell, and three brothers, Lincoln Tipton, Herbert Tipton and Charles Tipton.
   Mr. Tipton was a forklift operator with an automobile manufacturing company. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War.
   Survivors include his wife, Eddie J. Birchfield Tipton, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Bruce Kordon, Baltimore, Md.; a granddaughter, Ally Kordon, Baltimore, Md.; his mother-in-law, Maud Holden, Roan Mountain; three brothers, James Tipton, Roan Mountain, Ted Tipton and Johnny Tipton, both of Hampton; three sisters, Frances Goins, Roan Mountain, Bonnie Montgomery, Elizabethton, and Genievie Tipton, Roan Mountain; and special friends, Clyde Jr. and Ann Sheets, Baltimore, Md. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Jess Sheets officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Tipton Family Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Rodney Tipton, Keith Tipton, Roger Tipton, Todd Montgomery, Scott Tipton, Tracy Tipton, Rich Birchfield and Brad Holden. Military Honors will be accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Baltimore, 6601 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21204. 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.

A. Milton Ward
   ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A. Milton Ward, "Uncle Miltie" to many of his friends, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at his home in Tryon, N.C.
   Mr. Ward was a native of Johnson City, Tenn., and the son of the late Arnold Clayton and Cora Lee Hodge Ward.
   After graduating from Watauga Academy at Butler, Tenn., Mr. Ward enlisted in the Marine Corps in World War II, was in armaments with the VMF 123rd Fighter Group, and later was with the first U.S. troops sent into Japan following its surrender. Following his military service, he attended East Tennessee State University and Milligan College, and in 1951 was hired by Piedmont Airlines. He retired as station manager at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport for Piedmont Airlines, after 38 years.
   Miltie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Clara Pearson Ward, of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Steve and Chris Ward, Alpharetta, Ga., and John Ward, Marshall, Texas; and four grandchildren, Christy Ward Hemsworth, Jonathan, Julia and Matthew Ward.
   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Congregational Church in Tryon. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Outreach Ministries, or the charity of your choice.
   Asheville Mortuary Services, 89-B Thompson Street, Asheville, N.C. 28803, (828) 254-0566, is in charge of arrangements.

March 18, 2004

Rev. Virgel F. Booher
   Rev. Virgel Franklin Booher, 77, of Piney Flats, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Rev. Booher was a native of Sullivan County and the son of the late Baxter and Edith Kautz Booher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Rev. Richard Booher.
   Rev. Booher was a World War II Army Veteran. He received degrees from Duke Divinity School and Emory University and was a member of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served in the ministry 45 years before retiring in 1990. He served churches in the Abingdon, Kingsport, Morristown and Johnson City districts. He continued to serve as visitation minister and Pastor Emeritus at Edgefield United Methodist Church until his death. He was an avid camper and member of the local WIT camping club.
   Survivors include his wife, Ruth Fenner Booher; one son, Charles "Chuck" Booher, Bristol; and one daughter, Kim Booher Kelley, and her husband, Chad, Piney Flats. One grandson, three granddaughters, three great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Edgefield United Methodist Church, Piney Flats, with Rev. Homer Roller, Rev. Estel Williams and Rev. James Henry officiating. Interment will follow in the Edgefield Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jim Berry, Robert Kelley, Cecil McGlamery, Jim Oliver, Herman Payne, Lowell Simmons, Bill Smith and John Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Mountain Empire Travelers Camping Club and the ministers and spouses of the Holston Conference of United Methodist Church. The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Edgefield United Methodist Church, Building Fund, c/o Carrie Mellows, 249 Warren Road, Piney Flats, TN 37686. Online condolences may be sent through www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is serving the family.

Rex P. McQueen
   Mr. Rex Preston McQueen, 80, 112 South Watauga Avenue, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center following a brief illness. 
   A native of Butler, he was the son of the late Andrew and Rose Hopkins McQueen. 
   He was retired from the V.A. as a nursing assistant and was of the Baptist faith. 
   He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard McQueen and Jack McQueen, and one sister, Doris Gilbert. 
   Survivors include his wife, Marie Pearson McQueen, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and John Ward, Watauga; a brother, Harold McQueen, Knoxville; a granddaughter, Kimberly Ward, Elizabethton; a great-grandson, Brandon Ward, Watauga, and a great-granddaughter, Alexis Buhro, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service for Mr. Rex Preston McQueen will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Douglas Ranshaw officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Carolyn Estep, organist. Graveside services and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004 in the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. on Saturday. 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.

