April 14, 2004

Guy J. Burleson
  
Guy Jerome Burleson, 77, 1309 Burgie St., Elizabethton, died Monday, April 12, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   A native of Avery County, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Robert and Ida Ollis Burleson Minton and step-son of Carllas Minton.
   He had lived most of his life in Carter County.
   He was a retired iron worker with Powell Construction Company. He was a member of the Iron Workers Union, Local 384, Knoxville.
   Mr. Burleson was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
   He had served in the United States Navy during World War II.
   He was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Burleson; two brothers, Johnny and James Burleson, and a sister, Cora Burleson.
   Mr. Burleson was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and military historician.
   Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Anna Lou Nave Burleson; a sister, Eva Phipps, Elizabethton; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Mary Burleson, Elizabethton; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Florence and Fred Tucker, Hampton; a grand-daughter, Cori Burleson and her mother, Elaine Stevens; a special friend, Gazie Ragep and his beloved dog, Bandit.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steve Witt and Mr. TY Garrison officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be provided by Jerry Barnett, soloist, and Mary Lou O'Quinn, pianist. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday will be Ron McCloud, John McCloud, Vince Phipps, Johnny Burleson, Dillard Whitehead, R.W. Nave, Jr., John Peters and Fred Tucker. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Wyatt, Sonny Abernathy, Frank Gentry, Jack Honeycutt, Mike Taylor, Mike Hampton, Harry Stout, Dean Greene, Sammy Nave, Cleo Nave, Rusty Wishom, Rev. Bobby Stout, Earl Wyatt, Tommy Tinker, Keith Tinker, the staff at the VA extended care unit, and friends at Antiques on Elk and Duck Crossing. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Burleson family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Nellie G. Grant
  
Nellie Grace Grant, 56, 127 Grace Street, Bristol, Tenn., died Tuesday, April 13, 2004 in the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Orlia P. Harrison
   Mrs. Orlia P. Harrison, 83, formerly of 278 Coal Chute Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in the Erwin Health Care Center following a lengthy illness.
   Mrs. Harrison was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Leonard B. and Mary Etta Nave Hampton. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Henry Harrison, July 26, 1995; her stepmother, Gladys Hampton Eller; three brothers, Paul Hampton, Samuel Hampton and Ray Hampton; a sister, Ethel Hampton; a brother-in-law, Arvil Miller; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Lee Hampton.
   Mrs. Harrison was a homemaker and a founding member of the Centerview Church of Christ, where she taught the young children for many years.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Robert Perry, Elizabethton; a son, Vick Harrison, Hampton; a granddaughter, Kim (Kimberly) Perry, Elizabethton; a loving caregiver, Barbara Moffett; a sister, Ella Mae Miller, Elizabethton; four brothers and four sisters-in-law, John and Barbara Hampton, Unicoi, Roy Hampton, Johnson City, Jerry and Sandy Hampton, Knoxville, Earl and Glenda Hampton, Johnson City, and Lorado Hampton, Elizabethton. Lots of loving nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. David Irick, Mr. Steve Payne and Mr. Clayton Winters, ministers, officiating. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Centerview Church of Christ Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Gary Brown, Larry Miller, Shelby Miller, Anthony Lyons, Terry Hampton, Charles Hartman, Jack Hampton and Todd Hampton. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck Hampton, Bill Brown, Terry Miller, Roger Fair, Curtis Morton, James Heaton, David Ulery, Larry Whitehead, Mike Little, the men of Centerview Church of Christ and the staff of Erwin Health Care. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Friends may also call at the residence of her daughter, 284 Coal Chute Road, Elizabethton, any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. 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.

Eva E. Heatherly
  
Eva E. Heatherly, 90, formerly of Blevins Hollow Road, and also of Hwy. 91, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Roan Highlands Nursing Center, Roan Mountain, following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Heatherly was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Jesse James and Mary Annie Estes Grindstaff. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry J. Heatherly, February 7, 1999; two sisters, Zola Campbell and Effie Grindstaff, and a brother, Floyd Grindstaff.
   Mrs. Heatherly was a member of Dungan Chapel Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years and was a member of the W.M.U. She was a former employee of the Bemberg and North American Rayon Corporations where she worked as an inspector.
   Survivors include a brother, Vester F. Grindstaff, Elizabethton, and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Dungan Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Estep officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Dungan Chapel Baptist Church Choir. Interment will follow the funeral service at Vester Cemetery, Blevins Hollow Road, Elizabethton. Active pallbearers will be selected from the men of Dungan Chapel Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men's Sunday School Class of Dungan Chapel Baptist Church. The Heatherly family would like to send a special thank you to the nursing staff of Roan Highlands Nursing Center and Dr. Jerry Gastineau for all the love and care shown during Mrs. Heatherly's sickness. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Friends may also call at the residence of a nephew and his wife, Henry and Edna Grindstaff, 242 Blevins Hollow Road, Elizabethton, any time. In lieu of flowers, those who prefer may make donations to the Gideons. 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.

Sally Cress Duncan Jones
   Mrs. Sally Cress Duncan Jones, 4103 89th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, Fla., passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2004, at the Northside Hospital and Heart Institute of St. Petersburg, Fla.
   Mrs. Jones was a native of Johnson County and the daughter of the late Rufus G. and Mollie McQueen Cress.
   Mrs. Jones had lived in Florida since 1965. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clifton Duncan; her second husband, Clarence E. Jones; three children, twin infant boys and Raymond Duncan; five sisters, Cletta Cress, Floy Daily, Winnie Ornduff, Ruby Wenzel and Jean Wenzel; and a brother, Herman Cress.
   Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mrs. Mary Bowie, of the home, Mrs. Wannis (Patricia) Bowen, Frostproof, Fla., and Mrs. Tom (Carol) Signorelli, Seminole, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Tommasina Duncan, Lynn Haven, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Loretta Miller, Elizabethton; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Blake and Wyona Cress, Hattiesburg, Miss., and James and Martha Cress, Elizabethton. Eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services were conducted at Memorial Park Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Tuesday, April 13. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Burl Garland officiating. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, prior to the graveside service. Friends may call at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, James and Martha Cress, 368 Bowers Lane, Elizabethton, any time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mrs. Jones' favorite charity, The Salvation Army, 611 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Sam H. Jones
   Mr. Sam Hendrix Jones, Jr., 78, 314 Dry Creek Rd., Erwin, passed peacefully Monday, April 12, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   Mr. Jones was a lifelong Unicoi County resident and a son of the late Sam H. Jones, Sr. and Nola Banks Jones.
   He worked to better his community and the people that live there. Mr. Jones was an active member of Unicoi United Methodist Church, the Unicoi Ruritan Club and founding member of the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department.
   During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class aboard the battleship, USS Nevada, seeing action in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters.
   Prior to his retirement, Mr. Jones was a successful businessman having owned and operated Jones Hardware for 32 years.
   Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Everette Jones; a grandson, Benjamin "Ben" Jerry English and a brother-in-law, Robert Simerly.
   Survivors include his wife, partner and loving caregiver of 56 years, Hazel Horton Jones; a son and special daughter-in-law, Mike and Melissa Jones, Erwin; a daughter and special son-in-law, Linda and Don Plemmons, Unicoi; a brother and two sisters-in-law, Roy and Louise Jones, Unicoi, and Shelia Jones, Unicoi; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Agnes Simerly, Erwin, and Christine and Jack Chambers, Elizabethton; granddaughters and husbands, Misty and Michael Peterson, and Heidi and Robbie Casey, all of Erwin; Amy and Michael Whitson, Unicoi; Kelly Plemmons, Hampton; great-grandchildren, Derrick, Tashina, Hannah, Gavin and Bryson, and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service for Mr. Jones will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004 from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Dennis Loy and Reverend Bob Tripp will officiate. Music will be provided by Mike and Martha Pinner, Sammy Leedy, Jimmie Street, Terry Roller, Haley McNabb and Inez Chandler. The burial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004 in Jones Cemetery, Unicoi. Full military grave rites will be rendered by the Tennessee Army National Guard of Kingsport. Nephews, Jeff Chambers, Kenny Ford, David Simerly, Donald Simerly, Dewitt Simerly, Tony Jones, Terry Jones and Larry Parkey will serve as active pallbearers. Wayne Scott, Carl Jones, George Ritchie, Sammy Leedy, Jerry Ramsey, Sam Tittle, Richard Berry, Jack Jones, Floyd McInturff, Bill Wiggand, Bill Forbes, Walter Davis, Jr., Jim Leedy, Odell Street, Zane Whitson, Ray Davis, Dee Collins, J. D. Whitson and Buckley Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. All pallbearers are requested to assemble at the funeral home by 7:30 p. m. Wednesday and at the cemetery by 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family also invites you to stop by at the residence on Dry Creek Road, Erwin to help celebrate the life of "Junior" Jones. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Unicoi United Methodist Church, 702 Virgina St., Unicoi, TN 37692, the National Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 1135, Blountville, TN 37617, Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 305, Unicoi, TN 37692 or to the charity or church of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ledfordfuneralhome.com.
   Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is in charge of the arrangements, 743-1381 or 928-4595.

