Howard Thomas Morefield age 79 of 1127 Cold Springs Road, Mountain City, TN passed away Thursday morning November 21, 2019 at his residence.
Howard was born October 23, 1940 to the late William Carroll Morefield and Stella Blanche Miller Morefield in Johnson County, Tennessee in addition to his parents he was predeceased by his son Eric Morefield in 1986, and a very special friend Rev. Doug Stidham.
His survivors include his wife of 58 years Linda Treadway Morefield.
Daughter Donna Morefield Fritts (Richard). His pride and joy Makayla (Sissy) Fritts Sister Anita Bentley (David).
Brother Jerry Morefield (Paulette)
His special Cat Sugarfoot
Special Friend Dan Lipford
Several Nieces and nephews also survive.
In honoring his wishes, he had request to have a graveside only that will be conducted at 11 am on Saturday November 23, 2019 in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum of Love.
In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to Gideons International.
In Keeping with his wishes to be known not as what he was, but for what he is now.
David Dwayne Blankenship, age 34, of Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at his home. He was born on September 30, 1985 in Galax, VA to Brenda Cooper Blankenship and the late Johnny Dwayne Blankenship.
David enjoyed wood working and doing general carpentry repairs. He really enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
David is survived by his mother, Brenda Blankenship, daughter, Constance LeeAnne Blankenship and her mother, Tina Key, sister, Tonya Blankenship Greer and companion Thomas Nickels, brother, Robert Joseph Blankenship and wife Danielle, nieces and nephews, Brandy and Whitney Greer and Johnny and Emily Blankenship, special friend, Donna Britt, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Mountain City Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 4:00 p.m. with Josh Jones officiating, special music will be by Josh Jones and family. Honorary Pallbearers are family and friends.
The family will receive friends at the home 8107 Hwy 91 N, Lot #2, Laurel Bloomery, TN 37680
Boyd Martin Hammons was cured of all sickness and called home to be with the Good Lord on November 17th, 2019. He was surrounded by his devoted family. He was born to the late B.C. and Ruth Hammons on June 24th, 1931. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son- David Hammons, brother- Ray Hammons, and sisters- Nina Mae Hammons and Faye Hall.
Until they can meet again, he leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Bessie Hammons, daughter and favorite son-in-law- Ruthann and Paul Sajdak, granddaughter Emily Sajdak & fiancé- Alex Cumbow, sister and brother-in-law Anna Mae and Jack Knight, plus many special friends and family.
Boyd was always a hard-working man. He had a humble heart and enjoyed serving others. In 1953 he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Korea until 1955. He then married Bessie and began his life as a loyal husband, loving father, and faithful Christian. He loved tending to his garden, working around the house, walking, and visiting with friends. He loved his family fiercely and unconditionally and especially loved spoiling his granddaughter Emily. He always enjoyed a good laugh and could put a smile on anyone’s face. He also enjoyed his sweets, but mostly ice cream. Boyd was a good man and will truly be missed by many.
The family will receive friends from 1pm-3pm on Thursday November 21, 2019 at Hux & Lipford Funeral Home. Funeral services to follow at 3pm with Buddy Morefield and Chuck Stewart officiating. Mike Taylor will lead the singing. Graveside services will immediately follow at Hammons Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Gary Gentry, Bill Hammons, Don Kerley, Bud Morefield, Gary Reece, and Dean Townsend. Honorary pallbearers: Men of the Mountain City Church of Christ, John Arnold, Alex Cumbow, Wilbur Townsend, Carl Osborne, and Boyd’s many nephews.
Charles Eddy Greer, age 73, of Mountain City, TN, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Johnson City Medical Center. Charles was born on May 30, 1946, in Shady Valley, TN, to the late Marion Fonce Greer and Lola May Greer. In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his sisters, Iva Lee Mahala and Margie Johnson and brother, Roger Greer.
Charles was a big fan of the Tennessee Vols and always cheered for the big orange. He loved being outdoors and had made hobbies of fishing, gardening and hunting. He even had a passion for chopping wood. He retired after many years of service to Moore’s Potato Chip Company.
Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Carol Stoltzfus and husband Ken of Johnson City, TN; sisters, Jean Neal of Shady Valley, Edna Wallace of Mountain City, Mary Robinson of Mountain City, Betty Comer of Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren, Reid Stoltzfus, Neil Stoltzfus and wife McKennon, Carly Weaver and husband Jake, Annie Ballard and husband Bryce; niece, Sue Davis; lifelong friend Joe Pat Snyder; several other nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Mountain City Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Leonard Fletcher officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Mountain City, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Dyson Grove Baptist Church, 8483 Roan Creek Rd, Butler, TN 37640.
Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com.
The family of Charles Eddy Greer has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
Venia Ann Stout, age 82 of Mountain City, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Hermitage Health and Rehab Center. Venia was born on April 3, 1937 in Johnson County, TN to the late Clarence Stout and Dora Lowe Stout. Venia is preceded in death by sisters, Mary Wallace, Shirley Smith; brothers, Charles Stout, Homer Stout, Bill Stout, Carl Stout; brother-in-law, Robert Wallace.
Venia was a lifelong resident of Johnson County and was a member of Bethany Baptist Church.
Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, Richard Stout and wife Sharon of Elizabethton, TN; sister, Josephine Laing and husband Larry of Todd, NC and many nieces, nephews and friends.
There will be a graveside service held at Reece Memorial Cemetery, 187 Liberty Church Rd. at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 24, 2019 with Richard Stout and Gale Hartley officiating and special music by John Brookshire. Pallbearers will be Carl Stout, Terry Stout, David Stout, Wayne Davis, Rick Blackburn and Roby Phillippi. Honorary pallbearers will be all friends and employees at Nightline Plant.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hermitage Health for their care and Venia’s friends and neighbors who lovingly helped and gave off their time to care for her. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Pastor Gale Hartley for his faithful visits with Venia during her illness.
Mary June Wallace, age 88, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019. She was born on June 30, 1931, in Zionville, North Carolina to the late William Aaron Stephens and Jessie Wilson Stephens. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband Bruce Wallace and a sister, Anna Mae Williams.
Mary was an employee of Shadowline for 30 years and a member of Zionville Baptist Church
Those left to cherish her memories include, her sister Mancy Setzer, Niece Lisa Conner & Husband Michael, Nephew Aaron Setzer & wife Sherry. Great Nieces and Nephews; Sam Connor, Andy Connor & Sarah Reyes. Special friends, Michaline Greer, Rebecca Wagner and Charlotte Thomas
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Rick Thomason and Rev. Frank Johnson to officiate. Special Music will be by Bobby McGee. The Graveside Service and Entombment will follow from the Zionville Baptist Church Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Tommy Stephens, Bobby McGee, Joe Proffitt, Jeff Wagner, Darrell Osborne, Carl Stephens and Sam Connor. Honorary Pallbearers are member of Zionville Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mary June’s memory to Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund % 800 Modock Rd., Trade, TN 37691.
Special thanks to Jeff & Diana Wagner for their exceptional & loving Care provide to Mary June.
Thomas Elmer Hammons, age 91, Mountain City, Tennessee, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at The Waters of Roan Highlands in Roan Mountain, TN. Elmer was born on March 4, 1928 in Shouns, TN to the late Andy W. Hammons and Lora Callie Simcox Hammons. Elmer was raised by his Dad and step mother, Lela Arnold Hammons after his mother passed away. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Dexter Hammons, brother Paul Hammons; one sister, Bernice Payne.
Those left to cherish his memories include two daughters, Mary Sue (Susie) Henson and husband Larry and Sandy Hammons and husband Norman; Polly Coldiron Hammons, the mother of his two daughters and the great love of his life; sister, Viola Joines; sister in law, Thelma Hammons; several nieces and nephews and many, many special friends.
Elmer was a proud United States Army Veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Hammons Chapel Christian Church.
Elmer’s life work was a carpenter by trade and a licensed contractor. He built many homes in Johnson County and the surrounding area.
He was an outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and watch wildlife. He enjoyed beekeeping too. Elmer was a simple man with little needs, but loved his family and was very loved by his family. It was mostly apparent with the good care he received in the past years. A special caregiver, Monika Burgess, “Monroe” to Elmer, because he couldn’t say Monika became an adopted family member.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Hammons Chapel Christian Church. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 with Minister Joshua Giddings officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow at the Hammons Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charlie Hawkins, Charlie Thompson, Mike Shupe, Paul Stephan, Tom Payne and Douglas Hammons. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Gerry Bocarossa, Barton Hall, Walter Simcox and the men of Hammons Chapel Church. Military honors to be accorded by Johnson County Honor Guard.
