Mr. Joseph Jesse Price

Price, JosephMr. Joseph Jesse Price, better known as “Joe”, age 65, of Creston passed away Thursday evening, January 5, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 1:00pm at Rock Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Roark and Rev. Tony Potter officiating. Burial will follow in the Osborne-Price Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at Boone Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Price was born in Ashe County on December 14, 1951 to the late Della Price Roark. He worked as a Timber Cutter. He was a member of Middle Fork Baptist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed trout fishing and deer hunting but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Joseph. Joe always enjoyed giving a helping hand to his family and friends. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and brother; he will be missed by all.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Junior Earl Price and a sister, Julie Ann Price.

Mr. Price is survived by two sons, Jesse Ray Price, of Lenoir and Christopher Lee Mahala, of Creston; his step-father, Rev. Wayne Roark, of Creston; a sister, Sue Farmer and husband, Whitey, of Creston; a grandson, Joseph Price, of Lenoir; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Rock Creek Baptist Church, c/o Mary Roark, 760 rock Creek Road, Creston, NC 28615.

You may give the family your condolences at our website www.boonefuneralhome.com.

Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson is in charge of these arrangements.

Marilyn Miles Russell

Russell, MarilynMarilyn Miles Russell, age 75, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on January 7, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.  Marilyn was born in Derby, Connecticut on June 14, 1941 to the late Harold W. and Bertha Williamson Miles.  She was a graduate of Ansonia High School, class of 1958, and Stone Business College in New Haven, Connecticut.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death of two sons, Jeffrey Russell and James Russell, Jr., and a sister, Beverly Cremonie.

In 1989 she moved from Connecticut to Daytona Beach, Florida where she resided until 2007 when she moved to Tennessee.  She retired in 2005 from Children’s Medical Services in Daytona Beach where she was Office Supervisor for many years.

She was of the Episcopal faith and her greatest joy were her grandchildren and great granddaughters.  She is survived by then love of her life, James Russell, Sr., her daughter, Cynthia Allen and husband Brian of Mountain City, TN, her son, Jonathan Russell and his wife Krystal of Port St Lucie, FL, four grandsons, Jaymes Russell III, USAF and his wife Alyson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael and Nicholas Russell of Seymour, CT, Tyler Allen of Mountain City, TN, one granddaughter Kristina Oliver, USAF, and her husband Mark of Anderson, SC, three step granddaughters Mary, Farrah, and Alexis Vaughn of Port St Lucie, FL, two great granddaughters Olivia and Sophia Russell of Las Vegas, NV, and a daughter-in-law, Julie Russell of Seymour, CT.

It was Mrs. Russell’s desire to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held at a later date in Connecticut.  Those wishing to make a memorial in her memory may do so to Rescue Dog End of Life Sanctuary to the attention of Melissa Gentry, Mountain City Antiques, 110 South Church Street, Mountain City, TN  37683.

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

The family of Marilyn Miles Russell has entrusted her care to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church St., Mountain City, TN  37683

 

Lorraine Watson

Obit photo for Lorraine WatsonLorraine Watson, age 69, of Shady Valley, TN completed her life journey on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Hermitage Health Center, Elizabethton. She was of the Baptist faith and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Survivors include her husband of fifty-one years, Howard Watson, Shady Valley; four sons, David Watson, Mountain City; Michael Watson, Elizabethton; Nathan Grindstaff, Elizabethton and Cody Grindstaff, Bristol; her mother, Hazel Proffitt, Elizabethton; four sisters, Judy Hicks, Johnson City; Sherry Laws, Beverly Bowers and Cindy Stout, all of Elizabethton and one brother, John Grindstaff, Shady Valley. Several nieces and cousins also survive.

Lorraine was known for her crafts which included a doll that was presented to Hillary Clinton and displayed at the White House. She also received a Service Award from Governor Ned McWherter. Her crafts were published in multiple newspapers as well as Country Living magazine.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Shady Valley Baptist Church for family and friends.

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 assisting the Watson family. Office: (423) 543-5544.