Margie A. Lewis
   Margie Ann Lewis, age 60, 118 Parham St, Hampton, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Filmore and Grace Cable Mann.
   She was a retired employee of Snap-On Tools.
   She was preceded in death by one brother, Reno Mann.
   Survivors include one son, William S. Blevins, Elizabethton; one granddaughter, Alicia Blevins, Elizabethton; two brothers, Robert Mann, Elizabethton; Pete Mann, Lenoir, N.C.; one sister, Dorothy Fenner, Lenoir, N.C., and her fiancé, Murrell Nidiffer, Hampton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Mr. Henry Reynolds, minsiter, officiating. The graveside service will follow at the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Robert Dean Parlier, Randy Montgomery, Bobby Mann, Scott Mann, Kevin Ward and Royce Lunceford. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel prior to the funeral service, or friends may call at the residence of the son, William Blevins, 230 Sunrise Dr., Elizabethton, any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Estle C. McQueen
  
Estle C. "Pete" McQueen, 1707 Powder Branch Rd., Johnson City, died Monday, April 12, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
   He was a native of Butler and was born October 18, 1921. He was the devoted son of William H. "Mack" and Chelsie Robinson McQueen.
   He was a graduate of Watauga Academy, Butler, and the East Tennessee State College. He attended the University of Tennessee for graduate studies.
   He was employed as a cost accountant for Raytheon and Sperry Corporation. He was the business manager at the Carter County Memorial Hospital and Tennessee Line and Twins. Mr. McQueen was a farmer.
   He served his country as a World War II veteran in the Army Air Corps.
   He was of the Baptist faith.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Clark.
   Surviving are his loving wife, Marion Virginia Stevens McQueen. He was a strong, loving father to three children, Steven Dorn McQueen and his wife, Angela; Kathryn Starr McQueen Vogan and her husband, Richard, of Atlanta, Ga., and David McQueen, of Salinas, Calif. He was a warm and loving "PaPaw" to eight grandchildren, Kimberly McQueen, Sarah Ward and her husband, Chad; Jennifer Mathis Houston and her husband, Stephen; Jonathan Vogan, Andrew Vogan, Stacy Vogan, Karyn McQueen and Kristyn McQueen, and was a great-grandpaw to Christopher, Cheyenne and Stephen Houston and Hannah Ward. A sister, Bonnie Maude Wagner, Butler, and Buena Lehman, of Georgetown, Texas, two nephews and two nieces also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Jefferies officiating. A burial service will be held at a later date in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. The family extends its sincerest appreciation to Dr. Lynn Pillinges and the doctors and nursing staff of Ward C-1, VA Medical Center, for their caring services and support. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. McQueen to the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Dr., Johnson City, TN 47665, or to the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, Inc., 4450 Walker Blvd., Suite 2, Knoxville, TN 37917-1523. Condolences to the McQueen family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Nora E. Pritchard
   Nora Elizabeth Pritchard, 75, 1394 Milligan Highway, Johnson City, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her daughter's home, 901 E. Holston Ave., Johnson City.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Myra Campbell Rhea.
   Mrs. Pritchard was a member of Calvary Church.
   She was a homemaker. Mrs. Pritchard loved people and flowers.
   Survivors include her husband, J.P. Pritchard of the home; a daughter, Debbie, and son-in-law, Ron, of Johnson City; four sisters, Loucille Carriger, Elizabethton; Billie Holsclaw, Alabama; Sarah Rhea Allen, Elkton, Md., and Phyllis France, Jonesborough; two brothers, Ronnie Rhea and Don Rhea, both of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews and special friends also survive.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Roger Glenn Huddle; three sisters, Janice Hilton, Rhody Welch, and Bobbie Jo Pritchard, and a brother, Buddy Rhea.
   The funeral service for Mrs. Pritchard will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2004 in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City, with Dr. Richard Hilton officiating. Music will be under the direction of Dr. Richard Hilton and Mrs. Theresa Hilton. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday prior to the service in the chapel. The graveside and burial service will follow in Washington County Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Rhea, Don Rhea, Curtis Pritchard, Nathan Pritchard, Danny Pilkington, Keith Pritchard, and Steve Tallent. Donations may be given to Calvary Church Mission Fund, 178 Pickens Bridge Road, Johnson City, TN 37615. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Arrangements for the Pritchard family are through Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604 (423)610-7171.

Jane S. White
Jane S. White, 88, 509 West E Street, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Mrs. White was a native of Marietta, Ga., and the daughter of the late Richard W. Sr. and Eunice Mary Mosher Starke. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm White, a brother, Richard W. Starke Jr., and a half brother, Shubael Mosher.
   Mrs. White attended East Tennessee State University from 1934-1935. She then married Malcolm White in 1936. She was a substitute teacher for one to two years, after which she took time off for her children. She was listed in "The World Who's Who of Women." She then went to nursing school and worked as a nurse for one year prior to becoming the Director of Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center, a position she held for 16 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
   In her later years, Mrs. White worked full time as a volunteer at First United Methodist Church, the Senior Citizens Center of Elizabethton, and delivered Meals on Wheels.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John M. and Judy White, Johnson City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Marian Elaine and David Parlier, Elizabethton, and Carolyn H. White Bergstrom, Everett, Wash.; three grandchildren, Dustin John White, Johnson City, Matthew David Parlier and spouse Jackie, Elizabethton, and Darlene Denise Irving, Everett, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, Rachel Jane Irving and Michael David Irving, both of Everett, Wash. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Buford Hankins, Rev. Bill Carter and Rev. Bob Hudson officiating. Music will be under the direction of the First United Methodist Church Choir. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Carroll Broome, Sam LaPorte, Joe LaPorte, Frank Schaff, John Seward Jr. and Richard Grindstaff. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John Crockett III, Charles Harrison, Vic Young, Millard Fitzsimmons, Frank Harrill, Bill Armstrong, Richard Tetrick, Prof. Edward Lodter, Dr. Jonathan Bremer and Dr. Scott Caudle. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the First United Methodist Church Choir or Memorial Garden, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643, or the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center, 428 East G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

