2008 Obituary Archives

Cecil Wheeler Snyder
Cecil Wheeler Snyder, age 91, of West Brushy Fork Road, Zionville, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2008 at his residence.
Cecil was born on January 14, 1917 in Johnson County to the late Roby and Lydia Wilson Snyder. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II and served in the European theater of operations. He earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Good Conduct metal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, ETO ribbon and the American theater ribbon. He loved his family and liked taking pictures of and with them. He liked the outdoors and hunting, also played the guitar and harmonica. Cecil was of the Baptist Faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Thomas Snyder;  his son, Cecil K. “Bubby” Snyder; and eleven sisters and brothers.
Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Beesley of Mountain City; grandchildren, Randy Beesley and wife Bertha of Greenwood, DE; Anita Perry and fiancé Buck Graybeal of Mountain City, Dianne Wilson and husband Tom of Mountain City, and Tony Beesley and wife Dilia of Arizona (Tony is currently serving in Iraq); great grandchildren, Cindy Ann Beesley, Chris Beesley, Delsa Beesley, Leilani Beesley, Matthew Perry, Christopher Perry, Lindsey Wilson and Courtney Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Lonnie Denney, Youth Pastor Sam Icenhour and Pastor Tommy Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Independent Methodist Church Cemetery, (Barlow Road off Brushy Fork Road) Zionville, NC. Pallbearers will be Ed. Brown, Brandon Maine, Kenny Wilson, Tom Wilson, Matthew Perry and Buck Graybeal. Military Rites will be conducted by Johnson County Honor Guard.
The family will also receive friends at the home of his daughter, Nancy Beesley, 114 Brown Road, Mountain City.


 

Helen Louise Trivette
Helen Louise Trivette, age 84, of Mountain City, passed away, Tuesday, April 1, 2008 in   Alive Hospice – Skyline Madison Campus, Nashville, Tennessee.
Helen was born on January 14, 1924 in Ashe County, NC to the late Edgar and Stella Osborne Sluder. She loved growing flowers, helping other people and volunteering with hospice. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where her late husband was the Pastor for 26 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William Trivette and a brother, Fred Sluder.
Survivors include two sons, Earl Trivette and wife Diana P. of Wytheville, VA and James Trivette and wife Becky of Scottsboro, AL; sister, Thelma Shepherd of Creston, NC; two brothers, Ralph Sluder of Baltimore, MD and Walter Clyde Sluder of Delaware; grandchildren, Jamie Trivette, Craig Smith, Janie Lawson, Barbara Scott and Robert Trivette; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home. The service will follow at the graveside at 2:00 p.m. in Reece Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Terry Steele and Pastor Michael Icenhour officiating. Pallbearers will be Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church.  Honorary pallbearers will be Hobert Nichols and Eddie Cross.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Calvary Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1354 Cold Springs Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

 
Fred Lee Reece
Fred Lee “Freddie” Reece, age 59, of Trade, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
Freddie was born on May 18, 1948 in Johnson County to the late Oscar and Maude Brown Reece. He was an employee of Rays Construction Co. of Boone. He liked car racing, football and basketball, especially the Tennessee Vols. Freddie liked to fish and the outdoors. He was a member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge # 243. He was of the Baptist faith and attended the Trade United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Johnson.
Survivors include two sons, Scottie Reece and Michael Reece; two step-daughters, Sheila McFadden and husband Doug and Kristy Tipton, all of Butler; five sisters, Emogene Miller and husband Bob of Zionville, NC, Louise May and husband Arvilee of Nottingham, PA, Faye Warren and husband Claude of Mountain City, Virginia Oliver and husband Albert of Zionville, NC and Becky Wilson and husband Kenny of Mountain City; two brothers, Bobby Reece of Trade and Lynn Reece and wife Pat of Zionville, NC; brother-in-law, John Johnson of Todd, NC; granddaughter, Autumn Reece; three step-grandchildren, Gary McFadden, Carissa McFadden and J. W. Tester; step great granddaughter, Bethany McFadden; four uncles; several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews; and special friends, R. D. and Nell Oliver, Jim Brown and many others.
The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Eddie Porter and Rev. Carl Johnson officiating. Masonic Rites will be conducted by Taylorsville Masonic Lodge # 243. Pallbearers will be Wayne Johnson, Chris Oliver, Gary Miller, Kenny Ray Wilson, Michael May, David May, Butler Reece, Ronnie Ray, Gary McFadden and Melvin Humphrey. Burial will follow in Trade United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

