May 30, 2004

Joseph D. Culbertson
   Joseph D. "Scooter" Culbertson, age 46, of Elizabethton, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 28, 2004, at the VA Medical Center, Johnson City.
   He was a member of the Sinking Spring Baptist Church and later attended West Highland.
   He was owner and operator of Scooter and Wife Dry Wall Co. in Hickory, N.C., for the past 16 years. He graduated from Fort Campbell in 1976 while serving in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Elsie Culbertson, and an infant brother.
   Survivors include his wife of 17 years Deb Culbertson, two daughters, Kristy Lee Culbertson of Bristol, Va.; and Angie Meyer of Hickory, N.C.; one son, Shawn Meyer of Hickory, N.C.; two sisters, Debbie Salyer Kaywood of Blountville; and Lisa Fann of Hickory, N.C.; three grandchildren, Tyler Herold of Elizabethton; Heaven Meyer and Jonathon Meyer of Claremont, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Barbara Manring of Elizabethton, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Sharon Blevins, of Anderson Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2004, from the West Highlands Church, with Pastor Sam officiating. Commital service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Shipley Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by Troop F 2/278th ACR Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Graham, Cecil Widner, Daniel Fuel, Michael Salyer, John Salyer, and Ricky Smith. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Weaver Funeral home, 630 Locust Street, Bristol, TN 37620 to help on the funeral expenses. The family will receive friends from 6-7:45 p.m. Sunday at the West Highland Church prior to the service. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Weaver Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Culbertson. 

Gilbert L. Grotti
  
Gilbert Lee Grotti, 59, 1544 Broad Street, Elizabethton, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Richvview, Ill., he was a son o fthe late John O. and Viola Kane Grotti. He had lived in Carter County for the past 14 years. He was a welder. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the VFW Post 2166.
   Survivors include a son, Stephen W. Garrett, Alma, Ill.; two daughters, Tina Grotti and LeAnne Grotti; one brother, John W. Grotti, Arnold, Mo.; and a sister, Wanda Sims, Leoma.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2004, in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with the VA Chaplain officiating. Interment will follow. Military honors will be conducted by the Tennessee National Guard. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Benjamin A. Hall
   Benjamin Alan Hall, 29, of Olney, Ill., passed away on May 28, 2004, in Santa Clause, Ind.
   Benjamin was born March 15, 1975, in Maryville, to Gary and Opal Hall. He spent the first 16 years of his life in Newton, Ill., having moved there with his parents when he was six weeks of age. He moved to Johnson City in 1992.
   Benjamin married June Allison on March 5, 1999, in Pigeon Forge. He moved back to Illinois in 1996.
   Benjamin is survived by his wife, June, and daughters, Jordan Opal and April May of Olney, Ill.; parents, Gary and Opal Hall of West Salem Ill; a sister, Julie, and her husband, Michael Reid; a niece, Kara Reid; a nephew, Nathaniel Reid, all of Lincoln, Ill.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
   Benjamin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Eva Zeigler, F.O. and Viola Hall; and a sister, Amy Marie Hall.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a scholarship fund for his daughters, through Citizens National Bank of Albion, Ill. Services and visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2004, at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem, Ill. Final interment will be at the Mountain View Church of Christ Cemetery of Maryville.

Joy L. White
  
Joy Leen White, 61, 1141 Bluefield Avenue, Elizabethton, died Friday, May 28, 2004, in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Annie Brewer Timbs. She was a 1960 graduate of Elizabethton High School. Mrs. White lived in Washington, D.C., from 1962 to 1973, where she was employed by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company for 10 years. After returning to Elizabethton, she was employed for 10 years at the United Inter-Mountain Telephone Company. She was a member of the East Side Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. White was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Richard Timbs.
   Survivors include her husband, George Evans White, Sr.; a daughter, Lisa Darlene White, of the home; a son, George Evans White, Jr., Elizabethton; two grandchildren, Cerri White Bradley and Landon Calab White; four sisters, Pat Campbell, Louise Timbs, Linda Jones and Glenda Buckles, all of Elizabethton; two brothers, Gary and Jim Timbs, both of Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews; also a very special cousin, Harold Timbs.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Darrell Hardin and the Rev. Doug Hardin officiating. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Sonny Jones, Mike Estep, Dave Campbell, Joe Buckles, and her nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. William Kincaid and the staff of the 5300 wing, Johnson City Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences may be emailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

May 28, 2004

Charles H. Rippetoe
   Charles Hugh Rippetoe, age 66, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at the Center, Elizabethton.
   Mr. Rippetoe was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County.
   He was a son of the late Dr. Charles D. and Beatrice Beasley Rippetoe and was also preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Carolyn Rippetoe.
   Mr. Rippetoe was a member of Central Baptist Church.
   Survivors include one brother, John Rippetoe, Johnson City and one sister, Nancy Crumley, Kingsport; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
   A graveside funeral service for Mr. Rippetoe will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2004 at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Pastor Barry Burns will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Active pallbearers will be John Rippetoe, John Paul Rippetoe, Lynn Crumley, Kevin Crumley, Larry Burns, Guy Meade and Chuck Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be T. J. Graves, Charles Graves, John McCrary, Dr. Doug Crockett, W. Thomas Meade and Ambers Wilson. The family extends a special thanks and deep appreciation to the wonderful friends and family at the Life Care Center of Elizabethton and the caregivers at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Elizabethton. Online condolences to the family may be sent through www.morrisbaker.com.
   Morris-baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601, (423-282-1521), is serving the family.