April 13, 2004

Dorothy P. Buchanan
   Dorothy Pless Buchanan, 90, 421 Harrington Hollow Road, Bluff City, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
   Mrs. Buchanan was a native of Appalachia, Va., and the daughter of the late James and Emma Hicks Pless. She was also preceded in death by a son, Arlie Eugene Buchanan, and a sister, Leona Lingerfelt.
   Mrs. Buchanan was of the Baptist Faith.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Grace Buchanan, Bluff City; a brother and sister-in-law, Elbert and Mammie Pless, Meadowview, Va.; six grandchildren, Arlie "Buddy" Buchanan and wife Donna, Bluff City, Mark Buchanan and wife Michele, Piney Flats, Marcia Buchanan, Bluff City, Malinda Nelson and husband Gene, Bluff City, Mitchel "Micky" Buchanan, Lansing, N.C., and Jeannie Greene of California; great-grandchildren, Andie Osborne, Stacy Buchanan, Morgan Buchanan, Amber Buchanan, John Douglas Buchanan, Chelsea Buchanan, Daniel Nelson, Dillon Nelson, Tammy Buchanan, Tiffany Robinson, Billy Robinson, and two other great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nephews. Special thanks to the staff of Amedisys Home Health Services, staff of Indian Path Hospital and to a granddaughter, Marcia Buchanan, for taking such good care of Mrs. Buchanan during her illness.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, with Pastor Donnie Humprey officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Teresa Carr. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Vanover Cemetery, Bluff City. Active pallbearers will be Eric Johnson, Eddie Osborne, Jerry Osborne, Wesley Osborne, Stanley Lingerfelt and Arlin Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be H.B Carrier and Joe Guffey. Those attending the graveside service are requested to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, and other times at the residence, 421 Harrington Hollow Road, Bluff City. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, Bluff City, (423) 538-7131, is in charge of arrangements.

Guy J. Burleson
  
Guy Jerome Burleson, 77, 1309 Burgie St., Elizabethton, died Monday, April 12, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jobe J. Stevens
  
Jobe J. "Joby" Stevens, 50, 327 S. Lynn Ave., Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 10, 2004 at his residence.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Hillard and Roxie Townsend Stevens.
   He was retired due to disability as a roofer.
   He attended the Harvest Baptist Church.
   Survivors include a brother, Dennis Stevens, Elizabethton; three half brothers, A.T. Honeycutt, Johnson City; Raymond Honeycutt, Hampton, and Paul Honeycutt, of Kinston, North Carolina.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004 in the Oak Hill Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Hampton, with the Rev. Gary Whitehead officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 12, 2004

Lillie B. Markland
  
Mrs. Lillie Bowling Markland, 75, 354 Crabtree Rd., Roan Mountain, died Saturday, April 10, 2004 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Avery County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Bob and Lena Arnett Markland.
   She had lived most of her life in Carter County.
   She was a housewife.
   Mrs. Markland was a member of St. John's Free Will Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by a son, Yancel John Markland in May 2003 and by a sister, Bonnie Arnett.
   Survivors include her husband, John Markland; one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Eddie Timbs, Roan Mtn.; three sons and three daughters-in-law, Larry Dean Markland, of Hampton; Rev. Perry and Joan Markland, Roan Mtn.; Dana and Betty Markland, Elizabethton, and Gail Cole Markland, Hampton; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Clay and Retha Markland, of Morganton, N.C.; Butler and Rita Markland, of Blountville; Bud and Joyce Bowling, of Dyer, Ind.; two sisters, Louise Taylor, Elizabethton, and Frances Stout, Roan Mtn.; 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Richard Sheppard and Rev. Joel (Bud) Malone officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004 in the Moreland Cemetery, Roan Mtn. The St. John's Singers will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, will be Perry Markland, Jr., Jonathan Timbs, Brian Markland, Kevin Markland, Eddie Julian and Drew Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of St. John's Free Will Baptist Church, friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

James Wells
   James "Barney" Wells, 45, 149 Smith Lane, Jonesborough, died at the Johnson City Medical Center on Saturday, April 10, 2004, from injuries received in an accident.
   A native of Johnson City, he was the son of Harry A. and Zene Whitt Wells of Johnson City.
   Mr. Wells attended Trinity Baptist Church, Jonesborough.
   He was a supervisor for Mitch Cox Construction Co.
   He loved his work and being involved in outdoor activities.
   He was preceded in death by his grandparents; one sister, Mary Helms, and one nephew, Glendon Seals.
   In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Carol Wells of Jonesborough; two daughters, Heather Wells, Elizabethton, and Ashlee Wells, Johnson City; three stepdaughters, Anita Rochawick, Jonesborough; Teresa Coker, Elizabethton, and Wendy Lee, Elizabethton; two stepsons, Tony Hignite, of Tomball, Texas, and Robert Hignite, of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Edie Ellis, Elizabethton and Wrenda Seals, Annville, Ky.; 12 stepgrandchildren; one step great-grandson; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Terry Barnett, Milligan College; Keven Barnett, Pinecrest and Louie Guinn, Kingsport. A special thanks to the Johnson City Medical Center ER Staff and Walgreen's Pharmacy on North Roan St. for their loving kindness.
   The funeral service for Mr. Wells will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2004 in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services with Pastor Mark Harrod officiating. Music will be provided by Lynne Heatherly, soloist. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home or any time at the residence of his parents, 2603 Mimosa Lane, Johnson City. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004 in the Fairview Cemetery in Jonesborough. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Keven Barnett, Terry Barnett, Greg Myers, Scottie Lane, Brad Rouse and Bobby Tilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Boone's Creek Methodist Church members, Mitch Cox Construction and employees, Dave Rupe, Eddie Clark, Bob Scott, Louis Guinn and Randy Lee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of choice. Online concolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples St. Johnson City, TN 37604, 423-610-7171, is in charge of arrangements for the Wells family.

April 11, 2004

Harley Guinn
   Harley "Odell" Guinn, 73, 121 Harley Guinn Road, Hampton, departed this life Thursday, April 8, 2004, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center following a long illness.
   Mr. Guinn was a native of Adrian, Mich., and had also resided in Unicoi. He was the son of the late Blake and Lucy Potter Guinn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, William Odell Guinn; his stepmother, Norma Stephens Guinn; four sisters, Brenda Freeman, Allie Guinn, Janice Street and an infant sister; and two brothers, Walter Guinn and Eugene Stephens.
   Mr. Guinn was retired from Mayes' Brothers Tool and Manufacturing Company and was an active member of Woodby Hill Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as a Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a member of the Limestone Cove Ruritan Club and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
   Survivors include his wife, Frances Fulwiler Guinn, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy and Danny Bryant, Unicoi, and Doris and Paul Painter, Chuckey; two sons, Harley Guinn Jr. and Samuel Guinn, both of the home; two grandsons, Joshua Bryant and Matthew Bryant, both of Unicoi; six sisters, Nellie Johnson, Elizabethton, Virginia Gobble, Johnson City, Gladys Cox, York, Pa., Jackie Howell, Unicoi, Ellen Myers of Pennsylvania, and Glenda Calvert, White City, Kansas; three brothers, Blake Guinn Jr., Robert Guinn and Verlin Guinn, all of Hampton; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Carmon Simerly, Hampton, and Nathan Woodby, Unicoi.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Alex Carver, the Rev. Ricky Price, the Rev. Henry Berry and Mr. Nathan Woodby officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Chariot Trio. Interment will follow the service in the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Community, Hampton, with military honors accorded by the Tennessee Army National Guard. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Woodby Hill Free Will Baptist Church, the Rev. Charlie Trivett and the Rev. Leonard Shehan. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10. Friends may also call at the residence, 121 Harley Guinn Road, Hampton, at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Loretta A. Pearce
  
