May 14, 2004

Emma Blevins
  
Emma Lou Estep Blevins, 81, 110 Josiah Trail Rd., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Rose and Bonnie Garland Estep.
   She attended Holly Springs Freewill Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Burley Blevins, in 1994; a daughter, Burtha Ann Blevins, and two sisters, Ivory Kiser and Cory Estep.
   Survivors include three daughters, Betty Taylor, Gloria Winters and Brenda Sue Williams, all of Elizabethton; four grandsons, Ricky Potter, Michael Winters, Claudane Richardson and Johnny Scott Williams; two grand-daughters, Angela Hill and Michelle Reed; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ernest Garland and grandson Ricky Potter officiating. Music will be provided by Neil Hartley. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 16, 2004 at Garland Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, will be Sam Maney, Bobby Potter, John Rainbolt, Jody Blevins, Gary Morell, William Richardson and Mark Blevins. Honorary pallbearers will be Mitchell Estep, Lester Estep, Ricky Potter, Claudane Richardson, Michael Winters, Justin Richardson, Johnny Scott Williams, Leon Blevins, Leroy Blevins and Howard Reed. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter, Betty Taylor, 183 Bulldog Hollow Road. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mossie A. Nave Bowers
   Mossie A. Nave Bowers, 79, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, formerly of Lynn Avenue, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late William "Bill" David and Laura Bowers Nave, and was married to the late Clyde Bowers. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Nave.
   Mrs. Bowers was a homemaker.
   Survivors include one daughter, Joyce A. Kelley, Johnson City; one son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Frances Bowers, Elizabethton; one granddaughter and spouse, Joy Kelley Snyder and David Snyder, Johnson City; two grandsons and spouse, David Bowers and Jerry and Michelle Bowers, all of Elizabethton; two great-granddaughters, Sarah Bowers, Elizabethton, and Dreama Barnett, Johnson City; four great-grandsons, Michael Miller and Nicholas Mills, both of Johnson City, Samuel Bowers and Daniel Bowers, both of Elizabethton; and one nephew, Larry Nave.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Dean Presnell officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, prior to the funeral service. Friends may call at the residence of her son, Darrell Bowers, 745 Dugger Road, Elizabethton, any time. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Pearl Bowers Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandchildren and friends. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 9:15 a.m. Saturday 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.

Frankie S. Campbell
   Frankie Street Campbell, 88, formerly of 2208 N. Greenwood Drive, Johnson City, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 13, 2004 in Ivy Hall Nursing Home, Elizabethton, following a lengthy illness.
   A Roan Mountain native, Mrs. Campbell had lived most of her life in Johnson City.
   She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Crain Street. Mrs. Campbell was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph R. Campbell, in 1997; four sisters, Vista Troutman, Texie Card, Thelma Miller and Grace Street, and three brothers, William "Bill" Street, Jacob Street and Lee Street.
   She attended Milligan Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
   The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2004 in the Monte Vista Memorial Park. Rev. Mark Street will officiate. The family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the service. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Milligan Free Will Baptist Church, Milligan Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.morrisbaker.com.
   Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, 282-1521.

Brenda L. Oliver
   Brenda Lee (Elliott) Oliver, 43, 203 Maple Drive, Jonesborough, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center due to complications from surgery.
   Brenda was a native of Johnson City and a lifelong resident of Washington County. She was a daughter of the late James D. Elliott Jr. and Shirley Lee (Copas) Elliott and was also preceded in death by a brother, David Wayne Elliott, and her grandparents, Horace and Danceford Copas and James Sr. and Mary Elliott.
   Brenda had been employed by Levi-Strauss & Company for 13 years and more recently by Banta Southeastern, Inc. She was the co-owner of Sister's Variety Shop, Johnson City. Brenda was of the Christian faith.
   Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Ray Oliver; two sons, Chris "Sammy" Casey and his wife, Leigh Ann Casey, Johnson City, and Jonathan Eugene Oliver, of the home; a daughter, Amber Michelle Miller, and her husband, Jody Miller, Jonesborough; five grandchildren, Sidney Casey, Madison Casey, Christopher Casey, Jacob Casey and Taylor Michelle Miller; three brothers, Robert Copas and Billy Joe Elliott, both of Johnson City, and Michael James Elliott, Mountain City; three sisters, Helen Babb, Teresa Case and Penny Livingston, all of Johnson City; special friends, Shawna Slemp and Darryl Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.
   The family extends a special thank-you to Janie, Calvin and Vickie, who were Brenda's nurses in the neuro-vascular intensive care unit of Johnson City Medical Center.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, and other hours at the home of Marvin and Helen Babb, 1981 King Springs Road, Johnson City, 928-0840. The funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Morris-Baker South Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Hilton and the Rev. Daniel Case officiating. The committal service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at Washington County Memory Gardens. The family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Michael Elliott, Billy Elliott, Jason Babb, Travis Babb, Steven Case, David Livingston and Ben Livingston. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Babb, Steve Case and Mike Oliver. Online condolences may be sent to the Oliver family at www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521.

May 13, 2004

Emma L. Blevins
  
Mrs. Emma L. Blevins, 81, 110 Josiah Trail, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth G. Blevins
   Ruth Greene Blevins, 96, Hermitage Health Center, formerly of 210 S. Main St., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Avery County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late William Augustus and Clara Jones Greene.
   She was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton.
   She was a homemaker and skilled seamstress.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Houston Blevins; two infant children, and two sons-in-law, Rev. Thomas B. Welch and Wayne Campbell.
   Survivors include four daughters and one son-in-law, Audrey Welch, Columbia, S.C.; Mildred Rash, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Joyce and N.T. Campbell, Chattanooga, and Joan Campbell, Elizabethton; one son, Wayne Houston Blevins, Blountville; 14 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Music will be under the direction of Roger Jenkins, soloist, and June Gouge, pianist. The burial will follow the funeral service at Highland Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons and N.T. Campbell. Friends may call at the funeral home chapel at their convenience or friends may call at the residence, 210 S. Main St., 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.

