Pearl W. Martin

Pearl W. Martin, age 90, of Zionville, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at The Foley Center of Chestnut Ridge, Blowing Rock NC. She was born on March 20, 1927 to the late James H. Wilson and Hattie C. Wallace Wilson. In addition to her parents, Pearl was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, James Roy Martin, who passed on May 24, 2015 and a brother, Earl Wilson.

Pearl loved working in her garden and canning. She could fix breakfast like no other person and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. If you were blessed to be in her home you could always count on hearing the sound of her pressure cooker. Pearl also enjoyed quilting and has made many cherished quilts for family and friends. She retired from IRC following 20 years of service.

Pearl had a special bond with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of Zionville Baptist Church and loved her church.

Those left to cherish her memories include her son and daughter-in-law, Wallace James Martin and wife Cheryl of Zionville, NC; sisters: Faye Potter and Georgia Pardue; brother, Clay Wilson, all of Zionville, NC; grandchildren: Candace Martin Ayers and husband Adam of Zionville, NC and James Charles Martin and wife Lisa of Kingsport, TN; great grandchildren: Makenzie and Savannah Martin, Bailey Ayers and Shayna, Cayden and Keyton Watt; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Zionville Baptist Church with the Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dwayne Tester officiating. Entombment will follow at the Zionville Baptist Church Mausoleum. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Mountain Care Facilities, Medi-Home Hospice and Mountain City Care & Rehab for their love, compassion and care.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Pearl’s memory may be made to the Zionville Baptist Church or Charity of your choice.

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

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

 

Mary Linda Miller Greer

Mary Linda Miller Greer, age 65 of 131 Cross Mountain Road, Mountain City, TN passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Mary was born May 22, 1952 to the late Charles and Lettie Miller. She was a homemaker and her hobby was camping.

Mary was preceded in death by her brothers Stacy Miller, Junior Miller, and Ronnie Miller, by Sisters; Dolly South, Charlotte Wallace, Evelyn Dowell, and Marie Roman.

Those left to cherish her memory include: One Daughter, Lisa Chappel and husband Karol. Sons: Quincy Roark Of Mountain City and Michael Roark and wife Tammy of Todd North Carolina. Brother; Lane Miller of Mountain City.
Grand Children; Jonathan Jones, Samantha Jones, Jeffrey Roark, and Allison Roark. Great Grandchild, Baxton Jones. Several Nieces and nephews also survive.

Services for Mary Linda Miller Greer will be Monday, September 18, 2017 with visitation from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm and funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm.  Burial will follow from the Reece Cemetery at Trade, Tennessee. Active pallbearers will be friends. Dwayne Dickson will officiate.

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

Professional Services for the Mary Greer family are in the care of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home.

Judy Lynne Dyson Vann

Judy Lynne Dyson Vann, 60, of Elizabethton, Tennessee passed away and went to be with her Lord Tuesday, September 5th at Johnson City Medical Center.

She enjoyed working her booth at the Tri Cities flea markets for the past seventeen yeas and making and selling jewelry. She was preceded in death by her Parents Thomas Claude Dyson and Grace Taylor Dyson.

Son Matthew Anthony Vann. Brother Steve Dyson and Sisters Peggy Dunn and Joan Dunn. Survivors Include: Husband: of 43 years, Robert R Vann Jr. Daughters: Celissa Dykes of Kingsport, TN, Jordan McMahan of Roan Mountain, TN, Sister: Kathy Dixon of Rockville, MD . Best Friend, Glenis Walsh of Elizabethton, TN

Brothers: Junior Dyson of Damascus, MD, Wade Dyson of Raliegh, NC, Grandchildren: Brittany Hansford, Chelsea McDavid, and Ashley McDavid Great Grandchildren: Zackary Hansford Arrangements for Judy will be private and at a later date.

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

Professional Services for the Judy Vann family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, Tennessee.

Doris Faye Luntsford Curd

Appalachia, VA

Doris Faye Luntsford Curd, 73, passed away on Thursday (Sept. 7, 2017) at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, VA.