Billy J. Tipton
   Billy Jack Tipton, age 74, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Roan Mountain, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice, Middle River, Md., following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late James B. and Julia A. Tipton.
   He was a forklift operator with an automobile manufacturing Company.
   Mr. Tipton was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War.
   He was preceded in death by one sister, Nellie Cordell, and three brothers, Lincoln Tipton, Herbert Tipton, and Charles Tipton.
   Survivors include his wife of the home, Eddie J. Birchfield Tipton; a daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Bruce Kordon, of Baltimore, Md.; a granddaughter, Ally Kordon, of Baltimore; three brothers, James Tipton, Roan Mountain; Ted Tipton, Hampton; Johnny Tipton, Hampton; three sisters, Frances Goins, Roan Mountain; Bonnie Montgomery, Elizabethton; Genievie Tipton, Roan Mountain, and special friends, Clyde Jr. and Ann Sheets, Baltimore, Maryland. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain with Rev. Jess Sheets officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel prior to the service. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004 at the Tipton Family Cemetey, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Rodney Tipton, Keith Tipton, Roger Tipton, Todd Montgomery, Scott Tipton, Tracy Tipton, Rich Birchfield and Brad Holden. Military honors to be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Baltimore, 6601 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21204. 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.

Hazel S. VanHuss
   Mrs. Hazel Stephens VanHuss, 77, Bedford, Texas, formerly of Elizabethton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in Arlington, Texas. 
   A native of Elizabethton, she was the daughter of the late W.W. and Celia Belle Stephens. 
   Hazel was one of the first women to receive the Award of Merit from the Boys Scouts as a den coach. 
   She was also one of Elvis' biggest fans.
   She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers. 
   Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Fred VanHuss, of the home; three daughters, Debbie Long, of Arkansas; Patty Suarez and her husband, David, and Donna Wrachford and her husband, Terry, all of Arlington, Texas; two sons, Rick VanHuss and his wife, Robbin, of Arlington, Texas and Steve VanHuss and his wife, Heidi, of Seattle, Wash.; one sister, Margaret Stephens Manning, Elizabethton; nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service for Mrs. Hazel Stephens VanHuss will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Brent Nidiffer, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Gene Estep, organist. Burial will follow the service in the Stephens Cemetery, Gap Creek area. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. 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.

March 17, 2004

Eric A. Baker
   Eric A. Baker, age 22, 631 John Jones Rd., Elk Park, N.C. died Monday, March 15, 2004 at his residence unexceptedly.
   He was a native of Watauga County, N.C. and had lived in Avery County, N.C. most of his life.
   He is the son of Maretta Sue Parlier Baker, Elk Park, N.C., and the late Creed Edward Baker.
   Mr. Baker attended Fall Creek Baptist Church, Elk Park, North Carolina.
   In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Florence Winters Baker and Mack Baker.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one sister and brother-in-law, Heather and Jay Zoellner, of Elk Park, N.C.; maternal grandparents, Mary Alice Jones Parlier and John Parlier, Jr., Elk Park, N.C., and his paternal step grandmother, Viola Baker, of Shell Creek. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 at Fall Creek Baptist Church, Elk Park, N.C. with Rev. Jacob Willis and Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Music will be under the direction of Gerald and Gloria Holly and the Fall Creek Baptist Church Choir. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, or friends may call at the residence, 631 John Jones Rd., Elk Park, N.C. any time. Burial will follow the funeral service at Fall Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Nathaniel Baker, Shawn Estep, Mike Miller, Johnny Parlier, Allen Ingram, Ricky Harmon and Bobby Harmon. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors and members of Fall Creek Baptist Church. 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.

Rev. Virgel F. Booher
   Rev. Virgel Franklin Booher, 77, of Piney Flats, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Rev. Booher was a native of Sullivan County and the son of the late Baxter and Edith Kautz Booher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Rev. Richard Booher.
   Rev. Booher was a World War II Army Veteran. He received degrees from Duke Divinity School and Emory University and was a member of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served in the ministry 45 years before retiring in 1990. He served churches in the Abingdon, Kingsport, Morristown and Johnson City districts. He continued to serve as visitation minister and Pastor Emeritus at Edgefield United Methodist Church until his death. He was an avid camper and member of the local WIT camping club.
   Survivors include his wife, Ruth Fenner Booher; one son, Charles "Chuck" Booher, Bristol; and one daughter, Kim Booher Kelley, and her husband, Chad, Piney Flats. One grandson, three great-grandsons, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Edgefield United Methodist Church, Piney Flats, with Rev. Homer Roller, Rev. Estel Williams and Rev. James Henry officiating. Interment will follow in the Edgefield Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jim Berry, Robert Kelley, Cecil McGlamery, Jim Oliver, Herman Payne, Lowell Simmons, Bill Smith and John Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Mountain Empire Travelers Camping Club and the ministers and spouses of the Holston Conference of United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Edgefield United Methodist Church, Building Fund, c/o Carrie Mellows, 249 Warren Road, Piney Flats, TN 37686. Online condolences may be sent through www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is serving the family.