Mossie Bowers
   Mossie A. Nave Bowers, 79, of the Life Care Center of Elizabethton, formerly of South Lynn Avenue, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Wilma S. Campbell
   Wilma Stansberry Campbell, 78, 821 R.D. Campbell Road, Butler, passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2004, following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Campbell was a native of Avery County, N.C. She was born April 21, 1926 to the late Arthur and Bertie Coffee Stansberry. In addition to her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by five brothers, Wade, Beeler, Carl, Orrin and Dallas Stansberry, and two sisters, Edna Fritts and Ada Slemp.
   Wilma was a former employee of the Blue Ridge Shoe Company. She enjoyed sewing and crafts. She was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and Vacation Bible School Teacher. She was also a member of the Women's Missionary Union (WMU).
   Wilma is survived by her husband of 60 years, R.D. Campbell, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Maxine and Ken Carter, Kingsport; one son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Jean Campbell, Butler; one sister; Josie Hardy, Fort Wayne, Ind.; three grandchildren, Renee Hobbs, Duluth, Ga., Beverly Potter and Buzz Campbell, both of Mountain City; and three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Potter, Tabitha Potter and Cheyenne Campbell, all of Mountain City.
   Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, from the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home with the Rev. H. Brooks Peters and Mr. Jim Hutchinson officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Rock Springs Baptist Church Choir. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, prior to service. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, in the Rock Springs Cemetery, Butler. Active pallbearers will be Howard Stanbery, Hubert Stanbery, Bud Cornett, Bob Graybeal, Jim Fritts, John Stout and Ron Murphy. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Donald Tarr, Dr. Raina Sluder, Dr. Michael Kimbro, employees of the Mountain City Care Center and employees of Housecall Home Health. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 15, for services. At other times, friends may call at the residence, 821 R.D. Campbell Road, Butler. Condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hux-lipford.com. Hux-Lipford Funeral Home is serving the Campbell Family.

Paul H. Coleman
   NEWLAND, N.C. -- Paul Howard Coleman, 90, of Old Spanish Oak Road, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at the Mountain Home V.A. Medical Center.
   Mr. Coleman was born February 16, 1914 in Hampton, Tenn., a son of the late Rev. Nat and Linda Brummitt Coleman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nerva Jane Johnson Coleman.
   Mr. Coleman was a cattle farmer. A veteran of World War II, he was a PFC in the U.S. Army Infantry Special Forces and was on the Normandy Beach on D Day. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a charter member of the VFW Pat Ray Post.
   Survivors include a daughter, Ann Coleman, Newland; a brother, Conley Coleman, Hampton, Tenn.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, from the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will follow in the Hughes Cemetery with military rites provided by the Pat Ray Post of the VFW. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cannon-Sloop Health Care Foundation. Condolences may be sent at www.reinssturdivantfuneralhome.com. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland, (828) 733-2121, is serving the Coleman family.

Carmal Hall
   Mr. Carmal Hall, 75, 163 Bishop Circle, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at his residence following a brief illness.  A native of Freemont, Va., he was the son of the late Arvel and Velva Hall. 
   He played basketball and football while attending East Tennessee State University and was a loyal VOL fan. 
   He was a machinist, a member, Elder and Deacon of Valley Forge Christian Church and attended First Christian Church of Elizabethton. 
   Mr. Hall was a member of Hampton Masonic Lodge #750 and a charter member of the Carter County Rescue Squad. 
   He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and also played basketball in the U.S. Army as a part of Special Services.
   Survivors include his wife, Robenia Letterman Hall, of the home; a son, Tim Hall, of the home; a special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Maude and Otis McNeil, Elizabethton; a sister-in-law, Mamye Letterman, Grand Blanc, Mich.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dock and Rosa Letterman, Homosassa, Fla.; a loving nephew, Craig McNeil, Hixson, Tenn. and a dear friend, Butch.
   The funeral service for Mr. Carmal Hall will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. H. Clay Bailey, Mr. Brent Nidiffer and Mr. Jason Birchfield, ministers, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Trilla Little, organist. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Robert Hughes, Kenneth Rainbolt, Louie Greenwell, Craig McNeil, Arvel McKinney, Roy McKinney and Edward "Pink" McKinney. Honorary pallbearers will be special friend, Joe Earhart; employees of Inland Container, church family, friends and neighbors of Bishop Circle and Dr. Jonathan Bremer. Military honors will be accorded by the Tennessee Army National Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 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.

Otis T. Hicks
Otis Timothy Hicks, 50, of Blountville, left this earthly world to be with the Father on Monday, May 10, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Hicks.
   Tim was a great family man with a love for animals. He was very loved and will be missed by all.
   He is survived by his wife, Karen Crusenberry Hicks; his mother, Agnes Vera Bott Hicks; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brandy and Brian Carraway and Amy Hicks; a son, Dewayne Crusenberry; and a large extended family.
   Family and friends will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, with a memorial service at 7 p.m. in the Paul Cook Memorial Chapel of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Harless and Shane Whittemore officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 867, Blountville, TN 37617. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Mr. Hicks and his family are in the care of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home, 2223 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, Tenn.

Chloe Jewett
   Mrs. Chloe Jewett, 85, passed away at Life Care Center of Elizabethton on Wednesday, May 12, 2004.
   Mrs. Jewett was born April 30, 1919 to the late Hill and Pearl Wagner Blackburn. In addition to her parents, Chloe was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Frank L. Jewett, who passed away in 1995, her step-son, Vaughn Jewett, a sister, Marie Dugger, a brother, Paul Blackburn, and step-daughter-in-law, Louise Jewett.
   Mrs. Jewett was a lifelong resident of Johnson County and a member of Midway Baptist Church. She was a wonderful homemaker and partner to her husband in the Dry Hill Community where they owned and operated a farm.
   She is survived by her son, Frank Jewett and daughter-in-law Linda, grandchildren, Frank Jewett and Lisa Jewett, great-grandson, Matthew Jewett, all of Doylestown, Ohio; step-daughter-in-law, Frances Jewett, grandchildren, Kenneth Jewett, Larry Jewett and Tammy Simerly, great-grandchildren, Matthew Simerly and William Simerly, all of Elizabethton, Tennessee; step-son, Howard Jewett of Elizabethton, Tennessee; step-granddaughter, Jeanette Bailey and her three children of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Fred Blackburn and wife Dora of Hampton, Tennessee, Stewart Blackburn and wife Agness of Valley Forge, Tennessee, and Elmer Blackburn of Butler, Tennessee; two sisters, Mary Depew and husband John of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Anna Ruth Morefield and husband Earl of Butler, Tennessee. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, from the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Morefield and the Rev. Don Hazelwood, nephews of Mrs. Jewett, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Friday, prior to services. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Rock Springs Cemetery, Butler, Tennessee. Active pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers are Howard Bradley, Wayne Bradley, Larry Grindstaff, Bob Garland, Earl Morefield and Dennis Blackburn. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Rock Springs Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Midway Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Lee Livingston, 2071 Little Dry Run Road, Butler, TN 37640. Condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hux-lipford.com. Hux-Lipford Funeral Home is serving the Jewett Family.

