Willie D. Hammons

Willie D. Hammons

Willie D. Hammons, age 75, left this life and entered his heavenly home on Monday, October 8, 2018. He was born on October 4, 1943, the son of the late Ernest and Edith Hammons of the Forge Creek Community.

Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 51 years, Naomi Blevins Hammons, their son, Alan Hammons and wife Sonya, and their daughter Rebecca Dietrich and husband Marc; siblings, Jean Chappell, Lynn Hammons and wife Sue, and Larry Hammons and wife Sharon; six wonderful grandchildren whom he cherished dearly, Michael Kirby, Austin Norris, Alison Dietrich, Ethan Dietrich, Oren Hammons and Eli Hammons and many nieces and nephews on both the Hammons and Blevins side of the family.

After graduating from ETSU in 1969, Willie worked in the Johnson County School System for 37 years as a teacher and Director of the Vocational Program. He had a vision to enhance the construction program by purchasing property on which to build and sell homes. He worked diligently to establish this successful program before his retirement in 2006.

Willie spent his retirement years farming and raising cattle. He worked passionately and had a successful Braunvieh cattle farm with his son, Alan. Willie served his community well. He was a lifelong member and Elder of Hammons Chapel Christian Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He loved serving the Lord in any way he could.

He recently took on the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doe Mountain Recreation Authority. He had a desire to allow people to enjoy the beauty of Johnson County through the responsible development of Doe Mountain.

Willie enjoyed spending time with friends and family and enjoying life. He was a member of The Young at Heart Square Dance Club for many years. He also enjoyed going to the Senior Center and visiting with his friends. After retirement, Willie and Naomi traveled to several different countries and much of the United States including Alaska and the US Virgin Islands. They especially enjoyed visiting Israel and Austria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson County Senior Center or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family will receive friends from 1-4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Joshua Giddings officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow the funeral at the Dunn Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Matthew Lewis, Travis Lewis, Kevin Hammons, Phillip Chappell, Jimmy Chappell, Brandon Hammons and Rick Curd. Honorary pallbearers are Men of Hammons Chapel Christian Church, Clarence Braden, Jake Lewis, Tom Taylor, Russell Lewis and Joe Lewis.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 3131 Forge Creek Road, Mountain City, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Willie D. Hammons entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Walter Earl Woodard

Walter Earl Woodard

Walter Earl Woodard, age 71, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Johnson County Community Hospital. He was born on May 28, 1947 to the late Columbus and Novela Curd Woodard. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Shelby Woodard and Ramona Coffey.

Walter loved to farm. He worked at Watauga Medical Center for 25 years. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of Hammons Chapel Christian Church.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 48 years, Wanda Woodard; daughter, Penny Mahala and husband Edward; son, Randall Woodard and wife Linda; sisters, Joyce Hudler and husband Bob, Shirl Newhouser and husband Ken; brothers, Earl Woodard and wife Bonnie, Raymond Woodard and Charles Woodard; grandchildren, Dale Mahala, Jordan Mahala, Dustin Woodard and Warren Woodard; great-granddaughter, Zayla Grayson and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be conducted Friday, October 19, 2018. At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 2530 Antioch Road, Mountain city, TN.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Walter Earl Woodard has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Milton David Phipps

Milton David Phipps

Milton David Phipps, age 68, passed away at his residence in Johnson City, Tennessee on Monday, October 8, 2018.  Milton was born in Mountain City, Tennessee on November 21, 1949, to William Phipps and Belvia Kilby Phipps.  Milton was preceded in death by his father, his brother Bill Phipps, and two sisters Irene Snyder and Patricia Phipps.

Milton was a lifelong student and enjoyed learning about new things.  In his free time, Milton enjoyed collecting all kinds of different things and he really enjoyed watching Tennessee football.

Those left to cherish memories of Milton are his mother, Belvia Phipps; sisters, Carmia Cornett, Lois Snyder, and Betty Bryant of Mountain City, Virginia Hodge of Shady Valley, and Betty Warden of Abingdon; brother Kenneth Phipps of Mountain City; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, nieces and nephews; the staff of Dawn of Hope, especially “Baby”.