 
Paul R. Curd
Paul R. Curd, age 62, of Mountain City, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in Johnson County Community Hospital.
Paul was born on March 29, 1945 in Johnson County to the late McDonald and Lula Howard Curd. He retired in July, 2007 from Film Processing. Paul was a 32 year member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge # 243 and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite. He liked to ride his 4-wheeler and loved his family. He was a member of Hammons Chapel Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Novella Woodard and three brothers, Dana, Dewey and Haskel Curd.
Survivors include three sons, Doug Curd, Rick Curd and wife Michelle and Ronnie Curd, all of Mountain City; two sisters, Mary Adwina Goff and husband Calvin of Johnson City and Nina Bismark and husband Chuck of Bradenton, FL; brother, Walter Curd of West Grove, PA; five grandchildren, Austin Curd, Donnie Curd, Ryan Townsend, Tyler Curd and Gina Curd; aunt, Mattie Price of Mountain City; special friends Nell and Marshall Moser of Mountain City; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 7:30 p.m. with Mike Smith, Minister officiating. The Masonic Service will be conducted by Taylorsville Lodge # 243. Pallbearers will be Hubert Townsend, Homer Townsend, Ryan Townsend, Willie Hammons, Walter Simcox, Kenny Head and Doug Hammons. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 22nd in Dunn Cemetery.
The family will also receive friends at the home, 652 D. Curd Lane, Mountain City.

 

 
James D. Powell
James D. Powell, age 81, of Mountain City, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at Johnson City Medical Center.
James was born on January 13, 1926 in Mountain City to the late Guss and Cora Anderson Powell. He was a member of Vaught Gap Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Powell; and a son, James Powell.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Ann J. Brown Powell; son, Russell Powell and wife, DeLee of Mansfield, OH; four step-daughters, Juanita Mason, Jean McIntosh, both of Nebo, NC, Dolores Street of Burnsville, NC and Frances Ann Bishop of Micaville, NC; step-son, Zeb Fox of Burnsville, NC; sisters, Pauline Richards of Texas and Brucie Parks of Avondale, PA; grandchildren, Russell Powell, Jr. and wife Pamela Jean of Laurel Bloomery, Kim Powell of Ashland, OH, Chris Powell and Charlie Powell and wife Jeannie, both of Mansfield, OH; and great grandchildren, Jamie Powell, Dustin Powell, Donovan Powell, Dalton Powell and John Powell; four great-great grandchildren, Riley Powell, Isaiah Powell, Ezekiel Powell and Gage Powell; sister-in-law, Pearl Snyder of Mountain City; three brothers-in-law, Luther Icenhour, Herbert Icenhour and Fred Icenhour; and special friends, Luther Icenhour, Paula Anson and Dr. Buddy Clayton.
There will be no service or visitation at the funeral home.
The family will receive friends at the home, 200 Hamby Lane, Mountain City.

 

Larry J. Graham
Larry J. “Butch” Graham, age 58, of Mountain City, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Butch was born on September 7, 1949 in Shelby, NC to the Late Robert and Janie Carol Crotts Graham. He retired from Federal Reserve Bank, Charlotte, NC after 20 years of service. He was presently working for N & N Ball & Roller, Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Dot Mitchell Graham; daughters, Sharon “Baby Sweat: Graham and Tammy Graham, both of Charlotte; son, Butch Graham, Jr. of Texas; step-son, Blu Key of Mountain City; brother, Mark Graham of Shelby, NC; grandchildren, Ciera and Justin of Charlotte, Austin Dalton and Canyon Key, both of Wilkesboro, NC; uncle, Larry Crotts and wife Mary of Florida; and several cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 5th in Cleveland Memorial Park, Boiling Springs, NC. with Mark Elmore officiating.
The family will also receive friends at the home, 1637 Pleasant Valley Road, Mountain City.

