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Mr. Billy Carroll Brookshire, better known as "Bill", age 85 of Mountain City, passed away Sunday morning, November 11, 2018 at his home. Mr. Brookshire was born in Mountain City, TN on June 7, 1933 to the late Samuel Stacy and Bonnie Mae Carver Brookshire. He was one of the original founders of Johnson County Bank in 1975 and he became president in 1983, and he had served on the JCB Board of Directors consistently through the years.
Mr. Brookshire is survived by his two loving daughters, Teresa Sillstrop and husband, Ted, of Greer, SC and Bonnie Reece and husband, Chris, of Mountain City, TN; two brothers, Jack Brookshire and wife, Louise, of Maryland and Richard Brookshire and wife, Lillian, of Boone; a sister, Nancy Garrick, of Mountain City, TN; his extended family, the Johnson County Bank employees and spouses, along with a lifelong friend Mary Ann Johnson Adams. He also enjoyed spending time with his two step grandchildren, Jack Dedrick and Anna Marie Dedrick, both of Wilmington, NC.
Bill will be fondly remembered by his friends and family as deeply devoted to his daughters and their deceased mother Myrtle Duncan Brookshire. Since he lost his father in his teens, as the eldest son, Bill became the patriarch on whom his mother and siblings could rely for help and support.
Some of the community projects Bill enjoyed supporting included the 4-H Poultry, Little League Baseball, Heritage Hall, The JC Arts Center, and The JC Senior Heating Assistance.
Bill Brookshire was the quintessential self-made man who achieved success in life with passion, courage, and dedication. Because of his energy and ingenuity, he was able to live well, but he also lived good. He cared about the people of our community and often reached out to those in need. His willingness to step out at great risk in order to grow a new bank for our community showed strength and bravery. This bold move contributed to the growth of Johnson County on many levels.
Because of his accomplishments and contributions to our county, Bill Brookshire’s legacy will live on for generations. “His life was gentle, and the elements mixed so well in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, ‘ This was a man’.” (W.Shakespeare)
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm at Dewey Christian Church, 3548 Hwy 67W, with Preacher C.D. "Bud" Gentry and Preacher Frank Ransom officiating. A private burial will be held at Brookshire Cemetery with Preacher Bill Worley officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2018; three hours prior to the funeral service.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to: Johnson County Senior Heating Assistance, PO Box 208, Mountain City, TN 37683
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