Pallbearers will be Jody Putnum, Trampass Hodge, David Whisman, Dennis Bryant, Rick Bryant, Willie Phipps, Junior Cornett, and Ed Hodge.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dawn of Hope Staff.

The family and close friends will meet Thursday, October 11th, 2018, for a private gathering with Graveside services to follow in the Acre Field Cemetery in Laurel Bloomery, TN.

Online condolences can be sent via our website: www.huxlipfordfh.com

Professional services for the Phipps family are being handled by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, 300 W. Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Lynn Ciccarelli Cuddy

Lynn Ciccarelli Cuddy

Lynn Ciccarelli Cuddy, age 74, of Shady Valley, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA. She was born on July 15, 1944 to the late Angelo and Teresa Argenio Ciccarelli. In addition to her parents, Lynn was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Cuddy, who passed on Dec 21, 2017.

Lynn was a graduate of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. She also attended the University of Bridgeport for graduate work in education. Lynn was a current employee of Farmers State Bank, where she has worked for over 25 years. She was very passionate about her job and went above and beyond to serve her customers. She took great pride in all that she did. She was always putting other people before herself and was very caring and giving. Lynn loved flowers and enjoyed being outside and found great peace working in her garden as well as cooking. Lynn was an active member of Harmon Chapel Christian Church.

Those left to cherish Lynn’s memories include her in-laws, Toby Cuddy, Tim Cuddy and Cindy Cuddy; nieces, Cheri Szymanski and Tracey Testa; nephews, Kevin Cuddy and Donnie Keels; special ‘grandchildren’, Kyle Szymanski, Jacob Szymanski and Joshua Szymanski; her family at Farmers State Bank and her church family.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Harmon Chapel Christian Church with Pastor Howard Taylor officiating. A celebration of life service will follow at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials in Lynn’s memory be made to the Harmon Chapel Christian Church, 1445 Hwy 133, Shady Valley, TN 37688. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com.

The family of Lynn Ciccarelli Cuddy has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Loyd “Brownie” Blankenbeckler

Loyd Wilmer Blankenbeckler, age 89 and better known as Brownie, passed away on October 8, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness. Brown was born June 13, 1929 in Mountain City, TN to the late Marion and Chloe (Mullis) Blankenbeckler. In addition to his parents, Brownie was preceded in death by his three brothers and three sisters.

Brownie worked millwrighting for many years. He loved music and was a gifted guitar player and had a band in his early years. Brownie was a United States Air Force Veteran.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 69 years, Dorothy Osborne Blankenbeckler, sister, Wilma Henley, sister-in-law, Francis Blankenbeckler, both of Johnson City, TN, sons, Roger Blankenbeckler and wife Charlene, granddaughter, Miranda, great granddaughter, Ava, son, David Blankenbeckler and wife Christi, granddaughters, Whitney and Logan.

It was Brownie’s wish to be cremated and that no formal service be held.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 1233 Pleasant Valley Road, Mountain City, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Loyd Wilmer ‘Brownie’ Blankenbeckler has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Joyce Nell Brown Smiley

Joyce Nell Brown Smiley

Joyce Nell Brown Smiley age 87, of Mountain City, Tennessee passed away Friday, October 5th, 2018 at the Mountain City Care Center following an extended illness.

She was Born November 19, 1930, in Mountain City. Nell is preceded in death by her parents Leah Rebecca Dishman Dunn and William Eduyth Dunn. Nell is also preceded in death by her husband Albert Brown, Son Junior Brown, Daughter-in-law Linda Shull Brown, Brothers and Sisters Retha Dunn, Orville Dunn, Mable Barlow, Leona Pennington, Edd Dunn, Trula Lipford, and Louise Robinson.

Nell worked for many years in the textile industry with Leco, Levis, and Burlington manufactures. When Nell wan’t working, she enjoyed quilting, gardening, traveling, but most of all she enjoyed taking care of her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her Daughter Maxine and husband Bob Arnold; Sisters Beulah Clampitt and Laura Dunn Lipford; Brothers Everett, Earnest, and Bob Dunn. Grandchildren Steve Brown and wife Robin, Brian Arnold and wife Davina, Mechelle Arney, Christie Arnold Atwood and husband Tracy.

