December 31, 2004

     Larry W. Berry
  Larry Wayne Berry, 52, 138 Dallas McCracken Drive, Johnson City, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, December 29, 2004, in the Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness.
  A native of Unicoi County, he was born March 19, 1952 to the late John David Berry and the late Elsie Mae Calloway. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Larry Glenn Harris.
  Mr. Berry served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and was employed by CSX Transportation as a locomotive engineer. He was a faithful member of Eastside Free Will Baptist Church. He was a loving Christian husband, father and brother and was loved and well respected by all who knew him.
  Survivors include his wife, Penny Sue Miller Berry; two daughters, Monica Morris, Erwin, and Brianne Berry, of the home; two very special grandchildren, Emily Morris and Bryson Berry, Erwin; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Diana Berry, Erwin; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Phil Harris, Marietta, Ga.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eugene and Christine Miller, Johnson City; and many special nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 1, at East Side Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton with Rev. Howard Messer and Mr. Bruce Shawver officiating. Music will be provided by Abbie Buckles, soloist, and Alice Bunton, organist. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin with military honors provided by the Tennessee National Guard. Active pallbearers will be James Harris, Marlon Ashworth, Michael Moore, Rev. Donald Ayers, Stewart Miller and Roger Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be John Estep, Daniel Bowman, Josh Bowman, Stewart Miller, Tim McCurry, Andy Harrell, J.R. Harrell and Chris Peterson. The family will receive friends at the church from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Friends may also call at the residence at anytime. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at mfc@chartertn.net.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

     Ruth T. Diggs
  AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Ruth Troutman Diggs, of Winter Haven, died at her home Monday, December 27, 2004, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
  Mrs. Diggs was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. Diggs.
  Survivors include her daughters, Paula Kennard, Kenansville, Phyllis Moore and Teena Scott, both of Auburndale, and Janet Pilkerton, Clements, Md., as well as eight grandchildren/great-grandchildren.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Life Path Hospice, 115 South Missouri Avenue, Suite 500, Lakeland, FL 33803 or to James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Anatomical Gift Program, Box 70582, Johnson City, TN 37614-0582.
  Arrangements by Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, 2198 K-Ville Avenue, Auburndale, Fla., (863) 967-8558.

     David E. Edens Jr.
  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- David Elmer Edens Jr., born November 3, 1940 in Elizabethton, Tenn., died Wednesday, December 29, 2004, in Tallahassee.
  Outspoken and unreserved, he was caring to those around him and a friend to many. He made his living in Heating and Air Conditioning and enjoyed the rapport of those he worked with.
  Mr. Edens is survived by his beloved wife, Edna; sons, David and James; granddaughter, Monica; his brothers, Rick of Telford, Tenn., Jim Ed and Terry, Elizabethton, Tenn.; and his sisters, Rita Holt, Fredericksburg, Va., and Janie Campbell, Johnson City, Tenn.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, January 2, 2005, at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home - Riggins Road Chapel, Tallahassee, with interment in the New Shiloh Cemetery in Altha, Fla.
  Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, Fla., (850) 877-8191, is in charge of arrangements.

December 30, 2004

     Larry Berry
  Larry Berry, 52, 138 Dallas McCracken Drive, Johnson City, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.
  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.

     William M. Carden
  William M. "Bill" Carden, 96, 470 Blue Springs Rd., Elizabethton, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004 in the Life Care Center.
  A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Richard and Emma Carden.
  Mr. Carden was a retired employee of the Bemberg Corporation having worked there for 43 years.
  He was a member of the First Church of God.
  Mr. Carden was preceded in death by his first wife, Monnie Williams Carden and his second wife, Myrtle C. Carden; four brothers and three sisters.
  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Harley and Marcelline Carden, Elizabethton; a grandson and his wife, Dalerick and Cathy Carden, Atlanta, Ga.; two great-granddaughters, Courtney and Caroline Carden; a brother, Ruben Carden, Elizabethton, and several nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. J. Dan Bullion officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Horseshoe Cemetery. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Condolences to the Carden family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

     Laura H. Grindstaff
  Laura Holder Grindstaff, 95, formerly of 1358 Broad Street, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home, following an extended illness.
  Mrs. Grindstaff was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Jessie and Lilly Bishop Heatherly.
  Mrs. Grindstaff was a member of South Side Free Will Baptist Church, but attended Roan Street Church of God. She owned and operated Holder's Store at Sadie before World War II. She also owned and operated Holder's Store on Broad Street and Watauga Valley, as well as several restaurants, including Rainbow Restaurant.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Rev. Crusie Holder, and her second husband, C.H. Grindstaff, two sisters, Nina Ray and Pearl Cole, and six brothers, Luther, Charles, Omer, Godfrey, Asa and Henry Heatherly.
  Survivors include two sister-in-laws, Beatrice Heatherly and Eva Arnold Heatherly, both of Elizabethton; a step-daughter, Bertha Holder, Elizabethton; two special step-grandsons, Ralph Patterson, Elizabethton, and Ronnie Patterson, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews; several other step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and a special friend, Shirley Campbell, Elizabethton.
  The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, December 30, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Bill Greer officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service hour. Friends may also call at the residence, 1358 Broad Street, Elizabethton, anytime. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, December 31, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Friday. Honorary pallbearers will be 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 arrangements.

December 29, 2004

     Velma Applegate
  Velma Gay Roark Applegate, 67, 205 Church Hill Dr., Kingsport, died Tuesday, December 28, 2004.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
  Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Fall Branch, is in charge of arrangements.