Loretta Ann "Flo" Pearce, 61, 417 Tollett Street, Hampton, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Roan Highlands Nursing Center, Roan Mountain.
   Ms. Pearce was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Harry R. and Irene Johnson Pearce. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Harriett Denise Gwin, and a brother, Richard Pearce.
   Ms. Pearce was a graduate of Hampton High School and a former employee of American Water Heater. She was a member of Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include a daughter, Irene McClellan, of the home, and three grandchildren, Tabitha Edwards, Brandy Broyles and Roy McClellan Jr.
   Graveside services and interment were conducted at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Pearce Cemetery, Hampton, with the Rev. Bob Campbell officiating. Pallbearers were selected from family and friends. The family received friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Grady L. Stines
   JOHNSON CITY -- Grady Linville Stines, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 9, 2004.
   Mr. Stines was the devoted son of Charlie and Alma Stines. He was the big brother to eight sisters and brothers, Esther Richardson, Alice Chase, Naomi Carroll, Charlie, James, David, Luke and Johnny Stines.
   He was married to the love of his life Margaret (Arnett) Stines for 50 years. He was a strong, loving father to four children, Linda Flynn, Bill Stines, Joyce Ramey and Debi Cogburn. He was a warm, gentle grandfather to six grandchildren, Jeremy Elliott, Heather and Krystina Ramey, Christopher and Patrick Flynn and Whitney Cogburn, and a proud great-grandfather to Mercedes Gwen Elliott.
   Mr. Stines served his country proudly as a World War II veteran in the United States Army. After 35 years of service to the North American Rayon Corporation, he retired in May 1981. Although retired, he continued to volunteer his assistance to family, friends and neighbors with his expertise in electrical, plumbing, or automotive repair. He was a founding member of Knob Creek Church of the Brethren, where he attended until his health deteriorated.
   Visitation and funeral services will be held Sunday, April 11, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday with the service being held at 7 p.m. The Rev. Allen Campbell will officiate. A committal service with military honors will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, April 12. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521.

April 9, 2004

William H. Gross Sr.
   William Holden Gross Sr., 84, 407 Wilbur Dam Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his residence.
   Mr. Gross was a native of Knoxville and a son of the late William Robert and Lula Merritt Gross. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Kuehl.
   Mr. Gross had lived in Carter County for the past 20 years. He was a retired machine operator and a member of Lonsdale Baptist Church, Knoxville. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
   Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Jane Foster Gross; a daughter, Loretta Gross, Clarkston, Mich.; two sons, William Holden "Bill" Gross Jr., of the home, and Allen Edward Gross, Palm Springs, Calif.; a sister, Mae Inman, Knoxville; and a granddaughter, Samantha Colley.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with the VA Chaplain officiating. Interment will follow the service. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Harley Guinn
  
Harley Guinn, 73, 121 Harley Guinn Road, Hampton, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Clifford E. Kress
   Clifford Edward Kress, 74, 264 Bull Dog Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mr. Kress was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Samuel and Clara Ensor Kress. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley and Pauline Kress.
   Mr. Kress was a retired employee of Tri-State Containers. He attended Dungan Chapel Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Cleo Stout Kress; two sons, Malcolm Kress, Johnson City, and Joel Kress, Elizabethton; four sisters, Juanita Graham, Thelma Sansom, Jeweleen Ingram and Lela "Tootie" Stout, all of Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Lisa Laughlin, Unicoi, Amy Martinez and Shaun Kress, both of Elizabethton, and Brian Kress, Phoenix, Ariz.; and a great-grandchild, Darius Kress. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Richardson officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Kress Cemetery. Music will be provided by Edwin Taylor, organist. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, will be Douglas Graham, Jimmy Graham, Shaun Kress, Matthew Laughlin, Kenneth Lowe, Ray Whitehead, Larry Bowers and Robert Perry. Honorary pallbearers will be A.D. "Sonny" Fletcher, Lawrence Hodge, Jerry Weaver, J.L. Stout, Aubrey Ensor, Jimmy Ensor, Glen Campbell, Earl Graham, Richard "Jar Fly" Dugger, R.C. Nidiffer, Allen Richardson, J.D. Livingston, Thurl Graham, Denton Sansom, Garrett Hazen Street, Glen Ensor, Owen Grindstaff, Roy Richardson, Bill Cole, J.N. Taylor, Billy Bob Garrison and Norman Ingram. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Saturday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Amy LaVonn Slagle
   Amy LaVonn Slagle, 79, 301 Ridgecrest Drive, Elizabethton, was resurrected into Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her husband, Dr. David James Slagle, on Wednesday, April 7, 2004, following a brief illness.
   Mrs. Slagle had lived most of her life in Carter County and was the daughter of the late Joe and Amy Wagner.
   Mrs. Slagle was a graduate of Science Hill High School. She and her husband, David, were married December 25, 1942 and were married for a total of 54 years. She was an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church and WIC and was also a member of the Franklin Dance Club and Women of the Moose.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, David James Slagle, a son, John David Slagle, and a brother, Frank Wesley Wandell.
   Survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth "Lisa" Slagle, Shirley Tweed and son-in-law, Dennis Tweed, Limestone, and Thelma Swanson and son-in-law, Greg Swanson; a sister, Shirley Gentry; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Betty Wandell; a sister-in-law, Ann Wandell Hensley; a daughter-in-law, Jeanetta Russo Slagle; her grandchildren, David Adam Slagle and Stefani Paige Slagle; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jack Buck; several nieces and nephews; three special friends, Thelma Bowman, Glenda Adams and Bonnell Estep; and her beloved pet, Sadie.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joseph Rightmeyer officiating. Music will be under the direction of Josh Smith. Interment will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be David Gentry, Greg Swanson, Dennis Tweed, Ken Wandell, Adam Slagle, Bob Wandell, Steve Wandell and Jimmy Wandell. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Williams, Bill Williams, Larry Pickens, Chris Tidwell, Kevin Cochran, members of Memorial Presbyterian Church and her many friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, prior to the funeral service. Friends may also call at the residence any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Cancer Society, 209 South Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to Memorial Presbyterian Church, 100 East F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Eddie W. Steadman
   Eddie W. Steadman, 55, of the Oak Glen community, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 6, 2004) at his home with his family by his side following a courageous two-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease).
   Eddie was a loving husband, father, son, brother, great friend, and mentor. He was loved and respected by all that knew him. He was a Christian and a great blessing to his family. He was a great caregiver to his parents and in-laws and a former foster parent for DHS of Washington County, Tenn. He was a 1966 graduate of Sullivan West High School and was employed by Eastman Chemical Company for 28 years where he had worked in Coal Gasification for the past 14 years.
   Eddie was an avid horseman and team roper. He was instrumental in bringing the rodeo sport of "Team Roping" to the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia areas, having sponsored the first team roping. He was honored last May by area team ropers with a trophy belt buckle and plaque for his interest, dedication and the sharing of his knowledge with many cowboys and cowgirls.
   Since being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, he had worked with the local ALS Support Team with fund-raising last year and helping to educate the public of the disease. Eddie was a fun-loving person who loved to play practical jokes. He will be missed greatly by all.
   Preceding him in death were an infant foster daughter, his parents, Ed and Madge Steadman, grandparents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.
   Survivors include his loving wife of 34 years, Vickie Brandon Steadman, of the home; his son and best friend, Jason Steadman, Fall Branch; 10 former foster children; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam and Jerry Carr, Joelton, Tenn., and Betsy and Jay McCray, Fall Branch; two brothers and a sister-in-law, the Rev. Bud and Ruth Steadman, South Bend, Ind., and Sam Steadman, Kingsport; three sisters-in-law, Nancy Steadman, Kingsport, Judy Little, Newport, Ore., and Mattie Brandon, Greeneville; a special niece and her husband, Shani and Stephen Douthat, Kingsport; several other nieces and nephews; special great-niece and great-nephews, who he loved as his grandchildren, Madi, Ethan, Donevan, Mason and Cameron Douthat; several other great-nieces and great-nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins; a special nurse that he referred to as his "Guardian Angel," Donna Morrison; and a multitude of friends.
   The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Fall Branch Chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes or any time at the home. A celebration of his life will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fall Branch Chapel conducted by E.B. Moore and with Pat Hampton doing the Eulogy. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Oak Glen Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Donna Morrison, all local team ropers, co-workers of Eastman Chemical Company, nephews and great-nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Cities ALS Support Team, P.O. Box 1124, Kingsport, TN 37662; or Small Miracles Riding Stables, 1205J N. Eastman Road, PMB 253, Kingsport, TN 37664; or the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 84, Fall Branch, TN 37656. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Fall Branch Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Edward H. Taylor Sr.
   Edward H. Taylor Sr., 81, 811 Folsom Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, following an extended illness.
   Mr. Taylor was a native of Carter County/Stoney Creek and the son of the late Henry and Rosie Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Melba Taylor, a brother, Onie Taylor, a sister, Mattie Taylor Robertson, and a son, Kenneth B. Taylor.
   Mr. Taylor was active in World War II, serving as a M.P.
   Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Stout, Johnson City, and Sandra Morris, Elizabethton, and two sons, Edward Taylor Jr. and Robert Taylor, Elizabethton. Twelve grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Committal services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Mountain Home National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Tennessee Army National Guard of Kingsport. Also, special thanks to a best friend and grandson, Bobby Winters. Serving the family is Snyder's Funeral Home, Gray, (423) 477-7911.