She was born in Jacksonville, FL and grew up in Appalachia, VA. Doris lived in Mountain City, TN for 40 years, where she was an elementary school teacher.  She was a former “Teacher of the Year” in Johnson County, TN.  Doris had an impact on many children through her years as an educator.  She was a member of the Mountain City Presbyterian Church and attended Appalachia United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick Allen Luntsford, Sr. and Sylvia June (Smith) Luntsford; nephew, Charles Frederick “Freddie” Luntsford; niece, Devieka Rajbansee-Crisler; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Rajbansee.

Surviving are daughters, Martha June Curd, Laura Ann Curd, and Christina Tschida; grandsons, Jackson Curd, Jacob Curd, Reef Wang, all of Greenville, NC; a step-grandson, Avery Wang; brother, Fred Luntsford, Jr. and wife, Gail of Appalachia; sisters, Freda Rajbansee of Appalachia and Carole Collier of Cleveland, TN; several nieces and nephews; and Josh Barker of Appalachia, whom she referred to as the son she never had.

The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Holding Funeral Home (17 E. 3rd St., N.) in Big Stone Gap, VA.

The funeral service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Barry Schuch and Danny Wolfe presiding.

Graveside committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.

To view the obituary online and offer condolences, please visit www.holdingfuneralhome.com.

Holding Funeral Home is serving the Curd family.

Christopher ‘Chris’ Hogan Brown

Christopher ‘Chris’ Hogan Brown, age 30, of Mountain City, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Boone, North Carolina on March 19, 1987 to GeLinda Kay Brown and the late Tony Brown. In addition to his father, Chris was preceded in death by grandparents: James Murphy Hicks and Mary Ruth Hicks; aunt, Belinda Jones and uncle, James Robert Hicks.

Chris was a gifted carpenter and was always working on various building projects. He enjoyed being outdoors and especially liked to fish. He also enjoyed working on car radios and stereos. Chris was a collector of many things.

Chris’ pride and joy was his son, CJ.

Those left to cherish his memories include his mother and step father, Gelinda Kay Brown and Thearon ‘Bud’ Hearne; son, CJ Brown and his mother, Julie Carpenter; sister, Tracey and Jeremy Hagler; his twin brother, Tony Lee Brown; grandparents: Harvey and Lucille Brown; step grandma, Wanda Mahala Buonamici; aunts and uncles: Kenneth Hicks, Susanne Swinnie, Lisa Warlick and Jeffery Brown; nieces and nephews: Blake Beam, Ashlynn Beam and their father Johnathan Beam, Anthony Brown and Dani Brown; cousins: Ashley Burkett, Jesse Packer, Stephanie Wilson, Rachel Allore, James ‘Bubba’ Jones, Sheena Hicks, Steven Jones, Mary Ann McRock, Crystal Jones, Josh Hicks, Kenny Hicks, Kristen Hicks, Jennifer Hicks, Beau Hicks, Johnny Ollis and Candice Roberts; special family, his aunt, Lucille Woods; Janice Woods, Joannie Woods and ‘Scooter the dawg’; special friend, Heather Burchett and many, many more special family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m. Graveside service and interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Blake Beam, Jeremy Hagler, Steve Owens, James Jones, Dalton McKinney and Dillon Arnett. Honorary pallbearer is Tracey Ward.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his grandparents, Harvey and Lucille Brown, 1260 Crackers Neck Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for Chris’ son CJ.

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

The family of Christopher ‘Chris’ Hogan Brown has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

James Robert ‘Bob’ Johnson

James Robert “Bob” Johnson, 74 of Butler, Tennessee, passed away on August 26, 2017 at home with his loving family and 2 special dogs by his side.