Rev. Dana Coleman
  
Rev. Dana Coleman, 94, 246 Browns Branch Rd., Hampton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at his residence.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Rev. N.C. Coleman and Linda Brummit Coleman.
   He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Lockie Grindstaff Coleman in 2002 and several brothers and sisters.
   Rev. Coleman pastored several area churches during his four decades of ministry. He was a faithful servant of the Lord and a witness for Him until his death.
   Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Messer, Bluff City and Ruby Lucille Lyons, Elizabethton; one son, Frank Coleman, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Conley Coleman, Hampton and Paul Coleman, Newland, N.C.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary Rolette, Rev. Bill Jaynes and Rev. L.D. Berry officiating. Burial will follow in the Lyons Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Frank Coleman, Jr., Greg Coleman, Jeff Lyons, Joe Stout, Gilbert Honeycutt, Donnie Lyons and Anthony Malone. Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy Messer and David Stevens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 in the chapel of Tetrick 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.

Mary Courtner
   Mary Alice Robinson Courtner, age 76, of 12835 U.S. Hwy. 67 W, Butler, passed away Monday, March 15, 2004 at her residence.
   A native of Johnson County, she was born September 17, 1927 to the late Gordy and Sally Stout Robinson.
   Mary was a member of Little Doe Baptist Church.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Robinson and Wince Robinson; four sisters, Winnie Peters, Hazel Matherly, Lonie Milam and Lizey Wilson, and one granddaughter, Brandi Courtner.
   Mary is survived by her husband, Walter Earl Courtner, of the home; two sons, James Dean "Shorty" Courtner and wife Sandi of Butler, and Kenneth Earl Courtner and wife Cheryl of Nyssa, Ore.; one grandson, Kenneth Jr., and one great grandson. Several nieces and nephews and many, many special friends also survive.
   The funeral service for Mary will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 from the Chapel of the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home with Pastor Craig Smith officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Glory Bound Singers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to services. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 from the Rock Springs Cemetery, Butler. Active Pallbearers will be Dwight Johnson, Jimmy Matherly, Matthew Syndergaard, Buster Fritts, Richard Cable and Wade McQueen. Honorary Pallbearers are Boyd Peterson, Lowell Stalcup, Jack Stalcup, Farrell Isaacs, Sanford Courtner, Joe Syndergaard, Lloyd Courtner, Richard Courtner, Marvin Courtner, Carter Isaacs, Jim Syndergaard, Howard Stout, Tony Milam, Lee Pleasant, Dave Pleasant, Jacob Higgs, Jack Smith, Bill Smith and many, many more. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Judes, Shriners or your local Disabled American Veterans Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hux-lipford.com.
   Hux-Lipford Funeral Home is serving the Courtner Family.