     Thomas C. Duncan
  Thomas Charles Duncan, 45, Piney Flats, died unexpectedly Monday, December 27, 2004.
  Mr. Duncan was a native of Forest Lake, Minnesota.
  He was a member of Boones Creek Bible Church where he was a Deacon.
  He was an expert carpenter.
  His mother, Joan Moorhouse Duncan, and a son, Thomas Charles Duncan, Jr., preceded Mr. Duncan in death.
  Survivors include his wife, Deborah Avery Duncan of the home; father and stepmother, Charles and Dawn Duncan of Elizabethton; three daughters and a son-in-law, Lynsey Duncan and Laura Duncan of Piney Flats and Lisa and Daniel Browne of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; three sisters, Denise Nielsen and Peggy Wilcox of Elizabethton and Kristine Kroupa of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a brother, Douglas Duncan, of Elizabethton; a step-brother, Bryce Wilson of Knoxville; father and mother-in-law, Larry and Pat Avery of Wyoming, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Tammy Valley, of Forest Lake, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Randy Avery of Dassel, Minn.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and several special friends at Boones Creek Bible Church.
  The funeral service for Thomas Charles Duncan will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2004, at Boones Creek Bible Church with Pastor Dale W. Cunningham officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City or at the residence at any time. The graveside service and burial will follow the funeral service at Washington County Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Charles Duncan, Pete Wilcox, Craig Wilcox, Richard Nielsen, Daniel Browne, and Dustin Wilcox. Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of Boones Creek Bible Church, Douglas Duncan, and Craig Kroupa. In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorials be given to Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center, PO Box 509, Taylor's SC 29687. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
  Mr. Duncan and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171.

     George V. Jones
  Mr. George V. Jones, 68, 401 S. Roan Street, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, December 28, 2004 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital following an extended illness.
  A native of Avery County, N.C., he was the son of the late Donald and Ina Oaks Jones.
  He retired after 33 years with Brunswick Bowling, Muskegon, Mich.
  He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene where he played the bass guitar for 16 years.
  He was also a member of the Red Barn Bluegrass Band.
  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gurney Jones and Willie Jones.
  Survivors include his wife, Angela Jones, of the home; four daughters, Debbie Taylor, Darla Personette, Brenda Harris and Connie Jones, all of Michigan; a step-daughter, Teresa Fenner, Elizabethton; two step-sons, Keith Trivett and Steve Trivett, both of Dixon, Tenn.; two brothers, Edward Jones and Wade Jones, both of Elizabethton; four sisters, Virtie Taylor, Michigan; Eula Carver, Piney Flats; Clara Shook and Estelle Honeycutt, both of Elizabethton; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services for Mr. George V. Jones will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Haskel Ingram and Mr. Burl Mast officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Red Barn Bluegrass Band. Burial will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Tommy Taylor, Steve Trivett, John Fenner, Burl Mast, Kelly Yates and Ben Carver. Honorary pallbearers will be Macallester Powers, Luther Morton, Dorothy Clark, Wayne Hall, Steve Harris, Dan Taylor, Kenny Shook, Keith Trivett, Men of First Church of the Nazarene, John Smith and Sheriff John Henson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday or at the residence, 401 S. Roan Street, Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. To those who desire memorials may be made to the Building Fund, First Church of the Nazarene, 200 West I Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.
  Survivors include his wife, Angela Jones, of the home; four daughters, Debbie Taylor, Darla Personette, Brenda Harris and Connie Jones, all of Michigan; a step-daughter, Teresa Fenner, Elizabethton; two step-sons, Keith Trivett and Steve Trivett, both of Dixon, Tenn.; two brothers, Edward Jones and Wade Jones, both of Elizabethton; four sisters, Virtie Taylor, Michigan; Eula Carver, Piney Flats; Clara Shook and Estelle Honeycutt, both of Elizabethton; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services for Mr. George V. Jones will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Haskel Ingram and Mr. Burl Mast officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Red Barn Bluegrass Band. Burial will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Tommy Taylor, Steve Trivett, John Fenner, Burl Mast, Kelly Yates and Ben Carver. Honorary pallbearers will be Macallester Powers, Luther Morton, Dorothy Clark, Wayne Hall, Steve Harris, Dan Taylor, Kenny Shook, Keith Trivett, Men of First Church of the Nazarene, John Smith and Sheriff John Henson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday or at the residence, 401 S. Roan Street, Elizabethton, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. To those who desire memorials may be made to the Building Fund, First Church of the Nazarene, 200 West I Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.
  Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

December 28, 2004

     Jennifer E. Causby
  HICKORY, N.C. -- Jennifer Elaine Causby, of Morganton, died Friday, December 24, 2004, at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory.
  Miss Causby was born August 4, 1981 in Burke County to Charles D. and Ruth Garland Causby.
  Miss Causby was in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., and recently deployed to Frankfort, Germany. She was a graduate of Freedom High School.
  Survivors include a daughter, Jade Alexa Crump, Morganton; her mother, Ruth Garland Causby, Hickory; her father, Charles D. Causby, Johnson City, Tenn.; a brother, Derek C. Causby, Hickory; her maternal grandmother, Patsy A. Garland, Elizabethton, Tenn.; and her paternal grandfather, David Causby, Morganton. A number of aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, in the Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Grandview Baptist Church Cemetery in Morganton.
  Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

     Harriet Hughes
  NEWLAND, N.C. -- Harriet Hughes, 95, of Roaring Creek Road, Newland, died Saturday, December 25, 2004, at her residence.
  Mrs. Hughes was a native of Avery County and the daughter of the late Marion and Minnie Buchanan Hopson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Carmon Hughes, two daughters, Marie Clark and Sue Zoleane Hughes, and a son, J.C. Hughes.
  Mrs. Hughes was a housewife and a member of Roaring Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
  Survivors include a son, J.G. Hughes, Roan Mountain, Tenn.; four daughters, Mable Stoughton, Canton, Ohio, Maxine Guess, Elizabethton, Tenn., Irene Lusk, Lexington, N.C., and Ailean Powell, Crossnore, N.C.; and a half brother, Toy Hopson, Newland. Twenty-nine grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren also survive.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, from the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank James and the Rev. Junior Carver officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, at the Lower Hughes Cemetery on Jerry's Creek Road, Roaring Creek. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the services. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.reinssturdivantfuneralhome.com.
  Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland, N.C., (828) 733-2121, is serving the Hughes family.

December 27, 2004

     Eunice Angel
  Eunice Angel, 89, 120 Bishop Circle, Elizabethton, died Friday, December 24, 2004 in Safety Harbour, Fla.
  Mrs. Angel was a native of Carbon Hill, Ala. and had lived in Lynch, Ky. for many years before moving to Elizabethton to make her home with her daughter and son in law, Barbara A. and Curtis H. Trent.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Angel.
  She was formerly a clerk with Harlan Mining Supply in Harlan, Ky.
  She was a member of Harlan Baptist Church but attended Lynch Baptist Church.
  Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Angel Trent of Elizabethton; one son, Herbert Angel, Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; two brothers, Walter Haynes and his wife, Virginia, of St. Louis, MO and Clifford Haynes of Morristown; one grandson, Tod Angel, and his wife, Tracy, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; two great-granddaughters, Emily and Katie.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2004 from the Oak Street Baptist Church in Elizabethton. Rev. Bruce Hendrix will officiate. Graveside services will be conducted at noon on Wednesday from the Resthaven Cemetery in Loyall, Ky. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.morrisbaker.com. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City.