Bob is survived by Cindy, his wife of 19 years, 4 children, Robb Johnson, Monroe, NC, Becky Johnson, Morgantown, WV, Chad Johnson, Phoenix, AZ and Cindy Hunt, Charleston, WV.   He is also survived by 3 stepchildren, Susan Nichols and husband Robert of Johnson City, Lee Anne Sampson and husband Brad, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and. Julia Vines and husband, Jeff of Elizabethton, TN.  He has 4 step grandchildren, Taylor, Braylen, Danielle and Hunter.  He also leaves his 2 wonderful dogs, Trixie and Maggie.

Bob said he had completed his “bucket list” by doing all the things he ever hoped to do.  The highlight was being a corporate pilot for 40 years as chief pilot for Ray C. Call, Inc. and Heck’s Discount Stores.  He was a flight instructor, manager of Johnson County Airport for 10 years, and was able to fly 80 different aircraft, including jets and helicopters.  He was recently awarded the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award for 50 years of accident and incident free flying.

Bob was an Army veteran in the 612th QM Co. as a parachute rigger and jumper.

Bob was a fireman in Charleston, WV, a construction project manager that took he and his wife to many wonderful places.  Then they retired to their lovely log home on Watauga Lake to finish out his colorful life.  He told many people many times that he was lucky enough to live in a post card.  He loved Watauga Lake!

There will be a gathering of family and friends at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Johnson County Airport.  Everyone is invited to join in laughter and remembrance of happier times.

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

The family of James Robert ‘Bob’ Johnson has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

 

Margaret Eyvonne Shoemake Stalcup

Margaret Eyvonne Shoemake Stalcup, 78, Gray, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Richard “Dick” & Hazel Crosswhite Shoemake.   Margaret had lived most of her life in Mountain City until she moved to Gray 13 years ago to be near her daughter & family. She loved to sew, cross stitch and cook.   She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mountain City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband A.J. Stalcup who died June 4, 1996.

Survivors include her daughter & son-in-law: Tracee & Richard Hyland, Gray. A Granddaughter: Hailey Johnson. A Step-Grandson: Alexander Hyland. Her Siblings: Kathleen “Kat” Thomas, Elizabethton, Harold Shoemaker & wife Brenda and Dorothy “Dot” Shoemake all of Mountain City and John Shoemake and his companion Kathy Cordell. Several Nieces & Nephews.   Her grand dog “Precious”     Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Daniel Nave and Rv. Dean Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Mountain City. Active Pallbearers will be: Chad Stout, Cody Stout, Glenn Rose, Lucas Stout, Dalton Brewer, Preston Rose, Brian Cardwell and Dave Hite. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Carl Johnson, Jr., Jerry Wilson, Tim Hensley, Tony Stout, George Lowe, Doug Cornett and her Mountain City friends. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Dr. Bryan Scott Helsel and Dr. Kais Al Balbissi and the Staff of 2600 Wing and the Critical Care Team, Johnson City Medical Center . The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.

Memorial Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Main Street, Elizabethton is serving the Stalcup family

Mr. Paul Wayne Potter, Sr

Mr. Paul Wayne Potter, Sr. age 64, of Creston passed away Thursday afternoon, August 17, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10:00am at Boone Family Funeral Home with Speaker Heather Rickman, Rev. Steve Ashley, and Rev. Paul Kurts officiating. Burial will follow in the Potter-Main Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at Boone Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Potter was born in Watauga County on July 14, 1953 to the late Rom Butler and Mary Alice Snyder Potter. He was owner/operator of Potter’s Lumber of Creston. He was the minister of Place of Rest Community Church. Paul enjoyed helping his friends and community. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards, such as Rook and Hand and Foot. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother; he will be missed by all.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Canter and Emma Nell Parsons; a brother, Luther Potter.

Mr. Potter is survived by his wife, Susan Jones Potter; a son, Paul Potter, Jr. and wife, Christina, of Jefferson; two daughters, Heather Potter Rickman and husband, Andy, of Spruce Pine and Shannon Potter Woods and husband Gene, of Jefferson; three brothers, Sam Potter, of Hickory, James Potter, of Todd and Butler Potter of Todd; six sisters, Grace Miller, of Todd, Elithe Little, of West Jefferson, Zelma Miller, of Todd, Bea McMillian, of Crumpler, Mary Potter, of West Jefferson and Rachel Dancy, of Crumpler; ten grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will be meeting at the home place at 5939 Big Laurel Road in Creston.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640.