April 8, 2004

Dennis C. Arnold
  
Psalm 116: 15 - Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. May 21, 1934 to April 7, 2004.
   Dennis Claude Arnold, 69, 110 Estep Loop, Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Clayton and Eula Estep Arnold.
   He was a former employee of Maye's Brothers Tool Manufacturing and retired from Mapes Piano String Company.
   Mr. Arnold was a member of the Dungan Chapel Baptist Church and the adult men's Sunday school class.
   He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
   He was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Arnold.
   Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Buckles Arnold, of the home; one brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Bernice Arnold, Elizabethton; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Arnold, Elizabethton; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Muril Robertson, of Huntsville, Ala.; brothers-in-law, Troy and Norman Buckles; several nieces and nephews and special care giver, Teresa Arnold.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dan Blevins and Rev. Richard Estep officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Dale Williams will provide the music. Active pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Buckles, Benji Buckles, Mark Buckles, Troy Buckles, employees of Mapes Piano Strings, friends and neighbors, and the adult Men's Sunday school class, Dungan Chapel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Military honors will be conducted by the Tennessee Army National Guard Unit, Gray. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2004 to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra J. Holly
   Sandra J. Holly, 61, 1461 Blue Springs Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.
   Ms. Holly was a native of Johnsonville, Tenn., and had lived in Carter County most of her life. She was the daughter of Maggie Elliott Williams, Elizabethton, and the late Lawrence V. Williams. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Wyona Shell.
   Ms. Holly was a retired employee of Carter County Bank. She was a member of Willow Springs Baptist Church.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Joe Campbell, Elizabethton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley E. Holly Jr., and Tracy Holly and Robert L. Holly and Paula Holly, all of Elizabethton; and four grandchildren, Brandon Little, Autumn Little, Ashley Holly and Veronica Holly, all of Elizabethton. Two nieces and one nephew also survive.
   A private disposition will be conducted by the family 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.

Bronce T. Richesin
   Bronce Terry "Rich" Richesin, 85, 430 East H. Street, Elizabethton, passed away Monday, April 5, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   Mr. Richesin was a native of Sweetwater, Tenn., but had lived in Maryville for 30 years and had lived in Elizabethton for the past 30 years. He was the son of the late Charlie and Dicie Terry Richesin.
   Mr. Richesin was a member of Valley Forge United Methodist Church, Elizabethton, and was a retired employee of TVA after 26 years of service. He was a member and 32 degree Mason with Rockford Masonic Lodge No. 469 F&AM, Rockford, Tenn., a member of Jericho Shrine Temple and a Scottish Rite Mason of Knoxville. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Herman Richesin, Elroy Richesin, Emmett Richesin and Fred Richesin.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary Waters Richesin, of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Richard Maxwell, Frederick, Md., Donna and Charles Jennings, Lenoir City, Tenn., and Brenda and Jim Norman, Alcoa, Tenn.; two step-sons, Gerald Waters, Collinsville, Ill., and Mike Waters, Durham, N.C.; six grandchildren, Kelly Burns, Knoxville, Tenn., Sean Keasler, Lebanon, Tenn., Cary Burns, Maryville, Tenn., Mark Maxwell, Frederick, Md., Dena Altman, Donelson, Tenn., and Terry Maxwell, Columbus, Ohio; four step-grandchildren, Cynthia Witek, Anchorage, Alaska, Lee Waters, Los Angeles, Calif., Jason Waters and Josh Waters, both of Durham, N.C.; five great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Lillian Wallace, Niota, Tenn., Elizabeth Ingram and Betty Jo Harold, both of Sweetwater, Tenn., and Ethelene Wiseman, Charleston, Tenn. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, at Valley Forge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Humphrey officiating. 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 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home or at the residence at any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Valley Forge United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3974 U.S. Hwy. 19-E, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

LaVonn Slagle
   LaVonn Slagle, 79, 301 Ridgecrest Dr., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at her residence.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.
   Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.

Kate B. Williams
   Kate B. Williams, age 72, 129 Harry Buckles Road, Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday afternoon, April 6, 2004, following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Abbagail Nave Buckles.
   Mrs. Williams was a 1948 graduate of Unaka High School.
   She and her husband Jones Williams were married on April 7, 1950 and were married for a total of 54 years.
   She was a member of the Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, the WMU of Caldwell Springs Baptist and had taught Sunday school in her church for more than 40 years.
   She was a floral designer and was retired as the former co-owner and operator of City Floral Shop.
   She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ella and Vera Buckles; four brothers, Brown, Thomas, Eston and Harry Buckles.
   She is survived by her husband, Jones Williams of the VA Nursing Home, Johnson City; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael K and Tonie Berry Williams, of Elizabethton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Garry Holly and Julie and Bill Tetrick, all of Elizabethton, a very special niece, Gail Buckles of Elizabethton; one brother, J.N. Buckles of Johnson City; seven grandchildren, Jessica Storie and Christen Williams, both of Elizabethton; Tonya Hardy of Johnson City; Erica Holly of Elizabethton; Ronda Greaves of Denville, N.J.; Ashley Tetrick and Jared Tetrick both of Elizabethton; one great grandchild, McKenzie Storie of Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2004 at Caldwell Springs Baptist Church with Mr. Michael Williams, Dr. William Duncan and Rev. Willie Lunceford officiating. Music will be under the direction of Michael Williams, Peggy Oliver, Tina Lunceford and Kenny Storie. Burial will follow the funeral service at Buckles Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Guerney Pierce, Randy Wilson, Bill Tetrick, Doug Buckles, Randall Buckles, and Chris Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Tetrick, Jerry Weaver, Shane Hardy and Travis Bowling. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Elizabethton, or friends may call at the residence 129 Harry Buckles Rd., Elizabethton, any time. Words of encouragement may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