May 26, 2004

Pearl Babb
   Mrs. Pearl Babb, 85, of 243 Short Coal Chute Rd., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness. A native of Carter County, she was the wife of the late Marshall L. Babb and a daughter of the late Charlie and Josie Braswell Chambers.
   Mrs. Babb was a member of the Millers Grove Free Will Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
   In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Horace Babb, Harold Babb and Marshall Babb, Jr., two grandsons and one granddaughter.
   Survivors are eight daughters and six sons-in-law, Della Jean Hensley of Elizabethton; Joann and William Cannon of Elizabethton; Wanda Cline of Roan Mountain; Patricia and Bobby Procise of Wilson, Va.; Kay and Gary Ford of Elizabethton; Connie and Maurie Lamore of Elizabethton; Naomi and Steve Barnett of Johnson City; Marsha and Alton Cagle of Glouster, Va.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Ron Babb of the home, and Don and Lorraine Babb of Elizabethton; and one sister, Mary Henegar of Johnson City. Thirty-four grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson also survive.
   The funeral service for Mrs. Pearl Babb will be conducted Thursday, May 27, 2004, at 8 p.m. in the Tetrick Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace, with the Rev. Mark Street and the Rev. Gene Swartz officiating. Music will be under the direction of Darin Livingston. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to the service. The graveside service and burial will be conducted Friday, May 28, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the Sparks Cemetery. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from the grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are friends and neighbors. 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.

John D. Bryan
   John D. Bryan, 57, 122 Archway Court, Elizabethton, died Monday, May 24, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
   A native of Banner Elk, N.C., he was the son of the late Dan and Ida Miller Bryan.
   He was of the Free Will Baptist Faith.
   He was preceded in death by three sisters.
   Survivors include his wife, Patricia Calloway Bryan, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ginny and Roger Trivette and Wendy and Gary Adkins; one son and daughter-in-law, Stacy and Amy Bryan; three grandchildren, John Wesley Bates, Daniel Bates, and Abigail Bryan; three sisters, Joyce Greene, Barbara Hill, and Della Richardson; two nephews, Jim Hill and Roger Townsend; a special niece, Sandy Blevins; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Henry and Wanda Calloway, Elizabethton; and several other nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Charlie Trivette officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel prior to the funeral service, or friends may call at the residence of a sister-in-law, Tammy Hill, 305 Nave Hollow Loop, Elizabethton, any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2004 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Robert Calloway, Jimmy Calloway, Dan Calloway, David Timbs, Greg Hill, Richard Lyons, Brandon Blevins and Jim Hill. Honorary pallbearers will be James Osborne, Charles Bare, Charlie Hughes, Rudy Cambpell, Ronnie Lewis, James Trivette, Melvin Estep, Don Trivette, Genie Buck and Vance Church. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday 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.

Norman F. Flynn
  
Norman F. Flynn, 72, 9523 Winding Lane, Loveland, Ohio, died Monday, May 24, 2004, at Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, unexpectedly.
   A native of St. Clair Shores, Mich., he had lived in Ohio most of his life.
   He was the son of the late William Frederick and Louise Isabell Fries Flynn. He was of the Protestant faith.
   He was a retired engineer from Ford Motor Company.
   He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in Korea.
   He was a member of the V.F.W. in Ohio.
   Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Johnson Flynn, of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sandra and Robert Hickey, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nancy Terrell, Cincinnati, Ohio; one son, John Flynn, Harrisen Island, Mich.; two step-sons, Jeffery Mink, Bristol, Va., and Joe Mink, Bristol, Va.; one step-daughter, Jeana Swanson, Bridgeport, W. Va.; nine grandchildren, one great- grandchild; one brother, Dennis Flynn, Grand Rapids, Mich.; his mother-in-law, Mrs. C.B. (Mittie Belle) Johnson, Elizabethton; and several nieces and nephews.
   The graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Randy Johnson and the Rev. Lester Makinnon officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Military honors to be accorded by the Tennessee Army National Guard. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends any time at the residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. C.B. (Mittie Belle) Johnson, 800 Jordan Rd., Elizabethton. In lieu of flowers, those who prefer may make donations to Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church (Building Fund), 1503 Riverview Dr., 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.

Dean H. Guffey
  
Dean H. Guffey, 63, 1106 Lynndale Dr., Elizabethton, died Monday May 24, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following a battle with cancer.
   A native of Sullivan County, he had lived in Elizabethton since 1964.
   He was the son of the late Roy Fuller and Maggie Harrington Guffey.
   Mr. Guffey loved the Lord and was a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Grace Baptist Church and had an influence on young people's lives by the Christian life he lived.
   He was currently a math teacher at Happy Valley High School, and had taught at University High School and Washington College Academy.
   He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Guffey, April, 17, 1986, and one sister, Margaret Webster.
   Survivors include his wife, Peggy Rutledge Guffey, of the home; one son, David Guffey, Johnson City; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Roy Guffey, Jr., and Gladys Guffey, Bristol, Jerry Guffey, Bristol, Glenn and Joann Guffey, New Orleans, LA, and Bobby and Joann Guffey, Brisol, Va.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Bud Steadman, Bristol, Va., and Wilma and Charlie Allen, Radford, Va.; his mother-in-law, Carrie Ruthledge, Bluff City; and several nieces and nephews.
   A celebration of Life service for Dean H. Guffey will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Rev. Gordon Kyte. The family will receive friends at Grace Baptist Church, from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, prior to the Celebration of Life service. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from deacons of Grace Baptist Church. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Grace Baptist Church on Friday, at 10:15 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. The family would like to send a sincere thank you to the following people for the love, support and acts of kindness shown during Mr. Guffey's illness, Dr. Kelley Whitmer, Outpatient Oncology ETSU; Dr. Stephen Smith, Nursing Staff of 5200 Wing at Johnson City Medical Center; Class of 2004 - Happy Valley High School; administrative staff of schools whom he has worked with; faculty and staff - Happy Valley High School; Conley and Nancy Williams and Harol Smith. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Grace Baptist Church (Building Fund), 1114 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.