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

Ralph G. Stout

Ralph Stout passed away on August 18, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Ralph was a loving husband to Margie for 75 years and a wonderful father to Sonny, Mary Beth, Linda, Carole and Jeff. In addition to his wife and children, 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews also survive him.

Ralph was born to the late Allen M. Stout and Lizzie Martin Stout on April 14, 1921 in Mountain City, Tennessee. He was also preceded in death by his brother Joe Stout and sister, Lena Ray. He graduated from Johnson County High School in 1939 and attended Lincoln Memorial University on a basketball scholarship from 1939 to 1942 before serving in the Navy during World War II. He later graduated with highest honors from Elgin Watch Makers College.

Ralph began officiating sports in 1946 and during his 65 years with the TSSAA, he served as an official, a supervisor, and commissioner. He officiated in the following conferences: Southern, OVC, SEC, ACC, VSAC, and NBA. Ralph became a legendary basketball and football official and was referred to as the “nation’s most respected man in stripes”. His honors include: induction into Naismath, TSSAA, Northeast, Lincoln Memorial and Tennessee Halls of Fame, voted Jaycee’s Tennessee Man of the Year 1950, five time winner of the Southern Conference Silver Whistle Award and the local town park bears his name.

He served the Town of Mountain City as Mayor for 17 years and was a business owner of a family jewelry store. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Mountain City and Past Master of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge.

Ralph was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and official. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

The family will receive friends Wednesday August 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Thursday August 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. from the Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Wilks, Pastor Warren Stewart and Pastor Ron McEwen to officiate. Masonic Rites by Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243 F&AM will follow the funeral service. Entombment will follow from the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum with Military Honors accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Pallbearers are Martin Slatery, Brian Shore, Joseph Stout, Matthew Stout, Robert Nelson, Erik Nelson, Alexander Stout and Thomas Bower. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Hutchinson, Jim Cradic, Dave Burkner, Joel Pierce, Lynn Griffith, Charlie McConnell, Charlie McCarthy, Joe Atwood, Ron McEwen, Billy Bob Garrison, Shelby Miller, Tom Reece and Ralph’s TSSAA family.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to the Ralph G. Stout Varsity High School Basketball Scholarship, c/o Farmers State Bank, PO Box 9, Mountain City, TN 37683.

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

The family of Ralph G. Stout has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Shirley Ann Miller

Shirley Ann Miller, age 79, of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and formerly of Trade, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Villages of Wilkes. She was born on February 16, 1938 in West Chester, PA to the late George Worth and Margaret Mae Gilmore. In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Stacy B. Miller.

She liked feeding her birds, gardening and working puzzles. Shirley was a member of Centerview Church of Christ.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters: Rainnie Chatham and husband David, Deborah Cannet and husband John and Stacie Wallace and husband Jackie; grandchildren: Jennifer Eller, Charles Stacy Miller, Jessica Gomes and husband Hayden, Shianti Snyder, Kip Arney Jr. and Shania Osborne; great grandchildren, Dixie Eller and Mattie Eller, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends Tuesday August 22, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Mountain City Funeral Home with Steven Spencer to officiate. The funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. graveside service and burial will follow from the Reece Cemetery in Trade with pallbearers of family and friends.

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

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

 

Settie Main Garland

Settie Main Garland, 91, of Shady Valley, TN passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the Hermitage Health Care, Elizabethton, TN.  She was a lifelong resident of Shady Valley, TN and was a daughter of the late Matt and Hazel Main.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Garland; a special companion, Tom Jenkins; six brothers, Charlie, Hubert, Walter, Jake, Bob, and Maynard Main; two sisters, Blanche Mahala and Elnore Garland; and two nieces.