Charles Robert ‘Chuck’ Walker

Walker, ChuckCharles Robert ‘Chuck’ Walker, age 60, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, January 12, 2017. He was born on March 31, 1956 to the late Robert Shanklin ‘RS’ Walker and Mary Gladys Woods Walker.

Chuck was a 1974 graduate of Johnson County High School. He had worked for Ernest Warren for many years and had also worked in various sawmills and at Burlington. He loved to be outdoors working and piddling. He enjoyed animals and had a special love for horses.

He was a member of Locust Gap Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memories include his sisters: Linnie F. Walker and Diane Hawkins and husband Jody; special friend who he considered a sister, Mechelle Brown Arney; step sons: Scott Mosley and David Mosley; daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Mosley; step grandchildren: Trey Mosley, Christian Mosley, Addison Mosley, Christopher Evans, Jessica Mosley and Renae Mosley; aunts: Shirley Michael and husband Bill, Betty Mink, Mary Hicks, Blanche Settlemyre and Opal Woods; uncles: John Eggers and wife Glenda, Connie Eggers and Jim Woods; great uncle, Hugh Walker; special cousin, Geena Atwood; special little buddy, Corbin Atwood; many special friends.

Graveside service and interment for Chuck will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Walker Family Cemetery with Pastor Junior Seatz and Frank Rash officiating. Special music will be provided by Mr. Marion Church. Pallbearers will be Jerry Grindstaff, Jody Hawkins, Bill Michael, Jesse Atwood, Joseph Atwood and Jake Ward. Honorary pallbearers are Randy McKinney, Danny Grindstaff, Bill Wilson and Steve Snyder.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 460 Slimp Branch Road, Mountain City, TN.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com
The family of Charles Robert ‘Chuck’ Walker has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Dora Shoun Loggins

Dora Loggins0001Dora Shoun Loggins, age 89, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Virginia. She was born August 27, 1927 in Shady Valley, Tennessee to the late Joseph Macon Shoun and Della C. Richardson Shoun. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Loggins, three brothers, Richard Shoun, Paul Shoun and J. C. Shoun and one granddaughter, Nancy Wilson.

She was a member of the Doe Valley Baptist Church and she was a homemaker and loved sewing, watching birds and painting.

Survivors include: Two daughters: Jane Taylor, Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee and Janette Eastridge, Mountain City, Tennessee; three grandchildren: Jennifer Buckles, Elizabethton, Tennessee, Brian Taylor, Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, and Rhonda Tuttle, Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee. Great Grandchildren; Owen and Ava Taylor, Abby Shelton, Megan Madison, Emily, Nick, and Zachery Tuttle. Great Great Grandchild Harper Grubb.Two nieces, Violet McKinney and Ann Graunke; one nephew, Paul Shoun and a special friend, Helen Dugger.

Services for Dora Shoun Loggins will be conducted at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 2017 from the Charles B. Hux Chapel, Hux-Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, Tennessee with Pastor David Hankel and Pastor Ron Drake officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. also from the Charles B. Hux Chapel. Graveside service will follow the funeral service at the Phillippi Cemetery.

At other times friends may call at 1210 Berry Branch Road, Mountain City, Tennessee.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.huxlipfordfh.com.

Professional services for the Loggins family are being provided by Hux-Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, Tennessee.

Alees May Farmer

20161223124606_00001aAlees May Farmer, age 79, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Mountain City Care Center following an extended illness. She was born on March 15, 1937 to the late Boone and Grace May of Trade, Tennessee. In addition to her parents, Alees was preceded in death by her husband, Clay Farmer, daughter, Teresa Reece and brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd May and his wife Marcella.

Alees is survived by her son, Tracy Farmer and friend Margarete Smith of Port Deposit, Maryland; grandsons: Alex Connelly and wife Samantha of Stephens City, Virginia and David Farmer of Port Deposit, Maryland; sister, Audrey Younce and husband Lowell of Zionville, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Bill Farmer and wife Evelyn of Mountain City, Tennessee; nieces, Jeanne May of San Antonio, Texas, Susan Henson and husband Glenn of Vilas, North Carolina, Anne Sukow and husband Patrick of Sugar Grove, North Carolina and nephew, Bill May of Madison, Alabama.

