John Payne

John Payne, age 85, of Butler, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at his residence, following and extended illness. John was born in Johnson County, Tennessee to the late Dana and Sarah Stansberry Payne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Glen Payne, Bynam Payne and Ross Payne; three sisters, Nell Stout, Winnie Sheidigger and Louise Fuller; and three sons-in-law, Keith Farthing, Alan Reece and Kent Harmon.

 

John was a loving father, grandfather and friend to everyone. He retired as a mechanic and was a member of Sugar Grove Baptist Church. John was a United States Army veteran and will be missed dearly by his family, friends and neighbors.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include three daughters, Tammie Stines and husband Carl, Jackie Farthing, and Brenda Harmon, all of Butler; three grandchildren, Bradley Stines and wife Lindsey, of Orlando, FL, Sara Farthing, of Wilkesboro, NC and Dakota Reece, of Butler; three great grandchildren, Khloe Stines and Konner Stines, both of Orlando, FL and Nevaeh Farthing, of Wilkesboro, NC; his friend and mother of his children, Betty Payne, of Butler; and his best friend “Cali”. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

The family will conduct a private disposition at a later time.

 

Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.  John and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton Office 423-542-2232, service information line, 423-543-4917.

 

John David Meredith

John David Meredith, 37, of Elizabethton and Jonesborough, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019 in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

John is survived by a loving wife, Angie; his parents, Rick and Rosemary Meredith; his dog Charlotte; his mother-in-law, Rita Gentry; special cousins Ed and Cyndi Dance, Joi Dance, and Robin Littleton; his grandfather Vernis Garland; numerous loving family members; and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Nancy Stranberg Garland and Tony and Jean Meredith.

John graduated from Elizabethton High School in 2000. He was a lifelong Buccaneer fan and obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University. Highly active in politics, John worked in Kentucky to get Rand Paul elected to the US Senate and traveled extensively while working for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign.

When John loved something he loved it fully and without any hesitation – music, books, history, baseball, the Bucs, golf, friends, family – he was all in. John was smart, funny, and kind. His smile took over his entire face and lit up every room. John was authentic in a way that most people can’t seem to be; he was always himself. He will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends at Hathaway Percy Funeral Home in Elizabethton on Saturday, September 7 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., with a memorial service officiated by Pastor Ron Owens and Pastor Garry Edwards at 7 p.m. Family and friends will meet at Hathaway Percy at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 8 and travel in procession to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Mountain City for a graveside service. Pallbearers will be Mike Ross, Kip Woods, Scotty Greene, Shaun Bowen, Jim Miller, Glen Woodfin, John Thompson, and Joe Valentine. Honorary pallbearers are Justin Stanton, Robert Kitchens, Wayne Murray, Jr., Eric Thomas, and David Jennings.

John was diagnosed with ALK positive lung cancer at the end of 2018. Lung cancer doesn’t just strike elderly people with a 30-year smoking history. ALK positive is often diagnosed in young people, most of whom are never-smokers or light-smokers. Because of the stigma attached to lung cancer, it doesn’t receive nearly enough research funding. To make a donation in John’s memory, please visit https://lungevity.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=830

John’s sweet Charlotte rescued him when he visited the Washington County Animal Shelter six years ago. To help more pets find their people, make a donation in John’s honor at https://wcjcanimalshelter.org/donations/general-donation-form/

Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com. Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to serve the Meredith family. Office: (423) 543-5544

Robert Earl Carlson

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Robbie Carlson, age 48, 201 Winters Lane, Mountain City, Tennessee passed away on Saturday August 31, 2019. He was born in Abingdon, VA on August 22, 1971, to Steven Carlson and Donna Blevins Miller. He was a carpenter by trade and loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

 

He was proceeded in death by his grandmother Bernice McFadden and his uncle Robert Wayne Blevins. In addition to his parents Steven Carlson and Donna Blevins Miller, he is survived by a sister, Kerri Heaton of Mountain City, TN; several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins; Special Friend Jeff Norris of Mountain City, TN.