Theodore Freeman
   Mr. Theodore (Ted) Freeman, 76, 1418 Happy Valley St., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in Cannon Memorial Hospital, Avery County, N.C. following an extended illness. 
   A native of Fireco, W.Va., he had resided in Carter County most of his life and was the son of the late Alexander (Eck) and Missouri McKinney Freeman. 
   He was retired from civil service with the V.A. Mountain Home and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. 
   He was also a life member of the D.A.V. Chapter 17, life member of the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166 and the Elizabethton Senior Citizens.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Johnson Freeman; a son, Randy Freeman, and a brother, George Freeman. 
   Survivors include his stepmother, Sallie Holtsclaw Freeman, Roan Mountain; five brothers, Ray Freeman, of Mary Esther, Fla.; Bob Freeman, of Mountain City; Frank Freeman, of Petersburg, Ala.; Garfield Freeman and Buster Freeman, both of Roan Mountain, and five sisters, Myrtle Birchfield, Roan Mountain; Mable Gouge, Hampton; Barbara McKinney, Roan Mountain; Pat Chambers, of Edgewater, Fla., and Kathy Storie, of Jonesborough. Several nieces and nephews and special friends on Williamson Avenue and Happy Valley Street also survive.
   Ted enlisted in the Army in 1948 and achieved the rank of Corporal. He served as a Medic in Korea, where he was wounded in action. He received the Purple Heart and other medals as a result of his courage.
   The funeral service for Mr. Theodore (Ted) Freeman will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 in Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Owens and Rev. Tull Oaks Jr. officiating. Music will be by Bellview Baptist Church. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by the Captain Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Michael McKinney, Chad McKinney, Tim Freeman, Dean Freeman, Jerome Storie, Bob Guinn and Tom Guinn. The family will receive friends at the Grace Baptist Church from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com.
   Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Rev. Thomas A. Largent
   Rev. Thomas A. Largent, 49, 106 Ellison Road, Hampton, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Rev. Largent was a native of Carter County. He was a 1973 graduate of Cloudland High School, Roan Mountain, and an employee of Central Heat and Air, Johnson City. He was a member of the Toe River Free Will Baptist Association and a member of Fairview Free Will Baptist Church.
   Rev. Largent was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Lohr Largent.
   Survivors include his wife, Stella Tolley Largent; two daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda and Jamie Vaughn and Rebecca and Wesley Crumley, all of Hampton; two special grandchildren, Corey Allen Crumley and Sara May Vaughn; two special friends, Roger and Phyllis Whitehead, Roan Mountain; a very special aunt, Rosie Largent, Roan Mountain; one half sister, Beverly Largent, Johnson City; one half brother, William Largent, Johnson City; special brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Sharon Tolley, Gray, Sherman and Gail Tolley, Elizabethton, Dexter and Joan Tolley, Jobe and Betty Tolley, David and Pauline Stout and Dean and Kitty Tolley, all of Hampton, Mike Cox and Vickey Tolley, Blountville, and George and Connie Sheets, Elizabethton; and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. L.D. Berry and Rev. Perry Markland officiating. Music will be by Don and Cleo Epperson. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Brownlow Tolley Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, will be Sherman Tolley, Wayne Tolley, Dexter Tolley, Jobe Tolley and Dean Tolley. Honorary pallbearers will be David Stout, Mike Cox, George Sheets and B.J. Carver. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Rex P. McQueen
   Rex Preston Mcqueen, 80, 112 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the James H. Quillen Medical Center.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alfred Mottern
   Mr. Alfred "Kitten" Mottern, 59, 141 West Market St., Johnson City, formerly of Elizabethton, died Monday, March 15, 2004 in NHC Health Care Center, Johnson City, following an extended illness. 
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Roe and Ethel Bates Mottern. 
   He was a self-employed brick mason and a U.S. Army veteran. 
   He was of the Baptist faith.
   He was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Mottern.  Survivors include one sister and her husband, Sherry and Jim Hudson, Johnson City; four brothers and their wives, David and Tonya Mottern, Nashville; Ronnie Mottern, Elizabethton; Ed and Donna Mottern, Memphis, and Billy and Dorothy Mottern, Johnson City; a special aunt, Frances Mottern Julian, Elizabethton, and a special friend, Dennis Deloach, Elizabethton. Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.
   A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Alfred "Kitten" Mottern will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Daniel Blevins, Rev. Harold McNabb and Rev. Fredrick Meredith officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday or at the residence of his aunt, Frances Julian, 409 Orchard Rd., Elizabethton, at any time. Honorary friends are Steve Whittington, Charles Whittington, Stanley Whittington, Dallas Calloway, Perry Bradford, Carlos Bradford, Floyd Bradford, Cona Ray Richardson, Freddy Pierce, Bobbie Seifert, Charles Edens, Jim Buckles and so many more friends too numerous to name. Special thanks to the staff of the Johnson City Medical Center, the staff of NHC Health Care Center, Station 4 and the staff of Adventa Hospice of Elizabethton. A private disposition will be held at a later date. 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.

Harold F. Stewart, Sr.
  