Alees received great care from all of the staff at Mountain City Care Center and we will be forever grateful.

It was Alees’ wish to be cremated. A graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Sunset Memorial Park of Mountain City.

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

The family of Alees Farmer has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Gary Lee Correll

20161227105649_00001aGary Lee Correll, age 57, of Trade, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016. He was born on December 26, 1959 to the late Carl and Dell Bumgardner Correll.

Gary never met a stranger and called everyone his ‘Buddy’. He was a true friend and brother. He was kind, caring and loving. He loved to go visit with family and neighbors. Gary was an avid Nascar fan and collector. He had an entire room full of Nascar things and was a diehard Jeff Gordon fan. He loved going to the store for a soda and some crackers. Gary had several hobbies but really enjoyed drawing and fishing and always had good luck when he was fishing.

Those left to cherish his memories include his sister, Beverly Dixon and husband Thomas Dixon Sr.; half-sister, Terry Carter Myers; niece, Jennifer Lynn Dixon; nephew, Thomas Dixon Jr and wife Lilia; grandnieces: Olivia, Helen And Eden Dixon; many, many special friends and neighbors.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Eddie Porter officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Dixon Sr., Thomas Dixon Jr and Virgil Smith.

Private interment will be held at a later date.

At other times, the family will receive friends at 146 Canter Fork Road, Trade, TN.

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

The family of Gary Lee Correll has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Elmer Gordon Brookshire

ebrookshire2Elmer Gordon Brookshire, Sr, 97, of Elizabethton, passed away December 11, 2016, following a brief illness. He was the son of the late Sherman Gaines & Amanda Mae Stout Brookshire, born November 26, 1919 in Doe Valley in Johnson County, TN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Hazel Williams and son-in-law, Bill Sheppard.

Mr. Brookshire was a former member of East Side Baptist Church in Elizabethton and current member of Bethany Baptist Church, Mountain City, TN. He attended Johnson County High School. Having lost his father at the age of 13, he discontinued his education during the 11th grade to help run the farm and care for his mother and sister. He served in the Army/Air Force during WWII, 1943-1945, serving in the Philippines, doing plane maintenance and rescuing air crew men shot down near Philippine Islands. While his primary calling was a farmer, he worked at Glenn L. Martin Company in MD building airplanes. After returning to Tennessee he enrolled in agricultural classes and began his lifetime career in farming. He was primarily a beef cattle and tobacco farmer but also raised dairy cows and produce. In the early 1960s he began selling insurance for Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and retired in 1988 as a supervisor. Farming was not a chore but a passion, one he enjoyed up until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances Frye Brookshire; children: Dottie Brookshire, Johnson City, Sharon Sheppard, Rebecca Brookshire, both of Elizabethton and John (Kathy) Brookshire, Mountain City; Grandchildren: Zachary (Laura) Sheppard, Amanda Sheppard, Great granddaughter, Penelope Sheppard all of Elizabethton; an “adopted” daughter Dr. Julia Decker and children, Kristina (Abel) Cusatti, Renee (Tim) Moore and Kimberly (Brent) McNeal and their children; Son, Gordon (Barbara) Brookshire, Jr., of Bluff City, grandchildren Jack Brookshire, Vancouver, Oregon, Tara Kane Brookshire, Bristol, TN, Sarah Knight, Bluff City, TN. Great grandchildren, Hannah, Jacob, Amanda and Jesse. Nieces, Teresa Carter and Denise Holbrook and families. Several other nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He also leaves behind Willie, his Great Pyrenees dog. We would like to say a special thanks to the staff of ICU, ER and Inpatient Surgery at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Bremer, Amedysis Home Health, especially Drew, and his caregivers Laura Sheppard, Mary Heaton & Evelyn Blevins.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5pm – 7pm at Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, TN and Thursday, 5pm – 7pm at Bethany Baptist Church, Mountain City, TN with services to follow at 7pm. Dr. Gale Hartley and Wilkie Brookshire will officiate; music will be provided by John Brookshire and Danny Hilbert. Graveside services will be Friday, at 11 am at the Brookshire Cemetery, Campbell Road, Mountain City, TN. Military Honors will be by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Family and friends will meet at the church at 10:30 am Friday to go to the cemetery. Friends may call at the home of his daughter, Sharon Sheppard, Elizabethton, or John Brookshire, Mountain City at other times. Pallbearers will be: Zachary Sheppard, Jewel Williams, Roby Phillippi, Harold Phillippi, John Holloway, George Lowe, Terry Snyder, Kevin Seatz. Honorary pallbearers will be: John Shoun, Burl Johnson, Porter Stout, and John Hyder.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bethany Baptist Church, Building Fund, 5950 Highway 67 West, Mountain City, TN, 37683 or Brookshire Cemetery, c/o, Sharon Sheppard, 1012 Nave Street, Elizabethton, TN, 37643.

Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site: www.memorialfcelizabethton.com

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Brookshire Family.

William “Bill” Roark

William “Bill” Roark, age 84, formerly of Mountain City, TN passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Roan Mountain, TN.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from the Charles B. Hux Chapel Memorial Chapel of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Sheets and Rev. James Hill officiating.

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

Professional Services for William Roark are in the care of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home, 300 West Main Street, Mountain City, Tennessee.

 

Billy Wayne Fletcher

20161223090043_00001aBilly Wayne Fletcher, age 60, of Butler, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. He was born on September 4, 1956 to Ina Pearl Fletcher and the late Millard Fletcher.

Billy worked in construction for many years. He was a kind, caring and loving man who was always there to lend a helping hand to family, friends or anyone that needed help, without any questions. He loved animals, especially horses.

Those left to cherish his memories include his mother, Ina Pearl Fletcher; his children: Kevin Potter, Dennis Fletcher and wife Jessica, Cody Fletcher and Shelly Atwood; sisters: Sharon Church and husband Walter, Jean Osborne and husband Frank and Jane Worman and husband Andy; grandchildren: Adrian, Zane, Caleb and Tommy; nephews: Billy Reed Fletcher and Brent Whitehead and many, many special friends and neighbors.

Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Fletcher Family Cemetery, located on Sink Valley Road, Butler, TN with Pastor Harvey White ad Pastor Dan Wood officiating. Pallbearers are Billy Reed Fletcher, James Dean Forrester , Craig Peters, Shane Adams, Dan Oliver, Rick Rathbun, Travis McCloud, Russ Bonde. Honorary pallbearers are Walter Church, Frank Osborne, Andy Worman, James Walsh, Lloyd McCloud and Scott Forrester.

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of his mother, Ina Pearl Fletcher, 460 Piercetown Road, Butler, TN.

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

The family of Billy Wayne Fletcher has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Hilda P. Dugger

20161212111501_00002aHilda P. Dugger, age 91, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Mountain City Care Center. She was born on April 13, 1925 in Scharnstein, Austria to the late Josef and Theresa Platzer. In addition to her parents Hilda was preceded in death by her husband Lee Roy Dugger and by a son Mike Hamby.

Hilda was a homemaker for many years and enjoyed and loved her family and her Church family. She loved her many pets. Hilda was a member of Bakers Gap Baptist Church.