     Fred L. Broyles
  Fred Lewis Broyles, 1009 Circle Dr., Elizabethton, died Sunday, December 26, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
  A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Henry Comer and Nellie Ruth McGee Broyles.
  He was a former co-owner of Tom and Fred's Garage. Following retirement, he was employed by Austin's Garage for a number of years.
  Mr. Broyles was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church, but attended First Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton where he was a member of the Darold White Sunday school class.
  He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
  Survivors include his wife, Erma Peters Broyles; a son, Terry Broyles, Elizabethton; two sisters, Norma Sheffield, Elizabethton, and Edith Scalf, Watauga; seven brothers, Conley, Preston, Raymond, Floyd, Dewey and Haskel Broyles, all of Elizabethton, and Burl Broyles, of Abingdon, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2004 in the First Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Greer, Rev. Phil Poston and Rev. Elmer Carter officiating. Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from members of the Darold White Sunday school class. The family would like to express a special "thank you" to the doctors and staff of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. The body will be moved to the church at 2 p.m. Tuesday where friends may call at any time. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Broyles to the Building Fund, First Free Will Baptist Church. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Broyles family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

     Sarah Long
  Mrs. Sarah Leona Carr Long, 86, formerly of Tullahoma, Tenn., died Saturday, December 25, 2004 in Hermitage Health Center, Elizabethton, following a lengthy illness.
  Mrs. Long was a native of Sullivan County and a daughter of the late Walter and Ella Cagle Carr.
  She was a member of the First Assembly of God, Tullahoma, Tenn.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard A. Long and by two sisters and four brothers.
  Survivors include five daughters, Betty Rutledge and Rose Smith, both of Bluff City; Barbara Carr, Elizabethton; Louise Ferrell and Ina Smith, both of Tullahoma; three sons, Howard H. Long, Lebanon; Dennis Long, Estill Springs, Tenn. and Jimmy Long, Tullahoma, Tenn.; one brother, Crawford Carr, Bluff City; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Funeral services for Sarah Leona Carr Long will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, December 27, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Stout officiating. Graveside services and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2004 in the Morrell Cemetery. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. Active pallbearers will be family members. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. 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.

     Joy Phelps
   Mrs. Joy Lou Hughes Phelps, 70, 730 Oak Grove Rd., Gray, died Friday, December 24, 2004 at her residence.
   Mrs. Phelps was a native of Spruce Pine, N.C. and a daughter of Ileen Vance Hughes, of Gray, and the late Love Lee Hughes. She was a member of Highland Church of Christ and had attended Trinity Methodist Church in Indiana.
  She retired from AT&T in 1990. She was a volunteer with the Shelby Senior Service and the Shelby County Hospice in Shelbyville, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Phelps in 1997.
  Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three sons, Richard G. Slaughter, Danville, Penn.; Timothy G. Slaughter, Edinburgh, Ind., and Kirk H. Slaughter, California; two brothers, Michael V. Hughes and Gregory M. Hughes, both of Johnson City; two nieces and seven grandchildren also survive.
  Funeral services for Joy Lou Hughes Phelps will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Byron Paddock officiating. Music will be under the direction of Kevin Weems. Burial will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. To those who desire, memorials may be made to Hospice of Shelby County Indiana, c/o of George, Glen E., and Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, Shelbyville, IN 46176. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2004. 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.

December 26, 2004

     Roy W. Carden
  ALBANY, Ga. -- Roy Wallace Carden, 80, of Poulan, died Friday, December 17, 2004, at his residence.
  Mr. Carden was born April 10, 1924 in Hampton, Tenn. (Carter County), to the late Otho Carden and Molly Carnett Carden.
  Mr. Carden served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 21 years, retiring on February 1, 1971. During his service in the Air Force, he worked as an aerial photographer and did photo-mapping. He was also a member of the Catapillar Club. He enjoyed genealogy, and writing about his family, researching military history and airplanes, and at one time, even owned his own plane.
  Survivors include his ex-wife, Saiko Hamano Tucker; two daughters and sons-in-law, Heidi and Harold William "Bill" Farnsworth III and Romy and Frank Tucker, all of Albany; a brother, Carl Carden, Abingdon, Va.; and two grandchildren, Bryttany Farnsworth and Gage Tucker, both of Albany.
  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, at Hall & Hall Funeral Home, 324 S. Mock Road, Albany, Ga., with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the service hour. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Tennessee State University, Carroll Reece Museum, Box 70660, Johnson City, TN 37614.
  Hall & Hall Funeral Home, 324 S. Mock Road, Albany, GA 31703 (229-883-3864), is in charge of arrangements.

     Rufus F. Freeman Sr.
  MOCKSVILLE, N.C. -- Rufus Fred Donnie Freeman Sr., 89, of Ruffin Street, Cooleemee, died early Saturday morning, December 25, 2004, at Autumn Care of Mocksville.
  Mr. Freeman was born January 5, 1915 in Roan Mountain, Tenn., to the late Fred and Delia Wood Freeman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Kate Roberts Freeman, in 2001, and by two grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters.
  Mr. Freeman was a retired machinist with the H.B. Owsley Company in Charlotte. He had also worked on the Oak Ridge Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He attended Cooleemee First Baptist Church but was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Charlotte.
  Survivors include two daughters, Linda Williams and Judy Phillips, both of Cooleemee; a son, Rufus Fred Donnie Freeman Jr., Williamsport, Md.; three granddaughters; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Letty Martin, Elizabethton, Tenn.; and a brother, Herman Freeman, Roan Mountain, Tenn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, at First Baptist Church of Cooleemee with Rev. Tommy Register, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen City Cemetery in Charlotte at 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Benny Cline assisting. The family will be at Eaton Funeral Home from 7 until 9 p.m. Monday. The family requests memorials be considered for the Abundant Living Adult Day Care, P.O. Box 947, Salisbury, N.C. 28145, or to Cooleemee First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 518, Cooleemee, N.C. 27014 or to the Church of Jesus Christ, 600 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28205. Mr. Freeman will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  Eaton Funeral Service, Inc., 325 N. Main Street, Mocksville, N.C. (336) 751-2148, is in charge of arrangements.