April 7, 2004

Bronce Richesin
   Bronce Terry "Rich" Richesin, age 85, 430 East H. St., Elizabethton, passed away Monday, April 5, 2004 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   He was a native of Sweetwater, Tenn., but had lived in Maryville, for 30 years and had lived in Elizabethton for the past 30 years.
   He was the son of the late Charlie and Dicie Terry Richesin.
   He was a member of Valley Forge United Methodist Church, Elizabethton.
   He was a retired employee of TVA after 26 years of service.
   Mr. Richesin was a member and 32 degree Mason with Rockford Masonic Lodge No. 469 F & AM, Rockford, Tenn.; a member of Jericho Shrine Temple and a Scottish Rite Mason of Knoxville.
   He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in World War II.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Herman Richesin, Elroy Richesin, Emmett Richesin and Fred Richesin.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary Waters Richardson, of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Richard Maxwell, of Frederick, Md.; Donna and Charles Jennings, Lenoir City, Tenn.; Brenda and Jim Norman, Alcoa, Tenn.; two stepsons, Gerald Waters, Collinsville, Ill., and Mike Waters, of Durham, N.C.; six grandchildren, Kelly Burns, Knoxville; Sean Keasler, Lebanon, Tenn.; Cary Burns, Maryville; Mark Maxwell, Frederick, Md.; Dena Altman, Donelson, Tenn., and Terry Maxwell, Columbus, Ohio; four step-grandchildren, Cynthia Witek, Anchorage, Ala.; Lee Waters, Los Angeles, Calif.; Jason Waters and Josh Waters, both of Durham, N.C.; five great- grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lillian Wallace, Niota, Tenn.; Elizabeth Ingram and Betty Jo Harold, both of Sweetwater, Tenn.; Ethelene Wiseman, Charleston, Tenn.; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2004 at Valley Forge United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Humphrey officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004 at Tetrick Funeral Home Riverside Chapel or at the residence at any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Valley Forge United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3974 U.S. Hwy. 19-E, Elizabethton, TN, 37643.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Beulah M. Von Cannon
   Beulah Mae Von Cannon, 87, 122 Taylortown Road, Johnson City, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
   Mrs. Von Cannon was a native of Johnson County, but had lived in Carter County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Sam R. and Etta Gregg Bunton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Denver F. Von Cannon, October 15, 1996, and a daughter, Shirley Jean Smith.
   Mrs. Von Cannon was a member of Meadowview Baptist Church, but attended Watauga Point United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and former cast member of the Wataugans.
   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles D. and Shirley Von Cannon and Frank and Betty Von Cannon, all of Johnson City; one daughter, Alma Ruth Von Cannon, Elizabethton; one sister, Bonnie Campbell, Butler; and one brother, Dennis Bunton, Abingdon, Va. Seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Jones officiating. Music will be under the direction of Beth Ann Henley, soloist. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, prior to the funeral service. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Jon Shell, bagpiper. Active pallbearers will be David Carter, Jim Kerr, Robert Peets, Drew Kerr, Tony Jones and Tom Von Cannon. Honorary pallbearers will be Rev. Kenneth and Pearl Jones, Donnie Mays, Gordon Humphreys and Sara Sellers. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations to: Buntontown Cemetery Fund, c/o Martha Bunton Query, 303 Meadowview Drive, Unicoi, TN 37692, or to Elk Mills Cemetery Association, c/o Betty Bristol, 171 Bishop Circle, Elizabethton, TN 37643, or to Walnut Mountain Cemetery Association, c/o L.J. Heaton, 208 Melrose Street, Hampton, TN 37658. 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.

Kate B. Williams
   Kate B. Williams, 72, 129 Harry Buckles Rd., Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday afternoon, April 6, 2004, following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Abbagail Nave Buckles.
   Mrs. Buckles was a 1948 graduate of Unaka High School.
   She and her husband Jones Williams were married on April 7, 1950 and were married for a total of 54 years.
   She was a member of the Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, the WMU of Caldwell Springs Baptist and had taught Sunday school in her church for more than 40 years.
   She was a floral designer and was retired as the former co-owner and operator of City Floral Shop.
   She was preceded in death by two sisters; Ella and Vera Buckles, and four brothers, Brown, Thomas, Eston and Harry Buckles.
   She is survived by her husband, Jones Williams of the VA Nursing Home, Johnson City; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael K. and Tonie Berry Williams of Elizabethton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Garry Holly and Julie and Bill Tetrick, all of Elizabethton; a very special niece, Gail Buckles of Elizabethton; one brother, J.N. Buckles of Johnson City; seven grandchildren, Jessica Storie, Christen Williams both of Elizabethton; Tonya Hardy of Johnson City; Erica Holly of Elizabethton; Ronda Greaves of Denville, N.J.; Ashley Tetrick and Jared Tetrick, both of Elizabethton; one great-grandchild, McKenzie Storie of Elizabethton.
   Words of encouragement may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riveside Drive, Elizabethton, 423- 542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.

April 6, 2004

Loraine Campbell
  
Loraine S. "Nannie" Campbell, 72, 2272 Dave Buck Rd., Johnson City, died Monday, April 5, 2004 in the Hermitage Health Care Center.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Bill and Pauline Rogers Sparks.
   She was a 1952 graduate of Happy Valley High School.
   She was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Campbell was a member of the Big Springs Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Robert G. Campbell; two daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Richard Whitson and Lorie and Burl Tilson, all of Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Mitch and Patsy Campbell, of Palm City, Fla.; two brothers, Charles Sparks, of Limestone, and Larry Sparks, Johnson City; six grandchildren, Shonna Lane, Alesha Church, Jon Whitson, Whittney Crowe, Chelsey Campbell, and Cigi Campbell; two great grandchildren, Kalee Lane and Chance Street; her step-mother, Mrs. Carol Sparks, Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews; a special cousin, Linda Blickenstaff; her special friends, Velma Walker, Dorothy Whitson and Sherry Sproles.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Kyker officiating. Music will be by Tim Chambers, Bobby Gouge and the Big Springs Baptist Church choir. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Whitson, Burl Tilson, Bill Church, Arnold Lane, Jon Whitson, Chance Street, Charlie Blickenstaff, Mike Sproles, Albun Peters, William Campbell and her church family. Private enurnment services will be conducted at Happy Valley Memorial Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in 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.

George R. Myers
  
George Robert Myers, 72, 241 Brown Rd., Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 3, 2004 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Chicago, Ill., he was a son of the late Fred and Wiladean Clawson Myers.
   He was a retired tool and dye maker.
   He attended the Pleasant Beach Baptist Church.
   He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
   Survivors include two special friends, Marcelene Dykes, Johnson City, and Bonnie Norris, Elizabethton.
   The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with the Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post #2166. Everyone will assemble at the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Beulah M. VonCannon
   Mrs. Beulah Mae VonCannon, 87, 122 Taylor Town Road, Johnson City, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at her residence.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton is in charge of arrangements. Visit our web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com

Bertha T. Woodby
   Bertha T. Woodby, age 86, 743 Piney Grove Rd., Hampton, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Dempsey and Lodema Tolley.
   Mrs. Woodby was a member of Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
   She was a homemaker.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Woodby, and two sons, Estell Woodby and Gordon Woodby.
   Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Dennis Smith of Hampton; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Ernest and Virginia Woodby, of Elizabethton; Ross and Susan Woodby of Hampton; Romily and Claudette Woodby of Hampton, and Paul Woodby, of Elizabethton; one sister, Mae Woodby of Hampton; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and best friend, Avenell Arnett, of Hampton also survive.
   The funeral service for Bertha Tolley Woodby, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at the Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. B. F. McKinney, Rev. Jonas Revis, and Rev. Mike Mills officiating. Music will be under the direction of the church choir. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service at the church or friends may call at the residence at any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at the Woodby Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Kevin Vines, Ken Woodby, Rocky Woodby, Gerald Woodby, Jim Woodby, and Paul Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Woodby, Ben Woodby, Ryan Phipps, Lucas Heaton, and Kevin Burns. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9 a.m. Wednesday 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 arrangements.

April 5, 2004

Percy W. Jones
  
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Percy Willie Jones, 73, passed away March 30, 2004 at Grant Medical Center.
   He was born August 21, 1930 in Yancey, Kentucky, to the late Travis Jones and Lillian Ware.
   He served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard.
   He was a faithful member of Shiloh Baptist Church where he served on the men's usher board.
   He is preceded in death by parents, Travis Jones and Lillian Ware.
   He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Virginia Jones; a son, Anthony D. Jones; two daughters, Irene J. Jones and Ardella Jones-Jefferson; a brother, James (Pearl) Smith, of Elizabethton; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
   The funeral service will be held on Monday, April 5, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 720 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, Ohio, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. The burial will be held in Green Lawn Cemetery with military honors.
   Funeral arrangements are by Cook and Son, Pallay Funeral Home, Columbus, Ohio.