Carmel G. Holtsclaw
  
Carmel Guy Holtsclaw, 78, 7290 U.S. Highway 19-E, Roan Mtn., died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Stockton Residential Home for the Elderly.
   He was a native of Carter County and was a son of the late Weaber and Ethel Johnson Holtsclaw.
   He was of the Baptist faith.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother; the one that raised him, Nettie Edney Holtsclaw; four brothers, Arville, Boyd, Conley, and Danny Holtsclaw; and two sisters, Vernie Hughes and Norma Birchfield.
   Survivors include three sisters and one brother-in-law, Onza Johnson, Beulah Hughes, Renolee and J.D. Whitehead, all of Roan Mountain; one sister-in-law, Blanche Holtsclaw, Roan Mountain; 13 nephews and 13 nieces, and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Also surviving are special friends, Leroy and Louella Stockton, Diane Tolley, Tammy Blevins, Mitt Tonnson, all employees of Stockton's Residential Home for the Elderly.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2004 at the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Barry Shepherd and Pastor Jerry McCoury officiating. Music will be under the direction of Burbank Quartet. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday prior to the funeral service, or friends may call at the residence of Onza Johnson, 179 Hampton Creek Rd., Roan Mountain, any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2004 at Johnson Cemetery, Crabtree Community. Active pallbearers will be all nephews, Vernon, Roman, Gary, Johnny, Kenneth, Eddie, Ricky Holtsclaw, Enith Rhymer, Wade and Gary Dale Hughes, Junior and Rondal, and Scotty Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers will be Ivy Height Baptist Church Men's Class, Burbank Baptist Church Men's Class, Morgan Branch Baptist Church Men's Class and Joe Berry. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. on Friday. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, 423-772-3928, is in charge of the arrangements.

May 25, 2004

Christine Church
   Christine Mary Birchfield Church, 83, formerly of 144 Gordon Church Rd., Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 23, 2004 in Erwin Health Care Center, Erwin, following an extended illness.  
   She was born in Carter County and was a daughter of the late Grant and Bertha Irick Birchfield. 
   She was a member of the Valley Forge Christian Church. 
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Gordie Russel Church and several brothers and sisters.
   Survivors include two sons, Chrisford Church and Don Church, both of Elizabethton; two daughters, Patye Heaton of Elizabethton, Teresa West of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister, Lorna Heaton of Erwin; one brother, Roy Birchfield of Elizabethton; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service for Christine Mary Birchfield Church will be conducted Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 8 p.m. in the Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with Mr. H. Clay Bailey, minister, officiating.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 25, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to the service. The graveside service and burial will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 10 a.m. in the Walnut Mountain Cemetery. Everyone will meet at the funeral home chapel at 9 a.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers are Clyde Dugger, R. E. Campbell, and Larry Finney. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. 
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of the arrangements, 423-542-2232.

Lela Colbaugh
  
Lela Colbaugh, 86, Greeneville, died at her residence on Monday, May 24, 2004.
   Mrs. Colbaugh was a member of Wayside Free Will Baptist Church.
   Mrs. Colbaugh was preceded in death by her husband, Luther B. Colbaugh; two daughters, Hildred "Hoodie" Colbaugh and Jewel Dean Ottinger; two brothers, Johnny and Stanley Peters; one sister, Mildred Grindstaff; and her parents, Jim and Nancy (Nan) Peters.
   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gale and Nadine Colbaugh, Elizabethton; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Phyllis and Roger Laws, Janet Ricker and Tammy Colbaugh and Dean King, Greeneville; eight grandchildren, Teresa Arnold, Penny Erwin, Lynn Ricker, Jeff Ricker, Chris Ricker, Max Laws, Elizabeth Laws, and Deborah Swatzell; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Trula Mae Fisher and Bessie and M.L. Fisher, Elizabethton; one brother and sister-in-law, Sanford and Marie Peters, Elizabethton; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Nicole Henderson, Dorothy and Bobby Davis and Mary Cannon.
   Funeral services will be conducted at Jeffers Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Lynn Neas, the Rev. Gene Swatzell and the Rev. Jeff Gibson will officiate. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Graceland Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Kenneth, Dale and Roger Colbaugh, Richard Hardin, Perry Rambo, Danny Ray Peters, Clifford Peters and Randall Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews of Henry and Creacy Colbaugh and Jim and Nan Peters. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Jeffers Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.jeffersmortuary.com.
   Jeffers Mortuary, 208 N. College St., Greeneville, 423-639-2141, is in charge of the arrangements.

Dean H. Guffey
   Dean H. Guffey, 63, 1106 Lynndale Dr., Elizabethton, died Monday, May 24, 2004 at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeanette P. Smith
  
Jeanette Pearl Smith, 86, 814 N. Roan St., Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, in the NHC Health Care, Johnson City.
   A native of Avery County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Jessie and Emma Dellinger Burleson.
   Mrs. Smith lived in Bristol for a period of about 5 1/2 years.
   She was a member of Happy Valley Baptist Church but had been attending Beidlman Presbyterian Church in Bristol.
   Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and active in the Senior Citizens.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Smith, Jr. and 10 brothers and sisters.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Joe Wytcher, Bristol; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Sharon Smith, Elizabethton; two grandchildren, Mary Ann Smith and Revonda Smith Fagan; one great-granddaughter, Emily Grace Smith; a brother-in-law, Robert Smith, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law, Louise Burleson, Henson Creek, N.C.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Burl Garland and the Rev. Niles Kitzmiller officiating. Graveside services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004 in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. The Beidlman Presbyterian Church Choir will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, will be Vernie Manuel, Robert Fritz, Sherrill Pitman, Conley Williams, Ted Burleson, and Gary Berry. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the home of her daughter, 415 Booher Dr., Bristol. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Smith family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Christopher W. Osborne
   Christopher Wade Osborne, infant son of Anthony Wade Osborne and Audrey Erin Kiser, 207 Coal Chute Rd., Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 23, 2004 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital. 
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his paternal grandparents, Ronnie and Lisa Osborne, Elizabethton, and Lonnie and Teresa Franklin, Chuckey; his maternal grandparents, Ron and Debra Kiser, Elizabethton; his paternal great-grandmother, Loretta Graham, Chuckey; his paternal great-grandparents, J. C. and Marie Osborne, Elizabethton, and an aunt, Paula Norris, Elizabethton. Six other aunts, six uncles and several other family members also survive.
   Graveside services and burial for Christopher Wade Osborne will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004 in O'Quinn Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Caleb Osborne and Zachary Davidson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Kiser Sr., Ronnie Kiser Jr. and Ronnie Osborne. The family will receive friends at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday or at the residence 207 Coal Chute Rd., Elizabethton, 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.

