James Ralph Wilson

 

James Ralph Wilson

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler

James J. ‘Doc’ Lefler

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

June Potter

June Potter

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

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

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

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

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

Charlie Gregg

Charlie Gregg

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mary J. Swift

Mary J. Swift

 

Mary J. Swift, age 76, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She was born on April 30, 1943, in Mountain City, Johnson County, TN to the late Ray W. Ward and Nora Lee (Cress) Ward. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Theodore ‘Ted’ Shores.

 

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband of 48 years, Jack Swift; sister, Nancy Carol Shores; special friend of many years, Margaret Cress; niece, Debbie Flanders and husband John of Sherman, TX; nephew, Greg Swift and wife Sheila of Powell, TN; cousins, Roy, David and Richard Snyder, Hal and Wayne Ward, Bob Miller, Margaret Myers and Albert Cress, and many more special friends and neighbors.

 

 

Mary was a member of First Christian Church and of the Joy Sunday School Class. She was past President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #61 and past Secretary of the Johnson County Historical Society. In her spare time, Mary loved to go shopping.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Minister Dwayne Dickson officiating.   Music will be provided by Janice Ashley, pianist and Nancy Davis, soloist. Private family graveside and entombment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. Pallbearers are Bill Ward, Mark Ward, Wayne Ward, Richard ‘Dick’ Snyder, Joe Ray and Bo Henson. Honorary pallbearers are Roy Snyder, Scott Pyler, Bob Miller, David Snyder and David Timbs.

 

 

2 Timothy 4:7-8 King James Version (KJV)

 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ward-Shull Cemetery, c/o Nancy Shores, 1398 Harbin Hill Road, Mountain City, TN 37683 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, c/o First Christian Church, PO Box 136, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 257 Oak Street, Mountain City, TN.

 

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

 

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

Daniel ‘Danny’ Raymond McGuire

 

 

Daniel ‘Danny’ Raymond McGuire

 

Daniel ‘Danny’ Raymond McGuire, age 49, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 following a lengthy illness. He was born on March 17, 1970 to Linda Bunton McGuire and the late Raymond McGuire. In addition to his dad, Danny was preceded in death by uncles, PR Bunton and Bill McGuire.

 

Danny had a special love for horses, especially Tennessee Horses and enjoyed going on Wagon Train rides. He was also an avid Nascar fan. Danny was a long-distance truck driver for many years and also worked in construction.

 

Danny was a member of Bakers Gap Baptist Church and also attended Sugar Grove Baptist Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memories include his mother, Linda McGuire ;sister, Angela Dawn Greer and friend James Lokey; brother, Chris McGuire; aunts and uncles; Janie Nelson and husband Tommy, Novella Tester and husband Jerry, Lowell McGuire, Tommy McGuire and wife Cara Lea, Betsy Gauen and Janice McGuire; nephew, Donald Dickens and wife Jasmine; great nieces and great nephews, Lyla and Elsie Dickens and Laurana McGuire special friends, Gary and Melody Campbell, Roy Isley, Timmy Nelson, Matt Eggers, Eric Trivett, Vida Bunting and Ray Lunsford; step daughter, Amanda Parkins; step-son, Andrew Zanotti many more special cousins and friends.

 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Ray Greene and Pastor David Hankal officiating. Music will be provided by the Church Choir. Graveside service and interment with Military Honors accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard will follow in the Sugar Grove Church Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 925 Sugar Grove Church Road, Butler, TN 37640.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 279 J Bunton Road, Mountain City, TN.

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

 

The family of Daniel ‘Danny’ Raymond McGuire has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

Sally Hartt

Sally Hartt, age 56, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away at her residence on Monday, July 29, 2019. Sally was born on February 27, 1963, in Cleveland, OH to the late William ‘Bill’ Hartt and Helen Cress Hartt. In addition to her parents, Sally is preceded in death by her sister, Judy Cornett, two brothers, Timmy and Larry Cornett.

 

Sally worked for National Driver Training School as a driving instructor. Sally also enjoyed photography in her free time.

 

Those left to cherish Sally’s memory are her fiancé, Mike Mullikin of Ravenna, OH, and her sister, Kathy Terrill and husband Bill of Mt. City, TN. Sally is also survived by several nieces and nephews and her beloved Black Lab, Shadow.

 

Graveside services for Sally will be conducted at 11am on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, at Phillippi Cemetery in Mountain City, TN with Pastor Dwayne Dickson to officiate.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Clifford M. Worden

Clifford M. Worden, of Boone North Carolina, passed away on Saturday July 27, 2019.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. 

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

 Professional services for the Worden family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home.

 

Ethel McQueen Danforth

 

 

Ethel McQueen Danforth, age 90, of Mountain City, Tennessee, formerly of Shady Valley, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019. Ethel was born March 11, 1929, in Shady Valley, TN, to Robert & Cora Crosswhite Robbins. In addition to her parents, Ethel is preceded in death by her husband, Harold McQueen, her sisters, Flora and Beulah Gilley, her brothers, John, Fred, Bert, Baxter, Ed, Robert, & George Robbins, and her granddaughter, Melissa Crosswhite.

 

Ethel was a member of Victory Baptist Church and enjoyed attending services and functions with her church family. Ethel was a homemaker her entire adult life and loved taking care of the home and her family. When Ethel wasn’t tending to the home, family, or going to church, she liked to relax while watching wrestling.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Susan McQueen of Mt. City and Kathy Thomas of Kodak, TN, her grandson, Gary Roark, great-grandchildren, and Matthew Roark and Jacob Crosswhite. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

The family will receive friends from 11 am -12 pm on Monday, August 5, 2019, in the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel at Hux & Lipford Funeral Home. Graveside service and internment will be conducted at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, TN at 2:30 pm on Aug. 5, 2019. Reverend Eddie Porter will officiate the service.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Jerry Thomas Sutherland

Jerry Thomas Sutherland

 

 

 

Jerry Thomas Sutherland, age 65, of Mountain City, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was born in Mountain City, TN September 6, 1953 to the late Buster Sutherland and Mae (Trivette) Sutherland. In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by two brothers, Carrol “Pudge” Sutherland and Jack Sutherland.

 

Jerry was a member of Corinth Baptist Church in Laurel Bloomery, where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He also loved bluegrass gospel music and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He spent 41 years working as a surface miner in the coal fields of West Virginia. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He cherished Sunday family dinners. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams, the Atlanta Braves and the Tennessee Volunteers.

 

 

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 46 years, Cathy Sutherland; brother, Joe Sutherland and wife Lena; sister-in-law, Georgia Sutherland; children, Jeff Sutherland and wife Christina, Blake Sutherland and wife Casey; grandchildren, Allison, Chloe and Adalynn and others that called him “Paw” Brandon, Corbin, and Marissa; niece, Donna Sargent and husband Brian; nephew, David Sutherland and wife Yvonne; great-nephew and great-nieces and many more friends and church family.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Corinth Baptist Church on Deer Run Rd. in Laurel Bloomery, TN; with the funeral service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Brother Bill Morefield and Brother Sam Lawson officiating. Music will be provided by the Laurel Creek Boys and Donna Sargent. Graveside service and burial will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers are Mark Dunn, Eric Farrow, David Garland, Jesse Grindstaff, Leon Henley, Joey Luckett, Chad Reece, and Brian Sargent. Honorary pallbearers are Paul Morrison, Terry Reece and Pete Winters.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home 432 Pinecrest St., Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

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

 

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

Samuel Grant Greer

Samuel Grant Greer, 87, Johnson City, died Monday, July 22, 2019, at the Johnson City Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Sam was a native of Mountain City and had been a longtime resident of Johnson City. He was a son of the late Walter Fred and Flora Annis McQueen Greer.

Sam was a 1954 graduate of Milligan College.

He worked in several capacities of the Dairy Industry throughout the Southeast Region, primarily Sales and Management, retiring in 1997, after forty-four years of service.

Sam enjoyed volunteering his time, especially at the Johnson City Medical Center, where he did so for sixteen years, the Habitat for Humanity and “Clarinda’s Work Crew” at Milligan College.

Sam was a member of First Christian Church, where he served on the Board of Deacons and Elders for many years and was a member of the Win-A-Kuple Sunday School class.

He served as a Board Member of the Mountain States Auxillary, Mountain States Health Alliance Foundation, and the Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Moore, Gladys Hicks, Virginia Garland and Earlene Varn, two brothers, Joe F. Greer and Jack Greer, a son-in-law, Heinz Linnemann.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Sally B. Greer; three children, Chad Greer and wife Cindy, Orlando, FL, Suzanne Linnemann, Somerville, AL, Tommy Greer and wife Cay, Johnson City; four grandsons, Chris Greer and wife Lindsay, Aaron Greer and wife Brittany, Alexander Greer and wife Meg, Isaiah Greer and wife Allie; great-grandchildren, Kinsley Greer, Jayda and Adeline Greer, and soon to be born, Anderson Greer; two sisters, Ida Sue Ingram and husband Jack, Canton, GA, Barbara Grindstaff, Okeechobee, FL; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Greer and Pat Bonner; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Sam will be conducted Friday, July 26, 2019, at 5:00 P.M., from the Sanctuary of First Christian Church, with Ethan Magness, Senior Minister, and Donald Mushayamunda, Minister, officiating. Special music will be provided by Gloria Dudney, soloist. Grandsons and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the church.

The graveside committal service will be held Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in Monte Vista Memorial Park. Those planning to attend are to meet at the cemetery by 9:50 A.M.

The family requests that in-lieu-of flowers, memorials be made to the Sam & Sally Greer Endowment Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 750, Milligan College, TN 37682, or First Christian Church, 200 E. Mountcastle Dr., Johnson City, TN 37601.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.

Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Johnson City, is serving the Greer family. (928-6111)

Mary J Swift

Mary J Swift

Mary J. Swift, age 76, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She was born on April 30, 1943, in Mountain City, Johnson County, TN to the late Ray W. Ward and Nora Lee (Cress) Ward. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Theodore ‘Ted’ Shores.

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband of 48 years, Jack Swift; sister, Nancy Carol Shores; special friend of many years, Margaret Cress; niece, Debbie Flanders and husband John of Sherman, TX; nephew, Greg Swift and wife Sheila of Powell, TN; cousins, Roy, David and Richard Snyder, Hal and Wayne Ward, Bob Miller, Margaret Myers and Albert Cress, and many more special friends and neighbors.

Mary was a member of First Christian Church and of the Joy Sunday School Class. She was past President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #61 and past Secretary of the Johnson County Historical Society. In her spare time, Mary loved to go shopping.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Minister Dwayne Dickson officiating. Music will be provided by Janice Ashley, pianist and Nancy Davis, soloist. Private family graveside and entombment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. Pallbearers are Bill Ward, Mark Ward, Wayne Ward, Richard ‘Dick’ Snyder, Joe Ray and Bo Henson. Honorary pallbearers are Roy Snyder, Scott Pyler, Bob Miller, David Snyder and David Timbs.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 King James Version (KJV)
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ward-Shull Cemetery, c/o Nancy Shores, 1398 Harbin Hill Road, Mountain City, TN 37683 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, c/o First Christian Church, PO Box 136, Mountain City, TN 37683.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 257 Oak Street, Mountain City, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com

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

Kenneth Courtner

Kenneth Clarence Courtner

Kenneth Clarence Courtner, age 81, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at his home. He was born June 17, 1938 in Johnson County, Tennessee to the late Clyde Courtner and Susie Fritts Courtner. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife Patsy Carol Courtner; daughter, Shirley May Courtner and several brothers and sisters. He was also preceded by a grandson, Robert Dean Courtner.

Kenneth enjoyed fishing, watching movies, and working on cars. He loved spending time with his family. Kenneth also enjoyed listening to preaching on the radio. He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Dugger and husband John; sons, Clarence Courtner and wife Pricilla and Robert Courtner and wife Stephanie; sister, Violet Phillips; grandchildren, Angel Courtner, Evelyn Courtner, Brandy Miller and husband Corey, and Adam Dugger; Great grandchildren, Aiden Dugger, Orion Miller, Skylar Robins and Matthew Dugger and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service following at 8:00 pm with Pastors Shannon Courtner and R. L. Poole officiating. Music was provided by Shannon Courtner. The graveside service and interment were conducted at 11:00 am Monday at Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the home 315 Hancock Road, Lot # 39, Mountain City, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Kenneth Clarence Courtner has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

 

Martha Collins

Martha Collins, age 74, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Mountain City Care Center. She was born on November 20, 1944 to the late James L. Greer and Etta Eastridge Greer. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband Bill Collins, sisters, Irene Roark, Hazel Roark, Myrtle Murphy and Nancy Greer Wilson; brothers, Virgil Greer, Charles Greer, Richard Dale Greer, Ronald D. Greer; and two infant brothers. Martha loved word search puzzles, enjoyed gospel music and TV programs. She loved being with family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memories include her sons, Kevin Collins and Gary Collins; sister and brother-in-law, Drema and husband Glen Richardson, brothers and sisters-in-law, John Greer and wife Pauline and Wayne Greer; brother-in-law, Clay Wilson; special friend, Mary Lipford; and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 2-3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service followed at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Billy Morefield officiating. Special music was provided by Sandy Roberts. Graveside service and interment followed at the Eastridge Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent of Johnson County Cancer Support Group,  Flo Bellamy, 3510 Highway 421 N, Mountain City, TN 37683.

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

 

Arley Mink

Arley Boone Mink, age 91, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Watauga Medical Center. He was born April 14, 1928 in Johnson County, Tennessee to the late David W. Mink and Margaret Vaught Mink. In addition to his parents, Arley was preceded in death by his first wife Jean Moore Mink and his second wife Edna Mae Lunceford Mink; four sisters and five brothers.

Arley was a member of Locust Gap Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his son, Patrick Mink of Victoria, Australia; and several nieces and nephews. It was Arley’s request to be cremated; no visitation or formal service held. His remains will be buried at Shoun’s United Methodist Church cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com. Arley Boone Mink has entrusted his care to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

Elizabeth Sumner

Elizabeth Sumner

Elizabeth “Betsy” Sumner, age 62, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Abingdon Health and Rehab Center after an eight month courageous battle with cancer.. She was born April 9, 1957 in Washington, DC to the late Edgar Allen Manville and Maryjeanne Elizabeth Tennyson Manville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Christopher Manville.

Betsy worked for 24 years at A. Duda and Sons, Inc. Betsy attended Mountain City Baptist and was very active in the youth group called “King’s Kids”. Betsy was a volunteer judge in 4-H. Betsy was an avid gardener and enjoyed crocheting. She also loved the mountains.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Michael Sumner; daughters, Jennifer Harton, Jessica Sumner, and Jacqueline Sumner Davis and husband John; sister, Ellen M. Sinyard and husband Tony, sister, Eileen Beam; brother, Edgar Manville, Jr.; mother-in-law, Bennis L. Sumner; special friends, Terry, Ruth, Bobby and Billy Thomas; lifelong friend, Elizabeth Washington Martinez; and numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, “Ralph”.

The family received friends from 4:00 until 5:00 pm on Tuesday July 23, 2019 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service following at 5:00 pm. with Pastor Daniel Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Acre Field Cemetery.Pallbearers will be Terry Thomas, Bobby Thomas, Billy Thomas, Tom Prater, Paul Blevins, and Jason Blevins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Mountain City Baptist Church, 936 N. Church St. Mountain City, TN 37683. Make memorials to “King’s Kids” or to the building fund in memory of Betsy.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Elizabeth “Betsy” Sumner has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

 

Ivan Williams

Ivan Williams

Ivan Lee Williams, age 71, of Butler, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was born on March 20, 1948 to the late Preston and Anna Mae Oliver Williams. In addition to his parents, Ivan was preceded in death by his brother, Doris Oliver.

Ivan was a great man and lived a simple life. He was a very gifted and talented carpenter. He was always willing to help others and was a very giving man. Ivan was very kind and always happy. Ivan also enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. He loved his pets, the parakeet, Polly and his Ducky. He was of the Christian faith.

Those left to cherish his memories include his sisters, Cassie Church, Goldie Luckett and Donna Roberts; brothers, Mack Williams, Eddie Williams and Jewel Williams; special nephews, Brandon Williams and Dillon Williams; very special great nephew, Preston Williams and several loved nieces and nephews, and special friends and neighbors.

The graveside service was held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Family Cemetery, Jimmy Hollow Road, Butler, TN; with Pastor Harold Morefield officiating. Pallbearers will be Eddie Williams, Mack Williams, Chris Blevins, Brandon Williams, Justin Howes and Dillon Williams.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com .The family of Ivan Lee Williams has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.

 

Leslie Reece

Leslie Reece

Leslie Wayne Reece, age 60, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at his home. He was born August 31, 1958 in Mountain City, Tennessee to the late Janice Reece Ruddy. In addition to his mother, Wayne was preceded in death by his special friend, Ilona Anderson; uncle, Carl Reece, Sr.; Aunt and uncle, Polly and Clinton Breaux.

Wayne retired from Dewey Wright Well and Pump in Boone, NC. He enjoyed fishing, shooting guns and sawmilling. Wayne was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors include his daughter, Susan Taylor and husband Billy; son, John Reece; sister, Denise Ruddy; grandson, Caleb Fletcher; aunt, Rose Reece; cousins, Debbie Waters and husband Jim, Carl Reece, Jr.; nieces and nephews, Kayla, Becca, Andrew, Jayden; and his special friends and neighbors in the Miningtown Community.

There will be a gathering of family and friends at Mountain City Funeral Home for Wayne’s Memorial service to be held later in the week. Please contact the funeral home for time and date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, Flo Bellamy, 3510 Highway 421 N, Mountain City, TN 37683.

The family expresses special thanks to Dr. Jim Shine and his staff for all their help and care. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Leslie Wayne Reece has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683

Judy Brockwell

Judy Brockwel

Judy Reece-Brockwell, age 65, of Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. A beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother (“Mammy”), sister, aunt and friend. Judy will be missed and her memory treasured by all who love her.

Judy, a native of Johnson County, grew up in Butler, where she lived the majority of her life. Judy was a member of Butler Baptist Church and attended Willow Springs Baptist Church. She was a 1971 graduate of Johnson County High School. She was a long-time employee of Burlington and FPC in Mountain City. After moving to Elizabethton, she was employed at Maupin Shell and Walmart.

A selfless person who dedicated her life to her family and others, Judy was an example of a life well lived. Judy and her twin brother, Jackie Proffitt were born to Beulah and Bruce Proffitt on August 9, 1953. She is preceded in death by her parents, her twin brother Bruce, Jack Proffitt, sister, Lynda Hopkins, step-father George Carr and nephew Wayne Lunsford, brothers-in-law Harold Matherly and Vaughn Brockwell.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Donald Brockwell of Elizabethton, daughter, Julie Brown (Derek) of Gallatin, Son Chris (Tammie) of Elizabethton, step-daughter, Shena Basler of Johnson City, Step-daughter, Tara Abdon (Cody) of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Grandchildren: Sabrina Johnson (Jimmy), Alisa Reece (Brandon), Hannah Brown, Matthew Tilly, Austin Reece, Catlin, Connor & Collin Basher, Mia, Ava Jace, Summer, and Alex. Great grandchildren: Jordyn, Zane, Drew & Clairah. Sisters: Jean Lowe, Norma Jean Eldrith, Nancy Matherly. Brother: Jerry Proffitt; Special Sister-in-law: Jeanette Bowers, Brothers-in-law: Wayne, Tony, Roger and Larry Brockwell; Special friend: Max Sams & Kim McDonald.

The family would like to send a “Special Thank You” to the staff and friends at Pine Ridge Health Care. There will be a memorial service for Judy in Memorial Funeral Chapel at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019. Visitation will be from 6:00 to the service time. Condolences may be sent to the family on our website: www.memorialfcelizabethton.com. Memorial Funeral Chapel is taking care of the Brockwell family

 

Denver Reed

Denver Reed Thomas, passed away July 5, 2019. Denver was born October 14, 1955, to the late Donald Thomas. Denver is survived by his brother Ronnie Thomas, mother Thelma Thomas, children Nathan Thomas and Lisa Juengel. Denver had many special friends including his cousin Joy Thomas.

There was a Celebration of Life Service for Denver at 4pm on Tuesday July 9, 2019, at the Evergreen Baptist Church in Trade, TN with Preacher Tony Potter officiating.  The family received friends from 3:00pm – 4:00pm prior to the service. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center, 338 Deerfield Rd, Boone, NC 28607.