 

A memorial service for Robbie will be held on Wednesday September 4th, 2019, at 3 pm. Mike Teague will officiate in the Charles B. Hux Chapel of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home with visitation to be held from 2 until 3 pm.

 

Online condolences can be sent to the Carlson family through our website: www.huxlipfordfh.com

 

Professional services for the Carlson family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN.

Mark McEwen

Mark McEwen

 

Mark McEwen, age 85, of Butler, Tennessee, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, September 6, 2019 after a lengthy illness. He was born May 8, 1934 in Johnson County, TN to the late Walsy McEwen and Willa Nave McEwen. In addition to his parents Mark was preceded in death by a brother, Hiram McEwen.

 

Mark loved his family, especially his six children, the grandchildren and great grandchild and will be truly missed by all. He never met a stranger and enjoyed life. Farming was his life and he looked forward to each day.

 

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee.

 

 

Those left to cherish Marks’s memory include his wife of 63 years, Amelia Stout McEwen, children; Ruth Canipe and husband Randy, Vickie Morefield and husband Rick, Emogene South, Terry McEwen, Sam McEwen and Michelle and John McEwen, grandchildren; Josh Morefield, Brittany Brown and husband Josh, Samantha Gilbert and husband Harrison, Joanna Canipe, Zachary McEwen, Nate Reece, Patrick South and Maddie South, one great grandchild, Ella Gilbert, one sister, Jewel Lewis, one brother, Lloyd McEwen, sister-in-law, Jean McEwen, brother-in-law, Porter Stout, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

 

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 6-7:00 p.m. at Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor David Bentley and Pastor Dennis Peterson to officiate, music will be by John Brookshire and Megan McEwen. Graveside service and burial will be Monday September 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from the Shoun McEwen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Adams, Melvin Huyard, Jeff Lewis, Chris Pleasant, Josh Morefield, Jimmy Lowe, Daniel McEwen and Patrick South. Honorary pallbearers are, Chris Vaughn, James McEwen, Porter Stout, Carliss Farmer and Ray Mast.

 

The family will also receive friends at the home 473 Timothy Branch Rd., Butler, TN 37640.

 

 

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mountaincityfh.com .

 

 

The family of Mark McEwen has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church St., Mountain City, TN 37683.

Billy Ray Pardue

Billy Ray Pardue quietly left this life August 26th, 2019 to enter into his eternal home in heaven while surrounded by his loved ones. Born February 27, 1951 in Watauga County, he was a son of Will and Ida Snyder Pardue. Billy was an active member, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Antioch Baptist Church in Mountain City, TN. He honorably served four years in the US Air Force and seventeen years in the Army National Guard. Billy retired as a master diesel mechanic for Hollar & Greene Produce. A Christian gentleman, Billy loved his God, family and country. He considered his family his greatest gift and was a loved and respected husband, father and grandfather. He was the best ‘PawPaw’ to his grandchildren whom he referred to as ‘the children God gave him.

 

Billy is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bitha Kirby Pardue; sons, Jason Pardue and wife, Teresa of Vilas and Jared Pardue of Zionville; daughter, Jessica Greene and husband, Jonathan, of Zionville; grandchildren, Colton and Cadence Greene, Isabella, Adalae and Samuel Pardue; brothers, R.C. Pardue and wife Pat and Danny Pardue, all of Zionville; and sisters, Margaret Grindstaff and husband, Danny, of Mountain City, Helen Pardue of Zionville, Patsy Courtner and husband, Jerry, of Mountain City, and Wanda Eldreth and husband, Bobby, of Todd. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ronnie and J.C. Pardue and sister-in-law, Francis Pardue.