Bonnie K. Williams
  
 Bonnie Kate Williams, 77, 168 Little Stoney Creek Rd., Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
   A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Ethel Pierce Williams.
   She was of the Methodist faith and a homemaker.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Campbell "Totsie" Williams, and one sister, Viola Williams.
   Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Sonny Whitehead, of the home; two grandchildren, Amber Whitehead, of the home, and Michael Grindstaff, of the home; one sister, Novella Ramey, Elizabethton and several nieces and nephews.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2004, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Willie Campbell officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to the funeral service, or friends may call at the residence, 168 Little Stoney Creed Rd., Elizabethton, any time. The graveside service and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Caldwell Springs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Clinton Williams, Eddie Williams, Rick Williams, Bobby Lyons, Joe Johnson and Mike Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Campbell and A.B. Grindstaff. 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 the arrangements.

May 24, 2004

Jasper Pierce
   Jasper Pierce, 82, formerly of Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 22, 2004 in the Abington Manor, Abington, Va., following an extended illness.
   Mr. Pierce was a native of Carter County. He is the son of the late James Griffin and Anna Mae Oliver Pierce.
   He was of the Baptist faith.
   Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by two brothers, Eligha Pierce and Ray Pierce, and one sister, Evelyn Richardson.
   Mr. Pierce is survived by three sisters, Ellen Bradley and Novella Nidiffer, both of Elizabethton; Corine Carden, Lenoir, N.C., and a special friend, Nancy Tillet, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Garland and Rev. Clate Briggs officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the chapel. Friends may also call at the residence of a sister, Novella Nidiffer, 253 Lick Skillet Road, Elizabethton, at any time. The graveside service and burial will follow the funeral service in the Buckles Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to The American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Dr., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, in in charge of arrangements. 423/542-2232

Jeanette P. Smith
  
Jeanette Pearl Smith, 86, 415 Booher Dr., Bristol, Tenn., formerly of Elizabethton, died Sunday, May 23, 2004 in the NHC Healthcare Center, Johnson City.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie K. Williams
   Bonnie Kate Williams, 77, 168 Little Stoney Creek Rd., Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 22, 2004 at her residence.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements. 542-2232.

May 23, 2004

Terry L. Holly
   Terry Lynn Holly, 56, 100 Burrow Lane, Elizabethton, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
   Mr. Holly was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Glen Holly and Ruby Norris Holly Smith.
   Mr. Holly was a retired truck driver and was a music maker, having played lead guitar. He was a member of East Side Free Will Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Velva Grindstaff Holly; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda L. and Jack Kyte, Elizabethton; a son, Ralph L. Holly, Elizabethton; a brother, J.D. Holly, Elizabethton; two sisters, Betty Jo Oliver and Dorothy Stevens, both of Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Shane Holly, Cody Holly, Bethany Holly, Dylon Kyte and Baylee Kyte; and a special sister-in-law, Brenda Carlton.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Evangelist Kenny Lethcoe and Pastor Bobby Stout officiating. Music will be provided by Kathy Lethcoe, soloist. Special music will be played by his friends. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, will be J.D. Holly, Jack Kyte, David Carlton, Dewey Renfro, Charlie Phillips, Fred Ritchie and Gaylord Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Freeman, Howard "Junior" Holsclaw and Floyd Storie. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 noon Sunday until the service hour. Friends may also call at his residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

William H. Lyons
   NEWLAND, N.C. -- William Howard Lyons, 68, of Minneapolis, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.
   Mr. Lyons was a native of Carter County, Tenn., and the son of the late Thomas Dewey Lyons and Gertie Arnett Lyons.
   Mr. Lyons attended New Hope Church of Jesus in Hampton, Tenn.
   Survivors include his wife, Regina Lyons, of the home; three daughters, Roberta Smith and Rita Smith, both of Roan Mountain, Tenn., and Martha Elmore, Minneapolis; two sons, Richard Lyons of Kentucky and David Lyons, Elk Park; five sisters, Beatrice Morrell and Elsie Bare, both of Hampton, Tenn., Mary Baker, Mae Bowers and Patsy Markland, all of Roan Mountain, Tenn.; and four brothers, John Lyons, Jimmy Lyons and Tommy Lyons, all of Roan Mountain, Tenn., and Robert Lyons, Hampton, Tenn. Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
   Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Jonny Ollis officiating. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Family, friends and pallbearers will meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the Tanglewood Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Paul and Joe Oliver, Jerry and Robert Smith, Billy Bowers, Dewey Lyons and Jerry Smith Sr. Condolences may be sent to reins-sturdivant@funeral-plans.com. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland, N.C., (828) 733-2121, is serving the Lyons family.

Bobby K. Shelton
  
Bobby K. Shelton, 59, of Kingsport, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at his residence.
   Mr. Shelton was a native of Buncombe County, N.C., and the son of the late Frank and Marie Edwards Shelton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and an infant sister.
   Mr. Shelton was a retired policeman from Mountain Home and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Southside Christian Church in Elizabethton and the Rhea Masonic Lodge #47.
   Survivors include his wife, Linda H. Shelton, Kingsport; a daughter and son-in-law, Angelia F. and Jim Guimond, Kingsport; two stepsons, Todd Bishop, Kingsport, and Tim Bishop, Elizabethton; four sisters, Joyce Cummings of Florida, Glenna Riddle, Greeneville, Doris Hendrix, Elizabethton, and Shirley Ferguson, Jonesborough; and three brothers, Guy Shelton of Michigan, Ray Shelton of Kentucky and Ted Shelton of Florida. Six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, May 24, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City, with Mr. Mike Koruschak officiating. Music will be under the direction of Charles Dugger, pianist. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. The committal service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Jim Guimond, Alex Guimond, Todd Bishop, Charles Hendrix, Bill Allen, Jim Wishon, Ricky Campbell, Tony Shelton and David Foshie. Honorary pallbearers will be Edward Dietrich, Bill and Herb Renfro, the staff of Mountain Home Police Section, Glen Ward, Carmon Dugger and Dr. Krishnan at Mountain Home. Those who plan to attend the committal service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for the Shelton family are through Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, (423-610-7171).