Kenny L. Proffitt
  
Kenny L. Proffitt, 78, 153 Fox Hollow Lane, Bluff City, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Sullivan County, he was a son of the late Willard and Lula Walker Proffitt.
   He was a retired foreman with Summer-Taylor, having worked there for 50 years.
   He attended the Cripple Creek Free Will Baptist Church.
   Mr. Proffitt was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Proffitt, on June 22, 1997.
   Survivors include three daughters, Fredia J. Snow, of Decatur, Tenn.; Judy Fagan, of the home, and Nancy Dalton, of Rockwood, Tenn.; a son, Tommy Proffitt, Watauga; three sisters, Lucille Wallace, Clara Steel and Jewel Rader, all of Bristol; two brothers, Palmer Proffitt, of Platsburg, Mo., and Gene Proffitt, Greeneville; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2004 in the Scott Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Campbell officiating. Burial will follow the service. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Friday will be Kevin Sharp, Harvey Crusenberry, Everett Waldrop, Jackie McLaney, J.D. Smith and Kevin Bobrosky. Honorary pallbearers will be Clarence McLaney, Bill Taylor, Nat Proffitt, John Shepherd, Lloyd Proffitt and the staff of the 4th floor ICU, Johnson City Medical Center. The family would like to express a special "thank you" to Bill Taylor for his many acts of kindness he did for Kenny and the family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004 in the funeral home. Friends may also call at his residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth D. Smith
  
Kenneth D. Smith, 67, 112 East G Street, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at the V.A. Medical Center following a brief illness.
   Mr. Smith was a native of McDowell County, W.Va., and the son of the late Walden and Cleo Rose Smith. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dave Smith and J.D. Smith.
   Mr. Smith was a graduate of Elizabethton High School and was retired as an automobile salesman. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton and was a U.S. Veteran of the Marine Corps and the Air Force.
   Survivors include two daughters, Kim Ellis, Mobile, Ala., and Debbie Holcomb, Monroe, Ga.; a son, Kenny Smith, Robertsdale, Ala.; two grandchildren; a sister, Rometa Witt, Kingsport; a special niece, Debbie Trunbull, and two great-nieces, Kristen Rainey and Michelle Rainey, all of Crossville.
   Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday, May 14, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Brent Seals officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Tennessee Army National Guard. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 11 a.m. until noon. In lieu of flowers, to those who desire memorials may be made to the Youth Group, First Baptist Church, 212 East F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral home.

Ann Sproles
  
Ann Lynn Tipton Ensor Sproles, 57, 1023 Walker St., Elizabethton, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2004 at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
   Lynn was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Rex and Elizabeth Matney Tipton.
   She was preceded in death by a younger sister, Sylirl Kaye Tipton, of Florida, and a step-daughter, Jill Sproles.
   She was a member of the Oak Street Baptist Church but had deep feelings for First United Methodist Church where she grew up.
   "Mamaw" and Granmommie, as she was affectionately called, was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved home-making, gardening, tent-camping and especially cross-stitching. Her favorite pasttime was being with her grandchildren.
   Survivors include her beloved Tommy Sproles; her darling daughter, Amy Miller and husband, Jason, of Elizabethton; her son, Jimmy Ensor and wife, Terrina, Elizabethton; her five very precious grandchildren, Danielle, Carolyne and Ezekiel Miller, Kelsie and Davis Ensor; one special step-son, Mike Sproles and wife, Sherry, Elizabethton, and one dear step-grand-daughter, Leslee Hughes, Nashville; her step-mother, June Tipton and her son, Eddie Andrews, of Greensboro, N.C.; one dearly loved sister, Becky Lawless, of Texas; one brother, Chip Tipton and wife, Mitzi, of Charlotte, N.C.; two nieces; five nephews; two aunts and one uncle; several cousins, especially close ones, Larry and Ann Utt, of Bluff City.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2004 in the Freedom Garden of Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Bruce Hendrich and Rev. Bob Polk officiating. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday will be Harry Ford, Dennis Couch, Ron Berry, Kenny Carter, John Clabough, Will Andrews, Willie Church and Jimmy Ensor. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Robert Walter, Dr. John Fredman, Dr. William Kincaid, Dr. Kyle Colvett, Dr. Jamie Bloom, Dr. David Wiles, employees and staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital, and friends of Oak Street Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Sproles to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Dr., Elizabethton, TN 37643, or the Alzheimer's Association, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, 207 North Boone St., Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Sproles family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Viola Harper
   Viola Harper, 91, 24 Sims Hill Rd., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Lola Gentry.
   She was a member of Valley Forge Christian Church.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Harper, two brothers and one grand-daughter, Thelma Garland.
   Survivors include four daughters, Alta Harper, Alice Harper Thrift, Mary Harper Miller, Ruby Harper Miller, all of Elizabethton; one son, Gene Harper, Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Joyce Ann Treadway, Patricia Hensley, Johnny Miller, Jerry Miller, all of Elizabethton; three great-grandchildren, Angela Stout, Erica Hensley and Johnnie Lou Garland, all of Elizabethton; a special step-granddaughter and spouse, Debbie and David Smith, Apex, N.C.; special step- grandson, Josh Taylor, Elizabethton.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004 at the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. H. Clay Bailey, minister, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday prior to the service, or friends may call at the residence any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2004 at Wilson Cemetery, Dewey Community, Mountain City. Active pallbearers will be John Bradley, Glen Little, Russell Hensley, Keith Morrell, Danny Garland, J.B. Treadway, Jerry Miller, Johnny Miller and Tim Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. on Friday. 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.

May 12, 2004

Ruth G. Blevins
   Mrs. Ruth Greene Blevins, 96, of Hermitage Health Center and formerly of 210 South Main Street, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Funeral 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.

Viola Harper
  
Viola Harper, 91, 24 Sims Hill Rd., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Lola Gentry.
   She was a member of Valley Forge Christian Church.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Harper, and two brothers.
   Survivors include four daughters, Alta Harper, Alice Harper Thrift, Mary Harper Miller, Ruby Harper Miller, all of Elizabethton; one son, Gene Harper, Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Joyce Ann Treadway, Patricia Hensley, Johnny Miller, Jerry Miller, all of Elizabethton; three great-grandchildren, Angela Stout, Erica Hensley and Johnnie Lou Garland, all of Elizabethton; a special step-granddaughter and spouse, Debbie and David Smith, of Apex, N.C., and special step-grandson, Josh Taylor, Elizabethton.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004 at the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. H. Clay Bailey, minister, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, prior to the service, or friends may call at the residence any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2004 at Wilson Cemetery, Dewey Community, Mountain City. Active pallbearers will be John Bradley, Glen Little, Russell Hensley, Keith Morrell, Danny Garland, J.B. Treadway, Jerry Miller, Johnny Miller and Tim Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. on Friday. 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, 423-542-2232.