Donna M. Minor
  
Donna Michelle Minor, 47, 162 Smith Branch Rd., Roan Mtn., died Sunday, April 4, 2004 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Harry J. and Hilda A. Murphy Minor.
   She had lived a number of years in Roan Mountain.
   She was of the Baptist faith.
   She was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Mosier.
   Survivors include four sisters, Patsy Bates, of Union, S.C.; Darlene Brown, of Pacolett, S.C.; Jane Wheeler and Tonia Minor, both of White Cloud, Mich.; three brothers, Gene Minor, of Mt. Sinai, N.Y.; Ralph Minor, of White Cloud, Mich., and Jimmy Huffstickler, of Charlotte, N.C.; a special friend, Angela Johnson, of Roan Mountain; several nieces and nephews, and her special friends, Virgil Ledford, Kathleen Burleson, Jean Odom, Connie Roberts and Edward Birchfield.
   The funeral service will be conducted at noon on Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Beam officiating. Music will be by Easter Laws and Brenda Barnette and the Melody Trio. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Fund, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Dr., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Friends may also call at the residence.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Christine H. Perkins
  
Mrs. Christine Hill Perkins, 75, of 416 Linda Circle, Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 3, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   She was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Garfield and Nettie Whitehead Hill.
   Mrs. Perkins was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Hill Roberson, and two brothers, Walter Hill and Steward Hill.
   Mrs. Perkins was retired from Carter County Office Equipment.
   She was a member of Happy Valley Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
   Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Robert Perkins, Jr.; one daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Eddie Sams, of Elizabethton; one brother, Mont Hill, of Elizabethton; two granddaughters and their husbands, Sherrie and David Lewis and Kristi and Lee Cole, all of Elizabethton; four great grandchildren, Joshua and Haley Lewis and Kristopher and John Daniel Cole, all of Elizabethton; one nephew and his spouse, George and Brenda Roberson, of Hampton; three nieces, June Oliver, Shirley Pearson and Barbara Kimbrell, all of Elizabethton; also several great nieces and nephews, and special friends, Pauline Stout, Hester Layne, Peggy Meredith, Rachel Cloer, Theresa Stoughton, Frances Brookshire, Barbara Garland, Fay Hensley, Virginia Pinkard, Peggy Townsend, Martha Buck, Sherry Monk, Fran Rhea, the ladies class of Happy Valley Baptist Church and the members of the American Legion Auxiliary also survive.
   The funeral service for Christine Hill Perkins will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2004 from the Hathaway Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Ferguson and the Rev. Jerry Lyons officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Jerry Barnett, soloist. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in the Whitehead Cemetery, Hampton. Active pallbearers will be George Roberson, Michael Hill, Lewis Whitehead, Ed Whitehead, Charles Whitehead, Gary Hopson and Roddie Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers will be David Lewis, Lee Cole, Doyle Smith, Fate Whitehead, Herbie Layne, Hubert Layne, Carroll Cloer, Paul Grindstaff, Dudley Price, David Pinkard, Dr. Larry Hudson, Dr. H.R. Shobha, Lester Lewis, Gary Cole and Harry Sams. The family will receive friends Monday, April 5, 2004 at Hathaway Percy Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. or at the residence of the daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Eddie Sams, 390 H. Heaton Road, Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. To those who desire, donations may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 49, 111 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Aster Stagner
  
Mrs. Aster "Susie" Stagner, 90, 402 Orchard St., Elizabethton, died Saturday, April 3, 2004 in the Hermitage Health Care Center.
   A native of Benton County, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Charley B. and Pearl Rushing Bell.
   She had lived most of her life in Carter County.
   Mrs. Stagner was retired from the Fausette Company, the Green Stamp Division of Winn-Dixie.
   She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
   Mrs. Stagner was an avid Elizabethton Twins baseball fan.
   Survivors include her husband, Coy W. Stagner; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Bob Blevins, Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmie G. and Ann Stagner, Johnson City; three grandchildren, Janet Stagner, Amy Stagner and Jason Blevins; two great-grandsons, Eric Stagner and Matthew Blevins; a brother, James T. Bell, of Marysville, Calif.; several nieces and nephews and several special neighbors.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Witt and Mr. Brent Nidiffer, ministers, officiating. The graveside service and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, will be Jason Blevins, Eric Stagner, Will Mominee, Kenny Simerly, Ken Nidiffer, Marty Bell, Gerald Norris and Tommy Blevins. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Blevins, Tommy Grindstaff, her church family and her baseball friends. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Stagner to the Building Fund, Immanuel Baptist Church. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Stagner family at mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Aness G. Stout
  
Aness Imogene Guinn Stout, 85, 118 Ridgewood Lane, Elizabethton, went to be with her Savior on Friday, April 2, 2004, in the Johnson City Medical Center. She was born in Wise County, Va., but had lived in Carter County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late William Henry and Mary Jane Odom Guinn. She was a member of the Roan Street Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Stout was a Christian, saved at an early age. She lived her faith, and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and mamaw. Her love was fierce and unconditional. Her God and her family were her life. She was such a strong person. No matter how hard the circumstances, she fought on. But it was time for her to go home. Our hearts are broken. She will be missed more than words can say. She was our little mommy. She meant the world to us. But she's with Jesus, and we know we will be with her again in heaven. That's our blessed hope. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
   Survivors include her husband of almost 60 years, Gilbert Stout; two daughters and one son-in-law, Barbara Phyllis and Mac Grindstaff and Marian Jane Stout, all of Elizabethton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Gilbert and Pat Stout, Elizabethton, Gary Mason and Helen Stout, Watauga, and William Thomas and Vivian Stout, Kingsport; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Rick Price and Pastor Gary Perkins officiating. Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. For those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Stout to the Saint Jude Children's Hospital. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to the Stout family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth T. Treadway
   Elizabeth T. Treadway, 92, 116 Arlington Dr., Johnson City, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, in Wexford House, Kingsport.
   Born Elizabeth Thomas in Roanoke, Va. on May 29, 1911, to George Hamilton Thomas and Mildred Daniel Watkins Thomas, she moved to Erwin at the age of six.
   She completed 12 years of school in Erwin, graduating from high school on May 30, 1930.
   After one year in Johnson City Business College, she served as a typist and court reporter at the Unicoi County Courthouse, Erwin until 1934. From 1934 to 1938, she was an order clerk at Southern Potteries, Inc., Erwin.
   In 1938, she accepted a position as a secretary in the research department of North American Rayon Corp., Elizabethton, and was there until 1967. She served as Lady Vice President of Cherokee Athletic Association and secretary to the safety director for several years. Her job was terminated due to the movement of the department to North Carolina.
   On September 19, 1969, she went to work as a secretary for the music faculty at Milligan College, a liberal arts college. She became affectionately referred to as "Mrs. T." by faculty and students at Milligan. She retired from there on May 30, 1992 at the age of 81, and was awarded the Fide et Amore award.
   In addition to her secretarial responsibilities, she was in charge of Madrigal Dinner ticket sales, an annual event produced by the music department and hosted by the college. She also served as hostess for these dinners for many years.
   In September, 1989, she was honored by the State of Tennessee as one of the five longest working secretaries in the state. She received a trip to Nashville and certificates from the Tennessee Department of Labor and the Governor of Tennessee.
   After retirement, she continued to work in the marketing field doing in-store demonstrations.
   She was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church.
   She was married to James Franklin Treadway from August 8, 1936 until his death on April 1, 1968. They had no children.
   In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Treadway was also preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Anderson and two brothers, Hunter Thomas and James Thomas.
   She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Gene (Marjorie) Erwin, Kingsport; two brothers, Hamilton S. Thomas and his wife, Billie W. Thomas, Johnson City, and Karl R. Thomas and his wife, Imogene L. Thomas, Erwin; a sister-in-law, Mrs. James (Jeheanne) Thomas, San Antonio, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service for Mrs. Treadway will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Rev. John Perkins and Dr. W. C. Gwaltney will officiate. Dr. David Runner, organist, and Mrs. Lisa Runner, pianist, will provide the music. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
   The burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2004 in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. Friends are invited to meet the family at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Richard Thomas, Jim Erwin, Mike Holt, Timmy Daugherty, Karl "Bucky" Thomas, Rob Maloof and Michael Holt. In lieu of flowers, it was "Mrs. T's" request that memorial contributions be given to Milligan College, Milligan College, TN 37682. Online condolences may be sent to the Treadway family via www.morrisbaker.com.
   Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City. 282-1521