She is survived by daughters: Joyce Dugger and husband Gordon of Bethlehem, NC and Vickie Thomas of Mountain City, son, Rick Thomas and his girlfriend Jennifer McCrackin of Hildebran, NC, brother, Florian Deimbacher of Austria, daughter-in-law, Gail Hamby of Greenville, TN; grandchildren: Cricket Snyder, Teresa Mitcham and husband Ellis, Caleb Thomas, Josh Thomas, Misty Hamby and Donna Hamby; great grandchildren: Logan Snyder, Courtney Morrison and husband Andrew, Niki Shew and husband Kannan, Jezzeppie Jenkins, Nautica Jenkins, Jayden Hamby, Skylar Parker, Emma Weaver, Brett Weaver and Lynae Weaver, great-great-grandchildren: Emily Shew and Adain Warren, several nieces, nephews and her sisters and brothers in Christ.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 1-2:00 p.m. at the Baker’s Gap Baptist Church with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor’s Dennis Peterson and James Richardson to officiate; music will be by Pastor Dennis Peterson and Lena Arney. Graveside service and burial will follow the funeral service from the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joel Dugger, Shawn Marsh, Keith Dugger, Logan Snyder, Ellis Mitcham and Andrew Morrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Wade Snyder, Caleb and Josh Thomas.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Baker’s Gap Baptist Church, 4268 Big Dry Run Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683 or the Johnson County Rescue Squad & EMS, 203 Vandilla St., Mountain City, TN 37683.

The family will receive friends at the home 1502 Copperhead Hollow Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683.

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

The family of Hilda P. Dugger has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Juanita Pierce Tolliver

squareJuanita Pierce Tolliver, age 82, of Elizabethton, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Juanita was born in Mountain City, Tennessee to the late Joseph Wesley and Maude Morley Pierce. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. “Bill” Tolliver on February 25, 2014; her brother, Edwin Pierce; and three sisters, Jo Ella Long, June Shoun and Kay Pierce.

Juanita moved to Elizabethton from Wilkesboro in 1986 and was a homemaker. She was a member of Wilkesboro United Methodist church and a member of Wilkes Extension Homemaker’s Club in Wilkesboro, NC.

Those left to cherish her memory include three sons, Billy Tolliver and wife Carol, of Wilkesboro, NC, Tim Tolliver and wife Christi, of Granite Falls, NC, and Joe Tolliver, of Elizabethton; one sister, Hilda Absher and husband Bill, of Kingsport; two grandchildren, Jamie Tolliver and Miranda Tolliver, both of Wilkesboro, NC; one sister-in-law, Hazel Pierce, of Piney Flats; and several nieces and nephews, as well as her special extended family, Dr. Aubrey McElroy and wife Janey and family.

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Juanita Pierce Tolliver will be conducted at 12:30 PM on Friday, December 16, 2016 in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Estel Williams, officiating. A eulogy will be provided by Dr. Aubrey McElroy. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Friday.

The graveside service will follow in the Morley Cemetery in Mountain City, Tennessee. Active pallbearers will be A.D. McElroy, Adam McElroy, Andrew McElroy, Matt Keller, Jessie Garland and Bill Jeffries.   Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Absher, Tom Taylor, Stephen Taylor, Steve Absher, Wade Campbell, Tom Pleasant, Dr. Aubrey McElroy, George Good, and Paul Crowe.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to HOPE Ministries, 514 Elkin Highway, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Tolliver family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.

Dora Lee Shores Walker

dora-walker-photoDora Lee Shores Walker, age 93, of Bristol, Va., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was born April 20, 1923 in Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., a daughter of the late, Charles and Ella Boling Shores. Dora was a seamstress for L.C. King Co. She formerly attended Virginia Avenue Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dexter C. Walker; daughter, Vannie K. Walker; sisters, Agnes Frye, Lena Gentry, Lonnie Victor, Felicia Ward, Blanche Gill and Ora Shores; and brothers, Coolidge Shores, Tom Shores, Ted Shores, Tandy Shores, Riley Shores and Dayton Shores.

She is survived by her son, Bill Walker and wife Lori; grandchildren, Brad Walker and wife Kristi, Jason Walker and Lacy Walker; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister, Hassie Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Mrs. Walker will be held 8 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016 in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Tyson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:45 p.m. prior to the funeral service. The committal service and interment will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Shady Valley Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Emma Molly Greenwell

20161214091144_00001aEmma Molly Greenwell, age 82, of Butler, Tennessee, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 following a lengthy illness. She was born on October 20, 1934 in Watauga County, North Carolina to the late Thomas Brownlow Reece and the late Martha Elizabeth Oliver Reece. In addition to her parents, Molly was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Gervis Greenwell; four sisters and two brothers.