Roy L. Troutman Sr.
   Roy Lee Troutman Sr., 85, 189 Hwy. 143, Roan Mountain, died unexpectedly Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Elizabethton.
   Mr. Troutman was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Hezekiah and Della Heaton Troutman. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Hughes Troutman, January 28, 1999, a daughter, Dorothy T. Hughes, and a granddaughter, Toni Young Vess.
   Mr. Troutman attended Victory Baptist Church. He was retired as owner/operator of the Phillips 66 Service Station in Roan Mountain.
   Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and C.L. Young, Minneapolis, N.C., Billie and LeRoy Gray, Greeneville, and Ruth Ann and Terry Tipton, Johnson City; a son, Roy Lee Troutman Jr., Roan Mountain; four brothers, Guy Troutman, Hampton, J.L. Troutman and Jack Troutman, both of Roan Mountain, and Ralph Troutman, Elizabethton; and two sisters, Edith Troutman Street and Willie Troutman Barnett, both of Roan Mountain. Six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Jerry Honeycutt and the Rev. Jim McMahan officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the home place in the Burbank community. Interment followed the funeral service in the Troutman Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Jonathan Gray, Brady Hughes, Allen Hughes, Terry Tipton, Mark Vess and Ray Heaton. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Marlowe, Robbie Stout, Richard Avery, LeRoy Gray and C.L. Young. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 559, Roan Mountain, TN 37687 or the Carter County Emergency Rescue Squad, Roan Mountain Substation, P.O. Box 776, Elizabethton, TN 37644. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, was in charge of arrangements.

May 21, 2004

Charles W. Burling
   Charles Wayne Burling, 70, 306 Range St., Elizabethton, died Thursday, May 20, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.
   A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Ed & Jean Bailiff Burling.
   Mr. Burling was a graduate of Elizabethton High School and the University of Tennessee.
   He was a retired chemist and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Elizabethton.
   He is survived by twelve first cousins.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. The graveside service and burial will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 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.

Terry L. Holly
  
Terry L. Holly, 56, 100 Burrow Lane, Elizabethton, died Thursday, May 20, 2004 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia G. McClelland
  
Word has been received of the death of Virginia G. McClelland, mother of Alexander G. "Mack" McClelland of Elizabethton.
   Mrs. Virginia Garbett McClelland, 94, of Douglas, Ga., passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 19, 2004, at Summers Landing following an extended illness.
   Mrs. McClelland was the wife of the late Leonard Arley McClelland.
   Survivors include three daughters, Geraldine Johnson, Hilliard, Fla., Brenda Tyler and Peggy Kibbey, both of Douglas, Ga., and three sons, James L. McClelland and Leon R. McClelland, both of Douglas, Ga., and Alexander G. "Mack" McClelland, 110 Tanasie Street, Elizabethton. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Chapel of Ricketson Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Carver Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Ricketson Funeral Home, 305 West Ward Street, Douglas, Ga., is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home. Phone 912-384-1155 or FAX 912-383-8224.
   Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton.

Roy L. Troutman
   Roy Lee Troutman, 85, 189 U.S. Highway 143, Roan Mtn., died Thursday, May 20, 2004.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Clyde O. Turbyfill
   Clyde O. Turbyfill, 78, 168 Old Hwy. 19-E, Roan Mountain, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at the Roan Highlands Nursing Center, Roan Mountain.
   Mr. Turbyfill was a native of Avery County, N.C., and a son of the late Frank and Dorothy Ward Turbyfill. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Hazel Moody, Bernetta Ollis and Margaret Shadlock, and a brother, J.V. Turbyfill.
   Mr. Turbyfill was a member of Elk Park Christian Church and was retired from the U.S. Gypsum Manufacturing Company.
   Survivors include his wife, Lessie Turbyfill, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Phil Hennings, Elizabethton; two brothers, Wallace Earnest and Jimmy Dale Turbyfill; and four sisters, Mildred Davis, Betty Ollis, Velma Stockman and Gayle McMurray. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, in the Perry Cemetery with Mr. Buddy Zuercher, minister, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Tennessee National Guard. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Friday for the service. Active pallbearers will be Lee Turbyfill, John Holsclaw, Jason Winter, Clinton Winter, Randy Winter, Bill McMurray, Johnny Ledford and Chris Ollis. Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Heaton, Bob Vance, Danny Miller, Vernon Turbyfill, Jim Strickland and special friend, Bradford Motley. Special thanks are extended from the family to the Roan Highlands Nursing Center staff. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Elk Park Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 158, Elk Park, N.C. 28622. 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 20, 2004

Frances Bryant
   Mrs. Frances Johnson Bryant, 87, 310 East C Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness. 
   A native of Erwin, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Annie Higgins Johnson. 
   She was retired as a telephone operator with Tennessee Valley Authority and as owner and operator of North Main Auto, Baytown, Texas. 
   She was of the Christian faith.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford O. Bryant in 1978; one grandson; two brothers, J.B. Johnson and Jack Johnson and one sister, Ada Caldwell. 
   Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Terri Bryant, Nashville; Nick and Jean Johnson, Fort Washington, Md.; John and Sharon Bryant, Paducah, Ky. and Bobby and Beverly Bryant, Crosby, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Ron Otto, Pasadena, Texas; Charlotte and Willie Glenn, Crosby, Texas, and Jeannie and Bo Peeler, Paducah, Ky.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Edna Arnett, Elizabethton, and Betty Jo and Charles Hinkle, Flint, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Graveside service and burial for Mrs. Frances Johnson Bryant will be conducted at noon on Saturday, May 22, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with Mr. Brent Nidiffer, minister, officiating. The family will receive friends at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2004 or at the residence, 310 East C St., Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday. Special thanks to Hospice Caregivers and the Staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital. 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.