Great Grandchildren Caleb and Megan Brown; Caden and Troy Arnold; Dalton Atwood; Will, Myles, and Brady Arney; Deana, Makynna, and Savanna Younce.Special Cousin; Herman and Ruby Stout. Special thanks to her friends at the Mountain City Care Center, who loved and treated her like family.

Funeral Services for Nell Brown Smiley will be conducted at 7 pm. Tuesday October 09, 2018, at the Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Steven Spencer officiating. The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm prior to the funeral service.

Graveside service with burial will be held at 10 am. Wednesday, October 10, 2018, in Sunset Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are Steve Brown, Brian Arnold, Tracy and Dalton Atwood, Caden and Troy Arnold, and Will Arney. Honorary Pallbearers; Caleb Brown, Brady and Miles Arney, Dan Lipford, Dr. John Whitlock, and Dr. Daniel Jones. Music under the direction of the Church Choir.

Online condolences may be submitted via our website: www.huxlipfordfh.com. Professional services are in the care of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home.

Hilda S. Main

Hilda S. Main

Hilda S. Main, age 83, of Zionville, NC, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Foley Center in Blowing Rock, NC. She was born in Johnson County, TN on May 13, 1935. Hilda was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Church and her mother, Vera Byers Church, one sister, Peggy Maine.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years George Main, sons, Edward Main, Tony Main, Kevin Main and wife Brenda, Darren Main and wife Jennifer, one daughter, Teena Main, nine grandchildren, three great- grandchildren, one brother, Nolan Church, Special friends, Jennifer Mayberry, Jackie Cook, Pat and Mary Sue Morgan, Mabel Methodist Church and the Mabel Community, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Friday October 12, 2018 at Evergreen Baptist Church with funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Tony Potter to officiate. Music will be performed by Grady Isaacs who was a piano student of Vera and Hilda. The graveside Service and interment will follow from the Greer- Main Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Edward Main, Tony Main, Kevin Main, Darren Main, Ian Main and Chase Main, Honorary Pallbearers are Mark Wallace, Ronnie Garland, Bobby Thacker and Larry Donnelly.

The family would like to Thank the Watauga Medical Center, the Foley Center and Medi- Home Hospice staff for all of Hilda’s care.  Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Hilda S. Main entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Harry J. Smith Sr.

Harry J. Smith Sr.

Harry J. Smith Sr., age 89, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Mountain City Care Center. He was born on October 8, 1928 in Lenoir, North Carolina. He loved the outdoors and his many cats. He was a scout master for many years and a member of the First District Volunteer Fire Department in Laurel Bloomery, TN.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Horton Smith, mother and father, Doris Alexander and Gertrude Spainhour Smith, sister, Loretta Chester and husband Paul and brother, Tom Smith and wife Lou. Mr. Smith is survived by three sons, Aaron Smith and wife Jean of Charlotte, NC, Joe Smith and wife Rose Rasmussen Smith of Mountain City, TN, William ‘Mitchell’ Smith of Zionville, NC; daughter, Carolyn Smith Younce and husband George of Zionville, NC; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

It was Mr. Smith’s wishes that no formal service be held. A private burial will be held at a later date. The family respectfully requests no flowers or food. Memorials may be made in his memory to your local chapter Boy Scouts of America and/or your local humane society or animal shelter.

We would like to thank the staff at Mountain City Care Center as well as Dr. John Whitlock and Daniel Jones for the excellent care they have provided for our father during his last days. We truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Harry J. Smith Sr. has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Betty Sue Howard

Betty Howard

Betty Sue Howard, age 77, of Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, passed away on October 8, 2018 at her home. She was born on January 21, 1941 to the late Harold and Lillian Slagle Smith. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ottis Howard, one son, James ‘Gingo’ Fredrick Howard, brothers, James Edward ‘Bud’ Smith, Garnett Lee Smith and John Henry Smith.

Betty was a former employee of the Blue Ridge Shoe Company. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren, who she enjoyed spoiling. She loved all kinds of flowers. Betty was of the Baptist faith.