At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, 155 Circle Dr., Mountain City, TN.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mountain
Angela Denise Murray Perkins, age 54, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at her home. She was born on June 14 1965 in Bristol, to Frederick Wilson Murray, III and the late Carolyn Louise Self Isaacs (July 4, 2019).
Angela loved scrapbooking, gardening, reading and beading. She used to make jewelry. Angela loved her little dog “Fluffva”.
She is survived by her son Jacob Perkins and girlfriend Beth Price, sister, Tina Isaacs and husband Tommy, father, Frederick Wilson, Murray, III, half-brothers, Derrick Murray and Dale Murray, nephew, Zachary Isaacs and Angela was a second mom to Trevor Reece, Codty Newman, and Willy Osborne. Special friend Barbara Hopkins.
There will be a graveside service Monday November 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from Sunset Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com.
The family of Angela Denise Perkins has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
William Lloyd Wilson, Sr., 89, of Avondale, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Twin Pines Health Care Center, West Grove.
He was the husband of Janice Marie Greer Wilson with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.
Born in Mt. City, TN he was the son of the late Alfred and Lola Belle Eggers Wilson.
William was a veteran of the US Marine Corps serving in Korean War.
William was Baptist by faith.
He was a self-employed truck driver delivering hay and straw to the local horse farms and was also retired from Hudson Farms in West Grove.
He enjoyed taking care of his yard, working on cars and trucks and spending time with his family and pets.
He is survived by his wife; one son, William Lloyd Miles of AZ; one daughter, Judith Casanta (Leonard) of West Grove; four step-children, Jerry Ricky Price (Sue) of New London, Linda Pastorius (Bob) of West Grove, Edward Price (Sally Mull) of Rising Sun, MD and Christine Rickabaugh (Paul) of Cochranville; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; twelve step-great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Boyd Wilson of Mt. City, TN, Stacey Wilson of Nottingham, Nell Greer of Toughkenamon, Curtis Greer of Quarryville and Gordon Wilson of London Grove.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Penny Wilson Brown; one grandson, Eric Price; one great-granddaughter, Aria Sydenstricker and one brother, Tom Wilson.
Funeral services will be held 11 am on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, where family and friends may visit from 10 – 11 am.
Interment will be in New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Elsmere Veterans Administration Hospital, 1601 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19805.
On-line condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Willie Arizona Proffitt, age 93, of Trade, Tennessee, passed away on October 30, 2019. She was born on May 15, 1926 in Tom’s Creek, Virginia, to the late William and Mary Wilson Canter. Willie is preceded in death by her first husband, Bruce Reece in 1977; second husband Sam Proffitt; sons, Sherry Reece, Norman Reece and Wayne Reece; daughter, Linda Green; sisters, Ruby Canter, Nettie Canter, Dora Potter, Carolee Porter and Lettie Miller; grandchildren, Travis Reece, Gary Thomas and Amanda Costigan.
Willie was a hard worker and spent many years between Leco, Levi Strauss and Mountain City Care Center. She spent approximately 18 years at Mountain City Care Center as a loving caretaker and nurse assistant.
Willie had a special love for being at home where she could work in her flower gardens, crochet and she even loved doing her house work. Willie was a member of Centerview Church of Christ.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Audrey Thomas and husband Larry, Hope Reece, Jane Barnett, Tammy Bryant and husband Dennis; Son, Joe Reece; and many adored grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a private memorial service.
The family will receive friends at the home of Audrey Thomas, 1024 Bulldog Rd, Trade, TN 37691.
Mae Wilson Fritts Gentry, age 90, of Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, passed away on October 30, 2019. She was born on January 30, 1929 in Lenoir, North Carolina, to the late Jesse and Pansy Bryant Wilson. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her loving husband Andy Gentry and first husband Robert Fritts.
Mae cherished her family and had a special love for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was everyone’s “Happy Grandma”. Mae had a special cat named Oreo that had become her constant companion and best friend. Mae was a member of Stateline Baptist Church and was a founding member of the Stateline WMU.