 

 

Timothy David Greer
Timothy David “Tim” Greer, age 43, of Butler, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2008 in Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Tim was born on May 15, 1964 in Abingdon, VA to Kathleen Otey Greer and the late Elmer Lee Greer. He liked to work with his hands in woodworking and metal crafts.
He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
n addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two nephews, Gregory Otey and Donnie Artrip.
Survivors include his mother, Kathleen Otey Greer; sisters, Lynda Loux of Elizabethton and Sue Sutherland and husband John of Abingdon, VA; brothers; Roger Wayne Morrison and wife Joana of Mountain City and Robert Jr. Otey and wife Trula of Bluff City; nieces, Angel Otey, Vicky Miller, Katrina Miller, Kathy Artrip and Wendy Penley; nephews, Hunter Morrison, Michael Hicks, Matthew Hicks and Nathan Otey; many great nieces and nephews; special friends, Pastor Jim Norman and members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2008 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the memorial service to follow at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Jim Norman officiating.
The family will receive friends at the home of Roger Morrison, 1500 Crackers Neck Rd., Mountain City.

 

Sue Ann Miller
Sue Ann Miller, age 83, Shady Valley, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008 at her residence.
Mrs. Miller was born September 11, 1924 in Shady Valley to the late Roby and Verda Martin Greer. She was an avid gardener, loved sewing, baking cakes, pies and cookies and going shopping, especially for shoes. She liked attending her Sunday school class and church. She was known for her wit and keen sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. She was a member of Shady Valley Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Isaiah Miller; infant sister, Nancy Greer; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Frances Miller and Russell Dunn; niece, Dianne Morin; nephew, Malcolm Dunn; and great nephew, Joseph Morin.
Survivors include her daughter, Deborah McQueen and husband Gary of Shady Valley; son, Dennis Miller and wife Linda of Lakeworth, FL; two grandsons, James McQueen and wife Mindy of Shady Valley and Matt McQueen and wife Ashley of Johnson City; two great grandchildren, Zachary and Brooke McQueen; four sisters, Lorella Tolliver and husband Raymond, Tishia Miller, Mandlene Morley and husband Delmer and Ellen Dunn, all of Shady Valley; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Shady Valley Baptist Church with the memorial service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Derl McCloud and Pastor Richard Stout officiating.
The family will also receive friends at the home, 376 Brickyard Branch Road, Shady Valley.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Shady Valley Baptist Church, c/o Cindy Eller, 1339 Highway 91, Shady Valley, TN 37688 or Shady Valley Fire Dept., c/o Conley Gentry, 340 Walker Road, Shady Valley, TN 37683.

 

 Orval C. “Obie” Brenneman
Orval C. “Obie” Brenneman, age 80, of Mountain City, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008 at Watauga Medical Center.
Obie was born March 21, 1927 in Bittinger, MD to the late Joel R. and Althea Oester Brenneman. He loved to fish and would go every Saturday morning he could. He did not eat his catch, however he would make sure the fish were cleaned and given to someone who liked them. He got great pleasure in the sport and seeing others smile with his gift. He thoroughly enjoyed gardening. Obie retired from the Naval Academy Dairy Farm after 43 years of service in 1993, which he worked until the last day of the year because he was so devoted to his career. He served his country in the U. S. Army and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Odenton. Mr. Brennaman leaves many friends and will be missed immensely.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances B.   Greer Brenneman.
Survivors include his four sons, Raymond, Charles, Mark, Jr. and Timothy, “Timmy” Sr.; grandchildren, Michel, Jamie, Kellie, Courtney, Mark, Jr., Timothy, Jr., Zachary and Nicholas Brenneman; and sisters, Marie Cole and Ruth Meyer.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Singleton Funeral Home, Glen Burnie, MD. The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Januray 17th at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Park, Glen Burnie, MD.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401 or American Cancer Society, Memorial Program, 1041 Route 3, North Building A1, Gambrills, MD 21054.