     Wilma H. Harmon
  MORGANTON, N.C. -- Mrs. Wilma H. Harmon, 65, of Morganton, died Thursday, December 23, 2004, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
  Mrs. Harmon was born April 26, 1939 in Avery County and was the daughter of the late Willie J. Harmon and Winnie Lewis Harmon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ronis, Renis, Eunice and Bronsky Harmon, and a sister, Lillian Mitchell.
  Mrs. Harmon was retired from Burke Long Term Care where she worked as a nursing assistant.
  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dolphus and Peggy Harmon, Morganton; two brothers, Burl Harmon and Wallace Harmon, both of Morganton; a sister, Delores Wakeford, Morganton; and a grandson, Alex Price, Morganton.
  Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 26, at Kirksey Memorial Chapel with Rev. Randy Keever presiding. Interment will follow at Faith Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 12 noon until the service hour. Memorials may be made to Faith Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1225, Glen Alpine, N.C. 28628. You may place your condolences online at www.kirkseyfuneralhome.com.
  Kirksey Funeral Home, 406 Lenoir Road, Morganton, N.C., (828) 437-2111, is assisting the family with arrangements.
  Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232.

     Leona Long
  Leona Long, 86, formerly of Tullahoma, Tenn., died Saturday, December 25, 2004, at Hermitage Health Center.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.
  Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-5544.

     Joy L. Phelps
  Joy Lou Phelps, 70, 730 Oak Grove Road, Gray, died Friday, December 24, 2004, at her residence.
  Ms. Phelps was formerly of Shelbyville, Ind.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.
  Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com.
  Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 543-5544.

     Alice E. Sigman
  Alice E. Sigman, 88, formerly of Highway 91, Elizabethton, died Friday, December 24, 2004, at Pine Ridge Care Center, Elizabethton, following a lengthy illness.
  Mrs. Sigman was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late William Carroll and Eva Williams Taylor.
  Mrs. Sigman was a member of Hunter First Baptist Church and a former member of Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
  Survivors include a brother, Fred Taylor, Elizabethton, and several nieces and nephews.
  The graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 26, at Caldwell Springs Cemetery with Rev. Eric Eggers and Rev. Burl Garland officiating. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Sunday. The family will receive friends at the home of her brother, Fred Taylor, 131 Eastland Drive, Elizabethton, anytime. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 106 Watauga Valley Church 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.

     Barbara A. Trusler
  Barbara Ann Ferguson Trusler, 48, 607C Sugar Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Friday, December 24, 2004, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
  Ms. Trusler was a native of Ravenna, Ohio, and a daughter of the late Arthur and Helen Ruth Hatley Ferguson.
  Ms. Trusler had lived a number of years in Elizabethton. She was retired due to disability as a secretary from PSG. She was of the Baptist faith.
  Survivors include a son, Jason Crowe, Marietta, Ga.; a brother, Joseph Darrell Ferguson, Johnson City; and her special friends, Nicki Ferguson, Lisa Greer, Brenda Buchanan, Shelia Ferguson and Charlie Bowers.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, December 27, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mark Hatley officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, in the Whitehead Cemetery, Butler. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, will be John Scheele, Dennis Moore, Charlie Bowers, Stoney Hatley, Jerry Hatley and Clifford Hatley. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

December 23, 2004

     James W. Barnes
  James William Barnes, 35, 1007 Allison Drive, Jonesborough, died Monday, December 20, 2004, at his residence.
  Mr. Barnes was a native of Will County, Ill., and a son of Jesse R. Barnes, Johnson City, and Elaine R. Jones, Jonesborough.
  Mr. Barnes was of the Christian faith and was a plant manager for Midwest Industries (Minco).
  He was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Barnes, in 1987.
  Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his step-father, Jerry W. Jones, Jonesborough; two brothers, Timothy R. Barnes and Gregory F. Barnes, both of Jonesborough; three sisters, Kathy Pierce, Elizabethton, Lisa Barnes and Pamela Shepherd, both of Jonesborough; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friends, Jimmy Malone, James Barnett and John Cravener.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 23, from the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jonathan Jonas officiating. Interment will follow at Sulphur Springs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Stewart, David Davis, Andrew Nelson, Hector Rodreguez, Paul Tipton, Skip Norrel and Michael Ferguson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Nelson, David Williams, Joe Barnes and employees of Minco Industries. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home. Mr. Barnes' wishes were for family and friends to wear comfortable clothing, preferably something Hawaiian. Condolences may be sent to the Barnes family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
  Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, (423) 753-3821, is in charge of arrangements.

     Francis N. Branern
  Francis Nelson Branern, 91, 198 Max Jett Rd., Johnson City, died Tuesday, December 21, 2004 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
  A native of Sonoma County, California, he had lived in Carter County for the past three years.
  He was a retired diesel mechanical engineer.
  Mr. Branern had served six years on the City Council of Healdsburg, Calif. and was a former president of the Healdsburg Museum.
  He was a life-time member of the Kiwanis Club and a life-time member of the Pythians.
  He also was involved in several activities in the Healdsburg area.
  He was a veteran of World War II.
  He was of the Baptist faith.
  He loved to travel.
  Survivors include his wife, Viola Branern; two step-children, John Cummings and his wife, Holly, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Amy Camillo and her husband, Donny, Hampton; seven step-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Nan Bautista, Elizabethton, and Louise Whitehead and her husband, Allen, of Hampton.
  A memorial service will be held later in California.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

     Sammye S. Edwards
  Mrs. Sammye Sue Edwards, 64, 389 Black Snake Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Tuesday, December 21, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
  A native of Jamestown, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ruth Bowden Craven.
  Mrs. Edwards was a member of Prayer Tabernacle.
  Survivors include her husband, Jesse "Bud" Edwards, of the home; stepchildren, David Edwards and his wife Jennifer, North Tazwell, Va., Todd Edwards and his wife Alberta, Morristown, and Rachael Edwards Foust and her husband Donnie, New Market, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Wesley, Dillon, Jenna, Britn'y, Tyler, Grey, Cole, Christopher and Logan; three sisters, Betty England and her husband Lewis, Jane Hendrickson, Judy Gardner and her husband Danny, all of Middle Tennessee; two brothers, Bill Bowden and his wife Betty, and James Bowden and his wife Sherry, all of Middle Tennessee; four sisters-in-law, Fern Atkins and her husband Roger, Phoenix, Ariz., Lou Nangle and her husband Don, Johnson City, Sue Clarke and her husband Buddy, Phoenix, Ariz., and Ellen Edwards, Elizabethton; and three brothers-in-law, Andy Edwards and his wife Betty, Norman Edwards and his wife Rosie, and Jerry Edwards and his wife Patty, all of Elizabethton. Many special nieces and nephews also survive.
  Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-543-5544.