 

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, August 29th, at 1 PM at Antioch Baptist Church in Mountain City, TN, officiated by Rev. Kenny Ray Vaught and Rev. Dwayne Tester. Graveside services with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 130 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90 will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Zionville.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

 

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

 

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Pardue family.

Tracey Ward,

Tracey Ward, age 33, of Roan Mountain, Tennessee passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019 at his home.

He was born on March 12, 1986 in Newland, North Carolina, he was the son of Jerry Ward and Betty Cook Ward.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Dennis and Jean Cook and Niece, Joy Cook.

Tracey was a member of Fall Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed collecting knives, wrestling, fishing, golfing, and animals. He loved to talk to people and to laugh with friends and family. He enjoyed listening to country music and his favorite color was red. He was also and avid supporter of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Tracey leaves behind to cherish his memory his: Wife, Patricia Ward of Butler, TN, Parents, Jerry and Betty Ward of Elk Park, NC, Special Aunt and Uncle, Patsy and Floyd Townsend of Banner Elk, NC, Grandparents, Aris and Grace Ward of Elizabethton, TN, numerous aunts and uncles, and a multitude of friends.

Services for Tracey Ward will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Rev. George Wright and Rev. Bryan Griffith officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 pm up until the service hour at 7 pm on Thursday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday August 30, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Ward Family Cemetery on Sam Eller Rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to: Avery County Shriners, P.O. Box 1294 Linville, NC 28646

Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Ward family by visiting our website www.rsfh.net

The care of Tracey and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.
(828) 733-2121

Denvis Allen Fletcher

Denvis Allen Fletcher, age 85, of Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 22, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born in Johnson County to the late Noah and Retha (Effie) Reed Fletcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Linda; two sons, Dennis Fletcher and Wayne Fletcher; three brothers, Spencer, Millard and Dorsey; and four sisters, Cleona, Juanita, Marie and Louise.

 

Den was a member of Lynn Valley Baptist Church and always put God first. He loved his family, being outside and building birdhouses, as well as making quilts and tending the garden.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Danny Fletcher and wife Angie and David Hinkle and wife Gretchen; his daughter, Susie Allen; a brother, McKinley Fletcher; two sisters, Hazel Crowder and Lorraine Allen; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and two very special friends, Jim Campbell and Ken Potter.

 

A service to celebrate and honor the life of Denvis Allen Fletcher will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Lynn Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Wilson, officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the church chapel, prior to the service on Friday or friends may call on the family at the home of Denvis Fletcher, at other times.

 

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.  Denvis and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton Office 423-542-2232, service information line, 423-543-4917.

 

Charles William “Bill” Graybeal

Charles William “Bill” Graybeal

 

Charles William ‘Bill’ Graybeal, age 71, of Mountain City, TN passed away Saturday August 10, 2019, in the Johnson City Medical Center. Bill was born on February 18th, 1948, to the late “Pete” Chester Clyde Graybeal, SR and Margaret Opal Phillippi Graybeal. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by an infant sister.  Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.

Those left to cherish Bill’s memory include his daughter; Joey Beth Souder and husband Chopper, son William Clay Graybeal, sisters Linda Hodge and husband Ted, and Susie Mink and husband Dean, brother “Buck” Chester Clyde Jr., all of Mountain City, TN, grandchildren Sydney Souder and Chloe Graybeal. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

It was Bill’s wish to be cremated, with no formal services will held.

Online condolences may be sent to the Graybeal family through our website at www.huxlipfordfh.com

Professional services for the Bill Graybeal Family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home of Mountain City, TN.

Mary Sue Peck

Mary Sue Peck

 

Mary Sue Peck, age 75, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away at her daughter’s residence on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Mary was born in Johnson County, TN on February 2, 15, 1944, to the late Ben L. Greer and Lorne Price Greer. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her Grandparents, Roby and Viola Price and John and Omie Greer; Sisters, Geraldine Greer and Christine Pleasant; Brothers, Carl Greer, Ralph Greer, and Harold Greer; grandson, Jason Davis; several aunts and uncles.