 

I. G. Hodges
I. G. Hodges, age 85, of 825 Circle Dr., Mountain City, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2008 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
I. G. was born on November 15, 1922 in the Mabel Community of Watauga County, NC to the late Isaac Garfield and Mary Louise Baxter Hodges. I. G. worked at Mountain Electric Cooperative for fourteen years, Johnson County Motors for twelve years, and was the manager of Ramsey’s Ben Franklin Store for fifteen years.  He was a member of the Jaycee’s, the Lions Club, the American Legion, Post No. 61 and the Johnson County Honor Guard.  He was past president of the Civitan Club, past Master of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge No. 243 and past president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 6908.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Norris and three brothers, Baxter, Owen and Fincher Hodges.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years Arna Mae Hodges; his son James Gordon Hodges and wife Frances of Smyrna, GA; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Jim Hutchinson, Minister officiating. Music will be provided by Fred Ramsey. Masonic Rites will be conducted by Taylorsville Masonic Lodge No. 243. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Military Rites will be conducted by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Larry Reece, Jim Reece, Mike Reece, James A. Oliver, Jim Crowe, Delmar Vaught and Shane Reece. Honorary pallbearers will be Baxter Wayne Norris, D. H. Lowe, Billy Reece, Dr. Ray Crowe, Johnny Reece, Rick Reece, Gary Reece, Hill Ward, Joe Atwood, Gary Hodges, Mike Hodges, Malcolm Hawkins, Ned Oliver and Cliff Dunn.
The family will also receive friends at the home at 825 Circle Dr., Mountain City.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Johnson County Rescue Squad, 203 Vandilla St., Mountain City, TN 37683

 

Chase C. Main
Chase C. Main, age 102, of 309 Main Road, Trade, TN, passed away Friday, January 25, 2008 in Wellmont Bristol Hospice House after a brief illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Trade, TN. He was born July 7, 1905, the second eldest of thirteen to the late Frank Main and Elizabeth Snyder Main. Chase was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Zionville, NC. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 76 years, Ruby A. Main on June 20, 2006; an infant son, Chase, Jr.; three brothers, Ted Main, Gillum Main and Edd Main; six sisters, Grace Forrester, Ruby Church, Margie Collins, Pearl Main and Peggy Burkett.
Survivors include his daughter, Harlene Main Castle of Bristol, TN; grandson, John Castle and wife Alessa of Bristol, TN; four great grandchildren, Casey, Candis, Kelsey and Chase Castle, all of Bristol; three sisters, Homa Wallace, Muriel Wallace and Helen Farmer, all of Trade; and several nieces and nephews.
His life has been a true testament of a life well live by a remarkable man. He has seen our world go from horse and buggy to the technical word of today. He was a farmer and loved to hunt and fish.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church, Route 88, Zionville, NC with Pastor Maurice Ward and Pastor Derrick Wilson officiating. Mr. Main will lie in state for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow in Greer-Main Cemetery, Trade, TN. Pallbearers will be nephews.
The family will also receive friends at the home at 309 Main Road, Trade, TN.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff of Wellmont Bristol Hospice House. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Greer-Main Cemetery, c/o Harold Garland, 1223 W. Main St., Mountain City, TN 37683 or Friendship Baptist Church, P. O. Box 28, Zionville, NC 28698.

 

McDonald Slemp
McDonald Slemp, age 89, of Mountain City, passed away Wednesday, February 06, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Slemp was born on May 24, 1918 in Johnson County to the late Charlie F. and Nettie Arney Slemp. He was a truck driver for many years and retired from Tri-State Growers. He liked to farm and garden. He was a member of Vaughts Gap Baptist Church.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Elsie Mercer, Venie Wilson and Clydie Bear; brother, Orville Slemp; and a son-in-law, Jim Rupard.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Ruby Perkins Slemp; three daughters, Linda Rupard of Winston-Salem, NC, Karen Icenhour and husband Tom of Mountain City and Donna L. West and husband Dr. Mike West of Knoxville; two sons, Buddy Slemp of Lexington, NC and Jack Slemp and wife Olive, of Lexington, NC; sister, Elizabeth Gentry of Mountain City; grandchildren, Chris, Alisa, Billy, Michael, Debbie and Frankie; great grandchildren, Thomas, Matthew, Kelsey, Brandy, T. C., Billy, Jr. “Bubba”, Katelyn, Rhea, Brian, Megan and Courtney; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Frank Johnson and Bro. Bruce Simcox officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Chris Icenhour, Charles Mercer, Pat Conville, Jody Hawkins, Curtis Gentry, Mike West, Nick Perkins, Ronnie Perkins and Terry Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Icenhour, John Perkins, Steve Courtner and the Johnson County Rescue Squad. Music will be provided by Joe Simcox.
The family will also receive friends at the home, 643 Vaughts Gap Road, Mountain City.

