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Community mourns passing of Bill Brookshire

November 14, 2018

Bill Brookshire
Bill Brookshire

By Tamas Mondovics

The town of Mountain City is once again mourning the loss of another one of its most beloved, respected, admired longtime resident Mr. Billy Carroll Brookshire, better known as “Bill”, who passed away Sunday morning, November 11, 2018, at his home. He was 85. Born in Mountain City, TN on June 7, 1933, to the late Samuel Stacy and Bonnie Mae Carver Brookshire, Bill was one of the original founders of Johnson County Bank in 1975 and became president in 1983, and has served on the JCB Board of Directors consistently through the years.

A Johnson County High School graduate, the County has always been home for Bill and will be fondly remembered by his friends and family as deeply devoted to his daughters and their deceased mother, Myrtle Duncan Brookshire. Since he lost his father in his teens, as the eldest son, Bill became the patriarch on whom his mother and siblings could rely on, for help and support.  Bill enjoyed supporting many community projects that included the 4-H Poultry, Little League Baseball,  Heritage Hall, The JC Arts Center, and The JC Senior Heating Assistance to name a few.  Bill was said to be the quintessential self-made man who achieved success in life with passion, courage, and dedication. Because of his energy and ingenuity, he was able not only to live well, but was known as a genuinely good, caring and kind person.

He cared about people, the community and often reached out to those in need. His willingness and desire to step out at great risk to grow a new bank for his community showed character of strength and bravery. His contributions have undoubtedly added to the growth of Johnson County on many levels.  Giving testimony to his love for people, respect for others and the devotion to his community, as bank president, Bill’s first step was to declare it to be “The People’s Bank” making a promise to provide friendly and courteous service, as well as a better way to bank adding, “The best customers make the best bank.  He stressed hard work ethics of the bank employees including the need to treat customers better than they would want to be treated themselves if they were the customer.

“We are a family,’ he said. “This was my mother’s advice.”

Bill is survived by his two loving daughters, Teresa Sillstrop and husband, Ted, of Greer, SC and Bonnie Reece and husband, Chris, of Mountain City, TN; two brothers, Jack Brookshire and wife, Louise, of Maryland and Richard Brookshire and wife, Lillian, of Boone; a sister, Nancy Garrick, of Mountain City, TN; his extended family, the Johnson County Bank employees and spouses, along with a lifelong friend Mary Ann Johnson Adams.
Bill also enjoyed spending time with his two step-grandchildren, Jack Dedrick and Anna Marie Dedrick, both of Wilmington, NC.

As the community reflects Bill’s passing with great sadness, his legacy will live on for generations.  Bill had no plans on retiring. “I want to be right here at this bank; this is home.”

Thank you Bill. You will be greatly missed.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Dewey Christian Church, 3548 Hwy 67W, with Preacher C.D. “Bud” Gentry and Preacher Frank Ransom officiating. A private burial will be held at Brookshire Cemetery with Preacher Bill Worley officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, three hours prior to the funeral service.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Johnson County Senior Heating Assistance, PO Box 208, Mountain City, TN 37683. Johnson County Bank will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 15.