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.

 

Bill Wright

William Clay Wright II

Nov. 21, 1951 – May 12, 2018

William Clayton Wright II was born November 21, 1951, along with his twin brother George Turner Wright to Nell Turner
Wright and Charles McQuown Wright in Bristol, Virginia.

He was a native of Mountain City, Tennessee and attended Johnson County schools. Bill graduated from Brandon Hall School in Dunwoody, Georgia. He attended Tulane University and received both bachelor’s and masters’ degrees in architecture and was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Bill was a lifelong Methodist and a faithful member of Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church, serving as a member of the Church Board, trustee, and usher. He was a principal in the firm of GSB, where he spent the majority of his career. Bill was a brilliant architect, who developed close relationships with both coworkers and clients.

Ever the gentleman, Bill strived to be involved in the activities of his firm and in the lives of his friends. Bill’s friends spoke of his being generous with his time, talents, resources, and kindheartedness. He was a great friend and listener and mentor to many. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and had lifelong friends from his college years. During his 30 years at the company, he worked on countless hospitality and renovation/restoration projects that included the USPS Office and Courthouse Renovation; Marriott Wardman Park; and his last project, the Ardmore Readiness Center.

Bill was especially proud of the work he did with communities in working with HUD to build affordable housing for seniors, as well as a renovation of the Federal Courthouse shortly before the Murrah Building Bombing. He had a meeting at the Murrah Building that was scheduled for 9:00am on April 19th, 1995, but ran late and missed being there by minutes. This forever changed his life, and the lives of so many other Oklahomans.

While a student at Tulane, Bill had a blind date with a recent graduate of Auburn University. Almost four years later, Bill married his great love, Lissa McCall, on June 18, 1977, in her hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama. Bill and Lissa celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last June. They were truly blessed with their two children, Melissa and Turner. Bill was overjoyed at the births of his grandchildren, Carter and Lairyn Hayes. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife; his children, Melissa and Jeremy Hayes, and Turner Wright. He also leaves his precious grandchildren.

He is survived by George (brother) and Andrea Wright and their children, Keith, Jamie and Timbra, and Sarah Wright, and their grandsons, Keegan and Mac. He is also survived by Lissa’s brother’s family—Whit and JoAnna McCall and their sons Will and John. Also surviving Bill is Lissa’s mother, Marjorie Malloy Fox, and her husband Marion Fox. Special cousins Buddy and Janice Turner, Harry and Nancy Lambright, and Peggy Mock. Special thanks to the stroke team and neuro ICU at Oklahoma City Baptist Integris Hospital for their compassionate care. We count one of our great blessings Dr. Alan Garber, who cared for Bill in the hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care, or the charity of your choice. Bill was an organ donor and continued to help others in this way. Rest in peace, our kind and gentle Bill. Memorial Service was held on Friday, May 18, at 3:00 p.m., Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church, 3131 NW 50 Street, Oklahoma City, under the direction of Mercer Adams Funeral Service.

Sue Smith Howard

Sue Smith Howard

Sue Smith Howard died peacefully on June 7, 2018, at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA. She was born in Lundale, West Virginia, February 23, 1936 to the late Wiley Brownlow Smith and Ora Cornett Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Opal Smith Douglas, Louise Smith Helton, Ethel Smith Walker, and a brother Ernest Smith.

As a young girl, she lived with her family in West VA and moved to Mountain City when she was four. She had one brother and six sisters including Tulee that passed away when she was a few days old. At the age of eight, she cooked for the whole family, while the older siblings did chores on a farm in the Crackers Neck Community.

Sue and Malcolm met in high school and married on August 18, 1954 in Conowingo, Maryland at the ages of 17 and 18. They started their married life living with Malcolm’s father, the late Roby J. Howard, at the family home place. They eventually moved into an apartment in Mountain City while they built a house on land they purchased, which was part of the Howard Farm.

Malcolm farmed, raised hogs, turkeys, and cattle. He grew corn, tobacco, and beans. Sue worked at Farmers State Bank. When the Leco Manufacturing plant came into the county, they both found employment. Sue worked there for seven years, and Malcolm worked for nine years. Before his employment at Leco, Malcolm worked at the Raytheon Plant in Bristol. Sue left the plant in order to stay home with the children.

Five years later, she opened a small shop known as Mountaineer Arts Crafts and Gift Shop. This business was Located in a part of the Arney’s Grill building which they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Jack Arney. During this time Sue taught classes in Macrame, Ceramics, Cake Decorating, and leather work. She kept the business for 12 years.  Malcolm and Sue own and operate a part of the original Roby J. Howard Sr. Farm, and have lived there for 58 years.

