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Grace Edna Rupard, age 91, of Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013. She was born on December 4, 1922 to the late John Carson Rupard and Rosa Farris Rupard. In addition to her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her sisters: Shirley Jean Winters, Hazel Noland and Earleen Campbell; brother, Bobby D. ‘Burley’ Rupard; brothers-in-law, Vaughn Robinson, Paul Winters and Hubert Campbell; niece, Ann Wiggins; nephew, Sam Noland, and special friend, Bill Moore.
Grace was employed at the Damascus Hosiery Mill for 33 years and was the Secretary for the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency in Mountain City for 25 years. Grace loved to work in her vegetable and flower gardens and enjoyed being outside. She also enjoyed a good game of golf.
Grace was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.
Grace is survived by her sisters: Margaret Lewis and husband Wayne and Beulah Robinson; very special sister-in-law, Janet Rupard; brother: Herbert ‘Hoover’ Rupard and wife Doris; nieces and nephews: Jeff Rupard and wife Melissa, Jon Rupard and wife Kelly, Cindy Cretsinger-Heck and husband Bill, Hilda Robinson, Sandy Ward, Pam Savery, Cathy Canody, Ronnie Campbell, Terry Lewis, Allen Lewis, Phil Winters and Gary Winters; special great nephew and great niece, Kaleb and Channie Cretsinger; several more special great nieces and great nephews; special caregivers: Angie Fletcher, Diane Dunn and Mary McFadden; special pet, Oliver; special neighbors: Terry and Ruth Thomas; special friend, Leola Crowder and many more special friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with Pastors Tom Prater and Warren Stewart officiating. Graveside service and interment followed from the Sunset Memorial Park, Damascus, Virginia.
Pallbearers were Benny Rupard, Terry Thomas, Ronnie Campbell, Eric Taylor, Terry Lewis, Bill Heck and Frankey Shupe. Honorary Pallbearers were Allen Lewis, Gary Winters, Phil Winters, Paul Blevins, Kenny Icenhour, Jim Neely, Evan Taylor, Brian Taylor, Dr. William Mark Handy, Lee Hawkins, John Greer, Doug Canody and Zachary Canody.
The family received friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the funeral home.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation and gratitude to Amedisys Hospice, Johnson County Home Health and Dr. William Mark Handy for their kindness and loving care.
At other times the family received friends at the home of Janet Rupard, 1146 Waters Road, Laurel Bloomery, TN.
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The family of Grace Edna Rupard has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.