Those left to cherish her memory include her Sons, Jeff Fritts and wife Pam, Bob Fritts; Step-Sons, Steve Gentry and wife Mary, Mark Gentry and wife Kim; Brother, Clay Wilson and special friend Linda Brown; Grandchildren, Jessica Shearin and husband Dustin, Stephanie Rucker and husband Lawrence, Stephen Gentry and wife Retha, Andrew Gentry and wife Chelsie; Great Grandchildren Aaron Shearin, Noah Shearin, Ryan Gentry, Andilyn Gentry; many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Stateline Baptist Church, with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastors, Paul Graybeal and Michael Icenhour will be officiating and special music will be provided by Kathy Green, Sharon Winters and Sherry Stout. A graveside service and burial will follow the service at Stateline Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Morefield, Mike Lewis, Larry McCloud, Dustin Shearin, Lawrence Rucker, Andrew Gentry and Steven Gentry. Honorary Pallbearers will be Van Neely, Stacy Greer, David Pennington, William Greer, Derrell Gentry, Jim Neaves, Jim Whitesell, Larry Wilson, Jeff Wilson and Derl McCloud.
The family will receive friends at the home of Jeff Fritts, 8549 Hwy 91 N, Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, 37680.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons or to the Stateline Cemetery Fund, 3800 Sugar Creek Rd, Laurel Bloomery, TN, 37680.
The family would like to thank the Johnson County Rescue Squad and Johnson County Community Hospital for their help and compassion.
Travis P. Good, 44, of Elizabethton, Tennessee went to hunt and fish along the banks of heaven on October 23, 2019 after an unexpected illness. He was born in Boone, NC on November 11, 1974. He was preceded in death by his mother; Glenda Good, grandmothers; Frances Slemp and Maude Good, and grandfathers; Clyde Worley Slemp and William Good.
While he was here, he most loved hunting, fishing and time spent outdoors and with his boys. The many adventures he went on with his soulmate and wife of twenty-two years. He also loved riding his Harley through the back roads of Tennessee.
Those left to cherish his memories of his love for the outdoors and riding free are his wife; Gina Good, two amazing sons; Hunter Good and Chris Good, his father; Glenn Good, brother and sister-in-law; Rick and Joyce Good, Sisters-in-love; Chrissy, Shelly, Allie and Katherine. Two brothers-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to celebrate and honor the life of Travis P. Good will be conducted at 7:00 PM, Sunday October 27, 2019, in the Chapel of Hunter First Baptist with Pastors Jim Price, Mark Colley and Steven Nauman officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM, prior to the service on Sunday or at any of the family’s residences at any time.
The graveside service will be conducted at Garland Cemetery Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:00PM. Active pallbearers will be Brad Blair, Johnny Fugate, Jason Chambers, James Clark, Charlie Morefield, Jonathan Rounds, and Randy Freeman. Honorary Pallbearers are Rick Good, Jason Seatz, Josh Stidhams, A.J. Forrester and Denver J. Forrester. Those wishing to attend the graveside service need to arrive at Hunter First Baptist no later than 12:15 PM.
Melissa Rose Burniston Bratton, 35, of Columbia, passed away on October 27, 2019, after a very short but valiant battle with an aggressive brain tumor. She was the firstborn to Harvey and Maureen Burniston on November 11, 1983 in Boone, North Carolina. She was the oldest of three girls. Being the bigger sister to Michelle and Mallarie, she planted roots of courage and ambition for them to follow.
With her father as an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor, the love of agriculture was instilled in her at a young age. And no surprise, when she reached high school she became a dedicated member of the Johnson County FFA chapter. Her roots continued to run deep in the blue corduroy jacket as she served Tennessee FFA from 2002-2003 as the East Tennessee State Vice President.
She attended Tennessee Tech University where she double majored in agricultural education and agricultural communications, and after interning with Tennessee Farm Bureau in 2004, she quickly realized her passion was for communicating the story of agriculture. Farm Bureau knew she was something special and brought her on board fulltime in 2006 as assistant director of communications. Melissa took over the role as editor of Tennessee Home & Farm and Tennessee Farm Bureau News in 2013. But the biggest event in her life that year was marrying Kyle Bratton October 19, 2013 at her favorite place on Earth – her parent’s home in the mountains of Butler, Tennessee.