 

Mary worked as a caregiver, taking care of many in the area. Mary was well suited for this, as she enjoyed taking care of other people. When Mary wasn’t working, she enjoyed baking and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Those left to cherish Mary’s memory are her daughter, Lora Cable and husband Justin of Butler, TN; 3 sons Terry Davis and wife Pammy of Mountain City, TN, Billy Davis of the home, and Freddy Potter of Wilkes, NC; 3 brothers Bill, Wayne, and David Greer all of Mt. City, TN; 10 grandchildren Ryan Snyder, Benji Stout, Joshua, Joey, and Tiffany Davis, Tosha, Jordan, and Morgan Potter, Kay Harper, and Cecil Wentworth; 18 great-grandchildren Matthey, Destani, Rihanna, November, Nitrous, and Ryan Snyder, Jr, Navaeh and Paris Davis, Kenneth Lipford, Kyndle Davis, Lucas, Serena, and Jasmine Wentworth, Quinton, Riley, McKenzie, Lexi, and Harlynn Potter; several nieces and nephews, as well as, special friends Dot Canter, Buster Fritts, and Shirley Phipps.

 

Services for Mary will be held at 8pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, in the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel at Hux & Lipford Funeral Home in Mountain City, TN with Roy Wilson to officiate. The family will receive friends from 6pm – 8pm prior to the service.

 

Graveside service will be at 11 am on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the Rocksprings Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be TJ Brown, Adam Worley, Chris Brown, Eddie Tester, William Rigsby, and James Shriner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Richard Hagler and Buster Fritts.

 

Online condolence can be sent to the family via our website: www.huxlipfordfh.com

 

Professional services for the Peck Family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home in Mountain City, Tennessee.

Steven Tyler McGuire

 

Steven Tyler McGuire

 

Steven Tyler McGuire, age 23, of Trade, Tennessee, passed away unexpectedly on
Sunday, August 18, 2019 from injuries sustained in an accident. He was born on August 28, 1995 to Heather McGuire and David Pearson.

 

Tyler was a quiet person but was always willing to help anyone that he could. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed riding motorcycles and hunting. Tyler liked to ride motor-cross anytime that he could. He was an amazing man, a one-of-a kind person and will deeply be missed by his family and close circle of friends, who he loved very deeply.

 

Those left to cherish Tyler’s memories include his maternal grandparents, Charles ‘Butch’ and Ann McGuire, who raised him; mother, Heather McGuire; father, David Pearson and wife Tracy; paternal grandparents, Bill and Georgia Pearson; his love and best friend, Kassandra Billington; sisters, Destiny Cole and Hailey Pearson; brothers, Trevor Pearson and Jacob Pearson; special aunt and uncle, Amanda and Jason Bowling and many more special aunts and uncles; special cousins, Tayla Rae Potter and Logan Bowling; special friends, Mike King, Bronson Triplett, Ray Potter and Johnny Roberts and many, many more.

 

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor David Hankel officiating. Graveside service and burial will follow at the Reece Cemetery (Bulldog Road, Trade, TN).  Pallbearers will be Jacob Pearson, Trevor Pearson, Austin Taylor, Sam Dunn, Ethan Tester, Brandon Rhymer, Michael Greever and Bronson Triplett.  Honorary pallbearers are Nick Fletcher, Daniel Watson, Brandon Roark, Hunter Blevins, Wesley Bodenhamer and Ray Potter.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of Steven’s grandparents, 116 Eggers Branch Road, Trade, TN.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

 

The family of Steven Tyler McGuire has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

Jane Young

Jane Young

 

Jane Young, age 72, of Wilson, North Carolina and formerly of Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Elm City Assisted Living Facility in North Carolina. She was born on September 15, 1946 to the late John and Nina Madden. In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Scott Young Sr.; brothers, Robert ‘Big John’ Robinson, Charles Madden and Ben Robinson.