     Delia A. Stevens
  Mrs. Delia A. Stevens, 56, 787 Browns Branch Road, Hampton, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 21, 2004, following an extended illness.
  Mrs. Stevens was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late Ward and Lena McCellan Chambers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Chambers.
  Mrs. Stevens was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church, where she taught the Children's Class (she loved each of them dearly).
  Survivors include her husband, Roger Stevens, of the home; a daughter, Helen Hill, Hampton; a grandson, Rodney Hill, Hampton; six brothers, Earl Chambers, Ward Chambers Jr., Lon Chambers, J.P. Chambers, James Chambers and Floyd Chambers, all of Roan Mountain; and four sisters, Betty Chambers, Bonnie Arnett and Rosie Birchfield, all of Roan Mountain, and Nannie Miller, Hampton. Several nieces, nephews and a host of many friends and loved ones also survive. A special thanks to Dr. Janet Drake and her staff and the Wellmont Hospice.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 23, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Perry Markland, Rev. Charlie Trivett and Rev. Bill Shoupe officiating. Music will be under the direction of Ty Powell, Margaret Smith and Charlie Miller. Interment will follow the funeral service in the Captain Nelson Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Larry Sisk, Jim Chambers, Jeff Powell, Travis Chambers, Brian Hill and Kenny Yeager. Honorary pallbearers will be J.R. Arnett, Randy Chambers, George Ward Chambers, John Paul Chambers, Brandon Miller and Jeff Hill. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, or at the residence, 787 Brown Branch Road, Hampton, at anytime. In lieu of flowers to those who desire, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Wilson, 209 S. Riverside Drive, 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.

     James W. Whitehead
  James W. Whitehead, 87, of Elk River Rd., Elk Park, N.C., died Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at his residence.
  A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late George Washington Whitehead and the late Jodie Mable Watson Whitehead.
  He was a graduate of Cranberry High School and a retired painter.
  He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Whitehead; a wife, Bonnie Whitehead; two grandsons, Shawn and Andrew Whitehead.
  Survivors include his step-daughter, Carolyn Davis, of Banner Elk, N.C.; step-son, Robert Cook, of Elk Park, N.C.; sons, Tom Whitehead, of Vallejo, Calif.; John Whitehead of Sandy Springs, Ga.; Dick Whitehead, of Fairfield, Calif.; Pete Whitehead, of Ceres, Calif.; brother, Willie Whitehead, of Lexington, S.C.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
  Funeral services for James W. Whitehead will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2004 from the Grandfather Chapel of the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Brent Price officiating. Burial will follow in the Whitehead Cemetery in Banner Elk. Mr. Whitehead will lie in state at the funeral home one hour prior to the services. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Avery County, Mitchell St., Newland, NC 28657. Condolences may be sent to www.reinssturdivantfuneralhome.com.
  Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland, N.C. is serving the Whitehead family, 828-733-2121.

December 22, 2004

     Sammye S. Edwards
  Mrs. Sammye Sue Edwards, 64, 389 Black Snake Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, died Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at her residence following an extended illness.
  A native of Jamestown, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ruth Bowden Craven.
  She was a member of Prayer Tabernacle.
  Survivors include her husband, Jesse "Bud" Edwards, of the home; stepchildren, David Edwards and his wife Jennifer, North Tazwell, Va.; Todd Edwards and his wife Alberta, Morristown, and Rachael Edwards Foust and her husband Donnie, New Market, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Wesley, Dillon, Jenna, Britn'y, Tyler, Grey, Cole, Christopher and Logan; three sisters Betty England and her husband, Lewis; Jane Hendrickson, Judy Gardner and her husband Danny, all of Middle Tennessee; two brothers, Bill Bowden and his wife Betty, and James Bowden and his wife Sherry, all of Middle Tennessee; four sisters-in-law, Fern Atkins and her husband Roger, Phoenix, Ariz..; Lou Nangle and her husband Don, Johnson City; Sue Clarke and her husband Buddy, Phoenix, Ariz., and Ellen Edwards, Elizabethton; three brothers-in-law, Andy Edwards and his wife Betty; Norman Edwards and his wife Rosie and Jerry Edwards and his wife Patty, all of Elizabethton. Many special nieces and nephews also survive.
  Funeral services for Mrs. Sammye Sue Edwards will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2004 in Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, with Rev. Don Martin officiating. Music will be under the direction of Kyla Rowland. Graveside services and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 23, 2004 in Hamblen Memorial Gardens, Morristown. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday for the graveside service. The family will receive friends at Stubblefield Funeral Home from 6 to 8 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, Elizabethton, 423-543-5544.

     Warren G. Hite
  Warren G. Hite, 106 Popular Grove Road, Elizabethton, died Monday, December 20, 2004, at Holston Valley Hospital.
  Mr. Hite was a native of Sullivan County and the son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Ratliff Hite. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Ruth Fish Hite, and by five brothers and two sisters.
  Mr. Hite retired from Tennessee Eastman as a Pipe Fitter. He was a member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church. He was a veteran, having served in World War II, and a member of the Charles DeWitt V.F.W. Post No. 3382 of Kingsport.
  Survivors include his wife, Thelma Hite; a daughter, Carolyn Sue Hicks, Kingsport; three grandchildren, Brian Hicks, Karen Spriggs and Shelia Wills; five great-grandchildren, Amber Hicks, Ty Spriggs, Amy Wills, Lori Spriggs and Aaron Wills; and two step-sons, Bill Ingram and Keith Ingram, Elizabethton. One step-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jonas Revis and Rev. Roy Cooper officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 23, at Tri-City Memory Gardens in Blountville. Military Honors will be provided by the Charles DeWitt V.F.W. Post No. 3382 of Kingsport. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, will be Stanley Hite, Bill Lyons, Sammy Hite, Eric Wills, Eddie Spriggs, Bill Ingram, Keith Ingram, Bobby Hite and Lynn Hite. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Thursday. Condolences to the Hite family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