Those left to cherish her memories include her children, Deborah Marie Deyton and husband Terry, Helen Juanita Blevins, Linda Kay Stephens and husband Charlie, Sylvia Ann Howard McCoy and husband Jessie and John Thomas ‘Chorter’ Howard and companion Beth, sisters, Ruby Mae Chambers and Juanita Marie Morefield; brothers, Tommy Ray Smith and Harold William ‘Jr.’ Smith; grandchildren, Johnny Deyton, Daniel Deyton (Chasity), Jason Winters (Julie), James Parson, Kathy Hatley, Jasmine Stephens, Emily Stephens, Brittany Howard (Rodney), Dennis Blevins (Breionna); great grandchildren, Jack Deyton, Adam Deyton, Connor Deyton, Logan Deyton, Sissy Deyton, Bryson Winters, Madison Church, Timmy Church, April Parsons, Piper Blevins, Faith Blevins, Dennis Blevins Jr., Nathan Blevins, Hayden Bailey and JoJo Bailey; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2-4:00 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will follow with Pastor James Gentry officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Dennis Blevins, Robbie Carlson, Mike Howard, David Grubb, Greg Hayworth and Bobby Joe Winters. Honorary Pallbearers are D. Swift, Mark Carlson, Doyle Carlson, Jessie McCoy and Terry Deyton.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 6910 Hwy 91 N, Laurel Bloomery, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Betty Sue Howard has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

 

Larry Eggers

October 10, 2018

Larry Eggers

Larry Keith Eggers, age 54, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on October 2, 2018 at the Watauga Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Boone, North Carolina to Joyce Ann Jenkins Eggers and the late Claude Eggers on December 25, 1963. In addition to his father, Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Carl Eggers and grandparents, Roy and Nina Jenkins and Carl and Dora Eggers.

Larry owned and operated his own trackhoe and dozer business since 1992. He loved working for himself and took great pride in his work. He loved being outdoors. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed riding his Harley, riding four-wheelers with family and friends, deer hunting and looking for arrowheads. He was also a gifted musician and his favorite music to play was gospel. Larry loved to laugh and loved to make people laugh telling jokes and cutting up. More than anything, he loved his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren and spoiling them.

Those left to cherish his memories include his mom, Ann Eggers; children, Lori Faircloth and husband Lester and Matt Eggers and wife Sky; girlfriend, Gloria Horne; sister, Joni Wilcox and fiancé Raymond Woodard, brother, Gary Eggers and wife Kim, grandchildren, Dade Eggers, Darren Eggers, Lexie Faircloth, Leanna Faircloth and Shawn Swank; special dog, Chloe; several nieces and nephews and many special friends.

The family received friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service followed at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Leon Bryant officiating. Graveside service and interment  follow the funeral at the Eggers Family Cemetery located on Larry’s property. Pallbearers were Eric Trivette, Gary Eggers, Lester Faircloth, Junior Earp, Blaine Hodges, Sam Tester, Randy Cornett, Larry Dunn and Robert Stanton. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his son, Matt Eggers, 392 Preserve Way, Mountain City, TN or the home of his mom, Ann Eggers, 1054 Eggers Branch Road, Trade, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com.

The family of Larry Keith Eggers has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

 

Lewis Harold Wills

October 10, 2018

Lewis Wills

Lewis Harold Wills, age 93, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Virginia. He had resided at Mountain City Care Center for the last eighteen months. Mr. Wills was born to the late Edward Haynes Wills and Mary Sophronia Wills on May 30, 1925 in Mountain City, TN. He was a direct descendant of Lewis Wills, the first Wills settler in East Tennessee in the 1700’s. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wills was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Thomas Wills. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Mountain City.

Mr. Wills was the owner of Johnson County Tractor Company which he operated in Mountain City for more than 40 years. In addition he produced/grew pole beans in Johnson County and surrounding areas on a large scale operation. Mr. Wills was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and an enthusiastic supporter of all UT sports. He was also an avid golfer in his younger years. During WW II he served his country in the Army Air Corps.

He served his community in many capacities over the years. He served as Johnson County Republican Executive Committee Chairman and also as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce. He set on the Board of the Johnson County Soil Conservation as a District Supervisor since its inception in 1954, holding several different offices in that board. He was honored in 2016 for being the longest serving member in TN. He was a member of the American Legion Post #61 for 63 years, Lion’s Club for many years, also chairing that organization at one time and member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243 F & AM. He was also a proud member of the Jaycees.

