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Clay Neil Blevins, age 86, of Shady Valley, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 17, 1928 to the late Dennis O. Blevins and Ethel McNeil Blevins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters: Nancy Blevins, Margie Reeves, Peggy Dugger and Conna Lee Blevins and one brother, W.F. Blevins.

Janice T. Woodard Arnold, age 49, of 911 Fire Tower Road, Mountain City, TN passed away suddenly on October 22, 2014 in Johnson County Community Hospital. She was born August 6, 1965 to the late Dayton Grindstaff and JoAnn Adams Grindstaff. She was a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church and she loved shopping. Janice was a member of “JCHS Class of 83.” In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Danny and Lloyd Crowe and a sister, Gail.

Lois Robinson, age 81, of 124 Quarry Road, Shady Valley, TN passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Johnson City Medical Center. She was born August 15, 1933 to the late Joseph Fournier and Elizabeth Burleigh Fournier. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels for 15 years. She truly made her house a home and will be greatly missed by those who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Marion Anderson and two brothers, Ronald Fournier and Richard Clawsey, and one grandson, Richard Gibson.

Mabel A. Cretsinger, age 98, of Limestone, TN, formerly of Shady Valley, TN passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in Johnson City Medical Center. She was born September 10, 1916 to the late Riley D. Garland and Florence Forrester Garland. She was a member of Laurel Avenue Church of Christ. Mabel liked to read, collect dolls and she especially loved the zoo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Acra Cretsinger, one sister, one brother, one half-sister and one half-brother.

Nancy Stranberg Garland, 80, Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday October 23, 2014 at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Rick Meredith. A native of Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late Rheinhold M. and Mary Velma Simcox Stranberg. Nancy was a first generation American on her father’s side. Her grandparents were Swedish immigrants. Nancy was a 1953 graduate of Johnson County High School. She retired from the Community Day Care Center, Elizabethton. She was also a homemaker. Nancy was a member of Grace Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher and choir member. She was a fifty year member of Maple Chapter #79, Order of Eastern Star, Mountain City. She was a former member of the Carter County Republican Women’s Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman C. Stranberg and his wife Ladye Stinson Stranberg and James A. Stranberg, a nephew, Gary Clark, a cousin Barbara “Bobbie” Westmoreland.

Robert Floyd Johnson, Sr., age 64, of 4221 Pine Orchard Road, Butler, TN passed away on October 18, 2014 from injuries sustained in an accident in Louisville, Ky. He was born December 9, 1949 to Eva Kate White Johnson and the late Troy Johnson. Robert was a member of Cobbs Creek Baptist Church. He was a lifetime member of Johnson County Rescue Squad, a former officer with Mountain City Police Department, Butler Ruritan Club. He was US Army veteran of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles having served during the Vietnam War and a member of 776 National Guard. His hobbies included fishing, antiques, and cooking. He loved making barbecue and was well known as “BBQ Bob.” In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a brother Dwight “T Bone” Johnson.