Harold F. Stewart, Sr., 71, 169 Echo Dr., Elizabethton, passed away Monday afternoon, March 15, 2004, at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital due to injuries received in a motorcycle accident Saturday.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Scylar and Nannie Stewart.
   He was a member of Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Tennessee Chapter C; Moose Lodge #444 of Lexington, Ky.; the Masonic Lodge of Lexington, Ky.; Scottish Rites 32 mason of Lexington, Ky.; Robert L. Sirkle #954.
   Mr. Stewart spent 12 years in the U.S. Air Force.
   He retired from the ETSU Carol Reece Museum several years ago. He formerly lived in Lexington, Ky. where he worked for Brandeis Machinery. He also lived in Topeka, Kan. where he worked for Kansas Power and Light for 12 years before moving back to Elizabethton where he was born and raised.
   He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
   Survivors include his wife, Wynne Summers Stewart, of the home; one son, Harold Stewart, Jr., Elizabethton; one granddaughter, Amanda Stewart, Elizabethton; three step-daughters: Mary Eldridge, of Hutchinson, Kan.; Donna Eldridge, of Alamagorda, N.M., and Dianna Salazar, of Fort Madison, Iowa; one step-son, John Eldridge, of Holt, Mo.; nine step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Helen Workman, Beulah Easton, both of Elizabethton and Edith Mutter, of St. Leonard, Maryland. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Dean Myers officiating. Music will be under the direction of Tina Byrd, Patty Hodge and Carol Roberts. The burial service will follow in the Mausoleum of Peace, Happy Valley Memorial Park. Masonic service will be conducted by the Dashiell Lodge No. 238 F&AM. Military honors will be accorded by Captain Lynn H. Folsom, V.F.W. Post No. 2166. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in the funeral home chapel, or at the residence, 169 Echo Dr., at any time. Active pallbearers will be Jon Byrd, Denny Bowman, Keith Marsh, Jim Kelly, Jerry Childers, Tom Jarrell, Harry Stout, Ray Hall, Dan Holder and Jon Byrd, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Banner, Jackie Blevins, Howard Keith, Glenn Courter and all members of Gold Wing Road Riders Association and their families of Tennessee Chapter C, Tri-Cities Wings, Darryl Garrison, Norman Edwards, Barry Barlett and Blair White. Contributions can be sent to St. Jude, P.O. Box 1120, Elizabethton, TN 37644-1120. 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.

Mary L. Tester
   Mary Louise Tester, 72, 115 Bowers Street, Johnson City, died Monday, March 15, 2004 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mrs. Tester was a native of Smythe County, Va. and had lived in Johnson City most of her life.
   She was a daughter of the late Cager W. and Nannie Belle Totten Sawyer.
   She was a housewife and a retired retail salesperson.
   She was a member of the Sinking Creek Baptist Church.
   Mrs. Tester is preceded in death by a sister, Roberta Moser.
   Survivors include her husband, James L. Tester, of the home; one daughter, Anita L. Johnson, of Johnson City; one brother, Robert Sawyer, of Elizabethton, and one special grandson, Marcus Johnson of Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 in the Morris-Baker North Chapel with Rev. Reece Harris officiating. The burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2004 in the Mauseleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Everyone is asked to meet at the mausoleum at 10:50 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends in the North Chapel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Honorary pallbearers will be family and friends. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the Sinking Creek Baptist Church, Building Fund, 2313 Elizabethton Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. Online condolences may be sent to the Tester family at www.morrisbaker.com.
   These services are by the Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave, Johnson City.

Dewey G. White
   Dewey Gordon White, 69, formerly of 101 Franklin Place, Apt., 3, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Nursing Home, Mountain Home, following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Dewey and Addie Eggers White.
   He was a member of East Side Christian Church.
   He was a former employee of Beaunit Fibers.
   He was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during peacetime.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Greer, and a brother, Norman "Curley" White.
   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Gordon and Rebhieh White, of Columbia, S.C.; Harold Wayne and Michelle White, Watauga; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce A. and Zyndal Bennett, Elizabethton; Donna and Pete Bohannon, Thomasville, N.C.; a granddaughter and spouse, Christina J. and Jason Brumitt, Elizabethton; a grandson, Joshua Wayne White, Watauga; one brother, Shubert Earl White, Elizabethton; five nieces; special friends, Joseph Finney, Elizabethton; Jerry "Butch" Taylor, Elizabethton.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Mr. John Smith, minister, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home chapel. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 2004 at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military honors to be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Eastside Christian Church. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. A special thank you to Mr. White's daughter-in-law, Michelle White, and the doctor's and nursing staff of Veteran's Administration; Teresa Montgomery of Family Services and Housecall Hospice for all the love, care and kindness shown to the White family. 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.