Sue was very active in the community. She was leader of Girl Scout Troop 268 for many years. She was a member and served as a president of most of the following clubs: Laurel Bloomery Home Demonstration Club, Johnson County Garden Club, Johnson County Arts Council, Family Community Education Club, Johnson County Historical Society, Heritage Hall Renovation Committee, and Johnson County Community Theater. She received a State Volunteer Award in Family Community Education. She served two terms as a Johnson County Commissioner, serving the First District. She was past president of the Johnson County Republican Women’s Club, which she helped to organize. She received a Tennessee Volunteer Accommodation Award, presented by State Representative, Jason Mumpower, for Governor, Don Sunquist, for Community service. She was also involved in Tennessee Bicentennial. Sue was a Charter Heritage Hall Member. She was named Club Woman of the Year in 1978, served on the Board of the State of Tennessee 4-H Club Alumni in 1982-1983. Sue had her own radio program at 7:00 each morning, for 15 plus years. This program was very popular on the local WMCT Radio Station. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was very involved in the ETSU Kellogg program. Sue was also very well known in the community for her country cooking and had written many recipes.

The Howard’s are members of First Christian Church , and Sue has served on many committees, including the Nellie Bryan Guild.

Sue loved all of her family dearly and loved attending events and outings that her grandchildren and great grandchildren were involved in. She also enjoyed gardening and bowling. She was a competitive bowler. Both of them were past members of the Boone, NC Tuesday night league. They have both entered tournaments that led them to USBC National Tournaments. Sue and Malcolm both have bowled in the National Bowling Arena in Reno, Nevada. Sue also bowled in Syracuse, NY and in Green Bay, Wisconsin in August, 2015 where she won the Women’s Senior USBC Championship. She received the coveted Wall of Honor Award in 2013, which is voted on by league members.

She loved the beauty of her county, her state, and her nation. She was a lifelong collector of antiques and collectibles, especially Elvis Presley memorabilia and also went to see him in concert twice.

A special thank you to staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Amedisys, and the many special friends that have sent cards, brought food, and visited her in the last five months.

Those left to cherish her memories include: Husband and Soulmate of 63 years and 10 months, Malcolm Howard, Sr., sons Malcolm Howard, Jr. (Donna), Randy Howard, daughter Dottie Sue Phipps (Mark), grandchildren Rita Howard Reese (Lars), Dayton Howard, Staci Phipps Byrd (Mark), Mandy Howard Reichenbach FNP-BC (Chris), Ashley Howard, Brandy Phipps (Samantha), Laurel Howard (Tony), Crisie Jennings, Daniel Phipps, great grandchildren Aubree Glenn, Alaina Perry, Nathaniel (Nate) Price, Mya Reichenbach, Raelynn Hughes, Abigail Phipps, Alaina Phipps, Norman Reese, Milianna Hughes, sisters Kathleen Smith Davidson (Bill), Trilla Smith Little (Buddy), brothers-in-law Earl Howard, Walter G. Adams, and many many special nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. Special friends of many years include: Carolyn Ray and the late Bruce Ray, Thelma Lipford, Ina Bellamy, Lorraine Ray, Mary and Bruce Triplett, Mary Nave, Peggy and Buster Brown, Peggy and Ken Rowman, Karen McMillan and Cecil Griffin, Brenda Gambill, Starla and Pete Brooks, Ted and Margaret Spivey, Judy and Fred Ramsey, Hal and Sarah Johnson, Jack and Joann Swift, Bill and Kathy Terrill, Janet Payne and the late Ray Payne, Mark and Pam Billingsley, and Janet Towry. A special thanks to nephew, C.J. Douglas, who considered her his second mother.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 12:30-2:30 at Mountain City Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 2:30 with Pastors Frank Ransom and Dwayne Dickson officiating. Special music will be provided by Nancy Davis. Graveside service and interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers are Doug Mink, Danny Grindstaff and Clay Neely.

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home on Dry Stone Branch Road.

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

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

 

Wendell ‘Shot’ Dickens

Wendell ‘Shot’ Dickens

1 Peter 5:10   But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Wendell ‘Shot’ Dickens, age 77, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Shot was born on September 3, 1940 to the late Bert and Vena Taylor Dickens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife and best friend of 52 years, Mary Ann Dickens, who passed away on March 10, 2015, one infant child, one grandchild, sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann Guy and her husband Burl, sister-in-law, Oma Eller Norris and husband Lee, brothers-in-law, Lewis McElyea, Delmer Eller, John Brown and several nieces and nephews.

Shot was an honest, hardworking, and humble man. He lived a very simple life and was not a man of worldly possessions but was rich in ways that no money could measure, faith and family. First and foremost, he was a true Servant of God, who lived each day according to God’s holy word. He enjoyed talking and discussing God, the Bible, and his faith with family and friends. Shot treated everyone with dignity, respect, compassion and love.