Molly was a member of Sugar Grove Baptist Church of Butler. She was a faithful member of the Church Choir and loved to sing hymns. Molly was taught to sing old time shaped notes and four-part harmony by her grandfather, which was very special to her. Molly also had a love of playing basketball in school and often talked of winning the all-state for Cove Creek High school.

Molly made her home in Cowantown Road, Butler, Tennessee for 42 years. She loved to past the time sitting on the front porch swing watching the humming birds and all the boats on Watauga Lake. The last two years she has made Mountain City Care Center her home.

Those left to cherish her memories include her children: Kathryn Arney and husband Johnny of Mountain City, TN, James Greenwell and wife Debra of Butler, TN, Ellen Marks and husband Vincent of Columbia, SC and Joyce Rash and husband David of Trade, TN; six grandchildren and one step-grandchild: Janette Roark, Columbia, SC, Jocelyn Stout, Mountain City, TN, Jeremy Gregg and wife Miranda, Bethel, NC, Bridget Kleine and husband Sean, Mountain City, TN, Travis Gregg and wife Brittanie, Mountain City, TN, Luke Rash, Trade, TN and Matthew Rash, Burlington, NC; five great grandchildren: Mason, Aubrie, Dawson, Devan and Conner and special, loving roommate and friend, Bertha Wilcox. She is also survived by four sisters; two brothers; several nieces and nephews.

Molly received special help and loving care from all of the staff at Mountain City Care Center and all of her doctors and nurses of Watauga Medical Center and our family will be forever grateful.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church with funeral service following at 12:00 p.m. with Pastors Don Winters and Ray Greene officiating. Special music will be provided by the Sugar Grove Church Choir. Graveside service and interment will follow at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Luke Rash, Travis Gregg, Bridget Kleine, Jeremy Gregg, Sean Kleine, Jocelyn Stout. Honorary pallbearers are Janette Roark and Matthew Rash.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 925 Sugar Grove Church Road, Butler, TN 37640

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

The family of Molly Greenwell has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

Elmer Gordon Brookshire, Sr.

ebrookshire2Elmer Gordon Brookshire, Sr, 97, of Elizabethton, passed away December 11, 2016, following a brief illness. He was the son of the late Sherman Gaines & Amanda Mae Stout Brookshire, born November 26, 1919 in Doe Valley in Johnson County, TN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Hazel Williams and son-in-law, Bill Sheppard.

