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Mary Nell Fritts

Mary Nell Fritts, age 66, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was born on April 17, 1951 to the late Spencer Carl Arnold and Gay Viola Turnmire Arnold. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Gray Taylor and a brother, David Arnold.

Mary was kind hearted, loving and caring to everyone around her. She loved everyone and through her love and kindness, made many, many special friends. Many people knew Mary from her work at the Dollar General Store, where she met each customer with a warm smile. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary enjoyed traveling and visiting places. She especially loved going to the beach and yard sales. She loved living in the mountains and really enjoyed the winter snow, Christmas time and Santa Clause. She was a member of Beta Theta.

Mary was a member of Dyson Grove Baptist Church. She loved her church, church family and enjoyed hearing the church choir sing.

Those left to cherish her memories include her loving husband of 48 years, Earl M. Fritts; daughters: Sherry Fritts, Melissa Fritts and Tammy Laws and husband Daniel Laws; sister, Sophia Rich; grandchildren: Elizabeth Fritts and Andrea Couch; great grandchildren: Kyle Gattis, Connor Gattis and Arabella Couch; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will follow with Pastor Leonard Fletcher and Associate Pastor Cameron Dula officiating. Special music will be provided by the Dyson Grove Baptist Church Choir.

Graveside service and interment will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Phillippi Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Rich, Tim Mullins, William Branch, Dean Fletcher, Chris Vannoy, Daniel Laws.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary’s name may be made to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, c/o Flo Bellamy, 3510 Hwy 421 N, Mountain City, TN 37683.

At other times the family will receive friends at the home, 189 Dotson Lane, Mountain City, TN.

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The family of Mary Nell Fritts has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.