He farmed for many years and loved ‘working up his vegetables with Mary’. They especially loved making kraut. He also loved to work with wood and eHh was known by many near and far for his craftsmanship of furniture making and carpentry. He built many homes in Johnson County and North Carolina and passed this trait on to his sons.

Those that had the privilege and honor of truly knowing Shot also knew that he loved to make people laugh. He loved to tell tall tales, whether it was about a fictional character that he named ‘Ralph Rotten’, to the ghosts in the woods behind his sisters’ homes, to his little and ‘invisible’ dog named ‘Spot’, which only he, his grandchildren and a few special nieces and nephews could see. Not only did he like to tell a good tale, Shot also loved to pull a good joke and prank and anyone that could pull one on him, well, that was even better, because Shot was sure to use it on someone else later.

Shot’s pride and joy during the last years has been his granddaughter, MaKenzie and great grandsons, Brayden, Bobby, Tucker and new arrival Little Rickey. Though he was ill and could not play with them as he would have liked, Shot had a special bond with each of them.  He was a member of Pleasant View Christian Church.

Those left to cherish Shot’s memories include his loving children: Kenneth Dickens and wife Carla, Barbara ‘Sis’ Long, Kim Taylor and husband Bobby, Eddie Dickens, Johnny Dickens and wife Amy, and Annie Dickens and friend Dallas Keenan; sisters, June Stanley and Lou McElyea; brother and sister-in-law, Ira and Louise Dickens; grandchildren: Nancy Reece, Trevor Reece and fiancé Heather and her children, Jaxson and Riley, Andy Lewis and wife Brittney, Mary Sexton and friend Rickey Barber, Amanda Long and friend Frederick, Matthew Dickens, MaKenzie Dickens and Colten Grindstaff; great grandchildren: Brayden Dickens, Bobby Sexton, Tucker Long, Little Rickey Barber, Harper Lewis; sister-in-law, Myrtle Brown; brothers-in-law: Bob Eller and wife JoAnn and Jack Eller and wife June; special niece who was always there with a lending hand: Melissa ‘Sis’ (Guy) Taylor; special friends: Mike Austin, Richard Hammons, Mike Lewis, Ted Smith, Jim McKinnis, Missy’s Bob Taylor, Stephanie and Josh Jones and their children, Mattie, Jamie and Brock; many more special nieces and nephews, his church families and many, many more special people.

A Service Celebrating Shot’s Life will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Pleasant View Christian Church with Gary Bowman and Neal Reagan officiating. Special music will be provided by Josh and Stephanie Jones. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. prior to the service. Graveside Service and Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from the Reece Memorial Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Shot’s sons: Kenneth, Eddie, and Johnny, son-in-law, Bobby Taylor, nephew, Wayne Guy and Dallas Kennan and Richard Hammons. Honorary pallbearers are all of Shot’s nephews.

One of Shot’s favorite scriptures was Psalm 39:4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. In lieu of flowers, Shot would want you to help someone in need and spend true quality time with your family and friends and simply be kind to one another. It would bring so much joy to him to know that someone in need was helped in his memory.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. James Shine, who was not only Shot’s physician but was a true friend, Nurse Kathleen and staff at Johnson County Medical Group, Staff of Amedisys Home Health and Amedisys Hospice, and Gail Miller for all of their sincere care, compassion and support through the years. To his nurse Stephanie Jones, ‘thank you’ is not enough; you have been a light in our lives and we are forever grateful, and to Aunt Myrtle, you will never know how much we appreciate and love you for helping us take care of Dad.

At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 407 Redbrush Road, Mountain City, TN 37683. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.mountaincityfh.com.

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

Mary Colleen Hawkins Greene

Mary Colleen Hawkins Greene

Mary Colleen Hawkins Greene, age 89, passed from this life to life everlasting on May 29, 2018. She was a long time member of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church and attended as long as her health permitted.

Colleen accepted Christ early in life. A woman of deep faith and a devoted Christian, she will be remembered by all who knew her as a strong prayer warrior, a kind and loving wife, mother, friend and neighbor, who lived out her days in quietness and confidence in her Lord and Savior.

Survivors include her loving and devoted son: Richard A. Greene II (Richie), the joy of her life; two sisters-in-law: Shirley Greene Stephenson of Greeneville and Janice Hawkins of Mountain City; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a loving and dedicated friend, Julia Peters.

She was the daughter of the late Wiley F. Hawkins and Vada Carrie Neatherly Hawkins of Mountain City, Tennessee and was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years: Richard Arvil Greene; brother: Dayton Hawkins of Mountain City; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Oscar T. and Carrie Tilson Greene; brother-in-law: J.N. Stephenson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Evelyn and Ernest Campbell; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Klon and Frances Greene and Brumley and Jane Greene.

The funeral service was held Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church with interment in the church cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holston Methodist Home for Children, 404 Holston Dr., Greeneville, TN 37743.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kiserrosehillfuneralhome.com.