Mr. Brookshire was a former member of East Side Baptist Church in Elizabethton and current member of Bethany Baptist Church, Mountain City, TN. He attended Johnson County High School. Having lost his father at the age of 13, he discontinued his education during the 11th grade to help run the farm and care for his mother and sister. He served in the Army/Air Force during WWII, 1943-1945, serving in the Philippines, doing plane maintenance and rescuing air crew men shot down near Philippine Islands. While his primary calling was a farmer, he worked at Glenn L. Martin Company in MD building airplanes. After returning to Tennessee he enrolled in agricultural classes and began his lifetime career in farming. He was primarily a beef cattle and tobacco farmer but also raised dairy cows and produce. In the early 1960s he began selling insurance for Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and retired in 1988 as a supervisor. Farming was not a chore but a passion, one he enjoyed up until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances Frye Brookshire; children: Dottie Brookshire, Johnson City, Sharon Sheppard, Rebecca Brookshire, both of Elizabethton and John (Kathy) Brookshire, Mountain City; Grandchildren: Zachary (Laura) Sheppard, Amanda Sheppard, Great granddaughter, Penelope Sheppard all of Elizabethton; an “adopted” daughter Dr. Julia Decker and children, Kristina (Abel) Cusatti, Renee (Tim) Moore and Kimberly (Brent) McNeal and their children; Son, Gordon (Barbara) Brookshire, Jr., of Bluff City, grandchildren Jack Brookshire, Vancouver, Oregon, Tara Kane Brookshire, Bristol, TN, Sarah Knight, Bluff City, TN. Great grandchildren, Hannah, Jacob, Amanda and Jesse. Nieces, Teresa Carter and Denise Holbrook and families. Several other nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He also leaves behind Willie, his Great Pyrenees dog. We would like to say a special thanks to the staff of ICU, ER and Inpatient Surgery at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Bremer, Amedysis Home Health, especially Drew, and his caregivers Laura Sheppard, Mary Heaton & Evelyn Blevins.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5pm – 7pm at Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, TN and Thursday, 5pm – 7pm at Bethany Baptist Church, Mountain City, TN with services to follow at 7pm. Dr. Gale Hartley and Wilkie Brookshire will officiate; music will be provided by John Brookshire and Danny Hilbert. Graveside services will be Friday, at 11 am at the Brookshire Cemetery, Campbell Road, Mountain City, TN. Military Honors will be by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Family and friends will meet at the church at 10:30 am Friday to go to the cemetery. Friends may call at the home of his daughter, Sharon Sheppard, Elizabethton, or John Brookshire, Mountain City at other times. Pallbearers will be: Zachary Sheppard, Jewel Williams, Roby Phillippi, Harold Phillippi, John Holloway, George Lowe, Terry Snyder, Kevin Seatz. Honorary pallbearers will be: John Shoun, Burl Johnson, Porter Stout, and John Hyder.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bethany Baptist Church, Building Fund, 5950 Highway 67 West, Mountain City, TN, 37683 or Brookshire Cemetery, c/o, Sharon Sheppard, 1012 Nave Street, Elizabethton, TN, 37643.

Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site: www.memorialfcelizabethton.com

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Brookshire Family.

Anita Roark

anita-roark-obitAnita Roark, age 78, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016, at her home. She was born on March 1, 1938 in Johnson County, TN to the late Roby Woodard and Hassie Johnson Woodard. In addition to her parents Anita was preceded in death by her daughter Connie Roark.

She enjoyed her flowers and those who knew her best knew she loved her knickknacks and especially her cats. Anita had a love for music and had sung with Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers and many others, and will be truly missed by all.

She was of the Baptist belief.

Anita is survived by her son, Kenneth Roark and special friend Melissa Hollaway; sister, Ruby McCulloch; brother, John Woodard and wife Julie of Arizona; grandson, Nathaniel Roark of Morganton, NC; several nieces and nephews; special nephews, Bob Stout and Grady Stout, special niece, Brandy Bennett and Anita’s companion Bobby Ward of Butler, TN.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 6:00 p.m. with Eddie Porter and Homer Vanover to officiate. Graveside service and burial will be Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., from the Sunset Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, c/o Flo Bellamy, 3510 Hwy 421 N., Mountain City, TN 37683.

The family will receive friends at the home, 315 Stage Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com .
The family of Anita Roark has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

Marion Joseph Taylor

 Marion Joseph Taylor, age 86, of Mountain City, TN, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. He was born September 19, 1930 in Mountain City to the late Clyde and and Dona Owens Taylor. In addition to his parents, Marion was preceded in death by a son, Mark Taylor, brother, Estes Taylor and a grandson, Russell Jenkins.marion-joseph-taylor-obit

Marion was a very loving and generous father who loved his family very much. He lived a very simple life and was happy and content with whatever life provided for him. Marion loved to get out and drive, travel and be with people. He enjoyed being outdoors and had a special love for the mountains.

Marion was a United States Army Veteran, serving in the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Those left to cherish his memories include his daughter, Terry William; son, David P. Taylor; stepdaughter, Tina Tilley; former wife and friend, Ruth Tilley; sister, Fay Sheets; brothers: Sidney Taylor and wife Jenny and Conley ‘Bud’ Taylor and wife Gloria; grandchildren: Patience Baird and Zeblen Baird; many cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.