 

Kevin D Dugger
Kevin Dwight Dugger, age 30, of Butler, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Kevin was born on April 25, 1977 in Johnson County to Gerleen Greenwell Dugger and the late Kenneth Dugger. He was employed by Asplundh Tree Experts Co.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dewey and Roxie Greenwell; his paternal grandparents, Ham and Becky Dugger; nephew, Justin Accetta; brother-in-law, Jimmy Tester; and good friends, Jeff Bunton and Telford Mast.
Survivors include his mother, Gerleen Greenwell Dugger; sisters, Judy Osborne and husband Dean of Zionville, NC, Vickie Accetta and Raymond Turner, Caroline Tester and Amy Dugger, all of Butler; brothers, Roger Dugger and Jeff Dugger and wife Becky, both of Butler; nieces, Lacy, Hannah and Jennifer; nephews, Daniel, Travis, Joseph, Blake, David and Allen; special uncle, Gervis Greenwell; several aunts, uncles and cousins and many special friends..
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 29, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with Roland Owenby officiating.  Burial will follow in Cowan Cemetery on Cowan Town Road in Butler.  Pallbearers will be Daniel Accetta, Travis Osborne, Terry Dugger, Timmy Stanton, R. D. Campbell, Dale Maney, Gary McFadden and Adam Potter.  Honorary pallbearers will be David Tester, Dwight Greenwell, Dean Osborne, Travis Nelson, Rube Miller, Mike Accetta and Michael Nave.
The family will also receive friends at the home, 379 Cowan Town Road, Butler.

 

 
Jackie Donald Able, Jr.
Jackie Donald Able, Jr., age 32, of Mountain City, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2008 at his home.
Jackie was born on April 13, 1975 in Watauga County, NC to Alice Frye and the late Jackie Able. He loved his son and was free spirited, enjoyed life, riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and working on cars. Jackie attended Pleasant Home Baptist Church.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Beulah Wilson, paternal grandparents, Clint and Kate Able, special uncle, Millard “Dick” Wilson and uncle Virgil Able.
Survivors include his Mother, Alice Frye of Mountain City; son, Jackie “Little Jack” Donald Able, of Butler; sisters, Karen Wilson of Mountain City; Tammy Morefield and husband Jason of Butler and Kathy May and husband Buck of Mountain City;  brother, Scott Wilson and wife Jo Ann of Navarre, Florida; nieces, Hallie, Emily, Natalie, and Kisha Wilson; Sarah Beth and Gracie Brooke May and Shauntel Morefield; nephews, Dalton and Camron Wilson, Colton Phillips and Logan Dunn, mother of his son, Christel Stanberry and numerous special friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Michael Icenhour and Mike Bowers officiating. Music will be provided by Patty McKinney and Camilla Osborne.  The committal service and interment will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28 in State Line Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Dean Gentry, Robbie Morefield, Todd Morefield, Scott Orndoff, David Grubb, Teddy Able, Carl Daye and Mark Hoosier.  Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Wilson, Wayne Vance, Randy Wright, Bobby Lowe, Tony and Chris Summerow, Brandon Greenwell, Eugene “Poppy” Jones, Clay Neely and Matthew “Bo” Warden.
Memorials may be made to Alice Frye at 170 Church Lane, Mountain City, TN 37683.     


 

Jennie Lee Keene
Jennie Lee Keene, age 73, of Mountain City, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, February 22, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Mrs. Keene was born on May 18, 1934 in Johnson County to the late Wiley Thomas Crowder and Pearl Moretz Crowder. She liked her garden and flowers and loved to read and crochet. She was a very active member of State Line Baptist Church where she was a children’s Sunday school teacher and a choir member. Jennie loved her family and loved to be with people.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Balford Carlos Keene; five sisters, Ruby Dean Crowder, Blanche Denison, Thelma Campbell, Leah Moretz and Pearl Warren; and two brothers, Roger Crowder and Edgar Crowder;.
Survivors include her daughter, Angela Daugherty and husband John of Laurel Bloomery; two sons, Raymond “Tommy” Keene and wife Robin of Hampton, TN and Tim Keene and wife Abby of Laurel Bloomery; two sisters, Edith Cornett and Gladys Campbell, both of Mountain City; three brothers, J. C. Crowder, Ralph Crowder and Wiley Crowder, all of Mountain City; grandchildren, Amanda Tester, Pamela Keene, Kayla Lacefield, Kevin Keene, Shannon Daugherty, Matthew Keene and Robert Daugherty; great grandchildren, Marissa Tester, Mark Tester and Jaquin Lacefield; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many special friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Spratlin and Rev. Derl McCloud officiating. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 26th in Sunset Memorial Park, Damascus, VA.
The family will also receive friends at the home, 819 Ackerson Creek Road, Mountain City.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to State Line Baptist Church, Children’s Ministry, 3409 Sugar Creek Road, Laurel Bloomery, TN 37680.