Otis T. Hicks
Otis Timothy Hicks, 50, of Blountville, left this earthly world to be with the Father on Monday, May 10, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Hicks.
   Tim was a great family man with a love for animals. He was very loved and will be missed by all.
   He is survived by his wife, Karen Crusenberry Hicks; his mother, Agnes Vera Bott Hicks; two daughters, Brandy Carraway and her husband, Brian, and Amy Hicks; a son, Dewayne Crusenberry; and a large extended family.
   Family and friends will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004, with a memorial service to follow in the Paul Cook Memorial Chapel of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. Pastor Jeff Harris and Shane Whittemore will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Advocacy Center P.O. Box 867, Blountville, TN 37617 . Condolences and memories may be sent to the family by visiting www.oakley-cook.com.
   Mr. Hicks and his family are in the care of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home, 2223 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, Tennessee.

Harold Rainbolt
  
Mr. Harold Rainbolt, 84, 301 George Brown Rd., Hampton, died Monday, May 10, 2004 at his residence.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Byrd and Annie Rainbolt.
   He retired from Bemberg Corporation after 35 years.
   He was a member and deacon of Union Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran and POW of World War II.
   Survivors include his wife, Deamie Rainbolt, of the home; a son, Gene Rainbolt, Hampton, and Kenneth Rainbolt, Elizabethton, and three sisters, Elsie Rainbolt, Hampton; Betty Logsdon, of Chester, Va. and Inez Bussey, Glen Burnie, Maryland.
   Funeral services for Mr. Harold Rainbolt will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with pastor Pete Pollard and Judge Lynn W. Brown delivering the eulogy. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Trilla Little. Burial will follow the service in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military honors and pallbearers will be accorded by the Tennessee Army National Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. 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.

May 11, 2004

Rev. Hubert Cox
   Rev. Hubert "H.B." Cox, 77, 238 Dogwood Acres, Hampton, died Sunday, May 9, 2004 at his residence following an extended illness. A native of Harlan County, Ky., he had lived in Carter County since 1963.
   He was a son of the late Daniel M. and Ella Jane Lee Cox.
   Rev. Cox was a member of Rittertown Baptist Church.
   He is a former pastor of Butler Baptist Church, Butler and Penelope Baptist Church, Mart, Texas, having also held pastorates in churches in Kentucky and Virginia.
   He is a U. S. Army and U.S. Marine Corp veteran of World War II.
   He is a former member of the Disabled American Veterans.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, three brothers and one grand-daughter.
   Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean Meade Cox, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Jim Busby, Axtell, Texas; four sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Mary Faye Slagle Cox of Radcliff, Ky.; Bob and Kathy Klein Cox of Hamlin, Texas; David and Sue Ray Cox of Kingsport, and John and Nancy Johnson Cox of Bowie, Md.; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service for Rev. Hubert "H.B." Cox will be conducted Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace, Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Wayne Cox, grandson, Rev. David Ashford, Rev. Mike Hyder, and Rev. Haskel Ingram and Mr. Ron Cox officiating. Music will be under the direction of Amy Anderson, grand-daughter, and Doug Blair. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the funeral service in the chapel and at other times at the residence at 238 Dogwood Acres, Hampton. The graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2004 at Butler Memorial Cemetery, Butler. Everybody will meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2004 for the graveside service. Active pallbearers will be Aaron Cox, Mitch Cox, David Cox, Jr., Jim Busby, Brad Cox and Andrew Tapp. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Anderson, John Ku, Kenneth Chapin, Buddy Watson, Michael Tomlinson and Harold Thacker. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Gideons International, P. O. Box 1951, Elizabethton, TN 37644. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of the arrangements, 423-542-2232.

Tabitha G. Garland
  
Tabitha Gail Garland, 25, 1142 Huffine Rd., Johnson City, died Saturday, May 8, 2004 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Washington County, she was employed as a CNA at Pine Ridge Care Center, Elizabethton.
   She was preceded in death by her father, Darrell Lynn Garland, Jan. 9, 1990.
   Survivors include her companion, Keith Hicks; two sons, Jamie Garland and Brandon Hicks, both of the home; a daughter, Dianne Hicks, of the home; her mother and step-father, Sandra and Billy Joe Shepherd, Elizabethton; two brothers, James Cecil Garland and Darrell Lynn Garland, Jr., both of Sevierville; a sister, Sarah Elizabeth Garland, Sevierville; her paternal grandfather, James Garland, Johnson City; several aunts, uncles and cousins, and a special friend, Kim Brewer.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Jim McMahan officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at her residence, or the residence of her mother and step-father, Sandra and Billy Joe Shepherd, 1305 H. Spruce Lane, Elizabethton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to help on expenses. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. It was her wish to be cremated.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond E. Nidiffer
   Raymond E. Nidiffer, 46, 208 Dean Street, # 2, Gray, Tenn. died Saturday, May 8, 2004, in the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va. following a brief and unexpected illness.
   A native of Elizabethton, Mr. Nidiffer had lived his adult life in Johnson City, and was preceded in death by his father, Rex Nidiffer and a sister, Jennifer Nidiffer.
   He was a self-employed contractor and, with his wife, collected antique Mack trucks.
   Mr. Nidiffer was of the Baptist faith.
   He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
   Survivors include his wife, Lisa Patterson Nidiffer; one son, Aaron Ross Nidiffer, Kingsport; his mother and step-father, Dee and Owen Grindstaff, Elizabethton; two sisters, Lynne Lampkin and her husband, Charlie, of Bristol, and Carol Lyons and her husband, Randy, Elizabethton; two brothers, Jimmy Nidiffer and his wife, Cheryl, of Reidsville, North Carolina and Gary Nidiffer, Elizabethton; maternal grandmother, Alma Davis, Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews, one great niece, three great nephews, and many special friends.
   The funeral service for Mr. Nidiffer will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2004 in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Pastor Ron Lowe will officiate. Music for the service will be by the Spivey Mountain Boys. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2004 and other hours at the residence. The Elizabethton friends may visit at the residence of his sister, Carol Lyons, 412 Monument Place, Elizabethton at any time. The committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2004 in the Washington County Memory Gardens, with everyone meeting at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. to go in procession. Serving as active pallbearers will be Andy Ramey, Mark Ramey, Dennis Carr, Dannie Pate, Fred Sells, Charlie Lampkins and Randy Lyons. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Rodeback, Jim Rodeback, Phil Williams, Jason Nidiffer, Andrew Pate, Michael Nidiffer, Nicholas Lyons, David Nidiffer and Earl Nidiffer. For those who prefer, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the King College Scholarship Fund, 1350 King College Road, Bristol, VA 37620. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 282-1521.