Mack W. Hill
  
Mack William Hill, 79, 2407 Bob Little Rd., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Gilbert and Bertha Simerly Hill.
   At a young age, he moved with his family to West Va. where he lived for several years before returning to Elizabethton.
   Mr. Hill was a retired Master Sgt. in the United States Air Force having served 26 1/2 years. He served during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
   He was a member and deacon of Valley Forge Christian Church and was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School class.
   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Charles Hill.
   Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Vivian Wolfe Hill; a daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Jimmy Fordham, Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, Mack Edward Hill and Ken R. Hill, both of Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Crystal Hind, Anthony Hill, David Hill, Ryan Fordham and Richie Fordham; several nephews and cousins.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. H. Clay Bailey and Mr. Jason Birchfield, ministers, officiating. Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Fredia winters will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday will be elders and deacons of Valley Forge Christian Church. Honorary pallbearers will be his neighbors, his many many friends, his church family and members of the Fellowship Sunday School class. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Hill to the Building Fund, Valley Forge Christian Church, the Carter County Rescue Squad, or the Valley Forge-Hampton Volunteer Fire Department. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Hill family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

May 19, 2004

Mack W. Hill
  
Mack William Hill, 79, 2407 Bob Little Rd., Elizabethton, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 18, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Nichols
    Dorothy L. Sanders Nichols, 70, formerly of 508 Pardee St., Johnson City, went to be with the Lord following a lengthy illness Monday, May 17, 2004, with her family by her side at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Billy Robbins, 218 Fairhaven Rd., Johnson City.
   She was a daughter of the late Arthur Lee Sanders and Dollie Sanders Roberts.
   Mrs. Nichols was a homemaker. She was also a devoted mother, wife, mother-in-law, sister and grandmother.
   She was a former member of Guiding Light Church where she had previously served as song leader. She had most recently attended Potter's Will Ministry Church.
   Mrs. Nichols loved to work in the garden with her flowers and vegetables.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Nichols; one brother, Raymond Sanders, and one half-brother, Larry Sanders.
   Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Billy Robbins, Johnson City; two sons, Ray Fagan, Elizabethton, and Arthur and wife, Deanna Nichols, Elizabethton; one grandson, Jonathan Nichols, Elizabethton; two sisters, Mary Hoilman and Wilma Miller, both of Johnson City; six half-sisters, Phyllis Pope and Faye Strickland, both of Johnson City; Nancy Taylor, Brenda Tipton and Karen Wallace, all of Elizabethton; Flo Hillman, Las Vegas, Nev.; two half-brothers, Jerry Sanders, Knoxville, and Lynn Sanders, Norfolk, Va.; several nieces, nephews, cousins; two special friends, Edward Fagan and Brenda Nickels.
   The family would like to send a special thanks to the hospice nursing staff, Jerome, Jackie, Ivy, Kathy, Norma, Karie, Becky and CNA Tammy. The funeral service for Mrs. Nichols will be conducted Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of Potter's Will Ministry Church (Furnace Rd/Hilltop Rd. Johnson City) with the Rev. Kenny Whaley officiating. Music will be provided by Linda Parks and Judy Robbins. The graveside committal service will be held Thursday, May 20, 2004, at 11 a.m. in Highland Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Arthur Nichols, Jonathan Nichols, Danny Miller, Michael Miller, Donald Cole and Orville Nickels. Those planning to attend graveside services are asked to meet at Potter's Will Ministry Church by 10:15 a.m. Thursday to proceed to the cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of Potter's Will Ministry Church. Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com.
   Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Nichols family.

Vivian Shepard
   Vivian Berniece Humphrey Shepard, age 63, 1369 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004 in Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Sullivan County, she was the daughter of the late Thurman Edward, Sr. and Berniece McClurd Humphrey.
   She was a member of the Elizabethton Church of Christ and attended Blountville Church of Christ.
   She was a former employee of Pharmaseal.
   She was a member of the Take Time Cancer Support Group of Kingsport.
   Mrs. Shepard was preceded in death by one brother, Thurman E. Humphrey, Jr. and four uncles, G. S. Humphrey, Paul Humphrey, Earnest McClurd and Earl McClurd.
   Survivors are her husband, Carroll Lyons Shepard, of the home; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Tim Shepard of Johnson City, and Anthony C. and Sherry Shepard of Elizabethton; one special grandson, Matthew Daniel Shepard of Elizabethton; eight aunts, Marge Morgan, Vada Blevins and Leatha Dial, all of Elizabethton; Cleo Hess, Bess Scott and Grace Morrison, all of Watauga; Christine Carter of Bristol, and Minnie Stone of Philadelphia, Pa.; two uncles, Leo Humphrey of Elizabethton and Ralph McClurd of Penns Grove, N.J.; three cousins, William Caraway, Roan Mountain; Richard Caraway and Wayne Caraway, Jr., both of California.
   The funeral service for Vivian Berniece Humphrey Shepard will be conducted Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 8 p.m. in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. Steve Payne and Mr. Eddy Craft officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Tom Lilley, songleader. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home and at other times at the residence. The graveside service and burial will be held Friday, May 21, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Ward Irvin, George Ellis, Lewis Kiser, Henry Large, Orlin Humphrey, Harold Mains, Steve Roberts, and Robbie Ellis. Honorary pallbearer is L. D. Fair. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Friday, May 21, 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 the arrangements, 423-542-2232.