 

Barbara Sue Osborne
Barbara Sue Osborne, age 66, of Mountain City, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 in Mountain City Care Center.
Barbara was born on August 17, 1941 in Johnson County to the late Ed and Fannie Mae Byers Reynolds. She was retired from Levi and loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Osborne on October 19, 2007; a daughter, Debra Sue Osborne; two sisters, Mary Lee Reynolds and Glenna Mae Maines; and a brother, Edward Reynolds.
Survivors include her son, James Allen Osborne and wife Susan of Mountain City; two grandchildren, Amy and Adam Osborne, both of Mountain City; sister Ethel Thompson of Mountain City; special niece, Gay Duncan and several nieces and nephews..
The funeral service for Mrs. Osborne will be conducted at the graveside at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2008 in Reece Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Coy Proffitt and Rev. Spencer Roark officiating.
The family will also receive friends at the home, 2001 Jenkins Hollow Rd., Mountain City.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to American Cancer Society, c/o Lynn Cuddy, P. O. Box 9, Mountain City, TN 37683

 

 
Wiley Burl Simcox
Wiley Burl Simcox, age 94, of 4361 Forge Creek Road, Mountain City, passed away Friday, February 15, 2008 in Watauga Medical Center.
He was born on May 20, 1913 in Shouns, Tennessee, the son of the late Stacy and Villa Rash Simcox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Payne Simcox and sisters, Hettie Nichols, Nannie Dowell, and Gladys Proffitt. He had many occupations in his lifetime. He worked in the coal mines of West Virginia and at a shipyard in Maryland during the onset of WWII. Back in Johnson County he owned and operated his own sawmill. For several years he worked for the Johnson County Highway Department in bridge construction. The first cement bridges in the county were built under his supervision. He was also a farmer and cattleman, but raising cattle was his favorite area of farming. He was an avid horseman and always kept horses on the farm. He was instrumental in organizing the horse show for the Bean Festival during the 1950’s. He was a faithful member of Hammons Chapel Christian Church where he led singing for many years.
Survivors include his daughter, Virginia Greer and husband Jack of Mountain City; his son, Walter Simcox and wife Linda of Mountain City; five grandchildren, Bill Greer, Donald Greer, Jim Greer, Mary Jo Simcox and Pamela Peters; eight great grandchildren, Logan Greer, Jeremy Greer, Jake Greer, Stacy Greer, Shane Greer, Sarah Greer, Zane Greer and Cole Peters; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 2:30 p.m. with Mike Smith, Minister officiating. Burial will follow in Dunn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rick Curd, Tom Taylor, Jerry Carpenter, Willie Hammons, Barton Hall and Jake Lewis.
The family appreciates our special caregiver, Amber Hess and hospice nurse, Rita Wall.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Dunn Cemetery, c/o Walter Simcox, 4283 Forge Creek Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

 
James W. “Jim” Parsons
James W. “Jim” Parsons, age 58, of Mountain City, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Jim was born on August 9, 1949 in Banner Elk, NC to the late Howard and Mary Evelyn Forrester Parsons. He was an avid hunter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Parsons and his step father, Hubert Burgain.
Survivors include two sons, Scott William Parsons and James William Parsons, Jr., both of Mountain City; brother, Bobby Parsons of Mountain City; grandchildren, Isaiah and April; three nieces and a special niece, Jennifer Shumate of Konnarock; nephew, Perry Perkins; aunt, Bonnie Lindsey; cousins, Dick and Cheryl Lindsey of Mountain City; and special friends, Mike Wills, Bob Stansbery and Mike Taylor.
The funeral service for Jim will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2008 at the graveside in Forrester Cemetery with Jim Hutchinson, Minister officiating.