May 10, 2004

Dorothy C. Green
  
BOONE, N.C. -- Dorothy Cook Green, 86, Brown Place, Mountain City, died Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Watauga Medical Center in Boone, North Carolina.
   Born Oct. 20, 1917 in Johnson County, she was a daughter of Wilburn and Dora Gilbert Cook.
   Mrs. Green was a member of Sugar Grove Baptist Church in Butler.
   She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Baker and husband, James, of Kingsport; four sons, William Green and wife, Wanda, of Front Royal, Va.; Cecil Green and wife, Norma, of Sugar Grove, N.C.; Rev. Ray Greene and wife, Jeanette, of Vilas, N.C., and Larry Green and friend, Alice Canella, of Chattanooga; one sister, Etta Greer, of Pomeroy, Ohio, and six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther B. Green; two sisters, Lillie Hicks and Bessie Dugger, and three brothers, V.R., Fred and Ed Burchette.
   Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Willow Valley Baptist Church in Vilas, N.C., officiated by Rev. Ray Greene and Rev. Harold Bennett. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Graveside services, officiated by Rev. Doug Ranshaw and Rev. Derick Wilson, will follow at Dry Hill Cemetery in Butler. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Boone Camp, P.O. Box 3602, Boone, NC 28607. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, May 11, 2004 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home.
   Austin and Barnes Funeral Home, Boone, N.C., is serving the Green family.

May 9, 2004

Bonnie Birchfield
   Bonnie Birchfield, age 84, 110 A Hobart Hyder Drive, Elizabethton, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness. She was a native of Carter County. She was a member of Southside Free Will Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was a very loving and caring mother, who loved her children. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Walter and Emma Hill Townsend; her husband, Ellick Birchfield, one son, Cecil Birchfield; three brothers and two sisters.
   Survivors include seven daughters and six sons-in-law, Mrs. L.D. (Ruby) Guinn, Elizabethton, Mrs. Billy Jack (Shirley) Smith, Johnson City, Mrs. Dave (Jean) Lund, Elizabethton, Ms. Jo Whaley, Johnson City, Mrs. Donnie (Judy) Davenport, Elizabethton, Mrs. George (Joyce) Richmond, Elizabethton, Mrs. Wayne (Kathy) Humphrey, Bristol; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Mr. L.J. (Linda) Birchfield, Elizabethton, Mr. Worley (Linda) Birchfield, Elizabethton, Mr. Jim Birchfield, Elizabethton, Mr. Charlie (Patti) Birchfield, Johnson City, Mr. Steve (Denessa) Birchfield, Elizabethton; a very special niece, Mary Burleson, Elizabethton; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with The Rev. Steve Burleson, the Rev. Mark Street and the Rev. Curtis Hurt officiating. Music will be under the direction of Joel Keith Street, Sr. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6-8 p.m. prior to the funeral service, or friends may call at the residence of a son, Jim Birchfield, 177 Lexington Avenue, Elizabethton, any time. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Randy Guinn, Jack Smith, David Lund, Mike Whaley, Wesley Whaley, Mark Davenport, Brian Chambers, Travis Birchfield and Ryan Birchfield. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to Alzheimers Association, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, 207 North Boone Street, Suite 1050, Johnson City, TN 37604. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.

Clinton H. Cowan
   Clinton H. Cowan, age 77, Burgettstown, Pa., died Saturday, May 8, 2004, in Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W. Va. A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Rondo and Winnie Bunton Cowan. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Maples Texaco.
   He was preceded in death by a brother, Vestal Cowan, and a sister, Rosa Conway.
   Survivors include his wife, Joyce Campbell Cowan; two sons and one daughter-in-law: Clinton R. Cowan and Bruce E. and Patricia Cowan; and one granddaughter, Katie Cowan.
   Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Meadowview Baptist Church, with the Rev. Richard Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Buntontown Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from friends and family. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in the chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, or at the residence of a niece, Kathy Hartley, 473 Meadowview Church Road, at any time. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence E. Garland
   Clarence E. Garland, 74 of 503 Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at his residence.
   He was a native of Johnson City and lived here most of his life except for four years in Elizabethton.
   He was a son of the late Roby Bennett Garland and Lela Maxine Hodge Garland.
   He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Bullah Garland and by one infant son, John Paul Garland.
   He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church but attended Grace Free Will Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
   Mr. Garland was a material dyer for Watauga Industries.
   Survivors include one son, Thomas E. "Tom' Garland of Jonesborough; two daughters, Karen L. Greer, of Johnson City; and Sue Alvis of Gray; one brother, James H. Garland, of Johnson City; one sister, Lois J. Garland of Johnson City; four grandchildren, Billy J. Greer, Buffe Maupin, Billy C. Kyker, Jr., and Crystal A. Garland; two great-grandchildren; and one nephew, James K. Garland.
   Funeral services for Mr. Garland will be held at 8 p.m. Monday from the Morris-Baker North Chapel. The Rev. Curtis Hurt and the Rev. Talmadge Brown will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from Maple Lawn Cemetery in Jonesborough. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for these services. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City.

Howard Vance
   Mr. Howard Vance, age 84, 2510 Highway 107, Unicoi, died Friday, May 7, 2004, in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Vance was a lifelong Unicoi County resident and a son of the late Sam and Jane Campbell Vance. He retired from the State of Tennessee Highway Department in 1982 after 20 years of service. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Vance Gouge, three brothers, Dave Vance, Earl Vance, and Willie Vance, and four sisters, Ethel Vance Gouge, Pearl Vance Ledford, Elsie Vance and Frankie Vance Richardson.
   Survivors include his wife, Mildred Hammitt Vance; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Paul and Mary Vance, Hampton; Harley and Marie Vance, Marietta, S.C.; Dale and Peggy Vance, and Johnnie Vance, all of Unicoi; and Sam and Mary Lou Vance, Erwin; seven daughters and six sons-in-law, Peggy and David Dickerson, Sue and Daniel Hannah, and Bonnie and Randy Scivedge, all of Marietta, S.C.; Shirley and Bruce Stevens, Hampton; Ruth and Joe Hannah, Newport; Ann and Dennis Haun, Erwin, and Diane Gouge, Unicoi; 31 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral service for Mr. Vance will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. B. F. McKinney and the Rev. David Dickerson will officiate. Music will be provided by the Green Mountain Quartet and Inez Chandler. Committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Burrell Cemetery, Carter County. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the funeral home by 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Family, ministers, friends and pallbearers may gather at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m. Monday. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ledfordfuneralhome.com. Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, 743-1381 or 928-4595, is in charge of the arrangements.

