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Grace Archer Muse

, age 95, Johnson City, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Johnson City Medical Center.

Mrs. Muse was born January 2, 1924 in Washington County and the daughter of the late Elmer Eugene & Rose Keefauver Archer. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Joseph Charles “Chuck” Muse, Jr., two precious sons, Joseph Charles “Jody” Muse, III and James Archer Muse, brothers, Phil, Kenneth, Warren, Fred and Paul Archer.

Grace graduated from Science Hill High School in 1942 and moved to Mountain City in 1946. She was an active member of Mountain City Church of Christ for almost 50 years and moved to Johnson City in 1996 and became a member of Central Church of Christ.

Grace was a caring and devoted resident of Johnson County for over 50 years. Her life’s dream was fulfilled when she married Joseph Charles Muse, Jr. and had five wonderful children. Raising her children and serving the Lord faithfully was her joy. As a committed Christian, she showed the love of Christ to all she met with her kind and generous good works. She was tireless in serving others, visiting, sending cards, providing meals and always happy to host friends, new-comers and strangers. She was often the first person to call on a family at a time of adversity offering her condolences and bearing gifts of food. One of her greatest attributes was the time she spent visiting the elderly, shut-ins and sick. She would brighten their day with her sweet smile, baked goods and kindness. She was truly a woman of noble character as described in Proverbs 31.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret & Jack Briscoe, Memphis, TN, Luanne & Danny Hoilman, Johnson City, and Julie Muse, Johnson City; grandchildren, Nikki Hoilman, Grace Briscoe McKinney (Craig), Sage Briscoe Magid (Aaron), Allan Muse (Holly), Lindsey Muse Gastright (Andrew), Paul Hoilman, and Scott Hoilman; great-grandchildren, Mason Casey, Callie Grace Muse, Adar Muse Magid, and Westin James Gastright; a daughter-in-law, Judy Muse Sanders (Mike); sister-in-law, Charlotte Archer; and several nephews and nieces.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to her loving caregivers Sandra Noble, Jean Hughes, and Linda Collins. Also thank you to 2600 ICU Nurses at JCMC, Randy, Andrew, Jessica and Dina.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:30 am Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Central Church of Christ with Mr. Tim Hall officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00-11:30 am Saturday prior to the service. Interment services will follow at 3:30 pm Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain City, TN.

Pallbearers will be family & friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Church of Christ P.O. Box 4021 Johnson City, TN 37602.

Condolences may be sent to the Muse family online at

Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821