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Mr. Harold W. Hess, age 83, of Mountain City, Tennessee, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, January 13, 2011. He was born on February 16, 1927 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late Garnett and Blanche McVey Hess. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hess was preceded in death by a son, Gary Lee Hess; a grandson, Richard Eugene Vanover and one nephew.
Mr. Hess was a United States Army Veteran having served during World War II in Italy. He moved to Johnson County in 1963 and in 1964 Mr. Hess founded Heath Union Church, where he was a member and pastor.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lola Hess; three daughters and son-in-law: Marjorie and Homer Vanover; Joan and RB Vanover and Rita and Bill Trivette, all of Mountain City, TN; one sister, Alma Hess of Litiz, PA; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one niece and one nephew; his church family and friends.

The family received friends from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the Mountain City Funeral Home and the funeral service followed at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Donnie Cox officiating.
Military Honors and Interment followed from the West Cemetery in Creston, North Carolina and was accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard.
Active Pallbearers: Wayne Vanover, Michael Vanover, Joseph Vanover, David Trivette, Larry Trivette, Derek Hess, Homer Vanover, R.B. Vanover and Bill Trivette. Honorary pallbearers were members of Heath Union Church.
Memorials may be made to the West Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Nancy Potter, 7115 Forge Creek Road, Mountain City, TN 37683 or the Johnson County Rescue Squad, 203 Vandilla Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 3979 Forge Creek Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.
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The family of Mr. Harold W. Hess has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.