March 16, 2004

Leon Benfield
   Leon Benfield, 65, of Colonial Heights, Va., formerly of Valley Forge, passed away Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Virginia College of Medicine Hospital after a brief illness.
   Mr. Benfield was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Winnie and Walker Childers. He was a 1956 graduate of Hampton High School, where he played basketball and football.
   Survivors include his wife, Ellen Benfield, a sister and brother-in-law, Dallas Jean and Ronnie Gates, and two nieces and one nephew, all of Colonial Heights, Va. A host of cousins and friends in Hampton and Valley Forge also survive.
   Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Benfield at 107 Birch Avenue, Colonial Heights, Va., 23834, or to his sister, Mrs. Dallas Gates, 304 Maple Avenue, Colonial Heights, Va., 23834.
   Courtesy of Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton.

Rick L. Cross
   Mr. Rick Lynn Cross, 46, 2012 Ridgefield Rd., Johnson City, died unexpectedly Monday, March 15, 2004 at his residence. 
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of Mrs. Ruby Forest Cross, Elizabethton, and the late George W. Cross. 
   He was a Lab Analyst with the Eastman Company and was a member of "C" Street Church of Christ.  He was also a member of the Elizabethton Honey Camping Club and the Carter County React and Amateur Radio Association with his call letters KE4DOA.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Laura A. Holsclaw Cross, of the home; one daughter, Jennifer Cross, of the home; the daughter's fiancé, Brandon Greene, Jonesborough; one sister, Tammy L. Cross, Knoxville, and two aunts, Reba Rasnick, Bluff City, and Haven White, Elizabethton. Several cousins also survive.
   The funeral service for Mr. Rick Lynn Cross will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. David Irick, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of the "C" Street Church of Christ. The committal and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park, Mausoleum of Peace. Active pallbearers will be David Holsclaw, John Holsclaw, Brandon Greene, John A. Holsclaw, Junior McAninch, Tony Hughes, Paul Tolley, David Adam Holsclaw and Carmen Vandeventer. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elizabethton Honey Camping Club, the Carter County React and Amateur Radio Association, employees of Eastman Control Lab, Marcie Daughtery and Carroll Shell. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. To those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Suite 356, Johnson City, TN 37601. 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.

Alfred Mottern
   Alfred "Kitten" Mottern, 59, formerly of 105 W. Chestnut St., Johnson City, died Monday, March 15, 2004 in the NHC Healthcare Center in Johnson City.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Stanley G. Sheffield
   Stanley G. Sheffield, 66, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Cleveland Clinic after a long heart illness.
   Mr. Sheffield was born March 27, 1937 in Elizabethton, Tenn. He was the son of the late Silas and Viola Sheffield.
   Mr. Sheffield was the dear father of Renee Uschold (Stephen) of Olmstead Township, Ohio, Tammy Mayfield (Jeff) of Chicago, Ill., and Melanie Reynolds (Mick) of Olmstead Township, Ohio; grandfather of Nicholas, Dylan, Morgan, Brooke, Chad, Chelsea, Cassidy and Chase; and brother of Clint Sheffield, Alice Tyger (Tom) and the late Jean Sheffield.
   Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in the Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 6245 Columbia Road, North Olmstead, Ohio, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Heart Failure Research, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195.
   Arrangements by Dostal Funeral Service, (440) 779-0450. Visit our Web site at www.dostalfuneralservices.com.

Daisy M. Trivett
  
Daisy Maxine Trivett, 81, 621 Main St., Hampton, died Monday, Marh 15, 2004 at her residence following an extended illness.
   She was a native of Avery County, N.C. but has lived in Carter County most of her life.
   Mrs. Trivett was a daughter of the late Nelson and Alice Pruett Davis.
   She attended Long Hollow Missionary Baptist Church, but was a member of Beech Mountain Baptist Church, Beech Mountain, N.C. and was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Trivett was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Ray Trivett, in 1990; two sons, Bernard Trivett and Horton Ray Trivett, and one grandson, Timothy Ray Trivett.
   Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jessie Lee and George Lambert, Butler; Genevieve Greenwell, of Detroit, Mich.; Eula Belle and Owen Alec Barger, of Portage, Ind.; five sons and five daughters-in-law, Bobby James Trivett, of Hampton; Ferrell and Susan Trivett, of Crown Point, Ind.; William "Bill" and Marilyn Trivett, Hampton; Dennis and Sharon Trivett, Hampton; Linzy Reed and Carolyn Trivett, of Wilmington, N.C.; one daughter-in-law, Linda Trivett, of Merrillville, Ind.; a foster daughter, Donna and Robert Pearson, Hampton; one sister, Mabel Clawson, Elizabethton; four brothers, Kenneth Davis, Parks Davis, and Dempsey Davis, all of Newport News, Va., and Raymond Davis, Monticello, Ind.; special companion "Baby Dog"; 27 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; six step grandchildren, and 12 step great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Dean Presnell, Rev. Russell Potter, and Rev. Edward Davis officiating. The burial will follow at Trivett Cemetery, Elk Park, North Carolina. Active pallbearers will be Roger Trivett, Gregory Trivett, Steve Trivett, Shane Lambert, Patrick Trivett, Brian Trivett, Mike Blevins, and Greg Barger. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe White, Sam Harrison, Dr. Wesley Hanson, Stephen Pate, Jeff Trivett, Keith Trivett, Jeff Trivett, Bobby Joe Trivett, Kenneth Trivett, friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, or other times at the residence, 621 Main St., Hampton. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Cancer Society c/o Helen Wilson, 209 South Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