     Fay S. Swadley
  Mrs. Fay Speer Swadley, 91, formerly of Johnson City, died Tuesday, December 21, 2004 in Little Creek Sanitarium, Knoxville.
  She was the daughter of the late Edward Gaines and Daisy Smith Speer.
  She was a member of Munsey Memorial Methodist Church and was a retired teacher in the Carter County School System.
  She was a graduate of East Tennessee State University and did graduate work in education at Columbia University.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, George Burton Swadley; two brothers and three sisters.
  Survivors include a daughter, Fay Adams and her husband John Martin Adams Jr., Knoxville; two grandsons and their wives, John Martin Adam III and Jenny Cole Adams, Knoxville, and George Andrew Adams and Lynn Adcock Adams, Memphis.
  Graveside services for Mrs. Fay Speer Swadley will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2004 in Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Cabel Trent officiating. The family will receive friends at Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, Elizabethton, from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the graveside service. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Music Fund at Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St., Knoxville. 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, Elizabethton, 423-543-5544.

December 20, 2004

     Helen Pearce
  Helen Pearce, 80, 118 Cunningham St., Elizabethton, died Saturday, December 18, 2004 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
  A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Fannie Fulton.
  Mrs. Pearce retired from North American Rayon and Bemberg Corporation after 51 years of employment.
  She was of the Baptist faith.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Kenneth Pearce, Sr.; two sons, Tony Gene and adopted son, Don Pearce; two sisters, Ruby Honeycutt and Elsie Fulton, and one brother, Earl Fulton.
  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Earl K. and Judy Pearce, of Watauga; a sister-in-law, Thelma Pearce, of Elizabethton; four sisters, Maxie Johnson Bowers, Roan Mountain; Ruth Adcox, of Watauga; Shirley Hardin, of Newton, N.C.; Virginia McGhee, of Conover, N.C.; two brothers, Kenneth Fulton, of Drexel, N.C. and Bill Fulton, of Icard, N.C.; one aunt, Nell Foster, of Elizabethton; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2004 in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bobby Stout and Rev. Charlie Biggs officiating. Music will be provided by Dean Palmer. Burial will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Kenny Pearce, Kasey Pearce, Richard Pearce, Richard Wadlington, Joe Wadlington, Lynn Bennett and William Pearce. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, nephews and nursing staff of Pine Ridge Health Center. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Condolences to the Pearce family may be e-mailed to mfc@chartertn.net.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

      James Priddis
   James "Jim" Priddis, 82, 145 Danner Rd., Elizabethton, died Saturday, December 18, 2004 at his residence following an extended illness.
  A native of Kenosha, Wis., he was the son of the late Fred and Lillian Griffith Priddis.
  Mr. Priddis retired from Snap-On Tools after 30 years of service. He was an avid model ship builder and also enjoyed fishing. Mr. Priddis was a veteran of World War II, having served as a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army.
  Survivors include his wife, Kim Priddis, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Rick Robbins, Louisville, Ky.; two grandsons, Ryan Robbins and Drew Robbins, both of Louisville, Ky.
  The graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, December 20, 2004 at the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
   Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is in charge of arrangements.
  
     Jennifer Smithpeters
  Jennifer Ann Smithpeters, 19, 369 Garrison Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, died Thursday, December 16, 2004 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
  Miss Smithpeters was a native of Johnson City and had lived most of her life in Carter County.
  Her maternal grandparents, Jess and Kathleen Buchanan, preceded Jennifer in death.
  She was a daughter of Shelia Buchanan Hall and her step-father James Hall, Sr., both of Elizabethton.
  Miss Smithpeters was a Baptist.
  In addition to her mother and step-father, Jennifer is survived by her biological father, Paul Smithpeters, Jr., Johnson City; two sisters, Jessica Smithpeters and Shania Hall both of Elizabethton; one brother, James Hall, Jr., Elizabethton; grandparents, Joyce Perry, Johnson City, Paul Smithpeters, Sr., Johnson City, Jessie Buchanan, and Jimmy and Dorothy Hall, Jonesborough.
  A funeral service for Miss Jennifer Ann Smithpeters, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2004 from the Morris-Baker Funeral Home South Chapel. Reverend Terry Wright will officiate. Graveside services will follow at Union Hill Cemetery, Yancey County, N.C. Pallbearers will be Mitchell Whitehead, Bobby Irick, Jr., Richard Beam, Dan Lee, Kenneth Greer, Jr. and Dean Greer. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 20, 2004 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made via www.morrisbaker.com.
  Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601 (423-282-1521) is serving the family.

December 19, 2004

     Archie Arnett
  Mr. Archie Arnett, 92, of 202 Marion Branch Road, Elizabethton, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, in the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center Hospital, Mountain Home, following a brief illness.
  Mr. Arnett was a native of Carter County and a son of the late P. B. and Maude Williams Arnett. He was a World War II Army veteran, having served in the European Theatre. He was a retired employee of the United Telephone Company in Elizabethton with 29 years of service. He was of the Free Will Baptist faith. Mr. Arnett was a member of the Capt. Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166 for more than 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vada Mann Arnett; five brothers, Fred Arnett, Orville Arnett, John Arnett, Bill Arnett and Wayne Arnett; and by one sister, Hassie McKeehan.
  Survivors include one son, Richard R. Arnett, Elizabethton; three brothers, Henry Arnett, Rebecca, Ga., Dewey Arnett, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Herbert Arnett, Knoxville; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three half-sisters, Bertha Asher, Elizabethton, Mary Davis, Cornelius, N.C., and Linda McDaniels, Mooresville, N.C.; one half-brother, Ned Arnett, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.
  Funeral service for Archie Arnett will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with the Rev. Charlie Trivett officiating. Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded by Capt. Lynn H. Folsom V.F.W. Post #2166. Active pallbearers will be Kenneth Mann, Ted McKeehan, Bud McKeehan, Tony McKeehan, Jackie McKeehan and Bobby McKeehan. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Mann and Jimmy Dale Mann. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Friends may call at the residence of the son, Richard R. Arnett, at any time. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday 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.