 

Melinda Sue Reece
Melinda Sue Reece, age 29, of Butler, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Melinda was born on April 15, 1978 in Boone, North Carolina to Gary and Mary Lunceford Reece. She liked to ride her ninja motorcycle, fishing, four-wheeling and to operate heavy equipment at work.  She loved to help others and to aggravate her sister. She was employed by Popular Ridge Lumber, Co. of Trade as Yard Manager and Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.  Melinda was a member of Christ’s Church United of Boone, North Carolina. 
Survivors include her parents, Gary and Mary Lunceford Reece of Mountain City; sister, Crystal Parsons of Butler; grandfather, Robert Reece of Mountain City; grandmother, Mary Lunceford of Woburn, MA; uncles, David Lunceford and Shelby Lunceford, both of Massachusetts and Larry Reece of Johnson City; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Juanita Phillippi and a grandfather, Ron Lunceford.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16th at the funeral home with Pastor Cindy Long officiating. Burial will follow in Reece Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Reece, Rick Reece, Jim R. Reece, Jim E. Reece, Jeff Reece, Brett Reece, Mike Reece and Shane Reece. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Johnson, Johnny Johnson, Brian Morefield, Jarrett Lunceford, Clarence Lunceford, Bill Reece, Ronda Reece, Tommy Reece, Roddy Reece, Bill Hampton, Floyd Hampton, Bill Dowell, Jerry Lunceford and B.J. Snyder.
The family will also receive friends at the home of her parents, 305 Atwood St., Mountain City.

 

Estelle Marie May
Estelle Marie May, age 91, of Abingdon, VA, formerly of  Trade, TN, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA.
Mrs. May was born on March 7, 1917 in Watauga County to the late James Lawrence and Marjorie Thomas Lawrence. She was a lifelong resident of Trade until 1992 and worked as a nurse’s aid at Watauga Hospital. She liked to garden, cook and care for others. Estelle loved her family, church family and friends. She was the oldest living member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Glenn May; three sisters, Juanita Thomas, Pauline Thomas and Duluth Brown; and three brothers, Eugene Lawrence, Stouffer Lawrence and Rainey Lawrence.
Survivors include her daughter, Glenna Holmes and husband Charlie “Oscar” of Abingdon, VA; granddaughter, Melanie Smiley and husband Grant of Abingdon, VA; great grandchildren; Abigail and Taylor Smiley; several nieces and nephews; and loving relatives in Utah.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 19th at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Maurice Ward, Brother Carl Wilson and Brother Leonard Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be David Cook, Larry Donnelly, Darwin Main, Ned May, Monta Steagall, Grant Smiley, Ted Welch and Ernest Worley. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Berkley Clear and her brothers in Christ of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
The family expresses special thanks to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and to Grace Health Care in Abingdon for all their love and care.

 

 

 Robert Hesketh Coolidge, II
Robert Hesketh Coolidge, II, age 76, of Mountain City, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Hes was born on February 11, 1932 in Bloomington, IL to the late Robert Hesketh and Helen Rawson Coolidge. He was a graduate of Middletown High School and Washington and Lee College. Hes was a veteran of the United States Army and served in counter intelligence in the Korean War. He liked building and selling old cars and enjoyed building things. He liked to read, NASCAR, bluegrass music and all his friends he has made over the years in Tennessee. He married Charlene Coriell on October 28, 1997. Hes was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, Johnson City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter and two grandchildren, Ashley and Conrad Steele.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene Coriell Coolidge; daughters, Connie Coolidge Steele, Becky Wanstrath, Gayle Coolidge; sons, Eric Hunter, Robert Hesketh Coolidge, III, Todd Coriell, Andy Coriell and Danny Coriell; sisters, Odette VanSingel and Courtney Crawford; grandchildren, Terry Steele, Nathaniel Steele, Cameron Steele, Heather Wanstrath, Brandon Wanstrath, Hudson Coolidge, Kayleigh Coriell, Quinn Coriell, Steven Coriell, Jeffrey Coriell, Andrea Coriell, Casey Coriell and Shane Coriell.
A private memorial service will be conducted at a future date.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Doe River Gorge Christian Camp, 220 Doe River Gorge Road, Hampton, TN 37658.