March 15, 2004

Emma J. Cole
  
Emma Jean Cole, age 63, 2140 West G. Street, lot 28, Elizabethton, died Saturday, March 14, 2004, at her residence, following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of Mildred Grace McKeehan, Elizabethton, and the late Ont Humphreys.
   Mrs. Cole was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Doran Cole, of the home; one son, Tracey A. Morris, Elizabethton; two daughters: Wendy C. Morris and Rona L. Arrington, both of Elizabethton; four grandchildren: Amber N. Morris, Dustin Arrington, Samantha Arrington and T.J. Morris, all of Elizabethton; four sisters: Frances Buck, Johnson City, Pauline Smith, Virginia Nidiffer and Brenda Humphreys, all of Elizabethton; four brothers: Paul Humphreys and Charles Humphreys, both of Elizabethton; Jack Humphreys and Mike Carver, both of Johnson City; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Burleson officiating. Music will be under the direction of Rick Sheets. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday prior to the service or at the residence at any time. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be David Nidiffer, Steve Nidiffer, Roy James Nidiffer, Mitchell Nidiffer, Randy Buck and Andy Dugger. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Colbaugh, Anthony Buck, Eric Buck and Anthony Hurley. 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. 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. 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.

Thomas A. Largent
  
Thomas A. Largent, 49, 106 Ellison Rd., Hampton, died Sunday, March 14, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joe W. Morrell
  
Joe W. Morrell, age 65, 611 Elm Street, Elizabethton died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at his residence folowing a brief illness.
   A native of Sullivan County, but a lifetime resident of Carter County, he was the son of the late Earl "Little Joe" and Dorothy Bauton Morrell.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Morrell.
   Mr. Morrell was of the Baptist faith and a part time employee of the Carter County Sherriff's Department. He was retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and a member of the Elizabethton Moose and Elks Lodge and the Captain Lynn H. Folsom, V.F.W. Post No. 2166.
   He attended the University of Tennessee, the University of Maryland and was a graduate of Steed College.
   He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
   Survivors include his wife, Gynith Burnette Morrell, of the home; four daughters and two sons-in-law: Kelli Jo Morrell, of Calif.; Lisa and Charlie Hayes, Lee and Dennis Lyons and Michelle Combs, all of Elizabethton; two sons and one duaghter-in-law, Anthony and Amy Burnette, of Elk Park, N.C. and Joseph Morrell, of the home; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers: Richard Morrell, of Harriman, Tenn.; Larry Morrell, Elizabethton and Earnest Morrell, Greeneville; two sisters: Helen Hughes, of Spartanburg, S.C. and Carolyn Crosswhite, Elizabethton; a special angel, Marie Senter; a special cousin, Juanita Grubb; several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the Caldwell Springs Cemetery with Mr. Doug Buckles and Rev. Mark Grubb officiating. Music will be under the direction of Bill Harris. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, or at the residence, 611 Elm Street, at any time. Active pallbearers will be Kay Moody, Sherri Fortner, Mike Donnley, Bill Harris, John Rash, Terry Proffitt, Daniel McCloud and Larry Irick. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Lewis, Ralph Cole, John Henson, Carter County Sheriff's Dept., friends of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, members of the Moose, Elks and VFW, Catherine Tanner, members of Adventa Hospice, Reece Cole, CR "Doodle" White, Jackie Williams and David Bautista. There is not space enough to name each person whose life Joe touched and who in return touched him. He truly loved his friends. Joe's gift to this world was the ability to pull a good joke on someone and make people laugh. He was a wonderful husband, father and brother. He was also a dedicated supervisor, making the roads safe for the people in Carter County. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home 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. 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.