Settie enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family.  She was a member of Crandull Church of Christ in Shady Valley, TN.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Fenner and her husband, Richard, of Elizabethton, TN; a granddaughter, Jennifer Godsey and her fiance, Michael Reesman, of Butler, TN; a brother, Jack Main and his wife, Mary, of Shady Valley, TN; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Judy Watson, Pat Main, Eula Sluder and all the beauty shop gang.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:45 pm Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Crandull Church of Christ in Shady Valley, TN.  The funeral service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm  Sunday at the church with Mr. John Maltais, minister officiating.  The committal service and interment will follow at Billy Hill Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Earl Jenkins, Paul Morrison, Glenn Miller, John Hurley, Don O’Bryan, Bill Roberts, and McGetty Greer.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Leonard Lewis, John Grindstaff, Stan Shoun, and Carroll Jenkins.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to the entire staff at Hermitage Health Care for all the wonderful care they gave to Settie.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Shady Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 10114 Highway 421 N., Shady Valley, TN 37688.  Condolences for the family may be sent and viewed by visiting www.garrettfuneralhome.com.  Mrs. Garland and her family are in the care of Garrett Funeral Home, 203 N. Shady Ave., Damascus, VA 24236; ph.#: (276) 475-3631.

Leta Grindstaff Lewis

Leta Grindstaff Lewis, age 96, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Holston Valley Hospice, Kingsport, Tennessee. She was born on August 3, 1921 to the late Daniel and Ada Proffitt Grindstaff. In addition to her parents, Leta was preceeded in death by her husband of 74 years, Herbert Lewis, who passed away November 12, 2016; brothers: Edward Grindstaff of Mountain City and Thomas Grindstaff of Lexington, NC; sisters: Myrtle Forrester and Lena Garland, both of Mountain City and son-in-law, Jim Dugger of Kingsport.

Leta was a graduate of Watauga Academy in Old Butler and the oldest member of Midway Baptist Church of Butler, Tennessee.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughter, Evelyn Dugger of Kingsport, TN; grandson, Layne Dugger and his wife Dianne; special great granddaughters, Reagan and Delaney Dugger, all of Windermere, FL; special nieces, Kathy G. Hinkle of Lexington, NC and Diane Hazelwood of VA; SPECIAL NIEGHBORS: Christal and Greg and Carolyn and Raymond and many special friends and neighbors.

The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Greg Thompson and Pastor Chuck Morefield officiating. Special music will be provided by Tyler Thompson. Graveside service and interment will follow at the Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Larry Grindstaff (cousin), Larry Grindstaff (friend), Mack Holloway, Raymond Cress, Doyle Tester, Carl Trivett and Greg Pope.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Butler Museum, PO Box 261, Butler, TN 37640.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Staff and Nurses on the 6th Floor at Holston Valley Hospital and Hospice Staff at Wilcox Hall.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kermit Lane ‘Bill’ Lowe

Kermit Lane “Bill” Lowe of Telford passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family, on August 13, 2017. He was 96 years old. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Agnes Ratcliff Penick Lowe, step-children Donna Penick (North Hills, CA) and Edward Penick (Roanoke, VA), daughter-in-law Eline Penick (Roanoke, VA), grandchildren Samuel Hartsfield (Portland, OR), Anna Dawahare (Porter Ranch, CA), Tech Sgt John Penick (Okinawa) and Elizabeth Penick (Asheville, NC), five great-grandchildren, niece Pat Lowe Reece, and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Callie Shoun Lowe and Kemp Lowe, five brothers, and four sisters. He was the longest-lived member of the family.

Bill was born July 8, 1921, and grew up in the Bethel community of Johnson County on a farm originally cleared by his ancestors in the early 1800s. He moved to Carter County and then to Johnson City, where he worked for several furniture and appliance companies. In 1959, he married Agnes Ratcliff Penick, a widow with two young children.

Bill was driven to have his own business, so in 1968, he started Bill Lowe’s Carpet Shop, whose motto was “We measure by the golden rule.” After several years in Johnson City, he relocated the business to Jonesborough. Because of his integrity, many area churches and families chose him for their carpet needs. He served his customers well for over 25 years.