 

Everett Marshall Harmon
Everett Marshall Harmon, age 95, of Laurel Bloomery, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at his residence.
Mr. Harmon was born on March 29, 1912 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia to the late Thadus and Florence Tester Harmon. He liked to farm, his garden and sharing his vegetables. Everett was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a school bus driver and had worked in Oak Ridge. He was a charter member and Deacon at Mountain View Baptist Church and was a Deacon at Sugar Grove Baptist Church before becoming a member of State Line Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvania Stanbery Harmon; three sisters, Helen Glenn, Maude Harmon and Mary Harmon; three brothers, Carl, Paul and Grover Harmon; grandson, Gregory Ray; and his great grandson, Adam Ray.
Survivors include his daughter, Sylvia Carolyn Ray and husband Bruce of Laurel Bloomery; two sisters, Anna Mae Goble of Hickory, NC and Margaret Harmon of Thomasville, NC; two brothers, Clint Harmon, of Lenoir, NC and Claude Harmon of Randleman, NC; great granddaughter, Abigail Ray; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Roger Morefield.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Derl McCloud and Pastor Steve Spratlin officiating. Music will provided by Kerry Gentry. Burial will follow in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gale Glenn, Bobby Harmon, Clyde Harmon, Dale Harmon, Van Neely and Malcolm Howard. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Morefield, Ralph Morefield, J. D. Blevins, Max Blevins, Harold Wilcox, Derrell Gentry, Steve Lewis, Gary Lewis, Mike Lewis and Jim Lewis.
The family will also receive friends at the home of his daughter, Carolyn, 4492 Taylors Valley Road, Laurel Bloomery.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to State Line Baptist Church, Mission Fund, 3409 Sugar Creek Road, Laurel Bloomery, TN 37680.

 

 
Helen Absher Stout
Helen Absher Stout, age 77, of Mountain City, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Helen was born on August 21, 1930 in Johnson County, TN to the late Ed and Mary Ella Fenner Absher.  She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She attended God’s Country Church, which she dearly loved.
Survivors include three daughters, Crystal Roark and husband Mike of Glade Springs, VA, Sharon Egan and husband Ron of Fayetteville, NC and Sue Murray and husband Steve of Hope Mills, NC; two brothers, Bill Absher and wife Hilda and Ed Absher, Jr. and wife Carol, all of Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Shad Stout, Michael Johnson, Mandi Speis, Amber Skelton, Stacy Scott Egan and Dava Lynn Stanley; five great grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews; and special friends, Marie Williams and Vicky Wandrie.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 8:00 p.m. with Pastor Ron Manuel officiating. Pallbearers will be Keith Johnson, David Stanley, Johnny Holloway, David Holloway and members of God’s Country Church. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15th in Wilson Cemetery.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to God’s Country Church, 1568 Crossroads Drive, Mountain City, TN 37683 or the Johnson County Humane Society, P. O. Box 307, Mountain City, TN 37683.

 

Worley Widner Adams
Worley Widner Adams, age 74, passed away on February 19, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Worley was born in Johnson County on December 23, 1933 to the late Bruce M. Adams and Mae Wills Adams. He loved to make people laugh and always had a story to tell. He was happiest riding his restored 8N Ford Tractor. He was a retired Mechanical Engineer, specializing in food and beverage packaging. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, Worley was preceded in death by his sister, Irene Adams Shoun and husband Jim; two brothers, Sam Adams and Paul Adams and wife Edna; and a brother-in-law, Max Brannon.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ann of Cincinnati, Ohio; devoted sons, Steve Adams and wife Paige and Ken Adams and wife Nancy; beloved grandchildren, Lindsey, Erin, Dana and Leslie Adams, all of Cincinnati; sisters, Lucille Apple and husband Ralph of Cincinnati, Betty Garland and husband Raymond of Oxford, Ohio and Eva Brannon of Greenwood, SC; brothers, Walter Adams and wife Eula of Fairborne, Ohio, Johnnie Adams and wife Margaret of Greeley Colorado; sister-in-law, Lois Ann Adams of Mountain City; loving step-children, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Worley Adams will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2008 at Mountain City Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Johnson County Rescue Squad, 203 Vandilla St., Mountain City, TN 37683 or to a charity of your choice.



Mountain City Funeral Home
224 S Church St.
Mountain City, TN 37683
423-727-9700