 

Jane loved being around her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and especially liked going to dirt track races. She was thrilled when she had the opportunity to travel to Ireland and spend some time with her family there. Jane also enjoyed working word search puzzles.

 

Jane had a will to live and was known by her family as ‘Our Tough Little Cookie’.

 

She attended Nelson Chapel Baptist Church.

 

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters, Mary Shearin and husband Claude Jr and Brenda Nevin and husband David; sons; T. Scott Young Jr. and wife Debbie and Robert Young and wife Jenny; sister, Mary Pendergrass; brother, Joe Robinson; grandchildren, Dustin Shearin and wife Jessica, Amanda Greer and husband Jeff, Melissa Peterson and husband Jody, Matt Young and friend Timothy Buckner, Skylar Young and special friend JJ, Ashley Moye and fiancé Stephen Diomedi, Aaron Sessoms, John Boy Sessoms, Brenda Poythress, Christin Hamlet, Stephen Hamlet, Jeffrey Hamlet & fiancé Logan, Cody Young, Tiffany Young and special friend William and Alex Young; great grandchildren, Jaxon Peterson, Aaron Shearin, Noah Shearin, Hayleigh Greer, Matthew Greer, Avery Ascue, Amberley Phipps; special friend Lois Roark and her friends at Elm City Assisted Living and many, many more special people.

 

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 8:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike McNutt and Cody Young officiating. Graveside service and burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Sunset Memorial Park, Damascus, Virginia. Pallbearers will be Dustin Shearin, Matt Young, Cody Young, Alex Young, Jeffrey Hamlet, Stephen Hamlet and Aaron Sessoms. Honorary pallbearers are Claude Shearin Jr., David Nevin and Stephen Diomedi.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of Mary Shearin, 2185 Ackerson Creek Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

Special thank you to the staff of Elm City Nursing Home for all of your compassionate and loving care given to Mom.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

 

The family of Jane Young has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

Glenda Gay Duncan

Glenda Gay Duncan

 

Glenda Gay Duncan, age 64, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. She was born on November 7, 1954 to the late Kenneth and Glenna (Reynolds) Maines.

 

She loved her church and Jesus. Glenda had a special love for animals and raised various kinds during her lifetime. Her pride and joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren who she loved with all her heart.

 

She was a member of First Apostolic Church.

 

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband, Fred Duncan Sr.; daughter, Belinda Duncan; son, Fred Duncan Jr. and wife Jamie Arms; sister, Patricia Ann Maines Riggs and husband Charles; grandchildren, Brittany Keller and husband Lonnie and Brandi Greer; great grandchildren, Christian Keller and Gabriel Keller; and several nieces and nephews.

 

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 8:00 p.m. with Tracy Newman and Clay Newman officiating. Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Sunset Memorial Park, Mountain City, TN. Pallbearers will be Fred Duncan Jr., Charles Riggs, Mike Furgeson, Lonnie Keller, Allen Osborne, Leroy Kneitz, Charlie Thompson and David Thompson.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain City Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 728 Rocky Knob Road, Mountain City, TN.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

 

The family of Glenda Duncan has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

 

James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler

 

James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler, age 91, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Hermitage Health Center of Elizabethton following a brief illness. He was born on December 2, 1927 in McDowell County, West Virginia to the late Oscar Lefler and Myrtle Davidson. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by brothers, Bill Cress and Gene Cress, sister Patty McClanahan and a special sister-in-law, Jean Hines.

 

James was a World War II Veteran having honorably served in the United States Army Air Force. He was a 50-year member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243 F & AM – Degree of Master Mason; Mountain City Fire Department, where he has served for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Johnson County Rescue Squad where he was an active member for 47 years.

 

Many people knew James from the Johnson County Courthouse, where he served as Register of Deeds for 28 years and from Mountain View Service Station, where he worked for 24 years. He was also known for his daily walks through town.