Bill’s special interests were family, farm life, Buicks, antique cars, and travel. He and Agnes traveled to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska and most of the lower 48 states.

Bill and Agnes are faithful members of First Baptist Church in Jonesborough, where he served in different capacities for many years. He was active in the Bowmantown Ruritan and Meals on Wheels. Bill was a faithful and devoted husband, generous to those in need, and much loved by his family.

Funeral services for Mr. Lowe will be conducted Thursday, August 17, 2017, 1:30 PM at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Dr. James Harrison officiating. The family will receive family and friends from 12:00 to 1:30 prior to the service.

Graveside services will follow at Monte Vista Burial Park.

Donations may be made to one of the following; First Baptist Church, 201 East Main Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659; Kari’s Heart Foundation, 701 North State of Franklin, Suite 8, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604; or Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.

Condolences may be made to the Lowe family online at www.dillow-taylor.com

Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 753-3821

 

Louise ‘Lou’ Dowell

Louise ‘Lou’ Dowell, age 66, of Mountain City, TN, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on February 24, 1951 to the late John Kermit Reece and Myrtle V. Eldreth Reece.

Lou’s faith was the most important thing to her. She made Jesus her Lord and Savior on March 26, 1978. She never questioned “Why?” and never complained no matter the situation.

Lou was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church.

She was the best friend anyone could have had. She was always smiling and always asking others “How are you doing today? Is there anything that I can do for you?”

Lou loved to travel the USA and world. She especially loved cruises and had been on 31of them. She also enjoyed the occasional shopping trip. She owned and operated her own beauty shop for 40 years and her customers were more than just customers, they were dear friends and family to her.

Lou had two very special four legged friends that never left her side, her cats, Little Boy and Pepper.

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband Bill Dowell; special friend, Pam Isaacs; nephew, Mark Hoskins, who Lou thought of as a son and his wife Robyn; brothers and sisters-in-laws: Ronda Reece and wife Sue of Mountain City, TN, Roddy Reece and wife Mae of Blountville, TN and Tommy Reece and wife Phyllis of Mountain City, TN; uncle, Bill Reece and wife Mary Nell; nieces: Donna Roark, Liz Carico, Brenda Morrison and Beverly Osborne; nephews: Jeff Reece, Jimmy Reece and Brett Reece; great nephews: Dalton Reece, Logan Vincent, Silas Reece, Noah Reece, Shane Morrison; great nieces: Kiley Reece, Emily Hensley; great-great niece, Millie Hensley; and many, many more.

 

Graveside service and interment for Lou will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Frank Woods and Rev. Greg Poe officiating.   Pallbearers will be Jeff Reece, Jim Reece, Larry Reece, Mike Reece, Shane Morrison, Bud Crosswhite and Mark Hoskins.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lou’s name may be made to the Family Ministries, 90 Stanley Lane, Greenville, TN 37743

 

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

The family of Louise ‘Lou’ Dowell has entrusted her service to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

 

 

Clara May

Clare May, age 84, of Oxford, PA, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. She was the wife of Ralph G. May, who passed away in 1994, and with whom she shared 41 years of marriage.

Born in Mountain

City, TN, she was the daughter of the late Ferd and Maggie Warren Morefield.

Clare was the gate keeper at the Avon Lake Sportsmen Club for many years.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, eating, going to Delaware Park, but her most cherished role was being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Clare was a member of the Oxford Senior Center.

She is survived by four sons, R. Wayne May and his wife Cathy of Wilmington, DE, Ronnie May and his wife Teresa of West Grove, PA, David May of Nottingham, PA and Ken May and his wife Leslie of Newark, DE; two brothers, Carl Morefield of West Grove, PA and Russell Morefield of Laurel Bloomery, TN; three sisters, Bertie Morefield and Shirley Widener both of Laurel Bloomery, TN and Katherine Wheatley of Fruitland, MD; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Clare was predeceased by one son, Steven “Tubby” May; one daughter-in-law, Ramona May, and four sisters.