May 7, 2004

Louie G. Braswell
  
Louie Gordon Braswell, 64, of Sugar Hollow Road, Roan Mtn., died Wednesday, May 5, 2004 in Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia.
   He was a native of Avery County, North Carolina, and a son of the late Herman Ishmal and Marie Lillian Green Braswell.
   He was a shrubberyman and truck driver.
   He was a member of Lower Shell Creek Christian Church.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Garland Braswell.
   Survivors include sons Jimmy and Todd Braswell, of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter Teresa Braswell, of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters Marilyn "Jenny" Atkins, of Martinsville, Va. and Janell Huffman, of Petersburg, Va., and Deborah Houston, of Newland, N.C., and one grandchild.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004 at the Lower Shell Creek Christian Church with the Rev. Gerald Holly officiating. The graveside service and burial will follow in the Johnson-Roan View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2004 at the Lower Shell Creek Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memorials may be made by visiting www.reinssturdivantfuneralhome.com.
   Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland, N.C. is serving the Braswell family, (828) 733-2121.

Johnny K. Cooper
   Johnny Keith Cooper, 42, 121 Nanny Goat Hill, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004 at his residence following an extended illness.
   A native of Unicoi County, he lived in Carter County for the last 10 years.
   He is a son of Eston and Janice Tittle Cooper of Erwin.
   He was of the Baptist faith.
   Mr. Cooper was a former employee of N N, Inc., Ball & Roller Division of Erwin.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, are his spouse, Brenda Tester Cooper, of the home; one stepson, Andrew Whitehead of Elizabethton; three brothers, Rick Cooper, Steve Cooper and Andrew Cooper, all of Erwin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service for Johnny Keith Cooper will be conducted Friday, May 7, 2004 at 8 p.m. at the Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Rev. Doug Ranshaw officiating. Music will be under the direction of Sounds of Victory and Tracy McLaughlin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, prior to the service in the Chapel of Peace and at other times at the residence at 121 Nanny Goat Hill, Elizabethton. The graveside service and burial will be held Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin at 2 p.m. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8 to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers are Donnie Pate, Robert Turbyfill, Jeff Metcalf, Mike Metcalf, Ronnie Johnson, Edgar Rice, Tracy McLaughlin and Joel McLaughlin. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Edminston, Ellis Bennet, and Ricky Hyder. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Jacob H. Kinman
   Mr. Jacob Henry Kinman, 79, of Nashville, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Trevecca Healthcare Center in Nashville. 
   He was retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service and was a member of the U.S. Naval Exchange for 12 years. 
   Mr. Kinman was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Kinman in 2001. Survivors include one daughter, Ernestine Gibb, of Florida; one son, Claude Dishmon of Virginia; one sister, Anna Mary Drescher of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Richard Goodman, Lisa Draper, Jacob Gibb, Gabrielle Allums, Beverly Farrance and David Dismon; six great-grandchildren also survive.
   Funeral services for Mr. Jacob Henry Kinman will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Estep officiating. Burial will follow in the Ensor Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Tennessee Army National Guard, 730th Quarter Master Company. The family will receive friends at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from noon until time of the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com.
   Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Shelby J. Wilson
  
Shelby Jean Wilson, 2374 Siam Rd., Elizabethton, died Thursday, May 6, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Denver and Victoria Hodge Moretz.
   She was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Siam Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
   Survivors include her husband, Ralph J. Wilson; her extended family, Ann Mullins, Mountain City; Carol Ann Johnson, Hampton; Chris Mullins, Mountain City, and Alex Yates, Hampton; two sisters, Ivalee Sheron, Mountain City Care Center and Neil Watson, Hampton; a brother, Charles Moretz, Evansville, Tennessee. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jack Roddy and Rev. Willis Lunsford officiating. Burial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 2004 in the Mausoleum of Peace, Happy Valley Memorial Park. Mr. Bill Anderson will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, will be Aubrey Brown, Kenneth Rainbolt, Jack Ingram, John Rednour, Doug Nave and Doug Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be employees and retirees of Inland Container, the Transportation Department of the Carter County School System and her church family. 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 to the Wilson family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

May 6, 2004

Louie Braswell
  
Louie Braswell, 64, of Roan Mtn., died Wednesday, May 5, 2004 in Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland, N.C. (828) 733-2121.

Johnny K. Cooper
  
Mr. Johnny Keith Cooper, 42, 121 Nanny Goat Hill, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004 at his 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.

May 5, 2004

Clifford B. Hyder
   LAKELAND, Fla. -- Clifford B. Hyder, 85, of Lakeland, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at his residence.
   Mr. Hyder was a native of Carter County, Tenn., and a former resident of Detroit, Mich. He had resided in Lakeland since 1960.
   Mr. Hyder was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and a member of Oak Grove Christian Church in Carter County. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Fleet Reserve, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
   Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Maxine Hyder, Lakeland; a son, Gary Hyder, Marietta, Ga.; and a daughter, Karen H. Smith, Englewood, Fla. Three grandchildren also survive.
   Full military honors will be performed at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3236, Lakeland, FL 33802 or to the ALS Association, 9887 4th Street N., Suite 201, St. Petersburg, FL 33702. Arrangements were by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel, 1727 South Bartow Road, Lakeland, Fla., (863) 688-7679.

Trudie V. Randall
   Trudie Vera Bowden Randall, 93, formerly of 1009 Pearl St., Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 2, 2004 at Pine Ridge Care Center following an extended illness.
   A native of Fentress County, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Lafayette Stevens and Mary Elizabeth Smith Bowden.
   Mrs. Randall was the wife and helpmate of the late Rev. Hobart Randall.
   She was a member of the East Side Baptist Church, Elizabethton, where she once served as WMU Director and discipleship training teacher.
   Mrs. Randall was a school teacher, having taught at Midway, Hunter and Buladean schools in Carter and Fentress counties in Tennessee retiring after 28 years of service. Prior to becoming a teacher, she attended the Stockton Valley Academy, Fentress County and was valedictorian of her class.
   Mrs. Randall was a graduate of Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, Tenn. As an educator, she was a member of the National Education Association and the Carter County Retired Teachers' Association. She was a former member of Friends of the Library.
   In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Randall was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter, Deborah Palagyi.
   Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Randall Keylon, and Ruth and Mark Cooper, both of Elizabethton; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Hobart and Karen Randall, Crossville; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Keith Bryan Banner, Cincinnati, Ohio; Robin Renee and Derek Brown, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mark Jason and Jennie Keylon and David Wayne and Lisa Keylon, all of Elizabethton, Jeff and Michelle Randall, Crossville, Patrick and Marcy Randall, Livingston, Tenn., Lyndsey and Bradley Davis, Crossville; eight great-grandchildren, Melanie Nicole Keylon, Matthew McKinley Keylon, Wesley Wayne Keylon, Whitney Danielle Keylon, Haley Autumn Keylon, Seth McKinley Randall, Lauren McKenzie Randall and Kendra Elizabeth Keylon; three nieces, Carla StClair, Wanda Faye and Zola Mae; two nephews, Donald Ray Bowden and Jerry David Bowden; a granddaughter's spouse, Brian Palagyi, Elizabethton; and a special friend, Goldia Scott, Elizabethton.
   The funeral service for Mrs. Randall will be conducted Friday, May 7, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the East Side Baptist Church with Rev. Gayle Hartley and Rev. Dale Holcomb officiating. Music is under the direction of John Brookshire, Rev. Dale Holcomb and Frank Maples. Interment will follow the service at Happy Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home and at other times at the residence of a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Randall Keylon, 215 H. Heaton Road, Elizabethton. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Keith Bryan Banner, Mark Jason Keylon, David Wayne Keylon, Jeff Randall, Patrick Randall, Mark Cooper and Brian Palagyi. Honorary pallbearers include friends and neighbors of Pearl Street, Elizabethton, the church family at East Side Baptist Church, and a special thanks to the staff and nurses of Pine Ridge Care Center. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Annie B. Armstrong Missions Offering at Eastside Baptist Church, 1509 Siam Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