 

James was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Mountain City, TN.

 

James is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Charlotte V. Lefler; children, Dr. James C. Lefler and wife Linda, Dr. Victoria L. Sitter and husband Mark, and Cynthia A. Milhorn and husband Tommy; grandchildren, Captain James Weston Milhorn, Rachael Milhorn Buckles and husband Joseph, Lauren Nicole Lefler and Jonas Lee Lefler; a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; special friend and neighbor, Bobby Stout and wife Robin and their children, Courtney and Conner, and so many more.

 

The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Ricky Campbell officiating. Graveside service and interment with military honors conducted by the Johnson County Honor Guard will follow at the Reece Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Weston Milhorn and Jonas Lefler; friend, Bobby Stout, and Taylorsville Masonic Lodge Members, Delmer ‘Sonny’ Roberts and Todd Grayson and Mountain City Fire Department Chief, Gary Stout.

 

The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to the Nurses and Staff of Amedysis Home Health and Hospice of Mountain City and Elizabethton and Hermitage Health Center and staff of Johnson County Rescue Squad for all of their compassionate care.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

 

The family of James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

 

Shentonta Kem Burchett Icenhour

Shentonta Kem Burchett Icenhour, 54, Mountain City, passed away August 15, 2019 in the Johnson City Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1965 in Elizabethton. She was a graduate of Hampton High School and attended Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, Tennessee. She was employed in the housekeeping Department of the Johnson County Community Hospital. Shentonta was a member of Elk River Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her Husband: James David Icenhour, March 13, 2013 and by her father: Herman Burchett.

Survivors include her children: Heather Burchett and Chayne Icenhour both of Johnson City. Five Grandchildren. Her Mother: “Jo” Burchett, Butler. A Brother: Shannon (Debbie) Burchett, Elizabethton. Her special friend: Charles Dears.

A family Memorial Service will be conducted Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the residence of her son: Chayne Icenhour, Johnson City. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Icenhour-Burchett family

Wanda Lee Brown

Wanda Lee Brown

(December 05, 1949 – August 11, 2019)

Wanda Lee Brown, age 69, of 158 H. Curd Lane, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683, passed away at her home on Sunday, August 11, 2019, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on December 5, 1949, to the late William Howard “Taft” and Rosa Ella Miller Eggers. She was the daughter-in-law of the late Marvin Roby Brown and Ida Simcox Brown. In addition to her parents and in-laws, she was preceded in death by her sister, Roma Jean Eggers Lipford and Shirley Mae Eggers Jenkins.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 53 years, Billy Ray Brown, sons Robert Keith Brown and wife Heather and Jeffrey Scott Brown and wife Pam, along with three grandsons that were the loves of her life, Griffin Brown, Isaac Brown, and Carson Brown. She is also survived by her brothers, Frank “Earl” Eggers of Neva, Eddie Dale Eggers and wife, Liz of Arizona, Teddy Austin Eggers and wife, Jan of Bristol, TN, sisters Carolyn “Sue” Wilson of Limestone, TN and Phyllis Joan Parker of Trade, TN. She is also survived by many special nieces and nephews that were very dear throughout her life.

Wanda was an excellent seamstress and worked from her home for many years sewing. She was most widely known for her excellent cake decorating and was in high demand for her beautiful creations for over forty years. She was a former employee of the Mountain City Glove Plant for many years before receiving her CNA II certification and pursuing a career in healthcare for Watauga County, North Carolina’s Project on Aging where she retired after 18 years of service in 2012.

Wanda was a member of Hammons Chapel Christian Church. Her family has been especially blessed by their pastor Josh Giddings, who has been a constant source of strength, faith and a prayer warrior for the family during this trying time.