Visitation was held from 10:00 to 12:00 Friday morning, July 21, 2017, at the Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Road, Kennett Square, PA. Her Funeral service followed at 12:00. Burial was in the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Route 896, New London, PA.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com

Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove, PA

This obituary is a courtesy of Mountain City Funeral Home.

Dallas Russell Vaughn

 Dallas Russell Vaughn, age 40, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was born on December 9, 1976 to Janet Pleasant Mahala and the late Johnny Lee Vaughn. In addition to his father, Dallas was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James R. Vaughn and maternal grandparents, Bennie and Ida Belle Pleasant.

Dallas enjoyed working with jewelry and photo shopping. He enjoyed music and was a gifted guitar player. He had a great personality and was always smiling and joking with his family and friends. Dallas loved his family and will truly be missed.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife, Kelly Blackburn Vaughn; mother, Janet Mahala; children: Kendra Leigh Vaughn, Ericka Devin Blackburn and Jeffery Keith Vaughn; sister, Jessica DeEtte Hunt and husband Jason; grandchildren: Evan Wyatt Hutchison and soon to be granddaughter, Aleirah Victoria Vaughn; paternal grandmother, Mary Lee Vaughn; special niece and nephew: Juliana Hunt and Jordan Hunt.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Berry Dunn officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Benjamin Pleasant, Jason Hunt, Jeffery Vaughn, Gary Mahala, Doug Mahala and Randy Hamby. Honorary pallbearers are members of Johnson County Rescue Squad.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his mother, Janet Mahala, 158 Glenn Drive, Mountain City, TN.

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

The family of Dallas Russell Vaughn has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Dorothy M. St Martin

Dorothy M. St Martin, age 85, of Lantana, FL passed away August 12, 2017 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Margaret McMann Ryan. Dorothy loved spending time with her family. She was a member of St Anthony Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George St Martin and a son, George William St Martin, Jr.

Survivors include: one son: John St Martin of the home; a sister-in-law: Laura Reist of Sugar Grove, NC; grandchild: Chrissy St Martin Bosse and husband Ryan of Margate, Fl; and special friend Doris White of South Carolina.

Graveside service will be held Saturday. August 19, 2017 in Bakers Gap Cemetery with Father Dennis Kress officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Hux & Lipford funeral Home prior to the graveside service. We will then go in procession to the cemetery.

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

Arrangements for the Dorothy M. St Martin family are in the care of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, Tennessee.

 

Michael H. Long

Michael H. Long, former Administrator of Elections for Johnson County, Tennessee, completed his life’s journey at The Foley Center, Blowing Rock, NC, on August 8, 2017.  Mike, a life-long resident of Johnson County, was a professional photographer, a farmer, and served as a community leader.  Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Long.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Etta Long; his father, H. R. Long, Jr.; mother-in-law, Elza Stout; along with David and Gay Blackmon (brother-in-law and sister-in-law) and nieces and nephews:  Rachel and Clark Reyes, Rebekah and Adam Mathews, and great nieces, Ella Marie and Abigale Reyes.  Mike served Bethany Baptist Church as a long-term deacon and treasurer. He was committed to ministering to the maximum security inmates at Northeast Correctional Complex and supporting the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Mike assumed a paternalistic role with many children and youth, especially Amy, Doug, and Neil Hartley, Amy Curd, Beverly Rominger Gurley, Kevin Rominger, and Billy Wilson.  Special friends, who were like family, include John and Trish Hartley, Jim and Bill Hartley, Carolyn Hawkins, Ronnie and Hilda Matheson, Larry Potter, Sue Rominger, and Terry and Dianna Snyder.

Mike loved Johnson County and was extremely proud of his heritage.  His commitment to the County was demonstrated by his persistence, along with Larry Potter, other local and state officials, and the Nature Conservancy, in saving Doe Mountain from timber clear cutting and preserving it for future generations to explore and enjoy.