      Teresa G. Bryant
  Teresa G. Bryant, age 47, 1306 Charity Hill Road, died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at her residence. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Ernie and Ruby Deloach Simerly. She was a homemaker.
  Survivors are her husband, John Bryant, Jr., and one brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Tina Simerly, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  The funeral service for Mrs. Bryant will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, with the Rev. Eddie Childress officiating. Music will be under the direction of Patsy Childress. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. in the Riverside Chapel prior to the service or at other times at the residence of her father-in-law, Junior Bryant, 150 Jackson Avenue, Elizabethton. Active pallbearers will be James Bryant, Chad Matherly, Michael Hammitt, Paul Mayse and others selected from friends. Honorary pallbearers are the friends and neighbors of Mrs. Bryant. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the Tetrick Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.

     Fred T. Collins
  Fred "Freddie" Thomas Collins, 36, 109 Butterfly Lane, Elizabethton, died Friday Dec. 17, 2004, in the Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Carter County, he was the son of Hazel Chesser Collins Johnson and the late Clifton Lee Collins. Freddie had attended Dawn of Hope in Johnson City for several years. He was a member of Lyons Chapel Fee Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers and one sister.
  Survivors include his mother and step-father, Harold M. and Hazel Johnson, Elizabethton; one brother, Randy Ray Collins, of the home; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Nancy Mae Collins of the home, Judy and Dean Bowling, Hampton, and Joan and David Garland and Joyce and Sonny Miller, Elizabethton; one step-brother, Colin Keith Johnson, Roan Mountain; five nephews and one niece; three special great-nieces and great-nephews; several aunts; uncles; and a host of friends.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Bobby Stout and the Rev. Edward Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by Joseph Cole. Graveside and interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Lyons Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers, who are requested to meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, will be Jason Collins, Cynthia Bolling, Joey Miller, Brandon Garland, Rickey Miller and Mark Chesser. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Miller, David Garland, and Lucas Garland. The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff of Johnson City Medical Center, Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Dr. Thomas Johnson and Dr. Elizabeth James. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday or may call at the residence, 109 Butterfly Lane, at any time. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. Condolences to the Collins family may be emailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

     Hubert Moffitt

  Hubert Moffitt, 70, Piney Flats, died at his residence on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004. A native of Banner Elk, N.C., he was the son of the late James and Laura Tate Moffitt. He was of the Baptist faith and had retired as a brick mason and school bus driver. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Connie L. Moffitt.
  Survivors include two daughters, Trinia McIntyre, Johnson City, and Vickey K. Walkins, High Point, N.C.; two sons, Gary Moffitt and Toney Lee Moffitt, both of High Point, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Luther Moffitt, Bluff City.
  Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home, with the Rev. Paul Crowe officiating. VFW Post 2166 will provide military honors. Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Monday, will be Bill Renfro, Hobe Renfro, Luther Moffitt, Jeff Moffitt, Ricky Smith, and friends attending the service. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Monday Friends may call at the residence of his daughter, 2819 Emory Lane, Johnson City, at any time. Condolences to the Moffitt family may be emailed to mfc@chartertn.net. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

     Helen F. Pearce
  Helen F. Pearce, 80, 118 Cunningham Street, Elizabethton, died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2004, in Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

      James Priddis
  James "Jim" Priddis, age 82, 145 Danner Road, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232, is in charge of the arrangements.

     Floyd F. Taylor

  Floyd F. Taylor, 95, 1644 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, December 16, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

December 17, 2004

     Asa G. Bunton
  Mr. Asa Grant Bunton, 75, Cowan Town Road, Butler, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004 in the V.A. Medical Center, Salisbury, N.C. following a lengthy illness.
  A native of Johnson County, he was the son of the late Frank Conard and Pearl Burton Bunton.
  He was a graduate of Elizabethton High School and Milligan College and received his master's degree from East Tennessee State University.
  He was a chemistry and physics teacher and also worked in contracting and electrical construction. He was a member of Doe River Baptist Church and attended Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Church where he had served as Sunday school superintendent and also taught the men's Bible class.
  He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Sullivan County Republican Party and was a U.S. Army Veteran where he served in the Quarter Master Corp during the Korean Conflict.
  He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Phyllis Bunton and two brothers, Dwight Bunton and Scott Bunton.
  Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Alesa Bunton, Johnson City and Lois B. Shults-Davis, Unicoi; two sisters, Martha B. Query, Unicoi, and Elma Ruth Stanton, Butler; a brother, Raymond Bunton, Tallahassee, Fla.; three grandsons, K.G. Shults, Joseph D. Shults and Lawrence Scott Shults, all of Unicoi; a niece, Debbie Mims, of Georgia and three nephews, Scotty Jack Bunton, Elizabethton; Gregg Bunton and Dean Bunton, both of Florida.
  Funeral services for Mr. Asa Grant Bunton will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by Mr. Jerry Barnett and Mr. K. G. Shults. Burial will follow the funeral service in the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons, nephews, sons-in-law and a cousin, Walter McGuire. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Church and of Doe River Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday or at the residence of a daughter, Lois B. Shults-Davis, 314 Greenbriar Dr., Unicoi, at any time. In lieu of flowers, to those who desire, memorials may be made to the Volunteer Services, Patient Activity Fund, Salisbury V.A. Medical Center, 1601 Brenner Ave., Salisbury, NC 28144 or to the Milligan College Scholarship Fund, Milligan College, TN 37682. 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.

     Stella N. Hart
  Mrs. Stella N. Hart, 88, 403 Holly Lane, Elizabethton, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004 in the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, following a brief illness.
  A native of Vaughn, West Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward Ray and Mae Kincaid Neal.
  She was an audiologist.
  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton. She was known for her Christian witness, deep faith and prayer life. She was also an Elizabethton Twins employee and fan.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph N. Hart; a daughter, Barbara Dean Hart; several sisters and a brother. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Willie Church, Elizabethton; a son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Carol Hart, Chestertown, Md.; a grandson and his spouse, Andy and Ann Marie Hart, Laramie, Wyo.; granddaughters and their spouses, Jenny and Chris Taylor, Center Point, Iowa and Rebecca and Scott Bradley, Linville, N.C.; granddaughters, Susan Church, Knoxville, and Amy Church, Elizabethton; great-grandchildren, Gil Hart and Leah Taylor, and a sister, Retha Neal, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  Funeral services for Mrs. Stella N. Hart will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2004 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Seals and Rev. Jim Lindsay officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mr. Elmer Sams. Burial will follow the funeral service in Highland Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be George Gwinn Sr., George Gwinn Jr., Jonathan Gwinn, Jason Hyder, Justin Hyder, Jared Hyder, Mike Range, Gene Range, Chris Range, Keith Range, Dale Hart, Brad Hunt, Gary Neal, David Neal and Ricky Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be family, friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday or at the residence, 403 Holly Lane, Elizabethton, at any time. In lieu of flowers, to those who desire memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Fund, 212 East F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643, to Hale Community Ministry, 1301 Arney Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to Providence Academy Scholarship Fund, 2788 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City, TN 37615. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com.
  Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