May 18, 2004

Amy R. Markland
  
Amy Rose Markland, 86, 1206 Broad St., Elizabethton, died Monday, May 17, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
   A native of Crossville, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late U.S. and Flora Jane Hamby Rose.
   She had lived most of her life in Elizabethton.
   Mrs. Markland was a retired L.P.N. having worked at the Franklin Clinic and the late Dr. E.T. Pearson.
   She was a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church.
   Survivors include her husband, L.J. Markland; two daughters and a sons-in-law, Jane and Lee Murray, Elizabethton, and Sarah and Bob Simerly, Murfreesboro; four grandchildren, Lisa Simerly Lowe and husband, Bill; Susan Simerly, Angelee Murray-Lee and husband, John, and Mandy Murray Lewis and husband, Matt; four great-granddaughters, and a special friend and care giver, Janie Bowers.
   Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004 in the Rittertown Baptist Church Cemetery with Mr. Josh Smith and Mr. Ed Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday will be Matt Lewis, John Lee, Bill Lowe, Ken Howerton, Phil White, Bill Holden, Jim Bishop, Larry Proffitt and Carroll Broome. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Crowe, Forney Peters, Leonard Peters, Dr. Michael Hodge and her church family. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Markland to the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 100 E. F St., Elizabethton, the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 776, Elizabethton, TN 37644, or the Alzheimer's Northeast Tennessee Chapter, 207 North Boone St., Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

May 17, 2004

Robert Hill
  
Robert Hill, 907 Rittertown Rd., Hampton, died Sunday, May 16, 2004 in the Pine Ridge Care Center.
   A native of Bakersville, N.C., he was a son of the late Frank and Darlie Street Hill.
   He had lived in Tennessee for 38 years.
   Mr. Hill was a retired employee of Mayes Tool and Dye Company.
   He was a member of the St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church.
   He had served in the United States Army.
   Survivors include his wife, Georgia Hill; four brothers, J.C. and Ronald Hill, both of Bakersville, N.C.; Eddie Lee Hill, Telford, and Frank Hill Jr., Baltimore, Md.; a special aunt, Vista Parker, Bakersville, N.C.; two step-daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Louis Deloach, Elizabethton, and Brenda and Freddie Smith, Hampton; one step-grandson, Shane Smith, of N.M.; two step-great-grandchildren, Shana and Sloane Smith, both of New Mexico.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Henry Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Violet Combs will provide the music. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, will be Mark Berry, Roy Campbell, Earl Chambers, Loyd Deloach, Howard Hill, Grady Hill, Eddie Julian, David Street, and Virgues James Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl and Alberta Lilly, Bob and Dorothy Williams, Horace and Ruth Calhoun, Renee Simerly and the staff of Adventa Hospice, employees of Pine Ridge Health Care and friends of Hopson Chapel and Fork Mountain Churches. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences to the Hill family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
   Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Guy E. Holt
   Rev. Guy E. Holt, 81, 706 Holston Ave., Elizabethton, went to be with his Lord and Savior, and his wife and grandson on Saturday, May 15, 2004 at Pine Ridge Care Center of Elizabethton, following an extended illness.
   He is now with his wife of 61 years, who died six weeks ago, March 27, 2004, Elizabeth Davis Holt, and his grandson, Michael Marshall.
   A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Bernie Holt and Ruth Pierce Holt Fenner.
   Rev. Holt retired from E.T.S.U from the paint department after 22 years, and was also a retired minister.
   He was a member of Prayer Tabernacle, Elizabethton, and a U.S Army Veteran of WWII.
   In addition to his wife and grandson, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Nidiffer, and brother, Jack Holt. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Hill, Elizabethton; Karen and Clarence Marshall, Jr., Hampton; one son, Ernie Holt; four grandchildren, Lana and spouse Robert Montgomery, Elizabethton; Ernie "Joel" and spouse, Teresa Holt, Johnson City; Steven "Eric" and spouse, Christy Holt, Jonesborough, and Joshua Taylor, Hampton; four great-grandchildren, Mindy Montgomery and Brandon Montgomery, both of Elizabethton; Amber Holt and Megan Holt, both of Johnson City, and special friend Virginia "Dino" Montgomery, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at Prayer Tabernacle, 811 S. Cedar Avenue, Elizabethton, with Rev. A.G Wagner, Rev. Johnny Hilton, and Rev. Phil Poston officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Gospel Trio. The graveside service and burial will follow the funeral at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Military Honors presented by Tennessee National Guard Troop F Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be Ronald Ritchie, James Arnold, Wayne Hilton, Bill Fraley, Steve Holt, and Ralph Hyder. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors and members of Prayer Tabernacle. The family would like to express a special thank you to the Carter County Rescue Squad and the Adventa Hospice, Stephanie Arnett, Ginger Branch, and Renee Buckles. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2004 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, or at the residence of one of the daughters, Linda Hill, 607 Florence St., Elizabethton, or Karen Marshall, 101 Hide-away Lane, Hampton, at any time. Condolences can be sent to the Holt family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.

May 16, 2004

Blannie L. Carden
  
Blannie Livingston Carden, 92, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, formerly of 539 Hwy. 91, Elizabethton, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 14, 2004, following an extended illness.
   Mrs. Carden was a native of Carter County and a member of Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist Church. She was a daughter of the late George P. and Susan Estep Livingston and was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Roy A. Carden, in 2000, three brothers, Erwin, Alfred and Luther Livingston, and two sisters, Bernice White and Clara Richardson.
   Mrs. Carden was formerly employed by Magnavox and Bemberg Corporation.
   Survivors include one sister, Nancy Caroline Madden, and one sister-in-law, Mary Evelyn Arnold, both of Elizabethton. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Clate Briggs and the Rev. Elmer Carter officiating. Music will be under the direction of Marie Parlier and Sherry Richardson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, prior to the funeral service. Friends may also call at the residence, 539 Hwy. 91, Elizabethton, any time. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 17, at Garland Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be L.D. Livingston, Stacey Carden, James Bowers, Dallas Carrier, Leonard Arnold, Wayne Nidiffer and Lemmie Estep. Honorary pallbearers will be Elmer Carden and the Staff of Life Care Center of Elizabethton. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Monday. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Guy E. Holt
   Rev. Guy E. Holt, 81, 706 Holston Avenue, Elizabethton, died Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Pine Ridge Care Center, Elizabethton.
   Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge.