He was honored as the Tennessee Republican 2016 Statesman of the Year for the eastern region. Mike was also 2017 Chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party and was privileged to serve on the Johnson County Election Commission for over ten years.

A service to celebrate the life of Michael H. Long will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 6:00 PM at Bethany Baptist Church.  Speakers include Dr. Gale Hartley, Mr. John Hartley, Rev. Doug Hartley, and Dr. David W. Blackmon.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Bethany Baptist Church, Billy Joe Burrow, Jerry Calhoun, Eddie Eldreth, Roy Fritts, Jimmy Lowe, David Manuel, Bob Osborne, Clay “Chopper” Souder and Dr. John Whitlock.      Bethany Baptist Church will host friends and family for dinner immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the building fund of Bethany Baptist Church, Lisa Lipford Treasurer, Hwy 67W, Mountain City, TN  37683.

Arrangements for the Michael H. Long family are in the competent and caring hands of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home.

 

Betty Faye Stuart

Betty Faye Stuart, age 88, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 at the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. She was born on March 18, 1929 to the late Calton and Bessie Eastridge Graybeal. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband Moffett Lee Stuart; sister, Sue Simmons and brothers: Conley Odell Graybeal, Wade Graybeal, Pete Graybeal and Vaughn Graybeal.

Betty enjoyed singing in church. She liked to socialize and enjoyed being around other people. Betty loved being outdoors. She was a loving sister and will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memories include sisters: Ruth Cooke and Bobbie Cogswell; special niece, Shirley Ann Dunn; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 at Reece Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Paul Graybeal officiating. Pallbearers will be Eddie Lipford, Ronnie Lipford, Tim Lipford, Terry Cooke, Tom Cooke and Teddy Cooke. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Robert Griffith and Bob Graybeal.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of her sister, 110 Roan Street, Mountain City, TN.

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

The family of Betty Faye Stuart has entrusted her service to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

 

 

James Kyle Lewis

James Kyle Lewis, age 82, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 18, 1935 to the late Dolphus and Inez Smith Lewis. In addition to his parents, Kyle was preceded in death by sisters: Ruth Lewis and Ruby Graybeal and brothers: Dana Lewis, Toll Lewis and Bruce Lewis.

Kyle owned and operated C&L Builders many years. He loved his work and had built many homes and businesses in Johnson County. When he wasn’t working construction, Kyle enjoyed being outdoors. He had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening, working in his ‘back yard orchard’ and growing beautiful flowers. He also enjoyed bee keeping. Kyle liked to have neighborly competitions as to who had the best garden.

Kyle was a very kind hearted, loving, friendly and outgoing man who enjoyed hugging the ladies. In addition to his family and friends who he loved dearly he had a special love for his cats: Zoey, Bailey and Tipper.

Kyle was a United States Army Veteran and was stationed in Germany during much of his career.

Those left to cherish his memories include his lifetime companion, Kathy Shupe; daughter, Rhonda Proffitt; granddaughter, Amber Proffitt; brothers and sister-in-law: Earl Dean Lewis and Wallace Lewis and wife Ruby Lee Lewis; sister-in-law: Hilda Lewis; ; special friend, Jody Stewart; several cousins, nieces and nephews and many special friends.

The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Homer Vanover officiating. Graveside service and interment with Military Honors conducted by the Johnson County Honor Guard will follow at the West Cemetery (top of Forge Creek at TN/NC state line). Pallbearers will be Dale Owens, Adam Timbs, Tim Proffitt, Rob Timbs, Dalton Timbs, Walter Burl Simcox. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Crowder, Noah Click, John Lowe, Russell Lewis, Ross Dowell, Jody Stewart, Dennis Walker, Todd Grayson, William Lewis, Tom Taylor, Jerry Greer, Mike White and Bud Townsend.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 435 Crossroads Drive, Mountain City, TN or at the home of his daughter, Rhonda, 437 Shoun Street, Mountain City, TN.

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

The family of James Kyle Lewis has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.