     Mary E. Sanders
  Mary Evelyn Cornett Sanders, 79, 132 Red Fern Drive, Limestone, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.
  Mrs. Sanders was a native of Carter County and the daughter of the late George Russell and Vada Joines Cornett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ernest Sanders, October 6, 1995.
  Mrs. Sanders was a member of Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments.
  Survivors include a daughter, Frances Sanders White, Limestone; a son and daughter-in-law, Freddie Ernest Sanders Jr. and Linda Sanders, Telford; a grandson, Clifford Russell Sanders, who made his home with her; two granddaughters, Donna Anderson Crisco of North Carolina, and Tammy Sanders Stoots, Johnson City; a great-grandson, Michael Curtis Sanders, Limestone, and several other great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Morelock and Irene Nave, both of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
  The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, December 17, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with Rev. Erwin Gosnell officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 18, at Washington County Memory Gardens, Johnson City. Active pallbearers will be Cliff Sanders, Michael Sanders, Wayne Deloach, Charles Morton, Cecil Morton and Leonard Morton. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:55 a.m. Saturday. Those who prefer in lieu of flowers may make donations in memory of Mrs. Sanders to the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Suite 356, Johnson City, TN 37601. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is in charge of arrangements.

     Floyd F. Taylor
  Floyd F. Taylor, 95, 1644 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, died Thursday, December 16, 2004 in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
  Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

December 16, 2004

     Stella Hart
  Stella Hart, 403 Holly Lane, Elizabethton, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2004, at the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital in Knoxville.
  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
  Arrangements will be handled by Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, 101 East F Street, Elizabethton, (423) 543-5544.

     Cecil Hurley Jr.
  Cecil "C.J." Hurley Jr., 61, 115 Jaynes Road, Johnson City, died Tuesday, December 14, 2004, at his residence.
  Mr. Hurley was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City. He was a son of the late Cecil Hurley Sr. and Elsie Hurley and was also preceded in death by a son, Brian Keith Hurley, and a sister, Tippy.
  Mr. Hurley was a U.S. Army veteran.
  Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Dayla Hurley, Unicoi.
  A graveside service for Mr. Hurley will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 16, at Monte Vista Memorial Park with Pastor Mike Koruschak officiating. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family via www.morrisbaker.com. Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the family.

December 15, 2004

     Jonathan Brewer
  Jonathan Brewer, 25, 1701 Little Dry Run Rd., Butler, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 9, 2004.
  A native of Johnson County, he was born on February 27, 1979 to James T. Brewer and Barbara Tester Brewer.
  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John T. Brewer and Della Elkins Brewer and his maternal grandparents, Ellis T. Tester and Dolly Norris Tester.
  Jonathan enjoyed hunting and working on cars. He was of the Baptist Faith.
  In addition to his parents, Jonathan is survived by his fiancé, Gina Weaver, of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn.; one sister, Melissa A. Brewer of Portland, Ore.; two brothers, Anthony Brewer and Thomas E. Brewer, both of Butler; special aunts and uncles Donald and Nancy Brewer and Lawrence and Shirley Pierce, all of Butler. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Funeral Services for Jonathan will be conducted at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 from the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Manuel officiating. Graveside services and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2004 from the Brewer Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Wayne Lunceford, Steve Laws, Daniel Laws, Gary Laws, Robert Rideau and Earl Davis. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to services, at the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home Chapel. At other times, friends may call at the residence of Jonathan's brother, Tommy, at 982 Little Dry Run Rd., 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 Brewer Family.

     Orville Brock
  WHITESBURG, Ky. -- Orville Brock, 27, of Elizabethton, formerly of Mayking, Ky., died Sunday, December 12, 2004.
  He is survived by his mother, Betty Brock, of Elizabethton.
  Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, December 15, 2004 at Letcher Funeral Home, Whitesburg, Ky.
  Letcher Funeral Home, Inc., 102 Main St., Whitesburg, KY 41858 is in charge of arrangements, 606-633-2284.

      Terry Broyles
  Funeral services for Terry Lee "Coon" Broyles, 50, Jonesborough, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday December 15, 2004 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Wallen and Rev. Claude Smith officiating. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night prior to the service and all other times at the residence, 242 Headtown Rd., Jonesborough. Burial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday December 16, 2004 at Monte Vista Burial Park. Condolences may be sent to the Broyles family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
  Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821, is in charge of arrangements.

     Terry L. Simpson Sr.
  HICKORY, N.C. -- Terry Lee Simpson Sr., 56, Lockee Street, Connelly Springs, died unexpectedly Monday, December 13, 2004, at Valdese General Hospital.
  Mr. Simpson was a native of Elizabethton, Tenn., and a son of Alzina Miller Wyatt, Hickory, and the late Dee Allen Simpson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Simpson, two infant brothers, and a nephew, Gregory Vines.
  Mr. Simpson was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.
  Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Mary Spencer Simpson, of the home; a daughter, Angela Robinson, Hickory; a son, Terry Lee Simpson Jr., Icard; two granddaughters, Katie Robinson and Ambria White, both of Hickory; a grandson, Ricky Robinson, Hickory; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Loretta and Jack Hefner, Newton, Joyce Oliver and Patsy Simpson, both of Hildebran, and Betty and Jim Carlisle, Lenoir; and two brothers and a sister-in-law, Grady Simpson, Hildebran, and Bobby and Susan Simpson, Sparta. A number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 16, from the Hickory Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Landon Rice and Rev. Jerry Stines officiating. Interment will be in the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery, Burke County, with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post No. 48. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 15, at Hickory Funeral Home.
  Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory, N.C., (828) 322-3010, is in charge of the arrangements.