C.M. Newton
  
C.M. "Fig" Newton, 80, 137 Newton Road, Elizabethton, died Sunday, March 14, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Clifton Miller Newton, Sr. and Evelyn Greenway Newton.
   Mr. Newton retired from the Elizabethton Post Office as a rural letter carrier after 30 years of service. He was also a retired farmer.
   He served as a Carter County Commissioner for 10 years. While a Commissioner, he served as Chairman on the Work Release Committee, Carter County Jail and also Chairman of the Solid Waste Board. He was past president of the Farm Bureau and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Carter County Rescue Squad.
   Mr. Newton was a 4-H Volunteer leader. He was a member of the Young Farmers and Homemakers of Washington County and a charter member of the Golden Rule.
   He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of VFW Post #2166 and the American Legion Post 49.
   Mr. Newton was active in the Republican Party of Carter County.
   He was a member of Borderview Christian Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher.
   He was an avid UT football and basketball fan.
   He attended Milligan College.
   Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Kay Gentry Newton; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Charlotte Newton and Joan and Howard Bowers, all of Melbourne, Fla.; a brother-in-law and his wife, Dr. William E. Gentry and Susan Gentry, of Bethesda, Md.; two nieces, Dianna Farris and Robbye Jo Rossi; three nephews, George "Sonny" Eller; Dr. David W. Gentry and Dr. Philip A. Gentry; 13 great nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Kirk Langston, minister, and Rev. Bruce Hendrich officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Music will be provided by Scott Reynolds, organist, and the Sons of the Master. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, will be Truman Clark, Clyde Chisam, Mike McNees, Mac Blevins, Raymond Isaacs, Fred Wetzel, Nat Proffitt and Allen Goodwin. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Calhoun, Dr. James Davenport, Dr. Michelle Davenport, Jerry Byers, Murray Miles, Dennis Isaacs, Charles Burling, Mayor Dale Fair and members and former members of the Carter County Commission, retirees and present employees of the Elizabethton Post Office; employees and friends of Betty's Burger Hut; Sheriff John Henson and employees of the Carter County Sheriff's Department; members of the Carter County Rescue Squad; the nursing staff, third floor, Sycamore Shoals Hospital and the church families of Borderview Christian Church and Oak Street Baptist Church, friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Newton to the Piano Fund, Borderview Christian Church, c/o Deborah Morton, 603 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Captain Lynn H. Folsom Post #2166 will conduct military graveside honors. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Newton family at mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Watson
  
Elizabeth "Ann" Watson, age 44, 137 Dan Bowers Rd., Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 13, 2004 at her residence.
   A native of Johnson County, she was the daughter of Kenneth Campbell, of Crestview, Fla. and Betty Arnold Collins, Elizabethton.
   She was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Campbell and a sister, Della Arnold.
   She was a homemaker and attended East Side Christian Church. Her special Christmas tradition was having all of her "kids" around her, watching "Rudolph" on television. Ann "Neene" loved nothing more than to be surrounded by her "kids".
   Survivors, in addition to her parents, are one daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Robert Stines, Elizabethton; her fiancé, Cecil Nelson and his son, Skeeter Nelson, both of Elizabethton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Donald Short and Lynn and Shorty Ballard, all of Elizabethton; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Bob and Gaye Campbell, of Crestview, Fla., and James "Homes" Arnold, Elizabethton; special Aunt Pearl; nieces and nephews: Lynn, Benny, Wyatt and Morgan Lyons; Joy, Jim and David Whitehead; Ken Jessica and K.J. Arnold; Amy Ballard, Mary and Bernie Lewis, all of Elizabethton; Vic Campbell and family, of Crestview, Fla.; Skeeter Campbell and family and Linda and Hunter Nelson, all of Elizabethton; special pets, Tyler, Nikki, Maddie, Harley and Owen.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, with Mr. John H. Smith, minister, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service or at the residence, 137 Dan Bowers Rd., or at the home of her mother, Betty Collins, 1107 U.S. Hwy. 91, at any time. The graveside service and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 in Caldwell Springs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jack Buckles, Landon Pritchard, David Depew, Scott Fletcher, Jerry McDavid and Craig Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her special kids. Those planning to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Willow Springs Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.