Mr. Wills follows all his siblings in his passing: Edward H. Wills Jr., Elizabeth (Lib) Muse McClellan, James B. (Jay) Wills and Dorothy (Dot) Shore along with a brother-in-law Donald Thomas. He leaves as survivors a son, Lewis H. Wills II and wife Lonna of Memphis, TN and daughter, Carol Ann Wills of Marion, VA along with sister-in-law, Nancy Wood and husband Jerry of Columbia, SC, sister-in-law, Thelma Thomas, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a devoted caregiver and friend of several years, Sue Dugger and special friends Roger and Barbara Hensley.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church of Mountain City. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Warren Stewart officiating.   Graveside service and interment will follow at the Wills Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Triplett, Billy Walker, Bob Heck and Earl Davis. Honorary pallbearers are Lewis Carroll Walker, Mike Wills, Jimmy Wills, Roger Hensley, Morris Woodring, Tommy Jack Shoun and Bill Muse.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Lewis Harold Wills has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

John Shoemake

October 10,2018

John Shoemake

John (Tha Shoe) Shoemake, age 68 of Butler, TN passed away, on September 27, 2018 in his home surrounded by family and friends. John was born in Mountain City, TN on September 15th, 1950 to the late Dick Shoemake and Hazel Crosswhite Shoemake. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Margaret Stalcup and niece Debbie Shoemaker. John was retired from the United States Army, he enjoyed 4-Wheeling, woodworking, fishing and hunting.

John is survived by Cathy Cordell of the home; Daughters: Shannon Brown and husband Terry of Butler, TN. Amie Broomhall and husband Kyle of Knoxville, TN; Son: Richard Shoemake of Jefferson, NC; Sisters: Kat Thomas of Elizabethton, TN and Dorothy Shoemake of Mountain City, TN; Brother: Harold Shoemaker of Mountain City, TN; Mother in law: Dorothy Keller of Butler, TN; 5 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. John had a beloved dog, Gypsy. Special Friends: Junior Campbell of Butler, TN. Ray Hammonds of Mountain City, TN

The family would also like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all the staff of Amedisys Hospice for taking such good care of John. Funeral service for John R. Shoemake will be conducted Monday, October 1st, 2018 at 3:00 pm from the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home with Steve Dugger to officiate. Family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm prior to the service.

Graveside service and burial will follow at the Butler Cemetery with military honors to be accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Patrick Brown, Isaiah Brown, Terry Brown, Bo Thomas and Kyle Broomhall. Honorary Pallbearers: Junior Campbell, Ray Hammonds, and Timothy Brown.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home 146 Loan Myers Road, Butler, TN Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.huxlipfordfh.com The family of John Shoemake have entrusted his care to Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, 300 W. Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683

Ruby Keller

Ruby Keller

Ruby Pearl Keller
November 17, 1968 – September 19, 2018

Ms. Ruby Keller passed away at her Johnson City, TN residence on Sept 19, 2018. Ruby was preceded in death by her mother, Flora Bell Cook; two sisters Eula and Betty, and a niece Jessica. When Ruby was not working, she enjoyed reading and spending time with her beloved pets.

Those left to cherish the memory of Ruby are her daughter, Hannah Gore and fiancé Austin Watson of Butler, TN, as well as three brothers, Robbie and wife Sherry, George and wife Barb, and Ronnie and wife Linda all of Honaker, VA, several nieces and nephews and a special friend Robert Richardson of Elizabethton.

The family will receive friends and family in the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel from 12pm – 1pm on Saturday, September 29, 20108. A Memorial Service will be conducted following visitation. Professional services are being provided to the family of Ruby Keller by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, 300 W. Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683, 423-727-9221.

Robert Michael

Robert Bernard “Benny” Michael
Jan. 21, 1952 – Sept. 24, 2018

Robert Bernard “Benny” Michael, age 66, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 24, 2018, from his residence where he was surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Boone, NC on January 21, 1952, to Robert Vernon Michael and Maxine Michelle Price. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Robert loved to tinker around with things and was always working on his projects. He loved to read and be outdoors while spending time with his family. He was a textile mechanic at Burlington for 20 years, until the plant shutdown, forcing him to relocate to Paxar in Lenoir where he worked for 21 years.