May 4, 2004

George W. Grindstaff III
  
George Washington Grindstaff III, 45, 125 Amanda Smalling Rd., Elizabethton, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 2, 2004.
   He was a native of Carter County. He was the son of Inez Grindstaff and the late George W. Grindstaff.
   Preceding him in death is his father, George W. Grindstaff, in 1988, and his sister, Yevette Grindstaff, in 1997.
   He was a master mechanic.
   His loving family survivors include his mother, Inez Grindstaff; his son, G.W. Grindstaff IV; two grand-daughters, Sierra Garland and Emily Yevette Grindstaff; two brothers, Carl Grindstaff and Quirinus Grindstaff; three sisters, Yolanda Hardin, Lois Shoun, Nicolette Grindstaff; nephews, Chad Salyer, Cory Salyer, Q. Grindstaff and Johnie Grindstaff; nieces, Crissy Salyer, Cari Salyer; great nieces, Chelsea Williams and Mindy Salyer, and great nephews, John Grindstaff and Benjamin Grindstaff. He is also survived by his best friends, Odell Cable, Jerry Taylor, Harold Dean (Boogie) Arnold, Harley Benfield, Melissa Thompson, Chig Taylor, Jerry Hart and kindred spirit, Johnie Grindstaff, and his best pet friends, Tatianna, Silhouette and Kimimela.
   A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Grindstaff officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at 129 Josiah Trail, Elizabethton, or the residence of his mother, Inez Grindstaff, 650 Nave Hollow Loop, Elizabethton. It was his wish to be cremated. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Melvin A. Livingston
   Melvin A. Livingston, age 79, of 1173 Powder Branch Rd., Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 1, 2004 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Nursing Home Care Unit, Mountain Home, following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late John and Vistula McKeehan Livingston.
   Mr. Livingston was a retired employee of Jarl, and was a former Body and Fender man.
   He was a U.S Army veteran serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict, and received a Purple Heart during the Korean Conflict.
   He was a member of Powder Branch Baptist Church.
   Mr. Livingston was preceded in death by a sister Ruth McKnight, and six brothers, Ray, Murry, J.B., Ira, Delbert and Glen Livingston.
   Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Smith Livingston, of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Gilda and Teddy Reed, Elizabethton, and Judy Scalf, Elizabethton; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Vivian and Tony Bowman, of King, N.C.; Helen and Jim Harrington, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Annie Livingston, Winston-Salem, N.C.; five grandchildren and spouses, Melanie and Kenneth McAllister, Johnson City; Stephanie and Chris Grindstaff, Elizabethton; Jena and Franklin Ortega, Elizabethton; William and Chessie Shoun, Roan Mountain; Jeremy Reed, Weatherford, Texas; three great grandchildren, Tre Shoun, Roan Mountain; Jordon Reed, Elizabethton, and Liliana Ortega, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Trudie V. Randall
   Trudie Vera Bowden Randall, 93, formerly of 1009 Pearl St., Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 2, 2004 at Pine Ridge Care Center following an extended illness.
   A native of Fentress County, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Lafayette Stevens and Mary Elizabeth Smith Bowden.
   Mrs. Randall was the wife and helpmate of the late Rev. Hobart Randall.
   She was a member of the East Side Baptist Church, Elizabethton, where she once served as WMU Director and discipleship training teacher.
   Mrs. Randall was a school teacher, having taught at Midway, Hunter and Buladean schools in Carter and Fentress counties in Tennessee retiring after 28 years of service.
   Prior to becoming a teacher, she attended the Stockton Valley Academy, Fentress County and was valedictorian of her class.
   Mrs. Randall was a graduate of Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, Tennessee. As an educator, Mrs. Randall was a member of the National Education Association and the Carter County Retired Teachers' Association.
   She was a former member of Friends of the Library.
   In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Randall was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter, Deborah Palagyi.
   Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Randall Keylon, and Ruth and Mark Cooper, both of Elizabethton; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Hobart and Karen Randall of Crossville; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Keith Bryan Banner, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Robin Renee and Derek Brown, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mark Jason and Jennie Keylon and David Wayne and Lisa Keylon, both of Elizabethton; Jeff and Michelle Randall, Crossville; Patrick and Marcy Randall, Livingston, Tenn.; Lyndsey and Bradley Davis, Crossville; eight great-grandchildren survive, Melanie Nicole Keylon, Matthew McKinley Keylon, Wesley Wayne Keylon, Whitney Danielle Keylon, Haley Autumn Keylon, Seth McKinley Randall, Lauren McKenzie Randall, and Kendra Elizabeth Keylon; three nieces, Carla StClair, Wanda Faye and Zola Mae; two nephews, Donald Ray Bowden and Jerry David Bowden; a grand-daughter's spouse, Brian Palagyi, Elizabethton, and special friend Goldia Scott, Elizabethton, also survive.
   The funeral service for Mrs. Randall will be conducted Friday, May 5, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the East Side Baptist Church, with Rev. Gayle Hartley and Rev. Dale Holcomb officiating. Music is under the direction of John Brookshire, Rev. Dale Holcomb and Frank Maples. Burial will follow the service in Happy Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 3, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tetrick Funeral Home and at other times at the residence of a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Randall Keylon, 215 H. Heaton Rd., Elizabethton. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Keith Bryan Banner, Mark Jason Keylon, David Wayne Keylon, Jeff Randall, Patrick Randall, Mark Cooper, and Brian Palagyi. Honorary pallbearers include friends and neighbors of Pearl Street, Elizabethton and the church family at East Side Baptist Church. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Annie B. Armstrong Missions Offering at Eastside Baptist Church, 1509 Siam Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