Funeral Services for Wanda Brown will be held Wednesday, August 14th, 2019, at 7:00 pm from the C.B Hux Memorial Chapel with a visitation from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Graveside Services will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Pallbearers will be Gary Cable, Darren Jenkins, Michael Lipford, Carroll Parker, Terry Parker, Buster Brown, Brad Gentry, and Craig Lipford.  Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Simcox, Jake Lewis, Erick Toby, and Brad Woods.

Online condolences can be sent to the family through our website:  www.huxlipfordfh.com

Professional services for the Brown family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN.

Virgie Blanch Gentry

Virgie Blanch Gentry, age 79, of Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, surrounded by her family, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.  Virgie was born in Laurel Bloomery, TN on January 20, 1940, to the late Russel Fredrick ‘Fred’ Gentry and Ruth Omega Cunningham Gentry.  In addition to her parents, Virgie is preceded in death by 4 brothers Jackie, Andy, Lester, and Russell Gentry and 2 nephews, Bobby Gentry and Marcus Bishop.

Virgie worked at the UT Extension Office in Johnson County as an administrative assistant for 45 years before retiring.  She was a faithful and active member of State Line Baptist Church in Laurel Bloomery until her health would not allow.  Virgie was an avid Tennessee Volunteer Football fan and enjoyed working in her flower gardens.

Those left to cherish Virgie’s memory are her sisters, Della Campbell, Carolyn Bishop, and Margaret Spivey and husband Ted; nieces and nephews, Linda Carter, Brenda Isham, Sharon Winters, David Campbell, Sherry Stout, Darlene Bishop, Teresa Tester, Bonnie Nelson, Gary Gentry, Gregory Bishop, and Bridgett Dunn.  Virgie is also survived by her very special friends, Tom Fortune, Paul Blevins, and June Williams.

Services for Virgie will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at State Line Baptist Church in Laurel Bloomery, with Michael Icenhour and Paul Graybeal officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm – 3 pm prior to the service.  Graveside service and burial will follow in the Gentry Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Noah Nelson, Gregory Bishop, Eugene Campbell, Nathan Winters, Gary Gentry, and Daniel Stout.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Ezra and Silas Stout, Ted Spivey, David Campbell, Aiden Griffin, Zachary Winters, Richard Eller, and Dr. John Whitlock.

at other time friends will be received at her sister Della Campbells residence 255 Gentry Cemetery Road, Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee

Online condolences for Virgie may be viewed and sent to the family though our website at www.huxlipfordfh.com

Hux & Lipford Funeral Home of is serving the Gentry Family.

James Ralph Wilson

 

James Ralph Wilson

 

James Ralph Wilson, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Watauga Medical Center. He was born on September 14, 1931 to the late Hobart and Gladys Wilson.

 

He was a United States Air Force Veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Ralph was employed for many years as a butcher at Blackburn’s Supermarket and store manager at the Quik Shop. He was a member of Hope Christian Fellowship.

 

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Dean Wilson.

 

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 61 years, Sallie Putnam Wilson; daughter, Debbie Taylor and husband Eric; grandchildren, Leigh Anne Shull and husband Aaron, Evan Taylor and Mary Beth Ward and husband Eric; one great grandson, Zane Samuel Ward due to arrive in December; two sisters, Mary Nell Reece and husband Bill and Margaret Wilson and husband Bill and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral service for Ralph will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with Mr. Doug Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 pm. prior to the funeral. Military honors, conducted by the Johnson County Honor Guard, and burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Evan Taylor, Aaron Shull and Eric Ward and nephews, Kevin Wilson, Randy Putnam, Todd Putnam, Jody Putnam, Garrett Putnam and Jeff Putnam. Honorary pallbearers are Derl Swift, George Buss, Dean Gouge, Scott Genille, Bill Reece, Bill Wilson, Tom Nelson, Tim Nelson and Shane Hodge (mail carrier).