Ruby M. Boyd Little
  
Ruby M. Boyd Little, 90, 7884 Linda Joyce Drive, Bartlett, Tenn., died Friday, May 14, 2004, at Baptist Hospital East, Memphis, Tenn., following a brief illness.
   Mrs. Little was a native and former resident of Elizabethton, Tenn., and a former resident of Michigan. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude Boyd.
   Mrs. Little was of the Baptist Faith. She was a former employee of North American Rayon Corporation and a homemaker.
   Survivors include her husband, Thomas Little, of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Thomas Nelson Little and Phyllis Little, Germantown, Tenn.; one sister, Mable Stiles, Elizabethton; one brother, Erby Boyd, Long Island, N.Y.; and three grandsons, Dylan Little of Oregon, Thomas Little Jr., Germantown, Tenn., and Chalmas Little, Knoxville, Tenn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 17, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with the Rev. Darrell Holly officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Cemetery, Roan Mountain. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

David R. Miller
   David Robert Miller, 57, of Bluff City, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at his residence.
   Mr. Miller was a native of Elizabethton and the son of the late Ervin and Viola Massengill Miller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Ervin Tanner Sparks.
   Mr. Miller was a graduate of Bluff City High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and honorably served his country in Vietnam. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry.
   Mr. Miller was an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle rider and a member of the VFW in Elizabethton.
   Survivors include his wife, Shelly Miller, Bluff City; a daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Larry Richardson, Bluff City; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sherrie Miller, Johnson City; a sister, Patsy Adams, Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Bill Massengill, Bristol, Va.; his maternal grandmother, Ollie Massengill, Watauga; six grandchildren, Robby Miller, Kegan Robinette, Nikki Miller, Austin Sparks, Brett Miller and Caden Richardson; and several nieces and nephews.
   The Celebration of Life Service for David Robert Miller will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 17, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City, with Dr. Victor C. Young officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sunset Chapel. The graveside and committal service will be held on Tuesday, May 18, in Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military Honors will be under the direction of the Charles DeWitt Byrd VFW Post #3382. Pallbearers will be Tim Cunningham, Farron Hicks, Sonny Hieges, Joe Smith, Kelly Isenhouer, Tab Simkins, Mike Hannah and Greg Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Smith and Frank McPhillips. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home to go in procession to Mountain Home. In honor of Mr. Miller, all his friends are encouraged to ride their motorcycles in the cemetery procession. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site: www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for the Miller family are through Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604, (423) 610-7171.

R.B Peterson
   R.B. Peterson, 79, 901 Tulip Street, Johnson City, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, W.Va.
   Mr. Peterson was a native of Carter County and had lived most of his life in Washington County. He was a son of the late Zack and Debbie Whitson Peterson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Leola Daugherty Peterson, and two brothers, S.J. and Ralph Peterson.
   Mr. Peterson was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Korea, serving in Japan and Korea and seeing action in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Army Reserve for several years and later joined the Tennessee Defense Force, where he retired with the rank of Brigadier General. He was a member of the Reserve Officers Association, VFW, Moose and Elks clubs.
   Mr. Peterson was a businessman at heart and founded Royal Printing, Inc. He loved the outdoors, traveling with friends and spending time with his grandchildren.
   Mr. Peterson formerly worked at Mountain Home with the Veterans Administration, served as principal of Austin Springs School for one year, and worked for the TVA and GMAC. He was an elder and treasurer of Mountain View Church of Christ.
   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Benny and Audrey Peterson, Johnson City; one daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Kelly Hodge, Johnson City; one grandson, Patrick Hodge, Johnson City; one granddaughter, Alexis Hodge, Johnson City; one brother, Emmett Peterson, Knoxville; and two sisters, Myrtle Wine, Indian Springs, Tenn., and Edna Bowman, Johnson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   The Celebration of Life for R.B. Peterson will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, from the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Mr. Richard Lewis, minister, officiating. Pallbearers will be Jim Barnett, Joe Lynn Bowman, Russell Brackens, Bob East, Ikie Higgins and Joel Piercy. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Following the funeral service, family and friends will proceed to Monte Vista Memorial Park for committal services Condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is serving the family.

Deborah G. Reece
   Deborah Gail Reece, 43, 900 Dry Hill Road, Butler, died at her residence Friday, May 14, 2004, after an extended illness.
   Mrs. Reece was a native of Avery County, N.C., and a daughter of James Gardner, Elizabethton, and the late Georgia Waycaster Gardner. She was also preceded in death by a son, Douglas James McClaskey, and a sister, Ava Shell.
   Mrs. Reece had lived a number of years in Hampton before moving to Butler five years ago. She was a 1982 graduate of Cloudland High School and attended Herman Robinson Vocational Training Center, graduating as a Dental Assistant. She worked as a Dental Assistant for several years and retired due to disability from the Rio Grande Fence Company, Johnson City. She was a member of the Capernaum Baptist Church, Gray.
   Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Ronnie Edward Reece; a stepson and his wife, Neil and Jessica Reece, Banner Elk, N.C.; a stepdaughter and her husband, LaShea and Kenneth Whitaker, Elk Park, N.C.; four grandchildren, Bradley Neil Reece, Nikita Whitaker, Taylor Whitaker and Gracie Whitaker; a sister, Doris Combs, Elizabethton; and two brothers, Jimmy Gardner, Newland, N.C., and Oscar Hughes, Minneapolis, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, May 17, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Ronnie Reece and Chucky Copas officiating. Interment will be in the Rittertown Baptist Church Cemetery, Hampton. Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Russell, Greg Stout, Robbie Gunnoe, Terry Proffitt, Les Roberson and Larry Townsend. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Whitaker, Jamie Benfield, Jim Chambers and Roger Combs. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Opal B. Williams
   Opal B. Williams, 71, 431 Greenlee Road, Johnson City, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a lengthy illness.
   Mrs. Williams was a native of Butler and a daughter of the late Samuel Henry and Nannie Holden Hankins Byers. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Ledford, and a sister, Audry Hankins.
   Mrs. Williams was a homemaker and a longtime member of King Springs Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her husband, Vergess James Williams; three sons, Wesley Williams, Elizabethton, Roger Williams, Johnson City, and Randy Williams, Summertown, Tenn.; and one sister, Lillian Byers Townsend, Johnson City. Ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with Steve Hillman, minister, officiating. The graveside committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at Fairview Cemetery, Greeneville. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those planning to attend the service are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m. Sunday. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be made online at www.appalachianfuneralhome.com. Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Williams family.