Those left to cherish Robert’s memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Althea Price Michael; two sons, Robert Andrew Michael and wife Jennifer and Eric Jason Michael and wife Michelle; his mother Maxine Price, sisters Hazel Michael Holloway one brother, Mike Michael; and husband John and Cathy Michael, Joy Michael Bohannon and husband Brendan; two grandsons, Kal-El Jaden Michael and Robert Andrew Michael Jr., three step-granddaughters, Ashtyn McKinsi Henson, Emily Kay Collier, and Olymbia Georgia Collier, as well as several nieces and nephews.

It was Mr. Michael’s wish to be cremated and have no other services conducted. Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, 300 W. Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683 has been entrusted with the care of Mr. Robert Michael. Visitors can call on the family at 466 Michael Road, Trade, TN 37691.

David Hatley

DAVID W. HATLEY
July 18, 1941 – September 27, 2018

David W. Hatley, age 77, of Butler, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 27, 2018. David was born in Carter County, TN on July 18, 1941, to the late Wiley Thomas Hatley and Eliza Fay Isaacs Hatley.   In addition to his parents, David is also preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Maybell Isaacs Hatley, two brothers, JD Hatley and Tom Hatley, and a sister Geraldine Hatley.

David was a carpenter by trade but was also active in the Elk Mills Fire Department for many years. David was a member of Elk River Baptist Church in Butler, TN.

Those left to cherish David’s memory are his two sisters Thelma Stanton and Erlene “Dean” Garland of Butler, TN; two brothers, Bud Hatley of Mountain City, TN and Dewey Hatley of Butler, TN; two daughters Melissa and husband James Morefield of Butler, TN, Debbie and husband Steve Roark of Mountain City, TN; two sons Kevin and wife Glenda Hatley of Elizabethton, TN and David Hatley, Jr. of Ocala, FL; eleven grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and special friend Ernie Potter of Butler, TN.

Pallbearers are Vern Stanton, Terry Stanton, Opal Cable, Ernie Potter, Steve Lewis, and Tommy Cable. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Elk Mills Fire Dept and members of Elk River Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel with services to follow. James Richardson and Charles Cable will officiate the services. Internment will follow at Isaacs Cemetery in Doe Valley, TN.

Professional service for the David W. Hatley family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, 300 W. Main Street, Mountain City, TN.

Darrell Reece

Darrell Reece

Darrell Reece, age 62, of Trade, Tennessee, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 24, 2018.   He was born on January 15, 1956 to Beatrice ‘Bea’ Thomas Reece and the late Charles Fred Reece. Darrell was known by many from his current job as Superintendent of the Johnson County Highway Department, where he had served one term and was recently re-elected for a second term. He had also worked for Brown Brothers Construction and Town of Boone for many years.

He was known by family and close friends for his kindness and generosity. He lived by the golden rule and always put others first and was always willing to help anyone in need. His pride and joy was his grandchildren, who he loved spoiling and riding around on the 4-wheeler.   Darrell attended First Baptist Church of Mountain City.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 42 years, Judy Nelson Reece, his mother, Bea Reece, son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Rebecca Reece, sister-in-law, Joyce Cress and husband Robin, brother-in-law, Bobby Nelson and wife Judy, grandchildren and the loves of his life, Ethan Reece and Hailie Reece, special aunt, Wanda Wilson, several cousins, nieces and nephews, his co-workers and family at the Johnson County Highway Department and many more special and close friends, too numerous to name each of you.

The family will receive friends from 4-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastors JC Anderson and Ricky Campbell officiating.

Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Reece Memorial Cemetery (located on Liberty Church Road, Mtn. City, TN). Pallbearers are Craig Lipford, Brian Vaught, Freddie Cornett, Ethan Arnold, Gary Reece and Neil Ragan. Honorary pallbearers are Employees of the Johnson County Highway Department and Mike Wilson, Blake Brown, Tom Nelson, Robin Cress, Bob Nelson, Jack Warren, Dale Miller, Gale McGlamery, Jim Reece, Jeff Reece, Mike White, Dennis Henson, David Miller (Miller’s Farm Supply), Jack Cress, Mike Arnold, Tommy Rhymer, Cliff Story, and Freddie Phipps.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his mother, 2587 Bulldog Road, Trade, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Darrell Reece has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

 

Ruby Walters

Ruby Walters

Ruby Walters, age 77, of Mountain City, TN, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. She was born on April 17, 1941 to the late John Church and Rosa Dyer Church. In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by two husbands Richard Biggie and Jerry Walters, daughter, Leona McLean Hazard, son, Jeffery Scott McLean, brothers, Tommy Church and Perry Church, brother-in-law, Norman Thomas.

Ruby loved her garden and watching her soaps especially The Young &The Restless and The Bold & Beautiful. She retired from Motorola in Arizona. Ruby loved taking care of her pets.

Those left to cherish her memories include her son, Johnny Ray McLean of the home, daughters, Sandra Henderson and husband George of Mountain City, TN and Jackie McLean of Arizona, sisters, Kathy Lettieri and husband Mario of Chicago, IL and Shela Thomas of Trade, TN, brothers, Johnny Church and wife Dorothy of Vilas, NC and Freddie Church of Lenior, NC, sister-in-law, Peggy Church of Vilas, NC, eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, special niece Linda Beauseleh and husband John.

Private Service will be held for family and friends to Celebrate Ruby’s life. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Ruby Pearl Walters has entrusted her care to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Margaret Bennett

Margaret Bennett

Margaret Ann Bennett
April 10, 1951 to September 16, 2018

Margaret Ann Bennett, age 67, of Butler, TN went into eternal rest on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at her residence. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Percy & Hazel Price Jones, her son Ray Norris, and her granddaughter Amanda.Margaret enjoyed spending her free time with her pets, tending to her flowers, and working in her garden.

Those left to cherish Margaret’s memory are her four daughters, Melissa Baker of NC; Bobbie Mitchell of Georgia; Tammy and husband Punch Carroll of Butler, TN; April Wood Grindstaff of Elizabethton, TN; two sisters, Stella Osborne of Mountain City, TN and Hellen McCoy of Elizabethton, TN; two brothers, Don Jones of Butler, TN and Bill Jones of Mountain City, TN; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Stella, Susan, Don, and Brittany.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in the Hux & Lipford Chapel, Thursday, September 20, 2018. Visitation will be from 6pm – 7pm. Pastor Dan Wood will conduct the Celebration Of Life service starting at 7pm.

Professional services for Margaret Bennett are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, 300 West Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683. Phone: 423-727-9221.

Raymond W. Arney

Raymond Arney

Raymond W. Arney, age 39, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Johnson County Community Hospital. He was born on January 30, 1979 to Marvin and Kathy Courtner Arney. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Mary Wanauth Arney and Shelton and Eulafay Courtner.

Raymond loved being outdoors. He especially enjoyed going hunting and fishing. He had a special four legged friend, ‘Rosco’ who he loved very much. Raymond was so proud of his children and loved them very much. He was a Member of Baker’s Gap Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memories include his parents, Marvin and Kathy, grandpa, Maurice Arney, children, Summer Nicole Arney and Hunter William Arney and their mother, Nichole Miller, sister, Jennifer Furches and husband Jared, nephew and niece, Clayton Furches and Nola Furches, several aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Bakers Gap Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Peterson officiating. Special music will be provided by Lena Arney. Pallbearers will be Jared Furches, Chad Arney, Lee Kelly, Tyson Kelly, Matt Sluder, Dean Arney, Dylan Kelly and Joel Dugger.

Family, pallbearers and friends are asked to assemble at 1:15 p.m. at Mountain City Funeral Home to go to the cemetery in procession by 1:30.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his parents, 1925 Robe Shull Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com.

The family of Raymond W Arney has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

 

 

 

 

Frazier Cretsinger

Frazier A. Cretsinger

Frazier A. Cretsinger, 77, of Powhatan passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018. He is survived by his wife, May Brooks Cretsinger; two children, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many extended family members in the Shady Valley area. Frazier graduated Mt. City High School in 1959. He has resided in Richmond, Va. for the last 50 years. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6 pm, in the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy., Powhatan. Donations may be made to Graceland Baptist Church, attn: kitchen budget, 975 Dorset Rd., Powhatan, Va., 23139. Online condolences can be made at bennettbardenfh.com.