May 3, 2004

Melvin A. Livingston
   Melvin A. Livingston, age 79, of 1173 Powder Branch Rd., Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 1, 2004 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Nursing Home Care Unit, Mountain Home, following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late John and Vistula McKeehan Livingston.
   Mr. Livingston was a retired employee of Jarl, and was a former Body and Fender man.
   He was a U.S Army veteran serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict, and received a Purple Heart during the Korean Conflict.
   Mr. Livingston was preceded in death by a sister Ruth McKnight, and six brothers, Ray, Murry, J.B., Ira, Delbert, and Glen Livingston.
   Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Smith Livingston, of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Gilda and Teddy Reed, Elizabethton, and Judy Scalf, Elizabethton; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Vivian and Tony Bowman, of King, N.C.; Helen and Jim Harrington, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Annie Livingston, Winston-Salem, N.C.; five grandchildren and spouses, Melanie and Kenneth McAllister, Johnson City; Stephanie and Chris Grindstaff, Elizabethton; Jena and Franklin Ortega, Elizabethton; William and Chessie Shoun, Roan Mountain; Jeremy Reed, Weatherford, Texas; three great grandchildren, Tre Shoun, Roan Mountain; Jordon Reed, Elizabethton, and Liliana Ortega, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2004 in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Dennis Peterson, Rev. James Archer, and Rev. Art Webb officiating.
   The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2004 in McKeehan Cemetery, Elizabethton. Military honors will be presented by the Tennessee National Guard Troop F 2nd 278 ACR Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 3 prior to the service in the chapel, or other times at the residence, 1173 Powder Branch Rd., Elizabethton. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Haynes McKeehan, Ralph Livingston, Bobby Livingston, Jim Livingston, Kenneth Emmert, Herman Shephard, Rev. Mark Grubb, Fred Holder, Roy Pierce, Roy Robinette, and the nursing staff and doctors of the Veterans Administration Nursing Center Home Care Unit No. 1. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

Trudie B. Randall
  
Mrs. Trudie Bowden Randall, 93, formerly of 1009 Pearl St., Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 2, 2004 in the Pine Ridge Care Center of Elizabethton.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

May 2, 2004

Ruth A. Bush
   Ruth A. Bush, 81, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., died Monday, April 26, 2004.
   Mrs. Buth was preceded in death by her husband, Willie C. "Bill" Bush, and a son, William Lee Bush; was dearest mother to three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gary S. and Sharon Bush, John S. and Cindy Bush, and Keith Bush; loving grandmother to four grandchildren and great-grandmother to one; two sisters, Alice Hammond and Gladys Elmer.
   The family received friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at Chas Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe, Mich. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 22915 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores, Mich. Interment was conducted Saturday, May 1, at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton. Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232. Visit our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com

Nell S. Merritt
   Mrs. Nell Stewart Merritt, 75, 111 Humphries Lane, Johnson City, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mrs. Merritt was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Thomas and Ina Shaw Stewart. She was also preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
   Mrs. Merritt was a homemaker.
   Survivors include her husband, Howard Charles Merritt, of the home; a son, Larry Merritt, Elizabethton; two daughters, Vivian Newman, Madisonville, Tenn., and Linda Conner Parker, Johnson City; five grandchildren, Mike Merritt, Kenneth Merritt and Diane Dugger, all of Elizabethton, Sarah Newman, Madisonville, Tenn., and Ricky Conner, Johnson City; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Mack Stewart, Butler, James Stewart, Johnson City, and Franklin Stewart, Kingsport; three sisters, Marcella "Sue" Combs, Jonesborough, Margaret Way and Anita "Pauline" Stewart, both of Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Mike Koruschak, minister, officiating. Music will be by David Arney, organist. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Baker, David Stewart, Michael Britt, Jim Newman, Pat Parker and Billy Merritt. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Monday. 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.

Clara M. Richardson
   Clara Maude Livingston Richardson, 94, Highway 91, Elizabethton, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following a brief illness.
   Mrs. Richardson was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late George Pettiebone and Susan Ann Estep Livingston. She was also preceded in death by a son, James Shoun, four brothers, four sisters and three nephews.
   Survivors include her husband, Crucie Richardson, of the home; two sisters, Blannie Carden and Nancy Carolyn Madden, both of Elizabethton; three grandchildren, Jamie Shoun, Sharon Boyd and Larry Boyd, all of North Carolina; and three great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
   The graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Garland Cemetery, Stoney Creek Community, with the Rev. Clate Briggs and the Rev. Willie Campbell officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Friends may call at the residence of a niece, 234 Bill Nave Loop, 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.

Phyllis F. Tingle
   Phyllis F. Tingle, 65, 1903 Dawn Drive, Melbourne, Fla., died Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at her residence.
   Mrs. Tingle was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late Ray W. and Edith Colbaugh Feathers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Richard Tingle, November 12, 1990, and a brother, Charles Feathers.
   Mrs. Tingle was a 1956 graduate of Elizabethton High School. She had lived in Florida since 1966 and was a retired employee of the Social Security, Melbourne, Fla. She was a member of the Eau Gallie Christian Church.
   Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, R. Matthew and Heather L. Tingle, Melbourne, Fla.; a daughter, Michele Tingle, Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Vicki Ray, Elizabethton; two brothers, W.C. "Bill" Feathers and Jerry Feathers, both of Elizabethton; and a granddaughter, Lauren Tingle. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Glenn Keller, minister, officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 2, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her sister, Vicki Ray, 507 West F Street, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joe E. Usary
   Joe E. Usary, 75, 1604 Willowbrook Drive, Johnson City, died Thursday, April 29, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mr. Usary was a native of Carter County and had lived most of his life in the Johnson City area. He was a son of the late J. Ernest and Hattie Butler Usary. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne Usary, Wilburn Usary and Kenneth Usary.
   Mr. Usary was the owner and operator of Joe's Restaurant in Unicoi and later was the owner and operator of Usary's Cafeteria in Johnson City. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Church of Christ.
   Survivors include his wife, Wanda Street Usary, Johnson City; a son, Shane Usary, Johnson City; and a brother, Searle Usary, Brea, Calif. One niece and several nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the South Chapel of Morris-Baker Funeral Home with the Rev. Hagan McClellan officiating. Special music will be provided by Sonny Younce, soloist. Entombment will follow in the Chapel Mausoleum of Monte Vista Memorial Park. The family will receive friends in the funeral chapel from 1:30 until 3 p.m. Sunday. Active pallbearers will be selected from friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Clark, Robert "Red" Garland, Dr. Fawwaz Hamati, James Henline, John Hensley, Dr. Ahmad Khan, Fred Lockett, John G. Love, Claude McInturff, Dr. Chris Sholes, Fred Stout, Kale Street, Freeman Taylor, Jerry Vance, Rowland Verran, Arnold Wiseman, Jeff Wiseman, Dr. Brett Wyche and Sonny Younce. For those who prefer, the family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601. Online condolences may be sent to the Usary family at www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521.