The family will receive friends Thursday December 15, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 with Minister Dwayne Dickson officiating. Graveside service and burial will follow on Thursday from the Taylor Family Cemetery (Fox Hollow Rd.) with Military Honors to be accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Pallbearers are Eddie Taylor, Preston Orndorff, Joseph Orndorff, Chris Arnold, Scott Ornduff III, Tandy Williams, Jeremiah Burns and Jessie Grindstaff. Honorary pallbearer is Tim Furchess.

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of his brother, Bud and Gloria Taylor, 1638 Red Brush Road, Mountain City, TN.

Condolences can be set at www.mountaincityfh.com.

The family of Marion Joseph Taylor has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church St., Mountain City, TN

 

Telsie Reeves (Bill) Blevins

telsie-reeves-blevinsTelsie Reeves (Bill) Blevins, age 89, of Mountain City, TN, passed away on Saturday, December 03, 2016 at his home. He was born in April 7, 1927 in White Top, VA to the late Orlie F. Blevins and Verna (Ola) Greer Blevins. In addition to his parents Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Sandy Blevins, infant brother, Mont Blevins, step daughter Linda E. Morgan and step son, Andrew B. Morgan. He was a United States Army Veteran.

 

Bill is survived by his wife Iris Blevins, daughter, Jeanne L. Nichols, sons: Gary L. Blevins, David A. Blevins, Larry D. Blevins and Richard K. Blevins; step daughter, Michele M. Umphlett; step-son, Joseph P. Morgan; sister, Wanda Jean Robertson; brother Richard (Dick) Blevins; eight grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and over the years, a lot of friends.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 5-7:00 p.m. from Mountain City Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Richard (Dick) Blevins and Elders; John Hicks and Thor Stockamp. Pallbearers will be Richard Blevins, Larry Blevins, David Blevins, Gary Blevins, David Blevins, Jr., Joseph Morgan, Bobby Taylor, Dick Lindsey and Richard (Dick) Blevins. Graveside service and burial will follow from Haw Orchard Cemetery (Mt. Rogers in VA.). The American flag will be presented to the family by the Johnson County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials in Bill’s honor may be sent to the Haw Orchard Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 162 Lansing, NC 28643.

The family will receive friends at the home, 1023 Fox Hollow Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683.

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

The family of Telsie Reeves (Bill) Blevins has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Ray Allen, Jr.

Ray Allen, Jr., age 68, ofray-allen-jr

918 Intermont Street, Damascus, VA passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in JohnstonMemorialHospital, Abingdon, VA. He was born August 28, 1948 to the late Ray Allen, Sr. and Betty Latham Allen. Mr. Allen was a United States Marine veteran having served during the Vietnam era. He was a member of Wesley Chapel and enjoyed playing music.

Survivors include: his wife Marsha Roy of the home; two daughters: Arin Morley and Amber Morley; two sons: Adam Troy Allen Mayzes Sr. and Aric Morley; two sisters: Nancy Thompson and Ida May Allen; two brothers: Buddy Allen and Billy Allen; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and special friends Maureen Knowles, special cousin Daphne Meadows, and special aunts Bernice Howard and Grace Eller.

Funeral services for Ray Allen, Jr., have been completed .

Professional services for the Ray Allen, Jr. family were provided by Hux-Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN.

Lewis ‘Lou’ Arnold

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Lewis Lou Arnold, age 74, of 161 Hamby Lane, Mountain City, TN passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Elizabethton, TN. He was born January 27, 1942 in Neva, Tennessee to the late Marshall R. Arnold and Opal Dean Tester Arnold.

Survivors include: two daughters: Tammy Griffin and husband Edwin of the home, Deborah Dickens and husband Norman of Laurel Bloomery, TN. Three sons: Jimmy Ward, Lenoir, N.C. David Ward, Lenoir, N.C. and Timmy Arnold, of Oxford, PA. Fourteen grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

A funeral service for Mr. Arnold has been completed.

 

Professional services for the Arnold family were   provided by Hux-Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN