Matthew Lance Clemens

Matt Clemens

Matthew Lance Clemens, age 32, went home to heaven on July 11, 2018. He was born on May 1, 1986 to Addrena Mahala Parsons and John Clemens. Matthew was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnny and Geneva Clemens and Daughton Mahala, and an uncle, Jerry Mahala.

Matthew loved working on cars, riding horses and living life to the fullest.

Those left to cherish his memories are his fiancé, Brandy Dugger, mother and step-father, Addrena Clemens Parsons and husband Charles ‘Chad’ Parsons, father, John Clemens Jr. and Cindy Leonard, daughter, Harley Clemens, son, Matthew Clemens, brothers, John Clemens III and Richard McElyea, grandmother, Norma Wade, aunts, Sherry Osborne and Kathy Clemens, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Rock Creek Baptist Church (Creston, NC). Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors Anthony Roark and Michael Drake officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow the funeral at the Roark Cemetery located on Rock Creek Road. Pallbearers will be Lance Mahala, Jordan Dixon, John Clemens III, Richard McElyea, Gary Mahala, RD Campbell.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 592 Chestnut Drive, Mountain City, TN and at the home of his mother, 133 Forge Creek Circle, Mountain City, TN.

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

Oscar Lewis

Oscar Lewis, age 84, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Mountain City Care Center. He was born in Ashe County, North Carolina on July 5, 1934 to the late Clyde Lewis and Clara Davenport Lewis. In addition to his parents, Oscar was preceded in death by a sister, MagDalene Roark and brothers, R.L. Lewis and David Lewis.

Oscar was a proud farmer for many years. He took great pride in his work and enjoyed working on his farm.

Those left to cherish his memories include his sisters, Shirley Winebarger and husband Marion and Norma Jones and husband JD, brother, Willis Lewis, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Rector Henson officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow the funeral at Sunset Memorial Park. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses. Family respectfully requests for no food/meals.

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

Cathy H. Wagner

Cathy H. Wagner, age 66, of Butler, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, July 05, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

She was born on March 26, 1952 to Helen Pyron Hyder and the late J.H. Hyder. In addition to her father, Cathy was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Hyder.

Cathy was an outdoors person and loved to hunt and fish. She was a former employee of NECC, Texas Instruments and Siemens.

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband of 38 years, Gary Wagner, mother, Helen Hyder of Erwin, TN, step-son, Trafton Wagner and his wife Kristy and their children, Hunter and Chloe Wagner, brother, Tommy Hyder and wife Sherry of Unicoi, TN, very special friends, Aunt Kate Potter, John Blackmore, Sharon Lunceford and her son, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1-3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Don Winters officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Cathy’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, c/o Flo Bellamy, 3510 Hwy 421 N, Mountain City, TN 37683.

The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to everyone at Sugar Grove Baptist Church, neighbors and local friends for all of their kindness, love and acts of generosity shown to Cathy and her family during her illness.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 296 Bonnies Lane, Butler, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com.

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

Sandra Marie Johnson Stanley

Sandra Marie Johnson Stanley, age 70, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at her residence. She was born on September 1, 1947 in West Virginia to the late James Ira Johnson and Nora Lee Sheets Johnson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dean Stanley in 2009, sisters, Sharon Cornett and Sue Reir, and brothers, Michael Johnson, Jack Sheets, Roger Johnson and Jimmy Johnson.

Sandra loved flowers and enjoyed raising and working in them when she was able. Her pride and joy was her family and she looked forward to her time with them. She was a member of the Community Church.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Gary Trivette of Mountain City, TN, sisters, Carol Johnson of Nottingham, PA, Patricia Wyatt of Marion, VA and Nancy George of Spartanburg, SC, brothers, Randy Johnson of Nottingham, PA, John Johnson and wife Teresa of Kennett Square, PA, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

It was Sandra’s wish to be cremated and no formal service held. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com

The family of Sandra Marie Johnson Stanley has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Mr. Howard ‘Kay’ Brown

Mr. Howard ‘Kay’ Brown

Mr. Howard ‘Kay’ Brown, age 75, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, surrounded by family. He was born on October 2, 1942 to Ovel Manuel Brown and the late Howard R. Brown. In addition to his father, Kay was preceded in death by a daughter, Kerissa Cazire and sister, Iva Lee King.

Kay worked in the plumbing industry for over 50 years as self-employed and at the Northeast Correctional Complex. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and especially enjoyed racing. He would often go to the local short tracks to proudly watch his son and grandson race. He was a true family man and loved spending time with all of his family and friends and will truly be missed.

Kay was a member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge #243 F&AM and Maple Chapter #79 Order of the Eastern Star.

Kay was a member of Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as Greeter, always with a smile.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 46 years, Wanda Lunceford Brown, mother, Ovel Manuel Brown, daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Randy Arrowood, son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Angela Brown, sister and brothers-in-law, Norma and Doug Roark, brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Reba Brown, grandchildren, Savannah Gentry and husband Chip, Kenneth Brown, River Cazire and wife Samantha and Katie Arrowood, great grandchild, Kynlee Gentry, several nieces and nephews, his four-legged companion, Scooter and his church family, who he loved dearly.

The family will receive friends 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastors Mike McNutt and Sam Icenhour officiating. Special music will be provided by the Nelson Chapel Church Choir. Masonic Rites will follow the funeral.

Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Brown-Dowell Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Brown, River Cazire, Johnny Clawson, Jerry Clawson, Royce Lunceford and Chip Gentry. Honorary pallbearers are the men at Nelson Chapel Church, Home Health Staff and Hospice Nurses and Staff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Kay’s memory to the Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, PO Box 44, Mountain City, TN 37683

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home 244 Kay Brown Lane, Mountain City, TN .

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

The family of Mr. Howard ‘Kay’ Brown has entrusted his service to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.

Troy Bolden Mumpower

Troy Bolden Mumpower

Troy Bolden Mumpower, age 70, of Bristol, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Born on August 21, 1947, in Bristol, Virginia, he was the son of the late Troy Bolden Mumpower, Sr. and Helen Jordan Mumpower.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, James (Jim) Mumpower and a sister, Alyce Rankin.

Survivors include his wife of fifteen years, Leslie Mumpower of the home; sons, Jason Mumpower and wife Alicia of Bristol, Tennessee and Adam Mumpower and wife Deirdre of Indian Trail, North Carolina; step-sons, Tommy (TJ) Childress of Bristol, Tennessee and Sam Pippin of the home; four grandchildren, Brock Mumpower, Macie Mumpower, Jack Mumpower and Maxwell (Max) Bolden Mumpower; a sister, Betty Booher of Bristol, Tennessee; former wife Catherine (Cathy) Wolfenbarger and husband Carl of Bristol, Tennessee as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Bristol Virginia High School.  He was retired from Office Machines & Supply Co. where he spent nearly 40 years serving customers across Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  Some of his best friends through the years began as customers or coworkers in his business life.

He was of the Christian faith and in his younger years he attended Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church serving as a Deacon and as a special friend to the late Pastor Willard B. Tallman.  His greatest accomplishment was introducing his sons to the church and raising them in a Christian household.

He was an avid Republican and very much enjoyed volunteering in party activities and supporting Republican candidates.  He also enjoyed serving as a Viking Booster and working the gate at Bristol Tennessee High School football games.

Troy was a loving and supporting father to his sons and encouraged them in all their activities whether it be sporting events, campaigning for public office or the ministry.  He often said their success was his success.  He took a great interest in his grandchildren’s lives and served them well as “Poppy”.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.  They take great comfort in knowing that he had a sincere faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol, Tennessee.  Funeral services will follow in the chapel with the Reverend Steve Playl officiating.  The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Bristol, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to King University, 1350 King College Road, Bristol, TN 37620.  A scholarship will be established in his name to support a graduate of Bristol Tennessee High School who, just like his sons, chooses to attend King.

Mountain City Funeral Home is honored to assist the Mumpower Family and our friends with Troy’s obituary.

Joan Wolf Kendig

Joan Wolf Kendig (86) danced out of this world and into the next life on the morning of June 9, after a brief illness. A resident of Mountain City, TN, Joan was preceded in death by her husband James R. Kendig. She is survived by daughters  Denise de Ribert and Colette de Ribert-Floyd; sisters Elisa Wolf and Virginia Diehl; granddaughters Laurel Johnson and Hannah Alleman; great-grandchildren Madison and Jackson;  step-children Cheri Kendig-Crounse, Mark Kendig, and Suzanne Kendig-Sollenberger; and several nieces and nephews.

A native of York, PA, Joan was the daughter of Emma Schmied Wolf and Clarence N. Wolf. She was a former resident of Camp Hill, PA and Dunedin, FL.  Joan will be remembered for her hospitality, her love of dance and music, her creativity, and her support of local artists in the communities she called home.

A celebration of life will be planned for a future date. Those wishing to honor Joan’s memory may make contributions to the Johnson County Tennessee Public Library in Mountain City, TN.

Evelyn P. Thomas,

Evelyn P. Thomas, age 69, passed away June 23, 2018 surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

Mrs. Thomas was born October 10, 1948 to the late Klan and Faye Robinson Pleasant in Mtn. City Tn.

She loved spending time on vacation, especially going to the beach. Above all she loved spending time with her grandsons.

Including her parents, she is preceded in death by one son, Mark Kevin Thomas.

Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Mark W. Thomas; son, Wayne Thomas and wife Gina; sister, Diane Howard and husband Erby; three grandchildren, Micah Thomas and wife Amanda, Isaiah Thomas and wife Tori, Seth Thomas and wife Sierra; one great granddaughter, Tatum Snow Thomas; also, many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Forrest Hills Memory Gardens, Abingdon, Va. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 pm.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.frostfuneralhome.com

FROST FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, ABINGDON, IS HONORED TO SERVE THE THOMAS FAMILY.

Claude Johnson, Jr.

Claude Johnson, Jr.

 

 

Claude Johnson, Jr., age 86, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018. He was born on August 27, 1931 to the late Claude Joseph Johnson and Lillian Price Johnson. In addition to his parents, Claude was preceded in death by sisters, Virgie Herman, Bonnie Carroll and Maureen Johnson, brother, Paul Johnson.

 

Claude retired in 1997 from Appalachian State University. He attended Sutherland Baptist Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Nell Greer Johnson, daughter, Jewel Johnson of Wilkesboro, NC; sons, Steve Johnson, Jerry Johnson of Mountain City and Terry Johnson of Wilksboro, NC; sisters, Sue Carroll of Hickory, NC, Mary Carroll of Conover, NC, Geneva Woodard of Mountain City, Helen Rash and Caroline Rash of Three Top, NC; brothers, Thomas Johnson of Lenoir, NC, Earl W. Johnson of Mountain City, TN, and Jim Johnson of Mountain City, TN; grandchildren, Michael Johnson, Scott Johnson, David Johnson, Wesley Dowell, Jerry Dowell, Ashley Johnson and Johnny Miller; several great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

A visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018 from Sutherland Baptist Church (Creston, NC) with Pastor Allan Younce to officiate. Graveside service and burial will follow at the Johnson Cemetery (Fall Branch Road, Mountain City, TN). Pallbearers will be Michael Johnson, Scott Johnson, David Johnson, Kyler Vincill, Wesley Dowell and Jerry Dowell.

 

At other times the family will receive friends at the home 1685 Fall Branch Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

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

 

The family of Claude Johnson, Jr. has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

 

 

Denise Bowman Dugger

Denise Bowman Dugger

 

 

Denise Bowman Dugger, age 63, of Johnson City, Tennessee passed away Thursday evening, June 21, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was born and raised in Mountain City, Tennessee to the late Dennis W. and Lillian Katherine Landers Bowman on October 21, 1954.

 

Denise was a loving and caring nurse for over 30 years. She was employed at the Johnson City Medical Center at the time of her death and retired from Watauga Medical Center after 27 years of service in 2012. Nursing was a passion for her, and she devoted her life to caring for others.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Kaleena Dugger of Johnson City, TN; sisters: Chanetta Bowman Crisp (Steve) and Maricka Bowman Jones (Billy “B.E.”) of Mountain City, TN; brother: Lamarr Bowman of Mountain City, TN; aunts: Mary Alice Wellington of Bristol, TN and Georgia Bowman of Houston, TX; niece: Cheyenne Bowman; nephews: Zackary Combs and Koen Jones; several great nieces, nephews, many cousins, and very special friends and co-workers past and present.

 

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Mountain City Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Ernest Widby officiating.

 

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of her sister, 125 Hemlock Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com.

 

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

 

James Baker

James Baker

James Franklin ‘Sergeant Frank’ Baker, age 82, of Trade, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born on November 13, 1935 to the late Clarence M. and Bessie Williams Baker. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon Baker and Clarence ‘Buddy’ Baker.

Frank was a proud United States Veteran having honorably served in the Army. During his military career he served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Wars and completed 8 weeks of leadership school at Fort Jackson, 4 weeks 7th Army Non-commission officer academy, Munich, Germany, 5 weeks drill sergeant school, Fort Jackson, 1 week instructor seminar, Fort Benning, GA, 3 weeks guerrilla warfare training, 10th Special Forces Badtoe, Germany, and 1 week jungle mountain training, Korea. During his career he served as Training Sergeant A in the 21st Infantry Battalion 24th Infantry Division, and Training Sergeant B in the 21st Infantry Battalion 7th Division in Korea, Operation Sergeant in charge of training, Fort Ord, CA, assisted in opening training center in Fort Hood TX, Sergeant in charge of opening training center in Fort Campbell, KY, Operation Sergeant of the 101st Airborne In Vietnam and trained troops in Fort Hood, TX, Fort Jackson SC, Fort Benning, GA and Fort Campbell, KY. He was a member of First Christian Church.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife, Kate Baker, step-daughters, Kathy Meyer, Sandra Patton and Lori Chappell, step-son, Randy Davis, grandson who Frank is raising like his own, Luke Davis, sister, Barbara Jean Arnold and husband I.O. Arnold, brother, Curtiss Lee Baker and wife Rosemary, eight step grandchildren, twelve step great grandchildren, special friends, John Wayne Jefferies, John Jullian and David Sexton and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will follow at 8:00 p.m. with Pastor Dwayne Dickson officiating. Graveside service and interment with Military Honors conducted by the Johnson County Honor Guard will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Roger Gentry, Ken Lane, Marshal Moser, Quint Reece, Barry Reece and John Powell. Honorary pallbearers are John Jullian, John Wayne Jefferies, David Sexton, Craig Jullian, Malcolm Howard and Lee Talley.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund. At other times the family will also receive friends at the home, 743 Modock Road, Trade, TN.

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

Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson

Orville C. Johnson, age 68, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018. He was born on October 12, 1949 to the late Zollie and Mary Edna Brewer Johnson. In addition to his parents, Orville was preceded in death by a sisters, Donna Lynn Johnson and Grace Harper, brothers, Harold, Bobby, Harry, Dean and Paul Johnson and niece, Teresa Brewer.

Orville loved nature and being outdoors. He especially loved to fish and hunt. Orville enjoyed watching birds, especially his hummingbirds. He loved strawberries. Orville was a former employee of the Johnson County Highway Department.

Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 43 years, Karen Jean Sluder Johnson, daughter, Tracey Renea Miller and husband Shannon, sisters, Mary Harper, Janett Johnson, Judy Roark, Darline Vanover, brothers, J.R. Johnson and Monroe Johnson, grandchildren, Austin Johnson and Adam Miller, special niece, Angie Fritts and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Pastors Ed Vanover and Shannon Courtner. Graveside service and interment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Whispering Pine Cemetery (Wilcox Road, Mountain City, TN). Pallbearers will be Shannon Miller, Austin Johnson, Ryan Hurley, Corey Johnson, Edward Vanover and Jonathan Hurley. Honorary pallbearers are J.R. Johnson, Monroe Johnson and Adam Miller.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of his brother Junior, 508 Wilcox Road, Mountain City, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Orville C. Johnson has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Dora Adams

Dora Adams

Dora G. Adams, age 85, of 284 Pandora Lane, Butler, TN passed away at her residence Monday, June 18, 2018. She was born August 6, 1932 to the late Rosevelt Garland and Sara Robinson Garland. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and her hobbies included cooking, quilting, gardening, flowers , visiting Cherokee and especially loved her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Willie Reese Adams in 1999; one brother: Sambo Garland; one sister: Mossie Garland; daughter: Fran Pardue and son-in-law J. C. Pardue.

Survivors include: three daughters: Barbara Denny of Mountain City, TN; Kathy D. Woodard of Butler, TN and Connie Ashenback of Mountain City, TN; three sons: Worley Adams of Butler, TN; Charlie Adams (Tammy) of Butler, TN and David Adams (Traci) of Butler, TN; two sisters: Dorothy Mays and Verlee Garland, both of Mountain City, TN; one brother: Henry Garland of Mountain City, TN; many grandchildren, many great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Special friends Vickie Price, Loyd McEwen, Billy Joe Maines, Libby Cornett, and Danny Herman also survive.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednedsay, June 20, 2018 in Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Dora G. Adams will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2019 from the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Peterson officiating. Music will be provided by Tony Potter. Graveside and interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Matthew Adams, Ricky Pardue, Tony Pardue, David Adams, Ian Lewis, Nathaniel Rice and Norman Miller, Jr.

At other times friends may call at the residence, 284 Pandora Lane, Butler, TN. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.huxlipfordfh.com. Professional services for the Dora G. Adams family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN 37683

Jean Loyd

Jean Loyd

Jean Loyd, age 86, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Johnson City Medical Center. She was born August 29, 1931 to Josephine Arney. Her hobbies included reading, flowers, gardening and cooking. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her husband Edward “Ed” Loyd, one sister, three brothers, and best friends Lucille and Jean.

Survivors include: three daughters: Sharon Z. Hart, Barbara Loyd Church and husband Richard, and Jenny Loyd Giles and husband Chuck: one son: John Loyd and wife Esther Matherly Loyd; three grandchildren: Rafael Zabala, John David Loyd and Olivia Giles; three nieces and two nephews and her puppy Fiona and kitty Zoey.

Funeral service for Jean Loyd will be Private. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.huxlipfordfh.com Professional services for the Jean Loyd family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, Tennessee.

Frances Eastridge

Frances Eastridge

Frances Eastridge, age 96, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, June 16, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hacker Eastridge, her parents, Lottie Tester Dunn and George Dunn, sisters Jane Hodge, Pauline Icenhour, Opal Woodward, Lynn Payne, Ann Drinnon, brother, Raymond Dunn and son-in-law, Dennis Burgess.

Survivors include her four children, Kate Burgess, Nancy Eastridge, Junior and wife, Patricia Eastridge, Patti Clark, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Special friends were Ann Pennington, Phyllis Rominger, Linda Pardue and Pastor David Hankal.

After retiring from Burlington Industries, Frances and Hacker enjoyed “taking trips” with family. Some of their favorite places to visit were Hungry Mother Park, Backbone Rock, Tweetsie, and Carowinds. They also loved to visit out of state relatives.  After she became a widow in 1985, Frances joined Senior Citizens and enjoyed quilting and taking trips with them.

Frances was a member of Roan Creek Baptist Church and attended regularly as long as her health permitted. She enjoyed crafts such as sewing, quilting, crocheting and making dolls. In her later years, she loved to work word search puzzles. Frances loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were her pride and joy and she loved to spoil them.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3pm in the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Hankal officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm – 3 pm prior to services at Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel.  Graveside service and interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Active Pallbearers will be Johnny Eastridge, David Eastridge, Shane Snyder, Andrew Hensley, Bob Heck, and Willie Arnold.  Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of Roan Creek Baptist Church.

At other times, friends may call at her residence, 611 Dug Hill Road, Mountain City, TN.

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

Professional services will be Eastridge family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN.

Gene Roark

Gene Roark

Gene Roark, age 78 of  Lloyd Road, Mtn City, went home to be with the Lord on June 14, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center.  He was born on June 25, 1940 to the late Noel L. Roark and Bessie Osborne Roark.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Georgia Lee Eastridge Roark. Three brothers: Coy Roark, Tom Roark, and William Roark. Two sisters: Gladys Hannah and Lois Presnell.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Brenda Trivette (Kenneth) of Creston, NC; Karen Arnold (Wink) also of NC. His sons: Marty Roark of Mtn. City, and John Roark (Michelle) also of Mtn. City. Sister: Pauline Pennington of Mtn City, and brothers: Spencer Roark of Mtn City, and J.R. Roark of Creston, NC. Six Grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. As well as, several nieces and nephews.

Gene was a retired truck driver. He was an avid dirt track car racing fan, and also liked watching wrestling, and other sports.

A funeral service for Gene will be conducted at 1 pm Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel, of the Hux & Lipford Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 11 till 1 prior to the service. Graveside service will follow at the Roark Cemetery in Rock Creek, NC. Services will be officiated by Spencer Roark, and Lindsey McGrady.

At other times, friends may call his residence; 377 Lloyd Road. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.huxlipfordfh.com Professional services for the Gene Roark family are in care of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mtn City, TN.

Robert Ritchie

Robert “Bob” Ritchie, age 54, passed away in Forsyth Hospital in Winston-Salem on Monday, June 11, 2018. He was the son of Robert Edward and Norma Bartram Ritchie. Bob was an employee of Hardee’s in Mountain City, TN and he enjoyed the outdoors and singing. He was preceded in death by a sister Kelly and one brother Dan.

Survivors in addition to his parents include his wife Nancy of the home; five sisters: Robin of OH, Edwina of OH, Danetta of Mountain City, Debbie of Mountain City and Kim of Mountain City; one brother: Russ of NC and several nieces and nephews. His special friend Joy and biological mother Tracy also survive.

Funeral services for Bob will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2018 from the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux & Lipford Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Farmer and Rev. Spencer Roark officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Graveside and interment will follow in Pope Cemetery in Creston, NC. Active pallbearers will be Russell Ritchie, Gary Nye, Tony Cornett, Glen Gambill, Robert Pope and Bill Pope. Honorary pallbearers will be Rev. Gary Gambill, Charles Parlier, Robert Edward Ritchie and the staff of Mountain City Hardee’s.

At other times friends may call at the residence of Nancy’s mother, Vedie Pope, 1170 Bryan Davis Road, Creston, NC.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.huxlipfordfh.com Professional services for the Ritchie family are being provided by Hux & Lipford Funeral Home, Mountain City, TN.

Shirley A. Hughes

Shirley A. Hughes, 78, most recently of Mountain City Tennessee, passed away May 27, 2018.

Born in Salem, NJ to Joseph and Florence Fithian (deceased), Shirley spend much of her life in Pennsville, NJ with her late husband, Carlton R. Hughes, Sr before they both retired to Tennessee.

Over the course of her life, Shirley had been a factory worker, receptionist, homemaker, armed security guard, and cashier, who loved gardening, bird watching, and jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her brother, Joseph Fithian, her son, Carl Jr., and two daughters, Tami and Kelly, as well as four grandchildren.

Stella Mae Buchanan Blankenbeckler

Stella Mae Buchanan Blankenbeckler

Stella Mae Buchanan Blankenbeckler, age 96 of Mountain City, TN passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Sherry, on Saturday June 9, 2018 following a lengthy illness. She was born in Nallen, West Virginia on November 24, 1921 to the late Rev. James Buchanan and Venia Alice Brookshire Buchanan.

Stella grew up in the coal camps of West Virginia, moving to Doe Valley community for a short while when she was a young teenager. She attended Johnson County High School and returned to West Virginia to live with her sister Onnie and work in a mining company store. When World War II broke out she worked for a defense plant in Maryland before joining the Navy in 1944. She served in the Naval Hospital Corps until 1946.

After completing her assignment with the Navy, Stella moved back to Johnson County, Tennessee, where she met James ‘Jim’ Blankenbeckler, who was also a Navy Veteran. They were married in September 1946, until his death in 2000.

Stella personified the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10-31. Mawmaw’s kitchen was the center of the family home. She loved cooking and baking and serving wonderful meals to family and friends. She was also a skillful seamstress and a dedicated homemaker. Stella also worked outside the home, most notably at Ramsey’s 5 and 10 Store, The Old Johnson County Hospital as a nursing assistant, and at Food Country Deli, where she was known as the ‘biscuit lady.’

In all of her many years, Stella lived a dedicated and fruitful Christian life and was an inspiration to others. (Galatians 5:22-23). Though she possessed a quiet, gentle spirit, she was a prayer warrior for God, praying every night for her family members by name. She was a faithful member of Mountain City Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where she encouraged people with her card ministry.

In her later years, Stella still enjoyed reading, beginning each day with her Bible and a time for devotions. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, Stella was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, James Sherwood Blankenbeckler, infant daughter, Wilma Jean, sisters, Onnie Adkins and Elizabeth Parks, and brothers, William E., Roy, Ray, and Dallas Buchanan.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters, Sherry Tester of Mountain City, TN and Nancy Pardue of Vilas, NC, son, James Blankenbeckler Jr. of Mountain City, TN, grandchildren, Michelle Threadgill and husband Tyler, Bridget Wagner and husband Shannon, Tammy Harmon and husband Tommy, Billie Jo Pardue and husband Ricky, Tim Tester and wife Barbara and Christy Boone and husband Mike, fourteen great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, special nephew, Fred Robinson and wife Wanda, and many more special nieces and nephews, special friends, Joyce Trivette, Joe and Carol Winebarger, Wilma ‘Sue’ Henley, Coye Canter, Loretta Stout, and very special dog ‘Bo’.

The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Con Sauls officiating. Special music will be provided by The Joyful Hearts. Graveside service and interment will follow the funeral at Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Tim Tester, Tyler Threadgill, Ricky Pardue, Tommy Harmon, Joe Winebarger, and Shannon Wagner. Honorary pallbearer is Fred Robinson.

Stella was in the care of Amedysis Hospice for the last year of her life. The family is extremely grateful for the entire staff, especially to Mandy Ward, Stephanie Jones and Gail Miller. The family also wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Hands to Help for their assistance and care during Stella’s last days. A very special thank you to our dream team of caregivers, ‘Our Sisters’, Peggy Johnson, Carolyn Adams and Mary Ward.

At other times the family will receive friends at 236 Willow Circle, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com.

The family of Stella Mae Buchanan Blankenbeckler has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Helen Francis Harper

Helen Francis Harper

Helen Francis Harper, age 89, of Butler, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her home.  She was born in Johnson County, TN on October 8, 1928 to the late Jessie Frank and Rosa Shupe Harper.  In addition to her parents Helen was preceded in death by two sisters, Elsie Jenkins and Virginia Morefield, two nephews, Benny Morefield and Dean Morefield  and Dean’s son and Helen’s great nephew, Chris Morefield, nephew-in-law, Jim Campbell.

Helen was never married and she loved her family and being with them and will be truly missed. Helen was a member of Liberty Christian Church.

She is survived by a brother, James Harper and wife Janet of Mountain City, TN, nephews, Bobby Morefield and wife Rebecca of Robinsville, NC, Paul Jenkins and wife Brenda, Gene Jenkins and wife Linda, Robert Jenkins and wife Doris and Lonnie Jenkins and wife Linda, special great niece and caregiver, Heather Dickens and husband Michael of the home, other great nieces and great nephews, Cody Morefield, Nick Morefield, Benji Morefield and Gwyn Morefield, special great-great nieces and nephews, Samantha Carroll, Daniel Estep, Mikaela Carroll, Mackenzie Carroll and friend Zach Walton, other great-great nieces and nephews, Ryan Morefield, Jeffery Brooks and Veda Morefield , niece, Linda Campbell, niece-in-law, Phyllis Morefield, great-great-great nieces, Maddison and Brooke Estep and many more.

The family will receive friends from11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Maurice Widener officiating. Music will be under the direction of Trish Morefield. Graveside service and interment will follow from the Phillippi Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Zach Walton, Daniel Estep, Ryan Morefield, Michael Dickens, Lonnie Jenkins, Robert Jenkins and Paul Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers are Carl Williams, Junior McQueen and the late Jim Hutchinson. At other times, the family will also receive friends at the home, 542 Copley Branch Road, Butler, TN. 37640.

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