Even more than the love of those mountains was her desire to be a mother, and in 2015, Melissa and Kyle were blessed with their daughter, Madelyn Rose. Thinking life couldn’t get any better, in 2017 Liam arrived and gave the Burnistons a much-anticipated boy. Everyone who knew Melissa knew she had a heart after God and daily she poured her strong faith over her children, singing Amazing Grace and Jesus Loves Me to them at bedtime.
Melissa attended First United Methodist Church of Columbia where she and Kyle spent countless moments with their dear friends in Sunday school. She was a servant and a light to all who crossed paths with her. Her contagious smile and love for all was evident always. She cherished her precious family, many friends and the work she did for people. The root of the matter is: she was taken from this world too soon, but in the time she had here everyone she touched was blessed with her presence and love.
She is survived by her loving husband, Kyle Bratton; children, Madelyn and Liam Bratton; parents, Harvey and Maureen Burniston; sisters, Michelle (Ricky) Hansen and Mallarie (Cody) Graybeal; grandfather, Harvey Burniston, Sr.; father- and mother-in-law, Ronny and Debbie Bratton; sister-in-law, Kelly (Matthew) Priest; nieces and nephews, Braylin Hansen, Rylin Hansen, Emilia Graybeal, George Graybeal; Garrett Priest, Audrey Priest; aunts and uncles, Kathy Burniston, James (Susan) Burniston, Laurie Dunn, Tom (Becky) Burniston, Tom Gasper; great aunt, Barbara Brennan.
She is preceded in death by grandparents, Carter Burniston, George and Rosemary Gasper; uncle, Bill Gasper; aunt, Kathy Welch.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 CST at First United Methodist Church, 222 W. 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401.
Visitation Thursday, October 31 from 2:00 to 3:00 CST will be at the First Baptist Church (The First Family), 2790 Pulaski Highway, Columbia, TN 38401 with a celebration of Melissa’s life at 3:00. Graveside services will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements and condolences may be extended online at www.oakesandnichols.com.
Honorary pallbearers are their Family Night Group.
Donations can be made to the Ronald Kyle Bratton Benefit Account at any First Farmers and Merchants branch in Middle Tennessee or mailed c/o Ronald Kyle Bratton Benefit Account, PO Box 1148, Columbia, TN 38402-1148. For questions call 931-388-3145.
FFA Foundation contributions can be made online in memory of Melissa at tnffa.org/donate-now (include within the comment section c/o Melissa Burniston Bratton Memorial) or mail to: Tennessee FFA Foundation, c/o Melissa Burniston Bratton Memorial, Box 5034, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505.
Deborah Mast Aldridge, age 51, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on October 27, 2019. She was born on June 9, 1968 in Boone, North Carolina, to Carl and Phyllis Mabe Mast of Mountain City, Tennessee.
Deborah had a special love for reading and writing poetry. She also had made a hobby of making wreaths and being active within the community through “Girls in Action” for eight years. She was a member of Nelson’s Chapel Church.
Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Carl and Phyllis Mast; sons, Caleb Aldridge of Charlotte, NC, Antonio Holland of Johnson City, TN; daughter, Maggie Aldridge of Nashville, TN; sister, Diana Wagner and husband Jeff of Mountain City, TN; brothers, Phillip Mast and wife Susan, David Mast and wife Amanda; nieces, Nikki Mast, Lori Harr; nephew, Austin Mast and wife Jessica; great nephews, Levi Harr, Logan Harr; special friends, Debbie Snyder and Deena Icenhour.
There will be a graveside service held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at the Dunn Cemetery in Mountain City, Tennessee, with Pastor Sam Icenhour officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeff Wagner, Austin Mast, Scott Mast, David Mast and Phillip Mast. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ross and Stacy Dowell.
The family will receive friends at the home of Carl and Phyllis Mast, 1905 Forge Creek Rd, Mountain City, TN, 37683.
Terry Steven Thompson, age 77, of Mountain City, Tennessee passed away October 22, 2019 at his home. He was born on July 26, 1942 in Banner Elk, NC to the late Tommy Thompson and Annis Mottern Thompson, he was welcomed to a loving home full of adoring aunts, and often spoke of his happy childhood.