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 1122 Harbin Hill Road, Mountain City, TN.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

 

The family of James Ralph Wilson has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler

James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler

 

James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler, age 91, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Hermitage Health Center of Elizabethton following a brief illness. He was born on December 2, 1927 in McDowell County, West Virginia to the late Oscar Lefler and Myrtle Davidson. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by brothers, Bill Cress and Gene Cress, sister Patty McClanahan and a special sister-in-law, Jean Hines.

 

James was a World War II Veteran having honorably served in the United States Army Air Force. He was a 50-year member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243 F & AM – Degree of Master Mason; Mountain City Fire Department, where he has served for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Johnson County Rescue Squad where he was an active member for 47 years.

 

Many people knew James from the Johnson County Courthouse, where he served as Register of Deeds for 28 years and from Mountain View Service Station, where he worked for 24 years. He was also known for his daily walks through town.

 

James was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Mountain City, TN.

 

James is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Charlotte V. Lefler; children, Dr. James C. Lefler and wife Linda, Dr. Victoria L. Sitter and husband Mark, and Cynthia A. Milhorn and husband Tommy; grandchildren, Captain James Weston Milhorn, Rachael Milhorn Buckles and husband Joseph, Lauren Nicole Lefler and Jonas Lee Lefler; a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; special friend and neighbor, Bobby Stout and wife Robin and their children, Courtney and Conner, and so many more.

 

The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Ricky Campbell officiating. Graveside service and interment with military honors conducted by the Johnson County Honor Guard will follow at the Reece Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Weston Milhorn and Jonas Lefler; friend, Bobby Stout, and members of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge and Mountain City Fire Department.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

 

The family of James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

 

June Potter

June Potter

June Potter, age 84, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC.  She was born April 27, 1935 in Ashe County, NC to the late John Osborne and Loretta (Rettie) Roten Osborne. In addition to her parents June was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Ann Potter Baughman on April 20, 2016 along with two sisters and three brothers.

Selmer and June retired back to Mountain City in 1983 and for those who knew them best can say when you saw one of them, the other was close by.

June is survived by her husband of 65 years, Selmer Potter, one sister, Jean Gentry, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and neighbors.

Private family graveside service will be held at the Martin Family Cemetery.

The family of June Potter entrusted her care to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Charlie Gregg

Charlie Gregg

 

Charlie Gregg, age 76, of Zionville, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was born on May 15, 1943 to the late Thomas Clayburn Gregg and Bertha Melinda Perkins Gregg. In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his brothers, Chester Clark Gregg and Joseph ‘Claude’ Gregg.

 

Charlie retired from the NCDOT where he worked in bridge maintenance. He was a very simple man who liked to tinker with cars, loved a good fish fry and going to flea markets. He was very proud of his TN and NC communities. Charlie was a member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243 F & AM, a Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason and was also a Shriner. He was also a United States Army Veteran.

 

Those who knew Charlie well knew that he loved to visit and tell stories about the good old times. He dearly loved his family and friends.

 

He was a member of Mabel Methodist Church of Mabel, NC and a former member of Sugar Grove Baptist Church of Butler, TN.

 

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 52 years, Mary Greer Gregg; children, Robin Roberts and husband Tim, Scott Gregg and Doug Gregg; grandchildren, Jayla Gregg and Jamie Roberts and wife Dawn; great grandchildren, Faith Roberts, Hope Roberts and Dawson James Roberts; many special friends and neighbors in North Carolina and Tennessee.

 

Funeral service for Charlie will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Ray Greene and Cindy Lunsford officiating. Eulogy will be given by Jamie Roberts. Graveside service and interment will follow at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard and Masonic Rites by the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243.   Pallbearers will be Jim Pearson, Anthony Phillips, Joey Phillips, Shawn Cornett, Jeff Cornett and Larry Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Reece, Ronnie Garland, Melvin Wagner, Ernest Combs, Joe Phillips and Colton Phillips.

The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the funeral.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of Charlie’s son, Scott Gregg, 7437 Old US Hwy 421, Zionville, NC.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

 

The family of Charlie Gregg has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.