Bertha T. Woodby
   Bertha Tolley Woodby, 86, of 743 Piney Grove Rd., Hampton, died Sunday, April 4, 2004 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Tetrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 4, 2004

Arlin Ball
   Arlin "Mouse" Ball, Jesus called April 2, 2004, He needed another angel to help. Friends may come by the home, Monday any time. March 24, 1929 - April 2, 2004. Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, 423-542-2232.

Winnie E. Mann
   Winnie E. Mann, age 90, 220 Dawn Drive, Elizabethton, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness. A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah McKinney Arnett. She was a member of Hunter Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. Mann was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dayton Mann, in 1998, one brother, Joe Arnett and one sister, Goldie Taylor.
   Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmie and Jeanette Mann, Elizabethton, Kenneth and Joyce Mann, Elizabethton, Jerry and Velma Mann, Church Hill, two sisters, Nell Long, Shady Valley, Dot Evans, Winter Park, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Teresa Treadway, Elizabethton, Lisa Germaine, Elizabethton, Carolyn Ledford, Piney Flats, Kim Miller, Elizabethton, Paula Hall, Elizabethton, Terry Mann, Johnson City, Wendy Arnold, Church Hill, Timothy Mann, Church Hill, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, several cousins, special friends, Phyllis and Lloyd Presnell, Elizabethton, Alice Rash, Elizabethton, Ruby Williams, Elizabethton, and several other special friends and neighbors.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with the Rev. Darrell Holly and the Rev. Clate Briggs officiating. Music will be under the direction of Ken Miller, Sue Bowers and Dan Germaine. The family will receive friends on Sunday, from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel prior to the funeral service, or friends may call at the residence, 220 Dawn Drive, Elizabethton any time. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from grandsons and spouses of granddaughters and nephew John "Nolan" Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be the caretakers of Life Care Center, Elizabethton, and staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 10:15 a.m. on 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 the arrangements.

Christine H. Perkins
   Christine Hill Perkins, 75, 416 Linda Circle, Elizabethton, died Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry L. Stout
   Jerry L. Stout, age 49, 143 Howard Lipford Drive, Elizabethton, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness. A native of Carter County, he was the son Marvella Johnson Williams, Elizabethton, and the late Robert Eugene Stout. He was a carpenter. Mr. Stout was a 1972 graduate of Elizabethton High School. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Stephanie Leann Stout, several aunts and uncles and by his step-father, Burt Johnson.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his step-father, Jasper Williams, Elizabethton; two brothers, Ronnie Stout, Elizabethton, and Michael Johnson, Bristol; his maternal grandfather, Floyd Taylor, Elizabethton; two aunts, Jan Kinzalow, Oxford, Ga., and Judy Ford, Elizabethton; and two nieces and three nephews. A special friend, Joe Shell, Elizabethton, and a dear friend, Joan Avery, Elizabethton also survive.
   A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, with the Rev. Mark Grubb officiating. Music will be under the direction of Dale Williams. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel prior to the memorial service or friends may call at the residence any time. A private disposition will be held at a later date. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Shell, Richard Shell, Rick Foster, Terry Kinzalow, Neil Kinzalow and Rickie Pairigin. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to The 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.

April 2, 2004

Alma Jean Blevins
   Miss Alma Jean Blevins, age 61, 401 Woodlyn Rd., Johnson City, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004. Our loving sister went home to our Heavenly Father with loved ones around her. 
   Alma Jean lived the early part of her life in Buladean, N.C., where she lived with her grandmother, Nonie Melton, and later she moved to Johnson City.
   She was a daughter of the late Jesse Blevins and Ruby Yelton Wilcox.
   She attended the Dawn of Hope for many years. She was a member of Princeton Freewill Baptist Church.
   Alma Jean was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Laughron; and her grandparents, Custer and Nonnie Melton and Lewis and Kate Blevins.
   Survivors include two brothers, Lewis Blevins, and wife, Doris, of Jacksonville, Fla., and David Blevins, Watauga; two sisters, Nadine Ward, and husband, Bill, of Vilas, N.C., and Melba Bennett, and husband, Ira, Johnson City; one half-sister, Cheryl Ann Baker, Smyrna, Del.; two aunts, Bonnie Blevins, Johnson City, and Ruth Melton, Elizabethton; one uncle, Kyle Melton, and wife, Ann, of Akins, S.C.; two nieces, Misty Ward, and husband, Ray, and family, and Mona Bledsoe, and husband Wayne, and family; several nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews, and special friend, Teresa Hradecky and family.
   A special thanks to the following hospice nurses for all that you do: Jackie, Karie, Kathey, Norma, Rebecca, Ivy and Sarah, and thanks to caregivers: Mona Bledsoe, Elizabeth Sims and Amy Honeycutt, as well as two special great-nieces, Jordan and Jada Bledsoe.
   A thank you to the following people for your prayers and everything that you did during the time when we needed our loved one's most: David and Keevaan Humphreys, Lori Ann Guinn, Patti Martin and Rev. Curtis Ponder and wife, Kim.
   The funeral service for Miss Alma Jean Blevins will be held Saturday, April 3, 2004, at noon in the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Ponder and Rev. Wayne Bledsoe officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memory Gardens.  Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon in the East Parlor of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Dawn of Hope - The Active Elderly Class, c/o Judy Vines, P.O. Box 30, Johnson City, TN, 37605.  Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com.
   Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E Watauga Ave., is serving the Blevins family.

Frank Stout
   Frank Stout, age 86, 1424 Hickory Lane, Morristown, formerly of Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at his residence after an extended illness.
   He was a native of Johnson County, and the son of the late Sam and Ethel Garland Stout.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
   He was a lifetime member of Lynn Valley Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher for 45 years.
   He worked as a carpenter for 50 years before retiring. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Lucille Stout, of the home; one daughter, Bonnie Kate Vaughn, and spouse, Mike, Morristown; one son, Billy Frank Stout, and spouse, Mary, Morristown; he is also survived by four sisters, Elsie Bare, of North Carolina; Hazel Branch, Lona Cunningham and Mary Greene, all of Butler; grandchildren, Jeff Vaughn, Douglas Arnold, Jonathan Stout and Tiffany Stout all Morristown, and great grandchildren, Allison, Dylan and Lane Arnold and Ethan Stout. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2004 at Lynn Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethton, with Rev. Bob Reed and Rev. Dennis Wilson officiating. Music will be under the direction of Bill Greene. Burial will follow the funeral service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Jeff Vaughn, Jonathan Stout, Douglas Arnold, Blaine Branch, Fred Jenkins and Rick Greer. Honorary pallbearers will Dr. Derek Cooze, Dr. Peter Sutherland, Dr. Stephen Kiss, Carson Puckett, Ralph Williams, Bill Greene, Buster Arnold, Walter Everett, Staff of FMC Dialysis Center, Housecall and Adventa Hospice, all of Morristown. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the National Kidney Foundation-East Tennessee, Inc., P.O. Box 1135, Blountville, TN 37617. 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.