Mr. Thompson was a member of Liberty Christian Church. He was a United States Army Veteran, and he was a member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge 243 F&AM, Jericho Temple, and a Johnson County Shrine Club Roadrunner. He loved fishing, spending time with friends and family, and his 1972 Chevy truck.
Terry was fond of his army years and made efforts to keep in touch with people from his unit. In that time he met his wife Sharon in Missouri, and they were married on September 7, 1963. He was a member of the 1958 JCHS football team and a1960 graduate of Johnson County High School.
A lifelong Democrat, Terry believed passionately in our democracy and worked with the Election Commission for decades to ensure people of all beliefs could exercise their right to vote. He loved his community in Mountain City and was known as a friend to all, Republicans and Democrats alike.
Retired from Mountain Electric, Terry spent his early career as a lineman, and retired as a Manager of the organization. Terry tended a large garden on his property for many decades, and commonly helped his neighbors however he could, including rescuing pets and engaging in extracurricular mowing. He was a devoted family man and loved people. In his retirement years, he struggled mightily with new technologies, but he was determined to be a part of the new social media landscape. Indeed, he will be missed by many that came to know him through his Facebook account, which he loved as a way of connecting to others.
Those left to cherish his memory include Sharon Thompson, his loving war bride and devoted wife of 56 years. He is survived by his daughter, Donna Swanay and husband, Bob, of Carmel IN, and his beloved granddaughter Susan Swanay, of Johnson City, TN and his beloved cat “Kitty Kitty” Thompson. Special friends Tammy Welch and neighbors Linda and Robert also survive.
The family will receive friends Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. from the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow with Mr. Travis Long officiating. Masonic rites will follow the funeral service. Military graveside service accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard will then follow in Philippi Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials be made through donations to the Johnson County Shrine Roadrunners, 219 Shoun Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
Mary Marjorie Ginolfi, age 96, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in the Mountain City Care Center. She was born February 22, 1923 in the Neva Community of Johnson County to the late Ott M. Bunting and Ina Stout Bunting. She was a member of Bakers Gap Baptist Church and she enjoyed cooking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Thomas, three sisters: Virginia Snyder, Opal Susi and Kathleen Bunton and five brothers: Marshall, Fred, Barton, Jim and Doran.
Survivors include: Stepchildren, Mary Ann Kallas, Hurley, Wi. And Michael Ginolfi of Utah. Sister; Shirley Bunting, Mtn City, Tn. Brothers; Doug (Mac) Bunting (Connie) Walls, MS. Harold Bunting (Lynda) Mtn City, TN. Sister in Laws; Vida Bunting, Mtn City, Tn. Wilma Bunting Kingsport, TN. And Sue Bunting, Mountain City, Tn. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
A special thank you to the Staff of the Mountain City Care Center.
Funeral Services for Marjorie will be conducted on Friday October 25, 2019 at 2 pm from the Bakers Gap Baptist Church with Dennis Peterson and Bryant Collins to officiate. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 1 until 2 pm. the Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Burial will follow in the Bakers Gap Cemetery.
Our beloved mother, Lennis Clara Combs, age 73, of Mountain City, Tennessee and formally from Watauga County, North Carolina; went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Lennis was born on March 19, 1946 in the Bethel Community of Watauga County, North Carolina to the late Bonnie Mae Love Combs and Robert Paul Combs. Along with her parents, Lennis was preceded in death by her sisters: Earlene Skinner and Mary Norman; and brother, Reggie Combs.
Lennis graduated from John Powers Beauty College in Cincinnati, Ohio and began modeling and designing hair in 1960. She later relocated to Vilas, North Carolina so her daughters would have the pleasure of growing up in the country. Lennis was amazingly talented as a model, hair designer, seamstress, painter, poet, bass player, homemaker, banker, retail manager, bus driver and job coach. She had an extraordinary love for children and was a foster parent for two decades in North Carolina. She had the privilege of aiding many children during the years, with one exceptional child, Beth Rubio. It was her love for children that empowered her to be a job coach for the special education department and bus driver for the Johnson County School Systems. This career spanned 32 years across both the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. She retired from the Johnson County School System in 2004. Many knew her best for her role as a banker with North Western Bank in Boone, North Carolina and Johnson County Bank in Mountain City, Tennessee.
Those left to cherish her memories include: two daughters, Monica Lynn Hollar Krenz and husband Michael David Krenz of Texas and Tammy Hollar Scott and husband David Hunter Scott of South Carolina; two sisters, Helen Taylor and Irene Smith of Liberty Township, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service for Lennis will be conducted on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Guy/Combs Cemetery with Pastor Eric Cornett officiating. Special music will be provided by Chuck Hollar. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com.
The family of Lennis Clara Combs has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
Mary Lynn Cornett, age 90, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Mountain City Care Center. She was born on March 1, 1929 in Johnson County, TN to the late Johnny Edward Slemp and Maude Ann Arnold Slemp. In addition to her parents, Mary Lynn was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Cornett; sister, Ethel Woods, brothers, Earl Slemp, Bascom Slemp and Ray Slemp.
Mary Lynn enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and working puzzles. She enjoyed a lifetime of fishing. Mary Lynn was also very proud of her grapevine. She was a member of Locust Gap Freewill Baptist Church.
Those left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Millie Arnold and husband Willie, Judy Ellison and husband Jerry; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Arnold and wife Cheryll, Kristy Livermore and husband Eugene, Wesley Arnold and wife Sybil, and J.R. Ellison, great-grandchildren, Kaden Livermore, Ezra Livermore, Parker Derry, sister, Nell May, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019 from the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Shannon Courtner officiating. The family will receive friends from 12-1:00 prior to the funeral service. The graveside service and interment will follow at the Slemp Cemetery (Slemp Branch Rd.). Pallbearers will be, Steve Dunn, Wayne Vaught, Warren May, Ben May, James Brewer and Keith Gwinn. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Mullis, Danny Eller, Ed Walker, Willie Arnold, J.R. Ellison, Jerry Ellison, Wesley Arnold, Jeffrey Arnold, and Eugene Livermore.
The family would like to express the sincere thanks and appreciation to Margaret “Granny” Trivette for her vigilance, Mountain City Care Center staff and Amedysis Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 203 Forge Creek Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683 or to Locust Gap Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1600 Mill Creek Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683.
At other times the family will receive friends at the home of her daughter Millie Arnold, 356 Arnold Rd., Mountain City, TN 37683.
Brandon James McCoy, age 33, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019. He was born on May 25, 1986, to the late Junior Franklin McCoy II and Sandra Lynn Coffey.
Brandon, lovingly referred to as “Gimp” by some of his friends, was larger than life. He loved to make everyone he came in contact with smile and especially loved to make them laugh. He tried to find enjoyment in everything he did. He recently had a close friend get him a job at Shatley Paving, and despite his hard work, grueling hours, and working harder than any job he previously had; he was finally happy to have a job he looked forward to. Despite how tired he may have been, he always came home with a story to tell, to make his family laugh or something interesting about his day.
Brandon was a one of a kind friend to everyone he knew and especially loved being an uncle to his nephew, Ashtin. He was like an uncle to his young cousins, Xavier and Alan Lunceford III, and came to their defense regardless if they were around or not. Along with loving his new job and being around family, Brandon loved motorcycles, tractor and trailers, and all big trucks.
He was especially close his aunt Barbara Lunceford and his cousin Alan Lunceford Jr, who he looked up to and was more like a brother. Brandon had family and many friends that he was very close to throughout the years that will miss his presence here on Earth!
Other family members left to cherish his memories include his sisters, Christal Estep and husband Barney, Leslie Forrester and husband Shawn; brothers, Brian McCoy and wife Ashley Smith, Billy Jack Taylor and wife Susan; Aunt, Barbara Lunceford and husband Keith; several nephews including Ashtin McCoy, Jacob Estep, Lucas Estep; several cousins, aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group or sent to Flo Bellamy, 3510 Hwy 421 N, Mountain City, TN 37683.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Mountain City Funeral Home with a service to follow. Pastor Shannon Courtner will be officiating. Honorary Pallbearers are Kevin Guy, C.J. Hampton, Alan Lunceford, B.T. Taylor, Bud McComas and Barney Estep.
At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 222 Cressview Drive, Mountain City, TN 37683.